Major Trump Win: Court Rules Administration can Withhold Money from Sanctuary Cities

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Yet another win for the Trump administration’s fight against illegal immigration was delivered by a federal court yesterday when the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Department of Justice can withhold grant money from sanctuary cities whose actions go against federal immigration policy.

The court overruled a 2017 lower court decision to block the Trump administration’s ability to withhold funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, a grant offering which doles out $250 million a year to state and local law enforcement agencies.

Recent years have seen an upswing in the number of states and cities declaring themselves “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants seeking protection against ICE and lawful deportation efforts. New Jersey, New York, California, Oregon, Washington, South Carolina, Illinois, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, and D.C. have all declared themselves as such.

Sanctuary states and cities decry an unwillingness to cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies and refuse to share the immigration status of individuals already arrested for other crimes with ICE. Law enforcement officers are also told to not detain illegal immigrants over their immigration status.

Now, the Department of Justice has a green light to withhold certain grants from states who cut against federal immigration policy.

In a statement, a DOJ spokesperson said, “today’s decision rightfully recognizes the lawful authority of the Attorney General to ensure that Department of Justice grant recipients are not at the same time thwarting federal law enforcement priorities.”

“The grant conditions here require states and cities that receive DOJ grants to share information about criminals in custody.  The federal government uses this information to enforce national immigration laws–policies supported by successive Democrat and Republican administrations.”

“All Americans will benefit from increased public safety as this Administration is able to implement its lawful immigration and public safety policies,” the statement added.

Fox News reported, “The latest decision conflicts with rulings from other appeals courts across the country concerning sanctuary policies, indicating a Supreme Court review is ultimately likely.” The Supreme Court has handed the current administration several wins over the last three years, including on the travel ban case and the recent “public charge” ruling.

“While mindful of the respect owed to our sister circuits,” Judge Raggi said in the opinion, “we cannot agree that the federal government must be enjoined from imposing the challenged conditions on the federal grants here at issue.”

She added, “these conditions help the federal government enforce national immigration laws and policies supported by successive Democratic and Republican administrations.  But more to the authorization point, they ensure that applicants satisfy particular statutory grant requirements imposed by Congress and subject to Attorney General oversight.

Dismissing the claim that the Trump administration was violating the federalist nature of government, Judge Raggi wrote, “nor [sic] can we agree with the district court that the challenged conditions impermissibly intrude on powers reserved to the States.” She cited the “spending clause” as a constitutional justification.

BSA Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy amid Sex Abuse Lawsuits

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Nearly 15 months after the option was first thrown around, the Boy Scouts of America declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy early Tuesday morning in an effort to preserve the organization amid a growing list of sex abuse lawsuits.

After many states changed their statute of limitations laws for childhood sex abuse victims, the 110 year old organization was hit by a slew of new lawsuits for hundreds, if not thousands of sexual abuse cases largely from the 1970’s.

Between declining membership, and controversies around letting girls into Boy Scouts, the cash strapped youth development organization decided bankruptcy protection would be the best option to both find an “equitable” way to compensate victims and keep scouting around for the current generation.

In a heartfelt letter, National Chairman Jim Turley apologized to the victims and reiterated their pledge to never let such a tragic stain on scoutings history happen again.

Turley notes that in recent years Scouts BSA implemented “mandatory background checks and trainings, a ban on one-on-one interactions between youth and adults, and mandatory reporting of any suspicion of abuse to law enforcement.” He called these, among others, “the strongest and most effective policies found in any youth-serving organization.”

As a way to pay back victims, BSA started a “voluntary financial restructuring to ensure we can equitably compensate all victims of past abuse in our programs, through a proposed Victim’s Compensation Trust.” Bankruptcy protection is designed to allow such a restructuring to occur without closing the organization in the process.

Turley is encouraging “all victims to come forward and file claims so you can receive compensation from this Trust. We will provide clear notices about how to do so.” Though money cannot turn back the clock on such crimes, Scouts BSA is attempting to make things right as best they can.

Local councils, which carry out the bulk of scouting related activities, including operating and maintaining BSA campgrounds and various programs, will remain in operation; they’re separate legal entities from the national organization. Most if not all BSA councils sent out notices to its members ensuring them that scouting will live on through this hurdle.

