SECOND source confirms: Rosenstein THREATENED House Intel chair Nunes and entire GOP side of committee

(National SentinelConfirmation:Fox News legal analyst who claimed Friday night that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and other Republicans on the panel now says a second source is confirming it.

The threat was allegedly tied to the Intelligence Committee’s then-plans to release the scandalous FISA memo, which revealed 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. The memo says the officials used a bogus “Trump dossier” — a political document — and represented it before the FISA court as legitimate intelligence to get a surveillance warrant so the Obama administration could spy on a Trump campaign official, Carter Page.

The surveillance was reauthorized at least twice; all three authorizations involved use of the bogus dossier, which was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

Earlier Saturday The National Sentinel reported that legal analyst Gregg Jarrett told Sean Hannity during the latter’s program last night:

I can tell you a congressional source tells me that Rod Rosenstein in a meeting three weeks ago threatened Chairman Nunes and members of Congress he was going to subpoena their texts and messages because he was tired of dealing with the intel committee.

On Saturday, Garrett tweeted out confirmation of that, adding that a second source has also come forward to corroborate his initial source.

“A 2nd source has now confirmed to me that, in a meeting on January 10, Deputy A-G Rosenstein used the power of his office to threaten to subpoena the calls & texts of the Intel Committee to get it to stop it’s [sic] investigation of DOJ and FBI. Likely an Abuse of Power & Obstruction,” Garrett tweeted.

In addition, Jarrett also named the crime Rosenstein may have committed.

“It is a crime for a government official to use his office to threaten anyone, including a member of Congress, for exercising a constitutionally protected right. See 18 USC 242 and other similar abuse of power statutes.”

He added: “Again, if true, Rosenstein’s action was an illegal abuse of power and he should no longer serve as Deputy Attorney General. He allegedly used threats to try to stop the Intelligence Committee from exposing wrongful behavior in an attempt to cover it up.”

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WHAAAT? Fox News analyst says Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein THREATENED Intel Chair Nunes and panel members in meeting WEEKS ago (Video)

(National SentinelFISA Abuse: Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said during an appearance on “Hannity” Friday night following the release of the FISA memo earlier in the day with a stunning claim.

During the interview, Jarrett told host Sean Hannity and others that sources told him Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who took oversight of the “Russia collusion” investigation after AG Jeff Sessions recused himself, threatened House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and other GOP members of the panel over the FISA memo.

“I can tell you a congressional source tells me that Rod Rosenstein in a meeting three weeks ago threatened Chairman Nunes and members of Congress he was going to subpoena their texts and messages because he was tired of dealing with the intel committee,” Jarrett said.

“That’s threats and intimidation,” he added to a stunned Hannity.

Meanwhile, Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter, an investigative reporter for Circa News, added that the revelations contained in the FISA memo are merely about “10 percent” of what else is coming in terms of the abuses associated with spying on the Trump campaign by the Obama administration.

“This is even more important,” she said. “The investigation is now going to be reversed.” She added that Republican members of Congress would now be calling for a special counsel to investigate anyone who was tied to using the unverified “Trump dossier” in order to fool the FISA court into issuing a surveillance warrant so Obama-era FBI and Justice Department officials could spy on Team Trump.

“They’re going to look at criminality here,” Carter added.

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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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They did WHAT? Mueller, McCabe and Rosenstein ALL involved in cover-up of FBI investigation into Uranium one BRIBES

(National SentinelScandal: Reports last week note that Justice Department officials in the District of Maryland announced that Mark Lambert of Mount Airy, Md., was indicted on 11 counts related to “bribery, kickbacks, and money-laundering.”

Those charges stemmed from an alleged plot to bribe Vadim Mikerinn, a Russian executive at JSC Techsnabexport, or TENEX.

As reported by Zero Hedge:

According to the indictment, Lambert and others at Transport Logistics International (TLI) engaged in several counts of bribery, kickbacks and money laundering with Russian nuclear official Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure business advantages with TENEX – a subsidiary of Rosatom, the Kremlin’s state-owned energy company which bought Uranium One.

TLI would have ostensibly transported all of the uranium from the U1 deal, were it not for an FBI undercover mole buried deep within the Russian nuclear industry who gathered extensive evidence of corruption. 

Robert Mueller’s FBI had been investigating the scheme since at least 2008 – with retiring Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe assigned to the ongoing investigation which was hidden from the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS). Had they known, the committee never would have approved the Uranium One deal with TENEX’s parent company, Rosatom. 

