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Little Noticed Whistleblower Story from August 2018 Involving ONA Director, Col. James Baker, Takes on Greater Significance in the Wake of Flynn Filing

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FILE РThe Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington, in this March 27, 2008 file photo. The Pentagon has revised its Law of War guidelines to remove wording that could permit U.S. military commanders to treat war correspondents as “unprivileged belligerents” if they think the journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with enemy forces. The amended manual, published on July 22, 2016, also drops wording that equated journalism with spying. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

 

While reviewing reader comments on my recent post about General Michael Flynn’s stunning October 24th court filing, I learned of a largely overlooked story reported in August 2018 by the Daily Caller’s Kerry Picket. It gained little traction at the time, but it’s become far more significant in light of the Flynn filing.

The Flynn filing alleges that Col. James Baker, Director of the Office of Net Assessment at the Pentagon (ONA), leaked copies of the transcripts from Flynn’s December 2016 telephone calls to then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to the press. Baker had regularly scheduled lunches with The Washington Post’s David Ignatius whom published an article about the calls in January 2017.

Picket told the story of Pentagon whistleblower Adam Lovinger, then an ONA analyst and a Trump-supporter, whose security clearance had been revoked  after “he questioned why politically connected contractors like FBI-informant Stefan Halper, who spied on the Trump campaign for the bureau, received well-paid contracts to conduct “inherently governmental functions.”

One contractor hired by ONA , the Long-Term Strategy Group (LTSG), is owned by Chelsea Clinton’s “best friend” Jackie Newmyer-Deal. “Over the past decade, LTSG secured more than $11.2 million in contracts from ONA.”

Picket reports:

Lovinger warned his superiors at ONA about the legal issues specifically pertaining to LTSG’s Newmyer-Deal being designated as a “U.S. Representative” in bilateral foreign relation activities with the Japanese.

In an incident with another ONA contractor (not LTSG), Lovinger disclosed to Baker that the contractor copied a World Bank report onto the contractor’s own letterhead and passed it off as original work.

In August of 2016, Bill Gertz of The Washington Free Beacon wrote a series of pieces related to the ONA’s over-reliance on government contractors and the problems surfacing as a result.

The stories covered how much contractors were paid, the questionable value of their product, critical threats that went ignored, and favorable treatment of Clinton’s contractor friend Newmyer-Deal.

Lovinger’s (Statement of Reason) SOR, which had been prepared by his attorney, Sean Bigley, claimed that Baker “inappropriately incentivized investigators to target him.” The document alleged that Baker “targeted him through several tactics, one of which was recommending two military officers for prestigious military medals as motivation to look into Lovinger as the target of a classified leak probe.”

One investigator, ONA Chief of Staff Cmdr. Anthony Russell (USCG), received a “recommendation for Award of the Defense Superior Service Medal…Russell was the architect of two national security inquiries targeting Lovinger.”

On November 23, 2016, The Washington Free Beacon published an article which criticized the ONA. Lovinger’s SOR stated, “The piece ended up revealing sensitive information provided by the Japanese government which had been included in an LTSG report prepared at the behest of ONA.”

According to Picket:

Russell served as the action officer and primary American representative for the United States/Japan Bilateral Task Force, yet he bore no responsibility to the mishandling of the Japanese intelligence.” In the letter Baker wrote to recommend Russell for the “Defense Superior Service Award,” he wrote that Russell had a “positive impact” on the Japanese/American alliance. Two days later Baker recommended Russell for a command position for having the “highest standards of ethics.”

Lovinger’s security clearance was suspended and job detail canceled nearly a month earlier.

In his recommendation of Russell, Baker wrote, “Commander Russell was entrusted with handling several unique, very delicate personnel matters where he provided thoughtful, sound advice and acted with discretion and candor.” He continues, “His exquisite analysis of facts and balancing of considerations resulted in ideal courses of actions that upheld the highest standards of integrity and ethics.”

Prior to filing his complaint, Lovinger had been in the running for a senior directorship at the National Security Counsel. Russell’s attempts to derail this opportunity caught the eye of Washington Headquarters Service General Counsel James Vietti.

