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President Trump Requests Clinton Judge Who Was Assigned to Oversee His “Russiagate” Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton Be Removed

Joe Hoft
April 5th, 2022

President Trump is requesting that the Clinton judge overseeing his Russiagate case be removed due to obvious conflicts of interest.  

The corrupt liberal machine does not believe in addressing their obvious conflicts of interest.  We saw it in the Russiagate nightmare.  Corrupt FBI Director Jim Comey was fired and his good friend, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was assigned over his case.

The entire team that was put together under Mueller was a group of far-left nutty corrupt Hillary-loving and Trump-hating prosecutors and investigators.  The entire investigation was a sham run by biased individuals who hated President Trump and who were on a mission to remove him from office.

President Trump recently sued a number of individuals for their actions related to the Russiagate sham nightmare that these corrupt Democrats and RINOs put America through.  But somehow this case was assigned to a Bill Clinton appointed judge.

Now the President is moving that the courts replace the Clinton judge with someone who is not biased.  The Washington Examiner reports:

Former President Donald Trump wants to remove the federal judge assigned to his lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and others tied to the so-called “Russiagate” controversy.

Trump’s legal team filed a motion to disqualify U.S. District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks, who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida, citing how the judge was nominated by former President Bill Clinton in 1997, when his spouse was the first lady.

The filing stresses that “there exists a reasonable basis that Judge Middlebrooks’ impartiality will be questioned” and notes the lawsuit is levied, in part, against Hillary Clinton, who ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign against Trump in 2016.

In addition, the motion cites Section 455 of the U.S. Code, which states, “Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”

Trump’s filing does not make any mention of Middlebrooks’s decision in 2016 to toss a civil racketeering lawsuit against Clinton which alleged that the former secretary of state used her private email account and changed U.S. foreign policy to seek speaking fees and donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Conflicts of interest can be real or perceived.  This conflict is real and perceived. 

Mueller Team Members Joked About Wiping Phones, FBI Agent Says

IVAN PENTCHOUKOV
September 25, 2020

Agents who worked on Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation joked about wiping their cell phones, according to an FBI agent who worked for the special counsel.

FBI Agent William Barnett told government investigators last week that he heard other FBI agents at the special counsel’s office (SCO) “comically talk about wiping cellular telephones,” according to a summary of the interview released as part of the court proceedings in the case involving former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“Barnett had a cellular telephone issued by the SCO which he did not ‘wipe.’ Barnett did hear other agents ‘comically’ talk about wiping cellular telephones, but was not aware of anyone ‘wiping’ their issued cellular telephones,” the summary (pdf) states.

The FBI and the DOJ did not respond to a requests for comment.

SCO records released earlier this month show that at least 22 phones belonging to members of the Mueller team were wiped prior to being reviewed for records. The employees provided dubious excuses for wiping their phones, such as doing so “accidentally” or because they forgot their passwords. Two employees claimed their phones wiped themselves.

In addition to the 22 devices which were wiped, 44 phones contained zero records when reviewed by a records officer assigned to the Mueller team. Five other SCO phones contained only one record each, and four had fewer than 10 records per device, according to the log kept by the records officer over the course of more than 20 months.

The dearth of records on the cellphones is extraordinary considering the enormous scope of the investigation. The SCO interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, issued 2,800 subpoenas, and obtained 500 search warrants.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has requested that the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General look into the wiping of the devices. Barnett could be viewed as a witness in the probe if he could name the agents who joked about erasing their devices.

The Mueller team used at least 92 phones over the course of its 22-month investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The special counsel concluded the probe having found no evidence of collusion.

In his interview last week, Barnett told investigators that the SCO’s prosecution of Flynn was a means to “get Trump.” Barnett described his own frustration with the investigation as well as the aggressive campaign by the SCO attorneys to find evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump or his associates. Barnett eventually asked to be removed from the case because he was sure it would become the target of scrutiny by the inspector general, according to the interview summary.

Of the 92 unique iPhones used by the Mueller team, only 12 were recorded as containing a significant number of records when they were reviewed.

Two well-known members of the Mueller team, FBI attorney Lisa Page and Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, mentioned sending and clearing iMessages from their SCO iPhones on more than one occasion.