Four individuals were eventually prosecuted and given plea agreements after the Uranium One deal was approved. The prosecuting DOJ attorneys? Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and top Mueller investigator in the Trump-Russia probe, Andrew Weissman – who praised former acting Attorney General Sally Yates for defying Trump.

According to John Solomon at The Hill, the Obama DoJ never called the deal’s secret information, William D. Campbell, when it was time to charge former Russian uranium industry official Mikerinn.

“While he was Maryland’s chief federal prosecutor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s office failed to interview the undercover informant in the FBI’s Russian nuclear bribery case before it filed criminal charges in the case in 2014, officials told The Hill,” reports Solomon.

As we have reported, Campbell, who was made to sign an “illegal” non-disclosure agreement (NDA) by Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch, claimed in November to have video evidence showing Russian agents with briefcases full of bribe money in relation to the Uranium One scandal.

Earlier, The Hill‘s John Solomon and Circa News‘ Sara Carter noted that Campbell had been deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry. While there he was able to gather incriminating evidence of bribery and kickbacks to and by U.S. and Russian actors involved in getting the Uranium One deal approved by the Obama administration.

Campbell, who is currently battling cancer, had earlier been misidentified as a lobbyist. In reality, he is a nuclear industry consultant.

“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.

“I’ve never heard of such a case unless the victim is dead. I’ve never heard of prosecutors making a major case and not talking to the victim before you made it, especially when he was available to them through the FBI,” Alan Dershowitz told The Hill.

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered investigators in the Justice Department to take a fresh look at the sale of Uranium One to Russian firm Rosatom.

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DEAL with DoJ gives House Intel Chair Nunes access to ALL documents, witnesses, in Russia witch-hunt collusion probe

(National SentinelWinning: A deal between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and the Trump Justice Department struck on Thursday will give investigators access to “all remaining investigative documents” in an unredacted form that the panel has been seeking as part of its Russia probe.

The deal was revealed in a letter between Nunes and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that was obtained by Fox News.

The letter was sent by Nunes to Rosenstein and it summarizes an “agreement” that had been reached during a phone call Wednesday evening. The letter also notes that key FBI and Justice Department witnesses will now be provided to the Intelligence Committee later in January.

“It is my hope that this agreement will provide the Committee with all outstanding documents and witnesses necessary to complete its investigations,” Nunes wrote.

Fox News reported further:

The agreement comes after the DOJ and FBI faced a Wednesday deadline to comply, under the threat of new subpoenas and even contempt citations. Under deadline pressure, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Rosenstein met Wednesday with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to discuss the demands from the intelligence committee.

Nunes’ letter outlines the terms of the deal reached, as he continues looking for information that helps prove or disprove whether the controversial anti-Trump “dossier” was used as justification to open the Russia probe and conduct surveillance on Trump campaign officials.

After more than a year-and-a-half, no one in the media, in government or in Congress has been able to verify the dossier’s most explosive and salacious claims about President Donald J. Trump and his campaign team.

Republicans on the committee have also expressed concerns that the dossier was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In his letter, the Intelligence Committee chairman said that the panel is “extremely concerned by indications that top U.S. Government officials who were investigating a presidential campaign relied on unverified information that was funded by the opposing political campaign and was based on Russian sources.”

Initially, Nunes issued subpoenas for all related records on Aug. 24, and they remain in effect.

However, the committee has been stonewalled by the Justice Department and FBI for months.

According to the agreement between Nunes and Rosenstein, the House panel will also get access to eight key witnesses, Fox News reported, “including FBI agent Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages during an affair and previously worked on the special counsel’s Russia probe; FBI general counsel James Baker, who was reassigned; FBI head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, whom ex-FBI boss James Comey testified made the decision not to brief Congress about the Russia case during last year’s election; and Bruce Ohr, a DOJ official reassigned after concealing meetings with figures involved in the dossier.”

All witnesses are tied directly to allegations of political bias against the president.

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Grassley: James Comey may have LEAKED CLASSIFED memo to friend

(National SentinelIllegal: The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday that former FBI Directory James Comey may have illegally leaked a classified memo to a friend.

In his letter, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, demanded answers from Rosenstein regarding the handling of memos that Comey wrote following his conversations with President Donald J. Trump, The Daily Caller reported.

The Judiciary chairman said that he and his staff have recently reviewed seven memos Comey wrote following his meetings with the president. Of those, four contained information that was classified as “Secret” or “Confidential.”

Grassley also noted that past media reports claimed that Comey gave at least four memos to his friend, Columbia law professor Daniel Richman.

