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DOJ Taps Federal Prosecutor to Oversee Production of Clinton-Related Documents

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department, under intense pressure from Republicans and President Trump, said last week that its tapping a federal prosecutor in Chicago to produce documents related to the FBI’s handling of the Hillary email investigation.

The Justice Department missed a Thursday deadline to provide the House Judiciary Committee with documents related to the inquiry and a report about the department’s decision to fire former FBI Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

On Saturday, Trump criticized the DOJ missing the deadline.

“What does the Department of Justice and FBI have to hide? Why aren’t they giving the strongly requested documents (unredacted) to the HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE?,” Trump tweeted “Stalling, but for what reason? Not looking good!”

The documents were subpoenaed last month by committee chairman, Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va.

The missed deadline was also criticized by republicans.

“This is unacceptable — it’s time to stop the games,” Rep. Mark Meadows., R-N.C., tweeted.

John Lausch will oversee the production of the documents and will report directly to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the New York Times reports.

DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Sessions requested the appointment.

“By appointing Mr. Lausch to oversee this specific document production, our goal is to assure Congress, the president and the American people that the F.B.I. is going to produce the relevant documents and will do so completely and with integrity and professionalism,” Flores said in a statement.

Jill McCabe Speaks Out about Trump’s ‘Destructive Lies’ to Discredit Her And Husband

Andrew and Jill McCabe’s family, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Jill McCabe, wife of fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, broke her silence for the first time since coming under relentless attack from President Trump, accusing him of spreading “destructive lies” about her during what she described as a one-and-a-half-year “nightmare.”

In a Washington Post op-ed published Monday, McCabe defended her and her husband’s integrity and dismissed as “utterly absurd” the president’s suggestions that the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails had been compromised because she accepted political donations from groups connected to longtime Clinton friend, then-Virginia Gov. McAluiffe.

“Andrew’s involvement in the Clinton investigation came not only after the contributions were made to my campaign but also after the race was over,” she wrote.

Jill McCabe, an emergency room pediatrician, described herself as “an accidental politician” who decided to run for a Virginia state Senate seat as a Democrat because she wanted to expand Medicaid.

“That decision — plus some twisted reporting and presidential tweets — ended up costing my husband, Andrew, his job and our family a significant portion of his pension my husband had worked hard for over 21 years of federal service,” she wrote. “For the past year and a half of this nightmare, I have not been free to speak out about what happened. Now that Andrew has been fired, I am.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe last month, less than two days before he was set to retire, on claims of making an unauthorized disclosure to the media and “lack of candor under oath.”

Trump’s campaign to discredit the FBI gained traction among allies largely because of the president’s suggestion that the donation to McCabe’s wife compromised the Clinton email investigation.

To have my personal reputation and integrity and those of my family attacked this way is beyond horrible,” Jill McCabe wrote. “It feels awful every day. It keeps me up nights. I made the decision to run for office because I was trying to help people. Instead, it turned into something that was used to attack our family, my husband’s career and the entire FBI.”

The McCabe family more than tripled its fundraising goal in just three days to help pay for legal fees connected to future Department of Justice inspector general investigation, congressional inquiries and potential lawsuits.

U.S. Investigators Discovered DNC Hacker Was a Russian Intelligence Operative

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The hacker Guccifer 2.0, who claimed responsibility for providing WikiLeaks with stolen e-mails from the Democratic National Committee, has been identified as a Russian intelligence operative, according to a new report.

Guccifer inadvertently revealed his identity after failing to disguise his IP address by activating a virtual private network – VPN, the Daily Beast reports

That enabled U.S. investigators to capture the Moscow IP address in the logs of a U.S. social media company and track down the hacker’s identity.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has netted indictments against 13 Russians and three Russian companies, has taken over the Guccifer probe.

U.S. intelligence agency suspected Guccifer was a Russian military operation at least as early as January 2017.

FBI’s McCabe Makes Final Pitch Against Termination Days Before Planned Retirement

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testifies before Congress.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe met with senior Justice Department officials on Thursday to make a final pitch for why he should not be fired just days before he has been planning to retire with full retirement benefits.

The decision whether to fire McCabe ahead of his planned Sunday retirement ultimately belongs to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Disciplinary officials at the FBI are recommending McCabe’s termination, which would jeopardize pension benefits that he has been accumulating since joining the bureau in 1996.

A yet-to-be-released inspector general report claims McCabe leaked records to a Wall Street Journal reporter to raise questions about the handling of the Clinton Foundation investigation. He’s also accused of misleading investigators with the inspect general’s office about the leak.

McCabe has drawn frequent criticism from Trump, who claims the one-time acting FBI director was part of a “witch hunt” to remove the president from office.

McCabe has denied any wrongdoing and spent several hours making the case to top DOJ officials about why he should not be fired.

Trump, Top Campaign Aides Targeted in Subpoena in Special Counsel Probe

President Trump

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A grand jury subpoena reveals special counsel Robert Mueller is targeting President Trump and a majority of his campaign’s top officials, according to a new report.

The subpoena demands all emails, texts, letters, handwritten notes and all other forms of communication from Nov. 1, 2015, to present, according to news site Axios, which received copies of the grand jury records.

