The latest bit of explosive information from special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s investigation shows that the FBI deliberately chose to prosecute General Michael Flynn, though they had no reason to believe he was lying to them.
On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee released an unredacted version of their final report on Russia, and the unredacted documents tell a completely different story than their redacted counterparts.
Compare them side-by-side:
“Deputy Director McCabe stated that, ‘we really had not substantiated anything particularly significant against General Flynn,'” says the newly unredacted version of the document.
But why would this have been redacted in the first place? The public was under the impression that Flynn lied to the FBI. McCabe says plainly that that there was no case against Flynn.
“The two people who interviewed [Flynn] didn’t think he was lying, [which] was not [a] great beginning of a false statement case,” McCabe told the House Intel Committee.
But it gets worse. Disgraced former FBI director James Comey was in on the scheme.
“Director Comey testified to the Committee that ‘the agents…discerned no physical indications of deception,'” the original redacted report says. “They didn’t see any change in posture, in tone, in inflection, in eye contact. They saw nothing that indicated to them that he knew he was lying to them.”
“General Flynn pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding his December 2016 conversations with Ambassador Kislyak, even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents did not detect any deception during Flynn’s interview,” it continues.
The original redacted report leaves the reader with the assumption that Flynn must have lied about something – remember, the FBI’s story was that Flynn had improperly discussed sanctions with Russia during the Trump transition, and the feds actively pushed the implication that Flynn was working out deals with the Russians to soften sanctions against them, conveying the narrative that the Trump campaign was in cahoots with the Kremlin.
The unredacted report tells a completely different story. The following was redacted in the original report:
“In the call between General Flynn and Ambassador Kislyak, General Flynn ‘requested that Russia not escalate the situation and only respond to the U.S. sanctions [imposed by the Obama administration] in a reciprocal fashion,'” the document says.
Keep in mind that the FISA warrant obtained by the DOJ to wiretap these phone calls in the first place was granted based on the phony Steele Dossier.
Had the public known that Flynn was simply discussing Russia’s response to sanctions already imposed by Obama with an ambassador – which is completely normal for a diplomat during a presidential transition and in no way illegal – and not actively working with the Kremlin, the perception of his “wrongdoing” would have been much different. That is why the FBI redacted this portion of the report.
The question remains: Why would Flynn plead guilty to a crime that he really did not commit – or at least one that seems contestable?
The answer to that question remains unclear, though strangely Flynn’s sentencing hearing has been pushed back twice, which is nearly unheard of.
The federal judge presiding over Flynn’s case has also been changed. Judge Rudolph Contreras was forced to recuse himself from Flynn’s case after it became known that he was friendly with anti-Trump FBI official Peter Strzok.
Flynn’s case has been marred by partisan bias and federal overreach, as has the Mueller investigation as a whole. It should be a concern to every American that citizen – and a remarkable American hero, at that – can have his life destroyed for working on the “wrong” side of a political campaign.
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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