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?”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts.

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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.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts.

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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.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts.

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FISA Court should rescind all secret warrants based on DNC-funded Steele dossier

Feb. 2, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court to rescind all warrants it issued based on the erroneous, DNC-funded Christopher Steele dossier:

“The FISA Court must immediately rescind all warrants that were based on the DNC-funded Christopher Steele dossier if it has not already done so. Additionally, the FISA Court needs to order that all prosecutions based upon evidence through the unlawfully gained FISA Court warrant be dismissed with prejudice as fruit of a poison tree. The Fourth Amendment requires probable cause for a warrant. Everyday criminals receive the most basic constitutional protections, and the Obama Justice Department lied and connived to deny these protections to their political enemies. One of the main remaining questions is who of these faithless Justice Department employees will be fired and prosecuted for illegal spying. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s involvement in this sordid episode disqualifies him from further employment at the Justice Department and he must be terminated if he refuses to resign. This cannot be allowed to stand.”

Attachments:

House Intelligence Committee memo detailing FISA abuses, Feb. 2, 2018 at http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/20180129/106822/HMTG-115-IG00-20180129-SD001.pdf or https://readthememo.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/HMTG-115-IG00-20180129-SD001.pdf

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts.

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Outrage: ‘Salacious and unverified’ DNC-funded Steele dossier used for FISA warrant against Trump campaign in 2016

Jan. 11, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to a report from Sara Carter that the DNC-funded Fusion GPS-Christopher Steele dossier was used to obtain FISA Court warrants against the Trump campaign in 2016:

“Reports that the DNC and Clinton campaign-funded Fusion GPS-Steele dossier was used by the FBI and the Justice Department to obtain FISA Court warrants to spy on the Trump campaign confirms our deepest concerns. The simple fact is that even today no one at the FBI or the Justice Department who was involved in this incident have testified that the document was ever verified in any way. Discredited former FBI Director James Comey testified under oath that the dossier was ‘salacious and unverified.’ Given Comey’s sworn testimony, it is clear that he or his subordinates lied to the FISA court about the veracity of the dossier and their requests. What’s more, this revelation demonstrates that the entire premise for the Mueller investigation was based on a lie, and everything that comes from it is fruit of the poisoned tree.

“Given this knowledge, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein must put an end to the Mueller Russia collusion farce, and investigate and prosecute the Fusion GPS originators of this document.”

Attachments:

“Was the DNC/Clinton campaign-funded dossier used to obtain Trump FISA warrant?” By Sara Carter, Jan. 10, 2018 at https://saraacarter.com/2018/01/10/was-the-dnc-clinton-campaign-funded-dossier-used-to-obtain-trump-fisa-warrant/

“Was the Democrat-funded Steele dossier a basis of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation?” By Robert Romano, Jan. 3, 2018 at http://netrightdaily.com/2018/01/democrat-funded-steele-dossier-basis-fbis-trump-russia-investigation/

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts.

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Manning: Mueller should be fired, politically weaponized FBI and Justice Dept. is ‘un-American’

Dec. 5, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and to end his investigation:

“Several extremely troubling revelations have become known in recent weeks about the orchestrated attempt to take down President Donald Trump before he ever took office.

Lee Smith at the Federalist alleges that Fusion GPS has been paying reporters to publish political attack pieces based on manufactured sources to delegitimize the Trump campaign and then the official transition after he won the election in late 2016. This sheds new light on the climate in the media prior to the publication of the original story that then-President Elect Donald Trump had been briefed by the FBI on the Fusion GPS-Christopher Steele dossier alleging Trump-Russia collusion, which then became the basis for reporting on it. Laura Jarret and Evan Perez CNN revealed that it was an FBI counterintelligence official, Peter Strzok, who edited an exoneration into what was supposed to be the final report on the Clinton email investigation well in advance of Hillary Clinton’s interview with the FBI that, as Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reports, he was leading. The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross also reports that Strzok was the same agent who questioned Cheryl Mills on the private Clinton email server, who along with other Clinton aides was later granted immunity. Sara Carter at Hannity.com reports that Strzok was also the same agent who questioned former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn about his conversations with multiple ambassadors, a meeting which was set up by Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe under false pretenses as a routine discussion of security procedures at the White House. Couple all this with the fact that, as reported by the Washington Post’s Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett and Rosalind Heldermant, the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign via law firm Perkins Coie paid for the Fusion GPS-Christopher Steele dossier that originated the unsubstantiated allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the DNC and put the emails on Wikileaks, which then became one of the bases for the FBI witch hunt, including in obtaining FISA court warrants. The FBI under former Director James Comey even reportedly offered to pay Steele to continue this work.

“It is anti-American to have a politically weaponized FBI and Justice Department. The evidence now available indicates that higher-ups at the FBI would pursue any measure in their attempts not only to prop up Hillary Clinton, but to take down President Trump at any cost. Since the entire Mueller investigation is the fruit of this poisonous tree, the only course Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein can pursue must be to fire Mueller and end this political coup in order to restore the rule of law.”

Attachments:

“Hillary Clinton and the DNC funded the fake Trump-Russia collusion dossier, turned it into an FBI inquisition, surveillance and then attempted coup,” By Robert Romano, Oct. 26, 2017 http://netrightdaily.com/2017/10/hillary-clinton-dnc-funded-fake-trump-russia-collusion-dossier-turned-fbi-inquisition-surveillance-attempted-coup/

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 100 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts.

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FISA Section 702 reauthorization cannot pass without reforms to stop violating the constitutional rights of the American people

May 24, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress not to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act without substantial reforms to stop the violating the 4th Amendment rights of the American people:

The unsealed April 26 FISA Court ruling finding of the unconstitutional use of federal government spying powers against the American people in 2016 underscores the exact reason why civil libertarians on the right and the left have been concerned about the growing surveillance state. The implications of the Obama administration unmasking hundreds of targeted people unconstitutionally leads any reasonable person to wonder how precisely this illegally gained information was used. In light of the obvious abuse of power in the Mike Flynn case of leaking Flynn’s name to the press after being unmasked for political reasons, it becomes reasonable to assume that was the intent of these unmaskings all along, and calls into question the continuance of the entire program.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts.

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