Sayings — on Diplomacy

‘ They [Communist China] were looking at 2050 for Taiwan, but now with perceived weakness on the part of the United States they are moving now. They are taking what they think is rightfully theirs — world leadership, economic superiority, and certainly Taiwan.’

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Interview with former U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser K T McFarland

[On the diplomatic meeting in Alaska] The Chinese came ready with a prepared statement that they wanted to criticize the United States and humiliate us on our own soil and in doing so they wanted to use the words of the American woke media and the cancel culture and the people who say that American is a racist nation, that it was conceived in evil et cetera yadda yadda, so they quoted those those people back to the American leadership. It was meant to be humiliating and so when The American Secretary of State had an opportunity to respond, instead of saying this is outrageous and walk out which is what I would have done, he said well you know we’re trying, we’re not perfect, we’re going to get there someday. And it was that not only the fact that the Chinese said it in such a brazen in-your-face way on American soil, quoting the Americans back to our leaders, but then our leaders instead of acting strong and tough and respond, just a rolled over. The second part of it was that for the Chinese this is a new Cold War, Cold War 2.0, and it’s going to be different this time, it’s not going to be like the old first Cold War nuclear arms race around the world. In a different sphere it’s going to be economic competition it’s going to be technology leadership and competition it’s going to be cyber it’s going to be all in a no-holds-barred — there’s no international law that’s going to prevent technology theft and acquisition and a lot of the things that the Chinese have already been doing but now it’s out in the open. The Chinese to my mind have now concluded that there rise is and America’s decline is inevitable and they think that they are or at least soon will be in a more dominant position in the world than the United States economically technologically diplomatically they plan to replace the United States as the global world leader and then rewrite the liberal World Order The Rules of Order Rules to order and to have quote Chinese characteristics. In Alaska nothing was accomplished but it was significant because it showed the Chinese intentions and I think it showed the United States that the Biden administration is in a position of great weakness which will reverberate around the world to our disadvantage.

We should bring up these issues that are neuralgic for the Chinese. They give you a red line, cross them and mention the Uyghur camps and say you can’t even bring them up. The Chinese involvement in the coronavirus I think that we should have brought that up. The whole world is suffering from a pandemic the Chinese knew they were unleashing on the world and the consequences are probably in a lot of ways more devastating than a World War would have been and so why not bring it up. You work with your allies and in this case in Asia Japan Australia particularly in the United States and you form a relationship with these countries to stand up to China. You use American technological superiority and you really double down on American investment in STEM education. They’ve had a couple of meetings [with India and Australia] but they’re not to the point yet where we’re having these four countries in Asia stand up and maybe do military operations together maybe do intelligence-sharing maybe do co-investment. The United States has an opportunity right now with India where we could invest in India the same way we invested in China 20 years ago. India is soon going to have a larger population than China and India is a democracy. Why not talk about covid-19. That’s been recently up in the news again with Robert Redfield former CDC director basically having expressed again the position of the previous administration basically that the most likely scenario was that it escaped from the lab.

It [Redfield’s statement] doesn’t bring any information as much as it brings it together all in one place. His background is actually in viruses he spent his whole career so when he says it I pay attention to this guy. I don’t care if he’s a Republican or a Democrat or an independent or whatever he’s got a lot of credibility in the field and then secondly let’s look at the pieces of this puzzle. Number one we now know that the Chinese knew the lethality and the contagion of covid, and they knew it well enough and soon enough so that they closed down the city where it came from — all travel for people traveling around other parts of China shut down. However at the same time they opened up travel kept open travel from Wuhan to the rest of the world and when countries like the United States and others tried to close that travel down the Chinese accused them of racism. So in other words in China they didn’t want it to happen in their own country. Another piece of evidence that I think is significant is that when it was first discovered it was World Health Organization scientists and doctors in Wuhan who raised the alarm and they talked about it but early on those same scientists and doctors they were disappeared they were told to be quiet and they were never heard from again, and at that point early on before before it became a pandemic internationally the Chinese government and the scientists in the World Health Organization in China had to turn everything over to the Chinese military. They passed a National Security Law saying that anybody who was going to talk about this virus has to get permission from the central government from the military before they talk about it. What are they trying to hide? They wouldn’t even let and they still haven’t let American scientists in. It’s been a year and now they are finally letting scientists come in and have a look, but you know a year is a long time to cover up the evidence and if the Chinese have nothing to hide why did they not let people in and why do they not help the world prevent a pandemic that they caused? Maybe it was just bats but it almost doesn’t matter because it’s what the Chinese did once they realized the lethality, the contagion and let it spread around the world and here we are today.

