Your Taxes Paid Thousands Of Government Staff Covid Unemployment While They Worked From Home

While millions of jobless Americans struggled to make ends meet during devastating government-mandated lockdowns, thousands of federal employees double-dipped from taxpayer-funded pandemic unemployment funds while mostly working from home.

Despite staying on taxpayers’ payroll during the height of the pandemic panic, greedy bureaucrats in the Internal Revenue Service, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Postal Service, Amtrak, and the Secret Service defrauded taxpayers out of millions more dollars under the guise of Covid unemployment fund and wage assistance programs.

In the Department of Homeland Security alone, nearly 2,000 ineligible or potentially ineligible employees received lost wage assistance designated for unemployed Americans, a 2022 DHSIG report found.

Thanks to rushed and lax standards, whereby “claimants only needed to self-certify they met eligibility requirements when they filed for [pandemic unemployment assistance] benefits,” more than $8.8 million in taxpayer funds were funneled to 638 DHS employees unlawfully. FEMA’s state workforce agencies also paid out $1.2 million in “lost wages assistance” to 935 DHS workers who were “fully employed.” At least 366 of those ineligible DHS officials were actually paid overtime during the period they were approved, receiving up to hundreds of dollars per week on top of normal unemployment benefits.

The illegal grift by federal “fraudsters” earned the attention of Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and her January “make ‘em squeal” award, a monthly effort led by Ernst to expose government corruption and “make Washington more competent and less wasteful.”

“Thousands of active federal employees may have falsely claimed that they lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, in order to be paid twice by taxpayers: Once for being employed and then again for pretending to be unemployed,” Ernst explained in her squeal award announcement.

The Department of Justice has already charged several federal employees in other agencies with fraud, but the prolific behavior could earn more taxpayer-paid public staff the scrutiny of the top government watchdog, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, whom Ernst recently urged to “identify how many federal employees applied for and received pandemic unemployment and lost wages assistance for which they were not eligible.”

She also called on the chief IG to recover the funds and fire those “who abused the public trust.”

“It is appalling for anyone fortunate enough to have the reliability of a government paycheck to take advantage of financial assistance intended to provide a lifeline to Americans who lost their jobs or were unable to work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ernst wrote.

Sen. Joni Ernst Letter To I… by The Federalist

Already, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), an oversight committee within the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, determined that “tens of thousands” of federal employees applied for and received Small Business Administration loans even though their status as government-employed disqualified them from taking the handout.

Ernst, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, noted in her letter that the PRAC’s investigation into loans is ongoing and could yield even more deception and taxpayer money wasted by government workers.

Federal employees weren’t the only ones who wrongfully raked in millions of pandemic dollars. Hundreds of state and local government staff in GeorgiaIndiana, and Louisiana also defrauded taxpayers.

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.


Inspector General Finds Damning ‘Widespread’ FISA Failure After FBI Director Dismissed Concerns

Inspector General Finds Damning ‘Widespread’ FISA Failure After FBI Director Dismissed Concerns

Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a damning report on Thursday chastising the Federal Bureau of Investigation for “widespread” violations in the intelligence agency’s applications for searches and surveillance filed through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

“The FBI’s Woods Procedures are designed to ensure FISA applications are ‘scrupulously accurate’ and require agents to document support for all factual assertions contained in them. However, our audit found numerous instances where this did not occur,” the Justice Department report states.

In the newly released audit, Horowitz detailed how “the FBI was not meeting the expectations of its own protocols” by failing to comply with the Woods Procedures. Of the 29 FISA applications from 2015-2019 that were reviewed, the inspector general and his team found more than 400 “instances of non-compliance with the Woods Procedures.” When the timeline expands to encompass the approximately 7,000 FISA applications authorized between January 2015 and March 2020, Horowitz found “at least 179 instances in which the Woods File required by FBI policy was missing in whole or in part.”

In February 2020, FBI Director Christopher Wray expressed confidence in his agency’s FISA processes to legislators.

“It’s important for the American people to understand and for this committee to understand that the vast majority of the FISAs that we do, both the initial applications and the renewals, are the kinds of applications that I am quite confident, we don’t know each other, but I’m quite confident you wouldn’t lose any sleep over and we really wouldn’t want to grind things to a halt on that front,” Wray told Republican Rep. Jim Jordan.

Last year, Horowitz released a Management Advisory Memorandum (MAM) informing the FBI that there were errors in the applications under review stating there were 209 errors, four of which the Department of Justice later “deemed to be material.”

