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Trey Gowdy Drops Hints On What’s in the FISA Memo

Insiders on the Hill are speculating publicly that the push for the release of the House’s FISA memo could happen as early as this week.

Though the FBI is pressing to see the memo before the public gets a look at it. Which is precisely why it should be made public first.

And now Rep. Trey Gowdy is dropping not-so-subtle hints into what exactly is in that memo.

During an interview with Fox News this weekend, Gowdy teased that the memo reveals whether the infamous Trump dossier was vetted by the FBI, who paid for it, Chris Steele’s relationship with Hillary, and other details that will blow open the FBI collusion story.

Rest assured, this memo will get released soon, and it’s gonna be huge.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Lawmakers have been reluctant to discuss a classified four-page memo alleging that the FBI and Justice Department abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in order to spy on Trump campaign associates, but South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy provided several clues on Sunday to what’s in the controversial document.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Gowdy posed several questions to host Chris Wallace and his viewers that hinted at the allegations in the memo, which could be released by the House Intelligence Committee as early as this week.

“If you think your viewers want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used, whether or not it’s ever been vetted — if you are interested in who paid for the dossier, if you are interested in Christopher Steele’s relationship with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, then, yes, you will want the memo to come out,” Gowdy told Wallace.

“Do you want to know that the Democratic National Committee paid for material that was never vetted, that was included in a court proceeding?” he asked rhetorically.

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Report: Justice Dept Is Withholding Vast Majority of Texts

Congressional investigators are now revealing that they’ve only received about 15% of the 50,000 text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

And that doesn’t include the newly recovered messages leading up to the appointment of Robert Mueller, which could potentially double the number of texts.

The FBI’s explanation? The rest of the texts were of a ‘personal nature’.

So the agency under investigation for corruption gets to say what’s relevant to the investigation?

That’s not gonna fly.

What’s more, these are only texts sent via government-issued phones.

But we know for a fact that Strzok and Page texted on personal phones as well.

Will investigators subpoena records from Apple? That could be an epic fight.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Justice Department has given Congress less than 15 percent of the texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — and that is all Congress is likely to get, at least until department experts finish an effort to recover an unknown number of previously lost texts that were sent and received during a key five-month period during the Trump-Russia investigation.

There is much confusion over some basic facts of the Strzok-Page texts. How many are there? How many relate to the two most politically-charged investigations in years, the Trump-Russia probe and the Hillary Clinton email investigation? How many have been turned over to Congress? And how many are left to be turned over to Congress?

How many texts will be turned over? First, it’s not possible to know how many texts from the December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017 time period will be recovered and turned over. But of the 50,000 the Justice Department already has in hand, officials say they have already turned over all they’re going to give to Congress.

That means Justice has decided to allow Congress to see just 4,000 to 7,000 of a total of 50,000 Strzok-Page texts — even the larger number is slightly less than 15 percent of the total number of texts the Justice Department has now. Why is that? Justice Department officials point to a January 19 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Capitol Hill investigators explaining which texts would and would not be turned over.

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New FBI Text Revelations: Agents Went Easy on Hillary

As members of Congress continue combing through the exchanges in the newly discovered text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the web of collusion is weaved all the more.

Commenting on one of those exchanges was Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News late this week arguing that the ‘fix was in’ long before agents ever interviewed Hillary.

In one very telling exchange, Page warned Strzok: “One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear.”

Long after the FBI and DOJ knew they weren’t going to indict Hillary, they conducted a mock interview with kid gloves to ensure the exoneration plan remained intact.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday to discuss newly revealed text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that dealt with Hillary Clinton.

In one text released to the public, Page, in reference to Clinton, wrote to Strzok, “One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more doj than fbi?”

Strzok responded, “I called Bill and relayed what we discussed. He agrees. I will email you and [redacted] same.

These messages were sent during the FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Speaking to Tucker, Gowdy said, “This, I think is the unvarnished truth of how they viewed both her, him and the investigation and how they wanted it to turn out. Keep in mind, Tucker, all of this is done before she was ever interviewed. So the fix was in. Unfortunately, before they even interviewed the target of the investigation.”

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Report: DOJ Successfully Recovering Missing Texts

Late Wednesday evening Fox News reported ‘multiple sources’ inside the Department of Justice have confirmed that agency officials are ‘successfully recovering’ text messages which the FBI previously reported as lost during the critical five months preceding the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

What’s more interesting is that it appears officials from the DOJ have had to step in to correct the error which the FBI couldn’t solve on its own.

You know, that bureau which is supposed to be really good at forensics.

At any rate, this is a developing story which could throw the collusion/conspiracy investigation into a new gear.

Stay tuned.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

The Department of Justice is successfully recovering the missing text messages between former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Fox News reported Wednesday evening.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday called for a review of the matter after the bureau disclosed Friday that its system had “failed to preserve” thousands of the text messages between the pair from December 14, 2016, through May 17, 2017.

