Mueller report vindicates Trump, no conspiracy or coordination with Russia

April 18, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response the final report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

“Robert Mueller’s report is a slam dunk vindication of President Trump, who was the victim of an intelligence agency operation designed to entrap him and those around him in process crime snares, even as they knew that there was not a sufficient basis to say there was any conspiracy by Trump, his campaign or any American with Russia to interfere with the election.  Mueller himself writes that ‘the evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election,’ which was defined as operations to do with hacking the DNC and John Podesta emails and an inconsequential social media campaign by a Russian company.

“This is unequivocal, but not a surprise to anyone who was profiteering off of this fake news driven conspiracy theory.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who is no friend to President Trump, said in March 2017, ‘We had no evidence of collusion.’

“Additionally, lead FBI investigator and proven Trump hater, Peter Strzok texted his then lover, FBI agent Lisa Page, that ‘there’s no big there there’ in talking about the Russia case.

“And even former CIA Director Michael Morell is quoted in March 2017 as saying, ‘There is no fire, at all.’

“Yet our nation and those associated with the Trump campaign, transition team and administration were subjected to about a three-year long investigation, including nearly two years by a special counsel who was appointed to investigate something that everyone knew was false.

“Professional Trump critics like former CIA Director John Brennan were regulars on MSNBC stoking the collusion fires later claiming that he perhaps had ‘bad information.’ The partisan media outlets like ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC along with the entire Corporation for Public Broadcasting taxpayer funded hierarchy breathlessly repeated planted rumor after planted rumor promising viewers that this time, they really had Donald Trump.

“And today in the aftermath of the collapse of their delusion, they cling to their age old approach to attack the messenger, Attorney General William Barr, because the pedestal they had built for the special counsel was too high for them to tear down in time to not have egg on their faces.

“No conspiracy with Russia by Trump is great news for America.  One could hope that the left-wing corporate media machines will learn a lesson and return to journalism, but that is not what they are — instead they are advocates getting paid to culturally transform America. If anything good is to come out of this national embarrassment, it is my hope that the media emperors who have been running around with no clothes are finally seen for the frauds that they are, and as a result, the public denies them the one thing they need — viewers and listeners.  In doing so those who have perpetuated this Russian collusion fraud through hours upon hours of anti-Trump coverage will be denied the dollars from selling soap to those very viewers who they colluded to trick into believing that Donald Trump was a traitor to his country.

“Now, the Attorney General needs to get to work to determine who abused the legal protections in place to stop this kind of intelligence abuse and take all available measures against them to make certain that this never happens again, as well as recommend reforms to ensure that the FISA Court ceases to be a rubber stamp for spying.”

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Senate should appoint a new Church Committee to expose Russia collusion hoax

March 25, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to hold a vote to appoint a select committee to investigate to perpetrated the Russia collusion hoax on the American people:

“Senate Majority Leader McConnell needs to empanel a special select committee to fully investigate the intelligence agency abuses within the Obama administration that carried over into 2017 and beyond to perpetrate the Russia collusion hoax on the American people. We need a new Church committee. The FISA court system was set up as a result of intelligence agency abuses in the 1960s and 1970s as a means to prevent this sort of thing from happening. It failed. The Obama administration’s politicization of the career foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations, spying on the opposition party in an election year, has effectively destroyed public confidence in these institutions. The American people need to know who perpetrated this hoax, whoever they are, and make certain this never happens again.”

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Whatever happened to the U.S. Attorney investigations into the Deep State and the Clinton Foundation?

March 19, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Attorney General William Barr to follow through on the investigation of FBI misconduct during the 2016 presidential campaign, during the transition and during the Trump administration:

“Then Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the U.S. Attorney of Little Rock, Arkansas to investigate various corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation and the U.S. Attorney of Salt Lake City to investigate the malfeasance within the Justice Department related to the attempt to undo the results of the 2016 presidential election.

“It has been almost a full year since it was learned that the investigation into potential Justice Department misdeeds was being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Huber, and it is time that new Attorney General William Barr follow through on the investigation and prosecute any wrongdoers to the fullest extent of the law.  One of the reasons that the investigation was housed in Salt Lake City was to take it out of the glare of the D.C. media and allow a thorough job to be done.  However, it would be a disservice to the nation if the current AG did not aggressively push this investigation with those responsible for abusing their authority brought to justice.

