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SpyGate: Timeline

“SpyGate”

President Trump coined the term May 23rd, 2018, with the following tweet:

Donald J. Trump
“SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!”
6:12 AM – May 23, 2018

But what is it?

“SpyGate” is the alleged weaponization of the U.S. Government’s Intelligence apparatus to intercept communications of the Obama Administration’s political opponents during and after the 2016 Presidential election. It is history unfolding as I write.

(At the date of this paragraph (Monday May 6th, 2019) Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ report is weeks away from publication. Pay attention to June and July 2015 below, to see why the upcoming report might be called “Horowitz’ Payback”. )

But, like other chapters of American History, it is one with many preceding.

If I were to write a documentary script for “Spygate: the Movie”, my opening sequence would start with Donald Trump’s July 2015 official announcement of his candidacy, followed by an immediate flashback to a critical event one month prior.

But for “Spygate: The book” I would follow that flashback , with the following quick review from years 1952, 1978, 2001, ’02, ’08, ’09, ’13 before looking at June of 2015 when Obama’s Attorney General Sally Yates, blocked Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ access to intercepted communications.

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The National Security Agency: 1952

The NSA was formed in 1952 after WWII from Harry S. Truman’s directive. Operating under the Department of Defense, part of its mission is the interception, and analysis of coded transmissions by electronic or other means. 

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1978 FISA: 1978

The 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act forbade the NSA from targeting U.S. Citizens unless considered “Agents of a foreign power”. Warrants can be obtained for exceptions when matters of national security are at stake. 

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9/11 & The Patriot Act, 2002

After the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks on the U.S., the Patriot Act of 2001 authorized the President to use “all necessary and appropriate force” against those who caused 9/11. 

January 2002. Controversy. Using the Patriot Act as justification, President George W. Bush secretly authorized the NSA to monitor international phone calls & emails of U.S. citizens and others without obtaining an order from the FISA court.

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Expanded Power: 2008

The NSA was granted immunity from lawsuits and given expanded powers after legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law by Bush in July 2008. 

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January 21st, 2009:

For a long time now there’s been too much secrecy in this city. That era is now over.”

Barack Obama, 44th President

On his first day in office, President Obama pledged to end government secrecy. That pledge became increasingly empty. By June of 2015, it was more than a pledge broken.

President Obama, January 21st, 2009
“The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable.

The way to make government accountable is to make it transparent so the American people can know exactly what decisions are being made, how they’re being made, and whether their interests are being well served.

The directives I am giving my administration today on how to interpret the Freedom of Information Act will do just that.

For a long time now there’s been too much secrecy in this city.

The old rules said that if there was a defensible argument for not disclosing something to the American people, then it should not be disclosed.

That era is now over.

Starting today every Agency and Department should know that this Administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known.

To be sure issues like personal privacy and national security must be treated with the care they demand.

But the mere fact that you have the legal power to keep something secret does not mean you should always use it.

The Freedom of Information Act is perhaps the most powerful instrument we have for making our government honest and transparent, and of holding it accountable, and I expect members of my administration not simply to live up to the letter but also the spirit of this law.

I will also hold myself as President to a new standard of openness.

Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I, or a former president wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the White House Counsel whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law.

Information will not be withheld just because I say so.

It will be withheld because a separate Authority believes my request is well grounded in the Constitution.

Let me say it as simply as I can.

Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency

https://youtu.be/72g7qmeP1dE

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Metadata, Dishfire, Incidental Collection: 2013

Security Contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified information about programs designed to target non- U.S. citizens, where incidental information was collected. “Dishfire” collected extensive, massive, worldwide text messages from cellular phones, and another collected ‘metadata’ on phone numbers, & length of calls, (but not content). 

“[Snowden] also disclosed the existence of a broader data-mining program that gave the NSA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Government Communications Headquarters—Britain’s NSA equivalent—“direct access” to the servers of such Internet giants as GoogleFacebookMicrosoft, and Apple

https://www.britannica.com/place/United-States/The-Barack-Obama-administration#ref1184061

For additional context covering the years 2008 to 2017, please see Sharyl Attkison’s “Obama Era Surveillance Timeline” below

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“Obama Era Surveillance Timeline”.

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April 2009:

Congresswoman’s Phone Calls Intercepted by NSA, Transcript Released

Former California Rep. Jane Harman, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, testifies June 5, 2014 before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee On Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on “Development in Ukraine.” AFP PHOTO / Karen BEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

“Someone leaks the unmasked name of Congresswoman Jane Harmon to the press. According to news reports, the Bush administration NSA incidentally recorded and saved Harmon’s phone conversations with pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage. The story is first broken by Congressional Quarterly’s Jeff Stein.”

https://sharylattkisson.com/2017/12/obama-era-surveillance-timeline/

The Israel Connection

Before the Mueller Report was released, George Papadopoulos openly speculated in both his book “Deep State Target” and in his interview with Dan Bongino 11/02/2018 that he had been under FISA surveillance. His work with Seth Cropsey as a Research Associate at the Hudson Institute was at odds with the Obama State Department, and on October 26th, Matthew Bryza let him know as much in an unpleasant conversation. Papadopoulos’ contribution to the monograph, “U.S. Policy and the Strategic Relationship of Greece, Cyprus and Israel: Power Shifts in the Eastern Mediterranean” had put him on the map.

The Mueller report, released April 18th, 2019, confirmed that George Papadapoulos was suspected–and cleared of–acting as an unregistered agent of the Israeli government. Unfortunately, the legal language used, misleads the layman, does not appear to uphold the standard “innocent until proven guilty”, and acts as fodder for activist journalism. It says:

“While the investigation revealed significant ties between Papadopoulos and Israel (and search warrants were obtained in part on that basis), the Office ultimately determined that the evidence was not sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction under FARA or Section 951.”

Mueller Report p. 183

The statement deserves careful attention.

“the evidence was not sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction….

That’s legalese, not to be confused with “We really think Joe Schmoe committed the murder…. but, by George, he got away with it…. could not find that evidence….”

“significant ties between Papadopoulos and Israel.”

Significant ties?

Keep in mind that Papadopoulos’ own book openly, unashamedly discloses his ‘significant ties’ with Israel, that is, his professional relationships with those connected with the Israeli & other governments. As an energy consultant, and Trump campaign proxy, that was his job.

“(and search warrants were obtained …”

What kind of search warrants? Of critical importance: When? On what basis did they suspect him of being an Agent of the Israeli Government? According multiple published sources, no warrants were shown at his April 2017 airport arrest when FBI agents searched his belongings.

More on this in the timeline that follows, but this could be the bombshell that, hear me out, leads to the indictment of multiple individuals, including … hear me out … Robert Mueller?

As reported December 4th, 2017, there was plenty of haste surrounding George Papadopoulos’ arrest. There was no warrant.

Breen declined to detail the cooperation with Mueller’s team but told POLITICO that aspects of the case remain a mystery to him, including why prosecutors acted with such haste to arrest his client in July even before they had gone to court to seek a warrant or formal charges.

“They had probable cause. They could have arrested him at any time,” the veteran defense attorney said. “Why’d they do it at that point in time? I don’t know. They haven’t told me their strategy.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/04/george-papadopoulos-arrest-fbi-277760

Well, the strategy appears to be entrapment. I’m now directing readers to explore the “EXPLOSIVE” link below and interviews sprinkled throughout, plus his book “Deep State Target”.

But the following link in particular is the most late-breaking news and provides FOIA information which appears to confirm Charles Tawill as an agent sent to entrap GP with $10,000. Those who arrested GP were looking for something and appeared to be beside themselves when they did not find it. GP wisely left the cash with a lawyer overseas.

