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Lindsey Graham Previews a “Damning” Upcoming IG Report But Skepticism Is Warranted

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FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said it is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

We’ve been hearing for the better part of a year now that the DOJ’s Inspector General is on the verge of releasing a damning report detailing corruption in the Trump-Russia investigation. This supposedly centers on abuse of the FISA system, where the FBI and DOJ presented documents they knew weren’t verified or credible as evidence. The biggest example of that is of course the Steele dossier, which we know formed the majority of the basis for the warrant despite the FBI already being made aware it’s chief source was a liar.

There were also other questions, specifically involving why the FBI targeted Trump associates in what now appears to be a pretty clear case of entrapment. George Papadopoulos was famously approached by Joseph Mifsud and told the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Despite lying to the FBI three times in the years following, Mifsud has escaped all persecution, which strongly points to him being some kind of intel asset that requires protection. Steven Halper, a known government agent, and “Azra Turk” (we know that was an alias) also played starring roles in the drama.

To say the web is tangled is an understatement. The depth of whatever operation was being run against the Trump campaign went all the way to the top, with political appointees like James Comey, James Clapper, John Brennan, and Loretta Lynch being aware and involved.

Heading into the fall, we are once again being assured that IG Horowitz’s report is right around the corner and that it’s going to be devastating. Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed this promise on Sunday.

Hotair.com provides a transcript.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well, you’ve got three lanes here. You have what the committee will do, my committee, you’ve got Mr. Durham who’s looking at criminality — he’s the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut — And you’ve got the DOJ Inspector General report. I think it will be coming out in weeks, not days, not months. The Horowitz report will probably be ugly and damning regarding the Department of Justice handling of the Russia probe.

MARIA BARTIROMO: Tell me about that, we know that the DOJ is not prosecuting James Comey. Learned that about a month ago. We know we just got the so-called 302 out of Bruce Ohr, that’s the investigation and interviews of Ohr with the FBI. And the IG report, we were supposed to get it months ago. How come it is so late?

GRAHAM: Every time you turn around you find something new. Mr. Horowitz is doing a very in-depth dive about the FISA warrant application. The behavior regarding the counterintelligence operation. He will send his report over to the Department of Justice, they will look at for classified information. I am going to meet with the Attorney General next week, I want to declassify as much as possible. On the American public to hear the story, I want all of this information to come out, I didn’t want people to believe what I said I want them to read for themselves how bad it was.

The warrant application to the FISA court, I think quite frankly was a fraud. I want all the committee cases out, where they will notice Christopher Steele hated Trump and that he was an unreliable informant. I want this information coming out that the Steele dossier with information coming from Russia is unverified information, I want the transcripts surrounding interviews with Papadopoulos to be released where it was clear he was not working with the Russians.

I want it all out. I want people to see how this investigation got so off the rails and I want people to be held accountable and I am patient, and not in a hurry, I want to do it right.

Color me skeptical.

Perhaps it’s the past three years of seeing absolutely no one held accountable for anything regarding corruption at our major institutions, but the idea that any of this will matter seems far less than a certainty at this point. We’ve known for a very long time that the FISA application was largely fraudulent and broke protocol. You’d be hard pressed to find any mainstream media reporting at all on the subject. They can’t even bring themselves to admit the Steele dossier was mostly garbage. We’ve already seen figures like James Comey, Peter Strzok, and Andrew McCabe be referred for prosecution, only to have the DOJ decline to move forward. Even in the case of Papadopoulos, information essentially proving he was setup has exclusively become the domain of right-wing media.

In other words, there are two major questions at play here. One, will the report actually be “damning” and two, if it is, will it be broadcast any further than conservative media? My suspicion, knowing what we know, is that the report will include information that is embarrassing to the Obama administration at large. But I also know it’s going to be quickly buried and spun otherwise no matter what it actually says. The ground work for the excuses has already been laid, with numerous editorials making the case that they were just trying to protect the country. That narrative isn’t going to change.

Lastly, let’s say the IG does uncover criminal activity and recommends yet more prosecutions. Will the DOJ act? Or will they ultimately decide protecting themselves is more important,? That has clearly been the path FBI Director Wray has chosen as he’s stonewalled investigations the past few years.

I sincerely hope that everything before this point has simply been leading up to the hammer dropping. That the DOJ is finally going to grow a spine and start prosecuting people. That letting James Comey off the hook was just a prologue to going after him on more serious charges. If our institutions ever want to start earning back trust, those things would be prudent.

Will any of this end up mattering though? I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Graham: IG Report Will Be ‘Ugly and Damning’; Wants Americans ‘To Read For Themselves How Bad It Was’

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pauses as he speaks to media about the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the current chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the state of the ongoing “investigations of the investigators.”

