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Emails Suggest the FBI ‘Triggered’ CNN Story on Steele Dossier

Emails Suggest the FBI ‘Triggered’ CNN Story on Steele Dossier

“Flood is coming”

Whew boy. This has not been a good few days for the “any suggestion the FBI was out to damage Trump is conspiratorial kookery” crowd.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sen. Ron Johnson, requested information from FBI Director Christopher Wray Monday.

Emails referenced in the request suggest former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and a “sensitive matter team” were intimately aware of CNN’s possession of the Steele Dossier before Trump was briefed by Comey.

Further, emails sent by McCabe to senior FBI officials with the subject line, “Flood is coming.” A flood? What about a Crossfire Hurricane? “CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story…The trigger for them [CNN] is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented as an attachment.”

McCabe’s email was sent two days after Comey briefed Trump. And two days after McCabe’s email, CNN ran their story.

We know, based on a DOJ IG report, that McCabe leaked sensitive information to the press and then lied about it. It’s what got him fired.

Sen. Johnson’s letter outlines the timeline of events:

Monday, the DOJ gave the Inspector General broader authority to “include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” and not a moment too soon.

Full request from Sen. Johnson is here:

Sen. Johnson to FBI Director Wray Requesting Information on FBI's Handling of Steele Dossier by Legal Insurrection on Scribd


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Ready the firing squad.

They won’t see those documents. The Justice Department will offer to discuss it in general terms to protect sources and methods. Trump has to start ordering the release of these documents as having the IG investigate is not good enough.

If you listen to Rush, you’ve been hearing about this for a long time.

    inspectorudy in reply to rinardman. | May 22, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    I listened to Rush today and he was claiming that Clapper is the one who tipped off cnn not McCabe. I believe when the IG report comes out a lot of our speculation will end. The new story that the FBI was spying on Trump to “Help” him is the most BS I’ve heard in a long time. If that was the case why wouldn’t they tell him so he could take precautions and why wouldn’t they have a spy in the hillary camp? This is what happens when your story is being created based on what is being discovered. They only have so many options as to why they put a spy in the Trump campaign and then they have to answer the new questions that come up from their last lie.

Can anyone confirm if it’s true that the IG cannot force anyone to testify under oath in front of them?

    MJN1957 in reply to mailman. | May 22, 2018 at 10:50 am

    The IG can issue subpoenas to compel production of records and testimony. OIG investigators can take sworn statements (underpenalty of perjury) in-person and in-writing.

    Where the issue is, is that they only have authority over persons in the employ of government and/or over records in-possession of the government.

    They can not compel production of records or testimony from persons who are not government employees or non-governmental entities. Persons separated from government service – retirees and/or terminated personnel – do not have to respond to OIG subpoenas/requests.

      Petrushka in reply to MJN1957. | May 22, 2018 at 10:59 am

      But the IG can and must report suspected criminal activity to the DOJ (Huber, in this case), and the prosecutor can use whatever investigative tools the DOJ has.

American Human | May 22, 2018 at 10:51 am

As much as I want to see people held responsible, i’m not holding my breath that anyone will.

No, mos6 definitely don’t hold your breath!!

Just a shower thought: Trump interviewed Mueller (ostensibly for FBI chief) just before he was appointed SC.

What if Mueller lied to Trump in this interview?

OleDirtyBarrister | May 22, 2018 at 11:52 am

Every conversation on the actions of the FBI, DOJ, CIA, etc. relating to the Trump campaign and 2016 election cycle should start with reference to the Lisa Page text to the effect that “POTUS wants to know everything we are doing”.

Lisa Page, Strzok, McCabe, Comey, Sharon Rice, Clapper, Brennan, Ben Rhodes, Biden, and Obama should all have a day before a federal grand jury.

I believe McCabe is the vulnerable one that can be turned to sing like a bird against Comey and everyone else. He would take his pension and immunity in exchange for everything that went down, including the details of the “scenarios” gone through “in Andy’s office”.

I often wonder if the MSM is chock full agents running intelligence ops against the American people.

State run media for those who boast they are too sophisticated to fall for Pravda

Hail Hydra indeed.

    amwick in reply to Fen. | May 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    So MSM just another branch of the IC? That would make the news nothing more than propaganda..Oh, snap!

Deep State Media

Mueller has access to all of this and pretends the same does not exist. Despicable man. Today it was revealed that Mueller’s team was also engaged in strategic press leaks.