Confused by all the scandals surrounding HRC? I’ve tried to separate and explain them for you. Remember, your comments are always welcome.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew well in advance of FBI Director James Comey‘s 2016 press conference that he would recommend against charging Hillary Clinton for her heinous breach of national security by storing emails on her unsecured home-brew server, according to information turned over to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Friday. (More at the Hill.com.)
The revelation was included in 384 pages of text messages exchanged between FBI officials and lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and it significantly diminishes the credibility of Lynch’s earlier commitment to accept Comey’s recommendation — a commitment she made under the pretense that the two were not coordinating with each other.
And it gets worse. Comey and Lynch reportedly knew that Clinton would never face charges even before the FBI conducted its three-hour interview with Clinton, which was supposedly meant to gather more information into her mishandling of classified information.
And as for the hostility of the FBI agents, we may never get to the bottom of their acts, unless we can discover another agency was collecting these texts. Why? Because of the usual government incompetence in relation to technology. (Did you know your sensitive tax data is kept on unsupported Microsoft operating systems as old as Windows 2000, Vista and XP?)
(M)any FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices did not capture or store text messages due to misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities. The result was that data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected.
Slowly, Congress is getting down to the task of pursuing this Clinton-protection campaign, and it’s looking like it will go right to the Obama White House.
And it’s not just the email servers. There’s the Russia story that won’t go away. The narrative began that Trump had colluded with Russia to win the election. Now that story is morphing. At its heart is a Russian “dossier” that alleged a conspiracy between Trump and Russia as compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, on behalf of the Fusion Group. The problem is, this dossier had been paid for through Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Steele made bold claims in the dossier, claims he later severely backpedaled when charged with libel in a London courtroom.
The Trump dossier is a 35-page research document that claims the Russian government had been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for years. It contains salacious and unsubstantiated allegations about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. It also says the Kremlin has information it can use against Trump as blackmail.
It was probably the document used to convince the FISA court judge to allow the wiretap of Trump foreign affairs advisor, Carter Page. This would be a major abuse of the FISA court – the secret court that decides which Americans can be surveilled by the government when they deal with foreign nationals. It would also be illegal.
There is a memo, known as the Nunes memo, circulating around Congress under a Top Secret tag. The document alleges that the FISA judge who signed off on surveillance warrants for members of Trump’s team during the campaign was not given full information about the dossier used to secure the tap, including that it was paid for by the Democratic sources
, CNN reported.
There are people who have seen the Memo who say it will make Watergate look like child’s play.
Meanwhile Congress is waking up and making a few demands of the Mueller investigation. (see letters below).
And Republicans are getting ticked at Mueller’s lack of progress and are asking for a second special counsel to investigate misdeeds at the Department of Justice.
Watch this space!
In a statement Monday evening, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he has spoken with the inspector general “to ascertain what occurred” with the missing messages “and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way.“
“We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” Sessions said. “If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”
Meanwhile in Congress: (From the Hill
“House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy
(R-S.C.) on Monday raised concerns that the two FBI agents who privately exchanged text messages disparaging President Trump
mentioned a “secret society” shortly after the Republican candidate won the election.Gowdy joins a chorus of Republicans who are upset over texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with some claiming they serve as proof of FBI bias against Trump in the probes into Russian election meddling, as well as into Hillary Clinton
‘s use of a private email server as secretary of State.
Strzok, who spoke in openly derisive terms about Trump, served on both investigations before being removed by the Russia special counsel.
“[T]he day after the election…there is a text exchange between these two FBI agents, these supposed to be fact-centric FBI agents saying, ‘Perhaps this is the first meeting of the secret society,'” Gowdy said on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”
“So I’m going to want to know what secret society you are talking about, because you’re supposed to be investigating objectively the person who just won the Electoral College,” he continued.
Gowdy also pointing to his concern about their mention of an “insurance policy” in their back-and-forth during the spring of 2016, a remark that has captured Republicans’ attention.
Senator Ron Johnson Letter to FBI Re Comey July 5 Statement by The Conservative Treehouse on Scribd
Comey’s Clinton letter draft by acohnthehill on Scribd