Trey Gowdy: Mueller Team ‘Violated the Law’ Leaking Charges in Trump-Russia Investigation
by Joshua Caplan
Congressman and House Oversight Committee chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told “Fox News Sunday,” that Mueller’s team broke the law by leaking news of upcoming charges to CNN. Gowdy warned Mueller about leaking details of the investigation to the press.
Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the leader of the House’s top investigative committee, slammed special counsel Robert Mueller on Sunday for allowing the news media to learn that he and his legal team now have charges in their Russia investigation.
“In the only conversation I’ve had with Robert Mueller, I stressed to him the importance of cutting out the leaks,” Gowdy, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and the violations of the law would violate the law.”
On Friday night, CNN reported that Mueller’s team has filed the first charges in the case with a federal grand jury.
“Make no mistake, disclosing grand jury material is a violation of the law. Somebody violated their oath of secrecy,” Gowdy, a South Carolina lawmaker and former federal prosecutor, also told Fox News on Sunday.
A concept to be completely ignored.
Let us not forget that Mueller sat on the CFIUS committee that approved the sale of 20% of US uranium reserves to Russia despite knowing Russia had bribed the Clintons for the illicit sale.
Simple as that. In both cases. And yet. . .
Will anyone be investigated? The situation? Indictments handed down?
Right. Not interested in doing anything when the Demorats have insisted stridently that the elections were not rigged. Until they were. Here is Barack Hussein Obama extolling the virtues of the elimination of whining.
Please note that Mr Obama stated there can be no voter fraud and no “rigged elections” because they are “so decentralized.” Remember this insistence? Hold that thought.
But wait. Who actually attempted to hack American election infrastructure for punitive reasons and was caught doing so red-handed? That’s right, the DHS/NSA under Mr Obama, because certain states refused to go along with the Obama administration’s insistence that their election systems do become centralized. From ZeroHedge.com:
In Stunning Last Minute Power Grab, Obama Designates Election Systems As “Critical Infrastructure”
by Tyler Durden
In a stunning last minute power grab by the Obama administration with just 14 days left in his Presidency, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement this evening officially declaring state election systems to be “critical infrastructure.” The statement from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson defines “election infrastructure” as “storage facilities, polling places, centralized vote tabulations locations, voter registration databases, voting machines” and all “other systems” to manage the election process…so pretty much everything.
I have determined that election infrastructure in this country should be designated as a subsector of the existing Government Facilities critical infrastructure sector. Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law.
I have reached this determination so that election infrastructure will, on a more formal and enduring basis, be a priority for cybersecurity assistance and protections that the Department of Homeland Security provides to a range of private and public sector entities. By “election infrastructure,” we mean storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulations locations used to support the election process, and information and communications technology to include voter registration databases, voting machines, and other systems to manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments.
But wait. Just what was this, other than a naked attempt to literally subvert the Constitution to achieve the goal of federalizing elections under the guise of security. Translation: “it’s for the children.”
This leads to: anyone remember when the DHS tried to hack the Indiana election system whilst Mike Pence was governor, in a punitive retribution?
EXCLUSIVE: Obama’s Feds Tried to Hack Indiana’s Election System While Pence Was Governor
by Richard Pollock
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials tried to hack Indiana’s state electoral system with at least 14,800 “scans” or hits between Nov. 1, 2016, to Dec. 16, 2016, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
The attacks are the second confirmed IT scanning assault by DHS officials against states that resisted then-President Barack Obama’s attempt to increase federal involvement in state and local election systems by designating them as “critical infrastructure” for national security.
So wait; you mean Mr Obama lied about embracing the decentralization of our election system? Instead, he wanted to centralize the entire system — in truth, making it even easier to hack by bad actors across the globe — to include Russia?
In a word, yes.
So wait, you mean Mr Obama knew about Russian involvement in trying to meddle in US elections and did nothing about it?
In a word, yes.
Top ranking Demorat Adam Schiff thought so. From FoxNews.com:
Obama should have done more to counter Russia’s election meddling, top Dem says
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the Obama administration should have done more to counter Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election.
“I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier, and that was a very serious mistake,” Schiff, of California, said in a televised interview with CNN.
Schiff added that President Barack Obama may have been worried that doing more against Russia would have looked like he was “trying to tip the scales for Hillary Clinton” and did not want to give in to the notion that the election was “rigged” against Donald Trump, according to The Hill.
So wait, you mean Mr Obama knew about Russian involvement in trying to meddle in US elections and did nothing about it?
Warner Admits Obama Administration ‘Choked’ in Handling Russian Interference
by Jack Heretik
Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) admitted on Sunday that the Obama administration “choked” in its handling of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, made the comment to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, who asked Warner if he believes the Obama administration mishandled Russia’s interference in the election.
“With the value of hindsight, yes.”
