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BREAKING: DOJ IG Report Due Out Friday, Will Cover More Than FISA Abuse

Quick bit of breaking news just dropped.

About a month ago, IG Horowitz announced he had finished his report dealing with the Trump-Russia investigation, which most assumed would only cover possible FISA abuse. Now we are getting word it’s coming out this Friday.

Per the Washington Examiner.

“I’m hearing the IG report will be out this upcoming Friday, Oct. 18, and my sources say it’s as thick as a telephone book,” Bartiromo said, adding that it covers “more than just FISA abuse.”

It has been exactly one month since Horowitz announced the completion of the investigation by his team, who pored over more than 1 million records and conducted 100-plus interviews. The inspector general gave a draft to the Justice Department and FBI for a classification review.

Upon the completion of that process, the report will first be delivered to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who has pledged to do a “deep dive” of his own into FISA that will run concurrently with U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the early stages of the Russia investigation. The South Carolina Republican said his “No. 1 goal” is to have as much of the report declassified as possible.

Yeah, I’m sure Democrats and former Obama officials are shaking at the thought of another Senate committee investigation.

The real news here is that it’s seemingly confirmed that it covers more than FISA abuse, which likely will end up a dead end anyway. No doubt Horowitz will cite some breaches of protocol or label the FISA warrants illegal, but I have strong suspicions the DOJ will claim they can’t prove intent.

We’ll have to wait and see where this goes. The smart money is on it not mattering much, being buried by the media, and nothing actually happening.

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Comey: On second thought, maybe Trump should be impeached

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This guy.

If Democrats are looking for an outside-the-box campaign pitch for next fall that might move casual voters, here’s one: Vote Trump out and you’ll never have to hear from James Comey again. Once the president who fired him is gone, all remaining relevance that this big scold has to the political scene will evaporate.

Last night I and many others posted the clip of him telling a California TV station that he preferred to see Trump dealt with at the ballot box. That was surprising given the enormous momentum towards impeachment among Trump antagonists, of which Comey is an especially prominent example. Now here he comes to clarify that he was against impeachment before the Ukraine story broke big.

The charitable interpretation of his reversal is that he realized belatedly that there has to be *some* threshold of misconduct that would justify impeachment. That doesn’t mean the Ukraine incident crossed that threshold (in fact, Comey declines to say specifically that it does), but it’s goofy to dismiss impeachment out of hand categorically just because you want American voters to have the opportunity to undo their own electoral mistake.

The less charitable interpretation is that Comey realizes his remaining relevance as a well-known Trump critic was about to get splattered if he stepped in front of the Democrats’ accelerating impeachment train. The party has decided that It’s Time and Comey can either come along or enjoy retirement.

Hillary has also weighed in again on impeachment today, by the way. She’s clearer about her feelings on the Ukraine matter than Comey is:

And of course she’s a bigger target for the White House than Comey is:

It’ll be a few days before we see any useful polling on the Ukraine accusations and impeachment, but YouGov is out early with numbers this afternoon:

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That’s a good result for Democrats but I bet those numbers can and will move *a lot* depending on how the precise question is phrased. In fact, YouGov actually did rephrase it and got a notably different result. When they asked if it’s appropriate for the president to threaten withholding aid to a foreign country if that country refuses to take an action “which personally benefits the president,” the 48/19 result in the graph above among Republicans suddenly shrinks to 31/41 in favor of believing that the president’s actions are inappropriate. By the same token, imagine if the question stressed that the president’s political opponent really is under suspicion of misconduct in trying to protect his son’s foreign business by pressuring a foreign government. The numbers who believe the president behaved appropriately would surely rise across the board in that case, and doubtless rise a lot among Republicans. It’s a spin war. The better Republicans are about educating the public on Hunter Biden’s shady relationship with Burisma, the less objectionable Trump’s interest in seeing the Bidens investigated will be.

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IG Horowitz Testified Before A Congressional Committee The Day After Lewandowski And Almost No One Showed Up

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FBI Director Christopher Wray, with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, testifies as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the internal report of the FBI’s Clinton email probe and the role of former FBI Director James Comey’s actions during the 2016 presidential campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“This is today’s Washington: theater upstaging truth.” — Kimberley Strassel

That’s from a fantastic new column from Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel describing the other hearing that took place this week on Capitol Hill that you probably didn’t hear about because the one the news bothered to cover, featuring Corey Lewandowski, was all the rage Tuesday. Just as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler intended.

