READ THE DOCS: Trump Threatens to Sue Pulitzer Board if They Refuse to Revoke NYT and WaPo Russia Hoax Reporting Prizes in Response to Hillary Revelations

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TICK TOCK: GOP Votes to Give Graham Broad Subpoena Power in Obamagate Probe

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to subpoena over 50 witnesses as Republicans step up their investigation into the 2016 Russia probe.

By a 12-10 vote, Republicans on the panel gave Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sweeping authority to subpoena the individuals to testify, many of whom include high-profile Obama administration officials. Documents detailing what Obama knew at the time of the probe were also ordered to be turned over.

“I find myself in a position where I think we need to look long and hard about how the Mueller investigation got off the rails,” Graham said on Thursday. “This committee is not going to sit on the sidelines and move on.”

President Donald Trump has called for former president Barack Obama, himself, to be called before the panel to testify.

“If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,” the president tweeted. “He knew EVERYTHING. Do it @LindseyGrahamSC, just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!”

So far Graham has indicate that he is not ready to take such a drastic step just yet.

“It’d be a bad precedent to compel a former president to come before the Congress,” Graham said. “That would open up a can of worms and for a variety of reasons I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

WITCH HUNT: FBI Ignored Exculpatory Evidence to Proceed With ‘Aggressive’ Investigation of Trump, says Barr

WASHINGTON– Attorney General William Barr came out swinging against the FBI Tuesday, claiming the agency ignored exculpatory evidence which would have cleared President Donald Trump of any wrong doing in order to proceed with it’s investigation against him.

In an interview with Fox News, Barr said the FBI launched a “very aggressive investigation” into the Trump campaign which led the way to the Russia probe.

“I think before the election, I think we were concerned about the motive force behind the very aggressive investigation that was launched into the Trump campaign without — you know, with a very thin, slender reed as a basis for it,” Barr said. “It seemed that the bureau was sort of spring-loaded at the end of July to drive in there and investigate a campaign.”

“There really wasn’t much there to do that on, and that became more and more evident as they went by,” Barr added, “but they seemed to have ignored all the exculpatory evidence that was building up and continued pell-mell to push it forward.”

The attorney general said effort to investigate Trump following the election remained “intense” even after it became “painfully obvious” there was little basis to do so.

“The other area of concern is that after the election, even though they were closing down, some of it as we’ve seen in the [Michael] Flynn case and say there’s nothing here, for some reason they went right back at it, even at a time where the evidentiary support or claimed support, like the dossier, was falling apart,” Barr said. “And it’s — it’s very hard to understand why they continued to push and even make public in testimony that they had an investigation going, when it was becoming painfully obvious, or should have been obvious to anyone, that there was nothing there.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who has been investigating the Russia probe’s origins, says he intends to find out what FBI officials knew in regard to information that may have excluded Trump, who knew it and when.

“I believe it goes to the very top, and I’m going to get to the bottom of it,” Graham said Sunday during an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” “and that means Sally Yates and Rosenstein, and McCabe and Comey are all going to come before the committee and they’re going to be asked, ‘What did you know and when did you know it?’”

STONE GETS HARD TIME: Trump adviser Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months

WASHINGTON — Trump ally Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison Thursday for making what prosecutors said were false statements to investigators regarding the Trump-Russia probe.

Prosecutors had suggested that Stone, 67, serve nine years.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, while sentencing Stone, said the prison term originally sought by federal prosecutors was “too excessive.”

“Mr. Stone lied,” Jackson said, denying allegations put forth by Stone’s defense team that he had been persecuted for his conservative stance. “He was not prosecuted, as some have claimed, for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president.”

Stone, who was convicted in November on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, chose not to speak on his own behalf during the sentencing.

President Trump took quickly to Twitter following Stone’s sentencing, blasting the decision as politically motivated.

“’They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.’ @CNN. OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?” he tweeted.

The sentence is a far cry from the probation sought by Stone’s defense team, who cited their client’s age and lack of criminal history.

Stone was the sixth Trump aide to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential election.

In addition to his sentence, Roger Stone was fined $20,000 and given restrictions on travel pending his defense team’s motion for a new trial over claims of juror bias. Stone remains free on bond pending the outcome of the motion.

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TRUMP’S WARNING: ‘13 angry Democrats’ on Mueller team should be wary

Washington, D.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he was “Fighting Back” against the Russia probe and warned the “13 Angry Democrats” on the special counsel’s team to “just wait ’till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!”

Trump also suggested special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia was politically motivated.

“Is this Phony Witch Hunt going to go on even longer so it wrongfully impacts the Mid-Term Elections, which is what the Democrats always intended?” Trump tweeted. “Republicans better get tough and smart before it is too late.”

Mueller is also examining whether there was any effort to obstruct his investigation. To that, Trump tweeted Monday, “There is no O, it’s called Fighting Back.”

