BREAKING! Justice Department Finally Bringing Major Charges After Reopening Huge Investigation

More political theater?

The U.S. Justice Department under President Donald Trump has now agreed to provide congressional investigators confidential records on the failed Barack Hussein Obama era gun-trafficking operation known as “Fast and Furious” that has long has been criticized by Republican lawmakers.

In an agreement that would end the six-year-long battle between GOP lawmakers and the Obama administration Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the justice department would immediately turn over documents to the Republican-led Congress Committee of Oversight and Government reform which were previously withheld by the Obama Administration.

Congressional Republicans had been pressuring the Justice Department for years about this operation which is named after a movie franchise about car racing. The operation was supposed to curb gun-trafficking criminals who were selling weapons to Mexican drug cartels by having to compete with the United States Government. Although this was originally started under the George W. Bush Administration, he scrapped it when he saw it wasn’t working as intended. But since Obama was only for disarming law-abiding American citizens, he took it upon himself to try it again, only to find that American guns were used in multiple Mexican cartel massacres.

In June 2012, the Republican-led House voted to hold Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to turn over documents about the operation. The committee sued Eric Holder for access to the documents in August 2012. Obama later asserted executive privilege to block the disclosure of the documents. And it didn’t go any further because the GOP was afraid to go after the first African American President and his Attorney General.

The best part of this whole saga is that at the time Democrats accused Republicans of engaging in a partisan witch hunt. Can anyone say “Fake Russian Trump Dossier?”

Let’s hope this time we can get some answers and see a few people responsible behind bars.

Via National Review:

“Obama-administration scandals never resolve. They just vanish — usually, under a new scandal.

So it was with one of this president’s earliest embarrassments, “Operation Fast and Furious,” designed to help the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) dismantle drug cartels operating inside the United States and disrupt drug-trafficking routes. Instead, it put into the hands of criminals south of the border some 2,000 weapons, which have been used to kill hundreds of Mexicans and at least one American, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Now, Fast and Furious is back in the news. Earlier this month, a raid on the hidey-hole of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman recovered not only the notorious drug lord, but a (“massive”) .50-caliber rifle, capable of stopping a car or shooting down a helicopter, that originated with the ATF program. Rest easy, though: Only 34 such rifles were sold through the program.

The news comes just days after a federal judge rejected President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to Fast and Furious–related records it requested back in 2012 as part of an investigation into the gun-walking operation. Despite the IRS scandal, Benghazi, and a host of other accusations of malfeasance against this White House, it remains this president’s sole assertion of executive privilege.

Three-and-a-half years later, the question is still: Why?

In November 2009, the ATF’s Phoenix field office launched an operation in which guns bought by drug-cartel straw purchasers in the U.S. were allowed to “walk” across the border into Mexico. ATF agents would then track the guns as they made their way through the ranks of the cartel.

At least, that was the theory. In reality, once the guns walked across the border, they were gone. Whistleblowers reported, and investigators later confirmed, that the ATF made no effort to trace the guns.

In March 2010, a few ATF agents voiced an obvious concern: Couldn’t the guns end up being used in crimes? Seven months later, that’s exactly what happened. The brother of the former attorney general of the state of Chihuahua was murdered, and Fast and Furious weapons were found at the scene.

In December, the scheme’s ramifications crossed back over the border. On December 14, four Border Patrol agents were staked out near Rio Rico, Ariz., eleven miles north of the Mexican border. A five-man “rip crew,” a group looking to rob drug smugglers crossing the border, opened fire when the agents attempted to apprehend. Agent Terry was struck in the back and bled to death. Two of the guns involved in the shootout were traced back to Fast and Furious, which continued for another six weeks.

The operation was finally shut down with the help of Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), then ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who promptly opened an investigation. Two months later, Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), then chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, opened his own investigation in the House.

#share#Operation Fast and Furious would have been bad enough. But the investigation made clear a widespread cover-up. In February, in response to a request from Grassley, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich submitted for the record a letter declaring that any claim “that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them to Mexico — is false. ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico.” In November, Attorney General Eric Holder admitted that gun-walking was, in fact, used, and in December the Obama administration formally withdrew Weich’s letter from the congressional record — because it was, in Holder’s words, “inaccurate.”

Operation Fast and Furious would have been bad enough. But the investigation made clear a widespread cover-up.

By that time, Holder had become a figure of particular interest. What did the attorney general know about the operation, and when did he know it? In May 2011, he claimed to have known about gun-walking tactics for only a few weeks. But by October, new documents showed that Holder had been briefed about Operation Fast and Furious as early as July 2010. And in January 2010, just months after the ATF had launched Operation Fast and Furious, personnel from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a multi-agency network run by the Department of Justice, had been brought in to provide additional manpower.

Furthermore, the operation may have had an explicitly political angle. E-mails obtained by CBS News in late 2011 showed ATF officials corresponding about the possibility of using Fast and Furious to push through a regulation requiring gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” In other words, the ATF permitted certain gun shops to conduct certain, inadvisable sales to dangerous people and then planned to point to those sales to justify the need for new reporting requirements.

