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Friday, December 22, 2017

A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks in the Capitol in an effort to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly -- and perhaps criminally -- mishandled the contents of a dossier that describes alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, according to four people familiar with their plans. A subset of the Republican members of the House intelligence committee, led by Chairman Devin Nunes of California, has been quietly working parallel to the committee's high-profile inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. They haven't informed Democrats about their plans, but they have consulted with the House's general counsel.




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The people familiar with Nunes' plans said the goal is to highlight what some committee Republicans see as corruption and conspiracy in the upper ranks of federal law enforcement. The group hopes to release a report early next year detailing their concerns about the DOJ and FBI, and they might seek congressional votes to declassify elements of their evidence.

That final product could ultimately be used by Republicans to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether any Trump aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign -- or possibly even to justify his dismissal, as some rank-and-file Republicans and Trump allies have demanded. (The president has said he is not currently considering firing Mueller.)


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So much for Nunes recusing himself from the Russia investigation. Sounds like there is something big they are trying to hide.

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Republicans in the Nunes-led group suspect the FBI and DOJ have worked either to hurt Trump or aid his former campaign rival Hillary Clinton, a sense that has pervaded parts of the president's inner circle. Trump has long called the investigations into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election a "witch hunt," and on Tuesday, his son Donald Trump Jr. told a crowd in Florida the probes were part of a "rigged system" by "people at the highest levels of government" who were working to hurt the president.

The sources familiar with the separate inquiry said it was born out of steadily building frustration with the Justice Department's refusal to share details of the way the Trump dossier was used to launch the FBI's investigation of his campaign team last year -- or whether it was the basis for any court-ordered surveillance of Trump associates.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-21 12:21 AM | Reply

Can you say Benghazi? The GOP uses investigations for political purposes all the time. They should be condemned bipartisanly though that will never happen because the GOP is a corrupt and sold out bunch of thugs. You could say we live in a thugocracy today. The vote on the tax bill is proof. Trump and other members of Congress as much as admitted they lied throughout the process of "selling" the bill and most Americans were opposed to it and they passed it anyway.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-21 07:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This doesn't feel right to me.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-12-21 11:25 AM | Reply

... led by Chairman Devin Nunes of California ...

That alone makes any investigation have partisanship written all over it.

Rep Nunes showed has shown that he is a political critter, even though he holds an investigative position, and that anything he does or will do will be for political purposes. His investigations are tainted from the very start.

This political garbage confirms my belief that Mr Mueller is on the right track.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-21 12:42 PM | Reply

politicization of career government employees harms the ability of this country to function.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-21 02:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"politicization of career government employees harms the ability of this country to function." - #5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-21 02:10 PM

Just all part of the continuum:

"... government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem..." - RR
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - RR
Electing Republicans to run the government is like hiring
Susan Smith to babysit your kids.

#6 | Posted by Hans at 2017-12-21 02:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The current Federal bureaucracy has become so biased toward the Democrats that the civil service system should be thrown out and go back to the spoils system.

#7 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-12-21 02:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#7 Do think it's a coincidence that informed people reject GOP notions?

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-21 03:04 PM | Reply

Your opinion of the civil service might be different if 95% of it actively worked against you.

#9 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-12-21 03:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Your opinion of the civil service might be different if 95% of it actively worked against you.


This bears repeating and gets a NW because that 95% is not a made up number.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-12-21 03:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1



The current Federal bureaucracy has become so biased toward the Democrats that the civil service system should be thrown out and go back to the spoils system.

#7 | Posted by visitor_

Thank you for that wonderful idea Comrade! We should get that to Trump right away! That would surely MAGA! While you are at why not suggest loyalty oaths for everyone in the Government to our dear leaders? Perhaps we can have something, oh say, like a House Un-American Activities Committee to root out those subversives with Liberal and Democratic leanings. That would surely MAGA!

Your opinion of the civil service might be different if 95% of it actively worked against you.

#9 | Posted by visitor_

If 95% of the United States Government is working against you then maybe you ought to reevaluate what the hell you are doing wrong.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-21 03:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Your opinion of the civil service might be different if 95% of it actively worked against you.

#9 | POSTED BY VISITOR_ AT 2017-12-21 03:26 PM | FLAG:

If you rightist dolts were twice as persecuted as you think you are it would be half of what you deserve.

#12 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-12-21 03:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Preparation V

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 04:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Another shiny object with which to distract easily distracted rwingers.

More lame Whataboutism from the usual sources.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-21 05:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The current Federal bureaucracy has become so biased toward the Democrats that the civil service system should be thrown out and go back to the spoils system."

