Sunday, December 17, 2017

THE SWAMP'S VERSION OF "GO AHEAD ASK ME ANYTHING" ...

Trump transition lawyer: Mueller improperly obtained documents in Russia probe
(LESSONS FROM THE SWAMP)
THE GOOD, BAD, AND THE UGLY
A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential attorney-client communications and privileged communications. 
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Exclusive — A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential attorney-client communications, privileged communications and thousands of emails without their knowledge.

DEEP STATE ... (?) ... A MISTAKE OR PART OF A LARGER PLAN!
PERHAPS THE TRANSISTION TEAM SHOULD HAVE ERASED THE MATERIALS?
In a letter obtained by Fox News and sent to House and Senate committees on Saturday, the transition team’s attorney alleges “unlawful conduct” by the career staff at the General Services Administration (GSA) in handing over transition documents to the special counsel’s office.

Kory Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America (TFA), argues the GSA “did not own or control the records in question” and the release of documents could/should/is be a violation of the Fourth Amendmentwhich protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.

  • Langhofer wrote in Saturday's letter that the GSA handed over “tens of thousands of emails” to Mueller's probe without "any notice" to the transition.
  • PERHAPS THE TRUMP TRANSISTION TEAM SCREWED UP AND SHOULD HAVE ERASED THE DISKS ... A LESSON FROM HILLARY ... A HAMMER OR BLEACH BIT WORKS WONDERS!
The attorney said they discovered the “unauthorized disclosures” by the GSA on Dec. 12 and 13 and raised concerns with the special counsel’s office. The Associated Press reported that the GSA turned over a flash drive containing tens of thousands of records on Sept. 1 after receiving requests from Mueller's office in late August.
Those records included emails sent and received by 13 senior Trump transition officials. Among the officials who used transition email accounts was former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to a count of making false statements to FBI agents in January and is now cooperating with Mueller's investigation.
“We understand that the special counsel’s office has subsequently made extensive use of the materials it obtained from the GSA, including materials that are susceptible to privilege claims," Langhofer wrote. He added that some of the records obtained by the special counsel’s office from the GSA “have been leaked to the press by unknown persons.” Now the leaking is entirely a different matter!

HOW DID THE "SPECIAL COUNSEL'S OFFICE" KNOW ABOUT THE GSA SUPPLIED EQUIPMENT AND WHO USED IT LAST?

The transition attorney said the special counsel's office also received laptops, cell phones and at least one iPad from the GSA.

HILLARY CLINTON ART OF CONCEALMENT
Trump for America is the nonprofit organization that facilitated the transition between former President Barack Obama to President Trump.
The GSA, an agency of the United States government, provided the transition team with office space and hosted its email servers.
“When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process,” Peter Carr, spokesman for the special counsel’s office, told Fox News.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News Saturday evening, GSA Deputy Counsel Lenny Loewentritt denied Langhofer's claim that then-GSA General Counsel Richard Beckler had promised that any requests for transition team records would be "routed to legal counsel for [Trump for America]."
THE LEADER OF THE SWAMP
GOTTA GET IT IN WRITING! ART OF THE DEAL!!!
"Beckler never made that commitment," said Loewentritt, who added that transition team members were warned that information "would not be held back in any law enforcement" investigation and that "no expectation of privacy can be assumed." (Longhofer's letter notes that Beckler "was hospitalized and incapacitated in August." He died the following month.)
Loewentritt also told BuzzFeed that the GSA suggested that Mueller's team issue a warrant or subpoena for the transition team materials, but the special prosecutor's office decided a letter requesting the materials would suffice.
“We continue to cooperate fully with the special counsel and expect this process to wrap up soon,” Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Saturday.

In his letter, Langhofer argued the GSA's actions “impair the ability of future presidential transition teams to candidly discuss policy and internal matters that benefit the country as a whole."

Langhofer requests in the letter that Congress “act immediately to protect future presidential transitions from having their private records misappropriated by government agencies, particularly in the context of sensitive investigations intersecting with political motives.”

The letter was sent to the Senate Homeland Security and House Oversight Committees.

The committees did not immediately return a request for comment.

NOW FOR THE BEST METHOD OF AND LESSION OF CONCEALMENT BY HILLARY CLINTON ... WELCOME TO THE SWAMP!

Obama State Dept Made Deal With Hillary Allowing Removal Of Records. Here's What They Removed.
Ryan SaavedraDecember 15, 2017Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Newly-revealed documents obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch reveal that the Obama State Department allowed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin to remove sensitive documents that were not to be made public records.

Judicial Watch received the records on Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that sought all DS-1904 forms completed by or on behalf of Former Secretary Hillary Clinton, Former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, Former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, and Former Deputy Chief of Staff Jacob Sullivan.

Clinton and Abedin were permitted to remove both electronic and physical records, claiming "they were 'personal' materials and 'unclassified, non-record materials,' including files of Clinton’s calls and schedules, which were not to be made public."

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton noted the gravity of the latest revelations, stating they showed further corruption in the Obama administration and with Clinton.

"We already know the Obama State Department let Hillary Clinton steal and then delete her government emails, which included classified information," Fitton said in a statement. "But these new records show that was only part of the scandal. These new documents show the Obama State Department had a deal with Hillary Clinton to hide her calls logs and schedules, which would be contrary to FOIA and other laws."

Electronic records Clinton was allowed to remove:

Copy of “daily files.”
Non-record copy of a log of calls the Secretary made since 2004.
Official and personal copy of the Secretary’s “call grid” which is a running list of calls she wants to make.

Physical records Clinton was allowed to remove:

  • 16 boxes of personal schedules from 1993-2008 (prior to her becoming Secretary of State).
  • 29 boxes of miscellaneous public schedules ranging from her time as FLOTUS all the way up to her appointment at the State Department.
  • 1 box of personal reimbursable receipts.
  • 1 box of personal photos.
  • 1 box personal schedule.
  • Personal correspondence.
  • Daily file binders.
  • Gift binders.
  • Gifts (actual).
  • Topic binders.
Electronic records Abedin was allowed to remove:
  • Outlook contacts.
  • Physical records Abedin was allowed to remove (5 boxes):
  • Travel Records
  • Muslim Engagement Documents
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Gift Archive Binder
  • FLOTUS "Courtesy Storage/Box Content List" Binder
  • CODEL Trips Binder
  • Menu Cards & Table Arrangement Binder
  • Personal Event Planner (2001 thru 2011)

"The originals of some Clinton documents were retained, such as the call logs and schedules," Judicial Watch reports. "For other records, including material that predates Clinton’s tenure, there is no indication that a copy was made. The most significant of these are her personal correspondence and gift binders, which could reflect Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative ties."

Fitton concluded his statement by asking, "When are the American people going to get an honest investigation of the Clinton crimes?”