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May 27, 2020

          "There are multiple investigations into the handling of the Flynn case, including by U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen of Missouri, acting as a special prosecutor for the DOJ. There's another by the FBI inspection division, three by Senate committees and one by House Republicans...Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and others involved in the investigations believe there will be criminal referrals."

https://www.wnd.com/2020/05/report-fbi-documents-put-obama-obamagate-narrative/

Report: FBI documents put Obama himself in 'Obamagate' narrative

'The evidence connecting the president to the Flynn operation is getting stronger'

Evidence of Barack Obama's role in the FBI's prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn is "getting stronger," according to an investigator with direct knowledge of the Justice Department's review of the handling of the case.

"The bureau knew it did not have evidence to justify that Flynn was either a criminal or counterintelligence threat and should have shut the case down," the source said, reports John Solomon at Just the News.

"But the perception that Obama and his team would not be happy with that outcome may have driven the FBI to keep the probe open without justification and to pivot to an interview that left some agents worried involved entrapment or a perjury trap," said the source, who asked not to be identified.

Solomon reported the investigators are trying to determine "whether Obama's well-known disdain for Flynn, a career military intelligence officer, influenced the decision by the FBI leadership to reject its own agent's recommendation to shut down a probe of Flynn in January 2017 and instead pursue an interview where agents might catch him in a lie."'

Shortly before Obama left office, Solomon noted, lead FBI investigator Peter Strzok texted bureau lawyer Lisa Page, his paramour, about then-FBI assistant director William Priestap's concerns about sharing information with the White House. Priestap feared the information "would be politically weaponized if outgoing Director of National Intelligence shared [intercepted phone calls that involved Flynn] with the White House and President Obama, a well-known Flynn critic."

Strzok wrote to Page regarding Priestap's worries: "Doesn't want Clapper giving [investigation] cuts to WH. All political, just shows our hand and potentially makes enemies."

Solomon posted the messages, pointing out they were never released to the public by the FBI.

He said the messages now have "taken on much more significance to both federal and congressional investigators in recent weeks as the Justice Department has requested that Flynn's conviction be thrown out and his charges of lying to the FBI ... dismissed."

There are multiple investigations into the handling of the Flynn case, including by U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen of Missouri, acting as a special prosecutor for the DOJ. There's another by the FBI inspection division, three by Senate committees and one by House Republicans.

The unidentified investigator told Solomon more interviews will be needed to determine the influence of Obama's disdain for Flynn on the FBI.

Already, declassified documents show 39 outgoing Obama officials "sought to unmask Flynn's name in intelligence interviews between Election Day 2016 and Inauguration Day 2017, signaling a keen interest in Flynn's overseas calls."

And Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and others involved in the investigations believe there will be criminal referrals.

Solomon said investigators believe Flynn was not a subect early in the investigation of Trump-Russia collusion.

But he was targeted one day after Strzok and Page engaged "in their infamous text exchange about having an insurance policy just in case Trump should be elected."

FBI agents then began spying on Flynn, and within days, Page wrote to Strzok that Obama "wants to know everything we're doing."

 
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May 28, 2020

         "Rep. Nunes suggested that Rosenstein will likely be criminally referred to the Justice Department for his role in Russiagate."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/rosenstein-appear-first-witness-senate-judiciary-committees-investigation-origins-russia-probe-next-week/

Rod Rosenstein to Appear as First Witness in Senate Judiciary Committee’s Investigation Into Origins of Russia Probe Next Week

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will appear as a first witness in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe next week. Rosenstein will appear before the committee chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham June 3 at 10 AM, Fox News reported.

Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate so-called ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ on May 17, 2017.

According to a bombshell report by the New York Times, Rosenstein was discussing wearing a wire to record Trump and oust him via the 25th Amendment around the time he appointed Mueller as special counsel. Rosenstein began plotting Trump’s removal shortly after FBI Director Comey was fired, The New York Times reported, citing memos penned by then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

On May 17, Rosenstein drafted his first of three scope memos authorizing Mueller as special counsel to investigate Trump’s 2016 campaign and beyond. Rosenstein’s second scope memo written in August of 2017 used Hillary Clinton’s phony dossier as a pretext to give Mueller unchecked power to rove around.

The August 2017 scope memo was finally released with redactions a few weeks ago. The August 2017 scope memo revealed Mueller investigated Mike Flynn, a 3-star General and Trump’s National Security Advisor for the “crime” of “engaging in conversations with Russian government officials” during the Trump transition — this was after the FBI had already cleared General Flynn!

