Tag: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions Stands with AG Barr on FBI “Spying” Claims

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions agrees with Attorney General William Barr’s description of the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign as “spying.”

During an interview in Las Vegas, Sessions was asked about the recent split between Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, who recently said he would not use the term “spying” to describe the bureau’s surveillance activities against the Trump campaign.

Sessions said, “I think that ‘spying’ is a perfectly good word.”

Fox News reports, “Sessions referenced last week’s New York Times story about an informant working for U.S. intelligence who posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 to try to probe George Papadopoulos, then a Trump foreign policy adviser, on the campaign’s possible ties to Russia.”

“They had this lady, apparently, that was sent to Papadopoulos,” Sessions said. “Is that a spy? I mean, I don’t know.”

REPORT: Clinton-Funded Research Possibly Sent to DOJ Via “Back-Door” Channel

A series of emails between Nellie and Bruce Ohr reveal the possibility that Clinton-funded opposition research was being funneled to the Justice Department during the 2016 election through a “back-door marital channel,” according to John Solomon of the Hill.

The emails were released through a Freedom of Information Act request to Judicial Watch and are now raising concerns among some lawmakers.

According to the report, the newly released emails reveal Ohr sent her DOJ official husband open source intelligence. In some instances, she also sent it to at least three other DOJ officials: Lisa Holtyn, Ivana Nizich and Joseph Wheatley.

In one example, Ohr emailed her husband on July 6, 2016 and wrote, “Hi Honey, if you ever get a moment you might find the penultimate article interesting — especially the summary in the final paragraph.”

The paragraph she flagged suggested that Trump was Putin’s puppet: “If Putin wanted to concoct the ideal candidate to service his purposes, his laboratory creation would look like Donald Trump.”

Solomon writes, “Such overt political content flowing into the email accounts of a DOJ charged with the nonpartisan mission of prosecuting crimes is jarring enough. It raises additional questions about potential conflicts of interest when it is being injected by a spouse working as a Democratic contractor trying to defeat Trump, and she is forwarding her own research to his department and co-workers.”

Other information Ohr sent her husband include articles and academic research that Solomon says “would later surface as evidence of alleged collusion between Trump and Russia.”

This includes:

  • then-Russian ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak attended an April 2016 foreign policy speech by Trump. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions eventually was forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation as attorney general in part because he met Kislyak at that speech;
  • then-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page gave a July 2016 speech in Moscow. Nellie Ohr bolded a passage in the article noting Page’s company “continues to work with Russian investments” and included someone tied to the Russian energy giant GazProm.

The newest emails have Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) questioning the accuracy of Ohr’s October 2018 congressional testimony.

“If Ms. Ohr used her time at the opposition research firm to place information directly in the hands of investigators, it would be a severe conflict of interest,” Meadows told Solomon. “Contrary to Ms. Ohr’s congressional testimony, it appears that she funneled research gathered during her time at Fusion GPS directly to the DOJ. A draft of a criminal referral for giving false testimony to Congress is currently being reviewed.”

For the full report, click HERE.

Barr “Reviewing Conduct” of FBI’s Russia Probe, Says IG FISA Abuse Probe Nearing End

Attorney General William Barr said today that he is “reviewing the conduct” of the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe and that the Inspector General’s investigation into FISA abuse allegations is nearing an end.

At today’s House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing, Barr was asked if the Justice Department was investigating how it used the salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier as a “predicate” for a FISA order on a United States citizen.

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“The office of the inspector general has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation and I expect that that will be complete in probably may or June, I am told,” said Barr. “So hopefully we’ll have some answers from Inspector General [Michael] Horowitz on the issue of the FISA warrants.”

He continued, “I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all of the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.”

When asked if he would be investigating who leaked the existence of the FISA warrant against Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, Barr replied, “I haven’t seen the referrals yet from Congressman Nunes, but obviously if there’s a predicate for an investigation it will be conducted.”

Fox News points out that Barr’s review could coincide with U.S. Attorney John Huber’s work:

Barr’s review could dovetail with the work U.S. Attorney John Huber has been doing. In 2017, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Huber to review not only alleged surveillance abuses by the Justice Department and the FBI but also the handling of the probe into the Clinton Foundation and other matters.

But Republicans have expressed concern about Huber’s investigation, saying he’s made little progress and has not interviewed individuals they believed he should. Republicans, including President Trump, have only stepped up calls to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation with the completion of the Mueller investigation.