Vietti emailed Russell on January 17, 2017, warning him that his investigation  “could look like you’re trying to interfere with or hinder his advancement in some way—and that the e-mail would be sent after he complained to (I think I’m recalling this correctly) that Mr. Baker violated the Hatch Act.” He wrote that he must “establish that this was—at least at the beginning—an inquiry into specific allegations of misconduct (rather than a ‘go forth and find a justification to fire him’ sort of investigation).” He also advised Russell not to “get ahead of NSC’s possible concerns” of Lovinger and proposed that he “pare back” language in an proposed email that Vietti had reviewed. Russell had written that  he “would urge NSC not to bring on an employee under administrative inquiry right now.”

The other officer whom Baker had allegedly designated to investigate Lovinger was Marine Lt. Col. Brian Bruggeman. Baker issued the request on January 12, 2017 and issued a February 10th deadline, which Bruggeman did not meet.

According to the SOR:

Five days before the report was due, Baker recommended Bruggeman for the “Defense Superior Service Award.”

An e-mail exchange between Feb. 27 and 28 between Bruggeman and Lovinger related to setting up a meeting with one another included Bruggeman telling Lovinger that the meeting was his “last opportunity to cooperate.”

The meeting occurred on March 6, 2017. On March 7, Lovinger’s attorney Thomas Spencer, sent a letter to Bruggeman memorializing the meeting had happened and that Bruggeman had promised to have a written recollection of his questions and answers, since Bruggeman previously forbade any audio recording of the meeting.

Although Lovinger met with Bruggeman and responded to his questions March 6, he was nevertheless accused of “refusing to cooperate” with Bruggeman, “which was tantamount to insubordination,” for failing to appear at previously scheduled interviews on February 21 and 23.

According to Lovinger’s SOR response to Bruggeman’s allegation, however, the delay occurred because Bruggeman “was ignorant of basic due process norms. While the DoD Inspector General requires DoD investigators to ‘possess professional proficiency for the tasks required,’ Bruggeman expressed shock, panic, embarrassment, and then anger when he learned that Lovinger had the right to legal counsel. This caused delay.”

Several days before Picket published this article, on August 20, 2018, watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Defense for documents relating to this case.

A  Judicial Watch document states that Lovinger was already a senior director at the White House National Security Counsel by that time, so at least Baker and Russell’s interference was unsuccessful.

The Washington Times reported on August 14, 2019 that Lovinger had been cleared of the bogus charges against him.

This story illustrates the role a whistleblower’s political persuasion plays in how their complaint will be received. It also provides a glimpse into the character of the man who is alleged to have leaked classified information to his pal, Washington Post report David Ignatius. It tells us that Baker is not above trying to destroy a man’s career for political gain.

Unfortunately, there are many James Bakers.

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Rumors are Swirling that Former FBI Top Lawyer James Baker is Now Cooperating with Durham; The Problem? There are Two James Bakers in this Movie

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Is it possible that former FBI General Counsel James Baker has begun cooperating with Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham?

Rumors began swirling on Friday in Washington following OANN’s Jack Posobiec’s  interview with Ned Ryun, who is the CEO and founder of American Majority.

I’ll give you the bottom line first. Toward the end of the segment, Posobiec said to Ryun, “Essentially what you’re saying is that Baker has flipped.”

Ryun replied, “I do believe that Baker has flipped based off my sources that have known and worked with Baker for years.”

The two began with a discussion of the DOJ’s announcement that Durham’s administrative review had shifted to a criminal inquiry. Ryun said he has suspected for months this would happen. He also thinks that Durham probably convened a grand jury weeks and weeks ago.

Note: Next, Posobiec speaks of James A. Baker, the former FBI General Counsel as the man who leaked the transcripts of General Flynn’s phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Posobiec says, “In this filing, Sidney Powell is stating that it was James Baker, the General Counsel of the FBI, and that the Washington Post ran it at the urging of James Clapper.”

That is not true. He is confusing the two men. The filing clearly states that the man who allegedly leaked the transcript of Flynn’s calls is Director Col. James H. Baker at ONA (Office of Net Assessment in the Pentagon). He is the one who regularly has lunch with Washington Post reporter David Ignatius who published the story. Below is a footnote from the Flynn filing which contains this information. (The full document can be viewed here).

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House Republicans revealed in January of this year that James A. Baker (FBI) was under a criminal investigation for leaks, just not the leak referred to in the Flynn filing.

