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Congress’s 1/6 Committee Claims Absolute Power as it Investigates Citizens With No Judicial Limits

Posted by M. C. on January 21, 2022

The original date for the bank to produce the records was December 7, but JPMorgan — advised by Loretta Lynch as its legal counsel — bizarrely requested that the deadline be extended until December 24: the day before Christmas, knowing that courts would be closed that day and the next. It was only on December 21 — when Budowich was in Washington for his testimony before the committee — did JPMorgan send him notice at his home that it had received a subpoena and intended to produce the requested documents on December 24: just three days later. As JPMorgan and Lynch knew would happen, Budowich did not see the letter until he arrived home on the evening of December 22: less than forty-eight hours before the bank told him they were going to give up all of his financial records to the committee.

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/congresss-16-committee-claims-absolute?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjo2MDA2NDY5NCwicG9zdF9pZCI6NDcyNTA0ODcsIl8iOiJGUXdlLyIsImlhdCI6MTY0MjcxMDc1OSwiZXhwIjoxNjQyNzE0MzU5LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItMTI4NjYyIiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.p4jP7GdRzn3EnY7GfQxq74fL6upmdpZxsmyplKO-bT0

Glenn Greenwald

In its ongoing attempt to investigate and gather information about private U.S. citizens, the Congressional 1/6 Committee is claiming virtually absolute powers that not even the FBI or other law enforcement agencies enjoy. Indeed, lawyers for the committee have been explicitly arguing that nothing proscribes or limits their authority to obtain data regarding whichever citizens they target and, even more radically, that the checks imposed on the FBI (such as the requirement to obtain judicial authorization for secret subpoenas) do not apply to the committee.

As we have previously reported and as civil liberties groups have warned, there are serious constitutional doubts about the existence of the committee itself. Under the Constitution and McCarthy-era Supreme Court cases interpreting it, the power to investigate crimes lies with the executive branch, supervised by the judiciary, and not with Congress. Congress does have the power to conduct investigations, but that power is limited to two narrow categories: 1) when doing so is designed to assist in its law-making duties (e.g., directing executives of oil companies to testify when considering new environmental laws) and 2) in order to exert oversight over the executive branch.

What Congress is barred from doing, as two McCarthy-era Supreme Court cases ruled, is exactly what the 1/6 committee is now doing: conducting a separate, parallel criminal investigation in order to uncover political crimes committed by private citizens. Such powers are dangerous precisely because Congress’s investigative powers are not subject to the same safeguards as the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. And just as was true of the 1950s House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that prompted those Supreme Court rulings, the 1/6 committee is not confining its invasive investigative activities to executive branch officials or even citizens who engaged in violence or other illegality on January 6, but instead is investigating anyone and everyone who exercised their Constitutional rights to express views about and organize protests over their belief that the 2020 presidential election contained fraud. Indeed, the committee’s initial targets appear to be taken from the list of those who applied for protest permits in Washington: a perfectly legal, indeed constitutionally protected, act.

This abuse of power is not merely abstract. The Congressional 1/6 Committee has been secretly obtaining private information about American citizens en masse: telephone records, email logs, internet and browsing history, and banking transactions. And it has done so without any limitations or safeguards: no judicial oversight, no need for warrants, no legal limitations of any kind.

Indeed, the committee has been purposely attempting to prevent citizens who are the targets of their investigative orders to have any opportunity to contest the legality of this behavior in court. As we reported in October, the committee sent dozens if not hundreds of subpoenas to telecom companies demanding a wide range of email and other internet records, and — without any legal basis — requested that those companies not only turn over those documents but refrain from notifying their own customers of the request. If the companies were unwilling to comply with this “request,” then the committee requested that they either contact the committee directly or just disregard the request — in other words, the last thing they wanted was to enable one of their targets to learn that they were being investigated because that would enable them to seek a judicial ruling about the legality of the committee’s actions.

But now the committee is escalating its aggressive investigative actions. They have begun sending subpoenas to private banks, demanding the banking records of private citizens, and doing so such that either the person never finds out or finds out too late to obtain a judicial order about the legality of the committee’s behavior. In one case, they targeted JP Morgan with these subpoenas while knowing that that bank is being represented by former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch; Lynch — unsurprisingly — then directed her client not to accommodate any requests from its own customers to ensure they can seek judicial review.

