play it again, sam

Obama-Era Officials Subpoenaed By House Intel Committee
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, May 31 2017

While it was not surprising that as part of the ongoing probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the House Intel Committee issued a total of seven subpoenas on Wednesday as the WSJ reported, what was surprisng is that in addition to four subpoenas focusing purely on the Russia investigation, the Thug-led committee also issued three subpoenas focusing on “unmasking” questions, involving how and why the names of associates of Pres Trump were unredacted and distributed within classified reports by Obama administration officials during the transition between administrations. As part of the “unmasking” investigation, in addition to the NSA, the House committee also subpoeaned the FBI and the CIA for information on how and why Trump-linked names were exposed to the entire intelligence community, and led to an avalanche of “unnamed sources” stories. Recall that typically information about Pindostanis intercepted in foreign surveillance is redacted, even in classified reports distributed within the government, unless a compelling need exists to reveal them. Unmasking requests aren’t uncommon by top intelligence community officials but the Thugs want to know whether any of the unmaskings of Trump campaign officials during the transition were politically motivated. According to the WSJ, Thugs on the committee have been pushing for a thorough investigation of how the names of Trump campaign boxtops became exposed in classified intelligence reports based off intelligence community intercepts. Specifically, the three “unmasking” subpoenas seek information on requests made by Susan Rice, John Brennan and Samantha Power for names to be unmasked in classified material.

The name of Samantha Power hasn’t previously been reported as a potential witness in the probe, and her inclusion in the subpoenas means the Thugs are also broadening their areas of investigation, the WSJ reports. The House Intelligence Committee is one of two bodies currently probing the question of whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election and whether anyone from Trump’s campaign played a role. Concurrently, the Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting its own investigation and has already issued subpoenas to Flynn and his businesses. Trump has said there was no collusion with Russia and called the investigation a witch-hunt. In addition to the above three, Michael Flynn and one of Pres Trump’s personal lawyers, Michael Cohen, were also subpoenaed Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee. Subpoenas were also approved by the committee for documents in possession of the Flynn Intel Group LLC, and Michael D Cohen & Associates PC, Bloomberg reported. Mike Conaway, who is leading the probe, and Adam Schiff, the ranking Demagog on the House panel, said in a joint statement:

We approved subpoenas for several individuals for testimony, personal documents and business records. We hope and expect that anyone called to testify or provide documents will comply with that request, so that we may gain all the information within the scope of our investigation.

While Flynn has previously said he would invoke the Fifth to avoid testimony, Cohen dismissed any talk of collusion with Russia, saying in a statement Tuesday:

To date, there has not been a single witness, document or piece of evidence linking me to this fake Russian conspiracy. This is not surprising to me because there is none.

It would of course be quite ironic if as a result of all these various probes, investigations and “witch hunts,” Trump is cleared of all “collusion” allegations, while members of the previous administration end up facing civil or criminal charges. (It would also be justice – RB)

NY Post Claims Trump Administration Spying On Press To Find Leakers
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, May 31 2017

In what is bound to create mass hysteria among the mainstream media, NY Post’s bombastic columnist John Crudele reports that the Trump administration is spying on a number of journalists in an effort to flush out The White House leakers. Crudele notes that there was a big ruckus four years ago when AP announced that telephone records for 20 of its reporters had been subpoenaed by the DoJ. The government was apparently looking for CIA leaks about an operation in Yemen that time. Crudele reports it is happening again. Of course, just as with practically every media story nowadays, the source is anonymous and there is no confirming evidence or secondary source, but as we reported previously, three White House leakers who were holdovers from the Obama administration have either already been fired or will soon be, the source claims. Last week, the Trump campaign released an email to supporters entitled “SABOTAGE,” in which the campaign said:

There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage Pres Trump and our entire Pindostan First movement.

The government is spying on journalists to find leakers
John Crudele, NY Post, May 31 2017

There was a big ruckus four years ago when the AP announced that telephone records for 20 of its reporters had been subpoenaed by the DoJ. The government was apparently looking for CIA leaks about an operation in Yemen. Well, a Washington source of mine tells me it’s happening again. The DoJ has gotten a warrant from the FISA court, to conduct electronic surveillance on a group of journalists who’ve been the recipient of leaked information, the source said. The journalists are not the target, according to my source, and I say thank goodness for that. Instead, the Trump administration is looking for the leaker. Who could it be? Some in the administration are focusing on a retired, high-ranking military officer who held important posts in the intelligence service, according to the source. The possibly high-ranking leaker was getting some of his information from people inside the White House who were holdovers from the Obama administration, the source said. Those White House leakers, said to be three people, have either already been fired or will soon be, the source claims. And these cases, I’m told, have been turned over to the DoJ for possible prosecution.

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