Comey Linked To The Deadliest Lawyer
Not many lawyers would permit themselves to be portrayed as a ganster, unless of course there is a method to their madness.
With that said there’s a good chance that the “Meet Orin Snyder The Deadliest Trial Lawyer” headline is a subliminal threat to some one. Who? Who Knows? Maybe to anyone who opposes Orin Snyder.
Me I believe it’s just another Orin Snyder bluff but hey if you can make one bluff and win one hundred and twenty five multi-million dollar law suits God Bless you. I was just wondering if that threat also pertains to Judges?
Of course headlines of such nature brings scrutiny so let’s play connect the dots from Epstein, Weinstein Clinton and Bronfman to Comey.
Lets start with Weinstein shall we? Orin Snyder of Gibson Dunn represented Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein told Roberti he was willing to pay the $600,000 back to amfAR in an effort to calm the waters, and hoped they could make things right again. Then the conversation moved on to hiring Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Weinstein accused Roberti of moving Ajamie in to conduct an investigation he felt was shoddy. (Roberti had not hired Ajamie.) Roberti also recounted Weinstein saying to him, “We’re going to get this other person in there. I’m gonna know how you voted.” He was apparently referring to Orin Snyder, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Orin Snyder represented Harvey Weinstein on behalf of Bob Dylan
2006-12-18 04:00:00 PDT Hollywood -- Forget "Blonde on Blonde." Try "Lawyer on Lawyer."
A character patterned after Bob Dylan in the upcoming biopic "Factory Girl," about the rise and drug-hastened fall of 1960s actress-model Edie Sedgwick, has prompted the folk-rock legend's lawyers to demand that screenings be canceled until they can view the movie before it is released later this month.
The fear: that viewers might infer that Dylan was responsible for Sedgwick's drug death in November 1971, several years after she and Dylan had become close while living in Manhattan's infamous Chelsea Hotel.
A letter sent by Dylan's lawyers claimed that the portrayal "remains both defamatory and a violation of Mr. Dylan's right of publicity" and demanded that all screenings be canceled.
Orin Snyder, a lawyer for Dylan, declined to comment, saying he was not authorized to discuss the matter. Attempts to reach the producers were unsuccessful. Spokeswoman Sarah Rothman declined to comment for the Weinstein Co., which has scheduled a limited Dec. 29 release for Oscar consideration.
To the next dot Jeffrey Epstein.
The following letter was written by Epsteins lawyer to the prosecutors who were prosecuting Jeffrey Epstein in Florida.
From Orin Snyder Bio
Mr. Snyder has represented numerous nonprofit institutions, such as The Clinton Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Focusing on the "The Clinton Foundation"
The Clinton Foundation was investigated for fraud by the DOJ
Peter Paul Strzok II is a former United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent.
Strzok was the Chief of the Counterespionage Section and led the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server.
Strzok rose to become the Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division, the second-highest position in that division. He also led the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
In June and July 2017, Strzok worked on Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation into any links or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government. Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia investigation when Mueller became aware of criticisms of Trump contained in personal text messages exchanged between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who were having an extramarital affair.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended Mueller's response to the text messages.
Strzok called Trump an "idiot" in August 2015 and texted "God Hillary should win 100,000,000 - 0" after a Republican debate in March 2016.
In their messages, Strzok and Page also advocated creating a Special Counsel to investigate the Hillary Clinton email controversy, and discussed suggesting former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald be considered for such a probe.
Devlin Barrett from The Washington Post alleged Strzok and Page had been using the backdrop of discussing the Clinton investigation as a cover for their personal communications during an affair.
Upon learning of the text messages, Mueller removed Strzok from the investigation. Messages released in January 2018 showed that Strzok was hesitant to join the Mueller investigation, with Page encouraging him not to.
Bob Dylan at President Clintons inagural ceramony
Next dot Les Wexner
New York (CNN Business)Les Wexner, CEO and founder of Victoria's Secret parent company, L Brands, has been caught up in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. Speaking publicly about his connection for the first time since Epstein's arrest, Wexner said Monday he severed ties with Epstein 12 years ago.
Epstein, a longtime associate of Wexner's, is accused of running a sex-trafficking enterprise, in which he paid girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his Upper East Side home and his estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Prosecutors say he used employees and associates to lure the girls to his residences, and then paid some of his victims to recruit other girls for him to abuse.
Epstein has been charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors related to alleged conduct that occurred between 2002 and 2005. He has pleaded not guilty.
Bob Dylan Victoria’s Secret Commercial
Orin Snyder represented Bob Dylan in a copyright infringement law suit filed by songwriter James Damiano.
After eleven years of working with Dylan’s management Damiano filed suit against Dylan for copyright infringement. When one reviews the documents of the case they realize that Dylan had “NO” as in zero evidence to defend himself against Damiano . He ignored his subpoena’s, never filed an affidavit of denial, refused to answer any motion for admissions, never filed a counter suit and admitted to having access to Damiano’s songs.
Dylan however did file for a confidentiality order. and was granted the order by Judge Rosen.
Judge Rosen’s “Gag Order” has been in effect for the last nineteen years. The irony of the situation is that Bob Dylan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award by President Obama while utilizing a gag order on James Damiano. Obviously it didn’t include Freedom of the Speech.
The order designated all discovery materials confidential including fifty hours of video taped depositions all of which all fifty hours were incriminating to Dylan, and Damiano’s musicologist’s musical comparison.
