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KT McFarland: FBI tried to set me up for ‘perjury trap’ in Trump-Russia probe

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Former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland said Friday that the FBI — under the purview of the Mueller investigation — tried to set up her up in a “perjury trap.”

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Brian Kilmeade, McFarland — who served under former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — explained that her life “went to hell” at the beginning of the Russia probe because investigators were convinced she was President Trump‘s to the Russians.

“The FBI showed up at my house unannounced. I was all by myself. They come in and I said, ‘Do I need a lawyer for anything? I have never met with any Russians. I have never dealt with any Russians,'” she explained.

ROGER STONE SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS FOR LYING, WITNESS TAMPERING AS CASE ROILS DOJ

The agents said that while they couldn’t tell her not to get a lawyer, they just wanted a “little bit of information” to help them with the investigation.

“So, I naively went along with it. The whole time they were setting me up for a perjury trap,” she told Kilmeade. “Because Brian, they seized all of my files, my documents, text messages, cell phones from the period I was in government…They had control of them. They wouldn’t let me have control of them.”

However, the search turned out to be fruitless for all parties involved.

“They thought they could pressure me to say, ‘Well, I lied in one of my early talks with you guys when I didn’t have access to my information,'” she mused.

McFarland added that she was questioned about a 90-minute period spent in the president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in which she didn’t have any recorded correspondence or conversation in her phone records. That’s when, McFarland said, they asked her whether that was the time she met with Trump to get marching orders.

“I looked at them and I said, ‘No, that was actually when I was having lunch with my husband and I put my cell phone away,’ she recalled. “Look, they had absolutely targeted me for a perjury crime or to link Trump and until I got the best lawyer in the country to come along with me, they really thought they had me.”

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Last week, the Justice Department tapped an outside prosecutor to review Flynn’s case, in which sentencing has been postponed indefinitely. Last month, Flynn and his attorney Sidney Powell moved to withdraw his guilty plea for making false statements to the FBI about his communications with the former Russian ambassador, which stemmed from Mueller’s probe as well.

Flynn’s supporters have insisted he is innocent but was forced to plead guilty when his son was threatened with prosecution and he had exhausted his financial resources.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Lindsey Graham slams critics calling for Barr resignation: ‘We know your agenda’

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Monday that critics who calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign have a political agenda separate from upholding the rule of law they claim to cherish.

Graham, R-S.C., told “Hannity” that Barr was doing his job when his office stepped in to soften a sentencing recommendation from four now-resigned federal prosecutors in the case of Republican consultant Roger Stone.

Stone has been convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress in relation to the Russia investigation. The prosecutors recommended up to nine years in prison — but Barr balked at the suggestion.

“Bill Barr stepped in and stopped what I thought was an unjust sentence enhancement – and to the people who want Barr to resign, we know your agenda,” he said.

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“You are not trying to uphold the rule of law. You’re trying to take a good man down because you hate” President Trump.

Graham added that the counterintelligence investigation into potential links between Trump campaign figures and Russia — dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” — was a “danger to democracy.”

“I think it should never happen again. I think it was set up to destroy the Trump campaign, not protect it from Russian influence,” he said.

“I think [former Mueller team prosecutor] Andrew Weissmann needs to tell the country why it took two years to do the Mueller investigation when he should’ve figured it out in the first week there was nothing there.”

Regarding Barr’s action, which came around the same time as a tweet from President Trump slamming the initial Stone recommendation, several Democrats had expressed outrage.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Barr “ought to be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone.” He also said the controversy served as yet another example of “political interference by the president to alter the independent decisions of the Department of Justice.”

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., didn’t answer a question on whether Barr should resign, but said: “I think the behavior is extremely egregious.”

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Barr, speaking to ABC News last Thursday, pushed back on Trump’s tweet while also defending his handling of the Stone case.

