July 17, 2019

Judge Blocks Roger Stone From Posting On Facebook, Instagram Until After His Trial

A federal judge prohibited Roger Stone from using several popular social media sites, ruling Tuesday that the longtime Trump confidant violated the terms of a court-imposed gag order.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone cannot post on social media, including on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, until after his trial, which is scheduled to start in November.

“I’ve twice given you the benefit of the doubt,” Jackson said in a court hearing in Washington, D.C., according to CNN. “The goal has been to draw maximum attention.”

A grand jury indicted Stone on Jan. 24 on charges that he made false statements to Congress regarding his discussions with associates about WikiLeaks. He was also indicted on charges that he attempted to intimidate a witness, left-wing comedian Randy Credico, ahead of his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.

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July 16, 2019

U.S. State Dept. Sinking Trump’s ‘Safe Country’ Asylum Program, Says Guatemalan Official

A high-ranking Guatemalan government official told Breitbart News that the U.S. Department of State in that country is working with leftist organizations to allow President Donald Trump’s proposed “safe country” asylum agreement to die. President Trump is seeking agreements with Mexico and Central American countries to help slow the surge of migrants attempting to exploit loopholes in the U.S. asylum system.

A high-ranking Guatemalan government official spoke with Breitbart News under the condition of anonymity about the plans being negotiated between Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and U.S. President Donald Trump to house so-called asylum seekers who have illegally crossed the U.S. border from Mexico. The proposed agreement would allow asylum seekers from any country to be sent to Guatemala for asylum. The proposal and a meeting scheduled for Monday between the two presidents has been postponed, Breitbart News reported.

“We hope the meeting will happen,” the Guatemalan official told Breitbart News in a phone interview, “but it won’t happen now.” A constitutional court in Guatemala placed an injunction against President Morales’ government from entering into the agreement, Sara Carter reported. “The court has acted against the constitution,” the Guatemalan official continued. He explained the Guatemalan courts are packed with leftist activists.

The official also blamed the U.S. State Department in Guatemala for “not doing anything to salvage the agreement.” He said State Department officials will frequently push to get agreements approved but have not done so in this case.

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July 15, 2019

Democrats Delay Mueller Hearing to Allow More Time for Questioning

House Democrats announced Friday that Robert Mueller’s public hearing planned for July 17 would be delayed until July 24 to allow more time for questioning.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff issued a joint statement regarding the decision, adding that Mueller had agreed to the delay.

They wrote:

The House Judiciary Committee will convene on July 24 at 8:30am with Special Counsel Mueller testifying in public for three hours. After a brief break, the House Intelligence Committee will convene for additional public testimony beginning at 12:00 pm. All members — Democrats and Republicans — of both committees will have a meaningful opportunity to question the Special Counsel in public, and the American people will finally have an opportunity to hear directly from Mr. Mueller about what his investigation uncovered.

Reports state that two hours had been allotted for the Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee to question Mueller about the contents of his 448-page report regarding so-called “Russian interference” during the 2016 election. The report was given to Attorney General William Barr for review in April.

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July 12, 2019

‘Spygate’ Professor Pulls Out Of Cambridge Spy Event, Organizer Says

Stefan Halper, the retired professor who allegedly worked as an FBI informant while making contact with the Trump campaign, will no longer appear at a spy forum to be held at the University of Cambridge later in July, according to the group that organized the event.

Halper was set to attend the International Security and Intelligence conference at Cambridge in what was to be his first appearance since he was identified in the press in May 2018 as one of the FBI informants who established contact with the Trump campaign.

Several former British and American intelligence officials, including the former head of MI6, and a former deputy director of the National Security Agency, are scheduled to attend the Cambridge event.

But the Cambridge Security Initiative, which is organizing the event, said Halper has backed out of the event for health reasons.

“Due to ill health, Professor Halper is unable to participate in the conference,” the site says.

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July 11, 2019

FBI Discussions About Carter Page Wiretap Were Stalled, And Then The Steele Dossier Came Along


  • FBI investigators began discussing in August 2016 whether to obtain a surveillance warrant against Carter Page, The New York Times reported.
  • The discussions stalled until Sept. 19, 2016, when the FBI’s Russia team first received reporting from Christopher Steele, the author of the Trump dossier.
  • The report suggests the dossier played a crucial role in the FBI’s efforts to surveil Page.

The FBI’s core team of Russia investigators reportedly began discussing a wiretap of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in August 2016, earlier than previously known, but were stalled amid bureaucratic handwringing until the infamous Steele dossier made its way to the bureau more than a month later.

That timeline of events, reported by The New York Times, indicates the dossier played an essential role in the FBI’s efforts to conduct surveillance of Page, as Republicans have said.

The report also shows investigators wanted to conduct electronic surveillance of Page even before he left the Trump team. Some Democrats and media pundits have defended the FBI’s wiretapping of Page because the initial warrant was not granted until Oct. 21, 2016, after he left the Trump campaign.

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July 10, 2019

House Intel Committee Witness Accuses Fusion GPS Founder Of Perjury


  • Felix Sater, a real estate developer with past ties to the Trump Organization, alleged Tuesday that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson committed perjury during Senate testimony.
  • Sater made the allegation following testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
  • Sater pointed out that Simpson, who commissioned the anti-Trump dossier, also worked with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who attended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

A witness who appeared before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday accused the founder of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous Steele dossier, of committing perjury during a Senate interview in 2017.

Felix Sater, a real estate developer who has worked with the Trump Organization, discussed the Fusion GPS founder, Glenn Simpson, while taking a break from a closed-door interview with the House panel.

