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Antifa accused of coordinating looting of Target store in Austin: Texas officials

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The Texas Department of Public Safety says it’s looking into links between Antifa and the violence and looting that has erupted at protests sparked by the death of George Floyd following an incident that authorities believe was organized by the extremist group.

DPS Director Steven McGraw made the announcement Tuesday while highlighting the May 31 raid of a Target store in Austin, which he says was coordinated by Antifa over the Internet.

“The protest and looting of Target in Austin that was done and organized by an Antifa web page and of course, the surveillance that was provided over the Internet identifying where law enforcement resources were staged, was done over Antifa accounts,” McGraw said, according to Reform Austin.

McGraw said the DPS is also working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Taskforce to track down individuals responsible for looting or inciting riots within Texas.

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“We are talking about violent extremists. There’s anarchists. There’s Antifa, but there are also criminals that are using this as an opportunity to exploit and to loot and hurt others. That’s happened,” Reform Austin quoted McGraw as saying.

“We have a long memory. We have recorded evidence, and we will continue to investigate each and every event to identify those individuals who were involved in criminal conduct and make the appropriate arrests based on probable cause and getting prosecution from either the district attorney or U.S. Attorney’s Office,” he added.

McGraw also reportedly said the DPS has had special agents embedded with the George Floyd protesters to help identify the violent elements of the crowds. Some of them, Reform Austin reports, are expected to be taken into custody.

The developments come after a senior Justice Department official told Fox News on Wednesday that federal law enforcement officials are probing whether “criminal actors” are coordinating violent activities during protests and are looking into reports that “rocks and bricks” have been dropped off to throw at police and other officers.

“You see the hallmarks… We’re trying to see if there’s a coordinated command and control, you see those bread crumbs and that’s what we’re trying to verify,” the DOJ official said.

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Another DOJ official said the feds have seen signs of “very organized” coordination from “professional” agitators, some linked to Antifa.

President Trump announced Sunday that the U.S. government will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization.

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

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Lindsey Graham says Rosenstein hearing showed ‘fox was guarding the henhouse’ in Mueller investigation

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told “Hannity” Wednesday that the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was set up in such a way that the “fox was guarding the henhouse.”

Earlier Wednesday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified that he would not have signed a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant renewal application targeting former Trump campaign aide Carter Page had he known about since-revealed “significant errors.”

“The most stunning thing to me was the scope memo outlining what Mueller could do was prepared by the same people that defrauded the [FISA] court,” Graham said. “… The same people that lied to the court set up the Mueller investigation.”

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“It wasn’t Rosenstein,” Graham added. “It was the people who lied to the court and manipulated the evidence, set up the whole Mueller investigation.”

Graham told Sean Hannity that Wednesday’s hearing was “the first step in journey that will end in October to try to explain to the American people how the hell did this happen,” he said.

“How is it possible the FBI and the Department of Justice defrauded the FISA court so many times and nobody knew about it?”

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Graham then slammed Rosenstein’s testimony, saying that if someone knew that the Steele dossier — the key source for the Page warrant — was “garbage,” that person would be “a candidate to go to jail.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Ian Prior: Rod Rosenstein likely to get hostile reception in Senate testimony on origins of Mueller probe

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Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will find few allies when he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday regarding the origins of the investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

Republicans will blame Rosenstein for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses and an aggressive investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that yielded nothing of substance concerning President Trump or his campaign.

Democrats will attack Rosenstein for his role in concluding that President Trump did not commit obstruction of justice and ending their dream of an indictment.

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Neither of these two views captures the complex reality of Rosenstein’s tenure. In reality, Rosenstein’s decisions helped preserve the integrity of the Justice Department while protecting President Trump from FBI leadership gone rogue and Democrats hell-bent on removing the president from office.

Upon Rosenstein’s confirmation in April 2017, the Justice Department was at the center of a storm unprecedented in its history. Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself the previous month from the Russia collusion investigation, upon confirmation Rosenstein became acting attorney general for a federal investigation that received enormous news coverage.

At that point, the investigation itself was being conducted by the FBI under the leadership of Director James Comey, who repeatedly kept Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Acting Attorney General Sally Yates in the dark about his machinations.

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To make matters worse, the Justice Department was largely devoid of political appointees in the early days of the Trump administration. Interviews with potential new U.S. attorneys had not begun and the assistant attorney general for the National Security Division was a year away from confirmation.

