Mark Levin Issues Open Letter To CNN's Brian Stetler: "You Are Thoroughly Dishonest"

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Mark Levin, the man who started the ball rolling on 'Obamagate' by connecting the dots across various President Obama actions over the last year, has issued an open letter to CNN's Brian Stetler, exclaiming "you are thoroughly dishonest."

In response to this...

Levin writes... "You Are Thoroughly Dishonest"

Did you listen to my show on Thursday, before President Trump tweeted? Did you watch my appearance on Fox and Friends Sunday morning? I know you are ticked I did not appear on your show, despite your numerous requests. Your ad hominem attacks about "right wing" radio host and conspiracy theory stuff ... incredible.


I simply put together the stories that YOUR profession reported, on the public record. Do you deny there were two FISA applications? Do you deny the first was turned down? Do you deny the second was approved? It's called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. It is about surveillance. The fact that we cannot discern all the details because of the secrecy, except for what the media have revealed and selective leaks by the government, should cause you to want to know more, not to trash those who point it out.


And yes, we can make several logical implications based on events and experience. A FISA application is a big deal. One, or two in this case, that involve campaign surrogates, or a server or computer related to a candidate or campaign, etc., is a big deal. President Obama's statement is not a definitive statement of anything, other than he, personally, did not order a wiretap, which I never claimed. But that does not mean he was unaware of surveillance activity by several of his departments, even through routine reports to the president, such as the Daily Intel Briefing or information conveyed to him or his staff via the Justice Department re the FBI counter-intelligence activities. As for Clapper, despite his past dissembling before Congress, he may not have been aware of what was taking place since the FBI counter-intel operation reportedly sought the warrant. The Daily Intel Briefing might provide useful information in that regard as well.


Of course, the release of the FISA applications would also shed a lot of light on events, assuming YOU believe reports that they were filed.


Furthermore, Clapper has said, as recently as yesterday, that no connections between the Russians and the Trump campaign have been found. I am extremely critical of Russia, Putin, and the efforts to influence our election, although I do not believe they succeeded. That said, how would Clapper know of no connections if he, as former Director of National Intelligence, didn't look? On what is that based?


Your lack of curiosity and dishonesty about such matters and in dealing with me demean you and your profession. You are free to circulate this communication to whomever you wish, as I am making it public.

Stetler was quick to tweet a reply...

So, as a reminder of just what the so-called 'Obamagate' timeline looks like - and where the DoJ was allegedly involved - here is Levin's story so far...

1. June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.


2. July: Russia joke. Wikileaks releases emails from the Democratic National Committee that show an effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the presidential nomination. In a press conference, Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking.


3. October: Podesta emails. In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton campaign blames Trump and the Russians.


4. October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.


5. January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN dossier. Buzzfeed releases, and CNN reports, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by a foreign former spy. It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. None of the allegations can be verified and some are proven false. Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington.


6. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing Obama administration “expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” The new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.


7. January: Times report. The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. Other news outlets also report the exisentence of “a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.


8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.


9. February: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks.


10. March: the Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign — once at a Heritage Foundation event and once at a meeting in Sessions’s Senate office. The Post suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions’s testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts. The New York Times, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House “rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”: officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies “to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well.

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Belrev's picture

CNN Fake news strikes again with false story showing a video of "heated" White House meeting

hedgeless_horseman's picture


These intellectuals and members of the media are just playing their roles.  If one would take the hour to read the following, it would all be clear.  

Or listen to the audiobook for free.

19.  Read, Anatomy of the State, by Murray Rothbard.

El Oregonian's picture

Stetler is a piss ant. More annoying than anything else.

y3maxx's picture

Levin/Obama = Woodward, Bernstein/Nixon

CheapBastard's picture

Levin is becoming a hero by outting these traitors in public.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Levin is faux Conservative, zionist shill with a giant melon head.  He should stick to yelling at GOP members far away from any camera.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

He's a war hawk.  The dude does not abide. 

