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Overstock CEO was honey trap in FBI attempt to connect Maria Butina to Trump

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne’s resignation after he revealed his ties to an FBI government probe related to the Trump campaign, Russia and the 2016 election.

Byrne claims that he received “fishy” orders to spy on Maria Butina in connection to the Trump-Russia investigation from former FBI official Peter Strzok.

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Byrne said Thursday on “The Story” he’d helped the federal government with investigations twice in the past, including to “help them take down people on Wall Street.”Several years after Byrne’s last contact with the government, he said FBI officials reached out to him in 2016.

“I was given some fishy orders and I carried them out in 2015-2016, thinking I was conducting law enforcement,” he said.

He claimed people who he characterized as “the Men in Black” came to him and asked him “for this third favor.”

Byrne clarified to host Martha MacCallum that FBI rank-and-file were “barely involved” in what he alleged transpired.

“It’s all the top [people],” he said.

“I didn’t know who sent the orders, but I did them. Last summer, watching television and some congressional hearings, I figured out where these orders came from. They came from a guy named Peter Strzok.” Byrne also named other individuals, with MacCallum reminding him those officials or former officials worked at the FBI.

Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation over anti- Trump text messages he traded with his mistress, Lisa Page. He was fired from the FBI in August of 2018.

MacCallum asked Byrne what Strzok purportedly asked him to do. Byrne did not describe specific actions he was allegedly told to take, but characterized them as “political espionage.”

The former CEO added that he began a relationship with Maria Butina, a Russian national currently serving prison time in the U.S. for failing to register as a foreign agent.

Byrne said that all of the purported information he gleaned from his experiences ultimately landed in the hands of Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has been conducting an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe at the behest of Attorney General William Barr.

Last month, Byrne disclosed he was involved in an FBI probe into the Russia investigation and admitted to having a relationship with Butina. In an Aug.12 statement, he said it was the third time in his life that he “helped the Men in Black: the first was when my friend [former NBA player] Brian Williams was murdered, and the second was when I helped the M.I.B. shake up Wall Street a decade ago.”

After Byrne’s interview, MacCallum asked former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to respond to the former business executive’s claims.

“He’s describing it like he was being used as a source and being inserted into a situation by the feds, and there are protocols for handling sources,” Whitaker said. “All of this can be corroborated. That’s the key. This whole situation has to be corroborated and the nice thing about John Durham is that he has the full picture of everything that was feeding into this investigation.”

When asked by MacCallum whether Byrne appeared credible, the former Iowa federal prosecutor said he was unsure.

“It’s hard for me to say,” he remarked.

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Tarmac Tootsie
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Tarmac Tootsie

No surprises there. FBI does as FBI is, an obedient lapdog to…….well, I’ll let you count the ways.

Just curious
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Just curious

Is it true that Epstein had a pair of J Edgar’s pantyhose hanging from one of his chandeliers?

Curiosity killed the cat
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Curiosity killed the cat

I heard that Hoover’s real name was Rosenstein and that he changed it to reflect his new job, hoovering up any politicians’ damning evidence scattered about and used for well, whatever his weird little heart desired..

Proudly Repackaged in the US
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Proudly Repackaged in the US

Does Hoover still make vacuum cleaners? Didn’t they sell their name to the Chinese for a dollar, like bankrupt Singer sewing machines did?

Savvy Shopper
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Savvy Shopper

Well, now I guess that confirms my suspicion that Overstock has always been a scam operation from the very beginning.

John Beasley
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John Beasley

Great Article – Home Run, thank you for sharing with us… (ps – do you think she is much of a Honey Trap? They should let me help them pick the woman).

Good Grief
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Good Grief

HE’S supposed to be the honey trap. Try to follow along. It’s not that difficult, honest.

jmg
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jmg

“‘As time passed, Byrne became more and more convinced that Maria was what she said she was—an inquisitive student in favor of better U.S.-Russian relations—and not an agent of the Russian government or someone involved in espionage or illegal activities,’ the letter states. ‘He states he conveyed these thoughts and the corroborating facts and observations about Maria to the government.’”

Lawyer for accused Russian agent Maria Butina alleges prosecutorial misconduct, reveals relationship with CEO | Fox News | July 26, 2019
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/lawyer-for-accused-russian-agent-maria-butina-alleges-prosecutorial-misconduct-reveals-relationship-with-ceo

Jack McCoy
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Jack McCoy

Prosecutorial misconduct? I’d even say ‘entrapment’ but there was nothing to entrap. A prosecution cut from whole cheesecloth. Nothing more than a sacrificial lamb to a false god. What goes around comes around, me buckos……sooner or later.

jmg
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jmg

It seems you are right: “I ended up in the center of the Russian and the Clinton investigations,” said Byrne. “I have all the answers. I have been sitting on them waiting for America to get there. Last summer I figured out… what they all are is all about political espionage. It had nothing to do with law enforcement, it was all political espionage. Here’s the bottom line. There is a deep state like a submarine lurking just beneath the waves of the periscope depth watching our shipping lanes. And a nuclear ice breaker called the USS Bill Barr has… Read more »

Don't hold your breath
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Don't hold your breath

Don’t count on Barr. He’ll do all that’s necessary to expose any Trump-Russia-collusion collusion on Trump’s behalf but buffer it with more Russia accusations. He has his own deep state history. Proof in the pudding: He’ll bury the Epstein saga quick as the next man, just watch. PS: If Maxwell ends up charged with anything, I’ll be flabbergasted.

Tjoe
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Anyone who thinks that 9.11 happened without the “top” of the US government being involved and complicit, is a fool. Planning went in while we watched the impeachment show….moo sod, Epstein and Hilda were key to set that up. They offered Hilda what Jesus was temped with….being ruler of the world (President Hillary). She took the evil deal and helped them murder 3000 Americans. Bush knew and let them do it…watch his face when told the attacks started….he knew. These over the top attacks and attempts to frame Trump are the same people that did 9.11….count on it. At least… Read more »

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