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Was FBI's McCabe a Russian Spy?, 1958

 

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SHOCK Horror!

CNN says that Trump is right about the FBI

BREAKING: CNN BACKS TRUMP AGAINST FBI ANDREW MCCABE, PETER STRZOK, JAMES COMEY AND BLAMES LEADERSHIP

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Guess who reviewed the Weiner laptop emails before Comey re-cleared Clinton?

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From NYT story before Comey firing:

On Nov. 5, three days before Election Day, Mr. Strzok and his team had 3,000 emails left to review. That night, they ordered pizza and dug in. At about 2 a.m., Mr. Strzok wrote an email to Mr. Comey and scheduled it to send at 6 a.m. They were finished. A few hours later, Mr. Strzok and his team were back in Mr. Comey’s conference room for a final briefing: Only about 3,000 emails had been potentially work-related. A dozen or so email chains contained classified information, but the F.B.I. had already seen it. And agents had found no emails from the BlackBerry server during the crucial period when Mrs. Clinton was at the State Department.

Comey @ Senate Judiciary Hearing:

A great question, senator. Thank you. October 27, the investigative team that had finished the investigation in July focused on Secretary Clinton's emails asked to meet with me.

So I met with them that morning, late morning, in my conference room. And they laid out for me what they could see from the metadata on this fella Anthony Weiner's laptop that had been seized in an unrelated case. What they could see from the metadata was that there were thousands of Secretary Clinton's emails on that device, including what they thought might be the missing emails from her first three months as secretary of state.

We never found any emails from her first three months. She was using a Verizon BlackBerry then and that's obviously very important, because if there was evidence that she was acting with bad intent, that's where it would be in the first three months....

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Wikileaks Drops Proof That NY Times Colluded With Hillary Clinton While She Was Secretary Of State

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AFTER THE NEW YORK TIMES ON SATURDAY PUBLISHED A STORY HEADLINED “REPUBLICAN ATTACKS ON MUELLER AND F.B.I. OPEN NEW RIFT IN G.O.P.,” WIKILEAKS COULDN’T STAND IT ANYMORE.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wikileaks had enough of endless NYT attacks on the Trump administration this past weekend, and decided to drop a bomb on an actual collusion story. Not between Trump and Russia, but between the NY Times and the Clinton State Department. Yesterday, they dropped the proof of the relationship as well as the cover up. Next up, an investigation of the  collusion between Crooked Hillary and the FBI under Comey. Or maybe Wikileaks will  just release the information and save everyone the trouble. Either way, Hillary, the clock is ticking. 

In a late-night post on Twitter, WikiLeaks revealed that a Times reporter used to feed State Department email updates of the stories the paper would be publishing DAYS before the stories appeared.

At the time, Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State.

> http://investmentwatchblog.com/wikileaks-drops-proof-that-ny-times-colluded-with-hillary-clinton-while-she-was-secretary-of-state/

Isn't time to send Hillary home?  She can run again for Ruler of H3LL

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Clinton Had Detailed Knowledge of Email Server Security Risks, Emails Show

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had detailed knowledge about the security vulnerabilities involved in continuing to use her personal email despite claims that she didn’t really "stop and think" about the email system she was planning to use, newly released State Department emails show.

The new batch of emails also show three more exchanges containing classified information, according to Judicial Watch, a watchdog group that obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

Justin Cooper, an aide to former President Bill Clinton, warned in 2011 about "overseas" use and other security issues concerning her emails and her personal BlackBerrys.

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Loretta Lynch KNEW that Hillary would be exonerated, before Hillary was even interviewed

"this strikes me as the definition of corruption" - says Tucker at 19 minutes

Tucker Carlson Tonight 1/22/2018 - Tucker Carlson On Fox News - Breaking News Trump

Dammit. Why do we always hear "the vast majority of FBI agents are hardworking patriots, but at the top level..."

I think this may not be True.

