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|There’s no video of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide, prison guards skipped mandatory checks, 2 Dems named by Ep’s girl|
|[NYPOST] There’s no surveillance video of the incident during which apparently hanged himself in a federal lockup in Lower Manhattan, law-enforcement officials told The Post on Sunday.|
Well, by golly, the government should step in and... No. Wait. This was the government, right?
Although there are cameras in the 9 South wing where the convicted pedophile was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, they are trained on the areas outside the cells and not inside, according to sources familiar with the setup there.
Wouldn't want to let this beauzeau think he was special just because he had the goods on fifty or sixty national-level bigshots, not to mention a few stars of stage and screen...
Pols who attended Sunday’s annual Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan demanded answers to the many questions surrounding Epstein’s Saturday morning death, which is being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department.
"Yeah! We demand answers!"
"Something doesn’t smell right ‐ and it’s not his dead body," Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said.
"Now that he's dead, we'll never get to the bottom of this, will we?"
Adams noted the July 23 incident in which the multimillionaire financier was found nearly unconscious in his cell with marks on his neck, as well as the blockbuster court papers that were released on Friday and contained the names of other men ‐ including former Maine Sen. George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ‐ who allegedly slept with an Epstein teenage "sex slave."
"Guards! Guards! Somebody just tried to kill me! I've been unconscious! Look at the marks on my neck!"
"Yeah, yeah. We'll... ummm... investigate."
"Something is really troubling about that and I think it needs to be investigated extremely and very thoroughly to make sure there wasn’t any foul play," Adams said.
"Legume! My clarinet! I must get to the bottom of this!"
New York Attorney General Letitia James, who said she’s toured the MCC, said she found it "very difficult to understand how something like this could have happened."
"Yup. No idea."
Prison Guards Skipped Mandatory Checks Before Jeffrey Epstein’s Death
[BREITBART] Guards at the New York City jail where millionaire investor was found dead Saturday did not conduct required checks on prisoners the previous night, according to a report.
Epstein died of a suspected suicide after being found unresponsive in his Manhattan Correctional Center cell where he was being held on sex trafficking charges. At approximately 6:30 a.m., Epstein was "found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit from an apparent suicide," the Federal Bureau of Prisons said in a news release.
Staff conducted life-saving measures and Epstein was transported by ambulance to a hospital where according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Around 7:30 a.m., a gurney carrying a man who looked like Epstein was wheeled out of the jail and taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, the New York Post reported.
Epstein hanged himself while in solitary confinement. Three law enforcement sources confirmed the suicide to ABC News. NBC reported he was not on suicide watch.
"At the MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed overnight, according to the source. In addition, every 15 minutes guards are required to make another check on prisoners who are on suicide watch," reports.
In July, Epstein was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck and was placed on suicide watch.
Attorney General William Barr has directed the FBI and Department of Justice inspector general to launch a full investigation into Epstein’s death.
Alleged Trafficking Victim Names Two Democrats in Jeffrey Epstein Case
The more than 2,000 papers released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York allege that Virginia Giuffre, 33, claimed in May 2016 that she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with and give erotic massages to several politicians, foreign leaders, and businessmen, Fox News reported.
"There’s a whole bunch of them ‐ it’s just hard for me to remember," Giuffre said, according to the documents. "My whole life revolved around just pleasing these men and keeping Ghislaine and Jeffrey happy. Their whole lives revolved around sex."
The two Democrat politicians named in the allegations were former Sen. George Mitchell (ME) and former New Mexico governor and Clinton cabinet official Bill Richardson.
Mitchell, who is a former Senate majority leader and was later named special envoy to the Middle East by former President Obama, called the allegations "false" and denied he had ever met or had any contact with Giuffre, according to reports.
A spokesperson for Richardson also said the allegations against him were "completely false," adding that "Governor Richardson has never been to Mr. Epstein’s residence in the Virgin Islands. Governor Richardson has never met Ms. Giuffre," reports stated.
Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, said, "It took a great deal of courage and commitment for Virginia to file her lawsuit," according to NBC News.
Reports said Epstein was charged with sex trafficking-related charges last month. But on July 24, he was reportedly found "semi-conscious with marks on his neck" in an apparent suicide attempt. Epstein was placed on suicide watch following the incident.
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|Revealing the systemic coup between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele|
|[COMMDIGINEWS] July congressional hearings reveal that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s team conducted a two-day interview in London with British ex-spy . 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 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 , James Clapper, and . 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 lose the eleciton. Once Trump won, Steele, Strozk, Comey, and Ohr were all "passionate" about him not ascending to the presidency.
