• How Media Enable Rep. Adam Schiff's Russian Bot Conspiracy Theories

    How Media Enable Rep. Adam Schiff’s Russian Bot Conspiracy Theories

    Last week, Lawrence Tribe suggested, without evidence, that a plane crash in Russia was related to fallout from the Russian dossier operation orchestrated and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Tribe is a Harvard Law professor, a passionate critic of President Donald Trump, and a known Russia conspiracy theorist. So it should have been surprising that the same day he was tweeting out plane crash conspiracy theories, he also argued in a “facially absurd” op-ed in The New York Times that Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., should be charged with obstruction of justice — no, really — for performing congressional oversight of the FBI. READ MORE...

  • Criminal Referral Confirms Memo's Explosive Claims Of FISA Abuse

    Criminal Referral Confirms Memo’s Explosive Claims Of FISA Abuse

    A criminal referral from top Senate investigators confirms explosive charges in last week’s House Intelligence Committee memo regarding abuse of surveillance authorities at the FBI and Department of Justice. It also reveals a host of problems arising from the bureau’s cooperation with foreign investigator Christopher Steele, who was working on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The eight-page memo from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) includes underlying evidence to support the claims. READ MORE...

  • If You Love Law Enforcement, You Must Criticize FBI Corruption

    If You Love Law Enforcement, You Must Criticize FBI Corruption

    Many people in the media have jointly arrived at the same talking point. They say that criticizing the bad actions of specific people at the top ranks of a law enforcement agency mean you’re at war with all law enforcement.

    Politico‘s headline for this talking point was “Trump escalates his war with U.S. law enforcement after memo release.” “Once the party of law and order, Republicans are now challenging it,” said the Washington PostThe New York Times went with “The President’s Unparalleled War on Law Enforcement.” READ MORE...

  • Transcript Shows The Daily Beast Peddled Fake News About Devin Nunes

    Transcript Shows The Daily Beast Peddled Fake News About Devin Nunes

    The Daily Beast’s headline, subheadline, and lede about the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee refusing to answer a question are all false.

    Once again, reporters got burned by believing anonymous Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

    Betsy Woodruff and Spencer Ackerman of The Daily Beast credulously believed their “sources familiar with the exchange,” who said Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, refused to deny he had coordinated with the White House when putting together a memo alleging surveillance and law enforcement abuses at the FBI. READ MORE...

  • McCabe Initiated White House Meeting That Led To Leak

    McCabe Initiated White House Meeting That Led To Leak

    The FBI’s top brass initiated conversations with a White House official that were quickly leaked to CNN, according to a new book.

    Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe asked to speak privately with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus following a February 2017 intelligence briefing. The scene is described in “Media Madness,” Howard Kurtz’s new book on the press and its relationship with the Trump administration. McCabe said he asked for the meeting to tell Priebus that “everything” in a New York Times story authored by Michael S. Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti, and Matt Apuzzo was “bullsh-t.” READ MORE...

  • What To Expect From The House Intel Memo On Surveillance Abuse

    What To Expect From The House Intel Memo On Surveillance Abuse

    The impending release of a major classified document from investigators at the House of Representatives is stoking outrage and intrigue among voters and beltway elite alike. Because the report is held under lock and key and available only to lawmakers in the House who have legally agreed to abide by House rules and keep the information secret until it’s publicly released, little is known about the document. What we do know is that the document is based on oversight and investigation of the FBI and Department of Justice and details potential abuses of those agencies’ authorities as it relates to the Steele dossier and secret surveillance warrants obtained by the Obama administration. READ MORE...

  • 10 Takeaways From Glenn Simpson's Fusion GPS Senate Testimony

    10 Takeaways From Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS Senate Testimony

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a semi-redacted transcript of testimony Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 22, 2017. Simpson had called for release of the testimony in a New York Times op-ed proclaiming the importance of transparency. Simpson and other Fusion GPS principals have resisted invitations to testify from the committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. When faced with a subpoena, Simpson used his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to negotiate for a closed-door interview in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. READ MORE...

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