This forgotten hearing, which Strassel says took place the next day before a nearly empty room, with almost no Democrat members of the House Oversight Subcommittee bothering to show up, and only a few conservative news outlets in attendance, featured Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The same IG Horowitz who’s about to release a report on FISA abuses related to the broader look into the origins of the Democrats’ Russia collusion. Remember him?

In contrast to the Lewandowski moment, Mr. Horowitz’s testimony was informative and significant. And in contrast to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s vague testimony, the inspector general demonstrated a whip-sharp command of facts. He was officially there to talk about a standards-and-training panel, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, of which he is chairman. Yet it was inevitable Republicans would ask about his recent and forthcoming reports on FBI behavior during the 2016 election. Mr. Horowitz is a straight arrow and he refused to provide political talking points. Yet his answers were candid and damning.

Ultimately, Strassel writes, Horowitz laid out how his office had found enough wrongdoing on the part of former FBI Director Jim Comey and former Acting Director Andrew McCabe to recommend criminal referrals for them both. Horowitz specifically debunked Comey’s assertions — which he boasted of in his book, and indeed alluded to in the very title, “A Higher Loyalty” — that his behavior in leaking his memos to the press was “necessary or justified.”

“…Mr. Comey wasn’t entitled to leak sensitive FBI information simply because he didn’t like Donald Trump,” Strassel writes. “Mr. Horowitz later repeated that such behavior was ‘completely inconsistent with department policy.’ And he went out of his way to remind the committee that a 2018 inspector-general report had also ‘criticized [Mr. Comey] for usurping the authority of the attorney general to make prosecutorial decisions.’”

But perhaps the two most interesting details that came out of the hearing no one saw or cared about was that 1.) Horowitz suggested his investigation offered indications Comey didn’t take his Jan 6, 2016 meeting with Trump to “brief” him he was a target of a salacious new dossier. In fact, Trump was already, according to Horowitz being, investigated and Comey was using the meeting to gather evidence against the president. That’s a fairly huge revelation.

And 2.) neither the general House Oversight Committee nor the House Judiciary Committee (who the day before had grilled Lewandowski) has asked Mr. Horowitz to testify on his report, which is currently in the hands of Justice being scrubbed for classified info before being released to the public.

The Democrats, it would appear, are going to act as if Horowitz’s investigation never happened, and further that the report doesn’t exist. And they’ll be shooting Lewandowski-sized fireworks into the faces of Americans hoping to distract them until they forget, too.

Don’t let them succeed.

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Jerry Nadler and Company Take Formal Steps Toward Their Impeachment Delusion

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The beat goes on for Democrats in the House who hold the delusion that impeachment of President Trump is possible, or even proper.

Jerry Nadler, famous for wearing his pants up to his chin and making a clown of himself and his committee, pushed through a formal opening of an “impeachment investigation.”

The House Judiciary Committee approved Thursday a resolution that outlines the rules and scope for its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The 24-17 vote was along party lines.

Why it matters: It’s the committee’s first vote on an action related to its ongoing impeachment probe and grants House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) wide-ranging powers moving forward.

What this actually is, as I’ve shared before, is Nadler wanting to have his cake and eat it to. And the dude loves cake.

As I shared back in July (see Jerry Nadler and Company With Stealth Impeachment In Bizarre Gambit), what Nadler wants to do is hold the power that comes with formal articles of impeachment while not actually succeeding into getting those passed. He wants the special privileges when it comes to discovery and subpoenas without having to take the political risk that should accompany that.

To do that, he’s changed the rules, deeming his new game an “impeachment inquiry.”

Details: The resolution allows Nadler the ability to brand hearings as impeachment hearings and designate hearings related to the probe to either the full committee or a subcommittee. It also gives committee staff an additional hour to question witnesses and deems all information gathered in the probe private until Nadler says otherwise.

  • It stipulates that Trump’s legal counsel is able to review and respond in writing to impeachment-related evidence only on Nadler’s invitation.
  • The scope of the inquiry includes Trump’s potential violations of the emoluments clause, hush money payments used to cover up alleged affairs and his alleged attempts to obstruct justice in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Nadler doesn’t even want to let Trump’s legal team respond to or see the any evidence without his invitation, which he’ll no doubt withhold when it’s politically expedient.

The “violations” are nonsense. Multiple courts have already ruled that Trump is not in violation of the emoluments clause. Past courts have also ruled that it is not a violation as long as a fair market value is being paid for the product (in this case, hotel rooms).

