Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, July 22, 2019

At the same time Comey was personally scrutinizing the president during meetings in the White House and phone conversations from the FBI, he had an agent inside the White House working on the Russia investigation, where he reported back to FBI headquarters about Trump and his aides, according to officials familiar with the matter. The agent, Anthony Ferrante, who specialized in cyber crime, left the White House around the same time Comey was fired and soon joined a security consulting firm, where he contracted with BuzzFeed to lead the news site's efforts to verify the Steele dossier, in connection with a defamation lawsuit.

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Knowledgeable sources inside the Trump White House say Comey carved out an extraordinary new position for Ferrante, which allowed him to remain on reserve status at the FBI while working in the White House as a cybersecurity adviser.

"In an unprecedented action, Comey created a new FBI reserve position for Ferrante, enabling him to have an ongoing relationship with the agency, retaining his clearances and enabling him to come back in [to bureau headquarters]," said a former National Security Council official who requested anonymity.

"Between the election and April 2017, when Ferrante finally left the White House, the Trump NSC division supervisor was not allowed to get rid of Ferrante," he added, "and Ferrante continued working -- in direct conflict with the no-contact policy between the White House and the Department of Justice."

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This smells like conspiracy.

"Just a few days later, on May 9, Trump unceremoniously fired the FBI director. In response, Comey's deputy McCabe ordered agents to formally open investigative files on Trump for espionage and obstruction of justice. "It's pretty clear that Comey's firing is what prompted McCabe's fury," former federal prosecutor and independent counsel Solomon L. Wisenberg said.

McCabe's former aide Page admitted in her closed-door congressional interview that, at the time her boss ordered the investigations, they couldn't connect Trump to the Russia conspiracy, and that "it still existed in the scope of possibility that there would be literally nothing" there. In fact, her lead partner on the case, Peter Strzok, confessed in a text: "My gut sense and concern is there's no big there, there.""

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-22 05:47 PM | Reply

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