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Matt Gaetz: Lewandowski hearing revealed ‘true fissure’ among House Democrats

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This week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing — with testimony from former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski — revealed just how fragmented and disorganized the Democratic Party is, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“Corey Lewandowski was very precise,” Gaetz, a member of the House panel, told host Sean Hannity, “and House Democrats looked like a dog that had chased a car and then caught it and then did not know what to do about it.”

Tuesday’s five-hour hearing descended into chaos as Democrats hurled insults and accusations at a combative Lewandowski.

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At one point, committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., told Lewandowski his “behavior in this hearing room has been completely unacceptable,” and said holding Lewandowski “in contempt” was “certainly under consideration.”

Gaetz noted there seemed to be a split among the panel’s Democrats, with some appearing embarrassed by their side’s questioning of Lewandowski.

“Behind closed doors we’re seeing a true fissure in the Democratic Party,” Gaetz said.

The congressman said he believes some Democrats are questioning the “strategy” utilized by others in the party.

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“I think this division among Democrats shows that they have a losing strategy and it is consistent with all of the polling that says that the American people want us focused on immigration, border security — the key issues,” Gaetz said.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Sean Hannity: DOJ watchdog Horowitz ‘just getting started’ on probe of ‘Jim Comey, Super Patriot’

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is “just getting started” in his probe of the origins of the Russia investigation, so former FBI Director James Comey is a long way from being in the clear, Sean Hannity said Wednesday.

Horowitz was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, telling lawmakers his investigators will “assess” new Republican allegations of “inconsistencies” in Comey’s congressional testimony, the Fox News host reported on “Hannity.”

“Today Horowitz doubled down on this damning accusation [and] explained that the office of the inspector general was concerned that Comey’s actions will set a troubling precedent,” Hannity said. “And as I have said before, this is just the beginning for Jim Comey, Super Patriot.”

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Hannity also made a point of urging current FBI Director Christopher Wray to clean up his department.

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“Now Director Wray seems to be hesitant, he really does, in wanting to fix what is the greatest … the premier law enforcement agency in the entire world,” Hannity said.  “I hope director Wray changes course and commits himself to implementing the changes so that 99.9 percent of law-abiding FBI agents that keep us safe every day, that we can have confidence in all of them.”

“The changes here he needs to look at,” Hannity said, regarding Wray, “are so we prevent the massive abuse of power so it’ll never happen again.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: Are Trump-Lewandowski conversations protected by executive privilege?

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President Trump’s former campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski testified Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee. The White House is not objecting to his appearance but has instructed him not to answer questions about his communications with the president. (See the letter of White House counsel Pat Cipollone to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.)

This raises an interesting question: May the president assert executive privilege to shield disclosure of his communications with people who are not part of the White House staff and the broader executive branch?

Lewandowski was not a government official in June and July 2017, when, according to the Mueller report, the president instructed him to convey a directive to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The directive was for Sessions to narrow his recusal from the Russia investigation so that he could limit then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s jurisdiction – such that Mueller could investigate only to prevent Russian meddling in future elections.

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That is, Mueller would end his probe of Kremlin interference in the 2016 campaign, on the rationale that Trump had done nothing wrong. Sessions was to add that he had been with Trump for nine months on the campaign and therefore knew that “there were no Russians involved with him.”

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The last claim was an overstatement. We now know that the Trump organization was involved in negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow throughout the 2016 campaign. Moreover, while there is no evidence that candidate Trump himself was informed about the matter, his top campaign officials (his son Don Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort) met in June 2016 with a lawyer they understood to be a Kremlin emissary (Natalia Veselnitskaya, with an entourage of Russians in tow) in the expectation (unfulfilled) of receiving campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Ironically, as I further detail in “Ball of Collusion,” Veselnitskaya obtained the materials she presented from Fusion GPS, the same outfit that was working for Clinton to scrounge up campaign dirt on Donald Trump from Russian sources.

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McCarthy promises accountability as Barr reviews IG’s FISA report: ‘The closest we’ve ever seen to a coup’

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., promised that guilty parties will be held accountable after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz releases his report on the FBI’s alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in the Russia investigation, and predicted that former bureau leaders James Comey and Andrew McCabe will face criminal charges after what he described as an attempted “coup” to take down President Trump.

The report will address concerns with whether or not the FBI acted improperly in obtaining a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early stages of their investigation of Russian election interference and possible Trump campaign connections. The Inspector General’s office has already turned over a draft of its findings to Attorney General Bill Barr, and a final report is expected in the near future.

