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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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Backchannel Bruce: New Docs Show Obama FBI And State Department Worked Directly With Fusion GPS On Russia Collusion Hoax

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Investigative watchdog group Judicial Watch (JW) has released a trove of documents they obtained from the FBI via a FOIA request that confirm the suspicions of many: U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr took  his wife Nellie’s Fusion GPS research on the Trump family and associates directly to the FBI in an attempt to aid in a Russia collusion investigation.

Nellie Ohr, who was working with Fusion specifically researching foreign ties the Trump family and associates may have had, told congressional investigators six months ago at a closed-door hearing she would make her research available to them. As of early August, investigators were still waiting.

The new documents JW has released look to be at least referencing that information. Here’s Katie Pavlich of TownHall:

“On December 5, 2016, Bruce Ohr emailed himself an Excel spreadsheet, seemingly from his wife Nellie Ohr, titled ‘WhosWho19Sept2016.’ The spreadsheet purports to show relationship descriptions and ‘linkages’ between Donald Trump, his family and criminal figures, many of whom were Russians. This list of individuals allegedly ‘linked to Trump’ include: a Russian involved in a ‘gangland killing;’ an Uzbek mafia don; a former KGB officer suspected in the murder of Paul Tatum; a Russian who reportedly ‘buys up banks and pumps them dry’; a Russian money launderer for Sergei Magnitsky; a Turk accused of shipping oil for ISIS; a couple who lent their name to the Trump Institute, promoting its ‘get-rich-quick schemes’; a man who poured him a drink; and others,’ Judicial Watch released. “On December 5, 2016, Bruce Ohr emails himself a document titled “Manafort Chronology,’ another Nellie Ohr-Fusion GPS document, which details Paul Manafort’s travel and interactions with Russians and other officials.”

“FBI interview reports from December 5 and December 12, and December 20, 2017, show that Bruce Ohr ‘voluntarily’ gave these anti-Trump and Manafort materials, created for the Clinton campaign by Fusion GPS, to the FBI,” Judicial Watch found.

Additionally, the Obama State Department makes an appearance in the hundreds of documents released Wednesday:

“On February 14, 2017, former-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Kathleen Kavalec forwarded Ohr a Huffington Post article touting the Steele Dossier’s claim that an alleged deal between Russian oil company Rosneft and Trump supporter Steve Schwarzman constituted a ‘high crime of treason worthy of impeachment.’ Ohr forwarded the article to the FBI’s Washington Field Office the same day.”

It has long been speculated that Bruce Ohr may have served as a backchannel to Jim Comey’s FBI, carrying Russia collusion research even after former British spy Christopher Steele — author of the now-infamous dossier — was fired for talking to the press.

The JW documents would seem to support that speculation.

The Daily Caller has an interesting list of some of the names on Nellie Ohr’s spreadsheet and how they relate to President Trump, which reads like a wish list concocted by people looking for something — anything — that might implicate the president. In light of the fact that the Mueller report found no evidence of collusion, it makes the list appear even more desperate.

JW President Tom Fitton said the document dump also shows that the Justice Department and the FBI knew that Christopher Steele was “desperate” that Trump never see the inside of the Oval Office.

“These FBI notes show that the FBI, the Justice Department, and the State Department were working with the Clinton spy ring at Fusion GPS in what I would call a coup attempt against President Trump.”

 

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A Computer Was Removed from Jeffrey Epstein’s Island Before FBI Raid, Drone Footage Shows

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Drone footage captured of financier and now deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s “pedo island” home that showed the home contained a computer and hard drive sitting on a desk that mysteriously disappeared before the FBI raid took place.

As you can see in this video, a drone flew to the island and zooms in on a window. You can see a white table where an Apple computer sits. This footage was reportedly taken on July 15.

Another drone pass on Epstein’s island that took place on July 23 shows that the electronics were now removed.

This could be nothing, but the removal of electronics from this island where pedophilic crimes took place as a police action against Epstein began getting legs is a bit questionable.

There are already reports from sources that a meticulously kept diary of Epstein’s that he kept about his powerful friends for insurance reasons is floating around somewhere. Now we see a computer having been mysteriously removed from the island compound before the FBI raid took place.

Conspiracies are abounding due to the incredibly odd conditions surrounding the suicide of Epstein within his prison cell. This includes reported shrieking from his cell before he died, his cellmate being transferred out right before his death, as well as the unconfirmed reports of cameras mysteriously going offline during his suicide.

Right now, everything should be taken with a grain of salt though it should be considered.

