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Chairman of Senate Homeland Security: Give me all comms from Comey, 15 other FBI, DOJ officials

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The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee sent a letter late Wednesday to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein requesting he turn over all communications from former FBI director James B. Comey Jr., former FBI general counsel James A. Baker, Deputy FBI Director Andrew G. McCabe, as well as 13 other FBI agents and Justice Department officials.

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein (File photo)

“On Jan. 19, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) produced to the committee 384 pages of text messages exchanged between FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok,” wrote Sen. Ronald H. Johnson (R.-Wis.), whose committee has oversight over the operations of all parts of the government in addition to homeland security. “I write to request additional information about FBI records connected to this investigation.”

Rosenstein is in charge of all matters regarding the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 political cycle because Attorney General Jeff B. Sessions recused himself from this situation in accordance with Justice Department rules.

“Please provide an unclassified response to the greatest extent possible,” he wrote. “If a full response requires the production of classified information, please provide this material under separate cover via the Office of Senate Security.”

The senator’s letter cast a wide net when he asked for all texts, emails, memos, and voicemails relating to the FBI’s investigation of former secretary of state Hillary R. Clinton, and candidates for the 2016 presidential election for the individuals named.

The Wisconsin Republican also asked specifically for the emails between the former first lady and President Barack Obama exchanged while Clinton was in the “territory of a sophisticated adversary” that Comey referred to in a draft of what would become his July 5 announcement that he would discourage federal prosecutors from going after Clinton for her handling of sensitive electronic correspondence on her private server while leading the State Department.

Notes from the FBI’s July 2, 2016 interview with Clinton suggest the country was Russia.

The other individuals Johnson is asking about are:

In text messages produced to the committee, Page and Strzok make references to communicating with other FBI employees via text message, phone call, email, and voice mail and additional text messages created the impression FBI officials used non-official email accounts and messaging programs to communicate about official business.

The chairman wrote to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray Jan. 20 to request an update regarding missing text messages between Page and Strzok, in addition to questions about how the FBI handles or monitors its workers who use private accounts for official business.

Johnson wrote that he was very interested in an August 2016 series texts exchanged between Page and Strzok where the two paramours refer to record-retention issues with the Samsung phones issued by the FBI for official business and how FBI employees preferred their private iPhones:

Ms. Page: Have a meeting with turgal about getting iphone in a day or so
Mr. Strzok: Oh hot damn.  I’m happy to pilot that . . . We get around our security/monitoring issues?
Ms. Page: No, he’s proposing that we just stop following them.  Apparently the requirement to capture texts came from omb, but we’re the only org (I’m told) who is following that rule.  His point is, if no one else is doing it why should we.
Ms. Page: Helps that Dd had a terrible time with his phone [redacted] which made him concerned for our folks all over the place.
Ms. Page: These phones suck as much as they do because of the program we use to capture texts, full stop.
Mr. Strzok: No doubt.
Mr. Strzok: I’m not convinced short of OPR, that text capture capability really deters anything.
Mr. Strzok: If I want to copy/take classified, I’m sure as hell not going to do it on this phone.
Ms. Page: I thought it was more from a discovery perspective.
Mr. Strzok: Probably.  So just make a rule no texts of a discoverable nature.  Like you said, what are CBP, DEA, others doing?
Ms. Page: I’m told – thought I have seen – that there is an IG report that says everyone is failing.  But one has changed anything, so why not just join in the failure.

Johnson also cited this April 2016 exchange between Page and Strzok, where they refer to communicating with other FBI employees via text message, phone call, email and voicemail and private emails and private messaging services:

Mr. Strzok: [Redacted] I find I’m increasingly profoundly bothered by JBs [sic] call and the lack of ANY heads up.  Deeply.  It was wrong given what I had already been asked to do.  Gonna sleep on it and see where I am in the morning.
Mr. Strzok: Because you know where I was on Thursday or Friday night – when I was complaining about everyone expecting me to deliver the hard message while they vacillated in discussing with their counterparts.  About how my sense of justness and character was at odds with waiting until Sat to say something.  And rightfully, you point out stop being so prima donna-ish and just do it.  And I do.  And then I find out an hour later that in addition to what I was asked to do, JB went to counsel and had the discussion he did.  And I’m the one facing the music.  From some who I have known for a long time.  Nobody else pays the price.  Nobody else will have the same straight hard discussion.  Yet, I’m the only one who violated his sense of integrity to swallow hard and deliver the message.
Mr. Strzok: I’m not sure if I want to be part of this
Ms. Page: You are part of this and that’s not going to change.  But I think you have every right to be angry and frustrated about bring left out of the loop on your investigation, especially when you’re going to be left holding the bag.  And I think you’re entitled to say something to Baker about that, though on this one I would probably discuss with Bill first.
Ms. Page: I’m sorry [redacted].  Big big case, big big problems.  But God knows you’re still the right guy to do it.
Mr. Strzok: Gmailed you two drafts of what I’m thinking of sending Bill, would appreciate your thoughts.  Second (more recent) is updated so you can skip the first. 

