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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

FBI Director Christopher Wray just confirmed, delicately, during congressional committee testimony, that in addition to the second Inspector General investigation, AG Bill Barr is personally looking into how the Russia probe began.

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#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-05-07 10:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good.

My personal belief is that some malfeasance occurred but it was both limited in scope and limited to a handful of individuals. Get it out there, let the chips fall where they may and move on.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-07 11:53 AM | Reply

"My personal belief"

You said the same thing about Obama being born in Kenya, that is, right up to the point you didn't

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-05-07 12:03 PM | Reply

We all would like to know.

#4 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-05-07 12:25 PM | Reply

My personal belief is that some malfeasance occurred but it was both limited in scope and limited to a handful of individuals. Get it out there, let the chips fall where they may and move on.

#2 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Actually Barr indicated in his testimony there was more than "some".

Comey is in trouble and he knows it, from Mueller's former FBI intelligence chief.

Comey will claim that everything he did in the FBI was by the book. But after the investigations by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber, along with AG Barr's promised examination, are completed, Comey's mishandling of the FBI and legal processes likely will be fully exposed.
thehill.com

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-05-07 12:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Barr's on it?

After his exceptional level of -------- as to why Fat Nixon did not obstruct the investigation I would expect nothing less than JFK being at fault for it.

#6 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-05-07 12:33 PM | Reply

Andrea,

I am well aware of what Barr has insinuated regarding the impending IG report.

The problem is I've heard this refrain countless times over the past couple of years. Mostly it was about the next bombshell regarding the Mueller report.

But, it was also evident when Devin Nunes released a supposed bombshell that ended up being mostly a dud.

I'll believe it when I actually see it.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-07 12:47 PM | Reply

Wanna bet Barr's report is the only one that gives Trump what he wants and will be the only one used when the purges start?

I believe we're seeing the actual weaponization of the DOJ so that Trump can exact political revenge and purge the FBI and DOJ of anybody who opposes him.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-07 01:44 PM | Reply

Anyone believing that the FBI investigation of Russia's interference was started for the sake of hurting Trump's electoral chances still cannot answer one simple question that destroys any logic surrounding such a ludicrous notion:

If ANYONE within the FBI (with knowledge, obviously) had wanted to hurt Trump's chances at being elected they would have leaked the existence of the counterintelligence investigation that began in July, 90+ days BEFORE the election! This DID NOT HAPPEN, yet the public was reminded daily of the see-sawing investigations of Hillary, including the giant turd in the punch bowl of Weiner's laptop scant days before the election.

No one can escape the illogic of any conclusion that the Obama Administration was out to get Trump when Obama wouldn't even cross McConnell and give the public/world a direct non-partisan message on what Russia was doing to interfere in the electoral process late summer of 2016. What is the FBI supposed to do when Trumpers kept showing up meeting with or conversing with Russians that the FBI had under surveillance?

We have always known how the counterintelligence investigation began due to the Mifsud/Papadopoulos meeting (and the Australian ambassador's shout-out to US LEO) because the FBI's story and chronology of events has never changed.

April 26 – Misfud tells Papadopoulos that Russia had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of emails.

May 6 – Papadopoulos tells the representative of a foreign government that the Trump campaign knows that the Russian government could assist their efforts with the release of the "dirt" they had on Clinton.

July 22 – WikiLeaks begins releasing documents stolen from the DNC.

July 26 – The foreign government tells the U.S. about their representative's conversation with Papadopoulos.

July 31 – The FBI opens its investigation.

That is the timeline that the FBI has consistently given for how the investigation was launched. Beginning as early as late 2015, British intelligence told the CIA about suspicious "interactions" between people connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents. Over the next six months, the CIA heard similar warnings from Germany, Estonia, Poland, and the Dutch-French intelligence service DGSE. The information about Papadopoulos and Misfud in late July came on the heels of all of that intelligence.

