FLASHBACK: Democrats Praised The Investigation That Unveiled Strzok Texts

The Justice Department inspector general’s decision in January to open an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation was met with widespread praise from Democrats.

“My reaction is that it’s entirely appropriate and very necessary but also not surprising,” Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon told MSNBC on Jan. 12, the day that inspector general Michael Horowitz announced the investigation.

The change of heart is due to the revelation that one of the top investigators on the email investigation sent politically-charged text messages to his mistress, an FBI lawyer.

Those messages, exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, have undermined the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Kremlin. That’s because in addition to being a top investigator on the Clinton email probe, Strzok supervised the Russia investigation, which began several weeks after the Clinton inquiry was closed in July 2016.

Strzok and Page both transferred to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team after he inherited the investigation following the firing of James Comey as FBI director.

Horowitz, an Obama appointee, discovered the Strzok-Page texts after submitting a request to the FBI for the communications of key figures in the email probe.

After seeing the biased messages, Horowitz made two additional requests from the FBI for Strzok’s communications. He informed Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of the messages on July 27. Strzok was immediately demoted to the FBI’s human resources department.

For reasons unexplained, Mueller’s office, the FBI and DOJ refused for more than four months to explain why Strzok was removed from the investigation. The existence of the texts were revealed earlier this month. Nearly 400 of the messages were released on Tuesday.

Republicans have cited the texts to argue that the Mueller investigation now falls under the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine. Strzok’s involvement in the early stages of the Trump investigation has spoiled Mueller’s probe, GOP lawmakers have argued.

Democrats have downplayed the texts, in which Strzok refers to Trump as a “fucking idiot” while praising Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. Many have argued that Republicans are using the fruits of Horowitz’s investigation in order to end Mueller’s investigation.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, argued on Sunday that Republican focus on the text messages and other evidence of bias on the Mueller team were intended to undercut Mueller.

“The intent here is nothing short of discrediting Mueller, then discrediting the Justice Department, then discrediting the FBI, then discrediting the judiciary,” Schiff told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Back in January, Schiff praised one of his Democratic colleagues for submitting a request that spurred the inspector general investigation.

“I say hats off to my colleague, [Maryland Rep.] Elijah Cummings, for making the request for this investigation some months ago,” Schiff said.

“It’s a troubling pattern that the FBI seems to have chosen a horse in this election, and we welcome this investigation so this doesn’t happen again,” he said back in January.

Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman who openly supports Democrats, told Chris Hayes of the watchdog investigation: “I’m glad they’re doing it.”

Neera Tanden, a former Clinton campaign adviser and president for Center for American Progress, called the investigation “absolutely the right thing to do.”

“Decisions that are made by inspectors general across the administration are independent,” he told reporters at a White House press briefing.

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The FBI assessed last year that it was “reasonably likely” that Hillary Clinton’s private email server had been infiltrated by hostile foreign actors.

But that assessment was watered down in remarks prepared last year for then-FBI Director James Comey. It was replaced with softer language stating that it was “possible” that hostile actors had gained access to Clinton’s server, which contained thousands of classified documents.

The edit was revealed on Thursday in a letter sent by Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

The change is one of several made in May 2016 to Comey’s so-called exoneration statement in the Clinton case.

“The edits to Director Comey’s public statement, made months prior to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s conduct, had a significant impact on the FBI’s public evaluation of the implications of her actions,” Johnson wrote to Wray.

He noted the recent revelations about Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was a central figure in both the Clinton email probe and Trump investigations. Strzok was discovered to have sent anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages to FBI lawyer Lisa Page while he was overseeing both investigations.

Strzok conducted the most important interviews in the Clinton investigation. He interviewed Clinton herself on July 2, 2016 and also met with the Democrat’s top aides, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

Strzok is also believed to have softened some of the language in Comey’s statement. CNN has reported that he removed the legalistic term “grossly negligent” and replaced it with “extremely careless.” Gross negligence in the handling of classified material is a crime.

The edits to Comey’s statement “raise profound questions about the FBI’s role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election and the role of the same agents in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump,” Johnson wrote to Wray.

The edits were made after Comey sent a draft of his remarks on May 2, 2016 to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker and chief of staff James Rybicki.

On May 16, 2016, McCabe sent the draft to Strzok and several other counterintelligence agents asking for edits.

In addition to softening the language regarding intrusion of Clinton’s server by foreign actors, Comey’s draft was edited to remove language that suggested that she and her aides broke the law.

The rough draft stated that the private server violated “the statute proscribing gross negligence in the handling of classified information” as well as of the statute regarding “misdemeanor mishandling” of classified information.

Comey’s public statement made no mention of gross negligence or misdemeanor mishandling. The final copy stated that “although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, my judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Clinton’s opponents have long speculated that her email server was hacked. Though there was no public evidence that the device was ever breached, Republicans said that Clinton’s carelessness ensured that it was. That possibility made it all the more troubling that Clinton flouted federal regulations to operate a private server, they argued.

