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Post by RVInit » Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:28 am

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Yeah, that’s not going to negate Ukraine.
For a frighteningly significant population it will, but I appreciate where you are coming from.


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The gish gallop goes full steam...


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Post by SLQ » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:27 am

RVInit wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:28 am
pipistrelle wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Yeah, that’s not going to negate Ukraine.
For a frighteningly significant population it will, but I appreciate where you are coming from.
Yabbut, for that population, Ukraine was negated before it began.


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Post by Slim Cognito » Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:26 am

Washington (CNN)A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN.
I have so many questions.

Do we have any suspects that fall under the description of "former FBI lawyer?" How would one categorize some of trump's favorite to people, Comey, Page and Strzok? I thought of them as investigators, more Jerry Orbach than Sam Waterston. Could this be referencing McCabe?

Also too, when they say "altered" a document, are we positive that means intentional? My boss used to say "I live in fear of clerical error." There was a urban legend at one of my former hospitals in which a patient's History and Physical ended with an impression missing one very important word, "No." As in "no evidence of..." thus altering the document's meaning. This apparently caused the patient great pain and suffering, despite the doctor verbally giving her the correct diagnosis, and leading to a more complicated solution than simply berating the transcriptionist.

This was back when we chiseled our transcripts into stone so there was no way to locate the micro cassette and listen to the actual dictation, therefore no way to know who was at fault, doctor, transcriptionist or mechanical failure. (Also, there's the possibility it was propaganda to keep us on our toes.) Still, it was always the transcriptionist's fault. Although doctors are human and often misspeak, it was our job to verify everything the doctor said matched the information contained within. If they failed to proofread before signing, it still came back on us and we could only work with what the doctor gave us.

I guess my first, long-winded point is, not every "altered" document has malicious intent.

Also, going back to my extensive Law & Order training, if malicious intent is what they're going for, it seems odd to me the lawyer would do it if he theoretically received the correct information. I'd think the narrative trump would want pushed would be blame the misinformation on Jerry Orbach, not Sam Waterston. He's just working with the information he was given, right?

One more (for now). How does going after Carter Page's FISA application, a guy who was never charged with anything, affect the people Mueller did nail, like Papadopoulos, Flynn and Manafort?


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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:47 pm

Cross-posting

I am confuzzled this morning, :swoon:, but there was this last month. Something? Anything? You hafta help me. :swoon:

WaPo (Oct 23 2019)
U.S. judge says he will order State Dept. to begin releasing Ukraine records in 30 days

A federal judge said Wednesday that he will order the State Department to begin releasing Ukraine-related documents in 30 days, potentially making public sensitive records and communications at the heart of an ongoing House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The decision, by U.S. District Judge Christopher R. “Casey” Cooper of Washington, D.C., came in a public records lawsuit filed Oct. 1 by a government watchdog group, American Oversight.

The group in May asked the State Department for records related to alleged efforts by Trump and his administration to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political opponent, former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Using the Freedom of Information Act, the group sought communications, such as those between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. It also sought records and communications since March 2018 related to the recall of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Cooper said during an emergency hearing Wednesday that he would order the State Department to begin producing records in 30 days, American Oversight said. The 30-day deadline falls amid a House impeachment inquiry, which Democratic leaders have signaled they wish to conclude by year’s end.

“Despite the ongoing obstruction of Congress, the Trump administration will now have to start releasing records concerning its dealings with Ukraine,” Austin Evers, the executive director of American Oversight, said in a statement.

Cooper cited the critical importance of the documents and ordered the State Department to fast-track the release by working with American Oversight to search and process requested, nonexempt records.
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Interesting timing of this leak.



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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:26 pm

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Justice Dept. watchdog finds political bias did not taint top officials running the FBI’s Russia probe but documents other errors

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to find in a forthcoming report that political bias did not taint top officials running the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016, while at the same time criticizing the bureau for systemic failures in its handling of surveillance applications, according to two U.S. officials.

The report due out Dec. 9 from Inspector General Michael Horowitz will allege that a low-level FBI lawyer inappropriately altered a document that was used as part of a controversial application for electronic surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, the officials said. The inspector general referred that finding to U.S. Attorney John Durham, so that he may investigate it as a possible crime, they said.