Democrats sought an interview with Sater to discuss whether the Kremlin could have any leverage over President Donald Trump due to his business dealings in Russia. Sater worked closely with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen from October 2015 through June 2016 on a failed bid to build a Trump-themed skyscraper in Moscow.

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July 9, 2019

Bill Clinton Distances Himself from Jeffrey Epstein

Former President Bill Clinton distanced himself on Monday from Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier and former donor who was arrested for child sex trafficking over the weekend.

Clinton, who has taken a lower public profile since the 2016 presidential race, issued a statement through his press secretary, Angel Ureña, claiming to know “nothing about the terrible crimes” Epstein is purported to have committed.

“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” the statement reads. “In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: One to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation.”

The statement denotes that “staff, supporters of the Foundation,” and the former president’s Secret Service detail were along on “every leg” of those trips.” Fox News, however, reported in May 2016 that Clinton went on at least 26 trips aboard Epstein’s plane — the “Lolita Express” — between 2001 and 2003, according to flight logs from the Federal Aviation Administration. Listed as the destination for those trips were exotic locales like the Azores, Singapore, Brunei, Norway, and Russia, among others.

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July 8, 2019

Report: FISA Abuse Probe Gets Last-Minute Help From Key Witnesses

The Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser has received last-minute help from multiple witnesses, Fox News reports.

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz sought interviews with the witnesses early in his investigation into whether the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in its investigation of the Trump campaign, according to Fox’s Catherine Herridge.

The witnesses’ decision to cooperate comes as the 18-month long investigation is winding down. Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe said last week after meeting with Horowitz that the investigation is complete, and that a report of the probe is being drafted.

The Fox News report does not identify the witnesses or say when they provided assistance to Horowitz’s investigation, which officially began March 28, 2018.

But one witness who works outside of the Justice Department and FBI began cooperating after Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to lead an investigation of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities against the Trump campaign, as well as the origins of the Russia probe, Fox’s sources said.

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July 5, 2019

Round-Up: Democrats Reveal They Dislike Celebrating America After All

The Democrat Party has been moving noticeably farther to the left, and President Trump’s pro-America policies and “Salute to America” celebration have driven many over the edge. There are countless examples of Hollywood figures, 2020 Democrats, media outlets, and businesses revealing their true colors.

Here is a handy list of notable entities and figures that have effectively turned on celebrating America.

Just days before Independence Day, Nike decided to pull its America-themed sneakers, featuring the Betsy Ross flag. Details on the decision were scarce, but it was later discovered Nike was responding to “concerns” over the symbolism of the early flag. According to the Wall Street Journal, Colin Kaepernick reached out to Nike following its decision and said he – as well as others – viewed it as an “offensive” symbol, citing the broad era of slavery.

As many pointed out on Twitter, the “controversial” flags served as a partial backdrop during former President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

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July 3, 2019

Oleg Deripaska Says He Hired Christopher Steele To Work On Research Project


  • Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska said he previously employed Christopher Steele, the author of the Trump dossier.
  • Deripaska said he hired Steele through his attorneys in London to work on an unspecific legal proceeding.
  • Steele investigated the Trump campaign on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC.

A Russian aluminum magnate with close ties to Vladimir Putin said he hired Trump dossier author Christopher Steele to work on a research project related to a legal battle in London.

Oleg Deripaska told TheHill.TV that his attorneys hired Steele on retainer for the work.

“It was a research project to support one of the cases against me in London. My understanding [is] that lawyers trust him for some reason, and he was for quite [sic] time on retainer,” Deripaska told Hill opinion contributor John Solomon in the interview, published Tuesday.

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July 2, 2019

Rep. John Ratcliffe Says FISA Abuse Investigation Is Complete

Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe said Monday that the Justice Department inspector general has finished his investigation into whether the FBI abused the surveillance court system during its investigation of the Trump campaign.

In an interview on Fox News, Ratcliffe said that he met in June with the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, to discuss the timing, but not the content, of the release of the report.

“He related that his team’s investigative work is complete,” said Ratcliffe, a Republican member of the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees.

“They are now in the process of drafting the report. I would expect that it will be a draft that will be completed in short order.”

Ratcliffe said that he does not expect that the report will be made public “any time real soon,” though he is hopeful it will be released before Congress breaks for its August recess.

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July 1, 2019

Obama-Appointed Judge Blocks Construction of Trump’s Border Wall

A federal district judge issued a permanent injunction on Friday blocking construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall, holding that it was illegal for his administration to spend current funding for that purpose. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will immediately appeal.

There are several ongoing lawsuits trying to stop the border wall. This case is before Judge Haywood Gilliam for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, who was appointed by Barack Obama. The left-wing Sierra Club brought suit in that court because it is currently one of the most liberal federal trial courts in the nation.

The Trump administration is reprogramming funds from Sections 8005 and 9002 of the National Defense Authorization Act to build the wall and provide security at the U.S.-Mexican border. The Sierra Club argued that the reprogramming of those funds violates federal law.

DOJ argued in court that “plaintiffs fall outside the zone of interests of § 8005 and thus cannot sue to enforce it,” and besides that, that the Defense Department “has satisfied the requirements set forth in § 8005.” Gilliam rejected those arguments.

He also held that § 8005 funds could be used only for “unforeseen military requirements” and that constructing the border wall did not qualify.

