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

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

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

As reported by The Daily Caller:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The memo also named names. As CBS News reported:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is there new evidence Comey LIED in sworn testimony to CONGRESS over scandalous TRUMP probe?

(National SentinelConflict: During sworn testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee June 8, 2017, after he’d been fired by President Donald J. Trump, former FBI Director James Comey testified that he had only had two interactions with President Obama.

One, he said, was an hour-long conversation with Obama on policing, law enforcement and race. The other was a “brief” encounter to say goodbye on Obama’s way out the door, according to published testimony.

Via Politico:

SEN. MARK WARNER (D-VA): And so in all your experience, this was the only president that you felt like in every meeting you needed to document because at some point, using your words, he might put out a non-truthful representation of that meeting.

COMEY: That’s right, senator. As I said, as FBI director I interacted with President Obama, I spoke only twice in three years, and didn’t document it. When I was Deputy Attorney General I had a one one-on-one with President Bush been I sent an email to my staff but I didn’t feel with president bush the need to document it in that I way. Again, because of the combination of those factors, just wasn’t present with either President Bush or President Obama.

…SEN. MARTIN HEINRICH (D-NM): Mr. Comey, prior to January 27th of this year, have you ever had a one-on-one meeting or a private dinner with a president of the United States?

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COMEY: No. Dinner, no. I had two one-on-ones with President Obama. One to talk about law enforcement issues, law enforcement and race, which was an important topic throughout for me and for the president. Then once very briefly for him to say goodbye.

But on Monday night during an interview with Fox News, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Rep. John Radcliffe, R-Texas, appeared with host Martha McCallum to discuss some of what they discovered after reviewing 50,000 text messages exchanged between anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Among those, Gowdy said, was a message exchange discussing Comey’s plans to “brief the president” about an ongoing investigation close to the November 2016 election.

“And I saw an interesting text that Director Comey was going to update the President of the United States about an investigation,” Gowdy said.

“I don’t know if it was an Hillary Clinton investigation because that had been reopened in the fall of 2016 or whether it was the Trump investigation. I just find it interesting that the head of the FBI was gonna update the President of the United States who at that point would have been President Obama,” he said.

Nowhere in the published transcript of Comey’s testimony does he mention briefing Obama about an ongoing investigation.

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Obama AG Loretta Lynch KNEW that Hillary wouldn’t be recommended for indictment by corrupt COMEY before she ‘RECUSED’ herself

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(National Sentinel) The Fix: As the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of highly classified emails was peaking, the most criminally investigated presidential contender ever made a bold declaration during a June 2016 interview with Fox News.

When she was asked by correspondent Bret Baier if she believed the investigation was going to result in charges, she confidently replied, “Absolutely that is not going to happen.”

She went on to to deny that anyone inside the Justice Department told her or any of her campaign associates how the investigation would conclude.

But — how could she possibly know that? How could Clinton be so confident that she would be indicted over what was, by then based on public reporting, obvious criminal violations of federal statutes governing how classified materials could not be handled?

Easy. As we now know, the fix was in from the beginning. (Related: Former federal prosecutor details Obama’s ‘BRAZEN PLOT’ to exonerate Hillary Clinton and ‘FRAME’ Donald Trump (Video.)

She already knew she was never going to be indicted, in large part because the corrupt Obama administration was already hatching a plan to undermine the Trump candidacy with the bogus “Russian collusion” narrative.

But there are additional indications proving that she knew well ahead of time she wasn’t ever going to be indicted by the Obama regime (or ever because she and most everyone else believed she would be our next president).

Recently we discovered that then-FBI director James Comey had decided months before his infamous July 2016 press conference exonerating Clinton that he would do so — even before she was even interviewed.

We have also discovered that FBI counterterrorism agent Peter Strzok changed terminology in Comey’s statement describing Clinton’s actions from “grossly negligent” — language drawn straight from the statutes regarding the handling of classified information — to “extremely careless,” a legally meaningless phrase that is not actionable.

