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  • The Real Origination Story of the Trump-Russia Investigation

    05/22/2018 6:13:44 PM PDT · by bitt · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/22/2018 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    The Trump-Russia investigation did not originate with Carter Page or George Papadopoulos. It originated with the Obama administration. Exactly when is the “late Spring”? Of all the questions that have been asked about what we’ve called the “Origination Story” of the Trump-Russia investigation, that may be the most important one. It may be the one that tells us when the Obama administration first formed the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative. See, it has always been suspicious that the anonymous current and former government officials who leak classified information to their media friends have been unable to coordinate their spin on the start...
  • The “Sensitive Matter Team”

    05/22/2018 10:50:55 AM PDT · by bitt · 10 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | 5/22/2018 | sharyl attkisson
    Newly-examined emails among high-ranking U.S. intel officials at the time—including then-Director James Comey and his chief of staff James Rybicki—reference a “sensitive matter team.” Based on the context of the emails, the “sensitive matter” appears to be the Trump-Russia narrative, and political opposition research funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The research— known as the “Steele dossier”— was peddled to the press and secretly used, in part, to justify controversial FBI wiretaps against at least one Trump associate. The emails were first obtained by the Justice Department Inspector General and recently turned over to the...
  • Huma email horror returns to haunt FBI brass, in IG report on Clinton case

    05/22/2018 10:31:50 AM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/22/2018 | adam shaw
    Ever since she lost the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly blamed her defeat on the FBI’s decision to reopen the probe into her email use after messages were found on the laptop of confidante Huma Abedin’s estranged husband. But now that laptop and those emails are back in the spotlight, this time causing problems for FBI leaders as part of a forthcoming inspector general report. The probe is expected to fault bureau officials for sitting on those emails in the first place. The finding underscores how the laptop continues to play a recurring part in the Clinton case saga,...
  • Byron York: When did Trump-Russia probe begin? Investigators focus on mystery months

    05/22/2018 9:46:52 AM PDT · by bitt · 31 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 5/21/2018 | BYRON YORK
    Revelations that an FBI informant insinuated himself into the Trump campaign have led some congressional investigators to rethink their theories on how and why former President Barack Obama's Justice Department began investigating the 2016 Trump presidential effort. Most reporting has focused on the July 31, 2016, creation of a document formally marking the beginning of the FBI counterintelligence probe targeting the Trump campaign. The document, known as the electronic communication, or EC, is said to have focused on the case of George Papadopoulos, the peripheral Trump adviser who has pleaded guilty to lying to special counsel Robert Mueller about his...
  • Why Former Clinton Pollster Mark Penn Opposes the Russia Investigation

    05/21/2018 7:43:18 PM PDT · by bitt · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/21/2018 | ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS
    ‘What’s unprecedented here is the fuzziness of the accusation of Russian collusion,’ Penn says. In January 1998, longtime Democratic pollster and strategist Mark Penn hunkered down with President Bill Clinton, intending to help the administration ride out the storm of a pending independent-counsel investigation. These days, Penn, still a leading voice on the left, is speaking out against the special-counsel investigation into President Donald Trump and Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election — opposing it for much the same reason that he opposed Ken Starr’s investigation in 1998. “I worked with President Clinton through impeachment,” Penn tells National Review...
  • 9 Ways Mueller’s Investigation Epitomizes A Legal System In Crisis

    05/21/2018 6:37:45 PM PDT · by bitt · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 5/21/2018 | James V. DeLong
    One should rejoice that some trial judges are expressing skepticism about the tactics of Robert Mueller’s special counsel’s office (see here, here, here), and that defendants are increasingly willing to fight back (see here, here). Anyone with a taste for irony will appreciate that a Russian oligarch’s company Mueller indicted, which was expected to remain cowering behind the Kremlin walls, has shown up in court as a champion of American civil liberties. But it would be unfortunate if the only result of the brouhaha were to make this particular witch hunt disappear. Mueller’s investigation is showy and politically important, but...
  • IG report on Clinton case expected to hit FBI leaders for sitting on emails in 2016

