Top Secret Intel Source Aiding Mueller Probe Is Behind Latest Clash Between DOJ And Nunes

House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) was denied a cache of classified information by the Department of Justice (DOJ) after the White House backed senior FBI and national intelligence officials who told them the materials were too hot to give to him - and "could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI, reports the Washington Post, citing multiple sources. The FBI made the urgent request to the White House last Wednesday claiming that even a redacted version of the request could risk lives by exposing a top-secret intelligence source.

Which begs the question:

White House officials agreed to the DOJ's request with President Trump's blessing - however the Post notes "it is unclear whether Trump was alerted to a key fact -- that information developed by the intelligence source had been provided to the Mueller investigation." 

Whatever the case, the U.S. intelligence community clearly doesn't trust Nunes with this information. 

For the intelligence agencies, Nunes’s request threatened to cross a red line of compromising sources and methods of U.S. intelligence-gathering, according to people familiar with their views. Intelligence officials fear that providing even a redacted version of the information Nunes seeks could expose that person and damage relationships with other countries that serve as U.S. intelligence partners. -Washington Post

Nunes requested the information in a classified April 24 letter to the Justice department. Due to the confidential nature, we don't know exactly what the DOJ is holding back, however he told reporters this week that he is investigating FBI Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse and "other matters.

The Post notes that the involvement of the White House marks a rare "moment of alignment between the Justice Department and Trump, who has relentlessly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other top Justice officials for the probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III." 

House Republicans and the DOJ are now in a heated battle over the actual risk to the agency's top-secret source - with Nunes saying Sunday that he may try to hold Sessions in contempt for refusing to comply with his request. 

Nunes told OAN News: "The bottom line is we've had this investigation going for a long time into FISA abuse that occurred by the executive branch."

"We need documents to be able to verify if things were done properly or improperly, so that's what we're waiting on. So we sent a letter a few weeks ago, a classified letter. That letter was not responded to, it was ignored. We issued a subpoena... We got back on Thursday that they will not comply, so now we have no other choice but to move to hold the Attorney General in contempt if they don't provide the documents."

They are citing spurious national security concerns to evade congressional oversight while leaking information to The Washington Post ostensibly about classified meetings,” Nunes told The Post. “Congress has a right and a duty to get this information and we will succeed in getting this information, regardless of whatever fantastic stories the DOJ and FBI spin to the Post.”

Administration officials tell The Post that they are concerned Trump will change his mind and support Nunes' argument. 

The role of the intelligence source in the Mueller investigation may now be seized upon by conservative Republicans who have publicly accused the Justice Department and intelligence agencies of overreach and misuse of their surveillance powers. -WaPo

To that end, several House GOP drafted articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a "last resort" if he doesn't hand Congress more information. 

In a similar vein, Nunes threatened to impeach DAG Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray if they didn't immediately hand over an unredacted copy of the two-page document outlining the original scope and mandate of the Mueller Special Counsel investigation. The DOJ eventually acquiesced to Nunes' threat, providing him with access to modestly redacted copies - for which Nunes thanked Rosenstein.

That said, Rosenstein pushed back in comments at the Freedom Forum Institute - telling the audience that while he is willing to work with Congressional investigators - he will draw the line when he needs to, exclaiming that the Justice Department was "not going to be extorted" into handing over documents that could harm national security or interfere with ongoing investigations. 

If we were to just open our doors to allow Congress to come and rummage through the files, that would be a serious infringement on the separation of powers, and it might resolve a dispute today, but it would have negative repercussions in the long run, and we have a responsibility to defend the institution,” Rosenstein said.

Not everyone agrees...

Comments

JimmyJones boattrash Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:34 Permalink

Sorry Jerks you have lied using that line "national security" "lives at risk" so many times now I sure as heck don't believe you, I bet not many other people do and  I hope the White house doesn't either.  Using National Security as a cover for corruption is the norm now and we all know it!!!! Its sickening.

So if Nunes and the oversight committee aren't fit to view the docs then they shouldn't have the security clearance they do, strip congress of all oversight powers since its a joke anyway.  What is oversight when the people being overseen get to pick and choose what the overseers are able to review.  Its a farce.

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Theosebes Goodfellow Oldguy05 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:45 Permalink

~" The FBI made the urgent request to the White House last Wednesday claiming that even a redacted version of the request could risk lives by exposing a top-secret intelligence source."~

Tough fucking shit. Your word is worth crap these days. Blame it on lying Comey, McCabe, Strok, Page, Ohr and Priestap.

When there exists evidence you lied, your exhortations to the contrary ring hollow. Smoke your fucking "source" right out of the water. It is you and the FBI cronies who will have killed him/her, not the revelation of your evil.

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CuttingEdge Oldguy05 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:32 Permalink

I forget who the commentator was on Fox the other night...

 

<Rant on>

 

The one who reported field office contacts alleging that FBI agents testifying in court aren't being believed anymore. And the others (think that one was De Genova) saying FBI officers are (rightly) hanging their heads in shame at what the Comey/McCabe roadshow perpetrated.

