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Carolina Conspiracy: Jack Posobiec and the Fakes that Forced Comey’s Hand

Editor’s Note:

In order not to slow the narrative of this report, I have put an important caveat at the bottom of this story concerning both the innocence of the real adult woman whose name Russia used in these profiles, who was almost 17 when Weiner’s crime was committed, and the presumably separate then 15 year old girl in the New York case whose name is sealed. I have no firm intelligence on the identity of Weiner’s 15 year old victim.

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The Carolina Conspiracy: Jack Posobiec, Kirstin Winfree, and the fake “Miranda Crowley”

On May 18th, an Air Force One Group Gulfstream GV landed at Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the kind of plane that normally transports Cabinet members. It is not known who was on the plane.

On May 20th, Anthony Weiner pled to a count of sexting with a girl who had not obtained 16 years old at the time of the offense.

On May 22nd, the Hill reprinted a story from WhoWhatWhy.com to following effect:

The teenage girl who had exchanged sexually explicit text messages with former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) lied about her age and political motivations to harm Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a report by the investigative news site WhoWhatWhy.

In a report published Monday, the website said the girl who exchanged the messages with Weiner was closer to 17 and not 15, as initial reports said. That also puts her above the age of consent in North Carolina, which is 16.

I broke the story that Anthony Weiner was certainly sexting with a person or persons other than a 15 year old girl in ‘The Carolina Conspiracy’ in early March. A source close to Who What Why contacted me and stated that the girl in their report was the same person I had covered in my own reporting. Their report stated:

According to the media accounts of this story and Weiner’s plea deal, the girl “had not attained the age of 16 years.”

However, our research shows that the girl was in fact not “15 and a sophomore” as the Daily Mail reported, when she initiated contact with Weiner. A court record shows that she was just shy of her 17th birthday at the time she approached him.

My source told reported that this court document, which the site did not publish, was a traffic citation. When I put that to the owner of WhoWhatWhy, a conspiracy theorist who is anti the Bush family, Russ Baker, he stated he did not know what I was talking about.

But because the Hill reprinted the Who What Why story, I had begun to seek details myself. Everything else referred to in their report, such as faked social media profiles on the girl, I had already independently obtained in February and March. I held it back from my reporting only because I could not find an official document on which to rely.

I now have such a document and present this report on the intensive faked social media personae created over one “Miranda Crowley”. As I state below, I have no evidence other than the assertion of my source that the then 15 year old girl in the sealed court case in New York is named Miranda Crowley. It certainly could be an entirely different victim. That victim of Weiner’s must be different, for she is, the SDNY prosecutors assert, underage and the case is sealed.

Miranda Crowley, the real woman, is an adult of 18 years old, having attained her majority this spring.  When the sexting with Anthony Weiner began, in January of 2016, she was 16, over the age of consent in North Carolina. In March she turned 17, which is the legal age of consent in New York. Either, then, Anthony Weiner’s victim is a different person, a child, or the plea bargain is seriously awry. I make no assertions on the law; Weiner stipulates he thought he was sexting with an underage girl of 15 years which itself constitutes a crime, so clearly this is not about exculpating Weiner or blaming his victim. The question would be why is the plea deal false, stating that the victim was underage in North Carolina at the time of the offense? And what significance, if indeed there is any, is there to a Cabinet level Air Force One Group GV landing in North Carolina just before the plea deal was struck?

The story is not about the 15 year old victim of Weiner, nor about the real Miranda Crowley, but rather, about the concerted, provable Russian effort to ‘catfish’ Weiner with fakes and force the Comey letter which handed the election to Trump. Fake profiles, by definition, are just that. A letter full of passages from obscure adult books was written by adults. Russian-linked operatives and agents of influence boasted that adult males had carried out that hack on behalf of Russia. It is these fakes that this report addresses, and therefore, the accusations are leveled at a group of adult males and not the real young woman whose identity they stole and faked.

“Miranda Crowley” And the “Russian Hackers”

Before the election, innumerable social media profiles featuring the pictures of different girls were set up by hackers and social engineers in the name of “Miranda Crowley” showing a sophisticated effort to set up a completely fake person online with a hinterland of friends and relatives who also proved to be fake.

