The Comey Memos Have Been Leaked – and They’re All on the Internet; Dossier Trump Briefing a Setup?

By The Blaze. The memos that James Comey wrote to document his interactions with President Trump were delivered to Congress on Thursday, and promptly leaked to the Associated Press, which posted them online . . .

The Department of Justice made the Comey memos available to Congress on Thursday at the request of the House Judiciary, Oversight and Intelligence Committees . . .

In one of the memos, Comey related details from a dinner with the president in late January 2017, and writes that he told Trump, “I don’t do sneaky things, I don’t leak.”

Fox News’ Ed Henry pointed out the coincidence of Comey’s comments being revealed on the same day that former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe was referred by the Department of Justice inspector general to the Attorney General for possible criminal prosecution for lying about leaking to the press.

The Associated Press social media account posted some excerpts from the memos, including a salacious quote allegedly from Putin told to quote.

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Comey Memos Leaked — Here’s What They Say

By The Daily Caller. The documents detail various conversations he allegedly had with President Donald Trump.

Comey has said he authored the memos in order to aid his memory of various meetings with the president. On Thursday, the classified memos were sent to Congress and subsequently leaked to the press. There are several memos dating from early January to April of 2017, including Comey’s first meeting with Trump to phone calls they had in March of that year.

According to one memo, President Trump told Comey that he had “serious reservations” about the “judgment” of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn would later plead guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with a Russian ambassador.

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During a phone conversation with the president on March 30, Comey and Trump allegedly discussed the Russia investigation and Trump urged Comey to tell the public that he wasn’t under investigation.

“I told him I would see what we could do and we would do the work well and as quickly as we could,” Comey wrote. (Read more from “Comey Memos Leaked — Here’s What They Say” HERE)

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Comey’s Memos Indicate Dossier Briefing of Trump Was a Setup

By The Federalist. Newly released memos written by former FBI director James Comey indicate that an early 2017 briefing for then-President-elect Donald Trump about the contents of an infamous dossier was held so it could be leaked to media outlets eager to report on the dossier’s allegations. In multiple memos, Comey specifically mentioned that CNN had the dossier and wanted a “news hook” that would enable the network to report on its most salacious allegations even though they had not been verified.

“I said the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow from about 2013,” Comey wrote of his conversation with Trump in a classified memo that was released in redacted form late Thursday. “I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands.”

No media organizations had reported the allegations at the time Comey briefed Trump.

“I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook,” Comey added in his memo about the briefing with Trump on January 6, 2017.

In another classified memo written on January 28, 2017, Comey wrote that in a separate meeting Trump mentioned the allegation about the alleged tape of prostitutes at a hotel and called it “fake news.” (Read more from “Comey’s Memos Indicate Dossier Briefing of Trump Was a Setup” HERE)

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‘Body of Evidence’ Emerging Tying Lynch, Comey Together in Massive Scandal

By Conservative Tribune. There have long been suspicions among Republicans that the Obama administration’s Department of Justice and FBI coordinated with each other in regard to exonerating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ending the investigation of her scandalous use of a private email server.

Based on recent commentary from Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and member of the Oversight Committee, it would appear that a “growing body of evidence” has been uncovered to support and ultimately prove such coordination took place between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and fired FBI Director James Comey, among others.

Independent Journal Review reported on Meadows’ remarks during a Thursday appearance on Fox News, in which the congressman revealed the existence of documents, emails and texts which would prove that Comey had lied under oath to Congress when he assured them there’d been no such coordination on the Clinton investigation.

“We have a number of documents, a growing body of evidence, that now would suggest that Director Comey, who under sworn testimony a number of times said, there was no coordination between Loretta Lynch’s DOJ and (Comey’s) FBI investigation,” stated Meadows.

“Not only was that false … but we have emails that would suggest that testimony was false, and at best misled the American public, at worst was lying to Congress,” he continued. (Read more from “‘Body of Evidence’ Emerging Tying Lynch, Comey Together in Massive Scandal” HERE)

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Comey Friend Hints Forthcoming Report Could Be Damning for Loretta Lynch

By Washington Examiner. A “good friend” of former FBI Director James Comey’s said he is “very much” looking forward to what the upcoming Justice Department inspector general report on the Clinton email investigation has to say about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch — the former Obama administration official now engaged in a war of words with Comey.

