WHAT HE KNEW: Newly uncovered texts suggest Obama wanted ‘to know everything’ about FBI’s Hillary probe

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Newly released text messages between senior officials at the Justice Department show former president Barack Obama showed intense interest in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Text messages (https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/library) sent between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were engaged in a romantic affair at the time, reveal the 44th president wanted to “know everything” about the probe surrounding Hillary Clinton’s email server.

In one text, dated Sept. 2, 2016, Page wrote to Strzok about prepping former FBI director James Comey because “POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing.”

This isn’t the first message to shed new light on the Obama Whitehouse’s influence on the criminal probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Previous messages have detailed widespread abuse of power and disdain toward then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by the Department of Justice and the FBI.

In one text, Strzok and Page vent about their hatred for Trump, calling the future president a “f–king idiot”. In another, Strzok also calls Conservatives who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wife for a state Senate seat “ignorant hillbillys.”

“Disappointing, but look at the district map. Loudon is being gentrified, but it’s still largely ignorant hillbillys. Good for her for running, but curious if she’s energized or never again,” Strzok writes of Virginia Republicans.

The revelations about Obama’s involvement into the investigation surrounding Clinton contradict his own words. In the Spring of 2016, Barack Obama said it wasn’t his place to interfere in the investigation.

“I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line,” Obama told Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2016/04/10/exclusive-president-barack-obama-on-fox-news-sunday.html).

“I guarantee it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Full stop. Period, ” he added.

Robert Mueller, appointed to oversee a special investigation into possible collusion with Russia to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign, removed Strzok from his position within the agency after similar texts surfaced in the Summer of 2017.

President Trump, when advised of what the newly released texts revealed, took to social media to share his astonishment.

“NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!” Trump tweeted (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/961270833569202176).

Last week, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes released a controversial memo which showed the FBI used the Clinton-financed ‘Trump Dossier’ to secure FISA warrants in an effort to surveil then-candidate Trump and his campaign officials during the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats continue to deny any wrongdoing or efforts to thwart Trump’s campaign.

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‘PILE OF GARBAGE’: Trump slams FBI for using bogus dossier to attack campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to slam the FBI for using unsubstantiated claims to slander his presidential campaign.

Referencing a Washington Times report (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/25/fbi-says-russia-dossiers-collusion-charges-unsubst/) discussed on “Fox & Friends”, the president raged against the FBI, calling the evidence they utilized against him a “pile of garbage”.

At the center of the debate were allegations that then-candidate Trump had traveled to Moscow and engaged in a series of sexual liaisons with Russian prostitutes and had engaged in secret meetings with Russian officials that he failed to disclose to investigators. The report stated that although the agency did not publicly repudiate the salacious claims against Trump, investigators internally acknowledged that the claims contained within it were unsubstantiated

“WOW, @foxandfrlends ‘Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.’ And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!” the president tweeted (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/945646491955290113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2017%2F12%2F26%2Ftrump-accuses-fbi-using-pile-garbage-dossier-to-go-after-campaign.html).

Last week, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stood by the dossier’s claims but, when pressed to identify what, if any, claims he had been able to verify, cited only the fact that ex-Trump adviser Carter Page had once traveled to Moscow. Beyond that, investigators said, McCabe could not even say that the bureau had verified the dossier’s allegations about the specific meetings that Trump or any of his aides had attended in Moscow.

The president has been vocal in his claims in recent days that his own FBI is biased against him as special counsel Robert Mueller continues a probe into possible collusion between Russia and members of the Trump campaign to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?” Trump wrote in one of many anti-FBI tweets on Saturday.

A former Trump campaign manager Michael Caputo said Tuesday that the president’s tweets served as an “insurance policy” to ensure that the truth finds its way to the American people.

“The president’s tweets are an insurance policy for the American people to make sure that its leading law enforcement organization remains unbiased,” Caputo said Tuesday on CNN.

“I know that’s disappointing for some people, but the president is highlighting this bias to the American people for good reason,” he said. “If there’s going to be an investigation it must be unbiased.”

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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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‘THE HOAX HAS TURNED’: Trump calls explosive revelations of Clinton ties to Russia scandal ‘a disgrace’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump came out swinging against former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday over recent revelations that
her campaign helped to fund a vicious anti-Trump dossier during the height of the 2016 presidential election.

Calling the dossier a “disgrace” the president said the tables had turned on Democrats over what he referred to as the “Russia hoax.”

“They’re embarrassed by it, but I think it’s a disgrace,” Trump told a sea of waiting reporters, before heading to Texas for a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The quickly discredited report about the president was released just weeks prior to the November election and claimed that Trump had been filmed with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel.

The funding behind the effort was revealed on Tuesday after documents published by CNN revealed that political consulting firm Fusion GPS was retained last year by Marc E. Elias, an attorney representing the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign (http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2017/images/10/25/fusion.perkins.coie.pdf). The documents had been obtained as part of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Washinton Post, who was first to report the connection between the dossier and the Clinton campaign (https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/national-security/clinton-campaign-dnc-paid-for-research-that-led-to-russia-dossier/2017/10/24/226fabf0-b8e4-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html) revealed that a former British intelligence officer helped to orchestrate the scandal.

“Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research,” said the WaPo report. “After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.”

“The whole Russia thing … this was the Democrats coming up with an excuse for losing the election,” Trump said. “They lost it and they lost it very badly. And they didn’t know what to say, so they made up the whole Russia hoax.”

“Now it’s turning out that the hoax is turned around, and you look at what’s happened with Russia and the uranium deal and the fake dossier, and it’s all turned around,” he added, referencing recent revelations on the Obama administration’s 2010 approval of a Canadian mining company’s sale to a Russian firm that gave them substantial control of U.S. uranium reserves.

“I think the uranium sale to Russia and the way it was done, so underhanded with tremendous amounts of money being passed, I actually think that’s Watergate, modern age,” Trump said.

Hillary Clinton has officially denied any wrongdoing.

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