Top FBI Official Bill Priestap Turns On Comey – “He’s A Traitor”

FBI official Bill Priestap turns on Comey

Assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap has turned on former director James Comey, confirming that he is indeed a traitor to America.

According to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence member Chris Stewart, Bill Priestap is fully cooperating with Trump’s justice department, ratting on his former ‘Deep State’ colleagues at the bureau, and exposing how they attempted to interfere in the 2016 Presidential election on behalf of Obama/Clinton.

Theconservativetreehouse.com reports: Listen carefully around 2:30, Judge Jeanine hits the bulls-eye; and listen to how Chris Stewart talks about not wanting to make news and is unsure what he can say on this…

Bill Priestap is cooperating.

When you understand how central E.W. “Bill” Priestap was to the entire 2016/2017 ‘Russian Conspiracy Operation‘, the absence of his name, amid all others, created a curiosity.  I wrote a twitter thread about him last year and wrote about him extensively, because it seemed unfathomable his name has not been a part of any of the recent story-lines.

E.W. “Bill” Priestap is the head of the FBI Counterintelligence operation.  He was FBI Agent Peter Strozk’s direct boss.  If anyone in congress really wanted to know if the FBI paid for the Christopher Steele Dossier, Bill Priestap is the guy who would know everything about everything.

FBI Asst. Director in charge of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap was the immediate supervisor of FBI Counterintelligence Deputy Peter Strzok.

Bill Priestap is #1. Before getting demoted Peter Strzok was #2.

The investigation into candidate Donald Trump was a counterintelligence operation. That operation began in July 2016. Bill Priestap would have been in charge of that, along with all other, FBI counterintelligence operations.

FBI Deputy Peter Strzok was specifically in charge of the Trump counterintel op. However, Strzok would be reporting to Bill Priestap on every detail and couldn’t (according to structure anyway) make a move without Priestap approval.

On March 20th 2017 congressional testimony, James Comey was asked why the FBI Director did not inform congressional oversight about the counterintelligence operation that began in July 2016.

FBI Director Comey said he did not tell congressional oversight he was investigating presidential candidate Donald Trump because the Director of Counterintelligence suggested he not do so. *Very important detail.*

I cannot emphasize this enough. *VERY* important detail. Again, notice how Comey doesn’t use Priestap’s actual name, but refers to his position and title. Again, watch [Prompted]

FBI Director James Comey was caught entirely off guard by that first three minutes of that questioning. He simply didn’t anticipate it.

Oversight protocol requires the FBI Director to tell the congressional intelligence “Gang of Eight” of any counterintelligence operations. The Go8 has oversight into these ops at the highest level of classification.  In July 2016 the time the operation began, oversight was the responsibility of this group, the Gang of Eight:

Obviously, based on what we have learned since March 2017, and what has surfaced recently, we can all see why the FBI would want to keep it hidden that they were running a counterintelligence operation against a presidential candidate.   After all, as FBI Agent Peter Strzok said it in his text messages, it was an “insurance policy”.

REMINDER – FBI Agent Strzok to FBI Attorney Page:

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

So there we have FBI Director James Comey telling congress on March 20th, 2017, that the reason he didn’t inform the statutory oversight “Gang of Eight” was because Bill Priestap (Director of Counterintelligence) recommended he didn’t do it.

Apparently, according to Comey, Bill Priestap carries a great deal of influence if he could get his boss to NOT perform a statutory obligation simply by recommending he doesn’t do it.

Then again, Comey’s blame-casting there is really called creating a “fall guy”.  FBI Director James Comey was ducking responsibility in March 2017 by blaming FBI Director of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap for not informing congress of the operation that began in July 2016. (9 months prior).

At that moment, that very specific moment during that March 20th hearing, anyone who watches these hearings closely could see FBI Director James Comey was attempting to create his own exit from being ensnared in the consequences from the wiretapping and surveillance operation of candidate Trump, President-elect Trump, and eventually President Donald Trump.

In essence, Bill Priestap was James Comey’s fall guy.  We knew it at the time that Bill Priestap would likely see this the same way.  The guy would have too much to lose by allowing James Comey to set him up.