“Sources are exclusively telling me tonight — multiple sources — that the Department of Justice is as we speak in the process of successfully recovering many of those text messages in that five-month period of time from the Trump-hating FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page,” Fox News host Sean Hannity declared.

“The DOJ is also trying to track down their mobile phones,” Hannity added.

“You can’t make this up in a spy novel,” he said. “It’s one giant incestuous circle of corruption.”

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Warning Shots: Sen. Grassley Accuses FBI of Obstructing Justice

Sen. Chuck Grassley is the powerful chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and now he’s angry…very angry.

In a fiery speech on the Senate floor yesterday, Grassley blew his top and unloaded on the FBI and DOJ, essentially accusing both departments of obstruction of justice for their refusal to comply with committee requests for information and testimony in the investigation of possible collusion.

After laying out the long train of abuses and unexplained leaks and meetings, Grassley wondered aloud, “So, who was actually colluding with Russians?”

We now have multiple congressional committees and half a dozen high-ranking members ready to switch to guns on the FBI and DOJ.

This is about to get really interesting, folks.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Last week, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a memo compiled by staff of that committee. If focuses on two major areas. First, the abuse of FISA authority that resulted in that law being used by the outgoing Obama administration to monitor activities of the incoming Trump administration. Second, the fairly blatant antipathy of some senior FBI officials toward the idea of a Trump presidency and how this antipathy may have impacted upon the use of the Trump dossier and other parts of the ‘collusion’ investigation. This memo is based, in part, on top secret and compartmented information. It is held in the SCIF at the House of Representatives and members, over 200 thus far, can read it but not have copies or make notes.

Now Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has joined the fray. In a blistering speech, a speech that was a veritable Festivus style airing of grievances, Grassley called out the FBI for deliberately obstructing his committee’s investigation. And more. Read the statements these are the highlights of the floor speech.

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Whistleblower: FBI ‘Secret Society’ Held Offsite Meetings

Congressional leaders continue to dig through the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and the more they see the more incriminating those texts become.

Yesterday it was revealed that at least one of the exchanges referred to a ‘secret society’ within the FBI.

Now Sen. Ron Johnson has confirmed that an FBI informant is reporting that that secret society held meetings offsite from the FBI building.

The questions now include who was in that society and what were the purposes of those meetings?

The fact that five months of text messages are missing is even more suspicious than previously thought.

The possibility of a special counsel to investigate the FBI is nearly certain after these revelations.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

An FBI informant has apparently informed Congress that a secret society at the FBI was holding secret meetings off-site after the election of Donald Trump.

On Special Report with Bret Baier Tuesday evening, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) called it “corruption of the highest levels of the FBI.”

“That secret society — we have an informant that’s talking about a group that were holding secret meetings off-site,” Johnson said. “There is so much smoke here.”

This comes after text messages between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, his paramour, revealed that a “secret society” of officials within the FBI met the day after the election of Donald J. Trump to plot against the president-elect.

“A secret society?” Baier asked. “Secret meetings off-site of the Justice Department? And you have an informant saying that?”

“Yes,” Johnson answered matter-of-factly.

“Is [there] anything more about that?” Baier asked.

“No. We have to dig into it — this is not a distraction. Again, this is bias — potentially corruption — at the highest levelsee of the FBI,” Johnson declared.

“By the way,” he added. “Robert Mueller used to run the FBI. He is in no position to do an investigation over this kind of misconduct.” Johnson said the controversies surrounding the FBI have reached the point at which a second special counsel is warranted.

“So I think at this point in time we probably should be looking at a special counsel to undertake this investigation — but Congress is going to have to continue to dig,” he said.

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Dominoes Falling: FBI Chief of Staff Resigns

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the resignation of Bureau Chief of Staff James Rybicki earlier this week.

The spin they’re putting on his resignation is that it’s been in the process for a while and that he’s pursuing an opportunity in the corporate sector.

But given the fact that the ship is on fire and the rats are jumping overboard, this is curious timing.

Rybicki was intimately involved in the infamous Comey exoneration memo which was edited down so Hillary wouldn’t be culpable in a felony.

It’s more likely that Wray is pushing people out as the spotlight is increasingly on a rogue agency caught in political conspiracy.

Stay tuned.

Here’s more from Fox News…

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that his chief of staff, James Rybicki, was leaving the bureau, a development that follows President Trump taking aim at other senior FBI officials who worked under the former director, James Comey.

Rybicki, who served in the same position under Comey and continued his role under Wray, came under scrutiny from Republicans in recent months over his role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

But federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that Rybicki was not fired. His departure, they said, has “been in the works for a while.”

