WSJ Asks What Are Adam Schiff, The Justice Department, & The FBI Trying To Hide?

Authored by Kimberley Strassel via The Wall Street Journal,

Operation 'Sabotage The Memo'

Rep. Adam Schiff has many talents, though few compare to his ability to function as a human barometer of Democratic panic. The greater the level of Schiff hot, pressured air, the more trouble the party knows it’s in.

Mr. Schiff’s millibars have been popping ever since the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, on which he is ranking Democrat, last week voted to make a classified GOP memo about FBI election year abuses available to every House member. Mr. Schiff has spit and spun and apoplectically accused his Republican colleagues of everything short of treason. The memo, he insists, is “profoundly misleading,” not to mention “distorted” and “political,” and an attack on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He initially tried to block his colleagues from reading it. Having failed, he’s now arguing Americans can know the full story only if they see the underlying classified documents.

This is highly convenient, given the Justice Department retains those documents and is as eager to make them public as a fox is to abandon the henhouse. Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes had to threaten a contempt citation simply to get permission for his committee to gain access, and even then investigators had to leave Capitol Hill to view them, and were allowed only to take notes. Mr. Nunes has no authority to declassify them. The best he can do in his continuing transparency efforts is to summarize their contents. Only in Schiff land is sunshine suddenly a pollutant.

The Schiff pressure gauge is outmatched only by the Justice Department and the FBI, which are now mobilizing their big guns to squelch the truth. That included a Wednesday Justice Department letter to Mr. Nunes—written by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, designed as a memo to the media, copied to its allies in Washington, and immediately leaked to the public. And the department wonders why anyone doubts the integrity of all its hardworking professionals.

Mr. Boyd gets in his cheap shots, for instance slamming Mr. Nunes for moving to release a memo based on documents that Mr. Nunes hasn’t even “seen.” He apparently thinks Rep. Trey Gowdy —the experienced former federal prosecutor Mr. Nunes asked to conduct the review of those docs—isn’t qualified to judge questions of national security. He hyperventilates that it would be “reckless” for the committee to make its memo public without first letting the Justice Department review it and “advise [the committee] of the risk of harm to national security.” Put another way, it is Mr. Boyd’s position that the Justice Department gets to provide oversight of Congress. The Constitution has it the other way around.

The bigger, swampier game here is to rally media pressure, and to mau-mau Mr. Nunes into giving the department a veto over the memo’s release. Ask Sen. Chuck Grassley how that goes. Mr. Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, recently sent a referral to the department for a criminal probe into dossier author Christopher Steele. He then in good faith asked the department its views on an unclassified portion of that referral that he wants to make public. The department invented a classified reason to block public release, and has refused to budge for weeks.

The Boyd letter is also a first step toward a bigger prize: President Trump. Under House rules, a majority of the Intelligence Committee can vote to declassify the memo. Mr. Trump then has up to five days to object to its release. If he doesn’t object, the memo goes public. If he does, a majority of the House would have to vote to override him.

The shrieks of reckless harm and national security are designed to pressure Mr. Trump to object.

And wait for it: In coming days the Justice Department’s protectors will gin up a separate, desperate claim that Mr. Trump will somehow be “interfering” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe unless he objects to the release. According to this view, it is Mr. Trump’s obligation not just to sit by while the media and the Mueller team concoct their narrative, but to block any evidence that might undercut it.

The slippery shadow in all this is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal put Mr. Rosenstein in charge of digging into the actions—right or wrong—of the Justice Department and FBI in 2016. Instead of taking up that challenge, he named an old and dear friend of the FBI as special counsel, and directed him only to look at Mr. Trump. And Mr. Rosenstein appears to have signed up as an active participant in the effort to thwart any congressional investigation of the other side of the issue.

A department head interested in truth doesn’t flout subpoenas. He doesn’t do a runaround of the Intelligence Committee and try to sucker House Speaker Paul Ryan into aiding a stonewall by asking him to intervene just before a deadline and block a contempt citation. He doesn’t sit on the knowledge of outrageous texts between FBI agents and force Congress to drag it out of him. And he doesn’t sign off on the leaks and character assassination in which his department daily engages to undermine Congress.

