FBI Refuses To Hand Over “Comey Memos” To Congress

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said today that the FBI had decided to withhold documents, including memos, notes, summaries, and recordings, requested by his committee in regards to the ongoing Russia probe. This was revealed in a letter sent by Chaffetz to the FBI responding to the agency’s decision to withhold documents requested by the Committee on May 16, 2017.

According to a statement by the Oversight Committee, “Chaffetz requested memos, notes, summaries, and recordings to assist in the Committee’s investigation of the FBI’s independence, and which are outside the scope of the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

The documents are due June 8, 2017, but that may not happen as it appears the FBI is suddenly unwilling to cooperate.

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Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Say Officials

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.

Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him.

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There Remains No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion

Where is the evidence of President Trump’s collusion with Russia?

The Wall Street Journal – no particular fan of Trump – characterizes the DOJ charge to Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, as fatally open-ended, vague, and flawed. His instruction lists no federal statutes and invites a fishing expedition into trivial matters. Journalists covering the story appear to disagree on what Mueller is supposed to do: Is he to “oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials” or “investigate possible coordination between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials?”

The political feeding frenzy has, to date, brought forth the following facts of Russiagate: Persons associated with the Trump campaign had contacts with Russians, some unsavory. Trump businesses, like other luxury property developers, had dealings with wealthy Russian buyers. Trump did not condemn Putin during the campaign and expressed a hope (shared by many across the political spectrum) of improved relations.

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West Wing Leaks Turn Into Flood

After appointment of special prosecutor, White House staffers gripe to media about the boss

With the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor for the so-called Russian investigation late on Wednesday afternoon, a fresh wave of leaks sprang from the West Wing.

This time the theme of the leaks wasn’t the eccentricities of the new president, as we often saw in the early weeks of the new administration of President Donald Trump.

Instead, it was a new kind of fear the president could not be managed, and that the end was nigh for many staffers, if not the president himself.

With a special prosecutor now ready to question even junior staffers about their knowledge of Russian hacking, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and more, The Washington Post didn’t have much problem coming up with a new Thursday headline on the alleged chaos inside the White House: “The worst job in Washington right now: Working for Trump.”

The Post’s sources were Trump staffers and supposed allies….continue reading

7 Things You Need To Know About The Appointment Of A Special Counsel To Investigate Trump-Russia Connections

In the blockbuster news we’ve grown accustomed to hearing nightly for the last two weeks, the Department of Justice announced that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to investigate Russian connections with members of the Trump campaign. Rosenstein is acting under authority granted by the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in this investigation. Rosenstein apparently gave the White House no heads up on the decision; he stated in his letter, “I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authorities and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter. My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination… If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the special counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.”

Here are seven things you need to know….continue reading

 

Former FBI Director Mueller Appointed Special Counsel Of Russia Probe

According to the latest DOJ comments, the White House was only informed of Rosenstein’s decision to appoint a Special Counsel in the Russian probe after the order was signed.  Per Bloomberg:

*WHITE HOUSE TOLD OF MUELLER APPOINTMENT AFTER ORDER SIGNED: DOJ

The Department of Justice has announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.

Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the decision to appoint Mueller, the Justice Department told reporters Wednesday. It isn’t clear if Trump had a role in the decision, Bloomberg reported.

The appointment of Mueller, who oversaw the FBI during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, comes at a time when the White House is reeling from Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and allegations that Trump asked Comey in February to end his probe of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

While it’s often difficult to predict how politicians will react, the appointment of Muller should ease some of the tensions and gridlock in Washington DC as it should be seen as an overture to Democrats who have been demanding just this from the DOJ….continue reading

Robert Mueller Appointed Special Counsel To Investigate Any Coordination Between Russian Government And Trump Campaign Associates

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the previously confirmed FBI investigation of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters.

“I have determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome,” Rosenstein said in a statement.

The letter announcing the appointment reads that Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and…any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”…continue reading

 

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