Sessions Balks At Second Special Counsel: Says Recent FBI Bombshell May Have "Innocent Explanation"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has once again balked at questions over the need for a second special counsel to investigate the Justice Department, telling reporters at a Friday press conference that while he's concerned about recent allegations of bias within the FBI, "sometimes things that might appear to be bad in the press have more innocent explanations, so fairness and justice should also be provided to our personnel." 

Last week Sessions responded to mounting pressure to launch a second special counsel, stating "I've put a Senior Attorney, with the resources he may need, to review cases in our office and make a recommendation to me, if things aren't being pursued that need to be pursued, if cases may need more resources to complete in a proper manner, and to recommend to me if the standards for a special counsel are met." 

In November. Sessions pushed back on the need for a special counsel to investigate a salacious anti-Trump dossier paid for in part by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, and whether or not the FBI used the largely unverified dossier to launch the Russia investigation. Sessions told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that it would take "a factual basis that meets the standard of a special counsel," adding "You can have your idea but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires. I would say, 'looks like' is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel."  

A flood of GOP lawmakers along with President Trump's outside counsel Jay Sekulow have renewed calls for a separate special counsel investigation of the Department of Justice and the FBI amid revelations that top FBI officials conspired to tone down former FBI Director James Comey's statement exonerating Hillary Clinton - altering or removing key language which effectively "decriminalized" Clinton's beahvior. The officials implicated are former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Strzok's supervisor E.W. "Bill" Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, and DOJ Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson

Also under recent scrutiny are a trove of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok to his mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page showing extreme bias against then-candidate Trump, while both of them were actively engaged in the Clinton email investigation and the Trump-Russia investigation. GOP lawmakers claim the FBI launched its investigation into Russian collusion based on the 34-page dossier created by opposition research firm Fusion GPS - which hired the CIA wife of a senior DOJ official to assist in digging up damaging information on 5then-candidate Trump

A particularly disturbing text message between Strzok and Page was leaked to the press last week referencing an "insurance policy" in case Trump were to be elected President. Strzok wrote to Page: "I want to believe the path you threw out to consideration in Andy's office -- that there's no way he gets elected -- but I'm afraid we can't take that risk." It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40...."

House and Senate Committees are also trying to get to the bottom of a report last Monday by Fox News which revealed that recently demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS - the firm behind the Trump-Russia dossier. It was also later uncovered by internet sleuths that Nellie Ohr represented the CIA's "Open Source Works" group at a 2010 working group on organized crime, which she participated in along with her husband Bruce and Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS

Bruce and Nellie Ohr

Last Tuesday, FBI Deputy Director McCabe unexpectedly cancelled a scheduled testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee - thought to be related to the Fox report on Bruce and Nellie Ohr. Text messages between Strzok and Page were released the same day

So with Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying things may have "more innocent explanations" here are some specific questions for the AG to answer:

  • Did Peter Strzok innocently tell his mistress that there was an "insurance policy" against a Trump win, which likely referenced the Russia investigation which GOP lawmakers think was based on an unverified dossier?
  • Was Peter Strzok innocently texting Lisa Page "F Trump" while he was the lead investigator on the Clinton email case? 
  • Was Peter Strzok's edit of the phrase "Gross negligence" to "extremely careless" innocent? It very innocently changed the entire legal standing of the case from criminal conduct to a layman's opinion of carelessness. 

18 U.S. Code ' 793 "Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information" specifically uses the phrase "gross negligence." Had Comey used the phrase, he would have essentially declared that Hillary had broken the law. 

