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|House Republicans Now Want Answers From Pelosi About Her Actions Regarding Capitol Security Before Jan. 6|
|[Red State] As we reported, one of the reasons that Democrats likely backed out of having witnesses during the impeachment trial despite the fact that they won a vote to do so was because of the threat that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) might be called and asked what did she know when and why she didn’t request the National Guard to help out at the Capitol beforehand.|
The facts are that President Donald Trump had ordered the Guard to be available if Pelosi and/or Mayor Muriel Bowser requested it. But as we noted, they didn’t do so, until the action at the Capitol was well underway on Jan. 6.
According to Fox, Republicans including House Administration Committee Ranking Member Rodney Davis, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes want to know why and are demanding answers from Pelosi.
Trump authorized the National Guard on Jan. 3 for Jan. 5-6, if it was requested. The Chief of the Capitol Police at the Time said that he asked the sergeants at arms to request the assistance of the National Guard. Sund said the former Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving said he was concerned about "the optics" and didn’t feel the "intelligence supported it." Paul Irving who since resigned answers to Pelosi.
The GOP letter reminded Pelosi that she’s "responsible for all operational decisions made within the House."
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|GOP Demands answers on Pelosi's response to Jan 6th protests|
|[GatewayPundit] On Monday Republican Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rodney Davis (R-IL) and James Comer (R-KY) sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi on her failure to protect the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.|
The four ranking members asked Speaker Pelosi to explain her decision to:
** Deny national guard support on January 4th
** What conversations did she or her staff give Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving specific to January 6th?
** What response did you give security officials on January 6th when National Guard support was initially requested?
** Why are House Officers refusing to turn over documents relevant to that day?
Betting she knew and was part of the riot planning
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|Acting US defense secretary's chief of staff Kash Patel files $50M defamation lawsuit against CNN|
|[FOXNEWS] Kash Patel, the chief of staff to Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against and several of its top s, claiming the liberal network published false statements and promoted "unfounded left-wing political narratives" by painting Patel as a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist seeking to smear President-elect The complaint filed on Friday in Virginia Circuit Court named CNN s Barbara Starr, Zachary Cohen, Ryan Browne, Alex Marquardt and Nicole Gaouette as defendants, in addition to the network itself. It claims CNN "deliberately or recklessly conveyed a false message" to sensationalize the "news" and humiliate Patel.|
Patel, who was previously a top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and a Trump advisor, claims CNN published a series of articles from Nov. 24 through Dec. 4 penned by the defendants that "contain a series of false and defamatory statements" about him, according to the complaint.
The complaint says defamatory statements in the articles include, "Trump loyalist connected to Biden conspiracy theories is leading Pentagon transition," "Kash Patel, a Trump loyalist, ... was connected to efforts to spread conspiracy theories about Joe Biden," Kash "has also worked to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election," "Pentagon blocked Biden’s intelligence transition team from meeting with agencies," and "Defense Department transition office ... is led by a Trump loyalist connected to efforts to spread conspiracy theories about the President-elect," among other similar examples.
Patel’s legal team said CNN retaliated against him because he helped poke holes in the network’s narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia before the 2016 election.
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Patel’s attorney, Steven S. Biss, argued "publication of the Defamatory Statements is part of a general pattern of retaliation and discrimination against Kash" and "a larger conspiracy undertaken between 2018 and the present to discredit Kash through the publication of false statements and the promotion of unfounded left-wing political narratives."
Kash "uncovered many inconvenient facts undermining the fake political narrative about ’collusion’ between members of the Trump campaign and ’Russians,’" when he was counsel for Nunes, then-chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the complaint claims.
"CNN attacked Kash and published defamatory falsehoods about him because CNN was deeply invested in promoting the Russia collusion hoax and the fraudulent "dossier" manufactured by Fusion GPS for the campaign and the Democratic National Committee," Bliss wrote. "Kash debunked CNN’s reporting... CNN’s latest brutal attack on Kash’s reputation in the Articles is a continuation of past smear campaigns to discredit Kash."
|One America News Declaring Independence: Preps to #MakeTheSwitch to Rumble Platform|
|[NewsBusters] One America News Network (OAN) proclaimed that it will switch to Rumble, a free speech alternative to YouTube. |
OAN announced it has "decided to #MakeTheSwitch to #Rumble, where we can freely report the news without restrictions or censorship," in a Dec. 3 tweet. Followers were then encouraged to "Subscribe to our channel at http://rumble.com/OANN or download the Rumble app!" This game-changing shift happened shortly after YouTube barred OAN from releasing new videos for an entire week in late November and faced other penalties.
