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Declassified Email Reveals Obama-Comey Conversation About Flynn

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"proceed 'by the book'" yet Comey did everything but....


CROSSFIRE HURRICANE
Declassified Email Reveals Obama-Comey Conversation About Flynn
BY IVAN PENTCHOUKOV

May 19, 2020
Updated: May 19, 2020

Then-FBI Director James Comey and President Barack Obama discussed intercepted calls between incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador during a meeting at the White House on Jan. 5, 2017, according to a newly declassified email written by one of the meeting’s attendants, national security adviser Susan Rice.

Rice’s email had previously been released, but a portion pertaining to the conversation about Flynn remained redacted until May 19. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence approved the declassification after a request by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

The previously public portions of the email, which Rice sent to herself after the meeting, showed that Obama advised the senior officials present about being “mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it pertains to Russia.”

The newly declassified portion of the email shows that Comey responded to that instruction by pointing out that he is concerned about the frequency of communications between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.


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“From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian ambassador Kislyak. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information. President Obama asked if Comey is saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn. Comey replied ‘potentially.’ He added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that ‘the level of communication is unusual,'” Rice wrote.

The apparent effort to limit what can be shared with the incoming administration suggests that the Obama administration may have sought to conceal the existence of the investigation into the Trump campaign from the incoming Trump cabinet. The effort is potentially problematic because Trump was not under investigation at the time and the FBI was ready to close Flynn’s case the day prior to the meeting before the bureau’s upper echelon intervened to keep it open.

Then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told then-special counsel Robert Mueller that she first learned about the Flynn-Kislyak calls from Obama himself during the same meeting at the White House on Jan. 5. Yates, who was Comey’s superior at the time, was so surprised by what she was hearing, she said she had trouble processing it “and listening to the conversation at the same time.”

The Justice Department released the special counsel interview of Yates alongside a batch of documents as part of its motion to dismiss the charges against Flynn. The documents substantially validate the theory that Flynn was set up by the FBI.

The judge in Flynn’s case did not rule on the motion to dismiss the charges and instead appointed a third-party to argue the case against dismissal.


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Nothing to see here, just move along. Just some "routine" national security nonsense.
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KT McFarland: “Susan Rice Knew They Had Done Something Very Wrong”…

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/05/20/kt-mcfarland-susan-rice-knew-they-had-done-something-very-wrong/
 

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https://twitter.com/GillianHTurner/status/1263154635214372864

BREAKING: @AmbassadorRice’s team confirms to #FoxNews that she was directed by White House Counsel to write the Jan 20, 2017 memorandum documenting an Oval Office meeting in which President Obama & National Security officials discussed MichaelFlynn.
 

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"proceed 'by the book'" yet Comey did everything but....


CROSSFIRE HURRICANE
Declassified Email Reveals Obama-Comey Conversation About Flynn
BY IVAN PENTCHOUKOV

May 19, 2020
Updated: May 19, 2020

Then-FBI Director James Comey and President Barack Obama discussed intercepted calls between incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador during a meeting at the White House on Jan. 5, 2017, according to a newly declassified email written by one of the meeting’s attendants, national security adviser Susan Rice.

Rice’s email had previously been released, but a portion pertaining to the conversation about Flynn remained redacted until May 19. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence approved the declassification after a request by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

The previously public portions of the email, which Rice sent to herself after the meeting, showed that Obama advised the senior officials present about being “mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it pertains to Russia.”

The newly declassified portion of the email shows that Comey responded to that instruction by pointing out that he is concerned about the frequency of communications between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.


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“From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian ambassador Kislyak. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information. President Obama asked if Comey is saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn. Comey replied ‘potentially.’ He added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that ‘the level of communication is unusual,'” Rice wrote.

The apparent effort to limit what can be shared with the incoming administration suggests that the Obama administration may have sought to conceal the existence of the investigation into the Trump campaign from the incoming Trump cabinet. The effort is potentially problematic because Trump was not under investigation at the time and the FBI was ready to close Flynn’s case the day prior to the meeting before the bureau’s upper echelon intervened to keep it open.

Then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told then-special counsel Robert Mueller that she first learned about the Flynn-Kislyak calls from Obama himself during the same meeting at the White House on Jan. 5. Yates, who was Comey’s superior at the time, was so surprised by what she was hearing, she said she had trouble processing it “and listening to the conversation at the same time.”

The Justice Department released the special counsel interview of Yates alongside a batch of documents as part of its motion to dismiss the charges against Flynn. The documents substantially validate the theory that Flynn was set up by the FBI.

The judge in Flynn’s case did not rule on the motion to dismiss the charges and instead appointed a third-party to argue the case against dismissal.


Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov
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Bongino painted this email to herself as an attempt to throw Comey under the bus. Rice and Flynn both (after Trump's election) received a letter from UK Intelligence agencies basically discrediting Steele...which then made to Obama admin realize the gig was up....they were going to be outed at some point. Enter FISA...enter Mueller....enter Weissman et al.
 

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Barry and Suzy Q have a lot of 'splaining to do.
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FBI Offered To Pay Christopher Steele ‘Significantly’ To Dig Up Dirt On Michael Flynn

Former British spy Christopher Steele peddled an unfounded rumor in December 2016 that Michael Flynn had an extramarital affair with a Russian woman, according to documents released earlier in May.
Months before Steele discussed Flynn, the FBI offered to pay the ex-spy to collect intelligence on Flynn and other Trump associates who were the targets of a counterintelligence investigation.
An FBI source provided information about Flynn that matches what Steele provided the bureau, an FBI memo from early 2017 also said.
Rumors about Flynn and a Russian-British woman, Svetlana Lokhova, began circulating in the media in March 2017.

An FBI offer to pay former British spy Christopher Steele to collect intelligence on Michael Flynn in the weeks before the 2016 election has been one of the more overlooked revelations in a Justice Department inspector general’s report released in December.

The reference to the FBI proposal, which was made in an Oct. 3, 2016, meeting in an unidentified European city, has received virtually no press attention. But it might have new significance following the recent release of government documents that show that Steele peddled an unfounded rumor that Flynn had an extramarital affair with a Russian woman in the United Kingdom.

It is not clear how and when Steele came across the rumor, or if it was the result of the FBI asking him to look into Flynn.

The inspector general’s report, released on Dec. 9, 2019, said that FBI agents offered to pay Steele “significantly” to collect intelligence from three separate “buckets” that the bureau was pursuing as part of Crossfire Hurricane, its counterintelligence probe of four Trump campaign associates.

One bucket was “Additional intelligence/reporting on specific, named individuals (such as [Carter Page] or [Flynn]) involved in facilitating the Trump campaign-Russian relationship,” the IG report stated.

FBI agents also sought contact with “any individuals or sub sources” who Steele could provide to “serve as cooperating witnesses to assist in identifying persons involved in the Trump campaign-Russian relationship.”

Steele at the time had provided the FBI with reports he compiled alleging that members of the Trump campaign had conspired with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

An FBI agent provided Steele with a “general overview” of the ongoing Crossfire Hurricane probe, according to the IG report. The agent told Steele about the actions of George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign aide, and said the FBI had undertaken a “small analytical effort” that centered on Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Flynn.

Some FBI agents who attended the meeting questioned whether the lead agent had disclosed too much to Steele about Crossfire Hurricane, according to the IG report.

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https://dailycaller.com/2020/05/20/christopher-steele-michael-flynn-svetlana-lokhova-cambridge/
 

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Barry and Suzy Q have a lot of 'splaining to do.
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Until I actually see them be held accountable I'm not going to hold my breath
 

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https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattv...b8ed771742fc4676ff8839fad1bc4c&recip=23180774
So, Is That How the Special Counsel Office Avoided Turning Over the FBI’s 302 Report to Michael Flynn's Lawyers?
Sleaze. That’s is one word that describes the actions of the Obama Department of Justice during the 2016 election. Actually, that word could still describe the actions of the DOJ throughout the entirety of Obama’s presidency. The other words—corrupt, misconduct, overreach, malicious—they all apply as well, especially during the 2016 election. The Trump dossier, a debunked Democrat-funded opposition research file that sparked the Trump-Russia collusion myth, has been cited to secure FISA spy warrants against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign official, used to establish a spy operation against the campaign itself, called Crossfire Hurricane, and targeted Michael Flynn, the man who briefly served as President Trump’s national security adviser. It was all lies. There was no evidence, certainly nothing that could be used to target Flynn legitimately. This was an FBI run amok, with James Comey and other top officials determined to scalp Flynn at all costs, even with no evidence. They used phone calls he had with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak as a reason to interview him. There could be a Logan Act violation, which is laughable. It was a typical call these security officials make, especially those from a new and incoming administration. Also, no one in the legal world takes Logan Act violations seriously. No one has ever been charged with this act.


Still, Comey wanted Flynn. FBI agents interviewed him, and they felt he didn’t lie to them. Wait—didn’t Flynn plead guilty to “lying to the FBI”? Yes, they were bogus charges that the DOJ under William Barr is seeking to dismiss after new documents exposed the long history of malicious prosecution and overreach regarding Flynn. The former general pleaded guilty when the Special Counsel Office (SCO) who had backtracked to the Flynn portion of the investigation which has since wrapped, decided to pressure him and his family.

