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    Nunes Must Ask FBI's Comey About Montgomery Mass Surveillance Case

    Nunes Must Ask FBI's Comey About Montgomery Mass Surveillance Case

    Sunday, March 19, 2017 01:04 PM

    By: Larry Klayman

    The old expression about Washington, D.C., is that if you want a friend, get a dog! In the case of President Donald Trump, this is a lesson he has undoubtedly learned in his thus far short tenure as the commander in chief. Nowhere is this seen more than over the current controversy concerning the president’s claims that he was wiretapped, that is, illegally spied upon, by his predecessor’s administration, former President Barack Obama.

    As I have written in this Newsmax blog and elsewhere particularly of late, my client, former NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery, holds the keys to disproving the false claims of those representatives and senators on the House and Senate intelligence committees, reportedly as well as FBI Director James Comey, that there is no evidence that the president and his men were wiretapped.

    Montgomery left the NSA and CIA with 47 hard drives and over 600 million pages of information, much of which is classified, and sought to come forward legally as a whistleblower to appropriate government entities, including congressional intelligence committees, to expose that the spy agencies were engaged for years in systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans, including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen such as Donald Trump, and even yours truly. Working side by side with Obama's former Director of National Intelligence (DIA), James Clapper, and Obama's former Director of the CIA, John Brennan, Montgomery witnessed “up close and personal” this “Orwellian Big Brother” intrusion on privacy, likely for potential coercion, blackmail or other nefarious purposes.

    But when Montgomery came forward as a whistleblower to congressional intelligence committees and various other congressmen and senators, including Senator Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who, like Comey, once had a reputation for integrity, he was “blown off;” no one wanted to even hear what he had to say. The reason, I suspect, is that Montgomery’s allegations were either too hot to handle, or the congressional intelligence and judiciary committees already knew that this unconstitutional surveillance was being undertaken. Moreover, given the power of the NSA, CIA, and DNI, for congressional committee heads to take action to legitimately and seriously investigate and if necessary recommend prosecution of officials like Clapper and Brennan could, given the way Washington works, result in the spy agencies disclosing and leaking (as occurred recently with General Michael Flynn), the details of their mass surveillance, ruining the careers if not personal lives of any politician who would take them on.

    After Montgomery was turned away as a whistleblower, he came to me at Freedom Watch. With the aid of the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who I had come to respect and trust over the years of my public interest advocacy, we brought Montgomery forward to FBI Director James Comey, through his General Counsel James Baker. Under grants of immunity, which I obtained through Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Curtis, Montgomery produced the hard drives and later was interviewed under oath in a secure room at the FBI Field Office in the District of Columbia. There he laid out how persons like then-businessman Donald Trump were illegally spied upon by Clapper, Brennan, and the spy agencies of the Obama administration. He even claimed that these spy agencies had manipulated voting in Florida during the 2008 presidential election, which illegal tampering resulted in helping Obama to win the White House.

    This interview, conducted and videoed by Special FBI Agents Walter Giardina and William Barnett, occurred almost two years ago, and nothing that I know of has happened since. It would appear that the FBI’s investigation was buried by Comey, perhaps because the FBI itself collaborates with the spy agencies to conduct illegal surveillance. In landmark court cases which I filed after the revelations of Edward Snowden, the Honorable Richard Leon, a colleague of Judge Lamberth, had ruled that this type of surveillance constituted a gross violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. (See for more information.)

    A few months ago, given FBI’s seeming inaction in conducting a bona fide timely investigation of the treasure trove of information Montgomery had produced and testified to, I went to Chairman Bob Goodlatte of the House Judiciary Committee, as I had done earlier with Senator Grassley, since Montgomery had revealed that judges had been spied upon, and asked his staff to inquire of Director Comey the status of the investigation. I have heard nothing back from Goodlatte or his staff and they have not responded to recent calls and emails.

    So last Thursday, I traveled to Capital Hill to personally meet with Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.) of the House Intelligence Committee and, when his scheduler claimed that he was “unavailable,” forcefully pushed for a meeting with one of his committee lawyers, Allen R. Souza, and fully briefed him about Montgomery and the FBI’s apparent cover-up. I told this staff intel lawyer to inform Chairman Nunes of the facts behind this apparent cover-up before the committee holds its hearing on the alleged Trump wiretaps and questions Comey this Monday, March 20, in open session. My expressed purpose: to have Chairman Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee ask Comey, under oath, why he and his FBI have seemingly not moved forward with the Montgomery investigation.