Benjamin Wittes, editor in chief of Lawfare, wrote at length Wednesday about the backstory of Comey’s new tell-all memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. While he said Comey isn’t without blame for how he handled the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized private email server, he said the consideration of other decision-makers, “particularly Lynch,” paint a full picture for those people who believe the probe was a “train wreck” that cost Clinton the 2016 presidential election.

Noting the “selective outrage” against Comey for announcing the case was reopened less than two weeks before the election, Wittes said, “Lynch was a compromised figure with respect to the emails ‘matter.'”

The mention of a “matter” is a reference to Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last year, in which he said Lynch requested he minimize Clinton’s email investigation, urging him to call it a “matter” instead of an “investigation.” (Read more from “Comey Friend Hints Forthcoming Report Could Be Damning for Loretta Lynch” HERE)

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Trump Aims to End Mueller Probe with a Surprising Addition to Legal Team

By The Blaze. The Washington Post reported Thursday that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining President Trump’s legal team and he aims to negotiate an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign . . .

Giuliani explained what his goal was to be on the team – to negotiate an end to the Mueller investigation.

“I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller,” Giuliani said to the Washington Post.

‘It is an honor to be a part of such an important legal team, and I look forward to not only working with the President but with Jay [Sekulow], Ty [Cobb], and their colleagues,” Giuliani added in a statement . . .

Giuliani was asked about whether he believed Trump should fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has authority over the special counsel investigations after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. (Read more from “Trump Aims to End Mueller Probe with a Surprising Addition to Legal Team” HERE)

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Guiliani Says He’s Joining Trump’s Legal Team

By CNN. Rudy Giuliani is joining President Donald Trump’s personal legal team, Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow announced Thursday.

In an interview with CNN, Giuliani said he wants to make clear that his role on the legal team will be “limited.” . . .

Giuliani, who spoke to CNN on the phone soon after news broke about his role, was careful to praise Trump’s current legal team, but he said that sometimes it helps to bring on a fresh perspective. . .

Giuliani said he is going to get a list from Mueller of what is needed to “comply” with the rest of the investigation as soon as he can, and depending on what is on the list, that compliance might go quickly, even as soon as “a couple of weeks.” (Read more from “Guiliani Says He’s Joining Trump’s Legal Team” HERE)

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Five Men Break into Home, Man Pulls out AR-15 and Does What Is Necessary

Three men were asleep inside their Glen St. Mary, Fla., mobile home when five young intruders claiming to be police broke down the front door at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, News 4 Jax reports.

The first intruder wore a mask and shouted, “Sheriff’s office!” from outside the trailer before breaking the front door down and shooting a single round.

Upon hearing the break-in, two of the three men staying in the mobile home — one armed with an AR–15 and another with a handgun — confronted the criminals with open fire in self-defense.

The armed victims shot about 30 rounds, killing the gunman who wore a mask — Corey Lauramore — and wounding two others — William Lauramore and an unidentified 16-year-old.

The intruders’ group was made up of a total of seven young men, even though only five entered the house, including Corey Lauamore, 18; William Lauramore, 24; Joseph Albino, 24; Zachary Bell, 20; Christian Watkins, 19; Cayden Lauramore, 15; and a 16-year-old male. (Read more from “Five Men Break into Home, Man Pulls out AR-15 and Does What Is Necessary” HERE)

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The Amount of Californian’s That Support the Travel Ban Will Surprise You

By The Guardian. Half of Californians support the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries and 59% are in favor of increased deportations, according to a new survey that suggests there are widespread conservative and xenophobic views in one of the most progressive US states.

The poll, conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, found that while a majority of Californians say they broadly support immigrants’ rights and refugees, many also back signature features of Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda in a state that has served as the leader in opposing the president’s policies.

“In this period when immigrants are being attacked, Californians felt that it’s important to increase deportations,” said Olivia Araiza, the director of the Haas Institute’s Blueprint for Belonging Project, which commissioned the survey alongside the polling group Latino Decisions. “Even Californians are sensitive to rhetoric that excludes people.”

The poll was released at a time of intensifying disputes between the Trump administration and the Golden State, which is home to more than 2 million undocumented people, nearly a quarter of all unauthorized immigrants in the US. Last year, the state passed a landmark “sanctuary” law meant to limit local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities, sparking a US justice department lawsuit and mass arrests and raids.

