May 24, 2018

FBI Informant Stefan Halper Accused Of Making ‘False’ And ‘Absurd’ Allegations About Russian Infiltration At Cambridge


  • FBI informant Stefan Halper said Russians infiltrated the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar
  • He flagged interactions between a Russian researcher and Mike Flynn
  • People involved called Halper’s claims “false” and “absurd”

The FBI informant who made contact with members of the Trump campaign has made allegations of Russian spy infiltration at the University of Cambridge that people involved in the matters have called “false” and “absurd.”

A Russian academic who worked at Cambridge with the informant, Stefan Halper, said he made “false allegations” about her interactions with former national security adviser Michael Flynn at an event the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar (CIS) hosted in February 2014.

Halper’s claim in December 2016 that Russians infiltrated CIS has also been called “absurd” by Christopher Andrew, the official historian for MI5 and head of CIS, the Financial Times reported.

Halper told the Financial Times that he was resigning from CIS because of “unacceptable Russian influence on the group.” The evidence of Russian penetration was scant, with news reports citing a nearly $2,700 contribution to CIS from a Russia-based company called Veruscript.

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May 23, 2018

Clapper Was ‘Thinking Of Something Else’ When He Lied To Congress

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper claimed Tuesday that he “made a mistake,” but that he didn’t lie when he told Sen. Ron Wyden in 2013 that the National Security Agency doesn’t collect data on Americans.

Clapper was defending himself on “The View” after President Donald Trump called him a “lying machine.”

A report from The Guardian later that year showed that Clapper’s statement was false, that the NSA does collect phone metadata on millions of Americans.

“He was asking me about one [thing], and I was thinking about another,” Clapper said of Wyden. “So, I made a mistake, but I didn’t lie.”

When co-host Meghan McCain pressed him on whether it was a lie, he doubled back on his first answer.

“No, it isn’t a lie. I was thinking about something else, another program” — Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, he said.

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May 22, 2018

Senator Wants Bruce Ohr Records, Interview

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking the Justice Department for a trove of records regarding a former top agency official’s contacts with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the salacious and unverified dossier alleging collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia’s government.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is also asking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to make the official, former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, available for a transcribed interview following the production of the documents.

Grassley, a Republican, wants Ohr’s personal and work emails, phone logs, handwritten notes and text messages related to his interactions with Steele.

Ohr met with Steele numerous times before and after the 2016 election regarding the ex-MI6 officer’s investigation of Trump. He also met after the election with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm that commissioned the dossier on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC. 

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May 21, 2018

Former Trump Adviser Predicts Roger Stone Likely To Face Mueller Indictment

Former Donald Trump adviser Sam Nunberg predicted Sunday on MSNBC that long-time Trump ally Roger Stone would probably face an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team.

“He will get indicted on some stupid financial thing.”

Nunberg, who has referred to Stone as a mentor and even a father figure, told MSNBC’s Alex Witt that he called Stone just before his own grand jury appearance to warn him that his name was already involved. “My last phone conversation with Roger was the Saturday before my Friday grand jury appearance where I explained to Roger that I had received a subpoena and his name is one that I would have to hand over all communications,” he said. 

Claiming that Mueller’s team was treating President Donald Trump and his associates like members of the mafia, Nunberg complained that gangster-turned-FBI-informant Whitey Bulger received better treatment from Mueller.

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May 18, 2018

Cambridge Prof With CIA, MI6 Ties Met With Trump Adviser During Campaign, Beyond

Days after Carter Page’s high-profile trip to Moscow in July 2016, the Trump campaign adviser had his first encounter with Stefan Halper, a University of Cambridge professor with CIA and MI6 contacts.

The conversation seemed innocent enough, Page tells The Daily Caller News Foundation. He recalls nothing of substance being discussed other than Halper’s passing mention that he knew then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. But the interaction was one of many that the pair would have over the next 14 months, through a period of time when Page was under the watchful eye of the U.S. government.

Their relationship included a number of in-person meetings, including at Halper’s farm in Virginia.

Page’s encounters with Halper were quite different from those that another Trump campaign adviser had during the campaign with the 73-year-old academic. As The DCNF reported exclusively in March, Halper and George Papadopoulos met several times over a period of a few days in Sept. 2016. Several days earlier, Halper contacted and met with a third Trump campaign official. That official, who has requested anonymity, told The DCNF that Halper expressed interest in helping the campaign.

