DOJ Refuses To Disclose FBI Activities Prior To "Official" Trump Investigation

The Justice Department and the FBI have failed to meet deadlines for the delivery of specific documents about FBI activities prior to the official investigation into Russian meddling, reports Fox News citing a "source close to the discussions." 

“The DOJ gave the committee some, but not all, of the outstanding documents, so they are not in compliance,” an Intelligence Committee spokesperson told Fox.

If DOJ records reveal that the FBI was actively working against the Trump campaign prior to events which officially precipitated Operation Crossfire Hurricane - especially during the period in which they engaged informant Stefan Halper to conduct espionage on multiple Trump aides, it will have wide ranging implications on the FBI's version of how the counterintelligence operation began. Without the documents, congressional investigators won't be able to piece together the timeline of events, or whether the FBI followed agency protocols during that period. 

While FBI headquarters authorized the official counterintelligence operation on July 31, 2016 - John Solomon of The Hill reported in June that efforts to spy on and possibly entrap Trump campaign aides began much earlier. 

The bridge to the Russia investigation wasn’t erected in Moscow during the summer of the 2016 election.

It originated earlier, 1,700 miles away in London, where foreign figures contacted Trump campaign advisers and provided the FBI with hearsay allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, bureau documents and interviews of government insiders reveal. These contacts in spring 2016 — some from trusted intelligence sources, others from Hillary Clinton supporters — occurred well before FBI headquarters authorized an official counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016. -The Hill

Another red flag from The Hill was noted by retired assistant FBI director for intelligence, Kevin Brock, who supervised an agency update to their longstanding bureau rules governing the use of sources while working under then-director Robert Mueller. These rules prohibit the FBI from directing a human source to perform espionage on an American until a formal investigation has been opened - paperwork and all. 

Brock sees oddities in how the Russia case began. “These types of investigations aren’t normally run by assistant directors and deputy directors at headquarters,” he told me. “All that happens normally in a field office, but that isn’t the case here and so it becomes a red flag. Congress would have legitimate oversight interests in the conditions and timing of the targeting of a confidential human source against a U.S. person.” -The Hill

The records were requested by three House GOP committee chairmen; Trey Gowdy on Oversight, Devin Nunes from Intelligence and Bob Goodlatte on Judiciary - while the Friday deadline was set by a House resolution after a subpoenas and letters issued as far back as August of last year failed to do the trick. 

The source said House staffers -- who reviewed records Thursday at the Justice Department (DOJ) because lawmakers were out of town for the holiday recess -- concluded that Justice and the FBI have still not provided information and records about FBI activities before the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections officially opened on July 31 of that year. -Fox News

"The House Judiciary Committee has been in contact daily with the Justice Department to ensure they produce all the documents subpoenaed by the committee earlier this year," said a Republican aide to the House Judiciary Committee. "The Justice Department has produced more documents over the past weeks and has requested more time to produce additional documents. This request seems to be reasonable, and we expect the department to comply with the terms of the subpoena.”

Last weekend a Justice Department official emphasized that the FBI and DOJ had advised both chambers' intelligence committees that records previously limited to congress's "Gang of Eight" were now available to the rest of congress and cleared staff. They were originally reported to have included documents concerning the FBI's use of informants during the election. 

"What put this in motion? And of course, was what put this into motion, was something that is politically motivated, or was it based on legit law enforcement evidence?" said former George W. Bush Deputy Assistant Attorney General Thomas Dupree. "Based on hearing and the back-and-forth we have seen over the last few months, we are in an extremely unusual, and in my view disturbing, situation, where the has been a complete breakdown and a fracture of trust."

Meanwhile, the face of the noncompliant DOJ is none other than Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who recommended former FBI Director Jim Comey's firing, appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and signed off on at least one FISA warrant renewal for Trump campaign aide Carter Page. 

That said, Fox notes that "those who have worked with Rosenstein emphasize he is in a difficult position because it is not routine to provide records from ongoing investigations."

We're kind of beyond what's routine... 

Comments

oDumbo T-NUTZ Sat, 07/07/2018 - 17:24 Permalink

Soros' soldier Rosenstein needs to answer our questions with a rope around his neck and Trump's foot on the stool.  Soros' evil gang needs to be isolated and taken out one by one until they tell the real story. 

 

From Navy62802 below...

"Solomon's report on Friday was explosive. He reported that there were 3 additional investigations running in conjunction with Crossfire Hurricane. He revealed that there were multiple spies (aka "confidential informants") planted in the Trump campaign. Solomon also revealed that an FBI liaison within the Trump campaign was an expert in advanced surveillance equipment. This individual was highly promoted by the FBI counter-intelligence team running the Russia collusion probe.

