FBI Agent In Charge Of "Russiagate" Operation And Clinton Email "Matter" To Testify Tuesday

FBI Counterintelligence chief, Bill Priestap, will sit down for a closed-door session with lawmakers on Tuesday, according to John Solomon of The Hill.

Priestap will be answering questions about the Hillary Clinton email case as well as the counterintelligence operation on the Trump campaign - both of which he oversaw. Priestap was the direct supervisor of Peter Strzok - the FBI agent whose anti-Trump / pro-Clinton bias was revealed after 50,000 text messages to his FBI-attorney mistress, Lisa Page, were discovered by the DOJ's Inspector General, Michael Horowitz. 

All accounts say that Priestap is a cooperating witness. In other words, if there's one person who can confirm that the FBI counterintelligence operation on the Trump campaign was politically motivated - or that malfeasance occurred during the process, it's Bill Priestap.

Note how excited Solomon looks breaking the news of Priestap's testimony...

Solomon: "I think tomorrow is going to be a pivotal day. I think Congress is going to learn a lot of new information tomorrow during these interviews." 

Dobbs: He is going to be speaking candidly about his employer, the FBI, and those who were running the agency during that period.

Solomon: He was very high up. Had a bird's-eye view of everything that went on in both of these investigations. 

While the session will be closed-door, we imagine leaks will be forthcoming as seems to be standard operating procedure these days. 

Just who is Bill Priestap really? The Conservative Treehouse presented an in-depth analysis in February. We recommend reading this before deciding on what size popcorn to buy: 

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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.

Fughettaboudit.

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.

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.

Comments

NoDebt incharge1976 Mon, 06/04/2018 - 23:38 Permalink

"BP is Deep-Throat x infinity… nuf said."

Uhhhhh..... OK, whatever.  I've heard that before.  In no case has it been true so far.  This is a war of attrition.  Trump is EVER SO SLOWLY turning this back on those plotting against him, but neither side has the "game ender".  Hard to prove a negative if you're Trump.  Hard to prove what doesn't exist if you're on the other side.

 

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3LockBox BlackChicken Tue, 06/05/2018 - 00:14 Permalink

"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."

 

Because these assholes were hustling off to London on all kinds of clandestine meetings and abusing their power and SPYING on a Presidential candidate!

All these fuckers need to swing!

 

Hey assholes we are no longer a British colony...WTF are you doing over there making these traitorous plans for?

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Theosebes Goodfellow Fish Gone Bad Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:19 Permalink

I disagree with John Solomon.

If Priestap is guilty, I want him to hang with the rest of the #Obamagate conspirators. I want them to die behind bars. I want them buried in unmarked graves as traitors should be.

Let them serve as the poster children for what this country will not abide. Let their names be remembered along with Benedict Arnold and the Rosenbergs. (Be sure to add the name Bergdahl as well.)

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nmewn Son of Loki Tue, 06/05/2018 - 06:52 Permalink

"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."

I would submit that the "counterintelligence operation" actually began before March 9 2016 because that is the date that Mike Rogers discovered raw Section 702 data residing on FBI servers and initiated an audit to uncover who was requesting it and why. 

But let's allow the facts to play out ;-)

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FBaggins kralizec Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:00 Permalink

Americans will be kept busy endlessly with domestic manufactured controversies like Russia-gate, Trump Russian collusion, the fake the Mueller investigation, etc. They all play out like soap operas to keep the public riveted to their MSM screens and ignoring what the US establishment has done and continues to do: 

"9/11 lies turned Afghanistan into a giant opium farm funding NATO off the books black operations"

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=171223    

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JimmyJones nmewn Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:34 Permalink

We will see how this plays out . I agree with the Author that Bill Priestap has flipped, he hasn't gotten any media attention and is at the top tiers of the FBI regarding spying on the Trump Campaign. Thank you Admiral Mike Rogers for tipping off the president and making this fight possible. Without that the deep State would of had their criminality fully covered.

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Indo_Expat ConanTheContrarian1 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:36 Permalink

No way would I be in be presence of cowards like yourself and the other pukes here, scumbag. Your kind led to the destruction of America and you will be eradicated for the parasites and cunts that you are. 