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|With Latest Trump Dossier-DOJ News, How Many Heads Are Going To Roll ?|
|[Townhall] So, how many heads are going to roll in September? Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz is supposed to release his long-awaited report on Obama-era FISA abuses. The focal point centers on the DOJ’s FISA spy warrant against Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, which was secured thanks to the Clinton-funded opposition research project called the Trump dossier. It was compiled by ex-British spook Christopher Steele. It was unverified. It was biased. And the DOJ knew it. Not only that, former top DOJ official Bruce Ohr kept contacting Steele months after it was revealed his worked was biased (via Fox News):|
The FBI formally documented the anti-Trump bias of British ex-spy Christopher Steele months before the November 2016 presidential election, yet used his unverified dossier in multiple Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrant application renewals, records obtained by Fox News show.
So, it was used to renew warrants against Page. Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for the research firm Fusion GPS, which was contracted by the Democrats to find dirt on Trump. GPS then reached out to Steele to compile the document.
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|Mueller's Ignorance Of Fusion GPS Proves His Investigation Was A Sham|
|[The Federalist] Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees provided yet further proof that the entire special counsel investigation was a political witch hunt. While Democrats succeeded in eliciting affirmative responses from Mueller to their dramatic reading of the special counsel report at Wednesday's prosecution of President Trump in absentia, it was Mueller's ignorance when queried about Fusion GPS that exposed both the proceedings and the special counsel probe as a sham.|
In what he surely saw as an introductory question, Rep. Steven Chabot asked Mueller to confirm that the name of the firm that produced the Christopher Steele dossier was Fusion. "I'm not familiar with that," the former special counsel responded. Taken aback by Mueller's ignorance, Chabot stressed, "It's not a trick question," before attempting to ask Mueller about Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier.
"This is outside my purview," Mueller testified. How is that even possible?
In his opening statement, Mueller stressed that he agreed to serve as special counsel because he thought "it was of paramount interest to the nation to determine whether a foreign adversary had interfered in the presidential election." "The order appointing me as special counsel directed our office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election," Mueller continued.
Yet here he was, telling Congress that Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier were outside of his "purview." But the Steele dossier built the entire case of Russia collusion. It justified the four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act surveillance orders on former Trump adviser Carter Page. It detailed supposed connections between Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen and the Kremlin. Had anyone truly believed there was collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia, they would have pulled every thread in the Steele dossier to see if something stuck.
Rep. Matt Gaetz knew this, and said to Mueller:
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|The investigators need to be investigated|
[LegalInsurrection] My initial reaction to Robert Mueller’s congressional appearance was one of pity. He was a pathetic character on the stage, seemingly bewildered at times, mentally frail, and vulnerable as a witness.
What a way to end a career and to be remembered by friend and foe alike.
But emotion is not the way to assess what we saw. It’s not an overstatement to say that the Hillary-DNC-Fusion GPS-Steele operation, as embraced by influential members of the FBI and possibly intelligence services, compounded by leaks to and collusion of a willing media, came close to undermining a presidential election before and after Election Day.
In many ways the Mueller testimony confirmed our worst fears that the Mueller Investigation was the Mueller Investigation in name only, that it was run the way the pre-Mueller investigation of Trump was run ‐ by people with a political agenda to override the 2016 election result, or at least to make sure it didn’t happen again in 2020. It’s a theme we’ve covered here pretty much since the Inauguration.
Whether Robert Mueller was a mere figurehead or in control, he was a participant. So while he was a sorry figure in the congressional hearings, and his appearance did substantial damage to Democrat and media plans, the gravity of what happened should not be lessened. It almost worked.
The media, of course, was a full participant in what happened. Just when you thought the major organizations who control almost all of popular and social media couldn’t get any worse, they do. This all takes place while high tech companies put the thumb on the scale by penalizing non-liberal content.
You know where I’m going, don’t you? Dread.
After Mueller had testified for several hours, and it was clear that it was a disaster for Democrats and the media, I was asked by someone who works in the neighborhood, knows about this website, and is a big Trump supporter, how it was going. We talked about the hearings for a little while, since he was unable to watch, then he asked me: "Do you still have hope?"
That simple question somewhat set me aback.
My answer, paraphrased:
Yes, I still have hope, but it’s hard. When the weight of the media, entertainment and educational industries is so hostile to non-liberals, and when it combines with the power of the state, it’s tough. It seems overwhelming at times. It’s emotionally and physically draining. And it’s been going on for several decades. Yet I still have hope despite that overwhelming disadvantage.
It’s almost unimaginable that after this decades-long onslaught, Republicans nonetheless control the Senate and the presidency, and most state legislatures. How can that possibly be, it’s seemingly impossible. The American people are resilient, and that gives me hope.
But vigilance must be eternal, going to sleep politically even for a year or two is not an option. You cannot give an inch, or they’ll take a mile. And people need to be held accountable.