Still, the mysterious nature surrounding Epstein’s death and the fact that we know Epstein had many well-connected, high-profile friend who would visit him often, make every odd occurrence worth paying attention to.

An entire computer disappearing from his island home is definitely something the FBI would be interested in investigating. Who was on the island around the time it disappeared? Where did the computer go? Why was it taken off the island in the first place?

All of these questions are worth asking, especially in the pursuit of trying to collapse an established pedophilic sex operation.

(h/t: Summit News)

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FBI Arrests Alleged Would-Be Neo-Nazi Terrorist Before He Can Commit Mass Murder at a Las Vegas Synagogue

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office released a statement Friday revealing details of a Las Vegas security guard’s arrest.

The 23-year-old’s been “charged by a criminal complaint with one count of possession of an unregistered firearm – namely, the component parts of a destructive device.”

That’d be…like one of these:

As per the 11-page criminal complaint lodged against him, the man was allegedly engaged in encrypted communication with those identifying with the National Socialist Movement in order to attack a synagogue in the desert town. Additionally, he may have been surveilling an LGBTQ-friendly bar for nefarious reasons.

What’s the NSM all about? According to the District of Nevada Attorney’s Office, it’s this:

Members believe in the superiority of the white race and have a common goal of challenging the established laws, social order, and government via terrorism and other violent acts.

Tampa Bay’s ABC Action News reports that the Las Vegas Joint Terrorism Task Force began investigating the man in April, after it was learned he was messaging with neo-Nazi organization Atomwaffen Division.

The guy’s got uncanny taste in friends.

During a search, officials discovered “a notebook with several hand-drawn schematics for a potential Las Vegas-area attack.” Also drawn: “timed explosive devises.”

Yeah — this guy could use an intervention.

It just keeps getting worse — in his bedroom, law enforcement found bomb parts and explosive-friendly chemicals. Bonus: an “AR-15-style rifle and a bolt-action rifle.”

Definitely intervention material.

The guns were impounded.

Here’s what FBI Las Vegas Division Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse had to say about all this:

“The FBI’s Las Vegas Joint Terrorism Task Force is committed to protecting our community from any threat of domestic terrorism and I could not be more proud of the work they did in this case. … As this complaint illustrates, the FBI will always be proactive to combat threats that cross a line from free speech to potential violence.”

Assuming the charges are accurate, thank God agencies intercepted the man and his efforts. We could’ve been soon reading about the death and destruction he caused. Instead, we’re finding out he faces up to a decade in prison.

Law enforcement took care of business.

Surely right now, there are other would-be terrorists. As George W. Bush directed after 9/11, we must stay vigilant. Observe and report. For most every evil deed, I believe, there were signs not taken seriously enough to prevent it.

But the citizens of Las Vegas can sleep a little bit more soundly tonight, knowing an armed and dangerous aspiring assassin is behind bars.

Now are you ready to see the guy? He already made the headlines, back in 2016. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Conor Climo, your trusty neighborhood watchman:



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Andrew McCabe Files Federal Lawsuit To Overturn His Firing

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Yesterday, the Romeo of counterintelligence, Peter Strzok filed a federal lawsuit claiming that he had been fired improperly due to political pressure and demanding back pay and reinstatement. Today, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe followed suit, so to speak:

McCabe alleges in the lawsuit filed Thursday that Trump administration officials “responded to Plaintiff’s two decades of unblemished and non-partisan public service with a politically motivated and retaliatory demotion in January 2018 and public firing in March 2018 — on the very night of Plaintiff’s long-planned retirement from the FBI.”

He claims that the actions have harmed his “reputation, professional standing, and dramatically reduced his retirement benefits.”

In the 48-page complaint, McCabe alleges that Trump was at the heart of his firing, saying the president “purposefully and intentionally caused the unlawful actions of Defendants … and other Executive Branch subordinates that led to Plaintiff’s demotion and purported termination.”

“It was Trump’s unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees who were deemed to be his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him. Plaintiff’s termination was a critical element of Trump’s plan and scheme,” it reads.

McCabe is asking a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to find that “his demotion was unlawful and his purported termination was either a legal nullity,” or to award him with the retirement benefits he had planned on receiving as a former deputy director of the FBI.

I think McCabe’s case is much more of a longshot than Strzok’s. McCabe was disciplined for lying to DOJ IG investigators as well as for violations of the Hatch Act.

Still, there is the amazing curiosity of these two Nimrods filing suits so close together:

If you knew you were about to be indicted and that your case would be tried before a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia or in DC, places where the Russia hoax had a lot of believers, now would be a great time to set the narrative for the jury pool that you were a loyal and spotless civil servant, and Donald Trump, that stooge of Putin, decided to take vengeance on you because you were just, well, just too darn patriotic and public spirited.

I don’t know if that’s the case, but if you have a better idea, let me know.

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FBI Says the Media Wrongly Labeled Gilroy Shooter a “White Supremacist”

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Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting including Ned Peppers bar, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

As we’ve learned in the past week, the political ideologies of mass shooters are deeply important unless they are on the far left. Then it’s irrelevant and it’s journalistic malpractice to even report on it. That’s the contrast that’s been drawn between the shooting in El Paso and the one that took place in Dayton, OH early the next morning.

I’ve been assured on social media that the difference is that the El Paso shooter left a manifesto (which has still not been technically confirmed) and that the Dayton shooter didn’t. Therefore, I’m told, it’s completely out of bounds to draw any speculation from the latter’s calls to violence against “fascists,” his repeating of Antifa rhetoric, or his support for socialism.

The weird thing about that standard is that it didn’t apply just a week earlier. There was a shooting in Gilroy, CA where a murderer cut through a fence at a garlic festival and killed three people, injuring 12 others in the process.

Almost immediately after the shooting, the media begin to report on an Instagram post where the shooter encouraged people to read a 19th century book entitled “Might Is Right.” This was all the hook they needed to proclaim the killer a white supremacist and tie him to the right at large.

You can find various mainstream media outlets rushing to print that detail here, here, and here. To date, NBC News, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast have not reported on much more pervasive evidence of left-wing radicalization present with the Dayton shooter.

The double standard is simply brazen. How brazen? Here’s The Daily Beast’s Justin Miller providing the shot and chaser.

Miller made that statement with essentially no evidence except a vague Instagram post recommending a book. That was the extent of evidence that the Gilroy shooter was a white supremacist, yet The Daily Beast had no issues jumping to conclusions.

Less than a week later, Miller had done a complete flip-flop on what’s appropriate to report about shooters though. What changed?

Worse, the FBI has come out and chastised the media for wrongly reporting that the Gilroy shooter was a white supremacist based on a single social media post.

FBI officials called media reports characterizing the Gilroy festival gunman’s ideology “wrong” after outlets referenced a social media post and literature associated with white supremacists.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday outside the festival grounds — where three were killed and 12 injured Sunday — John Bennett, FBI special agent in charge, said investigators still do not know what the ideology was of the 19-year-old shooter, Santino William Legan.

“We’re looking at multiple threads of conversations that he’s had,” Bennett told reporters, according to footage from KTVU. “However, we’re still not comfortable in saying it’s an ideology, one way or another.”

Now, perhaps the Gilroy shooter is a white supremacist? The point here is not to argue he is or isn’t. It’s to argue that we have no real evidence of that and to point out the incredibly blatant double standard that exists in the media when it comes to reporting on a shooter’s background.

If it can be tied to the right, the media run with every detail on a social media account with no question. They speculate, they connect dots, and they draw conclusions, as we saw in dozens of headlines about the Gilroy shooter. Yet, when it’s a leftist with an incredibly clear radical ideology calling for violence, suddenly they learn what caution is. That’s not accidental.

Even now, the FBI hasn’t reached any conclusions in the shooting. In fact, it appears that whatever ideology he had adopted didn’t follow the common trends found in white supremacist shootings.

A list of organizations found on the shooter’s digital media, which Bennett says may have been potential targets, includes “religious institutions, federal buildings, courthouses, political organizations from both major political parties, and the Gilroy Garlic Festival.”

If the religious institutions mentioned here were synagogues, that would provide some clarity, but the fact that the FBI aren’t citing that as anything conclusive probably means it was a mixture, including Christian targets. He was targeting both political parties on the list as well. Targeting government buildings could lend itself to more of an anarchist ideology.

As I’ve said before, I’d love to live in a world where neither side rushes to blame their political opponents for things deranged, evil individuals do. The problem is that the double standard is so obvious that sitting idly by isn’t much of an option. If the press are going to rush and try to tie every shooter with a hint of white supremacist ideology to the right, why should right leaning outlets be expected to show more restraint than “journalists” when it comes to mass shooter’s with left-wing ideology?

Maybe one day everyone can take a deep breath and we stop this madness. I don’t foresee that day coming anytime soon though in our current media environment.