On November 22, the 1/6 Committee served a subpoena on Taylor Budowich — a former spokesman for the Trump campaign who never worked for the U.S. Government — that requested a wide range of documents as well as his deposition testimony. On December 14, Budowich voluntarily complied by handing over a large amount of his personal records, and then, on December 22, he flew to Washington at his own expense and submitted to questioning. There is no suggestion that Budowich was engaged in any violence or other illegal acts at the Capitol on January 6. Their only interest in this private citizen is his connection to the Trump campaign and his stated view that he believed the 2020 election was marred by fraud.

After he furnished the committee with those documents and then testified, Budowich learned from others that the committee was issuing subpoenas directly to the banks used by other individuals for their personal accounts. He thus requested that his lawyer notify his own bank, JPMorgan Chase, that he would object to their cooperation with any subpoena without first providing notice to him so that he can have time to seek a legal ruling in court.

Typically, citizens learn when law enforcement agencies such as the FBI serve subpoenas to third-party providers such as banks or internet companies. That allows a crucial right: to contest the legality of the action in court before the documents are supplied. But when such a subpoena is concealed from the person, it prevents them from obtaining judicial review. In general, citizens learn of FBI subpoenas, and the FBI (with rare exceptions) has the power to impose a “gag order” or otherwise prevent the person from learning about it only if they first persuade a court that such an extreme measure is warranted (by arguing, for instance, that a terror suspect will flee or destroy evidence if they learn they are being investigated). That safeguard ensures that in most cases, a citizen has the right to seek judicial protection from an illegal act by an investigative body.

But the 1/6 Committee recognizes no right of any kind and no limits on its power. On November 23 — the day after it served a subpoena on Budowich himself — it served a subpoena on Budowich’s bank, JPMorgan. The original date for the bank to produce the records was December 7, but JPMorgan — advised by Loretta Lynch as its legal counsel — bizarrely requested that the deadline be extended until December 24: the day before Christmas, knowing that courts would be closed that day and the next. It was only on December 21 — when Budowich was in Washington for his testimony before the committee — did JPMorgan send him notice at his home that it had received a subpoena and intended to produce the requested documents on December 24: just three days later. As JPMorgan and Lynch knew would happen, Budowich did not see the letter until he arrived home on the evening of December 22: less than forty-eight hours before the bank told him they were going to give up all of his financial records to the committee.

Upon discovering that the committee had subpoenaed his bank, Budowich’s lawyers immediately advised JPMorgan that they had legal objections to the subpoena, and requested that — given it was about to be Christmas Eve and the courts would be closed — the bank seek an extension from the committee to enable Budowich to seek a judicial ruling. But the bank, advised by Loretta Lynch, refused — and told him they intended to turn the documents over on Christmas regardless of whether that gave him time to request judicial intervention. The bank even refused to provide a copy of the subpoena they received from the committee, which Budowich, to this very day, has not seen.

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Lisa Page: Obama DOJ Ordered FBI Not to Prosecute Hillary Clinton

Posted by M. C. on March 13, 2019

As we suspected, Bubba and Loretta talked about more than grand kids on that airplane. I thought at the time with all the practice Bubba has had he would have been more careful.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/13/lisa-page-obama-doj-ordered-fbi-not-to-prosecute-hillary-clinton/

by Charlie Spierling

Former FBI legal counsel Lisa Page testified to Congress that the Justice Department ordered the FBI not to charge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with “gross negligence” by mishandling classified information.

Transcripts of Page’s closed-door testimony in July 2018 were released Tuesday by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) on Tuesday, which included the following exchange with Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX):

RATCLIFFE: So let me if I can, I know I’m testing your memory. But when you say advice you got from the Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re the prosecutors and we’re telling you we’re not going to …

PAGE: That is correct.

RATFLIFFE: …bring a case based on that.

Page confirmed that the Department of Justice led by Attorney General Loretta Lynch had “multiple conversations” about charging Clinton with gross negligence but noted that it would be a rare decision.

“[T]hey did not feel they could sustain a charge,” she said, referring to the Department of Justice.

President Donald Trump reacted to the reports on Wednesday.

“The just revealed FBI Agent Lisa Page transcripts make the Obama Justice Department look exactly like it was, a broken and corrupt machine,” he wrote. “Hopefully, justice will finally be served. Much more to come!”

