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FBI to Create Special Unit to Investigate “Russian Role” in US 2016 Election

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Post by Lobo on Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:37 pm

FBI to Create Special Unit to Investigate “Russian Role” in US 2016 Election


The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) plans to create a specialized unit that will prioritize the agency’s investigations into claims of Russia’s interference in the 2016 US Presidential election, local media reported. “It’s [the unit] meant to surge resources,” a source familiar with the situation told the Financial Times newspaper late on Sunday, adding that the move is also meant to give more access to the investigation’s details to FBI director James Comey.
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Post by duck2000 on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:32 pm

[size=40]Byron York: Senate committee targets FBI No. 2 in Trump dossier probe
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By BYRON YORK  (@BYRONYORK ) • 4/1/17 7:17 PM

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Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, [url=https://www.grassley.senate.gov/sites/default/files/judiciary/upload/2017-03-28 CEG to FBI %28McCabe Conflict in Trump Associates Investigation%29.pdf]has sent a letter[/url] to FBI  Director James Comey demanding the story behind the FBI's reported plan to pay the author of a lurid and unsubstantiated dossier on candidate Donald Trump . In particular, Grassley appears to be zeroing in on the FBI's deputy director, Andrew McCabe, indicating Senate investigators want to learn more about McCabe's role in a key aspect of the Trump-Russia affair.

Grassley began his investigation after the Washington Post reported  on February 28 that the FBI , "a few weeks before the election," agreed to pay former British spy Christopher Steele to investigate Trump. Prior to that, supporters of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign had paid Steele to gather intelligence on Clinton's Republican rival. In the end, the FBI did not pay Steele, the Post reported, after the dossier "became the subject of news stories, congressional inquiries and presidential denials." It is not clear whether Steele worked under agreement with the FBI for any period of time before the payment deal fell through.

"The idea that the FBI  and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for president in the run-up to the election raises further questions about the FBI's independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration's use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends," Grassley wrote in a letter to Comey dated March 28.

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Grassley demanded the FBI  turn over all its records relating to Steele and the dossier, in addition to "all FBI policies, procedures, and guidelines applicable when the FBI seeks to fund an investigator associated with a political opposition research firm connected to a political candidate, or with any outside entity."

But the most noteworthy thing about Grassley's letter is its focus on McCabe. Grassley noted that McCabe is already under investigation by the FBI 's inspector general for playing a top role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation even though McCabe's wife accepted nearly $700,000 in political donations arranged by a close Clinton friend, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, for her run for state senate in Virginia.



"While Mr. McCabe recused himself from public corruption cases in Virginia…he failed to recuse himself from the Clinton email investigation," Grassley wrote, "despite the appearance of a conflict created by his wife's campaign accepting $700,000 from a close Clinton associate during the investigation."

Now, Grassley wrote, there could be a problem with McCabe's participation in the Trump-Russia probe. If McCabe had a conflict being too close to Clinton, how could he then investigate Trump? A key passage from Grassley's letter:

Mr. McCabe's appearance of a partisan conflict of interest relating to Clinton associates only magnifies the importance of those questions. That is particularly true if Mr. McCabe was involved in approving or establishing the FBI 's reported arrangement with Mr. Steele, or if Mr. McCabe vouched for or otherwise relied on the politically-funded dossier in the course of the investigation. Simply put, the American people should know if the FBI's second-in-command relied on Democrat-funded opposition research to justify an investigation of the Republican presidential campaign.

Grassley followed with a dozen questions, all targeted at McCabe. Has McCabe been involved "in any capacity" in investigating alleged collusion between TrumpWorld and Russia? Has McCabe been involved in surveillance or intercepts of any sort in the case? Has McCabe "made any representations to prosecutors or judges" regarding the Steele dossier? Has McCabe had any interactions with Steele himself? Did McCabe brief anyone in the Obama administration on the Trump-Russia investigation? Was McCabe ever authorized by the FBI  to speak to the media about the case? Did he ever do so without authorization? Has anyone in the FBI raised questions about McCabe's possible Clinton-Trump conflict of interest? Has any complaint been filed about it? Has anyone at the FBI recommended or requested that McCabe recuse himself from the Russia-Trump investigation?

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-senate-committee-targets-fbi-no.-2-in-trump-dossier-probe/article/2619120
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Post by duck2000 on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:34 pm

[size=45]Senate Investigation Targets FBI’s No. 2 on Trump Dossier, Surveillance

Grassley questions why Comey deputy with ties to Clinton wanted to pay author of Trump smear

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The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding to know why the FBI wanted to pay the author of the so-called Trump Dossier, the dubious report that smeared President Donald Trump and was leaked to the media just before the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told FBI Director James Comey in a March 28 letter he wants more information on the involvement of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in the Trump investigation into Russian ties.
“Was [Andrew] McCabe involved in any FBI interactions with Mr. Steele? If so, please explain.”
The contents of the largely debunked dossier suggest intricate links between Trump and associates and Russian spies.
Grassley wants to know why the FBI considered paying the author of the dossier and is also looking at McCabe’s deep ties to the Clinton family and their longtime consigliere, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe helped arrange $700,000 in donations to McCabe’s wife for a state Senate run, according to the Washington Examiner.
Those ties have Grassley concerned McCabe may have acted in the interest of politics.
The dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele for Trump’s campaign opponents, was leaked to the media last fall, but lay untouched for months by journalists who could not confirm its contents.
On Jan. 10, the entire dossier was published by BuzzFeed, after CNN reported on the existence of the dossier.


Publishing the unverified claims in the dossier, with all of its salacious and dubious claims, angered the Trump transition team. And Grassley is still suspicious about McCabe’s involvement in the dossier issue, as well as other issues that have drawn complaints from the Trump White House.
“Was Mr. McCabe involved in any FBI interactions with Mr. Steele?” Grassley asked. “If so, please explain.”
Grassley also wants to know if McCabe has been involved in any approvals of surveillance, which Trump claims happened during the transition.
“Has Mr. McCabe been involved in any requests or approvals for physical surveillance, consensual monitoring, searches, or national security letters relating to the investigation?” asked Grassley. “If so, please provide all related documents.”
Grassley reminded Comey of a letter from former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover that the current director keeps on his desk. Hoover, the longtime FBI leader, was infamous for improperly surveilling citizens.
“At your speech last Thursday at the University of Texas, you referenced former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s short letter to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, which sought authorization for FBI surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. without any proper basis for doing so,” Grassley wrote. “You mentioned that you keep this letter on your desk, and place FISA applications awaiting your review on top of it, as a reminder. You cited this to emphasize the importance of oversight over the FBI, even over well-meaning FBI officials, to ensure the propriety of the FBI’s actions.”
Grassley said the committee wants the answers by April 11.
https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/senate-investigation-targets-fbis-no-2-trump-dossier-surveillance/
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Post by Lobo on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:43 pm

Duck, they were just discussing this on Fox,  I'm still wondering when Comey will be seriously investigated.  Any thoughts.

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