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This DOJ Announcement Gives Jackboot Thugs Of Silicon Valley Some BAD News


Written by Wes Walker on July 24, 2019

URL of the original posting site: https://clashdaily.com/2019/07/this-doj-announcement-gives-jackboot-thugs-of-silicon-valley-some-bad-news/

You think maybe the possibility of ‘flipping fifteen million votes’ finally got someone’s attention?

The DOJ came out with an announcement that could start keeping Silicon Valley types awake at night.

The Department of Justice announced today that the Department’s Antitrust Division is reviewing whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers.
The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online. The Department’s Antitrust Division is conferring with and seeking information from the public, including industry participants who have direct insight into competition in online platforms, as well as others.

“Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division. “The Department’s antitrust review will explore these important issues.”
The goal of the Department’s review is to assess the competitive conditions in the online marketplace in an objective and fair-minded manner and to ensure Americans have access to free markets in which companies compete on the merits to provide services that users want. If violations of law are identified, the Department will proceed appropriately to seek redress.

Here’s hoping they will take Media Matters own ‘War Plan‘ about stifling Conservative voices into consideration while doing this investigation. And the testimony that 15 million votes could be at risk of tampering in 2020.

And the article shared by social media upper management about the left wanting a ‘civil war’ to FORCE America to flip blue, whether they wanted to or not.

And even concerns by the co-founder and by Wired magazine about the dangerous concentration of power in Facebook.

What will come of this?

If you believe the cynics, maybe nothing.

OR, maybe we’ll see a re-establishment of free speech in the communication center of the day… the digital public square. Where we can be free to express our ideas and disagree (passionately!) with one another without fear that having the ‘wrong’ opinion will have your voice forever silenced.

Because an outcome like that is entirely unAmerican.

Christopher Steele won’t cooperate with John Durham review of Russia investigation


Reported by Jerry Dunleavy | May 28, 2019 05:13 PM

URL of the original posting site: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/christopher-steele-wont-cooperate-with-john-durham-review-of-russia-investigation

Christopher Steele, author of the dossier that played a key role in the Trump-Russia inquiry, will not assist Attorney General William Barr’s investigation of the investigators, according to a new report.

A source close to Orbis Business Intelligence, which is Steele’s investigative firm, told Reuters that the British ex-spy “would not cooperate” with nor answer questions from U.S. Attorney John Durham, whom Barr has tasked with reviewing the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s presidential campaign and the way that the Justice Department and FBI conducted the inquiry.

This revelation comes days after Trump’s order stating Barr was given “full and complete authority to declassify information” and ordering the intelligence community “to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 presidential election.” Barr said he picked Durham because he “was looking for someone who is tenacious, who is used to looking at sensitive material involving government activities, who has a reputation for being fair and evenhanded.”

Neither the Justice Department nor Steele’s business immediately responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment. Durham’s office said they had no comment at this time.

The report said Steele “might cooperate” with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s independent investigation, signaling a shift in Steele’s thinking. In April, Politico reported that Steele “declined to be interviewed by the inspector general, citing, among other things, the potential impropriety of his involvement in an internal Justice Department investigation as a foreign national and former British intelligence agent.” That report said Steele might even “rebut the Inspector General’s characterizations” with a public statement.

Horowitz has been looking into potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse since early 2018 and is “homing in” on the potential misuse of Steele’s unverified dossier by the DOJ and FBI. Barr has said Horowitz’s probe should be done by May or June.

Steele did cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and submitted written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

According to a New York Times report from April, the FBI reached out to some of Steele’s foreign sources in an attempt to determine their credibility, and as early as January 2017 agents had concluded that some of the dossier’s contents may have been based on “rumors and hearsay” which were “passed from source to source.” The agents believed that some of Steele’s information may have even been based on “Russian disinformation.”

Steele’s dossier, which was packed with unverified claims about Trump’s ties to Russia, formed a key part of the FISA applications that were used to justify surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Steele was working for Fusion GPS, which received funding through the Perkins Coie law firm from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Steele’s Democratic benefactors were not revealed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Barr said this month that “it’s a very unusual situation to have opposition research like that — especially one that on its face had a number of clear mistakes and a somewhat jejune analysis.” Barr’s pointed critiques of the Steele dossier’s flaws comes after former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI General Counsel James Baker defended their handling of the dossier in recent weeks.

DOJ Gives Congress Missing Strzok-Page Text Messages; and EXCLUSIVE: Read The Strzok-Page Texts The DOJ Handed Over To Congress


Reported by Chuck Ross | Reporter | 5:57 PM 04/26/2018
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a summit about combating human trafficking at the Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein | DOJ Gives Congress Missing Strzok Texts

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a summit about combating human trafficking at the Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein | DOJ Gives Congress Missing Strzok Texts

The Justice Department on Thursday gave Congress five months worth of text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — two FBI officials involved in the investigations into Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump’s campaign.

The messages, exchanged between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, were initially thought to be missing due to a technical glitch on FBI-issued cell phones. But the texts were recovered by the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general, which is investigating the FBI’s handling of both the Clinton and Trump campaign investigations.

Approximately 300 messages were given to Congress, a Justice Department official told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Strzok, the former deputy chief of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia team in July 2017 after the discovery of the text messages. They showed Strzok and Page expressed deep hostility to Trump during the 2016 campaign. 

Strzok oversaw the FBI’s Russia investigation when it began on July 31, 2016. He was also a top investigator on the Clinton email probe. He helped conduct the interviews of Clinton and several of her top aides.

