The Text that Hit the Fan: “potus wants to know everything that we’re doing”

The Text that Hit the Fan: “potus wants to know everything we’re doing”

Among the thousands of text messages between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and Attorney Lisa Page, messages that the FBI claimed to have lost but were nevertheless found, was this text from Page to Strzok on September 2, 2016:

“potus wants to know everything we’re doing.”

It is not an overstatement that this text may well prove to be the smoking gun that President Barack Obama was part of the effort to meddle in that year’s presidential election, using the power of government to both protect Hillary Clinton and attack Donald Trump, all in an effort to rig the election in Clinton’s favor.

Strzok, having successfully engineered FBI Director James Comey’s exoneration of Hillary Clinton on July 5th of that year, received this text from his paramour, Lisa Page. The text was part of an ongoing dialog between the two, concerning a meeting that Comey was to have with Obama, to discuss talking points about the probe into the former secretary of state.

If the president of the United States (“potus”) wanted to know everything that Strzok and Page, specifically, were doing (regarding the Clinton investigation and everything they were doing to help obtain a FISA warrant against Trump), then that means President Obama was well aware of such efforts and sought to be updated on these same efforts…

…and it doesn’t get higher than this.

There would be more text messages to come in the days and weeks which followed. One in particular, written by Page on Election Day, 2016 referenced buying “all of the president’s men” and the need to “brush up on Watergate,” indicating that she fully understood the implications of what was going on. A week later, on November 14th, Page referenced in another text to Strzok “OUR task ahead of us,” and, while the meaning of this cannot be precisely ascertained, it fits nicely into a determination to either overturn the results of the election or put into place a plan to destroy the new president.

In the coming days and weeks, we will be learning about what all was taking place at Obama’s State Department, before and after the election, while that department was headed by John Kerry, following Clinton’s tenure. It will show that senior-level officials both attempted to conceal subpoenaed documents in the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation, and it will show a concerted effort to sabotage Trump’s campaign and presidency. This level of corruption, as with the Justice Department and FBI, which used a Clinton-funded dossier to spy on Trump’s campaign associates, may even spread to the Treasury Department and the IRS, before all is said and done. Regardless, this is a scandal without equal in the history of the United States…

…the trans-departmental attempt to cover up the crimes of a Secretary of State, one Hillary Clinton, and disrupt a presidential election and sabotage its victor, all under the aegis of a corrupt president of the United States, one Barack Obama.

 

-Drew Nickell, 7 February 2018

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The Mueller Probe- Desperately Avoiding the Inevitable

The Mueller Probe- Desperately Avoiding the Inevitable

In the nine months since former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, tasked specifically with finding evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to tamper with the 2016 presidential election, no evidence has been brought forth that any such collusion ever took place. In fact, it has become apparent that Mueller, Deputy FBI Director Rod Rosenstein (who appointed Mueller), as well as James Comey and Andrew McCabe, all knew that the FISA warrants granted to the Obama Justice Department and the Comey-led FBI, were principally based upon opposition research, paid for by the Clinton campaign and DNC.

The fact that the GPS/Fusion dossier was merely mentioned as “possibly being of political origin” in the requests for multiple FISA warrants, is a far cry from full disclosure to the Obama-appointed FISC judge, that the dossier was paid for by the political opponent of the candidate targeted in the FISA warrant. Had this been disclosed to the judge, the judge would have violated federal law granting the FISA warrants based upon such questionable evidence. Such omissions are also, in fact, violations of law which are punishable by imprisonment. Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified in closed session, that “no such warrants would have ever been requested without the dossier”. Hence, those who submitted these requests to the FISC criminally violated the law, all in their zeal to first, prevent the election of Donald Trump, and then sabotage his presidency from the start. Democrat-authored memos cannot, and will not, dispute any of these facts as we have come to know them, despite vehement attempts on their part to do so.

Unable to substantiate collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign, Mueller’s team has since re-focused its investigation into whether or not President Donald Trump obstructed justice in his firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9th of 2017. Although Comey’s firing was not the designated focus of the appointment of Mueller by Rosenstein, the real reason for his appointment was apparently to retrieve anything possible to bring a criminal indictment against Trump, leading to his impeachment.

In essence, an outcome in search of a crime.

