• Here Are The Questions Bruce Ohr Needs To Answer Before Congress

    Here Are The Questions Bruce Ohr Needs To Answer Before Congress

    Bruce Ohr is scheduled to testify Tuesday behind a closed-door session of the House Oversight Committee. Earlier this month, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes outed Ohr as an overlooked, but important, figure in the Obama administration’s targeting of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

    Recent revelations confirm Nunes’ characterization of Ohr: In his former position as the associate deputy attorney general under then-deputy attorney general Sally Yates, Ohr began feeding the FBI information from Christopher Steele, the former British spy who put together the unverified Trump dossier. Steele continued providing information to the FBI through Ohr, after the FBI had officially cut him off as a source and ordered him to stop gathering “intel.” Steele had leaked the investigation to the press. READ MORE...

  • Court Docs Suggest IG Might Not Be Investigating Ohr’s Role In Spygate

    Court Docs Suggest IG Might Not Be Investigating Ohr’s Role In Spygate

    Two weeks ago, a judge ordered the Department of Justice to provide a sworn affidavit stating whether the federal government possessed the entire Trump dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele, before BuzzFeed published the 35-page document. At the time, Judge Amit P. Mehta’s order merited mention, but the true import of the dispute between BuzzFeed and the federal government only recently became clear.

    First, the backdrop: On Jan. 10, 2017, BuzzFeed News published “These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties to Russia.” The article included a link to what has since become known colloquially as the Steele dossier—a collection of memos Steele prepared that detail supposed collusion to influence the 2016 presidential election between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his campaign and Russia. READ MORE...

  • In Saying Papadopoulos Lied, FBI Reveals It's Also Lying Or Incompetent

    In Saying Papadopoulos Lied, FBI Reveals It’s Also Lying Or Incompetent

    On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office filed a sentencing memorandum in its pending criminal case against former Donald Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos, who pled guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI, is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

    In the sentencing memorandum, Mueller’s team provided the court a detailed background of Papadopoulos’ criminal offense and suggested Papadopoulos’ lies justified a sentence of 0 to 6 months of incarceration. While much of the ten-page memorandum merely rehashes facts previously known, one passage includes a significant new admission and proves the FBI is either incompetent, or incompetent at lying. READ MORE...

  • New Details Show Firing Strzok Didn't Remove All The Tainted FBI Agents

    New Details Show Firing Strzok Didn’t Remove All The Tainted FBI Agents

    Peter Strzok has finally joined James Comey and Andrew McCabe in the ranks of fired FBI officials. Yet there’s likely more housekeeping to do at the federal law enforcement agency that spearheaded the investigation into the Trump campaign. A series of notes, emails, and text messages published in The Hill last week between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele suggest as much.

    The first suggestive detail appears in notes Ohr took to document a Nov. 21, 2016 meeting he had with Strzok, then a high-ranking FBI agent, and two other agents. One of those was then-FBI attorney Lisa Page, and the other is unnamed. READ MORE...

  • New Info Indicates Clinton's Oppo Research Launched FBI’s Trump Probe

    New Info Indicates Clinton’s Oppo Research Launched FBI’s Trump Probe

    In three articles for The Hill last week, investigative journalist John Solomon revealed previously undisclosed text and email discussions between former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and former MI6 agent and Spygate dossier author Christopher Steele. Solomon’s reporting also uncovered notes Ohr took summarizing discussions he had with Steele’s boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, about the Russia “collusion” investigation.

    In isolation, the details revealed in Solomon’s must-read exposés are troubling. But when considered in conjunction with information related to the Russia investigation the government previously released, this new information is potentially devastating, because it indicates that, notwithstanding claims to the contrary, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched operation Crossfire Hurricane based on Steele’s Clinton-funded opposition research. READ MORE...

  • Michigan Senate Primary Winner John James Offers A Bright GOP Future

    Michigan Senate Primary Winner John James Offers A Bright GOP Future

    Political newcomer John James won Michigan’s Tuesday Republican senatorial primary. The previous underdog finished with a solid 9 percent victory over opponent Sandy Pensler, thanks in part to a late-July endorsement from Donald Trump. Trump also recorded a telephone pitch for James that went out to Republican voters the day before they headed to the polls.

    James, who suffers from sparse name recognition, will face Democrat Debbie Stabenow when voters head to the polls in November. Prior to the primary, Stabenow held a nearly 20-point lead in a hypothetical head-to-head contest between the Democrat senator and the political novice, leading national pundits to write off the contest. READ MORE...

  • 4 Things We Learned From The FBI’s Mostly Redacted Steele Documents

    4 Things We Learned From The FBI’s Mostly Redacted Steele Documents

    In a Friday afternoon news dump, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released 71 pages of documents related to the agency’s use of Christopher Steele as a confidential human source (CHS). Judicial Watch fought for more than a year to force the government to comply with its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents related to the work the former British spy—and author of the salacious and unverified Steele dossier—did for the FBI since January 1, 2016.

    It is unlikely that Friday’s release will end the matter, however, given the FBI’s greedy use of FOIA exemptions left nearly all the significant details redacted. But while Judicial Watch (and Congress!) continue to battle for more information, several points merit mention based on the sparse details revealed. READ MORE...

  • NY Abortion Activists Spied On Pro-Lifers, Then Lied About Them In Court

    NY Abortion Activists Spied On Pro-Lifers, Then Lied About Them In Court

    In May 2018, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman resigned from office in disgrace following reports that he had physically assaulted four women. Before his departure, Schneiderman had launched a year-long investigation into peaceful pro-life protestors. He eventually filed suit against 13 individuals in June 2017, alleging violations of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) and the state and city corollaries.

    Ironically, in a press release announcing the lawsuit, Schneiderman accused the protestors of “threatening, violent, and obstructive behavior” at Choices Women’s Medical Center, a Queens, New York abortion facility. READ MORE...

  • No, Trump Knowing Of Tower Meeting Doesn't Strengthen Collusion Case

    No, Trump Knowing Of Tower Meeting Doesn’t Strengthen Collusion Case

    Late Thursday, CNN reported that, according to “sources with knowledge,” President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, planned to reveal to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew in advance of his son’s June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Russians who promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

    Donald Trump Jr. has admitted that he agreed to the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting with several purportedly highly connected Russians after publicist Rob Goldstone said they had “very interesting” information “that would incriminate Hillary.” But a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing confirmed the younger Trump’s claim that the meeting was a bust and the Russians had no such “dirt” on the Democratic candidate. READ MORE...

  • 10 Key Takeaways From Released FISA Warrants Against Carter Page

    10 Key Takeaways From Released FISA Warrants Against Carter Page

    In a surprise move, on Saturday evening the Department of Justice released copies of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications used to obtain a secret court order to conduct electronic surveillance on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. The 412 pages of documents turned over in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by several media outlets included the initial October 2016 application and the three applications for renewal of the surveillance order.

    While the newly released documents remain heavily redacted, the details revealed confirm the charges of abuse laid out early this year by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA). The documents also provide additional evidence that the Obama administration’s Department of Justice and career DOJ, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and State Department employees misused the FISA court system to spy on the Trump campaign. Here are ten key take-aways. READ MORE...