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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-13 8:25 PM 
To: Jeri (azpaints)  (1751 of 1785) 
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Politico

White House Counsel Don McGahn recused his entire staff last summer from working on the Russia investigation because many of his office’s lawyers played significant roles in key episodes at the center of the probe, former White House attorney Ty Cobb said on Wednesday.McGahn made the decision to halt his staff’s interactions with Special Counsel Robert Mueller because many of his own attorneys “had been significant participants” surrounding the firings of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, Cobb said.“The White House made a decision to recuse his entire office,” Cobb said during a panel discussion hosted by George Mason University in Northern Virginia.The former Trump White House lawyer explained that McGahn’s recusal was a key reason for why he was hired last summer to manage President Donald Trump’s official response on the Russia case, including filling Mueller’s requests for documents and arranging interviews with current and former White House aides.While it’s been widely known that McGahn handed over day-to-day responsibilities to Cobb when he started working in the White House last July, neither of the Trump lawyers had ever specified that the entire White House legal office had been recused from the Russia probe in its entirety.

 

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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-14 1:31 PM 
To: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (1752 of 1785) 
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Washington Post
The previously unreported message was sent by Peter Strzok, a key investigator on both the Clinton email case and the investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign. It is among the disclosures of a highly anticipated report by a Justice Dept. watchdog that is set to be released today.

 

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From: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member IconJun-14 3:10 PM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (1753 of 1785) 
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This will please Trump, he'll gloat "I told you so"

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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-14 5:56 PM 
To: Marypickford DelphiPlus Member Icon  (1754 of 1785) 
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Trump’s campaign to discredit Michael Cohen is already underway

Washington Post

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III may have referred an investigation of Michael Cohen's business practices to federal prosecutors in New York two months ago, but Mueller is not done with President Trump's personal lawyer yet...

The president and his allies seem to be taking no chances. They have a ready-made, public-relations strategy to deploy if Cohen caves. In fact, they began rolling it out weeks ago.

Trump tweeted in April that “most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories.”

“I don't see Michael doing that,” Trump added, but the message to voters was clear: In the event that Cohen does trade dirt on the president for leniency, don't believe anything Cohen says.

 

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From: Marypickford DelphiPlus Member IconJun-14 6:25 PM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (1755 of 1785) 
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Hmm- go after a few individuals and then resurect a chinese phone company that was accused on spying on the USA.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-14 7:16 PM 
To: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (1756 of 1785) 
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It is good to see James Comey slammed today.  While nothing he did affects Trump's Russia case, Comey behaved horribly before the election, and while Trump fired him for the wrong reason, his conduct WAS reprehensible and he needed to be fired (he not only trashed the Clinton campaign but he hurt the FBI:

Comey's actions 'extraordinary and insubordinate,' report says

CNN  https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/14/politics/ig-report-clinton-email-investigation/index.html

The Justice Department's internal watchdog found that former FBI Director James Comey's actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation were "extraordinary and insubordinate" and flouted the department's norms but that Comey was not motivated by political bias.The inspector general released a sweeping report Thursday detailing a series of failures by the top federal officials in charge of the investigation ahead of the election, concluding that the FBI's actions ultimately "cast a cloud" over the bureau and senior leaders did lasting damage to the FBI's reputation. "The damage caused by these employees' actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear (Clinton) investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral factfinding and political independence," the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz states. A key finding: Comey erred in his decision not to coordinate with his superiors at the Justice Department at critical moments. Horowitz said that Comey was "extraordinary and insubordinate," and did not agree with any of his reasons for deviating from "well-established Department policies." But Horowitz concluded that the prosecutorial decisions in the Clinton case were "consistent" with precedent and not affected by bias or other improper actions. The report is likely to reopen wounds left festering since the 2016 election and breathe new life into the debate over the extent to which Comey's actions secured Trump's victory...

The report was also harshly critical of FBI agent Peter Strzok, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.The report found that the Strzok and Page texts "cast a cloud" over the credibility of the investigation, although they found no evidence "that these political views directly affected the specific investigative decisions that we reviewed..."In addition to Strzok and Page, the report found text and instant messages from three other FBI employees "included statements of hostility toward then candidate Trump and statements of support for candidate Clinton." The inspector general criticized the agents' decisions to discuss their personal opinions on work devices, and interspersed with work conversations as examples of "extremely poor judgment and a gross lack of professionalism."
One of the FBI employees cited, who is not named, is an FBI attorney who later served on Mueller investigation. The inspector general said the attorney wrote messages "that discussed political issues," and that "most of these exchanges appeared to be jokes or attempts at humor, often involving Trump."The attorney left Mueller investigation and returned to the FBI in late February 2018, shortly after the inspector general provided Mueller with some of the messages that were found, the report says.

 

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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-14 7:19 PM 
To: WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (1757 of 1785) 
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Comey Cited as ‘Insubordinate,’ but Report Finds No Bias in F.B.I. Decision to Clear Clinton

New York Times  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/us/politics/fbi-inspector-general-comey-trump-clinton-report.html

The former F.B.I. director James B. Comey was “insubordinate” in his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, a critical Justice Department report concluded on Thursday. But the report, by the department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, does not challenge the decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton. Nor does it conclude that political bias at the F.B.I. influenced that decision, the officials said. “We found no evidence that the conclusions by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations,” the report said. “Rather, we concluded that they were based on the prosecutor’s assessment of facts, the law, and past department practice.” The report has been highly anticipated in Washington, not least by President Trump, who has argued that a secret coterie of F.B.I. agents rigged the investigation to help Mrs. Clinton win the presidency. The findings cite no evidence to support that theory. Nevertheless, the report paints an unflattering picture of one of the most tumultuous periods in the 110-year history of the F.B.I., when agents investigated Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server to store classified information and the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia.

 

 

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From: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member IconJun-14 7:22 PM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (1758 of 1785) 
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I agree, you said it all very well

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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-14 7:24 PM 
To: Jeri (azpaints)  (1759 of 1785) 
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Read: Justice Dept. Report on the F.B.I.’s Handling of Clinton Inquiry

The Justice Department's inspector general released a report on Thursday detailing the F.B.I.'s handling of the Clinton email investigation during the 2016 presidential election.

Link to report

 

 

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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-14 7:29 PM 
To: Marypickford DelphiPlus Member Icon  (1760 of 1785) 
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Inexcusable stupidity by Comey, who was investigating Clinton over emails and doing the same thing (or course Colin Powell and even Donald Trump broke the same type rules):

IG: Comey used personal email account for FBI business

CNN  https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/14/politics/comey-emails-ig-report/index.html

James Comey used a personal Gmail account for official government business while FBI director, after leading the investigation into the Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, the Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday. The report contains several examples, including times Comey sent himself drafts of a testimony he planned to deliver to Congress and drafts of bureau-wide updates he planned to send to mark milestones during the year.Using personal email for work purposes is "inconsistent" with DOJ policy, given a lack of "exigent circumstances and the frequency" at which the use occurred, the report says.Clinton responded Thursday to a description of Comey's actions with a tweet:"But my emails."The FBI investigation in 2015 and 2016 looked into whether Clinton and others deliberately sought to handle classified information improperly on her personal email account and server while she was secretary of state.

 

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