House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) requested Attorney General William Barr provide him with information outlining the scope of the Department of Justice investigation into the surveillance activities prior to the 2016 election.
Barr’s response, in the form of a letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, probably left Nadler with acid reflux.
“… The review is broad in scope and multifaceted, and is intended to illuminate open questions regarding the activities of U.S. and foreign intelligence services as well as non-governmental organizations and individuals.”
The opening paragraph tells Nadler that Durham has moved well past the “small group at the top of the FBI” theory and is looking at a much broader surveillance conspiracy.
The greater the number of agencies domestic and foreign that are involved, the greater the odds are that Obama had to have had knowledge of the spy operations.
Plausible deniability only goes so far.
I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo. – Harry S. Truman
Boyd’s second paragraph, approved by A.G. Barr before it was signed and delivered, is the one that should give Nadler a full-blown ulcer:
…“It is now well established that, in 2016, the U.S. government and others undertook certain intelligence-gathering and investigative steps directed at persons associated with the Trump Campaign. [… ] There remain open questions relating to the origins of this counter-intelligence investigation and the U.S. and foreign intelligence activities that took place prior to and during that investigation.”
Americans are about to learn that the entire spy operation targeting Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, et al, was nothing more than an attempt to provide cover for the massive surveillance state that had been going on since at least as far back as 2012.
Recall, FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer’s 99-page rebuke of the Obama administration after Mike Rogers presented evidence of years of unauthorized surveillance abuses.
A whopping eight-five percent of all NSA database searches were unlawful. Additionally, the searches were being conducted repeatedly targeting many of the same Americans, over different dates. Targeting, tracking, and monitoring violates the law.
Moreover, Judge Collyer also believed the FISA-702 database abuse was intentional. In a key footnote on page 87: Collyer pointed to the years of unlawful violations was the result of “deliberate decision making“:
The Trump-Russia construct was undertaken in an effort to obscure the Obama administration’s spy operations that targeted their political opponents and that was begun during his first term.
Until now, every move Democrats have made has been made with the intention of shielding Obama and Clinton from scrutiny. Soom it’s going to be impossible to hide behind that artificial wall.
Last week Catherine Engelbrecht announced that her conservative organization – True the Vote – had won a nearly ten-year legal battle against the Obama-era IRS for improperly targeting them and other organizations that opposed the liberal agenda.
This should not be dismissed as a one-off. The dam is about to burst.