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ROBERT DONACHIE
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A group of House Republicans are calling for the Department of Justice to investigate a laundry list of former agency heads and people involved in the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

 

The letter is addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah John Huber. It asks that each of these men use their respective powers to investigate “potential violation(s) of federal statues” on the part of former FBI Director James Comey, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI counsel Lisa Page.

 

The representatives include members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, including Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida, Dave Brat of Virginia and Paul Gosar of Arizona, and other GOP House Members, like Claudia Tenney of New York.

 

“Those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American” and because of that the members want to be sure that any “potential violations of law” be “vetted appropriately,” the group of Republican lawmakers wrote.

 

“In doing so, we are especially mindful of the dissimilar degree of zealousness that has marked the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively,” the lawmakers wrote.

 

The group argues that Comey mishandled the Clinton email investigation, an investigation they believe to be “motivated by a political agenda.”

 

FBI released documents in October 2017 show that Comey started drafting a letter regarding the email probe months before the former FBI director began conducting key interviews. The letter recommended that charges not be brought against Clinton.

 

House Republicans aren’t the only ones who believe Comey mishandled the Clinton case. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a damning memo in May 2017 in which he claimed Comey made “serious mistakes” in conducting the investigation.

 

“Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives. The way (Comey) handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote. “As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them.”

 

The group of congressmen also questions the former FBI director’s use of memos, claiming it created a “paper trail” that was then used to leak classified information to a Columbia University professor who is friends with Comey. The professor, Daniel Richman, says the FBI requested the memos he obtained from Comey and that he “voluntarily agreed” to hand them over.

 

Many on the Republican side of the aisle see Comey’s move as dubious and question the legality of those leaks. Four of the seven memos Comey drafted contained secret or confidential information. Comey leaked four of the memos to his confidant, Richman. Arithmetically, the numbers suggest Comey released classified information to a civilian.

 

House Republicans want Clinton to get investigated for “disguising payments to Fusion GPS,” an opposition research firm behind the Trump dossier, “on mandatory disclosures to the Federal Election Commission.”

 

The group is asking that Lynch be investigated for “her decision to threaten with reprisal the former FBI informant who tried to come forward in 2016 with insight into the Uranium One deal.”

 

The Clinton Foundation has found itself at the center of a number of alleged pay-to-play schemes. A few of the most notable include Laureate Education and Uranium One. Lawmakers believe Lynch used her power as attorney general to block the informant from coming forward with information regarding the Uranium One deal.

 

Lawmakers also want an investigation into Strzok and Page’s involvement in a potential interference scheme in the Clinton private email case. Strzok and Page had an ongoing, intimate relationship.

The group is also interested in reported texts between Strzok and Page that appear to show the FBI eliminated evidence that Clinton compromised “high-level communications.” Furthermore, the group is concerned with texts that show Strzok texted Page to tell her that senior FBI officials “water(ed) down the reference to President Obama,” using “senior government official” instead. At the time statement was made public, the lawmakers argue, references to Obama and to a “senior government official” were washed from the record.

 

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Oh, what a tangled web...

 

Yes, enforce the law with an even hand.

 

 

 

 

 

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@jimc91wrote:

@sp362wrote:

@jimc91wrote:

The criminal referral also raises significant concerns regarding the Steele dossier, and the “presentation of false and/or unverified information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in connection with the former Trump aide Carter Page warrant application to conduct surveillance through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).” Page worked as a volunteer advisor for the Trump campaign and the information in the dossier was used in bulk by the FBI to obtain the warrants to spy on him.

 

“Accordingly, we refer to DOJ all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application that contained unverified and/or false information for possible violation(s) of 18 USC 242 and 18 USC 1505 and 1515b,” the criminal referral states. It refers to a letter drafted by House Intelligence Committee ChairmanDevin Nunes to Sessions this March.

 

The lawmakers noted that Comey “engaged in questionable conduct vis-à-vis President Donald Trump,” and referred to an article reported by The New York Times, in May 2017, which highlighted memos leaked by Comey to a friend that was given to the paper.

