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Hillary’s Lawyer Demands “ASAP” Chat with FBI over Email Investigation

Within hours of then FBI Director James Comey informing Congress in October 2016 that the Hillary Clinton secret server investigation was being reopened, Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, emailed the bureau demanding a phone call “ASAP.” Former FBI General Counsel James Baker, who received the email, said Kendall complained about the “tantalizingly ambiguous” Comey letter to Congress, according to an email thread obtained by Judicial Watch in a FOIA request. The emails also reveal that the conference call with Clinton’s lawyer was arranged by anti-Trump now ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok, who would go on to serve in the Mueller Russia collusion investigation. It’s not at all outside the realm of assumption that Kendall expected Comey and his FBI stooges to be more accommodating during the campaign.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Emails obtained by a conservative watchdog show the frantic series of events that transpired at the FBI after then-FBI Director James Comey informed Congress in October 2016 that his bureau was reopening an investigation into the former secretary of state’s use of a private email server.

Hours after Comey sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28 informing lawmakers the probe he shut down that summer was getting news life less than two weeks before the presidential election, Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, emailed former FBI General Counsel James Baker to demand a call “ASAP.”

Baker told colleagues he spoke to Kendall, who he said complained Comey’s letter was “tantalizingly ambiguous” and made statements that were “inchoate and highly ominous,” according to an email thread released by Judicial Watch.

The note was forwarded to several top FBI officials, including Comey. The emails also show soon after a conference call was set up by Peter Strzok, the infamous ex-FBI agent who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page and has fueled concern among GOP lawmakers that there is rampant bias in the FBI.

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Judge Orders Obama Officials to Testify on Clinton Scandal

In a ray of hope for justice and due process in America, a federal judge has finally ordered Obama administration officials to testify regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the 2012 Benghazi terror attack. Judge Royce Lamberth has specifically requested answers from national security adviser (and bona fide liar) Susan Rice and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch. The lawsuit was first filed in 2014 as part of an effort to get answers regarding Rice’s YouTube-video-not-terrorism post-Benghazi media blitz. We may get to the bottom after all.

Here’s more from USA Today…

A federal judge has breathed new life into questions surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and the 2012 attack that killed U.S. officials in Benghazi, Libya.

Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Tuesday that Obama administration officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, must answer written questions as part of a conservative judicial advocacy group’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department over Clinton’s emails.

The lawsuit by Judicial Watch – now with the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit – was first filed in 2014 in an effort to obtain records related to Clinton and her staff’s response to the Benghazi attack. Specifically, the group sought documents about Rice’s explanation immediately after the attack on the U.S. compound that characterized it as a protest turned violent instead of a deliberate terrorist assault.

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FBI, DOJ Knew Dossier Was Dirty From the Get-Go

Former DOJ associate attorney general Bruce Ohr is going rogue behind closed doors revealing under oath to members of Congress that not only was the dossier filled with unverified information and outright lies, but that top officials at the FBI and DOJ knew about it, yet still used it to target the Trump campaign for “collusion.” “When I provided [the Steele information] to the FBI, I tried to be clear that this is source information,” Ohr testified. “I don’t know how reliable it is. You’re going to have to check it out and be aware. These guys were hired by somebody relating to-who’s related to the Clinton campaign, and be aware.” And THAT unsubstantiated intel was the impetus for the bogus Russia collusion investigation. Well done, boys.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Virtually everyone at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department involved in the FBI’s counterintelligence probe of candidate Donald Trump knew from the beginning that the investigation, dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane,” was based on shaky opposition research compiled by a Trump-hating former British spy and funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Bruce Ohr, the demoted associate attorney general, testified to Congress last August that he repeatedly warned top officials at the FBI and DOJ about Steele’s bias and Fusion GPS’s conflicts of interest, yet this information was kept hidden from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

And to add insult to injury, instead of investigating the officials who actively participated in the dossier hoax, Special Counsel Robert Mueller hired several of them to be on his team to investigate President Trump.

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Ohr Shared Intel With Mueller Team Prosecutors…Before the 2016 Election

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge has unearthed a bombshell of incriminating detail related to the role of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr in sharing “Russian collusion” dossier details during the peak of the 2016 presidential campaign with prosecutors who are currently serving on the Robert Mueller investigative team. Not surprisingly, Ohr has yet to be questioned by Robert Mueller. New revelations gleaned from Ohr’s closed-door testimony also starkly conflict with a 2018 memo from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee regarding the surveillance application for spying on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. That Dem memo argues “the Majority mischaracterizes Bruce Ohr’s role, overstates the significance of his interactions with Steele, and misleads about the timeframe of Ohr’s communications with the FBI.” Ahem. The truth hurts, and now the carpet is completely pulled from under the Mueller investigation.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Details about Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s meetings with the author of the salacious anti-Trump dossier were shared by Ohr with his expansive circle of contacts inside the department — including senior FBI leadership and officials now assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Fox News has learned.