There is MORE EVIDENCE EVERYDAY that this organization is thoroughly corrupt, and should be terminated,

with its duties taken over by other organizations - maybe a new FBI run by Robert Binney, for instance

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Rand Paul Letter To Chris Wray | Why Do Strzok, Page Still Have FISA Security Clearance?

Here's the letter Rand Paul just sent to FBI Director Chris Wray. I've included a fantastic clip of Rand calling out Obama and Susan Rice by name for spying on the Trump campaign.

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FISA Memo: James Comey Lied Under Oath About Trump Surveillance And Is Now Pathetically Attacking Republicans For Revealing His Corruption

The recently released FISA memo has proven that former FBI Director James Comey lied under oath when he told Congress that there was no information within the FBI or DOJ regarding surveillance on the Donald Trump campaign.

The memo’s release has confirmed that to be an outright lie, detailing the shocking fact that Comey’s FBI used information obtained by Christopher Steele, from Russian sources, to secure a FISA warrant against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Or, in other words, Trump was completely right to fire Comey who not only allowed Hillary Clinton to get off free but was actively working against the then Republican candidate during the election itself.

For his part, Comey has laughably tried to downplay the revelations contained in the FISA memo (which confirm him to be a liar) in a series of Tweets that attempts to act as if the revelations are a big nothingburger.

 
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BREAKING: On The Same Day Trump Releases the Nunes Memo A Federal Judge Keeps The Comey Memos Secret

On the same day the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the Nunes memo showing the FBI relied on the salacious and unverified Trump dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a federal judge ruled to withhold the Comey memos. The memos, authored by former FBI Director James Comey, are about his nine private conversations with President-elect and President Trump.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who ruled in favor of the FBI’s request to keep the Comey memos secret, also sits on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The FISA court is the same court that approved the surveillance on Trump associates.

Boasberg refused to release the documents on the basis they were still being used by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of the alleged Russian collusion with Trump associates.

The judge ruled, “the Comey Memos, at least for now, will remain in the hands of the Special Counsel and not the public.”

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SCUM-ocrats are "warning" against what is looks like proper Justice

GOP Reps Seek Criminal Prosecution Of FBI, DOJ Officials For "Full Throated" Illegal Misconduct And "Treason"

criminal prosecution of FBI and DOJ officials for the "full throated adoption of this illegal misconduct and abuse of FISA by James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein" who Gosar called "traitors to our nation."

 
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Top Democrats warn Trump: Don't fire Rod Rosenstein

Top congressional Democrats told President Trump on Friday that using the new House Intelligence Committee memo as a pretext to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and therefore halt the Russia investigation would spark a “constitutional crisis.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said in a letter they are “alarmed” at reports that Trump may use the memo “as a pretext” to fire Rosenstein “in an effort to corruptly influence or impede” special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“We write to inform you that we would consider such an unwarranted act as an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation. Firing Rod Rosenstein, DOJ Leadership or Bob Mueller could result in a constitutional crisis of a kind not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre," they said.

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FBI UNDER FIRE: IG Report to SLAM COMEY for Botched Clinton Probe

posted by Hannity Staff - 10 hours ago
The recently finished report from the DOJ’s Inspector General regarding the bureau’s botched probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server is expected to make big waves when released, with initial reports saying the document rips FBI officials for mishandling the investigation.

According to Fox News, those who have seen a “glimpse” of the IG’s report say the material harshly criticizes the DOJ’s probe into Clinton; particularly their “inactivity” when “sitting on Clinton’s emails” for months.

“It’s just one piece of the comprehensive report that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has compiled looking into the FBI and DOJ’s conduct during the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The handling of that late-campaign email discovery, though, has long been a key issue for officials on both sides of the aisle,” writes Fox News.

The report is expected to blast former FBI Director James Comey specifically for “not moving fast enough” while sifting through thousands of documents related to Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Read the full story at Fox News.

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JIG IS UP - Elite Fibbers Finished?

What a difference a few weeks makes!

