Video: Judge Napolitano - Potential Impact of Manafort Trial On Russia Probe

Judge Napolitano gives a very insightful analysis of where things sit right now and brings up the bombshell that Rod Rosenstein may be called as Manafort's first witness to explain why he exonerated Manafort on the same charges a decade ago!


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Video: Devin Nunes: Americans Will Be ‘Shocked’ By Other Carter Page FISA Info

Nunes Calls For Declassifying More of FISA Warrant

FISA warrant documents regarding Carter Page were released with heavy redactions; Rep. Devin Nunes calls for Americans to see more of this information


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Judge Orders Fusion GPS To Reveal Dossier Details In BuzzFeed Lawsuit

By Chuck Ross

  • Judge orders Fusion GPS to disclose details of its dossier work.
  • The opposition firm has avoided deposition in a dossier-related lawsuit against BuzzFeed.
  • Lawyer for plaintiff says ruling “gave us everything that we had hoped for.”

Representatives of Fusion GPS must answer a broad array of questions about the opposition research firm’s role in creating, investigating and disseminating the infamous Steele dossier, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro issued the decision Tuesday in a defamation lawsuit a Russian tech executive filed against BuzzFeed News, which published the dossier on Jan. 10, 2017.

The trial is scheduled to begin in Miami in November.

Ungaro ruled that attorneys for the executive, Aleksej Gubarev, can ask Fusion GPS representatives in a deposition about the firm’s dossier clients, its efforts to verify the dossier, its decision to hire dossier author Christopher Steele and its interactions with government officials and media outlets, including BuzzFeed.

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Video: Rep. Bob Goodlate: Carter Page FISA Documents Show Serious FBI Problems

Editor's Note:  It is well known now that most redactions have nothing to do with protecting classified information and/or sources and methods.  In this case, redactions are being used to hide the truth and to provide the Democrats with the opportunity to "imply" (lie) that the redactions contain info that supports the issuance of the warrant to spy on Carter Page. 

DOJ releases over 400 pages of FISA documents concerning former Trump campaign aide Carter Page; Rep. Bob Goodlatte shares insight on 'Sunday Morning Futures.' Maria Bartiromo.

"I have had the opportunity... to read these FISA warrant applications without all of those redactions... and I think that it is critically important that the American people have the opportunity to see most of the rest of those documents."

"Most of the information that is redacted in that report should easily be seen by the American people.  They can judge for themselves.  But I can tell you, it does not support the issuance of a warrant against Mr. Page."


Judicial Watch urges WH to declassify Page FISA application

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Video: Andrew McCarthy Shocked To Read What FISA Application Used As Evidence To Spy On Carter Page

“The released FISA warrant application is astonishing. It’s as if they took the dossier, slapped a District Court caption on it and handed it to the judge. It’s exactly what I said would never happen”! Andrew McCarthy!


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One FBI Text Message In Russia Probe That Should Alarm Every American


Strzok texted his own handicap of the Russia evidence: “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 there’s no big there there.”

So the FBI agents who helped drive the Russia collusion narrative — as well as Rosenstein’s decision to appoint Mueller — apparently knew all along that the evidence was going to lead to “nothing” and, yet, they proceeded because they thought there was still a possibility of impeachment.

By John Solomon

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the reported FBI lovebirds, are the poster children for the next “Don’t Text and Investigate” public service ads airing soon at an FBI office near you.

Their extraordinary texting affair on their government phones has given the FBI a black eye, laying bare a raw political bias brought into the workplace that agents are supposed to check at the door when they strap on their guns and badges.

It is no longer in dispute that they held animus for Donald Trump, who was a subject of their Russia probe, or that they openly discussed using the powers of their office to “stop” Trump from becoming president. The only question is whether any official acts they took in the Russia collusion probe were driven by those sentiments.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is endeavoring to answer that question.

For any American who wants an answer sooner, there are just five words, among the thousands of suggestive texts Page and Strzok exchanged, that you should read.

That passage was transmitted on May 19, 2017. “There’s no big there there,” Strzok texted.

The date of the text long has intrigued investigators: It is two days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and the Russia campaign.

Since the text was turned over to Congress, investigators wondered whether it referred to the evidence against the Trump campaign.