Michael Pfau, a Seattle lawyer who represents over 300 former scout victims says this goes deeper than we know. Pfau told the Daily Beast, “you’re talking about thousands of perpetrators.” He added, “you’re talking about tens of thousands of victims. This will be the largest bankruptcy the country has ever seen, and likely one of the largest corporate bankruptcies.”

Pfau was disappointed in the protection given to local councils as they hold the bulk of Scouting’s assets, and were “the eyes and ears of the Boy Scouts … the local councils not only hold enormous assets, they are all responsible in many cases for the abuse.”

Nonetheless, Pfau and the victims are hoping for a single settlement to end the prospect of all future cases.

Jussie Smollett Indicted on 6 Counts for Hate Crime Hoax

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More than a year after former Empire Star, Jussie Smollett, allegedly orchestrated a fake homophobic and racist hate crime against himself, the 37-year-old actor was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on 6 counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police on multiple occasions.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb filed the charges on February 11th. His first court date is set for February 24th. Fox 32 reported “Webb said in a statement that Smollett faces six felony counts of disorderly conduct, charges that stem from four separate false reports that he gave to police in which he contended he was a victim of a hate crime ‘knowing that he was not the victim of a crime.’”

Depending on sentencing, these charges can carry up to a cumulative punishment of 18 years in prison, though actual sentencing, if convicted, will likely be much less.

This time last year, Chicago prosecutors decided, without explanation, to drop the case entirely after devoting $130,106.15 in resources investigating the alleged hate crime against the television star. Webb made clear in his statement that there was insufficient evidence for dropping the case against Smollett.

Webb concluded “that further prosecution of Jussie Smollett is ‘in the interest of justice.’” He added, “several factors went into this determination, including the extensive nature of Mr. Smollett’s false police reports, and the resources expended by the Chicago Police Department to investigate these false reports.”

Smollett’s attorney, Tina Glandian, released the following statement regarding the indictment:

“This indictment raises serious questions about the integrity of the investigation that led to the renewed charges against Mr. Smollett, not the least of which is the use of the same CPD detectives who were part of the original investigation into the attack on Mr. Smollett to conduct the current investigation, despite Mr. Smollett’s pending civil claims against the City of Chicago and CPD officers for malicious prosecution.  One of the two witnesses who testified before the grand jury is the very same detective Mr. Smollett is currently suing for his role in the initial prosecution of him. After more than five months of investigation, the Office of the Special Prosecutor has not found any evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever related to the dismissal of the charges against Mr. Smollett.  Rather, the charges were appropriately dismissed the first time because they were not supported by the evidence.  The attempt to re-prosecute Mr. Smollett one year later on the eve of the Cook County State’s Attorney election is clearly all about politics not justice.”

In January of 2019, Smollett told police he was assaulted by two white men in MAGA hats in the middle of zero-degree weather at 2:00 AM in a Chicago alleyway while walking home from Subway. The attackers, according to Smollett, shouted “this is MAGA country,” after recognizing him as the ‘gay man on Empire.’ A show every homophobic racist watches enough to recognize the actors off on the street. The attackers then poured bleach on Smollett and wrapped a clothing line nose around his neck before fleeing.

Smollett, who still bravely held onto his Subway sandwich, fled home, and called the police two hours after the initial attack. When police arrived at his apartment, Smollett was still wearing the nose around his neck.

After police discovered the attackers were not only black, but Smollett’s personal trainers who had received a handwritten check from the actor days prior, 16 counts were filed against Smollett. However, the case was abruptly dropped in March of 2019.

The case was the highest-profile hate crime in recent memory, but when the truth came out, everyone from political candidates to media icons dropped the story.

Actor Chris Pratt Launches New Patriotic Production Company

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In an Instagram post, actor Chris Pratt announced he started a new film production company intended to bring Americans together all while providing entertaining content that everyone can enjoy.

In the unexpected announcement, Pratt wrote “so grateful for each step of this wonderful journey.” He added, “I’ve started a company. Indivisible Productions. One nation. Under God. Indivisible.”

Pratt wrote, “our mission statement is to create entertaining content, focusing on themes which will help to bridge the growing divide in our country and world.”

The company is designed to “make the world a better place.”

