The politicization and apparent corruption of the FBI

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Attorney General William Barr selects US Attorney John Durham

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Mueller testimony, July  17  24, 2019

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Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and their conveniently "lost" text messages

Peter Strzok's public testimony, July 12, 2018

The FBI seems to avoid any evidence against Hillary Clinton

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

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The FBI re-opens the Clinton email investigation on October 28, 2016

FBI Director Comey appears to reverse his course again, November 5, 2016

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The FBI releases embarrassing documents on Friday afternoons

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Overview and recap articles:

Lindsey Graham:  There Is Proof Of Systematic Corruption At Highest Level of DOJ and FBI.  "Here's what we're looking at:  Systematic corruption at the highest level of the Department of Justice and the FBI against President Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.  Host Sean Hannity then asked Graham whether officials "lied purposefully" on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

The Obama Brennan Mueller Hoax:  Blaming Russian espionage on Trump.  The fact is that Russian espionage is an ongoing occurrence.  It has been going on for 100 years.  It happens on a constant basis on multiple levels.  To conflate actions of Russian espionage with the Presidential campaign of the Republican nominee is not just unprecedented and reckless.  It is a stupefying abuse of power and authority.  It's simply a leap of uncalculated madness.  An anti-constitutional putsch against the electorate.  Yet that is at the heart of the Obama Brennan Mueller hoax and the attempted coup against Donald Trump.

The FBI Tragedy: Elites above the Law.  One of the media and beltway orthodoxies we constantly hear is that just a few bad apples under James Comey at the FBI explain why so many FBI elites have been fired, resigned, reassigned, demoted, or retired — or just left for unexplained reasons.  The list is long and includes director James Comey himself, deputy director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, attorney Lisa Page, chief of staff James Rybicki, general counsel James Baker, assistant director for public affairs Mike Kortan, Comey's special assistant Josh Campbell, executive assistant director James Turgal, assistant director for office of congressional affairs Greg Bower, executive assistant director Michael Steinbach, and executive assistant director John Giacalone.  In short, in about every growing scandal of the past two years — FISA, illegal leaking, spying on a presidential candidate, lying under oath, obstructing justice — someone in the FBI is involved.

Criminality Of Deep State Investigation Of Trump Confirmed — Has U.S. Become A Banana Republic?  Both the Justice Department and FBI have maintained they didn't really know that Trump Dossier compiler Christopher Steele had any bias at all against Trump.  And, even when they got their hands on Steele's unverified dossier on Trump, they claim they didn't know that Steele's employer, Fusion GPS, had any conflicts of interest.  Moreover, when they appeared before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to get the OK to spy on former Trump aide Carter Page, they didn't tell the court what they knew.  They lied.  Or at the very minimum, concealed the truth.  This is a crime.  How can we be sure that top officials at Justice and the FBI knew all this?  Ohr said so.

Walls Are Closing in on the FBI and Its Media Accomplices.  Those of us who have closely followed the unfolding scandal at the Justice Department — particularly how the FBI abused its power not only to spy on the Trump presidential campaign but also on the president himself — have been frustrated with the inaction both of the White House and Congress.  Documents have not been declassified as promised; letters by top lawmakers have gone unanswered with no consequence; and not one perpetrator in the biggest political scandal in history has been held accountable.  The New York Times over the weekend confirmed the worst suspicions:  Andrew McCabe, a disgraced FBI official caught lying to federal investigators and fired by Trump, and his corrupt lackeys opened up a criminal and counterintelligence probe into President Trump on the flimsiest of evidence in May 2017.  Further, statements from William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, seem to indicate he would be deferential to Special Counsel Robert Mueller rather than focus on the real scandal.  It was unclear whether a change in leadership at the Justice Department and on the Senate Judiciary Committee (Lindsey Graham took the reins from Charles Grassley this year) would restart stalled congressional inquiries.

The conspiracy to destroy the Trump presidency is far worse than we knew and will continue.  [T]op people in the FBI filled with hatred and frankly, anti-Trump rage, who have put aside all values and their blatant political bias, were seeking redemption for the firing of James Comey.  They actually plotted to destroy your duly-elected president.  And this is way beyond what we already knew up until this point.  According to, as usual, anonymous sources in the New York Times report last Friday, two days after Comey was unceremoniously terminated, several top FBI officials actually questioned whether or not President Trump was working directly for Russia.  They did this without a single shred of evidence, zero probable cause, zero proof of any collusion.  It was a witch hunt.  The president has been right from Day One.

An FBI that is corrupt and dishonest — Latest reports offer only more proof.  Dishonesty and corruption are endemic at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The latest proof comes in a New York Times report that the FBI initiated an investigation in May of 2017 into whether President Donald Trump was serving as a covert Russian agent.  The accusation itself was ludicrous on its face.  But from a legal standpoint, the FBI's probe constituted an egregious abuse of power.  The Bureau had no probable cause, no evidence, and no reasonable suspicions.  They investigated Trump because they could.  They defied the law, ignored or perverted facts, and debased the integrity of a heretofore-respected law enforcement agency.  Why did these rogue officials commit such an outrageous act of malfeasance?  In a word, vengeance.  Already incensed that Trump had defeated their preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton, they grew furious when the president fired Director James Comey on May 9, 2017.

NYT Reveals FBI Retaliated Against Trump For Comey Firing.  In a Friday night news dump, the New York Times revealed the FBI's surprisingly flimsy justification for launching a retaliatory investigation into President Donald Trump, their chief adversary during their recent troubled era.  Admitting there is no actual evidence for their probe into whether Trump "worked for the Russians," FBI officials instead cited their foreign policy differences with him, his lawful firing of bungling FBI Director James Comey, and alarm that he accurately revealed to the American public that he was told he wasn't under investigation by the FBI, when they preferred to hide that fact.  The news was treated as a bombshell, and it was, but not for the reasons many thought.  It wasn't news that the FBI had launched the investigation.  Just last month, CNN reported that top FBI officials opened an investigation into Trump after the lawful firing of Comey because Trump "needed to be reined in," a shocking admission of abuse of power by our nation's top law enforcement agency.

Watergate by Any Other Name.  For almost three years now, the intelligence services and police apparatus of the deep state have worked tirelessly to undermine Donald Trump. [...] But win he did, and that changed everything.  Now it was not a candidate who had to be stopped but a duly elected president of the United States who had to be kept from knowing exactly what lengths the government — soon to be his government — had gone to destroy him.  From November 9, 2016, to January 20, 2017, the reins of government were still in the hands of Barack Obama.  The apparatus to stop Trump the candidate was already in place.  Now it would be deployed against Trump the president-elect and, later, Trump the president.  Over the last few days, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other anti-Trump outlets have revealed, and reveled in, something that many observers suspected for a long time.  That the investigation into various figures associated with the Trump campaign — not only Carter Page, but also George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and Michael Cohen — was just a pretext.  The main target all along was Trump himself.

The FBI Prostituted Itself.  Citing unnamed "former law enforcement sources and others," the New York Times reports that "in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests."  The mainstream media has touted this story as major breaking news.  But, to anyone who has been paying even a modicum of attention, it is crystal clear that Comey's firing did not precipitate the FBI's investigation of Trump.  To the contrary, the readily available record facts demonstrate that Comey's FBI began investigating Trump and his campaign for possible Russian collusion shortly after he won the Republican Party's nomination.

The Paranoid Style at the FBI.  The FBI's counterintelligence probe of Trump marks one of its lowest moments of political paranoia.  As anti-Trump hysteria, before and after his election, swept through Washington, D.C., Comey and his staff succumbed to it, turning the FBI into an extension of the Democratic Party.  Hillary Clinton's opposition researcher, Christopher Steele, might as well have had an office down the hall from Comey, such was the FBI's absurd reliance upon Steele's smears.  It was bad enough that the FBI had already treated multiple members of Trump's campaign as "probable" Russian agents during the campaign, based on nothing more than flaky partisan hunches.  It then on even thinner grounds placed a president in that category too.  Out of months of obsessing over Trump — from vows to "stop" his candidacy to talk of an "insurance policy" in the event that he won — Peter Strzok and company hatched one of the most half-cocked probes in the history of the FBI.

The FBI's 'Trump treason' probe flunked civics.  The FBI took it upon itself to determine whether the president of the United States is a threat to national security.  No one had ever before thought that this was an appropriate role for the FBI, a subordinate agency in the executive branch, but President Trump isn't the only one in Washington trampling norms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News and timely commentary about the FBI regarding their routine work

Report: Huber and Horowitz Investigations Deep State Cons Constructed by DOJ.  Paul Sperry has an interesting report posted at RCP-Investigations outlining numerous interviews with DC politicians and would-be witnesses, if any actual DOJ investigation of the FBI and DOJ misconduct was taking place.  What Sperry discovers is the year-long narrative around John Huber and Michael Horowitz is factually false.  Just like the false framework surrounding the long-forgotten U.S. Attorney John Lausch; the guy who was supposedly hired to facilitate DOJ record production but actually did nothing of the sort; Sperry discovers the framework around U.S. Attorney John Huber was manufactured by career officials inside the DOJ to tamp down problematic demands for a second special counsel.

FBI Refuses To Comply With House Declassification Review of Witness Transcripts — Defers To Robert Mueller.  The FBI has responded to a request for declassification review of witness transcripts from the Joint House Committee headed by Chairman Bob Goodlatte.  The FBI is refusing to comply with the declassification review; and, entirely as expected, outlines the decision-maker for releasing any testimony is ultimately Robert Mueller. [...] Despite their claims, don't be tricked into thinking it's about timing, and/or a workload, and/or the holidays.  How do we know this?  Well, remember, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chaired by Devin Nunes, made a similar request for release of their transcripts on September 26th, 2018.  The ODNI, DOJ, FBI and Special Counsel have refused to comply for three months.

FBI misses deadline to provide docs to Judiciary Committee probing whistleblower raid.  The Justice Department and FBI have missed a Wednesday deadline to provide information about the government's mysterious raid on a former FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower's home last month.  Sixteen FBI agents on Nov. 19 raided the home of Dennis Nathan Cain, who reportedly gave the Justice Department's Inspector General (IG) documents related to the Uranium One controversy and potential wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The documents in question allegedly showed that federal officials failed to investigate possible criminal activity related to Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, a Russian nuclear company.  Its subsidiary purchased Canadian mining company Uranium One in 2013.

FBI defies subpoena for docs on its raid on Uranium One whistleblower.  The Deep State now is publicly baring its fangs at us, laughing at ineffective attempts to hold it accountable for abuse and worse.  I hate to be alarmist, but we have police agencies misbehaving and then destroying the evidence and refusing to cooperate with constitutional oversight functions.  Just in the last couple of days, we have learned that critical form 302 records were altered months after they were first created regarding the FBI interview upon which General Michael Flynn was prosecuted.  And we learned that the Special Counsel's Office of Robert Mueller scrubbed access to the text messages of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the texting blabbermouths who revealed the D.S. "insurance policy" in the event Trump won the presidency.

DOJ Wants To Keep Justification For Raiding Reported Clinton Foundation Whistleblower Secret.  The letter was sent to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on Dec. 7 in response to The Daily Caller News Foundation's Nov. 30 request to unseal court documents that would show the FBI's rationale for the raid.  The documents could potentially reveal whether the bureau and the magistrate who signed the court order allowing the raid, Stephanie A. Gallagher, knew that the subject was, according to his lawyer, a recognized whistleblower.  Sixteen FBI agents raided Dennis Cain's Union Bridge, Maryland, home on Nov. 19 for six hours, even though Cain told them that he was a recognized whistleblower and handed classified documents over to the agents.  The documents Cain possessed reportedly showed that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and the Russian company that purchased Uranium One.

DOJ Wants Details of Mysterious FBI Raid on Protected IG Whistleblower Kept Secret.  An interesting legal development in the aftermath of the mysterious FBI raid on protected FBI whistleblower Nate Cain.  The DOJ wants the details behind the search warrant to remain under seal, and the whistleblower target of that warrant — who was not arrested — is accusing the DOJ-FBI of being a police state.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bruce Ohr and/or Nellie Ohr

The Revelations In Transcript Point to Clinton, Obama, Nellie Ohr & Money Laundering.  With the release of the transcript of the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky from July 25, 2019, one would think the cries of Democrats for an impeachment inquiry would fall on deaf ears and that they would know the jig is up.  Sadly, they don't.  However, we do know that Hillary Clinton was at the center of the call, and as a reporter points out, so were the usurper Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah and Nellie Ohr.  First, Democrats know they have been caught with their pants down and as they attempt to make a fig leaf apron, they appear all the more guilty of the very things that they are accusing President Donald Trump of doing.

FBI ordered to release Steele, Ohr communications to Judicial Watch.  A judge has ordered the FBI to release the communications between Department of Justice lawyer Bruce Ohr and former British spy Christopher Steele.  [Video clip]

Judicial Watch:  Fusion GPS Operative Nellie Ohr May as Well Have Had a Desk at Obama DOJ.  As the details behind the Spygate scandal are uncovered, the connections to former President Obama are unearthed.  According to Zero Hedge, the head of opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted in December 2017 in a court filing that his firm paid the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help dig up damaging information on then-candidate Donald Trump. [...] The connections between Nellie Ohr and the 'Spygate' scandal were hidden at a distance for months.  As noted previously at TGP, Nellie Ohr is a Communist sympathizer connected to Russia as well as a corrupt Never-Trumper.

Russiagate Probe:  Empty Threats, Broken Promises.  This week, the government finally released one set of materials — interviews with Bruce Ohr, a top Justice Department official whose wife worked for Fusion GPS on its Trump-Russia dirt-digging project funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.  The FBI made the notes public after Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group that does the heavy lifting Congress consistently fails to do, forced the Justice Department to hand over the so-called 302 forms after attempting to thwart the group's Freedom of Information Act requests since last summer.

Judicial Watch Finds Documents Showing Fusion GPS Working Directly With Obama's DOJ to Frame Trump.  Government watchdog Judicial Watch has uncovered and released hundreds of documents showing the Obama Justice Department working directly with Fusion GPS, a research firm hired by the Clinton campaign, to frame President Trump.  The documents show Fusion GPS' Nellie Ohr, who was specifically hired in 2016 to dig up dirt on Trump and his children Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric, working directly with U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr on a spread sheet linking President Trump to a number of Russian operatives.  Nellie and Bruce are married and while Bruce was demoted, he's still working at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C.

Comey's FBI was running a secret counterintelligence operation against Trump, new docs show.  Newly obtained documents confirm that James Comey's FBI was running a secret and corrupt counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 and repeatedly deceiving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) thereafter in order to wiretap a Trump campaign associate.  The disclosure was the result of a federal lawsuit and a year of litigation.  Despite efforts by FBI Director Christopher Wray to obstruct, a federal court issued an order that forced the FBI and Department of Justice to produce the records known as "302 reports."  They are a summary of interviews FBI agents conducted with Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official.

Here Are Four Dubious Claims In Bruce Ohr's FBI Notes.  Ohr met with the FBI at least 12 times in 2016 and 2017 following his interactions with Steele, a former British spy, and Simpson, an opposition researcher working for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC).  The Justice Department released heavily redacted notes of the interviews to Judicial Watch.  The notes, known as 302s, show that Ohr told the FBI of four alleged links between Russia and the Trump campaign that have either been debunked or were not supported by the special counsel's report of the Russia probe.

Both Ohrs in Troubled Water.  If there was ever any doubt about the depth and extent of the deep-state coup against both candidate and President Donald J. Trump and the number of deep-state actors attempting to thwart the will of the American people, it vanished with the release of partially redacted copies of former Deputy Atty.  Gen. Bruce Ohr's FBI 302 reports (interview summaries) on Thursday evening obtained by Judicial Watch.  They confirm that Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie were not merely passive conduits for the fraudulent Steele Dossier but were active participants in the plot to deny Trump the presidency.

Corrupt Senate Intelligence Committee Resurfaces in Bruce Ohr 302's.  During the 2016 effort to weaponize the institutions of government against the outside candidacy of Donald Trump, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) was headed by Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein.  After the 2016 election Senator Feinstein abdicated her vice-chair position to Senator Mark Warner in January 2017.  While the SSCI was engaged in their part of the 2016 effort Vice-Chair Feinstein's lead staffer was a man named Daniel Jones.  Dan Jones was the contact point between the SSCI and Fusion-GPS.

Bruce Ohr FBI Notes Show Anti-Trump Materials Were Shared Among Top Obama Officials.  Newly released FBI interview notes with former Deputy Associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr show information gathered against Donald Trump by former British spy Christopher Steele for Hillary Clinton was distributed to the FBI and State Department in President Barack Obama's administration in 2016.  Ohr told FBI agents during a Nov. 22, 2016, interview that "reporting on Trump's ties to Russia were going to the [Hillary] Clinton campaign, Jon Winer at the U.S. State Department and the FBI," according to one of the notes made public late Thursday by Judicial Watch.  Winer was a senior aide to then-Secretary of State John Kerry.

Clinton operatives fed false information to FBI on Trump, review of interview reveals.  Hillary Clinton operatives fed the FBI false information on President Trump and his aides in the months following his election, according to an analysis of an FBI agent's interview with a key conduit.  The agent's interview notes (known as 302s) of Bruce Ohr, then an associate deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice, were obtained by the conservative investigative group Judicial Watch.  "These new Bruce Ohr FBI 302s show an unprecedented and irregular effort by the FBI, DOJ, and State Department to dig up dirt on President Trump using the conflicted Bruce Ohr, his wife, and the Clinton/DNC spies at Fusion GPS," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Sebastian Gorka:  High-Level Obama DOJ Officials Will Be Charged With Very Serious Felonies, Be Patient.  Sebastian Gorka, former strategist to President Trump, takes aim at Google over its work in China.  Gorka told FBN host Lou Dobbs that Google sees America as the problem and like to help nations that are against U.S. interests.  Gorka said according to Chris Farrow at Judicial Watch he can predict that high-level Obama-era DOJ officials like Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr will be charged with serious felonies.

Revealing the systemic coup between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele.  July congressional hearings reveal that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's team conducted a two-day interview in London with British ex-spy Christopher Steele.  Thus beginning to unpeel the onion on DOJ abuse of powers.  Steele is the author of the unsubstantiated and salacious dossier attacking President Trump, creating the Russia Hoax.  The truth is coming home to roost.  The facts emerging are that Steele's anti-Trump bias was well known at or about the November 2016 presidential election.  Despite the many red flags, the DOJ, including operative Bruce Ohr's bias, the initial FISA applications did rely on the dossier.  A dossier that holds no truth.

Ohr interviews:  Steele agenda was to stop Trump presidency.  Just how much trouble will Bruce Ohr's interview notes cause the FBI? As described by the Washington Post and Politico, it might create no small amount of embarrassment in the short term — and maybe worse down the road.  According to Ohr, the FBI knew full well that Steele had an anti-Trump agenda months before the bureau relied on his dossier to get a FISA warrant on Carter Page, but never disclosed it to the FISA judge.

Bongino Discusses Bruce Ohr 302 Release — "It's the laundry operation".  Dan Bongino appears on Fox News morning to discuss his perspective on the information contained within the release of the FBI interview notes ("302's") of Bruce Ohr.  Mr. Bongino accurately notes the pipeline of research from Fusion-GPS (Glenn Simpson) and contract employee Nellie Ohr (Bruce's wife) to Christopher Steele, is an intelligence laundry operation.  Political opposition research was created by Fusion-GPS and then sent to Steele so he could launder the information and return it to the DOJ and FBI, through Bruce Ohr, as an official "intelligence" product.  [Video clip]

Why Does It Matter So Much That Ohr Maintained Contact With Steele After He Was Fired?  Bruce Ohr's FBI 302 reports show us that the State Department, the FBI, Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, the Hillary Clinton campaign and Bruce and Nellie Ohr were "all involved in a triangulated relationship to get Trump with dirty intelligence." That is the assessment of investigative reporter John Solomon who has followed this story from the very beginning.  All of these entities played a role in the deception and worked together, both before and after the 2016 election to undermine Donald Trump.  None of them worried if they had to bend, or even break, the rules to do their part.

Rudy Giuliani Reacts to Release of Bruce Ohr 302 Reports.  President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani appears on Fox News with reaction to the release of information contained within the FBI investigative notes of DOJ official Bruce Ohr.  Within the interview Giuliani drops a few bombshells, including an apparent lengthy amount of time that U.S. Attorney John Durham has spent in Europe investigating the FBI and CIA operations against the Trump campaign.

Judicial Watch FOIA — Bruce Ohr 302 Reports Released.  Bruce Ohr is a DOJ official who was interviewed by the FBI during the DOJ/FBI collaborative effort to target president-elect Donald Trump after the 2016 election.  Mr. Ohr was interviewed on 12 different occasions between November 22nd, 2016 and May 15th, 2017.  Judicial Watch has finally received the copies of the FBI investigative notes, aka "302 reports".

FBI kept using Steele dossier for FISA applications despite documenting ex-spy's bias, documents show.  The FBI formally documented the apparent anti-Trump bias of British ex-spy Christopher Steele shortly after the November 2016 presidential election — yet despite the red flags, continued to use his unverified dossier in multiple Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrant application renewals, records obtained by Fox News show.  The partially redacted documents, first obtained by Judicial Watch, also revealed that top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr maintained contact with Steele for at least six months after Steele was fired by the FBI for unauthorized media contacts in November 2016.  The records further confirmed that Ohr knew of Steele's anti-Trump bias before the 2016 election.

Trump dossier author feared Congressional investigations, Bruce Ohr 302s show.  Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who compiled the salacious anti-Trump dossier that sparked the Russia investigation, feared congressional inquiries, according to new documents released Thursday night [8/8/2019].  The surprising revelation was the most interesting detail among the 34 pages of FBI agent interview notes with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.  Known as 302s, the notes document FBI agents' interviews with Mr. Ohr.  In May 2017, Mr. Ohr told the agents Mr. Steele was "worried" about the upcoming Senate testimony of then-FBI Director James B. Comey.

DOJ To Release Bruce Ohr's FBI Documents.  The Justice Department will release FBI documents early next week that are related to Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department official who met with dossier author Christopher Steele.  In a court filing submitted last Thursday, Justice Department lawyers said the agency will provide FBI notes of interviews conducted with Ohr to Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that sued for the records last year. [...] FBI agents interviewed Ohr after meetings and conversations with Steele, a former British spy who investigated the Trump campaign on behalf of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.

Former CIA Contractor Nellie Ohr Provided Husband at DOJ With Russia Research.  Two key players in the FBI's investigation of Donald Trump were husband and wife Bruce and Nellie Ohr.  At the time, Bruce Ohr was the highest-ranking career official at the Department of Justice (DOJ), and Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS — the firm hired by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to produce the so-called "Steele dossier" on Donald Trump.  In congressional testimonies reviewed by The Epoch Times, both Bruce and Nellie Ohr testified separately to congressional investigators last year that they had minimal contact with each other about their work, which could have posed an inherent conflict of interest.  Newly released documents and emails obtained by Judicial Watch, however, show that Nellie emailed Bruce dozens of times about Russia-related topics between October 2015 and September 2016.

The External Roots of Spygate.  In mid-April 2016, Bruce & Nellie Ohr were in contact with the German Embassy, discussing with its first secretary what the Germans called "Impact of Russian influence operations in Europe ('PsyOps/InfoWar')" and the embassy's offer to provide "Russia analysts."  They also invited the secretary to their house.  What came out of it is unknown because they deleted the emails immediately.  By the end of May, the conspiracy theory of Trump-Putin collusion has been already developed.

It Started With a Lie:  Bruce Ohr's Linchpin Role in Russiagate.  Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr was perfectly positioned to advance the Russia collusion narrative.  He had a rare set of relationships — ties to opposition researchers and the FBI — and would use his links to both in 2016 to connect federal law enforcement to those advancing Trump-Russia conspiracy theories.  A mystery remains:  To some in his narrow circle, Ohr was upfront about the compromising nature of his connections, yet he hid that fact from officials charged with overseeing ethics at the Justice Department.  Why, then, did Bruce Ohr admit to the FBI that his wife worked for opposition researchers Fusion GPS while failing to disclose it to the DoJ? The answer speaks volumes not just about how the Trump-Russia affair gained traction but about the way Washington works.

DOJ Gave Embattled Bruce Ohr $42,520 in Bonuses After Being Demoted.  Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr — who was a backchannel for the former British spy who compiled the anti-President Donald Trump dossier — received a total of $42,520 in performance bonuses from the Justice Department.  He received those bonuses after being demoted for a conflict of interest and for not informing his superiors that his wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for the embattled research firm Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christoper Steele to compile the now debunked dossier.

DOJ official Bruce Ohr [was] awarded $28G bonus amid Russia probe, records indicate.  Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department official whose connection to the opposition research firm responsible for the anti-Trump "dossier" led to his eventual demotion, was awarded a $28,000 performance bonus while the Russia probe was ongoing, according to newly released DOJ documents.  The records do not indicate why Ohr was given the bonus in November 2016, though they show he also received a $14,520 bonus a year earlier, totaling $42,520 over a two-year period.

FOIA Docs:  Twice-Demoted DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Received $28,000 Bonus During Work on Sketchy Dossier.  This is a prime example of what historically sent people to the pitchforks.  According to newly released FOIA documents received by Judicial Watch, twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr received pay raises and a $28,000 bonus while working on the anti-Trump operation.  Bruce Ohr was originally demoted in December 2017 stripping away his title of associate deputy attorney general based on what DOJ officials said were "undisclosed contacts" with FBI informant Christopher Steele.  We later found out Bruce Ohr completely disclosed his contacts; so his first demotion was a complete CYA move by DOJ officials (ie.  Rosenstein).

Fusion GPS' Nellie Ohr Deleted Emails From DOJ About Russia, What Else Did She Delete?  Government watchdog Judicial Watch revealed Thursday [5/16/2019] that Nellie Ohr, who was hired by Fusion GPS to look into members of the Trump family during the 2016 presidential election, deleted a number of official emails from her husband Bruce Ohr.  Ohr works at the Department of Justice and was demoted from a senior position after failing to disclose his links to Fusion GPS.  Fusion GPS, in partnership with the Clinton campaign, was behind the bogus dossier about President Trump.

Smoking Gun Ohr Emails.  To the fomenters of the coup against Donald Trump in the CIA, FBI and DOJ, we can add at least one high-ranking State Department official.  We have released four pages of documents from the U.S. Department of Justice showing a conversation between former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Kathleen Kavalec and former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, discussing the targeting of Donald Trump with Steele dossier material.  In discussing a meeting with the potential source for a Mother Jones article accusing the Trump campaign of taking money from a Russian-American oil magnate, as well as Christopher Steele's connection to that source, Kavalec emails Ohr citing the accusatory Mother Jones article.  Ohr says, "I really hope we can get something going here."

Deep State Corrupt Couple — Bruce and Nellie Ohr — Caught in Another Lie.  The Ohr's are in a world of trouble due to their efforts to remove President Trump from office.  Nellie is a key player in the Spygate scandal.  In August of 2018 we posted the ties Nellie Ohr has with the Deep State.  According to Zero Hedge, the head of opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted in December 2017 in a court filing that his firm paid the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help dig up damaging information on then-candidate Donald Trump.

Judicial Watch:  Nellie Ohr Deleted Emails Exchanged with DOJ Husband Bruce Ohr.  The full email exchange is between Bruce Ohr, Lisa Holtyn, Nellie Ohr, and Stefan Bress, a first secretary at the German Embassy, and is part of 339 pages of heavily redacted records from the U.S. Department of Justice.  Judicial Watch obtained the records through a March 2018 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed after the Justice Department failed to respond a December 2017 request.

Fusion GPS' Nellie Ohr Deleted Emails From DOJ About Russia, What Else Did She Delete?  Government watchdog Judicial Watch revealed Thursday that Nellie Ohr, who was hired by Fusion GPS to look into members of the Trump family during the 2016 presidential election, deleted a number of official emails from her husband Bruce Ohr.  Ohr works at the Department of Justice and was demoted from a senior position after failing to disclose his links to Fusion GPS.  Fusion GPS, in partnership with the Clinton campaign, was behind the bogus dossier about President Trump.

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Relax!  It was probably just stuff about vacation plans and yoga poses.

The Democrats are worried.  They should be.  [Scroll down]  Another employee of Fusion GPS?  None other than Nellie Ohr; wife of Bruce Ohr; DOJ official, and Steele's back-channel contact with the FBI.  In his referral to A.G. Bill Barr, Congressman Mark Meadows alleges that Nellie Ohr made false statements to Congress last October regarding her contacts at the DOJ.  Meadows alleges that she contradicted herself multiple times during testimony about not having any contacts at the DOJ.  In fact, Ohr's emails reveal the names of her DOJ contacts.  Not only was she communicating with DOJ contacts; she agreed to meet with them for the purpose of sharing research she conducted on the Trump campaign.  Meadows hinted that Republicans will make additional criminal referrals to the A.G.  Bombshell!  The cascade of real bombshells is increasing exponentially, but don't expect the liberal media to report on it.

Nellie Ohr's 'Hi Honey' emails to DOJ about Russia collusion should alarm us all.  First came the text messages between FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, which gave us a painful glimpse at potential political bias inside America's most famous crime-fighting bureau.  Now, a series of "Hi Honey" emails from Nellie Ohr to her high-ranking federal prosecutor husband and his colleagues raise the prospect that Hillary Clinton-funded opposition research was being funneled into the Justice Department during the 2016 election through a back-door marital channel.  It's a tale that raises questions of both conflict of interest and possible false testimony.  Ohr has admitted to Congress that, during the 2016 presidential election, she worked for Fusion GPS — the firm hired by Democratic nominee Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to perform political opposition research — on a project specifically trying to connect Donald Trump and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to Russian organized crime.

Mark Meadows Refers Nellie Ohr To DOJ For Investigation.  North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows referred Nellie Ohr, a former Fusion GPS contractor, to the Justice Department for criminal investigation on Wednesday [5/1/2019].  In a letter to Attorney General William Barr first reported by The Hill, Meadows alleged that Ohr made false statements to Congress on Oct. 19 about contacts she had with Justice Department officials regarding ongoing investigations, as well as about her research into alleged Russian organized crime figures.

Solomon: Nellie Ohr Has Been Referred to DOJ for Criminal Prosecution.  Earlier today John Solomon wrote an article noting how congressional investigators were reviewing Nellie Ohr testimony against last month's release of FOIA documents.  There are significant differences between Mrs. Ohr's testimony about her communication and contacts with DOJ and FBI officials, and the scale of contact within the FOIA release.  According to an interview with Representative Jim Jordan, Rep Mark Meadows was considering a criminal referral.  This evening [5/1/2019], John Solomon is following up and affirming Nellie Ohr has now been referred to the DOJ for criminal prosecution[.]

Was Nellie Ohr's Research Used In FISA Applications To Surveil The Trump Campaign?  Recently released transcripts of congressional testimony now raise the specter that the FBI also used Nellie Ohr's opposition research in the FISA applications.  Over the last month, Georgia Republican Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, has released a series of transcripts, including that of Department of Justice lawyer Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie Ohr.  In his congressional testimony, Bruce confirmed that he and his wife met with former MI6 spy Steele on July 30, 2016, and that during that breakfast meeting Steele shared his initial research on supposed connections between Trump and Russia.

Confirmed: Nellie Ohr Lied About Ham Radio To Congress.  Nellie Ohr is the wife of DOJ official Bruce Ohr.  Nellie Ohr, a specialist in Russian matters, was also a contract employee of the CIA for multiple years.  In September 2015 Nellie Ohr approached her former colleague at Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson) for a job.  Nellie Ohr was hired as a contract agent by Fusion to work on the 'Trump Project' assembling political opposition research that was later shared with another Fusion GPS contract employee, Christopher Steele, and compiled into the 'Steele Dossier'.  It always seemed sketchy that at the same time Nellie Ohr began communicating with Christopher Steele and other governmental participants associated with the Steele Dossier, May 2016, she applied for a Ham Radio License.