This month, they finally got the chance to ask. Strzok declined to say — but Page, during a closed-door interview with lawmakers, confirmed in the most pained and contorted way that the message in fact referred to the quality of the Russia case, according to multiple eyewitnesses.

The admission is deeply consequential. It means Rosenstein unleashed the most awesome powers of a special counsel to investigate an allegation that the key FBI officials, driving the investigation for 10 months beforehand, did not think was “there.”

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Conservatives Moving To Impeach Rosenstein Soon

Editor's Note:

Rosenstein is a career bureaucrat who knows full well he should have recused himself regarding the Mueller fiasco. After TWO YEARS OF THE RUSSIA COLLUSION GAS CLOUD HYSTERIA, most have completely lost sight of the fact that a Special Counsel is not someone who is supposed to be appointed unless there is clear evidence of a "CRIME" and when there is no confidence the DOJ can handle the investigation itself because of things like serious conflicts of interest.

In this case, the allegations supposedly justifying the appointment of a Special Counsel involved "COLLUSION", which 'IS NOT A CRIME", and a claim of obstruction of justice by Trump when he fired Comey. The allegation of obstruction was solely based on Comey's memos which Comey implied contained sufficient evidence to justify the appointment of a Special Counsel.

After the release of the Comey memos we now know they DID NOT CONTAIN ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT AN ALLEGATION OF OBSTRUCTION. In fact, as Trey Gowdy pointed out quite some time ago, they actually constituted EXHIBIT A for Trump that there wasn't any effort to obstruct the FBI investigation into Russia collusion with the Trump campaign. So, there was no legitimate basis to justify the appointment of a Special Counsel from the get-go.



The reason Rosenstein should have recused himself on this issue was that HE WROTE A SUBSTANTIVE LETTER DETAILING EXACTLY WHY COMEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED BEFORE COMEY WAS ACTUALLY FIRED! Now we also have the IG report that goes into even more detail about why Comey should have been fired as well.

Rosenstein should have recused himself because he is a potential main witness in a case against Trump for obstruction of justice for firing Comey. YOU CANNOT BE A POTENTIAL MAIN WITNESS AND ALSO BE IN CHARGE OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO A CHARGE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. Rosenstein absolutely knows this. He's known this from the very beginning. He needs to be removed from office for this and a whole host of other reasons!!




Conservative lawmakers in the House are preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Politico reported Friday.

Sources told the publication that conservatives have been preparing to have Rosenstein impeached for weeks over allegations that he’s held up their investigation into FBI agents who some lawmakers say are biased against President Trump.

House Freedom Caucus leaders Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are leading the effort, and the impeachment document could be filed as soon as Monday, according to Politico.

Ben Williamson, a spokesman for Meadows, declined to rule out if it would be filed next week, Politico reported.

The news comes the same day that Rosenstein announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officials for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee.

Rosenstein has long been a target for Republicans who are frustrated over special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into election meddling by Russia and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. He is overseeing the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, and some argue that he's the only person with the legal authority to fire Mueller.

The deputy attorney general testified before the House Judiciary Committee in a tense hearing last month, with Republicans grilling him over the Mueller probe.

Speculation that Trump could fire Rosenstein increased in April after the FBI raided the home and office of Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Trump later responded to news reports that he may fire Mueller or Rosenstein by noting that “they’re still here.”

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Video: ‘That’s scary!’ – Jim Jordan Explains Explosive Revelation From Peter Strzok Testimony


By Carlos Garcia

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) explained the pivotal piece of the puzzle about the origins of the Russian investigation that was revealed by Peter Strzok in his testimony before Congress Thursday.

“That’s scary!”

Jordan explained that the justification of the Russian investigation came from flawed documents including the “Trump dossier” that was created through the efforts of Democrat-linked entities like Fusion GPS.

“Today, think about that, the top DOJ official Bruce Ohr actually hands parts of the dossier to the FBI,” Rep. Jordan told Sean Hannity on his show Thursday.

“And remember Bruce Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS, who was paid by the Clinton campaign to put this entire dossier together,” he explained. “This is the first time to my knowledge the FBI has admitted they got parts of the dossier from Bruce Ohr, a fellow DOJ employee.”

“That’s scary!” he emphasized.

