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Trump, in FOX interview and Sunday tweets, aims at Acosta, immigration, Mueller probe and ‘little Adam’

Sunday may be a day of rest for a lot of people – but it clearly wasn’t this week for President Trump. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” the president addressed a range of topics – including the behavior of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta and his appointment of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. He also answered questions about this month’s elections, his written responses to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and foreign policy concerns regarding North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. But the president also had an active day on Twitter, starting off with a highly noticed critique of a frequent Trump critic, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. “So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, ...

Will Congressional investigators finally pull back the lid on James Comey’s actions during 2016 election?

Two men will be key in the next Congress to getting to the bottom of the remaining mysteries of the 2016 election. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, likely chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has indicated he’s not going the let the biggest sleeping dog of the 2016 race lie. “Totally,” he told CNN when asked whether he would probe FBI actions during the campaign. “The oversight function will be very much front and center.” On the Democratic side, Rep. Adam Schiff told the Los Angeles Times that his first goal is to restore “comity” to his own fractious House Intelligence Committee. (Presumably the Times reporter didn’t mishear the word “comedy.”) Less felicitously, Mr. Schiff added, “We’re going to be defending the independence of the Justice Department,” by which he meant protecting specia...

Former Trump aide Gates still cooperating on several Mueller investigations: report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing its Russia probe on multiple fronts, with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates reportedly cooperating with prosecutors on “several ongoing investigations.” Mueller’s two-paragraph legal filing on Wednesday indicated that the investigation into the alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign is far from over. The filing noted that Gates, who earlier this year pled guilty to one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and one count of making false statements to FBI agents, is still working with prosecutors on multiple investigations, making his sentencing at the time not appropriate, Bloomberg reported. Gates famously testified during the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, admitting both of them committed c...

Nellie Ohr invokes spousal privilege to avoid questions on Steele dossier

Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, claimed spousal privilege on Friday in order to avoid certain questions from House Republicans about the controversial anti-Trump dossier. While describing her as cooperative in the voluntary appearance, Republican and Democratic lawmakers told Fox News that Ohr took spousal privilege, which Republicans said did not allow them to get to core questions about the salacious dossier, and how it got into the hands of the FBI. Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, the research group that commissioned the dossier. Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS’ co-founder, earlier this week invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions during a separate Capitol Hill appearance before congressional investigators. Bruce Ohr has previously testified ...

FBI lawyer’s testimony at odds with Rosenstein denial on ‘wire’ report

Two senior FBI officials told the bureau’s top lawyer they believed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was “serious” when he discussed secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year, according to sources close to a congressional investigation – an account that conflicts with claims from Rosenstein and others that the comments either were inaccurately reported or made in jest. Former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker told congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition last week that then-FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe and FBI lawyer Lisa Page came to Baker “contemporaneously” after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. Baker said Page and McCabe relayed details of the meeting where Rosenstei...

Two more prosecutors depart Mueller investigation

Trump attorneys, Mueller closer to interview agreement Sources tell Fox News that President Trump’s outside legal counsel is ‘pleased with the progress’ in talks with Robert Mueller’s office about a possible interview with the president; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. Special counsel Robert Mueller is shedding more attorneys, another sign that his team of prosecutors has begun winding down parts of their investigation. Two prosecutors detailed to the Russia investigation for the past year are returning to their duties in other parts of the Justice Department. They join two other attorneys who left the team, assigned to investigate potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, over the summer. The departures are the latest indication th...

Michael Goodwin: Welcome to the snake pit: ‘Deep state’ leaves Trump no good options on FBI, Rosenstein

President Trump is not generally given to understatement, but he soft-pedaled problems at the Department of Justice. There is, he said Friday, a “lingering stench” there. A “stench” doesn’t describe the situation. A snake pit is more like it. The report by The New York Times that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plotted to remove Trump, either by wearing a wire or invoking the 25th Amendment, cements forever the fact that there was and still is a deep state centered in the nation’s top law-enforcement agency. This was a plot by power-mad individuals who aimed to overturn the 2016 election and thwart the will of voters. Rosenstein, two weeks into his new job, reportedly suggested the ideas in a meeting with others at the FBI. He called the Times story “inaccurate” but denied specific ...

Congressional sources ‘blind-sided’ by Trump decision to back off FISA declassification

Three congressional sources told Fox News they were “blind-sided” and “demoralized” by President Trump’s decision to back away from the immediate declassification of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) records related to former aide Carter Page. They said they hope Trump will reconsider in light of new allegations against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that have since emerged. Trump agreed on Friday to delay the release of key files related to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, urging the inspector general to review the documents on an “expedited basis” amid Justice Department concerns their publication may have a “negative impact” on the probe. Two sources with direct knowledge of the House Republicans’ records request said the decl...

Rosenstein reportedly discussed wearing ‘wire,’ invoking 25th Amendment against Trump

The Trump administration was rocked Friday afternoon by a bombshell report saying Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year suggested secretly recording President Trump to expose chaos in the White House and enlisting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Rosenstein adamantly denied the accusations.  “The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said in a statement to Fox News. “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”  But the article is sure to roil a White House already suspicious ...

Trump orders feds to declassify key FISA documents, text messages in FBI Russia probe

Trump declassifies key Russia probe documents, texts President Trump orders declassification of the FISA warrant for Carter Page, FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr and text messages relating to the Russia investigation of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr. President Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of several key documents related to the FBI’s probe of Russian actions during the 2016 presidential election, including 21 pages of an application for a renewed surveillance warrant against former campaign aide Carter Page, and text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump had ordered the documents released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justic...

Strzok-Page texts calling to ‘open’ case in ‘chargeable way’ under fresh scrutiny

Text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, discussing whether to open a “case” in a “formal chargeable way” after Director James Comey was fired, are under fresh scrutiny after Page told congressional investigators there was no evidence of Russian collusion at the time, according to three congressional sources.  Two hours after Comey’s termination became public on May 9, 2017, Strzok, a now-former FBI agent, texted Page, his then-colleague and lover: “We need to open the case we’ve been waiting on now while Andy is acting.” “Andy” is a reference to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe who temporarily took over the bureau until Christopher Wray was confirmed as director in August 2017.  Page, a former FBI at...

Lisa Page testimony: Collusion still unproven by time of Mueller’s special counsel appointment

More than nine months after the FBI opened its highly classified counterintelligence investigation into alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, FBI lawyer Lisa Page said investigators still could not say whether there was collusion, according to a transcript of Page’s recent closed-door deposition reviewed by Fox News. “I think this represents that even as far as May 2017, we still couldn’t answer the question,” Page said. Page was responding to Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, who wanted more information about a May 2017 text where Page, and her then colleague and lover FBI agent Peter Strzok discussed the merits of joining Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.Page sat for the transcribed interview before the House Judiciary and O...