Criticism has swirled recently around the Obama administration’s handling of Russian meddling. Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, who served under former President Barack Obama, told lawmakers less than two weeks ago that the administration delayed taking action against Moscow after it learned of the Kremlin’s cyber and disinformation campaign.
Newt Gingrich thinks that because Obama helped create it, he should have to testify about it.
But why all of this, you would naturally ask?
For one, Obama did nothing with the Russians because he had previously mocked Romney over the same thing during the last debate. Let us recall.
The other and most foundational reason?
Obama, the Demorats, the DNC, Hillary Clinton, no one believed that Donald Trump had the wherewithal, the fortitude or the votes to defeat the next Anointed One for the White House, a second Clinton.
Their world, that of the Demorats, fell apart the night of November 8th, 2016 and the morning of November 9th, 2016.
The brain-glazingly irrepressible hypocrisy commenced directly after.
The bleat became “Russia Russia Russia” because it was all they truly had. They ripped a page from the screaming playbook of Josef Goebbels insofar as a lie told a sufficient number of times because a propaganda truth.
This became the meme of the Demorats and all their sycophants. I asked then and I ask now: Russian hacking? Where is the proof? Russia actually influencing the election? Where is the proof? 16 intelligence agencies all agreeing that the Russians hacked our election? Where is the proof?
Instead, the only proof or evidence we find laid at the feet of the Demorats.
The very people responsible for instigating all of these so-called “investigations.”
Further, the purposeful obfuscation, non-coverage and absolute LIES promulgated by the American Media Maggots on behalf of only the Demorats? The fake news?
Judicial Watch: Susan Rice ‘Unmasking’ Documents Moved from NSC to Obama Library
by Kristina Wong
The National Security Council cannot hand over records relating to former National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s surveillance of Americans, because they have been moved to the Obama presidential library and may be sealed for as many as five years, conservative watchdog Judicial Watch announced Monday.
Of course, the first thing one thinks is: surely nothing but innocent coincidence, yes?
The NSC informed Judicial Watch in a letter dated May 23 that materials related to Rice’s requests to know the identities of Americans swept up in surveillance of foreign targets, including any Trump campaign or transition officials, have been moved to the library.
The NSC’s Director of Access Management John Powers said in the letter:
Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.
Now if this isn’t perfect, I don’t know what is.
Judicial Watch earlier this year filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for those documents, including of communications between Rice and any intelligence community member or agency regarding any Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers, or any suspected communications between Russia and Trump officials.
And in his final days in office, Obama created the largest ever expansion of access to non-minimized NSA intercepts, creating a path for all U.S. intelligence to gain access to unmasked reports by changes encoded in a Reagan-era Executive Order 12333.
The government officials who could request or approve an exception to unmask a U.S. citizen’s identity has grown substantially. The NSA now has 20 executives who can approve the unmasking of American information inside intercepts, and the FBI has similar numbers.
And executives in 16 agencies — not just the FBI, CIA and NSA — have the right to request unmasked information.
N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
by Charlie Savage
WASHINGTON — In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.
The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.
The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.
Why are these documents important? Because, if you recall, it was Susan Rice who was responsible for the unmasking of Trump and others in his campaign and staff via NSA intercepts.
Susan Rice Requested Unmasking of Incoming Trump Administration Officials
Susan Rice, who served as the National Security Adviser under President Obama, has been identified as the official who requested unmasking of incoming Trump officials, Cernovich Media can exclusively report.
The White House Counsel’s office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking after examining Rice’s document log requests. The reports Rice requested to see are kept under tightly-controlled conditions. Each person must log her name before being granted access to them.
Upon learning of Rice’s actions, H. R. McMaster dispatched his close aide Derek Harvey to Capitol Hill to brief Chairman Nunes.
This reporter has been informed that Maggie Haberman has had this story about Susan Rice for at least 48 hours, and has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama.
The House Intelligence Committee has also subpoenaed the intelligence community for information on unmasking requests by Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers. Guess what? Crickets.
Isn’t this the perfect circular firing squad? And isn’t it wonderful when the Demorats get to so thoroughly pre-plan their obstruction via Barack Hussein Obama?
Are those legs or are those pier pilings to which eastern cod trawlers should tie up?
It is clear that the Demorats are working in concert with embedded deep state undermining civilian operators along with GOP EstabliHacks in order to create a cavernous and extensive coalition crossing aisles whose goal is to ultimately impeach and remove President Donald Trump.
You know. The person lawfully elected by the people of the United States of America. The guy with the dead orange cat on his head.
For the GOP, you have to ask yourselves why.
Perhaps Judge Pirro knows why.
Good points, all. Where are they indeed? Hiding, hoarding their gold on the table, their collective arms around it, ensuring their money and — mostly — their inherent power is not disturbed in the slightest. Oval office holders may come and go but Entrenched Power prevails. It must not be disturbed or distressed on either side of the aisle. Verboten.
Where were they in re James Comey? Conspicuously silent?