“One simple example is the abuse of the Christopher Steele dossier paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign as the basis for obtaining FISA court warrants against Trump campaign, transition and political appointees, when Steele himself testified under oath that he used unverified Internet rumors in the report.  At the same time former FBI Director James Comey was testifying to Congress that the Steele dossier was ‘salacious and unverified,’ Comey was signing documents using that same report to obtain warrants. Either he was lying to the FISA Court or he was lying to Congress, either way perjury was committed, and the former FBI Director should be subjected to the full weight of the law as a result.

“The United States is a nation of laws, and the revelation that the Obama Administration’s Justice Department sought to tip the scales toward their own partisan ends should chill every American regardless of partisan affiliation.  If those responsible are not prosecuted, then it will be clear to future Administrations that there is no personal downside to election tampering and abuse of power and this current dark moment of abuse by our intelligence agencies will be viewed as an acceptable risk in the quest for power.  This can never be allowed again, and it is time for the new Attorney General to begin bringing light onto the initial finding of the investigations in Little Rock and Salt Lake City.”

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Sunlight declassification best disinfectant against FISA abuses

Sept. 21, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s declassification of the June 2017 FISA Court application against Carter Page, 302 reports from Bruce Ohr connected to the Carter Page FISA and all text messages from James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr:

“It has been long said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. For the two and a half years, Obama era Justice Department officials and their allies have controlled information leaking to the press when it suited them as it put both candidate and then President Donald Trump in the worst possible light. Now those same leakers are claiming that full disclosure around the facts surrounding the FISA surveillance warrants that launched the broader Russia investigation for all to see would do harm to our national security. I cannot imagine more harm to our nation being done than the despicable actions of the Obama holdovers in their clear attempts to influence the U.S. election against Trump and then after to continue to undermine the legitimacy of his presidency under the false Russia collusion pretense.

“If foreign governments colluded with the Justice Department, the CIA, the State Department and other agencies in an attempt to spy on the Trump campaign, influence our elections and then interfere with our political processes, then the American people have a right to know the truth. We know that the author of the infamous dossier that was used to justify spying on the Trump campaign was a former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.  We know that the person who intercepted George Papadopoulos was an Australian diplomat.  These are facts in the public domain, and it is important for the public to have the full record of the rest of it so the rotten roots of the poisoned tree that brought us the Mueller probe can be exposed.  Most importantly, these facts need to be fully disclosed so that in the future, the temptation to abuse power within our intelligence agencies is tempered by the reality of exposure.

“On a different note, it is mildly amusing to watch major media outlets who have thrived on releasing classified information under the rubric of the public’s right to know now twist themselves into knots arguing against transparency. Apparently, when they are getting leaks, it is okay, but when the entire documents get released it is somehow a threat.  This is just one more proof point that the controlled national media are nothing more than partisan frauds.”

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In light of FISA abuse, Trump should declassify all documents that originated Russia collusion probe

July 23, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Donald Trump to declassify all documents that originated the Russia collusion probe after Judicial Watch revealed the Oct. 2016 FISA application by the FBI against the Trump campaign:

“The release of the heavily redacted FISA application by the FBI against Carter Page in Oct. 2016 through June 2017 proves that the Trump campaign was subjected to an intelligence operation and surveillance that looked back through records and communications before the election in violation of the Constitution. What is shocking is that such a violation of the understood separation of the intelligence services and domestic politics appeared to be routinely rubberstamped, clearly demonstrating current legal safeguards are insufficient and merit Congress revisiting the authorizing of the FISA court in its entirety. Hats off to Judicial Watch for getting this via FOIA.

“The big loser in all this is James Comey, who signed a FISA application that he declared to be ‘verified’ and then testified three months later to Congress under oath that the evidence the FBI relied on was in fact ‘salacious and unverified.’ Either he lied to the court or he lied to Congress. There is no ambiguity.

“This makes it all the more important that President Donald Trump grant House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devein Nunes’ request to declassify the documents that originated the Obama administration’s Russia collusion investigation. The charade being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the left needs the disinfectant of transparency in order to be fully exposed. This must never be allowed to happen again.”

