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No official intel used to start FBI probe into Trump campaign-Russia collusion: Rep. Nunes
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday his review of FBI and Justice Department “electronic communication” documents shows no intelligence was used to begin the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
“We now know that there was no official intelligence that was used to start this investigation. We know that Sidney Blumenthal and others were pushing information into the State Department. So we’re trying to piece all that together and that’s why we continue to look at the State Department,” Nunes told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Nunes, R-Calif., cited the Five Eyes agreement as a way of knowing no intel was used. The U.S., along with Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, make up the “Five Eyes,” or countries that share intelligence in a more-trusted fashion than other arrangements, like NATO, particularly due to years of trust and a common language.
“We are not supposed to spy on each other’s citizens, and it’s worked well,” he said. “And it continues to work well. And we know it’s working well because there was no intelligence that passed through the Five Eyes channels to our government. And that’s why we had to see that original communication.”
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The California Republican said he is now investigating the State Department due to signs of “major irregularities,” in an effort to figure out how information about former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos – who reportedly met with a foreign policy expert and Cambridge professor with connections to the CIA and Britain’s MI6 in London in 2016 – was obtained by the FBI.
“We know a little bit about that because of what some of the State Department officials themselves have said about that,” Nunes said, adding that “We have to make sure that our agencies talk and they work out problems. We have to make sure that they don’t spy on either American citizens or that we’re not spying on British citizens.”
Still, Nunes doesn’t know whether the former secretary of state and then-Democratic challenger to Trump in the election, Hillary Clinton, was pulling the strings of the investigation launched against her political opponent. However, he said it is known that two long-time Clinton associates – including Sidney Blumenthal – were “actively” giving information to the State Department, which “was somehow making its way to the FBI.”
Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, responded to Nunes’ comments on Sunday, calling the information regarding Papadopoulos which led to the initiation of the investigation “well-founded.”
“The majority seems to believe that if it can discredit the initiation of the investigation by attacking the FBI, Justice Department and State Department, it can get the public to ignore the growing body of evidence of illicit contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians. This approach is as disingenuous as it is destructive to our institutions,” Schiff said in a statement to Fox News.
THIS IS BIG!
Nunes interview reveals info on the origin of the Russia investigation.
Evidence is proving that the entire Witch Hunt instigated by SlimeBall Comey wasn't based on any verified intelligence.
It was a Deep State set up!
Drain The Swamp
Video of Nunes https://video.foxnews.com/v/5774707105001/?#sp=show-clips
Sara A. Carter
BREAKING: DOJ will make the 6 months of missing texts that were eventually located by IG between Strzok and Page available to Congress sometime tonight or tomorrow, according to sources...developing
The FBI 7th Floor has FLIPPED! Grab the popcorn!
DOJ: Key FBI Brass Flip on McCabe & Comey; High-Level Officials Testify Against Fired FBI Chiefs, Set Stage for Grand Juries
The inner circle of James Comey and Andrew McCabe on the 7th Floor of FBI HQ has flipped, according to high level Justice Department officials.
The once-loyal cabal of FBI brass and leaders who reigned during the FBI tenures of Comey and McCabe have been testifying against their former bosses, DOJ sources confirm.
For now at least that cooperation involves cooperation with the Inspector General. Soon, that would likely extend to grand juries, according to sources.
In law enforcement circles, these players are referred to as Rats, cops who implicate other cops to save their jobs and pensions. So who is ratting on Comey and McCabe and cooperating with the proceedings against each?
FBI Counterintelligence Head Bill Priestap is the biggest fish, federal law enforcement sources said. And he is a key player here. His cooperation spells trouble for McCabe and likely Comey too.
“Last guy I would have thought would cooperate is cooperating,” one high-ranking Justice official said about Priestap. “He knows about everything the IG is looking at because he was involved in it all.”
The Justice official called Priestap’s cooperation “devastating” especially to McCabe. The source would not elaborate.
McCabe realized this when he banked over $500K on a GoFundMe campaign for upcoming legal fees.
Priestap was Peter Strzok’s boss and Priestap answered directly to McCabe.
Strzok is now cooperating with the Inspector General as well as Lisa Page, the FBI lawyer and former right-hand associate of McCabe. She too is talking along with Strzok, sources confirm.
It would appear that the FBI’s house — built by Comey and McCabe — is coming down, one brick at a time. But flipping Priestap takes out a cornerstone, no doubt.
