Why won’t FBI Director Christopher Wray and DOJ Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein hand over a clean copy of the July 2016 FBI Electronic Communication (EC) that opened the investigation into the Trump campaign? As a puffed-up Robert Mueller smugly offers dates when he may or may not wrap up his investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion, repeated requests by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) to obtain an unredacted copy of the document are blocked.
Robert Mueller is simply reveling in his own self-importance. He acts as though he is the most powerful man in the country these days. And he just may be. He is the puppet master who holds all the strings. When will he reveal to the nation his investigation’s findings on obstruction charges for President Trump? When will his investigation end? I suppose it will end when Mueller believes it will cause maximum damage to the Republicans in the upcoming mid-term elections.
Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee requested a copy of the memo in February and received a heavily redacted copy on March 14th. The memo was too redacted to yield any pertinent information. On Wednesday, a new letter was sent to Wray and Rosenstein demanding a clean copy. Nunes’ letter can be read here.
Nunes called Wray on March 15th to tell him that the heavily redacted copy of the letter was “unsatisfactory.” On March 23rd, Nunes received a letter from the FBI Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs that said the “FBI would refuse to further unredact the EC based on its sensitivity.”
Was the letter too sensitive for the House Intelligence Committee to view? Nunes pointed out in his letter that the EC was “not highly classified and that law enforcement sources have apparently not been shy about leaking to the press information that the Department and the Bureau refuse to share with Congress.”
Nunes’ Committee is still waiting for other documents that were subpoenaed on August 24, 2017, “including four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications targeting Carter Page.”
Eventually, the truth is going to come out. Any day now, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release his report on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Because all of these investigations are related and they all point to a DOJ and an FBI hell bent on electing Hillary Clinton in November 2016, his report could be explosive. This investigation has already led to the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe the day before his pension was scheduled to kick in.
Nunes specified April 11, 2018, next Wednesday, as the date the subpoenas will be enforced. Nunes met with Wray and Rosenstein in January and Wray “expressed a desire to restore a constructive relationship with the Committee, and specifically asked that we seek to proceed on a more informal basis.” Cooperation has not been forthcoming.
Fox News intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge spoke to National Security Attorney Edward MacMahon. MacMahon said that members of Congress might be able to view the unredacted document in a secure facility called a “skip.” He said, “I think when you see the Inspector General’s report, you’re going to see why they’re hiding these things, and other things that happened there, that they’re not very proud of.”
Investigative political reporter Sara Carter offers an additional reason why the DOJ and the FBI do not want Nunes to obtain a clean EC. September 2016 text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page discussing “the FBI’s difficulty in obtaining the warrant to spy on Carter Page” were released last week.
“The communications suggested that there was possible coordination by Obama White House officials, the CIA and the FBI into the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign, as reported earlier.
In one of the September 2016 text message chains, Strzok tells Lisa Page about an argument that occurred with former DOJ prosecutor David Laufman. Laufman, who was then chief of the DOJ’s National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, oversaw the probe into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, as well as the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Laufman left the DOJ earlier this year citing personal reasons for leaving his post, according to news reports.
“In the text message, Strzok complains that Laufman told him the holdup for the application “EDVA is/was the delay.” The EDVA refers to the Eastern District of Virginia—a court that has previously issued subpoenas in the Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation. This exchange raises concerns about FBI agents potentially pressuring prosecutors and the courts to speed up the production of information related to issuing FISA warrants, congressional staffers added. Congressional investigators originally stated that the EDVA had possibly been involved in the issuing of a FISA warrant.
“Everything here—from the texts complaining about FISA delays to the exchanges indicating coordination, to the White House visitor logs—seems to match to a disturbing degree. At best, it’s a strange coincidence worth investigating further—but it’s likely much more,” a congressional investigator told this reporter. “Congress has to take this information seriously if we hope to restore Americans’ trust in our federal justice system.”
In March 2016 there was already tension brewing between the FBI and Laufman.
“I am getting aggravated at Laufman,” a March 2016 message from Strzok to Lisa Page said.
According to congressional investigators, the new communications suggest that conflict only got deeper in the following months.
It’s clear where the real obstruction and collusion can be found. We need look no further than the top officials of Obama’s DOJ and FBI. Come on Christopher Wray and Rod Rosenstein, send an unredacted copy of the EC to Nunes. (It’s hard to believe that Wray and Rosenstein are both Trump appointees.) Isn’t this the kind of information every criminal on trial in America is entitled to when preparing his or her defense? You know it will have to be produced eventually. Release it now. Americans deserve some answers.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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