FISA memo update: GOP will make case FBI probe of Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ based on TAINTED evidence

(National SentinelSpecial Counsel: Republicans plan to make the case following the release of the FISA memo that the FBI’s Russia “collusion” probe involving President Donald J. Trump and his campaign team is based on tainted evidence and thus should be ended.

As reported by John Solomon at The Hill, Republicans making that case are basing it on the contents of the as-yet-unreleased FISA memo, which purports to document Obama-era abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The allegations thus far are that some politically motivated officials within Obama’s FBI and Justice Department who did not want to see Trump as president misrepresented an unsubstantiated opposition research document paid for in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign as legitimate intelligence in order to obtain a surveillance warrant so they could spy on Team Trump.

“Another document — an eight-page criminal referral filed with the Justice Department by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — is also part of the GOP case,” Solomon reported.

While the FBI has been waging a public campaign to either halt the release of the memo or have it released in heavily redacted form, the bureau has been working behind the scenes to vet the Graham-Grassley memo, which is also expected to be released soon, in redacted form, Solomon reported, adding:

Republicans believe both documents will back up arguments that evidence used to justify the FBI’s probe came from partisans loyal to Clinton, sources said. They are also expected to play into arguments from some Republicans that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia is based on false information.

GOP arguments that the FBI’s Trump-Russia collusion probe is based on flimsy, perhaps intentionally erroneous information, will focus primarily on the unsubstantiated “Trump dossier” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, commissioned by Democrat-leaning opposition research firm Fusion GPS, and paid for by the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign.

Reports have suggested that politically motivated officials within the FBI and DOJ used the dossier to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant so they could spy on a rival presidential campaign.

“They will argue the FBI failed to critically assess the political motives and credibility of Steele and did not fully disclose that evidence came from Clinton supporters as it sought to get permission from courts for surveillance warrants,” Solomon reported.

“The fact that half to three-quarters of the evidence the FBI used to unleash the most awesome of surveillance powers upon Donald Trump’s inner circle came from sources tied directly to his Democratic opponent should worry us all, especially when that happened during an election,” said one senior Republican directly familiar with the evidence, describing the party’s core concerns.

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“The FBI allowed itself to be used by Clinton partisans to parlay single-sourced, mostly unverified evidence into a counterintelligence probe with clear weaknesses that weren’t disclosed,” the source added.

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Goofball Adam Schiff doesn’t want ‘explosive’ FISA memo released because he thinks we’re too DUMB to understand it

(National SentinelIgnorance: Reports last week said that not a single Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee voted in favor of releasing an “explosive” FISA memo that Republicans have hinted contains evidence of Obama-era abuse of the secretive FISA court in order to spy on the Trump campaign.

On Saturday during an appearance on CNN, the panel’s ranking member, California Democrat Adam Schiff, attempted to explain his party’s opposition: Americans won’t understand what’s in the memo.

“It is essentially a set of talking points that the Republican Intel staff drafted. Based on the highly classified materials which most of the Republican members were forced to acknowledge,” he said.

“They’ve not even read. So they don’t know how distorted these talking points are. But it’s part of the narrative they want to push out. Interestingly enough, they’ve made common cause once again with Russian bots because Russian bots are pushing their narrative out there,” Schiff added.

“It’s in a redux of the campaign. We have Assange and Wikileaks and Russian trolls and bots saying, you know, hash tag whatever the GOP narrative is. That ought to tell you a lot about what’s driving this,” he said.

Asked why he doesn’t just support release of the memo to the public so that the American people can make up their own minds, Schiff said: “Well, because the American people unfortunately don’t have the underlying materials and therefore they can’t see how distorted and misleading this document is.

“The Republicans are not saying make the underlying materials available to the public. They just want to make this spin available to the public,” he said.

“I think that spin, which is a attack on the FBI, is just designed to attack the FBI and Bob Mueller to circle the wagons for the White House. And that’s a terrible disservice to the people, hard working people at the bureau, but more than that, it’s a disservice to the country,” Schiff claimed.