And not soon enough.
Levin: The Trump-Russia conspiracy is a ‘coup attempt,’ ‘goes all the way to the top!’
James Clapper leaked the Fusion GPS/Steele dossier to CNN and lied to Congress about it.
Robert Mueller Unmasked — by Congressman Louie Gohmert
Click HERE to read the full 48-page report on Robert Mueller from the heroic and courageous Congressmen Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). All of this report has been carefully documented and shows what a thug and criminal Robert Mueller is along, with his comrades James Comey and Rod Rosenstein.
The FBI has become an arm of the radical left. A massive purge is required if we are to have any hope of saving it.
Not only should Mueller resign, the whole leftist manufactured investigation against President Trump should be shut down. This report should be read carefully and heeded by those who can make that happen in Washington. But whether or not it will be remains to be seen.
Robert Mueller has a long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence. He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone.
I do not make these statements lightly.
Each time I prepared to question Mueller during Congressional hearings, the more concerned I became about his work ethic. Then as I went back to begin compiling all that information in order to recount personal interactions with Mueller, the more clearly the big picture began to come into focus. At one point I had to make the decision to stop adding to this or it would turn into a far too lengthy project.
My goal was to share some first-hand information as other Republican Members of Congress had requested, adding, “You seem to know so much about him.” This article is prepared from my viewpoint to help better inform the reader about the Special Prosecutor leading the effort to railroad President Donald J. Trump through whatever manufactured charge he can allege. Judging by Mueller’s history, it doesn’t matter who he has to threaten, harass, prosecute or bankrupt to get someone to be willing to allege something — anything — about our current President, it certainly appears Mueller will do what it takes to bring down his target, ethically, or unethically, based on my findings.
What does former Attorney General Eric Holder say? Sounds like much the same thing I just said. Holder: “I’ve known Bob Mueller for 20, 30 years; my guess is he’s just trying to make the case as good as he possibly can.” Holder does know him. He has seen Mueller at work when Holder was obstructing justice and acting in contempt of Congress. He knows Mueller’s FBI framed innocent people and had no remorse in doing so. Let’s look at what we know. What I have accumulated here is absolutely shocking upon the realization that Mueller’s disreputable, twisted history speaks to the character of the man placed in a position to attempt to legalize a coup against a lawfully-elected President.
Any Republican who says anything resembling, “Bob Mueller will do a good job as Special Counsel,” “Bob Mueller has a great reputation for being fair,” or anything similar; (A) wants President Trump indicted for something and removed from office regardless of his innocence; (B) is intentionally ignorant of the myriad of outrageous problems permeating Mueller’s professional history; or (C) is cultivating future Democrat votes when he or she comes before the Senate someday for a confirmation hearing. There is simply too much clear and convincing information available to the contrary.
Where other writers have set out information succinctly, I have quoted them, with proper attribution. My goal is to help you see what I have found.
House Report Claims DNI Clapper Engineered Dossier Release
How that might have been the act that got us the special counsel investigation.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence majority report on its Russia probe is out—not counting the copious redactions imposed by intelligence agencies. Given what’s blacked out in the document, it’s a surprise that “the” and “but” were generally spared. Even so, some significant allegations survived the intelligence community’s bowdlerizers.
For example, it was quickly noted by scholars of the Steele dossier that the House document reveals (or, if one is dubious of the House Intel majority’s credibility, one can say “asserts” instead) that it was President Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, who helped engineer the public release of the dossier. That release may well be the essential act in producing the special counsel investigation that continues to hang over the Trump administration.
Here’s what makes the dossier release essential—and no, it isn’t that the release exposed credible evidence of collusion: After more than a year of investigations there is still no evidence (at least no evidence that has been made public) corroborating the dossier’s significant allegations against Trump. Rather, without the publication of the dossier, President Trump would not have pressed FBI director James Comey to prove the dossier’s allegations false. That pressure is central to the narrative that Trump fired Comey in an effort to obstruct the bureau’s Russia investigation. That narrative led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel; the question of whether the president attempted to obstruct justice is reportedly the main issue Mueller’s team is still investigating.
So how did the dossier get released? It’s important to remember that, for all of its treatment as some kind of “intelligence” report, the dossier was no sort of official intelligence at all. It was Clinton-funded opposition research. The tight wraps on the dossier came not from any government prohibition on its publication, but because the many media outlets in possession of the document were hesitant to make public claims that, for all their efforts, they had been unable to verify, confirm, or corroborate.