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May 17, 2018

California State Bar Investigating Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti, porn star Stormy Daniels’ attorney, is being investigated by the California State Bar, a new report reveals.

Seattle attorney David Nold filed a complaint against Avenatti on March 26, as The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. Nold accused Avenatti of defrauding the state and federal government as the owner of a Seattle coffee chain.

“In essence, he bought a company out of bankruptcy and then used it for a ‘pump and dump’ scheme to deprive federal and state taxing authorities of millions of dollars,” Nold said in the complaint.

An April 18 letter Fox News obtained on Wednesday shows Avenatti is now under investigation. The state bar only launches a “full investigation” if the attorney reviewing the complaint “sees evidence of a serious violation,” according to its website.

“The complaint against attorney Michael J. Avenatti has been reviewed and forwarded to the Enforcement Unit for further investigation and prosecution, if warranted,” the letter states, according to Fox News.

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May 16, 2018

Devin Nunes Says Trump Campaign Might Have Been Set Up, Predicts Embarrassing Outcome For FBI And DOJ

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California said the Trump campaign might have been set up by the federal government back in 2016.

“Let’s talk about how did this get started? You had Fusion GPS that was hired by the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign to draw up a dossier on the president — or as the president was running for president,” Nunes said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.” “What happened with that is that in [Glen Simpson’s] testimony he mentioned that there was a source within the campaign.”

Nunes said Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS, told Congress he was being truthful about a mole within the Trump campaign and predicted the fallout would tarnish the FBI and DOJ.

“Glenn Simpson said that in what was closed testimony. Then it became public. Now he’s confirmed that he was telling Congress the truth, which is probably a good idea,” Nunes continued. “We believe he was telling the truth. And what we’re trying to do is get the documents to figure out — did they actually have, what methods were used to open this counter intelligence investigation?”

“I think what it really means, I think it will look badly on the Department of Justice and the FBI on how they conducted this investigation,” Nunes said.

He also said the entire investigation into President Donald Trump lacked credibility from the start.

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May 15, 2018

FBI Agents Interviewed Russian Oligarch About Collusion Allegations Prior To Election

In September 2016, FBI agents approached Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to ask about allegations President Donald Trump’s campaign was colluding with the Russian government to influence the election, according to a new report.

Deripaska, who was at his apartment in New York City for the interview, waived the three agents off of the collusion theory, saying there was no coordination between the Trump team and Kremlin, The Hill reported Monday.

The agents, one of whom Deripaska knew from a previous FBI case, said they believed former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was involved in the conspiracy, an allegation made in the infamous Steele dossier.

“Deripaska laughed but realized, despite the joviality, that they were serious,” Adam Waldman, a former lawyer for Deripaska, told The Hill. “So he told them in his informed opinion the idea they were proposing was false.”

“You are trying to create something out of nothing,” Deripaska told the agents, according to Waldman.

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May 14, 2018

Mark Warner: Trump Aides’ Contacts With Russians Could Be ‘Coincidences,’ Not Collusion

The top Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence acknowledged in a recent interview that contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russians could be “a set of coincidences” rather than collusion.

“I’m reserving my final judgement until we’ve seen all the witnesses we need to see, and we’ve gotten all the facts. So I’m going to hold off,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said in an interview with The New Yorker’s David Remnick when asked whether he believes that Trump associates conspired with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Warner and North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chair of the Senate panel, have since Jan. 2017 led an investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Warner said that the committee is still receiving documents and information for the investigation. The panel is also still conducting interviews of Trump associates. Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg is set to be interviewed this week. 

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May 11, 2018

The ‘Russian Collusion’ Trial Is On, And Mueller May Be The First Casualty

Lawyers for Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, formally entered a “not guilty” plea in federal court Monday in a case special counsel Robert Mueller probably never thought would happen.

Mueller, weathering significant criticism that his Russian collusion case was thin, unveiled a grandiose indictment Feb. 16 against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies. The 13 Russians in question were charged with waging “information warfare” in the United States, interfering with the 2016 presidential election, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Mueller generated headlines with the February indictment, safe in the knowledge the 13 Russians were beyond U.S. jurisdiction. Therefore, there would be no trial — only sensational Russian collusion accusations.


Mueller may now have to try the case, and Concord’s lawyers have put the special counsel on notice. The Russian company’s lawyers intend to invoke “discovery” to obtain U.S. intelligence about what they knew of Russian activities.

“I guess Mueller thought it was a freebie, for sure,” former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy told The Daily Caller News Foundation after the court proceeding.