[Nobody talks about it.] It’s almost like the attitude is well we don’t want to embarrass them some so let’s just move along here, and what they’re doing now is they are using with a cold war diplomacy they’re using all the elements of Chinese National Power to punish countries which are disagreeing with them. Australia for example Australia early on a hundred other countries asked the World Health Organization let’s get to the bottom of the origins of the coronavirus and the Chinese government says to Australia don’t talk about that. Australia wouldn’t stop, so the Chinese have now set out to destroy some of the agricultural exports to China. It has already wreaked havoc on their economy. With a lot of countries that dare to cross their red line and a big element of this I was just reading about recently is their extensive disinformation and misinformation operations. I was just reading recently about how US Special Operations Command is creating a task force basically to specifically deal with Chinese disinformation operations. This seems to be a key area of this warfare, not the nuclear mutually assured destruction doctrine anymore, it’s all these other ways which are typically not thought of as warfare. These disinformation campaigns are so powerful and frankly so effective because they can get us all going after each other. And the other part of their disinformation campaign — let’s be nice and call it diplomacy — they are looking at the rest of the world and saying okay America you’re where you are but we want to lead the the next world order, we want to be the leaders of a non-white world of Asians and Central America Latin America and the subcontinent and Africa and that’s one of the reasons that they can continue to sort of parrot those in the United States who are talking about America is racist. I don’t think they care about whether Americans are racist or not. But they want to portray America as morally flawed as they try to ascend to diplomatic dominance around the world.

The Chinese Communist party has been fanning the flames of this very actively yeah of course they are because it suits their advantage. I graduated years ago, at Oxford University I studied communism and revolutions, I read Marx and Engels and Lenin had a phrase or he called them useful idiots, those are the people in free societies or in other countries who kind of buy into the Soviet disinformation and propaganda campaign and then from within those countries they tried to tear down the leadership. I look at America and see there are a lot of useful idiots here, the people in the cult of the cancel culture, in the Twitter mob who go after political leaders or anybody in the conservative movement to try to destroy them. Well you know if the Chinese are going to be running the world — I hope they won’t, I don’t think they will — but if they do, the first people that they get rid of are the useful idiots.

The Chinese leaders basically said you know the Korean War and the 1950s that cost us Taiwan the real country we cared about was Taiwan and bringing Taiwan back into what they thought the greater China and by the Korean War it got the whole world turned against China so China could not make its move. China has made it very clear they said it to us in the beginning of the Trump Administration. They go through their list of what they call their core interests or red lines or non-negotiable demands so that’s what they told Biden and that’s what they told us: hands-off Hong Kong and at that point there were no Uyghur concentration camps [their existence was not well-known] but those were their two things; they consider Taiwan be part of China, it’s a domestic Chinese issue what happens to those countries. They were looking at 2050 for Taiwan, but now with perceived weakness on the part of the United States I mean they are moving out now. They are taking what they think is rightfully theirs — world leadership economic superiority and certainly Taiwan. So I don’t think that these are all precursors to some kind of an invasion or a war but they are trying to put down the marker of think twice everybody in the world if you want to criticize us over Taiwan. I think they assume that most countries will back down and probably even Taiwan will back down.

[On sanctions against products made in forced-labor concentration camps] The Chinese response was to come back and you know double down and issue economic sanctions of their own on international corporations and in addition to that, they’re doing in China a PR campaign internally so that all celebrities TV stars personalities are wearing all cotton fabrics and cotton clothing made from these camps in part of western China. So the Chinese again from their perspective they think they’re there or they’re already there that they are already in the position of dominance and therefore any concessions to be made are not going to be made on their part, they’re going to be made by other countries and to show how powerful they are they use this economic weapon. And it’s a very powerful weapon especially in a democracy. What country is going to have an economic disadvantage to their own people in order to make a point? The Chinese can do this because they have an authoritarian government. You can’t do the same thing in the West because we’re a democracy. So they’re very clever. We have to get the free democracies of the world to band together because the Chinese plan long-range plan is to pick us off one at a time, pick off Japan pick off South Korea and use the Chinese leverage and their trade weapons to get these countries to do China’s bidding. However if all these countries are banded together, you know united we stand divided we fall, then why I think we do have an opportunity and are in a very strong position to go back to China and say well you may want this but we’re not going to let you get away with it.

What it looks like is these people in China being stirred up around these issues — look at how unfairly we were being treated here. An authoritarian government can do this, they passed a law a couple of years ago if the government or the Chinese military or the Chinese intelligence Services asked you for information or asks you to cooperate with them on something, you have to do it, it’s against the law if you don’t. You could put him in jail for life and so yes of course they’re able to mobilize. The other thing though and I guess I worry about this for a long time is that China has a population that has been nurtured on this notion that they were treated unjustly for about 200 years, that China was always the dominant most successful most powerful most just country in the world through the history of the world. But they had a lousy 200 years after the Industrial Revolution and they blame the West, blame the United States, they blame Europe. They have a chip on their shoulder about this, to a certain extent what they’re trying to do is payback time, they feel that they’re just resuming their rightful place in the world, that all these countries and companies who want to criticize them for forced labor camps or Hong Kong democracy, well you know you’re just little pipsqueaks. So the Chinese have stirred up this nationalist sentiment internally to say that this is the great Chinese history, this is the patriotic thing to do to other countries [like Taiwan and Hong Kong] and at the same time they’ve got this all-of-government approach where they’re using every aspect of government, not just a Chinese businessman or the Chinese military but they’re now disappearing H&M stores on Apple or Google Maps because China has an application that somehow in the middle of your when you try to find a location of Google maps, it disappears. I mean they’re really playing hardball, and they’re going to an enormous effort to have even the most what we would think kind of an insignificant thing. That’s why they’re such a formidable adversary. We’ve never had such a strategic threat to the peace and prosperity of the United States and to the world. This is much more serious than the Soviet Union or even Nazism. China is trying to, plans to remake the world in its own image and it is at our expense, make no mistake it will be at our expense.

