From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"FISA - Under Surveillance 2020 January-March"

FISA - Under Surveillance 2020 January-March
THE CORRUPTION OF THE DEMOCRATS HAS GONE TO THE EXTREMES AS THEY KNOW THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT ON INVESTIGATIONS
OF THE VIOLATIONS FROM FISA WARRANTS IN THE COMING MONTHS AND ARE BECOMING DESPERATE AS THEIR ACTIONS LETS YOU KNOW THAT CLEARLY
To return to Astronomical Events To Appear Between 2014 Through 2017 A.D. or continue to FISA- Under Surveillance in 2020 April-June

   
Alexandra Chalupa
    The following is what is reported on google for Alexandra Chalupa and may or may not be accurate.
    Alexandra Chalupa, American consultant, is an American who was co-chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Ethnic Council.    She is also the founder of the political consulting firm Chalupa & Associates, LLC. Chalupa is a pro-Ukrainian activist.
    Chalupa is a pro-Ukrainian activist.    Prominent supporters of President Donald Trump have promoted the theory that Chalupa's past activities were part of a conspiracy between the DNC and the Ukrainian government to undermine Trump's campaign and, later, to frame the Russian government for the hacking of the DNC during the 2016 US presidential campaign.
Paul Manafort and Donald Trump
2016 Presidential Election
    In 2014, Chalupa began to research the Ukraine crisis for a pro bono client unrelated to the DNC.    The research included Paul Manafort, his work for Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, and his connections to pro-Russian oligarchs.    After Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, she expanded her research to include Trump and his ties to Russia.
    She began warning Ukrainian-American community leaders in January 2016 that Manafort was Russian president Vladimir Putin’s "political brain for manipulating U.S. foreign policy and elections.    She also shared her concerns with a senior DNC official, saying that a connection between the Trump campaign and Russia would likely mean Manafort would become involved in the election.    Near the end of March, she visited the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, D.C., to organize an event in June highlighting female Ukrainian leaders.    While there, she shared her concerns with Ambassador Valeriy Chaly and his aide Oksana Shulyar.
    Manafort joined the Trump campaign a few days later as its convention manager.    The day after the campaign announced Manafort's joining, Chalupa briefed the DNC's communications staff on Manafort's and Trump's ties to Russia.    A week later, Chalupa met with a foreign policy legislative assistant to Representative Marcy Kaptur in a failed attempt to start a congressional investigation into Manafort's activities.
    After the election, Chalupa assisted the Clinton campaign with their efforts to force vote recounts in some states.
Ukrainian embassy
    The Ukrainian embassy assisted Chalupa with her research, though the extent and nature of the assistance are in dispute.    According to Politico, the DNC encouraged Chalupa to ask the Ukrainian embassy to arrange a call with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko to discuss Manafort, Trump, and their connections to Russia, but the embassy declined.
    Andrii Telizhenko, a Ukrainian political officer who worked under Shulyar at the time, told Politico that she asked him to pass on to Chalupa any information he came across about connections between Trump, Manafort, and Russia.    He claimed the embassy was coordinating with Chalupa and the Clinton campaign on investigating Manafort.    In 2018, Telizhenko told the Ukrainian news site Strana.UA that Poroshenko worked with Chalupa to discredit Trump.    He began repeating the story in 2019 to U.S. right-wing media, Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and House Intelligence Committee minority chair Devin Nunes.    Both the embassy and Chalupa disputed the allegations.    Ambassador Chaly denied any wrongdoing and called Telizhenko a liar.
    Chalupa denied that the DNC asked her to collect information from the embassy.
Intimidation campaign
    In late April 2016, Chalupa began receiving daily administrative alerts from Yahoo! warning her that state actors were attempting to break into her email account.    After two weeks of daily alerts, she informed the DNC about the hacking attempts.    That email became public when WikiLeaks published stolen DNC emails in July.    The alerts continued into 2017.
    In June 2016, someone broke into and searched her car, but left everything behind.    She became convinced it was Russia-linked when two more family cars were broken into and ransacked but nothing was stolen.    A few days later, a woman "wearing white flowers in her hair" tried to break into Chalupa's home.    She mentioned the incident to Shulyar, who told her it resembled intimidation campaigns used against foreigners in Russia.
    Chalupa began receiving death threats in the second half of 2016.
FEC complaints
    The conservative watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a complaint against Chalupa and the DNC with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in August 2017.    The complaint alleges that the research assistance the Ukrainian embassy provided to her during the 2016 election campaign was an illegal campaign contribution to the DNC because of her work for them at the time.
    The pro-Trump super PAC Committee to Defend the President filed a similar FEC complaint against the DNC in September 2019, alleging that the DNC ordered Chalupa to investigate Manafort and Trump.    Like the 2017 complaint, it is largely a mischaracterization of the 2017 Politico article detailing her research efforts.
Calls for DOJ investigation
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) on two occasions to investigate alleged coordination between Chalupa and the Ukrainian government to interfere in the 2016 election.    In July 2017, he sent a letter in his capacity as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.    Grassley and Senator Ron Johnson sent a second letter in September 2019 in their capacities as the chairs of the Senate Finance and Homeland Security Committees.    Both letters cite the 2017 Politico article as evidence.
Impeachment Inquiry
    During the US Congress' 2019 Impeachment Inquiry hearings, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes several times cited Alexandra Chalupa as a fact witness that committee chairman Adam Schiff refused to bring before the committee.    Chalupa responded that she would welcome the opportunity to testify and push back against the Republican narrative about her involvement with Ukrainian officials.
    There is no evidence that Ukrainian embassy officials helped Chalupa in any significant way or that the DNC used any information obtained by Chalupa to aid Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign against Trump.

    I have added the above information as I plan to add a special article regarding Rudy Giuliani's special edition on One America Newsroom's presentation by Chanel Rion called "Revealed: Ukranian Witnesses Destroy Schiff's Case" aired on 12/14/2019 Part I, Part II, Part III for 3 hours, exposing the biggest coverup in political history; sworn testimony from Rudy Giuliani and Ukranian witnesses that are being prevented from giving information on corruption which includes Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.
    I am planning to do a full review of that subject in my future file FISA-UnderSurveillance2020
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1/1/2020 Giuliani: I would testify in Senate impeachment trial by OAN Newsroom
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks to reporters as he arrives for a New Year’s Eve
party hosted by President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago property, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is saying he would be willing to testify in the Senate’s upcoming impeachment trial.    Giuliani confirmed the news while speaking to reporters at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on New Year’s Eve.
    He went on to say he would love to try the case because it would allow him to conduct demonstrations, give lectures and provide summations.    At this time, Giuliani is not expected to be a part of the president’s impeachment defense team.
    This came after Sen. Lindsey Graham invited Giuliani to come before the Senate to testify on what he found during his fact-finding mission to Ukraine with One America’s Chanel Rion.    During a recent interview, Graham said he would be glad to talk with Giuliani so he can tell Congress what the attorney uncovered during his trip.     In recent weeks, Giuliani traveled to Europe, alongside the One America News investigative team, to gather documents and testimonies from top Ukrainian officials.
    He has been putting together a report on Biden family corruption in Ukraine.    He said Joe Biden used his title as Vice President to protect his son Hunter’s scheme to launder millions of dollars in dirty money from Ukraine into the U.S.

    The Senate impeachment trial is expected to begin sometime in January.
[On OAN Newsroom 1:51 PM PT — Sunday, December 15, 2019 see this article Related: "Sen. Graham Invites Rudy Giuliani To Testify About Ukraine Trip With OAN," which if they brought all the Ukranians involved to the Senate impeachemnt and let them tell their truths then Trump would be aquitted and Joe Biden would be in prison, and the Obama administration would be disgraced forever.]

1/2/2020 Oil and DOW closed for New Year’s day.

[BELOW IS THE FAKE NEWS VERSION OF THE ABOVE ARTICLE AS THE DEEP STATE IS GETTING DESPERATE IN 2020 AND AS YOU CAN SEE BELOW IS THEY CONSISTENTELY PRINT THAT EVEN THOUGH HALF OF THE COUNTRY HAS SEEN THE VIDEO OF JOE BIDEN GETTING THE PROSECUTOR FIRED OR THEY WOULD NOT GET THE ONE BILLION DOLLARS WHICH QUID PRO JOE KEEPS DENYING.]
1/2/2020 Giuliani willing to testify at trial - Says he would ‘love to try’ impeachment case by William Cummings, USA TODAY
    Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, said he would be willing to testify in a Senate impeachment trial if asked and would “love to try the case” if given the opportunity.
    “I would testify.    I would do demonstrations.    I’d give lectures.    I’d give summations,” Giuliani said Tuesday night when asked about the possibility during a New Year’s Eve celebration at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
    “Or, I’d do what I do best: I’d try the case. I’d love to try the case,” he said.    “I don’t know if anybody would have the courage to give me the case, but if you give me the case, I will prosecute it as a racketeering case, which I kind of invented anyway.”    The former prosecutor said it had been 30 years since he tried such a case, “but let’s see if I can still do it.”
    Giuliani has been at the center of allegations that Trump used military aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into investigating an energy company, Burisma Holdings, that placed former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, on its board.    Democrats say Trump wanted Ukraine to announce it was investigating Burisma in an effort to taint Biden, a leading candidate in the Democratic presidential primary. Trump and his supporters say the effort was solely about rooting out corruption.
    Giuliani has traveled to Ukraine and met with officials and other figures in search of evidence that the Bidens acted corruptly.    Democrats accuse the former New York mayor of conducting “shadow diplomacy” in Ukraine aimed at benefiting the president politically.
    Last month, the Democratic-controlled House approved two articles of impeachment against Trump stemming from his Ukraine dealings.    The impeachment process did not stop Giuliani from returning to Ukraine.    In media appearances since that trip, Giuliani has claimed he obtained damning evidence but has provided scant details.
    Despite Giuliani’s allegations, investigators in Ukraine and the U.S. have not found evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Bidens, though many commentators have questioned the wisdom and propriety of Hunter Biden, who has no energy experience, taking the lucrative position on the Burisma board
.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, DCalif., has yet to send the articles of impeachment to the Republican-led Senate, which will handle the trial, because she says she is concerned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will not allow what she considers a fair process.
    Perhaps the largest question hanging over the Senate trial is whether witnesses will be called to testify.    Democrats have said they would like to call several current and former Trump administration officials, including former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, to testify.    Trump and Giuliani have said the Bidens should be among the witnesses.
    It was unclear if Giuliani meant he would like to lead the prosecution or defense when he said Tuesday that he would “love to try the case.”    Presumably, he was not offering to lead a racketeering case against the president, who is his client.
Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, speaks as he arrives for a New Year's
celebration at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday. JIM WATSON/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

1/2/2020 Ex-FBI Deputy McCabe admits to media leaks, obstructing probe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee
hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is apologizing to a bureau investigator after coming clean about a media leak.    Newly released documents showed McCabe admitted to misleading investigators during an August 2017 interview.     He was questioned about two media leaks on the same day James Comey was fired.    McCabe was reportedly asked if he knew how FBI information ended up in a 2016 article by The Wall Street Journal about the Clinton Foundation.    He initially denied knowing about the leak, but he walked back his claim in a follow-up interview.
    The DOJ watchdog later found that McCabe had directed FBI lawyer Lisa Page to share the information he had publicly denied.
    “I’ve said from the very beginning I absolutely reject that report, because I never intentionally mislead anyone about anything,” said McCabe.    “I will not stand up and claim that I’ve done something I didn’t do.”
    According to FBI documents, McCabe was blamed for sidetracking the bureau’s work by one of the agents conducting the interview.
    McCabe has since sued the FBI and DOJ over his firing.
[The characters who were knee deep in the FISA court abuse are all starting to come forward to try to adjust there claims against what is coming when the Durham report and charges comes out and Barr will annonce it.]

1/6/2020 Michael Avenatti fails to narrow Nike indictment; U.S. judge cites Cosby case by Jonathan Stempel
FILE PHOTO: Attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at United States Court in the
New York City borough of Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday rejected Michael Avenatti’s bid to dismiss two of the three counts in an indictment accusing the celebrity lawyer of trying to extort Nike Inc by threatening to reveal its alleged improper payments to college basketball recruits.
    Citing an alleged extortion of comedian Bill Cosby in the late 1990s, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan said prosecutors could try to prove that Avenatti engaged in wrongful conduct by threatening Nike with economic and reputational harm unless it paid him millions of dollars.
    Gardephe also called it premature to dismiss as vague the two counts, alleging extortion and transmitting interstate communications with intent to extort.
    Avenatti is also charged with honest services wire fraud against his client, youth basketball coach Gary Franklin, by concealing how Nike had offered to settle so long as it did not have to hire and pay Avenatti to probe the alleged payments.
    Lawyers for Avenatti did not immediately respond to requests for comment.    A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined to comment.
    Avenatti, 48, became famous representing porn star Stormy Daniels and becoming an antagonist of U.S. President Donald Trump.
    He faces a scheduled Jan. 21 trial after pleading not guilty to illegally demanding up to $25 million from Nike last March in exchange for not publicizing the basketball payments, and being hired for the internal probe.    Nike has denied wrongdoing.
    In letting the case proceed, Gardephe cited the 1997 conviction of Autumn Jackson for trying to extort $40 million from Cosby in exchange for not revealing she was his illegitimate child.
    Cosby disputed that claim, but admitted to having an affair with Jackson’s mother, and had quietly made payments to help her and put Jackson through college.
    Jackson was sentenced to 26 months in prison. Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison sentence following his 2018 sexual assault conviction.
    Gardephe said conduct becomes wrongful when people to threaten economic loss or reputational harm to obtain property to which they are not entitled.
    Prosecutors alleged that money Avenatti sought for himself was separate from the $1.5 million he sought for Franklin.
    “While Avenatti’s client may have been in a position to make demands to Nike, Avenatti had no right – independent of his client – to demand millions of dollars from Nike based on confidential information supplied by his client; without his client’s knowledge; and to his client’s detriment,” Gardephe said.
    Avenatti has also pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in Manhattan that he cheated Daniels out of proceeds from a book contract, and in California that he defrauded clients out of millions of dollars.
    The case is U.S. v. Avenatti, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 19-cr-00373.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Paul Simao and Matthew Lewis)

1/7/2020 Rep. Nunes: GOP actively investigating ICIG Michael Atkinson by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, left, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, listens as the
House Judiciary Committee hears investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump,
Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes recently revealed that Republicans are actively investigating the Intelligence Community’s inspector general.    In an interview Monday, he said Michael Atkinson is still “facing serious questions.”
    This comes after Atkinson alerted the director of National Intelligence about the whistleblower complaint, and deemed it credible after conducting his own independent investigation.    The inspector general then notified House Democrats of the existence of the complaint.
    Although Atkinson testified in October, a transcript of his interactions with lawmakers has not yet been released to the public.    In the meantime, government watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Justice for communications between Atkinson and lawmakers.
    “Everyone needs to see that testimony and the reason that it’s not being released is because it’s very damaging, not only to the whistleblower, but also to Atkinson himself,” Nunes stated.
    The California lawmaker went on to say he believes Atkinson needs to retract or correct his statements.    Since giving his testimony, the inspector general has refused to respond to requests for comment on the matter.

1/12/2020 President Trump says former DOJ official David Kris has ‘zero credibility’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)
    President Trump is blasting the FISA Court’s decision to appoint an Obama-era official to oversee changes deemed necessary by the Inspector General’s report.    On Sunday, the president called David Kris’ role with the DOJ “controversial” and said he has “zero credibility.”
    Reports said Kris is a left-wing blogger, who has previously written in support of the FBI’s use of FISA applications.
Photo of David Kris via Twitter.
    The president further suggested the official is the newest member of ‘The Swamp,’ which he has repeatedly said the government has no place for.
    As you know, the FISA Court and your top judge is very much involved, and hopefully they’re going to do something about it,” said President Trump.    “These were evil people and I hope that someday I’m going to consider it one of my greatest achievements getting rid of them.”
    Congressman Devin Nunes has also blasted the FISA Court’s decision.
    “It’s hard to imagine a worse person they could have chosen, outside of James Comey, Andy McCabe or Adam Schiff,” he said.
[ David S. Kris, an American lawyer from 2009 to 2011, and served as the United States Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division of the United States Department of Justice, and also as the Associate Deputy Attorney General for national security issues at the Department of Justice from 2000 to 2003.    In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Kris for Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department's National Security Division, which was created in 2006.    Kris had been a high-ranking DOJ lawyer in the Bush administration for several years, and had appeared before Congress to advocate for the administration's positions regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the USA PATRIOT Act.    He had appeared before Congress in his personal capacity, after leaving the DOJ, to continue advocating for the government to have enhanced flexibility under FISA and the PATRIOT Act.
    You would think they would pick someone who is not biased for that project if there is someone who is not biased.].

1/14/2020 Russian hackers targeted Ukrainian company at center of impeachment storm: cybersecurity firm by Christopher Bing and Raphael Satter
FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of binary code are seen
in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian military hackers tried to steal emails from the Ukrainian energy firm where Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden, had a seat on the board, a U.S. cybersecurity firm said on Monday.
    Energy company Burisma Holdings Ltd was at the center of attempts by U.S. President Donald Trump last July to pressure Ukrainian authorities to announce an investigation into the Bidens for purported corruption, an effort that has led to the Republican being impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
    California-based Area 1 Security identified the hacking of Burisma and linked it to Russia’s Main Directorate of Military Intelligence, or GRU.    The same hacking group, known as “Fancy Bear” by cybersecurity researchers, breached the Democratic National Committee in 2016 in what U.S. investigators described as part of an operation to disrupt that year’s election.
    “You can see this attack really is starting to parallel with what we saw in 2016,” Oren Falkowitz, Area 1’s chief executive, said in an interview.
    The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.    Officials at the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security declined to comment.
    Burisma did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    A source close to Burisma told Reuters the company’s website had been subject to multiple break-in attempts over the past six months but did not provide further details.
    What data the hackers were looking to steal is not clear, Area 1 said.    Breaching Burisma could yield communications from, to, or about Hunter Biden, who served as a director between 2014 and 2019.    A leak of stolen data could potentially affect the impeachment process and U.S. electoral contest.
    Area 1 said it became aware of the Russian targeting of Burisma after its email security scanning product found suspicious evidence online, including “decoy domains” – websites designed to imitate legitimate email services used by Burisma’s subsidiaries.
    Publicly available domain registration records examined by Reuters show that the hackers created the decoy domains between Nov. 11, the day before U.S. Democrats began their first public impeachment hearings, and Dec. 3, the day before the House Judiciary Committee took up the issue.
    The records show that the same people also registered fake domains for a Ukrainian media company, named Kvartal 95, in March and April 2019.    Kvartal 95 was founded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and multiple employees of the station have since joined his administration.
    Kvartal 95 and representatives for Zelenskiy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
    Area 1’s report said it discovered the GRU had targeted two subsidiaries of Burisma, KUB Gas LLC and Esko Pivnich, as well as CUB Energy Inc, which was affiliated with the firm, using lookalike domains intended to trick employees into providing their email passwords.
    Burisma and its subsidiaries share the same email server, Area 1 said, meaning a breach at any of the companies could expose them all.
    The report gave a limited indication of how Area 1 determined that the lookalike domains were the work of the GRU, pointing mainly to similarities in how the hackers had previously set their digital traps.    Area 1 co-founder Blake Darche said unpublished data gathered by his firm linked the operation to a specific officer in Moscow, whose identity he was unable to establish.
    But Darch said “we are 100 percent certain” that the GRU was behind the hacking.
    An outside researcher, Kyle Ehmke of Virginia-based cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect, who reviewed the malicious domains flagged by Area 1, said based on the information he had seen, he believed “with moderate confidence” that the websites were devised by the GRU
.
    Ehmke said that the hacking operation against Burisma used tools and methods consistent with Russian hackers associated with the GRU, but that a complete picture was lacking.
    Russian spies have routinely targeted Ukrainian energy firms with cyberattacks since Russia threw its weight behind a separatist takeover in eastern Ukraine in 2014.
    Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Joe Biden, did not comment directly on the hack but said in an email: “Any American president who had not repeatedly encouraged foreign interventions of this kind would immediately condemn this attack on the sovereignty of our elections.”
    U.S. intelligence officials have issued warnings that Russia is working to intervene in the November 2020 election.    Trump is seeking reelection and Biden is a potential opponent out of a dozen Democrats seeking their party’s nomination.
    Trump denies he did anything wrong by asking Ukrainian officials to investigate Hunter Biden’s relationship with Burisma.    There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens, who reject Trump’s allegations of graft, and officials in his administration have rebuked his claims about them.
(Reporting by Christopher Bing Raphael Satter; Polina Ivanova in Kiev, Ukraine contributed; Editing by Chris Sanders, Grant McCool and Gerry Doyle)
[SINCE I SAW NO OFFICIAL NAMES OF WHO IS MAKING THIS CLAIM I WILL ASSUME THAT THIS IS THE DEEP STATE TRYING TO LEGITIMATE BIDEN’S CRIME OF QUID PRO QUO EXTORTION OF THE EMOULENT CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION BY BRIBING THE UKRANIAN PRESIDENT TO FIRE A PROSECUTOR INVESTIGATING BURISMA WHERE HIS SON HUNTER BIDEN WORKED.    I DO NOT CARE IF IT IS THE RUSSIANS GETTING THE TRUE INFORMATION ABOUT BIDEN AND IF IT PROVES WHAT GUILANI HAS DISCOVERED MORE POWER TO THEM.].

1/13/2020 President Trump blasts FISA court’s decision to appoint Obama-era official to oversee changes to IG report by OAN Newsroom
In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump speaks on proposed changes to the
National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    President Trump is blasting the FISA court’s decision to appoint an Obama-era official to oversee changes deemed necessary by the Horowitz Inspector General report.    While taking to Twitter Sunday, he slammed former Department of Justice official David Kris.
    The decision to appoint Kris is highly controversial, which is something the president pointed out.    He’s left-wing blogger and has previously written in support of the FBI in its use of FISA applications.    The president suggested Kris is the newest member of the swamp, which he has repeatedly said the government has no place for.
File -David Kris is pictured. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

    “Now, as you know, the FISA court and your top judge is very much involved, and hopefully, they’re going to do something about it,” said President Trump.    “These were dirty people, these were evil people, and I hope that someday I’m going to consider it my greatest or one of my greatest achievements — getting rid of them.”
    Congressman Devin Nunes is also slamming the FISA court’s decision.    He stated, “it’s hard to imagine a worse person they could have chosen outside of James Comey, Andy McCabe or Adam Schiff.”
[MORE ATTEMPTS TO COVER-UP CRIMES WHICH HAVE BEEN UNCOVERED BY IG HOROWITZ' INVESTIGATION AND WILL BE GOING TO BARR AND DURHAM SOON SO THE DEEP STATE IS GETTING DEPERATE ESPECIALLY ADAM SCHIFF WHO FOR TWO YEARS PUSHED HIS LIES OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION AND I WOULD NOT COUNT HIM OUT AS THE ONE WHO HAD THE FBI LAWYER CHANGE THE EMAIL THAT AFFECTED THE ILLEGAL FISA INFORMATION.].

1/13/2020 WikiLeaks founder Assange needs more time to speak to lawyer, court told by Elizabeth Howcroft
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
    LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is not getting the time he needs with his legal team to discuss his fight against extradition to the United States, causing delays to the case, his lawyer told a British court on Monday.
    After skipping bail in Britain, Assange spent seven years holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London before he was dragged out by police in April last year.
    He is being held in a British jail pending the U.S. extradition case, having served a sentence for skipping bail.
    The United States wants him extradited to face 18 charges including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law.     He could spend decades in prison if convicted.
    The 48-year-old Australian appeared for Monday’s hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court wearing glasses and a dark blazer over a light top.    He spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth to the judge and saluted his supporters in the public gallery at the beginning and end of the hearing.
    Assange’s lawyer Gareth Peirce said difficulty in getting time with Assange had delayed the case, telling the court: “This slippage in the timetable is extremely worrying.”
    He fled to Ecuador’s embassy in 2012 to avoid being sent to Sweden to face sex crimes accusations that were dropped last year.
    He says the U.S. charges against him are a political attempt to silence journalists and publishers, and that the Swedish allegations were part of a plot to catch him.
    Assange made global headlines in early 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.
    Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange could have time on Monday to speak to his lawyer and appear in court again later in the day.    In that second sitting, Peirce said that she had only had an hour to speak to Assange.
    Assange’s next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23.    He is due to appear via video link from London’s Belmarsh prison.
    Full extradition proceedings are expected to commence in February.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft; Writing by Alistair Smout; Editing by Catherine Evans and Philippa Fletcher)

1/14/2020 DOJ to change requirements to launch probes into presidential campaigns by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr speaks to reporters at the Justice Department
in Washington, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Attorney General William Barr is raising the requirements for the Justice Department to investigate presidential campaigns, following the so-called Russia collusion probe.    He made the initial announcement on Monday.
    This means any new investigations into presidential campaigns would require signatures from both the attorney general and the head of the FBI.    Department of Justice lawyers currently review applications sent through the FISA court and are able to approve them without receiving signatures from high-ranking officials.
    Barr said FBI Director Christopher Wray has already agreed to the change.
    “Well we’re considering a number of additional things, Chris Wray and I have discussed a number of possibilities,” he stated.    “One of the things we have agreed on is that the opening of a counter-intelligence investigation of a presidential campaign would be something that the director of the FBI would have to sign off on and the attorney general would have to sign off on.”
    This all comes after a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found the Intelligence Community committed a number of infractions while conducting a preliminary probe into now-debunked claims the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
    The 2019 report outlined multiple instances of the FBI officials either leaving out crucial information or, in some cases, taking active steps to conceal evidence against the claim that Trump campaign members were working with Moscow.    This happened with higher-ups at both the FBI and the FISA courts.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz testifies at a Senate committee on FISA investigation
hearing, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    This led both Horowitz and the Department of Justice to vow to take a second look into how FISA investigations are conducted and compiled by the Intelligence Community.
    “We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate handpicked investigative teams on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations,” stated the Department of Justice Inspector General.    “The circumstances reflect the failure, as we outlined in the report, not just by those who prepared the applications, but also by the managers and supervisors in the crossfire hurricane chain of command, including FBI senior officials who were briefed as the investigation progressed.”
    On Friday, Wray announced the FBI also plans on tightening its protocol when investigating sensitive electronic information.    Meanwhile, the FISA court announced Obama-era Justice Department official David Kris has been nominated to oversee the changes, which is a move President Trump has heavily criticized due to his history as a left-wing blogger.
[As we see news articles come out like this we will see a barage of fake news disputing them soon after.].

