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The Hillary Clinton Email Saga Just Got A lot Weirder

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Due to the declassification and release of a trove of documents late in the week, the Hillary email story has gone hot again. As I shared a few days ago, we now have confirmation of what we heard from sources several months ago, namely that every email on her illegal server was being forwarded to a Chinese email account.

This account was setup by Paul Combetta, Hillary’s IT specialist who was given immunity by the FBI for no justifiable reason. Why Combetta chose to add an email account associated with a Chinese company and whether the emails were actually going to the Chinese required more investigation but the FBI decided to bury the evidence instead. It’s an extremely suspicious revelation that simply doesn’t make sense on it’s face. What we do know is that Combetta was copying classified information to an un-secure, Chinese domain and that there’s absolutely nothing legal about that.

Of course, no one was prosecuted for any of their wrongdoing in the case because we are supposed to believe that Hillary and her associates didn’t actually intend to setup an illegal server, purposely remove classified markings, an then further illegally archive the information to yet another un-secure location. That was all accidental I suppose.

Now, a closer examination of the testimony by the Intel Community Inspector General’s office shows just how weird things got while they were actually investigating the matter. I had to do a double take on some of these details just to make sure I wasn’t being trolled.

For one, the ICIG claims multiple members of their team were followed by a mysterious Jeep Wrangler. They also reported having their trash gone through and laptops being stolen.

Report per the Daily Caller.

Rucker also told investigators for the Senate as well as Department of Justice IG investigators that he and others at the ICIG believed they were being followed, and that someone went through McCullough’s recycling bin.

“He said that a Jeep once followed the ICIG (McCullough) from the State Department to the door of house. Mr. Rucker said that he himself had a Jeep following him at odd hours. He said that for two weeks, the same Jeep followed him on Route 50,” the Senate report said.

“Mr. Rucker said that he cannot recall the exact timeframe of when this occurred, nor did he record the Jeep’s license plate. He said that Mr. Hackett had a burglary at his home and all of his computers were stolen,” it continued. “He said that Mr. McCullough discovered that someone was sorting through his recycling bin at home and leaving separate stacks of items outside of the bin as if they were looking for papers.”

The ICIG repeatedly found major anomalies involving Clinton’s email server.

Remember, this was all going on in 2016, before the Obama administration officially shut down the matter. While the FBI was punting on evidence, the ICIG were bringing more to the forefront. Instead of being taken seriously, they were followed and were seemingly being investigated by someone else, perhaps to find out what they knew. Further, they were negatively pressured and largely ignored by James Clapper and Sen. Diane Feinstein. It should be noted that Mr. McCullough and others mentioned above were Obama appointees, not Republicans.

In late 2017, McCullough took the unusual step of coming forward publicly to say that he “expected to be embraced and protected” for doing his job by calling attention to violations of classified information policy, but that instead he was pressured with an “adversarial posture” from Feinstein and others after he began raising the alarm to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Things get worse though. The ICIG also suspected they had a leaker in their midst named Paul Wogaman. He just happened to be the son of a minister who ran interference for Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the late 90s. Via his connections, Mr. Wogaman ended up forcing his way into the investigation while not actually being officially part of it. It appears he was then leaking and passing information back to others.

The Senate report says Rucker told them Wogaman was “the only male employee on leave the following day when a meeting with [redacted] was supposed to take place according to the email. Therefore, he said, it was believed that Mr. Wogerman [sic] was leaking to [redacted].”

“He said that Mr. McCullough made a decision not to confront Mr. Wogerman [sic],” it continued. Mr. Rucker said that he does not believe that ICIG ever did an official assessment on whether Mr. Wogerman [sic] leaked classified information.”

“He said that Mr. Wogerman [sic] pushed very hard to be included on the investigation, but he was NOT part of it. He said that Mr. Wogerman [sic] now works at ODNI in the mission integration department. Mr. Rucker said that to his knowledge, nobody ever confronted Mr. Wogerman [sic] about it. He said that they all signed non-disclosure agreements or NDA’s regarding their work at ICIG.”