[The Chinese sanctions are not exactly mirror images of the EU sanctions which are for crimes against humanity, while the Chinese sanctions are literally for saying stuff.] That’s a very insightful point, right. The West applies sanctions for crimes against humanity, but for China it’s all about you can’t say bad stuff. You can’t even criticize criticize China internally, we know that they have the world’s first total surveillance, but they’re not even allowing people outside to criticize China. It’s going to be a very difficult decade because China thinks they could replace the United States as the dominant world power by mid-century but with a pandemic and I think with the dysfunction in Washington they feel that they’re going to get there within the decade. This is going to be a very difficult decade that tries men’s souls.

[The prospects] We have the right to a political revolution and we go through this with great regularity every 40 or so years and the reason why is because American society is dynamic it’s always changing technologically sociologically religiously ethnically, all of the above, and revolutions where we kick the old party and ideas out, old leaders of both parties, and we have a new set of leaders and then that’s where America recreates itself, we reinvent ourselves and we do it time and time again and that I think is the definition of American exceptionalism. So how do you combat what I see is a growing threat to the peace and prosperity. I think America reinvent itself, it’s in the process of doing that now. And the technologies that we can’t even dream of are probably just around the corner and we’re going there again.

America has always reinvented itself and I think that that’s what we’re going through now it’s a process of sort of re-birthing and reinvention. The second wave of this virus is not going to be a physical viral disease it’s going to be in the economy and the destruction this is making on the economy and the United States becoming not only a debtor Nation but a debtor Nation that’s just borrowing all around the world including from China. The United States is going to look at the Chinese model and say no it doesn’t work here what works here is let’s find a cure and to keep our society open. From the Chinese perspective they are thrilled at the thought that we are raising a generation of kids who aren’t going to be socializing, not going to be educated, and we’re indebted we’re borrowing borrowing borrowing. Disinformation is a pretty effective way of getting America to lockdown forever, and you’re not going to manufacture stuff anymore, you’re just going to be in service, suspended animation. The American people aren’t nuts. At a certain point people just are going to look around and say hey I’m in California it’s not working for me, I’m going to Idaho. Or I’m in Manhattan, this isn’t working, so I’m going to Florida. It’s already started happening in the free states that have succeeded in battling the coronavirus, they’ve succeeded in vaccinating their populations, and they’ve succeeded in having their economies remain open. I’ll take that any day of the week over the lockdowns and certainly over the system that China has. People have worried about America for what two or three centuries, that we’re always just about to lose it to some other countries, they’re going to replace and take over and some other system is better than ours. At the end of the day I really believe in democracy and I really believe in free market capitalism and even though we’re going to have a rocky couple of years ahead I think ultimately the American people, the American system, and the American way of life and democracy and free market capitalism will survive and will indeed thrive.

Timeline of U.S. Political Transformation — Deterrence

In which numerous false accusations are exposed after years of investigation, only to be replaced with others.

Please see this section reorganized and updated at Substack:

§7. Notes On A Higher Calling, January – June 2017 and

§7a. A Higher Calling, January – June 2017

§7b. The Sino-Sinecure and Secret Courts, July – Dec 2017

§7c. The Bat Lady and Other Precursors, January – December 2018

§7. Deterrence, May 2017 – June 2019

[The NSA’s data storage facility at Bluffdale, Utah, houses more than a yottabyte of data, equivalent to 500 quintillion (500,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text. The data comes from snooping on every form of communication, every transaction that passes through telephone lines or wireless connections, every keystroke touched by every person in America, accessed by geostationary satellites, intercepts at switching centers, and cell-phone towers.]

May 17, 2017: Deputy AG Rosenstein appoints Mueller as Special Counsel under 28 CFR §600.8(c) to take over a pre-existing counterintelligence investigation, despite statutory limitation of Special Counsel appointments to criminal investigations.

May 2017: FBI’s Flynn investigation becomes part of Special Counsel probe. Flynn case agent William Barnett informs Special Counsel team, including former Clinton Foundation attorney Jeannie Rhee, that there is ‘no evidence of a crime’ committed by Flynn.

May 2017: FBI reports about 50,000 Strzok-Page text messages between Dec 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 are missing, either because they were deleted or due to technical flaws in the FBI collection process. FBI Inspector General Horowitz later reports recovery of the missing messages. || Source

May 20, 2017: Tony Bobulinski, a business partner of the Bidens, is warned by another partner, James Gilliar, in an email: ‘Don’t mention Joe being involved, it’s only when u are face-to-face, I know u know but they are paranoid‘. || Source: Twitter post of Mike Emmanuel, Fox News

June 14, 2017: Left-wing Illinois activist James Hodgkinson shoots and critically wounds U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others during a charity baseball practice session in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooter dies in the ensuing shootout with Capitol Police. FBI Acting Director McCabe characterizes the shooting as ‘suicide by cop’. Scalise notes the shooter came to the ballpark with a list of Republics to target, that he belonged to a ‘Terminate the Republican Party’ Facebook group, and that he had worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Iowa. Four years later on May 14, 2021, FBI re-classifies the shooting as ‘domestic terrorism’.|| Source1 ; Source2 ; Source3 ; FBI-DHS Report

June 18, 2017: Hunter Biden sends letter to CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming extending ‘best wishes from the entire Biden family’. Letter notes Tony Bobulinski had ‘sent a request to Dong Gongwen [Gongwen Dong] and Director Zang for the funding of the $10 MM USD wire. I would appreciate if you will send that quickly so we can properly fund and operate Sinohawk.’