(MAY 12th, 2019:: CRITICAL BREAKING UPDATE:::
SEE “EXPLOSIVE – FOIA Documents Show Evidence of Weissmann/Mueller Entrapment Scheme…

This leads me, and many others, to believe that they then came up with the ‘lying over contacts with Mifsud’ in such haste that they failed to realize any comment GP might have made on emails and Russians in May would have been moot due to televised reports Jan-May 2016 that said the same thing at the time. Whether or not Mifsud was acting in conjunction with US intelligence, whether or not Downer did what he did on his own, the basis for Crossfire Hurricane was an illegal entrapment scheme attempting to cover an illegal entrapment scheme which led to further illegal entrapment schemes

… in part …..

In part? Meaning, not wholly on his interactions with Mifsud? Mifsud had nothing to do with Papadopoulos and Israel. GP believes he was being monitored as far back as October of 2015.

…. on that basis)

“That” = “Significant Ties” with Israel.

In other words, warrants were obtained due to suspicions–legitimate or not– of his being a ‘foreign agent’ of Israel, based on those ‘significant ties’.

It does not indicate whether Mueller’s investigative team obtained all the warrants. Plural. Warrants.

Again, when were the warrants (plural: more than one!) obtained?

The public was led to believe through the New York Times May 16th, 2018 article “Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation” that the counterintelligence investigation began August 2nd, 2016, after Alexander Downer reported his May 10th, 2016 meeting with GP. As the story goes, George’s comments to Downer were about ‘damaging information on Hillary that the Russians might release’. They had nothing to do with Israel. However, Papadopoulos says repeatedly that Downer and others questioned him on his positions on Israel, indicating that they had knowledge of his think-tank work on Geo-Political Energy policies in the Middle East, with Seth Cropsey at the Hudson Institute.

Bongino: You may have been on the radar prior [to Trump’s foreign policy team announcement].

Papadopoulos: That’s absolutely right.

I was on the target of some intelligence group – and they definitely knew who I was. And just to make it clear to everyone listening, when I met with Mifsud, when I met with Alexander Downer, and when I met with Stefan Halper, do you know what these people all had in common? They all wanted to talk about my business in the Middle East. And what I was doing regarding advising American Oil companies, etc, etc.

https://themarketswork.com/2018/11/05/bonginos-papadopoulos-interview-with-transcript/

GP gave more detail in the cued video above (transcript below)

24:30 PAPADOPOULOS:
“So then, he [Downer] gets into these tangents of “Hey George you know I know all about your background in the energy business in the Middle East and Israel and Cyprus and I’m just letting you know
that what you’re promoting is wrong.”
And he said “did you know that I was the UN envoy to Cyprus in 2014 and I know all about Cyprus and Israel and you’re wrong and you shouldn’t be advising Donald Trump on what your ideas are …”

From the Mueller Report:

“Finally , the Office investigated whether one of the above campaign advisors–George Papadopoulos–acted as an agent of, or at the direction and control of, the government of Israel. While the investigation revealed significant ties between Papadopoulos and Israel (and search warrants were obtained in part on that basis), the Office ultimately determined that the evidence was not sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction under FARA or Section 951.”

pg 183 Mueller Report
page 11
“The Mueller Report”
From page 183 of
“Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” aka “The Mueller Report”

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So far we have established that intercepting communications between foreign officials and members of Congress has been a problem. More on that as you keep reading. We also jumped way ahead to look at the arrest of GP.

But now, lets take a break an enjoy some comedy. Its actually pretty good material, straight from the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

“Please note: temporal proximity of events doesn’t necessarily imply a connection.” –

-Sharyll Attkison.

Or does it?

2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For years, Donald Trump promoted the idea that President Obama was not a true U.S. Citizen. Known as the ‘birther movement‘, the idea goes back to the primaries of the 2008 election. But in 2011, Trump picked it up and ran with it. In turn Obama and Seth Meyers openly mock Trump’s presidential aspirations. Roasting of public figures is par for the course, but here the most powerful leader of the free world put another powerful man in his place to the room’s uproarious laughter. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

President Obama (02:34) and Seth Meyers poke fun at Trump’s “Birther” theory, and at Trump’s Presidential aspirations

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4623147/donald-trump-obama-whcd-2011

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June 6th, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder Avoids Questions on Intercepted Phone calls.

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2015

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March 7th, 2015

President Obama: “[I Learned about Hillary’s Server] Through News Reports”
Inspector General: “Obama communicated through Hillary’s private server”

President Obama says he found out about Hillary’s private email server through news reports, “the same time everyone else did.”

However, the Inspector General’s 06/14/18 report states that “former President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail.com account. Obama, like other high level government officials, used a pseudonym for his username on his official government email account.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz, June 14, 2018 Report, p 89, footnote 75

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March 9th, 2015

Clinton Associate Terry McCauliffe meets with Andrew McCabe’s wife, Jill to encourage her to run for office

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March 2nd, 2015

Jill McCabe announces her candidacy for state Senator.

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April 7th, 2015

DNC to Press: “Elevate Trump”

Famous  ‘pied piper’ strategy email sent: between DNC / Podesta: ‘alert media’  to elevate trump, & other  ‘pied piper’ candidates. Revealed by Wikileaks. Information stolen by hackers whose actions inspired the Russia Collusion narrative.

How the Hillary Clinton campaign deliberately “elevated” Donald Trump with its “pied piper” strategy

An email released by WikiLeaks shows how the Democratic Party purposefully “elevated” Trump to “leader of the pack”

Salon Magazine November 10th, 2016, by Ben Norton
https://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/

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June 16th, 2015

Trump announces his candidacy for U.S. president.


… and one month later…

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𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟮𝟯𝗿𝗱 𝟮𝟬𝟭5:

“Atty Gen. Sally Yates blocks the Inspector General’s access to wiretap info.”

“Atty Gen. Sally Yates blocks the Inspector General’s access to wiretap info.”

Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 5.54.25 PM.png“Obama administration restricts investigative powers of inspectors general
The Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap and fair credit information — an action that severely limits the watchdogs’ oversight capabilities, independence and power to uncover fraud.  … 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/23/obama-restricts-investigative-powers-inspectors-ge

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August 4th, 2015 

First Republican debate lineup announced

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August 6th, 2015

First Republican Presidential Debate

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September 15, 2015  & following

Bruce Ohr, Christopher Steele question Oleg Deripaska at UN 2015 & unannounced in 2016

“Mr. Steele helped set up a meeting between the Russian and American officials during the 2015 trip. Mr. Ohr attended the meeting, during which the Americans pressed Mr. Deripaska on the connections between Russian organized crime and Mr. Putin’s government, as well as other issues, according to a person familiar with the events. The person said that Mr. Deripaska told the Americans that their theories were off base and did not reflect how things worked in Russia.

“Mr. Deripaska would not agree to a second meeting. But one took place the next year, in September 2016, when F.B.I. agents showed up unannounced at his door in New York. By then, they were already investigating possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, and they pressed Mr. Deripaska about whether his former business partner, Mr. Manafort, had served as a link to the Kremlin during his time as Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman.

New York Times “Agents Tried to Flip Russian Oligarchs. The Fallout Spread to Trump

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October 26th, 2015

George Papadopoulos begins to suspect that he’s being monitored

George Papadopoulos is working at Energy Stream in London. Energy Stream holds a two day conference called “London Gas & Oil forum” Matthew Bryza brusquely informs George Papadopoulos that his energy ideas are ruffling feathers at the State Department and in the private sector. GP begins to suspect that he’s someone’s radar. (Deep State Target p.26-27)

screenshot https://www.energystreamcmg.com/forums/forums-seminars/10th-mediterranean-oil-gas-forum-2019.aspx

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November 3rd, 2015

Jill McCabe loses to Republican incumbent Dick Black 25,898 to 23,544

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December 29, 2015

Obama’s NSA intercepts Benjamin Netanyahu’s phone calls.

