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After Prince Harry-Meghan Markle decision, Buckingham Palace aide has ‘never seen’ monarchy in such peril

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the world on Wednesday by announcing their plan to “step back” from royal protocol — a decision that apparently hasn’t been easy on the royal family.

Reports have circulated that Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother, was unaware of her grandson’s decision before it was made public, and that Harry’s brother William felt “sad” about the situation.

While those reports had yet to be confirmed, palace aides were picking up on the tension as well, as one noted to The Mail on Sunday.

CHANGES FOLLOWING MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ‘STEP BACK’ ANNOUNCEMENT ‘WILL TAKE TIME TO BE IMPLEMENTED’: REPORT

“I have never seen the monarchy in such a bad state,” the source told the paper. “Despite the traditional setting, the queen is understood to have read the announcement on an iPad before watching coverage as broadcasters revealed the shock announcement to the country.”

The source added that members of the royal family felt “hurt” and “deeply disappointed” by the news of Harry’s split from the family.

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The Queen has ordered a meeting to take place Monday to discuss Harry’s decision and his future with the monarchy. Harry, William, their father, Prince Charles, and possibly other members of the royal family are set to attend.

Inside sources told People magazine the meeting is to serve as an opportunity to “talk things through.”

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Sky News that originally broke the news of the meeting, tweeting, “The Queen has called a family meeting to thrash out solutions to Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan’s decision to step back as senior royals.”

It’s unknown what other members of the family may attend, but multiple sources said Markle, 38, likely will join by phone.

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Warren, in rare Sanders rebuke, hits fellow 2020 Dem over his leaked campaign messaging

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren hit back at Sen. Bernie Sanders after his campaign appeared to break the détente between the progressive presidential hopefuls by painting her as a candidate for the rich who won’t expand the party’s base.

Speaking on Sunday in Iowa, Warren, D-Mass., said she was disappointed in the talking points from Sanders’ campaign and said it ultimately will divide voters at the Democrats’ peril.

“I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me,” Warren told reporters. “Bernie knows me and has known me for a long time. He knows who I am, where I come from, what I have worked on and fought for.”

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She added: “Democrats want to win in 2020. We all saw the impact of the factionalism in 2016, and we can’t have a repeat of that. Democrats need to unite our party, and that means pulling in all parts of the Democratic coalition.”

Warren’s comments came in response to a Politico report on a series of talking points from the Sanders’ campaign that aimed to paint Warren as a candidate attracting “highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what.”

The script added, “She’s bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.”

Sanders, in a separate event in Iowa on Sunday, downplayed the story, calling it “a media blowup that wants conflict,” and asked if anyone had ever heard him deride Warren publicly.

“Elizabeth Warren is a very good friend of mine, we have worked in the Senate for years, we will continue to work together, we will debate the issues,” Sanders said. “No one is going to trash Elizabeth Warren.”

Sanders added: “We have hundreds of employees, Warren has hundreds of employees. Sometimes people say things that they shouldn’t.”

In the previous primary debates last year – and on the stump – Sanders and Warren largely have avoided directly criticizing each other. Their platforms have been markedly similar on issues such as health care and student loans.

But, cracks began to appear since December’s debate as Sanders, I-Vt., has started pocking fun at Warren for hosting a fundraiser in a so-called “wine cave” – a point first brought to attention on the debate stage by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg, whose dark horse campaign has seen him vying for frontrunner status alongside Sanders, Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, was also the subject of the Sanders campaign’s talking points. Volunteers were said to have been instructed to tell people that he lacked support among African-American and young voters.

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The talking points also said Biden “doesn’t really have any volunteers,” and “no one is really excited about him.”

Fox News’ Andrew Craft and Tara Prindiville in Iowa contributed to this report.

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Tom Brady setting no timetable for 2020 decision: ‘It’s really not my concern at this point’

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Tom Brady said he’s been focusing more on “decompressing” than focusing on his contract and the 2020 season, a week after the New England Patriots were eliminated from the playoffs.