Pratt, who’s famous for movies such as the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, teased the release in the video he posted as well by sharing the name of his new company after a mini tour of posters from all the movies and TV shows he’s starred in over the years.

So far, Pratt hasn’t indicated which, if any films the company is working on, but religion will likely be an underlying theme in future films.

In a tweet, Pratt said the Pledge of Allegiance inspired the name of his new company. “Hearing the pledge of allegiance at my kid’s cub scout meeting the name hit me. INDIVISIBLE “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” He added, “It’s the perfect name for a company intent on creating content which aims to sew the growing divide in this country.”

A progressive political activist organization named Indivisible Guide tried claiming ownership over Pratt’s trademarked production name, but the Christian actor quickly and respectfully shut them down.

“See movie, stow phone, laugh beside somebody you’ve been told you hate,” is what Pratt wants to inspire others to do.

Pratt is well known for sharing his Christian faith publicly an unapologetically. At the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, for example, Pratt told the crowd, “I would not be here with the ease and grace I have in my heart without my lord and savior, Jesus Christ.”

The exact projects of the production company are unknown, but it seems Pratt will avoid any overt political messages, instead focusing on common values shared among Americans are entertaining the people from all walks of life.

App which Caused the Iowa Caucus Disaster was Developed by Former Hillary Clinton Campaign Staffer

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Democrats at the 2020 Iowa Caucus

Who framed Roger Rabbit? Is there life on other planets? What were the results of the 2020 Democratic Iowa Caucus? These are questions we all have but may never know the answer to. At the time of writing this, the results for the Republican Iowa Caucus had been publicly known for almost 16 hours while not a single official vote had announced by the Iowa DNC.

Now, as Democrats scramble to unravel the mystery of who won the first in the nation vote and who will carry the momentum into New Hampshire, we are now learning the root cause of these problems is, unsurprisingly, tied indirectly to Hillary Clinton. Shocking, I know.

The unusual nature of electoral caucusing is in part to blame for the fiasco we’re experiencing. For those who aren’t familiar, three sets of votes must be recorded – the raw vote, the realigned vote after the first vote, and the delegate total. For the first time, the Iowa DNC required the reporting of all three sets of data, instead of just the final delegate count like in years priors in order to seem more transparent and dispel rumors among the Bernie Bro crowd of election interference on behalf of establishment candidates.

The DNC will also report all vote tallies at once, instead of releasing results as they come in, like every election ever.

To record the new inflow of data, Democrats turned to a tech start-up company named Shadow to develop an app for caucus reporting in order to “modernize” the process.

Shadow was founded in 2017 by Gerard Niemira and Krista Davis who, according to the LA Times, are veterans of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign. ACROYNM, Shadow’s parent company, was founded Tara McGowan, a digital producer with President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Iowa Democratic Party communications director Mandy McClure said in a statement Monday evening after it became obvious, we wouldn’t be getting results any time soon, “we found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report.”

The app designed to streamline reporting has now led to the longest vote tallying delay in modern American electoral history.

“This is simply a reporting issue,” McClure added, “the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.”

Among Shadow’s clientele include Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, which paid $42,500 for “software rights and subscriptions, according to the FEC. “A spokesman for the campaign says the payment was for a service used to send text messages to voters. The campaigns of Joe Biden and Kirsten Gillibrand, who withdrew from the race last year, also made smaller payments to Shadow,” The LA Times added.

Momentum that comes with winning the electoral cycle’s first contest will be left unclaimed as the delays continue leaving some to wonder if there was a degree of foul play involved, especially under the circumstances surrounding Bernie’s better than expected performance and establishment favorite Joe Biden’s larger than life flop.

With #IowaCaucusDisaster, #PeteTheCheate, and #MayorCheat trending on twitter, the public now believes the delay could have been intentional in order to weaken the effect of more radical candidate’s unexpected victories in the state.

Amy Klobuchar was the first to declare victory last night, followed by Biden and Warren simultaneously, with Bernie, the suspected winner, closing out the night.

“I write on behalf of the Biden for President Campaign regarding the considerable flaws in tonight’s Iowa Caucus system,” Dana Remus, spokesperson for the Biden campaign wrote. “The app that was intended to relay Caucus results to the Party failed; the party’s back-up telephonic system likewise has failed.”

