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Mueller alumni landing cushy jobs at law firms, universities – even a book deal – after Russia probe

The top investigators who worked alongside former Special Counsel Robert Mueller have certainly landed on their feet since the shuttering of the two-year Russia probe, securing big jobs at prominent law firms and universities — and even a book deal.

The latest hire was revealed this week by Georgetown Law School, which welcomed Michael Dreeben — a former deputy solicitor general and member of the special counsel’s office — as a “Distinguished Lecturer from Government” for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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“I am excited to join Georgetown’s thriving legal community this fall,” Dreeben said in a statement. “The energy of the law school is palpable. I look forward to participating in academic life at Georgetown and being part of its vibrant and collaborative culture.”

Dreeben is among several Mueller alumni moving swiftly to take advantage of the demand in legal and academic circles for those involved in the high-profile case.

While President Trump and his allies continue to pan the whole affair as a “witch hunt,” and Mueller himself was criticized for his faltering congressional testimony last month, most team members have been able to transition out of the office with little drama — save for ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, whose anti-Trump text messages landed them in hot water.

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U.S. Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben departs the U.S. Justice Department in traditional morning coat on his way to argue his one-hundredth case before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S. April 27, 2016.  (REUTERS)

Dreeben previously served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law and a visiting professor at Duke Law School. Dreeben left his post as deputy solicitor general in June 2017 to join Mueller’s legal team to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential coordination between Russia and members of the Trump campaign.

“In his 30 years of extraordinary public service at the U.S. Department of Justice, Michael Dreeben has played a powerful role in helping shape the law as one of the preeminent Supreme Court advocates and as a leading expert in federal criminal law,” Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor said in a statement this week. “We are honored to have him join our faculty for the upcoming school year.”

The special counsel’s office officially closed in May after nearly two years of investigating Russian meddling and potential coordination with members of the Trump campaign. Mueller’s team concluded that the Russians did interfere in the election but there was “not sufficient evidence to charge” Trump associates with conspiracy. Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, though congressional Democrats are now trying to dig deeper into that issue.

Also heading to academia is Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann, who returned to New York University School of Law on May 1 as a distinguished senior fellow with the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law (CACL), where he previously worked.

Weissmann, a longtime and well-known federal prosecutor, also has signed a deal with Random House to write a book, according to a report by The New York Times. It is unclear, at this point, how much his book will focus on his experience during the Russia investigation.

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Meanwhile, other top members from Mueller’s office have joined prominent law firms. Last month, it was announced that Jeannie Rhee, who left her post as a partner at the law firm WilmerHale to join Mueller’s team, would join Paul, Weiss as a partner in their litigation department.

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Jeannie Rhee, an investigator on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, formerly represented a top Obama aide and the Clinton Foundation. (WilmerHale)

Attorneys at Paul, Weiss have been involved in prominent corporate investigations—including the internal probe into allegations against the late former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Paul Weiss also was the firm involved in the National Football League “Deflategate” investigation after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was accused of deflating a football before a game. The firm’s findings led to Brady’s suspension in the 2016-2017 season.

Meanwhile, Mueller team member Andrew Goldstein, a former attorney from the Southern District of New York, joined law firm Cooley as a partner focusing on white-collar and regulatory matters, as well as national security and economic sanctions.

And law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced last month that Zainab Ahmad would join as a partner in its New York office. Prior to working in Mueller’s office, Ahmad was a prosecutor at the Justice Department and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.

And Greg Andres returned to his post as a partner in Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s litigation department in New York, concentrating on white-collar criminal defense. The firm gained national attention again this week after the publicly traded company, L Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, reportedly retained it to investigate the company’s ties to the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead Saturday morning in his cell in a New York City federal prison. Authorities are investigating Epstein’s apparent suicide as well as apparent protocol breaches at the prison.

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Meanwhile, some former prosecutors on Mueller’s team have returned to public service—like Brandon Van Grack, who is now leading the effort at the Justice Department to enforce the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

It is unclear, at this point, whether Mueller will return to his post at WilmerHale in Washington D.C.

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Attorney General William Barr decries ‘serious irregularities’ in Epstein’s detention, vows full investigation

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Attorney General William Barr blasted corrections officials on Monday for what he described as “serious irregularities” at the New York federal prison where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead. He vowed a full investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department inspector general.

