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Alyssa Milano Hates the Concept of Dark Money in Politics, but she Likes Their Checks All the Same

 

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In classic liberal fashion what they bleat about the loudest is what they are most guilty of themselves.

Alyssa Milano has been on an incessant political tear of late. The part time celebrity and full time social activist has been especially busy of late, with abortion on the front burner of her overheated political kitchen. Today she sent out a message about the unfair nature of financially-backed political groups.

Yes, the familiar bromide from the left about the vile nature of “dark money”! It’s special how they constantly trot out this ominous phrase absent any explanation about the implied nefariousness of it all. Alyssa seems particularly drawn to this political boogeyman, recently invoking it on the same issue.

That Milano has been in full foghorn mode since the Donald Trump election has become accepted as a given. We are almost inured to her dramatic turns on social media, pleading incessantly for causes she promises will bring about our demise, or something. She tours the country campaigning for candidates from areas where she does not live, maintaining a near-perfect record of losses by any name she has backed.

Adding to her losing record was her appearance in a Senate hearing to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (who was approved for SCOTUS), calling for Congress to re-ratify the failed Equal Rights Amendment (it has not), and to promote a boycott by Hollywood if Georgia passed the heartbeat abortion bill (it was signed into law last week).

There is one other arena in which Milano comes out on the losing end: Facts. Looking over Alyssa’s travels on behalf of all of her causes a certain question is raised. My RedState podcast partner, Sarah Lee, has asked frequently if anyone is behind her globe-trotting efforts, and it turns out that indeed yes, there is. While this actress-vist is intoning the horrors of the venal power of “Dark Money” it turns out she is actually supported by a group falling under that very banner.

It was recently exposed that there is an anonymously-funded Democratic outfit dubbed Future Majority that tasks itself with influencing the upcoming elections and combating conservatism on social media. They are reported to begin with $60 million pledged towards efforts aimed at the 2020 election cycle. And, ass Politico notes, the group has been “active for months”, and is involved with “enlisting personalities like actress Alyssa Milano.”

The group is not only leaning towards the liberal agenda, it is comprised of Democrat party operatives — from the Obama administration.

Future Majority has enlisted advisers including Dan Sena, who was executive director of the DCCC for the last election, and Julianna Smoot, a deputy campaign manager on Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection effort. Two major Democratic donors are co-chairing the group: Philip Munger, son of Berkshire Hathaway billionaire Charles Munger, and Dan Tierney, founder of high-speed trading company GETGO. Keith Mestrich, president and CEO of Amalgamated Bank, is also helping fund the group.

Another key name is connected to the operation, according to Open Secrets.

Earlier this year, Democratic fundraiser Matthew Tompkins formed a super PAC called America’s Future Majority Fund PAC. With Tompkins, links between Future Majority and presidential contender Joe Biden begin to emerge. The Hill reported that Tompkins recently launched a pro-Biden super PAC, titled For the People PAC, with the aim of raising tens of millions of dollars to support Biden’s campaign.

This, despite Joe Biden himself coming forward to announce that he wants no support from super PACs. This is nothing more than lip service however, as Ms. Milano exemplifies. As she is decrying “dark money” she is also reported by Open Secrets to be working with Future Majority. This goes far to explain a rather curious contradiction taking place within her activism.

Milano was one of the louder supporters of the #MeToo movement, a position that sternly revisited during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. However after months of her declaring the importance of stopping sexual harassment and believing all women she turned a 180 on the issue when Joe Biden was facing charges of his creepy behavior towards women, following his announced candidacy.

Suddenly the women’s rights warrior was defending Biden and dismissing any allegations made by women who complained about his behavior with them in the past. Seems the woman backed by the same dark money group founded by Biden’s people has fluid values on the subject based on who is involved. But then this is hardly the only subject with which Milano displays a fluid morality.

Months back she wrote an op-ed column for USA Today where she outlined all of the evils concerning dark money outfits and PACs that have influence on our democracy. And yet, as Open Secrets describes the group, “Future Majority will do much more than spend money on ads — primarily offering strategic advice and branding efforts to other Democratic groups. A nonprofit acting as a self-proclaimed “strategy center” for other groups represents a new kind of dark money group.”