The only problem in going that route is that a sitting president has unrestricted authority to fire an FBI Director, at any time and for any reason. Comey admitted as much before and after his firing. So, since Comey’s firing won’t suffice, Robert Mueller has now “baked a cake,” loaded with the most trivial of details, gained from his interviews with Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos. In so doing, he is tempting the president to take a bite of this “cake,” and thus open himself to charges of lying to a federal prosecutor- that is, if the president decides to sit down with Mueller and face his questioning. Refusing such a request from Mueller will assuredly cause political fallout and sanctimonious outrage amongst Trump’s bi-partisan opponents, and their fellow travelers in the mainstream media. No doubt, Trump’s refusal to sit down with Mueller would fuel the fires of those set on demanding his impeachment, as predictable as it is undeniable.

Nevertheless, talking to Mueller (something that the president has an absolute right to refuse) would be tantamount to Trump’s effective resignation from the presidency, and therefore NOT something that is ever likely to happen. He knows it, and so does Mueller, despite media reports which suggest that such an interview is certain to take place. It’s not the first time the media has pushed a narrative divorced from reality, and it won’t be the last, either.

In the end, no matter how long all of this drags out- even if God forbid, it lasts throughout Trump’s second term- the investigation of Robert Mueller is faced with inevitable failure in its fevered quest to bring down the presidency of Donald J. Trump. All of the desperate attempts to avoid this inevitability notwithstanding, the time has come for this inquiry to come to a close, if only to avoid splitting the country further apart. Yet, that may well depend on whether or not Mr. Mueller loves his country more than his own reputation.

In the words of the president, himself, an absolute “disgrace,” indeed.

-Drew Nickell, 5 February 2018

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FISA Memo – the Tip of the Iceberg

FISA Memo – the Tip of the Iceberg

Yesterday, February 2nd, a memorandum summarizing more than a year-long investigation into the FBI and the Department of Justice and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election, from the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Devin Nunes (R-CA), was released without objection or redaction from the White House.

Its release was vehemently opposed by senior-level associates of the Justice Department, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, as well as the ranking minority member of the committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA), on the grounds that its release would compromise national security, it assets, and the methods and procedures used by our intelligence to gather information on foreign nationals. These objections, and the justification for these objections, were echoed by the mainstream news media- all in supposed fear that the memo’s release would irreparably damage our national security and destroy our federal agencies. Nevertheless, these objections turned out to be completely fallacious and without any merit or substance. The four-page memorandum itself, as well as the cover letter from White House Counsel Don McGahn, contained no such information as was alleged.

The salient question…why the objection to its release?

Simple. Its release exposes a level of corruption and abuse of power that was exacted upon the Trump campaign, before, during and after the election, on the part of Barack Obama’s Justice Department and the FBI, then under the direction of James Comey. The memo exposes the fact that a GPS/Fusion dossier, authored by Christopher Steele and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC to dig up dirt on Donald Trump, was the principle “evidence” submitted to the FISA court, backed up by media reports that were circularly sourced to Christopher Steele, to obtain warrants to spy on Carter Page and others associated with Trump’s campaign in the final weeks of the 2016 election. In December 2017 closed-door testimony, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe indicated that without this dossier, there would be no such FISA warrants requested from, much less approved by, the FISA Court. Originally requested under James Comey’s signature, and with the imprimatur of Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, these illegal warrants were renewed by, and additional warrants were subsequently obtained by, Deputy Attorney Generals Sally Yates, Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein, reaching well into the Trump presidency. This dossier, compiled by Steele and based on tabloid and salacious reports gathered from Russia, was revealed to President Trump in January 2017, by FBI Director James Comey, who assured the president that there was no reliable evidence in the dossier, despite the fact that it was Comey who used this dossier to gain FISA warrants, two months before. In May of 2017, the day following his firing by President Trump, Comey released transcripts of his own notes on his conversations with the new president through a college professor to the New York Times, which ultimately prompted Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, knowing full well that there was no substantive evidence of such collusion in the first place.

So, an opposition research paper paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, was used by the Obama Justice Department and the FBI, to obtain FISA warrants against her opposing candidate, without divulging to the FISA court that this dossier was just that- a false dossier authored by a foreign national, Christopher Steele who “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” The dossier was fed by Nellie Ohr, an employee of GPS/Fusion and the wife of Associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr, and these fabrications were used to obtain subsequent warrants.

Never in the history of the United States has there been so blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution, and never has there been a scandal in such magnitude reaching far into an administration, to interfere with a presidential election, attempt to overturn that election, and destroy the subsequent administration of a duly-elected president.