Barr, speaking during a conference for the Fraternal Order of Police in New Orleans, also assured that the sex-trafficking case will continue against anyone who conspired with Epstein, and said victims will see justice in the end.

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“This sex trafficking case was very important to the Department of Justice, and to me, personally,” Barr said. “It was important to the dedicated prosecutors at the Southern District of New York and to our FBI agents who investigated the case, and were preparing it for trial,” he added.

“Most importantly, this case was important to the victims who had the courage to come forward, and deserve the opportunity to confront the accused in the courtroom,” he continued. “Let me assure you this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice, and they will get it.”

Epstein, who was accused of sex trafficking with minors, was found unresponsive inside his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by staff. He was then transported to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival, officials said.

His death was described by officials as an apparent suicide, but investigations are underway into how the wealthy financier could have been able to kill himself while in a high-security facility just two weeks after being placed on suicide watch.

“I was appalled, and indeed, the whole department was – and frankly, angry – to learn of MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said Monday. “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation.”

He added: “The FBI and the Office of the Inspector General are doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability.”

Barr’s mention of “irregularities” refers to several emerging details surrounding Epstein’s detention.

A source familiar with the matter told Fox News on Monday that Epstein’s suicide watch had been lifted recently. Fox News also has learned that according to normal MCC operations, Epstein should have been checked on, physically, every 30 minutes, but apparently was not checked on for “several hours” leading up to his death. A source also told Fox News that Epstein did not have a cellmate on the night of his death.

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Epstein’s death also came hours after more than 2,000 documents were unsealed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The papers included affidavits and depositions of key witnesses in a lawsuit the now-33-year-old woman, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed against Epstein and his associate Ghislaine Maxwell in 2015. Giuffre accused the duo of keeping her as a “sex slave” in the early 2000s when she was underage.

In the documents, Giuffre claimed to have been forced to have sex with and provide erotic massages to powerful politicians, foreign leaders and businessmen. Giuffre alleged she was forced to have sex with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; Britain’s Prince Andrew; the late American scientist Marvin Minsky; hedge fund manager Glenn Dubin; “another prince;” “a large hotel chain owner;” Stephen Kauffman, and model scout Jean Luc Brunell.

Giuffre also revealed that she was “trafficked” to former Democratic Sen. George Mitchell, who represented Maine from 1980-95, served as Senate majority leader, and was later named special envoy to the Middle East by then-President Barack Obama.

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Mitchell, Richardson and Dubin denied the allegations in statements to Fox News on Friday. Prince Andrew has also vehemently denied the allegations.

Giuffre also has long claimed that Epstein forced her to have sex with Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. In the newly revealed documents, Giuffre, who was at the time labeled as “Jane Doe #3,” claimed that Epstein required her to have sexual relations with Dershowitz on numerous occasions while she was a minor. Giuffre claimed to have had the encounters in Florida, on private planes, in New York, New Mexico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dershowitz has vehemently denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, included in the hundreds of pages of documents were pages of flight logs from Epstein’s private jet. Prominent individuals who had traveled on the jet, according to those records, included Bill Gates, who flew once; former President Bill Clinton and aide Doug Band, who flew four times; President Trump, who flew once in 1997 from Palm Beach to New York; Colombian President Andres Pastrana; Dershowitz; Hyatt Hotels Chairman Tom Pritzker; Brunel; and model and talent agent Naomi Campbell, among others.

Epstein had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy last month in New York. Epstein, 66, was accused of having preyed on dozens of victims as young as 14.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Tamara Gitt and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking victim named Bill Richardson, George Mitchell in newly released documents

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A woman who has long claimed disgraced money man Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with powerful men named two prominent Democratic politicians – former Sen. George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico governor and Clinton cabinet official Bill Richardson – in documents unsealed Friday by federal prosecutors in New York.

Friday’s revelations came from more than 2,000 documents that were unsealed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The papers included affidavits and depositions of key witnesses in a lawsuit the now-33-year-old woman, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed against Epstein and his associate, Ghislane Maxwell in 2015. Giuffre accused the duo of keeping her as a “sex slave” in the early 2000s when she was underage.

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Giuffre claimed in a May 2016 deposition to have been trafficked to have sex with and provide erotic massages to powerful politicians, foreign leaders and well-heeled businessmen. In ordering the documents released, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit also warned that the allegations contained within them are not necessarily proven.

