Whiny Adam Schiff MELTS DOWN after Trump refuses to release Dems BOGUS FISA counter-memo

(National SentinelHissy Fit: House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., blasted President Donald J. Trump on Friday after the commander-in-chief refused to authorize the release of a memo Democrats on the committee produced in response to last week’s explosive FISA memo.

“After ignoring urging of FBI & DOJ not to release misleading Nunes memo because it omits material facts, @POTUS now expresses concerns over sharing precisely those facts with public and seeks to send it back to the same Majority that produced the flawed Nunes memo to begin with,” Schiff said in a tweet accompanied by a statement.

The statement runs counter to virtually every revelation in the GOP-drafted FISA memo, which documented serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by members of the FBI in obtaining a warrant to spy on minor Trump campaign figure Carter Page.

The memo noted that the FBI used a dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele that was based on salacious and erroneous information provided him by Russian government sources.

The FBI failed to properly vet the dossier when applying for the surveillance warrant for Page. The FISA memo also notes that the dossier was the principal evidence used to obtain the warrant.

In his statement, Schiff called the Republican-drafted FISA memo “flawed” and a “misleading attack on law enforcement by the GOP.”

“We hope this matter can be quickly resolved so the committee can return to its charge — fully investigating the Russian interference in our election and the role of the Trump campaign, and what steps need to be taken to protect against foreign interference in the next election, now only months away,” said Schiff’s statement.

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In a letter to White House counsel Don McGhan, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray said both of them had serious security concerns about the Democratic response memo.

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The objections by Rosenstein and Wray were what led the president to decide to return the memo to the House Intelligence Committee for changes.

Some of Schiff’s critics have said he intentionally included classified information in the Democrats’ memo just so Trump would reject it and give him and friendly media a talking point that the president and Republicans are being partisan.

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House Intel Committee could release FIVE MORE MEMOS exposing ‘politically motivated’ abuses by FBI, DOJ

(National SentinelFull Disclosure: Reports over the weekend noted that the House Intelligence Committee is preparing to release as many as five additional memos showing alleged legal abuses by some current and former ranking officials within the FBI and Justice Department.

The additional memos, were they to be released, follow the first “FISA memo” released on Friday detailing serious fraudulent activities in pursuit of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant by the FBI and DOJ to spy on a member of the Trump campaign over alleged ties to Russia.

Axios reports that the House panel could publish up to five more reports outlining “politically motivated “wrongdoing” across different agencies, including the FBI, the broader Justice Department, and the State Department.”

The site noted:

What we’re hearing: Republicans close to Nunes say there could be as many as five additional memos or reports of “wrongdoing.” But a source on the House Intelligence Committee tells me there’s no current plan to use the same extraordinary and highly controversial process they just went through, with a vote and ultimately a presidential approval to declassify sensitive information.

“There are several areas of concern where federal agencies used government resources to try to create a narrative and influence the election. Some have suggested coordination with Hillary Clinton operatives, [Sydney] Blumenthal and [Cody] Shearer, to back up the false narrative,” one Republican member of Congress told Axios.

That coincides with earlier reporting by Fox News contributor and investigative journalist Sara A. Carter, who said Saturday that additional memos are on the way.

“Here’s what we know. There was a second dossier that was put together by a person named Cody Shearer. He is a very controversial activist, a former reporter who worked with the Clintons in the past,” she said.

“And the FBI was also using this second dossier as part of what they were doing to back up the other dossier by Christopher Steele, an unverified dossier. And we believe Christopher Steele was also sending information to the State Department in bits and snippets,” Carter noted further.

“But I think the most important thing here and one of the things they are going to be looking at very closely are the leaks. There were a number of leaks out unverified information by possibly senior members of the Obama administration,” she said.

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

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

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

As reported by The Daily Caller:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MEMO COMING…FBI in PANIC mode as RELEASE is imminent

(National SentinelDeep State: A four-page memo written by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee that reportedly details abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by Obama-era officials in the FBI and Justice Department is likely to be released on Thursday, The Associated Press is reporting, quoting a Trump administration official.

