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Russia Collusion Probe Is FBI ‘Corruption’ at Its Worst

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Speaking at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition’s 6th Anniversary Convention, Fitton said the “unelected bureaucracy” in the Justice Department and the FBI — in some cases, political appointees of the Obama administration, were “breaking the rules to bring down a duly-elected president,” and violating laws “beyond what Richard Nixon ever contemplated.”

“Nothing in recent American history compares to what we think we know,” he said.

He said those DOJ and FBI officials misused the ability to spy on foreign nations granted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on the political opposition, and then leak the classified results to generate a “fake criminal investigation.” It was “part of the conspiracy of the Clinton campaign to target her political opponent,” he added.

Their goal now is to remove President Trump by “indictment or impeachment,” he said. “That’s what’s going on right now.”

So far, it has been revealed that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired Fusion GPS through a law firm to conduct anti-Trump research into his business ties in Russia. The research later became known as the Trump dossier.

Fusion GPS’s co-founder, Glenn Simpson, in August claimed that the author of the dossier, ex-British spy Christopher Steele, was so alarmed by a ridiculous story he heard about Trump paying prostitutes during a trip to Moscow in 2013 to perform a “Golden Showers,” that he went to the FBI, fearing the Russians could blackmail Trump.

Weeks later, the FBI launched an investigation into the Trump campaign. The dossier was also reportedly used to to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page from a secret FISA court.

It has also been revealed that during the campaign, senior FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — who had both worked on the Clinton email investigation and on the special counsel — exchanged hundreds of texts on how much they detested Trump and about an “insurance policy” in the case Trump won.

Fitton said if the FBI was truly worried the dossier revealed a blackmail situation with Trump, they would have gone to then-candidate Trump to warn him and offer their help. Instead, he said, the dossier was used “as an excuse to spy on him and his people. No doubt about that.”

Fitton, whose group’s investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack forced the revelation that Hillary Clinton used a private email server while secretary of state, said those same officials who are still working at the DOJ and the FBI, — and even some Trump appointees — were making it difficult for the group to obtain documents requested by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

He blamed “fear-based decision making” for the resistance, and applauded House Republicans for successfully prying information out of the agencies, after threatening to hold them in contempt.

The House intelligence committee in recent months ramped up pressure on the DOJ and FBI to unveil requested documents and interviews related to their handling of the dossier. The committee has put together a memo detailing their findings, and is set to release it in coming weeks.

“We’re glad that Congress is finally taking some steps to force this information out,” Fitton said. “They had to threaten Trump’s Justice Department and FBI with contempt to get these records.”

But he cautioned that even with the release of the memo, the fight for the truth would not be over. He expressed skepticism that the classified material summarized in the memo would be released, such as the FISA warrant used to get the warrant on Page.

“One memo getting released isn’t going to solve the problem. We have to be persistent,” he said. But, he added, “We’re winning, and there’s a lot more winning to be done.”

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High school teacher accused giving student oral sex

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A high school teacher in the Bronx was stony-faced Saturday as she denied allegations of sexual assault on her teenage student. 

Dori Myers scowled as prosecutors accused her of performing oral sex on a 14-year-old boy, according to the New York Post

The 29-year-old, who teaches social studies at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge, was also seen massaging the victim, according to a witness statement. 

Myers was arrested Friday night and charged with criminal sexual act in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

Dori Myers scowled as prosecutors accused her of performing oral sex on a 14-year-old boy, according to the New York Post
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Dori Myers scowled as prosecutors accused her of performing oral sex on a 14-year-old boy, according to the New York Post

The 29-year-old, who teaches social studies at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge, was also seen massaging the victim, according to a witness statement
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The 29-year-old, who teaches social studies at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge, was also seen massaging the victim, according to a witness statement

Prosecutors said Myers 'abused her position as a trusted authority figure,' requesting a $50,000 bail. 

But Judge Laura Drager denied the request and released her on her own recognizance, according to the Post. Drager issued a 30-day order of protection which mandates Myers must stay away from the victim.

Police were notified of the alleged sexual encounter after the victim, who is thought to be one of Myers' students, told one of his classmates. 

That classmates told a school administrator, who notified the police, according to the Post. 

The criminal complaint claims the assault took place somewhere in Upper Manhattan on November 1. 

Myers denies the allegations, according to her lawyer Andrew Stoll. 