 

There were Twitter, Facebook and Ask.FM profiles. I spent weeks clicking through the friends lists on these public profiles to find relatives who also proved to be fakes. Some few examples of my voluminous list of “Miranda Crowley” accounts are here, here, here, and herebernie J.jpg. A fake account was set up on Facebook in the name of “her” “father” “Matthew Crowley” who worked as “U.S. Airways Training Center”. Click through to that august institution, however, and you came to this page (I was nothing if not thorough).

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Before Alanna Goodman wrote her story, one @Annierrobbins published, one month before, a tweet hinting at the Weiner hack. “Confide” was the app Weiner used to sext his victim.

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Subsequently, just after the James Comey letter was written, Kirstin Winfree claimed it was not a 15 year old girl that Weiner was sexting with but a “28 year old Bernie voting hacker.”

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She added “Who thought the Russians could play a sweet southern girl from Northern Carolina so well!” #Checkmate #HillarysEmail”

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That does seem pretty suspicious, especially since Ms. Winfree has social media profiles with the name “Logan” in them, Crowley’s middle name. She is a huge partisan of Putin and Russia:

: Putin and Russia turned out to be one of America’s strongest and most stalwart allies in the months following 9/11.”

and regularly tweets out Russian propaganda sites like RT.com.

Well Hello Putin!!!!! Awesome Russian Air Force destroys ISIS command center, training camp (VIDEO) & thank you!!!

More importantly during the Comey letter period, Winfree was tweeting out propaganda created by Jack Posobiec, the Russian agent of influence who supports Trump. She was also in contact with Posobiec   

and the Russian hacker 0 hour, zero hour.

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Posobiec, who was employed by Rebel Media, openly admitted to his role in accessing and publishing hacked “Macron Leak” emails.

At the time of the Carolina Letter, he was boasting of knowledge of the corrupt FBI investigators.

Posobiec certainly seemed to think at the time that Comey was forced into reopening the investigation. He boasted of NSA traitors who had hacked the DNC and Podesta emails and gave them to Assange. He cited Guliani, who was boasting of active FBI agents demanding this, and boasted of FBI sources himself.

FBI Source: Agents knew of emails weeks before Comey did

Interestingly, Posobiec tweets first about Wiener in 2013. He is also now linking Erik Prince of Blackstone to the case. Sources with links to the intelligence community have suggested to me that Prince and Oleg Deripaska may both be involved in the social media operation around “Miranda Crowley”.

Mr. Deripaska owns Endeavor, the PR agency, and one Mr. Adam Waldman was registered under FARA as an agent for him at one time. A “warning” which I print here as delivered to me, and which I regard as a threat, was sent to me about this specific story.

NSA friend is yet again worried about your safety because of the Deripaska stories. They said to be VERY careful and they assume you know the risks, but Deripaska is unlikely to go to jail once all is said and done, so if you ruin business for him bc of your revelations, then you and family may become his targets. They said to be extremely careful just for this reason. your info is correct of course, but they’re worried about your safety.

Mr. Deripaska had been said by some sources to be connected to the Daily Mail story on the ’15 year old girl’. I put that in scare quotes not because I assert the girl in the New York case, the victim, is not the age that prosecutors in the Southern District of New York say that she is, but because the girl in the story did not write the email to Weiner that they claimed.

Further, the real Miranda Crowley is 18 years old. Her traffic citation has been published on a public crimebusters website. This may or may not be a reliable source. However, I have in my possession from sources close to the matter, an official document from the Secretary of State in North Carolina, relating to her voter registration, which matches the age of 18 found on that alleged copy of her traffic citation.

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The many fake Miranda Crowleys, often laden with references to CWA the hacking crew, are almost certainly as Ms. Winfree said the creations of Russians and nothing to do with the real young woman in question here.

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The interesting thing about the “AnnieRRobbins” account is its connection to the first time Mr. Weiner was sexting and was hacked. The New York Times reported in 2011 that fake twitter accounts were used to catfish Weiner back then.

At least three months before the revelation that former Representative Anthony D. Weiner was sending lewd messages and photos to women online, a small group of self-described conservatives was monitoring his exchanges with women on Twitter. Now there is evidence that one or more people created two false identities on Twitter in order to collect information to use against him.

