FBI Director Comey visits White House
Mar 24, 2017 BY JORDAN FABIAN
FBI Director James Comey was at the White House on Friday, days after he confirmed his bureau is investigating ties between associates of President Trump and Russia.
The White House said Comey visited to attend a “routine interagency meeting,” but did not say with whom he met.
No meeting with Comey was listed on the president’s public schedule. Comey was spotted leaving the White House less than an hour later after television cameras showed him entering the West Wing.
The director on Monday made a bombshell revelation during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI is probing whether members of Trump’s presidential campaign and transition team cooperated with Moscow’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.
Comey also said he has seen no evidence to back up Trump’s claim that former President Obama ordered Trump Tower wiretapped during the election. [It has been established through several sources that Trump has been spied upon by MB Obama for 8 years]
The FBI director’s last known visit to the White House came two days after Trump’s inauguration, when the president warmly shook his hand at a reception for first responders and law enforcement officials.
FBI Director Comey Unexpectedly Shows Up At The White House
And as CNBC adds, around 3pm ET, Comey departed the White House after his unannounced visit.
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ABC’s Jennfier Hasler reports that FBI Director James Comey is at The White House and has had no response from either The FBI or White House as to why..
Interesting timing no doubt after Nunes’ press conference this morning…
“The lack of a leak investigation is quite concerning. We need to make sure that these leaks are being tracked down…There are just questions that we have for Dir. Comey and Adm. Rogers probably that they couldn’t answer in a public setting…”
What happens next?
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The former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence says it would be highly unusual for any raw intelligence transcripts to reach the White House, and he says if any “incidental” surveillance that did go to political operatives, then lawmakers should actively encourage and protect whistleblowers who may come forward.
This week, the current chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told President Trump and the media that he has seen evidence suggesting Trump associates and possibly even Trump himself were picked up by U.S. surveillance.
But former Chairman Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., says the idea of transcripts from incidental surveillance ending up at the White House is stunning.
“My sources and what I gleaned from what Chairman Nunes said on Wednesday, it appears there was raw intelligence, actual transcripts of this incidental collection at the White House,” said Hoekstra, who notes that more corroboration needs to come forward to back up the claims from Nunes.
“It’s not that I was generally refused access to raw intelligence. I never saw it. I can’t remember one instance. I checked with my legal counsel this morning just to make sure I hadn’t and said, ‘Is it true I never saw raw intelligence?’ He said, ‘ That’s right. We never did,’” said Hoekstra.
Under normal circumstances, intelligence on American citizens uncovered by the intelligence community must meet very high standards to move anywhere along the government food chain.
“Number one, for it to see the light of day in any other agency, it has to reach a pretty high hurdle that says we’re going to share this information with other agencies but we’re going to mask the American presence,” said Hoekstra, referring to the practice of obscuring the identity of Americans involved with any foreign surveillance.
“The second thing then is to get those names unmasked. That’s another high hurdle, because while it’s not illegally collected intelligence, it’s inappropriately collected intelligence because it’s outside of their charter,” said Hoekstra.
Government agencies like the CIA and NSA are forbidden by law from directly ordering surveillance on American citizens.
Hoekstra also hopes to see the intelligence committee put more heat on the key officials who addressed them this week.
“I would bring (NSA Director) Mike Rogers and I would bring (FBI Director) James Comey back. I’m glad they’re coming back and I would nail them for what I believe is incomplete testimony last week,” said Hoekstra.
“For that (raw intelligence) information to have found its way to the White House. I believe that James Comey and Mike Rogers of the NSA would both have known of that information being at the White House. They should have shared that with the committee. If anything, they led the committee in different directions,” said Hoekstra.
He points specifically to Comey denying evidence exists to support Trump’s tweet that Obama ordered him to be wiretapped. Hoekstra says that allowed Comey to dodge the broader issue.
“In the larger context, it is people working on behalf of the president under the authority of the former president may have directly or indirectly surveilled his transition team. Mr. Comey maybe should have been more open about that,” said Hoekstra.
With Nunes discussing evidence he has seen but does not have and the top Democrat on the committee focusing on alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Hoekstra says getting people with direct knowledge of the issue to come forward and testify is essential.
