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Our media has followed the Justice Department’s investigation of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia closely for more than a year, with each revelation getting granular analysis amid endless television coverage. No news here is too small to avoid hours of talking-head pontification. Yet, it appears that a significant aspect of the inquiry, one that calls the conventional narrative of the case into question, has been missing from public view—until now.

A genuine bombshell dropped yesterday, seemingly out of nowhere. It came in an interview with Simona Mangiante, the wife of George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign foreign policy advisor who pled guilty last October to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian agents—especially Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor with suspicious Kremlin ties—during the president’s election campaign. As expected, Mangiante explained that her husband, whom she married just three months ago, is innocent of what he admitted he did, and in no way was working for Russian intelligence.

“George had nothing to do with Russia,” she explained, seemingly in an effort to convince the White House that Papadopoulos lacks any dirt on the president’s Kremlin connections that could assist Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Team Trump. However, what Mangiante said next was the real shocker: her husband “pled guilty because [Mueller’s prosecutors] threatened to charge him with being an Israeli agent.”

Wait, what?

According to his wife, who insists that George Papadopoulos has nothing to do with Russia, he was facing criminal charges of being a spy for Israel. An attentive reader of her interview will note that Mangiante at no point denied that this accusation is true.

The notion is hardly implausible. Before joining the Trump campaign in early March 2016, Papadopoulos was a self-styled energy consultant who was known for taking strongly pro-Israeli positions in print. To boot, during the 2016 campaign, he met with an Israeli settler leader and assured him that Donald Trump, if elected president, would take a favorable view of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Then there’s the backstory to Papadopoulos’ infamous May 10, 2016 meeting at an upscale London wine bar with Alexander Downer, the Australian high commissioner (i.e. ambassador) to Britain. At that hard-drinking affair, the young Trump staffer informed Downer that Russia possessed derogatory information about Hillary Clinton—a claim the Australian diplomat found so troubling that he shared it with Australian security officials, who passed it on to their American partners, thus officially beginning the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s Kremlin ties.

That fateful boozy chat was set up by an unnamed Israeli diplomat. This fact, namely that “the meeting came about through a series of connections involving an Israeli diplomat who introduced Papadopoulos to an Australian counterpart,” was reported at the end of last year, “sourced from four current and former American and foreign officials.” This revelation has not been rebutted, nor has it received the attention it deserves. Given that a high percentage of Israeli diplomats serving abroad are spies, this story needs further investigation.

Moreover, there are strange Israeli footprints all over the Trump-Russia story. Quite a few of the shady figures close to the president and his business affairs are American Jews of Soviet heritage who possess connections to Israel. Felix Sater and Michael Cohen are only the best-known of this dubious crew. Those men are also connected to Chabad of Port Washington, a Jewish community center on Long Island that is part of the worldwide Chabad movement—which reportedly possesses close links to Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin. The recent BBC report that Cohen accepted at least $400,000 from the Ukrainian government to set up a substantive meeting with President Trump last year included the tantalizing detail that this dirty deal ran through attendees of Chabad of Port Washington.

Then there’s the explosive New York Times report just two weeks ago about a hush-hush meeting in Trump Tower on August 3, 2016—less than two months after the other hush-hush meeting there with Kremlin operatives—between Team Trump and George Nader, who reportedly offered Donald Trump, Jr. help with getting his father elected. According to the Times, Nader proffered unofficial (and probably illegal) foreign aid to the Republican nominee’s campaign, including from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

That day, Nader brought with him Joel Zamel, an Israeli expert in several things that were of interest to Team Trump, including social media manipulation. Zamel is known to possess a close relationship with a bunch of former Israeli intelligence officials, and Nader reportedly paid him a large sum, perhaps as much as $2 million, after Trump’s election as compensation for Zamel’s shadowy social media assistance to the president-elect’s campaign in 2016 (both men visited the White House as well).