A Twitter user employing a fake name posed as a 16-year-old California high school girl in May and tried to get Mr. Weiner to be her prom date, according to people with knowledge of the communications and a review of documents. The person behind another Twitter account created under a fake name claimed to be her classmate and offered to provide the group with incriminating evidence about Mr. Weiner.

At that time, a fake account looking like nothing so much as a modern Putinbot, Dan Wolfe, was also tweeting out hints.

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I have asked Michael Anton of the White House if he, formerly of Breitbart, was “Annie R Robbins”. The account is linked to a bitter blog about Ms. Robbins, a liberal Jewish personality, by one “Apollo Speaks”. As “Publius”, Mr. Anton wrote extensively at Breitbart about Anthony Weiner during his first fall from grace. I very much suspect Anton of having repeated his obnoxious pattern here; fake accounts, Latin aliases, cowardly anonymous attacks, and first hand knowledge of a hack on Weiner. He has declined to reply to my email thus far.

My first blog on this story, ‘the Carolina Conspiracy’, lists the pseudo-intellectual tripe of obscure books that the “15 year old girl” put into “her” email to Anthony Weiner. It does not fit any young teen but does fit Mr. Anton’s fifth-rate pseudo-intellectualism. I await his comment.

I will report further, in later articlesm on the role of CWA, the hacking crew of persona management experts, about Mr. Nikulin, the Russian hacker who was picked up in Prague on a charge of hacking Formspring, Anthony Weiner’s old sexting app, and other persons who may have played a part in it. I will also add further links and screenshots to the evidence listed in this story.

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Note: Weiner’s 15 year old victim and the real Miranda Crowley

In March I published ‘The Carolina Conspiracy’, a piece asserting my theory that Anthony Wiener was ‘sexting’ with Russian hackers and not with a 15 year old girl.

Following Wiener’s plea deal to one count of the charges laid against him in the Southern District of New York, I appended a correction to that piece, and this correction, for the moment, still stands. Weiner pled guilty to a charge that did amount to ‘sexting’ with a 15 year old girl. The name of that girl is sealed because according to the charge, she is a minor.

At the moment, I must stress that I have no evidence before me to prove that the underage girl in the sealed complaint is the same person as the one on whom I am about to report.

The woman whose real name was used for the fake media profiles in this story is “Miranda Crowley”. She was almost 17 during the three months Weiner’s crime was committed, so, at present, I must assume that the 15 year old girl to which the New York court case refers is another person.

Further, nothing in this report is intended to suggest that the real young adult whose name was used by Russian hackers in this operation. Clearly the premise of the story is that fake social media profiles were used by adult Russian hackers. None of this open source material on the fake “Miranda Crowleys” is to be attributed to Miranda Crowley, the real person.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sessions Ordered Two Comey Memos; Rosenstein Will Not Recuse

Exclusive: According to sources with links to the Justice Department and intelligence community, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was ordered by Russian hacking suspect, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to write two separate memos regarding Director Comey; one that argued for Comey’s strengths as FBI Director and the second, which Sessions used in his obstruction of justice to fire Director Comey.

This means that it is Jeff Sessions who is directly responsible for obstructing justice by misusing Rosenstein’s pro and con Comey memos, and not Donald Trump. The Deputy Attorney General made a point of saying that even in his ‘negative’ memo, he would not recommend that Donald Trump fire Director Comey. On the night James Comey was fired by Trump, using the Sessions memos, Rosenstein had to be persuaded not to resign himself, so angered was he that Jeff Sessions had tricked him and misused only one of his two memos.

However, DAG Rosenstein was persuaded that it would be madness to resign and allow a right-wing partisan loyal to Trump, and only confirmed on a party-line vote, take his position overseeing the inquiry. Sessions had been forced to recuse, and the game was now to eliminate Rosenstein. Instead, the Deputy Attorney General immediately appointed Special Counsel Mueller, and left any decisions on recusals to him.

As I reported on Twitter at the time, both Andy McCabe and Rod Rosenstein had Director Comey’s full confidence – and they still do.

The concerted effort to concoct a forced recusal – which will not happen – is seen by sources as a push from Russian interests using selected commentators in the US media, some of whom may not realize they are being used in this way, because only one of the Rosenstein “Comey Memos” was ever used (and abused) by Jeff Sessions.