Die, scumbag, and I will be watching from here as you go under for the last time, herded in to the camps to meet the fate you so well deserve. Go up in smoke, coward motherfucker.

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Last of the Mi… pc_babe Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:00 Permalink

If he says anything of importance there will be an issue with him being put under oath, information can't be released "for his own safety, "for national security", court reporter was missing or absent, transcript missing or fully redacted or worst case scenario. Trey Gowdy forming up another massive dog and pony show with absolutely no consequence what so ever, 

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MoreFreedom 3LockBox Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:27 Permalink

The reason Obama had the FBI do this thru Great Britain (note this includes Christopher Steele, Stefan Halper, Joseph Misfud and probably others) is to make it look like he wasn't doing it.  That was to facilitate getting a FISA warrant and excuse for the government to spy on Trump's campaign, justify Obama's use of National Security Letters to spy on Trump, and to justify all the unmaskings (the documentation of which Obama took to keep out of Trump's hands).  

This is getting closer and closer to Obama. 

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Omni Consumer … Bigly Tue, 06/05/2018 - 00:42 Permalink

I thought Benghazi was a more immediately-accessible "smoking gun" scandal - "Clinton lets Ambassador die to cover-up CIA weapons smuggling to Al-Qaeda" - and that fizzled out pretty lamely.

 

I thought the Clinton server was a more solid case based on the raw evidence - because intent doesn't matter when dealing with classified/TS/SCI data - but obviously, Comey and/or Loretta Lynch saw to it that the investigation got squashed.

 

I suppose if we are to believe the Q-anon drops, this is all 46,000-dimensional chess involving sealed indictments, Weiner's laptop, Podesta's Pizza Parlor, Page the horse-faced lawyer, et. al, before all the bad guys go to jail.

 

Then again, I occasionally take a look at hard leftist sites to see what they're peddling, and I gotta tell you, they are ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that Trump will be impeached, and that somehow, through arcane legal chicanery, HRC will be the President, at least for a partial term.

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Ecclesia Militans Omni Consumer … Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:14 Permalink

Benghazi was easy to blame on Chris Stevens and Charlene Lamb.

The Clinton server was a bit more difficult, but in the end SECSTATE does have the privilege of declassifying information at his/her discretion (usually in the context of negotiations but the precedent is there.)

Perjury for a FISA warrant?  This is very problematic for everyone involved considering the stakes (at risk is the secrecy surrounding the process which neither side of the aisle wants to compromise.)

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DjangoCat ConanTheContrarian1 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:35 Permalink

Agreed.  The risks are very high.  However, I do not see a way to get out from under a totally corrupted system, corrupt from the top down, without exerting some extraordinary measures.  We have a choice between those we know to be evil scumbag traitorous crooked paedophilic satanists, and an unknown quantity who will have to exercise extraordinary power to evict them.

The rot goes global.  The current take down is a military operation, according to Q.  Let us hope that they hand back the reins to us after the fight is over.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.

 

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LaugherNYC Bigly Tue, 06/05/2018 - 00:44 Permalink

Priestap is engaged in the actual, real serious work of counterintelligence to protect this country, and is massively influential under Trump and Wray, whereas he was ignored by Comey and Obama.

Priestap in 2017 into 2018 was on a publicity tour to gather private sector backing for a strong pushback against China on cyber and trade warfare. He gave a devastating presentation I attended that laid out the explicit threat China poses to the USA, both overt and covert in everything from chip architecture to smartphones to IP theft. I believe he made reference to the famous Richard A. Clarke meme “hair on fire” about how vital it was America recognize and institute immediate countermeasures to the warfare that was being conducted every day.

Every single thing Priestap recommended in his presentation has become policy under Trump. He even spoke of the need to shut down access to the US market for ZTE and other smartphone companies, because we were effectively putting a Chinese intel agent into the pocket of every American who carried their phones around.Until then, I had never even heard of ZTE. I have now.

