House Intel Committee votes to release Simpson testimony; ‘Info suggests docs catastrophically BAD for DEMS’

(National SentinelTrump Dossier: The House Intelligence Committee quietly voted to approve the release of “a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program,” a move journalists believe could be “catastrophically” bad for Democrats, reports Fox News’ Chad Pergram.

In a tweet, Pergram also noted that while the full committee voted to release a transcript of Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, earlier, Democrats on the intelligence panel moved to block the release of other documents, including, he believes, the memo.

FISA is a reference to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; under the act, the U.S. intelligence community must request surveillance warrants from the FISA court, which meets in secret.

There has been speculation that the infamous Trump dossier, which was commissioned by Fusion, paid for in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and which has been the subject of intense congressional scrutiny, was used to justify obtaining a FISA court warrant to spy on the 2016 presidential campaign of GOP nominee Donald J. Trump.

“Fox is told that while the Intel Cmte voted in favor of the Simpson transcript, Democrats blocked the release of other documents. The committee has also voted on a motion by Rep. Pete King (R-NY) to make available to all House members a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program,” Pergram tweeted.

In another tweet, the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York called the release a “major development.

After noting that the memo, which is classified, could be viewed in a secure room now by all House members, York tweeted the importance of the document? “Report contains answer to question of whether FBI/DOJ used Trump dossier to secure FISA warrant to spy on Americans, plus other issues. Now, whole House can know. Public still in dark. 3/3”

Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, tweeted after learning of the document and its release, “Blocking documents is a super weird thing to do if, as Democrats assert, all they want is transparency. What are they trying to hide?”

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Davis then added, “Schiff and the rest of the House Intel Democrats saw the DOJ/FBI/FISA docs on the dossier over a week ago. The lack of any leaks plus their votes today to block release of that info suggest the documents are catastrophically bad for Dems.”

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., recently told fellow Republicans he has seen evidence demonstrating clear “abuse” of government surveillance programs by the Justice Department and FBI.

As reported exclusively by investigative correspondent Sara Carter of Circa News, “The unverified dossier alleging connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians was used as evidence by the FBI to gain approval from a secret court to monitor members of Trump’s team.”

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Last week House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said, “Some of the things that will be coming out are so unbelievable that the FBI and DOJ would actually allow it to happen. And I would also say that there are other agencies… We are focusing in, honing in on that target.”

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CAUGHT: Obama’s DoJ, FBI synchronized anti-Trump classified leaks to Alt-Left media (Video)

(National SentinelViolation: Operatives within the Department of Justice and FBI during the Obama administration worked together to time leaks of classified materials to friendly media outlets to achieve maximum impact in attempts to undermine President Donald J. Trump.

Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell appeared Tuesday evening on Fox Business’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight” to discuss text messages exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extra-marital affair.

“This is a case of them [Strzok and Page] I think trying to get out ahead of the problem because obviously Strzok is already, Strzok and his girlfriend are already in bad shape,” Farrell said.

“But the text messages today show that they were synchronizing, they were first of all leaking, but then they were synchronizing their story to both The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and perhaps others, and that is a level of investigative misconduct and abuse of process that is off the charts.”

On Thursday, Fox News‘ Sean Hannity followed up with information he said made it clear that the country is facing an unprecedented criminalization of its justice system, which amounted to one of the biggest abuses of power in the history of the country.

“The powerful tools of intelligence have now been politicized and used to influence a Presidential election,” he said.

“Now make no mistake about this, this scandal will reach the highest levels of the Obama intelligence community, the DOJ, the FBI, and what we’re reporting on is only the beginning tonight,” he added.

Here is the Dobbs-Farrell exchange:

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EXPOSED: Newly revealed texts from FBI agent Strzok, lawyer Page, show MORE anti-Trump bias; Congress probes pair for possible news LEAKS

(National SentinelUnprofessional: Newly revealed text messages sent by FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok show even more bias against President Donald J. Trump than previously reported.

As noted by The Hill‘s John Solomon, Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, the two shared a National Public Radio article on the opening of Trump’s new hotel in Washington and could “barely contain their disdain,” the report noted.

“That’s one place I hope I never stay in,” Page wrote.

Strzok replied. “Agreed. I hope it fails horribly.”

After one of the presidential debates, Strzok also had an observation about then-Fox anchor and current NBC anchor Megyn Kelly. “Vaguely satisfying to see Megyn Kelly (who had Botox and looks HORRIBLE) utterly going after Trump,” he texted, as Solomon reported.

In addition, the new texts and other information that has been turned over to Congress has sparked an additional probe into whether Strzok and Page illegally leaked classified information to several media outlets.

GOP-led committees in the House and Senate are poring over messages that appear to indicate Strzok and Page had advance knowledge of a Wall Street Journal report close to election day and plotted how they would feign stumbling upon it so they could share it with colleagues.

