The politicization and apparent corruption of the FBI



Overview and recap articles:


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

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.


Andrew McCabe


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.

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.

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.


James Comey's notes and memos


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.


James Comey himself


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'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]

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.

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.


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


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.


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.

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?

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:


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.


News and timely commentary about the FBI regarding their investigation of Donald Trump and associates
... and the avoidance of any evidence against Hillary Clinton:


Devin Nunes to DOJ: Hand over docs on alleged FBI informant by Tuesday or it's 'obstruction'.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has set a Tuesday deadline for the Justice Department to provide documents related to an alleged FBI informant looking for suspicious ties to the Russians who spoke with members of President Trump's 2016 campaign.  In a letter sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday, the California Republican demanded the documents be provided to all committee members "and designated staff," which would go beyond top members of Congress which have been invited to view material related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

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.

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.

Secrets Travel Fast in DC.  To paraphrase Napoleon's "secrets travel fast in Paris," secrets travel fast in D.C., as we learned this week with the indictment of James A. Wolfe, a 30-year veteran staffer of the Senate Intelligence Committee indicted for lying to the FBI about leaking to, among others, his former paramour, Ali Watkins, an NYT reporter.

James A. Wolfe, former Senate intel panel security director, indicted for allegedly lying to FBI.  A former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee — who was in charge of maintaining all classified information from the Executive Office to the panel — was indicted for allegedly giving false statements to FBI agents looking into possible leaks to reporters, the Justice Department announced Thursday night [6/7/2018].  James A. Wolfe, 58, served as the panel's security director for 29 years, according to the feds.  Wolfe lied to the FBI in December 2017 about contacts he had with three reporters, the indictment read.  He also allegedly lied about giving two reporters non-public information about committee matters.

Top Senate staffer arrested in leak probe, after NY Times reporter's records are seized.  A longtime staffer for the Senate Intelligence Committee has been arrested on charges of lying to investigators probing the potential leaking of classified information, the Justice Department announced Thursday night [6/7/2018].  A federal grand jury indicted the staffer, James A. Wolfe, 58, on three counts of making false statements in December about contacts with reporters, including providing sensitive information related to the work of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which he served as security director for 29 years.  He was arrested Thursday and is expected to appear in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on Friday.

Adam Schiff Caught in Huge Lie About Carter Page's March 2016 Interview With FBI Officials.  Carter Page says his interview with the FBI in March of 2016, before the Russia dossier was compiled, had nothing to do with Russian collusion or the Trump campaign, rather he was questioned about events that transpired in 2013 in a case where he was a witness in support of the FBI, reports Paul Sperry.  This statement by Page directly contradicts Adam Schiff's 10-page memo wherein he claims the former Trump campaign advisor was grilled by the FBI in March of 2016 about his ties to Russia.

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.

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.

Senate Releases Unredacted Strzok-Page Texts Showing FBI Initiated Multiple Spies in Trump Campaign in December 2015.  The US Senate today [6/4/2018] released over 500 pages of information related to the Spygate scandal.  Hidden in the information are unredacted Strzok-Page texts that show the FBI initiated actions to insert multiple spies in the Trump campaign in December 2015.  Once again Internet sleuths unearthed damning evidence that the FBI was engaged in Spygate long before they let on.

Pandora's Box:  Trump/Russia May Expose Extent of "Five Eyes" Allied Spying.  Over the past month, a number of articles have made reference to the timeline surrounding the Obama administration's counterintelligence operation into President Donald Trump's campaign's alleged ties to Russia.  Investigations conducted by Congressional and Senate committees are entering the second year and what has been pieced together by investigators — battling for documents every step of the way — challenges the information the FBI and former senior Obama administration have revealed about the investigation.  Their evidence is at odds with the DOJ/FBI timeline leaked to various news outlets indicating the investigation began in late summer of 2016.

Report: Obama White House Tried to Intrude on FBI's Russia Investigation.  The Obama administration tried to take over the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign, The Hill's John Solomon reported on Fox News Thursday night.  And according to Solomon, the FBI began spying on members of the Trump campaign to gather the intelligence that ultimately justified the collusion investigation, weeks or even months before the FBI had a formal predicate.  "That's very important.  The rules say you can't use sources until you have a predicated investigation.  The predication is July 31, 2016," Solomon told Fox host Sean Hannity.  The investigative reporter said he had sources and documents backing up his claim that he would be making public in his report in The Hill on Friday.  He stressed that informants were making contacts with the Trump officials and providing information to the FBI "much, much earlier than July 31."

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.

FBI Spy Stefan Halper's Media Contacts Could Pose A Problem, Retired FBI Officials Say.  While working as a spy for the FBI, Stefan Halper interacted on multiple occasions with the media, both on the record and, according to a University of Cambridge researcher, as an anonymous background source.  Those media interactions, which occurred between December 2016 and March 2017, could be cause for concern for the FBI, according to two retired senior bureau officials who worked closely with confidential informants during their careers.  "This is something that is highly irregular and not something that I would have ever tolerated with any of the folks working for me," retired FBI investigator and CNN analyst James Gagliano told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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.

DOJ Employee Donations Overwhelmingly Favor Democrats.  Political donations from those who work at the Department of Justice (DOJ) overwhelmingly favor Democratic candidates so far this cycle, data shows.  Individuals at the DOJ have contributed a total of $192,534 so far this election cycle, with $159,800 (83 percent) of this amount going to Democrats.  Republicans, on the other hand, have been the recipients of just 14 percent of the total contributions from those at the agency, pulling in $27,129 in donations. [...] DOJ workers handed out nearly $950,000 in total political donations in 2016. Of this amount, $818,985 went to Democrats, or 87 percent of the total donations.  Republicans garnered $108,882 in donations from those at the agency in 2016, or 12 percent of all the money given.

FBI Had No 'Clear Criminal Predicate' for Trump Campaign Snoops.  Spying on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for "national security" purposes would not provide the "clear criminal predicate" required to authorize such surveillance, retired FBI Special Agent James Wedick said Wednesday [5/23/2018] on "The Ingraham Angle."  "You need to know that the guidelines say:  If you're going to use an informant to infiltrate a political organization, you need a clear criminal predicate," Wedick told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.  "National security is not a criminal predicate."

The FBI Used Its Secret Spy Program To Protect Killers, Jail Innocents, And Screw Victims.  Following reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used at least one spy to secretly surveil members of the Trump campaign, fired former FBI director James Comey lashed out at critics of his agency's activities during the 2016 election.  "Facts matter.  The FBI's use of Confidential Human Sources (the actual term) is tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country," Comey tweeted on May 23.  "Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country."  While Comey's record on truth-telling is decidedly mixed, he is correct that facts matter and that the FBI's use of informants is governed by strict guidelines.  How and why many of those guidelines came to be are important facts that the American public deserves to know as it considers revelations that the FBI used wiretaps and spies to surveil Donald Trump's presidential campaign, his transition, and perhaps even his presidential administration.

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.

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 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.

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.

DOJ Agrees To Allow Congress To Review Requested Documents.  The Department of Justice will allow Congress to review highly classified requested documents relating to the FBI's investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign in conjunction with the White House and other agencies, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday [5/21/2018].  "Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's or the Department of Justice's tactics concerning the Trump Campaign," Sanders said.

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.

Trump Orders DOJ to Investigate FBI's Campaign Infiltration.  As previously reported by TGP's Kristinn Taylor, President Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon he is ordering the Justice Department to investigate whether the Obama administration spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.  The order comes on the heels of leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post that the Obama administration had an "informant" make several approaches to three Trump campaign officials, included one that involved an offer of cash and another an offer to "advise" the campaign.

Donald Trump Orders Justice Department to Investigate Obama Surveillance.  President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to demand an official investigation of former President Barack Obama's administration on Sunday [5/20/2018] for infiltrating or surveilling his presidential campaign for political reasons.  "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon [5/20/2018].

The fight moves up a notch.  The scenario anticipated more than a year ago in King vs.  King has advanced to the semi-finals.  The Russian collusion affair, which began with the incoming president on the defensive, has now become a set of simultaneous offensives with each side trying to jail the other.  "President Trump on Sunday said he would 'demand' a Justice Department investigation into whether the FBI 'infiltrated' his 2016 presidential campaign," USA Today reported.

Watergate II: Collusiongate.  Unlike Watergate, the current crisis in government/spying/politics doesn't have a memorable name.  But for those of us who lived through Watergate it has a certain resonance with that event as well as major differences, imparting a strange sense of familiarity, dislocation, and increasing alarm.  This isn't some burglary to get some dirt on the opposing party, and it isn't a threat (unfulfilled) of using government entities to "get" the opposition.  This is the marshaling of those government entities by one administration in order to "get" the next, and nearly succeeding.

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:  Inspector General Will Declare FBI, DOJ Broke Law in Clinton Email Probe.  A new report suggests an imminent Inspector General (IG) report may rule that FBI and Justice Department officials broke the law in their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Investigative reporter Paul Sperry said Thursday [5/17/2018] that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has "found 'reasonable grounds' for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ's handling of the Clinton investigation/s," adding that the top watchdog official has "referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution."

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.

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.

FBI Used Secret Program To Gather Information On Trump Campaign, No Judge Needed, Report Says.  A report released by The New York Times on Wednesday revealed that the FBI, under Director James Comey's leadership, used a secret program that does not require the approval of a judge to gather phone records and "other documents" on Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  The report also revealed that a government informant met several times with Trump campaign officials, which validates a March 8, 2018 report from The Washington Post.

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.

Conspiracy to Frame Trump 'Unraveling,' Ex-Prosecutor Says.  New revelations that FBI agents pressed a Russian oligarch with ties to independent counsel Robert Mueller to help build an election collusion narrative only reinforce the likelihood of a conspiracy to frame President Donald Trump, according to a former federal prosecutor.  Joseph diGenova, who served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia under Ronald Reagan, reacted to a report in The Hill that FBI agents met with Oleg Deripaska in September 2016.  They were in search of information that Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort was conspiring with the Russian government to throw the presidential election to the Republican nominee.

Huma Abedin Laptop Emails and The Non-Investigated Issues Therein.  The Department of Justice Inspector General will soon release a report on the government's investigation of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information.  It's taken a long time; and with good reason.  The scale of the misconduct and criminal activity is staggering. [...] The emails along with the fact that they were on Anthony Weiner's laptop was kept secret and not investigated for four weeks (Sept 28th, through Oct 27th) by top officials at the FBI.  Who stalled the investigation and why?

Hunt For FBI Mole Intensifies.  Previously we reported on a disturbing op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Kimberly Strassel suggesting the FBI had a mole within the Trump campaign.  After a battle between House Intel Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the release of classified information that was so top-secret that the DOJ refused to show Nunes on the grounds that it "could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI" — the agency finally relented on Wednesday [5/9/2018], allowing Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to receive a classified briefing.

Treasongate and the FBI "Source": A Deep Dive on Stefan Halper.  Open-source research points to a man named Stefan Halper as the CIA asset tasked with planting incriminating evidence of Russian "collusion" on the Trump campaign.  In March, @The_War_Economy presciently foresaw this development.  Here's a deep dive into Halper and his involvement with low-level Trump staffers for the sole purpose of advancing the "insurance policy". [...] Americans of every political stripe should stand together to destroy the weaponization of our intelligence assets, hunting every one of these criminals down and prosecuting them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark Warner:  Trump Aides' Contacts With Russians Could Be 'Coincidences,' Not Collusion.  The top Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence acknowledged in a recent interview that contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russians could be "a set of coincidences" rather than collusion.  "I'm reserving my final judgement until we've seen all the witnesses we need to see, and we've gotten all the facts.  So I'm going to hold off," Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said in an interview with The New Yorker's David Remnick when asked whether he believes that Trump associates conspired with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 presidential election.  Warner and North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chair of the Senate panel, have since Jan. 2017 led an investigation into Russian interference in the 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.

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: [...]

Did the FBI Have a Spy in the Trump Campaign?  Something tells me Glenn Simpson did not make a mistake.  Something tells me the co-founder of Fusion GPS was dead-on accurate when he testified that Christopher Steele told him the FBI had a "human source" — i.e., a spy — inside the Trump campaign as the 2016 presidential race headed into its stretch run.  When he realized how explosive this revelation was, Simpson walked it back:  He had, perhaps, "mischaracterized" what he'd been told by Steele, the former British spy and principal author of the anti-Trump dossier he and Simpson compiled for the Clinton campaign.  Simpson gave his testimony about the FBI's human source at a closed Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on August 22, 2017.  He did not try to retract it until the uproar that followed the publication of his testimony on January 9, 2018.  The latter date is significant for reasons we'll come to.

About That FBI 'Source'.  The Department of Justice lost its latest battle with Congress Thursday [5/10/2018] when it allowed House Intelligence Committee members to view classified documents about a top-secret intelligence source that was part of the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign.  Even without official confirmation of that source's name, the news so far holds some stunning implications.  Among them is that the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation outright hid critical information from a congressional investigation.

Senator Chuck Grassley Drops Atomic Sledgehammer on FBI — Requests FBI Reports and Testimony From Special Agent Joe Pientka.  Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has just dropped a sunlight grenade into the prosecution of Michael Flynn with a jaw-dropping request letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.  Within the letter Chairman Grassley outlines a prior briefing from fired FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and contrasts the false presentations of Comey — regarding Michael Flynn — against recently known evidence.

The Insurance Policy, The "EC", The 2016 FBI Counterintel Operation, and The Mysterious Informant.  In addition to everyone here, Wall Street Journal Author Kimberly Strassel also smells the familiar aroma of a cover-up deployed by administrative state officials inside the DOJ and FBI.  The DOJ is refusing to allow public inquiry into the source John Brennan used to create the "EC".  Additionally, the Deep State media advocates, writ large, are working furiously to attack Chairman Devin Nunes for his inquires.  Methinks they doth protest too much.  Obviously the compliant media, Democrats and second-tier DOJ/FBI officials don't want anyone to discover the source of the 2016 counterintelligence operation against the Trump 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.

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.

Newly Released Unredacted Documents Show DOJ-FBI was Protecting Comey.  On Friday night [5/4/2018] the Department of Justice released the requested unredacted documents to to the House Intelligence Committee on the investigation of Donald Trump and the interview of Michael Flynn by corrupt agents Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok.  The newly unredacted portion of the House Intel Report revealed Comey told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed General Flynn did not detect any deception.  This was a complete opposite to what Comey has been telling reporters these past few weeks while promoting his new book.

This is another example of a Friday night document dump.

The Coup Is Still Underway.  Former U.S. attorney and special counsel Joe DiGenova and ex-Secret Service agent Dan Bongino were both masterfully interviewed by Mark Levin last night.  The result was stunning.  As many of you know, I follow the dual scandals of the DOJ's exoneration of Hillary Clinton and persecution of Donald Trump, eh, rather closely.  This interview revealed new information for me, including how Robert Mueller is protecting certain Russian oligarchs from exposure by redacting or concealing their names.  I simply cannot state this strongly enough:  every American should watch this surgical deconstruction of, for lack of a better term, Obamagate.  Please watch it and please pass it along.  I am not overstating things when I say that this information is vital to saving our Republic.  [Video clip]

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.

God Bless Judge Ellis.  [Scroll down]  I'm caught — as the world is — among three channels.  One is Justice with Jeanine Pirro on FNC.  She's hot as a pistol tonight.  She has Rudy Giuliani and Victoria Toensing — two towering lawyers.  They're talking about a federal district court judge in Virginia who has just dropped a bomb right down Mueller's smokestack and it's blowing him up.  The bomb is the judge, T.S. Ellis, asking a Mueller lawyer what the heck the Manafort prosecution has to do with the alleged Russia/Trump collusion that started the whole Gestapo chase.  The judge asked what Mueller's authority was for the Manafort case.  Incredibly, the DOJ attorney said he was not allowed to say.  It was a secret.  Judge Ellis exploded.  In words to this effect he said, "But I'm the judge.  It can't be a secret from me why you're in my court."  He gave the government two weeks to answer.

Preparing for The Inspector General Report on The FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton.  As a result of the known OIG investigative findings already the top FBI and DOJ officials in charge of the Clinton investigation have been fired, demoted or removed from responsibility:  Director James Comey (fired), Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (fired), FBI Legal Counsel James Baker (removed -- status unknown); FBI investigative Agent Peter Strzok (demoted, reassigned); DOJ special counsel to McCabe, Lisa Page, (removed, reassigned); and DOJ Deputy AAG Bruce Ohr (demoted, twice).  Additionally other officials resigned immediately after the preliminary IG findings were made public:  FBI Communications Director Mike Kortan (quit); Director Comey Chief-of-Staff, Jim Rybicki (quit); DOJ-NSD DAAG Mary McCord (quit); DOJ Deputy AAG David Laufman (quit).  In total, almost no one within the “small group” conducting the Clinton email investigation has survived initial Office of Inspector General scrutiny.

Refresh on How DOJ and FBI "Small Group" Officials Intentionally Worked To Clear Hillary.  The scale of the misconduct is staggering.  John Spiropoulos, a former TV news reporter at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC, has created a series of video reports as a reminder on the background on the crime, the coverup and the corruption.

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.

Outrageous Redactions to the Russia Report.  Cute how this works:  Kick off the week with some "the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted" bombast from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, by which he rationalizes that his defiance of subpoenas and slow-walking document production to Congress — which is probing investigative irregularities related to the 2016 campaign — is required by DOJ policy and "the rule of law."  Then end the week with the Friday-night bad-news dump: the grudging removal of DOJ and FBI redactions from a House Intelligence Committee report on Russia's election meddling.  Now that we can see what they wanted to conceal, it is clear, yet again, that the Justice Department and the FBI cannot be trusted to decide what the public gets to learn about their decision-making.

In No Apparent Rush, the Grand Inquisitor Plods On.  Should he wish, Mueller can be at this for the rest of his life, with an unlimited budget, and at taxpayer expense.  But this is not justice in any meaningful sense of the term.  Rather, it's the sore-loser Left's latest attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election by orchestrating, via deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and St.  James Comey, a quasi-legal proceeding to demonstrate that Donald Trump is unfit to sit in the Oval Office, and that therefore his presidency must be ended by any means necessary.

The Rape Culture of Politics by Investigation.  While it's tempting to joke about the ridiculousness of federal investigators and lawmakers continuing to sniff out a crime that did not happen, it's no laughing matter.  [Michael] Caputo said he has incurred about $125,000 in legal fees and he's not done yet.

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.

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.

Why All the Secrecy?  Many people believe, as I do, that the president should not be subjected to questioning by a prosecutor on the facts as we presently know them.  From that premise, however, they argue that Mueller may not subpoena the president, or that the president may ignore any subpoena.  Neither of those things is true.  A prosecutor has the power to subpoena virtually anyone.

Mueller probe is a political counter-revolution to overthrow Trump — It must be defeated.  Nearly two years ago, the British people voted for Brexit.  They rejected the arguments of the political, business, academic and media establishment, which were united in their support for the European Union and its elitist agenda that favors the rich.  Instead, voters chose populism, voting for Britain to become a self-governing, independent nation outside the EU.  You can say they were wrong; you can lament their decision.  But you can't deny the facts of what happened.  But guess what?  Denying the facts is exactly what the elitists are trying to do.

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.

Special Counsel To Judge:  You Don't Have The Authority To Review What We're Doing.  Yesterday [5/4/2018], the special counsel had a very tough day in court.  Federal district judge T. S. Ellis was openly skeptical not only of the authority of the special counsel to undertake the prosecution of Paul Manafort on crimes that are over a decade old, but he was blatantly skeptical of the honesty of the special counsel as well.  It probably wasn't lost on the judge that the special counsel had said in court filings that Manafort had been in contact with Russian intelligence operatives in 2016 and then had to admit, via a Brady motion, that it actually had zero evidence that this was true.  Now the transcript has started leaking out and it looks worse than the media reports from yesterday.

FBI Delays Release of Communications With Firm That Examined DNC Servers.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has pushed back the estimated completion date of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to its communications with the security firm that examined the Democratic National Committee's hacked servers to October.  The Washington Free Beacon submitted the FOIA request in July 2017 with the FBI seeking all communication between the bureau and CrowdStrike, Inc., the California-based cyber security firm that examined the DNC's servers following the infiltration that led to the release of John Podesta's emails.  The FBI said in December the documents should be available by March.  The FBI, which was never granted access to the DNC's servers for inspection, instead relied on the third-party firm that was brought in by the DNC for information regarding the compromised network who concluded that Russia was behind the hack.

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.

U.S. judge questions special counsel's powers in Manafort case.  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.

Earth to Jeff Sessions....  It is staggering to witness the Justice Department go off the rails and barrel toward a showdown with our president over innuendo and manufactured misdeeds.  From the beginning of the special counsel appointment and despite Jeff Sessions's recusal, I felt confident that Trump and Sessions had a behind-the-scenes plan to navigate this quagmire.  Ridiculous was the notion that Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, was not fully in his camp in light of the glaring double standards of justice demonstrated at every point from before the election to present day.  I expected the A.G. to pursue other completely legitimate avenues that might create leverage and pressure on Rosenstein and by proxy, the special counsel, to gracefully withdraw their aggression against the president.  And yet we sit here dumbfounded as the witch hunt lingers on.

The Process is the Punishment (As Always).  There have been exciting developments in the "Russia investigation". There always are, because that is the nature of open-ended money-no-object investigations.  But, to me, the most interesting development was the testimony of Michael Caputo, who appeared just before me on Tucker Carlson's show last night.  Mr Caputo was, briefly, a very minor Trump campaign aide — and so his life has been destroyed.

Of the bureaucracy, by the bureaucracy, and for the bureaucracy.  Bullies who abuse their power like Bungling Bob Mueller and Jim Shady Comey co-opted the national press decades ago.  Using leaks to take out critics — indeed President Nixon — the FBI created this illusion that it is an independent agency that is some unelected guardian angel of our republic.  Comey shattered that image when his agents smashed to smithereens the evidence of Hillary's breaches of national security in an effort to get her elected so Comey could continue his job.  The press ignored this story.

The FBI Shouldn't Be Above The Law Either.  [W]hile it might come as a surprise to many, the Justice Department is not an "independent" entity.  Presumably those who work for the DOJ have fealty to law and justice first, yes, but they are subordinates, ultimately, of the president of the United States, who was elected legally and has the identical powers to Barack Obama or George W. Bush.  Or, in other words, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein doesn't work for CNN personalities or Vox explainer writers.  He works for Trump.

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.

Dershowitz: Trump Better Off Challenging a Subpoena Over Sitting Down With Mueller.  Alan Dershowitz said Special Counsel Robert Mueller could force President Trump's hand by playing the "subpoena card."  According to a new report, Mueller told Trump's legal team that he could subpoena the president to appear before a grand jury if Trump refuses an interview with Mueller's team.  It appears to have been the first time Mueller raised the possibility of compelling Trump to testify as part of his investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials ahead of the 2016 election.

FBI Has Not Requested Anti-Trump Agents' Personal Email Records.  The FBI says it has not requested information from the personal email accounts of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two bureau officials who exchanged anti-President Donald Trump text messages while working on the investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.  The disclosure was made in a letter sent May 2 to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Grassley, a Republican, questioned why the bureau has not sought Strzok and Page's personal email records, noting they referred to using private email accounts to conduct government-related business.

FBI's James Baker, Lisa Page resign.  Two FBI officials — both advisers to former FBI Director James Comey — are resigning from their posts at the agency.  James Baker, who served as the bureau's top lawyer until late last year when he was reassigned as an adviser to FBI Director Christopher Wray, is resigning, per the New York Times.  He is also being looked at for possibly disclosing classified information with journalists about the so-called Trump dossier, though he has not been charged.

FBI-DOJ caught using redactions of House Intel Committee Report to protect their posteriors.  The release of a less redacted version of the House Intelligence Committee Report on Russian active measures (AKA "collusion") has exposed abuse of the redaction process to protect the bureaucrats at the FBI and Department of Justice.  In theory, redacting of official documents prior to public release is supposed to be solely to protect confidential sources, or protect ongoing prosecutions, or otherwise serve legitimate government interests.  Redactions to prevent embarrassment or potentially illegal activities on the part of federal officials is not legitimate.  Yet that is clearly what happened when the House Intelligence Committee report was first redacted by the DOJ and FBI.

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.

Embattled FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Has Resigned.  The FBI attorney who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with another bureau official resigned on Friday, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  The FBI confirmed that the lawyer, Lisa Page, tendered her resignation.  Page has faced months of scrutiny over the text messages, which she exchanged with Peter Strzok, the former deputy chief of the FBI's counterintelligence division.  The exchanges show a deep hostility to President Donald Trump at a time when the two officials were working on the FBI's investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government.  Some of the texts show Strzok and Page cryptically discussing how to proceed with the investigation, which was opened on July 31, 2016.

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.

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.

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."

Here Are Three Scary FBI Scandal Factors You Must Know.  There are three scary but crucial factors underlying the rapidly growing FBI scandal that most people miss, even though these factors are hidden in plain sight.  Recognizing and understanding this trio goes a long way toward explaining what has happened in the scandal — and where it is likely to go next.  First, there's Horowitz's revenge.  Virtually everybody in the nation's capital is waiting either in fear or in eager anticipation for the upcoming investigative report of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  Horowitz is among the most respected and effective IGs ever appointed, but former President Barack Obama, who nominated him in 2011, may consider that decision among the most regrettable from his eight years in the White House.

FNC's Baier Grills Comey Over Dossier, E-Mail, Leaks in Epic Interview.  Former FBI Director and new author James Comey has spent the past 12 days on his book tour promoting A Higher Loyalty, the supposed greatness of Comey himself and the lack thereof on the part of President Trump.  However, no prior interview compared to his Thursday [4/26/2018] hit on the Fox News Channel's Special Report as host Bret Baier offered a masterfully tough tour de force akin to interviews of yesteryear by the late Tim Russert.

Comey Confirms:  In Clinton Emails Caper, the Fix Was In.  If Comey had not been the FBI director, he would not have had these discussions with the president of the United States about investigations.  His memos, clearly, were made in the course of and in relation to his official duties.  They were written on FBI-issued equipment.  The standard FBI employment agreement unambiguously states:  ["]All information acquired by me in connection with my official duties with the FBI and all official material to which I have access remain the property of the United States of America.["]  These memos belonged to the government.  The information in them belongs to the government.

FBI Never Investigated Abedin/Clinton Laptop Emails In October 2016.  As many people are aware, CTH has decided to go back through two years of documents, releases, reports, testimony, media interviews; including interviews with fired FBI Director James Comey; question all prior assumptions; re-examine the entire framework within all the known granular DOJ and FBI activity; and finally contrast it all against the full scope of released messaging between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  Within this project some breakout discoveries need to be highlighted.  One of those discoveries pertains to the Fox News interview with James Comey and Bret Baier.

Time to End the Resistance of the Swamp.  The ongoing Mueller "investigation" is not a legal matter.  It's a continuation of abuse of power by the Obama administration, which behaved as if Democrats were going to reign forever.  The extent of their abuse started to come to light only after the elections. [...] It's clear now that the Obama administration used the FBI to persecute its political enemies.  The FBI needs to be investigated thoroughly and be purged of the Obama-Hillary loyalists who conducted these crimes.  The first step in such investigation might be to offer FBI agents and officers who observed or participated in such activities to step forward and to tell what they saw or did.  But it is also clear that Mueller does everything in his power to prevent such investigation.  This alone justifies arresting him and charging with obstruction of justice.

James Comey Creates Deeper Legal Jeopardy With CNN Townhall Answer.  FBI Director James Comey appears on CNN tonight and digs himself deeper into legal jeopardy.  Remember as you watch this answer, on March 20th, 2017, while still officially FBI Director, Comey testified to congress a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign began in July 2016.  In an effort to attempt to obfuscate his current legal and professional malfeasance in leaking information, via his leaks to the media, Comey insists he did nothing wrong.  However, Comey also states that it would be a violation to leak "information about an ongoing investigation."  As Comey describes his leaking of his notes from a conversation with President-elect Trump, he conveniently avoids the contradicting fact that President Trump was a person within the investigation the FBI was conducting.  [Video clip]

FBI Scandal:  Deep State Corruption Of FBI, Justice Was There From Very Start Of Hillary Email Probe.  Were the Justice Department and FBI corrupted by their efforts to protect Hillary Clinton and her future chances at the presidency?  Recent revelations suggest the answer is an unqualified yes, and now those who cooperated may soon feel the law's sting for doing so.

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.

Goodlatte, Gowdy say they struck deal with DOJ for Hillary Clinton probe documents.  The Republican chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced Monday that the Justice Department has agreed to provide them with documents related to the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  The deal was struck after Reps.  Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., met this month with the U.S. attorney, John Lausch, who has been selected to respond to Republican demands for documents.

IG Report:  Obama's DOJ Tried To Influence FBI Clinton Foundation Probe.  Missed until the Washinton Times put two and two together, the inspector general's report about the leaking and lying of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the story of Justice Department big shot calling McCabe with the purpose of interfering with the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation: [...] The DOJ Inspector General is already looking into both the FBI and Department of Justice handling of the Hillary Clinton probes.  As he has mentioned the phone call as part of his McCabe leaking investigation, it is likely he the phone call will also be part of those probes.

FBI Wants to Take 16 Months to Process Only Half of Comey Docs Requested Under FOIA.  President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton was outraged on Thursday [4/19/2018] after the FBI told the watchdog group it will take 16 months to process only half of the Comey docs they requested under FOIA.

New emails bolster GOP claims of FBI, DOJ 'coordination' on Clinton case response.  Emails reviewed by Fox News from February 2016 suggest the FBI and DOJ worked together to craft a response to a key development in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, amid newly raised Republican concerns about a "concerning level of coordination" between the two agencies during the probe.  The emails concern the period after 22 messages with "Top Secret" information were found on the former secretary of state's personal email server.  Republican Rep. Mark Meadows cited them in a letter earlier this week claiming former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress — in which he downplayed FBI-DOJ coordination on the Clinton case — may be at odds with documents suggesting "frequent" coordination.

Lawmakers Make Criminal Referral on Clinton, Comey, Lynch to DOJ on Steele Dossier.  Congressional lawmakers made a criminal referral Wednesday to the Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions against former senior-level Obama administration officials, including employees of the FBI connected with the unverified dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as those involved in the warrants used to spy on a former Trump campaign volunteer, this reporter has learned.  The lawmakers also made a criminal referral on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and threats made by her DOJ against the FBI informant, who provided the bureau with information on the Russian nuclear industry and the approval in 2010 to sell roughly 20 percent of American uranium mining assets to Russia.

Justice Department watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks.  A long-awaited U.S. Justice Department internal watchdog report on former FBI chief James Comey's public disclosures on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state and whether FBI employees leaked information to try to hurt her 2016 presidential bid is expected to be issued next month.

Congress Pursues Clinton for Hiding Fusion GPS Payments.  As I reported here, the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission last year alleging that Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee violated campaign finance laws by not revealing their payments to Fusion GPS.  In an October 25, 2017 filing with the FEC, the watchdog group accused the Hillary for America campaign and DNC of failing to "accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier... effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny."  The complaint was filed one day after the Washington Post confirmed that both entities paid Perkins Coie — a politically-connected law firm — to retain Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Donald Trump, which resulted in the infamous dossier.  According to the Center, the Clinton campaign and DNC paid Perkins Coie more than $12 million during the 2016 election cycle; all payments were recorded as "legal services."  No payments to Fusion GPS were itemized on disclosure reports by either group.

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier.  The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump's connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.  Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.  After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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.)

New emails show Hillary-FBI-DOJ coordination.  Newly uncovered emails containing 22 messages with "Top Secret" information found on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's personal email server indicate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) "coordinated" efforts to devise a response to a major development in her email probe.  The recent discovery bolsters Republicans' newly raised allegations that there was a "concerning level of coordination" between the FBI and DOJ during Clinton's private email investigation.  "Republican Rep. Mark Meadows cited [the accusations] in a letter earlier this week claiming former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress — in which he downplayed FBI-DOJ coordination on the Clinton case — may be at odds with documents suggesting 'frequent' coordination," Fox News announced.

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."

Republicans Call For DOJ Investigation Into Comey, Clinton, Lynch, Strzok And Page.  A group of House Republicans are calling for the Department of Justice to investigate a laundry list of former agency heads and people involved in the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server.  The letter is addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah John Huber.  It asks that each of these men use their respective powers to investigate "potential violation(s) of federal statues" on the part of former FBI Director James Comey, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI counsel Lisa Page.

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.

Obama's Justice Dept. feuded with FBI, agents quit as politics played larger role.  Acrimony between the FBI and Department of Justice was so bad in the waning days of the Obama Administration some agents quit the bureau, a former G-man said.  Feuds over the direction of investigations — and particularly some of the high-profile politically-involved probes — began to build up as the 2016 election approached, and as the FBI felt pressure from its political masters at the department.  Agents in field offices did not trust department lawyers they viewed as Washington bureaucrats, while the department's headquarters, known in the business as Main Justice, felt rank-and-file agents weren't following orders and, at times, strongly disagreeing with superiors.

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.

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.

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.

FBI Ignores Warnings on Boston Bombers — Nikolas Cruz — Omar Mateen, But Executes Pre-Dawn Raid For Trump Tape.  It seems like every time there is a terrorist attack or a mass shooting we hear later the suspects were being monitored by the FBI prior to the attack.  The FBI always has a plethora of excuses as to why they failed to thwart yet another mass shooting or terrorist attack.  Oddly enough, the FBI found it necessary to raid Trump's personal lawyer's home at 6 AM for dirt on Stormy Daniels and Trump's [...] "Hollywood Access" [sic] tape.

Comey: I Announced the Hillary Investigation Because Polls Showed Her Ahead.  In his new book "A Higher Loyalty," former FBI Director James Comey says the reason he announced that the FBI had re-opened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was polling.  Yes.  Seriously.  In late October of 2016, just days before the presidential election, polling was skewing in Clinton's favor.  Comey says this subconsciously influenced him to send a signed letter to Congress announcing that the bureau had re-opened its investigation into the former secretary of state.

Comey hints at damaging material involving ex-AG Lynch 'still unknown to the American public'.  James Comey's cryptic reference in his new book to "a development still unknown to the American public" involving then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Hillary Clinton email probe is sparking furious speculation inside and outside the Beltway.  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 the mysterious development which he felt could cast "serious doubt" on Lynch's independence.

DOJ IG releases explosive report that led to firing of ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Andrew McCabe, onetime acting FBI director, leaked a self-serving story to the press and later lied about it to his boss and federal investigators, prompting a stunning fall from grace that ended in his firing last month, says a bombshell report released Friday by the Justice Department's internal watchdog.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz, appointed by President Barack Obama, had been reviewing FBI and DOJ actions leading up to the 2016 presidential election.  The report, handed over to Congress on Friday and obtained by Fox News, looked at a leak to The Wall Street Journal about an FBI probe of the Clinton Foundation.

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.

Time for Mueller to lay it all out.  The violent swings of the leaky pendulum make this an excellent moment to call timeout on the Mueller probe.  What does he have, where is he going and when is he going to get there?  Those are basic questions that need to be answered.  The American people deserve facts instead of waters muddied by partisanship, innuendo and special access to biased big-media companies.  Mueller's team includes some active Democrats, and whether they are behind the anti-Trump leaks is, for the moment, beside the point.  The point is that the leaks are creating a reality all their own about the investigation and the president.

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.

What is the FBI Hiding? [Part 2].  The FBI has responded to the letter from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that I posted here yesterday.  In a self-advertised act of magnanimity to Congress, the Department of Justice and the FBI will make an "extraordinary accommodation" to the committee by allowing its members access to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications and renewals.  It's very big of them.  However, there are limits.  With respect to Nunes's specific demand for the electronic communication — "EC" in investigative jargon — that officially kicked off the counterintelligence "collusion" investigation, the Department of Justice and the FBI seem to have drawn the line.  The demand for the document, let us recall, dates back to one of the committee's August 2017 subpoenas.

Paul Manafort says FBI illegally searched storage unit containing Ukraine files.  Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Trump's 2016 campaign, has asked a federal judge to throw out all evidence in his criminal trial that was obtained when the FBI searched a storage unit that contained materials related to work by him and Rick Gates in Ukraine.  Manafort's lawyers on Friday issued a motion to suppress evidence, which would disallow special counsel Robert Mueller from using the evidence from the Alexandria, Va.-based storage unit.  "The evidence obtained from the government's search of the storage unit should be suppressed," said the lawyers in the motion.

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.

Victor Davis Hanson Discusses the Downstream Effects of Corruption Within Obama's FBI and DOJ.  Victor Davis Hanson appears on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs for an excellent interview on the topic of DOJ and FBI political corruption.  In the first response from Hanson he instinctively and accurately outlines the scale of the challenge that was/is faced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Hanson frames the context of the myriad of issues very well, and as such represents himself as one of the few big-picture-brains who really gets it.  [Video clip]

Issa thinks special counsel ultimately will lead FBI-Justice probe.  California Darrell Issa said Sunday that existing probes into the Obama administration's FBI and Justice Department "could and will likely lead" to a special investigator, while fellow Republican and South Carolina Lindsey Graham suggested the time is now for a special counsel to lead such an investigation.  Issa, a member and former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, the chamber's top investigative panel, made his comments to Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week he would not immediately appoint a new special counsel to investigate Republican concerns involving the FBI and Justice Department.

Russians Bragged About 10 Spies Assigned to Clinton; Mueller, McCabe, and Rosenstein Helped Cover It Up.  The Uranium One scandal is the gift that keeps on giving:  Each new revelation continues to show more and more just how deep the rabbit hole of Clinton corruption goes.  An FBI informant has informed several congressional committees that during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state and leading up to her approval of the deal that handed over control of at least 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves to Russia, Moscow assigned 10 spies in the United States to cozy up to Clinton to guarantee the deal.  And when it came to the attention of the FBI, Clinton had some big names help keep it under wraps.

Hey, Mueller, Here's Proof of Election-influencing Collusion With Foreign Nationals.  Just so we know our tax money isn't wasted, special counsel Robert Mueller recently handed down vanity indictments against 13 nationals and three entities of the Russian persuasion for, essentially, "trolling" before, during, and after the 2016 election.  But what of the far worse election meddlers?

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.

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.

Judge Nap:  Inspector General Will Find 'Treasure Trove' of Abuses by FBI, DOJ.  The probe stems from allegations of surveillance abuse by the FBI and DOJ in efforts to obtain FISA warrants to examine Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  "FBI people who knew they couldn't get a warrant from a judge like me, where the standard is probable cause of crime, go to FISA where the standard is probable cause of talking to a foreign person," Napolitano said on "Fox and Friends."

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.

First Investigate, then Dismantle, the FBI.  Some on the right were disappointed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy there would be no special counsel for now in the Hillary Clinton matters (email and Uranium One, one assumes) and the FISA/dossier/surveillance affair.  Not so fast.  Hiding in plain sight in Sessions' letter was information considerably more important than a special counsel, pro or con.  As he mentioned a week ago on Shannon Bream's show but now has made public officially, the attorney general has assigned a senior U.S. attorney to the investigation — John Huber.  Importantly, working in concert with the inspector general, Mr. Huber can actually indict people.

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.

The Democratic Party Collusion Story Gets Worse.  We have barely begun to plumb the depths of the scandal arising out of the 2016 presidential election.  James Comey, John Brennan, Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Perkins Coie law firm, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, unknown Russians, Andrew McCabe — the list goes on and on, and it keeps getting longer.

Special counsel investigating the FBI.  The headline and accompanying story in the Hill made it appear as if Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defying the Senate:  "Sessions declines to appoint second special counsel."  The story said, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed in a letter to lawmakers Thursday [3/29/2018] that he had declined to name a second special counsel to investigate allegations of surveillance abuse within the Department of Justice, despite pressure from the Republican Party for him to do so."  I read the letter.  Sessions, a veteran prosecutor, said a special prosecutor isn't necessary.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his staff of 470 people are handling the investigation in the corruption of the FBI by Barack Obama and company.  Sessions named U.S. Attorney John Huber — an Obama appointee — of Utah to handle any prosecutions that may arise from Horowitz's investigation.

More Anti-Trump Bias Revealed:  Anti-Trump FBI Agents Laughed About Comey Intervening In Election.  Newly-revealed text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents show that the agents talked about former FBI Director James Comey intervening in the 2016 presidential election.  The texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two high-level FBI agents, appear to show they were discussing and laughing about Comey getting involved in the election just days after the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation spying on members of the Trump campaign.

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.

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.

What Is John Brennan Hiding?  An Obama-appointed Department of Justice inspector general finds that former FBI Director Andrew McCabe lacked candor while testifying under oath about stories he leaked to the press.  The IG report goes to the FBI-run Office of Professional Responsibility, which recommends McCabe's firing.  Attorney Jeff Sessions fires McCabe.  It's true the president taunted McCabe relentlessly on Twitter, but it's pretty clear he had nothing to do with the firing.

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.

McCabe's Bogus Witch Hunt Of Jeff Sessions Confirms Worst Fears About FBI/DOJ Politicization.  Thousands upon thousands of media reports over the last year and a half have intimated, suggested, or flat-out asserted that President Donald Trump is a traitor who colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.  What this widely held theory lacks in evidence, its diehard supporters in the media and other anti-Trump bastions make up for with their faith-filled conviction of its truth.  An alternate storyline has been unfolding over that same time.  The basic contour is that claims Trump stole the election by treasonously colluding with Russia are the result of a coordinated campaign that was bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, weaponized by the federal government, and promulgated by a completely compliant media.

DOJ Admits They Have a Grand Jury Empaneled in FBI and DOJ Investigation.  Today [3/22/2018] chairman Bob Goodlatte sends a formal subpoena to the DOJ (Inspector General Michael Horowitz) for documents regarding the investigation of 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.

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.

Mark Levin:  Dimwit Republicans Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio Ignoring the Real Election Interference.  During a discussion with Sean Hannity on his show last night, Mark Levin picked up the one critical fact everyone seems to be missing or ignoring about Andrew McCabe and the Russia story.  The lawyer, radio, and television superstar first explained that the person who colluded with the Russians was Barack Obama.  Levin blasted Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio for worrying about "bad cop" Andrew McCabe losing his pension.  He is not losing his pension.  Democrats and these few Republicans are upset about this "bad cop" and his "mob boss" James Comey.  These are bad people, he said.  "The director of the FBI, Comey, and the deputy director, McCabe, these were bad cops," Levin told Hannity's audience.  "They were politicizing the FBI, they were obstructing certain investigations, they were pressing the foot on the gas peddle in other investigations, they are bad cops!"

Bombshell reveal:  A grand jury already is hearing evidence on DOJ and FBI scandals.  We are on the verge of a huge political explosion.  While there have been calls for a special counsel to investigate the DOJ and FBI scandals, and many conservatives have been outraged at the seeming passivity of "Gentleman Jeff" Sessions (aka Sessionzzz in some quarters), it now is clear (as I have already figured) that a grand jury far outside the Beltway already is hearing evidence dug up by DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz, whose report is now believed to be coming in April.  Following release of that report, expect heads to explode all over the media, all over the Deep State, and among NeverTrumps.

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.

Was The Mueller "Investigation" Actually Created By The Russians?  It's Starting To Look That Way.  There's mounting evidence to suggest the near-entirety of the Robert Mueller investigation is actually a perfectly executed Russian government chaos operation that would never have been possible without the help of current leaders in Congress and multiple members of the former Obama administration.