FBI Never Was After the Russians, 2250

 

 

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DC FBI Agents Want Comey, Holder & Lynch Prosecuted, 2249

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Buckle Up: Grassley Announces Hearing Date For Inspector General Report on FBI Misconduct

Buckle Up: Grassley Announces Hearing Date For Inspector General Report on FBI Misconduct

Grassley announced a hearing titled “Examining the Inspector General’s First Report on Justice Department Decisions Regarding the 2016 Presidential Election.” It will be held Tuesday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. eastern time.

According to early reports, the IG investigation will hold former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe accountable for mishandling a number of elements in the case. Key officials at the center of the findings will be called to testify in front of Grassley's committee, with the goal of getting questions about politically motivated bias at the FBI answered in an open forum. 

In April, the IG released a report exposing McCabe as a serial liar and justified his firing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2018/05/30/grassley-announces-hearinng-date-for-inspector-general-report-on-fbi-misconduct-n2485434

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Former U.S. Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy Calls BS on Trey Gowdy, Marco Rubio, and James Clapper for Excusing Obama FBI’s Spygate Scandal:

‘The FBI was Absolutely Investigating the Trump Campaign When It Spied’

May I suggest, for example, the stunning public testimony by then-director James Comey on March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee — perhaps Representative Gowdy, who sits on that committee, could lend you the transcript, since he appears not to be using it. Just so we’re clear, this is not an obscure scrap of evidence buried within volumes of testimony. It is the testimony that launched the Mueller probe, and that sets (or, better, fails to set) the parameters of that probe — a flaw the nation has been discussing for a year.

Comey’s House testimony was breathtaking, not just because it confirmed the existence of a classified counterintelligence investigation, but because of what the bureau’s then-director said about the Trump campaign (my italics):

I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts. . . .

That is an unambiguous declaration that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign. That is why, for nearly two years, Washington has been entranced by the specter of “Trump collusion with Russia,” not “Papadopoulos collusion with Russia.” A campaign, of course, is an entity that acts through the individuals associated with it. But Comey went to extraordinary lengths to announce that the FBI was not merely zeroing in on individuals of varying ranks in the campaign; the main question was whether the Trump campaign itself — the entity — had “coordinated” in Russia’s espionage operation.

Representative Gowdy

Gowdy’s fire truck pulled into Fox News Tuesday night for an interview by Martha MacCallum. An able lawyer, the congressman is suddenly on a mission to protect the Justice Department and the FBI from further criticism. So, when Ms. MacCallum posed the question about the FBI spying on the Trump campaign, Gowdy deftly changed the subject: Rather than address the campaign, he repeatedly insisted that Donald Trump personally was never the “target” of the FBI’s investigation. The only “target,” Gowdy maintains, was Russia.

This is a dodge on at least two levels.

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New FBI Docs On Clinton Email Scandal

Judicial Watch Uncovers Hidden Strzok Emails in Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Documents

This is just too rich. We now have emails from notorious anti-Trump, pro-Hillary Clinton FBI officials who seem to confirm that James Comey and Loretta Lynch decided to let Hillary Clinton ride on her email abuses before she was even interviewed by the FBI.

The disclosure is found in 16 pages of FBI documents related to the infamous June 2016 tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.

The FBI  originally informed us it could not locate any records related to the tarmac meeting...

We obtained the documents in response to our October 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02046)) filed after the Justice Department failed to comply with our July 7, 2016, FOIA request for:

  • All FD-302 forms prepared pursuant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure.
  • All records of communications between any agent, employee, or representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding, concerning, or related to the aforementioned investigation. This request includes, but is not limited to, any related communications with any official, employee, or representative of the Department of Justice, the Executive Office of the President, the Democratic National Committee, and/or the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
  • All records related to the meeting between Attorney General Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016.

In a previously unseen email, on July 1, 2016, Strzok forwarded to Bill Priestap, assistant director of FBI counterintelligence, and other FBI officials an article in The New York Times titled, “Lynch to Remove Herself From Decision Over Clinton Emails, Official Says.” Priestap comments on it, saying: “The meeting in PX is all over CNN TV news this morning …” Strzok replies: “Timing’s not ideal in that it falsely adds to those seeking the ‘this is all choreographed’ narrative. But I don’t think it’s worth changing … later won’t be better.”  Priestap responds: “Agreed.”