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“We came the closest ever to this country having a coup, and now we need accountability,” McCarthy told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “I respect this attorney general so greatly, that the way he has handled this, he believes in accountability, but more importantly, he believes in the rule of law.”

When asked if there will really be accountability, McCarthy promised, “Yes.”

James Comey and Andrew McCabe, who were the director and deputy director of the FBI when the Russia probe began, have been the subjects of separate IG investigations, and McCarthy believes they will both face consequences.

“We will see an indictment,” he said of McCabe, who is facing the prospect of federal charges after Horowitz faulted him in a separate inquiry over statements he made during a Hillary Clinton-related investigation. The review found that McCabe “lacked candor” when talking with investigators, but the former FBI official has denied wrongdoing. Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu recommended charges against McCabe after the DOJ rejected his appeal.

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Comey was chastised in a recent report from Horowitz that discussed how Comey improperly maintained records of his conversations with President Trump, and leaked sensitive information about the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. While the report found that Comey violated department policy, the DOJ opted not to press charges. McCarthy believes that there will be more to come for Comey.

“In the end, I do not believe that Jim Comey will get off,” McCarthy predicted, adding, “Anyone that has had any association with trying to create this coup should be held accountable.”

After President Trump fired Comey in May 2017, McCabe became acting director of the FBI. McCabe’s tenure at the FBI came to an end in March 2018 when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him in the wake of the IG report of his misstatements.

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Republicans claim that the FBI, under Comey and McCabe’s leadership, misrepresented key information in applying for the FISA warrant for Page in October 2016 — and three subsequent renewals — and improperly relied on an unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Horowitz’s team has questioned why the FBI considered Steele a credible source, and why the bureau seemed to use news reports to bolster Steele’s credibility.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Catherine Herridge, and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: Why it’s unlikely the McCabe grand jury voted against indictment

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In coverage of the Andrew McCabe investigation, there seems to be a lot of adding two plus two and coming up with five.

The New York Times and Washington Post have reported that a grand jury met on Thursday in connection with a probe involving McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director. As I write this column on Friday evening, no indictment has been returned against McCabe. From this, and what seems to be some hopeful speculation about “hints of the case’s weakness” that could possibly have caused grand jurors to “balk,” the Times and the Post suggest that maybe the grand jury has voted against an indictment.

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This supposition has prompted a letter to the Justice Department from McCabe’s attorney, Michael Bromwich — a former colleague of mine who, besides being a skilled and shrewd attorney, is a Democrat and was last seen representing Christine Blasey Ford, Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser. Bromwich says he is hearing “rumors from reporters” about the filing of a “no true bill” — i.e., a grand-jury vote rejecting a proposed indictment of McCabe.

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While conceding that he “do[es] not know the specific basis for the rumors,” Bromwich intuits that they must be reliable because the newspapers ran with the story. Mind you, neither the Times nor the Post claims to have been told by any grand jurors that they declined to indict McCabe; nor do they report hearing from any knowledgeable government official that a no true bill was voted. Nevertheless, McCabe’s legal team is demanding that the Justice Department disclose whether an indictment was declined and refrain from seeking an indictment in the future.

This gambit, of course, floats the narrative that the case against McCabe must be crumbling — the media reports spur the Bromwich letter, which spur more media reports, rinse and repeat. But even allowing for the erosion of standards, this is thin gruel for both news reporting and legal claims.

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Eric Holder: Trump could be prosecuted after leaving office, but at a ‘potential cost to the nation’

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview broadcast Saturday that President Trump could easily be prosecuted for allegedly breaking campaign finance laws after he leaves office, but warned that such a case would come at a “potential cost to the nation.”

Holder made the comments during an interview with CNN political commentator David Axelrod. The network published excerpts from the interview before the program aired.

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When Axelrod asked Holder if Trump could be subject to prosecution upon leaving office, Holder answered: “I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

“We already have an indictment in the Southern District of New York where [former Trump attorney] Michael Cohen — relative to the payoffs, Michael Cohen’s already in jail with regard to his role there,” Holder went on.

Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in August of 2018 to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank and violating campaign finance law by arranging payments totaling $280,000 in the last days of the 2016 presidential campaign to silence two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Cohen has claimed that Trump directed him to make the payments; the president has denied any wrongdoing.

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“Individual-1 is the president,” said Holder, referring to a sobriquet used in court documents to indicate Trump’s name, “and it would seem to me that the next attorney general, the next president, is going to have to make a determination.”

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When Axelrod asked about the potential effect of putting Trump on trial, referencing President Gerald Ford’s decision to pardon his predecessor Richard Nixon following his resignation in 1974, Holder was more circumspect.