Because everyone always fails up in Washington, Wogaman ended up working for the ODNI under Dan Coats. That should be a hint as to how serious of a DNI Coats was when it came to rooting out corruption. Wogaman’s Facebook shows exactly where his political biases are, yet he was in a powerful position to monitor an investigation and pass information back to those trying to stifle it. You’d think this was a chapter in a spy novel if we didn’t have the actual testimony from the ICIG.

His Facebook page is peppered with apparent anti-Republican comments. His profile photo is a picture mocking “thoughts and prayers” as an alternative to “do something,” a popular liberal meme about gun control. He makes a reference to “bone spurs,” a common jab at President Donald Trump. The ODNI did not return a request for comment.

The depth of the cover-up involved in Hillary’s email illegality is absolutely breath-taking. The lengths they went to and the amount of people who were working to shift priorities and bury evidence seems almost inconceivable, yet we have the official government documentation proving these things happened.

Despite all this, it looks like everyone is going to get away with it. The media still claim Obama had no scandals while the current DOJ is ignoring criminal referrals by the IG for figures like Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and James Comey. In fact, some of these people are so emboldened that they are now suing the government to get their full pensions. Meanwhile, others hide behind blanket immunity that was given for no logical reason whatsoever.

This is why so few people trusts our institutions. It’s also why the many conservatives who spent years insisting we treat the FBI/DOJ as sacrosanct were simply wrong. The corruption is blatantly evident. These were not people just trying to do their job and protect Americans. They were political actors that perverted the system of justice and that deserves the exposition it’s now getting.

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Newly Declassified Documents Show Hillary’s Server Was Compromised, Emails Forwarded to Chinese Email Account

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On the eve of DNI Dan Coats stepping down, we got a rash of declassifications dealing with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server.

As with all things dealing with this topic, it’s complicated and can be hard to follow. But we aren’t dealing with anonymous sources or speculation here. These are actual documents and that have just been declassified. Perhaps this dump shows President Trump is keeping his promise on that front?

Brian Cates (Epoch Times) laid out exactly what we are seeing in a lengthy thread that I’m not going to fully post here. I’d suggest you go read it to get the full picture. I’ll do my best to summarize and highlight the major revelations though.

Essentially, the FBI found in the metadata that every email sent and received on Clinton’s home brew server was being copied to an email address registered to a Chinese company named Carter Heavy Industries.

Who setup this email address? We now know the answer to that.

Paul Combetta was Hillary’s IT specialist and he was inexplicably given blanket immunity by James Comey’s FBI during the Hillary email investigation. This despite the fact that he clearly broke the law and apparently had absolutely nothing of substance to offer investigators.

Typically, you don’t give immunity to someone who can’t help you land a bigger fish. But as most reading this know, nothing about the Hillary email investigation made sense. It was clearly ran as a whitewash operation of any possible criminal activity. These new documents further establish that, as we see James Comey and Peter Strzok actively suppressed the evidence in question.

In fact, the only reason we are finding out about this is because the Inspector General filed a supplemental report to fill in gaps left in the original IG report on the Hillary investigation.

The excuse being given by some defenders is that Combetta made the email account so that means it was just an account to archive Clinton’s emails. That leaves way too many questions unanswered and makes little sense.

If you want to setup a dummy account, why are you using a Chinese company as the domain? The first thought would be to ask if Combetta was being paid off by the Chinese to forward the emails to them. That’s probably the least controversial explanation though. If Clinton herself was involved in the distribution of the materials, things would really escalate. The IG came up inconclusive, unable to pin down exactly the provenance and purpose of the Chinese email address. What we do know is that the FBI leadership at the time glossed over the evidence and essentially buried it.

Past that, even if we are to believe that Combetta picked the name at random, it means he broke the law by illegally archiving classified government documents. Of course, we all know Combetta was not acting alone. Hillary Clinton was his boss and had to have been directing him to do these things. What that points to is the magical intent that James Comey claimed didn’t exist (intent wasn’t actually required in the criminal statute regardless).

