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  • Byron York: Lots of Mueller action, but what about collusion

    04/10/2018 4:33:11 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/10/2018 | Byron York
    Remember collusion? The allegation that Donald Trump and his aides coordinated or conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 presidential election is, and has always been, the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation. Yet Monday saw two developments in the Trump investigation — one discussed widely in the press, the other not as much — and neither pointed toward collusion.
  • On the Trump-Russia Investigation and the Rule of Law

    04/04/2018 7:30:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2018 | Byron York
    Recently, I took part in a debate on the question "Does the Russia investigation endanger the rule of law?" I said yes. First, a caveat. If "endanger the rule of law" means "destroys our legal order and threatens our democracy," then no, I don't think the Trump-Russia investigation does that. But if it means "involves our nation's most powerful law enforcement and intelligence agencies in reckless political conduct that undermines our system of elections and the orderly transfer of power," then yes, the Trump-Russia investigation does, in fact, endanger the rule of law. Two incidents from 2016 and early...
  • Golden shower? Trump dossier authors doubt their most explosive allegation

    03/15/2018 2:43:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/14/2018 | Byron York
    ...Isikoff and Corn suggest, without saying so explicitly, that the available circumstantial evidence makes the "golden showers" story very unlikely. Reconstructing Trump's time in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant, Isikoff and Corn report that Trump stayed just one night in Moscow. (Trump did in fact stay in the Ritz Carlton presidential suite where Obama had been a few years earlier.) After arriving in Moscow, Trump attended a brief meeting at the hotel and then left for a day of meetings elsewhere. That night, an "exhausted" Trump went to a party at which he agreed to take part in...
  • Byron York: An unusual turn in the Michael Flynn case?

    02/20/2018 9:32:09 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 15, 2018 | Byron York
    Observers are buzzing about a series of events in the last 60 days in the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump national security adviser who on Dec. 1 pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation... ....On Dec. 12, after just a few days on the Flynn case, Sullivan, acting on his own, ordered the office of special counsel Robert Mueller "to produce to [Flynn] in a timely manner — including during plea negotiations — any evidence in its possession that is favorable to defendant and material either to defendant's guilt or punishment." Sullivan...
  • How A Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn Could Uncover More Federal Corruption

    02/19/2018 9:52:19 AM PST · by MaxistheBest · 37 replies
    the Federalist ^ | 02/19/2018 | Margot Cleveland
    Did Robert Mueller’s office withhold other evidence in Michael Flynn’s prosecution, either from the FISA court or from Flynn’s attorneys? There is reason to believe so. -------------------------------------------------------- On Friday, Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order in United States v. Flynn that, while widely unnoticed, reveals something fascinating: A motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea based on government misconduct is likely in the works. Just a week ago, and thus before Sullivan quietly directed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team to provide Flynn’s attorneys “any exculpatory evidence,” Washington Examiner columnist Byron York detailed the oddities of Flynn’s case. The...
  • The Week in Review: The Fake News Media’s Fakest Week Ever

    02/18/2018 5:36:55 AM PST · by EyesOfTX · 11 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) This past week saw the fake news media have what probably was its fakest week ever – which is saying an awful lot – and here a few of the highlights: The fake news media, lacking any other negative story on which to focus in order to avoid reporting on the massive, mushrooming scandal of corruption at DOJ and the FBI, spent the first several days of the week hammering the Rob Porter story. While Porter’s likely a wife-abusing turd who needed to be fired and needs to be punished, that hardly...
  • An unusual turn in the Michael Flynn case?

    02/16/2018 6:41:19 AM PST · by billorites · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 15, 2018 | Byron York
    Observers are buzzing about a series of events in the last 60 days in the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump national security adviser who on Dec. 1 pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation. The new developments might add up to very little or they might be significant. In any event, they are raising eyebrows. First, there is some mystery surrounding the removal of Judge Rudolph Contreras from the case. Just days after accepting Flynn's guilty plea, Contreras was taken off the case by the U.S. District Court for the District of...
  • Byron York: Comey told Congress FBI agents didn't think Michael Flynn lied

    02/12/2018 4:36:48 PM PST · by mojito · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/12/2018 | Byron York
    In March 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed a number of Capitol Hill lawmakers on the Trump-Russia investigation. One topic of intense interest was the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump White House national security adviser who resigned under pressure on February 13 after just 24 days in the job. [....] ...Lawmakers wanted Comey to tell them what was up. And what they heard from the director did not match what they were hearing in the media. According to two sources familiar with the meetings, Comey told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn...
  • Byron York: Scheming, speculation behind scenes as Democrats push intel memo [classified reveal]

    02/07/2018 6:31:13 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Feb 7, 2018 | Byron York
    This time last week, there was growing tumult in Washington over the memo produced by House Intelligence Committee Republicans alleging "FISA abuse" in the Trump-Russia investigation. There were dire warnings that the release of the GOP memo would endanger national security, that doing so would be "extraordinarily reckless" without proper FBI and Justice Department review, and that the FBI had "grave concerns" about "material omissions of fact" that would "fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy." snip The Democratic memo, these Republicans say, is much different. "It's full of sources and methods," said one lawmaker, referring to highly classified information. "It includes...
  • Paging Carter Page

    02/05/2018 5:52:06 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | Feburary 5,2018 | Scott Johnson
    Our former FBI agent reader writes to take issue with Byron York’s assertion that the FBI wiretapped Carter Page in 2013. He says it’s much worse than that and that this is almost certainly what happened: Back in 2013 the FBI was listening to its standard, ongoing, FISA coverage of all things Russian. They were NOT investigating or wiretapping Page. The FBI was investigating and wiretapping Russians. It had no idea who Page was. By listening to Russians, however, the FBI discovered that Page was in touch with Russians. What they would have done next is standard operation procedure in...
  • Mueller Redacts Newly Found Texts??,

