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FBI head Wray will testify after Trump trashed agency

Washington (CNN)FBI Director Chris Wray will step into the public eye on Thursday for the first time since President Donald Trump disparaged the agency last weekend as "in tatters."

Appearing publicly before the House Judiciary Committee, Wray can expect to be questioned by lawmakers about the insult, as well as other sensitive issues including the integrity of the special counsel Russia probe and the laws around obstruction of justice, committee aides said.

The hearing, a standard oversight appearance for the FBI director that was announced last week, has taken on new significance in recent days.

Trump on Sunday tweeted that the FBI's reputation was "in tatters" and the "worst in history," seizing on reports about possible bias from a former top bureau official.


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C-Span: House Judiciary Committee: December 7, 2017 - FBI Oversight - FBI Director Christopher Wray


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Senator: president* Trump says your agency is in tatters. Is it?
Director Wray: On this, as on so much else, Mr. Trump is vastly wrong.


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Business Insider - Natasha Bertrand
A House Republican presented a 'political test' to the FBI director that left observers stunned ...

"As you're aware, Deputy Director [Andrew] McCabe was involved in a number of cases that have been highly controversial due to his political leanings," Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert said, presumably referring to McCabe's involvement in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server.

McCabe's wife ran for the Virginia state Senate in 2015 and received nearly $500,000 from a political action committee affiliated with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

"Do you know of any other senior FBI executives that were aligned with McCabe's political views?" Gohmert said.

"I'm not aware of any senior FBI executives who are allowing improper political considerations to effect their work with me right now," FBI Director Christopher Wray replied.

"Let me ask you about specific executives, some of whom have been promoted by McCabe, within the last few years," Gohmert said. "Are you aware of any of the following people openly aligning themselves with the political bias expressed by McCabe or openly speaking against this administration?"

Gohmert went on to name five FBI officials, asking Wray one by one whether they had expressed political bias "against the Trump administration."


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Conservatives ramp up attacks on Mueller

Conservative efforts to discredit the Justice Department special counsel are intensifying as Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling moves steadily closer to the White House.

Republicans on Capitol Hill are increasingly frustrated by what they view as a partisan exercise that’s rife with conflicts of interest. A half-dozen GOP lawmakers held a press conference on Wednesday to demand new investigations into Mueller’s team.

Also on Wednesday, a conservative watchdog group filed a lawsuit to pry loose information about special counsel investigators, a day after it blasted out emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request that the group claimed indicated prosecutorial bias.

Conservative media amplified the growing calls for Mueller to be fired, with Fox News going wall-to-wall with demands that the probe be shut down. ...

The House Intelligence Committee is seeking answers from the special counsel about the circumstances surrounding Strzok’s reassignment from high-profile investigator on the special counsel to the FBI’s human resources department.


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I guess this pretty much tells us how Republicans are going to handle evidence against Trump. They will claim it's tainted and not do a damn thing. They really are scum.


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C-Span: December 13, 2017 - Special Counsel's Probe on Russian Meddling in 2016 Election

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s influence in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Airing LIVE Wednesday, Dec 13 10:00am EST on C-SPAN.org


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Cornered and Facing ‘Existential’ Crisis, Will Trump Fire Mueller?

On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will appear before a highly partisan, bitterly divided House Judiciary Committee, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. He’s been summoned by Republicans, mostly allies of President Trump, and it’s expected that Rosenstein will be raked over the coals by the committee’s GOP members, some of whom are likely to push him to wind down the investigation led by Robert Mueller, the Russiagate special counsel—or even to shut it down entirely.

Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russia inquiry, thanks to his own entanglement in it, Rosenstein, the Justice Department’s number-two official, is the one overseeing Mueller’s office. So it’s Rosenstein who has the power to fire him. Even though Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in the first place, has said repeatedly—including last week—that he’s satisfied with Mueller’s work so far, the committee’s GOP hard-liners apparently intend to create a circus-like atmosphere that will provide cover for the president, if and when he decides it’s time to get rid of the special counsel. Those hard-liners include Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Andy Biggs of Arizona; Gaetz has gone so far as to warn that Mueller’s actions could amount to a “coup d’état” against the White House.


