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    Both sides gave their closing arguments in the false statements trial of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann on Friday, with each accusing the other of using “magic tricks” to try to sway the jury. Sussmann, a former Perkins Coie lawyer, has been charged by special counsel John Durham with concealing his clients, Clinton's 2016 campaign and tech executive Rodney Joffe, from FBI General Counsel James Baker when he pushed allegations of a secret back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank during a Sept. 19, 2016, meeting. He has pleaded not guilty and did not take the stand in his own defense. After closing arguments Friday, the jury began its deliberations, though a verdict is unlikely to be reached until after Memorial Day weekend. Defense attorney Sean Berkowitz and Durham prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis sparred over which one of them was acting like a magician trying to fool the jurors. “In 1983, the famous magician David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear,” Berkowitz said. “How did he do it? Something called misdirection.” Berkowitz said...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign hid his partisan interests from the FBI as he pushed “pure opposition research” related to Donald Trump and Russia in the weeks before the election, a prosecutor asserted Friday during closing arguments of the attorney’s trial. But Michael Sussmann’s legal team denied prosecutors’ claims that he lied. And even if jurors believed Sussmann did lie, the defense said the alleged false statement did not matter because he was presenting national security information that the FBI would have looked into no matter the source. At the time of Sussmann’s meeting in September 2016, the bureau was already investigating whether Russia and the Trump campaign were colluding to sway the election won by Trump that November. “They wouldn’t have done anything different. And it makes sense: They were given actual data that had national security implications,” Sussmann lawyer Sean Berkowitz said. The case is the first courtroom test of special counsel John Durham’s work since his appointment three years ago to search for government misconduct during the investigation into potential ties...
    Special counsel John Durham's team presented evidence suggesting Michael Sussmann billed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential team for the thumb drives he used to push now-discredited Trump-Russia allegations to the FBI in 2016, despite Sussmann claiming he did not do so for the campaign. Sussmann, a former Perkins Coie lawyer who represented the Democratic National Committee when it was hacked in 2016, is on trial after being charged with lying to the FBI about whom he was representing when, in September 2016, he presented internet data that suggested a now-discredited link between former President Donald Trump and Russia’s Alfa-Bank. In particular, Sussmann was indicted on charges of allegedly concealing his clients — Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and “Tech Executive-1,” known to be former Neustar executive Rodney Joffe — from FBI general counsel James Baker. Sussmann denies lying to the FBI and has pleaded not guilty. Two thumb drives containing Alfa-Bank claims, along with “white papers” pushing the claims, were provided to Baker by Sussmann at the meeting, and the prosecution presented evidence that even the USB drives bought by...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign repeatedly billed to the campaign “general political advice” and legal work related to a since-debunked secret back channel between Donald Trump and Russia, according to evidence shown to jurors Wednesday in the attorney’s trial. Prosecutors presented the billing records as part of an effort to convince jurors that Michael Sussmann was acting on behalf of Clinton’s campaign when he approached the FBI with computer data that he said showed a link between the Trump Organization, the former president’s company, and Russia-based Alfa Bank. The FBI investigated but quickly determined no such link existed. Sussmann is on trial in Washington’s federal court, accused of lying to the FBI’s general counsel during a September 2016 meeting when he presented the data. Prosecutors allege he misled the FBI by saying that he was not attending the meeting on behalf of a particular client when he was actually representing the interests of the Clinton campaign and another client — a technology executive who had provided him with the data. Sussmann’s lawyers deny he...
    Michael Sussmann told the CIA he was "not representing a client" when he pushed debunked Trump-Russia collusion allegations in early 2017, a former agency officer testified Friday. Kevin P., who retired from the CIA a few years ago after more than 32 years of service, testified Friday about a Feb. 9, 2017, meeting Sussmann had requested and obtained with the CIA and said, “He said he was not representing a client.” The comments are similar to the lie special counsel John Durham accuses Sussmann of making to the FBI in 2016. Sussmann was indicted last September for allegedly concealing his clients, Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and Rodney Joffe, from FBI general counsel James Baker in September 2016 after pushing claims of a secret back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank. Durham says Sussmann similarly concealed his client, Joffe, when he pushed further collusion claims to the CIA in February 2017. The special counsel said Sussmann pushed the Russian bank allegations and also claimed data he had access to “demonstrated that Trump and/or...
    (CNN)Special counsel John Durham's case against a Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer got a boost from pivotal testimony from one of the FBI's former top officials this week.The trial of Michael Sussmann stems from Durham's three-year inquiry into potential misconduct tied to the FBI's Trump-Russia probe. It has become a vehicle to revive partisan grievances about the 2016 election and is the first courtroom test of Durham's controversial investigation. Former FBI general counsel James Baker, who is easily Durham's most important witness, told a jury about his September 2016 meeting with Sussmann, the Clinton lawyer charged with lying to the FBI. Prosecutors argued that he concealed his political ties while passing along a tip about Donald Trump's possible links to Russia. He pleaded not guilty.Here's a breakdown of Baker's exhaustive testimony, which lasted more than seven hours across three days:Baker bolsters Durham's caseRead MoreNot only did Baker back up a big Durham claim about what Sussmann said at the meeting, but he testified that he is "100% confident" that Sussmann uttered the allegedly false statement."Michael started to explain why he was...
    Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager Robby Mook told a court on Friday that she signed off on sharing debunked allegations linking Donald Trump and the Kremlin-backed Alfa Bank with the media in the run-up to the 2016 election. Mook told the trial of Michael Sussman, the first to be indicted by Special Counsel John Durham in his Russia origins probe, that he was first briefed about Alfa Bank by campaign general counsel Marc Elias. He said he also discussed with then senior advisor Jake Sullivan - now the White House National Security advisor - and campaign chairman John Podesta about whether to share the information with a reporter. 'I discussed it with Hillary as well,' Mook told the court. He also admitted the campaign wasn't 'totally confident in the legitimacy of the data', but was hoping a reporter would follow it up and determine if it was 'accurate' or 'substantive' 'I don't remember the substance of the conversation, but notionally, the discussion was, hey, we have this and we want to share it with a reporter,' Mook said. They decided to...
    The FBI’s former top lawyer, James Baker, testified Thursday that he would not have met with Michael Sussmann if he had known he was doing so on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Sussmann has been charged by special counsel John Durham with concealing his clients, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and former Neustar executive Rodney Joffe, from Baker when he presented since-debunked allegations of a secret back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank during a September 2016 meeting. “I don’t think I would have,” Baker told Durham prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis when asked if he would have met with Sussmann if he’d known he was pushing the Alfa-Bank claims on behalf of the Clinton campaign. Durham has presented billing records and other evidence showing Sussmann did this on behalf of the campaign. Durham has repeatedly argued that Sussmann’s alleged lie to Baker was “material” and that it mattered. Sussmann’s team argued he didn’t lie and that even if he had, it was immaterial. Baker’s testimony would seem to hurt the defendant’s arguments. “We look at...
    James Baker, the FBI’s former general counsel, testified he was “100% confident” Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann told him in a September 2016 meeting he was not there on behalf of a client when pushing false Trump-Russia claims. MARC ELIAS THROWS DURHAM TRIAL INTO DISARRAY WITH SUSSMANN COMMENTS Sussmann has been charged by special counsel John Durham with concealing his clients, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and former Neustar executive Rodney Joffe, from Baker when he presented since-debunked allegations of a secret back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank during a Sept. 19, 2016, meeting. “Michael started to explain why he was there. He said he was not appearing before me on behalf of any particular client. ”In essence, in the meeting, he said, ‘I’m not here on behalf of any particular client.’ … I’m 100% confident that he said that in the meeting,” Baker said from the witness stand Thursday. He said Sussmann told him that “he was coming to see me as a good citizen,” and because he was a friend as well...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The star prosecution witness in the trial of a Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer charged with lying to the FBI testified Thursday that he was “100%” confident that the attorney told him he was not acting on behalf of a particular client when he presented information meant to cast suspicions on Donald Trump and possible links to Russia. James Baker was the FBI’s general counsel in September 2016 when Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for the Clinton campaign, scheduled a meeting to provide him with computer data that Sussmann said showed a potential secret communications channel between a Russia-based bank and the Trump Organization, the company of the then-candidate. Sussmann is accused of lying to Baker during that meeting by saying he was not presenting the computer data on behalf of a particular client. In fact, prosecutors allege, he was representing the interests during that meeting of the Clinton campaign and another client, a technology executive who had provided him with the data. Prosecutors allege Sussmann was not forthcoming about his Clinton ties because he assumed the FBI...
    (CNN)Special counsel John Durham has used his first trial as a vehicle to air some of the Hillary Clinton campaign's dirty laundry, but that was derailed Wednesday when the campaign's top lawyer, Marc Elias, promptly used his testimony to slam Donald Trump and the FBI for how they responded to Russian interference in the 2016 election.Durham's case against a different Clinton campaign lawyer, Michael Sussmann, is the first courtroom test of his three-year probe into potential misconduct in the FBI's early Trump-Russia investigation. Sussmann has pleaded not guilty to one count of lying to the FBI during a September 2016 meeting where he passed along a tip about Trump's potential ties to a Russian bank.Whos who in the Michael Sussmann trialTo make his case, Durham has relied on witnesses unlikely to be sympathetic to his inquiry, which has been celebrated by Trump and right-wing commentators. One of those witnesses on Wednesday was Elias, a well-known election attorney who has been a senior lawyer for the past five Democratic presidential candidates and was Clinton's general counsel in 2016.Elias called Trump a...
    The FBI's former general counsel, whom Michael Sussmann has been charged with lying to, shed light on their relationship as he took the stand Wednesday to begin his key testimony in special counsel John Durham’s case against the Democratic cybersecurity lawyer. Sussmann has been accused of concealing his clients, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and former Neustar executive Rodney Joffe, from James Baker when he presented since-debunked allegations of a secret back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank during a September 2016 meeting. Baker testified Wednesday that Sussmann “sent me a text on my personal phone seeking to set up a meeting with me” the day before their eventual meeting. “Jim — it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss,” Sussmann texted Baker. “Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the Bureau. Thanks.” Durham has argued that this shows Sussmann didn’t just lie about not having a client during their...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign did not authorize a lawyer to meet with the FBI and provide information that was meant to cast suspicions on rival candidate Donald Trump and possible connections to Russia, according to trial testimony Wednesday. Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for Clinton’s 2016 campaign, is charged with lying to the FBI during a meeting at which he presented the bureau’s top lawyer with data that purported to show mysterious contact between computer servers of a Russia-based bank and Trump’s company, the Trump Organization. Prosecutors say Sussmann misled the FBI by saying he wasn’t participating in the meeting on behalf of a particular client when he was actually there on behalf of the Clinton campaign and another client, a technology executive, who had provided him with the data. But under questioning from one of Sussmann’s attorneys, Marc Elias, the campaign’s top lawyer, said Sussmann did not seek his permission to go to the FBI. Elias said neither he nor anyone else from the campaign he was aware of had authorized Sussmann to meet with the...
