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The Attempted Coup Against Trump

coup TrumpPresident Donald Trump told reporters on April 10 while discussing the origins of the investigations into his campaign that there had been an attempted coup.

“This was an attempted coup, this was an attempted takedown of a president,” he said.

The president is right.

During the past two years, numerous details have emerged about how America’s intelligence and law-enforcement agencies were used against Trump during the 2016 elections.

The scandal has become known as “Spygate” and refers to the creation of the Russia-collusion narrative, which was used in an attempt to prevent Trump from becoming president and subsequently to remove him from office. Specifically, during the 2016 elections, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into his campaign cast a shadow over it, and following Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, a whirlwind of false allegations that Trump colluded with Russia to win the elections were spread by media and politicians, leading to talk of impeachment.

The so-called “Steele dossier” played a crucial role in the creation of this false narrative.

It was Hillary Clinton’s campaign, as well as the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which had hired Fusion GPS—through their law firm Perkins Coie—to produce the dossier. Fusion GPS, in turn, hired former MI6 officer Christopher Steele and worked with former CIA contractor Nellie Ohr, wife of high-ranking DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and Steele pushed this false information to the FBI through different channels, including the DOJ and State Department, as well as to reporters in U.S. media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo News, and CNN.

We also know, based on statements by then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), that no official intelligence product existed to open the FBI’s counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

Former CIA Director John Brennan has publicly admitted that he passed intelligence on Americans obtained by the CIA—likely from foreign nations—to the FBI.

“It served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion [or] cooperation occurred,” Brennan said in a May 23, 2017, congressional testimony.

Associates of Trump’s campaign, such as Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, were targeted by a series of unusual meetings involving intelligence assets.

We also know that key FBI agents involved in the investigation were fiercely opposed to Trump. One such example is a text message one of the lead agents on the case, Peter Strzok, sent to Lisa Page, who at the time was special counsel to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, saying “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president.

And while Bill Priestap, then-director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, was officially overseeing the investigation, McCabe would have frequent meetings himself, in his office, with agents involved in the case.

It was this high-level involvement at the FBI that would help subvert the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process. Trisha Anderson, the former No. 2 lawyer at the FBI, testified to congressional investigators in August 2018 that she signed off on the FISA warrant application on former Trump campaign adviser Cater Page without reading it, due to the involvement of other high-ranking FBI officials.

Her boss, then-FBI general counsel James Baker, would himself admit to congressional investigators how unconventional the investigation into the Trump campaign was.

“I had a jaundiced eye about everything, yes. I had skepticism about all this stuff. I was concerned about all of this. This whole situation was horrible, and it was novel and we were trying to figure out what to do, and it was highly unusual,” Baker told lawmakers in August 2018.

The spying continued well into Trump’s presidency as the FISA on Carter Page was renewed three times for 90-day periods. FISAs on other members of the campaign or transition team may have been issued.

Other methods of spying on the Trump campaign involved the use of national security letters, which allow the FBI to subpoena customer records from banks, phone companies, internet service providers, and others, and the so-called practice of unmasking, which involved the un-redacting of the identities of members of the Trump campaign in intelligence reports.

Notably, after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017, it was McCabe’s FBI that reached back out to Steele in an apparent attempt to re-invigorate or create new investigations into Trump.

This came after the FBI had officially terminated its relationship with Steele due to his unauthorized contacts with reporters, as well as after his dossier had been publicly discredited following Buzzfeed News’ release of the document in January.

Trump said he hopes the attorney general will go “back to the origin of exactly where this all started.”

And it appears that this is what Attorney General William Barr is doing.

During two days of testimony on Capitol Hill, Barr told lawmakers that he believed there was spying on the Trump campaign and that he is looking into the conduct of officials who worked the Russia investigation.

“I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016,” Barr said. “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal, it’s a big deal … I think spying did occur.”

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Jasper Fakkert

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Frank S.

What truly angers me is the immediate response from the Dems regarding Barr’s comments about looking into the matter of spying on an American citizen and whether or not it was warranted/predicated. This should be a non-partisan issue, but once again the hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds. Barr is no William Holder or Loretta Lynch, both incredibly poor AGs. He will fulfill his Constitutional duties, regardless of personal feelings. At least he better. What a swamp we have!