After completing the most comprehensive movie on Bob Dylan’s plagiarisms and songwriting process James contemplated showing his movie at an independent theater in New York. When Dylan found out he had his attorney’s send James the threatening letter below.
Dylan accepted President Obama's Presidential Medal of Freedom Awar wile utilizing a federal gag order on James Damiano
Bob Dylan's Son Jesse Dylan produced President Obamas "Yes We Can" video and campaign slogan
Bob Dylan played at President Clinton's inagural ceramony
In a note to L Brands (LB) employees Tuesday, Wexner described Epstein as his former personal money manager. Epstein also served as a trustee of the Wexner Foundation, Les Wexner's charitable group based in Ohio. The Wexner Foundation works to develop Jewish professional and volunteer leaders across North America and public leaders in Israel.
Wexner became embroiled in the Epstein scandal when one of Epstein's alleged victims accused Epstein of sexually assaulting her in Wexner's home, according to an affidavit filed in a New York court in April. The affidavit is part of a defamation lawsuit against high-profile attorney Alan Dershowitz, claiming that he made "false and malicious" statements about a woman who claims to be a victim of Epstein.
Dershowitz has repeatedly denied the accusations.
Wexner and the Mega Group
August 07th, 2019
As billionaire pedophile and alleged sex-trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein sits in prison, reports have continued to surface about his reported links to intelligence, his financial ties to several companies and “charitable” foundations, and his friendships with the rich and powerful as well as top politicians.
While Part I and Part II of this series, “The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Too Big to Fail,” have focused on the widespread nature of sexual blackmail operations in recent American history and their ties to the heights of American political power and the U.S. intelligence community, one key aspect of Epstein’s own sex-trafficking and blackmail operation that warrants examination is Epstein’s ties to Israeli intelligence and his ties to the “informal” pro-Israel philanthropist faction known as “the Mega Group.”
The Mega Group’s role in the Epstein case has garnered some attention, as Epstein’s main financial patron for decades, billionaire Leslie Wexner, was a co-founder of the group that unites several well-known businessmen with a penchant for pro-Israel and ethno-philanthropy (i.e., philanthropy benefiting a single ethnic or ethno-religious group). However, as this report will show, another uniting factor among Mega Group members is deep ties to organized crime, specifically the organized crime network discussed in Part I of this series, which was largely led by notorious American mobster Meyer Lansky.
By virtue of the role of many Mega Group members as major political donors in both the U.S. and Israel, several of its most notable members have close ties to the governments of both countries as well as their intelligence communities. As this report and a subsequent report will show, the Mega Group also had close ties to two businessmen who worked for Israel’s Mossad — Robert Maxwell and Marc Rich — as well as to top Israeli politicians, including past and present prime ministers with deep ties to Israel’s intelligence community.
Members of Mega
The following are brief biographical profiles of some of the leading known members of the "Mega" group; notable, is the pattern of alleged organized crime ties.
Charles Bronfman: On Feb. 19, 1999, Charles Bronfman was elected chairman of United Jewish Communities (UJC). This $4 billion cash cow subsumes 189 Jewish Federation contributors and 400 Jewish communities in North America. At a Nov. 9-13 UJC General Assembly in Washington, Bronfman will pass the chairmanship to James A. Tisch, son of Mega member Laurence Tisch.
Charles Bronfman had been co-chairman of Seagrams, until its merger with Vivendi. He is today chairman of Koor Industries Ltd., which is a high-tech holding company at the heart of the Israeli military-industrial complex. He is also chairman of Claridge-Israel, Inc., which took over Bank Hapolim, when the Israeli government privatized it. This deal was brokered by Ted Arison, an Israeli who, in the United States, built the Carnival Cruise Lines into a billion-dollar business. Arison got his financing to start Carnival from Meshulim Riklis, one of junk-bond manipulator Michael Milken's major clients, and a close ally of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Leslie Wexner: This co-founder of Mega is closely aligned with some of the top British-American-Commonwealth institutions. However, Wexner's main business is The Limited, Inc.—a holding company for such firms as Intimate Brands, Victoria's Secret, and Bath & Body Works—which he founded in 1963.
Wexner is a board member of Conrad Black's Hollinger International, Inc. and of Hollinger International Publishing Inc. Lady Margaret Thatcher is chairman of Hollinger's International Advisory Board, which also includes Henry Kissinger, William F. Buckley, and Richard Perle. Hollinger owns the leading Israeli English-language daily, the Jerusalem Post, which has become a mouthpiece for Sharon and the radical right.
Wexner is also on the board of the Aspen Institute, an important Anglo-American world federalist think-tank.
Leonard Abramson: Abramson was the founder of the murderous health maintenance organization, U.S. Healthcare. He sold it to Aetna Insurance for $990 million. Now, apart from a stake in Israel's Bank Hapolim, Abramson owns the Maine Merchant Bank in Portland, which is a $20 million non-deposit institution, whose ostensible purpose is to make high-risk, venture-capital investments.
Edgar Bronfman: Bronfman has been president of the WJC since 1981, and has been a director of the Anti-Defamation League for many years.