During congressional testimony last year, Comey told a House panel he hoped that leaking the memos would lead to a special counsel appointment aimed at investigating Trump’s campaign. Shortly thereafter, Rosenstein appointed former FBI director and Comey friend Robert Mueller.

A report in July 2017 said that more than half of the memos Comey wrote following his Trump meetings contained classified information.

“This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election,” The Hill reported.

The paper also noted that Comey testified the previous month before the House Intelligence Committee that he shared at least one of them with Richman. “He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director,” The Hill noted further.

“If it’s true that Professor Richman had four of the seven memos, then in light of the fact that four of the seven memos the Committee reviewed are classified, it would appear that at least one memo the former FBI director gave Professor Richman contained classified information,” Grassley writes.

He asserted in his letter that the Justice Department and FBI have so far failed to provide crucial details about the memos and how they were handled.

Grassley said during a recent review of the memos that was held in a secure facility, FBI personnel “refused” to answer questions about the chain of custody of the memos, when they were deemed classified, and who made the classified determinations.

The Daily Caller reported further:

In his letter, Grassley asked Rosenstein to clarify whether the DOJ or FBI have determined whether any of the memos that Comey sent to Richman contained classified information and which of the seven Comey memos had been provided to Richman.

Grassley is also inquiring when Richman received the memos and whether any had classification markings on them at the time they were exchanged.

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Rosenstein REFUSED to say whether FBI paid for infamous ‘Trump dossier’

(National SentinelNOversight: During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused to answer a congressman’s direct question as to whether the FBI helped pay for the now-infamous “Trump dossier.”

In response to the question from Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., Rosenstein suggested he knew the answer but would not say for certain.

“Did the FBI pay for the dossier?” DeSantis asked.

“I’m not in a position to answer that question,” Rosenstein responded.

“Do you know the answer to the question?” the Republican DeSantis followed up.

“I believe I know the answer, but the Intelligence Committee is the appropriate committee…” Rosenstein began.

That led DeSantis to interject that his panel “had every right to the information” about payments related to the dossier, especially since the Judiciary Committee has oversight over the Department of Justice, which the FBI falls under.

Congressional Republicans have long sought information about who created and helped finance the dossier.

Earlier reports have noted that the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Hillary Clinton helped finance at least some of it.

The dossier was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Earlier this year reports noted that “Steele and the FBI struck an informal agreement that he would be paid to continue his investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia,” The Daily Caller reported.

“It has been reported that Steele was never paid for his work, though the FBI and DOJ have not publicly disclosed those details.”

Earlier as well, CNN reported that Steele was compensated at least partially for his work investigating Trump.

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Gowdy SLAMS special counsel probe as obviously BIASED (Video)

(National SentinelNot-so-Special Counsel: Rep. Trey Gowdy blasted special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-Trump collusion investigation as obviously biased as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man who appointed Mueller, testified Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

“The reason we have special counsel is because of a conflict of interest,” the South Carolina Republican said. “We don’t like conflicts of interest because it undermines people’s confidence in both the process and the result.”

“And then, lo and behold, those that are supposed to make sure there are no conflicts of interest seem to have a bit of their own,” Gowdy noted further.

The congressman then proceeded to list various conflicts that have been reported thus far within the special counsel’s office.

They include a prosecutor who sent a “fawning email” to a fact witness, a top investigator who sent pro-Hillary and anti-Trump text messages, a prosecutor who attended Clinton’s election night party, and FBI officials who have connections to Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that produced the infamous “Trump dossier.”

He noted that citizens in his district aren’t going to be asking him about various pieces of legislation that Congress passed this week or the terrorist attack in New York City, “they’re going to be asking me, ‘What the hell’s going on in the Department of Justice?'”

“The statute itself” governing special counsels “specifically references conflicts of interest,” Gowdy noted.

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BUSTED? Deputy AG Rosenstein to appear before House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about Mueller’s political BIAS

(National SentinelTestimony: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been called to appear before the House Judiciary Committee next week to answer questions regarding reports of political bias against President Donald J. Trump on the staff of special counsel Robert Mueller.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said he is deeply troubled by recent reports regarding suspect political motives among Mueller’s staff.

In particular, Goodlatte and other Republican members of the committee want to know more about former lead FBI counterintelligence investigator Peter Strzok, who was removed by Mueller earlier this year after the Justice Department’s inspector general discovered he exchanged anti-Trump texts messages with an FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, and Mueller staff lawyer Andrew Weissmann, who praised former acting AG Sally Yates after she refused to defend the president’s first travel ban.