“Bruce Ohr, the fourth ranking official at the Department of Justice, his wife works for Fusion GPS, in the summer, he gets information, passes it to the FBI, that becomes the basis to spy on the Trump campaign, plain and simple,” Jordan continued. “This is the first time to my knowledge the FBI has admitted that, and it was good that we got some of that information out today.”

“I’ll tell you what, this investigation started flawed with the dossier,” he concluded.

Watch the interview with Jim Jordan by Sean Hannity:

Strzok’s admission helps substantiate the Republican narrative that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign was flawed from the beginning and politically motivated.

Strzok attempted to defend the anti-Trump texts he sent to his paramour Lisa Page on an official FBI phone during his testimony by saying that they did not reflect any bias he had in his professional capacity as an FBI investigator.

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The DOJ Has Lost All Credibility

Clearly, the Awan family repeatedly accessed unauthorized classified data, but the DOJ prosecutors could find no such evidence. It defies logic and common sense

By James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

In typical Washington fashion, when there is a major decision made that the “Deep State” wants to go away as quietly as possible, the details are released just before a major holiday. Such was the case with the unbelievable plea deal reached with Imran Awan, a Pakistani-American dual citizen who has been linked to a major spy ring on Capitol Hill. According to an article in the Washington Post on 04 July, 2018, “it’s part of an agreement with prosecutors, Imran Awan pleaded guilty to a relatively minor offense unrelated to his work on Capitol Hill, making a false statement on a loan application.” It went on to state, “the government has uncovered no evidence,” including stealing equipment or illegally accessing or transferring information, prosecutors wrote in an 11-page plea agreement signed on 3 July, 2018. Therefore, everybody gets to “walk free” including the 44 Democratic Representatives who employed the Awan family, even including their main sponsor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Hill staffers who had intimate knowledge of what the family was doing were never interviewed

The Post goes on to suggest that after an 18-month supposedly thorough investigation, the allegations against the Awan family are unfounded. They fail to point out that Hill staffers who had intimate knowledge of what the family was doing were never interviewed. Further, we don’t know if Imran Awan or any of his family members and associates were placed under oath when interviewed or were the beneficiaries of the same procedures used for the Hillary Clinton compromised-server investigation and the investigation into Anthony Weiner’s laptop, which held classified and even “special access” material.

If you have been following the case, to say you were “stunned” by the plea deal would be an understatement. Based on the facts known about Imran Awan and his family’s work on Capitol Hill for 44 Democratic Congressional Representatives, it is more than a stretch to support the plea agreement. According to many articles by Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), the House Office of the Inspector General (IG) claimed in 2016 that the Awan family logged into members’ servers that they had no business accessing, in some cases even after they had been fired.

Further, it was alleged that the Awan family ordered equipment, sometimes shipped to their residence, using falsified invoices to make it easier for equipment to disappear, and then took measures to cover their tracks. The most blatant incident of possible obstruction came after the IG determined that the House Democratic Caucus server was the focus of multiple security breaches. Remarkably, the entire server was stolen!

Imran’s entire family and a few associates were on the House payroll ostensibly working as IT administrators

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The Fix Was In: Memos Detail FBI's 'Hurry The F Up Pressure' To Probe Trump Campaign

Code Name 'Dragon'

By John Solomon

Multiple reviews of whether FBI agents’ political bias affected the Russia-Trump collusion case remain in their infancy, but investigators already have unearthed troubling internal communications long withheld from public view.

We already know from FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok’s now-infamous text messages with his fellow agent and reported lover, Lisa Page, that Strzok — the man driving that Russia collusion investigation — disdained Donald Trump and expressed willingness to use his law enforcement powers to “stop” the Republican from becoming president.

The question that lingers, unanswered: Did those sentiments affect official actions?

Memos the FBI is now producing to the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general and multiple Senate and House committees offer what sources involved in the production, review or investigation describe to me as “damning” or “troubling” evidence.

They show Strzok and his counterintelligence team rushing in the fall of 2016 to find “derogatory” information from informants or a “pretext” to accelerate the probe and get a surveillance warrant on figures tied to the future president.

One of those figures was Carter Page, an academic and an energy consultant from New York; he was briefly a volunteer foreign policy adviser for the GOP nominee’s campaign and visited Moscow the summer before the election.

