Tag: James Comey

Meadows: Spygate Docs to be Declassified Contain Info that “Will Curl Your Hair”

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said Democrats are panicking over the impending declassification of key spygate documents which contain information that “will curl your hair.”

The Washington Examiner reports that the lawmaker told Fox News’ Sean Hannity last night, “There is information coming that will curl your hair. I can tell you that the reason why it is so visceral — the response from the Democrats is so visceral right now — is because they know, they’ve seen documents. Adam Schiff has seen documents that he knows will actually put the finger pointing back at him and his Democrat colleagues, not the president of the United States.”

When Hannity asked Meadows if former FBI Director James Comey spied on the Trump campaign, the Congressman replied, “He, actually, he was aware of it. He was aware of improper things that were being done, certainly.”

Yesterday, President Trump granted Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify documents related to the spying of his 2016 campaign. He also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr’s investigation into the matter.

“Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement.

“The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information.”

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.

Barr Speaks About Latest Investigation into Origins of Russia Probe

In his first interview since becoming attorney general, Bill Barr provided details into the latest investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

Speaking exclusively to Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, Barr said “The first step is to find out exactly what happened, and we’re trying to get our arms around that, getting all the relevant information from the various agencies and starting to talk to some of the people that have information.”

“I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened,” he continued.

“The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities,” Barr said.  “He was looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russians. But he was not going back and looking at the counterintelligence program. And we have a number of investigations underway that touch upon it — the main one being the office of inspector general that’s looking at the FISA warrants.”

Barr said “some very strange developments” took place between Election Day 2016 and Inauguration day–specifically the January 2016 briefing then-FBI Director James Comey gave then President-elect Trump about the salacious and unverified Russian dossier.

“That’s one of the things … we need to look at,” Barr said.

Earlier this week, Barr appointed Connecticut U.S. attorney John Durham to “examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was ‘lawful and appropriate.’”

Durham has previously investigated corruption in law enforcement and the destruction of CIA videos.

Barr also called Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claims of him lying to Congress as “laughable” and slammed the “political circus” the Democrats created by voting to hold him in contempt of Congress.

“That’s part of the usual … political circus that’s being played out. It doesn’t surprise me,” he said to Hemmer.

For the full report, click HERE.

FBI was Concerned Comey Appeared to be Blackmailing Trump, Official Claims

Former FBI general counsel James Baker said he and other officials were concerned that disgraced former FBI director James Comey appeared to be blackmailing then President-elect Trump during a 2017 meeting.

Fox News reports that Baker appeared on Yahoo News’ Skullduggery podcast on Tuesday where he said he and others were “quite worried” about Comey briefing Trump on January 6, 2017 on the Steele dossier and Russia collusion allegations. Baker claims “analogies” were made to former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover who is known for blackmailing his foes.

“We were quite worried about the Hoover analogies, and we were determined not to have such a disaster happen on our watch.”

Baker also discussed the discredited Steele dossier, claiming the FBI took it “seriously.”

Fox reports: Baker did not recall the moment he first heard about the Steele dossier but remembered the bureau taking it “seriously” and said that they were “obligated to deal with it” and determine whether or not anything about it was true, but insisted they didn’t accept it “as gospel.” He did, however, believe Trump had to be briefed on the dossier because it was “about to be disclosed to the press.”

Rosenstein Slams “Partisan Pundit” Comey, Says He Deserved to be Fired

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein slammed disgraced former FBI Director James Comey yesterday in a speech, calling him a “partisan pundit” and criticizing him for “selling books and earning speaking fees.

Speaking to business leaders in Baltimore, the Rosenstein referenced Comey’s recent op-ed in which he claimed the former Deputy Attorney General’s soul had been “eaten” by President Trump.

“Now the former director seems to be acting as a partisan pundit, selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul,” Rosenstein said.

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“I kid you not. That is disappointing,” he continued.

Rosenstein also said while he “admired” Comey in the past, his handling of the Clinton email investigation was egregious and his firing was “reasonable under the circumstances.”