The first report to be released, DOJ IG Michael Horowitz’, is expected in September. Originally expected in May or June, reluctant witnesses including State Department official Kathleen Kavalec, came forward at the last minute and the additional information provided required additional work by Horowitz’s team.

Graham told Bartiromo, “I believe the Horowitz report will be ugly and damning, That report has been anticipated for months, but it has faced delays in recent months…Every time you turn around you find something new. Mr. Horowitz is doing a very in-depth dive.”

His committee is waiting for the IG report to come out before calling their own list of witnesses. For starters, he will call one-time Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos to testify before his committee.

Graham said, “I want to declassify as much as possible … I don’t want people to believe what I said, I want them to read for themselves how bad it was. I want it all out, I want people to see how off the rails this investigation got, and I want people to be held accountable, and I am patient. I’m not in a hurry to do it, I want to do it right.”

Obviously, Graham is privy to far more information than we are, but even so, he still has many questions himself. He told Bartiromo he is “curious about the role the CIA played here…Who knew about this in the White House? Was President Obama briefed … I’d like to know that.”

Asked about the recently released Fox News poll which showed the top four Democratic presidential candidates ahead of Trump, he answered, “Well, I’m not buying it…Unless the President has a serious blunder in Afghanistan, he is going to clean their clock on the stage.” He believes that the Democrats’ sharp turn to the left “will lead to a Trump victory in 2020.”

He defended Israel’s decision to barr entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MN) over their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at economically crippling Israel.

It’s been bipartisan up to now about Israel…Israel’s enemies are enemies of the U.S. as well.

Those who want to destroy Israel want to destroy us. Name one radical Islamic group that wants to destroy the State Israel that doesn’t want to destroy America.

The policies coming out of the Democratic Party toward Israel are dangerous. Tlaib and Omar openly calling for an economic boycott of the State of Israel which will destroy the State of Israel.

The bottom line here is they are radical when it comes to Israel, they’re radical on the economy, they’re weak when it comes to fighting terrorism. Donald Trump is going to win this election because he’s been a damn good president and what they are trying to do is make America a socialist country, and that’s not going to work.

Needless to say, Graham was vehemently opposed to calls from the Democrats last week to “expand” the Supreme Court. “When you hear expanding the court, that’s code for liberals packing the court. Over my dead body, it’s not going to happen.”

The full interview can be viewed here.

A little something to look forward to after the Labor Day holiday.

 

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Clinton’s Deliberate, Felonious Actions Harmed National Security

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Earlier today, my good friend and colleague, Bonchie, penned an excellent article about the latest twist in the Clinton e-mail saga, one that demonstrated just how dangerous her actions were to National Security. Please go have a look.

Because of his timely article, I thought I might once again review just how corrupt the FBI was, especially former Director Comey, when he “cleared” Secretary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing. Comey’s excuse? Secretary Clinton had no intent to violate the law. Despite the fact that the applicable statute regarding the handling of classified information doesn’t require intent, the explainer below will show that there was indeed such intent and a number of people should be doing hard time.

Let me be clear at the outset; somebody committed a felony, likely several. If as some reports have indicated, there was certain overhead imagery, marked or unmarked on Secretary Clinton’s e-mail server, someone committed a serious crime. The way government information/cyber systems are set up, someone had to take a deliberate series of felonious actions in order for that imagery to get there. Period.

Instead of getting into a detailed primer on Department of Defense and Department of State electronic communications, I’ll give you the short version. This is especially important as it puts to bed the bogus argument that Clinton displayed no criminal intent during her e-mail debacle. It demonstrates that it is absoloutely certain that there were several felonies committed—no doubt whatsoever.

Although the State Department and the Department of Defense use different systems for their unclassified communications, they do share some of the same systems for their classified traffic. The unclassified systems used by Defense and State have e-mail, file sharing and teleconferencing capabilities. Those systems also have access to the Internet. Some agencies allow their employees to use their unclassified computers to conduct limited personal business, such as sending e-mails and looking at RedState online, during their breaks. These employees can also send e-mail to private addressees from this system.

The classified systems the agencies use jointly are:
SIPRNet (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network): used to transmit material that is classified CONFIDENTIAL or SECRET. It may not be used to transmit TOP SECRET material.

JWICS (Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System): used to transmit TOP SECRET information, to include highly classified satellite imagery. The JWICS system is where Private Bradley Manning likely obtained the information he later gave to Wikileaks. This is also the system the State Department uses to routinely receive and access satellite imagery and imagery analysis, along with other TOP SECRET information.