The Bronfman family fortune was built by the father of Edgar and Charles, Sam Bronfman, who during Prohibition merged his Distillers Corp. in Montreal with Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons, Ltd. to supply "bootleggers" with top brand booze, becoming what Israel Shamir (writing on Mega) called a "Mafia boss." Under the successor co-chairmanship of Charles and Edgar Bronfman, Seagrams took a 24% controlling interest in DuPont. But soon after Edgar's son, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., became CEO of Seagrams, he sold off the holding, purchasing Universal Pictures and the world's largest record distributor, Polygram Records. On June 19, 2001, the Bronfmans sold Seagrams to former Lazard Frères partner Jean-Marie Messier, owner of media and communications conglomerate Vivendi, for $34 billion.
Through Seagrams and the WJC, Edgar Bronfman was a top business collaborator of some of the most prominent figures in the former Soviet Union and East Germany. Just months before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of East Germany, Bronfman was given the highest civilian award by the East German Communist Party, for his efforts to salvage the communist state.
Max Fisher: In 1985 Max Fisher, a top adviser on Jewish affairs and Middle East policy to every Repubican President since Eisenhower, founded what is now known as the Republican Jewish Coalition, of which Fisher, 93, remains honorary chairman. A March 11, 1998 Jerusalem Postarticle reports that Fisher is looking for a replacement, and among those being considered are Mega co-founder Leslie Wexner, suspected Mega member Ronald S. Lauder, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.
Fisher amassed his fortune as a bagman for the "Purple Gang" that smuggled Sam Bronfman's booze from Canada into the speakeasies of the Midwest. Fisher made his "legitimate" fortune in the oil retail business, through Keystone Oil, Aurora Oil, and Marathon Oil. Fisher later became chairman of United Brands (a.k.a. United Fruit), a firm accused of major narcotics smuggling from South America.
Harvey M. Meyerhoff: Meyerhoff made his money in real estate in Baltimore, Maryland, and was one of the chief architects of the transition of that city from an industrial and port center into a tourist attraction. Its port has been transformed into an Aquarium and site for a Disney Museum that features a Harvey Meyerhoff Gallery.
Steven Spielberg: One of the newest known members of Mega is Hollywood billionaire Steven Spielberg, whose Dreamworks Studio has produced such films as Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan.Spielberg's Shoah (Hebrew for "Holocaust") has gathered a video archive of testimony from 50,000 Jewish Holocaust victims. Being late to Jewish Philanthropy, one wonders just how much Spielberg knows of the subject, as one Mega educational project for Jewish schools across the country teaches both Kabbala and Buddhist meditation.
Michael Steinhardt: Steinhardt made his fortune running a series of hedge funds. Steinhardt has been apparently dubbed the "public relations" man for Mega, as all other published interviews have been with him, although he did not return EIR's calls.
Steinhardt was chairman, for a decade, of the Democratic Leadership Council. He resigned from the organization in protest over President Bill Clinton's appointment of Lani Guinier to a top Justice Department post, and refused to support Clinton's reelection in 1996, even though Clinton had succeeded him as DLC chairman.
The hedge fund Steinhardt Partners was formed by Michael Steinhardt in 1967. He boasts that one dollar invested in his firm then would be worth $462 today. Like George Soros, Steinhardt's fund suddenly lost 29% of its value in 1996, during the onset of the global financial crisis. After recouping in part with a 20% return in 1997, he closed the firm, took the money, and ran.
Steinhardt is another offspring of the Prohibition-era "Jewish Syndicate" of National Crime Boss Meyer Lansky. His father, Sol Frank "Red" Steinhardt, was a bigtime gambler and convicted jewel fence, who worked with Meyer Lansky. "Red" Steinhardt was sent to Sing Sing on a five- to ten-year sentence, a fact that Michael kept off of his resume, in order to get his start on Wall Street with the "Our Crowd" firm, Loeb Rhodes. Like father, like son—Steinhardt Partners came under SEC and Justice Department scrutiny in the early 1990s, along with Salomon Brothers, for cornering the market in short-term U.S. Treasury bond sales. To avoid jail, Steinhardt settled the case with a $50 million fine.
Laurence Tisch: Called "The King of Cash," Tisch built his fortune one step at a time. On his return from World War II, where he served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, Laurence Tisch joined his family's small hotel business.
Tisch, with his brother Preston "Bob" Tisch, built a major hotel chain, forming the holding company Loews Corporation, that also included a chain of movie theaters. And, Loews acquired Lorillard Tobacco in 1960, which produced Kent cigarettes.
By the 1980s of the "Predator's Ball," Laurence Tisch worked with convicted inside-trader Michael Milken, who originated junk bonds, through which Tisch gained fame for his 1986 takeover of the Colombia Broadcasting System. In 1995, Tisch had to sell off CBS to Westinghouse.
Loews Corp. today also owns CNA Financial Corp., as well as having a controlling share in an offshore oil and gas drilling firm, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., and a controlling interest in Bulova Watch Company.
Orin Snyder represented Bronfman
Former CEO Dick Snyder said he helped Bronfman negotiate the $2.6 billion purchase of Warner Music from Time Warner Inc. TWX.N, but was never paid for his services.
Snyder said Bronfman had broken a gentlemen’s agreement to share proceeds from the deal, made during a Caribbean vacation with their families in 2001, according to a 44-page lawsuit filed at the Supreme Court of the State of New York County.
Lawyers for Bronfman said Snyder’s claims were “absolute fiction.”
“Dick Snyder did not work on the Warner Music Group transaction and there was never an agreement to compensate him for anything,” Bronfman’s attorney, Orin Snyder, said in a statement.