Earlier, the FBI and Justice Department both said they have “grave concerns” about the memo’s release, which many believe will show how the Obama administration, using DOJ operatives, used a bogus opposition research document — the “Trump dossier” — to improperly obtain a surveillance warrant to spy on President Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

“The FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the FBI said in a statement. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

But Fox News reported earlier this week that two FBI officials — one from the counterintelligence division and another from the legal division — cleared the memo, stating they found “no factual inaccuracies” in the memo and that releasing it that releasing it won’t compromise national security.

Fox News was told the memo was “drafted deliberately to eliminate national security information” that could be damaging if viewed by individuals outside of Congress.

Update: 12:59 CST: Fox News is reporting that the White House is planning on releasing the memo Friday morning….developing…

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Deep State PANIC over FISA memo: FBI statement claims ‘GRAVE CONCERNS’ about release

(National SentinelDeep State: The FBI has issued a statement claiming agency officials have “grave concerns” about the potential release of the so-called “FISA memo,” and are urging the House Intelligence Committee and President Donald J. Trump to keep it secret.

“The FBI takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI,” the statement began.

“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the statement continued. “As expressed during our initial interview, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

During an appearance on Fox Business, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — not AG Jeff Sessions — informed the White House on Tuesday they, too, were concerned about the memo’s release.

“According to the Washington Post the president has not yet seen it. He’s going to see it this morning… So the FBI and DOJ do not want it out because they believe it reveals sources and methods of acquiring data, of acquiring intel,” he said. “And they don’t think it can be effectively redacted.

“How do we know this? Because Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, and Rod Rosenstein, the number two person of the DOJ, the chief operating officer of the DOJ… Where’s Jeff Sessions in all of this?… Spent about an hour-and-a-half with General Kelly the president’s chief of staff yesterday afternoon trying to persuade him of the potential dangers coming out,” Napolitano continued.

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That directly conflicts with a Fox News report from national security correspondent Katherine Herridge on Tuesday, which said that two “FBI officials” — one from the counterintelligence division and one from the bureau’s legal division — have perused the memo and found it to be both accurate and safe for release.

The officials said they found “no factual inaccuracies” in the memo, meaning its contents are accurate.

Also, Justice Department officials told the network Tuesday that portions of the memo are now “moot” — in particular, the term “reckless,” since FBI and DoJ officials have now had the opportunity to review it.

Fox News was told the memo was “drafted deliberately to eliminate national security information” that could be damaging if viewed by individuals outside of Congress.

GOP lawmakers have said “the memo speaks to whether the unverified anti-Trump dossier was used to secure or extend surveillance warrants for Americans, including a Trump associate,” Fox News reported.

Wray reportedly went to Capitol Hill during a rare visit on Sunday evening to view the memo. On Monday, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who is reportedly mentioned in the memo, was removed from his post after talking with Wray.

On Monday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said sources told his program that McCabe is mentioned specifically in the FISA memo, which “primarily describes abuses of FISA, that’s the law that allows the U.S. government to spy on American citizens for the purpose of stopping foreign threats–and only for that purpose,” he said.

Following his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, Trump was overheard telling a Republican lawmaker he “100 percent” would release the memo.

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Dem LIES! FBI officials CLEAR ‘FISA memo,’ say NO ‘factual inaccuracies’ or classified INFO

(National SentinelCleared: FBI officials have examined the so-called “FISA Memo” assembled by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and have concluded that releasing it won’t compromise national security.

Furthermore, as Fox News reported, the two FBI officials who examined the four-page memo — one from the bureau’s counterintelligence division and another from its legal division — said they found “no factual inaccuracies” in the memo, meaning its contents are accurate.

The network reported further:

The House Intelligence Committee voted late Monday along party lines to release the memo, prompting a backlash from Democratic lawmakers. Top Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff called it a “very sad day.” President Trump has five working days to review the contents but is widely expected not to block its release.

After the contentious committee vote Monday night, the source confirmed that House staffers physically took the memo over to the White House for the president.

The Justice Department, in a Jan. 24 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd, originally labeled  the Republican staff memo’s release “unprecedented” and “reckless.” Boyd also claimed, “Though we are currently unaware of any wrongdoing relating to the FISA process, we agree that any abuse of that system cannot be tolerated.”

