Report suggests FBI PAID Trump dossier author Steele’s travel expenses so he’d look like an ‘INFORMANT’ rather than a HACK for the DNC

(National SentinelPoliticized: Congressional investigators are poring over evidence in an effort to find out if the FBI paid Trump dossier author and former British spy Christopher Steele’s travel expenses to Washingon, D.C., and Rome so he would look more like an “informant” than an opposition researcher paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Steele, who was due in a London court earlier this week for a long-awaited deposition, was a no-show after his lawyers argued he should not have to sit for videotape sessions.

Steele is under fire again following the release of a redacted eight-page memo by Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., that was part of a criminal referral involving Steele to the Justice Department.

Steele and the dossier are key to the so-called “Russian collusion” investigation. Congress wants to the Obama FBI’s full role in its relationship with Steele. The four-page FISA memo last week said that the FBI cut its ties to Steele after agents discovered he was leaking info about his relationship with the bureau to the press.

The Grassley-Graham referral also said that Steele was paid $160,000 by Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the dossier, which was ultimately financed by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

It also confirms that the FBI authorized payment to Steele as well.

Steele traveled to Washington D.C. in September of 2016 and met with reporters. One of the meetings was held in the office of the DNC’s general counsel. He also traveled to Rome in September of 2016 to meet with FBI officials.

Now, congressional investigators would like to know why the bureau agreed to pay Steele at all.

On Tuesday, Paul Sperry, an investigative reporter for the New York Post, tweeted that investigators were pursuing this “new line of inquiry.”

“BREAKING: Hill committees pursuing new line of inquiry into whether FBI offered to pay Steele in order to ‘clean him up’ before FISC as ‘paid informant’ vs hired Hillary hand. Looking at FBI reimbursement of Steele travel expenses to DC & Rome legat [sic] office. (Never went to Russia),” he tweeted.

In addition, according to Breitbart News, the Grassley-Graham memo indicates that Steele allegedly lied to the bureau about his contact with Yahoo News, while the FBI was not fully forthcoming with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in order to obtain a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign figure Carter Page.

“Then-FBI Director James Comey briefed Feinstein and Grassley in March 2017 and told them that the FBI had relied on the dossier “absent meaningful corroboration — and in light of the highly political motives surrounding its creation” because Steele himself was considered reliable due to his past work with the FBI,” the site reported.

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FISA MEMO DROPS…Shows MASSIVE conspiracy to ensnare TEAM TRUMP using BOGUS dossier and COLLUSION with a foreign agent

(National SentinelFISA Abuses: As expected, the so-called “FISA memo” was released on Friday, revealing serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by upper echelon officials in the FBI and Justice Department to prevent Donald J. Trump from becoming president, and to undermine him after he defeated Hillary Clinton in November 2016.

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Per Fox News, as many suspected, the discredited and unverified “Trump dossier” was used not once but on three separate occasions to secure a FISA court surveillance warrant to allow the Obama administration to spy on Team Trump during his campaign.

In addition, Hillary Clinton, U.S. media outlets, and ranking officials within DOJ and FBI including former FBI Director James Comey, former deputy director Andrew McCabe, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were all aware that the dossier was a political document, not a serious piece of intelligence work, the memo explains.

As Fox News reported, the four-page memo [which you can read here] also “includes testimony from a high-ranking government official who says without the infamous Trump dossier, the FBI and DOJ would not have secured surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team.”

The memo pointed out that in December 2017, then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe testified that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought” from the FISA court “without the Steele dossier information.”

The memo also states that DOJ and FBI officials used media reporting on the Trump-Russia collusion allegations to bolster their case for a FISA court warrant. That is a substantial revelation because the memo also talks about how the dossier’s creator, former British spy Christopher Steele — who was commissioned by Fusion GPS to assemble the dossier — briefed a number of media outlets on its contents over the summer of 2016, as Trump gained steam.

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The memo also shows that Steele was eventually cut off from the FBI for being chatty with the media. It says he was terminated in October 2016 as an FBI source “for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations—an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI.”

The memo implicates a massive conspiracy involving Steele, Fusion and the Hillary Clinton campaign, which paid for the dossier through a third party law firm, Perkins Coie.

“The ‘dossier’ compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application,” the memo states, referencing a surveillance warrant obtained to spy on a former Trump campaign official.

“Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia,” it continued.

Even after he was terminated by the FBI, Steele continued to have a relationship with then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr. Ohr’s wife Nellie began working for Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier, as early as May 2016.

According to the memo, Steele told Ohr that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” But it says the FISA application process “ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations.

“This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files – but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications,” the memo reads.