“He thought it could make this association (of Russian collusion) and it would never be challenged in court,” McCarthy, also a National Review contributing editor, said.

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May 10, 2018

Report: Secret Source Who Aided Mueller Probe Is Deemed Off Limits To Congress

House Republicans are again battling with the Justice Department over information related to the Russia investigation, this time over documents the intelligence community said involves a top-secret source who has provided information to the CIA and FBI.

The mysterious source has also gathered information that was given to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to The Washington Post.

WaPo reported Justice Department and intelligence community officials issued a stark warning to the White House on May 2 against a request from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. Nunes had submitted a subpoena to the Justice Department on April 24 for records related to the Russia probe.

Justice Department and intelligence community officials argued to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly that complying with the subpoena would reveal the identity of a top-secret source and would undermine protocol regarding intelligence sources, according to WaPo.

WaPo provided one small clue about the source: he or she is American.

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May 9, 2018

Will Democrats Return Money Fundraised With Schneiderman?

Democrats are facing a dilemma as they decide whether or not to return money they raised with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

At least two Democratic 2020 hopefuls, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have held high-dollar fundraisers with Schneiderman. Schneiderman resigned from AG on Monday after four women accused him of being physically and emotionally abusive to them.

That same year, in October, Schneiderman and George Soros hosted a fundraiser for Warren’s Senate campaign. Suggested contributions ranged from $1000 to $5000.

“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has emerged as a skeptic of a proposed settlement between the states and big banks, will be introducing Warren at the event at the home of former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Dennis Mehiel, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side,” Politico reported at the time.

Warren’s GOP challenger for her Senate seat, John Kingston, is already calling on her to return the money fundraised with the help of Schneiderman.

“Sen. Warren must immediately do the right thing and return, or donate to an appropriate non-profit, all the donations raised for her campaign by Eric Schneiderman,” Kingston said. “Condemning harassment and abuse cannot be a partisan issue and Warren should immediately condemn Schneiderman, return the campaign cash raised by him and call on her fellow Democrats to do the same.”

“If Sen. Warren hesitates or refuses to return her contributions raised by Schneiderman, it will underscore her long-established pattern of putting her political self-interest before what is right,” he added.

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May 8, 2018

Accused Woman Beater Has Deep Ties To 2020 Dem Hopefuls

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is accused of being physically and emotionally abusive toward four women, has deep ties to Democratic hopefuls in the 2020 presidential race.

The New Yorker reported Monday that four women are accusing Schneiderman of physical abuse, including violent slapping and choking, and emotional abuse. 

Schneiderman, an avowed anti-Trumper, has been considered a champion of the #MeToo movement for pushing legal action against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and demanding his victims get additional compensation. The AG’s supposed progressivism has earned him clout with top Democrats.

Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand, who have been identified as potential front-runners to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, all have extensive histories with Schneiderman.

Harris, a senator from California, reportedly attended a 2016 DNC delegation breakfast with the New York AG and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, although the event has apparently been scrubbed from the NY Dems website.

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May 7, 2018

Federal Judge Ellis Could Be A Nightmare For Special Counsel Mueller

Federal Judge T.S. Ellis III, a Reagan appointee, could be the ultimate nightmare for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who may lose his legal case against Paul Manafort, according to an extraordinary May 4 exchange in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia.

A dismissal could be a major wrecking ball to Mueller’s overall case in his Russian collusion case against President Donald Trump.

Amid Friday’s legal event, Ellis was best known for invoking an NFL term to dismiss Mueller’s legal posture, saying “C’mon man!” as he challenged the special counsel’s attempt to drag an unrelated bank fraud case back in 2005 to indict Manafort. Those charges are well beyond Mueller’s original mandate to investigate alleged collusion with Russia in 2016 and had to be dismissed, the judge said, according to the hearing transcript.

“If I look at the indictment, none of that information has anything to do with links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Donald Trump,” he lectured Michael Dreebeen, Mueller’s lawyer in the court room. “So I don’t see what relation this indictment has with anything the special prosecutor is authorized to investigate.”

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May 4, 2018

Newest Mueller Prosecutor Donated To Hillary Clinton

The latest addition to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of prosecutors contributed to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to federal campaign records.

Uzo Asonye, an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is joining Mueller’s stable of prosecutors to work as local counsel on the case against Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman who has been indicted on money laundering and bank fraud charges.