“Article is out, but hidden behind paywall so can’t read it,” Page texted Strzok on Oct. 24, 2016.

“Wsj? Boy that was fast,” Strzok texted back, using the initials of the famed financial newspaper. “Should I ‘find’ it and tell the team?”

The messages, reviewed by The Hill, also reveal how the two allegedly plotted how to make it appear as though they innocently stumbled upon the article, such as in a Google News alert.

“I can get it like I do every other article that hits any Google News alerts, seriously,” Strzok wrote, noting further he didn’t want his team hearing about the article “from someone else.”

Strzok had a key role early on in the Russia meddling probe and was a part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team until last summer, when initial anti-Trump texts between him and Page were discovered.

But now Congress wants to know whether the pair is responsible for a series of damaging leaks against Trump and his administration.

“The Hill reviewed nearly three dozen texts in which the two agents discussed articles, tried to track down information about a specific New York Times reporter or opined about leaked information in stories that they fretted were ‘super specific,'” the news site noted.

Republican investigators say the messages suggest that the pair had media contacts but they don’t necessarily prove they leaked information.

Also, Solomon reported:

Separately, the House Intelligence Committee says it has obtained information that Mueller’s current deputy in the Russia probe, respected Justice Department financial fraud prosecutor Andrew Weissman, had contact with the news media last April, shortly before Mueller was named special prosecutor, according to a letter the committee has sent the department.

In a deal with current FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Justice officials have promised to provide the Intelligence Committee with information on the Weismann contacts later this week.

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Obama intel inspector general threatened over Clinton emails; DNI Clapper helped cover it up

(National SentinelClinton Scandals: The former intelligence community inspector general during the Obama administration said he his livelihood was threatened by the campaign of Hillary Clinton after he discovered “top secret” emails had passed through the former secretary of state’s unauthorized, unsecured private email server.

In a Monday night interview with Fox News national security correspondent Kathrine Herridge, Charles McCullough III said, “There was personal blowback. Personal blowback to me, to my family, to my office.”

McCullough said that then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was given a briefing on the findings, but in turn he was told to keep the top intelligence official out of the matter and threatened by superiors.

As Herridge reported further, McCollough sent a letter to Congress in January 2016 informing members that emails “beyond top secret” had passed through Clinton’s private email server.

“All of a sudden, I was being told I was a shill for the right,” he said. “I was told, ‘Be careful, you’re losing your credibility.'”

Fox News reported:

[T]he former inspector general, with responsibility for the 17 intelligence agencies, said the executive who recommended him to the Obama administration for the job – then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – was also disturbed by the independent Clinton email findings.

“[Clapper] said, ‘This is extremely reckless.’ And he mentioned something about — the campaign … will have heartburn about that,” McCullough said.

He said Clapper’s Clinton email comments came during an in-person meeting about a year before the presidential election – in late December 2015 or early 2016. “[Clapper] was as off-put as the rest of us were.”

After the Clapper meeting, McCullough said his team was marginalized. “I was told by senior officials to keep [Clapper] out of it,” he said, while acknowledging he tried to keep his boss in the loop.

Herridge: Was there an effort to deliberately mislead the public about Clinton’s classified emails?”

McCullough: “Absolutely.”

Asked what would have happened to him if he had done what Clinton did, the former inspector general replied, “I’d be sitting in [Fort] Leavenworth [federal penitentiary] right now.”

As The Gateway Pundit noted, despite the fact that investigators including McCollough had concrete evidence that Clinton had violated numerous statutes governing the mishandling of classified materials, there was a coordinated effort to keep Clapper out of the continuing investigation.

“The former CIA director could have helped get the FBI’s house in order by briefing bureau officials on the seriousness of the evidence — but instead, did nothing,” the site reported.

“Clapper’s silence on the evidence he was presented more than suggests he is complicit in covering up Clinton’s wrongdoings.”

The news of Clapper’s alleged malfeasance follows an earlier claim by Rep. Matt Gaetz, F-Fla., that lawmakers have evidence the FBI under then-Director James Comey botched the investigation into Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails.

“We now have evidence that the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton did not follow normal and standard procedures,” he told Fox News.

FO-300x250-1“The current deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe sent emails just weeks before the presidential election saying that the Hillary Clinton investigation would be special — that it would be handled by a small team at headquarters, that it would be given special status,” he added.

Continuing, Gaetz said, “Combine that with the fact that Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the James Comey to call this ‘a matter’ and not an investigation. That she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac and that James Comey himself has admitted in testimony that he drafted the exoneration statement of Hillary Clinton before even interviewing her or other key witnesses.

“We seem to have a departure from the normal application of the law. And we will be calling for a full review by the Judiciary Committee of the processes and procedures that potentially gave Hillary Clinton a different process and a different standard of justice than would be applied to any other American,” he added.

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