After two-years of non-stop investigations and probes into allegations of Russian election interference, the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ continues to play a crucial role in how our elected leaders’ gain access to classified and sensitive intelligence material.
What is the Gang of Eight?
The term is a commonly-used expression referring to a bipartisan group of eight congressional leaders from both parties; consisting of four senators and four representatives.
Over time the term has been used to cover a series of controversial policies -such as immigration reform- but currently refers to the nation’s top lawmakers in charge of the intelligence committees, leadership positions, and those regularly briefed by the White House and Executive Branch.
Current members of the Gang of Eight on Intelligence are Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Devin Nunes, Sen. Richard Burr, Sen. Mark Warner, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Sen. Chuck Schumer.
The ‘gang’ routinely receives updates from the President, the Attorney General, the Department of Justice, and others on a series of confidential and potentially sensitive topics.
COLLUSION COLLAPSE: New Documents Show OBAMA Officials, FBI COORDINATED in Anti-Trump Probe
In a new bombshell report by Sara Carter, recently obtained documents show high-levels of coordination between senior Obama officials, the CIA, and the FBI while investigating President Trump’s campaign throughout the 2016 race for the White House.
“Documents obtained by congressional investigators suggest possible coordination by Obama White House officials, the CIA and the FBI into the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign,” writes Carter. “Those senior Obama officials used unsubstantiated evidence to launch allegations in the media that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.”
“The documents also reveal that former Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, sent a letter on Aug. 29, 2016, asking then FBI Director James Comey to investigate the allegations, which were presented to him by then CIA Director John Brennan,” she adds.
“Brennan had briefed Reid privately days earlier on the counterintelligence investigation and documents suggest Reid was also staying in close touch with Comey over the issues. The Gang of Eight is a group of eight lawmakers who have access to the most highly classified information and often meet on Capitol Hill to be briefed on classified material,” writes Carter.
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DEVIN’S DEADLINE: Nunes Demands Material on ‘FBI Informant’ Within 24 Hours or It’s ‘OBSTRUCTION’
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes issued a stark warning to the Department of Justice Monday, instructing officials to hand over documents related to the ‘FBI informant’ in the Trump campaign or face obstruction charges.
Nunes sent a scathing letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this week, informing the DOJ official that any “delay” in producing the requested material would result in the “obstruction of a lawful, Congressional investigation.”
“DOJ continues to obfuscate and delay its production using an array of tactics, such as incorrectly categorizing the requested documents as Gang-of-Eight-level material in order to limit access,” states the letter. “Such conduct by DOJ is unacceptable because the Gang-of-Eight is a legal fiction that has no basis outside of the confines of Presidential approval and reporting of covert actions.”
“I will not relent in my duties on behalf of the American public to discover all the facts in this matter,” he added.
Read the full report at the Washington Examiner.