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Judge bars Roger Stone from social media, says ex-Trump adviser violated gag order

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A federal judge on Tuesday barred former Trump adviser Roger Stone – facing charges of tampering, obstruction and false statements in a case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller – from posting anything on social media after determining Stone violated her gag order not to discuss the case.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, in federal court in Washington, ordered Stone to stay off Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, saying he did not abide by her previous order to not comment on the case. She did not order Stone to jail.

“I said you can’t talk about it at all,” Jackson told Stone in court.

JUDGE ORDERS ROGER STONE TO COURT OVER INFLAMMATORY INSTAGRAM POST

Prosecutors argued Stone had violated the judge’s gag order with Instagram posts that disparaged the Mueller investigation and the broader election interference probe.

Defense lawyers have said nothing Stone posted on social media ran afoul of the judge’s order or would prevent an unbiased jury from hearing the case.

Jackson imposed the order in February after Stone posted a photo of the judge with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun.

Stone, the colorful former longtime political adviser to Trump, was indicted in January.

The indictment does not charge Stone with conspiring with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that published emails of Democrats during the 2016 campaign, or with the Russian officers Mueller says hacked them. Instead, it accuses him of lying about his interactions related to WikiLeaks’ release during probes by Congress and Mueller’s team.

Stone has contested the charges.

“I will plead not guilty to these charges,” Stone said at the time. “I will defeat them in court. This is a politically-motivated investigation.”

Fox News’ Anne Marie Riha and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Devin Nunes: ‘A lot of risk’ for Mueller to testify, ‘dirty cops’ will reveal themselves

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House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., raised questions as to why former Special Counsel Robert Mueller would “even come testify” if he is just going to stay with the “four corners of the report.”

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with anchor Bill Hemmer, Nunes pointed out: “There’s a lot of risk for Bob Mueller to actually do this.”

Mueller is slated to testify on Wednesday, July 24 before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees.

He had been previously scheduled to testify on July 17 in a highly-anticipated public appearance. This will be the first since he gave a short statement following the conclusion of his nearly two-year investigation and release of a 448-page report.

DEVIN NUNES: WITHOUT JAIL TIME FOR RUSSIA PROBE ‘DIRTY COPS’, NO REPUBLICAN WILL TRUST DOJ FOR ‘GENERATIONS’

Last week, the Intelligence Committee received five hours of testimony from a member of Mueller’s team, and the panel is negotiating with the Justice Department regarding the appearance of other members of Mueller’s staff.

On “Sunday Morning Futures,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told host Maria Bartiromo the delay was a political ploy to lay the groundwork for impeachment proceedings.

The three hours of hearings were rescheduled in an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question Mueller. There will be no closed-door hearing.

Nunes said he certainly has a lot of questions for Mueller.

REP. NUNES ON CHRISTOPHER STEELE’S GRILLING BY DOJ INVESTIGATORS: A LOT OF THE DOSSIER ‘WAS JUST MADE UP’

“What we really need to do is figure out, when did he know about collusion — whether or not it was true,” he told “America’s Newsroom.”

“I say it had to be right when he walked in the door.”

“I think what the American people understand: this investigation was not about collusion even though they say it was. It wasn’t about obstruction of justice because that was regarding the firing of Comey. I believe what it was that they set an obstruction of justice trap that lasted for the better part of two years.”

The California Republican continued: “Finally, a new Attorney General came in and said, ‘What do you got here?’ Like, we’ve been going for two years on this. ‘Was there any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians?’ And, there were none.”

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Nunes told Hemmer he thought that the hardest part for people to believe is that the “only Russians in this whole scandal were connected to the Democratic party.”

Last Friday, President Trump told reporters outside the White House that there is nothing Mueller “can say.”

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“He’s written a report. It said no collusion, and it said, effectively, no obstruction. They want to go it again and again and again because they want to hurt the president before the election.”

However, Nunes believes it will all come out in the testimony: “The ‘dirty cops’ behind the conspiracy, the FISA application, and manipulated intelligence will talk.”

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Devin Nunes: Without jail time for Russia probe ‘dirty cops’, no Republican will trust DOJ for ‘generations’

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House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said there will be massive political consequences if Justice Department officials don’t face jail time for their conduct during the Russia investigation.