Ohr gave a closed-door transcribed interview last August sharing details of his 2016 meetings with British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who authored the dossier later used to secure a surveillance warrant for a Trump campaign aide. The interview was part of the Republican-led House Oversight and Judiciary Committee probes.

In a series of questions about his meetings with Steele, including one on July 30, 2016, and who he shared the information with, Fox News has confirmed the Ohr transcript stated: “Andy McCabe, yes and met with him and Lisa Page and provided information to him. I subsequently met with Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, and eventually (an FBI agent). And I also provided this information to people in the criminal division specifically Bruce Swartz, Zainab Ahmad, Andrew Weissmann.”

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Rosenstein to Depart Justice Department in Weeks

Embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to resign after attorney general nominee Bill Barr is confirmed by the U.S. Senate to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Rosenstein is most widely known for his role in overseeing the Russia collusion investigation after Jeff Sessions’ recusal and for signing off on a surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Recall last November that Rosenstein was trolled by President Trump on Twitter with an image of him and others behind bars. With Barr soon to be confirmed, Rosenstein’s departure is imminent and not a moment too soon, as his short dominion over the DOJ has been marred by numerous scandals that have all but proven FBI collusion with Hillary’s campaign and other entities to derail the Trump campaign and his resultant presidency.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to step down from his role in the Justice Department in the coming weeks.

A source confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Rosenstein always expected to serve for about two years, and said he is likely to leave after attorney general nominee Bill Barr is confirmed by the Senate.

Barr’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee begin Tuesday, and once he’s confirmed, he will officially replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was forced to resign by the White House in November. Barr’s confirmation vote will likely not before mid-February.

The source said Rosenstein is not being pushed out, and that he is timing his departure in order to make sure there is a smooth transition to the next deputy attorney general.

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Justice Ginsburg Takes First Sick Day Ever

In an ominous sign for the Left, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent from the bench on Monday for the first time in her decades-long career. The leave of absence comes just over two weeks after Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery to remove two malignant nodules in one of the lobes of her left lung. Ginsburg fell the month before the surgery and broke three ribs, leading to the discovery of the cancerous nodules. Ginsburg has an established medical history of colorectal (1999) and pancreatic cancer (2009), which were both treated with surgery in between court sessions. Just last year Ginsburg had commented that she will serve “as long as I can do the job full steam…,” which combined with recent health concerns leaves open the possibility that President Trump may well get another Supreme Court pick. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Monday, for the first time in her career as a Supreme Court Justice, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be sitting on the bench as the court hears oral arguments.

Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg stated that Ginsburg, 85, who has served on the court since 1993 after being nominated by former President Bill Clinton and being confirmed by a vote of 96-3, will still peruse briefs and a transcript of the two oral arguments scheduled for Monday, according to The Washington Post.

On December 21, Ginsburg underwent surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to remove two malignant nodules in her left lung; one of the two lobes of her left lung was removed. She was released from the hospital on December 23.

The last two months have been brutal for Ginsburg, as she fell on November 7 and broke three ribs. It was during the examination of her broken ribs at George Washington University Hospital that the cancerous nodules were found.

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Judicial Nominee Targeted for Membership in Catholic Organization

Senate Judiciary Committee members Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HA) targeted U.S. District Court nominee Brian Buescher not for his record as an Omaha lawyer but for his membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. Harris and Hirono pointedly took issue with the Knights being an “all male society” and for taking “extreme positions” on social issues, such as opposing gay marriage. It is worth noting that the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 as a charitable organization to serve poor Catholic immigrants and now has some 15,000 chapters across more than a dozen countries and distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable funds each year. This attempted lynching of Buescher further underscores the anti-Catholic bias on the Left. The Uber-leftist Dems’ dogma is undeniably “living loudly within them.”

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are pressing a nominee for the Nebraska federal trial court about his membership in the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal service organization of the Catholic Church.

Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Kamala Harris of California submitted written questions in December to Brian Buescher, an Omaha lawyer nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, proposing that he resign his affiliation with the Knights, which they call an “all male society” that “has taken a number of extreme positions” on social questions.

