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    Federal prosecutors shot down an appeal from former FBI Deputy Director and current CNN contributor Andrew McCabe, who asked them to not recommend he face criminal charges. From The New York Times:
    Lawyers for Mr. McCabe, who is being investigated over whether he lied to internal investigators about dealings with the news media, had argued that prosecutors lacked evidence to charge him. The lawyers detailed their position to top officials including Jeffrey A. Rosen, the deputy attorney general, who ultimately rejected their view. His deputy, Edward O’Callaghan, who was also present during the discussion, notified Mr. McCabe’s lawyers of the decision, one of the people said.

    The Department of Justice Inspector General released his long-awaited report into former FBI director James Comey's handling of sensitive investigative information and the way he handled certain memos. The IG found "no evidence" that Comey or his lawyers provided the media with classified information. However, the IG "concluded that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement."

    President Donald Trump granted Attorney General William Barr permission to declassify the documents related to surveillance on his 2016 presidential campaign. From Fox News:
    Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr. The memo read: "The heads of elements of the intelligence community... and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review."

    Attorney William Barr gave Fox News an interview while in El Salvador about the Department of Justice's (DOJ) investigation into the origins of the probe into possible collusion between Russia and now-President Donald Trump's campaign in 2016. Barr defended his decision to investigate the origins because he found the answers people gave him inadequate.

    Former Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Director James Comey have ventured into a public spat over President Donald Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian collusion. Comey wrote earlier this month that Rosenstein did not have the strength to "resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump." Rosenstein lashed out at Comey for becoming a "partisan pundit" and showed disgust that the former director would speculate "about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul."

    The Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee released pages of transcripts from their interview with ex-FBI attorney Lisa Page, which included admissions of the FBI beginning their Russian investigation with little evidence and an insurance policy in case now-President Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. Page also confirmed the DOJ told the FBI not to charge Hillary in the email investigation.

    In a sweeping sting dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues," the FBI and federal authorities in Boston have charged 50 people in what has become the largest college admissions cheating scandal in history. Parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, allegedly paid millions in bribes, to secure college admission for their children. Payments were not made directly to schools, but to coaches and other figures.

    On Thursday the IG published a bombshell report regarding the now-infamous anti-Trump sentiment shared between two key members of the FBI and of the Mueller investigation team, Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. The IG report reveals not only that both Strzok's and Page's iPhones were wiped clean and restored to factory settings by a member of Mueller's team but that Strzok's iPhone was then reissued to another agent for use.

    A sentencing memo released Tuesday night has thrown a kink in the investigation of Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. In the memo issued by Flynn's attorneys are allegations that the FBI intentionally lied to Flynn about the necessity of having representation during their initial interview as well as an alleged effort to intentionally omit the consequences of lying to FBI agents during what was allegedly made out to be a casual conversation.
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