Then, Ned Ryun picks right up without saying, no it’s really the James Baker from the Pentagon. Ryun says:

I believe that James Baker was guilty of leaking…But I’ve talked with some high-level DOJ officials who worked with James Baker back in the day and they believe that he is probably witness number one for Durham and Barr, that he is actually providing evidence against others inside of this entire investigation. Because, let’s not forget not only was he general counsel at the FBI, but he was also formerly the FISA guy at DOJ and I believe that he based a lot of what he did in the FISA process off trusting others. I feel that, according to these sources, that he has been used and abused and he is actually being helpful to Barr and Durham. I think he will have to bear the consequences for some of these actions that he, I believe, is guilty of. At the same time, I think he is being extremely helpful.

To make a long story short, it’s entirely possible that one of these men have begun cooperating with Barr and Durham which would certainly be good news. Both are in legal jeopardy and both would have reason to do so. But no one really knows.

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Balls to the Wall! Has the Intrepid Sidney Powell Tapped into a Deep State Source?

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The extraordinarily impressive Sidney Powell represents the long suffering General Michael Flynn in a case that is looking more and more like a setup coordinated by officials at the highest level of the Obama FBI.

On Thursday, Powell submitted a new court filing in which she accuses high ranking FBI officials of orchestrating an ambush-interview on Michael Flynn, “not for the purpose of discovering any evidence of criminal activity – they already had tapes of all the relevant conversations about which they questioned Mr. Flynn – but for the purposes of trapping him into making statement they could allege as false.”

The document alleges that then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page manipulated the original 302 report (FBI agent summary of interview with a subject), with the help of her paramour, then-FBI agent Peter Strzok. It claims that Peter Strzok, the lead agent on the case, suggested using news of the Steele Dossier as a “pretext to go interview people.” It shows that the FBI tried not to give General Flynn the impression they were interviewing him for a criminal matter. The filing also alleges that former DNI James Clapper, who will be interviewed by John Durham, alerted Washington Post writer David Ignatius to publish an article about Flynn’s conversation with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The filing  starts with the following:

For eighty seven years, the Supreme Court has held that “[t]he first duties of the officers of the law are to prevent, not to punish crime. It is not their duty to incite to or to create crime for the sole purpose of prosecuting and punishing it…

It appears as if the FBI were attempting to accomplish just that. Create a crime for the sole purpose of prosecuting and punishing it. A look into the actions of top Obama administration law enforcement officials sadly supports such a conclusion. For this reason, Powell and her legal team are requesting that the case be thrown out. Although I am not a lawyer, the evidence presented in this filing looks very compelling to me.

Blogger Techno Fog, an anonymous lawyer, dug into the lengthy document and highlighted several passages which illustrate what sure look to be unethical, if not illegal, behavior on the part of federal officials.

Here are a few of them. Flynn’s lawyers claim that the FBI added “or if Kislyak described any Russian response to a request from Flynn” and  state “that question and answer do not appear in the [agent] notes, yet it was made into a criminal offense.”

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The filing alleges that ONA (Office of Net Assessment in the Pentagon) Director Col. James Baker, “who regularly lunched with Washington Post reporter David Ignatius,” illegally leaked the transcript of Flynn’s calls to Ignatius. It also claims that Clapper called Ignatius on or before January 10, 2017 and said “words to the effect of ‘Take the kill shot on Flynn.’”

Leaking of this material is a felony, by the way.

The reference to “Halper” in the excerpt below is none other than Professor Stefan Halper, the longtime FBI informant who was enlisted to spy on the Trump campaign.

Flynn has requested records of Col. James Baker because he was Halper’s handler in the Office of Net Assessment in the Pentagon, and ONA Director Baker regularly lunched with Washington Post reporter David Ignatius. The defense has requested phone records of James Clapper to confirm his contacts with Washington Post reporter Ignatius – especially on January 10, 2017, when Clapper told Ignatius in words to the effect of “Take the kill shot on Flynn.” It cannot escape mention that the press has long had transcripts of the Kislyak calls the government has denied to the defense.

Next, the filing notes another instance where the FBI’s 302 on Flynn doesn’t match the FBI agents’ notes.

In the agent notes, Flynn says, “I don’t remember making 4-5 calls.”

The 302 says, “Flynn remembered making four to five calls that day about this issue.”

The filing states:

Lisa Page, Special Counsel to Deputy Director McCabe, resigned; she edited Mr. Flynn’s 302 and was part of a small, high-level group that strategically planned his ambush.

Page didn’t recall whether she took part in editing the FD-302.