Screenshot “U.S. Spy net on Israel Snares Congress” WSJ

See WSJ Video:

See WSJ 12/29/15 Article:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-spy-net-on-israel-snares-congress-1451425210

“Did the Obama Administration’s Abuse of Foreign-Intelligence Collection Start Before Trump?”
Lee Smith, Tablet April 5, 2017 • 9:35 AM

“At some point, the administration weaponized the NSA’s legitimate monitoring of communications of foreign officials to stay one step ahead of domestic political opponents,” says a pro-Israel political operative who was deeply involved in the day-to-day fight over the Iran Deal. “The NSA’s collections of foreigners became a means of gathering real-time intelligence on Americans engaged in perfectly legitimate political activism—activism, due to the nature of the issue, that naturally involved conversations with foreigners.

We began to notice the White House was responding immediately, sometimes within 24 hours, to specific conversations we were having. At first, we thought it was a coincidence being amplified by our own paranoia. After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on.”

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/229062/did-the-obama-administrations-abuse-of-foreign-intelligence-collection-start-before-trump

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2016

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January 12th, 2016

Obama to Matt Lauer on the possibility of Trump one day delivering the State of the Union: “I can imagine it in a Saturday Night [Live] Skit. . . . Look, anything’s possible…”

January 20th, 2016

Megan Kelly and Judge Napolitano reference common speculation that Russians / Chinese may have hacked into Mrs. Clinton’s server. These broadcasts are critical because they destroy the pretext that George Papadapoulos’ comments to Downer and others was sufficient grounds to open an investigation six months later.

at Min:Sec 02:30
Judge Napolitano: “Her failure to safeguard and store national security secrets . . .
Megan Kelly: “on a server that the Russians and Chinese may have hacked into . . .
Judge Napolitano: “Correct . . .

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January 29th, 2016

Comey puts McCabe in charge of Clinton email investigation

FBI director James Comey names Andrew McCabe deputy director with responsibility of Clinton investigation. McCabe’s wife had been a democratic candidate, but not one at the time.

 

 

 

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March 01, 2016

Super Tuesday

Delegate totals:
Trum
p 255, Cruz 218, Rubio 96, Kasich 21, Carson 3

George Papadopoulos is on Ben Carson’s advisory team.

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March 2nd, 2016

Ben Carson officially drops out of the race.

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March 6th, 2016

George Papadopolous learns he will join Trump campaign as foreign policy advisor.

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George Papadopoulos

He is in London at the time. Click the video below to hear George Papadopoulos describe how his superiors with connections to Western Intelligence (unknown to George at the time), connected him to the Maltese Professor, Joseph Mifsud, a Clinton foundation donor (also unknown to George at the time).

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Arvinder Sambei

PAPADOPOULOS: “As well, the legal counsel for the FBI in the UK, Arvinder Sambei, just happens to also be a director at this organization I used to work for. I tell this organization ‘Look, I’m joining the Trump Campaign, I’m leaving. I’m going back to the U.S. I’m leaving London.

“But they all of a sudden tell me, ‘before you leave, you really need to come to Rome with us. We want to introduce you to some people there.’ So, I say, ‘that’s fine. I’ll go to Rome. It’s a three-day holiday before I get back to Washington.

“They introduce me to Josef Mifsud at this University in Rome called Link Campus. This isn’t any normal university in Rome. At the time I had no idea what this place was. But apparently, it’s a training ground for western intelligence operatives in Rome. The CIA has held symposiums there. David Ignatius from the Washington Post has actually written extensively about this place. They have connections to the FBI and other groups.

https://themarketswork.com/2018/11/05/bonginos-papadopoulos-interview-with-transcript/

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March 15, 2016

James Clapper’s “secret” trip to Australia

Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper visits Australia on a ‘secret’ visit, according to Australia’s ABC.
“America’s top spy, the US Director of National Intelligence, is on a secret visit to Australia, the ABC has learnt. James Robert Clapper Jr directs the US National Intelligence Program and reports directly to President Barack Obama.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-16/us-spy-boss-makes-secretive-visit-to-australia/7251590
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Tuesday March 15th, 2016

“Super Tuesday 2”

Senator Marco Rubio loses to Trump in Florida. Rubio drops out leaving Trump, Cruz, & Kasich.

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March 16th, 2016

Papadopoulos meets Mifsud for the first time

Papadopoulus meets with London based professor Joseph Mifsud while traveling in Italy. Not a chance encounter. This was arranged and set up by Arvendir Sambei & others at the London Campus.

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Joseph Mifsud, with Boris Johnson, British Politician who served as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

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March 19th, 2016

DNC Computers Hacked

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, receives a “phishing” email. One of his aides mistakenly mark it as ‘legitimate’. He responds and changes his password, inadvertently giving hackers access to his computer. 

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March 21st, 2016

Trump announces foreign policy advisory team.

Hackers gain access to, and steal over 50,000 emails from John Podesta’s laptop

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March 24th, 2016

Papadapoulos meets with Mifsud and “Olga Vinegradova” (not her real name) aka “Putin’s Niece”

Arvendir Sambei & other Western Intelligence at LINK lie to him, by leading him to believe Olga Vigegradova is “Putin’s Niece.” Video below is cued.

“I need to introduce you to a very important girl.. ‘Putin’s niece’…. they were all in on this”

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March 29th, 2016

Paul Manafort joins Trump’s campaign

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March, 2016

FBI interviews Carter Page

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“Mid April” (no specific date), 2016

DNC hires Crowdstrike for Hacking, FBI left out

The DNC brings in “Crowdstrike” (but not the FBI) to deal with the hacking of computers. It is not clear when exactly they became aware that their computers were compromised.

It can be inferred that by not allowing the FBI to investigate, leaders within the DNC were able to obscure the date they became aware of the hack, and delaying it from becoming a news event, giving them enough time to plan to entrap someone in the Trump campaign of being an agent of Russia or of colluding with an agent of Russia.

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April 6th, 2016

Although it cannot be determined precisely when DNC staffers were alerted that they’d become targets, Thomas Rid’s March 30th, 2017 testimony report states that three DNC staffers were “tricked into clicking the treacherous “reset password” button on April 6th, 2016.

It is possible to infer that DNC staffers had not been alerted and Crowdstrike not hired at that point, April 6th, 2016.

Finally, in past year, the timeline of US-election operations began to align. In early March, GRU began to train its well-established, semi-automated targeting tools from worldwide military and diplomatic targets to US political targets. Between 10 March and 7 April, GRU targeted at least 109 Clinton campaign staffers with 214 individual phishing emails (with 8 more attempts on 12 and 13 May). 36 times Clinton staffers clicked a malicious link (the success rate of actually breaching the account after a victim clicked this link is 1-in-7). Russian intelligence targeted Jake Sullivan in at least 14 different attempts beginning on 19 March, each time with a different malicious link against two of his email addresses. GRU targeted Hillary Clinton’s personal email account at least two times in March, but the available data show that she did not fall for the password reset trick. The military intelligence agency also targeted DNC staffers with 16 emails between 15 March and 11 April, and 3 DNC staffers were tricked into clicking the treacherous “reset password” button on 6 April 2016.

Less than two weeks later, on 19 April, the front website DCLeaks.com was registered as a leak outlet for hacked files.10

https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/os-trid-033017.pdf

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April 7th, Jerusalem Post article

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Know-Comment-The-Donalds-foreign-policy-450602

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April 19th,

DC Leaks.com registered as leak outlet.

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April 26th, 2016

Mifsud: “Russians have 1,000’s of Hillary’s emails”

Note: The public, including George Papadopoulos is unaware at this point that the DNC computers have been compromised.