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June 28, 2019

House Intel Interviewed Georgian-American Businessman Mentioned In Mueller Report


  • The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday interviewed a Georgian-American businessman mentioned in the special counsel’s report.
  • Giorgi Rtskhiladze told The Daily Caller News Foundation that he spent eight hours with the committee, which asked about his business contacts with Michael Cohen and the Trump Organization.
  • Rtskhiladze has filed a complaint with the Justice Department regarding the special counsel’s report, which misquoted text messages he exchanged with Cohen about an unsubstantiated sex tape of Donald Trump.
The Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee continued its investigation of President Donald Trump on Tuesday by interviewing Giorgi Rtskhiladze, a Georgian-American businessman mentioned in the special counsel’s report because of his contacts with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

Rtskhiladze told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday that he spent eight hours with committee staff discussing his business relationship with Cohen and the Trump Organization. He also answered questions about an Oct. 30, 2016, text message exchange with Cohen about a rumored sex tape of Trump that is mentioned in a footnote in the special counsel’s report.

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June 27, 2019

27 Questions That Congress Should Ask Mueller


  • Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, will testify before two congressional committees on July 17, after being subpoenaed.
  • Democrats and Republicans alike will have plenty of questions about Mueller’s 22-month investigation of President Trump.
  • Here are 27 questions that Mueller’s report left unanswered.

When former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before Congress on July 17, he can expect a slew of questions from both Democrats and Republicans about the details of his 22-month long Russia probe.

Democrats are likely to focus on the obstruction portion of the investigation, in hopes that they can mount a case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Republicans will likely key in on Mueller’s finding that the Trump campaign did not conspire with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

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June 26, 2019

Financial Blacklisting: Sleeping Giants and Soros-Backed Group Pressure Mastercard to Censor the Right

A coalition of far-left political activist organizations known for peddling smears about conservatives held a protest at Mastercard’s annual general meeting (AGM) today, aiming to pressure the international credit card giant to financially blacklist wider sections of the political right. The groups’ proposal to form a “human rights committee” did not sway shareholders, who voted the measure down.

At Mastercard’s AGM this morning, the far-left groups SumOfUs and Sleeping Giants circled the venue with a mobile billboard stating: “Putting hate groups out of business? #Priceless.”

 According to a press release published by the two organizations, this was coupled with a speech from Sleeping Giants co-founder Nandini Jammi, “addressing the need for Mastercard to take swift action by cutting off its services to these hate groups.”

Sleeping Giants, whose founders initially refused to take accountability for the organization’s words and actions by remaining anonymous, was set up in 2016 by far-left political activists with the sole stated purpose of defunding Breitbart by spreading lies about it. The identity of its other founder, former advertising professional Matt Rivitz, was revealed last year.

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June 25, 2019

John Kerry Calls Play Based on Mueller Report ‘An Act of Public Service’

Former Senator John Kerry praised a play based on former FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report Monday and considered it to be “an act of public service” by the Hollywood who are set to take part in it.

“Haven’t read the Mueller Report? Watch it live tonight at 9pm – performed by an extraordinary cast, ranging from Annette Bening to @HamillHimself to @ZacharyQuinto and more,” Kerry wrote on Twitter.

In addition to his promotion of the play, Kerry, who served as secretary of State under President Barack Obama, added, “An act of public service by these artists.”

The play, titled The Investigation: A Search For The Truth in 10 Acts, will only be held once and was written by Robert Schenkkan.

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June 24, 2019

Trey Gowdy: Mystery FBI Transcript ‘Actually Changed My Perspective’ Of Russia Probe


  • Trey Gowdy said Sunday that an FBI transcript he reviewed while in Congress changed his “perspective” of the Mueller investigation.
  • Republicans have alluded to the mystery transcript, which is believed to be from an FBI informant’s interactions with George Papadopoulos.
  • Gowdy has previously said the transcript is a potential “game-changer” in terms of the public’s opinion of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. 

Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday that his “perspective” of the special counsel’s investigation changed after he saw a transcript of an interaction between the FBI and a Trump campaign associate believed to be George Papadopoulos.

“I was supportive of [Robert] Mueller. I was supportive of the idea to initiate, to investigate what Russia did, but when I saw this transcript, it actually changed my perspective,” Gowdy said in an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

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June 21, 2019

HOUSE JUDICIARY RELEASES HOPE HICKS TESTIMONY TRANSCRIPT


  • The House Judiciary Committee released a 273-page transcript of former White House communications director Hope Hicks’s testimony.
  • Hicks largely defended President Donald Trump and the activities during the 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Her lawyers refused to let her answer more than 150 questions about her work in the White House, citing immunity on the topic.

The House Judiciary Committee released a transcript Thursday of former White House communications director Hope Hicks’s closed-door testimony.

Hicks mostly defended President Donald Trump and members of the Trump campaign during an eight-hour interview Wednesday. She disputed the idea that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government, and also said she had no advance knowledge WikiLeaks would release emails that had been stolen from Democrats during the campaign.

Hicks, who is a communications executive at Fox, also said she had no discussions prior to the 2016 election about hush money payments made on behalf of Trump. Days before the election, Michael Cohen, a former attorney for Trump, paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, a porn star who claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

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June 20, 2019

Shock Admission: Feds Drew Conclusions on DNC Hack Without Ever Obtaining Un-Redacted Docs from Security Firm

The Obama-era intelligence community relied on three redacted reports marked as drafts from the private firm CrowdStrike to reach its conclusion that Russian agents hacked the servers of the Democratic National Committee, according to a U.S. government filing.

The U.S. government further admitted that it does not possess the un-redacted CrowdStrike reports about what allegedly happened to the DNC servers and that it relied upon DNC lawyers to generally characterize what was in the redacted sections.

These stunning admissions were contained in a U.S. government court response to a motion filed by attorneys for former Trump confidante Roger Stone, seeking to compel the government to release un-redacted CrowdStrike reports about the alleged hacks — reports the government says it doesn’t possess.

