The wheels are coming off the FBI and Department of Justice’s efforts to cover their tracks on Russiagate, the 2016 election, and the investigations, or lack thereof, of Hillary Clinton. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
As previewed earlier, on Monday afternoon president Trump met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Chris Wray and the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, in a discussion of the latest developments in the bombshell report that the Obama administration used a longtime FBI and CIA asset, identified as 73-year-old Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, to infiltrate and spy on Trump’s campaign.
With the meeting concluded, the White House issued a statement according to which the DOJ said it has asked the inspector general to “expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign” and adds that “White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested.”
Full statement below:
“Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign. It was also agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested.”
Translated: a lot of dirty laundry is about to become public.
As Sean Davis points out, the statement confirms Mollie Hemingway’s reporting that contrary to claims from the Washington Post and anonymous DOJ officials made last week, “the White House was never on board with Rosenstein’s plan to obstruct a congressional subpoena.”
To continue reading: Trump Meeting With Rosenstein, Wray On Spying Concludes: Congress To See All “Highly Classified” Information
Yet another attempt by the FBI to cover up potentially damaging information. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
The FBI is refusing to pursue work-related text messages and emails sent on the personal devices of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – the FBI “lovebirds” discovered to harbor extreme political bias for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump while actively involved in cases against each candidate during the 2016 US election. Clinton was of course exonerated by the FBI despite overwhelming evidence of criminal conduct, while Trump’s entire presidency has been tainted by the spectre of unproven Russian collusion.
Over 50,000 text messages between Strzok and Page were discovered by the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), leading to their removal from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation – which has since devolved into trying to embarrass the President over allegedly paying a porn star not to discuss consensual sex. Of note, Page tendered her resignation on Friday.
In a Wednesday letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the FBI was not “obligated” to collect all communications between employees, and would not be pursuing communications Strzok and Page sent to each other on their personal devices.
In response, Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) went nuclear – reminding Wray in a Friday letter cc’d to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that “Although, as your letter notes, the FBI is not “obligated” to collect all communications between employees, it is obligated to collect and preserve federal records.”
Grassley goes on to note that previously released text messages between Strzok and Page “show substantial reason to believe government work was performed on non-government systems during the course of a high-profile investigation,” and that those communications could prove vital to the Committee’s investigation.
The work-related communications on nongovernment systems could shed more light on how the FBI handled the Clinton investigation and would constitute federal records that the FBI would be obligated to retrieve and preserve under the Federal Records Act. –Sen. Grassley to FBI Director Wray
To continue reading: FBI Refuses To Pursue Personal Strzok-Page Texts; Grassley Goes Nuclear
None of us may be alive by the time all the legal proceedings surrounding the FBI scandal are wrapped up. From James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:
It begins to look like The USA will litigate itself into Civil War Two with the first battle being half the lawyers in the Department of Justice prosecuting the other half until Anthropogenic Global Warming puts the DC Swamp completely underwater and all parties concerned scuttle off into the deep blue sea.
It was rather a shock to see the photo lineup of all those familiar faces — Comey, Hillary, McCabe, Loretta Lynch et. al. — in the criminal referral “matters” sent over to the DOJ by congress on Wednesday, as if they were some mob of goombahs caught running a waste management kickback racket in the Hackensack mud-flats. But the evidence trail has been in plain sight for more than a year that Justice Department officials of various ranks and stripes colluded to bring off a legalistic coup d’etat against the loathed and despised winner of the 2016 election — with a little help from (of all things and personae) Russia, as in that political smallpox blanket known as the Steele Dossier.
Mixed metaphors aside, it looks like all the clones of Ricky Ricardo and Lucy engineered in some CIA black lab will never satisfy the amount of ’splainin’ that needs to be done, and that the ensuing trials may last longer than the lifetimes of millennials still struggling on campus with their gender presentation. There may be even more line-ups to come. I’m thinking players like Susan Rice, the Podesta brothers, Huma Abedin, John Brennan, James Clapper, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and perhaps the gentleman who preceded the Golden Golem of Greatness in the oval office. This melodrama will make The Lord of the Rings look like a knock-knock joke.
Meanwhile, the Republic actually whirls around the drain, both as a legitimate polity between Montauk Point and the Farallon Islands, and as an actor on the world stage. The Washington bureaucracy is not the only swamp that needs to be drained. There’s also the reeking Okeefenokee wasteland known as the US economy, led by its financial avatars on Wall Street who engineered the orgy of asset-stripping that chewed through the industrial states like some flesh-eating bacteria.
To continue reading: Whirling Whirling
Attorney General Sessions is naming a prosecutor, but not a special prosecutor, to investigate the FBI’s behavior before and after the 2016 election. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Thursday that John Huber – Utah’s top federal prosecutor, will be paired with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate a multitude of accusations of FBI misconduct surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The announcement comes one day after Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed that he will be investigating allegations of FBI FISA abuse.
Sessions’ decision stops short of formally appointing a special counsel to investigate – noting in a lengthy letter written to Chairmen Grassley, Goodlatte and Gowdy, Sessions that regulations recognize “the Attorney General may conclude that the circumstances do not justify such a departure “from the normal process of the department,” and that he may instead determine that other “appropriate steps” can be taken…”
That said, Sessions says he will rely on Huber’s review to determine the need for a special counsel.
“I am confident that Mr. Huber’s review will include a full, complete and objective evaluation of these matters in a manner that is consistent with the law and facts,” Sessions wrote.
“I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon the conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a special counsel.”
Huber has also been looking at whether the FBI should have more thoroughly probed Hillary Clinton’s ties to Uranium One, a Russian nuclear energy agency. Still, it is worth noting that it was Barack Obama who appointed Huber to his position in 2015.
To continue reading: Sessions Names Prosecutor To Investigate FBI Misconduct Claims
Perhaps an unfortunate choice of words in the title of this article, but it’s a good article. From Jon Hall at fmshooter.com:
At the start of the week, it was revealed that – along with the 50,000 text messages originally exchanged between the FBI’s Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – even more messages were deleted and left unpreserved, about five months’ worth of communications in total.
Back in December, Peter Strzok ignited a firestorm after being exposed as sending anti-Trump texts to his mistress, Lisa Page, whilst part of the bogus Russia investigation being led by Robert Mueller.
Strzok was demoted and re-assigned from the Russia investigation last summer but the damage had already been done…
Strzok’s scope of power was massive. He oversaw the Clinton e-mail investigation and even interviewed Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, two of Clinton’s top aides. Strzok was also involved in the changing of the language used in James Comey’sstatement regarding Clinton’s use of a home e-mail server.
Strzok even spoke of an “insurance policy” in case Trump won the election and told Page “we can’t take the risk” of a Trump presidency.
Fox News also reports that “high-level FBI officials” allegedly had “secret society” meetings and were involved with Strzok:
The “secret society” referenced in a text message between… Strzok and… Page allegedly involved multiple “high-ranking FBI officials“…
After the claims of alleged Russian interference in our election, the fact that our own intelligence agencies were attempting to orchestrate and usurp our democracy is inexcusable – and disgusting.
As pointed out by Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC), Strzok even told Page on May 4, 2016: “Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE…” This is notable because MYE – or “Mid-Year Exam” – was the FBI’s code for the Clinton investigation…
May 4 was also the same day Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, leaving Trump the sole nominee for the Republican nomination. Going even further, Meadows also points out…
To continue reading: Numerous and Burning Scandals Within The FBI Forces The Deep State To Further Expose Themselves