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Mark Meadows: John Durham will ‘get to the bottom of’ Russia investigation origins

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The federal prosecutor named by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Russia investigation will come to a substantive conclusion, according to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham is looking closely at the intelligence community’s activity in late 2016 and early 2017, the House Freedom Caucus chairman claimed on “Hannity.”

“I can tell you that John Durham and Attorney General Barr are going to get to the bottom of it,” he said.

“They are including in part of their surveillance – really looking at the intelligence community to make sure that justice is brought.”

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who joined Meadows on “Hannity,” added he agreed with the North Carolina lawmaker and that a previous report by the Justice Department’s inspector general was fruitful.

“The attorney general of the United States and U.S. Attorney John Durham are doing an investigation,” he said. “They have told us this is broader than just the FBI – they’re going to look at all of this.

“First, Horowitz is going to come out. His report a year ago was very good,” Jordan said, referring to inspector general Michael E. Horowitz.

“Then we will see where Mr. Durham and Mr. Barr where their investigation and what they come back with.”

As part of its ongoing “multifaceted” and “broad” review into potential misconduct by U.S. intelligence agencies during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Justice Department revealed Monday it is also investigating the activities of several “non-governmental organizations and individuals.”

Additionally, the DOJ announced that the probe, led by Durham, was looking into the involvement of “foreign intelligence services.”

Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos told Fox News last month that an informant who was likely “CIA and affiliated with Turkish intel” had posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 and tried to “seduce him” to obtain information linking the Trump team to Russia.

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The information was contained in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who had inquired as to the scope of Durham’s investigation.

The letter could indicate that the DOJ is looking closely at work done during the campaign by Fusion GPS, the firm retained by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) to conduct opposition research against the Trump campaign.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Kimberley Strassel: Comey was ‘one of the first undiagnosed cases of Trump derangement syndrome’

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Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel speculated that the investigation into then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign gained so much steam because former FBI Director James Comey had “Trump derangement syndrome.”

She made those comments while speaking to Fox News host Bill Hemmer on his podcast “Hemmer Time.” Hemmer, in the podcast published on Thursday, asked Strassel what she thought the broader story will be as the dust settles on the Russia investigation.

Strassel said that while she didn’t think the FBI had partisan motivations, she did think that Comey had a vendetta against Trump. “I think that Jim Comey came down with one of the first undiagnosed cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome,” she said, referring to a common criticism employed by conservatives.

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“He felt himself to be above a lot of the normal rules and procedures and he got it in his head that he was going to protect the country from some sort of menace,” she told Hemmer.

According to Strassel, the investigation was unusual in that the FBI conducted from its headquarters rather than a field office. “There was nobody offering supervision and we had a lot of FBI agents and senior leadership in the end who exceeded their authority,” she said.

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She also criticized Comey for withholding information about the dossier during a meeting he had with President Trump.

“I don’t think people have absorbed just how inappropriate that meeting was handled,” she said referring to a meeting the two had before Trump’s inauguration. Strassel asserted that Comey exceeded his authority by only disclosing parts of the dossier while withholding the fact that his FBI was using the dossier to investigate members of the president’s campaign.

“To withhold that from an incoming administration is really — it’s another example of Comey very much exceeding his authority,” Strassel said. She also questioned whether that meeting occurred for the purpose of getting the media to report on the dossier.

Her comments came as House Democrats voted to effectively hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress and bolster their powers in enforcing subpoenas.

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That vote, Strassel claimed, was part of an “all-out attempt” to discredit the attorney general and cover for the fact that Democrats funded the dossier that served as a basis for the investigation.

“There is an all-out attempt by Democrats to discredit him because remember their central role in this entire 2016 investigation. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the dossier that the FBI ended up using as … part of the justification to go after the Trump campaign.”

“That’s scandalous!” she added. “What we’ve seen for the past two years are intense efforts to keep that information from coming out. And there is a great fear — an enormous fear — among some quarters in Washington that Bill Barr is going to produce the truth here.”

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Many in the FBI, Strassel pointed out, didn’t think Trump would win in 2016 and therefore, likely didn’t think their investigatory efforts would come to light. “The FBI was operating under the assumption that nobody would know what it had done,” she said.

Strassel also suspected that the contempt actions stemmed from a “personal vendetta” that some House Democrats had against Barr. Barr, she also said, was restoring faith in the Justice Department with his efforts in investigating the Russia probe’s origins.

Listen to the full interview on the latest episode of “Hemmer Time” here, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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Trump says he would ‘want to hear’ dirt on 2020 rivals from foreign governments, suggests he wouldn’t contact FBI

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President Trump said he would be willing to listen to foreign governments if they approached him with information on a political rival.

Trump made the admission during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, adding that he would not necessarily contact the FBI if such an approach was made. Video from the interview went public Wednesday evening.

