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|US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe|
|[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 -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 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.
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|All in the Comey Family|
[NationalReview] By his own admission, the recently fired FBI director James Comey leaked at least four memos of private presidential conversations ‐ at least one of them containing some classified secret material ‐ variously to his lawyers and through liaisons to the press. In both phone calls and personal meetings, Comey never gave any hint to the president he served that he intended to leave a written record of the conversations for what turned out to be his own selfish agenda.
Comey said his intent by leaking his versions of these conversations was to force a brouhaha that would in turn prompt Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel. That gambit worked to perfection when, shortly after Comey’s scripted media leaks, Robert Mueller, his predecessor, former FBI director, and longtime friend, was appointed special counsel, apparently to do what the now fired James Comey could not.
...Yet despite taking more than 22 months and costing over $30 million in costs, the Mueller team’s investigation found no collusion and no grounds for indicting Trump on obstruction of the non-crime of collusion. So, many months and millions later, Mueller ended up exempting the real Russian collusion while chasing in vain the fake collusion.
|Taliban: More Americans will die after secret Camp David talks canceled|
|[NYPOST] The on Sunday said that President Trump’s decision to call off a secret meeting that he had scheduled with the terror group’s leaders at Camp David "will lead to more losses to the US."|
"Now that US President Trump has announced the suspension of negotiations with the Islamic Emirate, this would not harm anyone else but the Americans themselves," the Taliban said in a statement. "This will further harm their credibility and will show their anti-peace stance in more clear way."
Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid said that the US "anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world" and that "losses to lives and assets will increase" now that the talks with the terror leaders are off.
"This will lead to more losses to the US," Mujahid said.
The failed talks ‐ which were planned to take place at Camp David on Sunday ‐ were first announced by Trump in a tweet Saturday night and were then confirmed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as being officially off.
"For the time being they are," Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday."
Pompeo added that Zalmay Khalilzad, special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation at the State Department, had been ordered home in the wake of the decision. It comes following a in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday that left a US Army sergeant dead.
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|Obama, Biden Briefed on Private Trump Meeting Before Comey Fed Details to FBI Team Investigating Russia Collusion|
|[Breitbart] A key revelation in the report released last week by the Justice Department’s inspector general raises questions about the roles played by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Susan Rice and other senior members of the Obama administration in disgraced former FBI Director James Comey’s infamous classified briefing to then President-elect Donald Trump about "salacious" material inside the anti-Trump dossier.|
"Raises questions" for some possibly. Confirms suspicions for millions of others.
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|James Comey: Another government elite treating public records like private property|
|[Washington Examiner] James Comey, the former FBI director who oversaw the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unlawful handling of official emails, has been chastised by the Justice Department for his improper handling of official memos.|
The irony is so thick that it’s hard not to laugh. But there’s a serious problem here: Comey’s and Clinton’s actions reflect an arrogance of power and a gross disregard for the rule of law. The work that public servants produce belongs to the public. It doesn’t belong in one’s study at home or on one’s homebrewed server.
Comey, according to the Office of the Inspector General at the DOJ, brought home his memos summarizing his conversations with President Trump. He kept them in a safe at home, rather than at DOJ. When he was fired, he didn’t return the memos to the FBI. Instead, he kept the memos and then shared them, through friends, with reporters.
But these memos weren’t Comey’s to do with as he pleased. They were, quite obviously, official FBI work product, even though Comey claimed to believe otherwise. The IG wrote that "Comey's characterization of the Memos as personal records finds no support in the law and is wholly incompatible with the plain language of the statutes, regulations, and policies defining Federal records, and the terms of Comey's FBI Employment Agreement."
Federal records include "all recorded information, regardless of form or characteristics, made or received by a Federal agency ... in connection with the transaction of public business."
Comey wasn’t meeting with Trump as an old friend or to talk real estate. Their meetings were clearly part of Comey doing his job. Some of the material was classified. "As Comey well knew, classified information is never considered personal property; rather, it is the property of the U.S. government."
|DOJ, Pence’s team propose quick executions for mass shooters|
|[NYPOST] The Department of Justice has drafted legislation that would expedite capital punishment for those found guilty of mass killings, according to a top Trump administration official.|
Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short told s Monday that the veep’s policy team has been working with Attorney General William Barr on the bill, which will likely be part of a larger gun control package the White House will try to sell to Congress amid a wave of shooting massacres, including the latest rampage in Texas that killed seven people.