“Clear imsg …” Strzok wrote to Page on June 5, 2017, and again on June 8.

The records officer, who isn’t identified in the documents, noted that Strzok’s phone contained “no substantive texts, notes or reminders.” Page’s phone went missing under questionable circumstances after she left the Mueller team. When it was recovered more than a year later, the device was already wiped.

Mueller’s team operated with Trump in the White House and with the looming prospect of having its work eventually scrutinized by Congress, the Justice Department and the inspector general. Text messages released on Sept. 24 show that FBI analysts working the Russia investigation months before Mueller took over were already concerned about the incoming attorney general looking into their work upon taking office. The messages indicate that analysts at the FBI and CIA took out professional liability insurance after Trump won the election.

The iPhones that had no records belonged to some of the key members of the special counsel team, including Mueller himself, deputy special counsel Aaron Zebley, FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, and Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor.

Clinesmith pleaded guilty in August to one false statement charge in connection to an email he forged while serving as the primary FBI attorney assigned to the SCO. He manipulated the email as part of the process for preparing a secret-court application for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser.

Clinesmith, Page, and Strzok were among a group of officials who used government-issued devices to express intense bias against Trump while investigating the president and his associates. Messages from the trio offered the public an extraordinary glimpse into the nature of the investigation and now raise questions about why dozens of other phones from the Mueller team turned up wiped or devoid of records.

Strzok, who maintained an extramarital affair with Page, spoke of stopping Trump from becoming president, mentioned an “insurance policy” in case Trump won the election, and mused about impeachment around the time he joined Mueller’s team. Clinesmith wrote that he was “devastated” after Trump’s election victory and that his “name is all over the legal documents investigating [Trump’s] staff.”

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Mueller Team ‘Accidentally’ Wiped at LEAST 15 Phones Before DOJ Could Examine

NOTE: These are highly trained, highly educated, highly qualified, highly competent, and highly ethical people, one and all – the best of the best, the brightest and most honorable people in government service.

Claiming to be morons…

Sam J. 
September 10, 2020

There’s nothing shady about Team Mueller wiping at least 15 phones (other reports say it was 27!) before the Department of Justice could examine them.

Seems Team Mueller has a cellphone problem.

What are the actual probabilities of more than a dozen top Mueller officials all “accidentally” nuking their phones or accidentally putting them in airplane mode, locking them, and “forgetting” their passwords so the DOJ OIG couldn’t access and examine them?

Cellphones, wiping themselves…
Is it possible that they could be hiding something??

SPYGATE: First Criminal Charge by Durham Casts Shadow Over Mueller Probe

IVAN PENTCHOUKOV 
August 18, 2020

U.S. Attorney John Durham filed the first charge of his criminal inquiry on Aug. 14 against the primary FBI attorney assigned to provide legal support to the special counsel team led by Robert Mueller, casting a shadow over the 22-month probe that roiled the nation before finding no evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

As part of a potential plea deal with Durham, former FBI assistant general counsel Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty on Aug. 19 to altering an email as part of a process to obtain a secret court warrant used to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Clinesmith altered the email on June 19, 2017, while working as the primary FBI attorney assigned to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, which Mueller inherited a month earlier.

According to the court documents, Clinesmith inserted the words “and not a source” into an email from a CIA liaison that described Page’s relationship with the agency. As the primary FBI attorney on the case, Clinesmith was asked to find out if Page was a source for the CIA before the FBI applied for the fourth and final warrant to continue surveilling the former Trump campaign associate.

The liaison replied with a memo showing that Page was an approved “operational contact” for the agency, a crucial fact that never made it into the spy warrant application the FBI sent to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. According to the CIA memo, Page reported to the agency about his contacts with Russian intelligence officers, a fact which would have been indispensable to a judge considering the FBI’s attestation that Page is a Russian agent.

The Department of Justice inspector general flagged Clinesmith’s forgery as one of the most egregious faults among the 17 serious errors and omissions contained in the applications the FBI used to surveil Page. While the inspector general’s reports and other evidence in the public realm have already substantially clouded the credibility of the Mueller probe, Durham’s first case and the expected guilty plea taint the battery of blunders with the first indisputable link to criminality.