In November 2017, we revealed 29 pages of FBI documents showing officials were concerned about a leak that Bill Clinton delayed his aircraft taking off in order to “maneuver” a meeting with the attorney general. The resulting story in the Observer was discussed in this production of documents. The Strzok email was absent from this production.

Another Strzok email suggest the decision on the Clinton email matter has been under discussion since April 2016—three months before then-FBI Director James Comey announced he would recommend no prosecution.

On July 3, 2016, in an email with the subject line “Must Read Security Article” someone from the FBI’s Security Division (SECD) forwards the article in the Observer and reveals concern:

I believe that the source quoted in the article is one of the local Phoenix LEO’s [law enforcement officers]. Needless to say that I have contacted the Phoenix office and will contact the local’s [sic] who assisted in an attempt to stem any further damage. This is exactly why our Discretion and Judgement are the foundation of the AG’s trust in our team, which is why we can never violate that trust, like the source did in this article.”

In a July 1, 2016, email from an unidentified official in the FBI Security Division sent to officials in several FBI offices with the subject line “Media Reports***Not for Dissemination***”, sent in the wake of the tarmac meeting, an FBI official warns his colleagues “Our job is to protect the boss from harm and embarrassment.” [Emphasis in original] He emphasizes that FBI officials should ask themselves: “What issues are currently being reported in the media? And what actions/interactions/situations that the Director may be in could impact them.” The official then cites an example of a public relations disaster near-miss when Comey’s plane “literally just missed Clinton’s plane” when they flew into the White Plains, NY, airport (HPN) a few months earlier, and saying, “Imagine the optics and the awkward situation we would have put the Director in we would have been at the FBO at the same time as Secretary Clinton.”

In a July 1, 2016, email exchange, FBI Section Chief Rachel Rojas warns a colleague to “stay away” from discussion of the Clinton Lynch tarmac mee

ting following publication of the meeting, unless they hear from a “higher up”. The colleague responds the next day, telling Rojas not to worry because, “I know better <winking.>” He/she adds that “it was DOJ opa [Office of Public Affairs] who threw us under the bus.” Rojas replies “Doj is likely overwhelmed so in [sic] hoping it wasn’t intentional. I know it wasn’t you guys because I know you have great judgement. Nothing good would come from that. Her staff should have avoided that scenario. The bu[reau] will be fine but obviously disappointed on how this is happening. Unfortunately, she’s taking heat from all over the place and I feel bad for her. I know she didn’t want this on her plate or for this to happen.” The colleague then concludes by saying that he/she thought the leaker was “a Phoenix cop assisting with the motorcade.”

These emails are simply astonishing. No wonder the FBI hid them from the court and us. They show anti-Trump, pro-Clinton FBI Agent Peter Strzok admitting the decision not to prosecute the Clinton email issue was made back in April 2016 – long before Hillary Clinton was interviewed. And the new emails show that the FBI security had the political objective of protecting then-Director Comey from ‘embarrassment’—which is, frankly, disturbing.

> MORE: https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/weekly-updates/weekly-update-new-fbi-docs-clinton-email-scandal/

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THE FIX was in !

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The Fixer has been found

Deep State Gate: FBI Hillary Fixer Peter Strzok Personally Hand-Picked the 3,000 Emails to be Examined From Weiner Laptop Out of Hundreds of Thousands

Less than 1% of Hillary Clinton’s emails discovered on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, a convicted sex offender, were examined by the FBI during its investigation of Hillary’s unsecured, private email server. And it’s all thanks to Peter Strzok and James Comey.

“James Comey told Congress that they had reviewed all of the Clinton emails — hundreds of thousands — that were found on the Weiner laptop. But that was not true,” RealClear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry said on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle. “They barely looked at any of them. Just 3,000 of 700,000.”

