DiGenova doubles down: ‘Heading for very SAD ENDING for several FBI, DOJ officials’ over FISA, Team Trump abuses (Video)

(National SentinelCriminals: Former U.S. attorney for the D.C. District Joe diGenova told Fox News‘ Sean Hannity Wednesday evening that he believes several current and former FBI and Justice Department officials involved in abusing the system in order to spy on President Donald J. Trump’s campaign are going to jail.

In what he called the “largest” federal law enforcement scandal in the history of the country, diGenova said it will be a “sad day” soon for those involved.

“We are heading toward a very sad ending for the FBI and senior DOJ officials. [Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe is gone because [FBI Director Christopher] Wray knows what’s in the other emails and other texts,” he said, referring to communications between anti-Trump elements of the DOJ and FBI that have recently been revealed.

“The investigation that is underway is going to lead to criminal charges against a number of people,” diGenova predicted. “What you are seeing coming out now in the text messages is just the minimum of what is available now to DOJ officials… I believe that several high FBI officials will be charged criminally.”

He added: “This is the largest law enforcement scandal in history for this reason. The activity for McCabe and others, and [Justice Department official] Bruce Ohr and others, were designed to subvert the Constitution and a national election – the most serious offense under our Constitution.”

Last week the House Intelligence Committee released a four-page “FISA memo” detailing serial abuses by elements of the Obama FBI and DOJ of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in order to obtain surveillance warrants against a one-time member of Trump’s campaign, Carter Page.

The memo noted that the FBI relied on “dossier” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele containing salacious allegations against Trump and members of his campaign.

The FBI reportedly failed to vet the dossier before using it as Exhibit A in order to obtain the surveillance warrant from the FISC.

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Former Trump chief of staff Priebus adds NEW details from McCabe meeting; says former deputy director assured him Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ narrative ‘TOTAL BS’ (Video)

(National SentinelFake News: President Donald J. Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, gave new details on Sunday about a February 2017 conversation he had with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe regarding the so-called “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Priebus said that McCabe walked into his office on Feb. 14, closed the door, and told him in no uncertain terms that a New York Times report about alleged contacts between Trump campaign aides and Russian intelligence was “BS.”

That meeting wound up being controversial because subsequent leaks to the media claimed that Priebus pressured McCabe for the FBI to publicly admit that the Trump campaign and Russia were not colluding.

As The Daily Caller reported:

On Feb. 24, CNN published a report citing multiple unnamed sources who said that the FBI rejected the request from McCabe, who left his job as deputy director earlier this week. The article, which has been heavily edited since publication, initially framed the White House and Priebus in a negative light by suggesting that Priebus took a proactive step to ask McCabe to rebut the Times report.

“The direct communications between the White House and the FBI were unusual because of decade-old restrictions on such contacts. Such a request from the White House is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations,” the article noted.

Following the CNN report the White House clarified that McCabe had informed Priebus that the Times report was not accurate.

On Sunday, Priebus told “Meet the Press” that McCabe “walked into my office, shut my door and basically told me that The New York Times story that was in the paper, that first came out in February that said there are constant contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians, with the door closed, looked at me and said ‘I want you to know that this story right here is total BS. It’s overstated and it’s not true.’”

“This is the deputy director of the FBI. I didn’t know who he was, it’s the middle of February,” Priebus added.

The former chief of staff and head of the Republican National Committee also said he never saw any collusion and that Trump never once said he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

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“I never felt that I was involved in something nefarious the whole way through, from the beginning to the end. So you can understand the frustration of the President when he’s told he’s not under investigation,” Priebus said.

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It BEGINS: GOP lawmaker calls for Comey, McCabe, others TIED to FISA memo abuse to be JAILED for ‘FISA court fraud’

(National SentinelConspiracy: A Republican lawmaker is calling for former and current ranking FBI and Justice Department officials to be indicted for their role in committing “fraud” against the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court following the release of the FISA Memo.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, a former judge himself, said that former FBI Director James Comey, former deputy director Andrew McCabe, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr should face prison for using what they knew to be a political document — the notorious “Trump dossier” — in order to secure a FISC warrant to allow the bureau to spy on the Trump campaign.

