The politicization and apparent corruption of the FBI



Overview and recap articles:


The Stench Still Lingers.  The political corruption of a law enforcement agency — the kind that led the FBI to ignore the obvious felonies of one candidate and try to invent crimes in an effort to target her opponent — is, by far, the corruption most damaging to democracy.  The stench of that political corruption still lingers over the FBI and the Justice Department, but neither Trump nor anyone in his administration is willing or able to deal with it.  The problem has gotten worse, not better.

The Lingering Stench of Coverup at Justice and the FBI.  What began as a good week for President Trump stalled and finally ended badly.  On Monday [9/17/2018], he ordered the Justice Department to declassify and provide to congressional investigators a pile of documents, many of which the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) subpoenaed more than a year ago.  From Tuesday until Friday morning, we waited in vain for any evidence that the president's order had been complied with by the FBI and DoJ.  On Friday morning, HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) told a Fox News interviewer that his committee hadn't seen any of the documents that the president's Monday order had declassified.  Obviously, the FBI and DoJ weren't complying with the president's order.  Then came Trump's Friday announcement that he'd canceled the declassification order after being persuaded to do so by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and "key allies" — Britain?  Australia?  Russia?  Mexico? — who'd called to urge him not to declassify the documents in question.

Can We Trust the FBI?  Peter Strzok.  Lisa Page.  AndrewMcCabe.  James Comey.  Sound familiar?  That's the FBI — the folks who are being asked to investigate, apparently for one week, the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.  Yes, that group is mercifully gone now, but who is behind them?  And what have we not yet learned of the internal conspiracy against President Trump currently being investigated by the inspector general?  Who else is involved and who then will be conducting and supervising this investigation?  Will it be the same people?  In other words, can we trust the FBI with this when the institution itself is so tainted and deeply in need of reform?

America in Throes of a Bloodless Revolution.  It is obvious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been politicized, and the awesome power of this feared organization has been subverted.  They have supported lies, used false documents to initiate a special counsel, interrupted the lives of American patriots who gave up defending themselves because it is impossible to outlast a government agency who can use taxpayer money to keep you in court for as long as they want to.  The Justice Department, which has basically been leaderless under the tenure of Jeff Sessions has, under the feckless interim directorship of Rod Rosenstein, definitely listed to port and been complicit in obtaining FISA Court warrants under false pretenses.  Had everything gone according to plan, Hillary Clinton would have been elected, and all the corruption would have been buried way down deep.

The Only Subject Ben Sasse Won't Talk About:  Spygate.  Although [Ben] Sasse has issued two statements in support of Sessions in recent weeks, he has not made any formal comments about the misconduct and potentially unlawful behavior of the following people:  Former FBI Director James Comey; former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Assistant Attorney General Bruce Ohr; FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. [...] Comey is now under investigation by the Justice Department's Inspector General for mishandling government documents.  McCabe in under a grand jury investigation.  Ohr twice has been demoted at the Justice Department; his wife, Nellie, worked for the political opposition research firm that produced the anti-Trump dossier and both Ohrs were in contact with the dossier's author, Christopher Steele.  Strzok and Page had numerous exchanges about how to stop Trump's candidacy and then undermine his administration after he was elected.

Can the FBI be independent?  When President Donald Trump appointed Atlanta lawyer Christopher Wray to succeed James Comey as the director of the FBI, my initial reaction was not positive.  Wray is a veteran of the Department of Justice and is part of that good-old-boy DOJ network that knows how to protect its own.  Indeed, when then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former U.S. attorney, needed a good criminal defense lawyer — whose millions in fees were paid by New Jersey taxpayers — he hired Wray.  Christie was never indicted in the Bridgegate scandal, but defense counsel for those who were sought Christie's cellphone to demonstrate to jurors the governor's involvement in the plot to shut down lanes near the George Washington Bridge for political retaliation.  Christie claimed that he gave his phone to federal prosecutors, but they told the court that they did not have the phone.  Where was it?  In a safe of the Atlanta law firm that employed Wray.

New Schweizer-recommended book exposes extent of corruption at FBI and DOJ.  The FBI and the DOJ have gone to the Dark Side.  Amazing, considering their longstanding promotion of their status and posture for decades as the defenders of freedom and the American way — but times change, and the deep Deep State has no special affection for the America conceived of and promoted by the founders.  I have a friend and colleague who is retired from the FBI.  We talk, and he insists that the FBI basic hardworking field agents and such are concerned and upset about the misconduct of the many miscreants in the leadership of the FBI and the DOJ.  For example, he tells me of the perceived problems that were created by FBI decisions to make cases headquarters cases instead of following FBI protocols that made the field agents the drivers of the case.  However, I see nothing of any effort by FBI agents to fix the corruption problem at the top.  Wanna know why?  They are bureaucrats, and they have no taste for the risks of fixing corruption.

Devin Nunes:  Clinton campaign colluded with 'nearly every' top official at the DOJ and FBI.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes declared Sunday that Hillary Clinton's campaign "colluded" with nearly every top official in the Justice Department and FBI.  An interview on Fox News had turned to the topic of Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and his ties to Bruce Ohr, a high-level DOJ official who fed the FBI information from the ex-British spy even after he was cut as a source for providing confidential information to the media.

Why aren't the Democrats horrified by the corruption at the FBI and DOJ?  It is becoming clearer by the day, after over a year of investigations, that the Obama administration did indeed weaponize the DOJ, the FBI, the CIA, the ATF, the IRS and the NSA.  Over those eight years, each of the above agencies was transformed into an arm of the Democratic Party tasked with crippling the opposition and abrogating the Constitution.  Since all of the mainstream media already were arms of the DNC, it is well and truly a miracle that Donald Trump prevailed throughout his campaign to win the election, as the entire DC bureaucracy and media were aligned against him.  Most of them still are.

The Police Were Not Policed.  Most recently, it was disclosed, two years after the fact — and despite the FBI's kicking-and-screaming refusal to release subpoenaed documents — that the FBI did, as alleged, offer to pay Christopher Steele to dig for dirt on the Trump campaign.  The FBI also knew that Steele was working on behalf of the Clinton campaign to find dirt on Donald Trump.  We now also know that the FBI used at least one informant to spy on members of the Trump campaign.  In other words, the FBI joined forces with one political campaign to thwart the efforts of the opposing campaign.  Has that happened before in American history?

FBI Vault Release — FBI Requested Data Forensics on Huma Abedin/Clinton Laptop AFTER the 2016 Election, Not Before.  From the Boston Marathon bombing investigation through the San Bernardino terrorist attack; passing the Garland, Texas cartoon terror shooting; and continuing through Orlando's Pulse Nightclub; and then through the Parkland shooting and into Las Vegas — via the Mandalay Bay — we always knew something was wrong with the apparatus, the institutional apparatus, of the FBI... but it wasn't until 2017 with James Comey, Andrew McCabe and the transparently corrupt Clinton exoneration and candidate Trump set-up scheme that we fully grasped the scale and scope of the corruption.  It is disconcerting to accept that the institution of the FBI is corrupt, soup-to-nuts, including every aforementioned field office and participant therein.  But reality doesn't care about feelings; it just stares you in the face until we accept it.  Talking heads always approach the issue with a co-dependent and enabling qualifier:  "we're not talking about the field agents", they say.  Um, no; that's nonsense.  If the institution is corrupt, then every entity within it is corrupt — until such time as the corruption is removed.

Progressive Regression.  The FBI may not recover its reputation.  Certainly, the brand of its Washington office is shredded.  Watching new Director Christopher Wray stumble about to reassure us about his reforms inspires about as much credulity as a pre-war French general touting the invincibility provided by the Maginot Line.  The Left more or less has canonized a parade of disreputable FBI officials.  Peter Strzok violated almost every canon of professional conduct, in his personal comportment, in his blatant prevarication about his own text messages, and in his dogged pride in his conflicts of interest in using his authority to pursue a political agenda.  His superior Andrew McCabe, according to the inspector general, likewise lied on several occasions.

Christopher Wray and Jeff Sessions must clean up FBI corruption or quit.  FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are sitting squarely in the crosshairs of history.  They must rise to the call of duty and clean up the corruption we are seeing unfold at the FBI or they must tender their resignations and be replaced by real leaders who will do what is necessary to restore public trust in our unraveling justice system.  A powerful government agency that — like the IRS under former President Barack Obama's watch — was unmistakably weaponized to target political opponents.  The recent shocking revelations that underhanded FBI officials misled the FISA court to get a warrant to spy on Carter Page, an unpaid, low-level volunteer, as a bridge to spy on the Trump campaign and transition team is beyond alarming; it's flat-out corrupt — police-state tactics seen, ironically, in places like Russia.

Just How Far Will the Left Go?  We are about 430 days into Robert Mueller's investigation; the special prosecutor whose team of lawyers and investigators has in a large part been made up either of Clinton donors, clear Clinton partisans, lawyers who have in the past represented Clinton interests or employees, or partisans already removed for expressing clear Trump hatred.  The media grew ecstatic over its creation, dubbing it an "all-star" or "dream" team, as leaks assured the public that next week, next month, or "soon" there would be a sensational indictment proving that Trump colluded with the Russians to win the presidency.

Obama intel chiefs gave Russia a pass, and now blame — Donald Trump?  Long before the 2016 election, when Donald Trump was a mere private citizen, Russia was engaged in widespread cyber-aggression against the United States.  Moscow racheted up those attacks during the campaign.  And yet, despite knowledge of the ongoing cyberwarfare, the president at the time, Barack Obama, and his intelligence chiefs — John Brennan at the CIA, James Clapper at National Intelligence, James Comey and his predecessor, Robert Mueller, at the FBI — reportedly didn't lift a finger to stop it.  Why?  Because the Obama administration was obsessed with protecting its bigger agenda:  namely, closing and implementing the Iran nuclear deal and trying to save their collapsed Russian "reset."  Calling Russia on its malign cyber activity would have imperiled both initiatives, so Obama and his intel team apparently chose to ignore it, even as it escalated.

Mueller's witch hunt [is] a growing disaster for national security.  The evidence is mounting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's open-ended investigation into whether President Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton (which has turned up nothing on that specific front) is becoming more than just a political burr under the saddle of President Trump.  It may be a growing national security problem.

Rampant corruption [is] the norm in FBI.  People tend to forget, or maybe never knew, just how corrupt the famous but incompetent Federal Bureau of Investigation has always been.  This current scandal is just business as usual for the agency that has metastasized into America's secret police.  Strzok's weaselly testimony last week showed just how far off the rails the crooked feds have gone.  And it just so happens that this summer is the 40th anniversary of another horrific crime, one in which this same crew of dirty cops played a supporting, but revealing role.

The Gangster State.  [Scroll down]  This becomes more obvious when looking at the whole criminal enterprise that is currently called the FBI.  There's no question that the people at the top engaged in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to spy on the Trump campaign and engineer a criminal investigation of his administration, for the purpose of removing him from office.  This is the one explanation that explains the mountain of evidence piled up in the public domain.  This is so obvious that no one bothers to deny it.  Instead, the game is to avoid discussing it in public.  Lurking in the secret FBI files can be only three possibilities, with regards to this conspiracy.  One, there is proof they cooked the whole thing to help get Hillary Clinton elected.  The other is some out of left field explanation for the mountain of data, that points to an innocent motive.  The final option is a massive hole in the system where the damning proof used to exists, but has now been destroyed as part of the cover-up.  To date, the FBI and DOJ refuse to comply with Congressional subpoenas to answer this question.

The Gangster State.  [Scroll down]  This becomes more obvious when looking at the whole criminal enterprise that is currently called the FBI.  There's no question that the people at the top engaged in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to spy on the Trump campaign and engineer a criminal investigation of his administration, for the purpose of removing him from office.  This is the one explanation that explains the mountain of evidence piled up in the public domain.  This is so obvious that no one bothers to deny it.  Instead, the game is to avoid discussing it in public.  Lurking in the secret FBI files can be only three possibilities, with regards to this conspiracy.  One, there is proof they cooked the whole thing to help get Hillary Clinton elected.  The other is some out of left field explanation for the mountain of data, that points to an innocent motive.  The final option is a massive hole in the system where the damning proof used to exists, but has now been destroyed as part of the cover-up.  To date, the FBI and DOJ refuse to comply with Congressional subpoenas to answer this question.

The Overlords Have Arrived.  Today, Americans are trying to separate their consideration of an investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election from what increasingly looks like the wreckage of a failed coup against the election and office of the current president.  And the signs of a confrontation across barricades between Americans and their self-appointed Overlords is revealed daily in the transcripts and testimony of the participants in congressional hearings and inquiries.

A Factual Comparison of Watergate and Russiagate Shows They're Mirror Opposites.  [For example,] In the Watergate scandal, the burglars were discovered by a hotel security guard and arrested by local police on the very first day of the scandal.  On day 90 of the Watergate scandal, a grand jury indicted the Watergate burglars plus G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, two of the break-in organizers.  In contrast, the 2016 DNC cyber burglars, whoever they are, have never been arrested or indicted.  In fact, the DNC has refused to allow law enforcement to inspect the crime scene — i.e., the server itself.  The conclusion that Russians hacked the DNC server relies solely upon the opinion of DNC-funded Crowdstrike, a firm hired by Perkins Coie, which also hired Hillary Clinton- and DNC-funded Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Trump.  Perkins Coie and their contractors were hired to help Clinton "achieve [her] electoral and strategic objectives."  They were not in the business of investigating crimes.  There is no public report of the DNC paying the key investigators in the Watergate scandal.

Watergate redux.  President Obama, although appearing confident of a Clinton victory, apparently feared a Trump win would undo his legacy — which is precisely what has happened — and thus it had to be prevented by whatever means.  The leadership of the Justice Department, IRS, FBI, CIA and others in the Obama administration have been, and continue to show themselves to be, fierce Democratic partisans.  Again, their motivations for what increasingly appears as extensive inappropriate and illegal behavior seem to be much like their Watergate predecessors.  Former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former director of National Intelligence James Clapper have all publicly stated that they do not believe Mr. Trump is fit to be president — with the implicit argument that stopping him is their patriotic duty — the law [notwithstanding].

As the Wiseguys Turn:  McCabe, Comey, and the FBI Boys.  [W]hat began as an investigation into Russian "collusion" on the part of the Trump campaign and perhaps the president himself, is now steadily being revealed as the sham byproduct of the fixed-fight "probe" of the Clinton email "matter" that allowed the former secretary of state to head into the 2016 election "cleared" of any wrongdoing by the Obama "justice" department.  Vengeful over her surprising loss, the Woman Scorned and her cronies in the former administration and the intelligence community then concocted the "collusion" narrative, obligingly peddled to the public by the Democrat-controlled media, to strangle the Trump presidency in its cradle.  And they almost got away with it.

The FBI's Watergate.  "What did the president know, and when did he know it?"  On June 28, 1973, during a hearing before the Senate Watergate Committee, the ranking member, Tennessee Republican Howard Baker, posed the central question of the investigation.  Forty-five summers after Baker uttered those historic words, the same question now hangs over the alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Russia in the 2016 election.  But this time the question is directed at the investigators.  It runs like this:  What did the FBI know, when did it know it — and from whom did it get this information?  The answers are essential to a public accounting of what in fact happened during an election in which the FBI was investigating both the Republican and Democratic nominees for president or their campaigns.  But unlike Watergate, which the FBI solved, the more we learn about these investigations, the more troubling the FBI's behavior appears.  Unfortunately, rather than make a clean breast of it all, new FBI Director Christopher Wray behaves as though the bureau doesn't need to answer to the American people's elected representatives in Congress.

London 'bridges' falling down: curious origins of FBI's Trump-Russia probe.  The bridge to the Russia investigation wasn't erected in Moscow during the summer of the 2016 election.  It originated earlier, 1,700 miles away in London, where foreign figures contacted Trump campaign advisers and provided the FBI with hearsay allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, bureau documents and interviews of government insiders reveal.  These contacts in spring 2016 — some from trusted intelligence sources, others from Hillary Clinton supporters — occurred well before FBI headquarters authorized an official counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016.  The new timeline makes one wonder:  Did the FBI follow its rules governing informants?

The Politicization of the FBI.  Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency.  This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda.  In the course of this plot, FBI Director James Comey, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, Strzok's paramour and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, FBI General Counsel James Baker, and DOJ senior official Bruce Ohr — perhaps among others — compromised federal law enforcement to such an extent that the American public is losing trust.

The appointment of Robert Mueller violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.  The appointment of Robert Mueller violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.  Mueller is not an inferior appointee, but a principal appointee as understood under our constitutional.  His powers are more akin to an United States attorney, not an assistant United States attorney.  Moreover, his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, treats him as a principal officer — that is, Mueller is mostly free to conduct his investigation with few limits or restraints.  The parameters of his appointment were extraordinarily broad in the first instance, and have only expanded since then.  Indeed, Mueller is more powerful than most United States attorneys, all of whom were nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate as principal officers.  Furthermore, Rosenstein mostly rubber stamps Mueller's decisions and is not involved in the regular management and oversight of Mueller to any significant extent, underscoring Mueller's role not as an inferior officer but a principal officer.  As such, Mueller's appointment violates the Appointments Clause.  Mueller would've had to be nominated for Senate confirmation like any other principal officer in the Executive Branch.  Rosenstein did not have the constitutional power to appoint a principal officer on his own anymore than the President himself does.  To do otherwise is to defy the procedure established by the Framers for making such consequential executive appointments.  It follows, then, that every subpoena, indictment, and plea agreement involving the Mueller investigation is null and void.  Every defendant, suspect, witness, etc., in this matter should challenge the Mueller appointment as a violation of the Appointments Clause.

We Need to Know What Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Power and the Rest of Them Did.  The Mueller investigation has, oddly enough, revealed that the greatest perpetrator against the American people in the 2016 election was the federal government.  The greatest perpetrator against the American people was the federal government, was the leadership in the FBI, the CIA, the national intelligence director, etc.  We cannot allow this to happen again.  We saw our federal government used by the prior administration, by the head of the CIA, by the head of the FBI, by the head of national intelligence and many, many others used to try and destroy the candidate of the opposition party.  These Obama intelligence officials tried to destroy Donald Trump and the electoral process.  An administration interfering in elections is something we've never seen anything before in American history.

How the FBI and CIA Restarted the Cold War to Protect Themselves.  [Scroll down]  In the two years that have elapsed since, it has been learned that the "intelligence" that formed the basis for the sanctions was beyond dubious.  A single unverified "dossier" compiled by an ex-British spy with no discernable connections to Russia was shopped to FISA judges and the media as something real.  The dossier was opposition research by the Hillary Clinton campaign, a fact that was not disclosed and actively hidden by off-the-book transactions through the law firm Perkins Coie.  As a dog that chases its tail, the fake dossier was being used to cause the investigation which itself lent credibility to the notion of Russian interference.  The FBI and CIA thumbed the eye of an armed nuclear state based on false intelligence.  Why?  The answer is now obvious:  to cover up their own election year shenanigans they thought would remain forever hidden in the inevitable Hillary Clinton victory.

The Politicization of the FBI.  Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency.  This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda.  In the course of this plot, FBI Director James Comey, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, Strzok's paramour and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, FBI General Counsel James Baker, and DOJ senior official Bruce Ohr — perhaps among others — compromised federal law enforcement to such an extent that the American public is losing trust.  A recent CBS News poll finds 48 percent of Americans believe that Special Counsel James Mueller's Trump-Russia collusion probe is "politically motivated," a stunning conclusion.  And 63 percent of polled voters in a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll believe that the FBI withheld vital information from Congress about the Clinton and Russia collusion investigations.

FBI-gate: The Outlines of the Story Are Coming into Focus.  Thanks to the work of smart and hardworking (non-mainstream) journalists, we can peek just a bit over the horizon and see where the story of the weaponization of the FBI via a senior-level cabal is going from here.  I use the word "story" deliberately, because that is the way public opinion forms itself on major political affairs.  The progressives in the media and politics have long understood this.  The cast of the story is now set, and some dramatic plot points have been identified.  The ending hasn't been written yet, of course, but the villains are identifying themselves or being exposed, and some of the heroes are emerging.  We are on the cusp of a drama much bigger than Watergate breaking open, and its story elements are compelling.

Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?  [Scroll down]  Despite a nonstop media assault on Trump's administration, Representative Devin Nunes, and the congressional investigative committees, more than 50 percent of the public already believes that the Trump campaign was illegally surveilled and smeared through the confluence of the Clinton campaign, the Obama administration, and the FBI.  Voters would only grow more cynical if some Americans were allowed to abuse constitutionally protected civil liberties, and to lie to the Congress, the FBI, and the courts, while the less connected others go to jail for much less.  Without a judicial accounting, it will be impossible to clean up the hierarchies of the FBI and the DOJ.

The Ruling Class Hates You.  Truth is, they really don't like the rest of us.  No problem, we have our own lives and families.  But it's only not a problem until such disdain is combined with a sense of political entitlement and the coercive power of government.  Which brings us to the political and cultural union of the Democratic Party and the permanent political class called the deep state, that forms the unelected, unaccountable fourth branch of government that wields so much power up to and including the police power of the FBI.

October 2016: James Comey Friend Benjamin Wittes Discusses "The Insurance Policy" Against Trump.  In hindsight there are many contexts that shape a new understanding.  Fired FBI Director James Comey ran a corrupt and heavily political organization.  He himself helped to shape the politics of it.  On Comey's watch he allowed the FBI to become a weaponized tool against political enemies.  The upper-level officials within the FBI are now under scrutiny as their actions are increasingly transparent in their political motives.

Biased FBI and DOJ Officials Broke The Law And Tried To Decide The Election.  There can be no question, at this point, that certain higher ups in the FBI and the DOJ did not want Hillary to be indicted and did not want Donald Trump to become President.  Those efforts were not entirely independent of each other.  Below is a timeline of events — abbreviated though it is — that makes it rather plain that the FBI and DOJ were not investigating potential crimes objectively.  Indeed, they were committing crimes during the process in aid of their preferred outcomes.

Did Hillary Clinton pull off the dirtiest dirty trick in US presidential history?  For law enforcement, Congress and even journalists, exposing misdeeds is like peeling an onion.  Each layer you remove gets you closer to the truth.  So it is with the scandalous behavior of the FBI during its probe into whether President Trump's campaign conspired with Russia in 2016.  One layer at a time, we're learning how flawed and dirty that probe was.  A top layer involves the texts between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her married lover, Peter Strzok, the lead agent on the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe.  They casually mention an "insurance policy" in the event Trump won the election and a plan for Strzok to go easy on Clinton because she probably would be their next boss.

From Conspiracy Theories to Conspiracies.  [Scroll down]  The FBI itself would have earlier trafficked in a fraudulent document funded by the Clinton campaign to "prove" Trump and his team were such dangers to the republic that they required surveillance under FISA court warrants and thus should surrender their constitutional rights of privacy.  The ensuing surveillance, then, would be widely disseminated among Obama Administration officials, with the likely intent that names would be unmasked and leaked to the anti-Trump press — again, in efforts to discredit, first, the Trump campaign, and later the Trump transition and presidency.  A top official of the prior Department of Justice would personally consult the authors of the smear dossier in efforts to ensure that its contents would become useful and known.  In fact, all that and more has already transpired.

The FBI's war on Trump.  Two lovebirds and others at the FBI need to be investigated on charges of plotting to influence a presidential election and later cripple a presidential administration. [...] Curiously, the FBI somehow "lost" thousands of messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page for the five months from Dec. 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017.  After a public firestorm, they finally turned up on Thursday [1/25/2018], according to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  "This period coincides with the height of the FBI's investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion, on which Mr. Strzok was a lead investigator," The Wall Street Journal notes.  Compared to the 18-minute "gap" in the White House tape during the Watergate scandal, this is the Grand Canyon.  So what does the Bureau have to say about it?  They blamed it on "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades."  Someone at the FBI actually wrote that.  Maybe it's true.  The pattern of alarming behavior at the FBI and the Justice Department deserves a recap: [...]

No Such Thing As An Independent FBI.  Of the many criticisms of President Trump, perhaps one of the more ill-considered is the suggestion that he is interfering with the "independence" of the FBI.  The FBI, the argument goes, is not only a high-skilled, highly trained, and highly professional law enforcement organization — which it undoubtedly is — but should do its work free from political interference or control by the executive.  This is nonsense — nonsense with totalitarian implications.  The FBI is part of the executive branch, an investigative arm of the Department of Justice.  The chain of command is simple.

How a Civil War Happens.  Now we're seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them.  They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail.  They use the tools of power to bring them down.  That's not a free country.  It's not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an "insurance policy" against Trump winning the election.  It's not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition.  It's not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media.  It's not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn't supposed to win, won.  We're in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and leftist professional government.

The FBI's Secret State Police.  The FBI's current stonewalling bears more than a passing resemblance to the Geheime Staatspolizei, the National Socialists' secret state police.  The people's representatives have been seeking answers on the probe of Russian influence in the 2016 election.  Former FBI boss Robert Mueller has failed to turn up any evidence of "collusion" in more than a year, but other matters have come to light.  FBI man Peter Strzok has been Hillary Clinton's Odd Job, changing gross negligence to extremely careless, failing to keep records of the interview with the former First Lady, and allowing her aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills to tell more than 300 lies about the unsecured server Clinton used to send classified material.  Representatives such as Trey Gowdy and Jim Jordan want to know if Strzok played a role in the compiling the fake dossier with Russian content.  They also seek to know whether Strzok was the one who deployed the dossier to gain a FISA warrant to enable spying on the Trump campaign and unmask U.S. citizens.

FBI-Gate:  Deep State in Deep Spit.  In January, the Justice Department's inspector general launched an investigation into a possible conflict of interest involving McCabe's failure to disclose donations to his wife by arguably the closest political ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Terry McAuliffe.  The governor of Virginia recruited McCabe's wife, Jill, to run for state senate in the commonwealth and donated $467,500 from his political action committee into her coffers.  The Department of Justice demoted Bruce Ohr last week for hiding secret meetings with Fusion GPS, the opposition research outfit that paid, with money received from Hillary Clinton's campaign, for the so-called "dossier" smearing Donald Trump with outlandish allegations based, in some instances, on second- and third-hand information.  Fusion GPS hired Ohr's wife to investigate Trump.

Should The FBI Be Abolished?  For the last few years, the media has been dominated by a number of sensational stories:  that Trump colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election; that the Trump team was wiretapped by Obama intelligence officials; that Hillary used a private email server to transmit classified information; that Hillary and the DNC colluded with Russian sources to compile a dossier on Trump, and finally, that Russia acquired 20% of America's uranium supply during the same time period $145 million miraculously appeared in the Clinton Foundation's bank account.  It all stinks to high heaven but it's created a confusing array of facts that has bewildered most Americans.  They all know something is seriously wrong with their country even if they can't pinpoint exactly what the problem is.  But there is a common denominator in all these scandals or alleged scandals, and that would be the FBI and the actions they took or didn't take.  Indeed, it's hard to not conclude that the agency's actions in these events were improper if not illegal.  If so, this validates the warnings by constitutionalists in the early 1900s that a federal police force would someday be used to prop up the ruling elites and attack those who dare challenge the establishment.

The Federal Bureau of Political Investigation.  [Scroll down]  All of this is commanded by law to be kept secret so as to preserve evidence, avoid tipping off a potential defendant capable of flight and preserve the reputation of a person not indicted.  That is at least the way these things are supposed to work.  Yet none of this happened in the recently reopened and re-terminated investigation of the misuse of emails containing state secrets by Clinton.  In that investigation, the DOJ did not present evidence to a grand jury.  Thus, it did not obtain any subpoenas.  And it did not seek any search warrants.  It cut deals left and right, promising not to prosecute those from whom it sought problematic evidence.  After accumulating a mountain of evidence of Clinton's guilt, the FBI did not present it to the DOJ.

A Changing Investigative Landscape.  [FBI Director James] Comey has been battered by news reports of turmoil within the FBI over investigations of the Clintons.  Rumors flew earlier this year that an indictment of Mrs. Clinton was imminent.  The story du jour is that elements within the FBI are closing in on the Clinton Foundation, or the Clinton finances, or generalized Clinton corruption — were it not for the perfidy of Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  FBI field agents and supervisors — particularly in the powerful New York field office — are said to be up in arms, handing in their resignations.  The independence of the FBI has collapsed.  Don't believe it.  FBI agents are by nature an aggressive bunch — chasing leads, questioning suspects, pushing for warrants and wire taps — and butting heads with cautious superiors.  The tensions between agents who make the criminal case and prosecutors who make the legal call are as old as the FBI itself.

The Fall of an FBI Director.  Every agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation takes an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" and to "bear true faith and allegiance to the same."  And he swears to "faithfully discharge the duties of the office."  It is much the same oath taken by members of Congress, by military officers and government employees.  It is an oath that goes back to Washington and Lincoln.  Its origins lie in the Constitution.  And FBI Director James Comey violated it.  The oath is not to any president or government, but to the impartial law of the Constitution.  It says that no one is above the law.  James Comey twice stated implicitly that one politician is above the law.

5 of the dumbest things the FBI did before Clinton.  In light of the news that the FBI will not prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, the agency is getting heat from both sides of the political aisle.  Conservatives feel that Clinton was given preferential treatment due to her connections to the Obama administration, noting that "less important" people have been thrown in jail for far less.  Meanwhile, Clinton's defenders claim that the FBI is largely pro-Trump and that the whole investigation was a witch hunt designed to boost the billionaire mogul's chances of taking the White House.  In other words, pretty much everyone thinks the FBI is corrupt, partisan, and ineffective.  Given the agency's history, that's not an unreasonable assumption to make.  Over the years, the FBI has engaged in some truly stupid activities that make you wonder how it manages to protect us at all.

The FBI: The 'Fix Be In'.  The FBI's reputation has sunk so low under the Obama administration that its initials seem to stand for:  The Fix Be In. [...] Consider the Clinton investigation.  The FBI granted limited immunity to five Clinton aides, including Paul Combetta, who deleted Clinton emails in March 2015 after Congress had subpoenaed her records.  FBI agents waited a year before they questioned Clinton in July for an hour and a half.  Shortly thereafter, Director James Comey announced there would be no indictment in the case; even though Clinton did not hand over "several thousand" work emails to the State Department, there was no proof of "intentional misconduct."

Book details how Team Obama schemed to let Hillary skate.  In his new book, "Guilty As Sin" (Regnery), out Tuesday [10/4/2016], Edward Klein claims officials in the Obama administration decided before the first witness was interviewed that Hillary Clinton would not face prosecution over the handling of classified e-mail.

Comey 'Singlehandedly Ruined' FBI's Reputation:  Retired Agents Blast Clinton Probe.  Retired FBI agents are blasting Director Jim Comey over the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Thursday [10/6/2016] opinion piece in The New York Post.  "Comey has single-handedly ruined the reputation of the organization," former agent Michael M. Biasello told the outlet.  He claimed that accommodations given the Clinton and her aides was "unprecedented," suggesting, "which is another way of saying this outcome was by design."

FBI Director James Comey Has To Go.  FBI Director James Comey has broken the sacred trust of the American people.  He conducted a faux investigation into the State Department email scandal in which dozens of confidential and top-secret emails passing through an unsecured, private server put our national security at risk.  He handed out immunity deals to most of the major players involved in the investigation.  He ignored evidence to protect the Clinton Team from prosecution.  He put President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton's political legacy ahead of the law.  He made secret deals to destroy evidence, thwarting congressional subpoenas.  That's called obstruction of justice.  It's a crime.  James Comey violated the law.  He violated his oath of office.  It's corruption at the highest level.

James Comey and Loretta Lynch Should Be Impeached for Whitewashing Clinton's Crimes.  Just when one thinks the cavalier cabal of Clinton and her cronies has exhausted all manner of corruption, yet another outrage surfaces, implicating even more people.  The bombshell this week is that Loretta Lynch and James Comey not only gave immunity to Hillary's closest co-conspirators Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson — who, despite being attorneys, destroyed evidence right and left — but, in a secret side deal, agreed to limit the FBI's review of the Clinton team laptops to pre-January 2015 and to destroy the laptops when the FBI review was complete.  Congress and every law-abiding citizen in this country should be outraged.  This blatant destruction of evidence is obstruction of justice itself.

FBI Working With the Clinton Campaign?  Back in July, the director of the FBI, James Comey, held a press conference in which he said that no charges would be brought against Clinton for her use of a private home e-mail server.  This month, ahead of Labor Day, the FBI's official documents on their investigation into Clinton's e-mails were released.  In July, Comey stated "we [the FBI] can't establish... that she acted with the necessary criminal intent."  The documents released from the FBI sing a different tune.  Hillary Clinton used not one, but three, private servers while Secretary of State and all were kept in her basement.  None of her e-mails use encryption.  An e-mail account using Clinton's server was successfully hacked into in January 2013.  A computer and thumb drive with the entire archive of her e-mails was lost in the mail.  Sure, Comey can say that these details show no willful intent to break the law but let's keep going.  Clinton used 13 Blackberries and 5 iPads with her private home e-mail server and had aides destroy them with hammers after use.

The FBI found 15,000 emails Hillary Clinton didn't turn over.  If you scrape away all of the spin and the political positioning that Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email server has spawned, you are left with these facts:
1. Clinton is the first secretary of state to exclusively use a private email account for official business.
2. She is also the first secretary of state to have a private email server housed at her home.
3. When asked by the State Department to turn over her emails, Clinton had a team of lawyers go through them to separate those that were purely personal and those that touched on some aspect of her professional life.  The personal emails were deleted permanently off the server.

Hillary Clinton, who tells dreadful lies.  Today, it is the American people who have been burned, time and again, by Hillary Clinton's dreadful lies.  Let's review just a few examples of her serial dishonesty:  She lied repeatedly about her emails.  She lied when she said she had "turned over everything I was obligated to turn over" (FBI Director James Comey said the FBI "discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not among the group of 30,000 e-mails returned by Secretary Clinton to state in 2014").  She lied when she said there was "no classified material" in her private emails ... that there was nothing "classified at the time" ... and that there was nothing "marked classified" in her private emails — all of which the FBI director said were untrue.  And, to top it all off, she lied about her lies — declaring on national television that "Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people" — a claim The Post's Fact Checker gave "Four Pinocchios."

Hillary Clinton's Email: the Definitive Timeline.  Clip and save for future reference.

The Clearest (No Spin) Summary of FBI Report on Hillary Clinton Email.  The FBI could not review all of the Hillary Clinton emails under investigation because:
  •   The Clintons' Apple personal server used for Hillary Clinton work email could not be located for the FBI to examine.
  •   An Apple MacBook laptop and thumb drive that contained Hillary Clinton email archives were lost, and the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   2 BlackBerry devices provided to FBI didn't have their SIM or SD data cards.
  •   13 Hillary Clinton personal mobile devices were lost, discarded or destroyed.  Therefore, the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   Various server backups were deleted over time, so the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   After State Dept. notified Hillary Clinton her records would be sought by House Benghazi Committee, copies of her email on the laptops of her attorneys Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were wiped with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn't review them.
  •   After her emails were subpoenaed, Hillary Clinton's email archive was also permanently deleted from her then-server "PRN" with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn't review it.
  •   Also after the subpoena, backups of the PRN server were manually deleted.


News and timely commentary about the FBI regarding their routine work

Hillary Clinton & Google Created [a] Covert Server to Hide Classified Benghazi Emails from Congress; FBI Never Probed.  It's like a bad spy movie involving a third-world government.  Or perhaps a slap stick comedy.  The Secretary of State of the United States reading, sending, receiving sensitive emails with national security secrets, threats and classified or top secret intelligence over Google's public Gmail.  We expect this from chatting soccer moms but not from the top diplomat of the United States and her aides.  But it gets even worse.  The FBI either never discovered this blatant and clandestine violation of federal laws or did and simply covered it up.  Following the Benghazi consulate attack in 2012, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secretly worked with Google to reroute email traffic away from her private computer server and use public Google Gmail servers instead.

22-year-old changing in dressing room catches FBI agent taking photos, NJ cops say.  A 22-year-old woman was changing in a New Jersey clothing store's dressing room on Thursday [7/19/2018] when she made a horrifying discovery, according to police.  There was a man snapping pictures of the woman on his cell phone as the woman changed clothes at the shop in Edison, New Jersey.  And when the woman confronted the man, she found out he wasn't just anyone.  The man told her he was a law enforcement officer, according to Middlesex County prosecutors.  That's when the woman called 911.  Danuel S. Brown, a 30-year-old special agent in the FBI's New York field office, was arrested on charges of fourth-degree invasion of privacy, prosecutors said.

FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public.  The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year when the correct number was much smaller, probably between 1,000 and 2,000, The Washington Post has learned.  Over a period of seven months, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray cited the inflated figure as the most compelling evidence for the need to address what the FBI calls "Going Dark" — the spread of encrypted software that can block investigators' access to digital data even with a court order.

FBI Admits It Inflated Number of Supposedly Unhackable Devices.  We've learned that the FBI has been misinforming Congress and the public as part of its call for backdoor access to encrypted devices.  For months, the Bureau has claimed that encryption prevented it from legally searching the contents of nearly 7,800 devices in 2017, but today the Washington Post reports that the actual number is far lower due to "programming errors" by the FBI.  Frankly, we're not surprised.  FBI Director Christopher Wray and others argue that law enforcement needs some sort of backdoor "exceptional access" in order to deal with the increased adoption of encryption, particularly on mobile devices.  And the 7,775 supposedly unhackable phones encountered by the FBI in 2017 have been central to Wray's claim that their investigations are "Going Dark."  But the scope of this problem is called into doubt by services offered by third-party vendors like Cellebrite and Grayshift, which can reportedly bypass encryption on even the newest phones.

Maybe Mueller should be investigated.  Consider the issue of criticizing Robert Mueller, the special counsel.  Any criticism or even skepticism regarding Mueller's history is seen as motivated by a desire to help Trump.  Mueller was an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston, the head of its criminal division, the head of the criminal division in Main Justice, and the director of the FBI during the most scandalous miscarriage of justice in the modern history of the FBI.  Four innocent people were framed by the FBI to protect mass murdering gangsters who were working as FBI informers while they were killing innocent people.  An FBI agent, who is now in prison, was tipping off Whitey Bulger as to who might testify against him so that these individuals could be killed.  He also tipped off Bulger, allowing him to escape and remain on the lam for 16 years.  What responsibility, if any, did Mueller, who was in key positions of authority and capable of preventing these horrible miscarriages, have in this sordid incident?

Comey Joins Stormy as Latest Porn Star to Target Trump.  First, he made a devastating case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for her reckless disregard for national secrets using her illegal bathroom email server.  Yet, in the same press conference, announced he was giving her a pass on all of her crimes.  We have since learned that he and the entire cabal of Clinton cronies at the FBI and Department of Justice rigged not only that investigation but also the separate investigation into the Clinton Foundation.  Remember, the Clinton Foundation investigation centered on compelling evidence that the Clinton Cartel was using the foundation for a global shakedown and extortion racket.  They were raking in hundreds of millions in "speaking fees" and other donations in exchange for favors that could be performed far into the future — assuming, of course, that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in for the White House.

Catherine Herridge Confirms Lisa Page Statements Contradicted Andrew McCabe, Ultimately Leading to His Firing.  Fox News Catherine Herridge reports today [4/5/2018], per her FBI investigative sources, it was an investigative interview with FBI Attorney Lisa Page, in July 2017, that contradicted FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and ultimately led to his firing.  That revelation is exactly what we anticipated was the origin to Inspector General Michael Horowitz gaining the text messages between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.  The issue is actually more stunning than presented.

Why the FBI Is Dodging Nunes.  It was reported recently that the FBI refuses to show Congressman Devin Nunes an unredacted copy of the origination document that triggered the probe into the Trump campaign.  What is the FBI hiding?  Paradoxically, nothing — that is, no classified information showing collusion between Trump and Russia.  The FBI is simply trying to hide the embarrassingly partisan origins of its spying on the Trump campaign.  Were the redactions covering material harmful to Trump, that material would have been leaked by now.  So the redactions can only be concealing the fingerprints of Hillary's partisans in the Obama administration.

Andrew McCabe's Wife Falsely Claims He 'Kept Himself Separate' From Her State Senate Campaign.  Jill McCabe, the wife of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, falsely claimed in a Monday [4/2/2018] op-ed that her husband "kept himself separate" from her state senate campaign.  McCabe, who ran in 2015 as a Democrat for a Virginia State Senate seat, said the last year and a half have been a "nightmare" for her and her family because of "twisted reporting and presidential tweets."  She wrote in her Washington Post op-ed that she is now, however, free to speak out because her husband is no longer at the FBI.  The "accidental politician" highlighted how she and her husband met, her career in the medical field, and various aspects of her state senate campaign in 2015, including her support from former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) and her husband's role in the campaign.

Ms. McCabe, Andrew Did Not Separate Himself From Your VA Senate Run, He Used His FBI Email To Campaign For You.  [Scroll down]  Oh yeah, this guy is getting railroaded, except that he's not.  And it doesn't seem that stretching the truth falls far from the tree.  His wife, Jill, a doctor, penned an op-ed in The Post about her failed 2015 Virginia Senate run and how there was no conflict of interest.  There have been allegations that McCabe's donations from pro-Clinton Gov. Terry McAuliffe's PAC during that run, which exceeded $400,000, was a sort of down payment for political protection since soon after her campaign ended, Mr. McCabe became deputy director, where one of his tasks was to oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email fiasco.

Justice Dept. charges Minnesota FBI agent for leaking secret document to news outlet.  A former Minneapolis FBI agent who sought to expose what he called "systemic biases" within the bureau has been charged after allegedly leaking secret documents to a national news reporter, according to federal criminal charges filed in Minnesota this week.  The charges, filed by prosecutors for the Justice Department's National Security Division, are the first to come in Minnesota since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a broad crackdown on government leaks last year.  A two-page felony information, a charging document that typically signals an imminent guilty plea, outlines two counts filed against Terry James Albury of unlawfully disclosing and retaining national defense information.

FBI Agent Charged For Doing Exactly What James Comey Admitted To Doing.  An FBI agent was charged for doing the exact same thing as former FBI Director James Comey, according to the Washington Times.  The Justice Department has filed charges against Terry Albury for allegedly leaking classified documents to a news media outlet.

The FBI Gets The Attention Of The AG And Courts Over Ignoring Subpoenas.  Morale Possibly Ruined.  Late last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte hit Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with a subpoena for documents related to several investigations, such as the Clinton email investigation.  What brought this on was stonewalling of the committee's document requests by the FBI.

House subpoena rattles Justice Department; Sessions 'angry' at slow response.  The FBI is promising swift action on a House subpoena covering three politically charged investigations after word that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has grown angry with the bureau's slow-walking of congressional requests for information.  Last week the House Judiciary Committee sent a subpoena to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein demanding documents from the Justice Department and the FBI "regarding charging decisions in the investigation surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe," according to a committee press release.

Did The FBI *Cause* Pulse?  So once again we have outrageous prosecutorial misconduct.  Specifically, the prosecution had an obligation to disclose this during discovery before the trial began, and did not.  But the better question here is whether the FBI knew that the shooting was going to take place, was being planned, and deliberately ignored it or worse, even egged it on.

Was the FBI's Investigation of Hillary Clinton a 'Sham'?  This should be big news.  In fact, this should have led the evening news on Sunday night, and there should be some kind of media investigation of this planned today, but there wasn't, and there won't be.  The reason this story didn't lead the news yesterday, and that the media won't be investigating it today (or ever) is because it doesn't fit the liberal narrative.  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on the Fox News Channel Sunday morning to continue his call for a second special counsel to investigate the FBI's behavior during the 2016 elections.

House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas 1.2M Documents Reviewed by DOJ IG.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has run out of patience with the U.S. Justice Department and is now subpoenaing 1.2 million DOJ documents, including decisions made by former FBI Director James Comey not to prosecute former Secretary of State Clinton and other matters leading up to and beyond the 2016 election.  The DOJ inspector-general also is investigating the FBI's handling of the Clinton case.  "Well, we want to see everything that the inspector general has seen, which is, we understand, about 1.2 million documents," Goodlatte told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Monday.  He said the documents are critical to his committee's oversight of the FBI and DOJ.

DOJ: Inspector General Examining Whether McCabe Was Promised Promotion to FBI Director by Hillary Clinton.  Andrew McCabe may have revealed to his inner circle an inside plan to replace his friend James Comey as FBI director if and when Hillary Clinton was elected president of the United States, according to top officials in the Justice Department. [...] If those discussions about a promotion to FBI director with co-workers and McCabe's inner circle were anything more than bravado, that certainly is troubling.  And given the fact that McCabe's wife Jill was given more than $1.25 million in Hillary-backed campaign donations to run for state senate in Virginia, it could spell additional legal woes for her husband.  McCabe was in charge of the Hillary Clinton email investigation at the FBI at the same time his wife ran for office.  At the same time he and his wife struck a deal to run for office with Hillary consigliere and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was allegedly under investigation at the time by the FBI for a public corruption case.

Documents: FBI Carefully Planned Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Trip, Tried To Cover It Up.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) under director James Comey carefully plotted logistics and security for President Bill Clinton's meeting on an airplane tarmac with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the 2016 campaign.  The FBI then attempted to cover up the tarmac meeting by targeting a Bureau whistleblower.  The FBI worked with its offices around the country to execute the plan.

FBI staffers knew warnings about Nikolas Cruz were related but closed the case, lawmakers learn.  The FBI this week detailed to Congress a series of mistakes and missed opportunities to intervene before a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida — including a revelation that staffers knew two warnings about suspect Nikolas Cruz were related, but still closed the case.  FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich made the comments in a closed briefing Tuesday with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.  In a summary released Wednesday [3/7/2018] to Fox News, Bowdich cited two tips that the FBI received about Cruz in September 2017 and January 2018 that were mishandled.

FBI Paid Best Buy Technicians to Inform Them about Illegal Content on Customer Devices.  The FBI recruited computer technicians at Best Buy to inform them about illegal content on personal devices customers brought in for repairs, new Bureau documents show.  The informants were discovered after Best Buy's Geek Squad technicians at a Kentucky repair shop found thousands of child-pornography images on California doctor Mark Rettenmaier's computer.  The documents from the ensuing court case showed that eight informants were cooperating with the FBI to turn over illegal content.

Best Buy Gave Obama FBI [a] Tour of [a] Geek Squad Facility [and the] FBI Paid Employees As Informants.  Well isn't this interesting?  The FBI was given it's [sic] own private tour of the Best Buy "Geek Squad" computer repair facilities during the Obama and Comey days.  This was done back in September of 2016, at the height of the election season.  We'll wait (and wait and wait) to see if Mr. Magoo Jeff Sessions or his boss Rod Rosenstein do anything about this.

FBI agent Peter Strzok was told of possible breach into Clinton's server but didn't follow up, sources say.  During the final months of the Clinton email investigation, FBI agent Peter Strzok was advised of an irregularity in the metadata of Hillary Clinton's server that suggested a possible breach, but there was no significant follow up, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.  Sources told Fox News that Strzok, who sent anti-Trump text messages that got him removed from the ongoing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, was told about the metadata anomaly in 2016, but Strzok did not support a formal damage assessment.

Australian diplomat whose tip prompted FBI's Russia-probe has tie to Clintons.  The Australian diplomat whose tip in 2016 prompted the Russia-Trump investigation previously arranged one of the largest foreign donations to Bill and Hillary Clinton's charitable efforts, documents show.  Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer's role in securing $25 million in aid from his country to help the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS is chronicled in decade-old government memos archived on the Australian foreign ministry's website.

John Solomon:  FBI Never Told Congress Aussie Diplomat Whose Tip Triggered Russia Probe Is Linked To Clinton Foundation.  According to a new report, the FBI failed to brief Congressional investigators on ties between former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, the diplomat whose tip prompted the Russia probe, with the Clinton Foundation.

Indicted Russians.  That's It?  The Russians spent some money buying Americans to demonstrate?  Or just found kindred spirits online to do it free? [...] Or, Americans made "false statements" to FBI investigators when, as in the Flynn debacle, the bureau had already said there were no lies?  That's the output thus far from Team Mueller with regard to their mission to investigate whether there was Russian meddling in our presidential election in 2016, and whether Americans "colluded" with the Russians in such endeavors.  So far, we haven't seen anyone indicted for such matters, but we do see truly shocking and genuinely dangerous corruption among the investigators and the enforcers.

Nunes: FBI may have violated criminal statutes in FISA application to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page.  The FBI may have violated criminal statutes, as well as its own strict internal procedures, by using unverified information during the 2016 election to obtain a surveillance warrant on onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee charged Thursday [3/1/2018] in a letter obtained by Fox News.  House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., wrote in his letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that "in this instance, it's clear that basic operating guidance was violated."  Nunes cited the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG), which was created by the bureau and approved by the Justice Department, to say he believed the FBI violated procedures requiring verified and documented evidence in applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

FBI Denies Secret Comey-Obama Meeting[,] Raises Integrity and Public Trust Issues.  The FBI states it will not expedite the release of documents about secret meetings between FBI Director James Comey and former President Barack Obama, according to a letter the bureau sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Such information is not "a matter of widespread and exceptional media interest in which there exists possible questions about the government's integrity which affects public confidence," David Hardy, the section chief for the bureau's Record/Information Dissemination Section, told TheDCNF in a Feb. 26 letter.  TheDCNF, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), requested records of all meetings between Comey and Obama and sought an "expedited process" as provided under the act when issues are of great interest to the media and the records address issues pertaining to government integrity.  TheDCNF FOIA request was filed Feb. 16, 2018.

Assault On The Constitution.  I'm a former TV news reporter in Washington, DC.  I wrote and produced these reports utilizing many sources including the Conservative Treehouse and the government documents it's published.  This report focuses on the Obama administration's Illegal spying of the Trump Campaign.  It includes discussion of the FISA warrant and the House and Senate investigations of the executive branch's misleading search warrant application to the FISA Court.  Former U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova says he expects former top FBI officials to be charged criminally.  [Video clip]

The Shocking History Of Sexual Misconduct Within James Comey's FBI.  The Department of Justice's inspector general sanctioned at least 14 FBI agents and officials for a range of improper sexual acts since 2014, and most of the misconduct occurred during former FBI Director James Comey's term, The Daily Caller News Foundation has determined.  The public got a glimpse into the bureau's sexual mischief when it was disclosed high-profile FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were cheating on their spouses.  Special counsel Robert Mueller dumped Page from his investigation on Russian collusion and later removed Strzok after he learned of their relationship.  But it turns out sexual misconduct within the bureau went much further than cheating spouses.

FBI was told by someone close to Nikolas Cruz that "he's so into ISIS".  This doesn't mean that Cruz was an Islamic jihadi.  It means that he saw their bloodlust, and admired it.  An organization that glories in violence and murder is going to attract people of like mind.  And if that organization justifies itself by reference to the teachings of a major religion, this kind of thing is going to keep on happening.  The FBI, of course, did nothing.

FBI bureaucratic failures and willful blindness rack up a horrifying body count.  After [a young man] gunned down 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, FBI special agent Robert Lasky, head of the bureau's Miami division, said he "truly regrets" the pain caused by the FBI's failure to act on a tip about the shooter.  The FBI said it had no way to trace the tip, then FBI boss Christopher Wray said the message was never passed on to the FBI's Miami field office, as official protocol required.  Relatives of the victims might have noted the passive verb construction.  In typical style, Wray failed to name the person who never passed on the tip, and offered no explanation why that person might have done so. [...] Who are the FBI agents, and their bosses, who looked the other way in the Fort Hood, Boston Marathon and Orlando terrorist attacks?  What, exactly, are they doing now?  As in the Florida high-school shooting, the victims and their loved ones deserve some answers.

Does the FBI really have anyone investigating tipoffs about school shooters?  As if it couldn't soil itself more in the wake of its flawed Russian investigation scandal targeting Donald Trump, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is in hot water again, this time over its failure to act on at least two very specific tipoffs about the Parkland, Florida school spray shooter, who murdered 17 people in cold blood. [...] This tipoff failure follows an earlier one, from an Alabama bail bondsman, who sent email to the FBI about the gunman's plans, posted on YouYube, of becoming "a professional school shooter," which bounced back.  After that, the bail bondsman called the FBI local field office, whose agents promised him they'd "look into it."  They didn't.

Here's a list of recent attacks the FBI missed despite 'significant warning signs beforehand'.  The Washington Free Beacon's Stephen Gutowski put Here's a list of recent attacks the FBI missed despite 'significant warning signs beforehand' together a list of recent attacks that the FBI missed despite "significant warning signs," and it's quite disturbing.

The FBI looks like the Federal Bureau of Incompetence after ignoring warning about Florida gunman.  Wasn't there something eerily and disgracefully familiar about the news that the FBI had a highly specific warning about the murderous intentions of [...] the gunman who has confessed to shooting and killing 14 students and three adults at a Florida high school Wednesday?  Doesn't it remind you of the way that after nearly every single one of the Islamist terror attacks of the last few years — whether in America, in Britain or elsewhere — a devastating phrase soon emerges?  The attacker was "known to the authorities."

Congressman calls Trump 'psychopath' for saying out loud what rational-minded Americans are thinking about FBI.  Democrats have become so unhinged over their hatred for President Donald Trump that they think nothing of calling the commander in chief a "psychopath."  Case in point, U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., who took great exception to Trump saying out loud what most rational minded Americans are already thinking when it comes to the FBI.

Florida shooting shows not to rely on the FBI.  People are asking why didn't the FBI follow up on the tips about the gunman who went on to kill 17 people at a high school in Florida?  That's the wrong question.  We should ask:  why didn't the tipsters report their suspicions to the local police or sheriff's office?

One Organization Has Blood On Their Hands:  It's the FBI.  Leftists and the media can complain and whine all they want about the NRA, Trump or Republicans in Congress.  Problem is, there is really one government organization in this country that has yet more blood dripping for their hands after the Parkland shooting.  It's not the NRA, it's the pathetic, partisan, FBI.  All the warning signs were there [...].  All the social media posts with wanting to be a "professional school shooter" and such were available for everyone to see on Youtube.  Instead, the FBI couldn't be bothered with [the shooter] because they had more important things to do.

The FBI Admits They Screwed Up.  But They're So Sorry.  Well, guess what, everyone — the FBI is finally admitting they dropped the ball on [the Florida] high school shooter [...].  This kid left a trail of breadcrumbs a mile long, and yet law enforcement just said, "Meh."  It's so egregious that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is now calling for the FBI director to resign.  On Friday [2/16/2018], the FBI said that just last month — let that sink in — a person close to [the shooter] contacted them.  The information the caller told the FBI was ominous.  [The shooter] not only owned a gun, but he expressly said that he wanted to kill people, and school shootings seemed to be a thing with him.  The caller reported this on January 5th, and yet the FBI did nothing.

FBI Received a Credible Tip about Florida Shooter.  Did Nothing.  "We need to do more to prevent gun violence" crows every rube with brains consisting of mainly sawdust.  The "do more" typically takes the form of "more government intervention."  [...] We already have background checks.  We already have law enforcement.  We already have agencies tasked with investigating crime and credible threats.  Law enforcement and the FBI failed here.  Resulting in the gunman passing a background check.  So, if law enforcement and the FBI had done that which they're tasked with doing, isn't it possible to conclude Nikolas Cruz would've failed a background check?  Thereby would not have purchased guns legally?

The FBI Keeps Missing Mass Shooters Before It's Too Late.  Revelations that the FBI had been warned about [the] Florida high school shooter [...] fit an all-too-familiar pattern, in which apparent law enforcement errors have preceded mass murders.  A person close to [the shooter] warned the the FBI last month that he had a "desire to kill people" and could carry out a school shooting, the FBI admitted on Friday [2/16/2018].  The agency failed to act on the tip.  The FBI was also warned about [the shooter] after he posted on YouTube saying he was going to become a "professional school shooter."  The agency said they couldn't identify the user who made the threat, despite [the shooter] posting under his own name.

Say Something, Do Nothing — FBI Statement On Parkland Florida School Shooting.  The FBI released a stunning admission today admitting they received prior a specific warning about Broward County Nikolas Cruz and his threats to carry out a school shooting.  The FBI took no action.

What Do We Do about the Biased and Incompetent FBI?  It's bad enough for a law enforcement agency to be biased.  It's even worse for it to be biased and incompetent.  But the latter seems to be an apt characterization of our Federal Bureau of Investigation in the wake of the killings in Parkland, Florida, where, by their own admission, the organization overlooked warnings about the killer that could have saved seventeen students and teachers from mass murder.  This is no mere bureaucratic slip-up and the demand by Governor Scott for the resignation of FBI Director Wray is understandable considering the number of dead children in his state.  The incompetence, moreover, is not just restricted to Parkland.  It pervades an institution that — frequently blinded by the most rote political correctness — interviewed and then released terrorists who ultimately perpetrated horrific attacks from the Boston Marathon to the Orlando nightclub massacre.  (There are several more.)

Report: FBI Warned About Potential School Shooter in September.  The FBI was notified in September after a YouTube user [...] left a comment about wanting to be a "professional school shooter," reports the far-left BuzzFeed News.

Danny Casolaro.  Danny Casolaro, an aspiring novelist, freelance writer and investigative reporter looking into the theft of Project PROMIS software, a program capable of tracking down anyone anywhere in the world, died in August 1991, a reported suicide.  Casolaro was also investigating Pine Gap, Area 51 and governmental bioengineering.

The Strange Death of Daniel Casolaro.  In the weeks before his death Casolaro had spoken frequently about threats on his life.  In fact, just before he left for Martinsburg he told his brother, "If anything happens to me, don't believe it's an accident."  For reasons unknown, Casolaro's family wasn't notified of his death until two days after his body was discovered.  And by that time, his body had already been embalmed illegally.  Additionally, the hotel almost immediately brought in an industrial cleaning company to sanitize the room, thereby greatly diminishing any opportunity for an independent forensic investigation.

Justice Department changes the FBI's story on Danny Casolaro's file.  The Department of Justice appears to have retroactively declared that 98% of the FBI file on the journalist Danny Casolaro was and still is missing, despite the FBI seeming to say they had found it.  Having previously released only a handful of documents which indicated the FBI misled Congress about investigating Casolaro's suspicious death, with other documents from the DOJ hinting at interference and a cover-up, the DOJ has rewritten the FBI's explanation for not releasing 1,350 pages from Casolaro's FBI file.  Despite the FBI having twice written that the files were found, the DOJ now says that the files are missing and always were.  As the chain of events appear to defy explanation, they are offered as-is and without an attempt to explain.


Bruce Ohr and/or Nellie Ohr


Burying the Other Russia Story.  Over 18 months of reviewing tens of thousands of documents and interviewing every relevant witness, no Senate or House Committee has unearthed evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the presidential election.  If Special Counsel Robert Mueller has found more, he hasn't made it public.  But House investigators have uncovered details of a Democratic scheme to prod the FBI to investigate the Trump campaign.  We now know that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired Fusion GPS, which hired an intelligence-gun-for-hire, Christopher Steele, to write a "dossier" on Donald Trump's supposed links to Russia.  Mr. Steele fed that document to the FBI, even as he secretly alerted the media to the FBI probe that Team Clinton had helped to initiate.  Fusion, the oppo-research firm, was also supplying its dossier info to senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, whose wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion.

Claiming 'spousal privilege' to stonewall Congress.  Congress faced another hurdle this week in its effort to establish the record of how, why and when the FBI was given information from Fusion GPS on its controversial investigation of President Trump.  Just last week, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson refused to answer any additional questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.  Now, former Fusion employee Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, has invoked spousal privilege to refuse to answer questions from the committee.  The use of spousal privilege in this context, however, could prove more damaging for Congress than the underlying allegations involving Ohr.  Congress needs to seriously examine of the basis and scope of this common-law privilege in the context of an oversight investigation.  Despite exaggerated claims on both sides, Congress has a legitimate interest in establishing the underlying facts concerning the work of Fusion GPS and the novel involvement of the Ohrs.

Congressional Testimony:  James Baker Today, Nellie Ohr Tomorrow.  Former FBI chief legal counsel James Baker appeared before a joint committee in congress today for his second round of questioning about the DOJ and FBI activity during the 2016 presidential election.  Nellie Ohr is scheduled to appear tomorrow [10/19/2018].  Previously James Baker informed the committee of his contacts with Michael Sussmann, a lawyer representing the DNC and Clinton campaign, and the objectives of using opposition research provided by the DNC as evidence to support a politically motivated FBI investigation.

Nellie Ohr Invokes Marital Privilege To Avoid Testifying About Her Husband, A DOJ Official.  A former Fusion GPS employee married to Justice Department official Bruce Ohr invoked spousal privilege during congressional testimony Friday, according to lawmakers who attended the closed-door deposition.  By invoking the privilege, Nellie Ohr limited what information she would provide to members of a congressional task force investigating the FBI's handling of the infamous Steele dossier.  Ohr, a Russia expert, was paid more than $40,000 as a contractor for Fusion GPS from late 2015 until just after the 2016 election.

Fusion GPS Operator Glenn Simpson Refuses To Testify to Congress; Chairman Goodlatte Issues Subpoena.  Fusion GPS is a political research firm and network of political operatives who sell their mercenary services to anyone willing to pay.  Fusion has resources inside and outside government and the capability to exploit FBI and NSA databases containing information about U.S. citizens.  Fusion then uses a secondary network of media outlets who they pay to write articles shaped for their purposes.  Fusion GPS is operated by Glenn Simpson.  In April 2016 Hillary Clinton hired Fusion GPS to target her presidential campaign opponent, Donald Trump.  Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson then assigned Russian expert and CIA research analyst Nellie Ohr to the Trump project.  At the time Nellie Ohr's husband, Bruce Ohr, was the #4 ranking official inside the DOJ National Security Division.  Simultaneous to Nellie Ohr's assignment, Fusion GPS also sub-contracted with Christopher Steele for additional material and internal collaboration with Mrs. Ohr.

Sources:  Nellie Ohr Is Refusing To Appear For Congressional Deposition.  Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, is refusing to appear before Congress for a closed-door hearing that was scheduled to take place this Friday, sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS, the firm behind the Steele dossier, was scheduled to appear for interviews during a joint session with the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform committees.  But two congressional sources said that she is not cooperating with the requests and will have to be subpoenaed to compel her appearance.

Judicial Watch in Court for Fusion GPS Records.  Judicial Watch was in court last month before U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton regarding communications of the Office of the Attorney General with Nellie Ohr, the wife of former Senior DOJ Official Bruce Ohr, who was critical to the creation of the Clinton/DNC dossier.  The subject of the hearing was the lawsuit Judicial Watch filed on March 1 this year after the Department of Justice failed to respond to our December 12, 2017, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v.  U.S. Department of Justice (No.1:18-cv-00491)).

Sources:  Nellie Ohr Is Refusing To Appear For Congressional Deposition.  Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, is refusing to appear before Congress for a closed-door hearing that was scheduled to take place this Friday, sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS, the firm behind the Steele dossier, was scheduled to appear for interviews during a joint session with the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform committees.  But two congressional sources said that she is not cooperating with the requests and will have to be subpoenaed to compel her appearance.

Bruce Ohr May Have Broken More Than The Law By Pushing His Wife's Opposition Research To The FBI.  A review of publicly available information causes a reasonable person to wonder whether Bruce Ohr broke the law by promoting his wife's anti-Trump research to the FBI when he was working at the Justice Department.  The law prohibits public officials from involvement in matters in which their spouse has a financial interest.  The question is, Did Ohr "personally and substantially" participate in a particular matter in which his spouse had a "financial interest" while he was employed by the Justice Department as the assistant attorney general?

Judge Linked to Bruce Ohr Delays Release of Ohr Docs.  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch sued the Justice Department in March of this year for docs and records related to Bruce and Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS.  On Thursday [9/13/2018], President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton attended a hearing along with JW counsel Ramona Cotca to obtain Bruce Ohr docs after months of stonewalling from the DOJ.  The Judge assigned to the case admitted he previously worked with Bruce Ohr at the DOJ and delayed the release of Ohr emails to December 1st (after the midterms).  The Bruce Ohr-linked Judge also gave the DOJ until February of 2019 to turn over calendars (dockets).

Real 'Collusion' — Deep State's Failed Effort To Elect Hillary Clinton Unravels.  President Trump may soon release classified documents related to top FBI official Bruce Ohr and former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.  If so, it's likely to reveal once and for all the sham nature of the FBI's "investigation" of alleged Trump-Russia collusion during the 2016 election.

The Circus of Resistance.  Bruce Ohr, once number four at the Department of Justice, and whose wife was working with Christopher Steele on the Fusion GPS file (a fact he has never disclosed willingly), now more or less has made a mockery of the FBI narrative of when, why, and how it began surveilling American citizens and infiltrating the Trump campaign.  Ohr apparently has testified that well before the election, and well before the application of FISA warrants, he was working with the FBI, the already discredited Christopher Steele, and a Russian oligarch either to smear candidate Trump, or to facilitate the entry into the United States of a once barred and questionable Russian grandee, or both.

Trump Reportedly Plans on Declassifying Bruce Ohr and Carter Page Documents.  President Donald Trump is reportedly planning on declassifying Carter Page and Bruce Ohr documents, according to an Axios report on Sunday [9/9/2018]. [...] Ohr has been accused by the Congressional Republicans and Trump of acting as a go-between for Justice Department, British spy Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS.  Page was allegedly the victim of illegal spying by the Obama administration aimed at taking down Trump.

Sidney Powell Discusses Robert Mueller's Team, Bruce Ohr and the Bigger FISA Picture.  Author and columnist Sidney Powell appeared last night on Lou Dobbs television show to discuss the special counsel investigation, the testimony of Bruce Ohr, and the bigger issues surrounding the abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  Mrs. Powell is one of the few knowledgeable people who reminds the audience where the origin the political surveillance operation began; the abuse of the NSA and FBI databases; which led to the corrupt abuse of the FISA court.

Congressional Sources Confirm Timeline of Bruce Ohr, Chris Steele and FBI Contacts With Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.  Within the massive assembly of documents, emails, text messages, congressional testimony and portions of media reports a clear timeline emerged.  Part of that timeline was based on the fact that certain events had to have taken place — at specific times — in order to reconcile the downstream activity.  From that circumstantial timeline CTH was able to assemble a graphic to help understand how corrupt DOJ and FBI officials had to have used information from Fusion-GPS, Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele; passed on to Bruce Ohr in the DOJ; then delivered to Peter Strzok (FBI) for exploitation eventually culminating in the October 21st, 2016, Title-1 FISA warrant against U.S. Person Carter Page.  The key point of the graphic, which ran counter to all MSM reporting, was a trail of circumstantial evidence showing Bruce Ohr had to have been in contact with Christopher Steele much earlier than anyone realized.

Bruce Ohr's efforts to secretly reshape the Trump probe started earlier in summer '16.  July and August 2016 one day may be remembered as the infamous summer of Steele and Ohr.  That's because new evidence shows former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr's efforts to influence the FBI's Russia probe — on behalf of Donald Trump-despising British spy Christopher Steele — started much earlier than previously described.  For much of the past year, many in Congress have labored under the notion that Ohr, then the No. 4 Department of Justice (DOJ) official, began assisting the FBI's probe into Russia election collusion only after Trump won the 2016 election.

N.Y. Times Throws Up a Smokescreen for Bruce Ohr.  If this weekend's bombshell story in the New York Times is to be believed, the nation's top law enforcement agency under Barack Obama was not only corrupt, it was really dumb, too.  In an effort to get ahead of the release of Bruce Ohr's private congressional testimony — which undoubtedly will include more stunning details about the depth of his relationship with a paid political operative from another country — and mitigate the damage from Ohr's recently released emails, the Times is already working to cover the Justice Department official's tracks.

More Devastating Leaks From Bruce Ohr Testimony.  It will be very interesting when the joint committee releases the transcript from Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr. [...] The admission that Nellie Ohr was contributing to the dossier is a really important specific point.  We always suspected some of the dossier content was attributable to Mrs. Ohr, this confirms that suspicion.  Additionally, on the day before Mr. Ohr testified to congress, embarrassingly the New York Times launched a proactive defense surrounding his predicted testimony; within the August 27th article they cited Fusion GPS as a source saying Nellie Ohr never worked on the dossier.

Bruce Ohr Worked With Andrew Weissmann, While Nellie Ohr Worked For Fusion GPS in 2015.  Last Sunday [8/26/2018] Representative Darrell Issa was being interviewed by Maria Bartiromo about the testimony of Bruce Ohr when Issa innocuously said that Nellie Ohr was working for Fusion GPS in 2015.  Previous to that statement by Issa the timeline for Nellie Ohr working with Fusion GPS began in April of 2016 (simultaneous to Fusion beginning the contract work for the Clinton Campaign and sub-contracting of Chris Steele).  If the 2015 date was correct, this was a big deal; a VERY BIG deal.

Senior FBI, DOJ Officials Knowingly Withheld Conflicts From Secret Court, Lawmakers Say.  A group of senior FBI and Justice Department (DOJ) officials knew about conflicts of interest linked to the infamous anti-Trump dossier and knowingly withheld that information from a secret surveillance court in order to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, according to lawmakers.  The lawmakers on Aug. 28 questioned Bruce Ohr, a once-senior DOJ official who has since been demoted for failing to disclose the same conflicts of interest to his superiors.  During a seven-hour session, Ohr told members of the House Judiciary and Government Oversight committees that he informed six senior FBI and DOJ officials that his wife received $44,000 from Fusion GPS while she worked on the same anti-Trump project as Christopher Steele, the former British spy who concocted the dossier.

Ohr speaks! (Behind closed doors).  There are two closely related dangers for the bureaucratic, political, and media coalition that seeks to eject Trump from the body politic and teach the lesson to any future potential disruptor of the Establishment that such a mission is both dangerous and futile.  The first danger is exposure of the Obama administration's spying on the candidate running against its designated successor, Hillary Clinton.  As many have noted, this is the same motive as the Watergate burglary, only of a magnitude a thousand times greater.  The ability of the NSA to monitor every form of electronic communication (except ham radio — as employed by Bruce Ohr's wife, Nellie) means that virtually all significant information in the Trump campaign was available, so long as the officials in question were in communication with one of the people named in the FISA warrants obtained by the cabal operatives.

Trump turns up the heat on Sessions to fire Bruce Ohr.  Donald Trump is accusing Justice Department 'boss' Bruce Ohr of colluding with his wife Nellie to deliver the dossier of salacious claims about the president's sex life to the FBI.  He wants Ohr to be fired by Jeff Sessions, mounting a campaign against both officials that seems to be gaining traction after key lawmakers said this week they'd support Trump if he axed his his attorney general.  'Wow, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr's wife, is a Russia expert who is fluent in Russian.  She worked for Fusion GPS where she was paid a lot.  Collusion!' Trump said.  'Bruce was a boss at the Department of Justice and is, unbelievably, still there!'

What Bruce Ohr Told Congress.  If Mr. Ohr is only now under the spotlight, it's because it has taken so much effort to unpack his role in the FBI's 2016 investigation of the Trump campaign.  Over the past year, congressional investigators found out that Mr. Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition-research firm that gave its infamous dossier, funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign, to the FBI.  They then discovered that Mr. Ohr had numerous interactions of his own with Fusion chief Glenn Simpson and dossier author Christopher Steele, and that he passed on information from these talks to the bureau.  So the G-men were being fed the dossier allegations from both the outside and the inside.  This week's news is that Mr. Ohr's deliveries to the FBI came with a caveat.  Congress already knew that Mr. Ohr had been aware of Mr. Steele's political biases.  In notes Mr. Ohr took of a September 2016 conversation with Mr. Steele, he wrote that the dossier author "was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president."  Congressional sources tell me that Mr. Ohr revealed Tuesday [8/28/2018] that he verbally warned the FBI that its source had a credibility problem, alerting the bureau to Mr. Steele's leanings and motives.  He also informed the bureau that Mrs. Ohr was working for Fusion and contributing to the dossier project.

Bruce Ohr to face grilling on Capitol amid revelations of communications with ex-British spy Steele.  Justice Department official Bruce Ohr is set to testify Tuesday during a closed-door session of the House Oversight Committee, where he will face a grilling about his involvement with ex-British spy Christopher Steele — the author of the salacious Trump dossier.  Republicans will likely allege that Ohr played a pivotal role in selling the unverified dossier, created by Fusion GPS — where his wife Nellie ohr [sic] worked — and paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

How a twenty-year-old movie foretold the Mueller witch hunt.  These are evil people — Mueller, Rosenstein, and their cabal of villains.  They have shredded the Constitution, violated every legal precedent.  Their mission is clear:  destroy Trump by any means necessary.  This week, we learned that Bruce Ohr, who met seventy times with Christopher Steele after he was officially fired as an FBI asset, has never been interviewed by Mueller.  Ohr's wife likely wrote the infamous dossier meant to ruin Trump.

Reports: Bruce Ohr Testimony Reveals More FBI Corruption.  The closed-door testimony of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr before House investigators Tuesday revealed new details about the FBI information-gathering steps both prior to and during its surveillance of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.  Ohr, the Justice Department's director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, has emerged as a key figure in "Spygate," the ongoing scandal surrounding an alleged FBI-led plot to surveil then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign in an unprecedented effort to thwart the real estate tycoon's White House bid.

Republicans find conflicts in Bruce Ohr's closed-door testimony.  Justice Department official Bruce Ohr delivered roughly 8 hours of closed-door testimony to House lawmakers on Tuesday that conflicted with some of the past statements they've heard from others as they investigate how the government decided to investigate President Trump's campaign, according to Republican lawmakers.  "It became very clear that there are a number of factual conflicts," Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told reporters.  "Either Bruce Ohr's lying or Glenn Simpson's lying."  Simpson is the cofounder of Fusion GPS, which put together the questionable dossier on Trump that was eventually used as a basis for surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  They also said his testimony conflicted with that of former FBI attorney Lisa Page.  Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., also said there "some conflicts in terms of who met with whom at what time, based on sworn testimonies."

Bombshell Testimony From Bruce Ohr Raises Questions About Robert Mueller.  Congressman John Ratcliffe and The Hill's John Solomon joined Sean Hannity tonight to reveal what they know about the testimony of Bruce Ohr today on Capitol Hill.  We know this is a corrupt group of people but we found out tonight that this runs deeper than anyone thought... Ohr named names!  What in the world is Robert Mueller up to because Robert Mueller never interviewed Bruce Ohr!

MSNBC Host Has Tantrum Over Bruce Ohr's Potential Firing.  Rachel Maddow just can't stop worrying about the Russians.  The liberal political commentator and host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" — who last month said it "feels very palpable" to her that President Donald Trump is a foreign agent, as The Daily Wire reported — now thinks the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) won't be able to properly investigate Russian intelligence operations or Russian organized crime if Bruce Ohr is fired.  Ohr, a DOJ official, appeared behind closed doors on Tuesday [8/28/2018] with congressional investigators who questioned him about his contacts with Fusion GPS.  That's the firm that worked with former British spy Christopher Steele to put together and distribute a file about Trump's relationship with Russia, known as the Steele dossier.  Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS.

Sekulow: Russia Investigation 'Corrupt at Its Inception'.  Friday [8/10/2018] on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," Trump legal counsel Jay Sekulow [...] said, "We pointed out the irregularities in this investigation.  I mean, the biggest news of late has been the whole Bruce Ohr situation.  You had the number four at the United States Department of Justice, the number four, his wife happens to work for Fusion GPS, who happens to be retained to put together the dossier with Chris Steele.  And Chris Steele happens to be talking to the FBI and to Bruce Ohr, the number four at the Justice Department.  Christopher Steele gets fired for leaking information yet Bruce Ohr continues the ongoing dialogue.  Then you could list the Page, Strzok series of emails, you could list the salacious dossier and put all of that together and say why in the world would this investigation have legitimacy at this point?"

Bruce Ohr Docs Raise Serious Questions.  [Scroll down]  The notes at the bottom of the memo state, in sloppy writing, "no prosecution yet, pushing ahead on M case," in reference to Paul Manafort, who is now facing years old charges on financial crimes and money laundering, according to congressional investigators.  Ohr also stated, "may go back to Chris," in reference to Christopher Steele.  "The more we learn about this, the more it seems like Bruce Ohr was a really key figure in this circle comprising those both outside and inside the government who were colluding with each other to manufacture the Trump-Russia investigation," said a third congressional staffer involved in the Russia investigations.