Papadopoulos meets with Joseph Mifsud, Professor, diplomat, and is told that Russians have thousands of Clinton emails.

Video is cued to transcript below

Transcript:
Papadopoulos: “imagine yourself right now. You’re meeting somebody that you have no idea why you’re meeting with him except that he just wants to have lunch. And they drop a bomb on you. It’s as if, you know, I didn’t know what he wanted to talk about, and he just said to me, as I’m sitting there enjoying my omelette:

“George, I have information that the Russians have thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails.”

“I couldn’t even finish the piece of food in my mouth as he’s talking to me. And I’m just thinking, ‘is this guy just validating rumors that Judge Napolitano, I think the day before, was openly speculating on Fox News. Many people in the media were speculating about it.’

“I was just looking at him, like okay, that’s interesting. This guy’s validating rumors. But how on earth would he have this information. This was going in my mind.

“How does he have this information if he couldn’t even introduce me to anyone of substance in the Russian government. Which, actually I was trying to connect with at the time. Just to understand what the US-Russia relationship was all about. Then he drops this information on me and when said it to me, I didn’t find him credible. That’s the truth.

Papadopoulos could also have had in the back of his mind Judge Napolitano and Brett Baier’s comments (03:50 mark) regarding the Uranium One scandal and the Clinton Foundation. Their comments centered around speculating whether Hillary had ever incriminated herself in actual email correspondence (quid pro quo). See the links below for this April 24th, 2015 Fox News segment

https://www.foxnews.com/transcript/clinton-connection-to-uranium-company-sold-to-russia

https://video.foxnews.com/v/4192586856001

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May 1st

Trump’s First Foreign Policy Speech

Co-authored by George Papadopoulos, (p.62 “Deep State Target”)

“Two days Later” (p 63.) Christian Cantor (w/ Israeli Embassy in London) calls. He wants GP to meet Erika Thompson with Australian Embassy.

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May 3-4, 2016

Ted Cruz Drops out of Republican Primary May 3rd.  Kasich follows on 4th.

May 4th, 2016

Romanian Hacker Claims He Accessed Hillary’s Email Server: ‘It Was Easy’ –Fox News Insider

A notorious Romanian hacker claimed to Fox News that he easily and repeatedly breached Hillary Clinton’s email server when she was secretary of state in 2013.

Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker “Guccifer,” spoke exclusively to Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge at the Virginia jail where he’s being held.

“For me, it was easy … easy for me, for everybody,” he said about getting into Clinton’s server.

https://insider.foxnews.com/2016/05/04/romanian-hacker-guccifer-claims-he-accessed-hillarys-email-server-it-was-easy

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“Crossfire Hurricane” was supposedly opened due to Alexander Downer’s report that Papadopolous had mentioned something about Russians releasing damaging information on Hillary during their May 10th, 2016 meeting. Even if Papadopoulos had said as much, or more, there was no logical reason for the FBI to suspect Papadopolous of having compromised information, because the subject of hacking into Hillary Clinton’s server and releasing Hillary’s emails was on multiple news reports from at least January through May 13th. Therefore, the investigation had no justifiable predicate, and was opened illegally.

This is not to be confused with the March hacking of the DNC which was not yet publicized. These were two separate events, one in the news, and one yet to come.

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May 3rd, 2016

Gregory Baker and Terrence Dudley from US Embassy DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) reach out to Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos is contacted by the Times of London & does interview, ending at approx 1:00 AM next day.

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May 4th

Times of London

“David Cameron should apologise for calling Donald Trump “divisive, stupid and wrong”, a foreign policy adviser to the Republican frontrunner has said.

“The billionaire’s team was shocked to be attacked by the prime minister, George Papadopoulos told The Times. The lawyer, who is advising Mr Trump on Europe and the Middle East, revealed that the likely Republican candidate was considering a tour of both regions but that he had yet to be invited to Britain by the government.

“Mr Cameron rejected calls to ban Mr Trump from the UK after the tycoon proposed barring Muslims from the US but said that his remarks were “divisive stupid and wrong”. “I think if he came to visit our country he’d unite us all against him,” Mr Cameron…

Times of London.. behind paywall

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May 5th, 2016

Peter Strzok’s boss, Bill Priestap, is apparently in London. The transcript from Priestap’s June 5, 2018, questioning redacts the place, season of the year, and people (p. 77-80ff ) but the text messages between agent Strzok and Lisa Page had already made it clear: their boss, “Bill” was in London meeting with high level intelligence officials with the {REDACTED} words with just the right space could be ‘Australian government’ ? .

“The transcript the public can read today contains not only those questions and Priestap’s responses, but also the tell-tale redactions of anxious bureaucrats. One thing that is very clear is that the Sharpie brigades at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice really, really didn’t want anyone to know where Bill Priestap was a week into May 2016.”

RealClearInvestigations April 11th, 2019

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May 5th, 2016

Judge Nap: Proof of Hacking would make it ‘Nearly Impossible’ Not to Charge Hillary

Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox Business Network this morning to react to a notorious Romanian hacker claiming that he easily and repeatedly breached Hillary Clinton’s private email server when she was secretary of state in 2013.

https://insider.foxnews.com/2016/05/05/judge-napolitano-hillary-clinton-email-scandal-romanian-hacker-witness

May 6th

Papadopoulos receives email from Erika Thompson, “Can you meet with my boss Alexander Downer May 10th?”

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May 9th, 2016

“At the same time we learn there’s a debate going on in the Kremlin between the foreign ministry and the Intelligence services as to whether or not they should release the 20,000 of Mrs. Clinton’s emails that they have hacked into and received and stored.”
Judge Napolitiano to Megan Kelly, May 9th, 2016

https://insider.foxnews.com/amp/article/49107
https://insider.foxnews.com/amp/article/49107

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May 10th, 2016

Downer & Papadopoulos meet.

Papadapoulos tells that Downer was very unhappy with the Times article & had his phone out recording him.

Alexander Downer, the Australian High Commissioner to the U.K. meets Papadopoulos at Kensington Wine Rooms in London. Contrary to the New York Times, George Papadopoulos was not drunk, and this was no chance encounter. Think of how bizarre it would be for the Australian Ambassador to Britain to randomly encounter a 25 year old Trump campaign advisor, drinking in a bar. Alexander Downer had requested the meeting. Unknown to Papadopoulos at the time, it was later revealed the Downer had authorized a $25 million payment from the Australian government to the Clinton Foundation. Listen to George Papadopoulos’s version of what happened May 10th.

But 19 months later, the NYtimes misled the public with its infamous December 30th, 2017 article:
“How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt”

screenshot of NY Times article

WASHINGTON — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.”