Giuffre alleged in her own deposition that she was allegedly forced to have sex with Richardson, 71, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Hedge Fund manager Glenn Dubin, American scientist Marvin Minsky, “another prince,” “a large hotel chain owner,” Stephen Kauffman, and model scout Jean Luc Brunell.

In another deposition, Giuffre also reveals that she was “trafficked” to Mitchell, a former Senate Majority leader who represented Maine from 1980-95 and was later named special envoy to the Middle East by President Obama. A sworn affidavit by a former Epstein employee, Juan Alessi, also alleges Mitchell, 85, of having associated with Epstein.

“The allegation contained in the released documents is false,” Mitchell said in a statement to Fox News. “I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre.”

He added: “In my contacts with Mr. Epstein I never observed or suspected any inappropriate conduct with underage girls. I only learned of his actions when they were reported in the media related to his prosecution in Florida. We have had no further contact.”

A spokesperson for Richardson denied the allegations, telling Fox News in a statement Friday that they are “completely false.”

“Governor Richardson has never even been contacted by any party regarding this lawsuit,” the spokesperson said. “To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls. Governor Richardson has never been to Mr. Epstein’s residence in the Virgin Islands. Governor Richardson has never met Ms. Giuffre.”

Giuffre also has long-claimed that Epstein forced her to have sex with Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz. In the newly-revealed documents, Giuffre, who was at the time labeled as “Jane Doe #3,” claimed that Epstein required her to have sexual relations with Dershowitz on numerous occasions while she was a minor. Giuffre claimed to have had the encounters in Florida, on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dershowitz has vehemently denied the allegations.

The documents also reveal that Giuffre allegedly had sexual relations with Prince Andrew in three separate locations—Maxwell’s London apartment, New York, and Epstein’s private island, Little St. James, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Giuffre also claimed to have had sex with Brunel in numerous locations, including West Palm Beach, Little St. James Island, New York City, New Mexico, Paris, the South of France, and California.

Meanwhile, included in the hundreds of pages of documents were pages of flight logs from Epstein’s private jet. Prominent individuals who had traveled on the jet, according to those records, included Bill Gates, who flew once, former President Bill Clinton and aide Doug Band, who flew four times, President Trump, who flew once in 1997 from Palm Beach to New York, Colombian President Andres Pastrana, Dershowitz, Hyatt Hotels Chairman Tom Pritzker, Brunel, and model and talent agent Naomi Campbell, among others.

Epstein pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy last month in New York. Epstein, 66, is accused of having preyed on dozens of victims as young as 14.

Epstein allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other underage girls. Prosecutors said that victims would be escorted to a room with a massage table where they would perform massages on Epstein.

“The victims, who were as young as 14 years of age, were told by Epstein or other individuals to partially or fully undress before beginning the ‘massage’,” prosecutors wrote. “During the encounter, Epstein would escalate the nature and scope of physical contact with his victims to include, among other things, sex acts such as groping and direct and indirect contact with the victim’s genitals.”

Victims would be paid hundreds of dollars in cash by either Epstein or one of his associates or employees.

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Prosecutors also allege that Epstein “worked and conspired with others, including employees and associates” who helped facilitate his conduct by contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with Epstein at his mansion in New York City and in Palm Beach, Fla.

Giuffre claims that Maxwell was one of those associates. Giuffre has accused Maxwell as being Epstein’s madam who allegedly approached her in 1999 when she was just 15. Maxwell, 57, is the daughter of Robert Maxwell, a disgraced publishing mogul who was accused of theft from his company’s pension funds to prevent bankruptcy. Maxwell was born and raised in England and immigrated to America in 1991, and became a fixture in the New York social scene. Maxwell has been photographed over the years at events with Prince Andrew, the Clintons and Trump. Maxwell dated Epstein for a short period of time before becoming close friends.

Epstein’s arrest came amid renewed scrutiny of a once-secret plea deal that ended a federal investigation against him.

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That deal, which has been challenged in Florida federal court, allowed Epstein, 66, to plead guilty to lesser state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution.

The plea deal was brokered with the help of then-U.S. attorney in Florida Alexander Acosta. The deal was criticized as lenient because Epstein could have faced a life sentence.

Last month, Acosta, who served as secretary of Labor for Trump, resigned from his post amid renewed scrutiny over the deal.

