McCarthy: Lisa Page’s text PROVES that Mueller CANNOT plausibly charge Trump with ‘OBSTRUCTION’

(National SentinelIn the Clear: Former national security federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy cleared up some misunderstandings about yesterday’s alleged “bombshell” revelation in which FBI lawyer Lisa Page texted her lover, FBI agent Peter Strzok, that President Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing” in terms of the counterintelligence investigation into Team Trump.

In addressing reports about the revelation in conservative media, McCarthy wrote in his column for National Review that “Your play here is not that Obama is a liar. It is that the president is supposed to ‘interfere’ in intelligence investigations. That makes the Trump-Russia obstruction narrative patently absurd.”

McCarthy goes on to note that he has, for more than a year and well before special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment, been touting the difference between a counterintelligence investigation and a criminal probe.

“Criminal investigations are about prosecuting people who violate the penal law. Political officials are generally supposed to stay out of them because we are a rule-of-law society — we want individual cases to be decided strictly by the law, not by political considerations,” he wrote.

He notes further:

There is not, nor should there be, complete independence between politics and this law-enforcement mission: Law enforcement is an executive political responsibility; the president is accountable for it; he sets the government’s law-enforcement priorities; prosecutors and investigators exercise the president’s power, not their own; and the president has undeniable constitutional authority to wade into investigations — even to the point of pardoning law-breakers. Still, by and large, the president should not interfere in criminal cases. If the president does interfere, he should do so transparently: Issue a pardon or order the investigation closed, and take the political heat for it; don’t stage-manage a farce to make it look like your crony is being exonerated by a real investigation when everyone knows you will not permit charges to be filed (see, e.g., the Clinton emails case).

Counterintelligence investigations are quite different, McCarthy — who specialized in them as a U.S. attorney — said. Since they are not about violations of penal law, there is no worry that political officials get involved in them, especially presidents because counterintelligence is performed on behalf of presidents.

“Counterintelligence is an information-gathering exercise undertaken for one purpose and one purpose alone: to inform the president, through his subordinate intelligence officials, of information about threats to, and opportunities to advance, American interests,” McCarthy clarified.

“The president is never supposed to resist ‘interference’ in counterintelligence. To the contrary, informing the president is the reason the FBI has a counterintelligence mission,” McCarthy explained. “Indeed, the information derived from counterintelligence operations is often included in the president’s daily intelligence briefing.”

McCarthy referenced the Sept. 16, 2016, text sent from Page to Strzok, in which the pair were discussing “talking points” being provided for then-FBI Director James Comey so he could brief President Obama, because “potus wants to know everything we are doing.”

“It appears obvious that the two are referring to ‘everything we are doing in what was then their most important counterintelligence initiative: the probe of possible connections between Donald Trump, then the Republican nominee for president, and the Kremlin,” McCarthy wrote.

The former national security prosecutor noted that Strzok and Page were working off information provided to the bureau and the Justice Department received via the infamous “Trump dossier” gathered by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who had provided the FBI with reliable information in the past.

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Though it appears as though the FBI failed to verify the contents of the dossier, the bureau was nevertheless obligated to brief Obama because, again, it was counterintelligence. Obama’s and the campaign of Hillary Clinton’s motives for creating the dossier aside, it cannot be argued that the document was not considered as evidence in a counterintelligence investigation.

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Put aside what you think about all this politically as we sit here in February 2018. The question is what people were thinking in September 2016. I have no doubt that the Obama administration, including the upper echelons of the Obama-era Justice Department and FBI, believed Donald Trump was unfit to be president and that he was at least vulnerable to blackmail by the Putin regime, if not in cahoots with the Putin regime. I also have no doubt that they were politically aligned with Hillary Clinton, whom Obama was ardently supporting and a criminal investigation against whom the FBI and Justice Department had dropped, despite substantial evidence of guilt, after Obama had signaled that he did not want Mrs. Clinton charged.

The point here is not to sort out the motivations and intentions of officials, which ran the spectrum from a proper desire to protect the country to a politicized loss of objectivity that induced them blindly to accept Steele’s sensational claims as fact. The point is to understand formally what was going on.

Formally, the FBI was doing a counterintelligence investigation of Russian threats to the United States that happened to involve the Kremlin’s potential coopting of the Republican presidential candidate. That was something the FBI was supposed to keep the president of the United States informed about. Informing the president about foreign threats is the FBI’s counterintelligence mission. If the FBI credited the information involved and Director Comey had nevertheless failed to brief President Obama on it, he would have been guilty of an indefensible dereliction of duty.