The hush money stuff never made any sense. It did not occur while Trump was President, therefore the House has no oversight role there. The payments, while not good, clearly didn’t constitute an isolated campaign expenditure either because 1) they didn’t use campaign funds and 2) Trump has been paying off people for decades. A former FEC commissioner has pointed this out and Democrats just can’t seem to get it. If you want a full explainer, see this link.

The obstruction of justice stuff is also going absolutely nowhere for reasons which have been articulated many times. Namely that even Mueller couldn’t make the case to actually recommend charges and that it is not obstruction of justice to get mad on Twitter (which formed a large basis of Mueller’s obstruction insinuations). No one can cite a single precedent to show that. It is also not obstruction to fire a subordinate you have constitutional authority to fire. Comey, McCabe, and Mueller all said the President took zero actions to hamper their investigation.

The idea that any of those three areas is going lead impeachment of Donald Trump is pure fantasy. The idea that the public will tolerate it is even less likely.

This is a complete waste of time, which has become the norm for the Democratic House.

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Michael Flynn’s Legal Team Throws Down the Gauntlet

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The case of Michael Flynn’s plea deal, which he made after being strong armed by Robert Mueller’s virtuous troop, continues to drag out. This time, Flynn’s lawyers are back in court and they are going hard at the DOJ’s conduct.

As the Washington Examiner Reports, Flynn’s legal team is presenting their case to the presiding judge that the DOJ continues to hide evidence that could exonerate Flynn.

Mike Flynn’s attorneys said the government is hiding evidence that could help President Trump’s former national security adviser.

Sidney Powell, the head of Flynn’s new legal team, claimed in court Tuesday the Justice Department withheld evidence related to Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, James Comey, Flynn’s FBI interview notes, and more.

“There never would’ve been a plea to begin with” if Flynn knew how much information DOJ was hiding, Powell said. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 for lying to investigators about conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is presiding over the case, gave Powell an unusual amount of leeway as she argued the government withheld information from her client to pressure him into accepting a guilty plea, which he never would’ve done had he been aware of all the facts. Flynn’s sentencing has been delayed for a year as he cooperated with the government.

When you look at how Flynn was entrapped, it’s obvious the FBI/DOJ are hiding something here and want to save face. We know Flynn did nothing illegal by participating in the phone call with the Russian Ambassador during the 2016 transition period. We know the agents who interviewed Flynn did not think he was lying. We also know Flynn was strung along by Andrew McCabe and James Comey, who presented the interview as just a friendly chat, without revealing he was under any kind of investigation.

But more things are being exposed now. Namely, that the DOJ knew Flynn had not violated the Logan Act, but still used it to threaten and force him into a plea deal.

She claimed documentation exists that shows then-FBI deputy director McCabe ruled out Logan Act charges against Flynn in January or February of 2017, yet DOJ “egregiously” held the possibility of being charged under the 18th-century statute over his head during plea negotiations anyway.

Powell said the defense still hadn’t been given access to all the interview notes from Flynn’s discussions with FBI agents, including one written by agent Joe Pientka that the government claims it no longer has.

I can hear the rebuttals now. “Well, it’s his fault for taking the plea.” Nonsense. When you have Robert Mueller, with unlimited resources, bringing the entire weight of the federal government down on your head and financially destroying you, you take the plea to the lesser charge. There’s also been much talk that Mueller threatned to go after Flynn’s son as well.

None of this happened on the up and up. Mueller wanted a scalp and Flynn was one of the few he could take while still bandying a “Russian collusion” story line, even though the phone call itself turned out to be nothing.

For the DOJ’s part, they argue they did give Flynn the text messages in question.

Brandon Van Grack, formerly of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team who now heads up DOJ’s FARA unit, told the judge that “following the court’s standing Brady order has always been the guideline the government has pursued.” The prosecutor said that, before Flynn’s plea deal, Flynn had been made aware of the Strzok-Page texts “before the public knew they existed.”

“The government has never alleged that Mr. Flynn was an agent of Russia,” Van Grack said. “He pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about particular issues related to Russia, not about being an agent of Russia.”

Again, this is nonsense. Flynn only pleaded out because the government were threatening him (and his son) with FARA and Logan Act violations. Now the DOJ wants to claim they were never worried about Flynn being a Russian agent. That’s some serious spin by the government. You can’t use something to beat someone into a decision and then claim that something was never relevant to the decision being made. Of course it’s relevant, going all the way back to whether Flynn had all the information necessary to make the right choice on taking the plea deal.