It seems that when it comes to the evils of dark money groups, Alyssa Milano thinks they could be the worst thing about politics — until the check clears.

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Adam Schiff Loses His Mind, Claims that Declassification of Trump-Russia Info Is “Un-American”

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What? If anyone can make sense of Schiff’s logic here, congrats.

Rep. Adam Schiff, noted Russian truther and conspiracy monger, has spent the past few months demanding that the Mueller report be fully un-redacted. He even wants the grand jury material exposed, which would actually be illegal to do. He doesn’t care because he’s for “full transparency” and all that.

Well, not anymore. All the sudden, Schiff thinks it’s “un-American” for Bill Barr to de-classify materials related to the Trump-Russia investigation.

The move is likely to further anger Democrats who have said that Barr is using his position as the nation’s top law enforcement official to aggressively protect the president and attack his critics.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), who as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee leads one of the ongoing congressional investigations of Trump, called the action “un-American.” Trump and Barr, Schiff said in a statement Thursday night, are conspiring to “weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.” ‬

How exactly is not hiding things from the public supposed to “protect the President?” Democrats continue to live in some alter-reality where exposing truth to the American people is actually participating in a cover-up. We saw this with the Mueller report. Bill Barr released it nearly in full, minus what the law required to redact, and then he got accused of protecting the President anyway. None of this makes any sense.

Furthermore, how can you weaponize classified information unless it actually shows wrongdoing? And if it shows wrongdoing, why would Schiff want to keep that hidden from voters? There seems to be a strong contingent of Democrats and certain anti-Trump forces who think it’s actually better to have a maleficent intelligence state as long as they target the right people. It’s a very dangerous line to tow.

Schiff’s own hypocrisy in all this is laughably apparent.

Schiff and his Democrat colleagues are simply hacks. They are all about declassification and transparency when they think it’ll benefit them politically. But the moment the President moves to be more transparent on a matter that might expose Democrat corruption, they start screaming bloody murder about “muh sources and methods.”

The irony here is that while Schiff whines about weaponizing law enforcement, that actually did happen under Barack Obama. Despite that, Schiff is against using law enforcement to investigate the weaponizing of law enforcement. Try to figure that one out.

Meanwhile, the media are reacting exactly as you’d expect. They are actually rooting for Barr to not de-classify documents.

We know live in a world where the mainstream media, who make a living off leaked, confidential information, are now actively rooting against transparency simply because it might help Trump. You can’t make this stuff up. The President has driven these people absolutely insane.

As to Adam Schiff, he’s a clownish hypocrite. He deserves to be treated as such.

UPDATE:

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FBI Lawyer Says Page FISA Was Handled in an “Unusual Way,” Implicates Comey, McCabe, and Yates

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As we move closer and closer to the completion of the IG report on how the Trump-Russia investigation was handled, including the probable misuse of the FISA court, we are seeing more relevant Congressional testimony from top officials released.

One session revealed this week involves Trisha Anderson, an FBI lawyer who signed off on the Carter Page warrants. She testified in August of 2018 on her role and what she knew regarding how the process went down.

In her testimony, she alleges that the application process for the FISA warrant was handled in an “unusual” fashion and that numerous Obama era FBI officials were involved at the highest levels in pushing it through.

But Anderson stressed “in this particular case, I’m drawing a distinction because my boss and my boss’ boss had already reviewed and approved this application.” She emphasized “this one was handled a little bit differently in that sense, in that it received very high-level review and approvals — informal, oral approvals — before it ever came to me for signature.”

Normally, a FISA application would go to the legal department first to confirm that it is indeed proper to press forward with. In this case, top officials informally “approved” the application first, signaling to Anderson that her signature was just perfunctory.

Anderson said that FISA approvals are typically “tracked in a linear fashion” and that someone in the Senior Executive Service “is the final approver on hard copy before a FISA goes to the director or deputy director for signature.” She said the Page FISA was approved outside regular procedures.

“Because there were very high-level discussions that occurred about the FISA,” Anderson said she believed that meant “the FISA essentially had already been well-vetted all the way up through at least the Deputy Director [McCabe] level on our side and through the DAG [Yates] on the DOJ side.” Yates had already signed the application by the time it made it to Anderson’s desk.

