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|How Russiagate Began With Obama's Iran Deal Domestic Spying Campaign|
|[Tablet] Barack Obama warned his successor against hiring Michael Flynn. It was Nov. 10, 2016, just two days after Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. Trump told aide Hope Hicks that he was bewildered by the president’s warning. Of all the important things Obama could have discussed with him, the outgoing commander in chief wanted to talk about Michael Flynn.|
The question of why Obama was so focused on Flynn is especially revealing now. The Department of Justice recently filed to withdraw charges against the retired three-star general for making false statements to the FBI in a Jan. 24, 2017, interview regarding a phone call with a Russian diplomat. The circumstances surrounding the call and subsequent FBI interview have given rise to a vast conspiracy theory that was weaponized to imprison a decorated war hero and a strategic thinker whose battlefield innovations saved countless American lives. There is no evidence that Flynn "colluded" with Russia, and the evidence that Flynn did not make false statements to the FBI has been buried by the bureau, including current Director Christopher Wray.
So if the Obama administration wasn’t alarmed by Flynn’s nonexistent ties to Russia, why was he Obama’s No. 1 target? Why were officials from the previous administration intercepting his phone calls with the Russian ambassador?
The answer is that Obama saw Flynn as a signal threat to his legacy, which was rooted in his July 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Flynn had said long before he signed on with the Trump campaign that it was a catastrophe to realign American interests with those of a terror state. And now that the candidate he’d advised was the new president-elect, Flynn was in a position to help undo the deal. To stop Flynn, the outgoing White House ran the same offense it used to sell the Iran deal—they smeared Flynn through the press as an agent of a foreign power, spied on him, and leaked classified intercepts of his conversations to reliable echo chamber allies.
In March 2017, after seeing evidence of the Obama administration’s surveillance of Trump associates, Congressman Devin Nunes said it had nothing to do with Russia or the FBI’s ongoing Russia investigation, or similar Russia probes conducted by congressional committees. Nunes’ contention was difficult to make sense of at the time. Wasn’t everything about Russia and whether or not there was, as Congressman Adam Schiff said, more than circumstantial evidence of collusion?
In fact, as Trump prepared to take office after his 2016 upset victory, the Obama White House was focused on the Middle East. "Russia collusion" was the narrative that Hillary Clinton operatives seeded in the media and fed to the FBI to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. After the election, the Obama team took it over and used it to hobble the incoming administration.
|Ukraine judge orders Joe Biden be listed as alleged perpetrator of crime in prosecutor’s firing|
|[JUSTTHENEWS] The infamous story of ’s effort to force the firing of Ukraine’s chief prosecutor in 2016 has taken a new legal twist in Kiev, just as the former vice president is sewing up the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in America.|
In Kiev late last month, District Court Judge S. V. Vovk ordered the country’s law enforcement services to formally list the fired prosecutor, Victor Shokin, as the victim of an alleged crime by the former U.S. vice president, according to an official English translation of the ruling obtained by Just the News.
The court had previously ordered the Prosecutor General’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigations in February to investigate Shokin’s claim that he was fired in spring 2016 under pressure from Biden because he was investigating Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company where Biden’s son Hunter worked.
The court ruled then that there was adequate evidence to investigate Shokin’s claim that Biden’s pressure on then-President Petro Poroshenko, including a threat to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, amounted to unlawful interference in Shokin’s work as Ukraine’s chief prosecutor.
But when law enforcement agencies opened the probe they refused to name Biden as the alleged perpetrator of the crime, instead listing the potential defendant as an unnamed American.
Vovk ruled that anonymous listing was improper and ordered the law enforcement agencies to formally name Biden as the accused perpetrator.
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|Matt Gaetz Calls Out Toothless Trey Gowdy & Lying Ryan|
[GatewayPundit] During the segment Rep. Gaetz reminds Hannity his deep state buddy Trey Gowdy's blocking the subpoenas of deep state operatives.