Out of the shadows:  FBI corruption probe about to put Bruce Ohr in the hot seat.  The weaponization of the FBI's counterintelligence operations on behalf of Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy is the greatest political scandal in American history.  The dramatic story is unfolding before our eyes, and the key point to remember is that declassification of key documents is controlling the pace of the story — and President Trump has the ability to declassify anything he sees fit to share with the American public.  This alone should be enough to strike terror in the heart of anyone implicated in this scheme.  But when you consider that Donald Trump is the most successful reality television producer in the history of that medium, and therefore is a master of dramatic pacing, and that the midterm election in November is the prize at stake, then there is reason to believe that the American public is about to learn a lot of disturbing news about the Deep State before people go to the polls.

12 times Christopher Steele fed Trump-Russia allegations to FBI after the election.  Congressional investigators know that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the Trump dossier on behalf of the Clinton campaign, kept supplying allegations to the FBI after the 2016 election — and even after he was terminated as a source by the bureau for giving confidential information to the media.  Because he had broken his agreement with the FBI, bureau procedure did not allow agents to keep using Steele as a source.  But they did so anyway — by devising a system in which Steele spoke regularly with Bruce Ohr, a top Obama Justice Department official whose wife worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to search for dirt on Donald Trump in Russia.  Ohr then passed on Steele's information to the FBI.

Sara Carter:  GOP Lawmakers Demand Declassification of Bruce Ohr FBI Interviews.  Lawmakers are demanding the declassification of the FBI's 302 notes on 12 interviews they conducted with twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr between December 2016 — May 2017.  The FBI interviews will shed light on Bruce Ohr's relationship with Fusion GPS, the oppo research firm his wife, Nellie Ohr worked for.  Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is especially frustrated with the DOJ's stonewalling as he has been seeking documents on Bruce Ohr for several months.

5 Key Takeaways From The House Hearing With FBI Counterintelligence No. 2 Peter Strzok.  [#4] [The] DOJ [is] Clearly Hiding Its Relationship With [a] Democratic-Funded Smear Group.  The FBI and DOJ frequently instructed Strzok not to answer substantive questions from Republicans.  One line of inquiry pursued by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was regarding communication between the FBI and Fusion GPS, the group that concocted the "Russia" dossier and messaging plan on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.  Strzok generally declined to answer questions.  But Strzok did admit that Bruce Ohr, husband of Fusion GPS operative Nellie Ohr, funneled documents to the FBI related to the Russia case.  He refused to say what those documents were.  Yesterday, Sen. Chuck Grassley asked DOJ to declassify the dozen reports summarizing Ohr's 12 information-sharing meetings with the FBI.  The FBI used Fusion GPS-hired Christopher Steele until the end of October, when he was terminated for lying about his leaks to the media.  But Fusion and Steele were able to continue funnelling information to the FBI using colleague Nellie Ohr and her husband Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official who worked closely with  acting  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Jim Jordan Discusses Strzok Testimony and Admission of Receiving Dossier Material from Bruce Ohr.  This is important.  This is VERY important.  The collective DOJ, FBI and "allied contractors" activity in 2015 and 2016 is the origin of the political opposition research that developed into the Trump investigation via the FISA application(s).  Jordan appears to be one of the few who understand the importance of the timeline.  Jim Jordan discusses FBI Agent Peter Strzok admitting he received the Dossier material from DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr.  Bruce's wife was hired by Fusion-GPS to assist in the formation of the Clinton funded opposition research that became the Steele Dossier.

Federal Court Orders DOJ to Begin Searching and Producing Fusion GPS Records in Response to Judicial Watch Lawsuit.  Judicial Watch announced U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton instructed the Justice Department to immediately begin producing records about DOJ communications with Nellie Ohr, the wife of senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr.  Nellie Ohr worked for Clinton campaign vendor Fusion GPS on the anti-Trump Dossier campaign document.  Judge Walton rejected a Justice Department request to begin producing documents six months from now and ordered the DOJ to begin producing documents immediately on a rolling basis over the next two months.  Judge Walton also rejected DOJ's efforts to restrict their search to only 2016.

Exclusive: DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Hid Wife's Fusion GPS Payments From Ethics Officials.  Bruce Ohr, the Department of Justice official who brought opposition research on President Donald Trump to the FBI, did not disclose that Fusion GPS, which performed that research at the Democratic National Committee's behest, was paying his wife, and did not obtain a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors at the Justice Department, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.  The omission may explain why Ohr was demoted from his post as associate deputy attorney general after the relationship between Fusion GPS and his wife emerged and Fusion founder Glenn Simpson acknowledged meeting with Ohr.  Willfully falsifying government ethics forms can carry a penalty of jail time, if convicted.

Former Judge:  Ohr, Comey Could Be Held In Contempt Of Court For Misrepresentations.  A FISA court judge has grounds to hold Department of Justice officials including Bruce Ohr in contempt of court for making misrepresentations about the sources of information used to obtain a surveillance warrant against a Trump associate, a former judge and Republican congressman said.  "I think it's important to know who the FISA judge was, and why with all the info he's had for some time, he has not put anyone in jail for committing fraud on his court," Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican who serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, told The Daily Caller News Foundation Friday [2/2/2018].

Worse Than Watergate.  What we now know: [#1] The FBI's case to the FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court was based almost entirely upon a partisan hit-job bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. [...] [#2] Ohr's wife was one of just seven employees at FusionGPS, the firm that was paying Christopher Steele.  The personal financial relationship between the Ohrs and the dossier was concealed from the court.  [#3] The FBI could not corroborate the information in the Steele dossier, calling it only "minimally corroborated" but did not disclose this fact to the FISA Court thus leading it to believe that the information in the dossier was either FBI work-product or that it had been independently corroborated by the FBI.  Neither was true. [...] [#6] Comey lied to the president about the investigation while he was FBI director.

DOJ "Small Group Official" Bruce Ohr Demoted Again.  The Bigger media voices will eventually catch up to the story.  Right now the scale of the story is so large, and the consequences so damaging to the Republic, they are scared to call it out[,] but that won't last too much longer.  They can't ignore it much longer.  As OIG (Michael Horowitz) and Congressional Investigators (Nunes, Goodlatte, Grassley) begin assembling the evidence against the corrupt DOJ and FBI officials, the current DOJ/FBI leadership begin working in concert to position the corrupt.

Latest Reports of FBI/DOJ Counterintelligence Operation Give Evelyn Farkas Statements New Light.  In the past six weeks a stunning amount of evidence has been accumulating that shows how the Obama Administration weaponized the FBI and DOJ and launched a political campaign spying operation into candidate Donald Trump.  There have been daily revelations showing a considerable collaboration between the White House, Hillary Clinton, the DNC, Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson; his wife Mary Jacoby, DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr and his wife Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr, Russian Dossier author Christopher Steele, FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page; and the highest levels of officials within the FBI, including Chief Legal Counsel James Baker and FBI Asst.  Director Andrew McCabe.  All of the evidence points in one transparently obvious direction; toward a 2016 collaborative effort structured to use a counterintelligence operation to conduct wiretaps and surveillance on the presidential campaign of candidate Donald Trump.

Fusion GPS Admits Nellie Ohr [was] Hired to Probe Trump.  Married to now demoted DOJ hack and Rod Rosenstein's right hand man, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr has been officially confirmed to have been hired by Fusion GPS to probe Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.  Yet, this doesn't seem to be getting much media coverage outside of Fox News.

'Hurricane Electric' Exposed:  Fusion GPS Had Access To Obama FBI Surveillance Database.  The FBI's "Citizen Log" program, formerly known as LifeLog, is at the center of #SpyGate and provided material for the Christopher Steele dossier.  Fusion GPS had access to this government database through its operative Nellie Ohr's husband Bruce Ohr at the Justice Department.  The #SpyGate conspirators used the code name "Crossfire Hurricane" because they were all using a contractor called Hurricane Electric, which has access to all of the Barack Obama and James Comey FBI surveillance programs on private American citizens.  It is confirmed that Russians hacked the entire database when an Obama administration French contractor snuck Russian code into all of the FBI surveillance programs.

Bruce and Nellie Ohr:  The other Trump-hating lovebirds.  Now we have revelations that U.S. Department of Justice associate deputy attorney general, Bruce Ohr, failed to disclose the payments his wife Nellie Ohr was receiving from Fusion GPS on his official forms, an ethics violation that carries a jail penalty, according to the Daily Caller.  Nellie Ohr, identified as a Russia expert, may have been writing some of the contents of the utterly gamy and fictional Steele dossier, and from appearances, it looks as if she might have, while ol' Bruce may have been shilling the product to the FBI as investigative bait, which the agency later did use as the basis for obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on President Trump through his lieutenants.

Everybody Knows.  [Scroll down]  The FBI, the DOJ, all the top-tier unaccountables, forgot that the deplorables existed and never doubted that Hillary Clinton could buy and lie her way into the presidency.  It was her turn.  Still, it can't hurt to wiretap the opposing campaign.  Besides, it's so much fun to do whatever you want.  It was Woodstock for the D.C. unaccountables.  The top DOJ-FBI administrators, meaning people who were not competent enough to be real agents and lawyers, had the time of their lives playing cops and spies.  Hillary's $12 million passed through Nellie Ohr at Fusion GPS.  Her husband, Assistant Attorney General Bruce Ohr, met with Christopher Steele, the cover-story author of the [...] dossier on Trump.  Ohr, who still works at the Justice Department, reported all the fun to Sally Yates.  Everybody came out to play.  McCabe spied; Comey danced and lied; John McCain lent a hand.  Strzok and Page were special beaux, they took their meetings without their clothes.

The Criminal Conspiracy of the Century:  "Makes Watergate look like a third-rate burglary".  As Fox News has reported, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe has rescheduled his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee with the Justice Department telling the network that it was due to a "routine scheduling error."  More likely it is due to the need for everyone to get their stories straight as the details of the fix that was in for Hillary Clinton are being, er... unmasked and the details of the deep state coup against President Trump bubble to the surface from the depths of the swamp: [...] "McCabe has an Ohr problem," one congressional source said.  McCabe has many problems and is at the heart of the criminal conspiracy to protect Hillary and unseat President Trump.  The "Ohr problem" relates to Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie and their connections to Fusion GPS, the firm paid indirectly by the Clinton campaign and the DNC to work with former British spy Christopher Steele and Russian sources to put together a fake dossier likely used by the FBI to fraudulently obtain FISA surveillance warrants on Team Trump.

The Story of Ohr and More.  Reputable accounts reveal that former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie (an undisclosed employee of GPS Fusion) continued to receive reports from Christopher Steele, author of the now discredited dossier.  They did so after Steele was terminated as an FBI source because of Steele's leaks to the press and lying to the agency about them.  Ohr and his DOJ and FBI cohorts in this stove-piping operation apparently "operated outside the chain of command, misled their bosses (and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) and concealed evidence from Congressional oversight committees."  And they did this work even after Trump was elected and inaugurated.  The evidence to date suggests that Rod Rosenstein, who is tasked with supervising Robert Mueller and his team, was kept in the dark about Ohr's continued work with Steele when he signed the last FISA warrant application, post inauguration, in June 2017.

Bruce Ohr and the anti-Trump activities of Obama officials — what will his testimony reveal?  More information will be revealed about the Obama administration's anti-Trump political opposition research efforts during the 2016 presidential campaign when demoted Justice Department official Bruce Ohr testifies before members of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees Aug. 28 in a closed-door session.  Ohr was an associate deputy attorney general in the Obama administration before his questionable actions led to his demotion.  His testimony should provide the latest peek behind the curtain at the inner workings of the Deep State.  Perhaps most significantly is what Ohr can tell members of the House committees about the political opposition research by his wife, Nellie Ohr.

Massive Efforts Made to Hide Nellie Ohr's Involvement in 'Spygate'.  As the details behind the Spygate scandal are uncovered, the connections to former President Obama are unearthed.  According to Zero Hedge, the head of opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted in December 2017 in a court filing that his firm paid the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help dig up damaging information on then-candidate Donald Trump.

How Were Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Christopher Steele, and Fusion GPS Plotting?  [Scroll down]  Bruce Ohr remains Organized Crime Task Force director.  Until his dossier-related demotion, he was the fourth-ranked official at DOJ. The House Intelligence Committee memo released by Chairman Devin Nunes on February 2 says that Nellie Ohr was "employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump" and that Bruce Ohr passed along the results of that research, which was paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign, to the FBI.  The "salacious and unverified" dossier was used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) surveillance warrant to spy on Carter Page.

The Bruce Ohr & Christopher Steele Conversations.  Bruce Ohr's relationship with Christopher Steele via texts and emails has been thrust into the spotlight recently.  The texts and emails are between Ohr and Steele but involve other parties as well.  Descriptions of the major parties are listed further below.  Ohr has been described as a long-time friend of Steele with a relationship going back to at least 2006 (this includes Ohr's wife Nellie).  Worth noting, Adam Waldman represented both Oleg Deripaska and Sergey Lavrov.  More newly discovered is Waldman's representation of Christopher Steele and Julian Assange.

Nellie Ohr Looks Like a Stalinist or At Least an Apologist.  Communist expert Diane West has written volumes on communism and she has a startling fact to share.  FBI agent Bruce Ohr's wife Nellie Ohr isn't simply a Communist sympathizer, she's a Stalin apologist, perhaps worse.  Sketchy FBI honcho Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie, an employee of Fusion GPS, appear to have collaborated with a British spy named Christopher Steele on the dossier that was used to frame the President.  As if that isn't enough, Ms. West unearthed some of Nellie's frightening views.

Bruce and Nellie Ohr.  Bruce Ohr, the former Associate Deputy Attorney General who served as the fourth-highest ranking official in the Justice Department, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on August 28th, 2018, to answer questions regarding his connections to anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS.  According to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Ohr had over sixty contacts with Christopher Steele going as far back as January of 2016.

Did Fusion GPS's Anti-Trump Researcher Avoid Surveillance With A Ham Radio?  [Scroll down]  That brings us to Nellie Ohr, holder of amateur radio call sign KM4UDZ.  Ohr graduated from Harvard University in 1983 with a degree in history and Russian literature.  She studied in the Soviet Union in 1989 and obtained a PhD in Russian history in 1990. [...] It is apparent that, between her own professional experience and her marriage to a top DOJ official, she was well aware of the ability of the National Security Agency to intercept and store every communication on the Internet.  Did this knowledge have anything to do with her mid-life decision to become a ham radio operator and communicate outside cyberspace? [...] On May 23, 2016, she received a technician-level amateur radio license.  The timing is significant.  The presidential campaign was underway and she and her employer, Fusion GPS, were digging for dirt in Russia to use against Trump.  Given her cybersecurity knowledge, was Nellie Ohr hoping to use non-cyber short wave communications to hide her participation in that nefarious effort from the NSA?

Call Sign "KM4UDZ"-Keystone to the Steele Dossier!.  The person holding call-sign KM4UDZ Ham Radio License, is very central to ObamaGate.  Nellie Ohr holds that specific Ham Radio ID and is a key person in today's unfolding Crossfire Hurricane/FISA political scandals. [...] Some of Nellie Ohr's foremost characteristics are, a big Stalin apologist, fluent in Russian, Ph.D. in Russian History, former CIA Analyst, Ham Radio fame, Fusion GPS Russian expert, and theorized real co-author of the Christopher Steele Trump-Russian Dossier.

GOP chairman readies Steele dossier subpoenas.  The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is readying subpoenas for people connected to the controversial "Steele" dossier, sources tell The Hill.  Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is preparing subpoenas for Justice Department (DOJ) official Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, according to two congressional sources familiar with the matter.

Bob Goodlatte to subpoena DOJ, FBI officials and Fusion GPS co-founder.  House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is expected to subpoena Justice Department and FBI officials, as well as the founder of Fusion GPS, in the coming week for at least one upcoming hearing on British spy Christopher Steele's dossier about President Trump, according to a report published Thursday evening [8/9/2018].  Among those Goodlatte is preparing to call in are Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, former DOJ official Bruce Ohr, and Ohr's wife Nellie, who worked for Simpson's company.

Chairman Nunes Reveals Fusion GPS Connection to Obama White House.  In December last year we learned about Nellie Ohr working for Fusion GPS and channeling Clinton/Steele 'dossier' information to her husband Bruce Ohr who worked in the DOJ National Security Division.  Today [3/10/2018] Fox News is revealing that Fusion-GPS #2 man-in-charge, Neil King Jr., was/is married to President Obama's White House Policy Adviser, Shailagh Murray; who was also Joe Biden's Deputy-Chief-of-Staff.

Nellie Ohr:  Woman in the Middle.  To one side of Ohr, there is the Fusion GPS team, including fellow contractor Christopher Steele.  To the other, there is husband Bruce Ohr, who, until his "dossier"-related demotion, was No. 4 man at the Department of Justice, and a key contact there for Steele.  As central as Nellie Ohr's placement is, her role in the creation of the "dossier" remains undefined. [...] Still, relevant facts have emerged.  These include Nellie Ohr's study in the USSR in 1989; her fluency in Russian and Ph.D. in Russian history in 1990; a 2010 CIA affiliation, which practically makes her former MI6 agent Steele's "opposite number"; and the extremely curious detail, harkening back to earlier eras of spycraft, that on May 23, 2016, around the time she came on board Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr applied for a ham radio operator's license.  Notably, the "dossier" men in her life have tried to shield Ohr from public scrutiny, even at professional risk.

Chuck Grassley Gives FBI Director Wray Until Tomorrow To Declassify His Memo — (Redacted Memo Included).  [Scroll down]  Nice laundry system you got there, huh?  Turning unfounded gossip and accusations into officially sounding intelligence information.  This is a similar pattern to how the Clinton campaign fed opposition research to the DOJ:  Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson) opposition research, to Nellie Ohr (Fusion Employee), to her husband DOJ Deputy Attorney Bruce Ohr, to Christopher Steele, to media leaks and back to the FBI to validate ongoing efforts.  More information laundry.  Opposition research become intelligence information.

Latest Reports of FBI/DOJ Counterintelligence Operation Give Evelyn Farkas Statements New Light.  In the past six weeks a stunning amount of evidence has been accumulating that shows how the Obama Administration weaponized the FBI and DOJ and launched a political campaign spying operation into candidate Donald Trump.  There have been daily revelations showing a considerable collaboration between the White House, Hillary Clinton, the DNC, Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson; his wife Mary Jacoby, DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr and his wife Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr, Russian Dossier author Christopher Steele, FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page; and the highest levels of officials within the FBI, including Chief Legal Counsel James Baker and FBI Asst.  Director Andrew McCabe.  All of the evidence points in one transparently obvious direction; toward a 2016 collaborative effort structured to use a counterintelligence operation to conduct wiretaps and surveillance on the presidential campaign of candidate Donald Trump.

Wife of DOJ Deputy Was Fusion GPS Employee, CIA Research Aid, and Applied for HAM Radio License Month After Contracting MI6 Agent Christopher Steele.  A month after Hillary Clinton hired Fusion GPS (April 2016) to sub-contract retired British MI6 agent Christopher Steele to write the opposition research report "the Trump Russia Dossier", Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr applied for a HAM radio license (May 23rd 2016); a communication tool that would allow Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele the ability to communicate outside the normal risk of communication intercepts.  Keeping in mind, both Bruce and Nellie Ohr's subject matter skill-set within the DOJ would provide them with a comprehensive understanding of how to network and communicate with international actors outside the traditional risk of communication intercepts.  In short, Mrs. Nelli Ohr would know that using HAM radio frequencies would be a way to avoid the risk of U.S. intelligence intercepts on her communications.

Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossier.  A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump "dossier" had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed:  The official's wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.  Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year.

Why Did Trey Gowdy Just Omit Peter Strzok From Key List of FBI Officials He Wants To Grill?  This is odd.  In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday [12/19/2017], both Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) demanded the Justice Department make FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI chief of staff Jim Rybicki, available for "transcribed interviews."  Why wasn't disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok and demoted Justice Department official Bruce G. Ohr, along with his Fusion GPS-linked wife, Nellie, asked to be made available for interviews?

Fusion GPS admits DOJ official's wife Nellie Ohr [was] hired to probe Trump.  A co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS acknowledged in a new court document that his company hired the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year.  The confirmation from Glenn Simpson came in a signed declaration filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and provided a fuller picture of the nature of Nellie Ohr's work — after Fox News first reported on her connection to Fusion GPS.

Fusion GPS Admits Nellie Ohr [was]Hired to Probe Trump.  Married to now demoted DOJ hack and Rod Rosenstein's right hand man, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr has been officially confirmed to have been hired by Fusion GPS to probe Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.  Yet, this doesn't seem to be getting much media coverage outside of Fox News.

Fusion GPS Paid Top DOJ Official's Wife To Dig Up Dirt On Trump.  Court documents reveal the opposition research firm that put together a dossier filled with wild, unsubstantiated claims about Donald Trump hired the spouse of a newly demoted Justice Department official to dig up dirt on Trump.  Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS — the infamous firm behind the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele — stated in a court declaration that his firm hired Nellie H. Ohr as a subcontractor to help with "research and analysis of Mr. Trump," according to Chuck Ross at The Daily Caller.  Nellie H. Ohr is married to Bruce G. Ohr, who was associate deputy attorney general at the DOJ until he was recently demoted.

Are Anti-Trump Conspirators Using HAM Radio to Communicate?  Christopher Steele, the former MI6 spy, was hired by Fusion GPS in April, 2016.  Months later, Mrs. Ohr joined Mr. Steele at the opposition research firm, after being hired by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson to investigate then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.  Additionally, her husband, Bruce Ohr, reportedly met with Mr. Steele during this time period, and with Mr. Simpson after President Trump's victory.  It is not clear if Mrs. Ohr ever used her HAM license, or if she herself owns the equipment to do so, but what is interesting, is the 1970s technology, when blended with modern day communications, can create an untraceable protocol for clandestine transmissions.

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with ham radio, the transmission of encrypted messages by ham operators is generally illegal.  The use of the ham radio bands in connection with any illegal activity is itself illegal, too.  Speaking to business associates about business is also prohibited.  And chatting across town from one's car, which was once a novelty, is now done by cell phone; therefore, the only reason that I can imagine for Mrs. Ohr to get a ham radio license — if her intent was to communicate secretly and send data files without using the (presumably wiretapped) telephone — is to make it easier to buy transmitting equipment without raising suspicion.  The proprietors of ham radio shops tend to ask for your callsign when you buy anything — especially anything with a transmitter in it.  Having a license and a callsign would also make it unnecessary to make unidentified transmissions, which would attract the attention of other ham operators, and then the FCC.  Incidentally, the "ham" in ham radio is not an acronym and is only capitalized by people who don't know much about it.

House Judiciary Lawmakers Mull Subpoenas on FBI, DOJ After Text Messages Reveal 'Path' to Stop Trump.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday it was time to issue subpoenas to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, following the release of texts from FBI officials that suggested they wanted to stop Trump's election.  "It's time for subpoenas from our committee, not just from the intelligence committee, but from our committee.  Subpoenas for documents that we rightfully should have an ability to see," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the committee.  He also said he wanted to subpoena Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, FBI senior official Peter Strzok, and senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie Ohr.


The  trial  plea bargain of Michael Cohen


Why is Michael Cohen prosecuted when Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and Lois Lerner were not?  With a Republican president in place and soon-to-be Democrat-run House, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has conveniently remembered that they have the ability to prosecute people who lie to Congress.  This was a power they had inexplicably forgotten about during the 10 years that Democrats were benefiting from witnesses who lied.  No doubt there should be consequences and accountability if you testify to Congress under oath and blatantly lie or violate the law.  But the DOJ seems to have different standards based on which party's political fortunes will be impacted.  It is this unequal application of justice that is dividing the country and threatens peace.  Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former attorney, struck a plea deal with the DOJ for lying to Congress.  But what about all the other egregious cases of misconduct interacting with Congress?  Why weren't those pursued or prosecuted?

Another nothing-burger?  Catherine Herridge breaks down Michael Cohen's guilty plea 'bombshell'.  Early Thursday morning word broke that President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had pleaded guilty to lying to Congress during its investigation into possible Russian collusion.  Following the announcement, the perpetually hysterical left broke into cheers of gleeful applause over the belief that the president would soon be the next one to be indicted.

Another Turbulent Week with Some Big Mysteries.  The Special Counsel keeps rolling with indictments that have nothing to do with the original charge — certainly because the only collusion with Russia was by Hillary.  Each time the anti-Trumpers are certain the President's end is nigh.  This week's indictment of [Michael] Cohen is of a piece with that history.

On Hush Money, the President's Best Defense Is Lack of Criminal Intent.  You can be forgiven if you've forgotten there even is a Mueller investigation.  Just a week ago, the country was on tenterhooks as the jury in Paul Manafort's trial headed into the weekend without having reached a verdict.  Would they hang?  Had Special Counsel Robert Mueller overreached?  Did federal judge T. S. Ellis of the Eastern District of Virginia undermine the prosecutors?  Such is the permanent frenzy of the Trump news cycle that, even with Tuesday's convictions, Manafort and Mueller seem like old news.  They've been superseded by Michael Cohen's guilty plea; specifically, by the fallout of Cohen's having implicated the president in felony campaign-finance offenses during his allocution in Manhattan federal court late Tuesday afternoon — an otherworldly media moment, simultaneous with the jury verdict in Manafort's trial 200 miles south.

Mueller Cannot Have Credibility If He Ignores Hillary's Crimes.  This investigation is absent of all credibility because it specifically ignores what happened on the Hillary side!  Without what happened on the Hillary side, they would not have an investigation of Trump.  That's why!  There is a dossier — and, by the way, do you know why Cohen's caught up in this?  The dossier mentions Cohen!  The dossier, this phony, unprovable piece of Hillary Clinton opposition research also mentions Cohen.  That's how he gets lassoed into this.

War of Attrition Against President Trump.  Precisely how does Bill Clinton's main legal fixer turn up as Michael Cohen's attorney in a plea bargain with a special prosecutor?  If you put that kind of plot line in a political thriller, the public would laugh you off the newsstand book racks.  Nonetheless, we now have Lanny Davis, special counsel to the president for Bill Clinton during 1996-1998, declaring to CNN:  "It's my observation that Mr. Cohen has knowledge that would be of interest to the special counsel about the issue of whether Donald Trump, ahead of time, knew about the hacking of emails, which is a computer crime."  On Tuesday [8/21/2018] Davis told MSNBC that Cohen knew about "the possibility of a conspiracy to collude and corrupt the American democracy system in the 2016 election."

Cohen Attorney Lanny Davis Is Registered Foreign Agent for Pro-Russian Oligarch Wanted by US Government and Linked to Putin.  On Tuesday [8/21/2018] former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen, on the advice of his attorney and Clinton advisor Lanny Davis, surrendered himself to the FBI after it was reported he reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. [...] Cohen attorney Lanny Davis is a registered foreign agent for Dmytro Firtash, a pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarch wanted by the US government.

Dershowitz: Candidate Entitled To Pay Hush Money, Committed No Election Crime.  Alan Dershowitz said the only campaign violation that could have happened is if former Trump attorney Michael Cohen did break a campaign finance law on his own volution and called the situation a "Catch-22" on MSNBC this afternoon [8/22/2018].

Cohen Attorney Backtracks On Claim That Trump Had Advance Knowledge of Russian Hacking.  Lanny Davis, an attorney for Michael Cohen, is backtracking from his stunning claim that President Donald Trump had advance knowledge of Russian hacking efforts.  During interviews on Tuesday [8/21/2018] and Wednesday, Davis laid out a grave allegation against Trump, saying that Cohen had information that would be of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller, including about Russian hacking of Democrats' emails.  In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Davis said Cohen, a former lawyer for Trump, has "knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on."

Lanny Davis:  Michael Cohen Never Went To Prague As Steele Dossier Claims.  Lanny Davis, the Clinton-connected attorney for Michael Cohen, said Wednesday [8/22/2018] that the former Trump lawyer had never been to Prague, as the infamous Steele dossier alleges.  "Thirteen references to Mr. Cohen are false in the dossier, but he has never been to Prague in his life," Davis said Wednesday in an interview on Bloomberg.  The statement is a significant denial given that, according to Davis, Cohen has turned over a new leaf by deciding to discuss his work on behalf of President Donald Trump.

MSNBC Keeps Lying About the Dossier Being Corroborated.  An MSNBC panelist named Paul Butler, a Georgetown Professor, stated on the Joy Reid show that the Steele dossier "keeps getting corroborated" by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and reporters.  That is not at all true.  Nothing of significance has been confirmed.  Even Jim Comey said the FBI could not verify the document.  Earlier this week, Lanny Davis, the Clinton mob lawyer now representing Cohen, asserted that the dossier's allegations about Cohen are "100 percent" false.

Loose Ends #44.  As I said in the previous note, I've been on the road all week and mostly ill-informed about the breaking Trump stories, and much else.  So all I have are some more Loose Ends to file.  With one caveat.  I hadn't been paying attention to the fact that Michael Cohen's attorney is Lanny Davis.  Lanny Davis???  Seriously?  What is this — some kind of parallel universe remake of the Clinton sex scandals of the 1990s?  We all recall how that ended, don't we?

How long before Cohen's lawyer changes his story again?  Can Michael Cohen give evidence that President Trump knowingly colluded with Russia, or does he have no knowledge whatsoever?  It seems to depend on what story his lawyer is teasing at the moment.  Following Cohen's guilty plea Tuesday, attorney Lanny Davis said on MSNBC that his client is willing to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller about a "conspiracy to collude," citing his "knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest."  That seemed to confirm July 27 CNN and CBS reports that Cohen was prepared to testify that Trump knew in advance about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which Russians were expected to offer political dirt on Hillary Clinton.  Davis personally confirmed those stories off the record to The [New York] Post at the time.  Except now Davis says it isn't true.

Lanny Davis Admits He Lied to the Media About Major Trump Tower Report.  Michael Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis admitted on Thursday that he erroneously confirmed a CNN report about Trump's knowledge of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the Russians.  CNN reported on July 27 that Cohen was prepared to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that the president had advance knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting.  On Wednesday, Davis said that the reporting was "mixed up" and that his client had no information regarding when Trump knew about the meeting.  According to the New York Post, however, Davis himself confirmed CNN's report as an anonymous source when it was first published.  Davis is now apologizing on the record for confirming something he did not know to be true.

Newest Charity Case For The Resistance:  Michael Cohen.  If it's any comfort, it's not like he's making Peter Strzok money or anything.  Still, he's more than $100,000 richer than he was yesterday [8/21/2018] thanks to [an] infernal GoFundMe page, proof that in America 2018 even a rich, crooked New York lawyer can rake in the ResistanceBucks so long as he's performing the very important task of [annoying] the left's least favorite person.

Does Michael Cohen's Guilty Plea Justify All The Trump Impeachment Talk?  Talk of impeaching President Trump is everywhere.  But Democrats have been pining for Trump's impeachment since before he even set foot in the White House.  Michael Cohen's guilty plea is just the latest excuse to bring it up.

Why Michael Cohen Agreed to Plead Guilty — And Implicate the President.  Adding to the pressure, David Pecker, the chairman of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, provided prosecutors with details about payments Mr. Cohen arranged with women who alleged sexual encounters with President Trump, including Mr. Trump's knowledge of the deals.  This account of how Mr. Cohen went from a pugnacious defender of the president to turning on Mr. Trump is based on details provided by people close to Mr. Cohen and others briefed on the discussions with prosecutors.  For weeks, the president had been distancing himself from Mr. Cohen, including by stopping paying the lawyer's legal fees, making clear amid the pressure that he was on his own.

How The Clintons Directed Michael Cohen To Plead Guilty & Implicate President Trump.  Weeks earlier D.C. Whispers warned readers of Lanny Davis's sudden appearance at the side of former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen.  Mr. Davis is a longtime Clinton operative and as recently as 2016 was helping to manage Hillary Clinton's presidential run.  His longstanding ties to the Clintons affords him strong ties with both the Democrat and Republican establishments, vast D.C. lobbying powers, and media moguls.  In short, he is as Deep State as Deep State gets.  Now he's using Michael Cohen to add manufactured fuel to the "get President Trump" fire as the Clintons sit back and watch and wait.

Clinton Mob Lawyer Lanny Davis Sold Out His Client.  Some legal experts are saying today that Lanny Davis, Hillary's close friend and general counsel, sold his client Michael Cohen out with a sentence unwarranted by the crimes.  Do we have to ask ourselves why?  Is it because Hillary Clinton is his client and not Michael Cohen?  It's important to note that the verdict and plea in the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen cases respectively have nothing to do with Russia or collusion.  The Manafort trial did not deal with his role as a Trump campaign chairman.  In Cohen's case, he said he made the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougall at the direction of an unidentified candidate.  That's not criminal.

Democrats Who Support Trump:  CNN's Coverage of Cohen, Manafort Is a 'Side Show'.  Registered Democrats who support President Donald Trump told CNN its coverage of the president's administration is a "side show" and that they are glad to see the stock market rise and their retirement savings increase.  CNN aired footage Friday morning [8/24/2018] of correspondent Jason Carroll speaking with registered Democrats in Pennsylvania praising Trump for improving the economy and looking out for their savings.  Eileen and Richard Sorokas supported former President Barack Obama during both elections, but then switched over and supported Trump because of his promises to improve the economy.


The trial of Paul Manafort


Ken Starr:  The hammer is about to drop on Paul Manafort after Mueller learns he was a mole for Trump.  Former independent counsel Ken Starr told CNN on Wednesday that Paul Manafort is in even deeper trouble with Robert Mueller after it was revealed Tuesday that his lawyer has been briefing the president's legal team about what he's been telling federal investigators.  "You at this stage belong to the prosecutors.  You're now inside the tent, you're part of the team," Starr said of Manafort.  "So to be leaking information to the lawyers outside the team, that's going to be viewed very seriously and obviously is."

Manafort/Assange Drama Proves Media Will Buy Any Russia Conspiracy Story, No Matter Its Flaws.  Many media figures have swallowed whole, without evidence, a conspiracy theory that Donald Trump became president by treasonously colluding with Russia to steal the 2016 election from its rightful owner, Hillary Clinton.  The information operation that pushed this story turned out to have been secretly developed and funded by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, a fact uncovered only through the tenacious digging of Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the face of major opposition from the media and Democrats on the committee.  The information operation has been fed to an increasingly compliant and credulous media with nearly no resistance.  Fusion GPS is the Clinton- and Democrat-funded group that initiated the Russia collusion story, although it is now, according to congressional testimony, being spearheaded by the Democracy Integrity Project and funded to the tune of $50 million.  The Washington Post quietly admitted, buried the news, really, that the operation was funded by George Soros.

Hollywood Celebrates Paul Manafort Guilty Plea.  Several celebrities took to social media on Friday [9/14/2018] and posted messages celebrating former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort's decision to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge as part of a plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller. [...] The White House issued a statement Friday that said the charges against Paul Manafort are unrelated to Mr. Trump's election victory.

Paul Manafort's Plea.  Former convention delegate manager Paul Manafort, entered into a plea deal today with Special Counsel Robert Mueller for issues related to his lobbying firm and FARA registry violations.  The plea has nothing to do with candidate Trump, president-elect Trump, or President Trump.

Manafort Deal Looks Like Good News for Trump, Terrible News for Democrats.  Something rarely brought up by our utterly useless but still corrupt establishment media is that in order for someone to "flip," that someone has to have the goods on someone else.  In other words, if you want to deal your way out of prison time, you have to have something to deal with; you actually have to serve someone's head up on a platter.  Nevertheless, all throughout the Russian Collusion Hoax, and every time someone agrees to "cooperate" with Mueller, the media squee like the 14-year-old girls they all are and then intentionally mislead the public by matter-of-factly saying, "This is bad news for Trump."  Well, no, actually it is not.

Manafort's Guilty Plea.  If we assume, for argument's sake, that the special counsel has wanted to make a criminal case on the president (I've never been fully convinced of this), the challenge Mueller has had from the start is that there was no underlying crime to predicate his investigation.  He was rashly appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the uproar over the president's ham-fisted firing of FBI director James Comey.  But terminating executive-branch officers is not obstruction; it is a prerogative of the presidency.  If it is done abusively or for unsavory motives, that could be grounds for impeachment, but not for criminal prosecution.  Ditto harassing the attorney general, contemplating the removal of the special counsel himself, and allegedly weighing in on whether Michael Flynn, the former national-security adviser, should be investigated.  We can all agree — or, at least, many of us do agree — that it would be better if the president did not do such things.  It should be indisputable, though, that the Constitution endows him with the authority to do them.

Paul Manafort may have struck a deal with Robert Mueller.  President Trump's ex-campaign chair Paul Manafort tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming second trial, ABC News reported Thursday [9/13/2018].  The feds were expected to announce the agreement in court Friday, but it remained uncertain whether the international man of intrigue had agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the Russia probe.  The network said Manafort could be pleading guilty to avoid the stress and expense of a second trial following his conviction in Virginia on tax fraud and money laundering charges.

Paul Manafort and special counsel reach plea agreement to avert second trial.  Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy charges and agreed to cooperate in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, prosecutors said Friday, marking a stunning about-face for the former Trump deputy.  The plea deal, unveiled in federal court in Washington, will allow Manafort, 69, to avoid a second trial on charges stemming from his lucrative work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine before he joined the Trump campaign and his subsequent attempts to tamper with witnesses in the case.

Bernard Kerik:  Why Manafort Was Put in Solitary.  In a very small regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia, sits Bob Mueller's big fish, Paul Manafort.  Mueller, the U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel appointed to investigate any possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign, has charged Manafort with multiple counts of conspiracy, money laundering, tax crimes, false statements, and anything else they can wad into a big ball and throw up against the wall to see what sticks.  After his arrest, Manafort was placed on house arrest on a $10 million-dollar bail, until the government recently accused him of witness tampering and convinced U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to revoke his bail, and remand him to jail pending trail.  To a casual observer, this would seem justified, however, to anyone that has been through it, or has witnessed the government's selective and political prosecutions over the past few decades, they would tell you that it is all a part of a prosecutorial strategy.

Manafort split verdict says nothing on Trump, Russia, and the 2016 election.  What does the Paul Manafort divided verdict — guilty on 8 fraud charges with a mistrial declared on the remaining 10 charges — mean for the question of whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election?  Nothing.  Of course, everyone knew that going into the trial.  Special counsel Robert Mueller was assigned to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump."  Mueller's authority also covered "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation," plus any issues that might involve obstruction of the investigation.  Prosecutors said before the trial that they would not mention the word "Russia" at all during the proceedings, and that was pretty much the case.  They also barely mentioned the name Trump, although it came up briefly in the charges that Manafort gave a Chicago banker a spot on a Trump campaign advisory board in exchange for approving an iffy loan.

The Week Washington Officially Lost Its Collective Mind.  In an orgy of political drama playing out in courtrooms up and down the Acela corridor, President Trump's lawyer and his one-time campaign manager stand convicted of various crimes.  In this fever worse than Joe McCarthy's Red Scare, President Trump — therefore — has been officially declared guilty by association!  Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump's campaign manager for six minutes during the summer of 2016, was found guilty of a host of crimes dating back more than a decade relating to his various business ventures, none of which has anything to do with President Trump.  What is interesting about the case against Mr. Manafort is that prosecutors had declined to pursue some of the charges way back when.  But that was before Mr. Manafort betrayed the political establishment by working for Mr. Trump's presidential campaign.

Why Trump's supporters won't care about Cohen and Manafort's convictions.  Last week, a woman in her mid-40s who lives in a tidy suburban enclave just outside of Columbus, Ohio, summed up her continued support for President Donald Trump despite his morals, values and behavior not matching hers nor matching her expectations she had for any president of the United States.  "For decades I have been inspired by aspiring politicians and elected officials who took to the podium or the camera and delivered poetic speeches to earn my trust and my support.  They would sway me with expressive words and artfully delivered promises," she said.  While the words were beautiful, they never manifested into anything tangible in her community.

Trump won't lose supporters over Manafort, Cohen — despite what liberal media are spewing.  The liberal media suggest that President Trump is on a sinking ship and will be soon be losing the support of a large number of his followers — the group Hillary Clinton dismissively described as "a basket full of deplorables."  Don't believe it.  The conviction Tuesday of former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort on tax and bank fraud charges — and the guilty plea that Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen entered the same day to charges of violating federal campaign finance laws, tax evasion and making a false statement to a bank — won't shake support for Trump among the millions of Americans who voted for him and appreciate his many accomplishments in office.

The Trouble with Impeachment.  Paul Manafort, Bannon's predecessor as the top Trump campaign official, was found guilty on August 21 of eight counts of bank and tax fraud.  Manafort is the biggest fish special counsel Robert Mueller has landed so far — even if the charges that Manafort hid or failed to disclose millions of dollars in income from his consulting work overseas do not directly reflect Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Jury Finds Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts.  After four days of deliberations, the jury reached a verdict on 8 counts and could not make a decision on 10 counts in the tax evasion and bank fraud case against Paul Manafort.  Judge Ellis declared a mistrial on 10 counts.  The verdict will be read on 8 counts.

Paul Manafort is found guilty of eight counts of fraud after first trial brought by Robert Mueller's prosecutors.  Paul Manafort was found guilty of fraud by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday in a bombshell verdict which puts pressure on Donald Trump, whose campaign he once ran.  The jury found Manafort guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud, which could send the former Trump campaign manager to prison for the rest of his life.  He had been charged with a total of 18 counts of fraud.  The jury said it was deadlocked on the other 10.

REPORT: CNN Intentionally Intimidates Paul Manafort Jury.  [Paul] Manafort, who worked for a short time as President Trump's campaign chairman during the 2016 presidential election, has been charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with various financial crimes, none of which have anything to do with Trump or the campaign.  Manafort's fate now sits with the jury, and after two days of deliberations, anti-Trump media outlets like CNN are becoming concerned Manafort could be acquitted, which would be a major blow to Mueller's credibility and his ability to remove Trump from office — an outcome the establishment media are desperate to orchestrate.  And so, on Thursday [8/18/2018], CNN, along with six other far-left media outlets (the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Politico, the New York Times, NBC, and the AP) sued for the release of the names and home addresses of all of the Manafort jurors, a move that is both disturbing and almost unprecedented.

Manafort's Purge Trial.  I don't care much for Paul Manafort.  Like his Democratic Party doppelgänger Tony Podesta, he is the kind of pond scum that makes what we call The Swamp The Swamp.  Indeed, the two men have worked together in the past, having a natural affinity for exploiting the public interest for maximum profit.  I was going to call this column "The Trial of Tony Podesta" to point out the ridiculous disparity that one is on trial but not the other.  Judge Ellis couldn't have been more right.  This is selective prosecution to get at the president.  The charges are outrageously broad and deliberately so.  Nevertheless, it doesn't speak well of Trump that he chose to work with a man like Manafort.

The Manafort Trial Ends.  This week marked the end of the trial of Paul Manafort.  The jury is now deliberating his fate.  I cannot with certainty opine on the prosecution's handling of the case.  I can't because all we know — in the absence of transcripts of the trial — is what reporters have told us.  In my experience they often lack the background to adequately apprise us of what went on.  Reporters also give more weight generally to salacious details — in this case Manafort's wardrobe and Gates' affairs — than they do to the more significant documentary evidence.  Finally, as I learned in covering the Libby trial as an observer, even the best reporters have deadlines, which means their stories are often filed before the cross-examination of key witnesses and begin the next day with the direct examination of the next witness, which means half of what occurred — often the most important part to my mind — is unreported.  Nevertheless, from even those accounts, it would appear that the prosecution was hardly a slam dunk, and Manafort's lawyers obviously thought so in closing without presenting any case.  In closing arguments, they hit upon those weaknesses.

The left's enforcers:  CNN sues to reveal names and addresses of Manafort jurors.  If it were I, and if the information reported in the news were the same as the information given to the jury, I'd let Manafort walk, given that they should have caught what he was doing a decade ago, not now.  The only reason they didn't bother was because one of the Podesta brothers was also involved, and apparently that meant protection for all of them — gag.  So prosecute the lazy prosecutors.  Because if prosecutors were serious about this case, they'd have done something a long time ago.  Since they weren't and the special counsel is on a witch hunt to Get Trump for political reasons, I'd send a message to the prosecutors that this is a political persecution, and Manafort deserves to walk.

Very Confident Manafort Defense Won't Bother To Call Defense Witnesses Due To Weak Prosecution Case.  It's a move that has both New York and Washington D.C. buzzing.  The defense team for Paul Manafort, after listening to federal prosecutors lay out their case against Mr. Manafort for reported banking and tax discrepancies dating back more than ten years, gave the court a collective shrug and moved to have the trial go straight to closing arguments without bothering to call a single defense witness.  Though a potentially risky move, it is also a sign the defense believes federal prosecutors fell far short of presenting a case beyond a reasonable doubt — a form of laughing in the prosecution's face.  If the jury then returns a verdict of not guilty, it will be a serious embarrassment for the Mueller investigation which was clearly pinning its hopes on getting Manafort to provide something, anything, that Mueller could use to go after President Trump.

Banana Republic:  Paul Manafort Is Being Held in Tiny Prison Cell with No Reading Material or TV During Trial.  Paul Manafort was Donald Trump's campaign manager for two months.  Now he must be punished.  The US government is holding Paul Manafort in a tiny prison cell during his trial with no reading material and no television.  Paul Manafort faces 305 years in prison for tax evasion charges — a crime that typically has an average sentence of 1.5 years.

Manafort case is about Manafort — not Trump or the Trump campaign.  [A]side from the charges of lying on bank-loan applications, Manafort is charged with failing to pay taxes stemming from his work for a Russian-backed Ukrainian president.  Meanwhile, international media attention is focused on this case like it is the trial of the century.  So it must be a really big deal and somehow involve Donald Trump or at least his campaign, right?  Wrong.  The trial involves Manafort's business dealings and tax filings going back to 2006 — long before he ever signed on as a volunteer on the Trump presidential campaign.

Paul Manafort Learns That Encrypting Messages Doesn't Matter If the Feds Have a Warrant to Search Your iCloud Account.  Federal prosecutors have accused Paul Manafort of witness tampering, alleging that he used WhatsApp and Telegram in an attempt to coordinate his testimony with old business associates.  Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, may have thought that he was being sneaky by using encrypted chat apps, but Manafort just learned the hard way that strong encryption doesn't really matter if you're backing up your messages to the cloud — especially when the federal government gets a warrant to access your iCloud account.

Mueller leaves Washington in despair.  As far as I can tell, Manafort stands trial for buying an ostrich jacket.  I was so disappointed when I discovered it was made of ostrich hide and not feathers.  I expected Manafort dressed in a 1970s Superfly outfit.  Instead it is just a leather jacket.

Russian Collusion Investigation Has Orwellian Roots.  Paul Manafort may or may not have violated tax and banking laws in 2010.  Given the twisted and arcane nature of those laws, who knows?  What we do know is that Manafort first was investigated for breaking those laws in that year by Robert Mueller's FBI.  A discretionary decision was made not to prosecute.  It wasn't a priority of the Obama Administration to indict consultants over how they reported income from foreign governments.  If that were a priority, a lot of big shots in Washington would have gone down. [...] No, Manafort's crime is the same as Facebook's:  he failed to measure the orthodoxy of his political client's message and, because of that, he now faces an inquisition.

Manafort trial is complicated but Americans need to know this.  All of the testimony at the Manafort trial has addressed events that occurred long before Manafort went to work for 2016 Trump campaign.  The testimony has focused on Manafort's and Gates's activities as alleged "unregistered agents" representing the Ukrainian government starting in 2006.  It would be absurd to argue that Manafort's other clients in the 12 years since then are somehow to blame for any criminal activity he may have engaged in — and prosecutors aren't even trying to point the finger at President Trump for these activities.  Manafort's lawyers claim that Gates was the actual wrongdoer, and they subjected him to a punishing cross-examination.

Robert Mueller requests Trump-related portion of Manafort's trial be kept secret.  Special counsel Robert Mueller made an unusual request Thursday [8/9/2018] to keep a Trump campaign-related portion of Paul Manafort's trial confidential because it uncovered "substantive evidence" relating to the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  The evidence was revealed during a private discussion between federal Virginia Judge T.S. Ellis and lawyers representing Manafort and his former associate Rick Gates, Mueller charged in a filing.

Judge in Manafort case seals discussion of Rick Gates and Trump probe.  A federal judge late Thursday [8/9/2018] granted a request from special counsel Robert Mueller's office to keep secret a portion of a private discussion they had at the bench with Paul Manafort's attorneys and the judge during the testimony of Rick Gates.  The special counsel's office said in a court filing Thursday that the conference should be sealed because it would "reveal substantive evidence pertaining to an ongoing investigation."

Manafort?  Who Cares?  Other than seeing occasional headlines, I have spent less than one minute following the Paul Manafort criminal trial.  I imagine the overwhelming majority of Americans would say the same.  Here's why:
  [#1]   I don't care about Paul Manafort.  I had never heard of him before his brief association with the Trump campaign.
  [#2]   Manafort is charged, in essence, with tax evasion.  He may well have dodged taxes.  If so, he is not alone, and it is of no interest to me.
  [#3]   The charges against Manafort have nothing to do with Donald Trump or the 2016 election. [...]
  [#4]   I have zero respect for Bob Mueller.  The judge who is presiding over the Manafort trial seems to agree.
  [#5]   Most people who aren't crazy — these days, that is a significant qualification — seem to have figured out that the Mueller "investigation" is a bust.

Cranky judge, flawed witness threaten Mueller's Manafort case.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors have spent several days building what many legal experts consider a slam-dunk case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.  But it has been surprisingly hard going at times, and as they prepare to rest their case as early as Thursday [8/9/2018], they bear battle wounds that Manafort's lawyers are sure to exploit as they mount their defense.

IRS agent: Manafort had $16M in unreported income.  An IRS agent revealed that Paul Manafort had at least $16 million in unreported taxable business income over four years while testifying during the former Trump campaign chairman's trial for tax and bank fraud on Wednesday [8/8/2018].  IRS agent Michael Welch said in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, that Manafort received $15.5 million from Ukraine which he then used to pay for clothes, homes and landscaping between 2010 and 2014.

Mueller's 'Star Witness' Rick Gates Falls Apart During Cross-Examination by Manafort Lawyers — Perjures Himself.  Paul Manafort's legal team painted Rick Gates, a former business associate to Manafort as a liar who embezzled millions of dollars to fund his secret life with his mistress in a blistering cross-examination Tuesday [8/7/2018].  Rick Gates previously pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller; he was even referred to as the Special Counsel's 'star witness.'

Drama grips final moments of Rick Gates' testimony in Manafort trial, as lawyer poses surprise question.  Rick Gates has finished three days' worth of dramatic testimony in federal court against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort — but not before defense lawyers caused a stir by pressing him for details on his past infidelity.  A day earlier, Gates acknowledged having a single extramarital relationship in London while working for Manafort.  But on Wednesday [8/8/2018], Manafort attorney Kevin Downing seemed to accuse Gates of having affairs with multiple individuals, asking Gates whether he disclosed four affairs to the special counsel's office.

Manafort Trial Threatens the Constitution, Not Just Trump.  One of the things that most concerned the U.S. Constitution's framers was the misuse of the criminal justice system by those in power to check their political foes.  We have a Bill of Rights, in large part, to protect us against this most harmful abuse of arbitrary power.  Ostensibly, we are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures, from delayed trials and unnecessary incarceration, from being forced to be witnesses against ourselves, and from "cruel and unusual punishments."  Unfortunately, all the parchment safeguards in the world cannot guard a citizenry from a truly corrupt government, and a corrupt government is capable of securing its evil ends by enlisting persons of good faith who may find themselves unwittingly employed in miscreancy.  Something very like this has occurred in the Robert Mueller prosecutorial investigation of Donald Trump for alleged collusion with Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Judge Ellis Brings Mueller's Prosecutor to Tears in Courtroom Showdown.  It looks like Mueller's prosecutors can't take the heat.  Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's former business associate took the witness stand Monday afternoon in the bank fraud and tax evasion case against Manafort.  After jurors were dismissed, Judge T.S. Ellis scolded one of Mueller's prosecutors and a 10-minute courtroom spat ensued.

Manafort prosecutors, Judge Ellis engage in 10-minute courtroom spat.  After jurors were dismissed Monday [8/6/2018] in the Paul Manafort trial Monday, the federal judge overseeing the case and prosecutors trying the former Trump campaign chairman got into an extended verbal debate — lasting about 10 minutes — over the merits of the prosecution, the length of the case and even the eye contact of prosecutor Greg Andres.

Mueller is a Terrorist:  Raided Manafort for Documents [which had] Already [been] Turned Over.  Remember this as they put Manafort deeper and deeper into the "Mueller" scope.  Mueller raided Manafort(with guns drawn) for documents he already had.  To the logical mind, that is terrorism.  What makes Mueller any better than an ISIS thug?  Isn't that how Islamic terrorists behave?  More and more Americans are beginning to see special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation for what it really is:  A desperate last-ditch effort to undermine POTUS Donald Trump's administration and eventually drive him from office, overturning the results of the 2016 election.  They have no evidence of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia, so they go for the next best thing.  They go after the people closest to Trump, hoping that one or two will turn over states evidence and stab Trump in the back.

When the Mueller Gang Met Judge Ellis.  Paul Manafort.  Tony Podesta.  Tad Devine.  Greg Craig.  Manafort worked for Trump.  Tony Podesta is the brother of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager.  Tad Devine was Bernie Sanders' chief strategist.  Greg Craig was Obama's White House Counsel.  All four men also, directly or indirectly, allegedly did work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.  And the ECFMU was allegedly a front for Yanukovich's Ukrainian pro-Russian faction.  Manafort and the Podesta Group had failed to register as foreign agents.  Tad Devine had worked for Manafort on the Ukraine project.  Craig had written a report on Ukraine for one of Manafort's lobbying efforts.  But only Manafort had the predawn raid, the solitary confinement and the high profile show trial. [...] Podesta, Devine and Craig are getting a pass because it's not really about Manafort.  It's about Trump.

Manafort case judge warns Mueller team they 'can't prove conspiracy' without star witness.  The federal judge in the trial of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team on Thursday [8/2/2018] they cannot prove a key part of their case unless prosecutors call Manafort's former business partner to the stand.  U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III issued the warning after prosecutors suggested Wednesday that Rick Gates — who is cooperating with prosecutors and had been considered a potential star witness — might not be called to the stand after all.  Referencing Gates, Ellis told prosecutors in court they "can't prove conspiracy without him."

Judge Ellis Loses His Patience — Shouts at Mueller's Prosecutors — Then Ends Court Early.  Judge T.S. Ellis lost his patience with Mueller's prosecutors Thursday afternoon and ended court early after the govt lawyers made the same mistake twice.  It's amateur hour with Mueller's lawyers!

Judge Ellis Interrupts Mueller Prosecutors During Opening Statement in Manafort Case:  "It Isn't a Crime to Have Money".  The bank fraud and tax evasion trial for President Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort began Tuesday morning [7/31/2018] in a federal court in Alexandria, VA.  Mueller's prosecutors and Manafort's legal team both came out swinging with blistering opening statements.  Paul Manafort's lawyer set the tone early Tuesday morning when he told CBS reporter, Paula Reid:  No deal.  Manafort attorney Kevin Downing tells me "No chance!" his client will cooperate with Special Counsel in order to avoid trial today.

Manafort [was] Tried 8 Years Ago for [the] Same Crime and [the] Fed Cleared Him.  [Scroll down]  Again, speculating, but why wouldn't Mueller take a deal, if he's guilty?  Perhaps because he's innocent?  And I have felt for quite some time that somebody will begin asking for discovery, and that won't be good for anybody on the Left.  Imagine going down that rabbit hole, where you find more emails, text message, and other damning evidence against the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the FISA court, The Clinton Foundation, and even Barack Obama?

Manafort Investigated But Not Charged for Crimes in 2014 Because Obama Cronies Implicated in Probe.  A pair of Internet sleuths have uncovered information from the 2014 investigation of Paul Manafort that reportedly went nowhere because Manafort was tied to former President Obama's Chief Counsel, Greg Craig, and State Department envoy, Cliff Sloan.  Techno Fog noted that the 2014 investigation of Paul Manafort went nowhere because it implicated Obama's former White House Counsel Greg Craig[.]

Manafort's case proves 'the swamp' — not collusion — exists.  The trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has ignited a new series of tweets from the president about ending special counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt."  But this trial and other actions by Mueller this week will be instrumental in bringing about one of Trump's key campaign promises:  the one to "drain the swamp."  As was the case with the indictments of Manafort, one keyword was missing from the opening arguments at the trial on Tuesday:  "Trump."  Everything discussed in the courtroom precedes Manafort's three months on the 2016 Trump campaign by two years.

Judge Napolitano Doubles Down:  Says Paul Manafort was Exonerated 8 Years Ago — May Call Rosenstein as First Witness.  Judge Napolitano dropped a bomb Tuesday [7/31/2018] on FOX and Friends.  The FOX News legal analyst told the audience that Paul Manafort was already exonerated eight years ago on these same charges and... Rod Rosenstein was the lawyer who exonerated him!

Mueller team lectured by Judge in Manafort case.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors were lectured by a federal judge on Wednesday for the language they've used in the courtroom and more, as the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort entered its second day.  U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III specifically told prosecutors to stop using the word "oligarch" to describe wealthy Ukrainians, whose dealings with Manafort are at the heart of the fraud charges he faces in northern Virginia federal court.

Why Hasn't the Press Reported That Paul Manafort Was Exonerated 8 Years Ago?  How many of you know that Paul Manafort was exonerated by federal investigators who investigated his financial and tax affairs eight years ago?

Mueller's team slams Manafort's lavish lifestyle, defense points to ex-colleague Gates as fraud trial begins.  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's lavish lifestyle was front-and-center during opening arguments in his fraud trial Tuesday afternoon, as prosecutors said he lied to put his money ahead of the law, while defense attorneys — and even the presiding judge — reminded jurors that exorbitant wealth, in itself, is not a crime.  Prosecutors also called their first witness in the case: former Bernie Sanders campaign adviser Tad Devine, who worked closely with Manafort on several elections in Ukraine, including the successful 2010 presidential campaign of since-deposed pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych.

Prosecutors say Manafort's wealth was fueled by lies to IRS and banks.  President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort went on trial Tuesday [7/31/2018] in federal court in Alexandria, Va., where prosecutors charged that his personal fortune was propped up by years of lies to tax authorities and banks.  The first trial to arise out of the investigation run by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III got off to a fast start Tuesday, as a jury of six men and six women was picked — and opening statements delivered — in less than a day.  The stakes are extremely high.  For the 69-year-old Manafort, a conviction on the most serious charges could lead to an effective life prison sentence.  For Mueller and his team probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, a courtroom loss could damage his credibility and amplify calls by Republicans for his investigation to be shut down.

Mueller can't afford to lose the Manafort trial.  The first trial of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian probe presents multiple challenges to both the prosecution and defense.  The pressure is enormous on both sides.  Mueller's team cannot afford a loss in their very first trial.  And a loss for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who also faces a second trial in September in Washington, DC, would make defending his second case almost a waste of time.

FBI describes early-morning raid of Paul Manafort's condo.  The FBI on Wednesday [8/1/2018] described the details of the early-morning raid on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's Alexandria condo on the second day of Manafort's trial.  FBI special agent Matthew Mikuska, an 11-year veteran of the bureau, testified in court in Alexandria, Va., saying he was the seizing agent for the government's search last year.  Mikuska told the jury agents knocked three times on Manafort's door, but used a key to gain access after receiving no answer.  Once inside, agents saw Manafort.

Manafort trial to focus on lavish lifestyle, not collusion.  The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant's pocket.

Another Narrative Busted:  The Focus of Manafort's Upcoming Trial Will Make Liberals Very Sad.  The first federal trial for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is set to start tomorrow in Washington D.C. Leftists are salivating over what the trial could reveal about the 2016 presidential election, alleged Russian collusion and Manafort's relationship with President Donald Trump.  But according to a new report from the Associated Press, they're likely to be disappointed as the trial will focus on Manafort's business dealings and lavish lifestyle, not collusion.

So What's Paul Manafort On Trial For Again?  Paul Manafort's trial gets underway in Virginia tomorrow with jury selection being the first order of the day.  It's been a long time coming and the public (or at least the majority of the media) are keen to find out what sort of answers may be in store for us.  But the list of charges and the evidence being presented by the prosecution seems to be sorely lacking in one area.  That's highlighted in the title of this Associated Press piece from the weekend:  Manafort trial to focus on lavish lifestyle, not collusion.


James Comey's notes and memos


DC Court Orders DOJ to Preserve Comey Emails.  On Monday [8/6/2018], SaraACarter.com reported that government watchdog, Judicial Watch had filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, requesting that the Department of Justice preserve records from former FBI Director James Comey's personal email account.  The organization announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice has been ordered to preserve those email records and must review and release any "responsive, non-exempt records" to Judicial Watch by September 28.

GOP committee chairmen want information on law professor friend of Comey's linked to memo leaks.  The leaders of the House judiciary and oversight committees are asking the Department of Justice to turn over documents about the law professor friend of former FBI Director James Comey who last year leaked the contents of Comey's memos to the media.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made the request in a letter on Tuesday [5/1/2018] to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Is Comey telling the truth about his memos?  As he presses on with his bookselling tour, fired FBI Director James Comey is leaving a trail of confusing statements about how he handled the memos he wrote after conversations with President Trump, including the memo he leaked for the purpose of creating momentum for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the president.

Comey memos shared more broadly than previously thought.  The James Comey memos that leaked to the media and were a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller were more widely shared than previously known, three sources familiar with the matter tell Fox News.  Sources identified former U.S. Attorney and special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald as the likely recipient, and did not rule out a third individual, in addition to Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, who shared contents with the media.  The memos documenting Comey's private conversations with the president are now the subject of a Justice Department Inspector General review over the presence of classified information.  Patrick Fitzgerald is a longtime friend of Comey's and now his lawyer, as first reported by Talking Points Memo.  Fitzgerald did not respond to emails or a voicemail seeking comment.

Exclusive:  TheDCNF Files Lawsuit to Disclose Comey And Obama Meetings.  The Daily Caller News Foundation and the watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday seeking records to determine the actual number of times and reasons former FBI Director James Comey met with then-President Barack Obama.  The request by the two organizations was filed because the former FBI director claimed he rarely met with Obama, and he was an independent and nonpartisan leader of the nation's top law enforcement agency.  The parties filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Comey's memo leak contact had 'special government employee' status at FBI.  The Columbia law professor James Comey used as a go-between last year to leak the contents of sensitive memos to the media confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday [4/24/2018] that he previously worked as a "special government employee" (SGE) for Comey's FBI on an unpaid basis.  The professor, Daniel Richman, confirmed the special status in response to an inquiry from Fox News, while referring other questions, including on the scope of his work, to the FBI.  "I did indeed have SGE status with the Bureau (for no pay)," Richman wrote in an email.  Richman emerged last year as the former FBI director's contact for leaking memos documenting his private discussions with President Trump — memos that are now the subject of an inspector general review over the presence of classified material.

Comey's Memos Indicate Dossier Briefing Of Trump Was A Setup.  [Scroll down]  So Comey, at Clapper's expressed behest, told Trump that CNN was "looking for a news hook" to publish dossier allegations.  He said this in the briefing of Trump that almost immediately leaked to CNN, which provided them the very news hook they sought and needed.  This briefing, and the leaking of it, legitimized the dossier, which touched off the Russia hysteria.  That hysteria led to a full-fledged media freakout. [...] Comey's refusal to admit publicly what he kept telling people privately led to his firing.  That led to Comey leaking multiple memos in order to get a special counsel appointed out of revenge.  That special counsel has utterly distracted multiple agencies and embroiled all three branches of government at the highest levels.  All over a document that was secretly funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, contracted by a Democrat research firm with ties to the Kremlin, and authored by a shady foreign spy whose relationship with the FBI was terminated because he lied to them.

Comey memos show Valerie Jarrett's CNN daughter a useful tool for Democrats.  The memos are out from former FBI Director James Comey, and one of the big takeaways is how useful a tool Valerie Jarrett's daughter, Laura Jarrett, could be for the Hillary Clinton campaign while she was employed at CNN.  CNN, it seems, helped orchestrate the set-up of President Trump when it pressed the then-FBI director to have a meeting with Trump so that the matter could be leaked and the press would have a credible reason to report as news all the otherwise slimy opposition research contained within the Steele dossier.  Up until then, Fusion GPS, the purveyor of the unverified garbage written by its Moscow sources, was having a bad time getting anyone to print it in the press, and had shopped it around for a year, drawing no buyers.  The press knew it was unverified garbage and didn't want to wreck its reputation by going there.  But then Comey briefed Trump about the existence of the dossier, and suddenly the matter was leakable.  And by an interesting coincidence, it was CNN that did the leak.

Comey memos could land Rosenstein in contempt of Congress:  Top Democrat.  The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey's memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned such a move puts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in jeopardy of being placed in contempt of Congress and the special counsel investigation of being shut down prematurely.  Nadler announced in a statement that Goodlatte informed him Wednesday [4/18/2018] that "he intends to issue a subpoena to the Department of Justice — in this case to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein."

Mukasey: Comey Is 'Always the Hero of Every Story He Tells'.  Former FBI Director James Comey is "always the hero of every story he tells," former Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday [4/20/2018] on "The Laura Ingraham Show."  The Department of Justice turned over to Congress Thursday redacted versions of memos Comey wrote, detailing seven conversations with President Donald Trump both before and after Trump's inauguration.

Comey Memos Puncture Collusion and Obstruction Narratives.  Congress received the memos from former FBI Director James Comey on his meetings with President Donald Trump.  What I found interesting is what is not in the memos:  Evidence of collusion or an attempt to obstruct the FBI.

Guess Who Was CNN DOJ Reporter When Comey Told Trump He Was Being Pressured by CNN about Dossier?  On Thursday night [4/19/2018] the much anticipated Comey memos were finally released by the DOJ to Congress.  The memos show that Comey has not been honest with the public about his meetings with Trump.  The memos also show that Comey likely broke the law.  In one exchange Comey told Trump that CNN was pressuring him about the anti-Trump dossier.

Comey Memo:  Pressure From CNN Prompted Dossier Briefing.  Former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a newly released memo that pressure from news outlets — "CNN in particular" — convinced him to brief then-President-Elect Donald Trump on the infamous Steele dossier during a meeting at Trump Tower on Jan. 6, 2017.  "I said media like CNN had [the dossier] and were looking for a news hook," Comey wrote in a memo just after briefing Trump about the salacious allegations in the dossier.  "I said it was inflammatory stuff that they would get killed for reporting straight up from the source reports," he added.

Justice Department IG probing Comey memos over classified material.  The Justice Department's internal watchdog is probing James Comey's handling of classified information as part of the memos he gave to a friend documenting discussions with President Trump.  A source familiar with the probe confirmed to Fox News the inspector general is looking at whether classified information was given to unauthorized sources as part of a broader review of Comey's communications outside the bureau — including media contact.  The developments put the ex-FBI boss in the crosshairs of an investigation just as his former deputy, Andrew McCabe, faces a criminal referral over a separate leak.

DOJ turns over redacted Comey memos to congressional committees.  The Justice Department on Thursday gave lawmakers redacted versions of five memos kept by former FBI Director James Comey to document meetings with President Trump, a congressional source told Fox News.  The source told Fox News the memos were turned over to the House Judiciary, Oversight and Intelligence Committees following threats from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to subpoena Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for failing to meet the deadline to submit the documents.  In a statement to lawmakers, the Justice Department said it had redacted classified information in the memos, but would provide an unredacted version on Friday [4/20/2018].

Release of Comey's leaked memos seals his fate.  Just as Richard Nixon's most famous words are "I am not a crook," James Comey's most famous words inevitably will be those revealed in the memos he leaked to the New York Times through a cut-out:  "I don't leak.  I don't do weasel words."  Now that redacted version of those memos, dictated to memorialize his meetings with President Trump, have been released, the rest of his publicity tour for his pompously titled book, A Higher Loyalty, is going to be an ordeal.  The obvious contradiction inherent in discovering his self-recorded words "I don't leak" in a memo that he deliberately, and possibly feloniously, leaked makes him a national joke.

House Republican committee chairmen say documents prove Comey never felt obstructed.  The Republican chairmen of three powerful House committees suggested Thursday that the numerous memos written by former FBI Director James Comey detailing his conversations with President Donald Trump "would be Defense Exhibit A" if Trump were charged with obstruction of justice.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said in a joint statement:  "We have long argued former Director Comey's self-styled memos should be in the public domain, subject to any classification redactions.  These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not."

DOJ turns over redacted Comey memos to congressional committees.  The Justice Department on Thursday gave lawmakers redacted versions of five memos kept by former FBI Director James Comey to document meetings with President Trump, a congressional source told Fox News.  The source told Fox News the memos were turned over to the House Judiciary, Oversight and Intelligence Committees following threats from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to subpoena Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for failing to meet the deadline to submit the documents.  In a statement to lawmakers, the Justice Department said it had redacted classified information in the memos, but would provide an unredacted version on Friday [4/20/2018].

Memos don't prove 'obstruction' — they further cement Comey's legacy as a leaker.  We now have the FBI memorandums and emails drafted by James Comey to document his nine interactions with President Trump.  House Republicans lobbied the Justice Department for access to the infamous musings and then promptly released them. [...] From a quarter-century in the FBI, I know the agency's paperwork; bureaucracies are built on paper.  The 15 pages of these seven memos seemed certain to provide the "smoking gun" that the polarized sides of our political divide were anticipating or dreading.  My immediate reaction?  The memos are as disappointing as Geraldo Rivera's two-hour live TV foray into Al Capone's vault in 1986.

DOJ misses deadline to hand over Comey's Trump memos, seeks more time.  The Justice Department missed a Monday [4/16/2018] deadline to provide GOP congressmen copies of memos written by former FBI Director James Comey about his conversations with President Trump — but is seeking a brief extension while officials review the request.  Three House Republican committee chairmen made the request in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying Comey relied on the memos to write parts of his new book.


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The Police Were Not Policed.  The fired former director James Comey likely lied frequently to congressional committees when he claimed that the Steele dossier was not really a primary source for the FISA court writ against Carter Page.  Comey did write an FBI summary about the Clinton email scandal, exonerating Clinton, before he interviewed Hillary Clinton and many of the major figures in that scandal.  Comey leaked at least one likely classified document, written on FBI equipment on FBI time, in a successful gambit to get a special counsel appointed, which turned out to be his friend Robert Mueller.  Comey misled a FISA judge by not fully disclosing the full origins of the Steele dossier as a product of Hillary Clinton's campaign.  He also deceived a president by briefing him of selected bits of the dossier's contents, but not informing the president that the source of most of that information was paid by the Clinton campaign.  Comey further misled the president by assuring him that he was not a subject of an FBI investigation while he repeatedly suggested to the media that Trump, in fact, was a subject.  In addition, Comey must have known that DOJ official Bruce Ohr — even after the election — served as a likely conduit to the FBI for info passed to Ohr by then-fired FBI informant Christopher Steele.  In other words, during the Trump presidency, one of his own top officials at the DOJ was secretly working with the FBI to undermine the Trump presidency.

Comey Confirms Lisa Page Helped Peter Strzok Draft Hillary Clinton's Exoneration Statement.  On Saturday, the House Committees released the 235-page transcript from Comey's closed-door interview that was conducted on Friday [12/7/2018].  The Committee on the House Judiciary joint with the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight interviewed fired FBI Director James Comey Friday in a closed-door session that was NOT UNDER OATH according to the transcript.

Comey calls on Americans to 'use every breath we have' to oust Trump in 2020.  Former FBI Director James Comey asked American voters Sunday night [12/9/2018] to end Donald Trump's presidency with a "landslide" victory for his opponent in 2020.  "All of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021," Comey told an audience at the 92nd Street Y on New York City's Upper East Side.  He all but begged Democrats to set aside their ideological differences and nominate the person best suited to defeating Trump in an election.

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[#1] Why would anyone set aside their ideological differences before voting?  [#2] The Socialist Democrats may very well "nominate the person best suited to defeating Trump" and still lose.

Ex-FBI Assistant Director:  Comey is a disgrace to the FBI, won't answer key questions on Clinton email scandal.  The appearance of fired and disgraced FBI Director James Comey before two congressional committees Friday is a reminder of his brief but profoundly disappointing tenure leading the FBI — the outstanding law enforcement agency where I served for 24 years.  Unfortunately, members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were unable to get satisfactory answers from Comey regarding his illegal actions and violations of longstanding FBI and Justice Department regulations and procedures.  The chairmen of the two committees released a 235-page transcript Saturday [12/8/2018] of their interview with Comey.

James Comey told lawmakers Russian probe started with four Americans, not Trump.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey told lawmakers Friday [12/7/2018] the Russian probe began with the surveillance of four Americans but signaled the counterintelligence investigation was not into Donald Trump or his presidential campaign.  Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, asked Mr. Comey in a closed-door interview about the start of the Russian inquiry in July of 2016, asking if the government opened the examination on "the Trump campaign or Donald Trump himself."  Mr. Comey said neither of those would be "fair to say."

Trump lashes out at James Comey's testimony to House investigators as setting 'a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day'.  President Donald Trump began his Sunday lashing out at former FBI director James Comey and accused him of lying to House investigators.  'Leakin' James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day.  His Friday testimony was so untruthful!,' he tweeted.  The president's fury comes after Comey spent nearly seven hours on Capitol Hill Friday speaking to House investigators about the Russia probe.

Comey Lied.  [Former FBI Director James] Comey on Friday [12/7/2018] asked us all to believe that the man who remembered enough to write a book suddenly had total memory loss, saying "I don't know" or the equivalent some 245 times.  Comey claimed little knowledge of the Steele dossier yet he signed a FISA warrant based on it to spy on candidate and then President Trump all while he knew it was a fraud.  His defense in front of Congress on Friday was that he didn't know it was a fraud or he forgot.  Unfortunately, Comey can't hide behind his lies because there is evidence he did know the FISA warrant was a fraud.

Comey's confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant.  The failures of Comey's remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees.  Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.  He didn't seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting intelligence from Christopher Steele after the British intel operative was fired by the bureau for leaking and lying.  In fact, Comey didn't seem to remember knowing that Steele had been terminated, according to sources in the room.  "His memory was so bad I feared he might not remember how to get out of the room after the interview," one lawmaker quipped.

Comey and the FISA Warrant Hillary Bought.  James Comey uncorked the whopper earlier this year that he still "didn't know for a fact" Hillary Clinton financed the infamous dossier of Christopher Steele — an epic lie reminiscent of his denial, leaked through James Clapper and other stooges, that the FBI spied on Trump Tower, even as warrants to spy on Trump Tower sat on his desk!  Comey is set to meet with Congress on Friday [12/7/2018], testimony sure to be riddled with the weaseliest of evasions.  According to the Hill's John Solomon, House Republicans are aware of emails showing that the FBI and Justice Department knew damn well that the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page rested on partisan and flawed opposition research purchased by the Democrats.  The House Republicans are calling on Trump to declassify those e-mails.

Smoking Gun Proof Might [Finish] James Comey, FBI & Possibly the DOJ.  [Scroll down]  What is very important to know is Jim Comey was in the middle of all the emails.  He will be questioned by the House intel committee behind closed doors on Friday [12/7/2018].  The FBI and possibly DOJ has been lying all along.  They hid for months from the public that Steele had been paid by Hillary's DNC and campaign to get the dirt and they kept secret the hatred he harbored for Trump.  Having concerns about the dossier BEFORE seeking the warrant is a SERIOUS breach of FISA regulations.  They have to certify to the FISA court that the evidence is VERIFIED.  We know it still hasn't been verified.  They were to alert the judges to any flaws and never mentioned Hillary's role or Steele's hatred of [the President].