[HERE COMES THE DEEP STATE USING THE FAKE NEWS SERVICE TO TRY TO CHANGE THE NARRATIVE ON WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AS THEY ARE GETTING DESPERATE, AND THEY WILL PROBABLY ACUSE TRUMP OF DOING IT, AND BY THE WAY I HAVE SUSPECTED AND DO NOT TRUST FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY IN EARLIER ARTICLES SUSPECT BECAUSE HE WAS THE ONE BROUGHT IN AFTER ALL THE CORRUPT FBI WERE BEING FIRED AND HAS NOT REALLY DONE ANYTHING TOWARD PROMOTING THE CORRUPTION OF THE FISA COURT ISSUE AND OTHER SUCH AS FIONA HILL AND YANOVITCH AS THE EVIDENCE AND WITNESS THAT GUILIANI HAS SHOWN TO BE VALID AND IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE IS TRYING TO COVER THAT UP ALSO.].
1/15/2020 Researchers: Russia hacked Burisma by Bart Jansen and Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – A computer security company reported Monday that Russian hackers sought access to the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, and House Democrats warned the meddling threatened to interfere with the 2020 election.
    Area 1 Security, a California company focused on email security, reported that members of Russian military intelligence known as GRU launched a campaign in early November to steal email credentials from workers at Burisma Holdings.
    Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, previously served on Burisma’s board.    Trump’s call for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and Burisma led to the president’s impeachment.
    FBI Director Christopher Wray and others have said there is no evidence that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.    Other officials, such as Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council official, testified in the impeachment inquiry that accusations against Ukraine are Russian propaganda to divert attention from their own election interference.     Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden’s 2020 campaign, said the Burisma hacking illustrated that Russia seeks to meddle in the campaign to help Trump.
    “Donald Trump tried to coerce Ukraine into lying about Joe Biden and a major bipartisan, international anticorruption victory because he recognized that he can’t beat the vice president,” Bates said.    “Now we know that Vladimir Putin also sees Joe Biden as a threat.    Any American president who had not repeatedly encouraged foreign interventions of this kind would immediately condemn this attack on the sovereignty of our elections.”
    The cyberattack against Burisma involved phishing, an effort in which hackers mimic legitimate organizations in order to trick targets into divulging email passwords and other information.    It wasn’t clear what information the phishing campaign sought, according to Area 1’s eight-page report.
    “The phishing campaign identified is designed to steal email credentials (usernames and passwords) of employees at Burisma Holdings and its subsidiaries and partners,” the report said.
    The apparent cyberattack worried House Democratic chairmen because the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russians interfered with the 2016 election by hacking into Democratic Party computers and by circulating false information on social media.    Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian agents of GRU on charges of computer crimes and identity theft.
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told reporters the Burisma hack was evidence Russians were trying to help Trump again.
    “We know that the Russians wanted Donald Trump elected last time and they actively supported him,” Nadler said.    “We know the president tried to get foreign help, tried to extort foreign help for the next election campaign.    And it looks like the Russians are trying to open up again.”
    The House impeached Trump on articles accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.    Trump is accused of urging Ukraine to investigate his political rival while withholding $391 million in military aid from the country, and then defying congressional subpoenas during the inquiry.
Contributing: Nicholas Wu
[THERE WAS NOT ONE COMMENT HERE BY THE REPUBLICAN SIDE AND IF YOU COULD NOT SEE THE EXTREME BIAS IN THIS FAKE NEWS ARTICLE THEN I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU.].

1/15/2020 Democratic group to spend an additional $50M targeting Trump
    WASHINGTON – The largest Democratic Party super PAC is pouring an additional $50 million into advertising attacking President Donald Trump.    Priorities USA announced Tuesday that it has increased the amount of money it plans to spend before the Democratic convention to $150 million.    The political action committee plans to spend $70 million in TV and digital ads in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.    It says the additional investment will prevent Trump from having a monopoly on messaging with undecided voters.
[THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT TRUMP IS GETTING THE DONATION MONEY FROM THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SEEING WHAT HE IS DOING FOR THEM.    THE DEMOCRATS ARE GETTING THIS MONEY FROM BILLIONAIRES LIKE BLOOMBERG OR THE COUNCIL OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OR AKA THE DEEP STATE GLOBALIST WHO WERE THE ORIGINAL RUSSIAN COLLUSION CREATORS WHEN TRUMP WON THE PRESIDENCY AND NOW IN DESPERATION THEY WILL TRY AGAIN TO INFLUENCE THE PRESIDENCY AWAY FROM THE NATIONALIST WHO WANT THEIR FREEDOM FROM THEM.].

1/15/2020 Judge orders hearing for Judicial Watch, Awan Brothers case by OAN Newsroom
The gavel is pictured on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The Justice Department is being forced to explain why they have repeatedly failed to produce records for the Awan Brothers case.
    During a snap hearing on Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the DOJ must appear for a status hearing on Wednesday regarding Judicial Watch’s 2018 FOIA request.    The organization previously asked the FBI for information on the brothers’ involvement in a congressional Democrat information technology scandal.
    Imran Awan and his family members served as aides to dozens of House Democrat lawmakers in 2017.    They reportedly received mysterious payments after they were determined to be security risks.
    “After the House Inspector General determined that Imran Awan and his family members made unauthorized access to House data, and were funneling data off the House network by abusing their positions as I.T. guys, a lot of people wondered, ‘How did they get into this place?'” stated investigative reporter Luke Rosiak.    “It turns out, just as people had suspected, the Democrats did not run a background check on these guys.”
    In November, the DOJ told the court they were having “technical difficulties” producing documents related to the case.    Judicial Watch has alleged the DOJ and FBI are helping cover up the Democrat cyber operation through Awan.
[JUST SO YOU WILL KNOW WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT I SHOW YOU THE NEWS ARTICLES FROM 2019 ON AWAN WHICH IS ASSOCIATE WITH THE ABOVE ARTICLE AND AS YOU READ ABOVE THE DEEP STATE IS STILL TRYING TO COVER THIS UP EVEN TODAY.
1/31/2019 Purported hackers stole U.S. evidence to discredit Mueller probe: filing by Sarah N. Lynch
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on Wednesday that self-proclaimed hackers in Russia stole evidence in an attempt to tarnish its investigation of a firm charged with funding a Russian propaganda campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.
    Prosecutors said in a court filing in Washington that a Twitter handle called @HackingRedstone came online last Oct. 22 to brag it had hacked some of the evidence in the case.
    “We’ve got access to the Special Counsel Mueller’s probe database as we hacked Russian server with info from the Russian troll case,” the court document quoted the Twitter post as saying.
    In February 2018, Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies with allegations of tampering in 2016 to support then-Republican candidate Donald Trump.    In all, 34 people have pleaded guilty, been indicted or otherwise swept up in the broader inquiry.
    The companies named in the indictment included the Internet Research Agency (IRA), known for its “trolling” on social media, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, which is said to have provided financial backing for the operation, and Concord Catering.
    The Twitter account linked to an online file sharing portal which it said contained Mueller’s documents about the “IRA and Russian collusion.”    “Enjoy the reading!” it added.
    The data that appeared online was “altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign aimed (apparently) at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. political system,” prosecutors wrote.
    On the same day, a journalist contacted Mueller’s office to report receiving a Twitter message from someone who said they had hacked a Russian legal firm that had received the evidence from Concord’s U.S. based law firm Reed Smith LLP.
    The illicit activity outlined by prosecutors illustrates the concerns of U.S. intelligence officials about continuing efforts by Russia to interfere in U.S. politics.
    The FBI has found no evidence that U.S. servers were compromised, and the IP address of the account used to publish the materials originated in Russia, prosecutors said.
    Concord Management is being prosecuted in Mueller’s investigation of U.S. allegations that Moscow meddled in the American democratic process to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
    Mueller is also investigating whether there was any coordination between members of the Trump campaign and Moscow officials.    The Kremlin denies election interference and President Trump denies there was any collusion, calling the inquiry a political witch hunt.
    Wednesday’s filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is the latest in a dispute between prosecutors and Concord’s American attorneys over how the defense team may share highly sensitive evidence with Concord’s Russian corporate officers.
    One of those officers is businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin and known in Russia as “Putin’s cook.”
    In the indictment, prosecutors said Russian defendants adopted false online personas to push divisive messages, traveled to the United States to collect intelligence and orchestrated political rallies while posing as Americans.    Prigozhin was one of the 13 people indicted.
    He is not expected to appear in a U.S. court because Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.    His company Concord did hire American lawyers, however, to fight the charges.
    Prosecutors say they do not oppose allowing Concord’s corporate officers to see the evidence.
    However, they fear U.S. intelligence sources and methods could be compromised if the materials are not reviewed in the United States.    They have asked the judge not to let Concord distribute the materials electronically to people in Russia.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Grant McCool)

Frederick H. Fleitz, an American government official, analyst, and commentator, whowas the President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, serving since January 2019.
    He previously served as the Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary of the National Security Council from May through October 2018, during the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.    Fleitz is a former CIA analyst, and news commentator, and served in U.S. government national security positions for 25 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of State, and the staff of the U.S. House Committee on Intelligence.    Fleitz spent 19 years with the CIA working on a variety of areas, including the CIA Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control Center (WINPAC).    He used his experiences as a CIA UN analyst to write his 2002 book, Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s: Causes, Solutions, and U.S. Interests.
    In April 2018, John R. Bolton was appointed National Security Advisor for President Donald Trump.    Fleitz had previously served as Bolton's Chief of Staff at the State Department during the Presidency of George W. Bush.    Bolton selected Fleitz to serve as his NSC Chief of Staff, replacing Keith Kellogg.    He left his position on October 31 of that year to rejoin the Center for Security Policy.
    The reason I put this here is I heard Liz Wheeler of "The Tipping Point" show say that Fleitz went to Russia when Trump met Putin and heard the comments between the two and apparently said it was normal with no collusion that all the Democrats are flapping their mouths that he did someting wrong.
    The bottomline is the trump administration at that time was keeping it hush hush because of all the leaking to the fake news.    When he returned the press skewed everything he did and even the images to make it look like he was and did things wrong.    GO.    Figure.    Most Americans now I think have woke up to the fake news antics finally.

    Luke Rosiak, is the author of the book: "Obstruction of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats" which is about the real foreign hacking and collusion, and the book that exposes corruption in the FBI, DOJ and Congress through the wildest case you've never heard of.    Investigative reporter Luke Rosiak is being hailed as “one of the smartest, most diligent reporters in Washington” (TUCKER CARLSON) and “a bulldog” (DANA LOESCH) for uncovering “what is possibly the largest scandal and coverup in the history of the United States House of Representatives” (NEWT GINGRICH).
    As you can see it includes Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Sessions, then Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., former chair of the Democratic National Committee, who used Perkins Coie an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, and the last individual is Imran Awan.
    Imran Awan, a former IT administrator for members of Congress, arrested at Dulles International Airport before he could escape to Lahore, Pakistan, indicted for bank fraud.
    Imran’s arrest made headlines, as he was then still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, after being banned from the House network since February 2, 2017.    Capitol Police say they tossed Imran and his associates off the House network after he provided them with fraudulent data of what was supposed to be a copy of the data on the House Democratic Caucus’ server—a-server Imran was accessing against House rules as he moved data from the many Democrats in the House he and his associates worked for to the server.
    The U.S. district attorney got an indictment to hold him to investigate, for a bank fraud charge.    Suppose to have a hearing scheduled for just before Thanksgiving, postponed to January 8, 2018, now moved to March.
    The official explanation for this postponement from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia says:
    Since the last status conference, the government has continued to engage in substantial discussions with counsel for the defendants regarding complex discovery issues and other legal issues in this case, in particular issues surrounding claims of attorney-client privilege being raised by defendant Imran Awan.    Regarding those issues, the government has provided defendants with additional discovery, which they continue to review and analyze.    As such, all of the parties in this case are respectfully requesting additional time to address these issues with their clients and with the government.
    Awan is charged with “conspiracy to commit bank fraud, false statements on a loan or credit application, and unlawful monetary transactions,” yet U.S. attorneys and the lawyers representing the defendants are in the throes of a fight about attorney-client privilege related to a laptop computer, letters and a notebook used by Imran, but that was officially owned by Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s office, that was found sitting in what was once a phone booth in a congressional building after midnight on April 6, 2017.
    The affidavit from the FBI used to attain the indictment very clearly laid out their alleged bank fraud and related crimes, apparently there is more to it since U.S. attorneys wouldn’t need the data on the laptop or the other evidence left in the congressional building for a conviction.
    So, there is more here than possible bank fraud, with Capitol Police investigating and the FBI, for well over a year the only charges filed so far are these bank fraud and related charges—even though prosecutors and defense attorneys are wrestling over evidence that appears to have to do with other things besides bank fraud, but a concern by 40-plus members of Congress the Awans and their associates worked for were all Democrats.
    So something smells funny and it is another cover up by the Democrats.
[Shahid Imran Awan, a Pakistani-American information technology worker from 2004 to 2017, a shared employee for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.    In July 2017, arrested on bank fraud charges as part of a federal investigation.
    Investigative reporter Luke Rosiak the website The Daily Caller, spread allegations and conspiracy theories about Awan, alleged that he had unauthorized access to classified government data, and that he had provided to the Pakistani government and/or leaked some of that information, and hacking of the Democratic National Committee server in 2015 and 2016, which the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia was responsible for.    Rosiak stated in April 2018 that the affair was "straight out of James Bond."
    President Donald Trump called for Awan to be investigated for espionage in several posts on Twitter, including one in April 2018 when he referred to Awan as the "Pakistani mystery man," and another in June 2018 when he wrote, "Our Justice Department must not let Awan & Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook."    Days after Awan was cleared of espionage accusations, Trump mentioned the conspiracy theory during a press conference with Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki, asking "what happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC?" Trump had been asked if he believed Putin or American intelligence regarding 2016 election interference.    The judge who sentenced Awan in the bank fraud case criticized these conspiracy theories, calling them "an unbelievable onslaught of scurrilous media attacks to which he and his family have been subjected," adding there had been "accusations lobbed at him from the highest branches of the government, all of which have been proved to be without foundation by the FBI and the Department of Justice."
AS YOU CAN SEE THINGS ARE COVERED UP FAST AND BASED ON WHAT YOU HAVE READ BEFORE THIS IS JUST TOO COINCIDENTAL.]
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    Apparently Becerra was paying Awan's family $30,000 on top of Awan's salary without any explanation in hiding a massive violation.
    In July 2017, Imran was arrested on bank fraud charges as part of a federal investigation who leaked some of that information, and hacking of the Democratic National Committee server in 2015 and 2016, which the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia was responsible for as seen at http://www.tesla-motors-cronyism.com/index.php?post/Tom-Steyer-and-Margie-Sullivan%3A-Billionaire-Democratic-Donors%2C-Fusion-GPS-Clients-And-Hillary-s-Special-Friends.    President Donald Trump called for Awan to be investigated for espionage and not let Awan & Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook.    Days after Awan was cleared of espionage accusations, all of which have been proved to be without foundation by the FBI and the Department of Justice.
    All of this was connected to Hillary Clinton's campaign, as millions of dollars of cash was flowing to the Clinton Foundation amid a Russian Uranium Deal during April 23, 2015, which was supposed to be for the U.N HIV victims in the third world and was used to steal the election by rigging the election against Bernie Sanders.
    And continued into Hillary's private server with Classified information on it had 33,000 emails deleted off of it but the FBI found 110 classified documents on it that led FBI James Comey to say foreign operatives likely accessed that information, which started the WikiLeaks issue, and soon after Clinton, which Operation Research, spearheaded a Dossier to get a FISA warrant approval to start spying under surveillance on Carter Page, and later it was discovered that the FBI helped in creating the Dossier, and the continuance of the Obama-Hillary Clinton abuse of the surveillance system that had been used for 8 years to stop anyone who came against them.
AS YOU CAN SEE THINGS ARE COVERED UP FAST AND BASED ON WHAT YOU HAVE READ BEFORE THIS IS JUST TOO COINCIDENTAL AND I WILL ADD MORE AS IT COMES AVAILABLE.    END OF PAST ARTICLES ABOUT AWAN, HILLARY, ETC. CORRUPTION.]

1/16/2020 Judge revokes bail for Avenatti, citing new crime evidence
    SANTA ANA, Calif. – A California judge revoked attorney Michael Avenatti’s bail Wednesday after prosecutors said he was hiding assets from creditors to live lavishly.    U.S. District Judge James Selna said Avenatti, best known as the brash lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, likely committed the new financial crimes and was a threat to engage in others if he remained free.    In New York, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe said the disruption had thrown Avenatti’s extortion trial scheduled to start in a week into chaos.
[Maybe they should let him run for president with the rest of the crooks, i.e. Qid Pro Joe Biden.].

1/16/2020 Top Democrat wants probe of threats to Yovanovitch by Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – A top House Democrat demanded an investigation Wednesday into new evidence suggesting that former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was under surveillance by associates of Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.
The evidence emerged Tuesday when House Democrats released text messages and other documents gathered as part of the impeachment probe into     Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine for an investigation into a political rival.    The text messages reveal that an associate of Giuliani’s, Lev Parnas, was in contact with Robert Hyde, a pro-Trump congressional candidate in Connecticut who claimed to have Yovanovitch under surveillance.    Parnas worked with Giuliani to execute Trump’s Ukraine pressure campaign.
    In March, Parnas sent Hyde articles critical of Yovanovitch, to which Hyde responded, “Wow.    Can’t believe Trumo (sic) hasn’t fired this b****.”
    Hyde sent Parnas a series of messages suggesting he had hired people in Ukraine to surveil the ambassador and was getting updates about her whereabouts and activities.
    “She’s talked to three people.    Her phone is off.    Computer is off,” Hyde wrote in one message.    In another: “They will let me know when she’s on the move.”
    Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the messages “profoundly alarming” and said he would demand documents and a briefing from State Department officials.
    “The messages suggest a possible risk to Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s security in Kiev before she was recalled from her post last year,” Engel said.    Trump yanked her from her post early after Giuliani complained that she was obstructing efforts to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
    “This unprecedented threat to our diplomats must be thoroughly investigated and, if warranted, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Engel said.
    Yovanovitch told lawmakers that she received a call in April from a State Deparment official, who told her she needed to leave Ukraine on the next flight home.    “This is about your security.    You need to come home immediately,” Yovanovitch said she was told.
Yovanovitch
[The Left is desperate to find something on Trump but ignore all the corruption that has been found done by the Democrats.    Go figure.].

1/16/2020 Trump impeachment: Was someone tracking the U.S. ambassador in Kiev? by Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Democrat in Congress vowed on Wednesday to investigate “profoundly alarming” messages suggesting that the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was subject to surveillance before President Donald Trump fired her in May.
    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel said the messages, which were released on Tuesday as part of the impeachment case against Trump, suggested former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch faced security risks when Trump allies tried to discredit her before she was fired.
    “This unprecedented threat to our diplomats must be thoroughly investigated and, if warranted, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Engel said in a statement.
    Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also issued a statement demanding a briefing.
    The documents released on Tuesday included encrypted messages between Florida businessman Lev Parnas and Robert F. Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate in Connecticut, disparaging the respected career diplomat and apparently providing updates on her movements in Kiev.
    In one, Hyde wrote, “They are moving her tomorrow.” In another, he said he had associates in Ukraine who could help keep track of Yovanovitch.    “They are willing to help if we/you would like a price,” he said.
    Hyde denied wrongdoing, saying on Twitter he had never been in Kiev.
    “For them to take some texts my buddy’s and I wrote back to some dweeb we were playing with that we met a few times while we had a few drinks is definitely laughable,” he wrote.
    He did not respond to a request for comment.
    The chairman of the Connecticut Republican party said on Twitter on Wednesday that he had asked Hyde to end his bid for Congress.
    House Democrats say the messages add to the evidence they will present to the Senate in an impeachment trial due to start in earnest next week, after the House voted on Wednesday to send the impeachment charges over to the Senate.
    Trump is charged with abusing his power and obstructing Congress for pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival.    Trump denies wrongdoing.
    During the impeachment investigation last fall, Yovanovitch testified that she had received a late night call from Washington warning her that she needed to return to the United States urgently and that there were concerns about her safety.
    The Ukraine-born Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has pleaded not guilty to federal campaign-finance violations in a separate criminal case.
    Engel said he would convey to the State Department on Wednesday a formal request for documents, information and a briefing from senior officials.
    The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.
    The State Department also canceled without explanation a regular monthly briefing set for Wednesday on embassy security.    In light of tensions in the Middle East after a U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian military commander, the session was to have focused on Iran.
    “The Trump administration is poisoning the traditionally good relationship between the State Department and Congress.    Members are running out of patience with the constant stonewalling,” a Democratic aide said.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Additional reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Andy Sullivan and Andrea Ricci)
[More fake news from the leftist narrative.].

1/16/2020 Ukraine asks FBI to help probe suspected Russian hack of Burisma by Ilya Zhegulev
    KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine has asked the FBI in the United States for help to investigate a suspected cyberattack by Russian military hackers on Burisma, an energy company caught up in the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump.
    The Ukrainian interior ministry on Thursday also announced an investigation into the possible illegal surveillance of the then American ambassador to Kiev, Marie Yovanovitch, following the release of encrypted messages this week by the U.S. Congress as part of the impeachment case.
    Burisma Holdings was at the center of attempts by Trump last July to persuade Ukraine to announce an investigation into Hunter Biden, who is the son of Democratic U.S. presidential contender Joe Biden and used to have a seat on the Ukrainian company’s board.
    Trump’s efforts have led to the Republican being impeached on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.    The president, who denies wrongdoing, faces a trial at the U.S. Senate that could have consequences for his efforts to seek a second term in a November election.
    California-based cybersecurity company Area 1 Security on Monday identified the hacking of Burisma and linked it to Russia’s Main Directorate of Military Intelligence, or GRU.
    The same hacking group, known as “Fancy Bear” or “APT28” by cybersecurity researchers, breached the Democratic National Committee in 2016 in what U.S. investigators described as part of an operation to disrupt that year’s election.
Russia’s defense ministry did not respond to a request for comment about Area 1 Security’s assertions.
    “It is noted that the hacking attack was probably committed by the Russian special services,” Ukrainian interior ministry official Artem Minyailo said at a briefing.
    Minyailo said Ukraine had asked the FBI and Area 1 Security for assistance regarding information that hackers stole personal employee data and emails from executives at Burisma and other companies.    These other companies included the media production company of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he said.
    Zelenskiy was a comedian and actor before going into politics.
    There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens, who reject Trump’s allegations of corruption.
    “The national police has initiated the creation of a joint international investigation team, to which FBI representatives have already been invited by the ministry,” Minyailo said.
    The U.S. Department of Justice referred Reuters questions to the FBI, which declined to comment. The U.S. Department of State did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
    Asked whether Trump would bring up the reported hacking of Burisma the next time he met Russian President Vladimir Putin, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters: “Sure, maybe he will.    But again I think any time you mention Burisma, if you really care about investigations, if you really care about the truth, then let’s dig into Burisma.”
YOVANOVITCH SURVEILLANCE PROBE
    A leak of stolen data could potentially affect the impeachment process and the 2020 U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3.
    What data the hackers were looking to steal is not clear, Area 1 said. Breaching Burisma could yield communications from, to, or about Hunter Biden, who served as a director between 2014 and 2019.
    A source close to Burisma told Reuters earlier this week the company’s website had been subject to multiple break-in attempts over the past six months but did not provide further details.
    Ukraine’s cyber police said they had not formally received any request from Burisma for help.
    Ukrainian officials said they were also probing allegations that Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, was subject to illegal surveillance before Trump fired her in May.
    These allegations surfaced in messages which were released on Tuesday as the U.S. Senate prepared to begin the trial of Trump, who has denounced the impeachment process as a partisan sham.
    U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN on Thursday he had sent a letter to the State Department seeking an immediate briefing.
    “I’m looking for a vigorous investigation of what went on here,” he said.
    A batch of documents released included encrypted messages between Florida businessman Lev Parnas and Robert Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate in Connecticut, disparaging Yovanovitch and apparently providing updates on her movements in Kiev.
    Hyde denied wrongdoing, saying on Twitter he had never been in Kiev.
    Interior ministry official Denys Lenets said at the briefing that Ukraine’s position was not to interfere in U.S. domestic affairs, but added: “Ukraine cannot ignore such illegal activities on the territory of its own state.”
(Reporting by Ilya Zhegulev, Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets in Kiev and Susan Heavey, Steve Holland, Lisa Lambert, Humeyra Pamuk and Mark Hosenball in Washington; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Pravin Char)

1/16/2020 Ukrainian government looking into threats against former Amb. Yovanovitch by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies
before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FILE)
    The Ukrainian government is looking into alleged threats against former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.    Officials announced the probe on Thursday, which will look into comments made by Rudy Giuliani’s associate, Lev Parnas, and congressional candidate Robert Hyde.
    In text messages, which were recently released by the House, Hyde suggested Yovanovitch was under surveillance by unknown individuals.    He has refuted the allegations of a nefarious motive behind the texts.
    During a recent interview, Parnas said he did not believe Hyde’s remarks.
    “I didn’t take it seriously.    If you see, I didn’t even respond to him most of the time.    I didn’t want him to get rowdy, if I saw him next time, and say, ‘Oh, why didn’t you type a response?’    I would just amuse him until eventually, as you can see, I cut him off.” – Lev Parnas, indicted businessman.
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, Lev Parnas arrives at court in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
The Ukrainian probe will determine if these communications were a violation of Ukrainian and, possibly, international law.

