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Devin Nunes accuses Fusion GPS of racketeering in federal lawsuit
2019-09-05
[Washington Examiner] Congressman Devin Nunes filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against opposition research firm Fusion GPS, its founder Glenn Simpson, and left-leaning watchdog group Campaign for Accountability, accusing them of "racketeering" and interfering with his congressional Trump-Russia investigation.

Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee until Democrats won the majority in 2018, claimed that Simpson, Fusion GPS, and the Campaign for Accountability illegally conspired to "harass" him in an attempt to "hinder, delay, prevent, or dissuade" him from looking into issues surrounding the federal investigation into the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and to scare him off from investigating possible wrongdoing by Simpson and Fusion GPS.

The California Republican is asking the judge to award him $9.9 million in damages.

The 35-page complaint Nunes filed in the Eastern District of Virginia today pointed to a Daily Caller article from early August that revealed the Campaign for Accountability hired Fusion GPS as an "independent contractor" in 2018 and paid the firm close to $140,000 for research. And the Nunes lawsuit alleged the watchdog group and the opposition research firm then colluded to target him and stymie his efforts, pointing to three ethics complaints filed by the Campaign for Accountability allegedly "in concert with" Fusion GPS in an effort to "chill reporting of Fusion GPS and Simpson’s wrongdoing" and to dissuade Nunes from making criminal referrals to the Justice Department.

Nunes described Fusion GPS as "a political war room for hire that specializes in dirty tricks and smears" and the Campaign for Accountability as a "dark money, partisan, left-wing" nonprofit that he said targets mainly conservatives.
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Intelligence Insiders: ‘Establishment' Officials In DNI Still Withholding Documents From Attorney General
2019-08-29
[Red State] On May 23rd, President Trump granted Barr the authority to declassify any documents he and his team required to conduct their investigation into the origins of the Trump/Russia probe. The President also ordered the intelligence community to comply with all of Barr’s requests. According to Real Clear Investigation’s Paul Sperry, inside sources say that "establishment" officials inside the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) have continued to withhold documents which Barr has requested.

Both the Director, Dan Coats, and his deputy, Sue Gordon, left the agency on August 15th. Gordon was said to be a close ally of former-CIA Director Brennan’s.

Although Coats and Gordon have departed, agency officials have continued to "drag their feet."

Sperry writes that the specific documents being withheld include:

1. Evidence that President Obama’s CIA, FBI, and Justice Department illegally eavesdropped on the Trump campaign.

2. President Obama and CIA chief John Brennan: key briefing still under wraps.

3. An August 2016 briefing CIA Director John Brennan hand-delivered in a sealed envelope to Obama, containing information from what Brennan claimed was "a critical informant close to Putin." The informant is believed to have actually been a Russian source recycled from the largely debunked dossier compiled by ex-British agent Christopher Steele for the Hillary Clinton campaign.

An email exchange from December 2016 between Brennan and FBI Director James Comey, in which Brennan is said to have argued for using the dossier in early drafts of the task force’s much-hyped January 2017 intelligence assessment. That spread the narrative that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the alleged Clinton campaign hacking to steal the election for Trump.

Copies of all FBI, CIA and State Department records related to Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor whose statements regarding Papadopoulos allegedly triggered the original Russia-collusion probe.

4. Transcripts of 53 closed-door interviews of FBI and Justice Department officials and other witnesses conducted by the House Intelligence Committee. The files were sent to the agency last November.

The DNI was created after 9/11 and is now the "gatekeeper" for much of the government’s classified information.

A source "close to the situation" told Sperry that, "There’s been a huge impasse in getting key documents to Congress and declassified during the Russia investigation. Several House members, especially Devin Nunes [of House Intelligence] and Mark Meadows [of House Oversight)] were upset that Coats refused to cooperate in releasing this explosive material to Congress...It was clear Coats was not acting on the president’s behalf and had been co-opted by the intelligence bureaucracy."
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Revealing the systemic coup between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele
2019-08-10
[COMMDIGINEWS] July congressional hearings reveal that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s team conducted a two-day interview in London with British ex-spy Remington Christopher Steele. Thus beginning to unpeel the onion on DOJ abuse of powers. Steele is the author of the unsubstantiated and salacious dossier attacking President Trump, creating the Russia Hoax.

The truth is coming home to roost.