But Horowitz will conclude that the application still had a proper legal and factual basis, according to the officials, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive report.

In broad terms, the report refutes accusations of a political conspiracy by senior law enforcement officials against the Trump campaign to favor Democrat Hillary Clinton, while also knocking the bureau for procedural shortcomings, said the officials. On balance, they said, it provides a mixed assessment of the bureau and department’s undertaking of a probe that became highly politicized and divided the nation.



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Post by TexasFilly » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:31 pm

A nothingburger except for some low level lawyer who did something that doesn’t read like it’s remotely related to any material fact.


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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:30 pm

Politico
GOP Senate chairmen ask DOJ for records on former DNC consultant

The Republicans want information on Alexandra Chalupa.


The Republican chairmen of two Senate committees are urging the FBI and Justice Department to provide more information about Alexandra Chalupa, a former consultant for the Democratic National Committee who has come under GOP scrutiny amid the impeachment inquiry.

In a letter sent Friday to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa cited a 2017 POLITICO report that Chalupa met with Ukrainian officials to discuss ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

The senators also noted separate news reports that Chalupa spoke with the FBI after her email was hacked during her time at the DNC.

“If this reporting is accurate, it appears that the DOJ and FBI have in their possession material relevant to our Committees’ ongoing investigation into collusive actions Chalupa and the DNC took to use foreign government sources to undermine the Trump campaign during the 2016 election,” Johnson and Grassley wrote.

Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, also sent a letter Thursday to the National Archives and Records Administration asking for records of any White House meetings in 2016 between Obama administration officials, representatives for the Ukrainian government and DNC officials. ...

As part of Trump’s defense, he and some Republicans have suggested that Ukraine’s government interfered in the 2016 election to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In September, Grassley and Johnson requested Barr investigate any ties between Clinton and Ukrainian operatives.

POLITICO reported in 2017 that some Ukrainian officials “helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers,” but there’s no evidence of a top-down conspiracy to interfere in U.S. politics.

Chalupa told POLITICO in an interview this month that she is eager to testify and that her side of the story has been distorted.



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Post by Whatever4 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:18 pm

Addie wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:26 pm
Cross-posting

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Justice Dept. watchdog finds political bias did not taint top officials running the FBI’s Russia probe but documents other errors

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to find in a forthcoming report that political bias did not taint top officials running the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016, while at the same time criticizing the bureau for systemic failures in its handling of surveillance applications, according to two U.S. officials.

The report due out Dec. 9 from Inspector General Michael Horowitz will allege that a low-level FBI lawyer inappropriately altered a document that was used as part of a controversial application for electronic surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, the officials said. The inspector general referred that finding to U.S. Attorney John Durham, so that he may investigate it as a possible crime, they said.

But Horowitz will conclude that the application still had a proper legal and factual basis, according to the officials, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive report.

In broad terms, the report refutes accusations of a political conspiracy by senior law enforcement officials against the Trump campaign to favor Democrat Hillary Clinton, while also knocking the bureau for procedural shortcomings, said the officials. On balance, they said, it provides a mixed assessment of the bureau and department’s undertaking of a probe that became highly politicized and divided the nation.

Is this the report that will result in massive arrests and hangings of treasonous deep-staters? I keep seeing redhatters drooling over this report.


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Post by Addie » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:26 pm

Just Security - Alex Finley
Clear Goal of Barr/Durham Probe is to Scare Off Intelligence Community

Attorney General Bill Barr seems to be wrapping up his investigation of the investigation of Russian interference in 2016. Yet the whole episode, combined with Republicans’ line of questioning in the impeachment inquiry, seems like a political ploy to supply a counter-narrative to the U.S. Intelligence Community’s unanimous conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential elections. Instead, that “hoax” or “witch hunt” is a conspiracy developed by the so-called “Deep State”—namely the CIA and FBI—to delegitimize President Donald Trump’s presidency and frame his campaign as a criminal enterprise. In this parallel universe, it was the Democrats who colluded with Ukrainian officials to leak damaging information about Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort. And yet, despite this supposed effort to help Democrats, Ukraine, simultaneously, hacked the Democratic National Committee’s server in order to leak embarrassing emails. In this version of events, for which there is no actual evidence, Trump never could have colluded with Russia, because Russia never did anything wrong.