“I’m gonna do what I think is right,” he said, “and you know, I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”

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Devin Nunes says Trump ‘has to tweet’ to combat ‘hard left’ media after Barr backlash

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House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., fired back at Democrats who criticized Attorney General William Barr for his role in former Trump associate Roger Stone‘s sentencing and defended the president’s use of Twitter after he used the platform to comment about the ongoing criminal case.

“What’s happening here with Barr, I think people need to understand that he’s cleaning up the mess from not only the Obama administration, but also the mess that was left with the whole Russia-gate fiasco,” Nunes told “Fox & Friends Weekend,” saying taxpayers paid tens of millions of dollars to fund then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team “that went chasing and trying to put us into a status of a permanent coup against the president of the United States.”

Nunes’ comments came days after Barr himself publicly swiped at Trump, declaring Thursday that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and open cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

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Barr made the comment during an interview with ABC News just days after his Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors — who had recommended in a court filing that Stone be sentenced to as many as nine years in prison — and took the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek. The department didn’t offer an amended number.

Barr himself has been under fire for the reversal. Still, it was a highly unusual move for a member of President Trump’s Cabinet to criticize the president.

HANNITY PRAISES BARR INTERVENING IN STONE CASE

“I think what the attorney general said was very clear, that the president should be careful making comments about criminal investigations. One should not see that as anything other than but what it is,” Nunez said, adding that Barr “didn’t say to stop tweeting, because the fact of the matter is, with 90 percent of the media being hard left and really just working for the Democratic Party, the president has to be able to tweet.”

Earlier in the week, Trump applauded Barr on Twitter for the decision to reverse the sentencing recommendation, writing: “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.”

“He’s built a powerful tool reaching millions of Americans, millions of people around the globe,” Nunes added, “so the president has to tweet. At the same time, the attorney general has to be able to do his job.”

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He also said, “It’s understandable that the president can be frustrated,” and called Stone’s dramatic early-morning arrest by federal agents in January 2019 “ridiculous.”

“He’s built a powerful tool reaching millions of Americans, millions of people around the globe… the president has to tweet.”

— Devin Nunes on ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’

Nunes credited Barr for doing all he could with the resources at hand to clean up the DOJ and restore the public’s trust in the institution.

“What the American people have to understand is that this is not going to be cleaned up overnight,” Nunes explained. “There’s a lot of damage that has been done, and the left is very good at seeding people in. Remember, the Mueller team was $40 million. We have people within DOJ, dirty cops in the FBI, all over the government. We know what challenges the White House is dealing with all the Obama holdovers in the National Security Council…”

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“This is not going to be cleaned up,” he continued, “and I think what conservatives and the American people have to understand, there’s not some magic ‘Hail Mary’ pass. It’s about being in the trenches, one yard and a cloud of dust every single day to try to root these people out of government. And, Attorney General Barr and us in Congress have a difficult job ahead.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: Why wasn’t Andrew McCabe charged?

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The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department inspector general (IG) report concluded that he repeatedly and blatantly lied — or, as the Bureau lexicon puts it, “lacked candor” — when questioned, including under oath.

Why not indict McCabe on felony false-statements charges? That is the question being pressed by incensed Trump supporters. After all, the constitutional guarantee of equal justice under the law is supposed to mean that McCabe gets the same quality of justice afforded to the sad sacks pursued with unseemly zeal by McCabe’s FBI and Robert Mueller’s prosecutors.

George Papadopoulos was convicted of making a trivial false statement about the date of a meeting. Roger Stone was convicted of obstruction long after the special counsel knew there was no Trump–Russia conspiracy, even though his meanderings did not impede the investigation in any meaningful way. And in the case of Michael Flynn’s false-statements conviction, as McCabe himself acknowledged to the House Intelligence Committee, even the agents who interviewed him did not believe he intentionally misled them.

