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US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe
2019-09-13
[FOXNEWS] U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against CNN contributor Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official.

McCabe -- the former deputy and acting director of the FBI -- appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The potential charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against him regarding misleading statements concerning a Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
-related investigation.

A source close to McCabe’s legal team said they received an email from the Department of Justice which said, "The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office."

McCabe spent 21 years with the FBI. He became the acting director in May 2017 after President Trump fired former director JamesThe spine of the FBI is the rule of law Comey
The disgraced, except in his own mind, former head of the FBI...
Last month, a source close to the process told Fox News that McCabe had a "target on his back" because of the Justice Department inspector general findings.

Related:
Andrew McCabe: 2019-09-02 Lindsey Graham open to putting Obama under oath in probe into Russia investigation origins
Andrew McCabe: 2019-09-02 Deep State's Page, Strzok Conducted FBI's Review to Classify Comey's Memos
Andrew McCabe: 2019-08-29 DOJ inspector general found all four Carter Page FISA warrants were illegally obtained, Joe diGenova says
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Hillary Clinton: 2019-09-08 Adios, Think Progress
Hillary Clinton: 2019-09-06 Bernie Sanders Floats Global Population Control at CNN Climate Town Hall
Hillary Clinton: 2019-09-05 Meet the World Expert on All Things: Tom Nichols
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James Comey: 2019-09-11 All in the Comey Family
James Comey: 2019-09-10 Taliban: More Americans will die after secret Camp David talks canceled
James Comey: 2019-09-04 Obama, Biden Briefed on Private Trump Meeting Before Comey Fed Details to FBI Team Investigating Russia Collusion
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Lindsey Graham open to putting Obama under oath in probe into Russia investigation origins
2019-09-02
[Washington Examiner] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham says he is open to putting Barack Obama under oath as he probes potential White House involvement in opening a investigation into unproven ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

Graham says one of the biggest remaining mysteries in the Trump-Russia saga that needs to be unraveled is who told President Obama about the counterintelligence investigation into then-candidate Trump. The South Carolina Republican wants answers from the former president.

As part of his probe, Graham is prepared to call former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to testify.

Graham joined Sean Hannity on Fox News on Wednesday night to say he was determined to get to the bottom of the launching of the Trump-Russia investigation, and that the "bottom line" for him was figuring out what Obama knew, when he knew it, and whom he learned it from.

"I can't imagine an investigation of the Republican nominee for president ‐ a counterintelligence investigation of his campaign ‐ was not approved at the highest level," Graham said last night. "I cannot imagine it happening without somebody in the White House knowing about it."
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Deep State's Page, Strzok Conducted FBI's Review to Classify Comey's Memos
2019-09-02
[Breitbart] NEW YORK ‐ Former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the once romantically-linked duo infamous for their anti-Trump text messages, conducted the initial agency review of disgraced ex-FBI chief James Comey’s memos to determine whether the documents contained any potentially classified information.

Working on the initial classification review with Page and Strzok was another member of Comey’s inner circle, James A. Baker, the former FBI general counsel.

Those details were contained inside the report released last Thursday by the Justice Department’s inspector-general.

The IG report related that Strzok characterized himself, Page, Baker, and the Unit Chief of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Law Unit in the FBI’s Office of General Counsel as a "logical subset to sit and go through" Comey’s memos memorializing his conversations with Trump to determine classification.

Strzok told the FBI that it made sense that this team conducted the initial classification review because the members had a lot of "history and experience of working investigations relating to ... the disclosure of classified information," including the FBI’s Clinton email investigation.

That would be the same Clinton email investigation that became the subject of a separate 500-plus page IG report in June 2018 that was highly critical of actions taken by Comey and his team.

The IG report described an extraordinary system of communication set up between Page and former deputy director Andrew McCabe that bypassed the ordinary chain of command to communicate important information about the agency’s probe of Clinton’s email server. The method of communication involved Strzok, who was romantically involved with Page, sending information on the Clinton probe to McCabe through Page, the previous IG report found.
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DOJ inspector general found all four Carter Page FISA warrants were illegally obtained, Joe diGenova says
2019-08-29
[Washington Examiner] The Justice Department inspector general has determined all four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page were illegally obtained, attorney Joe diGenova said this week.
And the black robed tyrants who rubber stamped each application, what about those fellas ?
In an investigation that began last year, Inspector General Michael Horowitz examined the Justice Department's and FBI's compliance with legal requirements as well as policies and procedures in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court related to Page as part of a larger counterintelligence inquiry into President Trump's campaign.

Back in May, diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said the three FISA warrant extensions against Page were illegally obtained, adding "the only question now is whether or not the first FISA was illegally obtained."
One follow-on question please. Was Carter Page aware of his role as a Trump campaign FBI source? While he's playing the victom now, I'd reckon he was keenly aware of his clandestine role.
Now diGenova says Horowitz made the same determination about the warrant that started it all.

"I can report categorically that the inspector general has found that all four FISA warrants were illegal. They were based on false information supplied to the FISA Court. And Michael Horowitz has concluded that all four FISA warrants were illegal," he told WMAL on Monday.

The announcement comes days after The Hill's John Solomon reported Horowitz had completed his investigation and, after a declassification period, could be released sometime between mid-September to early October.

DiGenova previously said memos, obtained by conservative group Citizens United through open-records litigation, suggest the FBI might have misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the first warrant application about an unverified dossier.