What is important to understand is that, except for extremely rare and tightly controlled circumstances, JWICS, SIPRNet and the in-house unclassified systems do not connect to each other or with outside systems. The only way to get information from one system to another is to use a system I have yet to introduce, the SneakerNet.

“SneakerNet” is IT slang, referring to someone taking information on one system, saving it to portable media, disk or thumb drive and walking (“sneakering”) it over to the other system and uploading it, thereby bypassing the procedural safeguards inherent in separate, unconnected systems. An alternative, using the same concept, would be to print the data from a JWICS terminal (possibly inside the State Department) and then scan the hard copy into an unclassified system. This method would also work were someone get access to a hard copy document or photo handed out at a meeting.

One of the advantages of this unconnected system of systems is that it virtually eliminates “spillage,” the accidental release of one level of classified information into an arena not cleared for it. If there was reconnaissance satellite imagery or analysis of that imagery on Secretary Clinton’s server or any other unclassified system, it is a virtual certainty that someone had to take a series of deliberate and felonious steps to put it there—deliberate and felonious steps.

A photo would have had to have its markings deliberately removed. Then it would have had to have been copied from JWICS onto removable media (or printed out) and uploaded (or scanned) to either an unclassified computer & e-mailed to Secretary Clinton, or directly uploaded to her server. In the case that what was on her server was merely a written assessment of what the imagery shows, the above still pertains. Someone had to make a series of deliberate decisions and steps to either copy or transcribe the assessment from JWICS and send it via a nonsecure e-mail to Secretary Clinton.

Secretary Clinton is on the e-mail record as directing staff to do just that. A few years ago, National Review published an article entitled: Clinton Pushed Aide to Strip Markings from Sensitive Documents, Send through ‘Nonsecure’ Channel. From that article (Emphasis mine)

During a 2011 e-mail exchange, Hillary Clinton urged top aide Jake Sullivan to strip classified talking points of all markings and send them through “nonsecure” means after a secure fax line failed to function. On the night of June 16, 2011, Sullivan told Clinton that important talking points on an undetermined issue would be faxed to her the following morning. When Clinton informed Sullivan that the talking points had not yet materialized, he began a frantic search for the problem. “They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax,” he wrote to Clinton 15 minutes later. “They’re working on it.” “If they can’t, turn into nonpaper with no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” Clinton replied.

What this means, is that the conversation about this being a mistake, accident, or minor error in judgment, is a flat out lie. In my humble opinion, this lie should be rolled into an obstruction of justice charge—yet another felony. If I, or anyone else with a TS clearance had treated classified information in such a fashion, we’d still be in Fort Leavenworth. Given the disclosures in Bonchie’s article, showing that Classified e-mail migrated from Clinton’s unsecure server to another G-Mail account, it’s readily apparent that the criminal crone from Chappaqua along with her coterie, needs to be locked up—and they need to do hard time.

Disclosure: The last time I personally used any of these systems was in 2012. Systems and procedures have likely changed since then.

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters. He has when required, held a TS-SCI Clearance.

You can find his other Red State work here.

He is also (reluctantly) on Twitter: @MikeFor10394583

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The Hillary Clinton Email Saga Just Got A lot Weirder

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Due to the declassification and release of a trove of documents late in the week, the Hillary email story has gone hot again. As I shared a few days ago, we now have confirmation of what we heard from sources several months ago, namely that every email on her illegal server was being forwarded to a Chinese email account.

This account was setup by Paul Combetta, Hillary’s IT specialist who was given immunity by the FBI for no justifiable reason. Why Combetta chose to add an email account associated with a Chinese company and whether the emails were actually going to the Chinese required more investigation but the FBI decided to bury the evidence instead. It’s an extremely suspicious revelation that simply doesn’t make sense on it’s face. What we do know is that Combetta was copying classified information to an un-secure, Chinese domain and that there’s absolutely nothing legal about that.

Of course, no one was prosecuted for any of their wrongdoing in the case because we are supposed to believe that Hillary and her associates didn’t actually intend to setup an illegal server, purposely remove classified markings, an then further illegally archive the information to yet another un-secure location. That was all accidental I suppose.

Now, a closer examination of the testimony by the Intel Community Inspector General’s office shows just how weird things got while they were actually investigating the matter. I had to do a double take on some of these details just to make sure I wasn’t being trolled.

For one, the ICIG claims multiple members of their team were followed by a mysterious Jeep Wrangler. They also reported having their trash gone through and laptops being stolen.

Report per the Daily Caller.

Rucker also told investigators for the Senate as well as Department of Justice IG investigators that he and others at the ICIG believed they were being followed, and that someone went through McCullough’s recycling bin.

