NEW: Senate Investigators seek Hunter Biden records, according to October 21 letter, addressed to team of lawyers. Deadline October 23. “According to recent reports that published emails allegedly from your client’s laptop, the Committees have identified your client as an
individual involved in one or more of these business arrangements or financial transactions. As part of the ongoing efforts to validate + verify the information in those emails, the Committees request that your client provide all records related to any of your client’s business
dealings—including, but not limited, to bank records, wire transfers, account balances, gifts, business transactions, travel records—with Joe Biden, James Biden, Ye Jianming, Chi Ping Patrick Ho, Zang Jian Jun, Gongwen Dong, Mervyn Yan, Gabriel Popoviciu, or any other associates
READ: The 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment of "Russian Activities + Intentions in Recent US Elections" is now the subject of investigative referral to Intel Community Inspector General by @dni_ratcliffe Referral first sent to CIA IG in 2018 but no meaningful action taken.
GET FOCUSED ICA KEY JUDGMENTS + LEVELS OF CONFIDENCE: While CIA, NSA, FBI found with HIGH CONFIDENCE Putin ordered 2016 influence campaign to "undermine faith in US democratic process" + "denigrate Secretary Clinton” + "harm her electability" + developed a “clear preference" for
candidate Trump, NOT ALL AGENCIES on same page. "We also assess Putin + the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton + publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with
SCOOP #Durham: @CBSNews obtains 94-page declassified FBI spreadsheet, widely cited by IG Horowitz, but not public until now. Recently released to Senate investigators, the FBI spreadsheet was part of a broader effort to corroborate the Steele dossier claims.
While lightly redacted, the bureau spreadsheet shows the FBI relied heavily on media reporting to back up claims about Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and others. IG Horowitz faulted the FBI over lack of corroboration + evidence of circular reporting.
IG Horowitz page 5 found dossier author Christopher Steele spoke to the Yahoo news reporter prior to publication of a September 23 article. The FBI spreadsheet cites the SAME article on page 51 as supporting evidence. IG Horowitz also faulted the FBI for using the Yahoo
#Durham This morning, @LindseyGrahamSC went further on recent Comey testimony about Sept 2016 CIA investigative referral to FBI over alleged 3rd party discussion of HRC approved plan “concerning candidate Trump + Russian hackers.” Graham told @MariaBartiromo, “Comey said that
didn’t ring a bell. But when you look at the source documents, it went directly to him. So if we can prove, he actually knew about this request
and did nothing, then he could be charged with perjury. He said he didn’t know anything about all the problems with the dossier. That
the subsource was a (suspected) Russian agent. If we can find somebody, no that’s not true. I briefed him. He’s in trouble. If the Clinton Foundation used money to pay for this smear campaign, they’re in trouble. Anybody who hides evidence from the court, that alters evidence,
#Durham#Flynn 13 page DOJ filing includes unvarnished assessment from FBI Agent assigned to Flynn case, code named “Crossfire RAZOR.” Pages 1 + 2 Agent William Barnett said case theory was “supposition on supposition” + predication or basis for opening probe “not great”
On pages 3 + 5 Agent Barnett said FBI team considered closing Flynn probe November 2016 (which moves up timeline) + called case “exercise in futility” + believed he was “cut out” of Jan 2017 Flynn WH conducted by @petestrzok where Flynn had no lawyer + WH counsel not advised
Page 6 + 7 Agent Barnett said “RAZOR Investigation was problematic” + he “wished to be removed” because it could end up with IG + FBI lawyer Clinesmith who recently pleaded guilty to altering CIA email about @carterwpage also handled Flynn data collection requests
In other news... #Durham This recent, 600+ page FOIA #Buzzfeed litigation contains noteworthy FBI records about the origins of the Russia probe -- US Attorney John Durham's focus. Compare & Contrast: IG Horowitz pg. 1 that states "Crossfire Hurricane" opened based on information
from a Friendly Foreign Government or FFG (Australian diplomat) + according to @GeorgePapa19 , the Trump campaign had received '"some kind of suggestion" from Russia that it could help assist with the anonymous release of information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton.”’