We’re doing construction at the house. The contractors we’re using told me they’ve never seen the economy this strong, that they can’t hire enough people for all the work they could get. Some of the workers blasted Rush Limbaugh on the radio. I smiled.
We can’t let the Mueller fiasco be forgotten. This was really dangerous, almost beyond imagination.
The investigators need to be investigated.
The best defense is certainty of retaliation - I said at the time that Christine Blasey Ford's life needs to be turned into hell. Muller and Co hundredfold.
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|Mueller Says He Is ‘Not Familiar’ With Fusion GPS, The Firm Behind The Steele Dossier|
[PJMedia] You'd have to be living under a rock to not know what Fusion GPS is. But, if you're Robert Mueller, who ran a two-year $25 million investigation into Russian collusion, apparently you have no idea.
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH): "When you talk about the firm that produced the Steele [dossier], the name of the firm that produced that was Fusion GPS. Is that correct?"
Robert Mueller: "I'm not familiar ... with that"
Chabot: "It's not a trick question. It was Fusion GPS" pic.twitter.com/4WA0lhKc3x
‐ Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 24, 2019
Robert Mueller says he didn’t clear ‘problematic’ Trump in stuttering hearings that fail to deliver knockout punch
[NYDAILYNEWS] A stone-faced Robert Mueller testified before Congress on Wednesday that President Trump could very well be criminally prosecuted once he’s out of office and slammed the president’s “problematic” cheerleading of Russian interference in American elections.
In six hours of stilted and at times stuttering testimony before two House committees, the square-jawed former special counsel recounted that his team of investigators unearthed plenty of evidence that the president tried to obstruct his 22-month probe of Russia’s pro-Trump meddling in the 2016 election.
“The president was not exculpated,” Mueller declared near the start of his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
Asked if he had exonerated Trump as the president has repeatedly claimed, Mueller bluntly replied: “No.”
Mueller also offered the shocking suggestion that Trump could be indicted for obstruction of justice when he’s no longer president. “Yes,” he said, adding it would be up to future federal prosecutors to decide.
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|GOP investigators seek Nellie Ohr's research for Fusion GPS on Trump family|
|[Washington Examiner] Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, is under scrutiny again.|
In testimony to lawmakers late last year, Ohr said she gathered information during the 2016 campaign about President Trump, his wife Melania Trump, and his children for Fusion GPS, the same opposition research firm that was paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign for British ex-spy Christopher Steele's anti-Trump dossier.
The Republican investigators want to know if Ohr's Trump family research made it to the FBI or got into Steele's dossier.
Ohr testified in December that she was tasked with researching the Trump family "broadly in connection with any ‐ any Russian
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|Kamala Harris campaign lawyer hired Fusion GPS for Hillary Clinton|
|[Washington Examiner] The former top lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign who hired Fusion GPS to carry out controversial opposition research against then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016 is now working for a top 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful.|
Marc Elias, who heads Perkins Coie’s political law group, became general counsel for California Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential bid this year. Elias, who held the same position in Clinton's campaign, is named in two pending Federal Election Commission complaints and in a recent federal lawsuit alleging that the Clinton campaign broke campaign finance laws when it used Perkins Coie to hire Fusion GPS.
Fusion GPS went on to hire British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who compiled an unverified dossier allegedly based on sources close to the Kremlin which was disseminated to the media and used by the FBI to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants targeting former Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is reviewing alleged FISA abuse related to the dossier and Attorney General William Barr launched his "investigation of the investigators" earlier this year.
Clinton’s former presidential campaign manager Robby Mook said in 2017 that he authorized Elias to hire an outside firm to dig up dirt on Trump’s connections with Russia. "I asked our lawyer and I gave him a budget allocation to investigate this, particularly the international aspect," he said.
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|British ex-spy will not talk to U.S. prosecutor examining Trump probe origins|
|WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former British spy who produced a dossier describing alleged links between Donald Trump and Russia will not cooperate with a prosecutor assigned by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to review how the investigations of Trump and his 2016 election campaign began, a source with knowledge of the situation said.|
Christopher Steele, a former Russia expert for the British spy agency MI6, will not answer questions from prosecutor John Durham, named by Barr to examine the origins of the investigations into Trump and his campaign team, said the source close to Steele’s London-based private investigation firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.
Trump has given Barr broad authority to declassify intelligence materials related to the investigations. Last week Trump ordered the heads of U.S. spy and law enforcement agencies to cooperate with Durham.
