Devin Nunes Confirms Classified Information that “Henry Greenberg” Wasn’t Working for the FBI, and Other Tales of the Half-Wit Running our Intelligence Oversight

As I’ve been chronicling, Devin Nunes continues his effort to invent some reason to fire Rod Rosenstein. As part of his last extortion attempt, Nunes demanded information he thought would reveal that “Henry Greenberg,” a Russian offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, was secretly working for the FBI.

How did you use our nation’s counterintelligence capabilities. These are capabilities used to track terrorists and other bad guys around the globe. How did you weaponize that against a political campaign, against the Trump campaign, where ultimately it ended up in Carter Page having a FISA warrant put against him which allowed the government to go in and grab all of his emails and phone calls. So that’s primarily what we’ve been investigating for many many months. I will tell you that Chairman Gowdy was very very clear with the Department of Justice and FBI and said that if there was any vectoring of any informants or spies or whatever you want to call them into the Trump campaign before the investigation began, we better know about it by Sunday, meaning today. He was very very clear about that. And as you probably know there’s breaking news this morning that now you have a couple Trump campaign people who are saying that they were, that they’ve amended their testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, they sent in both Friday night and this morning, amendments to their testimony saying that in fact they feel like somebody, they’re not claiming that it was the FBI, but someone ran informants or spies into them to try to get information and offer up Russian dirt to the Trump campaign. Now this would have been in May of 2016. Which is obviously months before this counterintelligence investigation was opened by the FBI into the Trump campaign.


If I were them I would pick up the phone and let us know what this is about, this story that broke in the Washington Post, this morning, just hours ago. They probably ought to tell us whether or not they were involved in that or else they have a major major problem on their hands.

Last Friday, DOJ and FBI had provided most of the documents requested, pending a few technical issues and a review by Dan Coats of some intelligence equities. Included among those was a classified letter telling Nunes whether FBI used informants against the Trump campaign.

On June 22, 2018, the FBI submitted a classified letter to the Committee responding to the Chairman’s question regarding whether, in connection with the investigation into Russian activities surrounding the 2016 Presidential election, the FBI utilized confidential human sources prior to the issuance of the Electronic Communication (EC) initiating that investigation.

That answer clearly didn’t feed Nunes’ Witch Hunt conspiracies, so he’s reformulating his request, apparently certain that if he keeps trying he’ll discover the vast (yet totally ineffective) Deep State plot to undermine the Trump campaign. He’s asking for contacts not just between informants, but also undercover agents or confidential human sources who interacted with any of 14 Trump campaign associates.

The new request seeks information not only on “FBI informants,” but also on “undercover agents, and/or confidential human sources” who interacted with former Trump associates before July 31, 2016 — the start of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The list of Trump associates Nunes indicated he’s interested in includes: Michael Caputo, Sam Clovis, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Corey Lewandowski, Stephen Miller, Peter Navarro, Sam Nunberg, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Walid Phares, Joseph Schmitz, Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr.

It’s a really awesome request. Aside from confirming the content of that classified letter (among other things, that “Henry Greenberg” wasn’t our intelligence asset when Roger Stone entertained offers of Hillary dirt), Nunes has given us a list of campaign associates who should be criminally investigated:

  • Michael Caputo
  • Sam Clovis
  • Michael Cohen
  • Michael Flynn
  • Corey Lewandowski
  • Stephen Miller
  • Peter Navarro
  • Sam Nunberg
  • George Papadopoulos
  • Carter Page
  • Walid Phares
  • Joseph Schmitz
  • Roger Stone
  • Donald Trump Jr.

Notably, a number of these people — Caputo, Cohen, Lewandowski, Miller, Stone, and Navarro — aren’t on the list of document requests Mueller had submitted to the White House by January. Perhaps for the first three plus Stone, that’s because they never worked in the White House (and in the case of Caputo and Stone, pretended not to work for the campaign so as to give the campaign plausible deniability from the rat-fucking).

Nevertheless, their inclusion here seems to confirm that Nunes believes they are targets or at least subjects of Mueller’s investigation. Of those not on Mueller’s January list, we know that Stone and Cohen are in deep shit, so maybe the others are too!

Thanks Devin! Let’s hope leaking that classified information doesn’t get you in trouble with your colleagues, though.

A pity for the guy running our intelligence oversight that he can’t figure out that a number of these targets came from Rick Gates flipping, and not informants planted way back in May 2016.

30 replies
  1. Oldoilfieldhand says:

    Thanks Marcy. You are one of the actual incredibles.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures…Devin is desperate…Not a good state of mind to be in while trying to defend a corrupt and treasonous administration which he helped as a member of the transition team. The good news is that Mueller has the information on Nunes’ treachery and his cohorts’ actions and is likely building a substantial obstruction case now.

  2. Trip says:

    Now this would have been in May of 2016. Which is obviously months before this counterintelligence investigation was opened by the FBI into the Trump campaign.

    Carter Page has been under investigation, if not continuously, at least intermittently, since 2013.

    I had to look up Walid Phares. He’s a doozy. It’s unbelievable that Trump could pay such a blatant Islamophobe in his campaign and that the Supreme Court decided to be blind to that (to wit, Flynn, Prince, Bannon, Bolton, Dershowitz, et al) along with their anti-people, pro-corporation Kochy tunnel vision, in general.

    Also, LMAO at “Half-Wit”. Henceforth, that’s how he should be referred to; it’s the perfect gangland nickname, like “Mickey Medallions” was for Cohen.

