LIARS TRYING TO DIVIDE US

There is a very important reason I am going to show you two nasty comments that were made about one of my blogs. First, please read the comments.

  1. “I honestly don’t understand how God-fearing Christians can defend this repugnant, amoral, adulterous, whoremonger, toddler of a President. Jesus fed the hungry, healed the sick, told His followers not to judge. And Trump’s cruelty knows no bounds. Locate your moral compass. It’s failing you right now.”

(Let me point out how hypocritical it is for this person to say Jesus’ followers are “not to judge,” while this person proceeds to judge, condemn, and speak vile evil of the leader of our nation!)

Here’s the other one:

  1. “Total lies. Any real Christian would not support the evils and sins of this current President. Mario, you and your Fake ministry are all about the money, the root of the devil. You have sold your soul.”

These two comments were written by people who are infiltrators.  I found out that they’ve trained and practiced church terminology , in order to lie and divide us.  They go on social media to pose as Christians.

They are doing this because the church is slowly and finally waking up. More and more believers along with Black Americans and Hispanics are realizing that God has put Donald Trump in power for this very hour. The tide is turning among minorities, so the Left is trying this new tactic.

Recently, I had a note passed on to me from a pastor. The note was from a concerned woman who had slowly worked her way into a place of influence in his church. She eloquently (a little too eloquently) described how dismayed she was by the lack of love among Trump supporters, and she added that the people of God had been fooled or they would not be following such a wicked leader. I don’t have the space or the time to show you how subtle and deceptive her message was. It shook up some of those who read it.

Later, it came out, and she was exposed: she was not a believer at all, but an activist from a local Islamic and Leftist consortium.  She and others were being trained to insinuate their way into churches and social media, in order to spread anti-Trump lies. Trust me, these infiltrators know church lingo. They target impressionable Christians. Don’t buy their lies!

If we let voices like these fool us by shaming our faith and dividing us, it spells doom for America. Trump is the last firewall against the Satan inspired villainous policies of the Left.

An even subtler approach is to accuse Christians who are active in politics of ‘not trusting God.’  Some of these deceivers say, “It’s all in God’s hands. Don’t interfere in His work” This spreads apathy like cancer.

The real indictment here is the naïveté of so many believers. These wolves come among us and we so easily forget the truth.

So now, let me remind you of a few things: It amazes me how easy it is for the noise, smoke, and mirrors of today’s propaganda machine to fool Christians.  Even more amazing is how quickly believers forget such obvious facts as these:

-The Democrat controlled House voted to remove the phrase, “So help me God” from the oath taken by those sworn in to testify.

-They want to legalize killing an unborn child, right up to and even after the moment of birth.

-Kamala Harris, presidential candidate for the Democrat Party, said she would abolish all private health insurance. According to Kaiser, that would wipe out coverage for 49% of Americans…not to mention throwing 500,000 people out of work.

 

-Ms. Harris, along with Cory Booker and every single Democrat candidate, also hates your God given right to defend yourself, and would abolish the Second Amendment of the Constitution, leaving an unarmed populace at the mercy of criminals and an all powerful government. 

-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says, “The world is going to end in 12 years.”

 

-Their Marxist-socialism will tax us into oblivion.

-They say Republicans are racist. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.  Civil rights came from the Republican Party.  Democrats were the party of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and, take a deep breath and prepare for what history is going to conclude: they were the party that spawned the Klu Klux Klan.

-They accuse us of hate speech, but the Left is guilty of physical violence. The instances of attacks on Leftists are so rare that Jussie Smollett had to stage one.

-An agitated feminist told a black man to take off his MAGA hat “because it makes us fearful.” That’s a statement in search of a fact! You don’t see roving gangs of youth donning MAGA hats and assaulting people in the streets. What you do see is violent Antifa thugs wearing masks and assaulting those who wear those hats.

-In fact, you see Nick Sandmann and the young men from Covington High School terrorized and falsely accused because they wore ‘Make America Great Again’ hats. The lives of these boys have been changed forever. They have been vilified. Their families have received death threats. They’ve been forced to hire an attorney to protect themselves from further slander. 

-Have you forgotten the breathtaking hypocrisy of Mueller and Comey?  They blatantly ignored the mountain of clear evidence against Hillary Clinton for committing acts of treason and obstruction, but openly lied about Trump and the Russians. The crimes they claim Trump did—but that the Mueller Report proves he didn’t do—are the very ones Hillary did do. It is absolutely mind-boggling!

