AND SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION FORM?
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 whitehouse.gov.
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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Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.