The memo also named names. As CBS News reported:

The FBI and DOJ obtained three FISA warrants targeting Page and three FISA renewals, according to the memo. Then-FBI Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one, according to the memo. The memo says then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of the DOJ.

“The memo clearly states that the dossier was a political document — opposition research commissioned by Fusion GPS and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and that everyone involved in approving the FISA court applications knew the document was political research, not hard-and-fast intelligence gathered by legitimate U.S. spies,” said J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.

“So Comey, Rosenstein, Yates, McCabe, and others were clearly in on the conspiracy to frame President Donald J. Trump and his campaign with a bogus ‘Russia collusion’ story,” he added.

As expected, Trump was critical of the effort to frame his campaign personnel and saddle his administration with what now appears to have been a direct political effort to undermine him.

“I think it’s terrible,” said the president. “You want to know the truth. I think it’s a disgrace. What’s going on in this country, I think it’s a disgrace.

“A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.

“The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!” Trump tweeted earlier.

The memo notes further that the original FISA court warrant was sought for Trump campaign official Carter Page, and was originally granted in October 2016. It was subsequently renewed two additional times, with officials relying primarily on the unsubstantiated and salacious Trump dossier.

Page, who served as Trump’s foreign policy advisor until September 2016, had come under FBI scrutiny in 2014 for his contact with Russian agents, and he admitted more recently to taking a trip to Russia in 2016 while he worked on Trump’s campaign, Slate reported. Page has not been charged with any wrongdoing. But the fact that he came under FBI scrutiny nearly four years ago and was never charged with a crime or with espionage is troubling to many critics of the surveillance.

“The brave and assiduous oversight by Congressional leaders in discovering this unprecedented abuse of process represents a giant, historic leap in the repair of America’s democracy,” Page said in a statement to Business Insider. “Now that a few of the misdeeds against the Trump Movement have been partially revealed, I look forward to updating my pending legal action in opposition to DOJ this weekend in preparation for Monday’s next small step on the long, potholed road toward helping to restore law and order in our great country.”

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Clinton campaign, DNC, laundered MILLIONS in scheme to funnel CASH illegally, complaint alleges

(National SentinelHot Water: A complaint filed earlier this month with the Federal Election Commission alleges that the campaign of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee violated laws by essentially “laundering” hundreds of millions of dollars.

Writing in Investors Business Daily Dan Backer, a veteran campaign attorney who filed the complaint on behalf of the Committee to Defend the President, also noted that the organization has filed suit against Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic state parties and Democratic mega-donors.

In the FEC complaint, Backer said the organization documented that the Democratic establishment was “us[ing] state chapters as straw men to circumvent campaign donation limits and launder(ing) the money back to” Clinton’s campaign.

The 101-page complaint shined light on the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF), a $500 million joint fundraising committee between the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and dozens of state parties. Backer said that the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled such fundraising schemes are illegal in a prior case he brought before the high court.

“HVF solicited six-figure donations from major donors, including Calvin Klein and ‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane, and routed them through state parties en route to the Clinton campaign,” Backer wrote. “Roughly $84 million may have been laundered in what might be the single largest campaign finance scandal in U.S. history.”

Backer noted that campaign finance law is intentionally murky, and that only a select few attorneys around the country who focus exclusively on it can understand its quirks. He said it is likely that the Clinton campaign and the DNC relied on that murkiness and lack of legal knowledge surrounding campaign finance law in order to launch their scheme.

“Here’s what you can do, legally,” Backer wrote. “Per election, an individual donor can contribute $2,700 to any candidate, $10,000 to any state party committee, and (during the 2016 cycle) $33,400 to a national party’s main account.

“These groups can all get together and take a single check from a donor for the sum of those contribution limits — it’s legal because the donor cannot exceed the base limit for any one recipient. And state parties can make unlimited transfers to their national party,” he continued.

“Here’s what you can’t do, which the Clinton machine appeared to do anyway. As the Supreme Court made clear in McCutcheon v. FEC, the JFC may not solicit or accept contributions to circumvent base limits, through ‘earmarks’ and ‘straw men’ that are ultimately excessive — there are five separate prohibitions here,” Backer noted.

Backer said it appears as though six-figure donations never actually went through state party accounts or were never under the control of state Democratic chapters. That adds false FEC reporting by the HVF, state parties, and the DNC to the list of alleged crimes.

Finally, as Donna Brazile and others admitted, the DNC placed the funds under the Clinton campaign’s direct control, a massive breach of campaign finance law that ties the conspiracy together,” he said.

“Democratic donors, knowing the funds would end up with Clinton’s campaign, wrote six-figure checks to influence the election — 100 times larger than allowed.”