Asonye worked at the firm O’Melveny & Myers before joining the U.S. attorney’s office in 2010. Asonye donated $900 to Clinton’s presidential campaign from January to April 2008, according to Federal Election Commission records. He has not donated to any other national political campaigns since then.

Asonye is just the latest Democrat to join Mueller’s team.

As The Daily Caller News Foundation has reported, none of Mueller’s prosecutors, which number nearly 20 in all, are registered Republicans. As of February, 13 Mueller lawyers were registered Democrats. A public records search shows Asonye has registered to vote as a Democrat.

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May 3, 2018

Corrupt Bob Menendez Beats The Rap With A Little Help From The Deep State

The Senate Ethics Committee has “severely admonished” Robert Menendez, once again demonstrating its uselessness. Of course, the committee did not have the authority to put Menendez where he really belongs — in prison — but it could have recommended something of a little more consequence, like censure or expulsion.

Once again, the Senate has proven that it is the world’s most exclusive club, and membership has its privileges. The Ethics Committee — chaired by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and consisting of three members of each party — probably never wanted to render judgment on Menendez and probably never thought they would have to.

The Senate investigation began in late 2012 but was put on hold when the Justice Department initiated a criminal probe. It resumed late last year when the criminal trial in New Jersey resulted in a hung jury. The Justice Department first declared that it would retry Menendez and then, stunningly, announced that it would not. Menendez was off the hook, and certainly knew that he had nothing to fear from his Senate colleagues.

Of course, the Ethics Committee does not enforce criminal statutes, but it certainly could have placed Menendez’ Senate Rules violations in their proper context. His actions were part of a larger scheme whereby Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, ripped off Medicare and shared some of the loot with Menendez who then did his best to make sure authorities stayed away from Melgen.

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May 2, 2018

Manafort Lawyers Say Special Counsel Unable To Produce Evidence Of Russia Contacts


  • The special counsel’s office has said it does not have evidence of any contacts between Paul Manafort and Russian government and intelligence officials
  • Manafort is a longtime political consultant who has been indicted on money laundering and bank fraud charges
  • The former Trump campaign chairman laundered millions of dollars and failed to properly register as a foreign agent, prosecutors say

The special counsel’s office has told lawyers for Paul Manafort that it does not have evidence of any contacts between the former Trump campaign chairman and Russian government and intelligence officials.

That’s at least according to Manafort’s attorneys, who disclosed details of the interactions in court papers filed on Monday night.

The lawyers say they want a hearing to look into government officials’ leaks to the media regarding Manafort, a longtime political consultant who has been indicted on money laundering and bank fraud charges.

“By their actions, it is self-evident that the objective of these government sources was to create unfair prejudice against Mr. Manafort and thereby deprive him of his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights,” wrote Manafort lawyers Kevin M. Downing and Thomas E. Zehnle.

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May 1, 2018

House Intel: Witnesses Corroborated Jeff Sessions’ Claims About Papadopoulos Exchange

A new report from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence backs up testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions about a hotly contested exchange he had during the 2016 presidential campaign with Trump adviser George Papadopoulos.

Reuters reported three anonymous sources have disputed Sessions’ claim that during a March 31, 2016, meeting of the Trump foreign policy team, he rebuffed a suggestion from Papadopoulos that members of the Trump campaign meet with Russian government officials.

“Yes, I pushed back,” Sessions told the House Committee on the Judiciary during a Nov. 14 hearing.

Sessions told the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door interview on Nov. 30:  “I felt like, and I’m the chairman of this group — I should not do anything that indicated to Mr. Papadopoulos that he was authorized to go to Russia or anyplace else to represent the Trump campaign and do some sort of negotiations. So I pushed back pretty sharply on that.”

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April 30, 2018

Democrats Ignore Dossier In Russia Report, In Stark Contrast To Their Early Rhetoric

What a difference a year makes.

At a House Intelligence Committee hearing just over a year ago, Democrats on the panel focused heavily on the infamous Steele dossier, the salacious and unverified report alleging that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, made numerous references to Steele’s claims during an opening statement for the hearing, which was held on March 20, 2017. 

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro pressed then-FBI Director James Comey about specific allegations made about Trump associates in the dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele. Indiana Rep. Andre Carson and California Rep. Jackie Speier, two other committee Democrats, also hyped the dossier.

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April 27, 2018

DOJ Gives Congress Missing Strzok-Page Text Messages

The Justice Department on Thursday gave Congress five months worth of text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — two FBI officials involved in the investigations into Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump’s campaign.

