Tag: John Ratcliffe

Breaking: Nunes Sends Criminal Referral Notification to Barr–“Potential Violations” in Russia Probe

Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has sent a criminal referral notification to Attorney General William Barr claiming “potential violations” in the FBI’s handling of the Trump-Russia probe, according to Fox News.

“As part of that investigation, Committee Republicans identified several potential violations of law,” Nunes wrote in a brief letter to Barr today.

Nunes and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) are prepared to brief the attorney general on their “eight criminal referrals.”

According to Fox, “The letter did not provide further details on what the referrals will allege but the congressman previously told Fox News the referrals include two for conspiracy, as well as for ‘global leaks’ and for lying, misleading or obstructing congressional investigators.”

Yesterday, Attorney General Barr testified before a Senate committee that 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.”

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) recently suggested more criminal referrals are in the works.

Responding to a tweet on Monday about Nunes’ referrals, Meadows wrote, “More criminal referrals to come. And certainly more deserved. Overwhelming evidence shows multiple FBI + DOJ executives abused their power to undermine a duly elected President Trump. They will be held accountable.”

GOP Rep: Lisa Page Confirms Obama DOJ told FBI Not to Charge Clinton

The Obama Justice Department told the FBI not to consider charging Hillary Clinton with gross negligence, according to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX).

Tweeting an excerpt of the transcripts of former FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s testimony (which were made public yesterday), Ratcliffe wrote, “Lisa Page confirmed to me under oath that the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information.”

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the stunning revelations in the Lisa Page transcripts**

In the excerpt, Ratcliffe said to Page, “But when you say advice you got from the Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re the prosecutors and we’re telling you we’re not going to —”

“That is correct,” Page interrupted, as Ratcliffe finished his sentence, ” — bring a case based on that.”

Fox News reports, “Page also testified that the DOJ and FBI had “multiple conversations … about charging gross negligence,” and the DOJ decided that the term was “constitutionally vague” and “had either never been done or had only been done once like 99 years ago,” and so “they did not feel they could sustain a charge.”

For the full report, click HERE.

Comey to Congress: It was “Not Necessary” to Validate Sources in Dossier

Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Friday that it was “not necessary” to validate the sources in the anti-Trump dossier before citing the document in an application to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a transcript of Comey’s testimony released on Saturday, the former FBI chief also asserted that it was “not necessary” for the FBI to assess the sources that dossier author Christopher Steele used to compile his report, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign.

“I think I’ve dealt with warrants where you just identify that your primary [confidential informant], or primary source, has subsources, and so long as the court is aware of that phenomenon and that you’re speaking to the reliability of the primary source, to my mind, that’s a totally legit warrant application,” he said.

Comey told lawmakers that “work was ongoing” by the time he was fired on May 9, 2017, to “to replicate, either rule in or rule out” as much of the dossier as possible.

He said that by the time he was fired on May 9, 2017, he “still didn’t know whether there was anything to it,” referring to the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Kremlin.

Comey agreed on Dec. 2 to testify behind closed doors after initially filing a lawsuit to avoid the questioning because he believed his testimony would be “selectively leaked.”

Comey told lawmakers that Steele was a “reliable source with a track record” and left him with little concern as to how the former British spy gathered his information.

In the interview, Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) told Comey about testimony from Justice Department attorney Salley Moyer, who asserted there was a 50-50 change that the FISA warrants on Page would not have been approved without the dossier.

“If she testified — and I’ll represent to you that she testified that the FISA court — it was 49-51, maybe 50-50, that the FISA court would have approved the warrant without the Steele dossier.”

Comey also said he had no concerns about the process in which the Page FISA warrant was obtained.

“Did you then or do you now have any concerns about the process that occurred around the Carter Page FISA?” a Democratic lawmaker asked Comey.

“I do not,” he replied.

Read the full report HERE.