However, Justice Department officials told the network Tuesday that portions of the memo are now “moot” — in particular the term “reckless,” since FBI and DoJ officials have now had the opportunity to review it.

FBI Director Christopher Wray went to Capitol Hill during a rare visit on Sunday evening to view the memo. On Monday, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who is reportedly mentioned in the memo, stepped down from his post after talking with Wray.

But DOJ officials told Fox News on Tuesday that parts of that memo are now “moot” — specifically the term “reckless,” as DOJ and FBI officials have now had the opportunity to review the document.

Fox News was told the memo was “drafted deliberately to eliminate national security information” that could be damaging if viewed by individuals outside of Congress.

GOP lawmakers have said “the memo speaks to whether the unverified anti-Trump dossier was used to secure or extend surveillance warrants for Americans, including a Trump associate,” Fox News reported.

“If you’re interested whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was funded by political opponents, you’ll want to see the memo,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said on “Fox & Friends” over the weekend.

The network said its source noted that the Justice Department and FBI fought “tooth and nail” for more than a year to avoid having to provide surveillance-related documents to Congress. The source noted further that documents provided to Congress earlier this month, after Chairman Nunes threatened to move ahead with contempt of Congress citations, supported investigators’ earlier findings.

Fox News also reported:

The committee is in the process of lining up the remaining FBI and DOJ interviews, which are expected in early February, as part of its investigation. Intelligence committee Republicans have two outstanding records requests: for additional texts between FBI official Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and records documenting an April 2017 meeting between DOJ lawyer and senior special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann and a major media organization. The Weissmann deadline was Jan. 11.  

In a Jan. 4 letter, documenting his agreement with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to avoid contempt citations, Nunes wrote, “I understand that your office is researching records related to the details of an April 2017 meeting between DOJ Attorney Andrew Weissmann (now the senior attorney for Special Counsel Robert Mueller) and the media which will be provided to this Committee by close of business Thursday January 11, 2018.”

The FBI and DoJ requested additional time to gather all pertinent Weissman records. The network also said that the Intelligence Committee will push for the Weissmann records, which are related to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, next week if it has not yet received them.

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The report noted that President Donald J. Trump supports releasing the memo in full.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Next up: JUSTICE for CLINTONS over alleged foundation abuses?

(National SentinelCorruption: Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz told The Alex Jones Show Monday that “justice” regarding alleged abuses tied to their foundation by Bill and Hillary Clinton may “soon” be forthcoming.

“What happens when [special counsel Robert Mueller’s] house of cards falls? They’ve shown they never give up,” Jones said regarding the Clintons.

“Well, you’re right about that Alex, but they are going to be like cornered rats when this entire investigation is shown to be the fraud that it is,” Gaetz responded.

“It’s built on a rotten foundation and I suspect they’ll have to go into major defense mode over Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation,” he continued.

“There’s a lot of people that paid bribes to the Clinton Foundation, that still may be getting a benefit out of this government and when they find out their house of cards is falling, we may see a very strong reaction and they may have to really start to explain themselves.”

Jones asked that, in light of the released of the “FISA memo” and President Donald J. Trump’s pledge to ‘drain the swamp’ if further investigations into alleged Clinton malfeasance is forthcoming.

“Well there have been credible media reports that the Little Rock field office is actually investigating elements of bribery and corruption with the Clinton Foundation, particularly as it’s related to uranium sales that may have not been in our nation’s interest,” Gaetz replied, referencing the Uranium One deal in which Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, allowed to go through.

Gaetz also said that the Clintons ought to be concerned that front-line FBI and Justice Department officials are running the investigation, not ‘hacks’ from D.C.

“Justice may be coming to their doorstep very soon,” he warned.

The Justice Department has launched a new investigation earlier this month into the Clinton Foundation over allegations of “pay for play” while Hillary Clinton was President Obama’s first secretary of state.

Fox News reported Friday that a source familiar with the new probe told the network on Thursday that the investigation is being led by the U.S. attorney and the FBI in Little Rock, Ark., where the foundation began.

The network reported that it had confirmed the existence of the probe.

Fox News also has learned investigators are looking into whether the Clinton Foundation violated tax law,” the network reported online.