In other words, things were done completely backwards. Instead of going through the normal checks and balances, a bunch of political appointees at the top approved the application before anyone else got ahold of it. Sally Yates, representing the DOJ, had signed off on it before the FBI’s legal department had even done their analysis.

A major check on fraudulent FISA applications was simply skipped. Anderson stressed that this was not normal.

Anderson stressed that McCabe, Yates, and Baker all played key roles in reviewing the Page FISA. “My approval at that point was really purely administrative in nature. In other words, the substantive issues — the FISA had already substantively been approved by people much higher than me in the chain of command,” Anderson said.

Anderson said it “typically would not have been the case” that people such as McCabe and Yates would sign off on a FISA application before she did.

We also learn that James Baker had personally edited the application.

“The General Counsel [Jim Baker] … personally reviewed and made edits to the FISA, for example,” Anderson said. “The Deputy Director was involved in reviewing the FISA line by line. The Deputy Attorney General over on the DOJ side of the street was similarly involved, as I understood, reviewing the FISA application line by line.”

What all this does is firmly implicate James Comey, Sally Yates, Andrew McCabe, and James Baker. There can be no passing of the buck as they chose to ignore normal procedure and push forward a FISA application in a completely atypical way.

This gives us a clue as to why James Comey and James Baker decided to go on media tours the last few weeks, gnashing their teeth over any possible investigation into their wrongdoing.

I still expect no one to actually be punished here, but the more this stuff is exposed to the American people, the better.

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Video: #TBT to That Glorious Moment Tucker Carlson Called out Michael Avenatti on His Exploitation of Stormy Daniels

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Show host Tucker Carlson and lawyer Michael Avenatti spar – 9/13/18. Screen grab via Fox News.

In light of the latest round of federal indictments liberal icon Michael Avenatti was hit with, now is a great time to take a trip down memory lane to the infamous showdown between the disgraced attorney and Fox News‘s Tucker Carlson from last fall.

It was September 13, 2018. The interview was highly contentious, as the transcript and video makes clear.

But a key moment from the segment was Carlson calling Avenatti out on his exploitation of porn star Stormy Daniels, which almost everyone in America could see outside of the Avenatti-adoring mainstream media and Daniels herself.

Here’s the exchange between Carlson and Avenatti:

CARLSON: So you’re – you’re the protector of Stormy Daniels. Stormy Daniels is right now working in strip clubs in little towns on stage. People are throwing things at her. You’re wearing a $1,000 suit. Why is you – why are you not paying her?

You’ve profited from Stormy Daniels. You’ve done tens of millions dollars’ worth of free media on the basis of your relationship with her and she’s working in strip clubs. You’re exploiting her, and you know that. Why aren’t you paying her some of what you’re making?

AVENATTI: Sir, this is absurd. I have not exploited.

CARLSON: It’s not absurd. Those are the facts.

AVENATTI: No. You don’t know the facts as evidenced by the fact that you don’t even know–

CARLSON: Is she working in strip clubs?

AVENATTI: Are you going to continue to interrupt me or you’re going to let me finish?

CARLSON: I do know the facts, actually.

Watch the video below.

When you’re right, you’re right. Tucker was essentially the only talk show host willing to confront Avenatti on this issue, because so many others show hosts and mainstream media types were too busy hanging on to his every word because he was gonna be the guy who finally got Trump.

As it turns out, not only did he not succeed against the President, he failed Daniels badly and as the indictments made clear this week, he may have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from her, too.

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Solomon, Hannity Sources: Trump Will Declassify First Batch of ‘Bucket 5’ FISA Documents Within 5-6 Days

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In a Tuesday night appearance on “Hannity,” The Hill’s John Solomon said “the President is going to add to the problems of the deep state when he declassifies these first documents in the next several days.”

Hannity, who apparently had heard the same news from his own sources, interrupted Solomon to say “So, we have similar sources, I’m getting.”

Solomon continued:

Yes. Absolutely. I’ve confirmed that sometime within the next seven to eight days, the President will declassify the first of many documents. This first one, we used to call Bucket Five, the exculpatory statements that the FBI possessed about its targets before it went to the FISA Court.