1/16/2020 Former National Security adviser Michael Flynn asking to withdraw guilty plea by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Tuesday, July 10, 2018 file photo, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves
federal courthouse in Washington, following a status hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    President Trump is lending a helping hand to former National Security adviser Micheal Flynn as his legal battle prepares for new twists and turns.    The president re-tweeted a statement by former White House Deputy Sebastian Gorka that was released Tuesday, detailing Flynn’s decision to withdraw his guilty plea in the Mueller investigation.
    Support him at: https://t.co/j5rGnXYQZd pic.twitter.com/RIX4iIGqnl — Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 15, 2020
    In his complaint, Flynn’s lawyers argued the general was targeted by “vindictive and unprincipled prosecutors” that engaged in “bad faith” by trying to reverse course on his 2017 plea agreement.
    According to the statement, the government reneged on the agreement in 2019 when Flynn said he refused to perjure himself in a separate case involving a former business partner.
    Flynn’s team has alleged his refusal to lie led the court to scrap the deal and in essence violate his plea agreement.    He was granted a stay in his sentencing on Tuesday, which was initially set for January 28th, to allow time for the change.
    Meanwhile, Flynn and his lawyers have set up a fundraising site to help cover his legal costs.

1/16/2020 Judicial Watch: State Dept. delaying release of Biden-Ukraine files until after impeachment trial by OAN Newsroom
File – Then-Vice President Joe Biden, right, and his son Hunter Biden, left, are pictured at a street
dedication ceremony in the village of Sojevo, Kosovo, on Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
    According to oversight group Judicial Watch, the State Department is delaying releasing documents detailing Joe and Hunter Biden’s alleged corruption in Ukraine.
    The government watchdog filed a Freedom of Information request for the Biden-Ukraine’ files back in September, but the State Department said it hasn’t even completed its search for the related records yet.
    State Dept slow walking Biden Ukraine corruption docs. @RealDonaldTrump @JudicialWatch pic.twitter.com/qI4nZ9ir1V — Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 14, 2020
    Judicial Watch has claimed the department is trying to wait until after the impeachment trial to proceed with the request.
    “And the Deep State’s approach, the left media complex’ approach is that if the target is someone they like politically, whether it was Hillary in 2016 or Biden this year, they should be immune from scrutiny,” said Tom Fitton, president of the watchdog group.
    Judicial Watch also claimed the State Department is full of anti-Trump bureaucrats and is calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as President Trump to authorize the release of the Biden-Ukraine records.

1/17/2020 Secretary Pompeo denies knowledge of surveillance on former Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies
before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FILE)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he wasn’t aware of any surveillance carried out on former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.    He made the comments during an interview Friday.
    Pompeo pointed out he only became aware of the possibility Yovanovitch was being watched when text messages were released describing the allegations.    The messages by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas were released this week as part of the Democrat-led impeachment effort against President Trump.
    The State Department chief said he intends to investigate the accuracy of the claims.    He also denied knowing Parnas, who Democrats are pursuing for testimony in the coming impeachment trial.
    “I suspect that much of what’s been reported will ultimately prove wrong, but our obligation, my obligation as secretary of State, is to make sure that we evaluate, investigate any time there is someone who posits that there may have been a risk to one of our officers,” he stated.    “We’ll obviously do that.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a protocolary meeting of the Permanent Council at the Organization
of the American States, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy)
    Pompeo added, Washington is working hard to stay focused on the important items on President Trump’s agenda in the middle of all the “noise” around the impeachment effort.
    More recently, Parnas claimed the president previously tried to fire Yovanovitch four or five times.    In a interview which aired Thursday, he said President Trump directed the State Department to fire Yovanovitch before her departure in April after he learned she had “badmouthed” him and allegedly told others he would be impeached.
    Meanwhile, the White House and several GOP lawmakers have blasted Parnas’ credibility, noting he is under criminal indictment and has made several past false statements.

1/22/2020 Warden says lawyer Avenatti kept in his own cell for his safety
    Michael Avenatti, the jet-setting lawyer who once represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, is being housed in isolation at a federal lockup facility for his own safety, the jail warden said Tuesday.     Avenatti is being held in the most secure section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan as he awaits his trial, which is set to start soon, on charges he tried to extort the sports apparel giant Nike.
    “Mr. Avenatti’s placement is for his own safety,” MCC’s warden, M. Licon-Vitale, wrote in a letter to U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe.
    Gardephe had asked prosecutors to explain the conditions of Avenatti’s detention after his lawyer complained that he was being held in extreme isolation in in the same chilly cell that once held drug kingpin El Chapo.

1/23/2020 Russian hackers targeted Ukrainian company at center of impeachment storm: cybersecurity firm by Christopher Bing and Raphael Satter
A general view shows a building, which reportedly houses an office of a subsidiary of the Ukrainian energy
company Burisma Holdings Ltd, in Kiev, Ukraine January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian military hackers tried to steal emails from the Ukrainian energy firm where Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic U.S. presidential contender Joe Biden, had a seat on the board, an American cybersecurity firm said on Monday.
    Energy company Burisma Holdings Ltd was at the center of attempts by President Donald Trump last July to pressure Ukrainian authorities into announcing an investigation into the Bidens for purported corruption, an effort that has led to the Republican being impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
    Trump denies he did anything wrong by asking Ukrainian officials to investigate Hunter Biden’s relationship with Burisma.    There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens, who reject Trump’s allegations of graft.
    California-based Area 1 Security identified the hacking of Burisma and linked it to Russia’s Main Directorate of Military Intelligence, or GRU.    The same hacking group, known as “Fancy Bear” or “APT28 by cybersecurity researchers, breached the Democratic National Committee in 2016 in what U.S. investigators described as part of an operation to disrupt that year’s election.
    “You can see this attack really is starting to parallel with what we saw in 2016,” Oren Falkowitz, Area 1’s chief executive, said in an interview.
    The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.    Officials at the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security declined to comment.
    Burisma did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    A source close to Burisma told Reuters the company’s website had been subject to multiple break-in attempts over the past six months but did not provide further details.
    What data the hackers were looking to steal is not clear, Area 1 said.    Breaching Burisma could yield communications from, to, or about Hunter Biden, who served as a director between 2014 and 2019.    A leak of stolen data could potentially affect the impeachment process and the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
    Area 1 said it became aware of the Russian targeting of Burisma after its email security scanning product found suspicious evidence online, including “decoy domains”: websites designed to imitate legitimate email services used by Burisma’s subsidiaries.
    Publicly available domain registration records examined by Reuters show that the hackers created the decoy domains between Nov. 11, the day before U.S. Democrats began their first public impeachment hearings, and Dec. 3, the day before the House Judiciary Committee took up the matter.
    The records show that the same people also registered fake domains for a Ukrainian media company, named Kvartal 95, in March and April 2019.    Kvartal 95 was founded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and multiple employees of the company have since joined his administration.
    Kvartal 95 and representatives for Zelenskiy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
    Area 1’s report said it discovered the GRU had targeted two subsidiaries of Burisma – KUB Gas LLC and Esko Pivnich – as well as CUB Energy Inc, which previously did business with the company, using lookalike domains intended to trick employees into providing their email passwords.
    Burisma and its subsidiaries share the same email server, Area 1 said, meaning a breach at any of the companies could expose them all.
    The report gave a limited indication of how Area 1 determined that the lookalike domains were the work of the GRU, pointing mainly to similarities in how the hackers had previously set their digital traps.    Area 1 co-founder Blake Darche said unpublished data gathered by his firm linked the operation to a specific officer in Moscow, whose identity he was unable to establish.
    But Darche said “we are 100 percent certain” that the GRU was behind the hacking.
    An outside researcher, Kyle Ehmke of Virginia-based cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect, who reviewed the malicious domains flagged by Area 1, said based on the information he had seen, he believed “with moderate confidence” that the websites were devised by the GRU.
    Ehmke said that the hacking operation against Burisma used methods consistent with Russian hackers associated with the GRU, but that a complete picture was lacking.
    John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis with U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye, told Reuters the domains discovered by Area 1 are “consistent” with other known APT28 activities.
    Russian spies have routinely targeted Ukrainian energy firms with cyberattacks since Russia threw its weight behind a separatist takeover in eastern Ukraine in 2014.
    U.S. intelligence officials have issued warnings that Russia is working to intervene in the November 2020 election.
    Trump is seeking re-election and Biden is a leading opponent out of a dozen Democrats seeking their party’s nomination.
    Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Joe Biden, did not comment directly on the hack but said in an email: “Any American president who had not repeatedly encouraged foreign interventions of this kind would immediately condemn this attack on the sovereignty of our elections.”
(Reporting by Christopher Bing Raphael Satter; Polina Ivanova in Kiev, Ukraine contributed; Editing by Chris Sanders, Grant McCool and Gerry Doyle)
[Sounds like the DEEP STATE is trying to prove that Russians are doing their dirty tricks again and they are trying to blame it on Trump again.    The Democrats are getting desperate.    Who is John Hultquist?    He does not work for Trump so he is a liberal hack.
John Hultquist leads the analysis team that tracks cyberespionage threats for FireEye's government and commercial clients.    His team has uncovered dozens of cyberespionage operations including publicly known operations such as the Russian Sandworm hackers who carried out attacks on the Ukrainian grid.
FEC ruled San Francisco-based Area 1, founded by former N.S.A. staffers Blake Darche, who serves as chief security officer.
Oren Falkowitz, Area 1’s chief executive. Co-Founder and CEO, previously he worked at the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command..
    IT IS NOTED THAT ALL THREE ARE IN CALIFORNIA IN PELOSI LAND, AND A HAVEN FOR LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WHO HATE TRUMP AND WERE FORMER NSA WORKERS AFTER TRUMP CLEANED OUT THE DEEP STATE IN THE NSA, CIA, DNI, FBI, DOJ.]

1/22/2020 Exclusive: Giuliani told U.S. his client deserves leniency for financing Venezuela’s opposition – Parnas by Aram Roston, Matt Spetalnick and Brian Ellsworth>br>
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has coffee with Ukrainian-American businessman
Lev Parnas at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, U.S. September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aram Roston/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At a lavish August gathering at a private estate in Spain, a wealthy Venezuelan businessman under criminal investigation in the United States introduced Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido.
    The affair was part of a campaign for leniency for the businessman, Alejandro Betancourt, who sought to demonstrate his close ties to opposition figures looking to oust Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro – a key objective of the Trump administration.
    Betancourt told Giuliani he secretly helped bankroll Guaido’s efforts to take over the leadership of Venezuela, according to four people familiar with the situation, two of whom provided details about the meeting in Spain.    Betancourt hoped those bona fides would enable Giuliani, his lawyer, to persuade Trump’s Justice Department to drop its probe of Betancourt in connection with a Florida money laundering and bribery case, the people said.
    A month later, at a meeting in Washington, D.C., Giuliani urged Justice Department prosecutors to go easy on Betancourt, according to a person with direct knowledge of the meeting, and Lev Parnas, a former Giuliani associate, who said Giuliani told him about it soon afterward.    Parnas and the other person said Giuliani told prosecutors that Betancourt had provided assistance for Guaido’s political efforts, and was therefore doing good work for the United States.
    This is the first time Parnas detailed his story about Betancourt, Giuliani and Venezuela.
    Giuliani declined to confirm meeting with U.S. prosecutors on Betancourt’s behalf and wouldn’t say whether the Venezuelan businessman is a client.    “Lev Parnas has no right to be talking about that meeting,” Giuliani told Reuters in a brief phone interview. “It was a confidential meeting – if it did happen.”
    “Lev Parnas’s credibility is worth nothing,” Giuliani said.
    The Justice Department declined to comment.    Betancourt and his attorney Frank Wohl did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
    Reuters couldn’t determine whether Betancourt did provide financing to the U.S.-backed opposition or if he was just claiming he did.
    Guaido and the main opposition political party, Popular Will, both denied receiving funding from Betancourt. Guaido was a member of Popular Will until he stepped back from it earlier this month.
    “I do not know Mr. Betancourt, there is no relationship,” Guaido told Reuters.    “As such, that is not possible.”
    Wilmer Guaido, Guaido’s father, denied meeting Betancourt in Spain.    “I only support my son like the whole family against that criminal dictatorship but I have not met anyone,” he said.
    Giuliani’s meeting with Betancourt at the Spanish estate, and his efforts to lobby the Justice Department on the businessman’s behalf, were previously reported by the Washington Post.    Reuters is the first to report that Betancourt told Giuliani that he provided financial support for Venezuela’s opposition, and that Giuliani touted that alleged assistance to U.S. prosecutors as a reason to remove the legal cloud dogging his client.
    The episode speaks to the complex roles that Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, has played in Washington since Trump took office in 2017.
    Giuliani frequently proclaims himself a business consultant and lawyer working on behalf of private clients.    Yet he also enjoys extraordinary access to the halls of power as the president’s unpaid personal attorney – work that has landed him at the center of Trump’s impeachment trial.
    Any attempt by a Giuliani client to avoid possible prosecution by claiming to have been backing an American foreign policy objective – the toppling of Maduro in this case – could prove embarrassing to the administration.
    The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Parnas played a key role in Giuliani’s effort to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Ukraine for Trump.    Now under indictment for campaign finance violations, Parnas has been sharing information with Capitol Hill impeachment investigators, as well as the media, about the extent of the work he did for Giuliani.
    Betancourt said “he was backing Guaido financially,” Parnas told Reuters, and “was helping America with his cause.”
Since January 2019, the United States and dozens of other countries have recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful president.    But Maduro has remained firmly in power, much to the frustration of the Trump administration.
    Maduro’s government cut off paychecks for opposition lawmakers in 2016 after the opposition took control of the National Assembly.
    Claims that Betancourt helped finance his country’s opposition are potentially explosive in Venezuela, where the mogul forged a profitable relationship with the socialist government.    Derwick Associates, his Caracas-based energy firm, obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts to build power plants under Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, according to local media.
    In a statement to Reuters, the opposition Popular Will party said that “information about the supposed remittance of funds by Alejandro Betancourt to our political organization is not true.”
    The existence of the U.S. criminal probe of Betancourt was confirmed to Reuters by a source familiar with the matter.    The Miami Herald reported last November that the investigation is linked to a large money laundering case in Miami, and that Betancourt is an unindicted co-conspirator listed, but not named, in legal records.    The 2018 charges accused eight defendants of embezzling $1.2 billion from Venezuela’s government-owned oil company PDVSA, then laundering it through schemes in Miami involving false real estate and security deals.
    A representative of Betancourt who declined to be identified said the magnate “didn’t do anything and he has not been charged with any wrongdoing.”    He also told Reuters that the businessman had provided “very substantial” financial support to Venezuela’s opposition.
    PDVSA did not respond to a request for comment.
    At the State Department, Elliott Abrams, the U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela, told Reuters the administration is aware of the lack of transparency in the opposition’s financing.
    “We’re concerned about who are all these people, and how did they make their money.    And that is something we have raised with the opposition,” Abrams said.
    Asked whether Betancourt was one of those individuals of concern, Abrams said: “No comment on individual names.”
    He added that Giuliani had not been authorized to play any role in U.S. policy in Venezuela.
‘HELPING THE UNITED STATES’
    Parnas said the August meeting at Betancourt’s estate outside Madrid, and the presence of Guaido’s father, were meant to demonstrate Betancourt’s strong ties to Guaido and his support for U.S. interests in Venezuela.    It was to show Giuliani “that Betancourt is a really important person for the cause and that he is helping America,” Parnas said.
    The lobbying took place in Washington the month after the Spain meeting.    Giuliani met with Assistant U.S. Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, a Justice Department lawyer working on the case, and some other government lawyers, according to Parnas and the person with direct knowledge of that meeting.
    Department of Justice spokesman Peter Carr, who handles communications for Benczkowski, said the department declined to comment.
    The person said Giuliani was there with two other Betancourt lawyers, and made his pitch that the prosecutors let Betancourt off the hook for the case in Florida.
    Giuliani first insisted there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute the case.    He then moved to U.S. foreign policy, pointing to Betancourt’s alleged support for Guaido.    “This guy’s been helping the United States,” the person with direct knowledge of the meeting said in describing Giuliani’s reasoning.
    Giuliani argued that Betancourt was crucial to the survival of the Venezuelan opposition, and he urged the Justice Department lawyers to talk to Guaido themselves to corroborate his claims, the person said.
(Reporting by Aram Roston and Matt Spetalnick in Washington, Brian Ellsworth in
Caracas; Additional reporting by Paola Luelmo in Madrid; Editing by Marla Dickerson)

1/22/2020 Report: Rep. Schiff misconstrued Parnas evidence by OAN Newsroom
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks to reporters, on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff may have intentionally mischaracterized evidence regarding Rudy Giuliani’s former associate Lev Parnas.
    On Tuesday, reports uncovered a redacted section of a letter from Schiff to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler. In the letter, Schiff summarized several documents and text exchanges turned over by Parnas.     In one section, Schiff stated Parnas and Giuliani continuously tried to meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky, citing a text message between the two that read “trying to get us Mr. Z.”
    However, new reports poked holes in these allegations, suggesting the so-called Mr. Z. was not Zelensky at all.    The reports found that Parnas was likely referring to Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma.
    Giuliani and Parnas were reportedly investigating Burisma’s hiring practices and had allegedly referred to Zlochevsky as Mr. Z. before.    GOP officials argued that by redacting this information, Schiff was caught, yet again, falsifying information to further portray a pressure campaign in Ukraine.
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, Lev Parnas arrives at court in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
    During Senate impeachment hearings, President Trump’s defense noted Schiff has not stopped misconstruing evidence and lying to the American people since the trial began.
    “Manager Schiff just said, ‘Try to summarize my colleague’s defense of the president,’” stated Jay Sekulow.    “He said it not in those words, of course, which is not the first time Mr. Schiff has put words into transcripts that did not exist.”
    Schiff continues to argue Parnas’ documents and text messages need to be admitted to the Senate impeachment trial.    He claimed this form of evidence has more credibility than witnesses testimony.
    “Witnesses may tell the truth and witnesses may lie, but documents generally tell the very straight story,” he said.

1/22/2020 Attorneys for Michael Flynn ask for sentence of probation, community service by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Michael Flynn, center, arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is saying he should not have to serve any prison time for lying to the FBI.    In Wednesday’s court filing, Flynn’s attorneys argued he should be given probation and community service because of his 30 years of military service.
    The judge in the case has postponed the sentencing as Flynn seeks to withdraw his guilty plea for lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia.    In his complaint, Flynn’s lawyers argued the general was targeted by “vindictive and unprincipled prosecutors” that engaged in “bad faith” by trying to reverse course on his 2017 plea agreement.
    According to the statement, the government reneged on the agreement in 2019, when Flynn said he refused to perjure himself in a separate case.    His legal team alleged his refusal to lie led the court to scrap the deal and, in essence, violate his plea agreement.
    Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced on February 27th.    In the meantime, he and his lawyers have set up a fundraising site to help cover his legal costs.
[This is just another example of the FBI corruption at the top who attempted to destroy one of Trump's picks in their Crossfire Hurricane and I hope when the evidence is all out someone will pay for that in prison time and they should pay the legal costs.].

1/23/2020 Extradition hearing for WikiLeaks’ Assange to be split in two parts
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court
in London, Britain January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
    LONDON (Reuters) – The hearing to decide whether WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange can be extradited from Britain to the United States will be split into two, with the second half delayed until May, a British judged ruled on Thursday.
    Following applications from Assange’s legal team and lawyers representing the United States, Judge Vanessa Baraitser at Westminster Magistrates’ Court agreed that the hearing would start on Feb. 24 for a week, with the remaining three weeks taking place from May 18.
(Reporting by Michael Holden and Elizabeth Howcroft; editing by Stephen Addison)

1/23/2020 Julian Assange extradition hearing split in two by OAN Newsroom
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange leaves in a prison van after appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, for an
administrative hearing in London, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Assange made a brief court appearance Monday in his bid to
prevent extradition to the United States to face serious espionage charges. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
    A London judge has ruled to have WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition trial divided over two days, delaying the second part of the proceedings until May. The hearing Thursday was supposed to determine whether Assange would be extradited to the U.S. from the U.K. on 18 counts, including violating espionage law.
    Assange’s legal team and lawyers representing the United States agreed to split the trial, with the first week of the trial to begin February 24th and resume May 18th for the remaining three weeks.
    Supporters believe Assange is a champion for exposing what they call abuse of power by modern states, while critics believe Assange is dangerous and undermined U.S. security.
Demonstrators supporting Julian Assange hold banners outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Thursday,
Jan. 23, 2020. Assange is scheduled to be presented before the court in Westminster by videolink, for a case management hearing
ahead of his full extradition trial which begins on Feb. 24. at Woolwich Crown Court. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
    “He is the acid test for the future of free speech in the world.    It’s simple, it’s very simple.    If he goes, if he disappears, so does free speech.    It’s the acid test.” — John McGhee, Assange supporter
    If Assange is extradited to the U.S. and convicted, he could spend decades behind bars.

1/23/2020 Joe Biden admits Ukraine dealings ‘look bad’ by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on
foreign policy at a VFW post Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)
    On Wednesday, Joe Biden finally admitted his conflict of interest over his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine.    While speaking on the campaign trail in Iowa, the former vice president said the Burisma scheme appeared to “look bad.”    However, he reiterated his claim that Hunter did “nothing wrong.”
    “There’s nobody that’s indicated there’s a single, solitary thing he did that was inappropriate or wrong, other than the appearance,” stated Biden.    “It looked bad that he was there.”
    Newly released State Department emails suggested Biden was selling his office to pocket the proceeds of Ukrainian corruption.    A February 2016 email used Hunter Biden’s name in order to arrange a meeting between a senior State Department official and Burisma lobbyist Karen Tranmontano.

File – Then-Vice President Joe Biden, right, and his son Hunter Biden, left, are pictured at a street dedication
ceremony in the village of Sojevo, Kosovo, on Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
    Republican senators are now calling for a probe into the Bidens’ dealings.
    “I can promise you no one has looked at whether or not there was a conflict of interest,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham.    “No one has taken the time to explain how Hunter Biden got rich in the Ukraine, and his father didn’t know anything about it.”
    State Department emails also showed Tranmontano wanted to lobby the U.S. government for Burisma after it faced anti-corruption scrutiny by the Ukrainian government.
    Reports claimed several Democrat witnesses were involved in the Biden-Ukraine corruption and benefited from it.
[DID QUID PRO JOE ACTUALLY MAN UP AND ACTUALLY ADMITTED HE DID AN ABUSE OF POWER AS VICE PRESIDENT UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND SOON WE WILL FIND OUT WHAT HIS SON DID TO EARN MASSIVE INCOMES FROM CORRUPT UKRAINE BUISNESS BURMISA WHICH THE IMPEACHING DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO DENY THIS NEVER OCCURED.].

1/25/2020 White House responds to ABC recording of President Trump ordering Parnas, Fruman to get rid of Yovanovitch by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies
before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FILE)
    The White House is responding to a report from ABC News, which claimed it heard a recording of President Trump asking to “get rid” of ousted Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.    On Friday, Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said every president in history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within their administration.
    The recording allegedly captured President Trump telling Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman “Get her out tomorrow, I don’t care, take her out okay?
    The president has repeatedly denied knowing Parnas or Fruman.
    “I don’t know Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken, which I do with thousands of people,” he said.    “I don’t know him at all, don’t know what he’s about, don’t know where he comes from, know nothing about him.”
This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the
impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Trump in Florida. (House Judiciary Committee via AP)
    According to ABC, the tape was made on April 30th, 2018 during a dinner at the Trump Hotel in D.C.    The president reportedly gave the order after Parnas told him Yovanovitch was telling U.S. Embassy workers in Ukraine he was going to be impeached.