“He said that a Jeep once followed the ICIG (McCullough) from the State Department to the door of house. Mr. Rucker said that he himself had a Jeep following him at odd hours. He said that for two weeks, the same Jeep followed him on Route 50,” the Senate report said.

“Mr. Rucker said that he cannot recall the exact timeframe of when this occurred, nor did he record the Jeep’s license plate. He said that Mr. Hackett had a burglary at his home and all of his computers were stolen,” it continued. “He said that Mr. McCullough discovered that someone was sorting through his recycling bin at home and leaving separate stacks of items outside of the bin as if they were looking for papers.”

The ICIG repeatedly found major anomalies involving Clinton’s email server.

Remember, this was all going on in 2016, before the Obama administration officially shut down the matter. While the FBI was punting on evidence, the ICIG were bringing more to the forefront. Instead of being taken seriously, they were followed and were seemingly being investigated by someone else, perhaps to find out what they knew. Further, they were negatively pressured and largely ignored by James Clapper and Sen. Diane Feinstein. It should be noted that Mr. McCullough and others mentioned above were Obama appointees, not Republicans.

In late 2017, McCullough took the unusual step of coming forward publicly to say that he “expected to be embraced and protected” for doing his job by calling attention to violations of classified information policy, but that instead he was pressured with an “adversarial posture” from Feinstein and others after he began raising the alarm to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Things get worse though. The ICIG also suspected they had a leaker in their midst named Paul Wogaman. He just happened to be the son of a minister who ran interference for Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the late 90s. Via his connections, Mr. Wogaman ended up forcing his way into the investigation while not actually being officially part of it. It appears he was then leaking and passing information back to others.

The Senate report says Rucker told them Wogaman was “the only male employee on leave the following day when a meeting with [redacted] was supposed to take place according to the email. Therefore, he said, it was believed that Mr. Wogerman [sic] was leaking to [redacted].”

“He said that Mr. McCullough made a decision not to confront Mr. Wogerman [sic],” it continued. Mr. Rucker said that he does not believe that ICIG ever did an official assessment on whether Mr. Wogerman [sic] leaked classified information.”

“He said that Mr. Wogerman [sic] pushed very hard to be included on the investigation, but he was NOT part of it. He said that Mr. Wogerman [sic] now works at ODNI in the mission integration department. Mr. Rucker said that to his knowledge, nobody ever confronted Mr. Wogerman [sic] about it. He said that they all signed non-disclosure agreements or NDA’s regarding their work at ICIG.”

Because everyone always fails up in Washington, Wogaman ended up working for the ODNI under Dan Coats. That should be a hint as to how serious of a DNI Coats was when it came to rooting out corruption. Wogaman’s Facebook shows exactly where his political biases are, yet he was in a powerful position to monitor an investigation and pass information back to those trying to stifle it. You’d think this was a chapter in a spy novel if we didn’t have the actual testimony from the ICIG.

His Facebook page is peppered with apparent anti-Republican comments. His profile photo is a picture mocking “thoughts and prayers” as an alternative to “do something,” a popular liberal meme about gun control. He makes a reference to “bone spurs,” a common jab at President Donald Trump. The ODNI did not return a request for comment.

The depth of the cover-up involved in Hillary’s email illegality is absolutely breath-taking. The lengths they went to and the amount of people who were working to shift priorities and bury evidence seems almost inconceivable, yet we have the official government documentation proving these things happened.

Despite all this, it looks like everyone is going to get away with it. The media still claim Obama had no scandals while the current DOJ is ignoring criminal referrals by the IG for figures like Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and James Comey. In fact, some of these people are so emboldened that they are now suing the government to get their full pensions. Meanwhile, others hide behind blanket immunity that was given for no logical reason whatsoever.

This is why so few people trusts our institutions. It’s also why the many conservatives who spent years insisting we treat the FBI/DOJ as sacrosanct were simply wrong. The corruption is blatantly evident. These were not people just trying to do their job and protect Americans. They were political actors that perverted the system of justice and that deserves the exposition it’s now getting.

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Jerry Nadler Tries To Mislead A District Court Judge And The DOJ, Gets Clobbered

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Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., gives his opening statement as former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

 

Americans have moved on from the Russian collusion hoax, but House Democrats just can’t seem to let go.

House Judiciary chairman, Jerry Nadler, has two goals at the moment. He would like former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before his committee. Additionally, he is seeking the secret grand jury information from the Mueller investigation.

In order to prevent “attempts to game the system by shopping” for a friendly judge, cases are assigned to judges randomly. If two cases are related, it is sometimes possible to link them. This would be advantageous if a sympathetic judge had been assigned to the first case and the plaintiff believes the judge would rule favorably on the second case. However, the cases must be related.