“About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/us/politics/how-fbi-russia-investigation-began-george-papadopoulos.html

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Also see Napolitanos week recap May 13, 2016
https://video.foxnews.com/v/4890754150001/#sp=show-clips

Also see “[Downer] Defends Role” for video of Downer speaking publicly on TV about the meeting for the first time, May 9th, 2019″ (He has defended his role in print media several times prior )
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/former-australian-diplomat-alexander-downer-defends-work-pushes-back-on-claims-he-tried-to-trap-papadopoulos

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April 12 & 13, 2017

Papadopoulos: “… two very, very credible sources – one from a very influential newspaper in this country and another from one of the largest network tv channels in this country reached out to me on April 12 and April 13, 2017, to meet. And what did they want to talk about, they wanted to tell me that they had information that there was a FISA on me.

https://themarketswork.com/2018/11/05/bonginos-papadopoulos-interview-with-transcript/

https://on.wsj.com/2QLLgHl

“late Spring” 2016  (spring ends around June 20th) ,,,FBI & DOJ officials, including Loretta Lynch and James Comey discuss whether to alert Trump campaign with a defensive briefing warning about possible collusion attempt by Russians to infiltrate the campaign. 
source: _____________

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May 23rd, 2016
On May 23, 2016, Nellie Our received a technician-level amateur radio license. 

http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/02/fusion-gpss-anti-trump-researcher-avoid-surveillance-ham-radio-license/

June: Fusion GPS hires former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele

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June 9th, 2016

Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. Manafort, meet with Natalia Veselnitskaya

it is revealed c. November 7th, 2017 that she met with Glen Simpson prior to the meeting and afterwards, substantiating claims that it was a set up via Fusion GPS. 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/honeypot-confirmed-russian-lawyer-met-with-fusion-gps-before-and-after-meeting-with-trump-camp/

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June 14th, 2016

The Democratic National Committee publicly reveals that Russian hackers had broken into the party’s servers and accessed emails and opposition research. The cyber-security firm Crowdstrike, which investigated the incident, said it began with Russian-backed hackers they nicked named Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear. 
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-russia-investigation-timeline/

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June 15  2016

Guccifer 2″ publishes emails. 

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June 20th, 2016

Steel writes first memo of dossier.  It alleges that Trump used prostitutes during a visit to Moscow in 2013 and that the Kremlin was blackmailing him with video evidence. The memo also alleges that the Trump campaign was engaged in a well-orchestrated collusion campaign with Russian operatives.

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June 27th or 29th, 2016   

Loretta Lynch meets with Bill Clinton aboard plane and they discuss “Grandchildren” and “Golf”

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July 1st 2016  (revealed August 8/9, 2018)

Steele also sent one email to Ohr on July 1, 2016, obtained by The Hill, making an apparent reference to Trump.

“I am seeing [redacted] in London next week to discuss ongoing business, but there is something separate I wanted to discuss with you informally and separately,” Steele wrote. “It concerns out favourite business tycoon!”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/09/doj-official-bruce-ohr-communicated-with-trump-dossier-author-steele-after-fbi-cut-ties-report.html

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July 1st, 2016

Strzok to Page, regarding the Clinton/Lynch tarmac meeting: “Timing looks like hell”

“Yeah, that is awful timing,” Page agreed. In a later message, she added: “It’s a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/21/newly-released-texts-between-ex-mueller-team-members-suggest-knew-outcome-clinton-email-probe-in-advance.html

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July 5th, 2016

Steele flies to Rome & provides research to FBI contact. Research makes its way to Peter Strzok two weeks later

Comey announces Clinton will not be charged but was reckless with email. 

Obama delivers first stump speech. 

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July 7th,  2016

Carter Page gives speech in russia. 

NYT reports on it , noted by the FBI

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July 19th, 2016

Date of Dossier memo alleging wikileaks connection to Trump associate

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July 19th, 2016

Trump officially wins GOP nomination

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July 22nd, 2016

The earlier reported versions said that on this date, Australians give information to FBI on the Downer/  Papadopoulos May 10th meeting.

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July 22nd, 2016

Wikileaks releases the largest cache of DNC emails

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July 24th, 2016

Trump tweets ‘An analysis showed that Bernie Sanders would have won the Democratic Nomination if it were not for the Super Delegates”

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July 25th, 2016

Democratic National Convention

Bernie Sanders supporters leave empty seats at convention. 

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July 26th 2016

WSJ reporter contacts Carter Page about allegations regarding him in the dossier.

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July 27th CBS:

Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes that Russia tracks down 30,000 personal emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from her tenure as secretary of state.

“I will tell you this — Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” the GOP presidential nominee said at a press conference in Miami.

This marks the birth of the collusion thesis” – Michael Duran

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July 28th,

Stefan Halper emails Carter Page. “It seems attention has shifted from the ‘collusion’ investigation to the ‘contretempts’ within the White house….”

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Thursday, July 28th, ,
Regarding Russian and the DNC hack, James Clapper said
“I don’t think we’re quite ready yet to make a call on attribution,” Clapper said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. “There are just a few usual suspects out there.” Additionally, he said, “We don’t know enough to ascribe motivation regardless of who it might have been.” the goal may have been “to stir up trouble”

https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-hack-russia-226384

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July 30th 

Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, & Christopher Steele meet for breakfast. 

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July 31st

FBI opens counterintelligence  investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign and Russian Government “Crossfire Hurricane”

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July 31, 2016

In connection with formal opening of the FBI’s Russia investigation, Strzok texted Page: “And damn this feels momentous. Because this matters. The other one did, too, but that was to ensure we didn’t F something up. This matters because this MATTERS.”

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July 31st

(two days before Crossfire Hurricane began) 

Two FBI agents meet with Downer, the Australian High Commissioner to the U.K. regarding his meeting with Papadopoulos

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Early August 2016

Clapper Joins Brennan in trying to force consensus on Clinton propaganda, but they would only succeed in January 2017 before the inauguration.
“Their mission: to transform the intelligence community into an official choir of the Clinton campaign.” -Michael Doran

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Early August 2016

Washington Post 

Obama’s Secret Struggle to Punish Russia for Putin’s election results 

(published June 23rd, 2017, before it was revealed that the Dossier was funded by the DNC (10/24/2017) and the that the dossier constituted the heart of the FISA warrant application (02/04/2018)

Early last [2016] August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

The White House debated various options to punish Russia, but facing obstacles and potential risks, it ultimately failed to exact a heavy toll on the Kremlin for its election interference.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/?utm_term=.a57077dd1cfb

The Post’s new findings in Russia’s bold campaign to influence the U.S. election

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/russia-hacking-timeline/?utm_term=.5767a9ca08ab

By Julie VitkovskayaSamuel Granados and John Muyskens

Updated July 11, 2017

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August 2nd.

Crossfire Hurricane officially begins

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August 3rd, 2016

The New Yorker publishes “Trump and Putin: A Love Story” by David Remnick starting the narrative influenced by Fusion GPS’s Simpson. 

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August 3rd, 2016

page to Strzok:

“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Strzok responded,

“No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

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August 16, 2016

ABC News

Campaign manager calls Trump a puppet for the Kremlin

August 25,John Brennan (CIA) briefs Harry Reid D-Nevada about links between Russian operatives and Trump associates. 

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August 27th, 2016

Harry Reid sends public letter to FBI. Appears to be the first time a Democrat officially accused Trump’s team of Russian collusion. 

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Late August , 2016

Stefan Halper meets with Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis offering his services as foreign policy adviser. 

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September 2016

“Mr. Deripaska would not agree to a second meeting. But one took place the next year, in September 2016, when F.B.I. agents showed up unannounced at his door in New York. By then, they were already investigating possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, and they pressed Mr. Deripaska about whether his former business partner, Mr. Manafort, had served as a link to the Kremlin during his time as Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman.

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September 2nd, 2016

Lisa page to Peter Strzok text:

“potus wants to know everything we’re doing” (probably in reference to his preparation for the G20 2016 summit in China where Putin would be present.) According to Andrew McCarthy, this is NOT the ‘Gotcha’ quote that many think it is. 

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September 2nd, 2016

Stefan Helper contacts  Papadopoulos. Offers $3,000 to write a paper on a gas field in Mediterrenean sea. & they meet in London that month

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September 5th, 2016

Obama in China, Post G20 2016 Presser

 Michelle Kosinski asks

Question:  Thank you. Same subject, I guess, of colorful guys. What can you tell us about this hour-and-a-half-long meeting you had with President Putin — the tone of it, any progress that was made? And do you agree with him that the relationship between our two countries is now frozen?

