The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel has uncovered a bombshell of a story that is still unfolding and may only get uglier and more disturbing as it goes.
Last week Strassel weaved together various strains of intelligence, previous reporting, and new information to uncover the fact that the FBI had been spying on Donald Trump long before he was ever elected President. However, that isn’t actually the most disturbing news.
What is truly unsettling is that once the government began to do an internal audit of what was happening in the FBI and the Department of Justice, those agencies began acting to hide their malfeasance.
As Strassel points out, the agencies first argue that revealing the information in question “could harm national security,” but then as the information begins to be exposed we’ve realized that it does nothing of the sort. In fact, much of the information that was redacted and is now being declassified had NOTHING to do with national security and instead seems to have been redacted only to keep from embarrassing the leaders of the FBI and DOJ!
Now into this mess, we learn that the FBI had positioned an operative inside the Trump team that was actively spying on Trump and feeding the FBI information!
It is very important to listen to Speaker Paul Ryan, who in his press conference [Wednesday] pointed out that this request by Chairman Nunes and Rep. Gowdy was completely appropriate and within the scope of their ongoing investigation, and frankly should have been answered a long time ago.
That is another way of saying that whatever this is is entirely relevant to the longstanding probe hat the House Intelligence Committee has been conducting into the Russian collusion investigation.
That means the Justice Dept. knows full well that they should have handed over whatever it is that these two men are seeking, since all the way back in last August when they requested the documents…
For months now, look how they handled that original subpoena. They simply ignored it, and then delayed. And remember all the excuses: ‘This could harm national security. This could undermine our relationship with intelligence partners.’
What we have seen so far show that none of that is the case, what they were actually hiding are revelations that are extremely embarrassing to the FBI, for instance, the fact that they didn’t fully inform the FISA court that they were basing their surveillance warrant on information that came from the rival presidential campaign…[We know the FBI had a human source] at least interacting with the Trump campaign. We know from a leak that appears to have come from law enforcement, they are requesting information from a source. And that term is important, when the FBI talks about a source, the talk about someone who is an average citizen who uses their credentials, their job as a way of spying for the agency.
We can take that to mean that there was somebody interacting with the Trump campaign and reporting back to the FBI, which means the FBI was using human intelligence to spy on a presidential campaign.
Finally, can I just point out something that should be concerning every reporter in Washington, D.C.?
After two years of investigating, and even with this informant inside the inner circle of the campaign… the FBI still hasn’t find any evidence that Trump was doing anything wrong!
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