The messages, exchanged between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, were initially thought to be missing due to a technical glitch on FBI-issued cell phones. But the texts were recovered by the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general, which is investigating the FBI’s handling of both the Clinton and Trump campaign investigations.

Approximately 300 messages were given to Congress, a Justice Department official told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Strzok, the former deputy chief of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia team in July 2017 after the discovery of the text messages. They showed Strzok and Page expressed deep hostility to Trump during the 2016 campaign.

Strzok oversaw the FBI’s Russia investigation when it began on July 31, 2016. He was also a top investigator on the Clinton email probe. He helped conduct the interviews of Clinton and several of her top aides.

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April 26, 2018

Michael Cohen Pleads The Fifth In Stormy Daniels Case

Michael Cohen, the long-time attorney for President Donald Trump, will plead the Fifth in a lawsuit former porn star Stormy Daniels filed, he told a federal court on Wednesday.

Cohen cited an FBI investigation of his business dealings as a rationale to invoke his right against self-incrimination.

FBI agents raided Cohen’s office, residence and hotel room on April 9 in search of various business records, including those related to payments he made to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Cohen is being investigated for potential bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Cohen paid Clifford $130,000 in October 2016. The payments were hush money to cover up an affair Clifford had with Trump in 2006, she claims.

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April 25, 2018

TheDCNF Files Lawsuit To Disclose Comey And Obama Meetings


  • The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch will file a federal lawsuit Wednesday
  • The lawsuit is seeking records related to meetings between former FBI Director James Comey and former President Barack Obama
  • Comey’s statements regarding times he met with the president conflict with other statements and records
The Daily Caller News Foundation and the watchdog group Judicial Watch will file 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 will file the lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Comey’s impartiality about his relationship with Obama was sharply called into question by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary when its chairman, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, uncovered a private, undisclosed meeting Comey held with Obama on Jan. 5, 2017, two weeks before Trump’s inauguration.

TheDCNF requested, “records that identify and describe all meetings between former FBI Director James Comey and President Barack Obama,” in its Freedom of Information Act request before the FBI, which it filed Feb. 19.

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April 24, 2018

Roger Stone To Use DNC Lawsuit Discovery To Probe Servers, Hacking Evidence

Longtime Republican strategist Roger Stone and his lawyers intend to try and examine the Democratic National Committee’s servers for evidence of Russian hacking amid an ongoing lawsuit, he told The Daily Caller Monday.

The DNC sued the 2016 Trump campaign, Stone, Manafort, Wikileaks and other involved entities Friday alleging an illegal conspiracy with the Russian government. The lawsuit “is based on conjecture, supposition and projection with no evidence, facts or proof,” Stone said in an email to The DC.

“The DNC lawsuit opens the door of discovery. My lawyers and I want to examine the DNC servers to settle this bogus claim of Russian hacking once and for all,” Stone declared.

A letter from Stone’s lawyers to the DNC said, “One purpose of this letter is to advise the DNC we intend to test the basic underlying claims that “Russians” hacked, stole, and disseminated DNC data, rather than the various other plausible scenarios, including internal theft.”

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April 23, 2018

Trump Is Right: A ‘Pakistani Mystery Man’ Has Documents Wasserman Schultz Didn’t Want Prosecutors To See

A key, if under-covered, aspect of the “Pakistani mystery man” story is that Imran Awan, the Pakistani-born IT aide of former DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, took a laptop with username RepDWS after he was banned from the House computer network for “unauthorized access to data,” and then left it in a phone booth with a letter to prosecutors.

On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats. This can be good news in that we will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI, the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails.”

Trump appears to have accurately identified a key issue with the “Pakistani mystery man” that comes straight from court documents.

  • Lawyers for Pakistani-born Imran Awan currently have a copy of the contents of a laptop with the username RepDWS
  • Wasserman Schultz wanted to block prosecutors from seeing what was on it
  • Imran’s lawyers have attempted to set up a situation where it is up to Imran whether prosecutors can see the laptop, claiming “attorney client privilege”
  • Other analysts say the laptop should be fair game for review

Each twist has increased the intrigue:

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April 20, 2018

New Emails Reinforce Claims Of DOJ, FBI Collusion In Clinton Email Investigation

New evidence points to collusion between the Department of Justice and FBI at a pivotal moment in the Hillary Clinton email probe, according to emails recently reviewed by Fox News.

