by Sharon Rondeau

(Nov. 22, 2019) — In an “exclusive” published Thursday evening, CNN reported that a criminal investigation has been launched into a “former FBI lawyer” for allegedly “altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser.”

CNN cited “several people briefed on the matter” as its sources, and the story quickly was taken up by other mainstream-media outlets.

After CNN’s Evan Perez provided his report to anchor Wolf Blitzer, Blitzer brought in former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, an Obama appointee and one of the last to be replaced by the Trump administration.

Bharara has expressed opposition to Trump’s policies on Twitter.

On the same story late Thursday and into Friday morning, Fox News reported the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, as the source of CNN’s article.  “Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has found evidence that an FBI lawyer manipulated a key investigative document related to the FBI’s secretive surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser — enough to change the substantive meaning of the document, according to multiple reports,” the Fox report begins.

Horowitz is expected to issue a report exceeding 500 pages on December 9 as to whether or not the U.S. intelligence community, including the FBI, abused the process by which surveillance warrants were obtained on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and perhaps others during the 2016 presidential election cycle and afterward.

Over the past several months, multiple Republican congressmen have suggested that criminal referrals will be forthcoming as a result of Horowitz’s investigation into the FBI and Justice Department’s conduct as it relates to the 2016 presidential election.

On Tuesday, Horowitz’s office issued a 63-page report which stated that since 2011, the FBI has failed to adhere to Justice Department policies in “validating” the credentials of its confidential human sources (CHSs).  “We found that the FBI did not comply with the AG Guidelines’ requirements and its own policies and procedures for managing long-term CHSs and, consequently, a backlog of CHSs awaited validation. In addition, the FBI’s long-term CHS validation reports were insufficient because they did not ensure the fullscope of a long-term CHS’s operation was reviewed and FBI validation personnel told us they were discouraged from documenting conclusions and recommendations,” the report states on page 2.

Earlier this week, investigative journalist Sara A. Carter reported on “Hannity” that the FBI CHS report is “the first part” of Horowitz’s anticipated December 9 report.

In 2011, Robert S. Mueller, III, who recently served as Special Counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged improper collaboration between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, was FBI director.  In September 2013, after Senate confirmation, James B. Comey assumed Mueller’s role, serving until May 2017, when Trump fired him.

On April 27, 2011, the White House released what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Barack Hussein Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate allegedly obtained from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) by Obama’s then-personal attorney, Judith Corley of Perkins Coie.

During the summer of 2016, another Perkins Coie attorney, Michael Sussmann, met with then-FBI General Counsel James Baker to make the claim that regular communication between a Trump Tower computer and one at Alfa Bank in Russia was occurring, according to Baker’s October 2018 closed-door testimony to members of Congress.

Sussmann’s claim was unsubstantiated by Mueller’s 22-month investigation, which employed 19 prosecutors and 40 FBI agents.

Perkins Coie was the law firm which paid Fusion GPS to seek opposition research on Trump on behalf of the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.  One of the firm’s founders, Robert Bauer, was Obama’s first White House counsel and led an off-the-record meeting with reporters on the morning of April 27, 2011, just before the birth-certificate image was publicly released to great media fanfare.

In an editorial at The Atlantic published earlier this year, Bauer called Trump a “racist,” excoriating him for his “birtherism.”  The term has come to signify anyone questioning Obama’s origins or the legitimacy of the birth-certificate image.

Earlier in 2011, Trump publicly questioned Obama’s birthplace and, by extension, his constitutional eligibility given credible past media reports stating that Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia.  Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a “natural born Citizen.”

After Obama’s 2008 election, Perkins would go on to defend him in a number of civil suits which called upon him to prove he was constitutionally eligible by releasing a certified birth certificate to augment the “short-form” image released by an unknown party, said by some to be then-Obama campaign aide Tommy Vietor.

Bauer termed Trump’s public statements calling for the release of the more detailed birth certificate “mendacious, race-based hectoring.”  Further, he criticized Trump for failing to be satisfied by the release of the “long-form” image.  “As we suspected all along, the release of the long form would not cause Trump to change course,” Bauer wrote. “More than a year later, in May 2012, he went beyond references to the alleged rumor mill and stated outright that Obama’s ‘mother was not in the hospital’ in Hawaii where he was born. Then Trump resorted to claiming to have information from sources briefing him directly on the fraud: In August 2012, he reported on Twitter hearing from an ‘extremely credible’ source that the long form was a fake.”

What Bauer did not report was that in August 2011, in response to numerous informal analyses performed by experts concluding that the “long-form” image is a forgery, a criminal inquiry was launched under the authority of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), then headed by Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.

Investigators tasked with examining the image first expected to find it non-problematic but were unable to clear it as authentic, Arpaio explained in a number of interviews since then, prompting the investigation to expand to Hawaii and various points across the country and span more than five years.

Lead investigator Mike Zullo gave three press conferences over the life of the probe, the first of which took place on March 1, 2012.  At that presser, Zullo explained how he concluded that the long-form image, as well as Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form, are fraudulent.

