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Timeline of U.S. Political Transformation, 7b
§7b. The Sino-Sinecure and Secret Courts, July - Dec 2017
To those possessed by a 'higher calling', Donald Trump's real crime was that against all odds and against the Deep State of the globalist / media / spook / tech (GMST) cabal, he had won. His no-apologies America-first program, plans to improve the terms of international trade, get along with Russia, and bypass multi-lateral and global bureaucracies, threatened their fervent policy preferences — and their careers.
The sequence of actions and events, policies and programs that transformed the United States from a free society into one lacking the Constitutionally required ‘consent of the governed’. How this gap in governance is increasingly filled by force and violence, livelihood threats, mass surveillance, centralized control of messaging, censorship, distraction, and miscounting of electoral results. Updated by inserting facts often revealed years after the event into the record when they actually took place.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to Gongwen Dong (email@example.com): '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 state.gov 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 14, 2017 - Aug 3, 2018: Northern International Capital, a CEFC affiliate, and CEFC, transfer $6,000,000 to Hudson West III, a company owned by Hunter Biden. Hudson West III transfers $4.8 million to Owasco, another Hunter Biden company, and $1.4 million to Lion Hall Group, a company owned by James Biden. Owasco pays Hunter Biden a one-time fee of $500,000 plus compensation of $100,000/month. || Bank records provided by Senators Grassley and Johnson to U.S. Attorney David Weiss via letter of Oct 26, 2022. Floor Speech, Charles Grassley, Grassley, Johnson Release Bank Records Tying Biden Family to CCP–Linked Individuals & Companies (Mar. 29, 2022) || 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.
§7. Notes On A Higher Calling, January - June 2017
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