Fox News’ Perry Chiaramonte, Travis Fedschun, and Kathleen Foster contributed to this report. 

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Trump campaign blasts Dem rep for trying to name and shame donors: ‘Delete & apologize’

The Trump campaign on Tuesday blasted Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, the brother and campaign chairman of 2020 presidential hopeful Julian Castro, for publicly posting a list of prominent Texas Trump donors’ names and employers — accusing him of “targeting” private citizens and demanding he delete it.

“How low have Dems sunk?” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted. “This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign. Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for their political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights.”

He added: “Should delete & apologize. Castro campaign should disavow.”

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Murtaugh’s tweet blacked out the identifying information that Castro cited.

But the Texas congressman’s original tweet included a list of San Antonio residents who had donated large amounts to the Trump campaign, along with the names of their employers. It is unclear who actually compiled the list.

“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” Castro tweeted, along with the Twitter handles of several owners of local businesses who apparently donated to Trump. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”

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Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, speaks during a news conference in February. (Getty)

The list — titled “WHO’S FUNDING TRUMP?” — had 44 names of donors and their employers.

A Trump campaign official slammed Castro for sharing the list of names, saying “in this political climate, particularly at a time when Democrats are associating rhetoric with violence, it’s a pretty disgusting thing to do.”

Castro did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Castro’s tweet comes as 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are criticizing President Trump’s rhetoric, and even branding him a racist, in the wake of last weekend’s back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead. Democrats have ripped the president, called his statement from the White House on Monday weak, and even helped to pressure The New York Times to revise a front-page headline that did not sufficiently challenge Trump’s call for unity.

Castro’s brother, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, also slammed the president, saying he has embraced “division and bigotry” and is “fanning the flames of hate” as a form of “political strategy.”

The White House hit back earlier Tuesday.

“There is a huge difference … between running your mouth and running for president, and being the president and trying to bring together a nation,” Counselor Kellyanne Conway said on “Fox & Friends.” “The president did not respond in kind. They politicized this over the weekend.”

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Dem group exposed millions of email addresses associated with Clinton Senate campaign

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A cybersecurity firm revealed this week that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee left more than 6.2 million email addresses — apparently connected to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign — exposed in an online public “storage bucket.”

The data breach research team at the firm Upguard discovered the files last month. They apparently showed that an employee at the DSCC, the organization dedicated to electing Democrats to the Senate, had uploaded a spreadsheet of millions of Americans’ email addresses to a “misconfigured” Amazon S3 storage bucket in 2010.

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The firm said the bucket, titled “toclinton,” and the spreadsheet file, titled “EmailExcludeClinton.zip,” likely were associated with one of her New York Senate campaigns. The spreadsheet file contained more than 6 million email addresses, containing those from major email providers, universities, government agencies and the military, according to the firm.

The firm said that the filename “seems to indicate that this was a list of people who had opted out or should otherwise be excluded from DSCC marketing emails.”

The file, according to the firm, was last modified on Sept. 17, 2010—nearly a year after Clinton became former President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. The file also predates Clinton’s own server scandal, in which she exclusively used a private server for government business during her time as secretary of state.

The firm said they contacted the DSCC on July 26 and by that afternoon, the bucket “had been secured, preventing future malicious use of the data.”

A spokesperson for the DSCC reportedly denied that the spreadsheet data came from Clinton’s Senate campaign and said it was based on their own information.

“A spreadsheet from nearly a decade ago that was created for fundraising purposes was removed in compliance with the stringent protocols we now have in place,” DSCC spokesman Stewart Boss told TechCrunch, the outlet that first reported on Upguard’s findings.

Neither the DSCC nor Clinton’s office responded to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Upguard researchers said that they have previously reported on two “significantly larger exposures,” including a data analytics provider exposing the Republican National Committee’s “enriched voter database,” which included personal information for every registered American voter. That exposure did not reveal email addresses of voters, but rather names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as “modeled” voter ethnicities and religions.

“The list of six million email addresses, with some link to Clinton and the DSCC, is a much smaller exposure than that with data for the entire U.S. electorate,” the researchers wrote. “But it still a large number of potential targets for a malicious actor, and enough context to make reasonable guesses about how to craft such an attack.”

Upguard researchers warned of further lapses in data security surrounding political campaigns.

