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How Manafort’s Motion to Dismiss Could Help General Flynn | Law & Crime
Of note, the court further emphasized that a special counsel could not rely on his own interpretation of his appointment to take actions in excess of his inferior officer status. Why? Because “any delegation of authority is subject to the constitutional limits set forth in the Appointments Clause.” As the court explained, “the special counsel cannot act outside the bounds of either his limited jurisdiction or without regard for Department of Justice policies and regulations. As such, the Special Counsel does not wield unlimited authority.”

The court emphasized this prevented “wholesale abdication of the Attorney General’s duty to direct and supervise litigation.” Therefore, the court required any interpretation of the Special Counsel’s jurisdiction be limited by subject matter and by tenure of time: once the investigation into the subject matter was concluded, “his tenure as Special Counsel will end.”
Mueller  fbi 
4 days ago by astrogirl
Obama DOJ Ordered 500,000 Fugitives Deleted From Background Check Database | Zero Hedge
The Obama administration ordered the removal of over 500,000 fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in late 2016, according to testimony from Acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich.

Bowdich confirmed a November report from the Washington Post which set the figure at "tens of thousands," after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked him if more than 500,000 names were dropped from the database. 

The FBI purged the names from the database after the Justice Department changed its legal interpretation of “fugitive from justice” to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines.

What that means is that those fugitives who were previously prohibited under federal law from purchasing firearms can now buy them, unless barred for other reasons. -WaPo

“That was a decision that was made under the previous administration,” Bowdich testified.

“It was the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel that reviewed the law and believed that it needed to be interpreted so that if someone was a fugitive in a state, there had to be indications that they had crossed state lines,” said Bowdich. “Otherwise they were not known to be a fugitive under the law in the way it was interpreted.”
corruption  fbi 
4 days ago by astrogirl
Robert Mueller’s Beltway Cover-Up – Tablet Magazine
As an intelligence bureaucrat who was never held accountable for the enormous public failure that the Hatfill case represented, Robert Mueller was the natural choice to be the public face of a campaign designed to protect the interests of an unaccountable ruling class. The range of his inquiry is dictated not by the ostensible purpose of his appointment, but by the nature and scope of the abuses and crimes he’s covering up. Should the wheels of the Mueller probe ever stop grinding, his entire constituency immediately becomes vulnerable. The public will understand what happened, who’s responsible, and who covered it up.
mueller  corruption  comey  conspiracy  fbi 
4 days ago by astrogirl
Fact-checking Trump’s error-filled tweetstorm about the Mueller probe - The Washington Post
In a series of tweets March 17 and 18, President Trump made a number of inaccurate or misleading statements about the investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. As a reader service, here’s a quick guide to his claims.
As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State. #DrainTheSwamp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  factcheck  twitter 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Ignorant hillbillies? Loudoun County officials respond
Loudoun County Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) appeared on the Fox News program “Fox and Friends” Thursday morning to respond to a text message sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok to his mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page, that called "Loudon (sic)" residents “ignorant hillbillys (sic).”

Aside from Strzok misspelling hillbillies and Loudoun, many have questioned the accuracy of Strzok's characterization, given the various accolades and distinctions the wealthy, affluent Loudoun County has achieved.

The recently disclosed text messages refer to Virginians who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's wife, Jill, who ran for a state Senate seat in 2015. Jill McCabe lost her campaign to incumbent state Sen. Dick Black (R-13th).

Strzok's text said, “Disappointing, but look at the district map. Loudon is being gentrified, but it's still largely ignorant hillbillys [sic]. Good for her for running, but curious if she's energized or never again.”
FBI  conspiracy  socialstudies 
5 days ago by astrogirl
The Decemberists thank Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the liner notes of their new album | Consequence of Sound
Colin Meloy isn't afraid to get political on The Decemberists' new album, I'll Be Your Girl
Today marks the release of The Decemberists’ eighth studio LP, the synth-accented I’ll Be Your Girl, and fans who opted to pick up a physical copy of the album may have noticed a surprising name in the liner notes. Special counsel Robert Mueller, the man tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, is thanked by Colin Meloy and his merry band of musicians.
crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  FBI  music  alt_rock 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Subpoena of Trump Organization Records Brings Mueller Closer to Sater, Cohen - WhoWhatWhy
News that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Trump Organization records puts the president in a really tough spot with no good choices.
The move shows that Mueller clearly couldn’t care less about the “red line” President Donald Trump drew in July last year during an interview with the New York Times. The president was asked whether investigating his personal and family finances unrelated to Russia would be crossing a red line.
“I would say yes,” Trump said back then. But that is precisely what Mueller seems to be doing now. Such a move could lead Trump to try getting rid of Mueller, something many of the president’s own allies believe would be a catastrophic decision.
If Mueller continues down this path, however, he will get a much clearer picture of Trump’s financial ties to Putin’s regime and to dubious figures in the US and within Russia.
crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  FBI 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Sessions’ Firing McCabe Violated His Promise to Recuse | Just Security
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe appears to directly violate the promise he made, under
trump  fbi  sessions 
6 days ago by daniel.zappala

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