A Thanos-Level Event
For months pundits and researchers have been pondering the mystery of the FISA approval that led to the illegal and historically titanic scandals to ever hit the U.S. government. Some have argued that Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew the FISA was bogus when he extended it. Others have wondered if Special Counsel Robert Mueller knew about the fraudulent basis of the FISA when he used it, in part, to indict Michael Flynn. Other still, that Mueller was fooled by the FBI.
This is what President Trump calls “SPYGATE”.
It may well be that the surveillance that was conducted began with UK intelligence
services and then was fed back to the White House of Barack Obama. Here’s the kicker:
President Barack Obama did not need a FISA warrant to authorize spying/electronic surveillance on Trump because Obama all along had legal authorization to by-pass the normal court vetting process. According to 50 U.S. Code 1802, the “Electronic Surveillance Authorization” () “Foreign intelligence in relation to a US person (Trump or his associates) is information that’s necessary for the US to protect against attack, hostile acts, sabotage, . . . as well as other clandestine activities by a foreign power . . . OR . . . information relevant to national defense/security of the US, or the conduct of foreign affairs of the U.S.” Such an authorization by Obama required certification by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that must be logged with the FISC court. (“The [AG]+ shall immediately transmit under seal to the court [FISC] a copy of his certification.”)
In short, the DOJ has this. If we are correct, a copy of that certification is currently under
seal at least with the DOJ and the FISC.
This is what they are hiding.
However, the Act requires the AG to keep the Select Committee on Intelligence and the
Senate Committee on Intelligence informed of these authorizations and unmaskings therein. See 1803 (a) (1) (C) If indeed this is what happened, did Lynch report—or only selectively report—to the committees in a way that excluded non-friendlies? Can you see why Adam Schiff, Mark Warner, and their ilk are terrified?
1) Obama authorized spying/electronic surveillance on Team Trump, by-passing normal
2) To create “foreign intelligence,” John Brennan and others organized for UK
intelligence to conduct surveillance on Trump and his associates, either from the UK or from UK assets within the U.S. This is another reason revealing this will unleash an excrement storm: the UK is about to be caught meddling bigly in an American election.
3) Lynch certified Obama’s authorization which is now held under seal by DOJ (and
From this authorization, all unmaking followed, as well as the FBI fraudulent counter
intel investigation and perhaps the FISA warrant too. Obama knew this was all fake when he made the authorization; Lynch knew it was fake when she certified it; the entire inner circle, including the FBI, all knew. This takes the U.S. into uncharted territory, and could imperil any politician in the British government who supported this or had knowledge of it. Proving any of this would be difficult, as if confronted Lynch would almost certainly cover up and Obama would simply deny knowledge. Without a paper trail, a conviction might be a bridge to far.
Sara Carter reported that concealed FISA documents hold the key—not because they were
the origin of SPYGATE but because each new application had to include earlier supporting
intelligence, i.e., Obama’s authorization. And the director of the British surveillance agency,
GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, quit three days after Trump’s inauguration for “personal” and “health” reasons.
Now the seeming stonewalling of DOJ, Jeff Sessions, and Rod Rosenstein make sense.
Now it is clear why President Trump has not just himself declassified these materials. This is a TLE.
A Thanos Level Event.
It suggests Sessions and others are wrestling with a massively disruptive chain of revelations that will approximate those of 1861, namely what do you do with a criminal ex-president? Larry Schweikart has discussed elsewhere how no impeachment of a former public official is necessary to indict, arrest, and/or punish such a person. Former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested and charged with treason by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 (he was acquitted for lack of evidence). Of course, more recently, former Vice President Spiro Agnew was not impeached before pleading no contest to a felony charge of tax evasion and sentenced to three years probation.
Such a Thanos Level Event might also explain Robert Mueller’s odd and inexplicable
behavior of running hither and yon, achieving virtually nothing. If he knew as well, he is
probably just as baffled as the DOJ as to how to proceed in a job that implicates the former
president in everything Mueller touches. The implications are staggering. One side will rightly demand justice be done, no matter who the culprit. Another side will insist that such a prosecution would “tear the country apart” and do irreparable harm to race relations. Both sides are right, but if we are correct and Barack Obama is not just the end-game point of approval, but the jumping off platform for the entire scandal?
Thanos wouldn’t even recognize the rubble when all of this is over.
REX is an anonymous Twtter analyst who wishes to remain . . . anonymous. Larry Schweikart is the co-author of A Patriot’s History of the United States (with Michael Allen) and How Trump Won (with Joel Pollak).
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