-Consider how Leftists excoriated Trump, accusing him of separating children from their parents at our borders, even as these evil liars celebrate that new law from New York that I mentioned above, which allows a woman to dismember her child in the womb, and even kill her baby at the point of birth.

-They know robots will soon replace millions of jobs. Why are they anxious to open our borders to millions of unskilled laborers?  Is it because they need more potential Democrat voters?

-In Iran, they just hung a person for being homosexual, but in the Leftist universe it is the Christians, not the Muslims, who are the real moral bigots. And you worry about standing with Trump?

The great obsession of these liars, who are infiltrating our churches, is to dredge up Trump’s past. They talk about how we should only follow a perfectly moral President, though they know such a thing doesn’t exist. They say it to try to confuse you. Trump is not a pastor, but he has been placed where he is to be a wrecking ball to destroy the plans of those who would destroy America.  He has made a break from his past, and it is evident to many who knew him that he is not the same man.  Don’t join those who hate him—continue to pray for him! (1 Tim. 2:2).

Remember this: Your children’s future is far more important than Trump’s past!

 

 

Biden would be Obama’s third term

Lost in all the rhetorical dust is this chilling fact: Biden is Obama’s third term. He is—pure and simple—a return to Obama misery. Joe is a shill for Barack. He is a carnival barker for the return of the most failed political sideshow ever.  His campaign slogan should be “REFILL THE SWAMP.”

Okay, before you read anymore, let me tell you, I take no joy in writing blogs like this.  As I have often said, someone else, far more qualified, was supposed to take this mantle, but they didn’t. I just want to win souls, see the sick healed, and bring revival to churches. But, it is what it is so here goes…

We are watching a masterful use of misdirection. The Democrat Party unleashed its screaming Left-wing fringe for a reason. Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, and Mayor Pete, are utterly unelectable. They are there to make even a mediocre choice a relief.

Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Maxine Waters, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are there to gross out the Liberals, and to make them yearn for adult supervision. They are all players in a stunt to rebrand and sanitize Uncle Joe. But no matter what, he remains that unwanted snuggler, and a servant of Obama most high.

That is why you see him rocketing in the polls and why he is suddenly the front-runner. Democrats are supposed to think: JOE BIDEN!−WHAT A RELIEF!

We as Christians need to see through this maze of smoke and mirrors, and face the ugly truth: Obama is trying to come back to power through a surrogate. I knew it when, in a thinly veiled attempt at disguise, Obama said he would not endorse Biden for president and Biden said he would not seek the endorsement. 

In Obama’s mind he never left. He simply put his sleeper cells in place.  He put them in the FBI to get warrants and spy on Donald Trump. He worked the adoring media to make life hell for Trump. He did everything within his power to create chaos and mischief for the new President.

Why is he so callous and bitter? One reason is that he is watching his ‘legacy’ (and, I’m being kind there) being dismantled.  Why is he so bent on staying in power? He hates America, Israel, and the Faith that makes us great.  Am I being harsh? NO! His malice is well documented.

Judge for yourself the number of times Obama acted in direct hostility to the Bible.  https://mariomurilloministries.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/americas-most-biblically-hostile-u-s-president-3/

He takes credit for the Trump economy, even though his policies: failed healthcare, immigration, foreign policy, and Leftist court appointments nearly drove us under. He refers to himself gratuitously in every speech he gives.  He is the first President in our history who bashed his successor in the White House.

The single reason they are pushing for impeachment is that they are convinced President Trump will be reelected. They see no other way to stop him. If there was nothing else but the economy, Trump would have the upper hand, but there is so much more. Biden is the only other thing they can think of.

Obama wants power. He wants Israel brought down. He wants to punish the American church. I pray God helps you see what is really happening here.

Joe Biden will bring back all the convoluted and tangled ideas of Obama. He will operate at the behest of his true boss. He will have zero ideas on how to protect us, bring prosperity, or fix anything. He will be the most powerful hand puppet in the history of the world.

Why should you reject this man? A million reasons flood my mind, but let’s focus on just one: Obama is the architect of the most hare-brained lie in recent history: That Trump colluded with Russia. Two years after the most expensive investigation ever, he still pumps the lie to his lackeys.  But, as this investigation by the newly appointed special counsel gets to the source of the FISA Warrant, Obama’s prints will be all over it.