To put the alleged legal violations into perspective, Backer noted that conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was prosecuted and convicted in 2012 for giving a small number of associates money they then contributed to a candidate of his preference, which amounted to straw man contributions.

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For a relatively minor amount of money involving just $20,000, he was sentenced to eight months in a community confinement center and given five years probations.

“HVF weighs in at $84 million — more than 4,000 times larger!” Backer wrote.

“So who should be worried? Everyone involved — from the donors themselves to Democratic fundraisers to party officials who filed false reports and, ultimately, to Clinton campaign and HVF officials looking at significant legal jeopardy.”

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Rosenstein REFUSED to say whether FBI paid for infamous ‘Trump dossier’

(National SentinelNOversight: During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused to answer a congressman’s direct question as to whether the FBI helped pay for the now-infamous “Trump dossier.”

In response to the question from Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., Rosenstein suggested he knew the answer but would not say for certain.

“Did the FBI pay for the dossier?” DeSantis asked.

“I’m not in a position to answer that question,” Rosenstein responded.

“Do you know the answer to the question?” the Republican DeSantis followed up.

“I believe I know the answer, but the Intelligence Committee is the appropriate committee…” Rosenstein began.

That led DeSantis to interject that his panel “had every right to the information” about payments related to the dossier, especially since the Judiciary Committee has oversight over the Department of Justice, which the FBI falls under.

Congressional Republicans have long sought information about who created and helped finance the dossier.

Earlier reports have noted that the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Hillary Clinton helped finance at least some of it.

The dossier was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Earlier this year reports noted that “Steele and the FBI struck an informal agreement that he would be paid to continue his investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia,” The Daily Caller reported.

“It has been reported that Steele was never paid for his work, though the FBI and DOJ have not publicly disclosed those details.”

Earlier as well, CNN reported that Steele was compensated at least partially for his work investigating Trump.

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Rep. Jim Jordan has some stellar advice for the GOP establishment

(National SentinelRINOs: Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has some simple but honest advice for the Republican establishment ahead of the 2018 elections, if they hope to retain control over Congress.

‘Don’t mess with voters.’

In an interview with The Daily Caller, Jordan essentially lays out how Republicans came to dominate first the House and then the Senate — and eventually the White House, with Donald J. Trump as president.

The site noted:

The dynamic conservative connects the dots of recent political shockwaves to warn those in the public square. From the uprising of the Tea Party movement in 2010, to Dave Brat defeating House Majority Whip Eric Cantor in a primary, to the formation of the Freedom Caucus as a new center of gravity in the House, to John Boehner’s early dethroning, and then the 2016 upset by President Donald Trump, the American people have a message for elites in Washington.

“If that’s not sending a message to the establishment in this town, I don’t know what will,” Jordan said in the interview. “Maybe we ought to do what the American people sent us here to do.”

The news site videoed Jordan during his grilling of Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a House Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this month. That followed an op-ed in which he called on Sessions to “do his job or step down,” in which he also put forth several questions involving special prosecutor Robert Mueller, former FBI Director James Comey, and the highly controversial Uranium One deal, among others, that he believes need answers.

In understanding that the IRS was used as a political weapon against conservative groups during President Obama’s tenure, Jordan has expressed concerns that the national security apparatus was equally politicized.

He also wants to know if the Obama administration was complicit with the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign “in producing an opposition research document,” the infamous “Trump dossier,” which was turned into an intelligence document and presented to the FISA court to justify surveillance on Team Trump during last year’s campaign.

“With Thanksgiving and tax reform nearly behind Congress, the must-pass year end spending deal by a Republican Congress with a Republican president should make voters cheer, but instead Jordan fears that Republican leaders are afraid to stand firm for what they campaigned,” The DC reported.

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Collusion? Bank records from Dem oppo-research firm linked to Clinton campaign made Russia-related payments

(National SentinelElection 2016: An opposition research firm linked to the Democratic National Committee and the campaign last year of Hillary Clinton made Russia-related payments last year, according to newly unsealed bank records.

As reported by The Daily Caller, the records belong to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous “Trump dossier” that was paid for the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

A federal court unsealed the records in a lawsuit involving the firm, thereby revealing new details about payments that were made last year to Fusion GPS when it was commissioning the dossier.

“The documents also shed new light on requests made by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about payments that Fusion GPS made to journalists,” The DC reported.

The records were opened following a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C.

While most of the records are redacted, there is evidence of transactions between a pair of law firms that Fusion GPS worked with last year involving Russia-related projects.

One of the firms, Perkins Coie, which represented the Clinton campaign and the DNC, paid Fusion $1,024,408 between May 24, 2016, and Dec. 28, 2016, according to the unsealed records.

