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Senate Judiciary Committee: Re FBI's Independence

Post by Addie » Wed May 17, 2017 2:36 pm

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Chaffetz schedules Comey hearing for next week

Mark your calendars: House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz has scheduled a hearing next Wednesday, and he's inviting former FBI Director James Comey — once he figures out his new phone number.
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Officially noticed a hearing for next Wed at 9:30am ET with former FBI Dir Comey. But I still need to speak with him...evidently has a new #

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Post by Kendra » Wed May 17, 2017 2:45 pm

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Post by Addie » Wed May 17, 2017 2:46 pm

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'It's Falling Out Of The Trees,' Former Prosecutor Says Of Obstruction Evidence ...

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has demanded memos, recordings and other materials that former director Comey may have prepared, with a deadline of next week. Lawmakers from both political parties said they want to hear Comey testify in public, an idea that Comey associates have said he favors. And then, there's the question of recent demands by ranking Democrats on the House Oversight, Judiciary and Intelligence Committees for any possible White House recordings, transcripts or notes memorializing Trump's side of the story.

There are multiple obstruction of justice statutes on the books. Central to them is the idea of intent or bad purpose, or what President Trump may have been thinking when he allegedly told Comey in February "I hope you can let this go." Comey associates said the president was referring to an ongoing investigation of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was let go by the White House a day before the conversation.

For the record, the White House has denied the president asked Comey or anyone else "to end any investigation....The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations."
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Post by kate520 » Wed May 17, 2017 3:09 pm

I've never been a fan, but Comey has played this superbly. Hat's off to him.
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Post by Azastan » Wed May 17, 2017 3:13 pm

Existence of the memos has apparently been confirmed:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article ... _Confirmed

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Post by Addie » Sun May 21, 2017 12:25 pm

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Chaffetz expects to talk with Comey tomorrow

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Sunday that he expects to speak Monday with former FBI Director James Comey, as lawmakers look into the extent to which his firing was related to an investigation of Russia's ties with President Donald Trump's associates.

In an interview on ABC's "This Week," the Utah Republican, who will step down from Congress next month, said he had not yet spoken directly with Comey. ...

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the oversight committee, said during the same program on ABC that he wants "every note that they have."

"There have been so many lies, so many contradictions," he said. "And I think documents will help us to ferret out exactly what's the truth and what's a lie. And so I'm hoping that the chairman will issue subpoenas so that we can get every document."
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Post by Addie » Mon May 22, 2017 7:59 pm

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Former FBI chief Comey postpones testimony before US House committee

Former FBI Director James Comey is delaying an appearance before the U.S. House Oversight Committee that had been planned for Wednesday, the panel’s chairman said on Monday.

In a post on Twitter, Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who will step down from his seat in Congress in June, said he had spoken with Comey who told him that before testifying in public he wanted to speak with former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating ties between Russia and the presidential election campaign of Donald Trump.

An aide to the Oversight Committee could not confirm when the hearing would be rescheduled.
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Re: Senate Judiciary Committee: Re FBI's Independence

Post by Addie » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:16 am

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Loretta Lynch Is Getting Dragged into Hillary’s E-mail Nightmare

The Senate is officially investigating whether the former attorney general promised to go easy on Clinton.

It’s not just Donald Trump who is under scrutiny by Congress. On Friday, reports emerged that bipartisan group of lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee are also looking into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s handling of the F.B.I.’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, which became highly politicized in the months leading up to the 2016 election. According to ABC News, the committee is looking for details on Lynch’s communications with former Clinton campaign aide Amanda Renteria, as well as whether the F.B.I. itself ever investigated the reported communication.

The committee asked Lynch for information about an email, first reported by The New York Times, in which former D.N.C. chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz informed an official at George Soros’s Open Society Foundations that Lynch had assured the Clinton campaign that the investigation into the presidential candidate “would not go too far.” It was this e-mail, many believe, that caused former F.B.I. director James Comey to leave Lynch out of the loop before he ended the investigation, because he was afraid such a letter would compromise the integrity of the investigation.

The Times described the letter as “a document written by a Democratic operative that seemed—at least in the eyes of Mr. Comey and his aides—to raise questions about her independence.” Lynch declined to comment at the time.

The committee, made up of Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, and Senators Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, is questioning Lynch and Renteria, as well as Open Society Foundations’ Leonard Benardo and its General Counsel Gail Scovell. Their inquiry is part of the ongoing investigation on Comey’s dismissal, which Trump initially claimed was based on the former F.B.I. director’s mishandling the Clinton e-mail inquiry.
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Re: Senate Judiciary Committee: Re FBI's Independence

Post by Addie » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:48 pm

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Senate Judiciary Committee to hold confirmation hearing for Trump's FBI pick next week

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing next Wednesday for Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump's pick to be the next FBI director.

Wray’s confirmation hearing is almost certain to revive a number of hot-button political issues, including the FBI’s investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow, Trump’s dismissal of James Comey and Comey’s controversial handling last year of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

Senators also are likely to ask tough questions about Wray's ability to maintain independence from Trump.