Russell A DeJulio

Put those who moved against the President behind bars

Wayne D Peterkin

This issue appears to be a far bigger scandal than Watergate ever was. Not the silly “collusion” narrative but the laws bent/broken to initiate a phony investigation against Trump and the spying on his campaign. The difference is that the media is in bed with the Democrats including the Obama administration so have done everything possible to squash any serious investigation. Since they hated Nixon, the media pursued him relentlessly. They will never do so against a Democrat. It is a travesty, and extremely harmful to our nation. I hope that Mr. Barr is true to his word and conducts a very complete and thorough investigation into how this debacle began. If criminal activities were involved as I and the president believe they were, the perpetrators should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law regardless of whose ox is gored or how high it goes. For those who… Read more »

T.C.

TREASON against a PRESIDENT and the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.
W here is our justice system?

chaly

At this point we should look at the possibility of charging all democrat members of congress with treason. They are all to stupid to remain in their office and are helping with the internal destruction of our Republic while a lot of the rest of the world is giddy over the end of our country. This is a disgrace! If there can even be a positive in the abortion debate it is that we will be able to execute criminals, such as these, for anything we feel like even traffic tickets. After all, what did a baby do to have their lives ended and freedoms crushed! We are in the last days here, folks!

Stephen Russell

Prosecute any & ALL.

Cynthia

I am so tired of the double standards and hypocrisy shown by these liberal Socialist Democrats. I hope and pray that the whole truth will be found out and that justice will be served. These kinds of atrocities happen in countries like China and Russia. I never thought this could happen in the US!

Michael Javick

We HAVE 2 nations now–ONE WITH FREE IDEALS & LIBERTY…AND ONE COMPOSED OF COMMUNIST-SOCIALIST ‘ANTI-AMERICANS’…FACT

Prag Matist

We now have our own version of the Gestapo, East German Stasi, Russian KGB…….organizations representing evil and despotism and suppression and lies and cheating and murder that are the opposite of what A Republic represents. I have no problem hunting the organizers of the coup down, trying them, and having them shot as traitors.

Phyllis

I knew that Washington was sadly corrupt, but this takes it a step beyond. The left needs to be cleaned out. Drain the swamp

Anna Petrocelli

The intrigue of this is unbelievable, especially for America. One expects to hear of such events from Venezuela, China, N. Korea and other lawless countries of the world. And yet, it happened. The amazing thing is that the dems were in cahoots on this since they wanted their own to become President. It soon spread through the press like a disease and everyone believed the unbelievable. What is sad though is that some very good people, democrats also looked away with a jaundice eye at this incredible happening and went along with the gossip and the lies. I am so glad that in AG Barr we have a very honest, sincere man who will do the right thing and expose the real truth and shut the mouths of all the sycophants whose aim was to destroy the name of The President of the United States…..Not just the Trump name.

BajaRon

There has been no doubt for quite some time that this whole Russian Collusion witch-hunt is simply an attempted coup. The only damming evidence of wrong-doing obtained (and it is overwhelming) all points to the democrat party and collusion by American law enforcement agencies.

Though this is a real travesty. The greater evil will be if justice is not applied to the perpetrators. If these people walk, it bodes very ill for our future.

Winthrop Taylor

Isn’t this the epitome of what Ed Snoden tried to warn us about? The FISA process turned not only against American Citizens but against the Constitution itself. Treason!

BOB

penalty for treason can include death; George Washington hung spys and traitors!

Catherine Bliss

Thank God some legitimate staff are on board & integrity will be restored for President Trump. All he has done, even without help from his own Party at times, is give Americans BACK their pride in America. He has been OUR unwavering protector, recognizing the inequalities in our military, and securing our borders.
I am so very proud to have him as our President, defending me & our future.

Diana

Anyone with half a brain knows this and the democratics are still at it so now will they finialing throw these Traitors out of office banned for life of ever being in any part of our government and some from even working in law as well Prosecute them that can be revoke all benefits and those that stole from taxpayers to pay it all back with interest

David G. Reis Sr.

I hope AG Barr investigates the hole mess the Dems started and gets to the bottom of this very soon.

des

again demorats show their contempt for the laws of the land and what’s worst is they get away with it

JohnnieM

I think most of us are very tired of the leftist agenda. What a waste of time and money

Michael Javick

Just what kind of a nation is this? Is CIVIL WAR 2..APPROACHING? RET US ARMY