“Our further audit work identified over 200 additional instances of Woods Procedures noncompliance—where Woods Files did not contain adequate supporting documentation for statements in the 29 applications—although the FBI and [the Justice Department’s National Security Division] subsequently confirmed the existence of available support elsewhere,” the report stated.

While both the FBI and DOJ have pledged to begin “implementing important reforms as a result of our prior FISA reports,” Horowitz emphasized that the inspector general’s office thinks  “additional action is necessary to ensure rigorous supervisory review and to further strengthen Woods Procedures oversight to reduce the risk of erroneous information being included in FISA applications, which can lead to faulty probable cause determinations and infringement of U.S. persons’ civil liberties.”

A FISA ruling declassified in September of last year demonstrated that the government lied about its legal basis for spying on former Trump campaign official Carter Page because the information produced by the FBI’s unlawful investigation was illegally obtained.

Former FBI Director James Comey claimed exactly one year prior to the release of Horowitz’s report that he should not be held responsible for the factual errors in FISA applications, which were used in 2016 to spy on Page. When asked by Sen. Lindsey Graham “whose job is it to make sure the facts are right when you’re presenting to the FISA court?” Comey simply replied that “whoever is signing the affidavit” is responsible and that he only signed the certification.


Biden Nominates Former Obama Official And John Brennan Loyalist To Top Intelligence Post

Biden Nominates Former Obama Official And John Brennan Loyalist To Top Intelligence Post

Joe Biden announced Monday he plans to nominate Avril Haines, a former deputy to Obama CIA Director John Brennan and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, as his Director of National Intelligence. 

Haines is a certified swamp creature and veteran of the Obama administration. She worked at the White House starting in 2010 as a national security lawyer and In 2013, then CIA Director John Brennan appointed her deputy director for the CIA. In 2015, she became the principal deputy national security adviser. 

If confirmed, Haines will oversee the preparation and presentation of the president’s daily intelligence briefing.

Haines’s former boss, Brennan, is responsible for a hand-written, declassified note to James Comey and Peter Strzok, requesting that they investigate Russian knowledge of Hillary Clinton’s Russia collusion operation against Trump. The note proved that Brennan and the U.S. intelligence community knew months prior to the 2016 election that the operation was the result of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Even with knowledge from top officials like Brennan, the FBI sent “confidential human sources” to secretly spy on Donald Trump’s team during his 2016 campaign. A report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed how former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page was surveilled thanks to falsified FISA applications which gave special permission for the intelligence community to spy on Page. The report also confirmed that the surveillance of Page was done to get access to the Trump campaign.


Durham Just Handed Out Subpoenas…Dominoes Are Beginning To Fall

Durham Just Handed Out Subpoenas…Dominoes Are Beginning To Fall


John Durham has his Deep State dominoes all lined up in a neat row and they’re already beginning to fall. We know for sure there was at least one crime. An FBI lawyer lied. Why? Who else was involved? Who ordered it? What other illegal “intentional acts” occurred? The United States Attorney handed out grand jury witness subpoenas. According to The Hill’s John Solomon, “several have already appeared.”

John Solomon drops Durham bombshell

Sean Hannity hosted conservative reporter John Solomon on his Friday radio segment, to talk about Attorney General William Barr’s stunning interview with Laura Ingraham about the lies told by our Federal Bureau of Instigation.

Against a backdrop of reports noting that U.S. Attorney John Durham had made a low key March appearance inside the beltway, Solomon confirmed that he has personal knowledge that Durham not only started issuing subpoenas, witnesses have already testified to his grand jury. “I know of some witnesses that received subpoenas, I know of some witnesses that have appeared before the grand jury.”

“I’ve seen some evidence of the grand jury work in the last four, five, six weeks. It’s been going on in the middle of the pandemic. And I think we’re going to get a better sense of what that looks like,” Solomon explained.

The dominoes have to be lined up just right

The special prosecutor has to have everything all lined up, and he’s getting there. “They’ve got to build this case methodically,” Solomon notes, “and they have a good starting point.” Based on the recent report from the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, “we know there was a crime.” It was “clearly identified in the IG’s report.”

In order to illegally obtain a wiretap on Carter Page so they could get an ear into the Trump campaign, an “FBI lawyer changed a document to deceive the court. They literally, fraudulently changed a document to deceive the court. That’s a crime.”