But let me tell you about one important dynamic that’s changed. Today at the Hill, [we have] a new poll out. For the first time, a majority of Americans support investigating the FBI’s conduct at the start of the Russia investigation. That is a sea change in public sentiment and I think  the American public is on to the scam that was going on.

It’s impossible to determine exactly what material is included in Bucket Five, but “Sundance” over at the Conservative Treehouse put together a document list last September along with the names of the agencies involved in the declassification process for each.

Via Conservative Treehouse

Bucket Five – Intelligence documents that were presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016 that pertain to the FISA application used against U.S. person Carter Page; including all exculpatory intelligence documents that may not have been presented to the FISA Court.

  1. All versions of the Carter Page FISA applications (DOJ) (DoS) (FBI) (ODNI).
  2. All of the Bruce Ohr 302’s filled out by the FBI. (FBI) (ODNI)
  3. All of Bruce Ohr’s emails (FBI) (DOJ) (CIA) (ODNI), and supportive documents and material provided by Bruce Ohr to the FBI. (FBI)
  4. All relevant documents pertaining to the supportive material within the FISA application. (FBI) (DOJ-NSD) (DoS) (CIA) (DNI) (NSA) (ODNI);
  5. All intelligence documents that were presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016 that pertain to the FISA application used against U.S. person Carter Page; including all exculpatory intelligence documents that may not have been presented to the FISA Court. (CIA) (FBI) (DOJ) (ODNI) (DoS) (NSA)
  6. All unredacted text messages and email content between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok on all devices. (FBI) (DOJ) (DOJ-NSD) (ODNI)
  7. The originating CIA “EC” or two-page electronic communication from former CIA Director John Brennan to FBI Director James Comey that started Operation Crossfire Hurricane in July 2016. (CIA) (FBI) (ODNI)

Last September, Trump announced plans to release the documents. There were two theories as to why he failed to follow through. It was rumored that foreign governments (specifically England and Australia) appealed to him to keep the material classified. The other possibility was, as Trump himself said, that his attorneys were concerned that Mueller’s team of angry Democrats might see that as obstruction.

Now that Mueller’s report has been submitted, that’s no longer a factor, although he does have a state visit with the Queen scheduled for early June.

So, we will continue to read the tea leaves and wait.

One indication that seems to support that Solomon’s and Hannity’s sources are correct is that the main subjects appear to be turning on each other. Former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan have publicly argued over whose idea it was to put the Steele dossier into the January 2017 Intelligence Assessment. James Comey and Loretta Lynch are at odds over how to characterize the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling over classified material. Was it a matter? Or was it an investigation?

It’s likely that similar disputes will arise between members of the deep state in the coming months.

In a Wednesday op-ed, scholar and conservative commentator Victor Davis Hanson asks, “So, how can we tell that the former accusers are now terrified of becoming the accused? Because suddenly the usual band of former Obama officials and Trump accusers have largely given up on their allegations that Trump was or is a Russian asset. The end of the Mueller melodrama has marked the beginning of real fear in Washington.”

Hanson writes:

Comey, the former FBI director, has hit the lecture and television circuit with his now-tired moralistic shtick that he alone had a “soul” while others allowed theirs to be eaten away by Trump. Translated, that means Comey is terrified that former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whom Comey attacked as a Trump enabler, knows that Comey himself may have broken the law—and may direct prosecutors on how to prove it.

Comey is also in a tiff with his former deputy, Andrew McCabe. Both know that the FBI under Comey illegally leaked classified information to the media. But Comey says McCabe went rogue and did it. Of course, McCabe’s attorney shot back that Comey had authorized it. Comey also claims the Steele dossier was not the chief evidence for a FISA warrant. McCabe insists that it was. It’s possible that one might work with prosecutors against the other to finagle a lesser charge.

Former CIA Director John Brennan has on two occasions lied under oath to Congress and gotten away with it. He may not get away with lying again if it’s determined that he distorted the truth about his efforts to spread the Steele dossier smears.

In sum, the old leaky vessel of collusion is sinking.

The rats are scampering from their once safe refuge—biting and piling on each other in vain efforts to avoid drowning.

Fingers crossed.

(Note: Solomon’s comments about declassification begin at 10:20 in the video.)