The subpoenas could reveal a trove of new information as Mueller’s team investigates whether the president and his campaign colluded with Russia to wage a propaganda war against his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump responded this morning on Twitter, accusing the Obama administration of launching an investigation “with zero proof of wrongdoing,” which he said was “unprecedented” and “bigger than Watergate.”

The president, who repeatedly dismissed Russian interference in the election as a “hoax,” continues to call Muellers’ investigation a “witch hunt,” even though the special counsel team has filed more than 100 charges against 19 people and three companies. Three of Trump’s high-ranking campaign aides – Rick Gates, Mike Flynm and George Papadopoulos – have agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller’s team.

The longtime associates and former campaign officials who were targeted in the subpeona are Carter Page, Corey Lewandowski, Steve Bannon, Hope Hicks, Keith Schiller, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Roger Stone.

Ned Price, a former CIA official under Obama, tweeted that the subpoena indicated “Mueller is treating it like a criminal enterprise.”

Price also noted that the inclusion of Roger Stone, who only worked briefly in the early stages of the campaign, suggests Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

Since 13 Russians and three Russian groups were charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. less than a month ago, numerous news reports have indicated Trump also was under investigation for obstruction of justice.

And that’s not it.

Last week, sources close to the probe told several news agencies that Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner also are under investigation for various business dealings before and during the presidential transition.

FBI Agent Accused of Trump Bias Played Role in Reopening Clinton Email Probe

Former FBI Director James Comey issued the controversial Clinton letter to Congress.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI agent who has come under fire by Republicans for harboring an alleged anti-Trump bias played a key role in supporting the bureau’s decision to notify Congress just days before the 2016 election about a renewed investigation into newly discovered Clinton emails, according to emails obtained by CNN

Many political observers believe the controversial decision to notify Congress upended Clinton’s chances of beating Trump in the election.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who became the target of Republican ridicule, helped draft the letter notifying Congress of the new emails.

Republicans point to text messages exchanged between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page as evidence of a bias in favor of Clinton. Some of the messages were critical of Trump.

But revelations that Strzok helped draft the letter, which was released to Congress by then-FBI Director James Comey, paints a more nuanced picture of an agent whom Republicans, including Trump, has broadly portrayed as a Clinton supporter with a vendetta against the president. Turns out, Strzok also supported reopening the Clinton investigation following the discovery of emails on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop. The investigation turned up no evidence of wrongdoing, but the damage had already been done.

GOP Lawmakers Push for Comey to Testify in Clinton Probe

Former FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

GOP lawmakers are trying to beat the drum louder on the probe into the FBI Hillary Clinton investigation.

House Republicans are preparing to ask former FBI Director James Comey to testify as part of the Republican-led probe into the FBI and Justice Department handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, CNN reports, noting:

Comey’s testimony, if he appeared, would raise the stakes of the joint Judiciary and Oversight Committee investigation into the decision not to charge the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee over classified emails on her private server — and the rare step for Comey to publicly announce Clinton would not be charged — as the probe has become a proxy battle on Capitol Hill between Democrats and Republicans over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

 “I think that would be essential,” says Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican.  We’re going to have to find out from James Comey why the normal procedures were ignored in this case.”

Bannon Slams Trump, Campaign for Relationship with Russia

Former top aide to President Trump, Steve Bannon.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s long-time ally and former White House chief adviser Steve Bannon slammed the president, his family and top campaign aides over their relationship with Russia and said the special counsel investigation may reveal some serious, sloppy crimes.

The snarky, candid and explosive remarks were revealed in excerpts of the forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” a scathing account based on more than 200 interviews with the president and his administration.

Donald Trump Jr. and his dad, President Trump, via Twitter

Bannon, who also served as chief executive of Trump’s presidential election, said it was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” for Trump’s son Donald Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort to meet with a Russian lawyer at the Trump Tower during the 2016 election. 

Just hours after the Guardian posted the story about Bannon’s comments Wednesday, Trump blasted his former confidant, saying he “lost his mind” and had “very little to do with our historic victory.”

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” Trump said in a combative statement. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.”

Trump’s dismissive comments and suggestions that Bannon is lying contradict fawning statements the president made about his former top adviser when he was forced out of the White House after seven months and returned to the right-wing Breitbart News.

In an interview with the book’s author, Michael Wolff, Bannon described some of Trump’s top campaign aides as naive, unethical and clumsy, seemingly unaware of the repercussions of meeting with a Russian attorney who pledged to provide documents that would “incriminate” Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Bannon said he was dumbfounded.

“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.

“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Bannon even suggested Trump was aware of the Trump Tower meeting.

“The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”

Bannon, who previously criticized the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, said he doesn’t expect a conclusion to the special counsel investigation anytime soon. He added that the probe into alleged collision with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering, saying, “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

Since Robert Mueller was appointed in May to lead the Russia-Trump investigation, four members of Trump’s inner circle have been indicted – and two have already pleaded guilty and plan to cooperate with the special counsel’s team.

Bannon’s surprising candor undermines claims by Trump and his conservative allies that the investigation is a “witch hunt” perpetuated by a biased FBI bent on destroying the president. 

Bannon used a hurricane metaphor to describe the mood in the White House: “They’re sitting on a beach trying to stop a Category Five.”