Sources say that the USIC has indeed long been playing a game of chess with Mr. Putin. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham confirmed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, these sources say, deliberately in order to trap both Trump and Sessions. Both men were well aware of the “conflicts” Sessions had with Russia, and Senator McCain, who gave to US intelligence a much fuller version of the Steele Dossier, in particular, knew some of the reported signals intelligence on meetings Sessions had had with pro-Russian lobbyists. By confirming Sessions as Attorney General they removed him from the Russia inquiry, and this was deliberate.

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Sources with links to the intelligence community report deep anger at what is seen as a push by the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who has both close ties to Vladimir Putin and funds PR companies in the United States, to push for the forced “recusal” of DAG Rosenstein on spurious grounds that he is a “witness” to obstruction of justice by Donald Trump. Donald Trump tried to boost the flagging  ‘recusal’ narrative in the mainstream media by tweeting:

I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt

Of course, this is exactly the tactic Trump tried to use against Judge Curiel in the Trump University case. Trump tried to catfish Curiel into recusal by tweets and abuse:

I have a judge in the Trump University civil case, Gonzalo Curiel (San Diego), who is very unfair. An Obama pick. Totally biased-hates Trump

The pattern of calling bias, adding insults and generally creating smoke in order to remove a ‘troublesome priest’ is both annoying and ineffective, Justice Department sources say. Sources pointed out that DAG Rosenstein had already set out the legally correct position – he would recuse himself if Mueller, not Trump, decided he needed to do so. Thus, any recusal would only be determined by the Special Counsel.

It is plain to see that Mr. Trump would always be able to cherry-pick Justice Department and other third branch personnel if he were able to force them into recusal merely by picking a quarrel with them, these sources say. Special Counsel Mueller is unmoved by media parlor games incited by Mr. Deripaska, who is currently, whether he knows it or not, under the spotlight by the United States Intelligence Community, who resent Putin’s ongoing attempted intervention in their work.

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Russian Ambassador Kislyak’s Phone Hacked by Five Eyes

Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak’s phone was both hacked and turned into a ‘hot mike’ for recording conversations by a Five Eyes intelligence agency,

Sources with links to Western intelligence report that a similar ‘SS7’ exploit as that used by consent on the phones of James Comey, and other FBI agents, by the FBI and Justice Department, was placed on the phone of Sergei Kislyak – most certainly without consent – and that the Russian Ambassador to the US not only had his phone bugged, but that his phone was being used as a microphone to record those with whom he was speaking.

Sources do not say when the exploit was placed on Kislyak’s phone. One source speculated that Ambassador Kislyak had only survived in his position in America ‘because of optics’.

The Five Eyes intelligence agreement prevents members of the world’s premier intelligence alliance – America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom – from spying on each other’s territories and citizens. However, crucially, embassies, such as those of Ecuador in London and Russia in Washington DC, are regarded as sovereign territory of their native countries. The NSA is free to spy within the Ecuadorean embassy in London, and GCHQ, its British equivalent, is free to spy within Russia’s embassy in DC. The Five Eyes alliance is the closest intelligence partnership in the world. Recently Canada assisted DGSE, France’s CIA, in spying on Rebel Media on behalf of M. Macron, the then French Presidential candidate. Sources report that both the FBI, NSA and Britain’s GCHQ assisted Canada in this operation, because of the involvement of the Trump-Russia partisan Jack Posobiec.

In his testimony to the Senate today, Jeff Sessions, who as Patribotics reported in February, was a suspect in the Trump Russia hack, suddenly changed his tune, admitting that he “might have” had a conversation with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel.

As I reported exclusively earlier this year, Page, Manafort, Epshteyn and Kislyak, along possibly with Donald Trump himself, were recorded by US intelligence discussing the tape promising a policy shift in exchange for help with the elections, at the Mayflower. If Sessions was there, he was recorded too. Sources with links to the U.S. intelligence community now report that the group of men played the tape that was to be played in Moscow by Page and then, literally, had a discussion about trading it for hacking help, a discussion which is in the possession of US intelligence. It is not known however if this tape was recorded via a Five Eyes SS7 exploit placed on Mr. Kislyak’s phone, or by normal surveillance of any Russian Ambassador on US soil that is always carried out by the American authorities.