The Justice Department did not return a Breitbart News request from yesterday seeking comment on whether the FBI or any U.S. government agency has ever seen the full, un-redacted CrowdStrike reports on the DNC servers.

The DNC famously refused to allow the FBI to access its server to verify the allegation that Russia carried out a hack during the 2016 presidential campaign. Instead, the DNC reached an arrangement with the FBI in which a third party company, CrowdStrike, conducted forensics on the server and shared details with the FBI.

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June 19, 2019

TRUMP INSTRUCTS HOPE HICKS NOT TO TESTIFY ABOUT WHITE HOUSE WORK

President Donald Trump has asserted immunity for former White House communications director Hopes Hicks to prevent his longtime assistant from testifying to Congress this week about her work in the White House.

Pat Cipollone, the White House general counsel, told the House Judiciary Committee in a letter on Tuesday that Hicks is “absolutely immune from being compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters occurring during her service as a senior adviser to the President.”

Hicks is scheduled to appear for a closed-door interview on Wednesday in response to a subpoena issued in May by New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary panel. Hicks has provided some documents to the committee from her work on the campaign, but has withheld others from her time in the White House.

Democrats want to quiz Hicks about her work on the Trump campaign, during the transition period and as White House communications director. She left the position on March 29, 2018, and is now a top communications executive at Fox.

Politico reported that Democrats plan to ask Hicks about five separate incidents of possible obstruction that were investigated by the special counsel. Hicks was present during discussions about firing James Comey as FBI director. Democrats also plan to ask Hicks about hush money payments made on Trump’s behalf before the 2016 election.

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June 18, 2019

STATE DEPARTMENT IDENTIFIES 30 SECURITY INCIDENTS RELATED TO HILLARY’S EMAIL SERVER

The State Department identified at least 30 separate security breaches during its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the agency recently disclosed.

In a letter to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a State Department official said that at least 15 State Department employees were responsible for 23 violations and seven security infractions related to Clinton’s server.

The FBI investigated whether Clinton mishandled classified information by sending and receiving classified emails on a private server that she kept at her residence in New York. The FBI found that Clinton was “extremely careless” in using the server, but ultimately decided not to recommend that she be charged with a crime.

The State Department continued its internal review of the Clinton server after the FBI ended its investigation, according to the letter to Grassley. Clinton’s State Department aides, including Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, were aware that she exclusively used the server. Clinton and her aides exchanged thousands of classified emails while she was in office, including more than two dozen that were found to have top-secret information.

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June 17, 2019

Matt Gaetz: ‘America First’ Means Protecting U.S. Border Before Avenging Japanese Vessels

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) suggested on Sunday that America should secure its border before avenging foreign vessels allegedly attacked by Iran.

Congressman Gaetz tweeted Sunday, suggesting that America should heed Japan and Norway’s caution against war with Iran amid heightened tensions with the Middle Eastern nation.

The Florida congressman wrote, “Japanese and Norwegian vessels were attacked. If these nations aren’t calling for war, neither should the U.S. We can’t afford another #ForeverWar“:

Rep. Gaetz wrote that President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy means that the country must protect its borders from illegal immigration and cartel violence before it attacks foreign nations.

President Donald Trump garnered much support for his America First foreign policy, contending that America should focus less on intervention and nation-building abroad and more on rebuilding the nation at home.

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June 14, 2019

PROSECUTORS CONSIDER MICHAEL FLYNN A WITNESS, NOT A CO-CONSPIRATOR, AT EX-BUSINESS PARTNER’S TRIAL


  • Michael Flynn plans to testify at a trial for his former business partner, who faces charges related to his lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government.
  • A prosecutor handling the case of Bijan Rafiekian, the former Flynn associate, said at a hearing Thursday Flynn is considered a witness in the case, and not a co-conspirator. 
  • The prosecutor also said Flynn “was aware” the Turkish government was somehow involved in a public relations and lobbying campaign that also involved Rafiekian and Turkish businessman, Ekim Alptekin. 

Federal prosecutors offered a preview Thursday of Michael Flynn’s role at the upcoming trial of his former business partner, saying in a court hearing that the former national security adviser is considered a witness rather than a co-conspirator in a secret Turkish lobbying campaign involving his consulting firm.

Flynn still plans to testify against his former partner, Bijan Rafiekian, assistant U.S. attorney James P. Gillis said at a hearing in Alexandria, Virginia. Rafiekian, who was an executive at Flynn’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, was indicted Dec. 12, 2018, on charges that he acted as a foreign agent of Turkey.

His trial is tentatively scheduled to start July 15.

Gillis said in court Thursday that Flynn “was aware” the Turkish government was somehow involved in a public relations and lobbying campaign aimed against Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric and political foe of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to The Washington Post

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June 13, 2019

DOJ WANTS TO INTERVIEW TWO CIA OFFICERS IN ‘SPYGATE’ PROBE

The Justice Department plans to interview two senior CIA officers as part of a sweeping review of surveillance activities against the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported.

Sources briefed on the plans told The Times that U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is leading the DOJ review, wants to speak with a senior CIA counterintelligence official and a senior CIA analyst who handled intelligence about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Attorney General William Barr is interested in finding out more about the sources the CIA relied on to assess Russia’s goals in interfering in the election, according to The Times. He also wants to know about intelligence the CIA provided the FBI in summer 2016, including about Americans associated with the Trump campaign.

One of the officials sought for an interview worked at a CIA counterintelligence mission center that worked closely with the FBI.

CIA Director Gina Haspel does not plan to block the interviews, according to The Times.

Barr, who picked Durham to lead the probe, has said he is concerned by information he has seen that U.S. agencies may have improperly surveilled members of the Trump campaign.