But there is one final mind-numbing lie you must swallow, if you are to believe Donald Trump colluded with Russia. You must then believe that Russia conspired to rebuild the American economy, the military, and our energy companies—all things that make Russia weaker.  Why would Putin put Trump in office knowing it would jeopardize Russia’s hold on the Middle East, strengthen Israel, and make Europe wake up to their NATO responsibilities?

If you believe all that, then Biden is the candidate for you.

Why all the lies are now being exposed

Jussie Smollett lied about the attack. Nicholas Sandmann did nothing wrong. Robert Mueller has no Russian collusion. This trifecta of lies was well conceived. They were backed by a juggernaut of social media gods. Every leftist celebrity tweeted their condemnation of these fake news stories. Many still believe these lies. Why wouldn’t they? What does truth have to do with their agenda.

That we ever found out—is in itself—a miracle of epic proportion. Never in history has there been a more powerful loom upon which to spin lies. They had the technology. They had unfettered control of every news agency and talk show. They had it all except for one thing—God.

On January 23rd I was awakened to write a blog. Never…and I mean never, have I fought the Holy Spirit so vigorously over a blog. I was ordered to predict something that seemed foolish if not insane at the time—that these lies would be all suddenly exposed.

Try to remember what was happening. The left was sprinting toward an ideological finish line. Donald Trump was once again down for the count. They left and the media made him own the government shutdown. Celebrities were suggesting Nicholas Sandmann should be beaten. One writer for SNL offered a sex act on the first man to punch the boy. We were told Mueller had the magic bullet to bring down Trump.

Mueller was churning out pseudo-evidence left and right. Nancy Pelosi was banning the state of the union address. The House was stockpiling investigation on top of investigation of Donald Trump. Then came the crowning glory of the left—a hate crime on Jussie Smollett.

They ran with all this. They did a victory dance over a vanquished foe. Democrats feigned outrage in a screen test that outdid Jussie’s acting skills. Nevertheless…

I was ordered to write these words: “God will allow lies to grow to such an extreme that it will soon nauseate Americans. The glorification of perversion, the bullying of children, the parade of insane ideas will fill the vat and sicken America. God will see to this. Not only this, but He will bring high profile liars to an end. He will do this right on time.  Again, child of God hold on! Mr. President stand your ground!”

Donald Trump stood his ground. (Not because he read my blog. I have no reason to believe he did.) And then he gave the towering state of the union address that bumped his approval overnight from 38% to 52%.

Notice the part about “He will bring high profile liars to an end.” I can’t tell you how many commented with disdain and even some friends commented with sympathy, “I sure hope you’re right.” Now look at all the careers ending right before our eyes.

But this is not the end of it. Suddenly, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was forced to expose the disaster of her socialism. By attacking Amazon, she destroyed thousands of jobs, and stopped billions in wealth from coming to her constituents.

 

And why was McCabe suddenly forced to admit the deep state existed in the FBI?

What does all of this mean? It is the direct result of intercessors. It is the hand of God offering a ramp to revival. However, this is also the most dangerous moment I have ever seen for the American church.  Thus, I make a new prediction.

Hear me! In the eyes of God, the lukewarm American church is every bit as disgusting as the radical left. One is guilty of perverting the truth, while the other is guilty of suffocating the truth.

The same act of God that exposed lies oozing out of the left will now expose false preachers, man-made empires and doctrines of devils that are widely celebrated in the Body of Christ. Hear me!

The same God that is moving to save America by dismantling the deep state, will now turn His attention to the deep state that is draining the church of her true purpose in this hour.

I solemnly warn you celebrity preacher. Dismiss your fawning entourage. Break your ties with Oprah. Cleanse your house of the quasi-new age doctrines that have filled your coffers with venomous wealth. Your end time doctrine has fooled you! You are not evangelizing the world, you are colonizing it. You closed the altar and opened the cocktail bar.

 

Wake up! Is your lavishly appointed empire a campus for Christ or your own tomb?  You have proven the power of marketing. You have not proven “what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

Break before God! Weep! Find the original spark of passion for Jesus from the dawn of your ministry. Do this now! You are almost out of time.

If you do not take a stand against abortion, sexual perversion, drunkenness and the spirit of Jezebel, God will also stop taking a stand against your enemies. The deadline is here!

Why are all these lies being exposed right now? Because the zero hour of awakening is here and God will have a testimony.

But to the righteous core—the faithful pastor—the diligent intercessor, come these mighty words of life: You will shine like the sun! Your enemies will be driven back. The funds for God ideas are being released! Your children will be carried back to you.  While many mourn and weep you will see a bumper crop…even out of dry ground!

