Stalking the SSCI

I reported back in June that Former Senate staffer James A. Wolfe had entered a plea of “Not Guilty” to charges filed against him for lying to the FBI.  At the time I found it amusing that he had asked the Judge to issue a “Gag order” against the whole United States Government and the President in particular.  The Judge has denied the request.

The Curious Case of James Wolfe Continues…

By sundance, the Conservative Treehouse

Curious legal developments in the case against the former Director of Security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Wolfe, are beginning to become quite troublesome.

In a noted bit of research timing, Jeff at MarketsWork [SEE HERE] and CTH are following the same curious trail.  SEE HERE.

First, we know from overwhelming circumstantial evidence, conveniently overlooked by media, that one of Wolfe’s specific leaks involved sending his concubine Ali Watkins a copy of the 82-page FISA application used to gain a Title-1 surveillance warrant against U.S. person Carter Page.   {Full Backstory Here}  Some key things about this leak:

  1. It is highly likely there were no redactions in the copy Wolfe leaked to the media.
  2. It is highly likely Wolfe was caught in a leak hunt, and the copy given to him included a specific, and intentionally wrong, internal date using October 19th as the origination date for FISA application approval.  (The actual date was Oct 21st).
  3. The October 19th date then shows up in subsequent media reports which were based on the leak.  The New York Times and Washington Post used the wrong date; the concentric reporting of the NYT and WaPo spread the wrong date like a virus.
  4. However, despite overwhelming and easy to prove evidence against him, Wolfe was never charged with the Carter Page FISA leak.  The DOJ/FBI have him dead-to-rights on that leak, but he was charged with the more disingenuous crime of lying to the FBI.

This seems to be playing out much as the Mueller prosecution of General Flynn, an attempt to force a reluctant witness to roll on another party.  The target in this case is almost certainly one or more of the Senators seated on the SSCI.

Wolfe’s Indictment, Media Leaks & the Page FISA Application

By Jeff Carlson, themarketswork

One item missing was definitive proof (despite overtly obvious references) that the documents sent to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence were actually the Page FISA Application.

It turns out the Grassley Memo was holding that proof.

March 15 2017 – Comey briefed Grassley & Feinstein of the Senate Judiciary Committee. From the Grassley Memo:

In response to the Committee’s inquiries, the Chairman [Grassley] and Ranking Member [Feinstein] received a briefing on March 15, 2017, from then-Director James B. Comey, Jr. -That briefing addressed the Russia investigation, the FBI’s relationship with Mr. Steele, and the FBI’s reliance on Mr. Steele’s dossier in two applications it filed for surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

March 17 2017 – The Carter Page FISA documents were provided to Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein. From the Grassley Memo:

On March 17, 2017, the Chairman and Ranking Member were provided copies of the two relevant FISA applications, which requested authority to conduct surveillance of Carter Page. Both relied heavily on Mr. Steele’s dossier claims, and both applications were granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

March 17 2017 – On or about March 17, 2017, the Classified Document was transported to the Senate Select Committee. The Classified Document contained both SECRET and TOP SECRET information, including SECRET-level information regarding the identity and activities of the individual referred to in this Indictment as Male-1. As Director of Security, Wolfe received, maintained, and managed the Classified Document on behalf of the SSCI.

March 17 2017 – Wolfe exchanged 82 text messages with Watkins, and that evening engaged in a 28-minute phone call with her. The October 21, 2016 Page FISA Application is 83 pages long. Including one final signatory page (h/t the Conservative Treehouse).

We are also told that Wolfe’s attorney has notified all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that they will be called as witnesses for the defense.

[TreeHouse Continued]

…Wolfe isn’t charged with the leaks, he’s charged with lying to the FBI.   His lawyers inferring that Senators might be called to rebut the allegations, seems to imply that Senators might have authorized the content of those allegations; or, put simply, Senators might have authorized or instructed Wolfe to make the leaks to the media.

Or they intend to ask the Senators, under oath, if they authorized or directed Wolf to make those leaks.

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