In order for this counter-narrative to stick, however, Trump and his associates need to destroy all trust in the Intelligence Community. That means making false allegations and stoking suspicions about those pesky civil servants who concluded that Russia mounted a massive influence campaign in 2016 aimed at, in part, helping Trump win.

Last month, media outlets reported that Barr’s investigation had become a criminal one. Whether true or not, the claim—much like the public attacks from Trump, Republicans, and the conservative media ecosystem– seemed like a clear signal to civil servants – whether in the FBI, the CIA or the NSA — to tread very carefully if they planned to take any actions that came anywhere near the Russia-Trump nexus again.

But, this was not the first threatening message sent to the intelligence and law enforcement community. Trump and his supporters have already released several shots across the bow.

The original cast of characters who first began investigating the Russian interference operation in 2016, and whether Trump or his associates had any connection to it, have all faced intimidation and retribution from the president and his supporters. Former FBI Director James Comey was fired after Trump asked him to drop the investigation into Trump’s then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI who spent a large part of his early career fighting Russian organized crime in New York City, was fired one day before he was set to retire, putting part of his pension in jeopardy. Trump has repeatedly attacked FBI investigators Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page on Twitter and elsewhere, with particularly prurient and unsettling comments. Trump and his supporters also attacked Bruce Ohr, who’s spent much of his career at the Justice Department fighting Russian organized crime; and his wife, Nellie Ohr—who works at Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Christopher Steele, and who’s done her own research on Russian organized crime. Congressman Mark Meadows even sent a criminal referral about Nellie Ohr to the Justice Department. Former general counsel at the FBI Jim Baker was also fired after Trump and others attacked him.



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Barr’s handpicked prosecutor tells inspector general he can’t back right-wing theory that Russia case was U.S. intelligence setup

The prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize how U.S. agencies investigated President Trump’s 2016 campaign said he could not offer evidence to the Justice Department’s inspector general to support the suspicions of some conservatives that the case was a setup by American intelligence, people familiar with the matter said.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office contacted U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor Barr personally tapped to lead a separate review of the 2016 probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, the people said. The inspector general also contacted several U.S. intelligence agencies.

Among Horowitz’s questions: whether a Maltese professor who interacted with a Trump campaign adviser was actually a U.S. intelligence asset deployed to ensnare the campaign, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the inspector general’s findings have not been made public.

But the intelligence agencies said the professor was not among their assets, the people said. And Durham informed Horowitz’s office that his investigation had not produced any evidence that might contradict the inspector general’s findings on that point.

The previously unreported interaction is noted in a draft of Horowitz’s forthcoming report on the Russia investigation, which concludes that the FBI had adequate cause to launch its Russia investigation, people familiar with the matter said. Its public release is set for Monday.
Adding:
Vox: It doesn’t look like anyone can find evidence that the Trump campaign was set up in Russia probe

The prosecutor tapped by Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly isn’t backing up the conspiracy theory.



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The RWNJs are gonna be soooo mad once that gets around. :mrgreen:


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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:33 am

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WaPo - Greg Sargent
New revelations about Barr and Giuliani strengthen case against Trump

One of the strongest arguments made by experts testifying against President Trump is that he poses a present and continuing threat to our democracy. By adopting the stance that extorting a foreign leader into helping him rig the election was perfectly fine, Trump has confirmed he’ll keep using the levers of government to continue to corrupt it on his behalf.

“If left unchecked, the president will likely continue his pattern of soliciting foreign interference in the next election,” one constitutional scholar called by Democrats testified on Wednesday. “No misconduct is more antithetical to our democracy.”

The latest nefarious doings of none other than William P. Barr and Rudolph W. Giuliani have now forcefully underscored this very point. In so doing, Trump’s attorney general and his personal lawyer — whose roles Trump views as one and the same — have helpfully strengthened the case against Trump.

Two new investigative reports demonstrate that Barr and Giuliani are, in effect, continuing to carry out elements of the very same corrupt scheme for which Trump is currently getting impeached. Their activities have been described as “brazen,” but the truth is worse: They demonstrate with great clarity that Trump’s efforts to corrupt our political system will continue — a reminder of why he’s being impeached in the first place.



