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    Former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into the agency’s Russia “collusion” probe during the 2016 election. Comey will appear before the panel chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has accused the FBI of obtaining illegal secret warrants using flawed information and unsubstantiated claims in a now-debunked dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. “The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane,” the South Carolina Republican said in a Fox News interview earlier this month, referring to the name of the collusion probe. The Justice Department inspector general last year found “significant inaccuracies...
    Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the bureau's counterintelligence investigation into ties between President Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia. The hearing, led by Chairman Lindsey Graham, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT. News James Comey FBI Senate Senate Judiciary Committee Congress
    WASHINGTON – Former FBI Director James Comey faces questioning Wednesday from the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee about his role in leading the bureau's investigation into ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. Comey is the latest high-profile former official from the FBI or Justice Department to testify in an investigation led by the committee chairman, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The questioning of Comey, conducted with the 2020 election just weeks away and as the committee prepares for confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, underscores the extent to which the FBI's investigation four years ago into potential coordination between Trump's campaign and Russia remains front-and-center in the minds of Republican lawmakers, who see...
    By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - Former FBI Director James Comey, one of the principal figures behind the U.S. investigation into links between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, will testify on Wednesday before a Senate committee examining the origins of the probe. Comey, who Trump dismissed in May 2017, will appear before the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m. (14:00 GMT) to discuss an FBI probe of Trump campaign officials, code-named “Crossfire Hurricane.” Senate Republicans say the probe, which was later handed off to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was intended to undermine Republican Trump's candidacy and presidency. In December, a Justice Department watchdog found evidence of numerous errors but no political bias when the FBI opened the...
    Reuters September 30, 2020 0 Comments Former FBI Director James Comey, one of the principal figures behind the U.S. investigation into links between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, will testify on Wednesday before a Senate committee examining the origins of the probe. Comey, who Trump dismissed in May 2017, will appear before the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m. (14:00 GMT) to discuss an FBI probe of Trump campaign officials, code-named “Crossfire Hurricane.” Senate Republicans say the probe, which was later handed off to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was intended to undermine Republican Trump’s candidacy and presidency. In December, a Justice Department watchdog found evidence of numerous errors but no political bias when the FBI...
    Alex Henderson September 25, 2020 11:00PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. U.S. Attorney General William Barr has insisted that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, now a CNN contributor, was not fired for political reasons, but McCabe has maintained that the firing was, in fact, politically motivated. And a federal judge has ruled that McCabe's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice can continue. McCabe, in the lawsuit, has argued that his constitutional rights were violated when, in 2018, he was fired as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Barr filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but this week, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss denied Barr's request — allowing McCabe's lawsuit to proceed. And Moss, a...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr has insisted that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, now a CNN contributor, was not fired for political reasons, but McCabe has maintained that the firing was, in fact, politically motivated. And a federal judge has ruled that McCabe’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice can continue. McCabe, in the lawsuit, has argued that his constitutional rights were violated when, in 2018, he was fired as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Barr filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but this week, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss denied Barr’s request — allowing McCabe’s lawsuit to proceed. And Moss, a Barack Obama appointee, set a schedule for discovery. In civil and criminal...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Military leaders asked about using heat ray on protesters outside White House: report Powell warns failure to reach COVID-19 deal could 'scar and damage' economy MORE on Thursday swiped at FBI Director Christopher Wray, taking issue with parts of his testimony to Congress about foreign election interference and the threat of extremists. The president, while en route to a campaign rally in Wisconsin, tweeted out two separate portions of Wray's appearance on Capitol Hill earlier in the day. The tweets are likely to spur speculation about Wray's standing as head of the FBI, as Trump has frequently chastised the bureau and questioned Wray's...
    Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted to authorize subpoenas for several Obama administration intelligence officials, including former FBI director James Comey, as part of its broader probe into the origins of the Russia investigation. The Senate Homeland Security committee voted to subpoena many names familiar to those who have been following the slew of investigations, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, along with Comey and two former FBI agents who the repeated target of President Donald Trump's wrath. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is a close ally of the president and leading the investigation Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Homeland...