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I think by now it's pretty obvious - Florida Man...Florida Senator(s). Did I mention I wasn't actually BORN here?


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Mueller’s Boss Pledges to Protect Russia Probe Against GOP: ‘I Would Not’ Fire Him

As right-wing politicians and media are increasingly casting aspersions on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, the deputy attorney general repeatedly defended Mueller on Wednesday.

Rod Rosenstein, Mueller’s boss, repeatedly fended off suggestions from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee that Mueller and his team are on a fishing expedition and are biased politically against President Trump. Rosenstein also fended off a raised-voice suggestion from a GOP congressman that he needs to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Russia investigations.

Rosenstein called Mueller “a dedicated, respected and heroic public servant,” specifically mentioning the former FBI director’s Vietnam combat experience.

Asked if he saw any good cause to fire Mueller, Rosenstein flatly answered: “No.”

If Rosenstein was ordered to do so regardless – a direction that would most likely come from Trump – Rosenstein answered, “I would not.”

“I won’t take any action, unless he’s violated his duties,” Rosenstein told Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX).


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There is indeed a witch hunt going on regarding Mueller - Republicans are involved in a witch hunt against the Mueller investigation. I guess Republicans will insist on an investigation of the Inspector General if that investigation shows that the Mueller investigation does not appear to be tainted. This won't end. I did read more about Strzok and Page's texts in the CBS article and in that one they detail anti-Trump messages but no pro-Hillary messages. Has anyone found any news reports that are reporting any text messages that actually were pro-Hillary?
Edit: Here is an article on Politico that seems to have more information about the messages https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/ ... xts-294156


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WaPo - Jennifer Rubin
Republicans embarrass themselves while questioning Rod Rosenstein

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled him, tried to throw him off balance and plowed and re-plowed the same ground over and over, but in the end they only demonstrated their own desperation and partisanship while giving Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein the opportunity to display his calm professionalism. ...

It is one thing to ask snippy questions of a captive witness, but it is quite another to accept an attack on the legitimacy of the special counsel, and more generally, the rule of law. Should Trump decide to fire Mueller or to issue mass pardons to family members and even himself, he risks his presidency. Republicans, with one eye on the polls and another on Trump’s aberrant, unhinged and delusional conduct, may very well choose to jump ship — or enough of them will jump to provide a majority in Congress willing to call for resignation and/or impeachment. Moreover, the voters — in places much less conservative than Alabama — will have a direct voice in the matter. While impeachment is a verboten topic for Democrats, who prefer to talk about economics and health care, a Trump-style “Saturday Night Massacre” firing of Mueller (and likely Rosenstein) or mass pardons will bring us to a constitutional crisis. The voters will eventually need to decide if they want to remain Trump cultists in defiance of fact, reason and our democratic tradition, or if they want to fight to preserve the rule of law.


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Just in case anyone is interested about how the FBI interviews: many years ago I was interviewed twice by an FBI agent in regard to an investigation regarding someone I encountered during my normal duties at work. I was not asked to raise my hand and take any kind of formal oath during this questioning. I find it really disingenuous that some people are making a big deal that Clinton was questioned without being "under oath". I don't believe it's normal for people to be under any kind of formal oath during FBI interviews, otherwise I find it hard to understand why I was not put under oath. From the FBI point of view there was actually good reason for them to think that I might have important information (but I actually didn't). I was never called to testify, probably because I didn't have any information that would have helped. But I was questioned twice because I had actually forgotten about something during the first interview and the FBI discovered my omission, which was absolutely an honest omission, and came back for the second interview! I knew without question that I was expected to be truthful and I also knew that I could be prosecuted if I had not been truthful, even without them asking me to raise my hand and take an oath.


