'Russiagate' Delusion Dies - Who Is 'Bill' Priestap?

Via TheConservativeTreehouse.com,

The game is over. The jig is up. Victory is certain... the trench was ignited... the enemy funneled themselves into the valley... all bait was taken… everything from here on out is simply mopping up the details.  All suspicions confirmed.

Why has Devin Nunes been so confident?  Why did all GOP HPSCI members happily allow the Democrats to create a 10-page narrative?  All questions are answered.


House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence member Chris Stewart appeared on Fox News with Judge Jeanine Pirro, and didn’t want to “make news” or spill the beans, but the unstated, between-the-lines, discussion was as subtle as a brick through a window.  Judge Jeannie has been on the cusp of this for a few weeks.

Listen carefully around 2:30, Judge Jeanine hits the bulls-eye; and listen to how Chris Stewart talks about not wanting to make news and is unsure what he can say on this...

...Bill Priestap is cooperating.

When you understand how central E.W. “Bill” Priestap was to the entire 2016/2017 ‘Russian Conspiracy Operation‘, the absence of his name, amid all others, created a curiosity.  I wrote a twitter thread about him last year and wrote about him extensively, because it seemed unfathomable his name has not been a part of any of the recent story-lines.

E.W. “Bill” Priestap is the head of the FBI Counterintelligence operation.  He was FBI Agent Peter Strozk’s direct boss.  If anyone in congress really wanted to know if the FBI paid for the Christopher Steele Dossier, Bill Priestap is the guy who would know everything about everything.

FBI Asst. Director in charge of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap was the immediate supervisor of FBI Counterintelligence Deputy Peter Strzok.

Bill Priestap is #1. Before getting demoted Peter 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.

FBI 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. *Very important detail.*

I cannot emphasize this enough. *VERY* important detail. Again, notice how Comey doesn’t use Priestap’s actual name, but refers to his position and title. Again, watch [Prompted]

FBI Director James Comey was caught entirely off guard by that first three minutes of that questioning. He simply didn’t anticipate it.

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.  In July 2016 the time the operation began, oversight was the responsibility of this group, the Gang of Eight:

Obviously, based on what we have learned since March 2017, 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.   After all, as FBI Agent Peter Strzok said it in his text messages, it was an “insurance policy”.

REMINDER – 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.”

So there we have FBI Director James Comey telling congress on March 20th, 2017, 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.

Apparently, according to Comey, Bill Priestap carries a great deal of influence if he could get his boss to NOT perform a statutory obligation simply by recommending he doesn’t do it.

Then again, Comey’s blame-casting there is really called creating a “fall guy”.  FBI Director James Comey was 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).

At that moment, that very specific moment during that March 20th hearing, anyone who watches these hearings closely could see FBI Director James Comey was attempting to create his own exit from being ensnared in the consequences from the wiretapping and surveillance operation of candidate Trump, President-elect Trump, and eventually President Donald Trump.

In essence, Bill Priestap was James Comey’s fall guy.  We knew it at the time that Bill Priestap would likely see this the same way.  The guy would have too much to lose by allowing James Comey to set him up.

Immediately there was motive for Bill Priestap to flip and become the primary source to reveal the hidden machinations.  Why should he take the fall for the operation when there were multiple people around the upper-levels of leadership who carried out the operation.

Our suspicions were continually confirmed because there was NO MENTION of Bill Priestap in any future revelations of the scheme team, 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 investigative process used for both FISA applications (June 2016, and Oct 21st 2016). Bill Priestap would be the person to approve of arranging, 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 just doesn’t happen. Heck, James Comey’s own March 20th testimony in that regard is concrete evidence of Priestap’s importance.

Everyone around Bill Priestap, above and below, were caught inside the investigative net.

Above him: James Comey, Andrew McCabe and James Baker. 

Below him: Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Jim Rybicki, Trisha Beth Anderson and Mike Kortan. 

Parallel to Priestap in main justice his peer John P Carlin resigned, Sally Yates fired, Mary McCord quit, Bruce Ohr was busted twice, and most recently Dave Laufman resigned.  All of them caught in the investigative net…. Only Bill Priestap remained, quietly invisible – still in position.

The reason was obvious.

Likely Bill Priestap made the decision after James Comey’s testimony on March 20th, 2017, when he realized what was coming.  Priestap is well-off financially; he has too much to lose.  He and his wife, Sabina Menschel, live a comfortable life in a $3.8 million DC home; she comes from a family of money.

While ideologically Bill and Sabina are aligned with Clinton support, and their circle of family and friends likely lean toward more liberal friends; no-one in his position would willingly allow themselves to be the scape-goat for the unlawful action that was happening around them.

Bill Priestap had too much to lose… and for what?

With all of that in mind, there is essentially no-way the participating members inside the small group can escape their accountability with Mr. Bill Priestap cooperating with the investigative authorities.

Now it all makes sense.  Devin Nunes interviewed Bill Priestap and Jim Rybicki prior to putting the memo process into place.  Rybicki quit, Priestap went back to work.