In the pre-edited statement, Comey said that “we assess it is reasonably likely that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s private email account.”

“Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account,” he said.

In his letter, Johnson asked Wray to provide information about which FBI officials made changes to Comey’s statement.

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The first indictment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “Russia Investigation” was unveiled Monday morning against Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager from March to August of 2016, and his partner Richard Gates.

The charges, first teased Friday, bear no immediate connection to the Trump campaign or the 2016 presidential race more broadly. Instead, the charges stem from Manafort’s work as a consultant and lobbyist for Ukrainian President Victor Yanokovych and his “Party of Regions,” the country’s pro-Russia party that lost power in the 2014 Euromaidan Revolt.

The heart of the charges against Manafort and Gates, laid out in a 31-page indictment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, are best described as money laundering. The two men, 68 and 45 respectively, are alleged to have used a bevy of entities to launder millions of dollars over a decade and failed to properly disclose the nature of their work for Yanokovych.

The pair are alleged to have maintained foreign accounts in at least three countries, into which millions of dollars of payments were made, and then failed to disclose these accounts to federal authorities in accordance with laws that regulate agents of foreign governments. Manafort in particular is alleged to have avoided paying taxes on much of these earnings.

In exchange for the payments, Manafort and Gates are alleged to have lobbied on behalf of Yanokovych and his government without registering a foreign agents, a federal felony.

The indictment lists twelve counts, first among which is “conspiracy against the United States.” This charge, despite its treasonous grandiose air, refers to the illegal agreement between the two men to commit criminal acts the defrauded the government, not collusion with a foreign power to attack the United States.

Manafort surrendered to the FBI at their Washington field office Monday morning. Gates is expected to do the same. The men will make their initial appearance together at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Monday, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson at the Prettyman Courthouse in Washington, DC.

1. Conspiracy Against the United States: As noted above, this charge has to do with an illegal agreement to carry out criminal acts that “defraud” the federal government. In this case those acts were the banking and foreign agent registration charges in counts three-six and ten-twelve. As with other federal felony conspiracy charges, this count carries a maximum of 5 years in prison

As noted above, this charge has to do with an illegal agreement to carry out criminal acts that “defraud” the federal government. In this case those acts were the banking and foreign agent registration charges in counts three-six and ten-twelve. As with other federal felony conspiracy charges, this count carries a maximum of 5 years in prison

2. Conspiracy to Launder Money: Another illegal agreement, this charge stems from the alleged decision to devise a scheme to conceal the source and existence of the money from Yanokovych and other clients. Given the amount in question, this charge could carry up to 20 years in prison.

Another illegal agreement, this charge stems from the alleged decision to devise a scheme to conceal the source and existence of the money from Yanokovych and other clients. Given the amount in question, this charge could carry up to 20 years in prison.

3 – 9. Failure to File Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts: These counts are related to the two men’s alleged foreign accounts. They are accused of not filing the necessary reports on these holdings. These counts carry 10 year maximum penalty.

These counts are related to the two men’s alleged foreign accounts. They are accused of not filing the necessary reports on these holdings. These counts carry 10 year maximum penalty.

10. Unregistered Agent of a Foreign Principle: This is the allegation Manafort and Gates acted as lobbyists for Yanokovych without registering as foreign agents with the government. It carries a maximum five year penalty.

This is the allegation Manafort and Gates acted as lobbyists for Yanokovych without registering as foreign agents with the government. It carries a maximum five year penalty.

11. False and Misleading FARA Statements: This is a more specific allegation of Manafort and Gates’s misconduct under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The men are lying as to the exact nature of their work in on Yanokovych’s behalf when they did FARA paperwork in 2016. As with Count 10, this carries a maximum five year penalty.

This is a more specific allegation of Manafort and Gates’s misconduct under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The men are lying as to the exact nature of their work in on Yanokovych’s behalf when they did FARA paperwork in 2016. As with Count 10, this carries a maximum five year penalty.

12. False Statements: This count refers to the same statements as the count above. It is a more general version of the charge for making false statements to the government as opposed to the specific FARA violations. It also carries a five year maximum.

This count refers to the same statements as the count above. It is a more general version of the charge for making false statements to the government as opposed to the specific FARA violations. It also carries a five year maximum.

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In an analysis of campaign donation reporting from the Federal Election Commission, CNN found that most of the outside money to DUMBOCRAT Doug Jones’ victorious campaign came from just two states.
Who funded Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama?

According to the reporting so far available, Jones received more outside individual donations from California and New York. Moore received most outside individual money from Texas.

Senator-elect Doug Jones received $808k from individual donors originating in California, and $680k from New York.