As reported by The Daily Caller:

A FISA court judge has grounds to hold Department of Justice officials including Bruce Ohr in contempt of court for making misrepresentations about the sources of information used to obtain a surveillance warrant against a Trump associate, a former judge and Republican congressman said.

“I think it’s important to know who the FISA judge was, and why with all the info he’s had for some time, he has not put anyone in jail for committing fraud on his court,” Gohmert, who serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, told the news site.

“You shouldn’t be able to get quotes from Bruce Ohr or [former FBI Director Jim] Comey or [deputy director Andrew] McCabe because they ought to be sitting in jail for committing fraud upon the court,” he said.

The FISA memo was released at noon on Friday, revealing serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by upper echelon officials in the FBI and Justice Department to prevent Donald J. Trump from becoming president, and to undermine him after he defeated Hillary Clinton in November 2016.

Per Fox News, as many suspected, the discredited and unverified “Trump dossier” was used not once but on three separate occasions to secure a FISA court surveillance warrant to allow the Obama administration to spy on Team Trump during his campaign.

In addition, Hillary Clinton, U.S. media outlets, and ranking officials within DOJ and FBI including former FBI Director James Comey, former deputy director Andrew McCabe, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were all aware that the dossier was a political document, not a serious piece of intelligence work, the memo explains.

As Fox News reported further, the four-page memo [which you can read here] also “includes testimony from a high-ranking government official who says without the infamous Trump dossier, the FBI and DOJ would not have secured surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team.”

The dossier was commissioned by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, who hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile it. The dossier was paid for in large part by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Ohr’s wife went to work for Fusion as the dossier was being compiled and disseminated throughout the Washington media.

The memo said “Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the” court when it was used to obtain a surveillance warrant.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who criticized the memo’s release, also gave a copy of it to the FBI.

Gohmert said that the FISA court judge shouldn’t find any of this acceptable.

“This was an action by the DNC and known collusion with top officials at the DOJ and FBI to commit a fraud upon the FISA court,” he added.

But he also noted that the FISA court judge’s own actions ought to be examined more closely.

“The judge has to have known for months now that he or she had a fraud committed against them and he or she has done nothing,” he said.

“Any judge worth any salt would have called them in for hearings, and he can even order anyone who committed fraud upon the court to go to jail. This judge is either worthless or is in cahoots with those who manipulated it.”

While attorneys can be sanctioned by bar associations for fraud upon the court, judges can also hold attorneys in contempt of court for such violations, said Gohmert.

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FISA MEMO DROPS…Shows MASSIVE conspiracy to ensnare TEAM TRUMP using BOGUS dossier and COLLUSION with a foreign agent

(National SentinelFISA Abuses: As expected, the so-called “FISA memo” was released on Friday, revealing serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by upper echelon officials in the FBI and Justice Department to prevent Donald J. Trump from becoming president, and to undermine him after he defeated Hillary Clinton in November 2016.

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Per Fox News, as many suspected, the discredited and unverified “Trump dossier” was used not once but on three separate occasions to secure a FISA court surveillance warrant to allow the Obama administration to spy on Team Trump during his campaign.

In addition, Hillary Clinton, U.S. media outlets, and ranking officials within DOJ and FBI including former FBI Director James Comey, former deputy director Andrew McCabe, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were all aware that the dossier was a political document, not a serious piece of intelligence work, the memo explains.

As Fox News reported, the four-page memo [which you can read here] also “includes testimony from a high-ranking government official who says without the infamous Trump dossier, the FBI and DOJ would not have secured surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team.”

The memo pointed out that in December 2017, then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe testified that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought” from the FISA court “without the Steele dossier information.”