“Accusers of ‘pay to play’ have claimed the foundation promised favors in exchange for donations or pledges of cash or gifts,” it said.

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Trump to DOJ: RELEASE the MEMO!

(National SentinelFull Disclosure: President Donald J. Trump has broken with officials inside the Justice Department and is calling for the release of the so-called “FISA memo” which is purported to show widespread Obama-era abuses of the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

As reported by The Washington Post, Trump instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, through chief of staff John Kelly, to release the memo in full because he believes it will shed light on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.

The president “is inclined to have that released just because it will shed light,” a senior administration official told the Post.

“Apparently all the rumors are that it will shed light, it will help the investigators come to a conclusion,” the official added.

The Post and other media reports said that the decision to release the memo rests with House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Earlier, the DOJ said it would be “extremely reckless” to release the memo without first allowing the department to look it over.

Republicans in Congress who have seen the memo dismiss the DOJ’s concerns, saying the contents of the memo are “shocking” and “explosive.” They have also said the American people deserve to see it and judge for themselves the relevance of its contents.

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The Intelligence Committee voted along party lines last week to allow any member of the House to view the memo. The Senate Intelligence Committee, however, has been blocked from reviewing it.

“I’m here to tell all of America tonight that I’m shocked to read exactly what has taken place,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsR-N.C., said in a speech on the House floor.

“I thought it could never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy like this country. It is time that we become transparent with all of this, and I’m calling on our leadership to make this available so all Americans can judge for themselves,” he added.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who has also seen it, said last week that it will prove that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion probe is bogus. He also said he believes the memo has criminal implications.

“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 Fox News‘ Sean Hannity.

“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,” he told Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson.

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Paging Jeff Sessions! DOJ STILL withholding majority of ‘missing’ texts exchanged between anti-Trump FBI lovers Strzok and Page

(National SentinelFull Nondisclosure: The Justice Department has only turned over a fraction of the “missing” texts exchanged between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Stzrok and his mistress, lawyer Lisa Page.

As reported by Byron York at the Washington Examiner, the DoJ has only given lawmakers about 15 percent of five months’ worth of missing messages that the FBI said were lost from thousands of department cellphones due to a data backup glitch.

What’s more, that may be all Congress gets — at least for the time being, until bureau cyber-forensic experts manage to recover more of the messages, York noted, adding that it is not yet clear how many Strzok-Page texts there are and how many of those contain more anti-Trump, anti-administration content.

“The answers are complicated, but here is what I have been able to figure out from conversations with the Justice Department and Capitol Hill investigators,” he wrote, adding:

The Justice Department has identified about 50,000 Strzok-Page texts. But that is apart from the texts between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017, that were declared missing a week ago but are now being recovered. So, the total is apparently 50,000 plus the currently unknown number of formerly missing texts.

But that number refers only to the Strzok-Page texts that were sent and received on FBI-issued Samsung phones. There are a number of instances in the texts in which the two officials say that they should switch the conversation to iMessage, suggesting they continued to talk about FBI matters on personal Apple phones. For investigators, those are particularly intriguing texts – what was so sensitive that they couldn’t discuss on their work phones? – but the number of those texts is unknown. And of course, they have not been turned over to Congress.

Thus far, York says it is estimated that around 7,000 texts have been turned over, a figure that includes messages given to Congress on two occasions. If there are around 50,000 messages, that means lawmakers have only been given about 15 percent of the total.

That’s because, according to a Jan. 19 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Capitol Hill investigators, not all texts were going to be handed over in the first place.

“The department is not providing text messages that were purely personal in nature,” Boyd wrote. “Furthermore, the department has redacted from some work-related text messages portions that were purely personal. The department’s aim in withholding purely personal text messages and redacting personal portions of work-related text messages was primarily to facilitate the committee’s access to potentially relevant text messages without having to cull through large quantities of material unrelated to either the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server or the investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.”

Also, York noted that Boyd informed investigators that the department consulted with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, in order to and made some redactions “related to the structure, operation, and substance of the [Special Counsel’s Office]’s investigation because it is ongoing.”