The facts emerging are that Steele’s anti-Trump bias was well known at or about the November 2016 presidential election. Despite the many red flags, the DOJ, including operative Bruce Ohr’s bias, the initial FISA applications did rely on the dossier. A dossier that holds no truth.

Attorney General William Barr and the front man for John Durham both said that the focus of their investigation would be on "unauthorized surveillance" and "political surveillance". The Durham investigation will inevitably focus on John Brennan
...director of the CIA under the Obama administration. One of the deeper dwelling denizens of the Deep State, possibly even the guy who lit the match that launched the Russiagate coup attempt...
, James Clapper, and JamesThe spine of the FBI is the rule of law Comey
The disgraced, except in his own mind, former head of the FBI...
. The implications of what comes out will be earthshaking.

Before the FBI applied for its first FISA warrant, bureau officials were battling with a senior Justice Department official who had "continued concerns" about the "possible bias" of a source pivotal to the application. (FBI clashed with DOJ over potential ’bias’ of source for surveillance warrant: McCabe-Page texts) Nonetheless, Jim Comey signed off on the FISA warrant applications to surveil the Trump campaign.

This despite "an individual with links to the dossier" that was desperate that Donald Trump
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lose the eleciton. Once Trump won, Steele, Strozk, Comey, and Ohr were all "passionate" about him not ascending to the presidency.

Related:
Michael Horowitz: 2019-08-01 AG Barr Uncovered 'Very Troubling Information' on 'Fraudulent' FISA Process
Michael Horowitz: 2019-07-23 Comey's inside man at White House emerges as DOJ inspector general finalizes FISA abuse report
Michael Horowitz: 2019-07-11 Trump dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling
Related:
Christopher Steele: 2019-07-31 Chris Wray's FBI continues to cover for Team Comey's Russia shenanigans
Christopher Steele: 2019-07-27 Mueller's Ignorance Of Fusion GPS Proves His Investigation Was A Sham
Christopher Steele: 2019-07-23 Comey's inside man at White House emerges as DOJ inspector general finalizes FISA abuse report
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Bruce Ohr: 2019-07-20 GOP investigators seek Nellie Ohr's research for Fusion GPS on Trump family
Bruce Ohr: 2019-05-02 Rep. Meadows Files Criminal Referral Against Nellie Ohr After New Emails to DOJ About Russian Collusion Surface
Bruce Ohr: 2019-04-27 Trump Says He Will Declassify FBI’s Russia Probe Documents, ‘And Much More’
Related:
William Barr: 2019-08-07 Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok files wrongful termination suit
William Barr: 2019-07-14 AG Barr: Justice Dept. is 'all in' on criminal justice overhaul
William Barr: 2019-07-08 GOP Rep. King: ‘Severe, Serious Abuses' by FBI, CIA ‘Going to Come Out'
Related:
James Clapper: 2019-07-28 Clapper: Obama Ordered The Intelligence Assessment That Resulted In Mueller Investigation
James Clapper: 2019-06-25 Clapper Hears Barr's 'Chilling' Footsteps
James Clapper: 2019-06-16 Durham has questions for Brennan, NSA’s Mike Rogers has the answers
Related:
James Comey: 2019-08-08 Pres. Trump says he's considering a commutation for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blago: ‘I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly'
James Comey: 2019-08-05 'How Comey set a trap for prosecutors when leaking his memos
James Comey: 2019-08-02 Rep. Devin Nunes: James Comey having mismarked 'secret' memo at home was illegal
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Rep. Devin Nunes: James Comey having mismarked 'secret' memo at home was illegal
2019-08-02
[Washington Insider] Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said one particular memo that former FBI Director James Comey gave to agents one month after being fired should never have made it to his house.

FBI documents unveiled this week show special agents arriving at Comey's home in June 2017 to collect his memos, which were largely contemporaneous notes on the former FBI director's interactions with President Trump during the transition period and early months of his administration.

This FBI log showed, "Comey observed that the second page of the memo dated March 30, 2017 , had the incorrect banner line classification of SECRET//NOFORN rather than UNCLASSIFIED//FOUO at the top and bottom of the second page."

"NOFORN" means no foreign nationals are allowed to see the document's contents. "FOUO" stands for "For Official Use Only."

Despite the mislabel, Nunes said this memo should never have made its way out of a secure setting.