I am speaking this all by the Spirit of God. Take heed!

OUR RECIPE FOR DISASTER

By now you have heard or seen the video of Lance Wallnau relating the prophetic warning given to Evangelical leaders by Trump.  Trump’s description of the left’s hate for the church, and the plans they have for us after the November midterms are hair-raising.

One of the dumbest things anyone has ever said to me was, “have faith Mario, we got this.”  Those words embody everything that is wrong with the American church’s condition near the November midterm elections.  It oozes entitlement.  It drips with denial.  It’s faith without works and it is dead. It is a recipe for disaster.

Look at me: If the election were held today, Republicans would lose the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.  Everything Trump has done for the rights of Christians—the ones Obama removed—would be removed again.  On top of that, the most oppressive laws you can imagine would flood American churches from Washington.

Mueller’s investigation would look like a picnic compared to the tidal wave of investigations the left would undertake.

Thugs would be emboldened to physically attack conservatives and Christians.  Social media would tear off its mask and fully censor the church.

Right now, Trump and his family are facing hatred that is unimaginable.  They hate him because of the long list of things he has done to protect your church.  That’s because the left hates you. Hello?

Are you still holding on to the grudge of what the man was 10 years ago?  Shame on you!

And what has the church done to repay Trump for his nameless, daily agony on our behalf?  We reward him with apathy, ingratitude and ignorance.  My friend, we are about to pay an incalculable price for our warped view of this hour.

 

Don’t be one of those who rejects my warning because you can’t imagine it.  Here’s something you can imagine: California.  Do you honestly believe many pastors will get in their pulpits in California and tell their people to vote Republican?  Of course not.

To those of you that still hold to the fantasy that “we got this,” let me ask you this: Do you see many Pastors at all telling their congregations to vote Republican?  Do you see the popular leaders of the Body of Christ unified behind stopping the left’s agenda?

Satan has seduced many preachers who lead empires and independent kingdoms. They—at this hour—will not unify to speak to the nation as one voice.  They can’t afford to offend for the sake of finances.   Little do they know that once the left gains power they will have no empire left to defend.

Mario is there any hope?  Yes, but we need God put electrode paddles to our faintly beating hearts.  We need holy rage, holy boldness.  We need to talk to every believer we know and wake them up to vote and to tell others to vote.  We need to confront Pastors to get in their pulpit and energize believers by the millions.

I realize that it takes courage to support Trump and our faith at this hour.  Just remember, right now it is hard but if we lose in November it will go from hard to impossible.

No one believes in miracles more than I—and that’s just what we must have at this hour.  We need a miracle of repentance, boldness…but it all begins with humble appreciation that we have this man in the White House.

Their war is against us not Trump

Comey and Mueller are the tip of the iceberg.  They are small fish in a much bigger tank.  Before we get to that, here’s a quick refresher on what brought us to this point:

Comey breaks the law to save Hillary.  Realizing his cover is blown—at the last minute—he reopens the investigation.  Trump wins.  Comey, Mueller and the deep state—who worked to prevent Trump’s election—pivot to run Trump out of office.

Comey is fired.  Both sides agreed he needed to be fired until Trump did it.  Comey takes the next step in the game plan.  He leaks lies about Trump to the media so that the prechosen Mueller—his friend, and fellow Trump hater—gets in as special prosecutor.  The needed witch hunt begins.  The Russian collusion fairy tales lives on without accountability.  This soap opera is wearing thin on Americans.

The multi-headed monster brainwashes a majority of millennials to believe the values we have honored for thousands of years suddenly are racist, sexist, and must be eradicated.

Mobs scream at conservatives.  Professors invent micro-aggressions, cultural appropriation, and safe places.  Suddenly, victims are everywhere and statutes must be torn down, careers destroyed, insane boycotts enforced, and every crisis must be seized to advance the lie.

They doctor research to create pseudo-sciences about gender, weather, and equality.  Borders are destroyed to fatten the voter rolls of the left.  Because the end justifies the means, the collateral damage doesn’t matter.  Only, now, this cynical viewpoint is losing its hold.

This is war. They don’t have to tell the truth, they can ruin lives with lies, they can even justify the murder of innocent Americans.  This too is becoming outrageous to many who were on the fence.

Social media, news media, and the Democratic Party are only some of the arms of this monster.