The February 2016 emails were written in the aftermath of 22 messages labeled “Top Secret” having been found on Clinton’s private email server from her 2009-2013 tenure as secretary of state.

In congressional testimony, former FBI Director James Comey dismissed notions of DOJ-FBI coordination during their look into the matter, specifically denying any conspiracy with the Department of Justice in his advisement against pursuing charges in the Clinton case in July of 2016.

By contrast, however, in a letter issued Wednesday, Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows noted communication that, in his view, designated points of possible collusion at “crucial moments of the investigation.”

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April 19, 2018

It’s Andrew McCabe Versus James Comey

Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe is locked in a battle of “he said-he said” with his former boss, James Comey, over the findings of a damning report from the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general (OIG).

McCabe’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, issued a statement on Wednesday casting doubt on Comey and the OIG’s report, which was released April 13.

“The report fails to adequately address the evidence (including sworn testimony) and documents that prove that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey repeatedly that he was working with The Wall Street Journal on the stories in question prior to publication,” Bromwich said in a statement CNN published.

“Neither Mr. Comey nor the OIG is infallible, and in this case, neither of them has it right.”

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April 18, 2018

Even James Comey Supports Andrew McCabe Firing

Former FBI Director James Comey praised a Department of Justice inspector general report which triggered the firing of former deputy director Andrew McCabe in an interview on ABCNews Good Morning America.

Comey noted that the inspector general report, released Friday, “demonstrates the life of an institution that cares about the truth, and investigates and holds people accountable.” McCabe was fired by FBI Director Christopher Wray after the report concluded that “then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions in connection with describing his role in connection with a disclosure to the WSJ.”

McCabe and Comey have been heavily criticized by President Donald Trump for respective leaks to the media with the president even calling for their imprisonment Monday.

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April 17, 2018

Here’s Why You Should Be Skeptical Of That Michael Cohen Prague Story

McClatchy reporters Peter Stone and Greg Gordon rocked the political world Friday when they reported special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, visited Prague in the summer of 2016.

The report appeared to confirm one of the infamous Trump-Russia dossier’s key allegations: that Cohen met in Prague with a Kremlin official about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The development would be significant because Cohen has adamantly denied making the Prague trip.

But three days later, no other news outlet has confirmed the report, and there are reasons to be skeptical.

A spokesperson for the special counsel’s office wouldn’t comment on the Cohen-Prague story specifically, but told The Daily Caller News Foundation that “many stories” about the Russia investigation have been “inaccurate.”

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April 16, 2018

Behind The IG Report — How The Obama Justice Department Tried To Shut Down The FBI’s Investigation Into The Clinton Foundation


  • The Department of Justice Inspector General released a report Friday claiming “lack of candor” by former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe
  • The report also details Justice Department’s influence to close a multi-state investigation into the Clinton Foundation
  • The IG claims McCabe leaked DOJ’s pressure to end the Clinton investigation to battle claims he was partial to the Clintons

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 The DCNF reported in August 2016.

The report, authored by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, an Obama appointee, chronicles the Justice Department’s effort to to shut down the FBI’s investigation on Aug. 12, 2016. The pressure allegedly came in the form of a phone call to McCabe from a Justice Department principal associate deputy attorney general (PADAG) who pressed McCabe on the continuing investigation.

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April 13, 2018

Trump Considering Another Controversial Pardon

President Donald Trump has signed off on a pardon for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements.
Trump has been considering a pardon for Libby for months, ABC News reported Thursday. Several conservative operatives and attorneys pressed Trump for the pardon, according to ABC.
Libby was convicted in 2007 of lying to the FBI about his role in leaking the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison in the case, but President George W. Bush commuted his sentence. Bush declined issuing a pardon.
Libby resigned from the White House in October 2005 after being indicted in the case.
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April 12, 2018

DOJ Relents, Provides House Intel With Crucial Russia Probe Document

Facing threats of legal action, the Justice Department on Wednesday provided the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence with a two-page document showing the FBI’s basis for opening the Russia counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The agency provided the document, known as an Electronic Communication, or EC, after California Rep. Devin Nunes and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Nunes sent a letter to Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray April 4, demanding an un-redacted copy of the EC, as well as access to applications for surveillance warrants against President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser, Carter Page. Nunes set April 11 as the deadline for the document production.

In an interview on Tuesday, Nunes threatened to potentially impeach Rosenstein and Wray if they refused to turn over the EC.

