Bombshells at IG Horowitz hearing on second day

 

Believe it or not, I endured the entire hearing yesterday. My big take away was that there were at least 15 IG staff members as well as Horowitz that “together” came to the stated conclusion of the report of no bias that many of us find unbelievable. It appears there are drafts.

My other take away was that Horowitz only had access to those individuals available. No subpoenas were issued. Thus how could any conclusion be determined as to bias? It was pointed out that those questioned could have had the same bias of that of Strzok and Page.

YouTube has the full Gowdy hearing statements. Well worth going there and listen to the full thing. He did good. Zero Hedge has some good highlights, wander over to their place for the goodies, here are a few:

While Monday’s testimony by Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray was certainly eye-opening – Congressional Investigators uncovered several game-changing bombshells on Tuesday that will re-frame the entire discussion. Hat-tip to Paul Sperry for reporting these stunning developments in real time.  Zero Hedge

    • There were no actual subjects of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, meaning that neither Hillary nor any of her top aides – including Huma Abedin and the IT guys who set up her illegal server and then used “bleachbit” to destroy evidence (for which they received immunity) – were ever under any direct FBI scrutiny. Horowitz found this “surprising.”

There is at least one and possibly more original drafts of the OIG report, which were subsequently redlined by DOJ/FBI higher-ups.

  • Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) has sent a formal letter to Horowitz requesting “the various drafts of the report, particularly the draft provided to the DOJ and FBI, before those agencies made any changes to the draft report.”

 

  • Horowitz is investigating allegations that FBI officials “edited” agents’ 302 forms – which doument an interview with a suspect or a witness.

A highlight of the hearing:

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DERSHOWITZ: ‘I DRAW THE LINE WHEN AN FBI AGENT SAYS WE’LL STOP HIM’

 

Marie Bartiromo had an outstanding program yesterday. She devoted much of it to the IG report and bore down to the nub of it. I can’t find the full thing right now, but this is a piece to start with.

Today is the big day when the IG heads to Capital Hill to testify as well as Strzok. I have yet to hear that it will be open, though we were promised by the GOPers that it would be. CLOSED.. yep.. Thanks GOP. UPDATE  A comment:

Answer: The circus will come to town at 2 p.m. on C-Span, https://www.c-span.org/video/?446804-1/doj-inspector-general-fbi-director-testify-clinton-email-probe-report

My cable company will air it, not sure of others. ( I had checked earlier)

Here we go:

 

 

Dershowitz told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” that FBI agents are allowed to have partisan proclivities but that he “draw[s] the line” at FBI agents expressing a desire to influence an investigation.

The inspector general report that came out this week revealed a new text message from Strzok to his colleague and lover Lisa Page promising “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president. (RELATED: STRZOK: ‘We’ll Stop’ Trump Presidency)

“FBI agents are allowed to be biased. They’re allowed to support political candidates, that’s part of the law,” Dershowitz said. “Where I draw the line is when an FBI agent says, ‘we’ll stop him.’”

“That’s not an expression of bias; that’s not saying who we’re gonna vote for. That sends a message to the American people that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is going to interfere in an election in an effort to try to stop the election of one candidate rather than the other,” he said. “That to me was where the red line was crossed.”

Dershowitz also asserted that this text message precludes Strzok from continuing to be an FBI agent.

More at the  Daily Caller

Flashback : Comey declared that FBI would be independent of politics

 

Saint Comey

For Saturday’s flashback and whatever happened to – I went back to an old 2013 post of James Comey. I don’t think I have to fill you in on the “whatever happened to” part. Amazing that it recalls that he became the new FBI Director in the fall of 2013. So that is when the long National nightmare was born. This will be a real knee slapper.

New FBI Director has agents visiting MLK monument

 

“I’m going to direct that all new agents and analysts also visit the Martin Luther King Memorial here in Washington,” said Comey, whose term runs for 10 years.

“I think it will serve as a different kind of lesson, one more personal to the Bureau, of the dangers in becoming untethered to oversight and accountability,” he said.

Rev. King was monitored by FBI agents from 1958 to 1968, during the presidencies of Republican Dwight Eisenhower, and Democrats John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Democrats dominated southern politics, and used their power to block demands for equal treatment of blacks with whites. For example, Birmingham’s police chief, Theophilus “Bull” Connor, used firehoses and dogs to block a march in 1963. Connor was a Democrat and a member of the Democratic National Committee.

Comey declared the FBI would be independent of politics.

“The FBI must be independent of all political forces or interests in this country… [and] must stand apart from other institutions in American life,” he said. “But, second, at the same time, it must be part of the United States Department of Justice, and constrained by the rule of law and the checks and balances built into our brilliant design by our nation’s founders.”

“Our first half-century or so was a time of great progress and achievement for this country, and for the Bureau,” Comey said. “But it also saw abuse and overreach — most famously with respect to Martin Luther King and others, who were viewed as internal security threats.”

Comey did not explain who the “others” were, but he did seem to criticize the FBI’s surveillance of political radicals in the 1960s.

Daily Caller

Inspector General Summary/Conclusion report written by FBI and DOJ?

