House panel’s Russia report finds ‘no evidence’ of collusion, Trump says probe ‘MUST END NOW’

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The House Intelligence Committee on Friday declared that it found “no evidence” of collusion between the Russian government and Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, releasing a heavily redacted final report on its yearlong Russia investigation.

The Republican-authored report — released over Democratic objections — stated the committee “found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.” The committee did, however, “find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaign.”

President Trump, reacting to the report moments after its release, hailed its findings and said the Russia “Witch Hunt” must end, in an apparent swipe at Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

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“Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. ‘No evidence’ that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.’ Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia-Wow! A total Witch Hunt! MUST END NOW!” Trump tweeted.

The more than 250-page report was heavily blacked out, however, and the leader of the committee investigation slammed the intelligence community for their “overzealous redactions.”

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“I am extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions made by the IC. Many of the redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified,” Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, complained in a statement Friday.

“I will continue to challenge the IC’s many unnecessary redactions with the hopes of releasing more of the report in the coming months.”

The committee’s investigation focused on several topics: Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the U.S. government’s response to the attack, links between Russians and the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and purported leaks of classified information.

The investigation found that Russia’s “increasingly aggressive cyber operations” would “continue to present a profound threat,” while noting that Russian state actors were responsible for the “dissemination of documents and communications stolen from U.S. political organizations.”

The report said the Russian government used media company “RT to advance its malign influence campaign” during the 2016 election, along with social media platforms to “sow social discord and to undermine the electoral process.”

But the committee found “no evidence that Trump campaign associates were involved in the theft or publication of Clinton campaign-related emails, although Trump associates had numerous ill-advised contacts with WikiLeaks.”

Fla. Rep. Matt Gaetz is introducing a bill in Congress that would increase oversight of FISA courts by making judges subject to presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. Schiff introduced the same bill five years ago and now won't support it. What changed? #Tucker

The report also criticized the executive branch’s “post-election response,” calling it “insufficient.”

The committee outlined “poor judgment” practiced by both campaigns, citing the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya “who falsely purported to have damaging information on the Clinton campaign demonstrated poor judgment.”

“The Committee also found that the Clinton campaign and the DNC, using a series of cutouts and intermediaries to obscure their roles, paid for opposition research on Trump obtained from Russian sources, including a litany of claims by high-ranking current and former Russian government officials,” the report read. “Some of this opposition research was used to produce sixteen memos, which comprise what has become known as the Steele dossier.”

The committee also focused on leaks of classified information, noting that the number of leaks regarding Russian intentions to “help elect candidate Trump increased dramatically after the election day.”

“Continued leaks of classified information have damaged national security and potentially endangered lives,” the report read.

The committee also found that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provided “inconsistent testimony to the committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN.” Clapper is now a CNN national security analyst. It is unclear at this point what information Clapper discussed with media outlets.

The report includes more than 25 recommendations for Congress and the executive branch to improve election security, U.S. government response to cyberattacks, campaign finance transparency, and counterintelligence practices related to political campaigns and unauthorized disclosures.

The release of the full report comes after committee leaders announced key findings last month, prompting a war of words between Republican and Democratic members. The GOP majority at the time reported finding no evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump campaign associates. They also said that based on the investigation, the controversial anti-Trump dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele “formed an essential part of an application” to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain electronic surveillance on Trump adviser Carter Page.

Conaway took over the probe when House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., stepped down in April 2017 after he was accused of making “unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, law regulations, or other standards of conduct.”

But the top committee Democrat blasted Republicans last month for “prematurely” shutting down the panel’s Russia probe and renewed that criticism on Friday.

“Notwithstanding the decision by the Majority to end its work and turn its attention to counter-investigations designed to serve the President’s interests, the Minority’s work on the Russia investigation continues,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement Friday. “We will continue our investigation using every means at our disposal; to do otherwise would ignore our responsibility to conduct meaningful oversight and insure that the Russians do not possess leverage over the President of the United States.”

Schiff and committee Democrats released their minority view report Friday, where Schiff said they “correct the record on a raft of misleading conclusions, insinuations, attempts to explain away inconvenient facts, and arguments meant to protect the President and his campaign found in the Republican report.”

Schiff also is seeking to publicly release the transcripts of interviews so the public can see the “evidence for themselves and judge accordingly,” noting that sharing the transcripts with Special Counsel Robert Mueller could “assist their efforts.”