Solomon is convinced, Durham and his team “will start there and they will wind back.” One domino at a time. “Why did that person do that? Who else was involved and who instructed that and what other intentional acts did we learn about that occurred in the same manner?”

All the people who ‘verified’ the lies

Speaking of all the “verified” lies, Hannity wanted to know, “what about all the people that signed” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications “knowing that the top of a FISA application says verified and none of it was verified? What about the people who put their signature on it like James Comey?”

That’s a great point, Solomon agreed. “Yeah. And Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein.” They were up to their eyeballs in the plot too. “Every time you played that Rod Rosenstein clip on your show, you’re reminded, ‘Oh, we did this right. We did this right.’ Those guys lied to us when they said that. They did nothing right. Nothing about this was right.”

AG Barr said the same thing. “Last week, what did we learn,” Solomon rhetorically asked. “29 out of 29 FISAs reviewed. All of them wrong. The FBI has not been following the law for a long time on this and there has to be a reckoning.” Even if they aren’t prosecuted specifically for signing those documents, there may be other questions. “False testimony is an area that I believe Durham has been focusing on, based on the grand jury subpoenas and questions that I’ve heard.”

Who gave false testimony?

Solomon points out “we know that John Brennan gave false testimony on several occasions. “Comey and McCabe lied to Congress as well.” William Barr told Fox that his view is “the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes and sloppiness. There’s something far more troubling here. And we’re going to get to the bottom of it.” Barr considers “the deep state’s assault on the president” to be “one of the greatest travesties in American history.”

In Solomon’s opinion, those “were the most important takeaways from the interview.” Solomon tells the public to have hope. “It’s easy for us to become discouraged and say ‘nothing will happen’ because, outside of a few leaks from the CIA or other similar entities, we never hear anything. But Barr’s response to this question reassures us that they’re on it and that nothing Durham’s team has uncovered so far has changed his mind.”


Carter Page: Corrupt FBI Attorney Kevin Clinesmith ‘Put My Very Life At Risk’

The actions of Kevin Clinesmith, the corrupt former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lawyer who was charged in federal court on Friday with falsifying evidence, threatened the life of Carter Page, the former Naval officer and Trump campaign affiliate told The Federalist. The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Clinesmith with deliberately fabricating evidence used to justify a federal warrant to spy on Page in 2017.

“Clinesmith, his organization, and their associates put my very life at risk, leading to abusive calls and death threats because of my personal opinions and support for President Trump,” Page told The Federalist. “There is a long way to go on the road to restoring justice in America, but certainly a good first step has now been taken.”

“After several years, Kevin Clinesmith is finally being held accountable and pleading guilty to committing a felony for his involvement in the plot to falsely portray me and by implication the Trump administration as traitors,” Page added.

“The actions by the full band of government officials and Democrat operatives involved in the creation of the false applications for my FISA warrants were entirely unconscionable,” Page said, referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

In 2016 and 2017, the FBI and DOJ falsely swore to a federal surveillance court that Page was a secret Russian agent who was likely in the process of committing crimes against the United States. Page was never formally charged with any wrongdoing.

The Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC, authorized four separate warrants to spy on Page. What Clinesmith and the FBI failed to disclose in the application for the spy warrants, which were based primarily on false claims from a foreign agent working on behalf of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was that Page had actually worked on behalf of U.S. intelligence authorities from 2008 through 2013 to investigate actual Russian intelligence agents working to harm the United States.

The FBI was notified by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in August 2016 that Page, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, had officially worked as a source for the agency for years. According to a report by the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) on the corrupt process used to obtain the spy warrants against Page, the FBI withheld the existence of documents confirming Page’s work for U.S. authorities from the spy court.

Once Page went public in 2017, after several false spy warrants had already been approved, Clinesmith took communications about Page’s CIA efforts and doctored them to make it appear as if the CIA had told the FBI that Page was never a CIA source. The FISA court later ruled that two of the four warrants against Page, including the final reauthorization that included the fake evidence doctored by Clinesmath, were illegal and invalid.

“Instead of including this information in the final renewal application,” the OIG report stated, Clinesmith “altered an email from the other agency so that the email stated that Page was ‘not a source’ for the other agency, which the FBI affiant relied upon in signing the final renewal application.”

In his new book “Abuse and Power: How an Innocent American Was Framed in an Attempted Coup Against the President,” which is set to be released on August 25, Page discloses brand new details about Clinesmith’s interactions with him throughout 2016 and 2017.