The good news is that these frantic reactions are a sign Americans are getting closer to the truth. So long as the truth-tellers keep moving forward.

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Chupacabra-322 Son of Loki Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:26 Permalink

 

My analysis perfectly describes the Tyrannical Lawlessness these Criminals are hiding.  

 

This is Criminal Treason & Seditious acts as well as Political Espionage involving the highest Compartmentalized Levels of the NSA, GCHQ, CIA, FBI, DOJ, IRS and perhaps other Agencies it’s Agents & Officials including the Office of the CEO “President”at the time Barrack H. Obama.

 

This entire Criminal Deep State Intelligence Operation was data mining formuling the first of its kind Parallel Construction Case consisting of a Criminal Deep State CIA, FBI, DOJ Scripted False Narrative / PsyOp With the objective ousting a sitting President via a soft coup.

 

The Criminal, illegal domestic surveillance of US citizens without a warrant or probable cause is only one symptom of many of how corrupt our government is at all levels.  Voters don't matter.  The deep state is not elected.  Money talks in Washington and the revolving door spins like a top.  Criminality & Corruption is so rampant, it is neither illegal or “hidden in plain sight” anymore. 

 

Criminal Congressmen can profit on insider information (no thanks to the Stock Act and Harry Reid who put a stop to it).  Special interests not only put their puppets in power and select their candidates before the election but write their own laws verbatim and hand them over to their puppets WHO DON'T EVEN READ THE TEXT THEY ARE PASSING!

 

This is not conspiracy folks.  This is the country you live in.  The only reason Trump is pissed about it is because it AFFECTED HIM!  If you think he cares about you, then you haven't been paying attention. 

 

Everyone except those who are supportive of a police state, and neo-feudalism are in for a rough time.  That is, of course, if this once great nation doesn't get turned into a pile of ash for starting WWIII - likely in 2018. 

 

Realize this didn't happen overnight and it didn't happen without the people's consent.  Folks didn't have a problem with special interests taking over our government despite repeat warnings from Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan and others.  Folks believed what the MSM spoon fed them.   People didn't bother to question or hold their leaders accountable.  They allowed their rights to be systematically stripped away with new legislation that made the constitution effectively obsolete.   This goes back to at least Wilson, the formation of the FED, the Counsel On Foreign Relations, Rockefeller, the Rothchild's, JP Morgan, .etc.  What wwe are experiencing now is the maturity of a Criminal corrupt government who no longer exists for the people it claims to represent and instead sees them as an obstacle (as Rex Tillerson so eloquently put it). 

All evil needs is for good people to remain silent.  The American people have remained collectively silent (divided, and distracted) for generations.  I do not see them uniting any time soon. 

Insane times indeed...

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???ö? Wannabe_Oracle Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:30 Permalink

Courtesy of Reddit: 

https://tinyurl.com/Bill-Priestap

 

Bill Priestap is the FBI Director of Counterintelligence.

Bill Priestap was the immediate supervisor of FBI Counterintelligence Deputy Peter Strzok . Priestap is #1, Strzok was #2.

The investigation into candidate Donald Trump was a counterintelligence operation. That operation began in July 2016. Bill Priestap would have been in charge of that, along with all other, FBI counterintelligence operations.

FBI Deputy Peter Strzok was specifically in charge of the Trump counterintel op. However, Strzok would be reporting to Bill Priestap on every detail and couldn't (according to structure anyway) make a move without Priestap approval.

On March 20th 2017 congressional testimony, James Comey was asked why the FBI Director did not inform congressional oversight about the counterintelligence operation that began in July 2016. https://youtu.be/HlXXZQgh72Y

Director Comey said he did not tell congressional oversight he was investigating presidential candidate Donald Trump because the Director of Counterintelligence suggested he not do so. Important detail. https://youtu.be/HlXXZQgh72Y

Comey doesn't use Priestap's actual name, but refers to his position and title. FBI Director James Comey was caught entirely off guard by that first three minutes of questioning. He simply didn't anticipate it.  https://youtu.be/HlXXZQgh72Y  

Oversight protocol requires the FBI Director to tell the congressional intelligence "Gang of Eight" of any counterintelligence operations. The Go8 has oversight into these ops at the highest level of classification. At the time it was this group: Ryan, Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, Burr, Feinstein, Schiff & Nunes.