Rep. Nunes suggested that Rosenstein will likely be criminally referred to the Justice Department for his role in Russiagate.

 

 
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May 31, 2020

              "Essentially, it is a document created by Peter Strzok, approved by Peter Strzok, and sent from Peter Strzok to Peter Strzok...He points out that the bureau cannot begin an investigation without a document presenting a justifiable cause. Calling the document a "train wreck," he argues it's "invalid on its face, because an agent cannot approve his or her own case."

https://www.wnd.com/2020/05/document-peter-strzok-drafted-approved-trump-russia-probe/

Document: Peter Strzok drafted – then approved – Trump-Russia probe

An FBI document released last week didn't receive the attention it deserves, according to a former bureau agent who says it should be Exhibit A in a federal courtroom as evidence that the Obama administration's Trump-Russia probe was illegitimate.

"The prosecutor, U.S. Attorney John Durham, will rightly point out that the document that spawned three years of political misery fails to articulate a single justifiable reason for starting the 'Crossfire Hurricane' investigation, writes Kevin R. Brock, former assistant director of intelligence for the FBI, in a column in The Hill.

Brock, an FBI special agent for 24 years, also was principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

He explains how a document unable to present any justification for a probe could pass muster.

"Essentially, it is a document created by Peter Strzok, approved by Peter Strzok, and sent from Peter Strzok to Peter Strzok," he writes.

The reference is to the now infamous lead FBI investigator whose text messages with his paramour revealed his determination to ensure Trump did not win in 2016 and his "backup plan" should Plan A fail.

"Those of us who have speculated there was insufficient cause for beginning the investigation could not have imagined the actual opening document was this feeble. It is as if it were written by someone who had no experience as an FBI agent," Brock writes.

He points out that the bureau cannot begin an investigation without a document presenting a justifiable cause.

Calling the document a "train wreck," he argues it's "invalid on its face, because an agent cannot approve his or her own case."

That, he says, would "make a mockery of the oversight designed to protect Americans."

"Yet, for this document, Peter Strzok was pitcher, catcher, batter and umpire."

Another problem was that the Crossfire Hurricane case was opened as a Foreign Agent Registration Act, or FARA, investigation, which involves a criminal violation of law.

Such cases centering on a negligent or intentional failure to register with the U.S. government after being engaged by a foreign country for assistance are rarely investigated.

Further, Brock found "no attempt by Strzok to articulate any factors that address the elements of FARA."

"He couldn't, because there are none. Instead, there was a weak attempt to allege some kind of cooperation with Russians by unknown individuals affiliated with the Trump campaign, again, with no supporting facts listed."

The document, he says, "clearly establishes is that Crossfire Hurricane was an illicit, made-up investigation lacking a shred of justifying predication, sprung from the mind of someone who despised Donald Trump, and then blessed by inexperienced leadership at the highest levels who harbored their own now well-established biases."

"Instead, the nation was left with an investigation of a presidential campaign that had no legitimate predication; that spawned a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act intercept of a U.S. citizen that had no legitimate predication; that resulted in a confrontation with a new administration’s national security adviser that had no legitimate predication; and, finally, that led to an expensive special counsel investigation that had no legitimate predication," he writes.

Brock hopes "Exhibit A" will be displayed in a federal courtroom soon.

 

 
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June 1, 2020

            "Well, no wonder they've been hiding them so long, because they show not only that Flynn didn't commit misconduct, but that he should get another medal,"

https://www.wnd.com/2020/05/newly-released-flynn-kislyak-transcripts-show-no-misconduct/

Newly released Flynn-Kislyak transcripts show no misconduct

Conversations targeted in FBI probe deescalated tensions with Moscow

Declassified transcripts of key phone conversations between Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak released Friday afternoon show no misconduct by President Trump's then-incoming national security adviser.

Instead, the conversations at the center of the FBI probe that led to Flynn pleading guilty to lying to agents show the lieutenant general de-escalating tensions between Moscow and the Obama administration.

The transcripts were delivered Friday to Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., by the new director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe. Grassley first requested the transcripts in February 2017 when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Flynn urged the Russian ambassador in a Dec, 29, 2016, call to take "reciprocal" actions in response to Obama administration sanctions for election interference, noted Politico, rather than escalating the situation into a "tit for tat."

"You might appreciate the sentiments that are raging in Moscow," Kislyak replied.

