The investigation as it developed should not have been conducted by a federal prosecutor, and Attorney General Barr’s public commentary has seriously (and somewhat mysteriously) damaged the credibility of whatever Durham uncovers.
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The inspector general of the United States Department of Justice says that a witness to gross misconduct by the president of the United States has a duty to keep his mouth shut.
The New York Times has reported that, in the wake of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation into the president. At one level, of course, this is not surprising—John Bellinger identified Donald Trump as a potential danger to U.S.
Between Friday’s New York Times story and other earlier material, we might be in a position to revisit the relationship between the “collusion” and obstruction components of the Mueller investigation.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on the inspector general's June 14 report on the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Watch the livestream below:
Livestream: FBI Director and Justice Department Inspector General Testify on Clinton Email Investigation Report
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on last week’s inspector general report on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. The hearing will begin at 2:00 p.m. Watch the livestream below:
When James Comey became the FBI director, he set out to build what he terms in his new book the “government’s premier leadership factory.” The leaders he hoped to train successfully would be distinguished by, among other characteristics, their integrity, decency and their joy in the moral content and meaning of their work. He conveyed these expectations to his new employees, emphasizing that this was an ethical-leadership model that required a deeply personal commitment. So personal, in fact, that he issued a novel directive: “I order you to love somebody.
Earlier today, the Justice Department provided copies of ex-FBI Director James Comey's memos of his conversations with President Trump to the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee, the majority leaders of which had threatened to subpoena of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and hold him in contempt if he did not provide the memos. The memos have since become public. The transmission letter, as well as the declassified memos, are available below.
'I Hope This Is an Instance of Fake News': FBI Messages Show the Bureau's Real Reaction to Trump Firing James Comey
When President Trump fired James Comey as FBI director last May, the special agent in charge of the Detroit field office, David Gelios, wrote an email to his staff:
One puzzle that deepens with Mike Schmidt’s New York Times story on “Trump’s Struggle to Keep [a] Grip on [the] Russia Investigation” is why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has not recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation. On Lawfare’s special edition podcast Thursday, Susan Hennessey briefly raised the issue, but the puzzle is worth unpacking a bit more.