The charge also raises serious questions about the culture within the broader special counsel operation, during which Clinesmith played a key role for roughly a year before being removed upon the discovery of his blatantly anti-Trump text messages.

“I am so stressed about what I could have done differently,” Clinesmith wrote to his FBI colleague Sally Moyer on the day after Trump’s victory in November 2016. “I’m just devastated.”

“Plus, my [expletive] name is all over the legal documents investigating his staff,” he wrote a few messages later.

Clinesmith wasn’t the only FBI official to have been removed from Mueller’s team over biased text messages. FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page ridiculed Trump, spoke of stopping him from winning the election, and mentioned an “insurance policy” in the “unlikely” event he won. The pair, who at the time were involved an extramarital affair, broached the subject of impeachment around the time Mueller was assigned to lead the inquiry. Mueller removed Strzok upon learning of the messages. Page had left on her own prior to the discovery.

The inspector general didn’t find evidence that bias motivated any of the investigative actions. He also told Congress that he was baffled by the sheer number of serious errors committed by three handpicked teams working on the FBI’s most sensitive case.

While it is unclear what Durham will make public next and when, the court papers in Clinesmith’s case provide a hint. The charge against the former FBI attorney was filed as information rather than an indictment, indicating that Clinesmith agreed to waive his right to have a grand jury decide whether the government has probable cause to charge a crime. The waiver of indictment is often used with a defendant who agreed to plead guilty under a cooperation agreement. The terms of the plea may reveal whether Clinesmith is cooperating with the investigation.

The charging document also states that the CIA provided the memo about Page to “certain members of the Crossfire Hurricane team” on Aug. 17, 2016, months before Clinesmith was assigned as the primary FBI attorney on the case. The “certain members” received the memo days after opening individual cases on four Trump campaign associates, including Page. All four of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications failed to disclose Page’s status and history with the CIA.

When the DOJ inspector general asked Clinesmith why he subsequently described Page as “not a source” for the CIA, Clinesmith said that he recalled the liaison “saying that [Page] was not a source of theirs,” but rather “incidentally reporting information via a source of theirs.” When the inspector general asked the CIA liaison about it, the liaison said “her email stated just the opposite.”

Justin Shur, a lawyer for Clinesmith, said in a statement to Reuters that his client “deeply regrets having altered the email.”

“It was never his intent to mislead the court or his colleagues as he believed the information he relayed was accurate. But Kevin understands what he did was wrong and accepts responsibility,” Shur said.

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes told Fox Business in June that the Republicans on the committee have sent 14 criminal referrals related to Crossfire Hurricane.

President Donald Trump, who has long asserted that the Obama administration spied on his campaign, told reporters at the White House on Aug. 14 the charge against Clinesmith is “just the beginning, I would imagine, because what happened should never happen again.”

“The fact is, they spied on my campaign and they got caught, and you’ll be hearing more,” Trump said.

The plethora of errors in the Page FISA applications appear to be an anomaly. Horowitz’s subsequent review of a sample of 29 other FISA applications found less than a handful of errors, none of which were significant enough to invalidate any of the applications. By contrast, the FBI conceded that the errors in the Page FISAs invalidated the last two warrants.

Clinesmith’s tenure at the FBI ended on Sept. 21, 2019, according to the criminal information. The bureau told The Epoch Times that Clinesmith left before “an internal disciplinary process was completed.”

In addition to working as the attorney on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, Clinesmith worked on the probe of Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized use of a private email server to conduct government business during her tenure as secretary of state. His work on that investigation earned him an entire section in a separate inspector general report, which found that he sent numerous politically charged messages ridiculing then-candidate Trump.

External reviews of the conduct of the Mueller investigation aren’t the only sources casting shadows on the legacy of the probe.

Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham in May 2019 to examine the conduct of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation and related issues. Durham is looking to determine whether intelligence collection on Trump’s presidential campaign by top Obama administration officials was “lawful and appropriate.” The investigation was designated a formal criminal investigation in October 2019.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) in March dropped the charges brought by Mueller against two Russian companies accused of using social media to sow discord during the 2016 election. The charges were once heralded as one part of Russia’s two-prong operation to influence the election.

The second prong of the purported campaign consists of charges against a dozen Russian intelligence officers that remain alleged. In May, the DOJ moved to drop charges brought by Mueller against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.