By then, Papadopoulos was actually the fourth member of the Trump campaign with suspicious ties to Russia. Also included were Paul Manafort, who was enlisted as campaign chair, as well as Michael Flynn and Carter Page. The Mueller report documents the ways in which all four of these men were recruited by Russian intelligence -- most of which was known by the CIA and FBI in the summer of 2016.

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-05-07 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The FBI would have been derelict in their duty if they hadn't investigated what Russia was doing which of course was directly tied to Trump's campaign due to THEIR ACTIONS, not those charged with protecting this nation.

The Mueller report documents the ways in which all four of these men were recruited by Russian intelligence -- most of which was known by the CIA and FBI in the summer of 2016.
If the FBI can document Russia's recruitment efforts, then any investigation of the investigators is indeed a witch hunt unrelated to the reasons they began their investigations. It's solely based on whom got ensnared in said investigations and that is not a valid reason to impugn the integrity of the collective's efforts as a whole when no bias has been found in the compilation of evidence or in the accurate reporting of facts and events to the standards the FBI is supposed to maintain.

#10 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-05-07 03:33 PM | Reply

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During a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, [FBI Director] Wray was asked by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., about Barr's statement last month that "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign.

"I was very concerned by his use of the word spying, which I think is a loaded word," Shaheen said. "When FBI agents conduct investigations against alleged mobsters, suspected terrorists, other criminals, do you believe they're engaging in spying when they're following FBI investigative policies and procedures?"

"That's not the term I would use," Wray said of "spying." "So, I would say that's a no to that question.

Asked if he had "any evidence that any illegal surveillance" into the Trump 2016 campaign occurred, Wray said he did not.

"I don't think I personally have any evidence of that sort," Wray said.

If Trump's chosen FBI director says that there was no spying on the Trump campaign, why should AG Barr undertake a personal investigation into something that there is zero evidence of?

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-05-07 05:23 PM | Reply

"April 26 – Misfud tells Papadopoulos that Russia had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of emails.
#9 | POSTED BY TONYROMA "

I think I found the source of your confusion: from Mifsud himself

www.repubblica.it

"has approached George Papadopoulos, an aide of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, to help him to contact Russian authorities in the Kremlin, even for organizing a meeting between Trump and Putin. Mr. Mifsud is said to have given to the aide "dirty information" on Mrs. Clinton collected by the Russian. "This is nonsense", Mifsud comments"

....

"Ok. But what about the emails stolen from Mrs. Clinton? "The dirty job" offered to Papadopoulos? "I don't know. I strongly deny any discussion of mine about secrets concerning Hillary Clinton. I swear it on my daughter. I don't know anyone belonging to the Russian government: the only Russian I know is Ivan Timofeev, director of the think tank "Russian International affairs council". "

Now, where the rub really comes in for the FBI is that Mifsud is linked to US and Italian intelligence and perhaps even UK. He is clearly not a Russian agent and denies contact with Russians and offering Clinton dirt. What we do know is that Halper (known US intelligence asset) lured Papadopolous out of the US where he was very likely spied on by EU intelligence services because it was unlawful for the US to do it directly, set up meetings where they tried to set up a honey pot (didn't work) and ultimately had Halper begin the Russian allegations. This led to the 'tip off' by Downer (Aussie diplomat) which led to the surveillance based on Papadopolous telling him about the Clinton dirt from Mifsud (who is a US intelligence asset).

This whole thing was a giant set up and we have some recurring themes.

Downer - part of a $36M scam with the Clinton foundation currently under investigation
Mifsud - a part of the Clinton foundation

Nellie Ohr - wife of Bruce Ohr and Fusion GSP partner that pushed the Steele Dossier via her husband. Fusion hired by Clinton to write the report.

#12 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-05-07 11:41 PM | Reply

"Mifsud (who is a US intelligence asset)."

John Schindler @20committee

To buy this BS, you have to believe that, many years before Donald Trump decided to run for the White House, the FBI & US IC clairvoyantly established LCILP & Misfud as their spy fronts/agents that looked and acted EXACTLY like Russian spy fronts/agents.