The memo also states that DOJ and FBI officials used media reporting on the Trump-Russia collusion allegations to bolster their case for a FISA court warrant. That is a substantial revelation because the memo also talks about how the dossier’s creator, former British spy Christopher Steele — who was commissioned by Fusion GPS to assemble the dossier — briefed a number of media outlets on its contents over the summer of 2016, as Trump gained steam.

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The memo also shows that Steele was eventually cut off from the FBI for being chatty with the media. It says he was terminated in October 2016 as an FBI source “for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations—an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI.”

The memo implicates a massive conspiracy involving Steele, Fusion and the Hillary Clinton campaign, which paid for the dossier through a third party law firm, Perkins Coie.

“The ‘dossier’ compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application,” the memo states, referencing a surveillance warrant obtained to spy on a former Trump campaign official.

“Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia,” it continued.

Even after he was terminated by the FBI, Steele continued to have a relationship with then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr. Ohr’s wife Nellie began working for Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier, as early as May 2016.

According to the memo, Steele told Ohr that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” But it says the FISA application process “ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations.

“This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files – but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications,” the memo reads.

The memo also named names. As CBS News reported:

The FBI and DOJ obtained three FISA warrants targeting Page and three FISA renewals, according to the memo. Then-FBI Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one, according to the memo. The memo says then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of the DOJ.

“The memo clearly states that the dossier was a political document — opposition research commissioned by Fusion GPS and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and that everyone involved in approving the FISA court applications knew the document was political research, not hard-and-fast intelligence gathered by legitimate U.S. spies,” said J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.

“So Comey, Rosenstein, Yates, McCabe, and others were clearly in on the conspiracy to frame President Donald J. Trump and his campaign with a bogus ‘Russia collusion’ story,” he added.

As expected, Trump was critical of the effort to frame his campaign personnel and saddle his administration with what now appears to have been a direct political effort to undermine him.

“I think it’s terrible,” said the president. “You want to know the truth. I think it’s a disgrace. What’s going on in this country, I think it’s a disgrace.

“A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.

“The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!” Trump tweeted earlier.

The memo notes further that the original FISA court warrant was sought for Trump campaign official Carter Page, and was originally granted in October 2016. It was subsequently renewed two additional times, with officials relying primarily on the unsubstantiated and salacious Trump dossier.

Page, who served as Trump’s foreign policy advisor until September 2016, had come under FBI scrutiny in 2014 for his contact with Russian agents, and he admitted more recently to taking a trip to Russia in 2016 while he worked on Trump’s campaign, Slate reported. Page has not been charged with any wrongdoing. But the fact that he came under FBI scrutiny nearly four years ago and was never charged with a crime or with espionage is troubling to many critics of the surveillance.

“The brave and assiduous oversight by Congressional leaders in discovering this unprecedented abuse of process represents a giant, historic leap in the repair of America’s democracy,” Page said in a statement to Business Insider. “Now that a few of the misdeeds against the Trump Movement have been partially revealed, I look forward to updating my pending legal action in opposition to DOJ this weekend in preparation for Monday’s next small step on the long, potholed road toward helping to restore law and order in our great country.”

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MORE FISA abuse fallout? Sen. Ron Johnson DEMANDS texts, emails from 16 new DOJ and FBI employees, including James Comey and Andrew McCabe

(National SentinelWider Net: The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is seeking communications including texts and email from an additional 16 FBI and Justice Department officials as part of the committee’s broader probe into how the FBI handled its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Johnson’s request to DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is said to include all employee emails, memos, notes, texts, iPhone instant messages, and voicemails from officials between January 1, 2015, to the present.

Former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe are reportedly on Johnson’s list of 16 officials, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.

Also on the list: Outgoing FBI chief of staff James Rybicki, acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich and John Giacalone, the lead FBI agent on the probe into Clinton’s emails.

Johnson is also seeking text messages between anti-Trump FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, that have been recovered after being considered missing.