Sources with links to Western intelligence would not give any details of when the exploit was placed or how long it had lasted.

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Sources with links to US intelligence confirmed, as I exclusively reported on Patribotics, that Speaker Paul Ryan was taped speaking to Sergei Kislyak at the GOP Convention, as was Reince Priebus, agreeing to accept laundered or ‘dark’ Russian funds for the GOP. Sources with links to the Justice Department earlier confirmed that a RICO case is being prepared against the entire Republican party on the basis of Russian money and intelligence, in the form of Wikileaks stories, being given to it as a body. Director Comey, who consensually allowed the SS7 exploit on his phone, testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that Jeff Sessions would always have had to recuse himself on the Russia inquiry because serious concerns were known to him, Comey, about Sessions’ conduct with Russia.

Mr. Sessions has always been a prime suspect in the Trump Russia inquiry, long before he was nominated as Attorney General, as I reported in February on the day of his confirmation. He will now be wondering – along with the Russians – just how much intelligence Five Eyes has managed to gather, and for how long, from Mr. Kislyak’s phone.

Western intelligence sources said that their motives for speaking on background on this matter were to warn Mr. Trump and his associates that further covering up or attacks on the U.S. intelligence community, particularly on Director Comey’s integrity, would not be tolerated. Laws governing intelligence ‘leaks’ or whistleblowing do not apply to the sovereign allies of the United States, many of whom, both inside and outside Five Eyes, have hard signals intelligence on Donald Trump and his family. DGSE, who as a NATO ally outside Five Eyes are not prevented from spying on Americans by treaties, have recordings of Donald Trump Jr speaking to Russian intelligence in France, as one example.

Multiple, separate sources with links to the intelligence communities of more than one nation, used the phrase ‘gloves off’ when describing the situation with Russia and Trump. Vladimir Putin has attempted to intervene in Brexit, in the French election and in elections all over Europe, and has personally exposed all of Russia, and that nation’s economy, to the intense rage of the far richer and more powerful Western world. Understanding the principle of ‘deniabilty,’ intelligence sources inside and outside the US intelligence community have suggested that leaks of information by allied nations may serve US intelligence by freeing them from blowing the whistle themselves. Sources linked to one specific Five Eyes intelligence partner noted that ‘deniability’ is designed to allow witnesses to tell the truth on the stand. If, theoretically, British intelligence sources were to disclose information on Mike Flynn – as retired MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove did to the Financial Times – US intelligence would not be consulted, even through a back channel, these sources said.

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Sources reported that Director Comey was regarded with affection throughout allied intelligence, and that Donald Trump’s scornful attitude towards NATO – since Trump is perceived as a mere proxy of Russia, without thought or direction of his own, by the west – has enraged allied intelligence services, who are more than prepared to judiciously release intelligence at strategic times (such as Mr. Sessions’ testimony) to make it clear that Russia and Trump standing in the way of the FBI and Director Mueller’s inquiry will not be tolerated.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Federal Marshals Execute Seizure Warrants At Trump Tower

Sources with links to the intelligence community report that Federal Marshals executed two search and seizure warrants at Trump Tower on Friday, May 19.

One of the warrants covered an electronic storage space in Trump Tower. Several electronic items were seized as a result of this search.

Another of the warrants, sources report, was served on Paul Manafort’s apartment in Trump Tower.

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Unlike the first warrant, this warrant was served, sources say, with “consent.” That means that Mr. Manafort is almost certainly co-operating with Federal authorities.

The Trump Data team worked out of Trump Tower. Separate sources, with links to the intelligence and law enforcement communities, report that the FBI is looking at photographs posted publicly on  Twitter by members of that team that appear to show a Python server connection loading on the screens of one of the Trump data team workers.

These same sources have confirmed my April reporting that the Russian Alfa Bank server, with an ip address in Trump Tower, was communicating with Russia and Spectrum Health, and that it was ‘washing’ hacked U.S. State voter database information with the social media ‘fake news’ botnet for micro-targeting to voters. There will be a separate piece of analysis on how this might relate to the ‘electronic devices’ that were seized on Friday afternoon, 19 May. Sources report that this was done ‘very quietly’, in an attempt to evade detection by the press.