“The clearest mistake was the director’s decision to hold a press conference about an open case, reveal his recommendation and discuss details about the investigation, without the consent of the prosecutors and the attorney general,” Rosenstein said. “Then, he chose to send a letter to the Congress on the eve of the election stating that one of the candidates was under criminal investigation, expecting it to be released immediately to the public.”

He continued, “Those actions were not within the range of reasonable decisions. They were inconsistent with our goal of communicating to all FBI employees that they should respect the attorney general’s role, refrain from disclosing information about criminal investigations, avoid disparaging uncharged persons, and above all, not take unnecessary steps that could influence an election.”

Comey: “Totally Normal” to Plant Undercover Sources in Political Campaigns

Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey said it is “reasonable” and “totally normal” to plant undercover investigators in political campaigns.

Speaking at a CNN town hall last night, Comey was asked if Azra Turk, the woman who posed as Stefan Halper’s assistant to seduce George Papadopoulos was “spying” on the campaign.

“Yeah, I’m not going to comment on a particular investigative step, because that’s for the bureau to do, and I’m not in the government any longer, but the FBI doesn’t spy to begin with. The FBI investigates. And you got to remember where we were in the end of July 2016,” Comey said.

“We knew the Russians were engaged in a massive effort to attack our democracy, and then we learn from an allied ambassador that one of President Trump-elect — candidate Trump’s advisers had been talking to a Russian representative long before that about dirt they had on Hillary Clinton that the Russians wanted to make available,” he continued.

Anderson Cooper asked Comey, “You said it’s not spying. Why do you think Attorney General Barr used the word ‘spying’ which is obviously the word the president has used as well?”

“The only explanation I can think of is he used it because the president used it, which is really disappointing. He knows better than that, and knows that the FBI conducts electronic surveillance by going to federal judges and getting warrants based on probable cause,” the former FBI Director said.

Cooper pressed, “But sending an investigator undercover to meet with somebody who is connected to the campaign, they claimed he was later on just a coffee boy. That is an extreme step, no?”

No, it’s a reasonable — that was the guy, Papadopoulos, who was the subject of the information we got from the Australians that he had talked to the Russians,” Comey said. “I don’t remember talking about that particular step with my team. I knew they were trying to see if they could check it out. That’s a totally normal step. See if you can get somebody close to the person and see if they’ll confirm what we heard from the Australians.”

For the full report, click HERE.

Desperate Comey Pens Op-ed, Says Trump “Eats Your Soul in Small Bites”

Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey released an op-ed today titled, “How Trump Co-Opts Leaders Like Bill Barr” where he takes aim at President Trump and his influence over members of his administration.

Specifically, Comey couldn’t grasp how someone as “bright and accomplished” as Barr could defend the president. He also questioned how Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could thank President Trump in his recent resignation letter.

“Amoral leaders have a way of revealing the character of those around them,” Comey writes. “But more often, proximity to an amoral leader reveals something depressing. I think that’s at least part of what we’ve seen with Bill Barr and Rod Rosenstein.”

He continues, “Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from. It takes character like Mr. Mattis’s to avoid the damage, because Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites.

For the full story, click HERE.

Comey Confusion Continues: Has “No Idea” What Barr Meant on Spying Claims

Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey seems perpetually confused with Attorney General William Barr these days.

First, he was confused by the attorney general’s summary report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings.

Now, he just cannot wrap his head around why Barr would ever say that spying occurred on the Trump campaign.

“I have no idea what he’s talking about so it’s hard for me to comment,” Comey said at a Hewlett Foundation conference, according to the Hill.

“I think his career has earned him a presumption that he will be one of the rare Trump cabinet members who will stand up for truth,” the former FBI Director reportedly said.

Yesterday, Barr testified before a Senate appropriations committee where he said he believed “spying” on the Trump campaign did occur.

“I think spying did occur,” he said. The question is whether it was adequately predicated. … I think it’s my obligation. Congress is usually very concerned with intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane.”