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I emphasize Flynn’s intent because purported lack of intent is McCabe’s principal defense, too. Even McCabe himself, to say nothing of his lawyers and his apologists in the anti-Trump network of bureaucrats-turned-pundits, cannot deny that he made false statements to FBI agents and the IG.

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Rather, they argue that the 21-year senior law-enforcement official did not mean to lie, that he was too distracted by his high-level responsibilities to focus on anything as mundane as a leak — even though he seemed pretty damned focused on the leak while he was orchestrating it.

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The “he did not believe he intentionally misled them” defense is not just implausible; it proved unavailing on McCabe’s watch, at least in Gen. Flynn’s case. Hence, McCabe has a back-up plan: To argue that it would be extraordinary — and thus unconstitutionally selective and retaliatory — for the Justice Department to prosecute a former official for false statements in a “mere” administrative inquiry (which the leak probe was), as opposed to a criminal investigation.

Again, tell that to Flynn, with whom the FBI conducted a brace-style interview — at the White House, without his counsel present, and in blithe disregard of procedures for FBI interviews of the president’s staff — despite the absence of a sound investigative basis for doing so, and whom Mueller’s maulers squeezed into a guilty plea anyway.

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Curtis Ellis: Dems demand harsh punishment for Roger Stone – Not violent criminals and illegal immigrants

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iThe latest manufactured outrage from Democrats and the left-wing media emerges yet again from the Justice Department, an agency that lately seems more adept at producing scandal than justice.

This is the bureaucracy that cooked up an investigation of the 2016 Trump presidential election campaign on false pretenses, lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on an innocent American and crucified former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The Justice Department also withheld evidence and brought us feckless Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who spent millions of taxpayer dollars tormenting President Trump. And the department has had to demote, retire or fire numerous high-level officials for improper if not illegal conduct.

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Now, four career Justice Department prosecutors are screaming bloody murder because higher-ups rejected their recommendation to throw the book at Roger Stone, a political gadfly and one-time Trump adviser caught in the Mueller dragnet. These attorneys, two of whom were involved in the Mueller fiasco, asked for a seven- to nine-year sentence for this first-time offender convicted of nonviolent crimes — obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress.

Remember, the “Russia collusion” caper that prosecutors were charged with investigating never happened. But they needed to show something for the millions of dollars and man-hours they wasted, so they rolled Stone.

Of course, most Americans outside the Beltway have no idea lying to Congress is a crime. They know Congress lies to them all the time and figure turnabout is fair play.

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Inside the Beltway, lying to Congress is business as usual. Law firms, lobby shops and public affairs consultants coach clients on the best way to mislead, misdirect and conceal the truth from Congress and its designated hitters in the bureaucracy in order to extract maximum money from the government and taxpayers.

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But it’s the added elements of hypocrisy and irony that distinguish the Stone sentencing from previous episodes in the ongoing saga of selective enforcement of rarely prosecuted crimes.

While President Trump champions criminal justice reform by updating sentencing guidelines to end harsh prison terms for nonviolent offenders, Democrats are now demanding blood from a Stone. They insist anything less than an unflinching adherence to the harshest interpretation of sentencing guidelines subverts the rule of law.

This is the party that refuses to deport criminal illegal immigrants and proposes using tax dollars to bring those who have already been deported back to the United States.

Democrats pass laws to ensure those arrested for crimes including stalking, assault and manslaughter are released without bail.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says Attorney General William Barr should be investigated for rejecting prosecutors’ harsh sentencing recommendation for Stone.

But in San Francisco, the city she represents in Congress, Democratic politicians refuse to prosecute a host of crimes, including assault on police officers. Selective enforcement of the law has become a familiar fixture in the Democratic firmament, as has selective outrage.

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But now they’re taking it to a new level.

The Democratic version of criminal justice – bloodlust for anyone associated with President Trump, coddling violent criminals and illegal immigrants – is short on justice and nothing short of downright criminal.