McCarthy notes that indeed, Obama’s April 2016 statement to Fox News‘ Chris Matthews that he never interfered in Justice Department investigations was comically false as he ran the most politicized DOJ in modern history. He even signaled during the interview that he did not believe she did anything wrong — at least intentionally so — which was a sign to prosecutors and the FBI the president wanted her cleared.

And she was.

“Yet it is frivolous to claim that Obama’s “no interference” assertion in April was a lie because he got briefed by Comey in September about the Trump-Russia caper,” McCarthy writes, because in that April interview, Obama was talking about criminal investigations.

The following September, as indicated by the Page-Strzok text, Obama was being briefed on counterintelligence operations, by comparison.

“A president cannot ‘interfere’ with a counterintelligence investigation because keeping the president informed is the reason we have counterintelligence investigations.

“Consequently, what this episode ought to focus the commentariat on is the obstruction angle of the Mueller investigation. It is cockamamie,” writes McCarthy.

He notes:

The theory behind this aspect of the special counsel’s work is that President Trump obstructed the Russia probe by, principally, (a) leaning on Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn, (b) firing Comey, and (c) “threatening” to fire Mueller. Here is the problem: The Russia investigation is principally a counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 investigation. The president cannot interfere in a counterintelligence investigation. Trump can no more obstruct the Russia investigation by taking actions that could conceivably affect it than Obama could obstruct the Russia investigation by being briefed on it and giving the FBI directions on it. Counterintelligence investigations are conducted for the president.

The point of them is to provide the president with all relevant information he needs to make decisions about protecting the country and advancing American interests. That’s also the point of the ‘Russia’ investigation.

Democrats and others obsessed with ‘getting Trump’ fail to make the distinction that counterintelligence operations are conducted to inform the president, McCarthy notes; if Mueller is conducting a criminal probe, then the Justice Department was required to make that point clear when it appointed him.

The DOJ did no such thing. In fact, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller without alleging that Trump or members of his campaign team even committed any violations of law.

“But let’s set that aside,” McCarthy continued:

According to Director Comey, Trump was not a criminal suspect. Asking Comey to go easy on Flynn — who was under criminal investigation for lying to the FBI — cannot legitimately have turned Trump into a suspect. As we’ve covered at length, the president is authorized to exercise prosecutorial discretion (an executive power) by weighing in on the merits of prosecuting a person; Trump did not direct Comey to drop the investigation, though he could have; Trump could have pardoned Flynn, which would have ended the investigation; and the investigation proceeded apace — ultimately leading to Flynn’s guilty plea.

As for firing Comey and purportedly threatening to fire Mueller (in fact, Trump has not taken any serious step in the direction of removing the special counsel), these are imagined by Trump detractors into obstruction episodes because they show Trump interfering in the Russia investigation. But the Russia investigation is a counterintelligence investigation. Trump gets to “interfere” in it if he chooses to. Though he grouses about it, he does not seem to have much inclination to interfere in it.

If there is no criminal investigation of Trump — and there is no indication there is — then it is not constitutionally possible for him to “obstruct” a counterintelligence probe since they are conducted for the president McCarthy concluded.

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After FISA memo drops, now Gen. Flynn will seek to have ALL CHARGES against him DROPPED (Video)

(National SentinelClearing His Name: Former U.S. Army Lt. Gen. and national security advisor Michael Flynn’s lawyers are preparing to file papers in court seeking to have all charges against him dropped in light of revelations made in the just-released FISA memo.

That’s according to legendary political operative and current Infowars contributor Roger Stone, who made the stunning announcement on Monday in a video for the Alex Jones Channel on YouTube.

“Lawyers for General Mike Flynn will shortly file a motion to dismiss all the charges filed against him, based on reports now confirmed by The Hill, Circa News and Infowars, that Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe told a teleconference of law enforcement officials, ‘First we f*ck Flynn, then we f*ck Trump.'”

Stone’s claim comes amid earlier reports noting that special counsel Robert Mueller has requested a delay in Flynn’s sentencing.

“Due to the status of the Special Counsel’s investigation, the parties do not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time,” the special counsel asked the court last week.