Matt Gaetz: Devin Nunes is a patriot. And I'm glad you went through Trey Gowdy's exquisite questions in 2017 to these corrupt officials. I guess my questions Sean would be why was it then in late May in 2018 that Trey Gowdy went on Martha MacCallum's show and said the FBI did exactly as all of our fellow Americans would have wanted them to do and that it had nothing to do with Donald Trump. Both of those things have now been proven to be untrue and it seems that Gowdy's brilliant lawyering back in 2017 that we're only able to see now proves those statements untrue. The number one question I get asked from Americans is why no one has gone to jail and is held accountable. Unfortunately, when Nunes and Meadows and Jordan and I wanted subpoena power it was Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy that wouldn't give us that subpoena power. Democrats sent out hundreds of subpoenas. When we had control and could have run this to ground in 2017 we didn't send out a single subpoena. Not one. And that's a
Sometimes I swear Hannity wears his IQ on the back of his bowling shirt
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|Rosenstein memo tasked Mueller to investigate already-discredited Steele allegations|
|[Just the News] Then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein instructed Special Counsel Robert Mueller in August 2017 to investigate allegations against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page that originated with the Steele dossier and had already been discredited by the FBI, a newly declassified memo showed Wednesday night.|
The Justice Department's release of the unredacted version of Rosenstein's so-called investigative scoping memo provided the first declarative evidence that Mueller was asked to investigate widely suspect allegations from Christopher Steele's opposition research conducted for the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party back in 2016.
Specifically, Rosenstein's memo instucted Mueller to investigate "allegations that Carter Page committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government's efforts to interfere with the 2016 election for President of the United States, in violation of United States law." Recently declassified evidence has shown that by the time that instruction was given, the FBI had:
Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who long called for the release of the unredacted scoping memo, said Wednesday's development confirmed his worst suspicions. He accused prior officials of the Justice Department of unnecessarily hiding the evidence from Congress and the American people before Attorney General William Barr intervened.
"This information was redacted until now for one single reason — to hide the fact that false allegations from the Steele dossier were included in Mueller’s scoping memo," Nunes told Just the News. "In other words, a bunch of lies paid for by the Democrats were used to engineer the appointment of a Special Counsel to drag the Trump administration through the mud for years. The Russia collusion hoax was a disgrace, and we can’t let anything like it ever be repeated."
The degree to which the FBI had discredited Steele's intelligence reporting on Page — including allegations he colluded with Russia — only came into focus with the December, 2019 release of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on FBI abuses of the FISA surveillance that targeted Page. In addition, just-declassified evidence showed the FBI had learned by February 2017 that Steele's information on Page was likely disinformation from Russian intelligence planted with Steele.
"Most relevant to the Carter Page FISA applications, the specific substantive allegations contained in Reports 80, 94, 95, and 102, which were relied upon in all four FISA applications, remained uncorroborated and, in several instances, were inconsistent with information gathered by the team," Horowitz wrote in debunking key allegations against Page.
More recently, declassified footnotes made clear that Steele's claim that Page had met back in 2016 with a senior Russian named Igor Sechin and been offered a lucrative finder's fee had been debunked by the FBI by February 2017 — months before Mueller was appointed. In fact, Steele's own source challenged the veracity of the information attributed to him inside the dossier.
"The Primary Sub-source told the FBI that one of his/her sub-sources furnished information for that part of Report 134 through a text message, but said that the sub-source never stated that Sechin had offered a brokerage interest to Page," Horowitz reported.
"The Primary Sub-Source also told the FBI at these interviews that the sub-source who provided the information about the Carter Page-Sechin meeting had connections to Russian Intelligence Services (RIS)," he added.
Horowitz's footnotes also made clear that the allegations about Page had only come from Steele and had not been substantiated anywhere else by the time Mueller was named.
"We found that the FBI did not have information corroborating the specific allegations against Carter Page in Steele’s reporting when it relied upon his reports in the first FISA application or subsequent renewal applications," Horowitz wrote.
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|Rosenstein Scope Memo For Mueller Peddled Steele Dossier, Logan Act Conspiracy Theories|
|[Federalist] Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s memo authorizing Robert Mueller’s anti-Trump investigation was riddled with conspiracy theories lifted straight from the bogus dossier of Christopher Steele, a newly released, less redacted version of the memo shows. The memo, portions of which were declassified on April 30, 2020, specifically targeted former Trump campaign affiliates Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and one individual whose identity is redacted.|
The Aug. 2, 2017 scope memo, which was provided by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Senate Judiciary Committee following requests from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., cited Steele dossier collusion conspiracy theories about Manafort and Page.
Rosenstein ordered Mueller to investigate allegations that Page "committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election[.]" The same language was used to justify the targeting of Manafort.
Rosenstein’s memo also peddled discredited legal theories about the Logan Act, a 1799 law criminalizing political speech by American citizens that has never been successfully prosecuted, to justify investigations of former White House National Security Adviser (NSA) Michael Flynn. The scope memo directed Mueller to investigate allegations that Flynn "committed a crime or crimes by engaging in conversations with Russian officials during the period of the Trump transition."