Zamel is best known as the founder of Wikistrat, a private intelligence firm that was founded in 2010, ostensibly as a “crowdsourced” geopolitical analysis outfit. Although it’s based in Washington, D.C., as The Daily Beast recently uncovered, “Wikistrat is, for all intents and purposes, an Israeli firm; and that the company’s work was not just limited to analysis. It also engaged in intelligence collection.” For this reason, Wikistrat is under investigation by Team Mueller, whose investigators have interviewed Zamel, while FBI agents have traveled to Israel to dig deeper. Several prominent Wikistrat staffers formerly worked for Israeli intelligence—and some experienced espionage professionals in our nation’s capital wonder if they still do.

Israeli espionage against the United States is a perennially touchy subject in Washington. This issue is admitted frankly in counterintelligence circles—and nowhere else. Israel constitutes a unique case. Although it’s a close ally and intelligence partner of ours—the relationship between the National Security Agency and the Israel Defense Force’s Unit 8200, its Israeli equivalent, is exceptionally close—Israel also spies on America aggressively. Year in and year out, Israel ranks in the Big Four counterintelligence threats to the United States, alongside Russia, China and Cuba. It’s not politic to mention this in polite society, however, so the counterspies know a lot about Israel’s spying on us, keeping mum outside their esoteric realm.

Indeed, some counterintelligence pros in Washington have a rather different take on the Mueller inquiry than most Americans do. While Moscow’s secret role in subverting our election in 2016 is plain to see and is now denied only by the willfully obtuse or congenitally dishonest, detecting a direct Kremlin hand on the Trump campaign is trickier. Trump’s links to Moscow are visible but remain somewhat obscure.

His ties to Israel, however, are much plainer to see. Based on the available evidence to date, Team Trump’s 2016 links to shadowy Israelis appear just as troubling as those to dodgy Russians—indeed, in some cases they are the very same people. As a veteran counterspy in our Intelligence Community whom I’ve known for years recently asked me with a wry smile, “What if the real secret of the Trump campaign isn’t that it’s a Kremlin operation, rather an Israeli operation masquerading as a Russian one?”

That’s a provocative question, but it merits consideration beyond counterintelligence circles. After all, Putin and his retinue have ample reason to feel let down by Trump. His greasy obsequiousness to Moscow aside, the president’s policies towards Russia have hardly pleased the Kremlin. Sanctions on Russia remain in effect, NATO’s military posture near Russia’s borders is more robust than a couple years ago, and Ukraine is now getting the anti-tank missiles that the previous White House denied it. Unlike so many of Trump’s assertions, his claim that he’s tougher on Moscow than President Barack Obama happens to be true from any policy perspective.

But not so with Israel. Unlike Obama, Trump has gone whole-hog for the Israeli right-wing, boosting Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, who openly despised Obama, at every opportunity. The recent move of our embassy to Jerusalem, long desired by the Israeli Right, is merely the most prominent of Trump’s gifts to his pal Bibi and his ruling Likud party. Sending a right-wing American Jew who has compared his more liberal co-religionists to Nazi collaborators to serve as our ambassador sent a clear message to Israel, as did the Trump administration’s recent inability to say anything negative about the IDF’s shooting last month of more than a thousand Palestinians at the Gaza border fence, killing 60 of them. Instead, the White House blocked a United Nations resolution condemning that Israeli deed, serving as a tacit endorsement of using automatic weapons for crowd control.

Few of America’s friends around the world are happy with the Trump administration, given its habit of gleefully trashing our longstanding alliances and declaring trade wars on our allies. Israel stands as a significant exception, however, and it’s no wonder that Mueller and his investigators are trying to get to the bottom of what certain Israelis were doing in 2016 in secret to boost the Trump campaign. That answer may eventually prove just as important as Mueller’s inquiry into the Kremlin and its clandestine attack on our democracy two years ago.

John Schindler is a security expert and former National Security Agency analyst.