The biggest payment was made right before the Nov. 8 election when Perkins Coie made a payment amounting to $365,275 to Fusion — on Oct. 28, 2016. Also, a payment that was made to Fusion was made later than previously thought, The DC reported.

“The transaction list does not show payments that Fusion made to Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier. The firm reportedly paid Steele a total of $168,000 for his work, which lasted from June 2016 until the election,” said the website.

“The records show that Fusion was also paid $523,651 by the law firm BakerHostetler between March 7, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2016.”

Fusion worked on behalf of BakerHostetler to investigate Bill Browder, a banker from London who helped to usher the Magnitsky Act through — a sanctions law that the Russian government vehemently opposed.

BakerHostetler also represented Prevezon Holdings and its owner, a Russian businessman named Denis Katsyv.

Both Katsyv and Prevezon worked to limit the impact of the sanctions imposed but he Magnitsky Act.

In addition, the documents reveal that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking records from Fusion related to the firm’s “payments to journalists who have reported on Russia issues relevant to its investigation.”

In a memo that was filed on Tuesday, attorneys for the House panel said they are seeking transition records related to “three individual journalists…each of whom have reported on and/or been quoted in articles regarding topics related to the Committee’s investigation, some of which were published as recently as October 2017.”

The names of the journalists were redacted. And while it isn’t clear year that Fusion paid any journalists to hype the dossier story, the firm is known to keep a stable of reporters on its payroll.

Fusion founders Peter Fritsch, Thomas Catan and Glenn Simpson are former Wall Street Journal reporters.

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Dossier proves there WAS Russian collusion in last year’s election — by Clinton

(National SentinelHouse of Cards: The creation of the now-infamous “Trump dossier” containing information fed to a former British spy by Russian operatives and the fact that Hillary Clinton’s campaign helped pay for it means that indeed there was “Russian collusion” in last year’s election.

But it didn’t involve the campaign of GOP nominee Donald J. Trump, as Americans have been told now for more than a year, the Washington Times noted Friday.

The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS to create the dossier. The firm then contracted with former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, who assembled the dossier.

“The irony: Virtually all of Mr. Steele’s sources are Russian, meaning Democrats have been indirectly colluding with Moscow disinformation to bash the Trump team for purportedly doing the same thing,” the Times noted.

The dossier began making its rounds in Washington, D.C., and NYC political and media circles in June 2016, but none of its core collusion charges against Trump have been proven. What’s more, there hasn’t been any confirmation by public pronouncement or congressional leak from either of Congress’ two intelligence committees or from special counsel Robert Mueller validating those charges.

“That did not stop the Clinton campaign from attacking Mr. Trump,” the Times wrote. “Neither has it stopped congressional Democrats, especially members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, from reading the dossier’s sensational charges into the Congressional Record and on the network news. Based on the dossier, they publicly accused people of felonies while knowing the document remained unverified.”

“It also did not matter that the Democrats’ targets — Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and the president, to name a few — all called the dossier fiction,” the Times reported.

Or that veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward called the document “garbage” or that former CIA acting Director Michael Morell said that the gossip contained in the dossier came from paid Kremlin figures who would say anything for a dollar.

Or that three people accused of crimes in the dossier have filed libel lawsuits.

“As reasonable, intelligent people have understood for some time, the ‘Dodgy Dossier’ was nothing more than a political stunt designed to undermine the Trump campaign and damage the ‘deplorable’ members of the Trump movement who supported it,” Mr. Page, who has filed a lawsuit, told The Washington Times.

The news site Buzzfeed, without substantiating anything in the dossier, published it in full. That site is also now being sued.

“If voters knew the truth in early November 2016, which they began to more fully understand this week regarding the actual interference in last year’s election, President Trump’s victory would have unquestionably exceeded 400 [votes] in the Electoral College,” said Mr. Page.

Nevertheless, Democrats and many in “the Left-wing press” continue to vouch for the dossier, “some to this day,” the Times noted.

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FBI to FINALLY turn over ‘Trump dossier’ documents to Congress

(National SentinelConspiracy: Congress — which is charged with overseeing and funding federal agencies — will finally get documents from the FBI it has been requesting for months pertaining to the infamous “Trump dossier.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the bureau will be turning the documents over to the House Intelligence Committee sometime next week.

“The FBI got in touch with us yesterday afternoon. They have informed us that they will comply with our document requests and they will provide the documents that Congress has been asking for by next week,” Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill.

He added that Congress expected “the FBI to honor that commitment.”

The dossier, which was produced by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, and assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele, has been a major contentious point between Democrats who say the salacious information contained in it is real and Republicans who say it isn’t. Thus far the GOP has been right, as little in the dossier is verifiable even after more than a year.