June 19, 2017: FBI Attorney Clinesmith falsifies a CIA memo to add that Carter Page was ‘not a source’ when in fact he had been a trusted CIA source; for the purpose of justifying a continuing FBI investigation of Page and any Trump campaign associates of his.

June 2017: Special Counsel team interviews Dep NSA KT McFarland on communications between Trump and Flynn during transition, with particular reference to the Flynn-Kislyak calls. SC team tries to prevent FBI Flynn case agent William Barnett from participating in McFarland interview. Barnett threatens to report this to Inspector General, believes Special Counsel is ‘trying to get McFarland to change her story to fit the Trump collusion theory’. Barnett: ‘There was always someone at SCO who claimed to have a lead on information that would prove the collusion only to have the information be a dead end’. Source: U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen interview of FBI Flynn case agent William Barnett on Sept 17, 2020.

The Special Counsel’s leadership is so certain that Trump had directed Flynn to call Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., that they assume all testimony to the contrary is false. Special Counsel attorneys are frustrated that K.T. McFarland, the incoming deputy National Security Advisor, doesn’t support their theory. ‘Mueller describes McFarland as the ‘key to everything’ because McFarland was the link between Trump, who was at Mar-a-Lago with McFarland, and Flynn, who was in the Dominican Republic on vacation, when [REDACTED] were made,’ the report of Barnett’s interview says. Because of Barnett’s contrary views, members of Mueller’s team even tried to prevent him from participating in interviews with McFarland, leading Barnett to threaten to go to the Inspector General.

During a proffer interview with McFarland, the special counsel team asks no follow-up or clarifying questions, which ‘perplexed’ Barnett. He begins asking direct questions, trying to get facts directly from the subject of the interview. He asks if she knew things for a fact or if she is merely speculating. He asks if she passed information from Trump to Flynn. These direct questions and their clear answers undercut their theory of the case led Special Counsel Attorney Andrew Goldstein to call a time-out and caution Barnett against asking them.

June 22, 2017: Christopher Steele asks Bruce Ohr by email ‘any news on re-engagement yet?’, reference to Steele’s possible employment of Special Counsel staff.

Late June, 2017: FBI obtains a fourth FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page through late Sept 2017. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein sign the renewal application. Eric Ciaramella, who had objected to the new ‘America first’ direction at NSC, returns to NSC.

July 2, 2017: Klaus Eberwein, a Haitian official who was scheduled to testify about the Clinton Foundation’s theft of five billion dollars from the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, is found dead in Miami, of a gunshot wound to the head. The death is ruled a suicide.

July 10, 2017: CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming responds to Hunter Biden’s June 18 letter: ‘I have arranged Director Zang and Gongwen Dong to expedite the charter capital input to SinoHawk.’

July 18, 2017: Tony Bobulinski asks Zhao in a message whether the transfer would be ‘$10 MM or 2x $5MM,’ requesting ‘that $10 MM be sent in 2 $5 MM tranches but @ the same time, $5 MM to savings and $5 MM to checking. That is what we prefer.’ Separately, Bobulinski complains to Gilliar that Hunter Biden ‘thinks things are going to be his personal piggybank’, an apparent allusion to his name-only contribution to the business. Hunter Biden responds that CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming is ‘coming to be MY partner to be partners with the Bidens, and that in this instance only one player holds the trump card and that’s me. May not be fair but it’s the reality because I’m the only one putting an entire family legacy on the line‘. || Source

July 18, 2017: Deputy AG Rosenstein signs third continuation of FISA warrant enabling Mueller to investigate almost anyone in the Trump campaign and Administration.

July 20, 2017: Facebook, having investigated political ad purchases, announces ‘we have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with the election’.

July 21, 2017: National Security Advisor McMaster fires Higgins and others appointed by previous National Security Advisor Lt Gen Michael Flynn. Through Donald Trump Jr, the Higgins memo reaches President Trump, who is reportedly ‘furious’ that Higgins was fired. McMaster also fires Deputy National Security Advisor K T McFarland and Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who oppose the Iran nuclear deal, and revokes Adam Lovinger’s security clearance.

July 24, 2017: Consortium of Intelligence Professionals (VIPS) reports that there is no forensic or other evidence that Russians hacked DNC, and that the data must have been copied to an external storage device. || Source

July 27, 2017: After IG Horowitz flags bias by Peter Strzok evidenced in text messages with DOJ attorney Lisa Page, Mueller fires Strzok from SC staff, thereby removing Strzok from scope of IG Horowitz’s review.

July 27, 2017: Washington DC Police cancel meeting with House investigators looking into unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

July 28, 2017: Judicial Watch files lawsuits seeking information on communications between FBI Dep Dir Andrew McCabe and Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe, who gave $675,000 to Jill McCabe for her political campaign, and on related ethical issues. || Source

Aug 2, 2017: Christopher Wray is named FBI Director.