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Ranking Democrat scolds Republicans for trying to undermine Special Counsel Mueller – ThinkProgress

During a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, scolded his Republican colleagues for attempting to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller by calling for an inquiry into Mueller’s team, and for refusing to focus on more pressing matters.

“[…] With the year coming to a close, and with the leadership of the Department of Justice finally before us, what do my Republicans colleague want to discuss? Hillary Clinton’s emails,” Nadler said. “Let me repeat that. With all of these unresolved issues left on our docket, a week before we adjourn for the calendar year, the majority’s highest priority is Hillary Clinton’s emails and a few related text messages.”

Republicans have criticized Mueller’s staff — which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election — over what they argue is implicit bias against President Trump. A review of several text messages between senior FBI agent Peter Strzok and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page sent to lawmakers on Tuesday night showed the two discussing their mutual dislike of Trump as well as their personal political views, which were often sympathetic to former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Strzok and Page were assigned to the Clinton email investigation prior to their work on the Mueller Russia inquiry. Strzok was removed from the Russia probe over the summer, after the Justice Department inspector general first discovered the messages.

On Wednesday, the Judiciary convened to confront Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, on the revelations.


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Business Insider - Natasha Bertrand
In 'highly unusual' move, DOJ secretly invited reporters to view texts sent by ousted FBI agents

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department invited a group of reporters to its offices on Tuesday night to view private text messages sent during the 2016 campaign by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, former investigators on the special counsel Robert Mueller's team, Business Insider has learned.

President Donald Trump's allies have seized on the texts, which were critical of Trump, describing them as evidence that Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in last year's election, including whether members of Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow, has been tainted. ...

"It's appalling behavior by the department," said Matthew Miller, a former DOJ spokesman. "This is an ongoing investigation in which these employees have due-process rights, and the political leadership at DOJ has thrown them to the wolves so Rosenstein can get credit from House Republicans at his hearing today."

One source close to the process who requested anonymity to discuss internal DOJ deliberations said the texts were given to reporters in case they did not leak in time for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's public hearing on Wednesday morning.

"It is at least debatable whether it was appropriate to turn them over to the Hill in the middle of an ongoing investigation," Miller said. "Under no circumstances was it appropriate to leak them to the press."


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Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:37 pm
There is indeed a witch hunt going on regarding Mueller - Republicans are involved in a witch hunt against the Mueller investigation. I guess Republicans will insist on an investigation of the Inspector General if that investigation shows that the Mueller investigation does not appear to be tainted. This won't end. I did read more about Strzok and Page's texts in the CBS article and in that one they detail anti-Trump messages but no pro-Hillary messages. Has anyone found any news reports that are reporting any text messages that actually were pro-Hillary?
Edit: Here is an article on Politico that seems to have more information about the messages https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/ ... xts-294156
I did indeed hear a clip of one of the republicans doing the questioning suggesting that a second special council should be created in order to investigate the investigation.



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Foreign Policy
Whistleblower Guardian for Spies Escorted Out of Intelligence Agency Building

The chairman of the the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding to know why an employee in charge of whistleblower outreach was removed from his workplace “pending a tribunal.”

“I just learned that Dan Meyer, the Executive Director of Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and Source Protection, was placed on administrative leave and escorted out of his offices pending a tribunal before senior executives to consider his proposed termination,” wrote Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, in a letter sent Wednesday to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Wayne Stone, the acting director of Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.

The intelligence community inspector general is tasked with conducting audits across the intelligence agencies and independently responding to whistleblower retaliation complaints.