The Washington Post revealed Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Convention had financed the research, though Clinton’s campaign and the former Democratic presidential nominee herself had previously denied any involvement.

More concerns were raised after Obama-era officials said the FBI relied on the dossier as their basis to conduct a national security investigation into Team Trump and their alleged improper ties to Russia.

Reportedly the FBI used the dossier to petition for and receive a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to put former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page under surveillance.

Also, as President Donald Trump has correctly alleged in the past, his offices at Trump Tower in New York City were also under surveillance. Longtime Trump friend Chris Ruddy, founder of Newsmax Media, said in March that eventually Trump would be “proven right” over claims that the Obama administration spied on him and his campaign.FO-banner-350x350

If reports that the FBI and perhaps even the CIA relied on the bogus dossier to obtain the FISA warrants, that will serious questions about the politicization by the Obama administration of those agencies.

The Post’s report also detailed how the FBI continued to pay Steele after Trump was elected. However, they stopped paying him when his identity became public knowledge.

Sources close to Clinton said she was unaware of the dossier’s existence or creation. However, she was reportedly upset the documents were not shared with the public until the final days of the presidential election, according to The Hill.

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FEC complaint charges Hillary campaign, DNC violated campaign finance law with dossier payments

(National SentinelCriminal Conduct: The Federal Election Commission has received a complaint against the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee for alleged violations of campaign finance laws over their funding of the infamous “Trump dossier,” the Washington Times reports.

The complaint was filed by the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, the paper noted. It says that Democrats effectively hid the payments from public scrutiny, which is a violation of federal law.

Election statutes say that the committees of political campaigns and parties have to disclose their reasons for spending money and who receives it.

“By filing misleading reports, the DNC and Clinton campaign undermined the vital public information role of campaign disclosures,” said Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation and strategy at CLC and a former FEC official. “Voters need campaign disclosure laws to be enforced so they can hold candidates accountable for how they raise and spend money. The FEC must investigate this apparent violation and take appropriate action.”

On Tuesday media reporting claimed that a lawyer for the Clinton campaign, Marc

Elias, hired political opposition firm Fusion GPS, which in turn hired a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to investigation then-GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump in April 2016.

Steele, who has ties to the FBI, conducted the opposition research, eventually compiling a 35-page dossier alleging salacious things and that Trump had improper ties to Russia. The Clinton campaign and the DNC funded the researc until the end of October last year, just days before the Nov. 8 election.

“Questions about who paid for this dossier are the subject of intense public interest, and this is precisely the information that FEC reports are supposed to provide,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal and FEC reform at CLC.

“Payments by a campaign or party committee to an opposition research firm are legal, as long as those payments are accurately disclosed. But describing payments for opposition research as ‘legal services’ is entirely misleading and subverts the reporting requirements,” he added.

Democrats and Left-leaning media outlets are defending Clinton and the DNC, claiming that the real issue isn’t who funded the dossier but rather the information it contains, though most of it has never been substantiated.

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There are also questions about whether the Clinton campaign and the DNC broke laws in funding a foreign national to conduct activities related to a U.S. election.

“…[U]sing the very standards Democrats have constructed over the past year, the Fusion GPS story is now the most tangible evidence we possess of Russian interference in the American election,” writes David Harsanyi at the New York Post.

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BOMBSHELL: Clinton campaign and DNC helped finance bogus Trump dossier

(National SentinelElection 2016: For a year Americans have been waiting for answers about who financed what ultimately turned out to be a bogus “dossier” on then-GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, and now — finally — we have some answers, though in reality, no one should be surprised.

According to the Washington Post, which was leaked information that helps answer some questions, reported Tuesday evening that the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee are at least partially behind the dossier funding:

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.

After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.

The news comes as a legal battle was shaping up between the House Intelligence Committee and Fusion GPS over the latter’s bank records. The House panel had subpoenaed the banking records in order to find out who was paying Fusion GPS to create the dossier.

Now, at least part of that question has been answered, but part of it remains a mystery — in particular, the Republican client.

In June, we reported that Democrats may have indeed been behind the dossier. Quoting the New York Post‘s Paul Sperry:

The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.

“These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said at the time. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.”

The following month we reported that Russia fed info into the dossier — information that was collected by former British spy Christopher Steele. Quoting the Washington Times:

Some Democrats have widely circulated the discredited information. Mr. Steele was paid by the Democrat-funded opposition research firm Fusion GPS with money from a Hillary Clinton backer. Fusion GPS distributed the dossier among Democrats and journalists. The information fell into the hands of the FBI, which used it in part to investigate Mr. Trump’s campaign aides.

[We now know that ‘Clinton backer’ was the Clinton campaign and the DNC, among others.]