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BREAKING: This Russian Lawyer Just Embarrassingly Threw Mueller Under The Bus

The Special Counsel headed by Robert Mueller has stirred up massive controversy over the last year for the way the investigation has been conducted. We’ve yet to see a shred of evidence proving the Donald Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in any way, shape or form. But that hasn’t slowed anything down.

Not only did Mueller stack the probe with Hillary Clinton donors, he’s also had Peter Strzok removed from the probe after revelations of the anti-Trump texts and hesitation to join the Mueller investigation went public.

Now, Natalia Veselnitskaya, a well-connected Russian lawyer who made headlines after it was revealed she had a meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort in June 2016, has claimed Mueller isn’t even searching for truth, otherwise he would’ve interviewed her. She had promised to offer dirt on Hillary prior to the meeting in June of 2016 which lead to the meeting.

 

As reported by The Daily Caller via the Associated Press:

“At the time of her 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, she was defending Prevezon against charges it had engaged in money laundering from a $230 million Russian tax fraud scheme,” AP explains. Team Trump has dismissed allegations that the meeting constituted “collusion” with Russia.

While the Senate Intelligence Committee spoke with Veselnitskaya in Berlin for three hours about the meeting, Mueller’s team seems conspicuously uninterested in what she has to say.

AP’s report reveals some reasons that Mueller might not be anxious to talk with her: She made clear in her testimony to the Senate committee that she was not working for the Russian government and that she believes the notorious unverified and salacious Steele dossier on Trump is “absolute nonsense”:

The Associated Press interviewed Veselnitskaya, going in depth on the meeting and the Mueller probe. In which, she called the Hillary Clinton paid for dossier “absolute non-sense.”

The investigators mainly wanted to know about Trump Tower meeting, she said. Veselnitskaya said she repeated her previous statements about it, insisting that she was not linked to the Russian government and merely wanted to discuss sanctions against Russia.

Veselnitskaya’s said the Berlin interview also focused on information in memos compiled by a former British spy whose work was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign. The dossier contains numerous allegations of Russian ties to Trump, his associates and the Trump campaign.

Veselnitskaya dismissed the dossier as “absolute nonsense.” She insisted that Glenn Simpson, whose firm Fusion GPS was hired to compile the dossier and who was questioned by the House Intelligence Committee in January, had been “framed.”

Not to mention, the Mueller probe hasn’t interviewed Julian Assange of Wikileaks, the man who released the “hacked” DNC emails. Democrats have claimed Russia hacked their server, despite a refusal to turn their email sever over to the FBI for investigation.

The dossier has been widely criticized for being a total fabrication paid for by Hillary and the Democrats in order to obtain a fraudulent FISA abuse warrant on the Trump campaign.

Yesterday at I Love My Freedom, we reported on Devin Nunes’ comments claiming there was no official intel provided before the Trump campaign was spied on.

Nunes stated, “This is really important to us because the intelligence investigation uses the tools of our intelligence services that are not supposed to be used on American citizens.

It’s only a matter of time before the entire witch hunt investigation totally backfires on the Democrats….

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Hannity Pulls Skeletons Out Of Mueller’s Closet… “He’s No Angel”

Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been one of the few in the mainstream media who hasn’t bowed to the deep state and has continued to fight for and defend President Trump from countless frivolous attacks.

What he just dug up about special counsel Robert Mueller could absolutely flip this entire investigation on end — at least we hope it does. This guy isn’t the angel the media wants you to think he is…

Daily Caller reports:

Fox News host Sean Hannity devoted time on his Tuesday show to examining the past of special counsel Robert Mueller and his findings were intriguing.

Hannity referred to a report from Fox News’ Sarah Carter citing Mueller’s career as a prosecutor in the 1980s. When Mueller was serving as assistant U.S. attorney, four men were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a crime they did not commit and the special counsel was in charge of the case when it happened.

“Robert Mueller’s career has been anything but impeccable,” Hannity said. “One of the worst stains on his record comes from his time Boston, where he served as assistant U.S. attorney and acting U.S. attorney in the ’80s. During this time notorious Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, he was actively engaged by the FBI as an informant. The relationship between Bulger and the bureau was wrought with nothing but corruption and criminal collusion.”

“Bulger’s FBI handler, guy by the name of John Connolly covered up for many of the horrific crimes that were committed by Bulger and his associates, including one instance where four men were wrongfully framed and convicted and imprisoned for decades — all for a murder it turns out they did not commit,” Hannity continued. “The men were ultimately exonerated. A judge awarded $101 million in damages, but not before two of the men actually died in prison. Robert Mueller was the U.S. attorney in charge while these men were rotting in prison while certain agents in the FBI under Mueller covered up the truth.”