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El director ejecutivo de la American Civil Liberties Union en Puerto Rico, William Ramírez, expresó hace unos días que nuestro país se había convertido en una “civil rights free zone”. Con esa polémica aseveración compartía su impresión de que, en estos momentos, no existen o no se están respetando los derechos civiles de los ciudadanos y residentes del país.

El licenciado Ramírez hizo referencia a dos escenarios para ilustrar su preocupación. El primero es la criminalización de la libertad de expresión, que se refleja en ciertas enmiendas al Código Penal y en el carpeteo de líderes sindicales y estudiantiles (y sus abogados) que han participado en protestas y manifestaciones como las del 1ro de mayo, lo que provocó, precisamente, que el juez federal Gustavo Gelpí ordenara una investigación de lo acontecido.

El segundo escenario —que queremos enfatizar en estas líneas— lo constituye la paralización por parte de algunos tribunales (tanto estatales como federales) de muchas demandas por violaciones de derechos civiles, particularmente en los casos de brutalidad policíaca y discrimen político. Dicha paralización (o “stay”) ha sido promovida por el gobierno y se sustenta en el Título III de la Ley Promesa, que incorpora las secciones 362 y 922 del Código Federal de Quiebras relacionadas con los pleitos en contra del “deudor”; entiéndase “el gobierno de Puerto Rico”.

Veamos. Una cosa es la paralización de reclamaciones de demandas de cobro por concepto de los bonos y la deuda del gobierno y otra muy distinta es la paralización de demandas por violaciones a los derechos civiles de las personas, particularmente en aquellos pleitos en los que lo más importante de la reclamación no es la indemnización sino que se ordene el cese y desista de la conducta violatoria de los derechos constitucionales. Por ejemplo, qué necesidad hay de paralizar la deposición del fiscal que tramitó el caso de los Tres Inocentes de Aguada donde se le preguntaría si es cierto que a los dos testigos principales se les pagó para mentir en juicio; o que se expida el mandamus solicitado en contra de la Policía por los familiares de Jorge Polaco para investigar su muerte con 7 impactos de bala en su espalda.

En ese sentido, cabe destacar lo acertado de dos determinaciones de nuestro Tribunal Supremo el pasado año (Laboratorio Clínico v. Departamento de Salud; y Lacourt v. Junta) en las que se deja sin efecto la paralización de varios casos en virtud de la Ley Promesa. Señaló el Tribunal Supremo que tanto los tribunales estales como los federales tienen la facultad inicial de interpretar la paralización y su aplicabilidad a los distintos casos. Es decir: la paralización no necesariamente procede en todos los casos en los cuales el gobierno de Puerto Rico es parte demandada.

El problema con la paralización automática e indiscriminada de casos es que va a propiciarviolaciones sin precedentes a nuestros derechos civiles; violaciones que están marcando el presente y marcarán la historia futura del país. Además, podría concluirse que la paralización de casos se está utilizando como excusa para impedir que las violaciones de derechos civiles sean adjudicadas e, igualmente, para que sean eliminadas por la agencia o el funcionario público que las esté cometiendo. La indemnización económica puede ser paralizada y no es impedimento para continuar con el caso, con el descubrimiento de prueba y, sobre todo, con remedios provisionales que de alguna manera mitiguen las mencionadas violaciones.

La paralización indiscriminada de casos podría propiciar que algunos funcionarios públicos piensen que sus actuaciones no estarán expuestas al crisol jurídico y, por consiguiente, cubiertas por un manto de impunidad. Muchos estudios de criminología moderna apuntan que una persona, si sabe que su proceder, con toda probabilidad, no va a ser procesado, sentirá mayor inclinación a realizar la conducta ilícita.

Es precisamente por todo lo anterior que debemos reclamar a toda la judicatura mucha prudencia al conceder paralización de estos y otros casos. Reiteramos que una cosa es la indemnización y otra los múltiples aspectos y controversias que genera la tramitación de una reclamación de violaciones de derechos civiles. Nunca, nunca puede existir un espacio, por pequeño que sea, en el cual tengan cabida las violaciones de nuestros derechos.