She lives in Rockland County where her husband is sheriff's deputy. 

The Department of Education has called the allegations 'deeply troubling,' but said Myers has no prior disciplinary history. She hasn't been fired, but was reassigned 'away from students'
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The Department of Education has called the allegations 'deeply troubling,' but said Myers has no prior disciplinary history. She hasn't been fired, but was reassigned 'away from students'

Myers is pictured with her husband, Rockland County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Myers 
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Myers is pictured with her husband, Rockland County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Myers 

Stoll told the Post that Myers started a track team at the Bronx high school - where she has worked since 2014.

'It takes just one person's accusation to make an arrest in this town and she's a model citizen who looks forward to clearing her name,' Stoll explained. 

The teacher's Facebook page showed a series of smiling photos in which she laughed with friends and drank straight out of champagne bottles before it was deleted. 

Myers also wrote about her students and partying in a number of different posts. 

In several now-deleted photos she wore shirts with catchy slogans referencing alcohol - such as 'Whisky makes me frisky' and 'Champagne all day.' 

In a tweet from 2015, which has now been deleted, Myers bragged that her students often commented on her looks. 

'Ms. You’re like, real pretty, but, no offense, you got a big forehead,' she claims one student told her. 

The Department of Education has called the allegations 'deeply troubling,' but said Myers has no prior disciplinary history. She hasn't been fired, but was reassigned 'away from students.'   

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Russians Want Clinton Not Trump as President, as Disappointmeent Sweeps Moscow a Year After Inauguration Celebrations

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A year ago on Saturday, Russian nationalists partied in central Moscow to celebrate Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. 

Euphoria has given way to dismay as the man they expected to end U.S. sanctions against Russia reluctantly reinforced the penalties and allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election, denied by Moscow, eroded political ties. 

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Some Russians even say it might have been better if Hillary Clinton, long portrayed here as rabidly anti-Russian, had won the presidency. 

“Under a Clinton administration ... we could have maintained some kind of contacts and dialogue, at least in the arms control sphere. Now, that’s all gone,” said Valery Garbuzov, director of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies in Moscow, which advises the government on foreign policy. 

Before he was elected, Trump’s talk of wanting better relations with Moscow and praise for President Vladimir Putin delighted Russian officials, who had watched ties with the administration of Barack Obama sink to a post-Cold War low. 

News of Trump’s White House win was greeted by applause in the Russian lower house of parliament and the head of the Kremlin-backed RT TV channel, Margarita Simonyan, said she felt like driving around Moscow with a U.S. flag. 

Simonyan now spends much of her time assailing the U.S. authorities, accusing them of shutting down free speech there by designating her channel as “a foreign agent.” 

Tsargrad, the nationalist TV channel that broadcast the main Russian Trump inauguration party at Moscow’s Soviet-era post office, accused Trump this week of criticizing Russia over North Korea to distract from his own problems at home. 

With the U.S. Congress continuing investigations into alleged collusion between Trump and Russia and the administration working on lawmakers’ demand for more punitive measures, the Kremlin’s frustration is palpable. 

While Putin met Trump twice last year, officials here say they are unaware of any plans for a bilateral summit and Moscow tried and failed to set up a formal meeting between Putin and Trump at an APEC summit in November. 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov listed U.S.-Russia relations as among the biggest disappointments of 2017. 

The U.S. Treasury Department is due to publish a report before the end of this month naming wealthy Russians close to Putin or the authorities, something Russian officials fear is a prelude to extending a list of sanctioned people and entities. 

Russian officials say they expect at least another six U.S. government reports this year that may result in new U.S. action against Russia’s energy and financial sectors as well as media, and a possible ban on the purchase of Russian Treasury bonds. 

“(U.S.) sanctions policy is designed to turn Russia into a toxic asset so that any investor will think 10 times before deciding to enter the Russian market,” said Ivan Timofeev, a sanctions expert at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), a think-tank close to the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

Russia’s scope to defend itself from new sanctions was “extremely limited,” he said. 

Putin has put a brave face on worsening U.S.-Russia relations, using his annual news conference in December to say he thought ties would eventually recover, while praising Trump for his economic achievements. 

But though Russian officials say they believe Trump’s stated desire to improve ties with Moscow is sincere, they portray him as a lame duck president when it comes to making Russia policy, neutered by his domestic political opponents. 

The result, they complain, is that U.S.-Russia ties are actually worse in some ways than under Obama and that high-level contacts are virtually non-existent. 