While the state’s urban centers like San Francisco and Los Angeles are known as liberal havens, there are some signs of rightwing rage brewing in certain conservative regions under Trump. (Read more from “The Amount of Californian’s That Support the Travel Ban Will Surprise You” HERE)

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Half of Californians Support Deportations, Muslim Travel Ban, Survey Finds

By Fox News. An overwhelming majority of Californians want to deport more illegal immigrants, and nearly half support President Trump’s travel ban aimed at reducing terrorism, according to a new survey from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

But in reporting the findings of the statewide December 2017 survey, the Haas Institute on Wednesday appeared to put a liberal spin on some of the results.

For example, the headline of its news release reads, “Majority of Californians oppose border wall, support racial inclusion.”

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Democrats’ IT Staffer Just Made a Terrifying Claim of the Power He Has over the White House

The father of a Pakistani tech aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and other House Democrats transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, according to the father’s former business partner, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

Investigators already have concluded the congressional IT aide, Imran Awan, and other family members made “unauthorized access” to House servers while working as highly paid IT administrators for House Democrats until Capitol Police began probing them in early 2017.

In the latest development, the former business partner, Rashid Minhas, said Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, reported TheDCNF, which traveled to Faisalabad, Pakistan, for the story.

Minhas said Imran Awan bragged he had the power to “change the U.S. president.” . . .

Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence, the ISI, often has been accused of supporting al-Qaida while also being a target of jihadists. When the U.S. closed in on Osama bin-Laden, the CIA director at the time, Leon Panetta, said he didn’t warn the ISI about the raid because he feared word might leak to the al-Qaida leader. (Read more from “Democrats’ It Staffer Just Made a Terrifying Claim of the Power He Has over the White House” HERE)

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Pelosi Sends Crazy Email: ‘Mueller Fired’

By WND. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is facing criticism for a bizarre email she sent for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday that said special counsel Robert Mueller had been “fired.”

The email to subscribers was sent just as at least 800 “semi-spontaneous” protests are being coordinated across the U.S., and at least one police commander has warned his officers to keep their riot gear handy in case President Trump fires Mueller. The Pittsburgh commander warned that the move “would result in a large protest within 24 hours” and said the protest “would be semi-spontaneous and more than likely to happen on short notice.”

The subject of Rep. Pelosi’s email was “Mueller FIRED.”

But when recipients clicked on the message, the email itself simply condemned the president based on speculation that he might fire Mueller – not that the president had actually done so.

“I’m so furious I can barely write this email,” she wrote. “President Trump is inches away from firing Robert Mueller and derailing the entire Russia investigation.” (Read more from “Pelosi Sends Crazy Email: ‘Mueller Fired'” HERE)

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Memos Document Comey’s Interactions with Trump

By The Hill. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has handed over to Congress memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, documenting his encounters with President Trump and providing a meticulously detailed, first-hand account of some of the most controversial moments in the Trump presidency.

The memos, obtained by The Hill, document seven conversations Comey had with Trump between January 2017 and April 2017. Four are classified and have been partly redacted, while the remainder are unclassified.

While the major narratives documented in the memos were already publicly known, they provide a few tantalizing new particulars about Trump’s encounters with the president — and have already hardened partisan battle lines on Capitol Hill.

The DOJ, late Thursday, handed over to Congress the 15 pages of contemporaneous notes, which had become something of a holy grail in the controversy over whether the president sought to obstruct justice in the investigation into potential ties between his campaign and Russia.

The three Republican chairmen who forced the release of the memos — Reps. Bob Goodlatte (Va.), Trey Gowdy (S.C.) and Devin Nunes (Calif.) — claimed Thursday that they provide clear evidence that Trump did not seek to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation. (Read more from “Memos Document Comey’s Interactions with Trump” HERE)

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Fresno State Professor Who Bragged She Couldn’t Be Fired Gets Reality Check

By The Daily Wire. On Wednesday, the Fresno State professor who bragged on social media that she couldn’t be fired because she is tenured got a harsh reality check from Fresno State’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO).

During a press conference that was held to address professor Randa Jarrar’s offensive tweets, CAO Dr. Lynnette Zelezny said that tenured employees are not exempt from firing . . .

Clarifying her answer, Zelezny said, “You can be fired. There are certain processes that we have to follow but there are certainly situations where a tenured faculty person can be fired.”

Following the backlash she received online, Jarrar locked her Twitter account and wrote that she is “currently on leave from Fresno State.” (Read more from “Fresno State Professor Who Bragged She Couldn’t Be Fired Gets Reality Check” HERE)
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Fresno State: Tenure Doesn’t Necessarily Protect Professor Who Tweeted About Barbara Bush

By The Fresno Bee. All options are on the table in dealing with the Fresno State professor who called Barbara Bush “an amazing racist” shortly after Bush died at age 92, university President Joseph Castro said Wednesday.

