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Trump Grants AG Barr Authority to Declassify Key Spygate Documents

President Trump has given Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify key documents relating to the surveillance of his 2016 presidential campaign. He has 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.”

On Monday, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) indicated that the declassification of the documents would be “right around the corner.”

Speaking to Fox News, the lawmaker said, “I think the delay is over. I think the president is serious. I’ve spoken to him recently and I think declassification is right around the corner and hopefully the American people will be able to judge for themselves.”

In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last month, the President vowed to declassify the spygate documents and “much more.”

The President said he is “glad” he waited to declassify the documents after he originally had planned to release portions of the FISA application used to spy on Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page back in September. He reversed course after speaking with the Department of Justice.

“I thought that maybe they would obstruct if I did it early, and I think I was right,” he said to Hannity. “Everything’s going to be declassified and more, much more than what you just mentioned.”

Report: Mueller Reluctant to Publicly Testify, Fears Being Viewed as “Political”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly reluctant to publicly testify in front of Congress about his Russia report for fear of looking too political, according to the Daily Caller:

CNN reports that Mueller is reluctant to testify publicly about the Russia investigation for fear of being seen as too political. The Washington Post is reporting that Mueller and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have been unable to agree how much of the testimony would be done in public.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the latest report that James Comey and Loretta Lynch are at odds over a key discussion about the Clinton email probe** 

The Post reports that Mueller wants to privately testify about matters not addressed in his report, while Democrats hope to get him to say that President Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice if he were not Commander in Chief. Democrats also wish to have Mueller discuss the release of the report and his interactions with Attorney General William Barr.

For the full report, click HERE.

Freedom Caucus Unanimously Votes to Condemn Amash for Impeachment Comments

The House Freedom Caucus officially condemned its member, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) yesterday after the Congressman called for President Trump’s impeachment.

The Hill reports that Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said, “We had a good discussion and every single member, I think now based on who was there and our board meeting was probably over 30 members, every single member disagrees and strongly with the position Justin took over the week, and we’re focused on the now,” he said.

“I mean, look, we’re focused on the fact that what the FBI did was wrong. We think that [Attorney General William] Barr’s handled himself exactly the way the American people want the attorney general to handle themselves, and he’s going to get to bottom of all this.”

Over the weekend, Amash tweeted his support for President Trump’s impeachment, writing:

Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.

Pro-Trump Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower was quick to criticize Amash and announced he would challenge the congressman in the 2020 primary.

WWMT reports that Lower released a statement saying, “I am a Pro-Trump, Pro-Life, Pro-Jobs, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Family Values Republican. Amash has not only failed to support President Trump as the President works to make the United States stronger and safer, he has now united with radical liberals like Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) to try and bring down our President. He must be replaced and I am going to do it.”

On Sunday, President Trump responded to Amash, calling him a “total lightweight.”

He wrote, “Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy. If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, “composed” by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump….”

Trump SLAMS Those involved in Spygate: “Treason Means Long Jail Sentences”

President Trump sounded off on those involved in spying on his 2016 campaign in an early morning tweet, calling their actions treasonous.

President Trump wrote this morning, “My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!”

The President’s comments come after news earlier this week that Attorney General William 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.

President Trump has repeatedly made calls to “investigate the investigators.”

After the Mueller report’s release in April, he tweeted, “Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!”


Report: Barr Jokes to Pelosi, Asks if She Brought “Handcuffs” for Him

During the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day event at Capitol Hill, Attorney General William Barr asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) if she brought her “handcuffs” for him after she accused him of lying to Congress earlier this month, according to the Free Beacon.

The Beacon reports:

According to multiple reporters, Barr approached Pelosi following the National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington, shook her hand, and asked, “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” Pelosi smiled and said the House Sergeant at Arms was present if an arrest was necessary, to which Barr laughed and walked away.

Last week, Democrats voted to hold Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to hand over the unredacted Mueller report.