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June 12, 2019

NADLER EXPECTS MUELLER TO TESTIFY ‘WAY BEFORE’ THE END OF SUMMER

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Tuesday he expects former special counsel Robert Mueller to appear before Congress “way before” the end of summer.

He reiterated his pledge to subpoena Mueller if necessary to force him to testify in an interview on MSNBC.

“Has Robert Mueller agreed to come in voluntarily? Is there a date by which if he does not, you would subpoena him?” MSNBC host Ari Melber asked Nadler, a New York Democrat.

“We’re carrying on conversations with him, and he will come in, and if we have to subpoena him, we will,” Nadler said.

“Would that be by the end of the summer?” asked Melber.

“I would think it would be way before that,” said Nadler.

When asked whether he believes negotiations with Mueller will be over by the end of June, Nadler declined comment but said he was unsure.

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June 11, 2019

House Democrats to Hold Hearing on ‘Presidential Obstruction’

House Judiciary Committee Democrats will hold a hearing Monday on the Robert Mueller report, “presidential obstruction,” and other crimes.

The House Judiciary Committee, led by chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) will hold a hearing on Monday at 2:00 p.m. EST on the Mueller report, “presidential obstruction,” and other crimes.

“No one is above the law. While the White House continues to cover up and stonewall, and to prevent the American people from knowing the truth, we will continue to move forward with our investigation,” Nadler said in a statement this week, announcing the hearing, entitled, “Lessons From the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.”

The hearing will include testimony from former White House counsel John Dean, who was a key figure in the Watergate hearings that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation. Dean cooperated with the Watergate special prosecutor after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.

Nadler continued:

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June 10, 2019

CARTER PAGE: FBI INFORMANT ‘INTENSIFIED’ OUTREACH BEFORE SPY WARRANT APPLICATION

  • Carter Page discussed his interactions with FBI informant Stefan Halper on “Fox News Sunday.”
  • The former Trump campaign aide said that his contacts with Halper “intensified” just before the FBI applied for its first spy warrant against him in October 2016.
  • The timing of the contact raises questions over whether the FBI relied on information from Halper as part of its spy warrant application.
Carter Page said Sunday that his contacts with Stefan Halper, an alleged FBI informant, “intensified” in the month before the U.S. government obtained its first spy warrant against the former Trump campaign aide.

“My conversations with him intensified right, the month before my illegitimate FISA warrant, in September 2016, when all these defamatory articles were being placed by the DNC,” Page said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on “Fox Sunday Futures.”

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June 7, 2019

TRUMP DELIVERS THE GOOGLE-FACEBOOK RECKONING THAT OBAMA REFUSED

Big Tech’s day of reckoning has finally arrived.

Both of the major antitrust enforcement agencies of the executive branch of the federal government are stepping into the fray, with the Department of Justice reportedly preparing for an investigation of Google parent Alphabet, Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) doing the same for social media giant Facebook.

The decision by President Trump and Attorney General William Barr to clear their regulators for action is a watershed moment, both in the history of antitrust law and in the evolution of Silicon Valley’s relationship with American society. After years in which the Obama administration delayed and thwarted any major action against the Big Tech companies, the decision has apparently even shamed some House Democrats into playing along.

This change of tack is long overdue; Google and Facebook are undoubtedly massive, manipulative monopolies.

Google controls roughly 90 percent of the online search market. Three quarters of mobile and 70 percent of desktop web browsing takes place on Google software, and its YouTube subsidiary has completely dominated the user-generated streaming video market virtually unchallenged since its inception.

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June 6, 2019

NYT REPORTER: CHRISTOPHER STEELE WORRIED HE’LL BE ‘THROWN UNDER THE BUS’

Christopher Steele will meet with Justice Department investigators out of concern he will be “thrown under the bus” in a probe of the FBI’s handling of the dossier, a New York Times reporter said.

“He is incredibly concerned, maybe obsessed, that this investigation is going to throw him under the bus,” Matthew Rosenberg, a national security reporter for The Times, said on CNN Tuesday.

Rosenberg was responding to reports that Steele has agreed to meet with Justice Department investigators to discuss his interactions with the FBI regarding his work on the dossier, which accuses the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russians to influence the 2016 election.

Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, is close to wrapping up an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC. The FBI relied on Steele’s unverified report to obtain surveillance warrants against Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser.

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June 5, 2019

CNN ANALYST: STEELE’S MEETING WITH DOJ ‘WILL NOT END UP WELL’ FOR DOSSIER AUTHOR

A CNN analyst said Tuesday that dossier author Christopher Steele should not meet with the Justice Department because doing so “will not end up well” for the former British spy.

“If you go to car races looking for car wrecks, this is significant. This will be a car wreck,” Phil Mudd, a former FBI official, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

“I can’t believe he has perfect answers about the origins of the Steele dossier. I’m not even sure why he’s showing up. If I were him, I’d go to Disney World. I would not go to the Department of Justice, because it will not end up well.”

Mudd, who worked at the CIA and also served as deputy director of the FBI’s national security branch, speculated that Steele’s meeting with the Justice Department will not end well for him because of the flimsiness of the allegations in his controversial report.

“Let me give you how this game ends. Christopher Steele shows up in front of the Department of Justice and I’m guessing doesn’t have terrific answers for the quality of the information in that Steele dossier,” said Mudd.

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June 4, 2019

JOHN DOWD BLASTS MUELLER OVER SELECTIVE QUOTES IN RUSSIA REPORT

Former Trump attorney John Dowd on Monday accused the special counsel’s office of ambushing him and attempting to smear his reputation in the Russia report by selectively quoting from a voicemail he left for Michael Flynn’s attorney.