And now we learn that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch decided to essentially “recuse” herself from deciding Clinton’s fate because she also knew Comey wasn’t going to recommend Clinton for prosecution.

As reported by PJ Media’s Debra Heine, according to new documents that have been turned over to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Lynch was already aware of Comey’s plan to clear Clinton when she announced just days before she would ‘accept whatever the FBI decided.’

Comey made his announcement during an unbelievable press conference on July 5, 2016 — unbelievable, because before he said “no reasonable prosecutor” would take up the case, he laid out everything she had done wrong (that agents had found up to that point). And everything Comey laid out was legally actionable. In other words, the national security violations committed by Clinton were many times worse than violations by “regular” Americans who did far less but were nevertheless tried, convicted and jailed.

Days before his press conference — on June 27 — as Lynch’s plane sat on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport, it was boarded by former President Bill Clinton. We were all led to believe that this meeting was pure chance and that they two only discussed golf and grandchildren.

Two days later, stories began to appear in the media about the ‘chance’ meeting, and FBI officials were trying to find out how details about the meeting leaked.

Then, on July 1, Lynch came out publicly and said that because of that meeting, she would accept Comey’s recommendation, whatever it was.

The next thing we know, Comey’s exonerating Hillary.

But no, there wasn’t anything wrong or abnormal about his exoneration or Lynch’s pre-determined decision to step away from the decision over whether to prosecute Hillary — right?

Wrong.

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Strzok, who was kept in the loop as all of this developed because he was in charge of Clinton’s email investigation, received a text from his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page on July 1, the day Lynch ‘recused’ herself:

‘And yeah, it’s a real profile in courage [sic] since she knows no charges will be brought.

Are you getting briefed on all of this, Attorney General Jeff Sessions? Hello?

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There IS a DEEP STATE! Text messages reveal SECRET SOCIETY within Justice, FBI, working AGAINST TRUMP (Video)

(National SentinelBombshell: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged some 50,000 text messages, but added that figure does not include five months’ worth of ‘missing’ texts the bureau said were lost in a database glitch.

“We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” Sessions said in a statement provided to Fox News. “If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.”

The missing messages cover a crucial window, as the gap occurs between the presidential transition and the launch of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — where both officials previously were assigned.

After reviewing all of those messages, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, told Fox News he believes there is a “secret society” within the Justice Department and the FBI that worked feverishly to undermine Donald J. Trump’s candidacy and presidency.

“What we learned today in the thousands of text messages that we’ve reviewed that perhaps they may not have done that (checked their bias at the door),” he said.

“There’s certainly a factual basis to question whether or not they acted on that bias. We know about this insurance policy that was referenced in trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president,” he continued.

“We learned today from information that in the immediate aftermath of his election that there may have been a ‘secret society’ of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI to include Page and Strzok to be working against him,” the Texas lawmaker said, in a bombshell.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., also reviewed the texts with Radcliffe. Watch:

Regarding the missing texts, which Gowdy and Radcliffe found incredulous, Sessions noted further: “I have spoken to the Inspector General and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way. If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”

“We need to get to the bottom of it and find out what exactly happened,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

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Paging Jeff Sessions! Turns out ALL of Comey’s LEAKED memos were CLASSIFIED (Video)

(National SentinelHigh Crimes: Earlier this week Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that former FBI Directory James Comey likely illegally leaked at least one 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.”

It turns out that the fired FBI director may be in more legal trouble than suspected.

Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell appeared with Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business network Thursday evening to discuss Comey’s memos.

He told Dobbs that FBI Chief FOIA Officer has confirmed that all of Comey’s memos were classified at the time they were written and are still classified today.

“We have a sworn declaration from David Hardy who is the Chief FOIA Officer of the FBI that we obtained just in the last few days,” Farrell said.

“And in that sworn declaration Mr. Hardy says that all of Comey’s memos, all of them, were classified at the time they were written and they remain classified,” he added.