The origins of the dossier are by now well-known: Opposition research firm Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile allegations of Trump misconduct involving Russia. From late spring 2016 through the election, Fusion GPS and Steele were paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, with the money funneled through law firm Perkins Coie. During the waning weeks of the campaign, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson paraded Steele and his dossier before a select audience of major media, including such notables as the New York Times, the New Yorker, and CNN. Alas, the media were skittish and the Clinton campaign did not get the October surprise it had hoped for.
Before the election, Steele also managed to share his dossier with an alphabet soup of government agencies: He gave his materials to the Justice Department (in the person of Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nellie was paid by Fusion GPS to collaborate with Steele on the dossier); he gave them to the FBI (which used them to secure surveillance of Carter Page); he gave them to the State Department (in the person of his old friend Jonathan Winer).
After the election, Steele kept sharing. His claims made their way, in condensed form, into an official “Intelligence Community Assessment” (ICA) presented by the intelligence community to both President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump. It was the fact of those briefings that provided the news hook media outlets needed to run the dossier story.
How did the media find out about the dossier being summarized in the ICA? The House committee majority reports that when it first asked Clapper, last July, about leaks of the ICA/dossier, Clapper “flatly denied ‘discuss[ing] the dossier [compiled by Steele] or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists.’” In further interviews, the former DNI changed his story: “Clapper subsequently acknowledged discussing the ‘dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper,’ and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic.” Clapper talked to Tapper early in January 2017; January 10, 2017 CNN published a story co-bylined by Tapper revealing that there was a dossier of allegations against Trump that had been summarized by intelligence officials and presented to the president and president-elect.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD reached out to CNN about whether Clapper spoke with Tapper. A CNN spokesperson says "We do not comment on sourcing." Clapper is now an official “national security analyst” for CNN.
On the heels of CNN’s reporting, BuzzFeed felt emboldened to go ahead and post the near-complete dossier.
The allegations worried Trump. As James Comey writes in his book, the new president kept coming back to the story that he had hired prostitutes to pee on a bed for him. In the Oval Office conversation that Comey claims included a demand for loyalty, he writes that Trump “brought up what he called the ‘golden showers thing,’” saying it “bothered him if there was ‘even a one percent chance’ his wife, Melania, thought it was true.” In their meetings, Trump repeatedly asked Comey that the FBI investigate the dossier to prove it untrue.
The president’s frustration with the FBI director seemed to grow out of Comey’s failure to put the dossier to rest. That can be seen, as many have seen it, as evidence that Trump was demanding a cover-up. Or it can be seen as evidence Trump was innocent of the allegations and overeager to have proof of that made public. Either way, the publication of the dossier lit the fuse.
But what of the bombshell allegations in the dossier—not the one about peeing prostitutes but the serious accusations that Trump conspired for years with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. The committee majority report’s “Finding #25” is the heart of matter. “When asked directly,” according to the report, “none of the interviewed witnesses provided evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.” If this holds true, then the entire Russia probe will prove to have been plenty of nothin’.
Democrats on the House Intel Committee say there is evidence of collusion to be found, but that Republicans have chosen not to look in earnest. They decry what they call “a lack of seriousness and interest in pursuing the truth.” The minority accuses Chairman Devin Nunes’ team of hobbling the investigation by “refusing to compel and enforce witness cooperation and answers to key questions.” If this proves to be true, House Republicans will have to answer for a shameful dereliction.
Making it unnecessarily difficult to judge which of these scenarios is to be believed are the aggressive and laughably inept redactions executed by the intelligence community’s Sharpie-pen brigade. (One is reminded of the maliciously comic way Yossarian approaches his job of censoring hospitalized soldiers’ mail in Catch 22.) For example, consider page 113 of the House Intel report: It begins with the sentence, “Former State Department official”—and then black marker redacts the name—“has stated publicly that, over a period of approximately two years, he provided over ‘100 of Steele’s reports with the Russia experts at the State Department’…” This is downright silly. The interior quote in question comes from a Washington Post op-ed by former State Department official and longtime Steele pal Jonathan Winer. What possible sense does it make to redact Winer’s name from a report citing information that Winer has himself written ever-so-publicly in a newspaper?