FrozenGoodz's picture

Nobody in the Trump campaign communicated with Russia, sans Sessions Flynn Kushner etc., so even if there was a FISA they wouldn't have found anything

TekCEO's picture

I have simply blocked CNN on my TV. That was easy.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I threw away my TV 6 months ago.  I wish I never had one to begin with!

IndyPat's picture

I wish we didn't have you, you chickenshit troll.

Bigern's picture

The new TV's won't have that option. Neither will you be able to change the channel, or turn it off. All pretenses will be abandoned. Those who obey will be allowed to eat. Those who don't will feed those who do. The world has no clue what is coming. The time of plenty is ending, and the time of lawlessness is at hand. Unmitigated chaos is never more than one harvest away. Those who haven't lived history refute that it ever really happened. This generation only believes what they see with the eye. Those who refuse the truth will be blinded in a delusion. Sorceries are already abound, things are not what they appear to the eye. That delusion is here now.

dr kill's picture

He fired Mark Steyn. That's enough for me. 

Abaco's picture

Great argument. Douche.

jmack's picture

It wasnt an argument, it was a statement of fact. moron.

Sanity Bear's picture

For added hilarity, read this article while listening to old radio shows of Levin giving Ron Paul hell day after day after day after day.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Ron Paul is a true patriot of America, unlike Levin who wants you and me to spend money on bombs to kill muslims, and protect Israeli and banker interests.  He can spend his own money on that.  I don't want 1 cent of my taxes going towards Israel foreign aid. 

froze25's picture

I don't want one cent of my Taxes going to any foreign country. I work, the Gov't takes my property at threat of force to give it to someone else, in another country to boot? I got enough issue with them giving it to able bodied people that simply choose to collect "benefits" Slavery comes to mind.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) BigFatUglyBubble Mar 6, 2017 2:09 PM

I agree, but he is smart and he is outting the MEDIA and OBAMA!

Also why ask for the FISA warrant in June if you think Russia was doing the hacking?

(DNC) emails leaked to and subsequently published by WikiLeaks on July 22, 2016

You asked for it once you knew he would the the nominee after CA primary, and then your target with Russia hoax.

WordSmith2013's picture
PONERIZATION takes over the MSM.


How the American Republic was taken over by political cliques of criminally insane psychopaths
Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Chris Dakota Mar 6, 2017 2:43 PM

Seth Rich leaked DNC emails after Bernie was screwed in June primary in California.

Bill Clinton meets with AG Lynch June 27, 2016

July 5, 2016: FBI Director James Comey announces the results of his investigation, and his recommendation not to prosecute Clinton.

July 10, 2016 Seth Rich was murdered.

Wikileaks publishes DNC emails July 22, 2016

August 10, 2016 Julian Assange offers $10,000 for info leading to Seth Rich's killer.

Assange said leaker is not Russia or any other state, says "You may end up with egg on your face"

meaning it wasn't a hack but a DNC leaker.

Podesta gave his password which was "password" to some scam email.

IndyPat's picture

Friendly amendment...

Tulsi leaked some of that shit. Look at the date she ditched her position at dnc.
She saw some things she did not dig.

bamawatson's picture


i read about password password;

but i also read one mail wherein PEDOdesta lamented he had left his phone in a cab

?anybody know?

Oldwood's picture

Levin is no fan of Trump, but he is one of the few with actual experience in government high office, and has strong legal and constitutional knowwledge.

Whether ANY of that matters, is debateable, but we shall see. And if for nothing else, it does my heart good to hear this said in public, even if it never bears fruit legally.

Someone of credibility needs to be saying this shit loud and clear DAILY.

KyroDevo's picture

Agree. Levin seems to know he has a Rathergate quality expose here and will ride for all he is worth. More power to him.

Abaco's picture

He knows jack about the consitution. He supports federal prohibition of marijuana with the courtesy of an amendment as was needed to do the same with alcohol.  He supports standing armies and interference in foreign affairs.  He thinks Snowden is a criminal.  

IndyPat's picture

Another pophead crybaby.

Jez, Shaggy, do you think we can address the pot thing a little later? Maybe chill the deep state thingy first?

Fucking self centered idiots. Potheads are now getting in line with the other identity politics factions. Are you more than what you smoke?

