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The Hillary Clinton Email Saga Just Got A Lot Weirder
2019-08-18
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[RED STATE] The depth of the cover-up involved in Hillary’s email illegality is absolutely breath-taking. The lengths they went to and the amount of people who were working to shift priorities and bury evidence seems almost inconceivable, yet we have the government documentation proving these things happened.

Despite all this, it looks like everyone is going to get away with it. The media still claim Obama had no scandals while the current DOJ is ignoring criminal referrals by the IG for figures like Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and James Comey. In fact, some of these people are so emboldened that they are now suing the government to get their full pensions. Meanwhile, others hide behind blanket immunity that was given for no logical reason whatsoever.

This is why so few people trusts our institutions. It’s also why the many conservatives who spent years insisting we treat the FBI/DOJ as sacrosanct were simply wrong. The corruption is blatantly evident. These were not people just trying to do their job and protect Americans. They were political actors that perverted the system of justice and that deserves the exposition it’s now getting.

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The depth of the cover-up involved in Hillary’s email illegality is absolutely breath-taking. The lengths they went to and the amount of people who were working to shift priorities and bury evidence seems almost inconceivable, yet we have the government documentation proving these things happened.

Despite all this, it looks like everyone is going to get away with it. The media still claim Obama had no scandals while the current DOJ is ignoring criminal referrals by the IG for figures like Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and James Comey. In fact, some of these people are so emboldened that they are now suing the government to get their full pensions. Meanwhile, others hide behind blanket immunity that was given for no logical reason whatsoever.

This is why so few people trusts our institutions. It’s also why the many conservatives who spent years insisting we treat the FBI/DOJ as sacrosanct were simply wrong. The corruption is blatantly evident. These were not people just trying to do their job and protect Americans. They were political actors that perverted the system of justice and that deserves the exposition it’s now getting.
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Home Front: Politix
New York Times chief outlines coverage shift: From Trump-Russia to Trump racism
2019-08-17
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

, said recently that, after the Mueller report, the paper has to shift the focus of its coverage from the Trump-Russia affair to the president's alleged racism.

"We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well," Baquet said. "Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story."

Baquet made the remarks at an employee town hall Monday. A recording was leaked to Slate, which published a transcript Thursday.

In the beginning of the Trump administration, the Times geared up to cover the Russia affair, Baquet explained. "Chapter 1 of the story of Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
, not only for our newsroom but, frankly, for our readers, was: Did Donald Trump have untoward relationships with the Russians, and was there obstruction of justice? That was a really hard story, by the way, let's not forget that. We set ourselves up to cover that story. I'm going to say it. We won two Pulitzer Prizes covering that story. And I think we covered that story better than anybody else."

But then came the Mueller report, with special counsel Robert Mueller failing to establish that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to fix the 2016 election. "The day Bob Mueller walked off that witness stand, two things happened," Baquet continued. "Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, 'Holy shit, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.' And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we're talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago. We're a little tiny bit flat-footed. I mean, that's what happens when a story looks a certain way for two years. Right?"

Baquet used the gentlest terms possible ‐ "the story changed" ‐ but the fact is, the conspiracy-coordination allegation the Times had devoted itself to pursuing turned out to be false. Beyond that, Democrats on Capitol Hill struggled to press an obstruction case against the president. The Trump-Russia hole came up dry.

Now, Baquet continued, "I think that we've got to change." The Times must "write more deeply about the country, race, and other divisions."

"I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is what I talked about earlier: How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of remarks?" Baquet said. "How do we cover the world's reaction to him? How do we do that while continuing to cover his policies? How do we cover America, that's become so divided by Donald Trump?"

The town hall was spurred by angry reaction, both inside and outside the Times, to a headline that many on the Left faulted for being insufficiently anti-Trump. After the El Paso shootings, when the president denounced white supremacy, the Times published a page-one story with the heading, "Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism."