Yet, the release of this memo only scratches the surface of the deep state corruption that has been unleased on President Trump. In the coming weeks and months, it will be revealed that similar abuses of power and attempts to destroy Trump’s presidency, extend to State Department and the Treasury Department personnel appointed during the last three administrations, all at the behest of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Had Hillary Clinton been elected, none of this corruption would have ever come to the surface, and no one would have ever known that her election was only made possible, as the result of collusion with the FBI and the Obama administration, aided and abetted by a news media which has ignored the biggest story in our lifetime…

…a story whose revelation is merely the tip of the iceberg.

-Drew Nickell, 3 February 2018

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Trump’s State of the Union- How Dare He…?!?

Trump’s State of the Union – How Dare He…?!?

How dare the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, deliver the State of the Union address last night, to a joint session of Congress on live television…?!? After all, wasn’t it Hillary Clinton who was supposed to be delivering that speech…?!?

How dare President Trump talk about the members of our armed forces, emergency responders, those Americans who put themselves in harm’s way, to come to the aid of their countrymen, here at home and across the seas…?!? After all, pointing out all they do to protect us is nothing more than a ploy to distract us from the Mueller investigation…

How dare he call upon our legislators, both Democrat and Republican, to set aside their partisan differences and seek common ground to deliver for the American people they are elected to serve…?!? Doesn’t he know we are a divided country, incapable of joining together for the greater good…?

How dare this man tout the accomplishments of his first year in office, creating 2.4 million new jobs, 200,000 of these in manufacturing, alone, achieving historical low unemployment figures for blacks and Hispanics, and touting record highs in the stock market which enrich everyone’s 401k plans, retirement pensions and college savings accounts…?!? Doesn’t he know that rescinding thousands and thousands of regulations, cutting business and personal income taxes, and eliminating ObamaCare’s individual mandates only amount to tax cuts for the rich…?!?

How dare he tell the American people to believe in themselves, believe in America, and tell them that they can dream anything, be anything and achieve anything…?!? Surely, he knows that nothing of the sort can be accomplished, without Democrats regaining control of both houses of Congress, and then telling the people how they must think and how they shall live their lives, because Americans are unable to think for themselves…

How dare President Trump evoke patriotism, how dare he mention the motto “In God, We Trust,” how dare he say we should stand for the National Anthem or place our hands over our hearts when we say the Pledge of Allegiance…?!? Doesn’t he realize that doing so is an assault on the First Amendment and that he is marginalizing those who don’t believe in these things?

How dare he call for lowering the prices of prescription and generic drugs, how dare he call for speeding up FDA approvals for revolutionary new treatments, and allowing terminal patients to avail themselves of potential life-saving treatments…?!? Doesn’t he realize that the people have no right to treat their medical conditions without government regulation and approvals…?!?

How dare the president talk about the pursuit of fair and reciprocal trade deals, protect American workers and American intellectual property…?!? Doesn’t he understand that Americans are supposed to prop up other countries, even at the expense of ourselves and our jobs…?!?

How dare he talk about clean coal and energy independence when he knows that dependence upon foreign oil is what keeps potentates in power and energy prices high, and that keeping coal mines closed in states like Kentucky and West Virginia supports the import of foreign coal from countries who don’t have to abide by the Paris climate accords for the next thirteen years…?!?

How dare he call for shortening the timetables for building roads and improving infrastructure…?!?   Doesn’t he realize that thousands of bureaucrats depend upon these notoriously slow approval processes for their very livelihoods…?!?

How dare the president speak of securing our borders against illegal entry, doing away with lottery visas and chain migration, just so he can provide a path towards citizenship to 1.8 million illegal immigrants and their children…?!? Doesn’t he realize that there should actually be no borders, and that people have the right to come to this country unimpeded and avail themselves of American largesse, without any restrictions, just so they can become registered Democrat voters and ensure the perpetual primacy of that party?

How dare he call upon both parties to work together on bringing our immigration laws into the realities of the 21st century, and how dare he say that Americans are dreamers, too…?!? Doesn’t the president understand that immigration reform can only happen when Republicans are called racist xenophobes, and doesn’t he understand that only children of illegal aliens are allowed to dream…?!?