    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has voted in favor of authorizing over three dozen subpoenas and interviews as part of their probe into the origins of the Russian collusion investigation. Depositions will now be requested of names like former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The Senate committee, led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), will also subpoena dozens of other Obama administration officials. Approximately 40 people are expected to be questioned. The GOP-led panel voted 8-6, a party line vote, on Wednesday to move forward with the subpoenas. Originally, a vote was also planned to authorize a subpoena to Bridget Brink, US ambassador to Slovakia, as...
    There are “a lot more questions that need to be answered” regarding former FBI Director James Comey's recent response to the Durham probe, according to Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump. Comey spoke dismissively of Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation of the origins of the bureau's Russia probe Sunday, saying he has not been contacted for it and that it is being used as a political tool for President Trump and his supporters. In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," Comey insisted that everyone involved in the investigation was "trying to do the right thing" and therefore Durham's probe was not concerning for him. "I have had no contact with him and haven’t talked to him," Comey...
    Actor Jeff Daniels will portray former FBI Director James Comey in Showtime’s upcoming limited series “The Comey Rule,” Fox News reports. The two-night TV series, set to debut next month, is based on Comeys New York Times bestselling tell-all book “A Higher Loyalty.” The series is directed by Bill Ray. It features Brendan Gleeson as President Donald Trump, Holly Hunter as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly as former FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Kingsley Ben-Adir as President Barack Obama. A trailer teasing the series shows Daniels and Gleeson in their roles. According to a press release obtained by Fox News, the series covers "an immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election...
    Showtime released a new trailer for its upcoming two-night limited series “The Comey Rule.” The TV series features Jeff Daniels as former FBI director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as President Donald Trump. The content is based on Comey's number-one New York Times bestselling tell-all book “A Higher Loyalty" and was adapted for the small screen and directed by Billy Ray. The series covers "an immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation," according to a press release. 'THE COMEY RULE' FIRST TRAILER REVEALS BRENDAN GLEESON AND JEFF DANIELS AS DONALD TRUMP AND JAMES COMEY "Part one of the series examines the earliest days of the Russia investigation, the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and their impact...
    Showtime on Monday released the official trailer for its upcoming television adaptation of former FBI Director James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty. The Comey Rule is set for release on September 27. It will star Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as President Donald Trump, Kingsley Ben-Adir as former President Barack Obama, Michael Kelly as former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Peter Coyote as former FBI Director and Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Holly Hunter as former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. The show, which is in two parts totaling four hours altogether, is written and directed by Captain Phillips and Richard Jewell writer Billy Ray. Comey’s A Higher Loyalty was published in 2018 following his dismissal by Trump as FBI...
    Trey Gowdy is raising expectations for unflattering revelations about the FBI during the investigation into ties between President Trump's team and Russia. Over multiple TV appearances this week, the former Republican congressman from South Carolina has talked about events that are under scrutiny by U.S. Attorney John Durham. "There are more things coming out with the Durham report that show the FBI's primary concern is its own reputation," he told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum on Wednesday. That was after he criticized the FBI for its use of British ex-spy Christopher Steele's anti-Trump dossier even after finding out about its flaws and Director Christopher Wray for not being more cooperative with outside investigations. Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, also said...
    The five civilian experts who will conduct an independent review of the embattled Fort Hood Army base, where soldier Vanessa Guillen disappeared and was killed, have been officially sworn in. The panel, made of up of three men and two women, includes Chris Swecker, the former assistant director of FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and Jonathan Harmon, a civilian trial attorney who represented Fortune 500 companies. The others are Carrie Ricci, 21-year Army veteran and assistant general counsel for the Department of Agriculture; Queta Rodriguez, 20-year Marines veteran and regional director for the non-profit FourBlock; and Jack White a partner at the law firm Fluet Huber Hoang in McLean, Virginia.  The five civilian experts who will conduct an independent...