Steele, who had previously collaborated with the FBI on issues such as corruption in the global soccer organization FIFA, was hired in 2016 by Fusion GPS, a Washington-based private investigations firm working for lawyers representing the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Steele produced for Fusion GPS a set of controversial and sometimes salacious reports describing alleged contacts Trump and his team had with Russians before the election.
|Did Robert Mueller Tap Fusion GPS And Christopher Steele To Assist His Anti-Trump Investigation?|
|[The Federalist] Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent more than $732,000 on outside contractors, including private investigators and researchers, records show, but his office refuses to say who they were. While it’s not unusual for special government offices to outsource for services such as computer support, Mueller also hired contractors to compile "investigative reports" and other "information."|
The arrangement has led congressional investigators, government watchdog groups and others to speculate that the private investigators and researchers who worked for the special counsel’s office might have included Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, the private research firm that hired Steele to produce the Russia collusion dossier for the Clinton campaign.
They suspect the dossier creators may have been involved in Mueller’s operation, and even had a hand in his final report, because the special counsel sent his team to London to meet with Steele within a few months of taking over the Russia collusion investigation in 2017. Also, Mueller’s lead prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, had shared information he received from Fusion with the media.
Raising additional suspicions, Mueller’s report recycles the general allegations leveled in the dossier. And taking a page from earlier surveillance-warrant applications in the Russia investigation, it cites as supporting evidence several articles‐including one by Yahoo! News‐that used Steele and Fusion as sources.
Mueller even kept alive one of the dossier’s most obscene accusations‐that Moscow had "compromising tapes" of Trump with Russian hookers‐by slipping into a footnote an October 2016 text Trump lawyer Michael Cohen received from a "Russian businessman," who cryptically intimated, "Stopped flow of tapes from Russia."
Lawyers for the businessman, Giorgi Rtskhiladze (who is actually a Georgian American), are demanding a retraction of the footnote, arguing Mueller omitted the part of his text where he said he did not believe the rumor about the tapes, for which no evidence has ever surfaced.
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|The walls are closing in on Obama's spies|
|[DonSurber] Then the Mueller Report arrived. Now the walls are closing in on the spies and others who broke the law on behalf of Obama.|
Kimberley A. Strassel of the Wall Street Journal wrote, "Barr gets attacked because his probe endangers powerful people."
(As I read that headline, I could have sworn I heard someone singing, "He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.")
Strassel wrote, "Mr. Barr made real news in that Senate hearing, and while the press didn’t notice, Democrats did. The attorney general said he’d already assigned people at the Justice Department to assist his investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. He said his review would be far-reaching ‐ that he was obtaining details from congressional investigations, from the ongoing probe by the department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and even from Mr. Mueller’s work. Mr. Barr said the investigation wouldn’t focus only on the fall 2016 justifications for secret surveillance warrants against Trump team members but would go back months earlier.
She has been one of the few voices of reason in a media filled with hysterical people who have a foaming-mouth hatred of Donald John Trump and now, every single one of his supporters. Witness the censoring of us on social media.
|Rep. Meadows Files Criminal Referral Against Nellie Ohr After New Emails to DOJ About Russian Collusion Surface|
|[GatewayPundit] Nellie Ohr, wife of twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr was criminally referred to the Justice Department Wednesday by House Republicans after hundreds of new emails surfaced, contradicting her previous statements to Congress.|
A series of "Hi Honey" emails from Nellie Ohr to her top DOJ husband Bruce Ohr surfaced and suggested Hillary-funded oppo research was being funneled into the DOJ during the 2016 election through a backchannel between the happily married Ohr couple.
Nellie Ohr previously told Congress that during the 2016 election, she worked for Fusion GPS to help them connect Trump and Manafort to Russian organized crime.
New Nellie Ohr emails discovered through a FOIA lawsuit show evidence to the contrary.
Via John Solomon of The Hill:
Now, 339 pages of emails from her private account to Department of Justice (DOJ) email accounts, have been released under a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch. And they are raising concerns among Republicans in Congress, who filed a criminal referral with the Justice Department on Wednesday night.
They clearly show that Ohr sent reams of open-source intelligence to her husband, Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, and on some occasions to at least three DOJ prosecutors: Lisa Holtyn, Ivana Nizich and Joseph Wheatley.
The contents tracked corruption developments in Russia and Ukraine, including intelligence affecting Russian figures she told Congress she had tried to connect to Trump or Manafort.
"Hi Honey, if you ever get a moment you might find the penultimate article interesting ‐ especially the summary in the final paragraph," Nellie Ohr emailed her husband on July 6, 2016, in one typical communication. The article and paragraph she flagged suggested that Trump was a Putin stooge: "If Putin wanted to concoct the ideal candidate to service his purposes, his laboratory creation would look like Donald Trump." Nellie Ohr bolded that key sentence for apparent emphasis.
Earlier Wednesday, Congressman Jim Jordan told Saagar Enjeti of The Hill that Rep. Mark Meadows was "working to finalize" a criminal referral of Nellie Ohr. "We’ll see if that happens.