"I know, I -- believe me, I do appreciate it, I very much appreciate it," Flynn responded. "But I really don't want us to get into a situation where we're going, you know, where we do this and then you do something bigger, and then you know, everybody's got to go back and forth and everybody's got to be the tough guy here, you know?"

Politico reported that the next day, President-elect Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for declining to retaliate, tweeting: "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!"

In a follow-up call two days later, Kislyak said Putin chose not to escalate the sanctions battle because of his talk with Flynn, despite "raging" feelings in Moscow.

Following the unsealing of evidence confirming Flynn's claim that he was set up in a "perjury trap," the Justice Department filed a motion to drop the case. However, the presiding judge has refused to sign the order and instead has appointed a judge to carry on the prosecution in place of the Justice Department.

In a statement upon release of the documents, Ratcliffe said "transparency is vital to allowing the American people to have confidence in the Intelligence Community."

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton confirmed in an interview Friday with Fox Business that the transcripts vindicate Flynn.

"Well, no wonder they've been hiding them so long, because they show not only that Flynn didn't commit misconduct, but that he should get another medal," Fitton told Lou Dobbs.

He said the transcripts are evidence of a "crime," the Obama administration's spying on a Trump official without warrant.

"They should have turned the tapes off as they were listening to Kislyak, as soon as he started talking to Flynn," Fitton said. "They had no business monitoring the communications of the Trump campaign."

He noted further that the FBI sought to end the case against Flynn a short time later, on Jan. 4, because they concluded had no evidence against him.

"Yet they ambushed him," he said, referring to the surprise interview at the White House engineered by lead investigator Peter Strzok, "and they tried to put him in jail based on false pretences."

"It is a scandal beyond measure, " Fitton said.

 

 
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June 4, 2020

         “I do not consider the investigation to be corrupt, but I understand the president’s frustration given the outcome that there was no evidence” of a conspiracy between the campaign and Russia, Rosenstein said...Asked by Graham if he would have signed the warrant application knowing what he knows now, Rosenstein replied, “No, I would not.”

https://dailycaller.com/2020/06/02/virginia-brewery-20k-year-hiking-drinking-beer/

Rosenstein says he wouldn’t approve Russia warrant now

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers Wednesday that he would not have approved an FBI surveillance application for a former Trump campaign aide during the Russia investigation had he known at the time about the problems that have since been revealed.

Rosenstein’s comments amounted to a striking concession that law enforcement officials made mistakes as they scrutinized ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. But even as he acknowledged the legitimacy of anger from Trump and his allies, he defended his appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe and affirmed his support for the conclusion that Russia interfered but did not criminally conspire with associates of the Trump campaign.

“I do not consider the investigation to be corrupt, but I understand the president’s frustration given the outcome that there was no evidence” of a conspiracy between the campaign and Russia, Rosenstein said.

His appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee was for the first in a series of oversight hearings scrutinizing the FBI’s Russia investigation and the law enforcement officials involved. With subpoena authority expected to be granted this week, the hearing served as the opening salvo of the GOP’s election-year congressional investigation into what they say are damaging findings about the Russia probe from an inspector general review.

The president’s allies have taken fresh aim at the Russia investigation over the last year, pointing to newly declassified information to allege that Trump and his associates were unfairly pursued. They have also claimed vindication from the Justice Department’s decision to dismiss the case against ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and at times advanced unsupported theories against Obama administration officials.

“We’re going to look backward so we can move forward,” committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in explaining the purpose for the hearings. “If you don’t like Trump, fine, but this is not about Trump or not liking Trump. This is about moving forward as a nation.”

Graham also questioned whether Mueller should have been appointed at all. Rosenstein said he believed there was a sufficient basis for the investigation when he appointed Mueller in May 2017, but when Graham asked if he would agree that by that August, there was “no there there,” Rosenstein said yes.

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Asked by Graham if he would have signed the warrant application knowing what he knows now, Rosenstein replied, “No, I would not.”

The inspector general said senior Justice Department officials were given incomplete information by the FBI. Rosenstein confirmed that, saying he was unaware of the problems when he signed off on the final warrant application and that “every application that I approved appeared to be justified based on the facts it alleged.”

Though Rosenstein was a Trump appointee, he has often been regarded with suspicion by many supporters of the president, and Trump himself, for his role in the Russia investigation. Rosenstein’s fate was most dramatically in limbo in September 2018 after it was reported that he had floated the idea of wearing a wire inside the White House to record conversations with Trump. Rosenstein denied that on Wednesday.