According to Nunes, the Russia investigation was an “obstruction of justice trap,” that started without evidence of collusion and ended in an “awful situation” that could only be fixed by jailing the people who “perpetuated this hoax.”

“These are all a bunch of dirty cops and I’ll tell you,” he told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on the latest “Hemmer Time” podcast. “We’re going to go down in a spiral in this country because you will not have a Republican that will trust the FBI or the Department of Justice for generations to come.”

Nunes specifically mentioned Andrew Weissman, one of the Mueller team’s top prosecutors who briefed AP reporters in 2017, before Mueller’s team was assembled, on “something to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.”

Authorities, Nunes said, hid that fact from his committee — something he said was inappropriate given that Weissman was briefed on the Steele dossier in the summer of 2016.

At Mueller’s hearing, Nunes plans to ask him whether he knew that Weissmann had been briefed on the dossier. Weissmann’s early involvement with the chain of custody, according to legal advice Nunes received, effectively disqualified him from serving on Mueller’s team.

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Nunes’ comments came before former Special Counsel Robert Mueller was scheduled to testify on July 17 before the House Judiciary Committee — a hearing Nunes suspected Democrats hoped would include “nasty” comments making President Trump “look bad.”

That date, according to sources, could have been pushed back to July 24, although committee Democrats have maintained the hearing would take place on July 17.

While the committee’s chair, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., joined other Democrats in continuing to pursue the Mueller report’s findings, Republicans have attempted to refocus the debate on accountability for what Nunes described as “dirty cops.”

REP. NUNES ON CHRISTOPHER STEELE’S GRILLING BY DOJ INVESTIGATORS: A LOT OF THE DOSSIER ‘WAS JUST MADE UP’

Barr already started the investigation and Nunes, in April, sent a criminal referral notification telling the Justice Department in April that he had identified “potential violations” of the law. Those criminal referrals stemmed from the Intelligence Committee’s investigation when Nunes was chair and Republicans held the House.

Nunes told Fox News host Bill Hemmer that he thought it was possible that the Russia investigation was a way for the House to develop an impeachment strategy. He accused DOJ officials of trying to drag out the investigation in order to find legal violations.

“They were trying to hold out this investigation as long as possible, bust people here and there for nickel and dime stuff — like obstructing an investigation, lying to Congress — and eventually they would get Trump,” he said.

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“What they were probably trying to get Trump to do was say something publicly, tweet something … probably their best dream was for him to fire Mueller … and then you’d have public sympathy and public support” for action against Trump.

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

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Trey Gowdy: Unless Mueller ‘fumbles,’ not much will be learned from testimony

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There’s little chance that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will reveal any significant new information about his Russia investigation when he testifies on Capitol Hill later this month, former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy said Friday.

In fact, Gowdy said on Fox News’ “Hannity,” the only significant thing Mueller could possibly say is whether he would have indicted Donald Trump if he were a private citizen instead of president of the United States.

“I think what the Democrats are going to focus on is, had that [Justice Department] policy not been in place [against indicting a sitting president], would you have indicted private citizen Donald Trump? That’s the only thing that can come out of this for the Democrats that would be significant,” Gowdy told host Sean Hannity.

TREY GOWDY: MUELLER DOES NOT WANT TO ‘PARTICIPATE’ IN KEEPING THE RUSSIA STORY ALIVE

Mueller was supposed to appear before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees this coming Wednesday but on Friday his scheduled hearings were postponed until July 24.

Gowdy — a Republican who declined to seek re-election last November after representing South Carolina‘s 4th Congressional District for four terms, from 2011 until January of this year — also advised Republicans to ask Mueller about all the things he “didn’t bother to look for” during an investigation that lasted two years.

“If you’re a Republican,” Gowdy said, “you’re going to want to ask about bias. You’re going to want to ask about what you didn’t look into — and I also have a bunch of friends on that committee. I would spend all of my time getting Mueller to talk about things he didn’t bother to look for.”

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The former chairman of the House Oversight Committee (2017-2019) and House Benghazi Committee (2014-2016) told Hannity that America wouldn’t learn much from the hearings unless Mueller “fumbles.”

“Trust me when I say, Sean … We’re not going to learn a lot unless he fumbles. The answer from my point of view, the Republican point of view, if he fumbles, the answer on why he did not indict Donald Trump, then this thing will continue to go on for another six to nine, twelve months,” Gowdy said.