    The first trial to emerge from Special Counsel John Durham's probe finally got underway Tuesday – as prosecutors accused former Hillary Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann of trying to engineer an 'October surprise' when he sought out a top FBI official to discuss an allegation about Trump and Russia.  The allegation didn't pan out, but the meeting itself constituted an effort to 'use and manipulate' federal law enforcement for political ends, prosecutors argued.  Sussmann's defense team argued he was forthright when he acted on his own to bring information to authorities, and said the intervention did not benefit the Clinton camp in any way.  It all comes years after the first media reports about was described as suspicious computer traffic between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank, at a time when Trump and his campaign were under scrutiny for Russia ties in the election.  Lawyer Michael Sussmann contacted FBI general counsel James Baker with a 'tip' of information about apparently unusual traffic between Trump Organization and a Russian bank. He is charged with lying to the FBI when he said...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Carroll County Public Schools will host a public meeting next week on a volleyball coach and long-term substitute teacher at Westminster High School who now faces four counts child pornography charges. School administrators, a victim specialist with the FBI’s Baltimore office and a counselor with Springboard Community Services will provide an update on the case and discuss trauma response and peer support, according to an email sent to parents. READ MORE: Former Mayor Pugh Talks With The Afro About Her Time In Prison, Return To BaltimoreEvan Thomas Harris Frock, 32, of Taneytown was charged Monday with four counts of Inducing a Minor to Produce Child Pornography, four counts of Distribution of Child Pornography,two2 counts of Knowingly Soliciting Child Pornography, and eight counts of Possession of Child Pornography. According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Frock allegedly used different Snapchat accounts to send, receive, and solicit explicit photographs and videos of underage girls. He allegedly represented himself as a high school-aged male to facilitate the exchange of explicit photographs and videos. Frock was the head Varsity Volleyball Coach...
    Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, said Michael Sussmann met with the bureau in September 2016 on behalf of a client, according to notes from March 2017 made public by the Democratic cybersecurity lawyer. The briefing notes contradict contemporaneous FBI notes and the defendant's own text message, though the defense team thinks they could prove decisive in special counsel John Durham's case against Sussmann. Sussmann was indicted for allegedly concealing his clients, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and “Tech Executive-1” Rodney Joffe, from FBI general counsel James Baker in late summer 2016 when he presented internet data that suggested a now-discredited back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank. Sussmann's lawyers argue the FBI notes they released Sunday are a game-changer. “This new information directly contradicts the Special Counsel’s core allegation in this case: that Mr. Sussmann falsely told Mr. Baker that he was not meeting with Mr. Baker on behalf of any client,” the defense team wrote. “The FBI apparently came to believe that Mr. Sussmann did have a client in connection...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The criminal prosecution of a Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer charged with lying to the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation can move forward, a judge ruled Wednesday in denying a defense bid to dismiss the case. The ruling means Michael Sussmann, charged last year by special counsel John Durham, remains set for trial on May 16 in Washington’s federal court. Sussmann is charged with lying to the FBI during a September 2016 meeting in which he relayed concerns from cybersecurity researchers about a potential secret back channel of communications between servers of the Trump Organization and Russia-based Alfa Bank. The FBI investigated the matter but ultimately found no such suspicious links. Prosecutors allege that Sussmann misled the FBI’s then-general counsel by saying that he was not attending the meeting on behalf of a particular client when he was actually presenting the information on behalf of the Clinton campaign and a technology executive with whom he had worked. In order to prosecute someone for a false statement, the Justice Department must prove that the statement was not only fictitious...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign who was charged by special counsel John Durham with lying to the FBI during a 2016 meeting asked a judge on Thursday to dismiss the indictment, calling it a case of “extraordinary prosecutorial overreach.” Lawyers for Michael Sussmann said that if the indictment were allowed to proceed, it would “risk criminalizing ordinary conduct, raise First Amendment concerns, dissuade honest citizens from coming forward with tips, and chill the advocacy of lawyers who interact with the government.” Durham was tasked in 2019 by then-Attorney General William Barr with investigating potential government misconduct during the early days of the investigation into potential coordination between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. He was given the title of special counsel in 2020, in the final weeks of the Trump administration, to ensure that he could continue his work once Joe Biden became president. Sussmann is accused of lying to the FBI’s then-general counsel during a September 2016 meeting in which he relayed concerns from cybersecurity researchers about potentially suspicious internet data involving...
    The FBI quietly arrested a man living in Pomona late last month after he apparently attempted to sell gun attachments to a local group of anti-government extremists to make their firearms more deadly and easier to conceal, according to court documents. Matthew Edward Chen was arrested on Jan. 28, about a week after he sold three auto sears — devices that can be attached to a firearm to make it fully automatic — to a purported member of the “Cali Bois,” a California-based group that subscribes to an ideology known as “Boogaloo,” an online movement that wants to bring down the U.S. government by encouraging civil war through violent acts. In court filings, officials said Chen arranged a meet-up with who he believed was a Cali Bois member at a park in Pomona on Jan. 20, where he sold the member the auto sears. What he didn’t know was that the buyer was an undercover FBI agent. Chen then invited the undercover agent to his Pomona apartment, where he allegedly showed the agent more weapons, silencers, and videos of himself...
    Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio during violent protest following the March for Trump rally in Washington, DC Planning to commit a crime is also a crime. When that planning takes place among a number of people it becomes conspiracy. Already, Elmer Stewart Rhodes and ten other members of the white supremacist militia group Oath Keepers are facing charges of seditious conspiracy for their role in events on Jan. 6.  As Reuters reported on Tuesday, Rhodes is just one of the militia leaders who came together at a parking garage encounter a day before the assault on the Capitol. That meeting put Rhodes in the same space as Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio. Tarrio had previously admitted to meeting Rhodes, but called their encounter “insignificant” and “coincidental,” but it seems that there may be more to this than just a chance encounter. Apparently, it was significant enough that it has now become the focus of an FBI investigation.  The meeting took place in a hotel parking garage near the Capitol. Supposedly, based on past statements, the meeting involved Tarrio and Rhodes exchanging pleasantries after which...
    Special Counsel John Durham suggested the Justice Department’s watchdog sat on key information about debunked Trump-Russia collusion claims, including a critical 2017 meeting it held with a defendant but only disclosed earlier this month. The defendant, former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, is under indictment for allegedly lying to an FBI official in 2016 while pushing debunked claims of secret communications between a Russian bank and the Trump Organization. But in a Tuesday court filing, Durham said he only learned a week ago that Sussmann had a subsequent meeting in March of 2017 with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who conducted his own investigation into Trump-Russia matters, including claims about former President Donald Trump and Alfa Bank. "The OIG had not previously informed the Special Counsel’s Office of this meeting with the defendant," Durham's team said in the filing. STEELE DOSSIER FUNDER MARC ELIAS TESTIFIED BEFORE JOHN DURHAM'S GRAND JURY Durham’s team had met with Horowitz in October and followed up with a discovery request for information relevant to its inquiry of the Russia...
    The defense team for Michael Sussmann, the Democratic lawyer accused of lying to FBI General Counsel James Baker about his client when he passed along Trump-Russia allegations in 2016, claims testimony from Baker himself undermines special counsel John Durham’s indictment. The indictment against Sussmann centers on a September 2016 meeting between him and Baker in which Sussmann pushed debunked allegations of a secret backchannel between Russia’s Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization. Durham contends that while Sussmann told Baker he was not working for any particular client, Sussmann was secretly doing the bidding of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and billing his services to her, as well as working on behalf of technology executive Rodney Joffe. Sussmann denies misleading the FBI and pleaded not guilty , and his lawyers argued on Monday that testimony newly handed over from Baker to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in 2019 and to Durham in 2020 contradicts the indictment. “It was only last week — nearly two and a half months after Mr. Sussmann’s indictment, and in the face of persistent demands...
    A grandmother from Texas has reported a domestic 'terrorist threat' to the FBI after a father told a school board meeting last week he had 'over 1,000 soldiers ready to go'. Ladonna Meyers, a grandmother of two, filed the report with federal agents following a meeting on November 9 of the Fort Worth Independent School District board. During the meeting, local father Malikk Austin, who supports Critical race Theory (CRT), addressed anti-CRT protestors, telling them: 'For those who got an issue with this critical race theory equity, this is something I fight for, for my children.  'How dare you come out here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through? The lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow — and my kids are still being afflicted by this.' 'We are not our ancestors,' Austin added. 'I got over 1,000 soldiers ready to go.' Speaking about her report to the FBI, Meyers, who had been present at the school board meeting, told Fox News: 'It's their job to check in on terrorism, and this was a terrorist threat.'  During...
    A mother of six children who led the charge to remove sexually explicit books from school libraries has claimed federal law enforcement officials flew helicopters and stationed cop cars outside a school board meeting in Virginia to intimidate parents. Stacy Langton appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends on Wednesday and claimed that federal agents and unmarked law enforcement vehicles were seen outside a board meeting of the Fairfax County Public Schools last week. Langton said that there was a heavy federal law enforcement presence just days after she and others protested outside the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She also claims that she has received death threats in response to the protests. 'I have threats against my children by name, I have been followed in my car with my children, they have my vehicle, they know where I live, and I don’t know who's putting somebody up to this, but it's obviously meant to intimidate me,' said Langton.   Stacy Langton (left), a mother of six children from Fairfax County, Virginia who forced the local school system to remove...
    A mother of six in Fairfax County, Virginia said Wednesday that federal agents, including unmarked vehicles and a helicopter, were present at a recent local school board meeting.  "This is something that is incredible in America and it’s ridiculously un-American," said Stacy Langton during an appearance on "Fox & Friends." Langton shared a photo on Twitter of a Department of Homeland Security vehicle as well as several "ghost cars," which could have been either unmarked local or federal vehicles. In addition, Langton said a helicopter flew overhead, shining its spotlight down on the event. AG GARLAND REFUSES TO BACK DOWN FROM DOJ MEMO AFTER SCHOOL BOARD APOLOGY Fox News reached out to the Department of Homeland Security for comment but did not receive an immediate response.  Langton said she and about 45 other parents had protested outside of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Oct. 17, four days prior to the school board meeting. She said that she did not believe it was a coincidence.  Since the DOJ protest, Langton said she has been receiving daily threats from unidentified sources....
    Washington (CNN)FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Tuesday that Russians are still carrying out foreign influence operations on the United States, despite US efforts to deter them ahead of another presidential election."The Russians are absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections through the foreign influence," Wray testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee.Wray said the FBI has "significant resources devoted" to combating foreign influence in the upcoming election. He told Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina that he could not think of any more tools he needs from Congress on that front. Pompeo warns Russia about election interference as he seeks more successful relationshipIn one of his first moves as FBI director in 2017, Wray stood up a Foreign Influence Task Force that pulled resources from across the agency's units to work to combat online efforts to sway the opinion of American voters with false information.Wray testified on Capitol Hill ahead of former special counsel Robert Mueller's back-to-back public hearings Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.Read MoreThe special counsel's extensive report, released publicly in April, accused Russia of...
    Dennis Davis, the hiker who claimed he spoke to fugitive Brian Laundrie on Oct. 2, says the FBI "took a lot of notes" when he met with an agent and North Carolina law enforcement Wednesday. Davis claimed in a Saturday interview with Fox News Digital that he was "100%" sure he encountered the fugitive wanted on debit card fraud charges on Waterville Rd around 12:30 ET on the border of Tennessee in North Carolina near the Appalachian Trail. The hiker from Florida met with the FBI and Haywood, North Carolina, sheriff's deputies on Wednesday for about 45 minutes to discuss the encounter during which the man Davis believes was Laundrie asked him for directions to California. "I'd say it was a pretty straightforward meeting," Davis told Fox News Digital. "I met with one FBI agent and two…local sheriff's officers. We went through the story from top to bottom. They obviously asked details about Brian and the vehicle and the overall interaction." Dannis Davis (Fox News) He added that the agent and deputies "took a lot of notes" and...
    An institution representing more than 90,000 school officials across the US begged Joe Biden Wednesday to send FBI and Secret Service agents to protect them from 'mobs' of angry parents irate over vaccine and mask mandates forced upon their children - asserting their protests should be treated as 'domestic terrorism' by 'extremist hate organizations.' In a letter penned to the president and published online, the National School Boards Association implored the US government to take a stand against these vexed parents, stating that teachers and other school staffers are under 'immediate threat' because of their burgeoning 'acts of malice, violence, and threats.' The complaint, signed by NSBA President Viola Garcia and Interim Executive Director and CEO Chip Slaven, called upon Biden personally to and use his executive power to mobilize FBI and US Secret Service agents to guard school officials.   Parents across the nation are irate that their children are being forced to get vaccinated and wear masks in order to attend school in certain states The complaint, signed by NSBA President Viola Garcia (left) and Interim Executive Director and CEO...
    Michael Sussman, a cybersecurity lawyer who worked for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, pleaded not guilty to lying to the FBI on Friday.  The charge stemmed from special counsel John Durham's two-and-a-half year probe into the government's investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.  Sussman was indicted for allegedly telling the FBI in September 2016 that he was not doing work 'for any client' when he requested a meeting with the FBI's general counsel to warn them of concerns from cybersecurity researchers of potentially suspicious contact between Russia and the Trump team.  At the meeting the attorney allegedly gave the FBI data and analytics from cybersecurity researchers who thought the numbers might be evidence of hush-hush communications between Trump Organization's computer servers and Alfa Bank - a Kremlin-linked Russian financial institution.  The FBI looked into the matter but found no connections.  Former federal prosecutor Sussmann, 57, who this week resided from his position as a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm, represented the Democratic National Committee when Russia hacked its servers back in 2016.  Sussman now has a court date...
    A top lawyer with Democratic Party ties pleaded not guilty Friday to charges brought by special counsel John Durham, who accused the Perkins Coie attorney of lying to the FBI about who he was working for when he pushed claims about a secret Trump-Russia backchannel in 2016, with Durham saying he hid that he was doing so for the Clinton campaign. Michael Sussmann, a high-profile D.C. cybersecurity lawyer and DOJ veteran who had previously assisted the DNC related to the Russian cyber theft targeting Democratic emails earlier in 2016, appeared in a courtroom at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia late Friday morning. The grand jury indictment against Sussmann centers on a September 2016 meeting between him and then-FBI general counsel James Baker, where Sussmann, who has worked on behalf of Democratic clients numerous times, passed along allegations claiming there was a secret backchannel between Russia’s Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization. While Durham says that Sussmann told Baker he was not working for any specific client, the special counsel contends that Sussmann was actually...
    Trump's special counsel, who was appointed to investigate the administration's relationship with Russia, has revealed he plans to ask a grand jury to indict a Democratic cybersecurity lawyer for making a false statement to the FBI. Former federal prosecutor Michael Sussmann, 57, who now works as a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm, represented the Democratic National Committee when Russia hacked its servers back in 2016. Special counsel John Durham told the Justice Department he is now seeking to indict the lawyer in a case questioning who Sussmann's client was when he initially expressed suspicions to the FBI about Trump's relationship with Russia in September 2016. The accusation centered around a meeting Sussmann had in Russia on September 19, 2016 with James A Baker, the FBI's top lawyer that year, according to people familiar with the matter. As reported by the New York Times they spoke on condition of anonymity. At the meeting Sussmann allegedly gave the FBI data and analytics from cybersecurity researchers who thought the numbers might be evidence of hush-hush communications between Trump Organization's computer servers and Alfa...