 

 
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June 5, 2020

         "Johnson is now able to issue subpoenas to a number of officials, including former FBI Counsel James Baker, former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, Joe Pientka, former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former FBI director of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, Sidney Blumenthal, and a number of other Obama-era officials."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-homeland-security-committee-authorizes-subpoenas

Senate Homeland Security Committee authorizes subpoenas to Obama officials in Russia probe, unmasking review

The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday voted to authorize subpoenas to the FBI and other agencies for records and testimony from Obama-era officials related to the bureau’s original Russia investigation and the Justice Department inspector general’s review of that probe.

The committee voted 8-6 to give Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the authority to send subpoenas as part of the panel’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe and the process of “unmasking.”

The committee authorized subpoenas to the FBI for the production of all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation—the bureau’s internal code name for the Russia probe, which began in July 2016.

The subpoenas would cover all records made available to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz for his review of the Russia probe and alleged misconduct surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant approvals to surveil members of the Trump campaign.

The committee also authorized subpoenas to the State Department for the production of records related to meetings or communications between State Department officials or employees with ex-British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who compiled the now-infamous anti-Trump dossier which served as much of the basis for the FISA warrant applications to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The subpoenas would cover documents from June 2016 through January 2017.

The committee also authorized subpoenas to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the production of all records related to the process of “unmasking” U.S. persons or entities affiliated “formally or informally” with the Trump campaign, the Trump transition team or the Trump administration from June 2015 through January 2017.

Johnson is now able to issue subpoenas to a number of officials, including former FBI Counsel James Baker, former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, Joe Pientka, former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former FBI director of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, Sidney Blumenthal, and a number of other Obama-era officials.

The subpoena authorization comes after Johnson, R-Wis., and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, last month made public a list of Obama officials who purportedly requested to “unmask” the identity of Michael Flynn, who at the time was President Trump’s incoming national security adviser.

Unmasking occurs after U.S. citizens' conversations are incidentally picked up in conversations with foreign officials who are being monitored by the intelligence community. The U.S. citizens' identities are supposed to be protected if their participation is incidental and no wrongdoing is suspected. However, officials can determine the U.S. citizens' names through a process that is supposed to safeguard their rights.

The Homeland Security Committee’s subpoena authorization came as the Senate Judiciary Committee also approved a slew of subpoenas for documents and testimony from Obama Administration officials involved in the Russia investigation as part of the panel’s review of the origins of that probe.

 

 
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June 7, 2020

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/06/06/jim-jordan-rosenstein-just-caved-to-the-swamp-with-2017-special-counsel-mueller-appointment/

Jim Jordan: Rosenstein ‘Just Caved to the Swamp’ with 2017 Special Counsel Mueller Appointment

Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) reacted to former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s admission there was no sign of Russia collusion with the 2016 Trump presidential campaign during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier in the week.

Jordan said he drew the conclusion Rosenstein had caved to the “swamp” with his appointment of Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller to head a probe into the alleged collusion.

“When Senator Graham asked him if there was anything there, he said, ‘No, there wasn’t,'” he said. “Yet, you had the number-two guy at the Justice Department, and frankly, at the time in the spring of 2017, the acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, name the special counsel, expand the scope of the special counsel, and also remember Rod Rosenstein signed one of the FISA renewals on Carter Page. So he did all that, and yet there was nothing there. And we all knew there was nothing there. And Jim Comey told us there was nothing there when we deposed him back in the last Congress in the Judiciary Committee. Yet they let all this happen and put our country through three years of what we lived through.”

“So, that’s the frustrating part, Judge,” Jordan continued. “I said this earlier, but I think Rod Rosenstein just caved to the swamp. I think he was afraid to stand up to where everyone in that town wanted to go. Remember, every Democrat wanted a special counsel to keep going after the president. Everyone in the media wanted to do it except people like you, Judge. And there were a bunch of Republicans who wanted to do it. And Rod Rosenstein let it happen.

 

 
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June 7, 2020

          These 10 are in addition to 8 criminal referrals that Nunes has already submitted. This is a potential, thus far, of as many as 18 people that could be prosecuted for their participation in the coup against the President. This number could still climb, and this number does not include additional people that could face criminal prosecution from the Durham investigation.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/devin-nunes-flashes-as-many-as-10-criminal-referrals-to-justice-department

Devin Nunes flashes 'as many as 10' criminal referrals to Justice Department

House Intelligence Committee Republicans are nearly ready to send more criminal referrals to the Justice Department related to the Russia investigation.