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TALLAHASSEE –Friday marked the onset of the 2018 hurricane season, but the political squalls are already brewing throughout the Sunshine State, with the August primary and November general elections on the horizon.
At the top of the ticket, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and his challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, have been duking it out, with Scott taking a day off from storming the state to travel to Puerto Rico – in his official capacity as governor – as he continues to court Hispanic voters.
The Puerto Rican visit – Scott’s sixth to the U.S. territory since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September – came two days after The New England Journal of Medicine published a Harvard study concluding that more than 4,600 people lost their lives in Puerto Rico due to the storm, magnitudes greater than the official death toll of 64.
Nelson took to social media to mock Scott’s visit to the hurricane-ravaged island, where some residents remain without power long after Maria left almost all of Puerto Rico in the dark.
“I don’t know what I would do differently,” Scott told reporters in Puerto Rico on Thursday.
“Rick Scott just said: “I don’t know what I would do differently” in Puerto Rico. REALLY? Nine months after the hurricane and people still do not have electricity, water, and jobs! Rick Scott does not understand that people are hurting and in need,” Nelson tweeted.
But Senate candidates aren’t the only ones wooing Boricuas.
The day before Scott met with Puerto Rican government leaders on their turf, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez traveled to Central Florida to announce the state Democratic Party had received a $100,000 grant to “make sure that we are listening to Puerto Ricans and we are organizing in the Puerto Rican community.”

POLITICS OF POT, PART ONE

While Scott and Nelson seek the blessing of Puerto Rican voters, they’re far apart on what one political rainmaker predicts will be a critical issue for voters: whether Florida patients should be able to smoke medical marijuana.
Orlando lawyer John Morgan drew attention to the issue this week when he called on Scott to back down from an appeal of a judge’s order that said a state law banning smokable marijuana is unconstitutional.
Late last week, Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled that the prohibition, included in a state law passed last year, ran afoul of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2016 that broadly legalized medical marijuana.
The state Department of Health, an executive branch agency controlled by the governor, immediately appealed the ruling, a move that put Gievers’ order on hold. Gievers will have a hearing Monday morning on a request by the plaintiffs to lift the automatic stay.
Morgan, who largely bankrolled the 2016 constitutional amendment, warned Scott that the fight to keep patients from smoking pot could spark a “political wildfire” that will cost the Republican votes in his battle to unseat Nelson.
“This is a message today for Gov. Scott. I believe that your decision to allow this to go on could have serious, serious ramifications in your election against Bill Nelson,” Morgan, a major political fundraiser who supported Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, told reporters during a press conference Tuesday.
Asked to respond to Morgan’s demand that the governor drop the appeal, Scott’s communications staff directed a reporter to a statement issued last week by the health department after Gievers’ decision: “This ruling goes against what the Legislature outlined when they wrote and approved Florida’s law to implement the constitutional amendment that was approved by an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority. The department has appealed the ruling, and this imposes an automatic stay.”
Scott’s opposition to smoking pot “could really hurt him in his election for Senate,” Morgan told The News Service of Florida in a telephone interview.
“Pure and simple – politics. I think he’ll lose the election over it,” said Morgan, who toyed with running for governor this year as a Democrat or as an independent before abandoning the idea.
When asked if Nelson supports allowing patients to smoke medical marijuana, a campaign spokeswoman said the senator “supports medical marijuana ordered by a physician, voted for the constitutional amendment and believes Floridians should have access to the medication recommended by their doctor.”
The Democratic senator gave a more direct answer later in the week during a stop in St. Petersburg.
“Of course,” Nelson said, when asked if he backs allowing patients to smoke pot. “That’s what the constitutional amendment was.”

