Adam Schiff got Devin Nunes barred from the briefing CIA Director John Brennan gave “the gang of eight” which included information on Stefan Halper.
At The Conservative Treehouse, “Sundance” points to this story about Sam Clovis by Byron York at the Washington Examiner. Sam Clovis was a national co-chairman of the Trump campaign. Stefan Halper reached out to him. Looking back on it, Clovis wonders if Halper introduced himself “out of the blue,” as a spy.
When Clovis was questioned officially he didn’t know Halper was relevant.
There is a publicly-released transcript of Page’s interview with the House Intelligence Committee, and the questioners showed no awareness of or interest in Halper. Page mentioned on a number of occasions that he had traveled to Cambridge University, and the lawmakers, including Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, moved on to other topics.
For example, when Conaway questioned Page about who paid for his plane fare to give a speech in Moscow, Page said, “They bought me — they booked a ticket, just like Cambridge University booked a ticket for the — ”
“Okay,” said Conaway. “I don’t need Cambridge; I just need the Russians.”
At the time, it’s fair to say that no one in the room knew that Halper was an FBI informant. It was only later that the House Committee’s work led to the discovery of Halper’s role
But that’s almost certainly not true. At least one person in the room had been briefed on Halper by Brennan. As per Brennan’s third point at a public hearing:
Sundance explains at The Conservative Treehouse, “Sam Clovis Ponders If Intelligence Asset Stefan Halper Was Using Him To Get To George Papadopoulos…”
FBI Director James Comey stated he never briefed congressional oversight on the FBI Counterintelligence operation due to the “sensitivity of the matter“. (link) That takes James Comey out of this 2016 briefing aspect entirely.
Per his own testimony, the only congressional oversight briefing was from CIA Director John Brennan between August 11, and Sept 6, 2016. [*Note* the email from Stefan Halper to Sam Clovis was August 29, 2016.]
Per his own testimony, John Brennan is briefing the Gang of Eight on the origination details of “an active FBI counterintelligence operation“. That FBI counterintelligence operation officially began on July 31st, 2016.
CIA Director John Brennan is briefing the ‘Gang of Eight’, on his two-page EC. That two-page EC contains source material from Stefan Halper. So, CIA Director John Brennan is briefing Adam Schiff on source Stefan Halper, and the subsequent initiation of the FBI counterintelligence operation.
HPSCI ranking member Adam Schiff is fully aware of the importance of Stefan Halper when Sam Clovis and Carter Page are giving testimony in 2017. HPSCI Ranking Member Adam Schiff is the ONLY person in the room aware of the role of a CIA “confidential informant” in the origination EC; and HPSCI Ranking Member Adam Schiff is aware one FBI asset behind the counterintelligence operation is Stefan Halper.
Remember, in 2016 CIA Director John Brennan briefed both HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes and HPSCI Ranking Member Adam Schiff. However, in 2017, at the times of these interviews, Devin Nunes was removed from the proceedings during the ridiculous “ethics investigation”.
Now, with hindsight, we can clearly see the political motive and purpose behind the rage against Chairman Devin Nunes; spurred on by Democrats -particularly Adam Schiff- that led to the ethics investigation.
By pushing Chairman Nunes away from the 2017 congressional testimony and inquiry during the attempted deployment of the “insurance policy” phase, the democrats removed the ability of Nunes to reconcile any differences between the prior information provided by CIA Director Brennan, and the current testimony from witnesses approached by control agents of CIA Director Brennan.
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