 

In the criminal referral letter, the lawmakers state that “Comey wrote memoranda detailing alleged conversations between himself and President Trump, creating ‘a paper trail’ for ‘documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation.’

 

https://saraacarter.com/breaking-lawmakers-make-criminal-referral-on-clinton-comey-lynch-to-doj-on-s...

 

 

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Tic Toc...

 


The lead Congressman behind the letter is Ron DeSantis.  A little about his current goal:

 

"DeSantis is in the midst of a bitterly contested primary to win the Republican nomination for governor of Florida. He has positioned himself as the most conservative candidate in the field, which is appropriate given his ultra-conservative voting record during his three terms in the House. He is a frequent guest on Fox News, has been endorsed by President Donald Trump, and has won the support of some of the more politically extreme Republican Super PACs and campaign donors. Few would question DeSantis’ conservative credentials. "

 

Do you think he might be "playing to his base"?

 

As far as the letter "drafted" by Nunes. did he write it or did the White House write it for him?  Nunes is an idiot who doesn't understand that one of his duties is to be part of the checks and balances of Government (or he understands and doesn't care.  What he did with his "investigation" is ridiculous and every reason to remove him from Congress,


Do I think he is playing to his base?

 

I think the lawmakers that made the referral to the DOJ are asking them to enforce the law.  

 

violation(s) of 18 USC 242 and 18 USC 1505 and 1515b appear to have been violated.  Are you for enforcing the law?

 

 

 


Why don't you ask Sara Carter for further information on what takes to get a warrant and what it takes to have it renewed.  The ones who believe in not enforcing the law are the ones who are trying to undermine an investigation (that would include you if you believe that stuff).

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@sp362wrote:

@jimc91wrote:

The criminal referral also raises significant concerns regarding the Steele dossier, and the “presentation of false and/or unverified information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in connection with the former Trump aide Carter Page warrant application to conduct surveillance through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).” Page worked as a volunteer advisor for the Trump campaign and the information in the dossier was used in bulk by the FBI to obtain the warrants to spy on him.

 

“Accordingly, we refer to DOJ all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application that contained unverified and/or false information for possible violation(s) of 18 USC 242 and 18 USC 1505 and 1515b,” the criminal referral states. It refers to a letter drafted by House Intelligence Committee ChairmanDevin Nunes to Sessions this March.

 

The lawmakers noted that Comey “engaged in questionable conduct vis-à-vis President Donald Trump,” and referred to an article reported by The New York Times, in May 2017, which highlighted memos leaked by Comey to a friend that was given to the paper.

 

In the criminal referral letter, the lawmakers state that “Comey wrote memoranda detailing alleged conversations between himself and President Trump, creating ‘a paper trail’ for ‘documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation.’

 

https://saraacarter.com/breaking-lawmakers-make-criminal-referral-on-clinton-comey-lynch-to-doj-on-s...

 

 

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Tic Toc...

 


The lead Congressman behind the letter is Ron DeSantis.  A little about his current goal:

 

"DeSantis is in the midst of a bitterly contested primary to win the Republican nomination for governor of Florida. He has positioned himself as the most conservative candidate in the field, which is appropriate given his ultra-conservative voting record during his three terms in the House. He is a frequent guest on Fox News, has been endorsed by President Donald Trump, and has won the support of some of the more politically extreme Republican Super PACs and campaign donors. Few would question DeSantis’ conservative credentials. "

 

Do you think he might be "playing to his base"?

 

As far as the letter "drafted" by Nunes. did he write it or did the White House write it for him?  Nunes is an idiot who doesn't understand that one of his duties is to be part of the checks and balances of Government (or he understands and doesn't care.  What he did with his "investigation" is ridiculous and every reason to remove him from Congress,


Do I think he is playing to his base?

 

I think the lawmakers that made the referral to the DOJ are asking them to enforce the law.  

 

violation(s) of 18 USC 242 and 18 USC 1505 and 1515b appear to have been violated.  Are you for enforcing the law?

