SPYGATE: The 21st Century’s Watergate, Part III, A Timeline of Collusion Against Trump from 2017 to 2018

By Bob Shanahan

Part II of SPYGATE: The 21st Century’s Watergate discussed the timeline of events surrounding the anti-Trump dossier and the collusion against Trump carried out by the Obama administration and its many weapons at its disposal. In this third and final installment, I will talk about how the Mueller investigation has crossed the legal line and how the campaign to forcibly remove Trump from office is still in full effect today.


Steven Calabresi, former special assistant to Attorney General Edwin Meese and law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a commentary piece in the Wall Street Journal a couple weeks ago that points out how far the illegal and unconstitutional special counsel has gone in recent months.


Judge T.S. Ellis expressed skepticism surrounding the scope of Mueller’s investigation, stating, “What we don’t want in this country is … anyone with unfettered power.” Ellis is to preside over the trial of Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign manager. He told Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben earlier this month that it’s “unlikely you’re going to persuade me that the special prosecutor has unlimited powers.”


“Mr. Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion has crossed a con­sti­tu­tional line,” Calabresi writes, “for rea­sons the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in the 1988 case Mor­ri­son v. Ol­son.” The case is known for Scalia’s dissent that argued how the post-Watergate independent counsel statute was unconstitutional. Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s opinion for the court upheld it though and provided a precedent for the limits that Mueller’s special counsel has now exceeded.



Mueller is investigating a large group of people and has charged defendants with many different crimes, each unrelated to any collaboration or conspiracy or collusion with Trump and Russia, which was the spark that gave fire to the investigation in the first place. This is “too much power for an in­fe­rior of­fi­cer to have,” Calabresi declares. Only a proper officer like a U.S. attorney can act the way Mueller is behaving. However, Mueller is now the second-most powerful person in the country today and far superior than any of the 96 U.S. attorneys.


He has gone far afield to say the least and has failed to uncover anything close to Trump colluding with Russia despite being appointed more than a year ago.


Let’s get back to Sharyl Attkisson’s timeline on collusion against Trump to complete the chain of events that have led up to Mueller’s unconstitutional investigation into the president of the United States.


January 2017: CNN reported that a wiretap continues against Manafort, including his discussions with Trump.


Early January 2017: FBI renews wiretap against Carter Page. Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch signs rules Clapper expanded in December allowing the NSA to share surveillance within the government. FBI Director Comey meets with President-Elect Trump and his national security team in Trump Tower to brief them on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Obama’s national security adviser and paid liar Susan Rice writes herself an email stating that her boss suggested they hold back on providing some information with Trump for national security reasons. After the briefing, Trump meets alone with Comey to discuss the unverified and salacious dossier.


January 10, 2017: The dossier is leaked to the media and published.


January 12, 2017: Obama administration finalizes new rules allowing NSA to spread intelligence to other U.S. agencies without privacy provisions. And guess what liberals, Trump is now in charge of that national security spying apparatus.


January 20, 2017: America begins to become great again! Fifteen minutes after Trump’s inauguration, Susan Rice emails a memo to herself summarizing a January 5th meeting with Obama, stating that the president instructed the group to investigate “by the book,” asking them to be mindful that certain things “could not be fully shared with the incoming administration.”


January 21-24, 2017: Leaks from intelligence sources told the Wall Street Journal that “US counterintelligence agents have investigated communications” between Trump and Michael Michael Flynn and Russia ambassador to the U.S. Kislyak to discover if any laws were violated. Acting AG Sally Yates sends FBI agents, including Peter Strzok, to the White House to question Flynn. Yates was fired a week later for failing to enforce Trump’s constitutional travel ban. Yates tells White House counsel Don McGahn, “the underlying conduct that Gen. Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself.”

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February 14, 2017: NYT reports on the FBI telling Obama officials there was no quid pro quo talked about between Flynn and Kislyak. Flynn still resigns, stating that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russia, despite the fact that the next month Comey briefed members of Congress and told them he did not believe Flynn lied to the FBI.


March 2, 2017: Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigations involving Russia. Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, becomes Acting AG for the Russia probe. Later on we learn that Rosenstein signed at least one wiretap application against Carter Page.


March 4, 2017: President Trump tweets out: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” He also tweeted: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”


March 22, 2017: California Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes announces he has seen evidence of Trump associates being spied on by Obama intelligence officials and their names subsequently being masked and illegally leaked. Nunes briefs Trump on the matter. In an interview on PBS, the forever dishonest Susan Rice responds to Nunes’ allegations, stating, “I know nothing about this…I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring.” She later admits to the unmasking of Trump’s team.


March 27, 2017: Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense admits on admits on MSNBC that she encouraged Obama and Congressional officials to “get as much information as they can” about Russia and Trump officials before inauguration. Going on to state, “that’s why you have the leaking.”



Early April 2017: A third wiretap on Carter Page is approved. Multiple news sites report Rice requested and reviewed the unmasking of intelligence on Trump officials whose information was “incidentally” collected. She finally caves in and admits to this fact on April 4th and laughably says it wasn’t political.