This kind of game playing by the DOJ and Mueller is exactly why no one trusts these agencies anymore. If Flynn had evidence hidden from him, the plea should be vacated. As it stands though, it doesn’t appear Judge Sullivan, who’s more than shown his bias in this case, wants to do that. Instead, the more likely scenario here is that Flynn isn’t sentenced to any jail time.

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Remember When Comey Insisted Steele Dossier Wasn’t Used To Start Investigation Into Trump Campaign? Yeah, About That…

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A key focus of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Russia collusion investigation into the Trump campaign has been to determine the time frame of exactly when the FBI received former British spy Christopher Steele’s now-discredited dossier, financed by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee through Fusion GPS.

FBI agent Peter Strzok acknowledged in his testimony before Congress that he relied on the dossier’s content but was unwilling to say when he received information contained in its pages. Former FBI Director Jim Comey, in his memoir “A Higher Loyalty” insisted that the FBI opened the collusion investigation on July 31, 2016, and denied having seen any dossier materials before that time. Comey has always insisted that George Papadopoulos’ loose lips were the reason for the investigation into what we now know were drummed up links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Now, however, according to a report from The Washington Times, Durham seems to be investigating whether or not the dossier showed up in the hands of FBI agents before July 21. And it all hinges on the testimony of one Rome-based FBI agent named Michael Gaeta who met with Glenn Simpson in London in early July.

There is evidence that dossier material arrived before July 31.

⦁ Mr. Steele beseeched Rome-based FBI agent Michael J. Gaeta to visit London in early July 2016 to hear his sensational allegations against candidate TrumpMr. Gaeta won trip approval from Victoria Nuland, who was assistant secretary of state.

Mr. Gaeta arrived at Mr. Steele’s Orbis Business Intelligence office in London on July 5 and was greeted with horror stories. Mr. Steele handed him dossier pages. FBI practice would be for Mr. Gaeta to fill out a Form 302 containing Mr. Steele’s charges and circulate it to headquarters in Washington.

⦁ That same month, Ms. Nuland has said, she was given several dossier pages. She said she instructed staff to give the documents to the FBI.

“The dossier, he passed two to four pages of short points of what he was finding, and our immediate reaction to that was, this is not in our purview,” Ms. Nuland said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “This needs to go to the FBI if there is any concern here that one candidate or the election as a whole might be influenced by the Russian Federation. That’s something for the FBI to investigate. And that was our reaction when we saw this. It’s not our — we can’t evaluate this.”

⦁ In testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Glenn R. Simpson, co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS, said he gave Mr. Steele permission in early July to start talking to the FBI. Mr. Simpson was a paid Clinton campaign agent and handled Mr. Steele.

“And by approximately early July, like 1st or 2nd, I had given my assent to him doing it as a professional obligation or a citizenship obligation. And then that’s when he did it, sometime around the Fourth of July,” Mr. Simpson testified.

Question: “So in early July, is it fair to say in early July that you knew that Mr. Steele had taken some information to the FBI?”

Answer: “I think he said he was going to, and then later he told me he did.”

A 113 page transcript of an interview with Mr. Gaeta by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence apparently exists and is in the hands of investigators. They are said to be working out how they can release it to the public. It’s so secretive, in fact, that Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton indicated to the Times that even he was unable to retreive any information from Gaeta’s testimony.

“They are giving us nothing on Gaeta. Unusually secretive on him and the whole cabal,” Mr. Fitton told The Times.

If it comes out that the discredited dossier — paid for by the political opponent of Donald Trump — was in fact used to start the investigation into whether or not Trump was colluding with the Russians, the whole ball game could change, not only from a public perception perspective, but from a “justification for indictments” perspective.

And if that happens, it will be fascinating to watch the players begin to point their fingers at each other. Stay tuned…

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Newest Democratic fundraiser: Andrew McCabe

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Did I miss a news story somewhere or isn’t this guy still under threat of indictment? The interest in him lately from across the aisle would have you believe that he’s a political rising star, not a man staring at the possibility of prison. He just landed a CNN contributor’s gig, he has a book out, now he’s giving speeches for the opposition party in 2020 swing states. When did Andrew McCabe become Stacey Abrams? Are Democrats lining him up for a House run or something?

In the age of FaceTime and Skype, he could conduct a front-porch campaign from behind the glass at the federal pen, I suppose.

McCabe is now also participating in Democratic fundraising events. According to the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s website, McCabe is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a fundraising banquet for the Lancaster County Democratic Committee.