There’s a lot more in Cates’ thread and I’d again encourage you to read through it. This entire ordeal is just a mess and from what’s being rumored, it’s not over. Bill Barr is on record saying John Huber, who is part of the investigation into all this, is looking at the question of the 33,000 emails Clinton illegally destroyed.

It’s been said a million times and I’ll say it once more. If this were anyone but Hillary Clinton, they’d be in jail by now.

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Gowdy On The FBI In 2016: ‘Was Their Target Russia Or Was Their Target The Trump Campaign?’

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Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) spoke to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday morning. He confirmed the identity of the informants to whom former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos had given “exculpatory evidence.” The information can be found on a transcript of a meeting between he and FBI informants Stefan Halper, then a professor at Cambridge University, and Azra Turk, whom Halper introduced as his assistant, in London in September 2016.

Halper had previously met with Carter Page in July 2016 and used his acquaintance with Page as an introduction to Papadopoulos on September 2, 2016. The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reports that Halper contacted Papadopoulos and offered him $3,000 plus expenses to come to London “under the guise of providing research about energy security issues.”

Papadopoulos told Ross that, when he met with Halper and Turk in London, they both asked him about the Trump campaign’s involvement in “Russia’s hacking of Democrats’ emails.” He said he had “rejected the question out of hand, saying that hacking emails would be illegal.”

In preparation for her Sunday morning interview with Gowdy, Bartiromo contacted Papadopoulos on Saturday evening to verify what he had said to Halper when asked if the Trump campaign would use Russian information against Hillary Clinton. According to her, Papadopoulos repeated what he has said all along. “Are you kidding that’s treasonous, people get hanged for stuff like this…that’s nuts, that’s treason.”

Gowdy explained to Bartiromo:

That what you just described is textbook exculpatory information. It tends to show that a person did not commit a crime, a crime by the way, Maria, he was never charged with. Papadopolous was charged with a process crime but never with colluding with Russia.

But it also speaks to what the FBI and the department were doing back in 2016: Was their target Russia or was their target the Trump campaign? We’re not going to know until we get the transcripts public.

The FBI and the DOJ said it was never intended to investigate the Trump campaign, just Russia. Okay, great. Show us the transcripts. Show us what questions you coached the informants or the cooperating witnesses to ask of the Trump campaign officials. If it’s not about the campaign then you win, you’re right. But if you’re veering over into the campaign, or if your questions are not solely about Russia, then you’ve been misleading us for two years.

Just release the transcripts, and we can tell for ourselves when it began and what it was about.

Although Gowdy stopped short of expressly saying it, it sure looks as if the FBI’s actual target was the Trump campaign rather than Russia.

Gowdy also informed Bartiromo this particular transcript is not the only one containing exculpatory evidence. He said, “The one you referenced is a single transcript, there are going to be others.”

The transcripts, which are currently in the hands of the DOJ, will clarify this issue. In other words, Attorney General William Barr and prosecutor John Durham already know the answer.

(Note: In the end, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI. He served 12 days of a 14-day sentence.)

Papadopoulos and his wife, Simona Mangiante, also spoke to investigative reporter Sara Carter. They claim that “the FBI tried to coerce her to wear a wire to “entrap” her husband.”

Papadopoulos told Carter that his wife “was targeted by the FBI because she had information on another FBI informant, the academic Joseph Mifsud, who is connected to the Italian government and whose attorney has now come forward to reveal Mifsud was working with the FBI.” He said:

But what we believed that they really targeted her for is, we believe she knew all about Joseph Mifsud’s connections to the Italian government and his connections in Europe, which we just found out today that … the prime minister … just fired the heads of three intel agencies in Italy. And I think it has to do with the person, Joseph Mifsud, who the president and Devin Nunes and other people have been asking the government in Italy to examine a lot more because he’s actually at the core of this entire scam.

Two weeks ago, I reported that John Durham’s team has been in contact with Mifsud’s Swiss attorney, Stefan Roh. (“Has Durham Found A ‘Smoking Gun?’ The Mother Of All Omissions In Mueller’s Report May Await“) I wrote that “Durham and his team are hoping to either “interview Mifsud or at the very least review a recorded deposition the professor gave in summer 2018 about his role in the drama involving Donald Trump, Russia and the 2016 election.”

