Crisis For Mueller: Lindsey Graham Demands New Special Counsel To investigate Trump Dossier & FBI

Authored by Alexander Mercouris via The Duran,

Strong Republican critic of Donald Trump ‘dismayed’ by confidential information about the Trump Dossier he has seen...



Senator Lindsey Graham, previously one of President Trump’s most trenchant critics who back in July 2017 actually proposed a law to prohibit President Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has now made the extent of his disillusionment with the FBI’s conduct and with the whole Russiagate investigation crystal clear.

In an interview with Fox News Lindsey Graham says that after having reviewed confidential information about the Trump Dossier provided at the insistence of Congressional investigators he is filled with dismay and believes that a new Special Counsel must be appointed to investigate the FBI’s conduct and the Trump Dossier.

Here is how Byron York of the Washington Examiner reports Lindsey Graham’s comments

I’ve spent some time in the last couple of days, after a lot of fighting with the Department of Justice, to get the background on the dossier, and here’s what I can tell your viewers: I’m very disturbed about what the Department of Justice did with this dossier, and we need a special counsel to look into that, because that’s not in Mueller’s charter. And what I saw, and what I’ve gathered in the last couple of days, bothers me a lot, and I’d like somebody outside DOJ to look into how this dossier was handled and what they did with it.

Host Brian Kilmeade asked Graham, “So, you’ve found out something you did not know?

“Yes,” Graham answered.

Kilmeade asked whether Graham was disturbed by the contents of the dossier or how the Justice Department used it in the Trump-Russia investigation.

“I’ve been a lawyer most of my life, a prosecutor, and a defense attorney,” Graham began. He continued:

And the one thing I can say, every prosecutor has a duty to the court to disclose things that are relevant to the request. So any time a document is used to go to court, for legal reasons, I think the Department of Justice owes it to the court to be up-and-up about exactly what this document is about, who paid for it, who’s involved, what their motives might be. And I can just say this: After having looked at the history of the dossier, and how it was used by the Department of Justice, I’m really very concerned, and this cannot be the new normal.

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These words all but confirm that the FBI used material from the Trump Dossier to obtain FISA warrants from the FISA court which enabled it to conduct surveillance of US citizens involved in Donald Trump’s campaign during the election, without disclosing to the FISA court the provenance of this material or the fact that it originated in an unverified Dossier paid for by the DNC and by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

I have been making this point – that it is the secret surveillance undertaken by the US security services during the election of Hillary Clinton’s electoral opponents – which is the true scandal of the 2016 election, ever since March

What we now learn is that the Obama administration, of which Hillary Clinton was once a part, used the US’s federal security and intelligence agencies during the election to spy on Hillary Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, and on his campaign.  They did so despite the fact that no evidence existed or has ever come to light of any wrongdoing by Donald Trump or by anyone else working on his behalf or for his campaign such as would normally justify surveillance.

I have discussed this again in much more detail recently as more information has come to light, especially in light of what is known about the various activities of the FBI’s former deputy director for counter espionage Peter Strzok.

We now know from a variety of sources but first and foremost from the testimony to Congress of Carter Page that the Trump Dossier provided the frame narrative for the Russiagate investigation until just a few months ago.

We also know that the Trump Dossier was included in an appendix to the January ODNI report about supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 election which was shown by the US intelligence chiefs to President elect Trump during their stormy meeting with him on 8th January 2017.

The fact that the Trump Dossier was included in an appendix to the January ODNI report shows  that at the start of this year the top officials of the FBI and of the US intelligence community  – Comey, Clapper, Brennan and the rest – believed in its truth. 

The June 2017 article in the Washington Post (discussed by me here) also all but confirms that it was the Trump Dossier that provided the information which the CIA sent to President Obama in August 2016 which supposedly ‘proved’ that the Russians were interfering in the election.

As the BBC has pointed out, it was also the Trump Dossier which Congressman Adam Schiff – the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Community, who appears to be very close to some of the FBI investigators involved in the Russiagate case – as well as the FBI’s Russiagate investigators were using as the narrative frame when questioning witnesses about their supposed role in Russiagate.

These facts make it highly likely that it was indeed the Trump Dossier which provided the information which the FBI used to obtain all the surveillance warrants the FBI obtained from the FISA court during the 2016 election and afterwards……

This once again points to the true scandal of the 2016 election. 

On the strength of a fake Dossier paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign the Justice Department, the FBI and the US intelligence community carried out surveillance during the election of US citizens who were members of the campaign team of Hillary Clinton’s opponent Donald Trump.

Lindsey Graham’s words – based on his reading of confidential FBI documents – vindicates what I have been saying about the true scandal of the 2016 Presidential election since March.

We now stand at a crossroads in the Russiagate affair.