Related:
Dean Baquet: 2019-01-02 Former NYT Editor Claims Paper Went ‘Anti-Trump' for Profit
Dean Baquet: 2018-07-04 New York Times Reassigns Reporter Who Had Sexual Relationship With Source
Dean Baquet: 2017-12-22 New York Times will keep reporter accused of sexual misconduct
Related:
Mueller report: 2019-07-28 Mark Levin: ‘There is no Mueller report. It's a Weissmann report'
Mueller report: 2019-06-29 Jimmy Carter Goes Off the Conspiracy Theory Deep End on Trump
Mueller report: 2019-06-17 Andrew McCabe Says Now Is The Time To Try To Impeach Trump
Related:
Robert Mueller: 2019-08-15 Judge rejects FBI plea to keep Comey memos redacted
Robert Mueller: 2019-08-15 Democrats tagging Trump as white supremacist a losing strategy
Robert Mueller: 2019-08-09 With Latest Trump Dossier-DOJ News, How Many Heads Are Going To Roll ?
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Racism: 2019-08-02 CNN: White Robots Are Evidence of Racism
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Home Front: Politix
Ex-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe Sues Over What He Calls Wrongful Firing
2019-08-09
[NPR] Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has sued the Trump administration for what he calls his "unlawful" termination, arguing that his firing last year was the result of improper political interference by the president.

"It was Trump's unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees who were deemed to be his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him," the complaint alleges.
Told you she should've been charged
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Home Front: Politix
14 FBI Officials Leaked to the Media, Only Four Were Fired, Judicial Watch Reveals
2019-08-08
[PJMEDIA] On Tuesday, Judicial Watch announced it had received records showing that the FBI referred 14 employees to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for leaking sensitive or classified information. Of those 14 employees, only four were fired.

"No wonder the FBI was leaking so profusely. Collectively, these documents show a show lenient treatment for evident criminal activity. Only four of the 14 employees found to have made an unauthorized disclosure were dismissed from the FBI," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. "And even though Andrew McCabe was fired and referred for a criminal investigation for his leak, no prosecution has taken place."

During the early years after President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
was inaugurated, The New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

and The Washington Post would have stories seemingly every other day citing anonymous sources from within the FBI. Last September, a high-ranking official published an op-ed in the Times detailing a deep state or "resistance" effort to sabotage Trump from within.

The fact that leakers were treated leniently helps to explain why officials continued to leak sensitive information to the press, often involving the Trump-Russia collusion angle. Leaking this information is a crime, but it appears the FBI did not hold its staff accountable as it could or should have.

Related:
Judicial Watch: 2019-08-01 FBI agents went to Comey's house, retrieved secret memo written after his termination
Judicial Watch: 2019-07-28 Guns, Drugs, CIA at Mena, Arkansas: Judicial Watch Demands Answers
Judicial Watch: 2019-07-02 Comey Hid ‘CLINTON EMAILS' Binder In His Office Safe and Had Hillary's Backup Email Device
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Home Front: Politix
Joe diGenova shares conspiracy theory about FBI using Mueller phone to secretly record Trump
2019-07-18
[Washington Examiner] Attorney Joe diGenova amplified a conspiracy theory about special counsel Robert Mueller during an interview Wednesday on Fox Business.

On Lou Dobbs Tonight, diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, referred to an interview Mueller had with President Trump in May 2017 about taking over as FBI director after James Comey was fired.

"Something very interesting that hasn't been written about occurred," diGenova told guest host Gregg Jarrett. "Bob Mueller went into that meeting with [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein, and it was just three of them in the Oval Office, and Bob Mueller had a telephone, a cellphone," diGenova told Jarrett.

"He left that cellphone in Oval Office after the meeting. And it is now believed by many people that cellphone was used to broadcast the meeting between the president, Rod Rosenstein, and Bob Mueller, back to FBI headquarters, where they recorded the conversation with the president," diGenova said, before adding that Mueller likely left the phone there to "record what happened after they left."

Talk of Mueller leaving behind his cellphone in the Oval Office began with a book written by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. He only mentions the phone off-hand and makes no assertions about clandestine surveillance.

"Mueller had gone in for an interview with Trump, and left his phone there, and then the phone had to be retrieved," McCabe wrote in The Threat: How the F.B.I. Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.

Speculation about the FBI recording the president has ensued on right-wing blogs and social media and now has been given a voice on cable television. DiGenova's claim was not contested by Jarrett.
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Russian oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller (Opens to Video)
2019-07-07
[The Hill] Sometimes it is the quiet, elusive ones who come back to haunt you. And for ex-special prosecutor Robert Mueller, one of those might be a Russian billionaire named Oleg Deripaska.

The oligarch who once controlled Russia’s largest aluminum empire has been an international man of intrigue in the now-completed and disproven Trump collusion investigation.

Deripaska was a disaffected former business client of Donald Trump’s fallen campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He also was a legal research client of Trump-hating, Clinton-aiding British spy Christopher Steele. In his spare time, he was an occasional friendly cooperator with the FBI and its fired deputy director, Andrew McCabe.