Jim Jordan:  Why did DOJ hide Strzok's link to federal judge?  Newly obtained text messages are showing that Trump-hating FBI agent Peter Strzok, well, he was close friends with U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras.  Now, the messages are also revealing that Strzok and his FBI lover Lisa Page, she wanted to meet Judge Contreras at a cocktail party.  Is that collusion?  Now, this is the same judge the presided over a hearing with the former national security adviser, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI.  Now, Judge Contreras then later mysteriously recused himself from the Flynn case.  [Video clip]

The FBI's Blood Feud:  "This Is Going To Get A Lot Uglier Before It's Over".  For a microcosm of the current madness of American politics, look no further than the weekend meltdown after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe late Friday.  Mr. Sessions acted on a recommendation by the FBI's own Office of Professional Responsibility, but Democrats and the media ignored that and called the firing part of Donald Trump's plot to undermine the FBI and steal American democracy.  Mr. Trump then seemingly tried to confirm the accusations with a Twitter fusillade hailing Mr. McCabe's firing and escalating without cause to attack special counsel Robert Mueller.  Which triggered another round of claims that Mr. Trump's days in office are numbered, or should be.

Is James Comey A Serial Liar?  When President Trump accused former FBI director James Comey of lying under oath in a tweet on Saturday [3/17/2018], defenders rushed to Comey's aid.  But Comey has been saying a lot of things that are decidedly fact challenged.

Former FBI Director Goes On Record:  "Comey, McCabe, & Brennan All Corrupt & Everything Leads Back To Obama".  James Kallstrom is no joke.  With nearly thirty years in the FBI, several of them as the Assistant Director, Kallstrom knows how the agency functions far more than most.  So when he says there was a plot to protect Hillary Clinton from prosecution and to illegally influence the 2016 Election people should pay attention.  Kallstrom goes on to call the entirety of the FBI investigation against Donald Trump completely phony.  Maria Bartiromo's own take appears very much to compliment Mr. Kallstrom's assertions.  The Deep State shenanigans run very deep and in 2016 are linked to the Obama White House.  Barack Obama wanted a third term.  His support-system within the FBI, DOJ, State Department, CIA, the Establishment Media, etc., wanted the same and they all broke the law in their attempt to do it.  Donald Trump has managed to reveal much of it.  The media continues to ignore it because so many of them are implicated in the illegal manipulations of the public as well.  That means it's up to YOU to bypass the media and help to spread the truth of what is really going on.

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."

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.

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.

Why is the FBI leadership so incompetent?  Think about this — FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had to wait to retire because he had too few years in the FBI.  Yet, he was the Deputy Director.  Many agents with 3 years, or even less, time actually investigating cases, become Supervisors at FBI Headquarters.  Once they get on the management track, they stay there.  Many FBI managers have little investigative experience, which has a catastrophic impact on major cases as these people rise up the ranks.  During FBI Director Mueller's tenure, there was a significant period of time when former police and military personnel were intentionally not hired.  This had a devastating impact on the FBI's culture.

FISA Judge Removed From Flynn Case Had Secret Friendship With Anti-Trump FBI Official Peter Strzok.  The federal judge who recused himself from the Michael Flynn case is personal friends with Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who conducted the White House interview in which the former national security adviser has pleaded guilty to lying.  The friendship between Strzok and Rudolph Contreras, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is discussed in text messages the FBI agent exchanged with his mistress, Lisa Page.  The Justice Department redacted the references to Contreras in 384 pages of text messages provided to Congress.  Congressional investigators read the underlying documents and have filled in some of the gaps.  The unredacted versions of the texts were obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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.

A second special counsel should be investigating the FBI leaks.  Anyone waiting for final proof that Washington needs a second special counsel got it Friday.  The breathless anticipation over whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions would fire Andrew McCabe before McCabe's FBI retirement began was a ridiculous exercise better suited for a television game show.  The pressure built because if he survived Friday, McCabe could retire with a lifetime pension estimated to be worth $1.8 million.  But if Sessions followed the recommendations of Justice Department lawyers and fired McCabe for wrongdoing before the witching hour, the former deputy director would get no pension and might face a criminal investigation.  The absurdity was not negated when Sessions finally fired him late in the evening.  Either way he ruled, the spectacle was not worthy of the grave issues involved.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why aren't Mueller, the FBI and DOJ interested in illegal actions that might alter our elections?  In announcing the recent indictments against Russians brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the American people that "there is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity.  There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election."  That was good news.  The bad news is that the special counsel, the FBI, and the Department of Justice don't seem interested in illegal actions that may actually affect the outcome of U.S. elections.  The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) sued Pennsylvania on Monday for concealing numerous cases of noncitizens registering to vote.  One Pennsylvania election official testified before the state Legislature that an estimated 100,000 noncitizens are registered in the commonwealth.

Devin Nunes Questions Legality of FBI FISA Application to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  This evening House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes sends a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioning the protocol and legality of a fraudulent FISA application submitted by the FBI.  This approach sets up AG Sessions to defer the legal framework to OIG Michael Horowitz, and establishes the public basis for parallel prosecutors within the DOJ.  However, keep in mind, it's extremely likely, almost certain, these prosecutors already exist — they are already working with Horowitz.  Evidence of this is found in the memo quotes from Bill Priestap, but those not following the granular details are unaware.

Obama FBI Officials May Face Charges of Conspiracy, Obstruction of Justice and Contempt of Court.  According to the report, DOJ and FBI officials who abused the FISA process could be subject to charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and contempt of court.  Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of treasonous thugs.

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.

The Case For and Against a Special Counsel Investigation of DOJ and FBI.  A second special counsel might investigate any or all of the following:  possible criminal violations by senior FBI and DOJ officials in obtaining a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign volunteer, the bureau's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to send classified information and whether senior Obama administration officials, including the president, were aware of the use of the unverified dossier to open an investigation into the Trump campaign and possible Russian collusion.  The investigations could also be conducted by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is expected to conclude his much-anticipated report into the FBI's handling of the Clinton server investigation in the next several weeks and who Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked to investigate possible FISA warrant abuse against Carter Page, who briefly volunteered for the Trump campaign in 2016.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FBI, Hillary scandals could have a ripple effect on Wall Street.  Again, if you are investing in US financial markets, keep a close eye on developments regarding the FBI and the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.  The markets don't like chaos, and that's what we are headed for.  There have been a lot of major developments recently, although most big media organizations are ignoring them.  They will soon regret that.

A few people are leaving the FBI, but they're not going to prison!    Yet.
The Trump, Clinton Scandals Are Claiming A Lot Of Bodies — At FBI And Justice.  [I]f the FBI and Justice are so squeaky clean of political bias, what accounts for the growing pile of top officials deeply involved in those supposedly above-board investigations who've been reassigned, demoted or have suddenly quit their jobs?  There have been nearly half a dozen in just the past few weeks.  Thankfully, reporter Sharyl Attkisson has been keeping a running tally.

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."

Hillary Clinton's Fingerprints Are All Over The FBI's Investigation Into Trump's Russia Ties.  A significant part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's basis for investigating the Trump campaign's Russia ties is looking more and more like a political hit job carried out by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.  Her campaign's fingerprints are on at least three separate pieces of information fed to the FBI, including the Christopher Steele dossier Republicans say formed the basis of a secret warrant obtained to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.  A former State Department official confirmed on the record Thursday [2/8/2018] that Clinton associates were funneling information to Steele as he was compiling a dossier commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign and DNC.  That's on top of the recent revelation that a top Department of Justice official fed the FBI information compiled by his wife, who was working for the firm Clinton and the DNC were paying to dig up dirt on Trump, Fusion GPS.

The rogue FBI may collapse.  The public is now learning of the use of the FBI to destroy evidence of Hillary's exposure of national secrets while helping to fabricate a dossier to justify spying on the Trump campaign.  This is go-to-jail stuff.  The problem is, who prosecutes these bad cops?

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?

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.

The Dirty Dozen Deep State Operatives Who Have been Demoted or Left the DOJ-FBI Since Election.  Ten People Have Been Fired or Demoted from the DOJ and FBI since 2017.

How Obama's Hillary Clinton cover-ups destroyed DOJ and FBI.  [Scroll down]  The announcement states, "There was a problem with Strzok and Page's bureau-issued Samsung Galaxies — that 'firmware upgrades' and other technical issues deleted records of texts sent from not only their phones but many phones across the bureau.  We regretfully report that these text messages were lost."  This occurred during a crucial time in the Russia investigation that included Michael Flynn's resignation due to lies about his Russian ties and FBI Director James Comey's firing.  We now know this statement is not true since the "lost" emails have now magically reappeared.  However, the DOJ has decided to withhold, for personal and other reasons, more than 85% of the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

The Enigma Man — E.W. "Bill" Priestap.  Bill Priestap is the FBI Asst. Director in charge of all counterintelligence operations.  Priestap was FBI Agent Peter Strzok's boss; he is also at the epicenter of the story surrounding every action taken by the FBI in the Clinton investigation and the Trump campaign investigation.  Bill Priestap was copied on every email of consequence including the writing of the Clinton exoneration talking points delivered by FBI Director James Comey.  Priestap is the central figure on the FBI side of both Clinton and Trump operations.  "Bill" is mentioned in hundreds of text messages sent by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  In short, Bill is everywhere — except where you would most likely expect to find him, in media discussion.

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.

Confirmed: Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal helped spread Russia collusion fever before the election.  Earlier this week we wrote about the possible involvement of Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal in feeding information to Christoper Steele, author of the infamous Clinton/DNC funded dossier.  That dossier formed a key part of the FBI's presentation to the FISA court to obtain a warrant to surveil Carter Page.

"Mike" is Out — Michael P Kortan Quits FBI.  Another longtime FBI official quits today.  According to Fox News Catherine Herridge reporting, FBI Asst.  Director Michael Kortan (aka text message "Mike"), the head of the FBI Public Affairs Office, has announced he is retiring.  Mike Kortan was previously exposed by FBI Agent Peter Strozok as having specific information that the investigation into Hillary Clinton was manipulated by the "small group".  "Mike's" job was to sell the ruse as a valid investigation.

Another longtime Comey aide leaving FBI.  The longtime head of public affairs at the FBI — who was a confidant of former director James Comey — is planning to retire, Fox News has learned.  A notice went out this week for a retirement get-together for Michael Kortan scheduled for Feb. 15.  Since 2009, Kortan has served as assistant director for public affairs, an influential job that controlled media access.  He also served under former director Robert Mueller, now leading the Russia probe.  The FBI confirmed to Fox News that Kortan is retiring.

Tear Down That Wall ... of Silence.  As the Obama wall of silence begins to crumble, the FBI's reputation is befouled by its own rash actions, a politicized Justice Department stands revealed as, well, politicized, and the Democrats furiously spin the facts outlined in the Nunes Memo and subsequent revelations, there's only one overarching question left to ask:  what made them think they could get away with it?  And by "them," I mean the lot of them — the corrupt, partisan officials, the political operatives masquerading as selfless public servants, the intelligence community pooh-bahs who betrayed their trusts, the preening "straight arrows," the talking heads, the Washington bureau chiefs, the White House correspondents, every man jack of whom did his level best to create, run, and disseminate a disinformation operation designed to do one thing:  destroy the unwanted and unwelcome presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Sudden FBI departures indicate that the jig is up.  Choose your metaphor: rats leaving a sinking ship, cockroaches scurrying away from the light, or maybe just people cutting deals to save their butts.  Yesterday [2/8/2018] saw the FBI fan feculated.  The blandness of this Politico story, titled "Two more officials cited in FBI texts step down," conceals really, really big news.  The jig is up.  Each of the "officials" who is "stepping down" is leaving under duress and likely facing serious legal consequences for acts that have been disclosed — acts that go to the heart of the fraudulent application for the Page FISA warrant and the obstruction of justice in the Hillary email probe.

Russia-Trump Investigation:  How Did Hillary Clinton Get FBI, FISA To Do Her Political Dirty Work?  Recent revelations point to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and a secretive group of supporters and hangers-on both inside and outside of the FBI and Justice Department as having a far deeper personal involvement in the investigation than first thought.  Fears of a politicized and manipulative "deep state" are looking less paranoid by the day.  The involvement of Hillary Clinton campaign aides in both the FBI's and Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's supposed ties to the Trump campaign in 2016 now seems deeper, and more nefarious, than first thought.

Disgraced FBI Agent Lisa Page Also Trashed Pro-Lifers: 'I Truly Hate These People'.  Disgraced former FBI lawyer Lisa Page not only has a strong distaste for President Trump, but also pro-lifers.  According to LifeNews, on page 13 of the Interim Report by Sen. Ron Johnson titled "The Clinton Email Scandal And The FBI'S Investigation Of It," released yesterday [2/7/2018], there is an "exchange between FBI senior lawyer Peter Strzok, Page's co-adulterer, and her about pro-life Americans."  Simply put, Page not only dislikes the pro-life movement but "truly hate[s] these people," making it personal.

How The Media Buried Two Huge FBI Stories Yesterday.  For more than a year and a half, the media have gone all-in on reporting every possible angle of President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia.  No story update has been too small, no encounter with a Russian too inconsequential, and no anonymous source too sketchy to generate outsize coverage and histrionic claims from major media.  But as the Russian collusion story disintegrates, another interesting story ascends.  Investigations by multiple congressional committees as well as an investigation by the inspector general of the Department of Justice have shown irregularities in the handling of the most politically sensitive probes in recent memory:  the investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information while secretary of State and the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged nefarious ties with Russia to meddle in a U.S. election.

FBI Missed Clinton Emails Openly Marked Classified, Wanted To Conclude Probe Before IG Caught Mistake.  The FBI didn't notice that some emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server were marked classified with a "(C)" when they were sent — something that seemingly would have been one of the first and most obvious checks in an investigation, and one that FBI agents instantly recognized put the facts at odds with Clinton's public statements.  The Intelligence Community Inspector General spotted it after the FBI missed it, texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, reveal.  "Holy cow," Strzok wrote, "if the FBI missed this, what else was missed?"

Peter Strzok Savages Chelsea Clinton in Newly Released FBI Text Messages.  FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are in hot water after their text messages were blasted out to the public.  The two were caught disparaging Trump, Gowdy, 'hillbilly' Virginians and many other people.  Strzok also savaged Chelsea Clinton leading up to the DNC convention in late July of 2016 and then again during the convention.

Read FBI Texts Of Agents Hating On Trump While Supporting Illegal Immigration.  These are/were high-ranking FBI officials charged with responsibilities like counter-intelligence and yet when you read their communications you are struck by how dumb/immature they are.  They are left-wing, yes, but also oddly adolescent in how they view the world around them.  Spoiled, petulant, and thinking their version of morality is all-important.  They helped orchestrate the sham investigation into the very real crimes of Hillary Clinton and then were deeply involved in the real investigation into the false crimes they have attempted to manufacture against POTUS Trump.

Sr. Congressional Oversight Member:  Everything From Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, & Other Obama Scandals Connected To Corrupt DOJ & FBI.  Congressman Paul Gosar didn't hold back in a recent interview and he's now begging the American people to pay more attention and demand answers from their political leaders.  According to Gosar, the Obama White House micromanaged everything from drone attacks to illegal surveillance on political opponents and was able to do so via very carefully placed DOJ and FBI firewalls that to this day continue to insulate Barack Obama and other Obama-related officials, from justice.

Exclusive — Rep. Paul Gosar:  Obama's Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS Scandals All Connected to DOJ, FBI Corruption in Trump Probe.  Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), a leading conservative member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told Breitbart News Daily on Wednesday that he believes that there is an interconnectivity between various high-profile Barack Obama-era scandals and the latest revelations about corruption at the Department of Justice and FBI.

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."

FBI 'needs to clean house,' former agents say.  Former FBI agents say it may take a long time to wash away the stain of political-bias accusations lobbed against the bureau, which has long been viewed as the nation's premier law enforcement agency.  Criticism of the storied bureau has been bipartisan.  Republicans point to accusations that the agency mishandled the justification for spying on a Trump campaign figure, and Democrats are furious at the FBI's investigation of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her email and private server while she headed the State Department.  In between are a slew of embarrassing text messages from an agent involved in both the Trump and Clinton investigations, revelations of top officials' partisan ties, and a wave of demotions and ousters.

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.

Flashback: President Obama Promised 'No Political Influence' in FBI Investigations 'Period.  Full Stop.'  On April 10, 2016, former President Barack Obama vowed that there was no political influence on any investigations in the FBI.  "I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case," Obama said.  "Full stop.  Period."  Obama made his comment in an interview with Fox News reporter Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

Also posted in the catalog of Obama's lies.

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.

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.

Explosion over the Washington Swamp.  The first director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, was at the helm for almost 50 years.  During this time, the FBI turned from a small agency that dealt with federal crimes to one of the leading political forces of Washington.  Hoover transformed the FBI from a criminal investigation agency into a criminal and political investigation agency.  The files he collected over the years (both real and imaginary) made the FBI a powerful lever of political influence.  Probably, Hoover could have become president if he wanted to.  But he played the role of the "Gray Eminence" until the end.

Nunes memo raises question:  Did FBI violate Woods Procedures?  There are strict rules requiring that each and every fact presented in an FBI request to electronically spy on a U.S. citizen be extreme-vetted for accuracy — and presented to the court only if verified.  There's no dispute that at least some, if not a great deal, of information in the anti-Trump "Steele dossier" was unverified or false.  Former FBI director James Comey testified as much himself before a Senate committee in June 2017. [...] Presentation of any such unverified material to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to justify a wiretap would appear to violate crucial procedural rules, called "Woods Procedures," designed to protect U.S. citizens.

An open letter to the FBI agent who resigned because of Trump.  Until recently Josh Campbell was an FBI special agent.  He was appointed in 2008 and stationed in the Los Angeles field office.  He also once served as a special assistant to James Comey.  He is now most well known for a New York Times op-ed, "Why I am leaving the FBI."  In the wake of Comey's firing last May, he wrote another piece for USA Today — a glowingly sympathetic tribute to the just-relieved director, "James Comey is no showboat."  What struck me odd at the time — having retired in 2015 after serving for 25 years in the FBI agent and executive management ranks — was this:  Who afforded a GS-13 bureau employee the privilege to have a personal opinion piece published?

Comey's Former Special Assistant Lands Gig at CNN After Resigning From FBI and Trashing Trump.  Josh Campbell quit the FBI last week.  Then he wrote an op-ed for The New York Times where he complained about people exposing the corruption and criminal acts by agency leaders.  "I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love," Campbell wrote in the NY Times op-ed.  It turns out this precious snowflake was crooked Cop Comey's special assistant.

I am proud of the FBI.  As this case against the misuse of the FBI and the intelligence community develops, I realize that without good, honest agents in the FBI, we would have never known, because Hillary would be president. [...] After Trump's election, Obama and company foolishly tried to use the deep state to bring Trump down.  Instead, they should be sweating things out.  You see, the good guys in the FBI (and elsewhere) are not letting this die.  Comey scorched the bureau's reputation.  Some good people in the bureau are fighting back.

FISA Court Judge James Boasberg Rules Comey Memos Will Remain Secret.  The media are pointing out that a Federal District Court Judge, has ruled against the release of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote to himself while acting head of the FBI.  However, one little thing they fail to notice: [...]

Keep calm and Comey on.  CNN, USA Today, the Daily Caller, Judicial Watch and other outlets brought a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI to obtain copies of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote to document his conversations with President Trump.  Comey, you may recall, strategically leaked a memo or two to his friend Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School, under orders to leak the contents to the New York Times.  When President Trump fired Comey, Comey sought the appointment of Special Counsel to remove Trump from office.  And not just any Special Counsel — Comey desired the appointment of his friend Robert Mueller.  Richman followed orders.  He called the Times.  He read parts of one or more of the memos to the Times.  The Times published a page-one story by Michael Schmidt with Comey's account.  The appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel ensued.

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].

FBI hired dossier author Steele to investigate Trump, fired him for lying about media leaks.  The FBI officially authorized payments to Christopher Steele, who wrote the infamous Trump-Russia dossier, but then fired the former British spy for lying to agents about his covert leaks to the news media.  The sequence of events is outlined in the declassified memo released Friday by Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  The Nunes memo is the first official confirmation that the FBI hierarchy made a decision to start paying Mr. Steele and why the deal fell through.  Justice Department witnesses in public have declined to confirm such a deal.

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.

Other Secrets of the FBI.  During these last few days, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been the center of attention as perhaps never before.  As this is being written, a memo may be released pertaining to the FBI that may prove to be the most scandalous of all time.  This article seeks not to reveal classified or formerly classified material, but to impart a better understanding of recent events relating to the FBI.  Some of the topics covered are secrets in the sense that many people who should know better have fixed ideas that are wrong about the FBI.  Other topics are simply not known to the general public.  In both cases a better understanding of these topics will allow for a better and more-informed general discussion concerning all matters pertaining to that institution.

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."

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.

Why the FISA memo could lead to perjury convictions of Comey & Co..  The 2018 Groundhog Day release of the Nunes FISA memo was preceded by partisan and establishment objections that its disclosure would somehow jeopardize ... something.  The contents of the memo now show the objections by anti-Trump forces in this historic matter were certainly a case where they "doth protest too much."  J. Marsolo explains why FISA warrant procurers James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Rod Rosenstein, and Dana Boente have reason to be nervous: [...]

The Center of the Web.  [Scroll down]  The conduct of Lynch, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, and others did not occur in a vacuum.  There was a purpose and direction to it.  The first question is, who benefits?  The answer is, Hillary and Obama.  The second question is, why did Lynch, Comey, Strzok, McCabe and others act to benefit Hillary and Obama?  They did not risk their careers to do things they knew were illegal unless they were motivated to do so by their superiors, and they believed they would get away with it because they expected Hillary to win the Presidency.  Obama set the stage when he announced publicly at the beginning of Comey's investigation that Hillary made a mistake but did not intend to violate the law, and did not endanger national security.  This was Obama's marching order to Lynch and Comey.  Comey's exoneration letter reflected Obama's statement.

Tip of The Iceberg.  For several years the U.S. justice department has maintained an attitude of non-accountability within its ranks.  The Obama years elevated that attitude and provided multiple examples of a DOJ gone rogue.  A complicit media enables that attitude by engineering a false narrative the U.S. Justice Department was/is an independent fourth branch of government; unaccountable to congress and entirely separate from the executive branch.  The House Intelligence Memo is simply using the example of currently known FISA abuse to open the door and show the U.S. electorate how corrupt this unaccountable institution has become.  Behind that door are very uncomfortable realities for all of those who constructed the weaponized agency; and also those who have benefited from it.

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 to Trump White House:  Please Block The FISA Memo That Could Expose Us For Spying On You.  The four-page memo is seen by some as a document that could offer clarity over whether the FBI used the shoddy Trump dossier compiled by former MI6 operative Christopher Steele, whose was contracted by research firm Fusion GPS — which was given money for this opposition research project by the Hillary campaign.  It wasn't corroborated and on top of that, Steele is said to have given the FBI another dossier compiled by a Clinton political operative, Cody Shearer, which also wasn't verified.  So, did the FBI/DOJ secure FISA warrants on members of the Trump campaign by presenting before the court unverified documents?

Ron Johnson wants communications from 16 new DOJ and FBI employees, including James Comey and Andrew McCabe.  Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson has requested the Department of Justice turn over communications from 16 FBI and DOJ officials, including former Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sent Wednesday [1/31/2018], the Wisconsin Republican requested "all documents and communications" — which includes emails, memos, notes, texts, iPhone instant messages, and voicemails — from 16 employees between January 1, 2015, to the present.  The request is part of the committee's broader probe into how the FBI handled its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Intelligence Recognizes Presidential Authority — A Case of Too Little, Too Late.  The FBI's top leadership — whose careers, business dealings, politics, marriages and extramarital affairs intertwine — invested itself incompetently and illegally into the 2016 election campaign against Donald Trump.  In part to cover itself, it launched the so-called "Russia probe."  Its members are personally, deeply interested in keeping the public from seeing the documents concerning these activities.  They raised the familiar shield:  release would compromise the sources and methods of national security.  The House of Representatives' Republican majority wanted the documents made public, issued a subpoena for them, and was prepared to jail senior FBI for contempt had they not complied with it.  The House compromised, being satisfied by viewing them and making a summary, which it has voted to make public.

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.

The FBI Has 'Grave Concerns'? So Do I.  I have grave concerns about the politicization of the Department of Justice and the FBI under the Obama administration, which I have been writing about since 2010. [...] If there are "material omissions of fact," the Democrats' responsive memo no doubt will reveal them.  Good: let's lay the cards on the table.  The relevant fact here is that the FBI is no longer claiming that there is a national security problem with releasing the memo, only that it will put the FBI in a bad light.

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.

Second Dossier by 'Creepy Clinton Confidante' Raises Doubts About FBI's Trump Probe.  Reports that the FBI has been utilizing a second dossier in its investigation of unsubstantiated claims of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign raise more questions about the credibility of the federal bureau's already controversial probe.  According to a report in the Guardian citing "multiple sources," the second memo in question was authored by Cody Shearer, a shadowy former tabloid journalist who has long been closely associated with various Clinton scandals.

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.

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.

Former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova:  FBI Going Through Worst Period in Its History.  Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe DiGenova Monday evening said that the FBI was going through the worst time in its history and predicted that a federal grand jury would be convened that was "not going to be pretty."  DiGenova blamed former FBI director James Comey, outgoing deputy director Andrew McCabe, and everybody else at the senior levels at the FBI for this "disgraceful moment for the bureau."  He added that after working with the bureau for over 30 years, the fall from grace of the people working there "truly saddened" him.  "Make no mistake about it," the former federal prosecutor told Fox News' Laura Ingraham.  "This was a plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton illegally, and then if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump with an illegal crime."

Major Revelations Coming in FBI Bias/Corruption Scandal.  If you were beginning to buy the media narrative that the GOP was simply chasing a "fake" conspiracy and attempting to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation... don't do it.  There is more to the congressional investigation into the FBI and DoJ than the media is letting on.  How do we know?  Because this is the first time that we aren't seeing any major leaks from the Democrats involved in the investigation.  If there was "nothing" to this investigation, do you have any doubt that the Democrats would have already leaked the evidence that it was a "nothing-burger?"  Of course they would have.

Paul Ryan calls to 'cleanse' the FBI, backs surveillance memo release.  House Speaker Paul Ryan called Tuesday [1/30/2018] to "cleanse" the FBI as he openly backed the release of a controversial memo that purportedly details alleged surveillance abuses by the U.S. government.  "Let it all out, get it all out there.  Cleanse the organization," Ryan, R-Wis., said.

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.

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'."

Look Who Turned on the FBI!.  Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer has lost his confidence in the FBI.  Fleischer says he used to support Comey on the Hillary investigation, but now thinks it was all a sham.

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.

Does the Washington Post understand the 'rule of law'?  The Washington Post editorialized that Republicans are trying to undermine the rule of law because they dare question the FBI and Justice Department on their motives and methodology used to justify spying on a political opponent.  Evidence now clearly shows the Justice Department did everything they could to elect Hillary and destroy Trump, abusing the FISA Court to weaponize the nation's intelligence and law enforcement apparatus.

House Intelligence Committee opens investigation into DOJ, FBI.  The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has opened a new investigation into both the Department of Justice and the FBI.  Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters the Democratic minority was informed of the apparently new investigations Monday night [1/29/2018] "for the first time."  According to committee rules, the majority has to consult with the minority before opening an investigation.  Schiff said Monday night [1/29/2018] there was no such consultation.

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.

Why Obama pardoned Gen Cartwright on his last day in office.  Obama pardoned Gen Cartwright on his last day in office, for leaking secrets to the NYT about Stuxnet (the US-Israeli cyber attacks on Iran).  Oh — and if this incredible thread is true, he just happens to be the grandfather of Peter Strzok's first cousin, Devin.  Cartwright, 'Obama's favorite General', was a key member of Obama's natsec team and head of the U.S. Strategic Command.  His leak to the media wasn't revealed until 2016.  He later pleaded guilty for lying to FBI agents pursuing an investigation into the leak.  In March 2015, the Washington Post reported that the sensitive leak investigation had "stalled amid concerns that a prosecution in federal court could force the government to confirm" information about the highly classified program.  Who was the investigator?  Rod Rosenstein.

FBI agents' texts reveal Hillary Clinton probe likely fixed.  The FBI is still coming under scrutiny, as some of the newly found text messages between two FBI officials have been released, and they show that the agents were apprehensive about going after Hillary Clinton.  And on Friday [1/26/2018], Republican lawmakers responded to the messages, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy telling Fox News that it "doesn't appear anyone wanted her charged."  "Now we know the fix was in, and I think the logical thing is, if the fix was in on the Clinton investigation, and if these same people — the top people at the FBI — started and ran the Trump-Russia investigation, might there be some bad things going on there as well," Rep. Jim Jordan asked while on Fox and Friends on Friday.  "And as you look at these text messages, it sure looks like there is."

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?

FBI's Secret, Anti-American Society.  Deep State operatives dominate the FBI.  They have never worried about discovery.  They believe they are too big to indict, and that they are somehow above the law.  Except, now, the FBI is under fire, and under examination, and the liberal left's wagons are circling the agency, not only to hide the corruption, but to keep the public from learning that a secret society of leftism is running rampant through the nation's top bureau of investigation.  They are trying to even blame the Russians for the FBI's crimes, but fall short drastically.

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.  Those law enforcement institutions in which Americans have put their trust and faith for many decades have been thoroughly compromised by a group of bad actors at the top, self-appointed arbiters of electoral politics.

Why Trust the FBI?  Another big tranche of missing communications?  Really?  When the IRS was in trouble for targeting tea-party organizations and other conservative groups in the run-up to the 2012 election, thousands of emails — evidence under subpoena — went missing.  John Koskinen, then acting commissioner of the IRS, lied to Congress about how and why that happened, a fact he was later forced to acknowledge.  As a legal question, the result of all that malfeasance — destroying evidence — was precisely squat.  Lois Lerner walks the streets a free woman with a fat federal pension, and John Koskinen is perfectly comfortable showing his face in the daylight.  And now it is the FBI's turn.

The Sad Decline of the FBI.  The FBI scandals continue to unravel.  Scott has chronicled the saga of the missing Strzok/Page text messages, now apparently on the road to recovery.  The FBI has continued to stonewall Congressional investigations, to the point where Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley says the FBI is playing "a bureaucratic game of hide the ball."  And House Republicans have prepared a four-page memo that apparently summarizes the FBI's malfeasance in connection with the fake Trump dossier.  Some who have read it say it may lead to criminal prosecutions within the Department of Justice.  DOJ is demanding a look at the memo, but so far House Republicans won't turn it over.  Why?  Because they know what Justice bureaucrats will do with it.  They will leak it to their friends at the New York Times and the Washington Post so they can preemptively attack the memo before the public gets to see it.

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?

As walls close in on FBI, the bureau lashes out at its antagonists.  There are two overarching issues.  First, there's the alleged improper use of politically-funded opposition research to justify secret warrants to spy on U.S. citizens for political purposes.  Second, if corruption is ultimately identified at high levels in our intel agencies, it would necessitate a re-examination of every case and issue the officials touched over the past decade — or two — under administrations of both parties.  This is why I think the concerns transcend typical party politics.  It touches everybody.  It's potentially monumental.

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.

Senator Chuck Grassley Sends Letters Requesting Information.  As part of their ongoing oversight efforts to ensure that the FBI's law enforcement activities are free of improper political influence, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) yesterday sent six letters seeking information and documents regarding Christopher Steele's work on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary for America.  The letters seek information and documents relating to those political organizations' knowledge of and involvement in Mr. Steele's work and his reported interactions with the FBI while he was working on behalf of these political organizations.

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.

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.

Forensic Experts Retrieve 'Ghost Texts'.  The Inspector General has recovered the Samsung 5 cellphones of two embattled FBI agents at the center of ongoing Department of Justice and Congressional investigations.  The two agents are under scrutiny for their involvement in the Special Counsel's investigation into President Trump and alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.  The DOJ's Inspector general is now retrieving some of the missing five months of crucial text messages exchanged between the pair of FBI agents using forensic experts to track 'ghost texts,' left behind even after they are deleted from the devices, former and current law enforcement officials told this reporter.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte Discusses Justice Department Corruption.  House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is a key figure in the overall investigation and reform effort needed within the U.S. Justice System because the House Judicial Committee holds primary oversight over the U.S. Department of Justice.  By statutory construct the DOJ and FBI are directly and primarily accountable to Chairman Bob Goodlatte and the House Judicial Committee, on all matters.  This primary oversight structure is why Chairman Goodlatte and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz are working so closely during the ongoing justice department investigation.

The FBI Is Looking Guilty In Russia Probe.  As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's vast and fruitless investigation into supposed ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government drags on, it's the FBI itself that appears to have been engaged in nefarious activities.

Sessions Has No Choice But To Appoint A Special Counsel To Investigate DOJ, FBI.  It is long past time for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the possibility of widespread and systematic corruption, obstruction, leaking, and collusion within America's law enforcement and intelligence agencies.  The leadership of the FBI and Department of Justice have made clear, through their ongoing obstruction of congressional investigations and oversight, that these agencies simply can not be trusted to investigate or police themselves.

The Stench at Obama's DOJ and FBI.  For a brief, shining moment, CNN paused in its nonstop coverage of everything it loathes about President Trump for some actual "breaking news."  One of the network's reporters had noticed that Congress was looking into malfeasance and political corruption at the Obama-era Department of Justice, FBI, and intelligence agencies.  This is still news to most mainstream outlets.  There are now three major congressional investigations, peeling away layers of political bias, unequal application of the law, and, perhaps even felonies by senior officials who may have leaked classified documents, obstructed justice, and violated Fourth Amendment guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure.

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."

FBI Official:  FBI Agents Threatened Physical Harm to President Trump In Missing FBI Texts.  A high-ranking FBI official confirms a number of the missing 50,000 FBI text messages — as well as other text and email messages among FBI brass — reportedly discussed initiating physical harm to President Donald Trump.  The FBI official urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — which oversees the U.S. Secret Service — to launch an investigation of the Justice Department, the FBI and all text messages missing and otherwise that threatened the President.  "This is dangerous territory and all FBI text messages and personal phones should be examined," the official said.  "It would reveal some frightening conversations."

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.

Texts surface; FBI officials worried abt being too tough on Hillary during email investigation.  After reports surfaced earlier this week that five months of text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page disappeared and several difference excuses later as to how it could have occurred, the DOJ's Inspector General reported earlier today that the text messages are in the process of being recovered.  The result, additional text messages from October 2016 revealed that former FBI Director, James Comey thought that Andrew McCabe should recuse himself from the Clinton investigation... for starters.  Talk about a can of worms.  In the meantime, Progressives are becoming more bitter and hateful by the hour, a true sign of their desperation.

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.

On Capitol Hill, growing frustration with FBI secrecy.  Republicans in both the House and Senate are growing increasingly frustrated with the FBI and Justice Department over tight restrictions on classified and other confidential information in the Trump-Russia affair.  The restrictions mean the FBI and Justice Department control what congressional investigators may see; under what conditions they may see it; and what they may make public.  The practical result is that voters remain in the dark about hugely consequential events going on in Washington.

FBI Text Said To "Directly" Link Obama To Illegal 2016 Election Tampering.  By now it is no secret to those paying attention that when POTUS Barack Obama weaponized federal intelligence resources to try and sway the 2016 Election in favor of the Democrat candidate of his choosing — Hillary Clinton.  It is the same kind of illegal use of federal entities to go after political enemies the Obama administration utilized previously with the IRS, the EPA, etc.  This time, though, Mr. Obama might actually have been caught with the evidence to prove it.

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.

'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.

What Do We Do About the FBI?  Suppose what many are now suspecting is completely true — that the FBI, or parts of it, exonerated Hillary Clinton and her cohorts with a mock investigation, attempted to swing our presidential election against Donald Trump and then continued to undermine the new administration after they had won with illegitimate claims of Russian collusion orchestrated by sleazy political lowlifes?  While this is not quite Stalinist — no one was tortured in Lubyanka or sent to the Gulag for life — it's not all that distant.  It's tantamount to an internal coup d'état that is still ongoing.

The Problem Isn't Just Corruption at the FBI and Main Justice, It's Also The Media.  Over the past year we have learned that a significant number of people within the DOJ and FBI have been the source of leaks to the media.  Almost all of those leaks built on lies.  Reports have confirmed that FBI Director James Comey, his chief legal counsel, James Baker as well as his chief-of-staff James Rybicki have all been leaking to media outlets.  In addition, FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI Attorney Lisa Page have been identified as leaking stories to Politico, the Washington Post and New York Times.  Adding to that mix, Asst. AG Sally Yates, Asst. AG John Carlin and a host of Main Justice officials were also participating in leaks; all leaks based on self-interest.

Evidence suggests a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI.  During the financial crisis, the federal government bailed out banks it declared "too big to fail."  Fearing their bankruptcy might trigger economic Armageddon, the feds propped them up with taxpayer cash.  Something similar is happening now at the FBI, with the Washington wagons circling the agency to protect it from charges of corruption.  This time, the appropriate tag line is "too big to believe."  Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of America's premier law enforcement agency.

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.

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.

FBI "Small Group" Key Figure, James Rybicki, Quits — Here Comes The Lois Lerner Manuever.  [James] Rybicki was the key figure in circulating and coordinating the "Clinton Exoneration Statement" read by Director Comey.  For Clinton endeavor Rybicki was the hub collecting and dispatching communication as the 'talking points' were constructed, edited, refined and ultimately finalized.  Additionally, Rybicki was the communication hub surrounding the Clinton-Lynch 'Tarmac Meeting' discussion points that led to public statements therein by the FBI and ultimately Loretta Lynch's public statements about distancing herself from the investigation.

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].

The feds repeatedly manage to lose or intentionally destroy evidence against powerful people the Deep State supports.  A computer glitch supposedly destroyed five months of text messages of anti-Trumpers at the FBI.  Sure it did. [...] Since the government loses and destroys so many records that would hang powerful people, why should we believe they won't destroy documents that would exonerate people they want to hang?  Journalists should stop pretending they believe in equal justice for all since they are so willing to look the other way for people they support.

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.

Robert Mueller's Coverup.  When anti-Trump, Pro-Clinton text messages between Peter Strzok, the FBI's Former Deputy Head of Counterintelligence and Lisa Page, a Senior FBI Lawyer, became public in December, lawmakers and public citizens alike expressed outrage that agents with such bias were hired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate President Trump's 2016 Campaign.  Some of the most critical questions surrounded why Robert Mueller removed these two agents from his team on July 27th without notifying lawmakers or his overseers at the Department of Justice.  The Daily Caller now reports that the FBI says that they "failed to preserve" five months of text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in a letter sent by the Department of Justice to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  The Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the Justice Department Stephen Boyd, wrote to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the chairman of HSGAC that "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."

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Former Federal Prosecutor Outlines Scope of FBI and DOJ Corruption.  Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova outlines the majority of the events behind the unlawful surveillance of Donald Trump and each of the participating members within the FBI and DOJ corruption.  In essence, during this 30 minute discussion, diGenova outlines much of the back-story and how FBI officials Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, Jim Baker, Andrew McCabe and Jim Comey participated along with Justice Department Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, John P Carlin, Bruce Ohr and Lisa Page.  Mr. diGenova has a solid grasp on the players and how they are enmeshed within the entire operation.  [Video clip]

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.

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.

Republicans Have Four Easy Ways to #ReleaseTheMemo — and the Evidence for It.  Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now being made by congressional Republicans about a four-page memo alleging abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spying processes during the 2016 election.  This memo, which remains secret, was reportedly written under the direction of the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, and has been read by dozens of members of Congress after the committee voted to make the memo available to all members of the House of Representatives to examine in a room specially designated for reviewing classified material.  The rhetoric issuing from GOP members who read the memo is notably extreme.  North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, called the memo "troubling" and "shocking" and said, "Part of me wishes that I didn't read it because I don't want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much."  GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania stated:  "You think about, 'Is this happening in America or is this the KGB?'  That's how alarming it is."  This has led to a ferocious outcry on the right to "release the memo" — and presumably thereby prove that the Obama administration conducted unlawful surveillance on the Trump campaign and transition.

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."

FBI Shadow Figure Surfaces To Protect President Obama Amid Released FBI Text Messages.  W.H. "Bill" Priestap is the FBI Head of Counterintelligence.  Priestap was one of the first FBI officials who caught our attention (spring of 2017) because FBI Director James Comey mysteriously pointed a finger upon him during testimony to congress on March 20th, 2017 [Although Comey didn't use Bill Priestap's name, only his position].  James Comey said last year the reason the FBI did not inform congress of the ongoing eight month counterintelligence investigation (required by congressional intelligence oversight), which began in July 2016 into candidate Donald Trump, was because Bill Priestap specifically told Director Comey not to inform congress or intelligence oversight.

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.

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.  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.

A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal of senior government officials.  A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday [1/18/2018] and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated.  These sources say the report is "explosive," stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.  The House Intelligence Committee passed the motion along party lines Thursday to make the classified report alleging extensive 'FISA Abuse' related to the controversial dossier available to all House members.

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.

The Obama Administration's "Brazen Plot To Exonerate Hillary Clinton" Starting to Leak Out, According to Former Fed Prosecutor.  A former federal prosecutor says the truth is starting to seep out about the Obama Administration's "brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton" and "frame an incoming president with a false Russian conspiracy," according to an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Joe diGenova, a former federal prosecutor, connects the dots on former Obama administration Justice Department and FBI officials who may have "violated the law, perhaps committed crimes" to politicize law enforcement and surveillance against political opponents.

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.

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.

Loretta Lynch Already Knew Comey Would Let Hillary Go Free When Announcing She Would Accept FBI's Conclusion.  According to an exchange between Strzok and Bureau lawyer Lisa Page, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch reportedly knew former FBI Director James Comey would let Hillary Clinton off the hook in her email investigation when she announced the Justice Department would "defer" to the FBI's conclusion.

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.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Warns FISA Memo Leaves Obama With Only Two Options.  On Thursday [1/18/2018], former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino warned the release of the FISA report will destroy the image of his former boss Barack Obama.  "Take it to the bank, the FBI/FISA docs are devastating for the Dems.  The whole image of a benevolent Barack Obama they've disingenuously tried to portray is about to be destroyed.  The real Obama, the vengeful narcissist, is going to be exposed for all to see," tweeted Dan Bongino[.]

This Memo May Expose Obama's Watergate.  The big explosive scandal is the one that hardly anyone talks about.  It's not Russia collusion.  It's not even Uranium One.  It's the eavesdropping on Trump staffers by Obama staffers.  This eavesdropping was partially legitimized by the Steele dossier.  It was accidentally uncovered and since then it's cost multiple people their jobs, not the people responsible, but those who learned about it.  Now the reckoning may finally be here.

Republicans are lining up to view the classified FISA abuse memo, while Democrats choose to stay in the dark.  More than 130 congressional members have viewed the classified four-page memo detailing what senior government officials describe as "disturbing and explosive" surveillance abuse by employees of the FBI and Department of Justice under the Obama administration against President Trump and members of his campaign.  But almost all of them were Republicans.  Since the document was released Thursday to House members "only Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have seen it," a congressional source with knowledge of the memo said.  The classified memo was described by senior government officials as a detailed account of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the FBI and apparent FISA abuse associated with the controversial dossier that alleged President Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.  As recently reported, some congressional members who reviewed the memo said the revelations may end in the removal or criminal prosecution of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Warns 'Devastating' FISA Memo Set To 'Expose' Obama.  The House Intel panel's passage of New York Republican Rep. Peter King's motion to release the FISA abuse memo to fellow House members has rocked Washington, D.C.  Lawmakers from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) have called for the classified memo's immediate release.  According to Fox News contributor Sara Carter, the contents of the memo are so "explosive," that it could end special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe once and for all.  Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino warned the release of the FISA report will destroy the image of his former boss Barack Obama.

House Committee Document Could Mean Trouble for Anti-Trump "Deep-Statists".  Sara Carter reports on a classified document that was released to all members of the House today.  The document seems to be a compilation of information, prepared by House intelligence committee staff, relating to the anti-Trump dossier, the FBI, the warrant to conduct surveillance on members of the Trump campaign, and the use of that warrant.  Carter calls the document a bombshell.  Her sources say its revelations might lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, and perhaps even to the criminal prosecution of some.  They also say, less plausibly, that the revelations could lead to the end of Robert Mueller's investigation into President Trump and his associates.  What information does the classified document contain?  We don't know yet.  It's classified.

Secret (for now) memo may blow the lid off FISA warrant and Mueller investigation.  Conservative hearts are aflutter, thanks to a memo that has been made available to members of the House of Representatives (if they go to a secure room and read it).  According to several members, there is finally hope of documenting the cabal that appears to have deceived the FISA Court with the Steele dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, and then launched special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the bogus "collusion" charges, morphing into the Lavrentiy Beria strategy of "show me the man, and I'll find you the crime."  According to some members who have seen it, heads may roll, and people may end up in prison.

The Evidence Inside The "House Intel Committee Four Page FISA Memo".  As the year-long story has unfolded, there are two central components at the heart of the political corruption and weaponization of the DOJ and FBI:  First, corruption within the DOJ and FBI that included their use of unlawful use of FISA-702 exploits; and [s]econd, how that intelligence information was extracted, passed along to those outside government, repackaged, and reconstituted into the "Steele Dossier".  The finished, albeit sketchy, intelligence was later returned to the FBI to request lawful FISA court surveillance authority.  It is a circle of "intelligence laundering".  The DOJ (National Security Division), and FBI (Counterintelligence Division), worked together on the enterprise.  This collaboration is where the insider "small group" participants assemble, intersect and ultimately redistribute themselves into the Mueller investigation with the help of Mueller's adviser, FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker.  The evidence of this corrupt DOJ and FBI weaponization of intelligence is what lies inside today's Four Page Intelligence Committee Memo.

House Intelligence Committee Votes To Reveal "The Big Ugly".  The House Intelligence Committee voted today to allow all congressional members to view a summary report of classified documents behind the "Clinton Dossier".  As Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner:  "At the committee's meeting Thursday morning [1/18/2018], Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., offered a motion to allow all House members to review a brief report prepared by the Republican majority summarizing the panel's investigation into what GOP members call 'FISA abuse.'"

This Defense Of FBI's Handling Of The Steele Dossier Is One Of The Weakest Yet.  [Scroll down]  The dossier has been driving news coverage of Russia since it was legitimized via a leak to major media a year ago.  The dossier alleges treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.  It includes salacious details.  It was written by someone who journalists and intelligence officials said was a credible ex-spy.  And it was allegedly used by the FBI, even though it was a Clinton campaign document.  But more than a year after it became public, none of its significant claims have been verified.  In recent weeks, some journalists and other critics of President Trump have been downplaying its importance as a centerpiece of the FBI's investigation.  Others are trying to rehabilitate it and the shady opposition researchers who have run its messaging campaign.  The most important recent talking point, for some reason, is that it wasn't used to launch an investigation into Trump and his associates.

The FBI and Collusion:  An Inside View.  On May 17, 2017, former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate the supposed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Now, over a year and a half later, this has become the equivalent of the Energizer battery that keeps going on and on forever.  Not only is it apparent that there is no prosecutable collusion case, but what the investigation has proven is that the world's finest law enforcement agency, the FBI, has become blemished, stained, and tainted.  The Mueller probe and the FBI leadership have become contaminated by an anti-Trump bias, improper leaks, and text messages between senior FBI officials showing their own form of collusion.  American Thinker interviewed Jim Kallstrom, the former assistant director in charge of the FBI office in New York and a twenty-eight-year veteran of that agency, on his views.

Ohr what?  When NSA Mike Rogers discovered the unauthorized search FISA-702 contractor access queries, he shut it down.  The use of the FBI NSA database had been ongoing for a long period of time.  However, it was the increases in FISA-702(17) "About Queries" responses, from November 2015 through March 2016 that triggered the internal alarm.  When Admiral Rogers effectively shut down FBI contractor access to the FISA search system, the DOJ/FBI "small group" needed a way back in.

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.

Congress Takes 3-Prong Approach To Surround Corrupt Intelligence and Justice Officials.  There is an interesting dynamic unfolding with White Hats and Black Hats amid the story of how political forces within the DOJ and FBI conspired with Clinton allies in the 2016 presidential election, ie.  "The Trump Operation". [...] There are two central components:  First, corruption within the DOJ and FBI that included their use of unlawful use of FISA-702 exploits; and second, how that intelligence information was extracted, passed along to those outside government, repackaged, and reconstituted into the "Steele Dossier".  The finished, albeit sketchy, intelligence was later returned to the FBI to request lawful FISA court surveillance authority.  It is a circle of "intelligence laundering".

Friday Night Document Surprise from Office of Inspector General.  Well, well, well... here's a surprise.  Office of Inspector General has apparently begun giving Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte the 1.2 million pages of evidence from the year-long inspector general investigation into FBI and DOJ politicization.

Why Is the FBI So Afraid of Encryption?  FBI Director Christopher Wray declared the bureau's inability to access encrypted electronic devices a "major public safety issue."

The Obama FBI: They're With Her.  It was the summer of an election year.  The official odds all favored Hillary.  But a failed FISA request had already been made.  And the real insurance was still coming.  Its policies would include a second successful FISA request, the Steele dossier, the mass unmasking of Trump officials and the Mueller witch hunt.  The insurance still hasn't paid off, but the men and women behind the coup are betting that it will.

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.

GOP House investigators want James Comey to testify on Clinton email investigation.  House Republicans are preparing to ask former FBI Director James Comey to testify as part of the Republican-led probe into the FBI and Justice Department handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Comey's testimony, if he appeared, would raise the stakes of the joint Judiciary and Oversight Committee investigation into the decision not to charge the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee over classified emails on her private server — and the rare step for Comey to publicly announce Clinton would not be charged — as the probe has become a proxy battle on Capitol Hill between Democrats and Republicans over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  Several Republicans told CNN that Comey is a key witness for the investigation, although it's not clear how soon he would be asked to testify.

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 Text Messages Suggest Senior Agents Were Sources Of Trump Dossier Leaks.  The more we learn, the more the deluge of classified leaks about the totally irrelevant Trump dossier become explicable.  The Hill reports today on an overview of the 300+ text messages between former number two guy in the FBI's counterintelligence operation, Peter Strzok, and his paramour, FBI attorney, and friend of Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page.  Strzok and Page, you'll recall, were assigned to Mueller's investigation.  The were removed when it was revealed they were sending anti-Trump/pro-Hillary text messages to each other on their government smartphones.  Strzok is the guy who made an ominous reference to having an "insurance policy" to keep Trump from being elected.  Strzok is the guy who interviewed Mike Flynn.  These texts aren't conclusive but they strongly suggest that both Strzok and Page were leaking information to the media.

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.

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.

The FBI Takes a Mulligan.  Last week the FBI announced that it was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private unsecured email system while she was secretary of state and separately reviving the investigation into possibly illegal actions by her and her staff related to donations to the Clinton Foundation in those same years.  It's no wonder that the FBI wants to "take a Mulligan" on both.  The FBI's — meaning then-FBI director James Comey's — bizarre exoneration of Clinton in the former and the Bureau's burial of the latter investigation have done more damage to the FBI's reputation than any other incidents in its history.  A Justice Department Inspector General investigation into the Clinton email mess will soon highlight the ugly facts.  That is probably the reason for the revivals.

The FBI's Dubious Probe of Hillary's Emails.  The FBI did everything but drive Hillary's getaway car.  Former secretary of state Clinton is a free woman largely thanks to the tender loving care that the FBI provided her and her conspirators during its probe of her illegal, unsecure email server and related abuse of government secrets.  GOP lawmakers concluded this after grilling FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe on December 21, behind closed doors, according to John Solomon's molar-grinding exposé in Tuesday's [1/2/2018] The Hill.  "For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken," Solomon reported.  This proof includes what Solomon calls revelations of "irregularities and contradictions" in the FBI's inquiry.

Congressional investigators find irregularities in FBI's handling of Clinton email case.  That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the "sheer volume" of classified information that flowed through Clinton's insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said.  The name of the witness is redacted from the FBI documents but lawmakers said he was an employee of a computer firm that helped maintain her personal server after she left office as America's top diplomat and who belatedly admitted he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had been subpoenaed by Congress.  The investigators also confirmed that the FBI began drafting a statement exonerating Clinton of any crimes while evidence responsive to subpoenas was still outstanding and before agents had interviewed more than a dozen key witnesses.

Walls Close In Around DOJ and FBI "Small Group" Participants.  Several stories broke yesterday [1/4/2018]:  [#1] Senator Ron Johnson gains copies of the manipulated/edited FBI small group "talking points" that exonerated Hillary Clinton despite overwhelming evidence.  Johnson is a Senate Judiciary Committee member and remains focused on those specifics.  [#2] Senator Chuck Grassley has identified that former FBI Director James Comey leaked classified FBI information to the media to gain political leverage.  Additional questions are now raised by the Senate Judiciary Chairman.  [#3] The FBI has begun a new review of the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play network during Hillary Clinton's tenure at the State Dept.  Investigators are questioning the people within the Clinton foundation about actions taken as a result of donations to the foundation.  [#4] A federal judge has ruled that Fusion GPS must turn over it's [sic] bank records to the House Intelligence Committee.  Including records of financial payments to journalists and media outlets to push the Christopher Steele "Dossier" story.

What the Trump dossier criminal referral means.  There's been a lot of confusion about the decision by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and crime subcommittee chairman Lindsey Graham to refer Christopher Steele, author of the Trump dossier, to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation.  The two senators sent a brief letter Thursday to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and FBI director Christopher Wray.  The letter, which was unclassified and released to the public Friday [1/5/2018], was a cover letter for what Grassley and Graham called a "classified memorandum related to certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple U.S. news outlets regarding the so-called 'Trump dossier' that Mr. Steele compiled on behalf of Fusion GPS for the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee and also provided to the FBI."

Comey Memo Bombshell:  Evidence Hillary Committed A Felony, Deleted Mentions Of Evidence.  A bombshell report released on Thursday reveals that former FBI Director James Comey's memo on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there was "evidence to support a conclusion" that she committed a felony before subordinates removed multiple references of incriminating terms and deleted mentions of evidence that supported felony and misdemeanor criminal acts.  The website of Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) released the full draft of Comey's memo on Clinton, including the edits to the draft.

Now We Know:  FBI Ignored Lawbreaking To Exonerate Hillary Clinton.  Each new revelation about how the FBI handled — or, more appropriately, mishandled — the Clinton email scandal makes it that much clearer that politics trumped law enforcement, even when it involved matters of national security.  The Hill's John Solomon reported on Wednesday [1/3/2018] that congressional investigators have turned up evidence that the FBI believed laws had been broken when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides exchanged a multitude of classified information via email over Clinton's unsecured, home-brew server.

DOJ prepares new probe of Clinton's email server.  The Trump administration is launching another probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, a new report said Thursday.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions hopes to uncover new details on how Clinton and her aides handled classified material, The Daily Beast reported, citing a source close to the former Alabama senator.  The new probe was prompted by President Trump's repeated calls on Twitter and elsewhere for another FBI investigation into "Crooked Hillary," the source said.

It's time to investigate Fusion GPS's dirt-diggers, possible collusion with feds to derail Trump's campaign.  Late Wednesday [1/3/2018], the Justice Department and FBI stopped their four-month old stonewall of subpoenas from Congress for documents and witnesses related to the Steele dossier, the infamous compilation of unverified and salacious material alleging President Trump had improper dealings with Russia.  All of the material will now apparently be turned over.  The House Intelligence Committee had demanded that the Justice Department and FBI explain how they came to become involved with former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier after being paid by Fusion GPS.  The company is a notorious Washington opposition research firm that in turn was paid to dig up dirt on Donald Trump by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

FBI launches new Clinton Foundation investigation.  The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of State, law enforcement officials and a witness tells The Hill.  FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in the coming weeks.  The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.

Will the media ask questions about an FBI cover-up or become complicit in it?  For over a year the media have breathlessly followed every turn in the probes of Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, along with any possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.  But now a new story is about to bust open, involving Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.  Nunes sent a letter Thursday [12/28/2017] to the Justice Department demanding compliance by Wednesday with the subpoenas his committee issued for information on how the department and its FBI subsidiary have handled the Russia probe.

Now We Know:  FBI Ignored Lawbreaking To Exonerate Hillary Clinton.  Each new revelation about how the FBI handled — or, more appropriately, mishandled — the Clinton email scandal makes it that much clearer that politics trumped law enforcement, even when it involved matters of national security.

New Evidence Found That FBI Investigators Believed "Laws Were Broken" by Hillary Clinton.  In what could be a major black eye for the deep state and yet another nail in the Clinton legacy coffin, The Hill's John Solomon reports that Republicans on key congressional committees say they have uncovered new irregularities and contradictions inside the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton's email server.

Former Bush AG On Comey's 2007 Brush With Scandal: 'Jim's Loyalty Was More To Chuck Schumer'.  [Scroll down]  The narrative from the Acela corridor media establishment is that Trump is a known liar and Comey is an honest public servant above reproach, so clearly Comey's word must be believed, the total absence of any other corroborating evidence notwithstanding. [...] In fact, the current episode is not the first time Comey and his associates plotted to oust a sitting Republican official through highly orchestrated political theater and carefully crafted narratives in which Comey is the courageous hero bravely fighting to preserve the rule of law.  To understand how Comey came to be FBI director in the first place, and how he operates in the political arena, it is important to review the last scandal in which Comey had a front-row seat:  the 2007 U.S. attorney firings and the fight over the 2004 reauthorization of Stellar Wind, a mass National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program designed to mitigate terrorist threats in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

FBI Knew The 'Bleach Bit' Computer Guy Lied In Clinton Email Testimony, Gave Him Immunity.  The Hill published a story today based on leaks from a recent House Judiciary Committee meeting where FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discussed elements of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Republicans on the committee say McCabe outlined some irregularities that suggest the outcome of the investigation was rigged in Clinton's favor.  Among the new findings is that an unnamed tech specialist who used Bleach Bit to wipe Clinton's server after a congressional subpoena was issued admitted lying to the FBI.

Fusion GPS Tries, and Fails, To Distance Themselves From FBI FISA Origin.  It's every man and woman for themselves as the collective groups of architects behind the entire FBI Counterintelligence Operation, that brought us the 18-month-long 'vast Russian conspiracy' narrative, now attempt to back-track from all previous assertions.  Two days ago we shared very strong confidence the joint FBI (counterintelligence) and DOJ (National Security Division) scheme was going to come out.  The reason is simple, they left too big a trail of factual and provable evidence of their activity.

The Stunning Truth Proving the FBI and DOJ Corruption Will Come Out.  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.  Unless they are genuinely all paid political operatives of the UniParty, by the end of this month the sunlight will be so intense their worries about losing invites to the best cocktail parties will be overcome by the enormity of the truth.

DOJ Blows Past Deadline to Turn Over Documents to Congress on Dossier.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blasting the Department of Justice and FBI after officials ignored congressional subpoenas and blew threw a deadline to turn over documents related to the infamous Fusion GPS dossier.  In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Nunes points out that not only did DOJ mislead his Committee about the existense of documents, they also unlawfully failed to comply with congressional requests.

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.

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.

The DOJ and FBI rot from the head down.  So who's the head?  After months of investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his army of highly partisan investigators, spending millions of taxpayer dollars, all Mueller has to show for his efforts is a handful of process crimes that have nothing to do with the original allegations that the Trump campaign worked with Putin to influence the 2016 election.  With 90 percent of media coverage negative toward President Trump, you can be certain that if Trump conspired with Russia to hack the election, these same media would have long ago found evidence of collusion.  But they haven't, have they?  Instead, they hyperventilate over nonsense, such as a truck blocking their view of Trump's golf course, now a three-day story for CNN.

The Scale of FBI and DOJ Corruption is Beyond Comprehension.  If you spend time looking at the scale and scope, I mean honestly looking at how deeply enmeshed those ideological entities are within the system, you would also have to admit the problem is not just a matter of eliminating a few dozen DOJ lawyers and FBI agents.  The issue is much bigger.

A Timeline Of Treason:  How the DNC and FBI Leadership Tried to Fix a Presidential Election.  As an aside, this appears to be the biggest political scandal in the history of the country.  Never before has an outgoing administration attempted to fix a presidential election.  It's like something out of a third world country.  But then, Obama always admired dictators like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

Trump is right about the FBI.  The ferocity of President Donald Trump's recent attacks on the integrity of the FBI has sent shock waves through an agency accustomed to public adulation in recent years.  Sadly, much of the presidential criticism of the bureau may be entirely legitimate.  The FBI has traditionally enjoyed a highly favorable reputation among a majority of the nation's citizens.  Despite controversial programs that sometimes employed illegal forms of surveillance and enforcement methods — such as those used on black citizens lawfully protesting racial segregation, individuals in the "red scare" of the 1950s and long-haired students and others protesting the war in Vietnam during the 1960s and '70s — this reputation endured.  And American presidents continued to steadfastly defend the bureau — that is, until now.

Senator Lindsey Graham Just Confirmed The Steele Dossier Was Used For 2016 FISA Warrant.  Senator Lindsey Graham just confirmed the sketchy Steele Dossier was used to get the wiretap and surveillance warrant from the FISA court.  Brian Kilmead understood what he was hearing was serious, but didn't quite catch the specific gravity of it.  [Video clip]  This is critical and important because the specific use of the Steele Dossier underpins the BIG UGLY and exposes the entire top-tier apparatus of the FBI Counterintelligence Division (Peter Strzok, Bill Priestap, James Baker, Andrew McCabe) and the DOJ National Security Division (John Carlin, Stuart Evans, Mary McCord and Sally Yates), as well as DOJ Bruce Ohr and FBI lawyer Lisa Page directly to "conspiracy" charges.

The Dossiad.  The Steele/Trump dossier gave critical support to claims of Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.  It seems to have served as the predicate for the FBI counterintelligence investigation of Trump campaign associates.  Then FBI Director James Comey briefed President Trump on the contents of the dossier before his inauguration in January.  BuzzFeed posted the dossier online.  When President Trump fired Comey, Comey engineered the appointment of his friend Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to continue the counterintelligence investigation, now including everything Trump.  NOTE:  Though he capably plays a straight talking G-Man on television, Comey is one sophisticated operator.

Did the FBI really fall for the Steele dossier's 'dezinformatsiya'?  Senator Lindsey Graham may have spilled the beans in saying the Russian-sourced Steele dossier, with its lascivious tales about a pre-presidential Donald Trump, was used by the leftist leadership at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a pretext to get a 2016 FISA warrant against the presidential candidate. [...] With the Steele dossier exposed as a load of hooey, it shows that the FBI had political motivations all along, or else they fell for a classic Russian disinformation operation, neither of which makes the agency look good.  Having political motivations should be enough to get some of them fired.  So to defend themselves, they are claiming that the dossier was real.  This makes them look colossally incompetent.

GOP lawmaker:  FBI, DOJ officials 'should be held in contempt' if dossier docs not turned over.  A Republican lawmaker says top officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice "should be held in contempt" of Congress if they don't hand over documents related to an anti-Trump dossier to the House Intelligence Committee.  "I think if they don't produce those documents on the third of January, they should be held in contempt," Florida Rep. Francis Rooney said Saturday on Fox News' "America's News Headquarters."  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has previously said he has instructed committee staff to begin drawing up a contempt of Congress resolution for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray unless the committee's demands for records are met.

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.

Ex-NYPD Boss:  Be 'Scared to Death' of DOJ, FBI Corruption.  The Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation might be operating under a cloud of corruption and Americans should be "extremely concerned" — even "scared to death" — by it, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV on Wednesday [12/27/2017].  "This doesn't come from innuendo or rumor or some nonsense," Kerik told "America Talks Live" host Ric Blackwell.  "This is from ... subpoenas and [reports that there is] some kind of conspiracy within the Bureau and Justice to interfere with the election, and it appears to be the overthrowing of a president."

FBI Chapter of Hillary Clinton Fan Club Probes President Trump.  Recent weeks have revealed the chilling extent to which special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief, has surrounded himself with pro-Hillary acolytes who scorn Trump and even his voters.  At worst, this is judicial corruption, rooted in bottomless affection for the subject of one inquiry and boundless disdain for the target of a different probe.  At best, this creates the appearance of corruption, whereby Mueller's team and their FBI and DOJ colleagues seem so pro-Hillary and so anti-Trump that even their totally even-handed and perfectly honest conclusions would be attacked as either a phony exoneration of Hillary, a fake prosecution of Trump, or an over-reaction to criticism that prompted the opposite results.  With Drano-like efficiency, these outcomes would corrode confidence in federal law-enforcement agencies and the rule of law.

Nunes blasts DOJ, FBI for 'failure' to produce records relating to anti-Trump dossier.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blasting the Department of Justice and the FBI for its "failure to fully produce" documents related to an anti-Trump dossier, saying "at this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves."  In a Thursday [12/28/2017] letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein obtained by Fox News, Nunes expressed frustration that information and witnesses subpoenaed by the committee in August related to the so-called Steele dossier had not yet been turned over.  The salacious dossier includes unverified allegations about President Trump's connections with Russia that he has denied.

FBI Still Considers Dossier Credible.  The FBI admits the Left's electoral collusion conspiracy theory is unsubstantiated but still refuses to distance itself from the discredited Russia propaganda dossier Democrats paid Fusion GPS to create to undermine President Trump's candidacy.  Testifying behind closed doors in Congress the week before Christmas, embattled FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly "declined to criticize the dossier's 35 pages of salacious and criminal charges against Donald Trump and his aides, but he said it remains largely unverified, according to a source familiar with ongoing congressional inquiries."

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.

Investigating the Investigators at DOJ and FBI.  There's been a great deal of news coverage about allegations of collusion between President Trump and Russia; much of the reporting apparently accurate and some of it not.  Less attention has been given to concurrent investigations that seem to be claiming scalps even if indirectly.  The investigations into the investigators include Congressional inquiries and a multi-faceted probe launched by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz surrounding the FBI decision not to prosecute Clinton.

Looking for Mueller's red meat main course.  The conspiracy theorists are hungry, and Robert Mueller owes them dinner.  His pantry is apparently barren of groceries, and he has spent nearly $7 million of the grocery money.  So far he has only served up a cheese plate. [...] Indicting Paul Manafort satisfied growling tummies for a brief season.  So why not indict him again?  But you have to wonder what all those K Street lawyers are doing with their time at $500 an hour.

This is why Hillary needed a pardon before Obama left office.  Late last week, a top FBI lawyer named James Baker was reassigned.  The Washington Post said it was part of FBI Director Christopher Wray's effort to assemble his own team of senior advisers.  But there's probably more to it.  The FBI has been accused — correctly, I believe — of partisanship, especially when it came to handling the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails.  As I explained in an October 2016 column, Baker was one of three people who "unanimously" decided not to prosecute Clinton.  Then-FBI head James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe were the other two at the meeting when the decision was made.

Did the FBI Conspire to Stop Trump?  The original question the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign was to answer was a simple one:  Did he do it?  Did Trump, or officials with his knowledge, collude with Vladimir Putin's Russia to hack the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and leak the contents to damage Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump?  A year and a half into the investigation, and, still, no "collusion" has been found.  Yet the investigation goes on, at the demand of the never-Trump media and Beltway establishment.  Hence, and understandably, suspicions have arisen.  Are the investigators after the truth, or are they after Trump?

The Wrong Man.  In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks.  As the pressure to find a culprit mounted, the FBI, abetted by the media, found one.  The wrong one.  This is the story of how federal authorities blew the biggest anti-terror investigation of the past decade — and nearly destroyed an innocent man.  Here, for the first time, the falsely accused, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, speaks out about his ordeal.

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.

Embattled FBI admits it can't verify dossier claims of Russia, Trump campaign collusion.  The FBI is declining to repudiate the Russia dossier on which it partially relied to start an investigation into the Trump campaign, but it concedes the document's major core charges of election collusion remain unsubstantiated.  Sources familiar with House and Senate investigations say this is the FBI's dossier talking point 17 months after agents were first briefed in July 2016 as Donald Trump battled Hillary Clinton for the White House.  The most recent FBI witness was Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who spent nearly eight hours last week in a closed session before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Republicans believe they have unearthed a scandal inside the bureau's top echelons over its determination to target Trump associates based on flimsy evidence and improper Justice Department contacts.

How Trump Dominated Mueller and Tricked Democrats.  Mueller's character was definitively established when, as FBI director, he oversaw the Anthrax Letters investigation to find out who mailed anthrax, weeks after 9/11, to prominent political American figures with letters saying, "Death to America, Death to Israel, Allah is great."  Mueller's FBI quickly exonerated al-Qaeda, stating there was no direct evidence of guilt.  The FBI then persecuted two different American scientists, who had worked for the Army, without any direct evidence.  FBI tactics against their "people of interest" included spying; wiretapping; house raids; leaking identities in public ways with the help of Mueller's colleagues in the Department of Justice; bribing family members; and "bumper-locking," a delightful tactic where the FBI trailed their American suspect so closely that they ran over his foot.  In the swamp, Mueller is one of the King Alligators.  There is no path from his known conduct in the FBI to a point where he follows the Trump investigation wherever it may take him, even if that means taking Democrats down.

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 Counterintelligence Timeline With a Bill Priestap and James Comey Reminder.  In the past few days/weeks, thanks to some revealing information amid the various investigators of the DC swamp, we have been introduced to some previously unknown people.  Names like FBI Agent Peter Strzok; his mistress FBI Attorney Lisa Page; their ideological comrade Asst FBI Director Andrew McCabe; along with DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr; and his wife, Fusion-GPS contract employee Nellie Ohr.  Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby.  These are a few of the recent names that have hit the headlines as a result of ongoing investigations into the politicization of the FBI and DOJ.  But there's one name conspicuously absent, FBI Director of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap.

Senior FBI Official Is Removed From Duties As He Is Linked To Spreading Trump Dossier.  Another senior FBI official, this one is FBI general counsel James Baker, has been removed from his position and reassigned to make-work activities after he became a prime suspect as the source who leaked FBI reaction to the Trump dossier to the media.

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?

New Report:  Was FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker Captured By New DOJ Leak Task Force?  Things are getting increasingly interesting and simultaneously obvious.  Thursday night the Washington Post reported that FBI Director Christopher Wray had relieved FBI Chief Legal Counsel, James Baker, of his responsibilities within the department.  Attorney James Baker accompanied FBI Asst.  Director "Andy" McCabe to the Tuesday congressional hearing with the House Intelligence Community.  Curiously, in addition to other lines of inquiry, during the questioning McCabe was asked about whether James Baker was authorized to speak to the media about the Steele Dossier and the underlying 'counterintelligence' operation.  Asst.  Director McCabe responded that Baker would not be authorized to take such action.

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.

What The Liberal Media Is Not Telling You:  The FBI's Rank and File Love POTUS Trump.  The FBI has been run by Deep State elitists for far too long.  It's rank and file know this.  Donald Trump is working to restore the once-great FBI back to its former glory.  The globalist media knows this as well — and has been burying that truth.  Here is video to counter the media's narrative.  POTUS Trump receives a remarkably enthusiastic standing ovation from new FBI graduates.  They love this man and are hoping he can help to repair what is an institution that has veered off into anti-Americanism for far too long.

Top FBI official linked to reporter who broke Trump dossier story.  House Republicans are investigating contact between the FBI's top lawyer and a Mother Jones reporter in the weeks before the left-leaning outlet broke the first news story about the existence of a disputed dossier alleging ties between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin, according to two congressional GOP sources who described documents linking the two men.  The GOP sources said the documents — made available recently to lawmakers by the Department of Justice — revealed that James Baker, the FBI's general counsel, communicated with Mother Jones reporter David Corn in the weeks leading up to the November 2016 election.  Corn was the first to report the existence of the dossier on Oct. 31 and that it was compiled by a former high-level western spy.

House Republicans quietly investigate perceived corruption at DOJ, FBI.  A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks in the Capitol in an effort to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly — and perhaps criminally — mishandled the contents of a dossier that describes alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, according to four people familiar with their plans.  A subset of the Republican members of the House intelligence committee, led by Chairman Devin Nunes of California, has been quietly working parallel to the committee's high-profile inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  They haven't informed Democrats about their plans, but they have consulted with the House's general counsel.  The people familiar with Nunes' plans said the goal is to highlight what some committee Republicans see as corruption and conspiracy in the upper ranks of federal law enforcement.

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).

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.

What's really happening inside the DOJ and FBI.  Strzok is just going to be the beginning.  Strzok thinks he's now part of a cool team that's going to investigate & expose Trump, maybe even impeach him.  In fact, he's been put in a holding cell where he's kept busy & distracted while he's thoroughly investigated & evidence collected of his political fixing.  For the past 11 months, even before DOJ IG started his investigation, Trump & Co. likely knew who the political fixers in the DOJ/FBI were.  These political fixers needed to be [#1] removed from where they could do real harm and compromise real investigations [#2] given a cover story so they wouldn't realize they themselves are now being investigated.  Strzok was likely thunderstruck to realize the DOJ IG has been digging through his emails/texts/records of the past few years, investigating him quite throughly as Strzok was busy trying to find Trump/Russian collusion.

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.

American Gestapo.  Any government agency with law enforcement and surveillance authority that uses those powers for political purposes is the definition of a secret police, no better than the Nazi Gestapo or the Soviet KGB.  There is indeed probable cause to conclude, meaning indictable offenses, that employees of the Department of Justice and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), sympathetic to the Democrat Party, used the power of their offices and with the assistance of foreign nationals to influence the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton, first to exonerate her and then obtain information to prevent the election of Donald Trump or to provide a basis for his impeachment should he win.  It is also abundantly clear from the Congressional investigations involving the Department of Justice and the FBI that those institutions of government are protecting themselves at the expense of transparency and accountability to the American people.  In other words, the government employees involved consider the survival of the Deep State more important than the survival of the Constitution.  That is the definition of tyranny.

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.

Transparent Timing — NBC: FBI Counterintelligence Warned Candidate Trump July 2016.  This would be embarrassingly laughable if the underlying issue was not so serious.  Notice the transparency of the timing here; along with the justification angle.  Today NBC comes out with an "exclusive report" provided by "FBI counterintelligence sources" curiously pushing a story (NOW?) about a "high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials" for candidate Donald Trump in July 2016 "soon after the nomination".  Why this narrative now?

Was the FBI weaponized to take down the Trump presidency?  It appears the Obama Administration weaponized the Federal Bureau of Investigation just like they weaponized the Internal Revenue Service.  The Obama administration used government agencies to wage a covert war on their political enemies.  This is an all-out war.  We have a growing mountain of evidence to suggest the FBI was attempting to overthrow a duly elected president.  We have evidence to suggest the FBI was protecting Hillary Clinton so she might be elected president.  There is no smoking gun just yet — but the evidence is staggering — it is simply staggering.

Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump's Campaign?  While urging that we have disclosure (with all due care to protect intelligence methods and sources), I have presumed that the FBI and DOJ would never fraudulently present the FISA court with fanciful claims attributed to anonymous Russian sources as if they were a refined product of U.S. intelligence collection and analysis.  This, after all, is a "dossier" that former FBI director James Comey dismissed as "salacious and unverified" in Senate testimony just six months ago.  When a court is asked for a warrant, the government must provide the judge with a basis to believe the information proffered is credible — by vouching that the source has been reliable in the past, by corroborating the information offered, or both.  If Comey adjudged Steele's information unverified in June 2017, it had to have been unverified ten months earlier.  That's when the FBI and Justice Department obtained a FISA warrant for Carter Page, who had been loosely described as a Trump campaign adviser.

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."

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."

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."

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.

The FBI Has Released New Info About Loretta Lynch's Tarmac Meeting With Bill Clinton.  The FBI released a series of email documents Friday afternoon detailing the Department of Justice response to the fallout of the secret Phoenix tarmac meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in June 2016.  The dates on the emails range from July 1-3, 2016.  On July 5, 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges for mishandling classified information.  A series of emails show one FBI official, whose name and email are redacted, fuming over leaks to the media about the meeting and what happened on the tarmac.  The official received an email from a "layman" alleging a local Phoenix police officer who may have talked to a reporter "sounds like a security threat."  Officials went back and forth about finding out if the officer was SWAT or simply worked the motorcade and that "at a minimum" he should never work another detail again.  One asked if local law enforcement assisting the FBI on motorcades should sign non-disclosure agreements in the future.

Growing Evidence Of A Politically Tainted Clinton Investigation.  A series of new revelations about the FBI under James Comey has provided more evidence that partisan agents may have abused their agency positions for political purposes during the Hillary Clinton email investigation and 2016 presidential campaign.  Top FBI agent Peter Strzok, the public now knows, was removed from the Mueller investigation after a Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (IG) investigation revealed damning text messages between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

How many of Robert Mueller's lawyers gave money to Democrats?  Since June, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating whether the Russian government and the Trump campaign colluded in an effort to swing the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.  To help with the task, Mueller assembled a team of seventeen accomplished lawyers, although in September, two of the seventeen were terminated.  The credibility of the Mueller team depends on the degree to which the public perceives it as being above politics.  No reasonable person would think Mueller and his team members lack a political position of some sort, but American society is justified in expecting that each of them will at least maintain the appearance of objectivity and that as a team, they will have a rough balance between left- and right-leaning political views.  Mueller's enterprise is "independent" only to the degree that it betrays no sign of favoring one political side over the other.

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.

How Quickly Ye Forget.  Many people are understandably tentative about the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  How can this IG, or any IG, really be trusted to root out the rot that lies at the heart of the DC corruption?  Can we trust the IG to target the politicization of the FBI and DOJ, and do so with the righteous indignation necessary to tear out the corruptocrats?  After all, what would motivate Inspector General Horowitz to participate in such a righteous endeavor?

Digging Ugly Holes — Robert Mueller Team Illegally Obtained Trump Transition Team Emails.  According to reports, in August 2017 the Mueller team went around the Trump administration in their quest for documents, by directly demanding documents from the General Services Agency (GSA); the entity that hosted the communication network for the Trump transition team.  According to reports, the content of 12 email accounts was handed over to the Special Counsels' office; consisting of thousands of pages of transition team communication.  Innocuous, ordinary transition stuff, but the method of procurement is jaw-droppingly unethical, possibly illegal.

Comey Memo Edits Warrant Indictments.  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: [...]

Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton: 'The FBI's Turned into a KGB-Type Operation'.  Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton argued on Fox News Wednesday evening that the FBI has been turned into a KBG-type operation that might need to be shut down.  Fitton was was on Fox News @Night with Shannon Bream to discuss one of the latest troubling revelations to come out of the Department of Justice amid Special Counsel Mueller's investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 U.S. election.  According to Fox News, "Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, acknowledged in a court document that his company hired the wife of a Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year."

The Scheme to Exonerate Hillary Clinton Blows Wide Open:  Comey, McCabe and Strzok Implicated.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has discovered that edits made to former FBI Director James Comey's statement exonerating Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified info over an unsecured, private email server went far beyond what was previously known, as detailed in a Thursday letter from committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to FBI Director Christopher Wray.  The letter reveals specific edits made by senior FBI agents when Deputy Director Andr ew McCabe exchanged drafts of Comey's statement with senior FBI officials, including Peter Strzok, Strzok's direct supervisor, E.W. "Bill" Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, and an unnamed employee from the Office of General Counsel (identified by Newsweek as DOJ Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson) — in what was a coordinated conspiracy among top FBI brass to decriminalize Clinton's conduct by changing legal terms and phrases, omitting key information, and minimizing the role of the Intelligence Community in the email investigation.  Doing so virtually guaranteed one thing:  That then-Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted for her criminal actions.

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.

Yes, Investigate the Investigators.  Everything that has happened in the Trump probe stands out against a backdrop of leniency in the Clinton investigation.  While Mueller has prosecuted two Trump associates for lying to the FBI, the Obama Justice Department gave a pass to Mrs. Clinton and her subordinates, who gave the FBI misinformation about such key matters as whether Clinton understood markings in classified documents and whether her aides knew about her homebrew server system during their State Department service.  Mueller’s team conducted a predawn raid at gunpoint in executing a search warrant on Paul Manafort’s home while Manafort was cooperating with congressional committees.  When it came to the Clinton case, though, the Justice Department not only eschewed search warrants, or even mere subpoenas, but they never even took possession of the DNC server alleged to have been hacked by Russian operatives.  The irregularities in the Clinton-emails investigation are breathtaking:  the failure to use the grand jury to compel the production of key physical evidence; the Justice Department’s collaboration with defense lawyers to restrict the FBI’s ability to pursue obvious lines of inquiry and examine digital evidence; immunity grants to suspects who should have been charged with crimes and pressured to cooperate; allowing subjects of the investigation to be present for each other’s FBI interviews and even to act as lawyers for Clinton, in violation of legal and ethical rules; Comey’s preparation of a statement exonerating Clinton months before the investigation was complete and key witnesses — including Clinton herself — were interviewed; and the shameful tarmac meeting between Obama attorney general Loretta Lynch and Mrs. Clinton’s husband just days before Mrs. Clinton sat for a perfunctory FBI interview (after which Comey announced the decision not to charge her).

FBI Release Emails On 'Secret' Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Meeting Before FBI's Hillary Decision.  Friday afternoon [12/15/2017], the FBI released a 29-page document containing Department of Justice emails regarding the infamous meeting on the tarmac in Phoenix between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton just days before FBI Director James Comey gave his much-criticized announcement that he would not recommend charges against Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her "extreme carelessness" in handling classified material.  The emails, spanning from July 1-3, 2016, contain correspondence among various FBI and DOJ officials involving the leaking of the unscheduled private 30-minute meeting between Lynch and Clinton on June 27th that the AG insisted was merely a personal chat about their grandchildren and recent travels, but what many suspect had something to do with the ongoing investigation of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  The press conference in which Comey announced that he would not request that Lynch pursue charges was held just over a week later, on July 5.

More about Friday night document dumps.

Did the FBI and the Justice Department, plot to clear Hillary Clinton, bring down Trump?  There is strong circumstantial evidence that an insidious plot unprecedented in American history was hatched within the FBI and the Obama Justice Department to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.  And when this apparent effort to improperly influence the election did not succeed, the suspected conspirators appear to have employed a fraudulent investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president.  Such a Machiavellian scheme would move well beyond what is known as the "deep state," a popular reference to government employees who organize in secret to impose their own political views on government policy in defiance of democratically elected leadership.

Oh, Here We Go.  Democrats just realized the years-long DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation is about to bite them, hard.  We are now entering the political combat zone where congressional democrats will attack the IG, in advance of the pending report.  Ironically, the Inspector General investigation led by Michael Horowitz was originally a lame-duck request (January 12, 2017) by Democrats prior to President Obama leaving office.  That's one of the more brilliant aspects towards its value.  The resulting investigation into the politicization of the FBI and DOJ is revealing details of how both departments were corrupted by political operatives friendly to Democrats.  Consequently, their own demanded investigation now becomes a risk.

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]

Forget Mueller, The Real Question Is "Do We Need To Shut Down The FBI?".  Echoing the thoughts that are undoubtedly running through the minds of many Americans following startling revelations of an "insurance policy" crafted by FBI agents Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok to prevent a Trump presidency at all costs (something we covered here:  FBI Texts Reveal "Insurance Policy" To Prevent Trump Presidency), Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News last night to say it's time to move beyond discussing whether or not it's appropriate to shut down Special Counsel Mueller's investigation and move on to consider whether it's now time to consider shutting down the entire FBI after "it was turned into a KGB-type operation by the Obama administration?"

Timeline: How the DNC and FBI Leadership Tried to Fix a Presidential Election.  As an aside, this appears to be the biggest political scandal in the history of the country.  Never before has an outgoing administration attempted to fix a presidential election.

Obama Administration Turned FBI into KGB.  For all the calls of President Trump being a dictator and a Nazi, the Left really tell you what Barack Obama was.  And soon, they will no longer be able to hide from that fact.  The more we learn from the investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller about the inner workings of Obama's Department of Justice, the more we discover the absence of justice.  The FBI undoubtedly helped orchestrate what will soon be called the biggest political scandal in American history.  We now know that the FBI exonerated Hillary Clinton, who was guilty of multiple crimes.  Moreover, the FBI instigated the witch hunt by Mueller that has suddenly turned on the Left.

What is Going On with the DOJ and the FBI?.  New documents have come to light indicating that former FBI Director James Comey sought to water down language in his eventual exoneration of Hillary Clinton for her email scandal.  It is now apparent that Peter Strzok, who was involved in the Clinton investigation, was responsible for some of the most significant edits.  The motivation for this lessening of language severity seems to have been directly related to concerns over implicating Clinton for criminal intent.  On Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) expressed his concerns to FBI Director Christopher Wray, writing that the original drafts "could be read as finding of criminality in Secretary Clinton's handling of classified material.  The edited statement deleted the reference to gross negligence — a legal threshold for mishandling classified material — and instead replaced it with an exculpatory sentence."  Johnson's letter continued, "This effort, seen in light of the personal animus toward then-candidate Trump by senior FBI agents leading the Clinton investigation and their apparent desire to create an 'insurance policy' against Mr. Trump's election, raise profound questions about the FBI's role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election and the role of the same agents in Special Counsel Mueller's investigation by President Trump."  Indeed, there are profound questions about corruption in this investigation, which, at least in part, was started because of a phony dossier paid for by Clinton and the DNC.

The FBI's Ship of Fools.  Of the many astonishing revelations now emerging from the Russia investigation, not enough has been made of the fact that Peter Strzok — that Zelig of the FBI who mysteriously appeared at every controversial moment — was second in command for counterintelligence.  That's right, counterintelligence — that activity "designed to prevent or thwart spying, intelligence gathering, and sabotage by an enemy or other foreign entity."  And yet that same Mr. Strzok was conducting a clandestine extra-marital affair with an FBI colleague over thousands of text messages that could be and likely were intercepted by those same foreign intelligence agencies — or were, at the very least, recklessly exposed to them.

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 wrongdoing and was sure to allow Congress to view the texts before releasing them publicly, CNN reported Thursday.

Dems rail against release of Strzok-Page text messages.  Democrats seem to be reading George Orwell's 1984 as an instruction manual, taking to heart the injunction "ignorance is bliss."  They are very, very unhappy that the privacy of adulterous lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page has been violated with the release of about three and half percent of their ten thousand text messages sent on government-owned smartphones, therefore the property of the American people.  Why, people might start to think that Mueller investigation was biased or something, and we can't have that!

Senator Johnson Outlines Scope of FBI Officials Sculpting Clinton Exoneration Statement for Comey.  Senator Ron Johnson sends a letter to current FBI Director Christopher Wray questioning the surrounding investigative details about how the James Comey (July 5th, 2016) exoneration manuscript was changed and sculpted.  Within the letter Senator Johnson shares the changes that were made to the manuscript, and asks Wray if FBI officials are aware of who made the changes and why.  Prior revelations from within an ongoing IG report showed FBI Counterintelligence Agent Peter Strzok participating in both the investigation of Hillary Clinton, and changing some of the manuscript to shape the narrative away from criminal conduct and toward Clinton's favor.

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.

Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records About Removal of Former Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok From Mueller Operation.  Judicial Watch today [12/14/2017] filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for records about the removal and reassignment of Peter Strzok, a former deputy to the assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, from the special counsel's investigative team led by former FBI director Robert Mueller.  Strzok also was the FBI's second in command of counterintelligence and chief of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's illicit email server, interviewing Hillary Clinton himself on July 2, 2016.