The goal to wipe out Judeo-Christian influence in America is now painfully clear to more Americans.  The left is desperate to remove the last firewall against their revolution.  Marriage, parental rights, guns, and civil discourse all must go or they have no hope of winning.

But things are not going according to their plan.  Something unexpected has happened. They are forced to expose their true colors and their true target before they were ready.  Satan is overplaying his hand.  Conservatives and Christians are no longer the only ones who are disgusted.

Here is an example: Jimmy Kimmel asked Roseanne Barr, who now supports Trump, why she had changed.  She said, “I haven’t changed, it’s all of you who have gone wacko left.”  Oops there it is.

A city worker walks into a Motorcycle shop and fines it for flying military flags.  A veteran who was shot three times in combat protested.  The city worker looked at the veteran and said, “you did nothing for our country.”  The video went viral and the city totally backed down and rejected the worker.

Another thing that wasn’t supposed to happen was a creative writing professor at California State University at Fresno who said this about Barbara Bush right after her death:

“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” When people were outraged she said, “this is what it’s like to be an Arab American Muslim American woman with some clout online expressing an opinion. Look at the racists going crazy in my mentions right now,” she tweeted.

The writer taunted those attacking her, said she was a tenured professor who makes $100,000 a year.  “I will never be fired,” she tweeted.  The university said, “oh yes we can.” I don’t believe this woman meant to melt down and manifest this demon.  I believe this extremism is a sign that evil is being driven to extremes.

The left quickly disavowed her but it’s too late. The all too common hatred of the left is out of the bag.  The backlash against her was swift and overwhelming.

We who are filled with the Holy Spirit have a unique advantage and responsibility.  We understand demonic activity.  The entire strategy against our freedom is demonic.  These cracks in the armor of the monster are a sign of answered prayer.  It shows us that our stand against the powers of darkness is working.

The masters of the left don’t want you to realize why Trump is still so popular.  And why Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jerry Brown, and CNN look more and more crazy every day.

We are seeking God for revival.  That is forcing the left to be more extreme and obvious than they want to be.  I am not saying this is going to be an easy battle or that it won’t get worse.  What I am saying is this rush to extremism is a sign we can’t ignore.

Time for us to come into unity.  Time for us to increase our prayers.  Time to expect a gigantic implosion of the war against our freedom.  The war is against us…but if God be for us who can be against us?

 

 

 

HERE’S THE MEMO

THE WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON

February 2, 2018

The Honorable Devin Nunes

Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

United States Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

On January 29, 2018, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (hereinafter “the Committee”) voted to disclose publicly a memorandum containing classified information provided to the Committee in connection with its oversight activities (the “Memorandum,” which is attached to this letter). As provided by clause 1 1 (g) of Rule X of the House of Representatives, the Committee has forwarded this Memorandum to the President based on its determination that the release of the Memorandum would serve the public interest.

The Constitution vests the President with the authority to protect national security secrets from disclosure. As the Supreme Court has recognized, it is the President’s responsibility to classify, declassify, and control access to information bearing on our intelligence sources and methods and national defense. See, e.g., Dep ‘t ofNavy v. Egan, 484 U.S. 518, 527 (1988). In order to facilitate appropriate congressional oversight, the Executive Branch may entrust classified information to the appropriate committees of Congress, as it has done in connection with the Committee’s oversight activities here. The Executive Branch does so on the assumption that the Committee will responsibly protect such classified information, consistent with the laws of the United States.

The Committee has now determined that the release of the Memorandum would be appropriate. The Executive Branch, across Administrations of both parties, has worked to accommodate congressional requests to declassify specific materials in the public interest. l However, public release of classified information by unilateral action of the Legislative Branch is extremely rare and raises significant separation of powers concerns. Accordingly, the Committee’s request to release the Memorandum is interpreted as a request for declassification pursuant to the President’s authority.

The President understands that the protection of our national security represents his highest obligation. Accordingly, he has directed lawyers and national security staff to assess the

1 See, e.g., S. Rept. 114-8 at 12 (Administration of Barack Obama) (“On April 3, 2014 . . . the Committee agreed to send the revised Findings and Conclusions, and the updated Executive Summary of the Committee Study, to the President for declassification and public release.”); H. Rept. 107-792 (Administration of George W. Bush) (similar); E.O. 12812 (Administration of George H.W. Bush) (noting Senate resolution requesting that President provide for declassification of certain information via Executive Order).

declassification request, consistent with established standards governing the handling of classified information, including those under Section 3.1 (d) of Executive Order 13526. Those standards permit declassification when the public interest in disclosure outweighs any need to protect the information. The White House review process also included input from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice. Consistent with this review and these standards, the President has determined that declassification of the Memorandum is appropriate.