Did Bruce Ohr's Testimony Defuse a NYT Bombshell?  [Bruce] Ohr, a former top official at the Obama Justice Department, testified behind closed doors last August to the House Judiciary Committee.  Ohr has emerged as the conduit between Democratic political operatives working on behalf of Hillary Clinton and James Comey's FBI just before the 2016 presidential election.  Ohr's wife, Nellie, had been hired by Fusion GPS to dig up Russia-related dirt on candidate Donald Trump.  Working with her on that project:  Dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British agent and now London-based consultant who happened to have a decade-long friendship with Bruce Ohr.  Congressional investigators wanted to know how and why Ohr passed along political propaganda from Fusion GPS — which had been hired by both the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National committee — to the FBI in the summer of 2016.  Ohr and Steele had extensive communications in 2016 and early 2017, including dozens of emails and text messages.

Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ official, did extensive oppo research on Trump family, aides: transcript.  Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, did extensive opposition research on Trump family members and campaign aides while working for the firm behind the salacious anti-Trump dossier in 2016, according to a newly released transcript of her closed-door interview with Congress.  House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga., on Thursday [3/28/2019] released nearly 200 pages of Ohr's transcript from her interview before the panel last year.  Her work with opposition research firm Fusion GPS was already known, but the documents offering additional details on the nature of that research are now public.

Nellie Ohr Transcript Released.  Nellie Ohr is the wife of DOJ official Bruce Ohr.  Mrs. Ohr was hired by Glenn Simpson (Fusion GPS) to conduct opposition research of Donald Trump in late 2015.  Nellie Ohr's work was used by Christopher Steele in assembling a Dossier then shared with the DOJ and FBI to target President Trump.  Today [3/28/2019], the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Doug Collins, released the transcript of her testimony.

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Nellie Ohr says she only got a ham radio license to be able to communicate in the event of a widespread cell phone outage.  If that were true, one would think that her husband would also have a ham radio license.  The timing of Nellie's sudden interest in amateur radio is suspicious, as pointed out in the comments following the article above.  Since she has an FCC license, the FCC can "inspect" her ham radio station at any reasonable hour of the day.  It would be interesting to see what kind of equipment she has, and what devices are attached to the radio.  It would also be interesting to find any other ham operator who will admit to having a conversation with her via ham radio.  I suspect there are none.  See additional commentary near the bottom of this subsection.

Trump Pulled Ambassador Nomination of State Department Official Who Communicated With Steele and Ohr.  A State Department official who was awaiting confirmation to be U.S. Ambassador to Albania communicated with the former British spy Christopher Steele and supplied information to a senior DOJ official after and before the 2016 presidential election.  Former State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Ann Kavalec's nomination was withdrawn recently by President Trump, according to a Senior White House official who spoke to

Former CIA Contractor Nellie Ohr Provided Husband at DOJ With Russia Research.  Two key players in the FBI's investigation of Donald Trump were husband and wife Bruce and Nellie Ohr.  At the time, Bruce Ohr was the highest-ranking career official at the Department of Justice (DOJ), and Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS — the firm hired by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to produce the so-called "Steele dossier" on Donald Trump.  In congressional testimonies reviewed by The Epoch Times, both Bruce and Nellie Ohr testified separately to congressional investigators last year that they had minimal contact with each other about their work, which could have posed an inherent conflict of interest.  Newly released documents and emails obtained by Judicial Watch, however, show that Nellie emailed Bruce dozens of times about Russia-related topics between October 2015 and September 2016.  Nellie also routinely included several other DOJ officials in these communications.

Bruce Ohr Revealed Political Operatives Got The FBI To Investigate The NRA.  Friday's [3/15/2019] release of a transcript of Bruce Ohr's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee revealed several new tidbits.  It also raised serious concerns that fake claims of collusion pushed by Glenn Simpson and Democratic opposition research shop Fusion GPS prompted the launch of not one, but two federal investigations: the Russia collusion investigation and investigations into the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Bruce Ohr Testimony:  I Informed FBI that Christopher Steele's Dossier Was Based on 'Hearsay'.  In recently released testimony, Bruce Ohr, a career Justice Department official, stated he informed the FBI that the infamous, largely discredited anti-Trump dossier authored by Christopher Steele was based on "hearsay" and not tangible evidence.  Ohr said that he transmitted that information in the time period before the FBI under James Comey used the controversial dossier as central evidence in a successful FISA application to obtain a warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, a former adviser to President Trump's 2016 campaign.  Comey signed the first or three FISA applications in late October 2016.  All three applications reportedly cited the dossier.

Nellie Ohr Testimony Confirms Her Work for the CIA.  Nellie Ohr, the wife of former high-ranking Justice Department (DOJ) official Bruce Ohr — both of whom played pivotal roles in the FBI's investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign — worked for the CIA as an independent contractor for as long as six years.  Ohr was hired as a researcher by Fusion GPS — the company hired by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to produce the now-infamous Steele dossier — in 2015.  She conducted open-source research into members of the Trump campaign for Fusion GPS — which describes itself as a commercial research and strategic intelligence firm — that may have been used in the Steele dossier.

Intriguing Implication Within Nellie Ohr Testimony:  Nellie Ohr Approached Glenn Simpson for a Job in Sept 2015?  The implication here is that Nellie Ohr approached Fusion-GPS owner Glenn Simpson for a job; essentially to work on political opposition research files Fusion-GPS was assembling in 2015.  This is distinctly different from Glenn Simpson seeking out Nellie Ohr, and opens the entire background to larger ramifications.  Our research has always indicated that Nellie's work product was transmitted to Christopher Steele as part of an intelligence laundry process.  Chris Steele laundered Nellie's information, provided second verification where possible, formatted into an official intelligence file, and returned that file, now named the Steele Dossier, to the FBI.

Bruce Ohr Testimony:  I Told FBI Chris Steele Was 'Biased,' 'Desperate' to Defeat Trump.  Bruce Ohr, a career Justice Department official, admitted in recently released testimony that he informed the FBI that the infamous, largely discredited anti-Trump dossier authored by Christopher Steele was tied to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  Ohr testified that he further warned his FBI superiors that the dossier information was likely "biased" against Trump and that he thought Steele was "desperate that Trump not be elected."

18 Real Attacks on the 'Rule of Law'.  [#4] The Ohrs and their pay-for-smear Fusion GPS money:  Then-Assistant Attorney General Bruce Ohr trafficked in Clinton-procured Trump-Russia "collusion" claims by shuttling from Fusion GPS subcontractor Christopher Steele to the FBI.  Ohr did so at the same time Fusion GPS was paying his wife, Nellie, to help prepare this same Trump/Russia material.  This is an apparent violation of a federal law barring government employees from participating in decisions in which they have a financial interest.

Sketchy Notation About Doug Collins Releasing Full Unredacted Bruce Ohr Transcript.  NBC News penned an article about the unorthodox release of DOJ official Bruce Ohr's transcript.  Within the article NBC notes current DOJ officials responded to the congressional request for release by sending them an approved "redacted version". [...] Having read the Ohr transcript, there didn't appear to be any national security interests, sources or methods, beyond investigative embarrassment for DOJ and FBI, simply because of the sham of it all.

Representative Doug Collins Releases Bruce Ohr Transcript and Announces More to Follow.  Today [3/8/2019], Representative Doug Collins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives and announced his frustrated intention to start releasing transcripts from testimony by DOJ and FBI officials who participated in an Obama-era conspiracy to weaponize the DOJ and FBI against their political opposition.

DOJ Official's Testimony Highlights Why One GOP Lawmaker Believes Glenn Simpson Faces 'Real Legal Jeopardy'.  [Bruce] Ohr's testimony, a transcript of which was published Friday [3/8/2019], also confirms reports that Simpson was the source of a heavily disputed allegation about conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell.  Ohr told lawmakers in an Aug. 28, 2018 hearing that he met Simpson prior to the 2016 election to discuss information gathered by Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the dossier.  That conflicts with Simpson's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee that he met Ohr only after the election and at Ohr's request.  Ohr also revealed Simpson provided him during a meeting in December 2016 with a seemingly false lead about Mitchell that ended up in a news article published in 2018.

Bruce Ohr's Testimony Contradicts Testimony Provided By Rosenstein And Simpson.  Department of Justice senior official Bruce Ohr's testimony contradicts testimony given by other senior government officials and key witnesses who testified before Congress regarding the FBI's investigation into President Trump's 2016 campaign and alleged collusion with the Russian government, according to the full transcripts released Friday [3/8/2019].  Ohr's 268-page testimony, released by Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, reveals inconsistency and contradiction in testimony given by Glenn Simpson, founder of embattled research firm Fusion GPS and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is set to leave his post sometime this month.

Adam Schiff Proven A Liar As The Bruce Ohr Transcript Is Released.  One of the weapons the 'deep state' has been using to protect itself and its allies is the use of classification and redaction to prevent the public from learning exactly what transpired in the process whereby an opposition research document paid for by the Clinton campaign and compiled by a man with deep ties to officials in Putin's Russia was repackaged and deodorized and pawned off on the intelligence community, the FBI, and feckless, credulous judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as legitimate intelligence product.  Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has made the case time and again that redactions are being used to obscure wrongdoing and not to protect sources and methods.

Judicial Watch Uncovers Documents Showing Bruce Ohr Continued as Intermediary Between Christopher Steele and Robert Mueller's Team.  Judicial Watch has received documents from a previous FOIA request to the DOJ which highlight the extent of the communication between DOJ official Bruce Ohr and the FBI.  While there was prior knowledge of the role of Ohr as an FBI intermediary between Fusion-GPS, Chris Steele and the FBI during the original counterintelligence investigation, the new documents show Ohr continued in his role well into Mueller's appointment.

Fed-Up House Republican Releases Bruce Ohr Testimony Showing Major Conflict of Interest.  In a surprise move Friday [3/8/2019], Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, unilaterally released the 268-page transcript of an August 2018 interview with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.  Collins explained that his patience with the Justice Department "has grown thin."  He took to the House floor and asked that the full, unredacted transcript be put on the record.  In his testimony, Ohr revealed that former British spy Christopher Steele was simultaneously paid by both the FBI and the Democrat opposition research firm Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.

The Nellie Ohr Dossier.  A John Solomon article today [2/20/2019] points out the circumstances of Fusion-GPS contractor Nellie Ohr delivering a memory stick to her DOJ husband Bruce Ohr, who then turned around and gave it to the FBI team.  The memory stick contained Nellie's Trump-Russia research files.  As Solomon writes:  "The way Ohr described it, his wife's research was like an additional dossier assembled from Fusion GPS research to augment what Steele was separately providing the FBI."  However, Solomon stops short of explaining the full story.

The family secret Bruce Ohr told Rod Rosenstein about Russia case.  Who would have thought that, this deep into the Russia collusion probe, we'd be learning about yet another dossier connected to Hillary Clinton?  And, as it turns out, it was sort of a family secret.  By his own account, senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official Bruce Ohr played an essential — and unorthodox — role, carrying politically tainted allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion to the FBI during the 2016 election.  First, it was unverified intelligence starting in July 2016 from Trump-hating former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous Russia dossier.

Nellie Ohr:  Ukrainian Lawmaker Was Fusion GPS Source.  A member of the Ukrainian parliament accused in his home country of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was identified in congressional testimony in October as a source for opposition research firm Fusion GPS.  Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for the Washington, D.C.-based Fusion GPS, testified on Oct. 19 that Serhiy Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist turned Ukrainian lawmaker, was a source for Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign.  "I recall ... they were mentioning someone named Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian," Ohr said when asked who Fusion GPS's sources were, according to portions of Ohr's testimony confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Nellie Ohr's Revelation Of Dossier's Ukrainian Source Connects The Dots From DNC To Mueller.  Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller News Foundation put out a summary on Wednesday of information provided to Congress last fall by Nellie Ohr, wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and one-time contractor with Fusion GPS.  The information is about the source of Fusion GPS material, presumably on Paul Manafort's activities in Ukraine, and it goes a long way to confirm some longstanding suspicions about how that material was used, and how it was seeded into the FBI investigation of Manafort.  As an addendum to the long-running Manafort saga, it's not that big a bombshell.  The source alluded to by Nellie Ohr was Ukrainian journalist-turned-lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko.

The Mueller Report, Bruce Ohr, and FBI/DOJ Corruption.  In the second segment of the Jim Jordan interview with Maria Bartiromo the discussion turns to the issues surrounding the corrupt FBI/DOJ investigation; how DOJ deputy Bruce Ohr remained at the center of activity; and the ongoing purpose of the Mueller probe:  to hide all the previous corrupt activity and continue investigating Trump.

Bruce Ohr Was the Conduit From Hillary's Team to the FBI.  Jordan is the ranking Republican member of the House Oversight Committee.  He reported that during his testimony, Bruce Ohr revealed that he met with Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson thirteen times.  Then he went back and debriefed the FBI — James Comey and others.  When Bruce Ohr was deposed, he shared three key facts with the FBI.  First of all, Fusion was connected to the Clinton campaign and they put the dossier — the opposition research — together.  Ohr's wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS.  And, lastly, the person Fusion hired, Christopher Steele has a deep bias against the President.

More Leaked Transcripts — Nellie Ohr Researched Trump Kids While Working for Fusion GPS.  So far the joint house committee transcripts have been leaked to:  John Solomon (The Hill), The Epoch Times, The New York Times, and now The Daily Caller.  Someone is trying to get additional traction to these structured transcripts.  The content is also interesting.  The only thing we knew previously about the testimony of Nellie Ohr was that she evoked 'spousal privilege' during her deposition.  However, now the Daily Caller is reporting that Nellie Ohr gave testimony about her research with Fusion GPS, to include doing research on Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr's travels.

More About Ohr.  Fox News Catherine Herridge files a report covering the relationships between Glenn Simpson, Nellie Ohr, Christopher Steele, Bruce Ohr and the DOJ and FBI.  [Video clip]

New details of 2016 meeting with Trump dossier author conflict with Dems' timeline.  New details contained in congressional transcripts and emails about a July 2016 meeting involving the author of the anti-Trump "dossier," Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, and his wife, Nellie, appear to conflict with claims from Democrats — and the co-founder of the firm behind the dossier — that significant contacts did not occur until after the election.  According to the records, the little-known breakfast meeting was held on July 30, 2016 at Washington, D.C.'s Mayflower Hotel.  Congressional transcripts, confirmed by Fox News, showed Nellie Ohr told House investigators last year that Christopher Steele, the British ex-spy who compiled the dossier, wanted to get word to the FBI at the time.

Something Different Within The Bruce Ohr Testimony.  While reading a great article by Mollie Hemmingway at The Federalist, something stands out that might lend a cautious amount of optimism toward ongoing 'spygate' investigative inquiries and accountability.  There are two distinct differences in the Bruce Ohr testimony as compared to all others released or revealed so far.  The known list of witnesses questioned by the joint House Judiciary and Oversight committees includes:  James Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Baker, Lisa Page, Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, and Bruce Ohr.  Until the release of the Ohr transcript all prior reports and leaks of witness testimony have been from the FBI side of 'spygate'.  Bruce Ohr is the first witness from the Main Justice (DOJ) side of the issue.

Ohr Testimony Reveals Top DOJ Officials Briefed About Steele Before FISA.  Three top Senior Justice Department officials, two who are senior prosecutors on Robert Mueller' Special Counsel, met with Bruce Ohr in the summer of 2016.  This meeting happened well before the FBI sought a FISA warrant on a Trump campaign official.  Ohr informed the trio of DOJ officials about his close contact with former British Spy Christopher Steele, whose dossier was part of the evidence used to investigate the Trump campaign.  Further, Ohr warned the dossier was not vetted.  The FBI, however, used as the bulk of evidence from the dossier to obtain a secret warrant to spy on short-term Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, according to a Congressional investigation.

Top Mueller Officials Coordinated With Fusion GPS Spouse In 2016.  A senior Department of Justice official says he repeatedly and specifically told top officials at the FBI and DOJ about dossier author Christopher Steele's bias and his employer Fusion GPS' conflicts of interest, information they kept hidden from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  These conversations involved high-level officials, including some who are now senior officials in the special counsel probe.  And the conversations began taking place in the earliest days of August 2016, much earlier than previously revealed to congressional investigators seeking to learn the facts about the FBI's decision to spy on the Trump campaign.  Testimony from Bruce Ohr, the demoted associate attorney general at Justice, informs a years-long partisan debate about the role he played in funneling information to the FBI from the terminated source.

What Bruce Ohr Told the FBI.  Everybody knew.  Everybody of consequence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department understood fully in the middle of 2016 — as the FBI embarked on its counterintelligence probe of Donald Trump — that it was doing so based on disinformation provided by Hillary Clinton's campaign.  That's the big revelation from the transcript of the testimony Justice Department official Bruce Ohr gave Congress in August.  The transcripts haven't been released, but parts were confirmed for me by congressional sources.

Pass The Popcorn, Nahanni:  Bruce Ohr Throws Comey, McCabe and Schiff Under the Spygate BusThe Epoch Times began publishing a stunning series of exclusive articles on January 11th.  Each article — there have been four thus far — reveals previously undisclosed Congressional testimony of key Spygate suspects.  The most intriguing testimony appears to be that of disgraced DOJ official Bruce Ohr.  Ohr's claims have obliterated the FBI's official story of how the Trump-Russia "collusion" investigation began.

Schiff Misleads Congress.  [Scroll down]  According to his congressional testimony, Bruce Ohr, the former associate deputy Attorney General, confirmed to lawmakers that he met with Steele on July 30, 2016.  Also in attendance at the breakfast meeting was Ohr's wife, Nellie, who had been hired by Fusion GPS head Glenn Simpson in late 2015 to assist on his Trump-Russia project.  Fusion GPS was being paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through a politically connected law firm; Simpson hired Steele in June 2016.  Ohr then disclosed that "his first contact with the FBI was on July 31, 2016, when he reached out to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI attorney Lisa Page.  He then was referred to the agents working Russia counterintelligence, including Peter Strzok, the now-fired agent who played a central role in starting the Trump collusion probe," according to Solomon's reporting.  Around that time, he passed along "source information" — the early installments of Steele's dossier — to those officials.

Ohr's Testimony:  Is It Enough To Launch DOJ Investigation Into FISA Abuse?  Former senior FBI and DOJ officials could find themselves at the center of a criminal investigation after bombshell testimony from a DOJ official revealed they knew a former British spy's dossier was not vetted but still used it as evidence to obtain a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign aide.  DOJ official Bruce Ohr revealed last August in closed-door congressional testimony that he had informed three top senior Justice Department and FBI officials in the summer of 2016 about his meetings with former British spy Christopher Steele.  Ohr told these officials about Steele's animus toward Trump and that the dossier was not verified.  Further, he informed the officials that he was also in communication with Glenn Simpson, the founder of embattled research firm Fusion GPS.

DOJ official Bruce Ohr shared intel from dossier author in 2016 with prosecutors now on Mueller team.  Details about Justice Department official Bruce Ohr's meetings with the author of the salacious anti-Trump dossier were shared by Ohr with his expansive circle of contacts inside the department — including senior FBI leadership and officials now assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Fox News has learned.  Ohr gave a closed-door transcribed interview last August sharing details of his 2016 meetings with British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who authored the dossier later used to secure a surveillance warrant for a Trump campaign aide.  The interview was part of the Republican-led House Oversight and Judiciary Committee probes.

John Solomon:  Bruce Ohr Testimony Shows Politically Motivated DOJ and FBI Ignored Warnings.  John Solomon has a well-written article at The Hill outlining the leaked transcript from Bruce Ohr together with his own sources.  The key point Solomon focuses upon is how Bruce Ohr warned DOJ and FBI officials about the political intents and specifics behind the inbound information from Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS.  The primary aspect to Ohr's testimony is how strongly he warned officials at the FBI (Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, James Baker, Peter Strzok, Joe Pientka), and officials in DOJ Main Justice (Andrew Weissmann, Bruce Swartz, Zainab Ahmad), about the political intents and purposes behind the information that eventually became "The Steele Dossier".  In essence Bruce Ohr told the FBI and Main Justice, right at the outset of their Crossfire Hurricane operation, that Chris Steele's work product was an assembly of political opposition research specifically paid for by the Hillary Clinton Campaign.  Under all ordinary circumstances this under oath revelation would be a game changer; particularly because two of those in Main Justice who knew about the political construct, Zainab Ahmad and Andrew Weissmann, are currently officials directly on the Robert Mueller probe.  However, in the highly partisan era of Trump-hate, the media will completely ignore the scale of this admission by Bruce Ohr.

Transcript Leak #3 — Bruce Ohr Congressional Testimony is Vulgar is its Pretense and Narrative Absurdity.  Well, here we are again; another leaked transcript, this time from DOJ Official Bruce Ohr.  And as with the prior two transcript leaks, we don't get the raw information.  So let me first, necessarily, reassert our CTH position on these "leaks".  Leaking is bad, period; in all directions.  Because *leaking* is simply a method, a mechanism, to direct and control the focus of sunlight upon illicit action.  Regardless of whether you support or oppose the message within any individual leak; the leak itself does not expose corruption... only full and unfiltered information can expose corruption.  That means we need the actual raw transcripts to make determinations for ourselves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bruce and Nellie Ohr.  Bruce Ohr, the former Associate Deputy Attorney General who served as the fourth-highest ranking official in the Justice Department, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on August 28th, 2018, to answer questions regarding his connections to anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS.  According to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Ohr had over sixty contacts with Christopher Steele going as far back as January of 2016. [...] Bruce Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS and the Ohrs' connection to the dossier was kept secret for nearly a year after the dossier's publication.  Bruce Ohr even failed to disclose Nellie's work for Fusion on his annual financial disclosure forms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roger Stone

Russian Hack or CrowdStrike Ruse?  Robert Mueller may live to regret indicting Roger Stone.  Stone is the long-time Republican political operative who made headlines in January when he was hauled out of his home by a squad of FBI agents adorned in tactical gear and carrying M4 rifles.  The ostentatious display of force seemed made for television.  And as luck — or more likely, leak — would have it, CNN just happened to be on hand with cameras ready to film Mueller's predawn military raid to arrest Stone, a 66-year-old charged with purely non-violent crimes who'd already indicated he was ready and willing to turn himself in.

Roger Stone Invokes Fifth Amendment On Nadler Document Requests.  Conservative operative Roger Stone is invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege and refusing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler's request for documents in a far-reaching probe aimed at investigating President Donald Trump and his associates.  "On the advice of counsel, Mr. Stone will not produce the documents requested by the House Committee on the Judiciary," Stone's attorney wrote to Nadler in a letter reviewed by The Daily Caller, adding, "whether the documents requested by the House Committee on the Judiciary exist or not, they are subject to a Fifth Amendment claim."

New Attorney General Needs To Clean House.  After almost two years, nothing has been discovered to link President Trump to Russian collusion.  There is no smoking gun, no evidence, yet the Special Counsel's office has been busy charging a variety of Trump associates with crimes that extend into their past and deal with other activities such as lying to the FBI or Congress.  During the tenure of Mueller as Special Counsel, his office's methods have been thuggish to say the least.  For example, it has shocked and appalled Americans to learn that Mueller sent FBI agents to arrive at pre-dawn to raid the homes of Paul Manafort and, more recently, Roger Stone.  These are the tactics used to arrest drug lords and terrorists, not political consultants who are not a threat to flee the country or a danger to their fellow Americans.

Court Documents Reveal Special Counsel's Office Illegally Leaked Stone Indictment To CNN.  A court filing from Roger Stone's attorneys documents how CNN was in possession of a sealed indictment long before the court ordered it to be released.  For weeks, we have been hearing CNN claim again and again that their presence at Stone's home ahead of the FBI's pre-dawn raid was a combination of "luck" and good reporting.  They have since built on that fairy-tale, describing their propagandist filming of Stone's arrest the result of watching "unusual grand jury activity" in the days leading up to January 25th.

Dramatic Footage Shows Heavily Armed Agents Arresting Roger Stone.  There has been considerable discussion about the ridiculously over-aggressive manner in which the FBI conducted the arrest of 67-year-old Roger Stone.  Now video is surfacing showing just how over-the-top it was.

Roger Stone:  Mueller's End Game is Hillary Clinton as President.  Former Donald Trump campaign advisor and long-time Republican operative Roger Stone claims the Mueller investigation's ultimate goal is to get Hillary Clinton into the White House.  Stone made the wild accusation during an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity Monday night.  In his version of events, the special counsel will seek "hopped-up" charges against President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with the ultimate goal of installing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as the new leader of the free world.

Roger Stone's lawyer offers proof CNN is in bed with FBI.  Documentation was released yesterday [2/4/2019], reportedly from Roger Stone's lawyer, that claims that CNN didn't just happen upon Mr. Stone's home right before a 29-person FBI team raided it and took him into custody based on a "gut instinct," as the FBI claimed.  The letter was produced by Mr. Stone's lawyer, Grant Smith, who sent it to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.  It details a frightening tale of CNN acting on behalf of the FBI in regard to the continual Russia probe.

Documents Show CNN Was Tipped Off on Roger Stone Arrest by 29 FBI Armed Agents — Leaked by Deep State!.  CNN's camera crew allegedly arrived at Stone's residence a whole hour before the raid and CNN's Sara Murray provided Stone's attorney with a draft copy of the indictment in an early morning communique to confirm the FBI raid and arrest.  CNN was the only camera crew on the scene of the FBI raid on Roger Stone's home.  While CNN has spent an entire week claiming their presence at the FBI raid on Stone's South Florida home was a combination of luck and hard work, this evidence proves that their "source" was indeed the Office of the Special Counsel, who colluded with the notoriously anti-Trump news network to produce a propaganda broadcast of the arrest that is reminiscent of the Nazi era tactics of the Gestapo and propaganda ministry lead by Joseph Goebbels.

An American Nightmare.  Last Friday, on a quiet residential street at 6 in the morning, the neighborhood exploded in light, noise and terror.  Seventeen SUVs and two armored vehicles arrived in front of one house.  Each vehicle had sirens blaring and lights flashing.  The house, which abutted a canal, was soon surrounded by 29 government agents, each wearing military garb, each carrying a handgun and most carrying high-powered automatic rifles.  In the canal were two amphibious watercraft, out of which more heavily armed government agents came.  Circling above all this was a helicopter equipped with long-range precision weaponry and high-powered spotlights.  Four agents approached the front door to the house.  Two held a battering ram, and two pointed their rifles at the door.  One of the agents shouted and banged on the front door until the terrified owner of the house emerged, barefoot and wearing shorts and a T-shirt.  He was greeted in the dark at his open front door by two rifle barrels aimed at his head.

Mueller's Danse Macabre At Arrest of Stone.  Sending 29 FBI agents in bullet-proof protective gear and brandishing submachine guns at 6 a.m. to the house where Mr. Stone — who is 66 and does not own a firearm — lives with his wife, two dogs, and three cats, to effect another shakedown arrest for alleged untruths uttered by Mr. Stone to a congressional committee since Mr. Mueller was installed in his totalitarian sinecure, was disgusting and un-American.  The charges could have been laid — and if there is the slightest truth to them, should have been laid — by contacting Mr. Stone's lawyer during normal business hours and asking him to produce his client for charging and processing.

Roger Stone case:  Mueller has 'voluminous and complex' evidence.  Special counsel Robert Mueller said federal prosecutors have evidence that is "both voluminous and complex" in the case against a longtime associate of President Trump.  "It is composed of multiple hard drives containing several terabytes of information," wrote prosecutors in a court filing Thursday [1/31/2019], asking the federal judge overseeing the case against Roger Stone to designate it as complex.  That includes banking financial records and communications taken from iCloud and email accounts, as well as cellphones, computers, and hard drives.

Police State Update:  FBI Seized All of Roger Stone's Years of Contacts During Pre-Dawn Raid — Likely to Be Leaked to DNC.  The Mueller Deep State with help from the police state FBI stormed conservative activist and author Roger Stone's home last Friday in a predawn raid.  As The Gateway Pundit was first to report — the FBI Mueller raid on Roger Stone included more armed agents than the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  The Deep State had amphibious team in the water and an helicopter in the sky during the arrest.  The US is now a police state. [...] The US DOJ can never be trusted.  These are police state tactics.

Mueller, An Odd Hero for the Lawless Left.  Last Friday [1/25/2019], card-carrying members of the ACLU cheered as the FBI conducted a pre-dawn raid of the home of a political operative who stands accused of laughably non-violent offenses — mainly, just lying to Congress.  But since Roger Stone once worked for Trump and qualifies as an odious political enemy, liberals didn't mind Mueller's overkill, which is his latest straining attempt to make his investigation look weightier than it actually is.  On his supposed mandate, Mueller continues to spin his wheels.  He didn't charge Stone with any acts of collusion or uncover any direct contact between Stone and WikiLeaks, which isn't even a Russian government entity anyways.

Can We Give James Clapper The Roger Stone Treatment Yet?  Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or politically unaffiliated — whether you think that Robert Mueller's probe is a "witch hunt" or an investigation needed to save the republic — you should be outraged at the way Roger Stone was treated by the Department of Justice and the FBI.  I have no idea whether Mr. Stone is guilty of some or all of the seven counts contained in his indictment. [...] None of these counts, however, involve allegations of violent behavior.  None of these allegations justify the show of massive force against Stone and his wife at the crack of dawn.  Let's assume that Stone is guilty as charged on all seven counts:  was there a need for the FBI to conduct its raid in this manner?

CNN Hid Images and Video of Roger Stone's 72-Year-Old Wife Being Dragged Out of Home Barefoot and In Nightgown.  On Monday Roger Stone told Judge Napolitano in a FOX Nation interview that his 72-year-old wife was also forced to stand outside barefoot and in her nightgown.  For some strange reason this was not aired on CNN who had a camera crew at Stone's home during the arrest.  The Gateway Pundit wrote CNN for comment — It would be completely irresponsible if they hid this from the American public.

Ranking Judiciary Committee Republican wants FBI to explain use of force in Stone arrest.  Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday [1/30/2019], questioning the bureau's tactics when arresting Roger Stone, a longtime adviser and confidant of President Trump, last week at his Florida home.  Collins joins Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in questioning the amount of force used in arresting the 66-year-old Stone at his home, given that he was not deemed a flight risk and had already publicly stated that he expected to be indicted.

If Roger Stone's arrest is a sign of things to come, we've lost our country.  Say goodbye.  Roger Stone, who is being charged not with Russia collusion, but the process crime of lying to Congress, was targeted for the same reason U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said they went after Paul Manafort and the same reason they tried to bankrupt Gen. Michael Flynn.  They want to put the screws to Stone, who is 66, to make him sing or compose against Trump.  That's the only reason.  Otherwise, why would you arrest him?  If it was really for lying to Congress, he'd be near the back of a long line.  Last week's pre-dawn raid on Stone home in Fort Lauderdale featured 17 vehicles, including armored tactical trucks.  There were 27 heavily armed agents — I don't blame them, they don't have a choice when they're told to do something — in tactical gear with weapons drawn.

Nunes: 'The Process of Discovery 'Is Going to Be Fascinating' in Roger Stone Case.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Sunday said that special counsel Robert Mueller's office must be embarrassed that they had to come to House Republicans for information they could use to indict Roger Stone on a process crime, and predicted that the "process of discovery" in the case will be a "fascinating" one.  "I think the Mueller investigation is really at the bottom of the barrel when they're looking at people like this because we already found in our report that Roger Stone wasn't colluding with the Russians, which, that was the original intent of all this, remember?" Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

We Could All Be Roger Stone.  Mueller's illegal leaks have destroyed Roger Stone's business, and the cost of lawyers to defend multiple sore-loser lawsuits, as well as the witch hunt investigations by the US Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, have virtually bankrupted Stone and destroyed his family.  The way we see it, Roger Stone's only crimes are being friends with Donald Trump, authoring the best-selling book The Clintons' War On Women, and using his considerable skills at manipulating the media to keep the story of Hillary Clinton's many real crimes alive — and [angering] Robert Mueller and his band of Democrat witch hunters in the process.

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Oh, now I understand.  He wrote The Clintons' War On Women, so he must be destroyed.  At least he didn't end up like Vince Foster.

Who's in Charge of the Executive Branch?  Roger Stone's recent arrest by an FBI SWAT team suggests that the DOJ is functioning as a fourth branch of government, through the appointed special counsel, acting as an additional check and balance on the executive branch. [...] Stone is not a serial killer or a mafia don.  He's neither a drug kingpin nor a terrorist.  He is guilty of little more than knowing and associating with Donald Trump.  His indictment was for process crimes, misleading Congress or other investigators.  Something that Hillary Clinton, her aides, and top Obama officials did routinely and brazenly without consequence.

