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DOJ Probing Whether Comey Leaked Classified Information To Reporters

Federal prosecutors are scrutinizing whether former FBI Director James Comey leaked classified information about a possible Russian disinformation campaign to journalists, according to a bombshell New York Times report. The inquiry, which kicked off in recent months, appears to focus on information from documents that Dutch intelligence obtained from Russian computers and provided to the U.S. government, The Times reports, ...

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GOP Lawmakers Press Spy Court For Answers About Ex-DOJ Official Picked To Monitor FBI Reforms

Two leading Republican lawmakers pressed the judge presiding over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) on Thursday to explain his choice of former Justice Department official David Kris to monitor the FBI’s proposed reforms in response to an inspector general’s report regarding surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. “If the FISC’s goal is to hold the FBI accountable for its ...

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Michael Flynn Seeks To Withdraw Guilty Plea, Accuses Prosecutors Of ‘Retaliation’

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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a court motion on Tuesday seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in a case that originated with the special counsel’s investigation. Flynn’s legal team accused prosecutors of acting in “bad faith” and out of “vindictiveness” when they recommended in a court filing on Jan. 7 that Flynn receive up to six months in ...

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AG Barr Reveals Stricter Procedures For Counterintelligence Investigations Of Presidential Campaigns

Counterintelligence investigations of future presidential campaigns will have to first be approved by the attorney general and FBI director, Attorney General William Barr said at a press conference on Monday. “The opening of a counterintelligence investigation of a presidential campaign would be something that the director of the FBI would have to sign off on and the attorney general would ...

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Mark Meadows: GOP Will Appeal To Surveillance Court Over Choice To Oversee FBI Reforms

Rep. Mark Meadows said Monday that congressional Republicans plan to appeal to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) over its choice to oversee the FBI’s surveillance reforms in the wake of a damning inspector general’s report regarding the bureau’s wiretapping of Carter Page. In an interview with journalist Sara Carter, Meadows criticized the FISC’s pick of former Justice Department official ...

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Ex-DOJ Official Picked To Assist FISA Reform Was Ardent Defender Of FBI’s Surveillance Of Carter Page

Former DOJ official David Kris was picked Friday to oversee the FBI’s reforms of its surveillance procedures in the wake of a damning inspector general’s report.  Kris was an ardent defender of the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page. He was also a vocal critic of Republicans who suggested that the FBI misled the surveillance court in its applications to wiretap ...

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FISA Judge Orders FBI To Identify All Cases Involving Lawyer Who Altered Carter Page Email

The top judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered the FBI to review cases involving a bureau attorney who altered an email regarding Carter Page. Judge Rosemary Collyer ordered the review in a secret filing on Dec. 5. The FISC released it on Friday.  Collyer slammed the FBI for submitting “false” and “misleading” information in order to obtain surveillance ...

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Report: Former Director Of National Security Agency Is Cooperating With Durham Probe

Retired Adm. Michael Rogers, the former director of the National Security Agency, is cooperating with U.S. attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, according to a new report. The Intercept, citing four sources familiar with the matter, reports that Rogers has met voluntarily with Durham multiple times. “He’s been very cooperative,” a former intelligence official familiar ...

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Report: Durham Is Seeking John Brennan’s Emails And Call Logs

U.S attorney John Durham is seeking emails, call logs and other communications of former CIA Director John Brennan as part of a broad investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, according to a report. The New York Times, citing three sources familiar with the matter, reported that Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, is looking at the role that ...

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AG Barr Says Durham Is ‘Looking At’ Activities Of ‘Private Actors,’ Agencies Beyond FBI

Attorney General William Barr provided new details Wednesday of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, saying in an interview on Fox News that the federal prosecutor is looking into the activities of federal agencies outside the FBI, as well as those of “private actors.” “He’s not just looking at the FBI,” Barr said of ...

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Horowitz: FBI Should Have Considered Shutting Down Investigation Of Carter Page

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Wednesday that the FBI should have considered shutting down its investigation and surveillance of Carter Page much earlier than the bureau did, because the probe was not yielding any evidence that the former Trump campaign adviser was working as a Russian agent. “If you’re getting information that isn’t advancing and, in fact, potentially ...

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FISA Judge Blasts FBI For Providing False Information To Wiretap Carter Page

The top judge on the federal court overseeing surveillance activities accused the FBI on Tuesday of providing false and misleading information about Carter Page in applications to wiretap the former Trump campaign adviser. Judge Rosemary Collyer, the presiding judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), issued the stern and unprecedented rebuke in a memo ordering the FBI to come ...

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Andrew McCabe’s Defense Of The FBI And Steele Dossier Crumble Under Weight Of IG Report

The DOJ report on the FBI’s surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign severely undermined Andrew McCabe’s recent defense of Christopher Steele and his anti-Trump dossier. McCabe told journalist Carl Bernstein in October that the FBI was unable to disprove much of the dossier. He also said that Steele had provided information in the past that the FBI used in search ...

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Comey Says He Was ‘Wrong’ About FBI’s Surveillance Abuse, But Downplays His Own Role In Bungled Case

James Comey admitted Sunday that he was “wrong” about the FBI’s handling of surveillance warrants against Carter Page, who the former FBI director acknowledged was “treated unfairly” by having his name leaked to the press as a suspected Russian agent. “He is right. I was wrong,” Comey said in an interview on Fox News Sunday in reference to the findings ...

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