Clare Bronfman, one of the defendants in the case, enters court in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
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Clare Bronfman, the 40-year-old billionaire heiress to the Seagram Company fortune, pleaded guilty to enabling a sex ring for Keith Raniere, the self-anointed leader of NXIVM, a cult-like group based in upstate New York. In a federal court in Brooklyn on Friday, Bronfman said she harbored someone who was living in U.S. illegally for unpaid “labor and services.” Bronfman also admitted to committing credit card fraud on Raniere’s behalf, according to the Associated Press.
Bronfman is the daughter of billionaire-philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr. Her apology to the judge touched on her family’s wealth and privilege that enabled her grievous deeds. “I was afforded a great gift by my grandfather and father,” Bronfman said in court. “With the gift, comes immense privilege and more importantly, tremendous responsibility. It does not come with an ability to break the law … For this I am truly sorry.”
Connecting the next dot: James Comey
Here is where is gets controversial. James Comey worked for Gibson Dunn the same law firm defending Dylan in a federal copyright infringement action. The plaintiff’s name was James Damiano.
After Judge Simandle illegally dismissed Damiano’s lawsuit against Bob Dylan, as per Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Damiano repeatedly notified the FBI and The Justice Department that there was a fraud committed upon the court.
Simandle displayed total partiality toward Dylan. In every ruling Judge Simandle chose to mandate the opinion of Bob Dylan’s lead attorney Orin Snyder as truth over Damiano’s true facts in which there were many. In fact there were eleven years of substantiated facts between Damiano and Dylan including expert testimony from a Harvard educated musicologist who stated that the melody line of Bob Dylan Grammy nominated song Digntiy bears the axact melodic arc as James Damiano’s song Steal Guitars.
Also Simandle’s judgement was one hundred percent inconsistent with the facts of the case. There was never a counter claim criminal or civil filed against Damiano.
Certainly that information made it’s way to Comey who was at the time the United States Deputy Attorney General in fact for a short time during this period Comey served as acting Attorney General while Attorney General Ashcroft recovered from surgery.
Naturally Comey recognized the fraud and the conflict but instead of recusing himself in the matter and passing the material on to someone else he chose to simply ignore it. A clear cut conflict of interest and violation of his office’s responsibility. Comey never thought it would come to light and now it has.
An attorney who becomes aware that either a fellow attorney or a judge has committed an act in violation of the rules of ethical conduct must report that violation. Failure to do so subjects the attorney failing to make the report to discipline.
In Comey’s case he was the United States Deputy Attorney General and for a short time Comey was actually the United States Attorney General.
Mr. Damiano had sent 93 copies of a DVD that included two and a half hours of video taped depositions of various witness’s to all United States Attorney Office’s.
It was impossible for Comey to not receive a copy which included the fraud of his Gibson Dunn partner Orin Snyder.
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The Whitewater controversy, Whitewater scandal, or simply Whitewater, was an American political controversy of the 1990s. It began with an investigation into the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates, Jim McDougal and Susan McDougal, in the Whitewater Development Corporation. This failed business venture was incorporated in 1979 with the purpose of developing vacation properties on land along the White River near Flippin, Arkansas.
Comey Spied on President Elect Donal Trump
It is one of the most enduring and consequential mysteries of the Trump-Russia investigation: Why did former FBI Director James Comey refuse to say publicly what he was telling President Trump in private -- that Trump was not the target of an ongoing probe?
That refusal ignited a chain of events that has consumed Washington for more than two years – including Comey’s firing by Trump, the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and ongoing claims that Trump obstructed justice.
The report of Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected in September. Top photo: Then FBI Director James Comey shakes hands with the new President on Jan. 22, 2017.
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Now an answer is emerging. Sources tell RealClearInvestigations that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president. Even as he repeatedly assured Trump that he was not a target, the former director was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent.
Two U.S. officials briefed on the inspector general’s investigation of possible FBI misconduct said Comey was essentially “running a covert operation against” the president, starting with a private “defensive briefing” he gave Trump just weeks before his inauguration. They said Horowitz has examined high-level FBI text messages and other communications indicating Comey was actually conducting a “counterintelligence assessment” of Trump during that January 2017 meeting in New York.
In addition to adding notes of his meetings and phone calls with Trump to the official FBI case file, Comey had an agent inside the White House who reported back to FBI headquarters about Trump and his aides, according to other officials familiar with the matter.
Although Comey took many actions on his own, he was not working in isolation. One focus of Horowitz’s inquiry is the private Jan. 6, 2017, briefing Comey gave the president-elect in New York about material in the Democratic-commissioned dossier compiled by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. Reports of that meeting were used days later by BuzzFeed, CNN and other outlets as a news hook for reporting on the dossier’s lascivious and unsubstantiated claims.
Comey’s meeting with Trump took place one day after the FBI director met in the Oval Office with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss how to brief Trump — a meeting attended by National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and National Intelligence Director James Clapper, who would soon go to work for CNN.
In his memoir, the former FBI director denied having "a counterintelligence case file open" on Trump -- at least not in the "literal" sense.
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In his recently published memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey denied having "a counterintelligence case file open on [Trump],” though he qualified the denial by adding this was true only in the “literal” sense. He also twice denied investigating Trump, under oath, in congressional testimony.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, who has written extensively on the Trump-Russia probe as a columnist for National Review, said that just because the president’s name was not put on a file or a surveillance warrant does not mean the Comey FBI was not investigating him. “They were hoping to surveil him incidentally, and they were trying to make a case on him,” McCarthy said. “The real reason Comey did not want to repeat publicly the assurances he made to Trump privately is that these assurances were misleading. The FBI strung Trump along, telling him he was not a suspect while structuring the investigation in accordance with the reality that Trump was the main subject."