The congressional committees that received the text messages are likely to pour through them to find any information that might shed light on political bias from Strzok and Page as well as their thoughts on the Clinton and Trump investigations. Some of the text messages released so far have drawn scrutiny from congressional Republicans. One in particular is an Aug. 15, 2016, exchange in which Strzok referred to an “insurance policy” he wanted in the event of a Trump election win.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok wrote to Page, referring to a conversation they had in then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s office.

“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

Though Strzok was heavily critical of Trump in the texts, he indicated to Page in one exchange he believed there was not much evidence of collusion against the Trump campaign.

“You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there,” Strzok wrote to Page on May 19, 2017 — two days after the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.

Strzok was referring to the Russia investigation when he said he believed there was “no big there there,” a source close to Strzok confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Reported by Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter | 1:01 AM 04/27/2018

The Daily Caller News Foundation has obtained the missing text messages the Department of Justice released to members of Congress between two former FBI employees who were highly critical of President Donald Trump.

The text messages are between FBI special agent Peter Strzok and FBI counsel Lisa Page, who were in an ongoing, intimate relationship. The Justice Department was able to recover the text messages, which were exchanged between Dec. 16, 2017 and May 23, 2017, after they were believed to be missing from a technological failure on the part of FBI-issued cell phones.

What the Justice Department released Thursday evening comprises 49 pages, or around 300 text messages.

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Many of the text messages in the 49 page release are shorthand and are not entirely clear to the outside interpreter. The congressional committees that obtained the messages Thursday will likely siphon through them to see if, as GOP lawmakers currently believe, there is any evidence of political bias on the part of Strozk and Page.

Strzok was the chief investigator during the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and, notably, watched over the FBI’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

A group of House Republicans are calling for the Department of Justice to investigate Strzok and Page for their potential involvement in a potential interference scheme in the Clinton private email case.

A number of the text messages released thus far between Strzok and Page have caused congressional Republicans to raise their eyebrows.

For example, Strzok told Page that he wanted to have an “insurance policy” in the off chance that Trump defeated Clinton in the 2016 election.

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DOJ Official Linked To Trump Dossier Leaves Another High-Level Post


Reported by Chuck Ross | Reporter | 3:08 PM 01/08/2018

A Justice Department official who was demoted last month after he was found to have links to the Trump dossier has left a second high-level position at the agency, The Daily Caller has confirmed. At the beginning of last month, Bruce Ohr held two positions at DOJ: associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).

Fox News first reported on Monday that Ohr will no longer lead OCDETF. A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed Ohr’s separation from that division but did not say whether Ohr resigned or was removed from the position.

Ohr’s job as associate deputy attorney general put him just a few office doors down from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign.

But Ohr was removed from that position early last month after it was revealed that in 2016, he met separately with Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, and with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm that commissioned the salacious document. Fox News first reported that Ohr met before the election with Steele, a former MI6 agent. He met just after the election with Simpson, who operates Fusion GPS. Ohr’s wife, a former CIA employee and Russia expert named Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS to investigate Trump during the campaign.

Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, told the House Intelligence Committee in November that he had met with Ohr. Fox News has reported that the Justice Department was not aware of Ohr’s links to Fusion GPS and the dossier.

Ohr is slated to meet with the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, agreed last week to make Ohr and several other DOJ and FBI officials available for interviews with the House panel.

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FBI Lawyer and Comey Confidante Under Investigation for Leaking Classified Intel to Media!


Reported By Onan Coca | July 28, 2017

Trump Admin. ARRESTS Leaker, Guess Who it is…


The Justice Department has filed charges against a 25-year-old woman. Reality Leigh Winner has been accused of stealing Top Secret information and providing it to the online news outlet, The Intercept.

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The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Georgia. The report states Winner is accused of “removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.”

Winner lives in Augusta and worked for Pluribus International since Feb. 13. There, she did have Top Secret clearance.

On May 9th, according to the complaint, “Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it.” She then mailed (yes, mailed, envelope, stamp, the whole nine yards) the information to the online news source a few days later. The documents “appeared to be folded and/or creased, suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space.” 

The agency conducted an internal audit and found only six people had printed the information. One of them was Winner.

“A further audit of the six individuals’ desk computers revealed that WINNER had e-mail contact with the News Outlet. The audit did not reveal that any of the other individuals had e-mail contact with the News Outlet.”

leaker

Not the smartest leaker if you ask us.

Though the news outlet was not named in the complaint, NBC News reported that the recipient of the information was The Intercept, a website founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. 

The U.S. agency that contracts with Pluribus International was also not named, but it is known that the National Security Agency does contract work through the firm.

The content of the stolen documents also leads to the conclusion that it was the NSA. The documents contained Top Secret information about Russia’s attempts to hack into voter registration systems prior to the election.

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FBI agents interviewed Winner at her home on Saturday. During the interview she acknowledged that “she intentionally identified and printed” classified information “despite not having a ‘need to know,’ and with knowledge that the intelligence reporting was classified.”

“Winner further admitted removing the classified intelligence reporting from her office space, retaining it, and mailing it from Augusta, Georgia, to the news outlet, which she knew was not authorized to receive or possess the documents,” the complaint reads.

The U.S. agency notified the FBI of the breach on June 1. The news outlet to which Winner provided the information contacted the agency the day before and said that it was in possession of documents it believed were authored by the agency. The news outlet said that it planned to publish an article based on the documents.

The federal complaint then states that the news outlet published the information on May 5. That appears to be an error. The Intercept published an article based on stolen NSA documents on Monday.

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She was definitely not the smartest leaker ever and it was pretty easy to find her.

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