1/30/2020 Carter Page files lawsuit against DNC over fake dossier by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In a Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters
following a day of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Carter Page is filing a lawsuit against the DNC over the unverified dossier that launched the Mueller report.    The defamation suit was filed on Thursday morning in Illinois and also named law firm Perkins Coie and its partners.
    Last week, a federal court confirmed the FISA warrants that allowed Obama era FBI officials to spy on Page were invalid.    His lawsuit claimed the DNC, along with its partners, knowingly spread false and unverified information about him to both the FBI and the DOJ through the Steele dossier.
    “The defendants’ wrongful actions convinced many Americans that Dr. Page is a traitor to the United States, and as a result he has received — and continues to receive — multiple death threats,” the lawsuit stated.    “In short, the defendants’ actions have not only damaged the plaintiffs’ reputations and financial prospects, they have even caused Dr. Page to reasonably fear for his safety.”
    This followed the recent IG report, which outlined how the FBI mishandled the situation and led to dozens of corrective actions within the agency.
    “We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate handpicked investigative teams on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations,” stated the Department of Justice Inspector General.    “The circumstances reflect the failure, as we outlined in the report, not just by those who prepared the applications, but also by the managers and supervisors in the crossfire hurricane chain of command, including FBI senior officials who were briefed as the investigation progressed.”

1/30/2020 Justice Roberts blocks Sen. Paul’s request to name whistleblower by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts reads a question during the impeachment trial
against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
    Chief Justice John Roberts has blocked Sen. Rand Paul’s attempt to get the alleged whistleblower’s name said on the Senate floor.    On Wednesday, Justice Roberts told senators no question resulting in the naming of the alleged whistleblower will be permitted.    This comes after he reviewed one of Sen. Paul’s questions, which demanded it.
    Democrats and the whistleblower’s lawyers have argued identifying the person could put their life in danger.    However, Sen. Paul believes Americans deserve to know and has been very vocal about his rejection of Democrat efforts to hide it.
    “The whistleblower needs to come before Congress as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs,” stated the Kentucky lawmaker.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, during the impeachment
trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)
    Other Republican senators involved in the impeachment trial have agreed with Justice Roberts and have discouraged outing the whistleblower’s identity.
    Sen. Paul’s spokesperson said it’s to be determined whether or not he will press the issue.
[Everyone ought to pay attention to Sen. Rand Paul now, because he was the one who stood up in Congress during the Obama administration and was telling everyone that the Snowden issue was telling us that there was corruption going on in the FISA surveillance that we should pay attention and stop it.    If they had did that then, we would not be where we are today.    So that DEEP STATE is still here and it was left for Presidnet Donald J.Trump to clean the SWAMP.
    On 1/22/2020 Article: New: Colleagues Overheard Eric Ciaramella, Alleged Whistleblower, Sean Misko Discuss How to Remove Trump from Office by www.redstate.com.
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Sean Misko is a member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff.    In addition to leading the Staff's work on long-term strategy and priorities, he advises the Secretary of State on South Asia and the Middle East.].

1/31/2020 Senate to conclude closing arguments in impeachment trial before vote on whether to call witnesses by OAN Newsroom
The Capitol is seen in Washington, early Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, as the Senate resumes the impeachment trial of
President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The Senate is set to conclude closing arguments in the impeachment trial with Republicans hoping to close out the proceedings before the weekend.    On Friday, House managers and President Trump’s legal team will each have two hours to finish their arguments before the Senate prepares to vote on whether to call witnesses.
    Democrats need to gain the favor of at least four members of the GOP in order to put that process in motion.    They have been pushing for the testimony of former National Security Adviser John Bolton and Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney among others.
    If that resolution is killed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will likely call a vote to end the proceedings.    One senator who has vowed to vote against witnesses, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), is one of the many GOP senators who want to see an end to the trial.
    For a second time during the Q&A sessions of the Senate impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts shut down questions from Sen. Paul, drawing a red-line on submissions surrounding the White House whistleblower’s suspected identity.
    “The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted,” stated Chief Justice Roberts.
    While taking to Twitter after the denial, Sen. Paul defended his inquiry by stating this question was, in fact, “not about a whistleblower.”
    The Kentucky lawmaker proceeded to further explain his rejected question to reporters on Capitol Hill.    He made the following comments:
    “As you may have noticed, we had something slightly atypical downstairs.    I ask a question and the question was refused.    Now, it’s been reported that this questions is about this, or about that, and it’s been refused for one reason or another.    I can tell you that my question made no reference to any whistleblower or any kind of person or a complaint from a whistleblower.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, during the
impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)
    Back on Twitter, Sen. Paul told his followers what his exact question was.    He asked, “are you aware that House Intelligence Committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together?”    He continued by asking, “how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the president before there were formal House impeachment proceedings?
    On Wednesday, Chief Justice Roberts denied Sen. Paul’s first question by saying the naming of the alleged whistleblower will be permitted.     Democrats and the whistleblower’s lawyers have argued that identifying the person could put their life in danger.
    President Trump has repeatedly called the alleged informant a “traitor,” and has suggested he would like to confront his accuser, whoever they are, and put the individual on the witness stand under oath.

2/4/2020 Sen. Paul reads question about whistleblower on Senate floor after Justice Roberts refused to recite it by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, during the
impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor to read the question Supreme Court Justice John Roberts refused to recite during the impeachment trial.
    On Tuesday, he stated that the Constitution protects debate and said he thinks the chief justice made a big mistake by not allowing his question about the whistleblower.
    The Kentucky Republican also pointed out the law does not preserve the anonymity of whistleblower’s.    Sen. Paul specifically named the suspected whistleblower while delivering question.
    Sen. Paul said he does not support jailing or firing the whistleblower, however, he continued to point out that lawmaker as well as the American people should know if they and others had biases going into impeachment proceedings.
[I was glad to hear Rand Paul speak out again as he has been the one telling everyone what was going on as it went on death ears in the past as seen below in 2018.].

   
    Senator. Rand Paul was a lone voice on this, as well as Jerome Corsi later on.


   
        Mark Emery Udall, an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Colorado from 2009 to 2015.    A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Colorado's 2nd congressional district.
    Udall has been an opponent of the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance programs.    Following the revelation of the NSA's mass surveillance of Americans, Udall has been an advocate for reform.    Udall, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul, published an Op-ed in the Los Angeles Times expressing their collective desire to "end the dragnet — and to affirm that we can keep our nation secure without trampling on and abandoning Americans' constitutional rights."    Udall expressed his support for Edward Snowden to return to America to "make his case."
    After reports that the Central Intelligence Agency improperly spied on U.S. Senators, Udall called for the resignation of Agency Director John O. Brennan.
    After the September 11 attacks, the one-term Representative Udall was one of 66 House members to vote against the Patriot Act.    In 2011, Udall voted against reauthorizing the Patriot Act.    In July 2014, Udall voted against the CISPA bill, a proposed law which would allow for the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and technology and manufacturing companies, voicing his concerns that it "lacks adequate protections for the privacy rights."
    During the 2011 debate over the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA), Udall introduced an amendment to end the practice of military detention of American citizens indefinitely and without trial.    In response to the amendment's introduction, the Obama administration threatened to veto the bill.    The amendment was rejected by a vote of 60–38 (with 2 abstaining).    Udall subsequently voted for the Act in the joint session of Congress that passed it, and though he remained "extremely troubled" by the detainee provisions, he promised to "push Congress to conduct the maximum amount of oversight possible."
    Udall has supported PRISM, a clandestine anti-terrorism mass electronic surveillance data mining program launched in 2007 by the National Security Agency (NSA); however, he has also expressed support for introduction of measures to reform and limit the scope of the Patriot Act; 'The Patriot Act should be reformed so Americans' phone records do not get indiscriminately swept up in a federal government database.'
    Edward Snowden seen above right, was a former NSA Contractor.

   
    In 2015 is when Edward Snowden revealed what was going on in Sec. 215 under FISA, to access to records and other items under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

   
    Senator Rand Paul condemned his “lawlessness” which is in the Bible, the “Lawless one will come.”    2 Thess 2:3 ...."and then the man of rebellion will come--the son of hell." and detain those without a trial, do war against his enemies, i.e. Gadhafi in Libya, amend our legislation, bring forth all the sins of men and normal or antichristian, declare whatever he wants, and that would be classified as tyranny, according to Rand Paul.

       
    Obama even defended surveillance by NSA on the television.
    In 2011 he signed the “Nation Defense Authorization Act” per Sect 1021, which allowed him to look up American’s without a trial just for being suspected of working with terrorist.    Make sure you read the fine print if they let you.

   
    And again Rand Paul is telling all on deaf ears.
    And Trump keeps campaigning and tweeting, and teeing everyone off, except concerned Americans of what is going on.

2/5/2020 McCabe reportedly told investigators Rosenstein wanted Comey’s advice on appointing special counsel by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 11, 2017 file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during
a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    New documents have exposed a former Department of Justice official’s alleged involvement in the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
    According to newly released notes from a 2017 interview, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sought out James Comey’s advice about appointing a special counsel.    These notes, in addition to 300 pages of witness interviews, suggest McCabe told investigators Rosenstein asked him to get Comey’s opinion on whether a special counsel should be appointed.
    Comey was stripped of his role as leader of the Russia investigation after the president determined he was unfit to lead the bureau.     Rosenstein then appointed Robert Mueller to take on the Russia probe, who’s investigation did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
    “You notice this with the Ukraine argument, they don’t want the President to investigate what went on.    It’s now expanded from Ukraine to the President wasn’t allowed to make entrees to his attorney general, who is investigating this spying operation on candidate Trump…it’s incredible.    They want to criminalize investigations of this activity.” — Tom Fitton, President – Judicial Watch
    President Trump is now slamming the FISA court’s decision to appoint Obama-era official David Kris to oversee changes deemed necessary by the Horowitz report.    The president argued the appointee has “no credibility.”
"..But these were dirty people, these were bad people, these were evil people and I hope that someday I’m going to consider it my greatest or one of my greatest achievements — getting rid of them,” said President Trump.

2/6/2020 FBI Director Wray: Obtaining FISA warrant against Carter Page unacceptable by OAN Newsroom
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee,
on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    In his first congressional appearance since the release of last year’s Horowitz report, the director of the FBI has assured he’s committed to reforming the FISA system.
    On Wednesday, Chris Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee to highlight the alleged “failures” in the Inspector General report and asserted “they cannot be repeated.”    He said he’s already planning to make changes to FISA policies.
    “I am adding more than 40, over 40, corrective actions to address all of those things in a way that’s robust and serous,” said Wray.    “And we’re determined to learn the lessons from this report and make sure the FBI emerges from this even better and stronger.”
    His statements follow the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s former foreign policy advisor Carter Page over his alleged ties to Russia during 2016 election.
FILE – Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters following a day
of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    However, Republican lawmakers have argued Wray’s testimony makes the FBI agency as a whole appear “untrustworthy.”    That’s according to congressman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), who said the FBI has “lost the trust of an awful lot of Americans.”
    Additionally, congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) also suggested Wray’s testimony downplayed activities surrounding the 2016 election and didn’t take the matter seriously.
    Back in December, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report outlining several mistakes made by top FBI agents, including how a warrant was obtained to spy on Page.
    In addition to slamming FISA’s’ system, the FBI director also criticized Facebook’s proposed privacy plan, which would restrict the platform’s access to data.    If the plan moves forward, Wray believes Americans “will be blinded.”    Meanwhile, Facebook has claimed it doesn’t support government attempts to “build backdoors.”
[I do not trust Wray yet because he was brought in to run the FBI by sources that I think still belonged to THE DEEP STATE and Wray has not shown me that he is doing anything about bringing out the criminal activities of the former FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA as far as I have seen, so it is about time for him to start showing good faith for their corruption and as stated above Jim Jordan is with me on that.]

2/6/2020 Ukraine’s former top prosecutor says Joe Biden demanded dismissal over Burisma probe by OAN Newsroom
Jill Biden watches as her husband Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks
at a caucus night campaign rally on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)
    Former Ukrainian chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin has claimed Joe Biden committed bribery and extortion in his country.
    In an interview with Rudy Giuliani Wednesday, Shokin said Biden pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to get him fired over an investigation into energy company Burisma.
    Shokin said Biden was threatening to withhold the loan guarantees that Ukraine needed at the time.    Giuliani added, Biden admitted to that himself.
    Shokin also said Poroshenko had no choice but to dismiss him, allowing Hunter Biden to continue his corrupt dealings at Burisma under the protection of Joe Biden who was vice president at the time.
[PROOF THAT JOE BIDEN IS QUID PRO QUO JOE COMMITTED EXTORTION AND BRIBERY WHICH IS WHAT THE SCHIFF SHAM SHUMER AND NADLER JOKE TRIED TO CHARGE TRUMP WITH WHO IS AQUITTED NOW BUT JOE IS DEFINITELY GUILTY.    DO YOU WANT SOMEONE LIKE HIM TO RUN AND BECOME A PRESIDENT?].

2/7/2020 Rudy Giuliani slams Fox political specialist for ‘spreading lies’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President
Donald Trump, speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Fox News found itself in hot water after Rudy Giuliani accused one of the network’s senior specialists of “spreading lies.”    On Thursday, Giuliani tweeted, “I challenge Bryan Murphy to a debate on Fox on the lies he is spreading.”
    Murphy is a political affairs specialist on the network’s research team.    He recently wrote an internal memo titled “Ukraine Disinformation and the Trump Administration,” in which he questioned the credibility of some of the network’s top commentators and contributors.    The memo was then leaked to the public, which prompted backlash.
    Murphy accused Giuliani of having “high susceptibility to Ukrainian disinformation.”    The former mayor responded by saying, “Fox owes us an opportunity to respond to this attack.”
    “I can prove what I’m saying, can he?” asked Giuliani.
    The memo went on to target network correspondent and investigative journalist John Solomon.    Murphy said Solomon “uses unreliable sources, focuses on stories (that are) part of the disinformation campaign and also misrepresents his sources.”
    The final two victims, couple Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova, are attorneys who frequently guest star on the network as commentators.    Murphy argued they have ulterior financial motives related to their non-disclosure agreements.
    Giuliani said if he gets the opportunity to debate, he may bring Toensing and DiGenova to support him.    He added, “All facts are backed up by witnesses, documents and tapes.”

2/7/2020 Fired FBI agent Strzok vows to respond to President Trump’s ‘attacks’ by OAN Newsroom
File – Former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok is pictured. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)
    Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok said he’s ready to respond to the president’s so-called “attacks.”    In a tweet Thursday, Strzok shared a message from his attorney.
    This comes after President Trump slammed Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page during his post-acquittal speech.
    “But I can tell you, in my opinion, these are the crookedest, most dishonest, dirtiest people I’ve ever seen,” he stated.    “…this is Strzok: ‘God, Hillary should win 100 million to one.’    This is about me, this is an agent from the FBI…
    Page has yet to respond directly to President Trump’s criticism.

2/7/2020 Coach who hired Michael Avenatti says he wanted to expose Nike, not in press conference by Jonathan Stempel
FILE PHOTO: Attorney Michael Avenatti exits the United States Courthouse in the
Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The government’s star witness in Michael Avenatti’s extortion trial conceded on Friday he wanted to expose Nike Inc’s alleged illegal payments to families of college basketball recruits long before he hired the celebrity lawyer.
    Gary Franklin, the founder and coach of youth basketball team California Supreme, nevertheless maintained that Avenatti never told him he might hold a press conference about the accusations, or wanted Nike to hire him for a costly internal probe, or else would seek $22.5 million to buy his silence.
    “Do you have any doubt that the defendant did not mention any of those things at any time?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Sobelman asked Franklin, following the coach’s cross-examination by Avenatti’s lawyer.
    “No,” Franklin responded.
    The trial in Manhattan federal court will resume on Monday, the ninth day of testimony.
    Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to trying to shake down Nike by threatening last March to expose its alleged misconduct unless it paid him and celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos up to $25 million for the internal probe, and paid Franklin $1.5 million.
    Prosecutors have tried to show Avenatti sought a big payday in part to clear his own heavy debts, and defrauded Franklin by concealing a settlement offer meant only for the coach.
    The defense has maintained that Avenatti was simply acting as a lawyer, representing Franklin in negotiations.
    In halting testimony, Franklin struggled during cross-examination to recall efforts by his adviser Jeffrey Auerbach to go after Nike starting in March 2018, one year before he hired Avenatti, even when shown documents about what they discussed.
    Franklin conceded he was ready in October 2018 to “drop the bomb,” in Auerbach’s words, but said this only meant telling Nike sports marketing chief John Slusher that two executives had wanted him to funnel the illicit payments and falsify invoices.
    He hired Avenatti after Nike stopped sponsoring California Supreme, the executives rebuffed his entreaties and Slusher referred him to the Beaverton, Oregon-based company’s law firm.
    The hiring came after Franklin saw Avenatti represent adult film actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against U.S. President Donald Trump.
    Franklin said Avenatti did tell him last March 18, one week before his arrest, he would seek a $1 million settlement, whistleblower protection, and the firing of the two Nike executives.
    Nike has denied wrongdoing.    It is under a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe related to the suspect payments, according to statements and testimony at the trial.
    Avenatti faces two more trials scheduled this year for allegedly defrauding other clients, including Daniels.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Daniel Wallis)

2/10/2020 Justice Department receiving information on Bidens from Giuliani: Senator by David Morgan
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to speak at an event to celebrate federal
judicial confirmations in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is receiving information on former Vice President Joe Biden and his businessman son, Hunter Biden, from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a top Trump ally in the Senate said on Sunday.
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Attorney General William Barr told him about the arrangement on Sunday morning and that Justice Department officials were evaluating Giuliani’s information to determine whether it is genuine.
    “The Department of Justice is receiving information coming out of the Ukraine from Rudy.    He (Barr) told me that they have created a process that Rudy could give information and they would see if it’s verified,” Graham told the CBS News program Face the Nation.
    Justice Department officials were not immediately available for comment.
    News of the arrangement surfaced days after the Senate acquitted Trump on impeachment charges that he abused his power by asking Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
    Trump had based his demands on unfounded allegations of corruption.    House investigators alleged that Giuliani pursued damaging information about the Bidens in Ukraine as Trump’s personal lawyer.
    Hunter Biden sat on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma while Joe Biden, now a Democratic presidential candidate, was vice president.
    Two Republican senators – Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson – are also conducting an investigation of U.S. government records to determine whether there was a conflict of interest.
    Graham said he spoke to Barr and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr on Sunday, after Giuliani told an interviewer that he had unearthed key evidence from Ukraine.
    “They told me: ‘Take very cautiously anything coming out of the Ukraine against anybody,'” Graham said.
    “Any documents coming out of the Ukraine against any American, Republican or Democrat, need to be looked at by the intelligence services who have expertise – I don’t – because Russia is playing us all like a fiddle.”
    Graham said he would refrain from his own probe of the Bidens and concentrate instead on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s decision to issue warrants that led to a federal investigation into allegations that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the election.
    “Here’s what I want to tell the president: I’m not going to be the Republican Christopher Steele,” Graham said.

2/10/2020 Attorney General Barr confirms DOJ is evaluating information from Ukraine provided by Rudy Giuliani by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr calls on a reporter during a news conference, at
the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr confirmed the Department of Justice is reviewing information from Ukraine provided by Rudy Giuliani regarding Joe and Hunter Biden.
    During a press conference Monday, Barr said the agency has the obligation to have an “open door'” to anybody who wishes to provide information they think is relevant.    He also said the Justice Department has to be very careful with information coming from Ukraine and can’t take anything from the Eastern European nation at face value.
    Barr pointed out that a process to evaluate such information has been established.
    “We had established an intake process in the field so that any information coming in about Ukraine could be carefully scrutinized by the department and its Intelligence Community, community partners, so that we could assess its provenance and its credibility,” he stated.    “And, you know, that is true for all information that comes to the department relating to the Ukraine.”
    Giuliani notably visited Ukraine back in December to gather more information about the Biden’s activities in the nation.

2/11/2020 Under pressure from Trump, U.S. seeks shorter sentence for his adviser Stone by Sarah N. Lynch
FILE PHOTO: Roger Stone, former campaign adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs after he was found guilty on
seven criminal counts in his trial on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing justice and witness tampering in
this still image taken from video at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Fogarty
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Under pressure from President Donald Trump, the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday abruptly moved to seek a shorter prison sentence for veteran Republican operative and long-time Trump adviser Roger Stone, with all four prosecutors quitting the case after the highly unusual reversal.
    Senior department officials – hours after Trump publicly complained that Stone was being treated unfairly – overrode the sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years made on Monday by the federal prosecutors who secured Stone’s November conviction.    Stone was found guilty on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.
    In a new court filing, a Justice Department official who had not previously worked on the case called that recommendation “excessive and unwarranted” and said the department would not make a formal recommendation.
    Democrats blasted the department’s shift in the high-profile case involving Stone, whose friendship with Trump dates back decades.    Stone’s trial arose from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that detailed extensive Russian interference in the 2016 election to benefit Trump’s candidacy.
    Trump criticized the proposed sentence as a “miscarriage of justice” on Twitter early on Tuesday.    He later told reporters that he did not speak to the Justice Department.
    “I’d be able to do it if I wanted.    I have the absolute right to do it.    I stay out of things,” Trump told reporters.    “I thought the recommendation was ridiculous.”
    A senior Justice Department official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, called the timing of Trump’s tweet an “inconvenient coincidence.”
    After the department’s action was disclosed, the four prosecutors who won Stone’s conviction – Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando and Jonathan Kravis – withdrew from the case.    Kravis told the court in a filing he was not only leaving the case but quitting his post as a federal prosecutor.
    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is due to sentence Stone on Feb. 20.
    Legal experts described the department’s move as highly unusual.    Democrats accused Attorney General William Barr, who heads the department, of working to protect Trump’s political interests.
‘HELP HIS FRIENDS’
    “The president seems to think the entire Justice Department is just his personal lawsuit to prosecute his enemies and help his friends,” Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, told reporters.
    Schumer asked the department’s internal watchdog to investigate the reversal.    Democrat Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, said he also would investigate the matter.
    “AG Barr must stop being the President’s lapdog.    They are turning us into a banana republic,” Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen added on Twitter.
    Stone, who has labeled himself a “dirty trickster” and “agent provocateur” and famously has the face of former President Richard Nixon tattooed on his back, was one of several Trump associates charged with crimes as part of Mueller’s investigation.
    In a court filing on Monday, prosecutors said their proposed sentence fell within U.S. guidelines and would “accurately reflect the seriousness of his crimes and promote respect for the law.”
    That came as a surprise to senior Justice Department officials who were expecting prosecutors to ask for a lower range, said an official who spoke on condition of anonymity.    The Justice Department was not in touch with the White House over the matter, the official said.
    Legal experts said it would be unusual for prosecutors to change their proposed sentence after filing a formal recommendation to the court, especially on a high-profile case like this in which senior Justice Department officials as well as courtroom prosecutors are involved in the decision-making.
    Several said that the proposed sentence struck them as unusually severe.    Stone’s defense team, in a filing late on Monday, disputed the prosecution’s calculation and proposed a range of between 15 and 21 months. They asked the judge for a sentence that would fall below that range.
    “It is high, but the prosecutors obviously felt there were extenuating circumstances that justified the enhancements,” said Lynn Niels, a former federal prosecutor.
    The new Justice Department filing noted that Stone’s guideline sentence would be significantly less – about three to four years – if the charge that he threatened a witness, Randy Credico, was not used in the calculation.
    Stone was convicted of the charge.    The position taken by the department on the witness tampering charge echoed arguments made by Stone’s own defense team in their memo filed late on Monday.
    Mueller’s investigation detailed a Russian campaign of hacking and propaganda in the 2016 election and extensive contacts between the president’s campaign and Moscow.    Stone was one of only two of these Trump associates who went to trial rather than pleading guilty.
    Trump has the power to pardon people for federal crimes, although he has yet to use it in the cases of other former aides convicted in the wake of the Mueller investigations.
(The story corrects prosecutor name to Adam Jed, paragraph 8)
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell, Nathan Layne, Karen Freifeld, Mark Hosenball, David Morgan, Makini Brice, Brad Heath and Susan Heavey; Editing by Will Dunham and Andy Sullivan)

