[Washington Examiner] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham praised FBI Director Christopher Wray for the bureau’s cooperation with the Republican’s investigation into the Trump-Russia investigators as the 2020 election looms.
After meeting with Graham in late August, Wray sent the senator a letter last week that was made public Tuesday in which the bureau highlighted "the many meaningful steps taken under Director Wray's leadership to ensure the failures of Crossfire Hurricane are not repeated" and vowed that "the FBI continues to cooperate fully with this Committee's investigation." Graham’s office said that he "has continued to press the FBI for answers about how and why the Crossfire Hurricane investigation got so off track."
"I very much appreciate this update from the FBI," Graham said on Tuesday. "FBI Director Wray and his team are helping the committee perform vital oversight. I know Director Wray wants to repair the damage done by Crossfire Hurricane. He is working to rebuild the credibility of the FBI."
Wray has faced criticism from a number of Republicans, including Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who accused the director of slow-walking responses to information requests related to the Russia investigation, and President Trump, who said in May that "the jury is still out" on Wray. Attorney General William Barr has defended Wray amid the flurry of GOP critiques.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report in December that criticized the Justice Department and the FBI for at least 17 "significant errors and omissions" related to the FISA warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and for the bureau's reliance on British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier. Steele put his research together at the behest of Fusion GPS, which was funded by Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Declassified footnotes from Horowitz’s report indicate that the bureau became aware that Steele’s dossier may have been compromised by Russian disinformation, and FBI interviews show Steele’s primary subsource undercut the credibility of the dossier.
I can't stand Graham not only because he is a weak-kneed (typical) politician, but also because of his chicken hawk-like devotion to John "Axis Sally" McCain. Two sickening figures of American politics.
DEVELOPING: Investigators have learned that Obama CIA Director John Brennan ran a secret task force out of Langley with its own separate budget to investigate Trump campaign and alleged ties to Russia. Task force set up before FBI officially launched its own probe on 07/31/16
It is being said that Brennan had a CIA unit outside of DC studying Trump over a year before the election. But, Trump wasn't even a top Republican contender then... so did he have a unit set up for each Republican contender? Why no discussion on that?
If each investigator earned $80K a year it would be a $150K a year cost to the CIA. If they earned $180K to $220K costing would need to be $400K per year per investigator. Office help is $40K costing about $80K with benefits. Office cost in D.C about $10K per person. There were 17 Republican Candidates so for cell type CIA grouping .. an office suite for each = 17 suites. Then the question is how many people in each group? Sn=seniors per group In=juniors per group, Hn= Office help per group.
Cost = 17(candidate count) * (group cost)[ Sn*$400K + In*$150K +Hn*(office help cost in DC) + + suite lease cost + material & research cost per group ]
so assume per group Sn=3 In=8 Hn=2 for 13 people per group. So group cost = 3*400K +8*150K +2*80K +13*10K + material & R&D
= 2.69M + misc
so 17x cost = 45.73 million plus 17*misc_costs.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.