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Deal struck for Mueller to appear, give extended testimony before Congress on July 24

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will give extended testimony as part of a deal for him to appear before congressional lawmakers later this month, Democratic Party officials said Friday.

Mueller’s highly anticipated appearance was pushed back at his request, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a joint statement.

“We are pleased to announce that Special Counsel Mueller will provide additional public testimony when he appears before our committees,” they said.

TREY GOWDY: MUELLER DOES NOT WANT TO ‘PARTICIPATE’ IN KEEPING THE RUSSIA STORY ALIVE

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In this May 29 photo, Robert Mueller speaks at the Department of Justice about the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

“The House Judiciary Committee will convene on July 24 at 8:30 a.m. with Special Counsel Mueller testifying in public for three hours.  After a brief break, the House Intelligence Committee will convene for additional public testimony beginning at 12 p.m.,” the statement continued.

Mueller had been scheduled to testify on July 17 about the findings of his two-year Russia probe after he was subpoenaed by the panels last month.

His appearance was thrown into disarray when lawmakers complained about the time allotted for committee members to ask questions.

Two hours had been scheduled for each committee to inquire about Mueller’s 448-page report, in which he concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. He found no evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia, a point Trump has consistently noted via social media.

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TARGETS SLEW OF TRUMP-TIED FIGURES AS GOP DECRIES ‘SUBPOENA BINGE’

Mueller’s only public comments on the investigation came in May, when he did not clear Trump of wrongdoing and reaffirmed his reluctance to testify in front of Congress. He did not say whether Trump obstructed justice during his probe, citing a Justice Department policy saying a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime.

“Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider,” he said at the time.

However, charges were brought against three businesses and 34 people, including former Trump aides, senior advisers and Russian agents.

On Thursday, Rep. Doug Collins,  top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, praised the news of Mueller’s scheduled testimony.

“I appreciate news the chairman has taken seriously the concerns Judiciary Republicans raised this week, The new format will allow all Judiciary Republicans to question the special counsel on July 24,” he tweeted.

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Hannity: The Dems are finally starting to listen to me

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity spoke Thursday about what he saw as top Democrats’ apparently shifting feelings about former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s scheduled testimony next week.

According to the AP, Democrats are now beginning to listen to Hannity,” he said.

“They’re worried about next Wednesday’s hearing — I’m excited about it.

“Those questions have all been thoroughly answered in the exhaustive, frankly political, poorly written… 448-page report.”

The “Hannity” host added that no matter their sudden concerns, some Democrats still wanted to beat the drum of collusion between President Trump and Russia, using Mueller’s testimony to advance their cause.

HANNITY: DEMS ABUSING THEIR POWER, GUILTY OF ‘PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT’

“In their desperate effort to keep their Russia collusion hoax, their conspiracy theories alive for as long as possible, Chairman Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, and Intel Chair Adam ‘The Cowardly’ Schiff, are forcing Bob Mueller to testify in public on Capitol Hill.”

Hannity claimed Rep. Schiff, D-Calif., in his capacity as House Intelligence Committee chairman, has been overseeing yet another investigation that was needlessly badgering Trump.

“The cowardly Schiff is conducting a separate sixth investigation,” he said, labeling the work of the California lawmaker’s colleague, “Jerry’s subpoena party.”

He continued: “This is harassment. They should be caring about what is a desperate situation at the border.

“They’re not doing anything to help the American people. They don’t have any agenda that’s going to solve our problems.”

In light of that allegation, Hannity said Democrats have been content instead to point to Trump and accuse him of collusion despite the Russia investigation’s conclusions.

“It’s a card that they keep playing over and over again — Russia, Russia, Russia,” he said.

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While Mueller is at the Capitol, Republicans should take the opportunity to grill him themselves, Hannity advised.

“Republicans should focus on the litany of what are unanswered questions that we have previewed on this program last night,” he said. “The political bias, the prosecutorial misconduct, politics, conflicts of interest.”

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Judge asks whether Flynn should be penalized after prosecutors drop him as witness against ex-partner

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The federal judge overseeing the still-pending sentencing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has set a Wednesday afternoon deadline for the government to explain whether new developments in a related case should result in prison time for Flynn.