Based on this assessment and in light of the significant public interest in the memorandum, the

President has authorized the declassification of the Memorandum. To be clear, the

Memorandum reflects the judgments of its congressional authors. The President understands that oversight concerning matters related to the Memorandum may be continuing. Though the circumstances leading to the declassification through this process are extraordinary, the Executive Branch stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards and processes, including the need to protect intelligence sources and methods.

Sincerely,

Donald F. McGahn 11

Counsel to the President

cc: The Honorable Paul Ryan

Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Honorable Adam Schiff

Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

2018 Declassified by order of the President

January 18,

February 2, 2018

HPSCI Majority Members

From: HPSCI Majority Staff
Subject: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Purpose

This memorandum provides Members an update on significant facts relating to the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.

Investigation Update

On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order

(not under Title VIl) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a

U.S. citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI. It then required the approval of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General (DAG), or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.

The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute (50 U.S.C. §1805(d)(1)), a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more

FISA applications on behalf of DOJ,

Due to the sensitive nature of foreign intelligence activity, FISA submissions (including renewals) before the FISC are classified. As such, the public’s confidence in the integrity of the FISA process depends on the court’s ability to hold the government to the highest standard— particularly as it relates to surveillance of American citizens. However, the FISC’s rigor in protecting the rights of Americans, which is-fêiñfõñêŒbÝ9Œ-däffëñêWals of surveillance orders, is necessarily dependent on the government’s production to the court of all material and relevant facts. This should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA

              OF          OF

 

application that is known by the government. In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts. However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted.

  • The “dossier” compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
    1. Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.
  • The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named U.S. person, but does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a U.S. law firm (Perkins Coie) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOJ at the time that political actors were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of—and paid by—the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information.
  • The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.
    1. Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations—an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI in an October 30, 2016, Mother Jones article by David Corn. Steele should have been terminated for his previous undisclosed contacts with

Yahoo and other outlets in September—before the Page application was submitted to

UNCLASSIFIED

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the FISC in October—but Steele improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about those contacts,

  1. b) Steele’s numerous encounters with the media violated the cardinal rule of source handling—maintaining confidentiality—and demonstrated that Steele had become a less than reliable source for the FBI.
  • Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Rosenstein. Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele. For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against thencandidate Trump when Steele said he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” This clear evidence of Steele’ s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files—but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.
  1. a) During this same time period, Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISC.
  • According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill

Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial Page FISA application. After Steele was terminated, a source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated. Yet, in early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was—according to his June 2017 testimony—”salacious and unverified.” While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.

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5) The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok. Strzok was reassigned by the Special Counsel’s Office to FBI Human Resources for improper text messages with his mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page (no known relation to Carter Page), where they both demonstrated a clear bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, whom Strzok had also investigated. The StrzoWLisa Page texts also reflect extensive discussions about the investigation, orchestrating leaks to the media, and include a meeting with Deputy Director McCabe to discuss an “insurance” policy against President Trump’s election.

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FBI director admits domestic use of drones.

FBI director admits domestic use of drones

Published time: June 19, 2013 14:55
Edited time: June 19, 2013 15:41

FBI Director Robert Mueller (Reuters / Yuri Gripas)
FBI Director Robert Mueller (Reuters / Yuri Gripas)

 

The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday.

Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft.

Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr. Mueller during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Yes,” Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBI’s operation of drones is “very seldom.”

Asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) to elaborate, Mueller added, “It’s very seldom used and generally used in a particular incident where you need the capability.” Earlier in the morning, however, Mueller said that the agency was only now working to establish set rule for the drone program.

Mueller began answering questions just after 10 a.m. EDT and has also touched briefly on the recently exposed NSA surveillance program that has marred the reputation of the United States intelligence community as of late. Mueller said 22 agents have access to a vast surveillance database, including 20 analysts and two overseers.

When Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) asked Mueller later in the morning if he’d consider being more open about the FBI’s surveillance methods, the director decried being much more transparent that the bureau already is. Mueller said the FBI has and will continue to weigh the possibility of publishing more information about its spy habits, but warned that doing such would be to the advantage of America’s enemies.

There is a price to be paid for that transparency,” Mueller said. “I certainly think it would be educating our adversaries as to what our capabilities are.”