Clinesmith falsely told Page’s attorneys in spring 2017, long after the FBI had repeatedly sworn under oath to a federal court that Page was illegally operating as an agent of the Russian government, that Page was merely a witness that the FBI wished to interview as part of its investigation into so-called Russian collusion.

“Both [my attorney] and I noted to Clinesmith that every flurry of publicity about my purported treason often led to another round of abusive calls and death threats,” Page writes in his book. “As if I weren’t already concerned enough about becoming the apparent target of several investigations, I now had perpetual worries about my own safety.”

“It was all part of a broader campaign by the Democratic Party and their allies to set me up for prosecution and prison,” Page writes. “The first majestic paragraph from H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds came to mind: ‘Intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic…slowly and surely drew their plans against me.’”

“The only difference was that one would be hard-pressed to find much intellect among the sorry cast of characters that helped advance this plot.”

Clinesmith, who is expected to plead guilty, could serve up to five years in prison for his crimes.

Clinesmith Charging Documents: FBI Withheld Page’s CIA Work From FISA Court, Then Lied About It

The FBI was told Carter Page was a U.S. intelligence agency source months before the agency began keeping that information from the secret court that authorized spying on him and nearly a full year before the agency altered documents to claim otherwise.

Federal charging documents against Kevin Clinesmith, the top FBI attorney who was expected to plead guilty today to altering documents, show that the FBI withheld in three separate spying applications the fact that Page had served as an “operational contact” who helped an agency believed to be the CIA investigate suspected Russian intelligence figures for five years. For the fourth application, the agency didn’t just hide that fact, but deliberately falsified evidence to claim he was not a source.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz already revealed that Clinesmith had deliberately falsified evidence in his sprawling 434-page report on FBI malfeasance in the anti-Trump spy campaign. The 5-page charging document signed by U.S. Attorney John Durham summarizes the incriminating facts of the case and demonstrates the broader corruption of the process used to illegally spy on Page, a Trump campaign affiliate.

The New York Times, one of the corporate media outlets that helped the FBI weaponize its conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump had conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 election, claimed that the deal to plead guilty showed no “evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials.”

In fact, contrary to the unsubstantiated assertion from the Times, the charging documents highlight that all four of the applications to spy on Carter Page painted a false picture of the Trump affiliate. While the fourth application included outright falsified evidence regarding Page helping the CIA during the relevant time period, the other three withheld that information even though it was known to the Crossfire Hurricane team within days of opening an investigation on the Trump campaign and months before the first application to spy on Carter Page was granted.

Contrary to the New York Times reporting that Clinesmith’s deception was not part of any wider misconduct, Inspector General Horowitz’s report shows otherwise. “We found that, although this information [of Page’s cooperation with the CIA] was highly relevant to the FISA application, the Crossfire Hurricane team did not engage with the other agency regarding this information,” he wrote. He further noted that the “factual basis supporting probable cause” to spy on Page relied upon Page’s contacts with known Russian intelligence officers, along with since-debunked claims made in four portions of the Steele dossier, a collection of drunken brainstorming and unsubstantiated gossip that was used as part of an anti-Trump operation of the Hillary Clinton campaign. Page, a Naval Academy graduate who was accused in the media of sedition against his country, had candidly discussed those contacts with an FBI asset and the CIA had told the Crossfire Hurricane team that on August 17, 2016. Horowitz listed this failure to inform the spy court of these facts that undermined their probable cause claim as the first of 17 major omissions and errors that corrupted the FBI’s spying on the Trump campaign.

1. Omitted information from another U.S. government agency detailing its prior relationship with Page, including that Page had been approved as an operational contact for the other agency from 2008 to 2013, and that Page had provided information to the other agency concerning his prior contacts with certain Russian intelligence officers, one of which overlapped with facts asserted in the FISA application;

The Justice Department already admitted that two of the application renewals were illicit. Informed observers speculate the first application and first renewal to spy on the Trump ally may suffer the same fate. Durham’s charging document, along with the exhaustive IG report, show that Clinesmith’s deception was part of a broader conspiracy against Page.

In fact, as critical as Horowitz’s report was toward Clinesmith for maliciously and willfully altering the documents used to justify spying on Page, he highlighted the errors of others, including “Case Agent 1,” thought to be FBI agent Steven Somma, as well. “When Case Agent 1 was explicitly asked in late September 2016 by the Attorney assisting on the FISA application about Page’s prior relationship with this other agency, Case Agent 1 did not accurately describe the nature and extent of the information the FBI received from the other agency,” Horowitz wrote.

