(National Sentinel)Â Corruption: John Solomon ofÂ The Hill dropped a bombshell on Monday when he reported that back in 2009, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller cultivated a source to finance the rescue of an FBI agent being held by Iran.
The source wasÂ Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who spent tens of millions of dollars of his own money on the operation, which never took off. The agent isÂ Robert Levinson, who was captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007.
Part of the reason why was because Mueller’s FBI kept getting pushback from Hillary Clinton’s State Department. The time, for some reason, was never ‘right.’ Keep in mind this was the timeframe that President Obama had his people working back channels to initiate what become the “Iran nuclear deal” — which he so desperately wanted.
â€œDeripaskaâ€™s efforts came very close to success,â€ David McGee, a former federal prosecutor who represents Levinsonâ€™s family, told Solomon.
â€œWe were told at one point that the terms of Levinsonâ€™s release had been agreed to by Iran and the U.S. and included a statement by then-Secretary of StateÂ Hillary ClintonÂ pointing a finger away from Iran. At the last minute, Secretary Clinton decided not to make the agreed-on statement.â€
Fast-forward to the present day.
Solomon notes thatÂ Oleg Deripaska is the same person who has surfaced in Mueller’s ongoing “Trump-Russia collusion” investigation, which we know is completely bogus but for some reason known only to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is being allowed to continue.
[Over two years] evidence emerged tying him to former Trump campaign chairmanÂ Paul Manafort, the first defendant charged by Muellerâ€™s Russia probeÂ with money laundering and illegal lobbying.
Deripaska once hired Manafort as a political adviser and invested money with him in a business venture that went bad. Deripaska sued Manafort, alleging he stole money.
Muellerâ€™s indictment of Manafort makes no mention of Deripaska, even though prosecutors have evidence that ManafortÂ contemplated inviting his old Russian clientÂ for a 2016 Trump campaign briefing. Deripaska said he never got the invite and investigators have found no evidence it occurred. Thereâ€™s no public evidence Deripaska had anything to do with election meddling.
Deripaska also appears to be one of the first Russians the FBI asked for help when it began investigating the now-infamous Fusion GPS â€œSteele Dossier.â€ [Adam] Waldman, his American lawyer until the sanctions hit, gave me a detailed account, some of which U.S. officials confirmÂ separately.
Two months before Trump was elected president, Deripaska was in New York as part of Russiaâ€™s United Nations delegation when three FBI agents awakened him in his home; at least one agent had worked with Deripaska on the aborted effort to rescue Levinson. During an hour-long visit, the agents posited a theory that Trumpâ€™s campaign was secretly colluding with Russia to hijack the U.S. election.
â€œDeripaska laughed but realized, despite the joviality, that they were serious,â€ the lawyer said. â€œSo he told them in his informed opinion the idea they were proposing was false. â€˜You are trying to create something out of nothing,â€™ he told them.â€ The agents left though the FBI sought more information in 2017 from the Russian, sources tell me.Â Waldman declined to say if Deripaska has been in contact with the FBI since Sept, 2016.
So in other words, Comey’s FBI was trying to convince a former asset of Mueller’s to play along with the collusion lie. And for his part, Mueller is essentially rewarding his old asset by not charging him along with Manafort,Â further proving that he’s not interested in ‘justice,’ but in ‘getting Trump.’
Why else would he let Deripaska skate?
Solomon asks: As Comey’s FBI was preparing a FISA surveillance request to spy on Trump campaign figures, did agents tell the secretive court that a past Russian source discounted the Trump-Russia collusion notion?
Also, the Trump administration in April imposed sanctions on Derispaska — one of a number of prominent Russians who were targeted to punish President Vladimir Putin — using similar allegations the State Dept. used from 2006-2009. However, between those two episodes, Solomon write, “Deripaska seemed good enough for the FBI to ask him to fund that multimillion-dollar rescue mission. And to seek his help on a sensitive political investigation. And to allow him into the country eight times.”
“I was alerted to Deripaskaâ€™s past FBI relationship by U.S. officials who wondered whether the Russianâ€™s conspicuous absence from Muellerâ€™s indictments might be related to his FBI work,” Solomon noted further, adding that others are curious as well.
What’s more, it’s possible Mueller’s operation violated federal law. Some experts have told Solomon it could have been a violation of theÂ Antideficiency Act, which prohibits the government from accepting voluntary services.
And now, some wonder ifÂ Derispaska, if he’s squeezed, would implicate Mueller in any improprieties.
“If the operation with Deripaska contravened federal law, this figure could be viewed as a potential embarrassment for Mueller. The question is whether he could implicate Mueller in an impropriety,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told Solomon.
Where are Sessions and Rosenstein?
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