By the summer of 2012, Holder and the House Oversight Committee were at a standoff, the attorney general claiming he had been fully responsive to the committee’s request for documents, Issa claiming that the DOJ had withheld 1,300 key pages. President Obama, intervening, declared that the documents were protected under executive privilege — a risible claim, legally, and a suggestive one, given the White House’s denial of involvement. In late June, at the recommendation of the committee, Holder became the first sitting member of a presidential cabinet to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives.

In September, the administration declared victory. The Department of Justice’s inspector general released a report recommending disciplinary action against 14 federal officials and absolving Holder — seemingly. In fact, the report noted a series of extraordinary coincidences in which, several times in 2010 and 2011, information about the program made it all the way to Holder’s desk — but without the attorney general’s ever managing to pass his eyes over it. Odd, that.

Since then, the investigation into Fast and Furious has been tied up in the courts, where the House challenged the president’s executive-privilege claim.

But the ATF & Co.’s horrendous judgment continues to take a toll. By the time of the House’s contempt vote, some 300 Mexicans had been killed or wounded by Fast and Furious firearms, and that number has surely risen. In December 2013, a walked gun was found at the site of a gunfight at a Mexican resort that left five cartel members dead.

The guns have found their way north, too. A weapon owned by Nadir Soofi, one of the two Muslim terrorists who tried to shoot up Pamela Geller’s “Draw Muhammad” contest in Texas last May, was acquired through Fast and Furious.

The guns have found their way north, too.

It is difficult to overstate both how stupid and how incompetent were the whole host of federal officials involved in this fiasco, who first thought it was a swell idea to traffic thousands of guns to Mexican criminals, then blithely forgot about them. It is difficult, too, to overstate the contempt of this administration for transparency, given that, having made those fatal mistakes, its response was to hide them from a congressional inquiry, going so far as to invoke executive privilege to do so. At best, the operation and its aftermath were an exercise in astonishing malpractice; at worst, the administration knowingly exhibited a reckless disregard for human life — then covered it up.

Under “Operation Fast & Furious,” the U.S. government became a de facto arms dealer to Mexican drug cartels and Islamist criminals.

But this administration still wants to lecture Americans about gun control . . .”

H/T The Gateway Pundit,daily-vine.com

Hillary Offered Deal By Justice Department

Elder Patriot – Hillary Clinton has gotten away with criminal acts so many times that she has come to believe no one can touch her.  That’s the only way to explain why she turned the generous plea bargain offered her by Trump’s Justice Department last July.  That, or she’s so delusional she still thinks she’s going to be president.

According to a report filed in August of 2017 by respected investigative journalist Ed Klein:

“The discussion of a plea bargain took place late last month and was offered by a high-ranking Justice Department official to the Clinton lawyer.

“During the exploratory talks with the prosecutor, the Clinton attorney was told that despite former FBI Director James Comey’s decision last July not to prosecute Hillary, the Justice Department has reexamined the email case and believes there are ample grounds for prosecuting Hillary on a number of counts.

“Under the Justice Department’s plea offer, Hillary would be required to sign a document admitting that she committed a prosecutable crime. In return, the DOJ would agree not to bring charges against Hillary in connection with the email probe.

“Also as part of the agreement, the Justice Department would not proceed with an investigation of Hillary’s pay to play deals with foreign governments and businessmen who contributed to the Clinton Foundation or who paid Bill Clinton exorbitant speaking fees.”

Whether the offer came from a Clinton sympathizer still hiding in the shadows at the DOJ wanting to give a free pass to Hillary, or under orders from President Trump himself looking to end this national nightmare and to avoid what is almost certain to become a constitutional crisis is not known.

What is known is that Hillary Clinton made the wrong decision as evidence of her role in funding and using the Russian dossier and in using the levers available to monetize the trust placed in her as Secretary of State continues mounting.

Hillary was a constitutional crisis waiting to happen.  Thank God that she never became president.  Her hubris is frightening.

More importantly, Hillary’s scorched earth strategy may well result in the end of the modern Democratic Party.

Source: fbnewscycle.com

Donald Trump Frustrated with ‘Disgraceful’ Jeff Sessions Decision on FISA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC on February 27, 2018. Sessions introduced the Prescription Interdiction Litigation task force (PILS), aimed to combat the opiod epidemic. (Photo by Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump signaled frustration with Attorney General Jeff Sessions for requesting the Inspector General of the Justice Department to investigate possible FISA abuse.

“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse,” Trump asked, complaining that it would “take forever” and didn’t have the power to prosecute abuses.

“Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy?” Trump asked. “Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!”

In a statement responding to Trump, Sessions defended his actions as part of the “appropriate process.”

“As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution,” he wrote.

The decision by Sessions was featured on Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning, about an hour before Trump responded.

