Comey Under Investigation for Handling of Classified Information

By The Daily Caller. Former FBI director James Comey is under investigation for mishandling classified information, DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz revealed Monday.

He is specifically under investigation for his handling of memos he wrote about interactions with President Trump while FBI director.

“Comey said he did not expect a report on his handling of classified information because, ‘That’s frivolous.’ I don’t happen to think that it is frivolous,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said during a Senate hearing Monday.

(Read more from “Comey Under Investigation for Handling of Classified Information” HERE)

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Senate Judiciary Chair Grassley Calls for Probe of James Comey’s ‘Disturbing’ Email Practices

By Fox News. Investigators should probe whether former FBI Director James Comey discussed classified information using a personal email account, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Monday at a hearing on the Justice Department watchdog’s bombshell report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz were testifying before the panel.

During the hearing, Horowitz revealed that the DOJ watchdog is already investigating Comey concerning his leaked memos documenting his interactions with President Trump, which critics charged may have contained classified information.

“We’ve received a referral on that from the FBI … and we will issue a report when the matter is complete,” Horowitz said.

Under questioning from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, Wray pointedly refused to discuss specifics over whether Comey had lied in his previous testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, citing “pending” investigative matters at the FBI. (Read more from “Senate Judiciary Chair Grassley Calls for Probe of James Comey’s ‘Disturbing’ Email Practices” HERE)

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In Devastating Blow to Credibility, Southern Poverty Law Center Pays Millions for Labeling Activist an Extremist

By Washington Times. The Southern Poverty Law Center took a devastating hit to its credibility and reinforced its reputation for unfairly wielding the “hate” label Monday by agreeing to pay millions of dollars to an organization previously included on a list of “extremists.”

In a stunning settlement, SPLC President Richard Cohen issued an apology and agreed to pay $3.375 million to the British-based Quilliam Foundation and founder Maajid Nawaz after they appeared in a since-deleted 2016 journalists’ guide to “anti-Muslim extremists.”

The agreement, reached after Mr. Nawaz threatened to sue, prompted the center’s many critics on the right to reissue calls for media outlets and companies, which include Google and Amazon, to stop relying on the center for neutral “hate group” assessments.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, one of 954 groups listed on the SPLC’s “hate map,” argued that the settlement terms “leave the media and big business with no excuse in continuing to use the SPLC as an objective, independent source.”

“The Southern Poverty has long been the Left’s pit bull — resorting to smears and a hate map to advance its liberal political agenda,” Mr. Perkins said in a statement. “But its falsehoods and dangerous tactics have finally caught up with them — with the group doling out millions in a defamatory settlement.” (Read more from “In Devastating Blow to Credibility, Southern Poverty Law Center Pays Millions for Labeling Activist an Extremist” HERE)

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SPLC Apologizes, Pays Settlement to Islamic Reformer It Wrongly Labeled ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist’

By National Review. The Southern Poverty Law Center has reached a settlement with liberal Islamic reformer Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, for wrongly including them on its now-defunct list of “anti-Muslim extremists.”

The SPLC announced Monday that it has agreed to pay Nawaz and Quilliam $3.375 million “to fund their work to fight anti-Muslim bigotry and extremism.” The settlement was the result of a lawsuit Nawaz filed in April over his inclusion on the SPLC’s “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”

The list, which was published in 2016 and was intended to serve as a resource for journalists, was deleted shortly after Nawaz filed the suit. The deletion came roughly two years after Nawaz first demanded a retraction. (Read more from “SPLC Apologizes, Pays Settlement to Islamic Reformer It Wrongly Labeled ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist’” HERE)

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Today’s Internet Not ‘Sustainable,’ Experts Warn

The digital world has been flooded with concerns in recent months over the power of the giant tech companies, particularly Google and Facebook, to control the flow of information. . .

Now Congress has been told that the “digital ecosystem” that exists today is unworkable.

“Two companies dominate the market. The privacy of internet users is under assault. The revenue model that sustained journalism is broken. The ad platforms are manipulated by foreign adversaries. Secrecy and complexity are increasing as accountability is diminished,” said the Electronic Privacy Information Center in a statement delivered to members of Congress. . .

The letter explained: “Today’s digital advertising techniques are very different from traditional advertising models. In the analog world, consumers could readily identify the placement of an ad, the source and its purpose. There was little need for advertisers to gather personal data from users. Perhaps most critically, advertising supported editorial content. Advertising made possible the publication of daily news. Traditional advertising sustained a healthy ecosystem that also made possible the production of news without government subsidy. Much of that has changed,” the letter said.

“There are many problems today with the Digital Advertising Ecosystems – profiling and tracking of internet users, increasing concentration of providers (Google and Facebook), the loss of support for editorial content, discriminatory practices and redlining, preferencing the advertiser’s products over competitor’s, and political ads purchased by foreign advertisers intended [to] undermine democratic elections. (Read more from “Today’s Internet Not ‘Sustainable,’ Experts Warn” HERE)

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Ted Cruz Proposes Emergency Bill to Address Child Separation – Here’s What It Does

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) offered Monday an emergency proposal meant to address and mitigate the crisis of family separations by immigration enforcement officials at the border. . .

