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DOJ’s Bruce Ohr kept Mueller deputy ‘in the loop’ about anti-Trump dossier, sources say

Sources: Ohr kept Mueller deputy ‘in the loop’ on dossier Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with Andrew Weissmann, now a top Robert Mueller deputy, as well as other senior FBI officials about the anti-Trump dossier, two sources tell Fox News; reaction and analysis from Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett and Fox News contributor Sara Carter. Embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, who is now a top Robert Mueller deputy, as well as other senior FBI officials about the controversial anti-Trump dossier and the individuals behind it, two sources close to the matter told Fox News. The sources said Ohr’s outreach about the dossier – as well as its author, ex-British spy Christopher Steele...

Sessions fires back at Trump’s latest slam: DOJ won’t be ‘improperly influenced’ by politics

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired back Thursday at President Trump for saying he “never took control of the Justice Department,” putting out a sharp statement vowing the agency won’t be “improperly influenced” by politics. Trump had made the comments in a wide-ranging interview with “Fox & Friends.” The president, on the heels of the first guilty verdict from a trial connected to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, continued to fume over Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation.  “Jeff Sessions never took control of the Justice Department, and it’s a sort of an incredible thing,” Trump claimed.  But Sessions countered in a written statement:  “I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprece...

Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok sets up anti-Trump Twitter account, GoFundMe page seeking $150G

Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok took his anti-Trump rhetoric public on Monday, setting up a defiant Twitter account and a GoFundMe page seeking to raise $150,000 to cover his “legal costs and lost income.” Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of text messages critical of Trump, wasted no time blasting the administration and House Republicans in his new social media account. “Deeply saddened by this decision,” Strzok wrote in the tweet. “It has been an honor to serve my country and work with the fine men and women of the FBI.” He attached an image of a statement from his attorneys that criticized his firing, saying “the FBI and the American...

FBI fires Peter Strzok, months after anti-Trump texts revealed

FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been fired. Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement Monday that his client, a 21-year FBI veteran, was fired Friday afternoon, claiming this was a departure from standard practice and politically motivated. Goelman said bureau Deputy Director David Bowdich “overruled” the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.  “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans,” the attorney said.  President Trump and his allies for months, though, have hammered Strzok and cast him as the poster child for anti-Trump bias within the bureau and Justice Department.  Reacting to t...

Police, Sessions slam Elizabeth Warren for calling criminal justice system ‘racist’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., takes part in a Q-and-A with Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., at Dillard University in New Orleans earlier this month.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Top police officials in Massachusetts have accused Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of insulting rank-and-file officers when she said the criminal justice system was “racist … front to back” earlier this month. Warren made the remarks Aug. 3 at Dillard University, a historically black college. She cited disproportionate arrests of African-Americans for petty drug possession; an overloaded public defender system; and state laws barring convicted felons from voting after their sentences are complete. In response, Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson called Warren’s comments “an insult to...

Michael Cohen’s lawyer issues cryptic warning to Giuliani and Trump

The lawyer representing President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen issued a cryptic warning to the president and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani this week, in apparent reference to what his client could share with federal prosecutors.  Cohen, who is under criminal investigation as part of a federal grand jury probe into his personal business dealings, retained former White House special counsel Lanny Davis last week to represent him. Michael Cohen hired former White House Special Counsel Lanny Davis to represent him in criminal investigation.  (Lanny Davis Twitter ) Davis, who served under former President Bill Clinton, seemingly challenged Giuliani on Monday for saying his client should tell the truth.  “Did @rudygiuliani really say on Sunday shows that @michaelcohen212 should coop...

Former Trump attorney: DOJ report not nearly tough enough given Comey’s ‘appalling behavior’

President Trump’s former personal attorney John M. Dowd told Fox News that the Justice Department watchdog’s report on the FBI’s actions in the Clinton email investigation wasn’t nearly tough enough on fired FBI Director James Comey. In the report released Thursday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz called Comey “insubordinate” and deviating from “well-established department policies.” Dowd told Fox News in an email, “The clear evidence of his usurpation of power, violation of his oath of office and material false statements to the public and the Congress all to conceal his own misconduct warranted a criminal referral of Comey’s conduct. The finding of no bias was ludicrous. The OIG findings support the President’...

FBI employee crudely slams Trump voters as ‘all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS,’ IG report says

Three takeaways from IG report After an 18-month investigation into the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton probe, the highly anticipated report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz is out. Here’s a look at the three biggest takeaways. An unidentified FBI employee described Trump voters as “uneducated” and “lazy POS” the day after the 2016 presidential election, according to the Justice Department watchdog’s bombshell report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The employee was responding to instant messages from “FBI Attorney 2,” whom DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz indicated was one of five FBI employees who had been referred for investigation and possible disciplinary action over politically ...

Stormy Daniels’ legal fund could be targeted in case against attorney Avenatti

Adult film star Stormy Daniels could become entangled in the legal controversies surrounding her attorney Michael Avenatti, as a lawyer seeks millions in legal fees from his firm — potentially including money raised for Daniels’ case.  Last month, a federal bankruptcy court ordered Eagan Avenatti to pay $10 million to attorney Jason Frank, who used to work at the firm and claimed the company stiffed him on the first installment of a $4.85 million settlement.  The Los Angeles Times reported that Frank has since asked a bankruptcy judge to give him access to all legal fees (up to $10 million) the firm could collect from clients in dozens of cases, including Daniels’ bid to nix a nondisclosure agreement concerning an alleged sexual encounter with President Trump.  That repor...

Nunes sets deadline for DOJ to provide documents on alleged FBI informant, claiming ‘obstruction’

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has given the Justice Department until Tuesday to provide access to documents concerning the FBI’s alleged informant looking into any Russian ties to President Trump’s 2016 campaign. In a letter sent Friday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Nunes said the records should be provided to all committee members “and designated staff” rather than just the so-called “Gang of Eight” — which refers to Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress as well as top lawmakers from the intelligence panels. “DOJ continues to obfuscate and delay its production using an array of tactics, such as incorrectly categorizing the requested documents as Gang-of-Eight-level material i...

DOJ, FBI to brief ‘Gang of 8’ lawmakers on Russia probe after meeting with Nunes, Gowdy

FBI and Justice Department officials on Thursday will brief the bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the “Gang of 8” on classified documents related to the special counsel’s Russia investigation — after they meet with two key House Republican lawmakers, Fox News has learned. The first meeting at Justice Department headquarters is scheduled to take place at noon and will include White House Chief of Staff John Kelly; Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; FBI Director Christopher Wray; Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.; and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. The second meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m., will include Kelly, Rosenstein, Wray, Coats, Gowdy, Republican an...

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti faces increased scrutiny over taxes, business dealings

On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy court judge in Southern California ordered a law firm managed by Michael Avenatti to pay $10 million to an attorney who claimed that the firm stiffed him on the first installment of a $4.85 million settlement. MICHAEL AVENATTI’S LAW FIRM ORDERED BY JUDGE TO PAY $10M TO EX-COLLEAGUE The decision was the latest black eye for Avenatti, who has achieved media notoriety for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels — aka Stephanie Clifford — in her fight against a confidentiality agreement preventing her from discussing an alleged 2006 sexual encounter with Donald Trump. On a personal level, his wife told Fox News last week she wants a divorce, pointing to his extravagant, big-money lifestyle. The complaints against Avenatti are not related t...

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