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McCabe: Some FBI Employees “Frustrated” Clinton Wasn’t Charged in Email Scandal

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe admitted in his 2017 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that some FBI employees were “frustrated” and “surprised” that James Comey did not charge Hillary Clinton in the criminal investigation into her private email server.

Breitbart reports:

The claim that some FBI rank-and-file workers lost confidence in Comey following his infamous press conference announcing that no charges would be brought has been in dispute.

Yet in largely unreported testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on December 21, 2017, McCabe confirmed that some FBI personnel were “surprised” and “frustrated” with the result of the Clinton email case as announced by Comey. A transcript of McCabe’s testimony was released three weeks ago by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga.

According to his testimony, McCabe said that while he was unaware of any negative sentiments from the team investigating the email scandal regarding the outcome, he

In his testimony, McCabe said, “..I am aware that the outcome of the case was surprising, and maybe frustrating to many people, including some of the people who work for the FBI.”

“I think, like many people around the country, they were surprised by the result in the case and the fact that we were not recommending pursuing charges,” he said.

“When I say surprise,” he added, “I’m talking about people who heard the Director’s statement on July 5 and were frustrated with that result, not people who were engaged in the investigation or the prosecutors across the street at the Department of Justice.”

McCabe was asked his opinion of Rudy Giuliani’s comments that he had heard from other former bureau agents “there’s a revolution going on” inside the FBI.

“I am not aware of a revolution,” he responded.

“As I said, there was certainly FBI personnel who were surprised and maybe frustrated by that result,” McCabe said.  “Director Comey spent a lot of time, in the months following his announcement, you know, in visits to field offices and interactions with retired agents’ groups, and things like that, answering a lot of questions about why we had done what we had done.”

For the full report, click HERE.

Breaking: House Votes to Hold Barr, McGahn in Contempt of Congress

The House of Representatives passed a “civil enforcement resolution” along party lines today, essentially holding Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress.

The vote comes one day after the House Judiciary Committee delayed its own contempt vote after announcing that the Department of Justice had been cooperating with the panel.

Fox News reports:

The whiplash of legislative action infuriated House Republicans, who said Democrats were violating committee rules and that federal law and executive privilege prevented Barr and McGahn from turning over all the requested documents. The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, accused his colleagues of seeking a “re-do” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation for cynical political gain.

The DOJ, for its part, pushed back on the vote. A senior DOJ official said it was not a “civil contempt vote,” calling the terminology a “Democratic talking point.”

For the full story, click HERE.

New Transcripts: Lynch Claims Comey Mischaracterized Key Clinton Probe Discussion

Newly released transcripts reveal that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch accused disgraced former FBI Director James Comey of mischaracterizing her comments during a key discussion about the Clinton email investigation.

Fox News reports that the December 2018 transcripts–released yesterday by ranking House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) show that Lynch was “quite surprised” by Comey’s repeated claims that she instructed him to call the Clinton email probe a “matter” instead of an investigation.

When asked if she ever asked Comey to call the investigation a matter, Lynch replied, “I did not.”

“I have never instructed a witness as to what to say specifically. Never have, never will,” she continued.

“In the meeting that I had with the Director, we were discussing how best to keep Congress informed of progress and discuss requesting resources for the Department overall. We were going to testify separately. And the concern that both of us had in the meeting that I was having with him in September of 2015 was how to have that discussion without stepping across the Department policy of confirming or denying an investigation, separate policy from testifying.”

She added, “Obviously, we wanted to testify fully, fulsomely, and provide the information that was needed, but we were not at that point, in September of 2015, ready to confirm that there was an investigation into the email matter — or deny it. We were sticking with policy, and that was my position on that. I didn’t direct anyone to use specific phraseology. When the Director asked me how to best to handle that, I said: What I have been saying is we have received a referral and we are working on the matter, working on the issue, or we have all the resources we need to handle the matter, handle the issue. So that was the suggestion that I made to him.”

In a June 2017 House Intelligence Committee interview, Comey said Lynch wanted him to downplay the email probe.

“The attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me,” Comey said. “That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude, ‘I have to step away from the department if we’re to close this case credibly.’”

Lynch said in the December 2018 interview, “I was quite surprised that he characterized it in that way. We did have a conversation about it, so I wasn’t surprised that he remembered that we met about it and talked about it. But I was quite surprised that that was his characterization of it, because that was not how it was conveyed to him, certainly not how it was intended.”

For the full report, click HERE.

House Judiciary Cmte to Vote on Holding AG Barr in Contempt of Congress

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not handing over the unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, according to Fox News.

Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said in a statement, “The Attorney General’s failure to comply with our subpoena, after extensive accommodation efforts, leaves us no choice but to initiate contempt proceedings in order to enforce the subpoena and access the full, unredacted report. If the Department presents us with a good faith offer for access to the full report and the underlying evidence, I reserve the right to postpone these proceedings.”

The vote is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m.

Today, Ranking Judiciary committee Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) slammed Nadler for scheduling the vote.

“Chairman Nadler knows full subpoena compliance requires Attorney General Barr to break the law. Yet, instead of introducing legislation allowing the attorney general to provide Congress grand jury material, Democrats move to hold him in contempt,” Collins said in a statement.

“They know the Justice Department is working to negotiate even as they pursue contempt charges, making their move today illogical and disingenuous. Democrats have launched a proxy war smearing the attorney general when their anger actually lies with the president and the special counsel, who found neither conspiracy nor obstruction,” the statement continues.

For the full report, click HERE.

Mueller to Testify? GOP Rep Calls on Nadler to Invite Special Counsel to Congress

Top House Judiciary Committee Republican Congressman Doug Collins (GA) is calling on chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) to ask Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress rather than focus on testimony from Attorney General William Barr.

In a letter to Nadler today, Collins wrote “If you seek both transparency and for the American public to learn the full contours of the Special Counsel’s investigation, public testimony from Special Counsel Mueller himself is undoubtedly the best way to accomplish this goal.”

“To that end, Special Counsel Mueller should be invited to testify before the Committee during the week of April 22. Although the House is expected to be in recess that week, I think we can agree this business is too important to wait, and Members of the Committee will surely return to Washington at such a critical moment in our country’s history,” the letter states.

The Hill reports: The GOP lawmaker’s letter comes after Democrats on the panel voted last week along party lines to authorize a subpoena for Mueller’s investigative report as well as the underlying evidence used in the investigation. While Nadler has said he will give Barr time to turn over the final, unredacted report to Congress before issuing the subpoena, he has not provided a timeline on the matter. Nadler also signaled to reporters last week that he is interested in having Mueller testify, but he indicated he wants to see the full report before making such decisions.

Collins insists Mueller is the best person to testify about the Trump-Russia investigation.

His letter continues, “Attorney General Barr was never a part of this investigation, and instead simply reviewed the Special Counsel’s final report and has provided Congress, so far, with the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions. While he can testify surrounding his decision to provide the Committee with principal conclusions, it is Special Counsel Mueller who is best-positioned to testify regarding the underlying facts and material in which you are so interested.”

Collins states that Democrats’ calls for Barr to release the unredacted Mueller report would force the Attorney General to violate the law.

“You and your fellow Democrats created an untenable but politically convenient situation: force Attorney General William P. Barr to break the law to comply with your subpoena or label him as part of a cover-up if he does not,” Collins writes.

For the full report, click HERE.

Transcript Reveals Fmr FBI Official Concerned That Strzok/Page Affair Could Compromise Them

Newly released congressional transcripts reveal that an FBI official had warned anti-Trump lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that their affair could make them vulnerable to a foreign agent, according to the Washington Times.

The transcripts–released today by ranking House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)–are from former assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division Bill Priestap’s June 5, 2018 congressional interview. Priestap was in charge of overseeing both the Clinton probe and the hoax investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion.

The Times reports: “Mr. Priestap told the House Judiciary Committee that he talked to the anti-Trump lovebirds about rumors they were having an affair, but he never asked them if there was truth to the workplace gossip at the bureau.”

“[T]hey knew darn well that, if that was going on that potentially makes them vulnerable,” he said.

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Priestap added that he “had no information whatsoever that either of those individuals [Strzok or Page] had any contact, let alone engagement, or regular engagement, with an adversary.”

For a link to the full transcript, click HERE.

For the full Washington Times report, click HERE.

Strzok: DOJ Didn’t Consider Clinton a “Target” During Email Investigation

Transcripts released today by ranking House Judiciary Committee member Doug Collins (R-GA) reveal that disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok told Congress the Department of Justice did not consider Hillary Clinton a “target” of its investigation into her email scandal, according to the Washington Times.

Strzok told the Judiciary Committee behind-closed-doors in June, “She was not considered a target by the Justice Department.” Instead, investigators saw her as a “critical player,” however, Clinton was “not by any means the only person that we had an investigative interest in.”