In a series of tweets — nearly a dozen — the president touched on a range of subjects, but kept returning to the Russia probe. He repeated his earlier claim that Mueller’s team is made up of Democrats.

“The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice…and just wait ’till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!”

Trump had applauded Friday when a federal judge questioned Mueller’s authority in a case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Mueller is a longtime Republican. Some members of his team made political contributions to Democrats, including Clinton. But Mueller could not have barred them from serving on the team. Federal regulations and Justice Department policy prohibit the consideration of political affiliation in hiring and other personnel actions involving career attorneys.

Trump also criticized FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok, who made headlines for exchanging derogatory text messages about Trump. Trump noted that Page has left the bureau and asked “Why is Peter S still there? What a total mess. Our Country has to get back to Business!”

Text messages between Page and Strzok, who was assigned to Mueller’s investigation, show them expressing negative views about Trump and referring to him in derogatory ways. Strzok was reassigned from the special counsel team after the text messages were brought to Mueller’s attention. Page had already left the Mueller team.

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‘I’VE RECEIVED ASSURANCES HE WON’T BE FIRED’: Paul Ryan weighs in on Meuller’s fate as rumors abound

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As rumors swirl that special counsel Robert Mueller will be fired by the Trump administration, House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has received “assurances” that Meuller’s job is safe. For now.

“I received assurances that his firing is not even under consideration,” Ryan told reporters during his weekly news conference on Tuesday. “We have a system based upon the rule of law in this country, we have a justice system, and no one is above that justice system.”

Ryan’s assurances follow weeks of speculation that Meuller, who is charged with leading the probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, was headed to the proverbial chopping block.

The rumors hit a fever pitch last weekend after President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Meuller via Twitter and hired a longtime Washington lawyer who has suggested that the FBI is seeking to frame the president.

Political watchers said they were certain Meuller would be next after Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week fired Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s second in command and a longtime Trump target.

White House spokesperson Ty Cobb made efforts to dispell the rumors on Sunday night that by issuing a statement that Trump is not considering firing Mueller.

“In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the special counsel, Robert Mueller,” Cobb said.

Sources close to the White House say Trump’s closest advisors are warning him that firing Meuller at this stage would do more harm than good in that doing so may look suspicious on the president’s part.

During his Tuesday presser, Ryan said Meuller will be encouraged to complete his investigation without undue influence from The White House.

“The special counsel should be free to follow through his investigation to its completion without interference, absolutely,” Ryan said. “I am confident that he will be able to do that.”

Calls for additional statement to a White House spokesperson were not immediately returned.

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‘THEY’RE LAUGHING THEIR ASSES OFF IN MOSCOW’: POTUS goes on Twitter rant over Russia probe

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump has unleashed on the FBI through a series of vicious tweets targeting, among other things, the agency’s handling of the ongoing probe into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election.

In a barrage of tweets that began Sunday (https://tinyurl.com/na4pr88), the president slammed everyone from the former Obama administration to special counsel Robert Mueller for collaborating to divide the American people.

“Finally, Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election. He is finally right about something. Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing. Thank you Adam!,” the president tweeted on Sunday morning

“I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said “it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer,” Trump wrote in a follow up tweet. “The Russian “hoax” was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!”

The president’s tweets follow an announcement on Friday that Mueller’s team had indicted more than a dozen Russians accused of meddling in the 2016 election in an effort to boost Trump’s chances of winning.

The indictment states that while the Russians began their plain in 2014 to undermine the American democratic system, they shifted their focus in 2016 toward disparaging Trump’s Democratic rival at the time, Hillary Clinton.

But the indictments, which did not include Trump or anyone on his immediate team, only proved what he had been saying all along, the president claimed, reaffirming again that no one on his team collaborated with Russians to do anything.

If anyone was responsible for the division in America today, the president added, it’s Democrats.

“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams,” Trump tweeted Monday just after 8 a.m. “They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!”

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WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Comey told lawmakers Flynn didn’t lie in dealings with Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former FBI director James Comey told lawmakers last March that Michael Flynn, who briefly served as National Security Advisor for the Trump administration, that Flynn did not lie to them according to published reports (https://tinyurl.com/y77sxtrl).

The revelation contradicts the findings of a congressional panel who had been tasked with investigating whether or not Russia had interfered with the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Those findings led to Flynn having been charged with a violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits American citizens from negotiating with foreign governments regarding U.S. disputes. In Flynn’s case, he was accused of speaking off the record to Kislyak regarding sanctions the U.S. had placed on Russia.

The Washington Examiner report cites two sources familiar with the case who claims Comey told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that he believed Flynn was telling the truth when asked about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during President Donald Trump’s transition.

Flynn’s being charged with lying to the FBI by special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly came as a surprise to Comey in light of his report to lawmakers, says the report, particularly in light of Comey’s defense of the former general.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators is continuing its ongoing probe into what, if any, influence the Russian government had on the outcome of Trump’s win in November of 2016. The investigation has resulted in four indictments thus far.

