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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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jimc91 wrote:

The mainstream media have been doing a victory lap since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) confirmed on Monday in testimony before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee that President Barack Obama did not wiretap Trump Tower. But that was already known.

There was only one new revelation at the hearing, and it was a bombshell: senior Obama administration officials could have known the identities of surveillance targets.  What is your definition of bombshell?  As I previously posted everyone already knows that the White House would have access to any FBI or NSA investigation.  What is the nefarious assumption you are making?

 

One of those targets, retired General Michael Flynn, lost his job after it was revealed that his conversation with the Russian ambassador had been monitored, and that he had discussed sanctions relief, contrary to his early private and public claims.  Yes, he lied and got caught.

 

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Monday’s hearing “debunked” Trump’s wiretapping tweets, but left his underlying claim intact: that there was surveillance of the Trump campaign; that the results were shared throughout the government — even possibly reaching the Obama White House; and that intelligence was leaked, illegally, to the mainstream media.  It did not leave intact that their was surveillance of the campaign.  The NSA, when talking about masked names specifically said it does not "spy" on American Citizens, but they could end up being recorded in their investigations.

 

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Gowdy’s questioning revealed an astonishing list of potential suspects. And given that the FBI and NSA testified that there was still no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the fact remains that the only crime that is known to have occurred with absolute certainty was the leaking of Flynn’s name and the contents of his conversation with the Russian ambassador.  The FBI and NSA did NOT testify that there was no evidence, they refused to answer on an ON-GOING investigation.  Gowdy's questions revealed nothing that everybody did not already know.

 

Democrats hoped to hurt Trump. Instead, they raised more questions about Obama’s role.  That is really cherry-picking your "facts".

 



 

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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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The mainstream media have been doing a victory lap since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) confirmed on Monday in testimony before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee that President Barack Obama did not wiretap Trump Tower. But that was already known.

There was only one new revelation at the hearing, and it was a bombshell: senior Obama administration officials could have known the identities of surveillance targets.

 

One of those targets, retired General Michael Flynn, lost his job after it was revealed that his conversation with the Russian ambassador had been monitored, and that he had discussed sanctions relief, contrary to his early private and public claims.

 

Yet Flynn’s identity was never supposed to have been revealed. The surveillance of the Russian ambassador, routine though it may have been, yielded classified information, and the identity of any U.S. citizen swept up in it should have been redacted.

 

But Flynn’s name was unmasked and leaked to the media. Moreover, the New York Times reported on Jan. 19 — with a front-page, top-of-the-fold headline on Inauguration Day — that “intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.” And the Times also reported in February that surveillance of Trump aides suspected of ties with Russia had been disseminated widely throughout the government, without privacy protections, by order of the lame duckObama administration under newly-relaxed NSA rules, which the Times had already reported earlier in January.

 

Monday’s hearing “debunked” Trump’s wiretapping tweets, but left his underlying claim intact: that there was surveillance of the Trump campaign; that the results were shared throughout the government — even possibly reaching the Obama White House; and that intelligence was leaked, illegally, to the mainstream media.

 

THIS FROM THE ORIGINAL VIDEO I POSTED:

 

GOWDY: Do you know whether Director [of National Intelligence] James Clapper knew the name of the U.S. citizen that appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post?

 

COMEY: I can’t say in this forum because again, I don’t wanna confirm that there was classified information in the newspaper.

 

GOWDY: Would he have access to an unmasked name?

 

COMEY: In — in some circumstances, sure, he was the director of national intelligence. But I’m not talking about the particular.

 

GOWDY: Would Director [of the Central Intelligence Agency James] Brennan have access to an unmasked U.S. citizen’s name?

 

COMEY: In some circumstances, yes.

 

GOWDY: Would National Security Adviser Susan Rice have access to an unmasked U.S. citizen’s name?

 

COMEY: I think any — yes, in general, and any other national security adviser would, I think, as a matter of their ordinary course of their business.

 

GOWDY: Would former White House Advisor Ben Rhodes have access to an unmasked U.S. citizen’s name?

 

COMEY: I don’t know the answer to that.

 

GOWDY: Would former Attorney General Loretta Lynch have access to an unmasked U.S. citizen’s name? COMEY: In general, yes, as would any attorney general.

 

GOWDY: So that would also include Acting AG Sally Yates?

 

COMEY: Same answer.

 

GOWDY: Did you brief President Obama on — well, I’ll just ask you. Did you brief President Obama on any calls involving Michael Flynn?

 

COMEY: I’m not gonna get into either that particular case that matter, or any conversations I had with the president. So I can’t answer that.

 

Gowdy’s questioning revealed an astonishing list of potential suspects. And given that the FBI and NSA testified that there was still no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the fact remains that the only crime that is known to have occurred with absolute certainty was the leaking of Flynn’s name and the contents of his conversation with the Russian ambassador.

 

Democrats hoped to hurt Trump. Instead, they raised more questions about Obama’s role.

 

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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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jimc91 wrote:
Comey: Obama White House, DOJ Could Have Unmasked Flynn Gowdy hammers FBI director for refusal to confirm probe into illegal leaks

by Brendan Kirby | Updated 20 Mar 2017 at 12:48 PM

 

 

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that former Obama administration officials — including several at the White House — would have had access to classified information about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that several news organizations published.  Was there anybody who didn't know that the people at the White House had access to classified information?

 

Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee that he was extremely concerned about illegal leaks of classified material but stopped short of confirming an active criminal investigation.

