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Naturalized U.S. citizen charged with becoming ISIS sniper and weapons instructor

A 42-year-old Brooklyn, New York, man has been charged with providing and attempting to provide material support – including training, services and personnel – to ISIS in Syria, the Department of Justice announced Friday after unsealing a criminal complaint in Brooklyn federal court.

Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a Kazakhstan-born, naturalized U.S citizen is alleged to have traveled to Istabul, Turkey, in late 2013 before moving across the border into Syria where he became a sniper for the designated terrorist outfit.

Asainov then rose through the ranks, prosecutors contend, to become an “emir” and oversaw the training of other ISIS recruits in the use of weapons. He is also accused of attempting to entice another person residing in the U.S. to join ISIS in Syria.

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“The defendant, a naturalized U.S. citizen residing in Brooklyn, turned his back on the country that took him in and joined ISIS, serving its violent ends in Syria,” U.S Attorney Richard Donoghue stated, highlighting that he will now face justice in an American courtroom. “We hope countries around the world, including our European allies and partners, will likewise repatriate and prosecute their own citizens for traveling to support ISIS.”

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A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. 

In March 2015 he requested $2,800 from an informant to purchase a rifle scope, sending photographs of boasting about the group’s barbarity and declaring his wish to die on the battlefield. Instead, he was later detained by the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and transferred into FBI custody on Wednesday.

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He is slated to appear in court Friday afternoon.

“This arrest serves as a warning to anyone anywhere in the world who intends to support or conduct attacks on behalf of terrorist groups against the United States,” added NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. “You will be brought to justice.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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State driver’s license databases prove valuable for FBI, ICE for facial-recognition searches: report

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Federal authorities have had access to millions of Americans’ photos without their consent or approval from Congress by tapping into state driver’s license databases and have turned into an “unprecedented surveillance infrastructure” that some critics see as an “ask-permission-later” system, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

The agencies reportedly using the databases include the F.B.I and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Most of the photos at the DMV are of citizens never charged with a crime and not the subject of an investigation.

“It’s really a surveillance-first, ask-permission-later system,” Jake Laperruque, a senior counsel at a government watchdog, told the paper. He said the FBI alone “does 4,000 searches every month, and a lot of them go through state DMVs.”

ICE did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News late Sunday. An agency spokesman told the paper that its “investigative techniques are generally considered law-enforcement sensitive.”

The FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News, but referred the paper to last month’s testimony of a top agency official who called facial-recognition critical to “preserve our security.”

The Post’s exclusive report cited internal documents obtained by a public-records request by researchers from Georgetown Law. The report, citing a Government Accountability Office memo last month, also said that since 2011, the FBI has logged 390,000 facial-recognition searches in various departments, including the DMV.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., told the paper in an email that access to this information by law enforcement is often done in the “shadows” and with no consent.

The report said 21 states allow the practice, while cities like San Francisco have banned public agencies from the procedure.

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US intel agencies encourage universities to monitor Chinese students

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U.S. intelligence agencies have advised American universities to monitor certain Chinese students and visiting scholars amid concerns of China’s threat to the U.S.

FBI officials reportedly visited at least 10 Americans universities since 2018 and encouraged them to take extra precaution when it comes to Chinese students or scholars affiliated with Chinese state-affiliated research institutions.

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According to NPR, the officials said the universities should actively monitor the Chinese nationals and review ongoing research that involves Chinese individuals and could have defense applications.

“We are being asked what processes are in place to know what labs they are working at or what information they are being exposed to,” Fred Cate, vice president of research at Indiana University, told the outlet.

“We are being asked what processes are in place to know what labs they are working at or what information they are being exposed to. It’s not a question of just looking for suspicious behavior — it’s actually really targeting specific countries and the people from those countries.”

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“It’s not a question of just looking for suspicious behavior — it’s actually really targeting specific countries and the people from those countries.”

The FBI requests aren’t mandatory and universities will face no penalties for refusing to follow the advice of the bureau.

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Universities that were advised didn’t reportedly implement measures to monitor the Chinese individuals and have pushed back against it as the FBI wasn’t specific how such monitoring would work, NPR reported.

But the FBI visits have apparently created second thoughts among U.S. academics who are now wary of accepting federal grants that could involve Chinese scholars.

