Friday, January 15, 2021

MixedTimes - Catherine Herridge

Records raise new questions about FBI’s Michael Flynn investigation

Then-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the White House in early February 2017 that the bureau was not considering then-national security adviser Michael Flynn for a potential Logan Act prosecution over conversations with the Russian ambassador before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, government records reviewed by Fox News indicate.

CBP leader insists border agency did not violate law over migrant detainee DNA

The leader of the Department of Homeland Security’s border agencyinsisted Monday that the agency did not break the law, even though an independent government watchdog recently found that it is in violation of federal law for failing to collect DNA from those in its custody.

IG report reveals more evidence transition briefing used to gather intel on Trump team

James Comey immediately shared details from a post-election briefing for then-President-elect Donald Trump with the FBI’s Russia probe team, according to the recently released inspector general's report on the former bureau director’s actions -- in the latest indication those transition briefings were meant not only to update the incoming president but also gather information.

Internal CBP memo pushes back against watchdog findings on migrant detainee DNA law

Less than 24 hours after a leading government watchdog found Homeland Security’s border agency in violation of a DNA collection law, an internal memo exclusively obtained by Fox News shows mixed messages about the border agency’s willingness to accept the findings -- as well as future compliance with the 2005 federal law.

Strzok-Page texts debated whether to share details with DOJ on key London meeting in 2016

Text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page debating how much information to share with the Justice Department about a London meeting -- days after the bureau opened its initial Russia investigation -- are drawing fresh scrutiny as alleged surveillance abuse and the probe’s origins are investigated by three separate probes, Fox News has learned.

Nunes casts doubt on Mueller’s findings about Papadopoulos tipster's Moscow links

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is scrutinizing the findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report about Joseph Mifsud -- the mysterious professor from Malta who helped ignite the Russia probe in 2016 – and wants to know exactly who he was working for when he spoke with former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos .

GOP senators alert Barr to allegations that Mueller team misrepresented emails

Shortly before Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed his report on the Russia investigation last month, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., alerted Attorney General Bill Barr to what they described as the "selective" use of emails in Mueller court filings -- as well aspotential “improper political influence, misconduct, and mismanagement” in the FBI's original Russia probe.

McCabe-Page texts reveal high-level intel meeting after 2016 election

Newly obtained text messages between former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and bureau lawyer Lisa Page reveal a high-level meeting among senior intelligence officials was held weeks before President Trump’s inauguration – during a critical period for the Russia probe.

Former FBI general counsel thought Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted until 'pretty late' in email investigation

The FBI's top lawyer in 2016 thought Hillary Clinton and her team should have immediately realized they were mishandling "highly classified" information based on the obviously sensitive nature of the contents of the emails sent through her private server -- and believed she should have been prosecuted until "pretty late" in the investigation, according to a transcript of his closed-door testimony before congressional committees last October.

Former top FBI lawyer: 2 Trump Cabinet officials were ‘ready to support’ 25th Amendment effort

Former top FBI lawyer James Baker, in closed-door testimony to Congress, detailed alleged discussions among senior officials at the Justice Department about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, claiming he was told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said two Trump Cabinet officials were “ready to support” such an effort.

Mueller deputy briefed on anti-Trump dossier research months before 2016 election: testimony

Newly confirmed congressional testimony reveals that Andrew Weissmann, now a top deputy in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was briefed in August 2016 on the opposition research behind the anti-Trump dossier – underscoring how early and widely the Democrat-funded research was shared among senior FBI and Justice Department officials.

New details of 2016 meeting with Trump dossier author conflict with Dems’ timeline

New details contained in congressional transcripts and emails about a July 2016 meeting involving the author of the anti-Trump “dossier,” Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, and his wife, Nellie,appear to conflict with claims from Democrats -- and the co-founder of the firm behind the dossier -- that significant contacts did not occur until after the election.

GOP letter reveals FBI divisions over Clinton case decision, conflicting claims on Rosenstein controversy

House Republicans are shuttering their long-running probes into the FBI and Justice Department’s actions during the 2016 campaign as they hand over the majority to Democrats on Thursday – but disclosed new findings on their way out that undercut the official narrative surrounding the bureau’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton and her team for mishandling classified information.

DHS Secretary Nielsen: Some caravan migrants come from Middle East

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News the government has intelligence indicating the caravan of migrants making their way through Mexico includes a limited number of people from outside the region, including the Middle East.

