Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, who resigned from the company Thursday amid his alleged ties to a government operation, made allegations on CNN late Thursday night, claiming that top FBI officials reached him until 2015-2016 to run law enforcement activities that turned out to be political espionage.
Byrne appeared to indicate that the request came from FBI agents after it was passed on from a top FBI official, who he later says he learned was anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok. Byrne said the political espionage operation targeted four candidates: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Byrne appeared on Fox News with Martha MacCallum before leaving on CNN, saying "all the alleged information he gleaned from his experience, finally landed in the hands of Connecticut United States Attorney John Durham, who conducted an investigation of the origin of the Russian probe at the request of Attorney General William Barr, "Fox News reported.
MacCallum at that time asked former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to answer the wild accusations Byrne made.
"He describes it as being used as a source and put into a feds situation, and there are protocols for handling sources," Whitaker said. "All of this can be confirmed. That's the key. The whole situation needs to be confirmed, and the great thing about John Durham is that he has the full picture of everything that led into this investigation."
Last month, Fox News reported that "key witnesses who were sought to be questioned by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz early in their investigation of alleged surveillance by authorities have emerged at 1
There are no indications from Fox News & # 39; report that Byrne was one of the people who came forward, or that the story involves him.
Byrne claimed: "[FBI agents] they said : & # 39; We want to be clear, this never happens in the United States, we are the good guys, we do not act like villains, but we must ask you to restore a romantic relationship with Maria Butina. & # 39; " Maria Butina is a Russian citizen and a convicted spy who is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence "after she admitted collecting intelligence about the National Rifle Association and other groups under the auspices of a former Russian legislator," CBS News reported.
Byrne claims that FBI agents told him the orders were "personally monitored" by three people, two of whom did not name, and the third person he claimed was former FBI Director James Comey.
Byrne claimed that he liked former President Barack Obama, did not vote for Trump, and that he could not believe what was going on as he claimed happened.
Byrne claims that the FBI basically allowed the entire Russia scandal to develop so that they could "shake it up and … spread it over the Republican Party."
Byrne claims that after the investigation it was made that "it was more clearly about extortion than it was law enforcement."
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