Stone Indictment Confirms Mueller in Witch Hunt Against Trump.  The indictment against longtime Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone, which contained no allegations or evidence of "Russian collusion," confirmed yet again that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is leading what President Trump has correctly described as a "witch hunt" against the administration.  It seems the real goal of Mueller is to terrorize everyone associated with Trump's rise to the presidency or his efforts to drain the swamp.  Indeed, in Stone's case — as in the cases of Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and National Security Adviser Mike Flynn — the charges had nothing to do with the Trump campaign, Russia, or anything related to the establishment-backed conspiracy theory about alleged "collusion."  Instead, the indictment listed seven so-called process charges ranging from "making false statements" to "obstruction of an official proceeding."  And yet, for this, Mueller dispatched heavily armed SWAT teams with guns drawn to Stone's Florida home for a pre-dawn raid.  The kingpin of anti-Trump hysteria, CNN, was conveniently there to capture the absurdity on video.  The outlandish tactics suggest that Mueller was trying to terrorize not only Stone, but anyone else who may be willing to work with Trump in the future.

One Way Outraged Americans Can Beat Robert Mueller.  Much has been made of the pre-dawn arrest of Roger Stone in his home in Fort Lauderdale.  To make this arrest, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, probably having delegated the task to his subordinate Andrew Weissmann (who is known for this tactic), assembled a full-scale FBI SWAT team of 29 members, replete with long weapons, body armor, and even a flash-bang grenade or two.  The arrest took place at "zero dark thirty" or 5:30 A.M. Nevertheless, a CNN crew was on hand to film the whole thing.  Once upon a time, this level of force was considered necessary only to raid suspects able and inclined to shoot back, or who might destroy evidence. [...] The fact that a CNN crew was allowed to film Stone's arrest is evidence that nobody believed he was dangerous.  Indeed, he was not:  he is a 66-year-old white-collar suspect with no prior history of violence, who didn't even have weapons in his house.

The FBI Drops In.  Federal Law enforcement appears to be adopting methods more suitable for the KGB or Stasi.  CNN's exclusive news coverage of Roger Stone's arrest was a big mistake.  It reminded sentient people of the Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Elian Gonzalez raids. [...] Stone should consider himself very fortunate.  Many predawn raids do not end well.  Ruby Ridge resulted in the death of Vicki Weaver, who was shot in the head by sharpshooter Lon Horiuchi while she was holding her 10-month-old daughter, and the 14-year-old Sammy Weaver.  In an effort to "save the children," the Waco standoff rvesulted in twenty-one children under the age of 16 being burned alive.  Elian Gonzalez was not shot or burned.  He vwas simply deported back to Cuba.  Of course, those were the days when people were not so concerned about children.  All these incidents illustrate that the Deep State is still in charge.  It appears that our elected President is not in control.  He keeps appointing Deep State apparatchiks like Wray and Barr.  The real criminals will never go to jail.

Roger Stone indictment isn't good news for those seeking Trump impeachment.  Despite the breathless media accounts, the actual indictment of Stone is most notable for what it does not include.  This was supposed to be the long-rumored linchpin to Russian collusion:  The Russians fed information to Wikileaks which fed the information to Stone who fed the information to the Trump campaign.  The raid on Stone's home clearly made for great television, but the Stone indictment hardly makes for a great collusion case.  Let's be honest.  After more than a year of investigation, Mueller nailed a gadfly on false statements, witness tampering and obstruction rather than illegal collusion with Russia.  That's what has been happening all along.  Mueller has almost exclusively charged non-Russian defendants with either false statements or other process crimes.

How Many FBI Agents Does It Take to Terrorize an Unarmed 66-Year-Old?  Team Mueller's use of 29 agents plus CNN video support elements were confronted with a challenging tactical problem.  Despite the fact that Stone has no prior criminal record, he is nevertheless 66 years old.  This is an age when people are sometimes cranky and disagreeable.  Obviously, those 29 agents were necessary to establish tactical dominance and to quickly subdue this lawless false declarant.  Hopefully, the overwhelming show of force prevented Stone from making any further false declarations during the course of his arrest.  And, equally important, the visuals of the assault broadcast by the CNN tactical elements undoubtedly will serve as a deterrent to others who may harbor thoughts of uttering untruths sworn or otherwise.  All of which leads me to shake my wooly gray head and wonder aloud if any of these two-fisted crime fighters who took down the cunning and dangerous Roger Stone are in any way embarrassed by their participation in this vaudeville act.

The real sins of Roger Stone.  In a predawn raid, heavily armed FBI SWAT team commandos wearing body armor and carrying loaded assault rifles stormed the home where Roger Stone, 66, lives in Florida with his wife.  Of course.  Where else would the FBI find such a clear and present menace to peace and society, but a tranquil community where elderly people go to retire?  In a rare departure from their regular diet of Fake News, CNN was tipped off and captured dramatic footage of the daring raid in which Mr. Stone and his wife were rousted from bed in their pajamas.  One can never be too careful!

On closer examination, Roger Stone indictment is less than it seems.  The testimony for which Stone was indicted concerns his descriptions of dealings with two men — Jerome Corsi and Randy Credico — who Stone used to attempt to get in touch with WikiLeaks head Julian Assange in the summer and fall of 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, when WikiLeaks published hacked emails relating to Hillary Clinton.  Some of Mueller's charges seem somewhat small; for example, Stone was charged with lying because he said he and Credico communicated by phone but not by email when in fact, according to Mueller, they communicated by both phone and email.  But in each case, Mueller says Stone knowingly made false statements.  On the other hand, the indictment does not accuse Stone of lying in some key instances when he defended himself against some of the most serious allegations of the Trump-Russia matter.

Roger Stone's indictment is all bun and no beef.  [Scroll down]  But what, exactly, did Stone know?  How did he know it?  And how did that help the Trump campaign?  The indictment doesn't offer much grist for those mills.  It portrays Stone as operating on the fringe of the Trump campaign, having trouble getting his calls returned by a top campaign official.  It also suggests that he lied when he publicly claimed to have been briefed directly by WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange; Stone appears to have relied on conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi and Credico for all his information about WikiLeaks.  And the only useful tip Stone is accused of providing the campaign is advance knowledge that WikiLeaks would make another Clinton-related data dump in October.

Mueller Jumps the Shark.  To date, the "Russian Collusion" that Robert Mueller was selected to investigate has come up with only process crimes — that is crimes created by the investigators who ignore the far greater crimes by Brennan, Clapper, Hillary, the Obama FBI/CIA gang, for which seemingly they all got get out of jail free cards — and this week it was no different with the indictment and arrest of Roger Stone.  Once again, the anti-Trumpers gleefully contend that this time they got the President.  No, actually.  The indictment makes clear that senior Trump officials did not know wikileaks had "'stolen DNC emails' or when they would release them, and did NOT know what other information they had on the Clinton campaign," accurately tweets Paul Sperry.  The middle of the night raid on his home and his arrest captured by CNN cameras involved far more agents than were necessary and was part of the Mueller show.  In any other such circumstance, his counsel would just have been informed that he was to show up in their offices to receive the arrest warrant.  That this is overblown theater is evident by the relatively low bail requested.

Roger Stone's SWAT team arrest:  Are we even America anymore?  Mueller was appointed by Rod Rosenstein not to investigate Trump collusion with Russia.  The principals all knew that was not remotely true.  He was appointed to conceal and obliterate the volumes of evidence of crimes committed by Hillary Clinton; her campaign; and a group of higher-ups in the FBI, DOJ, and CIA, all of whom were involved in a scheme to prevent Trump from being elected.  All of them have lied under oath and before Congress.  Mueller himself was involved in the Clinton scheme to sell 20% of U.S. uranium to Russia.  All of these felons are walking free; their homes are not being raided in the wee small hours of the morning, but their crimes are far more serious than anything Roger Stone or Paul Manafort might have committed. [...] Suddenly, it is catastrophically clear that America is no longer a constitutional republic, a nation of laws and justice.  An unelected, tangential officer of the DOJ has for two years abused his position of power to destroy many lives in the cruelest of ways with impunity.  No one is stopping him and his band of legal bullies.

Why Did Christopher Wray Allow Mueller's Thugs To Use 29 FBI Agents On Roger Stone?  Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Wray should hang his head in shame.  At a time when he should be restoring the FBI's reputation after Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and others tarnished its image as our country's premier law enforcement agency, he allowed 29 gun slinging agents to make a predawn arrest of former Trump advisor Roger Stone.  Stone is not a drug dealer, nor is he a terrorist.  Stone is charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to the special counsel.  Significantly, the alleged false statements specified in the indictment were about conduct, which, if admitted, was not criminal.

Roger Stone's Arrest:  What's Scandalous, and What Isn't.  The salient point is that Mueller's indictment of Stone confirms that the Trump campaign had nothing to do with the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee or their publication by Wikileaks.  The allegations against Stone all have to do with what happened after Wikileaks dumped the first batch of DNC emails.  Stone tried — unsuccessfully — to get in touch with Julian Assange or someone else who could tell him whether Wikileaks had more emails, and if so, what they contained.

Roger Stone may be a 'BS artist,' but indictments don't prove collusion:  Byron York.  Republican operative Roger Stone is the latest in President Trump's inner circle to face criminal charges in the Mueller probe, but his alleged crimes have nothing to do with Russia collusion, Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York argued Friday [1/25/2019].  Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged the former Trump campaign adviser with seven felonies — including obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering.  The FBI sent more than two-dozen armed agents to arrest Stone in his Florida home before the crack of dawn Friday.

Roger Stone Draws the Judge Who Threw Paul Manafort in Jail.  Stone was arrested by FBI agents Friday on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing a probe and witness tampering.  WikiLeaks posted a tweet citing Barry Pollack, a U.S. lawyer for the group's founder Julian Assange, saying "the dawn military-style arrest" of Stone "was wholly unnecessary and served no purpose other than intimidation."

Roger Stone Speaks After Arrest: 'Rogue Prosecutor' Mueller 'Has More Power than the President'.  Longtime political operative Roger Stone is speaking out for the first time since his Friday arrest in connection to the special counsel's Russia probe, calling its chief investigation Robert Mueller a "rogue prosecutor" who is helping to turn the United States into the "new Soviet Union."  "This country is literally run by a rogue prosecutor who has more power than the president," Stone told InfoWars through his attorney Grant Smith.  The Trump ally added that he sees his arrest as part of the United States' decline into a "new Soviet Union," adding that he is concerned for the lives of his grandchildren.

CNN Got an Inside Tip About the FBI Raid and It's Lying About It.  In response to the accusations by President Trump and others, that CNN had received an inside tip about the Roger Stone raid from the FBI, the news network published a whole article claiming that it had gotten the scoop by putting together various clues.  Nonsense.  There was no purpose to such an aggressive FBI raid without a camera crew standing by.  Previous defendants had been allowed to turn themselves in.  Why would it take multiple vehicles and personnel to arrest one man in his sixties?  There's nothing resembling practical necessity here.  And, without cameras standing by to broadcast the footage, the entire effect would have been lost. [...] Occam's Razor tells us that the FBI tipped off CNN.  And that needs to be investigated.

Friday was a bad day in Washington.  Friday, Jan. 25 will be remembered by Trump-supporters as the day he caved on the wall.  By agreeing to fully open the government for three weeks without any wall money, Trump has angered many supporters, who will vilify him to the detriment of their own cause.  Trump is under the kind of swampy pressure few could survive.  This happened only hours after his friend Roger Stone was arrested by the FBI.  With the air traffic control system starting to impact transportation, the political pressures were enormous for the White House.  The upcoming Super Bowl game was likely an underlying factor, as the rich and powerful would have trouble getting to the annual extravaganza.

Sarah Sanders:  Will Hillary Clinton Be Arrested If 'Lying to FBI' is a Crime?  Amid the indictment of Trump ally Roger Stone, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders voiced her thoughts on whether the FBI would also be raiding the homes of Hillary Clinton, James Clapper and James Comey. [...] A special counsel Robert Mueller 'Russia collusion investigation.' which has already cost the American taxpayer $25 Million, Sander's asked if the FBI would have the same protocol for the likes of Hillary Clinton and others who have allegedly lied to the FBI.

Roger Stone Indictment Mentions 'Trump Campaign,' 'Trump Campaign Official/Officials' 28 Times.  Roger Stone, a Trump friend and a former Trump campaign official, is under arrest this morning [1/25/2019] after a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted him on seven counts: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding; five counts of false statements; and one count of witness tampering.  The charges against Stone do not involve Russian collusion; they involve his alleged obstruction of, and false statements to, the congressional and FBI investigations into Trump-Russia coordination.  However, in what may be a preview of future legal cases, the indictment mentions the "Trump campaign" or "Trump campaign official/officials" 28 times, mostly in connection with Stone's attempt to get information from Wikileaks that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign.

In new Mueller indictment, what is Roger Stone charged with doing?  So what, specifically, is Stone charged with doing?  All the counts stem from Stone's Sept. 26, 2017, interview with the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russia's attempt to influence the 2016 election and the response by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.  Stone is not charged with lying to or attempting to obstruct the Mueller investigation.  The special counsel's charges involve Stone's House testimony about WikiLeaks and its release of hacked material from the Democratic National Committee and, later, from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta during the 2016 campaign.

Collusion! Mueller Tips Off CNN — Entire Stone Pre-Dawn Raid Captured by Anti-Trump Channel.  Conservative activist and President Trump confidant Roger Stone was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by dirty cop Robert Mueller.  Stone was arrested on a process crime and not Russian collusion.  There was no Russian collusion.  But there is collusion between the Deep State Mueller investigators and Democrat politicians and anti-Trump news outlets.  The entire predawn raid of Roger Stone's home was captured by the anti-Trump channel.  Mueller Tipped Off CNN!

Roger Stone Arrested Pre-Dawn on 7-Count Indictment.  Former Trump casino lobbyist and presidential campaign advisor Roger Stone was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., just after 6 a.m. today on a seven-count indictment issued Thursday in D.C.  A dozen armed officers were involved in the arrest, with an agent knocking on the door and calling out, "FBI, open the door!"  Stone is charged with one count of obstructing an official proceeding, five counts of making false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

Mueller Probe Arrests Roger Stone.  Veteran political operative Roger Stone has been arrested in Florida, according to the office of the special counsel led by Robert Mueller.  A statement from special counsel spokesman Peter Carr reads:  "The indictment, which was unsealed upon arrest, contains seven counts: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering."  CNN claims to have video in which FBI agents are heard pounding on the door of Stone's home in Fort Lauderdale, FL, this morning where he was arrested.

Did You Know James Comey's Former Special Assistant Now Works For CNN? Might Explain Today's Morning Raid Coverage.  Just a coincidence, right?  The FBI conducts an early morning raid on Roger Stone's Florida home and the only news organization who happens to be there to film it all in Zero Dark 30 style is CNN.  Remarkable.  Well, that is until you realize the direct link between former FBI head James Comey and a man who is currently employed by CNN. Mr. Comey is an already admitted leaker of classified information to the media.  (Yet has never faced prosecution for that crime.)  Is it really a stretch to say his hands are all over this CNN "scoop" of the Roger Stone raid?

CNN on Why They Have Video of Roger Stone's Arrest:  We Had a Hunch It'd Happen.  Americans awoke Friday morning to find that, as expected, Trump associate and InfoWars fan Roger Stone been arrested by the FBI at his Ft. Lauderdale, Florida home on seven counts related to the Trump-Russia probe.  But what made this long-expected arrest surprsing?  Well, somehow CNN had a camera and producer on scene for the arrest, airing by 6:37 a.m.  Eastern providing footage of armed agents swarming his house.  According to CNN, they just had a hunch.

Roger Stone Indictment Uses Russia 'Hack' Conclusions from Google-Linked Company.  Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller opens his office's indictment of Roger Stone, a former associate of President Donald Trump, by citing information that relies on an outside company's independent assessment that Russia hacked the servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  The indictment immediately implies that WikiLeaks released emails stolen by Russians who allegedly hacked the DNC servers, going on to document alleged communication between Stone and WikiLeaks in part using intermediaries.

Roger Stone vows to fight charges in Mueller probe, calls indictment 'politically motivated'.  Former Trump adviser Roger Stone vowed during a dramatic press conference outside a federal courthouse in Florida on Friday afternoon [1/25/2019] to fight the charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, calling the charges "politically motivated" while insisting he would not turn against President Trump.  "I will plead not guilty to these charges," Stone told reporters, speaking over hecklers.  "I will defeat them in court.  This is a politically-motivated investigation."

FBI's show of force in Roger Stone arrest spurs criticism of Mueller tactics.  The FBI's pre-dawn arrest of President Trump's ex-adviser Roger Stone at his Florida home prompted critics to once again question the tactics of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, after more than a dozen special agents clad in tactical gear raided Stone's property Friday [1/25/2019]. Stone, 66, was taken into custody early Friday after being indicted by a federal grand jury a day earlier as part of Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.  CNN, which conveniently happened to be staking out Stone's Fort Lauderdale home, posted video of the arrest that showed a team of FBI agents with guns banging on Stone's door and demanding that he come outside.

Michael Cohen

Deep State IRS Employee John Fry Pleads Guilty to Leaking Michael Cohen's Bank Records to Avenatti.  Deep State IRS analyst John Fry pleaded guilty Wednesday [8/14/2019] to leaking Michael Cohen's bank records to creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti and The New Yorker.  Mr. Fry was charged in February of this year by the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California with unauthorized disclosure of a suspicious activity report, or SAR.  Banks file SARs on any transactions that could be illegal.

IRS analyst pleads guilty to leaking Michael Cohen's financial records.  An Internal Revenue Service analyst pleaded guilty Wednesday [8/14/2019] to illegally disclosing sensitive financial records about President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in a leak case stemming from the Justice Department's investigations of those close to the president.  John Fry, who had worked as an investigative analyst with the IRS in San Francisco, entered his plea in federal court there.  Fry was charged in February with the unauthorized disclosure of suspicious activity reports, or SARs.  Such reports are meant to flag potentially unlawful financial conduct to government investigators but do not necessarily indicate wrongdoing.

Is A Major Real Scandal About To Break Soon?  The whole "Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress" was essentially a sub-hoax perpetuated by Buzzfeed.  Despite Cohen's sensational testimony before Congress in an effort to ingratiate himself to prosecutors, we found out that even this "bombshell" was nothing.  Taken altogether, what we know is that the entire Russian collusion story was nothing but a huge hoax foisted upon the American public, but one we should all be worried about.  What has become increasingly clear is that there was a story developed by a strange incestuous group involving the media, the Clinton campaign, deep state Obama bureaucrats and the DNC to derail the Trump administration.

Michael Cohen offers Democrats new evidence against Trump in bid to delay prison.  President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen says he has new information to offer Democrats if authorities reduce or delay his upcoming three-year prison sentence.  In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Cohen's attorneys say he has discovered substantial files on a hard drive that could help investigations of the president.  The hard drive is said to include over 14 million files, which consist of all emails, voice recordings, images and attachments from Cohen's computers and phones, his attorneys Lanny Davis, Michael Monico and Carly Chocron wrote.

Records show FBI was probing Michael Cohen long before raid.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller began investigating President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for fraud in his personal business dealings and for potentially acting as an unregistered foreign agent at least nine months before FBI agents in New York raided his home and office, according to documents released Tuesday [3/19/2019].

Have the Democrats finally gone too far?  Did Democrats overreach when they invited convicted liar and turncoat scammer Michael Cohen to tell Congress President Trump is a bad guy?  Are they on a ridiculous fishing expedition when they summon 81 people, including three of the president's children, to testify to a congressional panel whose chairman says he's certain Trump committed crimes, no matter what special counsel Robert Mueller says?  Have they lost their minds with plans for a single-payer health system, the Green New Deal, unrestricted abortion, open borders and endless free stuff?

Tripwire: Adam Schiff Staff Coached Michael Cohen Four Times, Over Ten Hours, Prior to Testimony.  Nothing is organic; everything is planned; this is simply what the Democrats do every single time.  They use the same playbook.  Adding further evidence toward this insufferable scheme, reports are now surfacing that HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff dispatched his staff members to coach Michael Cohen on his testimony on four occasions (in New York), prior to his congressional appearance, totaling more than 10 hours.  Again, everything is rehearsed and scripted.  These latest developments explain why the Cohen testimony was delayed.  Political democrat operatives, working with Cohen's handler Lanny Davis, worked through a training and coaching process for maximum effect.  This coordinated process is also why Cohen was given a deferment to the beginning of his prison sentence.

Cohen met with Schiff staff for over 10 hours before House Oversight Committee hearing, sources say.  President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen told House investigators this week that staff for Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., traveled to New York at least four times to meet with him for over 10 hours immediately before last month's high-profile public testimony, according to two sources familiar with the matter — as Republicans question whether the meetings amounted to coaching a witness.  The sources said the sessions covered a slew of topics addressed during the public hearing before the oversight committee — including the National Enquirer's "Catch and Kill" policy, American Media CEO David Pecker and the alleged undervaluing of President Trump's assets.  But, Republicans have raised concerns with the sessions, with Ohio Rep. Mike Turner sending a letter to Cohen's team on Wednesday demanding answers.

Cohen inquired about pardon from Trump, his lawyer says, contradicting testimony to Congress.  A lawyer representing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen said Wednesday that Cohen directed a lawyer last year to inquire about possibly receiving a pardon from President Trump.  The disclosure by Lanny Davis, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, contradicted testimony by Cohen last week on Capitol Hill, in which Cohen told members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee:  "I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump."  In a written statement, Davis said Cohen "directed his attorney" to ask about a possible pardon.  The newspaper adds that it previously reported that Stephen Ryan, a past attorney for Cohen, discussed a pardon with President Trump's lawyers in the weeks after FBI agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room.

Michael Cohen won't make a dime on [a] book full of his House testimony.  A Michael Cohen instant book in his own words hit Tuesday — but the fixer-turned-President Trump-antagonist will reap no gain.  Diversion Books said it crashed "Cohen's House Testimony:  The Complete Transcripts and Case Documents" for March 5 publication — only five days after Cohen delivered his riveting public testimony on Capitol Hill.  "For us, it seemed like an important historic moment that will have big demand no matter what you think about Cohen," said Diversion CEO Scott Waxman.  No advance money will be paid to Cohen or any of his congressional interrogators for the book.

Remember: Michael Cohen is a liar.  Michael Cohen is, to remind everyone, a convicted liar.  He lied to the very body before which he is testifying this week.  He did it early, often, and with great panache while employed by Donald Trump — and in many cases was employed to serve that very function.  Many in the press rightly spent months, if not years, accusing Cohen of the very thing we now insist (again rightly), that our vaunted justice system proved true:  that he lies.  But mark my words, few in the media will bring the same skepticism to what he said last week about Trump before Congress.  Many will believe every word as proof the president is a criminal.  But why?  Why is Cohen suddenly believable?

Trump says Cohen's newly revealed book proposal blows up testimony: 'Totally discredited!'  President Trump on Friday [3/1/2019] blasted Michael Cohen over a newly reported book proposal that apparently painted the president in a positive light, saying his former lawyer's pitch contradicts this week's congressional testimony and renders him "totally discredited."  "Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote 'a love letter to Trump' manuscript for a new book that he was pushing.  Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue.  Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which is now a lie!" Trump tweeted Friday [3/1/2019].

Michael Cohen's Lying Circus:  A Dispassionate Review.  Tragically, notwithstanding recent efforts at raising public awareness of the scourge of toxic imbecility, the spread of this debilitating disease has intensified, especially in the minds of those whose symptoms are manifested in Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).  Nowhere is this acceleration of the outbreak on clearer display than in the Left's rave reviews for the debut of the off-Broadway show trial, "Michael Cohen's Lying Circus," which will be playing a limited engagement in select venues in our nation's capital.

Michael Cohen demolishes the Russia collusion conspiracy — Will anyone be fired for lies?  Michael Cohen spent a decade as Trump's high-profile lobbyer, toady, defender and personal attorney.  And then one day, he decided that he hated Donald Trump and became Donald Trump's mortal enemy.  A big change.  How did that happen?  Well, Cohen told Congress this week that he had a kind of a road to Damascus experience.  He was personally and morally offended by what his boss said on two occasions.  First, after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, that was the summer of 2017 and later, when he watched Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland about a year later.  Those two scandals, both of them fraudulent, entirely manufactured by the left and its servants in the media, changed Michael Cohen's mind forever.

Lynne Patton:  "Michael Cohen turned on the President because Mueller threatened to throw his wife in jail for up to 30 years".  The appearance of long-time Trump confidante Lynne Patton at the congressional testimony of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen created a considerable stir amid Washington DC.  However, the context of her appearance takes on even more drama when considered against Patton's Facebook post from January 18th of this year: [...]

Heir to infamous mob family predicts 'rat' Michael Cohen might have big problems in prison.  Once President Donald Trump's disgraced former attorney Michael Cohen reports to prison in May to serve a 3-year-old sentence for campaign finance violations and tax evasion, among other charges, he may be in store for some painfully deep trouble, according to Giovanni Gambino.  Speaking with the Daily Mail early Wednesday morning, a few short hours before Cohen testified publicly to the House Oversight Committee about the president and his alleged crimes, the Gambino crime family heir warned that prison inmates hate "rats."

Why 1 simple lie by Michael Cohen could invalidate his entire testimony.  In order for Michael Cohen to be seen as a credible and reliable source on Donald Trump's business dealings, political activities and character — both in and out of the White House — the President's former fixer must be viewed as a changed man, someone who lied, yes, but has now seen the light and spent his House hearing on Tuesday [2/26/2019] telling the truth and nothing but the truth about his former boss.  Under that narrative, Cohen was ONCE a liar — to protect Trump — but the scales have fallen from his eyes and now he is on the side of facts and truth.

Where Is House Ethics Probe into Adam Schiff?  During his grudge-airing, redemption-seeking spectacle on Wednesday [2/27/2019], Michael Cohen admitted he was in cahoots with Democratic lawmakers prior to giving his congressional testimony.  "We spoke with Chairman [Elijah] Cummings and the [Democratic] Party," Trump's former lawyer confessed to Representative Jody Hice (R-Ga.).  "We spoke with Chairman [Adam] Schiff and his people as well."  Under further questioning by Rep. James Jordan (R-Ohio), Cohen acknowledged he "spoke to Mr. Schiff about topics that were going to be raised at the upcoming hearing."  Jordan clarified that rather than simply discuss the logistics of the hearing, Schiff coached the witness on "what [he was] going to talk about."

Latest Hoaxer Michael Cohen Given 7-Hour Congressional Floor.  A Trump-hating Congress needed to bring their visceral hatred to an all-time high crescendo.  Hoaxer Jussie Smollett tried but got caught in the act by Chicago cops, so working with Hillary Clinton's former lawyer Lanny Davis, Congress brought in Michael Cohen.  Cohen's hoax lasted for seven hours, during which Georgia Congressman Jody Hice said of his testimony:  "It's a shameful mockery".  You won't see this video anywhere on the mainstream or social media today.  [Video clip]

Michael Cohen Hearing Marks the End of Government 'Oversight'.  Michael Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday yielded very little in terms of new information about alleged misconduct by President Donald Trump or his 2016 presidential campaign.  If anything, Cohen's testimony hurt the case against the president.  Cohen said that he had no direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  He also appeared to lie several times (again).  The media, too, lost.  They billed Cohen's appearance as a climactic moment — then struggled to salvage bits and pieces of their shattered narratives from the wreckage of his testimony.  Cohen told the committee that Trump had not actually told him directly to lie to Congress.  He also admitted there was no evidence, other than the word of a convicted liar (himself), that Trump had ever directed that "hush money" be paid to Stormy Daniels and others.

Michael Cohen's Traveling Mendacity Show.  Michael Cohen is back in town and, as expected, put on a Pecksniffian public performance Wednesday [2/27/2019] for an appreciative audience consisting of Democrats, the media, and miscellaneous TDS sufferers.  Assisted by that preeminent paragon of veracity, Lanny Davis, he pitched several patent specifics of his own invention that he offered as a remedy for the dread disease that has ravaged the Beltway for two years — the Trump Presidency.  Cohen peddled his special swamp juice with the same pious solemnity with which he perjured himself before Congress about an aborted Moscow real estate deal involving Trump and his construction company.

Michael Cohen's Morality Play.  "This is a story of redemption."  That's how Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney characterized the testimony Donald Trump's longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, delivered before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.  The president's former fixer couldn't have asked for more.  Cohen has been throwing himself upon the mercy of The Resistance ever since it became clear that he would face criminal charges related to his personal misconduct.  To avoid an excessive sentence, Cohen had to share with federal prosecutors all he knew about the president.  But in turning on his former employer and the party he leads, Cohen sacrificed his relationships on the right.  He needed a new set of friends, to say nothing of donors to his legal defense fund.  And so Trump's attorney has embarked on a nakedly cynical campaign of emotional manipulation stimulating all the anti-Trump left's pleasure centers.

Michael Cohen Admits to Coordinating Scripted Testimony With Lanny Davis, Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings.  Those who follow closely will note Speaker Pelosi's plan to weaponize congressional oversight is a carefully orchestrated campaign with three key figures:  Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings and Jerry Nadler.  Representative Jody Hice questions Michael Cohen about the construct and background of his congressional appearance.  Within the answer Cohen admits his handler, democrat operative Lanny Davis, coordinated with key congressional leadership to include Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings and HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff.  [Video clip]

The Three Times When Michael Cohen's Testimony Accidentally Exonerated President Trump.  Because attorney-client privilege is apparently no longer a thing, Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, is on Capitol Hill this week testifying against his old employer.  The media tells us that his testimony is like a carpet bomb on the Trump Administration, full of explosive and damning revelations that will surely spell doom for the President.  Something closer to the opposite is the case, I think.

Michael Cohen Admits Discussing 'Topics' with Adam Schiff Before Testimony.  Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, admitted that he discussed with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) "topics that might come up" in preparation for his Wednesday [2/27/2019] hearing before the House Oversight Committee.  "I spoke to Mr. Schiff about topics that were going to be raised at the upcoming hearing," Cohen told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) when pressed about the pair's past discussion.  "Whoa," Jordan responded.  "Not just what time you're going to show up, but what you're going to talk about?  Whoa."

GOP reps refer Michael Cohen to DOJ for alleged perjury during hearing.  House Oversight Committee Republicans on Thursday referred ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Justice Department for alleged perjury, claiming he lied during sworn testimony before the panel a day earlier about a number of issues including his ambitions to work in the Trump administration and contracts with foreign entities.  Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., penned a letter Thursday [2/28/2019] to newly sworn-in Attorney General William Barr, citing evidence that Cohen "committed perjury" during his hearing before the committee on Wednesday.

Cohen Admits He Can't Corroborate His Allegations Against Trump.  President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen admitted Wednesday [2/27/2019] he is unable to corroborate allegations that the president discussed elements of WikiLeaks' email hacks with Roger Stone.  "How can we corroborate what you're saying?" Democratic Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz of Florida asked Cohen, referring to the former Trump confidant's allegations that the president was aware of Stone's contact with WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange.  She is among a slew of Democrats and Republicans grilling Cohen during a congressional hearing.  "I don't know, but I suspect the special counsel's office and other government agencies have the information that you're seeking," Cohen said in reply.

Cohen admits he has no evidence Trump colluded with Russians, 'but I have my suspicions'.  President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen said Wednesday that he has no evidence suggesting his former boss colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, but that he has his "suspicions."  "Questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia.  I do not, and I want to be clear.  But I have my suspicions," Cohen told lawmakers.  There are "so many dots that all seem to lead" in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he added.

On the eve of congressional testimony, Michael Cohen disbarred for lying to Congress.  Michael Cohen, the former longtime personal attorney of President Trump, was officially disbarred Tuesday [2/26/2019].  A panel of five justices at the New York Supreme Court ruled that Cohen had ceased to be an attorney when he was convicted in federal court in November 2018 of making false statements to Congress.  The judicial panel ruled that Cohen "ceased to be an attorney upon his federal conviction of making false statements to the United States Congress."  Back in August 2018, President Trump tweeted:  "If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!"  Today, the justices said that Cohen's name would be "stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law in the State of New York."

Cohen Slapped With Criminal Referral Mid-Testimony Over FARA Violation.  Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was hit with a criminal referral for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) following a heated exchange during Cohen's Wednesday testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee.