Mueller’s office requested a 90-day extension.

Flynn, a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, pleaded guilty to charges of lying to FBI agents. But some reports have suggested Flynn may have been set up and improperly interviewed by anti-Trump counterterrorism agent Peter Strzok.

Flynn reportedly did not have an attorney present when he was being questioned. Others have said that’s because since he was part of a new administration he assumed the FBI was sending agents over to brief him on current investigations, not to question him about Trump-Russia collusion allegations.

Watch Stone’s report, via the Alex Jones Channel:

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Former DOJ official: Mueller ‘almost certainly WON’T indict Trump’

(National SentinelCollusion Confusion: A former top Department of Justice official appointed by President Obama has said that it’s a near certainty that special counsel Robert Mueller isn’t going to indict President Donald J. Trump.

As reported by The Daily Caller, former senior counsel to the deputy attorney general, Eric Columbus, took to Twitter to explain that Americans should not expect Mueller to file any criminal charges against the president, in contrast to a rising chorus of Democrats who say the special counsel is pursuing an obstruction of justice case.

“Mueller almost certainly won’t indict Trump – not because it would be unconstitutional, but because Mueller’s authority is very different from Ken Starr’s was,” he said, referencing former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who was appointed to investigate alleged criminal activities committed by then-President Bill Clinton.

 

“DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel — in essence, the lawyers’ lawyers — has opined that it’s unconstitutional to indict a sitting president. OLC reached this conclusion twice — in 1973 and in 2000,” he explained in a subsequent tweet.

Last year, however, The New York Times‘ Charlie Savage discovered a memo claiming that Starr solicited a legal opinion on the matter from Ronald Rotunda, a highly regarded law professor, who reached the opposition conclusion.

Starr never did indict Clinton for lying to Congress and obstruction of justice, but he concluded that he “could” do so, the Times reported in a separate story in 1999.

Columbus then tweeted, “Why did Starr feel he could ignore OLC’s 1973 opinion? Because the law under which he was appointed allowed him to do just about anything. His title was ‘independent counsel, and for all intents and purposes he was the Department of Justice with regard to Clinton.”

However, the independent counsel law expired in 1999 — “existing independent counsels were grandfathered in,” Columbus explained — over concerns that they were too independent.

As such, that law was replaced with regulations allowing for the appointment of a “special counsel,” which is Mueller’s title.

Columbus then said that, essentially, Mueller is a “U.S. attorney, except that his jurisdiction is defined by topic rather than geography.” Also, Mueller “reports to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is the acting Attorney General for such purposes due to [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions’ recusal.”

“Per the DOJ special counsel regulations, Mueller must abide by all DOJ ‘rules, regulations, procedures, practices and policies,'” Columbus wrote.

He added that Rosenstein has the authority to veto any of Mueller’s recommendations.

“By contrast, the independent counsel statute allowed Starr to deviate from DOJ policies where necessary to achieve the purposes of the statute, and didn’t allow the Attorney General to restrict his actions (other than firing him for good cause),” he tweeted.

“Given these rules, it’s extraordinarily unlikely that Mueller would bring a prosecution that, in the judgment of DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, would violate the Constitution,” Columbus added.

“While some have suggested that Mueller would make an ‘impeachment referral’ to Congress if he finds evidence of impeachable acts, that was part of the now-expired independent counsel statute and is no longer an option for Mueller,” Columbus said.

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SPERRY: FBI, DOJ, Mueller ‘gonna be in a world of HURT’ when FISA memo, IG report DROPS

(National SentinelStorm Brewing: Investigative reporter Paul Sperry of the New York Post said in a series of tweets on Thursday that sources have informed him that the so-called “FISA memo” authored by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee will tar the reputations of the FBI and Justice Department, perhaps for a generation.

What’s more, Sperry said that the memo could also ensnare high-level Justice Department and FBI officials, as well as derail special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia, allegations of which have yet to be proven despite having been investigated by him, the Justice Department, and at least three congressional committees for more than a year.

Also, Sperry alleged that the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC, could also be caught up in scandal when the memo is released.

“I’m told Steele & Simpson + the FBI & DOJ/NSD + even FISC are all gonna be in a world of hurt when this 4-pp memo + underlying docs hit the fan. Steele & Simpson are caught in a sh*tstorm of lies, which further tainted the FBI’s FISA warrant to spy on Team Trump,” he tweeted, alluding to former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the infamous but unsubstantiated “Trump dossier,” and Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, which commissioned the dossier.