After shipping eight referrals to Attorney General William Barr last spring, Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member of the panel, told Fox Business on Thursday that they have gathered enough evidence for "at least another five, possibly as many as 10" recommendations for prosecution as three U.S. attorneys conduct reviews of various aspects of the Russia investigation.

The California Republican said he and his GOP colleagues want to "get it right," but they plan to send the referrals within the next "week to 10 days or so." What exactly will appear in those referrals remains unclear, but Nunes explained what his investigators are examining.

"We now are looking at the overall Gen. Flynn investigation and how that was conducted and the rest of the Mueller team," he said. "And then, of course, as new information has come to light from the information that was declassified by acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, that information has also shown that there are other people who have lied or misled Congress or have, I think in some cases maybe, lied by omission, documents that were kept from Congress."

Grenell was replaced by former Rep. John Ratcliffe late last month after the Texas Republican was confirmed by the Senate. During his three-month tenure as head of the U.S. Intelligence Community, Grenell declassified long-sought-after documents related to the case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and forced the hand of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to release dozens of witness transcripts from the panel's own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Schiff accused Grenell of "selective declassification for political purposes."

The Republican inquiry in the House is a more understated effort than the one that is playing out in the Senate, which is in GOP control. There, two committees are leading the charge in conducting oversight of the Russia investigation.

With no support from Democrats, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to give Chairman Ron Johnson the authority to subpoena Obama officials in its review of the Russia inquiry. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is also seeking subpoena power in his Crossfire Hurricane investigation, while Democrats on the panel say they want to hear more testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Nunes, who believes the government's intelligence powers were abused in an attempted "coup" against President Trump, stressed the need for "pure transparency." He teased what Republicans would do to escalate their investigation if they win back control of the House this year.

"We've got about 40 people that are on that list," he said, without naming anyone. "So, hopefully, if Republicans are put back in charge, we will be able to subpoena those people, but right now, we can’t."

 

 
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June 9, 2020

         “Criminal referrals have already been sent to the Justice Department and the overall number may reach as many as 16-17 by the end of next week. Investigators are working on additional ones as we speak and some are targeting the Mueller probe and how [retired Gen. Michael Flynn was] investigated...Housley explained that the criminal referrals are coming from Congress “and are much more detailed than any before.”

         And DURHAM is still coming, and is not very far away.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2020/06/08/justice-is-coming-as-many-as-16-17-obamagate-criminal-referrals-headed-to-doj-n508479

Justice Is Coming: 'As Many as 16-17' Obamagate Criminal Referrals Headed to DOJ

As America reopens from coronavirus lockdowns and protests and riots engulf American cities, Attorney General William Barr is hard at work on Obamagate. According to award-winning journalist Adam Housley, “as many as 16-17” criminal referrals will be headed to the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the Obama administration’s spying on the Trump campaign in 2016.

“Criminal referrals have already been sent to the Justice Department and the overall number may reach as many as 16-17 by the end of next week. Investigators are working on additional ones as we speak and some are targeting the Mueller probe and how [retired Gen. Michael Flynn was] investigated,” Housley tweeted.

Housley explained that the criminal referrals are coming from Congress “and are much more detailed than any before.”

“This is coming from people with direct knowledge of the ongoing investigations. These same sources say this targets agency folks and McCabe may be one. What’s interesting is to see how this will differ, if at all, from what [U.S. Attorney John] Durham is doing,” Housley added.

On Saturday, the Washington Examiner reported that House Intelligence Committee Republicans were preparing to send Obamagate criminal referrals to the DOJ. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had sent eight referrals to Barr last spring, and he told Fox Business last week that House Republicans have enough evidence for “at least another five, possibly as many as 10” recommendations for prosecution as three U.S. attorneys review various aspects of the Russia investigation.

Nunes said he and his colleagues plan to send the referrals withing the next “week to 10 days or so.”

“We now are looking at the overall Gen. Flynn investigation and how that was conducted and the rest of the Mueller team,” the congressman said. “And then, of course, as new information has come to light from the information that was declassified by acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, that information has also shown that there are other people who have lied or misled Congress or have, I think in some cases maybe, lied by omission, documents that were kept from Congress.”

Echoing Trump, Nunes has claimed Obama administration officials abused the government’s intelligence powers in an attempted “coup” against Trump. He teased that Republicans would escalate the investigation if they win back control of the House in November.

