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Barr Appoints US Attorney To Investigate FBI/DOJ Spying On Trump...

11 comments, 135 views, posted 8:54 am 14/05/2019 in Politics by REALITY
REALITY has 21438 posts, 8177 threads, 1338 points, location: South, Middle. Middle South. In the South, In The Middle. South central.
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...Has Investigated FBI Before.


Attorney General William Barr has appointed US Attorney John H. Durham of Connecticut to examine the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation to determine if the FBI's spying on the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," according to Fox News


U.S. Attorney John Durham has been assigned to probe the origins of the surveillance of the Trump campaign, a source told Fox News. (Justice Department)

The move comes as the Trump administration has demanded answers over the use of "informants" on his 2016 campaign. 

According to Fox, Barr is "serious" and has assembled a team from the DOJ to participate in the probe, adding that Durham is known as a "hard-charging, bulldog" prosecutor according to their source. 

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Sources familiar with matter say the focus of the probe includes the pre-transition period -- prior to Nov. 7, 2016 - - including the use and initiation of informants, as well as potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses.

An informant working for U.S. intelligence posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 to try extracting any possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia from George Papadopoulos, then a Trump foreign policy adviser, it emerged earlier this month. Papadopoulos told Fox News the informant tried to "seduce" him as part of the "bizarre" episode.

Durham previously has investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of CIA videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with mobsters. He is set to continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in Connecticut. -Fox News


Of note - in January House Republicans Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows wrote to Durham, saying that they had "discovered" he was "investigating former FBI General Counsel James Baker" over unauthorized leaks to the media, adding "We know the DOJ and FBI departed from traditional investigative and prosecutorial practices, and insufficiently adhered to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). 

Durham has a history of serving as a special prosecutor, investigating wrongdoing among national security officials - including the FBI's ties to a Boston crime boss, as well as accusations of CIA detainee abuse. 

According to the report, Durham's review would run in parallel with the ongoing DOJ probe by Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz. Meanwhile, Republicans have been seeking answers from US Attorney for Utah, John Huber, who was appointed by former AG Jeff Sessions to review FBI and DOJ surveillance abuses, as well as authorities' handling of the probe into the Clinton Foundation

Not much has come of Huber's investigation, while Republicans have cautioned that he has spoken with few key witnesses and whistleblowers. 

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Durham's appointment comes about a month after Barr told members of Congress he believed "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign in 2016. He later said he didn't mean anything pejorative and was gathering a team to look into the origins of the special counsel's investigation.

Democrats have pummeled Barr in frustration following revelations in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russian actors, despite numerous offers by Russians to assist the campaign. Mueller's final report has led to a bitter D.C. battle over the limited number of redactions in the report, which the DOJ says are legally necessary because they pertain to grand jury matters. -Fox News


As part of the FBI's FISA application on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the FBI cut-and-pasted from a disputed Washington Post article which suggested that the Trump campaign may have been compromised. The agency also repeatedly told the FISA court that it "did not believe" UK ex-spy Christopher Steele was the source of a Yahoo News article written by Michael Isikoff which implicated Page in Russian collusion. 

London court records, however, reveal that contrary to the FBI's statements, Steele had briefed Yahoo News and other media outlets in the fall of 2016 at the urging of his employer Fusion GPS - which the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had paid for anti-Trump opposition research. This information was withheld from FISA judges during the application to surveil Page. 

What's more, the FBI could not verify the dodgy dossier Steele assembled. Speaking Fox on 'Sunday Morning Futures,' Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said "There's a document that's classified that I'm gonna try to get unclassified that takes the dossier -- all the pages of it -- and it has verification to one side," adding "There really is no verification, other than media reports that were generated by reporters that received the dossier." 

Graham cited a recent report from The Hill's John Solomon which reveals that the FBI was specifically informed that Steele had admitted he was "keen" to influence the 2016 election with his document. 

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline. -The Hill


Solomon also reported last week that a high-ranking government official who met with Christopher Steele in October 2016 determined that information in the Trump-Russia dossier was inaccurate, and likely leaked to the media. 

Ten days before the FBI used the now-discredited dossier to apply for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, Steele met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, who took handwritten notes of the encounter.

Steele told Kavalec that Russia had a "technical/human operation run out of Moscow targeting the election," which recruited US emigres to "do hacking and recruiting. Steele added that "Payments to those recruited are made out of the Russian consulate in Miami." 

Except that's a lie - as Kavalec debunked the assertion in a bracketed comment: "It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami."

What makes this particularly damning is that the FBI swore on October 21, 2016 to the FISA judges that Steele's "reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings,"and that the FBI deemed him to be "reliable" and was "unaware of any derogatory information pertaining" to the former British spy who was working for Fusion GPS - the firm paid by the DNC and the Clinton campaign to come up with dirt on Donald Trump. 

And now U.S. Attorney John Durham will sort out exactly what happened, we can only hope. 

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Comments

3
12:23 pm 14/05/2019

elsels

Lolol

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12:29 pm 14/05/2019

z0phi3l

Finally a real investigation and not a farce where all involved "knew" what the outcome was supposed to be

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12:48 pm 14/05/2019

Vormid

Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors indicted 34 individuals and three Russian businesses on charges ranging from computer hacking to conspiracy and financial crimes.

