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    Default FBI Lawyer Testimony Reveals FISA was approved outside regular procedures

    The Gateway Pundit revealed a bombshell from the transcripts of the testimony of former FBI Principal Deputy General Counsel, Trisha Anderson, from the transcripts released by Rep. Doug Collins.
    Trisha Anderson is Harvard Law School grad. For three years, she was the Principal Deputy General Counsel for the FBI where she worked in the National Security Cyberlaw branch. FBI lawyer Lisa Page worked under Anderson, who worked in a supervisory role for the department. Anderson’s boss was none other than former FBI General Counsel James Baker. James Baker reported to the fired FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe and of course, McCabe reported to the fired FBI director, James Comey. Trisha Anderson is no longer working for the FBI. She is currently a partner at Covington & Burling law firm.
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    Anderson said all FISAs need to be signed off on in the FBI’s National Security Law Branch, where she was assigned at the time. Anderson said she was the Senior Executive Service approver for the “initiation” of the Page FISA, including determining whether there is legal sufficiency.

    But Anderson stressed “in this particular case, I'm drawing a distinction because my boss and my boss’ boss had already reviewed and approved this application.” She emphasized “this one was handled a little bit differently in that sense, in that it received very high-level review and approvals — informal, oral approvals — before it ever came to me for signature.”

    Anderson said that FISA approvals are typically “tracked in a linear fashion” and that someone in the Senior Executive Service “is the final approver on hard copy before a FISA goes to the director or deputy director for signature.” She said the Page FISA was approved outside regular procedures.

    "Because there were very high-level discussions that occurred about the FISA," Anderson said she believed that meant “the FISA essentially had already been well-vetted all the way up through at least the Deputy Director [McCabe] level on our side and through the DAG [Yates] on the DOJ side.” Yates had already signed the application by the time it made it to Anderson’s desk.

    The publicly available Page FISA documents show then-FBI Director James Comey also signed off on it.

    Because the FISA application had already been approved at such high levels, Anderson said she did not look at the Page FISA application with much skepticism. “I wouldn't view it as my role to second-guess that substantive approval that had already been given by the Deputy Director [McCabe] and by the Deputy Attorney General [Yates] in this particular instance," she said.

    Asked why this FISA application was different, Anderson said she believed “the sensitivity level of this particular FISA resulted in lots of very high-level attention both within the FBI and DOJ.”

    “The General Counsel [Jim Baker] … personally reviewed and made edits to the FISA, for example,” Anderson said. “The Deputy Director was involved in reviewing the FISA line by line. The Deputy Attorney General over on the DOJ side of the street was similarly involved, as I understood, reviewing the FISA application line by line.”

    Baker recently defended the FBI’s handling of the FISA process, saying “we took [the dossier] seriously” but “we didn’t necessarily take it literally” and did not treat it as “literally true in every respect.” Baker also said, “I am not going to go into details with respect to what investigative steps we actually took to try to validate it.” Former FBI Director James Comey still referred to the dossier as “salacious and unverified” even in 2017.

    Anderson stressed that McCabe, Yates, and Baker all played key roles in reviewing the Page FISA. “My approval at that point was really purely administrative in nature. In other words, the substantive issues — the FISA had already substantively been approved by people much higher than me in the chain of command," Anderson said.

    Anderson said it “typically would not have been the case” that people such as McCabe and Yates would sign off on a FISA application before she did.

    "That part of it was unusual, and so I didn't consider my review at that point in the process to be substantive in nature," Anderson said. "In other words, there were smart lawyers, high-level people on both sides of the street who had reviewed and signed off on the application, the details of the application. And so I was simply signaling, yes, this package is ready to go forward."

    Anderson said the seal of approval from such high-ranking FBI and DOJ officials meant that her signature on the FISA application was mostly perfunctory.

    Anderson cast doubt on whether Comey would usually read a full FISA application, considering he could receive more than a dozen in a given day. “And so, yes, the director or deputy director, if he signs the FISA, you know, relies on others,” Anderson said.

    Even in normal circumstances, Anderson said she likely would not read the full FISA application before signing off on it “unless there were an issue that was identified by the cover note," due to time constraints.

    Anderson admitted she did not read the Page FISA the day that she signed off on it but noted she’d read it at some earlier point in time.
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    Normally, a FISA application would go to the legal department first to confirm that it is indeed proper to press forward with. In this case, top officials informally “approved” the application first, signaling to Anderson that her signature was just perfunctory.

    Anderson said that FISA approvals are typically “tracked in a linear fashion” and that someone in the Senior Executive Service “is the final approver on hard copy before a FISA goes to the director or deputy director for signature.” She said the Page FISA was approved outside regular procedures.