2/12/2020 Prosecutors quit as Justice Dept. seeks shorter sentence for Trump ally by Sarah N. Lynch
FILE PHOTO: Roger Stone, former campaign adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs after he was found guilty
on seven criminal counts in his trial on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing justice and witness tampering in
this still image taken from video at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Fogarty
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Under pressure from President Donald Trump, the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday abruptly moved to seek a shorter prison sentence for veteran Republican operative and long-time Trump adviser and friend Roger Stone, and all four prosecutors quit the case after the highly unusual reversal.
    Senior department officials – hours after Trump complained on Twitter that Stone was being treated unfairly – overrode the sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years made on Monday by the federal prosecutors who secured Stone’s conviction.    Stone was found guilty in November on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.
    In a new court filing, a Justice Department official who had not previously worked on the case called that recommendation “excessive and unwarranted” and said the department would not make a formal sentencing recommendation.
    Democrats blasted the department’s shift in the high-profile case involving Stone, whose friendship with Trump dates back decades.    Stone’s trial arose from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that detailed extensive Russian interference in the 2016 election to benefit Trump’s candidacy.
    Trump told reporters he thought the initial recommendation was “ridiculous” but said he did not speak to the Justice Department about it.
    “I’d be able to do it if I wanted.    I have the absolute right to do it.    I stay out of things,” Trump said.
    The four prosecutors who won Stone’s conviction – Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando and Jonathan Kravis – withdrew from the case.    Kravis told the court in a filing that he was also quitting his job as a federal prosecutor.
    Trump also withdrew the nomination of Jessie Liu, a former U.S. attorney in Washington whose office prosecuted Stone, for the post of Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, a source familiar with the matter said.
    A senior Justice Department official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, called the timing of Trump’s tweet an “inconvenient coincidence.”    The official said he did not know why the four prosecutors withdrew, but said it appeared to be in protest.    The official said it was “surprising that that would be the line in the sand.”
    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is due to sentence Stone on Feb. 20.
    In a tweet late on Tuesday, Trump criticized Jackson’s handling of another criminal case involving his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted in 2018 on tax fraud, bank fraud and other charges.
    Legal experts described the Justice Department’s move as highly unusual.    Democrats accused Attorney General William Barr, who heads the department, of working to protect Trump’s political interests.
THE PRESIDENT’S LAPDOG
    “The president seems to think the entire Justice Department is just his personal lawsuit to prosecute his enemies and help his friends,” Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, told reporters.
    Schumer asked the department’s internal watchdog to investigate.    Democrat Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, said he also would investigate the reversal.
    “AG Barr must stop being the President’s lapdog.    They are turning us into a banana republic,” Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen said on Twitter.
    Stone, who has labeled himself a “dirty trickster” and “agent provocateur” and famously has the face of former President Richard Nixon tattooed on his back, was one of several Trump associates charged with crimes in Mueller’s investigation.
    In a Monday court filing, prosecutors said their proposed sentence fell within U.S. guidelines and would “accurately reflect the seriousness of his crimes and promote respect for the law.”
    That came as a surprise to senior Justice Department officials who were expecting prosecutors to ask for a lower range, said a second official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
    Legal experts said it would be unusual for prosecutors to change their proposed sentence after filing a formal recommendation to the court, especially on a high-profile case like this in which senior Justice Department officials as well as courtroom prosecutors are involved in the decision-making.
    Several said the proposed sentence struck them as unusually severe.    Stone’s defense team, in a filing late on Monday, disputed the prosecution’s calculation and proposed a range of between 15 and 21 months.    They asked the judge for a sentence below that range.
    “It is high, but the prosecutors obviously felt there were extenuating circumstances that justified the enhancements,” said Lynn Niels, a former federal prosecutor.
    The new Justice Department filing noted that Stone’s guideline sentence would be significantly less – about three to four years – if the charge that he threatened a witness, Randy Credico, was not used in the calculation.
    Stone was convicted of the charge.    The position taken by the department on the witness tampering charge echoed arguments made by Stone’s own defense team in their memo filed late on Monday.
    Mueller’s investigation detailed a Russian campaign of hacking and propaganda in the 2016 election and extensive contacts between the president’s campaign and Moscow.    Stone was one of only two of Trump associates charged in the investigation who went to trial rather than pleading guilty.
    Trump has the power to pardon people for federal crimes, although he has yet to use it in the cases of other former aides convicted in the wake of the Mueller investigations.
    The senior official said he was not concerned about any possible “ripple effect” that could occur in other cases after the four prosecutors quit the case, and said the department’s change in its position was “not really that drastic.”
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell, Nathan Layne, Karen Freifeld, Mark Hosenball, Steve Holland, David Morgan, Makini Brice, Brad Heath and Susan Heavey; Editing by Will Dunham, Andy Sullivan and Leslie Adler)

2/12/2020 DOJ rethinks Stone’s prison sentence by David Jackson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department backed away from a stiff prison sentence recommended for Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump – an unusual move that follows Trump’s public criticism of the recommendation and overrules the department’s career prosecutors.
    The backtracking was met with swift backlash Tuesday.    In a matter of hours, attorneys who worked on Stone’s case and prepared the sentencing recommendation had abruptly quit the prosecution team. Democrats called for an investigation, accusing the Justice Department of political meddling in a criminal prosecution.
    In a strongly worded court filing Monday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia recommended Stone serve seven to nine years in prison.    Attorneys said Stone had committed a “direct and brazen attack on the rule of law” by “consciously, repeatedly, and flagrantly” obstructing a federal investigation by lying to Congress.
    But the Justice Department reversed course 24 hours later after Trump tweeted that the recommendation was a “miscarriage of justice.”
    A Justice Department official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, characterized the recommendation by District of Columbia prosecutors as “extreme, excessive and disproportionate” to Stone’s crimes.    The official said the recommendation differed from what prosecutors had briefed Justice Department officials on.
    In a five-page filing Tuesday afternoon, the Justice Department said the initial recommendation “does not accurately reflect” the agency’s position.    Although the department maintains imprisonment is warranted, the agency said seven to nine years “would not be appropriate.” It didn’t say what would be.
    Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said he did not ask the Justice Department to reduce the recommendation for Stone, though he said he would be allowed to.
    Stone, who’s scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20, was found guilty in November of lying to Congress and obstructing the Russia investigation to protect Trump and his presidential campaign.
    The 67-year-old longtime GOP operative is the latest Trump ally to be convicted in cases stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia did not return a call seeking comment.
    In one-page filings Tuesday, Jonathan Kravis, Aaron Zelinsky and Adam Jed notified the court that they’re withdrawing from Stone’s case. Kravis, an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, resigned.
    Zelinsky resigned from his temporary role as special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, though he remains a federal prosecutor in Baltimore, where he served for several years.
    Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said a revised sentencing filing would be unusual, given its proximity to Trump’s criticism of the initial recommendation.
Roger Stone was found guilty in November of lying to Congress and obstructing the Russia investigation. JULIO CORTEZ/AP
[WHERE HAVE WE HEARD OF THIS FAKE NEWS STORY OF LYING TO CONGRESS AND OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS BEFORE, AS ANYONE CONNECTED TO DONALD TRUMP ESPECIALLY FROM A CASE DECIDED BY A JUDGE WHO DID NOT PROSECUTE HIILARY CLINTON ALSO FOR MUCH WORSE CRIMES.].

2/12/2020 Tapes of Avenatti threats highlight extortion trial closings
    NEW YORK – Michael Avenatti’s recorded threats to reduce the value of Nike’s stock if he wasn’t paid millions of dollars highlighted a prosecutor’s closing argument Tuesday at the prominent lawyer’s extortion trial.    The taped conversation last March between Avenatti and Nike lawyers was played in Manhattan federal court.    Closing arguments were the culmination of a three-week trial for the California lawyer who gained fame representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump.

2/12/2020 Prosecutors drop out of Roger Stone case - Uproar comes after feds backtrack on stiff sentence by Kristine Phillips and Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department backed away from a stiff prison sentence recommended for Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump – an unusual move that follows Trump’s public criticism of the recommendation and overrules the department’s career prosecutors.
    The backtracking was met with swift backlash Tuesday.    In a matter of hours, four attorneys who worked on Stone’s case and prepared the sentencing recommendation abruptly quit the prosecution team.    Democrats called for an investigation, accusing the Justice Department of political meddling in a criminal prosecution.
    Although a Justice Department official said the about-face was not influenced by Trump, it raised new questions about the politicization of the agency.
    “This is a devastating blow to the department’s reputation in the courts,” said Mary McCord, former chief of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.    “The only thing that seems to be causing it is the president, and the notion that the department is going to do the president’s political bidding.”
    Stone was found guilty in November of lying to Congress and obstructing the Russia investigation to protect Trump and his presidential campaign.    The 67-year-old longtime GOP operative is the latest Trump ally to be convicted in cases stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
    Stone is due to be sentenced next week.    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia initially recommended he serve seven to nine years in prison.
    In a strongly worded court filing Monday, attorneys said Stone had committed a “direct and brazen attack on the rule of law” by “consciously, repeatedly, and flagrantly” obstructing a federal investigation by lying to Congress.
    But Tuesday, hours after the president called the recommendation a “miscarriage of justice,” the Justice Department reversed course, criticizing prosecutors for recommending a lengthy prison sentence.
    A Justice Department official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, characterized the recommendation as “extreme, excessive and disproportionate” to Stone’s crimes.    The official said the recommendation differed from what prosecutors had briefed Justice Department officials on.
    In a five-page filing late Tuesday afternoon, the Justice Department said the initial recommendation “does not accurately reflect” the agency’s position.    Although the department maintains imprisonment is warranted, the agency said seven to nine years “would not be appropriate.”    It didn’t say what would be.
    The new prosecutor on the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Crabb Jr., asked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to consider Stone’s “advanced age, health, personal circumstances, and lack of criminal history” in sentencing.
    In the Oval Office, Trump told reporters that he did not ask the Justice Department to change its recommendation, though he would be allowed to.
    “I thought the (original) recommendation was ridiculous.    I thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous,” Trump said.
    .Defense attorneys had argued that the guideline for first-time offenders convicted of these crimes is 15 to 21 months.    They asked that Stone be sentenced to probation.    In one-page filings Tuesday afternoon, Jonathan Kravis, Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed and Michael Marando notified the court they were withdrawing from Stone’s case.    Kravis, an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, resigned.     Zelinsky resigned from his temporary role as special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, though he remains a federal prosecutor in Baltimore, where he served for several years.
    Zelinsky and Jed had been members of Mueller’s team.
    Their departures come as the leadership of the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, the largest in the country, is in transition.    Two weeks ago, Timothy Shea, who served as counselor to Attorney General William Barr, was appointed as interim chief prosecutor.
    The office did not return calls seeking comment.
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to immediately investigate “how and why” the career prosecutors’ recommendations “were countermanded” and which officials from the department and the White House were involved in the decision.
    “This situation has all the indicia of improper political interference in a criminal prosecution,” Schumer wrote in a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Contributing: David Jackson and Michael Collins
Roger Stone, a former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, is scheduled
to be sentenced to prison on Feb. 20. JOSE LUIS MAGANA/ AP
[Michael Flynns case has been found to have some shady going ons, and as well as Paul Manaforts case recently saw some discrepencies all part of the Muelllar probe, and it is suspect of Stones sentencing now and should be considered after the recent sham that was going on in the FISA abuse, and the DEEP STATE is striking out later and I guess wants to punish someone.].

2/12/2020 President Trump congratulates Attorney General Barr for ‘taking charge’ of Stone case by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves
federal court in Washington. The Justice Department said Tuesday it will take the extraordinary step of
lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    President Trump recently congratulated William Barr for his new role in the Roger Stone case.    While taking to Twitter Wednesday, he praised the U.S. attorney general for taking over the “totally out of control” case against his former campaign adviser.
    This comes one day after the Justice Department changed and reduced the prosecutor’s recommended prison sentence for Stone after he was found guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering.
    The four prosecutors on the case then resigned in protest.    According to reports, Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando and Jonathan Kravis resigned Tuesday after the department announced it would seek to overrule their recommendation.
    President Trump was quick to slam their suggested sentence and called it a “miscarriage of justice.”    He said the whole prosecution was ridiculous and accused the defense of “cutting and running” for political reasons.    The president even claimed Stone’s case was the result of “an illegal investigation.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference the morning after the impeachment of President
Donald Trump ended in acquittal, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation into the Justice Department over its plan to reduce Stone’s prison sentence.
    Pelosi’s claims of “political interference” came despite President Trump insisting he had nothing to do with the decision.    The House speaker went on to applaud all four of Stone’s prosecutors for deciding to step down.
    Stone was found guilty last year on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.    At this time, it is unclear whether or not President Trump will grant him a pardon.
[POOR OLE NERVOUS NANCY I WILL LIKE TO SEE TRUMP TEAR UP THE PAPERWORK THAT CONVICTED STONE SO THE QUESTION IS WHO FRAMED ROGER STONE.].
This was a pun on the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    So read the information below of who the judge is.
Amy Berman Jackson, a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to give you some history.
    In December 2013, in the case of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius, Jackson ruled against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Washington in its challenge to the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act as applied to its employees.    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies made accommodations for religious organizations, under which such organizations do not have to "provide, pay for, or facilitate access to contraception" if they certify their objection to doing so.    Jackson rejected the archdiocese's argument that the act of "self-certifying" in itself constitutes a substantial burden on the archdiocese's right to freely exercise religion.
    In May 2017, Jackson dismissed a wrongful death suit filed against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the basis of the Westfall Act.
    In October 2017, Jackson was assigned to preside over the criminal case that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.    She accepted their "not guilty" pleas, granted bail, confiscated their passports, and ordered them to be held under house arrest.    She also warned defense lawyers not to discuss the case outside of court.    On June 15, 2018, after the prosecution accused him of attempted witness tampering, Jackson revoked Manafort's bail and sent him to jail until his upcoming federal trials to prevent him from having contact with people.    On February 23, 2018, Gates pleaded guilty to one count of false statements and one count of conspiracy against the United States.    The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.    On September 14, 2018, Manafort pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy against the United States.    The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.
    Stone has the right to speak what he wants to, but Mueller seems to be able to get judges that are suspect as you will read here is Amy Berman Jackson.].

2/13/2020 President Trump calls out juror in Roger Stone case by OAN Newsroom
Photo of Tomeka Hart via Twitter.
    President Trump continues to criticize the Justice Department’s handling of the case against Roger Stone.    In a tweet, the president said it looks like the foreperson in the jury has significant bias.
    He said this issue, combined with others, is not making things look good for the Department of Justice.
    Jury foreperson Tomeka Hart revealed her role in the trial over social media this week.
    Reports said she once ran for Congress as a Democrat and has a history of anti-Trump bias.    Her Twitter account is rife with negative stories and comments against the president and his party.
    She has called Republicans racist, participated in protests against the administration and, in one tweet, shared a quote referring to President Trump as the “Klan president.”
    Hart recently defended the four prosecutors who withdrew from the Stone case.
    “It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors,” she wrote on Facebook.    “They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity and respect for our system of justice.”
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the
Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump scorned those prosecutors during a briefing at the White House on Wednesday.
    “They ought to go back to school and learn because, I’ll tell you what, the way they treated people, nobody should be treated like that,” he said.
    The president previously criticized the trial, which he said is being run by “corrupt people.”    He also claimed Stone was treated unfairly and questioned why top FBI officials haven’t been charged in relation to the Mueller probe.
    “They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children?    Nine years in jail?    It’s a disgrace.    In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals.    The people that launched the scam investigation, what they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump,
Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
[Did the 4 four prosecutors withdrew from the Stone case because they know what the writing on the wall is going to be?].

2/14/2020 Obama admin. tried to meddle in several criminal probes by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 6, 2019, file photo, former President Barack Obama attends a town hall meeting at
the ‘European School For Management And Technology’ (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn. File)
    Democrats were quick to criticize President Trump’s words about the Roger Stone case this week.    However, many have seemingly forgotten that former President Barack Obama involved himself in several criminal probes during his two terms in office.
    In 2009, Obama faced backlash across the country after he criticized Massachusetts police for the arrest of Harvard Law professor Henry     Louis Gates Jr. The former president, without a full briefing on the case, stated police had acted stupidly for arresting the black man and insinuated officers were guilty of racial profiling.    He was later forced to apologize after learning the whole story.
    “My hope is that, as a consequence of this event, this ends up being what I call a teachable moment,” stated Obama.    “All of us, instead of pumping up the volume, (should) spend a little more time listening to each other.”
    At a press conference in 2013, he unexpectedly weighed in on the shooting of Travyon Martin while the trial was still underway.
    “When Travyon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son,” he said.    “Another way of saying that is, Travyon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
    Despite his apparent attempt to influence the trial, the jury chose to acquit the suspect.
FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama address the participants
at a summit on climate change in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
    Later that year, Obama was caught in the crosshairs again when he stated military members convicted of sexual harassment should be dishonorably discharged.
    “Not only is it a crime, not only is it shameful and disgraceful, but it also is going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be,” he said.
    A U.S. Navy judge went on to rule that Obama had committed “unlawful command influence” as commander in chief.    The former president’s words later caused the conviction against a marine sergeant to be dropped because the court was worried the president’s stance would sway sentencing.
    Obama also downplayed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scandal in 2015. During an interview, he said he believed Clinton’s breach of policy did not pose a national security problem. He added he “didn’t get an impression” from Clinton she was purposefully trying to hide something.
    “Hillary Clinton is and has been an outstanding public servant,” he said.    “She was a great Secretary of State for me.”
    Obama’s decision resulted in James Comey’s takeover of the investigation, in which Comey decided there was no basis for criminal indictments in the case.    This came after the former administration prosecuted others for having classified material on their private computers.
[THERE SEEMS TO BE A DOUBLE STANDARD BY THE DEMOCRATS IN THE ACTIONS OF TRUMP IN THEIR HATRED OF HIM SO WHO IS WRONG IN THIS PICTURE ESPECIALLY SINCE IT WAS OBAMA’S ADMINISTRATION THAT CAUSED OR CREATED THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION THAT IS PUNISHING TRUMPS ASSOCIATES WHICH HAS BEEN PROVEN THERE WAS NO RUSSIAN COLLUSION AND THE NEXT ARTICLE WILL EVEN ADD TO THOSE INSULTS.].

2/14/2020 Justice Department declines to file charges against Andrew McCabe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe listens during a
Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will not be charged for lying to federal investigators.    The DOJ declined to charge McCabe after an inspector general’s report found he “lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions.”
    In a statement to McCabe’s lawyers, the DOJ said, “Based on the totality of the circumstances and all of the information known to the government at this time, we consider the matter closed.”
    McCabe, who is now a CNN contributor and think tank official, blasted the fact it took so long to drop the charges.    He was fired in 2018 just days before receiving his pension.
    “As glad as I am that the Justice Department and D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office finally decided to do the right thing today, it is an absolute disgrace that they took two years, put my family through this experience, before they finally drew the obvious conclusion they could have drawn a long, long time ago,” stated McCabe.
    The news came after Inspector General Michael Horowitz alleged that McCabe lied under oath at least four times and misled his former boss, James Comey.    In January, unsealed court documents showed McCabe had apologized to a bureau investigator about a media leak.
    He was reportedly asked if he knew how FBI information about the Clinton Foundation ended up in a 2016 article by The Wall Street Journal.    He initially denied knowing about the leak, but walked back his claim in a follow-up interview.
    Despite his admission, he previously denied that he did anything wrong.    When asked whether he would take a deal, he said, “Absolutely not.”
    “I never intentionally mislead anyone about anything,” he said.    “I will not stand up and claim something that I didn’t do.”
FILE – In this May 11, 2017 file photo, then Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during a
Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    The closure of McCabe’s criminal probe created an uproar on social media amid the controversy surrounding the sentencing of Roger Stone. Supporters of the president called out the fact that Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress while McCabe admitted to lying under oath, but has received no criminal penalty.
    Many have also pointed out that other Obama-era officials have been let off the hook for their alleged misconduct under a Trump appointed Department of Justice.
    The DOJ previously declined to bring charges against James Comey for how he handled the memos of his conversations with President Trump.
    The president has increasingly ramped his calls for the disgraced DOJ officials to be indicted for unfairly targeting his 2016 campaign and prosecuting his advisers in the Russia investigation.
    “They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children?    Nine years in jail?    It’s a disgrace.    In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals.    What they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States.
[THERE SEEMS TO BE A DOUBLE STANDARD IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SOON REALIZE THIS AS WE WAITED TO SEE JUST HOW BAD THIS WILL BECOME.    OR IS THE DURHAM OUTPUT GOING TO RIGHT THIS INJUSTICE THAT IS SEEN IN THE SYSTEM.    IF NOT TRUMP MAY BE FORCED TO PARDON THE INNOCENT AND CONTINUE TO CLEAN THE SWAMP.].

2/14/2020 Attorney General Barr assigns outside prosecutors to review Michael Flynn case
FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during
the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Attorney General William Barr is calling for a review of the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.    He has assigned a U.S. attorney from St. Louis to look over the handling of the case against the retired army general, who recently withdrew his guilty plea.
    Barr has also reportedly assembled a team of outside prosecutors to review several other cases.    The DOJ recently came under fire for intervening in the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone.
    Attorney General Barr has said he knew that the recommended sentencing for Stone was way too harsh before President Trump said so.    He said that Stone’s conviction was justified, but stated the DOJ’s initial proposal for his time behind bars was excessive.
Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The attorney general went on to say that President Trump’s tweets on the matter had absolutely no influence on his department’s choice to revise its suggested sentence.
    “I’ve heard very few people actually suggest that seven to nine-year sentence would be appropriate in this case,” he said.    “It was very excessive and I didn’t want my department to be behind that.”
    Barr added while he’s not a fan of the defendant, Stone is entitled to a sentence that fits the crime.    He said that the DOJ’s initial filing of Stone’s sentence was due to a miscommunication.
[WAS THAT MISCOMMUNICATION SENT FROM THE GLOBALIST, SWAMP OR DEEP STATE?].

2/14/2020 Michael Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion case by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks
from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
    Michael Avenatti has been found guilty of trying to extort Nike. On Friday, jurors in New York convicted the high-profile attorney on all three counts of extortion and fraud.
    Avenatti tried to shake down the footwear giant by threatening to publicly accuse the company of paying amateur basketball players, unless the company agreed to pay him millions of dollars. His attorney said they are already planning to make an appeal.
    “We are obviously disappointed in the verdict in this case, even surprised by it,” stated attorney Danya Perry.    “But we have preserved some significant issues on appeal and will be pursuing that.”
    Avenatti is currently being held in solitary confinement at the Manhattan Metropolitan Corrections Center.
    The disgraced lawyer is also facing charges in two other cases.    He is due back in court for sentencing on June 17, where he could receive up to 42 years in prison.
[WELL IT IS TRUE WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.].

2/15/2020 President Trump highlights alleged wrongdoing by Andrew McCabe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate
Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    President Trump highlighted alleged wrongdoing by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe amid the DOJ’s decision to not bring charges against him.
    The 2018 Inspector General report confirmed McCabe leaked information to the Wall Street Journal regarding the Clinton probe.
    The president tweeted Saturday noting the Department’s report found the former FBI official misled investigators over his role in disclosures to the media and lacked candor on four separate occasions.
    He also pointed out McCabe authorized leaks to advance his own personal interests and the Inspector General recommended he be fired.
    This came after the DOJ informed McCabe this week its investigation into the former official is over.
[I brought back this article here dated on 2/5/2020 McCabe reportedly told investigators Rosenstein wanted Comey’s advice on appointing special counsel by OAN Newsroom
    New documents have exposed a former Department of Justice official’s alleged involvement in the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
    According to newly released notes from a 2017 interview, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sought out James Comey’s advice about appointing a special counsel.    These notes, in addition to 300 pages of witness interviews, suggest McCabe told investigators Rosenstein asked him to get Comey’s opinion on whether a special counsel should be appointed.
    Comey was stripped of his role as leader of the Russia investigation after the president determined he was unfit to lead the bureau.    Rosenstein then appointed Robert Mueller to take on the Russia probe, who’s investigation did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
    “You notice this with the Ukraine argument, they don’t want the President to investigate what went on.    Its now expanded from Ukraine to the President wasn’t allowed to make entrees to his attorney general, who is investigating this spying operation on candidate Trump…it’s incredible.    They want to criminalize investigations of this activity.” - Tom Fitton, President – Judicial Watch
    President Trump is now slamming the FISA court’s decision to appoint Obama-era official David Kris to oversee changes deemed necessary by the Horowitz report.    The president argued the appointee has “no credibility.”
"..But these were dirty people, these were bad people, these were evil people and I hope that someday I’m going to consider it my greatest or one of my greatest achievements — getting rid of them," said President Trump.]

2/15/2020 Attorneys for Roger Stone request new trial by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court for the second day
of jury selection for his federal trial, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
    Roger Stone is requesting a new trial again.    Stone’s attorneys did not say why they filed the motion on Friday.
    However, the request came one day after his team investigated whether there had been potential bias by a juror, who voted to convict him in November.
    Jury foreperson Tomeka Hart revealed her role in the trial over social media this week.    Reports said she once ran for Congress as a Democrat and has a history of anti-Trump bias.
    Her Twitter account is rife with negative stories and comments against the president and his party.    She has called Republicans racist, participated in protests against the administration and, in one tweet, shared a quote referring to President Trump as the “Klan president.”
    In a tweet, President Trump said the juror’s bias, combined with other issues, doesn’t make the Department of Justice look good.
    He previously criticized the trial, which he said is being run by “corrupt people.”    The president also claimed Stone was treated unfairly and questioned why top FBI officials haven’t been charged in relation to the Mueller probe.
    “They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children? Nine years in jail?    It’s a disgrace.    In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals.    The people that launched the scam investigation, what they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the
Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Reports said it’s unclear if Stone’s request for a new trial will delay his sentencing, which is set for February 20th.
    Stone, who was convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress in November, had a prior request for a new trial rejected earlier this week.

2/16/2020 Judge in Roger Stone’s case schedules phone conference ahead of sentencing date by OAN Newsroom
In this Feb. 21, 2019, photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump,
Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    The case of Roger Stone took a new turn just days ahead of his sentencing.    On Sunday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson called for an on-the-record telephone conference for this coming Tuesday with attorneys from both sides.    It’s not clear what the discussion will focus on.
    This came amid speculation that President Trump could pardon Stone after the DOJ moved to alter its sentencing recommendation last week.
FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., arrives at the
Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    Meanwhile, some Republican senators said Stone is facing a disproportionately tough sentence.
    “Roger Stone is pretty good at bad decisions and nobody would confuse him with Alexander Hamilton,” stated Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.).    “Being, Mr. Stone’s status as a chucklehead is not a criminal act.”
    The upcoming conference comes after Stone’s attorneys filed a motion for a new trial last week amid allegations of potential juror bias.