D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Flynn’s lawyers, in turn, to file a response to the government’s arguments no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, adding, “the Court will not extend these filing deadlines.”

The order comes shortly after prosecutors revealed they won’t call Flynn to testify at the upcoming trial of his one-time business partner and now consider him to be an unindicted co-conspirator.

WHY DID FLYNN FIRE HIS LAWYERS?

Court documents unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria show prosecutors changed their minds about putting Flynn on the stand at next week’s trial of Bijan Kian.

Flynn’s lawyers have objected to the about-face, and say prosecutors wanted him to take the stand and admit things that weren’t true. Flynn’s sentencing had been postponed so Sullivan could take into account Flynn’s level of cooperation at the Kian trial.

“On June 24, 2019, defense counsel represented to the Court that Mr. Flynn was scheduled to testify at the trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before the Honorable Anthony J. Trenga,” the order from Sullivan read. “On July 9, 2019, Judge Trenga issued an order unsealing certain court records … the government is ORDERED to file a submission to this Court no later than 5:00 PM on July 10, 2019 explaining how the unsealed records in United States v. Rafiekian will impact the proceedings before this Court.”

Flynn has been cooperating for months with federal prosecutors in a bid to avoid any prison time, but abruptly fired his law firm last week — in a move that suggested he might contest the terms of his plea deal. Flynn, who attended a fireworks-filled sentencing hearing in December 2018, has consistently asked that Sullivan delay his sentencing while he continued his government cooperation.

“I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense,” Sullivan said during that hearing, during which he briefly suggested Flynn could be guilty of treason before walking the idea back.

One of Flynn’s new lawyers, Jesse Binnall, pointed out that prosecutors said explicitly at a June 13 hearing that they did not consider Flynn to be a co-conspirator in the case. Binnall said it’s wrong for the government to reverse that assessment simply because they don’t find his testimony to be useful.

FLYNN SAYS FBI PUSHED HIM NOT TO BRING A LAWYER TO FATEFUL WHITE HOUSE INTERVIEW

“The government’s reversal also sounds an alarm of potential retaliation and may have ramifications for Mr. Flynn beyond this trial,” Binnall wrote in a court document.

Kian is charged with illegally acting as a foreign agent. Prosecutors say Kian was acting at the Turkish government’s behest when he persuaded Flynn to write a November 2016 op-ed piece critical of Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in the U.S. who is a nemesis of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The legal advice Flynn and Kian received about whether they were required to register as foreign agents — and its admissibility at trial — has been a major issue in pretrial proceedings.

After the op-ed piece ran, government lawyers contacted Flynn and Kian’s joint business, Flynn Intel Group, and questioned whether they needed to register as foreign agents. Flynn Intel Group ultimately registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. But the indictment alleges that Kian knowingly made false statements to his lawyers and on the FARA registration form.

Binnall says that when Flynn made the FARA application, he thought at the time he was providing accurate information. Binnall said prosecutors wanted Flynn to admit that he knew the statements were false at the time he made them.

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“Mr. Flynn cannot give that testimony because it is not true,” Binnall said.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying about his contacts with Russians in the months between Trump’s election and his inauguration in a separate case brought by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Flynn had been an outspoken foreign policy adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign and served briefly in the administration as national security adviser before questions about his dealings with Russia forced him to resign.

WAS MICHAEL FLYNN TARGETED?

Ahead of the December 2018 hearing, Mueller’s team recommended that Flynn be spared jail time, citing his cooperation with the special counsel’s probe of Russian activities during the 2016 election campaign.

Kian’s lawyers, for their part, say the case against their client is built largely on information provided by Flynn and the case is weak because Flynn can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

“The government has belatedly realized what should have been clear all along — Flynn is not to be believed,” Kian’s lawyers wrote.

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

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Sol Wisenberg on Robert Mueller hearing: Dems think Americans ‘are stupid’ and need the report explained to them

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Fox News contributor Sol Wisenberg said Tuesday that Democrats “think the American people are stupid” and need to hear former Special Counsel Robert Mueller explain his report on Russian election interference.

Mueller is scheduled to appear at public hearings July 17 before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, marking only the second time he has spoken about his two-year investigation.