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‘THERE’S NOTHING THERE’: FBI agent in text to lover admits no evidence of Trump’s collusion with Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Peter Strzok, the FBI agent embroiled in controversy after more than 50,000 text messages were exposed in which he and fellow FBI agent Lisa Page criticized and mocked President Donald Trump, admitted during one exchange that there was no proof of Trump, Russia collusion, according to published reports.

The text, which chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, calls “jaw-dropping” suggests that Strzok saw no evidence of presidential wrongdoing.

“You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there,” the text reads.

In an interview with WISN-Milwaukee radio host Jay Weber (https://www.iheart.com/podcast/477-WISN-Clips-28429450/episode/sen-ron-johnson-drops-a-bombshell-28860177/), Johnson read the text, which Strzok sent to Page, who has since been revealed as his mistress.

“I think that’s kind of jaw-dropping,” said Johnson.

“In other words, Peter Strzok, who was the FBI deputy assistant director of the counterintelligence division, the man who had a plan to do something because he just couldn’t abide Donald Trump being president, is saying that his gut sense is that there’s no big there there when it comes to the Mueller special counsel investigation,” he said.

The content of many of the texts has sparked a flurry of interest since it was revealed that approximately 5 months worth, reportedly sent between December 14, 2017 to May 17, 2017, have disappeared, leaving many to question what, if anything, the FBI may have tried to hide.

The controversy forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to comment on the issue, releasing a statement in which he promised to get to the bottom of the matter.

“After reviewing the voluminous records on the FBI’s servers, which included over 50,000 texts, the Inspector General discovered the FBI’s system failed to retain text messages for approximately 5 months between December 14, 2017 to May 17, 2017,” Sessions said. “I have spoken to the Inspector General and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way. If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”

The issue of the missing texts is just the most recent turn of events in the ongoing saga surrounding the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russian officials to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

According to a report published Tuesday by The New York Times, Sessions, himself, was interviewed at length over the matter last week by Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Both Sessions and Trump have vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

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‘SOMEBODY’S GOING TO JAIL’: Legal analyst says Hillary could be charged with at least 13 crimes over Uranium One, dossier scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 26 may be Hillary Clinton’s birthday but it’s likely not a happy one, according to a legal analyst who says the former Secretary of State may be waist deep in pending charges.

In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity attorney Gregg Jarrett said the former Democratic presidential nominee may be facing at least 13 separate charges relating to her involvement in the Uranium One scandal and the TrumpGate dossier.

When asked by Hannity how many charges Clinton may be looking at Jarrett responded, “13 potential crimes committed by Hillary Clinton, she’d be charged for six anti-corruption – they were all felonies.”

“She could also be charged with racketeering for using her charity as a criminal enterprise and then you’ve got all of the email crimes – two of them under the espionage act and two additional,” Jarrett said.

Jarrett also added that Clinton could face additional charges relating to her funding of a dossier in which it was claimed that Trump was caught in a Russian hotel room with a bevy of prostitutes. Those allegations were later found to be untrue.

“You can’t pay a foreign national relative to a political campaign and it appears she also – and the DNC – hid it – in their disclosure reports, which could also be criminally charged,” said Jarrett.

Meanwhile, The Justice Department on Wednesday released a gag order that had been placed on a former FBI informant from a confidentiality agreement, allowing him to testify before Congress about his knowledge on the Russian government’s dealings with Clinton and key leaders of the Obama administration.

In a statement to The Hill (http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/357230-fbi-informant-in-obama-era-russian-nuclear-bribery-cleared-to-testify-before), Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores confirmed that a deal had been reached to clear the informant to talk to Congress for the first time, nearly eight years after he first went undercover for the FBI.

“As of tonight, the Department of Justice has authorized the informant to disclose to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as one member of each of their staffs, any information or documents he has concerning alleged corruption or bribery involving transactions in the uranium market, including but not limited to anything related to Vadim Mikerin, Rosatom, Tenex, Uranium One, or the Clinton Foundation,” Flores said.

The informant’s lawyer, Victoria Toensing, told The Hill on Wednesday night that she had received formal notification from the FBI saying it no longer had any reason to ask the informant to keep his work confidential, clearing the way for him to potentially testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The FBI has informed me that they are releasing my client from his [nondisclosure agreement] so that he can testify to Congress about his work uncovering the Russian nuclear bribery case and the efforts he witnessed by Moscow to gain influence with the Clintons in hopes of winning favorable uranium decisions from the Obama administration,” Toensing said.

“He is now able and willing to talk with the congressional committees seeking his testimony, though I will be working with all parties to ensure his identity remains confidential to ensure his safety.”

In an interview given earlier this week, Hillary Clinton denied any legal wrongdoing.

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