SPYGATE: A Compendium of Verifiable Facts
There is a strong argument to be made that The Obama Administration, DNC, FBI & DOJ spied on the Trump campaign for political purposes. These entities appear to have conspired to create the pretense of 'Russian collusion' to rig the election in favor of Hillary Clinton and/or to delegitimize the Trump presidency before he even took office. Below you will find highlights of the facts, preceded by a link to the source.
The Department of Justice and the FBI Colluded with the Hillary Clinton Campaign and DNC in the Development & Release of the Trump-Russia Dossier
Hillary Clinton & The DNC
Paid for the Trump-Russia Dossier
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump's connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin.
Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.
After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community.
After James Comey Announces Further Investigation into Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails, Christopher Steele ‘Felt a Duty’ to Get an Unverified ‘Dossier’ to the F.B.I.
Christopher Steele confided in a longtime friend at the Justice Department, Associate Deputy Attorney General, Bruce Ohr (whose wife, Nellie Ohr, was also a contractor for Fusion GPS).
In a memo to the F.B.I., Bruce Ohr recalled Steele saying that, given what he had discovered, he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being President.”
On October 28, 2016, James Comey sent a letter to congressional leaders informing them that the F.B.I. had come across new e-mails bearing on its previously closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server as Secretary of State. He said that these e-mails required immediate review.
The announcement plunged Clinton’s campaign into chaos. Two days before the election, Comey made a second announcement, clearing her of wrongdoing, but by that point her campaign’s momentum had stalled.
To Steele, the F.B.I., by making an incriminating statement so close to Election Day, seemed to be breaking a rule that he’d been told was inviolable. And, given what he—and very few others—knew about the F.B.I.’s Trump investigation, it also seemed that the Bureau had one standard for Clinton and another for her opponent.
“Chris was concerned that something was happening at the F.B.I.,” Simpson later told the House Intelligence Committee.
“We were very concerned that the information that we had about the Russians trying to interfere in the election was going to be covered up.”
Simpson and Steele thought that “it would only be fair if the world knew that both candidates were under investigation.”
Fusion GPS was Co-Founded by Glenn Simpson
Glenn Simpson founded Fusion GPS in 2011. Fusion is a commercial research and strategic intelligence firm based in Washington, D.C. The company conducts open-source investigations and provides research and strategic advice for businesses, law firms and investors, as well as for political inquiries, such as opposition research The "GPS" initialism is derived from "Global research, Political analysis, Strategic insight".
Glenn Simpson & Fusion GPS Have a History with
“Russian Lawyer” Natalia Veselnitskaya
Q. Do you know Natalia Veselnitskaya?
Q. When did you first interact with Ms. Veselnitskaya?
A. I believe it was sometime in 2014.
Q. Has Fusion ever worked with Ms. Veselnitskaya?
A. Didn't I just answer that? Yes. I mean, she was the lawyer, the Russian lawyer, who retained Baker Hostetler who retained us. So when you say "worked with," I don't know that as a technical meaning, but we interacted with her as part of the Prevezon litigation.
Q. Has Fusion ever been paid by her?
A. Well, she arranged -- as the lawyer for Prevezon she would have arranged for Prevezon to pay Baker Hostetler which paid us. So if that's what your question is, then the answer is yes, but I mean, I don't think the money came from her
Glenn Simpson Denies Knowledge of
Veselnitskaya Working with the Russian Government
Q. Has she ever said anything to you, presumably via a translator, indicating or implying she had worked with the Russian government?
A. No, but Mark Cymrot told me when he told me of her existence that she was a former prosecutor.
Q. And has she ever said anything to you more specifically indicating or implying that she had worked for Russian intelligence?
Q. Do you have any reasons to believe that Ms. Veselnitskaya has ties to the Russian government?
A. I know what I've read in the newspaper.
Q. Beyond that?
A. Beyond that my impression of her was of someone who, you know, was a very smart and ambitious lawyer, but not like a big political player in the Kremlin.
Simpson Knew of Veselnitskaya’s Issues Getting a Visa
Q. Were you generally aware of her trip to the United States in June?
A. I was. She had trouble getting a visa and -- there was some drama over whether she could get a visa – this would have been a recurring issue in the case. You know, our lawyers believed that the Justice Department was interfering with her visas because they wanted to inhibit her from collaborating with us on the case, but I don't have any independent knowledge of her visa issues. I just remember that was an issue. I remember that at the last minute she got a visa to come to this Appellate Court hearing on June 9th in New York, and that was the way that she persuaded them to give her a visa was that she needed to attend a hearing which was on an appeal of a District Court ruling related to the disqualification motion that had been filed by William Browder against Baker Hostetler after he was ordered to give testimony. So that's the history of that court hearing, which was after the Court said he couldn't get out of the subpoena and he had to give testimony, he then triggered a new delay in his testimony by filing a disqualification motion.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is Believed to Have Granted
Veselnitskaya Special Entry into the United States
Homeland’s statement confirmed court testimony and records cited by The Hill that Veselnitskaya was initially turned down for a visa to enter the United States and required the special immigration parole permission as late as January 2016. The court records did not indicate how she entered the country after that time.
A federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan told the court in a hearing in January 2016 that the “extraordinary circumstances” parole request needed to be approved by Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Simpson & Veselnitskaya Met on June 8th & 10th
Immediately Before & After the
Trump Tower Meeting on June 9th!