    05/21/2018 6:08:34 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/21/2018 | JUDSON BERGER
    A highly anticipated report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog reportedly is expected to hit FBI leaders for moving too slowly to review a batch of Hillary Clinton emails discovered toward the end of the 2016 presidential campaign. Offering a glimpse at the contents of the closely held inspector general review, The Associated Press cited people familiar with the findings in reporting Monday that the investigation would criticize the bureau for its handling of that incident. It’s just one piece of the comprehensive report that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has compiled looking into the FBI and DOJ’s conduct...
  • Obama DoD Paid ‘FBI Informant’ Stefan Halper over $250,000 Right Before 2016 Election

    05/21/2018 5:39:19 PM PDT · by bitt · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Public records show Stefan Halper, the foreign policy expert “outed,” as an FBI informant that spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was paid a large sum in 2016 for work he did for the Obama administration. The Department of Defense paid Halper $282,295 on September 27, 2016 — just months before the 2016 presidential election — for work titled, “INDIA AND CHINA ECON STUDY,” says USASPENDING.gov, a website that tracks spending data for the U.S. government. This sum was one of two payments made to Halper for the job; the second, worth $129,280, was made on July 26, 2017. The...
  • President Trump Meets With DAG Rosenstein, FBI Director Wray and DNI Dan Coats to Establish White

    05/21/2018 5:27:50 PM PDT · by bitt · 30 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 5/21/2018 | SUNDANCE
    President Trump, Chief-of-Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn met with DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats today to discuss the revelations of former FBI, DOJ and intelligence officials conducting politically motivated surveillance on the Trump campaign in 2015, 2016 and 2017. After the meeting the White House released the following statement: “Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigations or the Department of...
  • DOJ Agrees To Allow Congress To Review Requested Documents

    05/21/2018 5:23:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/21/2018 | Saagar Enjeti
    The Department of Justice will allow Congress to review highly classified requested documents relating to the FBI’s investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign in conjunction with the White House and other agencies, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday. “Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” Sanders said. “It was also agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a...
  • Rod Rosenstein throws a spanner in the Democratic message machine

    05/21/2018 10:04:57 AM PDT · by bitt · 58 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 5/21/2018 | tom rogan
    Many have laughed at Trump's concerns, but on Sunday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave momentum to President Trump's belief that the FBI may have spied on his 2016 presidential campaign for political reasons. Rosenstein did so by ordering the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate whether there has been "impropriety or political motivation" in the FBI's Trump-related investigations. Trump had called for just this kind of investigation earlier on Sunday with the following tweet: I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the...
  • Where in the World Was Barack Obama?

    05/21/2018 9:57:42 AM PDT · by bitt · 61 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5/18/2018 | james freeman
    Somehow the former commander-in-chief is largely absent from the political spying drama. President Donald Trump tweets today: “Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true - all time biggest political scandal!” And what does the man who was serving at the time as the FBI’s ultimate boss have to say about all this? Perhaps it’s a good moment to get the whole story from our 44th President. He...
  • Mueller Plans to Wrap Up Obstruction Inquiry Into Trump by Sept. 1, Giuliani Says

    05/20/2018 2:55:18 PM PDT · by bitt · 49 replies
    nytimes ^ | 5/20/2018 | Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman
    WASHINGTON — The special counsel plans to finish by Sept. 1 its investigation into whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry, according to the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said on Sunday that waiting any longer would risk improperly influencing voters in the midterm elections in November. The office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, shared its timeline about two weeks ago amid negotiations over whether Mr. Trump will be questioned by investigators, Mr. Giuliani said, adding that Mr. Mueller’s office said the date was contingent on Mr. Trump agreeing to be interviewed. A spokesman for the...
  • FEDS DROP BOMBSHELL: Comey & Lynch Colluded with Clinton Campaign to Entrap, Wiretap Trump; Illegal