2/17/2020 Attorney General Barr assigns outside prosecutors to review cases by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative
and Technology Conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    William Barr took aggressive steps to ensure the cases against former Trump advisers were conducted properly.    This came amid on-going allegations of misconduct on the part of the special counsel team.
    Attorney General William Barr has reportedly worked on a review of the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.    Barr has assigned U.S. attorney Jeffrey Jensen to look over the handling of the case against the retired army general.
    Reports said Flynn’s defense attorney Sidney Powell had fought for months to get an external review. In a letter to Barr, Powell requested a new government counsel with no connection to the Mueller probe. For months, she wrote to the DOJ and accused the former special counsel team of gross misconduct.    Flynn eventually withdrew his guilty plea of lying to the FBI.
FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during
the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Powell had previously called out the Mueller team for it’s aggressive methods.
    “I think that’s why they picked him for the special council operation because he knew what a dirty prosecuter he is.” stated Powell.
    Andrew Weissmann, the top prosecutor under former special counsel Robert Mueller, said no attorney general in U.S. history has involved him or herself into cases with such close ties to a sitting president.
    “The question I have for him is tell me,” asked Mueller “…when have you ever reached in as the Attorney General to any other case?
    Weissmann also said the Justice Department closed the case against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in order to open new investigation reviews into former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI agent Peter Strzok.    This came after the DOJ declined to bring charges against the Russia probe officials.
    The New York Times reported over the past two weeks, U.S. attorney Jensen and prosecutors working under Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen have been questioning other line prosecutors about investigative steps and reasons for undertaking certain actions for prosecution.
    The announcement of outside investigators came after Attorney General Barr along with Deputy Attorney General Rosen took control of Roger Stone’s sentencing recommendation, causing four Mueller prosecutors to withdraw in protest from a case they spent years working on.
    Barr also pulled the top treasury nomination of former DCUS attorney Jessie Liu and gave her a temporary position at the treasury as the interim U.S. attorney in Washington, which will oversea all of the investigative reviews into the former Trump advisers.

2/17/2020 Mainstream media reflects on Michael Avenatti coverage by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti, speaks outside court in New York.
An indictment filed against Avenatti, Wednesday, April 10, alleges he stole millions of dollars from clients,
didn’t pay his taxes, committed bank fraud and lied in bankruptcy proceedings. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
    Following his conviction for trying to extort Nike, the mainstream media has reflected on its past propping up of disgraced attorney Michael Avennati.    He was once a consistently lauded figure in the mainstream media.    Now, with decades of jail time potentially ahead of him after being convicted of attempting to extort Nike, pundits have pushed different takes on the disgraced attorney.
    After once suggesting Avennati could be a strong presidential candidate, CNN anchor Brian Stelter questioned his network’s past coverage of him.
    Stelter once said to Avennati on CNN, “Looking ahead to 2020, one reason I’m taking you seriously as a contender is because of your presence on cable news.”
    A 2018 Media Research Center study found, Avennati appeared on CNN 74 times over a 10 week period and on MSNBC 57 times over the same time.
    In reacting to Svenatti’s conviction last week, CNN Legal Pundit Jeffrey Toobin noted the attorney was on the network a lot and claimed he felt “snookered.”
    “The total collapse of his life is really sort of extrordinary, and frankly I feel kind of snookered because I took him seriously.” stated Toobin.
    Others in the mainstream media were more blunt about their past estimations of Avennati.    In a tweet Sunday, Daily Beast reporter and MSNBC contributor Sam Stein admitted he gave Avennati too much credibilty.
    Though Avennati already appeared destined for a lengthy spell behind bars, his legal troubles are far from over.
    The lawyer is still facing a trial on embezzlement charges in California and a trial on wire fraud and identity theft charges in New York.    That case is connected to an accusation he stole $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels.

2/18/2020 Former Ukraine Envoy Bill Taylor says CrowdStrike server theory wasn’t probed because State Dept. didn’t take it seriously by OAN Newsroom
File – Former American diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor is pictured. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)
    According to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, the State Department did not properly investigate the country’s role in alleged election meddling.
    In a recent interview, Taylor said U.S. diplomats were not directed to find out if CrowdStrike servers could be located in Ukraine because nobody took the issue seriously. He also pointed out that Ukraine’s alleged involvement in U.S. elections was deemed “Russian propaganda.”
    Taylor served as the top envoy to Ukraine between 2006 and 2009 as well as in June 2019 until January of 2020.    Meanwhile, President Trump was concerned about alleged events from 2016.
    “Hybrid war is more than tanks and soldiers…hybrid war is information war, it’s cyber war, it’s economic war, it’s a tax on elections,” said Taylor.    “As we know, they’ve attacked our elections.”
    Taylor also said there is a lot of disinformation around Ukraine and its war with the Kremlin.    He warned the U.S. should be very careful about those kinds of stories.
[When will someone finally get the Crowdstrike servers?    That’s right they may implement some corrupt Democrats and DOJ, NSA and CIA persons].

2/18/2020 Trump calls for all cases stemming from Mueller probe to be ‘thrown out’
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Air Force One after the NASCAR
Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S., February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for all cases stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to be “thrown out” and suggested he could bring a lawsuit over the matter.
    Trump made the comments hours before a telephone conference call between lawyers for the president’s former adviser, Roger Stone and prosecutors.    Stone was convicted on seven counts of lying to the U.S. Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.
    Prosecutors initially called for Stone to receive a prison sentence of between seven to nine years in the case but, after Trump publicly called the recommendation “unfair,” the Justice Department scaled it back.    That sent shock waves through Washington and prompted all four prosecutors to quit the case and one to quit the agency.
    “Everything having to do with this fraudulent investigation is … badly tainted and, in my opinion, should be thrown out,” Trump said in a series of tweets.
    “If I wasn’t President, I’d be suing everyone all over the place … BUT MAYBE I STILL WILL,” Trump continued.
    Asked about Trump’s tweets on Tuesday in an interview with Fox News Channel, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham alleged corruption and raised questions about the jury, adding: “He’s frustrated, obviously, and who knows what he’ll end up doing.”
    Stone was one of several former Trump associates to have been charged in the Mueller probe and one of only two to go to trial instead of pleading guilty.
    Trump’s tweets on Tuesday morning came days after the nation’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Bill Barr, said Trump’s tweets made it “impossible” to do his job.
    In a letter on Monday, more than two thousand former Justice Department officials criticized the behavior by Barr and Trump around the Roger Stone case and said their actions “require Mr. Barr to resign.”
(Reporting by Makini Brice and Susan Heavey; Editing by Andrew Heavens and David Gregorio)

2/18/2020 President Trump slams prosecutors in Roger Stone case, threatens lawsuit over Mueller probe by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he boards Air Force One as he departs
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump recently slammed federal prosecutors who worked the Roger Stone case and threatened to sue everyone behind the Mueller probe.
    In a string of tweets Tuesday, he said the Russia investigation was “badly tainted” and should be thrown out altogether.    The president also said it was “illegally set up” based on a discredited dossier as well as forged documents to the FISA court.
    The president went on to point out that Mueller lied to Congress when he said he did not come to the White House with the intention of becoming the FBI director.
    Meanwhile, the federal judge overseeing the Roger Stone case has declined to delay his sentencing amid calls for a new trial.    In a teleconference with prosecutors and the defense Tuesday, District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said delaying the sentencing would not be a “prudent” thing to do.
FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone waits in line at the federal court in Washington. The Justice Department said it
will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    The judge said she’s considering holding a hearing on the request for a new trial, but added that she wasn’t sure if it was necessary.
    Stone is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, however, Jackson indicated his sentence wouldn’t go into effect until after she makes a decision on the possibility of a new trial.

2/18/2020 NSA whistleblower petitions for clemency by OAN Newsroom
Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner is asking for early release in the middle of her five-year prison sentence
for leaking classified documents to the media on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Justice Department, File)
    A former National Security Agency (NSA) agent asked President Trump for clemency after pleading guilty to leaking classified information.
    NSA whistleblower Reality Winner submitted a clemency petition to the White House Monday in hopes to reduce her jail sentence.    The petition showcased Winner’s service in the military, jail treatment, health conditions, and the circumstances of her case.
    In addition to the petition, over 4,000 letters of support have also been submitted.    Some of the supporters include press freedom advocates and former NSA analyst Jon Ivy.
    Ivy wrote, “She was trained, as we all are, to put the greater good above our own safety.”
    In 2018, she was sentenced to just over five years in prison for the release of classified information into Russia’s alleged attempts to meddle in the 2016 elections.    Winner claimed she did not mean to go against the United States and did not work with any other foreign country.
    President Trump has expressed support for Winner in the past, including a 2018 tweet in which he called her sentencing unfair.
    The Department of Justice has not yet responded to her request.

2/20/2020 Roger Stone sentenced to 3 years, 4 months in prison by OAN Newsroom
Roger Stone arrives for his sentencing at federal court in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Roger Stone, a staunch ally of
President Donald Trump, faces sentencing on his convictions for witness tampering and lying to Congress. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Roger Stone will spend 40 months behind bars and will also pay a $20,000 fine for witness tampering and lying to Congress.
    Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down the sentence Thursday amid controversy over the recommendation from the Department of Justice.    She agreed with Attorney General William Barr that the prosecution’s original seven to nine year sentencing recommendation was excessive.
    Stone was convicted of lying to Congress about his involvement in the 2016 WikiLeaks hack of DNC emails.    Defense attorneys had requested a new trial based on juror bias and Judge Jackson said she will consider that request. Stone currently remains free on bond.
FILE – Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter
Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    Meanwhile, President Trump said Stone was treated unfairly and has hinted at a possible pardon.    On Thursday, he retweeted conservative commentator Tucker Carlson who stated there are “indications” the president was looking into a pardon.
    Carlson referenced the list of 11 officials who’s sentences were commuted by the White House this week.    He also referred to Stone’s case as “a shocking insult to the American tradition of equal justice” and condemned the judge in the case as an avowed Democrat.
    During a press conference this week, the president called Stone’s case a “miscarriage of justice.”

2/20/2020 Judicial Watch suing FBI for Seth Rich documents by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 12, 2018 file photo, FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is seated to testify before
the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on “Oversight of FBI and DOJ
Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election
,” on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Oversight group Judicial Watch is suing the FBI for documents on the case of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich.    In a recent statement, the president of the watchdog group, Tom Fitton, said FBI agents were discussing Rich’s murder shortly after it happened in the summer of 2016.
    FBI records show former agent Peter Strzok sent an internal email chain about Rich to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.    Fitton also found FBI agents said Rich’s documents may have been mixed-up with an unspecified classified matter.

    “We’d asked the FBI for documents, we didn’t get any answer…I think another request shows they had nothing,” he stated.    “So we just had to sue for Seth Rich documents.”
    “And why do we think the FBI is hiding their records?” asked Fittion.    “Because in another case, we found Seth Rich records…one of the officials says ‘I squashed the story with someone’…denying any specific involvement.”
    Judicial Watch said its lawsuit comes after the FBI failed to release Seth Rich documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

2/20/2020 Rep. Gaetz: President Trump should pardon Roger Stone, no limit to pardoning power by OAN Newsroom
File – Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    According to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), President Trump should pardon Roger Stone.    Gaetz put in his two cents on the trial during an appearance on “The View” Thursday ahead of Stone’s sentencing for lying to Congress and witness tampering.
    The Florida lawmaker’s response drew criticism from host Megan McCain, but the congressman maintained that the president’s pardoning power is unlimited.    He also noted that former Democrat presidents used their pardoning power significantly more than President Trump has.
    Rep. Gaetz said there’s been a “double standard” in the country regarding unjust sentencing and remarked that officials like Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe “have not faced consequences.”
    Meanwhile, President Trump said Stone was treated unfairly and has hinted at a possible pardon.

2/20/2020 Assange’s legal team plans to request asylum in France to avoid U.S. extradition by OAN Newsroom
John Shipton, the father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives for a press conference in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
    Jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is reportedly planning to seek political asylum in France.    According to his legal team, the attorneys are hoping to negotiate asylum for their client with French President Emmanuel Macron.
    They warned that Assange’s possible extradition to the U.S. could set a dangerous precedent for journalists all over the world.
    “The case that is in front of us concerns all democracies and our vision of what rights does a man have,” stated attorney Antoine Vey.
    The WikiLeaks founder is currently being held in the U.K.’s Belmarsh Prison.    His extradition trial is expected to end in May.
Spanish human rights lawyer and Julian Assange defense team member Baltasar Garzon, second left, John Shipton,
the father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, and lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti attend a
press conference in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
    Assange’s lawyers argued their client has already suffered enough and must be released.
    “This is a man that was prevented from sun exposure for years,” said Vey.    “He wasn’t able to walk in an open place and he endured huge pressure.”
    Earlier this week, the White House said President Trump was not considering a pardon for Assange.

2/21/2020 U.K. Shadow Chancellor: Assange’s case biggest political trial of contemporary era by OAN Newsroom
John McDonnell, member of the U.K’s Labour Party, has been Shadow Chancellor
of the Exchequer in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn since 2015. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)
    According to the U.K.’s Shadow Finance Minister John McDonnell, the prosecution of Julian Assange is the biggest human rights concern of the contemporary era.
    McDonnell visited Assange at the U.K.’s Belmarsh Prison on Thursday and said the WikiLeaks founder must be granted whistleblower protections.    The official added that Assange is working on his case and plans to return to journalistic work once his trial is finished.
    “We have a long tradition in this country for standing up for journalistic freedom, and standing up for the protection of whistleblowers and those who expose injustices,” he stated.    “If this extradition takes place I think it will damage our reputation — I’m hoping it doesn’t.”
    McDonnell also added that people must have true information in the public domain and make their own judgments about certain reports.
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside Belmarsh Prison, in London,
Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020. Assange faces extradition hearings, to face charges in America, including conspiring to
commit computer intrusion, over the publication of US cables a decade ago. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
    Meanwhile, supporters of Assange are planning a march to Parliament Square on Saturday in protest of him being extradited.    Over 1,200 journalist as well as people in journalism-related fields have signed a global statement in defense of the WikiLeaks founder.

2/21/2020 President Trump disregards Russia meddling report as Democrat ‘misinformation campaign’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas
Convention Center, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has dismissed new reports that claimed Russia is, once again, attempting to sway the presidential election in his favor.    On Friday, the president slammed Democrat lawmakers for what he called “another misinformation campaign.”
    The president has labeled the move “hoax number seven” and noted the party still, after two weeks, has yet to finalize the results of the recent caucus in Iowa.
    The president’s son took to his defense later that day, tweeting, “Here we go again with the Russia, Russia, Russia nonsense.”
    Russian government officials have also denied these reports, which they called “paranoid.”    On Friday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov denounced the allegations and emphasized they will only escalate closer to the election.
FILE – In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin,
left, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    This came after several media outlets reported that Russia is trying to meddle in the 2020 elections.    According to those reports, intelligence officials told the House Intelligence Committee that the country is aiding President Trump’s reelection efforts.
    Democrats in Congress reacted to these reports by saying this was “exactly as we warned he would do.”
    “We count on the intelligence community to inform Congress of any threat of foreign interference in our elections,” stated Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).    “If reports are true and the president is interfering with that, he is again jeopardizing our efforts to stop foreign meddling.”
[THIS TIME WE KNOW WHO LEAKED THE ABOVE INFORMATION TO THE PRESS.].
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has called on members of Congress to “condemn the president’s reported efforts to dismiss threats to the integrity of our democracy and to politicize our intelligence community.”
    “American voters should decide American elections, not Vladimir Putin,” she added.
[AND WE KNOW WHO BELIEVES THE LIES THAT SCHIFF PUSHES OUT IN HIS RUSSIA HOAX 2.0 AND MOST AMERICANS ARE BEGINNING TO LEARN WHO IS THE REAL THREAT TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AND WE NEED TO KNOW PELOSI WHY DO YOU HATE TRUMP SO BADLY TO TEAR UP HIS SPEECH.].
Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday,
Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

2/22/2020 Fmr. Deputy Nat’l Security Adviser speaks out on Mueller investigation by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017, file photo, then-Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland speaks
at the Women’s Empowerment Panel, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    Former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland recently spoke out on her experience dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the Russia probe.    During an interview this week, McFarland said Mueller’s team quizzed her on things she did not have access to and did not remember 100 percent accurately.
    The former White House aide has suggested this allowed investigators to say she must be lying. She further argued they were attempting to make her confess to a crime she didn’t commit.
    “They gave me the distinct impression…that they wanted me to either plead guilty to a crime I didn’t feel I had committed or to talk about other people having done things that I didn’t think they had done,” stated McFarland.    “They didn’t say it that many words, but that was the impression they conveyed.”

FILE – This Feb. 1, 2017, file photo shows then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, joined by K.T. McFarland,
then-deputy national security adviser, during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    According to McFarland, investigators “went away” after she couldn’t give them what they needed to “spin their web.”    She added she was left “traumatized” by the ordeal.
    The former adviser ended by promoting her forthcoming book, “Revolution: Trump, Washington and ‘We the People’,” which will be released later this month.

2/23/2020 President Trump to appoint new ambassador to Germany, Grenell shuffles current Intel staff by OAN Newsroom
In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia
dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell listens Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic during
a press conference after their meeting, in Belgrade, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
    President Trump has said he’s looking to appoint a new ambassador to Germany after tapping Richard Grenell as the head of U.S. National Intelligence.    On Sunday, he told the press he has several candidates in mind to replace Grenell as America’s top diplomat in Germany.
    The president has praised the ambassador’s work in that country and confirmed he will remain in office until a replacement is found.
    “I’ll be appointing an ambassador to Germany,” stated President Trump.    “We have five people that we are looking at very seriously, and at a certain point in the not too distant future, we will be announcing who they are.”
    Last week, the president appointed Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence.    He has said he will continue the personnel shakeup in the top levels of the U.S. government.
    It remains unclear how long Grenell’s temporary assignment will last in light of the slow confirmation process in the Senate.    He is expected to start in his new role on March 12th.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he leaves the White House, Sunday,
Feb. 23, 2020, in Washington, en route to India. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    In the meantime, the acting director of National Intelligence has already shaken things up.
    According to new reports, Grenell told Deputy Director Andrew Hallman his services were no longer needed following the resignation of former Acting National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire.
    While Grenell has not been nominated to fill the post permanently, he’s already made several new hires.    This included a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who has apparently been given permission to clean house.

2/23/2020 O’Brien: House Russia report has no intelligence behind it by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2020, file photo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien
addresses media during a news conference in Berlin. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
    According to National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, there isn’t any real intelligence behind the recent claims of Russian interference in the 2020 elections.    On Sunday, he dismissed the leaked House Intel report, which alleged the Kremlin is trying to help President Trump get reelected.
    “There was no intelligence behind it to support the reports that were leaked out of the House,” stated O’Brien.    “I haven’t seen any intelligence that would back up what I’m reading in the paper.”
    He added the administration is learning about these claims secondhand
.
    “It’s just hard to comment on that because, again, I wasn’t there,” he said.    “These were leaks coming from a House Intel Committee hearing.”
    This came after the president tweeted about the House’s report on Friday, claiming that it was a “misinformation campaign being launched by Democrats in Congress.”

FILE – In this July 25, 2018, file photo, retired Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire, appears before the
Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Prior reports suggested President Trump had become “furious” over the briefing, which allegedly led to dismissal of Joseph Maguire.    O’Brien has denied that the former acting director of National Intelligence was fired over the congressional briefing.    The adviser stated Maguire’s term had come to an end and that he was merely serving under the Vacancy Act.
    “Joe Maguire was always planning on leaving within the next couple of weeks.    I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, as does the president.    So, the premise of your question that he was pushed out just isn’t true.    Joe Maguire was always planning on leaving.” – Robert O’Brien, U.S. National Security Adviser
    In a statement, Maguire wrote that his time serving in the intelligence community was the “opportunity of a lifetime.”

2/23/2020 Judge in Roger Stone case denies motion to recuse herself by OAN Newsroom
Roger Stone arrives for his sentencing at federal court in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    The presiding judge in Roger Stone’s case has dismissed his recusal motion against her. According to court documents released on Sunday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson dismissed his request as “an attempt to use the court’s docket to disseminate a statement for public consumption that has the word ‘judge’ and ‘biased’ in it.”
    She argued Stone’s motion to disqualify her did not contain any factual or legal support.
    Stone’s legal team previously took issue with Jackson’s praise of jurors during the trial, when she commented that they acted with “integrity.”    Stone has also argued the judge would not make a fair decision on his request for a new trial.
    Jackson has said her comment regarding jurors has nothing to do with his argument.    She claimed it was instead based on her observation of jurors during the trial.
    Earlier this week, Stone was sentenced to a little more than three years behind bars.
Roger Stone, center, departs federal court in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2/23/2020 President Trump dismisses reports of Russia 2020 election meddling by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas
Convention Center, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    History is doomed to repeat itself as new reports showed Russia is allegedly taking another run at interfering in the U.S. presidential election.    The intelligence community has reportedly told Congress that Russia is attempting to interfere in the 2020 election cycle in order to reelect President Trump.
    The president recently responded to these reports, promptly calling the new claims “hoax number seven.”
    “They said today that Putin wants to be sure that Trump gets elected,” he said.    “Here we go again.”

House Democratic impeachment manager, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    According to the New York Times, intelligence officials briefed the House Intelligence Committee about Moscow’s renewed efforts to interfere in U.S. democracy this week.    During the briefing, officials bluntly explained the Kremlin was trying to get President Trump reelected.
    Republican lawmakers were quick to challenge the validity of the information.    However, when lawmakers on the committee requested to see underlying evidence, such as email or phone intercepts detailing the alleged interference, the briefers reportedly stated they “had none to offer.”
    Officials also told the committee that Russia was not only trying to sway the general election, but was also intending to make moves during the Democrat primaries as well.    The Washington Post revealed Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) was briefed last month on Moscow’s efforts to help his campaign win the Democrat nomination.
    “Do nothing Democrats, they’re dishing that Putin wants to make sure I get elected,” added President Trump.    “Wouldn’t (they) rather have Bernie, who honeymooned in Moscow?
FILE – In this July 25, 2018, file photo, retired Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire, appears before the
Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    The day after the congressional briefing, President Trump was reportedly angry with then-acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire because his people spoke to the Democrat-led committee.    This allegedly prompted the president to remove Maguire from his position this past week.    He has since appointed U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to take his place.
    The president believes Democrats, especially Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), could weaponize the new intelligence against his 2020 reelection bid.
    “It’s disinformation, that’s the only thing they’re good at,” he said.    “They’re not good at anything else, they get nothing done.”
    Russia has denied these new reports, blasting the intelligence briefing as more “paranoia” that will likely escalate as election season heats up.