“Isn’t it ironic that this man who kept indicting and prosecuting people for process crimes committed a false statement in his own report. By taking out half my words, they changed the tenor and the contents of that conversation with [Flynn lawyer] Robert Kelner,” Dowd said of former special counsel Robert Mueller in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity.

Dowd, a former federal prosecutor, was responding to Friday’s release of a complete transcript of a voicemail he left with Kelner on Nov. 22, 2017, just after Flynn left a joint defense agreement with President Donald Trump and shortly before he began cooperating with the special counsel.

Mueller published portions of the voicemail transcript in the section of the Russia report dealing with the obstruction of justice investigation against Trump. According to the report, Dowd left the voicemail after Kelner had told him “that Flynn could no longer have confidential communications with the White House or the President.”

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June 3, 2019

TOP HOUSE REPUBLICAN POINTS TO ‘SEVERAL INDICATIONS’ PETER STRZOK WAS FBI LEAKER

A top House Republican is asking the Justice Department’s inspector general whether Peter Strzok is the former FBI official accused of leaking sensitive materials to the press and accepting gifts from a reporter.

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter Thursday to Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general (IG), inquiring about the identity of a former FBI deputy assistant director (DAD) who was investigated for unauthorized contacts with the press.

Collins said the description of the official in a summary of the IG investigation matches up with Strzok, who was fired from the FBI on Aug. 13, 2018, for sending anti-Trump text messages.

“While the DAD is not named in the Summary, there are several indications the DAD in question is former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok,” Collins said, noting Strzok had been promoted to the position of deputy assistant director in the FBI’s Espionage Section in September 2016.

The IG found the FBI official accepted a $225 ticket from a reporter to a media-sponsored event. The official also had “dozens” of unauthorized contacts with the media, and provided law enforcement sensitive information to reporters on “multiple” occasions.

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May 31, 2019

HILLARY CLINTON TO GIVE KEYNOTE SPEECH AT CYBER SECURITY SUMMIT

Hillary Clinton, who used a private email server as secretary of state, will speak at a cyber defense summit later in 2019, it was announced Thursday.

FireEye, a cybersecurity company based in California, announced Clinton will give the keynote speech at its annual summit in Washington, D.C., in October.

“Cyber security is not any one defender’s responsibility, but a global effort — a cause championed by many for the good of all. By coming together as a community to innovate, build strategies and share knowledge on today’s threats and tomorrow’s risks, we empower ourselves as defenders with the collective wisdom to protect our way of life and the technologies that have become central to it,” FireEye said in a press release, Fox News first reported.

Clinton will have plenty to talk about at the summit.

The private email server that Clinton used while at the State Department contained thousands of emails that contained classified information, including some at the top-secret level.

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May 30, 2019

HOW DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO STEAL THE NEXT ELECTION

Democrats are clearly very worried about President Donald Trump sailing to re-election, so much so they’re coming up with every scheme in the book to reduce his chances of winning.

Several blue states have not only passed bills that would keep President Trump off the ballot if he doesn’t release his tax returns, but some states are also pledging to give their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote, among other things.

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May 29, 2019

REPORT: CHRISTOPHER STEELE WILL NOT COOPERATE WITH US ATTORNEY’S INVESTIGATION

Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier, will not cooperate with an investigation led by a prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William Barr to review the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, Reuters reports.

Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to oversee the inquiry. President Donald Trump last Thursday also granted Barr the authority to declassify documents related to the government’s investigation and surveillance of the Trump campaign.

The FBI relied heavily on Steele’s dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Barr has said that he is concerned about the FBI’s use of Steele’s document, which had several of its core allegations debunked by the special counsel’s report.

Steele alleged in his dossier that the Trump campaign took part in a “well orchestrated conspiracy” with Kremlin operatives to influence the 2016 election. But special counsel Robert Mueller was unable to establish such a conspiracy, he said in a report last month.

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May 28, 2019

DOSSIER ARCHITECTS CLAIMED THEY WANTED TO PROTECT IDENTITY OF SOURCES. ONE WAS UNMASKED ANYWAY


  • The architects of the Steele dossier have claimed that protecting the identity of one of the document’s main sources was a major concern.
  • Despite that, a Belarus-born businessman was identified in the press as the source for some of the dossier’s most salacious allegations about President Donald Trump and the campaign.
  • A review of press reports and government documents shows Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson identified the alleged source, Sergei Millian, to journalists and government officials.

Former British spy Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson claimed to have concerns about the safety and security of one of the sources for the dossier, but outed him anyway by talking to journalists.

Steele told a State Department official in October 2016 that “source protection” was a focus in his investigation of President Donald Trump, according to notes from the meeting released earlier this month.

That purported concern was also shared by Simpson, who hired Steele on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. He told Justice Department official Bruce Ohr on Jan. 20, 2017, that he was worried about the safety of a dossier source he believed was about to be identified in the media.

Sergei Millian was outed four days later.

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May 27, 2019

EX-CIA OFFICIALS FUME ABOUT DECLASSIFICATION ORDER, IGNORING PREVIOUS LEAKS OF SECRET SOURCES AND METHODS

  • John Brennan and other intelligence community operatives are circling the wagons against President Donald Trump’s declassification directive, claiming that it could expose top-secret sources and methods used in the Trump-Russia probe.
  • But Brennan’s complaint may be misplaced given that virtually all of the significant leaks about sources and methods used in the investigation have been given to left-leaning news outlets.
  • In one case, FBI official Peter Strzok expressed concerns that the CIA was leaking inaccurate information about the intelligence gathered on Trump associates.
Former intelligence community officials, including former CIA director John Brennan, have expressed concern over President Donald Trump’s declassification order due the potential release of CIA sources and methods.