“Jim Rybicki notified me last month that he will be leaving the FBI to accept an opportunity in the corporate sector,” Wray said in a statement. “While this is an exciting move for the whole Rybicki family, Jim will be dearly missed by the FBI family — and by me personally.”

Rybicki was involved in the drafting of Comey’s infamous statement exonerating Clinton in the email investigation before interviewing key witnesses, including Clinton herself – something Republicans have seized upon.

 

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Epic Govt Fail: Hawaii Emergency Agency Trips Missile Alert

Hawaiians had an interesting start to their weekend yesterday after an overpaid state employee ‘hit the wrong button’ during a shift-change at the state’s Emergency Management Agency.

The system designed to warn residents of an impending missile attack went live sending alerts across mobile phones, radio, etc warning: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek Immediate Shelter. This is Not A Drill.”

According to local reports, the alert sent the islands into pandemonium with women and children running wild screaming and crying.

It took a full 38 minutes for the agency to correct the record.

It’s one more demonstration why relying on the government to take care of us is a fool’s errand.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Hawaii emergency officials confirmed Saturday evening that an alert about an inbound ballistic missile was a mistake, which a state emergency official attributed to someone pushing the wrong button.

Vern Miyagi, who oversees the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (EMA), said at a news conference late Saturday that while employees were changing shifts earlier in the day and doing a test of their ballistic missile prep checklist, the wrong button was pushed.

Rather than triggering a test of the system, it went into actual event mode. He confirmed that to trigger the alert, there is a two-step process involving only one employee — who both triggers the alarm, then also confirms it.

“There is a screen that says, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?'” Miyagi said. The employee confirmed the alert, inadvertently causing a panic in a state already on edge over saber-rattling missile threats from North Korea.

At about 8:07 a.m. local time, Hawaii citizens received an emergency alert on their phone that read: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

At 8:20 a.m. local time, Hawaii EMA tweeted that there was “NO missile threat” to the state. However, the tweet didn’t reach people who aren’t on the social media platform.

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DC Gets Rich: Bureaucrats Overtake Senators in Pay Hikes

President Trump came into the nation’s capital promising to ‘drain the swamp’, and to some degree he’s done that with dozens of major regulations getting the ax.

Which doesn’t include forced attrition from Obama holdovers who’ve finally given up.

But a new report shows that growth in salaries for federal bureaucrats has outpaced salaries for members of the US Senate.

According to the report, recent pay hikes have increased the average salary and benefits package of federal workers to over 120 grand.

Yes, that’s the average.

The upper end of the benefits range is just short of a cool two hundred.

If Trump wants to win over voters in the run-up to the mid-term elections, this is a fight he needs to pick.

It’s time to cut the fat!

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The top paychecks of federal workers are set to grow again next year to a six-figure number that rivals the $174,000 salaries of America’s 535 House and Senate members.

Under a new federal order, salaries for most bureaucrats in the General Service will rise next year when the cap on top pay hits $164,000.

And for the upper reaches of the government, senior executive service employees will be allowed to earn a maximum of $189,600.

The Washington area, where the bulk of federal workers are employed, will get the biggest pay raise under the order signed by President Trump before Christmas. There, the increase for General Service workers will be 2.29 percent.

The average federal worker in 2016 earned $86,365. With benefits, the total compensation was $123,160.

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Major Fail: TSA Agents Don’t Know What ‘DC’ Stands For

More embarrassment for the TSA this week ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Recent reports have surfaced on multiple occasions in which residents of Washington, DC, have been disallowed to board their flights until their IDs were double-checked.

The culprit? Officials in Washington recently replaced ‘Washington, DC’ on driver’s licenses with ‘District of Columbia’.

That now has TSA agents thoroughly confused because they’ve “never heard of the District of Columbia before.”

No, we’re not kidding.

This comes on the heels of a bombshell audit after the agency failed screening test by as much as 95% of the time.

Insert double-facepalm.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Transportation Security Administration officers continue to be confused about their nation’s capital.

District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton sent a letter Tuesday to TSA Administrator David Pekoske Wednesday about a Washington, D.C. resident who had issues at the Newark International Airport with her driver’s license.

Holmes Norton said that a TSA officer denied that the I.D. was valid and had to consult with colleagues before allowing the D.C. resident to catch her flight.

“As I am sure you can imagine, it can be humiliating for a U.S. citizen to be delayed because a federal government does not recognize the name of the District of Columbia,” Del. Holmes Norton wrote in her letter.

A Washington journalist tweeted in 2014 that a TSA agent in Orlando “never heard of ‘District of Columbia.’ Demanded passport because he didn’t believe my driver’s license was from US!?”

D.C. officials replaced “Washington D.C.” with “the District of Columbia” in 2014, which Del. Holmes Norton credited with the TSA’s troubles. This year, officials decided to return to the “Washington D.C.” labeling.

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