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The Times reports that the Strzok transcripts are somewhat at odds with his lover, Lisa Page’s transcripts, which were released on Tuesday:

In describing one text [Page] sent to Mr. Strzok in which she told him he was fated to be investigating Mr. Trump to save the country from a “menace,” she told the Judiciary Committee the menace was Mr. Trump himself.

Mr. Strzok, though, says he thought the menace she referred to was Russia.

Mr. Strzok also disputed the meaning of the now-infamous text exchange where Ms. Page worried Mr. Trump would become president and he replied “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

In the June 27, 2018, closed-door appearance with the Judiciary Committee he said he didn’t mean that he would stop Mr. Trump.

He said he didn’t recall specifically writing it, but says he now thinks the “we” he was talking about was the country at large.

For the full report, click HERE.

Acting AG Whitaker Hearing Erupts After Ranking GOP Member Calls it “Pointless”

Today’s ongoing House Judiciary Committee hearing for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was slammed as “pointless” and a form of “character assassination” by ranking GOP member Doug Collins (GA).

“This hearing is a character assassination on Acting Attorney General Whitaker, all pure political theater, to go after the president,” said Collins in his opening statement.

The congressman pointed out that Whitaker’s tenure was coming to a close. “By next Thursday, Bill Barr will be attorney general,” said Collins. “This gentleman is finishing up his term as acting attorney general.”

The congressman who then asked the committee to vote to abruptly end the hearing. The committee proceeded to vote, however the measure did not pass and the hearing went on as planned.

Fox News reports:

“The hearing follows an intense back and forth between the Justice Department and the Judiciary Committee a day earlier.

The Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to give [chairman Jerrold] Nadler the authority to issue a subpoena if necessary, despite Whitaker having already agreed to appear before the panel voluntarily.

Nadler made clear early Thursday that he did not want to have to subpoena Whitaker, but said a “series of troubling events” suggested it would be better for him to be prepared with that authority, just in case he decided not to show up for the hearing.

But Whitaker then warned he would not show up unless lawmakers dropped the threat.”

Whitaker wrote Nadler, “Consistent with longstanding practice, I remain willing to appear to testify tomorrow, provided that the Chairman assures me that the Committee will not issue a subpoena today or tomorrow and that the Committee will engage in good faith negotiations before taking such a step down the road.”

Nadler responded hours later, writing if Whitaker was “prepared to respond to questions from our members, then I assure you there will be no need for the committee to issue a subpoena on or before February 8.”

Watch Collins’ opening statement below:

For the full story, click HERE.

GOP: Attorney Investigating FBI and DOJ Wrongdoing Still Hasn’t Interviewed Key Witnesses

Republicans from the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are demanding an update from the U.S. attorney appointed to investigate allegations of wrongdoing and surveillance abuse in the FBI and DOJ. The congressmen claim the attorney has yet to interview a number of key witnesses.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) sent a letter to U.S. attorney for Utah John Huber and told him they were “surprised” many witnesses have yet to hear from the attorney, despite the ongoing investigation lasting over nine months.

“Your investigation has been ongoing for over nine months,” the Congressmen write. “During the course of our extensive investigation we have interviewed more than a dozen current and former DOJ and FBI personnel, and were surprised to hear none of these potentially informative witnesses testified to speaking with you.”

They continue, “Further, last month, then-chairman Mark Meadows invited you to testify as a witness at the Subcommittee on Government Operations’ hearing ‘Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation.’ We were disappointed to learn from the department that you were not enthusiastic about testifying when declining the invitation.”

The Congressmen gave Huber a deadline of January 21 to provide a response to the following inquiries:

“1) The total number of witnesses you have interviewed, including names of specific individuals where possible, and the number of witnesses remaining to be interviewed;

2)The total number of FISA applications reviewed;

3)The total number of documents reviewed, including their substance and format (e.g. emails, meeting notes, phone logs, etc); and

4)A description and account of your coordination with DOJ IG Michael Horowitz”

In March 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Huber to investigate whether or not the FBI abused its powers when obtaining a FISA warrant on former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

The lack of communication and updates from Huber has been frustrating Republican members for months.

In October 2018, both Meadows and Jordan spoke to the Washington Times where they expressed their disappointment in the U.S. attorney.

“I would just like to know what he’s doing. I’ll take anything. All I know is that we haven’t heard a single thing about what he’s doing,” said Jordan.

Meadows said, “I have not seen a lot of evidence that Mr. Huber has done anything other than be appointed by Jeff Sessions. It’s been portrayed that he’s making great progress, but I’m not sure there is a whole lot to show for it other than rhetoric right now. I’m not aware of any substantial work that he’s doing.”