What was the FBI doing while Trump was in charge and it was theoretically working as part of his DOJ, particularly as he rolled into office in 2017 and booted Obama from 1600 Penn? Trying to cover up that it spied on his campaign in a desperate attempt to help Hillary, that’s what it was doing.
And why was it doing that? Because it was freaking out at the idea that Trump knew he was being spied on; like the criminals it’s theoretically supposed to be catching, the FBI doesn’t like being caught in the act, particularly by those who aren’t breaking the law.
So, with Trump heading to office saying that he knew what was going on and the FBI having its hand in the proverbial cookie jar, its senior leadership freaked out.
That, at least, is what’s revealed by recent notes that have emerged from Durham’s prosecution of Michael Sussman, the Clinton Campaign lawyer that tried (and succeeded) to set up the Trump-Russia scandal and derail his first few years in office, with the whole thing based on a lie.
The notes were released on May 8 by lawyers representing former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann as part of an effort to clear him on charges of having lied to the FBI. The notes, in reality, appear to do little to exonerate Sussmann but do provide quite a bit of information on the FBI.
The meeting at which the notes were taken took place just two days after Trump’s March 4, 2017, tweet in which he accused former President Barack Obama of having wiretapped Trump Tower. Trump’s tweet panicked FBI leadership, who were unsure exactly how much Trump knew about their efforts to tie him up with Russia collusion allegations.
What the notes reveal is that in response to the tweet, they tried to cover their tracks.
By March 2017, FBI leadership already knew with near-certainty that the Trump–Russia collusion claims were a hoax. They knew that Clinton’s campaign had a plan to vilify Trump by portraying him as a puppet of Putin. The FBI also knew that not a single claim in the so-called Steele dossier—which was the primary source of allegations of Trump–Russia collusion—had checked out.
What the notes reveal is that, though the FBI doesn’t appear to have been freaked out by the revelation that the Trump-Russia stuff wasn’t real, it was panicking at the idea that Trump knew what it was up to.
Or, as The Epoch Times put it, “The real bombshells are in the many pages of notes that Sussmann doesn’t cite; those notes reveal the true extent of the FBI’s panic over Trump’s tweet. The first reaction from FBI leadership appears to have been to tell the acting attorney general, Boente, a sequence of lies about their investigation.”
And thus began the lies. Lies about Trump and Russia, lies about the Steele Dossier, lies about Alpha Bank. The FBI was worried that it got caught, the notes reveal, and so started lying, misrepresenting, and attempting to cover its tracks. As the Epoch Times put it:
By Sept. 23, 2016, the FBI’s IT team had disproven the Alfa Bank allegations. But rather than admit that, the FBI actually tried to breathe new life into the Alfa allegations through its misrepresentations.
All of these exculpatory facts were not just hidden from interim DOJ officials at the March 6, 2017, meeting, FBI leadership twisted those facts to make them appear like there was a strong case against Trump when they knew there was no case at all.
But the March 6 meeting was only the beginning. Knowing that Trump might now be on to them, FBI leadership immediately increased their efforts to cover their own tracks by intensifying the focus on Trump.
[…]On March 15, 2017, FBI Director James Comey suddenly decided to brief the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), about the Carter Page FISA application, which FBI leadership believed Trump had found out about. Comey would provide them with copies of the actual FISA warrant two days later. At this same time, Comey also began his briefing of the congressional Gang of Eight—the eight individuals within the U.S. Congress who are briefed on classified intelligence matters by the executive branch—regarding the Page FISA.
So that’s what the “Justice Department” was up to under Trump, or at least what Sussman’s notes make it look like the FBI was up to. Still have faith in our criminal justice process and federal law enforcement?