Michael Cohen Opening Statement, Worded for Maximum Political Damage.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has worked closely with House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings to use President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen as the cornerstone to a carefully planned democrat impeachment effort.  Working collaboratively with the current U.S. Department of Justice, Speaker Pelosi organized a deferment of prison sentence for Mr. Cohen so he could testify to the House committees. [...] The 20 pages of toxic and disparaging opening remarks are specifically and carefully worded by Cohen and his political handler Lanny Davis to create maximum political damage.  Together with personal documents (and recordings) Cohen will provide, this pre-planned effort is what U.S. media will use to assist their ideological allies in congress.

Michael Cohen Plans to Call Trump a 'Con Man' and a 'Cheat' in Congressional Testimony.  Michael D. Cohen plans to tell Congress on Wednesday [2/27/2019] that President Trump is a "con man" and a "cheat" who knew a longtime adviser was communicating with WikiLeaks — and who implicitly instructed Mr. Cohen to lie about a Trump Tower project in Moscow that was underway during the 2016 presidential campaign.  The extraordinary testimony will take place when Mr. Cohen, the president's former lawyer and fixer, publicly appears before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.  An advance copy of Mr. Cohen's testimony was obtained Tuesday night by reporters at multiple news organizations, including The New York Times, just as Mr. Trump began meetings in Vietnam before convening with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

Get Trump!  Democrats, Media Go All In On Michael Cohen.  The major broadcast television networks will air live coverage Wednesday of the Democrat-led House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen who has turned on his former client since being targeted by federal prosecutors.  The cable news networks will also carry the hearing live in which Cohen will reportedly say of President Trump, "He is a racist.  He is a conman.  He is a cheat."

Cohen hearings [are] designed to keep [the] public in [the] dark about Russia.  Former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is scheduled to appear before three congressional committees this week before he heads to jail to serve a sentence for tax evasion and lying to Congress. [...] It would be a great service if the Cohen appearances helped increase the store of public information on the Trump-Russia furor.  But even though Cohen is a key figure in the matter — his name is mentioned 24 times in the so-called Trump dossier — the hearings appear designed to prevent the public from learning anything new about the Russia matter.

Michael Cohen Disbarred Following Felony Conviction For Lying Under Oath.  Donald Trump's former-attorney-turned rat has been disbarred, reported the New York Post. [...] According to the law, any lawyer "who shall be convicted of a felony ... shall upon such conviction, cease to be an attorney and counsellor-at-law, or to be competent to practice law as such."  Mr. Cohen can file for reinstatement in seven years — or sooner if he were to be pardoned (not going to happen).  Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison for lying to Congress and other charges related to his taxi medallion company in December and will report to prison on May 6th.

Cell signal puts Cohen outside Prague around time of purported Russian meeting.  A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump's former lawyer and "fixer" Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials, four people with knowledge of the matter say.  During the same period of late August or early September, electronic eavesdropping by an Eastern European intelligence agency picked up a conversation among Russians, one of whom remarked that Cohen was in Prague, two people familiar with the incident said.

Same Sketchy Journalists Claim Again Michael Cohen in Prague Story.  McClatchy journalists Peter Stone and Greg Gordon are once again attempting to prop-up the most disproven allegation in the Chris Steele/Nellie Ohr dossier about Michael Cohen making a trip to Prague.  They appear to stir this false story approximately every six months.  This iteration is framed around cell-phone tower pings.  Michael Cohen has denied the claim for years.  Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, has clearly denied the claim.  The special counsel has reviewed and walked away from the claim.  The Washington Post spent months trying to substantiate the claim, and could find no evidence.  According to WaPo reporter Greg Miller, the CIA and FBI have refuted the claim.  It simply did not happen.

Beyond rebuttal:
Michael Cohen Report Is Based On Third-Hand Information, Reporter Reveals.  The reporters who broke a potentially bombshell story claiming evidence that Michael Cohen visited Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign did not see for themselves some of the underlying intelligence cited in their report, one of the journalists who wrote the story revealed Thursday [12/27/2018].  In an interview on MSNBC, Greg Gordon said that he and his McClatchy colleague, Peter Stone, did not physically see cell tower records and intelligence intercepts that they claim placed Cohen in Prague in summer 2016.  Gordon also suggested that the four anonymous sources he and Stone cite in their article also did not see the intelligence for themselves, meaning that the report is based on third-hand information.

McClatchy News Beclowns Themselves With Michael Cohen Sourcing.  After claiming to have proprietary information that Michael Cohen visited Prague, McClatchy News reporter Greg Gordon appeared on MSNBC to share the origin of the story.  Not only did the reporters who wrote the article not see the evidence, the sources they used for the claim that Cohen visited Prague also did not see the evidence.  Apparently, a person told another person, who then told Greg Gordon and Peter Stone what the 3rd hand person told them.  That's the sourcing for the claim that Michael Cohen's cell phone was in Prague.

Why Did Michael Cohen Plead Guilty to Campaign Finance Crimes That Aren't Campaign Finance Crimes?  On Wednesday [12/12/2018], a district court judge in Manhattan accepted Michael Cohen's guilty plea to political crimes and sentenced him to three years in the American gulag.  But if the two campaign finance crimes to which he pleaded guilty are not really crimes, why did he plead guilty to them?  And what precedents does this case establish that can be used against political enemies in the future?

Representative Elijah Cummings Outlines Democrat Plan to Remove President Trump via Michael Cohen.  It was curious to see Michael Cohen walk out of his sentencing hearing last week without having to report to jail/prison for the punishment therein. [...] In the prosecutorial agreement within the Cohen case, there obviously remains the fulfillment of terms.  Michael Cohen doesn't report to prison until March 6th, 2019.  Why the exceptional judicial delay and generosity?

Michael Cohen's farewell interview was an embarrassment.  When you've admitted to years of lying, running a shady taxi medallion scheme, and other deceptions, there's not much left to do other than go far, far away and hope the public forgets.  Cohen instead went on ABC's "Good Morning America" to look pathetic. [...] Cohen had misled Congress about the timeline of a failed business deal he pursued in Russia on behalf of the Trump Organization (putting us the closest we've come so far to demonstrating any meaningful connection between President Trump and the Kremlin).  For that, he was given a paltry two months in prison, which were to be served concurrent with the rest of his time.  So, he effectively got no time for that one.  There is no way to make this not look bad for Cohen, though he put his heart into trying.

Robert Mueller's case against Michael Cohen has very little to do with Trump or campaign finance violations.  President Trump and the 2016 campaign amount to a footnote in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sentence filings on Michael Cohen, despite the news media's heavily overstated narrative that the whole thing is about to blow the lid on a White House "felony."  The documents are almost exclusively an indictment of Cohen as a tax evader and serial liar.  The link to Trump, or of any allegation of wrongdoing on his behalf, has nowhere near the clarity liberals want you to believe.

Cohen lied, broke the law and used Trump to get rich — and now blames Trump for his troubles.  In his federal court sentencing hearing Wednesday, President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen cut a tragic figure of his own making as he tried to convince a judge to spare him from prison for a host of crimes ranging from tax fraud to bank fraud to lying to Congress.  He claimed he was a trusting soul undone by the ambition and the machinations of an evil man — Donald Trump.  It played out like a modern take on the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Larry O'Connor:  Michael Cohen Sentencing 'Is Nothing But a Power Grab' to Get Rid of Trump.  While filling in for radio host Mark Levin on his nationally syndicated radio talk show, "The Mark Levin Show," on Wednesday night [12/12/2018], WMAL radio host Larry O'Connor, who also has his own show, "The Larry O'Connor Show," said that the sentencing of Michael Cohen, the former attorney of President Donald Trump, was "nothing but a power grab" to get rid of President Trump.  "This is really a power grab from the Southern District of New York," Larry O'Connor said.  "Yes, the intention is to get rid of President Trump, but, also, let's face it, if you believe and agree and love the separation of powers as articulated in our U.S. Constitution, this is nothing but a power grab."

Cohen's pleas concocted by prosecutors to snare Trump.  I'm experiencing 1998 déjà vu as prosecutors once again work overtime to turn extramarital affairs and the efforts to keep them secret into impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors.  Unable to get the witnesses to compose the stories they want, today's prosecutors are discovering they can simply compose the crimes by manipulating the pleas of men desperate to protect their families.  The Michael Cohen sentencing memo took aim directly at both Cohen and President Donald Trump.  It was used, unethically, to cast the president as directing a criminal conspiracy to make "secret and illegal" payments.  Sentencing memos are not supposed to use secret grand jury info to point fingers at those who are not being sentenced, but that's exactly what these did.

Defeat and the Dossier Explain Everything.  Donald Trump's former consiglieri Michael Cohen, along with being charged with tax avoidance and improper business deals, allegedly is guilty also of trying to leverage money and attention by exaggerating his influence with candidate and later President Trump.  In other words, Cohen to spec followed the standard creepy daily fare for Washington and New York wannabe fixers.  But did we need Robert Mueller's 18 months and $40 million to uncover and redirect to federal attorneys what was largely self-evident?  Could not the U.S. government long ago, without the prompt of a special counsel, have uncovered that Michael Cohen did not fully pay his taxes — in the manner of an Al Sharpton, Timothy Geithner, and Tom Daschle?

Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney.  The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday [12/7/2018] for Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, is this:  The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.  It has been obvious for some time that President Trump is the principal subject of the investigation still being conducted by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Cohen earlier pleaded guilty to multiple counts of business and tax fraud, violating campaign finance law, and making false statements to Congress regarding unsuccessful efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

New Poll:  Half of Voters Don't Believe Mueller Has Anything on Trump.  Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation is reportedly heating up again, with a number of reports indicating he's finally getting ready to conclude nearly two years of work on the 2016 presidential election.  Last week President Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying during congressional testimony.  This is the second plea deal for Cohen after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud and campaign finance violations in August.  In addition, Mueller's office announced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated terms of his plea agreement.  But according to half of Americans watching this saga play out, Mueller doesn't seem to have any evidence to bring charges against President Trump.

For Trump, Cohen Plea Deal's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Exoneration.  Contrary to media speculation that Robert Mueller is closing in on President Trump, the special prosecutor's plea deal with Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen offers further evidence that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russians during the 2016 election, according to congressional investigators and former prosecutors.

Where's the Beef, Mueller?  The Mueller investigation remains a "collusion" probe without any collusion.  For all of the media's heavy breathing about Thursday's news of a Michael Cohen guilty plea, it doesn't get Mueller any closer to the stated goal of his investigation.  On CNN, where its programming is an endless game of anti-Trump gotcha, Jeff Zucker's puppets recited his mandated talking point that Trump's fixer "may" have "broken" everything, blah, blah, blah.  But the very conjectural character of this feverish chatter indicated the hollowness of the story.  If the plea contained any evidence of collusion, the Hillary donors who make up much of Mueller's staff would surely have leaked it to CNN by now.

Does Mueller Have an October Surprise?  The investigation that was ostensibly initiated to ascertain if the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to affect the 2016 election has been ongoing for twenty-seven months.  Seventeen months of which have been in the hands of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his Democrat phalanx of investigators and prosecutors spending in excess of $1.4 million a month.)  This prolonged inquisition has produced no evidence or indictments supporting the collusion allegation.  Yet the investigation marches on with no end in sight. [...] Based on his insistence that Trump testify in what is obviously a perjury trap, the innumerable leaks emanating from Mueller's office, the conviction of Paul Manafort on unrelated charges and the coerced guilty plea by Michael Cohen again on unrelated charges, Robert Mueller appears to have a much greater animus toward Donald Trump than Lawrence Walsh toward Ronald Reagan or George Bush.

Michael Cohen's lawyer has done real damage to the case against Trump.  One of the most bizarre aspects of the investigations engulfing the Trump administration is the lawyers involved.  Here we have a presidency on the line, and this is Trump's team?  The top legal spokesmen for each side are ... Rudolph W. Giuliani and Lanny Davis!?  Up until this point, though, Giuliani was the Great Contradictor and Davis was merely a colorful character.  Now that has changed in a big way.  In a new interview with The Washington Post's Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman, Davis is backing off two massive claims he made in recent weeks, including that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has told people he witnessed President Trump being informed of Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer before it happened.

Michael Cohen, the Rabbit in Robert Mueller's Hat.  People are wondering why Cohen waited so long before turning up at CNN with scratchy audio recordings he claims to have secretly recorded on former, unsuspecting client Donald J. Trump.  It's the Midterms that kept Mike The Rabbit waiting so long.  Michael Cohen's testimony is Mueller's Special Counsel's last chance to keep the Russians-stole-the-election conspiracy alive in order to get more Democrats returned to power in Midterms, and to keep investigations going all the way through to 2020 presidential elections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The trial(s) of Paul Manafort

Is an FBI Interview a G-Man's License to Lie?  [Scroll down]  Strangely, there was no such transcript of what [Paul] Manafort had said in his interviews.  This made it difficult to reconstruct what his responses to questioning had been, let alone determine whether they were truthful.  But if there was no transcript, surely the court could consult a videotape of his interrogation, the sort of recording that is standard practice for local police who are interviewing, say, a suspected car thief.  And if there was no videotape for the judge to watch, surely there was, at the very least, an audiotape.  But no.  The bureau has insisted instead, for more than half a century, on summarizing its interrogations, of everyone from witnesses to targets, in a type of memo designated an FD-302 or just "302."

New York prosecutors throw out Constitution to charge Manafort.  This month, the greatest off Broadway production should be titled "The Prosecutors," starring Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James.  As in another dramatic comedy, "The Producers," the state case against former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort seems designed to fail, leaving its prosecutors with the convenient windfall of public support and none of the burden.

NY's political prosecution of Manafort should scare us all.  The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has indicted Paul Manafort for mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies.  This is a nakedly political prosecution.  Democrats, who run the Empire State, are apoplectic that President Trump could pardon his former campaign manager, who has been sentenced to 90 months in prison in the Mueller probe.  The federal charges had nothing to do with the rationale for the special counsel's investigation, which involves Russia's interference in the 2016 election and any possible Trump campaign coordination in that effort.  But there is no doubt that the convictions and sentences, which resulted from separate but related proceedings in the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Columbia, are valid.  In Washington on Wednesday [3/13/2019], Judge Amy Berman Jackson added 43 months of incarceration to the 47-months of imprisonment Judge T.S. Ellis imposed in Alexandria last week.

Paul Manafort Was an Agent of Ukraine, Not Russia.  According to the indictment Robert Mueller filed against him, Manafort was an unregistered "agent of the Government of Ukraine."  He also functioned as an agent of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's president from 2010 to 2014, and of two political parties, the Party of Regions and its successor, the Opposition Bloc.  Manafort was not an unregistered agent of Russia.  Mueller never alleged that Manafort was a clandestine operative of the Kremlin.  He worked for Ukraine, not Putin.  Indeed, for much of his time in Ukraine, he pushed his clients against Putin's interests.

Federal Judge Just Slapped The Anti-Trump Collusion Conspiracy Hoax In The Face.  For months the Establishment Media and its Democrat Party cohorts had breathlessly declared Paul Manafort was going away for "a very long time" while attempting to insinuate Mr. Manafort's legal troubles were directly linked to his time with the Trump campaign.  The truth is they weren't.  Manafort faced trial for matters totally unrelated to President Trump but rather on decades-old financial dealings.  And this week a federal judge said as much while also handing out a relatively light sentence that has the far left seething.

Judge Ellis rebuked Special Counsel Meuller when sentencing Paul Manafort.  Judge T.S. Ellis, a Reagan appointee to the Federal District Court for Eastern Virginia, is well known for speaking his mind.  Yesterday, in sentencing Paul Manafort, he rebuked Team Mueller's harsh sentence recommendation of 19-24 years' imprisonment as "excessive," and instead set a lot of progressives' hair on fire by imposing a sentence of 47 months and recommended counting the nine months of time served (much of it in solitary confinement, imposed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a separate case in D.C. District Court) against that total, meaning just over three years of imprisonment.

The 'Otherwise Blameless Life' of Paul Manafort.  "He has lived an otherwise blameless life," said Judge T. S. Ellis as he sentenced Paul Manafort to just 47 months in prison on Thursday [3/7/2019].  In an otherwise blameless life, Paul Manafort lobbied on behalf of the tobacco industry and wangled millions in tax breaks for corporations.  In an otherwise blameless life, he helped Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos bolster his image in Washington after he assassinated his primary political opponent.  In an otherwise blameless life, he worked to keep arms flowing to the Angolan generalissimo Jonas Savimbi, a monstrous leader bankrolled by the apartheid government in South Africa.  While Manafort helped portray his client as an anti-communist "freedom fighter," Savimbi's army planted millions of land mines in peasant fields, resulting in 15,000 amputees.

Mueller's Final Manafort Filings Are Scant On Russia Details, Never Mention 'Trump' Or 'Collusion'.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final filings against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are likely bad news for Manafort, but may be — oddly — good news for President Donald Trump.  Mueller and his team made their final required filing in Manafort's case late Friday, submitting a "government sentencing memorandum" to the United States District Court in Washington, D.C., justifying their request for a harsh, 17-year prison sentence against Manafort.  In it, the government argues that Manafort "chose repeatedly and knowingly to violate the law — whether the laws proscribed garden-variety crimes such as tax fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and bank fraud, or more esoteric laws that he nevertheless was intimately familiar with, such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)," both before and after he was under scrutiny by the Special Counsel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Comey's notes and memos

Highlights From the IG's Report on Former FBI Director James Comey.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has released a report on former FBI Director James Comey's leaking of personal memos to his attorneys, a personal friend, and the media.  Comey had told the IG that he believed the memos shared with his attorneys did not contain any classified information.  However, the IG noted that specifically:  "Memos 1 and 3 contained information classified at the 'SECRET' level, and that Memos 2 and 7 contained small amounts of information classified at the 'CONFIDENTIAL' level — although Comey redacted all classified information in Memo 7 before sending to his attorneys."  The IG report also noted that "Comey considered Memos 2 through 7 to be his personal documents."

Why Is The FBI Obstructing The Release Of James Comey's Memos?  On August 27, the FBI scored another temporary victory to maintain the secrecy of the James Comey memos.  It convinced a federal judge to delay his own order and has again thwarted the Freedom of Information Act passed by Congress to force government agencies to account to the voting public.  Former FBI director Comey is gone, and nobody within the government should be trying to protect him.  Because of his recklessness, the nation is still grappling the aftermath of the most serious constitutional crisis of recent memory.

Department of Justice declines to prosecute Comey over leaked memos.  The Department of Justice will not prosecute former FBI director James Comey for his handling of memos detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump that were leaked to the news media.  In a report released Thursday [8/29/2019], the Office of the Inspector General said its probe found that Comey had violated DOJ and FBI policies, as well as the FBI's employment agreement, by asking a friend to leak his memos to a reporter after Trump fired him in May 2017.  The Justice Department, upon reviewing the report, declined to bring charges, the OIG said.

DOJ Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on Misconduct by Fired FBI Director James Comey.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released an 83-page long report Thursday morning about misconduct by fired FBI Director James Comey.  It thoroughly berates Comey for leaking memos about conversations with President Trump for personal and political gain.  Most importantly, the report concludes Comey improperly released FBI material in order to launch the Special Counsel investigation into the 2016 presidential election.  This report is separate from the highly anticipated IG report about the origins of the Russia investigation and FISA abuse.  Comey admitted during sworn congressional testimony in 2017 that he purposely leaked the confidential memos to a friend, who then gave them to the New York Times.

DOJ Stall Succeeds — Comey Memo/Archey Declaration Update — Expect Nothing Until After October 11th.  Federal Judge James Boasberg has ruled the U.S. Dept of Justice has until October 11th, 2019, to produce the DOJ FOIA documents subject his August 12th court order; or file an appeal by that same deadline.

DOJ Stalls For More Time Before Forced Production of Comey Memos.  In the ongoing battle for the unredacted Comey Memos, and David Archey Declarations describing those memos, today [8/26/2019] the DOJ filed a motion for a stay against the forced production of the documents (previously ordered by Judge Boasberg).

Federal Judge Completely Rejects DOJ Argument — Orders 'Archey Declarations' (Descriptions of Comey Memos) Released.  A U.S. District Judge has rejected the DOJ and FBI motion to block the release of the Archey Declarations (descriptions of Comey memos).  In a strongly worded ruling released moments ago, Federal Judge James Boasberg blasted the DOJ and FBI for attempting to change their filings, claim national security "sources and methods", and block his prior court ruling — which instructed the DOJ to release the "Archey Declarations".  The judge is obviously angry.

FBI Scheduled to Make Court Filing on Release of Comey Journal Tomorrow.  It is worth remembering a recent court filing by the FBI where we discover James Comey documented each "Crossfire Hurricane" intelligence decision.  Within the CYA memos Comey included the ID of code-named spies in a journal of sorts, that remains hidden for now.  I have a hunch the full Comey journal will soon be released.

Comey's Memos 'Contained Classified And Highly Sensitive' Info, Including True And Code Names Of Source.  A court-ordered DOJ filing revealed that fired FBI Director James Comey's "notes" of his conversations with President Trump contained far more sensitive, and even classified, information than had been previously known.  Comey has said he took notes after each encounter with Trump because he did not trust him.  The document, filed in U.S. District in Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon [4/9/2019], can be viewed [elsew]here.  There were five Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for this information.

Comey Leaked Memos In Order To Spark Mueller Probe.  Now He Says He Doesn't Care What Investigation Uncovers.  James Comey claimed in an op-ed Thursday that he does not care one way or the other whether special counsel Robert Mueller finds evidence that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election or obstructed the FBI's collusion probe.  But the claim, which Comey made in The New York Times, is at odds with the former FBI director's testimony about his actions shortly after being fired by Trump in May 2017.  Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017 that he leaked memos he wrote after conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of a special counsel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Inspector General's Report, released August 29, 2019:

Does the IG Report "Exonerate" James Comey?  Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton says not at all.  In the eyes of Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton, what is the significance of the Department of Justice Inspector General's report, or IG report, on former FBI Director James Comey?  Does it exonerate Comey as the former FBI Director claims?  What is the significance of Bruce Ohr's interview records, FBI 302's, with Christopher Steele?  What else might be found in other Christopher Steele-related documents?  [Video clip]

Inspector General's Report Exposes Another 'Collusion' Myth.  [Scroll down]  Ever since the memo was leaked to the news media by a Comey pal more than two years ago, the American public has been warned how that brief discussion between Comey and Trump represented an egregious presidential power play:  Trump, the story goes, was squeezing his top G-Man to stop looking into his campaign for conspiring with the Kremlin because everyone associated with Trump, we were told, was guilty.  But that portrayal of events was never the truth.  The conversation in February 2017 had nothing to do with the Russia investigation, [...]

Inspector General's Report Exposes Another 'Collusion' Myth.  The presidential skullduggery allegedly exposed by the Flynn memo is just one more myth that has been peddled by anti-Trump partisans to bolster a fabricated storyline that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton.  The media will ignore the obvious truth about the memo — but just like every other example of media malpractice related to this scandal, no mea culpas will be offered.  Democrats will repeat the falsehood on the campaign trail next year with no pushback from reporters.  Republicans can try to push back but it's probably too late; the public has already been told what to believe.

The Comey-Brennan Conspiracy to Violate Trump's Civil Rights.  The Comey IG report is interesting for any number of reasons, the first of which is that the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Comey for his intentionally leaking one of his "private" memos about conversations with President Trump to a friend.  He did so, as we've known for two years, specifically to have that friend leak it to the New York Times for publication.  Comey intended those leaks to have precisely the effect they did:  to cause the appointment of a special counsel.  Robert Mueller's subsequent investigation into the ephemeral "Russia collusion" investigation failed in what Comey — and the rest of the anti-Trumpers in the Justice Department and the CIA — intended it to do.  It didn't remove Trump from office in a "soft" coup.

Second IG Report to come, and it's gonna come for James Comey!  According to Fox News, the feds aren't done with Comey — there's a second IG report to come, it sounds like.  [Video clip]  That's coming from Mark Meadows, so take that for what it's worth.  But it IS odd that they laid out all this bad stuff that Comey did, then denied to prosecute.

The Inspector General Glosses Over Some Ugly Truths About The FBI.  The Justice Department Office of the Inspector General's report released Aug. 29 clearly stated that James Comey violated and abused FBI policies in managing memos in which he supposedly documented confidential conversations with the president.  This is a revelation that most of us have known for quite some time.  However, Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz has yet again glossed over some major problems.  It appears that the main reason Horowitz concludes former FBI Director James Comey only violated his FBI Employment Agreement and DOJ/FBI "policies" was because the documents he kept, disclosed, and leaked to improper parties were not considered truly classified.  That apparently keeps them from being serious enough to prosecute.  So, who made the decision that they were not classified?  The answer would be outrageous if it were not virtually farcical.

Yes, Comey did leak classified information.  The new report from the Justice Department inspector general proves beyond any doubt that fired FBI Director James Comey leaked sensitive law enforcement material in the Trump-Russia investigation.  Doing so set a "dangerous example" for the bureau's other employees, Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote.  Still, Comey's supporters have claimed exoneration on one front: that Comey did not leak classified information.  Some reacted angrily when President Trump tweeted that Comey had done so.  But Comey did, in fact, leak classified information.  It's right there in the report.  It wasn't much classified information, and it was perhaps not terribly important, and Justice Department officials concluded it was not worth prosecuting.  But Comey leaked classified material.

Coming Legal Attractions.  Two matters are likely to reveal more of the machinations of the FBI and intelligence agencies in the past presidential election and since.  First there's the Department of Justice's Inspector General's inquiries.  The first inquiry resulted in a devastating account of former FBI Director James Comey's conduct.  Many were disappointed that Attorney General William Barr chose not to indict him based on the record IG Michael Horowitz presented, but bear in mind, this inquiry did not cover what will be a larger report on the abuse of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) in which it seems Comey played a significant role.  While Comey, as is his self-deluded wont, claims the report vindicated him, it most certainly did not.

Jim Jordan:  James Comey Owes An Apology To Our Country.  Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan blasted fired FBI Director James Comey on Fox News Thursday night [8/29/2019], saying he will in no way apologize to Mr. Comey and in fact, it is the now-disgraced Comey who owes America an apology for the past two years.  As Katie covered, the Department of Justice Inspector General released a blistering report Thursday morning "confirming fired FBI Director James Comey is a politically motivated liar and rampant leaker of official, confidential information.  He broke all kinds of FBI rules, protocol and laws in his effort to take down President Trump and his administration through the launch of a Special Counsel investigation."

Trump Was Always the Target of the Russia Investigation.  Donald Trump was always the target.  The point of the Russia investigation was to make a case against Donald Trump.  Preferably, the case would drive him from office.  At a minimum, it would render him unelectable by the 2020 stretch run.  The kind of case was less important than the objective: criminal prosecution or impeachment.  In accordance with the collusion narrative, the latter would mean trying to show that Trump was compromised by the Kremlin.  That is the astonishing takeaway from Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on former FBI director James Comey's handling of his memos.

The Deep State Will Face Justice Soon!  Right?  [Scroll down]  Then we have that pathetic excuse for a human being, James Comey, gloating over the I.G. report that issued a verbal slap on the wrist for his infractions.  Comey:  "And to all those who've spent two years talking about me 'going to jail' or being a 'liar and a leaker' — ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president."  But no worries:  Comey will pay when the FISA abuse report comes out.  Or not:  Washington insiders are now foreshadowing immunity for the entire cabal, saying that, "sadly," these lawbreakers probably won't be prosecuted.  That's not sad; it's terrifying.  If we can't indict and prosecute these clowns who have conspired to overthrow our government, who have committed the most egregious political crime in history, then stick a fork in our Republic.  We're done.  But what can we do?  Actually, this whole strung out Spygate nightmare is an exercise to ensure we do nothing.  Washington isn't a swamp; it's a sewer, and the rats that inhabit it are never going to allow their comrades to be indicted.

Jumpin' Jim Flash.  Yesterday the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General released its long awaited report on certain elements of James Comey's misconduct as Director of the FBI. Contrary to his assurance to President Trump — an assurance that projected something of his essence — the report demonstrates that Comey is a weasel (and worse).  He is also (again to borrow the words of his own denial to Trump) a sneak, a leaker, and a liar (and worse), but these are venial sins in the panoply of Comey's misconduct.  There is no substitute for reading the report.

New report details Comey plan to ambush Trump with Moscow sex allegation.  A just-released Justice Department inspector general's report provides new details on a January 2017 plan by then-FBI Director James Comey, top bureau officials, and the nation's intelligence chiefs to spring a scandalous allegation on President-elect Trump, quickly record his reaction, use a prearranged secure videoconference to discuss the information, and fit it all into the FBI's ongoing (but unknown to Trump) "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation.  The allegation came from the Steele dossier, the collection of unverified tales about Trump and Russia compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.  The story was that in a Moscow hotel room in 2013, Trump had watched as prostitutes performed a kinky sex act — and Russian intelligence service cameras rolled.

Trump says he should be 'given our stolen time back' after release of Comey report.  President Trump suggested Friday that he and his supporters should be "given our stolen time back" in light of a Justice Department report that found former FBI director James B. Comey violated FBI policies regarding memos that helped spark the special counsel investigation. [...] "The disastrous IG Report on James Comey shows, in the strongest of terms, how unfairly I, and tens of millions of great people who support me, were treated," Trump said in a tweet, referring to the Justice Department's inspector general.  "Our rights and liberties were illegally stripped away by this dishonest fool.  We should be given our stolen time back?"

Inspector general takes apart Comey's excuses for his actions.  Of all the tall tales James Comey has told, none compare to the line he fed President Trump at their infamous January 2017 dinner.  As recounted in the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's memo about that evening, "I said I don't do sneaky things, I don't leak, I don't do weasel moves."  The Justice Department's inspector general begs to differ.  In a new report about Mr. Comey's handling of those memos, Michael Horowitz demonstrates that Mr. Comey in 2017 was consistently leaky and sneaky.  The report refutes any claim that the then-director was justified in taking these actions.  He repeatedly, and knowingly, broke the rules.

IG Report:  James Comey Passed Private Conversation with Trump to FBI Team Investigating Russia Collusion.  The IG report relates that prior to the briefing, FBI members on Comey's team discussed the need to memorialize the exchanges between Comey and Trump during the private January 6, 2017 briefing in Trump Tower just in case Trump made statements relevant to the agency's Russia probe.  In other words, they plotted to stealthily use statements Trump said to Comey in a private briefing to inform their Russia collusion investigation.  The IG further relates that Comey went on to do just that.  He had a laptop waiting for him in the car, where he immediately began memorializing the private talk.

James Comey was the Bad Guy in the 'Russia Collusion' story.  The Department of Justice Inspector General Report revealed what many of us suspected all along:  James Comey was the Bad Guy in the 'Russia Collusion' story.  He lied to the President, lied about lying to the President, leaked government information to cover up his lying, and lied to the public about his lying.  Comey tried to set up the President soon after he took office and failed, and covered up the attempt.  Comey is revealed to be a completely manipulative bureaucratic infighter who maneuvered the government into a two-year Executive Branch paralysis in the form of the Mueller investigation, while falsely proclaiming himself the only holy player in the saga.  His defense when unmasked in the IG Report is to crow that he wasn't indicted.

Horowitz's 'scathing' report about James Comey's behavior is worthless without indictments.  [Scroll down]  Comey clearly violated FBI policies, but if the memos were classified — and if they contained information discussed between him and the president of the United States, it was classified — why isn't he being prosecuted for it?  No offense to Sen. Graham and the others, but Americans have watched with disgust as one Deep State elitist after another, beginning with crime boss Hillary Clinton, have gotten away with what amounts to a coup attempt to depose a duly elected president for more than two years.  If anyone else, including, say, a line FBI agent, had done what James Comey did, they'd be wearing prison stripes by now.  Same goes for Clinton's criminal mishandling of classified information.

Reaction: 'I Wouldn't Say James Comey Is Out of the Woods'; 'This Is Just the Beginning'.  Reaction came swiftly on Thursday, after the Justice Department inspector general released a report saying that former FBI Director James Comey failed to live up to his responsibility to protect sensitive information.  And by using sensitive information to force the appointment of a special prosecutor, the OIG found that Comey "set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information."  "I wouldn't say James Comey is out of the woods," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said.  "We're in the pregame show.  This is just the beginning," Jay Sekulow, President Trump's attorney said.

