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  • Lawyer demands probe of FBI's 'seriously bungled examination' of Epstein

    05/07/2023 9:28:05 AM PDT · by CFW · 14 replies
    Just the News ^ | 5/7/23 | Madeleine Hubbard
    An attorney representing some of the women who say they are survivors of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein sent a letter to Justice Department officials demanding an investigation into what she says is the FBI's "seriously bungled examination" of the late financier. Lawyer Jennifer Freeman, an attorney with Marsh Law Firm who says she is "counsel to many survivors of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking conspiracy," wrote a letter last week to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. "The FBI utterly failed to investigate serious allegations involving Epstein’s, and perhaps others', child...
  • Durham wants to use FBI instant messages from analyst embroiled in Hunter Biden saga

    09/16/2022 7:36:16 PM PDT · by AnthonySoprano · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/16/2022 | Jerry Dunleavy
    John Durham wants to use internal instant messages from an FBI analyst embroiled in the Hunter Biden saga in his trial against Christopher Steele’s main dossier source, Igor Danchenko. Danchenko, a Russian-born, U.S.-based lawyer, was charged by Durham last year with five counts tied to alleged lies he told the bureau about the Trump dossier, and he has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers revealed Thursday some of what Durham plans to use in the October trial, including Microsoft Lync chats from a bureau analyst who interviewed the Russian national in 2017 and went on to get mixed up in the...
  • House GOP Launches Investigation Into DOJ Inspector General — Over Confiscation Of Congressman’s Phone - IG Horowitz!

    08/30/2022 11:47:28 AM PDT · by AnthonySoprano · 4 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/30/2022 | News staff
    The FBI confiscated the phone of GOP Rep Scott Perry while he was traveling with his family. Perry said he was approached by 3 FBI agents with a warrant for his cell phone — the FBI had made no attempt to contact his lawyers or him to get the cell phone. (snip) House Judiciary Committee Republicans are now opening an investigation into DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz over his involvement in examining the cell phone. In a letter sent by Jim Jordan, he said it “creates a serious conflict of interest for the OIG in reviewing the Department’s actions.” Jordan...
  • Durham Court Filing Reveals DOJ Inspector General Horowitz Withheld Key Evidence From Special Counsel

    01/28/2022 1:01:46 PM PST · by Red Badger · 69 replies ^ | January 28, 2022 | By Jeff Carlson and Hans Mahncke
    A new court filing by special counsel John Durham reveals that Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz concealed crucial information from Durham in connection with the ongoing prosecution of Michael Sussmann, a former attorney to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The filing also reveals that Horowitz failed to disclose that his office is in possession of two cellphones used by former FBI general counsel James Baker. The phones may contain information that’s important to the Sussmann case, as well as to a separate criminal leak investigation of Baker that Durham personally conducted between 2017 and 2019. Horowitz first...
  • Inspector General Finds Damning ‘Widespread’ FISA Failure After FBI Director Dismissed Concerns

    10/01/2021 7:20:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 | By Jordan Davidson
    Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a damning report on Thursday chastising the Federal Bureau of Investigation for “widespread” violations in the intelligence agency’s applications for searches and surveillance filed through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. “The FBI’s Woods Procedures are designed to ensure FISA applications are ‘scrupulously accurate’ and require agents to document support for all factual assertions contained in them. However, our audit found numerous instances where this did not occur,” the Justice Department report states. In the newly released audit, Horowitz detailed how “the FBI was not meeting the expectations of its own protocols” by failing to comply...
  • FBI can’t back up claims in dozens of surveillance applications: Report(More FISA Abuse)

    09/30/2021 11:12:29 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 09/30/2021 | Jeff Mordock
    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog said Thursday the FBI failed to support claims it made in almost 200 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications to monitor American citizens. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a scathing report saying the FBI ignored its own Woods Procedure — the set of rules the bureau follows to ensure its applications for secret warrants are accurate. Inspector general investigators uncovered at least 183 instances in which the Woods File — the documentation intended to back up the FBI‘s argument for surveillance — was missing, destroyed or incomplete.
  • DOJ inspector general to review Trump-era subpoenas of lawmakers, journalists