The watchdog office has been involved in independent reviews of the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

It has also recently been embroiled in a turf war fraught with competing personalities and visions on how to provide resources for potential whistleblowers, as reported in an investigation by Foreign Policy. Dan Meyer, the man in charge of outreach to whistleblowers, had his duties and privileges revoked, and now he has been kicked out of his office pending an investigation.
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Politico: Grassley demands answers on FBI officials' texts about Trump


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Talking Points Memo - Josh Marshall
Don’t Look Away from the Disgrace

The general reaction to Rod Rosenstein’s testimony yesterday was that he did a decent, even patient job explaining to feral Republican lawmakers why there was no reason to consider removing Bob Mueller from his post. Indeed, he said, it was difficult to think of anyone more qualified to serve in the position. But I want to direct your attention to a deeply disturbing aspect of yesterday’s hearing.

You’ve seen the on-going pseudo-controversy about two FBI employees who sent texts to each other trashing now-President Trump. The two were having an affair at the time and Special Agent Peter Strzok was reassigned off the Mueller probe and in essence demoted over the texts. Public employees are allowed to have political opinions. Indeed, there are laws specifically protecting government employees from being disciplined or having their work affected by their political views. The only real infraction here seems to be that the two used government devices to discuss their private political opinions when they should have reserved those for their personal devices – hardly a major infraction.

Nonetheless, defenders of the President have leaped from these emails to saying the entire Clinton emails probe – Strzok was involved in both probes – and the Mueller investigation are irreparably tainted. Others are going so far as to say the DOJ and the FBI need to undergo a political purge. The head of one prominent right-wing legal advocacy group went as far as to say the FBI should be shut down. It is a stark reminder of how many will go so far so quickly to prevent the enforcement of the law and lawful investigations when it comes to Donald Trump.

This is all nonsensical. Despite Strzok’s high-ranking role, he wasn’t in charge of either investigation. And no probes like this get decided on one person’s whim. It was probably right – as a matter of optics and prudence – for Mueller to reassign Strzok. But there is zero evidence he did anything wrong or tainted the investigation in any way. The entire controversy is an effort to discredit the Mueller probe and give President Trump and his associates legal impunity. It’s fine to have an investigation. I can’t prove the negative that Strzok did nothing wrong. So fine, investigate.

But before yesterday’s hearing, the DOJ invited reporters to review all the texts between the two FBI employees – seemingly far more access than Congress had even had. These were government documents – texts on government devices. So the formal privacy claim is limited. But let’s be honest. It’s still a massive breach of privacy. Political and personal chit chat and sounding off between two lovers?
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Politico: Justice Department watchdog details role in sharing anti-Trump texts


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Wow, the last paragraph in the article Addie linked above.
These two will survive whatever embarrassment they experience. I suspect and hope – though I’m not sure – the Mueller investigation will survive. Much of this is intended to lay the predicate and create room for President Trump to end the probe. But this whole episode is simply a disgrace. It is an example of how much the gravitational pull of Trump’s corruption has already affected Washington, the federal government and the entire country. The corrupt and the desperate flock to him, the unprincipled defend him and even those who are I think mainly ethnical people under normal circumstances – I’m thinking of Rosenstein in this case – are bent and deformed by the pull.


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Newsweek
Americans Think Mueller and Comey Are Friends. They're Not

A majority of American voters believe that Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey are friends, despite the fact the two men have never visited each other’s homes or spent much time together outside of work.

New polling by Harvard's Center for American Political Studies shows that 54 percent of Americans think their relationship amounts to a conflict of interest.

Both registered Republicans, Comey succeeded Mueller as head of the FBI in 2013 following Mueller’s tenure heading the top law enforcement agency after being appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush. ...

This week Republicans urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to end Mueller’s investigation during a House Judiciary Committee hearing after learning that an FBI agent who was removed from the investigation over the summer sent anti-Trump texts. Rosenstein said he sees no good cause to fire Mueller.

Last month, members of the hard-right Republican House Freedom Caucus argued that Mueller should step down because of “obvious conflicts of interest” in his investigation.
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Vanity Fair: “Hillary Is Corrupt and Trump Is Crazy”: At the F.B.I., Anger at Being Scapegoated

Yes, investigator Peter Strzok called Trump a “douche.” No, say colleagues, it didn’t impede his ability to do his job.
New York Mag: FBI Agent ‘Scandal’ Revealed To Be Even More Stupid Than Previously Known


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Business Insider
Republican Trey Gowdy suggests deputy FBI director will be ousted by next week

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, suggested in a Friday interview that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will be forced out at the top law enforcement agency as soon as next week.