The Substance Within the Report Shows a Two-Tiered Justice System.  [Scroll down]  James Baker, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, James Rybicki and Lisa Page were determining what parts of James Comey's investigative notes needed to be classified.  The corrupt FBI was in position to police itself.  This is not a conflict of interest, it is better described as a profound conflict of self-interest.  The information the 'small group' wanted to use to frame the target would be visible, not classified; however, any material that would outline the construct of their corruption in targeting the target would be hidden, classified.  You can't make this stuff up folks.  The "small group" WAS the sources and methods they were protecting.  Everything needed to understand that level of corruption is outlined in the way the IG report discusses the handling of James Comey's investigative notes (ie. memos).  AND the fact that James Comey kept them hidden, yes hidden.

How do you solve a problem like James Comey?  To begin solving the problem of former FBI director James Comey, who's been blasted by the Department of Justice in its Inspector General Report, start by never again hiring people who value themselves so loftily over the people they are charged with representing.  In other words, never hire someone like him, who absolutely believed he was smarter than, better than, and more important than the people whose laws his agency was tasked with enforcing.

DOJ Inspector General:  Comey Set a Dangerous Example.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report Thursday outlining a wide range of serious misconduct by former FBI Director James Comey.  Concluding that "Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees ... who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information," the 83-page report implicitly vindicated President Trump's decision to fire the rogue FBI director in May 2017.  The Office of the Inspector General also confirmed that Comey improperly leaked highly sensitive material to the media for the express purpose of pressuring the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate the 2016 presidential election.

Comey Taunts Critics Following Release of IG Report, Takes Swipe at President Trump.  Fired FBI Director James Comey taunted critics and took a swipe at President Trump immediately following the release of the Inspector General's report regarding Comey's handling of the Russia probe and leak of memos.  The Justice Department declined to prosecute Comey, however the IG found multiple ethics and department guideline violations by Comey.

Read DOJ watchdog's list of all the times ex-FBI boss broke the rules.  Former FBI Director James Comey received heavy criticism from the Justice Department's inspector general in a blistering report released Thursday [8/29/2019] about his infamous memos documenting his discussions with President Trump.  The report found that Comey violated bureau policies by drafting, leaking and retaining the memos.  However, it noted that the Justice Department declined to prosecute Comey over the violations.  For his part, Comey responded by insisting that he is not a "liar and a leaker," saying an apology from his critics "would be nice."

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

The Enemy Within.  [Scroll down]  It is important to note that Robert Mueller and James Comey have been linked personally and professionally, working together at the Department of Justice and Comey being hand-picked by President Obama to succeed Mueller at FBI.  James Comey has an interesting past most are not aware of, much like his close friend Robert Mueller.  Per [an] article from CNN, James Comey previously investigated the Clintons:  James Comey was deputy Special Counsel in the Whitewater probe, and was the DOJ prosecutor charged with investigating President Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich.  The investigation into Secretary of State Clinton's email server shown conclusively to contain Special Access Program and Top Secret data was the third time James Comey led investigations into the Clintons:  investigations that ultimately shielded the Clintons from accountability.  It isn't the first time Comey has covered up a crime directly involving the Clintons or their insiders — he also declined to seriously pursue Sandy Berger who was caught stealing sensitive classified documents relating to the Clinton Presidency from the National Archives (see as detailed in that same CNN article).

No, James Comey, America Doesn't Want Your Help.  In a lengthy article over the weekend that was part puff-piece, part cover-up, and part damage control, the New York Times struck fear in the hearts of Americans everywhere with the headline, "James Comey Would Like to Help." Reporter Matt Flegenheimer, bless his heart, had to spend more than two hours with the former FBI director in Comey's well-appointed home located outside of Washington, D.C.  The front-page feature included several photos of the lanky G-Man.  Look, here's Comey holding his grandson!  Look, here's Comey manspreading in front of his godson's collection of Star Wars Legos!  Look, here's Comey getting a hug from a college student during a six-figure speaking gig at Yale!  Comey showed off what can only be described as a shrine to himself in the form of a private office ornamented with FBI memorabilia, just to remind us how great he is.

Did Jim Comey spy on Loretta Lynch?  Was then-FBI chief Jim Comey spying on his boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch?  He apparently had a "highly placed informant" in her office reporting on her doings as of May 2016, which is pretty [...] close to "spying" in most books.  We know:  Comey famously considers it an "investigation," not "spying," when it's official FBI business — but it's hard to see how secretly monitoring the AG's office could be official work for the Bureau.  And secretly monitoring Lynch is exactly what the new book from Pulitzer-winning reporter James B. Stewart indicates Comey was doing.  It was the peak of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and Comey (as he's said) was "troubled" by Lynch's attitude — such as her September 2015 directive that the FBI not call its criminal investigation of Clinton "an investigation" (let alone "criminal"), but simply "a matter," which was exactly what the Clinton campaign wanted.

Comey and Baquet — united against Trump — have caused a nonstop feeding frenzy.  Among the casualties of our domestic political war is the abandonment of professional standards.  For proof, consider how two of America's premier institutions are being dragged through the mud because their leaders decided that standards are for other people.  I speak of the FBI and The New York Times, and the men who damaged them, James Comey and Dean Baquet.  It is no coincidence that Baquet's newspaper became an errand boy for Comey's corrupt team of G-men.  Birds of a feather, you know.  They were united against Donald Trump.  Both tried to block him from becoming president, and both tried to get him removed.  And are still trying.  Comey and Baquet decided their agendas were more important than the time-tested rules of behavior that built the credibility of their respective institutions.  Like arrogant leaders everywhere, they believed the end justified the means.

Justice Dept.  IG referred James Comey for criminal prosecution.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said Wednesday [9/18/2019] that he referred former FBI Director James B. Comey for criminal prosecution this year after concluding he leaked sensitive materials to a friend.  And the Justice Department watchdog told Congress he would "assess" Republican allegations of inconsistent statements in Mr. Comey's testimony before the Senate.  Mr. Horowitz's disclosure that he made the criminal referral marks his first public statement about the criticism lodged against Mr. Comey in a report released last summer.  He told lawmakers it is standard practice to make a criminal referral when wrongdoing is suspected.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz Reveals He Referred James Comey For Criminal Prosecution.  DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday morning [9/18/2019].  Horowitz revealed to lawmakers that he criminally referred former FBI Director James Comey for prosecution.  The Justice Department ultimately declined prosecution and despite Comey bragging about this, the IG indeed concluded he criminally acted.

New Book Says Comey Skirted Protocol To Set Up Fateful Michael Flynn Interview.  An FBI assistant to James Comey says in a book released Tuesday that the former FBI director took advantage of the "chaos" of the early Trump administration to set up an interview with Michael Flynn, the national security adviser.  Josh Campbell, who was Comey's personal assistant at the FBI, writes in "Crossfire Hurricane:  Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI," that FBI leadership had "intense discussion" about how to interview Flynn regarding phone conversations he had in December 2016 with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

All in the Comey Family.  By his own admission, the recently fired FBI director James Comey leaked at least four memos of private presidential conversations — at least one of them containing some classified secret material — variously to his lawyers and through liaisons to the press.  In both phone calls and personal meetings, Comey never gave any hint to the president he served that he intended to leave a written record of the conversations for what turned out to be his own selfish agenda.  Comey said his intent by leaking his versions of these conversations was to force a brouhaha that would in turn prompt Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel.  That gambit worked to perfection when, shortly after Comey's scripted media leaks, Robert Mueller, his predecessor, former FBI director, and longtime friend, was appointed special counsel, apparently to do what the now fired James Comey could not.

Jim Jordan calls out House Dems:  Figure out who's 'going to jail' over Trump-Russia, Clinton probes.  As House Democrats prepare to proceed with their legislative agenda, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said lawmakers should shift their focus from impeachment to investigating former FBI Director James Comey and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  "When you're solely focused on going after the president you can't do what's best for the country.  And that's been the problem with the Democrats," Jordan said Monday [9/9/2019] on "Fox & Friends."  "Jim Comey... is the guy solely responsible for putting the country through three years of this saga that we have now lived through," he continued, arguing that many Americans want to know "when someone's going to jail" over alleged wrongdoing in the Trump-Russia and Clinton email investigations.

John Dean:  The James Comey of Watergate.  Perhaps not so surprisingly, Comey's conduct and treatment by the media offer striking parallels to those of John Dean, felonious counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal.  Both Comey and Dean were political lawyers.  While holding presidential appointments to positions of extraordinary importance, each intentionally misled his president — and then lied about it.  Comey had been U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and then Deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush.  He was appointed FBI Director by Obama and wanted to stay on under Trump.  Dean had been minority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee and Associate Deputy Attorney General before coming to the White House as counsel to Nixon.

Why Comey Escaped Charges Last Week and Why His Luck Is Likely To Change.  DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that Comey had flouted FBI rules and ignored protocol in his determination to undermine President-elect Trump.  He leaked memos he had written after each meeting with Trump with the intention of triggering the appointment of a special counsel.  And he was successful.  Horowitz clearly presented Comey's wrongdoing, but even so, Attorney General William Barr declined to charge him with a crime. [...] Barr is also well aware that there are two far more comprehensive reports coming.  The first, the IG's report on the FBI's abuse of the FISA Court application process is due at the end of this month or in early October.  The American Spectator's Jed Babbin wrote that these reports are expected to show clear violations of the law.

The Two Ticking Time Bombs of the Coming Election.  [Scroll down]  Comey has lied again in claiming that he has been cleared of leaking classified information, even though he is accused of leaking only a small amount of classified information to his lawyers, and that that is not in itself worthy of criminal prosecution.  But the leakage of information that he had a serious professional obligation to treat discreetly, for the declared motive of provoking an investigation into matters that he knew to be wildly implausible and for which there was no believable evidence, is, as Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz described it, dangerous.  Comey and his supporters have tried to represent this as an act of courage by a public servant genuinely distressed at the thought of Trump as president.  In reality, the motive was rank partisanship against the president.

Devin Nunes: 'Evidence Is There' for U.S. Attorney to Bring Criminal Conspiracy Charges Against James Comey.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Sunday evening that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) report on former FBI director James Comey, and the DOJ's decision not to press charge, does not mean he is out of the woods.  Nunes said that Comey, who President Donald Trump fired as FBI director in the first few months of his presidency sparking the launch of the now-completed Special Counsel investigation, could still face charges on a criminal conspiracy from the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut.

Trey Gowdy absolutely unloaded on Comey on Fox News and it's pretty awesome.  [Video clip]  And from what we've seen, there's going to be another report that might get Comey in a lot more trouble, so perhaps he should tone down the sanctimony a little bit.

Comey Attacks President Trump as a Narcissist, "America Deserves Better".  Fired FBI Director James Comey has become very emboldened since the Justice Department declined to prosecute him for leaking his memos and stealing government property.  Comey attacked Trump Sunday morning [9/1/2019] from his Twitter account and asserted the President is a narcissist. [...] Trump did the right thing when he fired James Comey, one of the most corrupt, narcissistic FBI Directors ever.

Comey's violations of FBI policy damage public trust in agency, ability to gather information.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey's leaks, in addition to violating bureau policy, also could scare future witnesses away from cooperating in investigations because their confidential conversations could be exposed, a former high-ranking agent warns.  Lew Schiliro, who used to run the bureau's New York office, said there is an element of trust in any FBI investigation that agents will abide by the rules, keeping secret information secret and not deploying it for their own purposes.  The Justice Department's inspector general, in a report last week, found Mr. Comey broke both of those strictures.

James Comey "was shown to be a scoundrel, a liar, a leaker, all of these things".  [Scroll down]  He was [a] completely manipulative personality.  He's exactly what you would never want in an FBI Director.  And he used his power to try to get his way.  He manipulated everything this report makes clear in order to get a special prosecutor.  This great national nightmare we went through of the Bob Muller investigation, which ended up with nothingburger, was all because of James Comey.  He manipulated people.  He leaked his memos to the press.  He did all of this.

Archey Declarations Prove Comey/McCabe "Small Group" Hid Information From FBI Investigators, Until They Could Get Mueller Appointed.  There are two sets of documents that outline a very specific picture.  Robert Mueller's lead FBI Agent David Archey made sworn declarations to the court, without knowledge of FBI "whistleblower" information provided to DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz.  There is a distinct conflict within the IG report on James Comey (and memos) and the David Archey declarations.  However, beyond the conflict there's an even more alarming picture of how Robert Mueller was deployed, when all the information is overlaid in a timeline.

Devin Nunes:  "We Have Briefed DOJ on Eight Criminal Referrals — Two for Criminal Conspiracy".  Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, appeared on Fox News tonight [8/30/2019] responding to the defensive support of James Comey by John Brennan and James Clapper.  As Rep Nunes outlines the misconduct by the former FBI Director, Nunes also notes the framework for his criminal referrals to the DOJ; two of them involve referrals for criminal conspiracy.

Giuliani:  James Comey is the worst director in the history of the FBI.  President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani reacts to DOJ inspector general report of the former FBI director.  [Video clip]

Mark Levin:  Comey 'shouldn't have been anywhere close' to a law enforcement career.  Conservative radio host Mark Levin has unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey.  Levin, speaking on "The Mark Levin Show" on Westwood One, labeled Comey unethical and questioned why he ever held such lofty positions within the federal government.  "You know what's scary?  This dude was an assistant United States attorney, a United States attorney, the deputy attorney general of the United States and the director of the FBI," Levin — who served in the Reagan Justice Department himself — said.

Hubris as A Strategy.  [Scroll down]  There appears to be a concerted media, and allies (think Lawfare), strategy to focus attention to the DOJ decision *not* to prosecute James Comey.  This generates outrage, which has a tendency to create useful backlash.  Mr. Comey also appears to be fueling this.  Remember, it has been clear that part of the "small group" defense is to use outrage as part of their strategy.  Focus on the actual conduct... that's where corrupt intent is evident.  The issue(s) surround President Obama and high-ranking Obama intelligence officials, notably:  John Brennan, James Comey, James Clapper and Sally Yates intentionally lying and/or misrepresenting issues to president-elect Donald Trump and the transition team in/around the transition period and shortly after the January 20, 2017, inauguration.

The worst is still to come for Jim Comey.  [Scroll down]  But here in the real world, this is what the IG's investigation has confirmed:  James Comey, as FBI director, created and maintained a separate record system that he kept in a desk drawer.  He then also took most of those official records home.  If that wasn't enough recklessness, he leaked some of those records to the press after he was fired.  To Comey, all of this is justified because some hero has to rise up and stand in the breach.  But the IG methodically lists the numerous policies Comey violated, policies carefully designed over time to prevent the abuse of authority by those who self-craft a "higher loyalty" in their minds, thereby exempting themselves from the rules.  Comey was no hero; he was nothing more than an executive vigilante.

James Comey wants an apology?  This is myth becoming madness.  Two years ago, former FBI Director James Comey came out with a book that celebrated himself as a paragon of "ethical leadership," a subject that he later taught at the College of William and Mary.  Comey declared, "Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly the truth."  If that is the case, the new Justice Department inspector general report released on Thursday establishes that Comey is the very antithesis of the ethical leader he described.  Comey was found to have violated both federal law and regulations for his own gain, and he made critical decisions that put personal over institutional interests.  Nevertheless, Comey released a statement portraying the scathing report as a type of victory and encouraged his critics to send their apologies to him.  It was a "Captain Queeg" moment when myth borders on madness.

James Comey is proof the 'deep state' is something to fear.  For nearly three years now, those who promise to save us from the wicked clutches of President Donald Trump have bombarded America with lectures about the "rule of law."  Yet, over and over again, these self-styled champions of justice feel free to disregard the law whenever it suits them.  The latest example is former FBI Director James Comey.  A new report by the Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department found that Comey had written FBI memos, illicitly passed them on to a lawyer friend, who in turn leaked them to a friendly New York Times reporter who had been spreading the Russian conspiracy theory.  Why?  Because Comey was interested in extracting revenge on the man who had fired him, Donald Trump.

James Comey, Hoisted upon His Own Self-Regard.  Comey knew the rules, knew the regulations, knew the law, and swore an oath to uphold them.  But when push came to shove, Comey felt that he could break those rules, because he convinced himself that his own particular violation of the regulations served the greater good.  Of course, this is what almost every leaker believes.

Comey is Not Out of the Woods Yet.  While the announcement that the Department of Justice has declined to prosecute the corrupt former Director of the FBI James Comey, this news must be seen for what it is:  A setback, not the end.  Comey escaping prosecution this time is indeed very reminiscent of Hillary Clinton escaping any legal consequences for her mishandling of Top Secret emails in 2016, for good reason.  From the deliberate misappropriation of Classified information to the arrogance at being let off the hook, it is understandable if many are frustrated at this repeated turn of events.  But just as Hillary eventually faced a different kind of justice at the ballot box, so too will Comey most likely get what is coming to him, in due time.

James Comey kept four of his memos in his own home safe.  On May 12, 2017, an FBI Supervisory Special Agent visited former FBI Director James Comey's home to collect any government property still in his possession.  President Trump had unceremoniously fired Comey three days earlier while the longtime government official was on a trip to California.  But when an FBI team came to Comey's Virginia home, they did not obtain four memos he had penned about his sometimes bizarre interactions with the president.  Comey 'did not tell the FBI that he had copies' of four memos he had written 'in his personal safe,' according to a report by the Justice Department's Inspector General that was released Thursday [8/29/2019].

Comey Had Top Secret Bunker Built In Basement, But Hated Using It.  Former FBI Director James Comey had a secure room in his basement so he could work on classified matters, but he said he didn't use the room much because it got too hot, according to a Department of Justice inspector general report released Thursday [8/29/2019].  The bureau installed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), which secures phones, printers and computers.  The FBI had outfitted Comey's home with a SCIF, which is an access-controlled facility used for review of information derived from intelligences sources or methods referred to as Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).

Inspector General Horowitz Preparing to Release Separate Report on James Comey.  DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is preparing to release a separate report on former FBI Director James Comey's conduct, according to investigative reporter Byron York.  The report on Comey will be separate from the "FISA abuse" report Horowitz should be releasing any time between mid-September to early October.

James Comey and Wife Donated Nearly $20K to Democrats This Year.  Former FBI Director James Comey and his wife have contributed nearly $20,000 to Democrats so far this year, Federal Election Commission filings show.  Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump within four months of him taking over the Oval Office, has been an outspoken critic of the president and has called on Americans to deliver a landslide victory for the Democratic nominee in 2020.  "All of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021," Comey told a New York City audience last December.  The former FBI director added during an MSNBC appearance that Democrats "have to win."

How Comey set a trap for prosecutors when leaking his memos.  Had the Department of Justice acted on the criminal referral that Inspector Horowitz reportedly issued regarding James Comey's leak of memos, it would have fallen into a trap.  Credit Comey with the legal sophistication you'd expect from a head of the FBI, but also credit the team assembled by Attorney General Barr for avoiding the trap.

Barr's Comey decision was the right call.  But this is just the beginning.  The decision not to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey over his deliberate leaks to the media isn't a sign of weakness or lack of will, but of the professionalism and well-reasoned restraint of President Trump's Department of Justice.  Attorney General Bill Barr's number one goal since taking the helm at the DOJ has been to restore the impartial and professional ethos that has characterized that agency for more than 200 years.  He is working diligently to cleanse it of the stain of politically driven vindictiveness that Obama-era officials created by grossly mishandling the Clinton email investigation, and then, even more egregiously, orchestrating the series of events that led to the Russiagate witch hunt.

DOJ will not prosecute Comey for leaking memos after IG referral: sources.  The Justice Department has decided against prosecuting former FBI Director James Comey for leaking classified information following a referral from the department's inspector general, sources familiar with the deliberations told Fox News.  "Everyone at the DOJ involved in the decision said it wasn't a close call," one official said.  "They all thought this could not be prosecuted."

Report: IG Horowitz Preparing Report on Comey; Has Referred Him for Possible Prosecution.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz is preparing a "damning report" on former FBI director James Comey's conduct and has referred him for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, the Hill's John Solomon reported Wednesday night [7/31/2019].  Unfortunately, Solomon is reporting that Department of Justice prosecutors under Attorney General William Barr have decided not to prosecute Comey for the alleged infractions.  According to Solomon's sources, the IG report will conclude that Comey "leaked classified information and showed a lack of candor," but DOJ prosecutors declined to bring charges because they didn't think they had enough evidence to prove that Comey intended to violate the law.

FBI evidence log says Comey lost track of Trump memos.  Fired FBI Director James B. Comey told agents he appeared to have lost track of two memos he kept detailing conversations with President Trump, according to new documents revealed Wednesday [7/31/2019] by Judicial Watch.  The FBI sent agents to visit Mr. Comey at home in 2017, after his firing, to speak with him about the memos, which the former director had leaked in order to embarrass Mr. Trump.  Agents collected four memos from Mr. Comey ranging in dates from February to June.  But Mr. Comey told the agents two memos he believed he wrote "were missing."

James Comey's next reckoning is imminent — this time for leaking.  The Justice Department's chief watchdog is preparing a damning report on James Comey's conduct in his final days as FBI director that likely will conclude he leaked classified information and showed a lack of candor after his own agency began looking into his feud with President Trump over the Russia probe.  Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz's team referred Comey for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, but Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors working for Attorney General William Barr reportedly have decided to decline prosecution — a decision that's likely to upset Comey's conservative critics.

New Docs Show FBI Agents Went to Comey's Home to Retrieve Memos.  Judicial Watch announced today it received six pages of records from the FBI showing that in June, 2017, a month after FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump, FBI agents visited his home and collected "as evidence" four memos that allegedly detail conversations he had with President Trump.  One of his memos was written on June 6, a month after he was fired.

Mueller's Testimony Is Over; Now It's Time For James Comey To Answer Some Questions.  Former FBI Director James Comey has a list of questions he would like Democrat lawmakers to ask former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  It's a rather hysterical attempt at coming across as a neutral arbiter of fact.  In reality, Comey hasn't got a shred of credibility left beyond his cabal of Trump saboteurs with names such as John Brennan, James Clapper and Andrew McCabe.  At this point it would be far more important for Comey to be asked these questions about his role in the witch hunt against President Trump.

Weasel Comey lied to Trump.  [Scroll down]  The news industry praised Comey as this knight in shining armor because he tried to stop President Trump from serving as president.  Actually, Comey's actions were unAmerica because he tried to overturn an election.  He was not alone.  The fish rots from the head, and in this case the head was Obama.  Sadly, his status as the first black president gives him immunity from justice.  But that does not mean Comey and the rest should not face prosecution.

Comey Comes For Trump Supporters, 'We Must Send Trump and His Mob Back to Their Dark Corner'.  Comey's tweet Thursday [7/18/2019] attacking Trump supporters is in response to chants of "send her back" heard at Trump's North Carolina rally Wednesday evening after the president brought up Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar.  Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born Democrat Congresswoman in Minnesota married her own brother to defraud US immigration, filed fraudulent tax returns and perjured herself many times according to documents and reports.  Ilhan Omar also supports terrorist organizations, fundraises with Hamas front group CAIR and refuses to condemn Al-Qaeda.

Guess Whose Daughter Is Reportedly a Prosecutor in Jeffrey Epstein Case.  Maurene Comey, daughter of former FBI Director James Comey, is reportedly a prosecutor in the new criminal case against convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.  This details comes out of a new CNN report.  The source is described as a person "with knowledge of the case."  This and an Associated Press article are backing up a Daily Beast report that broke news Epstein faces new charges.  It seems like the defendant must contend with a sex trafficking case affecting "dozens" of alleged victims.  The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is handling the case.  Their Public Corruption Unit is taking the lead on this, but are being helped by human trafficking officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, authorities said.

FBI Appears to Have Defrauded the Court in the Manafort Case.  The FBI appears to have regularly ignored factual material and used planted newspaper articles as secondary sources, even when they knew the documents were probably fake.  This was the FBI under Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe.  If true, it's especially ironic since they are so arrogant, self-righteous, and denigrating of others who they dislike.  A new exposé by John Solomon points to evidence that the investigation against Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's short-lived campaign manager, was based on evidence they knew was false.

Report: Comey Deleted Obama's Name From Hillary Clinton's Hacked Emails.  Fired FBI Director James Comey deleted former President Barack Obama's name from a government report detailing Hillary Clinton's hacked emails and how foreign adversaries likely gained access to her private server, according to Big League Politics.  The admission was buried deep in the June report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who concluded that Obama's name was changed in the report on Clinton's mishandling of classified information to "another senior government official."  Some are predicting that the explosive revelation could be the final nail in the coffin for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, as he is reportedly using President Donald Trump's decision to fire Comey in May 2017 as the basis for claims that the president obstructed justice.

The Case for Prosecuting Comey and Brennan.  [In 2013,] Reuters reported that at least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees were caught using secret government surveillance tools to spy on the emails or phone calls of current or former spouses and lovers.  The NSA has repeatedly promised to reform its procedures as the database it keeps on Americans continues to grow in scope and reach.  When you talk to your spouse, your child, or your lover in the presence of your electronic devices, those devices passively listen to what you're saying just in case you say "Hey Siri," or "Hey Alexa."  Have you ever noticed that when you suddenly develop an interest in a particular product or service, ads mysteriously seem to appear and follow you around?  Former FBI Director James Comey once admitted he covered his computer camera for his privacy.  He would know.  Just imagine a snooping government making a word-searchable transcript of audio and digital recording of video passively transmitted from your phone.

Geraldo Rivera:  AG Barr interview should have Comey, Clapper, Brennan 'quaking' in their boots.  Fox News correspondent at-large Geraldo Rivera is warning several Obama-era intelligence chiefs that they should be worried after Attorney General William Barr aired his concerns about the origins of the Mueller investigation in a new interview.  During an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Friday [5/31/2019], Rivera said it's clear Barr wants to get to the bottom of the Russia probe's origins and that he has "his target" on some of the biggest names associated with it.  "If I were James Comey right now or James Clapper right now or John Brennan right now, I would be quaking in my boots," Rivera said.

The Case for Prosecuting Comey and Brennan.  Twenty-five years ago, the Arnold Schwarzenegger action hit "True Lies" depicted a jealous husband abusing his access to powerful tools intended to fight terrorism to discover whether his wife was having an affair.  The character played by Tom Arnold lamely warns Schwarzenegger's Harry Tasker that using government surveillance to spy on his wife is a crime (which is true) and that abusing these tools could land them both in prison.  Tasker retorts that they violate the law all the time.  Once you have a person's search history, access to her emails, text messages, and listen to her phone calls, it's not hard to construct a blackmail scenario.  But that could never happen in real life, right?

Comey Denies FBI Spied on Trump Campaign, Calls It 'Conspiracy' Amid Multiple Probes.  Former FBI Director James Comey wrote an op-ed on Tuesday [5/28/2019] denying the FBI ever spied on President Trump's campaign in 2016 and claiming it was "just good people trying to figure out what was true, under unprecedented circumstances."

Comey's FBI Ignored Sexual Abuse Victims To Play Politics.  As the political world anticipates an internal Justice Department review of misconduct by James Comey's FBI related to the Trump campaign probe, hundreds of American parents await another report:  Why Comey's FBI delayed an investigation into one of the country's most notorious child sex abusers, former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.  The Michigan State University osteopathic physician now is serving a 100-year minimum prison sentence for numerous crimes, including sexual assault of minors, sexual assault, and possession of child pornography.

FBI Lawyer Says Page FISA Was Handled In An "Unusual Way," Implicates Comey, McCabe, And Yates.  As we move closer and closer to the completion of the IG report on how the Trump-Russia investigation was handled, including the probable misuse of the FISA court, we are seeing more relevant Congressional testimony from top officials released.  One session revealed this week involves Trisha Anderson, an FBI lawyer who signed off on the Carter Page warrants.  She testified in August of 2018 on her role and what she knew regarding how the process went down.

Trump Accuses James Comey, Andrew Mccabe of Treason.  President Donald Trump accused multiple former FBI officials Thursday [5/23/2019] of committing treason for their role in the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  The president's accusation came after a long diatribe at a White House event for farmers demanding that Democrats quit investigating him and focus on passing legislation.  NBC News' Peter Alexander brought up a Trump tweet wherein he said spying on his campaign constituted "treason," and asked who specifically he believes committed treason.

Why Did Obama Allow Comey to Brief Trump on the Russian Prostitute Story?  We are three years into the biggest political scandal in American history and former President Barack Obama has yet to be asked about his role in orchestrating the international subterfuge that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin to rig the 2016 presidential election.  Not one journalist has posed a single question to Obama about what officials in his White House knew — or when they knew it — despite multiple ongoing investigations by the Justice Department and on Capitol Hill.  The more than decade-long media swoon for the 44th president continues unabated.  But Attorney General William Barr might do the work that the news media refuses to do.

Comey vs. the world.  In James Comey's mind, no one is as holy as he is.  People he used to respect, like Rod Rosenstein and William Barr, certainly aren't.  President Trump ate their souls.  Comey admits the same thing nearly happened to him, but he was holy enough to pull back from the brink.  The fact that Trump fired him helped.  Now, Comey finds himself at odds with former associates on the anti-Trump side of the divide.  Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General under Obama, has testified that Comey mischaracterized her statements to him when he repeatedly testified under oath that Lynch instructed him to call the Hillary Clinton email probe a "matter" instead of an "investigation."  House Judiciary Committee ranking member released Lynch's testimony to this effect yesterday.

Both Comey And Brennan Voted Communist While Cold War Was Raging.  The heads of Obama's FBI and CIA both voted for Communists during the Cold War, yet were somehow able to move up the ranks within the same US intelligence community that had spent decades fighting that very ideology.  Journalist Paul Sperry noted on Wednesday [5/15/2019] that former FBI Director James Comey admitted in a 2003 interview to having voted Communist before casting his ballot for Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Comey Was a Commie?  In college, I was left of center," explained James Comey in an interview with New York magazine, "and through a gradual process I found myself more comfortable with a lot of the ideas and approaches the Republicans were using."  Comey voted for Jimmy Carter in 1980, but says that four years later, in 1984, "I voted for Reagan — I'd moved from Communist to whatever I am now.  I'm not even sure how to characterize myself politically.  Maybe at some point, I'll have to figure it out."  Comey was once a communist.  And look deeper at his statement:  "I'd moved from Communist to whatever I am now.  I'm not even sure how to characterize myself politically.  Maybe at some point, I'll have to figure it out."  Which leaves us wondering if James Comey has yet figured it out.

Joe DiGenova:  "Barack Obama Knew That James Comey Was Going To Blackmail The Incoming President of The United States".  Joe Di Genova appeared on Judge Jeanine's Fox News show on Saturday [5/18/2019], where he addressed the chattering on social media from the players who spied on Trump before the 2016 election.  Di Genova weighed in on public statements being made by James Comey, James Clapper, and John Brennan and James Baker that could be used against them.  "The rats are scattering!" he said about them.  Di Genova especially mocked the disgraced former FBI director, James Comey, saying, "James Comey is talking because he is delusional.  He is a man so self-possessed, so self-righteous that he believes nothing will ever happen to him.  He is a very, very, very strange man."

Comey's book could convict him.  If Jimmy the Weasel Comey ever stands trial for his unconstitutional spying on a presidential candidate or his interference in the 2016 election, a key witness for prosecutors may be his own book.  Published a little more than a year ago, the book reveals an FBI director who hated his boss.  Comey wrote, "I once again was having flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob.  The silent circle of assent.  The boss in complete control.  The loyalty oaths.  The us-versus-them worldview.  The lying about all things, large and small, in service of some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth."  This establishes motive.

Nine Reasons James Comey Might Be in Real Legal Jeopardy.  Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey might be in some real legal jeopardy now that Attorney General William Barr has assigned a prosecutor to investigate the Russia Hoax investigators, of whom Comey was the ringleader.  Comey's emerging sins appear to range from possibly illegal to outright unethical to obviously partisan.

Top FBI officials were 'quite worried' Comey would appear to be blackmailing Trump.  Senior FBI officials were concerned then director James Comey would appear to be blackmailing then President-elect Trump — using tactics notoriously associated with J. Edgar Hoover — when he attended a fateful Jan. 6, 2017, meeting at which he informed the real estate magnate about allegations he had consorted with prostitutes in Moscow, according to Jim Baker, the bureau's chief counsel at the time.  "We were quite worried about the Hoover analogies, and we were determined not to have such a disaster happen on our watch," said Jim Baker, then the FBI's top lawyer in an interview with the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery.