 

One puzzle to the IG report that remains is why does Horowitz conclude no political bias. Conservative Tree House has done some outstanding work on the topic and makes an interesting comment:

Important note.  Read, but don’t focus on, the “executive summary” or “conclusions”; those two sections were written by political administrators in FBI and DOJ leadership.  Focus on the substance of the documented facts within the IG report.  You’ll note the specific facts don’t support the “summary/conclusion”.

It really is the only way to make sense of it as the report is riddled with hatred and worse for Donald Trump. I’ll let you wander over to their place for the review with a number of posts on the highlights.

IG Report: “We do not have confidence that Strzok’s decision was free from bias”… The Conservative Treehouse

 

And of course, how could I do this post without something from the one who caused all of this mayhem.

James Woods Retweeted Hillary Clinton

Yes. Your emails. They destroyed you. Now go back to bed.

AG Jeff Sessions: “I’m Confident” Deputy AG Rosenstein Did Not Threaten Members of Congress

 

Sessions breeches..There has been a sighting with no less than Tucker Carlson. In celebration I will give you this piece of the interview which only proves some wishes are best left unfilled. In this case, watching Sessions churn and justify his department in general and in one Rod Rosenstein in particular, just might give one agita.

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined Tucker Carlson to discuss the shocking revelation today that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened members of Congress.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to subpoena emails, phone records and other documents of Republican lawmakers on the House Intel Committee back in January, confirming previous reports.

On Tuesday night Jeff Sessions told Tucker Carlson that he did not believe Rosenstein threatened Congress.

Jeff Sessions: well, I don’t know if they’ve confirmed that exactly. In fact the FBI Director, the senior ethics attorney for the Department of Justice who was in the room said that is a mischaracterization of really of what occurred… We understand in this department that we are accountable to the president and are accountable to Congress. (A real knee slapper – chuckle time.)

Tucker Carlson: Did the Deputy Attorney General threaten to subpoena the email or phone records of the members of the House Intel Committee?

Jeff Sessions: All I can say is Chris Wray and the senior ethics attorney and others and did not see it in that same fashion.

Via Tucker Carlson Tonight:

 

 

Bonus:

Jeff Sessions, praising Rachel Brand and Rod Rosenstein – now Rachel Brand resigns

 

Comey’s proposed statement on Hillary Clinton classified email, and changes made

If anyone is questioning what the DOJ is doing to the Inspector General’s report that is now in their hands for the past weeks look no further than the changes that were made by the FBI to the original Comey document some time ago. Sharyl Attkinson’s good piece of work. Updated post.

The Senate released 500 pages of information including unredacted Strzok/Page texts that expose the FBI corruption starting earlier than we were told… December of 2015 instead of July of 2016! There was also an effort to place more than one spy into the Trump campaign.

1) BOMBSHELL- From DECEMBER 2015–The word LURES is redacted by FBI but not OIG “OCONUS LURES” OCONUS= Outside Contiguous US LURES= In this context LURES = SPIES – multiple Is this an admission that the FBI wanted to run a baited Sting Op using foreign agents against Trump?

Was Obama spying on the entire group of 16 Republicans running for president? December of 2015 was well before there was a frontrunner even a top three in the group of candidates. It is a possibility that Obama could have directed the corrupt FBI and DOJ to spy on all 16 candidates or was this an effort to prepare to place spies into the campaign of the eventual nominee.

More

Document 34: What Comey originally proposed to say about Clinton classified email, and the changes FBI reviewing official suggested:

If you want some light reading Sharyl Attkinson has provided a link to the complete file of Comey and changes to the original documents. This file was just released by the Senate and is brand new.

Document 34 and more can be read here:

Clapper: ‘Thinking Of Something Else’ When he Lied To Congress

 

Keep in mind, Senator Wyden knows that metadata on every single one of us is being kept at the Utah Data Center.

Every itty bitty bit of everything we do say or may even be thinking is kept. Stored in a facility that is large enough to store everyone’s information for one hundred years. Wyden is very upset about it. He knowingly wants to nail Clapper down. Clapper knows he knows.

First we have the short Wyden take down, then the Clapper’s remarks on “The View” where Megan McCain tries to nail him. In case you haven’t seen it,

I will add the chilling clip of the Utah Data Center being built. It is now up and running. He states on The View that he was in “a bad place” to reveal he was spying essentially on every single one of us, since the program was Classified.

 

Ron Wyden’s exchange with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. 2013

 

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper claimed Tuesday that he “made a mistake,” but that he didn’t lie when he told Sen. Ron Wyden in 2013 that the National Security Agency doesn’t collect data on Americans.

Clapper was defending himself on “The View” after President Donald Trump called him a “lying machine.”

A report from The Guardian later that year showed that Clapper’s statement was false, that the NSA does collect phone metadata on millions of Americans.

Keep reading…

UPDATE: For an even better explaining, see an old post 2013. Clapper offers his “metaphor” explanation as to why he lied.

The attempt at a takedown starts about 3:48 if you want to move it along:

 

NSA Utah Data Spy Center Revealed

This is what Clapper termed “Classified” and that is “The bad place he was in” ???  We weren’t suppose to know about it!!

Filmed from Redwood Road, you can see the progress of the NSA’s Utah Data Center also called the NSA Spy Center.

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