Tell ya what, guys. Grassley is one to watch, that’s for sure… Nothing gets by that guy!
Before we get in to it, I just want to say up front that this will be a short article today (meaning… less than 5,000 words total… which for me, is short). I have one other article in the hopper which I’ve told to someone that I’ll write (don’t get upset I did this one first, as I did it on a whim, it’s short, and I want to make sure I give your topic the time/space/research/write-up it deserves). I was trying to compose this as a Gab post and realized… I needed a bit more space to tackle this subject effectively, so here we are!
Grassley recently sent a letter to FBI Director Wray, Secretary of State Pompeo, and IG Horowitz on the 9th. (Published on the 10th). Here’s the content of that letter:
So you can see that he’s basically requesting a ton of info related to how and when the State Department obtained the Steele dossier, when FBI knew about it, and why they chose to hide these details behind a wall of “Classification” when really, nothing should have ever been classified.
You’ll note the name Kathleen Kavalec being thrown around in Grassley’s letter. This was the State Department employee who was slated to be promoted to Ambassador to Albania before it came out that she secretly met with Christopher Steele during the 2016 election to discuss the Steele Dossier. Trump canned her back in March, and the notes pertaining to her meeting were recently declassified as a result.
Sarah Carter had an article about her back in March, but I think some of us just kind of skimmed over it, not quite understanding the full implications just yet. At least, I’ll admit I did. Normally, I wouldn’t include such a lengthy excerpt in one of my articles, but seeing as many of us just passed this over, it might be a good time to review a larger chunk of content now:
Trump Pulled Ambassador Nomination of State Department Official Who Communicated With Steele and Ohr
A State Department official who was awaiting confirmation to be U.S. Ambassador to Albania communicated with the former British spy Christopher Steele and supplied information to a senior DOJ official after and before the 2016 presidential election.
Kavalec, as well as her colleague Jonathan Winer, a former assistant to former Secretary of State John Kerry, supplied information they had collected from Steele to Bruce Ohr, said sources familiar with the congressional investigations. Ohr is a senior Department of Justice official who was used as a backchannel for the FBI after Steele was removed from the bureau for shopping his dossier to the media in 2016. His wife, Nellie Ohr, was working in 2016 as a contractor for Fusion GPS, who was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC to compile the anti-trump dossier.
The possible involvement of U.S. Ambassadors in the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign was revealed by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, on Fox New’s Sean Hannity program Monday night. Meadows told Hannity “there are players now, even ambassadors that are sitting ambassadors that were involved in part of this with the FBI and DOJ.”
On Tuesday, Meadows told this reporter, “it’s amazing Obama Administration holdovers with strong ties to Hillary Clinton have been undermining the trump administration and continue to work covertly to thwart his agenda.”
Emails obtained by this news site reveal Kavalec and Ohr had been in contact with Steele prior to and after the 2016 presidential election. The two had also communicated through email and meetings about Steele’s research on the anti-Trump dossier, according to the documents.
On Nov. 21, 2016, Kavalec and Ohr exchange multiple emails. She references a former Russian businessman, who came to the United States, by the name of “Simon Kukes,” whom Kavalec had met in 2014. She also mentions Serge Millian, who is a central figure in collecting information used by Steele in the dossier.
According to former Trump policy advisor George Papadopoulos, Millian, a Belarus-born businessman, became an unwitting source of Steele. Papadopoulos believes Millian was working with the FBI and therefore was trying to build a relationship with him, as reported in The Washington Post.
“Just re-looking at my notes from my convo with Chris Steele, I see that Chris and Kukes has some connection to Serge Millian, an emigre who is identified by FT as head of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce,” Kavalec told Ohr in the Nov. 21, 2016 email.
“According to what Chris said to me in early October, Millian has apparently disappeared,” i.e., left the U.S. and hasn’t been seen recently. I don’t know anything about Millian, but he is referenced in the FT story: https://ig.ft.com/sites/trumps-Russian-connections/
Ohr noted that the two had met regarding Steele’s information, which was later passed to the FBI.
“Kathy – thank you for taking the time to meet with us,” said Ohr in an email exchange on that day. “I really hope we can get something going here.”
Ohr was responding to an email Kavalec sent earlier in the day. Kukes “had left Russia because he said he was concerned he might be investigated- as I recall he said had gotten a summons to court on some issue.”
Kavalec’s former boss, Assistant Secretary of State Nuland, testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 21, 2018 that she had seen excerpts of Steele’s dossier in mid-July 2016 but did not see the full account until it was published in Buzzfeed in January, 2017.
Nuland said she didn’t meet with Steele in October, 2016 when he came to the State Department to brief officials on the work in his dossier. Kavalec was believed to have met with Steele during this time, according to sources with knowledge of the information.
“I actively chose not to be part of that briefing,” said Nuland. Strangely, she then added she wasn’t aware of the briefing with Steele until after it happened.