Hannity said it’s vital the country find out what Mueller knew and when he knew it and believes the media and Congress are propping him up as a hero to support a political agenda.

“When did [Robert Mueller] know about all of this this? These are questions I’m sure you have not heard from your friends in the liberal media. Some members of Congress, the media, they’re praising Mueller. The pillar of honesty. The pillar of virtue,” Hannity said. “They’ve never investigated him. They’re actually just lying. It’s their talking point. All the information we’re telling you about is right there, right in front of the liberal mainstream media in their faces. They purposely ignore it because their destroy Trump agenda — that goes above all else.”

“Robert Mueller has an agenda. He’s carrying out a witch hunt. This is par for the course,” Hannity concluded.

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EXONERATED: House Intel Committee Officially Votes to Shut Down Russia Probe After Finding NO Collusion

The Left-Right paradigm has never served Americans well.  Its failure stems from the fact that it offers only binary choices to complex issues. 

It does, however, serve the interests of international corporations and mega-banks whose nefarious plan for domination of the world’s commerce is relegated to the business section of news reporting while Americans are left arguing over whether Republicans or Democrats come closest to solving our problems.

The Deep State exists to serve these global commercial interests.

Donald Trump’s presidency has taken a wrecking ball to the Left-Right paradigm and now the Deep State’s political operatives have launched a major counter-offensive.

Over the past two days those political operatives have begun emptying their entire arsenal against President Trump in an effort to turn the midterms into Trump’s Waterloo.

Three major developments have taken place this week that find Democrats and, in some cases, establishment Republicans aligning to marginalize the president’s support and to restore the divisive paradigm that allows corporations and the international banking community to grow fat with proper scrutiny.

HPSCI Exonerates Trump

First, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence voted to release its 250-page report ending its months long investigation.  The vote went along party lines.

According to those with knowledge of its contents the investigation found no evidence that the Trump campaign, or any of his senior associates colluded with any foreign during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But, the Democrats on the committee, led by their ranking member, Adam Schiff couldn’t blast the Republicans fast enough and claimed the report was a partisan effort and ignored available evidence.

Mr. Schiff offered no evidence to support his claims.  Nor has Eric Swalwell or any of the other Dems on the committee.  Nor has special counsel Robert Mueller who was granted broad prosecutorial powers and who has also found no evidence to support those claim after 10 months of his investigation.

Combined with the megaphone of the globalist controlled propaganda arm, the mainstream media matrix, this is now a Democrat versus Republican (Left-Right) issue and no longer a search for the truth.  Truth be told, it never was a search for the truth.

Outcry Over Tariffs

This is a relatively simple issue but it has become convoluted under the parade of corporate and banking mouthpieces that tell us that we can’t win a trade war.  What they are really saying is that they can’t win a trade war.

Here’s the simple truth:  It doesn’t matter how many vehicles General Motors builds.  It matter how many vehicles Americans build.

The stock price of GM may matter to them but jobs should matter to you.

$1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

Whenever Deep State defenders – and self-declared opponents of President Trump’s agenda – Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer get together to make policy you can be sure your interests are not being considered.

That became abundantly clear with yesterday’s vote on the bloated omnibus spending bill that exceeded 2000 pages and $1.3 Trillion. 

Those expected to vote on it had less than 24 hours to read it before being expected to make a decision on it. 

How do we call it bloated if we haven’t read it?  What else would you call a bill 14% more expensive than the previous, already bloated, spending bill that was expiring?  If you need more proof of the bloat check out Chuck Schumer’s gleeful declaration that it marks “the end of austerity.”

Austerity?  How can the “richest” country in the world have spent itself $20+ trillion into debt and have politicians claim that we need to spend even more?

Republican leadership intentionally scheduled the vote on the spending bill to occur virtually simultaneously to the president’s announcement that he was imposing tariffs on certain Chinese imports.  This allowed the mainstream media to blame the tariffs as the reason the markets were sent spiraling downwards. 

The intent was clear; diminish the market gains that Trump has been credited with since his election, something that many believe is his singular accomplishment.

All of these events are meant to convince you that you were wrong about Trump and they were right and to restore the Left-Right paradigm.

Trump can destroy the establishment’s charade by vetoing the spending bill and forcing every member of Congress to return to Washington and defend their actions before the people they purport to serve.