The Catholic News Agency was first to report Friday on Hirono and Harris’ questions respecting the Knights of Columbus.

Buescher leads the agribusiness litigation practice at Kutak Rock LLP, where he has practiced since graduating the Georgetown University Law Center in 2000. President Donald Trump nominated him to the federal bench on Oct. 10 at the recommendation of GOP Sens. Ben Sasse and Debra Fischer of Nebraska.

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RBG Treated For Cancer, Speculation Explodes

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent a surgical procedure Friday to remove “two cancerous nodes” on one of her lungs. The nodes were discovered during tests to treat her rib fractures sustained in November after a fall. While we indeed wish no ill will on anyone, the continued health concerns for RBG keep the talk abuzz in DC laser-focused on whether and when she’ll retire. Her previous statements seem to telegraph that she may hold out until the 2020 election in hopes a Democrat wins and thereby replaces her with another liberal justice. Which means the converse may also be true: if President Trump wins reelection, RBG may call it quits giving Trump a third appointment and likely conservative majority on the Court. That’s why so much more is at stake in the coming months. Buckle up!

Here’s more from CNBC…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery Friday to remove two malignant nodules from her left lung, the Supreme Court said.

It said she was “resting comfortably” after the surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and there was no evidence of any remaining disease.

“Currently, no further treatment is planned,” the court said in a statement.

Ginsburg, the eldest member of the court and the senior justice of its liberal wing, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests she received while being treated for rib fractures sustained in a fall last month. Both nodules were found to be malignant during an initial evaluation.

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Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas pulled the rug out from under Obamacare on Friday, deeming the Obama administration’s crowning achievement unconstitutional. Specifically, in Texas v. Azar, the new tax law nixing the “individual mandate” was determined to negate its prior constitutionality as ruled by the Supreme Court on the premise of being a “tax.” Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) predictably clutched his pearls declaring that if an appeal to the Supreme Court upholds this lower court ruling, it will be a “disaster for tens of millions of American families, especially for people with pre-existing conditions.” Starkly absent from Schumer’s consideration, unsurprisingly, are the tens of millions of Americans whose insurance premiums skyrocketed after Obamacare, leaving many to choose between health coverage and modern conveniences, such as food and shelter.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

A judge ruled Friday evening that Obamacare is unconstitutional, putting the future of the federal healthcare law in jeopardy.

The decision, issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas — a George W. Bush appointee — is likely to face an appeal to the Fifth Circuit. Obamacare will remain in place pending appeal.

The suit in the case, Texas v. Azar, was brought by 20 Republican state officials, who have asked that all of Obamacare be thrown out as a consequence of the new tax law, which zeroed out a penalty on the uninsured, known as the “individual mandate.” The officials argued that the penalty was central to making the rest of the law work, and that without it, the rest should crumble.

O’Connor appeared to sympathize with this argument in his opinion. He explained that he believed Congress would not have enacted Obamacare in the first place, with its various rules and taxes, without the mandate, and that the regulatory framework was intended to work together.

 

 

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Comey Admits Damning Fact About Anti-Trump FISA Warrant

In closed-door congressional testimony Friday, former FBI director James Comey confirmed that the Steele dossier – used in an FISA court to obtain permission to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign – was never verified. Other highlights include his repeated claims of a lack of knowledge related to the most basic questions concerning Hillary’s email investigation, which he oversaw. According to a report by The Daily Wire, “Not only was the dossier…not verified when it was used in the Carter request, Comey admitted, it was still unverified when he was fired six months later.” Despite Comey’s claims of integrity and honor, he has now admitted a minimum of incompetence or perhaps even the existence of a smoking gun on the FISA warrant. This is precisely why the FBI is no longer trusted by the American people.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

James Comey, the former FBI director fired by President Trump after he botched the handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, testified in a closed-door meeting Friday in front of congressional leaders, and some of his responses, including his repeated claims of lack of knowledge or recall, have caused a stir. Perhaps most notable of his comments is his admission that FBI officials had not verified the information in the notorious Democrat-funded Steele dossier when they used it to obtain a FISA warrant for a Trump associate.

On Friday, Comey acknowledged under oath that the FBI used an uncorroborated document funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC as “evidence” in officials’ request for a FISA warrant to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page, a key step in the Russia collusion “witch hunt,” as Trump calls it. Not only was the dossier, produced by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, not verified when it was used in the Carter request, Comey admitted, it was still unverified when he was fired six months later.

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