Rosenstein seemingly relented, providing a minimally redacted copy of the EC to Nunes and Gowdy. The two-page document contains some redactions to protect the name of a foreign country and a foreign agent, a Justice Department official told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The official said that all members of the Intelligence Committee were provided with access to a lightly redacted version of the EC.

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April 11, 2018

Fake News Nearly Caused Trump To Fire Mueller

President Donald Trump considered firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in December 2017 after the publication of news stories that turned out to be inaccurate.

Trump told advisers to fire Mueller following reports the special counsel’s office subpoenaed his bank records from Deutsche Bank, according to The New York Times. Trump believed the subpoenas crossed a “red line” he had set for the Mueller probe, which initially began as an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Trump ordered Mueller’s firing at least one other time. Trump demanded White House counsel Don McGahn fire Mueller in June 2017 because the president believed the special counsel’s prosecutors and investigators were politically biased, The Times previously reported. But Trump backed down after McGahn threatened to resign.

The stories about the Deutsche Bank subpoenas, which appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Bloomberg on Dec. 5, turned out to be inaccurate. The outlets issued a correction noting the subpoenas were for bank records of Trump associates.

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April 10, 2018

‘A Partisan And A Zealot’ — Alan Dershowitz Goes After Robert Mueller

Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz appeared on New York’s AM 970, and he had some harsh words for special counsel Robert Mueller.

“Well, I think Mueller is a zealot,” he said.

“I don’t think he cares whether he hurts Democrats or Republicans. But he’s a partisan and a zealot.”

Dershowitz also said, “Those of us in Boston don’t have such a high regard for Mueller because we remember this story. The government had to pay out tens of millions of dollars because Whitey Bulger, the notorious mass murderer, became a government informer against the mafia.”

He told the story of Whitey Bulger, then said the incident is “regarded in Boston as one of the great scandals of modern judicial history. And Mueller was right at the center of it.

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April 9, 2018

Impeachment For Rod Rosenstein? Rep. Mark Meadows Says It’s Possible

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could soon be held in contempt of Congress or even impeached if he fails to produce Russia- and Clinton-related records to Congress, a top Republican lawmaker said Saturday.

“I think that if he does not turn over the documents, that there are a growing number of us on Capitol Hill who believe that someone else needs to do the job. And what happens there is, constitutionally, we have some things that we can do,” North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows said to Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro in a Saturday night interview.

Meadows was responding to the Justice Department and FBI’s failure to meet Thursday’s deadline to turn over 1.2 million documents related to surveillance warrants granted against President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser, Carter Page, the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe, and the FBI’s internal report recommending the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Virginia GOP Rep. and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte subpoenaed the documents on March 22. The agencies missed the April 5 deadline to produce the records, Meadows told Pirro.

Trump sounded off on the matter on Saturday.

“What does the Department of Justice and FBI have to hide?” He asked in a tweet.

“Slow walking — what is going on? BAD!” He continued.

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April 6, 2018

Brennan Is ‘Doing Putin’s Bidding’ With Anti-Trump Rhetoric, Says Former CIA Station Chief

A former CIA station chief says that former CIA Director John Brennan “is doing Putin’s bidding” by publicly attacking and speculating about President Donald Trump.

In an article at Cipher Brief, a national security website, CIA veteran Daniel Hoffman says that Brennan’s recent remarks play right into Putin’s hands.

“As a former KGB officer and director of its successor, the FSB, Putin’s weapons of choice for this covert campaign are espionage, and influence operations that target our political differences to weaken and divide us,” writes Hoffman.

Hoffman, who spent five years working in Moscow, argues that Putin “knows what makes our society tick” and understands that “the best way to soil our democratic process is to link it with a touch of conspiracy, i.e. to the Kremlin.”

“He is acutely aware of the value to Russia of exacerbating the political tension that grips our country. Putin’s goal is to weaken our democratic institutions, including intelligence community agencies, which are responsible for countering Russia’s espionage onslaught on our country,” he writes.

Hoffman asserts that Brennan’s “cringe worthy” tweets and recent speculation that Putin is blackmailing Trump has added to the political polarization that Putin seeks.

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April 5, 2018

Congressional Investigators ‘Trying To Get To The Bottom’ Of Brennan’s Role In Russia Investigation


  • Brennan played a ‘prominent role’ in Russia probe.
  • He briefed Harry Reid about Trump associates’ contacts with Russians.
  • Reid believed that Brennan had an ‘ulterior motive.’

