NAMES OF 17 FBI, DOJ OFFICIALS NUNES CALLS FOR TESTIMONY ON 2016 FISA ABUSE – STRZOK AND MCCABE INCLUDED
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., wants 17 current and former FBI or Justice Department officials to testify on Capitol Hill about possible government surveillance abuse during the 2016 election, including fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and embattled FBI official Peter Strzok.
In a letter obtained by Fox News, Nunes requests that the joint task force of the Oversight and Judiciary Committees take steps to interview these officials because they may “have relevant information.”
The House Intelligence Committee does not have direct oversight over the FBI and the DOJ, so testimony is more likely to be compelled by referring names to the Oversight and Judiciary Committees.
“For the sake of transparency and to keep the American people as fully informed as possible about these matters, the task force should consider interviewing these individuals in an open setting,” Nunes wrote in the Friday letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
The full list of 17 officials named by Nunes include:
- Trisha Anderson, DOJ lawyer
- James Baker, former FBI general counsel
- Gregory Brower, former FBI congressional liaison
- John Carlin, former head of the DOJ’s national security division
- Kevin Clinesmith, FBI lawyer
- Tashina Gauhar, DOJ official
- David Laufman, former head of DOJ’s counterintelligence division
- Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director
- Mary McCord, former DOJ lawyer
- Jonathan Moffa, FBI official
- Sally Moyer, FBI lawyer
- Bruce Ohr, former associate deputy attorney general
- Lisa Page, former FBI lawyer
- Joseph Pientka, FBI agent
- E.W. “Bill” Priestap, assistant director of the FBI counterintelligence division
- Peter Strzok, FBI agent
- George Toscas, DOJ official
- All defendants are accused of billing patients for treatments that either weren’t necessary or were never rendered.
- In addition, nonmedical personnel, which includes beneficiaries, patient recruiters, and co-conspirators, were given financial kickbacks for providing information to doctors and nurses that they could use to make false claims.
- A total of 13 million illegal doses of opioids were issued, the Justice Department said.
( Washington Examiner ) The Justice Department on Thursday announced its largest-ever healthcare fraud enforcement action, and charged 601 people, including 165 medical professions, for making false medical claims worth $2 billion, a quarter of which was related to opioids.
“This is the most fraud, the most defendants, and the most doctors ever charged in a single operation — and we have evidence that our ongoing work has stopped or prevented billions of dollars’ worth of fraud,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement about the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s work over the past year.
His agency charged the 601 defendants with submitting bogus claims to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and private insurance companies, more than one-quarter were for prescribing or distributing opioids and other narcotics. A total of 13 million illegal doses of opioids were issued, the Justice Department said.
“Health care fraud is a betrayal of vulnerable patients, and often it is theft from the taxpayer,” Sessions said. “In many cases, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists take advantage of people suffering from drug addiction in order to line their pockets. These are despicable crimes.”
All defendants are accused of billing patients for treatments that either weren’t necessary or were never rendered.
In addition, nonmedical personnel, which includes beneficiaries, patient recruiters, and co-conspirators, were given financial kickbacks for providing information to doctors and nurses that they could use to make false claims.
( Gateway Pundit ) The Department of Justice sent Intel Chairman Devin Nunes a response on Friday night to requests for information from the DOJ and FBI on internal spying on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, something that is unprecedented in US history.
Here’s the letter from the FBI to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA):
- Devin Nunes: “We can’t force the resignation, but we can hold in contempt, we can pass resolutions, we can impeach. I think we’re getting close to there”
- Justice Department and FBI stalled for months to provide information about the Steele dossier as well as about a secret surveillance warrant taken out against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
( Daily Caller ) House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday that “there will be hell to pay” — including impeachment for top Justice Department officials — if the agency fails this week to give Congress documents about an FBI informant used to spy on the Trump campaign.
“We can’t force the resignation, but we can hold in contempt, we can pass resolutions, we can impeach. I think we’re getting close to there,” Nunes said of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Nunes has battled Rosenstein for months over other documents related to the Russia investigation. The Justice Department and FBI stalled for months to provide information about the Steele dossier as well as about a secret surveillance warrant taken out against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The most recent standoff concerns Nunes’ request for documents related to a longtime FBI and CIA source who the bureau tasked to meet with three Trump campaign advisers, including Page.
Nunes and other members of the so-called Gang of Eight met with Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday to discuss Intelligence Committee’s requests for documents about the informant, who is reported to be former University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper. (RELATED: A London Meeting Before The Election Aroused George Papadopoulos’ Suspicions)
Halper met with at least three Trump campaign advisers prior to the 2016 election. He met Page for months after Trump was elected.
The DOJ and FBI have resisted efforts to provide documents about the informant, saying that revealing the information could risk the safety of the informant and disrupt ongoing intelligence operations.
- Lisa Page: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
- Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it”
( Daily Caller ) FBI agent Peter Strzok assured his mistress and colleague Lisa Page that they would stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency in a text message, a new report from the DOJ inspector general finds per Bloomberg News White House Correspondent Jennifer Jacobs.
“Several FBI employees Who played critical roles in the investigation sent political messages,” the report reads, according to Jacobs.
“(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page wrote to Strzok, Bloomberg reports.
“No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,” Strzok reportedly replied.
The long-anticipated IG report was obtained by Bloomberg News and contained previously unrevealed text messages between Strzok and Page. The FBI pair were intimately involved in the counter-intelligence investigation of the Trump 2016 campaign. Strzok and Page have drawn criticism previously for anti-Trump text messages.
Justice Department IG: James Comey ‘deviated’ from protocol in Clinton emails probe, but no ‘political bias’…Really?
BREAKING: James Comey “deviated” from official procedures in how he handled the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton and consequentially hurt the organization’s reputation, the Justice Department inspector general concluded in its report.
“While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice,” Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote, according to Bloomberg, which obtained the conclusions of the report hours before it is set to go public.
Comey oversaw the probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her four years as secretary of state.
In October 2016, months after closing the investigation and recommending no charges, Comey informed lawmakers that the FBI reopened it just two weeks before the presidential election, and said he made the decision to do so as a result of information found on a laptop that belonged to Anthony Weiner, the ex-husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
The case was closed again, with no new conclusions, only a few days before the election, which Clinton lost.
( ABC News ) The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has concluded that James Comey defied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, according to sources familiar with a draft report on the matter.
One source told ABC News that the draft report explicitly used the word “insubordinate” to describe Comey’s behavior. Another source agreed with that characterization but could not confirm the use of the term.
In the draft report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz also rebuked former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her handling of the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s personal email server, the sources said.
On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump complained of “numerous delays” in the release of Horowitz’s final report, which is expected to run several hundred pages long and be released in the coming days. The sources who spoke to ABC News were willing or able to address only a portion of the draft report’s complete findings.
“What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey,” Trump said on Twitter. “Hope report is not being changed and made weaker!”