Leaking classified information is a federal crime.

Grassley, in his letter, 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.

Judicial Watch has been at the forefront of obtaining documents and data from the State Department and Justice Department pertaining to alleged mishandling of classified information by former Obama administration officials including Comey and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Here is Farrell’s interview with Dobbs:

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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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Hannity sez ‘People like Hillary Clinton should be nervous – People will be going to jail’ as GOP lawmakers find NEW ‘irregularities’ and ‘contradictions’ in FBI’s EMAIL investigation (Video)

(National SentinelCriminal Probes: Republican lawmakers on key committees say they have uncovered new evidence of irregularities and contradictions involving the FBI’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, in which she improperly handled classified data.

As reported by The Hill, for the first time congressional investigators say they have obtained written evidence that the FBI believed there were indications and additional evidence some laws were violated when the former secretary of state for President Obama and her top aides sent classified information through her unsecured private email server.

“That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the ‘sheer volume’ of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said,” as quoted by The Hill.

While the name of the witness has been redacted from the FBI documents, The Hill noted further that lawmakers have said he was an employee with a computer firm that helped maintain Clinton’s private email server after she left the Obama administration.

Also, lawmakers said the witness admitted belatedly that he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had already been subpoenaed by Congress.

In addition, the congressional investigators confirmed that the FBI had started drafting a statement letting Clinton off the hook for any crimes even while evidence that pertained to subpoenas remained outstanding and before agents had talked to more than a dozen key witnesses.

Those witnesses included Clinton and the computer firm employee who permanently erased her email archives just days after the emails were subpoenaed by Congress, investigators told The Hill.

Some Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, which deposed current FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in December, said they are now convinced there was a plot to exonerate Clinton no matter how much illegality agents uncovered.

“This was an effort to pre-bake the cake, pre-bake the outcome,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, a House Judiciary Committee member who attended the McCabe briefing before the holidays. “Hillary Clinton obviously benefited from people taking actions to ensure she wasn’t held accountable.

“I think we have more questions than answers based on what we’ve learned,” Gaetz added.

Lawmakers are expected to learn much more about the FBI’s actions and those of its top leaders, including fired FBI Director James Comey, during their investigation of Clinton, in the first half of this year. The Justice Department’s inspector general “is expected to release initial findings in what has become a wide-ranging probe into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email case as well as whether agents and supervisors had political connections, ethical conflicts or biases that affected their work,” The Hill reported.

Comey said during his July 2016 press conference exonerating Clinton that the agency found she had mishandled classified information, which is normally a felony. He also noted that agents had found at least 110 emails that were marked “top secret” or “secret” at the time she transmitted or received them.

GOP congressional investigators told The Hill multiple drafts of Comey’s statement eventually exonerating Clinton also included specific language acknowledging there was “evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information.”

Meanwhile, Fox News host Sean Hannity discussed the possibility that Clinton and others including her top aide Huma Abedin should be worried.

“This year is going to be massive in terms of news especially about the corrupt media. And they are very, very nervous, rightly so, people like Hillary Clinton. They should be nervous. People will be going to jail. I promise you,” he said.

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Trump to DOJ: ‘JAIL!’ to Abedin, Comey; Calls on ‘DEEP STATE’ Justice Dept. to ACT

(National SentinelJustice Deserved: President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday slammed “Crooked Hillary” aide Huma Abedin and appeared to call on the “Deep State” Justice Department to act following new revelations she may have mishandled classified emails.

“Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on the submarine? Jail!” Trump tweeted early Tuesday. “Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”

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The president was making a reference to U.S. Navy sailor Kristian Saucier who was jailed after taking unauthorized cell phone photos inside a nuclear submarine. Trump appeared to be suggesting that a double standard was being employed against the sailor and Hillary Clinton, Abedin and others involved in mishandling classified data.

Fox News reported further:

The president’s tweet comes after the State Department, in a Friday news dump, released a batch of emails from Abedin’s account that were discovered by the FBI on a laptop belonging to her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. At least four of the documents were marked “classified.”

