House Republican Call for Second Special Counsel A group of House Republicans held a news conference about their resolution calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel. The group wants an investigation into possible Justice Department and FBI misconduct, as well as investigations into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign. Led by Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY), the group said they would request that House Republican leaders allow a vote on their resolution.

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A group of house conservatives held a news conference to discuss the resolution calling on attorney general Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel. The group wants an investigation into special justice department and FBI misconduct, as well as investigations into Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign. This is 50 minutes. It will be outlining FISA abuse how and why the Hillary Clinton probe and the Russia probe begin.

This calls for a special second counsel with the understanding that the justice department cannot investigate itself. It is important to note the ranks of the DOJ and FBI are filled with few genetic Americans who take their own seriously, and perform their jobs objectively with much respect for the rule of law. These are historic legendary agencies that require accountability regarding the misconduct that took place. It is important for these exceptional publics servants and important agencies to continue their work moving forward stronger than ever before.

As the resolution states, the concerns of the American people are serious, and the issues requiring an immediate unbiased and thorough investigation are brought.

We learned the DOJ, FBI or both appeared to have planted at least one person into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to surveilled the campaign.

The section alone reminds us of how necessary this resolution is, as well is the appointment of a second special counsel.

First we will discuss some of the misconduct related to how and why the Hillary Clinton probe ended, the FISA abuse, and finally the misconduct as to how and why the Russia probe begin.

With regards to Secretary Clinton, rules and protocol were violated with their use of a private email server:

  • Official communications were transmitted on an unsecured server, and include emails that contain classified information when they were sent.
  • Other emails retroactively deemed classified by the department of states.
  • Former FBI director James Comey acknowledged 55 of these 60 eliciting were classified as secret.
  • This use of the server was to avoid freedom of information act, and undue obstruct justice — done to obstruct justice.
  • Various sensitive emails assumption to grand juries were destroyed on Hillary Clinton’s private survey and destruction of hardware before they could be obtained by investigators.
  • In a September 2015 meeting between Loretta Lynch and director Comey, the attorney general instructed Comey to treat the investigation as “a matter,” watering down the investigation.
  • Chief of staff to Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of state was offered immunity from prosecution in exchange for access to her laptop.
  • Transcripts of changed by the judiciary committee, Comey was ready to exonerate Hillary Clinton in May of 2016 when he began to draft a statement announcing the end of his investigation, when up to 14 key witnesses were even interviewed.
  • Comey stated during sworn testimony that she made the decision not to recommend criminal charges for Secretary Clinton after she was interviewed 2016.
  • Director Comey in the final draft of his statement allowed an FBI agent to replace “Grossly negligent” with “Extremely careless,” which is not punishable under federal law.

There is the June 27, 2016 infamous meeting between former president bill Clinton in phoenix, Arizona. Immediately thereafter Hillary Clinton was exonerated.

  • July 5, 2016, director Comey violated DOJ rules and exonerated then candidate Hillary Clinton in a public statement to the media.
  • One day later, the announcement followed from ag Lynch that the DOJ investigation into Hillary Clinton would be closed with no charges.

In September 2016, the FBI during examination of the personal laptop of Anthony wiener, as part of an unrelated investigation into him sending explicitly sexual messages to teenage girl, found classified emails belonging to his spouse Huma Abedin.

  • It took until 2016 for director call me to announce to the relevant congressional committees that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton, in addition, after the FBI failed to touch FBI director to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest after media reports surfaced noting questionable political donations.
  • Further investigation into whether director McCabe and other officials sought to purposefully delayed the release of these illicit emails for politically motivated purposes is wanted.

The DOJ failed to fully investigate serious concerns surrounding former president Clinton, then Secretary of state Clinton, and connections to the company uranium one.

  • Throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of state, a family foundation controlled by the chairman of uranium one made millions of dollars into the conservation which were not disclosed, I violation of an agreement Secretary Clinton had with the white house to publicly identify all donors.
  • Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for a speech in Moscow by a kremlin linked Moscow bank underwriting uranium one stock.
  • A confidential informant who worked with the FBI was threatened with reprisal by the justice department under AG Lynch when he tried to come forward in 2016.
  • Senate judiciary committee launched a probe to investigate their uranium one matter, including whether federal agencies such as the department of state knew the FBI was looking into possible corruption when the deal was approved.

An investigation noted a multistate investigation into the questionable dealings of the Clinton foundation with corrupt donors was shut down in august 2016, when pressure was asserted on the FBI by senior officials within the Obama justice department.

  • The same report noticed shutting down the investigation into Clinton and propriety and influence was connected to high-ranking officials in the FBI.
  • The same report also found deputy director McCabe, after dissenting to the political pressure, attempted to later use unauthorized leaks to the press to create a false narrative that he was opposed to the closure of the investigation, that he did this in an attempt to salvage his reputation after claims of — in October 2016, the FBI and DOJ used unverified sources to obtain warrants issued by the surveillance court — the FISA court to surveil he was citizens, including carter page.
  • Resulting in surveillance of a broad array of private communications in the past, present, and future, including those of U.S. Citizens not specifically targeted in the FISA Laurent.

