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DNC Responds To Carter Page Lawsuit, Claiming Steele Dossier Is ‘Substantially True’

Responding to a lawsuit from Carter Page, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee claimed in a court filing this week that the “gist” of the Steele dossier is accurate.  Page sued the DNC and two of its outside attorneys on Jan. 30, accusing them of spreading false information collected by dossier author Christopher Steele.  The Justice Department inspector general found ...

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House Strikes Deal On Surveillance Bill, Addressing Some Problems From Carter Page FISA Report

Lawmakers in the House reached an agreement Tuesday to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with some proposed reforms aimed at addressing some problems the Justice Department’s inspector general found with the FBI’s surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The proposed bill comes just days before the surveillance law, known as FISA, is set to expire. House Speaker Nancy ...

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Christopher Steele Discusses Dossier For First Time In Public, Defends ‘What We Did’

Former British spy Christopher Steele defended his anti-Trump dossier at a private event at Oxford on Friday, in his first public remarks about the salacious document in the three-plus-years since it was published. “I stand by the integrity of our work, our sources and what we did,” Steele said at the Oxford Student Union. Steele’s glowing self-assessment is in stark ...

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Spy Court Sidelines FBI And DOJ Officials Who Wiretapped Carter Page

FBI and Justice Department employees involved in the process of wiretapping Carter Page were barred Wednesday from taking part in other investigations involving surveillance warrants while they are under disciplinary or criminal review. The order, from Judge James Boasberg, who presides over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), is the latest fallout from a Justice Department watchdog’s report on FBI and ...

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FBI Agent Faulted In FISA Report For ‘Significant’ Errors Has Finally Been Identified 

An FBI agent faulted for some of the most significant problems laid out in the Justice Department’s inspector general report of FISA abuse against a Trump campaign associate has been identified as Stephen A. Somma, a counterintelligence investigator who works out of the FBI’s New York field office. The New York Times, citing people familiar with the FBI’s Russia probe, ...

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Swampy: Ex-DOJ Official Named In FISA Abuse Report Signs Petition Calling On William Barr To Resign

There is no swamp - A.F. Branco political cartoon

A former Justice Department official and MSNBC analyst who is discussed throughout the inspector general’s report on FISA abuse added his name Monday to a petition calling on William Barr to resign as attorney general. David Laufman, who served as chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence and export control section through 2018, said Monday that he joined more than 2,000 ...

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Lindsey Graham Releases FISA Witness Wish List

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Friday identified 17 FBI and Justice Department employees he wants to interview regarding the FBI’s surveillance abuses against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Graham identified several FBI agents who helped put together applications for surveillance warrants submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ...

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Report: DOJ Will Not Charge Andrew McCabe

Federal prosecutors will not charge former FBI Director Andrew McCabe with making false statements to the FBI, according to a new report. The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the investigation, reports that Justice Department officials will soon reveal that charges will not be brought against McCabe, who now works as a CNN analyst. Prosecutors in Washington, D.C. opened an ...

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Rod Rosenstein Asked McCabe Whether Opening Trump Probe Would Be Seen As ‘Revenge’

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discussed whether opening an investigation of President Donald Trump days after he fired James Comey would be perceived as an act of revenge for getting rid of the FBI director, according to interview notes from the special counsel’s investigation released this week. McCabe told FBI agents during ...

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Wray: FBI Agents Involved In FISA Debacle Have Been Referred To Bureau’s Disciplinary Office

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that the FBI agents involved in the surveillance of Carter Page who are still at the bureau have been referred to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility for possible disciplinary action. During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Wray noted that most of the FBI officials who oversaw Crossfire Hurricane, which involved surveillance of Page, ...

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Carter Page Sues DNC Over Steele Dossier

Carter Page has taken his first legal action in the wake of a Justice Department inspector general’s report on FBI abuse of the FISA process. The former Trump campaign aide sued the DNC and its law firm Thursday over their role in commissioning and disseminating the Steele dossier.  The DNC, through its lawyers at Perkins Coie, hired Fusion GPS, which ...

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Michael Flynn: ‘I Regret Pleading Guilty’

Michael Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday denied lying to the FBI during a Jan. 24, 2017 White House meeting, and said that he regrets pleading guilty in the special counsel’s probe. “I am innocent of this crime, and I request to withdraw my guilty plea,” Flynn said in a declaration submitted in his case on Wednesday. Flynn pleaded ...

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Senators’ Letter Stirs Mystery Over 4 Classified Footnotes In FISA Report

The Republican chairmen of two Senate committees asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Tuesday to declassify information in four footnotes in the report on the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. The senators said the redacted information is “essential” for the public to fully understand what went wrong in the probe. “The American people have a right to ...

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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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