In a statement to CNN Friday, Schiff slammed the memo, branding it a “profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation.”

Republicans who have read the memo say differently. They claim it contains explosive evidence indicating that the Obama administration abused the FISA court warrant process, likely in an effort to spy on the Trump campaign — a completely politicization of the U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Justice.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who has read the memo, said he believes it will not simply lead to people being fired from FBI and DoJ, but that some could be indicted and even jailed at some point.

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Gaetz: FISA Memo will PROVE that Mueller investigation is all Trump says it is – a ‘ROTTEN witch hunt’ (Video)

(National SentinelCollusion Hoax: Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Friday evening during his program that the four-page FISA Memo drafted by the House Intelligence Committee contains information that he believes will prove President Donald J. Trump correct about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia “collusion” probe.

In response to Carlson asking what they memo is such a “big deal,” Gaetz noted, “I believe that once the American people have the opportunity to evaluate the allegations and claims in this memo, it will become evident the activities of the last administration, the crimes I believe were committed, and the total sham that this Mueller investigation is, built on a false premise and rotten to the core, Tucker.”

Last week Circa News investigative reporter and Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter said sources have told her the contents of the memo are so “explosive” they could spell a quick end to Mueller’s probe of the Trump campaign and transition team.

During the same interview, Gaetz predicted that people would be fired and that some will “go to jail.”

“I believe this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail. I was very persuaded by the evidence,” Gaetz told Hannity.

During his interview with Carlson, the host asked why, if the memo contains evidence of lawbreaking, it is illegal for Gaetz and others who have seen its contents to discuss specifics.

Gaetz acknowledged the irony, but said the memo is classified top secret, thus prohibiting members by law from discussion specifics publicly.

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Gowdy to Mueller: ‘Don’t build case’ against TRUMP based on Steve Bannon statements (Video)

(National SentinelUnbelievable: South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy on Wednesday said during an interview with Fox News‘ Martha McCallum that former top White House political adviser Steve Bannon has a “credibility problem.”

As such, Gowdy warned special counsel Robert Mueller to avoid using his past criticisms of President Donald J. Trump, his son Donald Jr., and other members of the Trump campaign to build a case against them regarding alleged Russian collusion.

Gowdy was basing his statements on testimony Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, gave to the House Intelligence Committee, on which Gowdy sits, earlier this week.

“I think the only thing dangerous for President Trump or his campaign is credible evidence,” Gowdy said.

“This is the same witness that said there was a zero percent chance that the Russian lawyer wasn’t walked up to Trump, and when he was asked what that evidence was, he came up with nothing,” he added.

“This is the same witness that said that members of the president’s family committed acts of treason,” Gowdy noted further.

“So he’s got a credibility issue. If they’re hinging the entire case on Steve Bannon‘s credibility, good luck to the prosecution.”

Bannon testified for some 10 hours on Tuesday, refusing to answer many of the panel’s questions, much to their chagrin.

At one point, according to one report, Gowdy himself grilled Bannon over why he would say things about the Trump campaign and campaign team to Michael Wolff, author of the highly controversial new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” but not answer lawmakers’ questions.

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Bongino: Trump dossier could be ‘INSURANCE policy’ to cover up ILLEGAL spying on Team Trump (Video)

(National SentinelDirty Deal: Former Secret Service agent and outspoken conservative advocate Dan Bongino said Sunday it is possible that Democrats and the Obama administration created the so-called “Trump dossier” in order to cover up improper spying on the campaign of President Donald J. Trump.

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In fact, he said on Fox News, the dossier — the foundation of the “Russian collusion” narrative — may be nothing more than an “insurance policy” to protect key figures.

During his appearance, Bongino was asked about FBI agent Peter Strzok’s comment in a text he sent to FBI lawyer Lisa Page regarding an “insurance policy” to keep Trump out of office.