Those indictments have led to seven guilty pleas and four people sentenced to prison.

What a farce!

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12:58 pm 14/05/2019

REALITY

Well it's luck they found something, because they didn't find anything they set out too.

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1:13 pm 14/05/2019

Vormid

Quote by REALITY:
Well it's luck they found something, because they didn't find anything they set out too.

Just a the normal amount of DC corruption plus the twelve Russian intelligence officers that were accused of trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. A higher success rate than Ken Starr.

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1:25 pm 14/05/2019

REALITY

Quote by Vormid:
Russian intelligence officers that were accused of trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections.

:rolleyes: With no collusion found that's one hell of a long enquiry to find out something that literally every country is guilty of.

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1:26 pm 14/05/2019

REALITY

It'll be fun to see what this new enquiry digs up.

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1:41 pm 14/05/2019

Vormid

Quote by REALITY:
:rolleyes: With no collusion found that's one hell of a long enquiry to find out something that literally every country is guilty of.

Yes yes....we should take pride in our corrupted officials and government and welcome the spies because everyone else is doing it...please...

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1:46 pm 14/05/2019

Quaektem

Quote by Vormid:
Quote by REALITY:
Well it's luck they found something, because they didn't find anything they set out too.


Just a the normal amount of DC corruption plus the twelve Russian intelligence officers that were accused of trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. A higher success rate than Ken Starr.



Ken Starr stuck to the purpose of his investigation. Most of Muller's victims were guilty of process crimes (lying about something that wasn't a crime) or old, known transgressions that suddenly became high crimes (and that had nothing to do with Trump) which, had Trump pulled a Clinton or Obama and called for exectutive privilage and stonewalled wouldn't have been found at all. Muller's intention was clear when he stated that the investigation did not exhonerate Trump. That is not how the justice system works and proves that he was set on finding any justification to find Trump culpable.

But... Since you are all about wide ranging all inclusive and thinly veiled political investigations I'm sure you support Barr in this matter, right?

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1:54 pm 14/05/2019

Vormid

Quote by Quaektem:
Ken Starr stuck to the purpose of his investigation.

Monica? What did that have to do with the investigation?


Quote by Quaektem:
had Trump pulled a Clinton or Obama and called for exectutive privilage

The White House on Tuesday invoked executive privilege to bar former White House counsel Donald McGahn from complying with a congressional subpoena to provide documents to Congress related to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. Why?


Quote by Quaektem:
Since you are all about wide ranging all inclusive and thinly veiled political investigations I'm sure you support Barr in this matter, right?

Sure thing. Retaliatory strikes are awesome. Lock her up while you are at it.

The funny thing about the whole thing is you know he's not much better than a New York crime boss. You just don't care.


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11:25 pm 14/05/2019

Quaektem

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Monica? What did that have to do with the investigation?

Originally dealing with the failed land deal years earlier known as Whitewater in 1994, Starr, with the approval of Attorney General of the United States Janet Reno, conducted a wide-ranging investigation of alleged abuses including the firing of White House travel agents, the alleged misuse of FBI files, and Clinton's conduct during the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Arkansas government employee, Paula Jones

Among other things he was being investigated for lying under oath during a sexual harassment charge and had given testimony that he had not had sex with Monica Lewinsky under oath. When Linda Tripp dropped off the tape Starr had to look into the matter, appropriately so.

Let's say there was evidence that the Golden Showers thing actually happened and Muller was presented evidence, shouldn't he have looked into it as part of his investigation?

Quote by Vormid:
The White House on Tuesday invoked executive privilege to bar former White House counsel Donald McGahn from complying with a congressional subpoena to provide documents to Congress related to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. Why?



Because the Congress is on a political fishing exhibition trying to trip people up so they can claim they are lying to Congress. He spoke with the investigation for 30 hours already and his testimony his in the report.

In at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled 30 hours over the past nine months, Mr. McGahn described the president’s fury toward the Russia investigation and the ways in which he urged Mr. McGahn to respond to it. He provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president’s most intimate moments with his lawyer.

If Trump was hiding something he could have claimed executive privilege during the investigation. The Dems are just stirring dirt hoping to uncover anything that cam possible e twisted into an impeachment while trying to drive down Trump's popularity.

Quote by Vormid:
Sure thing. Retaliatory strikes are awesome. Lock her up while you are at it.

The funny thing about the whole thing is you know he's not much better than a New York crime boss. You just don't care.



I do care. I actually don't like him. He's a New York politician, arrogant, big headed and rather progressive in many things you should be celebrating. I think his foreign policy is overly aggressive and his domestic one is nowhere near as radical as it could be, should be, or any of his haters believe it is.

What I like about Trump is that he's tearing down the curtain of liberalism the progressive left hides (well hid) their socialist, racist beliefs behind. He's getting his opposition tripped up and exposing the deep seated corruption that the government has become. Perhaps despite him, the economy is doing well on many fronts including historically low rates of unemployment, especially among minorities.

If there is another decent candidate on the right running against him (not a Weld or Romney), I will probably support that candidate, but if he is the nominee going against Biden, Sanders or the Commmie Brigade he will get my vote for another four years. Other than that, give me a true Liberal Democrat, one like Kennedy, and I will vote for them.

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