It is vital that someone with Priestap’s knowledge and experience remain in a senior counterintelligence role, and not be derailed by this out of control Russian bonanza. It would weaken the country. It seems clear that Comey gave little or no support to BP on this hot button issue, and that Obama likewise wasn’t interested. They were more focused on putting their top counterintel staff on a story about hookers peeing on the bed he and Michelle slept in at a Moscow hotel.

Looking at the resources allocated to the Steele dossier and the Russia investigation you have to wonder who made the priorities. The entire Trump campaign issue could have been solved with a simple briefing, the installation of counterintel operatives at the top of the Campaign staff to monitor and report and exploit any Russian attempts to infiltrate, Manaforte would have been sequestered, turned and used as a weapon to expose and hopefully arrest his Ukrainian bag men, as could each and every campaign staffer from Carter Page to Pappadoc to Don Jr. Imagine the intelligence coup if this had been turned from an operation to nail the RUSSIANS instead of an operation to nail TRUMP. It could have exposed and humiliated Putin, and brought the world’s focus on the Russian Redeemer’s true nature.

THIS is the travesty and true scandal of Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Jarrett, Rice, Lynch, Obama, HILLARY, Podesta, etc etc — they could have brought Trump in to a massive, historic counter intel operation for the good of the country. 

Instead we got hookers’ urine-stained sheets, and the mysterious Professor Mifsud. Maybe for another $17 million Mister Mueller could roll up Ginger, Maryanne, Gillian, the Skipper, and... the millionaire (and his wife).

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Arctic Frost LaugherNYC Tue, 06/05/2018 - 01:35 Permalink

 

What an incredibly insightful, informative comment!! Who says one man cannot make a difference? I agree, it is imperative Priestap not get bogged down in tomfoolery at a time this nation needs more like him. THIS is what the FBI should be, what it was meant to be and perhaps can be again. It scares the crap out of me we have to rely on DC to keep him out of the fray and on the job. As some in the Obama administration cared more for political agendas it is just as likely many within this administration will be tempted to as well. Especially if he can be the savior they need to shut this whole Russia narrative down. 

 

Perhaps that position of “savior” will supply him with the power he needs to continue his important REAL work. I’ll tell you this: becoming aware of him, this article and a comment like yours goes a LONG way in restoring my faith in the FBI. I could understand Priestap would not be amiable to a blood bath of his peers, but some MUST be held accountable as part of that reclaimed credibility for the agency. Hopefully a balance can be met to keep him on important matters while cleaning up the current mess.

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shovelhead LaugherNYC Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:46 Permalink

Maybe he should have stuck to his job instead of shitting on the Constitutional Laws of the US and trying to pull a illegal political hatchet job on a Presidential Candidate.

Sort of like being a pedo Priest. All the old ladies said he was a nice man for visiting Mabel in the hospital. "So he likes to fool around with the boys a little, other than that he does a good job. We should keep him."

Fucking unbelievable. Are you really that morally and legally bankrupt?

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Econogeek LaugherNYC Tue, 06/05/2018 - 09:04 Permalink

OK, a wasted opportunity in a campaign, FBI could have busted the Russians instead of trying to derail Trump.

However, I am not convinced that anyone inside the Beltway really wants to bust the Russians for 'meddling' since we do it too, on a much larger and deeper scale, are really good at it, and need to keep doing it because the MIC part of the deep state says so, it's their lifeblood.

I think many in .gov  on both sides of the aisle want to encourage Russia's relatively laissez-faire attitude about our regime change efforts, except Syria.  I think we thought the Russians wouldn't fight us quite so hard on pipelines and Syria.  I think some .gov people miscalculated on the Russians' determination to beat us back on a top Russian priority, and so now we have to retreat.  The MIC forgot what happened to Napoleon, what happened in St Petersburg, what the Russians did in WWII.

It's like our immigration issues -- too many in .gov have an interest in the status quo to allow policy shifts that would end the madness. 

But Trump and Sessions are shifting policy slowly and quietly on immigration, and Trump and others are doing it slowly and quietly thoroughly on this 'collusion' thing.  This Administration is just TOTALLY competent.

It is a joy to watch.

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