Last week, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Johnson the messages had been retrieved, the Washington Examiner noted.

“According to material produced to the Committee, Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok make references to communicating with other FBI employees via text message, phone calls, and email,” Johnson wrote.

The deadline for Johnson’s request is Feb. 14.

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Did former FBI deputy director McCABE move to PROTECT HILLARY in final days before 2016 election? The DOJ IG wants to know…

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(National SentinelCorruption: Like those of an onion, the more layers we peel to expose the D.C. swamp, the more pungent the odor.

On Monday FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly resigned — or was fired, we don’t know yet — from his position just a day after his boss, FBI Director Christopher Wray, went to the White House to read the House Intelligence Committee’s four-page “FISA memo” in a secure room.

McCabe’s resignation or removal came hours before the House panel voted along party lines to declassify and release the memo, which is purported to show massive Obama-era abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — specifically by ranking officials in the FBI and/or Justice Department who may have used the unsubstantiated, unverified “Trump dossier” as ‘intelligence’ rather than as an opposition research document in order to get a surveillance warrant so they could spy on then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

Currently, the release of the memo is in Trump’s hands; he has five days from Monday to decide whether he wants all or part of it — or none of it — released to the public. For the record, not a single Democrat on the committee voted in favor of transparency and the rule of law.

That’s probably because McCabe — whose wife ran for a Virginia legislative seat as a Democrat and received a donation from a Democrat-aligned political action committee tied to then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a long-time Hillary Clinton ally — is mentioned in the memo, according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

And it’s also probably because McCabe has been the subject of an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office over allegations the FBI was politicized a) to cover for and exonerate Clinton over her mishandling of classified emails; and b) to undermine Trump’s candidacy and his presidency.

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As reported by the Washington Post, it’s possible McCabe also sabotaged his own department’s Hillary probe:

The Justice Department’s inspector general has been focused for months on why Andrew McCabe, as the No. 2 official at the FBI, appeared not to act for about three weeks on a request to examine a batch of Hillary Clinton-related emails found in the latter stages of the 2016 election campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.

The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has been asking witnesses why FBI leadership seemed unwilling to move forward on the examination of emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) until late October — about three weeks after first being alerted to the issue, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter.

Weiner is the estranged husband of long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin; by slow-walking the probe, McCabe could serve as the gatekeeper against information that could prove damaging to Hillary’s election chances, as the Post notes: “A key question of the internal investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the Nov. 8 election, these people said. It is unclear whether the inspector general has reached any conclusions on that point.” (Related: FINALLY: DoJ RE-opens probe into Hillary EMAIL scandal after MORE classified data found on Huma laptop.)

It should also be noted that one of the points of interest in talks held between Wray and McCabe shortly before the latter left his post was the inspector general’s investigation, the Post noted further. It’s not yet been reported what was specifically discussed, but given the Post’s current reporting and McCabe’s likely inclusion in the FISA memo, we can get a pretty good idea.

The IG was supposed to appear before Congress on Tuesday to discuss the Clinton email case; he canceled.

Also in play: What did former FBI Director James Comey know, and when did he know it? Remember, he was the one who reopened, then promptly closed, the last-minute review of emails found on Weiner’s laptop.

The D.C. swamp is wide, deep, and smelly.

This story originally appeared at NewsTarget.com.

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DiGenova: McCABE removal from FBI just the beginning; IG report shows he made FBI agents FABRICATE evidence in HILLARY probe

(National SentinelCorrupt: Former U.S attorney Joe diGenova and his wife/partner Victoria Toensing appeared on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs Tuesday evening to discuss what appears to be a growing FBI and Justice Department scandal to protect and exonerate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her criminal mishandling of classified emails.

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In particular, diGenova said that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is likely in far more trouble than anyone had suspected, as will be revealed if and when the House Intelligence Committee’s “FISA memo” is released, as well as the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into allegations that McCabe was politicized by the Obama administration.