But there’s a problem.
“The intelligence community has some of the weakest whistleblower protections anywhere in the federal government,” he said.
Nonetheless, Hoekstra says Nunes needs to make it safe for intelligence professionals to tell what they know.
“I would open the doors and get on TV and in the hearings and all of that, saying ‘If there are people in the intelligence community who believe that there were things that were done wrong, please come to the committee, bypass the whistleblower steps in the intelligence committee, and bring materials immediately to this committee. We will protect you,’” said Hoekstra.
WASHINGTON – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., revealed Friday morning.
Nunes, the committee chairman, also said he has asked FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers to testify in a closed session on Tuesday.
They are likely to be presented with information that contradicts their testimony before the committee on Monday that they had no information to support President Trump’s claims that President Obama spied on him.
While the NSA has agreed to turn over more reports on the apparent spying by the Obama administration, the FBI is apparently stalling or stonewalling.
Nunes said the FBI still has not agreed to his request to provide its intelligence reports on the Trump transition team.
Theses are the latest developments in a rapidly expanding story that could confirm President Trump’s accusation that the Obama administration spied on him and his inner circle.
A source told Fox News the NSA will provide the House Intelligence Committee with potential “smoking gun” documentation proving the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and maybe even the president-elect.
Multiple sources said the intelligence information will prove the Obama administration misused information gained from legitimate surveillance of foreign targets to spy on the president-elect.
That is said to include the “unmasking”, or revealing the identity of those spied upon and sharing those identities in the intelligence community, which would be a criminal offense.
Sources told Fox, “[T]he paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.”
Nunes said he expects the full extent of the spying to be disclosed Friday, and that he also expects the NSA documentation will provide more intelligence than he has already seen.
That will apparently include additional information that would appear to contradict testimony before the House Intelligence committee on Monday by Comey and Rogers that they had no information to support President Trump’s claims that President Obama spied on him.
It is not clear if any of that information will be made public on Friday, but it will likely take congressional investigators some time to examine the documents and determine their significance.
Nunes said on CNN that after reading reports he was confident the Obama administration “had a pretty good idea of what President-elect Trump was up to and what his transition team was up to and who they were meeting with.”
Nunes would not rule out the possibility that Obama was personally involved in the surveillance.
The Intelligence Committee chair revealed on Wednesday, as WND reported, that he had learned from intelligence sources that “on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.”
And that details about those people “were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting” even though they had “little or no apparent foreign intelligence value.”
Nunes also confirmed that names of Trump transition team members were unmasked, quite possibly in violation of the law, which the congressman said he found “alarming.”
The NSA documentation to be delivered to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday will reportedly verify the information Nunes revealed on Wednesday, and add to it.
Nunes said the committee will try to find out who saw the classified information, why the reports were not reported to Congress, and who requested and authorized the unmasking of those who were surveilled.
Perhaps of the greatest significance to former Obama administration officials, and Obama himself, is that the committee will also try to learn whether the intelligence community was ordered to spy on president-elect Trump.
When asked, Nunes said he could not rule out that Obama ordered the spying.
On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was grilled about an AP report published Wednesday that claimed Manafort “secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to ‘greatly benefit the Putin Government,’” during the administration of President George W. Bush.
Peppered with reporters’ questions as to whether that proved some kind of collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, Spicer repeatedly noted that the business dealings examined in the report were from the last decade.
And that Manafort was only involved with the Trump campaign for five months, ending in August.
He also noted, “Nothing in this morning’s report referenced any actions by the president, the White House or any Trump administration official.”
Spicer went on to turn the tables on the media narrative about Russia meddling in the election. He observed that, just recently, “John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair, sat on the board of a Russian-based energy company. This was something tied to Hillary Clinton, who was the face of the failed Russia reset policy.”
Spicer also noted: “As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, along with the Obama administration, approved a deal that gave Russia one-fifth of America’s uranium reserves.
“Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, received over half-a-million dollars by a paid speech by a bank connected to the uranium deal. And Vladimir Putin personally called the former president and thanked him for giving the speech.”