"The whole idea that you can take something that is marked 'Secret//No Foreign' and then just decide on your own to take that out of the SCIF, so out of a controlled area and not handled properly and take to someone’s house, or a university or wherever these memos went to. You just can’t do that," the California Republican said on Fox News on Thursday.
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Devin Nunes: CIA has 'come clean' but John Brennan remains a concern
2019-07-29
[Washington Examiner] Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the CIA has "come clean" for his review of the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation.

But during a Fox News interview Sunday, he said former CIA Director John Brennan still needs to answer questions.

Host Maria Bartiromo asked the California congressman which agency, the FBI or CIA, was more likely to have lined up confidential sources to make contact with members of the Trump campaign, under suspicion for ties to Russia.

"Well, as you know, we have jurisdiction over both FBI and CIA and what they do overseas," Nunes said on Sunday Morning Futures. "We have lots of information about FBI people going overseas and doing things, we don’t really have any information from CIA."

He added, "So far, they’ve really come clean. I would say the only one who has questions to answer is John Brennan, because we now know that John Brennan briefed Harry Reid on the dossier in August 2016. At the same time he never briefed me or Paul Ryan who was the speaker of the House at the time."

Nunes was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee at the time.
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Devin Nunes: Mueller knew there was no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion on day one
2019-05-19
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., went further than Attorney General William Barr to answer the question of when special counsel Robert Mueller knew there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In an interview that aired Friday on Fox News, Barr said he "couldn't say."

Appearing after Barr, Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, was not so hesitant.

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Steele's stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election
2019-05-09
[TheHill] If ever there were an admission that taints the FBI’s secret warrant to surveil Donald Trump’s campaign, it sat buried for more than 2 1/2 years in the files of a high-ranking State Department official.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline.

And that confession occurred 10 days before the FBI used Steele’s now-discredited dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign’s ties to Russia.

Steele’s client “is keen to see this information come to light prior to November 8,” the date of the 2016 election, Kavalec wrote in a typed summary of her meeting with Steele and Tatyana Duran, a colleague from Steele’s Orbis Security firm. The memos were unearthed a few days ago through open-records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United.

Kavalec’s notes do not appear to have been provided to the House Intelligence Committee during its Russia probe, according to former Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). "They tried to hide a lot of documents from us during our investigation, and it usually turns out there’s a reason for it," Nunes told me. Senate and House Judiciary investigators told me they did not know about them, even though they investigated Steele’s behavior in 2017-18.

One member of Congress transmitted the memos this week to the Department of Justice’s inspector general, fearing its investigation of FISA abuses may not have had access to them.

Nonetheless, the FBI is doing its best to keep much of Kavalec’s information secret by retroactively claiming it is classified, even though it was originally marked unclassified in 2016.

The apparent effort to hide Kavalec's notes from her contact with Steele has persisted for some time.

State officials acknowledged a year ago they received a copy of the Steele dossier in July 2016, and got a more detailed briefing in October 2016 and referred the information to the FBI.

But what was discussed was not revealed. Sources told me more than a year ago that Kavalec had the most important (and memorialized) interaction with Steele before the FISA warrant was issued, but FBI and State officials refused to discuss it, or even confirm it.

The encounter, and Kavalec’s memos, were forced into public view through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation by Citizens United. Yet, all but a few lines have been redacted after the fact. Officials are citing as the reason national security, in the name of the FBI and a half-century-old intelligence law.
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Nunes: Mueller report 'cherry-picked' information about mysterious Maltese Professor Mifsud
2019-05-06
[FOX] House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, in a Fox News interview Sunday, blasted "cherry-picked" findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report about Joseph Mifsud -- the mysterious professor from Malta who helped ignite the Russia probe in 2016.

The California Republican previously said he wanted to know exactly who was employing Mifsud when he spoke with George Papadopoulos, a former adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.

"If the FBI does in fact have transcripts of Papadopoulos talking to anyone ... I think Congress, and the American people, have a right to know this because in fact we paid for it, and we had to deal with this for two and a half years. We had to suffer through this," he told Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures."

Mifsud largely has vanished from public eye after his name began surfacing in news stories.
"Vanished" as in Seth Rich vanished, or simply on holiday somewhere ?
Last week, Nunes sent a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, CIA Director Gina Haspel, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone and FBI Director Chris Wray. It asks them to hand over all information they had on Mifsud by May 10.
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Nunes files $150M lawsuit against McClatchy, alleging conspiracy to derail Clinton, Russia probes
2019-04-09
[FoxNews] House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes filed a $150 million lawsuit in Virginia state court against The McClatchy Company and others on Monday, alleging that one of the news agency's reporters conspired with a political operative to derail Nunes' oversight work into the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.