Attachments:

“Carter Page FISA proves Obama administration and FBI relied on Christopher Steele dossier to spy on Trump campaign,” By Robert Romano, July 23, 2018 at http://dailytorch.com/2018/07/carter-page-fisa-proves-obama-administration-and-fbi-relied-on-christopher-steele-dossier-to-spy-on-trump-campaign/

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Special counsels do not have special powers

April 3, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approach to investigating Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court abuses with the combination of the Office of Inspector General and a dedicated U.S. Attorney:

“At the end of the day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions never needed another special counsel to investigate FISA court abuses when a U.S. attorney could be tasked to look into the matter, in tandem with the Office of Inspector General. There is nothing a special counsel can do that a U.S. attorney cannot do. The difference is accountability and oversight. Whereas a special counsel would operate independently, the U.S. attorney and the Inspector General answer directly to the Attorney General. The other critical point is that the Inspector General and the Sessions-appointed U.S. attorney have been working together for a while as potential criminal activity was uncovered. Appointment of another special counsel would set back any potential investigation by at least three months without any additional value. The fact that this investigation has been ongoing outside of the public eye is proof why Sessions’ course is the right one.

“Our system of justice demands that people be treated as innocent until proven guilty. The current special counsel operates with the presumption that everybody who ever worked for President Trump is guilty until he says they are innocent, and he runs people’s good names through the mud in an attempt to extort guilty pleas. That is not justice, that is an agenda, and it has no place in America’s constitutional legal system.”

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ALG impacts #ReadTheMemo, trade preferences and immigration debate

Dear ALG supporter,

Because of your support, Americans for Limited Government has achieved great impact in the beginning months of 2018, moving closer to our shared goal of a freer America with a healthy, limited federal government. I’d like to highlight three of those victories we have shared with you below. Thank you sincerely for your support, and I look forward to working with you more in the coming months.

Fight on!

Rick Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government

Read the Memo Campaign: During the first few weeks of February, Congressman Devin Nunes submitted a memo to the President detailing Obama era Senior Intelligence and Justice Department officials utilized illegal spying against the Trump campaign, knowingly using DNC and Clinton campaign-generated materials to obtain secret FISA court warrants. Back on January 19th, ALG presented Congressman Nunes with the Congressman of the Year award for his bravery in his congressional oversight of the executive branch by continuing to pursue the truth about the 2016 election. ALG backed Congressman Nunes’ fight for the truth from the very beginning, even though Nunes faced heavy opposition from certain conservative members and organizations, ALG was there to support Nunes every step of the way.

Abandonment of the General Systems of Preference: In late January, President Trump attended The World Economic Forum where he declared his agenda to put America First by engaging in fair and reciprocal trade agreements, rather than Obama’s multinational deals that put America last. Trump enforced this by refusing to resign the General Systems of Preference, which is specifically what ALG urged the President to do. ALG produced captivating research detailing how countries like China and India were exploiting the General Systems of Preference by labeling themselves as “developing economies” which allowed them to cheat the system and put themselves at the forefront. ALG recognized this and alerted President Trump by producing valuable research and calling for him not to renew, and in turn, he abandoned the General Systems of Preference.

Impact on immigration: With immigration reform and DACA on the front of the countries mind, ALG is once again leading the charge to change the agenda. ALG has been fighting for the key components in the Goodlatte bill for months which are the ending of chain migration, ending the visa lottery program, implementing an E-Verify system, and of course building the wall. Now that Congressman Goodlatte has release his immigration reform bill, and the White House has fully endorsed the bill, ALG’s efforts have come to fruition. What ALG has been recommending and promoting from the beginning is finally laid out in the Goodlatte bill, which is exactly what our country needs, but the fight isn’t over. ALG will continue to use its influence and resources to ensure that the bill which becomes a law has the key components of ending of chain migration, ending the visa lottery program, implementing an E-Verify system, and building the wall.

Grassley-Graham criminal referral of Steele confirms House Intel memo

Feb. 7, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issue the following statement in response to the release of the unclassified criminal referral for Christopher Steele by Chairmen Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.):

“The Grassley-Graham is further vindication of the House Intelligence Committee memo that alleges the FBI knowingly used a DNC and Clinton campaign-funded dossier to obtain a secret FISA court warrant against a Trump campaign official and hid that fact from the FISA court. While much of the referral is redacted, there are several key findings.

“The Senators viewed two relevant FISA applications concluding, ‘The bulk of the application consists of allegations against Page that were disclosed to the FBI by Mr. Steele and are also outlined in the Steele dossier.’ This is the same dossier former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe in Congressional testimony said no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISA court warrant without the Steele dossier information.