“If anyone colluded with the Russians, it was the Democrats,” a former Trump campaign adviser who asked not to be identified because of the pending investigations told the Times. “After all, they’ve routinely shopped around false claims from the debunked Steele dossier, which listed sources including senior Kremlin officials.

FO-banner-350x350“If anyone should be investigated in Washington, it ought to be Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Mark Warner and their staffers,” the source said, referencing the House Intelligence Committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California, Democrat on the House intelligence panel.

As we reported, Steele himself has admitted the dossier was bunk, and has slammed the web site Buzzfeed for publishing it earlier this year, even with the caveat that none of it could be substantiated. The Times was the first to report Steele’s revelations.

As for the president, Trump tweeted as recently as Saturday that the Justice Department and FBI should “immediately release who paid for it.”

Finally, readers may recall that the reason why special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the first place was because the dossier asserted that Moscow intervened in the 2016 election to help Trump, a claim that was later asserted by the U.S. intelligence community.

But no one has ever produced any evidence to publicly support that claim. And as we’ve noted, the dossier has been debunked.

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Assange says he’ll provide evidence Russian collusion, hacking narrative FALSE in exchange for pardon

(National SentinelFalse Narrative: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has said all along that the Russians did not provide him the documents related to the Clinton campaign that he leaked last year, now says he’s willing to trade evidence of this to authorities in exchange for a pardon.

As reported by PJ Media, Assange has already made the offer, but President Donald J. Trump told reporters earlier this week he has “never heard” of it.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told The Daily Caller that aides in the White House are not permitting the deal to go through, as much of ‘official Washington’ either doesn’t believe Assange or considers him a national security threat after previously leaking information about NSA, CIA, and U.S. government operations.

“I  think the president’s answer indicates that there is a wall around him that is being created by people who do not want to expose this fraud that there was collusion between our intelligence community and the leaders of the Democratic Party,” Rohrabacher said.

“The congressman spoke to chief of staff John Kelly two weeks ago about the potential deal with Assange,” The Daily Caller reported. “The Wall Street Journal reported that Kelly told Rohrabacher to bring the information to the intelligence community.”

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“This would have to be a cooperative effort between his own staff and the leadership in the intelligence communities to try to prevent the president from making the decision as to whether or not he wants to take the steps necessary to expose this horrendous lie that was shoved down the American people’s throats so incredibly earlier this year,” Rohrabacher said.

The congressmen met with Assange at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been in exile for years. But, as reported by One America News Network he said he has yet to see the information that Assange claims to have.

Rohrabacher said that he needs Trump to be on board with a preemptive pardon before the information can be exchanged.

The U.S. intelligence community has repeatedly claimed that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign last year, then leaked the information to WikiLeaks in order to help Trump win the election. It’s important to note that throughout its 11-year history, WikiLeaks has never been proven wrong.

The president has also called the narrative false. So, too, have former officials with the Trump campaign, including longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. He told OANN recently that the allegations are false.

“I am aware of no evidence whatsoever of collusion by the Russian state or anyone in the Trump campaign or anyone associated with Donald Trump,” he told reporters earlier this week after testifying behind closed doors, and reportedly not under oath, before the House Intelligence Committee to answer questions related to the Trump-Russia narrative.

Before he appeared, Stone released a statement criticizing Democrats on the panel for making “false” and “irresponsible” statements and claims regarding the alleged collusion.

“I am most interested in correcting a number of falsehoods, misstatements, and misimpressions regarding allegations of collusion between Donald Trump, Trump associates, the Trump Campaign and the Russian state,” he wrote.

“I view this as a political proceeding because a number of members of this Committee have made irresponsible, indisputably, and provably false statements in order to create the impression of collusion with the Russian state without any evidence that would hold up in a U.S. court of law or the court of public opinion.”

As for Trump being in the dark about all of this, Rohrabacher said, “This would have to be a cooperative effort between his own staff and the leadership in the intelligence communities to try to prevent the president from making the decision as to whether or not he wants to take the steps necessary to expose this horrendous lie that was shoved down the American people’s throats so incredibly earlier this year.”

His comments have been carried in a number of media outlets, but it has recently been reported that Kelly is blocking certain news articles from reaching the president’s desk.

“This happens in every administration, and it’s a great disservice to the president,” said the congressman, who once worked as a speechwriter in the Reagan administration.

“I am confident that if the president is permitted to know that this avenue is open to him to debunk the horrible lie that was told to the American people about him stealing the election with the help of the Russians… that I think the president will accept it if he’s permitted to know,” he said.