The bottom line is that this coup attempt against the elected US government will not simply go away. The people who conspired to execute this operation think it will die off like any other political scandal because they control people through blackmail and extortion. It will not. The conspirators' actions against the US government in this affair are too extreme to simply whither and die on the vine. They can try to hide what they did, but too many people are involved in this scheme. Eventually the truth will come out. They very simply went full retard on this."

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Chupacabra-322 ???ö? Sat, 07/07/2018 - 18:33 Permalink

Dan Bongino’s podcast this past Friday was explosive to say the least.

The Criminal FBI had three other separate Investigstions going on into the Trump Team as well aside from the Russia Narrative. 

The Criminal FBI is the epitome of what is defined as a Crime Syndicate.

 

July 6, 2018: Ep. 757 A Bombshell New Report on Spygate Drops

 

Do not miss this episode. I break down a bombshell new report in The Hill about the Obama administration’s spying operation on the Trump team.

 

“The reason we should exchange these lists of people we’re scrubbing on the Trump Team that we’re looking into in other words, is because we have quote” “potentially derogatory CI’s info. the other doesn’t.”

 

“HOLY! If I could Cuss on the show right now & it wasn’t family friendly I would.”

 

“So wait?  Now let me get this straight.”

 

“We now know they are multiple investigations into Trump.  Not just one.  Code Name: Dragon.  Cross Fire Hurricane & two additionals.  So it’s not just one now.  There’s a paragraph one now for four separate investigations we just find out about.”

 

“We now know that there apparently confidential informants (CI’s) spies that are working in potentially multiple operations against the Trump Team.  And, that now after the elections over Joe.  Strzok wants to make sure they exchange the spy information they have on multiple investigations with quote:” “others.”

 

“Yea, this is amazing isn’t it.?”

 

https://www.bongino.com/july-6-2018-ep-757-a-bombshell-new-report-on-spygate-drops/

 

The day after Trump’s surprising win on Nov. 9, 2016, the FBI counterintelligence team engaged in a new mission, bluntly described in another string of emails prompted by another news leak.

“We need ALL of their names to scrub, and we should give them ours for the same purpose,” Strzok emailed Page on Nov. 10, 2016, citing a Daily Beast article about some of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s allegedly unsavory ties overseas.

“Andy didn’t get any others,” Page wrote back, apparently indicating McCabe didn’t have names to add to the “scrub.”

“That’s what Bill said,” Strzok wrote back, apparently referring to then-FBI chief of counterintelligence William Priestap. “I suggested we need to exchange our entire lists as we each have potential derogatory CI info the other doesn’t.” CI is short for confidential informants.

It’s an extraordinary exchange, if for no other reason than this: The very day after Trump wins the presidency, some top FBI officials are involved in the sort of gum-shoeing normally reserved for field agents, and their goal is to find derogatory information about someone who had worked for the president-elect.

 

http://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/395776-memos-detail-fbis-hurry-the-f-up-pressure-to-probe-trump-campaign

 

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any_mouse JohnG Sat, 07/07/2018 - 21:27 Permalink

Theater. Just like Gowdy's Benghazi hearings. "What difference, did Gowdy ever make, at this point in time?" Aside from Hillary's memorable sound bite, nothing came from the hearings.

Fanfare. Oration. Pontification. Sound bites. Virtue Signaling by R and D. In the end the curtain drops. The cameras are turned off. The lights are turned off. The crowd has left to find entertainment elsewhere.

Until the next performance.

Until Congress holds these hearings about the FED, and summons the FED's Private Owners to testify before the Committee, it is just theater.

Congress passed the Patriot Act. Gave a blank check for an undeclared Global War on designated enemies of National Security to GWBush. Passed subsequent NDAAs every year under Obama. BAU.

They are not now, nor ever have been, fulfilling their Constitutional duties.

Israel First. Corporations Second. USA Voters Last.

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911bodysnatchers322 any_mouse Sun, 07/08/2018 - 08:26 Permalink

People keep saying this stuff about Gowdy

 

Gowdy isn't GOD.  He did his best.  It's not his fault nothing came of it.  What could he have done differently?  You DO know that Congress isn't the FBI?  You DO know that Congress has only ONE prosecutorial power and is contempt of congress.  That's it.  Gowdy had no power other than to ask questions

Do you think he failed to ask questions?  I think he DID ask the right questions.  I wish people would lay off this 'nothing came of benghazi so Gowdy is a limited hangout'.  That is not very good or critical thinking.  Gowdy did his best then, and he's still doing his best now.  He cannot compel the FBI to give him documents other than contempt of congress