    01/28/2018 8:41:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Jan 28, 2018 | The Still Report
    Synopsis: Well, it looks like some of those missing texts between FBI trysters may be missing for a reason; how about because they implicate Robert Mueller in something or another. Byron York, writing in the Washington Examiner, says that only 15% of the text messages between star-crossed lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have been turned over to Congressional investigators so far. And, for some strange reason, some were sent by the FBI over to the Special Council, Robert Mueller, and he redacted portions of those emails. So now, we have the possibility that the DOJ is covering for the...
  • Byron York: Justice Department withholds majority of FBI texts

    01/27/2018 8:36:55 AM PST · by janetjanet998 · 71 replies
    The Justice Department has given Congress less than 15 percent of the texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – and that is all Congress is likely to get, at least until department experts finish an effort to recover an unknown number of previously lost texts that were sent and received during a key five-month period during the Trump-Russia investigation. There is much confusion over some basic facts of the Strzok-Page texts. How many are there? How many relate to the two most politically-charged investigations in years, the Trump-Russia probe and the Hillary Clinton email investigation? How many...
  • Byron York: Dems have written their own counter-memo; will seek to make public, too.

    01/24/2018 12:34:50 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 51 replies
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  • Byron York: Congress seeks answers after FBI claims texts missing in Trump-Russia probe

    01/21/2018 6:53:38 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 79 replies
    Investigators in both House and Senate were stunned late Friday when, receiving a batch of newly-released texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, they also received notice from the bureau that the FBI "failed to preserve" Strzok-Page messages from December 14, 2016 through May 17, 2017. Given the amount of texting that went on between Strzok and Page, who were having an extramarital affair, that probably meant thousands of missing documents. A number of critical events in the Trump-Russia affair occurred between December 2016 and May 2017, including: Conversations between Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian...
  • Byron York: House committee takes step toward making Trump dossier findings public

    01/18/2018 1:54:44 PM PST · by harwood · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/8/18 | Byron York
    >At the committee's meeting Thursday morning, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., offered a motion to allow all House members to review a brief report prepared by the Republican majority summarizing the panel's investigation into what GOP members call "FISA abuse." (That is a reference to the secret court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.) The motion passed the committee on a party-line vote. >The report answers the question of whether the FBI and Justice used the dossier for one or more surveillance warrants, plus other issues. But the answer, of course, is classified. (Just for the record, I have...
  • Paul Manafort Has a Point

    01/17/2018 6:44:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2018 | Byron York
    It's not a popular thing to defend Paul Manafort, the international influence peddler who ran Donald Trump's presidential campaign for a short time in 2016. Just search for "Manafort" and, say, "sleazeball," and see what comes up. But even bad guys have a case sometimes. And Manafort has a case in his lawsuit against Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller sent Manafort a strong message last July, when FBI agents working for Mueller, guns drawn, broke into Manafort's house in the pre-dawn hours while Manafort and his wife slept inside. Mueller sent another message last October, when he indicted Manafort...
  • Byron York: Yes, Congress has seen Trump-Russia secret court surveillance documents. Now what?

    01/16/2018 7:05:16 PM PST · by bitt · 27 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 1/16/2018 | byron york
    One of the most contentious issues surrounding the Trump dossier is the question of whether the FBI used unverified material from the dossier — a Clinton campaign opposition research product — to apply for permission to spy on Americans. Investigators from both House and Senate have long wanted to see any FISA applications (that is, spying requests filed with the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court) that dealt with the Trump-Russia affair. Now, they have seen them. Sources on both Capitol Hill and in the executive branch have confirmed that representatives of four committees — the House Intelligence Committee, Senate...
  • Byron York: Trump dossier probes now include possible State Department involvement

    01/16/2018 5:23:56 AM PST · by grayboots · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/16/2018 | Byron York
    Congressional investigations into the Trump dossier have so far been focused on the FBI and Justice Department. They still are, but now investigators are also looking into a possible Obama State Department role in the collection and dissemination of sensational and still-unverified allegations against candidate Donald Trump gathered by a former British spy working for the Hillary Clinton campaign. In addition to having contacts in the Obama Justice Department and FBI, that former spy, Christopher Steele, was also well-connected with the Obama State Department. A book published in November by a correspondent at the Guardian, "Collusion: Secret meetings, dirty money,...
  • Byron York: What the Trump dossier criminal referral means

    01/06/2018 2:30:12 PM PST · by SSS Two · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01-06-2018 | Byron York
    There's been a lot of confusion about the decision by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and crime subcommittee chairman Lindsey Graham to refer Christopher Steele, author of the Trump dossier, to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation. The two senators sent a brief letter Thursday to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and FBI director Christopher Wray. The letter, which was unclassified and released to the public Friday, was a cover letter for what Grassley and Graham called a "classified memorandum related to certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple U.S. news outlets regarding the so-called 'Trump dossier'...
  • “Investigating the Cover-up” – Devin Nunes Subpoenas David Kramer…

    12/27/2017 7:30:56 PM PST · by bitt · 33 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 12/27/2017 | SUNDANCE
    Byron York is reporting today that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer (pictured left), the aid to John McCain who was used as an arms-length go-between -traveling to Surrey, England- to meet with Christopher Steele and retrieve the Steele “Russian Dossier” in November 2016. Kramer was not given the dossier in England; rather he was briefed in England, by Steele, and later given the dossier by Glenn Simpson (Fusion GPS) in the U.S. A back-story timeline refresher: Dossier author Christopher Steele reached out to Sir Andrew Wood, Britain’s former Ambassador to Russia (’95-’00) in...