Nadler tried to link the two above mentioned cases. The first, regarding the subpoena for Don McGahn, is a civil case and the second, their request to view grand jury material is a federal case. The House Judiciary panel claims the cases are related because they are both part of their “impeachment investigation” of Trump. They identify McGahn as the “most important witness, other than the President, to the key events that are the focus of the Judiciary Committee’s investigation.”

In a one-two punch, Nadler’s request was torpedoed by both the DOJ and the Washington, D.C. District Court Chief Judge, Beryl Howell.

In a Tuesday court filing, the DOJ alleged that Nadler and the other Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee were trying to exploit this exception. They argued:

The panel improperly sought to connect the McGahn case to the grand jury case simply because they’re both part of their investigation of President Trump.

This later-filed, subpoena-enforcement suit involves no issues of fact or law common to the earlier Grand Jury application, nor does it focus on a common event or transaction such that the matters would be ‘related.’

On Wednesday, Judge Howell followed suit. She wrote:

At first blush, the House Judiciary Committee’s view that the related case rule applies is understandable. Nonetheless, closer examination demonstrates that these connections between the two cases are too superficial and attenuated for the instant McGahn Subpoena Case to qualify.

The committee’s request to unseal secret grand jury information from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has to do with the application of the law under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, while the McGahn case is a civil matter dealing with enforcing a subpoena where immunity has been asserted.

The DOJ also claimed:

The term ‘related’ refers to cases that have ‘common issues of fact or stem from a common event or transaction. The committee gets it backwards because they are trying to relate completely unrelated cases simply because it filed them in service of its overarching desire to bring various matters together in its investigation of the President.

McGahn’s refusal to comply with a subpoena is the real ‘event or transaction’ in this case, not the Committee’s asserted ‘impeachment investigation.’

Howell echoed the DOJ’s argument, noting that “the legal issues in the grand jury case, are entirely absent from the McGahn case.”

Both Howell and the DOJ made the point that McGahn refused to testify in May, yet Nadler’s committee “waited until August – soon after filing the grand jury information case – to sue over it.”

I guess that would be a no, Jerry.

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CNN: Trump backing away on Blago commutation after Illinois Republicans object

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Sometimes it’s all right to change your mind in politics, especially when you may have been out of your mind in the first instance. Last week, Donald Trump all but announced a commutation for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence for corruption, calling investigators “sleaze bags.” The White House immediately attempted to soften that position, and CNN reports today that Trump may drop the whole thing, thanks to an intervention from Illinois Republicans:

Several Republican lawmakers called acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, the sources told CNN, and the Republican members of Illinois congressional delegation issued a joint statement opposing the move.

At least two of them, Reps. Darin LaHood and Mike Bost, made their case directly to the President on Thursday night, urging him not to go forward. They laid out the litany of crimes Blagojevich committed while in office and argued it would send the wrong message to voters about corruption by public officials. …

That same evening, LaHood — a former federal and state prosecutor — called Trump as well and laid out in detail the brazen charges against Blagojevich, including allegations he threatened to cancel millions in state dollars for a children’s hospital if its CEO did not write him a $25,000 campaign check. Among the charges was that Blagojevich attempted to sell former President Barack Obama’s Senate seat that he resigned in order to become president.

Reportedly, Trump told LaHood and Bost that “I wish I had the perspective before.” It’s tough to understand why he wouldn’t have had that perspective. Trump had Blagojevich on his show The Apprentice during some of the period in which the impeachment and investigation took place. Clemency actions are supposed to require a thorough review of all the pertinent facts. As this shows, Trump even had the option of contacting fellow Republicans who worked on the issue apart from “sleaze bags” such as James Comey and Patrick Fitzgerald.

This seems like a case of willful ignorance, or perhaps too much trust in son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has pushed a Blagojevich clemency as an olive branch to Democrats. That’s a strange idea in itself; Democrats would likely prefer to forget about Blagojevich, or at least have voters forget he was one of them. Trump clearly wanted to get even with Comey and the Obama-era Department of Justice by embarrassing them over Blagojevich, which is hardly a good reason for a clemency action.

In this case, it also cuts directly against Trump’s stated mission — draining the swamp. Blagojevich is Swamp Thing himself, as LaHood had to belatedly explain. What’s the point of draining the swamp and then releasing all the alligators back into it? Trump wants to position himself as the outsider working on behalf of the little guy, which makes his impulse to release the Chicago Machine insider just to spite some of his political enemies counterproductive, at the very least, if not outright hypocritical.