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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:59 pm

New York Mag - Andrew Rice: Trump’s Other Lawyer

Much more powerful than Giuliani, William Barr is exercising the Justice Department’s full force to defend a president in crisis.



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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:43 pm

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Associated Press
Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws

The Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document errors during the investigation that may animate Trump supporters.

The report, as described by people familiar with its findings, is expected to conclude there was an adequate basis for opening one of the most politically sensitive investigations in FBI history and one that Trump has denounced as a witch hunt. It began in secret during Trump’s 2016 presidential run and was ultimately taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller. ...

Still, the release of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's review is unlikely to quell the partisan battles that have surrounded the Russia investigation for years. It's also not the last word: A separate internal investigation continues, overseen by Trump's attorney general, William Barr and led by a U.S. attorney, John Durham. That investigation is criminal in nature, and Republicans may look to it to uncover wrongdoing that the inspector general wasn’t examining. ...

But the report will not endorse some of the president's theories on the investigation, including that it was a baseless “witch hunt” or that he was targeted by an Obama administration Justice Department desperate to see Republican Trump lose to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

It also is not expected to undo Mueller's findings or call into question his conclusion that Russia interfered in that election in order to benefit the Trump campaign and that Russians had repeated contacts with Trump associates. ...

It is unclear how Barr, a strong defender of Trump, will respond to Horowitz's findings. He has told Congress that he believed “spying” on the Trump campaign did occur and has raised public questions about whether the counterintelligence investigation was done correctly.



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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:29 pm

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Trump, GOP shift focus from alleged surveillance abuse to Durham Russia probe

Republicans are preparing to shrug off a forthcoming report on alleged surveillance abuse during the 2016 campaign and turn their focus to an ongoing investigation of the Russia probe.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday is expected to release the long-awaited results of Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign was improperly spied on during the previous presidential election.

While Republicans have been careful to be respectful of Horowitz and hope he can answer their questions, they’re also warning that his authority is limited and he won’t be the final word.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he was reserving judgement until he could read Horowitz’s findings but that he’s “been expecting to be disappointed by the IG report.” ...

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), during an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, noted that Horowitz is “not a prosecutor” and that following up on his findings would rest with John Durham, who is investigating the origins of the Russia probe, and Attorney General William Barr.

“You should look at this investigation [as] sort of a road map of where you might go criminally,” Graham said. “This is just the beginning.”
Adding:
Newsweek: Inspector General Horowitz's Report Likely to Damage Comey, Frustrate Trump, Pressure Barr's Handpicked Successor



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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:48 pm

Politico: How Giuliani and Barr set out to defend Trump

One lawyer took the outside lane and embroiled his client in scandal. The other played a different game entirely.



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Post by fierceredpanda » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:20 am

A suggestion:

Bill Barr is determined to undermine Horowitz and (more ominously) throw all 17 intelligence agencies under the bus, all for the cardinal sin of being insufficiently interested in helping Donald Trump save face. How about the intelligence community drafts a report about all the ways Barr's actions have aided and abetted foreign efforts to meddle with our elections and cover their tracks for the same? I don't know if the IC understands the threat they face from Barr. Unrefuted, he could wreck the credibility of the IC for a decade or more, just as they're starting to recover from the whole Iraq/WMD debacle. Trump and Barr, of course, couldn't care less about this. Trump is reportedly telling his intelligence briefers - point blank - that he doesn't believe what they tell him, and Barr is obsequious enough to do whatever Trump wants him to do.

So, perhaps some people at the ODNI, CIA, NSA, DIA, etc. should get together and write a report listing the many, many ways Barr is working against the interests of the United States and contrary to stated national security policy. Hey, I can dream, right?


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fierceredpanda wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:20 am
So, perhaps some people at the ODNI, CIA, NSA, DIA, etc. should get together and write a report listing the many, many ways Barr AND TRUMP is are working against the interests of the United States and contrary to stated national security policy. Hey, I can dream, right?
Yeah.


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Post by fierceredpanda » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:17 am

Except the IC works for POTUS. They are actually not allowed to badmouth the President publicly. It would be insubordinate, and the President would be within his rights to terminate anyone involved in such.

