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Briahna Joy Gray: Trump Derangement Syndrome Put Leftists On The Side Of The Surveillance State

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 15:27
The Hill "Rising" co-host Briahna Joy Gray argues that leftists should take advantage of GOP's newfound distrust of the establishment security state after the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Adam Schiff: Trump's Pattern Of "Witness Intimidation" Is A Good Reason Not To Release Classified Documents From Mar-a-Lago Warrant

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 15:24
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told CNN on Tuesday night that he would "like to see the documents" the FBI was searching for at former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home but he understands if they can not be made public due to the "ongoing investigation." "If the process was followed that should be followed, they should have submitted whatever documents they wanted declassified to the intelligence community, gotten an opinion as to what damage may be done to national security if they were released," he said about the documents former President Trump says he declassified. "I think the Justice Department is acting in good faith. And I read the brief that they filed in opposition to disclosing that affidavit... We've seen all too often witness intimidation by the former president. We've seen him try to go after anyone who reveals anything about him. And so they have good reason to keep it confidential. And I think they struck the right balance." "I hope the information can be shared with us [on the Intelligence Committee] even if the affidavit the Justice Department is unwilling to share," Schiff said. WOLF BLITZER, CNN: How significant is it that the FBI interviewed these two former White House lawyers in its criminal investigation into the handling of these highly classified documents? REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA): Well, if that was the focus, that would be very significant as it pertains to the strength of the case in Mar-a-Lago. I don't know on the basis of public reporting whether it was confined to that or also included the January 6th issues. But those two White House counsel presumably would know if there was any basis to the claim that we're hearing now from people around Trump that he has somehow declassified documents. Because at least if the process was followed that should be followed, they should have submitted whatever documents they wanted declassified to the intelligence community, gotten an opinion as to what damage may be done to national security if they were released, and White House counsel would be a part of that process or knowledgeable about it. So, they might have had some very important testimony in that regard. BLITZER: Do you accept the reasoning from the U.S. Justice Department, Mr. Chairman, that releasing the affidavit would actually damage their ongoing investigation? SCHIFF: Yes. You know, I think the Justice Department is acting in good faith. And I read the brief that they filed in opposition to disclosing that affidavit. That affidavit generally signed by an FBI agent sets out the evidence, the witnesses, the observations that lead to the probable cause. And that can be used by a potential defendant or the target of investigation to determine how much they know and what they need to conceal. We've seen all too often witness intimidation by the former president. We've seen him try to go after anyone who reveals anything about him. And so they have good reason to keep it confidential. And I think they struck the right balance. They moved to disclose the warrant, the inventory. That's pretty exceptional to do that. But they've drawn the line at the affidavit, and I think they've drawn the line in the right place. BLITZER: Senator Lindsey Graham, he said today that the Justice Department should share the affidavit with senators. As you know, Senate Intelligence Committee members, including some of the leaders, they want to see the classified documents that were seized. Should members of Congress, including yourself for that matter, see the affidavit or those seized documents themselves? SCHIFF: I would like to see the documents and also see a damage assessment that I've called for along with Chairwoman Maloney, a damage assessment by the intelligence community of what harm may have been done by the improper handling of these materials. In terms of the affidavit, I think that the Justice Department is going to be very reluctant, as it is in investigations, generally, to share information about an ongoing investigation with Congress. But if there is information in the affidavit that indicates that those materials have been compromised in some way, or that is relevant to our oversight of the maintenance of security around our documents and our sources and our methods, I hope the information can be shared with us even if the affidavit the Justice Department is unwilling to share.

Byron York: "Mar-a-Lago Documents Affair" Could Just Be Another Chapter In The "Russia-Russia-Russia Affair"

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 15:11
"Washington Examiner" columnist Byron York speculated about what documents the FBI might have been searching for at former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on his podcast. The theory: "Trump, in his final weeks in office, was concerned that documents still classified might simply disappear when he left office. That they would never be declassified, never be able to show that the Russia-Russia-Russia hoax was really a hoax, so he wanted to make sure he had some of the documents himself."

Tucker Carlson: For Our Ruling Class, "Alex Jones Is The Real Criminal, Not Jeffrey Epstein, Right?"

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 14:55
'The Epstein Chronicles' podcast host Bobby Capucci discusses why Jeffrey Epstein's client list is still under wraps on FNC's "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

Chris Wallace: Liz Cheney Has "Declared War" On "Donald Trump's Republican Party" And "Election Deniers"

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 14:49
Former FOX News Sunday host and current CNN contributor Chris Wallace weighed in on the defeat of Rep. Liz Cheney in last night's GOP Congressional primary in Wyoming: CHRIS WALLACE, CNN: What struck me was the reference to Lincoln, the reference to Grant, and the comparison to the Civil War. I think she was very explicitly saying that just as our union was in jeopardy, life or death jeopardy, back in the 1860s, that the union is in jeopardy today. That is a pretty stark way. She talked about a Civil War that saved our union, and that is the threat that we face today. That what we are facing now is just as serious as what went on in the great Civil War. Obviously, in the end, she did not talk about a specific role, but she called on Americans to join her and stand together against those who would destroy our country. Look, I suspect she's not being coy. I do not think she knows what form that is going to take, whether that will be a presidential campaign, or some kind of a citizen's movement, like an anti-war movement, in this case, an anti-Trump movement. The other thing I would say is in the Civil War, she declared war on Donald Trump and Donald Trump's Republican Party. And she specifically called on Americans not to vote for the dozens of election deniers who have won Republican nominations for the governorship or the secretary of state roles in various states, which would have a dramatic role in 2024 in whether or not elections are certified are not.

Mike Pence: "Calls To Defund The FBI Are Just As Wrong As Calls To Defund The Police"

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 14:41
Former Vice President Mike Pence commented on the FBI's surprise search (raid) of President Trump's Florida home during the "Politics And Eggs" breakfast in New Hampshire on Wednesday morning. MIKE PENCE: In the wake of the four years that we endured the politicization of the FBI, the American people have a right to know the basics... This unprecedented action does require unprecedented transparency. That said, I also want to remind my fellow Republicans that we can hold the Attorney General accountable for the decision that he made without attacking the rank and file law enforcement personnel at the FBI. The Republican Party is the party of law and order. Our party stands with the men and women who serve on the thin blue line at the federal, state, and local levels. These attacks on the FBI must stop. Calls to defund the FBI are just as wrong as calls to defund the police. The truth of the matter is we need to get to the bottom of the matter and let the facts play out, but more than anything else, the American people need to be reassured of the integrity of our justice system. The very appearance of the occurrence of politics playing a role in decisions at the justice department demands transparency.

NBC Asks Liz Cheney If She Is Running For President After She Loses Republican Primary In Wyoming

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 14:29
NBC's "Today Show" asked Rep. Liz Cheney if she plans to run for president after losing a Republican primary by double digits last night.

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