    Ahead of the premiere of “The Comey Rule” — a two-night miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir — Showtime has released an extremely odd trailer as part of its promotional effort. On Monday, the network released video of a solitary singer absolutely torching Comey in song. “Fuck you, James Comey, I’ve got nothing else to say,” the singer — Jonathan Mann — crooned. “I’ve got a bad head cold, that just won’t go away. So fuck you, James Comey. Just seriously, fuck you. Fuck you and your cohorts. I’m so tired of you dudes.” The clip was a 30-second snippet of a song Mann released in 2016 whose title can be easily ascertained after reading the...
    The FBI is being “fully cooperative” with U.S. Attorney John Durham in his investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, according to officials familiar with the bureau's involvement. In the first charges related to Durham's months-long investigation, it was revealed Friday that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case as part of Durham’s review. DURHAM PROBE: EX-FBI LAWYER TO PLEAD GUILTY IN FIRST CRIMINAL CASE ARISING FROM REVIEW, SOURCES SAY An FBI official told Fox News on Friday that Director Christopher Wray has been working with Durham and Attorney General Bill Barr throughout the investigation, and will be deferential to any criminal investigation conducted by Durham. “Under Director Wray's leadership, the FBI...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Thursday said FBI Director Christopher Wray is committed to “holding accountable” those who may have violated the law in the origins of the Russia probe “sooner rather than later.” Graham, R-S.C., whose committee is investigating the origins of the Russia probe, including abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment, the unmasking process, said he spoke with Wray Thursday morning. TRUMP LAYS DOWN GAUNTLET FOR BARR ON DURHAM PROBE: 'EITHER GREATEST ATTORNEY GENERAL' OR AN 'AVERAGE GUY' “I had a very good discussion this morning with FBI Director Wray about providing witnesses and documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee related to our oversight of Crossfire Hurricane, related FISA abuses...
    A top GOP senator faced a grilling from a conservative radio show host over not yet subpoenaing ex-officials, such as fired FBI Director James Comey, in his inquiry into the "Russiagate" controversy. Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, was pressed by Hugh Hewitt during his radio show on Wednesday morning. The conservative commentator said Republican voters are frustrated that Johnson and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham have not called in Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, or fired FBI special agent Peter Strzok to testify under oath about what the host called “an attempted coup” against President Trump. “Well, first of all, I...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray and former FBI Director James Comey are both in "big trouble," former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland told "America's Newsroom" Monday. McFarland, responding to Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., issuing the first subpoena to the FBI and Wray as it reviews the origins of the Russia Investigation, says she believes they're also looking at the Mueller investigation, in addition to potential wrongdoing or incompetence at the FBI. JOHNSON SUBPOENAS FBI IN REVIEW OF RUSSIA PROBE ORIGIN "I think Christopher Wray is in big trouble" for one of three things, McFarland, the author of "Revolution: Trump, Washington and 'We the People,'" told host Sandra Smith. "[Wray] either knew what was going on in the FBI and he uncovered it and he kept it...
    Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Democrats try to force Trump to boost medical supplies production GOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe MORE (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is subpoenaing the FBI as part of his probe into the Russia investigation.  Johnson, in a subpoena addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, wants records related to "Crossfire Hurricane," the name of the FBI's investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling and the Trump campaign.  That includes, according to the subpoena, any records previously given to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz as part of his review of the four...
    The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Monday subpoenaed FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday as part of its broad review into the origins of the Russia investigation, Fox News has learned. Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., issued the first subpoena as part of the panel's review to Wray. The subpoena, obtained by Fox News, demands that he produces "all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation." "This includes, but is not limited to, all records provided or made available to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice for its review," the subpoena states, referring to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's review of abuses related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The subpoena also demands "all records related to requests" to...
    Former CIA Director John Brennan is set to meet with the prosecutor investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, though the Obama-era spy chief has been told he is not a target of the probe, according to reports. NBC News reported this week that John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, asked to interview Brennan as part of his investigation. A source familiar with the matter told NBC that Brennan agreed to be interviewed, and the two sides are working out a time to meet. According to NPR, Brennan has been told that he is not a target of Durham’s investigation, which began in March 2019, as the special counsel’s probe was winding down. Attorney General William Barr tapped Durham...
