DOJ Caves, Will Show Lawmakers Additional Documents On "Spygate" Informant

The Department of Justice is planning to show senior lawmakers several highly-classified documents in an additional briefing on the FBI's use of a spy as part of a counterintelligence operation on the Trump campaign, Politico reports.

A senior DOJ official said that the so-called "Gang of Eight" will have an opportunity next Monday or Tuesday to review the additional documents which were not furnished during a high-level classified briefing in May. 

"The Department and FBI are prepared to brief members on certain questions specifically raised by the Speaker and other members," the DOJ official said. "The Department will also provide the documents that were available for review but not inspected by the members at the previous briefing along with some additional material." -Politico

The group includes Reps Devin Nunes (R-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mark Warner (D-VA), Paul Ryan (R-WI), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY). 

Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy have notably said that the FBI's use of Halper to spy was appropriate, while President Trump has labeled the affair "spygate."

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) hit back on Fox News Wednesday evening, saying “There is no defense today for Paul Ryan siding with the FBI and Department of Justice against those of us in the Congress fighting for transparency and accountability.”  "We need the speaker to be an institutionalist for the Congress, not to be a defender of the deep state," he added.

Heavy Spin

It's worth noting that Politico and seemingly every other mainstream organization seems to be trying to discredit or minimize "spygate" by suggesting that somehow Trump's original claim that the FBI "planted a spy within his ranks" is somehow less insidious than revelations that the spying was done through targeted espionage involving Trump campaign aides. 

Politico writes: 

Trump has railed against the FBI and accused it of planting a spy within his ranks for political purpose, though he's presented no evidence to support the claim, which he's labeled "spygate." -Politico

Except we're a little beyond that. The fact that Halper spied on the Trump campaign for the FBI is not in dispute - though a vicious argument over semantics has ensued. Halper's contacts with the campaign were revealed in March of this year in a much-overlooked report by the Daily Caller - which was corroborated by the New York Times and Washington Post in May.

Halper's infiltration of the Trump campaign also corresponds with the two of the four targets of the FBI's Operation Crossfire Hurricane

Halper's involvement in spying on the Jimmy Carter campaign ahead of the 1980 US election has been well documented. (read more about Halper here)

Evidence that Halper received over $1 million in academic contracts from the Obama Pentagon going back to 2012 is not in dispute - in fact it's easily verifiable public record; with $282,000 awarded in 2016 and $129,000 in 2017 ($411,000 combined).

Award ID Recipient Name Start Date End Date Amount Awarding Agency
HQ003416P0148 HALPER, STEFAN 9/26/2016 3/29/2018 $411,575 Department of Defense
HQ003415C0100 HALPER, STEFAN 9/24/2015 9/27/2016 $244,960 Department of Defense
HQ003414C0076 HALPER, STEFAN 7/29/2014 7/31/2015 $204,000 Department of Defense
HQ003412C0039 HALPER, STEFAN 5/30/2012 5/29/2013 $197,626 Department of Defense

(h/t ProHeat)

And as the Washington Post noted on Monday:

Halper, a longtime source of information for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement personnel, used his position at Cambridge to reach out to three Trump advisers in 2016, introducing himself as a scholar interested in discussing foreign policy, according to people familiar with the interactions.

Recent revelations that the 73-year-old academic was a confidential source for the FBI have fueled President Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department and the FBI. “Spygate,” as the president put it in a tweet, is a “scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before!”

In other words - Trump doesn't need to offer evidence of anything; there are more than enough data-points to call this "spygate" no matter how many times the Intelligence Community tries to say that Halper was but a humble elderly FBI "informant" trying to help Trump by rooting out dastardly Russians in his midst (without notifying Trump, of course). 

As an aside - Politifact's "debunking" of Halper's payments as "False" is sadly very misleading - as they "debunk" an obscure website's hyperbolic article with an indicated 52 views that reads:

"BOMBSHELL!! Obama Paid FBI Informant Over $1 MILLION To Do It To Trump!"