Responding on “America’s Newsroom,” Wisenberg — a lawyer and former Deputy Independent Counsel in the Whitewater/Lewinsky Investigation — doubted that the hearings will have the effect Democrats desire.

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“The Democrats believe the American people are stupid,” he said, adding that Democrats think if Americans watch the hearings, they will support the impeachment of President Trump.

“It didn’t work when they put John Dean there; now they’re gonna try Bob Mueller. I just don’t think it’s gonna work,” he argued.

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Wisenberg cautioned that House Republicans must ask legitimate questions and avoid “demagoguing” about their issues with Mueller’s investigation.

“I just don’t think we’re gonna see a lot of intelligent questions on either side. I think we’re gonna see a lot of demagoguery,” he concluded.

On Monday, Attorney General Bill Barr said the Department of Justice will support Mueller if he decides he “doesn’t want to subject himself” to the Democrats’ questioning. Barr called the upcoming hearing a “public spectacle.”

In previous comments, Mueller suggested that in congressional testimony, he would not go beyond the contents of the investigative report, which did not find evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and did not make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice.

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Trey Gowdy: Nothing will be learned at next week’s Mueller hearings

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Former congressman Trey Gowdy doesn’t expect much to happen during next week’s hearing featuring Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“Mueller doesn’t want to come. He doesn’t want to come because he’s not going to deviate from his report. What you’re going to get are these incendiary questions about obstruction and impeachment,” Gowdy said Monday while previewing the hearing on “Hannity.” “You’re not going to learn anything next Wednesday that you don’t already know.”

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Mueller is set to testify before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees July 17.

Attorney General William Barr said in an interview Monday that the Justice Department would support Robert Mueller if he decides he “doesn’t want to subject himself” to questioning from congressional Democrats

Mueller’s report found no proof that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the election, despite multiple outreach efforts by Russians, and did not reach a conclusion on whether President Trump obstructed justice.

Gowdy explained why the media “love” hearings like next Thursday and used a March 17 hearing featuring James comedy as an example.

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“Think back to March of 2017 Sean when, when the other news had a public hearing… Jim Comey and Mike Rogers a hundred times the witness said I cannot answer that question in this forum. You would think the media would say that was a waste of everybody’s time, don’t ever do that again,” Gowdy told Hannity.

“They love it they love it because what Adam Schiff and Swalwell and the others did is read newspaper articles that contain classified information only for the witness that they have to say ‘I can’t comment on that in this setting.’ That’s what’s going to happen next week.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Mark Meadows: Comey basically ‘went through red stoplights’ trying to ‘get’ Trump

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Former FBI Director James Comey tried very hard to get President Trump indicted in relation to the Russia investigation, according to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Comey should have known information contained within British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s Trump dossier was unverified, Meadows claimed Monday on “Hannity.”

“What we see is, James Comey went through not only yellow flashing lights, but he went through red stoplights to try to get this president and indict this president,” Meadows said.

“We know that Christopher Steele not only was talking to the DOJ, was talking to the FBI, was talking to the media — he was talking to anybody who would listen.

“He was sending smoke signals everywhere trying to get somebody to take this particular story that was false. The FBI knew it was false. They knew they had credibility problems, and yet, they continued to spy on American citizens.”

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Meadows also referenced documents unveiled earlier this year showing that shortly after the 2016 presidential election, then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec and Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr discussed new allegations sourced to Steele concerning the Trump campaign’s Russia connections.

The previous month, in October 2016, Kavalec had met with Steele and documented his political motivations in writing — particularly that Steele’s client was “keen” to see his anti-Trump materials “come to light” prior to the election. Kavelec forwarded her written notes, in which she also pointed out that some of Steele’s claims were apparently false, to a senior FBI executive.

Despite Kavalec’s concerns, the FBI used Steele’s information to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant targeting former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page just weeks later. The warrant application did not clearly state that the dossier’s creation was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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Furthermore, Meadows and Sean Hannity noted key witnesses sought for questioning in the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into alleged government surveillance abuse recently came forward “at the 11th hour.”

Sources familiar with the matter said at least one witness outside the Justice Department and FBI started cooperating — a breakthrough that came after Attorney General William Barr ordered U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead a separate investigation into the origins of the bureau’s 2016 Russia case that laid the foundation for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Catherine Herridge and Cyd Upson contributed to this report.

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