“Case Agent 1 was primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions in the FISA applications,” Horowitz wrote, highlighting as well Somma’s mischaracterization of Steele’s prior reporting as credible, the failure to note that Steele’s reporting of a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation between Trump and Russia” was contradicted by statements from George Papadopoulos, the failure to note Steele’s reporting of communications between Paul Manafort and Carter Page was disputed, the failure to note that Steele’s claim of Page meeting with Russian businessman Igor Sechin and Russian official Igor Divyekin was disputed, the failure to note DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s discrediting comments on Steele’s election reporting, and the failure to note that Steele’s sub-source Igor Danchenko disputed Steele’s reporting. Horowitz said he “did not find his explanations for so many significant and repeated failures to be satisfactory.”

Somma was also the agent who handled Stefan Halper, the individual who was identified as spreading some of the false information about Mike Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor who was illegally targeted by the FBI and ousted as a result of a high-level criminal leak campaign against him.

Some ‘Mistake’

Another falsehood uncritically parroted by the New York Times reporter Adam Goldman, who was previously awarded a Pulitzer for his role in spreading the damaging Russia collusion theory, was that Clinesmith had merely “made a mistake while trying to clarify facts for a colleague.” The claim, pushed in the second paragraph of the story, is highly at odds with the litany of facts laid out in the Horowitz report and the charging document.

The Crossfire Hurricane team had already been notified by the CIA on August 17, 2016, of Page’s assistance in Russian-related matters. Page himself had told the FBI’s “Confidential Human Source” of his assistance to the CIA, and that had also been reported back to the FBI. But only when Page publicly stated that he’d been a U.S. intelligence source did the FBI revisit the issue, just before the third and final application renewal was set to be filed.

Clinesmith told Horowitz it was “a big, big concern from both [the Office of Intelligence] and from the FBI that we had been targeting [an individual with a prior relationship with the other agency], because that should never happen without us knowing about it.” He said the Crossfire Hurricane team was “spun up” about this concern, and that if it were true, they would “need to provide that to the court”
because such information would “drastically change[] the way that we would handle … [the] FISA application.”

Others at the FBI told Horowitz that the issue of whether Page was a source or not was very important “especially if he was being tasked to engage Russians, then it would absolutely be relevant for the Court to know … [and] could also seriously impact the predication of our entire investigation which focused on [Page’s] close and continuous contact with Russian/Russia-linked individuals.”

Clinesmith contacted the CIA to seek additional information and then altered the information he received to claim Page was not a source.

When Clinesmith contacted the CIA, he specifically wrote, “We need some clarification on Carter Page. There is an indication that he may be a ‘[digraph]’ source. This is a fact we would need to disclose in our next FISA renewal (we would not name the [U.S. government agency] of course).” He asked if Page was a source “in any capacity” and if he is, what a ‘digraph’ was or what type of source Page was. “Digraph” refers to the two-letter code used to describe “operational contacts” of the agency.

When the CIA official responded, she did so with a list of documents that the agency had provided the Crossfire Hurricane team previously, including the August 17 memorandum that laid out how Page was an “operational contact” for the agency. The CIA doesn’t use the term “source,” she later explained. She also explained what the digraph was and why the CIA encrypts the person providing reporting to the agency.

Clinesmith thanked her for the information and said it answered his question. Clinesmith then claimed to his supervisor that Page was a “U.S. subsource of a source,” and later claimed that was how he interpreted the CIA liaison’s response in an alleged phone call with her. He claimed that during this alleged phone call, she said Page was not a source. The liaison strongly disputed this claim, citing her email that stated the opposite, that “Page was a U.S. person who had provided direct reporting to the other U.S. government agency in the past. The liaison also said that the reason she offered, in her email, to assist in providing language for the FISA application was because she was telling the OGC Attorney that, using the FBI’s terminology, Page had been a source for the other agency. The liaison also stated that she saw no basis for the OGC Attorney to have concluded, based on their communications and the August 17 Memorandum, that Page never had a direct relationship with the other agency.”

And to top it all off, she also said “she did not recall having any telephone discussions with the OGC Attorney on this issue,” according to Horowitz.

