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|Devin Nunes accuses Fusion GPS of racketeering in federal lawsuit|
|[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|
|[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:
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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|U.S. Intel Gatekeeper Dragging Feet on Trump-Russia Files, Insiders Say|
|[Real Clear Investigations] More than three months after President Trump granted his attorney general unprecedented power to declassify intelligence files, key U.S. intelligence agencies are still withholding documents related to the Trump-Russia affair, say people with direct knowledge of White House discussions on the subject.|
The source of the logjam: the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which Trump is in the process of shaking up after the resignations last month of its director, Dan Coats, and principal deputy, Sue Gordon. "Establishment" officials in that agency are still dragging their feet, say the sources, who spoke on condition that they not be further identified.
Sources who have seen the documents generally described their contents to RealClearInvestigations. They said the material still under wraps includes:
The transcripts "demonstrate who was lying and expose the bias that existed against Trump before and after his election," said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) of the House Judiciary Committee. They also reportedly contain evidence of a Democratic National Committee attorney maintaining Russia-related contacts with the CIA during the 2016 campaign.
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|Rep. Devin Nunes: James Comey having mismarked 'secret' memo at home was illegal|
|[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|
|[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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|Schiff: Trump Obstructing Congressional Oversight Might Be Grounds for Impeachment|
|[BREITBART] Trump passing gas is grounds for impeachment to these guys. They really wanta have that show trial.|
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|Victor Davis Hanson: Befuddled Mueller Confirmed He Was A Figurehead, Used By Partisans That Hijacked His Name|
|[Real Clear Politics] Victor Davis Hanson said former special counsel Robert Mueller was oblivious when he testified to the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Hanson said his testimony confirmed that he was just a figurehead and being used by a partisan group who "hijacked his conservative name."|
"All this Bob Mueller reputation was not proved by any reality," Hanson told FOX News' Laura Ingraham. "Anything he said to the public or any meetings he had with the Trump legal team, who were supposedly not as educated, not as Ivy League as the dream team, the all-stars, the pros that we were told. And yet an actual performance and actual meritocratic barometers of effectiveness, the Trump team outfoxed them. They were better lawyers."
Hanson said Mueller was supposed to make something illegitimate look legitimate and make a "partisan progressive project" look conservative. In the end, Hanson said, Mueller and his team weren't able to prove anything other than a "thought crime."
"He didn't produce documents, he didn't fire anybody. So what are we left with in the end, the Democrats in the committee were talking about a thought crime. It's not against the law to think things. That's a Soviet Orwellian tradition, that's not an American jurisprudence tradition," Hanson said.
"Bob Mueller reputation was supposed to do two things. It was supposed to put an imprimatur of legitimacy on something that was illegitimate, and it was supposed to make a partisan progressive project look like it was conservative," Hanson said.
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|Mueller Refused To Deny His Team Leaked Roger Stone's FBI Raid To CNN|
|[The Federalist] Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller refused to deny that his team leaked details to CNN regarding an FBI raid on former Trump advisor Roger Stone’s home.|
U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) asked Mueller directly during the former special counsel’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee whether the office tipped off CNN of the incoming raid on Stone’s Florida residence in February.
"Are you aware of anyone on your team having given advanced knowledge of the raid on Roger Stone’s home to any person or the press including CNN?" Stewart asked.
"I’m not going to speak to that," Mueller responded.
Mueller’s answer comes amid scrutiny over how CNN, which was the only news organization to stake out Stone’s home for his arrest, knew that there was going to be a raid on the political consultant’s home in Fort Lauderdale.
In April, the FBI refused a records request from The Federalist for emails with CNN on the day of the raid, raising further suspicion that a government official leaked the anticipated raid to the cable news network.
CNN has repeatedly denied that they were given special information in advance of the raid.
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|House Intel Committee Subpoenas Michael Flynn|
|[BREITBART] The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday subpoenaed retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and former Trump Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Gates for documents and testimony.|
Rep. (D-CA), the panel’s chairman, claims the pair have been uncooperative in Congress’s "oversight" investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
"As part of our oversight work, the House Intelligence Committee is continuing to examine the deep counterintelligence concerns raised in Special Counsel Mueller’s report, and that requires speaking directly with the fact witnesses," Schiff said in a statement. "Both Michael Flynn and Rick Gates were critical witnesses for Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, but so far have refused to cooperate fully with Congress."
The Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, Democrat continued: "That’s simply unacceptable. The American people, and the Congress, deserve to hear directly from these two critical witnesses. We hope these witnesses come to recognize their cooperation as being with the United States, not merely the Department of Justice."
Flynn and Gates are to turn over documents to the committee by June 26th and sit for an interview, under oath, on July 10th, the subpoena states.
Flynn admitted to making false statements to the FBI regarding conversations he shared with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2017, while Gates pleaded guilty to false statements and conspiracy charges related to political consulting efforts he and onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort undertook for Ukraine. The trio was charged as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into now-debunked collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.
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|Under CIA Chief Gina Haspel, an Intelligence Service Returns to the Shadows|
|Isn't that where it was supposed to be?|
[WSJ] At a gala dinner in February to raise funds for the families of Central Intelligence Agency officers killed in the line of duty, CIA Director Gina Haspel surprised her audience by delving into details of spycraft the agency has used to run agents on the streets of Moscow. But the crowd’s astonishment at the unusual revelation quickly evaporated when the spy chief confided that the material came from a journalist’s book.
After a year atop the CIA, Ms. Haspel is giving away few secrets. With a 35-year career in clandestine operations and a U.S. president who pounces when his spy chiefs contradict him publicly, she and her agency have adopted their lowest public profile in decades.
“She’s gone to ground,” said Mark Lowenthal, a former CIA official and staff director of the House Intelligence Committee. “It’s not going to be any good for her to be out there attracting lightning bolts.”
Interviews with nearly 20 current and former U.S. intelligence officials reveal a portrait of a CIA director who has been warmly received by the workforce she has spent her life among.
The CIA’s first female director since its 1947 founding, she has put in place her own leadership team—which also includes many women—and so far has avoided having President Trump’s political allies embedded in the agency’s senior ranks.
But if Ms. Haspel’s primary mission is overseeing a global spy agency charged with addressing threats ranging from terrorism to climate change, it sometimes seems her second priority is protecting the agency she has devoted her life to from the domestic threat of a toxic U.S. political culture.
“I think that she’s adopting a strategy much like [FBI Director] Chris Wray of keeping a lower profile, avoiding situations where she’s put in the position of publicly contradicting the president,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees the CIA.
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|Samantha Powers Unmasked Over 260 Americans During 2016; Soon We'll Learn Why|
| This filthy Shanty Irish Willem Defoe lookalike is a Deep State whore |
[Red State] When U.S. intelligence agencies gather information on foreigners, often the name of a U.S. citizen or entity will be collected. Under current U.S. law, information about innocent citizens gathered in this way is referred to as incidental collection. Their names and data must be masked to protect their privacy.
Authorized government officials, under certain conditions, may "unmask" the identity of an individual.
When John Bolton served at the United Nations, he "unmasked" the identities of three individuals. In the year leading up to the 2016 presidential election, then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers unmasked over 260 Americans.
On September 20, 2017, Fox News reported that the remarkable number of Americans who had been unmasked at Powers' request "was an attempt to uncover associates of President Trump. She was "unmasking" at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016, even seeking information in the days leading up to President Trump&'s inauguration."
In October 2017, Powers testified before a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee. Then Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) spoke to Fox News' Brett Baier afterward and said:
Her testimony is they [the unmasking requests] may be under my name, but I did not make those requests.
Judicial Watch founder Tom Fitton filed an initial FOIA request for all State Department documents relating to Powers' unmaskings in October 2017, and has been unable to obtain them.
Hint: Hatred of teh Joooos and West Bank Settlements
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|Rep. Mark Meadows: Adam Schiff, Democrats are raging over 'information coming that will curl your hair'|
|[Washington Examiner] Rep. Mark Meadows said on Wednesday that Democrats are in a panic because "there is information coming that will curl your hair," referring to the expected declassification of key documents related to the Russia investigation.|
During an interview on Fox News, the North Carolina Republican said Democrats, and in particular House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, know that when these documents come out it will be trouble for them.
"There is information coming that will curl your hair. I can tell you that the reason why it is so visceral ‐ the response from the Democrats is so visceral right now ‐ is because they know, they've seen documents. Adam Schiff has seen documents that he knows will actually put the finger pointing back at him and his Democrat colleagues, not the president of the United States," he told host Sean Hannity.
Democrats in the House are engaged in a multi-pronged effort to investigate President Trump, his inner circle, and his finances. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News on Tuesday that this is all a "coordinated effort to take down the president."