While not named, the key player is apparently professor Joseph Mifsud. But according to the newly released FBI interview report or "302," Mifsud was not questioned for another 7 months + in a hotel lobby rather than FBI's Washington Field Office 3 miles away + "stated he had
#Whistleblower Statement from @MarkSZaidEsq attorney for DHS Former Acting Undersecretary for Intelligence Brian Murphy “The selective disclosure of heavily redacted documents by DHS neither contradicts what is contained in Mr. Murphy's whistleblower complaint, nor even supports
the character assassination attempt by the Department. Our role, however, is not to publicly speak for Mr. Murphy regarding official DHS positions but to facilitate his ability to provide complete and truthful information to the relevant oversight authorities. Mr. Murphy has
identified documentation that goes to the heart of this issue, as well as that supporting his whistleblower complaint, and is more than willing to disclose the information to Congress and Inspectors General, and we have asked DHS to facilitate
#Whistleblower NOW Response from Chairman Schiff @HouseIntel to the @DHSgov letter + internal emails first obtained @CBSNews The chairman is now making the DHS letter public, saying “The Department of Homeland Security’s refusal to cooperate fully with the Committee’s legitimate
investigation—despite repeated pledges of cooperation, including by the new acting head of the Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis—is unacceptable and only reinforces our concern that the Department and its leadership are trying to conceal additional misconduct,
and further politicize the intelligence which protects the American people and our elections” + “The Department is trying to have it both ways by making only a select few witnesses available to answer a very narrow set of questions and selectively releasing a small amount of
#911Remembered Responding @CBSNews reporting on 9/11 families still waiting for the five al Qaeda suspects to be tried at Guantanamo Bay: Full statement from the Office of Military Commissions - Convening Authority: “The 9/11 trial date is scheduled for January 2021; however,
with the filing extensions ordered by the Military Judge due to the COVID 19 pandemic, a January start date is unlikely. Currently, filing requests have been extended 180 days past the scheduled January trial date, which indicates that member selection would not begin before the
summer of 2021.” + “Amendments to the scheduling order indicate that COVID-19 circumstances have impacted the Commission schedule. Trial scheduling orders may be matters subject to litigation in the commission. Because matters subject to litigation are committed to the presiding
#Durham#Flynn Former senior FBI counterintelligence official E. W. “Bill” Priestap is under scrutiny by Senate Judiciary republicans over FBI draft talking points for 2018 Senate intel committee briefing which included credibility of the Steele dossier. judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
WHY IT MATTERS: the 2018 FBI draft talking points say the primary sub-source “did not cite significant concerns with the way his reporting was characterized in the dossier to the extent he could identify it.” But a year earlier, January 2017, the same dossier sub-source told FBI
investigators he did not recall or did not know where some reporting came from, described other info as “rumor + speculation” CONTEXT: Priestap’s handwritten notes from January 2017 were recently made public (note initials “EP”) + central to FBI handling of @GenFlynn case which..
#FISA 2 memos from AG Barr in direct response to findings that FBI warrant applications to surveil @carterwpage were defective. Key section: Memo 2 applies to surveillance political campaigns + FBI personnel who “knowingly misrepresent facts” to FISA Court justice.gov/opa/pr/departm…
“The reforms also include oversight protocols to ensure that any use of FISA to surveil federal elected officials, candidates for federal elected office, or their advisors or staff is justified, non-partisan + based on full and complete information. Finally, the memorandum...
requires the FBI to develop procedures to prevent US persons from becoming unwitting participants in malign influence operations by foreign powers + to review its disciplinary policies + procedures to ensure appropriate disciplinary action for those who knowingly misrepresent
#Durham Another indicator US Attorney Durham’s probe is focused on Jan 2017 intel community assessment (ICA) that found “Putin + the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton” @DNI_Ratcliffe said on
Fox Sunday, “I pledged to a bipartisan group of senators that I would look at all of the underlying intelligence surrounding the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's interference + this idea of Trump-Russia collusion” + “I'm not going to prejudice John Durham's work
in connection with that, so we've had to coordinate with his office about the timing of that but I’m optimistic that I'll be declassifying additional documents soon” + “He's looking at the same documents that I am” + “He's not sharing his findings or the work that he's doing.
#Election2020@DNI_Ratcliffe on scaling back election security briefings “...within minutes of one of those briefings ending, a number of members of congress went to a number of different publications + leaked classified information again, for political purposes to create a...
narrative that simply isn't true, that somehow Russia is a greater national security threat than China. So I’m going to continue to keep the promises that I made. I'm going to continue to follow the law + continue to keep congress informed” he told @MariaBartiromo “I don’t mean
to minimize Russia. They are a serious national security threat, but day in day out, the threats that we face from China, are significantly greater + I think that's clear + anyone that sees intelligence knows that + anyone who says otherwise, is just politicizing intelligence...
SCOOP: Two sources close to the Senate probe tell @CBSNews that FBI agent Joe Pientka has been interviewed behind closed doors for "multiple hours" by investigators with Senate Judiciary + Senate Oversight/Governmental Affairs. In 2018, then-Chairman @ChuckGrassley first sought
Pientka's testimony but the request was denied until now. WHY IT MATTERS: Pientka is at the intersection of key events in the #Durham investigation. Along with agent Peter Strzok, Pientka conducted the January 2017 WH interview of @GenFlynn
that led to his dismissal. More recently, declassified records showed Pientka + others used an August 2016 "defensive-briefing" to warn candidate Trump, Flynn + @GovChristie about national security threats to gather information on their line of questioning about Russia for the..