As we wrote yesterday:

President Trump knows that if this is the best Congress can do then he should call their bluff and veto the omnibus.  At the end of the day a shutdown will be much more painful to those politicians and their constituents who rely on the money than to his supporters who will be called on to foot the bill.

Mr. President punish the Deep State before they punish you.

End the Left-Right paradigm now!

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Nine Major Problems with James Comey’s Involvement with the Trump Hoax Dossier

NEW YORK — James Comey took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to an earlier tweet by President Donald Trump about the Russia probe, with the former FBI director exclaiming that the “American people will hear my story very soon.”

“And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not,” Comey added.

Comey was responding to Trump’s charge that the ex-FBI chief was aware of illicit activity at the FBI regarding the probe into unsubstantiated claims of Russian collusion.

Below, in no particular order, are nine major problems with Comey’s actions in the Russia probe.  This while he tweets about determining who is “honorable.”

1 – Comey signed FISA applications that cited the largely discredited anti-Trump dossier as purported evidence to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, who briefly served as a volunteer campaign foreign policy adviser.

The previously released four-page House Intelligence Committee memo alleging abuse of surveillance authority documents that on October 21, 2016, the FBI and Justice Department sought and received the FISA order against Page, and that the agencies sought the renewal of the order every 90 days in accordance with court requirements. Renewals require separate finding of probable cause each time, the memo relates.

According to the memo, Comey “signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one.” The memo relates that the FBI utilized the anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele as evidence against Page in order to obtain the FISA warrant.

The controversial Fusion GPS hired Steele’s company, Orbis Business Intelligence, to do the anti-Trump work that resulted in the compilation of the infamous dossier.  Fusion GPS was paid for its anti-Trump work by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee via the Perkins Coie law firm.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee last month released a purported rebuttal to the House GOP memo, but the Democrats’ document actually confirmed that Comey’s FISA applications did indeed cite the Steele dossier.

2 – Comey reportedly did not tell the FISA court that Steele’s dossier was funded by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

After reviewing all FISA warrant applications on the matter, the Republican memo confirms the FISA court was never informed that Steele was working on behalf of Perkin Coie, the DNC or Hillary’s campaign.  Still, Comey cited Steele’s work to sign FISA applications to monitor an American citizen.

In an attempt to rebut the Republican argument that the FISA court was not informed about the dossier’s specific origins, the Democratic memo quotes from an explanation to the court that Steele:

was approached by an identified U.S. person who indicated to Source #1 [Steele] that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified U.S. person to conduct research regarding Candidate #1’s ties to Russia. (The identified U.S. person and Source #1 have a long-standing business relationship.) The identified U.S. person hired Source #1 to conduct this research. The identified U.S. person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation behind the research into candidate #1’s ties to Russia.  The FBI speculates that the identified U.S. person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit Candidate #1’s campaign.

Contrary to the rebuttal’s characterization, this paragraph is a far cry from informing the court that the dossier utilized in the FISA warrant was paid for by Trump’s primary political opponents, namely Clinton and the DNC.  Also, the general mention of  “a U.S.-based law firm” does not identify to the FISA court the actual firm, Perkins Coie, which is known for its representation of Clinton and the DNC. Further, informing the FISA court about “an identified U.S. person” who hired Steele fails to actually identify that U.S. person as Glenn Simpson, founder of the controversial Fusion GPS.

The Democrats claim that the above-referenced paragraph proves the Obama-era agencies informed the FISA court about the “political” origins of the dossier. However, the Republican memo specifically and apparently correctly charged that “neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts.”  The Democratic memo fails to dispute that charge.

3 – Comey’s FISA application reportedly did not inform the court that Steele had been hired by Fusion GPS.

The GOP memo relates that the initial FISA application notes Steele worked for a “named U.S. person,” but does not name Fusion GPS or its founder Simpson. The Democrats’ rebuttal contains no evidence that Comey informed the FISA court about the involvement of Fusion GPS. Breitbart News has released a series of articles documenting credibility issues faced by Fusion GPS and its leadership.

4 – Comey’s FISA application is accused of incorrectly assessing that Steele did not provide information to Yahoo News.

A Yahoo News article about an alleged trip by Page to Moscow was cited as purported evidence against Page in the FISA warrant, according to the House GOP memo. However, the memo relates that the Page FISA application “incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News.”

The memo continued:

Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News and several other outlets in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington DC in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.

5 – Comey cited the dossier in the FISA applications to monitor Page even though he personally called the information contained in Steele’s dossier “salacious and unverified” months later.