Cruz’s bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, from about 375 to 750, in order to more quickly adjudicate asylum and illegal immigration cases.

It would also set up additional temporary shelters to accommodate families who would under current policy be separated.

Cruz’s bill also says that families should stay together except on two occasions, when there is criminal conduct or there appears a threat of harm to children. . .

The media is attempting to place all the blame of family separation on President Donald Trump, but the administration has pointed out that the law that led to the policy has been in place for more than a decade. (Read more from “Ted Cruz Proposes Emergency Bill to Address Child Separation – Here’s What It Does” HERE)

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Establish Proposed ‘Space Force’

President Trump announced on Monday that he wants the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to immediately begin creating a sixth branch of the military — an independent “Space Force.” . . .

The president told the council: “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.

“We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal…My administration is reclaiming America’s heritage as the world’s greatest spacefaring nation.” . . .

The Commander in Chief also expressed his vision for reviving the US space program. As part of that effort, Trump pledged to launch new moon missions and to eventually send astronauts to Mars. He reiterated that he does not want “China and Russia and other countries leading us.” . . .

Director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Todd Harrison, took to Twitter on Monday to make several points about the Space Force initiative. In his first post, Harrison said of the president’s announcement that this was “at least the third time he has said something like this publicly, so it’s not completely out of the blue.”

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Anti-Trump FBI Agent Willing to Testify Before Congress — and Leave No Stone Unturned

By The Blaze. FBI agent Peter Strzok, whose controversial text messages with an ex-FBI lawyer exposed apparent wrongdoing inside the Department of Justice, is willing to testify before Congress, his lawyer said in a surprise letter Sunday.

Strzok’s announcement comes just days after DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz released his report on the DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which Strzok helped lead. . .

According to the Washington Post, Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, sent House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) a letter Sunday revealing his client is ready to tell his side of the story and potentially “clear his name.”

Goelman said Strzok is willing to testify without immunity and would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to any question from a member of Congress. He also said Strzok is willing to testify before any committee that requests him. . .

Strzok, in addition to being a key agent in the FBI’s Clinton investigation, was also a lead agent in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation before being removed last year when the internal DOJ watchdog discovered his anti-Trump text messages. (Read more from “Anti-Trump FBI Agent Peter Strzok Willing to Testify Before Congress — and Leave No Stone Unturned” HERE)

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Trump Blasts ‘Sick Loser’ Peter Strzok, ‘Sick Deal’ With Comey, Mueller Connections

By Fox News. President Trump took to Twitter Sunday to blast the FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team after sending anti-Trump text messages to his mistress, calling his actions “Witch Hunt!” and “a really sick deal.”

Trump tweeted: “Why was the FBI’s sick loser, Peter Strzok, working on the totally discredited Mueller team of 13 Angry & Conflicted Democrats, when Strzok was giving Crooked Hillary a free pass yet telling his lover, lawyer Lisa Page, that ‘we’ll stop’ Trump from becoming President?”

The president added, “Also remember that they all worked for Slippery James Comey and that Comey is best friends with Robert Mueller. A really sick deal, isn’t it?”

Through his lawyer, Strzok announced Sunday he’s willing to testify before the House Judiciary Committee or any other congressional panel that invites him. The reported offer to testify came three days after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote that Strzok’s messaged conversations with FBI attorney Lisa Page created the appearance that investigative decisions may have been motivated by bias against then-candidate Trump. (Read more from “Trump Blasts ‘Sick Loser’ Peter Strzok, ‘Sick Deal’ With Comey, Mueller Connections” HERE)

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5 Killed When SUV Packed With Illegal Aliens Crashes on Texas Highway

By The Daily Caller. An SUV carrying a dozen illegal immigrants crashed while trying to flee border agents in Texas on Sunday, killing five people who were ejected from the speeding vehicle, according to local media reports.

The crash occurred around noon, when Border Patrol agents attempted to stop a Chevrolet Suburban traveling on Highway 85 in Dimmit County, a rural expanse near the Texas-Mexico border.

With border agents giving chase, the SUV reached speeds of about 100 miles an hour before the driver lost control and caused the vehicle to roll over, San Antonio News4 reported, citing the Dimmit County Sheriff’s office. As many as 12 illegal immigrants were ejected during the rollover, four of whom died at the scene. . .

A total of 14 people were in the SUV, including the driver and a person sitting in the front passenger seat. Both are believed to be U.S. citizens and are currently in police custody, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials said some of the injured migrants were transported by medial helicopters to San Antonio Military Medical Center and others were taken by ambulance to local hospitals. (Read more from “5 Killed When SUV Packed With Illegal Aliens Crashes on Texas Highway” HERE)

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5 Dead After SUV Being Chased by Border Patrol Crashes

By News 4 San Antonio. . .A border patrol agent observed three vehicles traveling one behind the other on FM 2664 and suspected a smuggling attempt was happening, the agency said in a statement. The agent was able to stop one of the vehicle and called out a description of the other two. A second border patrol agent was able to pull over the second vehicle but the third refused to stop. The agency said multiple arrest were made in both vehicles.