Upon seeing her texts, she “believes she must have seen it at some point…”

Techno Fog provides a text message exchange between Strzok and Page in which they discuss the edits that were made to the Flynn 302.

The audacious attorney appeared on “Hannity” last night and spoke to former Congressman and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).

Powell was a federal prosecutor for ten years and she is bound to have connections inside of the Department of Justice. She has uncovered some pretty damning information to make the case that Flynn was ambushed by then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe at the request of then FBI Director James Comey. She must have a high level source either inside the DOJ if she’s been able to obtain this kind of information. Questioned about this by Chaffetz, she of course, would not reveal her source.

Sidney Powell: We have requested his (James Clapper’s) phone records to corroborate the timing and everything about that call that we can possibly corroborate. And it is very concerning, of course it was the leak of the transcript of the call with Kislyak at the same time. And then two days after that the Ignatius story breaks, less than two days actually.

Jason Chaffetz: Sidney, so where is the evidence that that conversation and those words or the effect of those words took place?

Sidney Powell: I cannot reveal the source right now. But I do have a very good source for that information.

Jason Chaffetz: And you believe the Department of Justice is withholding that information from you?

Sidney Powell: I believe the Department of Justice is withholding a lot of information as is Mr. Clapper, Mr. Brennan and all the people who participated in the complete set up of General Michael Flynn.

Powell then describes some of the details of the case.

We have found additional text messages that the government suppressed, including one where agent Peter Strzok indicates he knows it’s a pretext to go interview General Flynn. They knew there was no Logan Act violation. They exonerated him completely of being an agent of Russia by the end of January and yet Mr. Comey still runs to the White House on February 14th and conjures up the entire obstruction of justice narrative against the President when Flynn had been cleared of everything long before that.

We also have information that the agents did manipulate the 302, you know it was long in a deliberative state which was highly unusual in and of itself, We attached as Exhibit 11 to our document a comparison of the February 10th and February 11th 302s that show the addition of substantial additional claims that were not in there before and are not supported by the notes which we also attach as exhibits to the document. So people can go to the actual document and read it and see a lot for themselves. It’s extremely concerning. It’s outrageous government misconduct. The agents deliberately calculated and met to plan and to strategize how to ambush General Flynn without letting him know he was officially under any kind of criminal investigation to keep him relaxed. And they wanted to be seen as allies when in fact they knew exactly what he had said in his conversations and they intended to create a situation in which anything he said could be used against him later as a false statement without any warnings to that effect whatsoever.

Finally, I want to mention that, following a Flynn hearing in September, it was said that Powell and Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is presiding over the case, seemed to have had a strong rapport, that the judge treated her with a great deal of respect. I believe the statement was made by Techno Fog who attended the hearing although I’m unable to locate a direct quote. For whatever it’s worth, I thought I’d pass that along.

Powell’s legal team took over Flynn’s defense in late 2018. It’s unfortunate he didn’t work with her from the start. Anyway, he’s got her now and she’s a smart lady. If anyone can get this sham of a case dismissed, it’s Powell.

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Sebastian Gorka Detects Something Strange about John Brennan’s Twitter Account

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Radio host Sebastian Gorka spotted something very unusual about former CIA Director John Brennan’s twitter account today. Gorka tweeted, “Why hasn’t @BarackObama’s chief bagman @JohnBrennan not appeared on Social Media for 9 days now?”

Brennan typically posts at least every day or two, usually to take a jab at Trump or one of his associates. But he’s gone quiet.

I know what might explain it. It’s been a week since NBC reported that Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham planned to expand their investigation and were said to be interested in interviewing Brennan and his colleague, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

That had to be a blow and I’ll bet social media is just about the last thing on his mind.

I guess that’s what happens when you interfere in a U.S. election. Then, when you don’t get quite the result you were shooting for, you decide to do whatever it takes to overturn it. Not good for the soul John.

Oooh! I’m looking back at some of his previous tweets. Most of them are directed toward President Trump.

He does include several positive comments. Actually, he praises Mitt “Pierre Delecto” Romney for his courage and integrity! He writes, “How many other Republican Senators are ready to show the courage, integrity, & principled position of Senator Romney?”

Hopefully none.

He concludes with, “Thank you, Senator, for putting our Nation & our Constitution above party politics & the corrupt behavior of Donald Trump.”