Republicans at impasse with Rosenstein over ‘wire’ comment testimony

Republican lawmakers and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are deadlocked in negotiations over the details of Rosenstein’s anticipated testimony over reports he suggested secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year.

GOP lawmakers want Rosenstein subpoena, as talks hit impasse

Republican lawmakers called Wednesday forDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to be subpoenaed, amid an impasse in negotiating his testimony on reports he suggested secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year.

FBI lawyer's testimony at odds with Rosenstein denial on 'wire' report

Two senior FBI officials told the bureau’s top lawyer they believed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was “serious” when he discussed secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year, according to sources close to a congressional investigation – an account that conflicts with claims from Rosenstein and others that the comments either were inaccurately reported or made in jest.

Lawyer for Clinton campaign and DNC gave FBI documents for Russia probe, sources say

A top lawyer working with the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign contacted the FBI’s general counsel in late 2016 and provided documents for the Russia probe as federal investigators prepared a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page, sources close to a congressional investigation told Fox News, citing new testimony.

Strzok-Page texts calling to 'open' case in 'chargeable way' under fresh scrutiny

Text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, discussing whether to open a "case"in a "formal chargeable way" after Director James Comey was fired,are under fresh scrutiny after Page told congressional investigators there was no evidence of Russian collusion at the time, according to three congressional sources.

Lisa Page testimony: Collusion still unproven by time of Mueller's special counsel appointment

More than nine months after the FBI opened its highly classified counterintelligence investigation into alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, FBI lawyer Lisa Page told a House committee that investigators still could not say whether there was collusion, according to a transcript of her recent closed-door deposition reviewed by Fox News.

DOJ official Bruce Ohr's unusual contact with Trump dossier author referred for investigation

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows is asking the Justice Department and its inspector general to review DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s contacts with Trump dossier author Christopher Steele as well as the FBI, saying in a new letter that their coordination may have broken from “established protocol to further their investigation of the Trump campaign.

DOJ's Bruce Ohr wrote Christopher Steele was 'very concerned about Comey's firing -- afraid they will be exposed'

A collection of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr's recently revealed emails and handwritten notes, reviewed by Fox News, reveal that he was "very concerned" that the termination of former FBI Director James Comey would "expose" Christopher Steele, the author of the unverified dossier that was used by federal officials to justify the surveillance of a top Trump aide.

DOJ releases Carter Page FISA docs

The Department of Justice has released documents relating to a FISA warrant against Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.

Manafort filing unmasks DOJ meeting with AP reporters, questions if 'grand jury secrecy' violated

Lawyers for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are raising concerns about a 2017 meeting between top law enforcement figures and Associated Press reporters, questioning whether “grand jury secrecy” was violated and revealing memos that say the reporters even offered investigators a “code” pertaining to their client’s storage facility.

DOJ, FBI still not in full compliance with document request: sources

Newly available records do not fully comply with congressional House subpoenas, and barring new developments Friday, recent documents from the FBI and Justice Department do not meet deadlines set by a House resolution, according to a source close to the discussions.

Nunes calls for testimony from 17 FBI, DOJ officials on government surveillance abuse

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., wants 17 current and former FBI or Justice Department officials to testify on Capitol Hill about possible government surveillance abuse during the 2016 election, including fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and embattled FBI official Peter Strzok.

'Foreign actors' accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show

“Foreign actors” obtained access to some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails -- including at least one email classified as “secret” -- according to a new memo from two GOP-led House committees and an internal FBI email.

Nunes, Gowdy accuse DOJ of launching anonymous attacks on congressional investigator

Two senior House Republicans are accusing the Justice Department of being behind “anonymous attacks” in the press targeting a House Intelligence Committee GOP staffer who helped author the committee’s well-publicized memo alleging surveillance abuse by the FBI and DOJ during the 2016 election.

DOJ inspector general's testimony postponed, amid new leads in Clinton case review

Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s widely anticipated testimony next week before the House Oversight Committee has been postponed, as the Justice Department IG has pursued new leads in his review of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, according to a congressional letter and sources familiar with the matter.

Comey memos shared more broadly than previously thought

The James Comey memos that leaked to the media and were a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller were more widely shared than previously known, three sources familiar with the matter tell Fox News.

Comey's memo leak contact had 'special government employee' status at FBI

The Columbia law professor James Comey used as a go-between last year to leakthe contents ofsensitive memos to the mediaconfirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that hepreviouslyworkedas a “special government employee”(SGE)for Comey’s FBI on an unpaid basis.