Nunes Calls for “Everything” Mueller Did to be Made Public

Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes (R-CA) is calling for “everything” from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to be made public.

Speaking with the Washington Examiner’s Byron York at CPAC, Nunes said Mueller won’t have anything new or “worthwhile” to report.

“I want everything that Mueller did made public. I want every email, everybody that they wiretapped, every warrant that they got,” he said. “Every single thing that Mueller used needs to be made public for all of America to see.”

Nunes said the Trump administration never had control of the Department of Justice and that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ biggest mistake was recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Nunes said he was pinning his hopes on [Attorney General William] Barr to not only clear the Justice Department and FBI for alleged bias at their highest levels, regarding which he is expected to make several criminal referrals in the near future, but also for the sake of transparency.

Barr said in his confirmation hearing he wanted to be as “transparent” as possible in terms of whether a report would be released to Congress and the public.

For the full report, click HERE.

REPORT: Acting AG Whitaker Says Mueller Witch Hunt Coming to an End

During a press conference today, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign and Russia is nearing its end.

“The investigation is, I think, close to being completed and I hope that we can get the report from Mueller as soon as possible,” he said.

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Whitaker made the statement during a press conference today where the DOJ announced it was charging Chinese company Huawei and its CFO for stealing trade secrets.

Whitaker became Acting Attorney General in November and faced a barrage of criticism from liberals and Democrats who claimed he should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation because he had publicly criticized the probe in the past.

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Breaking: Senate Democrats File Lawsuit, Seek to Block Acting AG Whitaker

Three Senate Democrats have filed a lawsuit today calling the appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker illegal, according to Reuters.

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), say President Trump violated the Constitution and denied the Senate the right to vote on Whitaker’s confirmation.

Blumenthal said in a statement, “President Trump is denying senators our constitutional obligation and opportunity to do our job: scrutinizing the nomination of our nation’s top law enforcement official. The reason is simple: Whitaker would never pass the advice and consent test. In selecting a so-called ‘constitutional nobody’ and thwarting every senator’s constitutional duty, Trump leaves us no choice but to seek recourse through the courts.”

Last week, the Department of Justice released a legal opinion stating that Whitaker could legally serve as acting attorney general, writing, “As all three branches of government have long recognized, the President may designate an acting official to perform the duties of a vacant principal office, including a Cabinet office, even when the acting official has not been confirmed by the Senate.”

Whitaker has come under fire from Democrats who claim his history of comments about Robert Mueller’s probe into President Trump and Russia are grounds for recusal from his oversight role in the investigation.

House Democrat leaders recently sent a letter to an ethics official at the Department of Justice, demanding Whitaker’s recusal, writing, “There are serious ethical considerations that require Mr. Whitaker’s immediate recusal from any involvement with the Special Counsel investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”

LISTEN: Dan discusses the legality of Whitaker’s appointment as Acting Attorney General

Prior to his appointment as acting attorney general, Whitaker told radio host Andrew Wilkow that there was “no collusion” between Russia and Trump.

“The truth is there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign,” he said. “There was interference by the Russians into the election, but that was not collusion with the campaign. That’s where the left seems to be combining those two issues.”

Whitaker also appeared on CNN in 2017 and suggested that a new Attorney General could reduce Mueller’s budget and grind the investigation to a halt.

President Trump told Fox News yesterday that he “would not get involved” in Whitaker’s decisions as it relates to his oversight of the Mueller probe, and said he was confident that Whitaker was “going to do what’s right.”

Whitaker was appointed acting attorney general earlier this month, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his letter of resignation at President Trump’s request.

 

LIBERAL LOGIC: Pelosi Slams Sessions’ Firing… Demanded his Removal in 2017

Potential Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi slammed the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week; conveniently ignoring her calls for the senior Trump aide’s removal in March 2017.

We are far past recusal. Jeff #Sessions lied under oath. Anything less than resignation or removal from office is unacceptable

Pelosi weighed-in on Sessions’ abrupt resignation on social media just minutes after his announcement, saying “It is impossible to read Attorney General Sessions’ firing as anything other than another blatant attempt by @realDonaldTrump to undermine & end Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.”

Pelosi’s comments are in stark contrast to her heated rhetoric early last year when she demanded Sessions’ “resignation or removal” from office.

“We are far past recusal. Jeff #Sessions lied under oath. Anything less than resignation or removal from office is unacceptable,” she tweeted.