“A professor with tenure does not have blanket protection to say and do what they wish,” he said. “We are all held accountable for our actions.”

Castro declined to comment specifically on how the university may handle Randa Jarrar’s case, citing personnel matters. But he did say the next steps for the university include reviewing all the facts, as well as the faculty’s collective bargaining agreement.

Within an hour after the official announcement that Mrs. Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92., Jarrar took to social media to call the former first lady an “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal.” Jarrar also expressed no concern that she could be fired or reprimanded for her outspokenness.

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Dem Councilman Tells Mourning Family of Dead Teen WHAT?

By NY Daily News. An Ohio councilman apologized to the family of a teen, who died in a van after calling 911 twice pleading for help, for making insensitive comments during a council meeting.

Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young told Kyle Plush’s family members at the meeting Tuesday that “There’s no amount of money that’s going to make you happy.”

“It’s not about the money,” Ron Plush, Kyle’s father, shouted at Young.

“This was the most insensitive thing I’ve ever heard,” said another family fired back. “I’m sorry, you’ve crossed the line.”

The Plush family then stormed out of the meeting as Young continued speaking. (Read more from “Dem Councilman Tells Mourning Family of Dead Teen What?” HERE)

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Wendell Young Apologizes to Kyle Plush’s Family, Tells Mayor Not to Lecture Him

By The Enquirer. Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young apologized Wednesday for comments that outraged the family of a teenager who died despite two desperate calls to 911.

Relatives of Kyle Plush stormed out of City Council chambers Tuesday near the end of a six-hour council committee meeting after Young suggested that police officers, 911 operators and other city officials had most likely done the best they could to help Kyle.

Young said the family, which has pressed the city to investigate what went wrong, would get no benefit from “finger pointing” or “witch hunting.” . . .

On Wednesday, Young told The Enquirer and again said during the City Council meeting that he didn’t mean to offend anyone, especially the grieving family.

“I never meant to hurt their feelings. I am sincerely sorry about that,” Young said before the meeting. “I feel bad about what happened. They’re upset, legitimately so with me. I’m sorry about that.” (Read more from “Wendell Young Apologizes to Kyle Plush’s Family, Tells Mayor Not to Lecture Him” HERE)

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State Changes Jail Rules to Accommodate Transgender Inmates. What Could Go Wrong?

By Conservative Tribune. New York City’s jail system recently announced a new policy that will require jail officials to make special accommodations for transgender inmates. . .

The policy — set to take effect within the next six months — will allow transgender inmates to be housed with other inmates of the gender they choose to identify with, meaning men who identify as women could be housed in the women’s jail and women who identify as men could live with male inmates . . .

The new policy stems from a 2016 order issued by de Blasio which directed all city-owned buildings, including schools and recreation centers, to allow individuals to use the single-sex bathrooms or locker rooms of the gender they choose . . .

While all that may sound well and good, what will they say when a female who identifies as a male is summarily raped or otherwise sexually assaulted after being placed in the men’s jail?

Likewise, what will be the liberal media’s reaction once a conniving male rapist inevitably claims to identify as a female and is then placed in the women’s jail? This “solution” offered up by New York City to the “problem” of where to house inmates confused over their gender identity appears to be a big can of worms that is best left unopened. (Read more from “State Changes Jail Rules to Accommodate Transgender Inmates. What Could Go Wrong?” HERE)

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New York City Jails to Accommodate Transgender Inmates

By The New York Journal. Inmates in New York City’s jail system will be housed with fellow inmates of the gender they identify with, officials said Monday.

The announcement by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city commissioner of human rights means New York will join San Francisco in establishing a policy to accommodate transgender inmates.

“Respecting someone’s gender identity or gender expression is key in making sure that everyone in New York City is living with dignity and respect,” said Carmelyn Malalis, the commissioner of human rights. “The fact that somebody’s incarcerated or not doesn’t really change that.” . . .

Under the new policy, the Department of Correction will house inmates consistent with their gender identity unless the outcome of a federally required safety assessment or the preferences of the inmate require alternative housing. A transgender housing unit is an option for some inmates.

The Department of Correction will have six months to implement the policy. (Read more from “New York City Jails to Accommodate Transgender Inmates” HERE)

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