DoJ Confirms Inspector General Will Probe "Impropriety, Political Motivation" Of Obama FBI Spying On Trump

Update: Just a few hours after President Trump "hereby demanded" that the DoJ investigate whether or not the "FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump campaign for Political Purposes," Axios' Jonathan Swan reports that Justice has confirmed a probe has begun. DoJ's Sarah Isgur Flores:

"The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct."

The Deputy Attorney General issued the following statement:

“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.

The liberal media is in full panic, meltdown mode, exclaiming that Trump has "interfered" with the investigation...

And The New York Times..."...in ordering up a new inquiry, Mr. Trump went beyond his usual tactics of suggesting wrongdoing and political bias by those investigating him, and crossed over into applying overt presidential pressure on the Justice Department to do his bidding, an extraordinary realm where past presidents have hesitated to tread...

Legal experts said such a presidential intervention had little precedent, and could force a clash between the sitting president and his Justice Department that is reminiscent of the one surrounding Richard M. Nixon during Watergate, when a string of top officials resigned rather than carry out Nixon’s order to fire a special prosecutor investigating him."

“I can’t think of a prior example of a sitting president ordering the Justice Department to conduct an investigation like this one,” said Stephen I. Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

“That’s little more than a transparent effort to undermine an ongoing investigation.”

And The Deep State is furious... (or worried they're about to get busted)

Not everybody is so concerned...

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President Trump is officially requesting that the Department of Justice investigate whether or not the "FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump campaign for Political Purposes," as well as whether "any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama administration." He will make this demand official on Monday.

On Saturday, Trump called for the DOJ to "release or review" a cache of documents that will allow Congressional investigators to get to the bottom of revelations that the FBI sent an informant to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

Never missing a beat, the NYT's Maggie Haberman was quick to ask rhetorically "and if the answer is no, will White House accept it?"

Meanwhile, another rhetorical question came from across the ideological aisle, when Nick Short mused that "Maybe it’s time some “reporters” start asking Obama what he knew & when he knew it? After all, former FBI Director Comey briefed National Security Council Principal’s about Carter Page in “late Spring 2016.” This was a counterintelligence investigation, not criminal, Obama knew."

We look forward to the answers.

As a reminder, the informant, identified as 73-year-old University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, a U.S. citizen living in London who approached four campaign aides during the 2016 US election for purposes of espionage on behalf of the FBI, according to reports last week in the New York Times and Washington Post

es·pi·o·nage

noun

  1. the practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information.

    synonyms: spying, infiltration;

Halper - a longtime FBI and CIA asset whose former father-in-law was former Deputy CIA Director Ray Cline, notably got caught spying on the Carter administration during the 1980 election, "reportedly under the direction of former CIA Director and then-Vice-Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush," according to The Intercept.

The plot involved CIA operatives passing classified information about Carter’s foreign policy to Reagan campaign officials in order to ensure the Reagan campaign knew of any foreign policy decisions that Carter was considering. -The Intercept

How did we get to Stefan Halper again?

August 22, 2017Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson told Congressional investigators that former MI6 spy Christopher Steele said the FBI had corroborated parts of the salacious and unverified "Trump-Russia' dossier with "a human source from inside the Trump organization." 

March 25 of this year, the Daily Caller exclusively reported that Cambridge professor Stefan Halper had met with Trump aide George Papadopoulos and "two other campaign advisers," including Carter Page. In September 2016, Halper contacted Papadopoulos and lured him to London for work on a foreign policy paper for the sum of $3,000. Halper reportedly asked "George, you know about hacking the emails from Russia, right?" The Trump aide reportedly told Halper he didn't know anything about them, and the topic was dropped.

George Papadopoulos, Stefan Halper, Carter Page

May 8, a fierce battle between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and the DOJ's Rod Rosenstein over the cache of documents detailing the "human source" came to a head, after The Washington Post reported that Nunes had been denied access to the intelligence - which had already been seen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The White House agreed with the DOJ that the materials were too hot to give Congress - and "could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI."

May 9, the DOJ reversed course, allowing Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to receive a classified briefing on the documents (not the documents themselves, as Trump referred top in his tweet). 

May 10, journalist Kimberly Strassel, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, penned an op-ed in the WSJ in which she said she knew who the informant was.

May 11, journalist Paul Sperry noted an entry in Stefan Halper's Wikipedia page that read "He has been exposed as a CIA and M-16 spy behind the FBI Russiagate investigations of the Trump Campaign and is an informant to the Mueller Special Prosecutor investigation" - which was quickly taken down.