On the cyber front, Senator Reid recently cited intelligence briefings when he was expressing his suspicions that Russia is trying to meddle in the election and may even have direct ties to one of the campaigns. What can you tell us? Do you think Russia is trying to influence the U.S. election through hacking?

Obama:

….     And finally, we did talk about cybersecurity, generally. I’m not going to comment on specific investigations that are still live and active. But I will tell you that we’ve had problems with cyber intrusions from Russia in the past, from other countries in the past.

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September 17th, 2016

President Obama to Congressional Black Caucus Dinner:

“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot,” …

“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down it’s guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send off? Go vote!”

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/09/17/obama_i_will_consider_it_an_insult_to_my_legacy_if_you_do_not_vote_want_to_give_me_a_good_send_off_go_vote.html

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September 23rd, 2016
 by Harper Neidig

‘In a statement, Hillary Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin said the report [what report? the dossier?] was “chilling.” 

“We’ve never seen anything like this in American politics. Every day seems to cast new doubts on what’s truly driving Donald Trump’s decision-making: the interests of the American people or his own bottom line,” the statement read. “He needs to immediately disclose the full extent of his business relationships and foreign assets so the voters can make that determination for themselves.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/297507-report-trump-adviser-being-investigated-for-ties-to

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September 23rd, 2016

Michael Isikoff publishes  “U.S. Intel Officials Probe Ties between Trump Adviser and Kremlin,” which stands as a “fingerprint on a hot bullet casing, irrefutable proof placing the FBI at the scene of the crime.” 

“Whether these were indeed the correct identities, it is obvious where Isikoff found his sources: on Glenn Simpson’s Rolodex.”
“Here was a story processed and canned in Fusion GPS’s information factory.

“All Isikoff had to do was add water and shake.

“His sources were all part of a single network conspiring to hoodwink the public.

(Michael Doran: The Real Collusion story)

(Isikoff article shared 60,001 times by June 2nd, 2018)

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September 26th, 2016

Search warrant obtained for Anthony Weiner’s laptop

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September 28th, 2016

Secure Video Teleconference (SVTC)
Sweeney reports that 141,000 clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop were potentially relevant to MYE . SVTC was led by Andrew McCabe, Comey not present

That evening, Sweeney calls McCabe that 347,000 emails now found

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September 28th, 2016

Radio interview: President Obama: “The notion somehow that well, I’m not as inspired because Barack and Michelle are not on the ballot this time, maybe we’ve got to take it easy –- my legacy is on the ballot!”

…… Obama said Trump is “not somebody I want in the Oval Office that my daughters are listening to, and that sons are listening to, and so across the board, you’ve got somebody who appears to only care about himself.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/card/obama-my-legacy-ballot-n656066

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Mid September, 2016

Stefan Halper asked Papadopoulos if he was involved in the release of DNC emails. Papdopoulos denied it, saying that would be treason. Halper grew frustrated, according to sources. Halper was with Azra Turk.

May 2nd, 2019 a leak to the New York Times confirmed that the U.S. Government had sent “Azura Turk” to try to seduce George Papadopoulos https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/us/politics/fbi-government-investigator-trump.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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September
FBI obtained surveillance warrant from FISA court on Carter Page

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September 29th,

“We found that, by no later than September 29, FBI executives and the FBI Midyear team had learned virtually every fact that was cited by the FBI in late October as justification for obtaining the search warrant for the Weiner laptop, including that the laptop contained:

• Over 340,000 emails, some of which were from domains associated with Clinton, including state.gov, clintonfoundation.org, clintonemail.com, and hillaryclinton.com;

• Numerous emails between Clinton and Abedin;

• An unknown number of Blackberry communications on the laptop, including one or more messages between Clinton and Abedin, indicating the possibility that the laptop contained communications from the early months of Clinton’s tenure; and 

• Emails dated beginning in 2007 and covering the entire period of Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. 

(from 2016 Election IG report June 14th, 2018) 

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October 7th, 2016

WAPO releases video/audio of Trump’s lewd comments made with Billy Bush, 2005. 

Mid-October  2016 –

DNI Clapper submits a recommendation to the White House that Director Rogers be removed from the NSA. Clapper’s effort fails.

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October 17th, 2016

Project Veritas exposes Democrats’ plan to incite violence at Trump Rallys

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2016/10/17/exclusive-okeefe-video-sting-exposes-bird-dogging-democrats-effort-to-incite-violence-at-trump-rallies/

October 20, 2016

Third Presidential Debate:

Hillary Clinton; “That’s because he [Putin] would rather have a puppet as president of the United States. ….

We have 17, 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military who have all concluded that these espionage attacks…. come from the highest levels of the Kremlin. And they are designed to influence our election. “

https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/full-transcript-third-2016-presidential-debate-230063

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October 13th, 2016

State Department’s red flag on Steele went to a senior FBI man well before FISA warrant John Solomon ,
[Special Agent Stephen] Laycock [then FBI’s section chief for Eurasian counterintelligence] immediately forwarded the information he received about Steele on Oct. 13, 2016, to the FBI team leading the Trump-Russia investigation, headed by then-fellow Special Agent Peter Strzok.

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/443710-state-departments-red-flag-on-steele-went-to-a-senior-fbi-man-well-before

October 21, 2016 

DOJ & FBI sought and received FISA warrant. The Carter Page FISA application cited extensively a September  23rd, Yahoo News article

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October 24th, 2016

Obama responding to Trump tweet on SNL; “At least i will go down AS. a. President” (drops iPhone, audience cheers)

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October 28th, 

Comey announces the reopening of the Clinton Email investigation

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October 31st, 2016

Corn and Steele Skype interview.
David Corn of Mother Jones reported that ““a former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence” told him “that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on …. Russian sources, contending that the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump — and that the FBI requested more information from him.” (from Micheal Doran: “the real Collusion Story”

Steele’s interview with Corn caused the firing of Steele by the FBI.

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November 3rd, 2016,

Stefan Halper explains to Sputnik news that Clinton will be better for US-UK relations. 

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201611031047032702-clinton-us-uk-cooperation/

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November 9th, 2016

Clinton loses, Trump Wins

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“Shortly after election”, 2016

FBI begins interviewing Associate Deputy Attorney General  Bruce Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele. In September 2016 Steele said he was “desperate that Donald Trump not be elected and passionate about him not being President. 

Ohr was a Senior DOJ official who worked closely, with Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who’s office was down the hall. 

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November 17th Thursday, 2016

Mike Rodgers visits Trump without authorization from James Clapper. Was he telling Trump he was being surveilled? 

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November 18th, Friday, 2016

Trump abruptly moves operations from trump tower to his golf resort. 

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/17/donald-trump-moves-transition-meetings-private-gol/

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November 17, 2016

Obama Tells Trump Protesters To Speak Up

https://video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=5214555667001&w=466&h=263<noscript>Watch the latest video at <a href="https://www.foxnews.com">foxnews.com</a></noscript>

“Protests over the election of Donald Trump have erupted in cities across the nation and President Barack Obama said he won’t discourage the protesters.

“I’ve been the subject of protests during the course of my eight years,” Obama said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Politico. “And I suspect that there’s not a president in our history that hasn’t been subject to these protests. So, I would not advise people who feel strongly or who are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn’t advise them to be silent.”

https://www.opposingviews.com/politics/obama-tells-trump-protesters-speak

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November 18

John McCain and David Kramer are told about dossier by an associate of Steele. 

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November 22, 2016

Viva le resistance

FBI Attorney 1FBI Attorney 2

FBI Attorney 2 sent an instant message to 

FBI Attorney 1  commenting on the amount of money the subject of an FBI investigation had been paid while working on the Trump campaign. 

FBI Attorney 1  responded, “Is it making you rethink your commitment to the Trump administration?” 