Immediately there was motive for Bill Priestap to flip and become the primary source to reveal the hidden machinations.  Why should he take the fall for the operation when there were multiple people around the upper-levels of leadership who carried out the operation.

Our suspicions were continually confirmed because there was NO MENTION of Bill Priestap in any future revelations of the scheme team, despite his centrality to all of it.

Bill Priestap would have needed to authorize Peter Strzok to engage with Christopher Steele over the “Russian Dosssier”; Bill Priestap would have needed to approve of the underlying investigative process used for both FISA applications (June 2016, and Oct 21st 2016). Bill Priestap would be the person to approve of arranging, paying, or reimbursing, Christopher Steele for the Russian Dossier used in their counterintelligence operation and subsequent FISA application.

Without Bill Priestap involved, approvals, etc. the entire Russian/Trump Counterintelligence operation just doesn’t happen. Heck, James Comey’s own March 20th testimony in that regard is concrete evidence of Priestap’s importance.

Everyone around Bill Priestap, above and below, were caught inside the investigative net.

Above him: James Comey, Andrew McCabe and James Baker.  Below him: Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Jim Rybicki, Trisha Beth Anderson and Mike Kortan.  Parallel to Priestap in main justice his peer John P Carlin resigned, Sally Yates fired, Mary McCord quit, Bruce Ohr was busted twice, and most recently Dave Laufman resigned.  All of them caught in the investigative net…. Only Bill Priestap remained, quietly invisible – still in position.

The reason was obvious.

Likely Bill Priestap made the decision after James Comey’s testimony on March 20th, 2017, when he realized what was coming.  Priestap is well-off financially; he has too much to lose.  He and his wife, Sabina Menschel, live a comfortable life in a $3.8 million DC home; she comes from a family of money.

While ideologically Bill and Sabina are aligned with Clinton support, and their circle of family and friends likely lean toward more liberal friends; no-one in his position would willingly allow themselves to be the scape-goat for the unlawful action that was happening around them.

Bill Priestap had too much to lose… and for what?

With all of that in mind, there is essentially no-way the participating members inside the small group can escape their accountability with Mr. Bill Priestap cooperating with the investigative authorities.

Now it all makes sense.  Devin Nunes interviewed Bill Priestap and Jim Rybicki prior to putting the memo process into place.  Rybicki quit, Priestap went back to work.

Bill Priestap remains the Asst. FBI Director in charge of counterintelligence operations.

It’s over.

I don’t want to see this guy, or his family, compromised.  This is probably the last I am ever going to write about him unless it’s in the media bloodstream. I can’t fathom the gauntlet of hatred and threats he is likely to face from the media and his former political social network if they recognize what’s going on.  BP is Deep-Throat x infinity… nuf said.

The rest of this entire enterprise is just joyfully dragging out the timing of the investigative releases in order to inflict maximum political pain upon the party of those who will attempt to excuse the inexcusable.

Then comes the OIG Horowitz report.

Then the grand jury empaneled (if not already); and while Democrats attempt to win seats in the 2018 election, arrests and indictments will hit daily headlines.

Oh, lordy…

  • MrDoug supports Deporting

    And the walls come tumbling down

  • AngusJJ

    No moronic drunken tweets from Jim Comey yet today?
    …..its still early

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    • James Alan Groome

      He has to realize his goose is cooked if Priestap flipped prior to Comey being fired… think about that… most believe Preistap probably flipped after the March 20th 2017 testimony… now what if Comey has just come to realize that his all his “cute” little tweets over the past year are not too cute… Wonder if he realizes he will get to meet up with his co-horts again for a reunion… in Guantanamo Bay for the treason and sedition tribunals.

  • Duke LaCrosse

    The only problem we seem to have here is the AG doesn’t consider treason a crime

    • PatrickHenry2016

      Patience. It’s coming…the EO in December, Gitmo funding, all designed to inflict maximum political damage over the next few months. Daily perp walks all the way until November. The 2 yr budget deal was a ploy to set the stage for what’s coming.

      • Gary

        Don’t disagree but how does the 2 year deal figure in other than no need to go back to dems until 2020? Are you suggesting the Republicans keep the House and get to 60 in the Senate this year?

        • PatrickHenry2016

          Just a hypothesis, but I think it assures the dims can’t threaten to shut down the government every other month to save their own skins once the perp walks start.