 

 

 

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@jimc91wrote:

The criminal referral also raises significant concerns regarding the Steele dossier, and the “presentation of false and/or unverified information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in connection with the former Trump aide Carter Page warrant application to conduct surveillance through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).” Page worked as a volunteer advisor for the Trump campaign and the information in the dossier was used in bulk by the FBI to obtain the warrants to spy on him.

 

“Accordingly, we refer to DOJ all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application that contained unverified and/or false information for possible violation(s) of 18 USC 242 and 18 USC 1505 and 1515b,” the criminal referral states. It refers to a letter drafted by House Intelligence Committee ChairmanDevin Nunes to Sessions this March.

 

The lawmakers noted that Comey “engaged in questionable conduct vis-à-vis President Donald Trump,” and referred to an article reported by The New York Times, in May 2017, which highlighted memos leaked by Comey to a friend that was given to the paper.

 

In the criminal referral letter, the lawmakers state that “Comey wrote memoranda detailing alleged conversations between himself and President Trump, creating ‘a paper trail’ for ‘documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation.’

 

https://saraacarter.com/breaking-lawmakers-make-criminal-referral-on-clinton-comey-lynch-to-doj-on-s...

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 

Tic Toc...

 


The lead Congressman behind the letter is Ron DeSantis.  A little about his current goal:

 

"DeSantis is in the midst of a bitterly contested primary to win the Republican nomination for governor of Florida. He has positioned himself as the most conservative candidate in the field, which is appropriate given his ultra-conservative voting record during his three terms in the House. He is a frequent guest on Fox News, has been endorsed by President Donald Trump, and has won the support of some of the more politically extreme Republican Super PACs and campaign donors. Few would question DeSantis’ conservative credentials. "

 

Do you think he might be "playing to his base"?

 

As far as the letter "drafted" by Nunes. did he write it or did the White House write it for him?  Nunes is an idiot who doesn't understand that one of his duties is to be part of the checks and balances of Government (or he understands and doesn't care.  What he did with his "investigation" is ridiculous and every reason to remove him from Congress,

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This proves that Republican members of Congress buy into the same, stupid right wing conspiracies that Trump Cult members fall for. The only investigations they do NOT believe are those carried out by the FBI.

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The criminal referral also raises significant concerns regarding the Steele dossier, and the “presentation of false and/or unverified information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in connection with the former Trump aide Carter Page warrant application to conduct surveillance through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).” Page worked as a volunteer advisor for the Trump campaign and the information in the dossier was used in bulk by the FBI to obtain the warrants to spy on him.

 

“Accordingly, we refer to DOJ all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application that contained unverified and/or false information for possible violation(s) of 18 USC 242 and 18 USC 1505 and 1515b,” the criminal referral states. It refers to a letter drafted by House Intelligence Committee ChairmanDevin Nunes to Sessions this March.

 

The lawmakers noted that Comey “engaged in questionable conduct vis-à-vis President Donald Trump,” and referred to an article reported by The New York Times, in May 2017, which highlighted memos leaked by Comey to a friend that was given to the paper.

 

In the criminal referral letter, the lawmakers state that “Comey wrote memoranda detailing alleged conversations between himself and President Trump, creating ‘a paper trail’ for ‘documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation.’

 

https://saraacarter.com/breaking-lawmakers-make-criminal-referral-on-clinton-comey-lynch-to-doj-on-s...

 

 

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Jim, when do you think they will start investigating Devin Nunes for his abuse of power?

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These Republicans must be getting really worried about their ability to protect Trump.

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Those Republlican members of Congress love investigations unless it involves the pathological liar and crook in the White House.

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Nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress on Wednesday sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department and FBI seeking an investigation of former bureau boss James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton in connection with 2016 campaign controversies.

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions already announced last month he had assigned a federal prosecutor to review some of those broader issues, while resisting calls for a second special counsel. But the referral represents an escalation of Republican pressure to probe top Democrats and Trump critics.  