The Mueller probe, after nearly two years and tens of millions of dollars, unearthed no evidence of collusion by any Trump campaign officials. However, a sprawling investigation by the DOJ Office of Inspector General found that Rosenstein’s DOJ fabricated evidence and falsified documents to justify an illegal federal spy warrant against Page. A Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) lawyer, reported to be Kevin Clinesmith, allegedly altered documents from a U.S. intelligence agency to erase evidence that Page had for years worked on behalf of the U.S. government to help investigate Russian agents who were attempting to damage the U.S. and compromise national security.
The OIG investigation also revealed that Rosenstein’s DOJ repeatedly lied to federal courts and used bogus claims from Steele, who was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, to secure wiretaps against Page, who has never been formally charged with any wrongdoing. Rosenstein personally signed at least one of the false Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, spy warrants against Page.
In his memo to Mueller, Rosenstein also peddled allegations that Papadopoulos was a secret, unregistered foreign agent of Israel. While Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to charges of lying to federal investigators, he was never formally charged with operating as an unregistered foreign agent of Israel or any other country.
The new declassifications of portions of Rosenstein’s memo affirm charges from Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the ranking member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, that Rosenstein used the Steele dossier to justify and direct Mueller’s special counsel probe.
"[I]t’s clear that false allegations from the Steele dossier played a major role not only in the FISA warrant application on Page, but in the appointment of the Special Counsel as well," Nunes said in a statement after a lengthy report detailing Mueller’s investigation was released in 2019. Until now, those facts had been hidden behind redactions in the Rosenstein document.
Flynn, the former NSA, was eventually coerced into pleading guilty to making false statements to FBI agents. New documents released by the DOJ in that case, though, show that the FBI repeatedly abused its power during its investigation of Flynn and that one of Mueller’s top prosecutors, Brandon Van Grack, may have lied in federal court about the FBI’s basis for the interview in which Flynn allegedly lied. Newly released handwritten documents from Bill Priestap, the former top FBI counterintelligence official, showed that a primary goal of the FBI in investigating Flynn in the first place was "to get him fired." Other FBI documents, released last week by the DOJ, show that the original FBI investigation of Flynn found no evidence of collusion and that the investigation was only kept open at the demand of fired former FBI agent Peter Strzok.
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|Sergei Millian Is No Longer Hiding, Tells This Reporter British Spy Expert Is Giving ‘100 percent false information about me.'|
|[Sara Carter] Sergei Millian is not in hiding. Even if he was, he isn't any longer. He reached out to SaraACarter.com on Tuesday to dispute a recent podcast interview with a famous British historian who accused him of possibly being connected to Russia's GRU, Moscow's military intelligence. He called the allegations outlandish and accused historian Nigel West of attempting to spread disinformation about him, much like former British spy Christopher Steele did about the Trump campaign.|
Millian, an American citizen born in Belarus, was believed to be an unwitting source, in Steele's infamous and now-debunked dossier. But lawmakers and some intelligence experts have more questions than answers when it comes to Millian. They say Millian is the only one that can provide clarity on what exactly happened during his time with Steele.
On Monday, this reporter interviewed Nigel West on The Sara Carter Show podcast. He stated that he believed, based on Millian's own past statements in open-source media, that he could be linked to Russian intelligence.
"Nigel West so far gave 100% false information about me in his last public interview in London (where he claimed I was PSS)," Millian told me. "Now, he doubled on from the first lie and there is not an ounce of truth what he claims. He is an out of his mind crazy, deranged man. I’m not kidding. Ask him to provide proof of any of his false rumors and wild innuendoes. USSR disbanded when I was still a teenager. The big question is why West, out of London, lies about me, an AMERICAN citizen, so much just like Steele before West? Is it coordinated and what's their plan?"
But a mystery still surrounds Millian and senior U.S. lawmakers are seeking to interview him. Ranking Republican of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes has said he wishes to interview the mysterious Millian.
Nunes told Maria Bartiromo on Fox News Sunday Morning Futures at the end of April, that his investigators zeroed in on three Russian Americans during their probe of the FBI's handling of its Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Trump campaign.
He said Millian was the most important figure in recent information released by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
"Because of new information that has come out because of the Horowitz report that's declassified that we've been talking about for a long time and the FISAs, we now are targeting what appear to be three Russian-Americans," Nunes said. "I think the most important one is somebody that we actually asked to come to our committee named Sergei Millian. He is hiding somewhere around the globe — we don't know exactly what country he's in. But we really would like Sergei to come forward and talk to us because, either he was, you know, working for Fusion GPS and the Clinton campaign and dirtying up Trump people, or it's quite possible that he may have been framed.