Last week, the well-connected investigative journalist, John Solomon, confirmed that the Durham team now has Mifsud’s recorded deposition in their possession. My colleague, Sarah Lee, posted about that here.

The importance of Mifsud to this investigation cannot be overstated. In fact, Solomon, who has followed this story closely, calls Papadopoulos’ meetings with this man the “flashpoint, the starting point, of this whole Russia collusion narrative.”

In an appearance on “Hannity” last week, Solomon said:

Well I can report absolutely that the Durham investigators have now obtained an audiotaped deposition of Joseph Mifsud where he describes his work, why he targeted Papadopoulos, who directed him to do that, what directions he was given, and why he set that entire process of introducing Papadopoulos to Russia in motion in March of 2016, which was really the flashpoint, the starting point of this whole Russian collusion narrative. I can also confirm that the Senate Judiciary Committee has also obtained the same deposition.

We’re going to eventually see the actual words that Papadopoulos used and whether the FBI properly disclosed evidence of innocence to the FISA court. My sources tell me there’s a big problem for the FBI there. That happened on James Comey’s watch.

Last week, we learned that the DOJ will not be charging Comey for leaking classified information (his memos). In response to a previous dig from Rep. Mark Meadows, Comey took to twitter to say, “I love transparency. I just wait for facts before I talk about them. I’m confident the results of all IG reports will show honest public servants worked hard to protect this country from a threat this president and his enablers won’t acknowledge. And @ me next time, bruh.”

Comey’s confidence may be a bit premature. The DOJ believes their case against him for FISA abuse is strong. Stay tuned.

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James Comey Goes Full Cringe In Response to Recent News of His Criminal Referral

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The moment of silence we got from James Comey is over.

In the past few weeks, Comey had refrained from Twitter and media appearances. That happened to coincide with IG Horowitz finishing his investigation, leaving some to speculate that perhaps the former FBI Director had decided it best for his future to lay low. Then the news broke a couple of days ago that while a criminal referral was made against Comey, he would not be charged.

Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s team referred Comey for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, but Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors working for Attorney General William Barr reportedly have decided to decline prosecution – a decision that’s likely to upset Comey’s conservative critics.

That got Comey talking again after Rep. Mark Meadows called him out.

First off, anyone who uses the word “bruh” deserves solitary confinement. That’s almost as awkward as when Hillary Clinton was just “chillin” in Cedar Rapids. Whoever this guy’s publicist is needs to be fired and run out of the industry.

As to the meat of his post, this guy never stops being the most self-righteous clown at the party. Even in the midst of an IG report which is already confirmed to eviscerate his conduct, he’s still pulling the “protect this country” card and pretending he’s the only honest person left in the country. It’s bordering on pathological at this point.

What’s he going to do when the IG lays out that he lacked candor in interviews, mishandled classified information, and acted in a partisan manner? The answer is probably exactly what he’s doing here. This guy has no shame and he truly believes in an all powerful bureaucracy with no checks and balances. He has no ability to look in the mirror and admit wrongdoing. In that way, he’d probably make a good politician, which is exactly why he was an awful FBI Director.

It’s inexplicable that anyone would still try to defend the actions of the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation. Comey is going to do his best to try though, and if that means defending people like Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe, he’ll be on CNN to gaslight us for as long as it takes.

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Here’s Just How Badly James Comey Mishandled Classified Information Per New Documents

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As I shared last night, sources are telling The Hill’s John Solomon that James Comey was referred to the DOJ for prosecution. This deals with his mishandling of classified memos, which he purposely leaked to get Robert Mueller appointed.

Unfortunately and inexplicably, those same sources are also saying that the DOJ is going to decline to prosecute due to a lack of evidence to prove intent. This is confusing for several reasons, not the least of which is that Comey admitted in a Congressional hearing that he purposely leaked the memos.

At nearly the same time that news broke, Judicial Watch obtained documents that show just how badly James Comey mishandled classified information.