A second press conference confirmed that Zullo found the standard of “probable cause” as to the forgery of the birth certificate to have been surmounted.

At the final presser on December 15, 2016, Zullo demonstrated how nine elements from an original, paper Hawaii birth certificate from the same month in which Obama was reportedly born were transferred electronically to the template used to build the Obama birth-certificate image uploaded to

In 2014, Zullo reviewed and later “verified” certain information provided by a former government contractor demonstrating that a CIA computer trail showed a breach of the respective computer systems of the HDOH and University of Hawaii archives, then to a computer in Jakarta, Indonesia before returning to Washington, DC.

Zullo also reported that the investigation was able to determine from which computer the fraudulent birth-certificate image was uploaded to the White House website but not the individual who performed the task.

Despite the press conferences and Zullo’s many public statements since 2012, the FBI never investigated how or why the proffered government documentation of a sitting president was fraudulently manufactured.

When Blitzer on Thursday asked Bharara for his response to Perez’s report, Bharara responded, “Well, that’s kind-of an alarming bit of news…If there was an FBI agent, sworn to uphold the Constitution, who can be proven to have altered the document in connection with a legal proceeding in connection with a FISA warrant, that’s really serious; it doesn’t get more serious than that…”

The FISA warrants were obtained under the premise that Carter Page was “an agent of a foreign government” with “evidence” presented in the form of the now-infamous Russia “dossier” provided by British citizen Christopher Steele to the U.S. intelligence community, the State Department, and certain members of Congress in the months before the 2016 presidential election.

It was Steele’s work product which was paid for by Perkins Coie on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign.

While allowing for the possibility that the alteration of the FISA document could have been done in error, Bharara concluded his remarks to Blitzer with, “Law enforcement agents…are sworn to uphold the Constitution…they have to be of the utmost integrity and the utmost candor, especially when making a representation to the court, which a FISA application is.  It’s got to be on the up-and-up…”

In May, Attorney General William Barr tasked U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative which Mueller’s investigation found to be lacking in evidence.

One individual believed to have been actively distributing the dossier, which alleged the “collusion” theory and whose contents have not been verified, is former CIA Director John Brennan.  In an interview last month on MSNBC, where he is a paid national-security commentator, Brennan acknowledged that Durham’s office wished to interview him as part of its now-criminal probe.

Brennan has been particularly virulent in his opposition to Trump, terming Trump’s actions “traitorous” and labeling him “corrupt.”  Conversely, several congressmen have mentioned Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, among others, as likely to be referred by Horowitz to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.

In various radio interviews over the past 18 months, Zullo has connected the “the Deep State,” a term which came into use during the Trump administration and refers to entrenched, unelected bureaucrats opposed to Trump’s agenda and approach, to the creation of the Obama long-form image in coordination with the mainstream media.  “We’ve also come to learn and understand from media executives that there actually are CIA employees embedded in media newsrooms,” Zullo told “Freedom Friday” host Carl Gallups in April. “They’re not supposed to be doing that. The CIA’s charter is not to work inside the confines of the United States of America. They’re supposed to work outside, abroad.”

In June, Zullo told Gallups of the birth-certificate investigation, “Now we understand why the FBI never came down knocking on our door, meaning the sheriff’s office, for all that information, because had they done that and collected it, they would have been obligated to investigate it.”

Zullo also termed Mueller “Deep State.”

As a result of the birth-certificate investigation, Zullo said he has come to believe that “all roads are going to lead back to John Brennan.”


Update, 8:33 p.m.:  The Washington Times has reported that the document which the FBI agent may have “falsified” is an email.

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  1. @Lewis

    “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.”
    — Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, aka Soebarkah 2010.

    Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, aka Soebarkah could have easily ended all this back in 2011 by accepting President Trump’s offer in 2011 which, by the way, the former declined even after the latter upped it to $50 million.

  2. Who is/are “you” and what is “this” that Lewis is alluding to?
    So many questions, but not so many answers from the powers that be.

  3. Very insightful and inciteful discussions herein, sure to be exciteful if fully exposed to 330,000,000 US residents by TRUMP + BARR + DURHAM!.

    Those without a conscience seem to use con science, instead, to “design” their PC version of a “natural born Citizen”.

    So, let’s go back to the original meaning and purpose of John Jay’s “natural born Citizen” because all other pet designs du jour of “natural born Citizen” are flat-out fantasies, or speculative at best, are they not?

    So, when newly minted United States citizens first legally appeared on planet Earth in 1789 (if not before that with acceptance of the prior Articles of Confederation?), all persons within US jurisdiction (the 13 colonies) who demonstrated US-allegiance, or swore to US-allegiance et al, were ALL newly NATURALIZED US-ALLEGIANCE CITIZENS.

    And the babies inside these newly naturalized US citizen Moms, or new babies to be conceived, born and parented from these newly naturalized US-allegiance Citizen-parents were to be the first generation of John Jay’s intended non-grandfathered non-naturalized “natural born Citizens”, were they not?