"In making the move to Rumble, OANN has joined a growing movement of conservatives who are switching to the YouTube alternative that bills itself as ’free-speech friendly,’" the Washington Examiner summarized Dec. 4. Fortune Magazine acknowledged that the politicization of Rumble’s content has led to its meteoric rise in newfound popularity. "Three months ago, YouTube copycat Rumble was filled with home recordings of people’s family, friends, and pets. But after Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of joined the service in August, other conservatives followed, helping add tens of thousands of new subscribers," Fortune explained.
The Examiner noted the involvement of popular conservative commentator Dan Bongino, who "co-owns Rumble and says it is a place where ’conservative views won’t be discriminated against.’" Bongino also co-owns Parler, a platform celebrated as a free-speech alternative to Twitter.
OAN has been reportedly penalized by YouTube both for violating YouTube’s COVID-19 misinformation policy and for expressing concern about alleged presidential election problems.
Axios illustrated that the suspension is one of many ways in which YouTube has actively undermined OAN as a news organization:
This censorship of OAN came as Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) led a group of liberal Senate colleagues on Nov. 24 urging YouTube to remove so-called "misinformation." In an open letter he and his allies, Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Gary Peters (D-MI) and (D-MN) demanded swift action to crush conservative dissent:
"Moreover, because the current president has not committed to a peaceful transition of power, misinformation and manipulated media content on your platform may fuel civil unrest."
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|Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation|
|[WSLS] Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, granting him authority to complete the work without being easily fired.|
Barr told The on Tuesday that he had appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as a special counsel in October under the same federal regulations that governed special counsel Robert Mueller in the original Russia probe. He said Durham’s investigation has been narrowing to focus more on the conduct of FBI agents who worked on the Russia investigation, known by the code name of Crossfire Hurricane.
Under the regulations, a special counsel can be fired only by the attorney general and for specific reasons such as misconduct, dereliction of duty or conflict of interest. An attorney general must document such reasons in writing.
The early months of the investigation, when agents obtained secret surveillance warrants targeting a former Trump campaign aide, have long been scrutinized by the president and other critics of the probe who say the FBI made significant errors. An inspector general report last year backed up that criticism but did not find evidence that mistakes in the surveillance applications and other problems with the probe were driven by partisan bias.
Barr decided "the best thing to do would be to appoint them under the same regulation that covered Bob Mueller, to provide Durham and his team some assurance that they’d be able to complete their work regardless of the outcome of the election," he said Tuesday.
President-elect 's transition team didn't immediately comment on the appointment.
The current investigation, a criminal probe, had begun very broadly but has since "narrowed considerably" and now "really is focused on the activities of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation within the FBI," Barr said. He said he expects Durham would detail whether any additional prosecutions will be brought and make public a report of the investigation’s findings.
Durham's investigation has resulted in one prosecution so far: a guilty plea by a former FBI lawyer who admitted altering an email.
In an Oct. 19 order, obtained by The , Barr says Durham is authorized "to investigate whether any federal official, employee or any person or entity violated the law in connection with the intelligence, counter-intelligence or law enforcement activities" directed at the 2016 presidential campaigns, anyone associated with the campaigns or the Trump administration.
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|Devin Nunes warns 'growing concern' that Biden and Obama will shut down Durham inquiry|
|[Washington Examiner] Rep. Devin Nunes warned of "growing concern" that President-elect Joe Biden, taking cues from former President Barack Obama, will shut down U.S. Attorney John Durham's inquiry into the Russia investigation.|
The California Republican, who is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that Attorney General William Barr should set up a special counsel before Inauguration Day to keep the so-called investigation of the investigators alive.
"Now we're sitting waiting for Durham to complete this investigation. I think people are getting not only very frustrated but also, there's a growing concern that Durham is not going to come out with anything and then Biden and Obama are going to be back in, and they're going to shut this investigation off," Nunes told Maria Bartiromo on her Fox News program, Sunday Morning Futures.
The congressman noted that Obama moved about a mile away from the White House after his eight years as president, asserting that Obama "set up shop" and spent time propping up Sen. Kamala Harris, who is now vice president-elect, during the Democratic Party presidential primaries until she "bombed out" before they shifted to backing Biden.