Not only was Comey keeping confidential and classified government documents at his house, which is illegal in and of itself, but he “lost” memos as well. Here’s what one of those memos was about.

There’s noway that’s a coincidence. The most likely reason Comey “lost” that specific memo is because he lied to the President about what surveillance had been used against his campaign and associates. But no matter. Comey just has to say he misplaced it and all of this just goes away apparently.

So to recap, Comey illegally possessed government documents at his house, he leaked those documents for partisan reasons, he admitted to leaking them for partisan reasons, and he “lost” other memos which likely contained further incriminating evidence against him.

Despite that, he’s not going to be prosecuted because of a lack of intent, which is not even required by the specific criminal statute. What I’m quickly learning is that intent is a meaningless term in Washington, used only as a means to deflect responsibility. A “get out of jail free card” for the entrenched elite. No amount of direct admission and obvious evidence is ever enough.

Think about how ridiculous this is. James Comey investigated Hillary Clinton and cleared her of mishandling classified materials, citing lack of intent. Now, he’s getting off for the same crime, for the same reason. The culture of corruption within our government is just perverse. No one is ever held accountable for anything. It’s the epitome of a two tiered system of justice.

I wish I could say I hold the same faith that my colleague Elizabeth does on the matter, but I believe this is it for Comey. I don’t believe this is all part of a plan to nail him on some bigger charge down the road. If they can’t prove intent here, when he directly admitted what he did, there’s noway they can prove intent dealing with FISA abuse (and that’s assuming you could pinpoint a specific statute violated anyway given how ungoverned the FISA court is). Comey did also lie to the FBI, but the DOJ has already said they won’t prosecute that either according to Solomon’s sources.

In the end, nothing changes. No one is made to pay and this kind of ingrained corruption within our bureaucracies will undoubtedly continue.

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DoJ: No prosecution for Comey over leaks

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So much for the former FBI director perp walk, eh? Despite receiving a referral from Inspector General Michael Horowitz over the matter, the Department of Justice will not prosecute James Comey for the leaks of his memos to the New York Times through a cut-out. The timing of the classification on the memos made it nearly impossible to take to court, explained Fox News’ source at the DoJ:

“Everyone at the DOJ involved in the decision said it wasn’t a close call,” one official said. “They all thought this could not be prosecuted.” …

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz had referred Comey for potential prosecution as part of an internal review.

But one of the key factors leading to the DOJ declining to prosecute apparently was the fact that the two memos were labeled “confidential” after he set in motion the chain of events that led to them ending up with the press.

That’s an interesting position for the DoJ to take, given its previous saber-rattling over leaks. Two years ago, Rod Rosenstein was threatening to haul any administration leakers into court to face criminal charges. Speaking specifically about the case of Joint Chiefs vice-chair James Cartwright, Rosenstein argued that prison time should have been the result, if for no other reason than pour encourager les âutres:

“[T]he need for deterrence is strong,” he wrote in a sentencing memo filed Jan. 10, 2017. “Everyday across the United States Government, individuals are entrusted with highly sensitive classified information. They must understand that disclosing such information to persons not authorized to receive it has severe consequences.”

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Bill O’Reilly that some examples needed to be made to put some disincentives on leakers:

“The leakers in the various agencies, federal agencies—you guys zeroing in on them? Do you think you’re going to have some indictments shortly?” O’Reilly asked.

“I expect we’ll get to the bottom of this,” Sessions replied. “This is not right. We’ve never seen this kind of leaking. It’s almost as if people think they have a right to violate the law, and this has got to end, and probably it will take some convictions to put an end to it.”

In fact, as The Daily Beast noted at the time, Donald Trump wanted Comey himself to start investigating reporters who got the leaks and not just the leakers. That was in the same conversation that Comey ended up documenting in one of the leaked memos, ironically:

Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.

Mr. Trump then turned the discussion to Mr. Flynn.