And, at the height of the Russia collusion hysteria, Deripaska was sanctioned by the Trump administration to financially punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for his meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

With the Russia case, in which he had so many connections, now completed, Deripaska is breaking his silence. And what he has to say could impact Mueller’s July 17 testimony before Congress.

In a wide-ranging interview with me, Deripaska confirmed a story told to me more than a year ago by law enforcement sources: He was indeed interviewed by FBI agents in September 2016 during the early Russia probe, and he told them he strongly doubted the bureau’s theory that the Trump campaign, through Manafort, was colluding with Moscow to hijack the 2016 election.

"I told them straightforward, ’Look, I am not a friend with him [Manafort]. Apparently not, because I started a court case [against him] six or nine months before ... . But since I’m Russian I would be very surprised that anyone from Russia would try to approach him for any reason, and wouldn’t come and ask me my opinion,' " he said, recounting exactly what he says he told the FBI agents that day.

"I told them straightforward, I just don’t believe that he would represent any Russian interest. And knowing what he’s doing on Ukraine for the last, what, seven or eight years."

OK, so why should you care if a Russian denied Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the election?
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Andrew McCabe Says Now Is The Time To Try To Impeach Trump
2019-06-17
What makes today different than any other day?
[DAILYWIRE] After a leading question from CNN host Chris Cuomo, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said now is "absolutely" the time to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump
...Oh, noze!...
McCabe made the statement after being asked by Cuomo, "Do you believe that an impeachment inquiry is warranted based on what you understand and what has come out of the Mueller report?"

McCabe, who wrote a memoir trashing Trump and defending the FBI, immediately agreed with Cuomo, saying, "absolutely."

The Hill reported that McCabe insisted Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report provided enough evidence to impeach Trump, even though the report found no evidence of collusion and made no determinations regarding obstruction of justice. Democrats have fixated on the obstruction claims, even though Mueller’s investigation was supposed to be a counterintelligence investigation, which is done on behalf of the president and therefore cannot be obstructed by the president. Further, since there was no underlying crime, only partisans can argue that Trump was obstructing rather than protesting the false accusations against him.

"I think we are clearly there with the results of the special counsel team," McCabe said regarding impeachment. "There are so many witnesses who could provide important, essential testimony to Congress that can only be done in the scope of an impeachment inquiry."

McCabe added that "Action should be taken immediately," and that it didn’t matter whether such an inquiry led to an actual impeachment.

McCabe was fired 26 hours before he was set to retire from the FBI and collect his full pension. His firing came as the result of an inspector general investigation that found he had leaked information to the media regarding the special counsel investigation and then lied, repeatedly, to Sherlocks about doing so.
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McCabe: Comey’s Draft Statement Exonerating Clinton Two Months before Her FBI Interview Was Not Normal Protocol
2019-06-11
[BREITBART] “This is the only time I am aware of, sir.” “I have not seen that before, sir.” “I’ve never seen that.”

These are just some of the words utilized by former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe when asked during closed door testimony about an email penned by disgraced ex-FBI chief James Comey
The disgraced, except in his own mind, former head of the FBI...
circulating a draft statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the private email server case a full two months before the FBI interviewed Clinton and other witnesses in the criminal probe.

Documents previously released by the FBI show that Comey on May 2, 2016 sent the email in question to McCabe, FBI general counsel James Baker and chief of staff and senior counselor James Rybicki. Clinton was interviewed by the FBI on June 2, with Comey later testifying that she was not sworn in and that the interview was not recorded.

Two months before Clinton’s FBI interview, Comey circulated the draft statement testing language to be used for not recommending charges against Clinton.

Former Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee at the time of McCabe’s December 21, 2017 testimony, read aloud Comey’s email. A transcript of the testimony was released three weeks ago by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga, although the portion in question did not receive media attention.
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Who Ran Crossfire Hurricane? Barr's investigators should focus on John Brennan and Gina Haspel.
2019-06-04
[American Spectator] Crossfire Hurricane" ‐ the melodramatic code name for the FBI/CIA spy operation on candidate Trump and his early presidency ‐ was run for the FBI by then-FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, Special Agent Peter Strzok, and a few others.

Then-CIA director John Brennan ran it for the CIA. Brennan had to have help, but who was it? A lot of evidence points to the CIA’s then-chief of station in London in 2016-2017, and now the Director of Central Intelligence, Gina Haspel.