 

Causality, Mr Sessions and Mr Wray.

And it's only going to get worse from here on in. Word has it, a bloke called Horowitz has a multitude of odd tales to tell. You pair of useless idiots are only going to look increasingly like replicant chocolate fucking fireguards the deeper this gets down the hole.

 

Clean out your fucking progressive scum-ridden houses, you pair of swamp-sucked wankers.

Because the rule of law and order is disintegrating inexorably, and the longer you put off prosecuting the only solution (equal fucking justice under the law, you pair of fuckwits), the more laughable the situation will become.

And the more despised you will both be by the (hopefully more than a few) honest rank and file who have to testify in court backed by FBI "credibility"

 

<Rant Off>

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bIlluminati Buckaroo Banzai Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:45 Permalink

The "top secret" source is Christopher Steele. The country that would be less cooperative is the United Kingdom and the Five Eyes program. The matter is that if Donald Trump remains President, he might expose some of the dirty tricks The U.K. and Five Eyes have played on the people of these United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to give us sock puppet leaders in 4 or 5 of the 5 countries mentioned.

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FreeMoney bIlluminati Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:31 Permalink

So let me get this straight...the guys that work for the president, as authorized and funded by the congress, are busy trying to torpedo the president. 

Now they are telling the oversight committee chairman "we cant give you what we gave the special prosecutor", and blabbing to a newspaper about how it is just too sensitive to be seen.

Don't bite the hand that feeds.  WTF?  The underlings are telling the "shareholders" and CEO how its going to be.

Some animals are more equal.

Burn this shit down.  Fire the whole top 5 layers of DOJ, FBI, CIA, NSA and bring in new leadership from outside DC, or shut down the departments.  This is the definition of "out of control."

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pods CuttingEdge Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:51 Permalink

I'm really trying to give a fuck about all this inside baseball shit, but there is just too much going on in life right now.

How about we hold all these fucks under water, and any that don't float up after we drown them are innocent?

Or, toss the lot into Kilauea and any that don't burn are innocent?

Because I am so done with this bullshit. How much money was printed, borrowed against my kids' future earnings and then wasted for this charade?

pods

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SWRichmond pods Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:11 Permalink

If we were to just open our doors to allow Congress to come and rummage through the files, that would be a serious infringement on the separation of powers, and it might resolve a dispute today, but it would have negative repercussions in the long run, and we have a responsibility to defend the institution,” Rosenstein said.

 

If we were to just open our files and let the damned plebes see what we were up to, that would be a serious infringement on our powers, and it would have negative repercussions for our phony baloney jobs in the long run, because people would see for themselves what a pack of lying, corrupt shitpeddlers we are, and we have a responsibility to protect our ability to serve mammon above all else.

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Chris2 Oldguy05 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

The FBI and CIA went rogue a long time ago, think Dulles and J.Edgar Hoover.

I read once that Gorbachev let the Soviet Union go down because the KGB was out of control and basically running the place.

Same will happen here. I had the very strong feeling during the election that we were electing the last President no matter who won.

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caconhma Killtruck Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:37 Permalink

"Trump, who has relentlessly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other top Justice officials"

Use your brain people: This is just a show for common people and the Fake Orange orangutan is just a willing player.

People are too busy with BS about Trump's whores and his Tweeting to realize/notice that under their noses the USA is led to major wars, Banking Mafia plunders the US economy, and impoverish US people.

US people are the fucking imbeciles to learn anything of value.

 

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Chupacabra-322 boattrash Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:54 Permalink

To state the obvious; the CIA has deeply humiliated the American people in their attempt to tie the American people to be responsible for the CIA's crimes against humanity across the world.

 

The CIA appears to be the world's greatest threat to peace and prosperity. It is the penultimate terrorist organization, being the direct or indirect creator of all other terrorist organizations. It also appears to be the world's penultimate illegal drug smuggler and pusher making all other illegal drug trading possible and instigating the horrors of addiction and suffering around the world.

 

If I believed that the CIA was working in any way on behalf of the US government and the American people then it would be sad and shameful indeed. However, it is my belief that the CIA instead was captured long ago, as was the secret military operations and now works for a hidden power that wants to dominate or failing that, destroy humanity.

 

The Agency is Cancer. There should be no question about the CIA's future in the US.

 

Dissolved & dishonored. Its members locked away or punished for Treason. Their reputation is so bad and has been for so long, that the fact that you joined them should be enough to justify arrest and Execution for Treason, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.

 

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Chupacabra-322 boattrash Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:09 Permalink

Fucking High Time we end / ELIMINATE the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at, in & at the State Dept., Ambassadors / “Agent Smith’s” in the MIC, LEO Agencies & other front Companies & NGO’s.  Their Cancer is everywhere & in everything.

Those “Lives” their referring to that would be put at risk are Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath “Assets, Agents & Operatives. 

Fuck them & their Tyrannical Lawlessness.

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