The press secretary charged that the Clintons had far more extensive ties to Russia than did Manafort, and, “while secretary of state, Hillary was crafting a policy she said was designed to ‘strengthen Russia.’”
Spicer warned “members of the media trying to conflate Paul’s role in activities with Monday’s hearing” by Nunes’ committee on possible meddling by Russia in the 2016 election campaign.
“Numerous individuals,” recounted the press secretary, “including former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and acting CIA Director Mike Morrell and members of the intelligence community from both parties who have been briefed, have said across the board that they have seen zero evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.”
“And,” he concluded, “that’s not going to be changed by former business dealings of a campaign staffer from a decade ago.”
Donald Trump joked during the presidential campaign that the Russians should try to find the missing emails of Democrat Hillary Clinton, who used an unsecured server while she was secretary of state, and that perhaps he would authorize an investigation that might put her in jail if he became president.
But since Trump’s huge victory over Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, he’s largely been quiet about any misdeeds she committed in violation of the trust Americans gave her when she was appointed by Barack Obama.
Others, however, have not.
The newest move comes from Judicial Watch, which has sued the federal government for not carrying out a routine assessment of the damage that may have been done to America’s security by her actions.
The case against the Office of National Intelligence and the Department of State is intended to force the government to produce a report that details whether Clinton’s scandalous private email practices damaged national security.
The lawsuit cites Intelligence Community Directive 732, a 2014 rule that requires a damage assessment to be conducted if there is “an actual or suspected unauthorized disclosure or compromise of classified national intelligence that may cause damage to U.S. national security.”
Despite Directive 732, Judicial Watch notes, the Office of National Intelligence announced in September 2016 that no intelligence damage assessment into Clinton’s practices would happen.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says the lawsuit gives the Trump administration a golden opportunity to hold Clinton and the Obama administration accountable.
“The Obama administration conspired with Hillary Clinton regarding her emails, so it is no surprise that Obama officials wouldn’t want to hold her to account for her mishandling of classified materials,” Fitton said.
“This lawsuit is an opportunity for the Trump administration to get back to basics on the Clinton email scandal and find out what damage was done to our national security as a result of her illicit email practices.”
The suit zeroes in on FBI Director James Comey and the details he provided in his July 2016 announcement that he would not refer prosecution to the Justice Department.
“From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received,” Comey said at the time. “Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification.”
The lawsuit claims the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has directly violated the Intelligence Community Directive 732 and failed to produce an assessment into Clinton’s email practices, which it is required to do regardless of what the FBI claims.
In addition to the ODNI and the State Department, Judicial Watch is going after anyone even remotely involved in obstructing access to the emails. The suit names Michael Dempsey as acting director of national intelligence, William Evanina as national counterintelligence executive and Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state.
Judicial Watch said in its case in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that it sought records about the decision beginning last fall.
The problem, the complaint explains, is that “during her tenure as U.S. secretary of state from January 2009 to February 2013, Hillary Rodham Clinton used at least one unofficial, unsecure email account, one or more unofficial, unsecure email server(s), and multiple unofficial, unsecure devices to send and receive email when conducting official, State Department business.”
But the assessment was not done even after, following “a year-long investigation into Secetray Clinton’s email practices, the FBI concluded that emails went or received by the secretary on her unsecure, unofficial email servicer contained ‘Top Secret,’ ‘Secret,’ and ‘Confidential’ information.”
While Comey found Clinton was “extremely careless,” he recommended against charging her criminally.
The case says it was Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who “reportedly decided that the required assessment would not be conducted.”
Judicial Watch said that if the intelligence community “had conducted a damage assessment of Secretary Clinton’s email practices … plaintiff undoubtedly would have submitted a FOIA request for the report of the assessment and for any other records about the assessment as part of its ongoing investigation.”
Judicial Watch claims the Administrative Procedure Act was violated.
WND reported earlier this year a Justice Department inspector general started an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the case.
It’s rare for the inspector general to publicly disclose investigations, but Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz did just that when he announced the probe in a statement. Horowitz said the Justice Department will look into “allegations that department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information” and whether some officials should have removed themselves from the probe.
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