Brady told Fox News contributor Jim Gray on his Westwood One radio show Saturday that he’s not putting a timetable on plans for his future with his contract being voided in about two months.

“The contract things, a week after the season, I would say these things haven’t even started to pick up. It’s really not my concern at this point,” Brady said. “It’s been about decompressing and resting my mind a little bit and resting my body and spending time with the people who have supported me over the last six months.”

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Brady reiterated his plans to play in 2020, something he also suggested earlier in the week in an Instagram post.

“I love playing football. I love playing for this organization. I really don’t know what it looks like moving forward, and I’m just taking it day to day,” Brady said in response to Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s comments. “We are a week removed from the end of our season. There is a lot of time to figure these things out. I don’t think any player or team is ready to make any commitments at this point, and I’m sure as the offseason progresses those things will take care of themselves.”

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He added that the speculation around his retirement wasn’t going to make his decision come any quicker.

“I can only say how I feel, and that’s what’s the truth to me and what’s authentic to me,” he said. “And, I have no decision that I have made, and there won’t be for some considerable time, so I know there is speculation; there always is. That’s just part of being in professional sports. That’s part of being a professional athlete.

“When people aren’t talking about this season, they want to talk about next season, and the reality is that next season is quite a ways away. I have some other things that are happening at this time: like I said, spending some time with my family, my loved ones and giving them the time they need. And then, as people begin to plan for next season, like I said, these things will take care of themselves.”

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Brady’s contract voids in March.

He has said he’s planning to play until he’s 45. He turns 43 in August.

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Gutfeld: ‘The media will take any chance to call Trump a fascist’

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Greg Gutfeld reacted Saturday to the media’s response to Iran’s ballistic missile attacks targeting U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq, saying, “The media will take any chance to call Trump a fascist.”

President Trump, in an address to the nation Wednesday, said Iran “appears to be standing down,” in the wake of the retaliatory missile strikes on American bases in Iraq following the killing of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Trump said the missile strikes resulted in “no casualties.”

“You better not kill a bad guy because then you become a martyr,” Gutfeld said on “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” responding to Trump’s critics.

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“Here’s the theory that is going to blow your mind: Why is it that when Trump uses any force, the critics go nuts?” he asked. “Because, as even The New York Times admits, Trump has used military force less than any president since Jimmy Carter, which is why the media hysterically amplifies it because it’s so rare.”

He continued, “So, when it happens, they have to milk it for all it’s worth.”

He referenced a David Brooks op-ed for The New York Times in which he wrote, “Love or hate him, Trump has used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter.”

Gutfeld went on to say, “The media will take any chance to call Trump a fascist. Example: Iran shoots down a Ukrainian passenger plane and who do the media and Dems blame? Trump. I mean, Iran is not even blaming him,” Gutfeld noted referring to Iran’s admission that it unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane killing all 176 people on board.

Gutfeld referred to Trump’s Wednesday’s comment that “no Americans were harmed” in Iran’s attacks last week, saying, “Of course that is a good outcome.” Gutfeld then noted many of Trump’s critics in Washington were upset that “he didn’t give them a heads up.”

“But, maybe he didn’t have time to call up [House Speaker] Nancy [Pelosi] who was not operating with a full deck,” Gutfeld said, repeating Trump’s remarks in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday.

He then asked, “Would You tell [House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam] Schiff? After all, he is a big leaker.”

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Gutfeld went on to say that “no one wants war, but what we saw wasn’t war.”

“Unlike the media and Democrats, we aren’t stuck in a prison of two ideas where it’s either do nothing or it’s World War III,” Gutfeld said. “In between those prisons is the turf that Trump navigates so well between nothing and everything. Trump chose a decisive action that solved a horrible problem.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Bill Cowher learns he been elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame during pregame broadcast

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Bill Cowher spent his entire head coaching career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning one Super Bowl title and having only three losing seasons in 15 years.

