by Mark Langfan
Far from contradicting Republican claims, the Schiff rebuttal provides information on the Clinton Campaign and DNC's efforts to find 'dirt' on then candidate Trump.
Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff, who has relentlessly led the House Democratic “Collusion” attack on President Trump, compiled a response memo attempting to contradict the House Majority Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) memo of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and FBI FISA court abuses committed against then-Candidate, and now President, Donald Trump.
Instead of contradicting the Republican Report, Schiff provided the public with the key documentary kernel of the actual text of the above-super-top secret Carter Page DOJ/FBI FISA application. By providing this actual key FISA application text, Schiff has confirmed that numerous DOJ/FBI staff committed Federal crimes in their October 21, 2016 Page FISA application.
DOJ/FBI represented to the FISA Court that it only “speculated” that Glenn Simpson, whom the FBI/DOJ knew had been hired by the Clinton Campaign and the Democrat National Committee, was only “likely looking” for dirt on Candidate Trump. It is the FBI/DOJ’s own words stating that Simpson was “likely looking” for political dirt that comprise knowing and intentional perjury by the DOJ/FBI to the FISA court.
The Clinton Campaign and the DNC weren’t “likely looking” for dirt, they were paying for any and every lie they could collect. Such clear and convincing documentary evidence of DOJ/FBI’s grave Federal crimes under 18 U.S.C. Section 1623 – False declarations before grand jury or court in a FISA application requires a Federal Prosecutor, not a powerless DOJ Inspector General.
Here is the actual unedited text of the Schiff Memo:
[Start of Minority FISA “Correcting the Record” Report page 5]
“DOJ’s Transparency about Christopher Steele
Far from “omitting” material facts about Steele, as the Majority claims, (footnote 17) DOJ repeatedly informed the Court about Steele’s background, credibility, and potential bias. DOJ explained in detail Steele’s prior relationship with and compensation from the FBI; his credibility, reporting history, and source network; the fact of and reason for his termination as a source in late October 2016; and the likely political motivations of those who hired Steele.
DOJ was transparent with the Court about Steele’s sourcing: The Committee Majority, which had earlier accused Obama Administration officials of improper “unmasking,” faults DOJ for not revealing the names of specific U.S. persons and entities in the FISA application and subsequent renewals. In fact, DOJ appropriately upheld its longstanding practice of protecting U.S. citizen information by purposefully not “unmasking” U.S. persons and entity names, unless they themselves are the subject of a counterintelligence investigation. DOJ instead used generic identifiers that provided the Court with more than enough information to understand the political context of Steele’s research.
In an extensive explanation to the Court, DOJ discloses that Steele, “was approached by an identified U.S. Person,(“Glenn Simpson”, Footnote 18), who indicated to Source #1[Steele](Footnote 19) that a U.S.-based law firm (“Perkins Coie,” Footnote 20) had hired the identified U.S. person to conduct research regarding Candidate #1’s ties to Russia.(“Donald Trump” Footnote 21) (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.” (Footnote 22- Entire preceding paragraph is from the actual Department of Justice, Foreign Intelligence Court Application, October 21, 2016, pp. 15-16, n. 8. Repeated in subsequent renewal applications.)”
[End of Minority Report]
Before discussing the “likely looking” smoking gun lie, a glimpse at some of Schiff’s legal analysis actually implicates Schiff himself in the criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States government. Take his “unmasking” argument. Schiff legally compares the unmasking of an incidental U.S. citizen who has been ensnared in a FISA surveillance with an actual all-too-willing U.S. citizen volunteer of “counterintelligence” information to the FBI. To conflate the FISA civil rights protections of an incidentally surveilled US citizen with a domestic U.S. citizen and political organization who both knowingly and willingly paid for Kremlin-derived political dirt is, at best, a legal fraud.
There is absolutely no FISA application legal cause to unmask the incidentally taped US citizen who was not the counterintelligence target. But, if a US citizen is actively paying Russian Kremlin sources for grossly political dirt, and knowingly and intentionally involving himself into a counterintelligence investigation, it is vital for the FISA court to know everything about him to assess the actual motivation behind creation of the proffered information, most especially his name. Here, Schiff actually asserts, that the FBI/DOJ “purposefully” failed to unmasked Glenn Simpson, his firm, and most importantly his client - the Clinton Campaign. This is such a purposeful material omission that it should be seen as a prima facie Federal crime.
For Schiff to claim the FBI/DOJ was protecting “sources and methods” by not disclosing the Clinton and DNC political source is ludicrous. You protect the sources and methods of a “sleeper cell” in deep cover in the Kremlin because the sleeper agent will be captured by Russia. Here the Clinton Campaign and DNC were in no danger of anything but well-deserved political embarrassment for intentionally providing the US government with lies and falsehoods. Here, the Kremlin was explicitly and intentionally providing the political lies where the Kremlin powers-that-be were knowingly and purposefully feeding the DNC and Clinton campaign the anti-Trump lies.
And it gets worse for the Obama DOJ/FBI criminals. The Schiff memo shows that the Steele “explanatory” paragraph was only in a “footnote” of the FISA application. How do we know it was only referenced in a footnote in the FISA Top-secret application? Because the Schiff “Footnote 22” states the cited paragraph was found at “pp.15-16, n. 8.” “n. 8” means that the paragraph was in Footnote “8” at pages 15-16. That means the FBI/DOJ lie that no one could ever conclude was really the Clinton Campaign was hidden in a densely typed Footnote “8” making it highly unlikely anyone would even see it.
The heart of the matter is that on October 21, 2016, the date of the FISA Page application, the DOJ and FBI clearly knew Glenn Simpson was an immediate proxy and paid agent of the Clinton Campaign and the DNC.
Their FISA application footnoted and underlined statement that “The FBI speculates that the identified U.S. Person[Glenn Simpson] was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit Candidate #1’s [Trump’s]campaign.” is not only a sin of omission, but an actual knowing and intentional perjury. The FBI/DOJ knew that Simpson was a Clinton Campaign paid-agent who wasn’t “likely looking” for political dirt to discredit Candidate Trump, but was single-mindedly, at any cost, 100% looking for any lie that they could find to discredit Candidate Trump.
The FBI/DOJ’s knowingly withholding this vital information about the real source of the financing of the Steele Memo from the FISA court, and lying about it in Footnote “8” implicate numerous Federal crimes that require an immediate appointment of a Federal prosecutor.
It is clear why the Republicans voted unanimously to release the Schiff “Rebuttal”: It contained the actual smoking gun text of the October 21, 2016 FISA application itself. Schiff has unwittingly provided the public with the documentary evidence that proves the DOJ/FBI Obama lackeys committed federal crimes in their attempt to acquire the “insurance policy” that could destroy the Trump Administration.
If the October 21, 2016 FISA was a criminal endeavor, then we don’t have merely another Watergate, we have a massive ongoing criminal conspiracy against the United States of America.
Mark Langfan is Chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) and specializes in security issues, has created an original educational 3d Topographic Map System of Israel to facilitate clear understanding of the dangers facing Israel and its water supply. It has been studied by US lawmakers and can be seen at www.marklangfan.com.
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