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Video || IG Admits Government Did “Illegal Surveillance,” aka Spying, on Carter Page

Lindsey Graham is doing an excellent job as Senate Judiciary Chair conducting a hearing on Inspector General Horowitz’s report on the Russia investigation.

From an op-ed Carter Page wrote in the Wall Street Journal today, FBI Spying Ruined My Good Name”:

My name is Carter Page, and I wish you were hearing it for the first time. If you were, I could introduce myself—a former naval officer who has worked for political figures from both parties. But my identity has been reduced to a series of false accusations. If something isn’t done to prevent future abuses of power by intelligence agencies, I won’t be the last to lose his good name this way.

In 2016-17 the government I once served investigated me on suspicion of being an intermediary between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. This week Inspector General Michael Horowitz detailed how officials committed troubling errors over the course of the probe. From the day news of the investigation broke, I have faced threats to my life and have been forced to live like a fugitive. I still don’t feel safe enough to establish a fixed residence. 

I still have many questions about the FBI investigation that ruined my life. If you value your privacy, reputation and right to political expression, you should too. 

I’m by no means the first person to raise these concerns. In the 1970s, the Church Committee uncovered troubling abuses. In response, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. FISA was supposed to protect U.S. citizens from the formidable investigatory powers the government can turn on foreign agents and terrorists. But it didn’t protect me. And those surveillance powers have grown exponentially since the 1970s.

Mr. Horowitz’s report identified “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” in the application for a surveillance warrant against me. Among them: the FBI’s altering a document to secure my FISA warrant’s renewal, as well as its repeated reliance on uncorroborated information in the Steele dossier to justify intrusive surveillance. “That so many basic and fundamental failures were made,” the report said, “raised significant questions regarding the FBI chain of command’s management and supervision of the FISA process.”

Barr Review of Russia Probe Becomes a Criminal Investigation

Now we’re talking.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Attorney General William Barr’s expanding review of the Russia probe has evolved into a criminal investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter, giving a federal prosecutor who is leading the inquiry the ability to subpoena witnesses and use a grand jury.

It could not immediately be determined what prompted the change nor what evidence of a crime Mr. Barr and the federal prosecutor leading the probe, John Durham, may have found. When the inquiry was announced in May, Justice Department officials described it as a review that could prompt changes to counterintelligence investigations of political campaigns.

The revelation comes as officials in Italy and Australia defended their participation in the probe that has prompted criticism abroad and in the U.S.

Mr. Barr and a federal prosecutor are looking into the underpinnings of the FBI’s probe, and he has said he wants to understand if the U.S. government’s intelligence-gathering efforts in the probe’s early stages were legal and appropriate.

During two meetings in Rome in August and September, Mr. Barr expressed interest in London-based academic Joseph Mifsud, who was affiliated with a university in Rome at the time he told a Trump campaign adviser in 2016 that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of her emails. 

Mr. Mifsud disappeared from view in 2018; his whereabouts are publicly unknown.

Lindsey Graham: Plot Underway to Shut Down Probe of Origins of Russia Collusion Charges

The MSM and the Democrats don’t like it when the investigation gets turned on them.

Strangely, both Dems and the dutiful soldiers of the Fourth Estate could care less about whether the Obama administration sought unethically and even illegally to either overturn an election or discredit the incoming president.

So now, efforts by the Trump administration to solicit foreign help in this important probe are a scandal, another example of Trump using foreigners to advance his political goals.

Well, the ones who appear to have tried to illicitly destroy their political opponents may well reside in the Obama administration and the Deep State. And Americans need to know what happened.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Sen. Lindsey Graham says an effort is underway to “shut down” Attorney General William Barr’s inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation.

report about President Trump urging the Australian prime minister to help Barr “discredit” special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is just the beginning, the South Carolina Republican said Monday.

“Here’s what bothers me tonight. This New York Times article about Barr talking to Australia is the beginning of an effort to shut down Barr’s investigation to find out how this whole thing started,” Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Republicans have alleged that foreign intelligence agencies, such as those in Western Europe, may have played a role in eavesdropping on or otherwise monitoring Trump campaign associates in 2016.

“Barr should be talking to Australia. He should be talking to Italy. He should be talking to the U.K. to find out if their intelligence services worked with our intelligence services improperly to open up a counterintelligence investigation of Trump’s campaign. If he’s not doing that, he’s not doing his job,” Graham said.

Lindsey Graham Wants to Put Obama Under Oath

This is good news that the Senate is, perhaps, going to be serious about this. There’s a giant can or worms waiting to be opened about how this effort to destroy President Trump began, and what occurred as it progressed. Remember, for example, all the “unmaskings” of people caught up in surveillance?

The scandal of the century is potentially waiting to be uncovered. The press will never do it. The House couldn’t care less. That leaves the Senate.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham says he is open to putting Barack Obama under oath as he probes potential White House involvement in opening a investigation into unproven ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

Graham says one of the biggest remaining mysteries in the Trump-Russia saga that needs to be unraveled is who told President Obama about the counterintelligence investigation into then-candidate Trump. The South Carolina Republican wants answers from the former president.

As part of his probe, Graham is prepared to call former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to testify.

Graham joined Sean Hannity on Fox News on Wednesday night to say he was determined to get to the bottom of the launching of the Trump-Russia investigation, and that the “bottom line” for him was figuring out what Obama knew, when he knew it, and whom he learned it from.

“I can’t imagine an investigation of the Republican nominee for president — a counterintelligence investigation of his campaign — was not approved at the highest level,” Graham said last night. “I cannot imagine it happening without somebody in the White House knowing about it.”