On Saturday, Cowher was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a surprise announcement that took place on CBS’ NFL pregame show before the Baltimore Ravens played the Tennessee Titans. Cowher was greeted by Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker during the broadcast, along with his family.

The show’s co-hosts all held up black T-shirts with “Hall of Fame” and “Bill Cowher” written in gold letters.

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“Football is a total team sport,” Cowher said. “I had some great players, some great coaches, the best organization in football. I’ve lived a blessed life. I’ve come to the best network on TV. It’s a family here, like it was a family that we had there.

“And, to have to give back just something to the game of football, that’s been a part of my life, the virtues that it teaches you, the morals that you have the obligation to move on, the platforms that we have, you know, I’m a blessed man and I’ve been very blessed to have been surrounded by some very special people.”

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Cowher had an overall record of 161-99-1 before he retired and passed the reins to Mike Tomlin.

A special panel met at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Wednesday to elect the centennial slate of this year’s inductees, marking the first time any members were elected during a selection meeting held there.

The centennial slate included 10 “seniors,” three “contributors” and two “coaches” Seniors were considered players who last hit the field more than 25 seasons ago. Contributors included people other than players or coaches.

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“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” Cowher said. “I mean, what can I say? I just think about the players. I just think about the Pittsburgh franchise and Dan Rooney when he hired me, he took a chance on a 34-year-old kid from Crafton, Pennsylvania, and my first goal was just to not get fired before my 20th high school class reunion.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Eagles’ Josh McCown reveals gruesome hamstring injury he endured vs. Seahawks

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Josh McCown suffered a gruesome hamstring injury in last week’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, and details are now coming to light.

McCown was forced into the game after Carson Wentz left with a head injury. McCown was seen limping or walking gingerly at points during the game. On Thursday, McCown said in an interview on the “Thomahawk” podcast with ex-NFL players Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins that he tore his hamstring off the bone.

“Gotta head back over to Lincoln Financial [Field] and see if I can find my hamstring somewhere out there,” he said. “It’s still over there I think or halfway down my leg by this point.”

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The 40-year-old was 18-for-24 with 174 passing yards and took six sacks. He scrambled late in the second quarter to set up an Eagles field goal.

McCown will have surgery before beginning a six-month recovery process, according to multiple reports. It may influence his decision on whether to keep playing in 2020.

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McCown was emotional when talking about his career.

“This year has been nothing short of special for me. I’ve really enjoyed it and have learned so much from so many people. I’m thankful to be a part of it. As far as the future goes, we’ll see. I haven’t made any decisions yet. I’ll get with my family and talk with them. I retired once, so I know how to do that. We’ll just see. I don’t know yet.

“I’ll probably reflect on that later. Again, it’s probably with a sour taste, but I’m thankful. My wife and family have moved around a lot and have been there for me. To go out there and get to play in a playoff game was special. I can’t thank them enough for their support. It was a heck of a ride. I left it all out there, I know that much. It is different playing at [age] 40. Your body talks to you a lot. I’ll reflect on that later, but it was fun to be out there for sure.”

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He appeared in three games during the regular season.

McCown said he wasn’t sure whether he was planning on playing in 2020.

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Prince Harry may have landed Meghan Markle Disney voiceover job

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Prince Harry might have sparked Disney’s interest in Meghan Markle for a voiceover deal that she recently signed.

On Saturday, it was announced that Markle, 38, had signed a deal with Disney to provide a voiceover for an upcoming project from the studio in exchange for a donation to a non-profit benefiting elephants in Botswana.

In a video obtained by the Daily Mail, Harry, 35, could be seen speaking with Disney CEO Bob Iger at the premiere of “Lion King” last summer.

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“You know, she does voiceovers,” Harry could be heard saying to Iger, 68, as the prince pointed to his wife.

“Oh really, I did not know that,” Iger said.

“She’s really interested,” said Harry.

“We’d love to try,” Iger responded.