    During my meeting with House Intelligence Committee counsel Allen R. Sousa I politely warned him that if Chairman Nunes, who himself had that same day undercut President Trump by also claiming that there is no evidence of surveillance by the Obama administration, I would go public with what would appear to be the House Intelligence Committee’s complicity in keeping the truth from the American people and allowing the FBI to continue its apparent cover-up of the Montgomery “investigation.”

    And, that is where it stands today. The big question: will House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes do his job and hold FBI Director Comey’s feet to the fire about the Montgomery investigation?

    Please watch the House Intelligence Committee hearing closely this Monday.

    Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, is known for his strong public interest advocacy in furtherance of ethics in government and individual freedoms and liberties. To read more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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    Everyone in the media today seemed to miss the point made today at the hearings. The greatest revelation was by James Comey who ADMITTED UNDER OATH that the Trump campaign has been under investigation by the FBI for "collusion" with the Russians since July of 2016.

    Who ordered that investigation? What was the probable cause to trigger an investigation of a Presidential campaign by a hostile existing Administration who favored Trump's opponent? Where did the probable cause if it exists come from?

    Trump is right. Barack Obama administration did order a federal investigation including surveillance of Trump Tower as early as July 2016. Nine months ago. And they have nothing to date. Trump is right, this is a witch hunt, it is McCarthyism, in fact, it's 10 x worse than McCarthyism because it's exploiting foreign surveillance techniques to spy on Americans including our political campaigns by opposing campaigns.

    Comey has to go. You can't be head of the FBI and run covert investigations using classified foreign intelligence to spy on campaigns in the United States for the sole purpose of fixing an election, which is why they did it, and failed, and are now perpetuating it to create a cloud on the Trump Presidency.

    Were our members of Congress asleep at the wheel or just keeping things low key until it all comes together through an investigation of the investigators and intelligence services.
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    FBI confirms investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russia

    FBI Director James Comey, left, accompanied by National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Monday, March 20, 2017

    The FBI is investigating whether any Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russian government, Director James Comey testified to Congress in a public session Monday, officially confirming President Trump’s associates are being probed.

    Mr. Comey also firmly shot down Mr. Trump’s claim that President Obama had “tapped” Trump Tower, saying no component of the Justice Department did anything of the sort.

    “The department has no information that supports those tweets,” Mr. Comey said.

    As late as last week, Mr. Trump and the White House had insisted the president’s claims would be proved true, in general, though they had backed off the claim that actual phone-tapping occurred.

    The flat contradictions by the FBI spurred calls for Mr. Trump to admit he was wrong.

    “President Trump owes the American people and President Obama more than just an explanation, but an apology,” said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. “He should admit he was wrong, stop the outlandish tweets, and get to work on behalf of this country.”
    Hours before Mr. Comey’s testimony, Mr. Trump tried to push the conversation in a different direction in a series of Twitter messages.

    “What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?” he said in one post.

    In another, he shot down accusations that he “colluded” with Russia.

    “This story is FAKE NEWS and every knows it!” he said.

    Mr. Comey refused to say whether someone did try to get a FISA warrant to surveil Trump Tower. He cautioned against reading into that, though, saying he wouldn’t talk at all about use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act courts and warrants in order to protect the secrecy of that arrangement.

    As for his announced probe into the Trump campaign and possible coordination with Russian, Mr. Comey said it began in late July.

    The director said he wouldn’t give any more details because of the ongoing investigation. In particular, he said he couldn’t disclose which people were targets, nor could he give a target date for concluding the probe.

    “I can promise you we will follow the facts wherever they lead,” he said as he kicked off a rare open session of testimony to the House intelligence committee.

    He appeared alongside Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, who likewise declined to get into specifics though he said his intelligence collection efforts show Russia is trying to interfere with U.S. operations.

    Adm. Rogers also shot down White House claims that the previous administration used British intelligence to try to surveil the Trump campaign.

    “I’ve seen nothing on the NSA side that we engaged in such activity, nor evidence that anyone asked us to engage in such activity,” he testified.

    Both Mr. Comey and Adm. Rogers said there’s no evidence that Russian operatives hacked the election, switched votes or stole support from Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

    Adm. Rogers did, though, reaffirm a report issued under the Obama administration that said Russian operatives were behind breaches of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign officials’ accounts, leading to the leak of embarrassing emails that did dent Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
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