Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Briefly Noted: Grassley, Graham Put Bill Barr on Notice; Review Of Recent Events

There's been a lot going on behind the scenes, with occasional public glimpses. Today Gateway Pundit provides the text of a letter that Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham have sent to AG Bill Barr. As GP says, the two senators put Barr on notice that they expect a deep dive into the FBI's coverup of the Hillary investigations--particularly the email one. I doubt that this has been far from Barr's mind--although he's undoubtedly busy preparing for upcoming Congressional testimony. However, Graham and Grassley no doubt want to keep this issue present in the public consciousness.

An indispensable read for anyone who wants to keep the seemingly disparate events of the last two months or so sorted out is Jeff Carlson's A Common Thread in Events Ahead of Mueller Report. While Carlson's blog is too long to quote, here are a few excerpts to show how he attempts to organize recent events. There's a lot going on, some of which doesn't even rise to the surface of even the best news sources, so this is very helpful.

On March 7, Barr had a meeting with U.S. Attorney John Huber of Utah, who serves as vice chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. The meeting was notable as Huber had been appointed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate “all the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us.”

A day after Barr’s meeting with Huber, on March 8, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released a transcript of a congressional interview with DOJ official Bruce Ohr. The release would be the first in an ongoing series of transcript releases ...

David Kramer, a longtime associate of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), revealed that he had contact with at least 14 members of the media regarding the Steele dossier.

Swedish bank Swedbank “may now be facing substantial fines for money laundering that could put pressure on its capital buffers.” The story was notable as it tied into existing investigations in Danske Bank’s Estonia money-laundering case, which originated with the release of the Panama Papers.
The investigation into Swedbank began in 2016, but new allegations were raised that the the Swedish bank withheld information from U.S. investigators. Allegations were recently made by Swedish press that Trump’s former campaign chairman received “nearly one million dollars in black money through Swedbank” from accounts linked to the former president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych.
This ongoing investigation, which remains under-reported, is looking into allegations of money laundering across major financial institutions in multiple countries. It’s likely that the investigation will only grow larger.

On March 22, Catherine Herridge of Fox News released two pages of texts between former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page, some of which related to obtaining the FISA warrant of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Specifically, some of the texts reflect concerns from the Department of Justice (DOJ) over “possible bias of the chs,” or confidential human source, likely referring to Steele.
Page noted that “This might take a high-level push.”
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) went on Fox News and stated that he had talked to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz “very recently to get an update in terms of timing,” saying that Horowitz hoped to be done with his investigation into FISA abuse in May or June.
Ratcliffe said that Horowitz was looking into the origins of collusion, along with probable cause used by the FBI to initiate their investigation, in addition to his investigation into FISA abuse. Ratcliffe also noted that Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, has “been dispatched to look into the criminal aspects” that might be associated with Horowitz’s work.
Giuliani, who said the Justice Department “should investigate this,” raised questions over foreign government involvement in the origination of the Russia collusion allegations. Specifically, Giuliani asked “how many Ukrainians were involved and was the embassy in the Ukraine involved in helping to develop some of this evidence? That’s all very, very important to pointing out where this started. This was a frame-up. An old-fashioned frame-up.”

And there's lots more.

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