On the other side of the aisle, Roy Moore received most out-of-Alabama money from donors in the state of Texas, but much less at $236k. And ironically, California provided much of the outside money to Moore as well, but again, far less than that of Jones, at $164k.

DUMBOCRAT Jones had twice as much money as Republican Roy Moore. Open Secrets reported that Jones had over $11.5 million while Moore had $5.4 million in their campaign coffers as of December 14 reporting.

that Jones had over $11.5 million while Moore had $5.4 million in their campaign coffers as of December 14 reporting.

Jones’ upset defeat Tuesday is being blamed on Steve Bannon by the Republican establishment, while many Trump allies are blaming the GOP establishment’s support of moderate Luther Strange in the primary election. Trump mirrored this narrative in a tweet after the election:

The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!

Jones said the president called him and graciously congratulated him after the election. Moore on the other hand, refused to call him, and has not yet conceded the election.

Jones said the president called him and graciously congratulated him after the election. Moore on the other hand, refused to call him, and has

The Justice Department inspector general’s decision in January to open an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation was met with widespread praise from Democrats.

“My reaction is that it’s entirely appropriate and very necessary but also not surprising,” Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon told MSNBC on Jan. 12, the day that inspector general Michael Horowitz announced the investigation.

The change of heart is due to the revelation that one of the top investigators on the email investigation sent politically-charged text messages to his mistress, an FBI lawyer.

Those messages, exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, have undermined the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Kremlin. That’s because in addition to being a top investigator on the Clinton email probe, Strzok supervised the Russia investigation, which began several weeks after the Clinton inquiry was closed in July 2016.

Strzok and Page both transferred to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team after he inherited the investigation following the firing of James Comey as FBI director.

Horowitz, an Obama appointee, discovered the Strzok-Page texts after submitting a request to the FBI for the communications of key figures in the email probe.

After seeing the biased messages, Horowitz made two additional requests from the FBI for Strzok’s communications. He informed Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of the messages on July 27. Strzok was immediately demoted to the FBI’s human resources department.

For reasons unexplained, Mueller’s office, the FBI and DOJ refused for more than four months to explain why Strzok was removed from the investigation. The existence of the texts were revealed earlier this month. Nearly 400 of the messages were released on Tuesday.

Republicans have cited the texts to argue that the Mueller investigation now falls under the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine. Strzok’s involvement in the early stages of the Trump investigation has spoiled Mueller’s probe, GOP lawmakers have argued.

Democrats have downplayed the texts, in which Strzok refers to Trump as a “fucking idiot” while praising Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. Many have argued that Republicans are using the fruits of Horowitz’s investigation in order to end Mueller’s investigation.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, argued on Sunday that Republican focus on the text messages and other evidence of bias on the Mueller team were intended to undercut Mueller.

“The intent here is nothing short of discrediting Mueller, then discrediting the Justice Department, then discrediting the FBI, then discrediting the judiciary,” Schiff told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Back in January, Schiff praised one of his Democratic colleagues for submitting a request that spurred the inspector general investigation.

“I say hats off to my colleague, [Maryland Rep.] Elijah Cummings, for making the request for this investigation some months ago,” Schiff said.

“It’s a troubling pattern that the FBI seems to have chosen a horse in this election, and we welcome this investigation so this doesn’t happen again,” he said back in January.

Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman who openly supports Democrats, told Chris Hayes of the watchdog investigation: “I’m glad they’re doing it.”

Neera Tanden, a former Clinton campaign adviser and president for Center for American Progress, called the investigation “absolutely the right thing to do.”

“Decisions that are made by inspectors general across the administration are independent,” he told reporters at a White House press briefing.

Flashback: democrats praised the investigation that unveiled strzok texts The Justice Department inspector general’s decision in January to open an investigation into the FBI…

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The Justice Department inspector general’s decision in January to open an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation was met with widespread praise from Democrats

Posted By TheNewsCommenter : From Dailycaller.com : “FLASHBACK: Democrats Praised The Investigation That Unveiled Strzok Texts”. Below is an excerpt from the article .

: “FLASHBACK: Democrats Praised The Investigation That Unveiled Strzok Texts”. Below is an excerpt from the

The Justice Department inspector general’s decision in January to open an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation was met with widespread praise from Democrats.

“My reaction is that it’s entirely appropriate and very necessary but also not surprising,” Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon told MSNBC on Jan. 12, the day that inspector general Michael Horowitz announced the investigation.

The change of heart is due to the revelation that one of the top investigators on the email investigation sent politically-charged text messages to his mistress, an FBI lawyer.

Those messages, exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, have undermined the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Kremlin. That’s because in addition to being a top investigator on the Clinton email probe, Strzok supervised the Russia investigation, which began several weeks after the Clinton inquiry was closed in July 2016.

Strzok and Page both transferred to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team after he inherited the investigation following the firing of James Comey as FBI director.

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