In mid-December, Fox News reporter Bret Baier tweeted the following: “Text-from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page (Andy is Andrew McCabe): “I want to believe the path u threw out 4 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 unlikely event u die be4 you’re 40.”

The Daily Caller reported further:

Two FBI officials who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation exchanged text messages last year in which they appear to have discussed ways to prevent Donald Trump from being elected president.

During his “Fox & Friends” appearance, Bongino offered his own explanation for what Strzok’s comment really means.

“I think America needs to prepare itself for the idea that this entire thing was a sting against the Trump team the entire time and that the dossier was just cover for it,” he said.

Trump has repeatedly insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government. Multiple investigations of the allegation have turned up nothing after more than a year-and-a-half. Congressional committees are still investigating the allegations.

In back-and-forth with reporters at Camp David over the weekend, where Trump spent a retreat with GOP lawmakers, he insisted there is evidence of collusion between the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and operatives within the Obama administration of colluding with Russian sources against the Trump campaign.

“But you guys don’t cover that,” Trump admonished.

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the Clinton Foundation’s dealings with foreign donors and others as they relate to the approval of the Uranium One deal, among other things.

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HOT SEAT: John McCain lackey who handled bogus Trump dossier SUBPOENAED by House Intel Committee

(National SentinelOn the Spot: House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, the associate of Sen. John McCain who handled the discredited “Trump dossier” and delivered it to the Arizona Republican.

Nunes wants to discuss the dossier with Kramer, a former State Department and current senior director at the nonprofit McCain Institute, about his trip to London in November 2016, ostensibly to pick up the dossier from former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele.

Court filings note that Kramer went to London to view “the pre-election memoranda on a confidential basis,” The Hill reported.

Kramer then flew back to Washington, D.C., and delivered a copy of the dossier to McCain, who then turned it over to the FBI.

The subpoena for Kramer to appear before House investigators on Jan. 11 comes after he has already appeared before the committee earlier this month.

Republicans are interested in the origins of the dossier and whether it was used as justification for the FBI to seek FISA court warrants so the bureau could spy on the Trump campaign and transition team.

For his part, McCain said he was concerned about the contents of the dossier, which contain salacious details of alleged past behavior in Russia by the president as well as an outright claim that his campaign colluded with Moscow to win last year.

None of those claims have been substantiated, despited year-long investigations by congressional committees, the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller.

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The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign funded the dossier, created by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

On Dec. 11, Fox News reported that it had spoken exclusively with the man who claimed he was the “go-between” for McCain and Steele, Sir Andrew Wood.

“My mission was essentially to be a go-between and a messenger, to tell the senator and assistants that such a dossier existed,” said the former British ambassador to Moscow.

In August 2016, “[Steele] came to me to tell me what was in it, and why it … was important,” Wood said. “He made it very clear … yes, it was raw intelligence, but it needed putting into proper context before you could judge it fully.”

The August 2016 timeline is important, because it was just after then-FBI Director James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton in what appeared to be a clear case of mishandling classified data, and at the same time the FBI opened a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Wood said Steele had “already been in contact with the FBI” at the time.

“He said there was corroborating evidence in the United States, from which I assumed he was working with an American company,” Wood said.

The Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross reported that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson had provided McCain with a copy of the dossier.

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Trump RIPS ‘garbage’ golden showers ‘dossier,’ says its ‘FBI tainted’ and ‘Hillary’ product

(National SentinelGrowing Ire: President Donald J. Trump tore into the infamous “Trump dossier” in an early-morning tweet on Tuesday, calling it a “tainted” document that the FBI must not use as a basis for investigation.

Calling the document “bogus,” the president railed against it as little more than a “pile of garbage” while referencing the fact that it was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

“WOW, @foxandfriends “Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED,” he tweeted.

“And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!” he added.