Comey NOT Cooperating with GOP Lawmakers, Refuses to Answer Questions in Closed-Door Interview.  [Fired FBI Director James] Comey is testifying on Capitol Hill as part of joint investigation with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee into the handling of the Clinton email investigation and his involvement in FISAGate.  GOP lawmakers recently discovered an email chain dated early October of 2016 involving James Comey which is the most [convincing] evidence of FISA abuses yet.  Lawmakers wanted to grill Comey about this classified document in Friday's interview.  The former FBI Director fought the House subpoena; he wanted to testify in a public domain to avoid answering questions.

Ten questions for James Comey.  Members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees will question former FBI Director James Comey Friday morning.  After much wrangling, the interview will take place behind closed doors.  Comey wanted it to be public, but lawmakers, unwilling to cut up their questioning into five-minute slices for a public setting, insisted on a private session.  The House won.  But both sides agreed that a transcript of the interview will be released quickly, perhaps as quickly as 24 hours after the meeting.  Republicans were divided about whether to interview Comey at all.  He has testified many times, written a book, and publicly discussed his tenure in office at great length.  Some Republicans preferred to bring in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been resisting an appearance on Capitol Hill.

Trump legal team makes case to prosecute Comey, others for lying after Cohen guilty plea.  Former and current members of President Trump's legal team have compiled research to make the case that former FBI Director James B. Comey misled Congress in his testimony and is not a reliable witness for special counsel Robert Mueller.  The lawyers last year tried to persuade Mr. Mueller to investigate Mr. Comey, his former colleague, to no avail.  The Trump-Comey war took on new dimensions last week as Mr. Mueller won a guilty plea from former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who admitted to lying to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about a proposed election-year Trump Organization Moscow hotel deal.

James Comey Backs Off Legal Fight, Agrees to Testify Privately.  Former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday he will testify before Congress this week after dropping a challenge to a House subpoena.  Comey made the announcement on Twitter after saying he reached a deal with Republicans to make the private testimony after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., agreed to make his comments public in their entirety after the hearing.

James Comey Files Motion to Avoid Congressional Testimony.  Former FBI Director James Comey filed a motion today to avoid a congressional subpoena requiring testimony on December 5th to a joint House committee.  James Comey is attempting to limit his legal risk exposure by controlling the venue for testimony.

Comey asks court to quash House subpoena.  Former FBI Director James Comey has filed a motion in federal court in Washington to quash a congressional subpoena issued just before Thanksgiving soliciting his testimony on the FBI's actions leading up to the 2016 election.  Comey has said previously that he would be willing to testify publicly, but did not want to do it behind closed doors.

The Incorrigible Mr. Comey.  As I wrote last week, the Republican Congress largely has failed to hold accountable the masterminds behind the biggest political scandal in U.S. history:  The unprecedented weaponization of our law enforcement and intelligence apparatus to spy on a presidential campaign and sabotage an incoming administration.  The man primarily responsible for executing the scheme, former FBI Director James Comey, exited the Trump Administration as a martyr and a hero. [...] The man who once led the most powerful law enforcement agency in the world is threatening to defy a legally issued congressional subpoena unless the interview is conducted on his terms.  And the reason isn't that Comey has nothing to hide — it's that he has plenty to hide and he knows a public setting would provide him precisely the cover he needs.

Elites Value Mellifluous Illegality over Crass Lawfulness.  [Scroll down]  We are slowly appreciating over the last year that lying under oath was an Obama-administration requisite for a high position in the intelligence community.  FBI director Comey lied about the particular sequences of his investigation of the Clinton email scandal.  He lied by omission to the president when, in his supposed Oval Office informative dissection of the Steele dossier, he failed to include the fact that it was a product of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC.  Comey's various testimonies often cannot be reconciled with those of his deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe, who was cited by the inspector general for lying.  Comey warped a FISA-court request to spy on U.S. citizens, by deliberately withholding information from the court about the Steele dossier.  Comey also has not been forthcoming about the insertion of an FBI informant into the 2016 Trump campaign.

Comey's Dark Secret is Out, and Four Marines are Dead Because Of It.  Back in July 2015, devout Muslim Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez carried out an act of terrorism shooting up two military recruiting offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left four of our U.S. Marines and one Sailor dead.  His motives for the mass shooting were crystal clear, as he kept an online blog about his thoughts on Islam and was radicalized in the Middle East months leading up to the terror attack.  Now bombshell information is surfacing about the sickening thing that Barack Obama and FBI director James Comey did to cover up the act of terror, in a sick act of collusion that will make you absolutely furious.

Just a few questions, Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Comey, why did you give Clinton and her associates immunity when they clearly broke laws regarding the safekeeping of classified information, destroyed devices and wiped servers under federal subpoena?  Now that Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos is reporting to prison today for allegedly lying to authorities, should you also face legal action for lying to Congress under oath in 2016?  You told Congress you didn't make the decision to not prosecute Clinton until after the FBI's interview with her.  However, we know that you wrote an exoneration memo at the FBI clearing Clinton months prior.  Isn't that perjury?  How can you claim you're not politically biased in your role overseeing the Clinton and Trump investigations, when you tweeted on July 17:  "All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall."

James Comey Says He "Got a Subpoena" to Testify — But Only Wants to Testify in Public So He Can Refuse Questions.  Arrogant leaker and fired FBI Director James Comey announced on Twitter on Thanksgiving that he received a subpoena to testify before Congress.  Republicans have until the new Democrat Congress is sworn in to question Comey on his actions during the 2016 election and before he was fired from the FBI in 2017.  James Comey and the Obama administration spied on the Donald Trump Campaign in 2016 based on faulty information.  Comey wants to testify in public so he can refuse to answer any incriminating questions.  He's not fooling anyone.

GOP chairman plans to subpoena Comey, Lynch to testify before next Congress.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is planning to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in an effort to get them to testify before Democrats take over control of the panel in January, The Hill has learned.  Goodlatte on Friday provided notice to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the panel and presumed incoming chairman, of his plans to subpoena the former officials.  Both officials served under former President Obama, while Comey briefly served under President Trump before being fired in May 2017.  The GOP chairman plans to subpoena the pair to discuss their decisionmaking during the 2016 presidential race, a committee aide confirmed.  Republicans on the panel are seeking to have Comey appear for a deposition on Nov. 29 and for Lynch to testify Dec. 5.

Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte Wants Comey and Lynch On Record Prior to Exit.  Congressional oversight in the matters of the DOJ and FBI political weaponization has been negligent by design.  While Special Counsel Robert Mueller creates the "ongoing investigation shield" for all who would be questioned, the republican-led congress has been weak in delivering any actionable results through oversight.  All prior witness transcripts remain concealed as the GOP turns over power to the allies of the witnesses.  Many who have followed the details are frustrated, and with little to no progress within the DOJ/FBI investigation(s) there is an understandable sentiment we have once-again been played.  [Fast-n-Furious; IRS; Benghazi; Clinton Emails and now the abuses by the DOJ and FBI.

James Comey discussed sensitive FBI business on his private email.  Fired FBI chief James Comey used his private Gmail account hundreds of times to conduct government business — and at least seven of those messages were deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department that they declined to release them.  The former top G-man repeatedly claimed he only used his private account for "incidental" purposes and never for anything that was classified — and that appears to be true.  But Justice acknowledged in response to a Freedom of Information request that Comey and his chief of staff discussed government business on about 1,200 pages of messages, 156 of which were obtained by The [New York] Post.

Deep State Hits the Streets:  Comey Posts Photo of Himself Before Stumping for Democrats.  The Deep State hit the streets today.  James Comey posted a photo with his wife after they voted today.  Comey says he's now going to knock on doors for Democrats today.  This is the former FBI Director.  He continues to disgrace the agency.

Mueller, Comey, and the Deep State Rescue of Sandy Berger.  In April 2005, a Republican-led Department of Justice did something quite unusual.  After catching a Democratic operative stealing and destroying highly relevant classified documents, the DoJ punished him as though he had stolen the Snickers bars from the office vending machine. [...] The attorney general at the time, the feckless Alberto Gonzales, had been on the job less than two months when the Berger deal went down.  Gonzales's deputy attorney general, James Comey, however, had been on the job for more than a year.

Turns out Comey LIED about the emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop.  It turns out that Comey lied in 2016 about a full review of all the emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop as he finally closed the Hillary email scandal for good. [...] Of course we know what really happened.  Hillary's people put massive pressure on Comey and his Hillary henchmen to kill the investigation before the election.  So they did.  And of course, these same FBI agents were very busy with trying to defeat Trump so that had something to do with it too.  This is really amazing when you consider just how relentless the media attacks are on Trump these days.

'Compromised' Author Details Comey-Mueller Relationship that Earned Comey $36 Million in One Year.  During Thursday's [8/23/2018] "Hannity" on Fox News Channel the author of the Government Accountability Institute's "Compromised:  How Money and Politics Drive FBI Corruption" discussed his new book that details how former FBI Director James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller both "made millions" by selling out insider expertise to the highest bidder.  In the Fox News appearance, Seamus Bruner describes how Comey worked at Lockheed Martin by 2009 was given "at least 160,000 stocks and stock options," which he said was worth "upwards of $30 million" on top of making $6 million in one year.

Bombshell Report:  FBI Never Examined Vast Majority Of Emails On Weiner's Laptop, Despite Comey's Claims.  A damning report by RealClearInvestigations' Paul Sperry presents compelling evidence indicating that former FBI Director James Comey prematurely closed the investigation into Hillary Clinton based on political motivations and lied to the American people when he insisted days before the 2016 election that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" found on the laptop of Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband Anthony Weiner.  Sperry notes that many wondered aloud at the time how the FBI could have possibly reviewed hundreds of thousands of emails in a matter of weeks.  It turns out, Sperry explains, that they simply didn't.  In fact, evidence suggests they didn't even come close, despite Comey's assurances that they'd fully reviewed the communications.

He lied, in other words.
Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined.  When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.  At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the "hundreds of thousands" of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.  Comey later told Congress that "thanks to the wizardry of our technology," the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as "duplicates" of emails they'd previously seen.  Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked "night after night after night" to scrutinize the remaining material.

Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined.  When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.  At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the "hundreds of thousands" of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.

Trump Goes After James Comey For Hurting The FBI's 'Once Stellar Reputation'.  President Donald Trump criticized former FBI Director James Comey and several other federal investigators involved in the Russian investigation Saturday for damaging the agency's reputation.  Trump thrashed Comey and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Twitter for using the nearly two-year long probe to tarnish the agency's image.  He also warned the agency not to slow walk public requests for text messages between former investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Comey and Strzok — Two key players in the scheme to clear Clinton and frame Trump.  In one of the more stunning revelations contained in the report compiled by the Justice Department's watchdog, former FBI Director James Comey claimed he doesn't remember the moment he decided — and put down in writing — that Hillary Clinton had committed crimes.  We know that on or about May 2, 2016, Comey composed a statement summarizing Clinton's mishandling of classified documents, concluding that she was "grossly negligent."  Those pivotal words have a distinct legal meaning, and are drawn directly from a federal statute, 18 U.S.C. 793(f), which makes it a felony to handle classified documents in a "grossly negligent" manner.  Comey used the exact phrase not once, but twice.

Comey Lashes Out at Trump in Response to POTUS Considering Revoking Security Clearances of Obama Deep State Operatives.  On Monday [7/23/108], fired FBI Director James Comey lashed out at Trump after the White House announced the President was considering revoking security clearances of Obama's Deep State operatives.  White House Spox Sarah Sanders named former Obama CIA Director John Brennan, former G.W. Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, fired FBI Director James Comey, fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  Comey didn't take the news very well.

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All this should have been done the day Trump was sworn in, or at least the moment there was reason to believe that Obama's people were spying on Donald Trump.

James Comey warns Democrats against socialism: 'Please, please don't lose your minds'.  Former FBI Director James Comey waded back into the political fray on Twitter Sunday [7/22/2018], warning Democrats not to "rush to the socialist left" in upcoming elections.  "Democrats, please, please don't lose your minds," Comey wrote.  "This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that.  America's great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership."

James Comey urges voters to choose Democrats, warns that 'history has its eyes on us'.  Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday said "history has its eyes on us" and encouraged Americans to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.  Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, issued a tweet urging Americans to snub Republicans this November.  "This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders' design that 'Ambition must ... counteract ambition,'" tweeted the former FBI director, a longtime supporter of Republicans.  "All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall.  History has its eyes on us."

Now we know why James Comey killed any deal with Julian Assange.  [...] because [A]ssange was going to prove the Russia DNC hack & election hack claim was a lie, & Comey knew it.

IG Report Shows James Comey Lied About Why He Publicized New Clinton Emails.  [Scroll down]  The real reason Comey and his staff were going through this dance wasn't a sense of duty to amend his testimony to Congress.  He admitted in the IG report that he may have forgone notification if he'd heard about the Weiner laptop issue earlier in the month: [...] The "personal ethical obligation" was a convenient excuse, but it was the fear of an imminent leak by FBI New York revealing that FBI HQ was dragging their feet on potentially explosive evidence in the Clinton case that was the primary motivator for Comey's proposed letter.  How do we know that?  Because just about everyone in the meetings told us so, with the sole exception of Comey.

The fall of James Brien Comey.  For the last few months, James Brien Comey, the FBI director fired by Donald Trump in the midst of the Russia investigation, has presented himself as the Last Honest Man as he toured the country selling books and taking potshots at the president. [...] Now, justice is rolling in Comey's direction, with the revelation that he is under investigation for possibly mishandling classified and confidential information in his apparently all-consuming desire to get Trump.  Comey's problem stems from his decision to write memos describing each of his interactions with Trump.

Gowdy scorches Comey in blistering opening statement at IG hearing.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy scorched James Comey in a blistering opening statement at a high-profile congressional hearing on Tuesday [6/19/2018], declaring "we can't survive with a justice system we don't trust."  Gowdy kicked off the hearing featuring testimony from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on his review of the Hillary Clinton email case.  The top DOJ watchdog is on Capitol Hill for the second day in a row to discuss the explosive report.

FBI Inspector General Confirms James Comey Is Under Investigation.  The FBI's Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, confirmed late Monday that former FBI director James Comey is under investigation, with investigators looking into whether Comey mishandled classified information when he shared records of his conversations with President Donald Trump with a friend.  Fox News reports that the Justice Department is looking into whether Comey intentionally or unintentionally passed classified information to his friend, Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, when he sent Richman written "conversation records" that Richman then leaked to members of the press.

Irony Alert:  James Comey Under Investigation for His Handling of Classified Info.  [Scroll down]  This much is certain:  the DOJ's OIG is in a pickle.  How can he possibly, with a straight face, find Mr. Comey responsible for leaking classified information — and along with it the corresponding violations of federal law — while the FBI and the DOJ in the same breath ignore the well-documented facts that prove Hillary Clinton did the very same thing?

Comey protected his ego at the expense of the FBI and the nation.  It seems that by his own conception, James Comey is St.  James, heavenly protector of patriotism and principle.  Which is only to say, few men in American history have possessed as thoroughly a misguided self-awareness as our former FBI director.  As we now know, the erstwhile hero of the Trump Resistance had both mismanaged and misappropriated his power in ways that may have irreparably undermined the reputation of the most powerful enforcement agency in the United States.  When the Justice Department's internal watchdog dropped a report on the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation last week, we learned Comey wasn't merely incompetent, nor was he a victim of some impossibly prickly situation thrust upon him by history.

James Comey is running for president.  Fresh from his spanking by the Justice department's Inspector General, with its report last week, James Comey has a bright new idea to take the sting off:  Running for president of the United States in 2020.  No, really.  This Mediaite story says he had this sudden, irrepressible, uncontrollable, urge to go to ... Iowa, supposedly to look at the cornfields.  Hey, don't we all?

James Comey feeds the rumor he's running for president in 2020.  James Comey posted yet another photo of himself in Iowa Saturday, prompting social media users to argue about a potential 2020 presidential bid for the former FBI director.

Could Comey's FBI look any worse?  The picture that emerges of Jim Comey from the Inspector General's report is one of an astonishingly arrogant weirdo, an FBI director who pompously talked about "norms" while shattering them on his own say-so — from crowning himself the de facto attorney general, thereby sparing Hillary an indictment, to lesser offenses of self-indulgence, such as his richly ironic use of Gmail to conduct official business.  Anyone who goes to the trouble of slogging through this mountainous report will wonder how such an unreliable and self-deluded flake could hold any position at the FBI, let alone serve as the chief witness in Mueller's investigation of a sitting president.

Comey: "I Didn't Know that I Knew" Weiner was Married to Huma Abedin.  James Comey doesn't know a whole lot.  Whenever he's asked to testify, out spill a lot of Clintonesque claims of ignorance.  But even by the standard of things that Comey doesn't know, this section from the IG report is truly impressive.  James Comey doesn't know what he knows.

The Anatomy of a Partisan Pile-Up.  The picture that emerges of Jim Comey from the Inspector General's report is one of an astonishingly arrogant weirdo, an FBI director who pompously talked about "norms" while shattering them on his own say-so — from crowning himself the de facto attorney general, thereby sparing Hillary an indictment, to lesser offenses of self-indulgence, such as his richly ironic use of Gmail to conduct official business.  Anyone who goes to the trouble of slogging through this mountainous report will wonder how such an unreliable and self-deluded flake could hold any position at the FBI, let alone serve as the chief witness in Mueller's investigation of a sitting president.

Comey used personal email for government business.  The inspector general's report on the FBI and Justice Department's probe of Hillary Clinton's private email server found that several G-men — including former director James Comey — used "personal email accounts for official government business," a violation of bureau protocol.  IG Michael Horowitz discovered five instances in which Comey either drafted official messages or forwarded emails to his personal account, the Washington Post reported.  His investigation also found that controversial agent Peter Strzok, who had texted his FBI colleague and lover Lisa Page that "we'll stop" Trump from being elected, used his personal email for official business.

DOJ watchdog finds James Comey defied authority as FBI director, sources say.  The Justice Department's internal watchdog has concluded that James Comey defied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, according to sources familiar with a draft report on the matter.  One source told ABC News that the draft report explicitly used the word "insubordinate" to describe Comey's behavior.  Another source agreed with that characterization but could not confirm the use of the term.  In the draft report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz also rebuked former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her handling of the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's personal email server, the sources said.

Comey Confesses To Colbert:  I Thought Investigating Trump Made Me Untouchable.  Former FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday he was "surprised" President Trump fired him, admitting to late-night host Stephen Colbert he thought investigating the president made him untouchable.  "I was quite surprised," Comey said.  "Because I thought, 'I'm leading the Russia investigation.'  Even though our relationship was becoming strained, there's no way I'm going to get fired, or whacked."  (Colbert had been joking with him that Trump is like a mob boss.)

Comey's Delusion.  James Comey is beginning to remind me of David Brock.  In the mid 1990s, Brock wrote a book that criticized Hillary Clinton, though not to the degree many on the right hoped for.  He then spent the next two decades sucking up to Hillary.  Comey publicly criticized Clinton's handling of classified emails, though he did not lower the boom that many on the right hoped for.  Now Comey seems obsessed with gaining Hillary's forgiveness.

The Transparent Positioning of Brennan, Clapper and Comey.  There is a great deal of discussion about the combative and hate-riddled language coming from Comey, Clapper and particularly Brennan.  Be aware their combative posture as an actual risk avoidance strategy.  Each of the three heavily corrupt officials engaged in the most substantive abuse of their intelligence positions for political purposes.  Each of them weaponized their offices against their political opposition.  The scope and severity therein is a story yet to surface; and unlike prior examples of weaponizing the DOJ and IRS, there is no administration in place to protect them from investigative sunlight.  Therefore the Comey, Clapper and Brennan defense strategy is to position themselves politically and lean on their like-minded media allies for support.

Report: Comey Secretly Communicated With Mueller Soon After Trump Fired Him.  One Week Later Mueller Put In Charge Of Trump/Russia Investigation.  During his book tour, James Comey has stated on camera that he doesn't really know Robert Mueller.  If that's true then why are there now reports of him reaching out to Mueller almost immediately after being fired as FBI Director by President Trump?

Judge Jeanine to Anybody Not Convinced Jim Comey Was Involved in a Coup: 'Are You Stupid?'.  During her Saturday [4/28/2018] opening statement on Fox News Channel's "Justice," Jeanine Pirro had a question for anyone who was not convinced former FBI Director Jim Comey was involved in an attempted coup to take down President Donald Trump.  "He's a liar.  He's a leaker.  And he's a leftist liberal.  If anyone was not convinced of former FBI Director Jim Comey's involvement in the attempted coup from within our own government of the duly elected winner of the 2016 presidential election, I have just one question for you — are you stupid?" Pirro asked.  [Video clip]

James Comey, the smiling weasel.  Have you ever wondered how people of the caliber of James Comey ever rose to the lofty heights of the Department of Justice and the FBI? After all, these are two of the premier agencies of the federal government, known for attracting talented and dedicated people.  It should now be evident that Comey never should have been entrusted with serious law enforcement powers and responsibilities, based on his sneaky, partisan, weaselly behavior, his lack of candor, and his willingness to bend the rules.  Recall that Comey was presented to the American people as enjoying wide bipartisan respect, with sterling reputation, and was easily confirmed as FBI Director by a shocking (in retrospect) 93-to-1 vote.

Respect Unearned.  What exactly is James Comey owed by virtue of his supposed past distinguished office and service?  I think most now agree — nothing at all.  Comey by his own admission has leaked at least some classified FBI notes and memos to the press to warp the administration of justice by forcing the appointment of a special prosecutor.  If some regional FBI administrator had engaged in such a hare-brained scheme, Comey would have fired him and held a press conference to brag about his own integrity in dismissing a wayward underling.

All of James Comey's lies, detailed and exposed in 7 minutes.  The takeaway from James Comey's ABC News interview is that he never should have been FBI director because he is completely partisan.  POTUS Trump's mistake was that he waited to fire James Comey.  He should have been fired immediately after Trump's Inauguration Day.  Comey's hero is James Clapper... a man who perjured himself by lying to Congress nearly five years ago.  Comey's family are die hard Hillary fans, with his wife even working for the HRC campaign.

James Comey's Brother Works for Law Firm that Audited Clinton Foundation's Taxes.  In September 2016, I reported on the fact that former FBI Director James Comey pocketed $6 million from Lockheed Martin, who is a Clinton Foundation donor, and became a donor in the same year Comey received those funds.  Comey became a board member, a director, and a Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee member of the London bank HSBC Holdings in 2013.  HSBC has also partnered with The Clinton Foundation, where records indicate that the bank projected $1 billion in financing through the Clinton Foundation for "retrofitting" 1,500 to 2,000 housing units to conserve energy.  In that same report, I mentioned that his brother, Peter Comey, served as "Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas" for DLA Piper.  DLA Piper was not only one of Hillary Clinton's largest campaign donors, but also audited the taxes for the Clinton Foundation.

Facts continue supporting Trump's decision to fire James Comey.  A lot of new information has come out in the year since President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.  No matter whether you admire Trump, Comey, both or neither — it's now difficult to argue that Trump made the wrong move in removing Comey.  Even many of Trump's detractors would agree that no president should keep in place the head of a crucial division who — along with some of his top staff — apparently worked to undermine or control the president, and exercised poor judgment in important matters.  Here are 12 ways Comey has proven Trump was right to fire him. [...]

Dershowitz: Comey Is 'Revenge-Driven,' Never Should Have Run FBI.  On Friday's [4/13/2018] broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz stated former FBI Director James Comey "is revenge-driven," and never should have been in charge of the FBI.  [Video clip]

Comey's Hubris Will Be His Demise.  [Scroll down]  In the aftermath of his bizarre statement to the press regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation, more than 100 field agents of the FBI, and roughly half a dozen attorneys from the DOJ, made public through a source their total disbelief and disagreement with his assessment.  In a lengthy statement read to the cameras, Comey laid out as clear a picture of wrongdoing as could be made, before jettisoning the issue by claiming "no prosecutor" would've brought a criminal indictment and been successful.  At the time — and before the 106 agents and attorneys who worked the case came forward — I had several notable prosecutors in New York City tell me face to face that they could've prosecuted it and won a conviction.

Comey's last stand for the deep state.  They were among the most powerful men of the last decade.  They commanded armies of armed agents, had the ability to bug and wiretap almost anyone, and had virtually unlimited budgets.  They were the leadership of the FBI, the CIA and the director of national intelligence under President Obama.  Each day, it becomes clearer that they are the real abusers of power in this drama.

Sanders:  Comey Is A 'Disgraced Partisan Hack' — 'Known To Be A Liar And A Leaker'.  Sarah Sanders unloaded on James Comey Friday [4/13/2018], calling the former FBI director a "disgraced partisan hack" during the White House press briefing.  [Video clip]  "The American people see right through the blatant lies of a self-admitted leaker," she flatly stated.  "This is nothing more than a poorly executed P.R. Stunt by Comey to desperately rehabilitate his tattered reputation and enrich his own bank account by peddling a book that belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section instead of being remembered as a dedicated servant in pursuit of justice like so many of his other colleagues at the FBI."

Comey tells George Stephanopoulos that he reopened the Hillary Clinton email probe because he thought she would beat Trump.  James Comey said his decision to announce that the FBI was going to look back into the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the election was influenced by his belief that she would beat Donald Trump and his desire to make sure that the election results were viewed as legitimate.  "I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor," Comey told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday night [4/15/2018].

Comey says assumption of a Clinton win factored into email probe announcement.  The assumption that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election influenced fired FBI Director James Comey's decision to make a last-minute announcement about the investigation into her use of a private email server at the State Department, Comey told ABC News in an interview airing Sunday night.  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked if Comey's assumption that Clinton would win the presidency in 2016 was a factor in his decision to send a letter to Congress in October claiming additional emails had been discovered related to the email investigation, days before the election.  Comey said it, "must have been."  Clinton has said she partly blames Comey's handling of the investigation for her loss, as do many of her supporters.

Senators suspect Comey lied and plotted to double-cross Trump, seek second special counsel.  A plan of action for how a second special counsel can investigate the FBI and Justice Department is spelled out in a point-by-point letter submitted by two Republican senators.  They specifically want to know whether former FBI Director James B. Comey lied to them and had a plan to double-cross President Trump.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina sent a letter last week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  They and two other Republicans want a special counsel with the powers of the Trump-Russia probe's Robert Mueller to investigate suspected Justice Department corruption.

Put Comey on the hot seat.  ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, a former Democratic operative has — surprise — landed an interview with fired FBI Director James Comey to plug his new book.  Here are a few questions the former Clintonite should, but won't, ask: [...]

What is the FBI hiding in its war to protect Comey?  As the James Comey saga continues to unfold, the James Comey legend continues to unravel.  The more we learn about his involvement in the deep state's illicit targeting of President Trump, the more reason the American people have to question both his motives and his management as director of the FBI, the now-disgraced agency he headed before Trump fired him on May 9, 2017.  Comey has left a trail of suspicious activities in his wake.  Comey now looms large over a burgeoning constitutional crisis that could soon overshadow Watergate at its worst.  To deepen the crisis even further, it now appears some of Comey's former FBI and Justice Department colleagues continue to protect him from accountability.  Three suspicious activities stand out, all intertwined: the so-called Comey Memos, Comey's controversial testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and Comey's book deal.

Bombshell:  Comey Held Secret Obama White House Meeting Before The Inauguration.  FBI Director James Comey held a secret Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama two weeks before Trump's inauguration and may have deliberately misled Congress about it, according to an email sent by National Security Advisor Susan Rice that GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham partially unclassified.  The meeting — which Comey never previously disclosed to Congress — occurred in the White House on Jan. 5, 2017.  It included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Rice deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and Comey.  The topic of the meeting was potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  By failing to inform the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the meeting in his June 8, 2017, testimony, Comey may have deliberately and intentionally misled Congress about his interactions with the former president, especially a meeting so close to Trump entering the White House.

The Trap Springs Shut on James Comey.  President Trump was mocked when he said that Trump Tower was wiretapped and he and his team were being spied on by their own government.  Now we know, confirmed by the FISA memo, that it not only happened, but also that it happened at the behest of the opposition DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign colluding with a corrupt DOJ and FBI that used FISA warrant requests based on a Russian-linked dossier they paid for.  What does this FISA abuse have to do with the Russia collusion probe?  Consider that the corruption of the FBI regarding the Hillary email probe, the Russia-Uranium One investigations, the FISA abuses occurred largely under FBI directors named Robert Mueller and James Comey.  Comey had the fix in for Hillary Clinton and when Trump fired him for usurping the role of attorney general and publicly exonerating her, Comey, by criminally leaking memos on a private conversation in the Oval Office, arranged for the appointment of a special counsel, his good friend Robert Mueller.

BOOM: Texts Reveal Comey's Intentionally Criminal Cover-Up in WeinerGate.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released a majority staff report titled "The Clinton Email Scandal And The FBI's Investigation Of It."  Along with that release came thousands of text messages between two FBI agents, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  In what must pain Democrats, Republicans now release these text messages in drips.  So just when the Democrats believe they have offered a rebuttal, new even more salacious releases occur.  One such release just occurred.  In this exchange, Peter Strzok admits to yet another cover-up.  With regard to WeinerGate, Strzok reveals that the DOJ was forced to tell Congress about the Weiner laptop emails only because George Toscas at the DOJ found out about them.

Former FBI Agent Points to Jim Comey as Setting Up Corrupt Environment.  Retired FBI agent Chris Swecker was at the agency for 24 years and appeared on Fox News with hosts Todd Pirro and Ed Henry this morning.  Singling out former director Comey as setting up what most would describe as a corrupt environment, he wanted the public to know that the men and women who serve in the FBI are not partisans and the problems are confined to a handful of officials at the top.

24-Year FBI Special Agent:  Comey Made Up His Own Rules, Let Political Opinions Infect Investigations.  Chris Swecker, who served 24 years as an FBI special agent speaks to FOX News about the FISA memo, what it said about the Comey-era FBI, the "predetermined" Clinton-email investigation and more.  On Sunday's [2/4/2018] Fox & Friends, Swecker said Comey's "hubris" led to predetermined investigations, political opinions infecting investigations, and "a non-investigation of the Clinton email investigation."

Does James Comey have a perjury problem?  A look at his past testimony with Congress, saying he had never heard of Russia's gas giant, Gazprom, might just suggest that. [...] Never heard of Gazprom, the biggest and most powerful company in Russia?  Seriously?  And more to the point, the very company Carter Page had been a consultant for, his Russia ties the basis for all the suspicions about him?  It doesn't sound as though Comey is telling the truth here.

Shocking memo reveals how Comey disgraced an honorable FBI.  Even new agent trainees at the FBI Academy know better than to use paid opposition research and newspaper articles to support use of one of the most sensitive and intrusive surveillance techniques in the investigative toolbox.  If they do use such information, the FISA judge should have been apprised of the origins of the research.  FBI agents are also taught to never mislead any court of law.  It's unlikely the surveillance warrant would have been issued if the FISA judge was aware that political opponents (the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee) had financed the information used to obtain approval of the surveillance.

Comey Wasn't Snookered, He Knew Russian Doc Was Fake, But Used It As Excuse Anyway.  Earlier this week we reported that because the FBI received a secret Russian document describing an email indicating that the Justice Dept. would not try to hard to win the case against Hillary Clinton, then-FBI director Comey was snookered into making his speech that Ms. Clinton was probably guilty but no prosecutor would press charges against her.  The Washington Post had reported the document was not only unreliable but possibly a Russian ruse "according to people familiar with its contents."  Now CNN reports that Comey wasn't snookered, he knew the document was fake BEFORE he made the speech letting HRC off the hook.  He snookered the FBI, the Justice Dept., and congress by using it as an excuse for making the speech.

Comey Unhinged — for Good Reason.  [Scroll down]  It seems that Comey had a good reputation before he became involved in the Hillary investigation.  Comey needs to come clean about the Hillary investigation and the investigation of Trump if he wants to restore his reputation.  He knew the dossier was unverified yet he used it to get the FISA warrant.  He knew Hillary violated the law with the unsecure email server but he gave her a pass.  He represented to the Court that the dossier was credible when he knew it was "unverified."

Comey tries to weasel out of leak admission by claiming professor pal was his lawyer.  James Comey is changing his story.  With the heat on about the Federal Bureau of Investigation manipulation of the U.S. election to "get" Trump the news of the day, it seems that his old tale of leaking FBI documents to a Columbia Law School professor pal, Daniel Richman, is now that the guy was his attorney all along.

Comey 'Friend' Who Leaked FBI Memos Now Claims To Be His Attorney.  A friend of former FBI director James Comey who leaked sensitive FBI memos to The New York Times in the wake of Comey's firing in 2017 now claims to be Comey's personal attorney.  Daniel Richman, a law professor at Columbia University, told The Federalist via phone on Tuesday afternoon [1/23/2018] that he was now personally representing Comey.  The revelation comes in the wake of news that Comey was interviewed by the special counsel's office last year.

Why Special Counsel Robert Mueller Can't Avoid Charging James Comey With Theft of Classified Information.  Comey took 7 memos with him when he left the FBI after being fired by President Donald Trump on May 9th.  Documents that contain classified information by their very nature are not 'personal papers'.  They do not belong to a private individual and cannot be retained by that individual once their employment ends.  It has been reported by The Hill that sources say 4 of the 7 memos Comey took contained classified information, and are now clearly marked as having such information in them.

Former FBI Director, Ethics Instructor, Jim Comey Lied Under Oath.  The former FBI Director appears to have lied under oath.  The recently released emails show that Loretta Lynch and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page all knew that Hillary was not going to be charged before she testified, but Comey testified before Congress that he didn't decide about exonerating Hillary until after he interviewed her.  Comey will undoubtedly get out of it with some more prevarication and go on to teach ethics in leadership for the starry-eyed collegians at William & Mary.

Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation?  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew well in advance of FBI Director James Comey's 2016 press conference that he would recommend against charging Hillary Clinton, according to information turned over to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Friday [1/19/2018].  The revelation was included in 384 pages of text messages exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and it significantly diminishes the credibility of Lynch's earlier commitment to accept Comey's recommendation — a commitment she made under the pretense that the two were not coordinating with each other.

New Evidence Against James Comey and Robert Mueller.  Why would Mueller accept the role as Special Counsel knowing the conflicts of interest?  The answer:  because he had to.  Mueller needs to remain in order to perform CYA for all the crooked players.  Sure, many still wonder why President Trump allows the man to stay.  Easy.  President Trump watches as Mueller digs his grave, and the graves of his co-conspirators.  I ask this question often of Leftists who challenge me, saying Trump colluded with Russia:  When is the last time the press report anything NEW on that subject?  This investigation is as much as about Russia as it is about Egypt.

Mueller and Comey Held Secret Meeting Before Comey Testified to Congress.  There are many reasons why the entire Trump — Russia investigation is a farce.  One major reason is the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Former FBI Director James Comey have a relationship that taints the investigation.  The fact that they met secretly before Comey's testimony to Congress in June is enough evidence to contaminate the entire investigation.  At the very least Mueller should have recused himself months ago.

Comey Should Be Indicted.  Now we know that not only did Hillary Clinton show intent in her handling of classified materials routed through her private server, but that former FBI Director James Comey and his team showed intent in letting her get away with it, to the detriment of American national security.  Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, in a Thursday letter to current FBI Director Christopher Wray, reveals how edits to Comey's exoneration memo went beyond changing "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless" but edited out content that shows the FBI knew Hillary was intentionally in violation of the Espionage Act but that, since the decision to exonerate her had already been made, they had to submit to the annals of history a lie they agreed upon.

Former US Attorney: 'James Comey Sold His Soul to the Devil'.  Joe DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said he believes former FBI Director James Comey, along with senior Justice officials in the Obama administration, "threw the case" against Hillary Clinton over her private email server.  On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," DiGenova pointed out that not only was Comey's draft statement on the Clinton email probe highly edited to play down the bureau's findings, but that statement was drafted two months before Clinton and some of her top aides were even interviewed.  "Comey sold his soul to the devil," DiGenova said, claiming that he has heard from current FBI agents who can't believe what's happened at the bureau in recent months.  [Video clip]

DiGenova: Comey "The Dirtiest Cop In America, "Destroyed FBI's Reputation".  Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova discussed the Trump-Russia investigation and the character of former FBI Director James Comey on Monday's [12/4/2017] edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight.  "I think the FBI is in very serious trouble," DiGenova told Tucker Carlson.  "It started with James Comey.  Comey, the dirtiest cop in America, destroyed the FBI's reputation with his bizarre personal behavior, beginning way before his July 5th news conference.  The bureau is in trouble.  It needs a major overhaul, and if it continues to resist Congress, I believe the contempt of Congress for the current director and other people in the agency is absolutely justified."  [Video clip]

The Three Festering Wounds of 2016: James Comey is central to all of them.  Three wounds, created or revealed in 2016, have become infected, and the infections are not yet cured.  First is the so-called "Russia dossier," which became the basis for the Robert Mueller investigation that is running away in the manner that Lawrence Walsh's "Iran Contra" investigation did.  The second is the "Uranium One" scandal, which the media still try to bury.  And the third is the fact that Hillary Clinton and her closest staff, such as Huma Abedin, committed felonies in handling classified information.  The then-FBI Director James Comey saw the proofs of their actions and nevertheless decided to protect them from punishment.  There is every reason not to write about these scandals, especially considering the enormous amount that has already been written.  So why try now?  Simply because the three all flow together in a symphony of corruption, misgovernment, and media misbehavior that cannot be ignored.

Did Comey obstruct justice by protecting Hillary Clinton from prosecution?  Former FBI Director James Comey's explanation for not prosecuting Hillary Clinton was always improbable.  Now it seems impossible.  The Espionage Act makes it a crime to mishandle classified documents "through gross negligence" (18 USC 793-f).  Punishment upon conviction carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.  With 110 emails on Clinton's private server that were classified at the time they were sent or received, the Democratic nominee for president could have been prosecuted on 110 separate felony counts.  Yet Comey scuttled the case.

Deep State Rewards James Comey With Millions Of Dollars In Post-FBI Compensation.  On paper it's called a "book deal", "film rights" etc.  The reality is that former FBI Director James Comey, a man who most believe lied under oath, leaked classified information, and turned the power of the FBI against POTUS Trump in order to secure a now far-reaching special counsel investigation, is being rewarded by the Deep State for a job well done to the tune of tens millions of dollars.  Not bad for a guy whose FBI salary was $172,000 per year.  James Comey is now a multi-millionaire.

Conservatives torch Comey's credibility ahead of Senate hearing.  Washington will be riveted this week by the drama surrounding former FBI Director James Comey's expected congressional testimony.  But Republicans elsewhere in the country say they couldn't care less.  Interviews with GOP activists across the country, including around a dozen attendees at this weekend's North Carolina Republican convention, reveal deep mistrust of Comey, who was investigating possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign before the president fired him.

James Comey is jumping into the fire by testifying to Congress about Trump.  What's in it for him?  James Comey just can't seem to stop haunting President Trump.  Trump fired Comey as FBI director a few weeks ago, drawing criticism from Democrats and Republicans because the FBI is waist-deep into an investigation into Russia meddling in the U.S. election and whether Trump's campaign helped.  Then we learned Comey took "detailed" notes that outline potentially legally murky questions the president asked him about the FBI probe.  And now, Comey is expected to testify before a Senate committee — as early as next week — about much of this.  Comey is known as a drama-averse guy, and this is as dramatic as it gets.  Comey is likely very aware this sets him up for a major showdown with the president.  So what's in it for him?

Report: FBI Under James Comey Broke Its Own Rules Over & Over Again.  In a shock story that has been unfolding over the last few months seems to be picking up steam in recent days, even as the media continues to focus on the possibility of Trump-Russia collusion.  While the media and the Democrat Party have been worrying about the possibility that the Trump administration could abuse its powers, the fact is that the Obama administration was abusing those same powers for years.  In fact, the very intelligence leaders we're supposed to be trusting in the Trump-Russia story are being exposed as liars and criminals.

James Rosen:  Comey's FBI Broke Its Own Rules & Procedures On Spying On Americans.  The sheer scale of the 4th Amendment violations is staggering, as was the sternness of the rebuke of the Obama administration by the FISA court, which ordinarily approves 99.9% of the government's request.

Lindsey Graham says James Comey was 'incredibly incompetent' to 'interfere in election over fake Russian intelligence' linked to Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Lindsey Graham says James Comey 'needs to be held accountable' if he interfered in the election over 'fake information'.  The South Carolina Senator spoke to Dana Bash on CNN's State of the Union about reports Comey acted on Russian intelligence concerning the Hillary Clinton email scandal, even though he knew the information was false.  'I'm not so sure the email that Comey relied upon was fake, but I can tell you this, he never briefed the Congress, the Judiciary Committee, about any fake email,' Graham said.

Dem Bill Would Require 'Good Cause' for FBI Director Dismissal.  Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) last week introduced legislation that would require "good cause" for the president to dismiss the director of the FBI, while calling President Trump's decision to fire James B. Comey "disturbing."  Trump on May 9 dismissed the FBI director, subsequently producing memos from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Comey's job performance.  Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in 2015, stating that the FBI director had made serious mistakes.

Comey Lied:  FBI Illegally Shared Raw Intel on Americans.  Flying in direct contradiction to his final congressional testimony under oath as the Director of the FBI, newly declassified top secret U.S. Intelligence memos have revealed that when James Comey told lawmakers that his agency only used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant "when it was lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked," he may have been lying.

Good riddance to James Comey, Obama's enabler.  Donald Trump made the right decision in firing Jim Comey.  The most compelling reason is that Comey had become a lightning rod:  hated by Clinton supporters, distrusted by Bush alumni.  Comey convinced the Bush administration with a wink and a nod he was with them, followed by a raised fist to team Obama that he was reliable to their cause.  In the end, the only cause to which Comey commits is his own.

James Comey's Brother Works for Law Firm that Audited Clinton Foundation's Taxes.  In September 2016, I reported on the fact that former FBI Director James Comey pocketed $6 million from Lockheed Martin, which is a Clinton Foundation donor, and became a donor in the same year Comey received those funds.  Comey became a board member, a director, and a Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee member of the London bank HSBC Holdings in 2013.  HSBC has also partnered with The Clinton Foundation, where records indicate that the bank projected $1 billion in financing through the Clinton Foundation for "retrofitting" 1,500 to 2,000 housing units to conserve energy.  In that same report, I mentioned that his brother, Peter Comey, served as "Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas" for DLA Piper.  DLA Piper was not only one of Hillary Clinton's largest campaign donors, but also audited the taxes for the Clinton Foundation.

Comey Testimony on Clinton's 'Intent' in Email Case Triggered Firing.  In the nine months since the Russia-Trump campaign investigation has been underway, no evidence of criminal wrongdoing has been disclosed, either by officials or in unofficial leaks.  A White House official said the fact that no evidence has emerged from the probe shows there is no basis for Democrats' allegations of covert collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.  Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe denied during Senate testimony that the FBI had asked for additional resources for the Russia probe, contradicting a widely quoted New York Times report Thursday [5/11/2017].

Comey's Firing is a Gift to the FBI.  Let's cut right to the chase:  James Comey should have been fired immediately following his disastrous press briefing last July, in which he candidly laid out the case against Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information and then refused to recommend charges.  Overstepping his authority while radiating sanctimony, arrogating power while clumsily intervening in the election, Comey deserved to be sacked on the spot.  Everything since has been one long slow twist in the wind for Comey, a former US attorney in Manhattan, where his most notable accomplishment was sending Martha Stewart to jail.

Inept or crooked, Comey deserved to be fired.  While President Donald J. Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, Barack Obama should have sacked him July 5.  Comey's behavior in the E-mailgate investigation suggests either staggering incompetence or a clumsy effort to whitewash Hillary Clinton's crimes.  During Clinton's July 2 interrogation at FBI headquarters, she was not under oath.  How could the FBI possibly reach in its probe "the last step of a year-long investigation" — as Comey described it at a July 7 House Government Oversight Committee hearing — without a potential perjury conviction hanging over her head?  Given Clinton's peanut-allergy-like aversion to the truth, not swearing her in confirmed either the FBI's grotesque ineptness or a deliberate loophole to allow her to slither free.

Ex-feds confident Comey's devices and files are safe, even if FBI won't confirm.  It has now been roughly 36 hours since FBI Director James Comey was summarily dismissed by President Donald Trump.  Comey now-famously found out that he'd been fired while visiting FBI colleagues in Los Angeles.  During that time, it's not at all clear what measures have been taken to secure his files, computers, or other devices that may have been in his Washington, DC office or in his control at the time he was removed from his post.  Under the Criminal Justice Information Services policy, Comey's access would have been immediately terminated.  When Ars asked the FBI what, if anything, had been done to secure Comey's materials, Susan McKee, a 27-year veteran spokeswoman of the Bureau, e-mailed:  "We don't have any further comment at this time."

Donald Trump firing Comey has Republicans calling for official investigation — into Clinton's emails.  Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has left many conservatives hoping the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server can be reopened.  Lots of Republicans, and others on the right, were furious when Mr Comey announced last summer, that after probing her actions, he had decided against bringing criminal charges.  The decision infuriated Donald Trump and his supporters, who started to to chant "lock her up" at his election rallies.  During one of the three presidential debates, Mr Trump even vowed to investigate her behaviour if he was elected.  "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception," he said.

The FBI Does Not Need Another Don Quixote as Director.  With James Comey, the United States had a Don Quixote-like character running the FBI.  After all, Comey was a quixotic individual who was so wrapped up in his own delusions about being the "last honest man in Washington, D.C.," that he brought professional ruin to himself and likely damaged the reputation of the FBI.

The Firing of Comey.  First, for the FBI director to issue what amounts to an indictment in public and then recommend no indictment is something that I had never seen before — and said so.  That was clearly a political decision, not a law-enforcement one.  You simply can't lay out all of the elements of a criminal offense, which I remind you Comey did (and I reported on at the time) and then say "oh, but no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case" and have that be anything other than politics.  That, standing alone, was enough to get Comey canned, and Obama should have done it instantly.  But he didn't.

Brutal: RNC Releases Video Mashup of Democrats Calling For Comey's Firing.  Yesterday we brought you 10 Democrats who either heavily criticized former FBI Director James Comey or called for his firing during the Obama administration.  Now that President Trump is in the Oval Office, many Democrats have changed their tune.  The RNC has taken notice of their hypocrisy.  [Video clip]

James Comey Is the Latest Victim of the Clintons.  Can something be said in defense of Comey?  He was put in a terrible position by Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Obama Justice Department.  Justice officials downplayed the criminal nature of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mails and granted immunity to Clinton aides rather than summon them before a grand jury.  That amounts to weighting the scales of justice in favor of the administration's preferred candidate for president.  So does the June 27 meeting on the Phoenix airport tarmac of Bill Clinton and then-attorney general Loretta Lynch, who revealed herself to be a shameless political hack.  That meeting was surely intended to be secret, as was the illegal Hillary Clinton e-mail setup, with which she sent easily hackable classified information.

FBI Agents Say 'Good Riddance' To Comey.  Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe claimed in his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday that former FBI Director James Comey had broad support in the bureau, but some agents, The Daily Caller learned, have wanted Comey gone for a long time.  Comments made by three FBI special agents that were given to the Daily Caller in reaction to the White House's dismissal of McCabe Tuesday night included, "good riddance" and that the firing was "overdue."

Maxine Waters:  Firing Comey Was Wrong for Trump, But Right for Hillary.  Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has joined the chorus of Democrats condemning President Trump for firing FBI Director James Comey.  Seeing a president they despise fire an FBI director they also despise, Democrats are showing signs of cognitive dissonance, and Waters is no exception.  Caught between two men she hates, Waters told MSNBC's Peter Alexander that while she does not support President Trump firing Comey, she believes that if Hillary Clinton had won, she should have fired him.

Democrats slam brakes on Washington business after Comey's firing, suggest impeachment.  Washington ground to a halt Wednesday [5/10/2017] as Democrats exploded over the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, laying out a list of demands they said must be met before President Trump and Congress regain a sense of normalcy.  Several Democrats and liberal activists raised the prospect of impeachment, but most lawmakers set their sights lower, saying they wanted to at least preserve and protect the ongoing FBI probe into Trump campaign figures' dealings with Russia.

Former FBI Official: With Comey Gone It's Game On.  The battle between the Trump D.C. outsiders and the black pit that is the D.C. Establishment and its media operatives will be something both remarkable and stunning with an outcome as of yet unknown.  The president may very well not survive this war, but if he does, it will likely significantly alter the trajectory of America's future and give power back for the first time in a very long time to the ones who deserve it most.  The people.

Comey firing could spur new review of Clinton case, immunity deals, ex-agent says.  President Trump's decision to fire James Comey touched off widespread speculation in Washington over what will happen to the FBI's Russia meddling probe — but the prospect of new leadership at the bureau also could hold implications for the 'closed' Hillary Clinton email case.  Brian Weidner, a veteran former FBI agent, suggested both the case and the immunity deals struck during that investigation could be revisited.  "I would be surprised if they did not review all the investigations regarding HRC and come up with [a] conclusion regarding prosecution.  The statute of limitations hasn't come into play yet," he said in an email to Fox News.

How the New York Times Proved Trump's Case for Firing James Comey.  In an extensive article published last month that included interviews with more than 30 current and former law enforcement officials, congressional officials and other government employees, the New York Times published a stinging indictment of James B. Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

Hillary's Campaign Chairman Attacked Comey In The Morning, Outraged Over 'Massacre' Hours Later.  Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta was, like many on the political left, angry with former FBI Director James Comey Tuesday morning [5/9/2017].  But his tone changed significantly only hours later when President Donald Trump fired Comey.

With Comey out of the way, will Hillary now be prosecuted?  James Comey now is fired.  Loretta Lynch no longer is Attorney General.  This seems to open up the possibility of a renewed investigation and potential prosecution.

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The Republican platform has dozens of planks, but the ones that were touted as the main reasons to vote for Trump were [#1] build the border wall, [#2] stop funding for Planned Parenthood, and [#3] put Hillary Clinton in prison at long last.  None of that has happened, even with Republican majorities in the House and Senate and an alleged Republican in the White House.

Comey Fired — Now Indict Hillary.  As even Comey admitted, Hillary lied about sending and receiving classified material; about having only one device, and about turning over all her emails.  If intent is needed, what is accidental about smashing devices with hammers or using Bleach Bit to render emails unrecoverable?  If you need a motive for having a private server, which speaks to intent, the obvious purpose is to cover up the "pay to play" trail that leads from the State Department to the Clinton Foundation.  As Investor's Business Daily editorialized, donations to the Clinton Foundation even played a factor in the refusal of Hillary Clinton's State Department to designate Nigeria's Boko Haram as a terrorist organization for two years: [...]

Democrats' hypocritical Comey-firing fury.  A White House spokeswoman was hardly wrong when she said Wednesday [5/10/2017] that if a President Hillary Clinton had fired FBI Director James Comey, Democrats would now be dancing in the streets.  After all, until Tuesday evening, Comey was Public Enemy No. 1 in the liberal playbook, a partisan shill whose last-minute disclosures on Hillary's emails supposedly swept Donald Trump into the White House.  Now they're calling him America's hero and warning ominously that his abrupt sacking has propelled the country into a full-blown constitutional crisis.  Complete nonsense — but typical left-wing hypocrisy.

Bye Bye, Comey.  President Trump abruptly fired embattled FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. late yesterday afternoon [5/9/2017] for exceeding his authority during the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email abuses.  The long-overdue termination of Comey, who inappropriately injected himself and the FBI into political matters, came three-and-a-half years into his 10-year term.  It was based on the recommendation of the Department of Justice and was effective immediately.  Comey's firing is a reaffirmation of the importance of the rule of law.  He was more powerful than an FBI director ever should be.

Comey Deserved to Be Fired.  What Comey did on July 5 of last year in announcing his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton in the email investigation was a travesty.  If, as he and everyone else has said, it was the unanimous decision of those looking at all of the evidence not to seek an indictment, it was a misuse of his power and authority to take to a podium and criticize her for her behavior.  Indeed, his speech was so savagely negative, it sure sounded like he was going to announce an indictment referral up until the moment he declared he would not do so.  That was not right, it was not just, and it was not proper.

The Bipartisan Case against James Comey.  The memorandum issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to explain Comey's dismissal Tuesday is well crafted and will make it very difficult for Democrats to attack President Trump's decision.  Rosenstein bases the decision not merely on Comey's much discussed missteps in the Clinton e-mails investigation — viz., usurping the authority of the attorney general to close the case without prosecution; failing to avail himself of the normal procedures for raising concerns about Attorney General Lynch's conflict of interest.  He goes on specifically to rebuke Comey's "gratuitous" release of "derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal prosecution."  That "subject," of course, would be Mrs. Clinton.

Trump fires FBI Director.  President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House said.  "Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.  "President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions," the statement added.  It noted that a search for a new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately.

Trump fires FBI Director Comey.  President Trump on Tuesday [5/9/2017] fired FBI Director James Comey, abruptly ending a rocky year-long stretch for the top law enforcement officer who came under fire for his handling of the Clinton email probe — and whose agency has been investigating whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia.  "The FBI is one of our nation's most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement," Trump said.  The president told Comey in a brief letter that he could not "effectively lead" the bureau and called for "new leadership that restores public trust and confidence" in law enforcement.

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey after he misled the Senate on Huma Abedin's emails.  President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, shortly after he provided false testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about classified emails from Huma Abedin found on Anthony Weiner's computer.  White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed to reporters that 'the president has accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.'  A written statement from Spicer, sent minutes later, confirmed that Trump 'acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.'


News and timely commentary about the Inspector General's report, released June 14, 2018:


A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election.  IG report available for download.

The overlooked bombshell of the IG report.  Before the report was released, we knew from Comey's July 2016 statement that Clinton's private emails included "seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received."  We also knew that the FBI "also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail."  Comey further declared, "We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account."  And he speculated that, given how "extremely careless" Clinton had been, it was "possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal e-mail account."  Well, it turns out, the FBI knew with certainty at the time that hostile actors had in fact gained access to classified information via Clinton's emails.

The Horowitz IG Report.  There are two smoking guns.  First, Peter Strzok famously texted his illicit lover that "We won't let [Donald Trump's election] happen."  The other is found at 7:36 in Senator John Kennedy's questioning of the Inspector General.  "Most" of the investigative decisions were made in Loretta Lynch's Department of Justice, not in the FBI. Since that body refused to pay any attention to demands by Republican investigative committees, it's no surprise that the investigation gave her a pass.  But how do you prove it?

The Reporters Also Committed a Crime.  It is a crime for reporters to pay for leaks.  Reporters can use information volunteered by whistleblowers, but bribes are a different story.  And it appears to be happening with some regularity.  The recent Department of Justice Inspector General's report warns:  "We identified instances where FBI employees improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events."  The report finds that such enticements likely led agents to leak information.  So far, the media hasn't acknowledged this possible criminal activity by reporters.  The problem goes beyond ethical violations, and it has serious implications.  If reporters can legally bribe government officials, who's to say that the reporters won't also collude with foreign governments?

The Inspector General may be preparing us for the real #Spygate bombshells.  [Scroll down]  "I am upset at all of this," Horowitz said Tuesday.  "It is precisely why it cast a cloud over the investigation, it undermines confidence in it.  All of those impacts are very significant and very serious on an FBI investigation.  That should never happen and it happened because of these text messages and because of what these employees were doing."  But one reason Horowitz might have punted in his recent report is because he knows the real bombshells are yet to come:  He is investigating the FISA warrant on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page; the cozy relationship between Justice and FBI officials and the media, including perks for scoops; ex-FBI Director James Comey's handling of classified information; and the potential doctoring of official documents.  "We've got lots of investigations going on," Horowitz told Rep. James Jordan (R-Ohio).

The overlooked bombshell of the IG report.  [...] is the inspector general's confirmation that classified information contained in Clinton's emails was in fact compromised by foreign intelligence services, and that Clinton had recklessly emailed President Barack Obama using her unsecured personal email from the territory of a hostile foreign adversary.

The Real Lesson of the Inspector General's Report.  Michael Horowitz is the Department of Justice's Inspector General.  He testified on June 18th before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his report concerning the Hillary Clinton national security breach investigation. [...] Horowitz testified that "most" of the investigative decisions in that investigation were made not by the FBI but by prosecutors within the Department of Justice.  One might be tempted to conclude that much of the criticism of the FBI for its decisions in the aforesaid Clinton investigation would have to be discounted or re-examined.  Perhaps.  But that is not the most important conclusion.

'Extraordinary' Strzok removal shows FBI agents in crosshairs from IG probe.  Peter Strzok's abrupt removal from his FBI office this week signaled that the Justice Department inspector general's work already is leading to consequences for bureau officials ensnared in various probes — with potentially more repercussions to come.  Strzok, who worked on both the Clinton email and Russia probes, was escorted from the FBI on Tuesday, following a referral for further investigation from DOJ IG Michael Horowitz.  The watchdog, as part of his Clinton case review, found that Strzok and four other FBI employees sent "hostile" anti-Trump messages on bureau devices.  The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility is expected to further investigate the findings against the five FBI employees.

Bias and the beholder.  The Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and FBI Director Christopher Wray claim the 500-plus-page report found no "documented" evidence that political bias at the FBI directly influenced the findings in the Clinton investigation or the Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the former secretary of state.  People in "flyover country" are more likely to believe pigs can fly than they are to accept that political bias did not expose a clear intent to damage presidential candidate Donald Trump.  Why does one need a document to prove bias?  If the anti-Trump political beliefs of FBI employees, which are documented in text messages, did not influence their work then why is Director Wray ordering all of his employees to undergo training, including, reports CNN, "instruction 'on what went wrong so these mistakes will never be repeated.'"?  Members of the media might also benefit from ethics training since the IG report found multiple incidents of journalists doing favors for FBI agents, presumably in return for information.

The FBI Would Be Guilty Of Clear Bias If Its Trump Investigation Were A Racial Discrimination Lawsuit.  Conservatives stood agape last week at the inspector general's refusal to state the obvious in his 568-page review of the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the Clinton probe:  A pro-Hillary political bias led officials to let her off the hook.  While Michael Horowitz's report highlighted numerous instances of anti-Trump and pro-Hillary bias, in true lawyerly fashion he focused in the conclusion on the lack of "documentary or testimonial evidence" showing that political prejudice "directly affected" the decisions made in the investigation.  As a lawyer with a niche in employment law, this phrasing struck a chord of hilarity in me, because the methods of proving discriminatory intent are well-established, and such direct evidence of animus (or favoritism) is not required to show that an illegal motive drove an employment decision.

What You Missed from Michael Horowitz's Testimony.  Since the June 14 release of his 568-page report on the department's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, [Michael] Horowitz has been criticized for concluding that the agency's decision to forego charges against Clinton was unrelated to the political views of those in charge.  "We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations," Horowitz said, "including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative decisions we reviewed, or that the justifications offered for these decisions were pretextual."  That finding seems to runs afoul of much of the report's content, which included a trove of text messages showing top FBI brass favored Hillary Clinton and despised Donald Trump.

The FBI Deliberately Ignored 'Golden Emails,' Crucial Abedin Messages And More.  The Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Hillary Clinton have a HUGE Weiner problem that is even bigger than we first realized.  According to the recently released inspector general report, on September 28 and 29, 2016 the New York office of the FBI immediately reported to the Washington headquarters its discovery of, first, 141,000 and then 350,000 emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner — also known as "Carlos Danger," a now-convicted sex offender.  Mr. Weiner is the husband of Hillary Clinton's inseparable aide Huma Abedin.

The Buried Lede of the Inspector General's Report.  Buried in Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz's report on the Clinton email investigation lies a disturbing passage concerning information obtained by the FBI alleging that Attorney General Loretta Lynch attempted to put her thumb on the scales of justice to exonerate Hillary Clinton.  "Comey said that he also was concerned about an issue specific to Lynch," Horowitz reports.  "As discussed in more detail in the classified appendix to this report, Comey told the OIG that the FBI had obtained highly classified information in March 2016 that included allegations of partisan bias or attempts to impede the Midyear investigation by Lynch."  What, specifically, did the "highly classified information" indicate?  It is "highly classified," so we naturally remain in the dark.  What justified making the information "highly classified"?  Nuclear secrets?  A list of U.S. spies abroad?  War plans to invade Canada?  We do not know.  But in an age when the Justice Department assails words that merely embarrass with redacting markers, the words "highly classified" provoke curiosity rather than close questions.  Comey's manner of dismissing the information does not inspire confidence.

Clinton Email IG Report:  Why Is The FBI Still Covering For Discredited Agents At The Heart Of The 'Investigation'?  Two agents and an attorney at the heart of the FBI's Clinton email "investigation" expose flagrant political bias at the heart of that probe.  So why won't the FBI release their names to the public?  And given what these key players said, how did the inspector general come to conclude that the "investigation" was unbiased?  Were changes made to water it down?

The IG Report Hides the Truth.  The five-hundred page IG report was released to Congress on June 12, 2018, and it barely scrapes the surface.  It doesn't really reveal anything that the American people were not already aware had occurred. [...] And yet, in regards to investigative decisions by FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, the lead investigator on the Clinton email case and the Russia investigation, and Lisa Page, an FBI attorney, Inspector General Michael Horowitz incredibly offers us that there was "no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations."

IG Report Confirms:  Our Republic Is under Existential Threat.  [The OIG report] confirms, for many of us, our worst fear:  segments of our federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies are a clear and present existential danger to our republic. [...] The report's assessment that officials were not affected by bias is perhaps the most laughable statement ever uttered in the annals of American political history.  The I.G.'s report nakedly exposes a direct attack on Americans who have done nothing wrong, as well as an equally disturbing coup of our national hallmark institutions of stability.

All the times Horowitz contradicted Wray — but nobody seemed to notice.  Nine times during their joint testimony before a Senate committee on Monday, Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz contradicted FBI Director Christopher Wray ... but nobody appeared to notice.  It's an instructive example of how false narratives and talking points in Washington are amplified by inaccurate media coverage.  It's more reason you cannot necessarily believe what's reported and repeated, no matter how many are reporting and repeating it. [...] You don't have to take my word for it.  But you'll have to read closely, because some of the statements include double-negatives.

House GOPer unmasks identities of anti-Trump FBI agents.  A House Republican Tuesday [6/19/2018] unmasked two of the five FBI investigators cited in the recently released inspector general's report for expressing anti-Trump and pro-Clinton sentiment in work-related instant messages.  The previously unnamed FBI officials — "FBI Attorney 2" and "Agent 5" — are Kevin Clinesmith and Sally Moyer, respectively, according to House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who revealed their identities over the objection of the FBI during a hearing on the IG's findings.  The two were assigned to the bureau's Hillary Clinton email investigation, according to the IG's report, while Clinesmith also later worked as a top lawyer on the Trump-Russia investigation and the special-counsel probe.

Update and correction:
Sally Moyer not 'Agent 5' in IG report on FBI.  [Scroll down]  Meadows then named Kevin Clinesmith and Sally Moyer as two examples, and his staff later confirmed they were among the five unidentified FBI investigators in the IG report.  Dozens of media outlets reported the names, including the [New York] Post.  However, Moyer's lawyer insists she is not one of the biased five and "has not been referred for investigation."  Adding to the confusion is that Moyer, who does work in the general counsel's office, is mentioned throughout the IG report as a senior FBI investigator on the Clinton probe who made key and controversial decisions in the case.  Clinesmith, who in fact was referred by Horowitz for bias review, worked as a second, more junior lawyer on Moyer's team.  Clinesmith is "FBI Attorney 2" in the report, while Moyer is, in fact, "FBI Attorney 1," which is not listed as one of the agents or lawyers cited for bias or referred for investigation.  Meadows' office says it regrets the "misinterpretation."

Clinton Emails:  What the IG Report Refuses to Admit.  Despite the sprawl of Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz's 568-page report on the Clinton-emails investigation, there is precious little discussion of the most important issue:  The Justice Department and FBI's rationale for declining to prosecute Hillary Clinton.  I believe this is intentional.  The inspector general's message is:  "Despite pervasive political bias and investigative irregularities, which I have comprehensively documented, rest assured that nothing too terrible happened here."  That silver-lining version of this dark spectacle could not have survived a searching analysis of the decision not to indict.

A Comedy of Corruption?  Or a Bureaucratic Horror Show?  After discussing some of the thousands of text messages between Peter Strzok — the top FBI honcho who ran both the pretend investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified materials and the first phases of Trump-Russia fantasy — and his lover Lisa Page (then counsel to Andrew McCabe, who was the FBI's deputy director at the time), the report concludes that Strzok's decision to focus on the counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign rather than the Clinton email criminal investigation "led us to conclude that we did not have confidence that Strzok's decision was free from bias."  Right.

A Closer Look At Extreme FBI Bias Revealed In OIG Report.  As we digest and unpack the DOJ Inspector General's 500-page report on the FBI's conduct during the Hillary Clinton email  investigation  "matter," damning quotes from the OIG's findings have begun to circulate, leaving many to wonder exactly how Inspector General Michael Horowitz was able to conclude:  "We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed[.]"  We're sorry, that just doesn't comport with reality whatsoever.  And it really feels like the OIG report may have had a different conclusion at some point.

The IG Report On FBI's Clinton Probe Reveals This Saga May Be Just Getting Started.  The media has focused almost exclusively on the conclusion of the Justice Department inspector general's report on the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe, which found bias did not impact the probe, as well as the lack of any newly announced indictments or criminal referrals.  The goal of course being to downplay the negative findings of the report.  At the same time, the press gave, at most, passing mention to the statement Attorney General Jeff Sessions simultaneously released.  But his statement and the findings of the report make one thing clear:  This isn't over.

Levin: US Attorney for DC Should Investigate FBI.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Friday [6/15/2018], host Mark Levin called for United States Attorney of Washington, D.C. Jessie Liu to "investigate what took place at the FBI" as a result of the inspector general's report that was released on Thursday.  "So what I'm saying is, Ms. Liu, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, should investigate what took place at the FBI," said Mark Levin.  "She's got a lot of leads, a virtual — you know — zillion leads, and she's got a document that's 600 pages in length, almost, to help give her some guidance; impanel a grand jury, and now you can use your subpoena power."

IG Hearing:  Senator Lindsey Graham, John Kennedy and Ted Cruz Question Segments.  As anticipated the majority of the Senate Judiciary hearing was a two-step.  Most of the questions presented to Inspector General Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Wray did little to advance the understanding of the issues at hand.  There was only one round of questions, several missing senators, and no senators for the duration.  The hearing wrapped up early shortly after 5:00 pm.  Here's the only three question segments that approached the central issues.  We discover that former FBI Director James Comey is the subject of an ongoing investigation.  We also discover there is a grand jury impaneled.

Eight Lawmakers Demand IG Horowitz Unmask Names of Hidden FBI/DOJ Employees.  Eight House Republicans have asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz for the specific names of FBI employees mentioned in last week's report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Horowitz Drops Bombshell:  Hillary Clinton Was Not Formally Under FBI Investigation at Any Time in 2015-2016.  On Tuesday [6/19/2018], Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified in a joint Congressional hearing to the House Oversight and House Judiciary panels about his review of the FBI's (mis)handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The IG Report Was a Whitewash and Devastating All At Once.  The IG report bait n' switch was just another example of our elite shrugging in the face of indisputable evidence of its own wrongdoing.  The bombshells in the IG report could justly be classified as "thermonuclear," but remember the Comey conference back in July 2016? Its bombshells were thermonuclear too.  Integrity Boy laid out an utterly devastating case against Felonia Milhous Von Pansuit, highlighting in damning detail her litany of crimes that would have consigned you, me, or anyone else not in the elite to a long tour in the stony lonesome.  And then that Looming Doofus concluded his lengthy summation with, "But never mind."

Inspector General's report shows FBI is bent and broken.  Question:  What's the difference between the corrupt old Boston FBI of Zip Connolly and H. Paul Rico, and the new modern FBI of James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok?  Answer:  Nothing.  Actually, there are a few differences.  In Boston, all the corrupt agents wanted to do was frame a few innocent men and set up informants for hits by their underworld masters, as well as taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.  The modern FBI agents were involved in an even more nefarious conspiracy — trying to first fix a presidential election, and then, after that backfired, trying to overthrow the duly elected president of the United States.

11 Quick Things To Know About The Inspector General's Report.  [#1] Learn how to interpret an IG report. [...] Those who expected demands for justice in the face of widespread evidence of political bias and poor judgment by immature agents and executives were people unfamiliar with the purpose of IG reports.  The IG is also a government bureaucrat producing government products that are supposed to be calm and boring.  In the previous report that led to Andrew McCabe's firing as deputy director of the FBI and referral for criminal prosecution, his serial lying under oath was dryly phrased as "lack of candor."  In this report detailing widespread problems riddled throughout the Clinton email probe, the language is similarly downplayed.  That's particularly true in the executive summary, which attempts to downplay the actual details that fill the report with evidence of poor decision-making, extreme political bias, and problematic patterns of behavior.

FBI IG Report:  A Slap on the Wrist.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz has released his 500 plus-page report, which purports to shine a light on the mishandling at top levels of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server while she served as Secretary of State under former President Obama.  Such mishandling included violations of Department of Justice standards and FBI protocols.  The report from the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") criticized certain actions and decisions of former FBI Director James Comey, together with those of other senior FBI officials who were involved in the probe, including former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  Mr. McCabe is already the subject of an earlier criminal referral from the OIG for his alleged unauthorized leaks to the media and lying to federal investigators about his media contacts.  Special FBI agent Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page, an attorney who has since left the FBI, were targeted in this report for their blatantly anti-Trump text messages.  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch was also criticized for exercising bad judgment in connection with her infamous tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton.

A professional review of the IG report.  The more I read about this, the more I admire IG Michael Horowitz.  I have been involved in corporate governance and compliance for almost 20 years and I've never seen a better example of self-preservation than the OIG report.

The IG Report:  They're Guilty, but It's Okay.  First we were told that Comey was a straight shooter whom we could trust.  Then we were told the same about Mueller, Rosenstein, and now the IG.  Yet in every case we've discovered that they are biased political actors who put the interests of the Deep State and the Democratic Party ahead of their sworn duty to uphold the law.  It's time for all conservatives to acknowledge that there are few if any honest people at the top levels of the FBI or the DoJ.

The Deep State and Tyranny.  The issue of political bias, which the IG report scanted, has to be understood in the larger nature of the large-scale bureaucratic public institutions that comprise the Deep State.  In other words, the structure and functioning of the institution itself creates a bias that selects progressive employees.  The bias insidiously becomes a second nature of which they often are no more conscious than a fish is that it's wet.

Justice Department IG is looking into James Comey leaks.  The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General is looking into former FBI Director James Comey's decision to give his personal memos to a friend outside the government.  "We received a referral on that from the FBI. We are handling that referral and we will issue a report when the matter is completed," Inspector General Michael Horowitz said during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The hearing came days after Horowitz's office released a near 600-page report on the FBI's handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Comey Under Investigation For Handling Of Classified Information.  Former FBI director James Comey is under investigation for mishandling classified information, DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz revealed Monday [6/18/2018].  He is specifically under investigation for his handling of memos he wrote about interactions with President Trump while FBI director.

Why the OIG Report Should Scare You.  The Justice Department's tepid OIG report, with its risible assertion that there was no political bias in the FBI's Clinton email probe, suggests that it was written by people afraid to tell the unvarnished truth about the conduct of the federal government's police apparatus, an agency that openly defies congressional oversight and has participated in a vendetta against a sitting president.  The FBI's leadership clearly hopes that the Democrats will win majorities in Congress and put a halt to the investigations into its multifarious abuses of power.  The OIG is loath to face the ruthless reprisals that would inevitably follow such a disaster.

Crime and Punishment.  The Justice Department Inspector General's report on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's unsecured personal email server laid bare a widespread pattern of conduct that "cast a cloud" over the FBI.  The report incites the inference that the Bureau is a severely corrupted organization, tainted and warped by unconstitutional ambitions to meddle in electoral matters.  Although Inspector General Michael Horowitz asserted he lacked "documentary and testamentary evidence" to prove political bias ruled in making decisions of great political consequence, clearly he did not mean bias was not present.  On what the report presented, it is almost certain that the FBI, at the deliberate direction of its leaders and senior Justice Department officials, intervened completely improperly in political matters.  The inspector general led the country to the edge of the decision, and will presumably make a number of criminal referrals for possible indictments, as he did after his initial report.

Insubordination and bias at FBI.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 500-page report covers plenty, but it can be distilled to two words he uses to describe the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the 2016 election:  insubordination and bias.  Two terms that are chilling in connection with such a powerful agency.  That won't be the message from Democrats and most of the press, who will focus on a few episodes they will claim cost Hillary Clinton an election.  Watch for them to blame former FBI Director James Comey, whom the report faults for "a serious error of judgment," for having "concealed information" from superiors, and for "violation of or disregard for" departmental and bureau policies.

Obama single-handedly ruined the FBI and the DOJ.  Naturally, the political-media left that crowds out saner voices on television was quick as jackrabbits to announce that the FBI was vindicated by the I.G. report that was released on Thursday [6/14/2018]. [...] But one only has to scroll through the list of columns posted at RealClearPolitics on Friday to grasp the abyss between the left and right re: the report.  The report contained an executive summary that said, "We found no documentary evidence of political bias."  That means they did not find written confessions by all those Trump-hating higher-ups at the once-great law enforcement agency.  But the five-hundred-page body of the report is chock-full of extreme political anti-Trump mendacity.  Why the hundreds of texts between several like-minded agents that reek of profound bias against Trump are not documentary evidence is a mystery. [...] This I.G. report is only half, or maybe only a third of the whole story.

IG Report:  Peter Strzok Statements About Weiner/Abedin Laptop Conflict With FBI Claims About Weiner/Abedin Laptop.  General David Petraeus was arrested for leaving his classified schedule on mistress Paula Broadwell's nightstand.  Kristian Saucier was arrested for taking a classified photograph on a submarine.  Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin had dozens of classified Clinton emails on a laptop and...  There is a great deal of inconsistent application of law surrounding classified information.  There is also a great deal of fatigue surrounding discussion of those inconsistent applications.  Contradictions, inconsistency and obtuse justifications are as rampant in our midst as the political narratives shaping them.  Perhaps that's by design.  [Inexplicable ellipsis in original.]

Mark Levin:  "FBI interfered with the election worse than the Russians could have ever dreamed of doing!"  Mark Levin gave a fantastic interview last night on Hannity where he gave his reaction to the IG report on the Hillary investigation.  As you can judge from the title, Levin feels this report is a huge indictment against Comey, saying there was collusion, obstruction, and insubordination.  And I love the line I used in the title, where Levin emphatically said the "FBI interfered with the election worse than the Russians could have ever dreamed!"  [Video clip]

IG Report:  FBI Lawyer #1 Tashina Gauhar and The Huma/Weiner Laptop Issues.  One of the information issues with the IG report is that it's written entirely from an insider's perspective.  Therefore without an understanding of how divisions within Main Justice related to the discussed activity within FBI main DC offices it can be very confusing to understand.  The 'insider narration' makes it difficult to see what happened with the Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner laptop; and how the Clinton emails were discovered.  However, because the issue is so important the IG report spends three chapters on this time-frame between September 28th and October 29th, 2016; and ultimately the next day, Oct. 30th, when a search warrant was executed for the laptop content.

IG Report:  "We do not have confidence that Strzok's decision was free from bias".  FBI Agent Peter Strzok walks like a biased duck, looks like a biased duck, sounds like a biased duck, has all the same characteristics of a biased duck, and took the exact action a biased duck would take; therefore "We do not have confidence" FBI Agent Peter Strzok is not a biased duck.

IG Report:  FBI Officials Accepted Bribes From Media.  On Page Xii of the IG report the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG) highlights numerous FBI officials who accepted bribes from multiple media outlets including: "tickets to sporting events", "golf outings", "drinks and meals" as well as exclusive invitations and admission to "nonpublic social events".

Notes on the IG Report.  No one can read the vicious, hateful, over-the-top partisan vitriol that FBI employees directed against Donald Trump — Strzok and Page are not the only ones quoted in the IG's report — and give any credence to that claim.  These high-ranking FBI agents were politicized to the core and were determined to do anything they could to secure their candidate's election.  Failing that, they plunged into the faux Russia election story in hopes of discrediting President Trump or even, as they explicitly discussed, bringing about his impeachment.  The IG's report exposes a corrupt and politicized FBI and Department of Justice.  And so far, we are seeing only half of the story, at most.  No one has yet looked into the Democrats' "Russia" tale or any partisan corruption linked to Bob Mueller's farcical "investigation."