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Details Show Obama Is Clearly Lying About His Involvement in the Trump-Russia Hoax

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For years, the Obama administration has claimed that they were completely hands off regarding the Trump-Russia investigation. They’ve worked hard to build a wall of deniability based on nonsensical assertions the they didn’t even know about it.

Ben Rhodes, the former President’s foremost Obama bro, tried this line out a few weeks ago.

“No, no, I cannot be clear enough about this. We didn’t even know there was an FBI investigation of Trump. I didn’t. President Obama didn’t, like, we actually abided by the firewalls between – if there were any investigations that took place, those decisions were made in the Justice Department, in the FBI, not in the White House,”

This was obviously a lie because a revealed text from Peter Strzok, the disgraced former FBI agent who was leading Crossfire Hurricane, admitted that the entire investigation was being running out of the White House. That would obviously make sense as there’s just little possibility that Clapper, Brennan, and Comey all just didn’t bother to brief Obama on what they were doing.

Aside from that text, we’ve got another piece of evidence that comes from an unlikely place. It involves a 2017 Washington Post article, which was full of anonymous sources that were obviously former Obama officials, trying to spin a narrative that Obama took Russia seriously in 2016. Details of a second, even more secret investigation into Trump and Russia form the basis of the article. This was all occurring in the context of trying to protect the former President from criticism he was receiving regarding Russian efforts to interfere in the election.

The Washington Post was of course happy to play along, as they are routinely used as stenographers for the Obama administration and FBI officials trying to protect themselves.

American Greatness dove into this issue earlier this week and pulled out several revelations which have somehow escaped the public eye to this point.

Details of the second, less-discussed investigation were leaked by senior Obama Administration officials for a June 2017 Washington Post story, “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.” That story hasn’t received anywhere near the attention it deserves…

…The article reads more like an Obama Administration press release than journalism. We’re informed that “Obama’s approach to national security challenges was deliberate and cautious,” and “often seemed reducible to a single imperative: Don’t make things worse” and of his “determination to avoid politicizing the Russia issue.”

Meantime, CIA Director John Brennan “moved swiftly to schedule private briefings with congressional leaders,” but “getting appointments with certain Republicans proved difficult.” The White House was “[s]tung by the reaction” of Republicans, having “hoped that a bipartisan appeal to states would be more effective.”

You may recall this excuse from several years back. It basically sought to blame Republican obstructionism for Obama’s impotency in dealing with Russia. Given that Congress has no law enforcement power, such charges never made any sense but the media were happy to run with them.

The important thing to note here though is that Brennan was going around briefing Senators on a second, secret investigation he was conducting directly out of the White House, which the White House would then claim was vindication of their toughness toward Russia.

The Post notes that Brennan received a “report” derived from “sourcing deep inside the Russian government” that formed the basis of his new, second investigation.

a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives—defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

Hmm, I wonder what that “report” made up of Russian sources could be? Any guesses?

If you read the entirety of the Post article, the timeline starts to give the game away. Crossfire Hurricane began on July 31st. Barack Obama was briefed on the “intelligence bombshell” in early August, meaning days later. We also know that Comey and Strzok were working directly with John Brennan on his second investigation.

But the Washington Post story also reports Rogers was “reluctant to view” the intelligence that Brennan used to justify his investigation “with high confidence” because it came from another country…

…According to a November 15, 2017 story in the Guardian, Brennan received the report used to justify his investigation from none other than British intelligence agency GCHQ’s then head, Robert Hannigan, who “flew to the US to personally brief CIA chief John Brennan.”

You’ve probably figured it out by now. The “bombshell intelligence” that Brennan was using, in direct coordination with the White House, was obviously the Steele dossier. This is all but confirmed by the fact that the Steele dossier ultimately weighed heavily in the production of the 2017 ICA report on Russian interference that Brennan put out.

Paul Sperry also reported that Obama’s National Security Agency chief, Admiral Michael Rogers, “stated in a classified letter to Congress” that the Steele Dossier played a role in producing the January 2017 ICA. Indeed, according to Sperry, Rogers told congress “a two-page summary of the dossier” appears as an appendix to the classified version of the ICA.

That report was bandied about for years by anti-Trump forces as a “just the facts” assessment. In reality, as many of us pointed out at the time, it was a vague, nearly evidence free document simply meant to push the assertion that Russia helped get Trump elected.