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Chris Swecker: FBI FISA abuses could weaken US ability to combat terrorists and spies

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One of the most effective tools law enforcement agencies use to protect the American people against terrorists and foreign intelligence operations may be undermined as a result of abuses committed by fired FBI Director James Comey and fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

The abuses by the disgraced former FBI leaders involved the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a law that allows limited court-ordered surveillance of suspected terrorists and spies.

Unfortunately, under President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration the law was used to improperly spy on Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign.

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The Justice Department’s inspector general issued a report last year concluding that Page shouldn’t have been subjected to surveillance under FISA.

In recent congressional testimony, current FBI Director Christopher Wray did not satisfy some members of the House Judiciary Committee that the FISA abuses identified by the inspector general have been remedied.

These members are calling for further restrictions on the use of FISA that would make it harder to conduct surveillance of proper targets under the law.

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In a very clever dodge, Comey and McCabe have blamed the problems with the surveillance of Page on subordinate FBI agents and on the FISA approval process itself. This is an epic deflection of responsibility and masks the real issue: how to prevent FBI executive-level bias from influencing the process of getting a FISA surveillance warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The best way to prevent further abuses is to hold Comey and McCabe accountable for their misconduct, in order to deter future FBI executives from taking it upon themselves to use their positions try to damage the election prospects of a presidential candidate they dislike.

I and a great number of current and former FBI agents and high-level officials were disgusted when Comey cited his “overconfidence” in agents “seven layers down” as being responsible for FISA abuses involving the surveillance of Page.

We were equally disgusted when McCabe blamed the “lowest-level FBI agents,” who he accused of supposedly “baking” the 17 serial instances of misrepresentations or material omissions in the four Carter Page FISA warrant applications.

Both Comey and Page have used their anti-Trump media acolytes to push this narrative, throwing the FBI and street agents under the bus and encumbering them with further restrictions on an already onerous approval procedure.

Terrorists and foreign intelligence agents take full advantage of modern technology to ply their trade. They use sophisticated methods – but without equally sophisticated and proactive tools, American law enforcement and intelligence agents will be at a severe disadvantage. Simply put, without FISA the FBI will only catch the less-sophisticated bad guys.

Comey and McCabe would have us believe they were passive bystanders to the surveillance of Page, despite having to give final approval to the applications for court permission to surveil Page under FISA.

There is ample evidence that Comey and McCabe were aware that opposition research that was “inaccurate, incomplete or unsupported” and financed by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign was used in sworn affidavits to get four FISA warrants to surveil Page.

Comey and McCabe knew what was going on with the Page warrants because they took the highly unusual step of directly supervising the investigation out of FBI headquarters instead of the FBI’s Washington field office.

Standard FBI practice is to designate a field office, not headquarters, as the lead investigative office of origin.

Leading an investigation from FBI headquarters is a rare and flawed practice because headquarters consists of FBI managers and executives, whereas field offices are staffed with special agent investigators, investigative analysts, forensic specialists and surveillance experts.

Field offices also have digital and paper evidence collection capabilities and close working relationships with prosecuting attorneys.

But Deputy Director McCabe set up the unusual structure of running the Page investigation out of FBI headquarters so he could be intimately involved in every facet of the investigation.

In fact, before Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate allegations of collusion before the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, the FBI investigative agents conducting the probe were under the direct supervision of McCabe and his surrogate, lead investigator Peter Strzok.

Lisa Page, who was McCabe’s special legal adviser and was involved in an extramarital affair with Strzok, was also plugged directly into the investigation.

Clearly, we need to ensure that the bias of final approvers of FISA warrant applications – like Comey and McCabe in the case of Carter Page – will never again infect an FBI investigation.

U.S. citizens – let alone presidential candidates or their campaign advisers – should only be targeted for surveillance when it is clear that they are witting accomplices to an agent of a foreign power.

In the case of Carter Page there was no need for FISA surveillance to begin with. FBI executives knew that he was a CIA asset reporting to the intelligence agency on the very activities that were the subject of his surveillance.