    So, where did John Jay ever speak or write his “natural born Citizen” term would obviously include:

    >someone born in a distant foreign-allegiance-jurisdiction to two US Citizen-parents (John McCain)

    >someone born in Kenya, or Hawaii, to one unmarried teenage US Citizen-Mom, and an already-married British Subject student-visa temporarily-visiting-Dad, and who was later adopted as an Indonesian-allegiance muslim-allegiance Marxist-mentored step-child (Soetoro-Obama II)

    >someone born in USA-jurisdiction to foreign-allegiance foreign-citizen parents before residing and growing up in foreign-allegiance Canada (alamaK Harris)

    >someone born in Canada-jurisdiction to a foreign-citizen foreign-allegiance father, and a questionable US Citizen Mom, and decades later renouncing that Canadian citizenship just before running for US President (Lyin’ Ted the Undocumented Fed)


    And, going forward, any disgruntled member of the unholy Theft Left who says excluding, and now evicting Soetoro-Obama II from the US Presidency is bigoted and UNCONSTITUTIONAL, well, they are wrong since “natural born Citizen” is in the CONSTITUTION and its deliberate imposition there-in by John Jay can never be rendered UNCONSTITUTIONAL until it is duly amended!


  4. Was the e-mail that the lawyer (not FBI agent) falsified even shown to the FISA Court judge? My understanding is that it was for the higher ups in the FBI who needed to approve the application before it went to the court.

  5. What if “Barry’s” real biological father was MALCOLM X? And, “Barry’s” real name was Bari M Shabazz (who had a police record in Honolulu, before it was “forgiven”)? Would anybody care? Would anyone vet it? Would the CIA know about it and still prepare him as the Manchurian Candidate which he was.
    I would put nothing past the CIA and certain other so-called “law enforcement” and “intelligence” agencies. I guess my opinions and my curious, albeit aging, 75-year old mind are why I’m UNJUSTIFIABLY on someone’s “watch list!” I hope you recognize that I am a military veteran and a retired law enforcement officer always in good standing! And, I like to think, a concerned and right-thinking American patriot. Thomas W Arnold. .

  6. The American left’s (aka the Deep State’s) conduct has been irrational ever since Trump was elected. When I say left, I mean most of the media, most of academia and most of the Democrat Party. I’ve always believed the left was just wrong when it came to political and economic issues. Now it’s clear these irrational (crazy) people will go to any length to achieve their goal of getting rid of Donald Trump. They will lie, cheat, steal , commit any fraud and (possibly) murder to get what they desire. If he is elected again, the left will go “stark raving nuts.” The Republic, our freedom, and the Constitution must be preserved. Prepare for the worst and pray that sanity will prevail.

  7. Comment from Truthy1 appears to be information consistent with those who wish to design their own natural born Citizens, aka designer natural born Citizen, i.e. whatever comes to a creative mind. KISS: A natural born Citizen is a person born in the USA to parents who themselves are already citizens of the USA. The parents can be either both natural born Citizens or a mixture of a natural born Citizen or a statutory citizen.

    Comment from scott erlandson is bath house Barry confusing with a hint of sarcasm.

  8. Truthy, A clarification. One’s parents do not have to have been born in the U.S. themselves. They can also be naturalized citizens., as long as they naturalize before having a child IN the United States. An NBC is one born IN the U.S. to parents who are BOTH U.S. Citizens themselves (whether NBCs themselves or naturalized).

    Another point is that Obama’s purported Mother Stanley Dunham and Barack Obama, Sr. were never legally married. Barack Obama,Jr., IF those are his parents, is illegitimate. Barack Obama,Sr. was still married to his wife Kezia Obama (whom he married in 1954 in Kenya) when he “married” Stanley Dunham. Dunham and Obama,Sr. “married” in February 2, 1961. Obama,Sr. at that time became a bigamist. Just (6) months later, Barack Obama,Jr. is purported to have been born.,on August 4, 1961.

    [After climbing up in politics by putting down Barack Obama as an illegitimate president, Trump is so terrified of being seen as an illegitimate president that he acts out in ways that cause more people to see him as an illegitimate president.]
    I’m reading “Proposed Executive Order for President Donald Trump Defense of the Office of the President Qualifications” on Scribd. Check it out:

    Corrupt Deep State ties into FBI & CIA spilling into FISA Courts and Election Interference in the USA.

    #DeepState #FBI #CIA #DOJ #JUSTICE #COURTS #Truth #justice4all #corruption @realdonaldtrump #saints #Christians #GreatAwakening #fit4life #Democrats #Republicans @DRUDGE #MAGA #election #Election2020

  10. To be a “Natural born citizen” both parents must have been born in the USA. Obama did not qualify on this point alone.
    o be a naturalized citizen either the mother or the father must have been born in the USA and be a citizen at the time of birth. Obama did qualify for this but was never naturalized.

    There is some speculation that he may have been adopted and that his parentage is questionable at the least and he probably is foreign born to a foreign father and adopted by a USA citizen mother, non-naturalized.