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“This list contained only email addresses, but other political data sets contain far more information on individuals, down to psychographic information such as their habits, behaviors, and likely beliefs,” the firm’s research team wrote. “The same things that make this data valuable to political campaigns makes it valuable to malicious actors—intel on individuals that can be used to contact and influence them.”

They added: “If political data can be exposed for ten years, the risk created by that data has unknown half-life.”

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Peter Strzok sues FBI over firing, alleges bureau caved to Trump’s ‘unrelenting pressure’

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Peter Strzok, the former FBI agent who wrote unflattering text messages about President Trump while investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, has filed a lawsuit against the bureau and the Justice Department – arguing that the FBI caved to the “unrelenting pressure” of the president when it fired him.

“While many in law enforcement have faced attacks by this president, Pete Strzok has been a constant target for two years,” Aitan Goelman, a partner with Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and one of Strzok’s lawyers, said in a statement to Fox News. “It’s indisputable that his termination was a result of President Trump’s unrelenting retaliatory campaign of false information, attacks and direct appeals to top officials.”

Goelman added: “The lawsuit shows that, in bowing to the president’s desires, FBI leaders trampled Pete’s free speech and due process rights in ways that should be deeply troubling to all in government, and indeed, to all Americans.”

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The complaint, which names as defendants Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray, revisits a political drama that was seized on by conservative critics of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as proof that the bureau was biased against Trump. Multiple investigations are underway examining whether the FBI acted properly during the Russia investigation, and Strzok remains a target of Trump’s scornful tweets.

Representatives of the FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The suit provides new details about the circumstances of Strzok’s firing and amounts to the latest defense of his reputation, coming months after a fiery congressional hearing in which he insisted that his personal views never influenced his work.

Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence agent who also helped lead FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, was removed from Mueller’s team after the texts with FBI lawyer Lisa Page came to light. He was fired from the FBI last August.

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Many of the texts, on FBI cell phones, were bitingly critical of Trump during his 2016 run for office. They were found by the Justice Department’s inspector general during its investigation of the FBI’s Clinton email probe.

The watchdog office criticized both Strzok and Page, with whom he was having an affair, for their judgment in sending the messages but did not find that the Clinton email investigation was compromised by political bias.

In the lawsuit, Strzok’s attorney said the FBI deputy director who fired Strzok was responding to “unrelenting pressure from President Trump and his political allies in Congress and the media.”

That deputy, David Bowdich, overruled the recommendation of a disciplinary official that he be merely demoted and suspended without pay and denied him the chance to appeal.

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Bowdich said at the time that Strzok’s “sustained pattern of bad judgment in the use of an FBI device” for texting called into question decisions made during the Clinton email investigation and the early stages of the Russia probe. And the FBI has said that Bowdich, as the FBI’s No. 2 official, had the authority to overrule disciplinary findings.

The complaint says the campaign to fire Strzok included “constant tweets and other disparaging statements” from Trump, as well as the president’s direct appeals to Wray and Barr’s predecessor as attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to fire Strzok.

The lawsuit says the administration discriminated against his viewpoint by firing him even though other government officials who have supported Trump in the workplace have kept their job. It notes that the White House has not fired counselor Kellyanne Conway despite the determination that she violated the Hatch Act — a law that limits political activity by government workers — by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity.

“The Trump administration has consistently tolerated and even encouraged partisan political speech by federal employees, as long as this speech praises President Trump and attacks his political adversaries,” the complaint contends.

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The lawsuit also says the Justice Department set out to smear Strzok’s reputation and humiliate him when it disclosed nearly 400 text messages he had sent or received.

In the complaint, Strzok also aims to explain some of the texts that have attracted the most negative attention, including one in which he told Page “we’ll stop” a Trump presidency.

Conservatives interpreted the text as Strzok saying that he would work to prevent Trump from being elected, but the suit says the message was actually meant to reassure Page that the American people would not support a Trump candidacy.

Fox News’ Bill Mears and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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White House slams Dems for making shootings about Trump, fundraising off tragedy

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The White House hit back Tuesday at Democratic presidential candidates who have faulted President Trump’s rhetoric and even branded him a racist in the wake of the weekend’s back-to-back mass shootings, accusing them of grandstanding while doing little to solve the problem.

Counselor Kellyanne Conway, in an interview on “Fox & Friends,” said Trump is “trying to bring the country together and heal a nation.” And she slammed Democrats for fundraising off the shootings that left 31 people dead.