Barr in July said the federal government would push to resume executions of convicted murderers on death row after a 16-year hiatus.
While a capital punishment provision might entice Republican senators to get on board, it will likely be a non-starter for House Democrats.
Already, House Democrats are turning up their noses at a bipartisan background check bill, a piece of Senate legislation being pushed by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). House Democrats say it doesn’t go far enough.
On the flip side, Senate Republicans seem unwilling to pick up a background check bill passed earlier this year in the Democrat-led House.
The president has shown various levels of support for strengthening gun control laws since the double mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. Saturday’s drive-by rampage in Odessa and Midland, Texas, brought the issue to the political forefront yet again.
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|Lindsey Graham open to putting Obama under oath in probe into Russia investigation origins|
|[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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|Deep State's Page, Strzok Conducted FBI's Review to Classify Comey's Memos|
|[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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|Treyfus Gowdius says 'God and history' will be harsh on James Comey|
|[Washington Examiner] Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy says "God and history" will judge James Comey, even if the American justice system does not.|
During an interview Friday, Gowdy reacted to a scathing Justice Department inspector general report that found the former FBI director "violated" bureau policy in his handling of memos about his conversations with President Trump.
He was asked if "Lady Justice" is being fair because Comey was criminally referred to the Justice Department for his conduct, but the agency declined to prosecute.
"I’m very sensitive to that. When our fellow citizens think we have a two-track justice system, either for the famous or the not-famous or the rich or the poor, then we are in trouble as a republic. I would tell my fellow citizens this ‐ we have to have other ways of meting out accountability other than simply indictments," Gowdy said on Fox News.
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|Poll Finds 100% Of People Who Are James Comey Believe James Comey Did Nothing Wrong|
|[Babylon Bee] U.S..‐A new Reuters poll released Friday indicated that 100% of people who are James Comey believe that James Comey did nothing wrong as the director of the FBI.|
Pollsters called exactly one guy: James Comey, and asked him how well he thought James Comey handled himself as FBI director. Of those James Comeys surveyed, 100% of them thought that James Comey's conduct was impeccable and that he served his country well.
"Yeah, James Comey? That guy is a national hero," said one of the people who were surveyed, speaking anonymously. "Of all the people in the nation who could have handled a tough situation like that, James Comey was the man to do it."
Every single person surveyed also believed that James Comey is owed an apology by those who criticized his handling of sensitive information and his violation of FBI rules. "I'm waiting," said James Comey when he saw the poll results. "This survey just shows that there is a real consensus here as to who the good guy is: me."
Comey said he will be going door to door asking for an apology from every single person in the nation one by one.
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|Andrew C. McCarthy: Donald Trump Was Always the Target of the Russia Investigation|
|[National Review] Donald Trump was always the target.|
The point of the Russia investigation was to make a case against Donald Trump. Preferably, the case would drive him from office. At a minimum, it would render him unelectable by the 2020 stretch run. The kind of case was less important than the objective: criminal prosecution or impeachment. In accordance with the collusion narrative, the latter would mean trying to show that Trump was compromised by the Kremlin.
That is the astonishing takeaway from Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on former FBI director James Comey’s handling of his memos.
In truth, it’s not that astonishing. It happens to be the theory of my new book, Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. Obviously, if a book can show that Donald Trump was in the FBI’s crosshairs all along, that fact had to have been knowable for some time.
Still, if you’re going to write a book about a mind-blowing theory, it is gratifying to have that theory confirmed ‐ notwithstanding how alarming it may be for the state of our republic.
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|John Brennan warns Trump that his 'protective cocoon' is 'temporary'|
|[WashingtonExaminer] Former CIA Director John Brennan warned President Trump that the "protective cocoon" surrounding him is "only temporary" in an ominous tweet defending James Comey.|
After Trump tweeted, "Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report," Brennan responded by saying Comey "is far more decent, ethical, honest, competent, & patriotic than [Trump] could ever hope to be," and it is only because of Attorney General William Barr and Senate Republicans that he is not in a world of "trouble & hurt."
"But their protective cocoon is only temporary," he added.
Hmmmm... what did "Ghost Warrior" mean by that?