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BUSTED! FBI Set Up The Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting

Posted by M. C. on July 9, 2018

They are all liars, not just the FIB and Bubba. You have to admit though he is good.

https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/busted-fbi-set-up-the-clinton-lynch-tarmac-meeting_07032018

Mac Slavo

According to a report by the Inspector General (IG) the FBI set up the now infamous Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting. Buried in the IG report of the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election comes the revelation.

On page 203, it’s revealed that the “impromptu” meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a tarmac in Phoenix, which was supposedly just a meet up of two very famous Democrats with private jets, was actually set up by Clinton’s Secret Service detail and the FBI. Read the rest of this entry »

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On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? – Consortiumnews

Posted by M. C. on April 22, 2018

All The News That Fits…this doesn’t.

news fits

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/19/on-the-criminal-referral-of-comey-clinton-et-al-will-the-constitution-hold/

By Ray McGovern

Wednesday’s criminal referral by 11 House Republicans of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as several former and serving top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials is a giant step toward a Constitutional crisis.

Named in the referral to the DOJ for possible violations of federal law are: Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey; former Attorney General Loretta Lynch; former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; FBI Agent Peter Strzok; FBI Counsel Lisa Page; and those DOJ and FBI personnel “connected to” work on the “Steele Dossier,” including former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente.

With no attention from corporate media, the referral was sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah John Huber.  Sessions appointed Huber months ago to assist DOJ Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz.  By most accounts, Horowitz is doing a thoroughly professional job.  As IG, however, Horowitz lacks the authority to prosecute; he needs a U.S. Attorney for that.  And this has to be disturbing to the alleged perps. Read the rest of this entry »

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FBI Informant Can Connect Obama – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on October 27, 2017

Likely there were were deals on silence.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/10/no_author/fbi-informant-can-connect-barack-obama-to-uranium-one-scandal/

No wonder the Loretta Lynch DOJ locked the FBI informant into an NDA, threatening prosecution should this person speak out about the Uranium One deal.

Washington DC Lawyer Victoria Toensing told Fox News’ Hannity that POTUS Obama received daily briefings on the Uranium One deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Marching, Blood, Death on the Streets – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on March 7, 2017

https://lewrockwell.com/2017/03/no_author/inciting-marching-blood-death-streets/

I seem to recall another Democratic AG that was fond of blood and death.

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Lynch and Clinton, Brazen Hussies

Posted by M. C. on July 7, 2016

More

Frank McCloud asking Johnny Rocco what he wants and Rocco says “…MORE, yeah that’s what I want, MORE.”

Trump is right about the system being rigged.

Attorney general Loretta Lynch publicly enters a closed meeting with the husband (Lynch seeks HIM out!) of a presidential candidate under possible indictment. A few days later she announces Hillary Clinton-Not Guilty. They are in the same league as those that lied us into the Iraq war.

The power the Clinton’s have amassed is incredible. The parties involved show no hesitation in making a public show of this obvious conflict of interest. They don’t care, the MSM won’t care in a week or so. The neocons want Hillary so they will be all show and no go. Hillary knuckle draggers will bask in the light of her renewed purity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hillary: The Fix Is In.

Posted by M. C. on June 10, 2016

Barry endorsed Hillary for prez.  The conflict of interest is obvious.

Will the FBI indict Hillary over the head of their boss?  Not likely but if they did…

Loretta Lynch let the IRS off over hassling Tea Party organizations.  She is good at doing what she is told.  That is why Barry hired her.

If Hillary manages to land in the hot seat look for a presidential pardon.

Look too for Uncle Joe and Fauxcahontas lurking in the shadows.  The MSM is questioning Hillary’s health and demeanor, is the media following RNC orders and setting up Killary for a coup in Philly?

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The Lame Duck Obama Will Be The Most Dangerous-Domestic Terrorism and Total Population Control

Posted by M. C. on October 18, 2015

This WND article describes Obama’s latest threat to freedom-the Domestic Terrorist Council. Domestic terrorist is meant to include anyone anti-government or whom considers themselves a sovereign citizen.

Side note: What is a sovereign citizen? Definitions vary from anyone who believes in their Constitutional rights see here

to those who pick and choose what laws they prefer to obey see here

to the FBI’s definition which includes anyone who does not like to do as they are instructed.

Anyone that speaks out against government atrocities, advocates for gun rights, protests police violence, is a military veteran, is a Libertarian or even just conservative is a target. The list will grow to anyone that questions government actions in any way. Read the rest of this entry »

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