2/24/2020 WikiLeaks founder heads to court today - Free press protections could be at stake in case by Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY
    LONDON – His Ecuadorian hosts claim his indoor soccer games destroyed embassy equipment.    And that he liked to ride a skateboard in the halls.    Nearly a year after British police officers dragged him – heavily bearded, disheveled and resisting – into a waiting van, the cramped embassy quarters where he spent seven years avoiding the long reach of the U.S. Justice Department still retain the odor of cat litter from his trusted feline companion.
    A court hearing that begins here Monday could determine whether Wiki-Leaks founder Julian Assange, who published classified U.S. government communications as well as emails hacked by Russia from Hilary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, will continue to be confined – and if so, where and how.
    The hearing will decide if Assange is sent to the U.S. to face trial in a case that could have serious implications for First Amendment protections.
    Since May, the 48-year-old Australian national has been locked up at Belmarsh Prison, which houses some of Britain’s most dangerous lawbreakers.
    Assange is there because he was found guilty of skipping bail in 2012; he fled to Ecuador’s embassy rather than turn himself in to British authorities for possible extradition to Sweden.    Investigators there wanted to question him over sexual assault allegations connected to two women.
    Assange hid because he feared Sweden would, in turn, extradite him to the U.S.    The Department of Justice has indicted him on 18 counts, alleging 17 forms of espionage and one instance of computer misuse connected to Wiki-Leaks’ dissemination of caches of secret U.S. military documents provided to him by former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
    Assange denies all the allegations.    The Swedish case has since been dropped.    In Britain, he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail, a period he has already served.
    But there’s more at stake than one anti-secrecy advocate’s freedom.
    John Kiriakou, a former CIA analyst who blew the whistle on a U.S. government- sanctioned torture program in 2007, said that Assange’s U.S. case could set a precedent that would erode press freedoms for news organizations that publish classified information.
    “If you are able to prosecute someone who has a strong case to be called a publisher, then who’s next?” said Kiriakou, who served jail time after pleading guilty to leaking the name of an officer involved in waterboarding.
.     Assange describes himself as a political refugee.    He maintains that as a journalist, he should be immune from prosecution and that his work revealed embarrassing and highly damaging facts about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the detainees held at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    Assange’s detractors say he doesn’t write stories or interview anyone or provide explanatory context, and the dissemination of raw, unfiltered documents and data – the publication of stolen classified materials – should not count as journalism.
    “WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service,” then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in April 2017.    Pompeo is now U.S. secretary of State.
    Justice Department officials in President Barack Obama’s administration ultimately decided they could not prosecute Assange for revealing national security secrets, described as one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history, because it risked criminalizing subsequent national security journalism.During the Obama administration it was called ‘the New York Times problem,’” after the newspaper’s record of publishing information on national security matters the U.S. government has deemed secret, said Stephen Rohde, a historian and constitutional law expert.    “In other words, how can we indict him for espionage when we’re confident he’s a journalist, a publisher and enjoys First Amendment rights.”
    Generally speaking, the First Amendment restrains the government from jailing, fining or imposing liability for what the press publishes.    It does not shield journalists from criminal liability.
    The information Assange published contained about 90,000 Afghanistan War-related “significant activity” reports, 400,000 Iraq War-related reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay “detainee assessment” briefs and 250,000 State Department cables.    The material illuminated U.S. military and diplomatic procedure and actions in far-flung places, and the light it shined was not flattering.
    To his supporters, Assange is a champion of free speech and the public interest.
    To his critics, he is a criminal who conspired to steal thousands of pages of national defense information that has risked the lives of U.S. forces, allies and collaborators.
    If Assange is sent to the U.S. to stand trial, he could get a life sentence – 175 years – if found guilty on all 18 charges.
    It is far from certain that Assange will lose his extradition case. And even if he does, it does not automatically follow he will be sent to the U.S., according to Anand Doobay, an expert in the rules governing extradition at London-based firm Boutique Law.
    Doobay said if the judge decides “not to refuse” the U.S. request, then Britain’s secretary of state will have to decide whether to order it, a call that involves scrutiny of factors such as whether there is a risk that by extraditing him Assange could face the death penalty.    British law forbids extradition under such circumstances.
    While none of the current charges carries the death penalty, Assange’s supporters have argued that the Trump administration can’t be trusted and could unveil additional charges that do carry a death sentence once Assange arrives on U.S. soil.
    Doobay noted that most extradition requests the U.S. makes to the U.K. are granted.    It’s not clear what will happen if Assange prevails in the British court.    Because he has already served 50 weeks for skipping bail, he could simply be free to go.    But if he is deported to his native Australia, the U.S. could mount a new extradition case.    It could also issue an international arrest warrant if he travels beyond Britain’s borders.
A supporter of Julian Assange stands with a poster of the WikiLeaks founder in London on May 2, 2019. FRANK AUGSTEIN/AP

2/24/2020 Julian Assange put lives at risk, lawyer for United States says by Michael Holden
A woman wears a face mask with a hashtag of support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside Woolwich Crown Court, ahead of a
hearing to decide whether Assange should be extradited to the United States, in London, Britain, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
    LONDON (Reuters) – Julian Assange is wanted for crimes that put at risk the lives of people in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan who had helped the West, some of whom later disappeared, said a lawyer acting for the United States in its bid to extradite him.
    Almost a decade since his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. documents, Assange, 48, is fighting extradition from Britain to the United States where he is accused of espionage and hacking.
    He was wanted, said James Lewis, lawyer for the U.S. authorities, not because he embarrassed the authorities but because he put informants, dissidents, and rights activists at risk of torture, abuse or death.
    “What Mr Assange seems to defend by freedom of speech is not the publication of the classified materials but the publication of the names of the sources, the names of people who had put themselves at risk to assist the United States and its allies,” Lewis said at London’s Woolwich Crown Court.
    The United States asked Britain to extradite Assange last year after he was pulled from the Ecuador embassy in London, where he had spent seven years holed up avoiding extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations which have since been dropped.
    Assange has served a prison sentence in Britain for skipping bail and remains jailed pending the U.S. extradition request.
    Lewis, speaking on behalf of the U.S. authorities, said hundreds of people across the world had to be warned after the WikiLeaks disclosures.    Some had to be relocated.    Others later disappeared, he said, although he said the United States would not try to prove that was directly a result of the disclosures.
    Some WikiLeaks information was found at Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan, he added.
    The United States has charged Assange with 18 criminal counts of conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law.    Lewis said Assange had conspired with Chelsea Manning, then a U.S. soldier known as Bradley Manning, to hack Department of Defense computers.
HERO OR ENEMY?
    Supporters hail Assange as an anti-establishment hero who revealed governments’ abuses of power, and argue the action against him is a dangerous infringement of journalists’ rights.
    Chants from 100 of his backers outside could be clearly heard in court.    Assange himself complained about the din.
    “I’m finding it difficult concentrating,” said a clean-shaven Assagne, dressed in a blue-grey suit.    Judge Vanessa Baraitser warned those in the public gallery not to disturb the proceedings.
    Assange’s lawyer said he should not be extradited as he would not get a fair trial and would be a suicide risk.
    Lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said that the U.S. attitude to Assange had changed when Donald Trump came to power and that the U.S. president wanted to make an example of his client.
    He said that in 2013 the U.S. government under former President Barack Obama had decided that Assange should not face any action.    But that in 2017, after the 2016 election of Trump, an indictment was brought against Assange.
    Why the change?    “The answer is President Trump came into power with a new approach to freedom of speech and a new hostility to the press amounting effectively to declaring war on investigative journalists,” Fitzgerald said.
.     He said conversations between Assange and his lawyers in the Ecuadorean embassy were secretly monitored by U.S. spies who received information from a private security company bugging the building.
    In addition to releasing military records, WikiLeaks angered Washington by publishing secret U.S. diplomatic cables that laid bare critical U.S. appraisals of world leaders.
    Assange made headlines in 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 U.S. helicopter strike in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.
(Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Peter Graff)

2/25/2020 U.S. Democrats want Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) holds a news conference after the final vote on the war powers resolution
regarding potential military action against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. Democrats said on Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration should immediately impose sanctions on Russia after U.S. intelligence officials told members of Congress that Russia appeared to be trying to influence this year’s U.S. election.
    Senators Chuck Schumer, Bob Menendez and Sherrod Brown wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanding that the administration “immediately and forcefully” put sanctions on the government in Moscow and any Russians involved in election interference.
    A congressional source told Reuters on Friday that intelligence officials had told lawmakers that Russia appeared to be engaging in disinformation and propaganda campaigns to help both Democratic presidential challenger Bernie Sanders and Trump, who is seeking re-election in November.
    The Kremlin on Friday denied interference.
    U.S. law allows the administration to propose sanctions on Moscow in response to election interference.
    Congress passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, in 2017 partly in response to the intelligence community’s finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to boost Trump’s chances of winning the White House.    Moscow denies that allegation and Trump has repeatedly questioned the finding.
    In the letter released on Monday, the three senators urged Pompeo and Mnuchin to move swiftly to impose sanctions.
    “Doing anything less would be an abdication of your responsibility to protect and defend the US from this serious threat to our national security, and to the integrity of our electoral process,” they wrote.
    The White House, State Department and Treasury did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Schumer is the Senate Democratic leader.    Menendez and Brown are the top Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking committees, which oversee sanctions policy.
    Trump replaced acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire with U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell last week.    According to media reports, Trump was annoyed by the briefing to lawmakers about Russian interference.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney)
[DO NOT IMPOSE ANY SANCTIONS UNTIL SOMEONE CAN PROVIDE OR PROOF OF ANY EVIDENCE THAT RUSSIA IS INTERFERRING IN ANYTHING ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS WAS PROBABLY LEAKED BY 4 PINNOCHIO ADAM SCHIFF WHO DID THE SAME THING IN 2016-2018.].

2/25/2020 Judge rejects Stone’s bid to remove her from case by Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Roger Stone’s motion to disqualify her, saying the move was merely an attempt to generate public interest in the case.
    “If parties could move to disqualify every judge who furrows his brow at one side or the other before ruling, the entire court system would come to a standstill,” Jackson said.    “At bottom, given the absence of any factual or legal support for the motion for disqualification, the pleading appears to be nothing more than an attempt to use the Court’s docket to disseminate a statement for public consumption that has the words ‘judge’ and ‘biased’ in it.”
    Stone, whom Jackson sentenced to a little over three years in prison, sought to have the judge removed from the case because of what she said about jurors during Stone’s sentencing hearing last week.    The judge scheduled a hearing Tuesday on his request for a new trial.
    Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, was convicted of lying to the House Intelligence Committee and obstructing its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race.    He was also found guilty of urging a potential congressional witness to also lie.
    In a long statement before she announced Stone’s sentence, Jackson said jurors “served with integrity” – a comment that defense attorneys say “undermines the appearance of impartiality.”
    Jackson’s statement is “premature” because of the pending motion for a new trial that questions the integrity of one juror, Stone’s attorneys argued in a seven-page filing Friday, adding that the judge’s “ardent conclusion” shows an inability to reserve judgment on an issue she has not yet heard.
    But in a six-page ruling Sunday evening, Jackson said her characterization “was entirely and fairly based” on her observations of the jurors through nine days of jury selection and trial.

2/25/2020 UK court told Assange tried to call White House, Hillary Clinton over data dump by Michael Holden
Julian Assange wearing two pair of glasses in seen at court during a hearing to decide whether he should be extradited
to the United States, in London, February 24, 2020 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Julia Quenzler
    LONDON (Reuters) – Julian Assange tried to contact Hillary Clinton and the White House when he realised that unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables given to WikiLeaks were about to be dumped on the internet, his lawyer told his London extradition hearing on Tuesday.
    Assange is being sought by the United States on 18 counts of hacking U.S. government computers and an espionage offence, having allegedly conspired with Chelsea Manning, then a U.S. soldier known as Bradley Manning, to leak hundreds of thousands of secret documents by WikiLeaks almost a decade ago.
    On Monday, the lawyer representing the United States told the hearing that Assange, 48, was wanted for crimes that had endangered people in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan who had helped the West, some of whom later disappeared. [nL5N2AO0W5]
    U.S. authorities say his actions in recklessly publishing unredacted classified diplomatic cables put informants, dissidents, journalists and human rights activists at risk of torture, abuse or death.
    Outlining part of his defence, Assange’s lawyer Mark Summers said allegations that he had helped Manning to break a government password, had encouraged the theft of secret data and knowingly put lives in danger were “lies, lies and more lies.”
    He told London’s Woolwich Crown Court that WikiLeaks had received documents from Manning in April 2010.    He then made a deal with a number of newspapers, including the New York Times, Britain’s Guardian and Germany’s Der Spiegel, to begin releasing redacted parts of the 250,000 cables in November that year.
    A witness from Der Spiegel said the U.S. State Department had been involved in suggesting redactions in conference calls, Summers said.
    However, a password that allowed access to the full unredacted material was published in a book by Guardian reporters about WikiLeaks in February 2011.    In August, another German newspaper reported it had discovered the password and it had access to the archive.
    A spokesman for The Guardian said the authors were told the password was temporary and the book contained no details about the whereabouts of the files.
PEOPLE’S LIVES “AT RISK
    Summers said Assange attempted to warn the U.S. government, calling the White House and attempting to speak to then- Secretary of State Clinton, saying “unless we do something, people’s lives are put at risk.”
    Summers said the State Department had responded by suggesting that Assange call back “in a couple of hours.”
    The United States asked Britain to extradite Assange last year after he was pulled from the Ecuador embassy in London, where he had spent seven years holed up avoiding extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations which have since been dropped.
    Assange has served a prison sentence in Britain for skipping bail and remains jailed pending the U.S. extradition request.
    Supporters hail Assange as an anti-establishment hero who revealed governments’ abuses of power, and argue the action against him is a dangerous infringement of journalists’ rights. Critics cast him as a dangerous enemy of the state who has undermined Western security.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Gareth Jones and Giles Elgood)

2/26/2020 Assange complains he cannot follow U.S. extradition hearing by Andrew MacAskill
FILE PHOTO: A protester holds a sign outside Woolwich Crown Court, ahead of a hearing to decide whether Assange
should be extradited to the United States, in London, Britain, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
    LONDON (Reuters) – Julian Assange complained he was struggling to follow his extradition hearing on Wednesday as his legal team argued Britain should not send him to the United States because the charges against him were politically motivated.
    Assange, 48, faces 18 counts in the U.S. including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law for publishing thousands of classified diplomatic cables.    He faces decades in prison if convicted.
    But the Wikileaks founder complained he was struggling to hear proceedings from his position in the dock at Woolwich Crown Court and asked to be able to sit with his lawyers.
    “I am as much a participant in these proceedings as I am at Wimbledon (tennis),” he told the judge.    “I cannot communicate with my lawyers or ask them for clarifications.”
    On the third day of the hearing, Assange said he was also unable to communicate privately with his lawyers because of microphones in the dock and unnamed U.S. embassy officials in the courtroom.
    Assange’s legal team will submit a formal application for him to leave the dock on Thursday after judge Vanessa Baraitser said such a move was not a risk assessment she could make and questioned whether he would still technically be in custody if allowed out of the dock.
    She said most defendants normally sit in the dock and that she could not make exceptions but she did however ask Assange’s legal team to make a formal application that he should be able to move.
    James Lewis, for the U.S. government, said he would not object if Assange were allowed to sit in the well of the court handcuffed to a security official.
POLITICAL CHARGES
    Earlier, Assange’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, said extradition for political offences was not allowed under the Anglo-US Extraditions Treaty set up in 2003.
    Violent crimes and terrorism were the only type of political crimes that the treaty allows people to be extradited for, he said.
    His legal team compared Assange to the British Iraq war whistleblower Katharine Gun and Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer in the French army who in 1894 was convicted of treason and shipped to a penal colony off South America’s Atlantic coast.
    Fitzgerald also argued that the court needed to consider various protections enshrined in both international law and the European Convention of Human Rights.
    But Lewis for the U.S. disagreed with the claim that espionage is a political offense.
    He said earlier this week that Assange had put lives at risk by disseminating classified materials through Wikileaks.
    The United States asked Britain to extradite Assange last year after he was pulled from the Ecuador embassy in London, where he had spent seven years holed up to avoid being sent to Sweden over sex crime allegations which have since been dropped.
(Editing by Stephen Addison)

2/27/2020 Rep. Collins: Durham probe to produce criminal charges by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 21, 2019, file photo, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during
a hearing without former White House Counsel Don McGahn on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has said the ongoing probe into the origins of the ‘Russia hoax’ will likely lead to criminal charges.    While speaking at CPAC on Thursday, he announced U.S. attorney John Durham has been looking into potential wrongdoing by top officials in Washington.
    According to Collins, Durham will not release a report, but will instead charge high-ranking bureaucrats based on incoming evidence.    The attorney was appointed by Attorney General William Barr to find out who was responsible for the debunked ‘Russia hoax.’
Collins has claimed the probe will help drain the swamp of corruption in D.C.
    “We started seeing the underbelly of a corrupt party…all these folks who determined that they knew better than the American people,” stated the representative.    “They said, ‘We’re going to try and find a way to stop (President Trump) this man.’
    He added outcomes of the Mueller probe and impeachment proceedings have confirmed left-wing bureaucrats tried to oust a U.S. president, but failed.

2/28/2020 Ukraine opens probe into alleged foreign pressure reportedly at the hands of Joe Biden by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Sumter, S.C., Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
    Ukraine’s Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into Joe Biden’s effort to fire the country’s former prosecutor general Viktor Shokin.
    On Thursday, officials said investigators will look into the circumstances of Shokin’s dismissal and whether alleged pressure from a U.S. citizen played a role.
    Though investigators haven’t mentioned the citizen by name, Shokin has openly accused Biden of pushing him out during his time as vice president.
    Biden has denied any wrongdoing, however, the matter has been a significant point of debate. It even sparked the failed impeachment of President Trump after he called for an investigation during his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
    “They (Ukraine) should investigate the Bidens…likewise China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” President Trump told reporters.    “So, I would say that President Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend that they start an investigation…because nobody has any doubt that they (the Bidens) weren’t crooked.”
    Biden has been accused of forcing the firing of Shokin in 2016 to take scrutiny off of his son Hunter who was on the board of Ukraine gas firm Burisma, which was under investigation by Shokin.

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2/28/2020 GOP congressional candidate slams Rep. Schiff for neglecting his district’s homeless crisis by OAN Newsroom
Photo of Eric Early via Facebook.
    Republican congressional candidate Eric Early has blasted Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for allegedly neglecting his district’s homeless crisis.    Early, who is running for California’s 28th district, recently toured a homeless community, where he spoke about the ongoing crisis.
    During his tour with reporters, he shed light on the rampant drug use and mental health problems affecting many living in and around Los Angeles County.
    Early claimed Schiff is too busy chasing the limelight in Washington to address his district’s problems.
    “Mr. Schiff has completely abandoned our district in the 20 plus years that he’s been in office,” he said.    “It’s a mess out here (and) he’s done nothing for our district, certainly not a darn thing with respect to homelessness.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., listens at a news conference with Speaker
of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as House Democrats move ahead in the impeachment inquiry of
President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    His remarks came after Schiff devoted months to impeaching President Trump, who was later acquitted of all charges.
    Early is looking to flip his seat red come November.    He added he is ready to “send the viper into retirement and help give Congress back to the people.”
[SCHIFF'S ATTEMPT TO CHASE THE LIMELIGHT HAVE TOTALLY BACKFIRED ON HIM AND NOW HE IS TRYING TO RECREATE HIS FAILED RUSSIAN COLLUSION HOAX VERSION TWO WHICH WILL FAIL ALSO SO WAKE UP CALIFORNIANS IN HIS DISTRICT AND GET RID OF HIM].

[WELL THE DEMOCRATS ARE GETTING DESPERATE SINCE THEY CAN’T SEEM TO DO ANYTHING TO TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION SO THEY DECIDED TO PICK ON RUSSIA AND PUTIN IN HOPE THEY MIGHT FIND ANY RUSSIAN COLLUSION TO SAVE THEIR ASSES WHICH HAS NO MEAT ON ITS BONES].
3/2/2020 U.S. judge gives Russian firm tied to election meddling subpoena deadline by Sarah N. Lynch
FILE PHOTO: Evgeny Prigozhin (L) assists Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a dinner with foreign scholars and journalists at
the restaurant Cheval Blanc on the premises of an equestrian complex outside Moscow November 11, 2011. REUTERS/Misha Japaridze/Pool/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – During a testy hearing on Monday, a federal judge set a deadline for a Russian company facing criminal charges related to Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election to explain why it had not handed over documents sought by prosecutors, a step that may lead to it being held in civil contempt.
    Concord Management and Consulting LLC is due to go on trial next month after being charged in 2018 with conspiracy to defraud the United States for its role in election meddling aimed at sowing discord in the United States, helping President Donald Trump and harming his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
    U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich said there is a “strong likelihood” that the St. Petersburg-based company had failed to comply with a prosecution subpoena to hand over corporate documents, meaning it could be held in civil contempt and face fines.
    Prosecutors have accused Concord of funding a so-called troll farm engaged in a propaganda campaign during the 2016 race.    They have said Concord is controlled by a businessman named Evgeny Prigozhin with ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    During a tense exchange with the company’s attorney Eric Dubelier, Friedrich ordered Concord to submit a sworn statement from a company representative by 5 p.m. (2200 GMT) on Wednesday explaining the steps it took to search for corporate financial records and internet IP addresses sought by prosecutors.
    “I find it implausible that Concord cannot indicate the IP address for a four-year period,” Friedrich said, prompting Dubelier to accuse her of already reaching a conclusion.
    “We just come here and we sit here and you read a pre-determined order,” Dubelier said.
    The case stems from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that documented Russian election interference.    Concord’s corporate officers have never set foot in the U.S. courtroom and are not expected to do so.    Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.
    Prior efforts between the prosecution and Concord’s defense lawyers to arrange for its officials to travel to the United States to review the evidence and prepare for the trial have failed, according to prosecutor Adam Jed.
    Dubelier said Concord had complied with the subpoena and produced all the records it possesses.
    “He has no basis to allege that Concord is not participating in the process,” Dubelier said of Jed’s comments.    “It’s bogus.”
    Dubelier said he was authorized to provide more details to the court about Concord’s search for records, but he had to provide it in a way in which the prosecution would not be privy to the disclosure.    Dubelier was unable to name a person from the company, however, who could address how the search was conducted.
    “I want an explanation, and I want it from Concord,” Friedrich said.
    “There’s an assumption in the tone you use with me … that I’m doing something sneaky or wrong,” Dubelier said.    “And I’m not.    I’m not.”
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Will Dunham)

3/3/2020 Sen. Johnson pushes for first subpoena in Biden probe by OAN Newsroom
File- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during a Senate Budget Committee oversight
hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)
    A top Republican senator is seeking support to expand the probe into Hunter Biden’s Ukraine associates in hopes of getting a clearer picture of the connection.
    Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson sent a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Sunday, which detailed his intentions to issue a subpoena to former Ukraine diplomatic aide Andrii Telizhenko.
    Johnson, who chairs the committee, is one of several Republican senators who want to look into the Biden-Ukraine connection.
    “I know a lot about the Trump family and their dealings in Russia.    I don’t know anything about the Biden connection to the Ukraine, so when House managers tell me this has been looked at debunked…by who?" –– Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)     Telizhenko worked for Blue Star Strategies, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm, who was hired by Ukraine gas company Burisma Holdings where Biden was a board member.    Allegations surrounding Blue Star Strategies accuse the company of using Biden’s role at Burisma to gain access to and possibly influence the State Department.
    Hunter Biden admitted holding board membership of Burisma was a mistake based on human error and claimed it has nothing to do with this “ridiculous conspiracy.”
    “You know what?    I’m a human.    And, you know what?    Did I make a mistake?    Well maybe, in the grand scheme of things — yeah.    But, did I make a mistake based on some unethical lapse?    Absolutely not.” –– Hunter Biden
    Telizhenko said he will cooperate with the investigation as best he can, but is constrained by several nondisclosure agreements he signed while employed with Blue Star.    Sen. Johnson confirmed a subpoena has already been drafted and said he will schedule a committee meeting to vote on its issuance.

3/4/2020 Sen. Johnson: Homeland Security Committee to subpoena Bidens in Ukraine corruption probe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 30, 2019, file photo, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee Chair Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks
during a committee hearing on conditions at the Southern border, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has unveiled a plan to hold Joe and Hunter Biden accountable for their actions in Ukraine.    On Wednesday, he said he is planning to force a vote in the Homeland Security Committee to subpoena the Bidens in an ongoing corruption probe.
    Johnson confirmed his committee will issue an interim report on its findings.    Senate Republicans also want to subpoena several lobbyists associated with Blue Star Strategies, a U.S.-based company with ties to Burisma Holdings.
    Johnson added he will review all evidence on the matter, including testimonies by Ukrainian officials.
    “The firing of Shokin, his replacement, has a pretty interesting (implication) for the file about how there’s a misinformation campaign perpetrated by U.S. representatives against the prosecutor general’s office,” he said.    “There’s a lot of questions that remain unanswered and the press just wants to wipe this all away, say it’s just Russian disinformation.”
    The senator has said his report will be released within a month or two, after all the evidence is verified.    He noted none of it looks good for Biden’s 2020 campaign.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is surrounded by reporters after he and Republican
lawmakers met with Attorney General William Barr about expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) echoed these claims on Wednesday, saying that ongoing probes into Ukrainian corruption will haunt Joe Biden’s bid for president.    While speaking on Capitol Hill, he stated Hunter Biden sat on the board of the most corrupt company in the entire country.
    Graham pointed out the former vice president was in charge of fighting corruption in Ukraine at the time.    Ukrainian officials have claimed their country lost billions of dollars in money laundering and offshoring funds when Joe Biden was in office.
    The senator emphasized this information will impact Biden’s chances of becoming president.
    “If you’re going to run for president, you were in charge of the Ukrainian anti-corruption campaign as vice president, and your son’s sitting on the most corrupt company in the country while you’re trying to clean up the country, yeah, that’ll come up,” said Graham.
[SINCE YOU MAY BE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN ITS GOING TO BE TIME NOW FOR YOU TO OWN UP TO YOUR FORMER VP CRIMES OF QUID PRO QUO AND THE CORRUPTION THAT OCCURRED WITH HUNTER BIDEN RAKING IN THE BUCKS IN AN DEFINITE MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION .].