“I think there is a potential cost to the nation by putting on trial a former president, and that ought to at least be a part of the calculus that goes into the determination that has to be made by the next attorney general,” he said, adding that while Ford’s pardon of Nixon may have cost him the 1976 election, “looking back, I tend to think that that was probably the right thing to do.”

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Holder also said that Congress should proceed with an impeachment inquiry, but added, “that doesn’t necessarily commit you to actually impeaching the President.”

These comments come after a House vote Thursday to formalize the ground rules of its investigation into the possibility of impeachable offenses by President Trump or his associates with regards to Russian collusion.

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Sen. Kennedy: Trusting Russia, North Korea, Iran like trusting ‘a Jussie Smollett police report’

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Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana on Saturday said America can’t trust nations like Russia and Iran, comparing their leaders’ credibility to that of disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.

“I trust Russia and China and Iran and North Korea like I trust a Jussie Smollett police report,” Kennedy said, referring to the former “Empire” actor accused of lying to police about being a hate crime victim.

“You can’t trust them and they’re not going to stop — they’re not our friends. Since President Trump took office, they don’t love us anymore, but I think, by God, they respect us now,” he added during an appearance on “Your World.”

Kennedy was responding to former Defense Secretary James Mattis previously saying he was very worried about Russian President Vladimir Putin and considered him a “threat.”

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, released earlier this year, found that Putin’s government engaged in a concerted effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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Since before Trump’s election, the Justice Department has been investigating that meddling and potential collaboration with the Trump campaign.

The Trump team alleged, however, that DOJ officials abused their power in order to investigate his campaign.

More details are expected to surface, with the Justice Department’s inspector general telling lawmakers Friday that he has submitted a draft report on potential surveillance abuses.

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Kennedy told “Your World” host Neil Cavuto that Attorney General William Barr, who received the draft, should work to release that report publicly as soon as possible.

If the report shows surveillance abuses, Kennedy said the perpetrators need to be “dismissed.”

“If necessary,” he added, “they need to be prosecuted with great vengeance and furious anger.”

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Joseph diGenova: McCabe prosecution would start holding Obama officials responsible for anti-Trump abuses

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It’s clear that the Justice Department is right to seek criminal charges against fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in light of the leaking and lying that cost him his job last year.

After rejecting a final appeal from McCabe’s legal team, the Justice Department stands ready to seek an indictment against McCabe based on his misconduct as described in an Office of the Inspector General’s report regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Fox News has reported.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that McCabe repeatedly lied to investigators about his leaking of confidential information regarding the Clinton probe. That’s a felony. The Justice Department would be remiss in its duty if it ignored the finding and let McCabe escape criminal charges.

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Fox News reported that U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu recommended moving forward with charges against McCabe and that Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen rejected an appeal by attorneys for McCabe to go against Liu’s recommendation.

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Liu and Rosen made the proper decision. Just because he held a high position in the FBI does not mean that McCabe is above the law.

In the latest development in the case, Fox News reported Friday that attorneys for McCabe are trying again to get the Justice Department to drop plans to prosecute the fired FBI official, who briefly served as acting director of the bureau after James Comey was fired from the top FBI job.

McCabe’s attorneys made the request citing “rumors from reporters starting this morning that the grand jury considering charges against Mr. McCabe had declined to vote an indictment,” according to an email from McCabe’s legal team obtained by Fox News.

If McCabe’s involvement is as extensive as some are suggesting, I have complete confidence that he’ll soon face charges far more serious than merely lying about his leaks.

The likely prosecution of McCabe is an important step in the necessary effort to hold senior Obama-era officials at the FBI and elsewhere accountable for abusing the power and credibility of the U.S. government in an attempt to reverse the American people’s choice of Donald Trump to become president of the United States.

Last month, I reassured Fox News readers that Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against Comey was not “a vindication of Comey, a defeat for the president, or an end to the inquiry surrounding these leaks.”

The likely impending indictment of McCabe proves that I was right to trust Barr’s judgment. The restraint Barr showed in his handling of Comey’s own leaks adds to the legitimacy of the case against McCabe, which seems about to become the first prosecution in the “investigation of the investigators.”

This shows that President Trump’s Justice Department and Attorney General Barr are focused solely on the restoration of public trust, and that they’re totally committed to the integrity of the process as they seek to remove the stain left by the out-of-control Obama-era FBI leadership.

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We now know this investigation has teeth. All that remains to be seen is how far it all goes. A wider and wider swath of misconduct during the Comey-McCabe era is coming under scrutiny, as the motion alleging that the government withheld evidence in the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn shows.