President Trump claimed that the FBI and CIA’s spying on his campaign and early presidency was treason. Attorney General William Barr said that, legally, it wasn’t.
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Behind the FBI's witch-hunt targeting Donald Trump
2019-05-22
[Washington Times] In the burgeoning controversy about the FBI investigation of Donald Trump, one thing is clear: The decision by Andrew McCabe as acting FBI director to open a counterintelligence probe targeting Mr. Trump after he fired FBI Director James Comey was based on false pretenses.

In his book "The Threat," Mr. McCabe says he opened that investigation and urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel based almost entirely on Mr. Trump’s comment to NBC’s Lester Holt that he thought about "this Russia thing" when he decided to fire Jim Comey as FBI director in May 2017.

Mr. McCabe interpreted those meandering words to mean that Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey because the director was pursuing the ongoing FBI investigation into interference in the election and Mr. Trump wanted to stop it. But as noted in my book "The Trump White House," Mr. Trump went on to say twice to Mr. Holt that he recognized that by firing Mr. Comey, he was probably prolonging the investigation and that he wanted it "to be absolutely done properly." It was the exact opposite of attempting to obstruct an investigation.

If Mr. McCabe had cited the rest of what Mr. Trump said, he would have exposed as baseless his own rationale for starting an investigation of Mr. Trump. But Mr. McCabe did not. Instead, in his book Mr. McCabe deliberately and dishonestly omitted the rest of what Mr. Trump said to Mr. Holt about his dismissal of Mr. Comey probably lengthening the Russia investigation.

Mr. McCabe went on to cite parenthetically the fact that in a "demeaning and dismissive way," Mr. Trump had referred to the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election ‐ which included the possibility of collusion by the campaign ‐ as a "witch-hunt." So now defending yourself is reason to open an investigation that could lead to criminal charges against you.
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DOJ IG To FBI: Why Did You Cite Christopher Steele As Credible In Spy Warrant Application For Trump Campaign Official
2019-05-10
[Townhall] The Department of Justice inspector general is about to drop their report on alleged FISA abuses in June. IG Michael Horowitz has been doing a thorough review of the allegations that the FBI used an unverified piece of political propaganda to obtain a FISA spy warrant against former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page in 2016. It was reauthorized three more times into 2017. The main body of evidence allegedly is the so-called Trump dossier compiled by former MI6 spook Christopher Steele, which was funded by the Democrats, specifically the DNC and the Clinton campaign. It was an opposition research file aimed at getting dirt on Trump. Steele used former and current sources within the Kremlin. Yeah, some could call this Clinton-Russia collusion, but that’s a tale for another time.

It’s a document that’s virtually unverified. It remains that way to this day, which is why most news organizations didn’t post the full document. BuzzFeed decided to be that guy in the room. It’s trash. And it was probably part of a Russian disinformation campaign. That allegation is going to be investigated by the DOJ on order of Attorney General William Barr.

Fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe refused to answer questions during congressional testimony about whether the bureau verified the document before allegedly using it obtain a spy warrant against an American citizen who has not been charged or proven to have committed any crime. He now says that applications for the FISA warrants were "adequate." The report filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia collusion myth proved definitively that no such operation occurred. The Trump team and the Kremlin did not collude. So, what’s the deal with this document? The DOJ IG has been reportedly asking the FBI multiple times why they continued to cite Christopher Steele as a credible source when it came to these spy warrant applications. Well, we all know what the answer: they didn’t really verify anything. And let’s just say there were some interesting rendezvous between DNC lawyers and the FBI before that FISA warrant was doled out. And it’s not like no one spoke up about the integrity of this document. (via WSJ) [emphasis mine]:
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Top FBI Lawyer Testified Rosenstein Discussed Removing Trump From Office
2019-04-11
[The Federalist] James Baker, the former top lawyer of the FBI, testified to members of Congress last fall that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and other FBI officials discussed wearing a wire in meetings with President Trump and removing him from office, according to a transcript of Baker’s testimony released on Tuesday.

In a joint committee on October 3, 2018, Baker was questioned in a closed-door interview on his knowledge of the Christopher Steele dossier, classified information leaked to the media, and invoking the 25th Amendment against President Trump.

Baker’s testimony confirmed what former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe previously said about national security officials strategizing to remove President Trump from office. Baker said Rosenstein made a serious suggestion to wear a wire when near the president in order to collect evidence that the president obstructed the investigation on Russian collusion. Baker also said he suspected Rosenstein was acting in response to the firing of James Comey, and that he felt he had been "used" by the president in his justification for firing Comey.
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