This latter point is key. The lack of a Senate-confirmed assistant attorney general for the National Security Division meant that Rosenstein was approving FISA applications in addition to his job of managing the Justice Department.

As does everyone in senior management positions, Rosenstein relied on supposedly competent and trustworthy people to brief him – and that is likely one of the reasons why he agreed to approve the extension of the FISA warrant on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

It didn’t take Rosenstein long to learn that Comey’s insubordinate behavior would not be limited to Lynch and Yates. When Comey testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2017, senior staff at the Justice Department were floored by his unwillingness to admit that his decisions in 2016 were misguided.

The next week Comey was fired, and Rosenstein’s views were clearly laid out in a memo to Attorney General Sessions.

Things did not improve with Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Following the termination of Comey, McCabe opened an investigation into Trump without Rosenstein’s input. In fact, it appeared that McCabe and others at the FBI were of the opinion that Rosenstein was complicit in obstruction of justice.

With the Russia investigation now spiraling out of control, Rosenstein had to make a decision. He could shut down an investigation that, at that point, he had no basis to think might not be fully on the level. Had he done that, when Democrats took control of the House in 2018 they would have had all the ammunition to cook up the kind of impeachment that would actually have had a chance for bipartisan support and possible removal of the president.

Another option was to let McCabe and friends use the power of the FBI to get a president removed. That was a non-starter.

The third option would have been to assign a U.S. attorney to supervise the investigation, but with no Trump-nominated U.S. attorneys on board, Rosenstein clearly wasn’t comfortable with this option, nor should he have been.

Therefore, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to take over the investigation, which was completed far quicker than other high-profile independent investigations. This was probably Rosenstein’s best option, yet it was obviously not without its own problems.

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As we learned later, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Andrew Weissman should not have been on the Mueller team. Aggressive tactics to flip the likes of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos – though standard fare for prosecutors in all manner of cases – upended lives to investigate a president who turned out to be innocent.

And of course, President Trump had to deal with close to two years of leaks, fake news and Democrats salivating for his removal.

Rosenstein’s legacy is far more complex than what his detractors will claim. His motivation was to preserve the integrity of the Justice Department, part of which included protecting the president by taking the investigation out of the hands of a severely compromised Andrew McCabe.

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This also had the effect of House Democrats putting all their faith in the Mueller investigation, which completely backfired and ended their drive to remove President Trump from office over their collusion fantasies. While Trump was impeached by the House, he was acquitted in his trial in the Senate.

Faced with limited options and the world watching, Rosenstein made the best decisions he could. Those decisions may not have made Republicans or Democrats happy, but that was never his job.

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Carter Page: Rod Rosenstein testifies in Senate – should come clean about FISA abuses targeting me and others

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With the invisible threat of a virus and the all-too-visible scar of urban riots, there is little bandwidth among the commentariat to report on the precarious state of a key part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). This is understandable, but unfortunate.

Long after we have a coronavirus vaccine and our cities are once again at peace, the potential for the misuse of this law could still shadow the freedoms of every American.

Why does FISA have the potential to unravel? It primarily stems from over six months of continued revelations about misconduct by the FBI, Justice Department and associated political actors.

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report detailed the FBI’s errors of omission and commission (including a doctored document in sworn testimony to the FISA Court denying my assistance to the CIA).

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Horowitz next documented that 29 FISA applications out of a sample of 29 were flawed. Finally, came the revelations that the FBI invented a criminal predicate to lure National Security Adviser Michael Flynn into a meaningless legal trap. In doing so, the FBI greatly exceeded its authority while second-guessing President Trump about the fitness of Flynn to serve in his position.

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who helped lead the charge on much of what has happened during these fateful years that followed, will testify Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

No doubt Graham will have many questions for Rosenstein. Many other Americans, including me, have countless questions as well.

What was Rosenstein thinking when he approved the fourth and final of my FISA warrants, after so many of the lies that precipitated this fiasco had already been debunked? How did that application manage to elide all the exculpatory evidence the FBI held about me and other supporters of President Trump? Did the bureau lie to Rosenstein as well, or was he somehow complicit?

When Rosenstein faces tough questioning in the committee room, he will have to think quickly on his feet as many members of the Senate express their outrage and concern. Thanks to Rosenstein, I know what that feels like.

I have little doubt, however, that Rosenstein – accomplished lawyer that he is – will manage to once again say a lot and nothing at the same time. I expect no bombshell revelations.

