Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz have sent a letter demanding answers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding a “Secure Work Environment” the bureau has apparently been operating for years in the Washington, D.C., office of the Democratic law firm Perkins Coie.
Gaetz told Tucker Carlson on Fox News Tuesday night that he received a letter from Perkins Coie lawyers confirming that the FBI has been maintaining a “Secure Work Environment” within Perkins Coie office for more than a decade, dating back to 2012, and that it is still in operation today.
“Perkins Coie is responsible to the FBI for maintaining the Secure Work Environment,” the letter reportedly said.
Gaetz said he’s spoken with multiple former federal prosecutors who have described the arrangement as unusual. He and Jordan, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding an explanation.
“We have learned that since March 2012, the FBI approved and facilitated a Secure Work Environment at Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C. office, which continues to be operational,” the letter states. “In a letter dated May 25, 2022, the law firm confirmed and acknowledged the arrangement.” source
Who worked in that ‘secure workspace’ exactly…well the now acquitted Michael Sussman. To read the full background and details on the charges against Sussman, go here.
The Florida congressman explained that he had learned from a whistleblower that Perkins Coie, “the law firm that received 42 million dollars from the Democrat party,” had been sharing a workspace with the FBI.
“Why in the world would that be the case?” Gaetz asked. “Why would [FBI Director] Christopher Wray allow it to continue?”
Gaetz told Carlson incredulously that a person operating out of that work space for the past 12 months was none other than Michael Sussmann himself.
Gaetz said that it was his hope that the facility will be shut down.
“The Democrat party shouldn’t have this special access, this special portal to the FBI, especially knowing what we do now—that they were often trying to take this opposition research, and use that for law enforcement counterintelligence purposes,” he said.
Carlson agreed, saying, “you can’t politicize the country’s biggest law enforcement agency. That’s completely third world.”
What is not being mentioned is the extent of the computer portal the law firm has into the FBI databases. That means that the DNC and the whole Hillary Clinton operation, including her legal team HAS FBI database access. That could and likely means that Perkins Coie, the DNC and the entire Clinton operation has access to query any American citizen, putting a new definition into opposition research. Anyone remember 702 abuses going back to perhaps 2012?
Non-compliant queries since 2012.
85% of the FBI and contractor searches are unlawful.
Many of those searches involved the use of the “same identifiers over different data ranges.” Put in plain terms, the same people were continually being tracked, searched and surveilled by querying the FBI database over time.
The non-compliant searches go back to 2012. The same date mentioned for the FBI portal to begin operating inside the Perkins Coie office.
This specific footnote is a key. Note the phrase: “([redacted] access to FBI systems was the subject of an interagency memorandum of understanding entered into [redacted])”, this sentence has the potential to expose an internal decision; withheld from congress and the FISA court by the Obama administration; that outlines a process for access and distribution of surveillance data.
Note: “no notice of this practice was given to the FISC until 2016“, that is important.
♦Summary: The FISA court identified and quantified tens-of-thousands of search queries of the NSA/FBI database using the FISA-702(16)(17) system. The database was repeatedly used by persons with contractor access who unlawfully searched and extracted the raw results without redacting the information and shared it with an unknown number of entities.
The outlined process certainly points toward a political spying and surveillance operation. When the DOJ use of the IRS for political information on their opposition became problematic, the Obama administration needed another tool. It was in 2012 when they switched to using the FBI databases for targeted search queries. hat tip to CTH