But, former FBI counterintelligence agent and lawyer Mark Wauck said, the FBI lacked legal grounds to treat Trump as a suspect. “They had no probable cause against Trump himself for ‘collusion’ or espionage,” he said. “They were scrambling to come up with anything to hang a hat on, but had found nothing.”
What remains unclear is why Comey would take such extraordinary steps against a sitting president. The Mueller report concluded there was no basis for the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories. Comey himself was an early skeptic of the Steele dossier -- the opposition research memos paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign that were the road map of collusion theories – which he dismissed as “salacious and unverified.”
Devin Nunes, left, with House Intelligence Committee adversary and fellow Californian Adam Schiff, panel chairman. Robert Mueller is due to testify before them on Wednesday.
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Republicans including House Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Devin Nunes believe that Comey, like his top counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, was attempting to “stop” the Trump presidency for political reasons.
“You have the culmination of the ultimate spying, where you have the FBI director spying on the president, taking notes [and] illegally leaking those notes of classified information” to anti-Trump media, Nunes said in a recent interview. His panel is one of two House committees scheduled to hear testimony from Mueller on Wednesday.
The IG’s report, which is expected to be released in early September, will shine new light on the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, given that Horowitz and his team have examined more than 1 million records and conducted more than 100 interviews, including sit-downs with Comey and other current and former FBI and Justice Department personnel. The period covering Comey’s activities is believed to run from early January 2017 to early May 2017, when Comey was fired and his deputy Andrew McCabe, as the acting FBI director, formally opened full counterintelligence and obstruction investigations of the president.
Related: The Shaky Standing of Mueller's Footnotes, Eric Felten, RCI
Although Horowitz has focused primarily on whether the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in its applications for surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, he has pursued other related angles, including whether Comey personally misled the president and leaked classified FBI information about him, the officials said.
An attorney for Comey declined to answer emailed questions regarding the Horowitz investigation. The following account, drawn from officials briefed on the IG’s work and other sources, provides details of Comey’s actions between Trump’s election and his dismissal by the president.
Comey had nine conversations with Trump between January and May 2017, some in the White House. Almost every time, he went back to FBI headquarters and wrote up a memo documenting not only his version of the conversation, but also a complete update of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, the FBI’s code name for the Trump-Russia probe it launched in July 2016.
Some of the notes, which Comey locked in a safe, cited classified sources and methods, including the identities of witnesses and informants along with the code names their FBI handlers assigned to them, according to federal court papers. They also document the assistance provided by foreign intelligence agencies. They are said to be a map not only of his agents’ investigative activity relating to Crossfire Hurricane, but also his own dealings with the president.
Candidate Trump with Michael Flynn, left, at Trump Tower in August 2016.
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After a private dinner with the president at the White House in late January 2017, the FBI director went home and wrote a memo about their conversation on his laptop, printed it out and attached it as a memo to the case file — much like a field agent writing up an FD-302 evidentiary report after interviewing a suspect. He locked a copy in his personal safe and filed another copy at the FBI after sharing it with the bureau’s senior leadership. He also did some online sleuthing, personally searching Trump on Google and even looking through hours of YouTube videos of him.
In his 2018 memoir, Comey admits he held Trump in suspicion: “Even behind closed doors, he didn’t recoil about Russian behavior,” and seemed unwilling “to criticize the Russian government."
In February 2017, Comey wrote a memo saying that Trump had asked if Comey could “see his way clear” to end the probe of former-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who had resigned after admitting he hadn’t told the truth about a foreign policy discussion he had with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Comey has said he suspected the president was attempting to impede the FBI’s probe of Flynn. He immediately phoned McCabe to tell him about it.
Comey later huddled with his deputies on the 7th floor of the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building to review his memo and get their input, setting off discussions about opening an inquiry into whether Trump had tried to obstruct the Flynn case. His general counsel James Baker, Chief of Staff Jim Rybicki and Associate Deputy Director David Bowdich were also in the room, along with the heads of the FBI’s national security and counterintelligence units, according to congressional records.
In an interview last year with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, Comey said he took notes on the president’s remarks about Flynn because “it could be evidence of a crime. It was really important that it be well-documented.” At the time of the ABC interview, Comey was a witness in Mueller’s obstruction investigation, which ended with no charges or criminal prosecution.
Lisa Page testified: “I need to take back my prior statement” about there being no discussions of Trump obstruction.
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McCabe’s deputy, Lisa Page, appeared to dissemble last year when asked in closed-door testimony before the House Judiciary Committee if Comey and other FBI brass discussed opening an obstruction case against Trump prior to his firing in May 2017. Initially, she flatly denied it, swearing: “Obstruction of justice was not a topic of conversation during the time frame you have described.” But then, after conferring with her FBI-assigned lawyer, she announced: “I need to take back my prior statement.” Page later conceded that there could have been at least “discussions about potential criminal activity” involving the president.
Comey says that after Trump asked him to "lift the cloud" over his presidency, while still encouraging Comey to go after any “satellite” associates of his if they had done something wrong, the director reported the request to then-acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente. Comey filed another report with Boente in April after the president demanded to know why he had still failed to publicly disclose that he was not personally under investigation. In turn, Boente, who signed off on investigations including wiretaps of Trump advisers, took handwritten notes of his conversations with Comey and later turned them over to Mueller. (Boente is now the general counsel of the FBI.)
