The founder and now former CEO of Overstock.com, Patrick Byrne, has stepped down from his post after he stunned investors with a frank admission earlier this month that he was a government informant involved with the Deep State.
Last week, as NewsTarget reported, Byrne noted during an interview with the Fox Business Network that he had a role in the “Trump-Russia collusion” hoax — a.k.a. “Spygate” — perpetrated by blind followers of President Obama.
The news site reported that Byrne was involved at one point with Russian spy Maria Butina, a gun rights activist who recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy in exchange for assisting the Justice Department with ongoing investigations. She has also been romantically linked to GOP operative Paul Erikson, who’s also been notified he’s the target of a federal investigation himself, the Washington Examiner reported.
Byrne and Butina were together for about three years. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison in April for infiltrating the National Rifle Association on behalf of the Russian government.
But the really shocking news came when Byrne told FBN host David Atman that Attorney General William Barr was set to drop the hammer on others involved in Spygate, which was really an operation to depose POTUS Donald Trump after he unexpectedly beat Hillary Clinton, very soon.
“I ended up in the center of the Russian and the Clinton investigations. I have all the answers. I have been sitting on them waiting for America to get there. Last summer I figured out… what they all are is all about political espionage,” he told Asman.
“It had nothing to do with law enforcement, it was all political espionage. Here’s the bottom line. There is a Deep State like a submarine working just beneath the waves of the periscope depth watching our shipping lane. And a nuclear ice breaker called the USS Bill Barr has snuck up on them and is about to ram midship,” he continued.
“That’s about to happen and I think we’re about to see the biggest scandal in American history as a result. But it was all political. Everything you think you know about Russia and Clinton investigations is a lie. It’s all a cover-up. It was all political espionage,” Byrne said.
When Asman asked if Barr was going to “get to the bottom” of Spygate, Byrne asserted that Barr already has.
A most bizarre twist in the biggest political scandal in U.S. history
These frank admissions sent shockwaves through Overstock, tanking its stock value and leaving investors shaken and disturbed and causing Byrne to announce that he is stepping down as CEO to be replaced by director Jonathan Johnson, a 17-year veteran of the company and who recently served as head of Overstock’s blockchain firm, Medici Ventures.
“While I believe that I did what was necessary for the good of the country, for the good of the firm, I am in the sad position of having to sever ties with Overstock,” Byrne wrote in a 1,600-word letter, Zero Hedge reported.
He said in his letter that he “came forward” to a small group of journalists” in July “regarding my involvement in certain government matters.” He said he did so on his own after he “was reminded of the damage done to our nation for three years,” adding that he “felt my duty as a citizen precluded me from staying silent any longer.”
Byrne also lamented the fact that, for three years, he watched the U.S. “pull itself apart while I knew many answers, and I set my red line at seeing civil violence breaking out.”
Following Byrne’s public statements about his involvement with the Spygate scandal, Overstock’s value plummeted 36 percent, trimming some $317 million off the company’s market cap. The company’s value skyrocketed 17 percent following his public resignation letter.
Byrne founded the company in 1999.
After appearing on Fox Business, former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne appeared on Fox TV with Martha MacCallum. In this interview Byrne explained his impetus for contacting the FBI in 2015, about Russian national Maria Butina, surrounded a low-level security clearance he held and a responsibility to report suspicious contacts.
Mr. Byrne then names Peter Strzok, Bill Priestap, Andrew McCabe and James Comey as the top of an operation where Byrne was instructed to guide Butina into the contact circle of republican presidential candidates in 2015, and then back away.
Curiously, if you get beyond the confusing mess of communication, what Byrne is describing does factually align with what is already known. However, Byrne is describing an aspect to the DOJ/FBI operation that has not been discussed very much.
Byrne is describing the DOJ-NSD and FBI using Russian national Maria Butina as an unwitting, walking, FISA surveillance virus.
John Carlin was the person who lied to the FISA court about non-compliant FISA-702(16)(17) searches; and then resigned only a few days before the Carter Page FISA application was submitted and approved.
Putting the issues together it seems Patrick Byrne is describing how Maria Butina, a Russian national, was allowed to run around in republican political circles by the FBI so they could create the impression of Russian infiltrators in/around the Rubio, Cruz and Trump campaigns.
Perhaps Patrick Byrne’s reporting of his security driven concerns was used to initiate legal FISA surveillance on Maria Butina. That sounds like what he ends up describing.
As a Russian national the DOJ/FBI wouldn’t need a surveillance ‘warrant‘. That would make Maria Butina essentially a walking Ebola surveillance virus, and any American she came into contact with would be infected for legal FISA-702 surveillance.
Makes sense if you think about it..
Run Ms. Butina into Rubio, Cruz and Trump campaigns and violá legal FISA(702) searches, surveillance and subsequent legally authorized unmaskings etc. Per the interview that is what Byrne appears to describe as happening from December 2015 through April(ish) 2016.
Staying with the nuggets within the word salad of an interview…. After April 2016, Patrick Byrne is asked by the FBI to re-engage with Maria Butina, only now targeted exclusively toward candidate Trump. Byrne is asked to develop a romantic relationship and introduce Butina to people politically connected in/around the Trump campaign.
Maria Butina was the walking FISA ebola virus. Ultimately, after the field narrowed, the Trump campaign became the target. To keep an arms length from the obvious motive of political surveillance, the FBI used Patrick Byrne as a civilian handler for Maria Butina.
Along the way Patrick Byrne suspected this was all sketchy. His work as a civilian handler for a Russian national, positioned as a Russian agent, by and for a politically motivated FBI operation, is what Byrne is now revealing.
Yes, the way Byrne describes it is weird; however, behind the odd descriptions, what he is describing does make sense.
Now read the letter (full pdf) from Butina’s former lawyer to Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Durham: