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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...

Giuliani says Mueller ‘has all the facts … and he has nothing’ on Trump

President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Wednesday night that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should wrap up his investigation into alleged collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign, saying that Mueller “has nothing.” “It’s been a year, he’s gotten more than 1.4 million documents, he’s interviewed 28 witnesses, and he has nothing,” Giuliani said, “which is why he wants to bring the president into an interview.” Giuliani spoke to Ingraham the same day he said that Mueller told Trump’s legal team he would follow Justice Department guidelines and not indict the sitting president. “They have only exculpatory information about us,” he said. “I’ve been through the documents. So it&#...

Mueller told Trump’s legal team he will not indict the president, Giuliani tells Fox News

President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller has told the president’s legal team he will follow Justice Department guidance and not seek an indictment against Trump. Giuliani, himself a former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York City, also told Fox News that Mueller’s investigators have not responded to five information requests from the president’s team. That has forced Trump’s legal team to push off making a decision about whether the president will sit for an interview with the special counsel — a decision they had hoped to reach by Thursday. The precedent that federal prosecutors cannot indict a sitting president is laid out in a 1999 Justice Department memo. Giuliani told Fox News tha...

DOJ inspector general’s testimony postponed, amid new leads in Clinton case review

Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s widely anticipated testimony next week before the House Oversight Committee has been postponed, as the Justice Department IG has pursued new leads in his review of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, according to a congressional letter and sources familiar with the matter.  “It is of the utmost importance that your review be as fulsome, complete and unimpeded as possible,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the committee, wrote in a recent letter to Horowitz obtained by Fox News. Horowitz was scheduled to appear before the committee on May 8. But Gowdy told Horowitz he wants to reschedule his testimony “as close to the day the report is finalized as is practicable.” Gowdy said the decision to postpone is based on “the representations” in an A...

Mueller told Trump legal team a presidential subpoena could be possible, ex-attorney says

Special counsel Robert Mueller told President Trump’s legal team that he could subpoena the president to appear before a grand jury if Trump refuses an interview with Mueller’s team, Trump’s former lead attorney told The Associated Press Tuesday night. John Dowd told the AP that Mueller raised the possibility of a subpoena during a meeting with Trump’s legal team in March. According to accounts of the meeting first reported by The Washington Post and confirmed by Fox News, Dowd retorted: “This isn’t some game. You are screwing with the work of the president of the United States.” Dowd resigned as Trump’s lead lawyer weeks later amid a dispute over how to answer Mueller’s request for a presidential interview. The meeting appears to have been t...

McCabe’s fate rests with Trump-appointed prosecutor

Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe’s fate rests in the hands of a Trump-appointed prosecutor, now that the Justice Department’s inspector general has sent a criminal referral over an investigative finding that he lied to James Comey and bureau investigators about a media disclosure. That referral, sent by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, is now being considered by the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie Liu. President Trump appointed Liu in July 2017. “We were advised of the referral within the past few weeks,” McCabe’s counsel, Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general, said in a statement. “Although we believe the referral is unjustified, the standard for an IG referral is very low. We have already met with staff members from the U.S. Attorney’s Offi...

Comey memos: Trump said he ‘needed’ and ‘expected’ loyalty, wanted proof dossier was ‘a lie’

Eight days after he was sworn in as president, Donald Trump told then-FBI Director James Comey during a one-on-one dinner at the White House that he “needed loyalty and expected loyalty,” according to a memo Comey made following their conversation, one of numerous memos released to lawmakers and obtained by Fox News on Thursday evening. The Jan. 28 memo was one of five redacted documents transmitted to three congressional committees. Comey wrote that he “did not reply, or even nod or change my facial expression, which [Trump] noted because we came back to it later.” At a later point, Comey wrote that Trump told him, “I need loyalty.” “I replied that he would always get honesty from me,” said Comey. “[Trump] paused and said that’s ...

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