McCabe was removed from office on Monday, the day after FBI Chief Christopher Wray visited Capitol Hill to read the House Intelligence FISA memo that was released to the president on Monday night.

“There’s going to be resolution. The memo from the House Intelligence Committee will be the start,” diGenova said.

“Next will come the inspector general’s report from the Department of Justice which will be devastating. Because it will show Andrew McCabe made FBI agents fabricate evidence to exonerate Hillary Clinton and then there’s going to be a federal grand jury to investigate the Obama administration’s senior Department of Justice officials and the senior members of the FBI,” he added.

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Tucker: Andrew McCabe under DOJ investigation; mentioned in FISA MEMO

(National SentinelScrutiny: Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed exclusively on his program Monday night that former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who stepped down from his post earlier in the day yesterday, is under investigation by the Department of Justice.

“We have exclusive new information tonight about one of the most perplexing mysteries in Washington,” Tucker said at the start of his program. “As you may have heard, Andrew McCabe, he’s the deputy director of the FBI, announced today he is leaving his job, and the most obvious question is–why is he doing that? Was he pushed or did he decide to leave himself? Well, you may know McCabe’s name because he’s been in the news repeatedly over the past several years. In 2016, it emerged that McCabe’s wife had taken a large sum of money collected by one of Hillary Clinton’s closest friends.”

Continuing, Carlson said, ”This is significant because McCabe himself helped lead the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, you know the one, the investigation in which Clinton was exonerated before she was even interviewed. McCabe never recused himself from that investigation. So was Andrew McCabe fired today, and was that firing a result of information contained in the still famous but still mysterious House Intelligence Committee memo? The one everybody is talking about, but nobody outside of Congress has actually read?

“We decided to spend the day finding out all we could about that memo,” he went on. “We made a lot of calls, we talked to quite a few people who read it. Here’s what we learned.

“The memo which is four pages long, primarily describes abuses of FISA, that’s the law that allows the U.S. government to spy on American citizens for the purpose of stopping foreign threats–and only for that purpose.

“Spying on Americans is supposed to only happen in extraordinary circumstances and of course never for political reasons, that would be a disaster. That’s why we have FISA in the first place, to prevent that from happening,” said the Fox News host. “But that law has been abused, and the memo describes how. Quote: ‘It’s shocking’ says someone we spoke to who has read it. It doesn’t answer every question, it’s not the final word on anything, but there’s definitely enough there for criminal charges.”

“Andrew McCabe is indeed mentioned in the memo, a number of our sources confirmed that to us. Is that the reason he left his job today?” Carlson added. “We couldn’t get a definitive answer on that. It seems the memo likely played some part in his leaving, but in the course of our reporting, we learned something else, from the source. McCabe is the subject of at least one internal DOJ investigation, maybe more than one. DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz has been investigating politically motivated behavior at the bureau during the 2016 election. One source told us that McCabe’s resignation is likely tied to Horowitz’s work.”

Horowitz was scheduled to appear before Congress on Tuesday to discuss the FBI’s mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but he canceled.

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BONGINO: Former FBI deputy McCABE may STILL be hauled before Congress to answer questions about bogus ‘Trump dossier’

(National SentinelTestify: Former Secret Service agent and Conservative Review TV host Dan Bongino said Monday that just because former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has stepped down from his post, he remains on the payroll and, thus, can still be summoned by Congress to answer questions under oath about his agency’s relationship to the “Trump dossier.”

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“McCabe is still subject to administrative FBI rules while on leave for the next 5 weeks. He must answer questions about his role in the Obamagate spying scandal BEFORE retiring or the administrative requirements disappear. If he used his position for ill intent we deserve to know,” tweeted Bongino.

McCabe’s resignation came one day after his boss, FBI Director Christopher Wray, went to the White House to read the so-called “FISA memo” written by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee.

