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Schiff Suggests Top Intel Officials Resign Over Trump Efforts to Declassify Russia Docs

House Intelligence Chairman and Russia hoax perpetuator Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) urged top intelligence officials to resign if pressure to declassify key Russia documents became too great.

Schiff told the New York Times that CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats should follow former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ lead and resign if they are asked to do things that jeopardize intelligence community members.

“If it gets to a point they are asked to do things that are unlawful or jeopardize the men and women that work within the I.C., they should speak out and, if necessary, follow the example of Secretary Mattis,” said Schiff.

Schiff threw a fit last week when President Trump granted Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify key Russia investigation documents which would expose the deep state’s unauthorized spying of the 2016 Trump campaign.

“This is a president who will lash out and destroy anything if he believes it will suit his interests,” said Schiff. “And he now has a capable lieutenant in the attorney general to help him do just that.”

“While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies. The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase. This is un-American,” Schiff tweeted.

The Washington Examiner notes:

Although Haspel has yet to speak out about the order, Coats offered some reassurance about the limited scope of what can be made available to the public.

“Much like we have with other investigations and reviews, the Intelligence Community will provide the Department of Justice all of the appropriate information for its review of intelligence activities related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” Coats said in a statement Friday. “As part of that process, I am confident that the Attorney General will work with the IC in accordance with the long-established standards to protect highly-classified information that, if publicly released, would put our national security at risk.”

Pathetic: FBI Director Wray Says Spying is “Not the Term I would Use”

FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted Attorney General William Barr today saying he wouldn’t use the term “spying” to describe the actions taken by the FBI against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

During a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing, Wray replied, “Well, that’s not the term I would use” when asked about Barr’s use of the word “spying.”

“Well, I mean, look, lots of people have different colloquial phrases. I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity and part of investigative activity includes surveillance activity of different shapes and sizes,” Wray said.

“To me, the key question is making sure that it is done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities,” the FBI director continued. “That’s the key question. Different people use different colloquial phrases.”

Last month, Democrats lost their minds when Barr said that “spying did occur” during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

Barr recently doubled down on his claims, telling Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) he wouldn’t stop using the term “spying” to describe what happened to the Trump campaign.

Whitehouse asked, “You used the word spying about authorized DOJ investigative activities…In the entirety of your previous career at the Department of Justice including as attorney general have you ever referred to authorized department investigative activities, officially or publicly, as spying?”

“I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying,’” Barr said. “My first job was in CIA. I don’t think the word ‘spying’ has any pejorative connotation at all.”

He continued, “I think spying is a good English word that, in fact, doesn’t have synonyms because it is the broadest word incorporating really all forms of covert intelligence collection, so I’m not going to back off the word ‘spying,’ except I will say I’m not suggesting any pejorative and I use it frequently…”

Barr pointed out that many members of the media use the term “spying” to refer to authorized surveillance activities.

“Frankly, we went back and looked at press usage and up until all the faux outrage a couple of weeks ago, it’s commonly used in the press to refer to authorized activities,” he said.

“It’s not commonly used by the Department,” Whitehouse said.

Barr replied, “It’s commonly used by me.”

Watch the epic exchange below:

 

AG Barr Assembled “Team” to Investigate Corrupt FBI Probe into Trump Campaign

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a “team” to investigate the inception of the FBI’s hoax probe into Trump-Russia collusion, according to an administration official who spoke with Fox News.

Yesterday during a congressional hearing, the attorney general said 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.

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.

**LISTEN:  Dan discusses the stunning new revelations from the Capitol Hill testimony of Attorney General Bar**

“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.”

Disgraced McCabe Defends FBI’s Use of Steele Dossier in FISA Warrant Application

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is defending the bureau’s use of the discredited anti-Trump dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page.

The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reports that in an interview with New York Times reporter Adam Goldman, McCabe said, “I do believe that we adequately notified the FISA Court of the information we were using, and what we thought of the information.”

Defending the FBI’s FISA application process, McCabe said they go “into great detail about our previous relationship, what we thought of the information we were getting from him, how we understood his involvement or interest in this stuff that was in the FISA package.”

McCabe reiterated during the interview, “I do think we represented it adequately.”

“I think everyone was satisfied that we had represented that accurately and adequately in the package.”

Ross writes: “The bureau revealed in its FISA applications that Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, was likely working on behalf of individuals who wanted to prevent Donald Trump from being elected. But the application did not disclose that the DNC and Clinton campaign were the ultimate financiers. The applications also did not reveal that Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had told FBI and Justice Department officials that Steele was “desperate” to see Trump lose the 2016 election.”

For the full report, click HERE.

Senate Intel Chair: Our Investigation has found NO Evidence of Russia Collusion

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said his investigation has found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Intelligence Committee has been investigating the allegations of collusion for over two years, and Burr told CBS News, “If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia.”

He continued, “If I can finish tomorrow, I would finish tomorrow. We know we’re getting to the bottom of the barrel because there’re not new questions that we’re searching for answers to.”

The Daily Caller reports:

“The Senate panel has conducted more than 200 witness interviews and reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents as part of an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The investigation, which has focused heavily on the collusion question, began in January 2017, alongside a parallel probe run out of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.”

Burr told Fox News in September that his committee had not seen any “hard evidence” of collusion, however, his most recent remarks to CBS are “his strongest comments to date on the topic,” states the Daily Caller.

For the full story, click HERE.