FBI Attorney 2 replied, “Hell no.” and then added, “Viva le resistance.” 

FBI Attorney 1 responded that Trump was “going to eliminate all of our pensions in order to pay for people like” the person discussed in the instant message exchange, and 

FBI Attorney 1 and FBI Attorney 2 then began a discussion of federal pension and retirement issues.

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December 12, 2016

Evelyn Farkas writes for Politico

“My time as the Pentagon’s Russia-watcher suggests we need much more disclosure, and soon. ….
“We know from the most senior intelligence officials that the Russian government hacks and transfer of information to WikiLeaks were conducted at a minimum to cause Americans to lose faith in their political process, and at a maximum to increase the odds that Trump could win the election. ….

…. it is not at all far-fetched to ask whether Trump is indeed the “puppet” Secretary Clinton mockingly named him in the second [actually third] presidential debate. Is he financially and politically beholden to Russians close to the government and to the Kremlin itself? ….
Today, we already have enough clues and too much undisclosed information to warrant worry about the puppet scenario. There are signs the Trump campaign was involved in coordinating this release of hacked information—then-adviser
Carter Page’s trips and meetings in Moscow, and Russian statements that they were in touch with the campaign. And of course, Trump publicly called on the Russian government to continue hacking Hillary Clinton’s computers during a televised campaign appearance. His campaign dismissed it as a joke; it’s not clear everyone did. 

If the answers yield further evidence that the president-elect is indebted to the Russian government or individuals with Kremlin ties, the intelligence community and policy officials should also begin disclosing what they know about whether Trump’s associates have been in contact with Russian officials, and what they’ve been discussing.

There are U.S. government officials who know the answers to these questions; the most powerful among them, with the ability to declassify intelligence, will leave when power is transferred to Trump. 

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/trump-russia-intelligence-need-to-know-214520

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2017 

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January 3rd, 2017

Loretta Lynch signs off on new NSA rules

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January 5th, 2017

Obama-Comey meeting in White House. 

Susan Rice documented meeting by emailing  to herself January 20th, 15 minutes before inauguration. 

Susan Rice wrote: 

“On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.

President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities “by the book”. 

The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. 

He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.

From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.

[Redacted section]

The President [OBAMA] asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.”

(it is important to understand the history of National Security vs. Law Enforcement. This does not necessarily constitute a “CYA” email as many report)


Comey:

James Comey: James Clapper Briefed Barack Obama on ‘Pee Tape’ Dossier After Donald Trump Election

Former FBI director James Comey reveals in his book that then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper led an intelligence briefing with President Barack Obama about the unverified Michael Steele dossier.

Comey told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos that Clapper presented the Steele dossier to Obama as “sufficiently reliable” coming from “a reliable source.”

The briefing took place on January 5th in the Oval Office, before Trump was ingratiated and included Obama and his national security team as well as Vice President Joe Biden.

“It was sufficiently reliable that we thought it oughta be part of the entire report,” Comey said about the dossier.

When Clapper told Obama about the unverified sexual accusations against Trump, Obama expressed wariness about briefing the president-elect about that information.

Comey told the Obama team that he would be the one briefing Trump about the information privately and detailed President Obama’s reaction:

He didn’t say a word. President Obama has a great poker face. But he simply turned– so if I’m President Obama, he turned slightly to his left, looked at me, and went like this– and looked back at Director Clapper. So kind of gave me a– Groucho Marx is how I thought of it, double eyebrow raise. Didn’t say a word, but communicated to me at least– and I could be misreading it, ’cause I don’t know President Obama’s eyebrow raises, that sort of– sympathy and concern. Like, “Good luck with that.” And– and that was it.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/16/james-comey-james-clapper-briefed-barack-obama-on-pee-tape-dossier-after-donald-trump-election/

What Comey Withheld:

https://nypost.com/2018/06/02/james-comey-isnt-above-the-law/

What Joe Biden said about January 5th, 2017

In an interview, Biden said neither he nor Obama asked U.S. intelligence agencies to try to corroborate the unverified claims that Russia had obtained compromising sexual and financial allegations about Trump.

“I think it’s something that obviously the agency thinks they have to track down,” Biden said. He added later, “It surprised me in that it made it to the point where the agency, the FBI thought they had to pursue it.”

Biden said that in the briefing he and Obama received from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and others, there were “no conclusions drawn” from the uncorroborated dossier, which was produced in August and then released publicly this week by the media. Biden said it was “totally ancillary” to the purpose of the meeting, which was to brief Obama on a report he ordered documenting Russian interference in the U.S. campaign.

“As a matter of fact, the president was like, ’What does this have anything to do with anything?’” Biden said. He said intelligence leaders responded by saying “Well, we feel obliged to tell you, Mr. President, because you may hear about it. We’re going to tell him,” referring to Trump.

Biden said intelligence leaders told him and Obama that they couldn’t say whether or not the allegations were true or untrue. He said there was “hardly any discussion” about the allegations in the briefing.

“Neither the president nor I asked for any detail,” Biden said. But he added of the dossier: “I’ve read everything.”

https://apnews.com/152579d488a740b2a8d39fbe2f34506d/biden-intel-officials-told-us-trump-allegations-might-leak

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January 6th, 2017

Comey briefs Trump on Dossier

Note what he does not tell Trump (see article)

https://nypost.com/2018/06/02/james-comey-isnt-above-the-law/

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January 6th, 2017

Clapper leaks details of Dossier to CNN’s Jake Tapper (?)

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January 10th, 2017

Dossier is reported by CNN

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January 10th, 2017

Buzzfeed releases Steele Dossier in full at 5:20 PM

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January 11th, 2017

WSJ identifies Steele as author of Dossier

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January 12th, 2017

Biden told the associated press
… “As a matter of fact, the president was like, ‘What does this have anything to do with anything?'” Biden said, according to the Associated Press.

Intelligence officials responded, Biden said, by saying they felt “obliged” to tell Obama because he “may hear about it” through leaks. Biden said the officials told him and the president that they were going to tell Trump, too.

http://www.businessinsider.com/biden-says-he-and-obama-were-briefed-on-trump-russia-dossier-2017-1

A clear intent to separate the dossier (unreleased at broadcast time) from the Russian hacking intelligence report

https://www.cnn.com/2017/01/12/politics/joe-biden-donald-trump-intelligence-report/index.html

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January 17th, 2017 

Forbes magazine: The Steele Dossier is a Fake and here are the reasons why
https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2017/01/13/the-trump-dossier-is-false-news-and-heres-why/#6d829ead6867

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January 19th, 2017 

Carter Page surveillance warrant renewed

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January 20th, 2017

15 minutes before inauguration, 

Susan Rice emails herself regarding the January 5th Obama, Comey, Biden meeting

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January 20th, 2017

Inauguration Day

Violent ‘protestors’ cause havok:

USA TODAY:
217 arrests, 6 officer injuries during inauguration protests
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/20/day-protests-arrests-expected-trump-becomes-president/96788208/

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January 21st, 2017

Women’s March on Washington

Madonna: “I’ve thought a lot about blowing up the White House”

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January 27th, 2017

FBI interviews Papadopoulos 

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January 30th, 2017

Former President Barack Obama spoke out through a spokesman praising protesters opposed to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis released a statement saying that the former president was “heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316909-obama-heartened-by-protests-spokesman-says

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Wednesday February 1st 2017

Milo Yiannopoous speech canceled at UC Berkeley due to riots

Arrests made in ‘DisruptJ20’ plan of Anarchists to release butyric acid at January 19th “DeploraBall”

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/02/15/two-more-anarchists-arrested-in-disruptj20-plot/

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-statement-trump-immigration-order-muslim-ban-2017-1

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March 2nd 2017

Evelyn Farkas “If they found out how we knew what we knew… the leaking

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March 3rd, 2017

Devin Nunes informs POTUS he believes Trump was illegally surveilled and unmasked. 