  • Was Peter Strzok innocently calling Trump "a f*cking idiot" and a "loathsome human" before investigating him?
  • Did FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's "damage control team" innocently change their conclusion that Hillary Clinton's server was "possibly" hacked, rather than "reasonably likely" - language which significantly altered the seriousness of Clinton's mishandling of classified information? 
  • Were all references to the FBI working with other members of the intelligence community on Clinton's private server innocently scrubbed from Comey's exoneration statement - making it look like a much smaller investigation?
  • Before he was demoted for doing so - did senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr innocently meet with MI6 spy Christopher Steele who assembled the salacious 'Trump-Russia' dossier, and then also innocently meet with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS? Fusion commissioned Steele to create the dossier, which relied on senior Russian officials. 
  • Did Fusion GPS innocently hire Bruce Ohr's CIA wife, Nellie Ohr, to gather damaging information on President Trump? If there weren't such innocent explanations for everything, one might think Nellie Ohr could have possibly passed information from the DOJ to Fusion GPS and vice versa. 
  • Did Hillary Clinton and the DNC innocently pay Fusion GPS $1,024,408 through law firm Perkins Coie, which then paid Steele $168,000? 
  • In addition to the 'Trump-Russia' dossier, did Fusion GPS innocently arrange the Trump Tower "setup" meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian Attorney? Or attempt to link Donald Trump to billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein? Or try to push the debunked claim that a secret email server existed between Trump Tower and Moscow's Alfa bank - which Alfa bank executives are suing Fusion GPS over? 

The list goes on and on, but hey: sometimes things that might appear to be bad in the press have more innocent explanations... 

Comments

fx Stackers Sat, 12/16/2017 - 18:24 Permalink

Indeed, Trump gets regularly shown the middle finger by this completely useless clown and asshole Jeff Sessions. The way this guy behaved from day 1 would suggest he is firmly entrenched in the Clinton and d33p $hit camp. One only wonders why Trump chose this idiot in the first place and why he doesn't simply fire him, along with this cocksucker Rosenstein.

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So Close Automatic Choke Sat, 12/16/2017 - 18:31 Permalink

 No!   The true explanation cuts across the grain of the existing miasma currently being perpetrated as truth by the senior management at the FBI.  One being ignored and covered up by the mainstream media.  We have senior management at the top federal law enforcement agency that has willfully chosen to elevate their personal political opinion and beliefs above their sworn duty to uphold constitutional law.  And this "explanation" is just the latest attempt to reinforce a violently shaking house of cards.  The question that presents itself is whether we have the moral backbone as a country to correct our course.  The outcome is questionable.  And yet there is room for hope.

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new game Buckaroo Banzai Sun, 12/17/2017 - 07:00 Permalink

buck, and as they investigate further they uncover moar incriminating "stuff" on the cunt inc. but, sessions is the the poster child of crony dc lawyer guild. lawyers are typically liberal leaning.and that might explain quite a bit of this posteringthe a.g. position seems to be a gate keeper position that lets the bad thru and stops the legitimates that are seeking truth and prosecution. bitch slaps the truth seekers back to the rank and file one party tyranny. simple shit we are witnessing. fall in line or reelection will be difficult.i have to say this is perplexing, as a mostly(lol), law abiding citizen. further defined; i am not wealthy enuf to have to break the law. moar wealth, moar resaons to break the law,-way it is.

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Keyser Muddy1 Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:37 Permalink

Which is WHY we need a special council into the FBI / DOJ corruption... By definition, Sessions is heading up the largest criminal organization in history... How can it investigate itself? It cannot, therefore Sessions needs to appoint a SC to ferret out the truth, whatever that is... 

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MsCreant So Close Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:58 Permalink

What if there are good guys in there who know how corrupt it is?And what if they are afraid of everything falling apart, if everything comes out?What would they do?What would you, gentle reader, do?I see another kind of selling out possible here, the kind of selling out many of us do daily. We know it is a crock of shit but we still hold our noses and a straight face and participate. We bank. We buy shitty food. We buy clothes and other goods we know slaves made. We DON'T BURN DOWN THE FED!Rome is ablaze, fires are lit everywhere across the landscape while we huddle around our televisions and computers. While we huddle around ZH. And what would you do if you knew that if you tried to do something about it, other fuckers would try to kill you, AND it would destroy what little is left of the illusion of a system. Order. structure. Even if it is just a story that a few folks whistfully wish was true.Just asking.

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chunga MsCreant Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:02 Permalink

I'm not too sure there are any good guys but it is becoming clear a conspiracy has taken place to commit high crimes that should result in prison time for a former president, a presidential candidate, two DNC chairs a large batch of intelligence agency bosses at the very least. That's pretty heavy duty and unprecedented.Myself I hope it does blow sky high because we need to start from scratch imo.