#FISA Today marks the release of the Carter Page book. In response to @CBSNews questions, @carterwpage stated that he was a "known quantity" to the CIA + had a "very long term relationship" with the Agency on both the "operations + analysis" side. Page said his "dialogue" with
CIA began in the 90's + he was eventually "directed or tasked" to explore areas of interest to the Agency that went beyond Russia, to include the Middle East, China + Africa. CIA declined to comment to @CBSNews. Page’s relationship was first documented at length in IG Horowitz..
report where CIA is identified as “OGA” (think of it as Other Government Agency) WHY IT MATTERS: Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to 1 count false statements for altering a CIA record in June 2017 about Page's CIA status for the final FISA. What we learned from
#Durham Late Friday, former senior advisor to CIA Director Brennan released a statement that Brennan was interviewed for 8 hours + told “he is not a subject or a target of a criminal investigation + that he is only a witness to events that are under review.” Earlier this week, I
highlighted the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on 2016 Russian election interference, the debate between CIA + FBI over inclusion of the unverified Steele dossier + Brennan’s 2017 testimony. In December 2019, IG Horowitz concluded “limited information” from the dossier
was included in the ICA appendix. The Friday night statement also appears to take aim at the scope + legitimacy of the DOJ Durham probe. “Brennan questioned why the analytic tradecraft and the findings of the ICA are being scrutinized by the Department of Justice, especially...
#Durham READ: Strong indicator that by pleading guilty to 1 count false statements (altering CIA email @carterwpage was an intel source) former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith REDUCES further legal jeopardy. Boasberg: Mr. Clinesmith, you should have before you a plea agreement which
is 10 pages long. Do you, in fact, have that? Clinesmith: Yes, your honor. Boasberg: And the 10th page appears to bear your signature, is that in fact your signature? Clinesmith: Yes, it is my signature your honor. Boasberg: Did you read and understand the agreement before...
you signed it? Clinesmith: Yes, your honor. Boasberg: Is this the agreement you wish to enter into today? Clinesmith: Yes, your honor.
Boasberg: Okay, I want to go over the agreement. I'm not going to hit on every term. I am going to go over some of the non-sentencing terms +
#Durham Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleads guilty 1 count false statements, but key exchange goes to intent. Judge Boasberg: Did you read + understand this document before you signed it. Clinesmith: I did your honor. Judge Boasberg: This document actually sets forth the...
fact that the government contend occured here. The act that you actually committed that you agree that what the government sets forth here is in fact true. Clinemsith: Yes, your honor. Judge Boasberg: And most specifically that on (garbled-date??) that you intentionally altered..
an email to add the language + "not a source" in regard to individual one (Carter Page) + you knew that (garbled) statement was not in fact true. (20 second pause) Judge Boasberg: I'm not sure whether you are confering with your client, I didn’t hear a response to that question.
Citing #COVID19 concerns, recent Supreme Court case, Virginia Federal Judge orders release of Islamic scholar serving life sentence for soliciting treason after 9/11 while his appeal is heard. Based on a decade of reporting, Ali al-Timimi’s case has always about the Fall 2002..
+ how a handful of FBI agents let Anwar al-Awlaki, who would go on to become an al Qaeda leader in Yemen (Fort Hood, underwear bomb) + first American targeted for death by CIA, slip through the net after he was held in federal custody. AP: @JonathanTurley “has argued that
prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that would have pointed to Al-Timimi's innocence. In particular, he has alleged that the government used a northern Virginia cleric al-Awlaki as an informant, and that al-Awlaki tried unsuccessfully to lure Al-Timimi into illegal conduct..
#Durham A source close to the matter confirms @CBSNews that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty as part the investigation led by US Attorney John Durham into the origins of the FBI’s 2016 Russia probe. In December 2019, IG Horowitz found Clinesmith...
altered an official record (CIA email) that was used to continue surveillance in 2017 on former Trump campaign aide @carterwpage. CBS News has learned that after FBI records were declassified by @DNI_Ratcliffe last month showing Clinesmith was part of a team using a 2016...
briefing to track Russia questions from @GenFlynn + then candidate Trump, Clinesmith’s lawyer approached Durham’s office about a plea deal. Context: The question in both the 2016 defensive briefing, and the altered CIA email, is whether Clinesmith acted independently or at the...
#Durham AG Barr promised developments as early as today in a Fox interview where he explained the probe’s two core objectives: “...the American people need to know what actually happened. We need to get through the story of what happened in 2016 and 17. That will be done...
The second aspect of this is - if people cross the line. If people involved in that activity violated the criminal law, they will be charged.” Barr told Sean Hannity there was some delay with COVID but he is “satisfied with the progress” + “there are going to be significant...
developments before the election but we're not doing this on election schedule...We're not going to do anything inappropriate before the election, but we're not being dictated to by this schedule. What’s dictating the timing of this are developments in the case + there will be...