Pure, unadulterated paranoia. Either that or just a real powerful desire to see yourself as a victim. Ridiculous comment either way but not surprising who made the comment.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-22 10:37 AM | Reply

Republicans operate under the delusion that they represent the majority in America. They do not. Only 26% of Americans identify as Republican (29% identify as Democrats). Twenty-Six percent is not a majority, or even a plurality. Yet they push through a tax plan, excluding the Democrats and the public in the process and then proclaim what "The American People" want. Even though the approval, according to the polls, is just 26% (ironically, the same number who identify as Republican). You won an election due to an anachronistic quirk in our electoral system, you weren't proclaimed "Leader of Us All". Most Americans disagree with you.

#16 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-12-22 12:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Citation for the above: news.gallup.com

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-12-22 12:18 PM | Reply

Laurence Tribe‏ @tribelaw

The greatest danger isn't that Mueller will be fired but that Rosenstein will be ousted and replaced with a "minder" who clips Mueller's wings in a way that's less likely to arouse mass protest and harder to challenge in court. RT to bring this HUGE RISK to public consciousness.
3:06 PM - 22 Dec 2017

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 10:11 PM | Reply

Why it's Far Worse for Trump to Fire Rosenstein than to Fire Mueller

Removing Rosenstein and replacing him with a DAG who is at the very least more sympathetic to Trump could have drastic repercussions on the investigation. The new DAG could burden the Special Counsel with a requirement to provide an explanation for every move he makes, and then decide that they aren't necessary or appropriate. In fact, since Mueller is required to provide the DAG with at least three days' notice in advance of any "significant event" in the investigation, she would have plenty of time to intervene and challenge Mueller's actions (and a less scrupulous DAG could even leak Mueller's plans to the White House or others). A new DAG would even have the ultimate -- er, trump card: she could decide at some point that the investigation should not even continue at all.

Of course, any attempt to override a decision by Mueller would need to be reported and justified to Congress. However, given the increased clamor of some GOP members and right-leaning media outlets against the Mueller investigation, a DAG's rationale for pushing back on Mueller's investigation would find a receptive audience in some circles, including on the Hill. The situation is delicate, and a DAG has a powerful platform to shift the balance of power against the investigation. Imagine the next DAG simply expressing doubts about Mueller in testifying before the Congress, instead of the level of confidence Rosenstein expressed last week before the House Judiciary Committee. Those are important moments in the life of this investigation, and a DAG not fully committed to the rule of law but to insulating the president and the White House from political and legal accountability could wreak havoc. www.justsecurity.org

#19 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-22 10:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Seems the GOP plan is to undercut Mueller by knocking out Rosenstein and anyone Comey told about his conversations with Trump:

Laurence Tribe‏ @tribelaw

Laurence Tribe Retweeted Laurence Tribe [see #18]
And Andrew McCabe & Jim Baker are in the Trump-backers sights too. As @maddow said, the GOP is trying to take down everyone who can corroborate Jim Comey -- or, I'd add, can protect Rosenstein or Mueller. They weave a tangled web!
6:42 PM - 22 Dec 2017

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 11:00 PM | Reply

#19 Thanks for the excellent link.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 11:02 PM | Reply

#19 I imagine this is what Trump has in mind: Get rid of Rosenstein (and McCabe, Baker and anyone else who worked Comey) and replace him with a Trump loyalist during the Christmas recess:

And while it's true that any permanent replacement for the DAG position would be required to go through a Senate confirmation hearing, Rosenstein would in the meantime be replaced by someone else. One path would involve turning next to the attorney who's next in line at DOJ, Rachel Brand... . Other paths available to the president include finding a Senate-confirmed official somewhere in the administration (Trump would not be restricted to picking someone from DOJ) under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, or an admittedly longer shot but picking anyone inside or outside of government to serve as Acting DAG as a recess appointment if the Senate is out of session for 10 days in a row.

In short, the president has one move he can make in which the benefits to him might outweigh the costs. Since Rosenstein is his own political appointee, Trump has great discretion in deciding whether to remove him and can do it quickly and directly. And by removing Rosenstein but not touching Mueller, Trump can claim that he is in fact not trying to interfere with the Russia investigation at all: Indeed, it could be very hard to prove otherwise, which insulates him significantly from further obstruction charges. Firing Rosenstein but keeping Mueller gives the president the ultimate political and legal protection, and the crystal ball-gazers need to consider it.

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 11:17 PM | Reply

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