Tickets for the event, which can be purchased through ActBlue, range from $80 to $160. The more expensive “Speaker’s Circle” tickets come with access to a private reception with McCabe and photograph with him. He is scheduled to speak for 45 minutes and take questions for 15 minutes, according to the site…

McCabe told event organizers that he plans to discuss his “one-on-one interactions with Donald Trump” during the event. He also will cover the “fallout and aftermath” of former FBI director James Comey’s firing, “Russian meddling in the 2016 election,” and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The idea of hating Trump so much that you’d pop for 160 bucks for a personal photo with Andrew McCabe fills me with a degree of dread normally only experienced when contemplating death. It’s one notch up from paying for an audience with the Krassenstein brothers.

For cripes sake, you can buy a house in parts of the midwest for $160. In Detroit, certainly.

My first thought upon hearing that McCabe was now in demand on the Democratic political circuit was naturally, “What about Comey?” If McCabe’s appeal to the left derives from Trump’s antipathy to him, surely a man whom Trump loathes even more like Big Jim would be that much more appealing. Plus, Comey was nearly charged by the DOJ for his anti-Trump activities in leaking memos. What better proof of commitment to the Resistance could there be than that? He’s even been donating money to the party! But then I remembered: Oh, right, his last-minute letter about reopening the Emailgate probe may have tanked Hillary’s chances of winning the election, thus enabling the very presidency that Democrats so despise. Comey will never overcome that to regain respectability among them, no matter how many nasty tweets Trump posts about him. He’ll have to watch the Democratic romance with disgraced Trump-hating former FBI officials play out from the outside, with his face pressed against the window.

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Hey Jen Rubin And All Other Apologists: Comey Most Certainly DID Leak His Memos To The Press (And Possibly Worse)

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The media apologists for disgraced former FBI Director Jim Comey — and that includes Jim Comey himself, which I wrote about yesterday here — are out in full force trying to spin Comey’s leak of sensitive and classified information to the press into a lie Donald Trump told the American people.

Jen Rubin, the Washington Post’s resident “conservative” (who’d like to see “her” party burned to the ground by the way), even dropped the E word to clear her hero and prove Trump is slinging bull dung.

WaPo’s Senior Political reporter Aaron Blake backs up his colleague but goes one further by charging other Trump friendlies with perpetuating the “lie” that Comey leaked information to the press.

I’m not saying language parsing in pursuit of defending Comey and smearing Trump is what these guys are actually paid to do, but kudos to them for going above and beyond to fulfill that employment mandate if that’s what’s going on.

But for the life of me I can’t imagine why else they would concoct such an absurd narrative that Comey didn’t intend for the press to get the information in his memos and publish it except that it helps them stay in favor in their newsrooms. Because Comey most certainly did leak to the press. He admitted it to Congress, and the IG report simply says he didn’t give the information to the press directly.

Comey was clever. He used a friend.

My hunch is this is why Attorney General Barr chose not to prosecute for the leaks because imagine what the histrionics would be right now if there were actual charges against Comey for violating FBI policies and creating a separate file of his conversations with the president when those documents were only declared classified after the fact.

Apoplectic, that’s what.

And perhaps another backlash the likes of what we witnessed during the Kavanaugh hearing wasn’t what the administration thought was warranted for this particular infraction. Particularly because, as John Solomon of The Hill notes, the worst may be yet to come for their hero.

Comey may try to deflect with celebratory comments that he wasn’t charged with mishandling classified information, but he remains in a precarious position — and the trend lines aren’t good.

Next up will be the IG’s findings regarding Comey’s truthfulness before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court and whether he attested to false or misleading statements in order to electronically monitor a presidential campaign.

That determination may not be as cut-and-dried as many think it is, but it hopefully, at a minimum, will explain why Comey believed he could sign off multiple times on a FISA application based largely on information that he, himself, described as “salacious and unverified.” His exposure here is potentially much more devastating than breaking FBI record retention and handling rules.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, Solomon writes, invoking U.S. Attorney John Durham‘s investigation into whether policies were violated in pursuit of initiating a counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign.

But where it could get really hairy for Mr. Comey, Solomon writes, is here.

But beyond that, Mr. Durham and his team likely will follow up on emerging indicators that Comey may have colluded with other intelligence community leaders to actually “manufacture” the justification needed for an investigation by targeting covert informants against campaign representatives in violation of established policies and procedures.