Politifact latched onto the false claim that all the money was used on the Trump campaign...

About 40 percent of the money was awarded before Trump even got into the race in June 2015. So even if there were a tie between the contracts and Halper’s conversations with Trump campaign advisers – and there’s zero indication of that —  the amount would be less than $1 million. -Politifact

We couldn't find any other publications claiming that the entire $1 million-plus went towards spying on Trump's team except for the website used in Politifact's "debunking" - which was registered in January of 2018 and has no Alexa rank.

The entire point of "spygate" is that the Obama administration paid a known FBI and CIA asset - whose father-in-law was Ray Cline, former Deputy Director of the CIA - over $1 million in contracts through the Department of Defense. The FBI/DOJ then spied on the Trump campaign for the FBI in an unprecedented abuse of power, while also using an unverified dossier assembled by a former British spy which used high-level Kremlin sources to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump aide Carter Page

And while Trey Gowdy and Paul Ryan may think the Obama administration was justified in their actions, "spygate" has all the appearances of a ham-handed setup in an attempt to cripple Donald Trump and ensure that Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election. 

Comments

pods CuttingEdge Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:34 Permalink

Wow, only 3/8 of (((them))) are chosenite duallies.

Bout all I can say about this theater. Waiting for the show to be over and they can show you the brick wall where the exit used to be.

At this point IDGAF what they do to each other. Why not have actual duals instead of elections? And when both die, the seat goes to a lottery so we actually get some representation. I'd say 2 paces ought to do it.

So much infighting it almost gives our empire a bad name. Lol, nevermind.

pods

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Thought Processor yrad Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:31 Permalink

 

"Do you tell the ref your coach is cheating?"

 

No one on the Deep State team would speak out for fear of repercussions.  Political Suicide.

 

Also- Halper was paid by ONA (Office of Net Assessment).  If you don't know what ONA is then look it up, but know this- ONA is very near the top of the U.S. intel complex power structure (ie; forward intel).  ONA paying / directing Halper is a big red flag.  All of this goes far deeper down the rabbit hole and we may only be scratching the surface now.

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AntiLeMaire CuttingEdge Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:06 Permalink

Simply disclosing facts to the Committee could not possibly “interfere” with the case at this late date, assuming those facts are consistent with the representations that prosecutors arranged for Lt. General Flynn to swear to in federal court.

If the facts are inconsistent with the plea agreement, that would be an entirely different kettle of fish.

 

Famous words already :)

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ChanceIs bowie28 Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:29 Permalink

+10,000

Been arguing for that POV since Benghazi hearings began circa May 2014 a few months before Hillary started modelling the Fresnel lenses.   All bark no bite Gowdy.  

Mark Levin went on record stating that FBI Director Chris Wray told Paul Ryan that he wanted the whole thing swept under the rug.  Ryan told Gowdy to make it happen. Apparently Ryan /Wray were not satisfied with the progress and yesterday Ryan decided to get his own hands dirty.

That must be one magnificent K Street sinecure Ryan has lined up.  Ryan is the worst of the lot, and that includes Schumer, Pelosi, Jarrett, Lynch, etc.

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MurkeyJane bowie28 Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:47 Permalink

Actually, Gowdy, Chaffetz, Nunes, Jordon, & others were/are really trying to their job to conduct oversight. The democrats & deep state operatives want nothing of it.

Here are two examples of what the good congressmen we elected have to go through with when trying to do their job: 

(1) Gowdy was one of the people in charge of investigating the workings of Clinton's handling of the Benghazi case. It was the Benghazi case that exposed Hillary's private server, and it was discovered that classified communication via email, while she was Secretary Of State, were breached. Hillary's classified email was exposed, her server was hacked, and she and her staff ignored state protocol. Obama knew about it. The Awans had full reign over the democratic house and senate members via their non-vetted IT employment.

