Adam Schiff: Wray and Rosenstein Warned Trump’s Order to Release Russia Docs Crosses ‘Red Line’

House Intelligence Committee ranking minority member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is saying that FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — President Donald Trump‘s own Department of Justice appointees — have told him that the president’s order to declassify documents related to the Russia investigation cross a red line. Appearing on New Day, the House Democrat rebutted comments from his colleague, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) — who has called it “laughable” to think the release of the documents endangers national security. “This is not just Democrats on the Intelligence Committee saying that,” Schiff said. This is from the FBI, the Republican appointed director of the FBI who has told us in terms of this being a red line and it should be treated at the Gang of Eight level. This is what the deputy attorney general appointed by the administration, Republican president, Continue reading "Adam Schiff: Wray and Rosenstein Warned Trump’s Order to Release Russia Docs Crosses ‘Red Line’"

Why Won’t Those Who Claim to Be ‘Pro-Law Enforcement’ Defend Our Law Enforcement Leaders?

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on July 19 but is being republished in the wake of President Trump’s latest attack on Robert Mueller. In Shakespeare‘s Henry VI, Dick “The Butcher” proclaims, in one of the scribe’s most quoted and notorious lines, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” ​The phrase is cited, in most instances, either as a crude lawyer joke or, at the least, as a preamble to some critique of my legal brethren. In reality, however, Shakespeare may have been doing just the opposite, alluding to the critical role lawyers play in maintaining law and order. After all, the line appears as Jack Cade and his team of conspirators discuss overthrowing the government and ​killing those ​guardians​ of law, the argument goes, as was necessary to clear the path for their villainy. It’s hard not to be reminded of the Continue reading "Why Won’t Those Who Claim to Be ‘Pro-Law Enforcement’ Defend Our Law Enforcement Leaders?"

Why Can’t Those Who Claim to Be ‘Pro-Law Enforcement’ Defend Our Law Enforcement Leaders?

In Shakespeare‘s Henry VI, Dick “The Butcher” proclaims, in one of the scribe’s most quoted and notorious lines, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” ​The phrase is cited, in most instances, either as a crude lawyer joke or, at the least, as a preamble to some critique of my legal brethren. In reality, however, Shakespeare may have been doing just the opposite, alluding to the critical role lawyers play in maintaining law and order. After all, the line appears as Jack Cade and his team of conspirators discuss overthrowing the government and ​killing those ​guardians​ of law, the argument goes, as was necessary to clear the path for their villainy. It’s hard not to be reminded of the interpretation of that line, as the nation’s top law enforcement comes under fire, with more barbs certain to come. President Donald Trump-appointed FBI Continue reading "Why Can’t Those Who Claim to Be ‘Pro-Law Enforcement’ Defend Our Law Enforcement Leaders?"

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Mueller Probe: ‘I Don’t Think It’s a Witch Hunt’

Speaking with NBC News’ Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray made it clear that he does not agree with President Donald Trump’s characterization of the Special Counsel’s probe. Holt started it off by asking if there was anything available that would suggest that the Mueller probe was a witch hunt. Wray replied: “I’ve been consistent, I get asked this a lot, I do not believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is on a witch hunt.” He added: “I think it is a professional investigation conducted by a man I have known to be a straight shooter in all my interactions with him in my past life, in government, and certainly since then, so I don’t think it’s a witch hunt.” Then, when Holt asked if the investigation has been held to its mandate, Wray said that he can’t really discuss the Continue reading "FBI Director Christopher Wray on Mueller Probe: ‘I Don’t Think It’s a Witch Hunt’"

FBI Director Wray After Trump Comments: Russia Attempted to Meddle and Is Continuing to Do So

Speaking at an Aspen Security Forum event on Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray made it clear when it comes to Russian election meddling, he is not exactly on the same page as his boss, President Donald Trump. Speaking of Russian interference in the election and the President’s position, he said, “He’s got his view, he’s expressed his view, I can tell you what my view is. The intelligence community assessment has not changed. My view has not changed which is that Russia attempted to interfere with last election and continues… to this day.” Wray’s comments Continue reading "FBI Director Wray After Trump Comments: Russia Attempted to Meddle and Is Continuing to Do So"

FBI Chief Christopher Wray: I Have No Idea What the Deep State Is

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, on the matters of the Russia investigation and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s emails, and in particular the ongoing battle over unfulfilled requests for documents. When Rep. Ted Lieu (D-FL) had the opportunity to ask his questions, he brought up to Director Wray the question of a so-called “Deep State.” After asserting that Republicans on the committee had misrepresented closed-door testimony from Peter Strzok, Rep. Lieu turned to the topic. He first cited President Trump, saying the President has used the phrase ‘deep state’ many times on Twitter, and then asked about it point blank. “So I asked in another hearing, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was there a deep state at the State Department,” Lieu recounted. “He [Pompeo] laughed and he basically said no, Continue reading "FBI Chief Christopher Wray: I Have No Idea What the Deep State Is"

Trey Gowdy Goes Off on Rosenstein and Wray Over Russia Probe: ‘Finish It the Hell Up!’

Someone’s mighty impatient for the FBI to finish up the Russia probe. That someone is Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who enjoined FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to wrap up their investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. “If you have evidence of any wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury,” Gowdy said during a tense hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. “If you have evidence that this president acted inappropriately, present it to the American people.” All the while, Wray gave Gowdy an eyebrow-raised stare, and Rosenstein looked characteristically unmoved. “There is a saying that ‘justice delayed is justice denied,'” he continued, leaning one elbow against the table, finger pressed to his temple. “I think right now all of us are being denied.” “Whatever you got,” he concluded, his voice gaining an edge, “finish it Continue reading "Trey Gowdy Goes Off on Rosenstein and Wray Over Russia Probe: ‘Finish It the Hell Up!’"