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Barr makes first charge against someone involved in the Russia investigation

Even before he arrived to be Donald Trump’s personal attorney general, William Barr engaged in attacks against the Department of Justice investigation into Russian...

‘We Live to Fight Another Day… Keep Calling,’ Say Privacy Defenders as House Postpones Vote to Reauthorize FBI Mass Spying Powers

In the face of growing opposition from members of both parties and a pressure campaign by privacy advocates, the House Democratic leadership decided at...

DOJ Inspector General Report Finds No Evidence of FBI Conspiracy Against President in Russia Investigation but Reveals ‘Structural Problems’ With FISA Court

The long-awaited report on the FBI's Russia investigation was released Monday, revealing no political bias on behalf of the bureau but pointing the finger...

Barr About to Blow Up Washington, Its Time to “Mueller” the FISA Report

In the next week we will have the new release from Barr, one that will again separate the partisan sides in this country, and once again Barr will re-write official findings and play-up his reading of materials. No matter how much we hoped that a neutral review would put the FISA bull shit to rest, that’s just not our reality right now. When Barr gets in the way we slump our heads and silently scream. It never ends. Reports are trickling out that Barr’s own appointed A.G. found only one questionable act, one which didn’t alter any outcome and that the FBI and intelligence agencies acted appropriately along the way. Then Barr rejected the central findings and will write his own conclusions. God help us. From a Salon column published in Rawstory: The official this time is the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, but according to news reports, Barr is maneuvering behind the scenes to counter central conclusions that there was nothing major amiss in the start of the investigation of all-things-Russia. Of course. Long ago, and I mean long ago, Barr made his conclusion based on Right-Wing news reports and isn’t happy about the truth as found by some weak-kneed pussss, weak kneed guy who doesn’t “get it.” The reports indicate that a low-level lawyer changed one email after the fact to bolster (not invent) a warrant, but even the re-wording “bolster” didn’t impact the outcome. Within the giant machine that is the federal government, FBI, DOJ, et. al., they were unable to find anything else nefarious. while one could question judgments made along the way by top brass at the FBI, the call to launch an investigation was totally kosher. In other words, no “witch hunt,” as charged by Donald Trump and his team of defenders. This is not news or in any way damning. In every giant investigation across several agencies, involving dozens of top people, there will be “questionable decisions.” That just “is,” especially when one side  needs a specific outcome. But Barr, who undercut the force of the Mueller Report before it came out last spring, apparently is telling associates within Justice that he personally disagrees with that conclusion. Barr is heavily invested in finding fault with the origins of the report, having separately hired Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham to find evidence of wrongdoing, even criminal wrongdoing. “Heavily invested.” Pffft. No shit? He is “heavily invested” without anything to do with the fact that he hired the special counsel. That’s nothing. He’s heavily invested because he knows what the entire Right expects and he’s their soldier, careers are at stake. Moreover, it is personal to Barr in that he needs Trump to win next year in order to avoid a Democrot-appointed A.G. who would review “questionable decisions” made by Barr. It is not hyperbole to say that Barr needs a victory next November to ensure his ass stays out of prison. He wouldn’t be the first A.G. finding himself in prison for trying to cover a lawless president. So here we go. Except this one is going to be worse than Mueller by a factor on a logarithmic scale because Barr only took the Mueller report from damning to nuetral. Now he is going to take a neutral report and make it criminal. Or […]

GOP senators ask intelligence community watchdog to investigate Russia probe ‘leaks’

Following on the attorney general's promise to investigate alleged 'spying' on Donald Trump's campaign, two GOP senators are asking the internal watchdog for the...

Nunes Memo Complete FLOP

The first paragraphs give the game away.The memo purports to update the Intelligence Committee on “significant facts relating to the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the [DOJ and FBI] and their...

CHRIS MATHEWS WONDERS ALOUD IF WHITE HOUSE WROTE NUNES MEMO

The Nunes Memo has been released. The memo alleges that Steele had an anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations that were not included in the FISA application. Senior DOJ officials knew...

Nunes Obvious Attempt to Divert Attention from Mueller’s Investigation

The House Intelligence community tasked with investigating possible Trump ties to Russia is set to vote even as early as today on release of the now infamous "Nunes Memo" according...

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