In the podcast broadcast Monday, West claimed that the Russian disinformation pointed out in the recent declassification of the footnotes in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report may have been directly linked to Sergei Millian. He noted that Millian is Steele’s only real identifiable source in his report. He also said Millian may have had ties in his early life to Russia’s GRU, Moscow’s military intelligence, by his own admission.
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|Fox's Maria Bartiromo: Sources say Michael Flynn will be 'completely exonerated this week'|
|[Washington Examiner] This week is shaping up to be a critical one for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.|
"Breaking News: sources tell me [Flynn] will be completely exonerated this week. It was a total fraud. A Set up. More tomorrow," tweeted Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.
In another tweet teasing Monday's edition of her weekday morning show, Mornings with Maria, Bartiromo included the hashtag, "#GeneralFlynn," along with a list of her guests, including multiple lawmakers.
Earlier in the day on her weekend Fox News show, Sunday Morning Futures, Bartiromo noted during a conversation with Rep. Devin Nunes that it would be an "important" week for Flynn.
The California congressman, who is the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said he suspects a filing submitted to the court in Flynn's case on Friday contained exculpatory evidence and noted U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey Jensen, who was selected by Attorney General William Barr in January 2020, is reviewing the Flynn case.
CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge also reported on Sunday that Friday's filing will be "important" for the day ahead.
"Drawing attention Friday filing Flynn case @CBSNews told important for days ahead. AG Barr directed Missouri US Attorney to review FBI personnel 'communications and notes,' in part, to determine whether key evidence withheld. Docs under seal but may change," she tweeted.
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|Senior Intel Officials Criticize Adam Schiff's Letter To Director Richard Grenell, Pressing Him Over ODNI Personnel Changes|
|Ric Grenell's cleaning house and Pencilneck doesn't like it|
[Daily Caller] House Intelligence Committee Chairman sent a letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell raising concerns over his recent "organizational and personnel changes" at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a move which senior intelligence officials criticized in comments to Daily Caller.
One intelligence official noted that letters sent to ODNI by the Senate Intelligence Committee include signatures from both Chairman Richard Burr and Ranking Member Mark Warner and, often times, additional Senators from both parties. Schiff’s letter, the official pointed out, was sent from his office alone, without the notarization of Ranking Member Devin Nunes.
"The [ODNI] staffers are so sick and tired of [Schiff] politicizing the intelligence community for his own gain," the official told Daily Caller. "Notice how he sent the letter to the media before he sent it to ODNI."
A second intelligence official declined to directly comment on Schiff’s letter but told Daily Caller that the Senate Intelligence Committee had not told Grenell and ODNI to refrain from making any personnel decisions, despite some media reports.
Schiff’s letter in particular singles out the recent replacement of the Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Russ Travers with Lara Shioa, the first woman ever-tapped to lead the nation’s counterterrorism efforts.
"President Trump did not nominate you for confirmation as permanent DNI, and it would be inappropriate for you to pursue any additional leadership, organizational, or staffing changes to ODNI during your temporary tenure," the letter reads. "Any effort, moreover, to remove or otherwise institute personnel actions against apolitical career officers based on their perceived loyalty to the President would contravene civil services protections."
The letter further calls on Grenell to inform the committee in writing by April 16 of all past and potential personnel changes at ODNI and the reasons for undertaking them. The letter also calls for Grenell to turnover any communications between ODNI and the White House regarding the departures of Travers and former Acting Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Peter Hall.
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|FISA court ordering target list shows it 'suspects' pattern of FBI seeking political dirt, Joe DiGenova says|
|[Washington Examiner] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court indicated that it "suspects" there is a pattern of the FBI seeking out political information through surveillance orders, according to former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova.|
DiGenova, a lawyer whose work was caught up in the Ukraine-impeachment controversy, claimed this is the reason why presiding Judge James Boasberg ordered the Justice Department to provide the court with the names of targets for the applications audited by the agency's independent watchdog. That interim report, released by Inspector General Michael Horowitz last week, found widespread problems with the FBI's preparation of FISA warrant applications dating back to at least 2014.
"Do you know why the court did that? Because the court suspects that they're all political figures or people connected to political figures and that the FISAs were done for the purpose of targeting so that they could get political information, unmask the people, and then leak the information," DiGenova told WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall on Monday.
DiGenova offered no evidence to support the claim, but he echoed remarks by House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes. The California Republican recently told One America News Network that Horowitz's findings showed members of the FBI were already "experts" by the time they tried to dig up dirt on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page through FISA warrants to leak to the media right before Election Day.