Crime and Punishment.  The Justice Department Inspector General's report on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's unsecured personal email server laid bare a widespread pattern of conduct that "cast a cloud" over the FBI. The report incites the inference that the Bureau is a severely corrupted organization, tainted and warped by unconstitutional ambitions to meddle in electoral matters.  Although Inspector General Michael Horowitz asserted he lacked "documentary and testamentary evidence" to prove political bias ruled in making decisions of great political consequence, clearly he did not mean bias was not present.  On what the report presented, it is almost certain that the FBI, at the deliberate direction of its leaders and senior Justice Department officials, intervened completely improperly in political matters.  The inspector general led the country to the edge of the decision, and will presumably make a number of criminal referrals for possible indictments, as he did after his initial report.

IG Report:  FBI Agent Peter Strzok Sent Weiner Sealed Indictment To His Personal Email.  One of the interesting aspects of the IG report is the documented use of personal email by participants within the FBI "small group" Mid-Year-Exam (MYE) team.  One of those documented examples involves FBI Agent Peter Strzok downloading the content of the sealed Anthony Weiner Indictment, October 29, 2016, to his personal email address.  Unauthorized extraction of a 'sealed SDNY indictment', and transmission to a non-secure system, is a felony.

PBS's Mark Shields Sounds Silly: 'Very Sparse' Evidence of FBI Bias Against Trump.  You could tell the PBS NewsHour didn't want to discuss the Inspector General's report on the FBI's egregious failure to live up to its own standards in the 2016 election cycle.  Anchor Judy Woodruff started the Friday week-in-review segment with the North Korea summit, and then began the FBI analysis with a no-bias-found verdict:  "Very tough on James Comey, saying he was insubordinate, some other tough criticism of him, but, ultimately, 500 pages concluded that the way the FBI handled it didn't demonstrate bias."

Comey's FBI Was Protecting The Legitimacy Of The Presumed Clinton Presidency.  In late October of 2016 James Comey knew Donald Trump's candidacy was as dead as a doornail.  That must be distinctly understood or nothing wonderful can come from the story I am going to relate.  Time soothes the edges of old emotions.  We forget the shock of that election night.  Almost two years now of articles and TV takes, even books, make Trump's election seem understandable, even sometimes inevitable.  But that's not how it was then.  When FBI director Comey and the FBI dropped their late October Anthony Weiner surprise, they did so fully confident that Hillary Clinton would win.  What we now know for certain from the Department of Justice inspector general report that came out Thursday is that the FBI chose to disclose the Weiner email fiasco to protect a Clinton presidency, a foregone conclusion, from potential claims from Trump that the FBI had rigged the election.

Decoding the Horowitz Report on 'bias'.  We are in the midst of a spin battle over the inspector general's report issued yesterday [6/14/2018].  Because inspectors general cannot release their reports without giving those named within it a chance to contest it, and must be able to defend every single word of it, they must stick to facts and completely documentable conclusions.  Inductive reasoning, looking at large patterns of facts and drawing conclusions, does not survive such a process.  The result is a report that is written in a kind of code.  Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal decodes the Horowitz Report on bias in a tweet thread on the subject.  Her first tweet demolishes the "no bias" meme being pushed by Democrats, including the mainstream media.

Why Did FBI Assign Same Agents to Clinton & Trump Cases?  Why did the FBI assign the same agents who investigated Hillary Clinton's emails to look into allegations of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's campaign?  Given the overlapping timetable of both cases, the decision appears not only peculiar but harmful to the efforts.  The inspector general notes in his report the repeated excuse that the importance of the Russia investigation led to the crucial delay in the reopening of the Clinton email investigation after the discovery of former Secretary of State's missing messages on Anthony Weiner's laptop.  The bureau assigning different agents and lawyers to each case, the IG suggests, likely would have prevented the one-month delay in looking into the laptop that came, crucially, just days prior to the 2016 election.

Clinton Foundation Never Probed, Frivolous Suit Brought Against Trump.  On the day the Office of the Inspector General released a report about egregious DoJ/FBI behavior, the New York Attorney General announced a $2.8 million lawsuit against the Trump's Charitable Foundation.  Notice how the Feds and the NY AG work together?  This is a civil suit and they want to shut down the charity.  The fact is the Foundation raised 18.8 million dollars while giving 19.2 million to charity with virtually zero expenses.  This is a frivolous suit meant to hurt the President and counteract the OIG report.

Insubordination and Bias at FBI.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 500-page report covers plenty, but it can be distilled to two words he uses to describe the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the 2016 election: insubordination and bias.  Two terms that are chilling in connection with such a powerful agency.  That won't be the message from Democrats and most of the press, who will focus on a few episodes they will claim cost Hillary Clinton an election.  Watch for them to blame former FBI Director James Comey, whom the report faults for "a serious error of judgment," for having "concealed information" from superiors, and for "violation of or disregard for" departmental and bureau policies.

Media fawning over Comey, McCabe looks silly after stinging IG report.  For those journalists who have covered law enforcement for decades, there was some discomfort watching a doting news media bestow adoration earlier this year upon the FBI's disgraced top two former bosses.  FBI Director James Comey, terminated for violating department guidelines and explicit instructions, was given the royal treatment when his memoir came out this spring.  Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, fired for lying to his own federal investigators, was portrayed as a whistleblower akin to Mark Felt, another former top FBI official who exposed the very real Watergate scandal.

[There is] No Obstruction If [a] Boss Cans [an] Insubordinate Subordinate.  Now that Justice Department Inspector-General Michael Horowitz has released his nearly 600-page report on his investigation of FBI practices during the course of the Hillary Clinton email probe, one thing is more settled then ever[:]  former FBI director James Comey had to be fired as fast as possible.  The IG's findings could not have been more clear:  Comey was consistently insubordinate.  That is precisely the word used in the report:  insubordinate.  No company, no business, no organization can function effectively with highly placed but subordinate people working at odds with their superiors, their management, their bosses.

Comey responds to IG report.  Former FBI Director James Comey led the FBI into crisis, scandal and disgrace.  Fired from the job by President Trump, he presented himself as a model of ethical leadership with a best-selling how-to book.  The IG report released yesterday documents his failures, notes his duplicity, calls him out for his high handedness, and gives us his endless self-justification.  In the tweet below responding to the IG report, we see that he is a man of many devices, one of which is a public relations strategy to ward off shame.  He could write an authentic classic on the high art of political pretense.

Sex, lies and betrayal at the FBI.  If Jeff Sessions and Christopher Wray want to clean house at the FBI, they'll be well advised to pack a good lunch.  Cleaning this house will be an all-day job.  The agency under James B. Comey has been more corrupt than we thought.  The long-awaited findings of the inspector general at the Justice Department were finally released Thursday, and it reveals clearly that officials high up in the food chain were out to protect Hillary Clinton by any means necessary.

The FBI Hates Trump — and His Voters, Too.  Several passages in the Justice Department's Inspector General report on the agency's handling of the Clinton email investigation illustrate the FBI's culture of contempt for Trump, before and after the election.  Comments from key law enforcement officials — lawyers and investigators — about Trump were vile, demeaning, and childish.  But their ridicule was not isolated to Trump.  These public servants were unsparing in their contempt for the voters — the very people who fund their salaries and pensions.

FBI Employee to FBI Attorney for Russia Investigation: 'YOU PROMISED' Trump Would Never Get Elected.  The day after Donald Trump was elected president, an FBI employee engaged in an "instant message" conversation with an FBI attorney who had worked on the Clinton email investigation, then moved to the Russian meddling investigation, and would later become an attorney working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller on that investigation.  Speaking of Trump's election, the FBI employee told the FBI lawyer:  "You promised me this wouldn't happen.  YOU PROMISED."  Later, in the same instant messaging exchange, according to the inspector general's report released today, the FBI attorney responded:  "I am just devastated.  I can't wait until I can leave and just shut off the world for the next four days."

Tying Hillary's Emails to the Russian 'Collusion' Probe.  The 568-page report released Thursday by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz may help explain why the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails and the probe of the Donald Trump campaign team's possible ties to Russia appear to bleed into each other.  The IG report, titled "Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election," details the FBI's investigation and eventual closure of the case regarding Clinton's use of a private, non-government email account, and her private server.  The report devotes particular attention to former FBI director James Comey's July 5, 2016 statement exonerating Hillary Clinton from criminal wrongdoing in her handling of classified intelligence.

IG report?  I want indictments.  The FBI is run by people who think they are above the law.  They may be right.  Missing from this document are the indictments.  Jimmy the Weasel Comey should be arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and sundry other crimes like the common criminal he is.  Arrogant Andrew McCabe, Peter the Politician Strzok, Lisa Page, and a whole slew of other agents need to be arrested, jailed, and charged with every crime possible.  This calls for a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization prosecution because these boys and girls turned a federal agency into their private protection racket.  We know this was going on for years because there is a casual, business-as-usual air to the way they conducted their crimes.  The record shows this.

FBI Employee: 'Trump's Supporters Are All Poor, Uneducated, Lazy POS'.  The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General report on the FBI handling of the Clinton email investigation reveals a bureau staffer made remarks attacking the "Deplorables," the voters who elected Donald Trump. [...] When Justice Department investigators asked if the comments demonstrated a political bias, the attorney said, "personal political feelings or beliefs... in no way impacted" the staffer's work undertaken on either the Clinton email probe or the Russia investigation.

With FBI's boiling hate for voters exposed, America dodged a bullet by electing Trump.  One of the biggest takeaways from the Department of Justice's 500-page inspector general report is how deep the contempt for voters is among the Federal Bureau of Investigation's leadership elite.  The text messages are incredible. [...] It's so bad that the I.G. report said these remarks, just oozing with contempt for the American public, led to an atmosphere that "has brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBI's handling of the Midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI."

The IG's Report May Be Half-Baked.  You've got to hand it to Michael Horowitz:  The Justice Department inspector general's much-anticipated report on the Clinton-emails investigation may be half-baked, but if it is, it is the most comprehensive, meticulously detailed, carefully documented, thoughtfully reasoned epic in the history of half-bakery.  Why say do I say the report "may be half-baked"? Why don't I just come out and declare, "The report is half-baked"?  Well, I figure if I write this column in the IG's elusive style, we'll have the Rosetta Stone we need to decipher the report.

Justice Leadership Is Not Coming Clean.  Despite misleading headlines, the inspector general's report on the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails shows a powerful law enforcement agency hobbled by bias and dishonesty.  The press has seized on the IG's statement that he "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative decisions we reviewed."  But that is simply Inspector Generalese for, "No one confessed or left a paper trail."

Open Up the Horowitz Secret Appendix.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report points to multiple irregularities in FBI chief James Comey's actions in the 2016 election campaign, sees no evidence of political bias, but never really gets to the bottom of why Mr. Comey played the role he did.  Mr. Comey may have been worried that a Justice Department decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton would lack credibility, but it was in no sense his obligation to solve this problem.  It simply was not the FBI chief's job to relieve the Obama administration of the need to sell its decision to the electorate.  This is why we have elections.  It's what political accountability is all about.  This is where Russia enters in.  It is highly absurd at this point to keep this information secret, as Mr. Horowitz does in a classified appendix.

How political bias infected FBI Trump, Clinton probes.  [Scroll down]  Then there was FBI Attorney 2.  His case is particularly newsworthy because Horowitz reported — it was not known before — that, like Strzok and Page, FBI Attorney 2 was removed from the Mueller investigation when the inspector general made Mueller aware of FBI Attorney 2's internal communications.  "FBI Attorney 2 left the special counsel's investigation and returned to the FBI in late February 2018, shortly after the IG provided the special counsel with some of the instant messages discussed in this section," the report says.  On Oct. 28, 2016, the day the FBI's then-director, James Comey, announced the reopening of the Clinton investigation, FBI Attorney 2 messaged four other FBI employees, saying, "I mean, I never really liked the Republic anyway" or similar messages.

The IG Report Was a Whitewash and Devastating All At Once.  [Christopher] Wray's ruined agency's best n' brightest conspired to undo the results of an election to ensure that the liberal politician who wouldn't derail their gravy train would take office, but hey, a couple hours of diversity classes will fix that right up.  I know I feel much better knowing that these bureaucratic superstars are finally going to get some training to inform them that trying to use their power as federal law enforcement agents to swing an election to their preferred political party is wrong.  Apparently, that was previously unclear.

The Real Problem With the OIG Report.  [Scroll down]  The DOJ's long-standing and well-established practice is to make no public statement regarding the outcome of an investigation unless and until it results in criminal charges.  But, in the Clinton "matter," it was decided that there had to be a public announcement of the investigative findings even though she was to be exonerated.  Consequently, there wasn't enough time for the investigation to be thorough and complete.  But, if the FBI and DOJ wanted to "avoid influencing the political process," then why have any public announcement of the investigation's findings?  By its very nature, the announcement, regardless of the investigation's outcome, would necessarily impact the political process and affect the fortunes of Clinton and Donald Trump.  As such, a public announcement would be intrinsically and inescapably a political act.

IG Report:  Disciplinary Action Recommended For Five FBI Agents — Oh, And Bureau Employees Got Free Stuff From Reporters.  Well, the report from the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz is here.  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey, and ex-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe were placed under the microscope for their activities during the 2016 election, namely the Hillary Clinton email probe and the investigation into the Clinton Foundation.  Katie and Guy broke down the major nuggets of the report, notably how Mr. Comey went way outside the protocol during the Clinton email probe.  The IG report also noted that the arguments for why the ex-FBI chief informed Congress on October 28, 2016, that the FBI would be essentially rebooting the email probe after new emails were found on Huma Abedin's laptop, Abedin is a top Clinton aide, were unpersuasive.

Meet the Other Amorous FBI Staffers Who Texted About the Clinton Email Investigation.  Criticism of James Comey is nothing new — it's one of the few things that both Republicans and Democrats can agree on.  Which made the headline takeaway of the Department of Justice Inspector General's report — that Comey deviated from FBI norms — something less than a surprise.  But the Comey story isn't even close to being the most interesting or instructive finding by the IG.  Perhaps the most shocking information in the IG's report is the revelation that Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were not the only amorous agents with a habit of texting.  There were also "Agent 1" and "Agent 5," who were involved in the Clinton investigation and, according to the IG's report "were in a relationship at the time and are now married."  Their communications make for a searing indictment of the culture of the FBI and paint a portrait of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices as fiasco.

Inspector General's Report:  FBI May Have Covered up Weiner Laptop to Help Clinton.  Democrats have long complained that then-FBI Director James Comey's announcement in late October 2016 that he was re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails cost them the presidential election.  But the report of the Department of Justice Inspector General, released Thursday, shows that the FBI may actually have neglected an investigation into emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop in an effort to stop Donald Trump from winning.

Comey Broke From FBI Procedures in Clinton Probe, Watchdog Finds.  Former FBI Director James Comey was "insubordinate" in handling the probe into Hillary Clinton, damaging the bureau and the Justice Department's image of impartiality even though he wasn't motivated by politics, the department's watchdog found.  Although the report issued Thursday [6/14/2018] by Inspector General Michael Horowitz doesn't deal directly with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion with those around Donald Trump, the president and his Republican allies in Congress were primed to seize on it as evidence of poor judgment and anti-Trump bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.

Texts reveal disgraced FBI agent told lover 'we'll stop' Trump.  A top FBI agent involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mails told a colleague in 2016 that "we'll stop" Donald Trump from becoming president, according to the Justice Department's inspector general.  The explosive comment came during an exchange of text messages between agent Peter Strzok and his lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, in August 2016, IG Michael Horowitz's report revealed Thursday [6/14/2018]. [...] Despite the stunning anti-Trump comments, Horowitz said he found no evidence that the pair's political views carried over into their work on the investigations into Russian election meddling and Clinton's improper use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state.

'Viva Le Resistance': Mueller Team Attorney Sent Anti-Trump Texts.  An FBI attorney who worked on the special counsel's Russia investigation until earlier this year sent anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, including one exclaiming:  "Viva le Resistance."  The attorney's comments are revealed in a Justice Department inspector general's report released on Thursday [6/14/2018].  The lawyer is not identified, but he worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and was the FBI's lead attorney on the investigation into Russian election interference.  He was assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation soon after it began in May 2017 and left in late February of this year after some of his private messages were shared with the special counsel.


News and timely commentary about the Inspector General's report, released April 13, 2018:


Scandals Sanitized with Linguistic Trickery.  Throughout Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's massive report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation are lots of strange things.  One of the weirdest is the extent to which the FBI went to make up words and phrases to disguise reality.  An early draft of the 2016 FBI report on the email scandal was reportedly subjected to linguistic surgery to exonerate the former secretary of state, who at the time was the Democratic nominee for president.  Clinton was originally found to be "grossly negligent" in using an illegal email server.  That legalistic phrase is used by prosecutors to indict for violation of laws governing the wrongful transmission of confidential government documents.  Yet the very thought of a likely President Clinton in court so worried the chief investigator, FBI Director James Comey, that he watered down "grossly negligent" to the mere "extremely careless."

Horowitz: Over 300 Bribes To FBI Agents By Journalists; Two FBI Agents Who Hated Trump Still Work For Mueller; And More.  Yesterday, the Department of Justice IG Michael Horowitz testified before Chuck Grassley's Senate Judiciary Committee.  A few interesting points came out of that.  First, we know that James Comey is the subject of an investigation into his leaking of classified information.  We know that there is a grand jury sitting for some reason because the materials in the IG report were reviewed for grand jury testimony. [...] Today [6/19/2018], he's in front of Trey Gowdy's Government Accountability Committee and some really good stuff is coming out.  The IG is examining Strzok's role in moving the Russia probe forward.  Prediction: nothing comes of this because the damage it would do to the FBI and to Justice was would be astronomical if it were shown that the investigation was launched from political motives.  And the issue of the Deep State would begin to look a lot more Third world than we'd like to think.

FBI may have modified witness reports, misled DOJ watchdog with 'false information,' GOP Rep says.  The FBI may have "edited and changed" key witness reports in the Hillary Clinton and Russia investigations, a top House Republican charged in a hearing into FBI and Justice Department misconduct Tuesday [6/19/2018].  Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, also raised the possibility that the FBI misled the DOJ watchdog in an attempt to hide the identities of FBI employees who were caught sending anti-Trump messages.

New Developments On Inspector General's Report Of Comey's FBI.  On Wednesday [5/9/2018], CNN law enforcement analyst and retired FBI supervisory special agent James A. Gagliano revealed new insight into the Justice Department's Inspector General report that is expected to be released in the near future, saying it is even worse than expected, according to his sources.  Gagliano tweeted:  "Sources with knowledge of the impending DOJ Inspector General Report confirm that it will be a fairly damning indictment of FBI's seventh floor during the Comey era.  'It's worse than expected,' seems to be the consistent theme ..."

IG Report Proves Andrew McCabe's Firing Was Justified.  Ever since former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was fired, McCabe and his Democrat supporters have maintained it was politically motivated.  On Friday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, a holdover from the Obama administration, released a long-awaited report that proves beyond doubt McCabe was fired for cause. [...] With respect to lack of candor, the report listed four instances on pages 4-5 and again with more detail on pages 15-21 with dates, times, and McCabe's own testimony, both under oath and not.

IG Report Shows Andrew McCabe Is A Criminal — So When Is He Going To Jail?  The initial Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on former FBI assistant director Andrew McCabe hasn't gotten much attention since it was released on Friday, despite the fact that it is shocking.  So shocking in fact, that when it was first leaked to the higher echelons of our government, it forced current FBI Director Christopher Wray to immediately relieve McCabe of duty and it eventually led to McCabe's firing without his government golden parachute.

The McCabe Report is Just an Appetizer.  As of this writing, it is unclear exactly what the scope of the inspector general's inquiries will be.  Speaking for myself, I hope the desert course includes a close look at the January 5, 2017 meeting at the White House meeting at which President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, NSA director Susan "By the Book" Rice, and Acting Attorney General Sally "Insubordinate" Yates were briefed by the country's chief spooks — former FBI director James "Higher Loyalty" Comey, NSA chief Michael Rogers, CIA chief John "I Voted for Gus Hall" Brennan, and James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence who delighted the television audiences everywhere when he instructed Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood was "a largely secular organization" that had "eschewed violence."  The country was in the very best of hands back then!  What was the subject?  Exactly what they were and were not going to tell the incoming administration about the ongoing investigation into possible Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election?

Loretta Lynch Threatened To Reopen Eric Garner Case If NYPD Leaked Info About Weiner's Laptop.  Journalist Tracy Beanz uncovered an explosive detail about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch buried deep in the report from the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General that was released last week. [...] When the NYPD seized [Anthony] Weiner's personal laptop as part of the investigation, they found hundreds of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Weiner's wife at the time, Huma Abedin, has worked for Clinton for more than a decade.  So Abedin and Clinton's work emails from the State Department, which contained classified information, were on Weiner's computer.  That computer was in the NYPD's possession.  All of this was discovered and announced in late October 2016, which was just prior to the presidential election.  In an attempt to perhaps shield Clinton from more public scrutiny, the OIG report appears to show that Lynch threatened to reopen the Garner case — which involved the NYPD fatally shooting an African American — if officers leaked damaging information about Clinton's emails on Weiner's laptop.

Inspector General Bombshell:  Why Obama AG Loretta Lynch May Be in Legal Jeopardy.  Hidden within the OIG report on McCabe's leak to Barrett of the WSJ, is an astronomically damning correlation between Loretta Lynch, the NY Field Office of the FBI, McCabe, and the NYPD.  On September 28, 2016, McCabe is made aware of the information they found regarding Hillary Clinton on Anthony Weiners laptop in an unrelated "sexting" case they are investigating.

Trail of James Comeys Dirt on Loretta Lynch Discovered within IG Report on Andrew McCabe.  A very interesting development is unfolding as a result of internet researcher TracyBeanz and some insightful dot connecting by those following.  The outline begins via a relatively under-reported accusation about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch by former FBI Director James Comey in his upcoming book.  According to ABC News Comey writes in "A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies and Leadership," that he became the public face of the investigation partly because of a mysterious development which he felt could cast "serious doubt" on Lynch's independence.  It seems rather odd for James Comey to be making such an accusation against Loretta Lynch in the book.  Why add that aspect?  [A]nd why do so without expanding the details?

10 Key Insights From Today's Deep State Coup News.  [#10] Lisa Page, the DOJ special counsel for the FBI during Obamagate, is a cooperating witness with Inspector General Horowitz.  Her testimony — and text messages — are laced throughout today's [4/13/2018] IG report on Andrew McCabe's lies that led to his firing.  Page's evidence is very likely instrumental to the more complete IG report due out in May.  [#9] When The Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett reported on Andrew McCabe's conflict of interest with respect to the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the then-deputy director had a panic attack.  Barrett reported that the state senate campaign of McCabe's wife was funded to the tune of more than half-a-million by Clinton proxy Terry McCauliffe.  In fact, just days after revelations that Clinton operated an illegal email server for all State Department business became public, McCaullife visited Jill McCabe and encouraged her to run for office.  Her husband Andrew would, under normal circumstances, have led any investigation into Hillary's illegal actions.

Bombshell in McCabe IG Report No One Is Talking About.  The Department of Justice Inspector General report on Andrew McCabe is centered around the leaks and lies of Andrew McCabe.  Ignored in all of this was the reason he leaked.  And it's a bombshell.  He said a top Obama appointee, the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General (PADAG), ordered him to "stand down" in the Clinton Foundation investigation.  There were witnesses.  No one is talking about that.

How The Obama Justice Department Tried To Shut Down The FBI's Investigation Into The Clinton Foundation.  The Department of Justice Inspector General report on the "lack of candor" by FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe also documents for the first time the Obama administration's effort to shut down the bureau's investigation of the Clinton Foundation, according to a review of the report by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.  The inspector general (IG) confirmed in its long-awaited report released Friday that in 2016 the FBI had ongoing field investigations of the Clinton Foundation in New York, Los Angeles, Little Rock, Arkansas and Washington, D.C.  The multi-city investigation was launched when agents found "suspicious activity" between a foreign donor and Clinton Foundation activity in the Los Angeles area, as TheDCNF reported in August 2016.

Editor's note:  This excerpt is presented here in its original form — Twitter-ese:
So far I'm floored.  McCabe gets $s for wife fr Clinton operative.  Gets kicked out of staff meeting about Clinton email case.  Leaks to Barrett to hide his conflicts.  Blames NYOF & WFO.  This triggers internal & external investigations of leak.  At same time, @tracybeanz documents Lynch is using FBI NYFO to blackmail NYPD over Eric Garner case to control info about the Weiner case & laptop.  Here where things get *really* interesting.  The NYFO is dealing w McCabe lying about them being leakers to cover his own likes while Lynch is using them to control NYPD bc of weiner.  At same time NYPD brass gave NYFO an ultimatum:  u deal w this or we go to the press.  So the FBI grabs the laptop, Comey is forced to send email to congress re-opening email case & that's all we're told.  Or is it?

IG report:  FBI's Andrew McCabe 'admonished' other officials for his own leaks.  As deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe "admonished" other FBI officials over leaks he himself authorized.  That's one of the damning revelations the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General released in a Friday [4/13/2018] report.  "Crafty plan," was how Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan described the McCabe revelation to The Daily Caller News Foundation.  McCabe berating other FBI officials over the leaks suggests he was "trying to cover his tracks," House Judiciary Committee member Jordan said.

Inspector General First Release — Chris Farrell:  "I don't think the FBI recovers from this".  Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell discusses the DOJ inspector general's report that outlines exhaustive political corruption.  OIG release #1 proving former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe authorized leaks to the media, then lied to FBI investigators in an effort to cover them up.  [Video clip]

An extremely interesting letter.  What we are seeing is an unfolding process, meticulously planned.  The Strzok/Page leaks, McCabe report today, what's coming:  it's a cascading series of bombshells, aimed at taking down the Obama/Clinton crooks.  Team Trump, esp Sessions, has full control over the momentum and pressure.  The hysterical tweets of Obama and Clintons people, as well as the unhinged stories their media slaves are publishing, shows you how.much they're panicking.

The McCabe Report Drops the Hammer.  When outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired on the eve of his retirement last month, many Democrats protested that he was being cheated out of his pension for purely political reasons.  But the administration's official line — that McCabe had been fired for "lack of candor" after lying to investigators about press disclosures he authorized — turns out to have been right on the money, according to a Justice Department report released Friday afternoon [4/13/2018].

IG Report Outlines How Obama DOJ Worked To Shut Down Investigation Into Clinton Crime Syndicate.  Lost in the haze of the Syria bombing, the Establishment Media's purposeful ignorance, and the ongoing ripples following the stunning FBI raid on the offices of President Trump's longtime attorney, is the scathing outline by the Inspector General regarding how the Obama Department of Justice aggressively shut down what was to be a widespread investigation into the Clinton Foundation looking into allegations of widespread financial crimes.  Talk about obstruction of justice!

DOJ OIG McCabe Report Finds Obama's FBI and DOJ: Corrupt, Dishonest, Coordinated and Conspiring.  The IG's report related to terminated and humiliated former FBI Head Andrew McCabe is 39 pages in length. [...] Overall Comments: [#1] The tone of the memo chastises McCabe for leaking that the Clinton Foundation investigation was open, not to challenge the rationale for not sharing this investigation with the public, but rather criticizes McCabe for outing the Justice Department official trying to shut down the investigation.  Although perhaps it may not be customary to challenge the Departments' decisions, due to subject in the investigation [the Clinton Foundation], by not releasing the information about the investigation the FBI and DOJ prevented pertinent information from being reported to the American public significant to the election.  This information was not released until October 30th in a leak to the WSJ.  [#2] Many of the FBI and DOJ characters in the report appear corrupt, coordinated and conspiring to assist with the cover up of the Clinton Foundation investigation and in leaking information to the press.

Indict McCabe.  Jimmy the Weasel Comey's flunky deputy director Andrew the Leaker McCabe lied under oath to Congress, according to the Department of Justice inspector general.  Indict McCabe for perjury, lying to a federal official, and disclosing classified information.

Andrew McCabe and James Comey Deserve Each Other.  According to the just released report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrongfully caused sensitive law enforcement information to be leaked to the Wall Street Journal and then lied to investigators about having done so.  The report runs thirty-five single spaced pages and lays out in excruciating, meticulous, and damning detail how McCabe authorized an anonymous leak calculated to make it appear that he had resisted pressure by Loretta Lynch's Justice Department to close down the FBI's investigation of the Clinton Foundation during the 2016 election campaign and then proceeded to cover his tracks with lies.

Andrew McCabe Admonished FBI Officials For His Own Leaks.  As deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe "admonished" other FBI officials over leaks he himself authorized.  That's one of the damning revelations the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General released in a Friday [4/13/2018] report.  "Crafty plan," was how Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan described the McCabe revelation to The Daily Caller News Foundation.  McCabe berating other FBI officials over the leaks suggests he was "trying to cover his tracks," House Judiciary Committee member Jordan said.


James Comey's book:


James Comey threw a book party for all his friends — in the media.  Half the country hated him for how he handled the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton, and the other half cannot stand him for his cutting commentary on President Trump.  So, who is left to show up when Jim Comey hosts a book party in Washington, D.C.?  Members of the media, of course!  "Here comes the bar mitzvah boy," the New York Times's Mark Leibovich exclaimed when Comey arrived at the Newseum's seventh floor to celebrate his best-selling memoir, "A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies, and Leadership."  It was, Comey said, his first and perhaps his last-ever book party.  Like any intimate affair among friends, the evening began with a makeshift news conference.

James Comey:  Special Prosecutor in Email Probe 'Would Have Been Unfair to Hillary'.  Former FBI Director James Comey wrote in his recently released memoir that appointing a special counsel to handle the Hillary Clinton email probe due to concerns over Attorney General Loretta Lynch's impartiality "would have been unfair to Hillary Clinton."  Comey, however, had no problem taking actions to ensure a special prosecutor in the case of Donald Trump and unsubstantiated claims of Russian collusion based in part on charges made inside a largely-discredited dossier financed by Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Comey admitted breaking the law.  Breitbart News tries but it too gets caught up in the sleazy Washington spin on the world.  "Former FBI Director James Comey may have misled the public when he claimed in his recently released book that he only provided 'one unclassified memo' to an associate with the purpose of sharing the contents with a reporter," Breitbart News reported.  "Only" one?  Everyone is now allowed to give away classified information as long as it is "only" once?  How shall I put this?  Comey committed a felony.

Anatomy of a Political Smear Confirmed — James Comey January Briefing was Scripted by Clapper and Brennan to Create Media Narrative.  Generally I would not refer so strongly to a prior discussion thread if the latest information did not absolutely confirm what was originally suspected.  On January 10th, 2017 we discussed "The Anatomy of a Modern Political Smear", where we connected the dots, as they were happening in-real-time between James Comey, the Obama intelligence community and the media, specifically CNN.  Yesterday [4/19/2018], two events happened which absolutely confirm — with demonstrable certainty — what we immediately saw over 15 months ago.  The first event was the appearance of James Comey on CNN to discuss his book.  In part of the questioning by Jake Tapper, Comey admitted his January 6th briefing of the Steele Dossier content was ONLY about the Russian hookers, pee-tapes, and ridiculous sexual accusations against the President-elect.

James Comey's book tour backfires.  Former FBI Director James Comey says he wrote his book to show people how President Trump is running the government in a way that "fails to reflect the values of an ethical leader."  But Comey's book, his media tour and the related Thursday release of memos detailing his meetings with Trump are quickly doing real damage to Comey himself.  Perhaps most importantly, Comey's own memos reveal that he lied when he told Trump, "I don't leak."

James Comey goes stale fast, hits end of his shelf life.  Former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey isn't quite the book bonanza he's been touted as.  His book opening shows it.  And, well, look at the book he's selling: with little more than florid descriptions to speak for his otherwise content-free book, and no big revelations, what we get from it is that he has a high opinion of himself, he's mad about getting fired, and he wants revenge.  Yeah, yeah.  And as the subject of his own book, he lacks the usual affection bestowed upon such people from the rabidly left-wing Occupods or the less rabid Hillaryites, because, well, he ran the FBI.  So now we see just about nobody showing up for the book's launch at the prestigious Kramerbooks, at the heart of the capital, on Dupont Circle at its opener.  The Weekly Standard noted that there were more cameras than customers for this washed up bureaucrat's hectoring dialectic about his own virtue, and the store sold only about a dozen books, many to the reporters.  It didn't stop at Kramerbooks.

NY Times Has an Unflattering Review of Comey's Book Tour Behavior.  Former FBI Director James Comey may have, for the moment at least, become the most polarizing figure in America not named Donald Trump.  The president's detractors laud Comey as an honorable man who was wrongfully dismissed from his job and is using the freedom of private life to speak truth to power.  As I pointed out last week when the first excerpts from Comey's book were leaked, these are the same people who until recently blamed him for getting Trump elected.  Trump's supporters, on the other hand, just think Comey is a partisan hack whose public behavior is a bit off the deep end.

Comey Book Event Packed With Press, Only One 'Normal Person' Attended.  This is so perfect.  Former FBI Director Comey has been on one heckuva book tour promoting his tell-all drama, "A Higher Loyalty."  Comey's been busy filming interviews on broadcast and cable news channels, chatting with radio hosts, but it's starting to look like he's preaching to the choir.  During a book event in D.C. Monday, press filled the Dupont Circle Kramer Books.  Conspicuously absent?  Normal people.

Nobody Shows at DC Bookstore to Buy Comey's Book.  Kramerbooks, located in Washington's trendy Dupont Circle district, is the place Washingtonians go to hang out, browse books, and grab something to eat at the attached cafe.  It's much smaller than a Barnes and Noble and has survived Amazon because it is cozy and inviting, offering the feeling that you are immersed within a warm den of great books.  And if you're going to sell a political book, it's a good place to start, given the clientele. [...] To be sure, Comey's book is #1 on Amazon.  But I don't expect it to stay there long.  There's little in the book except for tales Comey has already told and the philosophy and moralizing of a professional bureaucrat.

The 13 Most Outrageous Statements by Jim Comey.  In a move that is nothing less than priggish, self-serving, and about as far removed from "literary" as you can get, former FBI Director Jim Comey in his book goes with zeal after President Donald Trump — who fired Comey in May 2017 — in one of the few public outlets left to him right now.  (In highly divisive times, what else is new?)  Are the following excerpts from "A Higher Loyalty" really appropriate for an attorney who ran the FBI for nearly four years?  Don't we expect better in this country in 2018?  And can liberals and others ever get through their day without taking small-minded and big-headed potshots at the sitting president of the United States?

Comey 'Deeply' Respects Obama, Who Denied Right to Life of Born Babies, [and] Thinks Trump [is] 'Morally Unfit'.  Former FBI Director James Comey told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News in an interview broadcast on Sunday night that he "deeply" respects former President Barack Obama "and his higher loyalty to the values I care a lot about" but that current President Donald Trump is "morally unfit" to be president.  When Obama, who Comey believes has a "higher loyalty to the values I care a lot about," served in the Illinois state legislature, he repeatedly opposed a bill that would have treated babies who survived late-term abortions as "persons" who have the same constitutional rights as any other person.

Loretta Lynch not too happy about James Comey throwing her under the bus.  [Scroll down]  Sundance, over at The Last Refuge, has some interesting theories about why this is happening.  Could it have been related to the Eric Garner case, where a man who sold "loosey" single cigarettes on the street in Staten Island found himself in a chokehold by the NYPD and died from it, yet the officers involved got no charges? [...] The cops protect their own, and so the question is raised, given that Lynch was a district attorney in New York in 2014, when it happened:  was there some kind of leverage when the Huma Abedin emails of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information turned up on [...] Anthony Weiner's computer and the cops wanted an arrest?  The Weiner emails would have been bad for Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects, while the cop union might have wanted its own members to walk in this case, so one wonders if there was a tradeoff and Lynch was involved.

James Comey book:  President Obama and Loretta Lynch 'jeopardized' the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Former FBI Director James Comey doesn't believe anyone in the government brought politics into the Hillary Clinton email investigation — aside from then-President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who he believes "jeopardized" the Department of Justice.  In his upcoming book, A Higher Loyalty, due out on Tuesday [4/17/2018], Comey defends the FBI investigators who were charged with investigating Clinton's private email server and her mishandling of classified information.

It's all downhill for Comey now.  The day that James Comey cashed the multi-million dollar advance check from MacMillan Publishers will turn out to mark the date that we can call "Peak Comey."  It was all downhill from the instant the ink started drying on his signature on the back of the check.  He and his ghost writer suddenly faced the unenviable task of making him look like the righteous warrior he had always portended to be, but with the need to fill 300 pages with something.  Self-serving rationalizations can't sustain reader interest over that many words, so apparently they decided that prose about physical appearances drawn from the bodice-ripper school of novels grafted onto Trump-hatred would do the trick.  The result was so awful that even the Washington Post, owned by arch-enemy of Trump Jeff Bezos, felt the need for a satire.

Does Jim Comey Write YA Fiction Or Romance Novels In His Spare Time?  [Scroll down]  In addition to claiming bizarrely personal professional interactions like these, Comey apparently knows a little too much about male tanning procedures, and believes urban legends about sexual prowess.  Perhaps his editors didn't reduce his overwriting because they were laughing so hard they couldn't help releasing Emo James Comey to the world to give us all joy in at least some portion of the ridiculous Russia narrative and 2016 election aftermath.

James Comey Attacks Trump 'Spin' Response but Pitched NYT Oped to Obama WH About Russian Interference.  Former FBI Director James Comey claims he was disturbed by a purported conversation among then President-Elect Trump's transition team about how to publicly "position" the intelligence community's information that Russia may have attempted to interfere in the 2016 election.  In an exclusive interview with ABC News ahead of the release of his memoir on Tuesday [4/17/2018], Comey lectured that "the reason that was so striking to me [is] that's just not done."  He was referring to the alleged conversation about how to frame the Russian interference claims.  "That the intelligence community does intelligence, the White House does PR and spin," Comey continued.

The Editor says...
From what I've read (in the reviews, not the book), Mr. Comey's whole book is "PR and spin."

Jim Comey's bid for vengeance is ruining his reputation.  There are two important things worth noting about fired FBI Director James Comey's new tell-all, which is already Amazon's No. 1 seller.  First, it has almost nothing in the way of real news.  No bombshells, almost no dramatic factual revelations.  The book, for all intents and purposes, simply repeats his past congressional testimony.  Second, all the headline-grabbing details are either Comey's petty criticism of President Trump's tan, height and hand size; unpleasant and deeply personal denigrations of his character; or dishonest or salacious (and unprovable) speculation about the state of his marriage and his sex habits.

Fact Check:  Yes, Comey is a Slimeball.  Comey wants to have it both ways.  He headed an organization that helped back this nasty smear.  And then he sneers at Trump for having to deny it.

ABC interview's big bombshell — James Comey reveals he is neither sinner nor saint... he's a fraud.  Who is James Comey?  Is he the world's tallest Boy Scout, as he tries to convince us through five hours of insufferable earnestness with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos?  Or is he a self-promoter who has lied on several occasions, leaked information to the press, and who conducted a sham investigation of Hillary Clinton, whom he expected to be the next president?  James Comey is a fraud.  Far from being the last honorable man standing, as he surely pretends to be, the former FBI Director has shown his true colors by writing a book that does not serve the best interests of the country or his colleagues at the Department of Justice, but that only serves the best interests of James Comey.

Turns out Comey gave Hillary a pass on emails because he thought she would win.  James Comey's memoir, pompously titled A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, set for release on April 17, is out from the reviewer class, and all but one seems to have missed the bombshell in it:  that Comey neglected to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her refusal to properly handle the nation's top secrets through her illegal private bathtub server, and exposed those secrets to our nation's enemies, because he thought she would win the 2016 election.  Some Boy Scout, as he and his allies portray him.  Quite a few of the reviewers focus on Comey's descriptive powers, something that could make anyone look negative if the view is biased enough, which Comey's is.  He natters on about Trump's hand size, the bags under his eyes, his tie being too long, and other stylistics that mark Comey as a vain little man obsessed with looks, little different from David Brooks and his fascination with the crease of President Obama's pant legs.

How Comey Lied About Spying on Trump Tower.  Jim Comey deserves a special place in the annals of sanctimonious frauds in Washington, D.C.  He leaked, lied, bent rules, treated FBI material as his own personal property, violated confidential conversations, and generally acted like a government unto himself.  But now he has the gall to write it all up in the sonorous nonsense language of "constitutional crisis."  His forthcoming memoir amounts to nothing more than the sour grapes of a self-serving operator over a wholly justified sacking. [...] Comey's wounded ego is not a constitutional crisis.  The scandal is not that he lost his exalted job but that such a pompous creep once held it.

Comey book filled with unproven attacks on Trump, lofty praise for himself.  Fired FBI Director James Comey's new "tell all" book is a dream come true for President Donald Trump's opponents and a hatchet job on the president.  It's important for every fair-minded person to remember that just because Comey makes a charge, he is not speaking gospel truth — despite his inflated sense of virtue and self-importance.  Just about anyone who's ever been fired fancies "getting even" with the boss.  Comey's new book does that in spades, according to excerpts leaked to the media Thursday.  In the process, it lowers the reputation of both the FBI and Comey, undermines the presidency and hurts the nation.

Watch: RNC Releases Brutal Video Of Democrats Attacking Comey's Credibility.  On Thursday [4/12/2018], the Republican Party began an all-out assault on disgraced former FBI Director James Comey's credibility ahead of his upcoming book release and his interview this Sunday with George Stephanopoulos.  "Comey is a liar and a leaker and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing," RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said.  "If Comey wants the spotlight back on him, we'll make sure the American people understand why he has no one but himself to blame for his complete lack of credibility."  The Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro shot down the notion that the RNC's campaign against Comey was a scandal.

Comey's book could help the prosecution.  No one should look forward to the publication of James Comey's book than Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber.  The book could help prosecute the man most responsible for turning the Federal Bureau of Investigation into a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.


James Comey's TV interview, April 15, 2018:


Has Comey peaked?  A poll released this morning [4/25/2018] by Morning Consult/Politico showed that two-thirds of voters (64%) did not watch any of the interviews that James Comey gave on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC.  The Washington Examiner noted that 46% of those who did watch favored him more after the interviews.  16% said their views of him went down after they watched.  Those numbers kind of surprised me because conservative pollster Frank Luntz conducted a focus group on Comey's interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulas which produced different results.  Yes, Luntz leans right, but he had Republicans and Democrats in the group who provided feedback while they watched the interview.  Using hand-held dials, participants dialed up when something Comey said or did during his interview pleased them and dialed down when they had a negative reaction.  They had at least one thing in common:  all were bothered by Comey's claim that he didn't remember where he was on Election Night.  Several said he "lost credibility" with that response and another said he "looked like a complete moron."

ABC News Cuts Comey Criticism of Obama's Actions During Clinton Investigation.  In the broadcast of its interview with former FBI Director James Comey, ABC News did not air Comey's strong criticism of President Obama for twice publically stating that Hillary Clinton's private email server did not endanger national security despite an ongoing investigation.  In the unaired remarks, Comey went so far as to describe Obama's comments as creating the impression that the Justice Department was biased with regard to Clinton.  He charged Obama's remarks "created this drumbeat that the Obama Justice Department, the fix is in because the president has told them what result they should reach."

So we're just going to ignore that an ex-Clinton staffer interviewed Comey on the Clinton email scandal?  Why does ABC News entrust its coverage of Hillary Clinton stories to one of the former first family's longtime capos?  George Stephanopoulos, who served for years as an adviser to former President Bill Clinton, can sit across from former FBI director James Comey and say things like, "Your critics say this is a clear, clear, clear double standard.  You revealed information about Hillary Clinton.  You concealed information about Donald Trump.  That elected Donald Trump," and "you've decided to say publicly there is a criminal investigation — of Hillary Clinton, which many considered a break with precedent" and the press considers this scene to be perfectly normal.  Stephanopoulos, whom Clinton aides credited for using their work after the newsman had a particularly combative interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, can ask Comey, "do you think that the FBI would be in better shape today ... if you had simply put out that one line statement, 'We decline to prosecute'?" and "Can you assure people today — can you assure them that the Obama Justice Department was not protecting Hillary Clinton?" and this is ordinary.

10 Questions That ABC Didn't Ask Comey.  On Sunday evening, ABC preempted its regularly scheduled programming to broadcast an exclusive interview conducted by "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos with former FBI Director James Comey.  The star treatment is part of an all-out publicity campaign that Comey, fired by President Trump less than one year ago, has launched to promote his new book, "A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies, and Leadership."  How Comey's portrayal of himself as a virtuous man selflessly devoted to the public interest fits with his rush to cash in on public service by disclosing details of his relationship with a sitting president is one of the salient questions Stephanopoulos failed to pose Sunday night.  ABC's chief political anchor did elicit from Comey a variety of denunciations of Trump.  They were newsworthy but no surprise.

Comey: 'My Wife and Girls' Marched in the Anti-Trump March, Voted Hillary.  In his first interview since publishing "A Higher Loyalty," former FBI director, James Comey, admitted Sunday [4/15/2018] that his entire family supported Clinton's candidacy.  Comey said that his daughters and wife voted for Clinton.  All five of his kids as well as his wife even marched in the anti-Trump protest the day after the inauguration.  "My wife and girls marched in the Women's March, the day after President Trump's inauguration," Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

James Comey's ABC Interview Has Furious FBI Insiders Lashing Out.  James Comey's first interview since President Trump fired him as director of the FBI has enraged his former agents, who deluged The Daily Beast with their disdain as they watched him tell his side of the story to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night [4/15/2018].  Seven current or former FBI agents and officials spoke throughout and immediately after the broadcast.  There was a lot of anger, frustration, and even more emojis — featuring the thumbs-down, frowny face, middle finger, and a whole lot of green vomit faces. [...] "Hoover is spinning in his grave," said a former FBI official.  "Making money from total failure."

Oops: Comey Accidentally Reveals Someone is Concealing Hundreds of Thousands of Clinton Emails.  Thanks to the tireless Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, we now know that there are roughly 200,000 or more previously unknown Hillary Clinton emails that were hidden by the Obama administration from a federal judge.  During his utterly boring interview on 60 Minutes, the egomaniacal former FBI director accidentally blurted out the truth: [...]

James Comey:  Safe to Say That America Is 'Dangerous' Under Trump.  In an interview that aired Sunday night [4/15/2018], former FBI Director James Comey sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos and offered an ominous assessment of the country under President Donald Trump's leadership.

James Comey strikes back against 'morally unfit' Donald Trump in scathing interview.  In an extraordinary interview, former FBI director James Comey called Donald Trump "morally unfit to be president" and said he believed it was possible the Russians were holding compromising personal information over the head of the commander in chief.  Comey's comments and his new book, A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies, and Leadership, are fueling a combustible moment in Washington that could become a constitutional crisis.  At the White House, Trump has unleashed a barrage of angry tweets against Comey — calling him an "untruthful slime ball," among other insults — amid reports he was poised to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for his role in the Russia investigation that Comey once headed.  Never before in American history has a current or former director of the FBI, the nation's principal law-enforcement agency, publicly described a president in such a scathing manner.

Comey's Entire Family Supported Hillary For President, Wife 'Cried' On Election Day.  Former FBI Director James Comey told ABC News in his interview aired Sunday night that his entire family were passionate supporters of Hillary Clinton for President and his wife said she cried the night Trump won.  "My wife and girls marched in the Women"s March the day after President Trump's inauguration," James Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.  "At least my four daughters, probably all five of my kids, wanted Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president," he said.  "I know my amazing spouse did."

James Comey Is Doing It Wrong.  Having used both his book, A Higher Loyalty, and his interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos to portray himself as the defender of truth, the paragon of integrity, the embodiment of ethical values and principles and as someone guided by a steady moral compass, former FBI Director James Comey has drenched the public discourse with the stink of sanctimony.  Not to mention his heavy yammering about leadership, the likely topic he'll be lecturing on at $60,000 a speech on the stemwinding circuit for the next couple of years.


Disgruntled, whistle-blowing FBI agents:


"Rank and File" — A Conspicuous Absence of Visible Indignation.  Against a rather enlightening week of activity from within the DOJ and FBI, last night I posited the question:  "If the FBI and DOJ were not institutionally corrupt wouldn't we have seen multiple whistle-blowers this year?"  The purpose of the question is to draw attention to an empirical reality.  By now we understand many of the big picture details behind DOJ and FBI efforts to weaponize the institutions of government to target their political opposition, namely Donald Trump.  With the removal of so many officials within the institutions, the question becomes less rhetorical.  If the corruption is removed, where are the 'rank and file' whistle-blowers surfacing from underneath the now replaced leadership?  Why haven't we seen anyone from within the system come forth to tell their story?

Almost, but not quite off-topic:
Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe:  "It was all a Set-up".  Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI's handling of President Donald Trump's campaign and alleged Russia collusion.  Lovinger, a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career.

FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says he's willing to testify before Congress.  The FBI agent who was removed from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign for sending anti-Trump texts intends to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and any other congressional committee that asks, his attorney said in a letter made public Sunday [6/17/2018].  Peter Strzok, who was singled out in a recent Justice Department inspector general report for the politically charged messages, would be willing to testify without immunity, and he would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to any question, his attorney, Aitan Goelman, said in an interview Sunday.  Strzok has become a special target of President Trump, who has used the texts to question the Russia investigation.  Goelman said Strzok "wants the chance to clear his name and tell his story."

Top FBI Insider Who Quit Over Rigged Hillary Probe Ready to Spill Beans on Comey & Obama to Congress.  An FBI agent who quit his top position over the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation is heading to Congress to testify.  John Giacalone, who led the Clinton investigation for the first seven months, will reportedly expose former President Barack Obama and fired FBI Director James Comey for corruptly helping Clinton.  There's a massive media blackout on this because Giacalone is expected to testify that top brass at the FBI rigged the investigative process so that Clinton could skirt charges for clear violations of the law.  Exposing Comey also shines a big light on Obama, who many believe was calling the shots behind the scenes to help Clinton.

Sources: FBI Agents Afraid To Testify, Say Congress Likely Won't Protect Them.  Even as a new Rasmussen poll shows a majority of voters believe senior law enforcement officials broke the law to stop Donald Trump from beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, rank-and-file FBI agents who want to testify against their superiors to Congress feel they can't due to an ineffective whistleblower protection law.  These agents believe the sluggishness of the law exposes them to an inordinate risk of reprisal, so they have remained in hiding and afraid to speak the truth.

Agent Who Quit Over Rigged Hillary Investigation Heads to Congress.  An FBI agent who allegedly quit the bureau over his belief that the Hillary Clinton email investigation was rigged will testify before the House of Representatives, The Hill reported.  The joint investigation between the House Judiciary and the Oversight Committees — led by Republican Reps.  Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, respectively — has been a source of consternation for Republicans and Democrats alike.  Conservatives have complained about the slow pace of the examination into how the Clinton email investigation was conducted, noting that only two witnesses have appeared before it.

Tone Deaf Rod Rosenstein Should Be Fired.  [Scroll down]  "There are [FBI] agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [James] Comey's behavior and [Andrew] McCabe and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan — who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs," Joe DiGenova, a former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, told the Daily Caller.  "They are just waiting for a chance to come forward and testify."  In a statement to the Daily Caller, reported by the awesome Kerry Pickett, an unnamed FBI agent claimed, "Every special agent I have spoken to in the Washington Field Office wants to see McCabe prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  They feel the same way about Comey."

Grassley Reminds FBI Agents Wanting to Blow the Whistle:  You Are Legally Protected to Do So.  According to media reports this week, a number of FBI agents are hoping to get subpoenaed in the Russia probe so they can expose corruption at the top of the Bureau.  In other words, guys on the ground are ready to talk about decisions made by the suits in Washington D.C.

Heads Will Roll.  It may take a few more months to clear away all of the remaining roadblocks and stonewalling.  But, the incriminating documents will inevitably be procured.  Too many people were part of the plot.  Some will cop a plea.  Professionals inside the FBI are now coming forward, asking to be subpoenaed so that they can testify before Congress.  Motivated to clean up this mess, they want to share what they know.  President Trump is now fully engaged and demanding complete transparency.  Even his worst detractors would attest to his tenacity.  Once Professor Halper is extradited from Oxford and is facing the possibility of life in prison for his central role in the conspiracy, he will sing like an Irish tenor.

Sources:  FBI Agents Want Congress To Issue Them Subpoenas So They Can Reveal The Bureau's Dirt.  Many agents in the FBI want Congress to subpoena them so they can reveal problems caused by former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, three people in direct contact with active field agents tell TheDC.  "There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [James] Comey's behavior and [Andrew] McCabe and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan — who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs," former federal prosecutor Joe DiGenova told The Daily Caller Tuesday.  "They are just waiting for a chance to come forward and testify."

Report: Rank-and-File FBI Agents Eager to Blow Whistle on Comey, Holder, Lynch.  A new report claims that a significant number of rank-and-file FBI agents are chomping at the bit to expose Obama-era leaders, alleging corruption and even criminal violations of the law.  These agents are signaling that the only way they can safely and legally blow the whistle is if Congress subpoenas them individually to provide information about their former bosses.  "There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [James] Comey's behavior and [Andrew] McCabe and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan — who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs," Joe DiGenova, a former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, told the Daily Caller.

Coming attractions:  FBI agents speaking out about the abuses of Comey and McCabe.  President Trump this morning on Twitter applied the name "Spygate" to the ongoing revelations about the FBI and the Intelligence Community employing their technological and human agent tools to spy on the Trump presidential campaign and transition. [...] It's a good title for what is going to be a long form reality television program (as well as a political scandal and constitutional crisis, among other far-reaching consequences).  Despite the best efforts of the Trump-hating, Russia-Stormy Daniels-obsessed media to ignore it, the story is going to build into a major factor in the coming midterm elections and far beyond.


Carter Page


FBI Admits It Used Multiple Spies To Infiltrate Trump Campaign.  The FBI, under the guidance of then-director James Comey, used more than one spy in its investigation into former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, the government disclosed in a court filing on Friday [10/19/2018].  "The FBI has protected information that would identify the identities of other confidential sources who provided information or intelligence to the FBI" as well as "information provided by those sources," wrote David M. Hardy, the head of the FBI's Record/Information Dissemination Section.  The filing by Hardy and the Department of Justice came in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to gain access to four of the FBI's applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Page.  While the applications were released June 20, they were heavily redacted, and "USA Today reporter Brad Heath has sued for full copies of the documents," The Daily Caller reports.

FBI admits using multiple informants, some paid, to illegally target Trump campaign.  The U.S. government revealed Friday that it used multiple informants to obtain information against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  In court filings, government officials also revealed confidential human sources were paid for their work.  The FBI relied heavily on an uncorroborated dossier to obtain warrants to spy on Page.

FBI Acknowledges Using Multiple Informants In Investigation Of Trump Campaign Aide.  The U.S. government revealed in court filings Friday that the FBI used multiple confidential informants, including some who were paid for their information, as part of its investigation into former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  "The FBI has protected information that would identify the identities of other confidential sources who provided information or intelligence to the FBI" as well as "information provided by those sources," wrote David M. Hardy, the head of the FBI's Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS), in court papers submitted Friday [10/19/2018].  Hardy and Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys submitted the filings in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for the FBI's four applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Page.

Carter Page Seeks Justice While the Real Trump-Russia Perps Sweat.  A few of the masterminds behind the bogus Trump-Russia collusion tale finally are getting some payback — and one of their targets is going to court to get his reputation back.  Two years ago this week, the Obama Administration's FBI sought and received an order to spy on Carter Page, a private citizen who briefly volunteered for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  On October 21, 2016, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved an application to wiretap the former Naval officer amid suspicions he was a working for Russia and engaged in "clandestine intelligence activities... on behalf of a foreign power."

Carter Page Sues DNC And Its Law Firm Over The Steele Dossier.  Former Trump campaign associate Carter Page filed a defamation lawsuit Monday [10/15/2018] against the Democratic National Committee and its law firm, which commissioned the infamous Steele dossier.  Page filed the suit in federal court in Oklahoma against the DNC, the law firm, Perkins Coie, and two of its partners, Marc Elias and Michael Sussmann.  Perkins Coie, which also represented the Hillary Clinton campaign, is the firm that hired Fusion GPS, the opposition researcher that investigated Donald Trump's links to Russia.

Nunes:  Democrats, Journalists Will Be 'Frightened' By Declassified Trump-Russia Documents.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said this week that Democrats and the media are likely to be "frightened" by the information contained in Trump-Russia documents that Republicans are asking President Trump to declassify.  Speaking at an event hosted by the Center for Security Policy on Thursday, Nunes said that Trump is close to declassifying portions of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant granted against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  On July 21, the Justice Department released heavily redacted versions of four FISA warrants granted against Page from Oct. 2016 through June 2017.

Carter Page Discusses Possibility of His FISA Warrant Being Declassified.  Carter Page is obviously at the center of the fraudulent FISA application submitted by FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.  The FBI and DOJ constructed the FISA application to gain a Title-1 surveillance warrant on Carter Page; and by extension, the Trump Campaign and all who were in contact with Page.  Within the application the FBI/DOJ specifically stated that Carter Page was an agent of a foreign government and used the Steele Dossier to back-up the majority of their claims.  However, Carter Page was never indicted or arrested despite the FBI's claims of certainty within the sketchy documents; which highlights the fraud upon the court.

Judicial Watch Busts FISA Court Corruption.  In February, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memo criticizing the FISA targeting of Carter Page.  The memo details how the "minimally corroborated" Clinton-DNC dossier was an essential part of the FBI and DOJ's applications for surveillance warrants to spy on Page.  Judicial Watch recently filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking the transcripts of all hearings related to the surveillance of Carter Page.  Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in an email, "It is disturbing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts rubber-stamped the Carter Page spy warrants and held not one hearing on these extraordinary requests to spy on the Trump team."  Fitton went on to observe, "Perhaps the court can now hold hearings on how justice was corrupted by material omissions that Hillary Clinton's campaign, the DNC, a conflicted Bruce Ohr, a compromised Christopher Steele, and anti-Trumper Peter Strzok were all behind the 'intelligence' used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team."

FBI Kept From U.S. Spy Court Russian View of Carter Page as 'an Idiot'.  The FBI omitted from its application to spy on Carter Page the fact that Russian spies had dismissed the former Trump campaign adviser as unreliable — or as one put it, an "idiot" — and therefore unworthy of recruiting, according to congressional sources who have seen the unredacted document.  The potentially exculpatory detail was also withheld from three renewals of the wiretap warrant before a special government surveillance court.  The warrants issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court allowed the FBI to spy on Page and others he was in contact with for almost a year, the sources also confirmed.

Judicial Watch:  Justice Department Discloses No FISA Court Hearings Held on Carter Page Warrants.  Judicial Watch today [8/31/2018] announced that in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Justice Department (DOJ) admitted in a court filing last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants.  In the filing the Justice Department finally revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Page FISA spy warrants, first issued in 2016 and subsequently renewed three times.

Graham calls for special counsel to investigate FBI's handling of Clinton emails, FISA warrant.  Claiming that FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton's emails and the Carter Page FISA warrant were "corrupt to the core," U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday [8/15/2018] called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle both probes.  Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said FBI investigators were "in the tank" for Clinton and the FISA warrant process was abused — possibly in a criminal fashion.  "What do you think Democrats would be saying if a Republican — if the RNC [Republican National Committee] — hired a former British agent to go to Russia to get dirt on [Hillary] Clinton?" Graham asked Fox News' Laura Ingraham, host of "The Ingraham Angle."

If You Inspect The FISA Applications Closely, More Mysteries Arise About Joseph Mifsud.  When CNN reported late Thursday [8/2/2018] that the president's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, intended to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Donald Trump knew in advance of his son's June 2016 meeting with Russians who promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, the summer-time Trump Tower confab from two years ago re-entered the limelight.  A quick retweet of the story by Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, pushing what I knew was a false narrative, sent me tumbling down the rabbit hole known presidentially as Spygate.  What began as a deep-dive into the Trump Tower meeting unearthed yet further proof of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation's abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to surveil former Trump advisor Carter Page and revealed additional evidence implicating the State Department in targeting Trump.

FBI Vault Release — FBI Requested Data Forensics on Huma Abedin/Clinton Laptop AFTER the 2016 Election, Not Before.  How [...] can Carter Page be a "foreign agent" who "knowingly engaged in" activities "for a foreign power", but at the same time be a "target for recruitment" by the same foreign power?

Revisiting the Page FISA Applications & James Wolfe Indictment.  In the public version of the Original Page FISA Application there are 37 fully redacted pages (out of 83 total).  Several other pages have redactions for all but the header.  There are only two pages in the entire document that contain no redactions.  Why would Wolfe bother to send 37 pages of complete redactions[?]  There are also strong indications that Grassley, and by extension the SSCI, saw unredacted versions of the Page FISA Applications.  The Grassley Memo discusses the Page FISA Applications at length and nowhere does Grassley mention any redactions.

The Curious Case of James Wolfe Continues.  First, we know from overwhelming circumstantial evidence, conveniently overlooked by media, that one of Wolfe's specific leaks involved sending his concubine Ali Watkins a copy of the 82-page FISA application used to gain a Title-1 surveillance warrant against U.S. person Carter Page.  Some key things about this leak:
  [#1]   It is highly likely there were no redactions in the copy Wolfe leaked to the media.
  [#2]   It is highly likely Wolfe was caught in a leak hunt, and the copy given to him included a specific, and intentionally wrong, internal date using October 19th as the origination date for FISA application approval.  (The actual date was Oct 21st).
  [#3]   The October 19th date then shows up in subsequent media reports which were based on the leak.  The New York Times and Washington Post used the wrong date; the concentric reporting of the NYT and WaPo spread the wrong date like a virus.
  [#4]   However, despite overwhelming and easy to prove evidence against him, Wolfe was never charged with the Carter Page FISA leak.  The DOJ/FBI have him dead-to-rights on that leak, but he was charged with the more disingenuous crime of lying to the FBI.
These explosive details have been largely ignored by media, and two recent legal filings add even more layers of intrigue.

FISA documents reveal FBI collusion.  Our media's valiant efforts to distract us notwithstanding, information continues to seep out that underscores how badly a housecleaning is needed in Washington, D.C.  Last week saw the release of the applications used to obtain warrants from the FISA court to spy on Carter Page, an adviser to the Trump presidential campaign.  Obtained by Judicial Watch, the 400-plus pages of (heavily redacted) documents support the conclusions earlier drawn by the House Intelligence Committee (and denounced by Democrats as hysteria):  the FISA warrants were obtained through obfuscation and deceit.

Nunes:  Americans will be 'shocked' by other Carter Page FISA info.  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes claimed Sunday that the American public will be "shocked" when it sees the remaining blacked out portions of the FBI's applications for spy warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  "We are quite confident that once the American people see these 20 pages, at least for those that will get real reporting on this issue, they will be shocked by what's in that FISA application," Nunes said in an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo.  Nunes' comments raise expectations about what information remains hidden behind 20-plus pages of the FBI's fourth and final application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Page.

Nunes: American People 'Will Be Shocked' by What's in Redacted Portion of FISA Application.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday [7/29/2018] that the American people will be "shocked" when they see what's in the still-redacted portions of the FBI's applications for surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  "We are quite confident that once the American people see these 20 pages, at least for those that will get real reporting on this issue, they will be shocked by what's in that FISA application," Nunes said in an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo.  Nunes and other House Republicans have been urging President Trump to declassify what remains hidden in 20 pages of the FISA application.

Vindication for Carter Page.  On July 26, 2016, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal sent him a text, asking the then-Trump campaign advisor about his ties to Russia, including alleged meetings with Kremlin officials:  he responded that the suggestion was "ridiculous."  But other media calls followed.  Page, a Ph.D. and Naval Academy graduate, rebuffed the inquiries and continued to go about his business as a global energy financier.  What Page did not know at the time is that — aside from unwittingly becoming the latest human slab tossed into the Clinton machine's meat grinder — his own government was already watching him, perhaps even setting him up.  As Team Clinton, the DNC, and the Obama White House ratcheted up the Trump-Russia collusion fairy tale before the presidential election, Page emerged as the villain.  In October 2016, at the behest of Jim Comey's FBI, a secret court gave the government permission to spy on Page.  The surveillance lasted one year, during which time his personal and professional life imploded; he was the target of persistent media harassment and even death threats.

Is Carter Page Really a Russian Agent?  Back in the early sixties, Sam Cooke sang about dull Saturday nights.  "Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody."  This past Saturday night, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was singing the same song, having found nobody guilty of Trump-Russia collusion despite over a year and millions of dollars spent investigating.  Instead, on this past Saturday night, what we did get was a heavily redacted FISA Court application that allowed spying on Carter Page.  The application asserts at the beginning that Carter Page is "[a]n agent of a foreign power," specifically the Russian Federation, and that Page "[k]nowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities for or on behalf of [Russia]."  Was Page really a real-life version of cartoon character Boris Badenov?


Redacted FISA documents released July 21, 2018:


Update:
At long last, here come the declassified FISA warrants.  We've known for almost a month that, according to Joe DiGenova, the process of declassification has been underway for the FISA warrants that enabled spying on the Trump campaign, along with other documents related to the Russiagate fraud. [...] No matter what the documents reveal, the media will pooh-pooh them as insignificant and will want to move along to fresh stories intended to make the POTUS look crazy, or dangerous, or corrupt, or boorish, or whatever new fantasy they can concoct to throw shade on his tremendous accomplishments in triggering an outright economic boom, a restructuring of trade arrangements to our advantage, and a foreign policy that leads from the front.

Tucker Carlson Calls On GOP Lawmakers to Read Entire Unredacted FISA Memo on House Floor.  On Wednesday night [8/1/2018] Tucker Carlson called on Republican lawmakers to go to the floor of the US House of Representatives and read all of the FISA memos in their unredacted form.  The deep state FBI released the FISA documents to Republican lawmakers ten days ago but the pages were highly redacted to protect the identities of corrupt Obama and intelligence officials.  Tucker called on the lawmakers to do what Dianne Feinstein did and read the entire memo on the House floor.

Next step:  House Intel asks Trump to declassify rest of FISA application; tantalizing clues about pages 10-12 and 17-34.  The release of a heavily-redacted version of the FBI's application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to wiretap onetime Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page has spurred calls to remove the redactions, to un-black out the pages blacked out by the FBI before the document was made public.  The long sections of censored material have made it impossible to reach definitive conclusions about the warrant application.  It has also led to the publication of de-contextualized sensational accusations.  For example, page 8 of the original warrant application contains a passage which begins with two blacked-out lines, then includes the words "the FBI believes that the Russian Government's efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with Candidate #1's [Donald Trump's] campaign," and continues with more blacked-out material.  Is there a critical prefatory clause in that sentence fragment?  The answer is unclear.

FISA Applications Confirm:  The FBI Relied on the Unverified Steele Dossier.  [Scroll down]  In each Carter Page FISA warrant application, the FBI represented that it had "reviewed this verified application for accuracy."  But did the bureau truly ensure that the information had been "thoroughly vetted and confirmed"?  Remember, we are talking here about serious, traitorous allegations against an American citizen and, derivatively, an American presidential campaign.  When the FBI averred that it had verified for accuracy the application that posited these allegations, it was, at best, being hyper-technical, and thus misleading.  What the bureau meant was that its application correctly stated the allegations as Steele had related them.  But that is not what "verification" means.  The issue is not whether Steele's allegations were accurately described; it is whether they were accurate, period.

Andrew McCarthy Discusses The Stunningly Scant and Manipulated FISA Application.  Andrew McCarthy appears on Fox weekend to discuss the released FISA Court application used to obtain and conduct Title-1 active surveillance on U.S. Person Carter Page.  McCarthy's response is worth watching because he only recently (May) red-pilled himself and realized how corrupt the DOJ and FBI had actually become.  Prior to May of this year he was defending/reconciling every new detail to the benefit of DOJ/FBI.  [Video clip]

Mark Levin:  Abolish Secret FISA Court If Judges Can't Be Held Accountable.  Appearing on FNC's 'Hannity' Thursday night [7/19/2018], LevinTV host Mark Levin spoke about a letter his organization sent to FISA court judges on alleged abuses from the Nunes memo.  "If you're a judge ... and you don't do something about it?  Congress needs to look into this!" Levin said.  "I damn well expect federal judges serving as FISA court judges to make sure that [misconduct] wasn't committed in front of them."

At Best, The FBI Misled The Court To Wiretap Trump Campaign, FISA Application Shows.  The heavily redacted FISA application the FBI used to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page is supposed to vindicate the FBI from charges of political bias.  But there can be no doubt that the FBI withheld pertinent information from the judges who approved a highly intrusive domestic spying operation during a presidential campaign.

The Withered Branches on Mueller's Poisoned Tree.  The civil libertarians of the press — those card-carrying ACLU members who toss and turn at night worrying about the diminution of "privacy" — all rushed to the defense of the FBI after the release of its disgracefully flimsy FISA warrant on Carter Page.  The hypocrisy of it all takes one's breath away, as reporters and commentators, normally so censorious of privacy violations, coldly cheered the government's harassment of Page.  The evidentiary basis for the warrant was nil.  It rested upon nothing more than Hillary's opposition research and partisan articles in the press, some of which were fed to the reporters by Hillary's opposition researcher.

Did Obama, Brennan And Clinton Illegally Collude To Take Trump Down?  The release of the FISA application by the FBI to investigate alleged collusion between Russia and President Trump's campaign and recent comments made by top officials are eye opening.  Not only did President Obama know about the investigation, he seems to have pushed it from the very beginning.  But don't take our word for it.  Here's what Obama's Director of National Intelligence, the nation's former spy master, James Clapper, told CNN's Anderson Cooper:  "If it weren't for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of event which are still unfolding today, including Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller's investigation.  President Obama is responsible for that.  It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place."

Confirmed: DOJ Used Materially False Information To Secure Wiretaps On Trump Associate.  Newly released documents confirm House and Senate investigators' claims that the Department of Justice and FBI used materially false and misleading information to secure wiretaps on Carter Page, a former volunteer foreign policy advisor to President Trump.  The highly redacted documents released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests show how the FBI was able to convince the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to surveil the Naval Academy graduate and energy consultant for a year of his life.  The wiretap was applied for and granted in October 2016, shortly before the end of the presidential campaign.  Approved applications last for 90 days.  The Department of Justice requested and received three renewals, for a total of one year of surveillance.  Despite claiming to the court in 2016 that "the FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian Government," the government has yet to charge Page with breaking any of the serious laws it alleges he knowingly transgressed.

Proven Lies to the FISA Court Should Immediately End Mueller's Investigation.  We now know for a fact that the FISA court was illegally deceived by the Obama Administration.  The fake Russian dossier, paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign, was used to get warrants in order to spy on Donald Trump's campaign.  The Trump Russian collusion story was a hoax created by the Hillary Clinton campaign.  The Obama Administration used that hoax in order to illegally spy on its political enemies.

2016 Text Uncovered:  Shows That Spy Op On Trump Campaign Leads All The Way Back To Obama White House.  The liberal media has been denying all allegations for more than a year now that the Obama White House had surveilled the Trump presidential campaign back in 2016.  We are now lead to believe that the Obama administration had, in fact, spied on the Trump campaign after a recently leaked admission of one "informant." This individual had been "querying marginal Trump campaign associates for information about supposed connections to Russia on behalf of former President Barack Obama's FBI," according to the Conservative Tribune.

Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte Discusses Fraudulent/Misleading FISA Application.  House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is deeply connected to the investigation on the specifics of the FISA abuse.  The House Judiciary Committee has primary oversight over the FISA Court and the use therein by the DOJ. [...] Earlier today [7/22/2018] Goodlatte joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures to discuss the Carter Page FISA Warrant, all it's redactions, and plans to proceed.  Additionally Chairman Goodlatte discusses John Brennan, James Comey, and Loretta Lynch being sought for questioning on their actions during the 2016 Presidential Election; as well as compliance responses from Peter Strzok, Rod Rosenstein and Lisa Page.  The current DOJ and FBI elements of the intelligence community are only slightly less corrupt internally than they were prior to the Trump inauguration.  Institutionally they are still full of corrupt individuals; and administratively they are managed by people concerned about retaining/protecting the institutions — not eliminating the corruption.  In our ongoing opinion this institutional emphasis is misplaced and misguided at best, and complicit at worst; likely more the latter.

Oh My, This is Either A Sting -OR- The Most Corrupt U.S. Dept of Justice in History.  The indictment of former senior senate intelligence committee staffer James Wolfe is filled with information to highlight a much bigger picture. [...] Based on the James Wolfe indictment we know the DOJ was aware of the leaking of the FISA application since at least mid-December 2017.  On December 15th, 2017 James Wolfe was busted; the FBI had him dead-to-rights.  However, the grand jury proceedings didn't start until May 3rd, 2018; and the indictment was sealed until June 7th, 2018.  That means six months passed between busting Wolfe on Dec. 15th, 2017, and indicting Wolfe on June 7th, 2018.  Let that sink in.  The U.S. Department of Justice has known, with certainty, since December of last year, that the United States Senate Intelligence Committee had leaked the content of a classified FISA application to the media.

The Associated Press Lies About The FISA Application.  The Associated Press carries on a daily vendetta against the Trump administration, systematically misleading the American people in articles that appear in hundreds or thousands of newspapers.  Thus, it is no surprise that the AP's story on DOJ's FISA application dump is nothing but Democratic Party spin.

Donald Trump:  FISA Warrant to Spy on Campaign 'a Disgrace to America'.  President Donald Trump highlighted Monday the revelation of the FISA warrant used to spy on one of his foreign policy advisers Carter Page.  The heavily redacted set of documents were released to the public on Saturday, revealing that the unverified dossier created by Christopher Steele and paid for by the DNC was used to spy on the Trump campaign.

Even heavily redacted, the FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign is shocking.  450 pages pertaining to the FBI's FISA Warrant to spy on Carter Page have been released.  Heavily redacted.  Even with redactions, wow.  There is NO DOUBT at this point the fake Steele Dossier was used to get this FISA Warrant.  Months of pimping that Papadopoulos fake narrative down the toilet!  Time to remind everybody yet again of what they already know:  after TWO YEARS 'agent of a foreign power' Carter Page has been charged with... what was that?  Take a guess.  NOTHING.

Did the FBI Lie to the FISA Court?  Consider the source.  The FBI did not allow the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to do just that.  Instead, the heavily-redacted application for a warrant to surveil U.S. citizen Carter Page obscures the source.  It never says, at least in the unredacted portions, that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid operatives to dig dirt on Donald Trump.  This allows the warrant to talk of "research" and not "opposition research." The warrant application shields the partisan origins of the "dossier" and talks of a "law firm" hiring the investigators.  In reality, Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC paid the law firm, which paid Fusion GPS, which paid Christopher Steele (and, given the reference to a "U.S. person" in the warrant, perhaps others — unless that "U.S. person" was, in fact, a U.K. person, which complicates the narrative of foreign interference) to conduct opposition research.

The FBI Goes Full Nixon with FISA Report.  Now, forced by a long-standing FOIA, the FBI has released, on a Saturday of course (we're lucky it wasn't Christmas day), 400 plus pages of FISA court material used to justify the surveillance of Carter Page... only three hundred plus pages were redacted, blacked out and completely unreadable.

FISA warrant application supports Nunes memo.  The weekend release of a highly-redacted version of the FBI's application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to wiretap onetime Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page has renewed the argument over the Nunes memo — the brief report produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes detailing problems in the application.  From the time of the memo's release in February, Democrats and some in the press have denounced it as a collection of lies and mischaracterizations.  On Saturday night, the denouncing started again.  "The only thing the newly released FISA documents show is that Republicans have been lying for months," the lefty think tank Center for American Progress said in a typical response.  Now, however, we have both the memo and the FISA application, if in a blacked-out state.  We can compare the two.  And doing so shows the Nunes memo was overwhelmingly accurate.  Perhaps some Democrats do not believe it should have been written, or they dispute what it included and left out, or they do not agree with its conclusions, but it was in fact accurate.

