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FBI Opened a Counterintelligence Investigation of Trump, as President
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49939"><span class="small">Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt and Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times</span></a>   
Saturday, 12 January 2019 09:30

Excerpt: "In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation."

The FBI investigated whether the firing of Mr. Comey was a national security threat. (photo: AP)
The FBI investigated whether the firing of Mr. Comey was a national security threat. (photo: AP)


FBI Opened a Counterintelligence Investigation of Trump, as President

By Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt and Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times

12 January 19

 

n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

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+1 # mashiguo 2019-01-12 12:03
And the result of this investigation was?
...... (crickets)..... .
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-12 12:14
The date here is deliberately deceptive:

"the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests."

Comey was fired on May 9, 2017. The NYT is trying to mislead us into thinking the FBI's counterintellig ence operation did not start until after May 9, 2017.



In fact, the counterintellig ence operation against Trump and his campaign began immediately after Comey, Strzok, and McCabe closed the Clinton email investigation. The same people conducted both investigations and smoothly transitioned from one to the other. Comey's press conference closing the Clinton email investigation was July 5, 2016, right before the Democratic party convention. The investigative team headed by Comey, McCabe, and Strzok moved directly on to the Trump-Russia investigation. Strzok wrote the initializing finding.


We know all of this because of the text messages between Strzok and Lisa Page. The first big product of the conunterintelli gence investigation was the FISA warrant application filed with the FISA court in early October 2016. This near-400 page legal motion must have been prepared in August and September of 2016. The FISA application is mostly based on the Steele Dossier, so the FBI had possession of the Dossier in late Sumer of 2016 -- something Comey has lied about under oath.
 
 
+8 # HarryP 2019-01-12 15:51
Rodion! Nice try.
The paragraph you cite does not say the counterintellig ence operation began in May 2017. That operation formally began on July 31, 2016, months after US intelligence became aware of Russian meddling in the election.
In May 2017, the counterintellig ence operation morphed into a criminal investigation when it became clear- I would say, crystal clear - that Individual-1 (labeled as such in the course of another criminal investigation) was engaged in a criminal act, obstruction of justice - something he freely admitted to Lester Holt (who didn’t even ask the question) and on the next day to his Russian visitors at the WH, who may have asked, “hey, how did the firing of Comey go?” To which he replied (and I paraphrase) that “the Russia thing has been taken care of. We can all now sleep easier.”
Nixon wasn’t removed because of a “third rare burglary,” but for obstruction of justice. There is no end to Trump’s obstruction: interfering in the Manafort trial, encouraging Stone to stonewall Mueller, repeatedly denouncing Sessions for recusing himself, appointing Whitaker, nominating Barr, etc.
Your boy is drowning. Even Rudy recognizes it.
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-13 08:14
HP -- OK. your point is good and true. It started as counterintellig ence and morphed into a criminal. This is an important distinction.

A criminal investigation required that a clear crime was committed. So you are saying that by May 2017, there was a clear crime that had been identified. It is hard for me to see any crime. I don't see any "obstruction of justice." That's a made up crime, put together by a bunch of things Trump said in different contexts. Obstruction of justice requires real actions to obstruct, as Mueller has clearly done in his witness intimidation, bullying, destroying evidence, and the like.


Your point is good. Mueller is trying really hard to find a crime. He just has not had any luck. It is like fishing, only the fish are just not biting.
 
 
0 # HarryP 2019-01-15 23:08
Rodion:

Bozhe moi!!!
 
 
+3 # Porfiry 2019-01-12 20:59
Russian defender (troll?) again showing his true colors. For shame!
 
 
+8 # futhark 2019-01-12 12:24
This is very interesting and I'm more than a bit uncertain which of the contesting parties should be considered the to be the ones wearing the white hats.

On the one hand Mr. Trump personifies greed, xenophobia, ignorance, stupidity, and incompetence. On the other hand the state surveillance apparatus has a demonstrated history of the subversion of democracy and violation of Constitutional rights, with no apparent scruples in the commission of crimes of violence, drug smuggling, and lying to the public and to Congress.

The stakes are pretty high and I suppose I am looking for a champion not tainted by any of the gross violations of law and decency of which both of the above are guilty.
 
 
+3 # tedrey 2019-01-12 14:55
Sometimes there are no 'white hats'. By now the American public should be used to only being presented with two choices, both mud-splattered.
 
 
-1 # mashiguo 2019-01-12 17:05
We live in a fascist state. There are no white hats, only brown shirts.

Do you have a remedy to offer for this?

Trump didn't do it. It was handed to him on a silver platter by Obama, Bush, CLinton, Bush I, Reagan, etc.......
 
 
-10 # lnason@umassd.edu 2019-01-12 12:43
What was the point of reporting this investigation with a headline implying that Trump was being caught in treason while the facts buried deep into the article make clear that no evidence of wrongdoing by Trump was found? Perhaps they were trying to prove their own consistent anti-Trump bias?

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+8 # HarryP 2019-01-12 15:58
Lee: You shouldn’t comment on an article without having read it.
The article made clear that the FBI found wrongdoing - obstruction of justice. Remember Nixon? That’s what got him into trouble.
It’s one thing rejecting an article’s conclusion, but another thing to misrepresent its content.
 
 
+4 # Michaeljohn 2019-01-12 17:45
Thank you Harry.
And Lee still hasn't answered my question about enumerating the Libertarian *natural rights* .....
 
 
0 # oldoilieotto 2019-01-12 16:17
Strzok, Page, McCabe and Comey got a long way beyond legitimate FBI behavior in both the Clinton and Trump campaign investigations. The only reason we know about it is that Clinton lost the election. This ought to be very troubling to anyone who respects the rule of law and would like to have it survive into the future. This situation ought to be aired out completely by congress.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-13 09:08
oldo -- good points. You have to wonder how many other COINTELPRO operations of the FBI that we have never learned anything about because the beneficiary became president and no one bothered to inquire.

The FBI, CIA, MI6, and NSA always interfere in US elections -- as well as elections all over the world. You could easily include MOSSAD which works closely with them. The great crisis that we face is the tyranny of these so-called intelligence agencies. They are totally secret and totally unaccountable. There is no supervision. They constitute a "secret world government" which rules on behalf of transnational capital and its oligarchs. Trump is a problem but compared to these fascists he is a minor problem since he was actually and in spite of their efforts democratically elected.

Too bad Strzok, Page, Comey, McCabe, and the rest of them will never see the inside of a jail cell.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2019-01-12 19:20
Trump working for the Russians? I don't think Trump works for anyone but Trump and that includes the American people. He sucks up to them because he wants something.

And why would the Russians want such an idiot on their payroll?
 
 
+2 # Caliban 2019-01-13 01:59
"Why would the Russians want such an idiot on their payroll?:

Why -- because an idiot with a lot of power can be a valuable tool in the hands of a ruthless paymaster.
 
 
-3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-13 08:16
ife -- "And why would the Russians want such an idiot on their payroll?"


Maybe this is the final point. Case closed.
 
 
+2 # HarryP 2019-01-15 23:13
Rodion:

You’re closing the case to quickly.
Look at Caliban’s second sentence.
There’s your answer.