These continued realities underscore the wisdom of President Trump’s recent tweet that stopped the reauthorization of a major FISA provision cold. Section 215, known as the business record provision, allows the FBI to snoop without a warrant on any information we give to businesses – from video on a doorbell camera, to your search history and web-browsing data.

In recent months, an odd-fellows coalition of progressives and conservatives rebelled against this state of affairs.

When the leadership of both houses of Congress initially tried to tamp down debate, it sparked a revolt by these reformers. Conservative and liberal stalwarts – Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont – enlisted a legal expert in privacy law with a high-level security clearance to examine applications to surveil political campaigns, officeholders, religious and media organizations.

That measure passed 77 to 19 in the Senate. The House was on the verge of passing another measure, favored by a similar left-right coalition, to protect Americans’ online search histories and web browsing data when President Trump upended the whole thing with a tweet that promised to veto this reauthorization altogether.

The president’s calculation seems to be precisely the crowbar needed here, rather than a scalpel.

Those who support the U.S. Constitution and the civil liberties of all Americans are right to demand that Washington should wait until there is a full accounting of the abuse of FISA from 2016 to 2017 before even considering the reauthorization of any part of FISA.

With a large number of progressive critics of the surveillance state finding common ground with both the White House and many Republicans, there is an appetite now to allow FISA authorities to continue to expire.

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Building upon the brave moves by former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, a few guardians of civil liberties within the federal bureaucracy have begun taking further important steps to declassify a range of essential documents.

After countless decades of limited accountability, these important measures have sparked a new movement toward unprecedented levels of transparency in the national security state.

The reformers’ strategic goal is clear. Before any FISA authority can be reauthorized, we must document how the law was used to foment a soft coup against an American president, radically disrupting the smooth transition of power for the first time in our nation’s history.

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Having signed that final false warrant against me in June 2017, Rosenstein has a chance to serve his country by finally coming clean. Over the coming months, federal prosecutor John Durham and other authorities in the Justice Department can follow up with the ongoing investigations. By answering many unanswered questions about this FBI and DOJ abuse, this will mark an essential next step towards bringing any perpetrators to justice.

Only then can we think about restoring confidence in a broken system, rebuilding FISA from the ground up, including with sensible provisions like those back by Sens. Lee and Leahy and the online privacy reforms.

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Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page rips ‘monstrous’ Trump: I sent a ‘few mean texts,’ he ‘assaulted’ protesters

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Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page suggested on Tuesday that the president participated in a “coup” by allegedly assaulting peaceful protesters for a “photo op” at the church that caught fire across from the White House.

“Yesterday, our monstrous, despicable president assaulted Americans engaged in peaceful protest for a photo op. He could be reelected,” Page tweeted.

“I wrote a few mean texts four years ago and have been rained down with insults and attacks ever since. But I’m the f—–g coup plotter. Got it.”

Page and her fellow FBI agent Peter Strzok, with whom she had an affair, famously exchanged disparaging texts about Trump before the 2016 presidential election. Her conduct has come under scrutiny as conservatives argued that the FBI’s Russia investigation was driven by anti-Trump bias.

The president has also publicly mocked her relationship with Strzok, performing a mock imitation of them, for example, at one of his rallies last year.

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Page’s comments on Tuesday came after the president took a photo while standing in front of St. John’s Church across from Lafayette Square. Before Trump walked through the square, law enforcement used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. Prominent figures like former Vice President Joe Biden have blamed Trump for these actions — although it’s unclear what exactly was behind the decision.

The White House indicated police deployed crowd control measures to help enforce D.C.’s curfew. “The perimeter was expanded to help enforce the 7 p.m. curfew in the same area where rioters attempted to burn down one of our nation’s most historic churches the night before.  Protesters were given three warnings by the U.S. Park Police,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said when asked about the criticism.

D.C. Park Police reportedly told WTOP that its decision to deploy tear gas was unrelated to Trump’s plans to enter the area. Fox News hasn’t confirmed this.

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Both the Secret Service and DC police have reportedly declined to further discuss the issue. “For operational security reasons, the U.S. Secret Service does not discuss our protectees or our protective means and methods,” the Secret Service reportedly told WTOP.

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Gregg Jarrett: Rod Rosenstein must be grilled by senators Wednesday about his abuse of power

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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series on Rod Rosenstein’s upcoming testimony before Congress. Part one can be found here

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein played a central role in the Russia hoax. He was vindictive, conniving and unscrupulous as he sought to destroy the very president he pretended to support and serve.