Jim Comey's own words justify Bill Barr's review.  Attorney General William Barr has just blitzed former FBI Director James Comey on third down and there's a feeling a sack is imminent.  Barr's tasking of U.S. Attorney John Durham to review the "origins" of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign becomes the third examination of Comey and his special team, joining efforts by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber.  This is an entirely appropriate response to the fearful possibility that the FBI was misused by its past leadership for political purposes.

Why Both The Left And The Right Should Defenestrate James Comey From Public Life.  Democrats and Republicans will never agree on the validity of the outcome of the Hillary Clinton investigation. [...] Likewise, the country seems perpetually divided over the question of Russian collusion.  Even Special Counsel Robert Mueller's finding that there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia failed to shake Democrats and Never Trump Republicans from their belief.  Instead, Mueller's report fueled a second fracture in American sentiments over whether Trump obstructed justice.  Attorney General William Barr's conclusion that a criminal case was not supportable did nothing to lessen the divide.  While Americans remain split over whether Clinton or Trump committed crimes, there should be a consensus on Comey's handling of both matters.  All Americans should see the former FBI director for what he was: a self-righteous, self-important, above-the-law and above-the-chain of command, morally weak egotist.  He should be a public pariah.

Comey's "in big trouble!" IG might find all 4 FISA warrants were illegal.  Rep. Devin Nunes said former FBI Director Jim Comey is "in a lot of trouble."  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., slammed FBI Director James Comey saying "he made a mess of the FBI" on "Fox & Friends" Friday [5/10/2019].  "This is a guy who continues to just make a mockery of the entire FBI and the Department of Justice," Nunes said, reacting to Comey's appearance at CNN's town hall event on Thursday.  "This is the guy who, remember, leaked his memos in order to make sure that a Special Counsel was created to investigate the president.

'Not above the law': Trump indictment in play after presidency, James Comey says.  Former FBI director James Comey said Thursday [5/9/2019] that he thinks President Trump likely has committed crimes that could be cause for indictment once he leaves office and, were he not president, likely would already have been indicted.  In a CNN town-hall-style meeting, Mr. Comey was asked by host Anderson Cooper whether Mr. Trump acted with corrupt intent to interfere with an ongoing investigation.  "It sure looks that way," Mr. Comey replied, saying he based that judgment on his reading of special counsel Robert Mueller's report and leaning most heavily on Mr. Trump's order to White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Mr. Mueller.

Disgraced Former FBI Director Pushes Unhinged Conspiracy Theories At CNN Town Hall.  Last night [5/9/2019], because CNN's ratings apparently haven't been crappy enough, James Comey was welcomed for a "Town Hall" where he was served up softball questions to virtue signal over.  You know, because disgraced FBI directors normally get town halls or something.  It was basically a live action play of his emo Twitter feed.  At the event, he decided to push several already disproven conspiracy theories about Donald Trump and Russia.

James Comey is in trouble and he knows it.  James Comey's planet is getting noticeably warmer.  Attorney General William Barr's emissions are the suspected cause.  Barr has made plain that he intends to examine carefully how and why Comey, as FBI director, decided that the bureau should investigate two presidential campaigns and if, in so doing, any rules or laws were broken.  In light of this, the fired former FBI director apparently has decided that photos of him on Twitter standing amid tall trees and in the middle of empty country roads, acting all metaphysical, is no longer a sufficient strategy.

The Fright of James Comey.  In a recent op-ed, fired FBI Director James Comey was back again preaching to the nation about the dangers of Donald Trump and his capacity to corrupt any top-ranking federal official of lower character than Comey's own.  Comey seems to have become utterly unhinged by Donald Trump, especially when the president, in his thick Queens accent, scoffs in the vernacular — quite accurately, given the transgressions of the FBI hierarchy — about "crooked cops."  What an affront to Comey's complexity, his subtlety, his sophistication, his feigned Hamlet-like self-doubt [...]

James Comey Justifies FBI Spy Operations — More Reason to Release His Volumes of "Spygate" Memos.  Former FBI Director James Comey gave a radio interview to Los Angeles radio station KNX 1070-AM after the New York Times outlined FBI spies used in the 2016 election. [...] On May 6th, 2016, some unknown intelligence apparatus ran an operation using Australian aide to Ambassador Downer, Erika Thompson, to interview Papadopoulos; and on May 10th, Ambassador Downer interviewed Papadopoulos and recorded their contact.  Later, in July 2016, the May 6th meeting with Thompson was used by FBI Agent Peter Strzok to write an Electronic Communication memo, transferred from CIA Director John Brennan to FBI Director James Comey, opening Crossfire Hurricane on July 31st.

The Adolescent Progressive Mind.  [Scroll down]  In 2017, the finger-in-the-air Comey had reinvented himself still again into "higher loyalty" Comey.  The Left held its breath as Comey finagled to get into a position of destroying Trump.  When word leaked that Comey had investigated Trump, trafficked in the Steele dossier, and misled a FISA court, the Left recalibrated him as valuable asset.  And when he was fired, then leaked to the press confidential and classified memos of conservations with Trump, and had been instrumental in staging the platform for Mueller's appointment, the Left began to adore Comey.  He was now the sacrificial victim of Trump's dastardly venom — and no doubt would start producing smoking guns from the files of the FBI.  Better yet, Comey defiantly claimed amnesia when testifying to Congress.  He lied nobly in saying the Steele dossier was not really the evidence that swayed the FISA court to grant surveillance of Carter Page.

Comey And Wife Donate To Klobuchar's Campaign.  Former FBI Director James Comey and his wife separately donated $2,700 to Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign, according to Rolling Stone.  The contributions near the $2,800 maximum donation permitted during the primary.

James Comey's Unpaid "Special Government Employee" Daniel Richman.  In 2018 congressman Jim Jordan made mention of an issue where James Comey had a special employee on assignment 'off-the-books'.  People started asking questions and Fox News Catherine Herridge detailed how Daniel Richman held special access privileges to the FBI, as an outcome of former FBI Director James Comey authorizing his friend as a "Special Government Employee" or SGE.

FBI reveals James Comey WAS a witness in Mueller's investigation.  James Comey was a witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and his memos contained far more sensitive information than was previously known, it has been revealed.  New FBI filings state that Comey's personal notes and memos, which detailed his meetings with Donald Trump, were 'of interest' to Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

James Comey says investigating his actions at FBI would be 'terrible'.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey says he has nothing to hide, but worries that President Trump's call to investigate him and others who started the Russia probe would be a "dangerous step."  "I don't fear it personally.  I fear it as a citizen," Mr. Comey said on CNN Tuesday night [4/2/2019].  "Investigate what?  Investigate that investigations were conducted?  What would be the crime you'd be investigating?  So it's a terrible cycle to start.  It will just be more of that dangerous step."  The president called again Tuesday for an investigation into the beginnings of the FBI's counterterrorism probe into the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, saying the people who led it might have committed treasonous acts.

James Comey Now Fears He Is Going To Be Investigated For His Part In Trump-Russia Hoax.  Then again if he did nothing wrong[,] why would he fear an investigation into the investigators?  It's far more likely James Comey was integral to the Trump-Russia hoax that was in fact an attempted coup against a sitting president of the United States.  He should be concerned!

FBI must hand over docs used to keep Comey memos secret, judge rules.  Over the objections of the FBI, a federal judge on Thursday sided with CNN in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to make public what the bureau said in two secretive court declarations in October 2017, as part of its aggressive efforts to keep memos documenting former FBI director James Comey's meetings with President Trump hidden.  Comey's memos, whose existence was ultimately leaked with Comey's knowledge and which were later obtained by Congress in redacted form, became a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017.  CNN filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that same month, and later filed a lawsuit seeking access to the memos.

Lindsey Graham Has An Ominous Message for James Comey.  Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham sent a cryptic message to James Comey on Sunday, hinting at what might be in store for the former FBI director.

Deep thoughts by James Comey.  Former Obama administration FBI Director James Comey was a protagonist in the investigation of the Trump campaign and the subsequent effort to undermine Trump from inside the Trump administration.  In the service of his efforts he put the Clinton campaign's Steele Dossier to use both before and after the election.  It is the biggest political scandal in American political history.  Nothing else comes close.

Sanctimonious Comey Heads Toward the Exit.  The pontificating, smug, condescending and sanctimonious former FBI Director; who appointed himself the arbiter of all moral virtue; is apparently attempting to steer his high-horse toward the exit of a Mueller narrative he created.  In typical leftist fashion, James Comey now attempts to distance himself from the damage he created; and position his sheeple followers to accept the lack of actual substance behind his prior snake-oil promises.  What an absolute fraud this guy is.

Andrew McCabe Concedes James Comey 'Eroded the Credibility of the FBI'.  Andrew McCabe, the disgraced former acting FBI director, conceded in his new book that James Comey's infamous decision to hold a press conference to announce no charges against Hillary Clinton in her email case worked to "erode the credibility of the FBI."  Perhaps unwittingly lending weight to some of President Trump's own arguments for ultimately firing Comey, McCabe blasted Comey's unprecedented press conference as possibly doing "long-term damage" to the FBI.

Deplorable McCabe Enabled by Dormant Pelley Brings '60 Minutes' and America to New Low.  First, McCabe describes the fact that Trump had a different view of the reaction within the FBI of the Comey firing.  McCabe counters Trump's statement by stating "people were shocked; they were very sad."  He writes in his book that people were gathered in groups and crying.  If this is so, then we need a real house cleaning at the FBI because anybody being shocked James Comey was fired should not being dealing with our national intelligence or investigating crimes.  They are just too ill-informed.  The shocking thing for anyone with half a brain is that Comey still had his job.  He was almost four months beyond his sell-by date.  Truly shocking would have been if Hillary Clinton didn't fire this guy on her first day.  I contend the single biggest mistake of the Trump presidency was not firing Comey on his first day.  He could have justified it on Comey's election meddling; it was his reaching out to the Clinton people to heal the nation and move forward.  The only surprising thing here was that Comey had made it to May 2017, thus not previously being tossed out on his keister.

McCabe Proves Trump Firing Comey Was Justified.  McCabe is trying to construct a defense for his absolutely improper and likely illegal actions by front-running the story.  He hopes that political sympathy will taint any legal case against him.  His big excuse is that all this — launching an investigation of the president, trying to entrap him, and trying to boot him out of office — is justified because of the firing of Comey.  But Trump's firing of Comey was justified by Trump's constitutional powers.  Period.  Trump was elected, Comey was not.  Comey's firing was also justified by a laundry list of things he did both before and after the 2016 election.  For one, the former FBI director told the president that he wasn't being investigated, but hinted to Congress that the president was indeed being investigated.  That's one of the more innocent things Comey did.

5 Explosive Facts about James Comey.  We now know that under then-Director Comey's direction, the FBI and the DOJ submitted a politically motivated dossier as probable cause to obtain a secret 2016 FISA surveillance warrant to spy on a presidential campaign.  To this day, Comey denies knowing that the dossier was Clinton-funded and his weaponization of FBI spy tools like FISA against a presidential target appears unprecedented.  However, precedents allowing such weaponization have been long in the making, thanks in large part to none other than James Comey and his mentor, Robert Mueller.

James Comey: 'Zero chance' Hillary Clinton gets prosecuted for her emails.  Former FBI Director James Comey said Monday there is "zero chance" Hillary Clinton will be prosecuted for her emails.  "There is zero chance, zero chance, on the facts in the Hillary Clinton case, that she would be prosecuted," Comey said during a town hall lecture in Sarasota, Fla.  "You are out of your mind if you don't think the FBI wanted to make a case if we could.  The facts weren't there.  Period.  Full stop."  As FBI director, Comey oversaw his agency's inquiry into the unauthorized email server Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.  In a stunning public admission in July 2016, Comey announced his agency would not recommend criminal charges against anyone involved with Clinton's private email network, even after finding that Clinton's team was "extremely careless" in handling classified emails.

Why didn't the FBI open Counter Intelligence investigations into these Russian assets?  James Comey was partisan.  He was overtly political.  He let Hillary skate and he deceived the President of the United States (Telling Trump numerous times he was not under investigation).  He lied to Congress repeatedly about exonerating Hillary before her interview.  He leaked confidential information.  He was insubordinate.  And for nine months he couldn't find a thing on Trump.  He richly deserved being fired.  His pals at the FBI didn't like that so they decided to become an autonomous agency outside the control of the DOJ and US government and opened an investigation into the President of the United States.

The walls are closing in on false prophet James Comey.  Former FBI general counsel James Baker, the man who served as Jim Comey's top lawyer, he, too, like others. is now criminal investigation for leaking to the media.  And Baker has long faced scrutiny over his ties to "Mother Jones" reporter David Corn.  Remember, Corn was the first journalist to report the existence of Christopher Steele's dirty dossier in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.  So, let's keep track of Comey's leadership at the FBI.  You know, Mr. Integrity.  Now, of course, we know Comey himself was fired by President Trump.  His second in command, Andrew McCabe, was fired for lying.  Andrew McCabe is now currently under a criminal investigation.  Comey's top investigator, Peter Strzok, well, he was fired for his obvious political bias.  He may soon be under criminal investigation, as well as his ex- girlfriend, top FBI lawyer Lisa Page.  She was forced to resign over her bias.

'Cardinal' James Comey — The man who destroyed the FBI.  Wyatt Earp.  Elliot Ness.  J. Edgar Hoover.  Inspector Clouseau.  James Comey.  The names reflect a continuum of greatness to farce and mediocrity.  In the annals of U.S. law enforcement, no individual has reached the depths of disgrace as James "Cardinal" Comey.  The "Cardinal" was a sobriquet FBI agents used to denigrate their leader.  As Deputy Attorney General, he was called "drama queen."  Known for his pomposity and self-regard, Comey cut a swath of arrogance unknown in either of those illustrious organizations.  He was the cult of personality.  He surrounded himself with sycophants, people dedicated to his promotion and their advancement.  The Bureau and the public became the losers.

The Phantom FBI 302 Report.  Merry Christmas from the FBI.  I'm sure they had no intention of putting this present under the tree, but it had to happen.  When crooked James "Junior Fixer" Comey testified, he dropped a lot of "I don't recall" statements.  However, there were times when he was clear.  And that presents a problem for him and particularly for Mueller.

James Comey Lies in Tweet About Lying.  Former FBI Director James Comey is a liar.  If he'd lie about a little thing; what else would he lie about?

A Rapid-Fire Summary of Today's Testimony by Newly Diagnosed Amnesiac Jim Comey.  Trey Gowdy grilled Comey on his vastly different handling of comments by Trump and Obama.  When Trump asked Comey whether he could see his way clear to easing up on Flynn, Comey memorialized the conversation in a memo and distributed it to his leadership team, including Andrew McCabe and James Baker.  However, when President Obama on 60 Minutes publicly exonerated Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information — setting the stage for true obstruction of justice — Comey did nothing.  He never talked to the president about potential obstruction, he never memorialized his observations, and he didn't leak anything to the press.  These were all things he did with Trump.  He might call it a "higher loyalty", but it looks to us peons like a true double-standard.

Comey's anti-Trump and pro-Hillary bias in 2016 clear from new developments — Why was the Russia probe begun?  [I]n the massive news coverage of all sorts of unproven allegations against President Trump — many arising out of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of alleged cooperation between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia — the FBI's pursuit of political targets has received far too little notice.  After Watergate and the Hoover's 48-year reign at the FBI, leaders of law enforcement agencies should have learned some important lessons:  Don't be used as the servants of people in power.  Stay out of politics.  And don't investigate political campaigns, because it's not your job to influence the outcome of elections.  Dictatorships politicize their law enforcement agencies.  In America, we want the FBI and police to be nonpartisan, and we expect them to give equal treatment to people of all political parties and persuasions.

Comey Continues To Falsely Claim That Republicans Started Steele Dossier.  Former FBI Director James Comey falsely claimed throughout two recently congressional interviews that Republicans were the initial backers of the infamous Steele dossier, which alleges a vast conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government to influence the 2016 election.  Comey claimed twice in an interview Monday with the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees that Republicans initially commissioned the work of Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the dossier.  He made similar claims twice more in an interview with the same committees on Dec. 7.

James Comey Continues to Display His Lack of Credibility.  Fired former FBI director James Comey is at it again.  Last week, Comey testified before members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  In a single appearance, Comey, on 245 separate occasions, while under oath, stonewalled questions with "I don't know," "I don't remember" or "I don't recall," according to a congressional interrogator, Rep. Jim Jordan.  (R-Ohio).  If any private citizen tried Comey's gambit with federal IRS auditors or FBI investigators, he would likely be indicted for perjury or obstruction.  Why did Comey, the nation's former top-ranking federal investigator, avoid telling "the whole truth and nothing but the truth" while under oath?

Defiant Comey lashes out at House GOP over 'frustrating' hearing.  Former FBI director James Comey blasted House Republicans on Monday after exiting what he described as a "frustrating" closed-door hearing — his second Capitol Hill appearance this month where he was called to answer questions on the Russia and Hillary Clinton email probes.  "Someday, they'll have to explain to their grandchildren what they did today," a defiant Comey said of the Republicans on the two House committees that conducted the interview, accusing them of not defending the FBI from President Trump's attacks.

Comey Attacks Trump, Fox News, Americans, Republicans In Rant.  Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey attacked President Donald Trump, the Republican Party, Fox News, and Americans on Monday [12/17/2018] as he complained about having to testify in front of Congress.

Comey ducks question about his memos leaking classified information, turns away.  Following his closed-door testimony yesterday, James Comey held an impromptu eight-minute news conference to spin the media with his attacks on Trump, Republicans, and even Fox News.  I found his smug self-righteousness nauseating, to be blunt.  If you want to watch the whole thing, I have embedded MSNBC's video at the bottom of this blog post.  But first, take a look at how he handled the one probing question that (of course) came from Catherine Herridge.  She asked if there was any "spill" of classified information from his leak.  Comey's response:  "I'm not gonna talk about something like that."  Then he turned away from Herridge with a grim smile; closed his eyes briefly; and moved on, asking for another question.  Nobody in the press corps tried to follow up.

FBI's Declassification of Dossier Summary Shows Comey Lied About the Most Vital Fact of All.  In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by a Politico reporter and the James Madison Project, the FBI released a summary of the Steel Dossier used by James Comey to brief Trump on January 6, 2017.  News of this briefing was intentionally leaked to the media (likely by Obama's Director of National Intelligence James Clapper) which gave them the "green light" to publish the story four days later.  The document, which is over 80% redacted, can be viewed [elsew]here.  It's surprising that Politico would request and then publish this information because it indicates that Trump was not informed of the identity of those who had commissioned and paid for the dossier.  The report shows only that the information was collected "on behalf of private clients."  The most striking takeaway from the summary is that the FBI Director met with the incoming President and knowingly omitted the most vital fact of all, that Hillary Clinton and the DNC bought and paid for this "research."

No glory in James Comey getting away with his abuse of FBI power.  [Scroll down]  The interview confirmed what some of us have written about Comey for more than two years.  The media consistently reinforced his image as a rules driven and principled public servant, often referring to him as an almost naive Eagle Scout.  The Washington Post even ran the headline, "Boy Scout James Comey is no match for Donald Trump."  Yet, the history of Comey shows both an overriding interest in his own actions as well as a willingness to violate rules to achieve that interest.  But his comments, including a call to the public to defeat Trump in a "landslide" in the next election, have stripped away any remaining pretense.  The fact is, there often was more pretense than principle in his final years as director.

James Comey, Menace to Society.  Over the eight years of the Obama administration, the FBI, CIA, DOJ, and IRS became weapons of political power in order to destroy the Republican party.  James Comey has been a charter member and prime mover in this "progressive" shift toward fascism in America.  He is a menace, along with his partners in crime, to American society.

Comey, dubbed 'amnesiac with incredible hubris,' back on Hill for new round of grilling.  Former FBI Director James Comey is back on the Hill for an encore, after a controversial appearance more than a week ago in which he told lawmakers seeking answers over the FBI's handling of the Trump-Russia collusion probe some version of "I don't know" at least 245 times.  Comey is set to testify behind closed doors again Monday morning [12/17/2018], before members of the House oversight and judiciary committees.  The prior Dec. 7 session left lame-duck Republican lawmakers fuming as Comey repeatedly said "I don't remember," "I don't know" and "I don't recall" when grilled about investigations Republicans believed were aimed at hurting President Trump.

Comey the clown
The Adventures of Comey the Beltway Circus Clown.

Ex-FBI Director Comey Explains How He Took Advantage of Fledgling Trump Administration.  Former FBI Director James Comey, speaking to an appreciative audience in New York on Sunday [12/9/2018], told NBC's Nicole Wallace that he sent two FBI agents to visit then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn at the White House on January 24, 2017, because he figured he could get away with it.  Wallace asked Comey:  "You look at this White House now, and it's hard to imagine two FBI agents ending up in the State room.  How did that happen?"

Comey's testimony imitated Sgt. Schultz with amnesia.  James Comey, we are told by many people including conservatives like Andrew McCarthy, is a very smart fellow, an enormously talented administrator.  He certainly had an amazing career in the federal government, and as a senior executive at Lockheed Martin, the nation's largest defense contractor for a few years, earning millions of dollars.  The investigations he claimed ignorance of were being run out of FBI headquarters, which is very unusual.  It would be understandable for Comey to be ignorant of investigations run out of a field office, but this was under his nose and direct supervision.  It is very curious — an aggressive prosecutor might say suspicious — that someone with his track record would claim under oath to have known so little and forgotten so much.

Comey:  Democrats Have To Win.  Former FBI director James Comey has the right to advocate for the Democrats.  He can even do so while wrapping his support for a treasonous anti-American movement that has far more areas of agreement with Karl Marx than with the Founding Fathers in fake patriotism.

Comey Says FBI Didn't Investigate Trump Campaign; however....  The transcript from the first James Comey interview with the joint house committee is rather revealing for several measures.  One of the more interesting aspects surrounds Comey claiming the FBI never investigated the Trump campaign; and yet also claiming four Trump campaign officials had FBI investigative files opened on them simultaneously.  Apparently, Comey wants everyone to believe it was a coincidence or something.

I Know Nothing!  Jim Comey Didn't Care Where the Dossier Came From.  The manner in which James Comey ran the Federal Bureau of Investigations was incompetent, or he's a liar.  There doesn't seem to be any other explanation for his performance.  The collusion/conspiracy probe began after illicit unmasking, and no one has delved into that in any serious way.  It shouldn't come as a surprise.  We found out on Thursday the obstruction of justice probe into former FBI director Jim Comey's firing began to rein in the President.  That was BEFORE Rosenstein hired Robert Mueller as special counsel.  The dossier, in particular, has been a source of concern since it played an important role in the Russia-Trump investigation.

Comey's Credibility Under Fire.  Fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony is calling into question his credibility and decision making.  Republican lawmakers have been highlighting the big takeaways from last week's questioning.  Congressman Jim Jordan outlined how Comey said "I don't recall" eight times, "I don't remember" 71 times, and "I don't know" 166 times.  This comes as Comey is now accused of using a dubious Russian document to influence his decision in the Clinton email case.

GOP rep on Comey: 'I never recall him not being able to answer a question'.  Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) on Monday [12/10/2018] expressed skepticism over James Comey's testimony before House lawmakers in which the former FBI director said he was unable to remember details or would not answer several questions from lawmakers.  King, who was not in attendance at last week's closed-door hearing, said he "never" recalled Comey being unable to answer a question during past appearances before the House Intelligence Committee, of which the New York lawmaker is a member.  "He has, I think, almost a photographic memory.  He has a great capacity for detail," King said on Fox News.  "So it's hard for me to believe that all those questions, he was unable to answer, didn't recall, didn't remember, so again, I don't want to be judging his motives, but I'm very, very skeptical of that.

Comey's Testimony:  Truth or Lies?  The recent congressional testimony by former FBI Director James Comey has caused no shortage of outrage over his lack of recollection and ongoing deflections.  But lost within that outrage have been a number of important facts that were actually communicated during his testimony.  Comey's interview was notably not under oath, but he was required by law to answer questions from Congress truthfully, which has suddenly gained material weight after special counsel Robert Mueller prosecuted former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, for lying to Congress.

Naked partisan:  James Comey's mask comes off.  With the Mueller team failing to indict President Trump for collusion with the Russians, Mueller's ally, former FBI director James Comey has gone to Plan B:  exhorting Democrats to beat Trump at ballot box. [...] What we are seeing here is the partisan agenda of Comey exposed as those desperate cries to Democrats go out.  Comey was never about rule of law in this long-ranging, and unprecedented for an ex FBI director, campaign against President Trump.  He was just about getting rid of the guy he isn't happy he saw get elected.  Since when have we ever heard from an ex-FBI director "calling on Americans" for anything?

Comey, Careless and Corrupt.  Drunk on his own self-deluded rectitude, James Comey has become one of the most insufferable voices on the Left.  He teaches "ethics" at William & Mary, but it is hard to imagine a more unethical FBI director than one who signs off on the most invasive spying warrants imaginable without bothering to verify them, or even know their rationale.  That came out in his shameless testimony last Friday in closed session with Congress.  It was clear from his slipshod testimony that he hadn't even read the FISA warrants he approved.  He breezily acknowledged that the Steele dossier, which formed the basis of the alleged justification for spying on Trump officials, was unverified.  He said he didn't know Steele was paid by the Democrats to assemble it.  Asked if he should have known, he shrugged and said that he didn't consider that an important piece of information.  Obviously coached, he said that Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI investigation into alleged Russia-Trump collusion, derived from a tip delivered by an "allied nation," a pompous reference his lawyer told him to use to amplify the significance of Alexander Downer's shallow, entrapping, and non-conclusive conversation with George Papadopoulos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disgruntled, whistle-blowing FBI agents:

FBI veteran's tell-all reveals 'era of abuse' and destruction of bureau under Mueller and Comey.  According to Mike German, a well-respected 16-year FBI veteran who left the agency as a whistleblower in 2004, between 2001 and 2017 then-FBI Directors Robert Mueller (2001-2013) and James Comey (2013-2017) turned the once-highly-respected agency into a "lawless law enforcer."  These and more revelations are reportedly revealed in German's latest book, "Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide:  How the New FBI Damages Democracy."

McCabe Confirms Some FBI Employees [were] 'Frustrated' No Charges [were] Brought Against Hillary Clinton.  Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe lent some credibility to a previous White House claim that some FBI personnel were upset over the agency's decision, under the leadership of disgraced ex-FBI Director James Comey, not to charge Hillary Clinton in the criminal probe of her private email server use.  The claim that some FBI rank-and-file workers lost confidence in Comey following his infamous press conference announcing that no charges would be brought has been in dispute.

Daily Caller Reporting Confirmed that Some FBI Agents Were Fed Up With Comey.  Reporting done previously by The Daily Caller confirmed White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' claim that some FBI agents were indeed unhappy with former FBI Director James Comey's leadership.  The Caller reported in October 2016 that FBI agents lost confidence in Comey after seeing how the bureau handled the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.  But since the release of the Mueller report, media outlets have pounced on Sanders for saying that FBI agents had issues with Comey.

'Irreparable damage to the bureau' — former FBI agents sound off on James Comey.  James Comey has recognized a kindred spirit in Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who in 1951, penned the immortal lines, "Do not go gentle into that good night ... Rage, rage against the dying of the light."  To wit, the former FBI director confidently strode up to microphones following two days of contentious testimony before House lawmakers, and let it all hang out.  Comey, the man some sympathetic media-types have referred to as a humble servant-leader, seized the opportunity to settle some old scores as he pilloried Fox News and the Republican Party.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carter Page

The FISA Abuse Report Is Coming Out Soon.  FBI officials relied on the controversial Steele dossier to obtain four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to monitor [Carter] Page's phone calls and emails from October 2016 through September 2017.  The FBI asserted in the applications that there was probable cause to believe that Page was acting as a foreign agent of Russia.  The warrants allowed investigators to retroactively review Page's electronic correspondence with other Trump associates.  Republicans have accused the FBI of improperly relying on the unverified dossier to argue that Page may have been a Russian agent.  That complaint has gained traction in the wake of the special counsel's report, which said there was no evidence that any Trump associates acted as Russian agents, or that they worked with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

DOJ Claims It Never Received Order From President Trump to Declassify Carter Page FISA Docs.  Justice Department lawyers argued in a federal court on Friday [9/27/2019] that the DOJ never received an order from President Trump to declassify the Carter Page FISA documents.  The Trump White House said in a public statement in May that the president had given US Attorney General Bill Barr the authority to declassify the Carter Page FISA documents, however, DOJ lawyers "subsequently confirmed with the White House that there was and is no order to declassify."

DOJ Clarifies Their Position on Declassification — "Delegated Authority".  Today [9/27/2019] in a court filing, surrounding a FOIA case seeking access to the fully unredacted Carter Page FISA application, the DOJ clarified the position of the DOJ as it pertains to President Trump's May 2019 declassification authority.  The DOJ highlights that President Trump did not order AG William Barr to declassify anything.  Instead, according to the official position of the DOJ, President Trump "delegated authority" to the Attorney General to determine *if* anything should be declassified.

What to Expect When You're Expecting FISA Abuse.  To launch a counter-intelligence investigation on an American citizen, like Carter Page, the Department of Justice applies to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  All warrants require accuracy and integrity, but those to the FISA court should meet an even-higher standard.  Why?  Because, unlike criminal warrants, FISA warrants remain hidden.  The goal is to "spy on spies," not haul them into court, so the application will remain secret, never challenged by a defense attorney at trial.  That's why the DoJ and FBI must certify, in writing, that the FISA application is truthful and complete and that the evidence it presents has been thoroughly vetted by the bureau.  That's what the Obama administration's top law-enforcement officials did when they wanted to spy on Carter Page.  It is becoming increasingly clear they were lying.

DOJ inspector general found all four Carter Page FISA warrants were illegally obtained, Joe diGenova says.  The Justice Department inspector general has determined all four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page were illegally obtained, attorney Joe diGenova said this week.  In an investigation that began last year, Inspector General Michael Horowitz examined the Justice Department's and FBI's compliance with legal requirements as well as policies and procedures in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court related to Page as part of a larger counterintelligence inquiry into President Trump's campaign.

Jeffrey Epstein Fallout Shows How Little Trust Americans Have in Media and Government.  One of the men responsible for the "Russiagate" scandal, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, tweeted out a New York Times piece on Sunday [8/11/2019] that claimed Epstein's "suicide conspiracies show how our information system is poisoned."  Rosenstein, taking a cue from his Russiagate collaborators, former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan, regularly opines on Twitter in this vein.  Rosenstein was also the man who accused Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, of being a foreign agent who was conspiring with the Russians to influence the 2016 election.  In a government warrant.  To a secret court.  Using a dossier filled with rumors and innuendo as proof.  Sourced by a political British operative.  (Page never was charged with any crime.)

Carter Page Explains He Was "Decades Long" Source for FBI and CIA.  This interview is interesting from a few aspects.  First, Carter Page states he was a long-standing source of information for the intelligence apparatus, specifically for the CIA for decades.  Secondly, the framework by Page as outlined, and the underlying motive of the FBI to use him as an unwitting target for the FISA application, is essentially confirmation of our prior reconciled point on why the FBI exploited him.  [Video clip]

If The FBI Missed This Glaring Inaccuracy, Did They Even Attempt To Verify The Trump Dossier?  Did the FBI verify the Trump dossier?  It's a question that then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe refused to answer.  The dossier is the piece of political opposition research compiled by former MI6 spook Christopher Steele that the Clinton campaign and the Democrats bankrolled.  The intention was to find dirt on Trump.  It was reportedly used as credible evidence to secure a FISA spy warrant on Carter Page, who briefly served as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.  This FISA warrant was renewed at least three times from 2016 up until 2017.  Was it verified?  Given these glaring errors in the document itself, probably not.

Ex-FBI Lawyer: [The] Carter Page FISA application [was] approved in [an] unusual way by McCabe, Yates, and Baker.  A former top lawyer for the FBI described to lawmakers the "unusual" way the surveillance request targeting former Trump campaign associate Carter Page was handled by top leadership at the Justice Department and FBI, according to a transcript released this week.  In front of a joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on Aug. 31, 2018, former FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson said she was normally responsible for signing off on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications before they reached the desk of her superiors for approval.  Anderson said the "linear path" those applications typically take was upended in October 2016, with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates signing off on the application before she did.  Because of that unusual high-level involvement, she didn't see the need to "second guess" the FISA application.