Comey first filed the FISA application citing the dossier on October 21, 2016, according to the GOP memo. Yet during his June 8, 2017 prepared remarks before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey referred to the anti-Trump dossier as containing “salacious and unverified” material.

6 – Comey cited the Steele dossier in the applications to monitor Page even though his own FBI determined the document was “only minimally corroborated.”

The GOP memo relates that after dossier author Christopher Steele was terminated months earlier as an FBI source a “source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated.” Still, Comey saw fit, according to the Republican and Democrat memos, to utilize the dossier in the FISA documents. He also briefed Trump and then-President Barack Obama on the dossier contents.

7 – Comey admitted to pushing back against a request from Trump to possibly investigate the origins of claims made inside the dossier. 

According to the GOP memo, senior officials at the FBI were aware that Clinton and the DNC partially financed Steele’s work when they applied for the FISA warrant on October 21, 2016. That disclosure raises questions about Comey’s June 2017 prepared remarks for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in which he related that he pushed back against a suggestion from Trump to investigate the origins of the dossier claims.

The former FBI chief stated that following a January 6 Oval Office meeting with Intelligence Community leaders, Comey “remained alone with the President Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.”

It is clear Comey was referring to the dossier since he writes that the “salacious and unverified” material was about to be publically reported by the news media. Four days after that briefing, the dossier was published by BuzzFeed.

In his statement summarizing his conversation with Trump, Comey refers to Russian prostitutes, a key component of the dossier:

He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia.

In a private White House dinner with Trump on January 27, Comey says the topic of the “salacious material” again came up and he reveals that Trump was considering asking the FBI to investigate the origins of the claims. Comey pushed back against that idea.

Comey writes:

During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative. He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it.

However, according to the GOP memo, senior FBI officials already knew the political origins of the dossier months before Comey met with Trump.

8 – Comey briefed Trump and Obama on the contents of the dossier in an official, formal classified briefing even though he knew the document’s political origins, his own FBI determined the document to be “only minimally corroborated”, and Comey himself later referred to the dossier as “unverified.” The briefing was subsequently leaked to the news media and started a flurry of publicity about the wild accusations inside the dossier.

As Breitbart News documented, the leak about Comey’s dossier briefing to Trump set in motion a barrage of news media attention on the dossier, including the release of the document to the public. The briefing also may have provided the veneer of respectability to a document circulated within the news media but widely considered too unverified to publicize.

The GOP memo relates that in early January 2017, prior to Trump’s inauguration, Comey briefed Trump and Obama on the dossier even though months later Comey would label the dossier as containing “salacious and unverified” material.

On January 10, CNN was first to report the leaked information that the controversial contents of the dossier were presented during classified briefings inside classified documents presented one week earlier to Obama and Trump.

The news network cited “multiple U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings” – in other words, officials leaking information about classified briefings – revealing the dossier contents were included in a two-page synopsis that served as an addendum to a larger report on Russia’s alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Prior to CNN’s report leaking the Comey briefing to Trump, which was picked up by news agencies worldwide, the contents of the dossier had been circulating among news media outlets, but the sensational claims were largely considered too risky to publish.

All that changed when the dossier contents were presented to Obama and Trump during the classified briefings. In other words, Comey’s briefings themselves and the subsequent leak to CNN about those briefings by “multiple US officials with direct knowledge,” seem to have given the news media the opening to report on the dossier’s existence as well as allude to the document’s unproven claims.

CNN, for example, reported the documents state that “Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump” and contain “allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.”

9 – Comey’s FBI may have utilized a second dossier authored by Cody Shearer, a shadowy former tabloid journalist who has long been closely associated with various Clinton scandals.

The Democrats’ rebuttal states that the DOJ provided the FISA court with “additional information obtained through multiple independent sources that corroborate Steele’s reporting.” The rebuttal does not mention the names of the other “independent sources.”

Shearer reemerged in the news cycle in recent weeks when the Guardian newspaper reported that the FBI has been utilizing a second dossier authored by Shearer as part of its probe into Trump and alleged Russian collusion.

The Guardian reported the so-called Shearer memo was given to the FBI by Steele in October 2016 to back up some of his claims.

According to the Guardian report, the FBI was still assessing portions of the Shearer memo at the time the Guardian article was released. The newspaper reported that, like Steele’s dossier, Shearer’s memo cites an “unnamed source within Russia’s FSB” alleging that Trump was compromised by Russian intelligence during a 2013 trip to Moscow in which the future president purportedly engaged in “lewd acts in a five-star hotel.”