On Wednesday, Rosenstein will finally be questioned about his actions by the Senate Judiciary Committee as its first witness into an investigation of the origins and evolution of the Russia probe that was opened by the FBI in the summer of 2016. Ten months later —thanks to Rosenstein— it morphed into a special counsel case that dragged on for an agonizing 22 months.  

It was Rosenstein who presided over the special counsel investigation of President Trump, all the while conspiring behind the scenes to overthrow him. The duplicity was classic Rosenstein.

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He well knew that his appointment of Robert Mueller in May of 2017 was an illegitimate abuse of power and contrary to federal regulations governing the naming of a special counsel, as explained in my last column. At the time, there was no evidence that Trump or his campaign had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election. It was all there in the FBI files, hidden from the public but readily available to Rosenstein.

Months earlier in January of 2017, the FBI had debunked the anti-Trump “dossier” as little more than scurrilous lies, exaggerations and fiction. There was no other credible evidence of a collusion conspiracy. James Comey’s FBI knew it, and so did Rosenstein. Yet, he was undeterred. In a fit of anger, he hired Mueller for an investigation in search of a crime, which is anathema to the rule of law.

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The White House was understandably shocked. And so were other top officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ). As I recounted in my book, “Witch Hunt: The Story Of The Greatest Mass Delusion In American Political History” (page 155), Rosenstein was allegedly confronted in his office over what he had done:

“Rosenstein was literally cowering … hiding behind and somewhat below his desk. ‘Am I gunna get fired?’ blubbered Rosenstein.” 

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It is a scathing indictment of Rosenstein’s lack of character that he only seemed to care about himself. Never mind that he had launched — on his own authority — a national nightmare that would hobble the presidency for two more years, divide Americans over an unfounded scandal and inflict profound damage to our system of justice.

Why did Rosenstein appoint Mueller? It was an act of retaliation. The deputy attorney general was furious that Democrats in Congress blamed him for the firing of Comey as FBI director.  Rosenstein, who authored the firing memo, was suddenly “regretful and emotional,” according to people who interacted with him at the time. He became unglued and blamed Trump for all the criticism. Mueller was Rosenstein’s revenge.

But hiring the special counsel was merely the first part of Rosenstein’s nefarious scheme. Part two constituted one of the most diabolical plots in American political history.

The Attempted Coup          

The moment Comey was fired by the president, Rosenstein began meeting secretly with Comey’s temporary replacement, acting FBI director Andrew McCabe (who was later fired for lying). McCabe decided to initiate a new FBI investigation of Trump simultaneous with Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller as special counsel. In other words, they double-teamed Trump even though neither one had a scintilla of evidence to justify their actions.

At the same time, Rosenstein and McCabe convened repeatedly behind closed doors to discuss a plan to evict the duly elected president of the United States from office and undo the 2016 election results. According to McCabe, it was Rosenstein’s idea to depose Trump by secretly recording the president for the purpose of gathering incriminating evidence of something —anything. Armed with such supposed evidence, he would recruit cabinet members to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment

Here is what McCabe later told CBS’s “60 Minutes”:   

“The deputy attorney general offered to wear a wire into the White House. He said, ‘I never get searched when I go into the White House, I could easily wear a recording device, they wouldn’t know it was there.’ Now, he wasn’t joking, he was absolutely serious, and in fact, he brought it up in the next meeting we had.”   

McCabe didn’t stop there in unraveling the sordid story. He explained how Rosenstein intended to use whatever evidence he might gather furtively as a basis for convincing cabinet officials to remove Trump from office.

“Discussion of the 25th Amendment was simply, Rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort.”

McCabe claimed that Rosenstein was already “counting votes” among cabinet members he had contacted surreptitiously. Government memos confirm this account, and those documents were handed over to Mueller. Did he do anything about it? Of course not. The special counsel report made no mention of it.        

The Senate Judiciary Committee must confront Rosenstein about his warrant application. The Justice Department has stated that it was illegally obtained without probable cause.

The plot to carry out the equivalent of a coup would have been a lawless misuse of power. The 25th Amendment provides for the removal of a president if he is incapacitated or “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Disliking a president or his decision-making is not a basis for evicting him from office under the amendment.

When the story of Rosenstein’s scheme was later revealed in news reports, he dismissed the story as “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” But in his meticulously worded statement to the media, he did not deny seeking an illegitimate basis for removing Trump. It was a canny misdirection and quite typical of Rosenstein’s propensity for deflection.

