‘Watching The Watchers’: Lawsuits Target FBI’s McCabe

Group seeks info on Comey’s replacement, wife’s ties to Democrats

The FBI, of course, is the federal agency that carries out some of the nation’s most important investigations.

But of late, there have been raised questions about the agency’s chiefs. After all, fired director James Comey was the lead player in the FBI’s announcement not to prosecute Hillary Clinton, even though he explained her national security-related actions exhibited extremely poor judgment.

Then there has been the ongoing investigation into claims that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, a rumor-filled nest that has yet to produce anything more than some decisions political insiders would describe as unwise.

And of course after Comey was fired, he released government documents to a friend to give to the media in his desire to manipulate the Washington bureaucracy to trigger an outside counsel’s investigation of “Russia,” which he got.

Now questions are being raised about his close friend, Andrew McCabe, who became acting FBI chief when Comey was removed.

They come in the form of three lawsuits filed by officials with Judicial Watch seeking information about McCabe’s activities.

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Gun Prosecutions Up 23 Percent Following Crackdowns From Trump, Sessions

Federal gun prosecutions are up 23 percent compared to the summer of 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday.

The DOJ credited the spike to a March order issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to crack down on gun crime across the U.S. So far in 2017, 2,637 defendants have been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, compared to 2,149 in 2016, the DOJ statement reported.

“That sends a clear message to criminals all over this country that if you carry a gun illegally, you will be held accountable,” Sessions said. “I am grateful to the many federal prosecutors and agents who are working hard every day to make America safe again.”

The DOJ also saw a 10 percent increase in the number of defendants charged with having a gun while trafficking drugs or committing a violent crime.

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A Top FBI Lawyer Is Allegedly Under An Investigation For Leaking Classified Information To The Media 

FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.

FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty said the bureau would not comment on Baker and would not confirm or deny any investigation.

This comes as Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would soon be making an announcement regarding the progress of leak investigations. A DOJ official declined to comment on Circa’s inquiry into Baker but did say, the planned announcement by Sessions is part of the overall “stepped up efforts on leak investigations.”

 

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Jeff Sessions Lets Cops Be Robbers

The attorney general revives a program that invites law enforcement agencies to evade state limits on asset forfeiture.

Donald Trump made two things abundantly clear during a meeting with county sheriffs last February: He did not know what civil asset forfeiture was, and he wanted to see more of it. The president will get his wish thanks to a directiveissued last week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a clearer idea of what civil forfeiture entails but is only slightly more sensitive to its potential for abuse.

That potential is built into the very concept of civil forfeiture, which allows police to take property allegedly tied to crime without charging the owner. Worse, law enforcement agencies get to keep revenue generated by forfeitures they initiate, which gives them a financial incentive to target people based on the assets they own rather than the threat they pose.

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Top Five Ways Jeff Sessions Is Expanding The Police State

As I rode into work Friday morning, I switched on the radio and happened upon The Mike Gallagher Show. I caught him in mid-sentence, complaining about malcontents who criticize the police. He was discussing the fatal shooting of Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer, Mohamed Noor. Apropos of nothing, Gallagher quickly pivoted to another story in the news, that of Officer Scott Naff of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who was denied service at a McDonald’s drive-thru while he was in uniform. “This is the kind of thing that police have to put up with every day!” said Gallagher, as if suffering a slight at a McDonald’s drive-thru were the equivalent of losing one’s life to a police bullet. The Police State has its fans.

There is a dangerous hero-worship of police in particular and law enforcement in general, specifically among neoconservatives. The police are always right; the civilian is always wrong. When police kill or injure a civilian, the civilian had it coming, as if the proper role of police is to serve as holy agents of karma. When the actions of a police officer are ridiculously difficult to justify, the actions are excused because “police have a hard job.”

During Donald Trump’s campaign for president, the candidate made clear his affinity for the law-and-order crowd. He praised “our men and women in blue.” He stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose treatment of prisoners in his Tent City Jail (which is currently being shuttered) has been inhumane. Using examples like the city of Chicago’s bloody street violence, Trump’s campaign speeches painted a horrific picture of escalating crime in America, despite the fact that, on the whole, violent crime has been decreasing overall.

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NSA Leak: Sessions Reportedly Discussed Trump Campaign With Former Russian Ambassador

 

The Washington Post just made Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s rotten week even worse.

In what appears to be yet another leaked NSA intercept, WaPo reports citing ‘current and former American officials’, that Sergey Kislyak, the now infamous former Russian ambassador to the US, told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters – including policy issues important to Moscow – with Sessions during the 2016 presidential race. If accurate, the report would amount to yet another straw on the camel’s back of Sessions’ relationship with the former ambassador – who has been at the center of many of the US media’s stories alleging collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

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Deep State Drops Friday Leak On AG Sessions To Juice Up Russian Hysteria

Fake News WaPo dropped another Deep State leak Friday afternoon to juice up the Russian hysteria as they claim AG Jeff Sessions spoke to a Russian envoy twice during the 2016 presidential election.

Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Jeff Sessions, who was at the time a Senator from Alabama, were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, according to WaPo. This is only further proof that Obama was spying on and unmasking GOP lawmakers during the 2016 presidential election.

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