Comey edits revealed:  Remarks on Clinton probe were watered down, documents show.  Newly released documents obtained by Fox News reveal that then-FBI Director James Comey's draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times before his public announcement, in ways that seemed to water down the bureau's findings considerably.  Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to the FBI on Thursday that shows the multiple edits to Comey's highly scrutinized statement.  In an early draft, Comey said it was "reasonably likely" that "hostile actors" gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account.  That was changed later to say the scenario was merely "possible."  Another edit showed language was changed to describe the actions of Clinton and her colleagues as "extremely careless" as opposed to "grossly negligent."  This is a key legal distinction.

New Details Emerge About Discovery Of FBI Agent's Anti-Trump Texts.  The Justice Department's office of the inspector general revealed new details Wednesday about how it discovered the anti-Trump text messages that led to FBI agent Peter Strzok's removal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.  Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department watchdog, said that his office obtained the text messages from the FBI on July 20.  A week later, he met with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to inform them of the politically-charged texts.  Strzok was "immediately" removed from the investigation after Mueller was told of the texts.

Congressman: There's Proof FBI Conspired Against Trump.  All of America knows the Obama administration colluded with the Clinton campaign to defeat Donald Trump.  Leftists know this is a certainty.  Now they dare us to prove it.  And we will.  As with Watergate, the cover-up is far greater than the crime itself.  And what we will eventually learn from this will make Bill Clinton's mea culpa with Lewinsky look like Disney.

We Now Know FBI Agents Privately Called Trump an 'Idiot,' But Not Why That's Relevant.  Republicans added a titillating new narrative to their ongoing effort to delegitimize special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation earlier this month when it was revealed that a top FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from Mueller's team this summer after the Justice Department's inspector general began looking into politically charged text messages he exchanged with another FBI official.  On Tuesday night the Justice Department provided Congress with copies of those messages, which were promptly made public, adding more fuel to right-wing claims that Trump is being unfairly persecuted by the nation's top law-enforcement agency.  Peter Strzok, the deputy head of counterintelligence at the FBI, and Lisa Page, a senior FBI lawyer, were both involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server and the Trump team's possible Russia ties.  The pair reportedly exchanged the messages while carrying on an extramarital affair, and they came up as part of a Justice Department inspector general's probe of how the FBI handled the Clinton and Trump investigations.

All of Hillary's Men.  The only picture of collusion emerging from the Russian probes is one that implicates Hillary’s.  Across the U.S. government, political appointees and deep state hacks were helping Hillary and gunning for Trump.  One of her partisans over at the FBI, Peter Strzok, performed a virtual hat trick of political espionage:  he went from inoculating Hillary against criminal prosecution (by convincing Comey to soften his description of her mishandling of classified information) to joining the quest to nail Trump, all while writing to his mistress, also at the FBI, that they had a mutual duty to prevent Trump from winning the White House.

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.

Strzok-Page texts show hatred of Trump by the two ex-Team Mueller members.  The text messages speak for themselves.  I would just add that the view of Trump expressed in these messages, and the language used to express them, are standard among the lawyer and government worker class in Washington, D.C.  In the Summer and Fall of 2016, I doubt that a week went by in which I didn't hear them expressed.  And I tried to avoid liberals during that period.  I believe the Page-Strzok hatred of Donald Trump is just the tip of the Team Mueller iceberg.

Explosive Texts Point To FBI, Not Russian, Meddling In 2016 Election.  [Scroll down]  On their own, these texts might not be a big deal, even if the two are career government employees.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions.  But Strzok and Page weren't just a couple of bureaucrats crunching numbers in a windowless office at the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  Strzok was a key player in the FBI's investigation into whether Clinton had broken the law by using a private, unsecured email server to handle highly classified documents.  He interviewed several of the people involved, including Clinton herself.  He was also the person who watered down the language in the statement used by Comey to exonerate Clinton, changing it from "gross negligence" to "extremely careless," which as we noted in this space was critical to Comey's claim that Clinton didn't break any laws.

After mysterious 'insurance policy' text, will Justice Department reveal more on FBI agent bounced from Mueller probe?  Yes, the release of texts sent between top FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show that both loathed Donald Trump while they were working on investigations involving Trump as a presidential candidate and later as president.  Of course, lots of federal employees loathe Trump.  It would be hard for all of them to recuse themselves from government matters, although it is probably not a great idea to have them play key roles in high-stakes probes that could have a momentous effect on the presidency.

Deepstate: FBI Agents Texted About Protecting Country Against Trump.  Two FBI agents who were assigned to the special counsel on Russia, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, had texted each other during the 2016 campaign about protecting the country against Trump, according to reports.  One of them, Strzok, had also led the FBI's Clinton email investigation, and watered down language that might have brought criminal charges for Hillary Clinton.  Strzok cryptically referred to a potential idea to thwart Trump's election during a meeting in FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's office in August 2016.

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.

Analyze This.  This morning Rep. Jim Jordan grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the red flags and anomalies that have turned up in the special counsel investigation under the direction of Robert Mueller.  The investigation is to focus on the mythical Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.  Among the red flags is the Steele Dossier commissioned by the Clinton campaign and involving actual collusion with Russian intelligence.  Also among the red flags is one of the just released text messages of senior FBI agent Peter Strzok, who has emerged as a key player in the fake Clinton investigation and the troubling Trump-related investigation of Russian interference in the campaign.  Having been detailed to Mueller's team earlier this year, Strzok has been returned to the FBI to push paper in the human resources department.

FBI Agent Peter Strozk Anti-Trump Messages Released To Media — However, The Key Question is Not Content.  [Scroll down]  As Judicial Committee Representative Jim Jordan rightly outlined, Agent Strzok would not likely be removed because he had biased text messages with his mistress.  So long as that bias did not interfere with his work duty, there is no issue; and Strzok was not in a position of supervision over Lisa Page so they could encounter like rabbits to their black-hats desire.  However, if FBI Agent Strzok was a "leaker" to the media, or worse, well, that's an entirely different kettle-o-fish.  Getting caught as a leaker is likely the reason Strzok was removed and reassigned to the HR post; not the bias.

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.

Not exactly impartial:
In Texts, F.B.I. Officials in Russia Inquiry Said Clinton 'Just Has to Win'.  Senior F.B.I. officials who helped investigate Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign last year wrote in text messages that Hillary Clinton "just has to win" and described a potential Trump victory as "terrifying," according to texts released Tuesday night.  A top counterintelligence agent, Peter Strzok, exchanged the messages with Lisa Page, a senior F.B.I. lawyer.  Some messages criticized Mrs. Clinton's team, the Obama administration, Congress and other Democrats.  But the two appeared appalled at some of Mr. Trump's comments during the campaign and feared that he would politicize the F.B.I.

DOJ provides Congress with hundreds of texts between ex-Mueller team agent Peter Strzok and alleged mistress Lisa Page.  The Justice Department provided congressional committees with hundreds of text messages between Peter Strzok — the agent on special counsel Robert Mueller's team who was demoted for critical messages about President Trump — and his alleged mistress Lisa Page, a lawyer also assigned to the probe.  Those text messages were obtained by the Washington Examiner, and show extreme political opinions shared about the two dating back to 2015.

FBI Agent Peter Strozk Anti-Trump Messages Released To Media — However, The Key Question is Not Content.  The text messages between FBI Agent Peter Strozk and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, have been released to both Fox News and CBS.  The messages reflect a strong bias against President Trump.  However, the bigger story is not the anti-Trump bias within the text communication, the bigger story is why the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General (OIG), began even looking at Agent Peter Strozk's communication in the first place.  Remember, the original mandate by the Inspector General's office was initiated to review and discover any politicization of the FBI and/or DOJ officials.

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.

Is Jeff Sessions being blackmailed?  Let's begin with some accusations.  They are well founded and as credible as any against Roy Moore — perhaps more so.  The FBI's first director, J. Edgar Hoover, was reputed to have compiled incriminating dossiers on just about every top office-holder in Washington, D.C., up to and including the presidents, under several of whose tenures Hoover served.  Whenever there was talk of firing him, Hoover reportedly met with the contemporary chief of state and persuaded him to retain him (Hoover) in his post.  Regarding President Kennedy, there was surely a great deal in the dossier, especially as concerned his scandalous relationship with Marilyn Monroe.  Kennedy, who had been rumored to be planning to replace Hoover, quickly changed his mind after one of those meetings.

Yet another top FBI agent involved in Mueller's investigation is being accused of political bias.  Another lead FBI agent in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is being accused of political bias, the Wall Street Journal reported.  According to the Journal's report, FBI agent Andrew Weissmann, who is leading the probe's Paul Manafort and Rick Gates cases, both attended Hillary Clinton's election night party at the Javits Center in New York City and praised Sally Yates' efforts to thwart President Donald Trump.  The revelations are significant because Weissmann is considered to be the most senior agent in the investigation second only to Mueller.

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.

Rep. Jordan Presses FBI Director to Release FISA Application for Trump Surveillance.  Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) drew blood this morning during his pointed questioning of FBI Director Christopher Wray at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.  Jordan's line of questioning concerned Peter Strzok, who was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team last July after he became a political liability to Mueller's investigation.  Jordan was particularly interested in seeing the FBI's application to the FISA court that allowed the Obama administration to surveil the Trump campaign.  As Jordan pointed out, it was Strzok who changed the criminal term "gross negligence" to the legally inconsequential "extreme carelessness" in former FBI Director James Comey's statement of findings on Hillary Clinton's email server.  Strzok also played a key role in Mueller's Russia investigation.

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.

Christopher Wray Refuses to Say if Steele Dossier Was Used to Procure FISA Warrant.    [Video clip]

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.

Jim Jordan Makes the Case Against the FBI and Peter Strzok.  If you want to understand the news that has been swirling around the FBI's Peter Strzok, who played a key role in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Robert Mueller's wide-ranging Russia probe (including interviewing General Flynn), you should watch this riveting seven-minute video of Congressman Jim Jordan interrogating FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier today.  Wray was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. [...] Jordan acts like he knows something we don't.  If he is right, this is the biggest scandal in American political history:  [Video clip]

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.

GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI.  GOP lawmakers say they have heard new stories about political bias or interference within the FBI on the eve of new testimony Thursday [12/7/2017] by FBI Director Christopher Wray.  Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said Wednesday [12/6/2017] he interviewed a recently retired FBI supervisor who told him he was instructed by Deputy Director Andrew McCabe not to call the 2012 Benghazi attack an act of terrorism when distributing a report on the FBI findings to the larger intelligence community.  The agent found the instruction concerning because his unit had gathered incontrovertible evidence showing a major al Qaeda figure had directed the attack and the information had already been briefed to President Obama, the lawmaker said.

Did A Corrupt FBI Give Hillary Clinton A Free Pass?  Sure Looks Like It.  Among the many troubling revelations to have emerged regarding the FBI these days, one of the worst is finding out that an avowed Trump-hater softened language in a memo to exonerate Hillary Clinton.

Report: DOJ Reviewing More Than 10,000 Text Messages Between Anti-Trump Mueller Investigators.  The Justice Department is sifting through 10,000 text messages involving the FBI agent who was kicked off of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation for making anti-Trump comments.  Fox News reports that the bureau is reviewing "several months" worth of messages that the agent, Peter Strzok, exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI attorney with whom he was having an affair.  The Justice Department is searching the texts before turning them over to the House Intelligence Committee, a process which could take "weeks."

'Over 10,000 texts' between ex-Mueller team officials found, after discovery of anti-Trump messages.  Justice Department officials are reading through "over 10,000 texts" between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Fox News has learned, after it emerged Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe following the discovery of anti-Trump messages between them.  Department of Justice officials told Fox News they are in the process of going through the texts so they can hand them over to the House Intelligence Committee.  Strzok, who was an FBI counterintelligence agent, had worked on the Mueller probe, but was reassigned to the FBI's human resources division after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages with Page, with whom he was having an affair.  Page was briefly on Mueller's team, but since has returned to the FBI.

Trump is bringing Mueller down.  Don't feud with Donald Trump.  Too many have and wound up worse for wear. [...] Mueller's unwillingness to back down will cost him everything because he is up against an innocent man who happens to be president.  Over the weekend, the results of Trump's investigation of Team Mueller surfaced.  Mueller had to fire his top investigator because that investigator left a trail of anti-Trump emails, and was caught destroying evidence and altering statements in that Fake Investigation of Hillary's emails.

Rosenstein 'Satisfied' with Mueller Witch Hunt.  Yes, Virginia, this is a witch hunt.  Robert Mueller III was appointed special counsel after his friend, the vindictive former FBI Director James Comey, committed a federal crime by leaking a memo which was a government record to the press.  Mueller has picked staff and prosecutors as if he were stocking Hillary Clinton's Department of Justice.  He has picked a bevy of Clinton donors, an attorney who worked for the Clinton Foundation, a former Watergate assistant prosecutor, and even a senior advisor to Eric Holder.  Objective professionals all.  Thanks to Rosenstein, Mueller is in fact colluding with Comey and Clinton moles to enact revenge on President Trump for Comey's firing, something which even Comey said Trump was constitutionally entitled to do.  There is no evidence of collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice.  It is not obstruction of justice for a President to exercise his legal and constitutional authority.

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.

How an FBI official with a political agenda corrupted both Mueller, Comey investigations.  How is it possible that Hillary Clinton escaped criminal indictment for mishandling classified documents despite incriminating evidence that she violated the Espionage Act?  Why did Donald Trump become the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly conspiring with Russia to influence the presidential election despite no evidence that he ever did so?  The answer, it seems, comes down to one person who played a vital role in both cases:  Peter Strzok, deputy director of counterintelligence at the FBI.

Liberals Have Turned The FBI Into A Disgrace.  Add this infamy to all the other crimes of the liberal establishment — its poisonous influence has converted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in the eyes of the American people, from a proud institution dedicated to upholding the law into just another suppurating bureaucratic pustule.  Where once we saw FBI agents as heroes — many of us ancients grew up watching Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., every Sunday night — now we see careerist hacks looking to suck-up to the Democrat elite while bending the law and subverting justice to do it.  Truly, everything liberals touch dies.

Smoking gun of FBI's bias.  The FBI must release the texts.  All of them, between Peter Strzok, the top FBI investigator that special counsel Robert Mueller removed from the Russian investigation in August, and his colleague Lisa Page, so voters can examine for themselves whether the probe is what many, including our president, believe it is ... a partisan witch hunt.

Top Investigator on Mueller's Team Extolled Yates for Defying Trump Travel Ban.  A top lieutenant to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia expressed his opposition to an early policy priority of President Donald Trump's by praising then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce Trump's travel ban.  Andrew Weissmann served as the chief of the Justice Department's Criminal Fraud Section earlier this year and went on to become a top investigator on Mueller's team of prosecutors.  Weissmann sent an email in January, when he was still in his criminal fraud section role, to former acting Attorney General Sally Yates applauding her for her refusal to enforce Trump's temporary travel ban on people entering the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries.

Mueller investigation looking more and more like The Revenge of James Comey.  Senior FBI agent Peter Strzok was removed last summer for sending anti-Trump text messages.  Mueller, the FBI and DOJ did everything they could until the information was revealed a day ago.  Strzok, it turns out, also was involved in the investigation of and interview of Flynn leading ultimately to the criminal charge.  Strzok also was involved in the Hillary Clinton investigation during the campaign, and reportedly was the person who made key wording changes to the FBI's findings, read by Comey at a July 5, 2016 press conference, which absolved Hillary of "gross negligence" in the mishandling of classified information.

GOP Lawmakers Press for Investigation of FBI's 'Special Treatment' of Hillary Clinton Probe.  Conservatives are calling for an investigation of what they say was the FBI's "special treatment" of Hillary Clinton ahead of the Dec. 7 testimony of FBI Director Christopher Wray before the House Judiciary Committee.  "I am proud to be joined by my fellow conservatives in the House to call for an investigation into the FBI's procedures that allowed Hillary Clinton to receive special treatment," Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said at a press conference Wednesday.  "We'll also investigate the unprecedented bias against President [Donald] Trump that exists when we allow people who hate the president to participate in the investigations against him."

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.

Judicial Watch Releases 29 Pages of FBI Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Documents Previously Withheld by Justice Department.  The new FBI documents show FBI officials were concerned about a leak that Bill Clinton delayed his aircraft taking off in order to "maneuver" a meeting with the attorney general.  The resulting story in the Observer is seemingly confirmed and causes a flurry of emails about the source of the article.  FBI official(s) write "we need to find that guy" and that the Phoenix FBI office was contacted "in an attempt to stem any further damage."  Another FBI official, working on AG Lynch's security detail, suggests instituting non-disclosure agreements.  The names of the emails authors are redacted.  There are no documents showing concern about the meeting itself.  The FBI originally informed Judicial Watch they could not locate any records related to the tarmac meeting.  However, in a related FOIA lawsuit, the Justice Department located emails in which Justice Department officials communicated with the FBI and wrote that they had communicated with the FBI.

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's 'Lieutenant' Applauded Official For Defying Trump.  Andrew Weissmann, an attorney working for special counsel Robert Mueller, praised former acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce President Trump's travel ban, emails released Tuesday [12/5/2017] reveal.  "I am so proud.  And in awe.  Thank you so much.  All my deepest respects," Weissmann wrote to Yates on Jan. 30.  That same day, Yates told the Justice Department not to defend an executive order banning immigration from seven nations, an act that led to her dismissal by President Trump.

'Over 10,000 texts' between ex-Mueller team officials found, after discovery of anti-Trump messages.  Justice Department officials are reading through "over 10,000 texts" between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Fox News has learned, after it emerged Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe following the discovery of anti-Trump messages between them.  Department of Justice officials told Fox News they are in the process of going through the texts so they can hand them over to the House Intelligence Committee.

Report: FBI Inspector General Pursuing 27 Leakers, with Major Shakeup on the Way.  When I was a kid, the term Federal Bureau of Investigation represented the pinnacle of the American justice system: incorruptible, utterly fair, and ethically... above reproach.  My, how times have changed.  Under the Obama administration, the FBI (and former director Robert Mueller's investigation) appears to have been hopelessly politicized at its uppermost levels.  Consider:  A lead FBI investigator — Peter Strzok — has been removed from Robert Mueller's special counsel team for texting his mistress a series of various anti-Trump tweets (I'm old enough to remember when having a mistress disqualified you from a TOP SECRET clearance, but — hey — I'm an old man).  Furthermore, the upper echelons of the FBI have refused requests from Congress to release said texts.

Tucker Carlson:  FBI is 'out of control'.  Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson commented on his show that the FBI is "out of control," following revelations that FBI agent Peter Strzok was involved in two politicized cases: the Clinton email investigation, and the Russian collusion probe, while he also oversaw interviews with former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.  "There are many examples of this, but the point is clear, the FBI is out of control and not just in the Trump investigation but much more broadly.  An agency charged with enforcing the law clearly considers itself above the law, and that is a threat to you and every American, no matter who you voted for," Carlson said on Monday night.

The connection between Antifa, Muslim terror, and the FBI.  What if I uncovered a major threat from a radical leftwing group to our national security, and documented it in my new book, All Out War:  The Plot to Destroy Trump?  Wouldn't you expect the mainstream media, for all their liberal bias, to check out such an important story?  Well, I did write about the threat — and the mainstream media totally ignored it.  Evidence of collusion comes directly from the FBI, which discovered that Antifa — the leftwing terrorist group that has thrown M-80 explosives at pro-Trump demonstrators and helped make college campuses virtually no-go zones for conservatives — has connections with foreign terrorists.

Obama's Legacy of Bureaucratic Rot:  Peter Strzok.  When the IRS, EPA, and various other agencies targeted a Houston Tea Party activist, it was pretty clear that the Obama administration had unleashed their many hounds to intimidate and harass political enemies. [...] The Obama administration, that is President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the rest of their minions throughout the government used the government for personal purposes politically and to enrich themselves financially.  They thought that they were going to win the 2016 Presidential election and so used all branches of government for their own purposes with impunity.  Who was going to stop them?  Really, who wanted to stop them?  No one.  The bureaucracy is overwhelmingly Democrat and so the hive mind worked with one, joyful accord.  Why wouldn't the bureaucracy continue to work together to ensure that Donald Trump never became president?  That's the question.

FBI Increasingly Politicized Under Comey and Mueller.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation, once America's storied crime fighting agency, is under fire for an increasing leftward politicization blamed on recent liberal directors and a bureaucracy operating with nearly unchecked power.  Once a bastion of conservative anti-communism under long-time director J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI has become one of the more liberal political agencies of government, and some critics say appears increasingly to operate outside normal constitutional controls.  The shift is the result of a bureaucratic culture that emerged in the 1990s and was fueled by its two most recent former directors, James Comey and Robert Mueller, who ran the agency for the past 16 years.

Former FBI Assistant Director:  Strzok Bombshell 'Casts A Cloud Over Much Of The Clinton Investigation'.  New revelations about one of the FBI's top investigative agents have cast a "cloud" over the agency's handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server, former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said Monday night.  FBI agent Peter Strzok, a key figure in both the FBI's Clinton investigation as well as the ongoing Russia probe, exchanged anti-Trump, pro-Clinton texts last year with an FBI lawyer who was also his mistress.  Strzok, it was revealed on Monday, softened then-FBI Director James Comey's draft description of Clinton's email conduct from "grossly negligent" — a legal term that correlates with criminal penalties — to "extremely careless."  Additionally, Strzok conducted the interviews with two of Clinton's aides when they gave false statements to the FBI.

GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI.  GOP lawmakers say they have heard new stories about political bias or interference within the FBI on the eve of new testimony Thursday by FBI Director Christopher Wray.  Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said Wednesday he interviewed a recently retired FBI supervisor who told him he was instructed by Deputy Director Andrew McCabe not to call the 2012 Benghazi attack an act of terrorism when distributing a report on the FBI findings to the larger intelligence community.  The agent found the instruction concerning because his unit had gathered incontrovertible evidence showing a major al Qaeda figure had directed the attack and the information had already been briefed to President Obama, the lawmaker said.

Double-crossing FBI agent must be held accountable.  FBI investigator Peter Strzok not only let Hillary Clinton off the hook, he may have used Democratic Party opposition research as an excuse to spy on Trump campaign advisers.  Strzok became such a political liability that special counsel Robert Mueller had to boot him off the Russia case, where he worked for nearly three months.  Mueller made the move after the Justice Department's inspector general pointed out text messages Strzok sent to a mistress, who also worked for Mueller, exhibiting a strong anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias.  His misconduct has sent shock waves through Washington because in July 2016, just days after closing the Clinton e-mail case he led, Strzok signed the document that opened the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  His fingerprints are all over both cases, one widely criticized as a whitewash and the other condemned by the president and many in his party as a witch hunt.

Obstruction Of Justice Was Coming From Inside The FBI.  "There's always conflicting recollections of facts," FBI Director Comey said.  It was a year ago and Comey was explaining why Hillary's close aide, Cheryl Mills, not only received an immunity agreement in exchange for turning over her laptop, but a pass on lying to the FBI.  The FBI Director claimed that Mills had to receive immunity because the laptop might be protected by attorney-client privilege.  Mills, like Hillary Clinton, had worked as a lawyer.  But they were both government officials working for the State Department.  Hillary wasn't Mills' client.  The government was.  Comey and his people knew the law.  They chose to ignore it to protect a key Hillary aide from rolling over.  Mills was the woman Hillary would send in to clean up her dirty laundry.  Mills had taken point on the email server cover-up.  If anyone knew where the bodies were buried, she did.  Instead not only did she get an immunity agreement, but the FBI also agreed to destroy the computers after the search.

DOJ to hand over official's anti-Trump texts, amid contempt threat.  The Justice Department is in the process of handing over to the House Intelligence Committee the anti-Trump text messages that got a key FBI official removed from Robert Mueller's Russia probe, Fox News has learned — a move that comes as the panel weighs a possible contempt resolution.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had demanded the text messages between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom Strzok was romantically involved.  Both were part of Mueller's Russia team at the time.  Page has since returned to the FBI, and Strzok was reassigned to the FBI's HR department after the discovery of the anti-Trump texts.

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.

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]

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?

Top Clinton Aides Face No Charges After Making False Statements To FBI.  The FBI agent who was fired from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation team for sending anti-Donald Trump text messages conducted the interviews with two Hillary Clinton aides accused of giving false statements about what they knew of the former secretary of state's private email server.  Neither of the Clinton associates, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, faced legal consequences for their misleading statements, which they made in interviews last year with former FBI section chief Peter Strzok.

Why Weren't Huma Abedin And Cheryl Mills Charged When They Lied To Peter Strzok And The FBI?  A terrific catch by the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross, whose story you should read in full.  It was widely known that Peter Strzok, the FBI agent dismissed by Mueller from the Russiagate probe due to anti-Trump bias, had had a lead role in the Hillary Emailgate investigation.  But I hadn't realized until now that he was one of the agents who interviewed top Clinton cronies Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.  Or, more importantly, that they pretty clearly lied to his face about when they found out that Hillary had her own email server.

FBI agent fired from Mueller probe interviewed Mike Flynn before his guilty plea AND Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills before Hillary was cleared.  The FBI agent who was dismissed from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe for sending his lover anti-Trump text messages is turning into a Forrest Gump character who figured in a number of key moments in the Bureau's recent history.  Peter Strzok was reassigned to the FBI's human resources department after the text messages between him and FBI lawyer Lisa Page were uncovered.  He was already known to be the agent who who edited then-Director James Comey's reprimand of Hillary Clinton for using an unsecured private email server for classified messages.

Mueller Credibility Plunges, Trump Probe Imploding.  Special prosecutor Robert Mueller was sold to America as an above-the-fray, non-partisan elder with the gravitas to handle investigating the President of the United States.  As it turns out, Mueller has put together a pack of partisan lawyers, many of whom contributed campaign cash to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats; stonewalled demands from House lawmakers for information; and, most recently, secretly demoted a heavily biased FBI agent who's a hater of President Trump.  The special prosecutor's probe, which has already cost taxpayers some $5 million, hit a massive speed bump last week — the kind that snaps the axles and blows out the transmission.  Reports emerged in both The Washington Post and The New York Times that a lead FBI investigator sent anti-Trump texts to a mistress.  Weirdly, the investigator, Peter Strzok, wasn't fired, just quietly demoted to the Bureau's human resources department.  Then the shoes kept dropping — like Imelda Marcos having a yard sale.  It turns out Strzok was one of former FBI Director James Comey's top lieutenants.  From that perch, he played a key role in the early probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Mueller's FBI Will Never Recover Its Good Name.  Robert Mueller just fired a senior FBI agent for openly twittering against POTUS Trump.  But if Mr. Mueller imagines that firing one guy will restore his shredded credibility to the public, fuggedaboudit.  The unprecedented witch-hunt against a newly elected Donald Trump will remain green in the public memory for years to come.  The FBI and DOJ will therefore have to live with a huge loss of public credibility.  The IRS will never recover among Trump voters.  Elected governments only work as long as they enjoy basic public confidence, and when that is gone — as it is in Italy and Greece — it can take many years to restore.  Even if most of our FBI people are honest patriots, a few rotten apples will ruin it for the rest.

A special counsel needs to investigate the FBI and Justice Department.  Now..  The [Washington] Post reported that a former top FBI official, Peter Strzok, who had been assigned to and then removed from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation, had "exchanged politically charged texts disparaging [President] Trump and supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton" and that Strzok was "also a key player in the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server."  This is a blockbuster revelation, carrying the possibility of shattering public confidence in a number of long-held assumptions about the criminal-justice system generally and the FBI and the Justice Department specifically.  The Justice Department should appoint a special counsel to investigate Strzok's actions as soon as possible.  The Strzok report comes on heels of the widely derided Justice Department investigation into IRS discrimination against conservative groups, including the disposition of allegations against IRS senior official Lois Lerner, and after the wildly erratic behavior of then-FBI Director James B. Comey during 2016.  It also follows the vote to hold then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress — the first ever against a sitting member of the Cabinet — with 17 Democrats voting in support.  Mix into this battering of the Justice Department's and FBI's reputations the still-murky charges and counter-charges of abuse of "unmasking" powers during the waning days of the Obama era.

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.

Inspector General Probe Focuses on FBI's McCabe; Findings Could Warrant Criminal Referral to DOJ or Mueller.  The United States Office of the Inspector General's probe of FBI brass is yielding investigative fruits that may warrant a referral for criminal charges related to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according the FBI and DOJ sources.  McCabe, who has been administratively sidelined and stripped of his responsibilities by new FBI Director Christopher Wary, has been the target of an OIG probe for months.  According to FBI sources, OIG investigators are finalizing its probe of the Bureau and McCabe's name keeps surfacing time and time again.  Federal law enforcement sources said the OIG's findings have eclipsed simple administrative breakdowns in the FBI's "front office" of its D.C. headquarters.

Clinton Aides Went Unpunished After Making False Statements To Anti-Trump FBI Supervisor.  The FBI agent who was fired from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation team for sending anti-Donald Trump text messages conducted the interviews with two Hillary Clinton aides accused of giving false statements about what they knew of the former secretary of state's private email server.  Neither of the Clinton associates, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, faced legal consequences for their misleading statements, which they made in interviews last year with former FBI section chief Peter Strzok.  But another Strzok interview subject was not so lucky.  Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, pleaded guilty last week to lying during an interview he gave on Jan. 24 to Strzok and another FBI agent.  Circa journalist Sara Carter reported on Monday [12/4/2017] that Strzok took part in that interview with the retired lieutenant general.

Political Hack Peter Strzok at the Center of the Hillary Scandal.  It's the trifecta of malfeasance, and the conflicted Robert Mueller is aiding and abetting the witchhunt.

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.

Nothing About Collusion.  There is a basic lesson here for anyone who enters government service:  do not ever talk to the FBI unless your lawyer is present.  Just ask Scooter Libby, who was punished for making allegedly false statements to FBI investigators.  In the Flynn affair, there was no need for the FBI to ask any questions about the telephone chats, since the transcripts were available from the get-go.  It is said that a skilled prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, and a special counsel has even greater powers.  Furthermore, prosecutors' motives are not limited to the pursuit of the truth.  The "accomplishments" of aggressive prosecutors often have very little to do with the facts, but rather with the number of scalps they can hang on their war belts.  Rare is the person who can insist on his innocence — of anything — if a special prosecutor is out to get him.  The prosecutor can catch you giving an incorrect or confused answer to questions ... about anything.

Anti-Trump Text Messages Show Pattern Of Bias On Mueller's Team.  For nearly four months, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, the Justice Department and the FBI have kept secret the fact that the FBI agent who oversaw the Russia investigation exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages with an FBI attorney who was also his mistress.  Those messages, the existence of which were revealed in bombshell reports published over the weekend, highlight a pattern of the Mueller team.  Many of Mueller's prosecutors — it has been extensively reported — have made campaign contributions to Clinton and other Democratic political candidates.  And a review by The Daily Caller shows that Mueller lawyers involved in the cases against four Trump associates are Democratic donors.

Huma Abedin Lied to the FBI and Got Away With It.  If we had anything faintly resembling an evenhanded justice system, Huma Abedin would be pleading guilty right about now.  But of course we don't.  And so a series of Trump associates are forced to plead guilty to lying to the FBI. While Hillary continues her Spite Across America tour.  Did close Hillary associates like Cheryl Mills, Hillary's right-hand woman, and Huma Abedin lie to the FBI?  As evidence assembled by Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller suggests, it rather looks like it.

Tucker Carlson Discusses FBI Politicization and Special Agent Peter Strzok
  •   Peter Strzok was the lead FBI agent in charge of the 2015/2016 Hillary Clinton email investigation.
  •   Agent Strzok was one of a small group who actually interviewed Hillary Clinton.
  •   Agent Strzok was also the person who interviewed Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, granting them immunity.
  •   Agent Strzok created the wording for the Comey/Clinton exoneration
  •   Strzok was the counterintelligence investigator for the 2016 'vast Russian conspiracy', narrative.
  •   Agent Strzok was also the FBI contact person to receive the Russian Dossier and interview the author Christopher Steele.
  •   Agent Peter Strzok was then hired by Robert Mueller to lead the FBI investigative efforts into the "Russian Election Collusion/Conspiracy."
  •   Agent Strzok was the person who interviewed National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
  •   Agent Strzok was then removed from the Mueller Team after the anti-Trump/pro-Clinton content of his internal communications were discovered by the ongoing Inspector General investigation.

Mueller Russia probe has credibility problem wedding cake showdown in Supreme Court.  Peter Strzok, who was removed from Mueller's investigation because he sent anti-Trump messages to a colleague, oversaw the FBI's interviews with ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Fox News confirmed.  Strzok, a former deputy to the assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, also 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," Fox News confirmed.  The language being edited was important because classified material that's been mishandled for "gross negligence" calls for criminal consequences, analysts point out.  Strzok is under review by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General for the role he played in the Clinton email investigation.  The reports about Strzok prompted President Trump to suggest over the weekend that the handling and closure of the Clinton email probe without criminal charges allegedly was driven by partisan politics.

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.

DOJ failed to interview FBI informant before it filed charges in Russian nuclear bribery case.  While he was Maryland's chief federal prosecutor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's office failed to interview the undercover informant in the FBI's Russian nuclear bribery case before it filed criminal charges in the case in 2014, officials told The Hill.  And the prosecutors did not let a grand jury hear from the paid informant before it handed up an indictment portraying him as a "victim" of the Russian corruption scheme or fully review his extensive trove of documents until months later, the officials confirmed.  The decisions backfired after prosecutors conducted more extensive debriefings of William Campbell in 2015, learning much more about the extent of his undercover activities and the transactions he engaged in while under the FBI's direction, the officials said.

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.

Trump's Right — the FBI Is in Tatters.  What're we supposed think when it's revealed the man running the Hillary Clinton email server investigation (Peter Strzok) was a married Hillary supporter conducting an adulterous affair with a government lawyer, while dissing Donald Trump in his clandestine billet-doux text messages? [...] As an FBI agent, Strzok's use of text messaging for such an enterprise was nothing short of moronic in this digital age, but nevertheless he was not fired but simply and quietly sent to FBI "Siberia" last summer, his activities only miraculously coming to public attention last week.  Why the secrecy?  Many reasons, probably yet to be determined, but it comes down to this:  the FBI, like the Mafia, practices omertà.

Another Hillary Mole.  How objective can an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email investigation be when the FBI agent who played a lead role was removed from it this summer for texting his pro-Hillary and anti-Trump sympathies?

New documents reveal FBI's Clinton cover-up.  In Washington, the ostensible story is rarely the real story.  We know, for example, that former President Clinton engineered a meeting with President Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport on June 27, 2016.  That's the official story, replete with the charming and intentionally disarming detail that all they talked about was their grandchildren.  It was just coincidental, don't you know, that at the time the FBI was looking into Hillary Clinton's use of a "personal" email server to send, receive and store classified information.  And it was also simply coincidental that just a few days later, the director of the FBI — who served under Attorney General Lynch — announced that he wouldn't recommend a prosecution of Hillary Clinton.

Tom Fitton:  We're Going to Find Out the FBI and DOJ Were Ruined Trying to Protect Hillary Clinton.  President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton dropped a truth bomb — the FBI and DOJ were ruined trying to protect Hillary Clinton.  The root of this evil is Hillary and Obama.

DOJ And FBI Threatened With Contempt Of Congress For 'Hiding' Info On Anti-Trump FBI Investigator.  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is threatening to hold the Justice Department and FBI in contempt of Congress for withholding details about why a top FBI investigator was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign.  "I have instructed House Intelligence Committee staff to begin drawing up a contempt of Congress resolution for DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray," California Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chair of the committee, said in a statement on Saturday night [12/2/2017].

Nunes blows up, threatens contempt after FBI stonewalls House on Russia investigator demoted for anti-Trump bias.  Stories in both the Washington Post and New York Times on Saturday reported that Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the original FBI investigation into the Trump-Russia matter, and then a key role in Mueller's investigation, and who earlier had played an equally critical role in the FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation, was reassigned out of the Mueller office because of anti-Trump texts he exchanged with a top FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was having an extramarital affair.  Strzok was transferred to the FBI's human resources office — an obvious demotion — in July.  The Post reported that Strzok and Page exchanged text messages that "expressed anti-Trump sentiments and other comments that appeared to favor Clinton."

The FBI's reputation is in sad decline.  The FBI lied to the court and Judicial Watch saying it had no discoverable documents of the June 27, 2016 tarmac meeting between then-attorney general Lynch and Bill Clinton while Hillary Clinton's misuse of classified emails was under investigation.  In a related case, it was disclosed the Bureau, in fact, had 29 such pages and they were turned over to Judicial Watch.  What they revealed was that the FBI's concern was not over the impropriety of the meeting but, rather finding and punishing the whistleblower who revealed the meeting.

Loretta Lynch Meeting With Bill Clinton Sparked FBI Mole Hunt.  A meeting last year between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton triggered a hunt within the FBI for a source who talked to a reporter about the controversial encounter, newly released government emails show.  The emails, released by the watchdog group, Judicial Watch, show that FBI agents in the bureau's security division were miffed about an article that appeared in the New York Observer detailing the logistics of how Lynch and Clinton came to meet on the tarmac at Phoenix's airport on June 27, 2016.  The FBI had initially told Judicial Watch that it did not have documents related to the Lynch-Clinton meeting.

A Story of Shocking FBI Scandal.  [Scroll down]  This is shocking and repulsive on many levels.  First private law firms are barred from directly soliciting victims of a crime like this.  Lawyers can advertise, but they CANNOT directly contact a victim of crime.  They can be disbarred for doing so.  So how can a trusted government law enforcement agency do it for them?  Secondly, how do you feel about a government agency acting as an agent or representative sending clients to a private business?  Third, does the FBI have a contract with these private law firms?  If so, what does the FBI receive for referring clients who will likely each be awarded multi-million dollar settlements?  Fourth, do the officials at the top of the FBI know that their employees are soliciting victims of crime and tragedy to private law firms for class action lawsuits?  Fifth, is this not a massive violation of the trust of crime victims?  Sixth, does this routinely happen for every crime victim in the hands of the FBI?  If so, this could be a billion-dollar scam.  Has the FBI become a telemarketing firm for ambulance chasers?  How many victims of crime in this country have been contacted by the FBI in recent years and solicited to sign contracts with private law firms?

Comey Got Rich Working with Hillary Clinton.  First off, Comey is not a hard-charging "Republican lawman" as many Members of Congress have referred to him.  Comey became an Assistant US Attorney for the Clinton administration in 1996. And get this:  At the time, Comey became good friends with Robert Mueller, the current Special Counsel conducting the Russiagate witch hunt against President Trump.  Comey and Mueller were described as "rising stars" in the Clinton Justice Department when they were both mentored by Eric Holder.  Yes, that Eric Holder.  Here's where things start to look really fishy.

Report:  Time To Investigate Obama's FBI.  President Obama weaponized the federal government to punish his political enemies and further the agendas of his supporters.  This climate of government intimidation and manipulation culminated in the 2016 Election that saw the FBI attacking one presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and favoring another, Hillary Clinton.  Clinton was of course Mr. Obama's former Secretary of State.  Trump was a political outsider who didn't even have the full support of the GOP but did have the support of tens of millions of voters both Republican and Democrat alike.  This popularity made Donald Trump the single greatest threat to the D.C. status-quo and as such, became Barack Obama's #1 target for political and personal destruction.  It is a scenario that has U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows demanding a full and independent investigation be launched into the Obama FBI and its connection to he false "Trump dossier" that was used as the justification for illegal surveillance of private citizens connected to the Trump campaign.  (And likely surveillance of Mr. Trump himself and his family.)

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.

Special counsel needed as questions mount on Clinton, Comey, Russian Dossier and more.  Why in 2016 did FBI Director James Comey call the Clinton Investigation a "matter," not an investigation?  After all, Mr. Comey wasn't Director of the Federal Bureau of Matters.  Why in 2016 did FBI Director Comey begin drafting an exoneration letter for Secretary Clinton, whom he called "grossly negligent" in an early draft of the letter, before completing the investigation?  Before interviewing several witnesses?  And before interviewing Secretary Clinton?  Why in 2016 did James Comey and the Justice Department give Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton's Chief of Staff, an immunity agreement for turning over her laptop computer?

Former Asst.  FBI Director:  Clinton Crimes 20 Times Bigger than Watergate.  Former Assistant FBI Director James Kallstrom unloaded on James Comey, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama Thursday [11/9/2017], charging that major crimes "20 times bigger than Watergate" are being swept under the rug while Attorney General Jeff Sessions "is in a coma."  Appearing on Fox News' Varney & Co., Kallstrom told the host that it "was obvious to anybody that knows anything" that former President Barack Obama was not going to let James Comey indict Clinton.  "It turns out — unfortunately — he was a political hack," Kallstrom said flatly.  "I think he maybe started out in an honorable way.  His opinion of himself is sky high — just an unbelievable guy with just an arrogance about him...  It got him in trouble because I think he thought he was Superman and he found out that he wasn't."  Kallstrom blamed the Clintons for Comey's descent into hackery.

The Trump Collusion Case Is Not Getting the Clinton Emails Treatment.  [Scroll down]  Lest we forget, President Obama had endorsed Mrs. Clinton, his former secretary of state and his party's nominee, to be president.  Moreover, Obama had knowingly participated in the conduct for which Clinton was under investigation — using a pseudonym in communicating with her about classified government business over an unsecure private communication system.  Obama prejudiced the emails investigation.  Long before it was formally ended, he publicly pronounced Clinton innocent.

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.

Why We Cannot Trust the FBI.  The FBI is discounting ISIS' claim that the Las Vegas attack was jihad.  But is the FBI really trustworthy?  The Islamic State says Steven Paddock converted six months ago.  He filmed himself killing; jihadis do that and post it online.  The attack was meticulously planned, as jihad attacks are, and Paddock likely had an accomplice.  Paddock made numerous trips to the Middle East.  Over 200 of his foreign financial transactions were flagged for possible "covert terrorism financing."  Contrary to the ignorant, misinformed and delusional talking heads in the media, ISIS does not take responsibility for events that are not theirs.  This has led even the New York Times' terrorism expert to give credence to ISIS' claims.

As fight enters second month, FBI still withholding dossier documents.  It has now been more than a month since a House Intelligence Committee subpoena set a September 1 deadline for the FBI and the Justice Department to turn over documents related to the Trump dossier.  Not a single document has been produced.  The first deadline was extended once, then again, then again, and is now on some sort of hold.  But no documents have been handed over.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with committee chairman Devin Nunes last Thursday — the committee can perhaps take comfort in the fact that it is being put off by progressively higher-ranking officials — but it is not clear if the committee is any closer to receiving the documents than when it first issued its subpoena on August 24.

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.

FBI agent indicted, charged with lying about shooting during encounter with Oregon refuge occupier.  A special agent with the elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team has been indicted and accused of trying to cover up the firing of gunshots during an encounter with a member of an armed group who occupied an Oregon wildlife refuge last year.  The indictment — filed last week and made public Wednesday [6/28/2017] — does not accuse Special Agent W. Joseph Astarita of shooting the occupier, but it is a public black eye for the FBI group, which the bureau has described as unparalleled in its law enforcement capabilities.

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.

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[.]

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.

Obama's FBI Passed Around Classified Information On American Citizens To People Outside Government.  shocking report from Circa.com revealed on Friday [5/26/2017] that the FBI under director James Comey "illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents."

Severed Heads.  The head of the FBI (quite outside his purview as an investigatory official) announced in summer 2016 to the nation that he had decided not to seek an indictment of Hillary Clinton.  Then, again in the role of a presumed federal attorney, he seemed to reverse that judgment by reopening his investigation.  Then he appeared to re-reverse that decision — all at the height of a heated presidential campaign.  Throughout such a bizarre sequence, Comey stuck to a (flawed) exegesis about the nature of federal statutes in question (intent is not a mitigating circumstance in the felonious insecure transmission of classified federal documents).  Comey de facto had assumed yet another new role in addition to his newfound claims to be both an investigator and a prosecuting federal attorney — that of legislator and judge.