Johnson told Rosenstein that he wanted no later than St. Valentine’s Day.

Neil W. McCabe is a Washington-based political journalist and editor. Before joining Big League Politics, he was the Capitol Hill correspondent for Breitbart News, where he also led Breitbart's political polling operation and wrote up the Breitbart-Gravis polls. McCabe's other positions include the One America News DC Bureau Chief, a senior reporter at Human Events and a staff reporter at The Pilot, Boston's Catholic paper. McCabe also was the editor of The Somerville News, The (North Cambridge, Mass.) Alewife and served as an Army combat historian in Iraq. His 2013 e-book The Unfriendly Skies examined how the American airline industry went from deregulation in the late 1970s to come full circle to the highly-regulated, highly-taxed industry it is today.

 

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Massive Manhunt Underway for PA Man who Threatened Trump

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Several law enforcement bodies are searching for a Schuylkill County, PA man who is described as a “clear and present danger” by authorities.

“Law officers said they’re taking this very seriously because of his past harassing and threatening other leaders and police officers,” according to an NBC affiliate in New York. “At this moment, police are searching the nearby woods in McAdoo, [PA].”

Shawn Christy, a 26-year-old, threatened to kill President Donald J. Trump, and this is not the first time he has threatened a prominent politician. His father called the Secret Service after Christy told him that he wanted to shoot Trump.

“The marshal service feels that Shawn Christy is a clear and present danger and that’s why we’ve deployed all of our resources up here in McAdoo in an attempt to locate and apprehend Christy,” said Robert Clark of the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force.

Christy spent time in federal prison after threatening former Alaska Governor and then-Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2012.

Charges have been filed against Christy for his most recent social media threats to kill Trump and law enforcement officers. He also has multiple outstanding state warrants.

“I don’t know at the moment,” Christy’s father said. “He’s somewhere out in these woods. He’s a bush crafter so I don’t know where he is exactly is. I wouldn’t find him as a threat right now at all. He’s just angry.”

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More than 2300 Alleged Pedophiles Arrested Nationwide; MSM Silent

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Last week, the Department of Justice released a statement detailing the arrests of an thousands of pedophiles in a nationwide sweep that lasted for three months.

“The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces,” the release says. “The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or production of child pornography.”

Despite the massively successful operation, press coverage has been noticeably thin. A search for the generic term “pedophile” on the websites for CNN, NBC, and CBS turns up a grand total of zero results on the story, despite the fact that it has been nearly a week since DOJ’s announcement.

“The 61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states and comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, led the coordinated operation known as “Broken Heart” during the months of March, April, and May 2018,” the release says. “During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on Internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults.”

Why would the mainstream press be reluctant to report on such a resounding achievement?

“No child should ever have to endure sexual abuse,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “And yet, in recent years, certain forms of modern technology have facilitated the spread of child pornography and created greater incentives for its production. We at the Department of Justice are determined to strike back against these repugnant crimes.”

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Nielsen: 10,000 of 12,000 Detained Kids Came WITHOUT Their Parents

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Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen revealed Monday that 10,000 of the 12,000 children detained at the border came to the border without parents with him, smacking down the mainstream media narrative that the Trump administration is tearing many families apart out of callous disregard for illegal immigrants.

The illegal immigrant child-detention program that was criticized during the Obama administration is a policy that President Donald Trump is trying to end, pressuring Democrats to get on board with an immigration bill that funds his Wall and creates merit-based immigration among other policy planks.

People were impressed:

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It is also important to note that Border Patrol separates children from adults if they suspect the children are not actually related to the adults. Why? Because human trafficking is a persistent problem and cartels and other smugglers try to use kids to get more people across the border — or they try to sell the kids into human slavery.

We reported:

San Diego’s chief Border Patrol agent Rodney Scott said Monday that the Border Patrol separates children from the adults they are with if there are concerns that the kids are being human-trafficked.
Scott revealed that oftentimes traffickers “recycle” children in order to get illegal alien grown-ups over the Southern border into the United States.

“OOPS! A media outlet slipped & printed the truth today!,” Ann Coulter declared, showing people that the media is not being forthright and truthful when reporting on the supposed border separation program.

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