Though it’s not much, The Bernie campaign released “internal reporting number, which represent the results from nearly 40 percent of precincts in Iowa,” early Tuesday morning. The numbers aren’t good for Biden and are fueling these conspiracy theories.

The polling shows Sanders in the lead with 29.66% in the final count, followed by Mayor Pete at 24.59%. Not too far off we have Elizabeth Warren at 21.24% trailed at a distance by assumed front runner Joe Biden with a low 12.37% of the final vote. Besides Amy Klobuchar  coming in 5th with 11%, everyone else failed to break 1%.

Many other precinct secretaries have leaked the results on Twitter corroborating the feeling of a far-left win Monday night, but because those are unverified, I will not share them.

With Biden’s supposed epic fail in last night’s election, the massive disaster surrounding the tallying will overshadow his loss, and any boost Bernie, Pete, or Warren would have gotten from over performing will by mitigated ahead of next week’s New Hampshire primary.

CNN Settles $250 Million Defamation Lawsuit Filed by Covington Catholic School Student Nick Sandmann

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After months of legal battles, CNN settles a $250 million lawsuit filed by Nick Sandmann, a Covington Catholic high school student presented by the major network as being a bigot for several days before correcting the record.

The undisclosed settlement by CNN was in a defamation suit which sought damages for “emotional distress Nicholas and his family suffered” during and after the botched reporting by CNN and other networks where Sandmann was displayed as an obnoxious teen harassing and confronting an old Native American protester.

After full length video of the event was released by the networks, that narrative swiftly fell apart. Sandmann and the other students from Covington Catholic were shown standing in place as a group of Black Hebrew Israelites approached and slung vulture verbal attacks towards the teens, who responded with school chants. Nathan Philips, a long-time political propagator, entered the mass of students waiting for their bus, and banged his drum in the face of high school students while singing Native American songs. Sandmann, who was approached very closely by Philips, stood in place awkwardly smiling as the elderly man sang inches from his face. This was enough to launch the media into a libelous frenzy calling him every name in the book. Some networks even dug up year’s old videos of school sporting events to justify their attacks against children who did not choose to enter the spotlight.

Triumphantly, Sandmann tweeted, “yes, we settled with CNN.”

 The dollar amount of the settlement was not disclosed, but if the $31 million settlement by Gawker for sharing intimate information about Hulk Hogan is any indicator, this could easily be a seven or eight figure sum.

Sandmann’s attorney Todd McMurty told Fox New they’re getting ready to file suit against “as many as 13 other defendants will be filed in 30 to 40 days.” According to Fox, “among them: ABC, CBS, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, NPR, Slate, The Hill, and Gannett which owns the Cincinnati Inquirer, as well as miscellaneous other small outfits.

“Separate lawsuits against the Washington Post and NBC have already been filed, he added,” Fox added.

The collective sum of the main lawsuits against CNN, NBC, and the Washington Post was a whopping $800 million.

In a tweet, McMurty said, “I want to thank everyone for the many good wishes received today.” He also announced plans to file more suits and continue the legal battle. Those suits are still making their way through the court system.

Pentagon had Tracked Iranian General Qasem Soleimani for Years; Another Attack was “Imminent”

After years of Iranian aggression, President Trump retaliates to a recent attack on the American embassy in Iraq, orchestrated by Iranian sponsored militias, by taking out one of Iran’s highest ranking generals – Qasem Soleimani. As the story unfolded, we now know Soleimani was being watched by the Pentagon for years before the drone strike against the terrorist was ordered.

The now deceased Qasem Soleimani was the second most powerful person in Iran, right below the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He also commanded the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the terrorist wing of the IRG.

President Trump warned on Twitter there’d be consequences for Iran’s violence directed towards the United States, and within hours it was announced Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general responsible for the death of thousands of American soldiers, was killed in a drone strike after he arrived at an Iraqi airport in Baghdad. Soleimani was also responsible for arming Hezbollah, and Jihadist forces in the Gaza Strip, who regularly fire indiscriminate rockets at Israel.

In the last few years alone Iran had directly attacked American and international assets unprovoked in such famous incidents as taking American seamen hostage briefly, blowing up two European oil tankers, downing an American drone, funding terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, and now the siege on our embassy. The retaliatory strike may appear impulsive, even under these circumstances, but the target had been tracked for longer than Trump was in office.