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.

No, I Am Not a Moron but Half the Country is Deranged.  Let's consider the truth about the entire Comey affair.  By the time Comey held that press conference which was actually beyond FBI protocol; most voters had already decided whom to vote for so it had no impact on their vote.  Most of us deplorables were incensed that Hillary Clinton was getting a pass after breaking the Espionage Act but Comey testified in Congress that she was not going to be indicted because there was no intent to break the law.  WHAT?  Hillary Clinton's reckless and negligent e-mails included the names of CIA officers serving overseas and foreigners who are on the spy agency's payroll — potentially endangering their lives.  Remember Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby, was jailed for allegedly outing Valerie Plame, who was a CIA desk jockey, not a spy in the field?  Hollywood sycophants even made a movie, "Fair Game" about the story that the Washington Post called full of distortions and outright invention.

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.

Judicial Watch President:  Hillary Clinton Still Faces Legal Jeopardy Over Gross Mishandling of Classified Information.  Now that FBI Director James Comey has been fired, partially for his handling of the Clinton email scandal, many are wondering if a newly appointed director will take a second look at the case.  Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, whose attorneys have worked overtime to expose the extent to which Clinton and her aides went in mishandling classified information on an unsecured private server, says it's certainly a possibility.

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.

Acting FBI Director:  Yeah, The Decision Not to Indict Hillary Clinton Caused Controversy Within The Bureau.  When former FBI Director James Comey walked out to television cameras on July 5, 2016, he announced the Bureau would not recommend charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using an unsecured private email server despite "extremely careless" handling of classified information. [...] The announcement of a non-indictment came just days after former Attorney General Loretta Lynch was caught secretly meeting with former President Bill Clinton on her private plane in Phoenix.  When caught, Lynch claimed the meeting was about grandchildren and golf.  Media reports at the time indicated the decision not to indict Clinton, combined with the secret meeting, was highly disconcerting to many FBI agents.

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 commentary about the FBI after the 2016 presidential election but before Mr. Comey's dismissal:

James Comey gets sneaky again.  James Comey is proving himself to be a real sneak.  According to information in the Grassley-Graham memo, the former FBI director had a meeting with the White House on Jan. 5 about supposed Russian collusion in the 2016 election and then failed to disclose it to Congress, when he was asked about it in testimony.  It turns out that the Obama inner circle, including Susan Rice, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Comey, and President Obama were all pow-wowing together in the White House, and Susan Rice, who questioned whether incoming President Trump should be told at all about the Russian collusion investigation, wrote a memo to herself describing the encounter.  The fact that Comey showed up comes in direct contradiction with Comey's sworn testimony to Congress, claiming he never met President Obama except on two unimportant occasions, the Daily Caller notes: [...]

Report: FBI director James Comey's testimony on Clinton aide was inaccurate.  FBI Director James Comey's testimony that a top Hillary Clinton aide forwarded "hundreds and thousands" of emails involving her boss was wrong, according to a letter the bureau sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday [5/9/2017].  Last week, Comey testified before a Senate committee that Huma Abedin made a "regular practice" of forwarding messages involving Clinton — some of which contained classified information — to her husband, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.  As Comey explained, the top Clinton aide did this so Weiner could print them out.  But FBI officials told ProPublica, which first reported the story, that Comey misstated Abedin's actions.

GOP senator: 'Cloud of doubt' hanging over FBI probes.  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says that perceptions of potential political interference in FBI investigations are casting a "significant cloud of doubt" over the bureau.  Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Rod Rosenstein, the recently confirmed deputy attorney general, raising concerns that FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe's involvement in key investigations creates an "appearance of political bias."

James Comey just stepped in it big time.  FBI Director James B. Comey said at a hearing last week that it made him "mildly nauseous" to think that he may have influenced the outcome of the 2016 campaign.  New revelations about his apparently botched testimony are liable to make Democrats — and Comey — a little more than mildly nauseous.  And they are going to damage Comey's best defense of his actions.

Jim Comey thinks we're all stupid.  The FBI boss was trying to explain why he told the nation, just before the presidential election, that the bureau had reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private server and mishandling of sensitive government information.  The alt-left believes this, and not Clinton's woeful campaign, lack of a message and endless baggage, is what cost her the election.  Comey explained how a separate probe had turned up emails from Clinton on a computer owned by Anthony Weiner, the pervert married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin. [...] But alas, Comey said, the bureau had no reason to believe Huma Abedin had any criminal intent in mishandling sensitive emails.  Once again, he ignored the fact that the statute does not require intent, but that's another issue.

FBI's James Comey invents a novel defense for crooks.  In case you missed it, FBI Director James "J. Edgar" Comey, in his latest attempt to broom the high crimes and misdemeanors of Crooked Hillary Clinton, told a Senate committee this week that even though Hillary, her top aide Huma Abedin et al.  had undoubtedly committed all sorts of felonies, it was impossible to prosecute them.  "With respect to Ms. Abedin in particular," J. Edgar Comey said, "we didn't have any indication that she had a sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law."  Really?  We always understood that the Clintons were trafficking in huge numbers of classified government emails that were illegally sent or deleted — for example, she destroyed at least 33,000 under federal subpoena, that we know of.

Boom!  FBI Comey confirms Hillary's aide Huma Abedin regularly commit felonies.  FBI James Comey just confirmed Huma Abedin forwarded thousands of classified emails to Anthony Weiner — which is enough felonies to put lock anyone up in jail forever.

Comey: Thousands of Clinton Emails, Including Classified Ones, Were Forwarded to Anthony Weiner.  FBI Director James Comey testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Hillary Clinton emails containing classified information were forwarded to the computer of Anthony Weiner, the former congressman, by his wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin.  Comey also strongly defended himself on Capitol Hill for his Oct. 28 letter notifying Congress of newly discovered emails appearing pertinent to Clinton's private server investigation, arguing it would have been "catastrophic" to conceal such a revelation.  He explained that his investigative team informed him in late October of metadata from Weiner's computer showing thousands of Clinton's emails on that device, including what they thought might be the "missing emails" from her first three months at the State Department.

Comey Didn't Sink Hillary — Hillary Sank Hillary.  Hillary Clinton was back yesterday, taking "absolute personal responsibility" by blaming Russia, James Comey, and misogyny for her second presidential election loss.  If the election had taken place on October 27, Clinton maintained, she'd be president.  Perhaps if we all lived in a vacuum where the electorate ignored everything the Democratic Party's flawed nominee had said and done (and tried to hide), she may well be in the White House — although even that's debatable.  Clinton's counterfactual tale about the infamous "Comey letter" has been a security blanket for many Democrats.  But, as luck would have it, the FBI director was testifying in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee today, and he reminded us of some factors that Clinton ignored.  That's because even if we concede that Comey's letter to Congress helped sink Clinton, Hillary deserved that letter, and the FBI director had no choice but to send it.

FBI Director:  The Laws Don't Apply to Clinton or Clinton Cronies.  According to FBI Director Jim Comey, the reason Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin weren't prosecuted for mishandling classified information is because they didn't think they were breaking the law against mishandling classified information. [...] The question is, could you or I, as ordinary citizens and not members of the Ruling Political Elite avail ourselves of the "I didn't know it was against the law defense?" when under investigation from the FBI?  I don't think so.

New Evidence Bolsters Probability that Hillary Clinton Was Hacked.  We the American people were told repeatedly by Hillary Clinton and her proxies during the endless 2016 presidential election that her brazen use of a personal, unsecure email server to traffic some of the nation's most sensitive secrets was not a problem, because her email system was never hacked.  But was this really the case?  I believe emails divulged by Judicial Watch suggest that her computer may well have been compromised by hostile actors.  FBI Director James Comey told us in his extraordinary July 5, 2016 statement to the media announcing his decision not to seek Mrs. Clinton's prosecution for her email set-up:  "With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton's personal email domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked."

Comey: Russia Favored Trump Because Putin 'Hated' Hillary Clinton.  During one critical exchange at today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI oversight, FBI Director James B. Comey testified about why the intelligence community purportedly believed that Russia favored Donald Trump for U.S. president over Hillary Clinton.  Comey confirmed that the basis for the intelligence community's assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly wanted Trump in office was not because the billionaire was, as Sen. Al Franken claimed without citing any evidence, "ensnared in" Russia's "web of patronage."  Instead, the FBI chief provided two primary reasons for Russia allegedly favoring Trump over Clinton during the 2016 presidential race.

'James Comey Is A Danger To The Country': Former US Atty Slams FBI Director.  Former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe DiGenova slammed FBI Director James Comey as "a danger to the country."  DiGenova, who served under President Reagan, said Comey's narcissism led him to take unnecessary and troubling steps during the Hillary Clinton email probe.  He said Comey should have been fired after his 2016 news conference in which he announced he would not recommend Clinton's prosecution.

NYT: Comey went public about Emailgate partly because he didn't trust Loretta Lynch to be impartial.  Lynch's untrustworthiness has always been a key ingredient to the Comey/Emailgate saga.  If not for the tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton last spring, it would have fallen to her as AG to make the final decision on whether to charge Hillary.  Instead, because of the suspicions surrounding her, she declared publicly that she'd follow whatever recommendation the FBI made.  That left Comey as the ultimate decision-maker, so when the investigation concluded, he felt obliged to state his reasons publicly.  And, having done so, he felt further obliged in October after the feds started looking through Anthony Weiner's laptop to notify the public that maybe the investigation wasn't concluded after all.  History will never know what might have happened, or not happened, had Bill Clinton stayed off Lynch's plane and Comey remained in a subordinate role on the Clinton matter.

FBI Says No Need For Top Official To Recuse Himself From Trump-Russia Probe.  A top FBI official whose wife received political donations from an ally of Hillary Clinton's last year does not need to recuse himself from the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, the bureau said Wednesday [4/19/2017].  The Senate Judiciary Committee inquired last month about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's role on the Trump probe, which is looking into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.  Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee's chairman, had expressed concerns about a potential conflict of interest given that McCabe's wife ran a state campaign in Virginia that received $700,000 from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of Clinton's.

As FBI probe continues, Trump says it's 'not too late' to fire Comey.  In an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo, Donald Trump was asked about "Obama-era staffers" that continue to serve in the executive branch. [...] This was all rather odd.  For example, Bartiromo characterized Comey as an Obama-era "staffer," but that's not quite right.  FBI directors are appointed to serve fixed 10-year terms — in large part to help shield directors from overt political influence and pressures — and in this case, the Democratic president chose a Republican to fill the post.  That didn't mean Comey was part of Obama's "staff."  But even putting that aside, Trump went on to say, after noting that "it's not too late" to oust Comey from his post, "We'll see what happens.  You know, it's going to be interesting."

The Case Against FBI Director Comey Grows.  Throughout the day today liberal media have been trying to make a controversy over House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes visiting the White House on the day prior to his press conference revealing surveillance of Trump transition team members.  The implication of the MSM reporting was that Nunes was in cahoots with the Trump administration. [...] Meanwhile, CNN's insufferable agenda-driven Wolf Blitzer tries to get Chairman Nunes to break the rules and say too much about confidential material.  Blitzer is literally trying to compromise Nunes during his broadcast.  [Video clip]

A Tap Dance by James Comey.  James Comey, the director of the FBI, continues to act like a jerk for every season.  The man who first tried to save Hillary Clinton's campaign, and then tried to wreck it at the eleventh hour, reprised his familiar tap dance Monday [3/20/2017] with Congress.  It's getting stale.  The kindest interpretation anyone could put to his testimony Monday to the House Intelligence Committee, which ran almost six hours, is that the man has trouble with his mouth.  He talks too much, which is usually a fatal flaw in a cop.  This is what got him in trouble with just about everybody during the presidential campaign.

In Trumpworld probe, Comey decision to keep everyone in dark could have far-reaching repercussions.  In the course of questioning, Comey revealed that the investigation began in July 2016.  Then, late in the hearing, Comey admitted he kept the existence of the investigation a secret from the chairman and ranking member of the House and Senate intelligence committees until the past month.  And then, Comey hinted — just a hint, nothing definitive — that he kept Congress in the dark as part of his effort to keep the White House in the dark.

Trump's White House follows Obama's lead telling court not to locate more of Clinton's emails.  President Trump's new administration isn't fighting any harder to have more of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails released.  In fact, based off of court proceedings this week, the Trump Justice Department is following the same playbook as President Obama's, with government lawyers saying they will continue to seek a dismissal of a Judicial Watch case that is trying to force them to locate more of Clinton's emails.  'It's incredible,' said Judicial Watch's head Tom Fitton to the Washington Post.  'They're taking the same position as the Obama administration on Clinton.'

Trump's State Department refuses to look for Hillary Clinton's emails.  Judicial Watch was hoping that "Team Trump" would also mean team transparency.  But the conservative watchdog group was disappointed Monday after State Department lawyers were still insisting — even under their new President Trump-appointed leadership — that they have no intention of trying to find any potential as-yet uncovered Hillary Clinton emails from her time at the department.  Given that Trump once joked that Russia should find Hillary's missing emails, it's an ironic twist for Judicial Watch that it can't get Trump's own State Department to cooperate.

Is THIS the Reason James Comey Let Hillary Off the Hook?  Donald Trump recently accused Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the election.  Evidence soon was unveiled backing up his claim and Congress has begun investigating.  If the FBI was wiretapping Trump Tower, James Comey could be in some major hot water.  How does this relate to Hillary Clinton?  Well, if she knew about the wiretapping, she could use that as blackmail material against him to keep herself out of prison. [...] The first FISA request linked to wiretapping Trump Tower was around June of 2016 — the same time that Bill Clinton met with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  What was discussed that day is still unknown.  Could it be that the Clintons knew about this all along and were able to hold it over James Comey's head?

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And why would Mr. Comey allow himself to be blackmailed?  Could it be because he fears for his life?

Jim Comey asserting power like no one in history.  Each day, FBI director Jim Comey goes to work in a federal building named for his most famous predecessor.  Yet for all his storied accomplishments and sordid controversies, J. Edgar Hoover never matched the singular feat of Comey.  Only Comey simultaneously investigated the top two presidential candidates during an election.  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each battled Comey last year while they battled each other for the Oval Office.  How's that for power?  Neither case led to charges, but that's almost beside the point.  Echoing Hoover's attitude, if not his methods, Comey is adept at using innuendo and leaks to remind the powerful that he cannot be ignored.

FBI Quietly Releases Batch #7 of Clinton Investigation Notes and Interviews.  Internet researcher Katica has again discovered the FBI quietly, and without explanation, just released another batch of documents from the "ongoing" FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use and classified information.  This is release #7, and follows the prior release #6 which oddly took place on Superbowl weekend.  This batch includes FBI notes from multiple interviews including Sidney Blumenthal, and contains discussions of guidance and opinion provided to Blumenthal (with the intent to pass along to Clinton) by a retired CIA operative identified in the notes as "TD".  Who is "TD"?

The New DNC Chair Had a Hillary Clinton-Esque Email Scandal.  Democrats and members of the media have seized on a Thursday report that Vice President Mike Pence used a personal email account while serving as Indiana's governor, attempting to brand Pence as a hypocrite for attacking Hillary Clinton's use of an unsecured private email server throughout the campaign.  Longtime Clinton adviser Paul Begala said that he was "sickened" by the "staggering" hypocrisy, and reporters took time to ask whether he has gained any "sympathy" for the way that Clinton dealt with her emails.  Pence said that there was "no comparison whatsoever" between what he did and what Clinton did.  His office has called the attempt to compare his email use to Clinton's as "absurd," noting that it was legal for him to use the account, that he was using a commercial AOL account rather than a private server, and that he was not handling classified information.

More of Hillary Clinton's secrets are kept from the public as judge turns down demand for State Department documents about her secret server.  A federal judge ruled yesterday [2/21/2017] not to hand another 30 documents pertaining to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's secret email server over to a conservative watchdog group.  Judge James E. Boasberg concluded that 'Judicial Watch has not provided a sufficient basis to believe that the information withheld by the State Department would shed light on any government misconduct,' the decision read, according to Politico.  Using the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch, the group that got many of Clinton's emails released, wanted additional correspondence about Clinton's server released to the public.

Former Clinton IT Aide May Face Criminal Charges Over Email Server.  A former State Department IT technician who set up Hillary Clinton's private email server in her home may face criminal charges for avoiding multiple subpoenas to testify on Clinton's email server.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter on Thursday [2/16/2017] to Attorney General Jeff Session asking that Bryan Pagliano be charged for ignoring multiple subpoenas requesting that he testify before the Oversight Committee.  Pagliano was responsible for managing Clinton's private server and also served as a senior adviser to the former secretary of state.

Chaffetz seeks to charge ex-Clinton aide in email inquiry.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday [2/16/2017] asking him to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano, the computer specialist who helped establish Clinton's server while she was secretary of state.  Pagliano did not comply with two subpoenas ordering him to appear before the oversight panel.  The GOP-led committee later voted to hold him in contempt of Congress.

House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz refers Bryan Pagliano to DOJ for charges.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions today asking Sessions to consider convening a grand jury or bringing charges against Hillary Clinton's former IT guy, Bryan Pagliano.  Pagliano was subpoenaed to testify before the committee last year but refused to appear on two occasions.  After the second refusal, the Oversight Committee voted to hold Pagliano in contempt. [...] The letter concludes, "In light of Pagliano's contumacious conduct in refusing to testify, the Department should bring the matter before a grand jury for its action or file an information charging Pagliano with violating 2 U.S.C.§192."

Federal Court Hearing on FBI Clinton Records — Agency Wants Up to Two Years to Turn Over 35 Records.  Judicial Watch today [2/8/2017] announced a hearing will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017, regarding Judicial Watch's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records held by the FBI containing text messages and emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stored on the equipment of Datto Inc., a commercial data management company, as well as FBI records about the device and what materials were recovered on it. [...] At the previous hearing Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Trump administration lawyers for the FBI informed Judicial Watch and the court that it located 35 FBI records that concern the Datto device and that it may take up to two years to release the records.  In addition, the FBI recovered approximately 10,000 messages from the Datto device.

Midnight "Release" Again — 178 Page FBI Clinton Email Document Release With Interesting Content.  Internet researcher Katica has again discovered the FBI quietly, and without explanation, just released another batch of documents from the "ongoing" FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use and classified information.  This is release #6, and interestingly this release is titled "part 06 of 06" so there might not be any more.  However, this batch is quite a bit more interesting.  The Super-Bowl weekend release is not a document dump; it surfaces as more of a leak than an official release — this is the same way release #5 surfaced.

State Department Ordered to Turn Over 30 Clinton Emails for Review by Federal Court Judge.  A federal court ordered the State Department to produce to the court 30 Clinton email-related documents that had been blacked out under various privilege claims. [...] "It is significant that federal court will review these Clinton email documents for evidence of government misconduct," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  "This important court victory shows that we are now only in the middle of the Clinton email scandal."

How This CEO Got Caught Up In the Clinton Email Scandal.  Months after the election, we still don't know for sure what happened to all of Hillary Clinton's emails, the ones that passed through her private email server, a question that remains unresolved and continues to infuriate some of President-elect Donald Trump's die-hard supporters.  But one clue to unraveling the mystery may lie with a low-key tech company based in southwestern Connecticut and its 31-year-old freckle-faced CEO, who handed over up to 17,448 deleted Clinton emails to the FBI.  Datto, a data protection company, had been backing up Clinton's messages for years, yet nobody seemed to know about it — not the techie who tended to the Clintons' private email server, not the Clintons, not even Datto's CEO Austin McChord and his employees.

Will the DOJ Reopen the Hillary Clinton Email Case Under Jeff Sessions?  Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano thinks there is a very good chance the Hillary Clinton email investigation will be reopened because the latest FBI document dump made it clear that "the case is stronger than ever."  On Sunday [1/8/2017], while many Americans were focused on football and the Golden Globe Awards, the FBI quietly released 300 pages of emails related to its investigation of Clinton.  According to Fox News, it is "the fifth release of Clinton investigation documents on the FBI Vault website" and is "related to the handling of computer hardware collected from Clinton's lawyers for the investigation."

More Hillary Clinton emails surface — and show how anti-gay Sharia law ruler shunned by celebrities treated Bill 'like part of his family'.  Among the thousand cuts Donald Trump delivered to Hillary Clinton en route to her political death was the accusation that she was cozy with the repressive Sultan of Brunei.  A 2012 email released Thursday by the U.S. State Department seems to back him up.  In the message, Clinton aide Huma Abedin told the then-presidential candidate that Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, worth a reported $20 billion, wanted to see her and husband Bill for an intimate 'family style dinner.'  Brunei government officials 'say [the] sultan sees wjc [William Jefferson Clinton] as part of his family and this is treating you in this "informal" way,' she wrote.

FBI Claims DNC 'Inhibited' Its Investigation Of Stolen Emails.  The Democratic National Committee "inhibited" the FBI's investigation of email hacks by refusing to grant investigators access to the party's computer servers, the bureau is claiming.  "The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated," an FBI official said Thursday, according to BuzzFeed News.  "This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information.  These actions caused significant delays and inhibited the FBI from addressing the intrusion earlier."

Email Headache Returns:  New Clinton messages show passwords, schedules flowed freely.  The election's over — but Hillary Clinton's emails are still coming to light.  And they help illustrate why the FBI declared she was "extremely careless" with the information flowing across her secret server.  A new batch of messages released by the State Department on Tuesday [1/3/2017] shows the former secretary of state and her team routinely shared her upcoming schedules, talking points and sensitive items — such as her iPad password — via the homebrewed system.  Other newly revealed emails, which were posted as the result of litigation, show Clinton's top advisers griping about her during her time as secretary of State; an Asian ruler who later implemented Sharia law saying he considered former President Bill Clinton part of his "family"; and Clinton talking about Justin Cooper, one of the key figures who administered to her private server.

The FBI Never Asked For Access To Hacked Computer Servers.  Six months after the FBI first said it was investigating the hack of the Democratic National Committee's computer network, the bureau has still not requested access to the hacked servers, a DNC spokesman said.  No US government entity has run an independent forensic analysis on the system, one US intelligence official told BuzzFeed News.  "The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI's Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice's National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney's Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC's computer servers," Eric Walker, the DNC's deputy communications director, told BuzzFeed News in an email.

DC Court of Appeals re-opens search for deleted Hillary emails — this time with grand juries and subpoenas, if necessary.  Happy New Year, Hillary Clinton.  I hope you enjoy being the subject of a probe by A.G.-designate Jeff Sessions, and whatever grand jury probes and subpoenas he sees fit to use in seeking recovery of all those emails you deleted and BleachBitted in an effort to eradicate any evidence of their contents.  You can now plan out your 2017 calendar with time left for grand jury testimony, thanks to a ruling from D.C. Court of Appeals judge Stephen Williams.  His ruling reversed a lower court decision that halted FOIA lawsuits by Judicial Watch and Cause of Action that had sought Justice Department probes into the possible existence of records of the deleted emails.

U.S. appeals court revives Clinton email suit.  In a new legal development on the controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, an appeals court on Tuesday [12/27/2016] reversed a lower court ruling and said two U.S. government agencies should have done more to recover the emails.

John Podesta Lies About Role Of EMail Leak.  [Scroll down]  The national intelligence community has said the opposite of what Podesta claimed they said.  Furthermore, as we've discussed before, the CIA is alone in this assessment and lacks the reputation to say such things.  No reputable party is asserting that the emails given to Wikileaks came from anywhere but insider leaks.  John Podesta is a bitter clinger, we must conclude.  But consider for a moment what he wants you to believe.  He wants you to believe that release of his emails, by whatever method at all, caused the American public to reject the Clinton campaign because of its nefarious contents, and therefore that those contents should never have been released.

FBI still hasn't turned over Abedin emails.  The FBI still hasn't turned over to the State Department any of the messages it reportedly obtained from the computer shared by top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner, the administration told a federal judge Tuesday [11/29/2016].  FBI officials have signaled they will eventually turn over any State Department documents they obtain, lawyers said — but there is no time frame for doing so.  "We haven't recovered anything from the FBI," said Lisa A. Olson, the Justice Department lawyer handling the case.

Judicial Watch Asks Federal Court to Find Government Misconduct in Clinton Email Scandal, Force Release of Documents.  Judicial Watch announced today [11/23/2016] that it has asked a federal court to reject the State Department's secrecy claims over certain Clinton email-related document on the grounds that the documents relate to government misconduct.  Judicial Watch argues the agency should release 30 emails currently being withheld under various "deliberative process," "attorney client," and "attorney work product" privileges.  The lawsuit was originally filed in May 2015, and seeks "all emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her official capacity as secretary of State, as well as all emails by other State Department employees to Secretary Clinton regarding her non-'state.gov' email address."

Hillary Clinton's email woes persist after election: 'Nothing has been settled'.  They won't now complicate a Hillary Clinton presidency, but the emails from her time in the State Department will still trickle out over the next months as the administration tries to clean up the mess Mrs. Clinton left.  Though President-elect Donald Trump has signaled that he would halt any official federal investigations into Mrs. Clinton's activities as secretary of state, groups that have driven the issue say they will continue to press the legal cases that have forced the release of tens of thousands of her emails and could still pry loose thousands more.  "Nothing has been settled," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, one of the groups that has pressed for more transparency from the Obama administration.  He said the issues go much deeper than Mrs. Clinton alone.


James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 8, 2017:

Comey's Credibility — Does He Have Any?  Fired FBI Director Jamey's Comey has been characterized as a hero by liberal media, pundits, and politicians in recent days.  The media has proclaimed Mr.Comey as the poster child, the star actor one may say in leading their battle to derail President Trump.  To them, Comey is a law-abiding hero simply trying to hold President Trump accountable.  A simple question remains unanswered, however, how credible really is James Comey?

Prosecute Comey?  Suppose that a president orders that something clearly illegal be done, something so heinous that it rises to the level of an impeachable offense.  Comey has hinted that that is what Trump had asked him.  That would clearly distinguish it from the Petraeus case.  But then it's more complicated than that.  First, Petraeus's disclosures were to a biographer, a West Point grad, and there was clearly no intention that the information be leaked to anyone else.  In Comey's case, on the other hand, the intention was to get the information into the hands of the New York Times as quickly as possible.  Second, what Comey revealed clearly didn't amount to an impeachable offense.

What that Comey hearing really revealed about Washington.  One of the most refreshing thing about recent days in Washington has been the unusual spectacle of a prominent player making numerous bold political allegations in person on camera without hiding behind the cloak of "anonymous source."  The novelty of a non-anonymous source in the murky Washington waters won't likely last, courage there being in chronic short supply.  Not only that, but James Comey, a renowned behind-the-scenes player as one-time FBI director, openly confessed to orchestrating the leaking game himself as an anonymous source to accomplish a political end.  In which, it should be noted, he succeeded.

Jim Comey and the Memo that He Didn't Write — or Leak.  Either you believe that President Trump was in cahoots with Vladimir Putin to steal the election out from under Hillary Clinton, that he obstructed justice and, who knows, may even be a traitor, or you believe that liberal Democrats both in and out of the media are out to get him and won't rest until they do.  Either you believe that former FBI chief James Comey is a Boy Scout who makes Opie Taylor look like a snot-nose juvenile delinquent or you believe that Comey is a shrewd, calculating political insider who, like just about everybody else in Washington, looks out more than anything else for himself.  Or maybe you don't really care.

Don't Miss the Significance of the Comey Matter.  The Comey affair shows us that there are big problems with the Bureau.  Contrary to the old narrative that the FBI is full of patriotic, professional experts, empirical evidence suggests that the culture of the institution is partisan, unprofessional, and surprisingly unintelligent.

Never Underestimate The Severity of James Comey's Manipulative Intent.  Former FBI Director James Comey is steeped in the dark arts of self-serving deception.  It is a character trait necessary for life at the top of the food chain in the deep swamp.  As such, the fully developed Comey persona is necessarily devoid of any cognitive genetic composition which would frame compassion for anything, or anyone.  Comey looks out for his own best interests.

Comey's Testimony: A Limited Dissection.  I know a number of government officials and employees who like and respect former FBI Director James Comey.  Much has been written about how damaging his Thursday testimony was for President Trump.  It's easy to find articles such as these on NBC, in the Washington Post and in The Atlantic.  The fact that Comey was willing to give testimony that sometimes reflected poorly on his own behavior doesn't necessarily mean he told the truth on all matters, but seems to weigh in his favor on the honesty scale.  The following is a compilation of some of my questions, comments and observations after reviewing his testimony.

Comey Unmasked.  After he was fired, in an act of venomous revenge — not atypical of the Swamp — Comey had a friend, a Columbia Law School professor, leak his version of a conversation with the president.  In this version, Trump was trying to hide the collusion by cutting off an investigation.  Why did he not simply release the memo to the press in a less cowardly fashion?  Because he clearly hoped it would not be traced to him, and the motive thus made clear.

The damaging case against James Comey.  Comey described a series of ethical challenges during his term as FBI director.  Yet, he almost uniformly avoided taking a firm stand in support of the professional standards of the FBI.  During the Obama administration, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave Comey a direct order to mislead the public by calling the ongoing investigation a mere "matter."  Rather than standing firm on the integrity of his department and refusing to adopt such a meaningless and misleading term, Comey yielded to Lynch while now claiming discomfort over carrying out the order.  When Trump allegedly asked for Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn or pledge loyalty, Comey did not tell the president that he was engaging in wildly inappropriate conduct.  He instead wrote a memo to file and told close aides.

Five notes on Trump's current predicament.  Fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee marked the full shift of the Trump-Russia investigation from a probe dedicated to discovering collusion to a probe dedicated to proving the president obstructed justice.  Democrats at the Comey hearing barely touched on collusion, which appears to have turned out to be a dry hole.  When it did come up in Comey's appearance, it was during questioning from Republicans, who wanted to highlight their point that collusion — the core of the case and the reason everybody got so excited in the first place — has so far turned out to be nothing.

Comey's 'truth' crusade is really an anti-Trump one.  By his actions, Comey reveals himself to be a fellow traveler with Never Trumpers.  His firing brought him out of the shadows and into the open "resistance" to the president.

After His Testimony, It's Clear Comey Deserved To Be Fired.  One thing is certain from watching former FBI director James Comey's testimony Thursday:  He really, really likes himself.  Billed by some on the left as "the last honest man in Washington," which is funny because last year they were calling for his head, Comey did all he could to portray himself as the hero of his own story.  That's not uncommon in Washington.  Actually it's the norm, but rarely is it so blatant.  Comey knows how to play the DC "CYA" game like a pro, but he was lucky he was being questioned by politicians and not people with the ability to think on their feet or time to ask follow-up questions.

Secret Service Has No Audio, Transcripts of Tapes From Inside Trump White House.  The Secret Service said Monday [6/12/2017] that it does not have any audio or transcripts of tapes recorded inside the White House since President Donald Trump was inaugurated.  The federal agency responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Wall Street Journal by informing the newspaper that it does not have tapes.  The Secret Service response did not specify whether anyone else inside the White House has set up recording systems, and Trump has maintained secrecy about the possibility of having his own recordings.  Reporters have been pushing the White House in recent weeks to see if tapes exist containing private conversations between Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, who the president fired last month.

The Secret Service Does Not Have Any Recordings of Trump's Meetings With Comey.  The Secret Service has no audio tapes or transcripts of recordings from President Donald Trump's White House, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.  The Journal submitted a freedom of information request to the Secret Service, to which the agency responded it did not have "audio copies or transcripts of any tapes recorded" inside the White House: [...]

Comey killed The Resistance.  Washington had bet their swamp on Comey giving devastating testimony that would lead to the indictment and impeachment of President Trump.  But the funny thing is when you put a lawyer under oath, he tells the truth.  Unless his name is Bill Clinton.  Unlike "anonymous" leaks — surely the reporters know their names — under oath, Comey had to answer questions beyond the spinning story.  Which depressed The Resistance (including Never Trumpers) because his testimony showed there were no Russian bogeymen under anyone's bed.

Congressional Investigators Probe James Comey Leak Network.  A bipartisan group of powerful senators is asking the man believed to have helped ex-FBI Director James Comey leak his infamous "let this go" memo to the media to produce that memo for them.  Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-DE) — the chairs and ranking Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committee and its National Security Subcommittee — sent a letter Thursday [6/8/2017] to Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman demanding he provide them with the original memo he supposedly leaked to CNN on Comey's say-so.

Comey Never Kept Detailed Memos On Conversations He Had With Barack Obama.  James Comey did not write detailed memos after his conversations with Barack Obama like he did with Donald Trump.  The former FBI director is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday at 10 a.m.  In his prepared opening statement released by the committee Wednesday [6/7/2017], Comey said he only spoke with Obama twice during his presidency, but talked to Trump nine times within four months of his.

Comey testimony:  Trump has constitutional authority to stop investigation of any person, Dershowitz says.  Alan M. Dershowitz, a law professor at Harvard, wrote on FoxNews.com Wednesday [6/7/2017] that President Trump has the constitutional right to direct his FBI director to stop an investigation of anyone "by simply pardoning that person."  "Throughout American history — from Adams to Jefferson to Lincoln to Roosevelt to Kennedy to Obama — presidents have directed (not merely requested) the Justice Department to investigate, prosecute (or not prosecute) specific individuals or categories of individuals," Dershowitz wrote.  "It is only recently that the tradition of an independent Justice Department and FBI has emerged.  But traditions, even salutary ones, cannot form the basis of a criminal charge."

Comey exonerates Trump — so much for obstruction.  Felony obstruction requires that the person seeking to obstruct a law enforcement investigation act "corruptly."  The statute specifically defines what that includes:  threats, lies, bribes, destruction of documents, and altering or concealing evidence.  None of that is alleged by Comey.  Instead, the fired FBI Director recounts how President Trump expressed compassion for the man he dismissed as his National Security Adviser, calling Michael Flynn "a good guy" who "has been through a lot."  Comey agreed.  Then the president said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go."  The president's statement is not an order or mandate.  It is not even a "request," though Comey insists he understood it to be.  But even if we construe it as such, it is not enough to constitute obstruction.  Not even close.  There must be a "corrupt" act that accompanies the directive.

DOJ: Comey Provided False Testimony About Jeff Sessions' Recusal From Russia Investigations.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday evening accused former FBI director James Comey of providing false testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.  According to DOJ spokesman Ian Prior, who made the accusations against Comey via an official DOJ press release, Comey did not answer truthfully when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Cali.) asked him about the process by which Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any federal investigations of Russian interference with the 2016 elections.  Harris specifically asked Comey about his understanding of the process by which Sessions recused himself, and the specific rules regarding his involvement in the investigations post-recusal.  Comey claimed that everything he knew about the topic came entirely from public statements by Sessions and that he was not aware of any DOJ memoranda "outlining the parameters of [Sessions'] recusal."

Comey fallout:  Similarities in Times article, testimony could bolster Trump claims.  ## Given the timeline and Comey's own testimony, it would appear there are two scenarios for how the information got out in the May 11 piece.  Trump's lawyer seems to argue that despite his testimony, Comey made his move even before Trump tweeted about tapes.  The other scenario is one of the top FBI officials referenced by Comey first leaked confidential conversations between the president and his then-FBI director.  The identity of The New York Times' source for the May 11 article remained unclear on Friday and Columbia University Law Professor Dan Richman, who said he was Comey's "friend" who leaked the contents of his memos in subsequent stories, declined to answer further questions.

Deep State Gone Wild:  Comey Asserts Unprecedented FBI Supremacy.  James Comey asserted in his extraordinary testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is authorized to override Justice Department oversight procedures, a questionable claim which if true would raise serious questions about long-standing rules aimed at preventing abuses by federal law enforcement officials.  The former head of the FBI told the Senate panel that he believed he had received a direction from the president in February that the FBI end its investigation of Michael Flynn's alleged involvement with Russia — a direction with which he and his kitchen-cabinet of "FBI senior leadership" unilaterally decided not to comply.  The Comey cabinet then decided that it would not report the receipt of this direction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions or any other Justice Department superior.

Media Criticism:  Media Headlines Misleading After Comey Testimony.  The establishment media's bias was on full display following James Comey's congressional hearing Wednesday.  Headlines focused on Comey's testimony that President Donald Trump "lied," concealing the more pertinent and shocking revelations exposed during the hearing.  Comey's testimony exonerated Trump from allegations of obstruction of justice, and vindicated his claims about Comey telling him three times that he was not, personally, under investigation.  So, what does the establishment media decide to report:  that Donald Trump "lied" about why he fired James Comey.

Comey was Before Congress to Indict Trump.  Instead, He Might Have Indicted Himself.  Congress criminalizes lying to Congress under oath.  The relevant statutes are 18 USC 1621 and 18 USC 1001.  Section 1621 requires a person first, be making a statement under a sworn oath; second, that statement be "material" to the proceeding; third, the statement be false; and fourth, the statement be knowingly and willfully false.  Section 1001 mirrors those elements, without the same tribunal prerequisites:  it also requires the government prove a person willfully made a materially false statements.  In either case, the primary focus is: first, a false statement; second, a false statement as material to the matter; third, the false statement be made knowingly and willfully.  A statement is not false if it can be interpreted in a completely innocent manner.  A statement is not material if it is not particularly relevant or pertain to the subject of the matter.  Willfully remains a very high standard of proof in the criminal law, though less in perjury cases than in tax cases:  it requires the person know they are lying.

Disbar Comey?  The swamp critters put Wally Gator on the stand as they tried to bring President Trump down in their latest attempt at presidenticide.  Comey, though, could not perjure himself by implicating the president of anything more than saying hello.  A few Trump Republicans were wise enough to drag the ghost of attorneys general past by asking Comey about Loretta Lynch.  Had Hillary won, Lynch would have been the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court.  Instead, she should hire a criminal lawyer, just in case.  But in a Trumpian reversal of fortune, Comey may wind up without a law license, which may or may not hinder his career of slithering in the swamp.

Top Five Facts and Examples Showcasing Comey's Political Motives.  [#5] James Comey stated under oath, and included in his written statement, that it was his decision to speak alone, one-on-one to President-Elect Trump on January 6th in Trump Tower as Comey asked everyone else to leave the briefing.  Comey held no issues with a private conversation with the incoming President.  However, a month later on February 14th, in the oval office, when President Trump asked everyone to leave the room for a one-on-one, James Comey testifies it was "inappropriate" for a private conversation.

The Six Most Important Revelations from the Comey Hearing.  Trump supporters, swamp dwellers, and Americans from all walks of life had their eyes glued to coverage of the testimony by former FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning [6/8/2017].  The hearing was treated like a major sporting event by D.C. locals, who lined up to gain entrance to local establishments for standing-room only viewing parties.

Comey Served at the Pleasure of Himself.  If Trump said that Comey's lousy judgment had caused "turmoil" at the FBI, that's because it did.  That Comey characterized Trump's comments about a demoralized FBI as a "lie" should discredit the rest of his testimony.  It just underscored the straining, self-serving character of his appearance.  He showed up not to defend an "independent" FBI but to justify his own dubious tenure at it. [...] Let's cut through the nonsense:  Comey, not Trump, is the villain in this idiotic saga.  In all of his heavy-breathing hints and leaks, Comey let people think that the president was under investigation.  The scandal is not that a guilty president asked the FBI director to treat him as innocent, but that an innocent president was treated as guilty by an FBI director drunk on his own rectitude.  One has to laugh at the audacity of an FBI director who violates the confidences of others casting himself as the arbiter of honesty and integrity.

Comey: A six-foot, eight-inch Pajama Boy.  Aside from revealing that President Trump is guilty of exactly nothing but winning an election, James Comey sure did reveal a lot about himself.  His feelings are easily hurt, he gets scared in Trump's presence, he gets nauseated, is weak, gets confused and stunned.  He is sorry his workforce had to hear what Trump said about the FBI, that it is in disarray.  He sounded like a college snowflake on almost any American college campus in need of a safe space.

Again, Pressure Is Not Obstruction.  I find it difficult to understand how legal experts can read former FBI director James Comey's submitted testimony and conclude that it makes out a case of felony obstruction of an FBI investigation.  That contention was ill-conceived before we saw Comey's testimony, and it is even weaker now.  As I've tried to explain before, there are two principles at play here.  The first is corruption.  Perhaps it would help to look at the relevant statute, Section 1505 of the federal penal code (Title 18). [...]

Comey Was The First To Call A Private, One-On-One Meeting With Trump.  According to former FBI Director James Comey's statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, released Wednesday before his testimony, it was Comey himself who initiated the practice of meeting privately with Donald Trump.  The first encounter he describes in the seven-page statement was a briefing with then President-elect Trump at Trump Tower January 6.

Mook Falsely Claims That Clinton Campaign Didn't Communicate With Department of Justice.  Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager, Robby Mook, on Thursday [6/8/2017] falsely claimed that Clinton's campaign was not talking to anyone in the Justice Department.  CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Mook about former FBI Director James Comey's claim on Thursday that Barack Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, asked him to label the FBI investigation into Clinton's private email server as a "matter," not an "investigation."

Irony — James Comey's Concern About Lying Exposes Months-long Lying of Democrat Leadership.  During fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony today he justified his need to write "memos" after meetings with President Trump because he held concerns that President Trump would lie about their meetings.  However, in citing this reasoning, and later delivering expanded testimony, James Comey exposed his own lying and also the lying of Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Mark Warner.

Comey: AG Lynch Directed Me to Call Hillary Email Investigation a 'Matter'.  Thursday during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, former FBI Director James Comey said former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch had asked him to call the FBI investigation into former Secretary of State and then-Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information on a private email server a "matter."

Andrew McCarthy demolishes the argument that Trump obstructed justice, or even did anything wrong in dinner talk with Comey.  In his trademark well informed and lucid style, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy took just over four minutes to explain to Tucker Carlson's viewers why President Trump's dinner conversation with James Comey, bandied about as "obstruction of justice" by many on the left, was not improper.  But before you view the video below, consider the false notion propagated by Comey in his written introductory statement to his testimony today. [...]

James Comey, Novelist.  James Comey has a story to tell, and in his account, there is no doubt about who is the hero.  Comey, by reputation, has a monumental ego.  His prepared testimony for the Senate Intelligence Committee, which you can read [elsew]here, is consistent with that image.  It is also clear that Comey is a consummate creature of Washington.  Comey's narrative suggests that from the beginning, he viewed President Trump with suspicion as an interloper in Comey's D.C. world.  He apparently never had a conversation with Trump without immediately documenting it in a memo and discussing it with his aides at the FBI.  For some reason, Comey sees fit to contrast his relationships with Presidents Obama and Trump:  [...]

James Comey's Latest Statement Is An Indictment Of Comey, Not Trump.  Ahead of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the committee released the seven-page prepared statement Comey provided on Wednesday.  While it's clear that Comey and his allies believe the statement is proof that President Donald Trump acted inappropriately, and perhaps even illegally, the statement itself is a much bigger indictment of Comey's own behavior over the last six months.

Comey said Loretta Lynch told him not to call the Clinton email probe an 'investigation'.  For the first time, former FBI Director James Comey, who is testifying today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that President Obama's Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to call the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email scandal a "matter" and not an "investigation."  Under questioning by panel chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Comey said that he was uncomfortable with the unexpected meeting Lynch had with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac last year.  Comey said that meeting convinced him that the independence of the investigation was tainted with regard to the Justice Department and led him to go public with the bureau's findings on Clinton.

There's Nothing About Comey.  The left would like to believe that Comey was gathering evidence on President Trump.  But they don't contain anything incriminating about him.  Instead Comey was trying to preemptively protect himself.  To understand that is to understand who Comey is and why he got into this mess.  Democrats fixated on the idea that Comey would take out Trump.  But Comey is the wrong man for that job.  Just as he was the wrong man to hold Hillary accountable.  Comey isn't anybody's hero.  He never was.

