At least seven members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign were directly targeted by real-life “set-up agents” including two Russians — one using a fake name — during the election or immediately after President Trump took the White House.
The mood during the Trump campaign and the early days of the administration was tense, due to the constant agitation of malevolent individuals who sometimes misrepresented their identity to get close to Trump’s inner circle.
“By way of example, as you know, back in June I sent this Committee a letter regarding a longtime FBI informant named Gennadiy Vasilievich Vostretsov who, under the alias “Henry Greenberg”, was sent to approach my client in May 2016 with claims of having access to information that could impact the election,” Stone’s attorney Grant Smith wrote in a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes prior to Stone’s arrest for alleged process crimes during the course of the Robert Mueller investigation.
“Mr. Stone not only immediately and forcefully declined to participate in anything this FBI informant was proposing, but never saw or spoke to the informant again. Mr. Stone believes it highly likely that Mr. Vostretsov/Greenberg’s status as an FBI informant was not “former”, and that Vostretsov/Greenberg was, in fact, actively working on behalf of the FBI at the time of their meeting, acting upon a calculated effort to entrap Mr. Stone and, further, to infiltrate and compromise the Trump effort. Notably, Vostretsov was admitted to the country nine separate times on an FBI Informant’s visa,” Smith writes on Stone’s behalf.
The Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya who set up Don Trump Jr. for a meeting in Trump Tower as part of a Fusion GPS plot was operating out of the Washington offices of Cozen O’Connor, a law firm run by an anti-Trump former Obama administration official whose super PAC donated to Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election.
Veselnitskaya’s work from the Cozen O’Connor office provides more evidence of a Democrat and establishment Republican effort to set up the Trump campaign for a future Russian collusion case. Veselnitskaya was allowed into the United States by the Obama Department of Justice while the former Obama official who runs Cozen O’Connor publicly warned then-candidate Trump that if he became president he would be investigated by the DOJ for contacts with foreign leaders. Veselnitskaya reportedly had dinner meetings with Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson the day before she met in Trump Tower and also the day after she went inside Trump Tower.
Big League Politics has confirmed that a Cozen O’Connor partner who lives in the same apartment building as James Comey’s friend Daniel Richman — who leaked classified information to the press on Comey’s behalf — spoke with Richman during the period that Comey and the Fusion GPS team were trying to obtain FISA warrants on Trump Tower.
I reported from outside Cozen O’Connor headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Lisa Page testimony to Freedom Caucus investigators — who got her to sing like a canary — provides new details about the well-documented “Crossfire Hurricane” plot to trap Jared Kushner, President Trump’s inexperienced son-in-law who inexplicably runs point on policy in the Trump White House. Kushner was also targeted by Veselnitskaya at the same Don Jr. meeting n Trump Tower.
A well-entrenched insider in the nation’s capital sends a dispatch to Big League Politics: “The Rosenstein scope memo from August 2, 2017 is now clear due to the Lisa Page Congressional Testimony. The scope memo references Manafort and to this date a second individual that is redacted. There has been speculation that it was someone close to Trump and even that it was Jared Kushner. The Page congressional testimony released today and her text to Strzok on May 9th 2017 makes it clear that they didn’t have anything of great value but needed to lock Kushner into a statement that could be nitpicked against to create a crime that would help get Trump through his son-in-law. How the public could ever trust the FBI/DOJ if no one ever goes to jail for the only coup attempt in U.S. History?”
Here are the texts clearly referring to Kushner.
May 9th 2017:
Strzok “We need to open the case we’ve been waiting on now while Andy is acting.”
Page “We need to lock in *******. In a formal chargeable way. Soon.”
“Soon after the May 9th text, someone from the FBI leaks to the Washington Post that Kushner is a person of interest in the Russia investigation,” our source said.
Carter Page and George Papadopoulos
Stefan Halper, identified by insiders as a spy integral to the Crossfire Hurricane plot, invited low-level Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos to England during the campaign, for unclear and undefined reasons. To be clear, Page has always been open about the fact that he has never met Donald Trump. Halper luring Page and Papadopoulos into conversational traps could have triggered minor warrants that helped to surveil the entire Trump campaign, as we explain more below.
Page was reported to have been an FBI undercover agent at one time helping to snare Russian spies, in 2016 shortly before joining the Trump campaign, but he denied that he matches the description of the undercover agent that is believed to be him.
