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COMEY blasts House Republicans following his testimony: "Someone has to stand up to the fear of Fox News, fear of their base, fear of mean tweets, stand up for the values of this country & not slink away to retirement. Stand up and speak the truth."
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COMEY on Trump's tweet calling Cohen a "rat": "It undermines the rule of law. This is the president of the US calling a witness who is cooperating w/his own DOJ a rat. Say that again to yourself at home and remind yourself where we ended up...we have to stop being numb to it"
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COMEY: "Somebody has to stand up and speak for the FBI & the rule of law. I hope there's more somebodies than just me...the FBI's reputation is taking a big hit b/c POTUS has lied about it constantly. A whole lot of people who watch your network [Fox News] believe that nonsense."


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Republicans just published transcripts of Comey interview from Monday, Dec. 17 https://judiciary.house.gov/wp-content/ ... dacted.pdf


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Post by fierceredpanda » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:54 pm

Reading this transcript is making me hate Trey Gowdy more than I thought was possible. Good riddance.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:37 am

fierceredpanda wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:54 pm
Reading this transcript is making me hate Trey Gowdy more than I thought was possible. Good riddance.
You will love this, frp. Check out Trey's hairstyle in the pic.
https://www.wonkette.com/gowdy-and-come ... pster-fire
Gowdy, Comey Share One Last Dance In The Flickering Light Of The Dumpster Fire

One the one hand, Trey Gowdy is a miserable bastard who poisoned the public discourse and helped turn the House of Representatives into a dysfunctional shitshow. On the other hand, his Republican compatriots are a bunch of dribbling idiots who couldn't find their little Benghazis with two hands and a map. When Gowdy goes, it's morons all the way down on the GOP side of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees. They won't have Trey there anymore to lunge across the table with a timely, "What I think my colleague is getting at ..." Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows will be left all alone to shout GOTCHA! at random intervals until sympathetic staffers intercede with that "special" coffee that keeps the boys calm.

So Monday's final hearing of the two committees was as much a swan song for the South Carolina SOB as it was an interrogation of James Comey. One last chance for Gowdy to prance around indignantly, shadowboxing with reality and pissing on the former FBI director's shoes.

:snippity: Before the hearing transcript was released yesterday, Judge Emmet Sullivan had torn Flynn a new asshole for smearing the FBI, forced him to publicly confess his sins again, and told him to go cooperate a whole lot more if he didn't want to be LOCK HER UPPED. Dumb move, Trey! But not as dumb as Jim Jordan, who literally took time out of a congressional hearing to ask the name of the CIA chief in December 2016 and whether the security bigwigs showed up at Trump Tower with a plan, or did they just wing it like a wrestling coach in a sauna with a molesting physician.

Not to be outdone, Texas Congresstwit John Ratcliffe spent several minutes trying to get Comey to admit that Hillary Clinton's server was hacked because someone she emailed unclassified information to got his own Gmail hacked and aren't those two things exactly the same, HUH HUH HUH?


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Mueller protection bill blocked in Senate for third time

Legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired was blocked in the Senate on Wednesday for a third time in roughly a month.

Retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) asked consent to get a vote on the long-stalled legislation, which passed out of the Judiciary Committee in April.

But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has argued the legislation isn't needed because he doesn't believe President Trump will try to fire Mueller, objected.

The objection all but guarantees the bill won't pass this year, with the Senate poised to wrap up its work for the year as soon as Wednesday.



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Post by Addie » Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:36 am

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House GOP releases findings from probe of FBI, Justice Department

The outgoing Republican committee chairmen in charge of a year-long probe of how the FBI and Justice Department handled investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged Russia ties and Hillary Clinton’s emails once again called for a second special counsel to look into such matters in a letter to top administration and congressional officials summing up their work.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) sent their letter to acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). In it, they encouraged them to pick up where the House panels left off and “continue to identify and eliminate bias” at the federal law enforcement agencies “so the public can trust the institutions to make decisions solely on the facts and the law and totally devoid of political bias or consideration.”

“Our 2016 presidential candidates were not treated equally,” Goodlatte and Gowdy wrote in a statement accompanying the release of the letter. “The investigators in both investigations were biased against President Trump.”

The House GOP leaned heavily on details in an inspector general report released earlier this year to make their arguments about bias having infected the FBI and DOJ’s proceedings. The inspector general’s report found that while certain individuals, such as former top FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok, displayed clear personal bias against Trump, there was no evidence that the conclusions of the investigations themselves were biased. ...