Aug 2, 2017: Email from Hunter Biden ( to Gongwen Dong ( ‘My Understanding is that the original agreement with the Director was for consulting fees based on introductions alone a rate of $10M per year for a three year guarantee of $30M. The chairman changed that deal after we me in MIAMI TO A MUCH MORE LASTING AND LUCRATIVE ARRANGEMENT to create a holding company 50% owned by ME and 50% owned by him. Consulting fees is one piece of our income stream but the reason this proposal by the chairman was so much more interesting to me and my family is that we would also be partners inn the equity and profits of the JV’s investments.‘ [misspellings and CAPS in original email]. || Source: email recovered from abandoned Hunter Biden Apple MacBook.

Aug 2, 2017: Email from RHBiden to HK investor Gongwen Dong confirms previous agreement for payment of $10M/year for three years to RHBiden for ‘consulting fees based on introductions alone‘, with ten percent reserved for Joe Biden.

Aug 2017: In meeting at Ecuadorian Embassy in London with U.S. Rep Dana Rohrbacker, Julian Assange says he can prove the DNC emails held by Wikileaks did not come from Russia. Since this contradicts the Russia-collusion narrative, FBI launches investigation of Assange in Dec 2017, resulting in an indictment on March 6, 2018.

Aug 2017: Special Counsel Mueller seeks and receives from GSA all Trump transition team records for 13 persons including then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner.

Aug 6, 2017: After being dismissed for unauthorized media contacts, Christopher Steele again seeks employment with SC Mueller to update his dossier. He writes to ADAG Bruce Ohr, ‘Whenever convenient, I would like a chat, there’s a lot going on and we are frustrated with how long this re-engagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking. Anything you could do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated.’ Mueller needs Steele’s continued affirmation of his dossier to continue his investigation, absent other supporting info. || Source

Aug. 8, 2017: CEFC wires nearly $5 million to bank account for Hudson West III, a firm that opened by Hunter Biden with Chinese associates, apparently in lieu of $10 million requested in Hunter Biden’s June 18 letter for Sinohawk. From Aug 8 through Sept 25, 2018, Hudson West III sends payments to Owasco, Hunter Biden’s firm, for ‘consulting fees’ totaling $4,790,375.25. Source

Early Aug 2017: Facebook identifies more than 3,000 ads, costing $100,000, addressing social and political issues that ran in the United States between 2015 and 2017 and that appear to have come from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency of Russia. Facebook contacts Senator Warner to report its findings.

Aug 10, 2017: D.C. District Court Judge Amit Mehta, in response to Judicial Watch lawsuit, orders State Dept to supply communications between Sec Clinton and staff Abedin, Mills, and Sullivan from official email accounts, related to 2012 Benghazi attack.

Aug 11, 2017: Google fires software engineer James Damore for writing a paper suggesting that the presence of fewer women than men in high-tech employment could be due in part to biological differences between men and women. || Source

Aug 22, 2017: To date in 2017, OFA pays Perkins Coie $174,725. || Source

Aug 22, 2017: Glenn Simpson testifies to Senate Judicary Committee that FBI provided intel to Christopher Steele in a meeting in Rome in mid to late Sept 2016, from ‘an internal Trump campaign source’. || Source

August 24, 2017: FBI arrests Yu Pingan at Los Angeles Airport. He is detained for 18 months in San Diego, then pleads guilty to the federal offense of computer hacking, and is deported to China.

Sept 2017: Hunter Biden rents office space at a commercial building in Washington DC called House of Sweden and requests keys for Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Jim Biden, and Gongwen Dong, described as an ’emissary’ for CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming.

Oct 10, 2017: Brookings publishes scenario for impeachment of President Trump on obstruction of justice charges.

Oct 17, 2017: With expiration of the last FISA warrant on Carter Page, legal authority for surveillance of Trump campaign associates ends.

Oct 20, 2017: Acting AG Rosenstein expands SC Mueller investigatory authority from Flynn, Papadopoulus, Page, Manafort to include Flynn’s son for ‘jointly undertaken activity’ re Turkish lobbying. This provides Mueller with additional material to coerce a guilty plea from Flynn. || Source

Oct 23, 2017 to Dec 20, 2018: Gongwen Dong receives incoming wires totaling over $114 million and sent outgoing wires totaling over $113 million, part of what investigators describe as ‘unusual movement of funds between various entities with a complex ownership structures, at times involving funds originating from Chinese state-owned enterprises, in an apparent effort to introduce foreign funds from unknown sources into the U.S. by investing in large projects and by purchasing luxury goods and properties. Total amounts $902,200,297’. || Source

Oct 24 2017: Washington Post admits Steele dossier is opposition research, not an official intelligence document, and publishes record of DNC payments to Perkins Coie law firm for ‘legal and compliance consulting’ enabling client-confidentiality cover.

Nov 3, 2017: Adam Waldman, lawyer for Oleg Deripaska, describes Fusion GPS as a ‘shadow media organization helping the government‘, funded by a ‘group of Silicon Valley billionaires and George Soros‘ in testimony to Senate Intel Committee.