Shearer’s name was reportedly associated with a criminal referral of Steele by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). That referral contains partially redacted sentences that Steele received information from someone in the State Department, who in turn had been in contact with a “foreign sub-source” who was in touch with a redacted name described as a “friend of the Clintons.”

Numerous media reports have since stated that the second dossier author mentioned in the Grassley-Graham memo was Shearer, an associate of longtime Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal.

According to sources who spoke to CNN, Shearer’s information was passed from Blumenthal to Jonathan Winer, who at the time was a special State Department envoy for Libya working under then-Secretary of State John Kerry.

Citing the same source, CNN reported that Shearer’s dossier is “actually a set of notes based on conversations with reporters and other sources.” CNN reported that Shearer had “circulated those notes to assorted journalists, as well as to Blumenthal.”

Winer subsequently penned a Washington Post oped in which he conceded that while he was working at the State Department, he exchanged documents and information with Steele and that some of the information passed to Steele originated with Shearer. Winer acknowledged that he shared anti-Trump material with Steele passed to him by Sidney Blumenthal.

National Review previously dubbed Shearer a “Creepy Clinton Confidante” and “The Strangest Character in Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.”

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Breaking: House Concludes Russia Probe, Their Findings Will Shake Washington To It’s Core

The left still hasn’t come to terms with the fact that Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, and at this point it seems like they may never. It came as a shock to the left when Trump took the election, and they needed time to cope, but they still haven’t gotten over it.

Not many Americans expected the left to start creating conspiracy theories about how Trump won the election. They claimed that Trump couldn’t have possibly won the election on his own and that Russia had to have helped him. There was no truth to their claims, however.

The House Intel Committee just announced what their investigation into alleged Russian collusion has revealed.

Fox News reported that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence announced on Monday that they found “no evidence of collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.” The Russia investigation is coming to an end. 

Republican Representative Mike Conaway from Texas had led the committee’s bipartisan investigation into possible Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign during the time of the 2016 presidential election. He announced on Monday that the panel had finished a 150 plus page report with their initial findings and recommendations.

On Monday, the committee said in a statement, “We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”

USA Today reported:

The GOP majority on the House panel will show its draft report to Democrats on Tuesday before seeking approval from the full committee to release it. Democrats plan to write a separate report that will likely conclude there is strong evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The investigation’s abrupt end underscores the bitter partisan divide that has plagued the committee’s work. And it increases pressure on the collegial Senate Intelligence Committee to come out with a credible bipartisan report from its own Russia probe.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who led the Russia investigation for the House Republicans, said the panel conducted 73 witness interviews, held nine hearings and briefings, and reviewed over 300,000 documents.

Conaway stated, “We are confident that we have thoroughly investigated the agreed-upon parameters, and developed reliable initial findings and recommendations. We will now be moving into the next phase of this investigation, working with the minority on a report to give the American people answers to the questions they’ve been asking for over a year. With the 2018 primary elections already underway and just 238 days until the mid-term elections in November, it’s important that we give the American people the information they need to arm themselves against Russian attempts to influence our elections.”

The Democrats on the committee are still trying to grandstand even though collusion hasn’t been found, and won’t be found.

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Ukraine President ‘Thankful to President Trump’ for Approving Anti-Tank Missile Sale

Petro Poroshenko during Signing an agreement between Ukrzaliznytsya and General Electric Transport Company on joint production of rolling stock . Kyiv, Ukraine 23-02-2018 (Photo by Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Trump administration on Thursday approved the sale of 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 37 launchers to Ukraine, a deal valued at $47 million.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko quickly expressed gratitude to President Donald Trump for making the sale, while the Russians were considerably less pleased.

“I’m thankful to President Donald J. Trump and his entire team for supporting Ukraine in this important and historic decision,” Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.

“Only unity and solidarity will stop the Russian aggressor and preserve the Free World from his maniac ambitions!” he added, in case anyone had any doubts where those Javelins would be aimed.

“Ukraine is a critical ally to the United States, and I am so pleased to see our country provide this long-overdue assistance in Ukraine’s fight to push back against growing Russian aggression. Providing lethal aid to Ukraine shows that the United States is serious about protecting the interests of our nation and our allies,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats.

“The deal will support President Trump’s claims that he has been tougher on Russia over Ukraine than the Obama administration,” the Financial Times anticipated. “Mr. Trump’s predecessor in the White House imposed economic sanctions on Russia but refused to provide Ukraine with lethal arms, fearing it could provoke Moscow into ratcheting up a conflict that has already claimed more than 10,000 lives.”