(page 5 pdf)

Bill Priestap remains the Asst. FBI Director in charge of counterintelligence operations.

It’s over.

I don’t want to see this guy, or his family, compromised.  This is probably the last I am ever going to write about him unless it’s in the media bloodstream. I can’t fathom the gauntlet of hatred and threats he is likely to face from the media and his former political social network if they recognize what’s going on.  BP is Deep-Throat x infinity… nuf said.

The rest of this entire enterprise is just joyfully dragging out the timing of the investigative releases in order to inflict maximum political pain upon the party of those who will attempt to excuse the inexcusable.

Then comes the OIG Horowitz report.

Then the grand jury empaneled (if not already); and while Democrats attempt to win seats in the 2018 election, arrests and indictments will hit daily headlines.

Oh, lordy...


Creative_Destruct tyrone Mon, 02/12/2018 - 04:51 Permalink

"Comey surrounded himself with political progressive hacks"  .... quote form the video.

Indeed. They ALL had a political agenda and the FBI was obviously politicized.

Then Comey claims "impartiality, " and continues to promote himself as "Mr. Integrity" (see new book title) while he throws Preistep under the bus by blaming him for not performing the statutorily required duty of reporting the Trump Campaign counterintelligence operation to Congress.

I hope Preistep has deep-throated these assholes and screwed them to the WALL.

I DESPISE this sanctimonious PHONY COMEY.

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lew1024 Jethro Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:52 Permalink

No, this isn't going away. This is 10 years of one investigation revealing more crimes, investigation of each of them revealing yet more, ...

George Webb yesterday says there are direct links between ratlines and money flowing into Clintons campaign last election. This isn't going away.

Trump will ride the show trials for his 2 terms and then his chosen successor (whoever is the next Special Counsel) for another 2 terms.

Trump will be judged the greatest president ever if he cleans out the Deep Black Swamp. He knows that.

Knowing what we know of Trump, I think he probably likes that idea.


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Billy the Poet yomutti2 Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:34 Permalink

But it was Hillary who paid for Kremlin help in the election.


How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled His Explosive Trump-Russia Dossier

Source A—to use the careful nomenclature of his dossier—was “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure.” Source B was “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.”


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Jim in MN gregga777 Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:55 Permalink

Russia is unimportant in all of this.

The fact is that the globalist neolibcon scum attempted a coup.  It wouldn't have been any different if Russia had never existed.

They made up lies and turned the police state on a US candidate.

There is no greater crime in our Republic.

Russia, Elbonia, Alpha Centauri....so fucking what?

It's simply cover for high treason.

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Billy the Poet Jim in MN Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:01 Permalink

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."  - US Constitution


You need those Russians in the mix in order for the Democrats to qualify for a treason charge. Otherwise you're left with charges of sedition which can also get the job done.

Russia is important because it was corruption in the Uranium One deal of which the Clintons were guilty that made them come up with the idea of tarring Trump with the Russian collaborator label.

But any Russian meddling in the election took place entirely at the invitation of DNC operatives. One can hardly blame the Russians for feeding them a line.

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PN7 Billy the Poet Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:39 Permalink

ROSATOM is the Russian agency which dealt with Hillary Clinton on the Uranium One deal.  One of the people killed in the Moscow plane crash was this guy:

"Former Deputy Director General of ROSATOM Vyacheslav Pershukov has been appointed ROSATOM's special representative for international scientific and technical projects.
His responsibilities will include: Russia's representation at the international thermonuclear experimental reactor ITER; the creation of a centre for the study of ions and antiprotons in Europe; and the organisation of an international research centre for Russia's multipurpose sodium-cooled fast neutron research reactor, or MBIR by its Russian acronym.
He will also head the Rosatom Technology Development Centre, which is being created at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI)."

So it seems there is now one less person to testify about what Hillary got out of the Uranium One Deal.

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Jim in MN HenryHall Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:35 Permalink

Oh I am pretty sure that the documented alliances with globalists who hate sovereignty, including US sovereignty, renders them our enemies.  And then there's the 'Israeli official--close hold' Podesta emails in which Mideast policy changes that ran counter to then-existing US policy were promised.   I believe some call that collusion with a foreign power.  Are they our friends?   What a nice question for the courts and the public.

I didn't mean Russians.

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Skeptic Naive PN7 Mon, 02/12/2018 - 07:34 Permalink

Now, by some other rumours it was Vyacheslav IVANOV who perished in the crash, not Pershukov

That is true, and not.  https://66.ru/news/world/208227/

Indeed, there is such a name in the deads list.

Indeed, there is such a name in RosAtom tops list.

Except that the perished one has his birthday as 22.06.1986 - a bit too young to be RosAtom CEO, isn't it?

And perhaps finding a guy named Ivanov in Russia is not much harder than finding a guy named Jones in USA.

And Alex Jones, we know, is sooooo Alex Jones...

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