Pathetic endings to prosecutorial careers of James Comey and Loretta Lynch.  Substantively, what jumped out at me was how much of Comey's testimony was impressionistic — how he felt about what Trump said and what he surmised Trump intended.  From a supposedly hardened prosecutor and FBI Director, it was a strange approach, one that must have been deliberate with the knowledge that Comey had very little hard evidence of Trump wrongdoing, much less criminality.

Winners and Losers from Comey Hearing.  Comey's testimony revealed that there may be just as many — if not more — questions surrounding the Obama administration regarding possible malfeasance.  When asked if former President Bill Clinton's infamous tarmac meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch led him to go public with the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, Comey said, "yes," adding that the incident was conclusively "the thing that capped it for me, that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation, which meant both the FBI and the justice department."

The damaging case against James Comey.  The testimony of James Comey proved long on atmospherics and short on ethics.  While many were riveted by Comey's discussion of his discomfort in meetings with President Trump, most seemed to miss the fact that Comey was describing his own conduct in strikingly unethical terms.  The greatest irony is that Trump succeeded in baiting Comey to a degree that even Trump could not have imagined.  After calling Comey a "showboat" and poor director, Comey proceeded to commit an unethical and unprofessional act in leaking damaging memos against Trump.

Judicial Watch:  Multiple FBI Agents Tell Us 'Comey is a Dirty Cop'.  The Director of Investigations and Research for the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, Chris Farrell, told Fox News' Lou Dobbs in an interview that multiple FBI agents say that Comey is a dirty cop.  Farrell said, "This is a case where FBI agents, recently retired and actively serving have come to me and they have told me that they consider Comey to be a dirty cop."

What Everyone Is Missing About the Comey Scandal.  [Scroll down]  However, despite [James] Clapper's earnest worry and woe, the FBI is not a co-equal branch of government able to "check and balance" the executive branch.  Despite James Comey's defense of the FBI's independence at his hearing yesterday, there is no constitutional requirement that the FBI be independent of the presidency.  Comey even admitted as much amid his defense of FBI independence.

Comey's revenge testimony:  Ex-FBI director's case collapses like a house of cards.  This is the most compelling evidence yet that Comey was anything but independent in his position at the FBI.  In an editorial, the Wall Street Journal correctly notes the partisan nature of Comey's actions:  "He's a government official motivated by political self-interest who should have resigned if he believed what he now says he did.  That he failed to act at the time suggests his motive now is more revenge than truth-telling."  There's no question about it.  Comey craves the spotlight.  Comey likes to be the center of attention.  And his decision to appear yesterday before the Senate committee was an opportunity to even the score against a President who correctly fired him last month.  It was revenge — pure and simple.

Swamp creature Comey threw Lynch, Trump, the press under the bus on Thursday.  Mr. Comey threw himself under the bus.  Not only was he unable to stand up to Loretta Lynch and President Trump when he thought it was required, he also decided to leak personal notes to the media.  He leaked information through a third party and remained an anonymous source.  Comey should have taken his notes to the Justice Department or to the appropriate committees in the House and Senate.  He chose to take it to the press because his clear intention was to achieve a political objective and damage the President.  There are further indications that this may not have been his only leak.  This is an issue that should be examined in depth.

Proof That James Comey Misled the Senate Intelligence Committee.  In his written testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey made a point of saying that he wrote memoranda documenting all of his conversations with Donald Trump, something he didn't feel compelled to do regarding his (very few) conversations with Barack Obama.  In his appearance before the committee, Comey broadened this claim to include President George W. Bush, under whom he served as Deputy Attorney General.  The reason, he explained, was that Trump was the only one of the three presidents whom he considered untrustworthy.

James Comey's Media Leak Conduit, Daniel Richman, Goes into Hiding.  Oh, this is transparently suspicious.  But don't anticipate the media to point out that transparently innocent people do not need to duck for cover.  The Columbia University professor, Daniel Richman, that fired FBI Director James Comey utilized as the go-between to provide leaks to the media, has gone into hiding.

Prepare the White House for President Pence.  The fact that [Robert] Mueller is, in effect, investigating the conduct of another FBI director, James Comey, is another significant factor.  Mueller and Comey are best friends.  They will protect each other.  Comey did not reopen the anthrax investigation in order to get to the bottom of Mueller’s incompetence, and Mueller will not hold Comey responsible for targeting Trump by using the phony “Trump Dossier” filled with Russian disinformation.  Hence, they both have reasons to go after Trump.  They are a tag team against the President.

Loretta Lynch, Swamp Thing.  Arguably, the most interesting part of the testimony of James Comey, the cowardly lion of the criminal justice system, before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday is not that President Trump was cleared of even a scintilla of corruption and obstruction of justice but that President Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, is up to her eyeballs in both.

Trump committed no crime.  Democrats need to get over it.  Before the angry mob of breathless Democrats gets too spun up and ahead of itself, the anti-Trumpers should calm down and try to absorb just how preposterous it is to suggest that President Trump may have committed a criminal offense by supposedly obstructing justice during the Russia/Michael Flynn investigation.  Consider for a moment what would have happened if Trump had placed an op-ed in a prominent newspaper, arguing that the investigation into his campaign and former national security adviser Flynn was misguided, a wasteful use of government resources, and that he thought it should stop.  To do so would be foolish, but not criminal.

From Russia With Stupidity.  No, he tried to bluff Trump, and Trump called him, and Comey went home wearing a barrel.  Trump unceremoniously fired Señor Sanctimony like the half-stepping bureaucratic hack Comey has always been.  “Yeah, you know that nice office you had?  The Marshals are packing it up.  Don’t come back.  Go ahead and drop your key card in the mail.”  Comey faced a number of problems in attaining his objective of exacting revenge on Donald Trump for calling his goofy bluff.  Comey’s first problem was particularly daunting:  Trump didn’t do anything wrong and everyone knows it.

Democrat Alan Dershowitz:  Time to Move On & Stop Accusing Trump of a Crime For Exercising His Constitutional Authority.  According to a number of officials leading the United States intelligence agencies, the Russian government did in fact meddle in the 2016 presidential election by creating fake news and flooding the internet with propaganda.  According to the same officials, there is zero evidence to show a single vote was changed in the election and none to corroborate claims the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to beat Hillary Clinton.  Regardless, the left has chosen to go after President Trump with claims he and his associates worked with Russian officials and obstructed justice by allegedly pressuring FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into the matter.  Again, without evidence.

2 Reporters Confirm To Hannity:  Lynch Finding During Hearing Only The Tip Of The Iceberg.  During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey unmasked a delicate situation that happened during the last days of Obama's administration.  He revealed that the former president's Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, asked him to call the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email scandal a "matter" instead of an "investigation."  Although many believed that this was the only controversial moment between Lynch and Comey, new information suggests that there's more about to come.

Comey wouldn't follow Trump's lead, but was Lynch's lapdog.  The Comey hearings yesterday brought nothing with which to hang Donald Trump, but it did raise several questions about Comey and his behavior. [...] And speaking of conflicts[,] did Comey go stupid because of something more ominous?  There apparently is a recording of the conversation held by Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton during that "coincidental" meeting on the tarmac in Phoenix.  You know, just before Comey announced that he would recommend against prosecuting Hillary Clinton.  Almost as though he was given his orders.  Lynch asserted that her conversation with Bill Clinton consisted of "grandchildren" and "travels."  Since when are grandchildren and casual travel a matter of national security?

More Evidence on the Way That Comey Colluded With Lynch to Protect You-Know-Who.  Jim Comey is a member of the Resistance and there is evidence forthcoming showing he colluded with Loretta Lynch on other occasions.  The man who never required notes be taken during Hillary Clinton's testimony, took copious notes when he met with Donald Trump.  He let Clinton off the hook despite the fact that she was obviously guilty in the email scandal and probably with the Clinton Foundation.  This same man wouldn't let the public know Trump was not the subject of the Russia investigation.  The media knew all this and refused to report it.  Jim Comey also colluded with Loretta Lynch and called the Clinton email case a "matter" as the Clinton campaign requested.

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Jimmy Comey: 'I Was Scared.  I Lacked Courage.  So, I Went Home And Wrote In My Diary'.  He had a goal.  It was to make Trump pay for firing him.  Simple revenge.  How did he make him pay?  By orchestrating an investigation.  How do we know?  He straight up told us... the guy in charge of tracking down leaks released one of his own.

James Comey's credibility problem.  On Thursday morning [6/8/2017], James Comey returns to a very familiar forum, and a very familiar conundrum.  The former FBI director will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his observations of the FBI's investigation into possible Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, and especially whether any attempt to influence him by President Trump played a role in his abrupt termination.  Comey has an opportunity here to publicly air any grievances over his firing, free of the professional requirements for discretion during open investigations.  So, will what he has to say make any bit of a difference?  The problem for Comey is that both Democrats and Republicans have spent nearly a year attacking him for failing to exercise professional discretion when it mattered, and politicizing the FBI as a result.  So whether his testimony will have any sway depends on whether he can overcome his massive credibility problem.

Trump Exonerated — Fired FBI Director James Comey Releases His Prepared Remarks to Media.  Fired FBI Director James Comey has released his carefully prepared opening remarks that he will deliver to congress tomorrow. [...] It's politics, pure unadulterated politics; there is no "there" there.  These remarks are released specifically to lower expectations and carefully deflate the entire construct of the 'President Trump Interference narrative'.


News and commentary about James Comey and the FBI after his Senate testimony:

Clinton Emails, Trump Dossier, Russian Nukes:  All Point To Corruption In Obama's Justice Department.  First was the fact that former FBI director James Comey had, contrary to what he told Congress, drafted what amounted to an acquittal letter for Hillary Clinton months before he'd even interviewed her regarding her unsecured private email server.  Comey interviewed Clinton on July 2, 2016, and three days later announced that he was closing the case because "no reasonable prosecutor" would pursue it. [...] But emails now show that Comey was drafting his statement way back in early May — two months before he interviewed Hillary and well before the department had completed its investigation.  When this fact came to light, former assistant director at the FBI Chris Swecker told Newsweek magazine "That is just not how things operate. ... It's built-in our DNA not to prejudge investigations, particularly from the top."  So why did Comey do the opposite?

Breaking: Clintons, DNC, FBI, & Media All Found Colluding With Russia Against Trump.  The Deep State war against POTUS Trump is real.  The above makes that all too clear.  The false narrative was being actively promoted by U.S. Intelligence, the Establishment Media, and the Establishment political class in this country — all in an effort to try and destroy the first true political outsider to win the White House in generations.  When you include the Clinton-Russia uranium deal what we have here is the single greatest political scandal in American history.  The Establishment will try and minimize these shocking revelations.

We Need an Investigation of the Entire Justice Department Now.  [Scroll down]  Has the FBI turned into CNN?  Or are they just dumber than the proverbial stones?  Speaking of which, we also have the unanswered questions about Deborah Wasserman Schultz and her Pakistani computer expert who had access to the data of dozens of congressional Democrats, not to mention the unsolved mystery of the murder of Seth Rich and the hacking of the DNC server.  The FBI and the DOJ have told us next to nothing about either.  In general, we learn more from Julian Assange, like him or not.

Uranium One:  Will Justice be Done?  House Republicans have just launched an investigation into the Uranium One deal.  The deal happened during Obama's tenure.  That's no coincidence — not with Hillary Clinton around.  The former president may be neck-deep in yellowcake.  Uranium One is a tangled web of criminality.  It appears to involve higher-ups — elected and appointed — on an unprecedented scale.  The bigger allegations:  Massive payoffs to the Clintons, via their foundation.  Bill also pocketed a cool half million dollars for a speech in Russia — suspiciously at the time the Uranium One deal was developing.  National security breaches by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in which Obama may be complicit.  That's along with his then-attorney general, Eric Holder.  A coverup, involving the Clintons (of course), Obama, Holder, Lynch, maybe McCabe, maybe Mueller, maybe Rosenstein, more likely maybe Comey.

Clinton Uranium One deal:  FBI informant blocked by Obama-era AG can unlock key info, attorney says.  An informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is under a gag order that prevents him from testifying before the United States Congress that Russian nuclear officials were involved in fraudulent dealings in 2009 before the Uranium One deal was approved.  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch blocked the informant from testifying last year and threatened criminal action against him if he were to do so.

State Dept Admits There are 40,000 Pages of Clinton Emails They Haven't Even Looked At.  So far, the State Department has processed more than 32,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.  At a recent court hearing, however, the Department acknowledged that this isn't even half of the total number of records that they have to release.  According to a press release from the organization, the State Department admitted in federal court that they still have 40,000 pages of emails that they still have to go through.  "Secretary Tillerson should be asked why his State Department is still sitting on a motherlode of Clinton emails," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.  "It is disheartening that an administration elected to 'drain the swamp' is stalling the release of documents to protect Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration."  The State Department, for their part, said that they are dedicating additional resources to reviewing the documents, which are stored on 7 FBI discs.

Hillary Clinton's Russian Ghost Stories.  For a decade, the FBI ran an operation called Ghost Stories to monitor and rip apart a deep-cover Russian agent network.  Ghost Stories tracked a ring Russian spies who lived between Boston and Washington, D.C., under false identities.  It was one of the FBI's most elaborate and successful counterintelligence operations in history.  After the FBI arrested 10 of the spies in June, 2010, Secretary of State Clinton worked feverishly to return the Russian agents to Moscow in a hastily arranged, lopsided deal with Putin.  It all happened as the uranium deal was in play:  An arrangement to provide Moscow's state Rosatom nuclear agency with 20 percent of American uranium capacity, with $145,000,000 to pour into the Clinton Family Foundation and its projects.

FBI sat on evidence of Russian bribery plot as US uranium reserves signed over to Russia.  A blockbuster story in The Hill yesterday is being given the silent treatment by the mainstream media.  That won't last for long. [...] The FBI under Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice under Eric Holder and his U.S. attorney Rosenstein allowed a strategic natural resource to slip into the control of a rival hostile power and declined to act on corruption investigations into the Clintons — all while keeping Congress and the public in the dark about the unfolding crime involving the highest levels of politics.

The Comey Conundrum.  Former FBI Director James Comey knows how to play the G-Man as a straight arrow on television, but he's a cynical Washington operator in real life.  His orchestration of the appointment of his friend Robert Mueller as special counsel to take down President Trump in the fictitious Russia collusion scandal (and all its penumbras and radiations) represents a striking case in point.  Comey's hand in it should discredit the Mueller operation all by itself. [...] This week Comey emerged as a player in the bombshell story of the Russian bribery plot behind the sale of Uranium One to the friends of Vladimir Putin.  The plot was uncovered by the FBI under Comey's directorship.  Yet the FBI's informant in the case was barred by Obama's Department of Justice from testifying to Congress about it.

Trump calls James Comey's investigation of Hillary Clinton 'obviously a fix'.  Donald Trump suggested in tweets early on Wednesday that former FBI director James Comey had decided to spare Hillary Clinton from prosecution "long before investigation was complete" into her government email practices, calling the process "a fix".  "FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete," Trump tweeted, continuing, "Many people not interviewed, including Clinton herself.  Comey stated under oath that he didn't do this-obviously a fix?  Where is Justice Dept?"  Trump was referring to documents released by the FBI on Monday which show that Comey had composed a draft entitled:  "Drafts of Director Comey's July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01" about two months before the statement was actually made and before Clinton was interviewed.

Gowdy wants Comey to testify again following Clinton email draft release.  Following the FBI's release of documents confirming that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a letter on the Hillary Clinton email investigation months before completing several interviews, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. said Comey needs to testify before Congress again.  Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a member of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committee, told Fox News' Bret Baier on "Special Report" Tuesday night [10/17/2017] that "for a number of reasons" Comey should return to Capitol Hill and the committees needed to further examine the FBI memos before he did.

Government wants to argue in secret why it doesn't want to disclose the Comey memos.  Government lawyers asked a judge Friday to deny CNN's request to force the FBI to publicly disclose former FBI Director James Comey's memos documenting his interactions with President Trump about the Russia investigation.  The news network made the case in a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in June that there was high public interest in Comey's memos and that the notes were not classified, as insisted by Comey himself in testimony.  CNN, along with other outlets and watchdog groups, had requested the memos under the Freedom of Information Act.

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow.  Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.  They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

FBI Confirms That Comey Drafted Statement On Clinton Probe Months Before Investigation Ended.  The FBI released emails Monday confirming that former FBI Director James Comey drafted statements regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation months before the probe was closed.  The bureau released a file entitled "Drafts of Director Comey's July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation," to its Freedom of Information Act website.  The file contains an email Comey sent May 2, 2016, to several FBI officials regarding the Clinton email probe, which was referred to internally by the codename "Midyear Exam."  The draft statement was first revealed in late August by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judicial Watch says FBI has found Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting documents.  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch said Friday [10/13/2017] that the FBI has uncovered 30 pages of documents related to the controversial 2016 tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  The newly uncovered documents will be sent to Judicial Watch by the end of November in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, a spokesman for the group told Fox News.

FBI 'Finds' New Documents About Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting.  The FBI has found 30 pages of documents related to the June 2016 airport tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, even after the bureau claimed to not have any records related to the matter.  FBI lawyers revealed the existence of the records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group.  The FBI had informed Judicial Watch last October that the bureau did not have any records related to the June 27, 2016 meeting between Clinton and Lynch.  That encounter, which occurred on the tarmac at Phoenix's airport, was significant because it took place while the Justice Department was investigating Hillary Clinton's potential mishandling of classified information on her private email account.

The Editor says...
Hillary Clinton had a secret email server, not just a "private email account."

FBI Finds 30 Pages of Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Documents — Wants Six Weeks to Turn Over Docs.  The FBI originally informed Judicial Watch they did not locate any records related to the tarmac meeting.  However, in a related case, the Justice Department located emails in which Justice Department officials communicated with the FBI and wrote that they had communicated with the FBI.  As a result, by letter dated August 10, 2017, from the FBI stated, "Upon further review, we subsequently determined potentially responsive documents may exist.  As a result, your [FOIA] request has been reopened..."  (Surprisingly, the Trump Justice Department refuses to disclose the talking points developed by the Obama Justice Department to help it respond to press inquiries about the controversial June 27, 2016, tarmac meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.)

Why is the FBI stonewalling congressional subpoenas on the Fusion GPS 'Trump Dossier'?  Could the story behind the "Trump dossier" be the Rosetta Stone of Russian manipulation of our electoral process in 2016? There is a strong and justifiable suspicion that the dossier was the critical bit of evidence that persuaded the FISA Court to reverse itself and permit monitoring of American associates of Donald Trump.  The dossier was originally begun as an opposition research project for Republican rivals of Trump, then funded by Democrats, and allegedly finally funded by the FBI.  We already know that some of the wild accusations in it were demonstrably false.  The House Intelligence Committee long has been looking into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and so far, it has come up with nothing.  As in zero specific evidence.  This was admitted by no less than Rep. Jackie Spier, a veteran Democrat member of the House of Representatives.  [Video clip]

Robert Mueller Blocks Congressional Oversight of FBI Involvement in Trump Surveillance.  A report from Reuters highlights the DOJ and FBI refusing to hand over documents related to the Steele Dossier on candidate Donald Trump, and the FBI (Via James Comey) involvement in assembling the content therein.  However, the lede is buried in paragraph four of the article. [...] This is genuinely much more alarming that might initially appear on first review.  In essence the FBI is protecting itself from inquiry into unlawful conduct of the FBI.

House Republicans renew call for 2nd special counsel, amid fresh Comey concerns.  House Republicans on Tuesday [9/26/2017] formally renewed their call for a second special counsel to probe 2016 controversies involving Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration — following allegations that former FBI director James Comey drafted an "exoneration statement" for Clinton weeks before interviewing her.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, who first called for a second special counsel's appointment in July, cited several factors in a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.  "In this case, it appears that Director Comey and other senior Justice Department and government officials may have pre-judged the 'matter' before all the facts were known, thereby ensuring former Secretary Clinton would not be charged for her criminal activity," they wrote.

All of Obama's Wiretappers.  Hillary Clinton's campaign memoir rests on an astonishingly audacious lie:  that the very FBI director who made her campaign possible by improperly sparing her from an indictment doomed it.  A normal pol who had mishandled classified information as egregiously as Hillary would have felt eternal gratitude to Comey.  Only an entitled ingrate like Hillary would have the gall to cast her savior as the chief thorn in her side.  Nor does Hillary acknowledge another in-kind contribution to her campaign from Comey:  his willingness to serve as a cog in Obama's campaign of political espionage against Trump.

How the FBI is treating my Freedom of Info requests.  As you read this thread in which I'm requesting information (that I own) from the FBI, keep in mind that Freedom of Information (FOI) law requires the government to turn over the requested information within about 30 days.  Years later: [...]

The Deep State Wraps Its Protective Cocoon Around Hillary Clinton.  The Department of Justice still has a lot of Clinton people in there, and they're in there for this exact reason.  These people, they go to Ivy League schools or wherever, and they are trained and this is their purpose.  They grow up, they are raised — and then they are educated — to become part of government, to advance a particular political point of view.  And that's what they do, and they don't think twice about it.  And it would be impossible to root all of them out, in this amount of time, if it were even an objective, and I don't think that it is.  But a great example what you're talking about is somebody went to the FBI — it might have been Judicial Watch or some special interest group — and made a Freedom of Information Act request for more Hillary Clinton emails.  And the FBI said, "Nah, we don't think anybody cares.  "There's not a valid public interest, so we're not gonna make them available."  Not a valid public interest?  She had an illegal server.  She almost could have been charged with felonious criminal behavior in this, and they're saying there's not a big public interest?

White House:  DOJ 'should certainly look at' prosecuting James Comey.  The Department of Justice should consider prosecuting James Comey for his "improper" actions while serving as FBI director, the White House said Tuesday [9/12/2017].  Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, argued during the daily press briefing that Comey's actions as FBI director "were improper and likely could have been illegal."  Asked if President Trump wants the Department of Justice to prosecute Comey, Sanders said that's "something they should certainly look at."  Sanders said the former FBI director "politicized an investigation by signaling he would exonerate Hillary Clinton before he ever interviewed her or other key witnesses."

Mueller finds alarming signs, and sleazy people, in collusion probe.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Donald Trump presidential campaign and agents of the Russian government has been remarkably discreet, as it should be.  But other sources have leaked three names — Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and Eric Schneiderman — that indicate that Mueller's team is probing very deeply.  If there's a smoking gun to be found, Mueller is getting closer to it.

Opposing viewpoint:
Anatomy of a sleazy editorial.  Remarkably discreet?  Then how does the newspaper know who is being probed if Mueller is being discreet?  Federal prosecutors do leak damaging information to friendly newspapers and cable outlets.  Jim Comey testified under oath to Congress that he used a third party to leak a memo to the New York Times.  Mark Felt — passed over by Nixon as FBI director — was Deep Throat in Watergate.  It would take a stretch of the imagination to believe that another former FBI official would eschew such tactics in trying to shake information from reluctant witnesses.  How does the editorial board know "other sources" — implied as not connected with Mueller — leaked?

Lawyer Says FBI Covering 'Rear End' By Not Releasing Clinton Emails.  Lawyer Ty Clevenger says the FBI is desperately trying to cover its tracks by not releasing former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.  Clevenger spoke with Tucker Carlson on Fox News Thursday night [9/7/2017] about his efforts to gain access through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  That request was denied and the lawyer said he originally wondered if former president Barack Obama was still running the FBI.  The FBI told him that his request "wasn't in the public interest."  "They're saying the public doesn't care," Clevenger added.

Was James Comey A Secret Hillary Clinton Shill?  New Evidence Revealed.  Disgraced former FBI director James Comey butchered the investigation into Hillary Clinton's crimes.  It was perhaps the most important investigation of Comey's career and he completely lost his head.  He betrayed us.  Americans expect the FBI to fight for justice, not kowtow to political pressure.  Comey's "investigation" was such a sham that he drafted Clinton's exoneration letter before he interviewed her.

Time For A Full-Scale Investigation — Maybe Even A Special Counsel — On Hillary, Obama, and Comey.  Last week, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released news that they'd found evidence that in April and May 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey prepared a statement letting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton off the hook for her alleged mistreatment of classified information.  As the senators noted, "As of early May 2016, the FBI had not yet interviewed Secretary Clinton.  Moreover, it had yet to finish interviewing sixteen other key witnesses, including Cheryl Mills, Bryan Pagliano, Heather Samuelson, Justin Cooper and John Bentel.  These individuals had intimate and personal knowledge relating to Secretary Clinton's non-government server, including helping her build and administer the device."  This is patently insane.  It's particularly insane given the fact that Comey posed for years as a by-the-book, no-nonsense advocate for the law.  But the fact is that Comey knew that no matter what happened, Attorney General Loretta Lynch would exonerate Hillary Clinton, and so he decided to take the heat off of Lynch and President Obama by putting his reputation on the line on their behalf.

More Evidence That Comey Deserved To Be Fired.  On Wednesday [8/30/2017] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina wrote to current FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for additional documents related to Mr. Comey's decision to exonerate Hillary Clinton in 2016.  FBI agents had been investigating Mrs. Clinton for her use of a private server and mishandling of classified information while serving as secretary of State.  The lawmakers want more documents because they've found evidence in interview transcripts of Mr. Comey's former senior FBI staff suggesting another gross violation of investigative standards.  The letter was made public by the committee on Thursday.  The two senators wrote that according to unredacted portions of the transcripts, which were generated in a separate federal investigation, "in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton.  That was long before FBI agents finished their work.  Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership.  The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts."

Was Obama Involved in Comey's Fix on Hillary's Emails?  With the new revelation that fired FBI Director James Comey began writing the draft of the Hillary Clinton investigation and the forthcoming exoneration before concluding the investigation, it begs the question, "What did Obama know and when did he know it?"  Follow me on this.  In April, Comey began drafting his statement finding Hillary committed no crimes.  Seventeen witnesses had not even been interviewed yet.  That includes Hillary herself.

The case for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton.  America tried to let Hillary Clinton off the hook.  Despite cries of "lock her up" during the campaign, most of the nation had little appetite for prosecuting her after the election, with even Donald Trump willing to give her a free pass.  "I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't," Trump told The New York Times two weeks after his victory.  "She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways."  But the Clinton e-mail scandal, like Clinton herself, won't go away.  It remains a blot on the legacy of the Obama administration, the Justice Department and the FBI, and now comes fresh evidence that the investigation that cleared her was a total sham.

Time for a Full Investigation... of the FBI.  What happens to a country whose most important police force — and its key investigators — is [sic] no longer telling the truth to the citizens of that nation?  Nothing good, I'm sure most would agree.  There's almost no point in going through all the analogies to despotic regimes.  Writers from George Orwell to Arthur Koestler have already done it for us.  But those analogies come immediately to mind following two revelations regarding our Federal Bureau of Investigation that surfaced this week.  In one instance, the FBI refused to turn over documents regarding the Hillary Clinton emails because of — wait for it — "lack of public interest."

It Wasn't Comey's Decision to Exonerate Hillary — It Was Obama's.  [Scroll down]  Obama's April [2016] statements are the significant ones.  They told us how this was going to go.  The rest is just details.  In his April 10 comments, Obama made the obvious explicit:  He did not want the certain Democratic nominee, the candidate he was backing to succeed him, to be indicted.  Conveniently, his remarks (inevitably echoed by Comey) did not mention that an intent to endanger national security was not an element of the criminal offenses Clinton was suspected of committing — in classic Obama fashion, he was urging her innocence of a strawman crime while dodging any discussion of the crimes she had actually committed.  As we also now know — but as Obama knew at the time — the president himself had communicated with Clinton over her non-secure, private communications system, using an alias.  The Obama administration refused to disclose these several e-mail exchanges because they undoubtedly involve classified conversations between the president and his secretary of state.  It would not have been possible to prosecute Mrs. Clinton for mishandling classified information without its being clear that President Obama had engaged in the same conduct.  The administration was never, ever going to allow that to happen.

Comey Caught On Tape Straight Up Lying About Hillary Clinton Interview & Investigation.  [James Comey testified] under oath that he did not make up his mind about Hillary Clinton's guilt prior to the FBI interview that took place just days before he announced she had done nothing illegal.  Ah, but that is in direct contrast to the breaking news this week that Mr. Comey had in fact sent out a draft memo to upper level FBI administrators exonerating Hillary Clinton two months before the interview.  James Comey lied under oath.  James Comey obstructed justice.  James Comey initiated a biased investigation against Donald Trump that has led to an equally biased Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller — who happens to be close friends with James Comey.  This cannot stand.  The Deep State continues to try and overturn the results of the 2016 Election.  Deep State Republicans like Paul Ryan and John McCain are complicit in this effort.

Sekulow, Fleisher and Guilfoyle Discuss Latest Revelations of Corruption Within FBI.  In a letter from Senator Chuck Grassley to new FBI Director Christopher Wray[,] the senator outlines some disturbing information discovered in documents reviewed by the judicial committee.  Chief among the issues was a discovery that fired FBI Director James Comey had already drafted a preliminary conclusion that Hillary Clinton was not going to be held responsible.  The FBI Director's 2016 position was created in April and May before sixteen key investigative witnesses, including Mrs. Clinton herself, were even interviewed.

A former FBI agent battling Deputy Director McCabe said there is a 'cancer' inside the FBI.  When the FBI launched an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, one of the bureau's top former counterterrorism agents believed that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe would have to recuse himself from the investigation.  Former Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was one of the bureau's top intelligence analysts and terrorism experts but resigned from the bureau five years ago after she said she was harassed and her career was blocked by top FBI management.  She filed a formal sexual discrimination complaint against the bureau in 2013 and it was Flynn, among many others, who publicly came to her aide.

Comey Drafted Memo Exonerating Hillary's Illegal Behavior... Before Suspects Were Interviewed!  As FBI director last year, James Comey began writing drafts of a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton, even before all witnesses in the investigation — including Clinton herself — had been interviewed.  The Senate Judiciary Committee obtained the Comey memos as part of its investigation into his firing by President Trump, which occurred on May 9.  The revelation that Comey had begun drafting memos of his exoneration statement comes from transcripts of interviews given last fall by two FBI officials.

Corrupt Comey Had the Fix In.  Now we know why the FBI made the absurd claim that it would not release its files on the Hillary Clinton email investigation for alleged lack of public interest.  The FBI was covering up its obstruction of justice in the, er, "matter" knowing full well that former Director James Comey had already exonerated Hillary Clinton before the alleged investigation was complete and all witnesses had been interviewed and months before Comey falsely claimed in his announcement that no competent prosecutor would take Hillary's case.

Nets Censor Bombshell That Comey Didn't Wait for Facts to Rescue Hillary.  Conclusion first, facts second.  That, allegedly, was the mentality of ex-FBI Director James Comey in dealing with Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal.  Yet this revelation was ignored by ABC, CBS and NBC on Thursday and Friday.  Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump in May, decided against criminal charges of Hillary Clinton before 17 interviews of witnesses were even complete.  Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all highlighted the story.  Yet, despite a combined nine and a half hours of air time on Thursday night [8/31/2017] and Friday morning, the networks couldn't be bothered.

James Comey, Hillary's Real Campaign Manager.  The insufferable, morally preening former FBI Director James B. Comey Jr., intentionally gave Hillary Clinton's campaign a boost last year by deciding to sabotage the email investigation by exonerating the then-candidate before key witnesses had even been interviewed, new evidence suggests.  Citing Comey's bungling of the Clinton email investigation, President Trump unceremoniously fired him by press release on May 9, three-and-a-half years into his 10-year term.  Trump was attacked in the media for not caring about Comey's presumably hurt feelings.  He based his decision on a U.S. Department of Justice memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein that found Comey had, among other things, usurped then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's authority by taking it upon himself to unilaterally clear Clinton.

Jay Sekulow:  Comey Letter Exonerating Clinton Shows Email Probe Was a 'Fraud on the America People'.  On Thursday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) revealed in a statement that then-FBI Director James Comey drafted his letter exonerating Hillary Clinton from her email scandal months before "key witnesses" were interviewed.  In light of that, Jay Sekulow, a member of President Donald Trump's legal team, appeared that night on "Hannity" on Fox News.  "The whole investigation, evidently, was a fraud on the American people," he said.  "You've got James Comey now with emails going back and forth where he's drafting three months before they interview 16 key witnesses, including the supposed target of the investigation — exoneration!"  Sekulow also questioned Comey's testimony about his handling of the case in light of the new information.

Release Clinton email probe details, judge orders FBI.  A federal judge has ordered the FBI to disclose more details on how the agency handled Hillary Clinton's secret email account.  U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers that describe the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to press for information from Clinton's internet service providers can be made available to the public, the Washington Times reported.  "After reviewing the document in camera, the court concludes that it largely rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy," the judge said.  Two groups, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute, have been pressing the government for more information about the Clinton emails, and they say the ruling is a victory for transparency.

Federal judge to FBI: Yeah, no, you have to release the Hillary e-mail documents.  [Scroll down]  I suspect that's exactly how President Trump feels about it.  We've seen since the day the president took office that the deep state bureaucracies within the executive branch have an agenda to undermine and sabotage his leadership, and it's clear that the FBI's established leadership has been looking to protect Hillary from the beginning of this matter.  That includes James Comey, by the way, who we now learn had made the decision to let Hillary skate months before the investigation was even concluded.

Judge orders feds to release details of FBI's Clinton email probe.  A federal judge ordered the FBI Thursday [8/31/2017] to disclose more details about how it handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton's secret email account.  U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers describing the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to compel information from Mrs. Clinton's Internet service providers can be made public.  In doing so, he overruled objections by the Trump administration that had insisted making the information public would violate grand jury secrecy rules.

Standoff brews between Senate, FBI over Trump dossier.  Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and the committee's ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, want to interview two high-ranking FBI officials about some key aspects of the bureau's role in the Trump-Russia investigation — the Trump dossier, the firing of James Comey, and more.  But the FBI doesn't want those officials to talk — even though the Judiciary Committee has oversight responsibility for the FBI, and even though the request is bipartisan, and even though there appears to be no conflict with the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation conducted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.  A standoff could be developing.

Comey's alleged Clinton 'exoneration statement' calls Senate testimony into question.  Fresh allegations that former FBI director James Comey began drafting an "exoneration statement" for Hillary Clinton well before interviewing her and other key witnesses have called into question his Senate testimony about why he decided to go public with his findings in the email case last summer.  In a June hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey was asked whether his decision to announce the results of the investigation was influenced by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's infamous meeting days earlier on an Arizona tarmac with former President Bill Clinton.  "Yes, in an ultimately conclusive way, that was the thing that capped it for me — that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation," Comey told Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.

James Comey Drafted Conclusion in Clinton Probe Prior to FBI Interviewing Key Witnesses.  In a letter from Senator Chuck Grassley to new FBI Director Christopher Wray (full pdf below) the senator outlines some disturbing information discovered in documents reviewed by the judicial committee.  Chief among the issues was a discovery that fired FBI Director James Comey had already drafted a preliminary conclusion that Hillary Clinton was not going to be held responsible; the FBI Director's position was created in April and May 2016 before sixteen key investigative witnesses, including Mrs. Clinton herself, were even interviewed.

James Comey started drafting statement exonerating Hillary Clinton before FBI interviewed her, aides.  Former FBI Director James Comey started to draft a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the bureau's investigation into her use of a private email server before the FBI interviewed her or her key witnesses, the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday [8/31/2017].  "Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that's no way to run an investigation.  The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a letter to the FBI.  The Judiciary Committee reviewed transcripts, which were heavily redacted, indicating Comey began drafting the exoneration statement in April or May 2016, before the FBI interviewed up to 17 key witnesses, including Clinton and some of her close aides.

FBI fights public release of Trump dossier info.  Senate investigators have had problems getting the FBI to reveal information about the Trump dossier.  They're not the only ones.  Outside groups filing Freedom of Information Act requests are running up against a stone wall when it comes to the dossier.  On March 8, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for documents regarding the bureau's contacts with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who dug for dirt in Russia on candidate Donald Trump in the months before the 2016 presidential election.  Steele's effort was commissioned by the oppo research firm Fusion GPS, which at the time was being paid by still-unidentified Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton.  Just weeks before the election, the FBI reportedly agreed to support Steele's oppo project — an extraordinary action in the midst of a campaign which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said raised "questions about the FBI's independence from politics."

Parents Catch FBI In Plot To Force Mentally Ill Son To Be A Right Wing Terrorist.  It's become a near-weekly occurrence.  Somewhere in some state, the FBI will announce that they've foiled yet another terrorist plot and saved lives.  However, as the data shows, the majority of these cases involve psychologically diminished patsies who've been entirely groomed, armed, and entrapped by FBI agents.  Simply put, the FBI manufactures terror threats and then takes credit for stopping them.  While many of these cases have garnered attention and been exposed in the alternative media, a recent case out of Oklahoma sets a new low for FBI and exposes how insidious these plots can be.

FBI says lack of public interest in Hillary emails justifies withholding documents.  Hillary Clinton's case isn't interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI's files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury.  Ty Clevenger has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal attorneys disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state.  He's met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI's files has been shot down.

Comey botched the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  [Scroll down]  Never, I repeat never, in my 25-year career have I or any FBI agent known to me investigated a criminal case without the use of a federal grand jury, federal grand jury subpoenas, search warrants, etc.  Search warrants and/or subpoenas should have been executed at Clinton's residences in Chappaqua and Washington and at Platte River Networks.  In fact, Comey frequently cites his vast experience.  Well, I am certain that in every case with which he was involved (except this one, conveniently) he employed the use of a federal grand jury and all of the authority that encompasses.  Comey's parsing of words to justify his cowardly decision was awkward and juvenile.

Clinton email case far from closure as FBI hands over more classified documents to State.  The Hillary Clinton email fiasco isn't ending anytime soon, with State Department officials saying they have no idea when they will finish sorting though and releasing the previously hidden messages.  More classified documents that the former secretary of state improperly handled keep coming to light.  The Trump administration doesn't even know if it has hunted down every trace of the emails that Mrs. Clinton — a former first lady, U.S. senator, top diplomat and Democratic presidential nominee — sent from a secret email server stashed in her home.  "At this time, we do not have an estimate for completion of processing all of these documents," a State Department official told The Washington Times.

Mueller Raids Manafort's Home — Because He Has Nothing.  All the king's horses and all the king's men have not found Russian collusion with Trump.  Even Mueller likely knows it, because he is now investigating everything but Russian collusion.  You do not expand an investigation's scope because you have found a deep vein of criminality tied to prima facie Russian collusion — if you did, you would be going deep into that vein.  Every week, more evidence comes out that the Democratic Party computers were not hacked — something vital to the concept of the Russians stealing those emails and giving to them to WikiLeaks.  The fundamental requirement that the Russians stole Democratic emails might have been overturned if the FBI looked at the servers — which they chose not to do.  Who among us would be able to tell the FBI that we do not choose to give them our servers for an investigation?

Judicial Watch Sues Justice Department for Comey's 'Exit Records'.  Judicial Watch announced today [8/11/2017] that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for all non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey.  The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Justice Department failed to respond to a June 13, 2017, FOIA request seeking "any and all non-disclosure agreements pertaining in full or in part to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified and/or sensitive information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey."

Comey's FBI Lied About Lynch-Clinton Meeting.  [Scroll down]  There are only two possibilities here: either someone at the FBI destroyed documents relating to the Bureau's communications about the Lynch/Clinton meeting, or someone at the FBI lied in response to ACLJ's FOIA request.  Federal agencies have personnel dedicated to responding to FOIA requests, and presumably the people who carry out this relatively mundane task would not lie or destroy documents without instructions from the top.  To me, the most interesting revelation of the DOJ documents is the extent to which the Democratic Party media were anxious to squash the Lynch/Clinton story.

A second special counsel must investigate Clinton, Comey, Lynch and others.  There was a time, not so long ago, when candidate Donald Trump vowed, if elected, to have his attorney general appoint a special counsel to reopen the Hillary Clinton investigation and, if warranted, bring criminal charges against her.  It never happened, of course.  And the president has only himself to blame.  President-elect Trump had a change of heart after winning the election, signaling that his new administration would let bygones be bygones, explaining that Clinton had "suffered" enough.

Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous.  [Scandal #5] The Lynch Non-Mob:  Our previous attorney general has so much more to answer for than our current one — the tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, insisting the case of the massive Hillary email erasures was a "matter" and not an "investigation" when the alleged crimes would almost certainly send a civilian to jail for life.  This undoubtedly contributed to the bizarre behavior of James Comey and to the fact that so much about this "matter" was never truly investigated, tarnishing the FBI's reputation perhaps forever.  A lot of Republicans think this was a big-time coverup and there's more evidence for that than there is for Trump-Russia collusion, miles more.  (Comic relief:  Lanny Davis still insisting on Fox the other night that the 30,000 plus erased emails were about yoga lessons.)

House Judiciary Committee votes to request documents on Comey, Clinton.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee passed an amendment on Wednesday [7/26/2017] requesting documents related to former FBI Director James Comey's communications with the Obama administration and journalists.  According to The Washington Post, the amendment guts a resolution of inquiry introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) asking for documents related to Comey's firing in May.  The GOP amendment was co-sponsored by Republican Reps.  Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Mike Johnson (La.).

Conservatives Plan to Press for Official Congressional Investigation into James Comey, Loretta Lynch.  Reps.  Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) have drafted an amendment that would compel government cooperation with a congressional probe into Lynch's and Comey's activities.  Specifically, the amendment — a draft of which was obtained by Breitbart News — would compel the production of documents and evidence regarding Lynch's order to Comey to "mislead the American people by starting he should refer to the investigation into the mishandling of classified data and use of an unauthorized email server by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a 'matter,' rather than a criminal 'investigation.'"

FBI relies on discredited dossier in Russia investigation.  The FBI is routinely asking witnesses in its Russia investigation about the accusations in a dossier against Donald Trump, further expanding the reach of a discredited opposition research paper sourced from the Kremlin and financed and distributed by Democrats.  A source close to the investigation described the dossier as a checklist agents tick off as they go over numerous unverified charges denounced as fabrications by President Trump and his aides.  The source called it strange that a gossip-filled series of memos is guiding the way the bureau is conducting the investigation.

FBI Seized Crushed Hard Drives From Home of Debbie Wasserman Schultz' IT Aide.  Over the past few months, the story of the Awan brothers has been largely ignored by mainstream media.  However, the Pakistani-born brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police and the FBI.  While official charges have not yet been filed, allegations of wrong doing vary from simply overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment to blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from emails.

Fox News Exclusive:  Rosenstein says internal memos should stay 'confidential,' after Comey leak.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum, made clear he would not approve leaks like ex-FBI Director James Comey's release of personal notes on discussions with President Trump. [...] And he had tough words when asked about Comey's recent admission that he used a friend at Columbia University to get a memo he penned on a discussion with Trump leaked to The New York Times.

FBI document dump reveals secrets of Clinton probe as new director nominee faces Senate.  Some 42 pages of highly redacted documents from the FBI's criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of highly classified materials paint a picture of a serious, but flawed investigation hindered by a lack of cooperation, according to a key watchdog group.  The materials, all part of the probe dubbed "Midyear Exam," included several documents designated as "grand jury material," indicating the potential seriousness of the investigation that would ultimately be ended by FBI director James Comey in July, then restarted for a brief period in October before being shut down for good.

Report: FBI Documents Show 'Flawed' Hillary Clinton Investigation.  Newly released documents from the FBI's criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of highly classified materials highlight a "serious, but flawed investigation hindered by a lack of cooperation," according to a new report.  Some of the 42 pages are marked "grand jury material," indicating that the FBI considered the investigation serious enough to prosecute before a grand jury, according to a report by Fox News.  One document shows that one of Clinton's private attorneys, Katherine Turner, had agreed to turn over one of Clinton's non-secure Apple iPads and two of her BlackBerrys to the FBI.