Markle was present for the conversation but was speaking with Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the time.

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The premiere where they spoke actually served as a partnership between Disney and the royals, as it raised funds for Harry’s African wildlife conservation efforts.

Following Harry and Markle’s announcement that they’d “step back” from their royal duties, rumors have swirled that the pair will follow in the Obamas’ footsteps and sign a production deal, using Hollywood as a medium to promote charitable causes.

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“I think they can definitely do it,” said Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in reference to the royal couple working in Hollywood. Jackson has served as a producer for several television shows.

It was previously announced that Harry also would partner with Oprah Winfrey to produce a mental health-centered documentary for Apple TV+.

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Fisherman catches 350-pound fish near southwest Florida, researchers confirm it’s ‘a big old fish’

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According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this is “a big old fish.”

In late December, a fisherman caught a massive Warsaw-grouper near southwest Florida. Now, biologists from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute have determined that this is one truly impressive catch.

The research institute posted about the fish to their Facebook page, where they revealed that this particular fish is the oldest specimen of its kind that they’ve studied. According to the post, samples obtained from catches this old and large are considered rare.

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The caption for the photo, which shows the massive fish looming over the man who caught it, starts off with a somewhat obvious statement: “A big old fish!”

The post continues, “This 350-lb Warsaw grouper was caught by hook-and-line on December 29th 2019, off Southwest Florida in ~600 ft of water. Biologists from FWRI’s Age & Growth Lab estimated the age of this fish at 50 years old, making this the oldest sample collected for our aging program. Acquiring the otolith from this fish was extremely valuable as samples from larger and older fish are rare.”

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According to the FWC’s website, otoliths are hard structures located behind the brain of bony fished and can be used in the detection of sound and gravitational forces. They’re also referred to as earstones.

“Warsaw are characterized by an elongated second dorsal spine,” the post continues. “They’re the only grouper with 10 dorsal spines; all others have 11. Although adults usually occur in depths of 180-1700 ft, juveniles are occasionally seen around jetties and shallow-water reefs in the northern Gulf.”

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While the FWC appears to be excited about this particular catch, they don’t promote fishermen targeting these fish. According to them, the “status of the population in the Gulf is unknown.”

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FISA selects former Obama admin lawyer, left-wing blogger to oversee FBI’s surveillance reforms

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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has stunned court-watchers by selecting David Kris — a former Obama administration lawyer who has appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” and written extensively in support of the FBI’s surveillance practices on the left-wing blog Lawfare — to oversee the FBI’s implementation of reforms in the wake of a damning Department of Justice Inspector general report last year.

The development on Friday, first reported by independent journalist Mike Cernovich, has roiled Republicans who have demanded accountability at the FBI. House Intelligence Commitee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told The Daily Caller that Kris’ appointment was “shocking” and “inexplicable.”

“It’s hard to imagine a worse person the FISC could have chosen outside [James] Comey, [Andy] McCabe, or [Adam] Schiff,” Nunes said. Speaking to Fox News contributor Sara Carter, Nunes added: “It’s a ridiculous choice. The FBI lied to the FISC, and to help make sure that doesn’t happen again, the FISC chose an FBI apologist who denied and defended those lies. The FISC is setting its own credibility on fire.”

On Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes reminded anchor Maria Bartiromo that Kris had panned the now-vindicated 2018 memo produced by Nunes’ panel, which asserted a series of surveillance abuses by the FBI against former Trump aide Carter Page. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz later substantiated Nunes’ claims, noting that the FBI had falsely made numerous material representations to the FISC.

“Of all the people in the swamp … this is the guy that you come up with?” Nunes asked. “The guy that was accusing me of federal crimes? The guy that was defending the dirty cops at the FBI? … The court must be trying to abolish itself. There is long-term damage.”

President Trump then referenced Nunes’ interview with Bartiromo on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, calling Kris “highly controversial” and slamming the FISC’s decision.