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Top DEM on House Intel committee says DEMS who tried to get Trump dirt from Ukraine ‘inappropriate’

(National SentinelElection 2016: Just when we thought we had all the top Democrats figured out, one of them throws us a curve ball. That would be Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

In an interview with ABC‘s “This Week,” Schiff took a shot at Hillary Clinton’s campaign when he said it wasn’t “appropriate” for operatives to have sought ‘dirt’ on then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump using Ukrainian government sources.

“It wouldn’t be appropriate for the Democrats to get help from the Ukrainian government,” Schiff, whose committee is investigating Russian election meddling, said. “It would be problematic to get any kind of support from a foreign government.”

As reported by Fox News:

The White House and Trump allies in recent days have pointed to a reported meeting last year between a Democratic National Committee consultant and officials at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington. They spoke amid recent revelations about Trump campaign officials accepting a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer, on the possibility of potentially damaging information on Clinton.

“If you are looking for an example of a campaign coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source, look no further than the DNC, which actually coordinated opposition research with the Ukrainian Embassy,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday. “This is not an accusation. That is an on-the-record action that they took.”

The DNC would have, of course, been helping Clinton.

Sanders was referring to a meeting that Politico first reported in January. The report cited a meeting between Ukrainian government officials who allegedly tried to help Clinton undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office and shared research and damaging information on Trump and his advisers with Clinton allies.

The Politico investigation exposed that a Ukrainian-American DNC operative — Alexandra Chalupa, who worked in the Clinton White House — met with officials in the Ukrainian Embassy to expose ties between Trump’s then-top campaign official Paul Manafort and Russia.

Manafort later resigned.

As for Schiff, while he was critical of the DNC/Ukrainian effort, he said it didn’t compare to the level of Russian interference.

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That may well be true — though there hasn’t been any evidence leaked or otherwise publicly presented that indicates as much, other than what some in the intelligence community appear to have concluded. But even at that, there is also no evidence of the “Russia colluded with Trump to steal the election from Clinton” narrative, either — and after all that’s been leaked, if there had been evidence, we’d have seen it by now.

It would be nice if Schiff and Democrats would finally admit that as well.

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Report: Hillary’s team met with Russian ambassador

(NationalSentinel) Elections: It what is liable to send shockwaves through the American body politic once again, a report emerged Monday claiming that the team of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton met with the Russian ambassador to the United States during campaign, apparently in addition to the campaign of President Donald Trump.

The UK’ Telegraph noted:

Hillary Clinton’s team members met with the Russian ambassador during the election as well as Donald Trump’s, the Kremlin spokesman has alleged, as he set out to dismiss the “hysteria” surrounding Mr Trump’s links to Russia.

The house intelligence committee will hold its first session on Russia on March 20, with the heads of the FBI, national security agency and CIA expected to appear, plus previous intelligence chiefs. 

But Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for Vladimir Putin, said on Sunday that America was “self-humiliating” in insisting that Russia hacked its election.

And he defended the actions of their ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, whose meeting with Michael Flynn, Mr Trump’s choice of national security adviser, caused Mr Flynn to lose his job. He was fired after just 24 days when it became clear that he had lied about meeting the Russian, and misled the vice president.

“This is his job,” said Peskov, speaking on CNN’s Sunday morning politics show. “He was talking about bilateral relations, about what is going on in the United States, so we have a better understanding in Moscow.

“This is what happens all around the world.”

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He went onto say that members of Clinton’s team also met with Kislyak, though Peskov did not provide any further details, The Telegraph noted.

“Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,” he said. “There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”

The Telegraph said that no one from Clinton’s former campaign team had responded to requests for comment.

Interestingly, Foreign Policy reported earlier this month that only Trump’s campaign met with Russian officials, and that other campaigns – including Clinton’s – kept the Russians at arm’s length. That account is now being publicly refuted.

Who’s right? The Russian claim – meeting with campaign officials and other politicos in D.C. is business as usual – sounds correct, and it matches Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ account of his meetings with Russian diplomats as a sitting U.S. senator. And there is this: Claims of Russian “interference” in our elections are overblown, period, because if Moscow tried to interfere it certainly wouldn’t be the first timenor is it unique only to Russia, as our intelligence services have attempted to influence election outcomes around the world for decades. It’s called “tradecraft.”

“America, a huge country – the most powerful country in the world, with very, very stable political traditions – and you say that a country can easily intervene and easily influence your electoral process? This is simply impossible,” Peskov said.

Former CIA agent: ‘No evidence’ Russia ‘hacked U.S. election’

A former CIA agent who has digested the Obama administration’s recent report that allegedly ties Russia to hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Hillary Clinton says there is “no evidence” to support the accusation.