If Joseph Mifsud was "really" a US agent rather than a Russian one, designed to entrap innocent Republicans -- this is the new Trumpist #hottake -- @realDonaldTrump , as POTUS, can declassify & release all the Top Secret facts in this case with just 1 pen-stroke.

We're waiting.
3:42 PM - 5 May 2019

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-05-07 11:46 PM | Reply

"April 26 – Misfud tells Papadopoulos that Russia had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of emails.
#9 | POSTED BY TONYROMA "

Yes:

As part of his plea deal with Mueller, Papadopoulos acknowledged Joseph Mifsud, a professor and former Maltese diplomat, told him during a conversation in London on April 26, 2016, he had learned the Russian government had possession of "thousands" of Clinton-related emails. But sources familiar with Papadopoulos' thinking say he has told associates he did not see, handle or disseminate Clinton emails.

Papadopoulos has also said he believes that the emails in question were the 30,000-plus emails that Clinton deleted in Dec. 2014 before turning her State Department emails over to the agency. Clinton's deleted records were a hot topic of debate during the 2016 presidential campaign, well before WikiLeaks began releasing emails that were stolen from the DNC and Clinton campaign.

In his plea, Papadopoulos acknowledged he lied to FBI agents during a Jan. 27, 2017, interview about his contacts with Mifsud and two of the professor's Russian associates. He was arrested on July 27, 2017, at Dulles airport after an overseas trip. He faces up to six months in jail for lying to the FBI.


dailycaller.com

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-05-07 11:54 PM | Reply

"To buy this BS, you have to believe that, many years before Donald Trump decided to run for the White House, the FBI & US IC clairvoyantly established LCILP & Misfud as their spy fronts/agents that looked and acted EXACTLY like Russian spy fronts/agents.
#13 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY"

You think they are putting Russia agents on Link Campus? That is a training ground for western intelligence. That idea is laughable. But, it is just a matter of time until the heads start to be chopped. Comey, Clapper, Brennan, McCabe, Strzok all should have their passports seized. Especially Brennan who I suspect will try to flee on an Israeli passport.

#15 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-05-07 11:54 PM | Reply

"In his plea, Papadopoulos acknowledged he lied to FBI agents during a Jan. 27, 2017, interview about his contacts with Mifsud and two of the professor's Russian associates. He was arrested on July 27, 2017, at Dulles airport after an overseas trip. He faces up to six months in jail for lying to the FBI.

dailycaller.com

#14 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY "

What is the sentence for lying to the FBI? Papadopolous was facing 25 years and had zero resources to fight legally. He took a plea for 11 nights in jail - 25 years becomes 11 nights and you don't find that fishy? The entire story was fake and after Mueller found no collusion, they had no choice but to plea this out to nothing.

#16 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-05-07 11:58 PM | Reply

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, Defendant.

14. On or about April 26, 2016, defendant PAPADOPOULOS met the Professor for breakfast at a London hotel. During this meeting, the Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS that he had just returned from a trip to Moscow where he had met with high level Russian government officials. The Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS that on that trip he (the Professor) learned that the Russians had obtained "dirt" on then-candidate Clinton. The Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS, as defendant PAPADOPOULOS later described to the FBI, that "They [the Russians] have dirt on her"; "the Russians had emails of Clinton"; "they have thousands of emails."

www.justice.gov

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-05-07 11:59 PM | Reply

I think I found the source of your confusion: from Mifsud himself

I think I found the source of your ignorance: You believed the liar (Mifsud) over the evidence of his lies documented in the FRICKING REPORT you obviously haven't read!