The FBI should have provided defensive briefings to candidate Trump and his campaign officials about Russian efforts to interfere in our 2016 presidential election. Instead, the FBI allowed Russia’s intelligence services to run operations designed to undermine our election so FBI officials could build a prosecutable case against Carter Page.

The FBI’s mission is to counter such intelligence activities – hence the term “counterintelligence.”

In my 24 years with the FBI I signed off on numerous FISA applications as they moved up through the multilayered approval procedures. By my count, there are at least 10 levels of review by FBI managers and four layers of legal reviews before a proposed FISA  warrant even clears FBI headquarters and is forwarded to the Justice Department for approval, where yet another multilayered review takes place.

Those with experience in these matters know that there is no process in the FBI that is more rigorous than a FISA warrant application.

When the fix is in and that fix is orchestrated by the top executives it is not “the process” or low-level agents who bear the blame – it is the flawed and corrupt leaders.

FISA is a vital and proactive tool in this daily battle to counter the actions of hostile foreign intelligence agencies – such as the Russian FSB – that are engaged in a relentless effort to undermine our free democratic institutions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intelligence apparatus would love to see the loss or diminishment of FISA as an investigative tool used by U.S. law enforcement. Ditto for terrorist group including ISIS, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda.

When a company or agency has corrupt leadership, the corrupt officials can do enormous damage. Eventually the bad apples are ousted, leaving the rank and file to deal with the fallout. That is the case with the FBI.

The 38,000 men and women of the FBI are the finest this country has to offer. There were over 32,000 applicants for only 900 special agent job openings in 2019.

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The FBI seeks out mature and experienced professionals who can handle – and not abuse – the immense power and responsibility of a position in the bureau. They are the best in the world and deserve better than the abysmal leadership they were subjected to under Comey and McCabe.

The human factor can best be addressed by deterring future abuses. We must hold wrongdoers fully accountable with criminal prosecutions if supported by the evidence.

U.S. Attorney John Durham, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, is investigating how the Russia collusion investigation was conducted and is quietly building and expanding on the inspector general’s report to ensure accountability is placed exactly where it belongs.

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Never again should a sensitive political investigation of a presidential campaign be initiated on wispy predication and be run by highly conflicted and biased headquarters executives abusing the most intrusive surveillance techniques available against U.S. citizens.

Let’s not fall for the clever deflection of the Comey team onto the “process” or subordinate agents and analysts. To do so will tie the hands of the skilled and dedicated men and women of the FBI who play by the rules and hold our national security in their hands.

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Chris Wallace: Trump should not have weighed in on Barr, Roger Stone sentence

President Trump should not have weighed in on his former adviser Roger Stone’s trial, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said Thursday.

In an interview on Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show,” Wallace said that while some Democrats’ calls for another impeachment over comments he made via Twitter this week were “ludicrous,” the president “should not have done what he did.”

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“You know, let me put it this way,” he continued. “If you were about to be sentenced, would you want me attacking your judge? The answer is no. No, you wouldn’t like that and he shouldn’t be doing it. He should just leave it alone.”

“Any president – not Obama, not Trump – shouldn’t put their thumb on the scales of justice,” Wallace stated.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the president offered his “congratulations” to Attorney General William Barr after the Justice Department (DOJ) submitted an amended filing in Stone’s criminal case seeking a lighter sentence than prosecutors first recommended – a move that comes as Democrats accuse the White House of politicizing the DOJ and career prosecutors have withdrawn from the case in apparent protest.

“I don’t think he should have complained about the guidelines that – apparently they were going to be changed anyway,” Wallace told Kilmeade. “So, just be quiet. Don’t thank Attorney General Barr and certainly do not attack the judge who is going to sentence.”

In November of 2019, Stone was convicted of obstructing a congressional inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lying to investigators under oath, and trying to block the testimony of a witness.