 

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and 10 other House lawmakers want an investigation into potential violations that cover everything from the handling of the Clinton email probe to the anti-Trump dossier’s funding to the Uranium One controversy. They made their case in a letter sent Wednesday to Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and U.S. Attorney John Huber, whom Sessions named to lead the previously announced evaluation.

 

Complaining about “dissimilar degrees of zealousness” in the investigations into Clinton and Trump campaign associates, they wrote:

 

“Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”

 

Radio talk show host and Fox News contributor on whether Comey seems to be losing respect on both sides of the aisle.

 

They named Comey, Clinton, Lynch, McCabe, FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and several others as figures who should be investigated.

 

The Comey section focused in part on a statement Comey drafted before interviewing Clinton as part of the email probe. Republicans have long called it an exoneration statement that effectively cleared her months before the case was over. The GOP letter suggested this presents a conflict with Comey’s September 2016 congressional testimony in which he said they made the decision not to recommend criminal charges after interviewing Clinton.

 

“They made this determination months before,” DeSantis, who is running for Florida governor, told “Fox & Friends.” “The lack of candor with the Congress is something that needs to be investigated.”

Comey brushed off the claims during an interview Wednesday on ABC’s “The View.”

 

Rep. Mark Meadows calls on DOJ to hand over documents showing coordination with FBI in 2016 election; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.

 

Asked about the letter, Comey said "the accusations are not true," but added that he has confidence in the inspector general, which is already reviewing the handling of the email probe.

 

"Let's let the institution do its work," he said.

 

Comey also defended the early draft statement on the conclusion of the Clinton case in his newly released book.

 

“Any investigator or prosecutor who doesn’t have a sense, after nearly a year of investigation, where their case is likely headed, is incompetent. Prosecutors routinely begin drafting indictments before an investigation is finished if it looks likely to end up there, and competent ones also begin thinking how to end investigations that seem likely to end without charges,” Comey explained in "A Higher Loyalty."

The GOP lawmakers also cited Comey’s decision to write and share memos detailing conversations with Trump. 

 

The potential violations they cited included perjury and unauthorized removal of classified documents – though Comey has maintained the memos did not contain classified material.

 

As for Clinton, the GOP lawmakers cited a single concern – that a lawyer representing her 2016 campaign paid the firm behind the research that led to the controversial anti-Trump dossier. The letter argued that they disguised the payments by not properly disclosing them to the Federal Election Commission.

 

A Clinton spokesman slammed the referral as “pathetic” and politically motivated.

 

“House Republicans have seen the numbers and are running scared as we head into midterm season. They should focus on working for the people they are asking to reelect them, not do Trump’s bidding. It’s pathetic,” Nick Merrill said. 

 

The referral's Lynch section cited an alleged threat of “reprisal” against an informant in the Uranium One case, which dealt with the controversial Obama administration deal that gave Russia partial control over the U.S. uranium supply.  

 

The lawmakers also hit McCabe over the same issues raised in a recent DOJ inspector general report that found he leaked to the media and later lied about it. The former FBI deputy director was fired last month by Sessions just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after it was determined that he misled investigators.

 

The section on Strzok and Page focused on their “interference in the Hillary Clinton investigation.” The two FBI officials, who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team for a short period and were romantically involved, frequently shared anti-Trump text messages.

 

Lastly, the lawmakers asked that Sessions investigate personnel connected to the “compilation of documents on alleged links between Russia and then-presidential candidate Donald Trump known as the 'Steele dossier.'" The letter cites those individuals as McCabe, Comey, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and FBI General Counsel Dana Boente, among others. 

 

The dossier was presented to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to obtain a warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

 

Comey signed three FISA applications for Page, while McCabe and current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who oversees the Russia probe), Yates and Boente each signed at least one. In a footnote to the letter, the lawmakers wrote that “due to the possible involvement of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in signing an application for continued surveillance on Carter Page, Rosenstein should be recused from any examination of FISA abuse.” 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/18/gop-reps-refer-comey-clinton-mccabe-for-criminal-investig...

 

https://desantis.house.gov/_cache/files/8/0/8002ca75-52fc-4995-b87e-43584da268db/472EBC7D8F55C0F9E83...

 

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