Once again, even in regards to that ICA report, all roads lead to the garbage Steele dossier.

Was the dossier the initial genesis of the Trump-Russia investigation? I actually think it wasn’t if we are talking about early 2016 in regards to running of informants against Trump campaign members (i.e. Papadopoulos). The FBI, DOJ, and likely Obama himself had already decided to start sniffing around before they had the first piece of evidence in hand.

BUT, what’s fairly obvious is that the Steele dossier was used as the hook in the summer of 2016 to escalate the investigation and eventually build it into the monstrosity that we are trying to make sense of today.

What you see in the original Post article is Obama wanting to have it both ways. On the one hand, we are told that Obama knew nothing so as to protect him from charges of political motivation. On the other hand we are told he took Russia extremely seriously because he commissioned a second investigation run by Brennan, which we know involved the Steele dossier. He can’t have it both ways and it appears that Obama was briefed on the Steele dossier as early as August of 2016.

Given the revelations of interwork among the FBI, CIA, Brennan, Comey, etc. on the Trump-Russia issue, it belabors belief to think the former President wasn’t briefed on the Steele dossier but then knew nothing else about any of the investigations. Despite that, Obama and his officials have continued to lie about what they knew and when they knew it.

In the end, partisan actors, including Obama and his closest officials, were so desperate to go after Trump and prevent his election (and damage him after his election) that they happily fell for a Russian disinformation campaign in the process. The Steele dossier continues to appear at every juncture of this travesty of justice. It’s a testament to just how corrupt and stupid the people running our government were during the Obama years.

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Memory Lane: Video Montage of the MSM Salivating Over “Holy Spirit” Michael Avenatti Is Absolutely Golden

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As Red State‘s Alex Parker wrote earlier, liberal icon Michael Avenatti, who has floated the possibility of running for president in 2020, is once again in trouble with the feds and was indicted today on extortion and fraud charges.

A quick recap via The Hill:

Michael Avenatti was hit with two separate indictments on Wednesday in New York for his alleged extortion of Nike and for allegedly defrauding his former client, adult-film star Stormy Daniels.

These are the latest charges filed against the lawyer, who has previously faced other charges in federal courts in New York and California.

Avenatti has tweeted in recent hours that another indictment was forthcoming.

Watching the rise and fall of Avenatti over the last couple of years from the cheap seats has been fascinating. He’s someone who, on the surface, gave off the appearance of having it all together. He said all the right things to the left and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) which put him in their good graces for what it seemed would be a very long time.

They literally could not get enough of him and his supposed legal “expertise”, especially when it came to the issue of President Trump who – to Avenatti – wasn’t just someone he fought against in the courts. To Avenatti, Trump was also Public Enemy Number One.

The Federalist‘s Ben Domenech posted a pretty epic tweet thread on this very issue last month (first tweet is below):

Read the full thread – unrolled – here.

The video montage below, done by the Free Beacon, reminds us of how leftists and media types hung on to Avenatti’s every word. They just knew Avenatti was going to be the guy who finally took Trump down:

Here’s another one, done back in March:

One video clip in particular that didn’t make it into either montage is the one of “The View” co-host and fake Republican Ana Navarro comparing Avenatti to… the Holy Spirit. Via MRC-TV from last August:

“Lately, to me, you’re like the Holy Spirit. You are all places at all times. Right. I mean, I do — I see you all over cable news, I see — there’s a seat available if you want to be a co-host at ‘The View.’ There’s people here you can pitch. He’d be a great lady around the table” Navarro ranted.

“[Avenatti] has a bigger calling here. Being a lawyer is minimal compared to what he’s doing,” Joy Behar said.

Navarro interrupted, “The priesthood?”

Behar continued, “He’s out there saving the country.”

Click below to watch the cringe-worthy segment:

I think it’s safe to say that Avenatti’s 2020 presidential ambitions have been pretty well flushed down the toilet at this point. But he should look on the bright side: After all is said and done, there will always be a place for him on “The View” next to Joy Behar and Ana Navarro.

You go, dude.

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Rahm Emanuel Is Now a Contributing Editor for The Atlantic and It’s Everything Wrong With the Press

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Rahm Emanuel has only been out of office a few days but he’s already back in the spotlight.