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All that remains of Gen. Soleimani’s transport, which was struck by drone early Friday morning

USA Today reported, “for years, the U.S. military kept close tabs on Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Every day. Whom he met. What he planned. The mayhem he plotted.” They added, “Soleimani had overseen a network of paramilitaries, militias and terrorist groups across the Middle East and beyond that furthered Iranian interests by often undermining those of the United States and its allies.”

Soleimani’s claim to infamy comes through his introduction of sophisticated and deadly IEDs across Iraqi during peak fighting in the mid-2000’s. These hidden, roadside, ambush style explosive traps were responsible for the death of hundreds of American soldiers, while maiming thousands of others. The nature of IED’s means collateral damage and civilian causalities were all but certain.

The attack on American servicemen, which killed a U.S. contractor, that triggered a chain of events resulting in the attack on the embassy was linked to Soleimani, according to the Pentagon.

According to sources within the Pentagon, USA Today added, the death of Soleimani will disrupt future attacks and cause a major blow to the Iranian terrorist organization.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said on his daily podcast that this striking blow to the Iranian government would be the equivalent of Iran taking out the Director of the FBI, Director of the CIA, and the Defense Secretary in a single strike.

President Trump, noting the careful consideration of the target, said this strike was designed to disrupt and prevent “imminent and sinister attacks” that Soleimani was planning.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an on-air interview that Soleimani was planning an attack that would kill a “significant amounts of Americans.” He added, “Soleimani, the terrorist, was engaged in active plotting. There was an attack that was imminent that could have killed dozens or hundreds of Americans. We found an opportunity and we delivered … we took him off the battlefield.”

Just moments ago, two rockets struck the Green Zone of the American embassy in Baghdad, and two mortar rounds landed in an American Air Force base in the same area. There were no casualties reported as on now. That story is still developing.

Gunman in Texas Church Stopped by Armed Parishioners

A hero emerged amid tragedy earlier today when a church gunman was shot dead by an armed citizen defending his fellow worshipers.

Sunday morning while dozens hundreds of churchgoers were gathered for mass at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a small town in Texas with less than 20,000 residents, an unidentified man stormed in and began shooting indiscriminately at the Christians inside.

According to USA Today, Police Chief J.P. Bevering has not yet provided a motive for the attack.

Witnesses say the gunman, armed with a shotgun, began his attack during communion. The gunman was able to kill one man and critically wounded another before an armed citizen, later identified as Jack Wilson, fatally shot the maniac, ending the rampage.

The Church’s live stream captured the horrifying incident as it played out. Though blurry, the video shows a brave and unnamed individual standing up and taking down the attacker before he could cause any further damage.

According to CBS News, “several parishioners quickly pulled their guns soon after the first shot was fired.”

According to Mike Tinius, a church goer and witness to the attack, one of the victims was a security guard who attempted to stop the gunman. Tinius said, he “was trying to do what he needed to do to protect the rest of us. It’s extremely upsetting to see anyone committing violence.”

In a statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbot Called the attack an “evil act of violence,” adding “I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life. Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in praying for the White Settlement community and for all those affected by this horrible tragedy.”

The tragedy at the West Freeway Church of Christ could have been much worse if a heroic worshiper was not armed and not brave enough to put their own life on the line to defend his fellow Christians. This is simply one of nearly 3 million crimes that are prevented or stopped by armed citizens every year.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew Switches Parties from Democrat to Republican Over Impeachment

South New Jersey Representative Jeff Van Drew will be making an official switch to the Republican party because of the years long attempt to impeach President Trump.

Rep. Van Drew represents NJ’s 2nd Congressional district, a district Trump won by 4.6%. According to Five Thirty Eight’s analysis, Van Drew only sides with Trump on votes 7.1% of the time.

ABC first reported the rumored party switch on Saturday say, “Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who has long opposed House Democrats’ impeachment effort, discussed switching parties in a meeting with President Donald Trump.” The administration source was not named, but as more information unfolded it became obvious that this allegation was accurate.

Rep. Van Drew is one of nearly a dozen House Democrats who openly oppose the impeachment proceedings, and was one of two Democrats to oppose opening impeachment procedures.

According to Fox News, “while Van Drew has called President Trump’s conduct in relation to his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ‘unsavory,’ he has repeatedly said he did not see evidence that would justify his removal from office.”