A Deep Dive into the Scandalous FISA Warrant Used to Spy on the Trump Campaign.  For those who haven't had the time to review the 412-page FISA application that was used to spy on the Trump campaign, I've culled a few key highlights.  [#1] The application lied about Carter Page.  Carter Page is described as "an agent of a foreign power", which was and is clearly not the case.  Carter Page is walking around free as a bird, giving interviews to anyone who asks, and stating that the FBI lied about him repeatedly. [...] The entire Mueller special counsel was predicated upon a mountain of lies.  It needs to be terminated today.  This is the greatest political scandal in American history.

Justice Dept.  Releases Secret Carter Page Surveillance Documents at Center of Partisan Clash.  The Trump administration has disclosed a previously top-secret set of documents related to the wiretapping of Carter Page, the onetime Trump campaign adviser who was at the center of highly contentious accusations by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee that the F.B.I. had abused its surveillance powers.  Democrats in February rejected the Republican claims that law enforcement officials had improperly obtained the warrant, accusing them of putting out misinformation to defend President Trump and sow doubts about the origin of the Russia investigation.  But even as Republicans and Democrats issued dueling memos characterizing the materials underlying the surveillance of Mr. Page, the public had no access to the records.

Why is Mueller handing off key cases?  Something has been going on with Robert Mueller's investigation of people thought to have played significant roles in the Trump-Russia affair.  The special counsel, assigned to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Trump," has been farming out seemingly important parts of the investigation to offices outside his own.  In April, Mueller referred an investigation of close Trump associate Michael Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York.  This month, the U.S. attorney in Washington — not Mueller — indicted Maria Butina on charges of being an unregistered Russian agent.  And also this month, when Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic Party and Clinton campaign offices, he immediately turned the case over to the Justice Department's National Security Division for prosecution.

Newly Released FISA Docs Contradict Strzok's Sworn Claims He Had Nothing to Do With Carter Page FISA Warrant.  Obama's Deep State FBI and DOJ obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page in October of 2016 and three subsequent renewals in order to spy on Trump's campaign and transition team.  Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe and Sally Yates all signed the FISA applications even though Hillary's fraudulent Russia dossier was used as a pretext to obtain the warrants.

DOJ releases 412 pages of top-secret FISA documents on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.  The Justice Department released on Saturday more than 400 pages of top-secret documents pertaining to the FISA warrant obtained to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.  The documents were first obtained by the New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act request.  "This application targets Carter Page," the document said.  "The F.B.I. believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government."


Andrew McCabe


Andrew McCabe, the deep state henchman.  Kevin R. Brock, who is identified as "former assistant director of intelligence for the FBI, was an FBI special agent for 24 years and principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)," sees Andrew McCabe as the point man, pulled up through the career bureaucracy of the bureau by his mentor, James Comey, who was, after all, an outsider political appointee in need of a henchman to implement his political machinations.  Once Comey was fired, McCabe became the key figure leading the law enforcement branch of the Deep State's resistance to Trump.

House Judiciary Committee Plans to Subpoena McCabe Memos Outlined in New York Times Reporting.  The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Bob Goodlatte, tweeted today their intention to immediately subpoena the memos written by fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  The memos were part of an article presented by the New York Times citing evidence of Rod Rosenstein making statements about President Trump. [...] However, the subpoena alone that's not the revelation-angle within the story.  There's a bigger story as noted by judiciary committee Representative Jim Jordan:  "Mr. Rosenstein, give Congress the McCabe memos that we asked for in July and all the other documents we've requested so we can all judge for ourselves."  The bigger revelation here is how someone, some unknown FBI officials, kept the McCabe memos from congress and subsequently from a previous internal INSD investigation of McCabe.

WaPo Report:  Grand Jury Hearing Witness Testimony Against Fired Asst.  FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  There are some interesting overlays amid a Washington Post report just published which outlines that a Grand Jury is hearing witness testimony in a criminal probe of former FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  You might remember it was April 19th, 2018, when the initial criminal referral from the Office of Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, was first made public.  The actual timing of the referral, to a "D.C. U.S.Attorney" took place some time prior to April 19th.  The original IG referral to the D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office was after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators and possibly his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath.

Comey refuses to testify to Congress, McCabe pleads Fifth Amendment.  Fired FBI Director James Comey refused to appear before Congress on Monday to talk about his handling of the Clinton email investigation, and his fired deputy, Andrew McCabe, asserted his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, Sen. Charles E. Grassley said.  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch also declined to show up for a major hearing where the Senate Judiciary Committee was looking into the inspector general's report detailing major bungles in Mr. Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation.

Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe's lawyers file suit against FBI, DOJ and its watchdog.  Lawyers representing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe filed a suit against the Justice Department and FBI on Tuesday, alleging that they wouldn't give up files connected to his ouster.  McCabe's lawyers claimed the Justice Department has denied access to the sought-after information out of concern that the documents could be later used against them, the lawsuit said.  The suit also named the office of the DOJ inspector general.  "We don't create or adjudicate under secret law or procedure," David Snyder, a lawyer representing McCabe, told The Associated Press.

FBI Songbird McCabe?  Dirty Cops Snitching On One Another in Spygate, Hillarygate Investigations.  The Trump-fired number two leader at the nation's once premier law enforcement agency, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, through his legal counsel Michael Bromwich requested that the Senate Judiciary Committee grant him immunity in exchange for his testimony, former federal law enforcement official Nathaniel Grouven.  If he is given full immunity, he will testify at a forthcoming hearing stemming from a report examining the FBI's handling of its Hillary Clinton investigation[.]  "Mr. McCabe is willing to testify, but because of the criminal referral, he must be afforded suitable legal protection," Michael Bromwich, his lawyer stated in a letter he sent to the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

New leak indictment spells disaster for McCabe.  The indictment of James Wolfe, 58, former security director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), has sent shockwaves around Washington.  Wolfe faces three counts of violating 18 U.S.C. 1001, for making false statements to criminal investigators, and could easily face serious jail time if convicted.  After a year of leaks cascading down Capitol Hill, Wolfe is a cautionary tale for many members, staffers and journalists.  Yet, one person should be especially discomforted by the indictment:  former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.  The Wolfe indictment shows the Justice Department has been actively pursuing leaks out of Congress.  Given the lack of prior action, members and staffers may have become emboldened over time, but it now appears the Trump administration has been quietly tracking down the source of some news articles.  Wolfe was an obvious concern for any allegations of leaks, given his work at the SSCI for three decades, from 1987 to 2017.

Andrew McCabe Seeks Immunity for... What?  Timing is everything in life.  House speaker Paul Ryan has decided to back Representative Trey Gowdy's (foolish) suggestion that there was nothing irregular about the FBI's use of an informant to investigate the Trump campaign.  Ironically, Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director who was deeply involved in that investigation, picked the same time to make it known that he will not testify before Congress unless he is granted immunity from prosecution.  The Senate Judiciary Committee, to which McCabe's lawyer made the request, should tell him "No thanks."  McCabe should be reminded that he is free to assert the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination if he believes truthful answers would put him in jeopardy, but there should be no immunity.

Don't let McCabe escape justice.  Media martyr Andrew McCabe is willing to sing like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in exchange for immunity from prosecution for his criminal activities.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley should just say no.  Evidently, McCabe has the goods on Jimmy the Weasel Comey.  "A lawyer for McCabe wrote to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday [6/5/2018] seeking a guarantee of immunity for McCabe's testimony before the panel, writing that the former FBI official would plead the Fifth if prompted to testify otherwise," the Hill reported.  The negotiations may explain the delay in an inspector general's report on the Obama administration's abuse of the FBI.

Andrew wants immunity for testimony on Clinton email probe — or he'll plead Fifth.  The former No. 2 guy at the FBI wants immunity.  The attorney for Andrew McCabe, who was fired as FBI deputy director, told Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, that his client "is eager" to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Mr. Grassley leads.  The panel wants Mr. McCabe to testify on a Justice Department inspector general's report that recommended that he be fired for leaking information about an investigation of Hillary Clinton and then lying about it to James B. Comey, then the FBI director.  But either he gets immunity or takes the Fifth, attorney Michael Bromwich wrote in a letter to Mr. Grassley, according to Fox News Channel.

Andrew McCabe wants grant of immunity in exchange for congressional testimony on handling of Hillary email investigation.  Already the subject of a criminal referral by the DOJ inspector general, Andrew McCabe is asking for an official grant of immunity in exchange for testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Senator Chuck Grassley.  The alterative is that he takes the Fifth Amendment when quizzed, a very bad look for the former number-two official in the FBI.  Yet that is what it looks like will happen.  I can only hope that this would take place in open session, so that the television cameras can capture the spectacle.  Although in a court of law, no implication of criminal guilt may be drawn from a Fifth Amendment plea, the court of public opinion is another matter entirely.

A Prosecution for McCabe?  Fired FBI deputy director and discredited Democrat hack Andrew McCabe may soon be prosecuted for authorizing the leaking of sensitive information to the media and then lying over and over again to investigators about it, according to reports.  The news comes after House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told Fox News on Sunday [4/22/2018] that "there was no official intelligence that was used to start this investigation" of Trump's aides.  If Nunes is right, this means an official investigation was launched against a presidential campaign even though there was no official information supporting it.  This is a naked abuse of power, the stuff of banana republics, something Trump defenders have been saying for some time.

Did McCabe issue 'Stand-Down' order on FBI Clinton Email Investigation?  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is now facing possible criminal charges for lying under oath about leaks he made to The Wall Street Journal in 2016, in an effort to salvage his reputation and give his account to journalists who were questioning whether he gave a "stand-down" order to FBI agents investigating the Clinton Foundation.  Multiple former FBI officials, along with a Congressional official, say that while there may have been internal squabbling over the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation at the time, there was allegedly another "stand-down" order by McCabe regarding the opening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of her private email for official government business.

The Double Standards of the Mueller Investigation.  The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck.  In one direction, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation train is looking for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump's campaign team might have done wrong in 2016.  The oncoming train is slower but also larger.  It involves congressional investigations, Department of Justice referrals, and inspector general's reports — mostly focused on improper or illegal FBI and DOJ behavior during the 2016 election.  Why are the two now about to collide?  By charging former national-security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI, Mueller emphasized that even the appearance of false testimony is felonious behavior.  If that is so, then the DOJ will probably have to charge former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe with perjury or related offenses.  A report from the Office of the Inspector General indicates that McCabe lied at least four times to federal investigators.

The Hidden Bombshell in the McCabe Report.  The news reports have all focused on the FBI's second-in-command leaking information to the Wall Street Journal — or authorizing subordinates to do so — and then lying to investigators about it.  This is big news, provided that account is borne out by a subsequent criminal indictment and successful prosecution.  The news will be even bigger if Andrew McCabe pursues a scorched-earth policy against his FBI superior, James Comey, who started the investigation of his deputy.  Even a prosecutor fresh out of law school ought to be able to flip McCabe, who is facing serious jail time and thinks he has been betrayed.  Such men are dangerous.

Obama Justice Dept.'s attempts to influence investigations exposed in McCabe probe.  Tucked inside the inspector general's report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the story of an August 2016 phone call from a high-ranking Justice Department official who Mr. McCabe thought was trying to shut down the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was running for president. [...] Former FBI officials said the fact that a call was made is even more stunning than its content.  James Wedick, who conducted corruption investigations at the bureau, said he never fielded a call from the Justice Department about any of his cases during 35 years there.  He said it suggested interference.

McCabe got the order to shut down Hillary investigation from...Obama?  Rush Limbaugh on his April 19 show said the important news in the report of Inspector General Horowitz's report is the August 12, 2016 call to McCabe from the Obama DOJ regarding the Clinton Foundation investigation. Limbaugh believes that it was Sally Yates, of the Obama DOJ, who called McCabe to tell him they were "concerned" about the investigation. [...] While Mueller searches in vain for the nonexistent collusion and obstruction of justice by President Trump, there is clear evidence in the Horowitz report of obstruction of justice to interfere with the 2016 election by the Obama DOJ.

Judicial Watch Statement On Justice IG Criminal Referral of Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe To US Attorney.  Judicial Watch uncovered that McCabe was thoroughly steeped in a conflict of interest while he participated in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email scandal.  Despite massive contributions from Clinton ally Terence McAuliffe to his wife's 2015 political campaign, McCabe did not recuse himself from the investigation until just a week before the 2016 presidential election.

FBI's Andy McCabe Faces Possible Criminal Charges — Are Hillary Clinton & Co.  Next?  After months of fruitless investigations of the supposed "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia, 11 fed-up congressional Republicans have said "enough."  They want an investigation of the Democrats' collusion with top Justice Department officials and the FBI to ruin Trump in the 2016 election, and after.  Get ready for a legal donnybrook.

Comey, Clinton, McCabe and Lynch Officially Referred For Criminal Investigation.  Eleven House Republicans have sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray officially referring Hillary Clinton, fired FBI Director James Comey, fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for criminal investigation.  FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were caught sending hundreds of anti-Trump text messages during the Clinton investigation, have also been referred for criminal investigation.  U.S. Attorney John Huber, who was tapped by Sessions a few weeks ago to investigate the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe, was copied on the request.

FBI's McCabe to DOJ: 'Are You Telling Me That I Need to Shut Down' The Clinton Foundation Case?  As deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe received a phone call on August 12, 2016 — less than three months before the presidential election — from the Obama Justice Department, in which he apparently was pressured to shut down the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation (CF), an organization that some critics allege was used as a multi-million dollar pay-for-play operation to buy access to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.  On Friday, April 13, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Justice issued a report on McCabe, detailing how he had "lacked candor," even under oath, on four occassions that dealt with a leak to the Wall Street Journal.  For this misconduct the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that McCabe be fired, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions did on January 29, 2018.

Nothing Is Ever On The Level.  After the crooked FBI agent, Andrew McCabe, was finally fired by Mister Magoo, there were posts in the official media about the wrongness of it.  After all, he would lose his pension, we were told, because of politics.  Of course, that was never true.  He would lose some extra benefits, but it would be a drop in the bucket.  A former FBI man of his status will land in a high six-figure job.  Given his status in the Cult, he could even end up at a financial house, making seven figures, using his FBI contacts for his new bosses.  Soon after that round of stories, a new set of stories popped up about his crowd-sourced fundraising effort.  He was up on GoFundMe and supposedly raising tons of money.  The point of the stories was to show that the public was rallying to the side of this poor man, a victim of the evil Donald Trump and his Nazi minions.  Regardless of the agit-prop, there was no doubt that he was raising a lot of money.  Then, it turned out to be a complete fraud.  The whole thing was an elaborate PR effort from a lobbying firm.

Details of McCabe's False Statements Surfacing.  Giving credence to the reason why Inspector General Horowitz and Federal Prosecutor Huber don't want to release unredacted investigative information to a leaky congress, a report surfaces via anonymous sources to CNN.  The leaked information comes after the DOJ released the substance behind the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Previously, Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred McCabe's false statements to the OPR; the OPR reviewed, investigated and then recommended McCabe's termination to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Sessions fired him.

Fired FBI deputy director rakes in nearly $500,000 for legal defense in less than a day.  The official legal defense fund for fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has surpassed its original goal, as it nears $500,000 in less than a day.  The GoFundMe page was set up early afternoon Thursday [3/29/2018] with the goal of raising $150,000, because "at a minimum, there are a number of congressional inquiries that he will be required to respond to, as well as the broader Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigation that is ongoing, and any potential lawsuits he might consider."  McCabe was fired earlier this month two days before his planned retirement, preventing him from collecting a full pension and benefits.

Andrew Mccabe Lied At Least Four Times Under Oath.  Andrew McCabe is in deep trouble.  He knows it, which is why he put up a GoFundMe page for "legal defense fees' yesterday [3/29/2018].  The George Soros leftist accolytes [sic] flooded the GoFundMe pagae [sic] with a bunch of donationns [sic].  Looks like McCabe is going to need a lot more than whatever the GoFundMe page brings in.  Jim Jordan of Ohio claims that McCabe at least four times under oath, including twice to IG Michael Horowitz.

Judicial Watch Fights Uphill Battle for McCabe Texts.  Even though FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired last Friday, it is an open question as to whether the FBI will release text messages he exchanged on government-issued or personal phones or try to shield them from public scrutiny.  Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, has spent months pursuing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit demanding the release of texts McCabe exchanged with colleagues.  The FBI has so far refused to comply with a court order to produce the texts, handing over emails and other information to Judicial Watch but legally demurring on whether it even has access to the electronic messages, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in an interview.

Questions Still Surround Robert Mueller's Boston Past.  President Donald Trump directed angry tweets at Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the weekend.  The tweets were prompted by the Department of Justice's decision to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Friday as recommended by the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility took action on McCabe after the DOJ's Inspector General handed over evidence that the former FBI agent lied under oath and leaked information to the media. [...] McCabe's firing should raise serious questions as to where Mueller's investigation is going.  Mueller's past involvement in cases casts a very different light on the former FBI director than the one painted by his proponents and the media, said David Schoen, a civil rights and defense attorney.

The FBI's McCabe and Bias in the Deep State.  Andrew McCabe was fired from the FBI reportedly for lying.  He should have been fired for misuse of office and bias.  Notably, lying to the FBI is a crime under the False Statements Act.  So what "Andy" did was arguably a crime, for which dismissal is normal.  But bias, favorable or unfavorable, is not a crime.  That is why it is far more dangerous if left unchecked.  And that is why Andrew McCabe should have been fired for it.

Mainly McCabe.  It appears on the record that Andrew McCabe, the FBI's recently fired deputy director, was a vicious man who used the power of his office to attack an FBI agent and General Michael Flynn, who rose to her defense. [...] This week, his perfidy was further exposed.  Mollie Hemingway sets out the latest serious charges against McCabe.  Finding himself under fire, McCabe leaked to ABC that Attorney General Jeff Sessions himself had been under investigation for "Russian collusion," a charge as ridiculous as the investigation was unwarranted, in a leak clearly designed to suggest there was an effort to obstruct the investigation by firing him.

Andrew McCabe Is Just The Sort Of [Person] You Always Imagined He Was.  McCabe was, to all appearances, the central figure in decisions to exonerate Hillary Clinton as "too big to jail" and to flog the Fusion GPS product authored by Christopher Steele as a ruse to create a "counterintelligence" investigation of the Trump campaign.  He was obviously a central figure in concocting an "investigation" (we are never told who authorized it) of Jeff Sessions in order to force Sessions' recusal from supervising any independent counsel investigation or being involved in the selection of an independent counsel.  This is not Trump's fault.  McCabe was investigated by the Department of Justice IG (Obama appointee).  The findings were reviewed by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (head appointed by Mueller) and it was OPR that recommended termination.  All Jeff Sessions did was rubber stamp the work of professional internal investigators.  Trump did a little happy dance, but so did a lot of us.

Wait, What?  Andrew McCabe Launched an FBI Investigation Into Attorney General Sessions Because Dems Asked Him To?  It's been less than a week since former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a recommendation for termination from the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility.  The drama surrounding the lawful and justified firing hasn't stopped since and late Wednesday night [3/21/2018], ABC News dropped a bombshell story alleging Sessions was under FBI investigation last year for perjury.  The man leading the charge?  Andrew McCabe.

Andrew McCabe holds a pity party.  Andrew McCabe has spoken out for the first time after his firing, and the only thing anyone can draw from it is, "What was that guy doing in the job of the deputy director of the FBI in the first place?"  His whinging, self-pitying, vaguely and evasively argued self-defense of his actions, and then bizarre attempt at irony suggest an immature, slightly unstable person not fit for any position of leadership.

The McCabe Mutiny.  75 years after Prohibition ended, the FBI is still here — spying on Americans, trying to frame President Trump, and even investigating Jeff Sessions, who is the boss of the Department of Justice.  "Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a 'lack of candor,; McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives," ABC News reported.  Let me translate that from McCabe's spin of false equivalency.  On his own — answerable to no one — McCabe investigated his boss.  That is insubordination.  McCabe's Mutiny is further proof that the FBI has too much power and its leaders believe it is answerable to no one.

"Small Group" Leadership Andrew McCabe Coordinated Investigations of Incoming Trump Administration Officials.  Republican congressman from Arizona Andy Biggs[,] interviewed on Fox News today [3/21/2018], begins to question the ongoing relevance and purpose of the Mueller investigation.  This interview happens at the same time ABC is reporting that fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe instructed his "small group" collaborators to investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March of 2017.

Dershowitz: Either McCabe or Comey Is Not Telling the Truth.  "One of them is not telling the truth," Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said today [3/19/2018] on Fox Business Network's Mornings With Maria.  Dershowitz was referencing the remarks made by Andrew McCabe (fired on Friday from the FBI by Attorney General Jeff Sessions) that he had been given authority by former FBI Director James Comey to share information with the media concerning the investigations of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family's charitable foundation, and that he had done so with knowledge of "the director."  The firing was a result of the report of the inspector general of the Justice Department.  Attorney General Sessions cited the I.G.'s report in his termination of McCabe.  The "director" at the time of the media leaks by McCabe was James Comey, who testified to Congress in May 2017.  He was asked if he "ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation."  Comey answered "never" and "no."

The Coming Collusion Bloodbath.  The firing of Andrew McCabe, the discovery of his "private notes," the ill-tempered response by other Obama loyalists and a yet to be disclosed Inspector General's report on an investigation that began before Donald Trump had come to office are all pieces of a story that dwarfs the still absent evidence of anything Trump and company did to cooperate with Russians in changing votes in Michigan and Wisconsin.  So many Democrats and Republicans have asserted the lack of evidence in the Russian collusion issue its become comical if not annoying to endure as the uninformed continue to argue otherwise.  But few have had interest in addressing a separate issue that demands attention[, f]or while the Russians attempted mass chaos.  The more serious scandal appears to have covered up criminal behavior, illicit manipulation of the FISA process, and an attempt to undo the quite serious results of an election.

McCabe Firing Shows Evidence of IG and Outside Prosecutor Working Together.  What has become increasingly visible is the largest political scandal in the history of U.S. government.  A political conspiracy at the highest levels of the prior administration and across multiple agencies within the U.S. intelligence apparatus.  The scale of corruption being exposed is astounding.  The investigative effort to unravel and bring justice is almost overwhelming.  It is also very likely the issues surrounding Andrew McCabe are only just beginning.

Comey & McCabe and any other plotter who doesn't do a deal literally have only 1 play.  Horowitz has the evidence.  These people left an extensive paper trail of their crimes, and some of them have flipped and are talking.  Since the AG will prosecute when both IG Horowitz [and] Congress make their referrals for indictments, the only hope Comey [and] McCabe have is to get public opinion on their side by portraying themselves as victims.

McCabe just made life tough for Comey and the special counsel.  Following his termination late Friday night, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe declared that he was "singled out" after "unrelenting" attacks by President Trump and critics.  McCabe's objections are less than credible, given the virtually unprecedented recommendation of career officials to fire the one-time acting FBI director.  However, McCabe may have rectified his "singled out" status with his long statement criticizing his termination:  In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.  McCabe is accused of misleading investigators about allegedly giving information to a former Wall Street Journal reporter about the investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family's charitable foundation.

McCabe waiting for his indictment now.  We already know that a US Attorney in Little Rock is on the case, thanks to a comment from Sessions.  We don't know if a grand jury has been empaneled, but that is how US attorneys get subpoenas, so my guess is that one is sitting, and has or soon will get to consider an indictment that could remain sealed until it is needed.  Meanwhile, McCabe's defenders in the media are planting the seeds of their own credibility destruction.  Jonathan Turley made the point yesterday that an indictment should follow in the course of forthcoming events.  Inducting and getting a pleas deal from General Michael Flynn for an inconsequential lie, but not inducting McCabe for lies that covered up misbehavior is not really intellectually or morally defensible.

McCabe firing was required because the FBI must have zero tolerance for lying under oath.  No one should rejoice in the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday.  By all accounts, McCabe's career over two decades of FBI service was marked with achievements.  The firing, however, was based on the recommendation of a career FBI official under current FBI Director Chris Wray and was justified because the FBI has a zero tolerance for lying under oath.  In fact, there are many examples of the rank and file in the FBI losing their jobs and retirement benefits for violating these high standards.

Democrats squelch consequences to FBI's McCabe for professional misconduct.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office of Professional Responsibility recommended the firing of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Friday for leaking to the media and lying about it to investigators, as is about right for an embattled bureau seeking to rectify the damage to its reputation for probity.  McCabe politicized the bureau's work, bet wrong on who would win the election and kept at it, fighting like an Iraqi dead-ender at Fallujah.  It's normal that someone who does what he did should be fired.  Actions have consequences.

McCabe Should Sweat Prison, Not Pension.  You can stop looking for Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the back of a milk carton.  Confronted by overwhelming evidence in a report by the DOJ's Office of Inspector General (OIG) and a rare recommendation from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), he has fired liar and leaker Andrew McCabe in a move that can only be a harbinger for indictments to come that go beyond these offenses against honor and the law.

Unhinged John Brennan and Complicit Samantha Power React To Andrew McCabe Firing.  There's something rather remarkable about watching/reading expressions of political violence from key democrat ideologues atop the Marxist left-wing of the party.  Every time we see this reaction, I immediately try to reconnect with those who I've previously forewarned but were not yet at a place where they could accept.  As disturbing as these unhinged expressions might be, there are benefits:  their alliance gets smaller.

McCabe and Mr. Mueller.  With the abrupt firing of former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, the end game of the struggle between President Trump and the "resistance" has now begun in earnest.

'Deep State' Alumni Rally Around McCabe.  Numerous former "Deep State" operatives, politicians, and media figures united behind former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Twitter in the wake of his termination Friday night [3/16/2018].  Former CIA Director John Brennan sent an ominous tweet Saturday calling Trump a "disgraced demagogue" who will eventually land "in the dustbin of history."

The Reckoning of the FBI Has Begun.  Friday's [3/16/2018] firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, based on a report from the Office of Professional Responsibility, is only the beginning of what is likely to be the most explosive series of revelations in American history.  Forget Watergate.  It will be the distant past once the Inspector General's reports — there apparently will be more than one — start to come out.  This will be the "Gate of Gates."  From the FBI and across the intelligence agencies an astonishing number of people are going to find themselves accused, one can safely predict at this point, of some atrocious behavior in a free republic.  And it will not just be the small change of Peter Strzok (the dimwitted director of counter-intelligence) and his gal pal Lisa Page.  It will include — on one level or another — James Comey, Loretta Lynch, John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice and, almost inevitably, Barack Obama, not to mention others known and unknown.

Deconstructing Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's Statement Responding to His Firing.  If I were his lawyer, I'd urge him to shut [...] up.  But here is former FBI number two man Andrew McCabe's statement responding to his firing just hours before his pension would have kicked in. [...]

What We Know, and Don't Know, About the Firing of Andrew McCabe.  Anyone who is confidently pronouncing on the merits of Andrew McCabe's firing Friday night is venturing well beyond the realm of known facts. [...] McCabe's dismissal comes as part of a broader purge of the senior FBI leadership and specifically targets a man who behaved with extraordinary courage and dignity in the wake of James Comey's firing last year.  It is only natural for those repulsed by the president's broader interactions with the FBI to assume the worst.  But on McCabe's innocence or culpability for some infraction that might justify his dismissal, we will reserve judgment — and we caution others to as well.  It is simply not clear at this stage whether or not the record will support his dismissal.

McCabe fired.  Jeff Sessions just fired crooked, lying, sneaky FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, denying him a taxpayer-provided pension bonanza just 48 hours before McCabe planned to retire on his 50th birthday.  This will cost him $60,000 annually — or more than $1 million given the life expectancy of a white male at age 50.  However, news reports are unclear as to when he would begin collecting his pension.  Look for a legal challenge, a book deal, and being officially placed on the CNN payroll after years of illegal leaks to the Fake News network.

FBI Continues to Skirt Court Order to Turn Over McCabe Communications.  For more than two months, the FBI has failed to abide by a judge's order to turn over all of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's text messages, emails and SMS phone messages to a government watchdog group that has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former senior FBI special agent.  The communications in question are related to McCabe's wife's unsuccessful run for Virginia State senate and might also contain invaluable information on McCabe's role in the Bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server used to send classified information, several former FBI sources and a government official told this reporter.

McCabe Waited At Least A MONTH Before Telling Congress About Newly Discovered Clinton Emails.  A new report indicates that Andrew McCabe, who resigned as FBI deputy director this week, knew about the thousands of Clinton-related emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop for at least a month before notifying Congress.  The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to text messages the paper reviewed, "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had learned about the thousands of emails by Sept. 28, 2016, and Director James Comey informed Congress about them on Oct. 28, 11 days before the presidential election, the messages show."

FBI Scandal:  McCabe's Resignation Is Only The Beginning.  Was FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's sudden departure from the nation's premier law enforcement agency a one-off move by a disgruntled and politically harassed bureaucrat?  Or was it the tip of a much-bigger iceberg and a sign of things to come in a heavily politicized federal bureau that meddled in the last election?  Evidence so far points to the latter.

WaPo: Justice IG focused on McCabe delay in examining Clinton emails on Weiner computer.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting an internal investigation that has for months focused on outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, The Washington Post reported Tuesday [1/30/2018].  The DOJ inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is reportedly looking at why McCabe neglected for at least three weeks to look at new emails related to the investigation that were found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y)'s laptop during the later months of the 2016 election.  Investigators want to know if McCabe or others at the FBI wanted to avoid coming up with results in that probe until after the 2016 election concluded, the Post reports.

McCabe at the precipice: 'Removal' from FBI may be the least of his troubles.  Instead of planning how to spend his federal pension, now-former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe must be figuring out how to pay the lawyers he is going to need.  Until his boss Christopher Wray, President Trump's appointee to head the FBI, read the four-page FISA memo on Sunday (an extraordinary act in itself), he enjoyed protected job status.  According to reports, Wray previously had threatened to resign if McCabe was forced out.  Officially, McCabe "stepped down," but administration officials informed the media that he was "removed," which suggests he was forced to resign.

Hours After FBI Director Chris Wray Reviews House Intel Memo, Asst.  FBI Director McCabe Resigns.  On Sunday night [1/28/2018] the Justice Department was granted access to view the House Intelligence Committee memo known as the 'Nunes Memo'.  In unusual timing, last night FBI Director Christopher Wray went to the secure facility (SCIF) in the basement of the House of Representatives to view the content of the House Intel Committee memo.  Today [1/29/2018], the FBI releases an announcement saying Deputy FBI Director Andrew "Andy" McCabe has stepped down (been removed) from his position effective immediately.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down from the bureau, Fox News has learned.  Top FBI official Andrew McCabe has been "removed" from his post as deputy director, Fox News is told, leaving the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans including President Trump.  A source confirmed to Fox News that McCabe is taking "terminal leave" — effectively taking vacation until he reaches his planned retirement in a matter of weeks.  As such, he will not be reporting to work at the FBI anymore.

Popcorn Worthy — President Trump Has Rejected McCabe's Terms.  [B]y mid-January the House Judiciary Committee will have massive investigative documentation surrounding Andrew McCabe, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, and all of the top-tier team members around them for all of their principle activity throughout the past few years; with emphasis on 2016.  Put another way, Andrew McCabe, is going to be in FULL SUNLIGHT on or around January 15th, 2018, for any misconduct.

McCabe Retires to Escape Questioning.  Andrew McCabe is retiring amid intense scrutiny and controversy.  Top Republican lawmakers like Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley have recently called for McCabe's ouster.  He's also been called before congressional committees during which he was seen as "Democrat friendly".  Republicans didn't like his answers.  According to The Washington Post, McCabe will leave his post in a few months, after he becomes eligible for full pension benefits.

Associated Press and Washington Amazon Post Circle the Wagons Around Dirty Andy McCabe.  The hard left progressives who run old media outlets like the AP and WaPo are running scared.  Bit by bit, the corpus of the greatest scandal in American history is being exhumed and brought into full view.  As a central figure in the affair, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has yet to testify in a public venue about his various conflicts of interest and his untoward actions to protect Hillary Clinton and attack Donald Trump.  The media is currently using two themes to protect McCabe, one more ludicrous than the other, as we shall see.

A Deep Dive Into "The Timeline of Treason": The McCabe Affair.  Over the last few days, I've been adding to the "Timeline of Treason", an exhaustively documented spreadsheet outlining the contours of what may be the greatest political scandal in American history.  In short, it appears that the Obama administration, the Clinton campaign, and the DNC conspired with willing executives in the DOJ and FBI to weaponize government against Donald Trump.  This weaponization — quite similar to how Obama used the IRS, the Bureau of Land Management, the EPA, Health and Human Services, to name but a few — was designed to target Obama's political opponents.  It is the stuff of a third-world country.  But, in all seriousness, Obama always did admire the likes of Castro and Chavez.  So why wouldn't he emulate their techniques?

Trump renews his offensive against FBI second-in-command Andrew McCabe.  President Trump once again took up his criticism of the FBI's second-in-command, Andrew McCabe, Sunday morning after spending much of the previous day questioning McCabe's position in the bureau.  Apparently quoting a segment from Fox News, the president alleged McCabe used his FBI email to promote his wife's campaign for the Virginia state Senate.

President Trump Responds To Asst.  FBI Director "Andy" McCabe Conspicuous Timing — IG Has Over 1.2 Million Pages of Evidence.  Earlier today the Washington Post reported that Asst.  FBI Director Andrew McCabe is planning on retiring on/around March 2018; timed to receive pension benefits. [...] It is important to note that in prior congressional testimony by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the Department of Justice OIG (Office of Inspector General) has committed to release over 1.2 million pages of documents on January 15th, 2018 to the Judiciary Committee.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein affirmed the investigative documents would be released to Chairman Goodlatte and House investigators.  This release is important to overlay against the backdrop of the McCabe decision to retire.

Facing Republican attacks, FBI's deputy director plans to retire early next year.  Andrew McCabe, the FBI's deputy director who has been the target of Republican critics for more than a year, plans to retire in a few months when he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.  McCabe spent hours in Congress this past week, facing questions behind closed doors from members of three committees.  Republicans said they were dissatisfied with his answers; Democrats called it a partisan hounding.  McCabe, 49, holds a unique position in the political firestorm surrounding the FBI.  He was former director James B. Comey's right-hand man, a position that involved him in most of the FBI's actions that vex President Trump and in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, a matter that still riles Democrats.

McCabe draws blank on Democrats' funding of Trump dossier, new subpoenas planned.  Congressional investigators tell Fox News that Tuesday's seven-hour interrogation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe contained numerous conflicts with the testimony of previous witnesses, prompting the Republican majority staff of the House Intelligence Committee to decide to issue fresh subpoenas next week on Justice Department and FBI personnel.  While HPSCI staff would not confirm who will be summoned for testimony, all indications point to demoted DOJ official Bruce G. Ohr and FBI General Counsel James A. Baker, who accompanied McCabe, along with other lawyers, to Tuesday's HPSCI session.

Eight Hours of Questioning — FBI Asst.  Director McCabe Loses Dossier Memory, Brings Full Contingent of FBI Lawyers.  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe faced about eight hours of questioning behind closed doors during the House Intelligence Committee yesterday.  Unlike prior HPSCI closed hearings remarkably there were no leaks; which would generally indicate the content was adverse to the interests of Democrat party investigators within the hearing.  From scant reporting it appears the questioning surrounded potential conflicts of interest and anti-Trump bias amid the entire cabal of FBI officials.

Frustrated lawmakers pressed FBI's McCabe for answers on Trump dossier.  They got nothing.  There are some important things the public doesn't know about the so-called "Trump dossier," such as whether the FBI used information from the dossier to win court permission to spy on Americans.  But the most important question about the dossier is the simplest:  Is it true?  In a seven-hour interview with the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly declined to answer whether the bureau has been able to verify the substantive allegations in the dossier, or even to identify a substantive allegation that has been corroborated, according to sources familiar with the questioning.

McCabe's Transparent Motive For a Lost Dossier Memory.  In plain language the "Trump Project" was a joint 2016 FBI & DOJ counterintelligence operation to conduct wiretaps and surveillance upon the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. [...] Those who have been walking the deep weeds have a pretty strong understanding of Deputy FBI Director Andrew "Andy" McCabe's risk profile and his role in the 2016 "Trump Project".  The Rosen report earlier today [12/20/2017] — based on investigators within the House Intelligence Committee — states McCabe has lost his memory around the timeline for the FBI's FISA application and the Christoper Steele Russian Dossier as evidence therein.  If it can be shown the Steele Dossier was part of the underlying evidence within the FISA warrant (Sept./Oct. 2016), allowing wiretaps and surveillance of candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the foundation for a conspiracy becomes evident.  If McCabe was aware of the origin, financing and use of the Steele Dossier in obtaining a FISA warrant, his exposure to a criminal conspiracy increases exponentially.  Understanding how Deputy McCabe's risk profile increases in direct proportion to his attachment to the Steele Dossier explains his memory lapses, obfuscations and testimony toward his knowledge therein.

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McCabe Testimony Contained "Numerous Conflicts" With Previous Witnesses; Subpoenas Planned.  After Eight Hours Of Testimony And More Scheduled For Thursday [12/21/2017], Congressional investigators tell Fox News that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe dodged questions on the "Trump-Russia" dossier, and his testimony "contained numerous conflicts with the testimony of previous witnesses" so much that the House Intelligence Committee is planning to issue new subpoenas next week to Justice Department and FBI Personnel. [...] "It's hard to know who's telling us the truth," said one House investigator after McCabe's questioning — which was reportedly spearheaded by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

Christopher Wray's First Problem:  What to Do About Andrew McCabe.  Christopher Wray took the oath of office at the FBI yesterday and thus started the clock ticking on a difficult problem he's going to have to address: the fate of his deputy, Andrew McCabe, who has been serving as acting director since President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.  Trump's got a bee in his bonnet about McCabe.  He's had it for a while.  During one of the conversations with Comey that the then-director memorialized at the time and revealed in his prepared testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump raised the question of "the McCabe thing" — apparently referencing donations provided to McCabe's wife by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe during her run for state Senate.  He raised the issue again in his interview with the New York Times, saying, "We have a director of the F.B.I., acting, who received $700,000, whose wife received $700,000 from, essentially, Hillary Clinton."

Republicans turn focus to FBI's McCabe over texts on 'insurance' against Trump.  Top Republicans are turning their focus to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as they scrutinize a host of anti-Trump texts exchanged between two bureau officials, raising questions about one in particular that seemed to reference an "insurance policy" against a Trump presidency.  That text was revealed on Tuesday night when the Justice Department released hundreds of messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were romantically involved and at one point worked on Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Was Flynn Unmasking Payback?  Acting FBI Director McCabe should be investigating himself.  It has been thought that the unmasking of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the opeing of an FBI investigation of all things Russia in which Flynn was a prime target was retaliation for Flynn's drumbeat of criticism of the foreign policy of an Obama administration he once served.  The unmasking of Flynn in the Russia probe may indeed be retaliation against Flynn for perceived political sins, but not for what and by whom you might think if reports from the investigative watchdog site Circa News are correct.  It seems Michael Flynn and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe have a past and McCabe a possible motive against Flynn.

FBI chief McCabe faces three separate federal inquiries into his behavior.  Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a central player in the Russia election case, is the focus of three separate federal administrative inquiries into allegations about his behavior as a senior bureau executive, according to documents and interviews.  The allegations being reviewed range from sexual discrimination to improper political activity, the documents show[.]


McCabe and Rosenstein


Did McCabe set up Rosenstein?  The New York Times started all this with its Sept. 21 article suggesting Rosenstein furthered a scheme to remove the president via the 25th Amendment by wiring up himself and FBI executives to surreptitiously record conversations with the president, in hopes of capturing comments reflecting a lack of fitness that his cabinet would not be able to resist.  The Times relied on anonymous sources characterized as "people (who) were briefed on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe."  Turns out former FBI General Counsel James Baker, whom then-acting FBI director McCabe immediately briefed, fits that source description nicely.

The Running Battle Between Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has proven himself a polarizing figure.  Depending on who you speak to, Rosenstein, appears to occupy one of three rather varying roles.  According to some, Rosenstein is part of the problem, actively working against President Trump's Administration.  To others, he occupies a slightly more grey area, compromised but with the capability to adjust to a new political climate.  Not actively bad, but not to be trusted either.  To add to the confusion, there are those who see Rosenstein as something of a quiet hero, a man who intentionally took control of the Russia Investigation out of the FBI's hands and has operating with honorable, or at least fully legal intentions.  An examination of underlying facts and timelines may help to establish a more complete picture.

Rosenstein -vs- McCabe.  There are two warring camps:  Team Rosenstein and Team McCabe.  Team Rosenstein consists of current officials:  Jeff Sessions, Dana Boente et al; and Team McCabe has former officials:  Lisa Page, James Baker, Mike Kortan et al.  Each camp has a media outlet to push their narrative.  Team Rosenstein has The Washington Post; Team McCabe is using The New York Times.  Sources for NYT reporting are from team McCabe; Sources for WaPo reporting are from Team Rosenstein.  Understand this, and the reporting narrative context makes more sense.

Is This Ford an Edsel?  The account in the New York Times, which first reported that Rosenstein had offered to wear a wire to record his conversations with the President and suggested the 25thAmendment might be pursued, strikes me at first glance as Andrew McCabe's last-ditch attempt to fling poo on others when he seemed to be under threat of criminal prosecution.  (It was troubling to me that, in violation of any good journalism practice, they ran it without contacting Rosenstein for his response.)  In part I was reluctant to fully credit it because whatever you or I think of him, he always seemed too prudent to have spoken so intemperately to a group of what is now reported to have been seven or eight other people.  A DoJ spokeswoman confirmed that he did make some remarks along that line, but in sarcastic response to aggressive anti-Trump comments by other participants in the discussion.

Report:  Officials Inside White House Believe McCabe's Team Planted Rosenstein Story.  White House insiders reportedly believe former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe's team planted a story in the press suggesting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is conspiring against the president, according to Politico on Saturday [9/22/2018].  McCabe's colleagues allegedly concocted the ruse to bait President Donald Trump into firing Rosenstein ahead of November's midterm elections, the report noted.  Individuals within the West Wing believe the former FBI director's team pushed the story to create political consequences for Trump, according to Politico.


Rod Rosenstein


Joe DiGenova:  Rosenstein the "Most Fundamentally Dishonest Lawyer in America".  DiGenova focused his attacks on corrupt Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein who was behind the spying on the Trump campaign and then ran the DOJ witch hunt against the Trump presidency.  DiGenova is no fan of crooked Rod Rosenstein.

McCabe, Rosenstein opened secret obstruction probe into Trump after he told Comey to drop Flynn investigation:  Report.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and other top Justice Department officials opened an obstruction of justice investigation into President Trump himself in the week after he fired then-FBI Director James Comey in an attempt to rein him in, according to a report published late Thursday [12/6/2018].  At the direction of then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, the DOJ secretly opened a probe into Trump because they were worried about his attempts to control other government operations, including his telling Comey to stop looking into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, CNN reported.

10 Reasons It's Time To Fire Rod Rosenstein.  [#9] Appointing a Special Counsel Without a Predicate Crime:  When a civil libertarian quotes Joseph Stalin's secret police director Lavrenti Beria's "Show me the man and I'll find the crime," it is to illustrate the chilling injustice of assigning prosecutions to take down people instead of investigating crimes.  Andrew McCarthy made this point citing Justice Department regulation 28 CFR 600.1, which says a special counsel must not be unleashed without a determination that "criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted."  Rosenstein's claim to authority falls within the scope of former attorney general Jeff Sessions's recusal from "any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States."  Nevertheless, Rosenstein has empowered the special counsel to pursue people related to the 2016 campaign for president, not crimes related to the 2016 campaign.  In the absence of a single indictment or conviction for coordination between the campaign and Russia, one has to wonder if the Sessions recusal was a pretext.  In all the indictments and convictions Mueller obtained, every one is a Beria-style conviction under the special counsel's jurisdiction over "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."  Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, Alex van der Zwaan, Cohen, and Sam Patten were all convicted of crimes not related to contacts between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.  They were just names on a list of people who may have helped Trump.

Jeff Sessions Resignation.  [Scroll down]  The logical and intellectual reality is that President Trump has wanted to declassify documents requested by congress (House of Representatives) that would show the corrupt activity within the FBI and DOJ surrounding the 2016 election.  DAG Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller do not want those documents released.  There has been a conflict between the differing sets of interests and priorities.  What happens in this lame-duck congressional session around this issue is an unknown.  It appears Mueller has informed Rosenstein that any declassification would be considered interference/obstruction with his investigation.  Rosenstein has communicated that threat to President Trump.

Rosenstein DOJ Threatens "Obstruction" Over Declassification Directive.  In court filings last week the Department of Justice deployed what could be the nuclear option in its latest effort to prevent President Trump from declassifying information regarding FISA warrants used to spy on his campaign aide Carter Page:  It is claiming that such a move would interfere with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  This is the first time the DOJ has explicitly made this argument implying personal peril for the president, since interference could open Trump to charges of obstruction of justice.  Until now, the department has argued that declassifying the documents threatened national security.

Rosenstein Backs Out of Classified Questioning; Goodlatte and Gowdy Cancel Hearing.  Here's what an objective review of events seems to show.  There are voices sympathetic to a premise, a theory of sorts, that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller in an effort to remove the corrupt influence of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe in 2017.  According to the theory — Rosenstein's modus operandi was to facilitate a genuine review of the Russian collusion/conspiracy questions through the appointment of Mueller.  However, in order for that theory to be correct — once Rosenstein discovered the fraudulent basis for the origination of the Mueller probe; meaning once he realized there was an actual FBI and DOJ scheme to construct a soft-coup; he would necessarily have needed to stop defending the false premise which built the foundation for the inquiry.  He didn't.  He advanced it.  He defends it, even today.

The Circus of Confusion and Chaos That Hangs Around Rosenstein Is Deliberate.  On the morning of Oct. 10, there was a brief furor in the news media after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein supposedly canceled a scheduled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.  Soon after, the news became confusing, as some reporters noted they had sources telling them no such meeting had ever been scheduled in the first place, so there was nothing for Rosenstein to cancel.  Epoch Times reporter Ivan Pentchoukov was one such reporter, who first heard that angry House Representatives were thinking about subpoenaing Rosenstein for ducking the scheduled testimony.  There was even a press release, in which House Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) threatened to, at long last, subpoena the deputy attorney general.  However, almost immediately after that press release hit the wire, Pentchoukov was told by multiple sources on the Hill that there had never been any such scheduled testimony from Rosenstein, so there was nothing to cancel.

Rosenstein talks to press, but not to Congress; Republicans irate.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein doesn't give many press interviews.  But he did, on Wednesday [10/17/2018], invite a Wall Street Journal reporter to the Justice Department for what the Journal called an "expansive" conversation. [...] Rosenstein had time to discuss a lot of things.  One thing apparently not mentioned in the interview was the fact that, at that very moment, Rosenstein was putting off appearing before the House Judiciary-Oversight task force that wants to question him, not just about the Trump-Russia investigation, but about reports that he last year suggested wearing a wire to secretly record President Trump in the White House and that he also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment in an effort to remove the president from office.

Bob Goodlatte: 'I will issue a subpoena' for Rod Rosenstein.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte said Saturday [10/13/2018] that while Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has spoken with the White House, he still needs to speak to the House Judiciary Committee.  The Virginia Republican, who chairs the committee, said the committee has wanted to talk with Rosenstein since a New York Times story made his comments about secretly recording President Trump public.  Sources alleged to the Times that Rosenstein discussed forcing Trump out of office with the 25th Amendment, which lays out how a president unfit to serve can be removed from office.

Rod Rosenstein Refuses to Turn Over Subpoenaed Memos; Backs Out of Thursday's Congressional Hearing.  According to multiple reports, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has given a verbal resignation to Chief of Staff John Kelly following an explosive NYT report he wanted to wear a wire and oust Trump from office.  Last week, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC), who previously filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, called for the Deputy Attorney General to appear before Congress under oath this week.  But today [10/10/2018] Rosenstein notified Congress he will not turn over the subpoenaed memos and will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Refuses to be Interviewed By Joint House Committee.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was scheduled to testify tomorrow [10/11/2018] to a closed-door joint House congressional committee (Judiciary/Oversight) chaired by Bob Goodlatte.  This committee has been conducting oversight into activity within the FBI and DOJ as it pertains to prior politicization of the agencies.  According to reports from earlier today [10/10/2018], DAG Rosenstein is now refusing to deliver testimony to the committee about his personal involvement in the soft-coup attempt against President Trump.

Rosenstein faces congressional confrontation amid new claim he seriously suggested wiretapping Trump.  Soon after Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein suggested using a wiretap to record President Trump'scommunications, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe went to the bureau's top lawyer seeking advice on what he had just heard.  Rosenstein, McCabe told the lawyer, wanted to furtively tape the president to help explore whether Trump had obstructed justice.  How, McCabe asked, should the FBI respond to the outlandish proposition?

Top FBI lawyer:  We took Rosenstein talk of bugging the president very seriously.  Not long after a 2017 meeting in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly discussed wearing a wire to secretly record conversations with President Trump, two top officials in the meeting, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and bureau lawyer Lisa Page, went to the office of a third FBI official, general counsel James Baker.  They told Baker what Rosenstein said, according to Baker's recent testimony to House investigators.  And Baker took the news very seriously.

Trump Will Flip Rosenstein.  This is the long and the short of it:  Rosenstein not only wrote the memo giving the reasons for the termination of FBI director Comey, but actively sought the opportunity to do so.  The memo is dated May 9, 2017, the day after Comey's firing.  He wanted to write the memo because, at the time, the Democrats were saying Comey cost Clinton the presidency by reopening the investigation into her "private server/email" just before the election of 2016.  Rosenstein believed that in writing the memo, he would be hailed by Democrats as a hero.  In the memo, he leans heavily on Comey's actions "usurp[ing] the Attorney General's authority."

Rod Rosenstein's Resistance.  [Scroll down]  The Times account is based on multiple unnamed sources and draws on memoranda about interactions with Rosenstein, written by the FBI's former deputy director, Andrew McCabe, and other officials.  The Times creates ambiguity about whether its journalists have actually seen these memos.  Times reporters Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt indicate that the chirpy anonymous officials with whom they spoke "were briefed either on the events themselves or on [the] memos" — implying that the journalists are relying on their sources' accounts of the memos.  Yet, the report subsequently adds a quote from McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, who says his client "has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos."

The Latest:  AP source says Rosenstein expecting to be fired.  President Donald Trump is declining to say whether he plans to fire his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but says he hopes a Thursday meeting will help him figure out "what's going on."

Rosenstein still at DOJ, never offered to leave, likely to stay:  Source.  The chances of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaving his job or being fired appeared to be fading early Monday afternoon [9/24/2018], after a source familiar with his status said he never offered his resignation, and only talked about it after a New York Times report from last week said Rosenstein was trying to orchestrate President Trump's removal from office.  Rosenstein returned to the Justice Department around 1 p.m.  Monday after a previously scheduled noon meeting at the White House, still in his position as the department's No. 2.

Why must everything Rosenstein be filled with drama?  In my three decades of reporting on the criminal justice system, the deputy attorney general has always been one of the most critical jobs in law enforcement.  The DAG, as he or she is called on the inside, really runs the day-to-day machinations of the Department of Justice (DOJ), to ensure the agenda of the attorney general and the president is carried out legally and without controversy, whenever possible.  The job requires a steel hand, a commonsense loyalty to the Constitution over politics, a cast-iron stomach, and a flair for avoiding the dramatic.

Rosenstein.  The media were going bananas this morning [9/24/2018] with proclamations of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the cusp of being fired and headed to the White House.  Firing is not how leverage works.  According to both President Trump (via tweet), and DAG Rod Rosenstein (via statement), the President and Deputy AG had a meeting last week to discuss the declassification directive.  Within that meeting it is almost certain that part of the conversation circled around Rosenstein being unable to fulfill his responsibilities at the DOJ if the substance of the information underneath the declassification directive was released.  Understanding the institutional corruption hidden by the DOJ and FBI classification and redaction, it is predictable that Rosenstein would become the target for Trump media allies and supporters when the circumstances, evidence and details surrounding the soft-coup attempt are exposed.

Schumer rallies behind Rosenstein, warns Trump not to fire him.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday the bombshell report of Rod Rosenstein suggesting wearing a wiretap to record President Trump shouldn't be used to fire the deputy attorney general.  "This New York Times report must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt purpose of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation," Schumer wrote in a tweet.  He added that other Trump administration officials have reportedly said negative things about the president, yet they weren't fired.  "Generals Kelly, Mattis and numerous other White House and cabinet officials have been reported to say critical things of the president without being fired," the top Senate Demcorat added in a tweet.

NY Times Reporter Stands by Rod Rosenstein Bombshell: 'This Wasn't a Flippant Remark'.  In the wake of reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's comments about secretly recording President Donald Trump were made in jest, New York Times reporter Adam Goldman is defending his reporting.  Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper on Friday, Goldman — one of the two reporters who wrote the Times bombshell — said as far as he was concerned, it was not a flippant remark.  "You know, my understanding of what happened is that this wasn't a flippant remark," Goldman said.  "And he was, in fact, very serious.  And the circumstances in which it was described to me are different now than what's being put out I guess by the government."

Rod Rosenstein, quit!  For the good of your country, Rod Rosenstein, step down.  If you have a shred of integrity left in you, if you still care about the law and justice as much as you claim, if you still hold to your oath, then quit your position as deputy attorney general of the United States.  It is now clear that you are a fierce partisan working at the highest levels of the Department of Justice.  The notion that someone in your powerful — yet unelected — position would scheme inside the highest levels of the federal government to take out a duly elected sitting United States president is stunning.

Twelve points to keep in mind on the NYT's Rosenstein 'wear a wire' and invoke 25th Amendment story.  We are only getting started on figuring out what this really means, but here are twelve points to keep in mind:  [#1] The New York Times is comfortable exposing deep state resistance to Trump.  The idea that members of the federal bureaucracy are deliberately sabotaging and working to oust a duly elected president of the United States has been dismissed as a conspiracy theory by all sorts of mainstream media outlets and purported fact-checkers.  But first with its publication of an anonymously-written op-ed, and now with this story, the Times is eager to admit the resistance and celebrate it, presumably because it thinks the end is nearing for the Trump presidency.  [#2] Memos written by Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page were at least part of the basis for the report.  Given the fact that McCabe has been fired and has been referred by the DOJ's Inspector General for criminal prosecution, there may be self-protection motives in releasing them to the leading journalistic opponent of Trump's presidency.  [#3] Rod Rosenstein's denials are lawyerly and self-contradictory.

Trump hints Rosenstein may not have a job much longer.  President Trump hinted Friday [9/21/2018] that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may not be working at the Department of Justice much longer.  During a campaign rally in Springfield, Missouri, Trump suggested that about "95 percent" of people at the Department of Justice and the FBI supported him, "but you've got some real bad ones," pointing out that at the FBI "they're all gone."  "But there's a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that too," Trump proclaimed.  He made the comment hours after the New York Times reported that Rosenstein had discussed recruiting members of Trump's cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment against the president in the days following FBI Director James Comey's dismissal.  The Times reported that Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump as well.

Rod Rosenstein's coup attempt to depose Trump should not go unpunished.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's actions, as recounted by the New York Times Friday [9/21/2018], are the equivalent of an attempted coup — a plot to overthrow the president.  As the Times reveals, Rosenstein was furious that Democrats blamed him for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.  Rosenstein, who had volunteered to write the firing memorandum, was "regretful and emotional."  His behavior was described as "erratic."  He blamed Trump.  So, in an apparent act of vengeance, he proposed secretly recording the president to try to gain damaging information about him.  He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director.  Rosenstein is said to have discussed recruiting cabinet members to depose Trump under the 25th Amendment.  All of this is reportedly evidenced in memos, including those written by McCabe.

Rosenstein rips NYT for 'inaccurate' story on Trump recordings.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is challenging a bombshell story in The New York Times alleging that he discussed secretly recording President Trump last year, calling it "inaccurate" and "factually incorrect."  Rosenstein in a statement released by the Justice Department (DOJ) also said that there was "no basis" to invoke the 25th Amendment, after the Times reported that he proposed recruiting various Cabinet officials to take such a step in order to remove Trump from office over his unfitness.

Rosenstein proposed secretly recording conversations with Trump, invoking 25th Amendment:  NYT.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proposed secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office with President Trump last year and discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president, according to a New York Times report.  The bombshell story sparked a political firestorm Friday afternoon, prompting an immediate denial from the Justice Department and sparking calls from conservative circles for Trump to fire his No. 2 law enforcement official.  The Times, citing people familiar with the matter, reported on Friday [9/21/2018] that Rosenstein made comments to other Justice Department officials in meetings in spring 2017 about secretly recording Trump after the president fired FBI Director James Comey that May.

Joe DiGenova drops Bombshell News:  Rosenstein under investigation.  [Video clip]

Rod Rosenstein Is Now Under Investigation.  It was a huge announcement by former U.S. District Attorney and current powerhouse lawyer, Joe DiGenova last night when he announced that Rod Rosenstein, the high-ranking DOJ official at the center of the Trump/Russia hoax, is now under investigation.  If true it is confirmation of the long-standing rumors that the Trump White House has quietly been moving against the Deep State with its own investigations and one or more very significant bombshell revelations are about to drop.  Rosenstein has been a highly effective Deep State firewall at the DOJ, slow-walking document requests and giving vast powers over to the anti-Trump Mueller investigation.

Declassified: Did Rosenstein Make False Statements to the FISA Judge?  The unredacted portions of the June 2017 warrant application reveal two deceptions by Rosenstein that have not received sufficient attention.  The first is that Rosenstein told the FISA judge that the information from former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele that was in the warrant application was "verified" but failed to tell the FISA judge that a month earlier, Steele admitted that his information was "unverified." [...] Rosenstein's second deception was falsely telling the FISA judge that Steele did not disclose his information to the press in September 2016, but disclosed to the press only in October 2016.

Progressive Regression.  [Scroll down]  Rod Rosenstein was knee-deep in the Uranium One investigation, the Clinton email investigation, the FISA warrant applications, and the Trump-collusion mythologies.  He should have been recused long ago.  If Rosenstein was not recused, there is now no such thing as an idea of recusal at all.  Liberals do not care much whether Bill Clinton received a $500,000 honorarium in Moscow or that Russian interests gave millions to the Clinton foundation shortly before Hillary Clinton urged the government to approve the sale to them of 20 percent of U.S. uranium.

Levin: Yes, Rosenstein 'should be impeached'.  Thursday [7/26/2018] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin took a contrarian position to most of the conservative political commentators in the media and made the case that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be impeached.  Levin reviewed the facts and the actions Rosenstein has taken since his appointment by President Donald Trump to the number two position in the Department of Justice.  He argued that Congress, the most powerful branch of government, the branch with oversight power, has a constitutional duty to exercise that power over the other two branches when circumstances demand action.  If Congress waited around for Trump to fire Rosenstein, Levin explained, the Democrats and the media would demand that Trump be impeached for firing Rosenstein.  "Congress has an independent responsibility," Levin said.  "Congress doesn't have to wait for a president or encourage a president.  Congress has an independent responsibility — to get to the bottom of it and fix it!"

Rep. Meadows Warns He Could Go Around Speaker Ryan To Impeach Rosenstein.  House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows warns he could go around House Speaker Paul Ryan if he does not allow a floor vote to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  On Wednesday [7/25/2018], Meadows said he could file a privileged motion to force a vote on the resolution to remove Rosenstein from his position.

House Republicans File Resolution To Impeach Rosenstein.  House Republicans filed a resolution to impeach United States Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday, citing the Justice Department's lack of transparency and obstruction of congressional oversight.  "I just filed a resolution with Jim Jordan and several colleagues to impeach Rod Rosenstein," Meadows wrote on Twitter.  "The DOJ has continued to hide information from Congress and repeatedly obstructed oversight — even defying multiple Congressional subpoenas."  "We have had enough," Meadows added.

GOP lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein.  A group of conservative House lawmakers on Wednesday [7/25/2018] introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the top Department of Justice (DOJ) official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.  The introduction of the resolution is the latest sign of escalating efforts among conservatives to oust the DOJ's No. 2 official.  Conservative members led by Reps.  Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), along with nine co-sponsors, introduced the five articles shortly after a meeting with DOJ officials concerning document production.

House Republicans introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein.  A group of 11 House Republicans introduced five articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday evening [7/25/2018].  The impeachment articles accuse Rosenstein of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Swamp creature resists any further drainage:
House Speaker rejects Rosenstein impeachment effort.  U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday rejected a move by fellow Republicans to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, who oversees the federal probe of Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.  "Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein?  No, I do not," said Ryan, whose stance could make it easier for other Republican members to oppose the measure.

Ryan: Rosenstein Hasn't Hit 'Level of High Crimes and Misdemeanors'.  House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters today that he doesn't support the effort from some members of the House Freedom Caucus to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because, for starters, "I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or with this term."  Articles of impeachment were introduced Wednesday by Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and current Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), along with nine other members.

DiGenova on Possible Rosenstein Impeachment: 'He's Getting What He Deserves'.  Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova ripped Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and said whatever punishment may be coming his way is warranted.  DiGenova said that Rosenstein signed the final FISA court renewal for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign associate, and that he did not read that final application — but instead had others explain what was in it.  "Whether or not impeachment is the right way to go doesn't even matter anymore," diGenova said.  "There's no doubt that Rod Rosenstein deserves everything that he's getting."

Rep. Issa Says Probe of Rosenstein Over Alleged Threats Is Warranted.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Tuesday [7/24/2018] that it's "absolutely" warranted for GOP leaders to ask Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate alleged threats by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in January.

Trey Gowdy Confirms There Are No Plans to Impeach Rod Rosenstein.  There have been rumblings in the House of Representatives among Republicans that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be removed from his post.  The New York Post recently reported that Reps.  Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, both members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, were exploring avenues to possibly impeach Rosenstein.  Jordan and Meadows are reportedly incensed by what they see as stonewalling by Rosenstein, who isn't turning over documents related to anti-Trump bias at the FBI.  The Posts says impeachment documents could be filed as soon as today.  But Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is expected to block the effort.

Report: House Conservatives Move Forward with Plans to Impeach Rod Rosenstein.  House conservatives have begun planning the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to reports.  Leading Freedom Caucus members Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) are laying the groundwork to bring articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, as House investigators accuse the Justice Department of stonewalling their requests for documents related to the agency's surveillance of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Rosenstein not smiling anymore after House Republican's spotted with his impeachment docs.  Two House Republicans are seeking to file impeachment documents against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as early as Monday [7/16/2018], according to Capitol Hill sources who spoke with Politico.  Reps.  Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, both members of the House Freedom Caucus, take issue with both the deputy attorney general's poor handling of the Russia investigation and his lack of transparency.  Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's scandal-plagued probe into alleged Russian collusion and was the official who named the FBI veteran to lead the probe last year, has repeatedly stonewalled requests from congressional Republicans for access to documents pertaining to the investigation.

Conservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report.  Conservative lawmakers in the House are preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Politico reported Friday [7/13/2018].  Sources told the publication that conservatives have been preparing to have Rosenstein impeached for weeks over allegations that he's held up their investigation into FBI agents who some lawmakers say are biased against President Trump.  House Freedom Caucus leaders Reps.  Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are leading the effort, and the impeachment document could be filed as soon as Monday [7/16/2018], according to Politico.

Somebody At DOJ Isn't Telling The Truth About Rosenstein's Subpoena Threats Against Congressional Staff.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denied under oath he had threatened to subpoena congressional aides' communications, but a DOJ spokesman had already admitted that was true in statements to multiple news outlets, claiming it was justified.  "Rosenstein threatened to 'subpoena' GOP-led committee in 'chilling' clash over records, emails show," reported Catherine Herridge at Fox News. [...] The media praised Rosenstein for his handling of Jordan's question, particularly his pedantic claim that phone calls can't be subpoenaed, which elicited laughter from the gallery.  It was obvious that Rosenstein was familiar with the media report his office confirmed, if spun to be less disconcerting, and that the term phone call was a reference to phone records, which are frequently subpoenaed or otherwise obtained by law enforcement authorities.

Rosenstein Testifies He Doesn't Need to Read FISA Applications He Signs.  "It depends on the circumstances," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Thursday [6/28/2018] when asked if he reads every FISA application he signs authoring the government to spy on its citizens.  Rosenstein testified in a House hearing on potential abuses by the Justice Department (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding its investigation of President Donald Trump and potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  When former judge Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) asked Rosenstein about the FISA warrant he signed, Rosenstein looked to FBI Director Wray for the answer — a move that disturbed Gohmert.

How do you solve a problem like Rod Rosenstein?  The ever so self-important Deputy AG, Rod Rosenstein finally came before the House Judiciary Committee today, along with FBI Director Christopher Wray.  This particular committee has been on the case for many months with little cooperation from the DOJ or FBI.  It has been obvious from the beginning of all this nonsense that the higher-ups in both of these agencies feel themselves to be above the law; way above the law.

Rosenstein Refuses To Discuss Whether Obama Spied On Trump Campaign.  Facing a grilling during the House Committee on the Judiciary hearing this morning, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused to say whether or not any member of the Obama administration tried to undermine President Donald Trump's campaign leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Rod Rosenstein's Telling House Testimony.  Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray testified yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee.  It proved interesting.  Very interesting.  And informative.  At the start, Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Jerrold Nadler repeatedly questioned the validity of the hearing.  Following the break, Points of Order were loudly raised (particularly by Ted Lieu) as Strzok testimony was raised in questioning by Rep. Ratcliffe.  Democrats appeared unusually nervous and remained contentious throughout the hearing.  Almost as if they were worried over what Rosenstein might have to say.

Trump Must Fire Rod Rosenstein Immediately.  Rosenstein deserves the door for two primary reasons.  First, he has shown a complete unwillingness or inability (or some combination of the two) to monitor and supervise the Robert Mueller's special counsel probe.  Despite tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer expenditures and scores of utterly conflicted, corrupt investigators and attorneys, this seemingly endless Mueller inquest has only produced a few suspect process crimes and multiple indictments of Russian nationals and Paul Manafort for alleged infractions totally unrelated to our 2016 electoral triumph.  Second, Rosenstein's willful intransigence toward congressional oversight and refusal to comply with legitimate requests for documents and information necessitates that his supervisor, President Trump, relieve this dishonest political actor of his Justice Department role.

What's next for Rosenstein if he won't release Clinton docs.  If Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not comply with the request of two Republican lawmakers to release documents about why special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, he could be held in contempt, according to Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz.  "There has never been a more important time in our history for checks and balances to be operating, whether it's regarding President Trump's immigration policies, where we're seeing checks and balances in play and whether it be the Mueller investigation," Dershowitz said during an interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo on Friday [6/22/2018].

Impeach Rod Rosenstein — The showdown between DOJ and Congress is finally here.  The long-awaited showdown between the Justice Department and Congress is finally here.  It started late Friday afternoon [6/15/2018].  While the rest of the country was parsing the just-released report on the FBI from the Justice Department's inspector general, senior congressional leaders and selected committee chairmen quietly met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a secure location in the basement of the Capitol.  At issue was Justice and FBI's continuing defiance of congressional subpoenas.  At the top of this list is the demand from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for documents about why and whether the FBI had an informant insinuating himself with Trump campaign officials before the Russia investigation officially started.

Unbelievable! It Was Rosenstein Who Hid the "Stop Trump" Texts.  During the testimony provided by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Rep. Jordan asked who made the decision to withhold the smoking gun 'Stop Trump' text message from Congressional investigators for a month.  "But who made the decision?  Was it Mr. Wray, was it Mr. Rosenstein, Mr. Sessions?  Who made the decision?" Jordan asked Horowitz.  "We sent it to the Office of Deputy Attorney General," Horowitz said.  "So, Mr. Rosenstein.  Rosenstein made a decision that instead of us seeing the most explosive text message between these two key agents that were on the Clinton team, the Russia team, and on the Special Counsel team, he made a decision to wait a month for us to see that text message," Rep Jordan said.  Rep. Jordan said this isn't the first time Rosenstein has kept information from Congress.  It's his pattern.

'We're Getting Close': Nunes Says Impeachment Is On The Table For Rod Rosenstein.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday that "there will be hell to pay" — including impeachment for top Justice Department officials — if the agency fails this week to give Congress documents about an FBI informant used to spy on the Trump campaign.  "We can't force the resignation, but we can hold in contempt, we can pass resolutions, we can impeach.  I think we're getting close to there," Nunes said of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures."

Rod Rosenstein, cult hero.  More than any federal agency or department I've worked for, with, or against, the Justice Department resembles a cult.  Its employees think they are special.  They feel intense hostility towards the Department's adversaries.  They are fiercely loyal to the Department and compulsively committed to its ways of doing things.  Outsiders are viewed with condescension and suspicion, if not contempt.  Obviously, many DOJ employees do not buy fully into the cult, but many do.  Those who rise to the top tend to embrace it the most.  This brings us to Rod Rosenstein, a career DOJ attorney who joined the department in 1990.

Move over, J. Edgar Hoover; Rod Rosenstein is an even greater threat to the Constitution.  However bad you thought it was, it really is so much worse.  However rotten and ungovernable you thought the federal swamp was, it really is so much worse.  Indeed, it will take a hundred Donald Trumps to carve out all the cancer riddling this federal government.  Behold, Rod Rosenstein, the very face of the swamp Leviathan.  Geeky and bespectacled, he is the cancer that even America's Founders could not imagine when they crafted a set of checks and balances designed to temper even the most monstrous of human nature.

Rosenstein threatened to 'subpoena' GOP-led committee in 'chilling' clash over records, emails show.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to "subpoena" emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee during a tense meeting earlier this year, according to emails reviewed by Fox News documenting the encounter and reflecting what aides described as a "personal attack."  The emails memorialized a January 2018 closed-door meeting involving senior FBI and Justice Department officials as well as members of the House Intelligence Committee.  The account claimed Rosenstein threatened to turn the tables on the committee's inquiries regarding the Russia probe.

The mess Rod Rosenstein made.  Many liberals and critics are under the mistaken belief that President Trump is violating the rule of law and civil liberties by criticizing the Robert Mueller investigation and by ordering the Justice Department's Inspector General to investigate whether or not the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.  In fact, the president is behaving totally lawfully, and it is Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who are acting unconstitutionally and who are violating Trump's civil liberties.  Presidents George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all gave orders to federal prosecutors to bring prosecutions, and Jefferson ordered a prosecution stopped.  President Trump is entirely within his rights to ask the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate whether the Obama administration got the FBI to spy on Trump's campaign.

Two Months Later, Rosenstein Still Hasn't Responded To Top Senate Investigator.  It's been more than two months since the chairman of a major Senate oversight committee sent a pointed request for information about the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation to the Department of Justice (DOJ), but the agency still hasn't responded to the lawmaker's inquiry.  The March 1, 2018, letter from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asked eight questions about DOJ's handling of the Clinton e-mail investigation shortly before and after the 2016 presidential election.  The specific focus was on decision-making process after the discovery that a laptop owned by Anthony Weiner, who was then married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, contained potentially classified e-mails to and from former secretary of state Clinton.  Multiple sources familiar with the matter told The Federalist that Rosenstein has yet to respond to Johnson's inquiry.

DiGenova: Rosenstein Has 'Disqualified Himself From Continued Service' At DOJ.  Joe diGenova told Tucker Carlson Wednesday night [5/2/2018] that Rod Rosenstein's recent comments allegedly attacking Congress "disqualify" him from staying at the Department of Justice.  "The deputy attorney general today disqualified himself from continued service in the Department of Justice," the former U.S. attorney told The Daily Caller co-founder.  "Jeff Sessions now has an absolute responsibility to call him into his office, berate him for saying that constitutional oversight is extortion."

Deep State Agent of Corruption.  The confirmation of Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General by a lopsided 94-6 vote should have set off warning bells.  It is odd that a Trump nominee would get so much Democrat support, if any at all.  But Rosenstein's role in appointing his pal Robert Mueller to lead a fraudulent "Russian collusion" probe — as well as his history of looking the other way when Hillary Clinton is involved — shows the Democrats had high hopes for Rosenstein.  These hopes were realized by his actions that have been documented in the four-page House Intelligence Committee memo.

Rod Rosenstein Is Shirking His Duty to Supervise Robert Mueller.  The answer to the "What's to stop Mueller?" question should be obvious.  It is the Justice Department.  Alas, the answer eludes us because Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been AWOL for seven months.  We seem to have forgotten that Mueller answers to Rosenstein — and Rosenstein seems only too happy to have us forget.

Dershowitz: 'Rod Rosenstein Should Recuse Himself'.  This weekend on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz discussed the possibility of Attorney General Jeff Sessions un-recusing himself from the ongoing Russia probe.  "He could [un-recuse himself]," said Dershowitz.  "The law certainly allows anyone who's recused themselves to change that if there are new developments and new circumstances."

Democrats Mobilize Against Rod Rosenstein As Inspector General Investigation Zeroes In On FBI.  Democrats are attacking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's credibility after the Department of Justice released text messages showing a top FBI agent on both the Clinton email investigation and the Russia probe rooting for Clinton while he was investigating her and discussing an unknown "insurance policy" against Trump in case he won the election.  The pro-Clinton, anti-Trump messages were, ironically, discovered as part of an investigation into the DOJ and FBI launched by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (IG) in response to Democratic politicians demanding a probe into possible anti-Clinton bias at the FBI.  Democratic politicians and left-wing media have attacked Rosenstein's credibility in response, claiming he should have blocked the messages' release.


Rod Rosenstein announces an indictment on July 13, 2018
(Just carrying the load for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.)


The Lies at the Heart of the Mueller Indictments.  Apart from the 12 Russians he has accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election, two other figures play a prominent role in Robert Mueller's July 13 indictment. [...] It strains belief that any professional spies would be so inept as to give their entire game away with their very first move.  But in asking us to believe that Russia would assign agents this incompetent to sabotage the United States presidential election, Mueller insults both nations' intelligence.

The Lies at the Heart of the Mueller Indictments.  So far, the reporting on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's July 13 indictments of 12 Russians mostly can be divided into two categories.  First, we have the corporate press, which parrots Mueller's every word as if his honesty were as certain as death and taxes.  Second, we find thoughtful outrage directed at Mueller by some of the more independent-minded right-leaning commentators, who recognize that their elite brethren are ignoring the real story.  Since Mueller can't force the 12 Russians he's indicted to come to the United States for trial, his indictments represent, at best, a shameful corruption of the independent counsel's powers for political ends.

Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian intel officers slams into the law of unintended consequences.  Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 officers of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, was purely for domestic propaganda purposes.  The case was never intended to come to trial because it was presumed by Mueller that Russia would never extradite its own intelligence officers, and thus no holes would be poked in the purported evidence by defense counsel.  Thus, the accusations in the indictment would be taken as dispositive by the mainstream media, and the theory that Russia was behind Donald Trump's victory would gain support with an official imprimatur.

Let's See Who's Bluffing in the Criminal Case Against the Russians.  Regarding the indicted 12, Putin reiterated the points he had made earlier to Jeff Mason.  "We — with the United States — we have a treaty for assistance in criminal cases, an existing treaty that exists from 1999. It's still in force, and it works sufficiently.  Why wouldn't Special Counsel Mueller send us an official request within the framework of this agreement?  Our investigators will be acting in accordance with this treaty.  They will question each individual that the American partners are suspecting of something.  Why not a single request was filed?  Nobody sent us a single formal letter, a formal request."  There is no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Russia, which makes all the calls for Trump to demand the extradition of the 12 Russians little more than a continuation of the "internal political games" Putin alluded to in his interview.

Deep State is in a Panic Fearing Putin Shared with Trump Devastating Information Not Yet Reported.  Corrupt Rosenstein came out Friday [7/13/2018] with a quickly scheduled presser to announce the indictment of another 12 Russians supposedly who interfered in the 2016 election.  The case however, like the prior indictments against Russians, appears weak at best.  Numerous observations already over the weekend show the indictments are suspect.  So why are the Democrats, the Deep State and the MSM so petrified of President Trump meeting with Putin?  The answer is because they are deathly afraid of not what Putin might tell Trump but what evidence Putin might have that would indict their leaders in prior criminal actions.

Mueller All but Ignores the Other Russian Hack Target: the GOP.  Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election wasn't as one-sided as Special Counsel Robert Mueller charges in his latest indictment.  The Russian military spy agency that Mueller says hacked the Democratic National Committee also penetrated the computer systems of the Republican National Committee using fake emails in a phishing scheme, U.S. officials say.  This evidence challenges the narrative, now reinforced by Mueller's indictments, that Russia's scheme was solely aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.

