A secret memo by the House Intelligence Committee detailing potential criminal conduct inside the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI during the 2016 elections has sent shockwaves through Washington.
Sixty-five members of Congress are now calling on Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes to hold a vote to release the memo to the public.
While the contents of the memo remain classified, lawmakers who have seen it have reacted with shock, and have spoken to the disturbing evidence laid out in the memo.
“Our republic is in jeopardy if we allow this type of a palace coup environment to continue to persist,” Congressman Matt Gaetz said in an interview with Fox News in talking about the memo.
Members of the House have been careful not to divulge any of the classified information contained in the memo, but have given plenty of hints as to the subject matter it deals with.
“Think about what we knew a long time ago, the Clinton campaign paid for the dossier. Think about those text messages of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, where they talk about … an ‘insurance policy’ to make sure Donald Trump is not elected president,” said Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in an interview with Fox News.
An investigation published by The Epoch Times on Jan. 18 showed the web of connections related to the Trump dossier and a possible conspiracy between the Clinton campaign, the Obama administration, law enforcement, and intelligence community, to prevent Trump from being elected president.
At the heart of the conspiracy was the Russia collusion narrative presented in the so-called Trump dossier.
After it failed to stop Trump from becoming elected, it became the main attack narrative against his presidency, with the ultimate goal being to force him out of office using impeachment.
Top Democratic lawmakers, including House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), had publicly stated they were waiting on special counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation to begin impeachment procedures.
However, we have now learned that the Trump dossier, a piece of opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, was the driving force behind the collusion allegations.
Payments for Fusion GPS, the opposition research company behind the dossier, had been hidden for over a year by the Clinton campaign and the DNC by having funneled them through law firm Perkins Coie and mislabeling them in FEC filings.
The dossier, which was made to look like an intelligence document, was produced by Christopher Steele, who almost exclusively used Russian Kremlin-linked sources for the information.
Nellie Ohr, who previously worked for the CIA’s Open Source Works project, was also hired by Fusion GPS to work on the dossier. Her husband, Bruce Ohr, was a high ranking DOJ official who was demoted last month after it was revealed he had secretly met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson as well as Steele.
The dossier made its way to the FBI through FBI agents that Steele talked to as well as through Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who had sent one of his associates, David Kramer, to London to meet with Steele and obtain a copy of the report. In a statement released in January 2017, McCain said he had personally delivered the dossier to FBI Director James Comey.
Simultaneously two of President Barack Obama’s top aides—National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power—made dozens, if not hundreds, of so-called unmasking requests for the identities of members of Trump’s team in intelligence reports, both before and after the election.
A separate investigation by the DOJ Inspector General found that the lead investigator on the Trump case, Peter Strzok, had sent over 9,500 text messages to a high profile FBI lawyer who worked for deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. In the text messages, they show a clear bias in favor of Hillary Clinton and a disdain for Trump.
Strzok was also the lead investigator on the probe into Hillary Clinton sending classified information using a private email server.
In one message between Strzok and Page, they describe a meeting they had in the office of McCabe in which they described an “insurance policy” to prevent Trump from getting elected.
President Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Jan. 11 that Strzok had committed treason.
In his remarks, Trump made reference to the “insurance policy” that had been discussed by Strzok, Page, and McCabe.
Treason is defined under article three in the U.S. Constitution as aiding enemies against the United States or levying war against it.
Under U.S. law, treason is punishable by death or imprisonment for a minimum of five years.
Lawmakers who have seen the memo—the contents of which extends beyond the information we already know—have described it as shocking, with one lawmaker invoking the KGB to describe what happened.
“I have read the memo,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wrote on Twitter. “The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was never Trump and always Hillary.”
Congressman Gaetz said after having seen the memo that “heads are going to roll at the FBI and the Department of Justice.”
“There is no way everyone keeps their job … I think that there could be people who face criminal consequences as a result of the activities that are laid out in this memo,” he said.
From The Epoch Times