There were reported threats of financial ruin, and all of this was leaked to the press to really put the thumbscrews on Flynn. Also, Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, had his own attorney testify against him, compelled by a judge to do so after someone at the SCO reportedly leaked to the media that Manafort was under a FISA warrant in a sneaky attempt to try and shred attorney-client privilege. The target of this move was to see if anything relating to Trump and the Kremlin surfaced. It didn’t, but this is the type of brutal lawfare that was being waged and Flynn’s original legal team, who stressed his innocence, apparently had no stomach for it. Flynn pleaded guilty to the politically motivated charges.

This case has no prosecutor. He resigned and all parties have not opposed the DOJ motion. Yet, Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is presiding over this case, is appointing a retired judge, John Gleeson, to fight the DOJ and see if perjury charges could be attached, given Flynn’s guilty plea. It’s absurd but predictable. This case totally collapsed, but Sullivan had already gone on record to call Flynn a traitor. He was in a position of looking ridiculous, so he’s prolonging the legal agony here. Yet, what happened to the original FBI report on the Flynn interview?

The interview would have been part of a 302 report, which has to be filed five days after speaking with those who are part of a federal investigation. It took three weeks for Flynn’s 302 to be filed, where the report was edited by those who weren’t even there, a major departure in department policy. Flynn’s legal team wanted it. The SCO refused and for good reason. This so-called case was probably over before it began because the 302 would have included citation that the agents present felt that Flynn didn’t lie, gutting the entire plot against him. To deploy countermeasures and prevent evidence of Flynn’s innocence to be exposed, the SCO leaked the legal threats against Flynn’s son, who works with his father in lobbying efforts and was on the campaign trail with him. Keep this up and your family will be locked up. Undercover Huber, who elaborated in-depth on the Manafort case mentioned above, did a lengthy Twitter thread about the FBI’s 302 on Flynn and why those who wanted to get Flynn and damage the Trump administration would want to keep this buried forever:

Wed Nov 1, 2017: Flynn’s original lawyers Covington ask for a copy of his FD-302: “We don’t think he has committed a felony offense”
Fri Nov 3, 2017: Covington ask for the FD-302 AGAIN: “We don’t think there’s a FARA violation. We don’t think he made false statements”
The Special Counsel refused to turn over Flynn’s original FD-302 both those times. Instead, they schedule a follow up conference call with
Covington for the following week and subtly threaten Covington that they might be a fact witness against Flynn for preparing his FARA filings
Flynn hasnt pled guilty to anything at this point. His lawyers are adamant he’s *innocent*. And the SCO won’t even turn over the edited FD-302, never mind the original one, for them to look at
The SCO claimed they couldn’t turn over the FD-302 because it would “reveal” parts of their overall Russia interference investigation. But even the edited version of the Jan 24, 2017 interview shows Flynn wasn’t asked about Russian interference or anything remotely like Collusion
And we now know that the FBI itself wanted to close its Crossfire Razor investigation of Flynn for potential links to Russian interference long before that Jan 24, 2017 interview
And that investigation of Flynn should never have been opened in the first place, given its laughably weak predicate lacking any articulable factual basis for believing he could have been colluding or conspiring with Russia
We also now know that the Dec 29 Flynn-Kislyak call changed nothing with regards to any Collusion. And the FBI never opened a Logan Act criminal probe (which would also have been ridiculous)
And in the Mueller report, the SCO itself admits Flynn merely asked Russia not to “escalate” in response to Obama’s sanctions or only respond “reciprocally”. There’s nothing wrong with that. What should he have said, go ahead nuclear armed Russia, please escalate?
So the SCO wouldn’t be “revealing” anything legitimate about its Russian interference investigation by turning over Flynn’s FD-302 - any of them, even the heavily edited versions filed weeks after the interview
Of course, what turning over the 302 would have really revealed is likely a document stating that the agents didn’t believe Flynn was lying, and metadata proving that it went through weeks of editing and polishing in violation of FBI policies
If even Covington (never mind Sidney Powell) got their hands on any version of the 302, given their adamant position that Flynn was “innocent”, Flynn almost certainly would have fought the charges vigorously
And if the SCO tried to indict Flynn anyway, that would have meant discovery, pre-trial depositions etc. Given what we now know 2.5 years later, that would have blown a gaping hole in the SCO’s case
So back to Fri Nov 3, 2017. The SCO has been asked for the 302, twice.
White shoe Covington say their guy is “innocent” of all charges. How do the SCO change the dynamic? They leak to the press that they’re going to charge his son with a felony unless he gives in and plead guilty
Sun Nov 5, 2017: “Three sources” close to the Flynn investigation leak this to NBC news…
By the time Covington follow up with the SCO after this weekend of light reading of veiled threats for the Flynn family, they’ve already agreed to bring Flynn in for a “proffer” - a prelude to pleading guilty to the false statements offense
This is despite Covington circulating in internal memos at the time talking points that “We are firmly of the view that he did not commit any felony offenses. There are no circumstances under which he would plea to a felony offense”
Remember: Covington - not Sidney Powell - are on record here REPEATEDLY saying their guy is *innocent*. They are “firmly” of this belief. And they’ve been representing him for months. This isn’t something they dreamed up after 5 minutes talking to the General
The SCO turned over zero documents to Covington that would make them change their assessment of Flynn’s innocence. In fact, had the SCO turned *anything* over, it would have strengthened the view that Flynn could mount a strong defense against any false statement charge
Examples:
—Comey’s testimony that both agents didn’t think Flynn lied
—302 - likely says the same thing
—Closing EC for “Razor”, showing the FBI wanted to close its own case
—Kislyak transcript
—That no Logan Act EC existed opening a new case
—Strzok/Page texts showing bias
Any or all of those would blow a hole in *both* mandatory elements of the 1001 false statements charge - that any lie was “knowing” and “willful” (Flynn lied, deliberately) and “material” - i.e. could influence a genuine predicated FBI investigation​
Sidney Powell is part of Flynn’s new and aggressive legal team, who said in October that new documents would show an FBI entrapment plot. Well, that day arrived for sure. Flynn has fought to withdraw his guilty plea since the beginning of this year. Right now, his legal team has filed a new writ of mandamus to get this case tossed, the judge removed, and the amicus brief motion dismissed as well. Yeah, I forgot to mention that Sullivan decided he was going to allow every anti-Trump legal team in the world to file amicus briefs. The good news is that the DC Court of Appeals had every right to dismiss the writ outright, no questions asked. Instead, they’ve ordered Sullivan to respond to Powell’s writ personally and defend his actions regarding this case. Legal observers noted this is a huge development and a sign that Flynn’s legal team already passed a huge hurdle. Not only that, but the DC Court gave this judge the most serious method regarding a response. It’s quite clear that the DC Court of Appeals is disturbed by Sullivan’s actions. We’ll circle back to that in a few days. It seems that at least part of the writ might be granted and bring Flynn closer to putting this nightmare behind him.
 