How dare the president speak of annihilating ISIS, when his predecessor promised us we would have to live with the reality of Islamic terrorism, how dare he keep the Guantanamo detention facility open when his predecessor promised to close that facility, and how dare he decry rogue regimes around the world, especially North Korea, who are bent on achieving the capability to land a nuclear weapon here in the United States…?!? Doesn’t he realize that they, too, have the right to pursue their own dreams of destroying America, and doesn’t he know that every country in the world deserves American financial support, regardless of whether or not they are allies…?!?

How dare he recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…?!? Doesn’t he know that doing so is offensive to those nations who seek to destroy Israel, and doesn’t he know that doing so is counter-productive to a peace process that has failed to achieve a two-state solution for the past forty years…?!?

How dare the President of the United States refer to the Capitol dome as a monument to the American people, when they should otherwise see the Capitol dome as a monument to the politicians we elect…?!?…

…and how dare the president tell Americans that it is they, the American people, who are making America great, again, when all that it does is to co-opt a cheap campaign slogan and attempt to bring the country together…?!? Doesn’t his horrible man realize that keeping the people divided against each other, and using these divisions to retain partisan political power is in the best traditions of our country…?!?…

The nerve of this guy !

-Drew Nickell, 31 January 2018

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Trump’s First State of the Union- to View or Not to View

Trump’s First State of the Union- to View or Not to View

On the eve of President Donald Trump’s very first State of the Union speech before a joint session of congress, it is worth recognizing the very real state of disunion that exits within, and outside, that same congress. This disunion is the inevitable biproduct of the intentional divisiveness which has been put forth by all, Democrats and Republicans, alike, who were opposed to his candidacy and are opposed to his presidency. The forces united in their resistance to his presidency are the very audience to whom his speech will be delivered, much akin to Daniel going into the den of lions who are licking their chops at the thought of feasting upon their human visitor.

Many of the same Democrat House and Senate members who boycotted his inauguration a year ago, have already indicated that this boycott will be continued tomorrow night. Had Republicans so boycotted an inauguration or a State of the Union speech by Barack Obama, screams of racism would have surely saturated the airwaves, but it’s perfectly tolerable for Democrats to do so against Trump. Look no further than this for the obvious hypocrisy that is undeniable, for when it comes to what the media feeds all of us, what’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander.

The wide gulf which now exists within the nation itself- that being the direct result of the divisiveness promoted by his immediate predecessor, Barack Obama- is the same nation now beset with division to whom Donald Trump is tasked with communicating his vision for the coming year, and beyond. As surely as Trump’s supporters will be tuned in to listen to his remarks, so it is equally certain that voters opposed to his presidency will not be tuning in to listen to the speech. Nevertheless, these same “non-viewers” will have plenty to say about the speech, beginning Wednesday morning, ranting and raving about the president’s speech being racist, sexist, misogynist, non-inclusive, blah, blah, blah. This will all be based solely on the rantings and ravings of Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Rachel Maddow and Steven Colbert, who themselves have already pre-ordained their narrative, completely devoid of anything actually contained in the president’s speech.

So how does anyone, much less a President of the United States, work with or speak to anyone so invested in their hatred of Trump, that they won’t even listen to that same president as he addresses the nation?

Better yet, how can any congressman or senator who shows his opposition to this president by not showing up to hear him speak, expect any cooperation from this same president, on substantive issues requiring their attention by the voters who elected them in the first place?

Donald Trump is just smart enough to ignore his naysayers and opponents, and will instead pursue his agenda with reckless abandon, as he has since taking office. That is the real secret behind his successful first year in office, but don’t expect the media to talk about this fact. Just as with his tweets which they disdain so much, the President bypasses the media’s coverage of his presidency as though it were an irrelevant irritant, much like a camper swatting away gnats who buzz in front of his eyes.

If Donald Trump is as bad as his opponents have made him out to be, one would think that these “no-shows” would want to be even be more attentive to what the president has to say about his agenda if, for no other reason, to seek out a strategy to oppose that agenda.

Then again, since their opposition to Trump is fomented and affirmed by a biased media set on destroying his presidency, why bother with something like honest and informed debate, when all you have to do is chant, “Impeach 45…Impeach 45…?”

…and we are paying these people to represent us?

-Drew Nickell, 29 January 2018

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To John Kerry, re 2020…a Sign of Things to Come

To John Kerry, re 2020…a Sign of Things to Come

Regarding the news that former Secretary of State John Kerry is not only undermining President Trump with the Palestinians, but is also mulling a run for the White House in 2020, this is an actual street sign (I’m not making this up) in Virginia Beach…

…I’d say quite prescient, wouldn’t you?