In another tweet, he congratulates former National Security Advisor Susan Rice on her new book and commends her for her values. Did he catch what Susan said this week about Sen. Graham? Classy lady.

I bet Brennan was really rocked last night when he heard that Durham’s administrative review had shifted into a criminal investigation. At least he didn’t go on television to explain it all to us like his buddy, Andrew McCabe.

We may not be hearing much from Brennan in the near future. After all, finding just the right lawyer has got to be a very time consuming process. Poor Johnny.

Here are some of the responses to Gorka’s tweet:

He’s been on his alternate account, Juan Delicioso.

Check the airports!

He’s “remaining silent.” Probably on orders from his attorney.

He could be busy spilling the beans on all the rest.

It’s over Johnny!!!

He’s practicing trying to get his story straight…

He’s booking flights for Moscow…..

Nothing from either Brennen or BHO since 10/18.

The silence from Obama has been deafening as well.

My guess is he lawyered up.

I bet it was fun playing master of the universe for awhile, wasn’t it?

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Collusion Clue: Brennan in the Parlor With the Lead Pipe

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Now that Attorney General William Barr and his appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham have officially declared their investigation into Russia collusion a criminal probe — meaning grand juries, subpoenas, and indictments — the fun of picking out who will be fingered as the mastermind can really begin.

A writer at The Federalist is a lady after my own heart because she believes — as do I — that all evidence points back to former CIA head John Brennan and she’s laid out a pretty convincing case for it starting with Brennan’s own words to Congress.

She recounts how the FBI’s official reason for launching Crossfire Hurricane was Trump advisor George Papadopoulos’ loose lips to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer that team Trump was aware that the Russians might have useful dirt on Hillary Clinton. As The Federalist points out, however, Brennan himself said that’s not where the investigation began.

But as the Special Counsel Robert Mueller report made clear, it wasn’t merely Papadopoulos’ bar-room boast at issue: It was “a series of contacts between Trump Campaign officials and individuals with ties to the Russian government,” that the DOJ and FBI, and later the Special Counsel’s office investigated.

And who put the FBI on to those supposedly suspicious contacts? Former CIA Director John Brennan.

“I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about,” Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee back in 2017. Whether or not there was collusion with Russia, Brennan didn’t profess to know, but he passed on the information to the FBI to reach a conclusion.

“It’s not CIA’s job to make a determination about whether a U.S. person is cooperating, colluding, or whatever in some type of criminal or legal matter,” Brennan explained, stressing that instead, “it is our responsibility to give the Bureau everything that they need in order to follow that path and make such a determination and recommendation if they want to press charges.”

The evidence suggests, however, that Brennan’s CIA and the intelligence community did much more than merely pass on details about “contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign” to the FBI. The evidence suggests that the CIA and intelligence community—including potentially the intelligence communities of the UK, Italy, and Australia—created the contacts and interactions that they then reported to the FBI as suspicious.

The writer goes on from there to describe the foreign intelligence assets — who had all worked with the U.S. at some point in the past and a few who even show up in the saga of Retired General Michael Flynn — that were recently visited when Barr and Durham made several trips off-continent to interview these agents.

The Americans returned, as we now know, with Blackberries from Joseph Mifsud and a new direction in their investigation. A criminal one.

The rest of The Federalist piece is well worth the read; if for no other reason, you’ll not likely see any of this covered any time soon in major media outlets. Until they’re begrudgingly forced to talk about it, spinning all the way, once indictments are handed down. So go ahead and get in front of it and read the piece so you’ll know what’s going on when that happens. Let the real fun finally begin.

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Americans See Right Through the Democrats’ Impeachment Star Chamber

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Wednesday was “smoking gun” day according to the despicable Adam Schff, the House Intel Committee chairman who narrowly survived a censure vote this week. His serial lying began with over 250 public promises (mostly on the thoroughly discredited CNN and MSNBC) since January 2017 that he “had the goods” on President Trump that would decisively prove Russian collusion and lead directly the articles of impeachment.

Who could forget his opening statement before his own committee during hearings in late September in which Kurt Volker was questioned about the President’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky? Schiff later during that same hearing was forced to back off on that bald-faced lie and call his own opening statement a “parody” because POTUS released the phone call transcript.