After writing up a memo that outlined the meeting, Mr. Comey shared it with senior F.B.I. officials. Mr. Comey and his aides perceived Mr. Trump’s comments as an effort to influence the investigation, but they decided that they would try to keep the conversation secret — even from the F.B.I. agents working on the Russia investigation — so the details of the conversation would not affect the investigation.

With that in mind, how tough would it have been to go after Comey for the leak? Comey has insisted that the memos were his own personal record and not a work product, although since the records related directly and totally to his work as FBI director, that might not have stood up. The timing of the classification would have complicated a prosecution under 18 USC 793, but the nature of the memos would also have been a problem. They don’t relate to “defense information,” or in fact to national security. It might have run afoul of other statutes, but again, one would first have to overcome the “work product” question.

In the end, the decision is most likely a political calculation. A prosecution of Comey for the leak would look like revenge, which it might very well be. If Comey beat the charge, it would look even worse. Better to just have the leak on the record as a permanent asterisk to Comey’s career than to give him the opportunity for vindication.

Besides, the DoJ might have other matters to attend with Comey when Horowitz’ report on Operation Crossfire Hurricane gets published. Fox reports that day is “imminent,” so save up any extra popcorn from the Democrats’ Wokeback Mountain War to pass at the appropriate time.

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Judicial Watch: FBI found leaked memos at Comey’s house just before admission to Congress

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Did the man who gave Hillary Clinton a pass for mishandling classified material commit the same misconduct? Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton announced yesterday that a new trove of material from a FOIA demand shows that the FBI had to retrieve several memos written by James Comey as FBI director and retained at his home after being fired by Donald Trump. The seizure of the documents might have prompted Comey’s admission to Congress the next day of leaking them to a reporter through a cut-out:

Judicial Watch announced today it received six pages of records from the FBI showing that in June, 2017, a month after FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump, FBI agents visited his home and collected “as evidence” four memos that allegedly detail conversations he had with President Trump. One of his memos was written on June 6, a month after he was fired.

Comey was fired by Trump on May 9, 2017. The memos obtained by Judicial Watch were collected from Comey by the FBI on June 7, a month later, and are dated February 14, 2017; March 30, 2017; April 11, 2017; and one is dated “last night at 6:30 pm.”

The FBI documents also revealed that Comey recalled writing two other memos after conversations with Trump that he claimed were “missing.” The FBI visit and interview took place on June 7, the day before Comey admitted leaking the memos in testimony to Congress.

Fitton refers to the documents as “newly classified,” and demands that a criminal investigation begin into Comey’s actions:

“These extraordinary FBI docs further confirm that James Comey should never have had FBI files on President Trump at his home and that the FBI failed to secure and protect these private and classified files,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “Mr. Comey’s illegal leaking these FBI files as part of his vendetta against President Trump (directly resulting in the corrupt appointment of Robert Mueller) ought to be the subject of a criminal investigation.”

On June 8, 2017, Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked memos of his conversations with President Trump “because (he) thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” Columbia University Law professor Daniel Richman, a friend of Comey’s, reportedly“turned over copies of the former FBI director’s explosive memos … to the FBI, sidestepping a request by congressional committees to deliver the materials to Capitol Hill.”

The Justice Department previously argued to the court in a separate case that Comey’s leak of the memo regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was unauthorized and compared it to WikiLeaks. Comey admitted to Congress regarding the “Flynn” memo, “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter [for The New York Times] … I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” The New York Times published a report about the memo on May 16, 2017. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed the following day.

We knew about the leaks two years ago, and thus we already knew that Comey had retained the material. It created a debate at the time as to whether Comey had violated rules and/or laws regarding document handling. Comey’s defenders claimed that the memos were personal, but his role as FBI director and the clear purpose of the memos made them work product, at least arguably. To the extent the documents discussed classified information, Comey would have had to store them with proper regard to their classification regardless of his job status or commit a violation of the same kind Hillary committed — and for which Comey gave her a pass. However, it’s not quite clear what the FBI classified and why.

