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Strzok-Page texts on ‘media leak strategy’ fuel Trump fury at DOJ: ‘NOTHING is being done’

New Strzok-Page texts reveal ‘media leak strategy’ FBN’s Sara Carter discusses the new documents provided to Congress, which raised concerns that DOJ-FBI executives coordinated a series of leaks to U.S. media outlets in an effort to discredit President Trump. Newly released text messages showing anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page discussing a “media leak strategy” amid the Russia probe rekindled harsh criticism from President Trump and his allies of Justice Department and FBI leadership. “So terrible, and NOTHING is being done at DOJ or FBI – but the world is watching, and they get it completely,” Trump tweeted Tuesday, in reference to a Fox News report about the texts. In a new letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-...

Bannon says ‘six to a dozen’ administration officials likely behind anonymous op-ed

Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist, told Fox News on Monday that he believes last week’s annonyous op-ed in The New York Times by a ‘senior’ White House official was likely developed by “six to a dozen” members of the administration. “I don’t think there’s any one author,” he told Laura Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle.” “There are many voices in there … I think that’s a much broader conspiracy than people think. I think it’s probably six to a dozen people.” Bannon, who left the White House last year, went on to decry the “absolutely outrageous” anonymous New York Times op-ed and urged the Trump administration to find out who were responsible for it. “I mean, there is a coup, like saying there was a coup by General McClellan...

WH official pens anonymous NY Times op-ed calling Trump ‘anti-democratic,’ ‘petty and ineffective’

The New York Times on Wednesday published an opinion piece written by an anonymous senior White House official who described a “two-track presidency” in which top officials are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [President Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.” In the piece, entitled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the author wrote that the alleged actions by White House officials were not the popular ‘resistance’ of the left. Despite the rare anonymous nature of the piece, the Times’ Twitter account indicated that the author was a man. The White House had no immediate comment on the article. “We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies hav...

Why CNN is standing by a Michael Cohen story that his lawyer calls false

Lanny Davis, who has been engaged in high-stakes crisis management and political lawyering for decades, says he made a mistake. CNN, which relied on Davis at least in part for a story he now says is false, won’t say it made a mistake. And the contretemps contains a revealing look at the sausage-making of investigative reporting and the sometimes murky dance between reporters and their unnamed sources. Davis, who I’ve found to be a straight shooter over a quarter century dating back to the Clinton scandals, told me in a telephone interview yesterday that he had made an error and regrets it. “I should not be talking to reporters on background about something I’m not certain about,” Davis told me, describing his interactions with CNN reporters. “The combina...

Trump lashes out at Mueller ‘Thugs,’ alleges election meddling amid McGahn speculation

President Trump kicked off the week with a battery of tweets aimed at Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, calling his investigators “Thugs” and accusing them of trying to tilt the midterms – ratcheting up his attacks amid speculation over White House Counsel Don McGahn’s cooperation with the probe. The New York Times reported over the weekend that McGahn has cooperated extensively in the special counsel probe of Russian election meddling and potential collusion with Trump’s 2016 campaign. Trump has countered that he allowed McGahn and others on the White House staff to “fully cooperate” in a bid to show there was “no collusion” and “no obstruction.” But the Times followed up with another report saying Trump’s lawyers do not know how much McGahn ...

12 ex-intel officials slam Trump for ‘ill-considered and unprecedented’ action against Brennan

Twelve former senior intelligence officials issued a statement late Thursday criticizing President Trump’s “ill-considered and unprecedented” decision to strip former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. “The president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances — and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech,” the statement reads. “As individuals who have cherished and helped preserve the right of Americans to free speech — even when that right has been used to criticize us — that signal is inappropriate and deeply regrettable.” Among the signers are six former CIA directors — including retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who was a p...

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says tariffs ‘like weight loss’

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Fox News on Wednesday that President Trump’s tariffs on imports from China, the European Union and other nations are “a little bit like weight loss … it’s kind of painful to start with, but you’re healthier in the end.” However, Perdue also acknowledged “legitimate anxiety over the tariffs and the pain they’ve caused.” The secretary spoke to Fox News as a set of 10-percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods is due to take effect Aug. 23. The proposed tariffs affect more than 6,000 product lines, including seafood, tobacco and components used in products such as car rear-view mirrors and burglar alarms. Beijing has responded by threatening new tariffs of 5 to 25 percent on roug...

Obama administration approved $200G grant to group with Al Qaeda ties

The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to a group in Sudan with ties to Al Qaeda even though it had been designated a terrorist-financing organization by the U.S. years earlier, a conservative think tank revealed this week.  (The Associated Press) The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to a group in Sudan with ties to Al Qaeda even though it had been designated a terrorist-financing organization by the U.S. years earlier, a conservative think tank revealed this week.  Further, an agency official acknowledged the prior administration allowed taxpayer money to flow to the group even after its designation was discovered.  The 2014 grant to the Islamic Relief Agency, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, was revealed by Sam Westrop of the Middle East Fo...

Trump and his allies slam Michael Cohen over leaked tape, question cut-off

President Trump and his legal allies fired back Wednesday at his former attorney Michael Cohen after the leak of a taped conversation in which the two appear to discuss the possibility of buying the rights to a Playboy model’s story claiming an affair with Trump. “What kind of a lawyer would tape a client? So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before? Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things? I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped – can this be so? Too bad!” Trump tweeted. The president was referring to how the tape cut out immediately after the discussion in question. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, claimed to Fox News that the rest of the recording would have been “exculpatory from the point...

Trump says ‘I’m not pro-Russia,’ hits ex-CIA chief Brennan for calling Putin news conference ‘treasonous’

President Trump denied he was “pro-Russia” and slammed former CIA Director John Brennan in a Fox News interview airing Tuesday night, after the ex-intelligence chief described Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “treasonous.” “I think Brennan is a very bad guy and if you look at it a lot of things happened under his watch,” Trump told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday. “I think he’s a very bad person.” The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interview was recorded in Helsinki following the Trump-Putin news conference, at which Trump appeared to dismiss the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Trump backtracked on Tuesday, claiming he meant to ...

Trump calls out Sessions over FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s no-show at Congress

April 3, 2018: President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with the leaders of the Baltic states.  (AP) President Trump in an early morning tweet Thursday nudged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to act over FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s refusal to comply with subpoena and testify before Congress. “As I head out to a very important NATO meeting, I see that FBI Lover/Agent Lisa Page is dodging a Subpoena & is refusing to show up and testify,” Trump tweeted early Thursday morning. He continued, “What can she possibly say about her statements and lies. So much corruption on the other side. Where is the Attorney General?” Sessions has been the target of Trump in the past. The presiden slammed him for recusing himself from the Russia-collusion investigation and for his “weak position” on f...

How Michael Cohen decided to send Trump a carefully calibrated message

Michael Cohen has distanced himself from President Trump in recent weeks.  (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid) It’s quite obvious that Michael Cohen was sending a sharp message when he sat down with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. What is less apparent is how deliberate and carefully crafted his words were, especially on subjects that don’t directly involve him, and his strategy toward the intended recipient: President Trump. Based on my reporting, the president’s former personal lawyer was not only issuing a declaration of independence from his longtime boss, he was telling the world that he doesn’t agree with some of Trump’s core positions. And the phrases were carefully rehearsed as a finger-in-the-eye shot at Trump, not just to calmly convey that he will not be a R...