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“There is a huge difference … between running your mouth and running for president, and being the president and trying to bring together a nation,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends.” “The president did not respond in kind. They politicized this over the weekend. They all blamed him and I want to name and shame them now. … They want to be president? He is the president. And he is trying to bring the country together and have bipartisan, bicameral steps.”

The comments amount to the toughest response yet from a White House that has been bludgeoned by Democratic candidates and lawmakers after the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Some urged the president not to visit El Paso (which he plans to do), while others ripped his Monday statement on the tragedy as weak and even helped pressure The New York Times to revise a front-page headline that did not sufficiently challenge Trump’s call for unity.

Beto O’Rourke was among the presidential candidates who unleashed on the president Monday, in part faulting his rhetoric.

“Jesus Christ, of course he’s racist,” O’Rourke told MSNBC.

On Tuesday, Conway reserved choice words in response to O’Rourke.

“Beto O’Rourke—from the Vanity Fair magazine cover to the vanity project candidacy—out there screaming and cursing about President Trump. That doesn’t heal a single soul. That doesn’t help to prevent another mass shooting,” she said.

Conway also noted that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was “raising money” for Senate Democratic candidates “in an email appeal talking about mass shootings.”

“This is a disgrace and if no one else is going to talk about it, I’m going to talk about it,” Conway said.

Warren, this week, sent an email to supporters requesting they contribute money to Sens. Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., for their Senate campaigns, among other candidates. The Democratic National Committee also sent an email to supporters, signed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, encouraging donors to “split” a donation between the DNC and Giffords’ PAC, which was launched after she survived an assassination attempt in 2011.

Conway alleged a double standard as she sought to draw a comparison between Republicans’ handling of gun violence versus Democrats’. Conway specifically referenced the 2017 congressional baseball practice shooting, which left then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., in critical condition. That shooting was carried out by someone who identified and supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during the 2016 election.

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“When Bernie Sanders’ supporter … shot up Steve Scalise who was within inches of his life, and others on that baseball field two years ago, we didn’t run out and say that he was hunting down Republicans and that he was a Bernie Sanders supporter,” Conway said. “We were worried about Steve Scalise’s life being saved. That was absolutely the darkest day in this White House in its first year in my opinion.”

Conway added a more recent example, when “some evil, twisted, depraved lunatic was trying to shoot up” an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Washington state last month. Conway said the shooter was “quoting the exact language” that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had been using.

“We didn’t blame her,” Conway said.

Referring to former President Barack Obama’s comments on the weekend shootings, Conway also said: “No one blamed him for Newtown, Conn., and he had his opportunity to go heal the nation.”

Democratic critics, though, have focused their criticism on two main areas: Trump’s rhetoric and the lack of sweeping action on gun control.

They were particularly critical of Trump for mostly avoiding the topic of guns during his remarks Monday. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., blasted him for saying mental illness and hate, not the gun, “pulls the trigger.”

On Twitter, she said the line was Trump’s “dodge to avoid truth: there’s mental illness&hate throughout world, but U.S. stands alone w/high rate of gun violence.”

But Conway touted the president’s record on gun measures, noting that last year, he ordered a ban on bump stocks and “all devices” that otherwise turn legal weapons into “illegal machine guns,” and signed a law in 2018 that strengthened the federal background check system and increased federal agency sharing into the system.

Among his list of proposals, Trump called for changes to mental health laws “to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence,” adding that we must “make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary, involuntary confinement.”

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He also called for so-called “red flag” laws to take guns from those deemed a public risk. And he unequivocally denounced white supremacy, responding to reports that the shooter in El Paso wrote a racist manifesto.

“He’s denouncing white supremacy, and they’re out there denouncing him,” Conway said Tuesday. “America, take a look, and don’t forget it.”

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Trump condemns ‘white supremacy,’ calls for mental health and gun reforms after double mass shootings

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President Trump called Monday for reforms at the intersection of mental health and gun laws — including so-called “red flag laws” to take guns from those deemed a public risk — in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend that left at least 29 people dead.

In unequivocal terms, the president also condemned white supremacy, responding to reports that the shooter in El Paso wrote a racist manifesto.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said, in solemn remarks from the White House, standing beside Vice President Pence. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hatred has no place in America.”