May 9, 2017: President Trump fires James Comey. Andrew McCabe becomes FBI director.


May 12, 2017: Benjamin Wittes, confidant of Comey, contacts New York Times reporter Mike Schmidt to leak conversations he had with Comey as FBI Director that are quite critical of President Trump.


May 16, 2017: NYT publishes leaked account of FBI memoranda recorded by Comey, who later came clean on his role in the the leak of FBI material through his friend, Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman in order to commence a special counsel to investigate President Trump.


May 17, 2017: Rosenstein appoints Robert Mueller as Special Counsel in the Russia-Trump probe. Mueller and Comey are longtime friends having worked together at the DOJ and FBI. No conflict of interest there though!


Late June 2017: FBI renews wiretap against Page for the fourth and final time. It continues until late September 2017 and Page is never charged with any crime.


Summer 2017: FBI lawyer Lisa Page is taken off the Mueller investigation and her boyfriend FBI official Peter Strzok is removed from the investigation as well after the Inspector General unveiled compromising texts they exchanged.


December 19, 2017: McCabe says on more than one occasion during his testimony that the Trump wiretap on Page would not have been possible without the unverified Fusion GPS information.


January 4, 2018: Republican senators Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham refer criminal charges against Christopher Steele to the FBI. However, the FBI has an indisputable conflict of interest in investigating Steele since the FBI itself used Steele’s opposition research to obtain wiretaps on Trump’s team.


January 29-30, 2018: Andrew McCabe steps down as Deputy FBI Director ahead of his retirement a month later. News reports allege that the Inspector General is digging into why McCabe waited three weeks before acting on new Clinton emails found right before the election.

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February 2, 2018: Nunes’ House Intelligence Committee memo is released. It summarizes the fact that Fusion GPS’ dossier was used to justify the wiretap on Page in addition to Fusion’s back channel with the FBI through Nellie Ohr, who passed it to her husband, Associate Deputy AG Bruce Ohr.



February 16, 2018: Mueller obtains a guilty plea from a Dutch attorney for lying to investigators about the last time he spoke to Rick Gates regarding a 2012 project related to Ukraine, having nothing to do with the 2016 campaign or Trump. But he is married to the daughter of a Russian oligarch who is suing Buzzfeed and Christopher Steele!


February 22, 2018: David Kramer, John McCain’s associate, invokes his Fifth Amendment right to not testify before the House Intelligence Committee. Remember, Kramer picked up the anti-Trump dossier in London and delivered it to McCain who then gave it to the FBI. Mueller files new charges against Manafort and former campaign aide Rick Gates, accusing them of tax-related crimes. Again, the allegations of crimes are unrelated to Trump.


February 23, 2018: Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators despite issuing a statement saying he is innocent of the charges. Yet again, the allegations have no link to Trump-Russia collusion whatsoever.


March 12, 2018: House Intelligence Committee closes Russia-Trump investigation with no evidence of collusion.


March 16, 2018: Sessions fires Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, based on a recommendation from FBI ethics investigators.


The most recent revelations about SPYGATE are finally bringing the truth out into the light. President Trump’s campaign was spied on and his aides were listened to due to a wholly fabricated and unverified dossier funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. We have seen corruption and collusion at the highest levels of government, but it’s not the Trump administration who is guilty, Barack Obama, his intelligence leaders, and his Justice Department are the ones to blame. They are criminals and should be prosecuted.


The ultimate question remains, what did Obama know and when did he know it?


One more note before I finish this three-part series on SPYGATE. Just released text messages from Strzok and Page reveal that the collusion against Trump to derail his path to the White House was run directly from the White House!


Image obtained by The Washington Reporter of text messages between Strzok and Page involving the White House’s involvement in SPYGATE

Barack Obama and White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett ordered the FBI and DOJ to start emailing each other with messages portraying the appearance of the White House having nothing to do with spying on the Trump campaign, or “Operation Crossfire Hurricane,” as noted previously in this series.


For several months, the untrustworthy Rod Rosenstein did all he could to hold back these text messages from Congress, fearing the uproar that will ensue following its release. After threats from Nunes to impeach Rosenstein and now FBI Director Chris Ray, the text messages were finally turned over with “narrowly tailored” redactions from the DOJ.


This story is developing so more on the matter will come. Thank you for reading! Please share with your friends and families so we can finally bring the crooked Obama administration to justice and hopefully lock up crooked Hillary while we’re at it!


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Bob is a freelance journalist and researcher. He remains forever skeptical of the mainstream media narrative and dedicated to uncovering the truth. Bob writes about politics (in DC and CA), economics, cultural trends, public policy, media, history, real estate, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and geopolitics. Bob grew up in Northern California, went to college in Southern California, and lived 4+ years in Seattle. He now lives in sunny Sacramento. His writing also appears in Citizen Truth and has been posted on ZeroHedge.



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