Then he lied about his prior coordination with the Ukraine “leaker”, as well as his own and staffers’ direct connections to Ukraine (Schiff took money from a Ukrainian arms dealer). Here is just one example:

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Then Schiff violated House traditions by preventing committee Republicans from having direct access to witness testimony, enabling Schiff and other Democrats to selectively leak and spin damaging testimony  while at the same time precluding the release of testimony that exonerates the President from the salacious quid pro quo accusations that form the basis for the Democrats’ fake “impeachment inquiry.”

Things really came to a head on Wednesday, as Republicans confronted Schiff’s Soviet-style control of House Intel Committee hearings:

House Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on Wednesday essentially stormed a closed-door session connected to the impeachment investigation of President Trump, prompting House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to suspend the proceedings in a remarkable scene. The standoff happened Wednesday morning after lawmakers held a press conference in which they accused House Democrats of lack of transparency. The Republicans specifically called out Schiff, D-Calif., who is leading the investigation. “Voting members of Congress are being denied access from being able to see what’s happening behind these closed doors where they’re trying to impeach the president of the United States with a one-sided set of rules,” Scalise continued. “They call the witnesses. They don’t let anybody else call the witnesses.”

[Rep. Byrne:] “Adam Schiff just SHUT DOWN his secret underground impeachment hearing after I led a group of Republicans into the room. Now he’s threatening me with an Ethics complaint! I’m on the Armed Services Cmte but being blocked from the Dept. Asst. SecDef’s testimony. This is a SHAM!” Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., tweeted.

Read the rest here.  It’s about damn time Republicans upped their game against Schiff, isn’t it? But it gets better.

In two minutes of devastating testimony before the House Intel Committee in a SCIF on day before the Republicans’ committee-crashing activities, John Ratcliffe (R-TX) destroyed the Democrats’ star witness, Ukraine’s top diplomat, William Taylor. While the Democrats selectively leaked Taylor’s opening statement and stated that Taylor provided the “smoking gun” proving the supposed quid pro quo (trumpeted everywhere in the legacy media), here is what Rep. Ratcliffe accomplished in directly questioning Taylor in his own words, as he reported afterwards on FNC:

I found [Taylor] to be very forthright. He had very strong opinions about Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy. But again, the mainstream media reporting that he provided evidence of a quid pro quo involving military aid is false. I questioned him directly on that. And under [House Intelligence Chairman] Adam Schiff’s rules I can’t tell you what he said, but I can tell you what he didn’t say. And neither he or any other witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld. You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo.

Watch the whole interview here.  Yes, you read that right: Taylor provided zero evidence of a quid pro quo; to the contrary, Taylor denied there was a quid pro quo offered during the two presidents’ phone call! And yet Schiff’s committee rules precluded Ratcliffe from reporting Taylor’s actual testimony! That’s direct confirmation that Schiff is running a Soviet-style kangaroo court focused solely on impeaching the President, regardless of the existence of exonerating testimony!

Fortunately, rational and normal Americans retain a sense of fairness and can see through the Democrats’ charade. Now comes a report that the Democrat-media attempts to sway public opinion toward impeachment is in fact backfiring on them:

A memo by the Republican National Committee (RNC) that contains internal GOP polling data shows the American public, even Democrat voters, are turning against the Democrat Party’s “impeachment inquiry” into President Donald Trump. The memo, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, shows independent voters nationwide en masse oppose impeachment—with 54 percent opposed and only 34 percent in favor. “We have seen public polling drastically under sample Independent voters, which is one of the many reasons for so much incorrect public data over the past month,” the memo explains regarding the disparity between internal GOP numbers and public polling from news organizations and polling institutions.

What’s more, internal RNC polling data, according to this memo, shows Democrats have lost support among their own base significantly in just the past week. “Support among Democrats for the ridiculous attempt to remove the President from office is down 10 points over the past week,” the memo says.

Read the rest here. There is much more in that article about the flawed polling methods employed by Gallup and Fox News that resulted in the sensational (and false!) claims that over 50% of Americans support impeachment!

Normal people can see through the B.S. The Democrats, including those who infest the legacy media, have been trying every which way from Sunday to drum up public support for impeachment through false allegations, lies, sensationalist reporting, and selective leaking. And it’s NOT WORKING! To the contrary, support for the President’s successful policies and demonstrated results has been climbing inexorably. But for the Democrats, impeachment is all they’ve got, as they are desperate to protect their Ukrainian slush-fund which, when fully exposed, will likely implicate the lot of them – including that miserable Adam “Shifty” Schiff!