The passenger, also believed to be a U.S. citizen, is currently in custody.

Boyd said there needs to be a wall built because this is a “real problem” in the area.

The incident is under investigation by the US Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Border Patrol said in a statement. (Read more from “5 Dead After SUV Being Chased by Border Patrol Crashes” HERE)

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Nunes Says Impeachment Is Now on the Table for Rod Rosenstein

By The Daily Caller. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday that “there will be hell to pay” — including impeachment for top Justice Department officials — if the agency fails this week to give Congress documents about an FBI informant used to spy on the Trump campaign.

“We can’t force the resignation, but we can hold in contempt, we can pass resolutions, we can impeach. I think we’re getting close to there,” Nunes said of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Nunes has battled Rosenstein for months over other documents related to the Russia investigation. The Justice Department and FBI stalled for months to provide information about the Steele dossier as well as about a secret surveillance warrant taken out against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The most recent standoff concerns Nunes’ request for documents related to a longtime FBI and CIA source who the bureau tasked to meet with three Trump campaign advisers, including Page.

Nunes and other members of the so-called Gang of Eight met with Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday to discuss Intelligence Committee’s requests for documents about the informant, who is reported to be former University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper. (Read more from “Nunes Says Impeachment Is Now on the Table for Rod Rosenstein” HERE)

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Rep. Devin Nunes Talks Meeting With FBI, DOJ Officials

By Fox News. [Nunes speaking to reporter:]

However, I think that we have a process to move forward. We’re supposed to meet on Monday. Our staffs are supposed to meet on Monday. And all the subpoenas are supposed to be complied with this week.

Now, I’m not sure. I have — my confidence level is extremely low that DOJ and FBI are going to comply. I don’t have a lot of confidence.

However, it was good that the speaker of the House was there, along with the other two committee chairmen, to make sure that the FBI and DOJ know that they have been put on notice, that we’re not going to take no for an answer anymore, and that the subpoenas will be complied with, or the House will have to take other measures.

So, what does this mean is, how did you use our nation’s counterintelligence capabilities — these are capabilities that are used to track terrorists and other bad guys around the globe — how did you weaponize that against a political campaign, the Trump campaign, where, ultimately, it ended up in Carter Page having FISA warrants put against him, which allowed the government to go in and grab all of his e-mails and phone calls?

So, that’s primarily what we have been investigating for many, many months. We have asked for documents as it relates to — to that. And on — and I will tell you, Chairman Gowdy was very, very clear with the Department of Justice and FBI, and said that if there was any vectoring of any informants or spies or whatever you want to call them into the Trump campaign before the investigation began, we better know about it by Sunday, meaning today.

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Comey’s Latest Post Triggers Concerns He’s Preparing an Insanity Defense, and a 2020 Run?

An odd photo that disgraced former FBI Director James Comey posted to Twitter on Saturday triggered concerns that he might be planning a presidential run in 2020.

The photo depicted Comey standing in the middle of a cornfield field in Iowa, a state that tends to attract a lot of presidential contenders because it holds the first contest of the presidential primary season.

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The photo Comey tweeted from Iowa over the weekend was actually his second one. He had tweeted his first Iowa photo a day earlier.

So is he planning a run for the presidency or what? Most likely not. As noted by CNN contributor Susan Hennessey in a tweet Saturday, the former FBI director’s in-laws live in Iowa, ergo why he vacations there from time to time:

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Conway: Has the FBI Agent Who Called Trump Supporters ‘Retarded’ Been Fired Yet?

White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway spoke with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday to discuss a variety of issues, but raised an interesting question – has anybody been fired from the FBI yet after the scandalizing Inspector General report showed immense bias amongst certain FBI agents?

“… It’s so disturbing to anyone, Chuck, when you read this IG report and you see some of the comments that are being made in text messages. On September 9th, the same day that Hillary Clinton would go on to refer to President Trump’s supporters as irredeemable and deplorable. The same day, an FBI agent according to the IG report referred to Trump’s supporters in Iowa, excuse me, Ohio as ‘retarded’. Are we comfortable with that? Who is that person? Does that person still work at the FBI? Are they still getting government resources? Do they have his top secret security clearance?” Conway asked host Chuck Todd. (emphasis added).

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“Are you comfortable with the fact that the New York FBI office was leaking stuff to Devin Nunes in September of 2016 as well? I mean, against Hillary Clinton,” Todd retorted. . .

“Well, I’m very uncomfortable that in, apparently, in exchange for some leaks, that FBI officials were taking gifts from journalists. And you should be very concerned, too. I’m sure you are. That people are being offered meals, and tickets to games and things of real value. What were they getting in exchange? A new friend? Or someone who would be a source for them? It’s very disconcerting. There are many disconcerting things in this report. And I know people are running around cherry picking it according to their own political point of view. What I would, what I would recommend, Chuck, is that everybody take the time to really digest 568 pages,” Conway said.

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