Shortly before the New Year’s holiday the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security jointly released a report addressing a spate of accusations against Moscow, namely that the Kremlin hacked both the DNC and the Clinton campaign, then released the hacked data to WikiLeaks, to harm the Democrat’s chances at winning the White House while helping GOP nominee Donald J. Trump.

But, says Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counterterrorism expert, military officer and recognized intelligence authority, in a Facebook post, wrote that “apart from assertions of Russian activity connected to an unnamed political party, [the report] provides absolutely no evidence that the alleged intrusions into the DNC servers were anything beyond normal intelligence agency probing for vulnerabilities.”

“In fact,” he adds, “it doesn’t even provide the evidence for that.”

Giraldi was addressing what the report dubbed “GRIZZLY STEPPE,” the codename for the alleged Russian hacking operation.

“There is no evidence of particular mal-intent that can be traced back to the Russian government, much less to Vladimir Putin. Nine of the thirteen pages of the report deal with advice on how to keep your system from being hacked,” Giraldi continued. “The report’s first page has a disclaimer: ‘This report is provided as is for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within.'”

That, it seems, is the government agencies more or less admitting that they don’t have any real evidence to support their allegations, which are really more like insinuations and innuendo.

More to the point, Giraldi sees political motivations behind the Obama administration’s allegations.

“The report is completely useless for those seeking to learn the evidence behind the alleged Russian hack. The PNGing of 35 Russian alleged intelligence officers as a response to this report, as is being implied by some, is most likely political in nature, possibly seeking to tie Trump’s hands regarding the relationship with Russia. Putin has wisely chosen not to respond in kind.”

As further noted by AntiMedia, Robert M. Lee, a former U.S. Air Force Cyber Warfare Operations Officer and founder and CEO of cyber security firm Dragos, says the report is unclear because it says very early that its intention is to aid “defenders” of the U.S. However, the report makes a point of declaring Russian intelligence services guilty, veering away from the stated public service goals.

“The public is looking for evidence of the attribution, the White House and the DHS/FBI clearly laid out that this report is meant for network defense, and then the entire discussion in the document is on how the DHS/FBI confirms that APT28 and APT29 are RIS groups that compromised a political party,” he wrote.

What’s more, Lee says in the past the FBI has refrained from naming specific actors in public documents, but has done so this time–which smacks of politics, not intelligence. So “the GRIZZLY STEPPE report reads like a poorly done vendor intelligence report stringing together various aspects of attribution without evidence,” Lee writes.

Internet security pioneer John McAfee isn’t buying into the government’s allegations, either. He says: “If it looks like the Russians did it, then I can guarantee you it was not the Russians.”

An earlier report said a former British diplomat now working with WikiLeaks met a DNC insider in Washington, D.C., and was handed the documents–meaning they weren’t even hacked. Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and associate of Julian Assange. He said he had a clandestine hand-off in a wooded area near American University with one of the email sources. The leakers’ motivation was “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation” and the  “tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders,” said Murray, as reported by the UK’s Daily Mail.

John McAfee: Leaked DNC information did NOT come from Russians

Internet security pioneer and entrepreneur John McAfee said with certainly on Friday that he could “guarantee” that damaging information about the Democratic National Committee and the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, was not hacked by Russia.

“If it looks like the Russians did it, then I can guarantee you it was not the Russians,” McAfee said.

Last week President Obama slapped new sanctions on Russian intelligence and other figures and diplomats, accusing Moscow of “hacking” the DNC data and the Clinton campaign. He relied on this weak, three-page report from the Department of Homeland Security (yes, the same agency accused by the attorney general of Georgia of hacking that state’s electronic balloting) and the FBI that is long on accusations and very short on any actual proof.

But McAfee, who knows a thing or two about Internet data security, isn’t buying.

McAfee says that the report is a “fallacy,” noting that hackers can fake their location, their language, and any markers that could lead back to them. Any hacker who had the skills to hack into the DNC would also be able to hide their tracks, he said.

“If I was the Chinese and I wanted to make it look like the Russians did it, I would use Russian language within the code, I would use Russian techniques of breaking into the organization,” McAfee said, adding that, in the end, “there simply is no way to assign a source for any attack.”

Others, including Kim Dotcom, agree.

Then again, there is another story out there that is being completely ignored by the discredited ‘mainstream’ media, the same purveyors of fake news that accuse the alternative media of producing, and that this: A former British diplomat working with Wikileaks, which released all of the DNC and Clinton data (none of which has been denied as phony, by the way), says he was handed the data by a disgruntled DNC insider angry over the way the party was fixing the nomination process in favor of Clinton.

If Trump was implicated in that exchange in any way, it would be all over the nightly news and on the news cable channels for a month.

Eventually, the truth will come out but it will be long after Obama is gone and unable to be held responsible.