State Dept.  Warning Memo-Outlining Sketchy Steele Info-Was Delivered to Peter Strzok a Week Prior to FISA Submission.  The exit door begins to close.  According to the latest leak provided to John Solomon the State Department information deconstructing Chris Steele was presented to FBI Agent Peter Strzok a week before they used Steele's sketchy dossier to prop up the FBI FISA application on Carter Page.

Will The Real Russia-Collusion Scandal Please Stand Up?  On Monday [5/13/2019], news broke that Attorney General William Barr had appointed John Durham, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, to investigate the FBI's use of the Clinton-campaign-financed "dossier" on Trump as a pretext to spy on Carter Page and, by extension, the 2016 Trump campaign.  At the same time, the Justice Department's inspector general is looking into whether political bias against Trump influenced the decision to push for wiretap applications.  The U.S. attorney in Utah, John Huber, is also looking into the Page FISA warrant.

FISA Court, Woods Procedures And Carter Page.  How did the FBI not violate the Woods Procedures when it presented unverified opposition research paid for by the opposing party — the "Steele dossier" — to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to obtain a warrant to spy on an American citizen for over a year?  Moreover, were the FISA court Judges who signed off on the application and three separate renewals aware of the origins of the dossier and if not, why not?

In Going After Carter Page, Did the FBI and DOJ Abuse the FISA Process?  Department of Justice inspector general Michael Horowitz announced in March 2018 that his office was reviewing the DOJ's and FBI's "compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person."  In other words, he was asking whether the agencies abused their power in getting warrants to surveil (by then, former) Trump-campaign foreign-policy adviser Carter Page.  More than a year later, we still don't know much about the course of the IG's investigation.  But that may finally be changing.

Carter Page says Mueller is worse than Mussolini, Saddam, and Gadhafi.  Carter Page, the former Trump campaign adviser who was suspected by the FBI of being a Russian spy, has written a foreword to an e-book version of the Mueller report, calling it "propaganda" and comparing his time in front of the Mueller grand jury to being at Guantanamo Bay.  Written in hyperbolic terms, Page compares the 448-page report put together by special counsel Robert Mueller, and lightly redacted by Attorney General William Barr, to the propaganda pushed by some of modern history's worst dictators.  And he blasts what he sees as a politically motivated "witch hunt" targeting himself and President Trump.

The Anti-Bill Barr Smear Campaign.  There is no doubt that Trump officials were surveilled or spied on.  The FBI famously acquired a FISA warrant against Carter Page, who briefly served as a Trump foreign-policy adviser.  It is true that the FBI began surveilling Page in October 2016 after he left the campaign, but the warrant allowed it to look back at his communications during his time with the campaign.  The FBI also gathered information on Page and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos via an informant, who contacted Trump aide Sam Clovis, as well.  The question, as Barr said the other day, is whether this surveillance was properly predicated.  Barr is being attacked as a partisan hack for saying he's going to find out.

AG William Barr States He is Reviewing DOJ/FBI Conduct During The Summer of 2016.  Attorney General William Barr was questioned today [4/9/2019] by republican lawmaker Robert Aderholt about potentially fraudulent DOJ and FBI submissions to the FISA court — to gain a Title-One surveillance warrant against U.S. Person Carter Page.

Carter Page Had a More Important Use Beyond a FISA Warrant.  It has never made sense that U.S. Person Carter Page was an FBI witness from 2013 through to March/May 2016 and yet in October 2016, to achieve a FISA warrant, the FBI called him an agent of a foreign government. [...] It just never made any sense; perhaps, until today.  Put yourself in the mindset within the highly political small group at the DOJ and FBI who have a plan to help Hillary Clinton win the presidency.  From October 2015 through early March 2016 Fusion GPS was assembling opposition research on all the GOP candidates.  However, mid-March it became obvious Donald Trump was going to win, so all other efforts were side-lined and Trump becomes the Fusion-GPS focus.

Trump Advisor FBI First Targeted For 'Collusion' Gives New Details About Feds' 'Preposterous' Claims.  Carter Page, the man who federal investigators first targeted for surveillance on the unfounded premise that he was a potential agent for Russia, part of the feds' now debunked "collusion" claim against the Trump campaign, wasn't charged — or even so much as mentioned — in Mueller's various indictments, none of which were related to the original focus of the investigation.  Having been finally vindicated with Mueller's report submitted to the attorney general and no further indictments issued, Page is now getting his chance to tell his story without the cloud of the years-long investigation hanging over his head.

The Case of Carter Page.  Based on Attorney General Barr's summary of the report submitted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, we know that the gravamen of Mueller's investigation was alleged "collusion" by the Trump presidential campaign with Russian organs interfering with the election.  We nevertheless have yet to see an unredacted copy of the August 2017 scope memo that set the parameters of Mueller's investigation.  It remains a deep, dark secret.  The case of Carter Page represents a sorry chapter in the investigation.  He was subjected to surveillance intended to be reserved for agents of foreign governments about to commit serious crimes.  The FBI and Department of Justice took out a FISA warrant Page in October 2016. The warrant was renewed three times.  The surveillance on Page and his contacts and their contacts extended over the period of a year.  According to the FBI and the Department of Justice, probable cause existed to believe that Page was a Russian agent knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence activities.

DOJ Inadvertently Highlights SSCI Corruption in Responsive Filing Toward Wolfe Sentencing Memo.  If you have followed the case against SSCI Security Director James Wolfe you will note the original indictment against him outlined, obliquely, how Wolfe took custody of the Carter Page FISA application and then leaked it to his concubine at Buzzfeed Ms. Ali Watkins.  The leak of the FISA application was a rather explosive issue not readily identified when Wolfe's indictment was first presented (June '18).  It was only possible to connect the dots after the FISA application was released (July '18) and a comparison on specific dates, times, contacts and chain-of-custody, was possible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Redacted FISA documents released July 21, 2018:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe Does an Interview and Makes a Stunning Admission.  I'm not sure if he meant to admit this or if he's just so brazen that he doesn't care.  Probably the latter.  Andrew McCabe, who's currently facing a coming indictment for lying to the FBI (while also moonlighting as a CNN analyst of course), did an interview on his time at the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation.  Along the way, he made a pretty important admission regarding the origins of the probe.

Andrew McCabe Opens Up About Steele Dossier, Origins Of Trump-Russia Probe.  Andrew McCabe, the embattled former FBI deputy director, said at a recent event that former British spy Christopher Steele disclosed to FBI investigators that his infamous anti-Trump dossier should not be taken as "gospel," and that he could not vouch for the accuracy of some of the material in the infamous document.  McCabe, who spoke Oct. 3 at an event hosted by journalist Carl Bernstein, was defending the FBI's handling of the Steele dossier by insisting investigators were aware of the document's flaws during the Trump probe.  The FBI's handling of the dossier is the subject of a Justice Department inspector general's investigation that began in March 2018.

McCabe Defense:  Barr Would Have To Apply Double Standard To Prosecute Me While Letting Trump Off The Hook.  Clever.  Not entirely bulletproof legally, but politically this argument from Andrew McCabe's legal team is brilliant.  If Donald Trump didn't get prosecuted over obstruction detailed in the Mueller report because there was no underlying crime, as Josh Gerstein reports on their coming argument, how can William Barr's Department of Justice go after him?

Andrew McCabe Says He Won't Take Plea Deal 'Under Any Circumstances' If Indicted.  A defiant Andrew McCabe said Tuesday he will not "under any circumstances" accept a plea deal if indicted for lying about leaks to the press.  Federal prosecutors in Virginia are pushing for charges against McCabe, a former FBI deputy director, for allegedly making false statements to the FBI and Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General regarding his authorization of a leak to the media in October 2016.

IG report details Andrew McCabe's FBI leaks, secretive media campaign and cover-up.  A Justice Department inspector general's report is the driving force for possible criminal charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as his attorneys and the department square off in a legal and media showdown.  The inspector general's 20-month-old findings sparked an ongoing Justice investigation.  It said Mr. McCabe lied to fellow agents and cast blame on colleagues for his orchestrated press leak.

McCabe faces indictment, IG FISA report coming, Durham on deck.  Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe is facing an imminent indictment over lying to Federal investigators during his tenure at the FBI.  It could well be the first of series of indictments for McCabe.  Signaling a new welcome phase of accountability for the criminal behavior endemic at the DOJ, FBI, CIA and State Department during the Obama Administration.  It foretells an avalanche of bad news for those senior Obama officials who plotted to weaponize the intelligence agencies and justice department to destroy political opponents.

Obama's team lines up to defend Andrew McCabe in court.  A cavalcade of Obama-era national security leaders have committed to testify on behalf of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should he face trial over allegations that he misled officials about leaks to the media.  The lineup, detailed in a legal analysis from McCabe's legal team, the substance of which was provided to the Justice Department, includes a string of former senior officials.

CNN: Everything but the News.  Recently, CNN trumped the Clapper and Hayden hires by bringing on air Andrew McCabe, the disgraced and fired FBI deputy director, who has been under criminal referrals for lying to federal investigators concerning FBI leaks and who is still under investigation for his role in surveilling Trump-campaign officials and misleading a FISA court.  His qualifications to provide CNN with accurate, unbiased, and truthful commentary?  A near-pathological hatred of Donald Trump, such that at one point he tried to stage a veritable coup and remove Trump from office, under the 25th Amendment.

McCabe's Lawfare Alliance Working With Media Allies to Frame Defense.  When the reports of a possible indictment for Andrew McCabe surfaced, we noted it would be interesting to see how the Lawfare alliance responds.  Today we can see that response.  Andrew McCabe's defense attorney, Michael Bromwich (also the attorney for 'beach friend' Christine Blasey-Ford in the Kavanaugh narrative), leaks his communication with U.S. Attorney for DC, Jessie Liu, to the New York Times.  Leaks to the NYT and WaPo are how the Lawfare alliance push their narrative.  These are the same DOJ/FBI officials who leaked to the same media when constructing the Russian Conspiracy narrative around the Trump campaign.

Will McCabe Bring the FBI Down with Him?  The DoJ's rejection of a last-ditch appeal by the legal team representing fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe and the recommendation by federal prosecutors that charges actually be filed against the documented liar, leaker, and co-conspirator in the attempted coup against duly elected President Donald Trump puts the deep state in a face-to-face confrontation with a potential legal Armageddon.  An indictment will leave McCabe with no excuse for not carrying out his threat to bring them all down with him. [...] McCabe was at the heart of all the criminal activity and knows where the bodies are buried.  His silence until now may be traced to the fact that to date no one has actually been held accountable.

Malevolent McCabe's appointment with justice is imminent.  Andrew McCabe is one step closer to a reckoning with justice.  The Department of Justice correctly rejected the equivalent of a Hail Mary appeal from McCabe's lawyers that he not face criminal charges for lying.  U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu has recommended moving forward against the fired former FBI acting director.  Presenting the case to a federal grand jury is likely imminent.  Lest we forget, McCabe has helped put people behind bars for lying.  He should be held to the same legal standard.

US Attorney Moves to Charge Andrew McCabe For Lying About Hillary Probe.  U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended charges against former FBI official Andrew McCabe, as the Justice Department rejects his last-ditch appeal.  McCabe appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington last month when his lawyers met with Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, but the request was rejected.  The possible charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against McCabe's misleading statements on a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.

U.S. Attorney moving forward with charges against McCabe Based On IG Report Findings.  District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official, a source familiar with the decision told

Breaking Down the Report of an Imminent McCabe Indictment.  Federal prosecutors in Washington have recommended that criminal charges be filed against Andrew McCabe, the FBI's former deputy director, and the Justice Department has rejected a last-ditch appeal by McCabe's lawyers, according to a report on Thursday by Fox News.  This clears the way for what appears to be McCabe's imminent indictment.  Jesse Liu, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia (appointed by Trump), has reportedly decided that McCabe should be charged.  The decision was based on a referral by the Justice Department's inspector general (appointed by Obama), Michael Horowitz.  In a comprehensive report last year, issued after a probe of a leak of investigative information to the media orchestrated by McCabe, Horowitz found that McCabe had misled investigators, including making false statements under oath.

Report: U.S. DC Attorney Jessie Liu Will Indict Andrew McCabe.  Several news outlets are now reporting that U.S. Attorney for DC, Jessie Liu, will likely indict former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for lying to FBI investigators.  The reporting is based on leaked email communications from the lawyers representing Andrew McCabe, where McCabe's legal appeals to Main Justice and current DOJ Deputy Attorney General James Rosen were rejected.

US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal.  U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official and current CNN contributor.  McCabe — the former deputy and acting director of the FBI — appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Is Christioher Wray Protectung Andrew McCabe?  FBI Director Christopher Wray has tried to stay out of the public eye, and while he does not have liar and leaker James Comey's flair for flamboyant, self-serving press conferences, and doesn't have his fingerprints all over the Russian collusion hoax and FISAgate, he still is a D.C. swamp rat working behind the scenes to protect his deep-state cronies.  The text messages of FBI agents Peter Strzok and paramour Lisa Page have gone a long way to explain and document the attempt by President Obama's government agencies to keep Hillary Clinton out of prison and Donald Trump out of the White House.  One would think the text messages of Andrew McCabe, fired for "lack of candor," would be a treasure trove of information detailing the coup plotters' machinations and deliberations.  So why is Wray fighting to keep them out of public view and away from legal scrutiny?

Ratcliffe says DOJ must indict McCabe to prove there aren't 'separate standards'.  Rep. John Ratcliffe said the Justice Department must indict Andrew McCabe, following the DOJ inspector general's 2018 report that found the fired FBI deputy director helped leak unauthorized information to the media and misled investigators about it.  The Texas Republican told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo [9/8/2019] that indicting McCabe was necessary to prove that the DOJ was applying its standards fairly both to Republicans and Democrats.

Disgraced ex-FBI official and CNN contributor Andrew McCabe is now headlining Democratic fundraiser.  Disgraced former FBI official and brand-new CNN contributor Andrew McCabe will headline a fundraiser later this month for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.  The fundraiser, which was flagged first by the Washington Free Beacon's Brent Scher, will be held on Sept. 21 with tickets selling between $80 and $160 per head.  Along with serving as the keynote speaker at the Lancaster County Democratic Committee banquet, the former FBI deputy director will also sign copies of his new book, [...]. Event attendees will also be given the chance to buy copies of the book for $32.50.

The Two Ticking Time Bombs of the Coming Election.  Unlike anyone I have ever heard of at the FBI, I believe in the presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings.  McCabe and Comey are entitled to it.  But the action of CNN in hiring McCabe, who confirmed just a couple of months ago that he thought it was "possible" that Donald Trump was a Russian agent, confirms the fanaticism of their hatred of the president.  The individuals in the executive and personnel of that network are of course entitled to their views.  But there is both a professional responsibility to separate reporting from comment and to try to report fairly, and there ultimately will be a serious commercial penalty for such brazen approval of possible criminal election interference by the FBI.

What Is Justice for McCabe?  The FBI's former deputy director is in the Justice Department's crosshairs.  His lawyers are reportedly pleading with top officials not to indict him for lying to FBI agents who were probing a leak of investigative information, orchestrated by none other than McCabe.  McCabe is feeling the heat because the evidence that he made false statements is daunting.  So daunting, in fact, that even he concedes he did not tell the truth to investigators.  Listen carefully to what he says about the case — there being no shortage of public commentary on it from the newly minted CNN analyst.  He never "deliberately misled anyone," he insists.  Sure, he grudgingly admits, some of his statements "were not fully accurate," or perhaps were "misunderstood" by his interrogators.  But "at worst," you see, "I was not clear in my responses, and because of what was going on around me may well have been confused and distracted."  Uh-huh.

Our Tawdry, Untrustworthy Fourth Estate.  The ongoing affair between the nation's top law enforcement agency and the news media resulted in another hookup last week when CNN announced the hiring of Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.  McCabe, a vocal Trump foe who opened a criminal investigation into the sitting president of the United States in May 2017 during his short stint as acting director, was fired by the FBI last year for lying to federal investigators.  He played a key role in concocting the Trump-Russia collusion hoax; wrote a book filled with animus toward the president; and remains under a grand jury investigation.  Last week, McCabe's lawyers met with federal prosecutors who are deciding whether to indict him for perjury.  So, of course, CNN hired him last week.

Department Of Justice May Be About To Indict Andrew McCabe And Peter Strzok.  If the Times is close to accurate on this, the line prosecutors and the US Attorney's office have already decided to indict but Justice is taking an interest. [...] What is at stake here is not small, it is really little short of the Department of Justice making a decision on whether the United States has a two-tiered system of justice where FBI officials can casually and callously lie to federal investigators and avoid any downside while a guy like George Papadopoulos gets sent to jail for a transposing the dates of his appointment to the Trump campaign with the date on which the campaign officially announced his position, or worse, be a Michael Flynn an have this particular lying sack of ordure decide that you lied to investigators when investigators had decided just the opposite.  It would be hard to imagine that Barr and Rosen don't know this, plus, I can't imagine Rosen being all that keen on making a no-prosecution decision knowing what his Twitter timeline would look like the next morning after Trump's first tweet.  Nothing would make me happier than if the FBI went full "Law and Order" on McCabe and waited until he was on the air in the CNN studio and barged in an handcuffed him on camera.

Warm CNN and MSNBC newsrooms comfort fallen spies in from the cold.  CNN announces it has hired disgraced former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe as a "contributor."  You may recall that McCabe was fired after the FBI learned he was leaking to the press and had lied to — you guessed it — FBI investigators hunting down government leakers.  While many a Trump associate cools his heals in the federal poky for "lying to the FBI," lying McCabe is free to join the ever-growing number of anti-Trump Deep State operatives enriching themselves at the mainstream media's trough.

U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu Punts McCabe Indictment Decision Back to Main Justice.  According to reporting today from the New York Times, Washington DC U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has punted the decision on whether to indict former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe back to Main Justice, via Deputy AG Jeffrey Rosen.  All of our prior research into the DC U.S. Attorney's office, specifically toward Jessie Liu, has identified her as -essentially- Rod Rosenstein in a skirt.  Attorney Liu's DC office was responsible for not prosecuting the Awan Brothers; and also Liu's office was responsible for covering up the leaking of the classified FISA application by SSCI Director of Security James Wolfe.  Yes, covering it up — there is ZERO DOUBT.

Andrew McCabe's Unjust Deserts.  As I have noticed before in this space, Andrew McCabe was a central player in the pseudo-investigation of Hillary Clinton's misuse of classified information and self-enrichment schemes while secretary of state.  He was one of the people who made sure that the probe went nowhere.  McCabe was also a central figure in the get-Mike-Flynn operation and, later, the Great Trump Hunt that occupied Andrew Weissmann's Howdy Doody dummy Robert Mueller for some two years.  McCabe leaked information about an investigation to a Wall Street Journal reporter and lied about leaking in casual conversations with superiors as well as under oath.  Yet he will soon be reporting for duty at CNN.

The opposite of journalism:  CNN is encouraging government officials to lie.  Last week, CNN announced that it is hiring Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.  According to the FBI inspector general, McCabe lied repeatedly to investigators, including FBI Director James Comey.  Some of the lies were under oath.  McCabe's lies were designed to cover up "misconduct" on his part:  He had violated FBI policy by leaking information about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation to the Wall Street Journal during the 2016 election.  The leak was "designed to advance his personal interest at the expense of department leadership," the IG reported.  Naturally, McCabe also lied to the public immediately after his firing, claiming it had been some form of political retaliation.  That

Political Forecast:  Stormy Weather Ahead.  All who can read discard the Russian collusion claims.  What remains of them is the long-delayed Horowitz report and anticipated prosecutions for the coup plotters.  For those still wanting to be deluded there's CNN, which has hired a major plotter, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as a contributor to continue the Let's Pretend narrative.

15 former spooks who work at CNN and MSNBC now.  CNN added to its deep roster of former FBI and CIA officials-turned-analysts Friday [8/23/2019] with the hiring of Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired for lack of candor during an investigation last year.  McCabe is the tenth ex-FBI, CIA or intelligence community official CNN has hired during the Trump administration, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis.  MSNBC has followed closely behind, having hired five former officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan.  CNN was widely mocked on Friday after announcing the McCabe hiring, largely because the network has criticized its competitors for hiring former Trump administration officials.

CNN Hires Fired FBI Perjurer Andrew McCabe, The Twitterverse Is Not Amused.  Yesterday CNN blasted Fox News for hiring Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  Today [8/23/2019] CNN announced it had hired disgraced former FBI official Andrew McCabe despite the fact he perjured himself before Congress and was fired for cause from the Bureau.  Do I smell mendacity?

Watch CNN Welcome Former FBI Official Andrew McCabe As 'Newest Member of the CNN Team'.  Andrew McCabe, the former (fired) Acting Deputy Director of the FBI, has landed in the pundit chair at CNN.  McCabe authorized both the obstruction of justice investigation and the counter-intelligence investigation into President Trump.  Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018, just before McCabe could begin receiving his retirement benefits.  He was fired after the Justice Department inspector-general found that McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and "lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions."

CNN complains about the rehabilitation of known liars, then hires Andrew McCabe.  CNN has added disgraced former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to its already-bloated roster of contributors drawn from the intelligence community.  The announcement comes not even a week after CNN dedicated significant airtime to protesting that former White House press secretaries Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders are allowed to seek professional employment.  The McCabe hire was reported Friday morning [8/23/2019] on social media by CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy.

Time to Indict McCabe, Not Impeach Trump.  Perhaps hearing the footsteps of Attorney General Bill Barr, U.S. Atty John Durham, and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz getting closer, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe crawled out from the rock he had been hiding under long enough last Thursday night to appear on CNN with Chris Cuomo.  Like his yet unindicted co-conspirator and boss in the Russia "collusion delusion" coup attempt against President Trump, former FBI Director James Comey, McCabe sought to mask his own real crimes while joining the media frenzy over President Trump's suggestion that he would at least listen to a foreign source reporting to have "dirt" on an opponent, passing the information on to the FBI if warranted.  McCabe was quick to excuse Hillary Clinton and the DNC for funding a fake dossier through a British agent using Russian sources while suggesting that, yes, he would at least pick up the phone and listen.

Disgraced Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Says Now Is The Time To Try To Impeach Trump.  After a leading question from CNN host Chris Cuomo, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said now is "absolutely" the time to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  McCabe made the statement after being asked by Cuomo, "Do you believe that an impeachment inquiry is warranted based on what you understand and what has come out of the Mueller report?"  McCabe, who wrote a memoir trashing Trump and defending the FBI, immediately agreed with Cuomo, saying, "absolutely."

FBI Lawyer Says Page FISA Was Handled In An "Unusual Way," Implicates Comey, McCabe, And Yates.  As we move closer and closer to the completion of the IG report on how the Trump-Russia investigation was handled, including the probable misuse of the FISA court, we are seeing more relevant Congressional testimony from top officials released.  One session revealed this week involves Trisha Anderson, an FBI lawyer who signed off on the Carter Page warrants.  She testified in August of 2018 on her role and what she knew regarding how the process went down.

3 Times Media Falsely Claimed Russiagate Transparency Would End The Republic.  [#1] Hiding Andrew McCabe's $70,000 Conference Table:  In May 2018, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) revealed that unnecessary redactions of information requested by his Senate Judiciary Committee had gotten ridiculous.  Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was fired for lying about his leaks to the media in an unrelated probe, spent $70,000 on a conference table.  The Department of Justice redacted that fact — obviously not for national security reasons.  "I am unaware of any legitimate basis on which the cost of a conference table should be redacted.  Embarrassment is not a good enough reason.  The manner in which some redactions have been used casts doubt on whether the remaining redactions are necessary and defensible," Grassley wrote in a letter to Rosenstein.

Trump Accuses James Comey, Andrew Mccabe of Treason.  President Donald Trump accused multiple former FBI officials Thursday [5/23/2019] of committing treason for their role in the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  The president's accusation came after a long diatribe at a White House event for farmers demanding that Democrats quit investigating him and focus on passing legislation.  NBC News' Peter Alexander brought up a Trump tweet wherein he said spying on his campaign constituted "treason," and asked who specifically he believes committed treason.

Dan Bongino:  Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is liable in aftermath of Mueller report.  During a Friday [4/19/2019] appearance on "Fox & Friends", [Former Secret Service agent Dan] Bongino asserted that the "fake dossier" which McCabe signed off on wasn't enough evidence to obtain a FISA warrant for the FBI to spy on onetime Trump aide Carter Page, which revealed information that supplemented the Russia investigation.  Bongino explains that it was necessary to demonstrate that a subject was acting on behalf of a foreign government in violation of U.S. law, which he says the FBI did not have.  "They had absolutely no probable cause that that happened," he said.  "All they had was the dossier, that had not been verified, that Andrew McCabe signed off on."

Jim Jordan:  Andrew McCabe 'particularly' in trouble with the law.  Out of all the top Justice Department and FBI officials under scrutiny, Rep. Jim Jordan says former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is most likely to have broken the law.  Fox News host Sean Hannity asked him during an interview if he thinks Barr will indict anybody in his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Catherine Herridge Drops Two More Pages of Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page Text Messages.  Last week Fox News journalist Catherine Herridge announced she had received 40 pages of text messages between former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his FBI Lawyer Lisa Page.  These text communications have not been seen by congress, and were not released during prior requests for documents.  Herridge, released and wrote about two of the pages.  Today [3/26/2019], Herridge releases two more pages.  She's awesome, and likely slow in the overall release to absorb the import; and for good reason.

Important Report:  McCabe and Page Text Messages Withheld From Congress by Corrupt DOJ Officials.  All day long, even before the Mueller news broke, Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge has really been leaning-forward, giving insight into the pending Inspector General report by OIG Michael Horowitz.  Herridge is one of those reporters who is careful not to get out in front of her skis. [...] Ms. Herridge is strongly emphasizing a few key points that need additional emphasis:  First, IG Horowitz is looking into the leaking of memos that contain classified information by "Senior FBI Executives".  This bullet-point directly relates to the James Comey memos that were leaked to the New York Times by Comey himself.  On this first point, that would mean Comey is under investigation by the DOJ for those leaks.  Second, IG Horowitz is following up on his own investigative finding where he found FBI officials were taking gifts from media.  This violates FBI policy and could be a bigger ethical issue depending on the details.

FBI clashed with DOJ over potential 'bias' of source for surveillance warrant:  McCabe-Page texts.  Just nine days before the FBI applied for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil a top Trump campaign aide, bureau officials were battling with a senior Justice Department official who had "continued concerns" about the "possible bias" of a source pivotal to the application, according to internal text messages obtained by Fox News.  The 2016 messages, sent between former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, also reveal that bureau brass circulated at least two anti-Trump blog articles, including a Lawfare blog post sent shortly after Election Day that called Trump possibly "among the major threats to the security of the country."

Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows Send Letter to AG Barr Requesting Update on McCabe Criminal Referral.  Representatives Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows send a letter to Attorney General William Barr wanting to know what is the status of the criminal referral for fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  The referral was made April 19th, 2018, approximately five days after the OIG published their report outlining McCabe's lies.

18 Real Attacks on the 'Rule of Law'.  [#6] Andrew McCabe makes repeated false statements to FBI investigators:  In February 2018, the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General issued a report finding numerous instances of false statements and/or lack of candor to FBI investigators concerning leaks from the FBI to the media.  As I recently pointed out, not only has McCabe not been prosecuted, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has relied upon McCabe's statements to reach a conviction of Michael Flynn (who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI).

McCabe: 'Overwhelming Likelihood' Trump Won't Finish His Term; Disputes IG's Assertion He Lied to Investigators.  Friday [3/1/2019] on "CBS This Morning," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe questioned the conclusions drawn by last year's inspector general report, which recommended McCabe be investigated criminally for lying to investigators about leaks pertaining to the finances of the Clinton Foundation.  He dismissed that aspect of the IG report and implored Americans to look at his "unblemished record" prior to attacks from President Donald Trump.  He also called into question Trump's future.

Investigate McCabe's 25th Amendment Tale.  Did law-enforcement officials plot to remove President Trump from office?  Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, suggests they might have.  In a recent interview, Mr. McCabe said that in May 2017 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "raised the issue" of using the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office "and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort." According to Mr. McCabe, Mr. Rosenstein was "counting votes or possible votes."  Exactly what happened is unclear.  A statement from Mr. Rosenstein's office called Mr. McCabe's account "inaccurate and factually incorrect" and asserted:  "There is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment."  But this is a potentially serious matter, and should be fully investigated.

Gingrich: McCabe-Rosenstein Plot 'One of the Great Scandals in American History'.  During Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on New York AM 970, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reacted to former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe revealing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein conducted a push to remove President Donald Trump from office.  Gingrich called the plot "one of the great scandals in American history."  "[I]f you look at things like McCabe and this whole FBI thing, which is, I think, one of the great scandals in American history," Gingrich argued to host John Catsimatidis.  "The whole idea that your most important law enforcement institution had people who were actively plotting in effect to overturn the elected president of the United States.  The more we hear from McCabe and Comey on this, the clearer it is that this was an agency that was so corrupt and so out of control that I think if Hillary Clinton had won, there is no telling what would have happened to our freedom."

Stinking Bit Players in a Corrupt Narrative.  It is incredible to this writer that Andrew McCabe can go on national TV and calmly claim — seemingly without regret — that he participated in discussions about leading an effort to remove from office a duly elected President of the United States, and not be arrested and/or immediately be interrogated at length by federal law enforcement.  Those conversations are unlawful since the Justice Department has no legal authority to participate in, let alone initiate, a takeout of the President. [...] But no.  There are only polite discussions of the pros and cons of McCabe's revelations, and the royalties for his book keeping pouring in.

Deplorable McCabe Enabled by Dormant Pelley Brings '60 Minutes' and America to New Low.  McCabe discusses his meeting with Rod Rosenstein from the Justice Department and the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to take Trump out of office.  The fact that these two men would be discussing the 25th Amendment with so little knowledge of what the language states are criteria for removing a president from office stupefies any knowledgeable person.  McCabe says he did not have much to contribute when Rosenstein brought it up.  What he should have contributed was reporting this to his superiors in the White House as a potential coup d'état.  By not doing so McCabe became a co-conspirator.

Andrew McCabe still under investigation by federal prosecutors.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's lawyer says his client is still under investigation by federal prosecutors.  "We've had dealings with the U.S. attorney's office" in Washington, McCabe's lawyer Michael Bromwich said, according to the Associated Press on Thursday.  "We are in continuing communication with them."  McCabe, who is now a week into a media tour for his new book, was fired from the FBI on March 16, 2018.  That was less than two days before he planned to retire on his 50th birthday and collect a full pension, after the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General determined that he misled investigators about the role he had in leaking information to the Wall Street Journal in October 2016 about the investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Fake Hate, Fake Collusion:  All in the Name of Destroying the Trump Presidency.  After the recent revelations of former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, there should now be no doubt as to the existence of a nefarious "Deep State."  As revealed by McCabe himself in his soon to be published book, in May of 2017, angered by President Trump's firing of his boss, then-FBI director James Comey, McCabe, and his like-minded cronies at the FBI and the Justice Department foolishly plotted as to how they might invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the duly elected president from office. [...] The Manhattan Institute's Roger Kimball is right:  "this plot to destroy a presidency is the most serious political scandal in our history."

Andrew McCabe, the Justice Department's Jussie Smollett.  Just like his boss and hero former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has written a Trump-trashing book.  And like Comey, he's getting hours and hours of airtime to sell laughable notions, like the idea that the FBI has been utterly nonpartisan.  This man will say anything.  Truth means nothing.  He's worse than Comey.  It barely matters to his interviewers that he was fired from the top of the FBI for ... allegedly lying his face off to the FBI.  The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz — appointed by former President Barack Obama, not President Trump — charged McCabe with lying three times under oath about having leaked to the newspapers, and not for a national security reason, just to make himself look good.  While the media relish the idea of jail time for Trump aides caught lying to investigators, this man gets a red carpet and a pat on the back.

Most Americans Think FBI, DOJ Officials Broke Law by Discussing Removal of Trump.  A majority of Americans believe officials from the Department of Justice and the FBI committed a crime by discussing the removal of President Donald Trump in 2017, according to a survey released by Rasmussen Reports on Feb. 19.  Most Americans also believe a special counsel should be appointed to investigate the crime, the survey found.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe alleged in an Feb. 17 interview with Scott Pelley of CBS's "60 Minutes" that officials at the Department of Justice held meetings in 2017 to discuss if enough members of Trump's cabinet could be brought together to remove the president by invoking the 25th Amendment.  McCabe walked back his comments after backlash from critics who said the discussions amounted to an attempted "palace coup" against an elected president.