    06/11/2021 2:23:38 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    just the news ^ | 6/11/2021 | Nicholas Sherman
    Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the agency's internal watchdog would investigate the seizure of data of Democratic House lawmakers and journalists during leak investigations. Horowitz said in a statement Friday the investigation "will examine the Department’s compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based upon improper considerations," according to The Washington Post. The announcement follows Senate Democratic leaders Friday demanding Trump administration Attorneys General Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions testify about the seizures of data from House Democrats in 2017 and 2018 – following the release of a news...
  • DOJ Watchdog Criticizes Trump’s Firing of IGs, but Omits Key Facts in Matter

    02/25/2021 2:23:23 PM PST · by yoe · 6 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | February 24, 2021 | Jeff Carlson
    Michael Horowitz, the (Justice Department inspector general) who wrote the Dec. 9, 2019, Review of Four FISA Applications, recently reaffirmed his earlier statements that Trump fired two inspectors general “for doing their jobs” and called Trump’s presidency “a challenging time … particularly in the last year” during a Feb. 10 ( online discussion) hosted by Harvard Law School and moderated by Jack Goldsmith.[snip]Neither man acknowledged Trump’s early actions in shutting down travel from China on Jan. 31, 2020, nor did Horowitz exhibit any signs of disagreement with Goldsmith and Woodward, although he was clearly more careful with his wording.At one...
  • Inspector General Michael Horowitz to probe whether Justice Department officials sought to flip election to Trump

    01/26/2021 6:43:20 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 59 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 25 Jan 21 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s inspector general is launching an investigation to examine whether any former or current department officials “engaged in an improper attempt” to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.</p><p>Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Monday that the investigation will investigate allegations concerning the conduct of former and current Justice Department officials but will not extend to other government officials.</p>
  • President Trump indicates AG Barr has enough evidence to charge Obama admin officials — including Obama and Biden — with spying on his campaign

    10/08/2020 6:43:34 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 64 replies
    The Blaze ^ | OCTOBER 08, 2020 | PHIL SHIVER
    President Donald Trump appeared to indicate on Thursday that Attorney General William Barr has more than enough evidence to indict members of the Obama administration for spying on the Trump campaign in 2016, including former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden. During a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo Thursday morning — in which the headline news was that he would not participate in a virtual debate — the president also dropped the potential bombshell that the Department of Justice has "plenty" of evidence to go after Obama administration officials. "These people should be...
  • Audit found only minor FBI errors in FISA warrants: court filing

    08/04/2020 2:17:26 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08 04 2020 | Marty Johnson
    An internal audit of 29 warrant applications submitted by the FBI to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court found only minor clerical errors in a process that has come under heavy political scrutiny in recent years. The findings were revealed in a court filing Wednesday and stem from an independent review of the FBI's application process for surveillance warrants by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The DOJ watchdog concluded in a report earlier this year that the FBI had made over a dozen errors in its applications to look into Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's 2016...
  • Judicial Watch Uncovers Explosive FBI Emails, Appearing To Reference A WH ‘Confidential Informant’

    07/20/2020 8:08:29 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 45 replies
    saraacarter ^ | Jul 17, 2020 | Sara Carter
    A top government watchdog group obtained 136 pages of never before publicized emails between former FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and one in particular appears to refer to a confidential informant inside the White House in 2017, according to a press release from Judicial Watch. Those emails, some of which are heavily redacted, reveal that “Strzok, Page and top bureau officials in the days prior to and following President Donald Trump’s inauguration discussing a White House counterintelligence briefing that could “play into” the FBI’s “investigative strategy.” Moreover, another email sent by Strzok to Bill Priestap, the Former Assistant...
  • Barr to Berman: You Won’t Resign? Fine. You’re Fired.

    06/20/2020 1:48:48 PM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 95 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Boom, again. – This afternoon, AG William Barr sent a scalding letter to SDNY U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, notifying him that, since he refused to gracefully resign when given a chance, he is fired. Here’s the letter: Image In case you can’t see the photo properly, here is the text: " " I was surprised and quite disappointed by the press statement you released last night. As we discussed, I wanted the opportunity to choose a distinguished New York lawyer, Jay Clayton, to nominate as United States Attorney and was hoping for your cooperation to facilitate a smooth transition. When...
  • U.S. Attorney General William Barr's letter to NY Attorney General Berman removing him from office effective today.