  3. Trip says:

    OT, But have you seen this, Marcy? Just when you thought Trump couldn’t be any more horrible, he tops himself by literally proposing to slowly poison detained immigrants:

    Immigrant detention camp proposed for Concord is also a Superfund site
    Defunct Bay Area Navy site may still be contaminated
    According to a Friday report by TIME magazine, the U.S. Navy may be planning to detain tens of thousands of immigrants (accused of illegally entering the country) in Concord, despite the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] still lists the Concord Naval Weapons Station as a Superfund site, a designation reserved for some of the most toxic places in the country.

      • JohnJ says:

        Big apologies, was making a joke!

        I was pretending to be tRump’s publicist and stating the reality of the threat in godfather vernacular.

        It has been a long time since I have commented here, but I read EW a lot. I should have included the /s
        Been coming here since live-blogging was born.

        • Trip says:

          Sorry JohnJ. I wasn’t familiar with you, and thought it was a drive-by Troll shoot. I’ve been especially pissed off since the retirement announcement.

        • bmaz says:

          Yeah JohnJ has been around basically forever. He is no troll, and I wish he would comment more.

        • Trip says:

          Yeah, I felt bad about it and apologized. But this site has had a recent increase in drive-by trolls (along with the consistent ones), so my mistake can be understood.

  4. Kansas Watcher says:

    I can’t wait to have D. Nunes entire roll exposed in public.  Is he just a gimp who dreams of being the next S. Hannity?

    do trumps people have something?

    the vast majority of people getting caught up in indictment do not surprise me.  Devin baffles me.

  5. lefty665 says:

    It does not seem likely that Nunes is anyone’s idea of a bright bulb. Neither is Strzok for that matter, but that’s another story.

    OTOH, remember that “Greenburg” (from prior court testimony) was a long time asset. Something like 17 years, he was making a career of it. He would have been working for counterintelligence, where Strzok was deputy, and where the old perfesser (Halper) and his “aide” who tried to set a honey trap for Popadopolous also appear to have worked. These approaches are logically consistent with Stzrok’s “insurance policy”, and we have not seen anything so far that would show they were not.  Curious also that DoJ/FBI have refused to reveal to Congress if Stzrok was who filed the FISA request, if he used the Dem “Dossier” sewage to support it, or if the request went to Stzrok’s buddy a Judge on the FISA court.

    The Trumpies are a bunch slimeballs, but that does not mean the FBI and IC (CIA especially) were the good guys or telling the truth. The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend, especially when he/she is using their USG authority and power to affect the outcome of an election. The corruption of our governmental institutions, especially police and intel, is as potentially profound for the country as the Trump presidency, and likely longer lasting.

    • cat herder says:

      CIs are exempt from just about all forms of surveillance/scrutiny to protect the ‘confidential’ part of confidential informant. Perfect cover for double agents. And also provides plausible deniability/smokescreen for when someone says “But deep state witch hunt!!!1”

      There was a recent post here discussing it. You should look it up.

  6. SteveB says:

    @ lefty

    Peter Strzok “insurance policy”

    That is just lazy tired old crap.

    The meaning of the words are plain in their context, which is now grossly distorted by malignant conspiracists.

    It was emphatically not about creating an insurance policy.

    It was in the context of discussing what might happen in general should Trump win, when one side of the discussion said (to the effect) the chances of that happening seem remote, and the other responded that though seemingly remote the scale of the chance is on par with the sort people take insurance cover for.

    For god’s sake.

      • lefty665 says:

        You got that wrong too.  It is “Trump is bad, AND…” That is not an excuse for Trump simply a recognition that there was official corruption opposing him, BUT perhaps you like that. You might not consider it so attractive if you found yourself on the receiving end.

        It is worth looking at what Mueller, as FBI director, did to Bruce Ivins in the Anthrax investigation after they falsely tried to crucify Hatfill and he fought back. Mueller publicly ruined Ivins then hounded him to suicide. The FBI has a long sordid history of not too bright and hurting people that anger it. That is not a defense of Trump.


        • Trip says:

          It’s consistent/persistent minimization of anything Trump. To the point of troll mimicry, if not outright trolling.

          You ignore the parts against your arguments, and clearly don’t read what Marcy writes.

    • SpaceLifeForm says:

      “insurance policy” may have been code for something else. Do not always interpret words litterally that come out of IC. May have been a hidden signal message.

    • lefty665 says:

      You guys are so infected with TDS you are blind. Put Strzok’s txts about insurance policies, we’ll stop Trump from becoming president, and my FISA court judge buddy in time frame context with actions like Greenburg, Haspel and and FISA warrants for example and the picture is not so sanguine. Horowitz laid out the behavior then avoided drawing conclusions, very similar to what Comey did with Hillary in his July dog and pony show.

      Again, the enemy of your enemy ain’t necessarily your friend, but you have to use your head for something besides a hat rack to understand that.

      • J R in WV says:

        You mention something you call TDS, which we must assume refers to Trump Derangement Syndrome, no doubt a copy of Clinton Derangement Syndrome, which started back in the early 1990s. After decades of formal investigation into the Clintons, and the spending of perhaps a hundred million dollars, no indictments were forthcoming. Because the Clintons are not law breakers.

        But after just a few months of investigation of the Trump campaign, dozens of indictments are extant, and several people are convicted of felonies. So who could have invented Trump Derangement Syndrome? Those of us who believe that Trump is a stooge of Putin don’t need any derangement — the evidence is clear… Trump is owned and operated by Russia.

        Eventually this will all be proven in a court of law, or in the legislative court of impeachment.

        And Russian trolls like you will be watched all the time… enjoy it.

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