Trump grew angry at Comey for failing to tell the American people in public what he had been told at least three times in private — that he was not not under investigation in “this Russian business." Comey, in fact, promised Trump on several occasions that he would try to find a way to acknowledge that publicly. He never did.
White House counsel Don McGahn: That's "the last straw," Trump fumed to him about Comey.
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As the Mueller report details, Trump’s frustration mounted later that March when Comey’s first public statement acknowledging a probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election left the impression that Trump himself was a target. When Comey refused in May 3, 2017 Senate testimony to rule out anyone in the Trump campaign as a potential target of the criminal investigation, including "the president" — the opposite of what he had intimated to the president -- Trump fumed to then-White House Counsel Don McGahn that it was “the last straw.”
Just a few days later, on May 9, Trump unceremoniously fired the FBI director. In response, Comey’s deputy McCabe ordered agents to formally open investigative files on Trump for espionage and obstruction of justice. “It’s pretty clear that Comey’s firing is what prompted McCabe’s fury," former federal prosecutor and independent counsel Solomon L. Wisenberg said.
McCabe’s former aide Page admitted in her closed-door congressional interview that, at the time her boss ordered the investigations, they couldn't connect Trump to the Russia conspiracy, and that “it still existed in the scope of possibility that there would be literally nothing” there. In fact, her lead partner on the case, Peter Strzok, confessed in a text: “My gut sense and concern is there’s no big there, there.”
Comey’s White House Source
Anthony Ferrante: FBI agent in the White House, now contracted with BuzzFeed to try to verify the Steele dossier. For months, a source said, an NSC supervisor couldn't get rid of him.
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At the same time Comey was personally scrutinizing the president during meetings in the White House and phone conversations from the FBI, he had an agent inside the White House working on the Russia investigation, where he reported back to FBI headquarters about Trump and his aides, according to officials familiar with the matter. The agent, Anthony Ferrante, who specialized in cyber crime, left the White House around the same time Comey was fired and soon joined a security consulting firm, where he contracted with BuzzFeed to lead the news site's efforts to verify the Steele dossier, in connection with a defamation lawsuit.
Knowledgeable sources inside the Trump White House say Comey carved out an extraordinary new position for Ferrante, which allowed him to remain on reserve status at the FBI while working in the White House as a cybersecurity adviser.
“In an unprecedented action, Comey created a new FBI reserve position for Ferrante, enabling him to have an ongoing relationship with the agency, retaining his clearances and enabling him to come back in [to bureau headquarters],” said a former National Security Council official who requested anonymity.
“Between the election and April 2017, when Ferrante finally left the White House, the Trump NSC division supervisor was not allowed to get rid of Ferrante,” he added, "and Ferrante continued working — in direct conflict with the no-contact policy between the White House and the Department of Justice.”
Through a spokeswoman at FTI Consulting, which maintains the BuzzFeed contract, Ferrante declined to comment.
Another FBI official, Jordan Rae Kelly, who worked closely with Mueller when he headed the bureau, replaced Ferrante upon his White House exit (though she signed security logs for him to continue entering the White House as a visitor while he was working for BuzzFeed). Kelly left the White House last year and joined Ferrante at FTI Consulting.
Working with Comey liaison Ferrante at the NSC in early 2017 was another Obama holdover — Tashina Gauhar, who remains a top national security adviser at the Justice Department.
In January 2017, Gauhar assisted former acting Attorney General Sally Yates in the Flynn investigation. Later, she helped Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resist, initially, Trump’s order to fire Comey. Gauhar also took copious notes during her meetings with White House lawyers, which were cited by Mueller in the section of his report dealing with obstruction of justice.
Comey at Trump Tower
The officials familiar with Horowitz’s inquiry said his team has quizzed Comey about the circumstances surrounding a meeting he convened with Trump in Manhattan where the president-elect was first told of the Steele dossier material. The stated purpose was to brief the incoming president about political warfare tactics, known as “active measures,” that Russia allegedly used against the U.S. during the 2016 campaign.
The officials said the inspector general has reviewed high-level FBI text message and other communications that indicate the agency may also have used the briefing for the covert purpose of carrying out a "counterintelligence assessment" operation against Trump and his senior staff who attended the briefing that day at Trump Tower.
President-elect at a Trump Tower news conference Jan. 11, 2017 -- the day after CNN broke news of the leaked and lurid Steele dossier. As its news hook, CNN used Comey's briefing of Trump just days earlier.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
In his memoir, Comey said he flew to New York on Jan. 6, 2017, to give the president-elect a private “defensive briefing” — to "tell him what Russia had done to try to help elect him.”
But there was more to it than that, in light of Comey’s meeting in the Oval Office the day before with Obama, Biden and the other Cabinet officials. Their plan to brief Trump, which Obama approved, included disclosing allegations from the dossier about the president-elect.
As the top law enforcement official in the room, Comey was chosen to confront Trump with "the material" that accused him of being compromised by Russia and engaging in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow to hack the election. The morning before flying to New York, Comey met at FBI headquarters with a group of counterespionage officials and agents who were read in on the plan — code-named the “sensitive matter team” — for an update on the allegations against Trump and the overall Russia investigation.
The initial part of the intelligence briefing at Trump Tower included Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, and Flynn, who didn’t know he was under FBI scrutiny. Following a report on alleged Russian election interference, Comey cleared the conference room to privately brief Trump on the Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier itself — without disclosing its source. He referred to the political document simply as “the derogatory files.”
