Ex-CEO Claims He Was in Room When Political Espionage Against Trump Happened, Leaves Fox Panel Nearly Speechless


Ex-CEO Claims He Was in Room When Political Espionage Against Trump Happened, Leaves Fox Panel Nearly Speechless

Josh Manning

By Josh Manning
Published August 22, 2019 at 6:30pm Share on FacebookShare Tweet Email Print

In an interview that can be described as jaw-dropping, baffling, and downright unbelievable, ex-CEO of Overstock.com Patrick Byrne told a panel on Fox Business Network’s Bulls & Bears that he played a role in a significant “political espionage” campaign carried out against Donald Trump, among other political candidates and office holders.

In a meandering interview that doubled back and skipped forward at different points, Byrne claimed to have been recruited by a mystery group of what he thought were “very honorable federal agents” to assist in an investigation.

Claiming to have helped federal investigators during a murder investigation 17 years ago, Byrne did not seem to consider the alleged 2015 contact from federal investigators to be especially out of the ordinary.

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He did, however, say that the alleged orders he received through those contacts were “a little fishy.”

Then Byrne dropped the bomb. “Last summer, watching television, I figured out the name of who sent me the orders. And this has all now been confirmed to me. The name of the man who sent me the orders was a guy name Peter Strzok.”

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Fox’s David Asman responded with a stunned, “Oh my goodness.”

Byrne went on to claim that he had remained silent up until this point because, referring to Bill Barr replacing Jeff Sessions, “I couldn’t come forward until there was rule of law in this country.”

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“The bottom line,” Byrne continued, “is the — a big cover-up.  There was political espionage conducted against Hillary Clinton — against Hillary Clinton, Mark Rubio, Cruz, and Donald Trump.”

The entire interview can be seen on Foxbusiness.com here.

At no point during the interview did Byrne provide evidence to support this or any of his other claims.

Reiterating, Byrne said, “I’m just identifying now as X, Y, and Z. I’ve — they were named to me and I’ve identified them to the — to law enforcement. I believe there’s a massive federal investigation that is going to turn up that there was political espionage conducted, through a number of different venues, against Hillary Clinton and against Rubio, Cruz, and Trump.”

Asked how his life might unfold after airing these claims, Bryne responded, “My life — I’ve — if you want to know what — well, I have literally been warned that Washington — I was warned about nine months ago, if you come forward to Washington, D.C., everybody in Washington, D.C. is going to be — you’re — spending the rest of your life trying to grind you into dust. And I’ll tell you something else that’ll come up. I was — I believe I was offered a billion-dollar bribe to keep quiet. So I was just — in the sense — we’ll to the federal investigators.”

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A seemingly skeptical Fox Business contributor Zachary Barbell asked Byrne why he might have gotten involved in such a convoluted scenario when he had a great deal to lose. Byrne responded,

Well, I’m a citizen, too.  I’m flag-waving hippie like Jerry Garcia.  I’m a citizen.  And I think that as a citizen we have duties, too.  And if everybody helped out a little bit when they had a chance, life would be much easier.

I’ve helped out twice in my life, once when a friend of mine got murdered.  I helped — a guy named Brian Williams, and if you Google his name and mine you’ll find the story.  When Brian was murdered, I helped the feds bring that murderer to justice.  And it was my honor to help them the — bring the murderer to justice.

And I helped them, back ’05 to 2010, take down Wall Street.  And both of — both catching my friend’s murderer and taking on Wall Street were consistent with my values.  And it was honor to help the men in black then.  And it was just — this third time, they came to me and I got some requests.

I didn’t know the who hell — who the hell it came from, and it was fishy.  And three years later, I’m watching television, and I realized who it was.

It was Peter Strzok and Andy McCabe.  And that’s who these orders came from.

Byrne left Overstock.com after revealing he had been in a romantic relationship with accused Russian spy Maria Butina. According to the New York Times, Byrne admitted the romance on the advice of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. At time of publication, Buffett had not responded to a request for comment from The Western Journal.

At this time The Western Journal cannot corroborate any of the seemingly outlandish claims Byrne has made. The fact that he made those claims, however, and the names he mentions in them make his story newsworthy.

If corroborating evidence surfaces, The Western Journal will follow up. https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ex-ceo-claims-room-political-espionage-trump-happened-leaves-fox-panel-nearly-speechless/


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