The hearing comes as Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is raising questions about whether acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe has conflicts of interest.
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Re: Senate Judiciary Committee: Re FBI's Independence

Post by Sterngard Friegen » Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:09 pm

Did Wray have to sign an NDA working for Trump? Isn't that he m.o.?

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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:38 pm

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Lynch responds to investigation, denies sheltering Clinton from email probe

Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch responded on Thursday to an ongoing Senate Judiciary Committee probe, saying she would fully cooperate and answer questions about her alleged political interference in the FBI Clinton email investigation.

In a two-page letter replying to a June 22 inquiry from a mix of Democrats and Republicans, Lynch's lawyer Robert Raben responded to six questions stemming from an April New York Times report that a Democratic operative had "expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far."

"Those communications did not take place," the statement in the letter read. ...

"Although Ms. Lynch is prepared to address any questions you have about such matters in the proper setting, the law prohibits Ms. Lynch from commenting publicly on any non-public intelligence briefings she may or may not have received as Attorney General," it read.

Among senators interested in Lynch's possible contact with Clinton officials are Sen. Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Sheldon Whitehouse, both Democrats.
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Post by Addie » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:31 pm

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Democrats signal support for quick vote on FBI nominee Wray

Senate Republicans are pushing for a speedy vote on Christopher Wray’s confirmation to lead the FBI — and at least one powerful Democrat is willing to help.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said she believes Wray should get a committee vote next week, although any senator who sits on the panel could ask that it be held over for seven days.
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Post by bob » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:01 pm

FOX: Judicial Watch clashes with DOJ over 'talking points' from Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting:
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is clashing with the Trump Justice Department over access to “talking points” the DOJ prepared under the Obama administration to explain the controversial tarmac meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton last year.

Judicial Watch is seeking the documents as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The group complained late Wednesday that it had received “heavily redacted” emails pertaining to the department's internal preparations last year to press inquiries on the Lynch-Clinton meeting.

“It’s jaw-dropping that the Trump administration is blacking out key information about how the Obama Justice Department tried to spin Loretta Lynch’s scandalous meeting with Bill Clinton,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a written statement.

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While the DOJ does not comment on ongoing litigation, a Justice Department spokesperson referred Fox News to a letter sent by the DOJ Office of Information Policy on Aug. 1, 2017 to Judicial Watch explaining their decision to maintain redacted materials.

A senior attorney wrote to Judicial Watch that “all 315 pages are appropriate for release with excisions made by pursuant to Exemptions 5 and 6 of FOIA.” The letter explains that those sections pertain to “certain inter- and intra-agency communications protected by the deliberative process privilege, and information release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of third parties.”

A Justice spokesperson told Fox News that decisions to claim the deliberative process exemption are routine.
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Post by Chilidog » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:58 pm

So.... They really did talk about grandkids.

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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:25 pm

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Justice Department declines Senate request to interview FBI officials over Comey firing

(CNN)The Justice Department is preventing Senate investigators from interviewing two top FBI officials who could provide first-hand testimony over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the latest sign that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be investigating the circumstances around the firing, officials tell CNN.

The previously undisclosed turf war comes as the Senate judiciary committee has not yet given assurances to the special counsel's office that it could have unfettered access to the transcript of the interview it conducted last week with the President's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., saying that the full Senate must first authorize the release of the information to Mueller's team.

What appears to have irked the panel in particular is the refusal of the Justice Department to cooperate with a key part of its investigation. The leaders of the panel, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and the ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, have repeatedly asked two senior FBI officials -- Carl Ghattas and James Rybicki -- to sit down for a transcribed interview to discuss the Comey firing as part of its inquiry into any improper interference with the FBI.

But the Justice Department has declined, citing "the appointment of Robert S. Mueller III to serve" as special counsel about Russian interference in the 2016 elections and "related matters."
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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:02 pm

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Key Senate panel eyes new bills to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller

(CNN) The Republican-led Senate judiciary committee now plans to take the first steps on legislation that would make it harder for President Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the latest sign that Trump could face a backlash from Capitol Hill if he sought to dismiss the special counsel. ...

The series of moves are the latest sign in the uptick of activity by the powerful committee, which is investigating political interference with the FBI, the firing of former FBI Director James Comey as well as any Russian-Trump campaign coordination in the 2016 elections -- something the President has dismissed as a hoax. ...

At issue are two bipartisan bills aimed at protecting the special counsel: One from Tillis and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and the other from Sens. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat. ...

At the same time, Grassley and Feinstein are trying to push the Justice Department to allow the committee to interview two senior FBI officials, James Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, both of whom could provide first-hand accounts about the firing of Comey. The Justice Department has blocked that request, citing Mueller's investigation.

Asked Thursday if he'd subpoena the FBI officials to compel their appearance, Grassley said: "We're in the process of two steps on that. One is in regard to the counsel, Senate counsel giving us the right language to use, and then I've got to talk to Sen. Feinstein about it."
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