Q. And that hearing was on June 8th; is that correct?
A. I believe it was June 9th.
Q. Did you have any other information about Ms. Veselnitskaya's itinerary or intended activities on this trip?
A. No. I mean, I can tell you what I knew. I knew she was coming in I guess on the 8th. I don't have a clear recollection of the dinner, but I know -- I believe we had a dinner. The problem is I had more than one. So I don't have a clear recollection of it. Anyway, I saw her the next day in court at this hearing and I'm sure we exchanged greetings, but, as I say, she speaks Russian and I speak English. I think she was with Anatoli and she left afterwards. I know she didn't tell me any other plans she had.
Q. So you had dinner the 8th, saw her in court on the 9th; is that correct?
Q. And dinner again on the 10th?
A. In D.C.
Q. Did you see her any other time?
A. Not that I recall.
Q. Did Fusion play any role assisting Ms. Veselnitskaya during that trip?
A. Not that I recall.
Q. It has widely been reported Ms. Veselnitskaya and Mr. Akhmetshin and others met with Donald Trump, Junior, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner on June 9th, 2016. Were you aware of this beforehand?
Q. It didn't come up at the dinner the night before?
Q. When did you first become aware of the meeting?
A. Around the time it broke in the New York Times. I was stunned.
Q. Is it correct that that means it wasn't discussed at the dinner on the 10th?
A. No, but, again, you know, the dinner on the 10th was I was at one end of the table talking to a woman about her biography on Simon Bolivar and she was at the other end with Rinat and she doesn't really speak much English. So, you know, fortunately I was not going to do a lot of entertaining.
Q. I should clarify, discussed with you.
A. Yeah. So if she discussed with somebody else, I wouldn't --
Q. Right. Do you have any knowledge of the purpose of the meeting other than what you read in the media?
A. No. No. Well, I mean, I read she wanted to give them some information and I wondered whether it was information from the Prevezon case and I've seen speculation to that effect, but I don't have any knowledge.
Q. If we had the specifics of the information, would you be able to clarify whether it had come from Fusion?
A. I think so. If it's, you know, stuff I worked on I obviously will recognize it, yes.
Q. As far as you know, how was this meeting arranged or do you have any information beyond what's in the public --
A. I don't.
Q. Other than recent media reports, do you have any reason to believe that the meeting was an attempt by the Russian government to make contact with the Trump campaign?
A. I mean, that's kind of an analytical question. I don't have any factual reason to believe that. I don't have possession of any
Veselnitskaya's Russian translator at the
Trump Tower meeting was Ex-State Department Contractor, Anatoli Samochornov
Samochornov lists himself on his LinkedIn page as having been a project manager at the Meridian International Center, a public diplomacy nonprofit that worked with State Department exchange programs. He also describes himself as a contractor running a company co-owned by professional interpreters that offers interpreting and conference services.
"We are professionally trained conference interpreters. All three of us have interpreted for the UN, the IMF, the World Bank, the US Department of State, many corporate clients in virtually all industries, not-for-profit organizations and labor unions," his page states. Some news reports have said he also has done translating work for the FBI.
Given the prior relationship between Christopher Steele and Associate Deputy Attorney General, Bruce Ohr (whose wife, Nellie Ohr, was also a contractor for Fusion GPS). it isn't unreasonable to believe the unverified Trump-Russia Dossier was pushed to the FBI and into the media as retaliation for the bad press coverage from the Hilary Clinton email scandal, and to delegitimize the Trump presidency.
Given the prior relationship between Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS with Natalia Veselnitskaya, it isn't unreasonable to believe her presence in the Trump Tower Meeting was a set-up to create the pretense of 'Russian collusion' by the Trump Campaign. It is plausible that Fusion GPS, with the help of Attorney General Loretta Lynch (who approved Veselnitskaya's visa under special circumstances) was placed in that meeting with a former FBI translator to create the impression of Russian collusion and/or to spy on the Trump Campaign.
A Professor at Cambridge was Working as a Secret Informant
for the FBI in the Trump Campaign
In the summer and fall of 2016, Halper, then an emeritus professor at Cambridge, contacted three Trump campaign advisers for brief talks and meetings that largely centered on foreign policy. At some point that year, he began working as a secret informant for the FBI as it investigated Russia’s interference in the campaign, according to multiple people familiar with his activities.
The FBI Launched an Investigation into the
Trump Campaign’s ties to Russia Without Evidence
Alexander Downer, the former high commissioner to the U.K., asked another Australian diplomat to contact Trump aide, George Papadopoulos, for a meeting in May 2016 at London’s Kensington Wine Room.
Over drinks, Papadopoulos mentioned Russians had information on Hillary Clinton that could prove damaging. However, there was no indication in the short exchange with Papadopoulos that Trump was aware of the damaging information, Downer also said.
“By the way, nothing [Papadopoulos] said in that conversation indicated Trump himself had been conspiring with the Russians to collect information on Hillary Clinton. It was just that this guy, [Papadopoulos], clearly knew that the Russians did have material on Hillary Clinton — but whether Trump knew or not?” Downer explained.
“He didn’t say Trump knew or that Trump was in any way involved in this. He said it was about Russians and Hillary Clinton; it wasn’t about Trump,” Downer told The Australian.
Papadopoulos’s reference to Clinton material was vague, Downer suggested.
“He didn’t say dirt; he said material that could be damaging to her. No, he said it would be damaging. He didn’t say what it was.”
Alexander Downer is Rumored to be a Member (Spy)
of the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance
Downer's intersecting political, diplomatic and business careers are all laced with intelligence gathering, spying, duplicitous conduct, lying, treachery and self-aggrandisement — just to mention a few of the nicer characteristics. He's a repeat offender.
Alexander Downer spies for the Five Eyes (FVEY), a small league of white-ish Anglo-ish Western-ish nations to which Australia clings, whose prime role is multilateral signals intelligence gathering and spying on everyone — including other allies and one another.
The rest of the gang includes Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.