Durham was appointed by Barr more than a year and a half ago to investigate misconduct by federal law enforcement, intelligence officials, and others related to the FBI's inquiry into links between President Trump's campaign and Russia. So far, the prosecutor has secured one guilty plea from a former FBI lawyer.
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|Congressman Nunes: Biden Will ‘Not Last Long' If Elected|
|[America News] Congressman Devin Nunes says incidents of alleged corruption associated with Joe Biden may lead to his resignation from office should he be elected. One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.|
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|Devin Nunes: Intelligence Agencies Should Be Shut Down, At Least Temporarily|
|[The Federalist] House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Sunday suggested that American intelligence agencies should be shut down until they comply with handing over information collected on Donald Trump and his campaign back in 2016.|
"Every Republican senator and member of Congress should be saying, 'This is over. We want every damn bit of evidence that every intelligence agency has or it’s maybe time to shut those agencies down,'" Nunes told Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures."
"Because at the end of the day our liberties are more important than anything else we have in this country and they have been stampeded over by these dirty cops and the Democratic Party and the media who fails to report on it."
According to Nunes, the newly declassified documents from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe show former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set up the 2016 Russia investigation into the Trump campaign. Clinton created the Russia collusion hoax to shift public scrutiny away from her email scandal. Nunes said those documents are "smoking guns" that the American people deserve to see.
"You have corrupt officials and I think that’s the point here. Are you going to go back to elect somebody like Biden who just the other night, Maria, had the audacity to go after President Trump for once again, for what? I think he said that [Trump] had Putin wrapped around his finger. And then [Biden] didn’t answer the question on why did his son get $3.5 million from a Russian oligarch with ties to Putin?" Nunes asked.
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|Russia Russia Russia: Nat’l sec’ty adviser Robert O’Brien denies ordering intel report altered|
|[NYPOST] National security adviser Robert O’Brien denied accusations from an alleged Department of Homeland Security whistleblower that he ordered intelligence about Russian influence in the US to either be downplayed or removed from a report and said he had never heard of the person making the allegations.|
The complaint, filed Tuesday by Brian Murphy, former head of the intelligence branch in Homeland Security, alleges that moved to alter intelligence findings on Russia and white supremacists to appease the views of President Trump.
Supposedly Reliable Steele Acted 'Crazy,' His FBI Handler Says
[REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS] The previously unreported testimony of FBI agent Michael Gaeta is found on page 900 of the fifth and final volume of the Senate committee’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. It raises new questions about the basis of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign, Crossfire Hurricane, and the declarations it made to the FISA court in four separate applications submitted to spy on American citizens.
Gaeta had a long history with the London-based , who had started his own firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, after leaving the British spy service MI6 in 2009. Between 2013 and 2016, the bureau had paid Steele $95,000 to pass along tidbits on Eurasian organized crime; Gaeta was his contact at the bureau. It was Gaeta whom Steele approached in July 2016 with wild and depraved stories of collusion and kompromat. Gaeta became the "handling agent" for Steele’s participation in Crossfire Hurricane. Among his tasks was to get Steele paid (a process that came along slowly) and to see to it that Steele didn’t violate the FBI’s rules on confidentiality.
This requirement for discretion created a conflict of interest for Steele, who was also being paid for the same information by the Washington-based firm Fusion GPS. Fusion, in turn was being paid by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign for opposition research on Trump. The Democrats wanted Steele’s information spread far and wide. They also wanted to be able to claim that the FBI was investigating the allegations. Paid FBI informants, however, are not allowed to tell anyone of their work for the FBI or of the bureau’s investigations.
Gaeta was astonished, then, when shortly before the 2016 election an article appeared in Mother Jones titled "A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate ." The sub-headline asked, "Has the bureau investigated this material?" Gaeta was convinced Steele was the source for the article and confronted him about it. Steele readily admitted he was behind the Mother Jones story.
The conversation that followed and its aftermath have been described before, but in bloodless ways that fail to capture the importance of that confrontation in determining Steele’s reliability and credibility. For example, a Justice Department inspector general report says "Handling Agent 1 advised Steele that he must cease collecting information for the FBI, and it was unlikely that the FBI would continue a relationship with him."
'LISTEN, IS IT ABOUT THE MONEY?'
Here’s how Gaeta recounted that conversation to the Senate: "Listen, is it about the money?" Gaeta asked Steele. "Because we have the money now. Is it about the money?" The FBI had promised, but had yet to deliver to Steele, $15,000 for one meeting with Crossfire Hurricane agents. The bureau had further promised Steele he would be paid "significantly" for his Trump-Russia research.