So yes, Kathleen used to work for Victoria Nuland at the State Department under John Kerry – the same Nuland who would authorize the 2016 meeting between Gaeta (read: Mifsud’s FBI Handler) and Steele:
So the Kavalec memo detailing the conversation between Kavalec and Steele got Declassified, and John Solomon pounced, throwing it up on Scribd for the world to see:
I posted this on Gab already, but it’s worth reposting Anon’s insight into the matter:
Solomon also uploaded the hand-written notes as well:
State Department handwritte… by on Scribd
But why is this most recent Grassley letter a big deal?
We have to go back to Grassley’s previous letter on May 6th for context:
“Our sisters have begun leaking like mad…”
“[T]he agency got info a lot earlier than we thought…”
If Strzok isn’t talking about the CIA, who is he talking about?
Spoiler alert: he’s talking about the CIA: specifically, the CIA obtaining the memo MUCH earlier than even the Cabal-allied at the FBI knew, and then leaking this info to the #LegacyMedia, in order to establish a narrative which could then be used by other departments against Trump. He’s putting the pieces together in real-time, in these texts, and going, “Ohhhhhhh, that’s what they’re doing!”
In other words, this is Deep State #InformationLaundering par excellence, with the help of some treasonous media toadies.
I’ll let Svetlana explain some more, here:
That last image Svetlana posted is just the line we saw from Grassley’s letter above:
Remember, Grassley is writing his May 6th letter to the Inspector General Michael K. Atkinson – the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.
Given Atkinson’s role, this tangentially relates back to an even earlier letter written by Grassley to Barr, on the 25th of April.
I’ll let Bongino explain (clip should cue up around 3:40. Listen until about 9:30):
This is the article Bongino quotes from Solomon, from back in 2018:
The day after Trump’s surprising win on Nov. 9, 2016, the FBI counterintelligence team engaged in a new mission, bluntly described in another string of emails prompted by another news leak.
“We need ALL of their names to scrub, and we should give them ours for the same purpose,” Strzok emailed Page on Nov. 10, 2016, citing a Daily Beast article about some of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s allegedly unsavory ties overseas.
“Andy didn’t get any others,” Page wrote back, apparently indicating McCabe didn’t have names to add to the “scrub.”
“That’s what Bill said,” Strzok wrote back, apparently referring to then-FBI chief of counterintelligence William Priestap. “I suggested we need to exchange our entire lists as we each have potential derogatory CI info the other doesn’t.” CI is short for confidential informants.
It’s an extraordinary exchange, if for no other reason than this: The very day after Trump wins the presidency, some top FBI officials are involved in the sort of gum-shoeing normally reserved for field agents, and their goal is to find derogatory information about someone who had worked for the president-elect.
As the president-elect geared up to take over, the FBI made another move that has captured investigators’ attention: It named an executive with expertise in the FBI’s most sensitive surveillance equipment to be a liaison to the Trump transition.
On its face, that seems odd; technical surveillance nerds aren’t normally the first picks for plum political assignments. Even odder, the FBI counterintelligence team running the Russia-Trump collusion probe seemed to have an interest in the appointment.
By John Solomon Opinion Contributor Multiple reviews of whether FBI agents’ political bias affected the Russia-Trump collusion case remain in their infancy, but investigators already have unearthed troubling internal communications long withheld from public view.
And this is the letter he’s correlating it to, asking “Who is Charlie?”
So Strzok meets with Kavalec at the State Department in October of 2016. This meeting was likely delegated to Kavalec by Nuland.
Strzok then emails Page about picking a CI guy to embed in the Trump transition team in November of 2016, who just so happened to be a surveillance expert. He also asks about changes in Trump’s “demeanor” during this time, and cultivating other assets through Pence’s CoS Josh Pitcock. Pitcock’s wife worked for Strzok at the time.
And then, by December of 2016, Strzok is texting Page about how their “sisters” are already leaking like mad to the media, before officially attributing this to “the Agency” in and email sent during April of 2017.
It doesn’t take a genius to reading between-the-lines and see what Grassley is really attempting to do here, but I think it’s wild to see the push on so many fronts, simultaneously. There’s no doubt in my mind that Grassley knows exactly what he’s looking for, and is now leveraging the White Hats in positions of power to disclose what he already knows to the people, thus making it all an irrefutable part of the public record.
And make no mistake: that narrative shift is going to be very key moving forward.
We’re lucky to have men like Grassley fighting for us.
Wray has until May 24th to respond to Grassley’s questions. Expect momentum to keep building in the meantime, because that may be the final shoe to drop before the IG Horowitz’s Report on FISA Abuses gets released, setting the stage for FISA DECLASS as last.
And if you ask me… this all seems to be lining up with Trump’s upcoming Independence Day speech.
I’m expecting #Fireworks!
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