Nov 5, 2017: Special Counsel Robert Mueller charges Flynn lied to FBI official Peter Strzok about contacts with Russian ambassador Kislyak during presidential transition.

Nov 6, 2017: Trump attorney John Dowd emails Dep AG Rod Rosenstein, ‘We all now know that the entire Russian drama was and is a complete concoction by the Clinton DNC buying a phony dossier with laundered money by law firms and cut outs with Fusion GPS and former WSJ reporter Glenn Simpson to nullify the results of the Presidential election…. Why are Fusion GPS and Simpson in Court trying to cover up their payments to reporters to push all the Dossier lies? Who were these reporters? How much did they get paid?‘ Dowd requests DOJ amicus brief to protect public interest in disclosure of payments.

Nov 9, 2017: Wall Street Journal editorial calls Steele dossier ‘one of the dirtiest political tricks in U.S. history‘.

Nov 18, 2017: Christopher Steele, seeking to bolster credibility of his dossier, again writes to Bruce Ohr seeking employment with Special Counsel Mueller.

Nov 30, 2017: Michael Flynn, under threat of prosecution of his son, bankrupted by the Covington Burling law firm, falsely accused of lying to the FBI, pleads guilty to making false statements to the FBI in regard to contacts with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. Judge Rudy Contreras, a personal friend of Peter Strzok who had interviewed Flynn, receives the plea. Contreras had previously approved FISA warrants based on false allegations in the Steele dossier.

Dec 1, 2017: Judge Rudolph Contreras, a friend of FBI official Peter Strzok, advises Flynn to cooperate with prosecutors, and presides over hearing where Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI in violation of Section 1001. Flynn is also influenced by Special Counsel Mueller’s threat to prosecute Flynn’s son and give them both ‘the Manafort treatment’ (solitary confinement).

Dec 5, 2017: Crowdstrike President Shawn Henry informs House Intelligence Committee in closed session that Crowdstrike has no evidence that alleged Russian hackers stole any data from DNC, and that FBI never requested access to the physical servers for forensic analysis or any other purpose. Henry states ‘as it relates to the DNC, we have indicators that data was exfiltrated. We do not have concrete evidence that data was exfiltrated from the DNC‘. Concealment of this knowledge enables persistence of false belief that the DNC breach is the result of Russian hacking, rather than insider transfer. Shawn Henry repeats in May 7, 2020 testimony that Crowdstrike has no evidence of Russian hacking.

Dec 7, 2017: ADAG Bruce Ohr, who was the primary go-between for Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele even after Steele is disqualified as a trusted FBI source), in their dealings with DOJ, is demoted.

Dec 11, 2017: Fox News reveals Bruce Ohr’s wife Nellie was hired by Fusion GPS to create opposition research against Trump.

Dec 19, 2017: Trump lawyer Kory Langhofer informs Senate HSGA Committee by letter that GSA had provided confidential Trump transition records to Special Counsel Mueller without informing him or Trump, indicating problems with GSA’s stewardship of records. || Source: Senate HSGA and Finance Majority Staff report.

Dec 23, 2017: McCabe announces retirement, hoping to stay until March 2018 for full retirement benefits.

Dec 2017: FBI Deputy Director McCabe testifies to the House Intelligence Committee that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.

Dec 2017: On a single day in Dec, FBI conducts over 6,800 U.S. person queries using Social Security Numbers. Source: FISA Court ruling Oct 2018. FBI conducts 3.1 million warrantless searches during 2017, according to FISA Court judgment in Oct 2018.

2018: FBI opens investigation into Hunter Biden for criminal money-laundering.

Jan 11, 2018: Document dump reveals FBI not only paid Fusion GPS but also allowed the private firm to submit FISA ‘About Inquiries’. || Source

Feb 2018: CEFC founder Ye Jianming is detained by police in Beijing after falling out of favor with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, and disappears. Ye is a partner with Hunter Biden in several energy transactions. Chinese Government agencies acquire pieces of CEFC. Payments to Hunter Biden’s law firm Owasco continue through Sept 2018.

Jan 29, 2018: FBI Director Christopher Wray fires Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for falsifying FISA applications, collecting political contributions for his wife from an ally of Hillary Clinton who is the subject of an FBI investigation, among other derilictions of duty noted in Inspector General’s Report.

Feb 2018: Wuhan Virology Institute ‘Bat Lady’ Shi Zhenling collaborates with military scientist to uncover source of swine diarrhea. She discovers it is caused by a novel cross-species bat coronavirus. Later Shi collaborates with another military scientist, Zhou Yusen, in Dec 2019. Zhou applies for a patent on the SARS-2 virus in Feb 2020 and dies under unexplained circumstances in May 2020. Shi Zhengli denies, in response to a question from Jamie Metzl on Twitter on March 24, 2021, doing any military research: ‘all our research is open & transparent…I don’t know of any military work.‘ || Source for Feb 2018 research: U.S. NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Award No. R01A 110964 to Peter Daszak and Shi Zhengli and U.S. Agency for International Development Emerging Pandemic Threats Predict Project AID-OAA-A-14-00102. || Source for Shi denial.

Feb 2, 2018: Former CIA Director Brennan joins NBC News as Senior National Security and Intelligence Analyst.