The servers and data in Trump Tower, and the items taken from Manafort’s apartment, may form part of the “secure communications channel” that Kushner wanted to establish with Russia. I broke on November 7th that a FISA warrant had been secured on any US person’ in relation to two Russian banks, Alfa Bank – with whom the server was communicating – and SVB Bank. SVB Bank, which had a deal with Sberbank, is implicated in the meeting Kushner had with Gorkov. Further to that, Avi Berkowitz, who was on the Trump Data team, working with Boris Epshteyn and Brad Parscale, formed a go-between for Kushner and the Russian Ambassador.

My earlier exclusive report stated that the Kelhios botnet for which the Russian hacker Pyotr Levashov was indicted, was run out of Trump Tower with a ‘command and control server.’

The Trump sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., were interviewed by the FBI, sources say, the day before James Comey was fired. This is because, sources linked to the intelligence and law enforcement communities say, they are suspected of being complicit in the Kelhios botnet’s repurposing to service and pay both pro-Russia and pro-Trump Twitter and facebook bots, but also to deliver ‘fake news’, loaded with malware, and to pay those spreading it through bitcoin transactions.

One of the reasons James Comey was illegally fired by Trump was that his investigation was at the point of interviewing Trump’s own sons. For the avoidance of doubt, White House sources report that Donald Trump himself is considered by investigators to be directly complicit in Russia’s hack of the American election, and Trump fears that the FBI has data-based evidence that will prove this.

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Donald Trump Sealed Indictment Started With Eric Schneiderman

 

We have New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman to thank for the genesis of the sealed indictment against Donald Trump currently being held in the Eastern District of Virginia, which has formed the basis of the case of impeachment already begun against him. This is how that happened:

AG Schneiderman began a case of Enterprise Corruption, the state name for RICO, against Donald Trump. The case was based on the activities of Russian mobsters like Semion Moglievich who lived in Trump Tower, Russian oligarchs, and others.

Upon his own judgement and belief, Scheiderman decided that his case touched both Federal issues, and issues of National Security. He took his case to the Federal authorities. While the appropriate Federal District can often be location-based, if a federal case is to start on the same factual basis, the court chosen can also be based on subject matter. Because National Security is involved, Schneiderman brought his case to FISC to be heard.

FISC does not empanel Grand Juries. Per procedure, Schneiderman dismissed his case, which as a state AG he can do without a judge’s ruling; he had the right to dispose of it. The case was then restarted Federal Court on the facts offered by Schneiderman, as a RICO case. FISC provided evidence under seal to a Grand Jury, drawn from the Eastern District of Virginia, who read the evidence in a SCIF, a secure facility in the building sealed away from the public.

Sources report FISC retained some jurisdiction over this case, although jurors were empaneled from EDVA. Separate sources report this: it was unclear to me if the FISC power over the case was solely related to sealing the matter, or if perhaps there was more evidence heard at FISC than was shared with the Grand Jury. But that ‘some jurisdiction’ was retained was told me by several sources.

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Earlier this month, Claude Taylor and I reported exclusively that the indictment was granted. We were pulled up on use of the term “granted”, but it is the correct term when, as in this case, no prosecution is yet possible, since a sitting President has immunity; but he can be indicted, and he has been.

We reported as fact that the case was intended by prosecutors to form the basis of impeachment. This too was absolutely correct. Following the granting of the indictment on Trump, DAG Rosenstein took the matter to the Senate and presented it to lawmakers including Lindsey Graham in closed session. That is why Senator Graham came out and said ‘this investigation is now very clearly a criminal one.’ He had to say that; there was an existing criminal indictment and he had been shown it.

The following day, Rep. Green called for impeachment on the floor of the House. Contrary to what some ignoramuses are pushing on social media, a case of impeachment was begun against Trump at that moment:

Impeachment proceedings may be commenced in the House of Representatives by a Member declaring a charge of impeachment on his or her own initiative

Per procedure in the case of impeachment of individuals, the matter then went to the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump was then notified by both the other branches that a case of impeachment was commenced against him.  I can report as fact that the Sergeant At Arms of the Senate, Frank Larkin (correction sorry needed tea), went to the White House on that Wednesday night. We did not report that the Marshal of the SCOTUS did so – only that she spoke to him before he left the country, on the matter of preserving evidence and complying with the orders of the courts. Sources linked to the enforcement arm of the judicial branch report Donald Trump was also told that he had not followed procedure to declassify evidence to the Russians; and that it would constitute an offense were he to share intelligence without declassifying it in the legal way on this trip. These sources do not report the location of that warning nor who delivered it to Trump, but it happened after the case of impeachment was begun and prior to his departure on Air Force One.