“We don’t say you can’t, because we don’t have any legal authority to say they can’t,” Cate told the outlet. “But we say you should be aware there may be some sensitivity about this.”

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The FBI first raised concerns about the presence of Chinese scholars on U.S. campuses since at least 2018.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said during a Congressional hearing last year that China is “exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have, which we all revere, but they’re taking advantage of it.”

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Jay Sekulow: Obama administration’s anti-Trump actions revealed in newly disclosed documents

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Stunning new information just released by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) shows that the Obama administration stepped up efforts – just days before President Trump took office – to undermine Trump and his administration.

The ACLJ, where I serve as chief counsel, has obtained records that show the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, under Director James Clapper, eagerly pushed to get new procedures as part of an anti-Trump effort. The procedures increased access to raw signals intelligence before the conclusion of the Obama administration, just days before President Trump was inaugurated.

By greatly expanding access to classified information by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, the Obama administration paved the way for a shadow government to leak classified information – endangering our national security and severely jeopardizing the integrity and reputation of our critical national security apparatus – in an attempt to undermine President Trump.

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No president-elect or president should be targeted in this manner – and those responsible must be held accountable.

As I told Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel program, the documents were obtained as a result of one of our Freedom of Information Act lawsuits – this one against the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency.

The documents confirmed what we suspected: the Office of the Director of National Intelligence rushed to get the new “procedures signed by the Attorney General before the conclusion of this administration,” referring to the Obama administration.

We have been working to unearth the facts of this Obama administration anti-Trump effort through our Freedom of Information Act lawsuits for more than two years.

The documents also reveal that Robert Litt, who worked in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense’s Director of Intelligence Strategy, Policy, & Integration: “Really want to get this done … and so does the Boss.” Presumably “the Boss” is a reference to Director Clapper. 

And documents the ACLJ received that were produced by the National Security Agency show that NSA officials discussed that they “could have a signature from the AG as early as this week, certainly prior to the 20th of Jan.” In other words, certainly before President Trump’s inauguration.

Consider what we now know about the nature and degree of Deep State opposition to President Trump.

There have been public revelations about the infamous disgrace known as the Steele dossier, a report by a former British spy funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign that made false and baseless allegations against presidential candidate Trump.

There were also documented abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that led to an FBI investigation – codenamed Crossfire Hurricane – of possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. Special Counsel Robert Mueller later concluded after an exhaustive investigation lasting nearly two years that the Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia to advance Trump’s election chances.

We are also now aware of Director of National Intelligence Clapper’s open hostility to President Trump and intentional leaking by senior law enforcement and intelligence officials who were also hostile to Trump.

All of these facts point to a coordinated effort across agencies during the Obama administration to oppose the incoming Trump administration.

As part of the ACLJ’s Government Accountability Project and Freedom of Information Act practice, we uncovered key information about the embedded “resistance” operating within our government.

In this particular instance, it concerned us when we heard that, according to The New York Times, “in its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.”

On December 15, 2016 – after President Trump’s election – Director of National Intelligence Clapper executed a document titled “Procedures for the Availability or Dissemination of Raw Signals Intelligence Information by the National Security Agency Under Section 2.3 of Executive Order 12333.”

On January 3, 2017 – just days before President Trump’s inauguration – then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch executed the document, indicating her approval.

According to The New York Times, “the new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations.”

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The New York Times had first reported in 2014 that deliberations by Obama administration officials on developing the new procedures were occurring. But apparently, the new procedures were not completed by the director of national intelligence and approved by the attorney general until just weeks before the end of President Obama’s term.

We have been working to unearth the facts of this Obama administration anti-Trump effort through our Freedom of Information Act lawsuits for more than two years. We will continue to pursue new information about this strategy to embolden the Deep State.

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Mark Meadows: John Durham will ‘get to the bottom of’ Russia investigation origins

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The federal prosecutor named by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Russia investigation will come to a substantive conclusion, according to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham is looking closely at the intelligence community’s activity in late 2016 and early 2017, the House Freedom Caucus chairman claimed on “Hannity.”

“I can tell you that John Durham and Attorney General Barr are going to get to the bottom of it,” he said.

“They are including in part of their surveillance – really looking at the intelligence community to make sure that justice is brought.”

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who joined Meadows on “Hannity,” added he agreed with the North Carolina lawmaker and that a previous report by the Justice Department’s inspector general was fruitful.