This revelation directly contradicts the sworn testimony of fired Obama FBI director James Comey, who told Congress that the FBI had examined all of Hillary’s emails uncovered on Weiner’s laptop. Anthony Weiner is the husband of Hillary’s longtime aide and close friend Huma Abedin.

Even more alarming is the fact that former FBI official Peter Strzok — a Hillary superfan who hates Trump — personally handpicked the 3,000 (out of the 700,000 Hillary-related emails) for review.

That’s 0.004% of the total stash the FBI should have looked at. That means more than 99% of Hillary’s emails were never examined before Comey cavalierly closed the investigation of her email server days before the 2016 presidential election.

“3,000 out of 700,000 potentially relevant emails were actually, individually examined for classified information and incriminating evidence,” Sperry said. “Peter Strzok — the disgraced agent who was in charge of this midyear investigation into the Clinton emails — personally handpicked the 3,000 sample.”

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TIME to Hunt for the Real Crimes (...of a real witch?)

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Bombshell Report: Communist China Hacked Hillary’s Illegal Private Email Server

  • A Chinese-owned company penetrated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to sources briefed on the matter.
  • The company inserted code that forwarded copies of Clinton’s emails to the Chinese company in real time.
  • The Intelligence Community Inspector General warned of the problem, but the FBI subsequently failed to act, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said during a July hearing.

A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The Chinese firm obtained Clinton’s emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through her personal server, according to the sources, who said the hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation.

The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton’s residence in upstate New York. The code generated an instant “courtesy copy” for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found that virtually all of Clinton’s emails were sent to a “foreign entity,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said at a July 12 House Committee on the Judiciary hearing. He did not reveal the entity’s identity, but said it was unrelated to Russia. 

(RELATED: Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’)

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LOCK HER UP, investigate her (Fully & fairly), then STRETCH HER NECK (if warranted by the evidence)

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The former intelligence officer TheDCNF spoke with said the ICIG “discovered the anomaly pretty early in 2015.”

“When [the ICIG] did a very deep dive, they found in the actual metadata — the data which is at the header and footer of all the emails — that a copy, a ‘courtesy copy,’ was being sent to a third party and that third party was a known Chinese public company that was involved in collecting intelligence for China,” the former intelligence officer told TheDCNF.

“The [the ICIG] believe that there was some level of phishing. But once they got into the server something was embedded,” he said. “The Chinese are notorious for embedding little surprises like this.”

The intelligence officer declined to name of the Chinese company.

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Did The New York Times Out Hillary Clinton As The Source Of The CIA-China Spy Massacre?

18 to 20 covert operatives were discovered/imprisoned/murdered by China’s government in the short span of 2010 to 2012. The U.S. security breach that allowed that to happen remains ‘unknown’ according to Establishment Media coverage.

Or is it? Hillary Clinton was Barack Obama’s Secretary of State from 2009-2013 and during that time she conducted nearly all of her official/top secret business via the use of a private, non-government secured server. Smack dab in the middle of those years is when China was able to take out up to 20 deeply embedded and critically important CIA operatives. Coincidence?

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The FBI is Out-of-Control ! / FIB & the Fibbers
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ServerGate: Comey Cover-up - collusion with Lynch & Hillary?
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Katie Pavlich Rips Comey Over Public Hearing Demand: ‘Out-of-Touch, Entitled Gov’t Bureaucrat’

On "Outnumbered" Friday, Katie Pavlich went off on James Comey over the former FBI director's demand for a public hearing before Congress.

In a court filing Thursday, Comey's lawyers asked a judge to throw out a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee for Comey to appear for a private hearing on his handling of the Russia probe.

Comey previously took to Twitter to blast Republicans for issuing the subpoena.

Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans. I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a “closed door” thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion. Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to see.

Pavlich said Comey's demand is "enraging," pointing out that regular civilians don't get to negotiate terms if they are subpoenaed by Congress.

