The Quiet Patriot
As more details about Obama’s great SpyGate crime start to come into public view, recent revelations appear to shed more light on the important, but often overlooked, role of Dana Boente, as REX explains.
On 13 January, 2017, three days after the Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on President-elect Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, then President Obama quietly signed EO 13762, Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice.
It was just seven days before the end of Obama’s presidency. In a major breach of protocol, the change was never communicated to President-elect Trump’s transition team.
The effect of Obama’s EO was significant and, in the light of events since, appears calculated. It meant that should the future Attorney General Sessions be forced to recuse or resign, Channing Phillips, then Acting Attorney for the District of Columbia, would be first in line to take over as Acting Attorney General.
Channing Phillips was a fierce Eric Holder/Obama loyalist and apparatchik. The Obama calculus now seems obvious - forcing the removal of Sessions would elevate Phillips to the AAG role, allowing Phillips to cause mayhem, working with an FBI that was then stacked to the rafters with corrupt officials such as the lamentable Peter Strzok - and led by the most crooked FBI Director ever, one James Comey.
While we can see now that it was a desperate ‘hail mary’ by Obama and his goons, at the time it would have made perfect sense. It remains unknown whether the Mueller Special Counsel was already planned by January 13, 2017 - the engineered removal of Sessions suggests that it may well have been - but even if it wasn’t, a Phillips/Comey combination would be an ideal way to protect the Obama administration. And a powerful weapon, to attack and destroy POTUS Trump.
Of course, the effect of Obama’s EO meant that the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, next in line should the Attorney-General be forced to recuse or resign, was removed from the order of succession.
That man was Dana Boente.
Boente in Early Trump Administration
Again, Obama’s EO was more likely a strategic calculation to elevate Phillips, rather than to punish Boente. As stated, Phillips was a partisan Obama loyalist and Eric Holder acolyte, while Boente was an unknown quantity, with a reputation as a non-partisan straight shooter. For what was coming, Obama needed his partisan thugs in place. Boente clearly didn’t qualify.
POTUS Trump was wise to the strategy, however. He revoked EO 13762 on February 9, 2017.
Even without Obama’s EO, we can see how his thugs worked, by observing how the succession played out following Loretta Lynch’s resignation on January 20, 2017. Sally Yates caused havoc as soon as she became the Acting Attorney General. In just days, this disgraced partisan hack caused mayhem, participating in the seditious framing of General Flynn, as well as openly defying POTUS, which led to her being fired for insubordination on 30 January.
What of Channing Phillips? Phillips, never having been confirmed as the Attorney for DC, was effectively given his marching orders on June 12, 2017, after President Trump nominated Jessie Liu for the role. Liu was confirmed in September, 2017. Bye bye Channing, nice not to have known you.
On 10 March, 2017, Sessions presented POTUS Trump with a list of 46 United States Attorneys that he had wanted to resign. However, it seems that Trump found out about Obama’s sneaky EO and that he had his own mind about at least two of the attorneys on that list. Dana Boente’s name was on there, but Trump refused to accept his resignation. Ditto, Rod Rosenstein.
Boente ended up continuing his role as USA for the Eastern District of Virginia until January 28, 2018. After Sally Yates was fired by POTUS Trump, Boente took over as Acting Attorney General until February 9, 2017. Boente then became the Acting US Deputy Attorney General, reporting to new DAG Rod Rosenstein, from February 9 to April 25, 2017.
By the way, who would have advised POTUS Trump about Obama’s sneaky EO and recommended it be revoked? The Acting Attorney General. What was his name? Dana Boente.
Boente Contacting Strzok
Yesterday, Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller noted an 11 May, 2017 tweet from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page, that seems to indicate Strzok meeting with Rod Rosenstein (the DAG) on the same date, two days after POTUS Trump had fired James Comey.
Interestingly, an analysis of the texts between Page and Strzok also appears to shed light on Dana Boente wanting to know what Comey’s crooks were up to. They appear to reveal Boente in contact with Strzok and trying to gain Strzok’s trust.
We find a reference to Boente in the Page/Strzok texts on 10 March 2017, the same day that Sessions presented his list of resignations to Trump, Page tweets ‘Woohoo. Per George just now, DAG wants weekly briefings from us on the (redacted) case.’ The DAG on 10 March was Dana Boente. Rosenstein wasn’t confirmed until 25 April, 2017.
There’s an interesting exchange of texts between Strzok and Page on 9 May, 2017 concerning Strzok’s communications with Boente. Page texts Strzok:
‘He’s the A/AAG, not the DAG..why don’t you just call him?’
Strzok replies : ‘I did.’
On the same evening, Strzok texts: ‘Reminds me of the last time Dana called, the only feedback I got was him relaying people asked him: ‘why is Dana calling Pete?’
The context is important. It seems that likely co-conspirators within the FBI were concerned that Boente and Strzok were communicating. As Strzok explains,
‘it will still make Carl cranky [Carl Gattas, EAD of the FBI’s National Security Branch], or at least Bill’s [Bill Priestap] worried about that. I don’t f*cking care anymore. I reminded Bill that Dana and [I] have known each other for 15 years and have a working friendship.’