“The concern is that very, very precious source and methods of the United States intelligence community as well as our partners and allies abroad — those who share this sensitive information with us,” Brennan said on MSNBC on Friday.

But Brennan’s concern, which was echoed by other intelligence community veterans and TV pundits on Friday, may be misplaced.

Government officials who appear to not be allies of Trump have been behind countless leaks of classified information regarding sources, methods and investigative targets in the Trump-Russia probe. Some of the leaks have disclosed the existence of surveillance warrants and FBI informants used against the Trump campaign.

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May 24, 2019

TRUMP GIVES ATTORNEY GENERAL AUTHORITY TO DECLASSIFY RUSSIA PROBE DOCUMENTS

President Donald Trump has directed the heads of several government agencies to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr’s investigation of the origins of the Russia probe.

In a memo sent out Thursday, Trump also authorized Barr to declassify documents related to the Russia investigation.

The memo grants Barr the authority to “declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence” related to the Russia probe as he sees fit.

Barr has said that he is investigating whether government agencies improperly surveilled members of the Trump campaign. In testimony to Congress, Barr has asserted that the FBI and other agencies spied on the campaign by using informants and surveillance warrants. 

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May 23, 2019

NUNES TO TRUMP: ASK THERESA MAY ABOUT BRITS’ HANDLING OF STEELE DOSSIER

The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is calling on President Donald Trump to press British Prime Minister Theresa May about the British government’s handling of the Steele dossier.

California Rep. Devin Nunes also called on Trump in a letter to ask May whether the British government was aware of or took part in surveillance efforts against members of the Trump campaign.

Trump is expected to make a state visit to the U.K. in June.

The trigger for Nunes’s letter was a report published in the British press Sunday that Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer, briefed high-level British government officials about his investigation into possible ties between Trump and the Russian government.

The U.K. Telegraph reported that a week after Trump’s election win, Steele briefed Sir Charles Farr, who then chaired Britain’s Joint Intelligence Committee, about his investigation of Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

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May 22, 2019

COHEN ADMITTED IT WAS ‘PLAUSIBLE’ THAT TRUMP WASN’T TELLING HIM TO LIE TO CONGRESS


  • Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen acknowledged he might have misinterpreted what he’s claimed were instructions from President Donald Trump to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
  • Cohen testified in March that he believed Trump was instructing him to lie by telling him to “cooperate” with House investigators in 2017.
  • Cohen said he believed Trump was telling him in coded language to lie, but he admitted it was “plausible” he had misinterpreted Trump’s comments.
  • The testimony, released Monday, further undercuts a BuzzFeed report that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress.

Michael Cohen acknowledged in congressional testimony it was “plausible” that President Donald Trump had not instructed him through coded language to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, as the former Trump lawyer has claimed.

Cohen has testified he believed Trump implicitly directed him to make false statements about the duration of his negotiations during the 2016 presidential campaign on a failed Trump Tower project in Moscow.

Cohen told the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in 2017 negotiations to build the Trump skyscraper ended in January 2016. In fact, Cohen pursued the ill-fated deal through June 2016. He pleaded guilty in the special counsel’s probe to making false statement to Congress, and is serving a three-year prison term for that and other charges.

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May 21, 2019

MICHAEL COHEN ISSUED BLANKET DENIALS OF STEELE DOSSIER CLAIMS IN PRIVATE CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY


  • In sworn congressional testimony earlier this year, Michael Cohen denied all of the salacious claims made about him in the infamous Steele dossier, as well as allegations that President Donald Trump cavorted with prostitutes in Moscow
  • Cohen revealed in the testimony that as many as “half a dozen” people had approached him over the years regarding rumors of a blackmail tape of Trump. But Cohen said that after investigating the rumors and discussed them with Trump, he determined they were false.
  • Transcripts of Cohen’s two-day testimony were released by the House Intelligence Committee on Monday. 

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen issued blanket denials of key allegations made in the infamous Steele dossier in two interviews with the House Intelligence Committee earlier this year.

Cohen told lawmakers that he had heard rumors for several years about a blackmail tape of President Donald Trump that is mentioned in the dossier, but that he came to doubt the footage existed. He also offered a line-by-line rebuttal of the dossier’s claims that he visited Prague in August 2016 to pay off Russian hackers.

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May 20, 2019

GOWDY: FBI HAS PAPADOPOULOS TRANSCRIPTS THAT ARE POTENTIAL ‘GAME-CHANGER’

Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said he is aware of potentially game-changing evidence in the FBI’s Russia probe regarding George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser.

During an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gowdy indicated he has seen FBI transcripts related to Papadopoulos that contain potentially exculpatory information on the question of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

“If the bureau’s going to send in an informant in, the informant’s going to be wired, and if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there’s going to be a transcript of that,” Gowdy told host Maria Bartiromo.

Gowdy continued:

“Some of us have been fortunate enough to know whether or not those transcripts exist. But they haven’t been made public, and I think one in particular is going — it has the potential to actually persuade people. Very little in this Russia probe I’m afraid is going to persuade people who hate Trump or love Trump. But there is some information in these transcripts that has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public.”

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May 17, 2019

STEELE IDENTIFIED RUSSIAN DOSSIER SOURCES, NOTES REVEAL


  • Christopher Steele told a State Department official a former Russian spy chief and a top Kremlin adviser were involved in an operation to collect compromising information on Donald Trump.
  • The State Department official’s notes also indicate Steele claimed the Russians, Vyacheslav Trubnikov and Vladislav Surkov, were “sources” for the dossier.
  • There is no evidence the compromising material mentioned in the dossier actually exists, raising questions about whether Steele was given disinformation.
  • Trubnikov, the former head of the SVR, also has links to Stefan Halper, an FBI informant who had contact with the Trump campaign.