    05/19/2018 6:56:41 PM PDT · by bitt · 49 replies
    TRUEPUNDIT ^ | 5/17/2018 | ADMIN
    Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department and James Comey’s FBI worked together with the Hillary Clinton campaign to entrap Donald Trump and associates — including his eldest son — prior to the 2016 presidential election, according to records and testimony of federal law enforcement insiders. One high ranking official in the Justice Department called it a sweeping “highly illegal” scheme to ensure Hillary Clinton’s election to the White House. “This was clearly a scheme using Justice (Department) resources and State (Department) resources to get the Russian lawyer into the United States,” one Justice Department insider said. “Who has the power to do...
  • Grassley Wants To See Memo That Lays Out Scope Of Mueller Probe

    05/18/2018 7:56:29 PM PDT · by bitt · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/18/2018 | chuck ross
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking the Justice Department for a document that lays out the full scope of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. In a letter sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 18, Grassley, an Iowa Republican, noted Mueller’s team recently provided a federal judge in Virginia with an unredacted copy of the memo, which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote on Aug. 2, 2017. The special counsel’s office provided the memo to Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman indicted for bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine....
  • BREAKING: Santa Fe High School Killer Wore ANTIFA and Columbine Hammer-and-Sickle Pin

    05/18/2018 3:22:48 PM PDT · by bitt · 44 replies
    GATEWAYPUNDIT ^ | 5/18/2018 | Jim Hoft
    At least 8 people are dead, several injured after a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas Friday morning. This is who is responsible for killing 8-10 people this morning at Santa Fe High School. Dimitrios Pagourtzis.
  • Confirmed: FBI Was Spying on the Trump Campaign

    05/18/2018 3:16:08 PM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/18/2018 | Katie Pavlich
    When President Trump tweeted in March 2017 that the Obama administration "had his wires tapped" during the 2016 presidential campaign, he wasn't entirely wrong. Earlier this week the New York Times published a story revealing the FBI was not only spying on the Trump campaign, but had at least one FBI informant embedded within it. Further, the piece reveals the FBI didn't have enough evidence to open a criminal investigation into members of the Trump campaign, so a counterintelligence investigation was launched instead. ... The Washington Post has published a similar story:...
  • IG Report on Clinton Investigation “extremely long and thorough”

    05/17/2018 7:57:24 PM PDT · by bitt · 58 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | 5/17/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    The Department of Justice Inspector General has sent what is described as an “extremely long and thorough draft” of the much anticipated report on the FBI and DOJ’s investigation and handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, this reporter has learned. The detailed report on the FBI’s decision making process into the Clinton investigation could lead to possible criminal referrals for some of the officials involved in the case. Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, which is expected to be released within the next three to four weeks to the public, has been turned over to current and former officials for...
  • Andrew McCarthy Discusses FBI and DOJ Attempts To Justify Spying on Trump Campaign…

    05/17/2018 6:44:01 PM PDT · by bitt · 22 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 5/17/2018 | SUNDANCE
    Andrew McCarthy appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss the bombshell admissions within a New York Times report, leaked by FBI and DOJ officials, attempting to justify their illegal spying and surveillance operation against the campaign of Donald Trump in 2015 and 2016. video and link to andrew mccarthy's piece
  • FBI probe into Trump and Russia was codenamed 'Crossfire Hurricane'

    05/16/2018 8:50:52 PM PDT · by bitt · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/16/2018 | Josh Delk
    The FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia was originally known as "Crossfire Hurricane" before it was widely known to the public and even the bureau itself, officials told The New York Times. The case, named after a Rolling Stones lyric, was used by only the small group of agents sent to interview the Australian ambassador to the United Kingdom, who had evidence of possible collusion between Russia and a Trump adviser. Five agents embarked to London in the summer of 2016 for a rare interview with the diplomat after deliberations between American and Australian officials, where they...