Federal prosecutors initially suggested a lengthy sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison on Monday. The following day, the DOJ leadership overruled the prosecutors in the case, submitting a new filing that said the DOJ “respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration far less than 87 to 108 months’ imprisonment would be reasonable” for Stone.

“Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought,” Trump wrote. “Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!”

It is unclear what the president was specifically referring to as “tainted,” but this is not the first time the president has made unsubstantiated claims about independent counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“Two months in jail for a Swamp Creature, yet 9 years recommended for Roger Stone (who was not even working for the Trump Campaign.) Gee, that sounds very fair!” he continued in a follow-up tweet. “Rogue prosecutors maybe? The Swamp!”

Since the tweets posted, Democrats have accused the president of interfering in the process – a charge which he has vehemently denied – and called for Barr’s resignation. Additionally, the case has been complicated further by questions over possible juror bias.

Meanwhile, it emerged Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had denied a defense request to strike a potential juror who was an Obama-era press official with admitted anti-Trump views – and whose husband worked at the same DOJ division that handled the probe leading to Stone’s arrest.

And, another Stone juror, Seth Cousins, donated to former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and other progressive causes, federal election records reviewed by Fox News show.

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FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone, a longtime Republican provocateur and former confidant of President Donald Trump, waits in line at the federal court in Washington. A Justice Department official tells the AP that the agency is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for Trump confidant Roger Stone. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

In defense of the president’s comments, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning that the president has a “right to his opinion.”

She also said that Barr was correct in labeling Stone’s previously recommended nine-year sentence “excessive.”

“That was something that they knew was excessive and did on their own,” she said.

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Wallace mused that if he were in the Democrats’ shoes, he would be spending his time passing legislation to help real people and not going after the president.

“You want to criticize the president, hold a news conference – fine,” he concluded. “But, I wouldn’t be using my precious time in the majority in the House with that. I’d be spending it on legislation that’s going to affect peoples’ lives.”

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Claims of Hillary Clinton ‘dirt’ pitched to Trump adviser ‘not true,’ professor linked to Russia probe says: report

Claims that a Maltese academic offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to a former Trump campaign adviser are “absolutely … not true,” the professor is heard saying on a newly released audio recording, according to a British newspaper.

Professor Joseph Mifsud made the remarks in October 2017 to a reporter from The Telegraph of London, the newspaper claimed Thursday in a story promoting its “Crossfire” podcast.

The paper’s website includes a 1-minute, 33-second audio clip of the reporter, Robert Mendick, purportedly talking with Mifsud, whose whereabouts have been unknown in recent years.

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“Absolutely this is not true,” a voice said to be Mifsud’s is heard saying on the recording, denying the claims that helped trigger the two-year-long Russia investigation that ended with former special counsel Robert Mueller opting not to file criminal charges against President Trump.

The then-candidate Trump’s team was accused of seeking potentially damaging information about Clinton, the Republican Trump’s Democratic opponent in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The events that were later investigated were said to have begun when Mifsud met at a London hotel with George Papadopolous, then a foreign policy adviser who was working for the Trump campaign.

In the clip, the reporter asks Mifsud if he met with Papadopoulos in London in April 2016. The professor responds that he did meet with Papadopoulos, “for a coffee or something like that.”

The reporter then asks Mifsud to confirm a claim that Mifsud told Papadopoulos that he had “obtained dirt” about Hillary Clinton.

Absolutely that is not true,” Mifsud responds.

“Just to give you an idea,” Mifsud adds, “ … You know, my visits to the Russian Federation are visa-by-visa because I don’t even have a multiple entry visa to Russia. The last visa that I got to Russia was given to me through the Saudis because I was there for the seminar on Yemen. So it has nothing to do with the Russians.”

Papadopoulos reportedly had sought to meet with Mifsud as part of efforts to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Telegraph reported.

But Mifsud’s claims of Russian connections were mostly not true, Papadopoulos has since claimed.