The tweets came as Republicans in Congress are also turning up pressure on certain FBI and Department of Justice figures who they believe have a distinct anti-Trump bias and may have utilized the thus-far unproven dossier as justification to obtain FISA court warrants to spy on the president’s 2016 campaign.

While the FBI won’t repudiate the dossier, it also won’t substantiate the salacious claims it makes or claim that Trump and Russia colluded in last year’s election.

The “major core charges of election collusion” cannot be verified, the FBI has noted, adding that its “back is against the wall” following congressional testimony last week by Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who is now said to be retiring soon.

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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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Anti-Trump texts put FBI deputy director McCabe under SPOTLIGHT: What part did HE play?

(National SentinelScandal: Republicans in Congress a focusing on an anti-Trump text message exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page that seems to implicate current FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in an “insurance policy” aimed at keeping Donald J. Trump out of office.

As reported by Fox News, the text message was revealed on Tuesday after the Justice Department released hundreds of messages between Strzok and Page, who were having an extramarital affair.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016.

“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

Some lawmakers are convinced that “Andy” refers to McCabe, and want to know more from him about his communications with Page and Strzok.

“This is just one of several new revelations that have cast doubt on the FBI’s integrity and objectivity,” Fox News reported.

Newly released documents obtained by the network also reveal that then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times in ways that seemed to water down the bureau’s findings.

A growing number of Republicans are not only convinced that the FBI played a highly politicized role in last year’s presidential election on behalf of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but that the bureau and Obama’s Department of Justice also worked to actively undermine the campaign of a political rival.

On Wednesday during an appearance on Fox Business‘ Lou Dobbs program, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, stated he believes that Congress has “proof” the FBI worked against the Republican Party in undermining Trump.

“Listen you can’t make this stuff up. It gets worse each and every day,” Jordan told Dobbs.

“What deep down scares me, if this actually happened the FBI had a concerted effort with the people at the top to go after one party’s nominee to help the other party’s nominee,” he continued.

“If that actually happened in the United States of America and everything each and every day points to more and more likely that that is what took place, it is sad for our country if that took place.

“And I think it did based on everything I am seeing. All the evidence points to that,” he noted.

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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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Rep. Jim Jordan: ‘I think we have proof’ of FBI working AGAINST Republican Party in last election (Video)

(National SentinelThe Swamp: Rep. Jim Jordan was blunt in his assessment of testimony by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, saying he is confident that the FBI was politicized by the previous administration to work against then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump.

After grilling Rosenstein over a series of reports that appear to show both FBI and Department of Justice malfeasance during last year’s election cycle, Jordan, the Ohio Republican joined Lou Dobbs on Fox News to discuss the testimony and what his panel and others in the House have learned in the year since Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“Listen you can’t make this stuff up. It gets worse each and every day,” Jordan told Dobbs.

“What deep down scares me, if this actually happened the FBI had a concerted effort with the people at the top to go after one party’s nominee to help the other party’s nominee,” he continued.

“If that actually happened in the United States of America and everything each and every day points to more and more likely that that is what took place, it is sad for our country if that took place.

“And I think it did based on everything I am seeing. All the evidence points to that,” he noted.

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Jordan grilled Rosenstein for several minutes during Wednesday’s hearing, referencing a series of recent reports that indicate high-ranking FBI officials up to and including former Director James Comey and current deputy director Andrew McCabe, in addition to ranking officials in the Department of Justice, colluded with Democrats to undermine Trump’s campaign.

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Blown coverage: CNN botched story of Wikileaks email to Trump Jr.

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(National SentinelMedia Fail: The so-called “mainstream media” was heavily criticized during the Obama years not so much for dishonest portrayal of the news but more for its decisive lack of interest in aggressively reporting the administration’s numerous, and varied, scandals.

Since Donald J. Trump defied the Deep State and beat its chosen candidate, Hillary Clinton, any credibility the MSM had left has completely evaporated, as lies and innuendo have regularly been substituted for facts while sources barely get vetted if at all.