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FBI Lothario Peter Strzok Sues For Reinstatement and Back Pay

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Nearly exactly a year ago, FBI counterintelligence maestro, adulterer, and texting lothario Peter Strzok was fired by the FBI. Strzok, who slithered onto the national stage as his vitriolically anti-Trump texts to his paramour became public even as he was working with Robert Mueller’s office, was fired for violating bureau rules :

The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility determined that Mr. Strzok broke bureau rules by sending politically charged text messages over his work phone, according to a person familiar with the matter. In another rules violation, the office found he improperly sent a draft affidavit to his personal email account to continue working on the document over a weekend, this person said.

Now Strzok has filed suit in federal court demanding reinstatement and restitution of monies owed to him for the time he didn’t work. I’m guessing he’s found he’s unemployable on the contracting circuit and he’s got bills to pay. This story, ironically, comes by way of Fusion GPS mouthpiece and reflexively anti-Trumper Natasha Bertrand.

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Strzok excoriates the Justice Department and FBI for their handling of his dismissal over a trove of text messages he wrote to a colleague that were critical of Trump. Strzok accuses the president of inappropriately bullying law enforcement officials deciding his fate, raises questions about why his texts were leaked to the media and lambastes the administration for only defending its employees’ free speech rights when they are praising Trump.

Specifically, Strzok’s lawsuit accuses the agencies of violating his First and Fifth Amendment rights by firing him over the texts and then depriving him of due process to challenge his expulsion. And, Strzok argues, DOJ’s decision to give the incendiary messages to reporters before handing them to Congress — generating blaring headlines — was “deliberate and unlawful,” a violation of the Privacy Act.

Incredibly, Strzok, who sent hyper political messages on a government phone during government hours, is now claiming that the Hatch Act doesn’t really mean what it says it means:

Strzok’s lawsuit notes that while the Hatch Act prohibits certain political activities by government officials, officials should also “be encouraged to exercise” their right to political speech “fully, freely, and without fear of penalty or reprisal.” And because the FBI never asserted that Strzok violated the Hatch Act, Strzok’s speech was protected under the First Amendment, the lawsuit states.

I think this is more of a stunt than anything else. The rule violations were pretty clear cut. The Hatch Act violations were as clear-cut a case as you’re going to get. Ordinarily, fired federal employees are required to seek relief via the molasses-slow Merit System Protection Board before going to federal court. There is no mention of this happening and I’d think a negative MSPB finding would have been a news item. To what end? Who knows. The deputy FBI director had the authority to make the decision he did and the punishment was within permissible range. Strzok throws up a smoke screen about the agency being bullied into firing him by Trump but I’d think the discredit he brought on the FBI would be sufficient grounds.

Whatever the reason, Strzok faces a long and expensive uphill climb. Meanwhile, I hope he’s working doubles at Taco Bell to pay alimony.

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Real Life: Michael Avenatti Says He’s 50/50 On Jumping Into the Presidential Race

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Just in case you didn’t think the 2020 race was crazy enough, Michael Avenatti told CNBC that he is considering running for President and that there is a 50/50 shot he’ll do so. This would be the same Michael Avenatti that’s currently under multiple federal indictments, including stealing money for a paraplegic.

The report comes per The Daily Caller.

Embattled celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti is revisiting a potential 2020 presidential bid and told CNBC he is “one of the few effective fighters” in the Democratic Party.

“Never say never,” he told CNBC Friday when asked if he might still run in 2020. “The Dems need a non-traditional fighter. They have a lot of talent but not a lot of fighters.”

Avenatti said he puts the odds of running at 50-50, and he will make a final decision in the next few months, CNBC reported Saturday.

“I don’t think I need to make a final decision for a number of months. I have the name ID and everyone knows I’m one of the few effective fighters that the Dems have,” said Avenatti, who adopted the catch phrase “basta,” or “enough,” during his frequent attacks on President Donald Trump.

I’m trying to recall exactly what Avenatti has been so effective at. Yes, he got the better of Michael Cohen, but that case was closed without touching anyone else. Even on the civil side, Trump won the defamation lawsuit and forced Stormy Daniels to pay his legal fees.

On the topic of Brett Kavanaugh, no man was more responsible for seeing to his confirmation than Michael Avenatti. He trotted out an accuser named Jule Swetnick, who not only had no credibility, but whose tales were so unbelievable than even the media had to eventually back off them.

Of course, we’d be remiss to talk about Avenatti without giving credit to those in the media who propelled him to fame. The worst actor in this regard was CNN, who put him on the air over 100 times in just the span of a few months. There was a period where he had a nearly nightly hit on Anderson Cooper’s show. Brian Stelter praised him on his weekend show as a serious Presidential candidate.