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“You can’t make this up!” Trump wrote. “David Kris, a highly controversial former DOJ official, was just appointed by the FISA Court to oversee reforms to the FBI’s surveillance procedures. Zero credibility. THE SWAMP!”

Kris argued on Lawfare in March 2018 that Nunes had “tried to deceive the American people in precisely the same way that it falsely accused the FBI of deceiving the FISA Court.”

Additionally, Kris claimed that “had the FBI done in its FISA applications what Nunes did in his memo, heads would have rolled on Pennsylvania Avenue.” He asserted, “It’s disturbing that Page met that legal standard and that there was probable cause to conclude he was a Russian agent.”

“The Nunes memo was dishonest,” Kris chargred. “And if it is allowed to stand, we risk significant collateral damage to essential elements of our democracy.”

Kris was a former assistant attorney general for national security who worked at the DOJ from 2009 to 2011, and served as an associate deputy attorney general under George W. Bush from 2000 to 2003. He later criticized Bush’s justifications for warrantless wiretap surveillance.

But, as the political winds changed, Kris became more of a proponent for government surveillance in other contexts. He appeared on MSNBC’s left-wing “The Rachel Maddow Show” in 2018 to offer a spirited defense of the FBI’s FISA practices.

“FISA applications are typically quite long — they’re big enough that you don’t want to drop one on your foot,” Kris told Maddow. “They contain a lot of information and detail, because the statute is quite exacting in what it requires the government to establish to get the warrant granted.”

Commenting on whether unredacting FISA materials posed a challenge to the FBI’s investigation, Kris remarked that “a lot of water [was] already under the bridge thanks to the back-and-forth precipitated” by Nunes — knocking the key House Republican for pushing to release some of the secretive documents.

Kris added: “These applications already substantially undermine the president’s narrative and that of his proxies, and it seems to me very likely that if we get below the tip of the iceberg and into the submerged parts and more is revealed, it’s going to get worse, not better. And it would potentially be dangerous to disclose additional information because some of this relates to ongoing investigations.”

On Twitter, Kris also insisted the “walls” were “closing in” on Trump — a common refrain on liberal cable news networks during the Russia probe.

Nevertheless, FISC presiding Judge James E. Boasberg, in a Friday order, said that Kris would be an “amicus curiae to assist the Court in assessing the government’s response” to its previous order demanding changes at the FBI.

In December, the FISC ordered the FBI to re-verify all previous warrant applications involving the FBI attorney who falsified evidence against Page. Fox News learned, however, that the court did not order the FBI to double-check warrant applications involving other officials who made key omissions and errors in warrant applications as the bureau sought to surveil Page.

“It’s hard to imagine a worse person the FISC could have chosen outside [James] Comey, [Andy] McCabe, or [Adam] Schiff.”

— House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

The FISC’s failure to request a comprehensive evaluation of previous submissions frustrated Republicans who have questioned whether enough is being done to deter future misconduct by the FBI. In the past, the FISC has gone so far as to prohibit some FBI agents from appearing before the court after finding impropriety.

In response to Horowitz’s recent report into FBI surveillance abuses, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the bureau “embraces the need for thoughtful, meaningful remedial action.”

Also last Friday, the FBI filed a new response to the FISC’s request for more information. In the lengthy filing, Wray outlined some of the new steps the bureau planned to take in the future.

“The FBI has the utmost respect for this court, and deeply regrets the errors and omissions identified by the [Justice Department inspector general],” Wray wrote.  “FISA is an indispensable tool in national security investigations, and in recognition of our duty of candor to the court and our responsibilities to the American people, the FBI is committed to working with the court and DOJ to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the FISA process.”

Wray told the FISC that the FBI would begin teaching a “case study” using Horowitz’s findings, and would ensure that the FISC was “apprised of all information in the FBI’s holdings at the time of an application that would be relevant to a determination of probable cause.”