The filing, obtained by Fox News, came a day after Nunes, R-Calif., revealed he would send eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department this week concerning purported surveillance abuses by federal authorities during the Russia probe, false statements to Congress and other matters.


In March, Nunes filed a similar $250 million lawsuit alleging defamation against Twitter and one of its users, Republican consultant Liz Mair. In Monday's complaint, Nunes again named Mair as a co-defendant, charging this time that she conspired with McClatchy reporter MacKenzie Mays to spread a variety of untruthful and misleading smears -- including that Nunes "was involved with cocaine and underage prostitutes" -- online and in print.
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Devin Nunes locked and loaded: 8 criminal referrals ready, including 3 targeting 'conspiracy' and 'global leaks'
2019-04-08
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced on Sunday he is ready to send eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department next week related to the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

"We're prepared this week to notify the attorney general that we're prepared to send those referrals over and brief him if he wishes to be briefed," Nunes said on Fox News.

The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee has been teasing a referral of Justice Department and FBI officials for months and previously predicted its delivery by the end of last week.

However,
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Nunes backed away from that deadline, hinting that his team of Sherlocks found more people, potentially up to two dozen, who could be connected to a criminal referral. Nunes said on "Sunday Morning Futures" that the people ensnared in his eight-person referral "may not be all of them."

Nunes did not disclose any names, but he did break down three categories in which they fall.

"Five of them are what I would call straight up referrals so just referrals that are, that name someone and name the specific crimes. Those crimes are lying to Congress, misleading Congress, leaking classified information," Nunes said.

The other three, he said are more complicated, related to charges of conspiracy to lie to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

"There are three that I think are more complicated so you mentioned conspiracy. So the question on conspiracy is what, there's the conspiracy statute, and then what do they need to look at under that statute. So on the first one, is FISA abuse and other matters we believe there is a conspiracy to lie to the FISA Court, mislead the FISA court by numerous individuals that all need to be investigative and looked at," Nunes said. "The second conspiracy one is involving manipulation of intelligence. That also could [involve many] many Americans and we are, so that's kind of the second one. As you know, we've had a lot of concerns with the way intelligence was used."
How exciting! I can’t wait to find out who is about to enjoy the distinct pleasures of legal Hell.
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Congressman Devin Nunes: FBI used 'full force of our intelligence agencies' against Trump
2019-04-05
[Washington Examiner] Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., says top FBI officials used the "full force of our intelligence agencies" against President Trump.
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A new opinion piece from the House Intelligence Committee ranking member lays out how special counsel Robert Mueller's now-completed Russia investigation was tainted by a "political crisis whose full effects remain to be seen."

"The hoax itself was a gift to our nation’s adversaries, most notably Russia," Nunes wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner. "The abuse of intelligence for political purposes is insidious in any democracy. It undermines trust in democratic institutions, and it damages the reputation of the brave men and women who are working to keep us safe."

At the center of it all, Nunes said, is the so-called Trump dossier.

Last February, the House Intelligence Committee, then led by Nunes, released a memo asserting the dossier, which contained unverified claims about Trump's ties to Russia, was used by the FBI to help obtain the FISA warrants to spy on onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page, but key information, including its author Christopher Steele's anti-Trump bias and Democratic benefactors, was left out.

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Beware of Obama's Outrage Trap – Susan Rice's "By The Book" Memo…
2019-04-01
[ConservativeTreehouse] With the Mueller probe coming to a close, there is increased focus on congress (Lindsey Graham and/or Devin Nunes), along with President Trump, beginning a process toward accountability for those who constructed the Russia collusion/conspiracy hoax. However, amid the increased calls for sunlight and accountability, there are well-intended voices walking perilously close to an outrage trap.

The issue(s) surround President Obama and high-ranking Obama intelligence officials, notably: Comey, Clapper, Brennan and Yates, intentionally lying and/or misrepresenting issues to president-elect Donald Trump and the transition team in/around the transition period and shortly after the January 20, 2017, inauguration.

Some of the misinformation stems from intelligence officials telling direct lies (ex. telling President-elect, and President Trump he was not under investigation). Other aspects were lies of omission surrounding the Steele Dossier during the January 6th, 2017, intelligence briefing session with the President-elect in Trump Tower.
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