Sperry also tweeted "In summer 2016, Brennan with his FBI liaison Strzok, along with help from Kerry @ State, were trying to set Russian espionage traps for minor players in the Trump campaign through cultivated intel assets." 

May 15, the Daily Caller reported that Congressional investigators were reviewing Glenn Simpson's August 2017 testimony regarding the "human source from within the Trump organization."

May 16, the New York Times revealed that "at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos." The Wednesday report also disclosed the existence of "Operation Crossfire Hurricane" - the FBI's code name for their early Trump-Russia investigation, which they say originated after the Australian diplomat Alexander Downer told authorities that the Trump aide bragged in May 2016 that he knew the Russians had Hillary Clinton's emails.

Alexander Downer, George Papadopoulos

Given Sperry's tweet above, it strongly suggests that then-CIA Director John Brennan, FBI agent Peter Strzok and Secretary of State John Kerry were working with the informant (Halper) to set "Russian espionage traps" for members of Trump's campaign as part of Operation Crossfire Hurricane.

Finally, on Friday, May 18, the Washington Post and New York Times published reports which don't mention the informant's name, but included enough detail to easily identify him as Halper even without the Daily Caller's article from March.

For example, The New York Times describes the informant as "an American academic who teaches in Britain," who "made contact late that summer with one campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos." While The Post reports "For years, the professor has provided information to the FBI and the CIA."

These descriptions corroborate the March report ofrom the Daily Caller which described Halper as a "Cambridge professor with connections to the CIA" who contacted Papadopoulos "Two months before the 2016 election."

Halper has ostensibly been a spook for decades - enlisted by the FBI in the summer of 2016 to spy on members of the Trump campaign. As such, he was probably sweating bullets on November 9, 2016 - the day Hillary was supposed to have won the election.

Meanwhile, the MSM seems to be splitting hairs over the definition of "spy" and "informant," as they are trying to sell the FBI/DOJ spy operation as simply "helping" Trump by looking out for pesky Russian moles his campaign.

At the end of the day, according to all accounts - the US Intelligence community was categorically, by definition, spying on the Trump campaign no matter how hard the MSM tries to spin things.

And now we wait to see if the DOJ will hand over those documents...  

Comments

revolla sheikurbootie Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:22 Permalink

Pft! Trump LOVES those distractions.

Distraction n.

Something that makes it difficult to pay attention or that draws attention away from familiar or everyday concerns.

In other words, Trump can't accomplish anything for the US, except doing stuff for Israhell, so he relies on Distractions.

1. He bombed Syria for Israhell

2. Opened Embassy in Stolen Jerusalem for Israhell

3. Cancelled the agreement with Iran for Israhell at the expense of lucrative trades

4. Shuts his eyes to Israhell's crimes vs humanity

5. Constantly puts Israhell first ahead of America's interests in the Middle East.

All this shows a man with NO morals who doesn't care about his country.

 

Artist's IMPRESSION of Satanyahoo RIDING Trump

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Joe Davola Gadfly Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:54 Permalink

Interesting the tweet from Haberman - does she know more than the president?

Funny how the Bushes keep showing up here, Trump called out Jeb - so they discretely have discussions with their people who've done them favors in the past.  What GHWB was running with the Carter campaign sounds similar to Watergate.  However, clearly using/coordinating federal officials to bait criminal traps is a significant step up from trying to get inside scoop on the opposition's policy positions - that's where Obama pushed it to the next level.

If nothing comes of this, we've taken a significant leap in how campaigns are run - or if they've been run this way in the past, pulling back the curtain sets the stage for an even higher level of devious politicking.  Of course, it's hard to outdo the ongoing voter fraud that routinely occurs.

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Tarzan bh2 Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:29 Permalink

“OMG this is fucking terrifying: A victory by Mr Trump remains possible.”

“I am worried about what Trump is encouraging in our behavior.”

The FBI

Lets be clear here on this specific point.  Halper was not investigating Trump, as the NYT and WP would have us believe, that's obvious for most, but don't fall for the trap that he was simply a spy.  That too is a diversion!

Halper was not sent to spy on Trump, just to find dirt, he was sent to entrap the Trump team, to invent the Russian story, to rig an election!

“George, you know about hacking the e-mails from Russia, right?”

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Arctic Frost Tarzan Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:40 Permalink

 

Right you are! Even Mueller’s indictment of Papadopoulos spelled the entrapment out. It described the multiple times he tried to get the Trump Campaign to meet with the Russians. THANK GOD THEY DIDN’T! ALL of us (no matter what conspiracies we do or do not believe in) need to be behind this and support Trump’s investigations. You want to fry him afterwards, be my guest, but THIS is what we elected him to do!

