Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe revealed Tuesday that the four FISA applications he reviewed did not disclose Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr’s work on the Christopher Steele dossier.
Ohr testified behind closed doors Tuesday with members of two congressional committees. The practice of holding behind-closed-door hearings is criticized sometimes by conservatives, but it seems like House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Goodlatte knew what he was doing with this hearing. Reports and sources widely claim that Lisa Page threw a wrench in the Robert Mueller investigation with her own recent behind-closed-doors testimony. Page reportedly fingered China as the source of the Hillary Clinton hack that the Deep State has long blamed on Russia, complicating the thin legal narrative that Mueller has used to justify his partisan investigation.
“In the four FISA applications I reviewed in their full, unredacted form, Bruce Ohr’s involvement with the Steele dossier was never disclosed,” Ratcliffe said.
This is yet another damning blow to the Mueller investigation, which exists in large part due to the FISA warrants that were fraudulently obtained. Rod Rosenstein signed off on the FISA warrants despite not disclosing on Senate forms his own interrogation of Hillary Clinton in the Whitewater case or the fact that his wife Lisa Barsoomian personally represented Bill Clinton.
Bruce Ohr also covered up his own wife Nellie Ohr’s work for Fusion GPS on official documents.
The Mueller case is quickly falling apart, which is why anti-Trump conspirators are shifting focus to the Michael Cohen criminal case in New York, which does not implicate Trump in any wrongdoing.
That case is also rife with problems.
The Cohen prosecutor reportedly has a big conflict of interest.
The New York deputy U.S. Attorney who accepted Michael Cohen’s plea deal, Robert Khuzami, is married to a lobbyist whose Chicago-based clearing house is currently being investigated by President Donald Trump’s SEC director.
This clear conflict of interest taints the case being waged against Trump through Cohen, according to Washington insiders.
The anti-Trump conspirators are changing their strategy. Since Robert Mueller found no Russian collusion and his team is tainted by Clinton conflicts of interest and ethical breaches, the conspirators are now focusing on the Cohen case waged by the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York. Mueller is not going to score, so Democrats are banking on Khuzami instead.
Fired former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, whose former underlings are now running the ship on the anti-Trump case, is making the new strategy clear:
Practice note: Trump has no effective way to shut down any investigation being conducted by SDNY. That office is more insulated, enduring and “sovereign” than the Special Counsel’s Office. You can fire Mueller. You can fire the US Attorney. You can’t fire the SDNY.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 23, 2018
But Khuzami and his team are colored by their own conflicts of interest.
Khuzami was the general counsel of Deutsche Bank, which has taken a sizable hit due to Trump tariffs and the Brexit election, prompting the bank to advocate against protectionist trade policies. The Deutsche Bank CEO has spoken out against Trump’s policies and in favor of so-called “free trade.”
Khuzami’s wife Julie Bauer is senior vice president of Options Clearing Corporation since September 2016. She previously handled government relations for FINRA.
The Wall Street Journal report just this month: “The company tasked with curbing risk in the U.S. options market is under investigation by federal regulators for how it handled a recent period of market turbulence, according to people familiar with the matter. The probes from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission include concerns that Options Clearing Corp. failed to accurately forecast how much cash would be needed to cover trading losses triggered by a spike in volatility last February, some of the people said.”
Spy-gate Whistleblower Calls Out Republican Senate for Not Subpoenaing Christopher Steele, Stefan Halper
This whistleblower believes the GOP Senate is protecting these disreputable spooks.
Steven Schrage, the man who unwittingly set up former Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page with federal informant Stefan Halper while he was a Cambridge University PhD candidate, is speaking out about the unethical process that went into setting up the deep state’s spying operation against Page.
“I had had a long background working on crime and terrorism at the White House and Congress, and went to Cambridge to finish a PhD I started years earlier at Harvard, and my intent was always to have a conference that looked at presidential campaigns and national security risk,” Schrage said to Maria Bartiromo on Fox News.
He explained that the Cambridge Four, a bumbling crew of disreputable spies including Halper and infamous phony dossier writer Christopher Steele, used his conference as a way to subvert the Trump administration and boost their sagging careers.
Schrage said that Halper grew intently involved after Page joined the conference as a Trump administration representative and tried to work Page to get into the White House fold. Big League Politics broke the story of Halper being an intelligence operative deployed by the deep state to inform on the Trump administration years ago.
“The spark that I really think set this off was when Stephan Halper, Christopher Steele’s old boss Richard Deerlove, and Page were all together, and Trump was portrayed to my surprise as a national security threat, and that’s when the interest really started to bubble in terms of where this took off,” Schrage said.
Halper served as Schrage’s PhD supervisor while at Cambridge. Dealing with the man, Schrage noted the tremendous incompetence and poor temperament of Halper, and how individuals who reach the heights of academia and the intelligence community are often buffoonishly inept.
“One thing I will say that was quite unusual is even after Carter Page had been kind of smeared improperly as a ‘Russian spy,’ Stefan Halper would profusely thank me for introducing him to him,” Schrage said, noting that Halper received multiple six-figure federal payouts for his assistance in the operation.
Schrage expressed outrage that the Republican-controlled Senate has refused to subpoena these spies despite the fact that they were responsible for much of the illegal surveillance against Trump’s associates that occurred at the behest of the departing Obama administration.
“None of the Senate has subpoenaed these or called these people to talk in four years. I think that’s the smoking gun. How are these people being protected? And how are we at a point so close to the election, and with Flynn’s hearing coming up, that nobody has called these people and gotten to the bottom of this?” he wondered.
The entire video can be seen here:
In addition, Schrage wrote an op/ed on the blog of journalist Matt Taibbi detailing exactly what happened while he was embroiled in a scandal that would go on to put Watergate to shame.
“The remaining mysteries of Russiagate are too important to be turned into a game of political football, or buried until after the election when unsubstantiated allegations could be dug up to sabotage Vice President Biden if he is elected president — as I believe was done to President Trump,” Schrage wrote.
“An FBI source had information that should have stopped Carter Page’s invasive surveillance in August 2016 before it started. A covert anti-Trump operative sought to be appointed to one of the world’s most powerful positions that could be used to undermine the president,” he continued.
“This should not be turned into an “October surprise” or later used to throw any new presidential administration into chaos.Allowing politicians and national security officials to cover up or even profit from abuses of power, puts us on course for even greater disasters. America can’t afford another government and media strike out, after four years of too much denial, incompetence, and coverup,” he concluded.
Blue-state voters will not want to hear this, but this investigation of a major-party presidential candidate (and later a president) by a combination of the FBI and hired Democratic Party oppo researchers is much the same story as Watergate, only worse. https://t.co/LaaTcfgaOR
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) August 10, 2020
If the truth about this deep state spying operation is heard and fully understood by the public before November, Trump is looking at another four years in the White House.
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