 

“It would be nice to know the universe of people who have the power to unmask a U.S. citizen, because that might provide something of a road map to investigate who actually might have disseminated and unmasked a U.S. citizen’s name.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) pressed Comey hard about leaks that revealed conversations between Flynn and Russian officials. President Donald Trump ultimately fired Flynn for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations.  The intelligence agencies being concerned about leaks is not news and is not surprising.

 

While Democrats on the committee pressed in vain for testimony linking Trump and his associates to collusion with Russian officials who U.S. intelligence agencies say tried to influence the 2016 election, Gowdy and other Republicans kept the focus on the only crime that has been identified so far — illegal dissemination of conversations recorded by intelligence authorities.

 

Comey said he could not comment about Flynn. But in general, he acknowledged, several top officials would have access to the information or could request it. That includes top Obama appointees at the Justice Department, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and others. Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, testified that 20 people in his agency have the authority to “unmask” a U.S. citizen whose identity normally would be disguised.  Again, what is the magic revelation in this?

 

Comey testified that the number of officials at the FBI with that authority likely would be higher than that. But he said he did not know the exact number.

 

"It would be nice to know the universe of people who have the power to unmask a U.S. citizen, because that might provide something of a road map to investigate who actually might have disseminated and unmasked a U.S. citizen's name," Gowdy said.  As I said in an earlier post, I am sure the intelligence agencies figured out long ago how to investigate a leak.

 

Comey testified that, generally speaking, there was only way a reporter could print classified material he was unauthorized to have.

 

"Someone told them who shouldn't have told them," he said.  Shocking!  Stop the presses!

 

Gowdy said reporting the leaks could not aid in a criminal investigation because Comey, as head of the FBI, already would have the information. It also could not advance national security because any leaks appearing in the press would be information that Rogers already possessed, Gowdy said.

"We could rule out wanting to help the intelligence communities and the law enforcement communities," he said. "Those are two motives that are gone now. That leaves some more nefarious motives."  That was his opinion that Comey would not really comment on.

 

Comey said leaks of that nature are troubling and would be a "serious crime." But he declined to assure the American people that his agents would investigate.  He declined to comment on ALL active investigations.

 

Your link below is to a Laura Ingraham blog, not exactly an impartial observer.  Again, I would challenge your assessment that Gowdy's questions were "brilliant" when they were little more than a waste of time and common sense.

 

READ MORE HERE


 

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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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sp362:  Why are you assuming I was OK with Flynn and the Russians from my comment?

 

 

Not assuming that at all, in fact, I think we're on the same page about this. Sorry I was unclear.

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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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I see your point, Jim, how could anyone question anything Trump or his minions do. I am glad that no one ever did that to Obama!

 

It did seem that the Republicans were trying to cover up Trump's and his administration's illegal activities but they weren't being covert enough since anyone could readily see what they were trying to do. Maybe that is why the Republican committee heads can't get a hold of Trump when they need to, even after they resort to Twitter to get his attention.

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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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Comey: Obama White House, DOJ Could Have Unmasked Flynn Gowdy hammers FBI director for refusal to confirm probe into illegal leaks

by Brendan Kirby | Updated 20 Mar 2017 at 12:48 PM

 

 

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that former Obama administration officials — including several at the White House — would have had access to classified information about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that several news organizations published.

 

Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee that he was extremely concerned about illegal leaks of classified material but stopped short of confirming an active criminal investigation.

 

“It would be nice to know the universe of people who have the power to unmask a U.S. citizen, because that might provide something of a road map to investigate who actually might have disseminated and unmasked a U.S. citizen’s name.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) pressed Comey hard about leaks that revealed conversations between Flynn and Russian officials. President Donald Trump ultimately fired Flynn for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations.

 

While Democrats on the committee pressed in vain for testimony linking Trump and his associates to collusion with Russian officials who U.S. intelligence agencies say tried to influence the 2016 election, Gowdy and other Republicans kept the focus on the only crime that has been identified so far — illegal dissemination of conversations recorded by intelligence authorities.

 

Comey said he could not comment about Flynn. But in general, he acknowledged, several top officials would have access to the information or could request it. That includes top Obama appointees at the Justice Department, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and others. Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, testified that 20 people in his agency have the authority to “unmask” a U.S. citizen whose identity normally would be disguised.

 

Comey testified that the number of officials at the FBI with that authority likely would be higher than that. But he said he did not know the exact number.

 

"It would be nice to know the universe of people who have the power to unmask a U.S. citizen, because that might provide something of a road map to investigate who actually might have disseminated and unmasked a U.S. citizen's name," Gowdy said.

 

Comey testified that, generally speaking, there was only way a reporter could print classified material he was unauthorized to have.

 

"Someone told them who shouldn't have told them," he said.

 

Gowdy said reporting the leaks could not aid in a criminal investigation because Comey, as head of the FBI, already would have the information. It also could not advance national security because any leaks appearing in the press would be information that Rogers already possessed, Gowdy said.

"We could rule out wanting to help the intelligence communities and the law enforcement communities," he said. "Those are two motives that are gone now. That leaves some more nefarious motives."

 

Comey said leaks of that nature are troubling and would be a "serious crime." But he declined to assure the American people that his agents would investigate.

 

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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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No one is a true Patriot who has accepted the things that Trump has done during his campaign and his first days in office while still supporting his endless lies.

 

Heil Trump !!!!!


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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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jimc91 wrote:

 

 

The SWAMP is getting nervous and will not go quietly into the night, they will need to be FIRED or do their job...


Did you mean to say 'they will need to be fired or lie for Trump' ????


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Re: Trey Gowdy questions James Comey

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Saworld--lmaf! Good to end my night on a high note!! Thank you!!😹


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