3/5/2020 Ukraine’s prosecutor general axed in parliament no-confidence vote by Matthias Williams and Natalia Zinets
FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka reacts during a
news conference in Kiev, Ukraine October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
    KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s prosecutor general was axed in a parliamentary vote on Thursday night, the latest casualty in a sweeping reshuffle by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that has raised questions about the country’s reform momentum.
    The United States and the European Union had given public backing to prosecutor general Ruslan Ryaboshapka for his efforts to root out corruption and shed corrupt or under-qualified officials by making them reapply for their jobs through an exam.
    Ryaboshapka was also in the spotlight last year as the man to decide whether to launch an investigation into former U.S. vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, in what became a key issue in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
    But lawmakers in parliament, where Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party commands an unprecedented majority, voted to remove him in a no-confidence motion hours after the president criticized him for not producing results.     The vote came a day after Zelenskiy jettisoned most of his cabinet, including the prime minister.     The reshuffle dragged down bonds on Thursday, sparked by worries about the pace of reforms and Ukraine’s ability to seal an International Monetary Fund deal that is seen as key to investor confidence.
    “My personal opinion is very simple: if there are no results – the person should not remain in their job,” Zelenskiy was quoted by Interfax Ukraine as saying before the vote.
    Lawmakers from various parties criticized Ryaboshapka for not prosecuting cases pro-actively enough, including against the circle of previous President Petro Poroshenko.
    One opposition lawmaker said removing Ryaboshapka would pave the way for an independent investigation into Burisma, the energy company where Hunter Biden used to be a board member.
    Zelenskiy was elected by a landslide last year but his ratings have sagged in part because of a perception that his government was not doing enough to tackle high-level corruption.
    Ryaboshapka said lawmakers got rid of him because he had pushed genuine reform for the first time since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, in a way that threatened their interests.
    “For 28 years, the Prosecutor General’s Office was an instrument of pressure and political repression,” he said.
    “For 28 years, the prosecutor’s office was a source of personal enrichment for the elite and, as a result, the oligarchs in prosecutors’ uniforms.”
    Zelenskiy’s party has suggested one of their lawmakers, Serhii Ionushas, as Ryaboshapka’s replacement.    The president was a comic actor before entering politics, and Ionushas was a lawyer whose company did work for Zelenskiy’s production studio.
    Following Ryaboshapka’s exit, Artem Sytnyk, the head of the Western-backed National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, could be next in the firing line.
    Morgan Stanley’s Alina Slyusarchuk and Simon Waever on Thursday flagged the “increased risks to reform momentum, IMF cooperation and the fiscal balance,” from the reshuffle.
    “…the pressure on the Prosecutor General Ryaboshapka and the Head of the NABU Sytnyk might be interpreted as a step back for the anti-corruption efforts,” they wrote in a note to clients, downgrading their stance on the country’s hard-currency debt to “dislike.”
(Additional reporting by Karin Strohecker in London; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

3/5/2020 Public concern raised over Joe Biden’s mental health by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Joe Biden’s odds of securing the Democrat Party’s nomination have risen in recent days, but public concern is mounting over the candidate’s fitness for office.    Several in the political spectrum have called Biden’s mental health into question amid the possibility of the 2020 hopeful having dementia.
    Conservative radio talk show host Bob Lonsberry, who has called attention to the matter, claimed it is not about age, but about Biden’s alarming confusion over topics.
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” said the former vice president.    “All men and women created by the you know, you know the thing.”
    He also called out the Democrat Party’s “closeted leadership to hand Biden the nomination.”
    According to Lonsberry, it is appropriate to discuss Biden’s brain if it was fair to talk about Bernie Sanders’ recent heart attack or Mike Bloomberg’s stents.
    His concerns came amid the laundry list of gaffes the former vice president has exhibited on the campaign trail.    In one instance, the 2020 hopeful even publicly forgot what race he’s in.
    “Where I come from, you don’t go very far unless you ask,” he said.    “My name’s Joe Biden, I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate.”
    From the campaign trail to the debate stage, the faux pas continue to stack up.
    Just this week, the former vice president apparently forgot the name of his former boss, President Barack Obama.
    Others in the political spectrum have also taken note of Biden’s mishaps, including conservative author Ann Coulter.    She has claimed his senile dementia will only continue to be covered up by the media.
    “The media will protect Biden in a way that no Republican with that level of senile dementia that Biden has could run for president,” stated Coulter.    “But the media is a powerful force, they’ll cover it up, they won’t show us those.”
    The list goes on, but only time will tell if the multiple mishaps and gaffes will be overlooked.
[NOT ONLY JOE BIDEN DOES NOT KNOW WHAT STATE HE IS IN OR WHAT HE IS RUNNING FOR, HE CANNOT EVEN REMEMBER FIRING THE UKRAINE PROSECUTORS EVEN IF THEY SHOWED HIM THE VIDEO OF HIM DOING IT, HE WOULD DENY IT OR LIE ABOUT IT.    SO THAT WILL MAKE HIM A SENILE LIAR WHICH WHAT WE DO NOT NEED TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE BUTTON FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR DEALS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS.].

3/6/2020 Trump campaign files libel lawsuit against CNN by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a FOX News Channel Town Hall, co-moderated by FNC’s chief political anchor Bret Baier of
Special Report and The Story anchor Martha MacCallum, in Scranton, Pa., Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    The Trump campaign has filed a libel lawsuit against CNN for allegedly publishing “false and defamatory” statements about debunked claims the president colluded with Russia.    On Friday, President Trump’s reelection campaign filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia near CNN’s headquarters.
    “Today, the president’s reelection campaign has filed suit against CNN for false statements, claiming that the campaign ‘assessed the potential risks and benefits of again seeking Russia’s help in 2020 and has decided to leave that option on the table,'” campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis said in a statement.    “The statements were 100 percent false and defamatory.”
    The president’s team is seeking millions of dollars in damages.    They claimed the news outlet knew their allegations were false at the time of publication and intentionally tried to hurt President Trump’s campaign.
    “The campaign therefore was left with no alternative but to file this lawsuit to: publicly establish the truth, properly inform CNN’s readers and audience of the true facts, and seek appropriate remedies for the harm caused by CNN’s false reporting and (its) failure to retract and apologize for it,” read the complaint.
    Representatives from CNN have yet to comment on the lawsuit.
[SUE THEM FOR EVERYTHING THEY GOT BECAUSE THE GLOBALIST MUST BE FUNDING THEM TO KEEP THEM OPEN BECAUSE THEIR RATINGS ARE KAPUT.].

3/9/2020 President Trump calls Obama admin. ‘most corrupt’ in U.S. history by OAN Newsroom
File – Former Vice President Joe Biden,left, and former President Barack Obama are pictured. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
    President Trump has accused the prior administration of being historically corrupt.    In a tweet Monday, he said the Obama-Biden administration is “the most corrupt administration” in the history of the U.S.
    His comments follow scrutiny surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden and his actions regarding Ukraine while in office.    Most specifically in question is his son Hunter’s work with energy company Burisma.
    Biden has faced allegations that he pushed Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was considering opening an investigation into the company.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has reaffirmed he will force a vote on subpoenas in an ongoing probe of the Bidens’ alleged corruption in Ukraine.    In a letter to Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) Monday, Johnson said concerns of “Russian collusion” are a distraction from the Biden’s wrongdoing.
    Johnson said he will subpoena a Washington lobbyist with ties to Ukrainian gas company and the Obama-era State Department.
    Last week, Peters argued an investigation into the Bidens would benefit Russia and undermine U.S. elections, but Senate Republicans have said their probe has nothing to do with the debunked “Russia narratives.”

3/11/2020 House Rules Committee releases text of proposed FISA deal by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, the Capitol at sunset in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    House officials have reached a deal to resuscitate several expiring provisions under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.    Congress is racing against the clock to roll out a few key reforms, which were unveiled before the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.
    The first provision would rein in Article 215 of the Patriot Act, which has given the government sweeping authority to collect business records from companies or individuals who have been deemed a threat to national security.
    The lower chamber proposed a tweak to the law, which would stop the government from collecting information that otherwise requires a warrant to procure.    It would also prohibit the government from using the article to collect GPS or cellphone data.
    Another new addition to the act would require the attorney general to explicitly sign off on any decision to surveil government officials.    This came after the inspector general outlined 17 separate instances where the FBI manipulated FISA applications to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2017, photo, Carter Page, then-foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential
campaign, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The bill would also require the government to publicly disclose any significant verdicts reached by FISA courts within 180 days.    This same provision would also increase the legal penalties for misrepresenting or leaking evidence.
    During the Rules Committee meeting, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) claimed the bill is not without its flaws, but cautioned that we “cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”
    In a rare agreement with Nadler, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the provisions are “much needed, but don’t go far enough.”
    “If we just go with the clean reauthorization, that would be so dangerous to the country,” stated Jordan.    “That is why you have to have some reform, and this is a good start.”
    Lawmakers have until March 15th to pass the revisions through the Senate before they expire.
[THIS IS A BIG DEAL AND WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT NO ADMINISTRATION CAN IMPROPERLY USE FISA AS A WEAPON AGAINST A PARTY OR INDIVIDUALS EVER AGAIN AS IT WAS UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND HE WAS THE PRESIDENT AND TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THAT WORKED UNDER HIM AND HOPEFULLY ALL THAT SHOULD COME OUT INTO THE SUNLIGHT AND BROUGHT TO JUSTICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THIS YEAR JUST IN CASE THE DEMOCRATS END UP CONTROLLING ARTICLE 2 AGAIN.    I AM ALREADY SEEING BIDEN MAY SELECT VARIOUS ENTITIES WHO WERE PART OF THAT CABAL WHICH WE REFER TO THEM AS THE DEEP STATE OR THE GLOBALIST.].

3/11/2020 Sen. Johnson delays vote on subpoenas in Biden-Ukraine probe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter,
right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
    The Senate Homeland Security chair has postponed his committee’s vote to issue subpoenas in the ongoing probe into Biden family corruption in Ukraine.    On Wednesday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) stated he delayed the vote due to the intake of material evidence regarding Joe and Hunter Biden’s wrongdoing in Ukraine.
    He added he has yet to hear from Washington-based lobby Blue Star, which had ties to Ukrainian gas firm Burisma.    It also had ties to both Bidens and members of the Obama-era State Department.
    Johnson previously said he would subpoena a top Blue Star adviser.    The senator recently reaffirmed he would get to the heart of the matter.
    “We’re finally getting documents from the State Department that shows a U.S. based lobby firm, staffed by former Clinton administration officials, really put a strong arm in the State Department to defend what I think everybody now has determined is a pretty corrupt oil company: Burisma,” he explained.    “Hunter Biden just happened to be on the board…and Vice President Biden fired the prosecuting general who was investigating that oil firm.”
    The senator also refuted Democrat claims his probe seeks to derail Joe Biden’s presidential bid.    He added he’s following up on an oversight request that dated back to 2017.

3/13/2020 Judge orders Chelsea Manning released from jail by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal judge Thursday ordered Chelsea Manning released from jail after the former Army intelligence analyst’s yearlong refusal to cooperate with a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.
    The ruling by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga comes as the grand jury’s term expired and a day after Manning attempted suicide at the Alexandria Detention Center, where she has been held since May.    Trenga, however, ordered Manning to pay $256,000 in fines for her refusal to provide testimony in the case.    “Needless to say we are relieved and ask that you respect her privacy while she gets on her feet,” Manning’s legal team said in a statement.
    Manning had been slated to appear for a Friday hearing where attorneys were preparing to argue for her release from civil contempt sanctions.
    Shortly after noon on Wednesday, however, authorities rushed to Manning’s aid after she attempted to take her own life.
    “It was handled appropriately by our professional staff and Ms. Manning is safe,” said Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, who oversees the detention center.
    Manning’s attorneys said that throughout her incarceration, she was “unwavering in her refusal to participate in a secret grand jury process that she sees as highly susceptible to abuse.”
    Trenga had said that Manning refused to testify because of a philosophical objection to the use of grand juries and that Manning has persisted in her refusal.
    Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for her role in leaking a cache of classified government material to WikiLeaks.
    At the time, she was known as Bradley Manning.    President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in 2017.
Manning

3/13/2020 President Trump may veto House surveillance bill by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the
Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump suggested he may veto a House surveillance bill over concerns it doesn’t do enough to tackle problems with FISA courts.
    According to reports Thursday, the president told Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) he may kill the legislation if it comes to his desk.    His comments came as the bill is set to temporarily expire on Sunday.
    The Trump administration has fought in recent months to change the FISA process.    Officials have said the court does not do enough to protect the privacy rights of the people targeted by its warrants. The Senate now hopes to pass the legislation sometime early next week.
    Senior Republican officials have given their blessing to the proposed FISA reform deal.    On Wednesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) released a joint statement in which they called the legislation needed and balanced.
    The legislation, if enacted., would revise three key provisions in the current FISA deal that will expire at the beginning of next week.
    During a speech on the House floor, congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) acknowledged the deal could go further, but said the new proposals “address the abuses of 2016 without jeopardizing resources that keep Americans safe.”
File – Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asks questions to former special counsel Robert Mueller, as he testifies
before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference,
on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    In a tweet Thursday, however, President Trump indicated he’s not so keen on signing off.
    He was referring to the 2019 Inspector General report, where the Michael Horowitz exposed FBI officials for manipulating FISA applications multiple times in order to illegally surveil Trump campaign officials.
    The president’s remarks came one day after reports emerged suggesting Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) were urging him against signing the legislation.
[I do not think we should pass the bill until all the individuals who abused the FISA warrants are brought to justice to let them know that they have violated the trust of the Americans to do the right thing not the items the Globalist want them to do whether it is their actions or themselves but to bring out the persons who caused it to happen.].

3/14/2020 Hillary Clinton attempts to reverse order to appear at deposition by OAN Newsroom
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton attends the premiere of the Hulu documentary “Hillary” at the
DGA New York Theater on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
    The deposition of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been put on hold as her legal team pursues an appeal.    Attorneys for Clinton filed the appeal Friday in an attempt to evade the sworn testimony to conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
    A judge filed the order earlier this month, ordering her to testify over her use of a private email server during the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.    As part of the 83-page appeal, Clinton’s lawyers called the impending deposition inappropriate, unnecessary and a clear abuse of discretion.
    The head of Judicial Watch has said the move was interesting.    He pointed out that the federal judge previously said there were more questions that needed to be answered beyond the original statements provided.
    “I have to say I was surprised Mrs. Clinton sought this desperate review of the upper court,” stated Tom Fitton.    “I say it’s desperate, I don’t believe it’s going to go anywhere, but who knows how the courts are going to rule.”
    The conservative group attempted to get the former presidential candidate to testify in 2012 using a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.    Both parties were given 75 days to gather evidence and prepare depositions.
    However, the date is now up in the air and it remains unclear when the appellate court will announce a verdict.
[3/4/2020 Judge to Judicial Watch: It’s time to hear from Hillary Clinton by OAN Newsroom
    In a major victory for Judicial Watch, a U.S. district judge ruled Hillary Clinton can be deposed over her emails.    One America’s John Hines sat down with the watchdog group’s president, Tom Fitton, for more on the decision.
]

3/16/2020 Trump considers full pardon for Flynn - Former adviser pleaded guilty to lying to FBI by David Jackson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday he is considering a “Full Pardon” for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI about contacts with a Russia diplomat.
    Claiming the FBI and Justice Department “lost” some of Flynn’s records after “destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family,” Trump tweeted: “How convenient.    I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!
    Attorney General William Barr has appointed an outside prosecutor to review the case against Flynn, who is still awaiting sentencing in federal court after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.
    Trump sent the Flynn tweet just minutes before his scheduled phone conference with grocery executives to discuss the coronavirus threat.    Flynn is in the process of trying to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming prosecutors engaged in misconduct.
    Trump has long suggested he is considering a pardon for Flynn as well as other aides ensnared in investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.    That group includes aides like Paul Manafort and Roger Stone.
    Trump, who is in the middle of fighting a coronavirus pandemic, claims the FBI and other investigative agencies treated him and his aides unfairly.
    Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communication with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the U.S., in the weeks before Trump took office.
    Prosecutors said Flynn lied to FBI agents when he told them he did not discuss election-related sanctions against Russia with Kislyak.
    Former federal prosecutor Barb McQuade, now a law professor at the University of Michigan, said that “Flynn admitted in open court that he lied to the FBI,” and “that alone is a crime” that should not be undone with a presidential pardon.
    “I have seen no reports of lost records,” McQuade added, “but even if it were so, that would not undo Flynn’s serious crime.”
Flynn
[This article failed to state that Flynn lied to protect his son after he was illegally questioned without a lawyer by the FBI specically Peter Stryk who has turned out to be quite a liar himself and a character even as part of the FBI FISA abuse cabal.].

3/16/2020 U.S. Senate votes to extend surveillance tools for 77 days by Patricia Zengerle
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol building exterior is seen at sunset as members of the Senate participate in the first day
of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger.
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate agreed on Monday to extend a set of government surveillance tools for 77 days, to allow lawmakers time to consider broader changes to the divisive domestic eavesdropping program.
    The Senate had been due to begin voting on Monday evening on a bill passed in the House of Representatives last week that would have reauthorized and reformed the program.
    Instead, senators agreed unanimously on the temporary extension to allow consideration of amendments to the House bill.
    In a rare bipartisan vote, the Democratic-led House had backed the “USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020” on Wednesday.    But the measure, which renews and updates domestic surveillance rules under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), must pass the Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump to become law.
    FISA faces stiff opposition from privacy advocates, including liberal Democrats and libertarian-leaning Republicans
.
    Trump, who is convinced that surveillance tools covered by the legislation were improperly used against his 2016 campaign, has demanded tighter controls on authorities allowed under the law.
    Backers of the program consider it an essential tool for intelligence agencies’ efforts to fight terrorism.
    The bill passed in the House was written with Attorney General William Barr, considered one of Trump’s strongest defenders.    But it still faced too much opposition to pass the Senate without votes on amendments.
    It was not immediately clear how the House would handle the temporary extension, which was retroactive to Saturday.    House members are out of Washington on a week-long recess and are not due to return before March 24.
    A senior Democratic House leadership aide said House leaders were discussing how to proceed.
    Three provisions of the FISA program expired on Sunday.
    Some senators also backed the compromise that led to the temporary extension because it allowed them to immediately consider legislation, also passed by the House last week, to assist Americans as they grapple with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney)
[ARE WE EVER GOING TO GET THOSE WHO MADE THE F.I.S.A. SYSTEM TO BECOME A CORRUPT TOOL OF THE GLOBALIST TO TRY TO TAKE OVER THE U.S. BY ATTEMPTING TO GET RID OF DONALD TRUMP BY FISA CORRUPTION, THEN RUSSIA COLLUSION, THEN MUELLER REPORT, THEN IMPEACHMENT ALL FAILING BECAUSE THE GOD OF HEAVEN HAS PROTECTED HIM TO SAVE THE LAST CHRISTIAN NATION TO STAND AGAINST THE ONE WHO WILL BE COMING.].

3/17/2020 Senate votes on 77 day extension to surveillance bill by OAN Newsroom
Police officers stand outside the U.S. Senate steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday,
March 16, 2020. Congress has shut the Capitol and all Senate and House office buildings to the public
until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The Senate voted on a temporary extension of recently lapsed intelligence programs to provide time for discussion on major provisions in the renewal process. The extension was passed Monday, just minutes before a scheduled procedural vote on the matter. The move came as a way to give lawmakers more time to consider the bill, which would reauthorize the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).    However, the extension for the Senate was unanimously agreed to in order to give members more time to debate on the House’s revisions.
    Specifically, there is bipartisan push-back to FISA, which senators on both sides of the aisle fear violates people’s privacy rights.    Two of the most vocal opponents to the act are Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
    “The secret FISA court should be forbidden from allowing spying on political campaigns ever again, period,” said Sen. Paul.    “…History has proven just how dangerous it can be when we sacrifice our rights to create a temporary and ultimately false sense of security.”
FILE – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., pauses during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, FIle)
    President Trump has also expressed concerns over FISA after the court issued the FBI a warrant in 2016 to surveil the Trump campaign based off of what was later determined to be faulty evidence.
    The House’s bill attempted to address those problems and was passed through with broad bipartisan support.    However, the president suggested in a tweet last week that he may veto the legislation if it comes to his desk.
    The Senate limited the extended discussion to three amendments, including the lone wolf program, roving wiretaps and a section allowing intelligence agencies to collect suspect’s phone records.    The extension still needs to be passed through the House, which is out of town until next week.

3/18/2020 Report: Former DOJ officials ‘appalled’ by FBI’s treatment of Michael Flynn by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Monday, June 24, 2019, file photo, Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s
former national security adviser, departs a federal courthouse after a hearing, in Washington. Trump said
Sunday, March 15, 2020, that he is considering a full pardon for Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the
FBI about dealings with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Former Obama-era FBI officials reportedly said they were worried by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s treatment during the FBI’s investigation.
    According to the outlet Just the News Tuesday, letters from multiple Department of Justice officials expressed those concerns, including former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
    The memos reportedly noted that multiple officials believed Flynn simply misremembered his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while Robert Mueller’s team was running with Flynn’s guilty plea at the time.
    Yates and company also took issue with the fact the FBI in 2017 brought Flynn in for an interview without letting him know he was being investigated at the time.    This gave him the impression he was not in any legal trouble, which caused him not to seek out a lawyer for the conversation.
    Meanwhile, Flynn’s lawyer has called for his guilty plea to be withdrawn and said he was coerced by investigators into making a false confession in 2018.
    Last month, a former aide to Flynn, K.T. McFarland, made similar accusations by saying she felt FBI officials were attempting to force a confession out of her.
    This all came after President Trump over the weekend said he’s strongly considering a pardon for Flynn due to details surfacing of the FBI’s mishandling of his investigation.

3/18/2020 DOJ drops election interference charges against Russian companies by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 18, 2019, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on Russian
interference in the 2016 presidential election is photographed in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)
    The Department of Justice has quietly scrapped one of the most prominent indictments that came as a result of the Mueller probe.
    On Monday, the department confirmed they will no longer seek prosecution against Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering, which were both included in a suit against 13 Russian nationals accused of conspiring to interfere in the 2016 elections.
    The decision came just two weeks before jury selection was slated to begin.    Officials familiar with the move have said going forward with the case could have presented security issues for the intelligence sector.
    Prosecutors filed a motion Monday, which said both companies plotted to use the “discovery phase” of the case as leverage to obtain information regarding how intelligence officials “detect and investigate” foreign election interference.    Letting the case move forward could have exposed the tactics intelligence officials use to obtain that information.
FILE – In this July 4, 2017 file photo, Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin is shown prior to a meeting of
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. The Justice
Department is moving to drop charges against some Russian companies that were accused of funding a social media campaign
to sway American public opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP, File)
    Officials also said the case would likely have not resulted in any real punishment for either company.
    Despite the decision, the charges against the 13 Russian nationals and another company mentioned in the indictment are expected to remain in place.
[The Deep State and the Globalist are probably gnashing their teeth and throwing dirt on themselves over that ruling as it just shoots down more on the phony Russian Collusion that they pushed on the U.S. and hopefully it will lead back to who really did it.]

3/23/2020 Julian Assange’s lawyers to apply for bail, citing virus risk
A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange posts a sign on the Woolwich Crown Court fence, ahead of a hearing to decide
whether Assange should be extradited to the United States, in London, Britain February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – Julian Assange’s lawyers will apply for his release on bail because of the risk of contracting coronavirus while in prison, Wikileaks said on Monday.
    The Wikileaks founder is being held at a prison in London on an extradition warrant for publishing classified information about the Iraq and Afghan wars.
    “On Wednesday, 25th of March, Julian Assange’s lawyers will make a bail application at Westminster Magistrates Court,” Wikileaks said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)

3/25/2020 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange denied bail by London court by Michael Holden
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court
in London, Britain January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
    LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting extradition from Britain to the United States, was denied bail on Wednesday after his lawyers said he should be released because he was highly vulnerable to the coronavirus.
    The 48-year-old, who is at Belmarsh Prison in London, is wanted by the United States on 18 criminal counts of conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law.    He says he could spend decades in prison if convicted.
    His lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, told Westminster Magistrates Court that Assange had suffered from four respiratory tract infections during the years he spent living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.    Fitzgerald also said Assange had heart problems which put him at increased risk.
    “The emphasis is not on flight but survival,” Fitzgerald said, adding that there was no serious risk of Assange absconding.    He said that if Assange fell ill with the virus in prison, “the risk could be fatal.”
    But Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected the arguments, noting that Assange himself was on record saying that he would rather commit suicide than face extradition to the United States.
    “As matters stand today, this global pandemic does not as of itself provide grounds for Mr Assange’s release,” she said.
    Assange’s past conduct showed how far he was prepared to go to avoid extradition proceedings, she added, and there were substantial grounds to believe that if released he would abscond again.
PARTNER AND CHILDREN
    She was referring to the fact that Assange skipped bail and fled to the Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted at the time to answer questions on alleged sex crimes. The allegations have since been dropped.
    Assange remained holed up in the embassy for seven years. He was eventually dragged out after Ecuador revoked his asylum.
    Fitzgerald told the court that Assange had a partner who had lived in Britain for more than 20 years and that if he were granted bail he would live with her. He added that the couple had children, though he did not give their ages.
    WikiLeaks enraged the U.S. government a decade ago by publishing thousands of secret U.S. documents.    Assange’s supporters see him as a champion of free speech exposing abuses of power and hypocrisy by Washington.
    The U.S. authorities counter that he is not wanted because he embarrassed them but rather because he endangered informants, dissidents and rights activists in countries including Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
    Fitzgerald said that with Belmarsh on lockdown, it was impossible for lawyers to speak to Assange to prepare his case for the second part of the extradition hearing, due to resume on May 18.
    But Clair Dobbin, a lawyer representing the U.S. authorities, argued that the risk that Assange would once again abscond to avoid extradition was so high that it was insurmountable.
    “Mr Assange judges himself above the law,” Dobbin said.    “He has already demonstrated he is capable of going to any lengths to avoid that possibility (extradition to the United States).”
    She also said the evidence suggested that the virus would not be critical for most patients.    “i>He is not one of the people to whom the virus presents a particular risk,” she said of Assange.
    With Britain under near lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak, the hearing unfolded in unusual circumstances.    Only the judge, Fitzgerald and a small number of reporters were present in person.    Other lawyers listened in on a tele-conference call.
(Editing by Estelle Shirbon and Stephen Addison)


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