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court documents – at least some of which reportedly carry McCabe’s signature — may finally be approaching declassification as well.

The ultimate question will be just how much evidence emerges linking McCabe to a conspiracy to trump up charges against Flynn and inflate the Russiagate hoax in an effort to sabotage President Trump.

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If McCabe’s involvement is as extensive as some are suggesting, I have complete confidence that he’ll soon face charges far more serious than merely lying about his leaks.

The decision to prosecute McCabe is the strongest indication yet that the Justice Department is on the trail of some truly nefarious behavior by some extremely high-ranking government officials. The only question now is how deep and broad this genuine conspiracy goes.

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DOJ opposes House panel’s request for more Mueller probe materials as it pursues impeachment

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The Justice Department told a judge Friday that the House Judiciary Committee shouldn’t be granted access to unreleased material from the former special counsel’s Russia investigation as it weighs whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

The committee had filed a petition in federal court for lawmakers to obtain the grand jury material to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against Trump for his knowledge of any potential “criminal acts” by him or his associates related to conspiring with Russia.

The department argued lawmakers have “come nowhere close to demonstrating a particularized need” for the information.

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“What may come of this investigation — if anything — remains unknown and unpredictable,” the court filing read.

“What may come of this investigation — if anything — remains unknown and unpredictable.”

— Justice Department court filing

A redacted version of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s 448-page report was released to the public in April. A less-redacted version, where only grand jury information was blacked out, was then given to certain lawmakers, including the committee’s chairman and ranking member.

The committee asserted its need of the full, unredacted version of Mueller’s report as well as transcripts of the grand jury testimony, and filed a lawsuit under Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., in July. The Justice Department argued the blacked-out information in the report comprised a “tiny percentage of the document,” and that the committee hadn’t provided a sufficient explanation as to how the material would help their investigation of Trump.

The DOJ also argued an impeachment proceeding carried out in Congress wouldn’t be considered a “judicial proceeding” under law, in which case the information could have been disclosed.

The department went on to argue that several investigations stemming from Mueller’s probe remained open, thus there is a “continuing need for secrecy” about grand jury proceedings.

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It’s not clear what new information the committee is seeking in the grand jury transcripts. Many witnesses connected to the Trump administration appeared for voluntary questioning before Mueller’s team rather than the grand jury.

The House Judiciary Committee approved ground rules for impeachment hearings Thursday, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi maintained her cautious approach.

“If we have to go there, we’ll go there,” she said. “But we can’t go there until we have all the facts.”

Nadler promised an “aggressive” fall schedule for impeachment investigations, starting with a public session next week with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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DOJ watchdog submits draft report on alleged FISA abuses to Barr

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The Justice Department’s inspector general told lawmakers Friday his team is nearing completion of its long-awaited review of alleged surveillance abuses by the DOJ and FBI in the course of the Russia investigation, saying they have submitted a draft report to the attorney general and are “finalizing” the report ahead of its public release.

“We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the department and the FBI for classification determination and marking,” Michael Horowitz wrote in a Friday letter to several House and Senate committees. “This step is consistent with our process for reports such as this one that involve classified material.”

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Attorney General Bill Barr has received the draft report from Horowitz and will begin the process of reviewing it, according to a source familiar with the situation. The inspector general said his team has “reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several of witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.”

Horowitz and his investigators have probed how the infamous, anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was used to secure the original surveillance warrant for former Trump aide Carter Page in October 2016, as well as for three renewals. Horowitz’s team has questioned why the FBI considered Steele a credible source, and why the bureau seemed to use news reports to bolster Steele’s credibility.

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Horowitz indicated that once the Justice Department and the FBI send back a marked document relating to classified material, his team will “proceed with our usual process for preparing final draft public and classified reports, and ensuring that appropriate reviews occur for accuracy and comment purposes.”

The review is believed to have focused, in part, on the salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier authored by Steele — especially since its more sensational claims were not substantiated by Mueller’s team.

Meanwhile, a key FBI player during the time frame, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, is facing the prospect of federal charges related to Horowitz’s findings against him in a separate inquiry regarding misleading statements concerning a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.

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As Fox News reported Thursday, U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against McCabe, a CNN contributor, though no indictment has been handed down.

It also comes amid other similar inquiries related to the 2016 election:

Attorney General Bill Barr has assigned John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct an inquiry into alleged misconduct and alleged improper government surveillance on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

And U.S. Attorney John Huber was appointed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to review not only alleged surveillance abuses by the Justice Department and the FBI, but also their handling of the investigation into the Clinton Foundation and other matters.

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