He finished his tenure as one of Chicago’s worst mayors ever just 48 hours ago, being involved in multiple corruption scandals and presiding over murder rates comparable to war zones. In the real world, that would earn Emanuel a trip to a quiet retirement and professional scorn. But Democrats don’t live in the real world.

Instead, Emanuel was just hired to be a contributing editor for The Atlantic.

Keep in mind, this is a guy who hid evidence that the official narrative about the police shooting of Laquan McDonald was a lie. You’d think the liberal media might have an issue with that but he’s got plot armor. Not only is he a Democrat, but he was Barack Obama’s right hand man during his first term.

This is especially ironic because The Atlantic is the same outfit that fired Kevin Williamson days after hiring him simply for musing on a hypothetical about abortion. That apparently triggers employees at The Atlantic, but helping create an environment where nearly 3,000 people a year are shot does nothing to their sensibilities.

Emanuel’s corruption goes far past policing issues though. He also broke the law numerous times in regards to records requests, knowing he’d be protected by the Democrat led prosecutor’s office in Chicago.

His general policies were also a disaster. Financially, he ran the city into the ground and passed left-wing regulations that fueled the housing and education crisis.

Despite the realities of his time as mayor, Emanuel’s first article as a new editor is entitled It’s Time to Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses. No, I’m not making that up. One of the most corrupt mayoral failures of the past two decades is now going to lecture Americans about corruption and holding “elites” accountable. The sheer lack of shame among our garbage political class is astonishing.

Oh, and he’ll also be joining ABC as a contributor, because being a liberal corruptocrat is apparently part of their hiring guidelines.

I’m sure all of this will do wonders for rehabilitating the credibility of the media, which has cratered to the point of parody. As ratings and viewership fall at major publications and channels like CNN, you’d think that would be a sign to change what they are doing. Nope, they are just doubling down and perhaps we are better for it. At least we know where they stand.

Emanuel’s hiring is everything that is wrong with the press and they deserve all the flack they get.

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To Maintain Secrecy During Trump/Russia Meetings, Obama Officials Cut Video Feed in Situation Room

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Breitbart’s Aaron Klein discovered some intriguing information buried deep inside a June 23, 2017 Washington Post story about the Obama administration’s handling of the Trump/Russia collusion.

The article described the extraordinary measures senior administration officials would take to ensure maximum privacy during their meetings. The most noteworthy was that they would routinely cut the video feed in the situation room, a rather Nixonian thing to do.

In an interview with Fox News last week, Attorney General William Barr said:

The thing that’s interesting about this is that this was handled at a very senior level of these departments. It wasn’t handled in the ordinary way that investigations or counterintelligence activities are conducted. It was sort of an ad hoc, small group — and most of these people are no longer with the FBI or the CIA or the other agencies involved. I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened. The fact of the matter is, Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities.

The Post’s article detailed the highly compartmentalized nature of the original Russia investigation and the manner in which other U.S. intelligence agencies were deliberately kept in the dark.

According to the Washington Post, in the summer of 2016:

CIA Director John Brennan convened a secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI…It functioned as a “sealed compartment” hidden even from the rest of the U.S. intelligence community; a unit whose workers were all made to sign additional non-disclosure forms.”

They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA and FBI who took direction from the task force on where to aim their subsequent efforts to collect more intelligence on Russia.

The article said that initially, only four senior officials were allowed access to the Russian investigation intelligence. This group included Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and then-FBI Director James Comey. (Not even their aides were allowed in the beginning.)

Adding that:

Gradually, the circle widened to include Vice President Biden and others. Agendas sent to Cabinet secretaries — including John F. Kerry at the State Department and Ashton B. Carter at the Pentagon — arrived in envelopes that subordinates were not supposed to open. Sometimes the agendas were withheld until participants had taken their seats in the Situation Room.

These meetings began in August 2016 and officials would cut the video feed. (There is no audio feed.) Klein notes that the video feed allows aides to know when a meeting is in progress.

So, aides saw only “blacked-out” screens which was highly unusual. This was “seen as an ominous sign among lower-level White House officials who were largely kept in the dark about the Russia deliberations even as they were tasked with generating options for retaliation against Moscow.”