Blagojevich earned his prison sentence, and Trump has better issues and people to worry about. Hopefully LaHood and Bost have supplied Trump with a better “perspective” than the advisers who brought him this idea in the first place.

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Cover-up? Epstein’s guards falsified records, never performed req’d welfare checks

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Has there been a cover-up in Jeffrey Epstein’s death — and if so, to benefit who? CBS News reported last night that surveillance video in the Metropolitan Correctional Center shows that guards falsified records of welfare checks on Epstein, especially after authorities took the unusual step of removing his cellmate and not replacing him with another. Now two of the staffers have been suspended as well as the warden replaced, and a couple of the guards have retained attorneys:

Corrections officers may have falsified reports saying they checked on Jeffrey Epstein as required by protocol, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation into Epstein’s apparent suicide.

Multiple sources told CBS News that Epstein’s cellmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Center posted bail last Friday, leaving Epstein alone in his cell the day before he died. Another source familiar with the investigation said it appears Epstein had been dead one to two hours before he was found.

The Associated Press hears the same about falsified records, although they put it more broadly. They weren’t doing the welfare checks on anyone in the unit:

A person familiar with the probe of Jeffrey Epstein’s death at a federal jail says guards are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates in his unit every half hour, when they actually weren’t.

Epstein is believed to have killed himself early Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where he was awaiting trial in a sex trafficking case.

Surveillance video reviewed after the death showed guards never made some of the checks noted in the log, according to the person familiar with the investigation.

The New York Times puts the cover-up’s focus more specifically on Epstein, but post-mortem. It also explains why staffers may need to lawyer up, now that they’re awake:

Six days later, prison officials determined that he was no longer a threat to his own life and returned him to a cell in the 9 South housing unit with another inmate, officials said. That inmate was later transferred out of the cell, leaving Mr. Epstein alone on Friday night. …

The two staff members in the special housing unit where Mr. Epstein was held — 9 South — falsely recorded in a log that they had checked on the financier, who was facing sex trafficking charges, every 30 minutes, as was required, two of the officials said. Such false entries in an official log could constitute a federal crime.

In fact, the two people guarding Mr. Epstein had been asleep for some or all of the three hours, three of the officials said. …

Two prison officials familiar with the incident said the two staff members had not looked in on Mr. Epstein for about three hours before he was found.

All of this might answer a couple of questions, but it also prompts more than a few of its own. It’s possible that Hanlon’s Razor applies here — never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence — and the falsified records could suggest the latter. After finding a high-profile inmate dead of a suicide, the guards might have thought that they could cover themselves by doctoring the logs. Alternately, they could have been doctoring logs all along and just had the misfortune of it biting them on the butt when the most prominent detainee they’ve had took advantage of their non-performance.

However, one cannot help noticing that all of these “incompetencies” run in the same direction. Epstein attempts suicide, but then gets taken off suicide watch after only a week. His cellmate makes bail, and the overcrowded and understaffed jail somehow forgets to assign Epstein another. Once alone, Epstein’s guards skip their rounds and then fall asleep on the job. That’s a suspicious string of circumstances that all combine to give Epstein nothing more than a lot of room to kill himself — or give someone else a chance to kill him.

If Hanlon’s Razor doesn’t apply, then one has to ask: cui bono? Epstein himself might have arranged it, a possibility that the FBI will no doubt thoroughly explore. If any of the sleepyheads at MCC has recently received a large amount of money, and it can be traced back to Epstein, then the mystery will be solved. They might have received a large amount of money from someone else, though, someone who might have been worried that Epstein would start talking to cut another deal. Or it could be just as simple as guards figuring Epstein was a scumbag who didn’t warrant a welfare check and that no one would miss him when he checked out on his own.

The threat of federal charges might convince one or more of the guards to talk, if there’s anything more to this than sheer incompetence. After all, they’ve seen the inside of MCC from the guards’ side. They won’t want to spend much time there from the opposite perspective.

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Former MCC Inmate: ‘There’s No Way That Man [Epstein] Could Have Killed Himself’

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FILE – This July 27, 2006 arrest file photo made available by the Palm Beach, Fla., Sheriff’s Office shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender, has been arrested in New York on sex trafficking charges. Two law enforcement officials said Epstein was taken into federal custody Saturday, July 6, 2019, on charges involving sex-trafficking allegations that date to the 2000s. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, File)

A former inmate who had been incarcerated for several months in the same part of the Metropolitan Correctional Center as Jeffrey Epstein spoke to New York Post reporters Brad Hamilton and Bruce Golding on Saturday. This area, called the 9 South special housing unit, was reserved for “high-profile prisoners awaiting trial.”