Feb 2, 2018: House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes says investigation of Brennan is warranted by inconsistencies regarding reliance on Steele dossier and a Yahoo article with information from Steele as the only basis for investigating Trump and associates. || Source

March 5, 2018: Recently retired NSA Director Mike Rogers sends classified letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. Adm Rogers informs Committee that a two-page summary of the dossier was ‘added’ as an ‘appendix to the ICA draft‘, and that consideration of that appendix was ‘part of the overall ICA review/approval process‘. This contradicts CIA Director Brennan’s earlier testimony that the Steele dossier formed ‘no part’ of the ICA conclusions. || Source

March 5, 2018: Special Counsel Mueller admits to Trump lawyer John Dowd that there was no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion to influence the 2016 presidential election, but suggests Trump’s firing of Comey is obstruction of justice. Dowd explains Comey was fired for mishandling the Clinton email investigation and for violations of FBI rules.

March 6, 2018: Julian Assange is indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusion (18 USC 371) by grand jury in Eastern Dist Virginia, based on FBI investigation started Dec 2017. Indictment is sealed pending completion of Mueller investigation in April 2019.

March 12, 2018: HPSCI releases result of 14-month investigation into Trump/Russia: finds no ‘no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy’.

March 16, 2018: On the basis of IG Report of misconduct by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, AG Sessions fires him for lying under oath several times and making unauthorized disclosures to news media.

April 18, 2018: Congress sends criminal referrals to Justice Department for James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

April 2018: Treasury freezes all U.S. assets of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and his aluminum company, under authority of Executive Order (E.O.) 13661 and E.O. 13662, authorities codified by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), as well as E.O. 13582. ‘Deripaska has been investigated for money laundering, and has been accused of threatening the lives of business rivals, illegally wiretapping a government official, and taking part in extortion and racketeering. There are also allegations that Deripaska bribed a government official, ordered the murder of a businessman, and had links to a Russian organized crime group.’ Deripaska offers to testify without immunity from prosecution regarding these allegations, but Senator Warner blocks Deripaska testimony, claiming the purported immunity condition is unacceptable. In PBS April 16, 2019 interview, Deripaska says it is ‘absurd’ to suggest Russian Government would rely on Manafort for anything.
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April 26, 2018: European Commission proposes ‘vaccine passports’. || Source

May 2018: Maltese professor and CIA asset Joseph Mifsud, on the run, meets lawyer Stephen Roh in Zurich to record deposition. (Prosecutor John Durham later obtains Mifsud’s recorded deposition.)

May 17, 2018: Atlantic Council (Gen James Jones, Chairman) and Facebook form partnership to censor election-related disinformation, ‘inauthentic behavior’, and potentially inflammatory material by selectively removing accounts so identified, to restore the integrity of elections worldwide.

Aug 2018: Former FBI contractor and cybersecurity specialist Dennis Nathan Cain delivers documents on Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to DOJ Inspector General Horowitz staff. While seated in a pew of a church near the White House, Cain hands a double-sealed envelope containing a flash drive with the documents to the IG official. Cain alleges then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate Clinton Foundation criminal activity (receipt of a $130 million donation) related to Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One in 2013. An IG official personally hand-delivers the documents to House and Senate intelligence committees.

Aug 7, 2018: Google, Apple, and Facebook all remove Alex Jones and Infowars from their websites at the same time, possibly coordinated by Senator Mark Warner. || Source

Aug 10, 2018: FBI fires Peter Strzok, central figure in FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of candidate and President Trump, suppression of criminal evidence in Clinton email case, falsification of FISA warrant applications, unauthorized circulation of Steele dossier to media, ambush interview of Lt Gen Flynn, and related activities. Strzok firing indicates SC Mueller has nothing further to investigate.

Aug 15, 2018: Former CIA Dir Brennan’s security clearance is revoked.

Aug 19, 2018: Brennan states on TV he had no evidence of Russian collusion with Trump as of the date he left CIA.

Aug 30, 2018: Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills, and four other security clearances revoked.

Nov 6, 2018: With $100 million from Mike Bloomberg, Democrats obtain House majority, enabling impeachment of President Trump, while Republicans retain Senate majority, ensuring acquittal on impeachment charges.

Nov 7, 2018: AG Sessions resigns.

Nov 15, 2018: Federal magistrate Stephanie Gallagher in the U.S. District Court for Baltimore signs order authorizing FBI raid on home of Dennis Nathan Cain to recover ‘stolen federal property’.

Nov 19, 2018: 16 FBI agents raid Maryland home of Dennis Nathan Cain in search of documents he had previously delivered to IG Horowitz. Cain produces copies of documents he delivered to IG Horowitz, but FBI continues searching and removes work equipment without explanation.

Nov 30, 2018: Sen Grassley writes to FBI Dir Wray, asking whether FBI was aware Cain’s disclosures to the DOJ IG were lawful and protected under Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA). || Source

Dec 8, 2018: President Trump nominates William Barr Attorney General.

Dec 12, 2018: In UK court, Christopher Steele states Fusion GPS clients were DNC and Clinton campaign. ‘Perkins Coie LLP [engaged Fusion GPS] to provide legal advice on the potential impact of Russian involvement on the legal validity of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election. Based on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as ‘Hillary for America’) could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election.’ || Source , and British High Court Filing Aug 2, 2018, Claim No. HQ18M01646.