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March 4th, 2017

Trump tweets
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

March 22nd, 2017

Susan Rice on PBS “I know nothing about this”

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April 4th, 2017

Susan Rice on MSNBC “I leaked nothing to nobody. Never have and never would.”

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April 25th, 2017

Christopher Steele admits in a British Court the source of DNC hacking was unverified.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/25/christopher-steele-admits-dossier-charge-unverifie/

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May 9th, 2017

James Comey is fired by Trump

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May 17th, 2017

Robert Mueller is appointed (by Rod Rosenstein) as Special counsel to oversee FBI investigation of 2016 Presidential election & related matters

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May 18th, 2017

(revealed from IG report June 14th, 2018)

Peter Stryzok text to Lisa Page:

Who gives ……….? one more A[ssistant] D[irector]…[versus] [a]n investigation leading to impeachment?”

Peter Stryzok text to Lisa Page: “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate [to join Mueller team] in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there”

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May 23rd, 2017

Records related to Susan Rice unmasking, surveillance sealed in Barack Obama Presidential library for 5 years. 
CORRECTION: June 20th, 2017:
They are closed to the public, but not Congress or the President, or law enforcement who can then make them public.
https://bigleaguepolitics.com/confirmed-trump-can-get-unmasking-records-obama-library/

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May 23rd, 2017

John Brennan testifies before Congress

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June 7th, 2017

James Comey testifies before Congress

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June 23, 2017

“Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault” WAPO

“Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.”

By Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous    June 23, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/?utm_term=.69e64f46fc8c

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July 27th, 2017

Papadopoulos is arrested at Dulles. 

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/04/george-papadopoulos-arrest-fbi-277760

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October 10th, 2017

Fusion GPS asks court to stop lawmakers from seeing financial records

http://www.cnn.com/2017&#8230;

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October 24th, 2017

Washington Post reports for the first time, that the Dossier was funded by the DNC/ Hillary campaign through a law firm to Fusion GPS

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December 12 2017

Page/Strzok texts published

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November 8th, 2017

Audio released of George Papadopoulos’ arraignment

Inside secret court hearing in Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe
Audio reveals details of George Papadopoulos’ July arraignment in closed Virginia courtroom.
By JOSH GERSTEIN11/08/2017
05:23 AM EST
https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/08/secret-hearing-mueller-trump-probe-244653

December 2017

McCabe testifies before committee that no surveillance warrant on Carter Page would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information

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Decembe 23rd, 2017
Andrew McCarthy, National Review

“Was the Steele Dossier the FBI’s ‘Insurance Policy’?
“We do not have public confirmation that the dossier was, in fact, used by the bureau and the Justice Department to obtain the FISA warrant.” 

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December 2017

New York Times publishes story of Alexander Downer and Papadopoulos

screenshot of NY Times article

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2018  

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January 2nd, 2018

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that ‘there is now annoyance and frustration in Canberra” that Downer was outed, and that Australian Ambassador to the U.S. Joe Hockey “steered Australia’s dealings with the FBI”
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/joe-hockey-discussed-downers-russia-revelations-with-fbi-20180101-h0c58c.html

January 18th, 2018

FISA Abuses Memo to HPSCI Majority Members 

 to Nunes  declassified by Trump Feb 2nd

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February 2nd, 2018

FISA Abuses Memo to HPSCI Majority Members 
declassified by order of the president

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February 2nd, 2018

House Memo states disputed dossier was key to FBI’s FISA warrant to surveil members of Team Trump. 

Fox News

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February 4th, 2018

John Brennan on “Meet the Press”

JOHN BRENNAN:

“Well, it was not a very well-kept secret among press circles for several months before it came out. And it was in late summer of 2016 when there were some individuals from the various U.S. news outlets who asked me about my familiarity with it. And I had heard just snippets about it. I did not know what was in there. I did not see it unit [sic] later in that year. I think it was in December. But I was unaware of the providence of it as well as what was in it. And it did not play any role whatsoever in the intelligence community assessments that was done that was presented to then President Obama and then President-elect Trump.”

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March 13th, 2018

National Review publishes
“The Real Collusion story” by Michael Doran
shared 68,778 times by June 2nd, 2018

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/russia-collusion-real-story-hillary-clinton-dnc-fbi-media/

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April 27th 2018

Page/ Stryzok texts from Dec 2016 to May 2017 released

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May 16th, 2018

New York Times publishes “Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation” without naming Halper. Within days, other media outlets put puzzle pieces together, naming Stefan Halper as the informant. 

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“9/26/2016 to 3/29/2018”

Stefan Halper DOD payment of $411,575

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https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/stefan-halper-is-obviously-a-bigger-scandal-than-the-media-want-to-admit?_amp=true

COMMENTARY: Obama vendetta against Donald Trump is now revealed

9/26/2016 to 3/29/2018

Stefan Halper DOD payments $411,575

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May 13th, 2019

Attorney General Barr assigns the Atty John Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia Probe.

James’ Execution: Too Close to Home

Jesus’ mother, Mary, was cared for by John. When John’s brother, James, was executed by Herod, this must have sent a chill through the early Christian community.

I speculate that when James the brother of John was executed by Herod, this was an alarm signal to the Apostles. Usually our attention goes right on to Peter who was next. We know that he miraculously escaped, but what I wish to draw our attention to is this:

James was the brother of John.

John was the one to whom Jesus had entrusted the care of his mother, Mary.

Therefore John was a highly esteemed pillar, one whose identity and whereabouts had to be kept under close guard. He was too valuable a witness, as was Mary, to write to, or write about in the early history of the church. Certainly Luke did write about him, along with Peter, in the context of the earliest years. But after chapter 12 of Acts, he, along with Peter, go practically unmentioned until long after the deaths of Paul and Peter.

 

Peter: The Black Hole

Peter’s enormous influence, conspicuous absence, and deliberate concealment in the New Testament likens him to a black hole: When an important figure like Silas got near, he too was blacked out, impossible to locate, made invisible by Luke and Paul.

A Black Hole is “a celestial object that has a gravitational field so strong that light cannot escape it and that is believed to be created especially in the collapse of a very massive star.” (Merriam Webster)

According to my simplified definition, it is something so massive that its gravitational pull lets no light escape. It is there, but it cannot be seen. To the naked eye, it looks like nothing is there. But the absence is conspicuous. Anything around it disappears.

Sometime between September 2016 and July 2017 I began to map out every minor name in the New Testament, from Epaphras to Sosthenes. I wanted to know where every person was at what time. Who was with who?

I put it all into a spreadsheet. Then I started to map out the major names like Peter, & John.

I quickly noticed something of grand importance. Peter! Where did he go? Why does Paul not mention him by name except for his Aramaic title ‘Cephas’ and ‘Peter’ twice in Galatians?

It is like he just… disappears.

He wrote two books, yes?

Indeed I’m not the only one to notice this. Paul will go on to mention every associate he thinks necessary, but he WILL NOT use Peter’s name.

What’s the deal?

It is in fact a very big deal, and one that we should pay very careful attention to.

Peter became a fugitive in 42 A.D.

You’ll also notice that Silas, one of Paul’s traveling companions, also disappears.

Then Silas shows up…. as… guess who! Peter’s scribe. When Acts was written it was imperative that Peter’s role in Paul’s life be explained, but then his location… which included Rome at various times, had to be concealed, especially his involvement in Rome.

This is why I call Peter a ‘Black Hole’. He’s there with an enormous influence, but he cannot be seen. And when a star like Silas comes close, (Silas) he too–at least in Acts and Paul’s writing–disappears from view.