The dossier, compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, contained salacious and unverified claims about Trump's ties to Russia. It was used by the FBI to obtain the authority to wiretap Page, an American who had suspicious connections to the Russians. The first warrant application was submitted in October 2016, after which there were three renewals at three-month intervals, including in January, April, and June 2017.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but that would be....non-US citizen Christopher Steele, AMIRITE? Are there no rules regarding such evidence and sources? Is the seldom mentioned '18 U.S. Code § 3491. Foreign documents' applicable ?
The warrant applications were approved by a number of high-ranking officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
All recently revealed as the Bernie and Ruth Madoff's of the FBI and Justice system.
The memos obtained by Citizens United, and shared with the Washington Examiner, show Steele met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11 and admitted he was encouraged by a client to get his research out before the 2016 election, signaling a possible political motivation. The timing of the meeting is notable, as it was 10 days before the FBI used Steele's unverified dossier to obtain the original warrant to wiretap Page.

DiGenova served as an independent counsel in the 1990s for a case on former President Bill Clinton's passport before he was elected. Last year, it was announced diGenova and his wife and legal partner Victoria Toensing were joining Trump's legal team for the federal Russia investigation, but that plan was nixed within days. He had been highly critical of Mueller's Russia investigation, claiming that Trump had been "framed" by the Justice Department and the FBI, and has spread conspiracy theories about it.

But diGenova appears to have some knowledgeable sources.
While the rest of us struggle, Joe and Victoria maintain their finely tuned mental acuity by working difficult legal-term crossword puzzles and engaging in rapid fire, single digit math problems.
In April he said a "bombshell" report on Comey was imminent that included criminal referrals. Although diGenova's expectation for the report's release in two weeks was off the mark, Comey was criminally referred for his memos memorializing his conversations with Trump. The Justice Department declined to prosecute. In a piece published Wednesday, the Washington Examiner's Byron York confirmed with sources that Horowitz is preparing to release a report on Comey's conduct in the Trump-Russia investigation, separate from the report on alleged FISA abuses.

Related: Hot Air - DoJ Inspector General To Report On Comey’s Conduct In Separate Report
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Home Front: Politix
The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces
2019-08-26
[The Hill] August in Washington can be the political equivalent of an elephant graveyard: One good rain can wash away the dirt and expose the bones of scandals past.

And this August did not disappoint. Thanks to the relentless investigative work of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), we are learning that the Hillary Clinton email case may not really be settled.

A staff memo updating the two senators’ long-running probe discloses that the FBI ‐ the version run in 2016 by the now-disgraced and fired James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok ‐ failed to pursue access to "highly classified" evidence that could have resolved important questions.

The failure to look at the evidence back in 2016 occurred even though the agents believed access to the sensitive evidence was "necessary" to complete the investigation into Clinton’s improper transmission of classified emails ‐ some top-secret ‐ on her unsecure private email server, the memos show.

To make matters worse, the Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) has known about that decision since at least 2018, thanks to the work of the DOJ’s internal watchdog, Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz, who provided DOJ leaders and Congress with a classified appendix explaining what happened.

But Johnson and Grassley have been unable to get answers for a year, even from Attorney General William Barr, about whether the FBI intends to look at the critical evidence it skipped back in 2016.

The Senate staff memo succinctly lays out just how egregious the FBI’s decision was in 2016.

The inspector general’s "appendix raised a number of serious questions because, as explained on page 154 of the unclassified DOJ IG report, the FBI decided not to seek access to certain highly classified information potentially relevant to the investigation despite members of the FBI case team referring to the review as a ’necessary’ part of the investigation," the Senate staff wrote.

"As a result of the findings in that appendix, Senator Grassley wrote a classified letter to DOJ on October 17, 2018, which remains unanswered. On January 15, 2019, at Mr. Barr’s nomination hearing, Senator Grassley asked Mr. Barr if he would answer the letter, if confirmed, to which he attested, ’Yes, Senator.’ On April 16, 2019, Senators Grassley, Johnson, and Graham sent a letter to Attorney General Barr reiterating the need for a written response to that letter."

The DOJ’s silence on the road that the FBI willfully chose not to take is all the more deafening given what we already know about the Clinton email case.

As I previously wrote, then-FBI Director Comey’s original draft findings in the Clinton case concluded her transmission of classified emails through an unsecure server was "grossly negligent," the legal standard supporting a felony charge under the Espionage Act.

And now we learn the FBI willfully chose to ignore highly classified evidence in the Clinton email case and has stonewalled Congress for a year on whether it intends to reexamine that evidence.

It’s exactly that sort of behavior that leaves many Americans wondering whether there are two systems of justice inside the FBI ‐ one for the Clintons, and one for the rest of the country.

So far little has occurred that is visible that would make one think that we are not a 2-tiered system of justice and that the FBI is not slow-walking information.
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Home Front: Politix
15 Former Spooks Who Work At CNN And MSNBC Now
2019-08-26
[Daily Caller] CNN added to its deep roster of former FBI and CIA officials-turned-analysts Friday with the hiring of Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired for lack of candor during an investigation last year.

McCabe is the tenth ex-FBI, CIA or intelligence community official CNN has hired during the Trump administration, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis. MSNBC has followed closely behind, having hired five former officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan.

CNN was widely mocked on Friday after announcing the McCabe hiring, largely because the network has criticized its competitors for hiring former Trump administration officials. But the personnel move is also part of a larger trend that has come under scrutiny from some media observers.
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The Hillary Clinton Email Saga Just Got A Lot Weirder
2019-08-18
BLUF:
[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
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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
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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: 2019-08-04 Supporters of far-right activist Tommy Robinson clash with police in London
Racism: 2019-08-03 CNN Business - White Robots Are Raaaaacist
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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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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