Two different tales from two criminals – Comey & Clapper over “spying”

 

Clapper and Comey must be sweating bullets as their charade is winding down. Both are on the MSM payroll – CBS and CNN and thus must dutifully meet their obligations for appearances this week apparently. Here are two tales from two criminals.

Interesting that the two are taking different roads as to the business of “spying.” I for one am looking forward to watching this whole thing play out.

Clapper on Obama Admin.: What They Did to Trump Campaign ‘Meets the Dictionary Definition of Spying’

“Was it spying?”asked host Wolf Blitzer.

“Well, yeah I guess it meets the dictionary definition of spying—surveillance or spying, a term I don’t particularly like,” Clapper said. “It’s not a term used by intelligence people. It has a negative connotation, a rogue operation, out of control, not in compliance of the law, and that’s not the case at all.”

Last month, Clapper slammed Attorney General William Barr’s assertion that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was spied on, saying his claim was “stunning and scary.”

“I thought it was both stunning and scary,” Clapper said. “I was amazed at that and rather disappointed that the attorney general would say such a thing… The term ‘spying’ has all kinds of negative connotations, and I have to believe he chose that term deliberately.”

“It would have been far more appropriate for him to just defer to that investigation rather than postulating with apparently no evidence. He just has a feeling that there was spying against the campaign,” Clapper added.  Read more

 

 

Former FBI Director James Comey says the FBI never spied on the Trump campaign. Comey, whose book is entitled “A Higher Loyalty,” joined CBSN with his response to the president’s attacks on the intelligence community.

 

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Clapper rats out Obama – Obama behind the whole Trump thing

 

If you are losing your security clearance and are being paid by CNN, I guess the only thing one can do is offer up Obama as collateral for one’s paycheck. Why else should CNN pay Clapper? No access to intelligence anymore to spin information being fed from his Obama’s leftovers. But then again, Strozk had set the table in one of his love notes to Page.

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper admitted in a CNN interview Saturday that former President Obama instigated the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump and those in his orbit.

Speaking with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper, Clapper let slip:

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.

 

 

Recall in May, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) fired off a letter to the Department of Justice  demanding unredacted versions of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and former bureau attorney Lisa Page, including one exchange which took place after Strzok had returned from London as part of the recently launched “Operation Crossfire Hurricane”  referring to the White House “running” an unknown investigation.

 

Strzok had been in London to interview Australian ambassador Alexander Downer about a drunken conversation with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who – after reportedly being fed information – mentioned Russia having Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Strzok: And hi. Went well, best we could have expected. Other than [REDACTED] quote: “the White House is running this.” My answer, “well, maybe for you they are.” And of course, I was planning on telling this guy, thanks for coming, we’ve got an hour, but with Bill [Priestap] there, I’ve got no control….

Page: Yeah, whatever (re the WH comment). We’ve got the emails that say otherwise.

Why won’t Trump order the release the entire FISA warrant? That’s a puzzle to me.

Update:

Bunks earlier daily specials:

 

 

 

 

Clapper says spying on Trump ‘A Legitimate Activity’

 

Talk about having to chew on leather. The CNN interview with Clapper is almost more than one can bear. So spying is now called patriotic? You jest Clapper. The unbelievable is that there are those who are drinking the Kool-Aid. I conclude with the clip, but first let me connect the dots of payments made to spy Halpern:

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says President Trump’s call for the Justice Department to find out if the FBI spied on his campaign is “not good for the country.”

Cuomo asked why the bureau did not come to the campaign openly, instead of monitoring it in secret.

“This is one of many techniques you can use” to determine whether there being foreign interference in the election, Clapper replied.“

In fact, we ought to think of it as part of the effort of the FBI to keep the nation safe and secure and protect our voting process,” he said later. More at Daily Caller

Now let’s connect the dots:

Page and Halper first met at an election-themed symposium held at Cambridge on July 11 and 12, 2016, several days after Page’s now-infamous speech at the New Economic School in Moscow.

Halper approached Page on the sidelines of the event, and the pair struck up what Page thought to be a friendship. Page told TheDCNF that he stayed in touch with Halper for 14 months, through September 2017.

The FBI and the Justice Department relied heavily on the unverified dossier to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Page. The first surveillance warrant was granted on Oct. 21, 2016.

They were renewed in January, early April and late June 2017.The fourth and final spy warrant against Page expired in Sept. 2017, the same month Page and Halper fell out of contact.

Ed: So the the payments end at the time Halper contact ended.