Collusion. The thing that the apologists have been screaming about for three years, and declared unequivocally the worst of the worst when they believed Trump may have done it, could very easily end up being the very thing Durham decides Comey was engaged in from the start.

So demand apologies for Mr. Comey if you so desire and it helps you curry favor, apologists, but be forewarned: we may find out very soon how much he doesn’t deserve them.

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IG Report Finds Comey Violated FBI Policies, Set ‘Dangerous Example’ Yet Former FBI Head Wants Apology

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FBI Director James Comey pauses while making a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

In a surprising bit of news that came out late Wednesday, the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz was said to be compiling a separate report on the behavior of former FBI Director James Comey specifically related to his personal retention of FBI files on Donald Trump.

The details of that report, released Thursday, find that, although the DOJ has already declined to prosecute Comey, he certainly “violated FBI policies and his FBI Employment Agreement by failing to notify the FBI that he had retained them, or to seek authorization to retain them.”

Comey drafted seven memos documenting discussions he had with Donald Trump in early 2017, and kept four of them personally without permission and in violation of FBI policy. One was used to provide information to a friend —Columbia University law school professor Daniel Richman — with explicit instructions to that friend to provide the information to a reporter. The information was later used in a New York Times report that suggested Donald Trump had attempted to persuade the FBI to stop its investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,” Comey recalled Trump saying, according to a copy of the memo.

All four memos he kept in his home were also shared with his attorneys without approval from the FBI. Comey said he took pains to exclude classified information in his memos while writing them, but they were later determined by the DOJ to contain “sensitive” information.

The IG report says that Comey set a “dangerous example” to agents and employees through his actions and warned that a person’s personal feelings were not enough of a reason to violate the policies of the FBI.

“[E]ven when these employees believe that their most strongly-held personal convictions might be served by an unauthorized disclosure, the FBI depends on them not to disclose sensitive information. Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility,” the report said. “By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees—and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.”

Comey admitted to leaking in a 2017 Congressional hearing, saying he had hoped the information would lead to the appointment of a special counsel. With help from tornado of media coverage following his leak, the Mueller investigation was born.

Comey, rather unsurprisingly, is now using the IG report to backtrack and claim he never leaked anything. He’s already asking for an apology.

However, the request for an apology is more than a little insulting because, according to FOX News, Comey included information in his memos that was “currently and properly classified.”

[C]omey’s memos included a slew of other secretive information, including the “code name and true identity” of a confidential source, according to a court-ordered filing by the Justice Department earlier this year.

Comey meticulously outlined “foreign intelligence information obtained from and through” the key human source, “information about whether the FBI initiated coverage through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on a particular individual,” relevant “sources and methods” used in the FBI’s investigation, as well as “information concerning the President’s foreign policy decisionmaking,” according to the DOJ.

The Hill’s John Solomon reported in July that the DOJ declined to prosecute Comey because the information in the memos was only classified after the information had been shared. And they were also worried about optics.

Although a technical violation, the DOJ did not want to “make its first case against the Russia investigators with such thin margins and look petty and vindictive,” a source told me, explaining the DOJ’s rationale.

The broader IG probe into the origins of the Russia collusion investigation is ongoing, and Solomon reported that Comey and others in the agency could still face legal jeopardy for abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.

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Rep. Elise Stefanik Wants To Know Why Comey Waited To Tell Congress About Russia Probe

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FBI Director James Comey pauses while making a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

According to New York Representative Elise Stefanik, former FBI Director James Comey was required to inform Congress of the counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, something he failed to do.

In an exchange with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) Tuesday, Stefanik pushed back at the chairman when he said she was wrong about when Comey informed Congress about the probe.

The New York representative questioned Andrew McCarthy during a committee hearing yesterday about notifying congressional leadership when an investigation is opened into a political campaign. She specifically referred to the FBI opening its investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, a counter-intelligence investigation codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane.”

Former FBI Director James Comey testified in March of 2017 that congressional leadership was not notified until that month about the investigation due to its sensitive nature.

“We know now that the FBI opened its counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, but they did not brief the Gang of Eight until March 2017 just days before former director Comey publicly announced the investigation during a March 20th, 2017 open hearing before this committee,” Stefanik said yesterday.

Schiff countered saying that Stefanik was mistaken in her timeline, at which point she more forcefully asserted that Comey had “circumvented” the process. Comey, in previous testimony included in Stefanik’s tweet below, said he had failed to brief Congress months after the investigation commenced due to the “sensitivity of the matter.”

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