“I am very troubled by the recent controversy surrounding staff assigned to the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. For example, one investigator allegedly has been removed from the special counsel’s team for sending anti-Trump texts,” Goodlatte said.

“He is also believed to have played a key role in the Clinton investigation, which allowed her and her associates to go unpunished for their use of a private email server to send and receive classified information, he added. “Another prosecutor, who remains on the special counsel’s team, has expressed views opposing President Trump’s agenda.”

He added, “Next week, Members of the House Judiciary Committee will have the opportunity to ask Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein about these developments since he is tasked with overseeing the special counsel’s investigation.

“We look forward to hearing from Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein on the many issues facing the Justice Department and on answers to the many questions Members have regarding issues before the Department,” the chairman said.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Russia-related Justice Department investigation.

During testimony before the House earlier this year, fired FBI Director James Comey said he leaked a memo he had written after an alleged conversation with Trump regarding dropping the bureau’s investigation into Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week in federal court for lying to FBI agents, one of whom was Strzok.

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CONFIRMED: Trump-hating FBI agent was on Mueller’s team; House Intel panel chairman threatens FBI, DoJ with contempt

(National SentinelShowdown: An angry Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has threatened the FBI and Department of Justice with contempt over their refusal to explain why special counsel Robert Mueller demoted a senior FBI investigator now believed to be a political enemy of President Donald J. Trump.

Stories in the Washington Post and New York Times on Saturday noted that Peter Strzok, who was in a pivotal role during the original FBI investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion, and then in another key role in Mueller’s investigation, and who earlier had played an equally important role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email by the bureau, was moved out of Mueller’s office following anti-Trump texts he exchanged with a top FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was also having an extramarital affair.

Strzok, a seasoned counterintelligence investigator, was reassigned to the FBI’s office of human resources, an obvious demotion, in July, the Washington Examiner reported.

The Post noted that Strzok and Page sent each other tests that “expressed anti-Trump sentiments and other comments that appeared to favor Clinton.”

Reports about Strzok’s demotion and the affair with Page were unknown to Nunes, a California Republican, until they were publicized in the media yesterday, despite the fact that the committee had issued a subpoena that pertained to information about Strzok’s demotion more than three months ago.

“The committee’s broadly worded subpoena for information related to the so-called Trump dossier went to the FBI and DOJ on Aug. 24. In follow-up conversations on the scope of the subpoena, committee staff told the FBI and DOJ that it included information on the circumstances of Strzok’s reassignment,” the Examiner reported.

Nunes met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Russia-related probes, on Oct. 11. Then, Nunes specifically talked about the committee’s request for information pertaining to Strzok.

That meeting was followed by a committee staff meeting on Oct. 31 with FBI, but bureau officials refused to honor a request for information regarding Strzok.

FO-logo-square-regular-2On Oct. 11, Nunes met with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. In that meeting, Nunes specifically discussed the committee’s request for information about Strzok.

In an Oct. 31 committee staff meeting with the FBI, bureau officials refused a request for information about Strzok.

Then, on Nov. 20, the committee once more requested to interview Strzok, after he met three days earlier with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

On Nov. 29, Nunes once again talked with Rosenstein, with the subject being Strzok.

Finally, on Dec. 1, committee staff once again requested to talk with Strzok.

In each of those cases, neither the FBI or DoJ acted, making the reports by the Times and the Post on Saturday appear like an orchestrated leak, as both papers published the reason why Strzok was demoted, another with concerns that revelations about his behavior would help the president.

“Among federal law enforcement officials, there is great concern that exposure of the texts they exchanged may be used by the president and his defenders to attack the credibility of the Mueller probe and the FBI more broadly,” the Post reported. The Times added that “the existence of the text messages is likely to fuel claims by Mr. Trump that he is the target of a witch hunt.”

That’s true, as it should be of concern to the president’s backers and to defenders of fair investigations in general that such an important person in both the Clinton and Trump probes has expressed bias private.

“It will be important for investigators — and the public — to see Strzok’s and Page’s texts to assess the extent of the problem. But in any event, Nunes is extremely unhappy — not only with the revelation of bias but with the FBI’s resistance,” the Examiner added.

“By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility,” Nunes said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

“This is part of a months-long pattern by the DOJ and FBI of stonewalling and obstructing this committee’s oversight work, particularly oversight of their use of the Steele dossier. At this point, these agencies should be investigating themselves,” he added.