But after dozens of mostly closed-door interviews and months of high-profile partisan clashes, the seven-page letter comes as a remarkably quiet ending — with lawmakers offering no discernibly new insights or recommendations for how the federal law enforcement agencies erred or might improve their work.
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The Guardian: Trump-Russia: Republican probe of alleged FBI bias ends 'with a whimper'

Committee chairs issue just a letter rather than final report after inquiry that was condemned as ploy to undermine Robert Mueller



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Post by Kendra » Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:46 am

So, all that drama and beating of chests and it's all a big nothing burger?



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Post by neonzx » Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:51 am

Kendra wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:46 am
So, all that drama and beating of chests and it's all a big nothing burger?
We've seen that show before...
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To which Trump replied, Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.

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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:15 am

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Law & Crime
Carter Page: Steele Dossier Poses Legal Problem for DOJ Beyond FISA Warrant Application ...

So what does this have to do with Page, or the government shutdown for that matter?

Apparently, Page was looking at a report by the Congressional Research Service titled, “Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects.” Updated on December 10, soon before the current shutdown, the report cites the Antideficiency Act in discussing how government agencies can’t function without appropriations because they’re forbidden from making outside arrangements. Page cited this report in an email to Law&Crime, apparently figuring that Justice Department attorneys involved in his case may have noticed it and connected the same dots he did to his own situation.

“Beginning in the months preceding the 2016 election,” Page said, “certain political organizations and their servants were providing voluntary services to the DOJ, FBI and other government agencies in the form of their Dodgy Dossier, which they were then feeding into the U.S. Intelligence Community.”

Page is referring to the unverified dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which ended up in the FBI’s hands. Page and his supporters have accused the FBI of improperly relying on the unverified document as evidence in support of applications for a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor him.

While Steele had been an FBI source at one point, the dossier was not the result of voluntary work done at the government’s behest, nor was the company who hired him contracted by the government. Steele was working for FusionGPS as part of opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign. As far as the FBI getting the dossier, that would be analogous to any tip law enforcement receives from any source.



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Dems move to protect Mueller in new Congress

Incoming House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Thursday led a group of Democrats in introducing a bill designed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump.

The legislation reflects growing fears among the president’s critics that he could try to impede Mueller’s investigation into whether his campaign coordinated with Moscow to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has increasingly castigated the investigation as an “illegal” partisan-led witch hunt that he wants ended.

The bill, formally known as the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, would codify existing Justice Department regulations that say a special counsel can only be removed for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause. The legislation would also give the special counsel written notice of his or her removal and the opportunity to challenge the move in court. ...

“As the Special Counsel announces new indictments and guilty pleas from Trump's closest allies and associates, it's clear that the threat to the Mueller investigation will only grow stronger,” the Democratic lawmakers said. “Democrats and Republicans in Congress have mentioned their support for the inquiry to continue unimpeded. Now is the time for Congress to finally act and pass this legislation to protect the integrity of the Special Counsel's investigation and the rule of law."

Nadler and other Democrats the House Judiciary Committee introduced similar legislation back in April, following the federal raid the office and hotel room of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney. The bill had little chance of passing in the previous Congress, when Republicans had control over the House.



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Nadler.house.gov - Press Release
Top Judiciary Dems Introduce Bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the incoming Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), along with Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (H.R. 5476 in the 115th Congress), bipartisan legislation to protect the Special Counsel investigation.

The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act codifies an existing Department of Justice regulation providing that a special counsel may be removed only for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause. It also requires written notice to a special counsel outlining the reasons for removal and provides a procedure that allows a special counsel to challenge his or her removal in court.

Reps. Nadler, Jackson Lee and Cohen today released the following joint statement upon introduction of the legislation:

“For the last two years, House Republican leadership sat idly by, and often joined in, as President Trump attempted more than once to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and launched serious attacks on senior Department of Justice officials in an effort to end the Russia investigation. Now that Trump has fired Attorney General Sessions and removed Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein from overseeing the investigation, we are faced with an acting Attorney General whose intentions are questionable.

“As the Special Counsel announces new indictments and guilty pleas from Trump’s closest allies and associates, it’s clear that the threat to the Mueller investigation will only grow stronger. Democrats and Republicans in Congress have mentioned their support for the inquiry to continue unimpeded. Now is the time for Congress to finally act and pass this legislation to protect the integrity of the Special Counsel’s investigation and the rule of law.”

The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act is bipartisan legislation that has 123 cosponsors. The Senate counterpart, S. 2644, was introduced last Congress by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Christopher Coons (D-DE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 26, 2018 by a vote of 14 to 7.



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Remember when Trey Gowdy was gonna jail us all?


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Post by fierceredpanda » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:53 pm

That pic of Gowdy was getting a lot of play on Twitter today. The comments were fucking gold.


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Cross-posting in part.

