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Trump “Seriously” Considering Declassifying Key Russia Investigation Documents

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is “seriously” considering declassifying a slew of documents requested by former Republican House leaders investigating the FBI’s handling of the Russia probe. Trump was pummeled with questions during a rancorous White House press briefing where he congratulated Republicans for winning Senate races and said he hoped to work with the new Democratic House leadership.

The president addressed questions regarding whether or not he would end Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, stating, “I could, I could fire everybody right now. Politically, I don’t like stopping it.”

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“It’s a disgrace,” said Trump of the Special Counsel investigation. “It should have never been started because there is no crime.”

“They all have conflicts over there that are beyond anything anybody has ever seen in terms of conflicts,” he added.

Trump referenced former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired in May of 2017, after DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a scathing letter listing Comey’s failures. That letter led to Trump firing Comey.

However, after Comey’s firing, Rosenstein (under pressure from Democrats) appointed Mueller to the Special Counsel to investigate Trump. In October, concerning information about Rosenstein surfaced during a deposition of former FBI General Counsel James Baker. Baker had told lawmakers that he met with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI attorney Lisa Page shortly after they had a meeting with Rosenstein in May 2017. Baker said that McCabe, Page, and Rosenstein had discussed the possibility of secretly recording President Trump. Baker, who was the top lawyer for the FBI and a close confidant of Comey, noted that he was not in the meeting with Rosenstein. Baker said that Rosenstein also discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment on the president in an effort to remove him from office for being unfit.

“Comey, who by the way, lied and leaked and also leaked classified information–nothing happened there it might, perhaps, maybe something is happening that I don’t know about,” Trump said Wednesday. “But you know what I do. I let it just go on. They’re wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on…I could end it right now and say that investigation is over but… it’s a disgrace frankly, an embarrassment to our country, it’s an embarrassment to the people of our country and it’s too bad.

The president warned that he was still “seriously” considering declassifying the documents that the Republican Congress has been demanding for the past year. Lawmakers have sighted a need for transparency in the bureau’s handling of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign.

“We’re looking at that very seriously, declassification very seriously,” said Trump. “It’s amazing how people on the other side just don’t want those documents declassified…we’re looking at that very carefully. I certainly wanted to wait until after the midterm.”

In August, Trump handed over the classified documents to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz for review. Trump had originally suggested that he was going to declassify them, but then suddenly changed his mind, saying he wanted to ensure that there would be no national security implications if the documents were declassified.

The documents include all documents related to DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s interviews with the FBI. Ohr, who has been demoted three times for not informing his superiors of his role in the FBI investigation, gave a deposition to Congress in August where he admitted he was used as a back channel by the FBI, so the bureau could continue to communicate with former British spy and dossier creator Christopher Steele. At the time, the FBI had terminated Steele as a confidential source when it caught him giving communicating with the media.

According to sources, the FBI Agents kept copious notes in all 12 interviews they had with Ohr. Those interviews are known in the bureau as 302 reports. Those 302s, along with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that was used to spy on short-term Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page and the “Gang of Eight” notebook on the investigation, are currently under review by Horowitz.

For months, Congress has requested that Trump declassify the documents after battling Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to no avail. Congressional members, some who have clearance to see the documents, say “no sources or methods” would be exposed if they were declassified, but that they believe it would expose extensive evidence of abuse by the bureau on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Adam Schiff Vows to Ramp Up Russia Probe if Dems Retake the House

Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff vowed to ramp-up the Russia probe should his party retake control of the House this November; saying he will investigate “money laundering” and get more “answers” on the Trump campaign’s alleged “collusion.”

Schiff was speaking with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer when he was asked if he would ratchet up the investigation if he becomes the Chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2018 midterm elections.

“The question, though, that I don’t know whether Mueller has been able to answer — because I don’t know whether he’s been given the license to look into it — were the Russians laundering money through the Trump Organization?” he asked.

“And that will be a very high priority to get an answer to. For the reason that if they were doing this, it’s not only a crime, but it’s something provable,” he added. “We will be able to get answers the Republicans were unwilling to pursue. Records that the Republicans wouldn’t ask for.”

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What the Media Never Told You About the Russia Investigation Hoax

Authored by: Matt Palumbo

We heard a lot about Russian collusion with the Trump campaign over the past couple of years, but as is often the case, it’s what the media left out that’s more damning than what they reported. Dan Bongino’s new book “Spygate: The Framing of Donald J. Trump” exposes the truth of what happened during the 2016 presidential election.