Hill investigators have said they’re not at all sure how broad that restriction is. However, the DOJ said that if lawmakers had questions about key redactions, the department would “work with” Congress to explain or reveal redacted information “in a closed setting.”

York then reminds readers of the key events that took place during the period of time text messages have gone missing:

The time period involved, Dec. 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017, covered some of the key moments in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump-Russia affair: conversations between Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak; the completion and publication of the intelligence community assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election; the briefing in which FBI director James Comey told President-elect Donald Trump about the Trump dossier; the president’s inauguration; the nomination and confirmation of new Justice Department leadership; Flynn’s interview with the FBI (conducted by Strzok); Comey’s assurances to Trump that he, Trump, was not under investigation; a variety of revelations, mostly in the Washington Post and New York Times, about various Trump figures under investigation; Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia probe; the firing of top Obama Justice Department holdover Sally Yates; Trump’s tweet alleging he was wiretapped; Trump’s firing of Comey; and, finally, the appointment of Mueller.

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Grassley, Graham DEMAND info from Hillary, DNC, Donna Brazile, Podesta, RE: Fusion GPS

(National SentinelSeeking Answers: Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, its chairman and a senior member, have sent letters to a number of key Democratic figures demanding information about their dealings with the author of the “Trump dossier,” former British spy Christopher Steele.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the panel’s chair, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., want answers pertaining to the committee’s investigation into allegations the FBI relied on the unsubstantiated dossier in order to improperly obtain a surveillance warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in order to spy on President Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

“As part of their ongoing oversight efforts to ensure that the FBI’s law enforcement activities are free of improper political influence, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) yesterday sent six letters seeking information and documents regarding Christopher Steele’s work on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary for America,” said a statement posted to Grassley’s Senate website.

“The letters seek information and documents relating to those political organizations’ knowledge of and involvement in Mr. Steele’s work and his reported interactions with the FBI while he was working on behalf of these political organizations,” the statement said.

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The letters referenced an October 2017 Washington Post story which said that the dossier was paid for, in large part, by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

A letter from the law firm Perkins Coie acknowledged that, “[t]o assist in its representation ofthe DNC and Hillary for America, Perkins Coie engaged Fusion GPS in April of 2016” and that “the engagement concluded prior to the November 2016 Presidential election,” the letters said, referencing the story.

Earlier this month, the pair sent a criminal referral to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking that they investigate whether the former MI6 agent was dishonest during his interactions with federal authorities.

A report from earlier this month claimed to substantiate allegations that the FBI relied on the discredited dossier to obtain a FISA court warrant, which would be a gross misrepresentation and a possible criminal act.

“A large portion of the evidence presented in the salacious 35-page dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele, has either been proven wrong or remains unsubstantiated. However, the FBI gained approval nevertheless to surveil members of Trump’s campaign and ‘it’s outrageous and clearly should be thoroughly investigated,’ said a senior law enforcement source, with knowledge of the process,” investigative reporter and Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter reported.

“(The dossier) certainly played a role in obtaining the warrant,” added another senior U.S. official, with knowledge of the dossier. “Congress needs to look at the FBI officials who were handling this case and see what, if anything, was verified in the dossier. I think an important question is whether the FBI paid anything to the source for the dossier.”

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It’s MAGIC! Justice Dept. ‘FINDS’ MORE texts between anti-Trump FBI hacks STZROK and PAGE

(National SentinelDiscovered: The Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General has located more text messages between anti-Trump FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, bureau lawyer Lisa Page, after the agency said it had “lost” five months’ worth of texts due to a technical glitch.

In a letter to key congressional committees, IG Michael Michael Horowitz said his office “succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017,” Fox News reported.

“Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing,” Horowitz said. “We will provide copies of the text messages that we recover from these devices to the Department so that the Department’s leadership can take any management action it deems appropriate.”

The news network reported further that messages were recovered after the IG took physical possession of “at least four phones” that were issued to the pair.

News of the IG’s recover comes after Fox News host Sean Hannity revealed Wednesday night that multiple government sources had informed him that messages were beginning to be recovered.