I can’t wait for AG Barr and US Attorney Durham to bring the pain. That day is coming soon. The Democrats have sown the wind with the false allegations against the President for over two years, and they will soon reap the political whirlwind.

The end.

Late note! It turns out that Schiff’s “star witness” was on the board of an Ukrainian NGO with direct ties to George Soros! How rotten and corrupt are these Democrats, anyway? Check this out.

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Major Development: The Deep State is in Deep Trouble

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Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

On Thursday evening, the New York Times reported that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s administrative review of the origins of the Trump/Russia investigation has shifted into a criminal inquiry. This major development grants Durham the power to subpoena witnesses and documents and to impanel a grand jury. Speculation has increased in the wake of reports that Attorney General William Barr and Durham had twice traveled to Rome and London to meet with intelligence officials recently and the news that Durham was interested in questioning both former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan.

My colleague, Bonchie, posted on this story last night (here), writing that the mainstream media is portraying this as a political move. The following excerpt from the Times will give you an idea of how they plan to spin it. (Emphasis mine.)

The opening of a criminal investigation is likely to raise alarms that Mr. Trump is using the Justice Department to go after his perceived enemies.

…] The move also creates an unusual situation in which the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into itself.

Mr. Barr’s reliance on Mr. Durham, a widely respected and veteran prosecutor who has investigated C.I.A. torture and broken up Mafia rings, could help insulate the attorney general from accusations that he is doing the president’s bidding and putting politics above justice.

[…] Federal investigators need only a “reasonable indication” that a crime has been committed to open an investigation, a much lower standard than the probable cause required to obtain search warrants. However, “there must be an objective, factual basis for initiating the investigation; a mere hunch is insufficient,” according to Justice Department guidelines.

Rather than acknowledging that Durham is zeroing in on the truth about the plot to destroy Donald Trump’s candidacy and following his unexpected victory, his presidency, they are characterizing it as Trump’s revenge. Still, there’s no doubt the major players involved in this travesty are starting to feel the squeeze.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who has been peddling lies to her viewers for three years, characterized this latest move as a “frame job” and a “false flag operation” of the Trump campaign. She said, “This is the news that honestly, we’ve been sort of expecting for some time or thinking that if things got really bad, it might come to this…That is the conspiracy theory that the attorney general of the United States appears to have been going around the world trying to prove.”

It’s just crazy, isn’t it Rachel? Yes, now that Trump is on the verge of being impeached, his good buddy, Bill Barr, is going to bat for him. She will continue spewing this nonsense until Durham presents solid evidence of misconduct. At that point, her ratings, which fell by 25% following the release of the Mueller report, will crater.

Also last night, DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced that his long-anticipated report on alleged FISA abuse will be released in the next week to ten days with limited redactions. In a letter to lawmakers yesterday, which can be viewed here, he wrote that the classification process is “nearing an end” and explained that there will be one version of the final document. “Given the constructive progress that has been made during the classification review process, I do not anticipate a need to prepare and issue separate classified and public versions of the report.”

We know that Durham has questioned a number of CIA officials recently leading to speculation that the CIA outsourced some of their operations to their foreign counterparts to circumvent U.S. laws governing spying on U.S. citizens. Central to their investigation is the Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud. It was said that, on their most recent trip to Rome (at the end of September), Barr and Durham listened to a recording of a deposition provided by Mifsud in the summer of 2018 in which he explained his role in the saga. Additionally, Durham obtained two cell phones which Mifsud had used in 2016. Mifsud’s Swiss attorney, Stephan Roh, has been cooperating with Durham’s team for several months now.

In fact, the legal team of Trump’s former National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn, believes there may be exculpatory evidence on those phones and they’re working to obtain them from Durham.

Former junior advisor for the Trump campaign George Papadopoulos, who was targeted by several “informants” in 2016, appeared on Fox News’ Martha MacCallum’s show recently and said:

Basically how I would summarize this, the grand statesman under Rome, Cicero, you know what he said?  What I think happened in 2016 and all of the events surrounding the 2016 campaign and the spying that took place on me and Michael Flynn and others was tantamount to treason. What happened was there was an intelligence agency with an ax to grind with candidate Trump and obviously President Trump, where we see the Russia hoax now evolving into Ukraine-gate. This is not going to stop. I predicted that Joseph Mifsud, that individual who now both of his Blackberries are now in the hands of the DOJ was a Western Intelligence agent. I wrote about it in my book exactly how I came in contact with this person who introduced me to him and what he wanted. Something I did not know and actually something that surprised me very much is that Joseph Mifsud was also spying on Michael Flynn just two months before he started his encounters with me… I joined the Donald Trump campaign in March of 2016. Before even the Washington Post or the American media knew that I was joining this campaign I had Joseph Mifsud and other intelligence agencies knowing all about me, what I was doing and what Donald Trump’s campaign was all about. So the notion that this investigation, Crossfire Hurricane, started spontaneously on July 31st 2016 is absurd. It’s completely absurd.