Van Drew would prefer letting voters decide whether Trump should be ousted in the next election saying the “Founding Fathers had vigorous debates of whether they would even allow impeachment in the Constitution.” He added, “you don’t disenfranchise voters, millions upon millions of voters. Voters choose their leaders in America.”

This comes hours after the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump – one for abuse of power, and one for obstruction of Congress – across party lines.

New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy released a statement saying, “Jeff Van Drew has chosen his political career over our Constitution. Despite knowing full well that the President has abused the powers of his office, Congressman Van Drew is now willing to enable Donald Trump just to try to salvage his own election.” He adds Rep. Van Drew “has long voted against core Democratic values.” Democrats do not seem like they will be missing this Representative from their caucus.

In a Tweet, President Trump said Van Drew switching parties “would be big.” He added, “always heard Jeff is very smart.”

These are the 17 ‘Significant Errors and Omissions’ Found by the Inspector General in the Carter Page FISA Application

Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his findings on the mismanagement and origins of the Russia investigation earlier this week. The focus of his investigation was the FISA warrant application the FBI applied for, was granted, and continuously reapplied for over the course of many months, in an effort to gather intelligence on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

The report also revealed the relevance of the now infamous and largely debunked Steele Dossier, which members of the Right say was the chief piece of evidence in acquiring the FISA warrant.

His findings revealed 17 damning mistakes, omissions, and acts of negligence committed by the FBI during the initial submission of the FISA warrant and throughout the entirety of the process which can range from character flaws of British spy Christopher Steele, to statements made by officials which weaken the claims of Russian ties, and even selectively editing testimony for the courts to review.

To no one’s surprise, every failure described by Horowitz was in favor of Democrats and to the detriment to then-candidate Trump.

Though Horowitz concluded these failures and potential biases met the minimum bar of legality, on whether he thought the report proved unbiased and ethical actions of FBI, the Inspector General told Congress, “I think the activities we found don’t vindicate anybody who touched this.” He added in a later statement during his testimony, “there’s got to be a change in the culture.”

The FBI originally insisted Carter Page was a Russian asset, who relayed information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and used that influence to sway Trump’s stance on Russia. However, the FBI omitted Page’s prior connections to US government agencies which would have lend credibility to their original assertion. Page’s statements which weakened his connection to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was also covered up.

Trump’s stance on getting out of Ukrainian issues was seen as being influenced by Russia, but Page’s statements, which were not included in in the FISA applications, indicate there were no outside influence in this shift.

By over stating Steele’s credibility, and ignoring statements by credible witnesses that said Steele himself had poor judgement, targeted political opponents, had a personal vendetta against Donald Trump, and omitting, among other things, was on the DNC’s opposition research payroll, the FBI put a massive shroud over the questionable reliability of Steele’s findings.

When the political origin of the Steele Dossier came to light, the FBI conveniently avoided adding it this information to any FISA renewals.

Steele’s sources, dubbed Person 1, was described by credible sources as a chronic exaggerator. Information was also omitted which contradicted Person 1’s claims of there being improper channels between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The origins of the Russia investigation, at best, is seriously flawed. One can only wonder whether the FISA court would have approved the FISA application if all this information were fairly included. Because all errors and omissions lean against President Trump, it’s clear this was not an attempt to gather information, it was an attempt to surveil the candidate.

Full List of FISA Errors:

1. Omitted information the FBI had obtained from another U.S. government agency detailing its prior relationship with Page, including that Page had been approved as an “operational contact” for the other agency from 2008 to 2013, and that Page had provided information to the other agency concerning his prior contacts with certain Russian intelligence officers, one of which overlapped with facts asserted in the FISA application;

2. Included a source characterization statement asserting that Steele’s prior reporting had been “corroborated and used in criminal proceedings,” which overstated the significance of Steele’s past reporting and was not approved by Steele’s handling agent, as required by the Woods Procedures;

3. Omitted information relevant to the reliability of Person 1, a key Steele sub-source (who was attributed with providing the information in Report 95 and some of the information in Reports 80 and 102 relied upon in the application), namely that ( 1) Steele himself told members of the Crossfire Hurricane team that Person 1 was a “boaster” and an “egoist” and ” may engage in some embellishment” and (2) the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation on Person 1 a few days before the FISA application was filed;