“I think I’d want to hear it… I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” he said.

“If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ — oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

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The president continued in the interview: “Somebody comes up and says, ‘hey, I have information on your opponent,’ do you call the FBI?

“I’ll tell you what, I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do.”

When pressed on the issue by Stephanopoulos, Trump responded: “Oh, give me a break — life doesn’t work that way.”

Many Democrats reacted with outrage. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a 2020 candidate for president, tweeted in response: “It’s time for Congress to begin impeachment hearings.”

The role of Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in organizing a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer offering negative information on Hillary Clinton was a focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the last presidential campaign.

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Mueller painstakingly documented Russian efforts to boost Trump’s campaign and undermine Clinton’s. It did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

Trump repeatedly praised WikiLeaks in 2016 and celebrated information exposed by Russian hackers.

Trump’s comments came just a month after he pledged not to use information stolen by foreign adversaries in his 2020 re-election campaign.

During a question-and-answer session with reporters in the Oval Office last month, Trump said he “would certainly agree to” that commitment.

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“I don’t need it,” he said as he met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. “All I need is the opponents that I’m looking at.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that Donald Trump Jr. should have called his agency to report the offer.

However, Trump, who nominated Wray to the role in 2017, told ABC News he disagreed. “The FBI director is wrong,” the president said.

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Asked whether his advisers should accept information on an opponent from Russia, China or another nation or call the FBI this time, Trump said, “I think maybe you do both,” expressing openness to reviewing the information.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Devin Nunes: James Comey, Andrew McCabe make J. Edgar Hoover ‘look like a saint’

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Former FBI Director James Comey’s and his deputy’s allegedly partisan actions during the bureau’s Russia investigation make its controversial inaugural director “look like a saint,” according to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Nunes, compared Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s activities detrimental to President Trump to that of J. Edgar Hoover, in a Thursday interview on “Hannity.”

Host Sean Hannity reminded Nunes that Comey previously leaked sensitive memos detailing his contact with President Trump.

Comey used an intermediary – Columbia University faculty member Daniel Richman – to make the memoranda public.

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Nunes responded, calling Comey and McCabe “dirty cops” and accusing them of abusing their positions within the government.

“What I would say, Sean, in the future when you look up the words ‘dirty cop,’… you will see the pictures of Comey and McCabe,” he said.

“These guys make J. Edgar Hoover look like a saint,” he continued, adding that he was outraged by a clip Hannity played of Comey discussing the White House interrogation of Gen. Michael Flynn. Hoover was criticized for collecting intelligence on those whom he personally considered enemies of the United States.

In 2018, Comey told Nicolle Wallace, a former White House communications director for former President George W. Bush, that he sent agents to question Flynn without informing the Trump administration.

“I sent them,” Comey told Wallace, now an MSNBC host. “[I]n a more organized administration … if the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would just work through the White House counsel and there would be discussions …  I thought it’s early enough, let’s just send a couple guys over.”

Nunes called the remarks “despicable,” adding Comey should have gone through the proper channels to talk to Flynn, then the national security adviser.

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“It is absolutely despicable that the head of the FBI would think it’s funny and cute to send over these FBI agents to go and interview the national security adviser,” the lawmaker claimed. “Then they walk out and say we don’t think this guy is lying but you double down.”

Flynn pleaded guilty to providing false statements to the FBI during a January 2017 interview. He admitted to lying about his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and William Mears contributed to this report.

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‘Bigfoot’ hair samples turned out to be from deer, newly released FBI documents reveal

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The FBI released documents from its vault Wednesday on the bureau’s short-lived investigation into Bigfoot in 1977.

The 22 documents show that the bureau’s Scientific and Technical Services Division examined 15 hairs sent by Peter Byrne, who was head of the now-defunct Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition in Oregon.

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“Will you kindly, to set the record straight, once and for all, inform us if the FBI has examined hair which might be that of a Bigfoot,” an August 1976 letter from Byrne says. “Please understand that our research here is serious. That this is a serious question that needs answering.”

Jay Cochran, then assistant director of the division, wrote back that while the bureau primarily examines criminal investigations, “on a case-by-case basis, in the interest of research and scientific inquiry, we make exceptions to this general policy.”

The hairs were examined in 1977 and determined to be of deer origin.

Byrne, now 93, told CNBC Wednesday he hasn’t given up hope on the existence of Bigfoot.

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The documents were originally obtained through a Freedom of Information Request.

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Devin Nunes says Strzok-Page ‘insurance policy’ referred to obtaining FISA warrant for Trump campaign’s emails

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U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., claimed during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Tuesday night that an “insurance policy” mentioned in an August 2016 text between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page referred to their ability to obtain a FISA warrant.

“We believe that ‘insurance policy’ is not just about investigating the Trump campaign,” Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told host Sean Hannity. “We believe it’s to ensure that they were able to get the FISA warrant on Carter Page so they could go in and look at the emails in the campaign.”