Based on what we know, and what has surfaced recently, we can all see why the FBI would want to keep it hidden that they were running a counterintelligence operation against a presidential candidate. As FBI Agent Peter Strzok said it was an "insurance policy".

FBI Agent Strzok to FBI Attorney Page: "I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

"Insurance Policy" text link FBI agent's anti-Trump text messages released to Congress A series of text messages exchanged between top FBI employees referring to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump as an "idiot" and "d*uche," while fearing... Texts

James Comey is telling congress that the reason he didn't inform the statutory oversight "Gang of Eight" was because Bill Priestap (Director of Counterintelligence) recommended he didn't do it.

Comey creates a "fall guy". FBI Director James Comey is ducking responsibility in March 2017 by blaming FBI Director of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap for not informing congress of the operation that began in July 2016. (9 months prior). Comey creates his own exit from getting ensnared in the consequences from the wiretapping and surveillance operation of President Donald Trump.

Bill Priestap is James Comey's shield from liability.

There has been NO MENTION of Bill Priestap in any of the recent revelations, despite his centrality to all of it.

Bill Priestap would have needed to authorize Peter Strzok to engage with Christopher Steele over the "Russian Dosssier".

Bill Priestap would have needed to approve of the underlying documents that were used for both FISA applications (June/July and Sept/Oct).

Bill Priestap would be the person to approve of paying, or reimbursing, Christopher Steele for the Russian Dossier used in their counterintelligence operation and subsequent FISA application.

Without Bill Priestap involved, approvals, etc. the entire Russian/Trump Counterintelligence operation doesn't happen. Comey's testimony is also evidence of Priestap's importance.

When Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testified (w/ James Clapper), she too spoke of the important of Priestap as her liaison and contact within the FBI on the counterintelligence operation. [Yates never mentioned Peter Strzok]

Even though it was FBI agent Peter Strzok who interviewed Michael Flynn on January 24th, [link below] Sally Yates never mentioned him. EVER. FBI supervisor removed from Special Counsel's Office had interviewed Michael Flynn - Sara A. Carter “The most logical thing to happen would be to call the other FBI Special Agent present during Flynn’s interview before the Grand Jury to recount his version,” said a former U.S. Intelligence Official… [Flynn Interview](saraacarter.com/2017/12/04/fbi-supervisor-removed-from-special-counsels-office-had-interviewed-michael-flynn/)

Deputy AG Sally Yates did talk about Bill Priestap during her testimony.
Yates said she and Bill Priestap traveled together, Jan 26th, to the White House to inform Don McGhan (White House Counsel) of Michael Flynn "misleading statements" (based on Pence media reports and Flynn prior ambush interview Jan 24th).

According to Sally Yates testimony, she and Bill Priestap reportedly presented all the information to McGahn so the White House could take action that they deemed appropriate.

So you can see that Bill Priestap is a central figure. Comey defers to him; Yates relied on him; Strzok reports to him.

There's no mention of Bill Priestap in any of the explosive investigative story-lines in the past two weeks. Why?

Bill Priestap is FBI Director of Counterintelligence. There's no way he hasn't been caught inside the investigative net.

Priestap's boss, Andrew McCabe has been caught. His subordinate, Peter Strzok, has been caught. FBI Director Comey pushed Priestap in front of the bus.

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ReZn8r Wannabe_Oracle Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:44 Permalink

Very good post.

It does not matter the political party, the problem is with the bureaucracy. Absolutely no one will be fired, go to jail or even executed over the crimes these bureaucracies have committed. I truly doubt that anyone gets charged with anything excepting DJT. Somehow they will find a way to charge him. It is a real fucking shame, we are in a RIGGED FUCKING GAME.

We cannot vote our way out of this because the bureaucracy is not elected. We need to wake up and realize that we do not need these lying sons of bitches at all. The IC agencies do not do a fucking thing for the American people at all. Name me one agency that is working for the citizens of this country. We have no need for a DOJ, FBI, or CIA. The only people that benefit from these criminals are its employees and the companies and people of their choosing. These people and these agencies think and believe they are ABOVE THE LAW, and fuck the Americans.