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“Critically, the FBI must also balance the implementation of these actions with its ongoing responsibility to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States, during a time of ever-present threats to our national security,” Wray went on. “The leadership of the FBI has devoted—and will continue to devote—a substantial amount of time, thought and effort to striking this balance, while paying scrupulous attention to its duty of candor to the court and maintaining the trust of the American people.”

The FBI’s response to the FISC on Friday was signed by FBI General Counsel Dana Boente — who also signed onto the discredited Page FISA applications.

Horowitz found specific evidence of oversights and errors by several top FBI employees as they sought to obtain a warrant to surveil Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). For example, an unidentified FBI supervisory special agent (SSA) mentioned in the IG report was responsible for ensuring that the bureau’s “Woods Procedures” were followed in the Page warrant application.

According to the procedures, factual assertions need to be independently verified, and information contradicting those assertions must be presented to the court. But Horowitz found several instances in which the procedures were not followed.

Horowitz’s report leaves little doubt that the unnamed SSA is Joe Pientka — a current bureau employee. Pientka briefly appeared on the FBI’s website as an “Assistant Special Agent in Charge” of the San Francisco field office late last year, according to the Internet archive Wayback Machine — although Pientka no longer appears on any FBI website. Twitter user Techno Fog first flagged the Wayback Machine’s archive of the page.

The FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for clarification on Pientka’s status.

The inspector general also noted than an unnamed “Case Agent 1,” was “primarily responsible” for some of the “most significant” errors and omissions in the FISA warrant applications and renewals submitted to the FISC to extend the monitoring of Page.

Nevertheless, FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer ordered the FBI only to identify “all other matters currently or previously before this Court that involved the participation of the FBI OGC [Office of General Counsel] attorney” mentioned in Horowitz’s report.

Additionally, Collyer ordered the FBI to “describe any steps taken or to be taken by the Department of Justice or FBI to verify that the United States’ submissions in those matters completely and fully described the material facts and circumstances” and to advise whether the attorney’s conduct “has been referred to the appropriate bar association(s) for investigation or possible disciplinary action.”

Those were apparent references to ex-FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, who Horowitz found to have doctored an email from the CIA. The FBI reached out to the CIA and other intelligence agencies for information on Page; the CIA responded in an email by telling the FBI that Page had contacts with Russians from 2008 to 2013, but that Page had reported them to the CIA and was serving as a CIA operational contact and informant on Russian business and intelligence interests.

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Clinesmith then allegedly doctored the CIA’s email about Page to make it seem as though the agency had said only that Page was not an active source. And, the FBI included Page’s contacts with Russians in the warrant application as evidence he was a foreign “agent,” without disclosing to the secret surveillance court that Page was voluntarily working with the CIA concerning those foreign contacts.

Collyer has separately sought updates from the FBI concerning details in the IG report but has ordered a re-review of any other FISA applications that were previously reviewed.

However, details in the IG report reveal that the pervasiveness of apparent misconduct in the FISA process extended far beyond Clinesmith.

The unnamed “SSA 1” in the IG report was given a supervisory role on the Russia investigation team, overseeing agents and reporting directly to since-fired anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok. The special agent created the electronic sub-file to which the reports by ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele would be uploaded. According to Horowitz, these reports were used to support the probable cause in the Page FISA applications.

Then, on Sept. 23, 2016, Yahoo News published an article describing U.S. government efforts to determine whether Page was in communication with Kremlin officials. The article seemed to closely track information from one of Steele’s reports. As a result, one FBI case agent who reported to SSA 1 believed Steele was the source, according to Horowitz.

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SSA 1 apparently thought the same, as his notes from a meeting held on Sept. 30, 2016, said: “Control issues — reports acknowledged in Yahoo News.” When questioned by Horowitz’s office, the agent explained he was concerned — but not sure — that Steele was the Yahoo News source.

The drafts of the Page FISA application, however, tell a different story. Horowitz found that until Oct. 14, 2016, drafts state that Steele was responsible for the leak that led to the Yahoo News article. One draft specifically states that Steele “was acting on his/her own volition and has since been admonished by the FBI.”