FBI and DOJ officials submitted an unverified — failing to disclose that Christopher Steele was hired by the firm Fusion GPS, hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign to prepare this dossier, and that the source was unreliable and soon to be terminated as a source.

  • The FISA court was not informed Christopher Steele was opposed to the election of Donald Trump, he was the sole source cited in it the eye reports, and — cited in FBI reports. The FBI’s mandatory vetting processes required for all FISA applicants instituted to ensure all the facts and are verified to support probable cause for warrant were not followed.
  • Former director Comey admitted in sworn testimony June 8, 2016 that material contained in the Steele dossier was known to be salacious and unverified.
  • Since FISA Laurent applications are rarely turn down or a must never subject to appeal or presented with no public record with the government is not challenged by any defense, it is imperative to take extra care to validate the information building their case before they take the step of waiving rights of a U.S. Citizen without the opportunity to provide a defense.
  • At the FISA court, the government has to present its case, but also the best evidence against its case.
  • These deeply flawed and questionable FISA warrant applications using illicit sources and illegally biased intelligence — politically biased intelligence were approved at the highest levels before being submitted to the FISA toward.
  • It was fourth or not disclosed to the FISA that a ranking official worked for fusion GPS, and Christopher Steele submitted the Cubans — submitted documents through him to the FISA court.

To this date there has not been any evidence Donald Trump colluded the Russians to win the 2016 election.

  • There isn’t any evidence Donald Trump committed any crime to win the election.
  • The initial FBI probe into alleged collusion with Russia was launched based on questionable and insufficient intelligence and buys the motivations.

As we have learned in recent days, the FBI, DOJ or both planted at least one person into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to infiltrate and surveillance the campaign.

The text contained grievous bias, that “Trump should f himself.” an egregious oversight blamed on a technical glitch, and even after these messages were partially recovered in January 2018, many unanswered questions remained regarding impropriety and bias.

Former director Comey provided notes on his conversations with president Trump. Comey admitted in sworn testimony to the senate committee June 8, 2017 that he had leaked this content to a personal friend and encouraged the friend to share material with the press to trigger a special counsel investigation.

  • An investigation later revealed the personal friend of director Comey was a professor at Columbia law school.
  • Director Comey’s actions are a clear violation of nondisclosure agreements and a clear violation of FBI protocols regarding dissemination of sensitive information outside the bureau based on the privacy act of 1974. In March 2018, director McCabe was fired by Jeff Sessions, who noted McCabe lacked candor, including undergrowth on many occasions, and had partaken in unauthorized disclosure to the news media.

After a wide reaching investigation into deputy director McCabe’s conduct, a myriad of FBI and DOJ personnel have been demoted or resigned, including FBI director Comey, chief of staff to the director, FBI general counsel James Baker, FBI counsel page, and assistant attorney general.

The DOJ has failed to timely comply with several related document requests by congress providing members of congress with heavily redacted versions of some but not all documents demented, and offering an inadequate response to repeated requests after months of delay by the DOJ.

As I prepare to introduce my colleagues for their remarks, in conclusion I like to point out while many in the media and American public have been trying to bring down the president without evidence that president Trump colluded with Russia to win the election, there is a ton of evidence of real misconduct that those same people have been attempting to completely sweep under the rug.

I believe in equal scales of justice, that no one is above the law. That includes anyone regardless of last name.

That includes anyone at the highest levels of DOJ and FBI, especially when misconduct is committed in the performance of their duties to take down elected candidates.

No one in the justice department can allow their own political bias to overwhelm their own objectivity and performance of their own duties.

The second special counsel must be appointed and accountability is demanded for these great legendary historic agencies.

With that, we are confident that these great agencies will be able to move forward stronger than they were ever before. At this time I would like to introduce congressman Mark Meadows.

 

Rep. Meadows

Thank you so much for the takes. Typically intent this resolution make a request of our leadership to bring this resolution to the house voted to second special It is also the position of many in group that general Jeff Sessions should relook at his decision to not appoint a second special counsel.

The only thing that we have from mr. Huber to evidence his work so far is an accumulation of frequent fire mouths. There has been no report, no investigation to speak of. tell deeply troubling when we talk about transparency, that we are not getting transparency from the fbi department justice. Transparency times saying. Rod department justice, number of occasions when they could tell the truth, remained silent.

When director comey was out on his book tour, talking about the fact that he had a friend shared with. Rod Rosenstein but indeed a special government employee. When about the she only shared it with one Rosenstein knew he actually shared it with more than that, and yet the deputy attorney general remained silent. And when a number of us brought up the fact that there were reductions of material facts in January, rod Rosenstein again was silent.

Perhaps he is not silent when it comes to spinning his narrative. Even today see leaks come out of the department of justice and fbi spinning a narrative that quite frankly is not supported by the facts. It is time we get to the facts.

It is time we appoint a second special counsel. I think the leadership of all of those who have cosponsored — it is time for transparency, and the American people to know the truth.

 

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fbi James Comey has been fired, fbi director of counterintelligence — fbi counsel lisa page demoted and reassigned. What did all these fired, demoted,…

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the ig is supposedly looking into a lot of this stuff. While there is an important role for the ig, and i don’t think their work is mutually exclusive,…

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i too am so grateful for bringing this resolution. We need a vote on it quickly. That has to be on the floor. Back when mueller was appointed, there…

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I’m just wondering, what is the standard for the appointment ofa special counsel at the doj? You have Rosenstein appoint a council to investigate…

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i am from Georgia’s 10th district. I would like to thank lee  lee zeldin for his leadership and everyone on this stage for keeping this issue at the…

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thank you all for being here. I am really just grateful to my colleague from new york, resulting. — lee zeldin has the tenacity on this issue. We outlined…

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i am from Arizona’s fourth. And you wonder why this matters. fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. How much equity have to see from…

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good morning, from Arizona’s fifth district. I’m thankful to lee zeldin for bringing this forward. I am reminded of what a former arizona congressman…

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i represent southeastern north carolina, seventh district. I want to applaud my colleagues for their leadership on this. I am proud to stand with them….

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i would like to thank all of my colleagues that are here, the chairs and committee members of the house and senate for their hard work to cover all…

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Can talk about your discussions with past leadership why this is not coming up with a vote?

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we have not even introduced it yet. We will introduce it in the coming hours. We encourage our colleagues tested in this issue to sign on. — interested…

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Have you discussed this with past leadership?

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there have been discussions in terms of the frustration of where we are with this document, but also the need for a second special counsel. We have…

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Zeldin

Has taken the lead on. We plan to have further conversations on that.

Unidentified speaker

Can you give us an update where things stand with this meeting worked on at the white house, where you are supposedly going to get some of these

Rep. Meadows

the president had a meeting with doj and fbi officials yesterday. i applaud him for his spirit of transparency. I can tell you in my conversations…

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Both democrats and republicans, or just

Rep. Meadows

certainly i think you would have ranking members as well. I think there would be more interest on our side, because the allegation of wrongdoing certainly…

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Is this another meeting — with republicans refuse to

Rep. Meadows

i can tell you another meeting without evidence and without seeing the documents is worthless. There are two subpoenas that are outstanding that have…

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Unidentified speaker

Putting media reports to on e side, what does the evidence show about the number of informants used to target the trump campaign?

Rep. Meadows

i think at this particular point that would be in a classified setting. As you know, we have had a number of documents we have reviewed in a non-classified…

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Unidentified speaker

You guys talked to president trump often. Has he asked for this?

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Has he spoken with him?

Unidentified speaker

listen, this initiative is driven by mr. Zeldin and members of the house to suggest that — to suggest that the president has requested a second special…

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Have you spoken with him about the idea of a second consul in general?

Unidentified speaker

as author of this resolution, i have not had any conversations with the president. In regards to the call for a second special counsel, this is 100%…

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a clarification for congressman zeldin. Does evidence show –was given information by his wife or fusion gps, and that that information was used to…

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bruce is in direct communication with christopher steele. There is no doubt that the connection and conflict was real and one that resulted in information…

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>> just really quickly. I have spoken to other more moderate members of your caucus, one of whom it used the word crazy to describe all of you and …

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Do you want to give us a name? [laughter]

Unidentified speaker

In what context? This resolution specifically?

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This pursuit.

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that a separate and equal branch of government wants the information for oversight for the american people, if that is crazy you have to take that…

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there is no one who has read more of these documents personally than i have. I would challenge any of my colleagues, if they want to be informed on…

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i would just add that what seems crazy is, when you have the former attorney general meeting with the former president, the husband of the target…

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as it relates to some of these document requests that continue to be made, on a part of the justice department to turn those over, not because of …

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part of our skepticism of them filtering the information they provide congress, we have cut them redacting information. there was not redacting of a …

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i would just add that, all the concerns about not providing information for national security concerns, then you provide the information and see that…

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you have all made it clear that you are pursuing this information because the american people deserve transparency, what you do not really get around…

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One edge of percent, absolutely not.

Unidentified speaker

That if you have had conversations with the president about this?

Unidentified speaker

from those who answered the earlier question, they said the same. Speaking for myself as the author of this resolution, 100% of my conversations with…

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Unidentified speaker

Thank you everyone. — thank you, everyone.

Here’s a link to the C-SPAN presentation and the expanded transcripts.