McCabe Tries to Play Bystander, Pin It All on Rosenstein.  Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe went "all in" against current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during an interview with CBS News's Scott Pelley on the network's "60 Minutes" show on the night of Feb. 17. [...] McCabe claimed he just wanted to do a good hard-nosed, old-fashioned investigation of the president for supposed collusion with Russia; it was Rosenstein who kept engaging in all this wild bugging and soft coup talk.  There are several problems with that narrative, however.  McCabe's narrative makes Rosenstein a central player and main driver of the plot to remove Trump from office.  I'll get to why this is a big problem in a minute, but let's establish that this is what McCabe is trying to accomplish.  McCabe first launched the "It was all Rosenstein, I was just an innocent bystander" narrative in September 2018, when details of his memos were leaked to The New York Times.

Andrew McCabe Can't Keep His Story Straight.  Former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe was fired for lying to the FBI inspector general on multiple occasions, and faces potential legal trouble for his many abuses of power.  But he's still the leftwing media's new darling, as he's on a media tour to preempt any prosecution, and promote his new book — which he surely hopes will fund his pending legal troubles.  But poor McCabe can't keep his story straight.  McCabe was let go from the FBI for lying in March of 2018.  Then, in September of last year, someone leaked to The New York Times that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had sought to trap the president in a crime or attempt to remove the president, by proposing to wear a wire for his conversations with the president, and by attempting to recruit cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, respectively.

Andrew McCabe is the new Joe McCarthy.  Andrew McCabe, second-in-command at James Comey's FBI, is at it again.  First, he and his boss shredded the Bureau's reputation as the world's leading law enforcement agency.  Now, McCabe is compounding the damage by making wild, self-serving charges to sell his new book.  In one TV interview, he said it is 'possible' that Donald Trump is a Russian agent.  Serious charges need serious proof.  Simple fairness demands it.  But McCabe presents none.

Another Very Sketchy McCabe Interview — McCabe Obfuscates Details, Clouds Timeline and Embraces Gang-of-Eight.  The best thing for an examination of the 2016/2017 seditious effort is for former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to keep talking.  In this NBC interview McCabe attempts to cleverly obfuscate the original July 31, 2016, FBI counterintelligence investigation (Crossfire Hurricane/"Spygate") with the second investigation he launched on May 10th, 2017.  [Video clip]

Andrew McCabe and His Co-Conspirators Belong in Jail.  It's just amazing.  These people are gonna go all in because they've got the media all-in with them.  But it just offends my sensibilities to no end that this guy who, I stand by it, needs to be in jail.  These people need to be investigated and prosecuted and sent to jail, and not just McCabe, but many of these people.  Instead, they're profiting from this as they continue the charade, the palace coup, if you will.  And Mueller is continuing to do the same thing.

Like Comey and Brennan, McCabe finds impetus of Trump probe 'inarticulable'.  Did you notice how, during the Andrew McCabe interview with "60 Minutes," the former FBI acting director kept talking about "articulable facts?"  Like ex-CIA boss John Brennan and disgraced former FBI Director James Comey, McCabe was coining his own phrase to explain why the intelligence community started spying the Trump team.  But the justification for mounting a probe should not lie in weasel words.  It belongs in something known in law enforcement circles as "Paragraph One."  Paragraph One in federal investigations lays out precisely why the investigation began and how.  You can't skip over it with fanciful phrases or empty verbiage.  Yet, in the case of the counter-intelligence probe that targeted Team Trump, it has been two years and we are still waiting for someone to articulate a clear reason why the program began.

FBI's Andrew McCabe should be on trial, not a book tour.  Andrew McCabe lied multiple times to federal investigators.  That was the official finding in February 2018 of a scathing 39-page report by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General.  They found McCabe, then Deputy Director of Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) "lacked candor" in answering questions about his authorization of disclosures in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  The referral for further action went to the DOJ.  One year later he is publishing a book, being highlighted on CBS' "60 Minutes," and walking free after lying at least four times, three of them under oath, to federal authorities investigating his conduct.  Trading on the notoriety he gained from his partisan loyalty, he will now have the opportunity to monetize the duplicity that shielded Hillary Clinton from justice.

Majority of Voters Want a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Attempted Coup Against Trump.  Earlier this week fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who served as acting director after James Comey was fired in May 2017, made headlines when he alleged meetings took place at the Department of Justice about ousting President Trump from office.  Now according to a new Rasmussen Report, the majority of voters believe crimes were likely committed by DOJ and FBI officials and they want a special prosecutor to investigate.

FBI's Weaselgate.  In his recent interviews, McCabe has talked about the firing of [James] Comey as a crisis of the greatest proportions.  It wasn't.  Trump had the constitutional authority to fire him and plenty of grounds to do so.  He was under no obligation to retain an FBI director chosen by his predecessor.  Comey's tenure had been marked by unprofessional behavior, and Trump was correct in recognizing that Comey had signed off on unfounded investigations unfairly targeting his campaign and White House.  Why should a chief executive let a department of his own branch of government hobble his presidency and treat him like a criminal?  What the media insists on calling "obstruction of justice" is nothing more than the ordinary self-defense any chief executive would practice if he saw the executive branch in the hands of political hacks who hated him and were misusing their powers.

The Good News About the Botched Bureaucratic Coup.  A lot of Americans are justifiably angry that disgraced FBI official Andrew McCabe is doing a book tour rather than a stretch in some federal penitentiary.  He has committed perjury on multiple occasions, participated in an attempt to alter the outcome of a national election, and colluded with other rogue bureaucrats to remove a duly elected president from power.  But there is a bright and shiny silver lining to this dingy cloud of deep state skullduggery — Donald Trump still resides in the White House while Hillary Clinton stumbles around her Chappaqua mansion in a muumuu hugging a fifth of Glenfiddich.

Graham vows probe after McCabe interview on Trump.  The chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee has vowed to investigate allegations that top FBI and justice department officials discussed ways to remove President Trump from office.  Senator Lindsey Graham said the claims were an "attempted bureaucratic coup".  Ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had talks in 2017 about a constitutional clause that allows the removal of a president if deemed unfit.  Mr Rosenstein has previously denied it.

The Whole Russia Probe Is Tainted And Corrupt.  If there wasn't enough evidence already, McCabe's interview provides even more evidence that the Russia probe was tainted from the get-go.  Rosenstein signed off on firing Comey.  He signed the last secret warrant to spy on a former member of the Trump campaign, Page, who has yet to be charged with doing literally anything wrong.  And Rosenstein launched the Russia probe and appointed and oversaw special counsel Mueller after former attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself.  More fundamentally, for the longest time, top FBI and DOJ officials have been able to hide behind the veneer of objectivity.  They claimed to not be investigating Trump, but to only be focusing on Russian interference, wherever that may lead.

7 Big Takeaways From Andrew McCabe's Planned Coup.  If Washington, D.C. were a better place, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe would be swiftly run out of town.  He was fired last year for lying to the FBI's inspector general at least four times regarding serious questions about multiple abuses that occurred while McCabe sat in a powerful and unelected office.  These abuses included working with former FBI director James Comey to set up former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for obstruction charges, slow-walking and sabotaging the investigation of yet unseen Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner's computer just before the 2016 election, and failing to report a clear conflict of interest where his wife received a political donation from a close Hillary Clinton ally while he was tasked with investigating Hillary Clinton.  Among other things, McCabe also took part in spying on the Trump campaign through a secret warrant granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court.

Andrew McCabe Caught Lying Under Oath! — And He Admits It in "60 Minutes" Interview!  Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will appear on '60 Minutes' tonight in his first national interview since leaving the White House.  CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley teased the interview on Thursday [2/14/2019].  According to Pelley Andrew McCabe says the FBI and DOJ Democrats discussed wearing wires several times to spy on President Trump.

Now we know: it was (and remains) an attempted coup.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's 60 Minutes interview, airing in full on CBS tonight, is a disaster for the Deep State.  His admission during his interview that he and other top FBI and Justice Department officials seriously considered taking steps including invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office in the spring of 2017 is a blockbuster.  Thanks to his candor, we can finally use without reservation the "C" word — for an attempted coup d'état — in describing what McCabe and other Deep State players were cooking up in secret two years ago.  Excerpts of McCabe's damning interview were released by CBS News on Thursday [2/14/2019].  Almost immediately, a range of experts — including a few Democrats — began using the "C" word.

Presidential plotters must face punishment.  That Justice Department officials were having discussions about ousting a sitting president should concern every American.  It is simply astonishing that these actors allegedly held conversations around the notion of seizing power from the elected head of the executive branch.  Obviously, heads should roll, but really such a plot should result in criminal prosecutions with all the high-profile force that was used to arrest Roger Stone.  The new revelations come to us care of former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, who has written a book and is shilling it on "60 Minutes."

Andrew McCabe 60 Minutes Interview:  Moments and Excerpts.  Tonight [2/17/2019] CBS broadcast a painstakingly edited interview between host Scott Pelley and former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  The transparently political CBS media corporation has skin-in-the-game when it comes to broadcast politics.  Former CBS Vice-President David Rhodes is the brother of President Obama's senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes.  You might also remember when CBS 60 Minutes intentionally hid a quote from President Obama when Obama denied the Benghazi attack was carried out by "terrorists". 60 Minutes has a history of unethical journalistic conduct in covering for the Obama administration.  So it didn't surprise anyone who follows politics to see Andrew McCabe's first interview being carried out within this very specific propaganda machine.

Reminder: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Also Launched a Criminal Investigation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  As Andrew McCabe makes current media statements to confirm how he opened a counterintelligence investigation (July 31, 2016) against candidate Donald Trump, and a criminal investigation against President Donald Trump (May 10th, 2017), it is worth reminding ourselves that McCabe also launched a simultaneous criminal investigation against Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  It is also worth noting in both current and prior reporting that it was/is CBS announcing the revelations from Andrew McCabe and his Lawfare team: [...]

Andrew McCabe Confirms:  Deep State Plotted To Take Down Trump.  In pushing his new book, former FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe dropped a bombshell on CBS News.  The Justice Department held meetings to consider removing President Trump from office under the 25th Amendment, after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey for lying.  If that doesn't convince you there's a Deep State, perhaps nothing will.

Call it what it is:  Andrew McCabe plotted a coup to overturn results of the election.  Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's book tour began with a "60 minutes" interview this week in which he confirmed that he commenced an effort to remove President Trump from office, citing his concerns with the president's supposed ties to Russia, for which no evidence has ever surfaced.  Citing several thoroughly debunked Russian collusion narratives, McCabe, under the impression that President Trump was somehow compromised as commander in chief, attempted to gather votes inside the administration to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Andrew McCabe scrambles to deny 'coup plotting'.  After a slew of headlines from former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe finally admitting that he and his Justice Department cronies were plotting a de facto coup against a democratically elected president in what CBS News billed as a "bombshell interview," McCabe now says his remarks were "taken out of context and misrepresented."  As if he wouldn't know about the Washington leak games up close.  But this is a big bid to backtrack.

Andrew McCabe is a national disgrace.  Andrew McCabe is a national disgrace.  He was part of the most corrupt and most partisan leadership team in FBI history and was fired for being dishonest under oath.  And yet, America owes him a big thank-you.  McCabe, you see, has reminded us once again that there really is a powerful deep state, and that there has not been a full accounting of rampant FBI misconduct during the presidential campaign of 2016.  There is also still too much we don't know about the role top aides to then-President Barack Obama and higher-ups in the Justice Department played in spying on the Trump campaign and leaks of classified information for partisan purposes.

McCabe's Recent Statements Contradict McCabe's Prior Testimony.  When a liar lies they often have trouble keeping their statements consistent.  Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe gave an interview to CBS and wrote an op-ed, a book excerpt, in the Atlantic with outlining a specific sequence of events, dates and statements surrounding the days immediately after James Comey was fired.  However, a review of the timeline and the statements he delivered to CBS is contradicted by his prior congressional testimony.

Devin Nunes says Andrew McCabe has it backwards:  The real 'terror' came from the FBI, DOJ.  Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, on Thursday demanded accountability in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process to deal with the "terror" in the FBI and Justice Department.  In an interview with Fox News, Nunes, R-Calif., was asked to comment on "The Threat:  How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump," the new book by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who is engaged in an explosive media tour.  The book title, Nunes quipped, has the source of the "terror" mixed up.

Why we should thank Andrew McCabe for his dishonorable service.  Andrew McCabe is a national disgrace.  He was part of the most corrupt and most partisan leadership team in FBI history and was fired for being dishonest under oath.  And yet, America owes him a big thank-you.  McCabe, you see, has reminded us once again that there really is a powerful deep state, and that there has not been a full accounting of rampant FBI misconduct during the presidential campaign of 2016.  There is also still too much we don't know about the role top aides to then-President Barack Obama and higher-ups in the Justice Department played in spying on the Trump campaign and leaks of classified information for partisan purposes.

Dershowitz: If McCabe's Interview Is True It Clearly Shows an Attempted Coup d'Etat of Trump Administration.  Author and law professor Alan Dershowitz went on with Tucker Carlson on Thursday night following reports on Andrew McCabe's interview with "60 Minutes."  CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley teased the interview on Thursday.  According to Pelley Andrew McCabe says the FBI and DOJ Democrats discussed wearing wires several times to spy on President Trump.  This was AFTER they started spying on the Trump campaign, Transition team and Trump Administration illegally.  McCabe said in his "60 Minutes" interview that top DOJ officials were so worried over President Trump's decision to fire corrupt Comey as FBI Director that they discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Bill Barr's Hot Mess.  It's hard to feel confident in law enforcement when a former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew McCabe, reveals that a small cabal of unelected senior law-enforcement officers held meetings in May 2017 to plot Mr. Trump's removal from office.  In an interview with "60 Minutes" that aired Thursday [2/14/2019] and a forthcoming book, Mr. McCabe says he and other officials, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, did head-counts of which cabinet officials might vote to declare the president "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" under the 25th Amendment.  Mr. McCabe claims Mr. Rosenstein repeatedly offered to wear a wire when meeting with Mr. Trump.  Mr. Rosenstein, who's expected to resign soon, responded Thursday with a Justice Department statement blasting the claims as "factually incorrect" and highlighting that Mr. McCabe was fired for lying to the department's inspector general.  The rest of the statement was pure spin, in which Mr. Rosenstein never denied the McCabe claims.

Who Knew About The FBI & DoJ coup d'état Planned To Oust The President?  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — who seems to have taken part in what can only be described as an FBI and DoJ planned coup d'état to oust the president of the United States of America — will now get to boast about it on this Sunday's CBS "60 Minutes"?  How can this be? [...] In short, while some 63 million people who voted in Donald Trump were celebrating their victory, forces within the FBI and DoJ were already working on removing the president from office.

Look deeper at Andrew McCabe, because alt-left media won't.  This is important as we prepare for a weekend of unctuous oohing and ahhing in the alt-left media over the fired FBI director.  Sunday night [2/17/2019] he'll be treated as a conquering hero on "60 Minutes," that perennial destination for dodgy Democrats down through the decades.  He'll be portrayed as the greatest lawman since Wyatt Earp, because after becoming the head fed in May 2017 he immediately opened the phony-baloney Russia "investigation" of President Trump.  "I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion.  That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace."  For starters, what "Russia case," exactly?  There is no case — even Peter Strzok, another of the bent G-men, admitted to his gal pal that "there is no there there."

7 Big Takeaways From Andrew McCabe's Planned Coup.  If Washington, D.C. were a better place, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe would be swiftly run out of town.  He was fired last year for lying to the FBI's inspector general at least four times regarding serious questions about multiple abuses that occurred while McCabe sat in a powerful and unelected office.  These abuses included working with former FBI director James Comey to set up former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for obstruction charges, slow-walking and sabotaging the investigation of yet unseen Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner's computer just before the 2016 election, and failing to report a clear conflict of interest where his wife received a political donation from a close Hillary Clinton ally while he was tasked with investigating Hillary Clinton.

McCabe says Trump comments were taken out of context.  Andrew McCabe on Friday [2/15/2019] denied that he knew of an effort to oust President Trump using the 25th Amendment, saying he never had "any extended discussions" about the matter and was unaware of such talks.  "At no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions," his spokeswoman, Melissa Schwartz, said in a statement on Twitter, adding that his remarks about the issue were taken out of context.

The Only Way to Save the FBI Is to Expose Everything.  The big news in what was a relatively big news day [2/14/2019] was made by fired Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe in snippets from a forthcoming interview on 60 Minutes.  McCabe — the man who somehow couldn't recall what the words "insurance policy" referred to in one of his texts — was promoting a new book he somehow managed to write despite his faulty memory.  In the midst of this, he confirmed what many of us long suspected — that he and other major officials (Rod Rosenstein, etc.) of the FBI and the DOJ contemplated, even attempted to some degree, a coup d'état against the president of the United States.

Andrew McCabe Launches Proactive, Planned, Lawfare Media Blitz.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe launches a pre-planned proactive media blitz timed to coincide with DOJ receiving a new Attorney General.  Say what you will about the duplicitous, lying, corrupt and conniving weasels — but they know how to seamlessly execute cunning self-preservation political objectives.  The strategy is as transparent as it is Machiavellian.  Andrew McCabe, James Baker and the Lawfare group (Benjamin Wittes, Michael Bromwich et al) had a planned defensive front waiting to roll out; today [2/14/2019] they pulled the trigger.

Eight days in May:  New revelations about intrigue to remove Trump.  There are new revelations about what took place in Washington during the extraordinary period from May 9, 2017, when President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, to May 17, 2017 when Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed.  The short version is:  The reports were true.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein really did discuss wearing a wire to secretly record the president.  Rosenstein and others did discuss invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.  And the FBI did adopt an aggressive new investigation strategy, targeting the president himself, almost instantly after the Comey firing.  It's all true, that is, if revelations in an upcoming book by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe are accurate.

Mueller Filing Highlights Lengthy Deliberative Process Between FBI Investigators and Andrew McCabe on Flynn Report.  Prosecutor Brandon Van Grack filed a cover letter attempting to explain the reason for the Flynn interview on January 24th, and the official filing of the interview notes (FD-302) on February 15th, and then again on May 31st.  To explain the delay, he claims the report "inadvertently" had a header saying "DRAFT DOCUMENT/DELIBERATIVE MATERIAL" [...] What the special counsel appears to be obfuscating to the court is that there was factually a process of deliberation within the investigative unit, headed by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, surrounding the specific wording of the 302 report on the interview.  Prosecutor Brandon Van Grack is attempting to hide the length of the small group deliberations.  It seems he doesn't want the court to know Andrew McCabe was involved in shaping how the fd-302 was written.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCabe and Rosenstein

FOIA Release of McCabe Memo Highlights Much More Than Rosenstein's "Wear a Wire" Controversy.  A Judicial Watch FOIA Lawsuit has resulted in the release of a May 16, 2017, memo written by then Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  Current media are focused on Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein willingness to wear a wire into the Oval Office to record the President; however, the memo content actually reveals much more.

McCabe Memo:  Rosenstein Offered To Wear Wire To Record Trump Because 'He Was Not Searched When He Entered The White House'.  Judicial Watch announced today they had obtained a copy of a memo written by then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on May 16, 2017.  This memo is McCabe's "contemporaneous recollection" of the infamous meeting held in then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's office during which Rosenstein had allegedly proposed wearing a wire to record the President.  (The document, which is lightly redacted, is printed below.)  In addition to Rosenstein and McCabe, Deputy Assistant AG for Intelligence Tashina Gauhar and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Jim Crowell attended the meeting.  McCabe touched only briefly on Rosenstein's idea of wearing a wire.  Although it was brief, for Rosenstein, it was damning.

Crime and Punishment for the Deep State.  Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, in May 2017, was in the middle of a Deep State coup to try to remove President Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was also part of the plan, allegedly offering to "wear a wire" to record the lunatic rantings of President Trump to use as justification to nullify the results of the recent presidential election.  The latest is that two more Trump cabinet members may (or may not) have signed on to the coup.  Someone from the New York Times might call this patriotism, acting out of a higher moral calling to stop someone unfit and unsuited to be president, an outsider not from the establishment club.  As Trump once said of himself during the campaign, he was an "existential threat" to the deep state establishment.  "Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt establishment with a new government controlled by you the American people."  A clear and present threat to the Deep State.  Others will call McCabe's actions a coup, a treasonous attempt to subvert an election.  Then having failed, ramped-up effort to remove a duly elected president from office, either by impeachment or by considering invoking the 25th Amendment.

McCabe Might Be Telling The Truth About Rosenstein.  It wasn't a good look when Rosenstein refused to testify under oath to House Republicans, when they controlled that chamber, as to whether or not he really did seek to record Trump and invoke the 25th Amendment.  House Republicans have also, for a long time, had questions about Rosenstein's role in signing off on a fourth and final warrant to spy on Page, where the FISA warrant contained serious omissions and misstatements.  Saying he was too busy to testify, Rosenstein ran out the clock on Republicans, who lost the House after the midterm elections.  In the next few months, Rosenstein plans on resigning once William Barr is confirmed as the new attorney general.  But in his last days at DOJ, he has had plenty of time to secretly meet with reporters and provide his anonymous narrative.

McCabe, Rosenstein and the real truth about the 25th Amendment coup attempt.  Ever wonder why people hate lawyers?  Consider Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's non-denial denial of his participation in discussions of an attempted coup against the duly elected president of the United States.  The story is being given a second life thanks to the hype surrounding the rollout of a new book by Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.  McCabe, of course, was fired after an inspector general investigation found that he leaked investigative information and then lied about it.  He has been referred to the Justice Department for consideration of a false-statements prosecution.

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

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

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

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

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

Rod Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein "Unindicted Co-Conspirator"? Durham Expands Timeline for Probe.  The reason Rosenstein's behavior remains a high-priority is simply because without his ongoing participation and authorization in 2017 and 2018 the Weissmann/Mueller probe would not have been able to continue.  Rosenstein is a central character to all events, and at the end of the Mueller investigation - through today - the DOJ continued to black out any information that evidenced Rosenstein's duplicitous activity.  As a result, CTH has viewed the transparent DOJ redactions as a purposeful effort to protect Rosenstein.  However, recent activity and media reports outline the possibility of another motive.  Perhaps, just perhaps, the evidence of Rosenstein's activities has been withheld because Rosenstein is a subject of the Durham investigation.

Judicial Watch Uncovers Rosenstein Email to Mueller: 'The Boss' Doesn't Know We're Talking.  Rod Rosenstein, formerly the deputy attorney general, is a key figure in enabling, at a minimum, the Deep State's seditious attacks on President Trump.  More proof is in new documents uncovered by a Judicial Watch lawsuit.  Specifically, we forced the release of 145 pages of Rosenstein's communications that include a one-line email from Rosenstein to Mueller stating, "The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions."  They also include "off the record" emails with major media outlets around the date of Mueller's appointment.

Emails reveal Rosenstein-Mueller secrecy on Russia probe.  Then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was determined to keep his big secret about a pending special counsel right up to the day his top candidate, Robert Mueller, sat down with President Trump in the Oval Office.  "The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions," Mr. Rosenstein said in an email to Mr. Mueller on May 12, 2017.  Mr. Rosenstein's "boss" was an apparent reference to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had stepped away from any role in the Russia probe.  This meant that Mr. Trump didn't know, either.

Judicial Watch Posts Rod Rosenstein's Secret Emails with Flattering Reporters.  The conservative group Judicial Watch uses Freedom of Information Act requests to get documents that other reporters aren't requesting...and sometimes they find communications between top government officials and the "mainstream media."  In their latest release of documents on then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Judicial Watch included some routine behind-the-scenes maneuvering between Rosenstein and reporters at the time he appointed Robert Mueller to investigate that non-existent Russian collusion.  Rosenstein was a powerful man, perceived by the press as having the entire Trump presidency in his fingers.  So they were sucking up.  They were preparing stories that are called "beat sweeteners," chummy stories praising the new power player so they could get his anonymous information in their back channels.

Judicial Watch releases documents on Rosenstein, Mueller communications.  The Judicial Watch is working to expose possible corruption in the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  On Thursday [10/3/2019], the government watchdog released 145 pages of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's communications from 2017.  The communications included several "off the record" conversations and one email that read, "The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions."  The timing of these communications is critical because it overlaps with President Trump's dismissal of James Comey and his appointment of Robert Mueller.

FOIA Release Highlights Rosenstein White House Visit With Mueller as a Target Interview.  Through a FOIA request Judicial Watch has received Rod Rosenstein's email communication around the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  The content further confirms when Rosenstein took Mueller to the White House on May 16th, 2017, the purpose was for Mueller to preview his target, President Trump.  Many are focused on May 12, 2017, where Rosenstein sent an email to Robert Mueller, Subject:  "I assume you realize" ... "The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions"; however, that date is being misconstrued.  Rosenstein took Mueller to visit Jeff Sessions on May 13th, the specifics of that email likely concern keeping prior private conversations out of the discussion with Sessions.

Rod Rosenstein plotted Trump coup:  Judicial Watch.  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein acknowledged he discussed with the FBI of wearing a wire when talking to President Trump but insisted the comment was in jest amid tumultuous times at the Justice Department.  His acknowledgment is contained in a series of emails exchanged in 2018 in response to a New York Times story.  The September 2018 story was apparently sourced to fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a fierce enemy of the president's and now Democratic Party backer.  The emails were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch, a conservative investigative non-profit.

103 Days — Where Are Rosenstein's Scope Memos to Robert Mueller?  It has been 103 days since President Trump empowered AG Bill Barr to release the original authorizing framework of the Mueller investigation which began on May 17, 2017.  A Mueller investigation that concluded six months ago, and yet we are not allowed to know what the authorizing framework was?

Jeffrey Epstein Fallout Shows How Little Trust Americans Have in Media and Government.  One of the men responsible for the "Russiagate" scandal, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, tweeted out a New York Times piece on Sunday [8/11/2019] that claimed Epstein's "suicide conspiracies show how our information system is poisoned."  Rosenstein, taking a cue from his Russiagate collaborators, former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan, regularly opines on Twitter in this vein.  Rosenstein was also the man who accused Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, of being a foreign agent who was conspiring with the Russians to influence the 2016 election.  In a government warrant.  To a secret court.  Using a dossier filled with rumors and innuendo as proof.  Sourced by a political British operative.  (Page never was charged with any crime.)

Rod Rosenstein tells us what he really thinks of James Comey.  [Scroll down]  Attorney General William Barr has appointed a Connecticut-based U.S. Attorney to start looking into the origins of the flawed FISA warrants which got the Trump collusion narrative started, which led to the appointment of a special counsel (Robert Mueller) who spent millions to find nothing.  It sounds like Rosenstein doesn't like to be inconvenienced with chasing rabbit holes from partisans looking to Get Trump over at Comey's FBI who've failed to make the case they claimed they could.  And who are out on their ears as a result of it.  There's not only the Connecticut prosecutor on the job, there's also a big Inspector General's report in the works, one which should identify media colluders with Fusion GPS in the works.

Rosenstein unloads on Comey, says he broke 'bright lines that should never be crossed'.  Rod Rosenstein unloaded on former FBI Director James Comey in remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) on Monday evening, slamming Comey's turn as a "partisan pundit," reiterating that he deserved to be fired, and faulting him for trampling "bright lines that should never be crossed."  Rosenstein formally stepped aside as deputy attorney general two days ago.  His speech specifically took aim at Comey's comments earlier this month implying that Rosenstein and Attorney General Bill Barr lacked the "inner strength" to "resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump."

Coup Plotter Rod Rosenstein Takes a Veiled Shot at James Comey During Farewell Ceremony.  Coup plotter Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a farewell speech on Thursday following his resignation from the Department of Justice and lectured his fellow colleagues on decency and justice.  "I represent the United States," Rosenstein boasted Thursday as he was honored with a farewell ceremony.  Rosenstein, who plotted to wear a wire and oust President Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment had the nerve to say, "This department stands apart from politics."

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein submits resignation.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who frequently found himself in the political crosshairs due to his role in the special counsel's Russia probe and whose departure has long been expected, submitted his resignation on Monday to President Trump, effective May 11.  Attorney General William Barr in a statement said Rosenstein served the Justice Department "with dedication and distinction."

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Resigns.  On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation to President Trump, effective May 1 [sic].  Rosenstein pointed out in his letter that the "median tenure of a Deputy Attorney General is l6 months, and few serve longer than two years."  When his resignation becomes effective on May 1 [sic], Rosenstein will have served just over two years.

18 Real Attacks on the 'Rule of Law'.  [#10] Rod Rosenstein's self-appointment oversight of investigation into his own actions:  The deputy attorney general installed himself as the oversight attorney over Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation to "[continue] to conduct the investigation confirmed by Director James B. Comey," and implicitly whether President Trump's firing of Comey constituted obstruction of that same investigation.  Rosenstein, in fact, wrote a memo recommending Comey's firing on May 9, 2017, making him a potential accessory to this same act.  Placing himself over the investigation gave Rosenstein the opportunity to use his position to shield himself from potential liability for the Comey firing.  A federal regulation prohibits an attorney from overseeing an investigation when that attorney has a "substantial interest that would be directly affected by the outcome of the investigation."  Rosenstein shouldn't be allowed to supervise an investigation into his own conduct.

Rod Rosenstein Has Some Serious Explaining to Do.  For the last two years, millions of Americans have come to view Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a kind of national insurance policy.  This assessment is now in need of revision.  Rosenstein is the guy who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate whether Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 election a week after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.  As the president rages on Twitter, Rosenstein is seen as the avatar of what one anonymous administration called the "steady state" — the resistance to Trump from within.  Now there is a fresh account of what Rosenstein did and said after Trump fired Comey.  According to a new book from Comey's former deputy, Andrew McCabe, Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to surreptitiously record Trump and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment, whereby a majority of the Cabinet and the vice president would deem the president unable to carry out his constitutional duties.

Former Trump Attorney Outlines Insufferable Behavior of Mueller and Rosenstein in Perpetrating Political Russia Hoax.  ABC conducted an extremely interesting interview with former Trump Attorney John Dowd that the media outlet will likely keep far away from their mainstream broadcast and print reporting.  The interview is exceptionally interesting because Dowd outlines how incredibly false all prior reporting has been surrounding the Mueller investigation and the background of the contacts and discussions between Trump's legal team, Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein.  Additionally, within the interview itself, when you stand back and absorb the details of what he discusses, you can clearly see why there came a point when the Trump legal team needed to shift strategies and accept that Mueller and Rosenstein had allowed the politics of the 'investigation' to shape their direction.  It's quite a remarkable conversation.

Jim Jordan Questions AAG Matt Whitaker on Rosenstein Scope Memo to Robert Mueller.  Congressman Jim Jordan questions AAG Matt Whitaker on the August 2017 scope memo that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered to Robert Mueller.  Representative Jordan asks if there are specific people named within the hidden (redacted) scope memo.  Initially AAG Whitaker says "yes", and then appears to back away from that answer.

On Mueller and Rosenstein Collaboration:  When are People Going to Admit The Republicans Got Rolled.  Attorney Cleta Mitchell appears with Lou Dobbs to discuss Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's plans to leave the DOJ in the coming weeks.  About two minutes into this discussion clear-eyed Dobbs asks when people are going to admit the Mueller probe was all about covering-up prior corruption; thereby positioning Cleta Mitchell to outline a specific example of how Speaker Paul Ryan worked against HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes to undermine any investigative inquiry.

Why Rosenstein's departure will help restore the rule of law at the Justice Department.  Reports Wednesday [1/9/2019] by Fox News and others that rogue Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to resign in several weeks — soon after William Barr is confirmed by the Senate as our nation's next attorney general — mean that the Justice Department is headed for badly needed reforms.  Under the failed leadership of fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein, the department has been operating more like the Department of Injustice in its handling of the out-of-control and ever-expanding Russia probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and overseen by Rosenstein.  And that's only one example of Rosenstein's misconduct.  Rosenstein has been the de facto attorney general almost since the outset of the Trump administration.  Throughout his tenure, Rosenstein manipulated and supplanted the feckless Sessions, who served as attorney general in name only.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Republicans File Resolution To Impeach Rosenstein.  House Republicans filed a resolution to impeach United States Deputy Attorney Gener