Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Chronology of Spygate

This is my current, oversimplified understanding of a much more complicated story. 

2015

Approx. February - Surveillance of Donald Trump begins, even before he begins running for President. Fusion GPS is one of the firms conducting the surveillance.

December - FBI starts counterintelligence operation targeting Trump. This operation is politically motivated.

2016

April — Former British spy Christopher Steele is hired by DNC to write “dossier” on Trump by partisan interests. He produces it between June-December.

June — Brennan (CIA director) and Strzok (FBI deputy assistant director) meet and agree on “insurance” policy to tank Trump. Obama agrees. Brennan gets the UK to do it using private intelligence intermediaries - former UK agents. The justification is Russian interference in the American election, which is dutifully reported by The Washington Post (6/23/17) and later picked up in The New Yorker (3/12/2018).

August - The FBI delivers false information to Brennan to give to Hannigan as “justification.”  This enables Brennan to get Obama to sign the classified order (FISA warrant). Hannigan asks the UK Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO). to provide the necessary surveillance, code name “Project FULSOME.” (Note: Britain denies this.) CIA Director Gina Haspel was UK station chief for the CIA at the time. Meanwhile, the Obama White House promotes a false story about Russian election interference to the media.

September - the order is approved for 90 days.

November —a request to renew the order is submitted to Boris Johnson (now UK Prime Minister). On the same day, then-NSA Chief, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, visits President-elect Trump in Trump Tower to warn him about the surveillance. The media reports on the visit and a pretext is invented to fire him. Meanwhile, Trump decamps from Trump Tower immediately.

2017

January — Three days after the inauguration, Hannigan quits his job, citing personal reasons.

March — on Fox News, Judge Napolitano says that 3 intelligence sources confirm Obama got Britain to do the spying. The next day, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeats Napolitano’s words. Shortly thereafter, Napolitano noticeably changes the tone of his public comments, and Spicer resigns.

April — the Guardian confirms that the GCHQ did the spying, and that it was handled at Brennan’s level.

May — Robert Mueller starts the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference (it ended on May 22, 2019 without establishing guilt on President Trump’s part).

July — Former DNI director James Clapper confirms that Obama gave the order to conduct the “intelligence assessment” that led to the special counsel investigation.

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.