IS ANYONE GOING TO “STAND UP?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 18, 2019) — A Friday-night tweet from former FBI Director James Comey refutes President Trump’s characterization of the FBI’s counterintelligence probe into his campaign as “treason.”
“The president claiming the FBI’s investigation was ‘TREASON’ reminds me that a Russian once said, ‘A lie told often enough becomes the truth.’ That shouldn’t happen in America. Who will stand up?” Comey asked just before 10:00 PM.
Earlier Friday Trump tweeted, “My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!”
Since the “Mueller report” on alleged Trump-Russia “collusion” was made public one month ago today, revelations are emerging almost daily demonstrating that the U.S. intelligence community, in coordination with overseas intelligence agencies, sent human informants to interact with Trump campaign aides in 2016. One such informant, Stefan Halper, reportedly had CIA connections and had performed contract work for a division of the Pentagon.
Beginning in October 2016, four successive surveillance warrants on former Trump informal advisor Carter Page were obtained using an unverified “dossier” of what some believe was nothing more than disinformation obtained from Russian intelligence operatives.
Although the warrant applications claimed that the evidence submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) was “verified” and at least the first bore Comey’s signature, less than three months later at a meeting at Trump Tower on January 6, 2017, Comey told then-President-Elect Trump that the dossier was “salacious and unverified.”
In a podcast on Wednesday, Comey’s general counsel, James Baker, who left the Bureau last May, told Yahoo! News’s “chief investigative correspondent” Michael Isikoff that he and his colleagues at the time feared that Comey’s briefing of Trump about the dossier and the media’s possession of it could have been interpreted as “blackmail.”
It is believed that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is about to release a major report focusing on whether or not the FBI and DOJ abused the FISA-warrant process in its obtaining surveillance authority over Page, whose interactions almost undoubtedly included senior campaign aides, White House personnel, and possibly the president himself.
On March 4, 2017, Trump unexpectedly tweeted that his campaign had been the subject of a “wire tap” to much guffawing from the mainstream media and claims of “no evidence.” That day, CNN called Trump’s claim “baseless.”
However, the same media ignored an article from The New York Times, published just as Trump was about to be inaugurated, claiming that the FBI and other agencies were carrying out a number of investigations using “wiretapped communications.”
Writing for The Washington Examiner on April 10, 2019, Jerry Dunleavy said that more than one Trump campaign member was the subject of a FISA warrant, as has been alleged for months by former Trump foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulos.
As detailed in his book, “Deep State Target,” Papadopoulos was the subject of scrutiny by no fewer than six individuals previously unknown to him, including Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud, who Papadopoulos claims told him on April 26, 2016 that Russia had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos claims Mifsud has been shielded by the Italian government since Mifsud met with the FBI in February 2017.
On April 19, 2019, The Daily Caller reported:
Special counsel Robert Mueller alleges in his report on the Russia investigation that Mifsud lied to the FBI about the timeline of his contacts with George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser whom the FBI claims was the catalyst for the bureau’s collusion investigation.
Also on Thursday, an Italian newspaper revealed that after Mifsud was first linked to Papadopoulos, he allegedly went into hiding for months, living at a Rome apartment owned by Link International. The company controls Link Campus, a university in Rome that partners closely with Western intelligence agencies.
In October 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded “guilty” to one count of lying to the FBI during interviews about his alleged “Russia” contacts, including Mifsud, although Papadopoulos later said he was “framed in many ways” by the FBI and Mueller’s team of aggressive prosecutors. He served 11 nights in a federal prison late last year and was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and pay a $9,500 fine.
In a recent interview, Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, echoed Papadopoulos’s claim that Mifsud is connected to Western intelligence services, not Russia, as the Mueller report alleges.
Others who approached Papadopoulos include Charles Tawil, who Papadopoulos claims gave him $10,000 in cash which the FBI appears to have sought when agents arrested him upon his return to the U.S. in late July 2017; Halper and his purported assistant, Azra Turk, described recently by The New York Times as an “investigator posing as an assistant” sent by the FBI, although Papadopoulos believes it was the CIA; then-Australian Ambassador to the UK and Clinton supporter Alexander Downer, who later claimed that Papadopoulos told him that the Russians had Hillary Clinton’s emails; and Sergei Millian, who Papadopoulos said in his book was described to him as having “worked for the FBI” by an acquaintance of Millian’s (Location 1630 in Kindle edition).
In response to Comey, The Post & Email tweeted Saturday morning, “Yes, who will stand up and admit that the ‘long-form’ birth certificate image is a forgery created by the same intelligence community that spied on the Trump campaign?”
Our reference was to an image uploaded to the White House website on April 27, 2011 purported to be a PDF scan of a certified copy of Barack Hussein Obama’s “long-form,” or more detailed, birth certificate allegedly obtained from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH).
Within hours, the image was denounced as a poorly-assembled forgery, eventually prompting a 5+-year criminal investigation. Concluded in December 2016, lead investigator Mike Zullo revealed that two outside forensic experts agreed with his conclusion, first announced in March 2012, that the image is a “computer-generated forgery.”
Although Zullo’s investigation did not focus on Obama’s birthplace, he more recently divulged that two experienced U.S. intelligence agents informed him that it is “an open secret” in Washington, DC that Obama was not born in the United States.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen.”
Zullo has said that the release of the long-form image on that April morning was done “with the intent to deceive.” Recently he has said that in his assessment, “all roads lead to John Brennan,” Obama’s CIA director and virulent Trump critic.
In a tweet on Friday evening, Papadopoulos said that the FBI’s probe of the campaign was carried out by Brennan and Obama. “Brennan was running this with Obama,” Papadopoulos wrote. “All the targeting of us was abroad. The U.K./Australia/Italy were prodded into recognizing their assets against us. Comey was late to the show and was the henchman that use the phony foreign sources to fool FISA judges and persecute.”
In a December 2018 interview, Zullo said, “There is no original certificate; there never was.”