The Pentagon, however, said the proposed sale would “help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity” without changing the military balance of power in the region.

Ambassador Kurt Volker, the U.S. special representative for negotiations with Ukraine, argued that an anti-tank missile is an entirely defensive weapon because it “sits in a box and doesn’t get used unless you have a tank coming at you.”

Implicit in this seemingly tautological argument is that Russia has nothing to worry about if its denials of supporting separatist militia forces in Ukraine are true as there is no way the separatists could acquire tanks without Russian support.

The process of approving the missile deal has been underway since December when President Trump initially approved the sale and notified Congress. Congress could block the sale within the next 30 days, although this is seen as an unlikely outcome.

Russia’s response to Thursday’s news has been restrained so far, but back in December, the Russian Foreign Ministry thundered that the U.S. “in a certain sense crossed the line” by announcing its “intention to transfer weapons of direct damaging action to Ukraine.”

“American weapons can lead to new victims in our neighboring country, to which we cannot remain indifferent,” the Foreign Ministry said, which is why Volker needled the Russians about anti-tank missiles being entirely harmless if there are no tanks available to use them on.

The anti-tank missile deal features prominently in analyses that find U.S.-Russian relations at a post-Cold War low point, or perhaps even worse than they were during much of the Cold War. Diehard true believers in Trump-Russia conspiracy theories will not easily digest the undeniable truth that the Trump administration is much harder on Russia than its predecessor ever was, especially in Ukraine and Syria.

The major anomaly in this tougher Trump administration stance is that President Trump has a tendency to speak well of Russian President Vladimir Putin — which is either a clever diplomatic ploy, a sign of chaos within the Trump administration, President Trump speaking in his characteristic off-the-cuff manner about Putin qualities he admires, or President Trump saying nice things about Putin because he knows it drives the U.S. media crazy, depending on who you ask.

The stress points Russia is using to expand its geopolitical influence are all relics of the Obama administration: the Islamist chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring, which Obama badly misread as a flowering of enlightened democracy; the growing power of Russia’s partner in the Middle East, Iran; the disastrous Obama intervention in Libya; Obama allowing Russia to take control of the Syrian civil war; and Putin’s skulduggery in Ukraine. Criticism of how Donald Trump plays the cards he has been dealt is fair enough, but no one should deny Barack Obama dealt the cards.

It remains to be seen just how many chips Putin is willing to put on Ukraine, which was intended to be the first of several steps to restore Russia as an imperial power, or at least convince Russian voters to see one when they look in the mirror.

Others see Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for Ukraine separatists as part of a subtle “hybrid warfare” effort waged by China and Russia to weaken the West without the kind of overt provocation that might provoke a strong response from the U.S. and its allies. The Javelin missile sale may help pressure the Russian leader into deciding if he wants to play any more cards in a Ukraine gambit that continually threatens to spiral out of his control.

Source: www.breitbart.com

BREAKING: Democrat FISA Memo Released, PROVES Hillary & Co COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA Says Nunes

Elder Patriot – The FBI and DOJ finally cleared the House Permanent Select Committee minority’s memo for release, last night.  It was intended to neuter the shocking revelations that were contained in the so-called Nunes memo that had been released by the body’s Republican majority two weeks ago after similar vetting by those two agencies had taken place.

It did nothing but confirm the most damning facts put forth in the Nunes memo while also doing little to undermine the assertions from the Majority memo that if any collusion took place with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign it was with the DNC and Hillary Clinton.

According to Nunes who answered questions about the Dems’ memo during a visit to CPAC, it doesn’t refute the Republican memo’s assertion that the FBI used dirt paid for by the Hillary campaign and the Democrat national party and didn’t disclose it to the court.  In fact, they went out of their way not to disclose it to the court.”

Here’s the Dems’ memo:

  Democrat Memo by Chuck Ross on Scribd

Not a whole lot there other than what seems to be CYA rhetoric.  The memo does nothing to dispel the fact that the DNC and the Clinton campaign paid for the dossier that former FBI Director James Comey characterized as “salacious and unverified” after it had been used as evidence to secure a FISA warrant. 

Nor did it deny the Nunes memo assertion that FBI “Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”

That led Nunes to say:

“This is why we wanted it [the Dems’ memo] out, and it’s amazing that the Democrats would actually take part in trying to cover this up.  It’s about a cover-up.”