The January 2017 Intelligent Assessment which we’ve been hearing about lately, was written by the CIA, the FBI and the NSA, instead of including input from all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies.

Each of the three agencies assigned a rating to the “conclusion that Putin favored Trump and worked to get him elected.” The NSA had “moderate confidence” in this statement, while the FBI and the CIA had “high confidence.”

The House Intelligence Committee issued a report in April 2018 which noted the difference between the NSA’s rating and the “high confidence” ratings of the CIA and the FBI. The House Report found no evidence that Trump had colluded with the Russians and stated that the IC assessment did not employ proper analytic tradecraft, contained significant intelligence tradecraft failings that undermine confidence in the judgments, including the failure to be independent of political considerations.”

This was not business as usual for top level Obama administration officials. Intelligence agency chiefs were painstaking in their efforts to maintain secrecy. 

Additionally, it’s hard to imagine that Obama was not involved.

And judging from comments made in his interview last week, it appears that Bill Barr is onto them.

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U.K. Officials Rush to Try to Rehabilitate the Steele Dossier as the Walls Close In

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Targeted leaks have become a common occurrence during the Trump era, especially regarding the Trump-Russia probe. Over and over, publications like The New York Times have essentially served as stenographers for anonymous officials that are trying to get ahead of a story. It’s not a coincidence that right after George Papadopoulos accused the FBI of running a female spy against him, suddenly there was a full spread in the Times admitting to the act but assuring everyone it was totally above board.

That’s the game. Obfuscate and lie to start. Then when finally caught red-handed, try to rehabilitate the narrative with yet more lies and obfuscation via pre-planned leaks.

We’ve got another example of this coming from the U.K. that seems to be a direct response to Bill Barr’s new investigation heating up. It has appeared for a while that U.K. intelligence was going to end up caught in the middle of all this, which would mean U.S. officials were colluding with a foreign government to target a Presidential campaign.

That’s not a narrative the FBI nor the U.K want out there so they’ve got to do damage control. Enter Ben Riley-Smith and his new “exclusive” for the Telegraph.

To start, this isn’t actually an exclusive. Undercover Huber, an anonymous insider who’s done excellent work on this entire ordeal, broke this story a year ago.

Regardless, what’s the play here? If you read through Riley-Smith’s thread you start to get an idea of why he’s writing this and who his sources are. The thread is 20+ tweets long but when you get to the end, that’s when what’s really going on becomes apparent.

Annnndddd…there it is.

Riley-Smith alleges that the U.K.’s treatment of the dossier stands in contrast to Trump calling it phony and fake. You can see him fluffing this pampered narrative throughout his tweet storm, essentially trying to build the case that the U.K. acted properly and the dossier isn’t actually unverified garbage.

What’s clear is that this entire exercise is just a weak attempt to rehabilitate Steele’s work, protect him, and protect those who bought his grift. If enough officials leak to the media how seriously they took the Steele dossier, then that’s supposed to excuse the fact that they got suckered by a Russian misinformation campaign. Never mind that random people on the internet were able to poke multiple, gaping holes in the dossier within days of its public release. Apparently the FBI and British intelligence are run by morons who saw nothing suspicious about false claims of Miami consulates and ridiculous stories of pee tapes.

Mollie Hemingway has been another conservative journalist who’s done incredible work on all this and she sees right through the facade.

All of this says nothing good about the Obama administration either. It’d be incredibly naive to think that they weren’t aware of this being pushed to U.K. officials, even after Trump had been elected. Despite that, they left Trump in the dark for weeks. When they did finally brief him, they didn’t let him know how far the dossier had traveled and instead presented Steele’s delusional musings as quasi-verified intelligence.

You start to get a picture of the frantic operations among U.S. and U.K. intelligence to push and verify the dossier after November 2016 happened. Whether this reached the level of them trying to potentially stop Trump from taking office, I’m not sure.

What I do know is that Steele’s dossier is a complete dumpster fire and is indeed “phony” and “fake.” No amount of targeted leaks or kid glove write ups from Ben Riley-Smith is going to change that. The truth is coming out and no one involved with the dossier’s use and dissemination looks anything but extremely corrupt at this point.

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