More at Daily Caller

Payments made to Halper: Halper was paid a total of $1,058,161 USD by the US government as follows:

HQ003416P0148 Sept 27, 2016 541720 $282,295 Classified
HQ003416P0148 July 26, 2017 541720 $129,280 Classified

 

Joe DiGenova: John Brennan Was Behind the Set Up of Trump

 

 

One has to wonder why a former head of the CIA, John Brennan found it necessary to become a political operative for anything anti-Trump. Throw in Clapper former Director of the NSA as well. These two thugs that have been relentless in their attacks. Why you ask? Perhaps we are getting closer to figuring out. Since yesterday’s post was such a hit,

Mueller may have very dirty hands with link to Russian Oligarch

Let’s try another Laura Ingraham:

Former US Attorney Joe DiGenova joined Laura Ingraham Tuesday night on The Ingraham Angle to discuss the latest developments in Mueller Special Counsel witch hunt.

Joe DiGenova told Laura that former CIA Chief John Brennan was the head of the group of people who were creating the fake counter intelligence investigation of Donald Trump.

That may explain John Brennan’s continued threats against this president.
On Monday Brennan blamed President Trump for Hamas terror operations.

From last night’s interview:

Joe DiGenova: It was abundantly clear that there was no legitimate basis even for a counter intelligence investigation, let alone a criminal investigation. It is quite obvious that John Brennan was at the head of the group of people who were going to create a counter intelligence investigation against Trump by creating false information that was going to be fed through Carter Page and fed through George Papadopoulos so that it would be picked up, reported back to Washington and provide the basis for a counter, a fake, counter intelligence investigation and it was all Brennan’s doing. And that is why the Justice Department is viciously fighting, revealing everything they can about the source in London who everybody knows the identity of.

Laura Ingraham: Explain the source in London.

Joe DiGenova: The source in London was another person who was feeding false information to George Papadopoulos and others about collusion which did not exist.

 

 H/T:Gateway Pundit

 

Clapper, Tapper Have ‘Serious Problem’ If they Leaked Info about Dossier

 

The noose is making a slow turn and the question is will we nail Clapper? The little weasel deserves it, and Tapper may be in big trouble. Paging Jeff Sessions. Included is an excellent analysis by Jonathan Turley.

Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley said that James Clapper could have a “serious problem” legally if he leaked information to CNN about the Trump-Russia dossier.

Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said in a March 12 CNN interview that he had no contact with anyone from the media until after he left the government.

The House Intelligence Committee, though, found in a heavily redacted report that he provided “inconsistent testimony” about his contacts with the media regarding information leaks.

 

More at Fox News

‘Jake Tapper may want to lawyer-up’: House report exposes CNN reporter as potential participant in ‘political espionage’

The report released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee regarding its investigation into alleged Russian collusion by the president’s election campaign appears to contain a stunning truth bomb about CNN host Jake Tapper: He may have participated in political espionage, according to one high-profile attorney.

In early 2017 he allowed then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper to leak information to him about the infamous Trump dossier and about a high-level government meeting held between then-President-elect Donald Trump and then-FBI Director James Comey.

“Clapper’s discussion with Tapper took place in early January 2017, around the time IC [intelligence community] leaders briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump, on” the dossier, the report specifically reads.

Afterward Tapper and three of his colleagues published a story containing the information Clapper had provided him, including info about the highly classified dossier.

 More at Biz Pac Review

 

 

Why are U.S. retired spies now in the limelight?

 

As former CIA and FBI people froth at the mouth, it’s good to recall this is not the way it was or is supposed to be. NPR did a good piece and worth a look. I’ll include a couple of the greatest hits from the deepest of the deep State. Trump must be getting very close to disrupting the activities of the Deep State for them to come up and out of their hedge row. Maybe they were so sure they would continue in power with the election of Hillary and their corruption pattern insured? Maybe it’s a temper tantrum that after a life time of power they are the ones condemned to the dust bin of history.

When Michael Hayden ran the CIA and the National Security Agency, his public comments were largely confined to congressional testimony. Now that he’s retired, “I’m on Twitter and I’m on CNN,” said Hayden.

He was also the featured guest as dozens of former national security officials and several current ones spoke at a recent conference on threats the U.S. faces.

Spies used to retire and fade away as quietly as when they were on duty. Now they go on cable TV. They write op-eds. They take to Twitter and criticize the president.

John Brennan, an ex-CIA chief, has tweeted just 25 times.Yet he’s amassed more than 220,000 followers by lambasting the president in comments like this one below, unleashed last month, when FBI official Andrew McCabe was fired. More at  NPR

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin admits the truth – Collusion is not a crime

 

So where are we going with this Russia, Russia, Russia thing? Alan Dershowitz been saying right along that even if the Russians were involved in some way, Collusion is not a crime. And so the actors play out their parts in this dance down at the swamp. Why is this being permitted? Meanwhile good old Clapper is out there trying to protect his butt.

 

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