    06/20/2020 12:52:01 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 22 replies
    Twitter ^ | 6/20/2020 | US Attorney William Barr
  • 9 Key Points From Newly Declassified Report Details On FISA Abuse

    04/16/2020 8:22:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 16, 2020 | Margot Cleveland
    Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a slew of footnotes from Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse. Yesterday, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a slew of footnotes from Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse. In a cover letter to Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, the Republican senators who had pushed for the declassification, Grenell noted that “transparency is now needed more than ever.” Grenell added that Attorney General William Barr concurred in the declassification decision as it relates to DOJ interests. Wednesday’s declassification follows...
  • Newly Declassified Papadopoulos Transcript Exposes Crossfire Hurricane Corruption

    04/15/2020 6:01:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 15, 2020 | Margot Cleveland
    A newly declassified transcript calls into question the entire Crossfire Hurricane investigation: Why was it started, and why did it continue? Attorney General William Barr said last week that “the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness” in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Rather, “there is something far more troubling here.” “Without any basis,” Barr added in his sit-down interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, “they started this investigation of [Trump’s] campaign, and even more concerning actually is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president to sabotage his presidency —...
  • Declassified Info: DOJ, FBI Knew Trump Surveillance Was Based On Russian Disinformation

    04/13/2020 9:26:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 13, 2020 | Margot Cleveland
    These facts establish the FBI used Russia’s meddling with the 2016 election as a pretext to investigate Donald Trump and the special counsel’s office was complicit in this ploy. On Friday, the Department of Justice released newly declassified information from an inspector general report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse, revealing for the first time that the FBI had received information indicating the Christopher Steele dossier contained Russian disinformation. The newly unredacted portions of the IG’s report also confirmed there was no “network of sources” backing up Steele’s reporting. While both revelations provide further fodder for attacking the Carter...
  • A follow-up on the Carter Page warrant is, once again, not flattering to the FBI

    04/05/2020 4:56:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    THE JUSTICE Department’s inspector general has followed up his devastating December report on the FBI’s securing of a secret intelligence-gathering warrant on U.S. citizen Carter Page and, once again, the news is not flattering. In December, the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, found that the FBI supplied a secret panel of judges with unverified, inaccurate and, in one case, falsified data in support of its warrant applications regarding Mr. Page. Mr. Horowitz’s new report, released March 31, makes clear that this was not an isolated incident. In 29 cases drawn from five years’ worth of FBI secret warrant applications, Mr. Horowitz...
  • Latest Inspector General Report Slams Comey’s FBI For Massive Failures To Document FISA Claims

    04/02/2020 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 1, 2020 | Margot Cleveland
    The inspector general detailed devastating, systematic FBI failures in executing procedures designed to ensure the accuracy of FISA applications. On March 31, Inspector General Michael Horowitz released an interim report on his audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with procedures to protect Americans’ civil rights in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act cases. Horowitz’s “Management Advisory Memorandum” detailed devasting and systematic failures by the FBI in executing the procedures designed to ensure the accuracy of the applications submitted under oath to the FISA court.Contrary to the left’s spin, the FBI’s incompetence in handling more (Most? All?) FISA cases is not...
  • IG Report Bombshell: Did The FBI And DOJ Ask Putin’s Buddy To Help Get Trump?

    01/13/2020 8:09:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 13, 2020 | Margaret Cleveland
    DOJ official Bruce Ohr called a meeting of several federal agencies to discuss ‘working with’ a Russian oligarch because of his belief, premised on the unverified Steele dossier, that Trump was corrupt. A previously unnoticed passage in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on federal surveillance abuse suggests Bruce Ohr and his compatriots were willing to bargain with a Russian oligarch to take down Donald Trump.Two-hundred-plus pages into the IG report, while discussing former Associate Deputy Attorney General Ohr’s continued contacts with Crossfire Hurricane dossier author Christopher Steele, Horowitz revealed a significant detail that to date has been overlooked: “On December...