Due to evidence of security breach in overwhelming proportion, Gowdy ordered HRC investigation on handling of classified information as it affected the outcome of the Benghazi debacle. He orders investigators to focus on Hillary, because as Secretary Of State, she was not following state protocol. Gowdy's assigned lead Investigator refused to focus on Hillary. Gowdy fired him for not doing his job and refusing to do his job. The Investigator sued Gowdy for wrongful firing because he believed Hillary could do no wrong and Hillary did nothing wrong. Obama appoints judge to oversee the suit against Gowdy, and awarded the deadbeat $150k for not doing his job.  Gowdy's department had to pay. The Benghazi case was stonewalled at every turn thereafter.http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obama-appointed-judge-hear-benghazi-lawsuit-against-trey-gowdy

(2) When Jason Chaffetz requested information from the FBI about their Hillary email investigation, he was stonewalled. Chaffetz subpoenaed Hillary's computer equipment for evidence. Hillary's computers, phones, and other devices were bleach bitted and destroyed. No one was held responsible for destruction of evidence. Throughout the Hillary email congressional investigation, the FBi & DOJ deliberately mishandled the case.  FBI, DOJ, etc., ignored congressional subpoenas, FOIA requests, 302 copies, case file copies, etc.  In some instances, they refused to bureau representatives to show up at congressional hearings.  In this case, the FBI bureau’s attitude simply “F them.” - FBI & DOJ: Real Reason Why Benghazi, Clinton eMail, Clinton Foundation, & Spygate Delays Not because of Congress. Check out the Page Strozk texts.  They describe exactly what the good men and women of congress are up against:  https://www.weeklystandard.com/eric-felten/adam-schiffs-unrequited-love-for-the-fbi

The way the constitution was framed, Congress can make the law, oversee the law, but does not have the power to enforce the law. In this case, deep state hires in the FBI, DOJ, IRS, CIA, NSA, etc.,. or appointed operatives within the departments that were set up to implement and judge the law, now deem themselves above the law.  Other than whistle blowers, department elites absolutely resent congressional oversight because everyone would be held accountable for their actions.  Strozk & Page text messages are but small example of proof of this prevailing attitude throughout DC. They even insulted Chaffetz for having the nerve to ask them for files - when it was his job to do so.

IMHO, this toxic employee attitude that permeates DC is a politically driven myopic bad attitude that needs driven out of government and society as a whole. Trump's positive beat is a breath of fresh air that the swamp wants no part of.

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Miss Expectations Ghost of PartysOver Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:04 Permalink

Mike Pompeo and Jim Jordan issued their own Benghazi Report because Trey's report was a cover up. Trey never laid a finger on Hillary. If you followed the Benghazi Hearings you'd have noticed that Trey was a POS.

EXCERPT
A report co-written by Rep. Mike Pompeo on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans accuses President Barack Obama’s administration of misleading the public over the incident and failing to protect U.S. personnel.

The report contains redactions, but an unredacted version says a State Department official dubbed Benghazi the “wild east” just hours before the attack and a witness provided regular reports to officials in Washington the night of the incident.

In the report, Pompeo, a Wichita Republican, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, castigate Hillary Clinton — then Secretary of State and now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — for her response to the attacks, which resulted in the death of U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens. House Democrats produced their own report, however, that describes Clinton as “active and engaged” on the night of the attack and following days.

The investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks has been a focus for Pompeo, who serves on both the House Select Benghazi Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

“Instead of acting, Secretary Clinton and the rest of the administration were already spinning while mortar rounds were falling and Americans were dying,” Pompeo said in a statement.
http://www.cjonline.com/news/2016-06-28/pompeo-benghazi-report-slams-ad…

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bowie28 y3maxx Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:38 Permalink

Awan case is developing too and looks like Trump is turning up the heat there.  Yet another huge web of corruption and treason to be exposed. 

@realDonaldTrump

Our Justice Department must not let Awan & Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook. The Democrat I.T. scandal is a key to much of the corruption we see today. They want to make a “plea deal” to hide what is on their Server. Where is Server? Really bad!

7:07 AM - 7 Jun 2018

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