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Post by Slim Cognito » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:26 pm

So I decided I should actually read the Reuters article and found this.
One of the two sources said Horowitz’s investigators appear to have found Steele’s information sufficiently credible to have to extend the investigation*. Its completion date is now unclear.

A key focus of the Horowitz probe is whether the FBI followed proper procedures when it applied for a warrant with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to secretly conduct surveillance on Page and his ties to Russia.

Declassified documents show that the FBI cited information in Steele’s dossier when it asked the secretive FISA court in late 2016 for a warrant to eavesdrop electronically on Page, a U.S. businessman with interests in Russia.

Horowitz’s office in Washington declined to comment.
There's my four paragraphs but I'm going to paraphrase from other parts.

I.G. Horowitz began his investigation in March of 2018 because republicans insisted the FBI should never have monitored Carter Page

and

Back in April, when the Mueller report was released, Barr said Horowitz would complete his investigation by May or June.

Now, didn't we read a little while back that the above report was finished, but it would be weeks or months before whatever is going to be released publicly will be released publicly? I believe several of us commented that sounded like a kiss-off because if there was any damning information about Steele or the FBI investigation, it would have leaked immediately.

*That's completely different from what the Daily Beast article infers. So, yeah, bad writing.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1U410I

Edited to add: On second thought, I'm remembering the *completed* investigation into the FBI/Carter Page thing as a senate investigation(?????) If so, insert Emily Litella gif here.
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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:24 pm

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Here's another one. That's it. No more. :fingerwag:

Politico - Natasha Bertrand
Trump dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling

The interview was contentious at first, according to two people familiar with the matter, but investigators ultimately found his testimony credible and even surprising.

Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the infamous “dossier” on President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, was interviewed for 16 hours in June by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The interview is part of an ongoing investigation that the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, has been conducting for the past year. Specifically, Horowitz has been examining the FBI’s efforts to surveil a one-time Trump campaign adviser based in part on information from Steele, an ex-British MI6 agent who had worked with the bureau as a confidential source since 2010.

Horowitz’s team has been intensely focused on gauging Steele’s credibility as a source for the bureau. But Steele was initially reluctant to speak with the American investigators because of the potential impropriety of his involvement in an internal DOJ probe as a foreign national and retired British intelligence agent.

Steele’s allies have also repeatedly noted that the dossier was not the original basis for the FBI’s probe into Trump and Russia.

The extensive, two-day interview took place in London while Trump was in Britain for a state visit, the sources said, and delved into Steele’s extensive work on Russian interference efforts globally, his intelligence-collection methods and his findings about Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who the FBI ultimately surveilled. The FBI’s decision to seek a surveillance warrant against Page — a warrant they applied for and obtained after Page had already left the campaign — is the chief focus of the probe by Horowitz.

The interview was contentious at first, the sources added, but investigators ultimately found Steele’s testimony credible and even surprising. The takeaway has irked some U.S. officials interviewed as part of the probe — they argue that it shouldn’t have taken a foreign national to convince the inspector general that the FBI acted properly in 2016. Steele’s American lawyer was present for the conversation.
Okay, one more :bag:

Adding:
Washington Monthly - Martin Longman: DOJ’s Inspector General Report on Russia Delayed as Steele Found Credible

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Re: Mueller's investigation

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Post by Orlylicious » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:35 pm

Hannity is frothing over the Steele memos again, the same thing over and over and over. Catherine Herridge always looks like she's pleasuring herself when talking about it, I keep expecting her to moan. Anyway, asked Sean -- if everybody was out to get Donald, why didn't the Dossier come out until AFTER THE ELECTION?! Haven't heard back from him yet :lol:




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In looking for the date, found an excellent timeline of all this at factcheck.org -- highly recommended.

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Post by Addie » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:45 am

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New York Times
Justice Dept. Tells Mueller Deputies Not to Testify, Scrambling an Agreement

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is seeking to discourage Robert S. Mueller III’s deputies from testifying before Congress, potentially jeopardizing an agreement for two of the former prosecutors to answer lawmakers’ questions in private next week, according to two government officials familiar with the matter.

The department told the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees last week that it was opposed to the testimony and had communicated its view to the two former members of Mr. Mueller’s team, Aaron Zebley and James L. Quarles III, according to a senior congressional official familiar with the discussions. A Justice Department official confirmed that account and said that the department had instructed both men not to appear.

It is unclear what effect the Justice Department’s intervention will have on the men’s eventual appearances, but it raises the prospect that a deal lawmakers thought they had struck last month for testimony from Mr. Mueller, the former special counsel, and the two prosecutors could still unravel.