To be sure, we will hear more than a few conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s death in the coming weeks, but I thought I would share this man’s story because he had once been an “insider.”

This man, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, does not believe Epstein killed himself. And, in his own words, he explains his reasons below:

 

“There’s no way that man could have killed himself. I’ve done too much time in those units. It’s an impossibility.

Between the floor and the ceiling is like eight or nine feet. There’s no way for you to connect to anything.

You have sheets, but they’re paper level, not strong enough. He was 200 pounds — it would never happen.

When you’re on suicide watch (see note below), they put you in this white smock, a straight jacket. They know a person cannot be injurious to themselves.

The clothing they give you is a jump-in uniform. Everything is a dark brown color.

Could he have done it from the bed? No sir. There’s a steel frame, but you can’t move it. There’s no light fixture. There’s no bars.

They don’t give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death. You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper.

Nothing hard or made of metal.

And there’s a cop at the door about every nine minutes, whether you’re on suicide watch or not.

There’s up to 80 people there. They could put two in cell. It’s one or two, but I’ll never believe this guy had a cellmate. He was too blown up.

The damage that unit can do to someone.

It’s like you’re an animal and you’ve been brought into a kennel. A guy like Jeffrey, it’s like, “Holy sh-t.”

I told my parents not to come there. God wasn’t in the building.

I’ve had some heavy incidents in the building. What happened is permanent.

Some of the guards are on a major power trip. They know guys there are suffering. They know something the rest of the world hasn’t seen, that a place like this exists in this country, and they get off on it.

If the guards see that the guy is breaking, they’re going to help you break.

But it’s my firm belief that Jeffrey Epstein did not commit suicide. It just didn’t happen.”

 

Note: NBC, The New York Post and other media outlets confirmed Epstein had been removed from suicide watch at the end of July.

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Many Prominent Names Revealed After 2,000 Documents In Jeffrey Epstein Case Are Unsealed

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FILE- In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein is shown in custody in West Palm Beach, Fla. Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta is expected to face questions at his Senate confirmation hearing about an unusual plea deal he oversaw for Epstein, a Florida billionaire and sex offender, as U.S. attorney in Miami. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Uma Sanghvi, File)/Palm Beach Post via AP)

 

I doubt too many people will be lining up to pay their respects to accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein who reportedly hanged himself on Friday night in his jail cell. My colleague, T. LaDuke, posted earlier about Epstein’s death here.

If he hadn’t allegedly tried to hang himself two weeks ago, one may have thought his decision to commit suicide last night may have had to do with the fact that over 2,000 documents were unsealed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. On July 18, I posted that those records were expected to be unsealed within days here.

At that time, one of the lawyers involved in the case told Vanity Fair that, “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.”

Another said, “Nobody who was around Epstein a lot is going to have an easy time now. It’s all going to come out.”

The court records “include affidavits and depositions of key witnesses” stemming from a 2015 civil defamation lawsuit filed against both Epstein and his former girlfriend and ex-madam, Ghislane Maxwell, by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

Giuffre alleges that Epstein and Maxwell “kept her as a “sex slave” in the early 2000s when she was underage.” According to Fox News, in one of the unsealed documents Giuffre claims “she was forced to have sex with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico governor and Clinton cabinet official Bill Richardson.”

Giuffre is currently 33.

Sen. Mitchell, now 85, told Fox “The allegation contained in the released documents is false. I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre.”

However, a former Epstein employee, Juan Alessi, states in a sworn affidavit disputes the senator.

A spokesman for Richardson told Fox that the allegations are “completely false.”

Fox News reports:

Giuffre claimed in a May 2016 deposition to have been trafficked to have sex with and provide erotic massages to powerful politicians, foreign leaders and well-heeled businessmen. In ordering the documents released, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit also warned that the allegations contained within them are not necessarily proven.

Giuffre alleged in her own deposition that she was allegedly forced to have sex with Richardson, 71, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Hedge Fund manager Glenn Dubin, American scientist Marvin Minsky, “another prince,” “a large hotel chain owner,” Stephen Kauffman, and model scout Jean Luc Brunell.

All of those implicated so far have denied their involvement.

A spokesman for Dubin told Fox, “Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations in the unsealed court records, which are demonstrably false and defamatory.”

According to the documents, “Giuffre allegedly had sexual relations with Prince Andrew in three separate locations—Maxwell’s London apartment, New York, and Epstein’s private island, Little St. James, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

Also included in the documents are flight logs including names of passengers aboard the private jet.

The records are unsealed. I am not a lawyer, so I don’t know what effect, if any, Epstein’s death will have on their status. But I would imagine reporters poured over the documents quite thoroughly on Friday.

Read the whole article here.