In a bid to hang on to his job, Rosenstein arranged a meeting with Trump. Here is what the president told me about their conversation:

President Trump: He (Rosenstein) said it didn’t happen. He said he never said it. What he told other people is that he was joking. But to me, he claimed he never said it. 

Jarrett: Did you believe him?

President: I didn’t really know what to believe.  

So which was it? A joke or a fiction? Logically, it cannot be both. During which account was Rosenstein telling the truth? In one of them, he must have been lying.

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee must grill Rosenstein in detail about his attempted coup to remove the president and subvert democracy.

Spying On Carter Page

The four successive surveillance warrants to spy on former Trump campaign associate Carter Page were serial abuses of constitutional rights and the legal process. Factual asserts submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) were not just wrong, they were never validated as true even though the FBI and DOJ officials who signed the documents swore that the information was, indeed, verified. The applications were filled with errors, omissions, deceptions and lies.

Rosenstein signed off on the final renewal in June of 2017 shortly after he wrongfully appointed the special counsel and schemed to depose Trump from office. The deputy attorney general was desperate to come up with some kind of evidence that would justify what he had already done.

The FBI and Rosenstein relied almost entirely on the “dossier” composed by ex-British spy Christopher Steele. It was phony on its face. It was commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democrats. Newly declassified documents show that it was nothing more than malicious Russian disinformation. By January of 2017, the FBI knew this. Surely, Rosenstein knew it too. All of this was concealed from the judges.

Yet, he affixed his signature on the warrant to spy on Page, thereby representing to the court that the information was both true and verified when he must have known that it was not. Lying to a court constitutes fraud and other potential crimes. Rosenstein was well aware of this, as any lawyer would be.

Consider what he said at a public forum several months after he signed the warrant application:

“In order to get a FISA warrant, you need an affidavit signed by a career law enforcement officer who swears the information is true… And if it is wrong, that person is going to face consequences. You can face discipline and sometimes prosecution.”      

Rosenstein’s words frame a prophetic indictment of his own wrongful and, arguably, illegal actions. He swore the information was true and verified. The opposite was true. Rosenstein was acutely aware that the FBI had spent months trying in vain to verify the evidence.

A month after his public remarks, Rosenstein was questioned by the House Judiciary Committee. He refused to answer direct questions but suggested that he might not have even read the warrant application that he signed. Grudgingly, he admitted that he did not always read what he was signing.

It is ironic that the man who so sternly lectured an audience about how imperative it was for every prosecutor to ensure that a spy warrant contained truthful information is the same man who may never have bothered to read the one he signed against Carter Page. Or perhaps he read it but didn’t care about the many lies and misrepresentations contained therein.

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee must confront Rosenstein about his warrant application. The Justice Department has stated that it was illegally obtained without probable cause. It has Rosenstein’s dirty fingerprints all over it.

Attorney General William Barr has denounced government officials for their “misconduct,” “malfeasance and misfeasance” and “clear abuse of the FISA process.” Rosenstein was an integral part of it.

Barr has said that officials “misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source.”

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Rosenstein is far more guilty than others. As the highest-ranking official involved, he had a special and affirmative duty to ensure that the law was being scrupulously followed. His chronic failures and malevolent actions, as described above, constitute an egregious breach of trust.

Come Wednesday, senators in their questioning of Rosenstein should give no quarter in demanding honest answers from a man who has shown no regard for either honesty or justice.

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Gregg Jarrett: In Russia collusion hoax, Rod Rosenstein must be held accountable for his flagrant misconduct

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Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is a master of prevarication and deflection. He holds an M.S. in BS and a Ph.D. in vacuous excuses. He’s a professor emeritus of duplicity and deception. As a prodigious suck-up, he’s the Eddie Haskell of lawyers.

We can expect Rosenstein’s skill set to be on full display Wednesday when he finally and belatedly appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee as its first witness in an investigation into the origins and evolution of the fallacious Trump-Russia collusion probe.

During his ignominious tenure at the Justice Department, Rosenstein was at the center of the Russia hoax, pulling the investigatory levers of manipulation over an imaginary collusion conspiracy that eventually went bust. But not before incalculable damage was done to the Trump presidency, government institutions and America’s faith in our system of justice.

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Before his departure from the Justice Department in May 2019, Rosenstein consistently spurned most attempts by Congress to explain his inexplicable actions and shady tactics. He was a profile in cowardice. Perhaps now he will be held to account. It won’t be easy.