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Nunes said the FBI knew that parts of the Steele dossier were unverified when they used it, in part, to apply for the FISA warrant and that the dossier information was really just research for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

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“These really were the perverted fantasies of [Fusion GPS Founder] Glenn Simpson working with the Clinton campaign to say ‘What can we draw up here that we can spread out lies to the American people, that we can feed into the FBI and — lo and behold — let’s get an investigation going into the Trump campaign.’ That’s really what happened here,” Nunes said.

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‘Not looking good’ for Comey, Rosenstein ‘absolutely right to slam’ ex-FBI director, Hannity says

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Sean Hannity said in his “Hannity” Opening Monologue on Monday that former FBI Director James Comey “abused his power” and that there has been “mounting” evidence to that effect.

Hannity said Comey signed off on one of four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications that sought authorization to conduct surveillance on President Trump’s then-campaign adviser Carter Page.

The decision was detailed in a memo released by the House Intelligence Committee in February 2018, an act that Comey subsequently criticized as “dishonest and misleading.”

The memo stated that on October 21, 2016, the Justice Department and the FBI “sought and received” a FISA probable cause order authorizing “electronic surveillance” on Carter Page from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Hannity said that the circumstances surrounding the FISA warrant applications were suspicious.

“Comey abused his power. The evidence against him is mounting,” Hannity said.

He said anti-Trump dossier source Christopher Steele, a former MI6 agent, reportedly “hated then-candidate Trump and was willing to do anything to take him down.”

Hannity criticized Comey for using Steele’s dossier as part of the “predicate” for the FISA warrant.

Hannity added that, in a speech in Baltimore, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein responded to Comey’s critiques of his own personal character.

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Rosenstein told the audience that he didn’t blame Comey for being “angry,” but that the ex-lawman “seems to be acting as a partisan pundit – selling books, earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul.”

“Rod Rosenstein is absolutely right to slam the former disgraced FBI director,” Hannity said.

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“It’s not looking good for Mr. Super-Patriot Jim Comey,” he added. “He was a terrible FBI director.”

Hannity said that a “damning shadow” was being cast over him.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Devin Nunes: Former FBI Director James Comey is ‘in a lot of trouble’

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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., slammed FBI Director James Comey saying “he made a mess of the FBI” on “Fox & Friends” Friday.

“This is a guy who continues to just make a mockery of the entire FBI and the Department of Justice,” Nunes said, reacting to Comey’s appearance at CNN’s town hall event on Thursday.

“This is the guy who, remember, leaked his memos in order to make sure that a Special Counsel was created to investigate the president.

“This is the guy who put an unverified dossier in front of a FISA court. There are lots of problems with Comey’s story. None of it matches up with reality.”

President Trump fired Comey on May 8, 2017, prompting the FBI to investigate possible charges of obstruction and Russian collusion by the Trump 2016 campaign.

The FBI’s tactics of gathering intelligence over the course of the investigation have spurred an internal inquiry by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz.

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Horowitz’s review will examine the methods the FBI used to secure a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page by using the dossier that was compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy.

“The FBI in my view took very reasonable steps, careful steps to try and understand is that true,” Comey said Thursday of the FBI surveillance tactics on members of Trump’s 2016 campaign, dubbed “spying” by Trump and Attorney General William Barr.

“I can’t believe Republicans would have wanted it any other way and we acted in a very responsible, limited and constrained way. I’m proud of the way we conducted ourselves.”

“There’s no question as it relates to the FISA on Carter Page that nothing was done by the book,” Nunes said. “In fact, it was all done – it was all very irregular.”

Comey says he is not against the FBI’s internal review but is confident that the inspector general won’t uncover any misconduct by the FBI.

Nunes disagreed.

“I don’t think he’s telling the truth, is the bottom line here,” he said. “The former FBI director is not a stupid man and he’s acting awfully stupid…Remember when he came before our task force at the end of the last Congress, this is a man who couldn’t answer a question. I think, you know, over 100 times said things like, ‘I don’t recall’ so whenever put under oath on a body like the legislative body of Congress, the guy couldn’t answer a question. He could do a town hall and make a lot of things up but look I think Mr. Comey is in a lot of trouble and he should be. He made a mess of the FBI.”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered the findings of his over the two-year investigation to the attorney general in March, who summarized that the president had not obstructed justice in the investigation, a conclusion that Mueller later criticized.

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Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee have continued to spar over Barr’s summary of the report, and have voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for the unredacted version of Mueller’s report and other documents related to the investigation.

The Senate Intelligence Committee also subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, on Wednesday in regards to his knowledge of a deal to build Trump Tower in Russia.  Trump Jr. testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 that he knew about the plan only “peripherally” but Michael Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer testified in February that he spoke to Trump Jr. about it approximately 10 times.

