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The GOP memo has been released – and it is as damning as promised

“Our findings… raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court…”

Seraphim Hanisch

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It must be all the cannabis that they are legally allowed to smoke in Washington, D.C. There has to simply be some sort of logical explanation for how a group of people involved in illegal activity launches an investigation into an opponent, when they must surely know this is going to blow up in their own faces.

Or, do they even know this, anymore.  Has the pot afflicted their brains so badly?

Today, the long-anticipated document affectionately known as the “FISA memo” or the “Devon Nunes” memo, was ordered declassified and released by President Trump.  This document is now public domain, and you can read it for yourself, here.

To summarize the document’s findings, here is the situation.  There was request made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”) to investigate the actions of former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  This request had to be approved by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI, the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General, or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Divsion.

Carter Page, former adviser to the Trump Campaign, target of illegal FISA warrants.

Further, the FISC can only authorize surveillance warrants for 90-day periods which must then be renewed, with separate findings of probable cause, each timeThis means that whatever reason was used the first time to get a FISA warrant cannot just be recycled.  This mechanism exists to protect citizens from intrusive activities by the federal government.  In short, it a protection against snooping into one’s life with bad motives.

According to the mechanisms set in this process, the FISA warrant was obtained for further surveillance of Mr. Page at least three more times.  The authorizations were signed by then-Director James Comey three times, Andrew McCabe once, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Acting DAG Dana Boente and DAG Rod Rosenstein also each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of the Department of Justice.

All that sounds proper enough until we look at the basis for probable cause.

That basis was a piece of “opposition research” paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and composed by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele.  This “research” was rife with fabrications and / or allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump, suggesting that he was involved in very compromising actions in Moscow, such as hiring prostitutes to urinate on a hotel bed where the Obamas were known to have stayed.  This document, known popularly as the “Trump Dossier” has many allegations that have never been proved true.  All the allegations it suggests have been completely denied or laughed out of countenance by Mr. Trump.

This document, unverified as it was, served as the basis, and the primary and even SOLE basis of launching surveillance on a private citizen of the United States.

The purpose? Simple:

  • Prevent, by any means necessary, the election of one Donald J. Trump to the office of President of the United States of America. 
  • Further, after he DID get elected, use this to find a way to destroy his career and remove him from office.

The dossier was opposition research, intended to come up with information that could be used as slander or accusations to damage Mr. Trump’s campaign for President.  This is dirty politics, of course, but it is not illegal in the strictest sense to lie about your opponent.  However, this document was utterly unverified and used as the fundamental reason for securing a Surveillance warrant.  Further, Christopher Steele was known to have had very strong, passionate feelings about not wanting Trump to win election to the Presidency, and this was stated and recorded by Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, and so Mr. Steele’s bias was known.

None of these facts – the uncertifiability of the dossier, Mr. Steele’s personal bias against Trump, the nature of the dossier itself as a piece of “opposition research”, dressed up to look like an intelligence document – and, most damning of all, the fact that without the dossier, there would have never been a surveillance warrant sought from FISC – none of these were discussed in the process of applying for the FISA warrants. The dossier was treated as a legitimate document, apparently either without proper vetting as an accident, but given the biases alive, and the consistency of repetition, this was done purposely, most likely with some “magical ignorance” to make it look legitimate.

This is a profoundly unbelievable situation.  It reveals the lack of integrity in both the FBI and the Department of Justice, that personal bias employed such intrusive and illegal actions to be carried out – firstly on ANY private citizen, but even more, for the purpose of destroying a presidential campaign.  This is dirty politics, Clinton style at its maximum, perhaps, but it is also amazing that a full investigation into Donald Trump and suspected collusion with Russian agents or agencies was also predicated after Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential campaign, because the goal remained the same – get rid of Donald Trump.

The Duran has questions to pose, starting with these:

  • What is it about Donald Trump that makes him such a danger to the DC apparatchik?
  • What is it about Mr. Trump that takes him “beyond the pale” – GOP candidates have been elected President before and the Dems didn’t like them, but the fury against Mr. Trump is much greater than anything we’ve seen in modern times.  Why?
  • Immediately prior to the release of this memo, Democrat Representative Adam Schiff was trying to create further “last ditch” attempts to prevent release of this document.  Why?

