Archiv: testimonies


12.12.2019 - 09:21 [ New York Times ]

We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly.

At more than 400 pages, the study amounted to the most searching look ever at the government’s secretive system for carrying out national-security surveillance on American soil. And what the report showed was not pretty.

The Justice Department’s independent inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, and his team uncovered a staggeringly dysfunctional and error-ridden process in how the F.B.I. went about obtaining and renewing court permission under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to wiretap Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.

11.12.2019 - 19:25 [ theHill.com ]

Horowitz: ‚Very concerned‘ about FBI leaks to Giuliani

„As we noted publicly last year in our report, we were very concerned about that,“ Horowitz said at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

„We are investigating those contacts. We’ve issued a couple of public summaries so far about people we’ve found violated FBI policy. We have other investigations ongoing,“ Horowitz continued.

He added that, while it has been hard to prove the substance of conversations between FBI and reporters or outside individuals, “we can prove the contacts.“

„Under FBI policy you need authorization if you’re going to disclose information and have certain contacts,“ he said.

11.12.2019 - 19:22 [ Zerp Hedge ]

Watch Live: Inspector General Michael Horowitz Testifies After FISA Report Release

Following Monday’s release of the long-awaited FISA report on FBI abuses while investigating the Trump campaign, during the 2016 US election, Inspector General Michael Horowitz is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Horowitz’s report found „significant inaccuracies and omissions,“ yet despite the fact that the FBI’s elite made numerous errors and harbored extreme animus against Donald Trump, none of that affected their investigation.

10.12.2019 - 13:03 [ theHill.com ]

Trump: Watchdog report shows FBI ‚attempted overthrow‘ of government

Horowitz also found that the FBI had an “authorized purpose” to launch the investigation, a conclusion that Attorney General William Barr disagreed with on Monday in a public statement.

Horowitz’s report also criticized the FBI’s handling of applications for warrants to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

10.12.2019 - 13:00 [ theHill.com ]

Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe

The report, however, sharply criticizes the FBI over its handling of applications to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, providing fodder for Trump and his Republican allies while at the same time undercutting a key GOP talking point that agents driven by bias improperly targeted then-candidate Trump.

The findings released by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz set the stage for a partisan showdown on Capitol Hill, where he is slated to testify publicly Wednesday to answer questions from a Senate panel about the inquiry into the FBI’s Russia probe.

23.11.2019 - 09:47 [ Time.com ]

If John Bolton Keeps Refusing to Testify, Congress Should Arrest Him

The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that each chamber of Congress can hold a person in contempt for flouting a legislative subpoena, and – as Justice Brandeis explained in Jurney v. MacCracken – each chamber may also coerce obedience “by means of arrest.” In other words, the House Sergeant at Arms may take people into physical custody until they provide information withheld from Congress.

20.11.2019 - 19:04 [ New York Times ]

Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Sondland Says ‘We Followed the President’s Orders’ on Ukraine

After Mr. Sondland testified that everyone from Mr. Trump on down was aware of the pressure campaign on Ukraine, House Democrats quickly declared that he had bolstered their case for impeachment.

Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, called Mr. Sondland’s testimony “among the most significant evidence to date,” saying he described “a basic quid pro quo” that conditioned American security aid on Ukraine agreeing to investigate Mr. Trump’s political rivals.

16.11.2019 - 12:01 [ USA Today ]

Why is Holmes testimony private after public impeachment hearings started? It’s standard, legal experts say

David Holmes, the State Department official who overheard a key conversation between President Donald Trump and a U.S. ambassador, was expected to give private testimony Friday, continuing closed-door interviews even as members of Congress hosted a public hearing in the U.S. Capitol.

Republicans and Democrats have sparred over the closed format of the depositions, with the GOP slamming them as „secret“ and part of a „Soviet-style“ inquiry.

16.11.2019 - 11:59 [ Washington Post ]

Impeachment witness provides firsthand account of hearing Trump demand ‘investigation’ of Bidens by Ukraine

Holmes testified that he overheard parts of Trump’s phone call with Sondland during a lunch in Kyiv, because the president was speaking so loudly that his voice was audible through the phone to others sitting at the table nearby, according to the people familiar with the testimony.

16.11.2019 - 11:51 [ CNN ]

Aide confirms Trump-Sondland call about Ukraine investigations

David Holmes, the aide to Bill Taylor who overheard President Trump’s conversation with EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that President Zelensky would do „anything you ask him to,“ and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to „do the investigation.“ CNN’s Manu Raju has the details.

04.11.2019 - 06:29 [ ABC News ]

Ukraine whistleblower offers to answer Republican questions in writing; GOP calls it not sufficient

Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement Sunday evening that written answers would not be „sufficient.“

„Written answers will not provide a sufficient opportunity to probe all the relevant facts and cross examine the so-called Whistleblower,“ Jordan, from Ohio, said. „You don’t get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it.“

04.11.2019 - 06:26 [ CNN ]

Lawyer says whistleblower willing to answer written questions from Republicans

Mark Zaid, an attorney for the anonymous whistleblower whose allegations about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine ignited the House impeachment inquiry into the President, said Sunday he offered to have Republican lawmakers submit questions to his client directly without having to go through the committee’s Democratic majority.

03.11.2019 - 14:24 [ Senator Rand Paul ‏/ Twitter ]

It is being reported that the whistleblower was Joe Biden’s point man on Ukraine. It is imperative the whistleblower is subpoenaed and asked under oath about Hunter Biden and corruption.

(31.10.2019)

03.11.2019 - 11:14 [ CNN ]

Mueller interview notes obtained by CNN show Trump’s push for stolen emails

The release, received by CNN on Saturday, includes 274 pages of Mueller team interview notes, emails and other documents related to the cooperation of Gates, former top campaign official Steve Bannon and former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen. Both Cohen and Gates pleaded guilty to criminal charges from Mueller.

03.11.2019 - 10:20 [ Daily Beast ]

Latest Impeachment Witness: I Wasn’t Worried That Trump Broke the Law With Call

Tim Morrison, a senior White House official who listened to President Donald Trump’s controversial call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, said he did not worry Trump broke the law on the call. He also said he was not aware of any meaningful material being left out of the White House’s memo on the call.

“I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed,” he said in a prepared statement to Congress obtained by The Daily Beast.

03.11.2019 - 10:18 [ Arden Farhi, White House producer @CBSNews / Twitter ]

NEWS: CBS News has learned NSC’s Senior Director for European Affairs Tim Morrison was on the Trump-Zelensky call and told the investigating committees, „I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed.“ cc @MajorCBS

31.10.2019 - 06:29 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu’s son calls police ‚Gestapo,‘ claims Gideon Saar a ‚rapist‘

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son lashed out at Israeli police, referring to them as the Nazi Gestapo, accused a senior Likud MK seen as his father’s political rival of rape and claimed a former family aide turned state witness killed an IDF soldier in the past. Yair Netanyahu made the allegations during an explosive interrogation that was part of one the prime minster’s corruption investigations, according to transcripts published Tuesday by Channel 12 television.