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Inside the FBI circle of love: Sources

Featured image Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson has just released The Clinton Email Scandal and the FBI Investigation of It: An Interim Report. Jake Gibson highlights the most newsworthy items on a quick first review here.The committee has posted the report and related documents here. I have embedded the report below via Scribd. 2018-02-07 Interim Report_The Clinton Email Scandal and the FBI's Investigation of It by Scott Johnson on Scribd »

Inside the FBI circle of love

Featured image Jake Gibson flags the newly released text messages of the amorous FBI agents: Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing.” The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News. The pair both »

In search of lost texts (7)

Featured image Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson has undertaken a mission to understand the saga of the FBI’s lost text messages and to recover them. Senior FBI management seems to have joined the Resistance. If you can’t fight City Hall, you probably can’t even ask the FBI an uncomfortable question. Senator Johnson now seeks any text messages recovered by Inspector General Michael Horowitz and directs a fresh set of questions to »

The Clinton investigation revisited

Featured image Since early on in the phony baloney Clinton email investigation, Andrew McCarthy has insisted that Madam Hillary was never to be charged. The rationale is overdetermined, but she would never be charged in part because President Obama was himself implicated in her misconduct. McCarthy noted that Obama, using a pseudonymous email account, had repeatedly communicated with Clinton over her own non-secure email account. Today McCarthy draws on the latest tranche »

In search of lost texts (5)

Featured image Senators Johnson and Grassley have observed the same peculiarities that I have today in this series. They have just sent a letter to the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General regarding the revelation that the FBI did not preserve text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for the critical five-month period between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. In a previous letter to Senators Johnson and Grassley, »

In search of lost texts (4)

Featured image Attorney General Sessions has ordered an investigation into the five months’ worth of missing text messages that passed between the FBI’s most famous lovebirds. Attorney General Sessions’s statement is posted below via Byron York’s tweet. The Washington Post story on the statement is here. Among other things, the statement implies that Inspector General Horowitz never received copies of the text messages either: “After reviewing the voluminous records on the FBI’s »

In search of lost texts (3)

Featured image The most detailed account that I have seen of the missing text messages between the FBI’s famous lovers is the FOX News story by Brooke Singman, Alex Pappas, and Jake Gibson. Please read it and check it against my comments in the adjacent post (2) of this series. The period of missing text messages is approximately December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017. The FOX News story quotes Attorney General »

In search of lost texts (2)

Featured image Late last week the Department of Justice advised Senator Ron Johnson that the FBI had failed to preserve five months’ worth of text messages between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page. By cover letter from Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd accompanying documents submitted to Senator Johnson, the Department of Justice advised that the FBI did not preserve text messages between Ms. Page and »

From foreplay to foreknowledge

Featured image We learn from Senator Johnson’s letter to FBI Director Wray that the Department of Justice has turned over 384 pages of text messages between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page. (We also learn that five months’ of text messages between the infamous FBI couple during the critical period culminating in the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel have disappeared.) What do the newly disclosed text »

In search of lost texts

Featured image Last night the Washington Examiner’s Byron York posted his column “Congress seeks answers after FBI claims texts missing in Trump-Russia probe.” Byron quotes from the letter sent on Saturday by Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson to FBI Director Christopher Wray. I thought some readers might be interested in seeing the full text of Senator Johnson’s letter. This is the text of Senator Johnson’s January 20 letter to Wray »

Does Comey need the Comey defense?

Featured image Former Assistant United States Attorney Andrew McCarthy is a natural teacher. In his current NRO column, he gives a short course on the intent element of criminal statutes. All our criminal laws set forth the elements of an offense. The intent element of a given crime (oversimplified, the intent to perform a given act) is to be distinguished from motive (the reason for performing the act). In his July 2016 »

From the Carlos Danger files

Featured image The indispensable Judicial Watch, after protracted litigation in federal court, has forced the State Department to begin releasing Huma Abedin’s work-related documents that were found on Anthony Weiner’s personal computer. The documents were provided to the State Department by the FBI, which reviewed them as part of its investigation of the Hillary Clinton email server scandal. The first public release of these documents came on Friday, December 29. Judicial Watch »

Senator Johnson’s request

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column today (behind the Journal’s paywall), Kim Strassel draws on the work of Senator Ron Johnson to unearth the role of the FBI in the 2016 presidential election. Kim first discusses the questions raised by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s letter to Senator Johnson earlier this week. She notes that the letter raises the question of when it first learned of FBI »

Charles McCullough speaks

Featured image Paul wrote about Catherine Herridge’s interview with former Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III here last night. Listening to McCullough discuss the events that thrust him into the Clinton email scandal, we are reminded of the seriousness of Hillary Clinton’s wrongdoing, of Barack Obama’s dishonesty, and of former DNi James Clapper’s political hackery. Herridge’s interview with McCullough in the clip below is followed by Tucker Carlson’s discussion with Clinton »

How Democrats turned on Charles McCullough

Featured image In January 2016, in response to an inquiry, Charles McCullough III, the Intelligence Community inspector general, informed the Republican leadership on the Senate intelligence and foreign affairs committees that emails beyond the “Top Secret” level passed through Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal server. Democrats immediately responded by trying to intimidate McCullough. Scott documented this effort in a January 25, 2016 post that highlighted threatening comments by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff. The »

Will AG Sessions Appoint Another Special Prosecutor? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be taking my advice to appoint at least one more special prosecutor to go after the Democrats, including James Comey and Robert Mueller. More realistically, I suppose the advice comes from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and a number of fellow House Republicans, who wrote a letter to President Trump in July urging such an investigation. You can read the »

McCarthy compares and contrasts

Featured image In his weekly NRO column Andrew McCarthy compares and contrasts the Obama administration’s investigation of the Hillary Clinton email matter under former FBI Director James Comey with the metastasizing collusion investigation under the auspices of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Reviewing the course of the Mueller investigation so far, my friend Mr. McCarthy catches up and links to newsworthy items we haven’t gotten around to. One such item is the earliest »