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) ripped into his colleagues for the vote, claiming Democrats were afraid that Bill Barr would expose the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

“I don’t think today is actually about getting information. I don’t think its about getting the unredacted Mueller report. I don’t think last week’s hearing was actually about having staff question the Attorney General. I think it’s all about trying to destroy Bill Barr because Democrats are nervous he’s going to get to the bottom of everything,” he said. “He’s going to find out how and why this investigation started in the first place.”

Shady Schiff on Mueller Public Testimony: It’s “Going To Happen, It Has To”

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is confident that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly about the Russia probe.

Speaking to MSNBC host Chris Hayes last night, Schiff said his committee was talking with the Special Counsel’s office.

“We’re in conversation with the Special Counsel’s office and it’s not that they’ve confirmed a date but this is going to happen,” he said. “It has to.”

**LISTEN: Dan addresses Trey Gowdy’s revealing comments on last night’s Hannity**

“You have to start–I think–with the man who did the investigation and I think the Republicans and the Attorney General even understand that. That’s why Barr has said repeatedly he’s not going to stand in the way of Mueller testimony. I think thats because he knows he can’t.”

When asked if Mueller’s testimony would be public, Schiff said he thinks the Judiciary Committee hearing would be “completely in open session.”

“In our committee [House Intelligence] we might have part of it in open and part of it closed.”

Barr Appoints US Attorney to Investigate Govt Spying on Trump Campaign

Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to investigate the investigators, a source tells Fox News.

Fox reports that 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.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses astonishing new information which will forever bury the credibility of the Russia-gate conspirators**

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) praised Barr’s choice of Durham as special prosecutor.

On Twitter, the lawmaker wrote, “John Durham is an outstanding choice for special prosecutor investigating 2016 pre-election activities—his selection further demonstrates Bill Barr’s tenacity and determined desire to get to the truth and restore credibility at the top tier of the DOJ and FBI.”

President Trump has repeatedly made calls to “investigate the investigators.”

After the Mueller report’s release in April, he tweeted, “Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!”

For the full report, click HERE.

Trump Slams FBI Director Wray, Says Bureau Has “No Leadership”

President Trump slammed FBI Director Christopher Wray after tweeting a quote from Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton claiming the bureau has “no leadership.”

Fitton’s comments also claimed Wray was protecting the “gang” that attempted to overthrow President Trump through an “illegal coup.”

In yesterday’s tweet, the President wrote, “Just another abuse of power in a long series of abuses of power by the Democrats that began during the Obama Administration, continued through the Mueller FBI operation, & now the baton has been passed to Jerry Nadler to continue to abuse power to harass President Trump….and the Democrat National Committee-The Democrat Party apparatus-has been caught using donor Dollars to Collude with Russian Intelligence to attack a domestic political opponent (me). The FBI has no leadership. The Director is protecting the same gang…..that tried to……..overthrow the President through an illegal coup.” (Recommended by previous DOJ) @TomFitton @JudicialWatch

Last week, during a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing, Wray contradicted Attorney General William Barr saying he wouldn’t use the term “spying” to describe the actions taken by the FBI against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Wray said, “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.”

Nadler’s Old Tweet Shows He Was Outraged Over 2012 AG Holder Contempt Vote

Despite voting to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress yesterday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sang a very different tune in 2012 when Republicans voted to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to hand over documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious.

“Just joined the #walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt,” he wrote on June 28, 2012.

Fox News points out that then-House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans were more motivated in attacking Holder than they were driven to get answers about Fast and Furious.

“What is happening here is shameful,” said Pelosi.

Now, however, both Nadler and Pelosi are warning of the “constitutional crisis” the Trump administration is causing by failing to hand over the unredacted Mueller report.

“There can be no higher stakes than this attempt to abrogate all power to the executive branch away from Congress and, more importantly, the American people,” Nadler said Wednesday. “We talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis — we’re now in it. We are now in a constitutional crisis.”

Pelosi said she agrees with the Judiciary chairman.

“Yes, I do agree with Chairman Nadler because the administration has decided that they’re not going to honor their oath of office,” she said.

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.”