When the truth is at issue, Rosenstein is as slippery as an eel. He’s deathly allergic to personal and professional responsibility. Everyone else is to blame. When in doubt, deny it ever happened. In Rosenstein’s orbit, integrity is a mythical platitude.

FBI Investigation Was Illegitimate

Rosenstein’s testimony comes at a critical juncture. Just recently, the FBI document that launched the Trump-Russia witch hunt was declassified and made public. The FBI Electronic Communication (EC) dated July 31, 2016, identifies not a single scrap of plausible evidence that justified the bureau’s investigation of the Trump campaign.

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Under FBI regulations governing the opening of a formal probe, the agency is required to present specific articulable facts and credible evidence in support of a crime. None was stated in the EC. Hence, there was never a factual predicate nor a reasonable basis that warranted what then-FBI Director James Comey’s bureau was doing.

Moreover, there was no reliable intelligence information to merit a counterintelligence probe, which was a cleverly contrived cover for a criminal investigation.

Undeterred, then-FBI agent Peter Strzok engineered what can only be described as a “phantom” EC record to target the Trump campaign with a baseless investigation in search of a crime.

As Kevin Brock, a former FBI assistant director of intelligence, observed: “It was a document created by Peter Strzok, approved by Peter Strzok, and sent from Peter Strzok to Peter Strzok.” 

Brock says the EC memo proves that the FBI’s investigation should never have been opened up “in a million years.”  He called it a “made-up investigation that sprung from the mind of someone who despised Donald Trump, and then blessed by inexperienced leadership at the highest levels who harbored their own now well-established biases.”

Given this newly discovered information, Rosenstein must be asked during his Senate testimony about his knowledge of the FBI’s corrupt conduct in triggering an invalid investigation of Trump. When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, Rosenstein was placed in charge of the case in April 2017. Did he examine the FBI file and discover it was devoid of evidence and therefore illegitimate? How could he not? Why didn’t he expose the truth?

Did Rosenstein question Comey, Strzok and others at the FBI about any of this or demand that they produce some tangible evidence that would justify the continued investigation? Why didn’t Rosenstein shut down an obviously illicit probe of the president? He had every opportunity to do so, but did not. Instead, he accelerated and elevated the investigation to a more dangerous level.

Mueller’s Appointment Was Illegitimate            

The appointment of a special counsel applies only to criminal investigations, not to counterintelligence probes. Yet, at the time that Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate what we now know is the Trump-Russia collusion hoax by Rosenstein on May 17, 2017, the FBI’s case was a counterintelligence matter, according to Comey’s own testimony.

Rosenstein must be asked specifically by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee why he appointed Mueller. There was still no evidence of a collusion conspiracy involving the Trump campaign and Russia. Months earlier, in January of 2017, the FBI had debunked the infamous Steele “dossier” upon which the FBI had so heavily relied. It turned out to be a collection of fabrications and exaggerations, as Inspector General Michael Horowitz later found. Other FBI efforts to locate collusion evidence produced nothing.

Therefore, upon what legal and factual basis did Rosenstein make the appointment? The special counsel regulations require that there first be some evidence of a potential crime. What crime? What evidence? An “articulable criminal act” must be identified. What act? It is clear that Mueller’s appointment was defective because he was empowered to investigate something that was not authorized by the regulations.

Those same regulations also state that a special counsel can only be named where an investigation or prosecution “would present a conflict of interest for the Department of Justice.” Where exactly was the conflict? Sessions had already recused himself, and there were no other known conflicts that would have prevented regular prosecutors from handling the case. Rosenstein has never offered an explanation for that fundamental defect. He must now be asked.

A lawyer cannot be an impartial investigator, witness, prosecutor and judge all rolled into one.

It is folly for Rosenstein to argue (although he surely will) that the firing of Comey was the reason for the special counsel, inasmuch as it was Rosenstein who authored the memo recommending the director be sacked for repeatedly violating FBI regulations.

Was Rosenstein unduly influenced by Comey himself? Recall that the canned director bragged how he leaked presidential memos to the media for the sole purpose of triggering a special counsel. Rosenstein must be asked if Comey’s devious machinations prompted the decision to name Mueller.

And why select Mueller of all people? He was a longtime friend, colleague and ally of Comey. Isn’t that a serious conflict of interest? Was there some hidden deal? Was Mueller hired to either justify or cover up what Comey had done? Who did Rosenstein talk to about hiring Mueller? Where did the idea emanate?