Sources report that AG Schneiderman, whose evidence was used to form the basis of a criminal indictment of the President, has been placed under an even heavier armed guard than usual for his protection.

Op-Ed: Imagine There’s No Donald: What if the 45th President Were Orrin Hatch?

Naveed Jamali Tweets He Was a Source on the FISA Warrant Story

Milo Yiannopoulus Has An Account With a FISA-Targeted Russian Bank

EXCLUSIVE: Marshal of the Supreme Court Warned Trump over ‘Muslim Ban’

Mike Flynn Turns on Trump, Talks To FBI

 

Op-Ed: Imagine There’s No Donald: What if the 45th President Were Orrin Hatch?

This piece is an op-ed. It is not a report. It is based on informed speculation and chatter, but it is not a report, so I’ll keep it short. I wouldn’t call it a theory, either. My theoretical pieces have been analysis of the facts as I saw them. The Carolina Conspiracy, and my piece predicting that Jared Kushner was taped in Trump Tower under the FISA warrant on SVB Bank when talking to Gorkov.

In this piece I am going to speculate about something that cannot be proven or even inferred because it has not yet happened and would involve a decision of SCOTUS.

The chatter on this matter, and there is chatter, usually says ‘Roberts’ – I talk to more than one source in more than one area – but I am assuming that is shorthand for SCOTUS – goes like this:

Chief Justice Roberts has a large amount of evidence before him of widespread fraud in the election. That would include monetary fraud and voter fraud. Alfa Bank and Spectrum Health were laundering data hacked from voter registration databases, as I reported (as a fact) for Trump.

The chatter says that in such a scenario, the Supreme Court may invalidate the election of the two men on the ballot: Trump and Pence. Their election would have been invalid. They cheated.

As I previously reported, and reported first, Paul Ryan is on tape admitting that he knows Russian money was laundered into the GOP. My piece predated the Washington Post’s piece on the matter by a week. Sources report there is much more to it than was printed in the short section of tape that reached the mainstream press.

Therefore, since the line of succession would remain – it was after all Donald Trump and Mike Pence who cheated, not the American voters – the next President, and the 45th President of the United States – the successor to Barack Obama – would be Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Of course, such a scenario is a dream for many. No pardon powers, no get out of jail free cards, no spot in the records of America’s commanders in chief. As I have said on Twitter, I sometimes wonder if I will wake up one day and see Bobby Ewing walk out of the shower, so weird is our political life since Trump’s election. I have watched the impeachment of Donald Trump, now in progress, at the House Judiciary Committee, and still had the sinking feeling that even if Trump dies in jail (which his reported dementia will likely prevent), his name would still sully the list of American Presidents. There have been bad presidents before – Carter – and even a crooked one – Nixon – but no actual traitors, who would laugh about the firing of an American patriot to Russians, America’s enemy, in the Oval Office. What I truly wanted, and nobody can fault my patriotic ambitions here, was to wipe the Orange Stain clean off the White House. On this blog I have never used the title “President” in front of the words Donald Trump. I don’t think he deserves it. If SCOTUS were to rip the medals off the necks of Trump and Pence, because of their knowing collusion with fraud and espionage – their election would be invalidated, rather than the election. Or maybe the election would be invalidated. I do not know.

The waters of the Constitution would be uncharted at that point. Senator Hatch began, I report, as a fact, not a theory, to receive the Presidential Daily Briefing on May 9th. Sources report, again as a fact not a theory, that there is enough to impeach Trump, Pence and Ryan several times over. Even if Trump were to be impeached and removed in the normal way envisioned in the Constitution, my sources report that it will still be President Hatch, and sooner rather than later. They do not, for the sake of clarity, insist that it will absolutely be Hatch right away; were Trump to resign today, Pence would be President; even if impeached or his election later invalidated there would not be time to do it all in 24 hours. However, sources believe it is the intent of the FBI and the Justice Department to move so that there is a smooth transition of power from Trump to Hatch. They do not report how; I assume that evidence would be brought against Pence and Ryan, or even to Pence and Ryan, that would persuade them to resign for consideration of how Justice handles sentencing. But I do not report on that. Only that sources are certain that Hatch will be President.