Lindsey Graham’s words show that as the truth of what actually happened during the 2016 election has slowly dripped out even many of Donald Trump’s formerly most implacable Republican opponents have begun to see the truth and are beginning to press for the real scandal of the 2016 Presidential election to be investigated.

As Lindsey Graham’s words also show, these same Republicans have now lost faith in Mueller’s ability or willingness to do this, and are increasingly demanding that a second Special Counsel be appointed to do the things Mueller cannot or will not do.

Even some Democrats are now beginning to have doubts.  Remarkably even CNN – possibly the single most strident supporter of the Russiagate conspiracy theory in the mainstream media – has now published an article by Paul Callan which outlines in detail the case against the FBI, admits that it is compelling, and ends with these (from this source) truly remarkable words

While I rarely agree with much of what the President does or says regarding legal issues, this time he’s got it right. The FBI’s reputation has been severely damaged not by the President’s criticism but by a systematic failure of the bureau’s leadership.

The field agents of the FBI should still retain the trust of the American people. Their honor and dignity has not been compromised; but the bureau’s leadership ranks require a prompt and thorough house cleaning by the new director, Christopher Wray. The bureau’s leadership has forfeited the reputation of a cherished American institution

The question is whether this is enough to tip what by rights should be the proper investigation into the real scandal of the 2016 election onto its proper course?

In the article which I have just quoted Byron York suggests that appointing a second Special Counsel would be burdensome and unnecessary because the task of investigating the FBI’s conduct can be left to the Congressional committees

Graham found the dossier affair serious enough to warrant an entirely new investigation. It’s not in Mueller’s charter, Graham said. And Graham does not appear to trust the Justice Department to investigate itself on this particular issue.

But there has been serious resistance to the idea of another special counsel in the Trump-Russia matter. Such investigations are inevitably subject to mission creep and can go on seemingly forever. It’s unclear whether anything would be done in response to Graham’s call.

In any event, the efforts pushed by Nunes and the Senate show that Congress, if it is aggressive, can investigate a matter like this. And there are still several more aggressive actions Congress can pursue, if it wants to uncover the full extent of the Trump dossier matter.

This is a dangerously complacent view, playing straight into the FBI’s hands and making investigation of its conduct hostage to the outcome of November’s Congressional elections.  Besides, as I have pointed out in the past, Congressional committees are properly speaking supervisory not investigative committees, and they are not structured for investigations of this kind.

What this situation urgently calls for is a new Special Counsel – ideally a retired federal judge rather than an investigator or prosecutor – able to send his investigators into the Justice Department and the FBI rather than have to plead with them and cajole them for answers.

I suspect that the thing which is preventing this from happening – apart obviously from the resistance of the Justice Department and the FBI themselves – is resistance to this idea from those Republicans in Congress like Marco Rubio who continue to be so embittered against Donald Trump that they are still willing the Russiagate investigation to succeed.

The stakes however could not be higher.  If what actually happened during the 2016 election is not investigated then it really does risk becoming what Lindsey Graham said – “the new normal” – with future administrations and political campaigns commissioning ‘research’ to get the US’s intelligence and security agencies to carry out surveillance on their opponents during elections.

Not only would that shift the conduct of US politics – already deeply corrupted by ‘dark money’ financing and lobbying – further towards backstairs wire-pulling, but it would risk entrenching the position of the US’s intelligence and security agencies as the final arbiters of elections.  Needless to say where that ever to happen the US constitution would no longer function and the US would cease to be a democracy.

Short term political calculations and questions of ‘inconvenience’ cannot be allowed to apply in such a situation.  Anyone who really cares about the future of the United States should understand this and support Lindsey Graham’s demand for a second Special Counsel to be appointed.



Save_America1st El Oregonian Sun, 12/31/2017 - 18:35 Permalink

Graham is a piece of shit and this is why he wants Meuller out.  He's just as corrupt and compromised as McStain and Hitlery and Barrack Hussein O-Hezbolah are. 

In my opinion, the reason he would turn and want Meuller out is because he's finally caught on to Trump's strategy of allowing Meuller to go aaaaaaaaaaaaall the way with all this bullshit.  Trump is feeding Meuller and his scumbag posse all the rope they need to hang themselves while sucking in the corrupt, treasonous media, politicians, and non-elected shit-bags.  This is why we're seeing the FBI insider scum get destroyed on a daily basis.  It's not going to stop. 

Trump knew that all these scumbags would place their survival on Meuller and that's exactly what Trump (and his high level team) wanted from the beginning.  It's the correct play.  Because he knew that the best way was to allow these arrogant psychos to "think" they were in control and to let them fuck up and expose themselves so badly in the public realm of the internet that it would prove to all the idiot low-IQ assholes and followers beyond all doubt that the assholes they follow are treasonous criminals.

