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Behind the Fusion GPS Transcripts
by Thomas Gallatin
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House votes to reauthorize FISA 
spying authority after floor fight over privacy
by Susan Ferrechio
{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ The House voted Thursday to pass a bill reauthorizing an important national counterterrorism tool... after a bipartisan fight over privacy protections in the legislation nearly derailed the legislation. In a 256-164 vote, lawmakers approved a six-year reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows intelligence officials to spy on communications of noncitizens outside of the United States. The bill includes moderate reforms authored by both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees last year. Proponents say the changes will bolster privacy protections by adding a new requirement for intelligence agencies to obtain search warrants to search communications and new congressional oversight of the kinds of searches made by the government. It also limits the use of the surveillance authority so fewer Americans are caught up in the searches and requires reforms to the way intelligence agencies search the contents of electric communications beyond the sender information... http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/house-votes-to-reauthorize-fisa-s...
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Tucker Takes BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith
To School On Dossier, ‘Partisanship Played A Role’ 
by NICK GIVAS
{dailycaller.com} ~ BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday... to respond to a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, over Smith’s publishing of an infamous dossier. “The dossier itself is a document of kind of obvious central public importance,” Smith said Wednesday. “That was clear a year ago. It’s actually a lot clearer now. Before we published it, as we knew then, important elected officials intelligence agencies were investigating this document.” Carlson said Smith should have known better than to publish a document without fully verifying its contents...   http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/10/tucker-takes-buzzfeeds-ben-smith-...
VIDEO at the site.
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CNN Host Pushes Unsubstantiated Claim 
That Dossier Source Was Murdered 
by CHUCK ROSS
{dailycaller.com} ~ CNN anchor Erin Burnett floated a claim on Wednesday that a source for the infamous dossier was murdered... following publication of the salacious document. But Burnett appears not to have followed her own network’s reporting on the subject. Hours before Burnett’s show, CNN reported that the allegation of a dossier-related murder was based on unfounded speculation from a lawyer for Fusion GPS, the oppo firm behind the dossier. In a contentious interview with Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Burnett cited a claim made by Fusion GPS lawyer Josh Levy during an Aug. 22 interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee. A transcript of that interview, which was conducted with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, was released on Tuesday...  http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/10/cnn-host-pushes-unsubstantiated-c...
VIDEO at the site.
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PLO Moves to Withdraw
Recognition of, Cut Ties to Israel
by DIMA ABUMARIA
{jpost.com} ~ The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)... the umbrella organization that is internationally-recognized as the representative of the Palestinian people, will push to withdraw formal recognition of Israel and end Washington's longstanding role as mediator of the peace process. Instead, the PLO will pursue an "international formula" for achieving statehood. The developments were outlined in a report that aims to redefine not only the parameters for future relations with Israel and the Unites States, but also change the status of the Palestinian Authority from a "transitional authority" to a "state under occupation." The details are intended to be finalized in a follow-up meeting of the PLO mid-month. The PA was formed as an interim governing body by the 1993 Oslo Accords—signed by then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and previous PLO chief Yasser Arafat—and was meant to be dissolved after no later than five years as part of a final peace agreement...They never will recognize Israel.   http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/PLO-moves-to-withdraw-re...
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Despite threats, Trump to extend 
sanctions relief for Iran — sources
by MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN
{timesofisrael.com} ~ US President Donald Trump is expected this week to extend relief from economic sanctions to Iran as part of the nuclear deal... citing progress in amending US legislation that governs Washington’s participation in the landmark accord, according to US officials and others familiar with the administration’s deliberations. But Trump is likely to pair his decision to renew the concessions to Tehran with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people, the six people briefed on the matter said. The restrictions could hit some firms and individuals whose sanctions were scrapped under the 2015 nuclear agreement, a decision that could test Tehran’s willingness to abide by its side of the bargain...  https://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-threats-trump-to-extend-sanct...
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Behind the Fusion GPS Transcripts
by Thomas Gallatin:  The mainstream media is abuzz over Sen. Diane Fein-stein’s (D-CA) unilateral decision to release a semi-redacted transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s closed-door meeting with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson last August. As the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling continues to roll on and as more information is learned, this latest move by Fein-stein is somewhat puzzling. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was certainly not pleased, saying, “Her action undermines the integrity of the committee’s oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses.” He further noted that none of the other congressional panels had released interview transcripts of closed-door meetings related to the Russia interference investigation.

