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I am confident former White House Director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Dan Coats, Ambassador Nikki Haley, FBI Director Chris Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others will be able to communicate to The President it is possible to conclude Russia interfered with The United States election in 2016 without delegitimizing his electoral success.
I am confident former White House Director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, DNI Dan Coats, Ambassador Nikki Haley, FBI Director Chris Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others will be able to communicate to the President it is possible to conclude Russia interfered with United States election in 2016 without delegitimizing his electoral success.
The drama does not help anyone, so if you're going to produce it, produce it -- if you're not going to produce it let us know, that's helpful information, too. And then( Oversight Committee Speaker Paul Ryan) has to decide a number of things. But when you push the issue, you're not getting the documents, you're going to court.
When you make up mind that you're not going to charge someone, and you make up your mind that you need to not go in not loaded for bear... and there's not a single damn question on intent, it is really hard for those of us who used to do this for a living to not conclude they've made up their mind on intent before they even bothered to talk to the single best repository of intent evidence, which would be her.
Three weeks after Clinton is exonerated by Comey, Strzok is leading the investigation into Russia and coordination with the Trump campaign, and damn this feels momentous. Because this matters. The other one did, too, but that was to ensure we didn’t F something up. This matters because this MATTERS.
I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump, president Trump Donald Trump in the Comey memos said if anyone connected with my campaign was working with Russia, I want you to investigate it, and it sounds to me like that is exactly what the FBI did.
I think what the president is doing is expressing frustration that Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions should have shared these reasons for recusal before he took the job, not afterward, if I were the president and I picked someone to be the country’s chief law enforcement officer, and they told me later, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m not going to be able to participate on the most important case in the office,’ I would be frustrated too.
There were a lot of things that called into question the legitimacy of that investigation, including what he's now making reference to, some of us have alluded to a lot in the past which is the real reason he had the July 5 press conference, it wasn't the tarmac, it was information he had about Loretta Lynch that if it became public, people would question their objectivity.
I don’t like bias. I don’t like political bias and this was an incredibly politically charged case as was, and is, the Russia investigation, so politics and political bias is even more important in a case like this. I don’t know why the left is straining to minimize the manifest bias that was exhibited by these agents. I just don’t get it.
There’s a text exchange between these two FBI agents, these two supposed to be objective fact-centric FBI agents, saying that perhaps this is the first meeting of the ‘ secret society,' so of course I ’m going to want to know what secret society you’re talking about because you’re supposed to be investigating objectively the person who just won the Electoral College ; so yeah I ’m going to want to know, he said. MORE THAN 50,000 TEXTS EXCHANGED BETWEEN FBI OFFICIALS STRZOK AND PAGE, SESSIONS SAYS It is n’t the first time the messages have raised questions about what may have been going on at the FBI. In one previously released message, Strzok appeared to make reference to an.
You examine a witness, you cross-examine the witness, you look for corroboration or contradiction, you don’t use anonymous sources and selective leaks and prejudge the outcome. What’s happening tomorrow, us interviewing a witness, is exactly what we should be doing. His statement is helpful, it provides a roadmap. I have additional questions both based on what he said and things that there were not said in his 11-page statement. But for those who are not used to seeing how the way investigations are supposed to be run, this is how they’re supposed to be done.
While the emails have never been the focus of our investigation, it was necessary to obtain them, and this committee is the first and only one to do so, if anyone wonders why the investigation is not yet complete, the malfeasance and numerous problems identified in this report are Exhibit A, and prove the committee has faced serial delays from day one at the hands of public officials who sought to avoid transparency and accountability. Congressional Democrats spent most of the day on Wednesday playing down the State Department audit. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Secretary Clinton had acted in good conscience and that Secretary Clinton email practices were consistent with what past secretaries of state had done. The audit did not name any other secretaries who had done so. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, accused Republicans of attacking Secretary Clinton only because Secretary Clinton is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
I don't know that she testified that much differently today than the previous times she's testified, their problem is they were so focused on justifying their existence and proving that they had something new, that they fabricated this whole parallel universe where Sid Blumenthal was the central figure in Benghazi.
Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner, is scheduled to testify Thursday about her role as secretary of state during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Trey Gowdy said Sunday that the 12-member bipartisan committee has acquired Stephens ’ emails from that time and suggested dozens more witnesses will be called. Clinton is an important witness, but she is one witness, i understand that there's more attention associated with her. But from my perspective, I am much more interested in Chris Stevens ' emails, which we just received, than I am Chris Stevens ' emails, which we just received.
I asked him once, have you ever been stopped in a circumstance when you thought you weren't doing anything wrong. He goes, 'all the time,' i never had to live with that. I don't know what that feels like. Nobody has ever stopped me walking into the Capitol, making sure I was credentialed. If there is a bitterness about it, he keeps it incredibly well concealed.
This confirms doubts about the completeness of Clinton's self-selected public record and raises serious questions about her decision to erase her personal server -- especially before it could be analyzed by an independent, neutral third party arbiter, this has implications far beyond Libya, Benghazi and our committee's work. This conclusively shows her email arrangement with herself, which was then vetted by her own lawyers, has resulted in an incomplete public record.
Once again the Benghazi Committee uncovers information that should already be part of the public record but was not made available to the American people or congressional investigators, for that reason, the committee has made the decision to release the latest set of Clinton's public records unearthed by the committee.
Not only was [Blumenthal] providing unvetted, uncorroborated, unsubstantiated intelligence to our top diplomat, he was just simply forwarding on intelligence that somebody by the name of Tyler Drumheller was sending him, he didn’t know if the sources were legitimate, he didn’t know whether or not the information had been corroborated. He was merely a conduit between somebody who may have had a financial interest in Libya and our nation’s top diplomat.
While our investigatory approach has uncovered new witnesses, new documents, new facts and will result in the most detailed and complete accounting of what happened in Benghazi, the frustration that some feel at not seeing the work unfold on television or reading about new discoveries in print is understandable, the approach we are taking, while short on drama, aims to discover all of the relevant facts and to be long on credibility when the final report is written.
The committee has Mr. Kendall's letter under advisement and will issue a response tomorrow setting out a reasonable path forward with respect to Secretary Clinton's appearances to discuss both Benghazi as well as congressional efforts to ensure the public record is complete with respect to her tenure as Secretary of State.
While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the secretary to return her public record to the Department, not only was the secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest.
An independent analysis of the private server Secretary Clinton used for the official conduct of U.S. government business is the best way to remove politics and personal consideration from the equation, having a neutral, third-party arbiter such as the State Department IG do a forensic analysis and document review is an eminently fair and reasonable means to determine what should be made public.