Former FBI Director James Comey testified just last week, Thursday, June 8th — how far and long ago that now seems — that Loretta Lynch compromised him. And you. And me. And the investigation into Hillary Clinton. Let us refresh.
We know now, because of this testimony, that Loretta Lynch herself in the Barack Obama administration attempted to obstruct justice and deflect or remove the serious status of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Minimization. Further, James Comey went along with it.
Let’s go back, shall we, to a certain tete-a-tete between Loretta Lynch and Jason Chaffetz in which Lorette Lynch decided to
“You refused to answer 74 times.”
“Your refusal to answer.”
Perhaps a wee bit-o-history of refusal and obfuscation? No, nothing like that.
Then let us away with Trey Gowdy.
Are you starting to witness something of a trend here?
A trend completely ignored, and purposely so, by the Demorats and the American Media Maggots and, to an extent, the EstabliHacks of the GOP, with a select few exceptions?
I have set my background. Now it is time to reveal more from Circa.com.
Comey got ‘steely silence’ after confronting Loretta Lynch about Clinton’s email probe
by John Solomon and Sara A. Carter
Ex-FBI Director James Comey has privately told members of Congress that he had a frosty exchange with Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch last year when he confronted her about possible political interference in the Hillary Clinton email investigation after showing Lynch a sensitive document she was unaware the FBI possessed, according to sources who were directly briefed on the matter.
During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday, Comey alluded to the exchange after publicly discussing an encounter with Lynch, where she ordered him not to refer to the criminal probe of Clinton’ handling of classified emails not as an “investigation” but rather as a “matter.” He suggested it smacked of political spin rather than the way professional law enforcement officers talk.
Buttery goodness? But wait, there’s more.
In multiple private sessions over the last few months, Comey has told lawmakers about a second, later confrontation with Lynch shortly before the email probe was shut down.
Really? That hadn’t been plastered near and far by the American Media Maggots. Why might that be?
Comey told lawmakers in the closed door session that he raised his concern with the attorney general that she had created a conflict of interest by meeting with Clinton’s husband, the former President Bill Clinton, on an airport tarmac while the investigation was ongoing.
During the conversation, Comey told lawmakers he confronted Lynch with a highly sensitive piece of evidence, a communication between two political figures that suggested Lynch had agreed to put the kibosh on any prosecution of Clinton.
At minimum a conflict of interest — the likes of which, truly, Comey had no interest considering his approval of Assistant FBI Director McCabe’s direct involvement with Demorat partisan politics on behalf of McCabe’s clearly partisan Demorat wife, Jill. Comey ruled the conflict wasn’t just regular cool, but that it was extra crispy cool. Nothing to see here. Move on. Dot org.
Comey said “the attorney general looked at the document then looked up with a steely silence that lasted for some time, then asked him if he had any other business with her and if not that he should leave her office,” said one source who was briefed.
Bing. Done. Gone. Leave. Vacate.
Comey “took that interaction and the fact she had met with Bill Clinton as enough reason to decide he would not allow the Justice Department to decide the fate of the case and instead would go public” with his own assessment that the FBI could not prove Mrs. Clinton intended to violate the law when she transmitted classified information through her private email and therefore should not be criminally charged. Another source said the “tarmac meeting was the public excuse for not going to Lynch when all along there was other evidence that was more concerning to Comey.”
In other words, politics trumped the truth and the need for Comey to insert himself as something of a Knight In Shining Armor. A fantasy that had been brewing in his fetid, knurled, convoluted and twisted mind for years.
Senate Republicans Hope to Question Loretta Lynch on Conduct in Clinton Email Case
by Aaron Klein
NEW YORK — Senate Republicans are eying the possibility of seeking testimony from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch over possible wrongdoing with regard to the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, formally requesting that the committee probe any attempts to influence the FBI’s investigations under the Trump and Obama administrations.
There are three important issues that should logically require the testimony of Lynch.
One is Lynch’s infamous tarmac meeting last June at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in which former President Bill Clinton, the husband of the FBI’s main subject in a criminal probe — Hillary’s email case — boarded the attorney general’s plane and reportedly stayed there for about thirty minutes for a private chat.
The second concern is Lynch’s reported directive for then-FBI Director James Comey to publically refer to the FBI’s criminal investigation into Clinton’s email as a “matter” instead of an investigation or a criminal probe. The language matched the specific rhetoric used at the time by Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, which referred to the criminal investigation as a “matter.”
The third issue relates to testimony and questions surrounding reports claiming that Comey was in possession of a document purportedly indicating that Lynch would ensure the Clinton email probe didn’t go too far.
Even the politically-biased James Comey — ex FBI Director, thank God — said the “Justice Department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and declined prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the — in the justice system.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano rightly asks: where are we now?
The Demorats are making these times all about process, as I say, and not about governing. Republicans are buying into it. Republicans appear to willingly be ceding the power they truly possess.