Sperry then noted, “… and as a result, the memo is going to create a BIG credibility problem for Mueller, since his team debriefed Steele and tapped into Simpson’s ‘research’ on Manafort and Deutsche Bank. Buckle your seatbelts, sports fans …”

Sperry then praised House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who was the primary author of the FISA memo. “Nunes is a serious fellow (1 of the few left in DC), so I doubt he’s exaggerating the classified evidence he’s seen in the SCIF underlying his memo. But he & GOP would be well-advised to attach as much of it as they can to quash Dem/MSM spin they’re overselling/playing politics,” he tweeted.

Sperry then added: “PREDICTION: When this memo PLUS the IG report hit, it will be a watershed moment in US history. The American people will never look at their government — or the presidential election process — the same way again. Trust in our federal institutions will be swept away.”

Tom Fitton, president of legal watchdog organization Judicial Watch, also said Thursday, “Mueller is racing to ‘interview’ President Trump before his own investigation further implodes with revelations of illegal anti-Trump actions/bias from the ‘Memo’ and text messages.”

Trump, reportedly against the advice of his counsel, has said he would agree to sit down and be interviewed on the record by Mueller, though no timetable has yet been established.

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Deep State DESPERATE: Leaks that Trump once ordered MUELLER fired as FISA memo drama heats up; Prez, in Davos, calls it what it IS

(National SentinelFake News: A report by The New York Times on Thursday claimed that President Donald J. Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGhan to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last summer, but that he refused to do so and said he would resign instead.

The paper noted:

The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.

Amid the first wave of news media reports that Mr. Mueller was examining a possible obstruction case, the president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation, two of the people said.

First, he claimed that a dispute years ago over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., had prompted Mr. Mueller, the F.B.I. director at the time, to resign his membership. The president also said Mr. Mueller could not be impartial because he had most recently worked for the law firm that previously represented the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Finally, the president said, Mr. Mueller had been interviewed to return as the F.B.I. director the day before he was appointed special counsel in May.

After receiving the president’s order to fire Mr. Mueller, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, refused to ask the Justice Department to dismiss the special counsel, saying he would quit instead, the people said.

From Davos, Switzerland, where the president is attempting to represent the United States on a world economic stage, Trump dismissed the report as more “fake news” from the Times, which has a history of publishing reports about the president and his administration that have turned out to be false.

The Times’ report is not the first claiming that Trump was seeking to fire Mueller.

Before Christmas, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) sat down with KQED Newsroom and claimed President Trump was soon going to fire Mueller.

The California lawmaker then told KQED Newsroom, “The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on December 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire…Robert Mueller.”

That claim turned out to be false, as Mueller remains on the job.

Investigative journalist Mike Cernovich voiced his skepticism about the Times report on Twitter, saying it was a purposeful distraction from breaking news surrounding alleged illegality involving Obama-era FBI and Justice Department operatives who may have abused the FISA court to improperly spy on Trump’s campaign.

“50,000 “missing” texts are evidence admissible in a court of law. The ‘story’ about Trump – 4 unnamed sources (who had the same hearsay from one alleged source) – wouldn’t be used in any court. The story, as per usual, is leaked by deep state to distract from their corruption,” he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/956732189055492096

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

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Actor James Woods THRASHES Jeff Sessions as ‘coup d’tat’ led by MUELLER continues unabated

(National SentinelMissing in Action: Actor James Woods took to Twitter on Wednesday to criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ inaction regarding the various scandals swirling around his Justice Department and the FBI.

Many political observers believe that Sessions has essentially surrendered control over the department to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after recusing himself from the so-called “Russian collusion” investigation allegedly involving the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

And while Sessions can reverse that decision, they say, so far he’s seems unwilling to do so, even as multiple scandals involving current FBI and DoJ figures, as well as Obama administration officials, continue to mount.

“So basically we have been without an Attorney General for the duration of this administration. Meanwhile the Democrats and their henchmen are running rampant – destroying files, emails, texts and other evidence. This is a coup d’etat. Make no mistake,” Woods tweeted.

Woods’ tweet came in response to a story reporting that Sessions recently sat down for several hours and was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, whom many believe is operating under a bogus “collusion” mandate with a new objective of ensnaring President Donald J. Trump.