The scenario where Hatch becomes not the 46th, but the 45th, President of the United States, is not reportable as a story. But it is one possible path to justice for America and the world. And on Memorial Day Weekend, when we honor those who have died on our behalf, I think that it is a scenario worth considering.

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Milo Yiannopoulus Has An Account With a FISA-Targeted Russian Bank

On October 15th the FISC, or secret intelligence court, granted a FISA warrant against two Russian banks – Silicon Valley Bank and Alfa Bank. (That is, as I have reported subsequently, two warrants, one per bank,  granted on the same day.)

Milo Yiannopoulos has an account at one of these banks. He told me this himself.  I reproduce the string of our email correspondence below.

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Milo Yiannopoulos, the provocateur journalist, and I, were once friendly. And then, due to the alt-right and his support for it, we were not. We were, however, still civil.

Before the recent revelations of Yiannopoulos position on child abuse, he had both a book deal, of some consequence, and was doing a tour of colleges. At Heat Street, we often covered the early stages of that tour, where liberal students would try to deny the conservative provocateur a platform by shouting him down. I was and am in favor of free speech.

However, in the period just before and after the election, those normal “student” protests suddenly became violent. And yet nobody could find the so-called “students” who were causing violent trouble. I started to suspect that Russian ‘active measures’ were involved in funding these riots. The independent journalist Caroline @RVAwonk has a number of good threads on twitter about how Russian-Trump linked provocateurs like Baked Alaska will travel to places like Berkeley, looking to cause trouble.

However, I did not pursue this line of thought as I had other, bigger, fish to fry.

There was one thing on Twitter that caught my notice, however. A woman was complaining to me that she had done work for Milo and not been paid. He had a bad record in the UK of not paying women journalists and then threatening them. I asked him on her behalf whether her claims were true. This was on background, so I am not reporting it. Rather I am excerpting here the separate parts of our email conversation where I asked him why he had an account with Silicon Valley Bank – a name familiar to me from my own FISA exclusive of Nov 7th.

I asked:

why svb bank that is the Russian bank at the heart of the FBI counter espionage probe

On that matter, he replied:

I used to bank with SVB. No idea about any Russian connections. I’m with Chase now.

We then exchanged further emails on the topic that was on background. But I returned to the issue of the bank account, which stuck out for me:

I still want to know in all honesty how you came to be with SVB. They are not a high street bank. you can’t just open an account. <Redacted>  for Russian intelligence and the FSB. what has <redacted> to do with them and how did you get connected?

He said:

I had a Private Bank account with Silicon Valley Bank, whose executives I met when I was a technology reporter. SVB Private Bank is a boutique bank for high net worth individuals. I can’t comment on your allegation <redacted> “Russian intelligence,” save to say it sounds rather far-fetched.

He then gave me an “on the record” quote that was a smear against the complainant. But as far as I am concerned, everything not relating to the matter he emailed me on was and is on the record.

I did not write a story of any kind about his feud with the complainant. He sent me an on-record smear against her, including a swipe at her disability, but the rest was on background.

Milo had previously boasted to me of his friendship with Peter Thiel (which may, I must point out, be complete rubbish – he is an unreliable witness who lies) and with Robert Mercer.

Sources did not say why SVB Bank was under a FISA warrant. They were more forthcoming about Alfa Bank. They did however describe SVB as ‘a Russian Bank’. Most posts on the matter are from Russian sites that track readers, so I link to this Daily Kos description of the agreement between SVB and Sberbank in 2012:

June 21, 2012, St. Petersburg – During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Sberbank of Russia and SVB Financial Group (SVB), parent company of Silicon Valley Bank, of the United States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a formal relationship between Sberbank and SVB to promote venture financing in Russia and help support an emerging and vibrant entrepreneurial economy.

There will be more on SVB’s role with Jared Kushner shortly.