    If only we had pictures of the rioters, social media posts in which they bragged about their intentions, televised proof of who asked them to be there, and their personal ties to militia and other domestic extremist groups we could get to the bottom of—oooh. Right. In the news today: President Biden had his first meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and it went ... pretty much as expected. Senate Democrats are preparing to use reconciliation rules to push forward infrastructure spending in the face of unified Republican stonewalling. A new Republican conspiracy theory is ramping up, this one claiming that Actually, it wasn't Trump supporters who staged the Jan. 6 insurrection, and it wasn't antifa either. It was ... the FBI? Oh, Tucker, do you even remember the last time you felt shame? Here's some of what you may have missed: • Biden-Putin meeting was 'constructive,' but no diplomatic breakthroughs • Done with bipartisan dithering on infrastructure, Schumer kicks off budget reconciliation process • Some Democrats are getting frustrated with Garland's foot-dragging at Justice Department • Tucker Carlson, Matt...
    The Alabama TV reporter who died of an apparent suicide at the weekend revealed a year ago that he and his family had received death threats after he broke news of the secret 2016 tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Christopher Sign, 45, was found dead in his home in Hoover, just outside Birmingham, on Saturday.  Police are investigating the father-of-three's death as a suicide but have not released any further information.  Sign was the first to report on President Clinton's meeting with Lynch back in 2016 on her private jet at Phoenix airport amid the ongoing investigation into whether Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State was illegal.  Days after the meeting, the FBI chose not to bring criminal charges against Hillary.  Sign revealed in an interview with Fox News back in February last year that he and his family received death threats and his credit cards were hacked in the aftermath.  Alabama TV reporter Christopher Sign, 45, was found dead in his home in Hoover, just outside Birmingham, on Saturday. Sign revealed...
    Friends and colleagues of Christopher Sign remembered him as a stand-up guy and leader-like figure as they expressed shock and sadness at news of his apparent suicide on Sunday. Sign, the 45-year-old TV news man who was the first to report of a secret meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch that was held on her private jet in 2016, was found dead in his home on Saturday. Police in Hoover, Alabama, said they received a 911 call at 8:13am on Saturday of a person down at a home on Scout Trace.  First responders arrived at the home and found Sign's body. He leaves behind a wife, Laura, and three young children. Christopher Sign, 45, seen left alongside his wife, Laura, died of an apparent suicide on Saturday, according to police in Hoover, Alabama Sign is survived by his wife, Laura and their three young children. The couple is seen above on Mother's Day of this year Prior to becoming a journalist, Sign attended the University of Alabama in the 1990s, where he played...
    Rudy Giuliani has been spotted out with his alleged girlfriend in New York City just days after he slammed an FBI raid on his home as 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'. The 76-year-old stepped out on Saturday in Manhattan with Dr Maria Ryan - his rumored girlfriend and former alleged mistress.  Giuliani, who was wearing a face mask, was seen arriving at a cafe close to his apartment on the Upper East Side where he was met by Ryan.  The pair arrived in separate cars but left the cafe together. Ryan was spotted behind the wheel of the car as they left. Giuliani appeared to be accompanied by an unidentified younger woman as they made their way to the car.    He could be seen going through what appeared to files while sitting in the front seat.   Ryan, who stepped down as CEO of a New Hampshire hospital in December, has reportedly been dating Trump's personal lawyer since 2018.  Giuliani has previously denied allegations he had an affair with Ryan while he was still married to his third wife Judy Giuliani. Rudy Giuliani was...
    More On: joanne chesimard Letters to the Editor — Feb. 5, 2021 Lessons inspired by a cop-killer: Another fail by the NYC Department of Education NYC schools teaching BLM agenda inspired in part by ‘most wanted’ cop killer FBI calls for tips in case of notorious cop-killer Joanne Chesimard A Connecticut city councilwoman has apologized for quoting a cop-killing fugitive wanted by the FBI during a meeting on International Women’s Day. “A revolutionary woman can’t have no reactionary man,” Danielle Wong said, citing Joanne Chesimard, a former member of the Black Liberation Army who was convicted in the first-degree murder of a New Jersey state trooper in 1973. Wong, a councilwoman in Bloomfield, made the contentious reference to Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, during a March 8 council meeting. Chesimard became the first woman to be named on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorist list when she was added in 2013. The eyebrow-raising comment prompted Bloomfield’s police chief to send a memo to town manager Phil Schenck regarding Wong’s “perceived celebration,” the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday. Chesimard is wanted for...
    Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) father says he wore a wire for an FBI investigation into DOJ extortion claims on more than one occasion in the course of a probe regarding a potential extortion plot both father and son believe was orchestrated by former federal prosecutor David McGee. “The FBI asked me to try and get that information for Matt and an indication we would transfer money to Mr. David McGee,” Don Gaetz, Matt’s father, said Tuesday without additional information during an interview. According to Politico, “Don Gaetz said in the interview he wore a wire during a meeting earlier this month with McGee and said he was set to meet Wednesday with Stephen Alford, a local developer who he said is also part of the alleged extortion scheme.” “During that meeting, Don Gaetz said, he was again set to wear a wire and try to get Alford to talk about payments he allegedly was to make to McGee, but the meeting fell apart when news broke that his son was being investigated by the Justice Department. Alford did not respond to text...
    Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne reportedly took the chaos of the outgoing Trump administration to a new level when he participated in the former president’s meeting with Sidney Powell back in December. Axios reporter Jonathan Swan and Zachary Basu reported Tuesday on a wild Oval Office meeting in December in which Powell, accompanied by Byrne and Michael Flynn, pushed a series of conspiracy theories about the election in an attempt to convince President Donald Trump to take drastic action to undo it. That group of outsiders clashed with White House lawyers and advisers, including Eric Herschmann, Derek Lyons and Patrick Cipollone, who got into shouting matches over the unsubstantiated claims and alarming proposals. According to Axios, Byrne attended the meeting as a member of Powell’s entourage, which comes after he joined her in pushing the evidence-free claim that mass voter fraud stole the election from Trump. Byrne reportedly ended up quarreling with Herschmann and others during the meeting, accusing them of disloyalty and cowardice for not doing more to fight for Trump. After a blow-up where Herschmann called Byrne...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — You could say it’s all hands on deck. The feds and local officials alike are trying to stop carjackings. It underscores just how serious carjacking is across the Chicago Area. And politicians are hearing from scared constituents. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush is hosting a town hall meeting Monday night. From the streets of Chicago, Congressman Bobby Rush has heard the same question repeatedly: “Is there anything you can do?” Can he do anything about Chicago’s carjacking epidemic? Congressman Rush is hosting a virtual town hall meeting Monday night. He’s invited Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, along with Chicago’s top feds: U.S. Attorney John Lausch and FBI special agent in charge Emmerson Buie. They’re brainstorming, searching for solutions. “The police can’t do this. We must all do this together because it is a community epidemic,” Rush said. And it’s an epidemic spreading throughout the Chicago area: city and suburbs alike. Hazel Crest Police Chief Mitchell Davis attended a meeting last week hosted by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Officials from 30 suburban towns...
    Former CIA officerJohn Kirakou, who was convicted of disclosing classified information, revealed Rudy Giuliani offered to sell him a pardon from President Donald Trump for $2 million Rudy Giuliani has peddled that $2 million could buy people pardons from Donald Trump, a new report revealed Sunday as concerns grow the president could use his last days to issue a slew of clemencies. According to several documents reviewed by The New York Times and interviews with more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers, many of Trump's allies have cashed in considerably by charging fees to sway the president to issue pardons. In one document, a former top adviser to Trump's campaign agreed to receive a payout of $50,000 if he could sway the president to pardon John Kirakou, a former CIA officer convicted of disclosing classified information. Separately, Rudy Giuliani's associate told Kiriakou over drinks at Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. last year that if he paid Trump's personal attorney $2 million, he would use his sway as one of the president's closest advisers to secure him the pardon.  Although...
    DETROIT (AP) — A woman angry with a Detroit-area election official sent photos of a dead body and threatened her family, a day after a clamorous meeting at which Republican board members initially refused to certify local results in favor of Joe Biden, authorities said Wednesday. Katelyn Jones, 23, was charged with making a threat of violence. She sent a series of disturbing messages by phone and on social media that referred to Monica Palmer of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers as a terrorist and racist, the FBI said in a court filing. Jones has ties to Olivet, Michigan, according to her driver’s license, but the FBI said she sent the threats from Epping, New Hampshire, where she was staying with her mother, and she was arrested there. “The allegations in this case should make all of us disgusted,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said. “There is simply no place in Michigan, or in the United States, for chilling threats like this to people who are simply doing what they believe is correct. … This is not the only threat case related...
    DETROIT (CBS Detroit/ AP) — A Detroit-area woman is facing up to 20 years for allegedly making threats against a Detroit-area republican election official who initially refused to certify local results in favor of Joe Biden. Katelyn Jones, 23, from Grosse Pointe Woods, is charged with sending text messages of a mutilated body to Monica Palmer, a member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. “You have made a grave mistake. I hope you realize that now,” Katelyn Jones said in a text message to Monica Palmer, a member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, according to the FBI. A criminal complaint against Jones was filed in federal court in Detroit. Jones has ties to Olivet, Michigan, according to her driver’s license, but the FBI said she sent the threats from Epping, New Hampshire, where she was staying with her mother. Jones admitted making the threats when interviewed by agents because she felt Palmer was “interfering with the election,” the FBI said in a court filing. Jones was arrested Wednesday in New Hampshire. It wasn’t known if she has...
    By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A woman has been charged with making threats against a Detroit-area Republican election official who received photos of a mutilated body a day after a clamorous meeting at which she initially refused to certify local results in favor of Joe Biden, authorities said Wednesday. "You have made a grave mistake. I hope you realize that now," Katelyn Jones said in a text message to Monica Palmer, a member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, according to the FBI. A criminal complaint against Jones was filed in federal court in Detroit. Jones has ties to Olivet, Michigan, according to her driver's license, but the FBI said she sent the threats from New Hampshire where she was staying with her mother. Jones admitted making the threats when interviewed by agents because she felt Palmer was “interfering with the election,” the FBI said in a court filing. Jones was arrested Wednesday in New Hampshire. It wasn't known if she has a lawyer who can comment on the case. The threats included photos of a...