 

And so if you are mad at gowdy, be mad that he and his cohort have been 'tempting contempt' but haven't declared it.  Very likely they needed to socialize it among congress to persuade the rest of the republicans to agree on a contempt charge...it has to be cleared by the house speaker who is a deepstate RINO.  So they'd have to convince so many people for a contempt charge that if Ryan said no to it, it would become VERY obvious to the larger public that Ryan is a criminal (which he is, but they dont know it yet because they watch MSM and dont read ZH for example)

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Ron_Mexico warpig1 Sun, 07/08/2018 - 11:37 Permalink

if anybody's "guilty" here it's BHO, not Trump . . . I realized Trump was part of this on the day he "acknowledged" BHO's long form (fake) birth certificate.  I guess that's the point at which they told Trump they wouldn't let him win unless he bought in.  The rest really is theater, and the writers aren't all that great.

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chunga loveyajimbo Sat, 07/07/2018 - 19:43 Permalink

Nah, having run for the office of presidont, and evidently winning, he should be permanently exempt from consequences of his own actions and those of his appointees for the simple reasons that he's (A) better than Honest Hill'rey (B) he's on one's favorite team, and (C) he occasionally shoots out bombastic tweets about fake news.

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gatorengineer loveyajimbo Sat, 07/07/2018 - 19:46 Permalink

Tyrannical lawlessness will come to an end in this country, the further it goes, the bloodier its going to be when its eventually ended......  If #alwaystrumpers cant figure out Trump and Sessions are a YUUUUUGE part of the problem, then well... I dont know what to say.  This slow walk shit and the Q fairy tail is just that.....  This is a million times worse than watergate.

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True Blue Jim in MN Sat, 07/07/2018 - 22:29 Permalink

"Veritas Vos Liberabit" -the ironic motto of the CIA.

"The Truth Will Set You Free"

It runs through my mind every time I think about what happened with the STASI -except the stupidly quiescent East Germans didn't lynch and blowtorch every last one of those fuckers.

Hopefully, when we extract the Truth, and it sets us free; we won't make that same mistake -I like mine 'extra crispy.'

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hongdo y3maxx Sat, 07/07/2018 - 20:29 Permalink

FBI is running out the clock hoping for a reversal to Democratic majority in the fall election.  If that happens, all these Republican committee chairman disappear.

Will the Democrats register all illegals to vote while in detention centers?  In jail?  Absentee from Mexico City?  From the cemetery? 

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brianshell JohnG Sun, 07/08/2018 - 01:59 Permalink

What is the worst congress can do? Put Wray and Rosie in the basement jail cell?

Do you think that will open their jaws?

The only way to break this goose egg is for Trump to intervene.

It is probably a back burner problem compared to world trade, Russia, NK , Iran, NATO, EU, but the CIA is arguably at the crux of so many of these world issues that it may be more important than it seems.

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jin187 y3maxx Sun, 07/08/2018 - 02:16 Permalink

Fuck that.  I want to see the House send in the Capitol Police with search warrants, and seize every scrap of paper and hard drive at the DoJ.  Every fucker in the chain of command that ignored the subpoena needs to be shackled, perp walked, and thrown in a holding cell until they comply.

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warpig1 loveyajimbo Sat, 07/07/2018 - 23:33 Permalink

You guys dont get it?  Hilary is one of their own - the elite.  Trump is also an elite - especially in his own mind. But why would any of the 1% do damage to their own? They are all rich motherfuckers destroying your democracy.  They are only suckering you douche bag idiots.  Trump: the man of the 1% masked by his word salad tweets for the gullible people. You are all a bunch of gullible losers. jeesh. 

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justyouwait T-NUTZ Sun, 07/08/2018 - 12:03 Permalink

Trump is afraid of Rosenstein just as Congress is afraid of Rosenstein. Both Trump & Congress has tools they could use to clip this guys wings and should have a very long time ago. Neither have done a thing about it other than whine and snivel on TV (congressmen) or fire off useless tweets about how corrupt he is (Trump). Another wimpy deadline passed on July 6 with the DOJ not complying with Congress' final "we really mean it this time if you don't comply" threat. They even passed a resolution as to what they might do. Crickets. Rotten Rodney Rosenstein is the most powerful man in Washington until proven otherwise by those with the power to do something about him but won't. He owns them and is making them look like soy boys in the process. Why anyone would re-elect any of these useless, wimpy cry babies is beyond me. None of them get my vote until we finally start seeing HONEST investigations of the real criminals in Washington.

And who the hell signed off on the Awan plea arrangement? Why dowsn't anyone have to answer for that?

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