Reports have indicated that the memo implicates figures within the FBI and Justice Department during the Obama administration who may have misrepresented the dossier as legitimate intelligence in order to secure a surveillance warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court so they could spy on President Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

The dossier was opposition research paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and commissioned by Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce it.

None of the contents of the dossier have been publicly verified or proven accurate. Some GOP lawmakers want to know the FBI’s role in allegedly using the dossier to secure the warrant, and whether any money exchanged hands between the FBI and Steele as payment for the dossier.

Also, The New York Times reported:

In a recent conversation, Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, raised concerns about a forthcoming inspector general report examining the actions of Mr. McCabe and other senior F.B.I. officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, when the bureau was investigating both Hillary Clinton’s email use and the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia. 

In that discussion, according to one former law enforcement official close to Mr. McCabe, Mr. Wray suggested moving Mr. McCabe into another job, which would have been a demotion. Instead, the former official said, Mr. McCabe chose to leave. His departure was not announced at the bureau, leaving agents to learn of it from news reports. Mr. Wray, who was sworn in as director in August, named the bureau’s No. 3 official, David L. Bowdich, as his acting deputy.

Last week, the Daily Beast reported former FBI Director James Comey, McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are officially named in the FISA abuse memo.

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FBI Deputy Director McCABE RESIGNS; is the FISA memo about to implicate him?

(National SentinelDeep State: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has announced that he will step down from his position, fueling speculation that the so-called “FISA memo” may soon be released and may implicate him as part of a plot to spy on the Trump campaign.

As reported by NBC News:

McCabe has been at the center of ongoing tensions between the White House and the FBI and has reportedly been under pressure to quit from President Donald Trump, whose campaign is being investigated for possible collusion with Russia.

McCabe reportedly resigned on Monday. He will remain on the FBI’s payroll until he is formally able to retire, NBC News said.

In recent weeks the White House has put pressure on McCabe after he was implicated in text messages exchanged between anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

The two discussed an “insurance policy” to allegedly undermine President Donald J. Trump’s campaign and, possibly, his presidency in the event he defeated Hillary Clinton.

The texts referenced discussing the insurance policy in “Andy’s office,” which is believed to be McCabe.

Also, last week administration spokesman Raj Shah referenced reports of pressure from the White House to fire McCabe by saying in a statement that Trump “believes politically motivated senior leaders” of the FBI “have tainted the agency’s reputation for unbiased pursuit of justice” and that the new director he “appointed” will “clean up the misconduct at the highest levels of the FBI.”

Some believe that McCabe may be implicated with others in the FISA memo, which allegedly details abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. There has been speculation that the FBI used the unsubstantiated — and unvetted — “Trump dossier,” which was paid for by the Clinton campaign, as a legitimate intelligence document in order to obtain a surveillance warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.

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BREAKING: Corrupt FBI Dep. Director McCabe to ‘RETIRE’ early

(National SentinelDeep State: Following a series of accusations of anti-Trump bias, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is set to leave the bureau and “retire” early, reports said on Saturday.

McCabe’s retirement comes amid a shake-up at the embattled FBI, as Director Christopher Wray removed the FBI’s top lawyer, James Baker, having him reassigned within the bureau.

As reported by The Washington Post, McCabe will retire in a few months after becoming eligible for federal benefits. In the meantime, his role in several alleged scandals and violations of federal campaign laws are being examined by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

Among them, his mention in a text sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok to his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, in August 2016 indicating that the three of them were involved in a plot — an “insurance policy” — to prevent President Donald J. Trump from winning defeating Hillary Clinton or, if he did, to prevent him from staying in office.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” Strzok texted to Page.

‘Andy’ was also thought to be McCabe.

Some McCabe critics have theorized that the so-called “Trump dossier” paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC alleging the president “colluded” with Russia during the election was that ‘policy.’