POLITICS OF POT, PART TWO

The tangle over pot won’t just affect the top of the ticket, according to Morgan, who spent at least $7 million of his own money to help legalize medical marijuana.
Support for legalizing recreational marijuana is a make-or-break issue for the Democratic candidates vying to replace Scott in the governor’s mansion, Morgan said.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Winter Park entrepreneur Chris King and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine back an across-the-board legalization of pot in Florida.
Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, meanwhile, has endorsed a plan to decriminalize marijuana for personal use, saying she doesn’t believe people should be locked up for possessing small amounts of pot.
That won’t cut it, at least in Morgan’s view.
“A Democrat who doesn’t call for the full legalization of marijuana I do not believe can win the Democratic primary,” Morgan said in an interview.
Graham, who has been criticized by some Democrats for being too conservative during her two-year stint in Congress, is the only candidate to stop short of endorsing flat-out legalization. Some states, counties and cities have used decriminalization as a way to allow people to get citations for possessing small amounts of pot, removing the possibility that they will be arrested on criminal charges.
Graham included decriminalization of personal possession of marijuana in a criminal-justice reform package released Thursday. She also wants to reduce sentences for nonviolent drug possession and called for a review of all mandatory-minimum sentencing laws.
“Florida should embrace the principle that no young person should go to jail or have their lives ruined over an incident of marijuana use – we can and should decriminalize,” she said in a statement last year.
But Morgan said the only way “people won’t be arrested, detained, ticketed or stopped” is the full legalization of marijuana.
“Gwen is playing a general election game assuming that she’s going to be the nominee, and that is the most dangerous game a politician can play, because it reeks of arrogance and it assumes that the Democratic Party is going to give her a pass on an issue they’re passionate about,” he said. “I would never vote for her in a million years with that position. And I think I speak for almost 100 percent of the Democratic Party. It’s an outrage.”

STORY OF THE WEEK: The battle over whether patients should be allowed to smoke medical marijuana continued to flare, after plaintiffs in the case asked a Tallahassee judge to lift an automatic stay sparked by an appeal by the Department of Health. Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers, who ruled on May 25 that a state law banning smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional, will hold a hearing Monday on lifting the stay.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I really don’t want my visits or anyone’s visits to be taken. … Why would you even take them away? I mean, they’re already having a bad enough time in prison. Why would you make it worse? Please. I need to see my dad on the weekends.” – Eleven-year-old Cody Calhoun, pleading with prison officials to abandon a proposed rule that could cut inmate visitation in half.

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Many things have been going on in the FBI in recent years, and they haven’t all been about investigating criminals.

The biggest story has been how the bureau has become a weapon against President Trump.

That’s according to Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter who exposed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1969 and has more knowledge of journalism’s biggest stories over the years than almost anyone.

His comment came in an interview with Elon Green that appeared in Columbia Journalism Review.

The two were talking about, among other things, Hersh’s book “Reporter” and his current book about former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Hersh said the establishment media largely missed the significance of the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

“They had no idea what a good story it was,” he said.

Then he unleashed on the FBI.

“In the book I’m writing, I can segue into this stuff; I’m writing a lot about what was going on in the FBI. There was a lot going on that was counter-Trump, I will tell you that,” he said.

“I’m telling you, it’s the missed story of all time.”

But he didn’t elaborate.

WND columnist David Limbaugh would concur with Hersh, writing last month that “the real story” is how the FBI and other federal agencies were weaponized to protect Hillary Clinton and damage Trump.

“The Department of Justice, especially the FBI, bent over backward to protect [Hillary] Clinton and bent over forward to harm Trump. Despite those efforts, the stubborn facts have emerged, thanks to patriots relentlessly pursuing the truth. More will be revealed as the Obama-Clinton glass house continues to shatter, but there’s already enough to make an objective person gasp. If Clinton had won the election, this evidence would have remained buried, and the power-abusing left would have been emboldened to continue to thwart the rule of law and target its opponents. Before you say it’s preposterous that Obama or Clinton would have politicized and weaponized government agencies, remember the actions of Obama’s IRS and EPA,” he wrote.