Then Strzok starts disclosing some of what he and Boente discussed:
‘He wanted to talk about (redacted) after we talked about the Norfolk USAO, where he physically is right now. They’r preaching out to (redacted) and otherwise doing alerting stuff . I told him that we’re ready to partner aggressively with them.’
Strzok then goes on to recount Boente defending him (Strzok) against whispers within DOJ that Strzok was a busybody. You can read the texts yourself here:
PS LP Text Messages Dec 201… by on Scribd
Reminder : since then, Strzok, Gattas and Priestap have all been removed from the FBI. And as we now know, Peter Strzok is emblematic of the corrupt and unethical culture that Obama created in the FBI , that reached its nadir under Director Comey. An apparatchik par excellence with nauseating ambition, the kindest interpretation of Strzok is that he seemed to carry out any task ordered of him, with no regard to the legality or ethics involved. This of course made him easy to manipulate, by bad actors - a useful lap dog.
In contrast, Boente seems to be almost the opposite, with a hard won reputation as experienced, non-partisan, reliable, quiet, unassuming and discreet, over his entire career.
Why was Boente reaching out to Strzok at all? What is striking is that there was no professional reason for Dana Boente to engage with Strzok. There was no direct reporting line between the two. To me, Boente seems to be interested in engaging with Strzok and arguably, gaining the corrupt agent’s confidences.
This would make sense. It’s clear that Strzok was an easy mark. He was far too trusting of others contacting him during this sensitive time. He seems to have assumed that everyone was implicitly anti-Trump. A more competent agent would have been immediately suspicious of anyone outside their inner circle contacting them, but Strzok, self-involved, indiscreet and ambitious, seems to have taken Boente’s interests as a sign of recognition.
Boente as FISA Signatory
So, we know that Dana Boente was taking an active interest in Comey’s crooks were up to, not to mention reaching out to Strzok himself. What else do we know? On 19 April, 2017, Boente co-signed the FISA warrant targeting Carter Page, with James Comey.
It is interesting to cite the sequence of signatories to the Page FISA:
21 October, 2016 - Comey/Yates
19 January, 2017 - Comey/Yates
19 April, 2017 - Comey/Boente
18 July, 2017 - McCabe/Rosenstein
See the pattern? With Yates removed, Comey needed an acting DOJ signatory, as did McCabe. In step Boente and Rosenstein, two attorneys who do not appear to have had any involvement in the Page FISA, during 2016.
Would Comey and McCabe have put the renewals forward to DAG’s they didn’t trust? Not likely. Which raises the question : is Boente part of the conspiracy, working with black hats such as Strzok, or has Boente successfully gained their trust to expose their crimes?
Boente: The Quiet Patriot
It is clear that at least Comey and Strzok had enough trust in Boente, to contact and work with him. And that Boente had an interest in reaching out to both the disgraced officials. How to interpret the events, however?
On the one hand, Boente could be portrayed as a co-conspirator. A few problems with that view, though. It doesn’t appear consistent with Boente’s history of being overlooked by Obama in EO 13762, his absence in the wider SpyGate crimes through 2015-2016, his career reputation as a non-partisan straight shooter, Trump’s refusal to accept his resignation, not to mention his subsequent promotion of Boente.
Also, why would Boente bother to join the conspiracy in March 2017, with POTUS Trump in power. A man of his experience and intelligence likely would have guessed what was going on during the election campaign and witnessed it backfire, resulting in Trump’s famous victory. Wouldn’t a canny operator sit events out and watch, waiting for the wind to turn in a certain direction, before deciding to join the pro or anti-Trump crowd? And anyway, Boente’s personality and approach just don’t seem to match that type of person.
On balance, the above indicates that Trump gained a favorable opinion of Boente early in his administration and that Boente, probably shocked at the criminality and corruption of SpyGate, agreed to contribute in rooting out corrupt Obama-era officials in the DOJ and James Comey’s FBI gang of crooks. This would have encompassed assisting in the investigations of illegal leaking, not to mention gathering evidence in his interactions with corrupt DOJ & FBI officials.
There’s another reason that indicates Boente is probably one of the good guys - Donald J Trump. Almost all seasoned observers of SpyGate agree that Trump has had a detailed knowledge of everything that has gone on, since all least late 2016. Given one of Trump’s core objectives is to salvage and revive the FBI’s reputation, it would be most unlikely that Trump would approve of retaining Boente in a senior role, if Boente was working against Trump, or involved in the seditious conspiracy to destroy the Trump presidency.
On January 23, 2018, Dana Boente was appointed as General Counsel of the FBI. Such an important appointment would have required the blessing, at the very least, of POTUS Trump himself. In the context of events during 2017, it seems impossible to interpret Boente’s appointment as anything else than a just reward, for services rendered.
In conclusion, Dana Boente appears to have played an important role in driving out the corruption in Obama’s FBI and DOJ, as well as exposing criminality. HIs role is often overlooked.
Time will tell, but in my opinion, history will be very kind to Dana Boente, ‘the quiet patriot’.