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Investigators say McCabe recounted to the panel how hard the FBI had worked to verify the contents of the anti-Trump “dossier” and stood by its credibility. But when pressed to identify what in the salacious document the bureau had actually corroborated, the sources said, McCabe cited only the fact that Trump campaign adviser Carter Page had traveled to Moscow. Beyond that, investigators said, McCabe could not even say that the bureau had verified the dossier’s allegations about the specific meetings Page supposedly held in Moscow.

On Saturday, The National Sentinel reported that Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Fox News that the House Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, had obtained email evidence from McCabe indicating that the bureau’s criminal probe into Clinton’s mishandling of classified information was coded “HQ Special,” a term suggesting that the investigation did not follow standard procedures, which resulted in a “softening” of the FBI’s findings.

“We have email evidence from Andrew McCabe indicating that Hillary Clinton was going to get an ‘HQ Special,’ a headquarters special,” he said.

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Gaetz: FBI Dep. Dir. McCabe emails indicate Hillary Clinton got SPECIAL treatment by allies within Bureau (Video)

(National Sentinel“Special:” Email evidence from FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe indicates that the bureau’s criminal probe into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information was coded “HQ Special,” a term suggesting that the investigation did not follow standard procedures, which resulted in a “softening” of the FBI’s findings.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., revealed the findings during an interview on Fox News‘ “America’s Newsroom” on Friday.

“We have email evidence from Andrew McCabe indicating that Hillary Clinton was going to get an ‘HQ Special,’ a headquarters special,” he said.

Gaetz explained further that the term was an indication that “the normal processes at the Washington field office weren’t followed and [McCabe] had a very small group of people that had a pro-Hillary Clinton bias who had a direct role in changing the outcome of that investigation from one that likely should have been criminal to one where she was able to walk.”

“The Judiciary Committee is engaged in an investigation, particularly as it relates to the handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal and any potential investigations of the Clinton Foundation and the handling of bribes or other types of improper payments,” the Florida Republican added.

“I think we have to ensure that never happens again, that the same processes that would apply to any American would also apply to people who were running for president of the United States,” he continued.

“We just want to follow the facts, we want to see if we’ve got the right systems and processes in place for reporting and transparency, so that the American people have confidence in the FBI and confidence in the Department of Justice,” he said.

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UH-OH: Report says FBI Dep. Dir. McCabe gave NUMEROUS conflicting statements during his testimony

(National SentinelUnder Oath: During his marathon testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday regarding the ongoing Russia investigation, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s testimony contained “numerous conflicts” with statements made by earlier witnesses, Fox News reported.

The biggest issue, congressional investigators told the network, is whether McCabe was honest about the FBI’s probe into the infamous “Trump dossier” and the exact timeframe when he discovered it was funded by Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC.

Due to those discrepancies, Republicans on the Intelligence Committee will issue fresh subpoenas next week for Justice Department and FBI personnel, Janine Pirro reported as she hosted the “Hannity” program Wednesday.

Joining Pirro as a guest was Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who told her that “we have a major problem” that is brewing within the halls of power.

“We have the Department of Justice that has an issue with the subpoenas that have been issued. They haven’t answered all of our questions,” he said.

“But most importantly, you have an investigation that was started that it appears now for political reasons,” he continued, while “the Democrats have been claiming that there was collusion between the Republican and the Russians.”

“And what we’re finding out there was collusion but the collusion was between the Democrats, the Department of Justice, and the people who were doing this dossier,” Labrador said. “So, we have a problem and we need to get to the bottom of it.”

Pirro noted that GOP lawmakers on various committees decided to move ahead with subpoenas because FBI and DoJ officials were not responding to requests for witnesses and documents.

That, she added, must be frustrating for committee members.

Labrador said that FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein promised they would ensure that they would deliver whatever information the various congressional committees requested.

However, as Pirro pointed out, that information still is not forthcoming.

“We’re going to get to the bottom of this,” Labrador said.

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Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, FBI chief of staff targeted for ‘transcribed interview’ by House panels

(National SentinelCrosshairs: Two members of the powerful House Judiciary and Oversight Committees have subpoenaed key figures in an ongoing probe into FBI and Department of Justice corruption last year involving the campaigns of President Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton.