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, the group Judicial Watch had filed suit to obtain the documents from the State Department. The group’s president, Tom Fitton, speculated in October that the laptop likely contained classified information.

At least five emails determined to be classified were found among 2,800 documents stored on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, whose then-wife Huma Abedin was deputy chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The State Department released its documents Friday afternoon. They included eight pages that were classified at the “confidential level,” the third-most sensitive level established by the U.S. government.

In addition, Abedin forwarded classified emails to her Yahoo account, reports noted Tuesday. All Yahoo accounts were hacked in 2013 by Russian state actors, according to a CNN/Money report.

Comey exonerated Clinton in July 2016 despite the fact that FBI agents had discovered evidence she mishandled classified information. He reopened the case in late October after agents found classified emails on a laptop belonging to Abedin’s now-estranged husband, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Comey told lawmakers during a congressional hearing earlier this year that he believed Abedin forwarded emails to Weiner for him to print out so that she could give them to Clinton.

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SHAKE-UP at FBI: Director Wray removes suspected LEAKER and Comey confidant

(National SentinelSwamp Drain: FBI Director Christopher Wray is making his first major personnel changes since taking over the embattled federal law enforcement agency in the wake of revelations that some top agents plotted against President Donald J. Trump.

As Zero Hedge reports, within hours after FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe delivered private testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Wray, his bossy, announced that the bureau’s top lawyer would be leaving his position.

Wray said that the move was an attempt to bring “new blood” into a bureau whose reputation has been dramatically compromised by a series of revelations regarding partisan bias among top agents and officials.

The bias, say critics, indicates undue influence was exerted during two high-profile investigations involving Trump and his Democratic rival last year, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

As the Washington Post reported, the FBI’s top lawyer, James Baker, is being reassigned. The paper went on to say that his removal is part of Wray’s effort to build his own team of senior bureau advisers as he works to repair his agency’s reputation and bury allegations of rank partisanship.

As for Baker, Circa News’ Sara Carter reported in July that he was allegedly under investigation for leaking classified information to the press.

“Three sources, with knowledge of the investigation, told Circa that Baker is the top suspect in an ongoing leak investigation, but Circa has not been able to confirm the details of what national security information or material was allegedly leaked,” Carter reported.

A federal law enforcement official familiar with the probe said that “the bureau is scouring for leakers and there’s been a lot of investigations.”

Baker was said to be a close associate and confidant of fired FBI Director James Comey.

Also, recent media reports hinted that he was reportedly advising Comey on legal matters following private meetings the former director had in February with President Trump in the Oval Office.

Baker was appointed to the FBI’s general counsel by Comey in 2014 and has had a long and distinguished history within the intelligence community.

Baker was moved to a different position within the bureau, the Post noted.

As for Comey, memos he leaked to the media regarding meetings with the president also contained classified information.

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NEW Comey edits: Hillary’s private emails containing classified info likely HACKED by ‘hostile forces’

(National SentinelClinton/Comey Scandal: Newly released documents by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on Thursday indicate that fired FBI Director James Comey made more edits to his statement exonerating Hillary Clinton over her email scandal than previously known, and in ways that appeared to significantly downplay the seriousness of her alleged crimes.

According to the documents, one of the more shocking changes that Comey made included comments that her private email server, through which classified information passed, was very likely hacked by “hostile forces,” Fox News reported.

Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to the FBI on Thursday that shows there were multiple edits to Comey’s July 5, 2016, statement, which was heavily scrutinized at the time.

In an early draft, the former FBI director noted that it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to Clinton’s private email account at the time she was secretary of state.

Later, that claim was changed to say the scenario was only “possible.”

An additional edit featured language that was changed to describe the actions of Clinton and her aides and colleagues as “extremely careless” rather than “grossly negligent,” which is a key legal distinction.

In writing about his concerns Thursday in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Johnson said that the original draft “could be read as a finding of criminality in Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified information.”