Dec 18, 2018: Yahoo reporter Michael Isikoff, one of the first to publicize the Steele dossier, states that this dossier which stimulated investigation of Trump for collusion with Russia lacks evidence and ‘some of the more sensational allegations will never be proven and are likely false‘. || Source

Dec 18, 2018: Flynn appears with his Covington Burling attorneys for sentencing after cooperating with government investigations. District Judge Sullivan berates him for unspecified crimes, for ‘selling out his country’, threatens jail time, then asks whether he would like to postpone sentencing. Flynn agrees.

Jan 11, 2019: New York Times publishes online headline on FBI’s May 2017 investigation: ‘F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia’. Ninth paragraph reveals ‘No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials’. || Source

Feb 15, 2019: Senate Intel Committee reaches bipartisan agreement that there is no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

March 2019: IMF pays Ecuadorian Govt $4.2 billion.

March 2019: Moderna acquires rights from two Canadian companies that own patents on lipid nanoparticles, and the knowhow associated with encapsulating mRNA particles in them. Moderna amends previously rejected patent applications to refer to ‘accidental or deliberate coronavirus release‘ to boost urgency for patent approval.

March 22, 2019: Mueller concludes in final report ‘investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities‘.

March 25, 2019: Brennan says ‘Well, I don’t know if I received bad information but I suspected there was more than there actually was. I am relieved that it’s been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election. I think that is good news for the country.’

March 28, 2019: McCabe fired, forced to leave FBI before his official retirement.

April 10, 2019: Attorney General William Barr testifies to Senate that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had been spied upon by U.S. intelligence agencies. He says ‘the question was whether it [the spying] was adequately predicated‘ (had any factual basis).

April 11, 2019: Mueller investigation ends. Ecuador President Lenin Moreno revokes Assange’s asylum, following IMF payment of $4.2 billion the previous month. U.K. police forcibly drag Julian Assange from Ecuadorian Embassy where he had taken refuge since 2012. He is arrested for skipping bail in 2012 and held for possible extradition to the U.S. on charges of espionage and conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. || Source1 , Source2

April 12, 2019: Hunter Biden brings water-damaged MacBook computer to repair shop in Wilmington Delaware, but fails to pick it up or pay repair bill after 90 days. Repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac, unable to reach Biden, takes possession of computer, reviews contents, advises FBI.

April 18, 2019: Mueller releases 448-page report, finds no Trump-Russia collusion: ‘the evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump Campaign conspired with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.‘ Report states unequivocally: ‘Beginning in March 2016, units of the Russian Federation’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU) hacked the computers and email accounts of organizations, employees, and volunteers supporting the Clinton Campaign, including the email account of campaign chairman John Podesta. Starting in April 2016, the GRU hacked into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).’ Proof that the DNC emails in Wikileaks’ possession did NOT come from Russia, as promised by Julian Assange’s Aug 2017 statement to Rep Dana Rohrbacker, would contradict the Mueller report’s assertions. Source: Mueller report, p 9 and p 36, respectively.

April 21, 2019: Volodymyr Zelensky elected President of Ukraine.

April 22, 2019: President Trump calls newly elected Ukraine President Zelensky to congratulate him and to promise U.S. support.

April 2019: Hunter Biden resigns from Burisma Board.

May 3, 2019: BHR invests in Face++, a Chinese surveillance company using face-recognition technology to identify Uighurs and other ethnic minorities and dissidents. Face++ had previously received a $460 million from BHR and ohers in 2017. || Source

May 11, 2019: DAG Rod Rosenstein, who had appointed SC Mueller, resigns.

May 13, 2019: 13 May. AG Barr appoints U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham to review FBI’s counterintelligence investigations in context of 2016 election.

May 23, 2019: AG Barr requests de-classification. President Trump’s de-classification order authorizes AG Barr to have unrestricted access to DOE documents re Uranium One and CFIUS, Treasury documents re Clinton Foundation, State Dept, and Intelligence Community documents re 2016 election.

May 31, 2019: AG Barr in interview with CBS states ‘I had a lot of questions about what was going on. I assumed I’d get answers when I went in and I have not gotten answers that are satisfactory, and in fact probably have more questions, and that some of the facts that—that I’ve learned don’t hang together with the official explanations of what happened.

June 16, 2019: Dr Robert Epstein (, psychologist, testifies to Senate Judiciary Committee on Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME). ‘Google’s autocomplete search suggestions can turn a 50/50 split among undecided voters into a 90/10 split without people’s awareness’. || Source1 ; Source2 ; Source3

June 20, 2019: Los Angeles removes 1.5 million inactive voters from its registration list, in response to a lawsuit by Judicial Watch pursuant to Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (‘NVRA’), 52 U.S.C. § 20507. Judicial Watch showed that Los Angeles had registered 112% of its adult citizen population. || Source

2019: Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP), a nonprofit operated by former Feinstein staffer Daniel Jones, pays $1,222,714 in 2019 to Bean LLC, the shell company that controls Fusion GPS, and $700,000 to Walshingham Partners Ltd, a British company co-owned by Christopher Steele, according to a tax filing (date of payment not disclosed). || Source