Dossier author Christopher Steele identified a former Russian spy chief and a top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin as being involved in handling potentially compromising information about President Donald Trump, State Department notes show.

In her notes, State Department official Kathleen Kavalec also referred to the two Russians — former Russian foreign intelligence chief Vyacheslav Trubnikov and Putin aide Vladislav Surkov — as “sources.”

The references to Trubnikov and Surkov, which have not previously been reported, are not definitive proof that either were sources for Steele’s dossier or that they were involved in an effort to collect blackmail material on Trump.

But the notes are significant because they are the first government documents that show Steele discussing potential sources for the information in his dossier, which the former MI6 officer provided to the FBI.

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May 16, 2019

COMEY AND BRENNAN APPEAR AT ODDS OVER WHO PUSHED TO INCLUDE DOSSIER IN INTEL REPORT


  • A dispute is emerging between former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan over who pushed to include information from the Steele dossier in an intelligence community assessment of Russian meddling.
  • Comey sent an email to FBI staff in December 2016 indicating that Brennan wanted to include dossier information, Fox News reported.
  • A former CIA official is disputing that claim, telling Fox News that it was Comey who wanted to cite the unverified Steele information.

A potential rift is emerging between James Comey and John Brennan over who pushed to include information from the unverified Steele dossier in an intelligence community assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Comey, a former FBI director, sent an email to subordinates in late 2016 indicating Brennan, a former CIA director, wanted to include materials from the dossier in the intelligence community assessment, known as the ICA, Fox News reported.

A former CIA official speaking on Brennan’s behalf is disputing the assertion. The former official told Fox that Brennan and James Clapper, a former director of national intelligence, opposed Comey’s push to include Steele dossier information in the ICA.

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May 15, 2019

BARR REPORTEDLY WORKING CLOSELY WITH CIA TO REVIEW RUSSIA PROBE ORIGINS

Attorney General William Barr is reportedly working closely with the directors of the CIA, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to review the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, as well as surveillance efforts against the Trump campaign.

According to CNN, Barr is working with CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and ODNI Director Dan Coats on the interagency review.

Barr told Congress in April that he planned to form a team within the Justice Department to investigate whether the U.S. government improperly surveilled the Trump campaign.

“I think spying did occur,” Barr told the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 10.

“Yes, I think spying did occur,” Barr repeated, adding, “but the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated.”

“I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”

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May 14, 2019

RUSSIA PROBE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE? BARR REPORTEDLY TAPS US ATTORNEY KNOWN FOR INVESTIGATING OFFICIALS

Attorney General William Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham on Monday to dig into the origins of the Russian collusion probe.

The New York Times and Associated Press both reported Monday evening that Barr had tapped Durham to “determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was ‘lawful and appropriate.'”

As several sources noted, Durham had a history of investigating the investigators.

The Associated Press noted that “Durham has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of CIA videotapes and the Boston FBI office’s relationship with mobsters.”

Durham, who currently serves as the chief federal prosecutor for the state of Connecticut, will continue in that position, in addition to his role in the new investigation.

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May 13, 2019

OBAMA WHITE HOUSE TRACKED FOIA REQUEST FOR HILLARY EMAILS THAT WAS IMPROPERLY DENIED


  • Emails released to Judicial Watch show for the first time that the Obama White House kept tabs on a FOIA request for information on Hillary Clinton’s emails that was improperly rejected by the State Department.
  • The State Department claimed in May 2013 in response to the FOIA request that no responsive records existed. The agency’s internal watchdog later determined that denial to be ‘inaccurate and incomplete’ since Clinton used a personal email account to conduct State Department business.
  • “These documents suggest the Obama White House knew about the Clinton email lies being told to the public at least as early as December 2012,” says Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

The Obama White House kept tabs on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email accounts that the State Department improperly denied, according to newly released emails.

The emails, which were provided to Judicial Watch, show for the first time that the Obama White House was aware of the Clinton-related FOIA request, which the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) submitted to the State Department in December 2012.

The State Department denied the request in May 2013, claiming that no responsive records existed. That despite officials at the State Department, the White House and even President Obama himself knowing that Clinton used a personal email account for government business.

The State Department’s inspector general determined in a report released on Jan. 7, 2016 that the State Department’s denial of the CREW request was “inaccurate and incomplete.”

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May 10, 2019

ALEXANDER DOWNER DEFENDS FBI TIPOFF THAT SPARKED TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE


  • In his most detailed remarks on the topic so far, former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer defended the tip he gave the FBI regarding George Papadopoulos.
  • Downer said that as a “warrior the Western alliance,” he provided the FBI with a memo he wrote after a May 10, 2016 meeting in which he says Papadopoulos mentioned that Russia might release information about Hillary Clinton close to the election.
  • “I don’t know why he told me this,” said Downer, dismissing Papadopoulos’s claims that the diplomat was sent to elicit damaging information about him.

Calling himself a “warrior for the Western alliance,” former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer defended sending in the tip that sparked the FBI’s investigation of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.

In his most extensive interview on the topic to date, Downer gave his version of a conversation he had with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos in London in May 2016 that would serve as the catalyst for the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe.

Downer, who served as Australia’s top diplomat to the U.K. at the time, provided a memo he wrote following the meeting to the FBI more than two months later. According to Downer, Papadopoulos mentioned that Russia might have information on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that they could release before the 2016 election.

Downer disputed claims that the ex-diplomat was part of a conspiracy to entrap the campaign adviser.

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