“Not only that, but they’re making excuses as if it was okay to use that information to get a warrant on an American citizen.  It’s flabbergasting.”

The only remaining question is are any honest Democrats left in either House of Congress?

 Source: fbnewscycle.com

Facebook Ads VP Backtracks on Russian Interference Comments

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Facebook’s VP of Advertising has backtracked on comments he made recently relating to the use of Facebook by Russian operatives to sow discord amongst Americans.

WIRED reports that Rob Goldman, Facebook’s vice president of advertising, has backtracked on recent comments he made relating to Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian operatives for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election via social media.

Mueller’s indictment document was 37 pages long, 35 of which mentioned Facebook specifically, putting the social media website right at the center of the political debate. Mueller’s document claimed that Russian operatives used platforms such as Facebook to promote memes, plan rallies, create fake accounts and generally pit American citizens on the left and right against each other in order to create chaos within the country.

Only hours after the indictment was released, Rob Goldman took to Twitter to clarify some of the issues raised in Mueller’s document. Goldman made a number of claims including one that was retweeted by President Trump himself. Goldman tweeted, “I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.”

Goldman clarified what he believed the Russians aimed to achieve with their use of Facebook tweeting that they were attempting to divide America and that so far it seems to be working,

Initially, it seemed that other executives at Facebook approved of Goldman’s string of tweets with a Facebook VP named Andrew Bosworth even retweeting Goldman’s thread. But shortly after President Trump’s notice of the tweets, it seems that Facebook suddenly took issue with Goldman’s messaging. Facebook VP of Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan released an official statement on Goldman’s tweets saying “Nothing we found contradicts the Special Counsel’s indictments. Any suggestion otherwise is wrong.”

WIRED talked to a Facebook executive about what they believed Russia’s aim was with their social media misinformation campaign. The executive replied, “I don’t think anyone at Facebook can say definitely one way or another.” They continued, “We are a tech company. Why would we have the answer? I wouldn’t trust us if we said we did.” Goldman himself then took to Facebook’s internal communication network to explain his tweets to his colleagues saying:

I wanted to apologize for having tweeted my own view about Russian interference without having it reviewed by anyone internally. The tweets were my own personal view and not Facebook’s. I conveyed my view poorly. The Special Counsel has far more information about what happened [than] I do—so seeming to contradict his statements was a serious mistake on my part.

To those of you who have reached out this weekend to offer your support, thank you. It means more than you know. And to all of you who have worked so hard over the last six months to demonstrate that we understand our responsibility to prevent abuse on Facebook — and are working hard to do better in the future — my deepest apologies.

It seems that Facebook and Goldman are now in full damage control as Mueller’s investigation focuses further on the social media platform. How Facebook will continue to deal with Mueller’s investigation remains to be seen.

Source: www.breitbart.com

Russian Husband and Wife ‘Troll Team’ Indicted by FBI for Fake Political Posts

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, pictured in this August 8, 2013 file photo, charged 13 Russians for an alleged conspiracy to defraud the United States

A Russian husband and wife “troll team” was indicted by U.S. authorities on Friday for their involvement in an online effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Husband and wife team Robert and Maria Bovda were indicted on Friday as a part of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s attempts to subvert the 2016 election. According to the indictment, Maria served as head of the project, which utilized social media to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

Both Robert and Maria are accused of “creating false US personas” and utilizing fake accounts that had large U.S. audiences. The Bovdas were two of the 13 Russians that were indicted in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

According to the indictment, Robert and Maria worked specifically on spreading propaganda to “the U.S. population.” Additionally, they “conducted operations on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”

As a part of the investigation’s findings, Mueller cited an account a Russian-controlled Instagram account called “Woke Blacks.”

“[A] particular hype and hatred for Trump is misleading the people and forcing Blacks to vote Killary,” a post on the page read. “We cannot resort to the lesser of two devils. Then we’d surely be better off without voting AT ALL.”

Another post from a Russian account targeted Muslim voters on the day before the election.
“American Muslims [are] boycotting elections today, most of the American Muslim voters refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton because she wants to continue the war on Muslims in the middle east and voted yes for invading Iraq,” the post read.

Despite the indictments, foreign minister Sergey Lavrov brushed off allegations of Russian mingling in the 2016 elections.

‘I have no response. You can publish anything, and we see those indictments multiplying, the statements multiplying,’ Lavrov said. ‘Until we see the facts, everything else is just blabber.’

Source: www.breitbart.com