He noted further, “The edited statement deleted the reference to gross negligence – a legal threshold for mishandling classified material – and instead replaced it with an exculpatory sentence.”

In addition, the final edits indicated that references to specific violations of statutes regarding “gross negligence” in the handling of classified information and “misdemeanor handling” were removed as well.

Also, the final statement also removed a reference to the “sheer volume” of classified information discussed on email.

“While the precise dates of the edits and identities of the editors are not apparent from the documents, the edits appear to change the tone and substance of Director Comey’s statement in at least three respects,” Johnson wrote.

Johnson said there were “repeated edits to reduce Secretary Clinton’s culpability in mishandling classified information.”

“In summary, the edits to Director Comey’s public statement, made months prior to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s conduct, had a significant impact on the FBI’s public evaluation of the implications of her actions,” he concluded.

Earlier reports noted that FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok changed the portion of the statement dealing with “extremely careless” to “grossly negligent.”

“This effort, seen in light of the personal animus toward then-candidate Trump by senior FBI agents leading the Clinton investigation and their apparent desire to create an ‘insurance policy’ against Mr. Trump’s election, raise profound questions about the FBI’s role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election and the role of the same agents in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation by President Trump,” Johnson said.

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The senator has said that Comey emailed a draft of the statement to senior FBI officials in May 2016 that cleared Clinton of any criminality, two months before he made his public statement exonerating her.

The May date is also well before FBI agents interviewed Clinton herself, which occurred just days before Comey’s statement.

“I’ve been trying to imagine what it would look like if I decided to do an FBI only press event to close out our work and hand the matter to the DOJ,” Comey wrote at the top of the draft. “To help shape out discussions of whether that, or something different, makes sense, I have spent some time crafting what I would say, which follows. In my imagination, I don’t see me taking any questions. Here is what it might look like.”

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Report: Past lies from DEMS show distinct double standard when it comes to accountability (Video)

(National SentinelPolitical Hypocrisy: Though former national security advisor Michael Flynn was recently forced to plead guilty to misleading the FBI, his threatened indictment represents a distinct double standard when it comes to how official Washington deals with Republicans and Democrats, a report by One American News Network notes.

And while lies told by Democrats “get swept under the rug,” there is a “recurring witch hunt” involving Trump campaign figures, the network reported.

Regarding Flynn, much of the establishment media has failed to point out that his actions in having discussions with Russian officials during the transition period late last year were neither illegal or improper.

What’s more, they fail to note that when Democrats do similar things or worse, they are lightly disciplined if at all — a point not lost on Flynn himself.

“If I — a guy who knows this business — if I did a tenth of what [Hillary Clinton] did, I would be in jail today,” he said last year.

Flynn was referring to Clinton’s email scandal, which occurred during her tenure as President Obama’s secretary of state. The FBI conducted a criminal investigation, turning up several highly classified emails that passed through her unsecured server, a violation of national security statutes.

But she was never charged, and neither were her top aides, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, who appear to have misled FBI investigators when they said they had no prior knowledge of the existence of Clinton’s server.

Clinton herself lied under oath, OANN reported, when she told a congressional committee that there were no emails marked “classified” that passed through her server.

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That claim was refuted by none other than then-FBI Director James Comey.

“From the 30,000 emails” Clinton turned over to the State Department in 2014, “110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received,” Comey told reporters in July 2016, where he then proceeded to exonerate Clinton as well, claiming her actions were unintentional — which is not legally excusable.

Later, during testimony under oath before a House committee, Comey then appeared to lie about Clinton’s lie, telling then-U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, she was never untruthful with the FBI.

During the hearing, Chaffetz made it clear he believes there was a “double standard” at work.

“If your name isn’t Clinton or you’re not part of the powerful elite, that Lady Justice will act differently,” he said.

On Tuesday, Chaffetz, now retired from Congress, told Fox News‘ Sean Hannity that it was “clear” Clinton lied under oath.