BarkingCat's picture

Is the concept of limited federal government that is constrained by the constitution too difficult for you?


Levin is a statist asshole. He wants to use the power of the government to push things that he likes. Just because I agree with many of his points of view does not prevent me from recognizing what he is.

However, for now he is useful. I wish him luck in his attacks. 

futureman's picture

you don't have to like Levin to have this situation be useful to the greater goal of diminishing the power of the state overall. 

Bigern's picture

No intent to declaw your warranted placement of limited government at an elevated level. However, such limitations are without effect when a society has no compelling interest to hold fast to the rule of any law, but that which emanates momentarily by human emotion. In essence, the annihilation of morality is the annihilation of a just and stable social construct. There can be no erosion, undertow, or catastrophic failure when the vessel is girded with the blood of the lamb. We are fit for no other form. The law of man will never compel men without morality to obey.  For those with it, whose definition of such attributes will rule the day? And tomorrow? Morality is only what society says it is. Tomorrow it could be that murder, rape, and theft are fine qualities in a man. It worked for the Vikings, so why not for us?

Interesting how they turned away from their rampage in the tenth and eleventh centuries. Something changed them.

urhotdogs's picture

Now we have Potheadphobia - love it!  The smell of that crap alone should be illegal

Clashfan's picture

Freedom is freedom, and human rights are human rights. Marijuana rights are biblical, btw.


Dancing Disraeli's picture

Once you legalize pot, it'll rob it of half its fun.

brianshell's picture

The accuracy of published information is being questioned more. Anyone can say anything. CNN or me.

From now on, I think it would be a good idea to refer to data sources when claiming a point of fact.

This includes all of us here as well as the MSM.

The truth shall set us free.

Koba the Dread's picture

Yours is one of the best comments on ZH in years. YES! Document everything you say! Give sources, references, further reading. . . Imagine how much better the comment section of ZH will be with this type of information. How much better comments of this type will be than those of braying jackasses who repeat inane words like "libtard" or "commie" ad nauseum.

IndyPat's picture

Can you please cite supporting data that indicates that brianshells post is really all that?

If stating an opinion, do we have your permission to list ourselves as the source?

Will To Live's picture

You mean like an Ann Coulter book?

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Go fuck your racist ass with a watermelon.  Dumbfuck idiot.

gaoptimize's picture

For the most part, I support Mark Levin and this letter.  However, he has yet to understand or admit to the panopticon surveillance and parrallel construction that the FISA warrants are all about.  He has taken the red pill but hasn't swallowed yet. 

GoingBig's picture

There is no outing. I can see that nobody here reads except for crap in bretbart. Read all of the articles and decide yourself. Levin makes a ridiculous circular argument.

IndyPat's picture

9 week old newborn mongoloid. Straight from huffpo.

Thick as fucking flies in here.

Stef1304's picture

well, he was recruted exactly for that... but unlucky him Lewin is a lawyer, and obviously a good one.

A war is breeding... within the establishment.


onewayticket2's picture

NOTE:  CNN puts Bannon in Crosshairs on screen.  


Flashback:  jon king apologized for a guest of his using the term "crosshairs" bc it violated obama's call for "civilility in our political discourse"

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) onewayticket2 Mar 6, 2017 2:45 PM

Sarah Palin attacked for putting crosshairs on a US map of districts that needed a challange by T-Party.

Abaco's picture

If Levin were a good lawyer, especially the CONSTITUTIONALIST he purports to be, he wouldn't support the DEA or the endless overseas meddling. He isn't even a skilled provocateur as he can only throw red meat to those of like mindset. He does some good things at Judicial Watch but mostly he is just in it for the money.

IndyPat's picture

I don't give a good goddamn why he is 'in it', at least he's doing it and screaming it from the roof.

While you gripe, smoke a bowl and eat Doritos.

Consuelo's picture



I'll take a light salting of Edward Bernays with that, HH...

hedgeless_horseman's picture


More than just a sprinkling, I recall the word propaganda being mentioned many, many, times by Rothbard in Anatomy of the State.  There is a rationale behind the order of actions in the Call to Arms.

1.  Read, Propaganda, by Edward Bernays.