Facing impeachment, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was forced to allow Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., to view the memo that served as the genesis of the Russia probe. Mr. Nunes, the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), threatened to hold Mr. Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt and begin impeachment proceedings if they did not comply with a subpoena issued by the committee in August 2017.
“Although the subpoenas issued by this Committee in August 2017 remain in effect, I’d like to thank Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein for his cooperation today,” Nunes responded.
Fox News first reported that Mr. Nunes, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and committee staffers were permitted to view a 2-page memo with relatively few redactions. The source described those redactions as “minimal and justified.”
Now we know what Mr. Rosenstein was trying to hide.
The man behind the memo that served as the justification for the counterintelligence investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign was none other than Peter Strzok, Chairman Nunes confirmed on Wednesday. Mr. Strzok is the corrupt counterintelligence agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who, along with his extra-marital lover Lisa Page, played a key role in the sham investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Further, multiple sources confirm the redactions are meant to “protect” the “the names of a foreign country and a foreign agent” who were involved in the scheme.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller hired both Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page. They were two members of a team characterized as an “ethically-challenged Democratic hit squad” before he fired them last summer in an attempt to avoid media criticism.
It had become clear the text messages were going to be public as a result of Mr. Horowitz’s investigation. Text messages between the two clearly indicate that they harbored deeply anti-Trump bias, and plotted to reverse the election outcome.
As People’s Pundit Daily (PPD) previously reported, the messages uncovered by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz show Mr. Strzok had a personal relationship with U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, who presided over the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
The unethical conflict of interest, which is clear from a batch of text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page, has only recently been discovered after Judge Contreras recused himself. The relationship is noteworthy given that FBI and DOJ officials used an unverified opposition research document — otherwise known as the Steele dossier — to illegally obtain a secret warrant to spy on members of Team Trump.
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) allows intelligence agencies to collect information on foreign targets abroad. However, it has been “routinely” abused and misused to spy on domestic targets, including President Trump, his associates and other U.S. citizens.
The government is prohibited from using unverified third-party information in the FISA court.
“Rudy is on the FISC! Did you know that?” Ms. Page texted Mr. Strzok on July 25, 2016. “Just appointed two months ago.”
“I did,” Mr. Strzok replied. “We talked about it before and after. I need to get together with him.”
Judge Contreras, referred to in the text messages by his first name, was appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in 2016.
The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid the shadowy smear firm Fusion GPS more than $10 million for the Steele dossier. Fusion GPS in turn hired Christopher Steele, a former MI6 British Intelligence Officer, to be the research-gatherer. He almost exclusively used Kremlin sources to put it together.
The nonprofit Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging both the Clinton campaign and the DNC violated campaign finance law by failing to accurately disclose payments for the dossier.