FOX NEWS FIRST: Watchdog investigating alleged FISA abuses; Anti-cop protests expected at Stephon Clark funeral

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Developing now, Thursday, March 29, 2018

  • The Inspector General of the Justice Department announced he will review FISA abuse allegations against the Justice Department and the FBI
  • Text messages between FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page suggest possible coordination between the Obama White House, CIA, FBI, Justice Department and former Senate Democratic leaders in the early stages of the Trump-Russia collusion probe, investigators tell Fox News
  • More protests are expected in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday during the funeral of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot and killed by police earlier this month
  • President Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and nominated presidential physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to replace him - to the surprise of White House observers
  • An entire family, including all six children and their adoptive parents, is believed dead after an SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff; authorities are trying to figure out what caused crash

THE LEAD STORY - ALLEGED FISA ABUSE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: The Justice Department's inspector general  announced he will review potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by both the Justice Department and the FBI, following requests from Congress and Attorney General Jeff Sessions ... The Office of the Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a statement Wednesday outlining the start of the review.“The OIG will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person,” the statement obtained by Fox News read. “As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source.” The OIG statement added that Horowitz also would “review the DOJ’s and FBI’s relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications.”

WAS THE TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION 'FIX' IN?: Newly uncovered text messages between alleged anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page suggest possible coordination between officials at the Obama White House, CIA, FBI, Justice Department and former Senate Democratic leadership in the early stages of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, according to GOP congressional investigators ... The investigators say the information provided to Fox News “strongly” suggests coordination between former Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, and then-CIA Director John Brennan — which they say would “contradict” the Obama administration’s public stance about its hand in the process.

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE IN SACRAMENTO: Demonstrations in Sacramento, Calif., have been building over the deadly police shooting of a 22-year-old unarmed black man in his grandparents’ backyard earlier this month and could reach a fever pitch Thursday during his funeral ... Stephon Clark was shot and killed March 18 after two Sacramento police officers were responding to a report of someone breaking car windows. Police said they believed Clark was the suspect and he ran when a police helicopter responded, then failed to obey officers’ orders. Police said they thought Clark was holding a gun and feared for their safety. However, Clark was found only with a cellphone. Critics have questioned why the officers chose not to resolve the encounter in a manner much less lethal than a barrage of 20 bullets.

Clark's death has moved the Black Lives Matter movement back into the forefront. Protesters have disrupted fans trying to enter Sacramento Kings basketball games, interrupted a city council meeting, and were present Wednesday for Clark’s wake. They are expected make their presence felt Thursday when the Rev. Al Sharpton plans to deliver the eulogy at Clark’s funeral.

CHANGE AT THE VA: President Donald Trump fired David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday and announced his intention to replace him with White House physician, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson ... Shulkin's dismissal marked the latest in a string of White House shakeups in recent months. Trump also announced that Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, would serve as interim VA secretary, pending Jackson's confirmation. Jackson has served as the physician to the president since 2013 and gained a national profile earlier this year for holding a sweeping press conference on Trump's health. He is a surprise choice to succeed Shulkin, a former Obama administration official and the first non-veteran to head the VA. Trump had been considering replacements for Shulkin for weeks but had not been known to be considering Jackson for the role.

MYSTERIOUS DEATH PLUNGE: Investigators made a grim announcement in the hunt for a family after an SUV plummeted off a cliff in Northern California: six children were feared dead, along with two women ...  Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, were confirmed dead earlier Wednesday, along with their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14. Investigators believed the couple's three other children -- Hannah Hart, 16; Devonte Hart, 15; and Sierra Hart, 12 -- were inside the vehicle and also died. (The remains of these three children have not yet been recovered.)

Devonte made news after he was photographed at a 2014 protest in Portland, Ore., following a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo. The SUV plunged 100 feet from an ocean overlook on the Pacific Coast Highway about 150 miles north of San Francisco on Monday. It's unclear what caused the crash. "There were no skid marks, there were no brake marks" at the turnout on the Pacific Coast Highway where the vehicle went over, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said. Investigators have no reason to believe the crash was intentional, he said.

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