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Archive for December 4th, 2017

House Republicans Pledge Contempt Charges Against FBI, DOJ

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. House Republicans are preparing to wage war against FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the special investigation into Trump’s campaign increases in intensity.

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and other committee Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against the two leaders, claiming lawmakers are being stonewalled as they seek material related to probe, Bloomberg reports

The action follows media reports about FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s  removal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team for writing text messages criticizing Trump and supporting Hillary Clinton.

Nunes said the FBI and Justice Department are refusing to fully comply with an Aug. 24 committee subpoena.

“In light of today’s press reports, we now know why Strzok was dismissed, why the FBI and DOJ refused to provide us this explanation, and at least one reason why they previously refused to make Deputy Director McCabe available to the Committee for an interview,” Nunes said.

“By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility,” he said.

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Trump’s Controversial Tweet May Bolster Special Counsel’s Obstruction-of-Justice Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump and his personal lawyer may have stepped into serious legal trouble with controversial tweets and remarks this weekend about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump, who continues to ignore his aides’ advice to stop tweeting about the special counsel investigation, acknowledged in a tweet on Saturday that he was aware of allegations that Flynn lied to the FBI. It’s a crime to lie to the FBI. If fact, Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition in December 2016.

By acknowledging that he knew about the alleged crime – lying to the FBI – Trump may have bolstered the special counsel’s investigation into whether he obstructed justice by urging then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, according to legal analysts.

 “It bolsters the intent for committing obstruction,” Barak Cohen, a former federal prosecutor who does white-collar defense work at Perkins Coie law firm, told the Washington Post

A source close to the White House and the case described the tweet as “a screw-up of historic proportions.”

Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, signed off on the tweet and then repeated the admission on Sunday, baffling legal observers.

Paranoia Grips White House As Trump’s Inner Circle Worries about Secret Recordings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tension and paranoia have gripped the White House as the special counsel’s investigation gets closer to Donald Trump’s inner circle.

Already on edge, White House officials are questioning whether witnesses for Special Counsel Robert Mueller were wired to covertly record conversations, sources close to the president told Politico

“They’re probably shitting bricks,” said an attorney who represents a senior Trump aide caught up in the Russia investigation. “How can you not?”

The latest bad news for Trump was the revelation that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has agreed to cooperate with investigators after pleading guilty Friday to lying to the FBI.

Trump’s inner circle has already been worried following the discovery that former campaign aide George Papadopoulos reached a secret deal earlier this summer.

White House attorneys and private counsel for current and former Trump aides acknowledged they have asked their clients whether they’ve had discussions with any potential witnesses who could have been wired. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia has heated up in recent weeks.

Trump Unleashed Tweetstorm

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the special counsel investigation heats up, President Trump went on the offensive Sunday morning, unleashing an anti-FBI tweetstorm aimed at his own bureau and fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump insisted the FBI’s reputation “is in Tatters – worst in history” following news that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has agreed to cooperate with investigators after pleading guilty Friday to lying to the FBI.

But not to worry, Trump tweeted: “We will bring it back to greatness.”

The tweetstorm continued as Trump described the FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as “Tainted (no, very dishonest).”

The agent, Peter Strzok, was dismissed from Mueller’s team after learning that he had written text messages criticizing Trump and supporting Clinton.

In another tweet, Trump suggested a conspiracy was afoot: “Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE”  Now it all starts to make sense!”

On Monday morning, Trump called the investigation “the greatest Witch Hunt in political U.S. history.”