 

LET’S NOT FUCK IT UP!

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SybilDefense Tarzan Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

Podesta paid the Bensenson Strategy Group (https://www.bsgco.com a poli strategy firm that created the Obama for America campaign ) for a report on what to do if HRC appeared to be loosing (or lost as it happens).  There were 7 suggestions, with the pros and con's worked out for each (called project Salvage?).  Each idea showed that maintaining the party in charge is best for the country, such as an Zika or Virus outbreak, or a racial war (notice how BLM came then disappeared after a few months of usefulness to the Dems?).  No #1 on the list was "Russian Invasion- Red Dawn".  I couldn't see Russians attacking from Canada and Mexico as a viable option, but that's not where the DNC went with this.  Months after this report Hillary started squaking about Russian interference, out of the blue.  Now it makes sense.  They planned to create the Russian interference by planting Halper to create the evidence they needed for their narrative.  Now that they lost, the only hope is to impeach and get a do-over with perhaps at least more compliant opponent (McCain? Graham? Enter any deep state R).  In their sick dream, the country demand Obama back and he gets a 3+ term with Hillary as his own Puppet.

I don't know why more folks aren't talking about this report. The Bensenson Group " Salvage report.  I guess because the #7 option was called project bluebeam that projected aliens or Jesus in the clouds on election day, hoping for mass hysteria and ability to hand out an it anxiety meds to everyone.  Ironically, this was the Reports suggested path with the least consequences, while getting 90% of the country on lithium to boot.  I thought this to be crazy, but then again... Russians?  C'mon

Notice how BLM and the heightened racial tensions started 8 months before the election, with "military grade" police assassins that mysteriously got blown up prior to questioning by the special police squad (like the shooter ever existed!?). There are some pretty fucked up dudes out there...many which were voted into office.

Read this report. https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/10/21/hillary-clintons-campaign-p…

If it hasn't happened yet, it will once Russia gate fails.  Anyone read anything about an virus (Ebola) outbreak recently??? Hmmmm

Sick fucks!

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Theta_Burn bh2 Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:41 Permalink

Mr. Mueller, thanks so much for leaving no lead uninvestigated, no FBI set-up unindicted, for turning a blind eye..when told to, and after 2 years of nothing but obfuscation, blunder, and attempt to throw off the scent of not only your guilt, but the guilt of those who your investigation has really inadvertently(?) exposed.

Mr. Mueller a man who was dropped into a barrel of titties...only to come up sucking his thumb..

Thanks a ton.. (or do they really have the goods on you, and this is your penance?)

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Terminaldude Gadfly Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

An investigation to make sure the fucks don't walk.  This is big SHIT that is going down.  This isn't some two bit 7-11 robbery investigation.  People are killed in this shit (SETH RICH RIP).

Everyone seems to forget that this is the Arms and Tentacles of a Government out of control and you don't just go in making accusations without any proof.  This is going to be the biggest TAKE DOWN of the Deep State EVER in USA History (Honest people hope anyway).

We live in a "Instant Gratification" Society but life in the REAL world does not operate that quickly when real humans are tracking down crimes.  It will all come to pass and 10 years from now, the US Government will be nothing like it has been, and hopefully for the betterment of all US citizens as well as People around the World.  The Nefarious SHIT that the US Government has been doing to its own people as well as the rest of the people on this planet is atrocious and is in the process of being dismantled.

I think this summer will be a VERY interesting time and a scary time for the Scum bags.

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SybilDefense Gadfly Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:53 Permalink

If you or I were a public official or law officer and were accused of doing something nafarious, we would get a free non paid vacation until the allegations are cleared.  Not so in politics. At worse they get transferred to a new desk, often with no financial recourse.

Brennon must go to jail.  Here is what he will be singing by fathers day https://youtu.be/vJEwo_gwO9M

How can Hillary's team pay for a British fabrication of dirt on Trump and get the previous gov's full blessing, yet someone approaches the Trump team with dirt on Hillary from a Russian that was not even accepted (useless public knowledge) and the Tax payer gets to foot a special prosecutors salary for years, and its called outrageous collusion? 

If no voters were influenced at the physical polls, what's the difference if party's use dirt from the vast pool of opposition research firms here in the US or anywhere for that matter.  Bottom line is Hillary did her crime (real dirt) vs Trump dirt was fabricated.

The MSM owners should be held accountable as co-conspirators for publishing false narratives.  There is a difference between outright lying for financial and political gain, and shear stupidity.  No one is calling the "never trump" cabal stupid. 

