12 thoughts on “Law and Odor Party

  1. None dare call it treason says:

    “Your guide to the anti-FBI conspiracy theories rippling through conservative media” https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/politics/wp/2018/01/24/your-guide-to-the-anti-fbi-conspiracy-theories-rippling-through-conservative-media/
    “The Justice Department is urging the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, whose staff has compiled a secret memorandum purporting to show “shocking” political bias within the FBI, to give the department a chance to see the memo and warning that first sharing information from the memo with reporters would be “unprecedented” and dangerous. Furthermore, the department said certain allegations of impropriety are completely unfounded.” http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/doj-warns-house-intel-chairman-purported-secret-memo/story?id=52587663 “We believe it would be extraordinarily reckless for the Committee to disclose such information publicly without giving the Department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum and to advise the [committee] of the risk of harm to national security and to ongoing investigations that could come from the public release,” a top Justice Department official wrote in a letter today to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California. “Indeed, we do not understand why the Committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the Intelligence Community.”

  2. Hey Presto says:

    “The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to publicly release a classified memo written by Republicans alleging FBI abuses in the agency’s surveillance, an aggressive move that could feed a GOP push to undercut special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and ratchets up a battle with the Justice Department.
    The committee’s vote to release the memo spearheaded by Chairman Devin Nunes means that the four-page classified document could be made public this week. But in another party-line vote, the committee voted against making a competing Democratic memo from Rep. Adam Schiff of California available as well.
    Under an obscure committee rule to make the classified memo public, which has never been invoked in the panel’s 40-plus-year history, the President now has five days following the vote to decide whether to allow the public release to move forward or object to it.
    Trump, who has called the Russia investigation a hoax and witch hunt, is inclined to release the memo, CNN has reported. But the Justice Department sent Nunes a letter last week saying it would be “extraordinarily reckless” to release the memo without giving the department the opportunity to review it for possible concerns with national security and ongoing investigations.” https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/29/politics/house-intelligence-committee-devin-nunes-memo/index.html

  3. P U says:

    “Trump Angry Mark Warner Tried to Speak with Dossier Author Christopher Steele, but so Did Devin Nunes” (Newsweek 2/9/18) http://www.newsweek.com/trump-angry-mark-warner-tried-speak-dossier-author-christopher-steele-so-did-801934 (Warner is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the Trump campaign).
    “Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who sits on the committee, said late Thursday that the texts are not controversial. Warner “fully disclosed” his contacts with Waldman to the committee four months ago, Rubio tweeted. Also an aide to Republican Chairman Senator Richard Burr told Fox News on Thursday that the committee chairman was aware of Warner’s “back channel” messages attempting to set up a meeting with Steele and that the two revealed the content of the texts to their committee colleagues last October.
    Nunes sent his senior staffer Kashyap Patel and another committee staff member to London last summer to meet with Steele, The New York Times reported early this month. The two showed up unannounced at Steele’s office, and neither Democrats on the committee nor the U.S. Embassy in London were made aware of the trip. Steele refused to meet with the Republican staffers at the time.

  4. Help Wanted says:

    “The No. 3 official at the Justice Department will be stepping down after less than a year, leaving a key vacancy in the succession of people who are tasked with overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.” https://www.npr.org/2018/02/09/584673003/no-3-justice-department-official-rachel-brand-will-step-down “The Justice Department announced Friday evening that Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand will be leaving her job in the coming weeks to take a position in the private sector. Her office oversees the Antitrust Division, the Civil Division, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, the Tax Division, the Office of Justice Programs, the Community Oriented Policing Services, the Community Relations Service, the Office of Dispute Resolution, the Office of Violence Against Women, the Office of Information and Privacy, the Executive Office for United States Trustees and the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. Brand was also a top Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, helping pick nominees for federal judgeships. And she previously clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.”

  5. Representative Democracy says:

    A Partisan Combatant, a Remorseful Blogger: The Senate Staffer Behind the Attack on the Trump-Russia Investigation https://www.propublica.org/article/jason-foster-the-senate-staffer-behind-the-attack-on-the-trump-russia-investigation …many of those interviewed by ProPublica said Foster engineered the highly unusual public announcement made by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee’s chairman, asking federal authorities to consider criminal charges against Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who compiled the dossier warning of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. For Foster’s critics, and they include Republicans as well as Democrats, his provocative work on the Trump-Russia investigation is just the latest chapter in the career of a partisan combatant willing to discard norms and indulge in conspiratorial thinking as he pursues investigations favorable to Republicans.
    Also, according to Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley, Foster was “encouraged by others” last year to consider an inspector general position in the Trump administration. After he interviewed with the independent body that vets candidates, Foster learned the panel recommended him to the White House Counsel’s office. Foster solicited advice about continuing the process, but declined to pursue it further in September. Then, in November, he was again encouraged to consider an inspector general post, mulled it over, but ultimately declined in December. Congressional experts from left- and right-leaning organizations suggest that taking part in a sensitive investigation relating to a sitting president while under consideration for a job in that president’s administration creates the appearance of a conflict even if it’s not a violation of ethics rules.

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