“Clearly Hillary Clinton did lie under oath. When Roger Clemons supposedly lied under oath the Department of Justice indicted him, but Hillary Clinton not so much… The Department of Justice was handing out immunity like candy. And in those immunity agreements they were not required to cooperate with government officials,” he said.

Then there is the case of former IRS official Lois Lerner, who was caught colluding with the Obama Justice Department and FBI, according to documents obtained by government watchdog group Judicial Watch.

An official memo dated October 2010 indicates that Lerner met with officials at the DoJ and FBI to discuss the possible criminal prosecution of conservative non-profit organizations.

Yet another example: Earlier this year Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, requested the unmaking of people connected to Trump’s campaign and transition, but in an interview with PBS denied she knew anything about it.

Subsequent reporting revealed that Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce detailed spreadsheets of phone calls involving candidate- and president-elect Trump and his associates. Later, Rice told House investigators she unmasked senior Trump officials to find out why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York City late last year.

However, former Obama-era Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — who himself lied to Congress but was never held responsible — admitted that he requested the unmasking.

Clapper lied to Congress about the NSA’s mass collection of Americans’ personal information, which was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Via One America News Network:

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BUSTED: Hillary aides Abedin and Mills LIED to anti-Trump FBI agent, but weren’t charged like Michael Flynn was

(National SentinelCorruption: Two of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted aides made false statements to an FBI agent who has since been identified as having exchanged anti-Trump texts with an FBI lawyer, but neither of them were charged with the same crime former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to on Friday.

As reported by The Daily Caller, aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills told former FBI section chief Peter Strzok neither had any knowledge of their boss’ illicit private email server that she used to conduct official business while serving as secretary of state to President Obama. But email exchanges reviewed by the news site revealed that both were aware of it and indeed sent their own emails through it.

However, neither of them faced any legal consequences for their false statements.

But another figure — Flynn — did after he made false statements to the very same FBI investigator, Strzok. He pleaded guilty last week to lying during an interview he gave on Jan. 24 to Strzok and another FBI agent.

As noted by Circa News‘ Sara Carter and Fox News‘ Sean Hannity, Strzok took part in interviewing Flynn. A former U.S. intelligence official told Carter, “With the recent revelation that Strzok was removed from the Special Counsel investigation for making anti-Trump text messages it seems likely that the accuracy and veracity of the 302 of Flynn’s interview as a whole should be reviewed and called into question.”

Form 302 is a summary of an interview.

As to Clinton’s former aides, “the starkly different outcomes from Strzok’s interviews — a felony charge against Flynn and a free pass to Mills and Abedin — are sure to raise questions from Republicans about double-standards in the FBI’s two most prominent political investigations,” The Daily Caller reported.

FBI Director Christopher Wray is scheduled to appear for an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, where he will most likely be questioned about the Strzok scandal.

In addition to being a principal actor in the collusion investigation against Trump, Strzok was also the primary investigator in the Clinton email probe. “Along with Justice Department attorney David Laufman, Strzok interviewed Clinton herself on July 2, 2016. The pair also interviewed Mills, Abedin and two other Clinton aides, Jake Sullivan and Heather Samuelson,” The DC noted.

A review of the 302s from the Abedin and Mills interviews show that they told the FBI investigator and lawyer they were not aware of Clinton’s private email server.

Mills did not learn Clinton was using a private server until after Clinton’s [Department of State] tenure,” reads notes from Mills’ April 9, 2016 interview. “Mills stated she was not even sure she knew what a server was at the time.”

In addition, Abedin denied knowing about Clinton’s server until leaving the State Department in 2013.

“Abedin did not know that Clinton had a private server until about a year and a half ago when it became public knowledge,” the summary of Strzok’s interview with Abedin says.

But emails sent and received by both aides clearly show they were aware of the server’s existence and were actually using it to communicate back and forth.

“hrc email coming back — is server okay?” Mills asked in a Feb. 27, 2010 email to Abedin and Justin Cooper, the latter a longtime aide to Bill Clinton and one who helped set up the Clinton server.