In recent days, reports have noted that Sessions turned over some 50,000 text messages between disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Stzrok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

But reports also noted that five months’ worth of texts during a crucial period during the 2016 election cycle have since gone missing. The FBI claims it failed to back up those messages, blaming the loss on a “technical” issue.

Also, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told Fox News’ Bret Baier on Tuesday evening that there is an informant talking to [Congress] about meetings the people in the ‘secret society’ were having offsite.

“All of this evidence of corruption yet Jeff Sessions continues to sit back and watch Mueller hunt down innocent people in the Trump administration,” The Gateway Pundit noted.

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Goodwin: ‘FBI leaders BETRAYED NATION to PICK the president’

(National SentinelPanic Mode: A growing body of evidence suggests that a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI and the Justice Department that, if true, is likely to have long-ranging negative implications for the nation, writes Michael Goodwin at the New York Post.

Comparing the current situation with the 2007-2009 Great Recession, when lawmakers and President Obama bailed out banks after declaring them “too big to fail,” Goodwin sees the burgeoning scandal involving the nation’s — and the world’s — premier law enforcement agency as “too big to believe.”

“Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of America’s premier law enforcement agency,” Goodwin writes.

“The reports, which feature talk among agents of a ‘secret society‘ and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe.

“If either one is true — and I believe both probably are — it would mean FBI leaders betrayed the nation by abusing their powers in a bid to pick the president,” he said.

The columnist noted that it also seems likely, based on reporting and some credible evidence, that the Clinton-financed “Trump dossier” — which was supposed to be political opposition research — was used by the FBI to obtain a FISA court warrant so it could spy on a political campaign.

Goodwin (and others) also believe that the FBI got approval for a counterintelligence surveillance warrant to spy on Team Trump by representing the dossier as real intelligence — without telling the court it was oppo-research and that none of it had been substantiated.

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Legal experts agree that would constitute a crime.

“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,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Fox News‘ “Hannity” program last week.

What’s more, writes Goodwin, “there is growing reason to believe someone in President Barack Obama’s administration turned over classified information about Trump to the Clinton campaign.”

One former federal prosecutor, Joseph diGenova, said, “It doesn’t get worse than that.” He also believes Trump knew about what had taken place early on, which is why he declared in March 2017 that Obama “wiretapped” him.

“These and other elements combine to make a toxic brew that smells to high heaven, but most Americans don’t know much about it,” Goodwin wrote. “Mainstream media coverage has been sparse and dismissive and there’s a blackout from the same Democrats obsessed with Russia, Russia, Russia.”

Thankfully, Goodwin notes, there are lawmakers working to get to the bottom of what went on. One of them is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who — along with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. — have authored a “FISA memo” that allegedly details massive abuse within the FBI and DoJ of the FISA court, as it related to spying on the Trump campaign.

At present, those and other Republican lawmakers are working to get that top secret memo to the White House, where they believe President Trump will declassify it and allow it to be released to the public.

The contents of the memo, according to sources who spoke with Fox News contributor and investigative reporter Sara A. Carter, are so “explosive” they could spell a quick end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of the Trump campaign and transition team.

Gaetz agreed, saying, “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.”

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‘Jaw-dropping’ text from STRZOK: ‘No there there’ re: Trump-Russia COLLUSION

(National SentinelWitch Hunt: Disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Stzrok sent a text message to his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page last year expressing reservations about joining special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Though he did eventually join Mueller’s team — only to be dismissed after discovery of anti-Trump texts he and Page exchanged — it appears as though Strzok did not believe the allegations to be true.

That, says Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is “jaw-dropping.”

In an interview with a local talk radio host, Johnson read the text aloud: “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there.”

Johnson said that text referred directly to Mueller’s investigation, which had begun two days earlier. Prior to that, Strzok was a top investigator on the Clinton email inquiry, which went nowhere.

“I think that’s kind of jaw-dropping,” said Johnson.

“In other words, Peter Strzok, who was the FBI deputy assistant director of the counterintelligence division, the man who had a plan to do something because he just couldn’t abide Donald Trump being president, is saying that his gut sense is that there’s no big there there when it comes to the Mueller special counsel investigation,” he said.

President Donald J. Trump has always viewed the investigation as a distraction and a “witch hunt.” He has regularly claimed the same thing as Strzok — that there is no evidence of collusion because none took place.