Interesting, as the stories about Strzok were preparing to break, the Justice Department notified Nunes that it would meet some of its demands for information — which also did not sit well with the chairman.

“The DOJ has now expressed — on a Saturday, just hours after the press reports on Strzok’s dismissal appeared — a sudden willingness to comply with some of the committee’s long-standing demands,” Nunes said in the statement. “This attempted 11th-hour accommodation is neither credible nor believable, and in fact is yet another example of the DOJ’s disingenuousness and obstruction.”

Because of the stonewalling and related revelations about Strzok, Nunes has instructed committee staff to draw up contempt of Congress citations for Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Nunes said he’ll take action on the contempt charges by the end of December if neither official ensures compliance with the committee’s demands for information.

The Examiner noted further that the charges are a big deal, adding that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has already demanded the DoJ and FBI provide the committee with the information it seeks, accusing both of “stonewalling.”

“That was five weeks ago. Now, after this latest episode, it seems likely that leaders in Congress are becoming increasingly frustrated with what they see as the FBI and DOJ jerking lawmakers around. At some point, they will act,” the Examiner’s Byron York reported.

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Turley: Rosenstein should ‘recuse himself’ from Russia investigation

(National SentinelRussia probe: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should recuse himself from any Russia-related probe undertaken by the Justice Department and the special counsel he appointed, because he is now playing the dual role of head of the probe and witness, argues noted constitutional expert and law professor Jonathan Turley.

“There are times when multitasking is a talent, but playing the roles of investigator and witness is not one of them. Rosenstein continues to resist calls for his own recusal, despite reports that a grand jury in Washington is now pursuing the obstruction allegations against President Trump,” Turley argued in a column this week he wrote for The Hill.

“Reports also indicate that various FBI officials now believe that they will inevitably be called as witnesses before the grand jury investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is among those officials,” he continued. “But on the top of this list must be the man whom the White House originally tagged with the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey and the man who reportedly clashed with the White House over its public account: Rod Rosenstein.”

In a subsequent appearance on Fox News, Turley went on to explain that Rosenstein is likely thinking about recusal, having made references to doing so in the past. But he added there is no indication yet that the Justice Department’s No. 2 official is set to do so.

“It seems to be perfectly obvious that he should have done so a considerable time ago, about 90 days ago,” he noted. “If you think that you’re a material witness, and I think that’s demonstrably the case that he’s a material witness, he should have taken himself out of the mix at that time.”

He said it has become “clear” that special counsel Robert Mueller is engaged in a criminal investigation that includes potential obstruction of justice, and high-ranking Justice Department and FBI officials could be called as witnesses.

Turley said it was Rosenstein’s memo citing a loss of trust in former FBI Director James Comey that led President Donald J. Trump to fire Comey, and that puts him on any potential witness list Mueller’s grand jury may subpoena.

Fox News host Dana Perino went on to note that Trump was upset with Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe, and that if Rosenstein were to do so, that might infuriate the president even more.

Turley said that should not enter into Rosenstein’s thoughts, as “this is an ethical issue.”

“I think he has to” do it, Turley said. “I think it’s very odd to have Mueller reporting to an individual who has not only evidence, but a personal or at least a professional stake in this. His actions, his decisions, are going to come under scrutiny before this grand jury if it’s looking at obstruction.

“He shouldn’t have the investigator on the scope of that investigation reporting to him,” Turley added.

DoJ #2: White House officials, lawmakers would be prosecuted for leaking classified info

(National SentinelPolitical conspiracy: The No. 2 official at the Justice Department said Sunday that White House officials and lawmaker could be prosecuted under the law if they were found guilty of leaking classified information.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man responsible for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller, appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace to discuss the Justice Department’s newly launched effort to crack down on leaks that have plagued the Trump administration. Rosenstein will lead the task force, which was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week, The Daily Caller reported.

“If you find any [White House officials and members of Congress], have committed these leaks, have disclosed classified information, will you prosecute?” Wallace asked Rosenstein.

“If we identify somebody, no matter what their position is, if they violated the law and that case warrants prosecution, we’ll prosecute it,” Rosenstein replied.

“Including White House officials and members of Congress?” Wallace asked.

“Including anybody who breaks the law,” said Rosenstein.

Wallace then pressed Rosenstein on Sessions’ comments about looking into policies regarding subpoenas for reporters who have been receiving and then publishing classified information.

“We are after the leakers, not the journalists,” Rosenstein said, noting that reporters will not be prosecuted merely for publishing classified information, which is currently protected by the First Amendment.