Gaeta assumed at first a delay in payment had made Steele go rogue.
"Yes, I'm owed the money, but that's secondary," Steele told Gaeta. "I'm very upset about — we’re very upset — about the actions of your agency." By the "we" in "we’re very upset" one can reasonably infer that Steele was speaking about himself and his client, Fusion GPS head Glenn Simpson (whose client, not counting cutouts, was Hillary Clinton’s campaign).
The handling agent was shocked: "I had no idea what he was talking about." Before Gaeta could inquire further, Steele started railing about ''your Director" and his "reopening of the investigation." This was an apparent reference to former FBI Director ’s decision to reopen the probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server after 340,000 copies of State Department emails between Clinton and her close personal aide, Huma Abedin, were discovered on a laptop used by Abedin and her husband, . He was a disgraced congressman under investigation by the bureau’s New York office for sending sexually explicit messages and photos to an underage girl.
At which point it all became clear to the handling agent: "I'm now understanding that he did this because he was upset that the Director's reopening of the investigation was going to negatively affect the election for Hillary Clinton."
The handling agent described his reaction to Steele’s behavior as "surprise and disbelief." Gaeta told the Senate that Steele’s actions and attitude weren’t just "crazy source-related stuff," but "one of the craziest" the veteran agent had seen in two decades of handling sources. The words are significant: Steele’s behavior with the FBI has been characterized as a sort of professional disagreement, uncomfortable perhaps but not unreasonable. Gaeta’s blunt assessment casts things in a much harsher light and undercuts subsequent efforts by the FBI’s to rehabilitate Steele in order to justify using his "reporting."
Although it has been downplayed until now, Steele’s acting out — and his overtly declared partisan motivations -- constituted a crisis for the bureau, so much so that the handling agent describes it in terms: "After that point — after everybody digests what happened," Gaeta told the Senate committee, "[p]hones were ringing at that point; people's ears were bleeding."
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|Man Charged With Stalking, Threatening Devin Nunes' Wife, An Elementary School Teacher|
|[DAILYWIRE] A criminal complaint was filed against a Devin Nunes (R-CA), who is the ranking member on the powerful House Intelligence Committee and one of the driving forces behind exposing the false narrative that President colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. man earlier this month for sending threatening messages to Elizabeth Nunes, wife of Rep. |
A misdemeanor criminal complaint was filed on August 13, 2020, against William Joseph Burden (also known as William Joseph Terrell) after he allegedly sent threats and harassed Elizabeth, identified only as "E.N." in the complaint obtained by The Daily Wire, which can exclusively report that E.N. does, in fact, stand for Elizabeth Nunes. Burden is accused of "unlawfully, and with intent to annoy," calling or electronically contacting Elizabeth with "obscene language," including a "threat to inflict injury" to her or her property and family.
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|Clinesmith Pleads Guilty w Explanation; Sentencing set for Dec 10|
|[DailyCaller] According to the criminal complaint, Kevin Clinesmith added the words "not a ‘source'" in reference to Page to a CIA liaison's email. Clinesmith shared the altered email with an FBI supervisory intelligence analyst working on the Page investigation.|
Clinesmith, 38, said Wednesday that he knowingly altered the email, though he believed at the time the information he put in it was accurate.
[which means he thought that the CIA said, 'yes he works for us' when they meant 'no he doesn't work for us']
"At the time I believed the information I was providing in the email was accurate, but I am agreeing that the information I inserted into the email was not already there," Clinesmith said at his plea hearing, which was held before Judge James Boasberg.
Clinesmith served both on the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane team and the special counsel's investigation.
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|Devin Nunes 'shocked - shocked' that presiding FISA court judge assigned to ex-FBI lawyer's case|
|[Washington Examiner] A top House Republican said he was "shocked" when he saw the name of the judge before whom former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty in the first criminal case arising out of U.S. Attorney John Durham's inquiry into the Russia investigation.|
Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Monday he has no idea how Judge James Boasberg, the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, ended up being in charge of a case related to the FISA surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide.
"I saw that today. I was a little bit shocked," the California Republican said. This was after Dobbs, a staunch ally of President Trump and stern critic of the Russia investigation, asked if it was "a little bit screwed up."
The FISA court, which oversees requests for surveillance warrants for federal law enforcement and intelligence purposes, is currently composed of 11 judges. Boasberg, who is a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, has served in the FISA court since 2014. He was named the presiding judge of the FISA court on Jan. 1.