In October 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on charges of lying to FBI agents in connection with his contacts with Russian government agents while working for the Trump campaign. He served a 12-day sentence, performed community service and paid a $9,500 fine to resolve his case.

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George Papadopoulos (left) pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud (right). (Twitter/YouTube)

Last November, Fox News reported on another audio recording claiming to be of Mifsud, published by Italian publication Adnkronos.

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“I have absolutely no contact with friends and family for several months,” the voice in the audio claims. “It has been almost two years now that the whole matter has exploded and been presented to the world media and on the world stage as if I had something to do with matters concerning countries or had I tried to infiltrate it, it is absolutely absurd, in programs, contacts or any other institution in the world. I have been a man of relationships all my life and this is what I do well.”

Fox News could not independently verify whether the voice was that of Mifsud, but his lawyer, Stefan Roh, expressed skepticism given that much of the recording was centered on Mifsud insisting he did not work for “any service, secret service or intelligence or none of this kind.”

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Rod Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts: DOJ

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Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said it was his call to release hundreds of politically charged text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page to the media, according to a Friday court filing by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In his declaration, Rosenstein explained he did not see any legitimate reason to withhold the text messages because they were sent on government phones and subject to FBI review. He also said they were being sought by the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate, for oversight reasons.

“I learned that the text messages were ready for release to the Senate and House committees that had requested them, there was no basis to withhold them, and they were arguably relevant to the Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearings,” he wrote, according to the DOJ filing.

“[The texts] were sent on government phones with the knowledge that they were subject to review by FBI; [and] were so inappropriate and intertwined with their FBI work that they raised concerns about political bias influencing official duties,” Rosenstein said.

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Rosenstein said he released the text messages in their entirety on Dec. 12, 2017, to avoid selective leaking by federal lawmakers, who were set to receive the texts the next day.

“If I had believed the disclosure to was prohibited by the Privacy Act, I would have ordered department employees not to make the disclosure,” he wrote.

The Justice Department argued that Rosenstein did his due diligence by having his aides consult with the DOJ’s top privacy official Peter Winn on the release of the text messages, and cannot be held responsible for violating the Privacy Act because there was no willful intent.

“Even if [the] Plaintiff could show that the disclosure was somehow inconsistent with the Privacy Act — the Department did not intentionally or willfully violate the statute,” the court filings read.

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Strzok and Page, who were both members of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team, were caught exchanging messages that were disparaging of President Trump and highly partisan in nature throughout 2016.

They discussed a possible “insurance policy” if Trump won the presidency, and referred to him as a “loathsome human” and an “idiot.” They were also engaged in an extramarital affair with one another during the period in question.

Page, who eventually resigned from the Bureau, sued the DOJ last month over the release of the text messages, claiming it violated the Federal Privacy Act. She said she has suffered numerous damages including therapy costs and “permanent loss of earning capacity due to reputational damage.”

Strzok also sued the DOJ last month, claiming his First Amendment Rights had been violated. He is seeking reinstatement on the basis that his firing was unconstitutional. Rosenstein’s declaration was part of the government’s defense in Strzok’s lawsuit.

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During their time in the public eye, Trump has made both Strzok and Page frequent political targets and recently discussed their ongoing issues on Twitter.

“When Lisa Page, the lover of Peter Strzok, talks about being “crushed”, and how innocent she is, ask her to read Peter’s “Insurance Policy” text, to her, just in case Hillary loses,” he Tweeted last month. “Also, why were the lovers text messages scrubbed after he left Mueller. Where are they Lisa?”

Rosenstein resigned from his post with the DOJ in April and is now with a corporate law firm in Washington, D.C.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Dom Calicchio and Brooke Singman contributed to this report 

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Victor Davis Hanson: Rachel Maddow, Robert Mueller’s legal dream team, Paul Krugman all have lessons for 2020

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The Washington Post recently published a surprising indictment of MSNBC host, Stanford graduate and Rhodes scholar Rachel Maddow.