Page said that he met Halper at a July 11-12 “Race To Change The World” conference with Madeleine Albright in Cambridge at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH).
The plot against him was enough for Page to blow the whistle, but his whistle-blowing was swept under the rug.
Page said he suspected early on that he was the target of a sting operation involving British intelligence. We now know that British spy Christopher Steele compiled a debunked anti-Trump dossier for Fusion GPS, a firm paid millions by the Clinton campaign.
“I didn’t know for sure before the election, but I knew that the Clinton campaign’s opposition political research were behind the fakeness” of the dossier, Page told Big League Politics in an exclusive interview.
In October 2016, while the election was still going on, Page sent a letter to the inter-governmental Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) — provided to Big League Politics — where he stated: “I have learned from a reliable source that a law firm close to the Clinton campaign has hired a London-based private investigator to investigate my trip to Russia. This approach is closely consistent with past tactics that investigators affiliated with Mrs. Clinton have historically taken toward their targeted victims: ‘Impugn…character and veracity until…destroyed beyond all recognition.’”
The United States government is represented in the OSCE.
General Michael Flynn
Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok personally set up General Flynn, the original Trump White House national security adviser. Flynn was a senior campaign adviser to President Trump.
On January 24, 2017, Peter Strzok interviewed General Michael Flynn inside the White House alongside another agent. Flynn’s lawyer was not present. Flynn apparently did not tell the White House about his meeting. Guess who did? Sally Yates, the anti-Trump deputy attorney general whose underling told the FBI to shut down the Clinton Foundation case. Yates informed the White House on January 26 that Flynn met with the FBI.
That was the beginning of the end for the original Trump White House.
Strzok was close personal friends with the foreign intelligence judge Rudolph Contreras who accepted General Flynn’s guilty plea. Contreras recused himself after he already accepted Flynn’s guilty plea.
Strzok and Page detailed their plan to meet with Contreras in a July 25, 2016 series of texts:
PAGE: “Rudy is on the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court]! Did you know that? Just appointed two months ago.”
STRZOK: “I did. I need to get together with him.”
PAGE: “said he’d gotten on a month or two ago at a graduation party we were both at.”
Mueller reportedly coerced Flynn into pleading guilty by threatening the general’s son Mike Flynn Jr., whom Hillary Clinton clearly referred to in a tweet expressing anger at Flynn Jr. for tweeting about the Comet Pizza-Gate story.
Jeff Sessions, who had an infuriating stint as attorney general in which he failed to stop the Deep State conspirators, was a prime target of the Crossfire Hurricane manipulation. Sessions was a Trump campaign surrogate in 2016.
“I now have information why Comey alleged a third meeting that Sessions had with a Russian operative. Comey passed information to Mueller about the FBI’s covert Special Surveillance Group (SSG) in DC. They routinely discreetly follow SUSPECTED Russian Intelligence Officers (IOs). Those IOs try to have a pretext meeting with all US government officials,” Chuck Marler, a longtime former FBI Special Surveillance Group member told Big League Politics. Marler, who now runs the private Surveillance Specialty Group and has close contacts in the FBI, has been an integral source of information in my James Comey reporting, dating back to the 2016 campaign, before Comey re-opened the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton.
“That is why Senator Kamala Harris asked Sessions, ‘Did you meet with a Russian business man?’ Sessions would not have known this man was a spy with the false pretext meeting…that’s the exact work I did in the FBI for 16 years,” Marler said.
“It’s interesting that Comey leaked this information to only the Democrats. What he didn’t leak was that the IOs have been meeting regularly with Democrats in the Senate. THEY (Democrats) failed to realize they were meeting with a SUSPECTED IO,” Marler continued, noting that Russian IO’s have been “more successfully targeting” Democrats “for the past several years” and the FBI Special Surveillance Group knows about each of those meetings.
“Dare the Democrats to open that vault,” Marler said.
Sessions has only admitted to two interactions with the Russian ambassador during the election, including at an innocuous event at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. That event was arranged by the Obama State Department. The “Russia” plot to frame Trump was clearly in play during the campaign, before Trump ever won his historic victory. I reported four days before the election, “U.S. Government Hackers Threaten To Intervene In Election Over ‘Russia’ Suspicions.”
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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