Last week Republicans began pushing for the House Intelligence Committee and the White House to release a memo allegedly detailing systematic abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC, by the Obama administration.

Republicans believe that various operatives within the Department of Justice and FBI used the unverified “Trump dossier” to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign.

Some Republicans, including Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, believe the so-called FISA memo drafted by the Intelligence Committee will prove that Mueller’s investigation is a “sham.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hannity to special counsel Mueller: ‘Your WITCH HUNT of Team Trump is now OVER’ as FISA memo threatens to BLOW

(National SentinelTick-Tock: On his Thursday evening program, Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed that, based on information he has gleaned from sources familiar with the contents of a four-page House Intelligence Committee memo on alleged FISA court abuses by the Obama administration, special counsel Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” probe may soon be about to end.

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Based on today’s events I have a message tonight for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Your witch hunt is now over. Time to close the doors,” Hannity said.

“It is more disturbing than we thought. And right now our sources are telling us that the abuse of power is far greater than Watergate,” the host added.

“What we are talking about tonight are the abuse of the powerful tools of intelligence that we use to spy on people. Those tools were used against an opposition candidate, and president elect and his entire team,” he said, a reference to the campaign of President Donald J. Trump.

“And it was done not only under false pretenses but with the with help of Hillary Clinton. She bought and paid for the dossier that they filled with Russian lies,” the Fox News host continued.

On Friday, Hannity dropped another major hint that bombshell information was coming, along with “vindication.”

“Biggest Tick Tock Ever!! Vindication!” he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/954415824688832512

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

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

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

As reported by Zero Hedge:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COUNTERattack: Paul Manafort files SUIT against Mueller, DoJ, charging massive OVERREACH

(National SentinelLegal Defense: Lawyers for former Donald J. Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have filed suit against special counsel Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice, alleging both overreached with criminal charges brought against their client last fall that included tax evasion and money laundering.

As reported by Politico, the lawsuit also strikes at Mueller’s legitimacy and credibility as special counsel. In a 17-page complaint, Manafort’s attorney argue that Mueller exceeded authority given him by the Justice Department in May to investigate any links or coordination between the Russian government and Trump’s campaign.

Also, the complaint argues that DoJ gave Mueller too much power initially when it approved him to pursue “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

If the court refuses to strike down Mueller’s appointment, the lawsuit makes several other suggestions, such as setting aside Mueller’s indictments and declaring he does not have the authority to investigate business dealings that are not part of his original mandate.

Also, the lawsuit suggests that the court stop him from investigating any matters beyond the scope of the original appointment, or “any other relief as may be just and proper.”

“The principle that government must be both limited in power and accountable to the people lies at the core of our constitutional traditions. That principle must be zealously guarded against creeping incursions,” Manafort attorneys Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle wrote in the lawsuit.

The case was was filed in the same venue — the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia — that oversees Mueller’s criminal case against both Manafort and former Trump 2016 campaign aide Rick Gates.

The suit names DOJ, Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as co-defendants.

Manafort’s attorneys also note a 1999 decision by Congress to allow for the lapse of the law establishing the independent counsel office, following a years-long investigation of President Bill Clinton by Kenneth Starr.

While noting that Rosenstein appointed Mueller under DoJ regulations, the suit argues the special counsel has been given “carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across while investigating, no matter how remote from the specific matter identified as the subject of the Appointment Order.”

Legal experts note that under current rules, Mueller is not “independent” but rather essentially a Justice Department employee, meaning he works for Trump, ultimately.

There has been some speculation that even if Manafort is convicted, the president would pardon him.

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NUNES: House Intel Chair says he’ll pull MUELLER in for interview over Uranium One SCANDAL (Video)

(National SentinelWide Net: House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told an audience in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that if he finds evidence special counsel Robert Mueller was involved in the Uranium One scandal, he’ll seek to interview him.

During remarks in November at David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend 2017 that were largely unnoticed by most media outlets, Nunes pledged to interview Mueller if it turns out he had a role the deal, which has turned into another Obama-era scandal.

“Trey Gowdy, rightfully so, wants to methodically go through this, so the answer to Mueller, if he has involvement in it, we’re going to interview him. I mean, that’s the bottom line,” Nunes said in response to a question about his thoughts as to whether he believes Mueller was involved.