Top Lawmaker Demands Investigation into Comey, Former Obama Officials for Leaks of Classified Intel.  The chairman of the House National Security Subcommittee is calling on the Department of Justice to launch a formal investigation into former FBI Director James Comey's alleged leak of classified information, according to an exclusive interview with the Washington Free Beacon in which the lawmaker also called on the Trump administration to purge all former Obama administration holdovers from government.  Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and chair of its National Security subcommittee, is urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch a full scale investigation into Comey's handling of a series of potentially classified memos that were leaked to the press earlier this year.

Did fired FBI Director James Comey break the law?  With each passing week come new and troubling revelations regarding the actions of fired FBI Director James Comey.  In an article published a couple of weeks ago, I warned that Comey's testimony under oath that he intentionally leaked materials for publication in a New York Times story raised serious legal questions at the time.  With new information just released, it is now clear Comey faces significant legal problems.  According to reports, at least four of the seven memos Comey drafted of privileged communications he had with the president contained classified information — not personal documents — as he contended during a Congressional hearing last month.

If Comey's in legal jeopardy, will Mueller ride to his rescue?  Hillary Clinton, thanks to James Comey, escaped criminal prosecution for violating the Espionage Act.  Now it is Comey who may have violated that same law.  If he did, will Comey escape prosecution, courtesy of his good friend, Robert Mueller?  The fired FBI Director's legal predicament comes as The Hill reports that Comey authored seven memorandums reflecting the contents of his conversations with President Trump and that four of the memos "have been determined to contain classified information."  If this is true and Comey kept these documents in his personal possession upon leaving government service and conveyed some of them to another individual without authorization, then it would appear that he committed multiple felonies under the Espionage Act.

IBD throws down the gauntlet on Comey and Mueller.  It needed to be said, and Investor's Business Daily has stepped up and said it well, now that we have reason to believe that a majority of the memos prepared by James Comey on his conversations with the president contained classified information.  An IBD editorial extends the logic of the situation to the ultimate conclusion that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, must recuse himself from investigations of President Trump.

FBI Agent Indicted for Lying About Shooting in Oregon Refuge Standoff.  An FBI agent has been indicted for lying to state and federal investigators about firing at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum during a showdown between law enforcement and protesters last year in Oregon. [...] Oregon state police shot and killed Finicum on January 26, 2016.  He was fleeing a surprise traffic stop on a rural highway near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where he was holed up with other protesters.  He crashed his truck into a snow bank and jumped out.  An autopsy determined that three rounds shot by state police killed him.  The U.S. Attorney for Oregon said the shots were "necessary and justified," since Finicum appeared to be reaching for his gun.  Investigators discovered that someone else fired as well before Finicum left his truck.  One round went into the roof of the truck.  Astarita failed to tell Oregon police officers that he shot two rounds at Finicum.  He also failed to tell the FBI's Shooting Incident Response Team.  Suspicions were aroused when two shell casings disappeared from the scene.

Clintonian Comey Defense Sequence — The Latest:  Comey's Leaked Memos Were "Retroactively Classified".  Those of you following along at home might be having a remarkable feeling of Deja-Vu with the similarity between Hillary Clinton's approach to her emails containing classified information, and James Comey's approach today to reports of his leaked memos containing "classified" intelligence.

Why does the media still portray James Comey as a hero?  From the outset, reporters and Democrats (who had been calling for Comey's firing or questioning his judgment) declared him to be the man who fearlessly stood up to a president demanding loyalty pledges and discarding legal and ethical standards.  The problem with that narrative is not the criticism of the actions of President Trump, but the consistent efforts to ignore the equally troubling actions of former FBI Director Comey.  Yet, if Trump was to be the irredeemable villain, Comey had to be the immaculate hero.  The script glitch centered on three allegations — all of which were actively denied by legal experts.  First, Comey leaked memos of his meetings with Trump.  Second, those memos constituted government material.  Third, the memos were likely classified on some level.

Mystery Solved:  Now We Know Why Comey Did Nothing About Hillary.  All told, Comey wrote seven memos based on nine meetings with Trump.  In testimony to Congress, he asserted that he had made sure the memos in question didn't have classified material.  But a subsequent investigation found markings on four of the memos indicating secret information, the kind that is not allowed to be routinely released to the public.  Comey has long maintained that the memos were his personal property, but virtually no legal authority agrees with that.  Nor does the FBI, for that matter.  The memos were created on government time and related directly to his work, so they were the property of government.  In short, it sounds like a game of cover-your-hindquarters he's been playing. [...] In short, Comey appears to have delivered classified information to the New York Times and other media for the sole political purpose of bringing down President Trump.

Report:  James Comey Memos Contained 'Secret' or 'Confidential' Information.  More than half of the memos created by former FBI Director James Comey of his private conversations with President Trump have been found to contain classified information, according to a new report.  Four of seven memos Comey created had markings making clear they contained information classified at the "secret" or "confidential" level, officials directly familiar with the matter told The Hill.

Did Comey Leak Classified Information?  Why His Trump Memos Could Spell Legal Trouble.  There's breaking news about the #ComeyMemos and it's considerably muddying the waters regarding who they reflect badly upon.  As it turns out, there are seven memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, which recorded Comey's personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation.  Sunday night [7/9/2017], The Hill reported that four of those memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the "secret" or "confidential" level, according to "officials familiar with the documents."

Report: Comey Memos Are Government Documents, and Some Are Classified.  Based on "interviews with officials familiar with the documents," The Hill is reporting that more than half of the memoranda former FBI director James Comey made regarding his conversations with president-elect and then President Trump contain classified information.  The FBI, moreover, has determined that all of the memos are government documents.

New Senate Discovery Blows Holes in Loretta Lynch's Story On the Hillary Probe.  When former FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress about Loretta Lynch, he said there were three things that gave him concern about her handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. [...] The first of course was the infamous meeting with Bill Clinton in her airplane on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport.  Troubling questions that it was a half hour meeting that had to be cleared with the Secret Service and that cameras and phones were supposedly banned by the FBI.  The second was that she allegedly told him to call the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton a 'matter' rather than an investigation, in keeping with the Clinton campaign talking points at the time.  Hillary kept insisting that it wasn't a criminal investigation when in fact it was.  The third was the mystery.  Comey said there was something that he had mentioned in closed session, something that couldn't be mentioned in open session.

Hillary's Emails, The Gift That Keeps On Giving.  Clinton's email scandal has claimed other victims as well including acting FBI director Andrew McCabe.  McCabe is now the FBI's point man on various aspects of the Russia investigation including claims of collusion between Trump staffers and Russia.  In a strange turn of events, McCabe has revealed himself to be a deeply problematic figure who is currently the subject of at least three separate investigations which include massive conflicts of interest and possible violations of the Hatch act.  One of those investigations centers on his deep involvement in the Clinton email probe.

The FBI's boss is under investigation for possible hatch act violations.  The Office of U.S. Special Counsel, the government's main whistleblower agency, is investigating whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's activities supporting his wife Jill's Democratic campaign for Virginia state senate in 2015 violated the Hatch Act's prohibition against FBI agents campaigning in partisan races.  The agency's probe was prompted by a complaint in April from a former FBI agent who forwarded social media photos showing McCabe wearing a T-shirt supporting his wife's campaign during a public event and then posting a photo on social media urging voters to join him in voting for his wife.

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 Adopts Stalinist Tactics.  Yes, Virginia, this is a witch hunt.  Robert Mueller III was appointed special counsel after his friend, the vindictive James Comey, committed a federal crime by leaking a memo which was a government record to the press.  Mueller has picked staff and prosecutors as if he were stocking Hillary Clinton's Department of Justice.  He has picked a bevy of Clinton donors, an attorney who worked for the Clinton Foundation, a former Watergate assistant prosecutor, and even a senior adviser to Eric Holder.

It's Not Your Father's FBI.  Omar Mir Seddique, also known as Omar Mateen, was an American mass murderer who killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.  He had been interviewed by the FBI three times and was on their radar because he had made comments sympathetic to terrorists and attended the same Florida mosque as a suicide bomber named Moner Abusalha, who had gone to Syria to blow up Syrian government soldiers in 2014.  When asked why Mateen was dropped from the FBI list, Comey indicated that the FBI's concerns about Mateen were eased after a witness told the bureau that Mateen got married, had a child and found steady work.  Oh! [...] Many innocent individuals have been under FBI surveillance but the real reason for the FBI failures may be due to an increase in a PC policy.

Who Does The FBI Work For?  [Scroll down]  That brings us to yesterday's [6/21/2017] FBI briefing on the shooting targeting Republicans in Alexandria, a briefing that could not be more bizarre in its content and its conclusions.  There's also this incredible tidbit, which somehow has received little to no attention:  "Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign he had worked on as a volunteer, and was in email contact with the two Democratic senators from his home state."  If this was a shooter who had worked for Ted Cruz and was in contact via email with both of the Senators from Texas, wouldn't we know about it?  There's no reason to beat around the bush here: what the FBI is claiming is mind-boggling when they claim the shooter had no target in mind.  Consider the number of accidents of circumstance you would have to believe were going on here to not have the shooter doing what seems obvious from every piece of evidence we have:  researching and planning for an attack on Republicans of some kind, particularly looking for an opportunity when security will be low and vulnerability will be high.  This was an attack, not an "anger management" problem.

Republican Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into James Comey and Robert Mueller.  Three Republican House Oversight Committee members on Friday called for an investigation into former FBI Director James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller for acting in a partisan manner and applying double standards when it came to the Obama and Trump administrations.  Reps.  Jim Jordan (OH), Mark Meadows (NC), and Jody Hice (GA) said Comey misled the American people last year when he agreed to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's request that he call an investigation into Hillary Clinton a "matter" instead of an investigation.  "He did it willfully.  He did it intentionally.  And he did it at the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch," they wrote in a piece published on foxnews.com.

FBI Report on Alexandria Quietly Debunks the Gun-Controllers' Talking Points.  The FBI has published a brief report on the shooting in Alexandria.  It is devastating to the idea that the gun-control measures presently coveted by the Democratic party would have done something to prevent the attack.  Over the past two decades, Democrats have focused on three major proposals for reform.  They are:  1) That all private transfers should be contingent upon a federal background check;  2) That firearms that look a certain way should be classed as "assault weapons" and prohibited from sale;  and 3) That civilians should be forbidden from buying magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  None of these proposals intersect with what happened in Alexandria.

FBI Claims Attempted GOP Assassinations Are 'Assault' — Not Terrorism.  The FBI is treating the attempted mass assassination of Republican lawmakers as "assault" and not terrorism, FBI Assistant Director in Charge Andrew Vale announced at a press conference Tuesday morning [6/20/2017]. [...] The FBI has long-defined terrorism as "the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives[.]  A press release sent out by the agency before the press conference offered no speculation about the would-be assassin's motive.

Judicial Watch seeking documents 'unlawfully removed' by Comey.  Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch is calling on Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to recover and release federal records and memos it claims were "unlawfully" removed by former Director James Comey, threatening the FBI with a lawsuit should the bureau not comply.  Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, penned a letter to McCabe on June 14 warning of a potential violation of the Federal Records Act, which is the basis for the federal government's policies regarding the "creating, maintaining, and disposing" of federal records.

The Rise and Fall of James Comey.  [Scroll down]  During this period Hillary maintained a commanding lead in the polls in any head-to-head match-up with the Republican front runner, Donald Trump.  Virtually all the cognoscenti in Washington were convinced she would win the presidency.  Apparently so did James Comey.  For someone whose career was made on the dogged pursuit of convictions at any cost using, if necessary, the bludgeon of obstruction of justice, he was extraordinarily passive.  Particularly considering there were innumerable examples of pre-meditated destruction of evidence.  He also severely limited the FBI data searches on Clinton staff members computers then ordered them destroyed.  A technician who erased evidence and lied to the FBI even after receiving immunity was given a pass by Comey.

Comey's Game.  The criminal investigation of Mrs. Clinton for violation of the espionage statute was sabotaged by Obama's Justice Department.  No subpoenas were issued.  (The FBI cannot issue grand jury subpoenas; only the Justice Department can.)  This is completely not normal; in such a case the FBI cannot work as it should.  The non-issuance of subpoenas by the Justice Department cannot have merely happened, as if by some freak of nature.  It is an execrable act that fairly can be said to constitute sabotage, and indeed if anything in recent months has constituted obstruction of justice, this is it.  Largely, but not solely, because of this, the FBI's investigation was a sham, unprecedentedly fake, truncated, and weird.  Then-director Comey should have made this public and most certainly should have resigned in protest.

DOJ Brass Says Comey Struck Insider Immunity Deal With Mueller To Avoid Criminal Charges.  A high-ranking Justice Department official believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller has granted a complete get-out-of-jail-free-card deal for disgraced FBI Director James Comey:  A coveted immunity deal in exchange for cooperating as a key witness.  "The immunity is a done deal," a Justice Department source said.  "Mueller can do whatever he wants.  We (Justice) have no say but after many years working criminal cases I know Comey has been given immunity.  You can tell by the way he is acting now and the fact that Mueller has kept us in the dark about his investigation."

James Comey, the Crack-Up.  As readers of this column perhaps suspect, I have admired FBI Director James Comey for most of his public career, beginning in 2013.  That he is a friend of former FBI Director Robert Mueller makes me admire him even more.  Mueller is a man of integrity and discretion.  Mueller would not befriend a man of dubious character.  Yet from July 2016 on I have begun to wonder about Comey.  His public actions have become erratic, increasingly erratic.  To the point that he is becoming, to my mind, unhinged.  To come to the point, I do not believe he has become duplicitous and I do not think he is a liar.  It seems that I am one of the few in Comey's corner to believe that he is unraveling in plain public view.  In a word, he has had some sort of breakdown, and no one in official Washington dares to say it.

The Megalomania of James Comey.  They used to be called "megalomaniacs", people who had outsized, larger than life images of themselves.  Today they're described as having narcissistic personality disorder, characterized by a sense of their own grandiose uniqueness.  Not having a true sense of their own self, narcissists create themselves in the roles they play.  They are the heroes of their own lives.  Everyone else is a bit player.  James Comey was such a man.  He was Hamlet.  Everyone else was Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Second Comey Meeting With AG Lynch Even More Shocking.  We learned that fired FBI Director, James Comey had a SECOND meeting with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  In that meeting he again confronted her about her election interference.  According to Circa News, when confronted the second time about the demand to use "matter" instead of investigation, Loretta Lynch made things even more clear.

Comey admitted single Trump leak, but were there others?  President Trump's legal team may be prepared to show a trail of leaks to The New York Times by former FBI Director James Comey — dating back to at least March — in a pair of complaints set to be filed to the Justice Department inspector general and Senate Judiciary Committee, a source close to the team told Fox News.  An independent Fox News review of The New York Times' reporting dating back to January reveals a host of stories sourced from top FBI and DOJ officials — or those privy to their conversations — that either paint Comey in a positive light or push a message he was unable to personally disclose.

Did James Comey Cover Up a Massive and Illegal FBI-CIA Spying Operation?  The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering whether to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey to appear before the committee following his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.  He initially had refused a request to testify to the Judiciary Committee.  Should Comey appear before the Judiciary Committee, he may be asked about his disclosure that he gave a "close friend" memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump.  But he may also face questions about the bombshell lawsuit, filed Monday [6/12/2017] by a former U.S. intelligence contractor, that accused the FBI and CIA of illegally spying on millions of Americans, including Donald Trump, and accuses Comey of covering it up.

Gohmert: Obama DOJ, Not the Russians, Tried to Influence Presidential Election.  In an appearance on Fox News Channel's "America's News HQ" on Sunday, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) said that if anyone interfered with the 2016 presidential election, it wasn't the Russians but the Department of Justice.  He specifically named former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey.


The FBI re-opens the Clinton email investigation on October 28, 2016:
Oh, incidentally, Election Day was November 8.

Editor's note:
The items in this section are listed in the order in which they were discovered on the internet.

FBI is reopening its Clinton email probe.  An October surprise exploded in the presidential race Friday [10/28/2016].  The FBI suddenly announced that it is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails after learning of new documents "that appear to be pertinent to the investigation."  The bureau's stunning move came less than two weeks before Election Day.

FBI reopens Clinton email investigation.  The FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's secret emails, Director James Comey told Congressin a new letter Friday, heightening the stakes for the Democratic presidential nominee with less than two weeks before Election Day.  Mr. Comey said his agents learned of new emails "pertinent" to their probe while working on an unrelated case.  He said his agents need to review those messages to see whether they contain classified information and whether they affect his previous decision.

Democrats should ask Hillary Clinton to step aside.  It's obvious the American political system is breaking down.  It's been crumbling for some time now, and the establishment elite know it and they're properly frightened.  Donald Trump, the vulgarian at their gates, is a symptom, not a cause.  Hillary Clinton and husband Bill are both cause and effect.  FBI director James Comey's announcement about the renewed Clinton email investigation is the bombshell in the presidential campaign.  That he announced this so close to Election Day should tell every thinking person that what the FBI is looking at is extremely serious.

Will Loretta Lynch Keep Promise To Accept FBI's Recommendation In Clinton Investigation?  On July 1, 2016, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a promise: she would accept the FBI's recommendation of whether or not to press charges in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.  Almost four months later, that promise has taken on renewed significance in light of FBI Director James Comey's announcement on Friday that the agency is reviewing newly discovered emails relevant to the Clinton email investigation.  The emails were obtained during an "unrelated investigation," Comey said.

Hillary Clinton's Chutzpah.  The idea that Mrs. Clinton's legal jeopardy can be solved before the Election Day is chimerical.  Election Day has already started.  Hardly a paragraph goes by that the New York Times isn't whinnying about how non-existent is Mr. Trump's route to victory at the electoral college (Pennsylvania "remains out of reach" is the way the Times touted its latest poll).  If Mrs. Clinton is so all-fired eager to protect Election Day, why doesn't she start a movement for people to be able to recall the ballots they've already cast in early voting?

Has the FBI saved Trump?  Comey gave little indication of what exactly prompted the FBI to revisit the investigation on Friday.  However, agents reportedly discovered as many as several thousand "pertinent" emails on devices Abedin had used, raising questions about whether the longtime Clinton confidante had concealed evidence from agents during their first look at the case.  Abedin is the only aide to have used an address on the "clintonemail.com" network.  What's more, she was employed by the Clinton Foundation during her final months at the State Department through a personnel arrangement that allowed potential conflicts of interest to flourish.

Weiner revelation proves Comey dropped the ball on Hillary probe.  [FBI] Agents reportedly found thousands of State Department-related emails ostensibly containing classified information on the electronic devices belonging to Weiner and his wife and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.  The discovery has prompted FBI Director James Comey to, on the eve of the election, reopen the Clinton case he prematurely closed last July.  How did agents examine the devices?  By seizing them.  It's a common practice in criminal investigations, but one that clearly was not applied in the case of Clinton or her top aide — even though agents assigned to that case knew Abedin hoarded classified emails on her electronic devices.  The two special agents who interviewed Abedin on April 5 noted as much in their 302 summary of their interview, which took place at the FBI's Washington field office and notably was attended by the chief of the FBI's counterespionage section.

America Is at Its Most Perilous Crossroads Since World War II.  Get ready, Mr. and Mrs. America, because we are headed for a "winter of our discontent" unlike any we have ever seen.  And there won't be a son of York or Lancaster to save us.  With a president already known to have lied through his teeth about the email server, we don't know where this is all going but we can be sure it's nowhere good.  At this moment the so-called "liberals" (how does that misnomer seem now?) are in a frenzy, lashing out because they are afraid her gangster-ladyship might actually lose.

No questions:  Reporters barred from getting near Bill Clinton as his wife is rocked by FBI probe.  Reporters covering Bill Clinton today in Pennsylvania were barred from getting too close to the ex-president in the wake of the news that the FBI would again be investigating his wife's emails.  At his second campaign stop of the day, in the Blair County town of Duncansville, the media was stuffed in the back of the room behind an intricate set of metal gates and velvet ropes, with minders escorting reporters if they wanted to step up closer and get a picture of Clinton onstage.

Carlos Danger Reopens EmailGate and Team Clinton Trembles.  Just 11 days before our presidential election, the explosive issue of EmailGate is back in the news, thanks to James Comey, the FBI director who less than four months ago gave Hillary Clinton a pass on her illegal use of email and a personal server when the Democratic nominee was secretary of state.  After weeks of damaging revelations care of Wikileaks about just how much the Clinton camp knew about EmailGate for years, and tried to downplay its significance in the media, Comey today sent a letter to the chairmen of the relevant Congressional committees — including, significantly, the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees — that blows EmailGate wide open all over again.

Computer seized in Weiner probe prompts FBI to take new steps in Clinton email inquiry.  In a letter to lawmakers, Comey said the FBI would take "appropriate investigative steps" to determine whether the newly discovered emails contain classified information and to assess whether they are relevant to the Clinton server probe.  The emails, numbering more than 1,000, were found on a computer used by both Weiner (D-N.Y.) and his wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, according to law enforcement officials with knowledge of the inquiry who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  The correspondence included emails between Abedin and Clinton, according to a law enforcement official.

Comey memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe.  FBI Director James Comey told his bureau that he broke with custom in alerting lawmakers that the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was being reopened because of its political sensitivity.  In an internal memo obtained by Fox News, the beleaguered director noted that the FBI typically would not communicate with the public when reopening a case, according to a Department of Justice source.  But Comey said he had to in this case because Clinton is seeking the White House in an election on Nov. 8.

Weiner, Clinton and the FBI's chance at redemption = an election nightmare.  The most wounded man in Washington is James Comey.  Ever since his legally incomprehensible announcement that he would not recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton, he has been the equivalent of an extra on the set of "The Walking Dead".  His reputation tarnished.  His legacy forever tainted.  His own agents turned against him in disgust.  Those, including lawyers, who had worked exhaustively gathering the incriminating evidence were furious that Comey had publicly laid out their case of how Clinton was grossly negligence under the Espionage Act, yet decided not to prosecute.  Comey had gone from revered to reviled, all in one day.

The full text of FBI letter announcing new Clinton email probe.  Clip and save.

Observations on the FBI's Clinton email "reentry".  The way Comey has misinterpreted the requirements for criminal liability under the Espionage Act and other statutes, it seems almost impossible that newly found documents could change his position that Hillary Clinton committed no crime.  Did the FBI find more classified documents?  Probably, but so what?  It had already discovered plenty that Hillary sent and received.  The sticking point, for purposes of criminal liability, was intent.  What could the FBI have found in Huma Abedin's email that would change Comey's view on Hillary's intent?  It's difficult to say.  It seems more likely that the newly discovered documents raise issues as to possible criminal liability by Abedin.

White House Says Obama Had No 'Advance Warning' Of FBI's Clinton Probe.  As the news keeps trickling in, the latest information is that the FBI's letter to Congressmen came without Obama being previously forewarned.  The White House on Friday said it was not given any prior notice on the FBI's announcement that it was investigating additional emails relating to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system.  "We did not have advance warning," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama to a campaign event for Clinton in Orlando, Florida.  Schultz said news of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe has not affected Obama's support for Clinton.

Paul Ryan Says Hillary Shouldn't Be Briefed On Classified Information.  House Speaker Paul Ryan said Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should not be briefed on classified information in the wake of the FBI's announcement it is reopening its investigation into her private email server Friday.  The Wisconsin Republican blasted the former secretary of state for her carelessness when handling the country's top secrets.

The FBI's October Surprise Is Devastating for Hillary Clinton.  On Friday afternoon, the FBI uncorked the mother of all October surprises, announcing in a letter to Congress that it has re-opened its investigation of Hillary Clinton's "personal email server." The reason?  During an "unrelated investigation"* it uncovered e-mails that "appear to be pertinent" to Clinton's case.  It is seeking to determine whether the e-mails contain classified information and can't yet determine their significance.  Stripped of the legalese, it means that Hillary is back in legal jeopardy.  The FBI doesn't investigate and recommend enforcement actions against computer servers.  It holds people accountable, and Hillary is the person most responsible for her own e-mail.

The Hillary-Weiner Connection.  [Scroll down]  That investigation may be "unrelated" but it touches directly on Abedin, who is likely to have had plenty of email and text communication with Weiner covering the entirety of her time working for Clinton at the State Department.  This may suggest that Abedin is currently the most at-risk of the Clinton confidantes.  Given how strict classification rules are when enforced aggressively, and given how much unguarded information Huma may have shared with her husband, Abedin could be in serious jeopardy.

FBI reopens Clinton probe after new emails found in Anthony Weiner case.  [Scroll down]  "The FBI's decision to reopen its investigation into Secretary Clinton reinforces what the House Judiciary Committee has been saying for months: the more we learn about Secretary Clinton's use of a private email server, the clearer it becomes that she and her associates committed wrongdoing and jeopardized national security," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement.  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the discovery must be "serious" for the bureau to investigate this close to the election.

New Emails in Clinton Case Came From Anthony Weiner's Electronic Devices.  Mr. Comey's letter said that the F.B.I. would review the emails to determine if they improperly contained classified information, which is tightly controlled by the government.  Senior law enforcement officials said that it was unclear if any of the emails were from Mrs. Clinton's private server.  And while Mr. Comey said in his letter that the emails "appear to be pertinent," the F.B.I. had not yet examined them.  By the end of a day that brought stinging criticism of Mr. Comey from both Democrats and Republicans, he appeared on the defensive, saying in an internal email to bureau employees that he had felt obligated to inform Congress, and "we don't know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails."

3 competing theories on why the FBI re-opened the Hillary email server investigation.  The very first thing to note is that Comey made no mention of a grand jury.  The emails whose existence he learned of may have been the result of a subpoena in another investigation.  Update:  It was announced ten days ago that grand jury would be convened to investigate Weiner's sexting "by the end of the month."  The timing of Comey's letter strongly suggests that the devices containing new emails were obtained through a grand jury subpoena, with no immunity deals or evidence destruction needed.  If that is the case, further subpoenas are quite possible, a tool that was left unused in the investigation to date.

Comey memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe.  FBI Director James Comey told his bureau that he broke with custom in alerting lawmakers that the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was being reopened because of its political sensitivity.  In an internal memo obtained by Fox News, the beleaguered director noted that the FBI typically would not communicate with the public when reopening a case, according to a Department of Justice source.  But Comey said he had to in this case because Clinton is seeking the White House in an election on Nov. 8.

Weiner, Clinton and the FBI's chance at redemption = an election nightmare.  The most wounded man in Washington is James Comey.  Ever since his legally incomprehensible announcement that he would not recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton, he has been the equivalent of an extra on the set of "The Walking Dead".  His reputation tarnished.  His legacy forever tainted. [...] Now, his stunning announcement that he is reopening the criminal investigation of Clinton based on newly discovered evidence is, perhaps, the chance at redemption for which he may have been searching.

Looking for an 'Unprecedented' October Surprise?  Nothing Tops Lawrence Walsh's 1992 Dirty Trick.  The press's institutional memory is so weak, and its insistence on burying long-ago inconvenient truths is so strong, that no one I'm aware of has made a comparison to Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh's indictment of former Reagan Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger on October 30, 1992, and Walsh's obviously calculated decision to include a reference to incumbent President George H.W. Bush in his filing.  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who one would expect to remember its brutality and dishonesty, failed to do so in a telephone interview Friday afternoon [10/28/2016].  Scarborough's political career began when he ran for Congress as a Republican in 1994, two years after Bill Clinton defeated Bush 41.

What Goes Around Comes Around.  A reader points out the irony of Hillary Clinton complaining about timing of the reopening of the FBI investigation.  In 1992, the reader reminds me, President Bush was gaining on Bill Clinton as Election Day approached.  But just four days before the election, the special counsel, Lawrence Walsh, obtained a new indictment of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.  Weinberger had been indicted earlier in the year.  But the new indictment cited a Weinberger diary entry that contradicted something President Bush had said.  The Clintons seized on the new indictment, howling about a "culture of corruption" that supposedly pervaded the administration.  Bush's poll numbers declined and Bill Clinton won the election.

Justice officials warned FBI that Comey's decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy.  Comey decided to inform Congress that he would look again into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails during her time as secretary of state for two main reasons: a sense of obligation to lawmakers and a concern that word of the new email discovery would leak to the media and raise questions of a coverup.  The rationale, described by officials close to Comey's decision-making on the condition of anonymity, prompted the FBI director to release his brief letter to Congress on Friday and upset a presidential race less than two weeks before Election Day.  It placed Comey again at the center of a highly partisan argument over whether the nation's top law enforcement agency was unfairly influencing the campaign.

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Mr. Comey was already at the center of such an argument, no matter what action he took or didn't take.

James Comey Broke with Loretta Lynch and Justice Department Tradition.  On Friday [10/28/2016], James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, acting independently of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, sent a letter to Congress saying that the F.B.I. had discovered e-mails that were potentially relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private server.  Coming less than two weeks before the Presidential election, Comey's decision to make public new evidence that may raise additional legal questions about Clinton was contrary to the views of the Attorney General, according to a well-informed Administration official.

Huma Abedin Swore Under Oath She Gave Up 'All the Devices' With State Department Emails.  In a normal election year, a normal candidate's close aide who caused even minor embarrassment to a campaign so near to Election Day would be whisked away as quickly as possible to avoid becoming a distraction.  But Huma Abedin is not simply a close aide, she's a critical member of Hillary Clinton's tiny inner circle that protects and — at times — enables the deeply flawed and secretive Democratic nominee.

Official: "Tens of thousands of emails belonging to Ms. Abedin on Mr. Weiners Laptop".  From prior FOIA (Judicial Watch) document releases we already knew Huma Abedin was forwarding emails to her private account from the Clinton server.  However, buried in a New York Times article the following paragraph:  ["]A senior law enforcement official said that tens of thousands of emails belonging to Ms. Abedin were on Mr. Weiner's laptop, which the F.B.I. had obtained as part of its investigation into Mr. Weiner.  About a month ago, a person familiar with the investigation said, F.B.I. agents seized the laptop as well as Mr. Weiner's iPad and cellphone.["]

'Give it a rest': Social media mocks Senator claiming Russia may be behind new Clinton FBI probe.  People on social media shamed US Democratic Senator Tom Ryan, who claimed Russia might actually be behind the reopening of Hillary Clintons' email probe by the FBI over new leaked messages.  On October 28, FBI director James Comey announced that the Bureau has learned of new emails involving Hillary Clinton's private email server during her time as a Secretary of State.  Comey said the agency will "take appropriate investigative steps" and review the new information.

Attorney General told FBI director James Comey NOT to send letter to Congress about bureau reopening the investigation.  [FBI Director James] Comey broke from [Attorney General Loretta] Lynch, who objected to the move along with the Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and independently sent the letter to Congress on Friday, dropping the bombshell about the restarted investigation based on newly discovered emails, rocking Clinton's campaign.  Comey's supporters argue that he had to break away from Lynch and act independently on the issue due to her compromising herself when she had an impromptu visit with former president Bill Clinton late into the investigation earlier this year.

October Surprise Revives Clinton Email Controversy.  Eleven days before Americans determine the winner of a presidential contest already laden with multiple scandals, the political landscape looked even muddier on Friday with the latest October surprise.  The revelation, immediately greeted by Donald Trump as a political gift, emerged in the form of a letter from FBI Director James Comey to lawmakers.  He advised the legislative branch that "emails that appear to be pertinent" to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's personal email server were uncovered "in connection with an unrelated case," and were under FBI review "to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation."

Just the Facts, Ma'am.  [Scroll down]  This will not bring honor and glory to J. Edgar Hoover's venerable crime-fighting organization.  Comey's announcement, by the way, follows hot on the heels of the revelation that Clinton pal and Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe channeled near $500,000 into the failed state senate campaign of Jill McCabe, who is the wife of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who helped oversee the agency's investigation into Clinton's private email server.  And let it be known that Hillary Clinton helped raise $1 million for McAuliffe's PAC.  Did any of these connections have anything to do with Clinton's getting off scot free from a criminal indictment?  Nah.

Clinton Right Hand Woman Huma Abedin Takes the Stage at Center of Email Scandal.  [Scroll down]  Abedin's influence in these matters, including the revelation in [Paul] Sperry's article that "Abedin possessed much more power" over Clinton's staff, schedule, and security than other former chiefs of staffs, is especially concerning given the links that Abedin has to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to the Muslim World League, a group that Hillary Clinton herself said in 2009 was funding terrorism.

'She is awful': Nigel Farage skewers Hillary Clinton as email probe gives Trump huge boost.  The Clinton campaign was rocked on Friday after FBI director James Comey stated it would examine if the emails being investigated contained sensitive government information.  Donald Trump has lambasted Mrs Clinton, branding her behaviour a "grave miscarriage of justice".  Speaking on LBC Mr Farage, who has appeared on stage with Mr Trump said:  "I think she [Mrs Clinton] is pretty awful.  "I think she is very dishonest, I think the way the Clinton Foundation has raised tens of millions of the back of her still serving in public office makes me feel deeply uneasy.  "I do think, not on everything he say, but I do think in terms of some policy directions Trump has better answers."

Carlos Danger may have opened Pandora's Box for Huma and Hillary.  The criminal investigation underway over Anthony Weiner's alleged child sex infraction has a couple of characteristics that make it especially awkward for Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, the estranged wife of Weiner and close companion of Hillary.  Ed Timperlake points out to me that in an underage sex investigation, all electronic communications of the investigative target are pursued.  This probably led to the grand jury that was announced 11 days ago issuing a subpoena for all of the devices in the possession of Weiner and his family, including Huma.  As Lucianne Goldberg quipped, they even seize the Speak & Spell toys in these cases.  This grand jury is in New York, possibly less poltiically supervised than the first Hillary email investigation.

Clinton's State Department:  A RICO Enterprise.  The news is still emerging, and there will be many questions — particularly if it turns out that the bureau failed to obtain Ms. Abedin's communications devices earlier in the investigation, a seemingly obvious step.  As we await answers, we can only observe that, whatever the FBI has found, it was significant enough for director James Comey to sense the need to notify Congress, despite knowing what a bombshell this would be just days before the presidential election.  One thing, however, is already clear.  Whatever the relevance of the new e-mails to the probe of Clinton's classified-information transgressions and attempt to destroy thousands of emails, these offenses may pale in comparison with Hillary Clinton's most audacious violations of law:  Crimes that should still be under investigation; crimes that will, in fitting Watergate parlance, be a cancer on the presidency if she manages to win on November 8.

Hillary's Quickie Email Press Conference:  Vote Early Before This Gets Worse!  Please hurry.  Vote as soon as you can!  Before ... before the next shoe drops.

Hillary sent 'marked classified' info to nonsecure Abedin account.  WND's reporting in late August of a marked classified email Hillary Clinton forwarded to aide Huma Abedin could cast light on FBI Director James Comey's dramatic disclosure to members of Congress Friday that the bureau had reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server due to new information apparently discovered in the sexting probe of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, Abedin's estranged husband.  Comey, however, said in his letter to Congress that he was only 'briefed yesterday,' meaning WND readers knew of the potential security breach two months before the director did.

Bernstein: FBI Would Not Reopen Case Unless New Evidence Was "A Real Bombshell".  Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein comments on the FBI's shocking Friday afternoon announcement that they are reopening the investigation into Hilary Clinton's email server because new evidence has come to light.  [Video clip]

Corrupt Loretta Lynch tried to stop Comey from re-opening Clinton case.  Loretta Lynch, aka Eric Holder with a vagina didn't want Comey to re-open the FBI case of Hillary Clinton and her damn e-mails.  The corrupt Lynch who obviously wants to be AG if Hillary Clinton wins warned Comey not to re-open the case.  He did anyway, after e-mail correspondence between Clinton and Huma Weiner Abedin were found on Anthony Weiner's computers and mobile devices.

Comey's review of emails related to Clinton server triggered by NY agents, source says.  FBI Director James Comey's decision to revisit the Hillary Clinton email-private server case was triggered by the discovery of Clinton-related emails in a separate sexting investigation involving ex-New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, a government source told Fox News on Sunday [10/30/2016].  The source said an analysis of the metadata on Weiner's computer has turned up "positive hits for state.gov and HRC emails," which led Comey to revisit the FBI investigation into Clinton using a private email server system while secretary of state.  A second law enforcement source confirmed the account.

Anthony Weiner Said To Be Cooperating With FBI Investigation.  [Scroll down]  It is possible that as a result of the cooperation, the FBI will be able to obtain a clearer assessment of just what is contained in the emails, facilitating the Clinton campaign request for the FBI to "come clean" with what he been uncovered; alternatively it may accelerate the disclosure into any "smoking guns" as some pundits have claimed had been uncovered in the email trove.

Trump Called It Months Ago:  Anthony Weiner threatens national security.  The FBI announced Friday it had uncovered news emails related to its investigation of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information while conducting a separate investigation into the pervy sexting habits of former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner.  Weiner of course is the estranged husband of Hillary's closest aide, Huma Abedin who herself figures prominently in Clinton's email scandals.

The Clinton Degradation.  The prospect of a second Clinton presidency lies before us.  I find it almost unbelievable.  FBI Director Comey's announcement of the investigation of newly discovered emails is a timely reminder of what a Clinton presidency holds in store for us simply in terms of lawlessness and scandal, not to mention the horribly destructive public policies she advocates.

James Comey Stands Tall, and Alone, in a Tight Corner in Clinton Email Mess.  Comey decided that he had to present the results directly to the public.  He did so, insisting that the evidence did not establish the intent he said was necessary to bring criminal charges.  He made clear that he felt Hillary Clinton had been reckless and irresponsible and that she had shown terrible judgment.  "He wasn't going to indict, but he was going to scold," a former federal prosecutor said on Saturday [10/29/2016].  "Scolding in the first degree has never quite made it."  Along with their surprise at Comey's break with protocol, some veteran agents were outraged by the decision itself.  Few of them are Hillary fans.  And all of them had learned from their first days the importance of treating classified materials properly.  They viewed it as the highest arrogance to ignore the strictures to which they adhere.

Joe DiGenova:  FBI agents refused orders to destroy laptops and they still exist.  If this is true, it indicates that a serious rebellion was underway in the FBI, with agents refusing a direct order.  Although I am no lawyer, I suppose they might have regarded the order as illegitimate, part of a conspiracy to destroy evidence.  It is possible that Comey knew of this rebellion, and that this knowledge shaped his decision to write to Congressional leaders on the resumption of the investigation.

DC Attorney:  FBI Never Destroyed Laptops Of Clinton Aides.  Agents within the Federal Bureau of Investigation never destroyed laptops given to them by aides of Hillary Clinton as previously reported, a Washington D.C. lawyer with a source close to the Clinton investigation says.  Washington D.C. attorney Joe DiGenova said on The David Webb Show on SiriusXM Friday night that despite the FBI agreeing to destroy the laptops of Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson as part of immunity deals made during the initial investigation of Clinton's email server, agents involved in the case refused to destroy the laptops.

Resignation letters piling up from disaffected FBI agents.  James Comey's decision to revive the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server and her handling of classified material came after he could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents in the FBI, including some of his top deputies, according to a source close to the embattled FBI director.

Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she doesn't know how her emails wound up on her husband's computer.  Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she is unsure how her emails could have ended up on a device she viewed as her husband's computer, the seizure of which has reignited the Clinton email investigation, according to a person familiar with the investigation and civil litigation over the matter.  The person, who would not discuss the case unless granted anonymity, said Abedin was not a regular user of the computer, and when she agreed to turn over emails to the State Department for federal records purposes, her lawyers did not search it for materials, not believing any of her messages to be there.

James Comey's opaque Clinton letter risks becoming a fiasco.  James Comey, the Director of the FBI, is this morning under attack from all sides.  And he has no-one to blame but himself.  America's top cop has inserted himself in the most dramatic and unexpected way into the highest-stakes election of our lifetime.  The result is the political equivalent of an unguided missile.  On Friday, Comey wrote a short, opaque letter to Congress.  It was a bombshell:  He was, in effect, reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as millions of early voters flock to the polls to cast their ballots.

Abedin reportedly pleads ignorance of how emails at center of latest Clinton probe got on computer.  Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reportedly has said she does not know how tens of thousands of emails related to the FBI investigation of her boss' personal server were found on a laptop she shared with her now-estranged husband, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.  The Washington Post reported that Abedin was not a regular user of the laptop in question.  The paper also reported that Abedin's lawyers did not bother to search the device for work-related emails after she agreed to turn over such messages to the State Department.  On Saturday, a senior law enforcement official told Fox News that the laptop contained "five digits," or at least 10,000, emails of interest to investigators.

A Scandal Too Far?  Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton, and a Test of Loyalty.  [Scroll down]  On Friday [10/28/2016], several of Mrs. Clinton's friends and allies suggested she distance herself from Ms. Abedin, a painful prospect given that Mrs. Clinton has described Ms. Abedin as a surrogate daughter and has relied on her more than anyone else during her nearly two-year pursuit of the White House.  The two women's closeness has both intimidated those in the Clinton circle of status-conscious advisers and caused envy.  Even as Mrs. Clinton learned on Friday that the F.B.I.'s interest in her email server, which she thought had ended in July, had reignited, Ms. Abedin was by her side as she prepared to make a statement to the news media in Des Moines.

Abedin-Weiner electronic device was laptop, had tens-of-thousands of emails, source.  Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reportedly has said she does not know how tens of thousands of emails related to the FBI investigation of her boss' personal server were found on a laptop she shared with her now-estranged husband, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.  The Washington Post reported that Abedin was not a regular user of the laptop in question.  The paper also reported that Abedin's lawyers did not bother to search the device for work-related emails after she agreed to turn over such messages to the State Department.

Clinton Campaign's First Instinct Was to Lie About Comey.  I find it revealing that when the Clinton campaign launched its attack on Comey, it led off with a lie.  In her press conference last night, Hillary Clinton accused Comey of partisanship, falsely claiming that he had sent his letter only to Congressional Republicans.  In fact, Comey followed the standard protocol, addressing his letter to the chairmen of the relevant committees and sending copies to the ranking minority members of each committee.

Flashback: Washington Post editorial blasts Republicans for attacking FBI Director Comey.  In the last 36 hours FBI Director James Comey has been slammed by the full force of the progressive left media.  I noted yesterday that, within hours of the letter being released, NY Times columnist Paul Krugman was accusing Comey of trying to swing the election for Republicans or, at a minimum, of trying to preserve their control of congress. [...] With all the accusations flying, I thought it was a good moment to recall a Washington Post editorial from back in July.  That was when Comey announced he would not bring charges against Clinton.

Hannity: FBI Knows They Are About to Be Exposed By WikiLeaks.  Sean Hannity said on his radio show Friday [10/28/2016] that he doesn't believe reports from 'The New York Times' that the FBI's latest investigation into the Clinton Foundation is related to Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner.  Instead, Hannity suspects that the FBI is protecting itself because they know that WikiLeaks is about to drop proof that Hillary Clinton should have been indicted in July.

James Comey Wouldn't Have Updated Congress Unless He Had Real Dirt on Hillary.  Democrats praised James Comey after he decided not to push for indictment.  Liberal mainstream media praised him as an unbiased and solid man.  Then eleven days before the election something popped up.  James Comey felt it was necessary to alert congress and the American people.  Suddenly, the happy and loving Democrats shifted.  Democrats began to trash James Comey after he decided not to wait until after the election.  Liberal mainstream media said it conflicts with the election, calling him a Republican plant.

Hillary Declares War on Comey.  There have been numerous developments today [10/29/2016] in the reopening of the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton, most notably the declaration of war by Clinton World on James Comey.  The war started after almost 24 hours of shock and awe resulting from the Friday afternoon announcement left Team Hillary and the rest of Clinton World attempting to hold back the onslaught of news coverage.  Clinton World first tried to buy itself time by arguing over what the meaning of "reopen" was.  It was comical, but arguing over definitions is what the Clintons do to buy themselves time until they can counter attack: [...]