    “Because there were very high-level discussions that occurred about the FISA,” Anderson said she believed that meant “the FISA essentially had already been well-vetted all the way up through at least the Deputy Director [McCabe] level on our side and through the DAG [Yates] on the DOJ side.” Yates had already signed the application by the time it made it to Anderson’s desk.

    … Anderson stressed that McCabe, Yates, and Baker all played key roles in reviewing the Page FISA. “My approval at that point was really purely administrative in nature. In other words, the substantive issues — the FISA had already substantively been approved by people much higher than me in the chain of command,” Anderson said.

    Anderson said it “typically would not have been the case” that people such as McCabe and Yates would sign off on a FISA application before she did.
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    Bypassing the nomal investigative chain of command means the FISA review by top officials was rushed thru without normal "linear procedure"

    My guess is that normal linear procedure would have been questioning the sourcing -putting the light on the Steele dossier when the Creeps simply wanted to get the FISC ruling - damn the torpedoes

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    we are entering FISA Shakeytown, and the whole thing is gonna collapse - "A Hard Rain is Gonna Fall"

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    We’ll see lol.

    It looks increasingly likely but I want to see more than talk. But here’s an entertaining and-not-unfactual piece by a writer for ZeroHedge.

    The ‘Golden Gollum’ lol.

    _______________
    Not long ago, few Americans of the thinking persuasion might have imagined that such a well-engineered republic, with its exquisite checks and balances, sturdy institutions, and time-tested traditions would end up as so much smoldering goop in a national dumpster fire, but such is the sad state-of-the-union moving into the fateful summer of 2019. The castle of the permanent bureaucracy is about to be torched by an uprising of deplorable peasants led by a Golden Golem made furious by relentless litigation. It’s Game of Thrones meets the Thermidorian Reaction with a Weimar-flavored cherry on top — really one for the ages!

    The plot they concocted to get rid of him failed. And, yes, it was a plot, even a coup. And they fucked it up magnificently, leaving a paper trail as wide as Interstate-95. Now all that paper is about to fall over the District of Columbia like radioactive ash, turning many current and former denizens of rogue agencies into the walking dead as they embark on the dismal journey between the grand juries and the federal prisons.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...p-strikes-back
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Omar View Post
    We’ll see lol.

    It looks increasingly likely but I want to see more than talk. But here’s an entertaining and-not-unfactual piece by a writer for ZeroHedge.

    The ‘Golden Gollum’ lol.

    _______________
    Not long ago, few Americans of the thinking persuasion might have imagined that such a well-engineered republic, with its exquisite checks and balances, sturdy institutions, and time-tested traditions would end up as so much smoldering goop in a national dumpster fire, but such is the sad state-of-the-union moving into the fateful summer of 2019. The castle of the permanent bureaucracy is about to be torched by an uprising of deplorable peasants led by a Golden Golem made furious by relentless litigation. It’s Game of Thrones meets the Thermidorian Reaction with a Weimar-flavored cherry on top — really one for the ages!

    The plot they concocted to get rid of him failed. And, yes, it was a plot, even a coup. And they fucked it up magnificently, leaving a paper trail as wide as Interstate-95. Now all that paper is about to fall over the District of Columbia like radioactive ash, turning many current and former denizens of rogue agencies into the walking dead as they embark on the dismal journey between the grand juries and the federal prisons.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...p-strikes-back
    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/zero-hedge/

    CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE

    That’s why I’m so screwed up, because I had a father who pushed me so hard,” Trump acknowledged in 2007, in a brief and rare moment of self-awareness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Omar View Post
    We’ll see lol.

    It looks increasingly likely but I want to see more than talk. But here’s an entertaining and-not-unfactual piece by a writer for ZeroHedge.

    The ‘Golden Gollum’ lol.

    _______________
    Not long ago, few Americans of the thinking persuasion might have imagined that such a well-engineered republic, with its exquisite checks and balances, sturdy institutions, and time-tested traditions would end up as so much smoldering goop in a national dumpster fire, but such is the sad state-of-the-union moving into the fateful summer of 2019. The castle of the permanent bureaucracy is about to be torched by an uprising of deplorable peasants led by a Golden Golem made furious by relentless litigation. It’s Game of Thrones meets the Thermidorian Reaction with a Weimar-flavored cherry on top — really one for the ages!