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GUS100CORRINA MsCreant Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:25 Permalink

Sessions Balks At Second Special Counsel: Says Recent FBI Bombshell May Have "Innocent Explanation"My response: There are so many people in the "WASHINGTON SICK" that are implicated in this criminal matter that WE MAY NEVER GET TO THE TRUTH of this entire criminal matter.President TRUMP may have to revert to more DRACONIAN methods. Al Capone had nothing over on Americas DOJ and FBI.

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Giant Meteor MsCreant Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:47 Permalink

Your observations and question cut directly to the heart of the matter. Everyone, in some way, shape or form, is in on the con, directly, or indirectly. The LACK of meaningful solutions, ie; backlash may well be proportional to the percentage of the population supported by "the government" either in direct employment, or various transfer payments. That little dust up called "the global financial crisis" and the destruction of more than a few folks 401ks, defaulted mortgages, unemployment put the fear of God in a few folks. Now they have their  two and three or four shitty part time jobs, or just checked out altogether.Then of course there is the small business folks takin it up the rear, the medical industrial complex, the disenfranchised, and the the working poor ..Yeah, most folks are so completely afraid, apathetic, or bullshitted up, they can't see daylight.A divided , and thus, a conquered people ...Artlcle on here the other day. It seems some nobel laureate and his Mrs. got to thinkin .. you know, all this drug addiction, penury, and hopelessness across the land, the blighted inner cities and citizen lawlessness along with hopelessness, might just be tied to the shitty economics and loss of opportunity. The steady erosion of meaningful economic opportunity, and that which wasn't mentioned but I mention here, the FINANCIALIZATION of the nations E CON omy .. Financial Lies Nation, not to mention illegal wars and all manner of fuckery, going on many, many years, building into what you see before you today .."Throughout the Soviet Union the neoliberal model established “equilibrium” in a way that involved demographic collapse: shortening life spans, lower birth rates, alcoholism and drug abuse, psychological depression, suicides, bad health, unemployment and homelessness for the elderly (the neoliberal mode of Social Security reform)." -  Michael Hudson In other words, see the parallels ...

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Count Cherep Giant Meteor Sun, 12/17/2017 - 15:10 Permalink

Giant Meteor: "Throughout the Soviet Union the neoliberal model established “equilibrium” in a way that involved demographic collapse: shortening life spans, lower birth rates, alcoholism and drug abuse, psychological depression, suicides, bad health, unemployment and homelessness for the elderly (the neoliberal mode of Social Security reform)." -  Michael Hudson In other words, see the parallels ..."There are some interesting and disturbing parallels to be seen in Red Symphony by Josif Maksimovitch Landowsky. Look it up. If you are fluent in Spanish, I recommend that you read Sinfonía en Rojo Mayor.    

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Count Cherep Count Cherep Sun, 12/17/2017 - 16:02 Permalink

"Far from being a means of "redistributing wealth from rich to poor," communism's true aim is to redistribute "the wealth of the nations" to the Jews in fulfillment of, what its funders believe is, Talmudic prophecy. In his meager, well-researched text, Frank L. Britton bravely "breaches the wall of silence" in search of international communism's roots. In so doing, he exposes those, who, in seeking power and global domination, have caused so much unneccessary suffering and bloodshed. He shows, unequivocally, that all of the most important planners, organizers, and, most especially, financial backers of communist revolutions have been (and still are) Jews."Continues:http://www.colchestercollection.com/titles/chunk/B/behind-communism/cha…

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herbivore MsCreant Sat, 12/16/2017 - 21:57 Permalink

Everyone and every country sometimes needs a fresh start. Sometimes it isn't easy getting there. As long as the nukes stay in their silos, I'm fine with chaos for a while. I think the Founding Fathers would agree, the tree of liberty needing to be watered, you know? Probably the rest of the planet would breathe a sigh of relief to have the U.S. off the world stage.