He's not going to give the media and all the other traitors the chance to accuse him of interfering with this bullshit investigation.  Trump is going to push Meuller to have no choice but to keep investigating every single fucking thing conceivable without interfering so that it all has to come out naturally, and this gives the media and the rest of the scumbags no place to hide and no way to accuse Trump of interfering.  They will either have to concede to the truth or they will end up in Guantanamo Bay with all the other traitors.

It's a master strategy that's going to kill the entire treasonous globalist deep state system.  Trump allowed them to run full speed down this path and now he's going to use everything against them to fuck 'em up once and for all. 

So be patient...give it time.  A lot of levels to this.  A lot of I's and T's needing to be dotted and crossed and quadruple-checked so that nothing can slip through any cracks legally.  Because the legal system is what is going to have to be used against these scumbags in order to expose them to the world and to stop them once and for all.  So give it time.  It's a big fucking mess to unravel and it will take years but it's going to happen. 

I've been saying for many years that if all this corruption and all these treasonous scumbags were ever put on trial that it would make the Nuremberg Trials after WWII look like a slow, boring day in traffic court.

Well that is what's coming, just wait and be patient.  Don't get discouraged and don't let up being vigilant about finding all the evidence you can about any kind of corruption and treason.  Send Trump and Judicial Watch everything you can find.

Never stop.  We've got them on the run and believe me, they fucking know it.  This is why they're doubling down on the lies and the bullshit...they know they have no other way out.  It's all being compiled and investigated and documented painstakingly with meticulous effort so that the entire global mafia of treasonous scum can be taken down without a shadow of a doubt when it's all said and done.

This is why they want to replace the American people and the Europeans with third world gives them a way to purge all the knowledge of their crime and corruption while creating a huge mass of violent losers to control with larger corrupt government and radical dictatorship.

This is why Meuller is stuck.  He's either going to have to continue to go through with his bullshit to the end so that it proves he's a fraud and that everything else is a fraud or he's going to have to be murdered or kill himself.  He has no other choices at this point and Trump not only knows it, but he made sure of this on purpose from the beginning.  Don't fucking doubt it. 

The scumbags know this now and so it's going to get seriously critical this next year.  Mid-term elections are coming and voting fraud and corruption is going to be a huge issue.  The global mafia may also decide to either plunge us into a war, tank the dollar and our economy, or attempt to assassinate Trump (or members of his family to cause a war) in shear desperation to hold onto what's left of their power and control and cover up their corruption.

Anything is's all on the table.  Only the continued exposure of the truth will win.  The global mafia of psychotic, sociopathic, treasonous, pedophile, satanists have to be destroyed.  They know they're in for serious war thanks to the American people who elected Trump.  Plain and fucking simple. 

So don't let up.  Don't allow the media and the deep staters to fuck with you.  Don't be intimidated.  Be cool with the dip-shits you encounter in your life who have been sucked into this shit.  Try to help them but don't waste too much time and energy on them if you don't have to.  Let them sink or swim if that's what it takes.  Help others who are worthy of it.

Focus energy on yourself and who you can and teach those who are willing to wake up to spread this knowledge to others.  Teach them to be positive peers to each other.  Don't allow the corrupt media and educational system to destroy the minds of your children and/or friends.

And above all else just stay positive minded and be patient.  This is a war.  It's a very aptly named "infowar" and truth and information is the greatest weapon we have against these fucking scumbags.  They want to corrupt everyone with disinformation...we have to fight them with the truth and then back it all up with our actions.  Be good to each other.  Be positive.  Demonstrate it in any way possible. 

Lead by example.  Be moral and ethical in every way so that these twisted losers have no leg to stand on against you. 

Don't fall for their rhetoric of racism and division and all that bullshit.  All that crap is for losers and it's losing badly against those of us who resist and fight against it.  So don't get pulled into all that shit.  Be vigilant against it.  Keep your eyes open and your head on a your six and watch your peoples backs because these low-level scumbags won't stop and they will do whatever they can to fuck with us.  Don't allow it.

I know this turned into a long rant, but I hope it makes a positive difference to anyone who reads it and I hope you pass it on in some way. 

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Save_America1st gearjammers1 Sun, 12/31/2017 - 22:44 Permalink

no, I do not.  I equate them to treasonous scum, plain and simple.  Pro one thing or the other makes no matter to me if I were to be the judge of their sick and twisted globalist treason.  I say put them down.  They are anti-Constitution, anti-American, nasty oppressive Marxist, Fascist gov-scum and they should be hanged for their treason, plain and simple.

They are not "pro" Israel or "pro" musloid terrorisim in either way....they are "pro" big authoritarian treasonous government in any way that they can gain wealth and power from.

They're no different than the hundreds of thousands of scumbags all over the world in "government" in every nation who partake in the same kind of evil, corrupt, treasonous bullshit. 