“Unfortunately the actions of the current administration are in line with Obama‘s, despite the line of president Trump during his election campaign. In certain areas, they are even more assertive,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his annual news conference this month. 

Both Trump and Putin may say they want better ties, officials say, but day-to-day relations between the two countries are locked in a downward spiral with no Cold War-style communications channels to help tamp down tensions. 

Russian efforts to persuade Trump to hand it back two diplomatic properties in the United States seized under the Obama administration have come to nothing, prompting Moscow to respond by seizing U.S. property in Russia. Putin last year ordered the U.S. Embassy in Russia to shed half its staff. 

The Trump administration has also upped pressure on Russia over Ukraine, going further than Obama by authorizing the supply of new weapons to Kiev, which is locked in a war with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. 

It has also described Russia as a revisionist state seeking to challenge U.S. power. 

Andrey Kortunov, head of RIAC, said Moscow had been blinded by its desire for “anyone but Clinton”, a view that the Republicans were easier to work with than the Democrats, and a belief that Trump’s world view overlapped with Russia‘s. 

“We warned them,” he said. 

Garbuzov, whose institute also advises the government, said the elite wrongly assumed the U.S. political system was like Russia’s where the president has few checks on his authority, and can now only try to limit the damage by cooperating where possible. 

“Trump can’t do anything (to improve Russia ties),” said Garbuzov. 

“He’s made vague statements saying it would be good to fix relations, but how to achieve this is an enigma for him.”

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A year of Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda has radically changed the U.S. role in the world

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Elite Russians in Mueller Probe Attended Trump's Inauguration

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Many Russian elites attended President Donald Trump's inauguration last year, anticipating improved relations with the U.S. after the Republican praised President Vladimir Putin during the campaign, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

"It was a great, amazing experience," Alexey Repik, a wealthy Russian pharmaceutical executive, told the Post of last year's festivities.

He posted a photo on Facebook of inauguration credentials arranged next to a white "Make America Great Again" hat and wrote in Russian: "I believe that President Donald Trump will open a new page in American history."

Repik also wrote on Facebook that he got close enough to Trump at a pre-inaugural event to "check the handshake strength of Donald Trump."

He and his wife, Polina Repik, saw Trump's swearing-in from ticketed seats in front of the U.S. Capitol, the Post reported.

Some Russians at Trump's festivities last year, which drew the attention of FBI counterintelligence officials, are now subjects of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 election.

An FBI spokesman declined to comment to the Post on inaugural security issues, while White House officials did not respond to requests seeking comment.

The Post reported that it had identified at least six "politically connected Russians who were in Washington on Inauguration Day."

They include:

  • Viktor Vekselberg, head of the Renova Group conglomerate who has financed several large Russian projects, including Skolkovo, a business incubator touted as the Kremlin's Silicon Valley. He attended Trump’s inauguration as a guest of "one of his closest American business partners," spokesman Andrey Shtorkh told the Post. He declined to name Vekselberg’s host.
  • Natalia Veselnitskaya , the Russian lawyer who met in June 2016 at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. and two top presidential campaign aides. She attended a formal inaugural party hosted by the campaign committee of Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, an associate who accompanied her told the Post.
  • Boris Titov, a politician and business advocate who is running for president of Russia with Moscow's support.

In addition, "like other VIPs in town that weekend, many flocked to the lobby of the Trump International Hotel, where some encountered fellow Russian associates with surprise," the Post reported.

Some Russians attending the festivities told the newspaper that they obtained tickets through U.S. political contacts.

One source was the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which provided access to other events to contributors of at least $25,000.

Those involved Cabinet appointees, congressional leaders, Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the Post reported.

However, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents can legally contribute to an inaugural committee.

Several U.S. executives with Moscow ties donated $2.4 million to the committee, according to campaign finance records.

Inaugural organizers told the Post that they kept proper records of contributors and followed Secret Service protocol regarding all event participants.

However, it was virtually impossible to determine who actually used tickets since so many were provided to donors.

"The Presidential Inaugural Committee for President Trump, administratively speaking, was conducted in similar, if not identical fashion to previous inaugurations," the committee said.

Repik told the Post that he came to Washington last year in hopes of improved business relations between Moscow and the United States.

"To me, it's pretty clear that we can do better together," he said. "I don’t care about the political.

"But I’m very concerned about the business part of this."

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