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Automatic Choke MsCreant Sat, 12/16/2017 - 22:42 Permalink

I dunno Missy -- I usually agree with you, but not this time.   The discrepency is too large.   He may be sleepy, but statements like this are not from inattention, they are clearly misrepresenting the evidence.   I think there are only a couple of possibilities, and they are wildly different from each other.   Eithera)  Sessions is laying low as part of a strategy to give the dems a lot of rope to hang themselves, like many of us optimistically hope DJT is doing, orb)  Sessions is really dirty, and has something nasty enough in his closet - that has been presented to him as blackmail - the he is now one of the tainted. Not sure how else to read it. 

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MsCreant Automatic Choke Sun, 12/17/2017 - 01:02 Permalink

Lets hope something or someone tips their hand enough that we can know. I often play a devil's advocate to see where it will go. But I still do sincerely wonder about the scenario I posted above.I wonder if I would be corrupt if I was there. I wonder if the structure of the situation, the constant deal making, becomes so normal, you become so enured, that you don't even see it as dishonesty anymore. Maybe one day you wake up and see what you have become and what is around you. You think about doing the right thing, but you know it is pointless. Maybe you do tiny things to help decent individuals when you can. But basically, you have to be a crook, to be there. That it would happen to most of us. That we can run our mouths but we don't know because we did not have to go through the process and make the compromises. I watch Gabi and a few others, and hope I am wrong. Living in this culture, we are all a little corrupt. I just wonder how far it can go. Cognitive dissonance is powerful stuff. We will tell ourselves anything rather than have an inconsistent story of self. But the system forces us to have an inconsistent story of self. There was an article on ZH the other day about this very thing.The thing is, if we can blame someone, we can prosecute them and fix this. I like my hatreds too. The system has captured us all. That is harder to fight because those in the power seats are invested in not changing it. I am, at times, too open minded. But that is where a lot of interesting thought experiments live. Love ya puppy head! That we can disagree and be civil is some of what has been lost for many of us. Thank you for that. 

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Automatic Choke MsCreant Sun, 12/17/2017 - 22:26 Permalink

to your first paragraph -- I **have** been in horrid situations, but at a much smaller scale.   horrid ethics in a small startup.   a lot of folks rolled over, but i'm happy to recount that I made a stand.   ended up walking away from the job, with another VP, in protest....losing all my sweat equity/options.   funny thing was, a couple years later, the ceo and board realized what a shit job they had done backing the bad ethics, and restored all the options the other guy and I had abandoned -- and they signed off on this a week before they sold the company fairly handsomely.   karma does return. disagreements?  yeah, i think that the 2016 election did a major disservice to our country, opening up schisms that will take a long time to heal.  very sad to see, this is not a happy country anymore.   and yes, i agree with you, just because much of the country has gone off their nut and become uncivil to each other doesn't mean we all have to follow. 

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GreatUncle MsCreant Sun, 12/17/2017 - 06:15 Permalink

The point you make about good people doing nothing is 40 years too late.Then if those who knew has stood by their good morality then the system got flushed.The problem now is that ignoring the concept of honesty and truth way back then led to where it is today and now it is far worse.If flushed way back then society was recoverable and they foolishly would still have their positions ... flushed today not a chance society is destroyed.The future now ... tomorrow will be worse and the day after that even worse yet and the trajectory for society.The flushing point after passing through a totalitarian police state will occur and the social collapse has been written by them into the storyline.Now I am an impatient fucker TBH because if that is the path I want it today so tomorrow people can rebuild and it is inevitable.Inevitable because those who stole everything will not give back what they stole.  

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iinthesky So Close Sat, 12/16/2017 - 21:49 Permalink

Another special counsel is not absolutely necessary. If Trump is actually speaking to Sessions at all, this special counsel line is a red herring, a ruse. Bottom line.. Trump wants his tax cuts.So one of two things is happening in my view. Sessions is ACTUALLY an asshole who has completely turned out to be a spineless joke---OR---Trump wants his tax cuts. So in other words, if the tax reform passes, going into the first days of 2018, either Sessions will in fact start the meat grinder, or, if he doesn't then the former explanation becomes a much more viable proposition.

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