Debrief on Trump-Putin Presser — There are High Crimes to Be Hidden, and Trillions Still at Stake.  Last Friday [7/13/2018], in a carefully timed construct, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered a purely political statement to the media under the auspices of indictments against 13 Russians.  Make no mistake, the entire construct of Mueller's team project; and the enabling of Rod Rosenstein; was intended to do what it has been doing for over a year, diminish, disrupt and eventually stop President Trump.

The Timing of the Mueller Indictments.  Just hours before the Trump-Putin summit, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released indictments of 12 Russian spies identified by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Only one problem:  the indictments were rehashed accusations from the House Intelligence Committee's months-old report.  The timing of the indictments raise questions about the DOJ's intentions with respect to the Trump-Putin summit.  Further, as Andrew C. McCarthy points out, 26 of the total 32 subjects indicted by Mueller are unlikely to ever see the inside of a U.S. courtroom.  Highlighting the partisan nature of the DOJ's actions, the indictments themselves omit attempted hacks of Republican individuals and organizations.

More Potemkin Indictments From Helsinki's Would-Be Saboteurs.  On Friday [7/13/2018] — three days before today's summit meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin — the boss of Team Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, announced that a dozen Russian intelligence officers had been indicted on charges relating to Russia's attempt to interfere in the 2016 election.  These Potemkin indictments could have been announced a month earlier or a month later.  Instead they were obviously timed and intended to have an effect on the Trump-Putin meeting.  Mueller has no business playing around with foreign policy.  The Friday indictments were a truly despicable abuse of power.

Mueller's Latest Indictment Ignores Evidence In The Public Domain.  This author is responding to the indictment because it features claims about Guccifer 2.0 that are inconsistent with what has been discovered about the persona, including the following: [...]

A Russian Ham Sandwich.  If there's one thing Special Counsel Robert Mueller is exceedingly good at it is indicting Russians over whom he has zero jurisdiction.  Mueller had previously indicted 13 Russian individuals and companies, and Friday he added 12 more to the list.  It's a neat little trick — bring charges against people you'll never get in court, therefore you'll never have to prove them.  This allows Mueller and his team to say they're "doing something," that the American people are getting something for the millions his investigation has cost us, while not having to actually prove anything.  Maybe there is something to these charges.  I don't know, and to be honest, I don't care.  I do know the old saying that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich, proving those charges are something else entirely.

Decoding the great Ruskie bust.  What are we to make of the headline-busting "bust" of twelve Russians for hacking Dem Party computers, releasing the supposedly confidential info there, and thus messing around with an American election or three? [...] This act by the Department of Justice has no meaning in a legal sense.  The Russians ain't done nothing (yes, double negative — perfect for here) that they (and the U.S. government) have not been doing since at least 1918.  In this case, it had absolutely no effect on any outcomes apart from raising the decibel level.  That is exactly what this supposed "bust" is to do as well.

Brazile, Rice, Obama Gave Russian Hackers Free Rein.  The conveniently timed indictments of 12 more Russians by Deputy A.G. (or should we just face reality and ditch the word "deputy"?) Rosenstein, who will never see the inside of an American courtroom, probably includes the Russian who "hacked" into John Podesta's email account secured with the password "password."  Rosenstein was no doubt pleased with himself to announce that 12 Russian spies were caught — er, spying, on President Obama's watch, by the way, but neglected to include one small detail in his announcement — namely, that DNC chair Donna Brazile and most of the Obama hierarchy let them do it.

DOJ/Mueller release their indictments against 12 Russians outside the jurisdiction of the US.  Rosenstein announces no American was involved.  Mueller will probably never have to prove his case in court. [...] Russians got "gigabytes of data" from DNC computers.  This wasn't just emails.  Where's the rest of the data? [...] Russians allegedly stole data from the DNC in September, 2016.  If they wanted to impact the election, why wasn't that data released in October?

This indictment is extremely weak.  It excludes the DNC server, as well as expert evidence that the data came from a leak, not a hack.  I hope that Putin defends Russia in court.  Both the DNC server and expert witnesses will be needed to prove guilt, if a trial proceeds.

Rosenstein Delivers Indictments For 12 Russians — Then Buries in Lock-box of DOJ National Security Division.  If you are old enough to remember the Soviet-era propaganda approximately five years prior to the Polish solidarity movement, you are old enough to have a solid frame of reference for today's [7/13/2018] announcement from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. [...] The entire indictment is based on the premise of the FBI conducting some unexplained and unsubstantiated form of forensic data-analysis to formulate their detailed conclusions.  However, can anyone explain how this FBI forensic data-analysis was possible when the FBI was never allowed access to the DCCC, DNC and Clinton Campaign servers?

Obama Was Asleep At The Switch With This Russian Interference, Right?  The Department of Justice laid down the hammer today, right?  They've indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers.  Oh, we're closing in on President Trump's inner circle, right?  Nope.  These twelve people will never be in a courtroom.  The charges lobbed against them will never be fleshed out or argued before a judge.  Once again, the DOJ reiterated that no American in these indictments committed a crime, or that any of these actions altered the vote counts during the 2016 elections.  Was there interference?  Yes.  I think that's not up for debate, but was our 2016 election hacked (i.e. vote count totals being changed by infiltrating voting machines)?  No, that never happened, though a lot of Democrats think so.

Ignore the spin — still no evidence of Trump collusion.  After 14 months of investigation (and for the second time in a formal indictment), the Justice Department has stated that it is not alleging any knowing collusion between Trump campaign officials or associates and the Russians.

Mueller Indicts 12 Russians For Hacking DNC.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has led to the indictments of 12 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 elections, accusing them of engaging in a "sustained effort to hack into the computer networks" of the DCCC, the DNC and "the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and release that information on the internet under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 and through another entity."  According to CNN, the 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a "Russian federation intelligence agency within the main intelligence directorate of the Russian military," all of whom were acting in "their official capacities."

Rosenstein: 'There's No Allegation Russian Interference Changed the Vote Count or Affected Election Outcome'.  Here we go — another junk indictment by the Special Counsel in order to drag the Russian hoax into the midterm elections. [...] Rosenstein held a presser Friday [7/13/2018] and confirmed the DNC server was never hacked.  Rather, the DNC emails were obtained through a "spear phishing" email scam which THOUSANDS of others, including Republicans fell for.  Rosenstein said there is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime.

Rudy Giuliani on Mueller indictments: 'The Russians are nailed'.  President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani cheered the indictments of 12 Russian military officials in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, arguing that it exonerates the president.  "The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans.  The Russians are nailed.  No Americans are involved.  Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent," Giuliani tweeted Friday.


Christopher Wray


FBI Vault Release — FBI Requested Data Forensics on Huma Abedin/Clinton Laptop AFTER the 2016 Election, Not Before.  FBI Director Wray seems like an affable person who is, by all reasonable evaluations, entirely way-over-his-head in dealing with the systemic rot, cancer and corruption.  Sound harsh?  Go back and WATCH the post IG report (Clinton email investigation) press conference; it's not harsh.  It takes a particular kind of corruption manager to stand in front of a national audience and tell the world there was no bias in the Clinton email investigation... yet, he's going to put every employee of the FBI through "bias training"? [...] No bias, but everyone needs bias training.  Gotcha.

FBI Director:  Chinese Espionage 'Most Significant' Spy Threat Facing US.  China, rather than Russia, is the "most significant" long-term threat to the United States, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday [7/18/2018].  During an interview with NBC's Lester Holt at the Aspen Ideas Forum, Wray said that the FBI has economic espionage investigations in all 50 states that trace back to Chinese activity.  "It covers everything from corn seeds in Iowa to wind turbines in Massachusetts and everything in between," said Wray.  Most of the forum focused on the FBI's investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and in other arenas.  Wray's appearance comes in the wake of two significant indictments in Russia-related investigations.

Rosenstein and Wray Squirm on the Hill.  Rod Rosenstein and Christopher Wray went up to Capitol Hill on Thursday to tell the House Intelligence Committee that neither one of them had noticed anything wrong with Robert Mueller's special probe or with the anti-Trump bias of its staff.  No matter what Congress and the public had read in the massive inspector general's report recently, they wanted everyone to know that the deputy attorney general and the FBI director had the Bureau under control now, and that Rosenstein had Wray and Mueller under control, too.  Everything is fine.  Nothing to see here.  Couldn't Congress just leave them alone?

Sara Carter Blasts Rosenstein, Wray.  Investigative reporter Sara Carter blasted the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray on 'Hannity' after their testimony yesterday.  They "undermined the American people," she said.  "They really believe that these guys that think they were better, smarter and they think they are the super patriots and we the people are stupid," Hannity blasted FBI investigators in discussing Thursday's [6/28/2018] contentious hearing in which Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray faced lawmakers demanding answers.  Rosenstein seemed to think the entire event was humorous because he did a lot of smirking.  Wray is arrogant as well.  "They undermined the American people.  They undermined the system that our nation is founded on," Carter said.  "There is nothing more disgusting than thinking that you know everything," Carter continued.

FBI head proves Washington has a vendetta against Trump.  As FBI Director Christopher Wray started giving his response to the blistering report on the Hillary Clinton investigation, I hoped he would accept the findings as proof that the agency lost its way and must be shaken to its foundation.  By the time he finished talking, I felt naive for daring to hope.  Wray's performance was worse than disappointing.  It was infuriating proof that it will take more than one election to change the corrupt culture of Washington.  Wray replaced the ousted James Comey, whose conduct in the Clinton probe was shredded by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  Investigators demonstrated with new details that the self-righteous Comey was insubordinate and duplicitous, and even used private email for government business while he investigated Clinton over her private, unsecured server.  Talk about arrogance.

How can FBI Director Wray clean out the swamp if he doesn't even see the corruption?  FBI Director Wray has said nothing to reassure Americans that he understands the serious corruption highlighted in the IG report.  The FBI's cover-ups and stonewalling on Wray's watch add to his credibility problems.  Both in is his press conference after the IG report was released, and in his testimony Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Director Wray demonstrated he was more concerned about protecting the reputation of the institution of the FBI than about the astonishing corruption of top FBI officials detailed in the IG report.  During today's hearing we heard about FBI agents who aren't corrupt and how the Clinton email investigation was just one of many thousands of cases pursued by the Bureau.

Impeach Rod Rosenstein.  An impeachment that removed either Mr. Rosenstein or Mr. Wray — or a contempt finding that sent one of them to the congressional pokey for a spell — could send a good message to federal bureaucrats inclined to be dismissive of congressional subpoenas.  Then again, if either man thought he was in real and imminent danger of being impeached or held in contempt, Congress would likely find him instantly cooperative.

Jeff Sessions and Christopher Wray Suffering From Severe Battered Institutional Syndrome.  For about eight months columnist Andrew McCarthy appeared on television and wrote dozens of articles about the slow-drip of information stemming from the Trump-Russia probe and the IG Horowitz investigation.  Almost all of the articles were sympathetic to the institutions being challenged.  However, in mid-May a funny thing happened.  The weekend before May 15th McCarthy actually broke down and read the six-month-old Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages he had been delivering opinion on; and guess what happened?  Yup, his perspective changed within a period of 36-hours, and with it — a radical shift in tone and delivery.

The Deep State is Winning.  In a tour de force press conference, current FBI Director Christopher Wray insisted the report was thorough and that, "Nothing in [the IG report] impugns the integrity of our workforce as a whole, or the FBI as an institution."  That wasn't the issue, problem, or concern.  Very few people have questioned the mission of the FBI or its "workforce as a whole."  But at least some in the workforce should be questioned, possibly impugned, and maybe even sanctioned.  Unfortunately, Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report makes any such consequences unlikely.  As a result, the destabilization of America's republic at the hands of faceless, partisan bureaucrats will continue apace even as the fight to topple President Trump escalates.

FBI head proves Washington has a vendetta against Trump.  As FBI Director Christopher Wray started giving his response to the blistering report on the Hillary Clinton investigation, I hoped he would accept the findings as proof that the agency lost its way and must be shaken to its foundation.  By the time he finished talking, I felt naive for daring to hope.  Wray's performance was worse than disappointing.  It was infuriating proof that it will take more than one election to change the corrupt culture of Washington.

No Wray of Sunshine.  FBI Director Christopher Wray's explanation of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on the handling of Hillary Clinton's emails revealed him to be just another deep-state shill willing to ignore the attempted and ongoing deep-state coup against a duly elected president, Donald J. Trump.  Regarding the organized attempt to by FBI leadership to keep Hillary Clinton out of prison and Donald Trump out of the White House, Wray sees no evil, hears no evil, and will speak no evil.

Christopher Wray Not the Man to 'Proudly' Fix the FBI.  What was going on in Donald Trump's head when he tweeted Friday in response to the inspector general's devastating report on the FBI that "Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back!"?  Perhaps the president thought he had better things to do than face another interminable nomination battle for a new director.  Or perhaps he was trying to co-opt Wray.  But if the FBI is meant to come back, proudly or otherwise, Christopher Wray is not the man.  He is part of the problem.

Sen. Tom Cotton Asks FBI Director Wray if Dossier Author Was Employed by Putin-Linked Oligarch — Wray Won't Answer!  Last week FOX News reported that Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), the top senator on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was caught communicating with a lobbyist for Putin-linked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.  Senator Warner reached out to the lobbyist linked to Deripaska because he wanted to speak with Fusion GPS dossier author Christopher Steele.  Senator Warner communicated with an phone app that deletes all messages.

Here's how FBI Director Christopher Wray's independence protects Trump from Robert Mueller.  While President Trump and FBI Director Christopher Wray aren't happy with one another, Trump's appointment of Wray has never been more personally valuable to the president.  Why?  By showing independence from the White House and resisting Trump's pressure on the FBI, Wray is confirming that Trump made a good and prudent decision in appointing him as director.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
White House worried FBI director could quit over Nunes memo release.  Top White House aides are worried FBI Director Christopher Wray could quit if the highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools is released, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell CNN.  Wray has made clear he is frustrated that President Donald Trump picked him to lead the FBI after he fired FBI Director James Comey in May, yet his advice on the Nunes memo is being disregarded and cast as part of the purported partisan leadership of the FBI, according to a senior law enforcement official.


Robert Mueller and Tony Podesta


Mueller gives Tony Podesta immunity to stick it to Paul Manafort.  Tony Podesta, the Democratic über-operative and brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, has been offered immunity from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in exchange for his testimony against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.  The two men were doing the exact same "crime," which was acting as unregistered lobbyists on behalf of the Ukrainian government, but Podesta skates, while Manafort goes to prison for the rest of his life.  As Fox News's Tucker Carlson, who broke the story, pointed out, the only difference between them is that Manafort worked for Donald Trump.

Dirty Cop Mueller Offered Tony Podesta Immunity to Testify Against Paul Manafort.  The Gateway Pundit reported two days ago that [Robert] Mueller was going to give the crooked Podesta brothers immunity.  Mueller is defending Tony Podesta from his crimes.  We were right.  Tony Podesta is brother to Hillary Clinton's former campaign chair, John Podesta which is why he's getting special treatment from dirty cop Mueller.  Fox News' Tucker Carlson announced Thursday evening [7/19/2018] that two separate sources confirmed to him Mueller offered Tony Podesta immunity.

Mueller Gave Tony Podesta Immunity To Testify Against Manafort.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has offered Clinton-connected superlobbyist Tony Podesta immunity in order to testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  "Tonight we can report exclusively based on two separate sources we spoke to today that Tony Podesta has been offered immunity by Robert Mueller to testify against Paul Manafort," reported Carlson.  The Daily Caller News Foundation has not independently confirmed the report.

Think.  There's always an angle.  Team Mueller didn't need Podesta to prosecute Manafort.  But Team Mueller did need the prosecution of Manafort as an excuse to hand out immunity to Podesta.


Jerome Corsi


Corsi sues Mueller over alleged grand jury leaks, seeks $350M in damages: report.  Jerome Corsi, the conservative author accused of lying under oath to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators, filed a federal lawsuit late Sunday [12/9/2018] accusing Mueller of leaking grand jury items and various constitutional violations, including illegal surveillance, reports said.  Politico reported that the newly filed suit claims that Mueller tried to get Corsi to give testimony that Corsi said is false.  He is reportedly seeking $100 million in actual damages and $250 million in damages due to injury to his reputation.  The CIA, FBI, and the National Security Agency were also named in the suit.

Jerome Corsi Challenges Robert Mueller.  Misconduct by the once-great Department of Justice is all too common.  The unethical prosecution of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens stole a U.S. Senate election from the Republicans in 2008.  That earned a tongue-lashing from Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on April 7, 2009.  But left-wing embeds within the DoJ took the wrong lessons from the Stevens fiasco.  They took it as a dry run, practice for stealing the presidential election in 2016.  What is the DoJ claiming now?  That Jerry Corsi and Roger Stone must have been the conduit for a Russian conspiracy because they "knew" — after it was widely reported in the news media — that Wikileaks would release stolen documents that Wikileaks told the entire world way in advance it was going to release.

Jerome Corsi files ethics complaint against Mueller, claims he was pressured to lie.  Conservative author Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a criminal and ethics complaint against special counsel Robert Mueller alleging prosecutorial misconduct in the Russia investigation.  The 78-page complaint alleges that Mr. Corsi "has been criminally threatened and coerced to tell a lie and call it the truth."

For the crime of forgetting, Jerome Corsi is facing bankruptcy and imprisonment.  Jerome Corsi is 72-years-old.  He has a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.  He has written two New York Times bestsellers about politics.  He is the kind of person who could, and probably should be happily retired by now.  Instead, he's facing felony charges from Robert Mueller.  How did this happen?

America Take Note - Dr. Jerome Corsi Is NOT Suicidal.  Dr. Corsi is a Harvard educated Ph.D., a well-known investigative journalist and a prolific author.  He has authored 20 books since 2004, including two New York Times bestsellers.  It is interesting to note that the information contained in one book in particular, written by Dr. Corsi and published on May 17, 2011 titled Where's The Birth Certificate? would apparently become relevant to the questioning he was forced to endure by Aaaron Zelinsky, one of Robert Mueller's "angry Democrats" and not coincidentally, a former assistant US attorney under Rod Rosenstein.  Also lacking in coincidence, perhaps, is that Zelinsky is a staunch Democrat and a frequent contributor to the Leftist publication Huffington Post.  In addition to Aaron Zelinsky, Dr. Corsi was subjected to interrogation, ridicule and was even mocked as detailed in a recent hit piece published in The Rolling Stone by Jeannie Rhee, a former Deputy Attorney General under Obama and a die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter.  Even more disturbing and ironic is that Rhee was Hillary Clinton's lawyer just three years ago, representing her in her legal e-mail troubles.

Feds Treated Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano Much Better Than Manafort, Corsi, Flynn.  [Sean] Hannity said special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a "concerted effort to turn the screws on whoever" is in support of Trump.  He said Flynn's life is "ruined," Papadopoulos will forever have a felony on his record and Manafort and Corsi could spend the rest of their lives in prison because they will not be coerced into "testi-lying."  Hannity said that on the other hand, Gravano, who he said confessed to at least 19 murders, was given little jail time and was put in the witness protection program and was living in Arizona.

The Nixon 'Road Map' Won't Save Mueller's Futile Prosecution.  [Scroll down]  The copycat litigation of the Trump-haters today is of no significance.  But the increasing evidence of the Mueller special counsel's tug-of-war to try to extort perjury against the president by effectively threatening Paul Manafort with decades of solitary confinement, and trying to intimidate Jerome Corsi, George Papadopoulos (a third of the way through his 14-day prison term — it was to such nonsense that Mueller is reduced), is cautionary. [...] At least there was a crime at the Watergate and a few other places.  But both attempts at pseudo-legal putsches are and have been disgusting and profoundly illegal corruptions of the system, and contribute to an understanding of why the American prosecutors win a North Korean level 99 percent of their indictments, 97 percent without a trial, and the sweet land of liberty has six to 12 times as many incarcerated people per capita as comparable large and prosperous democracies:  Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

The word 'Russia' eliminates all rational thought in journalists.  After two long years of the most expensive and wide-ranging independent counsel investigation in a generation, we should be close to nabbing those dastardly secret agents from Russia who supposedly hacked our presidential election.  Are we?  No, we're not.  Robert Mueller's prosecutors are instead threatening elderly men with life in prison for petty crimes.  Crimes that have nothing to do with spying or Russia or anything else that threatens America.  The whole thing is a grotesque joke.  But you'd never know that from watching cable television.

Jerome Corsi Says He Has Defense Agreement With Trump, Received Limited Immunity From Mueller.  Right-wing author Jerome Corsi claims in a forthcoming book that he has a joint defense agreement with President Donald Trump and was provided limited immunity during his testimony before special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury to discuss a "cover story" he claims he crafted for Trump confidant Roger Stone.  Corsi, who has been interviewed six times in the investigation over the course of more than two months, writes in "Silent No More:  How I Became a Political Prisoner of Mueller's 'Witch Hunt,'" which The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained, that he entered into the defense agreement with Trump after being advised that Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, was interested in the arrangement.


George Papadopoulos


Federal Judge Denies Papadopoulos Delay — Begins 14-Day Federal Prison Sentence Tomorrow.  Federal Judge Randolph Moss denies a sentencing delay for George Papadopoulos and instructs him to report to federal prison in Wisconsin on Monday; Papadopoulos will serve a 14-day sentence for 'lying' to federal investigators.  The Judge rejected Papadopoulos request to delay his sentence while the legitimacy of Mueller's probe is being challenged in a separate legal case.

Could Papadopoulos Blow the Russia Hoax Wide Open?  Dan Bongino recently conducted a fascinating interview with George Papadopoulos.  The most convenient way to digest the interview is at Jeff Carlson's blog, which has a link to the interview on Bongino's radio show as well as a full transcript of the interview.  What emerges from the interview is, in my view, convincing evidence that Papadopoulos was, in Chuck Ross's words, the target of an "FBI sting."  Actually, that characterization doesn't even go far enough.  What seems clear at this point is that the FBI — representing the US Government and as an agency of the Department of Justice — targeted Papadopoulos and attempted to manipulate him into appearing to be a vehicle for Russian influence in the Trump campaign.  The FBI had no reason to believe that Papadopoulos had any connections to Russian officials before they targeted him.  The fact is, Papadopoulos's academic background and previous experience was in what could be broadly termed "Eastern Mediterranean" politics — Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel.  Moreover, in his published writings he actually evinced a degree of hostility to Russian influence in that region.  When the FBI's attempt at framing Papadopoulos in this manner predictably fell flat, Papadopoulos was indicted on trumped up "false statements to the FBI" charges stemming from a harmless misstatement — not a lie.

Claiming He Was 'Framed,' Papadopoulos Says He Might Scrap Plea Deal With Mueller.  Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos said Friday that he is considering withdrawing from a plea agreement he has had for over a year with the special counsel's office.  In an interview with "Fox & Friends," the 31-year-old Papadopoulos asserted he was "framed" by Western intelligence agencies, including those within the U.S. government.  "I believe there was tremendous misconduct on the government's behalf regarding my case," Papadopoulos said in the interview.  "And given certain information I learned yesterday that I can't publicly disclose right now, I'm actually even considering withdrawing my agreement I have come to with the government."

FBI Has Evidence That 'Directly Refutes' Entire Premise Of Trump-Russia Probe, GOP Rep. Says.  Republican lawmakers have hinted for months that the FBI failed to provide federal judges on the surveillance court with information that undercut the government's premise for opening the Trump-Russia probe in 2016.  Republicans have suggested in interviews that the information related to George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser whose conversation with an Australian diplomat prompted the FBI to open its investigation into the Trump campaign.  Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe provided Sunday the clearest picture to date of what the FBI allegedly withheld from the surveillance court.  Ratcliffe suggested that the FBI failed to include evidence regarding former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, in an interview with Fox News.

No end in sight:  Russia dossier investigation enters third year.  FBI agent Peter Strzok, who displayed an intense dislike for Mr. Trump in text messages to his lover, started the investigation based on hearsay from an Australian diplomat who shared a drink in London with Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos.  To date, after wiretaps and multiple interrogations, no Trump person has been charged for the reason the investigation started:  Did the campaign coordinate with Moscow to interfere in the election?  The drink in London may have started the inquiry, but it was the Democratic Party-orchestrated dossier that would fuel it with an unsubstantiated tale of an "extensive conspiracy" between Mr. Trump and the Kremlin.

What really inspired the FBI to spring into action against Trump in 2016?  To hear the Federal Bureau of Investigation tell it, its decision to launch a counterintelligence probe into a major-party presidential campaign comes down to a foreign tip about a 28-year-old fourth-tier Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos.  The FBI's media scribes have dutifully reported the bare facts of that "intel."  We are told the infamous tip came from Alexander Downer, at the time the Australian ambassador to the U.K. Mr. Downer invited Mr. Papadopoulos for a drink in early May 2016, where the aide told the ambassador the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.  Word of this encounter at some point reached the FBI, inspiring it to launch its counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign on July 31.

The "Crossfire Hurricane" Story Paints An Ugly Picture Of The FBI And Department Of Justice.  A couple of days ago, the New York Times ran a rather stunning piece on FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign. [...] This is the basic outline of the story.  The FBI, based on a semi-drunken conversation between George Papadopoulos and an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, opened an investigation of the Trump campaign.  What is missing from the story is any mention of the Trump dossier which we know was briefed to the FBI on July 5, nearly a month before the Papadopoulos conversation jumped the Atlantic and the shark.  As the investigation grew, eventually four members of the Trump campaign — Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Papadopoulos — were placed under some sort of surveillance.  Eventually, Carter Page was the subject of a FISA warrant.  This surveillance continued even while Flynn and Manafort were on the transition team.

Threatening legal fight, Nunes demands document that kicked off FBI Trump-Russia investigation.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding an uncensored copy of the document the bureau used to formally begin its investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and Trump campaign.  The originating document has been the subject of much controversy.  After some Republicans alleged that the FBI used never-verified parts of the Trump dossier as part of its reason to begin the investigation in July 2016, some "current and former" officials leaked to the New York Times that no, it was the case of George Papadopoulos, reported to U.S. authorities by foreign intelligence agents, that prompted the FBI investigation.

Report: FBI Agent Shared Russia Probe Information With Christopher Steele.  An FBI agent shared the name of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos with Trump dossier author Christopher Steele during a meeting in early October 2016.  That new bit of information was revealed in a column published Wednesday [1/17/2018] by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.  Ignatius reports that Steele, a former MI6 agent, met with an old FBI contact in Rome around Oct. 1, 2016 to share findings from his investigation into Donald Trump's and the Trump campaign's associations with the Russian government.  "At this meeting, the FBI official asked Steele if he had ever heard of Papadopoulos," reports Ignatius, who cited an official familiar with the meeting as his source.

Ron DeSantis:  NYT Papadopoulos 'Russia Probe' Claim Not What FBI and DOJ Told Congressional Investigators.  Florida Representative and Judicary Committee member Ron DeSantis appears on Sunday Morning Futures and deconstructs the leaked intelligence community propaganda pushed by the New York Times.  Essentially DeSantis states the claims surrounding the origin of the 2016 Russian Probe, made by the leaked intelligence sources, does not align with the sworn congressional testimony given by the FBI and DOJ to the judiciary committee.


Michael Flynn


Mueller's case collapses.  The press is ignoring the sentencing of General Michael Flynn because the leakers in Mueller's leaky fishing boat are not talking about him.  Enter Thomas Wictor to explain.  He is a man so dangerous to the Never Trumpers that Twitter banned him.  "Flynn pleaded guilty to a 'process crime.'  In other words, they found no evidence for a single accusation made against him.  He lied to the FBI.  I'm positive that he lied to the FBI so that he would be charged.  This was the only way to prove that the Obama administration used FISA warrants to spy on political opponents," Wictor wrote.

Mueller Memo's Key Takeaways:  No Collusion, Flynn is a Good Man.  [Scroll down]  David Schoen, a top civil rights and defense attorney, said Mueller's prosecution of Flynn "is a very sad case."  "His distinguished career is finished and his reputation ruined," Schoen said.  "His experience with the Mueller team is classic.  He had a strong case for an acquittal of any charge that he lied, based on the government's own documents from his FBI interviews; but when the Mueller team turned the screws to Flynn and his family and with the cost of defending himself prohibitive, he chose the course of least resistance."

Flynn Sentencing Memo Is Not Ominous.  [Scroll down]  Mueller's sentencing memo, and the entire Flynn prosecution, seems much less ominous than many in the media are making it out to be.  The fact that Mueller's memo has been filed is strong evidence that there are no further prosecutions forthcoming from Flynn's information.  No legitimate federal prosecutor would allow Flynn to be sentenced if there is a possibility that he will have to testify in a forthcoming case.

Flynn sentencing memo reveals the sham that is the Mueller investigation.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally provided his team's sentencing recommendation for three-star general Michael Flynn.  He has acknowledged that Flynn has provided 19 separate interviews with the Mueller team.  The heavily redacted report provides no information concerning the testimony that Flynn provided.  Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.  Flynn has had to sell his home to pay his legal bills during this process.  His 33-year career serving our country seems to have meant little to the prosecutors trying to get him to turn on Trump.  Although we have no direct evidence for his sudden decision last year to plead guilty and cooperate, many believe that this was done to protect his son from being prosecuted.  This is the type of prosecutorial overreach that borders on ethical violations.  It certainly makes us wonder:  what is prosecutorial discretion?

Senator Graham Explains How Easy it Would Be for FBI and DOJ to Find Flynn Leaker.  In a May 2017 testimony to congress former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explains the details surrounding her engagement with White House legal counsel Don McGahn.  However, for the purposes of truthful discussion, the important part of the back-and-forth between Senator Graham, Sally Yates and former DNI James Clapper is not the aspect about Flynn or McGahn.  Listen carefully to the first three minutes; specifically the part about the Flynn transcript leak to the Washington Post.  Notice Graham outlining how easy it would be for the intelligence apparatus to find out who:  (A) unmasked the Flynn communication; and (B) likely then leaked the Flynn communication.  [Video clip]

Michael Flynn Is Helping The Government On 'Several' Cases.  Which Ones?  The special counsel's memo in the Michael Flynn case says that the former national security adviser is cooperating with prosecutors on "several" different investigations.  The wording of that memo, which said that Flynn has provided "substantial" assistance to the government, has touched off widespread speculation about what other investigations Flynn has provided information for outside of the special counsel's core probe into possible collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government.  The memo makes clear that Flynn has provided assistance regarding the Trump transition team's interactions with Russian government officials.  Special counsel Robert Mueller recommended that Flynn receive no jail time due to his assistance to the government.  He met 19 times with Mueller's team or prosecutors in other Justice Department offices, according to the memo.  Flynn's interactions with Russians during the transition period is the core component of the case against the retired lieutenant general.

Occam's Razor:  Michael Flynn.  There is a great deal of suspicion and analysis surrounding the latest developments in the Mueller case, or lack thereof, against Michael Flynn. [...] We cannot view these actions through the transactional prism of modern judicial proceedings as they relate to you and me.  These are political struggles taking place inside the venue of the legal system.  The players use the legal system to game out the optics and narrative of political battles for ideological wins and losses.  After the November 8th, 2016, election everyone within the Obama network who was associated with the surveillance operation against the Trump campaign was at risk.  This is the impetus for the "Muh Russia" conspiracy narrative that was used as a mitigating shield.  Within a few weeks ODNI James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan began pushing the Russia election interference narrative in the media.

Why Michael Flynn Was Set Up.  If nothing else, Robert Mueller's year-and-a-half-long "investigation" into the Trump campaign will serve as an exposition of what it looks like when a presidential campaign and presidency are on "the wrong side of history."  In case you didn't know, "wrong side of history" is liberal-speak for "unhelpful to the progressive, globalist agenda."  To be on the wrong side of history is to be on the wrong side of the army of liberal sycophants who populate the federal government — especially the intelligence agencies.  Because this shadow government (aka deep state) hates transparency and loathes disruptive forces like Donald J. Trump, many lives associated with him have now been ruined.  If you're on the right side of history, you get to lie to Congress, lie to the FBI, leak like a sieve, and be guilty of campaign finance violations, FARA violations, and Logan Act violations with few, if any, consequences.

From fishy beginning, Mueller case against Michael Flynn nears end with no jail recommendation.  Michael Flynn has been waiting for more than a year to be sentenced.  The retired three-star Army general, who spent 24 days as the Trump White House national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation.  He agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller.  Flynn's sentencing, which has been delayed a number of times for reasons that have never been disclosed, is scheduled to finally take place on Dec. 18.  Late Tuesday [12/4/2018], Mueller filed what is called a sentencing report.  Citing Flynn's "substantial assistance" to the investigation, Mueller recommended "a sentence at the low end of the guideline range — including a sentence that does not impose a period of incarceration."  It's no surprise Flynn might be spared jail time.  So far, two figures in the Trump-Russia matter have been sentenced for lying to investigators, the same offense as Flynn.  Alex van der Zwaan, a bit player connected to Paul Manafort, was sentenced to 30 days in jail.  George Papadopoulos, a short-time Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was sentenced to 14 days — and that was after Mueller complained that Papadopoulos had not been cooperative when he was purportedly assisting the investigation.

Another Sign The Mueller Probe Is Ending With A THUD.  Former Trump National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn will be finally sentenced just over a year after he plead guilty to lying to the F.B.I. on December 1st of last year. [...] The Mueller team had delayed the sentencing phase of this in the hopes that they would be able to leverage Flynn to give more information if they found anything in the investigation they were charged with doing.  The Flynn legal team has asked the judge numerous times for the sentencing to be handed down so their client could get on with his life.  Now that will finally happen.  This is one more clue that this investigation is just about over and I would suspect that if they had anything pointing to the President, that something would have gotten out.  As tight-lipped as this investigation has been there had been numerous times where just a lil info leaked out to get the press buzzing about how Trump would be resigning within days.

Showdown builds between Comey, House:  Just what did FBI director say about Michael Flynn?  There's an intense conflict brewing between some Capitol Hill Republicans and fired FBI Director James Comey.  The Republicans say Comey has been lying about what he told them in a March 2017 meeting.  Comey says he never said what the Republicans say he said.  The Republicans say there's a transcript — not just of Comey's testimony but of fired top FBI deputy Andrew McCabe, too — that will prove them right.  But so far, the intelligence community has prevented that proof from seeing the light of day.  A resolution to the matter might come as soon as the next few days.  The conflict concerns Michael Flynn, the fired national security adviser who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation.  The FBI interviewed Flynn in the White House on Jan. 24, 2017.

On James Comey and what the FBI thought about Michael Flynn.  In his ABC interview, fired FBI Director James Comey was asked about reports that he told Congress, in March 2017, that the FBI agents who interviewed Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn did not think Flynn had lied to them — even though Flynn, several months later, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI.  Did Comey tell lawmakers that?

McCabe Altered Strzok's 302 Notes On Gen. Flynn Interview, And Destroyed Evidence.  Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe altered Peter Strzok's 302 notes during his interview with then-White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and destroyed evidence, a new report suggests.  Conservative commentator and journalist Mike Cernovich reports McCabe changed official FBI notes Strzok took when he interviewed Flynn last February and that he destroyed all evidence of his revision history.

McCabe Interrogated Mike Flynn for Russia Hoax at Same Time Flynn Was Witness Against McCabe in Sex Discrimination Case.  Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter this week to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstien who is currently leading the Department of Justice.  As we have previously reported numerous times Jeff Sessions is still hiding under his desk.  In the letter Charles Grassley pointed out to Rosenstein that General Mike Flynn was a witness against Andrew McCabe in a sex abuse case when McCabe came to interview him.  McCabe later reportedly altered the 302 interview reports and Mike Flynn was forced out of the Trump Campaign.

Was Flynn Unmasking Payback?  Acting FBI Director McCabe should be investigating himself.  It has been thought that the unmasking of former Trump National Security Adviser Micharl Flynni and the opeing of an FBI investigation of all things Russia in which Flynn was a prime target was retaliation for Flynn's drumbeat of criticism of the foreign policy of an Obama administration he once served.  The unmasking of Flynn in the Russia probe may indeed be retaliation against Flynn for perceived political sins, but not for what and by whom you might think if reports from the investigative watchdog site Circa News are correct.  It seems Michael Flynn and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe have a past and McCabe a possible motive against Flynn.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein obstructing Congress' role of oversight.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein keeps on obstructing Congress' role of oversight.  Rosenstein is preventing Congress from interviewing the FBI agents who interviewed General Michael Flynn and said that he didn't lie to them.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller ignored the evaluation of these agents, the ones who were actually present when Flynn was interviewed, and charged Flynn with making false statements.  It is understandable that Congress would want to talk to these agents, though it is understandable that Mueller might object to this oversight.

From One Psychodrama to Another.  [Peter] Strzok was seemingly just a nobody who happened to have interviewed Michael Flynn and concluded that he was truthful, before his superiors apparently decided that Flynn should be indicted for being untruthful.  Strzok led the FBI investigatory team looking into the Clinton emails.  He had helped to edit James Comey's summary findings exonerating Hillary Clinton from culpability even before interviewing her.  He helped to lead the FBI investigation into Russian-Trump "collusion," and was a key member of Robert Mueller's special counsel team.  Strzok exchanged thousands of texts with his paramour and fellow Mueller team members Lisa Page, some of which expressed hatred for Trump and his supporters, and alluded to efforts to subvert his campaign and presidency.

Peter Strzok Had Personal Relationship With Recused Judge In Michael Flynn Case.  Newly discovered text messages obtained by The Federalist reveal two key federal law enforcement officials conspired to meet with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge who presided over the federal case against Michael Flynn.  The judge, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from handling the case just days after accepting the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.

Peter Strzok Had Personal Relationship With Recused Judge In Michael Flynn Case.  Newly discovered text messages obtained by The Federalist reveal two key federal law enforcement officials conspired to meet with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge who presided over the federal case against Michael Flynn.  The judge, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from handling the case just days after accepting the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.

Fired FBI Investigator Was The Person Who Interviewed Flynn.  [Scroll down]  ...and today we discover that Deputy Head of Counterintelligence, FBI Agent Peter Strzok was the person who interviewed National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn on January 24th, 2017.  An interview, that blindsided Flynn because there was no advanced notification.  And an interview that was the basis for the recent Robert Mueller charging of Flynn.  Good grief, it's no wonder why the FBI desperately tried to control a pending IG release by advance-scripting a narrative, via leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post.  If FBI Agent Strzok can be shown to have conflicting political and institutional bias, then every aspect of the investigation he was involved in comes into question... and Agent Strzok is at the EPICENTER of every angle, within every aspect, of EVERY investigation.

FBI agent fired from Russia probe oversaw Flynn interviews, softened Comey language on Clinton email actions.  The FBI agent who was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia — because he sent anti-Trump messages to a colleague — oversaw the bureau's interviews with ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Fox News confirmed on Monday [12/4/2017].  Peter Strzok, a former deputy to the assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, also was confirmed to have changed former FBI Director James Comey's early draft language about Hillary Clinton's actions regarding her private email server from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless."  The language being edited was important because classified material that's been mishandled for "gross negligence" calls for criminal consequences, analysts point out.

Fired FBI Investigator Was The Person Who Interviewed Flynn.  [Scroll down]  ...and today we discover that Deputy Head of Counterintelligence, FBI Agent Peter Strzok was the person who interviewed National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn on January 24th, 2017.  An interview, that blindsided Flynn because there was no advanced notification.  And an interview that was the basis for the recent Robert Mueller charging of Flynn.

Did the FBI Frame Flynn?  The criminal case against Gen. Michael Flynn for lying to FBI agents was incredibly weak. [...] Not too many years ago, a claim that the FBI fabricated evidence to facilitate a prosecution would have seemed incredible.  Today, given what we know of the corruption of the Bureau under the Obama administration, such a claim appears entirely plausible.  This is just one more thread in the slowly unraveling story of the misuse of intelligence and law enforcement agencies by the Democrats to try to frustrate the candidacy of Donald Trump, and to destroy his administration after his election.

Rosenstein Won't Allow Grassley to Interview Agent Pientka Who Knows DOJ Likely Altered Mike Flynn's Testimony.  [On] Friday May 11, 2018, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein stating Comey testified the FBI didn't think General Flynn lied.  Grassley also revealed Joe Pientka was the second FBI agent who joined Peter Strzok on January 24th, 2017 in an ambush style interview to take down General Flynn.  Rosenstein refused to give the Senate Judiciary Committee the requested documents.  Instead, Rosenstein provided "insufficient" documents prompting Grassley to send a second scathing letter to the Deputy AG.  It appears Senate investigators have finally received the 302 notes or evidence confirming Cernovich's February scoop that the FBI summary on Flynn's interview was altered by McCabe.

A skeptical chairman Grassley really, really wants to see the Michael Flynn 302.  On Feb. 15, 2017 — that would be 16 months ago — Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked the Justice Department to turn over the transcript of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn's infamous call with the Russian ambassador, plus other documents related to the Flynn case.  The department refused.  Some of Grassley's and Feinstein's questions were answered the next month, on March 15, 2017, when the FBI's then-director, James Comey, briefed the committee on Flynn and other matters in the Trump-Russia investigation.  It was at that briefing that Comey told lawmakers the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he lied to them.

What Happened During the FBI Interview With Flynn?  FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka, if subpoenaed, will provide testimony regarding the circumstances surrounding his interview with former National Security Advisor Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, sources with knowledge have been telling this reporter for more than a year.  And recent reports scattered across social media and some news outlets claiming that Pientka's testimony will bring down former FBI Director James Comey, are not true.  For nearly a year, I have reported that Pientka, who at the time I addressed as the second agent in the interview with Flynn, would testify if subpoenaed.  But so far Pientka, has not been subpoenaed for his testimony.  Pientka and embattled FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, interviewed Flynn on Jan. 24, 2017 about his conversation with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as first reported here.

Senate demands transcript of Russian wiretaps, FBI interview that nabbed Michael Flynn.  President Trump's former attorney says there are "reports" that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn referred to his own wiretap when he was interviewed by two FBI agents in January 2017.  If the information from attorney John Dowd is correct, it would add to the body of evidence that Mr. Flynn was not deceptive because he knew the FBI knew everything he had said.  He pleaded guilty last December to one charge of providing false information to the agents and is awaiting sentencing.  Since then, an air of mystery has surrounded his plea.

Senator Grassley appears to be preparing to bust the frame-up of General Flynn.  Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the laconic Midwesterner with a steel trap mind, dropped a bombshell yesterday with a letter to Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein (who supervises the Mueller probe) and FBI director Christopher Wray.  But in keeping with Grassley's style, which has so often misled his opponents into overconfidence, you have to read between the lines to see where he is heading.  The end point: uncovering the plot to frame General Flynn for lying to the FBI, including likely criminal acts by senior members of the FBI. [...] General Flynn's sentencing has been delayed repeatedly, as Judge Emmett Sullivan (who replaced Judge Contreras after he was removed from the case) has demanded that all exculpatory evidence be handed over to him.  Grassley is now demolishing the excuses that the FBI and DOJ have used to deny the same evidence to his committee: [...]

Time to end the crazy secrecy of the Trump-Russia investigation.  On Jan. 24, 2017, then-national security adviser Michael Flynn was questioned by the FBI in his White House office.  The session, focusing on Flynn's transition talks with the Russian ambassador, led to Flynn pleading guilty to a charge of lying to investigators.  He is now awaiting sentencing.  But why did FBI agents go to the White House in the first place?  We still don't know precisely, because we have only snippets of information from the various Trump-Russia investigations.  There's no reason it should be a big secret, but it is.

Un-Redacted House Intel Report:  Comey DID Tell Lawmakers FBI Agents Saw No Signs of Deception in Flynn.  Newly unredacted portions of the House Intelligence Committee Republican report on the Trump-Russia investigation resolve the discrepancy between what fired FBI director James Comey and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Republicans have been saying about the Michael Flynn investigation.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but one party should probably read the transcript before he does any more media interviews while on his book tour.  As PJ Media reported earlier this week, Republicans have long been alleging that when Comey went to Capitol Hill in March of 2017 to brief lawmakers on the Russia investigation, he told them that the agents who questioned Flynn did not believe he had lied.  Comey, on the other hand, has been insisting in numerous interviews that he said no such thing.

Former Asst.  FBI Director:  Brennan and Obama were Committing Felonies, Not General Flynn.  Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures that there was likely a "big sign of relief" after Andrew McCabe was fired on Friday [3/16/2018].  Kallstrom went on to tell Maria Bartiromo that John Brennan and Barack Obama were the ones who committed the felonies and not General Flynn.

Jim Jordan Knows Exactly How To Expose The Entire "Counterintelligence Operation" Against Candidate Donald Trump.  It would be EXPLOSIVE if it turned out the October 2016 FISA warrant was gained by use of the Christopher Steele dossier.  That's a critical and key element to the sunlight upon the entire enterprise.  If the counterintelligence FISA warrant was obtained through deception, misleading/manipulated information, or fraud; and that warrant is what led to the wiretapping and surveillance of candidate Donald Trump and General Flynn; and that warrant was authorized by FISA Court Judge Contreras — who was the judge in Flynn's case, and is now recused — the entire tenuous FBI and DOJ operation begins to collapse.

Why U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras Recusal From Mike Flynn Case is a Big Deal.  Last night news broke that U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras "has been recused" from the case overseeing the prosecution of General Mike Flynn.  Details are vague. [...] Obviously, the customary reason for recusal is when there is a conflict of interest between the case as assigned and the judge overseeing it.  However, as you can clearly see, in this case it's rather odd that if a conflict existed the judge would have even begun to oversee the case at the prior hearing.  Why wait until six days after the first hearing?  As to the reasoning for the recusal, and stressed against the backdrop of the new information surrounding the investigative practices of the DOJ and FBI, this recusal is potentially both a game-changer and a massive dose of sunlight.

Federal FISA Judge Recuses Himself From Michael Flynn Case.  My instincts tell me that Judge Contreras was most likely the judge who signed off on the FISA warrant that led to the surveillance of Donald Trump's campaign officials, that included National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn.  Those FBI FISA warrants are now coming under scrutiny.

A curious recusal in the sentencing of Michael Flynn could be an indicator of something very big happening.  [Scroll down]  That FISA warrant, of course, is the potential Rosetta Stone of the suspected plot to surveil the Trump campaign for president.  Spying on the opposition by using the most feared surveillance capacity in the world, provided by US taxpayers.  And, it is reasonably suspected (but not proven because everything is under wraps) that the bogus "dossier" produced by Fusion GPS with the help of Russian sources was used to obtain a FISA Court warrant to use the NSA's universal surveillance of electronic communications to "unmask" first Carter Page, and subsequently an unknown number of staffers in the Trump campaign.

Judge Recuses Himself From Michael Flynn Case — Won't Say Why.  The judge who accepted Michael Flynn's guilty plea regarding the false statement felony has recused himself from the case and will not be sentencing him.  Instead, a Clinton appointee named Judge Emmet Sullivan will be taking over the case.  This is bizarre and completely out of the norm, that I'm sure many people are waiting to hear the reason why.  Unfortunately, I don't think we're going to hear an explanation.

Why did Michael Flynn plead guilty to a big Nothingburger?  Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying about something that wasn't a crime, earning himself the very real possibility of jail time.  The interview in which he allegedly stated this lie was with FBI agent Peter Strzok.  Strzok is an interesting guy or, at least, has left an interesting trail of slime wherever he's been.  He was was relegated to desk duty in July when Mueller allegedly learned that Strzok had been sending seriously anti-Trump, pro-Hillary tweets to an FBI attorney with whom he'd been having an extramartial affair.  I say Mueller "allegedly learned" because I wouldn't be surprised if Strzok's affair and his fanatical support for Hillary Clinton weren't open secrets in the Progressive FBI bureaucracy, just as every Lefty in the business knew about people such as Harvey Weinstein or Matt Lauer.  Strzok was also the man who discretely downgraded Hillary's overtly criminal act into just a little bit of passing carelessness and interviewed her without putting her under oath or recording the interview.  And then, based upon Flynn's failure to track perfectly conversations that may or may not have been rightfully recorded he ensured that Flynn is facing jail time.  Now that we have a pretty good handle on all of the Big Lies coming out of the FBI and Mueller's investigation, the big question is this:  Why did Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying about something that wasn't a crime in the first instance?

This investigation into Trump's campaign is way out of control.  On Friday morning, Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI.  ABC News correspondent Brian Ross reported that Flynn was prepared to testify that candidate Donald Trump instructed "him to contact Russian officials during the campaign."  The media went into a frenzy, social media exploded and the stock market dropped 350 points as it appeared everything the president had said about his campaign not colluding with the Russians could be untrue.  Those of us who had been involved in the campaign were shocked.  Fortunately for the country, it was the ABC report that was untrue.  Several hours later, ABC issued a "clarification" and later a "correction" stating that it was actually "president-elect Trump" who directed Flynn to make contact "during the transition" as a "way to work together to fight ISIS."  For having promoted this quintessential example of fake news, ABC suspended Ross for four weeks without pay.

Kellyanne Conway:  Americans Are Fed Up With the Clinton Double Standard.  Shortly before boarding Marine One this morning ahead of a brief trip to Utah, President Trump told reporters he "feels bad" for former White House National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn and argued his life was destroyed for lying to the FBI while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered no consequences for doing the same.  "I feel badly for General Flynn.  I feel very badly.  He's led a very strong life, and I feel very badly," he said to a gaggle of reporters.  "I will say this:  Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI and nothing happened to her.  Flynn lied and they destroyed his life.  I think it's a shame."  "Hillary Clinton, on the Fourth of July weekend, went to the FBI, not under oath — it was the most incredible thing anyone has ever seen.  She lied many times.  Nothing happened to her.  Flynn lied, and it's like they ruined his life.  It's very unfair," he continued.

A Land of Mini-Coups.  Following Michael Flynn's guilty plea for "lying to the FBI", there seem likely to be further feverish developments in Robert Mueller's "Russia investigation".  Professor William Jacobson asks the obvious question:  ["]Why is Robert Mueller even investigating the presidential transition?  The Order appointing Mueller concerns election interference, not post-election political decisions of the winning candidate.["]  Indeed.  First, it shouldn't be a crime to lie to the FBI given the way the FBI lies to us with impunity. [...] Martha Stewart wound up behind bars for telling a lie in a matter in which there was no underlying crime.  In the case of Flynn, I heard some bigshot in Congress argue that Flynn's lies were somehow "material" to the investigation.  But, as Professor Jacobson points out, it's hard to see how Russia can "interfere" with the election after it's been held.

Sorry, left, Mike Flynn not the smoking gun.  The left, including much of the media, are going nuts now, drooling at Michael Flynn's guilty plea as if it's the final nail in President Donald Trump's coffin — the long-sought means to the impeachment end.  It's not.  That's ludicrous. [...] Here are the facts:  Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about communications he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on Dec. 22 and 29.  In December — after Trump had already won the White House.  The timing makes moot the left's long-running mantra that Team Trump colluded with the Russians to steal away the election from Hillary Clinton.

Breaking: Anti-Trump FBI Agent Fired From Investigation Interviewed Flynn.  Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was fired from Robert Mueller's Special Counsel's Office investigative team for alleged bias against President Trump back in August, also supervised the FBI's interviews of former National Security advisor Michael Flynn, according to Sara Carter of Hannity.com.  After Strzok was removed from Mueller's office, he was reassigned to the FBI's human resources department[.]  Two FBI agents interviewed Flynn on January 24 at the White House; one was Strzok and the other was reportedly a field supervisor in the "Russian Squad, at the FBI's Washington Field Office," according to a former intelligence official who was cognizant of the interview.

The Scalp-Taking of Gen. Flynn.  What is arguably most disturbing about this case is that then-National Security Adviser Flynn was pushed into a perjury trap by Obama administration holdovers at the Justice Department who concocted an unorthodox legal rationale for subjecting Flynn to an FBI interrogation four days after he took office, testing Flynn's recollection of the conversations while the FBI agents had transcripts of the calls intercepted by the National Security Agency.  In other words, the Justice Department wasn't seeking information about what Flynn said to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak — the intelligence agencies already had that information.  Instead, Flynn was being quizzed on his precise recollection of the conversations and nailed for lying when his recollections deviated from the transcripts.

Why is Robert Mueller even investigating the presidential transition?  It is clear from the prosecution of Flynn that Mueller views the transition as within the scope of Mueller's investigation, otherwise there would have been no reason for Mueller to prosecute Flynn.  The lying took place before Mueller was appointed and did not concern conversations during the Trump campaign.  For lying to the FBI when he did, Flynn could have been prosecuted by DOJ itself.  Yet Mueller's team took it on themselves to prosecute the case involving a crime (lying) that took place after the new administration was sworn in regarding a conversation during the transition.  The public documents regarding Flynn's plea make clear that the transition is in focus.  If news reports have any credibility (and they may not), then Mueller is investigating the political actions of the Trump transition team during the transition period.

Did the FBI retaliate against Michael Flynn by launching Russia probe?  The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureau's leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.

Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn.  We know that President Obama had it in for Gen. Michael Flynn.  The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency was a persistent critic of Obama's feckless policies, especially regarding ISIS.  Obama reportedly advised president-elect Trump not to offer Flynn a high level position.  According to this report from Circa, the FBI's Andrew McCabe also had an ax to grind with Flynn.


Robert Mueller and his perpetual investigation


'No collusion' by Trump with Russia shown in new Cohen and Manafort court filings.  In 19 months, the Mueller probe has expanded again and again, taking an ever-widening look over many years at a broad range of activities by people associated with the Trump campaign or who had business dealings with Trump long before he moved into the White House.  Some crimes that people have been charged with or even admitted to have nothing to do with Trump, but rather pertain to wrongdoing or alleged wrongdoing by people with some association with him.  Unquestionably, this is a fishing expedition that has caught some fish.  Mueller and his team of prosecutors have secured indictments, convictions and guilty pleas from people with some affiliation with Trump — but as yet, there is no "smoking gun" saying there was Trump-Russia collusion to defeat Hillary Clinton and install Trump in the Oval Office.

One-Eyed-Jack Law.  Robert Mueller's legal team may write a [convincing] report on Trump's ethics, based mostly on flipping minor former business associates of Trump's and transient campaign officials by threatening them with long prison sentences.  So far, we know that the U.S. government decided to intervene in a political campaign to help one candidate and to smear the other — under the pretext of Russian "collusion."  And so it hired or made use of spies and informants including Hank Greenberg, Stefan Halper, Felix Sater, and others to contact Trump campaign officials to catch them in supposed collusion traps.  It enlisted the help of foreign intelligence agencies, specifically the British and Australians.  It misled FISA courts into granting warrants to spy on Americans and, post factum, threatened long prisons sentences with those surveilled and interviewed.  And as a result, it has so far found no collusion but may well find some misleading statements in hundreds of hours of testimonies from the likes of Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, and perhaps Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone.

The Russia Probe Has Nothing to Do with Russia.  The Russians — Soviet or not — have always engaged in disinformation.  Their recent Facebook and Twitter offerings were nothing more than the tip of an iceberg that's been sailing for years.  In other words words, there's nothing new here.  The indictments of the Russian hackers by Mueller and Company were no more than a face-saving charade.  They will never be arrested and no one will care.  No one remembers who they were even now, less than a year later, except that they vastly expand the number of those indicted for breathless press reports.

New Details Reinforce That The FBI Used Fake Pretexts To Start Investigating Trump.  The evidence continues to mount that during the Obama administration, the FBI used George Papadopoulos as a prop to legitimize launching its investigation into the Donald Trump campaign.  While the FBI claimed it initiated Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016 in response to reports that Russian-linked individuals told Papadopoulos the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, that story seemed shaky from the start.  Since then, text and email messages between former MI6 spy and Fusion GPS dossier author Christopher Steele and twice-demoted Department of Justice attorney Bruce Ohr raised the possibility that information Steele fed the FBI through Ohr was the true justification for the the FBI targeting the Trump campaign.  A Wednesday tweet from Carter Page gives further credence to the suggestion that the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier served as the basis for the FBI's interest in the Trump campaign.

The Truth Will Set Us All Free.  Mueller's greatest problem was his original mandate to discover whether Trump colluded with the Russians in 2016 to tilt the election in his favor.  After 15 months, Mueller has indicted a number of Trump associates, but on charges having nothing to do with Russian collusion.  They faced inordinately long prison sentences unless they "flipped" and testified against Trump.  We are left with the impression that Mueller cannot find much to do with his original mandate of unearthing Russian collusion, but he still thinks Trump is guilty of something.  In other words, Mueller has reversed the proper order of jurisprudence.  Instead of presuming Trump innocent unless he finds evidence of Russian collusion, Mueller started with the assumption that the reckless raconteur Trump surely must be guilty of some lawbreaking.  Thus, it is Mueller's job to hunt for past crimes to prove it.

No collusion, no crime.  For 45 years, Bob Woodward has been the spokesman for the Deep State.  His sources at the CIA and elsewhere in DC trust him without question.  Mark Felt, the Andy McCabe of his day at the FBI, gave Woodward Watergate, and made his career.  His sources can find no collusion between Russia and President Donald John Trump.  None.  The man with the Golden Rolodex and the license to spill comes up emptier than a sailor's billfold after shore leave.

Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes?  The matter of Gen. Michael Flynn began with criminal conduct.  But it was not committed by Flynn.  The crimes were leaking the contents of classified telephone conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and revealing the identity of Flynn as a party to the conversations.  The sorry saga began with a January 12, 2017 column about the Flynn/Kislyak conversations by The Washington Post's David Ignatius, who described his source as a "senior U.S. government official," i.e., an Obama administration functionary.  Whoever told Ignatius the fact of and substance of the eavesdropped conversations committed a felony by leaking classified information.

Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney.  The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday [12/7/2018] for Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, is this:  The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.  It has been obvious for some time that President Trump is the principal subject of the investigation still being conducted by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Cohen earlier pleaded guilty to multiple counts of business and tax fraud, violating campaign finance law, and making false statements to Congress regarding unsuccessful efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Are liberals prepared for no collusion?  New York Times columnist Charles Blow and every other halfwit in the media believes they're making a profound point when they ask each other with raised eyebrows:  What will conservatives do if Robert Mueller proves there was collusion?  Are they ready for that possibility?  But up until this week, no one was asking the opposite.  What will President Trump's opponents do if Mueller finds nothing at all about hard "collusion" and the 2016 campaign?

Mueller's Theory:  Trump Defrauded Voters.  "Prosecutors' Narrative Is Clear:  Trump Defrauded Voters."  So declares the first part of the headline of a New York Times article by Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos. [...] I find odd the notion that Trump defrauded voters.  No candidate in my lifetime ever painted a clearer, more vivid picture of himself for voters.  For better or for worse, we knew what we were getting (and no, it wasn't a Putin stooge).

So Much Irony it's Mag[a]netic.  Mueller's multimillion dollars peck, sniff, and smear operation seems to be winding down with a whimper, not a bang, despite the media's efforts to portray it otherwise.

Mueller's Gift to Obama.  Robert Mueller looks to be approaching his endgame, and the press is alive with speculation as to how bad the special counsel's report will be for President Trump.  It's also worth noticing how good Mr. Mueller has been to another president, Barack Obama, and his team.  This benevolence was on display in the sentencing document the special counsel's office filed on Tuesday for Mike Flynn.  The former Trump national security adviser, we are told, has provided "substantial assistance," sitting for 19 interviews that aided in "several ongoing investigations."  In light of this help, the Mueller team recommends leniency — perhaps even sparing him prison time.  That would be just.  The special counsel provides no evidence Mr. Flynn was part of any collusion with Russia.  He was instead brought up on a charge of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  And it's not even clear he did that.

Mueller's witch hunt may have boomeranged.  Bungling Bob Mueller indicted his chief witness for lying — and then cut a no-prison deal.  I keep mentioning this because it is hilarious.  But as crunch time approaches, we learn that instead of nailing President Trump — who is as pure as Ivory Snow — the Team Anti-America that Mueller assembled may have gathered evidence that will indict Obama's White House lawyer and a top Democrat lobbyist.

New Poll:  Half of Voters Don't Believe Mueller Has Anything on Trump.  Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation is reportedly heating up again, with a number of reports indicating he's finally getting ready to conclude nearly two years of work on the 2016 presidential election.  Last week President Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying during congressional testimony.  This is the second plea deal for Cohen after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud and campaign finance violations in August.  In addition, Mueller's office announced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated terms of his plea agreement.  But according to half of Americans watching this saga play out, Mueller doesn't seem to have any evidence to bring charges against President Trump.

President Trump Notes the Motives/Intents of Team Mueller.  You'd be amazed at the number of people, presumably 'on-our-side', who deny that Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein are simply an extension of the corrupt intelligence/political apparatus.  However, President Trump knows exactly what the Team Mueller intents and purposes are.

Did Robert Mueller Withhold Exculpatory Evidence?  [Scroll down]  Now, withholding exculpatory evidence, if in fact Mueller and his team of "13 Angry Democrats" did this, sounds eerily like the accusations that Obama's DoJ withheld pertinent, and exculpatory, information from the FISA court as it worked to attain surveillance warrants on Obama's political foe:  the very same man who's now the target of Mueller's investigation.  But there's more:  in case you missed it, last week a story broke that described an FBI raid on the home of a known whistleblower who reportedly had information regarding the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, and Robert Mueller's failure to investigate "criminal activity" involved in the deal.  Except... the whistleblower had already shared his information with Congressional investigators. [...] And the raid apparently violated his whistleblower protections.  So much for the law.

For Trump, Cohen Plea Deal's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Exoneration.  Contrary to media speculation that Robert Mueller is closing in on President Trump, the special prosecutor's plea deal with Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen offers further evidence that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russians during the 2016 election, according to congressional investigators and former prosecutors.

Mueller Withheld Exculpatory Evidence from Court to Exonerate Trump — Mueller LIED to the Court!  A new report by journalist Paul Sperry says conflicted Robert Mueller withheld evidence from the court that would exonerate President Trump from the latest accusations of Russian collusion during the 2016 election.

Crossfire Hurricane:  The Theory Of The Case.  For those of us who try to follow developments in the Russia Hoax, it's easy to get bogged down in the details and lose sight of the big picture:  what I call the "theory of the case."  Every investigation needs a guiding theory, even a hoax investigation, and a solid grasp of that overall case theory is a big help in coming to grips with the big picture.  It's useful to look at two aspects together:  first, the Carter Page FISA, and second, Rod Rosenstein's memo authorizing the Special Counsel.

Is the FBI Raiding Whistleblowers' Homes to Protect Robert Mueller?  [In 2017, the writer] called for a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's collusion with Russia to turn over control of 20 percent of our uranium supplies to Russian interests in return for some $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation.  It turns out that there was one:  an FBI investigation dating back to 2009, with current deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller up to their eyeballs in covering up evidence of Hillary's collusion, bordering on treason, with Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Senator Mark Warner:  The SSCI is "Working Closely" With Robert Mueller.  Today [12/2/2018] on Face The Nation Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Vice-Chairman Mark Warner describes how his committee is working with Robert Mueller; including:  (a) several criminal referrals (Cohen was one); and (b) the sharing of congressional transcripts so Mueller (the team, not the person) can cross reference statements given to him with testimony given to the SSCI.

Robert Mueller's Plan.  No prosecutor builds a case the way Mueller is going about it. [...] If the most memorable thing the jury takes into the deliberation room is that no one should believe a word your witnesses say, you are not going to convict the lowliest grifter, much less the president of the United States of America.

Sorry, You Can't Protect Mueller.  Mitch McConnell just did our constitutional order an enormous favor by burying the so-called Robert Mueller protection bill, hopefully never to rise again. [...] Plan A, i.e., passing the thing, would have been hard enough.  But its supporters apparently didn't think through a need for a Plan B or C:  Trump would have vetoed the bill if it passed Congress, and if it somehow passed Congress with a veto-proof majority, the Supreme Court likely would have struck it down.

Where's the Beef, Mueller?  The Mueller investigation remains a "collusion" probe without any collusion.  For all of the media's heavy breathing about Thursday's news of a Michael Cohen guilty plea, it doesn't get Mueller any closer to the stated goal of his investigation.  On CNN, where its programming is an endless game of anti-Trump gotcha, Jeff Zucker's puppets recited his mandated talking point that Trump's fixer "may" have "broken" everything, blah, blah, blah.  But the very conjectural character of this feverish chatter indicated the hollowness of the story.  If the plea contained any evidence of collusion, the Hillary donors who make up much of Mueller's staff would surely have leaked it to CNN by now.

The Latest Russia Collusion 'Bombshells' Are Big, Fat Duds.  A recent blitz of "bombshell" headlines initially appear to show there might actually have been some collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia.  First, there was The Guardian claiming that Paul "Manaford" (oops, the source meant Manafort) met with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks in spring 2016, with the obvious implication that it was done to plan or coordinate WikiLeak's Hillary Clinton email dump.  Mollie Hemingway ably pointed out holes in the story by mentioning, among other issues, that Manafort would have entered the Ecuadorian embassy to meet Assange in the heart of London, which is blanketed by the most robust network of video cameras in the world.  There would be video and it would have leaked.  It hasn't.

William Safire on Bungling Bob Mueller.  Thanks to a reader, I am happy to report that I am in fine company in ridiculing Bungling Bob Mueller.

Is Mueller team bludgeoning to get narrative it wants?  Either Robert Mueller has the case of the century, tons of incriminating emails, and is now close to unveiling the collusion with the Russians that has been so widely repeated, or the special counsel investigation has come up empty handed, and he is now trying to bludgeon peripheral figures into plea deals to give the appearance of collusion.  It sure has created a lot of confusion.  While we have to leave the door open to the first theory, recent actions sure look like last minute overreach to draw in fringe characters who did little more than make inquiries or tried to seem in the know about the purloined Hillary Clinton campaign emails.

Welcome Back to the Big Bully Boy Scout Show.  Like a long-running entertainment, the Boy Scout Show, starring the lugubrious Robert Mueller as the big bully himself, is back. [...] The producers of this interminable entertainment have learned a thing or two from other soap operas.  For one thing, some of your favorite characters who had seemed to be written out of the script have made miraculous recoveries and, word has it, are signed for important parts in the entire season that just got underway.  Paul Manafort, for example, whom script writers seemed to have killed off last season, is back with gusto.

Mueller bungles his case.  Bungling Bobby Mueller just blew whatever case he has by convicting his main witness of lying.  I repeatedly told readers Mueller is incompetent.  He is what passes in Washington for competence because he has had his ticket punched despite a lack of success.  He is the Hillary of prosecutors.

The Top 10 Crimes Committed by the Corrupt and Conflicted Mueller Investigative and Legal Team!  [#2] Mueller's investigation exceeds the scope of special counsel law which requires the scope of a special counsel to be specific.  Rosenstein created the special counsel with a scope that was so broad it is not supported by this law[.]  Paul Manafort sued the DOJ, Mueller and Rosenstein because what they are doing is not supported by US Law as noted previously by Jarrett.  Manafort's case also argued in paragraph 33 that the special counsel put in place by crooked Rosenstein gave crooked and criminal Mueller powers that are not permitted by law[.]

Sen. Mike Lee blocks effort to vote on bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.  Sen. Mike Lee blocked a bipartisan attempt to force a Senate vote on legislation designed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.  Citing late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Utah Republican argued that passing the bill would create a "de facto fourth branch of government, fundamentally undermining the principle of separation of powers that is so core to our liberty."  "And on that basis, madam president, I object," he said.

Report: Mueller Panicked Over Abuse Of Power Allegations.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has overseen a nearly two-year-long investigation that has cost tens of millions of dollars and has produced little to no proof of any actual collusion between the then Trump campaign and Russia.  Instead, Mueller has filed silly charges against a handful of Russians who bought some Facebook ads, another charge against a secondary Trump campaign affiliate for lying to the FBI, and most notably, gone back a decade to file charges against short-term Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, on bank and tax fraud — none of which relates to the current Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

The Anti-Trump Hysterics Roll On.  And the Mueller special-counsel rumbles toward its third year.  So desperate have Mueller's efforts and those of his rabidly Democratic staff members become that in trying to extort and suborn inculpatory perjury about the president, they are facing a revolt from the victims, led by Paul Manafort from his solitary confinement cell, but emulated now by Jerome Corsi.  Rather than cooperate (i.e., lie) after being catechized by Mueller, to avoid facing the extremes of the American kangaroo courts, they are refusing Mueller, and effectively betting on the failure of Mueller to make good on his mission to take down or seriously discommode the president.  Mueller is escalating the terror campaign against Manafort by inciting state prosecutions, insusceptible to the president's power of pardon.  The Democrats have been shouting from the housetops about protecting Mueller, but Trump has no interest in shutting him down.  Mueller has nothing, and his terrors don't impress its victims.

Elites Value Mellifluous Illegality over Crass Lawfulness.  Trump has defined his own uncouthness, which so incenses his opponents, as "the new presidential."  Yet so far, after over a year of intense investigation, Special Counsel Mueller has found no evidence that Donald Trump — or even his low-level subordinates — had ever colluded with Russian government interests to hijack the 2016 election and defeat Hillary Clinton.  Indeed, Mueller has shown himself desperate to indict almost anyone connected with the Trump campaign with almost any charge he can think of — other than colluding with the Russians to warp an election, his original mandate.

"I'm Not Going To Agree That I Lied": Corsi Rejects Mueller's Plea Deal, Plans To Sue.  Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi said on Monday [11/26/2018] that he is refusing to sign a plea deal offered by special counsel Robert Mueller.  Corsi, who fell under suspicion as an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks during the 2016 US election, said he was offered a deal to plea on one count of perjury.  According to the New York Times, Mueller presented Corsi with evidence that he had lied when investigators asked him beforehand if WikiLeaks was going to publish stolen DNC emails during the campaign, while Corsi ostensibly served as the conduit.

Author Jerome Corsi Speaks Out on Mueller Witch Hunt; Plans to File Suit Against Special Counsel.  The liberal media reported recently that author and Trump supporter Dr. Jerome Corsi will be indicted for perjury by the Mueller Special Counsel.  Jerome has not spoken out about his situation — until now.  One America News (OANN) interviewed Jerome this weekend.  On Monday they released footage from their interview.  Corsi also plans to file a lawsuit against The Mueller Special Counsel.

Doubling down on Mueller.  With the midterms over, Washington returns to its regular programming:  Russia.  Trump critics should consider the risk of betting their political fortunes on special counsel Robert Mueller.  The Mueller probe has lost its political potency, as Democrats acknowledged on the midterm trail.  They didn't win House seats by warning of Russian collusion.  They didn't even talk about it.  Most voters don't care, or don't care to hear about it.  A CNN exit poll found 54 percent of respondents think the Russia probe is "politically motivated"; a 46 percent plurality disapprove of Mueller's handling of it.

Get Ready for High Gear Compartmentalization.  [Scroll down]  In fact, there is no reason to believe the president now pays any attention to Mueller.  Trump is about to send written responses to his questions and there is no visible likelihood that Mueller is going to say or do anything that discommodes Trump at all.  The sun is finally rising over the fact that there was never any excuse for this absurd investigation.  Trump-Russian collusion was the most gigantic canard in American political history.  The Steele dossier on which the claim was largely based is the dirtiest trick in American political history.  Now it is time to put what has recently been called "compartmentalization" into high gear.  This is the ability to have a high level of investigative activity contemporaneous with a productive legislative schedule in the Congress.

Trump gives Whitaker free rein over Mueller probe: 'It's going to be up to him'.  President Trump on Sunday said he is giving acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker free rein over special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, including limiting or shutting down the investigation.  "It's going to be up to him," Mr. Trump said in an interview aired on Fox News Sunday."  "I wouldn't get involved."  Mr. Trump's pick of Mr. Whitaker, the former chief of staff to ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and outspoken critic of the Mueller probe, ignited renewed accusations that the president was trying to squelch the investigation.

Obvious Double Standard On Recusals Proves Russia Probe Is About Getting Trump.  The installation of Matthew Whitaker as the acting attorney general has the recusal pundits barking like shelter dogs in the presence of a trespassing squirrel.  In case you're wondering how the recusal rules work, it's simply a matter of whether it helps or hurts Trump.  Don't believe me?  See if you can detect a pattern.  Since Whitaker might rein in the special counsel, he must be recused, they argue.  Similarly, when it appeared former attorney general Jeff Sessions might help Trump, he acceded to demands he recuse himself.  But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is a proven thorn in the president's side with an obvious conflict of interest, so no demands for recusal there.

Doubling Down on Mueller.  With the midterms over, Washington returns to its regular programming:  Russia.  Trump critics should consider the risk of betting their political fortunes on special counsel Robert Mueller.  The Mueller probe has lost its political potency, as Democrats acknowledged on the midterm trail.  They didn't win House seats by warning of Russian collusion.  They didn't even talk about it.  Most voters don't care, or don't care to hear about it.  A CNN exit poll found 54% of respondents think the Russia probe is "politically motivated"; a 46% plurality disapprove of Mr. Mueller's handling of it.  That hasn't stopped Democrats from fixating on it since the election, in particular when President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and named Matthew Whitaker as a temporary replacement.

Mueller Grand Jury Witness Accuses Clinton-Linked Prosecutor Of Conflict Of Interest.  An attorney who appeared as a witness before the Mueller grand jury is accusing the special counsel's office of a conflict of interest because one of the prosecutors involved in the special counsel's case has worked for Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.  The prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee, has questioned witnesses about Roger Stone, the Trump confidant who is one of the targets of the investigation, numerous sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Rhee questioned Tyler Nixon, an attorney for Stone, just before his grand jury appearance on Nov. 2.

Mitch McConnell Blocks Mueller Witch Hunt Protection Bill.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Wednesday he will not support a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  After two years of investigations the Mueller witch hunt has yet to uncover ANY suggestion of Donald Trump colluding with Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election.  Democrats want to continue the probe indefinitely in order to harass Trump and bankrupt his supporters.

New Mueller Court Filing Highlights Trump Investigation Will Continue Deep into Year Three.  Voices selling a pending conclusion to the Mueller investigation of President Trump were dealt a set-back today as Robert Mueller files a motion with the court extending the 2016 Russian interference investigation deep into 2019.  The Associated Press is citing court documents filed within the Rick Gates case where the special counsel is requesting additional time for sentencing as an outcome of ongoing cooperation that has expanded the investigation.

The Cleaner.  The important notations here are:  (1) two of the three sets of data were released without any specific purpose (FISA App and Warner texts); (2) no one knows why two data points were released; (3) no one knows who released them; (4) the FISC Clerk Stamp appears to have been intentionally left unredacted; (5) the specificity within the page #6 data within the Wolfe indictment was unnecessary for the direct purpose, yet important for the indirect purpose of connecting the data; (6) the Wolfe indictment was unsealed six months after the fact; and (7) NONE of these three sets of data were essential information at the time they were released.  This tells me, someone wanted this information into the bloodstream of public knowledge; yet non [sic] of this information was part of an official release; except the Wolfe indictment — yet it too contained unnecessary specificity within the page-6 details when unsealed.  This brings us to the critical question:  Who?  Who wanted this out there?

The Silence of Mueller's Trump-Russia 'Canaries'.  No evidence has surfaced indicating that President Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.  Still, two years later, the president's opponents insist the truth is out there and they know where — in the memory banks and computer files of Trump's former associates who have struck deals to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  But people with direct knowledge of the situation say the premise of that speculation is false:  It's highly unlikely that these associates possess proof of collusion and are singing about it to Mueller.

Mueller team begins writing final report.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has begun writing its final report on its 18-month Russia investigation, according a media report Thursday [11/8/2018].  The investigation has entered its final stages, but federal prosecutors reportedly still have some final pieces to put into place, CNN reported.

Sessions was the worst.  The attorney generalship of Jeff Sessions was over before it began when he foolishly recused himself from the Russian probe.  This allowed Deep Stater Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel.  Sessions got played.  He traded two small dimes for that big nickel.  His mistake was colossal because it allowed Democrats to strong arm the new administration with a special counsel. [...] When a reformer comes in, Deep Staters cover their tracks and indict or impeach the reformer.  They have done this in Argentina, Brazil and Italy over the years.  Firing Mueller is futile.  Maxine Waters or Adam Schiff will simply hire him.  Plus, they already have whatever goods Mueller has.  We do not know what he has.