Comey limited his briefing to the lurid rumor about prostitutes in a Moscow hotel, while omitting the fact that he had signed a wiretap warrant to eavesdrop on one of Trump’s campaign advisers based on other parts of the dossier.
Comey also failed to tell the president-elect that Flynn was under investigation along with Carter Page. In other words, Comey left the president in the dark on the most substantive assertions of the dossier.
The FBI was investigating Trump’s campaign “in hope of making a case on him,” McCarthy said. “That is why Comey told Trump only about the salacious allegation involving prostitutes in a Moscow hotel; he did not tell the president-elect either that the main thrust of the dossier was Trump’s purported espionage conspiracy with the Kremlin, nor that the FBI had gone to the [FISA court] to get surveillance warrants based on the dossier.”
“Make no mistake,” McCarthy added, “the investigation was always about Donald Trump, from Day One."
Comey also withheld the facts that the dossier was financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign (Comey had known this since October 2016, if not earlier), that it was compiled by a private foreign contractor, and that it was not a product of the U.S. government. The omissions led Trump to believe the contents of the dossier came from U.S. intelligence and were taken seriously by serious people in the government. If he had known otherwise, he could have easily dismissed the information as biased and unreliable — and questioned why Comey was even bothering to conduct such a briefing.
Though Comey claims in his book he was “protecting" the president-elect from “any kind of coercion” or blackmail by Moscow, several former and current federal law enforcement officials said he was really testing his reaction to see if he showed signs of guilt or revealed information that could be used against him in the conspiracy case the FBI had already been building against no fewer than four of his advisers — Flynn, Page, George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort. In fact, it was Comey who just a couple of weeks later would dispatch two agents to the White House to grill Flynn about his post-election conversations with Russian diplomats. (Flynn’s lawyers argue the FBI set a “perjury trap” for the retired general.)
“We are not investigating you, sir,” Comey told Trump, an assurance that “seemed to quiet him,” the former director remarked in his book.
That statement seems undercut by the fact that Comey typed up his notes on his laptop in his government vehicle less than five minutes after he walked out of Trump Tower, according to a heavily redacted Jan. 7, 2017, email to his top aides. Comey self-classified the notes at the “SECRET” level.
“I executed the session exactly as planned,” Comey reported back to his “sensitive matter team.”
Looks to me that Comey is going to need Orin Snyder but who's going to defend Snyder in the coup treason matter?
Oh! One more thing
Judge Simandle dismisses Obama birth Certificate law suit in Favor of Obama.
EX-NAIDER RAIDER ATTACKS REASON AND JUSTICE, TO SUPPORT TYRANNY
Legal analysis by John Charlton
(Oct. 23, 2009) — Judge Jerome B. Simandle took 2 months to write his eleven page Opinion, granting the Motion to Dismiss in the case Kerchner vs. Obama. But in the final analysis, his ruling was just that: an “opinion,” without weight or authority.
Simandle began his public career as a Naider’s raider. The Post & Email documented his apparent membership in the radical communist student organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), from which Bill Ayers and the other Weatherman were nurtured into an American-hating terrorist organization.
I say , “apparent membership”, because other than the fact that 90% of the students at Princeton University, while Simandle was there, participated in the Anti-War protests organized by SDS, or the fact he was never drafted, but left the country immediately after graduation for Sweden, where he stayed until Ford offer pardons for draft-dodgers, The Post & Email has no evidence he was a SDS member.
But the mind of an anarchist is impetuous, passionate, violent and absurd; traits which never are lost without repentance, because they are the symptoms of the final collapse of reason and conscience. And such appears to be the mind of Judge Jerome B. Simandle in his “Opinion piece.”
Let’s take a look at how Simandle attacks the American Order of things, in his ruling.
FACT IS BELIEF AND OPINION IS TRUTH
In the mind of an anarchist everything is inverted, perverted, and skewed. For the anarchist facts are subjective beliefs, and his own subjective opinions are truth. Whatever the historical or legal record shows is no matter. The Anarchist will always thus resort to an ad hominem because he long ago overthrew his own power of reason with passion.
That this is the mind of Simandle, is evident from the first paragraph of his Opinion:
Under Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution, a person must be a “natural born citizen” to be eligible for the office of President of the United States. Four individuals, believing that President Barack Obama is not eligible for his office on this ground, have filed suit seeking a court order to require various officials to look into their claims and to remove the President from office. Plaintiffs present various arguments for defining the term “natural born citizen” accompanied by allegations of how President Obama does not meet their definition.
That is not what Apuzzo’s pleadings said: he did not speak about “beliefs” which are subjective judgments, which may or may not be truth, or religious tenets which are based upon revelations.
Apuzzo cited 4 Supreme Court Cases and several others in Federal and State Courts regarding the notion of “natural born citizen.” It’s an objective, historical category of citizenship in U.S. jurisprudence and Constitutional law.
It is not an opinion.
The plaintiffs were not afflicted with an “opinion,” they were adherents to a certitude. An opinion, as Aristotle defines iy, is the “holding of one side of a contrariety, while admitting that the other side may be true.” There is no such doubt or concession in the Plaintiffs complaint.
Therefore Simandle is signifying not the objective text of the complaint, but his own subjective reading of it. And is terming the adherence of the Plaintiffs to objective historical facts and cited texts as if it were a belief.