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Schiff plans to make interview transcripts 'fully available' to Mueller

Washington (CNN) House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that he plans to move quickly to provide the panel's interview transcripts to special counsel Robert Mueller.

"We hope, as one of our first acts, to make the transcripts of our witnesses fully available to special counsel for any purpose, including the bringing of perjury charges if necessary against any of the witnesses," the California Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

Schiff declined to name who among the committee's witnesses he believed might have committed perjury, but he said he had concerns about "multiple witnesses."



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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, took over the inquiry into Mr. Trump when he was appointed, days after F.B.I. officials opened it. That inquiry is part of Mr. Mueller’s broader examination of how Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with them. It is unclear whether Mr. Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter, and some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it.

The criminal and counterintelligence elements were coupled together into one investigation, former law enforcement officials said in interviews in recent weeks, because if Mr. Trump had ousted the head of the F.B.I. to impede or even end the Russia investigation, that was both a possible crime and a national security concern. The F.B.I.’s counterintelligence division handles national security matters.
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The New Yorker: How the Times Reported the F.B.I. Counterintelligence Investigation Into President Trump: An Interview with the Journalist Adam Goldman



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Washington Monthly - Martin Longman
The Intelligence Community Has Long Suspected Trump of Being Under Russian Influence

There’s a decent chance, when all the dust has settled from the doomed presidency of Donald Trump and the historians are picking over the ashes, that tonight’s Lawfare piece by Benjamin Wittes will be seen as an important document that emerged at a crucial turning point. Certainly, the New York Times article on which it is based will be a key reference point.

I find this frustrating.

It’s frustrating because Wittes’s piece is essentially a giant mea culpa– on behalf of himself and on behalf of the media in general. It’s at once a recognition and an apology for having gone about the analysis of the Russia investigation the wrong way from the beginning. Its basic insight is that the Russia investigation has never really been bifurcated into collusion and obstruction of justice components, but has all along been primarily a counterintelligence investigation with criminal components. To go just a bit deeper, Wittes seems to be realizing for the first time that Trump’s efforts to obstruct the investigation may be little more than an element of the underlying problem, which is that Trump has been working on the behalf of Russian interests all along. For this reason, his obstruction is just as much about protecting Russia as it is about protecting himself. Or, in other words, the Obstruction Was the Collusion.

To be sure, there is some genuine news in the New York Times piece. We learn about specific events at specific points in time. We learn how investigatory decisions were made and what prompted them. But the central revelation, as shocking as it may be, really should not come as a surprise. The American intelligence community suspects that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians.

In reality, they began to suspect this at the same time that everyone else began openly asking the question, which was as far back as September 2015. As I’ve discussed repeatedly, in the context of the Moscow Trump Tower aspect of this investigation, people really began to wonder about Trump’s motives for defending Vladimir Putin in the late summer of 2015, at the precise point in time that Michael Cohen and Felix Sater were feverishly (and secretly) trying to make a deal to build the tallest skyscraper in Europe in the Russian capital. It was also in that period that the right-wing Washington Free Beacon contracted with Fusion GPS to investigate Trump’s foreign business ventures. That’s the investigation that eventually produced the Steele Dossier.



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Post by Addie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:23 am

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FBI’s investigation of Trump included a counterintelligence inquiry ...

The decision by then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe to open an investigation of a sitting president was a momentous step, but it came after Trump had cited the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election in his decision to fire Comey, these people said. ...

“The FBI sees [these actions] and it has two jobs — it needs to try to figure out why the person is behaving that way, that’s the counterintelligence part, and it needs to suss out whether that behavior is criminal in nature,” said one official. “It is hard to overstate how devastated the leadership of the bureau was when Comey was fired — not because they loved him, although many in the FBI did love him — but because it completely broke so many norms and appeared to be a move that had nothing to do with Comey and everything to do with the president’s own interests.”

The official said that the counterintelligence and criminal inquiries were always linked.

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the revelations are disturbing. “A lot of the behavior which has sent people to jail — largely about lying about Russia — occurred prior to the firing of Comey,” he said in an interview. “So if the FBI had concerns that the president was wittingly or unwittingly acting in the Russians’ interests as late as the firing of Jim Comey, that’s a pretty scary thought — especially since we don’t know what else they [the investigators] know.”

He added that, “the FBI opening any investigation is a highly documented, well-considered and well-reviewed process. This one would have been particularly carefully undertaken.”



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Talking Points Memo - Josh Marshall
Critical Context for the FBI Probe of Trump

So many things have happened over the last two-plus years that simply defy belief that it can be essential to review them, to see what light they shed on new developments when arranged in order. Last night the Times reported that in the immediate aftermath of James Comey’s firing the FBI launched a probe into “whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.”