As reported by The Hill, Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., have sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, asking them to make FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI chief of staff Jim Rybicki available for “transcribed interviews.”

“In particular, the investigation is looking into the FBI and the Justice Department’s handling of two investigations: the probe into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State and the investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia,” The Hill reported.

McCabe, who has come under increasing scrutiny by Republicans over his alleged involvement in plotting a scheme to prevent Trump from becoming president, testified before the House Intelligence Committee for nearly eight hours Tuesday.

McCabe was implicated the plot in a series of texts exchanged between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and Page. Strzok disparaged political figures of both parties in the texts, including Trump, whom he called an “idiot.”

The three may have discussed what Strzok described as an “insurance policy” against a Trump victory, which mentioned “Andy’s office.”

Andy is believed to be McCabe.

What is odd to some observers is that Strzok appears to have escaped scrutiny by Goodlatte and Gowdy for now, as his name did not appear on the short list of key figures both committees are now seeking to interview.

“Republican lawmakers have grown frustrated with what they have said is an unwillingness by the the FBI to share details about its handling of both investigations,” The Hill reported further, adding that the request could be a precursor to a subpoena.

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Rep. Jordan: SWAMP creatures McCabe, Strzok and Ohrs will be subpoenaed THIS WEEK (Video)

(National SentinelDeep State: During an appearance on Fox News’ Judge Janine Pirro’s “Justice” program Saturday evening, Rep. Jim Jordan claimed that the House Judiciary Committee plans to issue subpoenas to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, agent Peter Strzok, and Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr and his wife and former Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr next week.

The Ohio Republican, who is a member of the committee, has been extremely critical of their involvement in what appears to be a plot to undermine or depose President Donald J. Trump prior to his November 2016 election victory.

He said the subpoenas were part of the committee’s “ongoing inquiry into claims of bias against President Donald Trump.”

As Politico reported, Republicans on the panel have begun to focus on McCabe, Strzok — who is a top counterintelligence agent — FBI attorney Lisa Page, who was Strzok’s mistress, and Ohrs, especially Nellie Ohr after discovering she worked for the opposition research firm that produced the discredited “Trump dossier.”

Earlier reports noted that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee financed the dossier, in large part.

“Chairman [Bob] Goodlatte has told us he is going to subpoena those individuals,” Jordan told Pirro.

Politico reported further:

Republicans have focused on Strzok with greater intensity in recent days, after the Justice Department released a series of text messages he sent to Page in 2016 that showed hostility toward Trump.

Democrats on the panel have dismissed the Republicans’ efforts as nothing but political theater. They also say there is no evidence that Strzok, Page, McCabe and others acted on any of their anti-Trump bias.

But GOP members point out that Strzok was a key investigator in the Hillary Clinton private email scandal, and that he was also tapped earlier this year to join special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Team Trump “collusion” with Russia.

Finally, Republicans further note that Strzok was the one who changed then-FBI Director James Comey’s July 5, 2016, press statement exonerating Clinton from “gross negligence” — a term with distinct legal implications — to “extremely careless,” a term not found in classified handling statutes.

Mueller dropped him from the probe over the summer after learning of texts that discussed an “insurance policy” against a Trump victor.

As for McCabe, the discussion appears to have taken place in his office. Bruce Ohr, formerly a high-ranking DoJ official, was demoted after it was learned he had contacts with Fusion GPS during last year’s presidential campaign.

Also appearing with Pirro was Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla, who also hinted he may seek contempt citations for FBI Director Chris Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if they fail to turn over more documents related to congressional inquiries.

Jordan said that recent developments and reports indicate plainly that there were forces at work within the Obama Justice Department and FBI to thwart President Donald J. Trump.

“President Trump won in spite of the Republican establishment being against him, the Democrats being against him, the elite media being against him and the FBI and Justice Department being against him,” Jordan said.

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