Post media critic Erik Wemple wrote that Maddow misled her audience by claiming the now-discredited Steele dossier was largely verifiable — even at a time when there was plenty of evidence that it was mostly bogus.

At the very time Maddow was reassuring viewers that Christopher Steele was believable, populist talk radio and the much-criticized Fox News Channel were insisting that most of Steele’s allegations simply could not be true. Maddow was wrong. Her less degreed critics proved to be right.

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In 2018, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and the committee’s then-ranking minority member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., each issued contrasting reports of the committee’s investigation into allegations of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign team and the misbehavior of federal agencies.

Schiff’s memo was widely praised by the media. Nunes’ report was condemned as rank and partisan.

Many in the media went further. They contrasted Harvard Law graduate Schiff with rural central Californian Nunes to help explain why the clever Schiff got to the bottom of collusion and the “former dairy farmer” Nunes was “way over his head” and had “no idea what’s going on.”

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Recently, the nonpartisan inspector general of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, found widespread wrongdoing at the DOJ and FBI. He confirmed the key findings in the Nunes memo about the Steele dossier and its pernicious role in the FISA application seeking a warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

In contrast, much of what the once-praised Schiff had claimed to be true was proven wrong by Horowitz — from Schiff’s insistence that the FBI verified the Steele dossier to his assertion that the Department of Justice did not rely chiefly on the dossier for its warrant application.

When special counsel Robert Mueller formed an investigatory team, he stocked it with young, progressive Washington insiders, many with blue-chip degrees and résumés.

The media swooned. Washington journalists became giddy over the prospect of a “dream team” of such “all-stars” who would demolish the supposedly far less impressively credentialed Trump legal team.

We were assured by a snobbish Vox, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team is full of pros. Trump’s team makes typos.”

Yet after 22 months and $32 million worth of investigation, Mueller’s team found no Russian collusion and no evidence of actionable Trump obstruction during the investigation of that non-crime. All the constant media reports that “bombshell” Mueller team disclosures were imminent and that the “walls are closing in” on Trump proved false.

Mueller himself testified before Congress, only to appear befuddled and almost clueless at times about his own investigation. Many of his supposedly brightest all-stars, such as Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and Kevin Clinesmith, had to leave his dream team due to unethical behavior.

In contrast, Trump’s widely derided chief lawyers — 69-year-old Ty Cobb, 78-year-old John Dowd, and 63-year-old radio and TV host Jay Sekulow — stayed out of the headlines. They advised Trump to cooperate with the Mueller team and systematically offered evidence and analyses to prove that Trump did not collude with the Russian to warp the 2016 election. In the end, Mueller’s “hunter-killer team” was forced to agree.

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When the supposed clueless Trump was elected, a number of elites pronounced his economic plans to be absurd. We were told that Trump was bound to destroy the U.S. economy.

Former Princeton professor and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman insisted that Trump would crash the stock market. He even suggested that stocks might never recover.

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers said Trump would bring on a recession within a year and a half.

The former head of the National Economic Council, Steven Rattner, predicted a market crash of “historic proportions.”

In contrast, many of Trump’s economic advisers during his campaign and administration, including outsider Peter Navarro, pundit Stephen Moore, former TV host Larry Kudlow and octogenarian Wilbur Ross, were caricatured.

Yet three years later, in terms of the stock market, unemployment, energy production and workers’ wages, the economy has been doing superbly.

The point of these sharp contrasts is not that an Ivy League degree or a Washington reputation is of little value, or that prestigious prizes and honors account for nothing, or even that supposed experts are always unethical and silly.

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Instead, one lesson is that conventional wisdom and groupthink tend to mislead, especially in the age of online echo chambers where an often sheltered and blinkered elite lives.

We forget that knowledge can be found at all ages, and in all places. And ethics has nothing to do with degrees or pedigrees.

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