When Trump met with Mueller in the Oval Office (ostensibly to interview Mueller for the job of replacing Comey as FBI director) the day before Mueller was named as special counsel, why was Mueller’s pending appointment concealed from the president? Was this a scheme to gather evidence against Trump about his firing of Comey?

Rosenstein’s Refusal to Recuse Himself 

Once Mueller was appointed, he began investigating whether Trump had obstructed justice in the firing of Comey – again, an absurd proposition. Since Rosenstein had held extensive conversations with Trump and Sessions about discharging Comey for a justifiable cause, this made Rosenstein a central witness in any obstruction case. It presented an egregious conflict of interest that demanded his recusal. Yet, Rosenstein refused. Why?

The most important person who could attest to the president’s motivations was the very man who supervised the investigation into Trump’s intent. There is no greater conflict of interest.

Footnotes in the Mueller Report seem to confirm that Rosenstein was actually interviewed as a witness by the special counsel. Although Mueller answered to Rosenstein it was Rosenstein who had to answer Mueller’s questions. That is about as warped and improper as a case can get.

Think of it this way: the boss was questioned by his subordinate, and then the boss played an instrumental role in deciding whether charges should be brought based, in whole or in part, on his own testimony. It does not take a genius to realize that the scenario was fundamentally wrong and unethical. A lawyer cannot be an impartial investigator, witness, prosecutor and judge all rolled into one.

Rosenstein must be asked hard questions about his atrocious lapse in judgment that rendered the entire special counsel investigation inherently suspect amid persistent questions of self-interest, political bias and a lack of objectivity.

The then-deputy attorney general advised Trump how to get rid of Comey and then hired Mueller to investigate whether that decision constituted obstruction of justice by the president. No responsible and ethical lawyer would ever do such a thing.

What if Rosenstein did not tell the truth when he was interviewed? What if other witnesses or documents offered proof that he lied? As supervisor of the case, would he disregard it and cover it up? Or would he decide to charge himself for false statements or perjury?

Rosenstein had not just one but two untenable conflicts of interest. He was tangled up in the “collusion” case, as well. He signed his name on the fourth FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant application to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The Justice Department subsequently determined that the warrant was unlawfully obtained without probable cause.

In my next column, I will outline how the Senate Judiciary Committee should hold Rosenstein to account for the lies and fraud perpetrated on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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I’ll also address how Rosenstein should be grilled by senators over his leading role in what became known as the “attempted coup” – a disgraceful plot to secretly record the president and recruit Cabinet members to remove him from office under the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein told Trump that “it didn’t happen.” Government memos show that it did.

There is a lot to this sordid story … and many more questions for the reprehensible Rosenstein.

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Ingraham decries ‘outrageous’ behavior of officers in George Floyd death, ‘bad actors’ rioting in Minneapolis

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Laura Ingraham opened Thursday night’s edition of “The Ingraham Angle” by responding to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, saying they had engaged in “outrageous and even perhaps murderous behavior” and calling the death of another African-American in police custody “infuriating and heartbreaking.”

“It is hard for people to watch it [the video] at all,” she said. “I was thinking today, this means a lot of things, but it means many young African-Americans and many of them just starting out in their lives, end up thinking once again that our criminal justice system is not just rigged against them, it is targeting them.

“President Trump was right to jump on this situation almost immediately, directing the DOJ [and] FBI to launch a civil rights investigation into the matter.”

Earlier Thursday, Trump instructed the bureau to take a “very strong look” at the circumstances surrounding Floyd’s death.

Ingraham said that there should be no public tolerance for — or expectation of — anything but fair conduct by America’s police.

“No one in America should feel like he or she is being treated unfairly by law enforcement because of skin color or any other characteristic, for that matter,” she said. “Tolerating anything but equal justice under the law and due process is simply unacceptable.

“In the year 2020, it is fairly obvious that we need to ensure there is more protection for civil liberties across the board,” Ingraham went on, “for criminal suspects held by authorities, and for protesters, whether they’re in Minnesota or in Michigan.”

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However, the host said that the violence that followed Floyd’s death — in which stores were looted and property was set ablaze — is also inexcusable.

“Bad actors threw gasoline on the fire, figuratively and literally, and suddenly, the message of ‘justice for all’ is not only lost, it is obliterated,” she said.

“[E]xcusing criminal behavior as somehow justified when it is carried out in response to police brutality or any other abuse only ends up making a bad situation worse,” she continued. “Because it lowers the bar for everybody. It is frankly patronizing and even demeaning and it hurts more innocent people in the community in the process.”