His list of how the FBI protected Hillary Clinton to help her win the election:

  • Then-FBI Director James Comey wrote a letter exonerating her in advance of interviewing her and other key witnesses.
  • Comey presented a strong case against her yet shielded her from prosecution.
  • Comey claimed that Christopher Steele’s dossier was not an indispensable part of the FISA warrant application, when everyone has admitted it was. He said he didn’t know that the Clintons had paid for the dossier.
  • Comey earlier said there was no spying against Trump and later said there was but the “informants” were carefully regulated.
  • The FBI gave immunity like candy in the Clinton case and allowed two fact witnesses to sit in on the belated Clinton interview as her lawyers.
  • The FBI claimed to have lost five months’ worth of texts between adulterous FBI honchos Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, which the inspector general found in less than a week.
  • Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton while Hillary was under investigation. Lynch instructed Comey to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter” instead of an investigation.
  • Strzok texted Page after Trump and Clinton became the nominees, “Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE” – meaning “midyear exam,” the FBI’s code word for the Clinton email probe. Page responded, “It sure does.” They were desperate to wrap up the Clinton investigation to prevent Trump’s election. Page was legal counsel to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The lovebirds noted that Obama wanted “to know everything.” As Newt Gingrich said, with all that was going on under his watch, it’s inconceivable that Obama and his adviser Valerie Jarrett didn’t know about it.

And Limbaugh listed the bureau’s moves against Trump:

  • The FBI planted a spy or spies in the Trump campaign with no real evidence (beyond wishful thinking, anecdotal minutiae and hearsay rumors) that there was any nefarious connection between the campaign and Russia. It appears these spies were there not just to eavesdrop but to lure the Trump campaign into the very conduct they were pretending to investigate – trying to “honey-trap” them.
  • The government opened a counterintelligence investigation against Trump without any evidence of a crime.
  • Based on a disgraceful leak from Comey, the DOJ appointed a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign without any evidence of a crime and without specifying any crime in the appointment memo – and such specificity is required by law. Recognizing this, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein surreptitiously amended his appointment memo, but he still won’t reveal its content to congressional investigators.
  • The FBI deceived the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court four times by presenting the Steele dossier, paid for by the Clinton machine and based on unsubstantiated opposition research, as legitimate evidence and disclosing none of its origins to the court. It also fraudulently presented a news article sourced to the same Christopher Steele as corroborating the dossier. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requires substantiated evidence; it’s a strict standard because of the extraordinary encroachments on privacy it entails. The FBI also concealed from the court that Steele had been fired by the FBI.
  • The government has been stonewalling and scapegoating Rep. Devin Nunes and other congressional investigators for jeopardizing national security in demanding that documents be unredacted. Invariably, when the redactions are removed, we see that no security interests were involved but that the government was seeking to conceal embarrassing actions of government officials. The government slandered Nunes for outing the FBI mole, whose existence it had previously deceitfully denied, when it leaked facts facilitating his outing.
  • The Obama administration engaged in unprecedented and egregious unmaskings.
  • Five or six DOJ/FBI officials have been fired, demoted or reassigned.
  • The FBI agents didn’t believe that Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, lied to them, yet the special counsel pressured him into a guilty plea.
  • Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress but later denied he had lied, claiming he was thinking about something other than what he was being questioned about. That would be lame from any witness, but from a man of Clapper’s caliber, it is stunning. Clapper also said, disingenuously, that the government’s intent was not to spy on the Trump camp but to find out what Russia was doing. Then why did the government try to entrap campaign members, and why did Clapper earlier deny there were spies in the campaign? If the government’s goal was to protect the campaigns from Russian influence, why didn’t it plant spies in the Clinton campaign, as well? Why didn’t it warn the Trump campaign of the possible interference – unless its goal was to damage Trump and protect Clinton, as opposed to safeguarding national security?
  • The Obama administration opened up a Logan Act case against the campaign opponent (Trump) of its would-be successor (Clinton). This is unprecedented and astonishing.
  • The Obama holdouts in the DOJ and FBI are still stonewalling and misrepresenting the facts – especially as to the origin of the Trump investigation.