The president notably did not call for explicit changes to gun laws beyond red flag laws, despite tweeting earlier Monday morning about the possibility of linking background check legislation to immigration reform. However, he said he is open and ready to listen to ideas “that will actually work.”

The president also called for “cultural” changes, citing violent video games. Further, Trump said he has directed the Justice Department to propose legislation ensuring that those commit hate crimes and mass murders “face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.”

On Saturday, a gunman killed 20 people and injured 26 others after he opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

In Dayton, Ohio, 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire outside a bar around 1 a.m. Sunday, killing his adult sister and eight others. Police say he was fatally shot by officers within 30 seconds, and was wearing a mask, bulletproof vest and earplugs and had at least 100 rounds. He injured more than two dozen people, leaving one in critical condition, police said Sunday.

Police have not determined a motive for the attack as of Sunday evening, but it was reported that Betts, while in high school, was suspended for compiling a “hit list” of those he wanted to kill, and a “rape list” of girls he wanted to sexually assault.

Trump called the shooting in El Paso “tragic” and an “act of cowardice.”

“I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people,” he tweeted.

On Sunday, the president said that “hate has no place in our country,” and once again condemned the attacks. He vowed to “take care” of the problem, and pointed to mental illness, calling the shooters “really very seriously mentally ill.”

The president also said that the problem of shootings has been going on “for years and years” and “we have to get it stopped.”

The attacks, however, have revived the national debate over how to tackle gun violence, with many Democrats demanding the Senate return from recess to address the issue. A number of Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates have also accused the president of fueling racial tensions with his rhetoric.

After the El Paso shooter was linked to anti-Mexican statements, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told “Fox News Sunday” this is “white nationalist terrorism.”

“We need to acknowledge that this is a problem.” Buttigieg said, claiming white nationalism has been “condoned at the highest levels” in Washington.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., another 2020 White House hopeful, asked that Trump “please stop the racist anti-immigrant rhetoric. Stop the hatred in this country which is creating the kind of violence we see.”

Sanders, along with other Democratic presidential candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., also demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recall Congress from its August recess to vote on initiatives to curb gun violence.

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FBI’s Wray sounds alarm over China, warns of ‘severe counterintelligence threat’

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FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Congress on Tuesday that China poses “a more severe counterintelligence threat” to the United States than any other country.

Wray, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed the threat when asked about whether the bureau was prepared to combat any potential influence by foreign powers.

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“I would say that there is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat to his country right now than China,” Wray said. “That is saying a lot and I don’t say it lightly.”

Wray added that Russia is “probably” next in line.

“China is fighting a generational fight here,” Wray explained. “And when I say China, I want to be clear, this is not about the Chinese people as a whole, or the Chinese Americans in this country. What it is about, though, is a variety of ways the Chinese Communist Party is using government officials, private sector entities … to steal their way up the economic ladder at our expense.”

Wray said, though, that the FBI has “probably about 1,000 plus investigations all across the country involving attempted theft of U.S. intellectual property, whether it’s economic espionage or counter-proliferation, almost all leading back to China.”

“The threat is deep and diverse and wide and vexing—whether, in terms of actors, techniques and targets used,” Wray said, explaining that the FBI has to contend with government officials as well as “nontraditional collectors,” including scientists, students, and businesses looking to steal American innovation. “We are working extremely hard with all of our partners to combat it.”

Wray called defense against Chinese influence a “high, high priority” for the bureau and the administration as a whole, but maintained that the Russians are also “absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections.”

“Our primary focus is malign foreign influence,” he said, noting that he feels the bureau is well-prepared in their efforts.

“We feel that we have significant resources devoted toward foreign influence,” Wray said, speaking to the president’s budget, and added that further congressional funding could be added.

Wray has been warning of the threat posed by China for months. In April, during a panel with the Council on Foreign Relations, Wray elaborated on specifics of China’s alleged “stealing innovation,” warning they have abilities to interfere through businesses, universities and organizations. Wray said the FBI is even meeting with companies to provide “threat awareness briefings.”

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“They’re doing it through Chinese intelligence services, through state-owned enterprises, through ostensibly private companies, through graduate students and researchers, through a variety of actors all working on behalf of China,” Wray said in April. “The kind of activity I’m talking about goes way beyond fair market competition. It’s illegal, it’s a threat to economic security, and by extension, it’s a threat to our national security.”