Gowdy argued that newly released FBI records reveal political bias against President Donald Trump — and in favor of Hillary Clinton — at the highest levels of the FBI. Gowdy said that McCabe will likely be pushed out of the agency as a result of the perceived bias.

"I'll be a little bit surprised if he's still an employee of the FBI this time next week," Gowdy told Fox News of McCabe, adding that he would be "shocked" if McCabe testifies before the House next week.

The Washington Post reported last week that Gowdy settled a $150,000 veteran discrimination and retaliation claim from a former aide, who was fired in 2015 from the House Benghazi committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The aide alleged that he was wrongfully terminated in part for his unwillingness to engage in what he believed was a partisan investigation into Hillary Clinton's time as US secretary of state.


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Trump Could Fire Mueller Next Week Before Christmas When Congress Is Gone, Rep Says

Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Spier said Friday the “rumor on the Hill” is that President Donald Trump intends to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller next week when Congress is gone for the holidays.

Should Trump go through with the unconfirmed rumor, Spier said an “effort” for impeachment would follow.

Spier added Republicans are aiming to shut down the House Intelligence Committee’s own Trump-Russia investigation and likened Trump’s possible firing of the special counsel to that of former President Richard Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre.” ...

“The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week,” Spier told KQED. “And on Dec. 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.”


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Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization established for U.S. President Donald Trump’s transition to the White House a year ago said on Saturday that the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election had obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully.

Kory Langhofer, counsel to the transition team known as Trump for America, Inc., wrote a letter to congressional committees to say Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team had improperly received the emails from the General Services Administration, a government agency.

Career staff members at the agency “unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office,” according to the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. It said the materials included “tens of thousands of emails.”

Trump’s transition team used facilities of the GSA, which helps manage the U.S. government bureaucracy, in the period between the Republican’s November presidential election victory and his inauguration in January.
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Axios - Mike Allen
Scoop: Mueller obtains "tens of thousands” of Trump transition emails

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained “many tens of thousands” of Trump transition emails, including sensitive emails of Jared Kushner, transition team sources tell Axios.
Trump officials discovered Mueller had the emails when his prosecutors used them as the basis for questions to witnesses, the sources said.

The emails include 12 accounts, one of which contains about 7,000 emails, the sources said.

The accounts include the team's political leadership and the foreign-policy team, the sources said.
Why it matters: The transition emails are said to include sensitive exchanges on matters that include potential appointments, gossip about the views of particular senators involved in the confirmation process, speculation about vulnerabilities of Trump nominees, strategizing about press statements, and policy planning on everything from war to taxes. ...

How it happened: The sources say Mueller obtained the emails from the General Services Administration, the government agency that hosted the transition email system, which had addresses ending in “ptt.gov,” for Presidential Transition Team.


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Cross-posting

Reuters
Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization established for U.S. President Donald Trump’s transition to the White House a year ago said on Saturday that the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election had obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully.

Kory Langhofer, counsel to the transition team known as Trump for America, Inc., wrote a letter to congressional committees to say Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team had improperly received the emails from the General Services Administration, a government agency.

Career staff members at the agency “unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office,” according to the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. It said the materials included “tens of thousands of emails.”

Trump’s transition team used facilities of the GSA, which helps manage the U.S. government bureaucracy, in the period between the Republican’s November presidential election victory and his inauguration in January.
What privilege? The "we didn't want you to read that" privilege? Or the "we all signed non-disclosure agreements" privilege that doesn't apply to criminal cases.

He wasn't president yet, so there is no executive privilege. If any of them were attorney client privilege, the FBI knows how to sort that stuff out, they do it all the time.

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