These are just three questions, and one wonders just how big the answers really are.  President Trump is a very successful businessman.  He has long been admired – even by Democrats – and has kept good relations with people on both parties, pursuant to his ability to continue to do business in his field and prosper.  Prior to the Presidential campaign, the man was even a Democrat at one point.

He did not run afoul of the political establishment until two things happened – one was that he registered as a Republican, and the other was that he decided after years of urging by many people, to make a run in a bid to make America what it once was. “Make America Great Again” has been a rallying cry for many people here.  Most of them are not elitists.  They are regular people that work for a living, and want to get by in life decently well.

They believe in the potential of America as the “Land of Opportunity” as we were taught back in the ’70’s and before, and they hearken back to this.  They believe in God, and not only that, they believe that God is the ultimate Ruler of the world and certainly of our nation.

And somehow, this is all a huge threat – a threat to the political establishment in Washington, a threat to the cultural and intellectual elite, who constantly speak and act as if such attitudes are out of date and no longer functional.

For years American political pundits on the right have told us that the Republic hangs on the knife-edge of its own destruction.  This situation unfolding now shows how true this is.  The American legal system, its National Security services and its legislative branch are all implicated in the actions of some people who tried to game the system for the sole purpose of gaining or securing political power.

And, this is the case that we now know about. Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA’s activity of spying on American citizens at will for whatever purpose pleased them.  How far does this go?  And what are we willing to do to stop it?

This news article only covers part of it.  Unlike most Washington, DC scandals, this one is not something small to be blown up and hyped.  Indeed, this is the opposite.  This makes Watergate look small, and that is not an exaggeration.

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Trump Orders Immediate Release Of All Text Messages, Carter Page FISA Application From Russia Investigation

Trump has ordered the DOJ to release all text messages related to the Russia investigation with no redactions.

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President Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to release all text messages related to the Russia investigation with no redactions, of former FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, now-fired special agent Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page and twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

Also released will be specific pages from the FBI’s FISA surveillance warrant application on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, as well as interviews with Ohr.

The statement reads in full:

“At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr

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As we reported last Monday, Trump had been expected to release the documents any time – with specific attention to the Page documents and the “investigative activities of Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr” – who was demoted twice for lying about his extensive relationship  with Christopher Steele – the former MI6 spy who assembled the sham “Steele Dossier” used by the FBI in a FISA surveillance application to spy on Page.

Republicans on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees believe the declassification will permanently taint the Trump-Russia investigation by showing the investigation was illegitimate to begin with. Trump has been hammering the same theme for months.

  • They allege that Bruce Ohr played an improper intermediary role between the Justice Department, British spy Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS — the opposition research firm that produced the Trump-Russia dossier, funded by Democrats. (Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS on Russia-related matters during the presidential election — a fact that Ohr did not disclose on federal forms.)
  • And they further allege that the Obama administration improperly spied on Carter Page — all to take down Trump. –Axios

Ohr, meanwhile, met with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in 2015 to discuss helping the FBI with organized crime investigations, according to The Hill‘s John Solomon. The meeting with the Putin ally was facilitated by Steele.

Last month Trump called Ohr a disgrace, while also tweeting: “Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions  “Justice” Department? A total joke!”

Trump’s threat came one day after two tweets about Ohr, noting a connection to former FBI agent Peter Strzok, as well as a text sent by Ohr after former FBI Director James Comey was fired in which Ohr says “afraid they will be exposed.”

According to emails turned over to Congressional investigators in August, Christopher Steele was much closer to Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie than previously disclosed.

Steele and the Ohrs would have breakfast together on July 30, 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington D.C., days after Steele turned in installments of his infamous “dossier” on July 19 and 26. The breakfast also occurred one day before the FBI formally launched operation “Crossfire Hurricane,” the agency’s counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign.

“Great to see you and Nellie this morning Bruce,” Steele wrote shortly following their breakfast meeting. “Let’s keep in touch on the substantive issues/s (sic). Glenn is happy to speak to you on this if it would help.”

“After two years of investigations and accusations from both sides of the aisle about what documents indicate, it is past time for documents to be declassified and let the American people decide for themselves if DoJ and FBI acted properly,” Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows told Axios earlier Sunday.