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“America isn’t hopeless. She’s not irredeemable,” Ingraham concluded. “The overwhelming majority of Americans just want to live in peace and they want to live in harmony with their neighbors of all races and all ethnicities. Most Americans are good people. Most police officers want to help, not hurt.

“Time and again, we see that the real change agents in America are those who stay in their communities and build them up, not burn them down.”

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Mexican drug lord wanted in US agent’s death is pleading poverty in hopes of avoiding arrest

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Mexican drug lord and fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list is now trying to present himself as poor in a bid to avoid arrest.

Rafael Caro-Quintero, who is accused of having a role in the 1985 abduction, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, said in a legal appeal that he has no money, is too old to work and has no pension.

The odd plea was filed Tuesday by Caro-Quintero’s lawyer seeking an injunction against his arrest or extradition to the United States. After spending years in prison in Mexico, Caro-Quintero was freed in 2013, a decision that angered Washington.

“The plaintiff argues insolvency, because he says he is more than 60 years old, is neither retired nor has a pension, and given the fact that he is a fugitive from the law, cannot work or perform any activity to earn money,” read the papers, according to The Associated Press.

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Rafael Caro-Quintero, the notorious underworld figure who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list for the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985, is claiming he has no money, is too old to work and has no pension. (FBI/AP)

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However, the U.S. government says Caro-Quintero and his family remain in the lucrative drug trade.

A Mexican federal court has issued a warrant for his re-arrest, but as of Thursday he remains at large.

Around the time of Camarena’s death, the DEA was utilizing a series of wiretaps to make sizeable drug busts in Mexico. One of them cost Rafael Caro-Quintero $2.5 billion.

In February 1985, as Camarena left to meet his wife for lunch outside the U.S. consulate in Guadalajara, he was surrounded by officers from the DFS, a Mexican intelligence agency that no longer exists.

The DFS agents took Camarena, blindfolded and held at gunpoint, to one of Caro-Quintero’s haciendas five miles away.

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The undated file photo distributed by the Mexican government shows Rafael Caro Quintero, considered the grandfather of Mexican drug trafficking. (AP/File)

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For more than 30 hours, Caro-Quintero and others interrogated Camarena and crushed his skull, jaw, nose and cheekbones with a tire iron. They broke his ribs, drilled a hole in his head and tortured him with a cattle prod. As Camarena lay dying, Caro-Quintero ordered a cartel doctor to keep the U.S. agent alive.

The 37-year-old’s body was found dumped on a nearby ranch about a month later. Caro-Quintero was convicted in the kidnapping and murder, but was mistakenly released from a Mexican prison in 2013.

Fox News’ William La Jeunesse and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Gregg Jarrett on Flynn unmasking by Obama officials: Many had ‘no business snooping’ on Trump team

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Many of the Obama-era officials who had a hand in the investigation and eventual charge of Gen. Michael Flynn had “no business” seeking to unmask incoming Trump administration members, Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said  Thursday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Steve Doocy, Jarrett said that a new Justice Department (DOJ) probe — led by West Texas U.S. Attorney John Bash — into the circumstances surrounding the former Trump national security adviser’s 2017 guilty plea and unmasking will answer whether or not there were legitimate reasons for unmasking requests and “snooping” on the incoming cabinet.

“He will look at [abuses] of power and potential crimes,” he explained.

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National Security Advisor-designate Michael T. Flynn, waits for an elevator at Trump Tower in New York. (AP)

Republican lawmakers have demanded more information about the extent of the practice after a previously classified list of officials under former President Barack Obama who sought to reveal what turned out to be the identity of Michael Flynn in intelligence reports was released earlier this month.

The DOJ had previously motioned to drop the Flynn case after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the inquiry.

“Look, you have to have a legitimate stated reason of national security to unmask somebody,” Jarrett stated further. “Look at the list of people during that brief transition period making unmasking requests of Michael Flynn. So many of them were partisan officials who had no business snooping and seeking to unmask the successors: incoming Trump administration.”

“Yes, there were some intel officials there and they have to have a legitimate reason,” he told Doocy.

“So, I think what Bash is going to be digging into is, ‘Let’s see the unmasking requests and reports. Were they legitimate reasons? And what are people in the Treasury Department, ambassadors, indeed Obama’s chief of staff, and Joe Biden doing making unmasking requests and snooping on the incoming administration?’” asked Jarrett.

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“Those answers need to be given,” he concluded. “And, frankly, how many other people were victimized by illegitimate spying and unmaking requests?”

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