The Democratic Effort to Get Trump Has Failed, and is Over

After Robert Mueller’s disastrous performance Wednesday before two House committees, the Democrats’ effort to remove President Trump and reverse the 2016 election is over.

They’ll have to wait until 2020 to try again.

The Democrats and all the Russia probe stuff they brought up just seemed like a lukewarm meal of tiresome leftovers. We’ve seen all this stuff before, and the country is tired of it. The efforts by the media to suggest that something important was said or happened – other than the evidence of the personal deterioration of Robert Mueller – was ludicrous and pathetic.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Democrats are done talking about impeachment and investigating President Trump. At least for now.

A day after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated testimony about presidential collusion and obstruction fizzled, House Democrats Thursday marched down the East Front of the U.S. Capitol led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and waving small American flags, determined to change the subject.

Lawmakers delivered a 20-minute press conference to awaiting media in which they brushed off the significance of the monthslong probes into Trump and his administration and all that talk about impeachment.

Nobody mentioned investigating the president.

Instead, Democrats touted the stack of legislation they have passed since taking over the House majority in January and offered a glimpse into what they would be talking about with constituents when they leave the Capitol Friday for a six week recess.

It had nothing to do with Trump.

“There is all this talk about oversight and investigations,” Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, said dismissively as he outlined the August agenda. “This is our opportunity to report back to our constituents on the work we are doing on behalf of the American people.”

Meuller Indicates He Doesn’t Want to Testify Before Congress

Russia investigation Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller Wednesday indicated he does not want to testify before Congress, announcing his resignation and saying his work is done.

“We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself, and the report is my testimony,” Mueller said of his report.

Congress will probably make him testify anyway, at least in private. But Mueller made it pretty clear they will not get anything useful from him.

And he said a lot of stuff we already know. That he believes charging Trump with a crime was not permitted under the Constitution, but that he didn’t rule out that Trump committed one either.

Trump Blows Up Meeting with Schumer and Pelosi

This is pretty funny.

President Trump dragged Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi down Pennsylvania Avenue for what was supposed to be an infrastructure meeting. Then he threw them out and held a press conference in the Rose Garden about how they are unjustly investigating him, and he’s not doing any infrastructure until they cut it out.

A brilliant PR stunt by the master.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump canceled a scheduled meeting on infrastructure with Democrats on Wednesday, saying he was upset about claims he engaged in a coverup and Democrats’ use of “the I word” — meaning impeachment.

“Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up. I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump said, speaking in the Rose Garden about 25 minutes after the scheduled start of the meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Trump said he was particularly upset about Pelosi suggesting he engaged in a coverup during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, ‘I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I would be really good at that. That’s what I do. But you know what? You can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with,'” Trump said.

Trump to Prevent White House Aides from Testifying Before Congress

Not sure why President Trump gives interviews to the Washington Post, which is relentlessly biased against him. But, he does. I guess he knows it’s a good way to get his message directly to the Democrats who read it.

In an interview with several of the paper’s reporters, Trump made clear that he is not going to be sending his aides to talk to Congress about things they already told Robert Mueller.

I don’t know what he can do legally. Some argue that he has revoked his “executive privilege” right by allowing these people to talk to Mueller. Since they did, they therefore should be able to talk to anyone.

But I do know what Democrats are up to. They want to basically create live videotapes of the testimony given to Mueller and generate “moments” in which White House aides are forced to make statements harmful to Trump. And then they want to make political advertisements out of the footage.

According to the Post:

President Trump on Tuesday said he is opposed to current and former White House aides providing testimony to congressional panels in the wake of the special counsel report, intensifying a power struggle between his administration and House Democrats.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump said that complying with congressional requests was unnecessary after the White House cooperated with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of Russian interference and the president’s own conduct in office.

“There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it’s very partisan — obviously very partisan,” Trump said.

Trump’s comments came as the White House made it clear that it plans to broadly defy requests for information from Capitol Hill, moving the two branches of government closer to a constitutional collision.

On Tuesday, two White House officials said the administration plans to fight a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee for former White House counsel Donald McGahn by asserting executive privilege over his testimony.

Separately, the administration directed a former White House official not to comply with a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee, prompting the panel to move to hold him in contempt of Congress. And the Treasury Department defied a second demand from House Democrats to turn over six years of President Trump’s tax returns.

Taken together, the moves mark a dramatic escalation of tensions between the president and congressional Democrats — deepening a fight that may ultimately be resolved only by a protracted court battle.

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?

Democrats don’t like this one bit. They and their allies in the media are suddenly recoiling from the notion of investigating someone. Because that someone is suddenly them, or their friends in the Obama administration. And so they’ve become shrill, attacking Attorney General Barr as a hack whose gone from an honorable public servant to… Continue Reading

Trump Can Now Ride the Mueller Report Straight to Reelection

From a piece I have running Monday on the NBC News website: The news that special counsel Robert Mueller found no proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is much worse for Democrats than it appears. Because the vehicle for destroying President Donald Trump has crashed so spectacularly that Trump will reconstruct it into the campaign bus that… Continue Reading

Investigate the Police State

Kimberly Strassel, who alone has become worth the prices of a subscription to the Wall Street Journal — well, almost — has it exactly right as usual. It’s time for an investigation into how and why the FBI, controlled by a Democratic president, unleashed an investigation that turn out to be without merit into the… Continue Reading

Cohen Accidentally Cleared Trump of Campaign Finance Charges

In his testimony to the House, former attorney to President Trump Michael Cohen probably inadvertently cleared Trump of one of the “criminal” allegations against him with respect to his payoff of Stormy Daniels: The idea is that Trump violated campaign finance laws because the payment was illegal because was effectively an unreported campaign donation. But… Continue Reading