In early August, journalist Paul Sperry tweeted that Trump may use his presidential authority to declassify “20 redacted pages of a June, 2017 FISA renewal, “and possibly” 63 pages of emails and notes between “Ohr & Steele,” and FD-302 summaries of 12 interviews.”

President Trump threatened to declassify documents two weeks ago – one day after the New York Times allegedly published an anonymous Op-Ed claiming to be from a White House official claiming to be part of an unelected “resistance” cabal within the Trump administration.

“The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy – & they don’t know what to do,” Trump tweeted earlier this month, adding: “The Economy is booming like never before, Jobs are at Historic Highs, soon TWO Supreme Court Justices & maybe Declassification to find Additional Corruption. Wow!”

Trump’s threat comes as calls by frustrated GOP legislators to release the documents have hit a fevered pitch. Spearheading the effort are Republican Reps. Meadows, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Lee Zeldin – who have repeatedly asked Trump to declassify more of the heavily redacted FISA surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in late 2016.

In June, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee asked President Trump to declassify key sections of Carter Page’s FISA warrant application, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.

Carter Page, the DOJ/FBI’s person of interest, weighed in on the matter in late August, tweeting: “The Corrupt DOJ, co-conspirators in the DNC and their high-priced consultants correctly believed they had American democracy and the FISA Court over a barrel in 2016.”

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De-Dollarization Tops Agenda at Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum

The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) was held in Vladivostok on Sept.11-13. Founded in 2015, the event has become a platform for planning and launching projects to strengthen business ties in the Asia-Pacific region.

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This year, the EEF brought together delegations from over 60 countries to discuss the topic “The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities”. A total of 100 business events involving over 6,000 participants were held during the three days.

1,357 media personnel worked to cover the forum. Last year, the number of participants was 5,000 with 1,000 media persons involved in reporting and broadcasting. The EEF-18 gathered 340 foreign and 383 Russian CEOs. Nearly 80 start-ups from across South-East Asia joined the meeting.

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This year, a total of 175 agreements worth of 2.9 trillion rubles (some $4.3 billion) were signed. For comparison, the sum was 2.5 trillion rubles (roughly $3.7 billion) in 2017.

They included the development of the Baimsky ore deposits in Chukotka, the construction of a terminal for Novatek LNG at Bechevinskaya Bay in Kamchatka and the investment of Asian countries in Russia’s agricultural projects in the Far East.

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Mail.Ru Group, Megafon and Chinese Alibaba inked an agreement on establishing AliExpress trade joint venture. Rosneft and Chinese CNPC signed an oil exploration agreement.

The Chinese delegation was the largest (1,096 people), followed by the Japanese (570 members). The list of guests included the president of Mongolia and prime ministers of Japan and South Korea.

It was also the first time Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the event to meet his Russian counterpart. The issue of de-dollarization topped the agenda. Russia and China reaffirmed their interest in expanding the use of national currencies in bilateral deals.

During the forum, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of RDIF, said the fund intends to use only national currencies in its transactions with China starting from 2019. It will cooperate with the China Development Bank.

This “yuanification” is making visible progress with Shanghai crude futures increasing their share of oil markets up to 14 percent or even more. China has signed agreements with Canada and Qatar on national currencies exchange.

READ MORE: Eastern Economic Forum opens new chapter in US-Russia dialogue

De-dollarization is a trend that is picking up momentum across the world. A growing number of countries are interested in replacing the dollar. Russia is leading the race to protect itself from fluctuations, storms and US-waged trade wars and sanctions.

Moscow backs non-dollar trade with Ankara amid the ongoing lira crisis. Turkey is switching from the dollar to settlements in national currencies, including its trade with China and other countries. Ditching the US dollar is the issue topping the BRICS agenda. In April, Iran transferred all international payments to the euro.

The voices calling for de-dollarization are getting louder among America’s closest European allies. In August, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for the creation of a new payments system independent of the US.

According to him, Europe should not allow the United States to act “over our heads and at our expense.” The official wants to strengthen European autonomy by establishing independent payment channels, creating a European Monetary Fund and building up an independent SWIFT system.

Presenting his annual program, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Sept. 12 for the European Union to promote the euro as a global currency to challenge the dollar.