Fusion GPS Has Russian Connections of Their Own

Remember the controversial meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya? What most in the media conveniently left out of their coverage was that Veselnitskaya was also working with the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier at the time of the meeting. Veselnitskaya met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson the day of and the day after her meeting with Trump Jr.

Veselnitskaya was working with Fusion GPS on an unrelated case to advance Russian interests, while Fusion was funded by the Clinton campaign to allege a conspiracy between Trump and the Russians. We know that at least one person worked on both cases, a man named Ed Baumgartner.

The DNC Didn’t Want the FBI To Investigate Their “Hacked” Servers

If you heard that the DNC was hacked by the Russians, that’s only because it’s exactly what the DNC wants you to believe.

Rather than have the FBI examine the DNC’s servers, they instead hired the private company CrowdStrike to conduct the investigation. CrowdStrike is connected to the Obama administration and the DNC. After examining the servers for a mere day, CrowdStrike concluded two Russian groups were responsible for the cyberattack. Meanwhile, neither FBI nor any other law enforcement agency has looked at their servers—and still hasn’t to this day.

British Intelligence Hated Trump and the Ukrainians Feared Him

American and British intelligence were determined to preserve their “Special Relationship” of intelligence sharing, which they thought would be threatened by a Trump presidency, so they passed information to the CIA to help with the Trump collusion investigation.

Robert Hannigan, the head of British intelligence agency GCHQ, gave documents to CIA director John Brennan during in the summer of 2016. The matter was deemed so sensitive it was handled at “director level.” Brennan used GCHQ information and intelligence from other partners to launch a major inter-agency investigation.

Hannigan, who took over the agency in 2014, stepped down just four days after Trump was inaugurated. He told staffers only hours before making his decision public.

As for the Ukrainians, a Politico headline puts it best: “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire.” Ukrainians chose a side in the 2016 election, and it was Hillary Clinton. Their target was Paul Manafort.

Some Supposed Pro-Trump Conspirators Have Clinton Connections

Two characters involved in one of the main events that supposedly set off the Trump collusion investigation had connections to the Clinton Foundation. Joseph Mifsud, the professor who promised campaign adviser George Papadopoulos compromising information on Hillary Clinton, has personally donated to the Clinton Foundation.

Papadopoulos told Australia’s ambassador to the UK, Alexander Downer, about Mifsud’s promised information. The contents of Papadopoulos and Downer’s conversation eventually ended up on the desk of the FBI. Downer had a history with the Clinton Foundation, having brokered a $25 million donation during uranium transfers.

Why Yes, There Was a Spy After All

For all the mockery Trump has received for tweeting that Obama spied on his campaign, there was indeed spying going on. A man with Deep State connections covertly gathered information on both George Papadopoulos and Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The Russia collusion narrative was a setup from the beginning. If you’d like to learn more, preorder a copy of Bongino’s new book, co-authored with D.C. McAllister and myself, Matt Palumbo, “Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump.”

January 22, 2018: Ep. 638 Can Washington DC Swamp Rats Ever Tell the Truth?

Make no mistake, the Democrats shut your government down.

Stunning new text messages about the “investigation” into Hillary Clinton.

The FBI lost critical text messages?

Why is the NSA “missing” critical data on surveillance?

An incredible article from last year showing the depths of the Obama administration’s deep-state subterfuge.

Why was the NSA under Obama so committed to “sharing” information in new and creative ways?

December 7, 2017: Ep. 607 People Are Gonna Die!

The Constitution won in Congress yesterday yet Democrats declared now “we’re all going to shoot each other.”

The media set a dangerous new standard for itself yesterday, this piece highlights their problem.

A loony California professor doesn’t want to debate Ben Shapiro but he does want to fight him MMA style.

Why is the standard Democrat response to every GOP policy proposal “people are gonna die!

Here’s an interesting piece about the potential conflict with crypto-currencies.

 

December 1, 2017: Ep. 603 Justice Isn’t Blind Anymore, It’s Political

The Kate Steinle verdict is a disgusting travesty of justice.

Mike Flynn is going to plead guilty to lying to the FBI, when is Hillary Clinton going to prosecuted for her deception?

Debunking major liberal myths about tax reform.

The “score” on the senate tax cut bill is a scam.

Read this piece about the community development block grant scam.

No more block grants! There’s a better way.

 

Bongino