Clinesmith requested a phone call with the Office of Intelligence attorney and they spoke for a half hour. At the end of the call, he forwarded an email but removed the initial inquiry about whether Page was a source. Clinesmith said he didn’t recall why he left out important context, including the portion of the email asking “Is Page a source in any capacity?” After the email, the Office of Intelligence attorney said they could drop the matter and Clinesmith said it was “music to my ears.”

Clinesmith and the Supervisory Special Agent 2 exchanged instant messages on the matter on June 19, 2017. The agent asked for an update on whether Page was a source. Clinesmith told him, falsely, that the code used to indicate that Page was a source just meant that he was a “masked USPER” caught up in communications with a real source and that even that communication was “closed” as “unhelpful.”  He said that when he told the Office of Intelligence Attorney, they agreed it need not be addressed in the FISA application renewal. Clinesmith also falsely claimed that the CIA “confirmed explicitly he was never a source.” He added, “at least we don’t have to have a terrible footnote.” The supervisory Special Agent said “interesting they say not a source. We thought otherwise based on the writing …” and asked Clinesmith if he had it “in writing.” Clinesmith said he’d forward it.

At that point, Clinesmith forwarded the falsified document, a crime to which he was expected to plead guilty today.

Clinesmith said he falsely stated that the CIA had “confirmed explicitly” that Page wasn’t a source because it was just “shorthand” for his alleged discussion with the CIA liaison.

The Supervisory Agent said he understood Clinesmith’s comment about not having to draft a “terrible footnote” to mean the team wouldn’t have to explain late in the process how they “just now come to determine that [Page] was an asset of the [other agency] and probably being tasked to engage … [with] Russians which is … why we opened a case on him.” He told Horowitz that he understood Clinesmith to be saying, that “‘the optic…would be terrible’” if the prior FISA applications were ‘dubious’ in light of a relationship between Page and the other agency, and the FBI was only becoming aware of that relationship in the third renewal application and after Page’s public statements.”

All this and more was characterized by New York Times report Adam Goldman’s sources as a mere “mistake” to which Clinesmith for some reason pleaded guilty.

In large part because of their role as co-conspirators in the Russia collusion hoax, the media move to downplay the facts surrounding the hoax even when they must be conceded, such as when individuals involved plead guilty to crimes, or when reports from independent investigators catalogue 17 major errors and omissions.

That all four the applications to spy on Page failed to include the key exonerating information of his role as a source to U.S. intelligence is major news, even as the Pulitzer winners try to pretend otherwise.

Trump Reacts to FBI Lawyer Guilty Plea: ‘That’s Just the Beginning’

President Donald Trump on Friday reacted to the news that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith would plead guilty for doctoring an email in an application for surveillance of the Trump campaign.

“That’s just the beginning I would imagine,” Trump said, describing Clinesmith as “a corrupt attorney” working for “James Comey’s very corrupt FBI.”

This is the first indictment in the investigation into the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign. Attorney General Bill Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to examine the case.

“Terrible thing,” Trump said. “The fact is they spied on my campaign and they got caught.”

The news broke Friday that Clinesmith would plead guilty for altering an email from the CIA to the FBI to falsely say that a Trump campaign adviser was not a source for the CIA.

Clinesmith’s decision to alter the email was revealed in the report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Declassified Document Indicates FBI Misled Congress on Reliability of Steele Dossier

Documents recently released by the Senate Intelligence Committee indicate that there were strong doubts about the reliability of the Steele Dossier as early as December 2016. As the FBI and CIA worked together to create an Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) to present to President Barack Obama, those in the CIA camp, according to the now-declassified interviews conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee, worried that the FBI was playing up the Steele Dossier too much.

Sen. Lindsey Graham released a statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee website in which he addressed the newly declassified documents:

“This document clearly shows that the FBI was continuing to mislead regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier. The FBI did to the Senate Intelligence Committee what the Department of Justice and FBI had previously done to the FISA Court: mischaracterize, mislead and lie. The characterizations regarding the dossier were completely out of touch with reality in terms of what the Russian sub-source actually said to the FBI.

“What does this mean? That Congress, as well as the FISA Court, was lied to about the reliability of the Russian sub-source. I will be asking FBI Director Wray to provide me all the details possible about how the briefing was arranged and who provided it.

“Inspector General Horowitz’s team found this briefing document. Inspector General Horowitz and his team deserve great credit for uncovering systematic fraud at the Department of Justice surrounding the Carter Page FISA warrant. I’m also very appreciative of the Department of Justice’s release of the FBI document used to brief the Senate Intelligence Committee.”


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