          I’m assuring you that the R’s keep the House and Senate. Hopefully better Republicans like Nunes, for example. This is only the beginning of the tidal wave of pressure that will be built over the coming months. Justice will be served. It’s hard for those of us following this scandal to be patient but facts must be presently slowly and methodically for the general public to understand the level of corruption in government.

          • Gary

            National Enquirer has it on their cover this week. That’s progress! Saw it at the grocery store tonight.

            https://www.nationalenquirer.com/search/?search=fbi

          • Rustynail

            They broke the John Edwards affair story that ended his Presidential campaign. A friend swooned over him like pudding…She was devastated! I would trust the NE more than the NYT or WaPo.

          • Gary

            Agree.

      • Delilah

        Obama had eight long years to stack the deck of the DOJ with his cronies. The last thing you want is for Sessions to take control of investigations with these guys in charge of them, ahem, ala Rod Rosenstein……

        Sessions needs time to drain the swamp first, and in the meantime, it makes much more sense to allow the three governing bodies — the OIG, the HIC, and SIC — to continue on with the investigations instead.

    • AmIrite

      THE MILITARY DOES, TAKES SESSIONS OUT OF THE PICTURE

    • duncanmc

      Sessions was my Senator and I’ve always considered him to be an honorable man. His behavior since becoming the AG is inexplicable and disheartening for many of us from Alabama. I hope that he’s working on all of this quietly and we’ll see the fruits of it soon but if he isn’t then I’ll have to conclude that he’s just another swamp creature…

  • Igor R

    Russia hacked the election to support Trump, because they actually wanted Hillary to win. And that is why FBI was spying on Trump and creating garbage dossiers. Perfect logic.

    • n5ifi

      Comey said the Russians attempted to hack the republicans too. The Russian collusion was a faint after the election. The logic was explained by a few of the perps themselves. They couldn’t afford to take a chance on Trump wining.

  • Gary

    I would agree…Sean Adl-Tabatabai has nailed it.

    • CatherineOfTexas

      priestep needs to be protected and so does his family. these are dangerous people he is implicating.

      • duncanmc

        I’ve seen rumors that he and his wife, Sabina Menschel, are being protected by Mossad. Her father and uncle are Goldman Sachs execs. If true, I suspect they’re quite safe.

  • William Roach

    It was just a matter of time someone started swilling. I hope the whole fucking thing falls on there heads

    • CatherineOfTexas

      priestep will likely get a couple years and the rest will get life

  • Delilah

    I’ve been studying the timeline of the dossier in depth for quite a while now. Look what I found:

    Here’s my research so you can follow along and/or verify what I’m saying: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JOdacaSPRccFxVTth38aXU8mWcxhk76lJuGrxYeJ7AU/edit?usp=sharing

    2016-09-26 NSD admits to FISC that surveillance included Obama’s political opponents
    2016-10-24 Mike Rogers apprises FISC of improper 702 About Queries
    Then the FISC opinion rakes the FBI over the coals in response to the Mike Rogers intervention: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JOdacaSPRccFxVTth38aXU8mWcxhk76lJuGrxYeJ7AU/edit#gid=1323539512

    I put this information out there just to prove that the FISA court had found the FBI to be misbehaving already in quite a few other ancillary matters in this same time period.

    Now, remember, the Steele dossier is composed of 15 memos: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html

    They span the dates of 6-20-2016 to 10-20-2016 (the December one doesn’t really count, because as Steele said, that was just something unsolicited, that was passed along to him later).

    Then what happens after the final memo is given to the FBI on 10-20-2016?
    2016-10-21 FISA Warrant issued on Trump servers
    2016-10-21 FISA warrant issued on Carter Page. FBI declares Carter Page to be a Russian spy

    To recap what we have so far, Steele creates the entire dossier, passes it along to the FBI, and then the FBI uses that dossier to obtain the warrants.

    What did the Nunes memo say? “Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.” https://www.scribd.com/document/370603711/FISA-Memo-1

    The dossier was the only “evidence” the FBI used in obtaining the warrants. There was no other evidence.

    Hopefully you’re still with me… misbehaving FBI agents, the dossier created, FBI uses it in court as evidence, and it was the only evidence they ever submitted to the court.