A book published in March offered a startling but little-noticed revelation about former CIA Director John Brennan. According to “Russian Roulette,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid believed Brennan was using him as a conduit to publicize possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.

Brennan’s contacts with Reid — and other activities during the 2016 presidential campaign — are of “significant” interest to congressional investigators trying to figure out the ex-spy’s early role in the Russia investigation, The Daily Caller News Foundation is told.

“By his own account, Brennan played a prominent role in starting the investigation of Trump’s team,” a congressional source with direct knowledge of the House of Representatives’ Russia investigations tells The DCNF.

“Investigators in Congress suspect there are important details about his role that he hasn’t revealed, and we’re trying to get to the bottom of it.”

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April 4, 2018

Congress And Wasserman Schultz Negligent For Allowing Hacking Suspects Continued Access, Expert Says


  • House Democrats put Imran Awan and his family in a position availing access to sensitive files and emails.
  • The House eventually banned The Awans, but Rep. Wasserman Schultz kept Imran on payroll and allowed the family continued access to the building.
  • An Administration Committee loophole enabled The Awans to slip through policy background checks, as committee members vouched for them.

A publication for IT security professionals says House leaders of both parties were negligent and in violation of basic IT protocol by allowing Imran Awan and his family to continue in their roles as server administrators for four months despite knowing they were suspected of serious misconduct by the House Inspector General.

“The lack of concern and perspective on the potential risks posed by Imran Awan is alarming,” an article in SearchSecurity says. “This case is an example of negligence trumping security and, worse yet, common sense. Awan’s alleged activities and the way many handled themselves, from the hiring to the response in the wake of the investigation, should concern us all.”

Forty-four House Democrats employed the Pakistani-born Imran Awan and his family in a position where they could read all the emails and files of one in five Democratic congressmen.

The author, cybersecurity expert Kevin McDonald of Alvaka Networks, especially faults the judgement of Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who kept Imran on her payroll for an additional six months after House leadership banned him from the network. He also questions her claim the IT aide was somehow providing tech services without ever connecting to the House network.

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April 3, 2018

DNC Black Caucus Chair: ‘I’m A Former Black Panther’ – ‘We’ve Got To Turn Back To The Revolution’ For Midterms

The Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus chairwoman discussed being a former Black Panther at a town hall in Detroit on Saturday and explained how Democrats should mimic their grassroots community organizing strategies heading into the 2018 elections.

“I’m a former Black Panther,” Virgie Rollins stated. “When we talked about the movement … it was important for us to make people understand that it was about the movement for us, educating us.”

“We’ve got to be out here in masses this time in the midterms,” she continued. “It’s all about changing the Congress now.”

“They cannot win without black folks and women, so it’s up to us.”

“We’re going to do grassroots organizing in this election,” Rollins closed. “That is so important.”

“We’ve got to turn back to the revolution now, because it’s important. They depend on us.”

Just over halfway through the video, obtained by the Republican National Committee, DNC vice chair Keith Ellison appears to take notice of the videographer before whispering something to a companion on the dais.

He appears to make eye contact with the videographer several times until the clips conclusion.

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April 2, 2018

44 Dems, Including Wasserman Schultz, Exempted Pakistani IT Aides From Background Checks

Every one of the 44 House Democrats who hired Pakistan-born IT aides who later allegedly made “unauthorized access” to congressional data appears to have chosen to exempt them from background checks, according to congressional documents.

All of them appear to have waived background checks on Imran Awan and his family members, even though the family of server administrators could collectively read all the emails and files of 1 in 5 House Democrats, and despite background checks being recommended for such positions, according to an inspector general’s report. The House security policy requires offices to fill out a form attesting that they’ve initiated background checks, but it also includes a loophole allowing them to simply say that another member vouched for them.

Among the red flags in Abid’s background were a $1.1 million bankruptcy; six lawsuits against him or a company he owned; and at least three misdemeanor convictions including for DUI and driving on a suspended license, according to Virginia court records. Public court records show that Imran and Abid operated a car dealership referred to as CIA that took $100,000 from an Iraqi government official who is a fugitive from U.S. authorities. Numerous members of the family were tied to cryptic LLCs such as New Dawn 2001, operated out of Imran’s residence, Virginia corporation records show. 

Imran was the subject of repeated calls to police by multiple women and had multiple misdemeanor convictions for driving offenses, according to court records.

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