Horowitz said his latest review focused on a "judgmentally selected sample of 29 applications" from eight FBI field offices out of 700 total filings that related to a roughly representative ratio of counterintelligence and counterterrorism targets.
In an order that followed, which makes no mention of a suspected pattern of politically motivated targeting, Boasberg demanded the government submit by June 15 a sworn declaration about the results of the analysis, including "the names of the targets," and assess to what extent the applications had material misstatements or omissions.
|Trump fires Michael Atkinson, fraud intelligence IG who told Congress about Ukraine phone call: report|
|[FoxNews] President Trump has reportedly fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community who alerted Congress to concerns about a Trump phone call with the president of Ukraine – a matter that led to the president’s impeachment last year.|
Trump formally notified the intelligence committees of both the Senate and House in a letter dated Friday that was obtained by Politico.
"This is to advise that I am exercising my power as President to remove from office the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, effective 30 days from today," the president wrote.
In January, Fox News reported that Atkinson was being investigated by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee for his handling of the Ukraine matter, which began with a complaint filed by an unidentified "whistleblower."
Last August, Atkinson received a complaint from someone who raised concerns about Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump sought a Ukraine-led investigation into the past business dealings in the country of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Democrats argued that the president had tied the investigation request to the withholding of U.S. military aid from Ukraine, in what they described as a "quid pro quo" arrangement. But Trump denied any wrongdoing in connection with Ukraine.
The House ultimately impeached Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress -- but the Senate acquitted Trump of the charges in February.
In a statement, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of the Democrats' leaders of the impeachment efffort, called the firing of Atkinson an act of "retribution" by President Trump.
Atkinson, a Trump appointee, had determined that a whistleblower's report was credible in alleging Trump abused his office in attempting to solicit Ukraine’s interference in the 2020 U.S. election for his political benefit.
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|Democrat Strategist Justin Horwitz: Joe Biden Is ‘Mentally Deteriorating’|
|[BREITBART] Democrat strategist and backer of Sen. (I-VT) Justin Horwitz said during a Thursday appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight that (D) is "mentally deteriorating" and that it will be a "disaster" if the Democrat establishment’s purported efforts to "shield" the former vice president prevail, leading to a head to head matchup with President Trump.|
Horwitz, an outspoken Sanders supporter, spoke with Tucker Carlson Thursday night and discussed the Democrat establishment’s purported efforts to "shield" a "mentally deteriorating" Biden from the public.
"He is a candidate that is mentally deteriorating. People in the Democratic establishment say, ’Oh don’t say that.’ They really believe that they can shield Joe Biden from public scrutiny and the reality is, they can’t," he said.
"We all see what’s going on here and it’s going to be a disaster if we nominate Joe Biden," he added.
When asked by Carlson if he believes that the Democrat establishment is "perfectly aware" of what is happening with Biden, Horwitz noted that "everyone is perfectly aware with what is happening with Joe Biden," calling him a "candidate in decline."
"We all see it. He can’t get on stage without making some type of gaffe, and these aren’t the same gaffes that he made in his previous two failed presidential runs," he said. "These gaffes are a lot more serious. These gaffes clearly indicate that he is not all there anymore."
Horwitz said Biden’s state will be on display to a greater degree in coming debates when he goes against Sanders ‐ who he called a "sharp debater" ‐ head to head.
"I think Bernie picks up steam and ends up winning the nomination because Biden simply can’t debate," Horwitz said.
"They’re trying to protect him from being in public. Well, unfortunately when you run for president, you’re going to be in public," he continued. "People are going to see what’s happening."
|Richard Grenell Begins Overhauling Intelligence Office|
|[MSN] Richard Grenell’s tenure as the nation’s top intelligence official may be short-lived, but he wasted no time this week starting to shape his team of advisers, ousting his office’s No. 2 official ‐ a longtime intelligence officer ‐ and bringing in an expert on Trump conspiracy theories to help lead the agency, according to officials.|
Joseph Maguire, the former acting director of national intelligence, and his deputy, Andrew P. Hallman, resigned on Friday. Mr. Grenell told Mr. Hallman, popular in the office’s Liberty Crossing headquarters, that his service was no longer needed, according to two officials. Mr. Hallman, who has worked in the office or at the C.I.A. for three decades, expressed confidence in his colleagues in a statement but also referred to the "uncertainties that come with change."
Mr. Patel was best known as the lead author of a politically charged memo two years ago that accused F.B.I. and Justice Department leaders of abusing their surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser. The memo was widely criticized as misleading, though an inspector general later found other problems with aspects of the surveillance.