“We’ve got about 40 people that are on that list,” he said, without naming anyone. “So, hopefully, if Republicans are put back in charge, we will be able to subpoena those people, but right now, we can’t.”

Grenell was replaced by former Rep. John Ratcliffe late last month after the Texas Republican was confirmed by the Senate. During his three-month tenure as head of the U.S. Intelligence Community, Grenell declassified long-sought-after documents related to the case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and forced the hand of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to release dozens of witness transcripts from the panel’s own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Schiff accused Grenell of “selective declassification for political purposes.”

According to Housley, Barr is aiming “to avoid a constitutional crisis” and so he has proceeded quietl

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The protests and riots over the death of George Floyd have sucked up the airwaves, but Obamagate remains a developing scandal with many potential criminal investigations.

 

 
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June 12, 2020

         "Last month, the DOJ moved to withdraw its case, after evidence emerged to suggest that the FBI had pursued Flynn in 2017 to set him up for “lying,” even though it had concluded there was no reason to suspect him of committing a crime."

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/10/judge-argues-trump-tweets-are-reason-to-keep-prosecuting-michael-flynn/

Judge Argues Trump Tweets Are Reason to Keep Prosecuting Michael Flynn

Retired Judge John Gleeson told a federal appeals court on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s tweets in support of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn are part of the reason charges against Flynn should not be dropped.

In a brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Gleeson argued that Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is presiding in the Flynn case, should be allowed to stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) from ending the prosecution. Last month, the DOJ moved to withdraw its case, after evidence emerged to suggest that the FBI had pursued Flynn in 2017 to set him up for “lying,” even though it had concluded there was no reason to suspect him of committing a crime.

Moreover, the FBI had failed to provide that evidence to defense lawyers until an outside prosecutor, Jeffrey Jensen, reviewed the case at the request of Attorney General William Barr, finding irregularities in the DOJ’s pursuit of Flynn. Flynn had already pleaded guilty in December 2018 to charges of lying to the FBI, under pressure from the DOJ, which allegedly threatened to indict Flynn’s son. The terms of that plea agreement were not revealed to the court at the time.

Accordingly, Flynn’s new lawyer, Sidney Powell, moved that the charges be dismissed, and the DOJ agreed. But Judge Sulliavan, who had once accused Flynn of treason, refused to let the case go and invited Gleeson to submit an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief as to why he should not find Flynn in criminal contempt for withdrawing his plea. Powell filed a writ of mandamus with the D.C. Circuit, seeking to remove Sullivan from the case and have it dropped.

Sullivan filed a response with the appeals court, citing “unusual developments” that justified questioning the DOJ’s “bona fides.” The DOJ responded to his filing by accusing him of undermining the Constitution’s separation of powers.

In his own response Wednesday, Gleeson complained that the government’s new stance contradicted its earlier filings, and claimed: “The Government has engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President.”

In one passage, Gleeson cited the fact that Trump had tweeted repeatedly about the case as evidence of interference:

President Trump has since engaged in running public commentary about Flynn’s criminal case through the media and on Twitter. In total, he has tweeted or retweeted about Flynn at least 100 times from March 2017 to present. This commentary has made clear that the President has been closely following the proceedings, is personally invested in ensuring that Flynn’s prosecution ends, and has deep animosity toward those who investigated and prosecuted Flynn.

Surprisingly, Gleeson argued that Flynn should not be held in contempt of court, but that his “perjury” in entering a guilty plea that he later withdrew should be considered in sentencing him for what the DOJ now says he did not do:

Flynn has indeed committed perjury in these proceedings, for which he deserves punishment, and the Court has the authority to initiate a prosecution for that crime. I respectfully recommend, however, that the Court not exercise that authority. Rather, it should take Flynn’s perjury into account in sentencing him on the offense to which he has already admitted guilt.

Gleeson also tries to argue the facts of the case, repeating dubious claims about Flynn’s conduct in early 2017 — for instance, claiming that he “urge[d] a hostile country to undermine current U.S. policy” when what he had actually done is ask Russia not to retaliate overly harshly to U.S. sanctions. Gleeson also argues that Flynn “lied to the FBI,” when the FBI agents who met with him later said themselves that they did not believe he had lied to them at the time.

In concluding, Gleeson acknowledges that the executive branch has sole discretion over the decision to prosecute, but claims it “forfeited” that discretion once it filed charges against Flynn. It could not withdraw those charges, he argued, “simply because Flynn is a friend and political ally of the President.” He said Flynn should immediately be sentenced.

 

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