According to him, “We must do more to allow our single currency to play its full role on the international scene.” Mr. Juncker believes “it is absurd that Europe pays for 80 percent of its energy import bill – worth 300 billion euros a year – in US dollars when only roughly 2 percent of our energy imports come from the United States.” He wants the raft of proposals made in his state of the union address to start being implemented before the European Parliament elections in May.

70% of all world trade transactions account for the dollar, while 20% are  settled in the euro, and the rest falls on the yuan and other Asian currencies. The dollar value is high to make the prices of consumer goods in the US artificially low. The demand for dollars allows refinancing the huge debt at low interest rates. The US policy of trade wars and sanctions has triggered the global process of de-dollarization.

Using punitive measures as a foreign policy tool is like shooting oneself in the foot. It prompts a backlash to undermine the dollar’s status as the world reserve currency – the basis of the US economic might. The aggressive policy undermines the US world standing to make it weaker, not stronger.

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Democrat dirty ‘MeToo’ flavored trick could succeed

Fear of the Left’s “virtue signaling” trick is a real test for the American people, and they are likely to fail without honest critical thought.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The developments of the last-minute sexual allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh that was brought up, ostensibly as a last-minute tactic, a dirty trick, to delay or block his confirmation vote to the US Supreme Court.

The issue here is not at all about the doings of a young high-school age man to a girl when she was seventeen, it is a test to see how well the “sexual harassment” card actually works against one of the top players hand-picked by President Trump.

There is absolutely no call to “virtue” at all. All a critical thinker has to do is to consider these points:

  • Consider what side of the aisle this came from: The Democrats. The champions of every perverse sexual desire one can imagine, but dead-set against men being men and women being women.
  • The timing of the release of the allegation: The Democrats deliberately used this as ammo against Kavanaugh. If there was such a concern about the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford (a feminist, as most of these feminists like to go by three names) and her suffering, this would have been broached years ago – after all, she was 17 when it allegedly happened and she is now 36 years older. If #MeToo was really about finding a way to live virtuously, this would have been addressed day zero of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.
  • Consider the alignment of the people on the Democrat side AND the Republicans who are now beginning to voice the “need to wait”: Again this is not about any wrong doing being fixed. It is obvious sheer dirty trickery, and in classical liberal style, the “call to virtue” is only that which is politically expedient for the Democrats, the party of gay marriage, child pornography (check WikiLeaks email dump of Hillary Clinton’s advisor John Podesta for that one), spirit dinners (a nice name for what is ostensibly a satanic Black Mass – style ritual, also from Podesta’s group of friends)
  • Last and most important – how does this situation benefit Christine Blasey Ford? – If this is truly an issue that happened (which is apparently showing holes already), then how does taking the Judge down benefit her?
  • Further still, why has this woman allowed herself to be, frankly, used again, but this time by opportunistic politicians?

These points are just a suggested beginning. There are probably hundreds of other things to consider, such as why is this even an issue. A lot of boys made advances on girls in their teenage years, and a lot girls summarily fight them off and win. The snowflakes of the world are loath to admit this, but this is quite frankly a large part of growing up. Granted sometimes it goes too far and someone rapes someone else. That is a terrible thing. But it is also statistically extremely rare, and a randy teenager is hardly a rapist.

This type of “virtue signaling” as it has come to be known is the ultimate in hypocrisy, and it is completely devoid of contact with reality, yet the Congress is wavering on what to do. And why? Because the American male has been successfully cowed by feminist women. He has allowed this from trying to appease and honor such women, but for these women, who consider pregnancy a disease for which abortion is the cure, and who have been brainwashed to consider men the enemy, they greedily took all the power they could.

There is a lot to be said about this on many levels, but the point here is that this sort of manipulation is presently deployed for political reasons and no more. We saw this happen with Judge Roy Moore in January and it worked. And as soon as the Judge was out of the running, the charges magically vanished into the mist. It is being tried again now, and it may work.

This is beyond disgusting – it is actually frightening to consider that such a transparently political allegation may actually defeat a terrific candidate who has categorically and fully denied the allegation.

One one hand, if the nomination falls through, it’s no big deal. President Trump will likely pick Amy Barrett and that will shut down the feminists for a while and probably the whole #MeToo machine.

Unless they determine magically that Mrs. Barrett is a sexual predator. However her seven children are unlikely to support such a crazy idea.

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