“I strongly agree with the president and condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect this country,” Sessions said in announcing the initiative last week. “Criminals who would illegally use their access to our most sensitive information to endanger our national security are, in fact, being investigated, and will be prosecuted.”

That’s fine for issues which are politically inconvenient for the administration or otherwise involve illegal or unconstitutional behavior. But frankly, those who publish information damaging to U.S. national security should be held accountable. Imagine, if you can, The New York Times or the Washington Post publishing details of the D-Day invasion prior to its launch in 1944, under the guise of Americans’ “right to know” (since tax dollars were used to purchase the planes, ships, tanks and pay the invading personnel, etc.). The reality is, if that had happened some reporters and editors would have gone to jail for a long, long time.

Holding lawmakers and White House officials accountable for leaking classified information — but not the outlets publishing it — is ludicrous.

Deputy AG: Be leery about what you read in the fake news WaPo regarding Mueller investigation

(National SentinelMedia: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein took time out of his busy day this afternoon to warn Americans about certain leaked stories the fake news Washington Post has published over the past couple of days regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Team Trump: Be careful what you believe.

Organic-Storable-Food-Supply-MRAs reported by The Daily Caller, Rosenstein appeared to question a couple of stories claiming that Mueller’s widening investigation of President Donald J. Trump and his inner circle is now focusing on alleged presidential ‘obstruction of justice’ and son-in-law Jared Kushner’s alleged “financial dealings” with Russia.

“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated,” Rosenstein said. “Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.”

The DC noted:

Shortly before the Department of Justice released Rosenstein’s statement, the Post published a story claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Kushner’s business dealings as part the probe into Russian election meddling. The story cited “U.S. officials familiar with the matter” as the source for its claim.

The media’s record with anonymously-sourced stories, particularly concerning the Russia investigation, has been mixed as of late.

Well, that’s an understatement. The Post, especially, has published one fake news story after another, willingly allowing itself to be used as a presstitute for the Deep State, lapping up every “tip” and “leak” then irresponsibly reporting it verbatim, without bothering to go through the usual journalistic practice of verifying the information.

The New York Times has been no better.

In recent weeks fired FBI Director James Comey testified that the “mainstream media” reporting on this “Russia” business has been largely false. Now the deputy AG is saying the same thing.

The establishment press has no credibility anymore, period.

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Rosenstein stands by his Comey memo, says he botched Clinton investigation

(National SentinelJustice Department: The No. 2 man at the Justice Department who just appointed a special prosecutor to look into fake allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton has defended a memo he wrote in support of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing by the president.

“I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a briefing with lawmakers yesterday, according to information obtained by Fox News. He also said that Comey’s handling of the probe was “wrong and unfair.”

The report noted further:

The statement was first delivered to Senate lawmakers on Thursday and to House lawmakers during a similar briefing on Friday. 

Democratic lawmakers have claimed ever since Comey’s firing that Rosenstein’s memo was used as a mere pretext to can the director. Senators also said after the opening briefing that Rosenstein revealed he knew Comey was going to be removed before penning the Comey memo. This appeared to challenge initial White House statements citing that memo as rationale for the firing – though Trump has acknowledged he planned to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation.

But Rosenstein’s full statement provides a robust defense of his own actions, and a more complex and nuanced timeline leading up to Comey’s ouster.

In addition, the deputy AG repeated earlier judgements contained in his May 9 memo, charging that the former FBI director did not handle the Clinton email investigation well. He said Comey “usurped” the Justice Department’s authority, first during his July 2016 press conference detailing Clinton’s laundry list of offenses and recommending she not be charged, and secondly with his call to Congress in October to notify them that the investigation was being reopened.

In addition, Rosenstein said he talked about “the need for new leadership at the FBI” with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, now attorney general, last winter.

“Among the concerns that I recall were to restore the credibility of the FBI, respect the established authority of the Department of Justice, limit public statements and eliminate leaks,” he said.

He added that on May 8 he learned of President Donald J. Trump’s decision to fire Comey, saying the president “sought my advice and input.”

“I chose the issues to include in my memorandum,” he said, adding it was reviewed by a senior career attorney.

Rosenstein’s statement puts the lie to Democrats’ claims that he was somehow put up to writing it in order to support Trump’s decision, rather than it being of his own volition after being told of the president’s pending action.

In addition, loony Dems are accusing Trump of firing Comey to end the Russia probe, which they say amounts to obstruction of justice. Except that real legal experts disagree, and the probe is continuing anyway.

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