Initial reports that the FBI had lost five months’ worth of text messages from scores of department-issued cellphones set off alarm bells in Congress, particularly among Republican lawmakers investigating whether the Obama administration improperly spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

DOJ notified congressional committees that there is a gap in records between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. The gap in records covered a crucial period, raising suspicion among GOP lawmakers about how those messages disappeared.

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Hannity: ‘MULTIPLE sources’ tell him DOJ is retrieving ‘missing’ STRZOK-PAGE texts (Video)

(National SentinelForensic Recovery: On his Fox News program Wednesday night, host Sean Hannity revealed that “multiple sources” have told him the Department of Justice is beginning to retrieve some of the FBI’s ‘missing texts’ belonging to anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok and department lawyer Lisa Page, his mistress.

Citing Justice Department sources, Hannity reported that DoJ forensic cyber teams were moving to recover some five months’ worth of text exchanges between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.

The FBI claimed in a notification to Congress that a technical glitch failed to capture and archive messages sent from and to thousands of department cellphones.

“This meant that 5 months’ worth of texts would be missing from Strzok and Page, both of whom are under scrutiny after it was revealed that the former members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team exchanged anti-Trump texts during the 2016 presidential campaign,” Fox News noted.

The missing texts, which have been sought by congressional committees investigating alleged Obama administration bias and improper spying on the 2016 campaign of President Donald J. Trump, are also causing problems for a parallel investigation being conducted by the DoJ Office of Inspector General, the network reported.

That’s because lawmakers had previously been told by the IG’s office that it had all the messages between Strzok and Page between Nov. 30, 2016, and July 28, 2017.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of Homeland Security Committee, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have sent a letter to DoJ IG Michael Horowitz asking about the discrepancy.

The five-month gap covers a critical period and could be key to congressional investigators.

“The five-month stretch of missing messages covers a period of time that includes President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the firings of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey and the standing-up of former FBI Director Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election,” Fox News reported.

“The timeline of the ‘missing’ text messages is highly suspicious. They begin on December 14, 2016 and go through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel,” The Gateway Pundit noted.

“Imagine what the ‘missing’ text messages say about the Trump transition period, Russia dossier, “secret society” and moments leading up to Mueller’s appointment.”

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It BEGINS: Justice Dept. warns 23 ‘Sanctuary Cities’ LEGAL ACTION is coming

(National SentinelImmigration Deformed: The Department of Justice on Wednesday warned 23 so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions they will face legal action in federal court unless they reverse policies that shield illegal immigrants from deportation.

As reported by The Daily Caller, DoJ sent letters to several major cities including Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles requesting documents that prove they are in compliance with federal immigration laws.

In particular, sanctuary jurisdictions have to prove they are complying with 8 United States Code 1373, a section of the federal statutes that prohibit cities and jurisdictions from enacting laws restricting communication between local officials and federal immigration agents.

Previously, the Justice Department sent similar requests to the 23 jurisdictions, but department officials said the responses they got back didn’t provide enough information to prove or confirm compliance with Section 1373.

“I continue to urge all jurisdictions under review to reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law.”

Jurisdictions that fail to provide information requested by the DoJ by Feb. 23 will then receive a federal subpoena compelling the cities to provide documentation, the letters said.

The DC noted further:

The DOJ has tried to pressure sanctuary cities by threatening to withhold certain federal funds, as part of the Trump administration’s broader crackdown on illegal immigration. Last year, Sessions revised the eligibility guidelines for Byrne criminal justice grants, requiring applicants to honor federal immigration detention requests, give immigration agents unfettered access to local jails, and comply with Section 1373.

In response to a lawsuit from the city of Chicago, a federal judge blocked the first two rules, but allowed the Section 1373 requirement to stand. The DOJ letters sent Tuesday specifically tying future Byrne grants to compliance with the section.

“Failure to comply with section 1373 could result in the Justice Department seeking the return of FY2016 grants, requiring additional conditions for receipt of any FY2017 Byrne JAG funding, and/or jurisdictions being deemed ineligible to receive FY2017 Byrne JAG funding,” the DoJ said.