ASSERTION IS EVIDENCE AND PROOF IS ASSERTION
Following the topsy-turvy logic of Simandle, the criteria of truth, as known by the mind, is itself inverted.
For normal, sane folks, who are not anarchists the ancient rule of debate holds true: gratis asseritur, gratis negatur: that is, what is gratuitously asserted, can be gratuitously denied. Or in other words, you have to back up claims with proof, otherwise they are baseless claims and can be dismissed.
Let’s compare two things, then:
1. Obama’s claim to be a natural born citizen (which he made in the AZ filing) and no where else — he effectively denied it in the Keyes vs. Obama debate — is a baseless claim. He does not fit the definition; so it is more than baseless, IT IS A FALSE CLAIM.
2. Whereas the claim that he is not a natural born citizen, is not a baseless claim: it is supported by Obama’s own public, continuous claim of a British subject as his biological and legal father.
A normal sane observer, would say that #2 trumps #1, simply because evidence is proof, and baseless or false assertion is worthless, especially in a court of law.
But Simandle does the exact opposite, in on the second page of his Opinion:
Plaintiffs’ claims, as set forth in their Second Amended Complaint, arise from allegations that President Obama has failed to sufficiently prove that he is a “natural born citizen” eligible for the presidency and that the legislative branch has failed to sufficiently investigate President Obama’s citizenship and place of birth.
Wait 1 moment, Judge Simandle! Obama has not proven that he is a natural born citizen AT ALL: he has merely claimed it, asserted it; without evidence of any kind. It is not an allegation that he has failed to sufficiently prove that he is a natural born citizen, UNLESS there is contrary evidence that he has proven it already in some manner.
But he hasn’t; he never has; he never could; his lawyers never claimed he did!
YOUR RIGHT IS NOT TO HAVE, NOR TO KNOW
The third absurdity of Simandle’s anarchical mind, is that he does not consider the objective state of things; the violation of the Constitutional order, but concerns himself with pyschoanalyzing the Plaintiffs state of mind.
He does this on p. 5 were he writes:
The harm alleged for all of these constitutional violations is that Plaintiffs have been deprived of their right to know whether President Obama is a “natural born citizen” and to have a president who is truly a “natural born citizen.”
It’s not a right to know per se, whether the President is legitimate, it’s a right to have a legitimate President. To reduce the complaint of the Plaintiffs to an argument based on their subjective state of mind, is to use ridicule to obstruct their access to the courts and their defense of their intangible rights.
Simandle’s game here is the old and tired argument of the liberal hack, who never admits the objective basis of any complaint, but turns every complaint back on the aggrieved citizen, by implying he has a mental problem.
THE RIGHT TO PETITION IS NOT A RIGHT TO BE HEARD
On the next point, only a tyrant lover could agree: that the mere right to plead is not a right to be heard. The logic here is like saying that a starving man has the right to ask for food, but no right to the food itself; or a dying man has the right to seek medical assistance, but no right to receive it. A liberal would violently disagree if it were a case of welfare legislation, but never being consistent folk, the liberal here takes the opposite view and says in the footnote to his Opinion on p. 5:
To the extent Plaintiffs also allege that they were 2 injured merely by the government’s failure to respond to their petitions requesting investigations and hearings, this is not a cognizable constitutional injury. Plaintiffs “have no constitutional right to force the government to listen to their views.” Minnesota State Bd. for Community Colleges v. Knight, 465 U.S. 271, 284-85 (1984). As the Supreme Court has explained, “Nothing in the First Amendment or in this Court’s case law interpreting it suggests that the rights to speak, associate, and petition require government policymakers to listen or respond to individuals’ communications on public issues.”
In the case of the Constitutional Crisis the appeal to Minnesota State Bd. vs. Knight is laughable. We are not talking about policies here, but unequivocal, absolute, objective Constitutional obligations and requirements; if the Bill of Rights meant anything, it first of all presupposed that the Constitutional Order would be maintained and observed. If the Bill of Rights has force when that order is upheld; it sure has greater force when that order is not upheld, for the Bill of Rights pertain to the rights of those who inaugurated and promulgated the Constitutional Order, so that the subject of these rights, We the People, is anterior and superior to that order and the powers in it.
For Simandle, having “set his mouth in the heavens,” he is quite comfortable “to dictate to the earth” of mere plebs! Saying, “Away with you peons, you trouble makers!”
AGAINST A MASS-CRIMINAL NO ONE HAS STANDING!
What follows in Simandle’s “Opinion piece” are, then, the standard arguments on Standing which are constitutionally inappropriate criteria to apply in cases of unconstitutional actions of government and non-government officials; because in the case of such actions, the perpetrator has no rights; and therefore even a general minor injury of one who has even 1 right, gives an absolute right to standing against the one who has no rights; otherwise the doctrine of standing would result in the overthrow of justice, which as a fundamental notion of law requires that “a thing be rendered to him to whom it is owed” (cf. Plato’s Dialogues). And that is the purpose of the Article III Judiciary, to hear cases and controversies; the injuring of a right is a case, therefore it must be heard.
In summation: if you took a college anarchist from the 60’s and put him on a federal bench, after a decade or two of fermentation and practice in the law, you could not expect a philosophy of jurisprudence any different from that which Simandle distilled into his Opinion. That’s his origin, that’s his mind.
But does this surprise you? Seeing that President Jimmy Carter nominated him as an Attorney General; and President Bill Clinton promoted him to the bench.
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