When not redacting names that need no redacting, the sloppy censors fail to redact names they are trying to excise. Also on page 113, we are told that “[REDACTED] received from Clinton associate [REDACTED] information collected by an individual named [REDACTED] Shearer…” From Winer’s own Post op-ed, we know that the recipient of the information was Winer; we also know from the op-ed that the Clinton associate was the notorious Sidney Blumenthal. And as for the collector of the information, the op-ed tells us that was long-time Clinton hanger-on Cody Shearer. But we don’t need the op-ed to know that, because the official intelligence agency censor, having blacked out “Cody” (which comes at the end of a line in the document) fails to black out “Shearer” at the start of the next line of text.
Either the censors know their job is a joke, or they are simply negligent in executing their job. Neither speaks well of the intelligence community, especially when the controversy of the moment has come to turn so much on the credibility and transparency of federal intelligence agencies.
Sara Carter on Hannity last night stated that a Grand Jury is already in impaneled! This has to do with the Federal Prosecutor that Jeff Sessions has had working for months! This Let's pray the grand jury returns a TRUE BILL on each and every one of these criminals!
Giddy Up – DOJ Admits They Have a Grand Jury Empaneled in FBI and DOJ Investigation…
Posted on March 22, 2018 by sundance
Today chairman Bob Goodlatte sends a formal subpoena to the DOJ (Inspector General Michael Horowitz) for documents regarding the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
However, it’s not the subpoena that should make the news. Pay close attention to the DOJ response.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is one of the top three people throughout the entirety of congress with a comprehensive knowledge of the events surrounding the investigations of the FBI and DOJ. Chairman Goodlatte is one of only four people outside the DOJ who have read the full DOJ FISA application used for a Title-1 Surveillance warrant of Carter Page.
The House Judiciary Committee holds the primary statutory oversight over the U.S. Department of Justice. Additionally, Chairman Goodlatte is the congressional office working closest with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. In short, Goodlatte is the center of all ‘oversight’ information circling the investigations into the DOJ and FBI.
However, all of that said, even Chairman Bob Goodlatte doesn’t, and shouldn’t, know what criminal investigations are underway. We’ve explained this dynamic of disconnect numerous times. We really began emphasizing this when AG Jeff Sessions admitted he brought in a prosecutor from outside Washington DC to work with Inspector General Horowitz.
You can read the Goodlatte Subpoenas – HERE – along with the letter that accompanies his demand. However, more important is the response from the DOJ as communicated by Fox News journalist Chad Pergram (emphasis mine):
Oh, what’s that? Yes, the DOJ has to review the demand for evidence because release of those documents might conflict with ongoing Grand Jury information (evidence). Yes, that means a Grand Jury is impaneled, exactly as we expected.
Yes, that also means there are “law enforcement actions” currently ongoing as a result of the prosecutor assigned to reviewing the evidence discovered by Inspector General Horowitz.
Are there still those who doubt?
There has been a great deal of consternation, directed toward AG Jeff Sessions surrounding the ongoing FISA abuse scandal and the larger issues of unlawful DOJ and FBI conduct in their political investigation of candidate Donald Trump. It is a matter of great division amid people who follow the details. Yet there is overwhelming evidence he assigned a prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation of the FBI and DOJ “small group” a long time ago. Now we know, with certainty, a GRAND JURY is empaneled.
… I have appointed a person outside of Washington, many years in the Department of Justice to look at all the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us; and we’re conducting that investigation. (read more)
Yes, Sessions appears to multi-tasking much like the President.....’all national attention over there, I’ll ficus right here and this done.’ The masses and media still do not get it!!
He sure is JG! Has been all along and keeping very quiet about it all. That's the best way to do this too. They really won't know what hit them.
House Freedom Caucus drafts impeachment articles against Rosenstein, as 'last resort'
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have drafted articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, calling it a “last resort” if the Justice Department continues “slow walking” its response to document requests.
Sources with the caucus emphasized they are not planning right now to move forward with any impeachment effort -- apparently intending the draft as a warning shot to the DOJ in their quest for documents.
The draft, obtained by Fox News Tuesday, comes just days after House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced they had reached an agreement with the Justice Department on producing documents.
First reported by The Washington Post, the draft impeachment from the caucus, chaired by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., outlines eight instances of Rosenstein’s alleged wrongdoing.
Speaking at an event in Washington on Tuesday, Rosenstein accused caucus members of not being able to “resist leaking their own draft,” adding that DOJ “will not be extorted.”
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