Obama needs to answer some big Questions NOW.  Just because he's an ex prez (and black) doesn't mean Hands Off! He will be valuable when he flips the ID of the puppet masters who got him elected and pulled his strings for 8+ years.  And you know he will flip, because he no longer has his gang with him (the full power of the US gov, DOJ, CIA, FBI).  Ears will squeal big time on his masta's.  Its what they do when they be victims.

Maybe then the people will get the country back. Without a powerful enforcement of our constitutional laws, and a comprehensive kick to the deep state cheats, be prepared for some major badness coming to a neighborhood near you.

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Posa Got The Wrong No Sun, 05/20/2018 - 14:51 Permalink

The whole Russiagate investigation is a circular sham where one Brit - Clinton agent verifies another's fake dossier ie. Halper and Downer "confirm" Steele's fake dossier... and then the colluding FBI execs take this pile of fraud to FISA and start bugging and further infiltrating the Trump campaign. The fun starts when the players all turn on Obama- Lynch and claim innocence on account of they were only following orders. Yum.

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thetruthhurts Posa Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:09 Permalink

"...whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election."

Note:

1. the Justice Department is STILL pushing the lie that Russia interfered.

2. Calling for the investigation of an 'impropriety' rather than a crime.

3. Calling spying without evidence 'counterintellegence'

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The USA citizens can expect no justice until Rosenstein and Sessions are fired and and replaced and  a special council is brought on...

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swmnguy Joe Davola Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:37 Permalink

Smart man.

I grew up in a family that was vocally opposed to the Vietnam War.  We were under surveillance my whole childhood.  Nobody in my family ever did anything unlawful, or even impolite.  But our phones buzzed and popped and echoed, our mail had obviously been opened and sloppily re-sealed, there were cars with men in suits sitting in them outside our house much of the time.  As a very young child I'd go out and talk to them, what the heck.  My dad's tax filings got audited every year.  Every year he'd get more money back than he'd claimed but they persisted.

It cracks me up that people on the political Right have just figured out that US law enforcement and investigation is heavily political and politicized; like it just happened when the black guy got elected.  Well, I'd always found right-wingers to be myopic, self-interested fools so I haven't been surprised by their reaction to what everyone else had always known.

Looking at the long trend, we'll see less and less rule of law in our law enforcement, and more personalization and politicization.  Trump wants to use law enforcement against his political enemies, openly and without question.  Trump and his supporters are talking about disappearing people without lawful due process; merely based on emotions and opinions rather than any facts as defined by law, and Trump's supporters openly talk about lynchings and extrajudicial summary executions.  Trump smiles and pretends he doesn't hear that part but he certainly favors the sentiment.  Trump supporters chant, "Lock her up!" and downvote me when I point out that the problem isn't the unlawful behavior of the Elites, but the evil behavior they've changed the laws to make perfectly lawful, that's the problem.  That's a little too complex for the mob-mentality being exploited right now.

Trump will probably get what he wants.  And the next President will want even more unquestioning control.  It won't come as any surprise to me, because I've always seen them as the Political Police, but a disappointing number of my fellow Americans will be shocked as it plays out.  All the "Unitary Executive" kingly powers Cheney and the rest wanted for GW Bush were sure convenient for Obama, weren't they?  Once Trump get the Presidency completely exempted from rule of law, his successors certainly will enjoy that, and they won't all be right-wingers.  Funny how the collapse of Empire works, isn't it, especially when it's combined with the end-stages of a democratic Republic.  America still hasn't found its Caesar, much less its Augustus.  We're still horsing around with the Milos and Pulchers; we haven't even gotten to the Sullas, Marius's, etc.  This collapse is going to take a while, but it always ends up in a bloodsoaked dictatorship which is very popular with those doing the score-settling until the balance shifts.

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Hudis Muffakah HippieHaulers Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:23 Permalink

I think swmnguy is pointing out the difference between what we want and what "they" want, and what we will probably get. I'm all for the restoration of the rule of law according to original constitutional principles, but it's evident that the law has been weaponized and the ratchet keeps turning, whether it is being cranked by the right hand or the left. Dark days...

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Arctic Frost ClickNLook Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:45 Permalink

 

“Trump only wants to drain the part of the swamp which said on him.”

 

You may be right and no one here expects you to start loving Trump. BUT PLEASE, support this as it will open doors that can help lead to OTHER criminalities that you care about. If the people NEVER get a taste of beating the powerful they will NEVER support your efforts on those things YOU want uncovered. I know you want it all now and I don’t blame you, but support we Trumptards and we Trumptards can support you when we’re done using Trump. We have to remind Americans this is THEIR government. THINK ABOUT IT! Be here for us now and we’ll be there for you in 2020.

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