Papadopoulos's false statements in January 2017 impeded the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Most immediately, those statements hindered investigators' ability to effectively question Mifsud when he was interviewed in the lobby of a Washington, D.C. hotel on February 10, 2017. See Gov't Sent. Mem. at 6, United States v. George Papadopoulos, No. 1 :17-cr-182 (D.D.C. Aug. 18, 2017), Doc. 44. During that interview, Mifsud admitted to knowing Papadopoulos and to having introduced him to Polonskaya and Timofeev. But Mifsud denied that he had advance knowledge that Russia was in possession of emails damaging to candidate Clinton, stating that he and Papadopoulos had discussed cybersecurity and hacking as a larger issue and that Papadopoulos must have misunderstood their conversation. Mifsud also falsely stated that he had not seen Papadopoulos since the meeting at which Mifsud introduced him to Polonskaya, even though emails, text messages, and other information show that Mifsud met with Papadopoulos on at least two other occasions-April 12 and April 26, 2016. In addition, Mifsud omitted that he had drafted (or edited) the follow-up message that Polonskaya sent to Papadopoulos following the initial meeting and that, as reflected in the language of that email chain ("Baby, thank you!"), Mifsud may have been involved in a personal relationship with Polonskaya at the time. The false information and omissions in Papadopoulos's January 2017 interview undermined investigators' ability to challenge Mifsud when he made these inaccurate statements. Volume 1, Page 201 Mueller Report

#18 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-05-08 12:23 AM | Reply

What was Pap trying to hide?:

The information explains that, "On or about February 23, 2017, defendant PAPADOPOULOS ceased using his cell phone number and began using anew number." Whatever texts he might have had on his phone (including more secure Signal texts) would have been destroyed. While Papadopoulos wasn't using particularly good operational security (particularly in that he was communicating with Timofeev over a PRISM provider), it is possible that the most sensitive communications with the Trump campaign involved texts that got destroyed after his first interview with the FBI.

www.emptywheel.net

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-05-08 12:26 AM | Reply

"The Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS, as defendant PAPADOPOULOS later described to the FBI, that "They [the Russians] have dirt on her"; "the Russians had emails of Clinton"; "they have thousands of emails."

Yes - this is what they said Papadopolous lied about (Papadopolous denied the content of the conversation) as did Joseph Mifsud. As I said, this would be a serious crime - up to 25 years in prison. He got 11 nights, why do you think that is?

#20 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-05-08 12:27 AM | Reply

Hahaha, this is meta af, my fiends. ------------ steele dossiere pissgate!

#21 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-05-08 01:36 AM | Reply

Who is "Azra Turk", and does anyone have pics? Asking for a friend.

#22 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-05-08 01:37 AM | Reply

That conclusion is revealed in a written account from Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec's Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with former MI6 agent Christopher Steele. Steele reportedly acknowledged that his intelligence-gathering mission was nothing more than a political job for the Hillary Clinton election campaign

#23 | Posted by homerj at 2019-05-08 03:15 PM | Reply

The conversation between Kavalec and Steele and her account of it all happened 10 days before the FBI decided Steele's research should provide the basis of obtaining a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, starting with former advisor Carter Page.

Kavalec wrote that Steele's client, the Clinton campaign, "is keen to see this information come to light prior to November 8," Election Day in 2016

#24 | Posted by homerj at 2019-05-08 03:16 PM | Reply

"Steele reportedly acknowledged that his intelligence-gathering mission was nothing more than a political job for the Hillary Clinton election campaign"

Link to Steele acknowledging?

#25 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-05-08 03:16 PM | Reply

Link to Steele acknowledging?

#25 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

It's second hand...

eputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec's written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline.

And that confession occurred 10 days before the FBI used Steele's now-discredited dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign's ties to Russia.

Steele's client "is keen to see this information come to light prior to November 8," the date of the 2016 election, Kavalec wrote in a typed summary of her meeting with Steele and Tatyana Duran, a colleague from Steele's Orbis Security firm.


thehill.com

#26 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-08 03:21 PM | Reply

Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec

#27 | Posted by homerj at 2019-05-08 04:35 PM | Reply

Actually Barr indicated in his testimony there was more than "some".
Comey is in trouble and he knows it, from Mueller's former FBI intelligence chief.
Comey will claim that everything he did in the FBI was by the book. But after the investigations by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber, along with AG Barr's promised examination, are completed, Comey's mishandling of the FBI and legal processes likely will be fully exposed.
thehill.com
#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris a

Was that before or after he said he had no evidence of such?

#28 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-05-08 04:37 PM | Reply

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