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New #ObamaGate Revelations That Implicate Obama, Biden

“You have conspiracy, conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to misuse classified information, misuse of classified information,” Tom Fitton states in last week’s Weekly Update on the Obamagate scandal.

With “new evidence that Barack Obama and Joe Biden were intimately involved in the targeting of then-President elect Trump,” the Attorney General’s position that “there’s no evidence of a crime” – is an “odd position to take” Fitton affirms. In fact, “there’s definitely evidence for which both Obama and Biden should be targeted for criminal investigations.” according to Fitton. While AG Barr has “suggested that investigations during election years are inappropriate” – “that doesn’t mean that candidates for office get a “get out of jail free” card during election election years.” “What does that tell Joe Biden?”

While the DOJ seems to be brushing potentially incriminating evidence aside, Fitton questions, “are they even going to ask Barack Obama , Joe Biden, or Susan Rice a question about it?” Despite it “being too late to do anything,” in AG Barr’s words, newly released documents suggest “Obama and Biden were co-conspirators in attempting to take down the incoming President.”

With RussiaGate as the central narrative in the Obama Administration’s attack on Trump, newly obtained records by Judicial Watch reveal how then-FBI director James Comey and Obama discussed “denying the incoming POTUS intelligence information related to Russia” – while accusing Flynn of “sharing classified information with the Russians” despite admitting that his phone transcripts with the Russian Ambassador “did not contain classified information” – “implicitly admitting that he did nothing wrong, that he never lied,” Fitton continues.

While conspiring to withhold key intelligence information from the Trump White House, “Obama and his FBI Director basically smeared Flynn… talking about potentially seditiously undermining the POTUS by refusing to provide Intel to his top deputy on National Security matters, Gen. Flynn.” “Here you have Obama at the scene of the crime,” Fitton concludes.

There were “two issues that popped up” in the January 2017 Oval Office meetings with top Obama Administration officials., #ObamaGate. “There were the Flynn conversations, which they all acknowledged weren’t improper, they had the dossier conversation, again salacious and unverified – they all knew that wasn’t true.” Contrary to the AG’s statement that there’s “nothing to investigate” – “I think this is information that at least something needs to be investigated, don’t you?” “

https://www.judicialwatch.org/deep-dive/implicate-obamas-biden/
 

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during the transition it was publicized that obama, unlike his predecessors, was staying in dc after being dethroned. people were wondering why.

now we know. carrying out orders from it's handlers -- trying to sabotage + cover up their deeds (since 'her turn' didnt work out)