House GOP Releasing Russiagate Transcripts – What We Know So Far
Now that the GOP has lost control of the House and former Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has retired from Congress, you have to wonder how much the guy was covering for the Justice Department for the past two years.
Now that Goodlatte is out of the way and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has also retired, Georgia Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) is the Ranking Member of the minority Republicans on the Judiciary Committee – and he has been tearing the swamp to pieces.
Collins has now publicly released three separate private transcripts of key players in the soft coup against President Trump. Here’s what we know so far.
First, Bruce Ohr – a career prosecutor at the Department of Justice – inserted himself into the chain of evidence custody in the Russian collusion conspiracy.
Ohr had a professional relationship that dates back more than a decade with former British spy Christopher Steele, the man hired by Fusion GPS and ultimately the Clinton campaign to dig up “Russian dirt” on Donald Trump.
Steele gave physical evidence in the form of documents and a thumb drive (although we should call it “evidence” with air quotes) to Ohr, who then handed the evidence to the FBI.
Prosecutors aren’t supposed to be in the chain of custody when it comes to evidence in a potential criminal case. Steele should have delivered his information directly to the FBI.
Ohr knows this as a career prosecutor, but in the Obama Justice Department’s zeal to “get Trump,” they threw all legal protocol out the window.
The Lisa Page transcripts reveals that the Justice Department under then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directly intervened to prevent Hillary Clinton from being prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Page was the FBI attorney who was also the mistress of anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok.
You’re probably already aware of her text messages describing her hatred of Donald Trump and her sincere 2016 hopes that Trump would never be president. “Right?… Right?”
Page admitted to the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees last year that the mid-level managers at the FBI wanted to charge Hillary Clinton with gross negligence in mishandling classified information.
As Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton used a private, off-the-books, illegal home server for all of her work emails. This included potentially thousands of classified documents, but we’ll never know the extent of her crimes because she deleted most of the information before law enforcement could get its hands on the server.
Why wasn’t Hillary Clinton charged with a crime?
Because, according to Lisa Page, the Justice Department told them they would not even consider prosecuting a gross negligence charge – so don’t even bother.
This order came to the FBI investigators before they had even interviewed Hillary Clinton about the case. It also came before Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton in that infamous “tarmac meeting,” right before Hillary was exonerated of all wrongdoing by then-FBI Director James Comey.
The Peter Strzok transcript didn’t offer much in the way of red meat. Strzok behaved much the same behind closed doors as he did during his public testimony.
He was combative, uncooperative, and insists that his personal bias and his “insurance policy” to keep Trump out of office were on the up-and-up.
One of the soon-to-be-released transcripts promises to be a howler, according to Fox News’ Sarah Carter, who has seen it.
Christopher Steele in fact did not rely on “Russians” for his infamous Trump-Russian dossier. Steele admitted this behind closed doors to Congress, which is why Republicans have been so eager to release these transcripts.
Where did Steele get his information, then? From random anti-Trump user comments on CNN articles.
Steele would then take quotes from random CNN fans and conspiracy theorists and verify the information with his Russian sources, who must have been laughing their rear-ends off.
Steele: “Is this true about Donald Trump and the Russian hookers?”
Drunk Russian Official: “Da! Da! Every word true, comrade! We even have pictures.”
This was the information that James Comey’s FBI agents used to secure a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. Random CNN user comments.
Now we’re two years into the Mueller campaign, the lives of various Trump campaign officials have been destroyed, and we’re finally learning just how bad the DOJ and FBI rot is. Here’s hoping that the new Attorney General will clean house and start firing and arresting the real Russian colluders.