    The plot they concocted to get rid of him failed. And, yes, it was a plot, even a coup. And they fucked it up magnificently, leaving a paper trail as wide as Interstate-95. Now all that paper is about to fall over the District of Columbia like radioactive ash, turning many current and former denizens of rogue agencies into the walking dead as they embark on the dismal journey between the grand juries and the federal prisons.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...p-strikes-back
    Indeed, DO. I imagine that lots of Democrats are hiring lots of expensive lawyers in DC.


    “We will all hang if Trump is elected president.” Crooked Hillary.

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    There’s perhaps a lot to dislike about Donald J. Trump, US President No. 45. Despite all the grooming and tailoring, there’s little savoir faire there. He tweets not like a mellifluous songbird, but in snorts like a rooting aardvark.
    His every predilection is an affront to the refined Washington establishment: his dark business history, his beloved ormolu trappings, his Mickey-D cheeseburgers, the mystifying hair-doo.

    Even so, the bad faith of his antagonists exceeds even Mr. Trump’s defects and vices. The plot they concocted to get rid of him failed. And, yes, it was a plot, even a coup. And they fucked it up magnificently, leaving a paper trail as wide as Interstate-95. Now all that paper is about to fall over the District of Columbia like radioactive ash, turning many current and former denizens of rogue agencies into the walking dead as they embark on the dismal journey between the grand juries and the federal prisons.

    Hence, the desperate rage of the impeachment faction, in direct proportion to their secret shameful knowledge that the entire RussiaGate melodrama was, in fact, a seditious subterfuge between the Hillary Clinton campaign and a great many key figures in government up-to-and-including former president Barack Obama, who could not have failed to be clued-in on all the action. Even before the declassification order, the true narrative of events has been plainly understood: that the US Intel “community” trafficked in fictitious malarkey supplied by Mrs. Clinton to illegally “meddle” in the 2016 election.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...p-strikes-back


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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl View Post
    Indeed, DO. I imagine that lots of Democrats are hiring lots of expensive lawyers in DC.


    “We will all hang if Trump is elected president.” Crooked Hillary.
    Well, we know of one attorney (the porn star hoe's) they won't be hiring (LOL!)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantasmal View Post
    weak sauce -generalized source criticism.~~

    we are gonna get you a lot of of unimpeachable sources coming up - the prosecutors are on the hunt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantasmal View Post
    Can't see the OP, but I'm sure it was similarly delusional.
    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Althea View Post
    Can't see the OP, but I'm sure it was similarly delusional.
    ^ willfull ignorance as usual.

    I was right about the Deep State, I was right about no Russian collusion -
    i see no way this doesn't end in a train wreck for the principles.

    I realize ALTHEA can't see this -I'm posting thru him as a useful idiot

    And they fucked it up magnificently, leaving a paper trail as wide as Interstate-95. Now all that paper is about to fall over the District of Columbia like radioactive ash, turning many current and former denizens of rogue agencies into the walking dead as they embark on the dismal journey between the grand juries and the federal prisons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukkha View Post
    There’s perhaps a lot to dislike about Donald J. Trump, US President No. 45. Despite all the grooming and tailoring, there’s little savoir faire there. He tweets not like a mellifluous songbird, but in snorts like a rooting aardvark.
    His every predilection is an affront to the refined Washington establishment: his dark business history, his beloved ormolu trappings, his Mickey-D cheeseburgers, the mystifying hair-doo.

    Even so, the bad faith of his antagonists exceeds even Mr. Trump’s defects and vices. The plot they concocted to get rid of him failed. And, yes, it was a plot, even a coup. And they fucked it up magnificently, leaving a paper trail as wide as Interstate-95. Now all that paper is about to fall over the District of Columbia like radioactive ash, turning many current and former denizens of rogue agencies into the walking dead as they embark on the dismal journey between the grand juries and the federal prisons.

    Hence, the desperate rage of the impeachment faction, in direct proportion to their secret shameful knowledge that the entire RussiaGate melodrama was, in fact, a seditious subterfuge between the Hillary Clinton campaign and a great many key figures in government up-to-and-including former president Barack Obama, who could not have failed to be clued-in on all the action. Even before the declassification order, the true narrative of events has been plainly understood: that the US Intel “community” trafficked in fictitious malarkey supplied by Mrs. Clinton to illegally “meddle” in the 2016 election.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...p-strikes-back

    Priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantasmal View Post
    We’ll see lol.

    In the meantime, it needs investigated to see if there’s any merit to.

    And oh btw, we better not catch anyone obstructing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukkha View Post
    ^ willfull ignorance as usual.

    I was right about the Deep State, I was right about no Russian collusion -
    i see no way this doesn't end in a train wreck for the principles.

    I realize ALTHEA can't see this -I'm posting thru him as a useful idiot

    Intentional obtuseness.

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