Trump has been dissatisfied with Sessions as his Attorney General but has resisted firing him. At one point, Sessions submitted a letter of resignation to the president but was urgedto stay by former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Source: www.breitbart.com

Breaking: The Justice Department Is Going After The Obama Administration

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The Department of Justice has launched an inquiry into FISA abuse by the Obama administration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an interview with FOX News Channel’s ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ with Maria Bartiromo, promised that there would be an investigation into alleged FISA abuse by the Obama administration during the 2016 election.

“Every FISA warrant based on facts submitted to that court have to be accurate. That will be investigated and looked at,” Sessions said. “I’m not going to talk about the details of it, but I tell you we’re not going to allow that to happen.”

MARIA BARTIROMO: You mentioned lawlessness. There appears to have been a lot of lawlessness going on in government over the last 8 or 10 years, and I want to ask you about the abuses of the FISA Court because any way you look at it appears the FBI and the Department of Justice were abusing their power over the election because they simply did not like Donald Trump. We know that and a number of issues.

Now people wanted you to start handing down justice. Newt Gingrich joined me on this program last Sunday. Here’s what he had to say about that. Listen to this, Mr. Attorney General.

NEWT GINGRICH: He is not in any way recused on this information. He should be appointing an independent counsel. He should be demanding that we get to the bottom of this. I’m totally mystified because he’s a great guy, he’s a solid conservative, he certainly in his career has been a fighter, and this behavior is just totally unlike everything I knew about Jeff Sessions before the last six or eight months.

BARTIROMO: Are you, sir, investigating the fact that the FBI used the dossier to get a wiretap against Trump associates and they did not tell the FISA Court that the Democrats and Hillary Clinton paid for that dossier?

SESSIONS: Let me tell you, every FISA warrant based on facts submitted to that court have to be accurate. That will be investigated and looked at, and we are not going to participate at the Department of Justice in providing anything less than the proper disclosure to the court before they issue a FISA warrant. Other than that, I’m not going to talk about the details of it, but I tell you we’re not going to allow that to happen.

Stay tuned for updates!

 Source:conservativepost.com

Report: Trump Broke With Justice Department and Called for Release of the Memo

According to The Washington Post, President Donald Trump called for the release of a classified memo allegedly detailing abuses by the U.S. government. Top officials at the Department of Justice warned him that releasing the classified document would be “extraordinarily reckless” if it did not first get an official review.

John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, reportedly noted Trump’s desire to see the memo released to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a senior administration official. However, Congress will make the final decision on whether the memo will be released.

The senior administration official stated:

[Trump] is inclined to have that released just because it will shed light. Apparently all the rumors are that it will shed light, it will help the investigators come to a conclusion.

Many lawmakers have made it clear that what’s in the memo is “shocking.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said:

I’m here to tell all of America tonight that I am shocked to read exactly what has taken place. I would think it would never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy like this country. It is time we become transparent in all of this and I am calling on our leadership to make this available so that all Americans can judge for themselves.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said:

If you think your viewers want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used, whether or not it’s ever been vetted — if you are interested in who paid for the dossier, if you are interested in Christopher Steele’s relationship with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, then, yes, you will want the memo to come out.

The House Intelligence Committee voted to allow all members of the House to view the memo. However, senators were not invited to see the memo, according to a report by CNN.

Source:www.usainfopolitic.com

Hillary Offered Deal By Justice Department

Elder Patriot – Hillary Clinton has gotten away with criminal acts so many times that she has come to believe no one can touch her.  That’s the only way to explain why she turned the generous plea bargain offered her by Trump’s Justice Department last July.  That, or she’s so delusional she still thinks she’s going to be president.

According to a report filed in August of 2017 by respected investigative journalist Ed Klein:

“The discussion of a plea bargain took place late last month and was offered by a high-ranking Justice Department official to the Clinton lawyer.

“During the exploratory talks with the prosecutor, the Clinton attorney was told that despite former FBI Director James Comey’s decision last July not to prosecute Hillary, the Justice Department has reexamined the email case and believes there are ample grounds for prosecuting Hillary on a number of counts.

“Under the Justice Department’s plea offer, Hillary would be required to sign a document admitting that she committed a prosecutable crime. In return, the DOJ would agree not to bring charges against Hillary in connection with the email probe.

“Also as part of the agreement, the Justice Department would not proceed with an investigation of Hillary’s pay to play deals with foreign governments and businessmen who contributed to the Clinton Foundation or who paid Bill Clinton exorbitant speaking fees.”

Whether the offer came from a Clinton sympathizer still hiding in the shadows at the DOJ wanting to give a free pass to Hillary, or under orders from President Trump himself looking to end this national nightmare and to avoid what is almost certain to become a constitutional crisis is not known.

What is known is that Hillary Clinton made the wrong decision as evidence of her role in funding and using the Russian dossier and in using the levers available to monetize the trust placed in her as Secretary of State continues mounting.

Hillary was a constitutional crisis waiting to happen.  Thank God that she never became president.  Her hubris is frightening.

More importantly, Hillary’s scorched earth strategy may well result in the end of the modern Democratic Party.

Source: unabashedconservative.com