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BREAKING: FISA Abuse Report Is ‘Lengthy’ And Has ‘Few’ Redactions, DOJ Watchdog Tells Congress

The Justice Department inspector general’s report on possible FBI abuse of the foreign surveillance process is “lengthy,” and is likely to be made public with “few” redactions, the inspector general told lawmakers on Thursday, according to a letter obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, informed Republicans and Democrats on four congressional committees with a ...

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DOJ Publishes Docs on Spygate: ‘It is clear we were all duped including the DOJ and both houses of Congress’

The Justice Department has quietly ramped up its release of documents related to the Trump-Russia probe. The agency in recent weeks has started publishing documents related to an array of topics, including Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, Bruce Ohr, and Peter Strzok. One document released on Wednesday shows that former Trump lawyer John Dowd asked Rod Rosenstein to help investigate Fusion ...

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NYT: DOJ Inquiry Into Origins Of Trump-Russia Probe Is Now A Full-Blown Criminal Investigation

What began as an administrative review of the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation is now a full-blown criminal probe, according to a report Thursday. The shift, reported by The New York Times, opens up several investigative techniques for John Durham, the U.S. attorney from Connecticut who is leading the investigation. Durham can now subpoena witnesses, present evidence to a grand ...

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Republicans Call Out Schiff For Flip-Flopping On Whistleblower Testimony

The top Republicans on three congressional committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump called out Rep. Adam Schiff on Wednesday for reversing course on calling a CIA whistleblower to testify before Congress, according to a letter obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The Republicans also asked Schiff to arrange public testimony from the whistleblower and any other ...

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Giuliani Associates Plead Not Guilty To Campaign Finance Charges

Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who helped the Trump lawyer in his Ukraine-related investigations pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York City on Wednesday to campaign finance charges. Prosecutors have accused Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman of illegally masking the source of contributions to Republican political candidates in order to advance personal and political interests. According to an ...

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Nadler: Peter Strzok Acted In ‘Highest Tradition’ Of Government Service

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler on Tuesday defended Peter Strzok as operating in the “highest tradition” of government service, even though the former FBI official was fired from the bureau for exchanging anti-Trump text messages with his mistress. Nadler heaped praise on Strzok in response to a Republican colleague’s remarks during a hearing on election security that the former ...

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Grassley Suspects ‘Deep State’ Is Responsible For Delay In FISA Abuse Report

Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley expressed frustration Monday at a months long delay in the release of the Justice Department inspector general’s report on possible FBI surveillance abuse against the Trump campaign, questioning whether the “deep state” has somehow slowed the release of the document. “All of the delays and excuses why the Horowitz IG FISA report isn’t public yet ...

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Report: Brennan And Clapper To Be Interviewed As Part Of Investigation Into Russia Probe Origins

U.S. Attorney John Durham intends to interview former CIA Director John Brennan as part of his investigation into U.S. intelligence agencies’ activities in the Trump-Russia probe, according to NBC News. Brennan told NBC News, where he is an analyst, that both he and James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, are sought for interviews with Durham’s investigators. The interviews, ...

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British Intelligence Questioned Christopher Steele’s Judgment In Assessment Given To FBI

British intelligence told the FBI that dossier author Christopher Steele sometimes showed questionable judgment regarding investigative targets, according to a new report that could preview some of the findings in a highly-anticipated Justice Department watchdog report of FBI surveillance against the Trump campaign. The New York Times reports that investigators with the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general (OIG) ...

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State Department Concludes Clinton Email Review, Says It Found Nearly 600 Security Violations

State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy, according to a report the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained. The investigation, conducted by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, found 38 individuals were culpable for 91 security violations. Another 497 violations were found, ...

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State Department Official Says Joe Biden Aide Shot Down His Concerns About Burisma In 2015

A senior State Department official told Congress this week that an aide to Joe Biden rebuffed him in 2015 when he raised concerns over Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural gas company. George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, told lawmakers in a secret deposition on Tuesday that ...

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Flynn Lawyer Seeks ‘Exculpatory’ Data from Mifsud Phones Government ‘Recently’ Obtained

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A lawyer for Michael Flynn made a surprising request in a court filing Tuesday. Sidney Powell is asking prosecutors to provide Flynn’s legal team with data from two phones belonging to Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor who is linked to George Papadopoulos. Powell said that the government “recently” obtained the phones. Michael Flynn’s attorney made a surprising request in ...

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State Department Official Said He Raised Concerns Over Burisma Corruption In 2016

A top State Department official told lawmakers on Tuesday that he had concerns in 2016 with corruption at Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company linked to Hunter Biden. George Kent said that he raised those concerns ahead of an event involving Burisma and USAID. Kent was also highly critical of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who pushed for investigations of Burisma ...

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Fusion GPS Founders Are Writing A Book, Will Defend Steele Dossier As ‘A Pretty Prescient Document’

Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the co-founders of Fusion GPS, are published a book in December. In the book, Simpson and Fritsch will defend their roles in commissioning the Steele dossier, which has been largely debunked by the special counsel’s investigation. Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele in June 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC. ...

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Schiff Says Congress May Not Need To Interview Whistleblower After All

Rep. Adam Schiff said Sunday that the House Intelligence Committee might not need to interview the CIA analyst who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump, a reversal for the Democrat, who has come under fire for failing to disclose the whistleblower’s contacts with his office. Schiff acknowledged he initially supported the whistleblower testifying about the Aug. 12 complaint, ...

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