-Drew Nickell
26 January 2017

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The FBI’s Secret Society (and why this should worry all of us)

The FBI’s “Secret Society” (and why this should worry all of us)

Yesterday’s news reports that a substantial and crucial number of text messages between FBI Agent Peter Strzok, and his paramour Lisa Page- messages exchanged between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 (the very day Robert Mueller assumed control named of the investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign)- have suddenly disappeared, provides even further evidence of corruption within the senior levels of the FBI and the Justice Department. Reluctance on the part of that same Justice Department, to comply with multiple House oversight committee requests for all documents related to this same investigation, further suggests the scope of this corruption, slowly emerging for all to see.

This corruption permeates top levels of the NSA, the CIA and cabinet level appointees of the Barack Obama administration, as it has become ever clearer that FISA warrants to spy on private citizens associated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign were based upon GPS-Fusion dossiers, paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Further, hundreds of these same associates within the Trump campaign, caught up in these illegally-obtained FISA warrants, were unmasked by senior level cabinet members of the Obama administration, including UN Ambassador Susan Power.

Peter Strzok, who was the lead investigator into Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private server, and who was also in charge of the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion of Russia and the Trump campaign, and his extra-marital lover, a trial attorney assigned to Robert Mueller’s investigation, Lisa Page, had already gained notoriety for messages they exchanged in August of 2016, where they discussed the need of an “insurance policy” to destroy the Trump presidency in the unlikely event that he would defeat Hillary Clinton in the fall campaign.

Then, on the day after the 2016 election, in one of several text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page, it was revealed that a “secret society,” one whose intent was to bring down the presidency of Donald Trump, was created and which included several pro-Clinton, anti-Trump members of the Mueller investigative team, along with others associated with the decision to clear Hillary Clinton of criminal charges two months before the July, 2016 announcement by former FBI Director James Comey.

Comey’s announcement, which essentially let Clinton off the hook, was written in May of 2016, and based on a decision to exonerate Clinton by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in coordination with Comey and the Clinton investigative team. As it turns out, it was Strzok who changed the incriminating wording of “gross negligence” to “extreme carelessness,” all done at the behest of his superiors and to the benefit of Mrs. Clinton. To suggest that all of this “fix” was not under the auspices of President Obama is highly problematic, given the broad extent of what was required to exonerate Clinton from facing espionage and other charges related to her use of a private server and her release of classified documents to non-authorized personnel, like Huma Abedin.

According to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) someone associated with this “secret society” has now come forward and corroborated the existence of the society, and that they held meetings outside the offices of the FBI and the Justice Department- meetings convened to discuss how they might be able to drive the current president from office.

Then there is the four-page memorandum from Devon Nunes, (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which summarizes his committee’s findings that there is hard evidence that bias on the part of anti-Trump agents within the FBI, and which may also include several senior-level members of the Obama administration, is what prompted the entire investigation into Trump, in the first place. Republican House and Senate members outside the committee who have read this memorandum say that, once the public has seen its contents, all will be shocked to learn just how high up this corruption reaches into the Obama administration. Interestingly, Democrats who sit on this same committee are vehemently opposed to the public release of this memorandum, for fear of its ramifications, while other Democrats in both houses allege that the document is only a means to divert attention away from the Mueller investigation.

Regardless of one’s position on President Donald Trump- love him or hate him- the idea of FBI and Justice Department interference into a presidential election, and attempts to overturn the results of this election, should be disturbing at very least. The fact that powerful, senior-level officials within the FBI, the Justice Department, the CIA and the NSA, during the Obama administration, all participated in the illegal surveillance of Donald Trump and his associates, speak of a scandal much more serious than Watergate, and much wider than any in the history of the United States. The suggestion of the existence of a “secret society” designed to take down a sitting president of the United States, should send shivers down the spine of every American, that there is something so rotten in our nation’s capital, the very survival of representative democracy hangs in the balance of the whispers and designs of a very evil element within the deep state.

Not even Donald Trump could have imagined just how deep and murky the “swamp” that is Washington, D.C. really is…and little wonder why he is viewed as such a threat to the status quo of a corrupt government so entrenched in treachery and deceit.

-Drew Nickell, 24 January 2018

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