“Ur funny. We are on the same server,” Cooper replied.

Both aides were also involved in an Aug. 30, 2011, during which State Department official Stephen Mull noted that Clinton’s “email server is down.”

Moreover, in a Jan. 9, 2011, exchange, Cooper told Abedin he had to shut the server down because “someone was trying to hack us.”

“Had to shut down the server,” wrote Cooper, who also told the FBI in his interviews that he talked about Clinton’s server with Abedin in 2009 as it was being set up.

The misleading statements were excused by former FBI Director James Comey during testimony before a House Judiciary Committee hearing held on Sept. 28, 2016.

“Having done many investigations myself, there’s always conflicting recollections of facts, some of which are central [to the investigation], some of which are peripheral,” Comey told former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who was serving on the committee last year.

Chaffetz was clear that he was not buying Comey’s explanation.

“I think she lied to everybody,” Chaffetz responded, adding there was “direct evidence that she actually did know [about the server].” He added that Comey’s defense “makes no sense.”

Also on Monday, it was revealed that Strzok was responsible for softening Comey’s language in the July 2016 statement to the media about why he was not recommending Clinton be indicted for mishandling classified information through her server.

Strzok edited a rough draft of Comey’s statement, exchanging the phrase “grossly negligent” — a term which has legal weight — with a softer phrase, “extremely careless.”

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Trump lawyer: Not possible for ‘president to obstruct justice’

(National SentinelExecutive Branch: President Donald J. Trump’s private lawyer said Monday as Democrats and liberal pundits claimed he obstructed justice in his handling of the James Comey firing that it isn’t possible for a president to do such a thing.

A “president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case,” attorney John Dowd told Axios in an exclusive exchange.

That, the web site noted, is “a new and highly controversial defense/theory” as the Russia probe continues.

Down went on to say that he was the one who actually drafted a Trump tweet this weekend some pundits believe strengthened the case for obstruction. The tweet appeared to suggest that Trump knew his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, lied to the FBI when he was fired, which raised new questions regarding Trump’s firing of Comey.

Dowd, however, dismissed the notion. “The tweet did not admit obstruction. That is an ignorant and arrogant assertion,” he told Axios.

The site noted further:

Trump’s legal team is clearly setting the stage to say the president cannot be charged with any of the core crimes discussed in the Russia probe: collusion and obstruction. Presumably, you wouldn’t preemptively make these arguments unless you felt there was a chance charges are coming.

Some lawmakers and other pundits have suggested that Trump’s actions are indicative of obstruction of justice, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

She told “Meet the Press” over the weekend that the she could see “the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice” by the panel against the president.

She said she believed Trump’s firing of Comey came “directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation,” added, “That’s obstruction of justice.”

Other legal experts don’t see it that way, including former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy. While he believes special counsel Robert Mueller is ultimately aiming to produce a report recommending Congress impeach Trump, he wrote in National Review on Monday that president’s have carte blanche power to fire Executive Branch employees.

“…[T]he president had undeniable power to fire the FBI director. You can argue that his reason was corrupt, but the truth is that he didn’t need a reason at all — he could have done it because it was Tuesday and he felt like firing someone; he could have done it because he figured that the Justice Department’s criticism of Comey’s handling of the Clinton emails investigation gave him the political cover he needed to dispense with a subordinate he found nettlesome,” he wrote.

“The point is that even if the president hoped that cashiering Comey would derail an investigation he was addled by, it was wholly in Trump’s discretion to fire the director,” he added.

“The president may not be prosecuted in a criminal judicial proceeding for exercising his discretion, however objectionably, in executive matters over which the courts have no power of review. If Mueller tried to indict him, Trump would have unfettered discretion to fire Mueller and to direct the Justice Department to drop the case.

“You may not like that, but that’s the way it is,” he wrote, adding that Congress could still consider the matter for impeachment.

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