The only way to end this madness is for the bureaucrats to be physically thrown out on the streets. When they do get thrown out lets hope someone is there to greet them.

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Noktirnal Chupacabra-322 Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:08 Permalink

Yes. It gets extremely dangerous from here out. Dangerous for what little freedom we have left. When people can no longer agree on issues like Free Speech, you may come out the other side with much, much less liberty. This is when they go for everything. Speech, Assembly, Arms... Search and Seizure, Self-incrimination, Right to Counsel... These are mostly gone already, what's next?

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dgc0101 swmnguy Fri, 01/26/2018 - 13:49 Permalink

And it's my opinion that you are the kind of person who would shill for anyone who'll justify such underlying criminal behavior so long as you agree with their politics. It's obvious that more people than you actually care about such things as the rule of law, and that while no one is above it, no one is under it either.

Evidence matters, and it is increasingly clear to anyone with integrity that the fingers are now rightly pointing at those who made many unsubstantiated accusations against a duly elected and sitting POTUS.

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bkboy swmnguy Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:56 Permalink

Gee, thanks, I otherwise wouldn't have understood that, swmnguy.

Seriously, though, you are kidding yourself if you think anything you read doesn't have some opinion.  The most "factual" article carries with it the author's opinion of what he/she thought was important to report and what he/she chose to believe from the reporting of others.

And the opposite is also true.  Most opinion are full of facts, as otherwise they are not persuasive.  Somebody who takes the time to write an "opinion piece" is most likely interested in changing the opinion of others, which usually requires a logical progression of thought tied to certain acknowledged facts.  Otherwise, it is "just an opinion" that will not likely change that of the reader.

Here, Kimberly's opinion if full of facts.  They do not necessarily lead to her conclusion, but they are nonetheless persuasive.  A lot more persuasive than the so-called "news" reporting of the MSM which selectively reports the facts they want to emphasize (based entirely upon their opinion of what readers "should" know, which is usually the same as their opinion of what their corporate paymasters want their readers to know) and ignores everything else.

Here is a good example.  We have about 330,000,000 people in the U.S.  Of those, only one is President.  The MSM almost daily "reports" the rumors, leaks, innuendos and outright lies about an FBI "investigation" into this one person.  Meanwhile, an ordinary American family was similarly investigated and even arrested by the same FBI.  The former has billions in wealth to buy the services of the best attorneys in the nation; the latter, not so much.  Wouldn't you think that if you owned a newspaper, your "readers" would be more interested in learning about the latter's legal battles than the former's?  And if you believe, as all the newspaper owners claim, that the primary purpose of a newspaper is to "speak to power" or act as a "watchdog" for the "common man", wouldn't such a newspaper serve its readers' interests more by following such a common man's arrest, trial and exoneration than it would following the travails of a billionaire?

I think so, but that is not what I have seen any MSM organization do.  I have heard NOTHING about the Bundy case --- other than the government's repeated claims, the Bundy's arrest and prosecution.  As soon as the result did not follow from the MSM's earlier "reporting", coverage was dropped after a one-time reporting that all charges were dismissed against the Bundys.

So you are half correct: nothing in the MSM is worth reading because it is ALL opinion.  This does not mean there are "fake facts" or that truth is unimportant.  To the contrary, truth is the objective, which is exactly why you have to rely on more credible sources to get there.  The only credible source I use is my own logical thinking which allows me to read both "opinion" pieces and "factual" pieces, read "both" or "all" sides of a story, synthesize what I read with my own experiences, and come to a truth that I believe is more probable than not.  Indeed, that is all anybody has.

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The Great Hambino Son of Loki Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:01 Permalink

The Fake News knows that we are getting closer and closer to the truth. At this point, they're either going to lose all credibility once the truth comes out, or be on the side of the truth. Now is the moment to make that decision for WSJ. 

Listen to Dan Bongino's podcast. This guy has been telling it like it is for weeks now. It's all shaping up for a massive ending. The Obama Administration spied on the Trump campaign. They reverse engineered a crime. Michael Flynn was the sacrificial lamb. This is the biggest scandal in American history.