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In closing Nunes said there was “much more to come” on the issue of Uranium One that he couldn’t discuss.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has said he believes that Mueller signed off on the deal, which allowed Russia to obtain 20 percent of all strategic U.S. uranium.

“One of the things that was most shocking was that a guy named Rosenstein, if that name sounds familiar, since he appointed Mueller (to lead Special Counsel on Trump) he was the guy that actually helped sign documents that got the whole thing, the original cover-up done by sealing documents back early in the Obama administration so that Hillary could go through and make mega-millions,” he said.

“The blockbuster line now here is that he (Mueller) and Rosenstein had to be involved in him being the Special Counsel now because now we know he needed to cover up the fact that him and Rosenstein covered up the first investigation,” he continued.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton, via their foundation, were also part of the scandal.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered Justice Department prosecutors to begin asking FBI agents to explain evidence they discovered into a currently dormant criminal probe into the controversial Uranium One deal that has been tied to Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

According to multiple law enforcement sources, interviews with FBI agents are part of the Justice Department’s efforts to fulfill a pledge that an assistant attorney general gave to Congress in November.

The assistant AG promised that the department would determine whether a special counsel is warranted to look into the Uranium One deal, according to a senior Justice Department official.

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The probe with NO END: Mueller’s ‘collusion’ investigation will last WELL INTO 2018

(National SentinelWitch Hunt: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is expected to extend well into next year, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

As reported by ABC News, despite predictions by lawyers for President Donald J. Trump that Mueller’s probe will wrap up sooner rather than later, sources believe that isn’t the case at all.

“Most notably, the federal grand jury in Washington that has already indicted two key Trump associates is continuing to meet and hear more evidence from prosecutors,” the network reported.

“The grand jurors’ identities are unknown, but their faces are recognizable to the reporters and producers who have been standing inside the courthouse each week. Just a week ago, one of Mueller’s top prosecutors, Jeannie Rhee, was spotted at the courthouse by ABC News,” the report continued.

Special counsel grand juries often last up to 18 months and can be extended further in six-month increments if necessary.

Former national security advisor Michael Flynn, former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and campaign associate George Papadopoulos have all been indicted by Mueller.

But, as critics of the probe note, none of the indictments have had anything at all to do with alleged collusion between the president’s campaign and the Russian government, which was the original mandate of the special counsel.

The lack of evidence after more than a year of investigating those allegations — by congressional committees, the FBI, and Mueller’s special counsel — is frustrating some members of Congress.

“It’s time for Bob Mueller to put up or shut up. If there’s evidence of collusion, let’s see it,” Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said in an interview on Fox News earlier this month.

“If there’s not, let’s move on as a country and let’s institute reforms at the FBI so that an egomaniac FBI director like James Comey cannot depart from the normal standard procedures that guarantees all Americans equal treatment under the law,” he continued.

Trump and others have complained that the ongoing Russia collusion probe is harming the administration’s ability to improve relations with a strategic, nuclear-armed great power.

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Trump to Mueller: Why hasn’t Dem operatives the PODESTAs been INDICTED yet?

(National SentinelSpotlight: During a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times that was published Thursday President Donald J. Trump said he believes that special counsel Robert Mueller will treat him “fairly” as he continues to investigate alleged “collusion” between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

But the president also raised a question about why Mueller’s team has yet to file charges against the Podesta Group, a Democrat-aligned lobbying firm that did work in the U.S. on behalf of former Ukranian leader Viktor Yanukovych.

“Whatever happened to Podesta?,” Trump said. “[T]hey closed their firm, they left in disgrace, the whole thing, and now you never heard of anything.”

Trump was referencing the apparent scrutiny the Podesta Group is under by Mueller’s team, as, the lobbying work appears very similar to that done by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manfort, who has been indicted by a grand jury at Mueller’s recommendation.

The Podesta Group, once headed by brother of former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, is likely to close by the end of this year. His brother, Tony Podesta, stepped down from his position at the firm in late October, The Daily Caller noted.

Regarding the significance of charges against Manafort, Trump said, “Paul only worked for me for a few months.”

He added: “Paul worked for Ronald Reagan. His firm worked for John McCain, worked for Bob Dole, worked for many Republicans for far longer than he worked for me. And you’re talking about what Paul was many years ago before I ever heard of him. He worked for me for — what was it, three and a half months?”

The president repeated his earlier contention that there was no “collusion” between his campaign and the Russian government.

He has described Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt.”

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