Does Robert Mueller's Lead Prosecutor Have A History Of Ethics Violations?  Houston-based attorney Kevin Fulton, of the Fulton Law Group, filed a motion on my behalf Thursday morning to unseal and unredact court records that may expose past misconduct by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's lead prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann.  Since Weissmann took a leave of absence from his top Department of Justice job to join the special counsel's team, critics have questioned his impartiality.  Reports suggest the man branded Mueller's pit bull by the New York Times violated internal protocol when he met with reporters from the Associated Press in April 2017.  The following day, the AP published an exposé on Paul Manafort's relationship with Ukraine officials.  Then news broke that twice-demoted Department of Justice attorney Bruce Ohr kept Weissmann "in the loop" about the dossier penned by former MI6 British spy Christopher Steele and used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to surveil President Trump's campaign.

Democrats have a plan if Trump fires Mueller in 'Saturday Night Massacre'.  House Democrats have a Plan B to make sure Robert Mueller's findings in the Russia investigation see the light of day if President Trump fires the special counsel, a report said.  Democrats, who regained control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections, are preparing for a Saturday Night Massacre situation in which Trump fires top Justice Department officials in an attempt to quash Mueller's investigation.  In that scenario, Democratic officials told Politico, Mueller would be immediately summoned to Capitol Hill, where he would testify about his findings on national television.

Mueller Investigation Finally Implicates Democrats.  Mueller has run out of real-estate, so to speak.  He's reached the end of the road, and there were no Trump-conspiring Russians of note the Democrats' highway to Hell.  But there is a bit of Hillary Clinton roadkill, as CNN reports [...]

Mueller Probe Turns Attention To Conspiracy Theorist Linked To Roger Stone.  The special counsel's investigation turned its attention to Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist who has ties to Roger Stone, the longtime Trump confidant who is said to be a target of the Mueller probe.  Corsi's significance to the investigation was solidified this week after he appeared for a second round of interviews with the special counsel's office.  Guest hosts of Corsi's online political show said this week that Corsi informed them that he was traveling to Washington, D.C. "for another round with Mueller."

Has Mueller Subpoenaed the President?  These months before the midterm elections are tough ones for all of us Mueller-watchers.  As we expected, he has gone quiet in deference to longstanding Justice Department policy that prosecutors should not take actions that might affect pending elections.  Whatever he is doing, he is doing quietly and even further from the public eye than usual.

Democratic Attacks:  Who's Paying?  [Scroll down]  And of course, there's the big one:  the whole Russia collusion thing.  There was the dossier paid for by Fusion GPS, for starters.  Where did that money come from?  Was that money backed by the Clintons?  Did the funding actually come from shadow money collected by the charitable Clinton Foundation?  If the Democrats spied on and wiretapped the Trump campaign prior to the 2016 election (as appears virtually certain to all but the most vociferous, dishonest deniers and the hopelessly naïve believers), who organized and funded that operation?  It was no easy, one-time task.  To actually spy on and surreptitiously record detailed private conversations is a technically complicated exercise, requiring cutting-edge technology and sensitive inner contacts.  Both of those are expensive propositions.  It can be safely assumed that the requisite monies to fund such an operation are not traceable to the Obama White House, or even obviously to the Clintons.  Then who?  How?  By what actual device was it paid for and executed?

How the Mueller fairy tale ends.  Perhaps the best argument I have seen in favor of repealing President Trump's pointless tax cuts is the superabundance of disposable income American liberals apparently spend on things like Robert Mueller bobble-head dolls, "Mueller is Coming" and "It's Mueller time" T-shirts, Mueller "prayer" candles, and even children's books featuring a super-buff bare-chested but tie-wearing Mueller lookalike hero.  Turning the affectless head of a special counsel investigation into some kind of badass comic-book character who is going to rescue America from the nefarious clutches of — I wish I were making this up — "President Ronald Plump" could not be more childish.  Goodness knows how many adults really believe all this stuff.  I feel bad for them, in the way that I feel bad for kids who are about to discover that the Tooth Fairy is fake.  After 17 months of appending compound adjectives ("Russia-linked," "Kremlin-backed") to the names of an increasingly obscure cast of characters accused of things like sending spam emails and holding pointless meetings that went nowhere, it looks like we are finally getting close to the end of the Mueller probe.  A report in Politico suggests that what skeptics have argued for more than a year and a half is true: namely, that Mueller and his team have not found any smoking-gun evidence of "collusion" between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government because no such collusion took place.

Mueller Has Already Interfered in the Election — and Obstructed Justice.  As November 6 approaches, news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is waiting until after the election to reveal the conclusions from his investigation belie a deeper, more disturbing point.  Although Mueller's decision is allegedly predicated on a desire to avoid even the appearance of impacting the vote, according to Justice Department policy and tradition the truth is Mueller already has interfered in the election.  Every shaky indictment, every illegal leak, and every sensational "breaking news!" bit of media speculation continues his interference in the election.  All of these affect the media's daily coverage of the story, which is overwhelmingly biased against the president and Republicans generally.

Mueller report PSA: Prepare for disappointment.  President Donald Trump's critics have spent the past 17 months anticipating what some expect will be among the most thrilling events of their lives:  special counsel Robert Mueller's final report on Russian 2016 election interference.  They may be in for a disappointment.  That's the word POLITICO got from defense lawyers working on the Russia probe and more than 15 former government officials with investigation experience spanning Watergate to the 2016 election case.  The public, they say, shouldn't expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths.  Perhaps most unsatisfying:  Mueller's findings may never even see the light of day.

Mueller's Jig Is Up — But That's Not Enough.  There is more evidence by the day that the Clinton cabal, in and outside of government, weaponized our most venerable law enforcement institutions and agencies, abused protected government data, unmasked citizens and lied to our courts to destroy the political opposition.  Enough evidence has been forcibly extracted from various sources to establish that the actual crimes — conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice, espionage act violations and no doubt others — were committed by Clinton and her campaign with the calculated help of their power-crazed cronies within the FBI, CIA, NSA, Obama White House, the Department of Justice, the State Department, FusionGPS and probably even partners in the law firm of Perkins Coie who helped craft the "mosaic" of lies.  Heaven knows that is not what Mueller and his Clinton-loving cabal of prosecutors wanted to find — and they clearly avoided looking for it.

Mueller Ready to Deliver Key Findings in His Trump Probe, Sources Say.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.  Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry:  whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.

Trump: DOJ and FBI Played Into Russia's Hands with Russia Probe.  During an interview broadcast on Tuesday's [10/16/2018] edition of Fox Business Network's "Trish Regan Primetime," President Trump stated the DOJ and FBI "played right into" Russia's hands with the Russia investigation because Russia got "chaos" "for nothing."  Trump said, "[O]ur Justice Department and FBI played right into their hands with the stupid investigation, or whatever you call it.  People say I'm not under investigation.  You know, I'm not a target of this investigation, which nobody ever likes to say.  But it played into their hands.  Because if they want to sow... chaos, they got it for nothing.  They didn't do anything.  They got it for nothing.  We did it to ourselves, the chaos, the stupid chaos."

Three reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction.  Washington is in another frenzy over the disclosure that President Trump's lawyers are preparing answers to written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.  Observers are speculating on the meaning of this move, as anticipation grows for the investigation's culmination.  If the suspense is killing you, a bigger surprise may await.  The most significant aspect of this story may be what it did not contain: questions about obstruction.

Ron Johnson Demands Records Of FBI's Meeting With DNC Attorney During Campaign.  Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to hand over documents related to a former FBI lawyer's meeting during the 2016 campaign with an attorney that represented the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign.  The meeting was revealed during a congressional deposition that former FBI general counsel James Baker gave on Oct. 3.  Baker told lawmakers that in September 2016 he met with Michael Sussmann, a partner at Perkins Coie.

A conspiracy so vast.  This past February Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought the dramatic indictment against Russian actors allegedly responsible for interference in the 2016 presidential election.  The Department of Justice has posted the indictment online here.  Politico covered the indictment in a good story by Michael Crowley and Louis Nelson.  The indictment charged three Russian companies and 13 Russian individuals with election related crimes.  I don't think anyone (including Mueller) anticipated that one of the defendants would appear in court to defend against the charges.  Rather, Mueller seems to have obtained the indictment to serve a public relations purpose, laying out the case for interference as understood by the government and lending a veneer of respectability to the Mueller Switch Project.

Solomon Review Highlights Current DOJ and FBI Corruption Within HPSCI Report Footnote #43.  John Solomon writing for The Hill, presents an important article highlighting the current corruption within the DOJ and FBI that began under the Obama administration (Lynch/Comey) and continues today within the Trump administration (Sessions/Wray).  After breaking the story that in 2016 DNC lawyer Michael Sussmann was providing information to former FBI General Counsel James Baker for exploitative use against the Trump campaign, Solomon goes back to the HPSCI report on Russian Active Measures in the 2016 election and connects the Sussmann/Baker dots to an FBI redaction in the HPSCI report.

FBI's smoking gun:  Redactions protected political embarrassment, not 'national security'.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have tried to thwart President Trump on releasing the evidence, suggesting it will harm national security, make allies less willing to cooperate, or even leave him vulnerable to accusations that he is trying to obstruct the end of the Russia probe.  Before you judge the DOJ's and FBI's arguments — which are similar to those offered to stop the release of information in other major episodes of American history, from the Bay of Pigs to 9/11 — consider Footnote 43 on Page 57 of Chapter 3 of the House Intelligence Committee's report earlier this year on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Until this past week, the footnote really had garnered no public intrigue, in part because the U.S. intelligence community blacked out the vast majority of its verbiage in the name of national security before the report was made public.

Devin Nunes Discusses FISA Investigation, Rod Rosenstein, Currently Corrupt DOJ/FBI, and Robert Mueller.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the ongoing FISA abuse investigation; the use of Michael Sussmann to act as a go-between for the DNC and FBI; the status of Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, and his upcoming (10/11) testimony; current visible activity within the DOJ that points to their ongoing corruption; and how all of that relates to the Robert Mueller investigation.

Top FBI lawyer Baker offers 'explosive' testimony on 'abnormal' handling of Russia probe into Trump campaign:lawmakers.  Former top FBI lawyer James Baker gave "explosive" closed-door testimony on Wednesday [10/3/2018] detailing for congressional investigators how the Russia probe was handled in an "abnormal fashion" reflecting "political bias," according to two Republican lawmakers present for the deposition.  "Some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature," Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News.  "This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion.  That's extremely troubling."  Meadows claimed the "abnormal" handling of the probe into alleged coordination between Russian officials and the Trump presidential campaign was "a reflection of inherent bias that seems to be evident in certain circles."  The FBI agent who opened the Russia case, Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and others sent politically charged texts, and have since left the bureau.

Home Depot Co-Founder Challenges Robert Mueller — 'Come Out and Say What you Got'.  Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone on Wednesday [8/12/2018] called for an end to the Mueller investigation and defended Donald Trump's legitimacy as president.  [Video clip]

Court Documents Show Mueller Involved in 9/11 Cover-up.  Fifteen of the 9/11 terrorists were citizens of Saudi Arabia.  Over the years, evidence of Saudi involvement has continued to come to light.  In September 2011 — 10 years after the attacks — Florida Bulldog, a non-profit watchdog news group based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, published an excellent piece of investigative journalism revealing the existence of the secret FBI investigation of a Saudi family living in Sarasota, Florida, with apparent ties to the 9/11 attackers.  Mueller — who was still at the helm of the FBI at the time the article was published — was involved in the "public release of deceptive official statements about" that secret investigation, according to a recent article from the Bulldog.

Impeach Rod Rosenstein — The Showdown Between DOJ & Congress Is Finally Here.  It started late Friday afternoon [6/29/2018].  While the rest of the country was parsing the just-released report on the FBI from the Justice Department's inspector general, senior congressional leaders and selected committee chairmen quietly met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a secure location in the basement of the Capitol.  At issue was Justice and FBI's continuing defiance of congressional subpoenas.  At the top of this list is the demand from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for documents about why and whether the FBI had an informant insinuating himself with Trump campaign officials before the Russia investigation officially started.

Mr. Rosenstein, What Is the Crime?  For precisely what federal crimes is the president of the United States under investigation by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department?  It is intolerable that, after more than two years of digging — the 16-month Mueller probe having been preceded by the blatantly suspect labors of the Obama Justice Department and FBI — we still do not have an answer to that simple question.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein owes us an answer.

The Mueller probe's troubling reliance on journalists as sources.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has sent a subpoena to veteran writer Jerome Corsi — the first publicly known effort to compel a journalist's testimony in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.  Corsi, whose work has been showcased for years in conservative outlets such as Human Events, World Net Daily and the InfoWars conspiracy site, says he will not fight the subpoena and plans to appear before the grand jury on Friday [9/7/2018].  The subpoena is a not-so-subtle reminder of just how much prosecutors, FBI agents, and the government's confidential sources who launched and sustained the Russia probe all targeted, courted and leveraged the news media.

Does Mueller Have an October Surprise?  The investigation that was ostensibly initiated to ascertain if the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to affect the 2016 election has been ongoing for twenty-seven months.  Seventeen months of which have been in the hands of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his Democrat phalanx of investigators and prosecutors spending in excess of $1.4 million a month.)  This prolonged inquisition has produced no evidence or indictments supporting the collusion allegation.  Yet the investigation marches on with no end in sight. [...] Based on his insistence that Trump testify in what is obviously a perjury trap, the innumerable leaks emanating from Mueller's office, the conviction of Paul Manafort on unrelated charges and the coerced guilty plea by Michael Cohen again on unrelated charges, Robert Mueller appears to have a much greater animus toward Donald Trump than Lawrence Walsh toward Ronald Reagan or George Bush.

Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe:  "It was all a Set-up".  Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI's handling of President Donald Trump's campaign and alleged Russia collusion.  Lovinger, a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career.  The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports, his attorney Sean Bigley said.

Dr. Mueller's Endless Surgery Defines Malpractice.  In his best-selling book, The Russia Hoax, my Fox News colleague Gregg Jarett explains in graphic detail how Mueller's probe was born illegitimate.  The special-counsel statute requires that investigations begin with enough evidence of specific lawbreaking to establish reasonable suspicion of criminality.  Only then may a special counsel proceed and determine if federal statutes were violated.  Like a driver speeding in reverse, Mueller got this totally backward and still has his pedal to the metal.  Mueller's inquisition did not start with any "specific factual statement" that any particular law had been broken.  As it happens, there is no federal "anti-collusion" law.  Had Donald Trump, Jr. accepted a non-classified, dirt-clogged dossier on Hillary Clinton from Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, that would not have been illegal.  Poor judgment?  Maybe.  Reckless?  Perhaps.  A violation of federal law?  No.  If you disagree, please cite the relevant statute.

Dershowitz: Counter-Report to Mueller 'Exactly the Right Thing'.  On Friday's [8/31/2018] broadcast of the Fox Business Network's "Evening Edit," Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz stated that the Trump legal team's preparation of a counter-report to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report is good for the country, justice, and truth.

Weissman Fake Dossier Knowledge Should Shut Mueller Down.  While all legacy media and liberal eyes have been focused on Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen and Clintonista lawyer Lanny Davis's lies about Trump payoffs to old girlfriends, few have focused on the activities of Andrew Weissmann, special counsel Robert Mueller's chief deputy and investigator, who has a well deserved reputation as Mueller's "pit bull."  Weissmann, among his other jobs, was lead prosecutor in the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.  Weissmann was also Mueller's attorney on the ground, who oversaw the pre-dawn raid on Manafort's home.  He was a key player in Mueller's team of angry Democrat lawyers and donors bent on bringing down the Trump presidency based on false charges of Trump collusion with Russians meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  Problem is, as former deputy assistant attorney general Bruce Ohr's closed-door testimony before Congress shows, Weissmann had full knowledge of the fake nature of the Steele dossier, which was a major predicate of the Russian witch hunt that became the Mueller probe.

Two Prosecutors No Longer with Special Counsel Mueller's Office.  Two prosecutors tasked with investigating allegations of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election have left the Office of the Special Counsel.  Brian Richardson and Ryan Dickey, two "relatively junior," members of Robert Mueller's team, are no longer working directly for Mueller, according to the Justice Department.

Russian oligarch, Justice Department and a clear case of collusion.  In a 20-month search for evidence of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, none that is compelling has emerged.  Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress he found none.  The U.S. intelligence community has given a similar assessment, though it did prove convincingly that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election through cyber warfare.  And, so far, special counsel Robert Mueller has not offered any collusion evidence, though his work continues.  But, for the first time, I can say there is evidence of collusion between Russians and Americans — specifically, the sort that is at the heart of counterintelligence work.

America is being scandalized by four enormous events — Trump is just one of them.  The Justice Department, the FBI and the CIA took liberties that were morally offensive, and possibly illegal, because they didn't want Trump to be president.  Some individuals, like former top FBI agent Peter Strzok, were dumb enough to put it in writing — on government computers!  Although Strzok and leaders of the FBI were fired or demoted based on misconduct, the current director, Christopher Wray, continues to act as if the events of 2016 and 2017 are mere reputational dents.  That, in turn, outrages Trump supporters and others, with the result that among half the country, the FBI remains untrustworthy.  Wray either doesn't get it or doesn't care.

FBI Pushes Back On GOP Rep's Claim That FBI Uses Leaks To Get FISAs.  The FBI is disputing a claim that an FBI analyst told Congress that the bureau uses information leaked to the press to obtain surveillance warrants against American citizens.  On Monday [8/27/2018], North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows tweeted that Congress had "learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true:  FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA's.  Unreal."  A congressional source told The Daily News Foundation that Meadows was referring to information provided during a congressional interview on Friday [8/24/2018] with Jonathan Moffa, an FBI analyst who worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Michael Cohen's lawyer has done real damage to the case against Trump.  One of the most bizarre aspects of the investigations engulfing the Trump administration is the lawyers involved.  Here we have a presidency on the line, and this is Trump's team?  The top legal spokesmen for each side are ... Rudolph W. Giuliani and Lanny Davis!?  Up until this point, though, Giuliani was the Great Contradictor and Davis was merely a colorful character.  Now that has changed in a big way.  In a new interview with The Washington Post's Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman, Davis is backing off two massive claims he made in recent weeks, including that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has told people he witnessed President Trump being informed of Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer before it happened.

Two Funerals and a Missing Cardinal.  The Mueller investigation continues without hitting paydirt and further diminishing the reputation of the special counsel and Clintonite team.  I expect the president to shortly (maybe even this week) declassify the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant on Carter Page.  This warrant provided the means to spy on the president and his campaign.  We learned this week that the warrant, which triggered this partisan witch hunt, was signed by the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) without any hearing whatsoever.  We already know that it was based on lies scrounged up by a Hillary Clinton-paid former newsman and passed on by corruptocrats in the FBI, CIA, and Department of Justice.  It is amusing to recall the defense of the FISC when it first was instituted and the assertion that such an unverified, politically motivated piece of junk never would be allowed to invade the privacy of dozens of Americans.

Key Parts Of The Mueller Investigation Could Remain Secret For Years.  A lawsuit currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit could severely impair special counsel Robert Mueller's ability to share details of his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election with the public.  The matter asks whether federal courts are empowered to release secret grand jury information.  As Mueller has shared evidence and secured indictments in his probe from a grand jury in Washington, the case bears on his ability to publicly share details of his investigation.

Obscure case could determine whether Robert Mueller's Russia report sees light of day.  An obscure federal case being heard in Washington next month could determine whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller's pending full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election gathers dust in a secret file, or sees the light of day.  The case involves one man's quest for records related to the 1956 disappearance of Columbia University professor Jesus de Galindez — and has nothing to do with President Trump, Russian collusion or Mueller.  But it deals with secrecy surrounding grand jury testimony, and that makes it relevant to the ongoing Russia probe.

'Sleeper' case could torpedo Mueller report.  A little-noticed court case stemming from the apparent murder of a Columbia University professor six decades ago could keep special counsel Robert Mueller from publishing any information about the Trump campaign and Russia that he obtains through a Washington grand jury.  The substance of the case is entirely unrelated to Mueller's investigation into whether any of President Donald Trump's associates aided Russia's efforts to intervene in the 2016 election.  But if a Washington appeals court set to hear the murder-related case next month sides with the Justice Department and rules that judges don't have the freedom to release grand jury information that is usually kept secret, it could throw a monkey wrench into any plans Mueller has to issue a public report on his probe's findings, lawyers following the issue said.

Mueller the blackmailer.  I underestimated Bob Mueller.  I thought he was just an incompetent whose career is best known for botching the anthrax case after 9/11.  He is.  But I overlooked just how reckless and ruthless he is in his pursuit of injustice.  Taxpayers paid $5.8 million to settle up with the man Mueller harassed.  The pattern continues as he tries to destroy anyone who ever said hello to Donald John Trump.  For more than a year now, he has not been investigating Russia or President Trump.  Mueller knows he is clean.  Instead, Mueller has investigated Trump's family and friends in an effort to blackmail them into testifying.  This is legalized extortion.

Mueller's one-sided probe cannot be justified.  Americans aren't outraged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation felt obliged to investigate allegations leveled at campaigns, or that a special counsel is looking at Russian electoral interference.  They are instead furious that Lady Justice seems to have it in for only one side.  The country has watched the FBI treat one presidential campaign with kid gloves, the other with informants, warrants and eavesdropping.  They've seen the Justice Department resist all efforts at accountability, even as it fails to hold its own accountable.  And don't get them started on the one-sided media.

Ignore the Noise, Mueller Still Has Nothing.  For all of the media's oohing and ahhing over Robert Mueller's legal victories on Tuesday [8/21/2018], his impeachment case remains hopelessly threadbare.  In terms of his Department of Justice mandate, he has made no progress whatsoever.  He is presiding over a "collusion" probe that has absolutely nothing to do with collusion.  Let him keep indicting and convicting ham sandwiches.  Most Americans won't care.  It just underscores the superfluous and abusive character of his probe.  He is not compiling an air-tight legal case for impeachment; he is simply using abusive prosecutorial tactics to foment an anti-Trump political firestorm. [...] The media routinely calls Trump a "bully" even as it forms a mob encircling him, bellowing about this or that utterly trivial offense.  None of it adds up to anything even close to impeachable material.

Mueller creates political division beyond Putin's wildest dreams.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has failed to find evidence of collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, but that has not stopped Mueller and the deep-state cast of characters from generating an endless supply of ammunition for Democrats and the left-wing media to undermine President Trump.  The drumbeat of negative news and outrageous rhetoric directed at President Trump and his administration has created a toxic political environment and caused more damage to the president and government institutions than Russian agents ever could, exceeding the wildest dreams of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump Has Already Won on Impeachment.  It has come to this.  Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI, before it became the dirty tricks division of the Democratic National Committee, could have exonerated a lot of people who were defamed with imputations of treason in "colluding" with Russia.  He could have had some members of his investigative team who were not rabid Democrats.  He could have investigated all the Democratic Party's skullduggery with Russia, starting with the infamous Steele dossier, the false FISA warrants, the lies under oath to Congress and the FBI.  He could have adopted the view that he should find out if crimes were committed, and if not, to say so, as normal prosecutors do.  But he just kept spiraling down like a deep-diving sewer rat.

Mueller and the Media Represent the Ancien Régime.  The Mueller probe, with its indictments of Trump associates for offenses unrelated to its ostensible mandate, combined with mendacious media coverage of President Trump, is an obvious attempt to restore the old order that the electorate rejected in 2016.  It seeks to annul the will of the voters and return us to the incipient authoritarianism that germinated during the Obama era, and which the ruling class expected to blossom under Clinton.  The bureaucrats who support the restoration of Beltway despotism call themselves public servants, yet despise the public.  The politicians who support it call themselves Democrats, yet despise democracy. [...] Mueller's function is to provide a legal pretext for removing the President from office.  The role of the media is to misrepresent everything he does in order to trick independent voters into giving the Democrats a majority in the House.  This will prevent Trump from continuing to act on his 2016 mandate.

Ignore the Noise, Mueller Still Has Nothing.  For all of the media's oohing and ahhing over Robert Mueller's legal victories on Tuesday, his impeachment case remains hopelessly threadbare.  In terms of his Department of Justice mandate, he has made no progress whatsoever.  He is presiding over a "collusion" probe that has absolutely nothing to do with collusion.  Let him keep indicting and convicting ham sandwiches.  Most Americans won't care.  It just underscores the superfluous and abusive character of his probe.  He is not compiling an air-tight legal case for impeachment; he is simply using abusive prosecutorial tactics to foment an anti-Trump political firestorm.  Rod Rosenstein is the Dr. Frankenstein in this political horror show.  He birthed a monster in Mueller, who is now rampaging through the streets of Manhattan in search of pre-presidential dirt.

You're Surrounded Mr. Mueller, Give Yourself Up.  Thanks to the painstaking efforts of lawmakers such as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the release of the DOJ Inspector General's report in June and the tireless pursuit of documents by Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, a picture of unimaginable deception of breathtaking proportions is emerging before the eyes of an astonished electorate.  The once slow headway in the search for the truth has gained momentum.  Democratic lawmakers, officials and most of the mainstream media are still in denial and don't seem to realize yet that too much of the truth has already been revealed for them to go back to their original narrative.  The truth has become too big to hide.  A comparison of the carnage at the very highest levels of the FBI and the DOJ to the complete lack of evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump following over two years of investigations should tell Robert Mueller that it's time to extricate himself, as gracefully as possible, from this fraud.  He needs to admit defeat in his attempt to undo the results of a fair election.

Pentagon Whistleblower Questioned FBI Informant Stefan Halper's 'Outrageous' Contracts.  A Pentagon whistleblower complained in October 2016 about "outrageous" contracts that were provided to Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign.  The whistleblower, Adam Lovinger, was stripped of his security clearance after complaining about Halper's contracts.  Lovinger's lawyer says Halper's work for the Pentagon could have provided him the cover he needed to contact the Trump campaign.

FBI and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad FOIA Redaction.  While the Federal Bureau of Investigation's track record with FOIA has never been good, it's hard not to argue that it has recently gotten exponentially worse.  In just the last few years, the Bureau has thrown out thousands of FOIA requests because there were too "burdensome," investigated FOIA requesters, redacted the names of fictional characters and engaged in questionable fees practices.  Most recently, the FBI has declared that — contrary to all statute and case law — the dead have an expectation of privacy.  Beginning with a FOIA request filed by MuckRock in December 2015 for the file of Dorothy Hunt, the wife of Watergate planner Howard Hunt who died in a plane crash while under mysterious circumstances in the aftermath of the break-in, the FBI has responded to requests for information on Dorothy Hunt in ways that raise the question of whether the Bureau is incompetent, acting in bad faith, or both.

The Legacies of Robert Mueller's Investigations.  Paul Manafort is to be exposed for what most already knew he was, a high-flying wheeler-dealer and influence-peddler along the lines of his Clintonite doppelganger, Tony Podesta.  Mueller's team at some point presumably will embarrass Trump concerning his Cohen-arranged hush deals about an alleged fling a decade earlier with a playboy bunny.  What was billed as an investigation into high intrigue with the Kremlin, has now devolved into questions surrounding one Stormy Daniels and Paul Manafort's blue ostrich jacket.  Quite a come down.

Russian Collusion Investigation Has Orwellian Roots.  The existence of this investigation is vindication for those who voted for Brexit and Trump because they believe an illuminati rules the world.  The Washington establishment may not use jet contrails to control minds.  But, if crossed, they will seize your lawyer's files, put your one-time campaign manager in solitary confinement, and tell your third wife that you slept with a porn star.  They even dared to appoint the same guy they once trotted out to tell everyone there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to do it.  The Washington establishment is less interested in the means used to influence voters than in the fact that the deplorables have been prompted to defy them, which cannot be allowed.

Who Hired Stefan Halper?  Stefan Halper, the Cambridge University con man that the Obama administration hired to brush up against the Trump campaign, is not a household name, thanks to the Fake News media, which refuses to cover Spygate honestly.  Had this fraud, who enriched himself for years at taxpayer expense (during the Obama administration he pulled down hundreds of thousands of dollars for phony-[...] research projects at the Department of Defense), spied on a Democratic presidential candidate at the direction of a Republican administration, he would have reporters staked out in front of his house 24/7.  As it is, the "Walrus," as the Brits nicknamed him, can probably waddle around his "Virginia farm" (which was one of the places where he tried to entrap Carter Page) without any trouble from pesky journalists.  A few weeks ago, the media reported that the White House had ordered the FBI to disclose more information about Halper.  Naturally, Justice Department officials are dragging their feet.

Mueller indicts the Washington swamp.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, supposedly into collusion between President Trump's election campaign and Russia, is casting light into dark corners of the Washington swamp where powerful political figures become highly paid agents of foreign governments.  The prominent Americans Mueller has indicted are all foreign agents.  That is, they work as lobbyists or consultants for foreign governments, who paid them handsomely.  This includes retired Gen. Michael Flynn, GOP operative Paul Manafort, and his consulting partner Rick Gates.  None of these men were indicted or convicted for activities on the Trump campaign.  The charge sheet against Manafort was generally for crimes allegedly committed in his lucrative work in the transnational, revolving-door lobbying industry centered on the federal capital.

Daily Caller News Foundation Sues to Obtain Information on Comey's Leaker.  The Daily Caller News Foundation is suing the Department of Justice for failing to produce records regarding the Columbia University professor who received four memos from former FBI Director James Comey, one of which was leaked to The New York Times.  Cause of Action Institute, a conservative nonprofit watchdog, filed the lawsuit on behalf of TheDCNF Monday after the Justice Department and the FBI failed to produce any records related to Daniel Richman in response to the news organization's April 25 Freedom of Information Act request.

New #Spygate Revelations:  FBI Paid Christopher Steele; Peter Strzok Obstructed Hillary Probe.  In the last 48 hours, the FBI has released two caches of documents through their "FBI Vault" website related to the 2016 US election.  One sheds light on the agency's relationship with Christopher Steele, while the other reveals that disgraced agent Peter Strzok waited until after the 2016 election to have Anthony Weiner's laptop analyzed for hacking.  The 71-page release of heavily redacted records concerning former MI6 spy Christopher Steele reveals that he was paid by the agency over an unknown period of time — at least 11 times during 2016, and that Steele was admonished by the agency for unknown reasons in February, 2016.

Tom Fitton: 'The DoJ should protect President Trump from continued harassment and shut Mueller down'.  Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton all agree:  Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian probe has gone way out-of-bounds and needs to be put in place, preferably by the Justice Department.  Speaking together Saturday evening [8/4/2018] on "Justice with Judge Jeanine" about Mueller's latest actions — last week marked the eventful start of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's trial — the three were unanimous in their disdain for the special counsel.  [Video clip]

Forget Russia, it's Democrats undermining democracy.  Any doubt that the Trump/Russia investigation is an Orwellian plot aimed at overturning a democratic election in the name of democracy was erased on July 21 when the DOJ released FISA warrant documents used to authorize spying on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  It corroborated the suspicion that the FBI's application to spy on an American citizen hinged on a dressed-up Clinton attack ad:  the 35-page dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele for an opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, that was paid millions by the Clinton campaign to dig up dirt on Trump.

Three-Card Mueller.  Three-card Monte is a centuries-old con game in which the dealer and his shills trick the unsuspecting mark into betting on a rigged card game.  Only the dealer and his people know where the winning card is, though the mark believes he's smart enough to find out where the winning card is buried.  The public — in this case, the mark — has been led to believe that the entire years-long Mueller investigation was into Trump's "collusion" with Russians.  But the dealer (Mueller himself) knows that it is part of a plan to undermine the president and reverse the 2016 presidential election, in which the only real Russian collusion was with Hillary.  By now his press supporters surely should know this, but they continue to feed the fiction that the game is to find the collusion in the one campaign in which there was none.

Sekulow: Obstruction of justice by tweet is absurd.  President Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, on Sunday [8/5/2018] blasted special counsel Robert Mueller's review of the president's tweets for possible obstruction of justice, calling it "absurd."  "Obstruction of justice by tweet is absurd," Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week."  "The president has a First Amendment right to put his opinions out there."  Sekulow's comments come as the president escalates his attack on Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Deep State Wears Black Robes.  Freedom Watch Founder Larry Klayman discusses the bad legal advice President Trump is getting about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia-gate probe and urges the president to hire new lawyers to go after Mueller and the Deep State.  He also declares Judge Brett Kavanaugh "uniquely unqualified and unfit" to serve on the Supreme Court because of his controversial decision in favor of Barack Hussein Obama's illegal NSA mass surveillance program, which targeted President Trump!  Klayman is proposing the use of citizen grand juries to go after the Deep State operatives who control the intelligence agencies and have "the ability to gather information to blackmail" people such as Kavanaugh to do their bidding.  [Video clip]

FBI Fully Redacts All but a Handful of Documents on Christopher Steele.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a series of heavy redacted documents Friday [8/3/2018] revealing almost nothing about its relationship with former British intelligence agent and Trump "pee" dossier author Christopher Steele.

Michael Cohen, the Rabbit in Robert Mueller's Hat.  People are wondering why Cohen waited so long before turning up at CNN with scratchy audio recordings he claims to have secretly recorded on former, unsuspecting client Donald J. Trump.  It's the Midterms that kept Mike The Rabbit waiting so long.  Michael Cohen's testimony is Mueller's Special Counsel's last chance to keep the Russians-stole-the-election conspiracy alive in order to get more Democrats returned to power in Midterms, and to keep investigations going all the way through to 2020 presidential elections.

Here is the Exhaustive List of Illegal Leaks by Robert Mueller's "Very Special" Counsel.  The usual suspects of hack media propagandists and Democrats — but I repeat myself — have cheerled the meme that the fraudulently composed Mueller investigation has been "leak-free".  Let's set the record straight here, [...]

Wrap it up, Mr. Mueller.  It's beginning to look like the Mueller "investigation" is really just a jobs program for a bunch of hard-left D.C. ambulance-chasers.  Mueller himself is so discredited that only a smoking gun with Trump's fingerprints all over it would even have a chance of rescuing the tatters of his dubious program, much less his dubious reputation.  By now everyone knows that Mueller isn't disinterested.  Everyone knows his report will be slanted every possible way to reach its predetermined conclusion.  And everyone, once the report is issued, will cut loose with a lengthy yawn.  One can hope that Mueller's futile chase after his own tail will result in the demise of the special counsel statute.

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Why the Mueller Windmill tilt-a-thon needs to continue unabated.  The ruling elite have shown that there are no bounds in their mission to overturn an election and overthrow a sitting American president.  A falsified FISA warrant?  No problem.  Intimidating potential witnesses against Trump with armed raids on their homes and offices?  So what?  Imprisonment of a suspect (Manafort) in solitary confinement indefinitely without a trial?  Who cares?  Releasing confidential conversations between client and lawyer to the press?  Big deal.  Using U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on an opposition candidate and then on the president-elect?  Priceless.  Privacy rights, legal confidentiality, and the rule of law are minor impediments to the objectives of the left.  They are useful only when they can be weaponized against traditional American institutions and conservative causes.

Mueller's midterm elections.  Now, the 2018 midterms are less than 100 days away, and a president not on the ballot is at the center of a highly publicized investigation.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's politically charged Trump-Russia probe shows no sign of letting up as the days until Nov. 6 tick away.  If it is still going full force a month from now, Mueller, like Starr before him, will have a decision to make.  Does he race to deliver a report, and possibly more indictments, by some specific cutoff date, such as Labor Day?  Does he go dark?  Does he keep plowing ahead?  What the special counsel chooses to do could be one of the most consequential decisions of a critical election season.

Mueller reveals tenuous link between Manafort charges and Trump.  It's often been observed that special counsel Robert Mueller, assigned to investigate alleged Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign, has yet to charge anyone with a crime involving Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign.  The biggest of Mueller's indictments, that of one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, has no connection at all to collusion.  And until a few days ago, it appeared to have no connection to Donald Trump, either.  Now, though, Mueller has revealed why he believes the Manafort prosecution is related to the 2016 Trump campaign.  It's a small part, a very small part, of the overall charges against Manafort.  And it has nothing to do with any actions by the candidate — now the president — himself.

Probing Mueller:  What Were His Roles in Boston Mafia Murders, Uranium One, and Other FBI Scandals?  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a media-crafted image as "Mr. Integrity," a straight-shooting, non-partisan, nose-to-the-grindstone, publicity-shunning public servant.  The anti-Trump media projected the same kind of squeaky-clean image for former FBI Director James Comey.  However, it is now public knowledge that he is a lying, leaking, partisan, political hack who grossly abused his powerful office.  He should be facing criminal prosecution instead of being rewarded with a secretive (and potentially illegal) multi-million dollar book deal.

Mueller's Fruit of the Poisonous Tree.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation may face a serious legal obstacle:  It is tainted by antecedent political bias.  The June 14 report from Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's inspector general, unearthed a pattern of anti-Trump bias by high-ranking officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Some of their communications, the report says, were "not only indicative of a biased state of mind but imply a willingness to take action to impact a presidential candidate's electoral prospects."  Although Mr. Horowitz could not definitively ascertain whether this bias "directly affected" specific FBI actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, it nonetheless affects the legality of the Trump-Russia collusion inquiry, code-named Crossfire Hurricane.

Mueller Drafted Anti-Trump "Resistance" Members From FBI To Join Special Counsel Investigation.  The "FBI Attorney #2" in question has been removed from the Mueller team.  Seems this only happens after evidence of collusion by Mueller finally escapes.  How much more is he hiding as he attempts to revise the outcome of the 2016 Election?

Mueller Appears to Have Screwed Up by 'Accidentally' Exposing Names in Manafort Case.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have been aggressively pursuing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, even tacking on new charges of obstruction of justice due to alleged attempted witness tampering.  Although Mueller has been tight-lipped about evidence and witness identification up to this point, his team appears to have screwed up by outing journalists who "produced messages to the FBI" about Manafort's alleged "coaching up" on lobbying practices.  Manafort was indicted in D.C. back in October 2017 for alleged financial fraud and violating lobbying disclosure laws.  There's also a case against him in the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA).

Gohmert Slams Mueller: 'He's Covering Up His Involvement in Uranium One While Trying to Have a Coup Against the President'.  Rep Louie Gohmert (R-TX) appeared on Fox & Friends Saturday [6/9/2018] to discuss the new amendment that just passed the House calling for an audit of Mueller's multi-million dollar witch hunt.  Rep. Gohmert said not only is Mueller wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, he's covering up his own involvement in the Uranium One scandal while trying to have a coup against the President.

Docs Show Mueller's FBI Denied Justice To Four Innocent Men.  As FBI director in 2002, Special Counsel Robert Mueller directed his agents to oppose the pardons of four wrongfully imprisoned men because exculpatory evidence was merely "fodder for cross-examination," newly revealed FBI documents show.  Four years later, the four men, or their estates, were awarded $102 million by a federal judge in Boston for their wrongful decades-long imprisonment due to FBI misconduct.  Mueller ordered the Boston FBI office to answer a request to him from the Massachusetts Advisory Board of Pardons for an "official version" of the imprisonment of the four men for a gangland murder in Chelsea MA in March 1965.

More evidence of Mueller's overreach.  The New York Times reports that, at a meeting with Attorney General Sessions in March, President Trump berated Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation and told him he should reverse this decision.  Sessions refused.  The Times also reports that Robert Mueller's team is investigating this incident, along with Trump's "public and private attacks on Mr. Sessions and efforts to get him to resign."  This "suggests that [Mueller's] obstruction [of justice] investigation is broader than it is widely understood to be — encompassing not only the president's interactions with and firing of the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, but also his relationship with Mr. Sessions."

Russian dossier shows our spies are lousy.  These people are easily bamboozled.  Consider Mueller.  He went after the wrong guy in the post-9/11 anthrax case.  The real villain was an anthrax expert in the next office over.  Gee, do you think he misled Mueller on this one?  That we have given such a nincompoop like Mueller unchecked power is scary.  But equally scary is how incompetent he and his men are.

Mr. Mueller's fishing pole needs a rest.  A mole in the Trump campaign has been exposed as an agent of the FBI despite frantic efforts to keep the scheme a secret.  Voices, some of them voices of Democrats, are raised to tell Mr. Mueller that it's time to put cards on the table, to ring down the curtain, to put up or shut up, choose your cliche.  This can't be what he bargained for when he accepted the commission of special prosecutor, which is now called "special counsel."  The special prosecutor/counsel expects to finish his great expedition to Lake Collusion and put away his fishing pole by Labor Day.  We have the word on that not from Mr. Mueller, or from anyone on his staff of thousand-dollar-an-hour lawyers, but from Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer who has been negotiating with Mr. Mueller about a presidential interview.

Mueller's Lawyers Obtained Obscure 'Special Status' to Pursue Matters Outside of Special Counsel Mandate in Manafort Case.  Robert Mueller and his team of liberal hack lawyers know they don't stand a chance in Judge Ellis' court so they are running a shady, legal shell game to salvage their case against Paul Manafort.  The Federal Judge overseeing Mueller's bank fraud case against Paul Manafort is not messing around.

Does the Justice Department have to tell Congress what Mueller is doing?  On Thursday [5/17/2018], Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley wrote to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, asking to see the document outlining the true scope of the Mueller investigation.  Grassley noted that earlier this month, federal judge T.S. Ellis "expressed some skepticism" about the secrecy of Mueller's authority and demanded to be shown an August 2, 2017 memo that is said to define the probe in detail.  Now Grassley wants to see it, too.  In court before Ellis, Mueller lawyer Michael Dreeben revealed that the May 17 appointment order is not a "factual statement" of Mueller's assignment.

Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all.  The "deep state" is in a deep state of desperation.  With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general's report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming.  At this point, there is little doubt that the highest echelons of the FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules to end the Hillary Clinton "matter," but we can expect the inspector general to document what was done or, more pointedly, not done.  It is hard to see how a year-long investigation of this won't come down hard on former FBI Director James Comey and perhaps even former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who definitely wasn't playing mahjong in a secret "no aides allowed" meeting with former President Clinton on a Phoenix airport tarmac.

Mueller v.  Trump.  Can special counsel Robert Mueller require President Trump to testify before a grand jury?  It would be unprecedented, and his effort to do so could lead to a major constitutional confrontation.  The president could, of course, resist a grand jury subpoena by asserting his right under the Fifth Amendment not to be a witness against himself.  However, for political reasons, he may not wish to do that.  And he may not need to.  Another off-ramp for the president, which he may choose not to take, is to remove the special counsel.  Mueller is an appointee of the Department of Justice, part of the executive branch.  He is therefore a subordinate of the president.  Trump might have to jump through some hoops to remove him — such as removing the deputy attorney general who selected Mueller — but he has the power to do so.

Mueller's team of Dem donors under fire from Trump as probe hits one-year mark.  The long and winding special counsel Russia investigation that President Trump has routinely decried as a "witch hunt" hit the one-year mark on Thursday — giving Trump's legal team an opening to renew criticism of the probe's focus and its investigators.

The collusion of lawyers is finally collapsing.  Colluding, like canoodling, is all the rage.  Robert Mueller, like a dog chasing his tail, has been trying for more than a year to find evidence that President Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russians to cook the 2016 election, which fate, providence, fortune and destiny decreed properly belonged to Hillary Clinton.  So far as anyone beyond his circle of thousand-dollar-an-hour lawyers know, Mr. Mueller has not come up with anything more than a few indictments of second- and third-tier aides, helpers, hangers-on, and lawyers that a nice girl would not take home to meet the folks.

Mueller Trying To Shut Down Investigation Into Special Counsel Leaks.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is trying to block an investigation into how anonymously sourced accounts of their investigation leaked to the media, claiming the leaks don't amount to evidence of illegal grand jury leaks — which could just as easily come from defense attorneys in the Paul Manafort case or others outside the investigation, reports Politico.

Russian Associate of Robert Mueller Refused FBI Request to Manufacture Collusion Narrative.  John Solomon, writing at The Hill, offers a comprehensive perspective on the FBI's long relationship with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, starting with Robert Mueller.  The digest version is that Mueller's FBI once solicited Deripaska to pony up $25 million to help arrange the rescue of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, captured in Iran in 2007 while working for the CIA. [...] But the real news is buried a dozens paragraphs down: [...]

Report:  Federal Court On Verge Of Ruling Robert Mueller Investigation As Criminally Incompetent.  Not so long ago Robert Mueller, desperate to show he was actually doing something, anything, more than just wasting taxpayer dollars on fake allegations of Donald Trump/Russia collusion, indicted three Russian companies and thirteen Russian nationals for "trolling" the 2016 Election.  The liberal media slobbered over the indictments even as actual attorneys scratched their heads wondering what Mr. Mueller was up to.  You see[,] the entire thing was a P.R. stunt without a shred of actual evidence and now a federal judge is taking him to task for it.

Since Mueller can't indict Trump, what's he doing with a grand jury?  Wednesday's report from Trump attorney Rudy Giulianni that Robert Mueller's special counsel office has acknowledged that his office can't indict a sitting president raises an important constitutional question.  What is Mr. Mueller doing with a grand jury? [...] In short:  A grand jury serves only one legal purpose:  To indict.  And if the president can't be indicted (which is a fact that most legal experts have acknowledged for over four decades) then the only other reason Mueller would want to interview Trump in front of a grand jury is to provide information to congress for impeachment hearings.

Mueller Probe Might Not Survive Much Longer.  I have a sneaking suspicion the Machiavellian connections between the U.S. intelligence apparatus and multiple foreign agents/actors, including the work of Stefan Halper in the 2016 presidential election, are only a few days from fully surfacing.  There could be enough sunlight on U.K/U.S. political and intelligence officers to launch multiple investigations.

Mueller will not charge Trump.  Having recently left a position as a federal fraud and corruption prosecutor in Washington, D.C., to return to private practice, I have marveled at the many legal experts who have spent significant time debating whether a sitting president can be indicted and even what charges special counsel Robert Mueller may bring against President Trump.  While these might be interesting legal questions, they are purely hypothetical.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has a longstanding policy stating that criminally prosecuting a sitting president is "unconstitutional."  That is a massively strong, mountainous statement, and the special counsel as a DOJ entity, subject to departmental policy and supervision, cannot overcome it.  But the experts like to posit:  maybe that DOJ policy position is wrong (it has not been tested in court), and so what if the special counsel went rogue?  The problem there is that visible federal prosecutors do not go rogue in violation of DOJ policy.  It does not happen.

Mueller may have a conflict — and it leads directly to a Russian oligarch.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has withstood relentless political attacks, many distorting his record of distinguished government service.  But there's one episode even Mueller's former law enforcement comrades — and independent ethicists — acknowledge raises legitimate legal issues and a possible conflict of interest in his overseeing the Russia election probe.  In 2009, when Mueller ran the FBI, the bureau asked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to spend millions of his own dollars funding an FBI-supervised operation to rescue a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007.

Robert Mueller's Gaping Self-Inflicted Wound.  On February 16, 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained a federal indictment of 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies for conspiring to wage "information warfare" by "impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the United States by dishonest means in order to enable Defendants to interfere with U.S. political processes, including the 2016 presidential election."  According to the indictment, in 2014 the defendants, posing as U.S. persons, contacted American political and social activists on social media sites.  Using information derived from these contacts, they structured disinformation operations to be used in the upcoming presidential election.

Mueller Indicted A Russian Company That Didn't Even Exist, Court Transcripts Say.  This week, one of the Russian companies accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was revealed in court to not have existed during the time period alleged by Mueller's team of prosecutors, according to a lawyer representing the defendant.  U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey asked Eric Dubelier, one of two lawyers representing the accused Russian company, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, if he was representing a third company listed in Mueller's indictment.  "What about Concord Catering?" Harvey asked Dubelier.  "The government makes an allegation that there's some association.  I don't mean for you to — do you represent them, or not, today?  And are we arraigning them as well?"

Mueller indicts a ham sandwich.  In "Robert Mueller would prefer not to" we took a look at Special Counsel Mueller's reluctance to proceed with criminal case he has brought against Concord Management, one of the three Russian entities he has indicted.  There I noted that Mueller appeared not to anticipate that any of the defendants would appear in court to defend against the charges.

Why Robert Mueller Is The Clown Prince Of Federal Law Enforcement.  Other than the president himself, perhaps no public figure is more debated and discussed these days than Special Counsel Robert Mueller. [...] What if Mueller were not some sort of avenging angel, but rather just a bumbling bureaucrat?  To put it somewhat differently, why assume that the same folks who brought us Amtrak, the U.S. Post Office, and Healthcare.gov somehow knocked it out of the park with the Office of Special Counsel?

The Mueller/Salem Witch-Hunt: "[A] limitless pit of political hatred dressed up as law enforcement".  The independent-minded behavior of T.S. Ellis III at a May 4 hearing on a motion to dismiss charges against [Paul] Manafort seems so unlike that of so many of his applause-seeking brethren on the federal bench.  It also seems to indicate there are still federal judges out there who are not establishment toadies shackled in thrall-like servility to the Deep State.  Appointed by President Reagan in 1987, Alexandria, Va.-based Judge Ellis "could be the ultimate nightmare" for Mueller, Richard Pollock notes at the Daily Caller, adding that a dismissal of the charges against Manafort "could be a major wrecking ball to Mueller's overall case in his Russian collusion case against President Donald Trump."

Mueller's Investigation Crosses the Legal Line.  Judge T.S. Ellis has expressed skepticism about the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  "What we don't want in this country is ... anyone with unfettered power," Judge Ellis, who is to preside over the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, told prosecutor Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben May 4.  "So it's unlikely you're going to persuade me that the special prosecutor has unlimited powers."  Judge Ellis is right to be skeptical.  Mr. Mueller's investigation has crossed a constitutional line, for reasons the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in the 1988 case Morrison v.  Olson.

Robert Mueller Increasingly "Desperate & Despondent" As He Faces "Enormous Pressure" To Seriously Damage Trump.  He is burning through tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer cash every month as he tries to find something substantive to attack the Trump presidency with.  So far Robert Mueller has come up with nothing beyond a couple of minor plea deals largely unrelated to President Trump (and even those are now crumbling after closer legal scrutiny) and those who backed him are said to be growing angry over how little Mueller has so far delivered.

The 'Russian Collusion' Trial Is On, And Mueller May Be The First Casualty.  Lawyers for Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, formally entered a "not guilty" plea in federal court Monday in a case special counsel Robert Mueller probably never thought would happen.  Mueller, weathering significant criticism that his Russian collusion case was thin, unveiled a grandiose indictment Feb. 16 against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies.  The 13 Russians in question were charged with waging "information warfare" in the United States, interfering with the 2016 presidential election, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.  Mueller generated headlines with the February indictment, safe in the knowledge the 13 Russians were beyond U.S. jurisdiction.  Therefore, there would be no trial — only sensational Russian collusion accusations.

The clash between Trump and Mueller is looming.  During the course of the oral argument on this motion, the judge opined that in his view, Mueller is only prosecuting Manafort for bank and tax fraud to squeeze him to testify against President Trump on matters that might be impeachable.  The judge's comments as to Mueller's motivation are dicta.  Dicta are the unsolicited, unnecessary and often personal opinions of the court on matters not strictly before the court and not integral to the court's ruling.  Stated differently, there is an abundance of speculation in the media but zero evidence in the record before Judge Ellis — zero — on which he could base his opinion; and his opinion of the prosecutor's motivation is irrelevant.  It made national headlines because Trump supporters agree with it, and it is probably accurate — but it is legally meaningless.

Federal judge rightly rebukes Mueller for questionable tactics.  An experienced federal judge has confirmed what I have been arguing for months, namely, that the modus operandi of special counsel Robert Mueller is to charge associates of Donald Trump with any crime he can find in order to squeeze them into turning against the president.  This is what Judge T.S. Ellis III said at a hearing Friday:  "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud ... What you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment.

The Downward Spiral Of The Mueller Investigation.  It's not that Mueller has signaled the end — to the contrary, Mueller hasn't signaled much of anything.  However, the pace of the investigation and the movement of the case through the courts seems to indicate they are running out of steam.  And, if this is the case, then it's all but assured that's it's going to be "Game Over" for Mueller and the Democrats.  Things have stalled.  The Department of Justice is now being challenged in court, and some judges do not appear to be amused by some of the antics that have been going on.  In both of those cases, those are the highest-profile indictments the investigation has doled out, and if they are in trouble, then the investigation itself is in trouble.

Time to Shut Mueller Down.  The Mueller investigation has gone on so long and is absorbing so much of the president's time and attention that it is creating a deleterious effect on national security.  One-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted in two different federal courts on separate charges.  Manafort, supposedly a cooperating witness in Mueller's investigation, suffered a pre-dawn raid and search of his home on Mueller's orders, a harsh tactic normally reserved for serial killers, drug traffickers and mafia dons who might destroy evidence.

Judge's Warning in Manafort Case Could Spell Doom for Mueller.  One week after a Senate committee approved a bill to protect the special counsel from being fired by the president, both of Robert Mueller's high-profile cases appear to be in legal jeopardy.  On Friday morning [5/4/2018], a federal judge accused Mueller's team of weaponizing its prosecutorial authority in an effort to take down Donald Trump.  U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis III suggested the special counsel's case against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, is "about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment.  President Trump's prosecution or impeachment — that's what you're really after."

U.S. judge says Mueller should not have 'unfettered power' in Russia probe.  A federal judge said Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not have "unfettered power" in probing ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and accused Mueller of using criminal cases to pressure Trump's allies to turn against him.

Judge Ellis Wants to See Mueller's Hunting License.  The congressional investigators join Judge Ellis in demanding more documentation from the special counsel than the stonewalling Department of Justice and FBI have been willing to divulge, and events this week show that the redactions are not to protect national security, but to hide official misconduct from Congress, the courts, and the public.

Is Robert Mueller Destroying the Democratic Party?  It would probably give Robert Mueller a nervous breakdown, not to mention James Comey, Andrew McCabe and the rest of the FBI cabal, past and present, but at this point the special counsel seems to be actually causing the reelection of Donald Trump.  Most of the country, other than the greed heads in the media and extreme Democratic Party operatives, no longer [cares] about the "Russia Probe."  They're frustrated and sick of it.

Judge rejects Mueller's request for delay in Russian troll farm case.  A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller's request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich offered no explanation for her decision to deny a request prosecutors made Friday to put off the scheduled Wednesday arraignment for Concord Management and Consulting, one of the three firms charged in the case.

I've held my peace on this "investigation", but enough is enough.  It is apparent that there was no collusion with Russia, that two years of investigating has found no collusion with Russia, and that some people's obsession with Russia arises from them refusing to admit Trump won fair and square.  Get over it, Democrats.  Stop being crybabies.  Mueller has bullied a man into pleading guilty for lying to the FBI, when Comey and FBI agents themselves didn't think he had lied to the FBI.  Injustice.  Mueller has inflicted hundreds of thousands of dollars of legal bills on innocent citizens.  Injustice.  He is presently prosecuting Manafort for crimes that allegedly occurred a decade prior to the 2016 election, crimes which have nothing to do with supposed Russian collusion.  Injustice.  And then there's the perjury-bait questions to the president.

Robert Mueller Unmasked.  The FBI has become an arm of the radical left.  A massive purge is required if we are to have any hope of saving it.  Not only should Mueller resign, the whole leftist manufactured investigation against President Trump should be shut down.  This report should be read carefully and heeded by those who can make that happen in Washington.  But whether or not it will be remains to be seen.

[The] latest addition to Mueller's team donated to Hillary's presidential campaign.  The latest addition to special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors contributed to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, according to federal campaign records.  Uzo Asonye, an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is joining Mueller's stable of prosecutors to work as local counsel on the case against Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman who has been indicted on money laundering and bank fraud charges.

Federal judge accuses Mueller's team of 'lying,' trying to target Trump.  A federal judge on Friday harshly rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team during a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort — suggesting they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking "unfettered power" and are more interested in bringing down the president.  "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort," U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III told Mueller's team.  "You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever."  Further, Ellis demanded to see the unredacted "scope memo," a document outlining the scope of the special counsel's Russia probe that congressional Republicans have also sought.

Paul Manafort's defense attorney delivers possible blow to Robert Mueller's probe.  A defense attorney in a court filing says special counsel Robert Mueller has disclosed he has no evidence that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort communicated with Russian government officials.  If the attorney is accurate, it delivers another credibility blow to the Democratic Party-financed dossier, which accuses Mr. Manafort of orchestrating Trump-Russia collusion.  Kevin Downing, a defense attorney for Mr. Manafort, filed the brief April 30 in the special counsel's money-laundering case against his client.  Those charges are confined to millions of dollars he earned as a political consultant for Ukrainian politicians.

Memo to Trump:  Defy Mueller.  If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions.  Should Mueller subpoena him, as he has threatened to do, Trump should ignore the subpoena, and frame it for viewing in Trump Tower.  If Mueller goes to the Supreme Court and wins an order for Trump to comply and testify to a grand jury, Trump should defy the court.

Judge in Manafort case says Mueller's aim is to hurt Trump.  A federal judge expressed deep skepticism Friday in the bank fraud case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller's office against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, at one point saying he believes that Mueller's motivation is to oust President Donald Trump from office.  Although Mueller's authority has been tested in court before, Friday's hearing was notable for District Judge T.S. Ellis' decision to wade into the divisive political debate around the investigation.  "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud," Ellis said to prosecutor Michael Dreeben, at times losing his temper.  Ellis said prosecutors were interested in Manafort because of his potential to provide material that would lead to Trump's "prosecution or impeachment," Ellis said.

Federal Judge Blasts Mueller:  You Only Care About Getting Trump.  A federal judge criticized special counsel Robert Mueller and the scope of his team's probe Friday morning during a hearing related to fraud charges brought against former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.  U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III grilled the special counsel's team for nearly an hour, questioning their "unfettered power" to prosecute and their desire to "tighten the screws" on Manafort, according to NBC's Ken Dilanian.  Ellis said he doesn't see how Manafort's indictment is related to what Mueller's team is authorized to investigate.  "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort," Ellis told Mueller's team, according to a Fox News report.  "You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever."

Andy McCarthy with Levin:  Mueller Should Not Be Permitted to Subpoena Trump, Nor Even Ask for Interview.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday [5/3/2018], host Mark Levin interviewed former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy on the topic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's threat to subpoena and interview President Donald J. Trump, McCarthy suggesting that Mueller should not be permitted to subpoena Trump, nor even ask for an interview.

Michael Caputo Explains How Clinton-Mueller Legal Attack Dogs Used the FISA Title-One Surveillance Warrant.  Michael Caputo appears on Fox News for a general discussion of his third experience being grilled by Hillary Clinton's Legal Team within the Clinton-Mueller Special Counsel.  However, one of the interesting bits of information is where Mr. Caputo notes the Clinton-Mueller team have the personal emails, phone call logs, communications and even text messages of every targeted member of the investigation.  This little factoid is jaw-dropping important because it highlights the underlying reason why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein needed to grant a July 2017 extension of the Title-1 FISA surveillance warrant (initiated against Carter Page); that was actually being utilized by the FBI to conduct political surveillance of these same Trump officials.  Without the July 2017 FISA extension, Robert Mueller would not have predicate investigative authority to reach into the accounts of his targets and extract their personal communication.

For Mueller, a question of three conflicts.  As the special counsel investigation surrounding President Trump goes on, we still don't know what evidence Robert Mueller and his team have amassed behind closed doors.  It's entirely possible they have built a strong case that Trump illegally conspired with Russian President Putin, which Trump's critics have long claimed but which Trump denies.  If the New York Times' list of questions that Mueller wants to ask Trump is accurate, however, it's hard not to notice that Mueller is treading in waters in which he — the special counsel — may have at least three serious conflicts of interest.

Robert Mueller Unmasked.  Any Republican who says anything resembling, "Bob Mueller will do a good job as Special Counsel," "Bob Mueller has a great reputation for being fair," or anything similar; (A) wants President Trump indicted for something and removed from office regardless of his innocence; (B) is intentionally ignorant of the myriad of outrageous problems permeating Mueller's professional history; or (C) is cultivating future Democrat votes when he or she comes before the Senate someday for a confirmation hearing.  There is simply too much clear and convincing information available to the contrary.

Mueller's Perjury Traps Widen.  The frenzied discussions about the legal nuances of the Mueller investigation are immensely boring and beside the point.  This is not a real inquiry but a raw exercise in power politics, conducted by compromised mandarins on behalf of a corrupt, unelected elite.  Mueller isn't investigating a crime but seeking to create one.  He hopes to rattle Donald Trump's cage sufficiently that he perjures himself.  The only answer Trump needs to give to his fishing questions is:  See the Constitution.  The Mueller investigation is nothing more than the harassment of a chief executive for exercising his constitutional powers.

Rod Rosenstein has let Mueller go far too far.  Rod Rosenstein is doing a star turn as principled defender of the law, but he's performed abysmally as deputy attorney general and President Trump would be fully justified in firing him.  The leaked questions special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask Trump in a prospective deposition are, if accurate, a sign that Mueller has spun out of control on Rosenstein's watch.  The questions suggest a free-floating investigation of the president's motives, undertaken by a subordinate of the president.  This is unlike any special-counsel investigation we've ever seen and represents a significant distortion of our system.  Per the questions, Mueller wants to know how Trump reacted to news stories in The Washington Post.  What he thought of FBI Director James Comey during the transition.  What was the purpose of a statement he made to Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network.  What he meant by various tweets about Comey.  How he feels about his attorney general.

Revealed: Robert Mueller's FBI Repeatedly Abused Prosecutorial Discretion.  Journalist Mike Allen of Axios recently said that one word described Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and that word was "unafraid."  The context for his remarks on Fox News' "Special Report" was that Mueller had just spun off to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York a bit of his limitless investigation into President Donald J. Trump.  Allen's comment was like so many others from media and pundit types since the special counsel was launched.  If there's one word to describe the media's relationship to Mueller, it's "unquestioning."

Mueller is irrelevant.  President Trump gave Bumbling Bob Mueller enough rope, and nearly a year later, that's him hangin' on the shed, because Mueller has lost public support.  Trump had put up with this unprecedented attempt at coupe de cop knowing it was doomed.  Mueller's mission was to find collusion between Putin and Trump.  There is none.  That fact doomed Mueller.  But after a lifetime in the FBI, Mueller developed a large ego.  Even after taxpayers shelled out nearly $6 million to cover up his mistake in the anthrax investigation, which lasted 5½ years as he pursued the wrong man, Mueller thinks he is Sherlock Holmes.

NeverTrumps Protect Mob Boss Robert Mueller.  The prospect of Lindsey Graham uniting with Cory Booker to protect the Mueller witch hunt into Team Trump is mind-numbing enough, but the widespread ignoring of Mueller's questionable track record takes us into a parallel universe of injustice.

The B in FBI must stand for bullies.  As FBI director, Bob Mueller was dogged in the pursuit of Steven J. Hatfill, a virologist at the Army's laboratories at Fort Detrick, Maryland.  Mueller was convinced Hatfill sent anthrax to people, killing five persons.  Mueller made his life hell.  Hatfield was innocent.  Taxpayers paid $5.8 million because of Mueller's bullying tactics.  Bush 43 refused to hold Mueller accountable and fire him.  Mueller thus set the tone for the FBI's hierarchy.

Mueller wants to be fired.  Oblige him.  Bob Mueller crossed the line today [3/15/2018] by subpoenaing President Trump's business records.  Mueller is part of a cabal of incompetents in the Deep State's intelligence/prosecutorial circle who missed 9/11 and wrongly claimed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.  As FBI director cost taxpayers $5.8 million for harassing a government worker.  He insisted the man sent anthrax that killed five people, and hounded the man five years, until the real perpetrator became known.  The power of the state is overwhelming.  Through a private contractor paid originality by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration planted a fake Russian dossier on President-elect Trump.  This later triggered an unnecessary investigation by Mueller.  He has nothing on Trump but is abusing his authority to do.  Mueller is crossing the line in an attempt to goad Trump into firing him.  OK.  Let's do it.

What Trump Can and Must Do About Mueller.  No, don't fire him.  That way is boobytrapped.  Instead, use your power as President to exercise control over him, in accordance with the rule of law.  Where there is smoke, there is fire.  Somewhere, right now in Washington, there is a fire raging, just out of sight, but entirely out of control.  The fire is the unimaginable.  Everything that is publicly known in and about Washington, and trumpeted by the so-called "mainstream" media, is actually the opposite of the truth.  Instead of Trump being guilty of obstruction of justice, and about to be bounced out of office through impeachment, it is actually the FBI, and President Obama's Justice Department, that are guilty of obstruction of justice, with top figures about to be bounced into prison, or worse.

As FBI Director Mueller Helped Cover Up Fla. 9/11 Probe, Court Docs Show.  Court documents recently filed by the government further rock the credibility of Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller because they show that as FBI Director Mueller he worked to cover up the connection between a Florida Saudi family and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  The documents reveal that Mueller was likely involved in publicly releasing deceptive official agency statements about a secret investigation of the Saudis, who lived in Sarasota, with ties to the hijackers.  A Florida journalism nonprofit uncovered the existence of the secret FBI investigation that was also kept from Congress.  Under Mueller's leadership, the FBI tried to discredit the story, publicly countering that agents found no connection between the Sarasota Saudi family and the 2001 terrorist plot.  The reality is that the FBI's own files contained several reports that said the opposite, according to the Ft. Lauderdale-based news group's ongoing investigation.

Mueller's Fruit of the Poisonous Tree.  Evidence of Robert Mueller's hopelessly compromised investigation continues to accumulate.  Now we learn that five months of texts between two members of his team plotting Trump's demise have disappeared, a time period that covers many of the crucial moments of the probe.  Imagine the rich harvest of texts Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page must have exchanged over the Flynn entrapment.  Those texts have vanished, according to the FBI and Justice Department.  To a media that has spent months insisting on the reliability and impartiality of those agencies, this story is terribly inconvenient.

2013: Robert Mueller Unaware Islamic Society of Boston Founded by Al Qaeda.  In the spring of 2013, then-Director of the FBI, Robert Mueller III, testified before the U.S. Congress he was not aware the Muslim Brotherhood's Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) — attended by Boston Marathon bombers (Tsarnaevs) — was founded by Al Qaeda financier Abdurahman Alamoudi.  Abdurahman Alamoudi is a Muslim Brother, a Hamas operative, and a financier for Al Qaeda.  He pled guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia in 2004 after being arrested in 2003 in London with $340,000 cash, and was implicated in a plot with UK-based Al Qaeda operatives to kill Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.  Alamoudi now sits in federal prison.  In fact, during his Congressional testimony, Mr. Mueller made it a point to let Congressman Gohmert (TX) know the FBI was inside the Muslim Brotherhood's ISB prior to the bombing doing "outreach" with the Imam.  Good plan.  Let's see, since 9/11, U.S. government outreach to Muslim Brotherhood organizations has produced ZERO results.

Trump transition lawyer:  Mueller improperly obtained documents in Russia probe.  A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential attorney-client communications, privileged communications and thousands of emails without their knowledge.  In a letter obtained by Fox News and sent to House and Senate committees on Saturday, the transition team's attorney alleges "unlawful conduct" by the career staff at the General Services Administration (GSA) in handing over transition documents to the special counsel's office.

Mueller's allegedly lawless acts have corrupted his probe and demand his removal.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller is accused of acting in complete disregard for the law and must be removed.  And so, too, must his entire team.  There is devastating new evidence to suggest that Mueller and his staff of lawyers improperly, if not illegally, obtained tens of thousands of private documents belonging to President-elect Trump's Presidential Transition Team (PTT).  The material includes emails, laptops and cell phones used by 13 PTT members.  Critically, a "significant volume of privileged material" was taken by Mueller, according to the Trump transition lawyer, and then used by the special counsel team in its investigation.  Mueller's staff apparently admits this egregious violation, which the law strictly forbids.  Under the law, the only remedy is Mueller's dismissal from the case.

Mueller goes over the cliff.  The Mueller team's lunge into criminality reveals exactly how desperate they've become. (And despite what you may have heard from Our Loyal Media, seizing those emails was in fact a crime — presidential transition materials remain private by federal statute.  Mueller never should have been allowed near those messages.)  Soon enough, they'll be accused of more crimes than anybody they're investigating[.]  Even if Mueller were somehow to stumble across actual wrongdoing, the voting public would never, at this point, believe it.

Glenn Reynolds Asks a Good Question; Bob Mueller Won't Answer.  Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election has been plagued with scandal.  In one notorious episode, the FBI agent who was perhaps most critical to the Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as to Mueller's inquiry, Peter Strzok, turned out to be a rabid anti-Trump partisan.  Moreover, he was conducting an extramarital affair with another anti-Trump zealot, Lisa Page, who is an FBI lawyer and also worked on the Russia investigation.  Both Strzok and Page have been dismissed from Mueller's team, but Mueller apparently has tried to cover up the circumstances surrounding their respective transfers.

13 Shocking Facts About Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.  Talking heads act like Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is fair, impartial and unbiased.  But the facts are a wee bit different.

Robert Mueller Is the Resistance.  [Scroll down]  Robert Mueller doesn't even care about the appearance of impropriety, the FBI and DoJ refuse to provide Congress with any information.  The media is nearly 100% opposed to the President and puts out false narratives or distorted, opinionated information to hurt the President.  Obama runs a subversive organization that leads violent protests when the time seems right.  He's also behind much of the media sourcing.  One former U.S. attorney calls the Mueller team "creeps on a mission".  Days ago, Barack Obama compared President Trump to Hitler at an Economic Club in Chicago.  He also lamented not passing stringent gun laws.  It is unprecedented for a past president to behave in this way.  This is the Resistance.

Mueller's 'Right-Hand Man' on Russia Probe Represented Clinton IT Aide Who Set Up Unsecure Server.  Yet another key member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe appears to have deep ties to the Democratic Party.  Aaron Zebley served previously as Mueller's chief of staff at the FBI and as a senior counselor in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice.  He also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the National Security and Terrorism Unit in Alexandria, Virginia.  He is often referred to in the media as Mueller's "right-hand man."  Also, in 2015 when he was a lawyer, he represented Justin Cooper, the IT staffer who personally set up Hillary Clinton's unsecure server in her Chappaqua home, Fox News' Tucker Carlson revealed on his show Thursday [12/7/2017].  Cooper, it so happens, is also the aide who destroyed Clinton's old BlackBerries with a hammer.

Mueller's 'Right Hand Man' Represented Justin Cooper Who Helped Set Up Secret E-Mail Server.  Meet Aaron Zebley, Robert Mueller's "right hand man."  Zebley was an attorney who represented Hillary Clinton aide Justin Cooper, the man who actually set up and managed the secret, bathroom server inside the Clinton household!  Wow, Robert Mueller really knows how to pick them doesn't he.  Robert Mueller and his so called 'dream team' of lawyers once again gets exposed for what it really is.  A witch hunt, loaded with Hillary Clinton and Obama supporters.  Robert Mueller was once a Republican who was a Bush hack.  Mueller has really fallen low.  Using your "right hand man" Aaron Zebley who represented the guy who set up Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server?  Not only is that corrupt, but it shows terrible judgement on Mueller's side.

Mueller's 'Pit Bull' Attended Clinton's Election Night Party.  An attorney for special counsel Robert Mueller attended Hillary Clinton's election night party in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday [12/8/2017].  Andrew Weissmann's attendance at the party is one of many signs pointing to a troubling bias from the attorney.  Weissmann has been described by The New York Times as Mueller's "lieutenant" and "pit bull."  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained an email Tuesday that reveled Weissmann praised former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates' defiance of Trump.

Robert Mueller Deputy Attended Hillary Clinton Election Night Party.  Just when you thought special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election could not be staffed with more political bias, another shoe drops.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Mueller's deputy investigator, Andrew Weissmann, attended Hillary Clinton's election night party in New York City.

What Should Be Done About Mueller's Biased Staff?  Are there any liberal Washington D.C. lawyers who don't despise President Trump.  Yeah, I'm sure there are some.  I'm just not acquainted with them.  In fact, every liberal I know in Washington (lawyer or not) hates or strongly dislikes Trump.  Nor are they shy about saying so.  That's a problem because Robert Mueller's team is full of liberal lawyers from Washington (or who have spent considerable time here). We know they are liberal because they contributed to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and/or Barack Obama.  Conceivably some contributed to Hillary not because they are liberal but because they can't stand Trump.  If so, that raises the problem of anti-Trump bias even more acutely.

Is there anyone in Mueller's office who isn't an anti-Trump fanatic?  On the heels of the revelation that one of Robert Mueller's top aides, Peter Strzok, sent anti-Trump texts to a mistress comes the news that another top employee of the special counsel's investigation, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, sent a congratulatory email to then-acting attorney general Sally Yates, who had illegally refused to defend in the courts Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees from some countries.  Weissmann was a Justice Department official at the time.  The emails were obtained by Judicial Watch.

Mueller Deputy Was Personal Attorney of Ben Rhodes, Represented Clinton Foundation.  On Fox News Tuesday night [12/5/2017], Laura Ingraham reported that yet another one of Robert Mueller's deputies in his Russia investigation is compromised due to her track record as a blatant partisan.  Jeannie Rhee, who was hired by Mueller last summer to work on the probe, was the personal attorney of Ben Rhodes and also represented the Clinton Foundation, Ingraham revealed.  "This information will put further pressure on Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller to resign."  Rhee is the third member of the Mueller team this week who has been shown to be brazenly partisan.  Two other members of the team have been revealed as highly questionable hires in recent days as well — Peter Strzok, an anti-Trumper who helped exonerate Hillary Clinton, and Andrew Weissmann, an unscrupulous prosecutor who told outgoing acting Attorney General Sally Yates in an email that he was "proud" of her for defying President Trump's travel ban.


Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and their conveniently lost text messages


Comey Confirms Lisa Page Helped Peter Strzok Draft Hillary Clinton's Exoneration Statement.  On Saturday, the House Committees released the 235-page transcript from Comey's closed-door interview that was conducted on Friday [12/7/2018].  The Committee on the House Judiciary joint with the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight interviewed fired FBI Director James Comey Friday in a closed-door session that was NOT UNDER OATH according to the transcript.

Rep. Mark Meadows Sends Legal Missive to FISA Court:  Review FBI FISA Abuses by Lovebirds Strzok and Page.  Republican Representative Mark Meadows sent a letter this week to the FISA Court encouraging the secret court to investigate the FISA abuses that took place under President Obama's FBI by love birds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Far Left Democrat Who Dared Trump to Release FISA Docs — Now Says Trump Is "Absolutely Lawless" for Releasing FISA Docs.  Back in April 2017 far left Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) dared President Trump to declassify the Obama DOJ surveillance documents. [...] On Monday [9/17/2018] President Trump went scorched earth and ordered the DOJ to publicly release all text messages WITHOUT REDACTION relating to the Russia investigation from James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.  But now suddenly Democrats are suddenly upset with the transparency.  Eric Swalwell called President Trump's move "absolutely lawless."

Report: FBI and DOJ Officials "Scrambling to Respond" To Declassification Directives.  Beyond the narrative engineering, NBC's Ken Dilanian is reporting from his mutually aligned sources inside the DOJ and FBI.  The basic outline is the embed officials within the DOJ, FBI and larger intelligence community, are not happy about the White House declassification directive.  Why would they be?  These are the same DOJ and FBI officials who, without justification, redacted the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages.

Media Continues Its Slow Suicide.  Text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two high-ranking FBI agents (also in the midst of an illicit affair at the time of these events), continue to expose how they planted damaging stories about Trump associates in the press, even after Trump was sworn in as president.  Strzok — a ubiquitous figure tied to the Clinton email investigation, the Trump-Russian counterintelligence probe, the Mueller team (until he was dismissed from it over the Lisa Page affair), and the Michael Flynn investigation — was fired from the agency last month.  He boasted about a "media leak strategy."  The ploy used reporters as conduits to help justify the FBI's interrogation of Trump officials.

Strzok-Page Texts Show Potential Civil Liberties Violations.  Hours after Jim Comey was fired, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok sent what looks like a very damning text to his lover, FBI attorney Lisa Page.  This report comes via Catherine Herridge of Fox News.  Strzok and Page were discussing whether to open a "case" in a "formal, chargeable way" two hours after Comey was fired.  On May 9, 2017, Strzok wrote:  "We need to open the case we've been waiting on now while Andy is acting."  Andy is Andy McCabe, then-Deputy Director of the FBI and Lisa Page's boss.  Page answered Strzok back, "We need to lock in [redacted].  In a formal chargeable way.  Soon."