    Former U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis told "Outnumbered Overtime" he doesn't "buy" new testimony from former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Yates testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that when the FBI interviewed then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn in January 2017, it was done without her authorization, and that she was upset when she found out about it, agreeing that then-FBI Director James Comey went "rogue." YATES: COMEY WENT 'ROGUE' WITH FLYNN INTERVIEW "I just find it so hard to believe that someone who works directly for you, you don’t know where they are, what they're doing, what kind of investigation they are conducting. After the fact, you go in and call them rogue," Lewis told host Harris Faulkner. "I don’t buy it. Video"Harris, she signed off on every single one of those FISA warrants that were submitted...
    Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and their top intelligence officers huddled in the Oval Office shortly before Donald Trump was inaugurated to discuss what they would do about this new President they despised. Now we aim to find out more about this conspiracy. We just filed a FOIA suit against the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for all records related to the January 5, 2017, meeting at the Obama Oval Office during which the Steele Dossier and the investigation of General Flynn were discussed (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice and ODNI (No. 1:20-cv-01947)). The Oval Office meeting reportedly included President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Deputy...
    Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga. told “Outnumbered Overtime” on Wednesday that Attorney General William Barr has “every right” to release the results of Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the Russia probe's origins before the 2020 election. Barr repeatedly clashed Tuesday with Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee over accusations he is carrying out President Trump's political agenda. At one point, Barr insisted that the November vote will not delay Durham's highly anticipated review of the origins of the Russia investigation. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., asked Barr, “Under oath, do you commit to not releasing any report by Mr. Durham before the November election?" Video“No,” the attorney general responded. “So you won’t go by Department of Justice policy that you won't interfere in any political investigation before the November election?” Mucarsel-Powell asked. “We won’t interfere," Barr...
    This investigation was conducted jointly with the Dossier Center and Estonian outlets Delfi and Eesti Päevaleht. Earlier this month, the Estonian Finance Ministry announced it had hired a major American law firm, headed by a controversial former FBI director, to spend the next two years, at a cost of at least 3 million euros, digging into widely reported allegations of international money laundering through Nordic banks.  In normal circumstances, such a deal would be seen as an unmitigated PR coup in the deeply pro-American Baltic state. But in this instance the firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP,  is run by senior managing partner Louis Freeh, a former federal court judge and ex-FBI director who recently defended one of the alleged...
    Under pressure from the cast and crew, ViacomCBS moved up the scheduled release of the Showtime miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey's memoir. The reversal came after Bill Ray, the director of the two-part, four-hour miniseries wrote a letter to cast members last week to express frustration that the series was scheduled to air in November, days after the 2020 election, according to the New York Times. Ray lamented to the cast that he completed the project with the expectation that it would air before the election. "We all were hoping to get this story in front of the American people months before the coming election," reads the letter, as reported by Deadline. "Word started...
    Former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker told "The Ingraham Angle" Friday that officials in Tulsa, Okla. should be prepared for "the worst" and to expect "every manner of anarchist" and anti-Trump elements in the city ahead of Saturday's scheduled campaign rally. "What the public needs to understand and those that are coming to Tulsa need to understand is the inter-federal perimeter is controlled by the Secret Service. And they mean business," Swecker warned. "They're going to plan for the worst. They're going to have, you know, a moderate level of police force showing. TULSA MAYOR DECLARES CIVIL EMERGENCY AHEAD OF TRUMP RALLY "But there's going to be a lot of resources out of sight and in the background. And they're trained...
    Former acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be the first witness to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe on Wednesday. Rosenstein will testify about “new revelations contained in the Horowitz report concerning the FISA warrant applications and other matters,” according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, who chairs the Judiciary Committee. "This will be the first in a series of oversight hearings regarding all things Crossfire Hurricane and the Mueller investigation.” Here’s what to know: Rosenstein approved the third FISA Renewal Application for Carter Page On June 29, 2017, both Rosenstein and then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe approved the third and final FISA renewal application to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. But...