“The attorney general of the United States and U.S. Attorney John Durham are doing an investigation,” he said. “They have told us this is broader than just the FBI – they’re going to look at all of this.

“First, Horowitz is going to come out. His report a year ago was very good,” Jordan said, referring to inspector general Michael E. Horowitz.

“Then we will see where Mr. Durham and Mr. Barr where their investigation and what they come back with.”

As part of its ongoing “multifaceted” and “broad” review into potential misconduct by U.S. intelligence agencies during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Justice Department revealed Monday it is also investigating the activities of several “non-governmental organizations and individuals.”

Additionally, the DOJ announced that the probe, led by Durham, was looking into the involvement of “foreign intelligence services.”

Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos told Fox News last month that an informant who was likely “CIA and affiliated with Turkish intel” had posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 and tried to “seduce him” to obtain information linking the Trump team to Russia.

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The information was contained in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who had inquired as to the scope of Durham’s investigation.

The letter could indicate that the DOJ is looking closely at work done during the campaign by Fusion GPS, the firm retained by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) to conduct opposition research against the Trump campaign.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Kimberley Strassel: Comey was ‘one of the first undiagnosed cases of Trump derangement syndrome’

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Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel speculated that the investigation into then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign gained so much steam because former FBI Director James Comey had “Trump derangement syndrome.”

She made those comments while speaking to Fox News host Bill Hemmer on his podcast “Hemmer Time.” Hemmer, in the podcast published on Thursday, asked Strassel what she thought the broader story will be as the dust settles on the Russia investigation.

Strassel said that while she didn’t think the FBI had partisan motivations, she did think that Comey had a vendetta against Trump. “I think that Jim Comey came down with one of the first undiagnosed cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome,” she said, referring to a common criticism employed by conservatives.

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“He felt himself to be above a lot of the normal rules and procedures and he got it in his head that he was going to protect the country from some sort of menace,” she told Hemmer.

According to Strassel, the investigation was unusual in that the FBI conducted from its headquarters rather than a field office. “There was nobody offering supervision and we had a lot of FBI agents and senior leadership in the end who exceeded their authority,” she said.

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She also criticized Comey for withholding information about the dossier during a meeting he had with President Trump.

“I don’t think people have absorbed just how inappropriate that meeting was handled,” she said referring to a meeting the two had before Trump’s inauguration. Strassel asserted that Comey exceeded his authority by only disclosing parts of the dossier while withholding the fact that his FBI was using the dossier to investigate members of the president’s campaign.

“To withhold that from an incoming administration is really — it’s another example of Comey very much exceeding his authority,” Strassel said. She also questioned whether that meeting occurred for the purpose of getting the media to report on the dossier.

Her comments came as House Democrats voted to effectively hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress and bolster their powers in enforcing subpoenas.

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That vote, Strassel claimed, was part of an “all-out attempt” to discredit the attorney general and cover for the fact that Democrats funded the dossier that served as a basis for the investigation.

“There is an all-out attempt by Democrats to discredit him because remember their central role in this entire 2016 investigation. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the dossier that the FBI ended up using as … part of the justification to go after the Trump campaign.”

“That’s scandalous!” she added. “What we’ve seen for the past two years are intense efforts to keep that information from coming out. And there is a great fear — an enormous fear — among some quarters in Washington that Bill Barr is going to produce the truth here.”

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Many in the FBI, Strassel pointed out, didn’t think Trump would win in 2016 and therefore, likely didn’t think their investigatory efforts would come to light. “The FBI was operating under the assumption that nobody would know what it had done,” she said.

Strassel also suspected that the contempt actions stemmed from a “personal vendetta” that some House Democrats had against Barr. Barr, she also said, was restoring faith in the Justice Department with his efforts in investigating the Russia probe’s origins.

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

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Trump says he would ‘want to hear’ dirt on 2020 rivals from foreign governments, suggests he wouldn’t contact FBI

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President Trump said he would be willing to listen to foreign governments if they approached him with information on a political rival.

Trump made the admission during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, adding that he would not necessarily contact the FBI if such an approach was made. Video from the interview went public Wednesday evening.

“I think I’d want to hear it… I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” he said.

“If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ — oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

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The president continued in the interview: “Somebody comes up and says, ‘hey, I have information on your opponent,’ do you call the FBI?

“I’ll tell you what, I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do.”

When pressed on the issue by Stephanopoulos, Trump responded: “Oh, give me a break — life doesn’t work that way.”

Many Democrats reacted with outrage. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a 2020 candidate for president, tweeted in response: “It’s time for Congress to begin impeachment hearings.”

The role of Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in organizing a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer offering negative information on Hillary Clinton was a focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the last presidential campaign.

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Mueller painstakingly documented Russian efforts to boost Trump’s campaign and undermine Clinton’s. It did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

Trump repeatedly praised WikiLeaks in 2016 and celebrated information exposed by Russian hackers.

Trump’s comments came just a month after he pledged not to use information stolen by foreign adversaries in his 2020 re-election campaign.

During a question-and-answer session with reporters in the Oval Office last month, Trump said he “would certainly agree to” that commitment.

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“I don’t need it,” he said as he met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. “All I need is the opponents that I’m looking at.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that Donald Trump Jr. should have called his agency to report the offer.

However, Trump, who nominated Wray to the role in 2017, told ABC News he disagreed. “The FBI director is wrong,” the president said.

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Asked whether his advisers should accept information on an opponent from Russia, China or another nation or call the FBI this time, Trump said, “I think maybe you do both,” expressing openness to reviewing the information.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Devin Nunes: James Comey, Andrew McCabe make J. Edgar Hoover ‘look like a saint’

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Former FBI Director James Comey’s and his deputy’s allegedly partisan actions during the bureau’s Russia investigation make its controversial inaugural director “look like a saint,” according to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Nunes, compared Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s activities detrimental to President Trump to that of J. Edgar Hoover, in a Thursday interview on “Hannity.”

Host Sean Hannity reminded Nunes that Comey previously leaked sensitive memos detailing his contact with President Trump.

Comey used an intermediary – Columbia University faculty member Daniel Richman – to make the memoranda public.

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Nunes responded, calling Comey and McCabe “dirty cops” and accusing them of abusing their positions within the government.

“What I would say, Sean, in the future when you look up the words ‘dirty cop,’… you will see the pictures of Comey and McCabe,” he said.

“These guys make J. Edgar Hoover look like a saint,” he continued, adding that he was outraged by a clip Hannity played of Comey discussing the White House interrogation of Gen. Michael Flynn. Hoover was criticized for collecting intelligence on those whom he personally considered enemies of the United States.

In 2018, Comey told Nicolle Wallace, a former White House communications director for former President George W. Bush, that he sent agents to question Flynn without informing the Trump administration.

“I sent them,” Comey told Wallace, now an MSNBC host. “[I]n a more organized administration … if the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would just work through the White House counsel and there would be discussions …  I thought it’s early enough, let’s just send a couple guys over.”

Nunes called the remarks “despicable,” adding Comey should have gone through the proper channels to talk to Flynn, then the national security adviser.

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“It is absolutely despicable that the head of the FBI would think it’s funny and cute to send over these FBI agents to go and interview the national security adviser,” the lawmaker claimed. “Then they walk out and say we don’t think this guy is lying but you double down.”

Flynn pleaded guilty to providing false statements to the FBI during a January 2017 interview. He admitted to lying about his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and William Mears contributed to this report.

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‘Bigfoot’ hair samples turned out to be from deer, newly released FBI documents reveal

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The FBI released documents from its vault Wednesday on the bureau’s short-lived investigation into Bigfoot in 1977.

The 22 documents show that the bureau’s Scientific and Technical Services Division examined 15 hairs sent by Peter Byrne, who was head of the now-defunct Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition in Oregon.

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“Will you kindly, to set the record straight, once and for all, inform us if the FBI has examined hair which might be that of a Bigfoot,” an August 1976 letter from Byrne says. “Please understand that our research here is serious. That this is a serious question that needs answering.”

Jay Cochran, then assistant director of the division, wrote back that while the bureau primarily examines criminal investigations, “on a case-by-case basis, in the interest of research and scientific inquiry, we make exceptions to this general policy.”

The hairs were examined in 1977 and determined to be of deer origin.

Byrne, now 93, told CNBC Wednesday he hasn’t given up hope on the existence of Bigfoot.

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The documents were originally obtained through a Freedom of Information Request.

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