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Re: Mueller's investigation

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Post by Addie » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:40 pm

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House Democrats Subpoena a Who's Who of Mueller Witnesses

WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a dozen new subpoenas targeting a who's who of witnesses cited in Robert S. Mueller III's report as Democrats sought to elevate their showdown with President Trump over episodes of possible obstruction of justice documented by the special counsel. The panel also approved a separate group of subpoenas seeking information about the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their families at the border. And House Democratic leaders set Tuesday for a full House vote to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress over their refusal to relinquish documents related to the administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

"The House will not shirk from its oversight of this administration and its malign effort to silence the voices of millions in our democracy," said Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the majority leader, referring to fears that a citizenship question would dissuade immigrants from answering the census.

Among the prominent figures to be subpoenaed by the Democrats are Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general; Rod J. Rosenstein, his deputy who appointed Mr. Mueller, the special counsel; John F. Kelly, the former White House chief of staff; Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser; and Corey Lewandowski, a former Trump campaign manager. Democrats also authorized a subpoena for David J. Pecker, who as head of American Media helped Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign buy the silence of a pornographic film actress and a former Playboy model, both of whom claimed to have had sexual relationships with him.

Despite rancorous Republican opposition, Democrats who control the committee were able to push the subpoena authorizations through along party lines -- promising to jump-start two of their highest-priority oversight investigations of Mr. Trump and his presidency. The first is an inquiry into whether Mr. Trump's attempts to impede federal investigators studying his campaign's ties to Russia constituted obstruction of justice or an abuse of power. "The committee on the judiciary has a constitutional obligation to investigate credible allegations of misconduct," Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the committee, said as he opened the hearing. "There is no substitute for primary evidence as the committee makes its decisions."

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Post by Reality Check » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:46 pm

The questions now are will they actually show up to testify and if they do not what will the House do about it.
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Post by Kendra » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:08 pm

Warning. There are unpleasant details in the article linked above. Enter at your own peril. :sick:

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:31 pm

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Politico - Darren Samuelsohn and Natasha Bertrand
Inside the preparations for Mueller’s history-making testimony

The former special counsel has relied on Jonathan Yarowsky, a veteran Beltway attorney who's advised a president on impeachment and sparred with Bill Barr over independent prosecutors.


Robert Mueller testified more than 60 times on Capitol Hill during his dozen years as FBI director, but none of those hearings packed anywhere near the amount of anticipation, partisan rancor, or political stakes as his appearance promises to on Wednesday.

And the former special counsel has relied heavily on one man to help him navigate this Washington landmine — Jonathan Yarowsky.

Over four decades as a Beltway attorney, Yarowsky offered impeachment advice to Bill Clinton, and worked for a lawmaker who Richard Nixon once called the “executioner.” He oversaw an unsuccessful push to get a 1990s-era Attorney General Bill Barr to appoint an independent counsel to probe the George H.W. Bush administration’s pre-Gulf War Iraq policies, and he handled fist-pounding document requests from Congress during the contentious Clinton years. Essentially, he’s been a part of some of the biggest “gate” controversies since Watergate — Iraqgate, Whitewatergate, Travelgate, Filegate.

And now, he’s a late entry to Russia-gate.

The 70-year-old lawyer who is a partner at WilmerHale, Mueller’s old law firm, has handled the drawn-out negotiations with House staffers over the contours of Mueller’s testimony. And he’s helped Mueller navigate a toxic Capitol Hill environment that is far more partisan than what the former Russia investigator experienced when he last testified there six years ago as FBI director.

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:34 pm

H/T Sterngard
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Post by Kendra » Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:22 pm

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Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection

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Trump says he will likely sue some people who were involved in Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he likely will bring lawsuits against some of the people involved in the investigation into whether he or his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia.

“I probably will be bringing a lot of litigation against a lot of people having to do with the corruption investigation having to do with the 2016 election,” Trump told a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

Trump did not name names but has long expressed frustration at some of the central figures in the investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller such as former FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey in May 2017.

The Mueller probe found insufficient evidence to establish that Trump and his campaign had engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia. The Russian state did run a hacking and propaganda operation to disrupt the U.S. election, Mueller found.

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Post by ZekeB » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:52 pm

So you're going to hire and stiff some lawyers, are you, Donald?
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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:59 pm

Did someone forget to tell Teh Donald that he is in charge of running a country, not his enterprises?

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Post by Somerset » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:59 pm

And open himself up to discovery?

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Post by bob » Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:12 pm

Klayman to boast that he already has sued Mueller is 3 ... 2 ...

(Well, maybe a little bit longer: Klayman's at the D.D.C. presently, explaining why his case against Mueller shouldn't be tossed.)
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Post by Volkonski » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:05 am

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