 

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MORE LIES discovered

CONGRESS DISCOVERS PLOT TO DECEIVE FISA WITH 2ND SET OF FALSE EVIDENCE WORSE THAN THE STEELE DOSSIER

 

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BREAKING: Federal Court Orders Discovery Plan in 10 Days Whether Hillary’s Private Server an Intentional Attempt to Evade FOIA

    On Thursday, a federal court blasted the DOJ and State Department on Hillary Clinton’s emails and ordered a discovery plan in 10 days as to whether Hillary’s private email system was intentionally set up to evade FOIA requests and lawsuits. (we know the answer)

    Read more: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED | The History The US Government HOPES You Never Learn! https://www.whatreallyhappened.com/#ixzz5YzoOuLq4

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     Federal Judge Opens Discovery Into Clinton Email Usage; Court Excoriates Obama State Department/Justice Department for Possibly Acting in “Bad Faith”

    and Colluding “to Scuttle Public Scrutiny” of Clinton Private Email Server, Criticizes Current Justice Department for “Chicanery”

    Judicial Watch announced today that, in a ruling excoriating both the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth has ordered both agencies to join Judicial Watch in submitting a proposed schedule for discovery into whether Hillary Clinton sought to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a private email system and whether the State Department acted in “bad faith” by failing to disclose knowledge of the email system.  The decision comes in a FOIA lawsuit related to the Benghazi terrorist attack.

    Specially, Lamberth ruled:

    … the Court ORDERS the parties to meet and confer to plan discovery into (a) whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email while Secretary of State was an intentional attempt to evade FOIA; (b) whether the State Department’s attempts to settle this case in late 2014 and early 2015 amounted to bad faith; and (c) whether State has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s requests.

    Terming Clinton’s use of her private email system, “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency,” Lamberth wrote in his MEMORANDUM OPINION:

    … his [President Barack Obama’s] State and Justice Departments fell far short. So far short that the court questions, even now, whether they are acting in good faith. Did Hillary Clinton use her private email as Secretary of State to thwart this lofty goal [Obama announced standard for transparency]? Was the State Department’s attempt to settle this FOIA case in 2014 an effort to avoid searching – and disclosing the existence of – Clinton’s missing emails? And has State ever adequately searched for records in this case?

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    At best, State’s attempt to pass-off its deficient search as legally adequate during settlement negotiations was negligence born out of incompetence. At worst, career employees in the State and Justice Departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court.

    Turning his attention to the Department of Justice, Lamberth wrote:

    The current Justice Department made things worse. When the government last appeared before the Court, counsel claimed, ‘it is not true to say we misled either Judicial Watch or the Court.’ When accused of ‘doublespeak,’ counsel denied vehemently, feigned offense, and averred complete candor. When asked why State masked the inadequacy of its initial search, counsel claimed that the officials who initially responded to Judicial Watch’s request didn’t realize Clinton’s emails were missing, and that it took them two months to ‘figure [] out what was going on’… Counsel’s responses strain credulity. [citations omitted]

    The Court granted discovery because the government’s response to the Judicial Watch Benghazi FOIA request for Clinton emails “smacks of outrageous conduct.”

    Citing an email (uncovered as a result of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit) that Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Benghazi was a terrorist attack immediately after it happened, Judge Lamberth asked:

    Did State know Clinton deemed the Benghazi attack terrorism hours after it happened, contradicting the Obama Administration’s subsequent claim of a protest-gone-awry?

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    Did the Department merely fear what might be found? Or was State’s bungling just the unfortunate result of bureaucratic redtape and a failure to communicate? To preserve the Department’s integrity, and to reassure the American people their government remains committed to transparency and the rule of law, this suspicion cannot be allowed to fester.

    “The historic court ruling raises concerns about the Hillary Clinton email scandal and government corruption that millions of Americans share,” stated Judicial Watch Tom Fitton.  “Judicial Watch looks forward to conducting careful discovery into the Clinton email issue and we hope the Justice Department and State Department recognize Judge Lamberth’s criticism and help, rather than obstruct, this court-ordered discovery.”

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