“The referral also indicates the FBI made material false statements to the FISA court. The FBI vouched for the credibility of Mr. Steele and the dossier, despite firing him for lying to the FBI, the crime the Senate Chairman are referral for. This raises the question, why hasn’t the FBI charged Steele with lying to the FBI? Could it be because charging him with lying would have put the continued FISA court warrant renewals at risk?

“And most importantly, the referral further delegitimizes the Christopher Steele dossier. Not only did former FBI Director James Comey call the dossier ‘salacious and unverified,’ but Christopher Steele refused to vouch for his own work in a U.K. court of law stating, the dossier ‘did not represent (and did not purport to represent) verified facts,’ in response to a libel suit against him.

“Why would FBI and DOJ leadership, under President Obama, put the reputation of the DOJ and FBI at risk by knowingly signing legal documents based on a dossier that the author of which refused to vouch for in the end when his own neck was on the line?”

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Mueller exceeds original mandate, needs to lay cards on the table

Feb. 6, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Special Counsel Robert Mueller for not sticking to the parameters that were set out for him when he was appointed last May:

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed last May to investigate ‘any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.’ But so far, in Mueller’s indictments of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, there is no mention of Russian government officials, and the supposed crimes predate the election campaign of 2016. The guilty plea of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was for not correctly remembering the content of a conversation with the Russian ambassador that actually took place after the election, beyond the scope of Mueller’s probe. That leaves George Papadopoulos, who similarly has pled guilty, but not to colluding with the Russian government, but for lying with investigators. All this points to the conclusion that, actually, there was no Trump campaign-Russia collusion in 2016. If so, then what is the purpose of Mueller’s investigation?

“In the meantime, the Christopher Steele dossier, which was used to obtain at least one secret FISA court warrant against Trump campaign advisor Carter Page before the election has proven to be full of lies and turns out was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, a fact which was hidden from the FISA court.

“Since that time, former FBI Director James Comey testified that the dossier was ‘salacious and unverified.’ Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified that about the only thing they could corroborate from the Steele dossier was that Carter Page had traveled to Moscow to deliver a commencement address at a university, which was already a matter of public record, and that but for the dossier, there would not have been a FISA court warrant at all. FBI agent Peter Strzok, who had been leading the FBI’s investigation into Trump, told his mistress prior to joining the Mueller investigation that he was a afraid there was ‘no big there there’ on Trump campaign-Russia collusion. And Steele himself, in a libel suit over the dossier in the UK, said the dossier ‘did not represent (and did not purport to represent) verified facts.’ Also, per the testimony of Fusion GPS CEO Glenn Simpson, Steele never traveled to Russia himself and may not have even personally interviewed his sources, instead relying on go-betweens. In the end, nobody confirmed Steele’s sources, including apparently Steele himself. Not Simpson, not the FBI which used the dossier to get the spying warrant.

“Based on these bits of information we now know, it is clear there is little to no basis for an ongoing investigation of Trump campaign-Russia collusion in 2016 during the presidential campaign, because there was none. Special Counsel Mueller has gone far afield from his original mandate, and it’s time he lay his cards on the table.”

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Not even Christopher Steele believes the Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier ‘purport[ed] to represent verified facts’

Feb. 5, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the rebuttal memo by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) Nadler called Christopher Steele, “an expert for the job—a retired British intelligence officer, experienced in Russian affairs and well-known to the FBI as a useful source of valuable intelligence in earlier investigations”:

“If we are to believe what Rep. Nadler stated in his memo, in an attempt to defend the Obama administration’s illegal spying on American citizens, then we must take Christopher Steele at his own words when he said, ‘The contents of the December memorandum did not represent (and did not purport to represent) verified facts.’ That was in response to a libel suit against Steele in the U.K. about the dossier he produced for the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Under oath in a court of law, Christopher Steele would not vouch for the validity of the dossier he produced based on his sources that were also used in the prior FISA application, so why should anyone else?

“Knowing the dossier was ‘salacious and unverified,’ former FBI Director James Comey chose to include the document in the original FISA application and two subsequent extensions. Is the former Director in the habit of entering unverified documents into evidence in a court of law? If Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, would not vouch for the validity of the dossier, why did James Comey do so three times?

“It is clear former FBI Director James Comey lied to the FISA court. When a civilian lies to law enforcement or a court, they are brought up on charges. What Comey did was the textbook example of perjury, he signed a legal document he knew to be false or misleading. In the least it violates the Woods Procedures that are supposed to govern the court, which relies on the accuracy of filings by the FBI. Clearly, Congress must continue digging to get to the bottom of this sordid affair.”

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