(National Sentinel)Â Bombshells:Â While uncorroborated and unsubstantiated accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have soaked up most headlines in recent days, some bombshells were revealed during House testimony this week by the FBI’s top lawyer regarding the bureau’s “abnormal” handling of the ‘Trump-Russia’ investigation.
James Baker gave House investigators “explosive” closed-door testimony Wednesday in which he detailed to congressional investigators how the Russia probe was done in an “abnormal fashion” that reflected “political bias,” two GOP lawmakers present for the deposition toldÂ Fox News.
“Some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told the network. “This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion. That’s extremely troubling.”
Fox News reported further:
Meadows claimed the “abnormal” handling of the probe into alleged coordination between Russian officials and the Trump presidential campaign was “a reflection of inherent bias that seems to be evident in certain circles.”Â The FBI agent who opened the Russia case, Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and others sent politically charged texts, and have since left the bureau.
Baker, who had a closely [sic] working relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, left the bureau earlier this year.
Lawmakers could not provide specifics regarding Baker’s testimony, but they said he was cooperative and forthright regarding how the Russia case began in 2016 and how the FISA court surveillance warrant for Carter Page, a Trump campaign aide, was approved in October 2016.
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“During the time that the FBI was putting — that DOJ and FBI were putting together the FISA (surveillance warrant) during the time prior to the election — there was another source giving information directly to the FBI, which we found the source to be pretty explosive,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, toldÂ Fox News.
They did not identify that source but said he/she wasÂ not previously known to congressional investigators.
JordanÂ did say Baker’s interview was the best one yet in terms of confirming suspicions about how the Russia investigation started and why it was carried out.Â House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows agreed.
The network added:
Baker is at the heart of surveillance abuse allegations, and his deposition lays the groundwork for next week’s planned closed-door interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Baker, as the FBI’s top lawyer, helped secure the Foreign Intelligence SurveillanceÂ Act (FISA) warrant on Page, as well as three subsequent renewals. Prior to the deposition, Republican investigators said they believed Baker could explain why information about the British ex-spy behind a salacious Trump-related dossier, Christopher Steele, and Steeleâ€™s apparentÂ bias against then-candidate Trump, were withheld from the FISA court, and whether other exculpatory information was known to Rosenstein when he signed the final FISA renewal for Page in June 2017.
Rosenstein is expected on Capitol Hill Oct. 11. His appearance was described as a closed-door interview, not a congressional briefing,Â Fox News reported.
Meadows said last month he wants Rosenstein to testify before CongressÂ under oathÂ regarding details contained in aÂ New York TimesÂ report claimingÂ that Rosenstein once offered to secretly record POTUS Trump inside the Oval Office while wanting to â€œrecruitâ€ top Trump administration officials to get rid of the president via the 25th Amendment â€” a majority of Cabinet members voting for removal.
Rosenstein was scheduled to meet with POTUS Trump at the White House last week but the president postponed it.
“If there’s a meeting, we’ll let you know,â€ White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters this week. â€œBut at this point, they continue to work together and both show up every day and do their jobs.”
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