Libs don't know what is coming. Dems in the government know that FISA memo is damaging. They're doing everything they can to discredit it and make sure it doesn't get released.

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MEFOBILLS BigWillyStyle887 Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:31 Permalink

The Jew theft is through many mechanisms, but mostly through "Private Banking" and the holding of pyramid of stocks.  Jew theft is the ability to create debts against the world, and then harvest their debtors - to milk them.  The mechanism is essentially that of a parasite.

Big banks tend to consume small banks, forming tip of a pyramid.  Usury from finance flows upward toward this tip, so a few illuminists at top have control over economies.  If our ((masters)) end up owning patents and productive companies, all the better.

Central Banks were a creation of the PRIVATE BANK SYSTEM.  Central banks like Federal Reserve came into being purposefully to create a money trust.   All  private banks today are networked via connected reserve loops.  Double entry ledger mechanics  requires numbers to balance overnight, hence tying bank ledgers together was desirable by "finance."   In this way, credit issued anywhere can be balanced somewhere else in the world.  Ultimately, this is the main animating idea behind one world government. Privateer money power wants to balance its ledgers, and desires its ability to emit world's "credit."

Jew theft is also through "international" trade, inserting themselves into trade deals to then allow nations to import/export.  

Keynes showed us how his Bancor would allow nations to export/import without theft.  Schacht showed us his trading bank system would allow countries to credit each other, to then import/export.  Thus, Schacht cut the Jew out of international trade system.

Quote from Churchill:

Germany’s most unforgivable crime before the Second World War was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the world’s trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit

http://www.renegadetribune.com/winston-churchill-germanys-unforgivable-…

Money power has to be ripped from Jew hands, otherwise worldwide shit-show will continue forever. We are paying for our own dispossession.

www.sovereignmoney.eu

 

 

 

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MarsInScorpio BigWillyStyle887 Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:41 Permalink

BigWilley has been signed up for just over 4 months, just like so many other human bots trolling for the coup d'etat. 

This is a coup d'etat folks. Just because they haven't rolled out the tanks, or conducted middle-of-the-night mass arrests doesn't make it any less of a coup d'etat.

Cut the Weasel Words and call it what it is: coup d'etat. And those involved are seditious criminals unfit to be anywhere other than Leavenworth. Forever. 

The Malcious Seditious Media are part and parcel of the coup d'etat. They have forfeited any claim to First Amendment rights - you do not have a "right" to commit sedition in support of a coup d'etat to overthrow the lawfully elected president of the United States.

It is our obligation to interfere with their attempts to broadcast or publish their seditious materials. Again, the First Amendment protects lawful speech; seditious speech is by definition criminal speech.

Therefore, preventing their seditious speech, and the actions of the coup d'etat participants, is a lawful exercise in stopping their criminal activities.

This is a highly sophisticated concepulization of the current national crisis. We don't have to wait for the tanks and secret arrests to know exactly what is occurring,  and move to put an end to it by arresting the coup d'etat participants and anyone supporting them.

Just as you don't have the freedom to yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater,  you also don't have the freedom to commit criminal speech through sedition to further the ongoing coup d'etat. 

Support the counter-coup: interfere with the Malcious Seditious Media wherever you see them trying to broadcast or publish their seditious materials.

And support the president by supporting a mass removal of the coup d'etat participants throughout the government.

Note to anyone who threatens to resign over the removals: Your interference is supporting the coup d'etat; get out now before you are arrested as a criminal accessory. 

We are not going to allow the coup d'etat to overthrow the lawfully elected president of the United States. "Move on over, or we are going to move on over you."

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TRM . . . _ _ _ . . . Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:04 Permalink

You block the protocol. Only 3 or 4 choke points and they will do what they are told. And don't think tunnelling it through HTTPS or SSH will work. They've already shown they can detect TOR packets inside HTTPS/SSH and if they can block TOR they can block BTC. If it can be identified, it can be blocked. 

http://www.netresec.com/?page=Blog&month=2013-04&post=Detecting-TOR-Com…

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