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James Comey, a media star after Trump fired him 2 years ago, now dogged by ‘spying’ accusations against FBI

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In the two years since President Trump fired James Comey, the former director of the FBI has gone from the left’s folk hero – rewarded with a book deal for his supposed selfless public service – to someone at the epicenter of an FBI “spying” scandal that threatens to tarnish the bureau’s reputation.

Trump dismissed Comey on May 9, 2017, for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Following Comey’s ouster, his former boss Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel of the Russia investigation, which went on to find no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — and couldn’t find sufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.

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Initially, Comey enjoyed relative success after losing his job, getting showered with media attention for his anti-Trump talking points. This propped up his book — “A Higher Loyalty,” published last year — for which Comey reportedly received $2 million and which posted sales of 600,000 copies in just one week.

But Comey’s star has undoubtedly faded amid allegations that the FBI under his command not only used an unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele to justify surveillance of Trump campaign official Carter Page, but also that the bureau sent an undercover investigator to meet with ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos in 2016.

Attorney General Bill Barr alleged, in the wake of the Mueller report, that the bureau engaged in spying against Trump associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I think spying did occur,” Barr said during a hearing on Capitol Hill last month. “The question is whether it was adequately predicated. … Spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”

“I think spying did occur … The question is whether it was adequately predicated. … Spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”

— Attorney General Bill Barr

Barr later clarified in the hearing: “I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred; I’m saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it, that’s all.”

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Comey dismissed Barr’s comments at the time, saying he “never thought of” electronic surveillance as “spying.”

“When I hear that kind of language used, it’s concerning because the FBI and the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance,” Comey added. “I have never thought of that as spying.”

But Comey was put on the defensive again following a recent bombshell New York Times report detailing the FBI efforts to investigate the Trump campaign.

The FBI reportedly sent a woman to meet with Papadopoulos at a bar in London during the campaign. The woman, who identified herself as Azra Turk, asked Papadopoulos point-blank if Trump was collaborating with Russians to swing the 2016 election.

Comey issued only a scant defense of the issue, telling Los Angeles radio station KNX 1070 AM that the practice was justified due to the ongoing threats from Russia.

“Really? What would you have the FBI do? We discover in the middle of June of 2016 that the Russians were engaged in a massive effort to mess with this democracy to interfere in the election,” Comey said.

“We’re focused on that and at the end of July we learn that a Trump campaign adviser — two months earlier, before any of this was public — had talked to a Russian representative about the fact that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton and wanted to arrange to share it with the Trump campaign.”

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He added: “What should the FBI do when it gets that information? It should investigate to figure out whether any Americans are hooked up with this massive interference effort. And that’s what we did.”

But as Comey continues making the rounds to publicly defend his actions as FBI director — including plans to participate in a town hall event on CNN on Thursday night — he’s likely to face further questions and controversies amid Barr’s formation of a team to “investigate the investigators.”

A Trump administration official briefed on the matter told Fox News that Barr assembled a “team” to investigate the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

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Fox News also has been told the Justice Department’s inspector general (IG) was looking separately into whether Comey mishandled classified information by including a variety of sensitive matters in his private memos that include the name and code name of a confidential human source.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Jake Gibson and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Senate Homeland Security panel’s chair hopes Strzok-Page texts will fuel leak probe

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Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson said Wednesday that internal text messages between two FBI employees should convince the intelligence community’s inspector general to investigate potential leaks in the Trump collusion investigation.

In a letter to Inspector General Michael Atkinson, Johnson, R-Wisc., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the messages between Agent Peter Strzok and his lover, Lisa Page, “demonstrate the need to investigate leaks from agencies or entities other than FBI.”

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Johnson said on “America’s Newsroom” that he wants answers to questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “did not ask.”

“Exactly what was the predicate for this entire investigation?” Johnson said to host Bill Hemmer. “There’s so many unanswered questions. I think the American people have a right to know what was happening inside the Obama administration.”

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In 2018, Strzok testified in an often-contentious hearing before the House on the content of text messages critical of President Trump.

Hemmer also asked Johnson about the House Judiciary Committee’s vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.

Johnson said that the House of Representatives has become “highly politicized” and that with Democrats in charge, Americans will not see “good governance,” but instead a quest for presidential impeachment.

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Moments before Johnson’s interview, committee member Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said the contention that the Mueller probe was a “witch hunt” — as often described by Trump — was “nonsense.”

“Seventeen different intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered with our election, attacked our democracy for the sole purpose of artificially placing someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,” the Queens lawmaker said.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, countered that sentiment, calling the proceedings “all about trying to destroy Bill Barr because Democrats are nervous he’s going to get to the bottom of everything. He’s going to find out how and why [Mueller’s investigation] was started in the first place.”

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