    So then there were the renewals of the warrants that came due every 90 days. And the testimony has been that for every renewal, the FBI had to show the court new and improved information each time in order to keep the warrants going……

    So what did the FBI show the Court to keep the warrant going? They had already presented the court with the entire dossier at the beginning…..or did they?

    Or is it more likely that the FBI was piecemealing the Steele memos to the FISA court in order to keep the warrants open, aka withholding evidence in order to manipulate the court?

    The FBI could try to say that the reason why they held onto the other Steele memos is because they were “investigating” them, but as we already know, the FBI conducted no research to verify the Steele dossier. They just knew that the FISA court would never be able to find that out.

  • clarioncaller

    IG Horowitz knows where all the skeletons are buried and his report will expose the FBI and DOJ traitors in HD. Unfortunately, several of his witnesses were neutralized before he could interview them.

  • Ralph Henson

    What a brilliantly spelled out article allowing each of us to systematically connect the dots. Well Done, Sean!

    • Cankles Clinton

      This is a copy of a blog at The conservativetreehouse.com. It’s good to have it spread to as large an audience as possible but the kudos go to sundance at Theconservativetreehouse.com. Check it out, it has some of the most intelligent analysis on the matter.

  • duncanmc

    If this corruption goes as deep as it seems, we may be about to see an unraveling of our Republic. It all depends on the reaction of the media complex. THAT alone, is a sickening state of affairs. There seem to be very few “good guys” in DC anymore. If America is to survive, this cancer MUST be cut out. TERM LIMITS and a serious revamping of the Civil Service is needed. NO job in the Federal government should be a career. Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

  • Brawndo_ItsWhatPlantsCRAVE

    I feel you are correct except for one aspect…
    I feel that Comey had worked w/ DJT while he was going to “secret meetings” at the WH

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/fbi-director-james-comey-is-at-the-white-house-this-afternoon/

    I think Comey and other previously compromised individuals like Rosenstein and Mueller had worked w/ Trump in setting up the opposition, having Adm Rogers on his side. Roger’s importance is b/c of him approaching DJT after the election (DJT moved campaign next day) and he likely said, “You know how these people operate, and we would like to help you expose their mass abuse.. blah blah”. Anyway, that’s not important… my point of bringing that type of thing up, is b/c I feel Comey is also in a sort of “deep cover”/”double-agent” position for a deal. Not the public deal(s)… they are to “justify” certain events and actions. They are playing compromised, while feeding info to DJT and Roger’s loyal ppl @ NSA… setting the opposition up to do what they always did… while NSA captures the events and they leak it like theyve done w/ the info thru Hannity and the texts/reports/etc. Back to Comey… I think Comey agreed to this b/c he was crucial in being that type of “double-agent”, and it allowed Comey to get out from under the opposition’s thumb… but he would have to play a convincing part (he also has a book coming out “Spring 2018″, which is odd b/c thats exactly when all this will be fully heating up, coincidentally”). If Comey worked out this deal, he couldve been asked, “who would give us so-and-so, to give leverage” blah blah.. and Comey either gave up, or convinced/talked to Priestap and had him become a key witness for a piece of the case DJT’s admin has been building (Mueller included, as an extension of Rosenstein.. so he can still handle the legal rammifications when it flips on the clintons and others like McCain). I see the politcal theater Trump uses when he’s not being serious w/ him attacks. Even the firing of Comey was a big public spectacle. Trump’s not the idiot he’s thought to be… he takes advantage of ppl who think that. They need the public whipped up.. and DJT is the best when it comes to creating a show. The slow-drumming of attention is part of the plan, b/c they will need the public to demand the change(s), and investigations to support the massive case they’ve been building. We are getting drips and drags so that the public can talik, and discuss what is happening in this environment of chaos. But anyway.. I agree w/ a lot of what you’re saying.. I just felt I would share some of my own views on where this has been going. Great write up– I seen the page you linked to (tweets) a few weeks ago and was interested but I didnt know you also posted here).

  • george orwell

    “Bill Priestap is Deep-Throat X Infinity.”

    PERFECT

  • JoesyWales

    FBI Asst. Director in charge of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap
    FBI Director of Counterintelligence suggested he not do so. *Very important detail.*
    Director or Asst. Director?