          Fein-stein may be reacting to Grassley’s recent criminal referral of British ex-spy Christopher Steele, author of the infamous liar-Hillary Clinton-funded anti-Trump dossier, to the Justice Department. Grassley wants DOJ to investigate Steele for possibly lying to the FBI. Fein-stein may also not like the fact that the investigation has started to probe more deeply into liar-Clinton and Democratic National Committees connections to Fusion GPS. Whatever her rationale, Fein-stein’s actions may inform the public while at the same time muddy the investigation.
          So what has been learned from Simpson’s interview? It’s clear that he and Fusion GPS are worried about protecting themselves. Simpson attempted to absolve himself of any guilt regarding the promotion of misinformation with the dubious dossier, saying, “By its very nature the question of whether something is accurate isn’t really asked. The question that is asked generally is whether it’s credible. You don’t really decide who’s telling the truth.” Simpson argued it wasn’t his job to ascertain whether or not the dossier’s information was true. He explained his reason for giving the dossier to Sen. RINO-John McCain (R-AZ), saying, “We just wanted people in official positions to ascertain whether it was accurate or not.
          The transcript also shows how Simpson conveniently flips, seeing Russian connections as both good and bad, depending upon his relationship with Russians. The short of it being that he saw no conflict of interest in his work for the Russian firm Prevezon Holdings, while at the same time arguing that Trump’s campaign was guilty of collusion.
          Simpson appears to have been convinced that the Trump team was guilty of colluding with Russia, but we also learn that Simpson based this belief on a dossier that he admits he never verified for accuracy. He sees ex-spy Steele as a trustworthy individual, and that even if there were holes in the accuracy of information, he believes that the overall narrative is essentially true. In other words, for Simpson, the political end game was more important than facts and truth.  ~The Patriot Pos
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CRIME!! -> Clinton Nightmare! Chief Financial Officer Of Clinton Foundation Turns Government Informant On Crime Family

Donations to the Clinton Foundation plummeted by 90% over a three-year period since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump.

But that may be the least of the her worries.

John Solomon from The Hill dropped another bombshell that will keep the Clintons up at night.

The former Chief Financial Officer of the Clinton Foundation has turned on the crime family and is now working as a government informant.

This could spell doom for the Clinton Crime Family.

American Thinker reported:

John Solomon of The Hill reveals the story that has been percolating for a long time but kept tightly under wraps – because that is what serious prosecutors do, especially when grand juries are poring over evidence and issuing indictments that remain sealed until the right moment comes. The trigger for the story coming out now probably is a House subcommittee hearing scheduled next week by Mark Meadows, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, while the GOP still can set the agenda of House hearings.

[A] GOP-led congressional subcommittee, led by Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.), is planning to hold a hearing next week to review the work of John Huber, the special U.S attorney named a year ago to investigate all things Clinton.

It turns out that whistleblowers inside and outside the Clinton Foundation have amassed “6,000 pages of evidence attached to a whistleblower submission filed secretly more than a year ago with the IRS and FBI.” Among that evidence can be found:

Those reviews flagged serious concerns about legal compliance, improper commingling of personal and charity business and “quid pro quo” promises made to donors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of State.

The submission also cites an interview its investigators conducted with Andrew Kessel that quotes the foundation’s longtime chief financial officer as saying he was unable to stop former President Clinton from “commingling” personal business and charitable activities inside the foundation and that he “knows where all the bodies are buried.”

Their own investigation! That’s hard to put down as politically motivated.

Having the chief financial officer of the Clinton Foundation turn informant is a nightmare for the Clintons. The CFO has to process all the cash, and because that person usually is on the hook for any criminal violations, there is ample incentive to turn state’s evidence.

That evidence was assembled by a private firm called MDA Analytics LLC, run by accomplished ex-federal criminal investigators, who alleged the Clinton Foundation engaged in illegal activities and may be liable for millions of dollars in delinquent taxes and penalties.

In addition to the IRS, the firm’s partners have had contact with prosecutors in the main Justice Department in Washington and FBI agents in Little Rock, Ark.

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