4. Asserted that the FBI had assessed that Steele did not directly provide to the press information in the September 23 Yahoo News article based on the premise that Steele had told the FBI that he only shared his election-related research with the FBI and Fusion GPS, his client; this premise was incorrect and contradicted by documentation in the Woods File-Steele had told the FBI that he also gave his information to the State Department;

5. Omitted Papadopoulos’s consensually monitored statements to an FBI CHS in September 2016 denying that anyone associated with the Trump campaign was collaborating with Russia or with outside groups like Wikileaks in the release of emails;

6. Omitted Page’s consensually monitored statements to an FBI CHS in August 2016 that Page had “literally never met” or “said one word to” Paul Manafort and that Manafort had not responded to any of Page’s emails; if true, those statements were in tension with claims in Report 95 that Page was participating in a conspiracy with Russia by acting as an intermediary for Manafort on behalf of the Trump campaign; and [REDACTED]

7. Included Page’s consensually monitored statements to an FBI CHS in October 2016 that the FBI believed supported its theory that Page was an agent of Russia but omitted other statements Page made that were inconsistent with its theory, including denying having met with Sechin and Divyekin, or even knowing who Divyekin was; if true, those statements contradicted the claims in Report 94 that Page had met secretly with Sechin and Divyekin about future cooperation with Russia and shared derogatory information about candidate Clinton.

8. Omitted the fact that Steele’s Primary Sub source, who the FBI found credible, had made statements in January 2017 raising significant questions about the reliability of allegations included in the FISA applications, including, for example, that he/she did not recall any discussion with Person 1 concerning Wikileaks and there was “nothing bad” about the communications between the Kremlin and the Trump team, and that he/she did not report to Steele in July 2016 that Page had met with Sechin;

9. Omitted Page’s prior relationship with another U.S. government agency, despite being reminded by the other agency in June 2017, prior to the filing of the final renewal application, about Page’s past status with that other agency; instead of including this information in the final renewal application, the OGC Attorney altered an email from the other agency so that the email stated that Page was ” not a source” for the other agency, which the FBI affiant relied upon in signing the final renewal application;

10. Omitted information from persons who previously had professional contacts with Steele or had direct knowledge of his work-related performance, including statements that Steele had no history of reporting in bad faith but “[d]emonstrates lack of self-awareness, poor judgment,” “pursued people with political risk but no intelligence value,” “didn’t always exercise great judgment,” and it was ” not clear what he would have done to validate” his reporting;

11. Omitted information obtained from Ohr about Steele and his election reporting, including that ( 1) Steele’s reporting was going to Clinton’s presidential campaign and others, (2) Simpson was paying Steele to discuss his reporting with the media, and (3) Steele was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being the U.S. President”

12. Failed to update the description of Steele after information became known to the Crossfire Hurricane team, from Ohr and others, that provided greater clarity on the political origins and connections of Steele’s reporting, including that Simpson was hired by someone associated with the Democratic Party and/or the DNC;

13. Failed to correct the assertion in the first FISA application that the FBI did not believe that Steele directly provided information to the reporter who wrote the September 23 Yahoo News article, even though there was no information in the Woods File to support this claim and even after certain Crossfire Hurricane officials learned in 2017, before the third renewal application, of an admission that Steele made in a court filing about his interactions with the news media in the late summer and early fall of 2016;

14. Omitted the finding from a FBI source validation report that Steele was suitable for continued operation but that his past contributions to the FBI’s criminal program had been ” minimally corroborated,” and instead continued to assert in the source characterization statement that Steele’s prior reporting had been “corroborated and used in criminal proceedings”;

15. Omitted Papadopoulos’s statements to an FBI CHS in late October 2016 denying that the Trump campaign was involved in the circumstances of the DNC email hack;

16. Omitted Joseph Mifsud’s denials to the FBI that he supplied Papadopoulos with the information Papadopoulos shared with the FFG (suggesting that the campaign received an offer or suggestion of assistance from Russia); and

17. Omitted information indicating that Page played no role in the Republican platform change on Russia’s annexation of Ukraine as alleged in the Report 95, which was inconsistent with a factual assertion relied upon to support probable cause in all four FISA applications.