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Amazon: Cronyism Delayed Is Good – Cronyism Denied Is Better

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It was March 20, 2018.   Uber-government-cronyism recipient Amazon – was on the verge of receiving its biggest dose of cronyism ever.

It was supposed to be in the bag.  So much so – that even our initial headline was premature.

Defense Dept Gives Trump Enemy Bezos Ten-Year, Monopoly Cloud Contract

This was in keeping with Amazon’s ongoing ability to land monopoly government contracts.

Amazon: One of the Biggest of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

Amazon: Government – And Its Crony, Monopoly Straight-Jacket

Amazon: Government Has an Ongoing Problem Issuing Monopoly, Crony Contracts

If handing a ten-year tech contract – to but one company – sounds stupid…that’s only because it is:

“One provider – is going to inherently become complacent. And slack off in attending to short-term needs – and innovating long-term betterments. One provider with a ten-year contract – is thus a REALLY bad idea….

“You want multiple providers – each offering overlapping portions of the Defense Department’s very many needs….

“One reason: You have multiple providers constantly competing with each other – to constantly provide the best possible service. No complacency there.

“And then there are the national security implications.

“If you have but one provider – and it suffers a service interruption – the entire Defense Department suffers service interruption.

“And for our military men and women serving in some really bad areas around the globe – service interruptions can and will be deadly.”

Amazon was looking to crony its way into a LOT of our money.

Pentagon’s Next Cloud Contract Could Be Worth Billions.

As information continued to seep out, we learned the “could be worth billions” – was actually upwards of $10 billion.

How did Amazon get to said cronyism?

Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…:

“…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts….”

The Barack Obama Department of Defense (DoD) hired to oversee the cloud contract – a guy from…Amazon Web Services.  Amazon’s cloud backup company.

Suddenly the multi-provider contract – became sole source.  And the contractor description was written – so that only Amazon met the specifications.

That proved to be a little bit much for the now-Donald Trump DoD.  Beginning with this in July 2018:

Amazon’s Defense Dept Cronyism Comes Under Trump Administration Review

Suddenly, a contract that was supposed to have been awarded by July 2018 – was under more scrutiny than ever in July 2018.

Such is the difference between the Trump Administration – and the Obama Administration.  Drain the Swamp, anyone?

Since, we have continued to acquire additional damning information – of all the heinous cronyism that had polluted the process.

Oh Look – Even More Amazon-Defense Department Cronyism

Big Tech Amazon: Additional Government Screening Is Definitely in Order

Republicans Are Right: Defense Department Must Delay Amazon’s Massive Cronyism

How Crony Corrupt is Amazon? The Right and Left Are Both Nauseated By It

Despite all of the very many, very real concerns – the Deep State rallied around the cronyism.  In June 2019….

DOD Expects Cloud Award in August

We were getting down to do-or-die time.  All of which begged the ultimate question?

A ‘Drain The Swamp’ Test: Will The Trump Admin Reward Amazon’s Killer Cronyism?

For the first time in a very long time – things in DC might be looking up.

Trump Expressed Concerns About Pentagon Cloud Contract

Trump, Fox News Decry Amazon’s Looming $10 Billion Defense Department Cronyism

Which brings us to the last fortnight.

Mark Esper Confirmed as Trump’s Defense Secretary

And one of the very first things newly-minted Defense Secretary Esper did….

New Pentagon Chief Orders Review of ‘War Cloud’ Contract:

“Mark Esper, the newly appointed Pentagon chief, ordered a review of the Defense Department’s ‘war cloud’ contract after President Trump threatened to investigate whether it was written with a bias toward Amazon.

“A Department of Defense (DOD) spokeswoman confirmed the probe in a statement on Thursday.

“‘Keeping his promise to Members of Congress and the American public, Secretary Esper is looking at the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program,’ Elissa Smith, the DOD spokeswoman, said, referring to the highly controversial $10 billion cloud-computing contract.

“‘No decision will be made on the program until he has completed his examination,’ she added.”

Which is extraordinary news.

Another delay – is good.

A denial of the award to Amazon – would be oh-so-much better.

The DoD cloud contracting process – is irrevocably tainted.

To paraphrase The Reverend Jesse Jackson: “End it, don’t mend it.”

In the interest of economic sanity – in the interest of national security – we must start over.

With, thankfully, a process now untainted by the uber-crony Obama Administration.

And in a process – that excludes Amazon from consideration.

Their uber-cronyism – has earned them their exclusion.

When it comes to $10 billion government contracts – and just about every other decision any one of us ever makes:

Measure twice – cut once.”

Oh-so-much better than:

“Measure once – cut again and again until we all bleed to death.”

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