It’s worth reviewing the precise chain of events.

Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017. The following day, May 10th, Trump received Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in the Oval Office. US press was barred from the event. But the Russian state news agency TASS was invited to cover the meeting. The photos that were later released came out of Russia.

The White House later confirmed that Trump had taken this meeting because Vladimir Putin had personally asked him to on a phone call a few days earlier. “He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to,” a White House spokesman told Susan Glasser the following day. “Putin did specifically ask on the call when they last talked.”

At the meeting, Trump told Lavrov and Kislyak that he had just fired Comey and that this had removed the “pressure” he was under because of the FBI investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” Trump told the two men according to an internal US government summary document based on notes taken during the meeting.

At the meeting, Trump also shared highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State with Lavrov, intelligence that apparently came from Israel and jeopardized field sources and operations in Syria.



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Post by Addie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:43 pm

Nadler.house.gov - Press Release
Nadler Statement on Reported FBI Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

Jan 12, 2019 Issues: Russia Investigation

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to a report in the New York Times that the FBI opened an investigation into whether President Trump may have been working on behalf of Russia against American interests after his firing of former FBI Director James Comey:

"We have learned from this reporting that, even in the earliest days of the Trump Administration, the President’s behavior was so erratic and so concerning that the FBI felt compelled to do the unprecedented—open a counterintelligence investigation into a sitting President and his possible cooptation by a hostile foreign government.

"There is no reason to doubt the seriousness or professionalism of the FBI, as the President did in reaction to this story. Indeed, his go-to complaints—about former Director Comey and Secretary Clinton—do nothing to address the incredibly serious nature of these allegations. In the coming weeks, the Judiciary Committee will take steps to better understand both the President’s actions and the FBI’s response to that behavior, and to make certain that these career investigators are protected from President Trump’s increasingly unhinged attacks."

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:11 pm

:-D :thumbs: :boxing:


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Post by RoadScholar » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:15 pm

“cooptation?” :nooo:


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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:13 am

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“cooptation?” :nooo:
That's exactly what it looks like to a lot of people, and I suspect will ultimately be proven in some court at some point in time. I just wish they would hurry up.



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Post by RoadScholar » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:59 am

Was just stuck by the horrible word choice.


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Post by Addie » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:14 am

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Transcripts detail how FBI debated whether Trump was 'following directions' of Russia ...

The congressional transcripts obtained by CNN reveal new details into how the FBI launched the investigation into Trump and the discussions that were going on inside the bureau during a tumultuous and pivotal period ahead of the internal investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment.

Republicans view the officials' comments as evidence that top officials at the FBI were planning all along to investigate Trump and that the probe wasn't sparked by the Comey firing, according to a Republican source with knowledge of the interviews.

While the FBI launched its investigation in the days after Comey's abrupt dismissal, the bureau had previously contemplated such a step, according to testimony from former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. ...

Page was pressed on the meaning of the message in her interview with congressional investigators, and she confirmed that the text was related to the Russia investigation into potential collusion.

Page told lawmakers the decision to open the case was not about "who was occupying the director's chair," according to a source. While FBI lawyers limited her answers about the text, she said the text wasn't suggesting that the case couldn't be opened with Comey as director.

"It's not that it could not have been done," Page told lawmakers. "This case had been a topic of discussion for some time. The 'waiting on' was an indecision and a cautiousness on the part of the bureau with respect to what to do and whether there was sufficient predication to open."



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Jared Kushner Told Donald Trump That Firing Comey and Flynn Would Help End Russia Probe, Chris Christie Says

Jared Kushner told his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, that firing former FBI Director James Comey and ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn would help end an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Trump’s ousted White House transition team chairman Chris Christie claims.

Kushner, who serves as a senior White House adviser, misjudged the two firings, Christie states in his book Let Me Finish, a copy of which was obtained by The Guardian ahead of its January 29 release. According to Christie's account, Kushner believed that firing Flynn would put a stop to conversations about links between the Trump campaign and Russia during in the 2016 presidential election. Kushner, Christie wrote, also told Trump that firing Comey would not cause “an enormous shit-storm.” In both cases, Kushner's alleged advice proved to be spectacularly ill-judged.

“Again, the president was ill served by poor advice,” Christie wrote, based on detailed talks with Kushner in which he acted in an informal capacity.

Trump in February 2017 fired Flynn, after he misled Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer about his talks with a Russian ambassador during the transition. The president in May 2017 fired Comey, who was then leading the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians, citing his handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server usage. ...

Christie on MSNBC’s Deadline White House in December 2017 said that Kushner “deserves the scrutiny, you know why? Because he was involved in the transition and involved in meetings that call into question his role.”



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