What wasn’t known, or at least not widely known, was the timing. Comey had been scheduled well in advance to testify on June 8, 2017. The run-up to that testimony was akin to the anticipation of Robert Mueller’s testimony last week, if not even greater, with some brinksmanship between Comey and the White House taking place for several days prior to his appearance. What caused the FBI to drop by Comey’s house the day before his testimony, and did that have anything to do with Comey’s decision to come clean about the leak? Did Comey himself invite the FBI to come get the memos? Either way, why hadn’t Comey turned the memos over immediately after Robert Mueller’s appointment?

We may know the answers to these questions sooner rather than later. Trump’s attorneys had demanded that the Inspector General investigate Comey’s actions with the memos, but Michael Horowitz ended up conducting a much wider investigation into the FBI’s actions in Operation Crossfire Hurricane. That report is due to come out soon — perhaps as soon as next month — and early rumors say that it will not paint Comey in a favorable light. If in fact the report does show that Comey lied to Trump to set him up and used a spy inside the White House, these memos might be the least of Comey’s troubles, and for that matter the FBI’s.

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BREAKING: James Comey Referred for Prosecution, DOJ Responds

According to sources, via The Hill, James Comey was referred for prosecution by IG Horowitz in his yet to be released report on the handling of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s team referred Comey for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, but Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors working for Attorney General William Barr reportedly have decided to decline prosecution – a decision that’s likely to upset Comey’s conservative critics.

Yes, you read that right. He was referred for prosecution but won’t be prosecuted because of a lack of intent despite the fact that the report itself is said to fillet him for his actions.

This is the same James Comey who publicly said he leaked the memos on purpose to get a special counsel appointed. Apparently, that doesn’t qualify as intent somehow.

As many of us have speculated for years, there will be no justice here because no one in D.C. ever pays for their actions. Comey is part of the protected class and is treated as such.

There is a chance the sources are wrong here about prosecution, but that’s unlikely.

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Trump Strikes Back, Calls for Investigations Into Obama, Clinton, and More

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The ending of The Godfather was one of the best in cinema and we’re seeing something like it play out in real life with President Donald Trump now suggesting a retaliation against Democrats for the wasted years and taxpayer dollars trying to peg him with collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice.

Sitting in front of reporters in the Oval Office, Trump was speaking of the Mueller investigation and was calling it a “disgrace” as despite all the investigating and effort put into it by the left “they have nothing.”

That’s when Trump suggested Republicans return fire.

“Let’s look into Obama the way they’ve looked at me from day one,” said Trump. “They could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Let’s subpoena all of his records, let’s subpoena all of the records having to do with Hillary Clinton and all of the nonsense that went on with Clinton and her foundation, and everything else.”

Trump went on to say that the investigation was “so destructive to the country” and said that it’s the reason Republicans are going to take back the House, and keep the Senate.

Personally, I think this kind of investigation is long overdue. The amount of skeletons hiding in the closet of Democrats has to be enormous, especially considering the fact that the Democrats pushed so hard against Trump. Usually, if a Democrat comes down hard on a Republican for something, you can bet they’re somehow guilty of the same thing.

Clinton and the Clinton Foundations connections to the Uranium One scandal, for instance, could do with a bit more investigating. Also, what were the connections between Obama and Clinton during the 2016 elections? What was James Comey up to with his recently discovered spy in the White House? Were there connections to Democrat officials there?

These are all questions that, if the swamp is to be fully drained, we need the answers to.

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Mueller Report Footnotes Reveal A Story Of Their Own

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FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said it is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

 

It’s safe to say that most Americans didn’t read the Mueller Report, let alone the footnotes.

Real Clear Investigation’s Eric Felten actually did read the footnotes, all 2,000 of them, and they tell an interesting story indeed. In fact, Felten writes that it is in the footnotes “where the strengths and weaknesses of the Mueller report are most clearly on display.” After reading his report, I believe him.

The Mueller team had no time restraints, unlimited financial resources, nearly unfettered access to documents and interviews and all those high-powered Democrats, close scrutiny reveals that it’s end product, the Mueller report, is a unsubstantive, highly partisan document.