While technically the Attorney General is part of the Intelligence Community, the rest of the IC doesn't work for the AG. They can slam the AG all they want without running afoul of any rules or principles of governance. That was my point.


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Post by Foggy » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:23 am

OK, got it. :towel:

'Course, they could accuse Barr of doing things that Trump is also doing, without naming Trump. :idea:


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Post by fierceredpanda » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:46 am

Foggy wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:23 am
OK, got it. :towel:

'Course, they could accuse Barr of doing things that Trump is also doing, without naming Trump. :idea:
:winner: :thumbs: :happydance:

Consider this, also: POTUS absolutely can fire members of the IC (or the military brass, for that matter) who are personally critical of him. Mike Flynn and Stanley McCrystal found that out the hard way in the last administration. If, say, Gina Haspel, were to come out guns blazing at Trump, Trump would absolutely be in the right to show her the door by the close of business. That hypothetical scenario would be amusing only in that it would once again demonstrate the absolute hypocrisy of Republicans who were righteously outraged about Flynn and McCrystal being fired (remember Carly Fiorina's speech at the 2016 GOP convention?) when they backed Trump to the hilt for firing whoever had offended him this time.

Regardless of who the current POTUS is or how you feel about them, he or she must be able to expect loyalty from his or her subordinates if the government is to function.


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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:54 am

New York Times
Barr Dives Into the Culture Wars, and Social Conservatives Rejoice

The attorney general embodies the combative culture and conservative ideology that animate the president and the Republican Party. Is he what the party looks like post-Trump?


WASHINGTON — When President Trump nominated William P. Barr as attorney general a year ago, establishment Republicans who had chafed at Mr. Trump’s takeover of their party were relieved. Between Mr. Barr’s work in the Reagan White House and his fast-track career under George Bush, he could be a bridge to the Republican Party they knew — and preferred.

How wrong they were.

Mr. Barr has eagerly embraced the most divisive and disputed aspects of the Trump agenda, much to the delight of the party’s hard-line conservatives who see him as an indispensable ally in their fight to push the country further to the right on issues like religious liberty, immigration and policing.

Other conservative attorneys general shared Mr. Barr’s relish for political battle. But as he attacks the Democratic Party, assails liberal culture and defends the president against accusations of abusing his office, Mr. Barr has wielded a maximalist view of executive power and adopted a blithely antagonistic, no-apologies style that set him apart from his predecessors.

That makes him a natural fit in a Republican Party that Mr. Trump has remade in his mold. But it worries critics in both parties who fear that Mr. Barr is eroding the Justice Department’s traditional independence in law enforcement. They point to his handling of the Mueller report, which he summarized in a letter widely seen as more favorable to Mr. Trump, and his appointment of a prosecutor to re-examine the opening of the Russia investigation, which Mr. Trump has long impugned.

To the conservatives who make up the most solid foundation of the president’s base — a wing of the Republican Party that is generally more uncompromising on social issues and enthusiastic about political combat with the left — Mr. Barr is the template of the public servant they envisioned when Mr. Trump promised to give them greater influence in his administration.



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CBS News: Justice Department watchdog releases report on origins of Russia investigation

The watchdog for the Justice Department, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, has released his findings into the legality and legitimacy of an October 2016 surveillance warrant for a former Trump campaign aide which explored his alleged contact with Russian officials.

The title of the IG's report is: Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation. Here are some highlights from the report:

The FBI ran confidential human sources against a high-level Trump campaign official who was not subject of the investigation. But the necessary approvals were obtained, the report says.

"…[T]he FBI conducted several consensually monitored meetings between FBI Confidential Human Sources (CHS) and individuals affiliated with the Trump Campaign, including a high-level campaign official who was not a subject of the investigation," the report says. "We found that that the CHS operations received the necessary approvals under FBI policy."
Adding:
CNBC: Justice Department watchdog finds Trump-Russia probe was not tainted by political bias
USA Today: FBI wiretap of Trump campaign aide was riddled with errors, but Russia probe was legally justified, IG report finds
Law & Crime: AG Barr Made Last-Minute, ‘Highly Unusual’ Decision to Alter OIG Russia Report[/b



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