We're talking about seriously evil, disgusting people, okay????  Got it???????  Let's agree on that and then work together to destroy these sick psycho sociopaths, okay???? 

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francis scott … Save_America1st Mon, 01/01/2018 - 04:17 Permalink

Save America First

Save America From America.

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Save the Soviet Union from the Soviet Union

Save Israel from Israel

Save Transylvania from Transylvania 







             A G E N T    O R A N GE    S N O W F L A K E


Ah, those were the good, old days.  

Days of napalm and agent orange.  

None of this depleted uranium and willy pete crap. 


Keep America Poisonous 


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delmar Jackson Save_America1st Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:35 Permalink

I kept waiting for you to start using all capitals. I voted you up anyway.  my favorite part was how you mentioned 3rd world immigration as a way to import a dumbed down electorate who will make it easier for the globalists to pick our bones. I always question peoples knowledge about immigration to see if they have a clue as to what is going on.Immigration = profit, power and punishment with no room for patriots. happy new year!

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Ron_Mexico Save_America1st Mon, 01/01/2018 - 22:30 Permalink

"Because he knew that the best way was to allow these arrogant psychos to "think" they were in control and to let them fuck up and expose themselves so badly in the public realm of the internet that it would prove to all the idiot low-IQ assholes and followers beyond all doubt that the assholes they follow are treasonous criminals."

-- The loopy lefties are so blinded by ideology and media indoctrination that no proof will ever cause them to see their heroes for what they are.  Ain't happenin', I'm afraid.

" They will either have to concede to the truth or they will end up in Guantanamo Bay with all the other traitors."

-- Can't see Trump actually locking up so-called "journalists."  Their loss of credibility, such as may occur, will be their worst punishment.

" This is why Meuller is stuck.  He's either going to have to continue to go through with his bullshit to the end so that it proves he's a fraud and that everything else is a fraud or he's going to have to be murdered or kill himself."

 -- Like Patrick Fitzgerald, Mueller will be able to get convictions on some process crimes that have nothing to do with the central thesis, collusion with the Russians.  Unlike Fitzgerald's little jihad, Mueller's findings will be used as a basis for impeachment proceedings.  Such impeachment will ultimately fail, but it offers Trump no real opportunity to clear the air, because impeachment is not a legal trial; it is a political process.

" Mid-term elections are coming and voting fraud and corruption is going to be a huge issue."

 -- Look for all out, scorched earth sexual abuse allegations against damn near every Republican Senator and congressman.

But I pretty much agree completely with everything else you said. If we really want to make America great again we have to win this war, whatever forms it takes.  That is definitely how the deep state globalists/NWO vermin are approaching it.

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earleflorida earleflorida Sun, 12/31/2017 - 19:12 Permalink

Brzezinski is dead 2017

Kissinger is Trumps advisor ,... and a very sickly man of date!?!

Think 'Good cop, Bad cop'?

Taiwan out of the storyline!

Japan, full frontal center, now that NK comes out of hibernation?

Iran under full frontal regime change today!

Syria is a done deal and putin tell trump to get the fuck out!

Ukraine now has the USSA supplying weapons up the yingyang!

Putin and Xi will back Iran with whatever it takes! Period!!!

USSA infrastructure ain't gonna get an upgrade from big Global (U.S. Corp's) coming back from china. China has already sweetened the money-making scheme giving them tax exemptions to stay!

Trump's gotta push hard for tax-holiday!!!

Fact: I can't stand lib's / Repub's or cankled Killary's, and for that matter the entire political system today. [But] the swamp (takes-the-poison'd chocolate cake served cold by Emperor Trump and Family) is just getting a big toxic ($$$) reptilian baited fish-kill to replace the bottom feeders with a moar adaptable hybrid "PURPLE" freedom-eater of a amphibious nature that can both survive in or out of the swamp...---[and] on a healthy diet of 'fake-news' that awfully easy to digest if ya swallow the 'red pill'!

again, fuck trump and his wars for Zionist Israel!!!  

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DeadFred HippieHaulers Sun, 12/31/2017 - 17:14 Permalink

The draining of the swamp has started and won't be stopped now. Lindsey and his boyfriend McCain will not be here much longer. Mueller has been flipped and will not touch Trump. Sessions, who has been playing possum, is about to unleash the wrath of God. Within two months we will know. The Federal Reserve Note will not survive the draining so prepare for inflation.

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greenskeeper carl BigCumulusClouds Sun, 12/31/2017 - 18:32 Permalink

I think its simpler than that. As a senator, Graham sees more than we do, and can read the writing on the wall. He probably just senses that all of this bullshit is about to blow up in the left/establishment's faces and wants to be on the right side of it. He doesn't want to be one of the handful of republicans still praising Mueller and his investigation when it comes unglued. Nothing but the usual political opportunism from snakes like lyndsey graham.

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