The first major observation is how heavily Mueller and his team relied on former FBI Director James Comey’s “memos.” You recall, Comey had been in the habit of writing down notes of what had been discussed during his meetings and phone calls with President Trump because he didn’t trust him. Felten found that dozens of footnotes were based upon these one-sided accounts. He writes:

These include memos dated Jan. 7 and Jan. 28, 2017, as well as notes from Feb. 14, March 30 and April 11. Those memoranda were treated as the evidentiary gold standard by Mueller. Long stretches of the special counsel’s report hang almost exclusively on Comey’s say-so. One or another of Comey’s memos are cited some three dozen times in Volume II alone, which addresses possible obstruction by Trump.

There are many citations from an FBI interview of Comey as well as from Comey’s testimony before Congress in June 2017, after he had been fired.

As it turns out, Comey was far from an objective party throughout this political Peyton Place. In fact, if Real Clear Investigation’s Paul Sperry’s report is accurate, Comey was conducting a probe of President Trump while he assured him in person that he was not the subject of an investigation. This report, published on Monday, cited sources familiar with the DOJ IG investigation. It can be viewed here.

Regarding Comey’s bias, Felten writes:

Which means that Comey was writing his memos with an eye to swaying future legal and public opinion. Upon finishing a memo, he would run it by his top deputies (see footnotes 187 and 188 in Volume II) to make sure it served its purpose. Comey’s memos may or may not be the “strong corroborating evidence” Mueller claims, but Comey surely intended for those memoranda to establish his version of events.

This lack of skepticism about Comey’s motivation is especially jarring given footnote 544 in Volume II, which suggests a political motive and, perhaps, some lawbreaking. That’s where Mueller acknowledges that Comey arranged to have several of the aforementioned memos leaked: “Comey testified that he deliberately caused his memorandum documenting the February 14, 2017 meeting [with the president] to be leaked to the New York Times,” the footnote reads, “because he thought sharing the memorandum with a reporter ‘might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.’”

Equally disturbing were the numerous citations from media accounts of events. Mueller and his team were particularly fond of The New York Times and The Washington Post.

For example, the report states, “On July 22, 2016, the day before the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks posted thousands of hacked DNC documents revealing sensitive internal deliberations.” According to the footnote, this information comes from a Washington Post article written by Tom Hamburger and Karen Tumulty. It was entitled “WikiLeaks releases thousands of documents about Clinton and internal deliberations.”

In another example, the report states, “On December 10, 2016, the press reported that U.S. intelligence agencies had ‘concluded that Russia interfered in last month’s presidential election to boost Donald Trump’s bid for the White House.’” The footnote cites an article in The Guardian, which cites articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post. The newspapers each cite “anonymous sources.”

So, the source of this “factual” material in the Mueller report was anonymous and thrice removed.

Felten found that the report referenced many primary sources, such as FBI interviews, however, much of this material was opinion rather than evidence. For example, a footnote indicates that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

“told White House officials that the FBI had told him that the FBI was closing out its investigation of him,” but that John Eisenberg, a deputy White counsel, “did not believe him.”

Let’s pause for a second and consider what the footnote appears to tell us, but doesn’t: Eisenberg’s incredulity aside, did the FBI tell Flynn it was closing out its investigation of him or didn’t it? By citing Eisenberg’s disbelief, the special counsel suggests that Flynn was lying to his fellow White House officials. But what Eisenberg believed settles nothing – he was in no position to know what the FBI had or had not told Flynn.

What about the two FBI agents (one of them the ubiquitous Peter Strzok) who interviewed Flynn? The special counsel could have questioned them separately, asking each under oath whether they had told, suggested, hinted, or in any other way made Flynn to believe he was off the hook. In this case, the sources Mueller chooses not to question are more telling than the ones he does cite.

Although the Mueller report is one of the most important political documents in recent memory, it was written by a team of Democrats, many of whom were large donors, and it relied upon the most biased sources such as Comey, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian.

And still, they found no evidence of a crime.

When the report is carefully scrutinized, we wonder why we ever gave it so much attention.

We also have to question why this investigation, if one can even call it that, took 22 months.

After all, what did they have to investigate?

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