And just this week we’ve had yet another example of a major media fail, brought to us (again) by none other than the king of fake news, CNN.

Under the graphic, “The Russia Investigation” (because the network is still treating the lie that Team Trump “colluded” with Moscow to “steal the election” from Hillary), CNN reported this ‘bombshell’: — “Email pointed Trump campaign to Wikileak documents.”

You remember those, right? All those anti-Hillary, Democratic corruption emails that were steadily leaked by the whistleblower web site that supposedly were hacked by….Russia? [Except that they weren’t.]

In their report, CNN alleged that someone from Wikileaks reached out to Donald Trump Jr. in early September 2016 — Sept. 4, to be exact — and offered “a decryption key and website address for hacked Wikileaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.”

Two things: Some anti-Trump, Deep State traitors are still leaking information to the mainstream media; and the mainstream media is still swallowing those leaks hook, line, and sinker — without the proper due diligence of, say, actually confirming them first with another source to make sure the information is valid.

You know…regular reporter stuff.

As it turns out, the person representing Wikileaks — one Mike Erickson — made the offer on September 14, not the 4th. That date is significant because a) CNN’s initial report made it sound as if the Trump campaign had gotten exclusive access to stolen emails; and b) Wikileaks released the very same trove of data on September 13, the day before Erickson sent his email to Don Jr.

Also, the president’s son was given the website where the documents were stored not due to some super sleuth operation, but because the trove of documents was yuuuuge — 678 megabytes — far too large to send in an email attachment.

CNN also reported that Don Jr. and the Trump campaign were being offered emails hacked from former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell, but again, those were also published on Sept. 13.

“How CNN got its report so wrong is unclear,” The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross wrote, noting that his media organization had access to the very same emails that Don J. was sent.

“The article states that its information was based on a read-out of the Trump Jr. email provided by an unnamed source. Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, speculated on Friday that the source was on the Democratic side of the House Intelligence Committee, which interviewed Trump Jr. earlier this week,” Ross reported.

“Erickson also appears not to be a super-secret Kremlin agent. The Post identified him as the president of an aviation management company,” he added, referencing a Washington Post report that corrected the email date from Sept. 4 to Sept. 14.

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Ross is playing it straight and that’s fine, as The Daily Caller is a superb, honest, credible news site.

But as for me, well, I know how CNN “got it’s report so wrong.” Because CNN’s political “news” staff consists of “journalists” who are not interested in facts or fair and unbiased reporting; they’re only interested in one thing, and that is “getting” President Donald J. Trump. They’re not really reporters, they’re Democratic Party operatives pretending to be journalists.

J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.

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Group files lawsuit to have compromised Mueller removed from special counsel post

(National SentinelDeep State: A conservative watchdog organization has filed suit to have special counsel Robert Mueller removed from his position, alleging obvious conflicts of interest.

Filed by Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman, he also highlights in his complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI director Christopher Wray that “it is a criminal offense to leak grand jury information.”

The complaint also blames Sessions for the appointment of Mueller as special counsel, which likely would not have happened if the attorney general had not recused himself from any Russia-related investigations of alleged collusion with the Trump campaign during last year’s election.

“Mr. Mueller was appointed because the Attorney General, Mr. Sessions, needlessly recused himself from overseeing an investigation into a fanciful theory that we now know was invented by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in their deliberations within 24 hours of suffering an unexpected loss in the November 8, 2016 presidential campaign,” the complaint says.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Mr. Sessions bent over backwards to avoid even the slightest appearance of bias or conflict of interest and recused himself.”

Klayman also highlighted the leaking that has taken place from Mueller’s office.

“Since the inception of the Mueller Investigation, a pattern of a persistent torrent of leaks has emerged, and considering their nature, it is clear that the majority of these leaks are coming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his staff, most of whom are suffering from serious conflicts of interest,” says the complaint.