    DETROIT (AP) — A woman has been charged with making threats against a Detroit-area Republican election official who received photos of a mutilated body a day after a clamorous meeting at which she initially refused to certify local results in favor of Joe Biden, authorities said Wednesday. “You have made a grave mistake. I hope you realize that now,” Katelyn Jones said in a text message to Monica Palmer, a member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, according to the FBI. A criminal complaint against Jones was filed in federal court in Detroit. Jones has ties to Olivet, Michigan, according to her driver’s license, but the FBI said she sent the threats from New Hampshire where she was staying with her mother. Jones admitted making the threats when interviewed by agents because she felt Palmer was “interfering with the election,” the FBI said in a court filing. Jones was arrested Wednesday in New Hampshire. It wasn’t known if she has a lawyer who can comment on the case. The threats included photos of a woman’s bloody body and references...
            by Chuck Ross  John Durham, the U.S. attorney investigating aspects of the Trump-Russia probe, has sought notes that former British spy Christopher Steele took during his interviews in 2016 with the FBI regarding a since-debunked dossier he penned that accused the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russian government. An FBI agent who took part in one of the interviews with Steele told Justice Department investigators that the ex-spy “clearly … wasn’t truthful” regarding his contacts with members of the media. Politico reports that Steele and his attorneys have rebuffed the request from Durham, who sought the retired MI6 officer’s notes from meetings he had with FBI personnel on July 5, 2016, and on Oct. 3, 2016. According to Politico, Durham’s office enlisted a private law firm in London, where Steele is based, to obtain the documents. The law firm filed a motion to unseal Steele’s notes, which were disclosed in a defamation case that the owners of the Russian bank Alfa Bank filed against Steele over allegations he made in the dossier. Steele’s...
    U.S. Attorney John Durham requested Christopher Steele’s notes from meetings he had with FBI agents in 2016, according to a report from Politico, which indicates the prosecutor is focusing on aspects of the ex-spy’s infamous dossier. Durham enlisted the help of a London-based law firm to obtain the notes. A prosecutor in Durham’s office also requested an interview with Steele earlier this year as part of an investigation into the U.S. government’s Trump-related intelligence activities.  An inspector general’s report quoted an FBI agent who said that Steele “clearly … wasn’t truthful” in one of his 2016 interviews regarding his interactions with the media.  Significant parts of Steele’s dossier have been debunked in the nearly four years since it was published. John Durham, the U.S. attorney investigating aspects of the Trump-Russia probe, has sought notes that former British spy Christopher Steele took during his interviews in 2016 with the FBI regarding a since-debunked dossier he penned that accused the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russian government. An FBI agent who took part in one of the interviews with...
    The FBI will begin sharing details from its probe into late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein with his victims Thursday — including his ties to Prince Andrew, according to a report. Agents have built cases against “at least six” of Epstein’s inner circle, with more arrests expected soon, sources told The Mirror. Accusers were due to start meeting with federal prosecutors starting Thursday, ahead of a public announcement and congressional committee hearing next week, the paper said. “I am aware the Attorney’s Office is meeting Epstein survivors to announce results,” lawyer Jack Scarola, who represents several of Epstein’s victims, told the UK paper. “The process has been painfully slow but clearly is progressing, so my attitude is one of cautious optimism.” Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the long-time Epstein accuser who has repeatedly claimed to have been made to have sex with UK royal Andrew three times, retweeted the article with a celebratory “Justice is coming.” “I have an idea of who is shaking in their boots — so they should be!!” she wrote of The Mirror’s claim that more arrests are expected. see...
    A cybersecurity expert said he confirmed the authenticity of an email sent to Hunter Biden about a purported meeting between his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, and a top official at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company where the younger Biden held a lucrative position on the board. The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on Thursday that Rudy Giuliani, a personal lawyer to President Trump, gave the outlet a copy of Biden's alleged laptop, and it asked Robert Graham, founder of the cybersecurity firm Errata Security, to examine what was described as the "smoking gun" email first reported by the New York Post earlier this month and its metadata. Graham, who has been cited by other outlets such as the Washington Post and the Associated Press, said he used cryptographic signature found in the email’s metadata to validate that Vadym Pozharsky, an adviser to Burisma’s board of directors, emailed Biden in the spring of 2015 thanking him for “inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together.” Graham said he...
    The FBI is meeting Friday with a businessman who has come forward with a trove of documents related to the Biden family’s involvement in a deal with a Chinese energy company, according to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Johnson said in a statement that lawyers for Tony Bobulinski informed him that the FBI had asked to meet with their client on Friday. “I appreciate that the FBI has a job to do, I am glad they are finally taking an interest in these concerning financial matters our Committees have been investigating for months,” Johnson said in a statement. Bobulinski was one of five partners in Oneida Holdings, a shell company formed in May 2017 with Hunter Biden, his uncle James Biden and two other businessmen. The partners intended to use Oneida to facilitate a deal with CEFC, a Chinese energy firm chaired by Ye Jianming, a businessman with ties to the Chinese government. Bobulinski came forward Wednesday to confirm the authenticity of an email released last week that was found on a laptop purportedly belonging to Biden. He also claimed that...
    Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) on this week’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” called on the FBI to answer questions about a reported meeting between former Vice President Joe Biden and a senior official from Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Johnson said, “I think it’s pretty odd that quite honestly the Biden campaign all they’ve done to deny this is to say that the meeting one of these e-mails revealed that Vice President Biden had with the number three in control of Burisma never showed up on his official calendar. There’s all kinds of meetings that didn’t show up on his official calendar. This wouldn’t surprise me if this one didn’t. The first thing after we got contacted by the whistleblower the day after we issued our report on Ukraine was, you know, we contact the FBI and determine is this story true? Can you verify any of this? And took a couple of days to basically give us no information.” He continued, “So I just sent another letter yesterday because the FBI has a duty to inform us if they believe this was maybe Russia disinformation, they should give us a defensive briefing and tell us about that and if, for example, they also...
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