Strzok-Page texts calling to 'open' case in 'chargeable way' under fresh scrutiny.  Text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, discussing whether to open a "case" in a "formal chargeable way" after Director James Comey was fired, are under fresh scrutiny after Page told congressional investigators there was no evidence of Russian collusion at the time, according to three congressional sources.  Two hours after Comey's termination became public on May 9, 2017, Strzok, a now-former FBI agent, texted Page, his then-colleague and lover:  "We need to open the case we've been waiting on now while Andy is acting."  "Andy" is a reference to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe who temporarily took over the bureau until Christopher Wray was confirmed as director in August 2017.

Trump to declassify the 'insurance policy' in the Strzok-Page text, Nunes says.  Rep. Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, told Fox News exclusively on Monday that he believes President Trump's order to declassify several documents related to the FBI Russia investigation will expose the "insurance policy" that was referred to in text messages between FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  In a text from Strzok to Page dated Aug. 15, 2016, the pair discussed "an insurance policy" in the event that Donald Trump went on to win the presidential election.  "I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office — that there's no way he gets elected — but I'm afraid we can't take the risk.  It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40," the text read.

Joe diGenova:  Comey, McCabe, and Strzok Are 'Going Down' Over FISA Warrant Abuses.  In the wake of newly released text messages between fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova said he believes "the walls are closing in" on Obama-era FBI and Department of Justice Department officials.  Damning new texts obtained by Fox News this week show former FBI lovebirds Strzok and Page talking about government employees "leaking like mad" and media outlets competing for scoops in the run-up to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Lisa Page testified investigators had no proof of collusion when Robert Mueller was appointed:  Report.  Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted earlier this summer that more than nine months into the federal Russia probe, investigators had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.  "I think this represents that even as far as May 2017, we still couldn't answer the question," Page told lawmakers during a closed-door deposition in July, according to Fox News.  The transcript shows Page stopped mid-answer, asking to consult with her counsel.

Newly Released Peter Strzok Text Messages and Emails — It's Not The Content, It's The Timing That Tells the Story.  Many column inches and media discussions surround the recently released "NEW" text messages and emails attributed to FBI Agent Peter Strzok.  "NEW" revelations that show how the FBI was coordinating a "media leak strategy"; which essentially further evidences the level of corruption within the DOJ and FBI & weaponization for political motives. [...] According to Joe diGenova, there's a seated grand jury ready to pounce on Andrew McCabe, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, Peter Strzok and all the corrupt elements associated within "spygate" and "fisa-gate".  As the diGenova story is told, former FBI chief legal counsel James Baker has "turned states evidence", and is now testifying to the grand scheme, etc.  Exposing all those who participated.

Joe DiGenova:  Latest Strzok-Page texts reveal criminal and civil liability of many officials — 'they are going down'.  The former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Joe DiGenova, knows what he is talking about when it comes to legal liability, and he has the guts to lay out in straight talk what really happened with the conspiracy to swing a presidential election, cover up the effort, and take out a duly elected president.  Last night, on Sean Hannity's show, he explained the fate awaiting not just the Strzok-Page lovebirds, but a range of officials, including James Comey.

Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page 'interned' 'under Clinton,' texts reveal.  Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose Trump-bashing texts made it clear who she backed in the 2016 presidential election, refers in a newly revealed message to serving as an intern "under Clinton."  Page, who exchanged tens of thousands of texts with disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok, revealed the information in one message among a new batch exclusively obtained by Fox News.  "Get inspired and depressing reading that article about how Obama approached the mail room," Page wrote Strzok on Jan. 19, 2017 — the last day of the Obama administration.  "Needless to say, it was very different when I interned there under Clinton."

Strzok-Page Emails Show FBI Officials Using Unsecure Devices for Sensitive Data.  Judicial Watch announced today that it has received 47 pages of records from the Department of Justice, including email exchanges between fired FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page revealing that FBI officials used unsecure devices in discussing how the U.S. could improve the sharing of sensitive data with the European Union top executive governing commission.  The documents also reveal that high-ranking FBI officials were not properly read-in to top secret programs.

Strzok Text to Page:  "The Times is Angry With Us About the WP Scoop".  A series of text messages released Wednesday reveal that former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok was in contact with reporters at the New York Times and Washington Post regarding stories they published about the FBI's investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and President Trump's campaign during the spring of 2017, according to a series of texts obtained by SaraACarter.com.  The text messages suggest that Strzok, along with his paramour, former FBI Attorney Lisa Page, had been in contact with reporters from both newspapers.  Strzok specifically mentioned two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer Michael Schmidt his text message to Page.

Mark Meadows:  We Have the Reporters' Names Who Strzok and Page Leaked to.  On Wednesday night [9/12/2018] Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Freedom Caucus founder Mark Meadows (R-NC) joined Sean Hannity to discuss the latest Peter Strzok — Lisa Page text messages that show a coordination between the FBI and DOJ in their efforts in 2017 to detroy the sitting US President Trump.  The latest text messages from the anti-Trump officials show how they were feeding anti-Trump articles to the press.  The newly released documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee reveal deep state operatives Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were discussing a strategy to leak unverified information to the media in an effort to damage President Trump.  Jordan told Stuart Varney earlier today that one liberal reporter had 13 different sources from within the FBI feeding him information.

New Strzok-Page texts reveal others were 'leaking like mad' in lead up to Trump-Russia probe.  New text messages between ex-FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page reveal others were "leaking like mad" in the run-up to the Trump-Russia collusion probe, according to new communications between the former lovers obtained exclusively by Fox News.  A lengthy exchange dated Dec. 15, 2016 appears to reveal a potential leak operation for "political" purposes.

New Texts Reveal FBI Leaked Information to the Press to Damage Trump.  Newly released text messages and documents obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveal that senior members of the FBI and Department of Justice led a coordinated effort to leak unverified information to the press regarding alleged collusion with Russia to damage President Donald Trump's administration, according to a letter sent by the committee to the DOJ Monday [9/10/2018].

New Strzok-Page Texts Reveal FBI Leak Strategy to Damage Trump after Election.  Newly released documents obtained by Congress reveal an "apparent systemic culture of media leaking" among high-level FBI and Justice Department officials, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) charged in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Monday [9/10/2018].  In the letter, Meadows said a review of the new documents raised "grave concerns" that the officials were leaking unverified material related to ongoing investigations to the press in an effort to damage President Trump early in his presidency.  Two text messages, in particular, exchanged in April 2017 between now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page, raised alarm bells, according to Meadows, who serves on the House Oversight Committee.

From One Psychodrama to Another.  [Peter] Strzok was seemingly just a nobody who happened to have interviewed Michael Flynn and concluded that he was truthful, before his superiors apparently decided that Flynn should be indicted for being untruthful.  Strzok led the FBI investigatory team looking into the Clinton emails.  He had helped to edit James Comey's summary findings exonerating Hillary Clinton from culpability even before interviewing her.  He helped to lead the FBI investigation into Russian-Trump "collusion," and was a key member of Robert Mueller's special counsel team.  Strzok exchanged thousands of texts with his paramour and fellow Mueller team members Lisa Page, some of which expressed hatred for Trump and his supporters, and alluded to efforts to subvert his campaign and presidency.

And They Wonder Why We're Angry.  Peter Strzok exudes the temperament of the interpretive classes.  He can "smell Trump supporters at Walmart."  The public is generally intrigued and surprised that someone like Strzok might go to a Walmart.  Strzok's leadership of the Hillary Clinton server investigation and more recently the Russian collusion case causes the public to believe that justice is a rigged game in Washington.

Peter Strzok drank that dirty water.  Disgraced, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok worked in the Boston office of the Famous But Incompetent agency.  Why am I not surprised?  The most corrupt G-man in American history getting his start in the most corrupt outpost of the squalid agency — it makes perfect sense.  So why won't the FBI admit Strzok's impeccable pedigree?  I asked the FBI to confirm his years in the Boston crime school and got back this terse response:  "The FBI does not comment on personnel matters."  But it's true, and of all the horrible, slimy, sleaziest agents to come out of Boston, Strzok may be the worst.  The others just wanted to take bribes and booze from gangsters, and maybe kill one or two "rats" who crossed their underworld paymasters.  Strzok, on the other hand, wanted an "insurance policy" to fix the 2016 presidential election, even though he knew that when it came to crimes by Donald Trump, "there is no there there."

We knew Peter Strzok was gutless.  His begging reveals that he's shameless, too.  What's the most disgusting thing about Peter Strzok, the disgraced anti-Trump FBI agent who was fired a few days ago for unprofessional behaviour?  I know, I know, you've got a lot to choose from there.  Some might say 'Cheating on his wife with fellow FBI employee and anti-Trump hysteric Lisa Page.' Some might point to his extraordinary texts about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. [...] At the end of the day, however, I think it is Peter Strzok's coda that is the most repellent thing about him.  Inspired, perhaps, by yet another disgraced FBI agent, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok was barely out on the pavement in front of FBI headquarters before he started a 'GoFundMe' campaign.  At first he was asking for $150,000.  When the money started pouring in, he raised his goal to $350,000.  As I write, his goal is $500,000 and he has managed to attract $417,000 from 10,000 credulous souls.

The Weekly Standard's Ties to Fusion GPS.  In his online appeal for money after being fired this week, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok credited an unlikely source to vouch for his victim status:  The Weekly Standard.  At one time a leading conservative magazine, the Standard declared last month that Strzok's plight was merely an "overwrought tale of bias" and the case against him is "just sound and fury." [...] Strzok is following only 32 people on his newly-verified Twitter account.  Bill Kristol, the editor-at-large of the Standard, is one of them.  So, what's with the fanboying between the Standard — an allegedly serious publication dedicated to advancing conservative principles — and a corrupt government bureaucrat who embodies everything the conservative movement fought against for decades?

Why Are People Giving Peter Strzok Their Money?  This week, it was the news that fired FBI agent Peter Strzok has raised over $400,000 for his legal costs and lost income via a GoFundMe campaign.  Let me rephrase:  Actual people with actual brains actually decided that the best use of their hard-earned cash was to just give it away to this dude.  I really can't believe it.  I mean, I thought I was bad with money until I saw people were giving theirs to Peter [...] Strzok.

Strzok Fired, Likely Bruce Ohr is Next — False FISA Affidavits, Fraudulent 302s, Security Clearances Under Review.  The media narrative surrounding FBI Agent Peter Strzok's firing has been framed, almost exclusively, around his political text messages.  Given the nature of the media participation in the events this is not surprising.  However, Strzok's text messages have no bearing on his firing.

Trey Gowdy:  Peter Strzok is the Only Person Responsible For His Firing and He Completely Earned It.  In the aftermath of his firing, FBI agent Peter Strzok is claiming his forced departure from the agency is purely political and his lawyer argues the termination came as a surprise.  "We had an agreement with the FBI's Office for Professional Responsibility, which is the main caretaker for internal discipline, that he would get a 60-day suspension and a demotion.  At the last minute, that was countermanded by (FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich) and he was fired.  So yeah, we were surprised," Strzok's attorney told CNN.

Peter Strzok is Neither a Victim Nor a Martyr.  In our polarized age of spite-based politics, some partisans have taken the 'enemy of my enemy is my friend' concept to preposterous lengths.  One of the more bizarre manifestations of this phenomenon has been the celebration and cultural martyrdom of a number of law enforcement officials who've been fired from their jobs over professional misconduct.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who repeatedly and knowingly lied to federal investigators, was showered with cash by The Resistance after his dismissal, because he was a frequent target of President Trump's ire.

Fitton Says Strzok's Firing Is 'Body Blow' to Mueller Probe.  Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that the firing of former FBI agent Peter Strzok was "long overdue." Strzok, who played leading roles on the Clinton email investigation and the Russia probe, was terminated from the bureau on Friday, according to his attorney, who added that the firing was politically motivated.

The Real Reasons Peter Strzok was Fired from the FBI.  There are certainly more than just the anti-Trump text messages sent by former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok that led the second in command at the FBI to fire him.  FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich actually overruled a recommendation by the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) to suspend and demote the former senior agent, and instead, terminated Strzok on Friday [8/10/2018].  But, what could have led FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, to make the decision to overrule OPR?  Why didn't FBI Director Christopher Wray take charge and fire Strzok himself?

Strzok's firing reveals the scandal at the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility.  Because Trump-haters already are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to Peter Strzok's GoFundMe begathon, they are likely to fund his lawyers making an issue of his firing.  The fact that the deputy director of the FBI overruled the Office of Professional Responsibility's recommendation for a mild penalty of a 60-day suspension and a demotion will no doubt be a centerpiece of their argument that politics reared its ugly head, and he is a martyr.

In Peter Strzok, Trump haters have picked a truly repulsive martyr to their cause.  Just like his former boss (and co-conspirator) Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, has established a Gofundme page to raise money for his anticipated legal issues lying ahead.

Peter Strzok's pain.  The lad got fired from the FBI, where once he strode the earth like a colossus.  He was reduced to making cute faces at the congressmen grilling him when he went in front of them to lie thru his teeth explain himself.  Now he leaves, apparently with no pension.

Good riddance — finally — to Peter Strzok, a D.C. disgrace.  What [...] took so long?  That's how every normal person responded to yesterday's announcement that amorous FBI agent Peter Strzok had finally been sacked.  The Trump-bashing bureaucrat was banished to the FBI's basement a year ago.  But Strzok kept the paycheck-pension gravy train rolling until now.

Peter Strzok is fired, and this former FBI agent is shedding no tears for him.  Yes, some form of justice has been served.  Strzok's conduct while overseeing two supremely consequential FBI investigations was unconscionable.  He tarnished the badge and committed the ultimate bureau "sin" — he embarrassed the FBI.  Strzok was the epitome of a "blue-flamer," FBI parlance for a ruthless promotion-seeker.  He may well serve as a cautionary tale during future reviews of the Robert Mueller-era management program named "Up of Out," that long unpopular administrative contrivance sought to incentivize junior employee migrations to Washington D.C. and FBI headquarters.

Feinstein, Strzok, and the Sinister Russia Probe.  One of the salient facts to remember in the wake of the firing (finally!) of Peter Strzok is that the man was the chief of the Counterespionage Section of the FBI.  That means the man in charge of counterespionage for the Unites States of America was conducting an extramarital affair with another important Justice Department employee via text messages that could easily have been hacked by a high school student.  Roll that around in your mind for a moment.  Can you think of anything dumber in the intelligence world?  You don't have to have read any of a dozen John le Carré novels to understand how foolhardy it was, how it made Strzok subject to all sorts of skullduggery from foreign powers.  No wonder it took them so long to fire him.  There must have been a lot to investigate besides his ridiculously biased and jejune politics.

Feinstein, Strzok, and the Sinister Russia Probe.  [Scroll down]  Separately or together they had the solution.  Bring someone else far less criminal to the dock — like Michael Flynn, who had had the temerity to criticize their beloved Iran Deal.  Let that poor sucker take the heat.  Put good old Strzok in there to sink him.  Then accuse a president — who, conveniently, has a tendency toward malapropisms — of covering up whatever (it doesn't matter — pick anything).  With any luck they can nail that president for perjury or that most heinous of sins, lying to the FBI.  He could be a second Martha Stewart.  Then they're really off the hook.  Rabid dogs of the press and the opposition party will demand impeachment.  Again, it doesn't matter for what as long as it happens.  Distraction is all.  And lucky for them they have two functional eunuchs standing by, ever willing to protect the organization at the expense of the truth — Christopher Wray and Jeff Sessions.

Anti-Trump FBI Agent Peter Strzok Fired.  Peter Strzok has been fired from the FBI for violating bureau policies, according to The New York Times.  Strzok has come under heavy fire from just about all directions in recent months for sending countless text messages smearing President Donald Trump and making controversial comments that implied he could take action to prevent Trump from taking office.  However, he also allegedly sent classified information to a personal email account.

The FBI Finally Fires Peter Strzok.  This guy's disdain for our system was on full display during his appearance last month before the House Oversight Committee, where he could barely conceal his contempt for our elected representatives and somehow insisted he put country before his personal beliefs, despite the clear documentary evidence that he did not.  Whether it's Strozk or former FBI Director James Comey, who decided he should play attorney general and determine whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton, the sense of entitlement among our highest ranking police is perhaps the most frightening thing I've seen out of the Russia collusion investigation.

FBI agent Peter Strzok fired over anti-Trump texts.  The FBI fired Agent Peter Strzok — at one time one of the leaders of the bureau's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with Donald Trump's campaign — for writing critical text messages about the future president, the Washington Post reported Monday [8/13/2018].  Aitan Goelman, Strzok's lawyer, told the paper that FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich ordered that Strzok be canned on Friday — even though the head of the FBI office that usually metes out discipline had ruled Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension.  Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI's assurances that Strzok would go through the normal disciplinary process.

FBI agent Peter Strzok fired over anti-Trump texts.  The FBI has fired Agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts.  Aitan Goelman, Strzok's lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension.  Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI's repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process.  "This isn't the normal process in any way more than name," Goelman said.  The FBI declined to comment.

What The Peter Strzok Firing Actually Means.  On Monday [8/13/2018], FBI agent Peter Strzok — the agent who presided over both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian election interference investigation while texting with his mistress about stopping President Trump — finally got the axe.  The Department of Justice Inspector General report on the Hillary investigation was highly critical of Strzok, stating that his texts "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations," and added that Strzok's behavior "not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects."  The report found that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over the Hillary investigation could have been biased:  "Under these circumstances, we did not have confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias."  The report concluded that Strzok's activities were "antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice."

Anti-Trump FBI agent Strzok allowed to declassify documents after joining Mueller probe:  Watchdog.  New internal emails show that anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok demanded to preserve all the powers he held as a deputy assistant director as he agreed to move to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe in 2017.  The emails show his superiors agreed and made him a "floating" deputy who could still handle counterintelligence cases and declassify documents as he investigated the Trump campaign for Mr. Mueller.  The emails were obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.  President Tom Fitton has emerged as one of Washington's most aggressive investigators into how the Justice Department and the FBI pursued President Trump.

Strzok demanded declassification, other FBI powers before joining Mueller team, emails show.  Anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok insisted on preserving his security clearance and powers he held as a deputy assistant director at the agency before joining Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, newly released emails show.  The emails, acquired by the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, reveal that Strzok's supervisor agreed to make him a "floating" deputy who would be able to approve national security letters and declassify documents — all while working on the Mueller team investigating the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with the Russian government.

New Emails Show Strzok Gave Special Counsel "Special Authorities" to Target Trump.  In a July 13, 2017 email to numerous FBI officials (some of whom are redacted), Strzok says he wants to keep the privileges he had while serving as the deputy assistant director (DAD) in the counterintelligence division (CD) of the FBI:  "Broadly, I need to be able to act at least in the capacity of my old CD DAD job — approve NSLs [national security letters], conduct [redacted] declassify information, [redacted] agent travel, requisitions, etc.  Of those, the most problematic and one of the most essential is declassification authority."

New FBI Texts:  An Obama Briefing, a Mysterious Month-Long Gap, and an Anti-Trump Mission.  We are now getting our first look at a new trove of text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — who were having an affair during the 2016 election cycle as they worked on the Clinton email investigation, then later as part of the Mueller probe, from which they've been dismissed.  The messages reinforce some previously-known dynamics, but also raise new questions.

Lisa Page throws ex-lover, Peter Strzok, under the bus.  While Peter Strzok's testimony put a face on the deceptive and secretive Deep State, GOP lawmakers who were present at Lisa Page's closed-door deposition said they learned a lot of new information from the ex-FBI lawyer, and ex-lover of Peter Strzok.  Lisa Page confirmed to GOP lawmakers that the text messages sent between her and her lover Strzok "meant exactly what they said," contrary to Strzok's testimony.

Lisa Page Confirms:  The Chinese, Not The Russians, Hacked Hillary's Emails.  Hillary Rodham Clinton's Blackberry was hacked by the Chinese, according to Peter Strzok's mistress Lisa Page, who testified behind closed doors about her role in Operation Crossfire Hurricane.  While her boyfriend Strzok stonewalled Congress, Page was open to cooperating behind the scenes with Republican lawmakers.  Ohio's Jim Jordan led the way in getting Page into backdoor meetings where she aided investigators in their probe of Page and Strzok's collusion against the Trump government.

One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American.  [Page and Strzok's] extraordinary texting affair on their government phones has given the FBI a black eye, laying bare a raw political bias brought into the workplace that agents are supposed to check at the door when they strap on their guns and badges.  It is no longer in dispute that they held animus for Donald Trump, who was a subject of their Russia probe, or that they openly discussed using the powers of their office to "stop" Trump from becoming president.  The only question is whether any official acts they took in the Russia collusion probe were driven by those sentiments.  The Justice Department's inspector general is endeavoring to answer that question.

Report: Lisa Page revealed under oath that there was no basis for Mueller's appointment.  Earlier reports indicated that Page has been answering questions from the House Judiciary Committee quite frankly and may even have cut a deal selling out her ex-lover Peter Strzok over their professional misbehavior (and quite possibly worse) in targeting the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump with the intelligence-gathering tools of the FBI.  Last night [7/19/2018], John Solomon of The Hill revealed that he has obtained information from sources who heard Page's testimony in two days of sworn depositions behind closed doors that she offered a bombshell confirmation of the meaning of one of the most enigmatic text messages that the public has seen (keep in mind that there are many yet to be released).

Lisa Page cooperates.  Last Friday, Lisa Page testified in closed session before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.  That's the same body that publicly grilled Peter Strzok, with whom Page exchanged venomous texts about Donald Trump. [...] According to Rep. John Ratcliff, Page testified that the text messages she exchanged with Strzok mean exactly what they say.  Words tend to do that, so Page's testimony isn't earth-shattering.  However, it differs from that of Strzok who tried desperately to spin some of his writings in ways that defy common sense.  Page can't testify with 100 percent certainty about what Strzok meant by what he texted.  But they were lovers who texted constantly, so she should know.  Her interpretation of his texts, to the extent she offered it in her testimony, would be far more credible than Strzok's contorted, self-serving gloss.

Smirking Strzok's weakness:  Lisa Page.  Peter Strzok was so busy remembering his lies when he testified in front of Congress that he forgot one important piece of information.  His better half, Lisa Page, had not yet testified; she owed him absolutely nothing; and the two were never married!  In other words, there is nothing that he can do to prevent her from testifying against him.  As he sat in front of Congress with a pompous smirk on his face, Lisa Page was probably salivating — not for him, but for the treasure trove of information she had against Mr. Strzok, Mr. Comey, and some of the other "players" allegedly colluding against President Trump (then candidate Trump).  Obviously, Ms. Page was well aware of where Mr. Strzok's testimony was false.  As a seasoned attorney, she also knew that some of his lies would provide useful ammunition or bargaining chips for her down the road.

GOP Rep:  Lisa Page Contradicted Peter Strzok's Testimony.  Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe claimed on Monday that FBI lawyer Lisa Page contradicted many parts of testimony from her colleague and lover Peter Strzok.  Page testified for two days behind closed doors about her influence on the FBI's investigations into Russia and Hillary Clinton's emails less than one week after Strzok.  Strozk denied that texts he exchanged with Page — particularly one promising they would "stop" Trump from becoming president — were indicative of bias that affected the investigations.  However, Ratcliffe alleged that Page contradicted Strzok in her testimony and even admitted that the texts "mean exactly what they say."

New Text Messages Prove Obama White House was Involved in Early Stages of Trump-Russia Investigation.  Obama's pure corruption is starting to leak out.  It won't be long until someone in his administration needs to save themselves and expose him & other bad apples.  Now, is the time for "Patriots"!  The Republic is hanging in the balance.  Treasonous collusion at highest levels within the government.  Time to convene independent prosecutor's counsel and root out, those that are responsible for attempting to destroy our Constitutional Republic.  It was obvious from the very beginning that Mueller's investigation was seriously compromised!  We already know the FBI agent Peter Strzok was sending anti-Trump messages to his colleague — an FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

The appearance of FBI counsel in the interview with Page.  I think this is very telling.  "The appearance of FBI counsel in the interview with [Former FBI lawyer Lisa] Page, who left the bureau in May, also frustrated Republicans Friday [7/13/2018]."  "Lisa Page is not an FBI employee, but the FBI was here providing counsel and giving her direction as to which questions to answer or not answer and there is a question as to the propriety of that before the House."  The FBI is part of the Justice Department.  And the Justice Department is part of the Executive Branch.  Trump can fire anyone he wants, for no reason.  He isn't.  Therefore Sessions, Rosenstein, and Wray are working on something MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than nonexistent collusion with Russia.  I don't know where Mueller fits in, but he doesn't matter.  I'm now convinced that Peter Strzok was an Iranian agent, and President Obama was being blackmailed by Iran.

Ethics must be upheld at FBI.  Yesterday's hearing on Capitol Hill featuring FBI agent Peter Strzok quickly turned into a political firefight among lawmakers, but overall it was a damning illustration of the toxic culture that exists within the Washington, D.C., beltway.  At one point, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy confronted the former investigator over some anti-Trump texts he had sent.  In 2016, after FBI lawyer Lisa Page asked Strzok if Trump would ever become the president, his response was, "No.  No he won't.  We'll stop it."  Republican committee members read a number of Strzok's vitriolic texts about Donald Trump and his supporters, and at one point Congressman Darrel Issa even directed Strzok to read them himself, which he did.

Yes, It's True:  Peter Strzok Failed His Polygraph Yet Retained Security Clearance and Position on Two Investigations.  Yes, FBI Agent Peter Strzok failed his polygraph and his supervisors were notified on January 16th, 2016, his results were "out of scope".  Meaning he failed his polygraph test.  Yet he was never removed from any responsibilities; and against dept policy, he did not have his clearance revoked until he could clear.  This was discussed during the Rosenstein testimony and overlooked by most.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page said to be 'cooperative' during Capitol Hill meeting about anti-Trump texts.  Republican lawmakers contend that former FBI lawyer Lisa Page provided new information during private testimony Friday that further convinces them political bias marred the investigations of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia.  Though they offered no specifics, several GOP congressmen characterized Page as "cooperative," "forthcoming" and "transparent" during her interview with the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.  The closed-door session lasted nearly five hours and was expected to resume Monday afternoon [7/16/2018].

Lisa Page Testimony Highlights Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Lied To Chairman Devin Nunes.  On January 3rd, 2018, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein entered an agreement for witness testimony.  One of those witnesses was FBI Attorney Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe's former special counsel.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page gets closed-door grilling from House Republicans.  Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page on Friday afternoon [7/13/2018] faced a grilling from House Republicans keen to uncover any discrepancies between her testimony and Peter Strzok's, the counterintelligence agent who testified in public for 10 hours the day before.  Where the marathon Strzok hearing was a pageant display of the animosity and deeply divided politics surrounding the bureau, Page's closed-door deposition led to few fireworks.

Speaker Ryan Threatens Lisa Page with Contempt of Congress.  On Tuesday night Trump-hating FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her legal counsel announced she will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday despite a Congressional subpoena.  The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Lisa Page to appear in a closed-door interview Wednesday [7/11/2018].  But just like every other Deep State operative, Lisa Page believes she's above the law.

DOJ Attorney Lisa Page Refuses To Testify To Congress.  DOJ Attorney and Special Counsel to FBI Deputy Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, is now refusing to testify to congress over her involvement in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 DOJ and FBI operations to exonerate Hillary Clinton and stop candidate Donald Trump.

'I want to see all their texts!' Rudy Giuliani blasts Mueller's team and says he'd bet dinner that special counsel's top aides were exchanging anti-Trump messages.  Rudy Giuliani said Monday [7/9/2018] that he suspects Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of lawyers is rife with anti-Trump partisans who have vented their anger at the president in text messages like those that drove disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok out of a position of power last year.  Mueller is investigating so-far unproven claims that President Trump's campaign organization colluded with agents of the Kremlin in order to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

Ms. Page Regrets She's Unable to Testify Today.  Subpoenas do not come with the option of regrets.  At least, that's how it's supposed to work.  For Lisa Page, however, one half of the infamous pair of "FBI Lovers", the option is apparently there.  Just hours before her required appearance before the House Judiciary Committee to discuss her role in the FBI's bias surrounding the Trump election, her lawyer informed the committee that she would not be appearing.  According to Page's lawyer, she needs more time to review materials in preparation for her testimony.  According to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), however, Page had more than enough time to review the documents in question.

Strzok, the FBI, and Bias.  [Scroll down]  The question of whether Strzok, Page, Comey, McCabe and the rest were able to "put their biases aside" is actually secondary, because no one with any common sense at all, or any experience with the way people actually operate, believes they did, including all the Democrats doing everything they can to disrupt the hearing, throw a blockade around Strzok, and prevent the truth from coming out.  The real question is:  What is the FBI going to do to make sure that in the future, agents understand their obligation to fairness begins way before the point when they have allowed themselves to become so overburdened with opinions, prejudgements, and biases that they have to figure out how to conduct themselves honorably despite the looming influence of entrenched and emotionally significant baggage.

The Gangster State.  Peter Strozk is the focus of a very serious criminal conspiracy to subvert the last election.  A mountain of evidence pointing to his guilt has been in the public domain for a year, yet he was just recently fired from the FBI.  He has not been charged with anything and it appears he will never be charged.  In fact, he is now telling Congress he has no intention of testifying.  It is not that he plans to take the fifth.  He is not going to show up.  Their silly laws no longer apply to people in his gang.  Again, this gets to the way in which gang life operates.  There may be rules, but what matters is who enforces the rules and on whom the rules are to be applied.  In this case, the wide ranging criminal organization known as the Democratic Party will never let their people get punished by the Republicans.  Those rules about complying with a subpoena from Congress only apply when the gangsters with power can enforce them and they will only enforce them when it suits their interests.  This is gang life.  This is the gangster state.

Gowdy to Strzok: Please Explain Why You Texted "F Trump" Before Interviewing a Single Witness.  There may not have been much new substance revealed during Peter Strzok's testimony, as Jazz predicted, but everyone got to watch a lot of score-settling.  Republicans in the hearing went after Strzok, Strzok went after them, Democrats and Republicans fought with and talked over each other, and voters got another reason to either cheer or boo depending on who was talking at the moment.  How bad were the disconnects?  No one seemed to agree how Strzok ended up at the table today [7/12/2018], let alone what he could be asked.  Strzok ended up facing a charge of contempt of Congress for refusing to give Rep. Trey Gowdy the number of people he interviewed before beginning his text tirades about Donald Trump: [...] Regardless, Gowdy already knew the answer, even if Strzok would not provide it.

Strzok's Narcissistic Testimony.  The FBI's Peter Strzok had clearly been studying the work of his superior, Comey.  His testimony was a stew of self-righteous preening.  Caught red-handed, Strzok insisted that he's a patriot who had been victimized by libels.  And if you criticize him, you're working for Moscow.  It was a deeply silly and thoroughly offensive performance that was, with equal predictability, applauded by Democrats.  Whatever else Strzok may have done, he's anti-Trump and therefore worth applauding.

Two Systems of Justice:  FBI Lovebird Lisa Page Spits on Congressional Subpoena.  GOP Congressional investigators are furious after former FBI attorney Lisa Page issued a statement through her attorney notifying a jount House panel that she would ignore a subpoena to appear on Wednesday because she wasn't allowed access to documents by the FBI.  Page's attorney, Amy Jeffress, claimed that "Lisa and I went to the FBI today to review the materials that were previously produced to Congress related to her propsed interview, but after waiting for more than three hours, we were not provided with any documents."

Fireworks at Strzok hearing as GOP reps fume at anti-Trump FBI agent, threaten contempt.  FBI official Peter Strzok's first public hearing tumbled into a rancorous and heated political fracas on Thursday [7/12/2018], as Republicans clashed with Democrats as well as the former investigator over his anti-Trump texts — and even threatened contempt for refusing to answer questions on the Russia probe.  Strzok, throughout it all, remained defiant and maintained that he did not show bias in those infamous messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.  The contempt threat surfaced after House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., questioned "how many witnesses" Strzok interviewed before an August 2016 text from Strzok to Page stating "we'll stop" then-candidate Trump from becoming president.

[Why] was Strzok doing investigating for the FBI without a security clearance?  In the intelligence world, a security clearance, especially a really high one, is not only the job requirement, it's the ultimate status object.  It shields one from having to answer questions from curious outsiders, and it gives a wide berth for actions that other people are not allowed to do, such as surveillance and spying[.]  So why was Peter Strzok running around without a security clearance, in the nation's top counterintelligence outfit, as its director of counterintelligence?

Peter Strzok faces the music.  FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok will face hostile questions from Republicans on Thursday [7/12/2018] when he appears before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees for a public hearing.  In his first public hearing since the Department of Justice inspector general released a report outlining his anti-Trump texts to his FBI lawyer mistress, GOP lawmakers will be looking hard for signs that Strzok's bias swayed decisions he made in the FBI's investigations of Hillary Clinton and then-candidate Donald Trump.  The IG report acknowledged his bias and other biases in the FBI, but said none of them had an impact on the outcome of either the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server or the probe into Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to win the 2016 election.  Republicans will be looking to refute that finding.

FBI agent set for public House grilling.  House Republicans are sharpening their knives for Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the counterintelligence agent and former FBI lawyer who exchanged a series of anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 campaign.  Two powerful committees — Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform — will publicly grill Strzok on Thursday.  And conservatives have given Page 48 hours to comply with a subpoena that she flouted on Wednesday morning, either by appearing behind closed doors on Friday or alongside Strzok in public on Thursday [7/12/2018].  The fight over Strzok and Page has become increasingly acrimonious.  House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) threatened to hold Page in contempt on Wednesday, while a lawyer for Page accused Republicans of "bullying" tactics in their investigation into the bureau's handling of investigations during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sex, Lies and the Deep State.  At the heart of the effort to bring down President Trump were two affairs.  Unlike the bizarre lies about Moscow hotel rooms and prostitutes in the Steele dossier that was used by the Clinton campaign and its allies to smear President Trump and generate an investigation against him, these affairs truly took place.  And they didn't just expose the malfeasance of four people, but of a corrupt political culture.  The affairs between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in the FBI, and between Senate Intelligence Committee security director James Wolfe and New York Times reporter Ali Watkins, did more than betray the spouses of Strzok, Page and Wolfe.  They also betrayed the duties of the two men and two women.  The affairs were not private matters.  The two illicit sexual relationships were also illicit political arrangements.

Yes, It's True:  Peter Strzok Failed His Polygraph Yet Retained Security Clearance and Position on Two Investigations.  Yes, FBI Agent Peter Strzok failed his polygraph and his supervisors were notified on January 16th, 2016, his results were "out of scope".  Meaning he failed his polygraph test.  Yet he was never removed from any responsibilities; and against dept policy, he did not have his clearance revoked until he could clear.

House Committee Subpoenas Peter Strzok To Testify In Public.  The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former FBI official Peter Strzok to appear at a public hearing July 10.  Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte issued the subpoena to force Strzok to appear before both the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees.  The hearing will focus on Strzok's work on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The men and women who went after Trump didn't just cheat on their partners, they cheated on America.  The affairs between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in the FBI, and between Senate Intelligence Committee security director James Wolfe and New York Times reporter Ali Watkins, did more than betray the spouses of Strzok, Page and Wolfe.  They also betrayed the duties of the two men and two women.  The affairs were not private matters.  The two illicit sexual relationships were also illicit political arrangements.

House panel subpoenas FBI agent Peter Strzok for second round of questioning.  The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok Tuesday [7/3/2018] for a second round of questioning early next week, but this time it will be public.  Strzok, formerly the No. 2 counterintelligence official at the FBI, has been lambasted by Republicans lawmakers for the mountain of text messages he exchanged with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page disparaging then-candidate Donald Trump during the time the pair worked on the investigations into Hillary Clinton's private email server and potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Strzok Subpoenaed for Public Hearing.  Congress has subpoenaed embattled, anti-Trump FBI official Peter Strzok to appear before a public hearing next week.  The subpoena — issued by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) — scheduled a joint hearing between the Judiciary and Oversight committees for July 10 at 10 a.m., however, it is unknown if Strzok will comply.

Chairman Goodlatte:  "FBI Lawyers instructed Peter Strzok not to answer many, many questions".  Suffice to say it's not a good look when lawyers representing the FBI are telling the central witness within a political conspiracy involving the FBI not to answer questions from congressional oversight.  House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte tells Martha MacCallum that FBI lawyers are instructing FBI Agent Peter Strzok not to answer questions from congress about the nature of his involvement within a DOJ/FBI conspiracy to stop a political candidate; and later to overthrow a presidency.  Additionally Chairman Goodlatte states the answers agent Strzok did give about his text messages was "not believable".

Trump ticked after disgraced FBI texter clams up under questioning on Hill.  President Trump on Thursday blasted FBI agent Peter Strzok for refusing to answer "many questions" in his closed-door grilling on Capitol Hill this week — and took a shot at Special Counsel Robert Mueller over alleged "Conflicts of Interest."  "Lover FBI Agent Peter Strzok was given poor marks on yesterday's closed door testimony and, according to most reports, refused to answer many questions.  There was no Collusion and the Witch Hunt, headed by 13 Angry Democrats and others who are totally conflicted, is Rigged!" Trump tweeted early Thursday [6/28/2018].

What did Peter Strzok do?  As former top FBI official Peter Strzok faces congressional requests to testify, it's worth examining who he is. [...] Strzok isn't just any rank-and-file guy spouting off in one ill-advised email.  His fingerprints were on every FBI investigation that stood to impact Clinton's presidential candidacy or to hurt Trump before and after the 2016 election.  He was chief of the FBI's Counterespionage Section and number two in the FBI's Counterintelligence Division.  He led the team of investigators in the Clinton classified email probe and led the FBI investigation into alleged Russian interference in the election.

How did Peter Strzok's notorious text stay hidden so long?  The Justice Department gave Congress [Lisa] Page's "not ever going to become president" text months ago, when it produced thousands of texts to Hill investigators.  But lawmakers — and the public — did not learn of the explosive second part of the exchange — [Peter] Strzok's "We'll stop it" answer — until last Thursday, when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on the Clinton email investigation was released.  The newly-revealed text was devastating on its face.  But it also raised eyebrows among Republicans who immediately asked why it had been not been turned over to lawmakers months ago.

Rudy Giuliani:  Mueller needs to be investigated for hiring FBI agent Peter Strzok.  Special counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the Trump campaign, needs to be questioned under oath for his hiring of partisan FBI agents, according to the president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.  "The investigators need to be investigated," Giuliani said on Tuesday [6/19/2018] during an interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo.  Mueller, a registered Republican, has come under fire for hiring FBI official Peter Strzok, whose politically charged texts were uncovered by the Justice Department inspector general report.  Strzok called Trump an "idiot" and wrote that they "can't take the risk" of a Trump victory.

Trump Napalms Strzok And Page For Biased Texts.  President Donald Trump called the Russia investigation a "phony witch hunt" on Wednesday night [6/20/2018] and noted the bias of FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  [Video clip]  Strzok and Page, who were engaged in an extramarital affair, exchanged a number of biased messages against Trump prior to his election and discussed ways to stop his presidency.

'Extraordinary' Strzok removal shows FBI agents in crosshairs from IG probe.  Peter Strzok's abrupt removal from his FBI office this week signaled that the Justice Department inspector general's work already is leading to consequences for bureau officials ensnared in various probes — with potentially more repercussions to come.  Strzok, who worked on both the Clinton email and Russia probes, was escorted from the FBI on Tuesday [6/19/2018], following a referral for further investigation from DOJ IG Michael Horowitz.  The watchdog, as part of his Clinton case review, found that Strzok and four other FBI employees sent "hostile" anti-Trump messages on bureau devices.

Mueller needs to be investigated for hiring FBI agent Peter Strzok:  Rudy Giuliani.  Special counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the Trump campaign, needs to be questioned under oath for his hiring of partisan FBI agents, according to the president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.  "The investigators need to be investigated," Giuliani said on Tuesday [6/19/2018] during an interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo.

IG confirms he is reviewing whether Strzok's anti-Trump bias impacted launch of Russia probe.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed Tuesday that he is investigating whether FBI official Peter Strzok's anti-Trump bias factored into the launch of the bureau's Russia probe.  During a joint hearing before the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, Horowitz testified that his office was reviewing Strzok's anti-Trump text messages as part of a separate probe related to the Russia investigation.  "It clearly shows a biased state of mind," Horowitz said, referring to text messages written as the FBI probe of Hillary Clinton's private email use was wrapping up and the Russia probe was getting underway.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok, author of anti-Trump text messages, escorted out of bureau headquarters but still employed:  Lawyer.  Peter Strzok, the FBI agent whose text messages highly critical of President Donald Trump have fueled claims that the special counsel's ongoing investigation of the Trump presidential campaign is tainted by bias, was escorted out of the bureau's headquarters, his lawyer said Tuesday [6/19/2018]. [...] Strzok was removed from the investigatory team headed by special counsel Robert Mueller last summer after he became aware of Strzok's communications with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer romantically involved with the agent.

Mueller Has Strzok Out.  The other night MSNBC ran a fawning documentary about James Comey.  It was full of howlers about the unfathomable depths of his "integrity."  None of the clips age well, but one in particular captured the utter lunacy of Comey serving as Mueller's presumed chief witness — a clip in which Comey accuses Trump of "lies, plain and simple" for describing the FBI as "poorly led" and in "disarray."  Here is a former FBI director categorizing Trump's opinion, and a manifestly correct one at that, as "lies."

FBI lover Peter Strzok is escorted OUT of the agency but still in a job after his 'Stop Trump' message was revealed.  FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was revealed to have sent a text to his FBI lover saying he would 'stop' Trump, was marched out of the building Friday [6/22/2018], following the release of an explosive Inspector General's report.  But Strzok is still on the job, CNN reported.  He has been placed in the Human Resources department, following an IG report that revealed him to have made the statement about stopping Trump to his FBI lover, Lisa Page.

FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from headquarters.  Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who promised he'd make sure Donald Trump lost the election, was escorted out of the agency's headquarters on Tuesday [6/19/2018].  His lawyer, Aitan Goelman, confirmed a report that his client left the building with an escort during an internal review of his conduct, but said he was still employed by the FBI.  "Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks," Goelman said in a statement.  "Despite being put through a highly questionable process, Pete has complied with every FBI procedure, including being escorted from the building as part of the ongoing internal proceedings."

Law Firm Hired By Disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok Donated More Than $24K to Hillary Clinton.  In the run-up to the release of the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General's report on misconduct by the FBI during the Clinton E-Mail Investigation, disgraced former FBI Deputy Head of Counter-Intelligence Peter Strzok hired Washington DC law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.  Another Zuckerman Spaeder Attorney, William W. Taylor, represents Trump-Russia Dossier creator Fusion GPS, after being originally retained to assist with subpoenas from the House Intelligence Committee.

Demoted FBI agent Peter Strzok had larger role in Clinton, Russia probes than previously known.  Peter Strzok, who was pulled off Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team last year, played a more central role than previously known in both the Russia and Hillary Clinton email probes, a lawmaker familiar with the matter told Fox News Tuesday [6/5/2018].  The lawmaker's assessment of Strzok's role in both investigations was based on the most recent records and testimony, including a closed-door interview with FBI espionage chief Bill Priestap.  Priestap was interviewed Tuesday as part of an ongoing joint investigation by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.  Priestap was Strzok's supervisor and oversaw both the Russia and Clinton investigations.

Senator Chuck Grassley Demands Page/Strzok Text Message Redactions Be Removed.  This is an interesting development.  Until now, for some mysterious reason, no-one in congress has ever asked for the redactions of the Peter Strzok and Lisa Page text messages to be removed.  Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is the first politician to ask for all of the text messages without redactions.

Grassley to DOJ: Why Is There a Redaction on a Strzok Text Message Referring to the Obama White House 'Running an Investigation'.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday [5/23/2018] asking for the remaining redactions of text messages between FBI Agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to be removed.  Strzok and Page are the agents who were busted earlier this year for anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias during the 2016 presidential election.  According to the letter, the redactions appear to be improper and cover information, including lavish spending and FBI investigations, the American people deserve to see.  There's also a redacted reference to an investigation being led by the Obama White House.

How the Clinton-Emails Investigation Intertwined with the Russia Probe.  "Cruz just dropped out of the race.  It's going to be a Clinton Trump race.  Unbelievable."  It was a little after midnight on May 4, 2016.  FBI lawyer Lisa Page was texting her paramour, FBI counterespionage agent Peter Strzok, about the most stunning development to date in the 2016 campaign:  Donald Trump was now the inevitable Republican nominee.  He would square off against Hillary Clinton, the Democrats' certain standard-bearer.  The race was set ... between two major-party candidates who were both under investigation by the FBI.  In stunned response, Strzok wrote what may be the only words we need to know, the words that reflected the mindset of his agency's leadership and of the Obama administration:  "Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE."  MYE.  That's Mid-Year Exam, the code-word the FBI had given to the Hillary Clinton emails probe.

The Strzok-Page Texts and the Origins of the Trump-Russia Investigation.  It was July 31, 2016. [...] FBI special agent Peter Strzok was downright giddy that day.  The Bureau had finally put to bed "Mid Year Exam."  MYE was code for the dreaded investigation of Hillary Clinton's improper use of a private email system to conduct State Department business, which resulted in the retention and transmission of thousands of classified emails, as well as the destruction of tens of thousands of government business records.  Strzok and other FBI vets dreaded the case because it was a go-through-the-motions exercise:  Everyone working on it knew that no one was going to be charged with a crime; that Mrs. Clinton was going to be the next president of the United States; and that the FBI's goal was not to be tarnished in the process of "investigating" her — to demonstrate, without calling attention to the suffocating constraints imposed by the Obama Justice Department, that the Bureau had done a thorough job, and that there was a legal rationale for letting Clinton off the hook that might pass the laugh test.

Recovered Strzok-Page text messages delivered to congressional committees.  Recovered text messages exchanged by anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have been delivered to at least five congressional committees, sources familiar with the situation told Fox News Thursday [4/26/2018].  The messages were transmitted to lawmakers three months after Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced that his office had recovered communications between Strzok and Page over the period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.  One source told Fox News that approximately 50 pages of texts were provided to lawmakers.  The source added that the messages were incomplete, garbled and in some cases incomprehensible because characters were substituted for letters.

FBI lovebirds might be getting busy in other ways, too.  Are Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — those cheatin' FBI lovebirds — cooperating with investigators looking into the Bureau's handling of Hillary Clinton' emails?  Last week I put a little blurb in my column wondering why the two hadn't been fired yet even though their own emails suggest they were clearly conspiring against the Trump campaign.  I also added new information from a reliable source who says the two hadn't even lost their security clearance — which is unheard of, I'm told, even when FBI agents are caught having extramarital affairs.  Well, that piece caused a healthy amount of speculation from readers on why Strzok and Page are still FBI'ing.  The only logical conclusion, according to a number of my readers, is that the two must be cooperating in an investigation against FBI higher-ups like James Comey and Andrew McCabe, the two top FBI guys during the investigation.

Trump haters Strzok, Page still have top-secret security clearance, FBI tells Rand Paul.  Two romantically involved FBI officials who were removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team over a series of anti-Trump text messages still have Top Secret security clearances, Sen. Rand Paul revealed Wednesday [4/11/2018].  Paul tweeted a letter he had sent the FBI in January asking whether Strzok and Page still had security clearances and whether they are able to "search FISA data or other classified databases".

FBI Notifies Judicial Watch It Needs At Least Three Years To Turn Over Strzok-Page Communications.  On Monday [4/9/2018], the FBI notified Judicial Watch that the bureau will need at least three years to hand over "releasable," communications between anti-Trump FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Strzok, Page and the FBI texting scandal explained.  As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election continues, two former members of his team are under scrutiny for text messages they exchanged about President Trump and the probe.  In the messages, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were romantically involved, bashed Trump and discussed concerns about being too tough on Hillary Clinton during an investigation into the use of her private email server.  The pair exchanged some 50,000 text messages throughout the presidential election and first year of the Trump administration, many of them with anti-Trump sentiments.

New Texts Between Disgraced FBI Agent And Mistress Possibly Show Attempt To Collude With FISA Judge.  Whether there was collusion between FBI agent Peter Strzok, bureau lawyer Lisa Page, and a FISA judge remains to be seen, but the optics certainly are not good.  The Federalist obtained texts between Strzok and Page, reportedly showing that the two planned to collude with Judge Rudolph Contreras after his appointment to the FISA Court.

The Professional Outrage Machine is Going Bananas.  Beyond the thirst for clicks, ratings and perpetual outrage there's an aspect to the Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Rudolph Contreras story that deserves some attention.

Peter Strzok Had Personal Relationship With Recused Judge In Michael Flynn Case.  Newly discovered text messages obtained by The Federalist reveal two key federal law enforcement officials conspired to meet with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge who presided over the federal case against Michael Flynn.  The judge, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from handling the case just days after accepting the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.

Anatomy of a Coup.  Every place you look in Robert Mueller's investigation, the same names keep popping up:  FBI agent Peter Strzok and sleazy, foreign private eye — or "British intelligence agent" — Christopher Steele.  So it's rather important that they both are Trump-hating fanatics, and one was being paid by Trump's political opponent in a presidential campaign.

Strzok and Page Discussed Classified Info in Unsecure Messages.  Text messages between a pair of controversial FBI agents, reveal that the couple frequently used their private iMessage apps to discuss work and in one case texted about transmitting classified information on the unsecure chat medium, according to the troves of newly released texts last week.  FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his mistress FBI attorney Lisa Page are at the center of a growing controversy surrounding the investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private server and Robert Mueller's Special Counsel's investigation into alleged Russia collusion on the part of the Trump campaign.

Why are the Comey memos secret?  If there is an obstruction of justice case to be made against the president in the Trump-Russia affair, James Comey is in the middle of it.  President Trump's decision to fire the FBI director is often cited as Exhibit A for obstruction, and the foundation for that case is a set of seven memos Comey wrote describing conversations he had with the president between Jan. 6 and April 11, 2017.  The memos are critically important.  Portions of them have been leaked to the press, given to a Comey friend, discussed in congressional testimony, and read by a few Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff.  Sometimes it seems the only people who have never had a chance to see the Comey memos are the millions of Americans who are trying to make sense of the daily firehose of Trump-Russia news.

FBI Lovers' Text: 'We Text on That Phone When We Talk About Hillary Because It Can't Be Traced'.  A text message exchanged between two senior FBI officials involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation has raised questions about whether they tried to prevent their Clinton-related messages from being "traced."  FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were having an affair during the 2016 presidential election cycle, and during that time, they exchanged a multitude of texts that displayed strong bias against then-candidate Donald Trump, who was facing Clinton — the Democrat nominee — in the general election.  In one of those texts, uncovered in December 2017, Page asserted that the two lovers discussed the former secretary of state on "that" phone "because it can't be traced."

While probing Hillary Clinton for classified breaches, FBI's Strzok was violating them himself.  Once upon a time, the FBI was filled with straight-arrow types, G-Men, many of whom had Marine backgrounds and Marine habits of discipline.  They were people who could be trusted with classified information.  Those who couldn't were drummed out.  It seems that at least a vestige of that could be expected of the deputy director of counterintelligence, whose mission itself is protecting America's secrets.  What's more, Strzok's slovenliness came at a time when he was investigating Hillary Clinton for her wholesale failure to protect U.S. secrets by communicating on an illegal private server located in some guy's bathroom.  Could anyone with standards that low have investigated Clinton objectively?

Grassley calls out FBI lovers' use of 'private' devices during Clinton email probe.  FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page may have used personal accounts to send official records to each other about the Hillary Clinton email probe in 2016 even as the bureau investigated her for a "similar" practice, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.  "It appears that Strzok and Page transmitted federal records pertaining to the Clinton investigation on private, non-government services," the Iowa Republican wrote in a Thursday letter to FBI Director Chris Wray.

New Strzok, Page Texts Discuss Evasion of Message Archiving.  Newly released text messages between a pair of FBI anti-Trump officials at the center of the Russia investigation controversy show that they sought to "get around" rules established by the government to preserve text messages, stating that none of the agencies abide by the rules then "why should we."  Former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page discussed getting new Apple iPhones, in lieu of their Samsung 5 government issued phones in text messages they exchanged in August 2016.  They noted in the texts that the new phones would help keep their text messages from government collection after speaking with the FBI's IT director, according to newly released August 2016 text messages.

Fox News Host Says Strzok-Page Texts Reveal Scramble To Hunt Down Hard Drive, Intent To "Destroy Evidence".  House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte joined Fox News' Maria Bartiromo Sunday [1/28/2018] to discuss the latest about the Strzok-Page text message saga.  During their discussion, Bartiromo says she was told texts between the two FBI agents spoke of the intent to "destroy evidence."  "After the election, they talked about this secret society, did they also talk about destroying evidence?" asked Bartiromo.  Before the Republican lawmaker could reply, the "Sunday Morning Futures" host followed up with a stunner, saying, "I'm told there are some texts that haven't been released yet about 'we gotta get our hands on the hard drive or we gotta get our hands on the thumb drive'."

Justice Department withholds majority of FBI texts.  The Justice Department has given Congress less than 15 percent of the texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — and that is all Congress is likely to get, at least until department experts finish an effort to recover an unknown number of previously lost texts that were sent and received during a key five-month period during the Trump-Russia investigation.  There is much confusion over some basic facts of the Strzok-Page texts.  How many are there?  How many relate to the two most politically-charged investigations in years, the Trump-Russia probe and the Hillary Clinton email investigation?

Justice Department withholds majority of FBI texts.  The Justice Department has given Congress less than 15 percent of the texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — and that is all Congress is likely to get, at least until department experts finish an effort to recover an unknown number of previously lost texts that were sent and received during a key five-month period during the Trump-Russia investigation.  There is much confusion over some basic facts of the Strzok-Page texts.  How many are there?  How many relate to the two most politically-charged investigations in years, the Trump-Russia probe and the Hillary Clinton email investigation?  How many have been turned over to Congress?  And how many are left to be turned over to Congress?

Trey Gowdy:  Newly revealed Strzok/Page texts exhibit 'manifest bias 'favoring Hillary Clinton over Trump.  Text messages that were exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page demonstrate "manifest bias" favoring Hillary Clinton and provide the "unvarnished truth" for their feelings about President Trump, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Thursday night [1/25/2018].  Strzok and Page, both of whom were part of Clinton and Trump investigations, discussed being cautious during the agency's investigation of the former secretary of state, since she might become president.

Revelations of Key FBI Officials Leaking To WaPo Should Cause Review of Underlying Media Narratives.  With the latest information revealing that FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI Attorney Lisa Page were specifically leaking to their media sources to shape the underlying story of their political efforts, everything presented by the recipients of those leaks should now be questioned.

Special Agent Strzok Text Message Highlights FBI Investigative Intent.  [Scroll down]  This message by Strzok shows a team of FBI officials intentionally conspiring to withhold "inflammatory" Clinton investigation evidence, from congress.  And the decision-making goes directly to the very top leadership within the FBI.

Grassley Releases Strzok-Page Texts Showing FBI Was 'Pulling Punches' In Clinton Probe.  A text message exchange between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page is evidence that the FBI was "pulling punches" in its investigation into Hillary Clinton, a top Republican senator is alleging.  In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, drew attention to a Feb. 25, 2016 text message exchanged between Strzok and Page.  The message was included in seven pages of messages that Grassley released on Thursday.  The Justice Department recently provided six congressional committees with 384 pages of text messages between the pair.

DOJ recovers missing text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents Strzok and Page.  The Department of Justice has recovered missing text messages between anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the DOJ's inspector general said Thursday [1/25/2018].  In a letter sent to congressional committees, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office "succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017."  "Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing," Horowitz said.

Crickets from the left as DOJ IG recovers lost 50,000 critical FBI texts and swamp rats everywhere start lawyering up.  DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has achieved what many thought unlikely at best.  He has recovered the 50,000 missing text messages between FBI star-crossed lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., in a letter Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner.  The text messages were missing from a critical five-month period — Dec. 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017 — because of an alleged technical issue on FBI-issued mobile phones.  "[F]orensic tools," were successfully used to retrieve the texts, the inspector general said.

Sara Carter:  FBI Agents Want to Know Why Strzok and Page Are Still There.  [Scroll down]  "The Lovebirds.  They were having an affair, they were both married, they're working counter-intelligence.  That's enough for blackmail," Carter said.  "Now they're sending text messages on an unsecured phone.  Believe me, the Germans, the Russians, the Israelis, everybody is going into those phones and trying to suck out all the information they have."

Thousands of FBI cellphones affected by glitch that lost Strzok-Page texts, officials say.  Thousands of FBI cellphones were affected by the technical glitch that the DOJ says prevented five months' worth of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page from being stored or uploaded into the bureau's archive system, federal law enforcement officials tell Fox News.  The missing messages have been at the center of a storm of controversy on Capitol Hill, after the DOJ notified congressional committees that there is a gap in records between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017.

Embattled FBI Agent Text References Trump Impeachment.  The latest batch of text messages between the pair of embattled FBI agents at the center of the Special Counsel's probe into President Donald Trump's campaign and alleged Russian collusion reveals that one of the agents may have seen his participation in the investigation as a path to "impeaching" President Trump, said several congressional sources.  The recent text messages between FBI special agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page were turned over last week by the Department of Justice to six congressional committees.  Those text messages, as previously reported, shed new light on the political leanings, unvarnished bias and possibly a concerted effort by some members of the FBI to influence Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation, congressional sources reveal.

Report: DOJ Has Found and Is Recovering Missing FBI Text Messages.  According to a Fox News exclusive report the Department of Justice has found the missing text messages between Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page, and is in the process of recovering them.

'Blackmail' Fears Grow After FBI Officials Say 'Foreign Actors' May Have Hacked Strzok's Unsecured Phone.  Reporter Sara A. Carter joined "Hannity," Monday evening [1/22/2018], revealing former and current FBI officials fear Peter Strzok-Lisa Page text messages exchanged on Bureau-supplied phones may have been hacked by "foreign actors."  In addition, Carter raised the prospect that countries such as Russia and China could have used the captured exchanges to blackmail both the disgraced FBI agents.

FBI text messages lost because of 'misconfiguration issues' that perplex security analysts.  The FBI may have ignored its own data storage procedures as it lost five months of text messages between two anti-Trump FBI employees, security analysts said.  Texts that have been made public, which show the two employees and reported lovers talking about their antipathy toward the president and efforts to impeach him, have become a major embarrassment for an FBI already reeling from accusations of bias and bungling.

How Did the FBI Lose Five Months of Text Messages Between Two Trump-Hating Employees?  Drafted to lead a politically polarizing investigation, working under the beady eyes of distrustful congressional Republicans, [Robert] Mueller has striven to keep his team's conduct as unimpeachable as possible by bringing on some of America's sharpest legal minds to check his own work and keeping public comments to a minimum.  Imagine how Mueller feels, then, to have to answer so frequently for the partisans and incompetents surrounding him.  The special counsel's biggest headache is the conduct of Peter Strzok, a former member of his team who was revealed in December to have exchanged anti-Trump text messages with another FBI employee, his girlfriend Lisa Page.  That controversy grew more heated this weekend, when the FBI reportedly informed congressional overseers that it had failed to retain more than five months of text messages between the Trump-loathing lovebirds.



Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy

      Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

18 U.S. Code § 1519      


Why FBI's 'missing' five months of texts is worse than Watergate.  The text messages between agents Peter Strozk and Lisa Page are instructive for several reasons.  First, the texts were sent in the lead-up to Robert Mueller being named a special counsel in the investigation of Russia and the 2016 presidential election.  Second, earlier messages that have been released included not only the involvement of outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but the desire of top-level FBI officials to create an "insurance policy" against a Donald Trump presidency.

Find the Trump-hating FBI lovers' 50,000 missing texts NOW, Jeff Sessions orders his officials as White House says messages are 'possibly illegal'.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered an investigation into missing text messages exchanged between two Federal Bureau of Investigation staffers accused of expressing views against President Donald Trump, the Justice Department said Tuesday [1/23/2018].  Texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, are among a broader batch of missing phone messages that the FBI says its system failed to store because of a software upgrade glitch on many Samsung 5 cellphones.

Peter Strzok's Lawyer Donated $416,000 to Hillary Clinton in 2016.  Former Deputy Head of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok has become the subject of public controversy and legal controversy following the release of tens of thousands of text messages with his colleague and mistress, FBI Lawyer Lisa Page.  Following the discovery of the text messages, which showed anti-Trump, pro-Clinton political bias, Strzok was removed from Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election and transferred to the FBI's Human Resources Department, where he currently works.

Mystery: Justice IG 'received...all' anti-Trump FBI texts it now doesn't have.  In another mystery surrounding phone texts between two anti-Trump FBI officials, the Justice Department that last week blamed the FBI for failing to preserve five months of texts said six weeks earlier that it had "received" them in August.  The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has revealed that the IG not only said it had requested the texts now missing, but that they were provided by the FBI.  In a letter demanding that the IG clear up the contrast, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson quoted an earlier letter from the inspector general's office about the texts between two key figures in the Hillary Clinton email probe, agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page.

Why FBI's 'missing' five months of texts is worse than Watergate.  The FBI failed to preserve five months of text messages and expects the American public to believe it was a random mistake. [...] This apparent FBI cover-up and failure to retain evidence must be met with the harshest penalties available under the law.  It is reassuring that Sessions promised to leave "no stone unturned in an investigation," and that, "If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken."  Sessions is on solid legal ground to demand answers.  The missing text messages may have included evidence of a crime having been committed, and that itself is a crime.

In 'Jaw-Dropping' Text, Peter Strzok Expressed 'Concern' About Joining Mueller Team.  The FBI's top agent on the Trump-Russia investigation sent a text message last year that one top Republican senator says suggests he saw no evidence of Trump campaign collusion.  The text message, which was sent by Peter Strzok, is "jaw-dropping," Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in a radio interview on Tuesday [1/23/2018].

What's next in the investigation of those missing FBI texts.  Congressional investigators believe they are barely beginning to answer the questions raised by the text messages between the FBI's Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  For several reasons:  [#1] Strzok and Page were more prolific texters than anyone knew.  In a statement late Monday [1/22/2018], Attorney General Jeff Sessions said FBI investigators have found "over 50,000 texts" in their review of Strzok-Page communications.  [#2] Even with all those texts, the FBI says it cannot find the couple's messages between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017 — a critical time in the Trump-Russia affair.  It's probably safe to say there is not a single Republican on Capitol Hill who does not view this as a fishy set of circumstances and does not believe Congress should step up its investigation.  [#3] Strzok and Page didn't just text each other on their FBI-issued Samsung phones.  At times in the text exchanges that have been released, either Strzok or Page suggested that they switch over to iMessage — suggesting they might have used personal, Apple phones to communicate about FBI business in addition to their bureau-provided phones. [...] [#4] Strzok and Page emailed each other on Gmail.

FBI Agents Discussed "Secret Society" Within DOJ And FBI Working To Undermine Trump.  [Scroll down]  As we have been reporting over the last two days, the FBI "lost" five months of text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  The explanation for the gap was "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI's collection capabilities."  The missing texts conveniently span the period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 — the day Robert Mueller was appointed to take over the FBI's probe of alleged Trump-Russia collusion, and during the period in which the FBI would ostensibly have been hard at work on their "insurance policy" against a Trump victory — and during the period in which the "secret society" Rep. Ratcliffe referred to would have been hard at work.

DOJ Begins Probe Of 'Missing' Anti-Trump FBI Texts, "Will Leave No Stone Unturned".  Following the not entirely surprising news at the end of last week that The FBI "failed to preserve" five months of text messages between various anti-Trump agents, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed today that the department of justice has launched a full investigation into this debacle.

Destroying, Suppressing Evidence Is FBI Standard Procedure.  Congressional investigators were rocked this weekend when the FBI notified them that five months of text messages from a top FBI investigator into the Trump campaign's Russian connections had mysteriously vanished.  The FBI-issued cell phone of Peter Strzok, whose previous texts to his mistress (also an FBI employee) showed fierce hostility to Trump, suddenly had problems due to "software upgrades" and other issues — and voila — all the messages between the two from Dec. 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017 vanished.

The Editor says...
Yes, but your email messages do not reside on your cell phone.  They reside in an email server.  Just ask Hillary Clinton.

FBI Says 5 Months Of Texts "Lost," Yet IG Horowitz Says His Office Received Them In August.  A major contradiction has been discovered between yesterday's [1/21/2018] revelation that the FBI "lost" five months of text messages, and a claim by the DOJ's Inspector General, Michael Horowitz — who claimed his office received the texts in question between FBI employees Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page last August.

Oops! Those FBI Texts and 4 Other Times the Deep State 'Lost' Crucial Communications.  [Scroll down]  Many believe, and not without cause, that this "insurance policy" is the phony Russian dossier funded in part by the FBI (along with the Clinton campaign). The phony dossier was almost certainly used by the Obama White House to wiretap the Trump campaign under the FISA program.  These lost five months of texts also happen to coincide with the crucial months when the Russian hoax blew up in the media and resulted in the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.  Although, on its own, the very idea that these crucially important text messages were "accidentally lost" defies belief, what makes this news even more troubling is how frequently the Deep State loses communications that might prove to be inconvenient to the Deep State.

Page and Strzok Referenced FBI 'Secret Society' that Met the Day After the Election.  There is serious talk on Capitol Hill about the appointment of a second special counsel amid several new bombshell revelations swirling around the Trump/Russia probe.  First, there are the allegations of shocking and substantial government surveillance abuses under President Obama outlined in the FISA abuse memo.  Secondly, the FBI lost five months of key text messages between the anti-Trump/pro-Clinton FBI officials Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page.  And now there's talk of a "secret society" of officials within the FBI that apparently met the day after the election of Donald J. Trump to plot against the president-elect.

Why, you'll never guess what events coincide with the start and end of the missing Strzok-Page text messages.  At this point, I'm in favor of a military tribunal that can get to the bottom of DOJ and FBI corruption.  And, of course, I'm not talking about the rank-and-file.  I'm describing a horrifically corrupt set of leaders who abused their office to absolve Hillary Clinton of her crimes while falsely accusing Donald Trump of "collusion".

FBI 'Secret Society' Met [the] Day After [the] 2016 Election to Sabotage Trump.  Yes, there was actually something called a "secret society" at the FBI that included Peter Strzok and Lisa Page (the two hacks who's text messages suddenly went missing) and they met the day after Hillary Clinton was crushed in the 2016 election.

Texts From FBI Agents Suggest AG Lynch Knew 'No Charges Will Be Brought' in Clinton Probe.  It appears that the text messages between two FBI agents who were once part of the ongoing Russia investigation are causing more controversy.  The Associate [sic] Press highlights an exchange between former top investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress and DOJ lawyer Lisa Page around the time the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails came to a conclusion in July 2016.  The exchange was sparked by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who made an announcement that she would rely on the recommendation of then-FBI Director James Comey regarding the Clinton probe after her secretive tarmac meeting with Former President Bill Clinton was drawing negative attention.

FBI Agents Spoke Of 'Pressure' To Wrap Up Clinton Probe As Trump Surged To GOP Nomination.  One of the FBI agents who oversaw the Clinton email investigation spoke of "pressure" to wrap up the probe after it became clear that Donald Trump would win the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.  And in a text exchange on July 1, 2016, FBI lawyer Lisa Page suggested to her lover, counterintelligence official Peter Strzok, that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had foreknowledge that the FBI planned to exonerate Clinton in the investigation over her use of a private email server.  That despite then-FBI Director James Comey saying on July 5, 2016 that the Justice Department had no idea what statement he planned to make that day.

Tom Fitton: 'In Response to Missing Strzok-Page Text Messages, AG Sessions Should Direct U.S. Marshals to Seize Computer Evidence at the FBI'.  President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton is fed up with the corruption in the FBI and DOJ.  In response to the 'missing' Strzok-Page text messages, Fitton said AG Sessions should direct U.S. Marshals to seize computer evidence at the FBI.  He also said if Sessions doesn't act, President Trump should order it to be done.

Another missing-email defense from the bowels of the Deep State.  The FBI has told a Senate committee that it "lost" the text messages of top counterintelligence officials attempting to undercut President Trump, conveniently during the five months when their political activity was most fervent.  This calls for its own investigation.

From foreplay to foreknowledge.  We learn from Senator Johnson's letter to FBI Director Wray that the Department of Justice has turned over 384 pages of text messages between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.  (We also learn that five months' of text messages between the infamous FBI couple during the critical period culminating in the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel have disappeared.)  What do the newly disclosed text messages reveal?  Strzok and Page seem to have been in the loop on then FBI Director's forthcoming exoneration of Hillary Clinton.

More than 50,000 exchanged between FBI officials Strzok and Page, Sessions says.  More than 50,000 texts were exchanged between two FBI officials who have come under fire for exchanging anti-Trump messages during the 2016 election, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Monday [1/22/2018].  The figure surfaced as lawmakers have been pressing for answers after revelations that the FBI "failed to preserve" five months of texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  "We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source," Sessions said in a statement provided to Fox News.  "If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately."

Confirmed: FBI can effectively monitor anybody EXCEPT perhaps some of their own.  It's entirely possible that the FBI could produce documentation on what you or I bought the last time we went to the grocery store or quickly produce an email we sent 13 years ago, but when it comes to monitoring their own personnel who happened to be anti-Trump during the 2016 campaign, hey, accidents happen!

Five Months Worth of Peter Strzok Text Messages GO MISSING — FBI Cites Mystery "Glitch".  Additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok have been handed over to Congress, reports the Associated Press.

In Search of Lost Texts.  Under federal law, the head of each federal agency is required to preserve all records documenting the decision-making process and essential transactions of the agency.

FBI admits it 'failed to preserve' five months of text messages from anti-Trump FBI agent.  The Department of Justice made the disclosure in a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday, according to the Daily Caller.  The letter states that FBI systems didn't preserve text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.  "The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI's technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page," the letter states.  Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, penned the letter.

FBI Mysteriously "Loses" Five Months of Text Messages Between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  The Daily Caller journalist Chuck Ross has some extremely interesting information released today surrounding former top FBI Counterintelligence Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI liaison attorney Lisa Page which includes a disclosure by top FBI officials that text messages between Strzok and Page have gone missing.  Peter Strzok was the head FBI Agent in charge of the 'Clinton Operation' (exoneration), and 'Trump Operation' (political surveillance).  Strzok reported to the FBI Director of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap.  Lisa Page was the DOJ attorney assigned to the FBI and key legal aide for FBI Asst. Director Andrew "Andy" McCabe.

FBI 'Failed To Preserve' Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Agents.  The FBI "failed to preserve" five months worth of text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two FBI employees who made pro-Clinton and anti-Trump comments while working on the Clinton email and the Russia collusion investigations.  The disclosure was made Friday [1/19/2018] in a letter sent by the Justice Department to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC).  "The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI's technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page," Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the Justice Department, wrote to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of HSGAC.

Congress seeks answers after FBI claims texts missing in Trump-Russia probe.  Investigators in both House and Senate were stunned late Friday [1/19/2018] when, receiving a batch of newly-released texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, they also received notice from the bureau that the FBI "failed to preserve" Strzok-Page messages from December 14, 2016 through May 17, 2017.  Given the amount of texting that went on between Strzok and Page, who were having an extramarital affair, that probably meant thousands of missing documents.

Newly released texts between ex-Mueller team members suggest they knew outcome of Clinton email probe in advance.  The Justice Department has given various congressional committees nearly 400 pages of additional text messages between two FBI officials who were removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.  One of the newly discovered messages, lawmakers said, appeared to indicate that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page knew that charges would not be filed against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a result of the investigation into her email server — before Clinton was interviewed by the bureau.

Investigators Examining Whether FBI Officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page Improperly Leaked to Media.  House and Senate committees are investigating whether FBI agents who led the Russia investigation improperly leaked to news media, according to a report.  In text messages reviewed by The Hill, FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged a series of texts shortly before Election Day 2016, that suggests they knew in advance about a Wall Street Journal article, and discussed how to pretend finding it and sharing with colleagues.

FBI lovebirds sing a leaky tune.  Like a couple of teenagers blissfully unaware of the watchful eyes of their parents, FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page got caught out for sending text messages showing just what Deep State was up to.  Exposed by The Hill's John Solomon, the messages show a self-satisfied pair egging each other on in leaks, snipes, bitchiness, and insults, centered on their copious and potentially illegal contacts with the media.  You have to read it to believe it.  What it shows is that the whole thing pretty well amounts to a conspiracy against the incoming new administration of President Trump.  The other thing it shows is that it had all the sophistication of a real teenage conspiracy.

Republicans probe FBI agents' text messages for evidence of leaks.  Republican-led committees reportedly are investigating whether FBI officials once involved in Robert Mueller's Russia probe helped leak to the media, based in part on text messages they exchanged mentioning news outlets.  The Hill first reported that House and Senate panels are looking anew at the text messages exchanged between agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, who were romantically involved and exchanged anti-Trump views in their now-public texts.  They also discussed news articles and strategized on how to react.  One set of texts — confirmed by Fox News — in late October 2016 suggests they knew about a Wall Street Journal article in advance.

FBI agents' text messages spur congressional probe into possible news leaks.  Republican-led House and Senate committees are investigating whether leaders of the Russia counterintelligence investigation had contacts with the news media that resulted in improper leaks, prompted in part by text messages amongst senior FBI officials mentioning specific reporters, news organizations and articles.  In one exchange, FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page engaged in a series of texts shortly before Election Day 2016 suggesting they knew in advance about an article in The Wall Street Journal and would need to feign stumbling onto the story so it could be shared with colleagues.

Surprise: NYT and WaPo Totally Ignore FBI Agents' Anti-Trump 'Insurance Policy' Texts.  [Scroll down]  The pressing question is what Strzok meant by his "can't take that risk" and "insurance policy" missives, and what specifically was discussed in McCabe's office.  McCarthy believes those texts crossed an important threshold separating "political banter" from "tainted law enforcement," and are more sigiifciant and concerning than bellyaching about Trump being "loathsome" and sundry other insults that grabbed headlines.  Perhaps there are explanations for the "insurance" musings that are satisfactory and unconcerning.  Perhaps there is documented evidence about what took place at the private meeting in question.  But these developments represent legitimate concerns for people to raise.  Alas, many Americans are likely totally unaware that those concerns even exist — let alone are valid — because some major news outlets have completely ignored them.

Former Assistant FBI Director:  Strzok "Belongs In Leavenworth".  Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom called disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok a "total moron" who belongs in Leavenworth federal prison, during a TV appearance on Thursday.  Kallstrom, a former Marine captain and Vietnam veteran, told FBN host Liz MacDonald that if an FBI agent wanted to stop someone from becoming President, "I think he can do what [Strzok] tried to do," adding "He can fabricate things, he can make stuff up, he can lie, he can be a total moron."  "You know, he belongs in Leavenworth this guy, in my personal view."

8 Worst Defenses Of FBI Agent's Anti-Trump 'Insurance Policy' Texts.  [#2] Leaks Are Suddenly, Briefly Bad:  Natasha Bertrand is a reporter receptive to publishing storylines from the opposition research firm that put out the Russia narrative — Fusion GPS — as well as leaks from Democratic intelligence sources.  But with the news of these texts, she became someone deeply concerned about leaks.  Her only two stories on the matter are not on the substance of the texts and what they indicate about the Russia and Clinton probes but, rather, whether the release of the texts was authorized. [...] Perhaps a year into a story based on nothing but a leak campaign against Trump officials is a bit late to express concern about communications between intelligence officials and reporters, particularly when in this case the emails were released to Congress.

DOJ Defends Decision To Publicize FBI Agent's Anti-Trump Text Messages.  The Justice Department defended a decision to release nearly 400 of FBI agent Peter Strzok's anti-Trump text messages Thursday [12/14/2017], claiming his former position on Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigative team made the information relevant.  The defense comes after Democrat members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the DOJ demanding they explain the "unusual" decision to release Strzok's messages.  DOJ Public Affairs Director Sarah Flores fired back, saying the department had committed no