“Mr. Mueller and his team suffer from numerous conflicts of interest that not only
mandate their removal, but also explain why the leaks are being disseminated to the media on a daily basis,” it continues.

Also, the complaint notes that Mueller and fired FBI Director James Comey, who leaked his own memo from a meeting with President Trump in the hopes of having a special counsel appointed, are longtime friends and associates, further proving that Mueller can’t be trusted.

“Furthermore, Mr. Mueller’s investigation turns on the credibility and personal
interests of Mueller’s long-term colleague and close friend, former FBI Director James Comey. (“Mr. Comey”),” the complaint adds.

“He must be held accountable to the law and should not be able to do as he pleases to further his and his friends, like former FBI Director James Comey’s, political agenda,” Klayman said.

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McCain irony fail: Takes time off sabotaging GOP to shred Hillary, who he said should ‘move on’

(National SentinelIrony: Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who has been a thorn in President Donald J. Trump’s side since the chief executive insulted his Vietnam service and captivity during last year’s campaign, changed his focus to Hillary Clinton in a long interview with Esquire magazine.

McCain hit Clinton for failing to move on since her second presidential loss a year ago, even recommending she “just shut up.”

“You’ve got to understand that you can’t rewrite history,” McCain told Esquire magazine for a long profile released Monday.

“One of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated: ‘I did the right thing! I did!’ The hardest thing to do is to just shut up,” McCain said.

Clinton’s post-election book, “What Happened,” attempts to lay blame for her election loss on a number of factors and persons other than herself.

Now, the senior Arizona senator is working on his own memoir that will include what happened during the 2008 campaign, when McCain lost to Barack Obama, then a junior senator from Illinois.

As for Clinton continuing to lay blame and discuss her loss, McCain reportedly said, “What’s the f***ing point? Keep the fight up? History will judge that campaign, and it’s always a period of time before they do,” McCain said.

“You’ve got to move on. This is Hillary’s problem right now: She doesn’t have anything to do,” he added.

He also pushed back against earlier attempts to blame his own running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for their election loss.

“To blame things on Sarah Palin is a cop-out,” McCain told Esquire. “The fact is that they were out to get her. They ridiculed her. They denigrated her.”

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Flynn split from Trump indicates he may be cooperating with Mueller

(National SentinelRussia Probe: In recent days lawyers for Michael Flynn, who was President Donald J. Trump’s first national security advisor, informed White House counselors they could no longer discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-related probe, an indication that Flynn may be cooperating with Mueller or trying to cut a deal.

Flynn’s attorneys were sharing information with the president’s legal team regarding Mueller’s investigation, who is probing whether anyone around Trump was “colluding” with Russia to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, The New York Times reported.

But now that agreement has ended, according to four sources who leaked to the Times. The paper noted further that the defense lawyers often share information during investigations, but they have to stop doing so when it poses a conflict of interest.

“It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation,” the Times noted.

Just because Flynn’s lawyers notified the Trump legal team does not prove beyond a doubt that he is cooperating with Mueller. Sometimes lawyers stop sharing information when they are negotiating with prosecutors, and sometimes those negotiations can fall apart.

“Still, the notification led Mr. Trump’s lawyers to believe that Mr. Flynn — who, along with his son, is seen as having significant criminal exposure — has, at the least, begun discussions with Mr. Mueller about cooperating,” the paper said.

If Flynn cuts a deal with Mueller, it will provide the special prosecutor with an inside look at the Trump transition team and the earliest days of the new administration, which were tumultuous thanks in large part to unauthorized leaking.


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Flynn’s ties to Russia predate the Trump campaign. He sat with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Russia Today media event in 2015, but he was also the Trump transition team’s point man in dealing with Moscow.

The Times noted that Flynn is loyal to Trump, but his son, Michael Flynn Jr., is also under scrutiny by Mueller. The younger Flynn served as chief of staff to his father and was involved in a number of financial deals with his father that Mueller is investigating.

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