The affected jurisdictions are:

Chicago; Cook County, Ill.; New York City; the state of California; Albany, N.Y.; Berkeley, Calif.; Bernalillo County, N.M.; Burlington, Vt.; the city and county of Denver, Colo.;  Fremont, Calif.; Jackson, Miss.; King County, Wash.; Lawrence, Mass.; City of Los Angeles, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Monterey County, Calif.; Sacramento County, Calif.; the city and county of San Francisco; Sonoma County, Calif.; Watsonville, Calif.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; the state of Illinois and the state of Oregon.

“We’ve given them federal dollars — your taxpayer dollars — to cooperate with federal law enforcement,” DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Fox News. “They didn’t have to take that money, but they did.

“And when they took it, they said they would comply with federal law. So what we’re saying is if we find out you’re not complying with federal law, we’re taking the tax dollars back,” she added.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Thomas Homan has said the department should find a way to prosecution local officials if they continue to block federal enforcement of immigration laws.

Earlier this month, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson confirmed during a Senate hearing that her agency had indeed been in contact with federal prosecutors to see what legal actions could be taken against local officials who implement and uphold sanctuary laws.

Also, ICE and other immigration enforcement agencies are planning to send hundreds of agents to sanctuary cities in an effort to identify those in the country illegally and deport them.

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Deep State WAR against TRUMP proves how out-of-control our government REALLY IS

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(National SentinelSubversive: Days before President-elect Donald J. Trump was inaugurated, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York issued a warning to the incoming commander-in-chief: Don’t pick a fight with the U.S. intelligence community.

Specifically, Schumer was responding to Trump’s criticism of reports that U.S. intelligence agencies had clear evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, ostensibly because Moscow ‘didn’t like Clinton.’

During a January 2017 interview on reliably statist and Left-wing MSNBC, Schumer said the president-elect was being “really dumb” in ‘picking a fight’ with the intelligence community.

“Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer cryptically said. “So, even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”

Think about that for a moment. Here was an establishment politician — a Democrat, sure, but more than anything else an establishment politician — admitting that the Deep State was more powerful than the president of the United States, the person to which the intelligence community is supposed to answer (as well as the American people).

Schumer was also tacitly admitting that the intelligence community — part and parcel of the Deep State — was also more powerful than Congress, which is supposed to have oversight responsibility.

How could that be? How could it be that the intelligence apparatus of the United States has become a power unto itself, beyond the scope of the Executive Branch and beyond the control of Congress?

Could it be that over the years and decades, there was an intentional effort by past presidents and members of the political establishment in both parties to establish the intelligence community as the de facto head of the country? Because for all intents and purposes, it now is.

As NationalSecurity.news noted in a December 2016 analysis, intelligence community’s narrative that Trump and Russia ‘colluded’ to ‘steal the election’ from Hillary Clinton because President Vladimir Putin had a personal animus against her never made any sense. We now know why (though we suspected even back then): The Clintons have so many nefarious, nebulous ties to Putin and his government she would, as president, be beholden to anything he wanted. She would have become the Russian mole in the White House.

But instead, we’ve been lead to believe it’s Trump who’s the Manchurian president. And it’s all been based on a narrative that has been manufactured by a politicized U.S. justice system, FBI, and Deep State intelligence apparatus. (Related: DEEP STATE: Rep. Jordan says FBI paid for, then based its Team Trump probe on BOGUS ‘dossier’.)

Republicans in Congress increasingly believe, for instance, that the Obama administration — nay, the former president himself — was behind a plot to destroy Trump’s candidacy, then his presidency after he unexpectedly beat Clinton in November 2016. We’re discovering more and more by the day now, as ours and other alternative media outlets publish more information about how the Obama regime manipulated the FISA court to obtain a surveillance warrant so they could spy on Trump’s campaign.

We’re discovering that the so-called “Trump dossier” was likely used to justify that warrant, despite the fact that is complete garbage. We’re learning that operatives within the FBI and Justice Department were involved in its creation. We’ve learned that it was originally supposed to be opposition research, paid for by Trump’s opponent.

And, we’re likely to learn that Obama was orchestrating all of it, which — if true — proves that the Deep State not only exists, but that it’s a super-nationalist force that operates outside of the confines of the Constitution, Congress, and even the presidency itself.

There is much more to come regarding this subject. Stay tuned. Read DeepState.news for more details.

This report was originally published at Trump.news.

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