These assertions, which could have pointed to political motivations for Steele to make his information public weeks before the 2016 presidential election, were changed to the following: Steele’s “business associate or the law firm that hired the business associate likely provided this information to the press.”

Horowitz found no facts to support this assessment.

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On Oct. 11, 2016, Steele met with then-State Department official Jonathan Winer and Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Kavalec. Steele informed Kavalec that the overseers of a Russian cyber-hacking operation targeting the 2016 U.S. elections were paying the culprits from “the Russian Consulate in Miami.” Kavalec later met with an FBI liaison and explained to them that Russia did not have a consulate in Miami. SSA 1 was informed of Steele’s incorrect claim on Nov. 18, 2016, but the FISA court was never provided this information, according to the IG report.

Additionally, SSA 1 was aware of Page’s denials to an FBI confidential human source (CHS) that he knew Russian officials Igor Sechin and Igor Divyekin – officials that Steele alleged Page had met in Moscow in July 2016. In fact, Horowitz found that SSA 1 “knew as of October 17 that Page denied ever knowing Divyekin.”

“This inconsistency was also not noted during the Woods Procedures on the subsequent FISA renewal applications, and none of the three later FISA renewal applications included Page’s denials to the CHS,” Horowitz wrote, referring to the FBI’s practice of reverifying facts in its FISA application before seeking renewals.

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SSA 1 also was responsible for “confirming that the Woods File was complete and for double-checking the factual accuracy review to confirm that the file contained appropriate documentation for each of the factual assertions in the FISA application,” according to Horowitz.

But Horowitz found numerous instances “in which factual assertions relied upon in the first FISA application targeting Carter Page were inaccurate, incomplete or unsupported by appropriate documentation, based upon information the FBI had in its possession at the time the application was filed.”

In particular, the FBI misled the FISC by asserting that Steele’s prior reporting “has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings.” Horowitz’s review found there was no documentation to support this statement; SSA 1 told Horowitz they “speculated.”

SSA 1 was also aware, according to Horowitz, that Steele had relayed his information to officials at the State Department, and he had documentation showing Steele had told the team he provided the reports to his contacts at the State Department. Despite this, the FISC was informed that Steele told the FBI he “only provided this information to the business associate and the FBI.”

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Republican calls for more accountability may not go unanswered for long. Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham announced this month that he did not “agree” with the IG’s assessment that the FBI’s probes were properly predicted, highlighting Durham’s broader criminal mandate and scope of review.

Durham is focusing on foreign actors as well as the CIA, while Horowitz concentrated his attention on the Justice Department and FBI.

“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” Durham said in his statement, adding that his “investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department” and “has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.”

Wilson Miller contributed to this report.

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Roy Williams says he should probably be fired after North Carolina’s loss to Clemson

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North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams did not downplay how crushing Saturday night’s loss to Clemson was, telling reporters that he should probably be fired after his team’s performance.

Clemson defeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the first time in 60 tries. Tigers forward Aamir Simms hit an overtime-forcing three-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Clemson then took care of North Carolina in the overtime frame, wining 79-76.

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Williams took the blame for the loss, saying he forgot to tell his players to foul Simms so he couldn’t launch the game-tying shot.

“I’d tell [athletics director Bubba Cunningham] he should probably fire me, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea,” Williams said. “The coach is supposed to help his kids. I didn’t help them very much.”

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Clemson’s winless streak in Chapel Hill began in 1926 and reached 0-59 to give the Tar Heels an NCAA record for the longest home winning streak against one opponent.

Williams remains tied with the late Den Smith for fourth on the Division 1 men’s career coaching wins list with 879 victories.

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The Tar Heels fell to 8-8 with a 1-4 conference record with the loss. Clemson improved to 8-7 with a 2-3 conference record with the win. Both teams are in the lower-half of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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