Do I think Avenatti will run? I wouldn’t put it past him at this point. He’s obviously a egomaniac with a weighty addiction to the spotlight. There’s also a possibility that he may believe the feds will back off if he’s a candidate for President. I highly doubt that given the indictments have already dropped, but when you are facing decades in prison, rationality doesn’t have to be part of a play.

It’d certainly add a bit more spice to the Democratic field at least.

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James Comey Goes Full Cringe In Response to Recent News of His Criminal Referral

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The moment of silence we got from James Comey is over.

In the past few weeks, Comey had refrained from Twitter and media appearances. That happened to coincide with IG Horowitz finishing his investigation, leaving some to speculate that perhaps the former FBI Director had decided it best for his future to lay low. Then the news broke a couple of days ago that while a criminal referral was made against Comey, he would not be charged.

Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s team referred Comey for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, but Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors working for Attorney General William Barr reportedly have decided to decline prosecution – a decision that’s likely to upset Comey’s conservative critics.

That got Comey talking again after Rep. Mark Meadows called him out.

First off, anyone who uses the word “bruh” deserves solitary confinement. That’s almost as awkward as when Hillary Clinton was just “chillin” in Cedar Rapids. Whoever this guy’s publicist is needs to be fired and run out of the industry.

As to the meat of his post, this guy never stops being the most self-righteous clown at the party. Even in the midst of an IG report which is already confirmed to eviscerate his conduct, he’s still pulling the “protect this country” card and pretending he’s the only honest person left in the country. It’s bordering on pathological at this point.

What’s he going to do when the IG lays out that he lacked candor in interviews, mishandled classified information, and acted in a partisan manner? The answer is probably exactly what he’s doing here. This guy has no shame and he truly believes in an all powerful bureaucracy with no checks and balances. He has no ability to look in the mirror and admit wrongdoing. In that way, he’d probably make a good politician, which is exactly why he was an awful FBI Director.

It’s inexplicable that anyone would still try to defend the actions of the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation. Comey is going to do his best to try though, and if that means defending people like Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe, he’ll be on CNN to gaslight us for as long as it takes.

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Here’s Just How Badly James Comey Mishandled Classified Information Per New Documents

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As I shared last night, sources are telling The Hill’s John Solomon that James Comey was referred to the DOJ for prosecution. This deals with his mishandling of classified memos, which he purposely leaked to get Robert Mueller appointed.

Unfortunately and inexplicably, those same sources are also saying that the DOJ is going to decline to prosecute due to a lack of evidence to prove intent. This is confusing for several reasons, not the least of which is that Comey admitted in a Congressional hearing that he purposely leaked the memos.

At nearly the same time that news broke, Judicial Watch obtained documents that show just how badly James Comey mishandled classified information.

Not only was Comey keeping confidential and classified government documents at his house, which is illegal in and of itself, but he “lost” memos as well. Here’s what one of those memos was about.

There’s noway that’s a coincidence. The most likely reason Comey “lost” that specific memo is because he lied to the President about what surveillance had been used against his campaign and associates. But no matter. Comey just has to say he misplaced it and all of this just goes away apparently.

So to recap, Comey illegally possessed government documents at his house, he leaked those documents for partisan reasons, he admitted to leaking them for partisan reasons, and he “lost” other memos which likely contained further incriminating evidence against him.

Despite that, he’s not going to be prosecuted because of a lack of intent, which is not even required by the specific criminal statute. What I’m quickly learning is that intent is a meaningless term in Washington, used only as a means to deflect responsibility. A “get out of jail free card” for the entrenched elite. No amount of direct admission and obvious evidence is ever enough.

Think about how ridiculous this is. James Comey investigated Hillary Clinton and cleared her of mishandling classified materials, citing lack of intent. Now, he’s getting off for the same crime, for the same reason. The culture of corruption within our government is just perverse. No one is ever held accountable for anything. It’s the epitome of a two tiered system of justice.

I wish I could say I hold the same faith that my colleague Elizabeth does on the matter, but I believe this is it for Comey. I don’t believe this is all part of a plan to nail him on some bigger charge down the road. If they can’t prove intent here, when he directly admitted what he did, there’s noway they can prove intent dealing with FISA abuse (and that’s assuming you could pinpoint a specific statute violated anyway given how ungoverned the FISA court is). Comey did also lie to the FBI, but the DOJ has already said they won’t prosecute that either according to Solomon’s sources.

In the end, nothing changes. No one is made to pay and this kind of ingrained corruption within our bureaucracies will undoubtedly continue.

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