Strzok, who served on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team, oversaw the FBI’s interviews of former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser. And he played a lead role in the investigation of Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. Strzok changed former FBI Director James Comey’s language about Hillary Clinton’s actions from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” forming the basis for not referring criminal charges.

He is also suspected of being responsible for using the unverified Steele dossier to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on President Trump’s campaign.

Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in August after the stridently pro-Clinton and anti-Trump texts with Page were discovered. He and Page, who worked for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, were found to have been carrying on an extramarital affair.

Text messages between Strzok and Page released in February indicating President Obama “wants to know everything we are doing” regarding the Trump-Russia probe are growing in significance as more evidence surfaces that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign.

WND also has reported on an informant the FBI embedded in the Trump campaign, how the bureau used a secret program to gather Trump campaign information and a poll that revealed 61 percent of the GOP thinks the FBI is framing Trump.

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said former FBI Director James Comey “helped create a culture at the FBI that they were accountable to no one” and “it’s going to be a long time before the reputation of the FBI regains its reputation as a law enforcement organization that has integrity and is above politics.”

The Senate’s number two Republican made the critical assessment in a wide-ranging interview with Hugh Hewitt on MSNBC Saturday after Hewitt raised the specter of Herbert Hoover’s free-wheeling (and constitutionally suspect) surveillance during the dark days of COINTELPRO.

HEWITT: All right, now it’s a time of great controversy for the FBI, which I’ve always held in the highest esteem. I worked with them when I was at DOJ. And you’ve got Director Comey, his reputation’s in tatters in the eyes of many people. You’ve got Andrew McCabe referred to the DOJ for prosecution. He’s got his admirers as well. You’ve got Page and Strzok and their texts. You’ve got Bruce Ohr over at the DOJ. You will remember, you’re my age, so you will remember just reading about the dark days of COINTELPRO and J. Edgar Hoover. Are we back in those dark days?

CORNYN: Right. Well, unfortunately, I think Director Comey helped create a culture at the FBIthat they were accountable to no one. And unfortunately, that created, I believe, this situation we find ourselves with. Director Wray, I have to tell you, I think is doing an outstanding job. But it’s going to be a long time before the reputation of the FBI regains its reputation as a law enforcement organization that has integrity and is above politics.

COINTELPRO began with the best of intentions – an attempt to root out communist infiltration in America – but spiraled out of control into an unaccountable, police-state surveillance program that operated outside the constitutional oversight of congress.

The FBI’s own website describes COINTELPRO in terms that acknowledge the regrettable (if not wholly illegal) monster it had become.

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The gay times roll, but the Supremes stop the music

Anthony is as much a Catholic as those other Kennedys, as his career has made plain. The attention whores are starting to see the end of the Lefty-packed federal appellate courts and now, if they want publicity, they are going to have to appear important, so they get their names in the papers. The lone Lefty voice in the wilderness will get as much attention as Harold Stassen.With any kind of luck, Trump will get to replace Kennedy, Breyer, and RBG, along with something like 2/3 to 4/5 of the Federal bench.The times, they really are a-changin’ and I’m so happy I lived to see it.

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Democrats defend FBI following reports it spied on Trump’s election …

World Socialist Web SiteMay 18, 2018
Trump tweeted Wednesday that “the Obama FBI ‘SPIED ON THE TRUMP … frame-ups and coups, all based on lies—say it’s not a witch-hunt.

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Drug war dust-up in New York governor’s race

Global Village space (blog)May 15, 2018
Whether it’s stop and frisk, frame-ups (like those which occurred in Tulia, Texas, some years ago) … Read more: Abolish the FBI, America’s KGB.

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Comey given the kid gloves while the FBI is exalted

Red FlagApr 22, 2018
The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James …. The FBI spearheaded the anti-Muslim witch-hunt, including frame-ups …

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