Here's a bit from a June 6th, 2018 article by Ivan Pentchoukov: (Spy Operation on Trump Campaign Started as Early as December 2015, New Texts Suggest) :
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released 500 pages of documents and texts on June 4, the bulk of which consists of messages between Page and Strzok. One message, which was previously redacted, shows that FBI agents were working to recruit double agents as early as Dec. 28, 2015.
"You get all our oconus lures approved?" Strzok wrote to Page.
"No, it's just implicated a much bigger policy issue," Page responded. "I'll explain later. Might even be able to use it as a pretext for a call."
According to Chris Farrell, a former counterintelligence officer who ran double-agent operations for the U.S. Army, "oconus" stands for "outside the continental United States," while "lures" refers to people used as bait to snag a potential double agent.
We do not know what the bigger policy issue was, but we do know three things about this exchange:
The timing is particularly intriging because, while Obama's inner circle would have known Hillary Clinton well enough to understand the risks she posed as the democratic party's heir apparent and thus be deeply worried about her ability to defeat whoever the GOP put up, assuming them so prescient as to focus all their efforts at sabotage and compromise on the Trump campaign more than six weeks before the Iowa caucuses strains the bounds of creduality.
Basically, if people like Obama, Jarrett, Holder, Lynch, Rhodes, Brennan, and Clapper had held a meeting in August 2015 to discuss Republican threats to their efforts to undermine the American idea they might have worked from a list similar to the one below:
|Candidate||Danger to us if elected||Chance of becoming GOP nominee|
During September both the Walker and Perry campaigns imploded ostensibly because poor polling presaged fundraising failure, but really because staff conflicts and naive missteps pounced on by the hyper critical democrat media mob decapitated both campaigns and neither Walker nor Perry had the cash, guts, and media support needed to do what McCain did in similar circumstances: fire nearly everyone and start over.
Despite this, however, the biggest threats the Obama people faced in December didn't come from Donald Trump: they came from Chris Christie and Ted Cruz - so why focus the FBI on Donald Trump?
Chris Christie withdrew on February 10th nominally because he had publically hung his hat on winning the New Hampshire primary but, in reality, because the unrelenting fake news attacks on him with respect to bridgegate (of which he was acquitted); the infamous "Obama Hug" (which had not happened), and his inability as governor to surmount a long term program of silent bureaucratic and judicial non co-operation with those seeking to rebuild after Sandy, had left him dispirited and willing to acquiese to negative advice from the same political professionals on his staff who had maneuvered him into this position.
That left Ted Cruz, who fought through to the Indiana primary and didn't suspend his campaign until May 3rd but made numerous absurdly bad decisions - choosing to skip, for example, states like New Hampshire despite having the money, and the mind share among committed conservatives, to do well in most of them.
What was different about the Trump campaign in December of 2015 was that he had no name brand political staffers or advisors - he had kitchen cabinet people like Palin, Gingrich, and Guiliani, but no one with the kind of vulnerabilities that come with long histories of work on the peripheries of power in Washington.
A bit later some of those people - including Lewandowski and Priebus - would join the campaign but something else had also happened by then: Admiral Mike Rogers had started the Inspector General investigation into improper data access and related FISA abuses within the NSA, thereby cutting DNC operatives like Nellie Ohr off from this source of compromat about people not yet (as of early December, 2015) identified with the Trump campaign.
The suspicion, in other words, is that the Obama clique choose to focus the FBI's attention on getting someone into the Trump campaign, not because they assessed him as the greatest threat (a proposition that, despite his fling with birtherism, simply isn't credible given the political zeitgeist in place in December of 2015) but because they didn't already have people in place in his campaign.
A suspicion is, of course, far from a conviction - but the early focus on Trump is not easily explicable in other terms and the questions raised by the Obama team's timing are relatively easy to answer: just have the congressional and other investigators now looking at misuse of the FBI and other agencies by Obama's people extend that review to key decisions made in the other campaigns.
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