The memos show Strzok, Lisa Page and others in counterintelligence monitored news articles in September 2016 that quoted a law enforcement source as saying the FBI was investigating Carter Page’s travel to Moscow.

The FBI team pounced on what it saw as an opportunity as soon as Page wrote a letter to then-FBI Director James Comey complaining about the “completely false” leak.

“At a minimum, the letter provides us a pretext to interview,” Strzok wrote to Lisa Page on Sept. 26, 2016.

Within weeks, that “pretext” — often a synonym for an excuse — had been upsized to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrant, giving the FBI the ability to use some of its most awesome powers to monitor Carter Page and his activities.

To date, the former Trump adviser has been accused of no wrongdoing despite being subjected to nearly a year of surveillance.

Some internal memos detail the pressure being applied by the FBI to DOJ prosecutors to get the warrant on Carter Page buttoned up before Election Day.

In one email exchange with the subject line “Crossfire FISA,” Strzok and Lisa Page discussed talking points to get then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to persuade a high-ranking DOJ official to sign off on the warrant.

“Crossfire Hurricane” was one of the code names for four separate investigations the FBI conducted related to Russia matters in the 2016 election.

“At a minimum, that keeps the hurry the F up pressure on him,” Strzok emailed Page on Oct. 14, 2016, less than four weeks before Election Day.

Four days later the same team was emailing about rushing to get approval for another FISA warrant for another Russia-related investigation code-named “Dragon.”

“Still an expedite?” one of the emails beckoned, as the FBI tried to meet the requirements of a process known as a Woods review before a FISA warrant can be approved by the courts.

“Any idea what time he can have it woods-ed by?” Strzok asked Page. “I know it’s not going to matter because DOJ is going to take the time DOJ wants to take. I just don’t want this waiting on us at all.”

Until all the interviews are completed by Congress and DOJ’s inspector general later this year, we won’t know why counterintelligence agents who normally take a methodical approach to investigation felt so much pressure days before the election on this case.

Were they concerned about losing a chance to gather evidence at a critical moment? Or maybe, as some Republicans long have suspected, they wanted to impact the election?

The agents got the Carter Page warrant in October and, within two weeks, Democrats in Congress such as then-Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) and some media members were raising questions about the FBI withholding word of a probe that could hurt Trump. FBI agents monitored those reports, too.

The day after Trump’s surprising win on Nov. 9, 2016, the FBI counterintelligence team engaged in a new mission, bluntly described in another string of emails prompted by another news leak.

“We need ALL of their names to scrub, and we should give them ours for the same purpose,” Strzok emailed Page on Nov. 10, 2016, citing a Daily Beast article about some of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s allegedly unsavory ties overseas.

“Andy didn’t get any others,” Page wrote back, apparently indicating McCabe didn’t have names to add to the “scrub.”

“That’s what Bill said,” Strzok wrote back, apparently referring to then-FBI chief of counterintelligence William Priestap. “I suggested we need to exchange our entire lists as we each have potential derogatory CI info the other doesn’t.” CI is short for confidential informants.

It’s an extraordinary exchange, if for no other reason than this: The very day after Trump wins the presidency, some top FBI officials are involved in the sort of gum-shoeing normally reserved for field agents, and their goal is to find derogatory information about someone who had worked for the president-elect.

As the president-elect geared up to take over, the FBI made another move that has captured investigators’ attention: It named an executive with expertise in the FBI’s most sensitive surveillance equipment to be a liaison to the Trump transition.

On its face, that seems odd; technical surveillance nerds aren’t normally the first picks for plum political assignments. Even odder, the FBI counterintelligence team running the Russia-Trump collusion probe seemed to have an interest in the appointment.

These and other documents are still being disseminated to various oversight bodies in Congress, and more revelations are certain to occur.

Yet, now, irrefutable proof exists that agents sought to create pressure to get “derogatory” information and a “pretext” to interview people close to a future president they didn’t like.

Clear evidence also exists that an investigation into still-unproven collusion between a foreign power and a U.S. presidential candidate was driven less by secret information from Moscow and more by politically tainted media leaks.

And that means the dots between expressions of political bias and official actions just got a little more connected.

John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption. He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video.

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