The intense focus on cyber and election security comes after the intelligence community and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed evidence of Russia interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Thirteen Russians and three Russian companies were indicted in Mueller’s probe, accused of a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” against the U.S.

Last year, the Trump administration imposed sanctions against the Kremlin meant to counter Russia’s destabilizing activities, including its interference in the 2016 election and its destructive cyber-attacks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Dems lose patience with ‘complete fraud’ AOC, rally to Pelosi’s side

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House Democrats and their aides are quickly losing patience with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her office’s nonstop sparring with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other long-serving members, suggesting the speaker’s dismissive comments toward her may represent the view of a growing section of the caucus.

“She is a complete fraud,” one senior Democratic source told Fox News on Friday, succinctly summing up members’ frustration.

The last straw, for some, was the lawmaker’s claim that Pelosi was uniquely disrespectful to minority congresswomen. One senior lawmaker, who is black, scorched Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday for allegedly using the race card against the speaker, calling her comments “so inappropriate.” Some lawmakers have even turned the tables, arguing that a group aligned with her is targeting black lawmakers for potential primary challenges in questioning those comments.

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“Her peers do not take her seriously,” the senior Democratic source said Friday, adding: “They think it is absurd to call the speaker racist. Offensive and absurd.”

The source said Ocasio-Cortez, who won her seat after a stunning primary victory over longtime House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, has “no power” — despite her immense Twitter following and unique ability to at times command the news cycle.

“She is a nobody. She is a freshman member of Congress with no power. She is not worth the speaker’s brainpower,” the source said — accusing her of starting “needless distractions from serious issues,” and skipping meetings and conference calls in favor of media interviews, tweets and “glamour.”

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“In this building, it is about how many others you can bring along to your side. She maybe has two members—sometimes four,” the source added.

The comments come as prominent members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) side with Pelosi.

“It was such a weak argument to say she was being picked on and that four women of color were being picked on by the speaker,” Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., a member of the CBC, said Thursday night. “It shows their lack of sensitivity to racism. To fall back on that [trope] is a weak argument. It has no place in a civil discussion.”

Clay added that “it’s going to take a process of maturing for those freshman members. They will have to learn to be effective legislators.”

The feud between Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi escalated after Congress recently passed a border funding bill that Ocasio-Cortez, and freshmen Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., all opposed.

In an interview last weekend, Pelosi told The New York Times that “all these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”

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Ocasio-Cortez then told The Washington Post this week that the “persistent singling out” by the speaker was “outright disrespectful” and affected “newly elected women of color.”

But on Friday, when asked by Fox News how she would respond to criticism of playing the ‘race card’ against Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez fired back: “What? That’s stupidly untrue.”

Pelosi this week also warned lawmakers against tweeting negative things about colleagues. Asked Thursday about her ongoing spat with the New York lawmaker, Pelosi acknowledged how she recently addressed — “at the request of my members” — an “offensive tweet that came out of one of the member’s offices” that compared centrist Democrats to segregationists. That tweet was authored and then deleted by Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti.

“Our members took offense at that,” Pelosi said, claiming her comments received a positive response. “I addressed that.”

She added: “I’ve said what I’m going to say…What I said in the caucus yesterday had an overwhelming response from my members, because they know what the facts are and what we are responding to. We respect the value of every member of our caucus. The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. Diversity is our strength. Unity is our power.”

Even President Trump, who has clashed with Pelosi repeatedly since taking office, sided with her on Friday — calling Ocasio-Cortez disrespectful, and maintaining that the speaker is not a racist.

Further, Democrats are bristling at the meddling of the Ocasio-Cortez-aligned Justice Democrats—a progressive group looking to primary Democratic members, some of whom are a part of the CBC.

“It does make you wonder what’s going on,” Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., another CBC member, told The Hill. “Some names that have been mentioned all seem to be people of color, and more so CBC members.”

The senior Democratic source, meanwhile, told Fox News that Justice Democrats “don’t have the ability to primary anyone.”

“No one is afraid of those nerds,” the source said, referring to the Justice Democrats.

That organization entered the fray on Friday as well, firing back at an aide who had told The Hill Ocasio-Cortez is a “puppet” and the group is funded by “white liberals.”

“If Nancy Pelosi wants ‘unity,’ she should condemn the appalling comments made by a senior Democratic aide about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” Justice Democrats tweeted.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Sam Dorman, Alex Pappas, and Jason Donner contributed to this report. 

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