Found emails?  Clinton aide didn't delete old messages.  The longtime Hillary Clinton aide at the center of a renewed FBI email investigation testified under oath four months ago she never deleted old emails, while promising in 2013 not to take sensitive files when she left the State Department.

Report: AG Lynch Pressured Comey Not to Disclose Reactivated Hillary ProbeOf course she did, you might think to yourself — as the whole country seems to have become inured to the breathtaking insanity of this entire election cycle.  But as Rich Lowry says, none of this is normal.  USA Today is reporting that Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged FBI Director James Comey to suppress the fact that the bureau has effectively re-opened its probe into Hillary Clinton's email scandal after new potentially "pertinent" evidence was discovered in the course of a separate investigation into Anthony Weiner's sexting woes.  Weiner is married to Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin.  This politically-motivated pressure gives off a strong whiff of, well, rigging.

Huma Abedin Swore Under Oath She Gave Up 'All the Devices' With State Dept.  Emails.  In a normal election year, a normal candidate's close aide who caused even minor embarrassment to a campaign so near to Election Day would be whisked away as quickly as possible to avoid becoming a distraction.  But Huma Abedin is not simply a close aide, she's a critical member of Hillary Clinton's tiny inner circle that protects and — at times — enables the deeply flawed and secretive Democratic nominee.

Times, Post Seem Rather Upset About FBI Reopening Hillary Server Case.  [Scroll down]  See?  This is mostly the Comey's fault, and suddenly transparency is required.  From the FBI.  Of course, the NYTEB has barely asked for the same from Hillary during this whole time, and, certainly, you can imagine the resulting editorials, including on the reopening of the case, had she been a Republican, and they would have been vastly different.  Not to be outdone, the Washington Post Editorial Board, which had previously only chided Mrs. Clinton over her poor conduct, questions the timing [...]

Clinton Owns It All.  James Comey now tops Vladimir Putin and Julian Assange as the Hillary-harmer-in-chief, but the truth is Hillary Clinton's once strong lead in the presidential race started shrinking before the Friday afternoon massacre, as the former secretary of state's jaw-dropping misdeeds had caught up with her via Assange's stinging WikiLeaks email dumps.  No matter how unorthodox the conduct of FBI Director Comey, should Clinton lose to Donald Trump on Nov. 8, it's her own fault.

Trump campaign chief: 'Comical' to see Clinton demand transparency from FBI.  "We're for transparency, and honesty, and immediacy, and full disclosure, and we think it's comical that Hillary Clinton is now for that in the 11th hour," Kellyanne Conway said during an appearance [10/31/2016] on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." [...] Conway encouraged the agency to "do what it wants to do" in terms of releasing information that may be pertinent to its renewed investigation.  She admonished Clinton for criticizing the FBI and "engendering boos" for the bureau and Comey at her campaign rally on Sunday.  "Are we going to start asking if she's going to accept the results if she loses?" Conway asked.  "Are we going to start asking her if she's inciting violence?"

Hillary: No Commenting on Criminal Investigations — Unless It Helps Me.  How rich of Hillary Clinton to complain now that FBI director James Comey is threatening the democratic process by commenting publicly about a criminal investigation on the eve of an election.  Put aside that Comey did not say a single thing last week that implicates Clinton in a crime.  The biggest coup for Clinton in the waning months of the campaign has been Comey's decision not to prosecute her — a decision outside the responsibilities of the FBI director and publicly announced in a manner that contradicts law-enforcement protocols.  There has been nothing more irregular, nothing that put law enforcement more in the service of politics, than that announcement.  Yet, far from condemning it, Mrs. Clinton has worn it like a badge of honor since July.  Indeed, she has contorted it into a wholesale exoneration, which it most certainly was not.

Federal authorities reportedly battled over direction of Clinton email investigation.  The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported Sunday that senior law enforcement officials voiced skepticism several times of the strength of the bureau's investigation into the Clinton Foundation, looked to condense the effort put into the probe and even told agents to limit their pursuit of the case.  The FBI initially started their investigation into the Clinton Foundation to determine whether financial crimes or influence peddling occurred related to the charity.  According to the paper, some investigators grew frustrated with the case and viewed some of the FBI leaders as uninterested.

Inside the FBI's Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe.  Investigators found 650,000 emails on a laptop that they believe was used by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, a close Clinton aide, and underlying metadata suggests thousands of those messages could have been sent to or from the private server that Mrs. Clinton used while she was secretary of state, according to people familiar with the matter.  It will take weeks, at a minimum, to determine whether those messages are work-related from the time Ms. Abedin served with Mrs. Clinton at the State Department; how many are duplicates of emails already reviewed by the FBI; and whether they include either classified information or important new evidence in the Clinton email probe.  Officials had to await a court order to begin reviewing the emails — which they received over the weekend, according to a person familiar with the matter — because they were uncovered in an unrelated probe of Mr. Weiner.

I Have a Theory About Comey.  Did James Comey go public on Friday [10/28/2016] with word of the reinvigoration of his investigation because he believed senior officials at the Justice Department were deliberately slow-walking when it came to gathering crucial information on a highly important matter until Mrs. Clinton was out of electoral danger?  And if so, did he go public because he figured if anything came out of the information in the coming months, he would have been accused of complicity in a cover-up by the Republicans in Congress he had promised to keep apprised of changes in the investigation — and would, therefore, open himself up to impeachment?

The presidential race has changed because The Awful Truth about the Clintons is sinking in.  Shock Number One:  The Clintons actively enriched themselves through the Clinton Foundation empire.  Doug Band admitting that the same marks were targeted for donations, for speaking fees for Bill, and for consulting work for Teneo (which funneled money back to others in the machine, like Huma).  AT readers may have few illusions about the way the Clintons made their fortune, but loyal Democrats always assumed that it was incidental reward for their good work championing the oppressed.  Clinton's body man-turned-bag man Band shattered those illusions.  It was deliberate, and it was shady.  Shock Number Two:  James Comey's letter to Congress re-opening the email inquiry suddenly negated what Dems took as an "all clear" signal from him last July.  They went ahead and nominated Hillary in the knowledge that there was no criminal probe (of the emails — they did not know of the Clinton Foundation probe already underway) — thanks to Comey's July 5 presentation on the evidence and the decision not to recommend prosecution.  The rug has been pulled out from under them.

Now Five FBI Field Offices Are Probing Clinton Charity, Adding Fuel To The Fire.  FBI field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Little Rock, Ark., are investigating the Clinton Foundation concerning allegations of pay-to-play financial and political corruption, according to a Wall Street Journal report Sunday [10/30/2016].  Mirroring information provided by a former senior law enforcement official that "multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation," the Journal confirms what The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group reported in August.

Report: DOJ Tried Repeatedly To Kill FBI's Clinton Foundation Investigation.  Senior-level Justice Department officials pushed back heavily on an ongoing FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation, according to a bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal.  The newspaper laid out numerous examples, based on law enforcement sources, of senior DOJ officials intervening to quash the probe.

Clinton tanked before Comey's surprise.  Hillary Clinton's campaign was floundering before the FBI announced on Friday that federal agents are back to investigating her for breaking the law as secretary of State.  Readers may recall that on Wednesday I noticed a 4-point drop in Hillary's lead in the ABC tracking poll.  The next day it dropped another two points.  Then it dropped to 4 and now it is at a two-point lead for Hillary.  That is a ten-point drop in four days — before Friday's news.

Hillary's emails matter:  A retired CIA officer explains why.  Apparently while investigating disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner's transmission of sexually explicit images to a fifteen-year-old girl, the FBI discovered more emails relevant to Hillary Clinton's own infamous case.  At the time, Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, Clinton's personal aide, perhaps best known for her alleged family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  The emails appear to have been found on a computer used by both Abedin and Weiner.

Don't blame Comey for this mess.  James Comey is not primarily responsible for the political mess caused by the recent discovery of more emails that may be relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  These newly uncovered emails were not written, sent or received by Comey.  He didn't store them on his computer, and it wasn't his fault that they were not reviewed many months ago during the initial investigation.  In fact, Comey never even knew these emails existed until now.

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Mr. Comey didn't start this scandal, but he did decline to pursue the case when it was obvious that Hillary Clinton was guilty of gross negligence in her handling of classified material.

Blockbuster report on internal FBI conflict over investigating Clinton machine.  [Scroll down]  It turns out that the investigation of the Clintons' web of corruption has been bubbling up across the country, involving multiple FBI arms.  This scoop alone is enormously important.  It is very difficult to keep a lid on when so many locations and criminal specialties are involved.  There is a downside to having such a large web of criminal enterprises:  lots of law enforcement agencies take notice in their respective domains.

Just in time for the election: Undiscovered emails in Clinton's festering scandal.  Despite months of parsing and prevarications, we now know that Clinton and staff used an unsecured, private email server for government business, including for handling scores of classified materials.  Comey called it less secure than a standard Gmail account.  So why not use the secure government email system?  Well, those messages are all archived beyond Clinton's control.  They'd be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests and could show, oh, say, conflicts of interest among the secretary of state, the family's money-laundering family foundation and her hubby, the globe-trotting, lucrative-speech-giving ex-president whose personal appearance fees doubled when she took office.  As it happens, government archives are also not subject to the kinds of mass email deletions that occurred on Clinton's private system, even after Congress had ordered that everything be preserved.

FBI agents 'wanted to investigate the Clinton foundation but were barred by their bosses at the Justice Department'.  The FBI has spent the past year investigating the Clinton Foundation over claims they were trading access for donations to the charity, leading to friction between the bureau and the Justice Department.  Agents in New York and Little Rock have been leading the probe, but have been ordered by senior officials in Washington and the Justice Department to scale back the extent of the probe due to a lack of evidence.

FBI Investigation Into Bribery With Clinton Foundation Spans Nation, Multiple Field Offices, Says WSJ.  FBI investigators from across the country have been following leads into reports of bribery involving the Clinton Foundation.  Multiple field offices have been involved in the investigation.  A report in Sunday's [10/30/2016] Wall Street Journal by Devlin Barrett revealed that agents assigned to the New York field office have been carrying the bulk of the work in investigating the Clinton Foundation.  They have received assistance from the FBI field office in Little Rock according to "people familiar with the matter, the WSJ reported.  Other offices, including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have been collecting evidence regarding "financial crimes or influence-peddling."

Big Three Networks Attack Comey Over Clinton by 3 to 1.  Ever since it was announced, on Friday, that the FBI was pursuing new leads into the investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mail server scandal, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have gone into attack mode against James Comey, turning what should be a scandal about Clinton into a smear against the FBI director.  Beginning with the evening (October 28) of the announcement through Monday morning (October 31) MRC analysts reviewed all statements (by reporters, analysts, and partisans) that took a position on Comey and Clinton and found arguments against Comey (88) swamped those against Clinton (31) by a ratio of almost 3 to 1.  There were a handful of statements that praised either Comey (10) or Clinton (4)[.]

John Podesta's Best Friend at the DOJ Will Be In Charge of the DOJ's Probe Into Huma Abedin Emails.  In the letter to Congress, the DOJ writes that it "will continue to work closely with the FBI and together, dedicate all necessary resources and take appropriate steps as expeditiously as possible," assistant attorney General Peter J. Kadzik writes in letters to House and Senate lawmakers. [...] Recall our post from last week, "Clinton Campaign Chair Had Dinner With Top DOJ Official One Day After Hillary's Benghazi Hearing" in which we reported that John Podesta had dinner with one of the highest ranked DOJ officials the very day after Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony?  It was Peter Kadzik.

Will Barack Obama Suspend The Election If Hillary Is Forced Out By The New FBI Email Investigation?  If there are thousands of emails, it is going to take quite a while to sift through them all.  And of course Barack Obama has lots of ways that he could influence, delay or even shut down the investigation.  So those that are counting on this to be the miracle that Donald Trump needs should not count their chickens before they hatch.  But if Hillary Clinton were to be forced out of the race by this FBI investigation, the Democrats would have to decide on a new candidate, and that would take time.

I Was a Federal Agent and These Four Things Stink About the Clinton Email Investigation.  [#2] Why agree to forgo prosecuting potential co-conspirators Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin — and destroy the computer evidence they possess — before charging them with a crime?  That's not the way the process works.  In order to build leverage against a criminal conspirator, a federal agent would typically draw up a federal complaint or seek an indictment.  Second, an agent would get an arrest warrant from a judge pursuant to a probable cause ruling and then, after the arrest, he or she would ask if the arrested individual wished to cooperate, potentially using their cooperation against co-conspirators.  Third, if the cooperation is substantive, then a 5k letter is issued to a judge, which indicates the subject's level of cooperation and how that should be considered in sentencing the cooperating defendant.  None of that was done in this case.

Is Huma Abedin Going To Sing?  She And Weiner Are Both Cooperating With FBI.  Huma Abedin has all but vanished from Hillary Clinton's campaign.  After the news broke on Friday that the email treasure trove the FBI wanted to get into had come off of Anthony Weiner's computer, his estranged wife suddenly disappeared from Hillary's side, with the New York Times reporting that Huma is back in New York, working out of the Brooklyn outpost of the campaign.

Huma's email testimony could haunt her as FBI renews probe.  Scrutiny of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin intensified Monday amid speculation that claims she made in her FBI interview and a separate sworn deposition could come back to haunt her as the bureau gains access to emails on her estranged husband's computer.  Abedin, one of Clinton's most trusted advisers, is married to disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner.

FBI boss called attorney-general's bluff before revealing Weiner breakthrough.  An astonishing confrontation between the attorney-general and the FBI director over Hillary Clinton's emails was revealed Monday [10/31/2016].  Sources told Reuters how James Comey, the FBI boss, challenged Loretta Lynch, the nation's most senior prosecutor, over whether she was directing him to keep the bombshell discovery of new, 'relevant' emails secret from Congress.  The development was revealed by the news agency hours after the White House went out of its way to back Comey as a man of 'integrity' and rubbish Hillary Clinton's attack on him.

President Obama Throws Hillary Clinton Under the Bus, Supports Director Comey.  Now that the President of the United States has declared the FBI is non-partisan to this election, where does Hillary move next?

WSJ: FBI agents told to stand down on Clinton Foundation investigation by higher-ups.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that as the investigation into Anthony Weiner's emails developed into a re-opening of the case against Hillary Clinton, FBI officials told investigators to shut it down.

Uh-oh: Look Who's In Charge Of DOJ's Probe Into Huma Abedin Emails.  On Friday, the FBI reopened its investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email fiasco.  I mentioned that I was rather cynical about it... and sure enough, now it has emerged that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's BFF is going to oversee the investigation at the Department of Justice.  There always seems to be a catch or a way that the system is rigged for the Clinton crime family, and this certainly points in that direction.

Podesta's Good Friend Will Supervise Hillary-Huma Email Probe, I'm Serious.  About 650,000 emails were found on Anthony Weiner's laptop and tens of thousands were Huma Abedin's of which many are guaranteed to be sent by Huma Abedin to Hillary Clinton and the reverse.  The DoJ announced this evening [10/31/2016] that they are joining the probe to come up with answers in a few days.  That doesn't instill confidence.  They want to "speed up" the investigation, Politico reported.  "...Justice officials disclaimed any political motivations in their shift in strategy, the effort to put the investigation on a fast track would be a step toward meeting the demands of top Democrats and the Clinton campaign for more answers in advance of the election."  They want a fast exoneration obviously.

FBI Unexpectedly Releases Documents Related To 2001 Probe Into Clinton Foundation.  In what appears to be an unexpected, and very surprising, disclosure, moments ago the FBI released 129 pages of heavily redacted records from its 15-year-old investigation into the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton's 11th hour pardon of financier Marc Rich (less than a week before the election). [...] As the Washington Examiner notes, it was not immediately clear what prompted the FBI to publish the files Tuesday [11/1/2016].  However, the bureau posted the documents on the section of its website dedicated to records released through the Freedom of Information Act.  Is this the FBI engaging in a covert mutiny against the Clintons and the political affiliated Department of Justice?  We hope to find out soon.

FBI releases documents on probe of Marc Rich pardon.  The FBI has released 129 pages of documents from a decade-old investigation into the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton's 11th-hour pardon of financier Marc Rich. [...] Rich and his ex-wife were generous donors to the Clintons and gave heavily to the construction of Clinton's presidential library in Arkansas.

FIVE separate FBI cases are probing virtually every one of Clinton's inner circle and their families.  The extent to which Hillary Clinton's key advisers are now the focus of major FBI investigations is becoming clear.  The Clintons' long-term inner-circle — some of whom stretch back in service to the very first days of Bill's White House — are being examined in at least five separate investigations.  The scale of the FBI's interest in some of America's most powerful political fixers — one of them a sitting governor — underlines just how difficult it will be for Clinton to shake off the taint of scandal if she enters the White House.  There are, in fact, not one but five separate FBI investigations which involve members of Clinton's inner circle or their closest relatives — the people at the center of what has come to be known as Clintonworld.

Tom Cotton NUKES Clinton Foundation: 'Largest Money Laundering... Operation In The World'.  Sen. Tom Cotton heavily criticized the Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during a Tuesday morning [11/1/2016] interview on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.  Hewitt asked Cotton how quickly he believes the FBI could complete its new review of emails related to Clinton's private email server.  "650,000 emails is a lot of emails," the Arkansas senator noted.  "But then again, when you use modern searching techniques, you might be able to winnow it pretty quickly."

Hillary's Watergate?  The FBI has not yet reviewed Abedin's emails, and they could turn out to be duplicates of those the FBI has already seen, benign, or not relevant to the investigation of Clinton.  But it does appear that Abedin misled the FBI when she told them all communications devices containing State Department work product were turned over to State when she departed in 2013.  Clinton, understandably, was stunned and outraged by Comey's letter.  For it casts a cloud of suspicion over her candidacy by raising the possibility that the FBI director could reverse his decision of July, and recommend her prosecution.

DOJ has been trying for months to shut down FBI probe of Clinton Foundation.  This sounds very much like an X-Files episode, except that I doubt the Cigarette Smoking Man, the Well Manicured Man, the Elder or even the aliens themselves are as corrupt as the Clintons.  Whoever our real-life Mulder and Scully might be in this case (and it's surely a lot more than two agents), the task of looking into the Clinton Foundation's dirty dealings is getting [...] a lot of resistance from the Justice Department, which wants the whole thing to stop immediately.

Clinton Owns It All.  No matter how unorthodox the conduct of FBI Director Comey, should Clinton lose to Donald Trump on Nov. 8, it's her own fault.  News that the FBI is re-opening the investigation into Clinton's handling of classified information on an unsecured private server is a potentially fatal blow to her hopes of winning the White House.  Comey's decision to inform Congress of the new chapter in the probe 11 days before the election has made him the target of Democrats furious that the FBI broke protocol by first speaking publicly about an ongoing investigation, and secondly by influencing an election in its final stretch.  It's likely that Democrats will spend the remaining days of the campaign running against Comey instead of Trump, but it's hard to see backlash against the FBI director buoying her.

Desperate Democrats need to stop lashing Comey now.  He had no choice.  What, if you're Mr Comey, do you do?  After all, he told Congress he would alert them to any development which gave him good cause to reopen the original investigation into Clinton's emails.  This, by any yardstick, was surely such a development[.]  Comey therefore had two choices.  He either waited until after the election next Tuesday before saying anything.  Or, he alerted Congress immediately.  Either way, public opprobrium lay.

The Democrats' Comey Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds.  So why are the Democrats so angry?  They don't like that Comey made the announcement just 11 days before the election.  Fair enough.  But they sang a different song in July when Comey closed down the investigation by prematurely declaring he would not bring charges in the case.  It took away a major campaign issue for Clinton, clearing the way for her current lead over Donald Trump in most polls.  The Democrats' anger now is more than just a bit hypocritical.

The Democrats Asked for This.  Before Democrats burn James Comey in effigy, they should think about how the FBI director came to have an outsized influence in the election in the first place.  It's not something Comey sought or welcomed.  A law-enforcement official who prizes his reputation, he didn't relish becoming an object of hate for half the country or more.  No, the only reason that Comey figures in the election at all is that Democrats knowingly nominated someone under FBI investigation.  Once upon a time — namely any presidential election prior to this one — this enormous political and legal vulnerability would have disqualified a candidate.  Not this year, and not in the case of Hillary Clinton.

Clinton camp questions FBI release of Marc Rich pardon files.  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is raising questions about the timing of the FBI's release Tuesday of records on a 15-year-old investigation into President Bill Clinton's pardon to fugitive financier Marc Rich.  The FBI posted the 129 pages of records in its online Freedom of Information Act reading room in apparent response to a FOIA request seeking information on FBI inquiries into the Clinton Foundation.

12 Facts About the FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton's Email Server.  [#1] On October 3, FBI agents seized a laptop, an iPhone, and an iPad from disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, as part of the investigation into a report that he was sexting a 15-year-old girl. [...] [#10] Investigators believe that some of the emails deleted from Hillary Clinton's private server are on this laptop, according to CNN.

Now, or later, the Clintons are toast.  Bernard Sanders imagined he was speaking for everyone when he declared, in debate with Hillary, that "I'm tired of hearing about Hillary's d****d emails."  If Bernie had listened a little closer and paid only a little attention to the issue, and acted accordingly, he would be the Democratic nominee today (unless Joe Biden beat him to it).  Hillary would be in the counting house, her favorite place, nuzzling and cuddling the family gold. [...] Mr. Comey's resurrection of his botched investigation has persuaded some of the famous and fatuous that maybe there's a story here, after all.

Chalk Up Another Obama Legacy:  The Clinton Email Burlesque.  True, it was Hillary Clinton, not Obama, who squirreled away State Department business on a private server, and then brought us the contortionist performance of denials, deletions, evasions and professed ignorance that "(C)" on a State Department document stands for "classified."  It is Clinton's longtime top aide, Huma Abedin, who has some explaining to do about how emails pertinent to the Clinton server saga arrived on the computer of her now-estranged husband, Weiner, who is currently under FBI investigation for allegedly sending sexually suggestive messages to a teenage girl.  But it is Obama who presides over the administration whence came this mudslide of wayward emails, classified information, pay-for-play opportunities and a Justice Department that has itself become part of the scandal.

Top DOJ official involved in Clinton probe represented her campaign chairman.  The Justice Department official in charge of informing Congress about the newly reactivated Hillary Clinton email probe is a political appointee and former private-practice lawyer who kept Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta "out of jail," lobbied for a tax cheat later pardoned by President Bill Clinton and led the effort to confirm Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Peter Kadzik, who was confirmed as assistant attorney general for legislative affairs in June 2014, represented Podesta in 1998 when independent counsel Kenneth Starr was investigating Podesta for his possible role in helping ex-Bill Clinton intern and mistress Monica Lewinsky land a job at the United Nations.

Confidence-inspiring: Here's the DOJ official helping with Clinton/Weiner investigation.  This morning I saw some Hillary defender on Fox News saying that these Clinton scandals are "all smoke but no fire."  If that's remotely true, it's only because the Clintons are lucky to know plenty of people in high places skilled in the use of fire extinguishers: [...] What a lovely bunch of people we have administering "justice" in the country.  Just imagine the level of corruption if the Clintons are put back into the White House.

State Department Suddenly Finds 323 Clinton E-Mails — Some Classified.  The State Department has suddenly found another 323 e-mails to and from Hillary Clinton.  And some of those e-mails appear to be classifed.  Amazing isn't it?  Considering Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills all claimed they turned over everything they had.  At least one of the e-mails Clinton sent Abedin is classified.  Probably more than one.

Hillary's Final Days.  If you have followed her career with the enthusiasm and care that I have, you have seen the FBI popping up repeatedly in Hillary's scandals.  Back in the 1980s it began in Arkansas, with FBI Special Agent I.C. Smith questioning her role in fundraising for her husband Governor Bill Clinton.  It continued into the 1990s, coming to a boil in 1997 when then-FBI Director Louis Freeh responded to a Congressional query, asking him if he had ever experienced anything like the FBI's trials with the Clintons.  Freeh responded, "Actually, I have," and he likened his experiences with the Clintons to his "16 years doing organized crime cases in New York City."

Huma Abedin handled classified data on computer shared with Anthony Weiner.  Emails released by the State Department over the past 18 months show that Huma Abedin frequently handled classified information — suggesting a major reason why the FBI has been eager to get a full look at the personal computer she shared with her now-estranged husband.  That computer has become the center of a major political flap in the final week before Election Day.  Ms. Abedin's boss, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is trying to fend off concerns that there is a smoking gun still to be found among her top personal aide's messages.

Who Remembers "Francining"? — FBI White Hat Transmission.  I assume everybody here knows it, but Kadzik, the AG who now promises an "expedited review" of the Huma/Weiner/Clinton emails, was Marc Rich's attorney.  (This, obviously, before he joined the Justice Dept. in 2013).  He was lobbying Podesta for help obtaining a pardon for the fugitive Rich, which he got.  And it stunk to high heaven.  It appeared, and was reported, that Kadzik was recruited by the Rich people specifically because of his friendship with Podesta.  For those looking for a subliminal message in the timing of the file release, perhaps it is the FBI's way of telling us what we already suspect — Kadzik's involvement in the current Weiner/Huma/Clinton situation is cause for alarm.

FBI dumps documents from Bill pardon of tax cheat.  Most of the 129 pages released Tuesday [11/1/2016] focused on the FBI's criminal probe into Bill Clinton's controversial 2001 pardon of financier Marc Rich on his final day as president.  The FBI closed the case without ever filing charges.  The newly released documents included interview notes, case updates, subpoena records and grand-jury scheduling.  All were heavily redacted, but there were enough snippets to demonstrate that the FBI had undertaken a sweeping investigation into charges that the pardon was a payoff.

IMAP: Four letters that spell potential doom for Hillary and Huma.  The implications of IMAP on the Abedin-Hillary-Weiner-puter scandal cannot be overstated.  It means, simply, that the hammer of Thor is about to come down on the Clinton RICO syndicate, whether before the election or after.

WikiLeaks: Peter Kadzik Leaked Email Investigation Intel to Hillary Clinton Campaign.  Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik shared information about the congressional investigation of Hillary Clinton with his friend John Podesta, according to new emails revealed by WikiLeaks.  "There is a HJC oversight hearing today where the head of our Civil Division will testify.  Likely to get questions on State Department emails," he flagged in an email to Podesta on May 19, 2015, with the subject line, "Heads up."  Kadzik also updated Podesta on a FOIA case on Clinton's emails.

FBI deputy director whose wife took Clinton friend's cash is asked why he is still involved in email probe.  Even if Hillary Clinton does not win the presidency on Tuesday, Republicans on Capitol Hill say they are revving up for more investigations involving the former secretary of state.  House Oversight Committee members remain unconvinced that charges of impropriety against Clinton have been fully reviewed.  Chairman Jason Chaffetz also wants to know if the FBI's deputy director, Andrew McCabe, whose wife received $675,000 in political donations from a close friend of the Clintons, is still working on the Clinton email case in light of that disclosure.

DOJ's Peter Kadzik Exposed Colluding With Clinton Campaign.  On Monday [10/31/2016] we were the first to note that Podesta's friend Peter Kadzik was the DOJ representative chosen to head up a "thorough" review of the new Huma Abedin emails as revealed by a letter he wrote to Congress.  Given Kadzik's personal relationship with Podesta, it seemed like a "convenient" choice for the Clinton campaign.

FBI releases docs from 2001 Rich investigation days before election.  The FBI on Tuesday — one week from Election Day — released heavily redacted files from its 2001 investigation of President Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich.  The release — issued by an automated FBI Twitter account — quickly drew complaints from Democrats who have assailed FBI Director James Comey for his decision last week to tell Congress the bureau was reviewing emails potentially related to Hillary Clinton's private server.  The bureau has been accused by some of meddling in the final days of a hard-fought election.

The FBI Seems To Be Leaking Like A Sieve.  Doesn't it seem the least bit bizarre that the FBI, in an investigation about sensitive information, can't seem to help but leak basically all of the relevant details on an investigation?  There are, really, two issues here.  Given how much of this information leaked, almost all of it within hours of the letter being made public, why didn't Comey and the FBI just come out and say all of this in the first place?  The second, is how the hell can the FBI — the very same FBI that frequently refuses to comment about "ongoing investigations" — have any credibility in the future when it refuses to comment on other ongoing investigations.

Peter Kadzik Is A Clinton Stooge (it's disgusting).  This is a serious conflict of interest, but the Clintonista elite are so socially incestuous and inbred by now, the rot so deep, and the Democreep media propaganda arms so dutiful to the cause of protecting [Hillary] from answering for her crimes, that I've no doubt they believe no one will notice or care that a close friend of a Clinton friend is in charge of (mis)handling explosively damaging evidence that would be used against her in a court of law.  To whom does the honest American Joe turn when every institution in which he has placed his trust is compromised at the highest levels by crooks, swindlers, and racketeers corrupting the system from within to line their pockets?  Peter Kadzik must recuse himself from this case, or be forced off of it.

Andrew McCarthy explains exactly how Loretta Lynch is quashing the FBI's Clinton Foundation probe.  First of all, get your mind clear on this one thought:  What really matters is not the illegality of Hillary's schlock, homebrew e-mail server, nor is it the classified information that was jeopardized because it passed through said server.  That matters, but not as much as the thing that really matters.  What really matters is the pay-for-play, bribery corruption of the Clinton Foundation.  The e-mail server was set up to prevent Congress, the media and the public from learning what was really going on with the Clinton Foundation.  The fact that the server was discovered, and that we now know classified information was compromised because of it, is flitting around the edges.

Judge Nap:  Comey Like J. Edgar Hoover By 'Injecting FBI into Political Process'.  Fox News chief judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano criticized the FBI for announcing the reopening of the probe into Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified information.  He compared the bureau's current director, James Comey, to famous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, saying that both showed a "willingness...to inject the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the political process."  "There was absolutely no duty, obligation or right for [Comey] to announce that the Clinton investigation had been opened," he said, adding that, "if they found a treasure trove of information on Anthony Weiner's laptop, they are duty bound" to investigate it, but not to publicize the development.

Hillary Clinton's severe flaws make Donald Trump the wiser choice.  When FBI Director James Comey said in July there was nothing in Hillary's behavior that warranted an indictment, liberals claimed she had been exonerated and praised Comey for his professionalism.  Now that possibly new evidence has emerged necessitating another look, Democrats and the left are jumping on Comey as a political hack.  They can't have it both ways, though they often try.

Trump gloats Hillary may be on the brink of a perp walk as he says FBI's Clinton Foundation probe could finally 'yield an indictment'.  Donald Trump brought more devastating news about Hillary Clinton to Florida on Thursday, telling a screaming crowd in Jacksonville — just five days before the election — that his Democratic rival is teetering on the brink of a perp walk[.]  'It was reported last night that the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's pay-for-play corruption during her tenure as secretary of state,' he said, referring to news that federal investigators have been probing the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation since before the presidential primary season began.

Grassley Asks Justice Department IG to Investigate the Investigators in Clinton Email Probe.  Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is asking the Justice Department's inspector general to examine whether "high-ranking" DOJ and FBI officials "compromised the public trust in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's unauthorized use of a private email server as Secretary of State and potential mishandling of classified material."  Several of those high-ranking officials had previous ties to the Clintons, he said.

FBI Clinton Foundation probe finds 'avalanche' of corruption evidence against her.  An FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation is likely to lead to an indictment unless the Justice Department interferes, two sources familiar with the probe told Fox News.  The Clintons are accused of running a pay-for-play operation out of the State Department that favored donors to their charity — a charge they have denied.  But the feds are 'actively and aggressively pursuing this case,' Fox's Brit Hume said Wednesday [11/2/2016], and they have an 'avalanche' of evidence.

Hillary won't survive another WikiLeaks dump.  I said it a long time ago and I will say it again that I think that Hillary Clinton will be unelectable by Election Day.  And I'll repeat some other things I said.  The Democrats made a big mistake when they picked Clinton as their candidate, because too many people knew too much about her.  FBI Director James Comey did the Democrats — not the Republicans — a big disservice last summer by not coming down harder on Clinton.  If Comey had brought down the hammer, the Dems could have switched candidates.

Obama aides want Comey out after email bombshell.  In a last-minute effort to save Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House, Barack Obama's chief adviser, Valerie Jarrett, has urged the president to fire FBI Director James Comey, according to a source close to Jarrett.  Obama and Jarrett are furious with Comey for reopening the FBI's investigation of Clinton's emails just 11 days before the presidential election.  They blame Comey for Clinton's alarming slide in the polls.  "Valerie argued that Comey was interfering deliberately in the election process and had to be stopped," the source said.  "The president said he was worried about the consequences of taking such an action — the tsunami of outrage that would come his way, and possibly become a major footnote, or worse, in the history of his presidency.

Is the Abedin/Weiner Laptop the Last of It?  [Scroll down]  Put yourself in the shoes of FBI agents who witness things they've never seen before:  subjects of the investigation given immunity from prosecution and then allowed to appear as lawyers for other subjects; Justice Department lawyers more accommodating of defense lawyers than of FBI agents; witnesses who lie to the FBI given immunity rather than being arrested and squeezed for cooperation.  The agents see the handwriting on the wall that their hard work is going to come to nothing.  An agent no doubt asks himself:  "Why should I push to acquire this computer?  If DOJ wanted me to have it, they'd let me subpoena it; if they wanted to make the case, some of these suspects would already be in cuffs."  This is an understandable attitude, but it's not an acceptable one.

Secret Recordings Fueled FBI Feud in Clinton Probe.  Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay, people familiar with the matter said.

Recordings Led to FBI, DOJ Battle Over Whether to Investigate Clinton Foundation.  A new report out tonight says that there were some pretty fierce internal tensions between FBI investigators and Justice Department officials over whether they had enough to pursue an "aggressive" investigation into the Clinton Foundation.  The Wall Street Journal put out this new report tonight days after the paper reported that the FBI investigation may have been shut down completely by the DOJ.

EmailGate Has Destroyed Clinton, Inc..  Sidetracked by the news that the FBI is reexamining her emails as secretary of state, the Democratic nominee has decided to attack the Bureau and its director, James Comey.  Herself and through her usual surrogates, Hillary has painted the FBI as a rogue agency that's out to get her.  Top Democrats have accused Comey of siding with Vladimir Putin, while others have alleged that Republicans and the FBI are colluding with the Kremlin to deprive Clinton of victory on November 8.  It all smacks of desperation with more than a whiff of McCarthyism.  This is a risky move, to put it mildly.  The FBI is a storied force, America's secret police, and whatever its mistakes during its long history, it's not viewed by most citizens as more corrupt than, say, our nation's political class.  Rather the contrary.  "I wouldn't attack him," explained Ed Rendell, the former Democratic National Committee chair, commenting on his party's current anti-Comey tirade, and reflecting a common sense that seems to be lacking on Team Clinton right now.

Leaks suggest FBI agents felt DOJ blocked their Clinton investigations.  FBI agents felt as though the Justice Department tried to block them from investigating multiple allegations of wrongdoing and corruption against Hillary Clinton over the past year.  More than a dozen current and former agents have spoken anonymously to multiple media outlets over the past week, including to the Washington Examiner.  FBI field agents have complained of tensions between the bureau and the Justice Department when it came time to consider more aggressive moves, such as issuing subpoenas.  Some investigators felt as though the Justice Department attempted to stymie a year-long probe into the Clinton Foundation, CNN reported Wednesday [11/2/2016].

Report: Clinton Foundation investigation a high priority at FBI.  Fox News reports that the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation, an investigation that's been going on for more than a year, now has a "very high priority."  According to Fox's sources, FBI agents have interviewed and re-interviewed multiple people (some for the third time) in the Foundation case to determine whether there was a "pay to play" interaction between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.  The FBI's White Collar Crime Division is handling the investigation.  Fox says that FBI agents are "actively and aggressively pursuing this case."  In addition to the interviews and re-interviews, agents are reviewing what Clinton and top aides said in previous interviews to see whether their stories align.

FBI 'Actively And Aggressively' Probing Clinton Foundation Corruption, 'A Lot' Of Evidence.  The FBI has been investigating a possible pay-to-play interaction between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department during Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state for over a year, Fox News host Bret Baier reported Wednesday night [11/2/2016].  "There's an avalanche of new information coming in every day, some of it from WikiLeaks, some from emails," Baier said.  "The agents are actively and aggressively pursuing this case."  Baier said that the investigation is being led by the white collar crime division, the public corruption branch of the criminal investigative division of the FBI.

Senior FBI officials were told of new emails in early October but wanted more information before renewing Clinton probe.  Senior FBI officials were informed about the discovery of new emails potentially relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server at least two weeks before Director James B. Comey notified Congress, according to federal officials familiar with the investigation.

Recordings aggravated FBI, DOJ feud in Clinton Foundation probe.  Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay, people familiar with the matter said.  Agents, using informants and recordings from unrelated corruption investigations, thought they had found enough material to merit aggressively pursuing the investigation into the foundation that started in summer 2015 based on claims made in a book by a conservative author called "Clinton Cash:  The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich," these people said.  The account of the case and resulting dispute comes from interviews with officials at multiple agencies.

FBI Sources Tell Fox News:  Clinton Foundation Investigation Much Bigger and Indictments Likely.  Adding to the White Hat intrigue, Fox News host Bret Baier reported tonight that sources have revealed the scope of the FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation and 'Pay-To-Play' is much larger than anyone previously understood.

Texas Early Voting Drops After Bombshell Halloween Weekend.  It seems that Texas Democrat voters have disappeared over the Halloween weekend.  Was it the Great Pumpkin that scared them off or the announcement by FBI Director James Comey about the re-opening of the Clinton email investigation that kept some voters at home?  Voters in Texas' largest county (Harris County — Houston) broke records last week, peaking at a Friday vote total of 81,239, according to records from Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart's office.  Those numbers dropped sharply over the weekend following the announcement of the renewed Clinton email investigation by the FBI.

FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation now 'a very high priority,' sources say.  The FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation that has been going on for more than a year has now taken a "very high priority," separate sources with intimate knowledge of the probe tell Fox News.  FBI agents have interviewed and re-interviewed multiple people on the foundation case, which is looking into possible pay for play interaction between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.  The FBI's White Collar Crime Division is handling the investigation.  Even before the WikiLeaks dumps of alleged emails linked to the Clinton campaign, FBI agents had collected a great deal of evidence, law enforcement sources tell Fox News.  "There is an avalanche of new information coming in every day," one source told Fox News, who added some of the new information is coming from the WikiLeaks documents and new emails.

Levin: Telling Comey to resign for doing his job is 'preposterous'.  On Wednesday's radio program, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin addressed an unhinged column from the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens in which Stephens, a special pleader for the Washington Establishment, called for FBI Director James Comey to resign.  Stephens attacked Director Comey's announcement that the investigation into Hillary Clinton and her email server is reopened after the FBI obtained new evidence pertinent to the case as "self-regarding" and motivated by a desire to save his career.

Open Season on James Comey.  Perhaps Comey's letter was ill-advised; it certainly wasn't ill-intentioned.  Any reasonable critic of Comey should concede that — coming unexpectedly into possession of 650,000 more e-mails possibly relevant to an investigation that he had told Congress was closed — he was in a tricky spot.  But most of Comey's detractors aren't interested in his dilemma or in the Department of Justice protocols they claim to hold so dear.  No, Comey's sin was putting at risk Clinton's electoral prospects, and he is consequently the object of a campaign of personal destruction whose motive is nakedly political.

Obstruction Of Justice, Confirmed:  FBI Finds New, Work-Related Hillary Emails on Weiner-puter.  The right-wing Tea Partiers at CBS News have some more, very bad news for Hillary Clinton.  The FBI has discovered new, work-related emails that were never turned over by Secretary Clinton and Huma Abedin on the Weiner-puter.  This discovery appears to, eh, "contradict" Clinton's statement to a federal judge, Abedin's sworn testimony during a court-ordered deposition and a document the aide signed, all of which attested under penalty of perjury that they did not retain official records upon leaving the State Department.

Why Comey Reopened the Hillary Investigation.  James Comey's election-shattering decision to revive the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server was based not only on what his agents found on Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's laptop.  His judgment was also influenced by mounting pressure among mutinous agents in the FBI, including many of his top deputies.  "The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn't recommend an indictment against Hillary," according to a source close to the embattled FBI director, who has known Comey for nearly two decades, shares family outings with him, and accompanies him to Catholic mass every week.

Why Is the Clinton Foundation Investigation Being Run from Brooklyn?  On Tuesday [11/2/2016], the Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett published another eye-opening report about the FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation.  It elaborates on the pitched battle between FBI agents who believe they are building a strong case and Justice Department prosecutors who have thrown cold water on it, erecting roadblocks that have made the agents' work much more difficult.  For reasons worth pausing over, the locus of that battle is the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, which is headquartered in Brooklyn.

Is Comey at war with the Dept. of Justice over Clinton's emails?  FBI Director James Comey has caused consternation with his public actions.  Everyone is trying to understand what's really going on behind the scenes.  One explanation, I believe, is that Comey is at war with the Department of Justice.  The FBI's responsibility is to investigate.  However, they can only do that if they get help from the DOJ.  Lacking such cooperation, the FBI is put in an awkward position where they cannot fully proceed and complete their investigation.

Top Clinton Bundlers Were Major Donors to Wife of FBI's Andrew McCabe.  Bundlers for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign joined Clinton ally and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in donating to the state senate campaign of Jill McCabe.  The Wall Street Journal first reported on donations from Common Good VA, McAuliffe's political action committee, to McCabe's Virginia state senate campaign in 2015.  McCabe is the wife of Andrew McCabe, the FBI deputy director who helped in the investigation into Clinton's email practices.  McAuliffe contributed $467,500 to McCabe's campaign through his PAC, making her the third-largest recipient of contributions from McAuliffe in 2015.  The Virginia Democratic Party provided an additional $207,788 to McCabe in the form of mailers, the Wall Street Journal noted.

Clinton Foundation Probe Continues.  In the days since FBI Director James Comey wrote to congressional leaders revealing new information in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Clinton defenders have been spinning furiously in an attempt to mitigate the potential political damage.  They have attacked Comey, blamed a rogue band of anti-Clinton FBI officials, suggested the FBI itself has a culture that lends itself to political conservatism, downplayed the Clinton email investigation and denied the existence of a Clinton Foundation investigation.  While there are legitimate concerns about the lack of detail accompanying Comey's letter, some of efforts to downplay the seriousness of the FBI investigations, plural, and the professionalism of those conducting them are deeply political and misleading.  And the reporting on an investigation of the Clinton Foundation is conflicting and somewhat contradictory.

Clinton Foundation Probe Continues.  In the days since FBI Director James Comey wrote to congressional leaders revealing new information in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Clinton defenders have been spinning furiously in an attempt to mitigate the potential political damage.  They have attacked Comey, blamed a rogue band of anti-Clinton FBI officials, suggested the FBI itself has a culture that lends itself to political conservatism, downplayed the Clinton email investigation and denied the existence of a Clinton Foundation investigation.  While there are legitimate concerns about the lack of detail accompanying Comey's letter, some of efforts to downplay the seriousness of the FBI investigations, plural, and the professionalism of those conducting them are deeply political and misleading.  And the reporting on an investigation of the Clinton Foundation is conflicting and somewhat contradictory.

Bozell & Graham:  Media blackout exposes corrupt media.  While most of America was transfixed by Game 7 of the World Series, Fox News Channel was doggedly pursuing a new story:  The FBI's probe into pay-for-play schemes at the Clinton Foundation and the State Department has been far more expansive than anyone reported so far and has been going on for more than a year.  FBI sources even warned there could be indictments down the road.  Then, The Wall Street Journal broke another new story online, saying, "Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI