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  • Memorandum Opinion for The General Counsel Office of The Director National Iintelligence

    “Urgent Concern” Determination by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community A complaint from an intelligence-community employee about statements made by the President during a telephone call with a foreign leader does not involve an “urgent concern,” as defined in 50 U.S.C. § 3033(k)(5)(G), because the alleged conduct does not relate to “the funding, administration, or operation of an intelligence activity” un- der the authority of the Director of National Intelligence. As a result, the statute does not require the Director to transmit the complaint to the congressional intelligence committees. September 24, 2019 MEMORANDUM OPINION FOR THE GENERAL COUNSEL OFFICE...
  • Carter Page Says FBI’s SpyGate Is ‘ Just The Tip Of The Iceberg’ Hints At Future Legal Action

    01/12/2020 1:35:31 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies
    Sara Carter.com ^ | 1-12-2020
    Was President Donald Trump’s short term campaign foreign policy volunteer Carter Page set up by an FBI informant or the informant’s handler at the FBI? On the The Sara Carter Show, Page discussed the recent revelations in Department of Justice’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report and his interview in The Federalist where questions surfaced regarding his first meeting with Stefan Halper, one of the FBI’s spies in the Trump campaign. Questions Linger Questions still loom regarding Halper’s and his FBI handler. It appears that Horowitz’s report raises more answers than questions, said Page, who was not given the opportunity to...
  • FBI’s Wray tells FISA court Bureau ‘deeply regrets’ failures in Carter Page case

    01/11/2020 9:28:58 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 76 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | 11 Jan 20 | Chuck Ross
    FBI Director Christopher Wray told the federal surveillance court in a letter Friday that he “deeply regrets” the bureau’s many errors in the process to obtain surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. “The FBI has the utmost respect for this Court, and deeply regrets the errors and omissions identified by the OIG,” Wray wrote in a letter to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). A judge on the FISC ordered the FBI on Dec. 17 to respond by Friday with a roadmap on how the bureau plans to address the problems identified in a Justice Department inspector...
  • ‘Are These Dirty Cops Going to Pay the Price?’ – Trump Calls Out FBI Director Wray For Weak Response to FISA Abuse and Illegal Spying

    01/11/2020 12:25:03 PM PST · by White MAGA Man · 86 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 11, 2020 | Cristina Laila
    President Trump called out FBI Director Christopher Wray on Saturday morning for his weak response to FISA abuse and the illegal spying on Trump’s 2016 campaign. FBI Director Chris Wray announced that the FBI’s response to the agency’s FISA Abuse and the criminal spying on the Trump campaign will result in extra training. He sent out out a training video. And no one will be disciplined for the criminal acts.
  • Ex-DOJ Official Picked To Assist FISA Reform Was Ardent Defender Of FBI’s Surveillance Of Carter Page

    01/11/2020 9:42:30 PM PST · by bitt · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/11/2020 | chuck ross
    Former DOJ official David Kris was picked Friday to oversee the FBI’s reforms of its surveillance procedures in the wake of a damning inspector general’s report. Kris was an ardent defender of the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page. He was also a vocal critic of Republicans who suggested the FBI misled the surveillance court in its applications to wiretap Page. In one essay, Kris endorsed a suggestion that Rep. Devin Nunes should face obstruction of justice charges. Nunes told the Daily Caller News Foundation the choice of Kris is “shocking and inexplicable.” former Justice Department official picked Friday to oversee...
  • Devin Nunes tells @dailycaller it is "shocking and inexplicable" that the FISA Court picked Obama's David Kris to oversee FBI's FISA reforms

    01/11/2020 8:59:46 PM PST · by Swarthy Greek Immigrant · 38 replies
    twitter.com/ChuckRossDC ^ | 8:42 PM · Jan 11, 2020 | Chuck Ross @ChuckRossDC
    Devin Nunes tells @dailycaller it is "shocking and inexplicable" that the FISA Court picked David Kris to oversee FBI's FISA reforms. Kris has been entirely dismissive of allegations that FBI misled the court to surveil Carter Page.
  • FISA Court Appoints Obama-Era National Security Leader at DOJ to Review FBI Reforms

    01/10/2020 6:58:11 PM PST · by bitt · 60 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 1/10/2020 | Christina Laila
    Last month presiding FISA judge Rosemary Collyer announced she would be stepping down early due to ‘health issues.’ Chief Justice Roberts tapped Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee to replace Collyer. On Friday, Judge Boasberg announced in an order that he has appointed Obama-era national security leader at the DOJ David S. Kris as amicus counsel to review the reforms the FBI will be making to its FISA application process. This order was in response to the FBI abusing the FISA process after it obtained a total of four FISA warrants on Carter Page. The government had until Friday January...
  • Spy Court Picks FISA Abuse Denier To Tackle FISA Abuse

    01/12/2020 12:52:59 PM PST · by Swarthy Greek Immigrant · 24 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | JANUARY 12, 2020 | Mollie Hemingway
    Spy Court Picks FISA Abuse Denier To Tackle FISA Abuse The appointment of a former official who served as an apologist for the FBI signals that the court isn't particularly concerned about the civil liberty violations catalogued by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Mollie HemingwayBy Mollie Hemingway JANUARY 12, 2020 The nation’s top spy court appointed an Obama-era Justice Department official who has denied and downplayed FBI surveillance abuse to assess the FBI’s response to a scathing new report cataloguing problems with how the agency secured authority to spy on a Donald Trump campaign affiliate.
  • FISA selects former Obama admin lawyer, left-wing blogger to oversee FBI's surveillance reforms

    01/12/2020 11:57:24 AM PST · by Magnatron · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12 January 2020 | Gregg Re
    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has stunned court-watchers by selecting David Kris -- a former Obama administration lawyer who has appeared on "The Rachel Maddow Show" and written extensively in support of the FBI's surveillance practices on the left-wing blog Lawfare -- to oversee the FBI's implementation of reforms in the wake of a damning Department of Justice Inspector general report last year. The development on Friday, first reported by independent journalist Mike Cernovich, has roiled Republicans who have demanded accountability at the FBI. House Intelligence Commitee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told The Daily Caller that Kris' appointment...
  • FISA selects former Obama admin lawyer, left-wing blogger to oversee FBI's surveillance reforms

    01/12/2020 11:56:14 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | Gregg Re
    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has stunned court-watchers by selecting David Kris -- a former Obama administration lawyer who has appeared on "The Rachel Maddow Show" and written extensively in support of the FBI's surveillance practices on the left-wing blog Lawfare -- to oversee the FBI's implementation of reforms in the wake of a damning Department of Justice Inspector general report last year. The development on Friday, first reported by independent journalist Mike Cernovich, has roiled Republicans who have demanded accountability at the FBI. House Intelligence Commitee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told The Daily Caller that Kris' appointment...
  • We Now Know: The Kris Cross

    01/12/2020 7:10:43 AM PST · by LucienCA13 · 25 replies
    Powerline ^ | 01/11/2020 | Scott Johnson
    David Kris served as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice under President Obama and Attorney General Holder. He drew on his prestige as a former senior official in the Department of Justice to disparage Rep. Devin Nunes in his exposure of the FBI’s misconduct in the Russia haox and assure anyone who would listen to him that all was in order. He is an apologist for FBI misconduct who gives the Department of Justice Inspector General report on the FBI’s FISA misconduct the stupidly credulous reading that absolves the FBI of political bias in the matter. Who better...
  • Revealed: McCabe Pushed to Highlight Trump ‘Golden Shower’ Rumor in Public Russia Report — and Comey Approved

    01/12/2020 12:12:26 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Jan 2020 | Aaron Klein
    An email proves disgraced ex-FBI Director James Comey personally approved an FBI effort to have the wild and unsubstantiated “golden showers” claim about President Trump included in material to be considered for publication in the U.S. Intelligence Community’s official report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Comey email, which has not received media attention until now, was revealed inside the Justice Department’s recently released 476-page Inspector General report on the FBI’s Russia collusion investigation. The IG report further discloses a separate email in which Andrew McCabe, who served under Comey as the FBI’s deputy director, specifically...
  • Revealed:McCabe Pushed to Highlight Trump ‘Golden Shower’ Rumor in Public Russia Report and Comey Approved

    01/12/2020 10:19:01 AM PST · by davikkm · 30 replies
    breitbart ^ | AARON KLEIN
    An email proves disgraced ex-FBI Director James Comey personally approved an FBI effort to have the wild and unsubstantiated “golden showers” claim about President Trump included in material to be considered for publication in the U.S. Intelligence Community’s official report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Comey email, which has not received media attention until now, was revealed inside the Justice Department’s recently released 476-page Inspector General report on the FBI’s Russia collusion investigation. The IG report further discloses a separate email in which Andrew McCabe, who served under Comey as the FBI’s deputy director, specifically...
  • Has President Trump Forgotten The Declassification Material He Delayed then Deferred?…

    01/11/2020 10:08:41 PM PST · by bitt · 30 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 1/11/2020 | SUNDANCE
    President Trump asks: “Are these “dirty cops” going to pay a big price for the fraud they committed?” However, the only person who can honestly answer that question is the person in the mirror when President Trump brushes his teeth. Perhaps forgotten… In the spring of 2018 a group of congressional reps led by Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Lee Zeldin and Bob Goodlatte, asked President Trump to declassify a series of documents so the public could see how former officials in the DOJ & FBI abused their offices and conducted political surveillance. In September...
  • 'Duty as a citizen': Bruce Ohr concealed efforts to spread Steele dossier

    01/06/2020 7:38:32 AM PST · by RightGeek · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/5/2020 | Rowan Scarborough
    Bruce Ohr, the highest-ranking Obama Justice Department official to involve himself in distributing the anti-Trump dossier, carried out his freelancing through numerous meetings, phone calls and emails as a link between the FBI and Hillary Clinton forces. He told a colleague that the Russia election scandal reached the top — Donald Trump. It was his “duty as a citizen” to spread the unverified allegations around town, he said. During all of Mr. Ohr’s maneuverings, from the summer of 2016 to Mr. Trump’s election to the fall of 2017, he hid the operation from his bosses. When Mr. Ohr’s name surfaced...
  • FARRELL: Obama Wanted To Know Everything His Trump Spies Were Doing, And It Looks Like He Did

    12/16/2019 9:02:49 PM PST · by zeestephen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 13 December 2019 | Chris Farrell
    The [new IG Report] reveals that Comey told Obama and other officials at a White House Situation Room meeting...that "the FBI was trying to determine whether any U.S. person had worked with the Russians" and that they were looking into "four individuals with some association or connection to the Trump campaign." Others present at the meeting [were Rice, Clapper, and Brennan], none of whom were interviewed for [the new IG Report]. Incredibly, Comey claimed that no one at the meeting "responded or followed up with any questions" (p. 110).
  • AG Bill Barr Chooses to Protect Rosenstein Over Full Disclosure in Flynn Case…

    12/16/2019 4:21:29 PM PST · by bitt · 66 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 12/16/2019 | SUNDANCE
    Regardless of whether you would support or not support the vigorous defense of Michael Flynn, I would hope we would all agree a fulsome discovery of all relevant background material is a cornerstone of justice appropriately applied. With that in mind it is concerning how Attorney General Bill Barr would prefer to keep DOJ conduct against Flynn hidden from public review. Consider… ♦Would it be valuable for Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan to know the FBI was discussing how to “lock in” charges against [Flynn] in a “formal chargeable way”? Would it be valuable for Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan to consider...
  • Donald Trump Demands Apology After James Comey Admits ‘I Was Wrong’

    President Donald Trump again challenged James Comey on Sunday, demanding an apology from the former FBI Director after he admitted he “was wrong” to defend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for the surveillance of former Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page. So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong. Wow, but he’s only doing so because he got caught red handed. He was actually caught a long time ago. So what are the consequences for his unlawful conduct. Could it be years in jail? Where are the apologies to me and others, Jim? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15,...
  • The Republican Senate should not accept an house impeachment from the House that was prejudicial against house Republicans

    12/15/2019 3:42:32 PM PST · by Hillary'sMoralVoid · 36 replies
    self ^ | 12/15/2019 | HMV
    Send it back until it is done right!!!
  • Russia probe report spurs calls for FBI surveillance changes.

    12/15/2019 3:52:05 PM PST · by hapnHal · 15 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | DECEMBER 12, 2019 | ERIC TUCKER
    Revelations that the FBI committed serious errors in wiretapping a former Trump campaign aide have spurred bipartisan calls for change to the government's surveillance powers, including from some Republicans who in the past have voted to renew or expand those powers. Anger over the errors cited in this week's Justice Department's inspector general's report of the Russia investigation has produced rare consensus from Democrats and Republicans who otherwise have had sharply different interpretations of the report's findings. The report said the FBI was justified in investigating ties between the campaign and Russia, but criticized how the investigation was conducted. The...