This is an extremely complex story which involves an enormous number of people. Durham’s team has been working on it formally since May. However, there were indications that he was actually on it several weeks or even months prior. If I recall correctly, Durham appeared at one or two Congressional hearings to listen to the testimony of former FBI officials.

In addition to the involvement of the British and Italian intelligence communities, there is reason to believe that Australian intelligence officials participated in the conspiracy. We need only look to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer’s May 2016 meeting with George Papadopoulos at a London bar where the Trump campaign’s newest advisor told him the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton. The FBI claims it was this event which triggered their counterintelligence investigation of Donald Trump.

Following Clapper’s lengthy trip to New Zealand and Australia in the late spring, Papadopoulos hinted he may have traveled there to cover his tracks. He posted the following tweet.

It looks like Trump is about to fight back. Fasten your seatbelts everybody!

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Matt Gaetz: ‘We Gotta Stop Thinking We Can Use Marquis of Queensbury Rules Against Angry Pack of Rabid Hyenas’

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Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Photo via Representative Matt Gaetz on Facebook.

 

Yesterday, I felt very discouraged over the lack of action by Republican lawmakers, particularly those in the House, to push back against the aggressive, unjust and undemocratic agenda and tactics of the Democrats. I may have spoken too soon.

As we heard, over two dozen Republican lawmakers stormed into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) where Democrats, led by Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, were set to interview Pentagon official Laura Cooper.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)  appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show last night and said, “We had the audacity to want to know what in the world was going on behind closed doors where Democrats have engaged in a strategy of secret interviews, selective leaks, theatrical weird performances of transcripts that never happened and then lies about whistleblowers. It’s reasonable to suggest that we would want more transparency on behalf of the people that we represent.”

Carlson asked if they had a right under Congressional rules to demand transparency.

Gaetz replied that “there are no rules, Tucker. If we had rules, Nancy Pelosi would have put this to a vote and established rules like what happened for President Clinton, like what happened for President Nixon. The Democrats want to preserve the most operational flexibility, so if they’re going to have a world with no rules, we gotta stop thinking that we can use the Marquis of Queensbury rules of engagement when we’re fighting against an angry pack of rabid hyenas. And that’s what we’re facing. And I think the President is right. As Republicans, we need to be tougher in exposing this for the kangaroo court that it is.

“Can you impeach a President without taking a vote?” asked Carlson.

He answered, “That seems to be the Democrats’ strategy…But Democrats have learned a lesson from Russia. In the Russia investigation, they did hold open hearings. We saw Robert Mueller in his failure to adequately defend his report. We saw the Corey Lewandowski hearing which was just a total disaster for Democrats. They’ve moved away from allowing Republicans to have cross examination, thorough review, check testimony against documents and timelines and they’re just trying to use the natural advantage they have with the mainstream media to have secret interviews and selective leaks. They’re trying to pollute the American electorate with these lies about the President.”

Gaetz called on Americans to contact their lawmakers. Then, he asked a rhetorical question. “Why doesn’t President Trump get the same due process from Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats that Newt Gingrich and the Republicans.”

Carlson asked Gaetz how long this will go on.

“They don’t really want an extended process because they can’t withstand any review of the facts over a long period of time. I think we’re on a rocket docket to impeachment in the House. I think impeachment was a functional certainty the moment that Nancy Pelosi grabbed that gavel. Because the radical left today cannot win a fair debate or a fair election, so everything is about trying to destroy and to deplatform those who champion the America first agenda and we just got to stop reading and reacting. We’ve got to be very proactive in terms of exposing this corruption to the country.”

I applaud yesterday’s move by House Republicans. We’ve got to see much more of it. Gaetz is absolutely correct in that they had been using Marquis of Queensbury rules of engagement when in a fight against an angry pack of rabid hyenas. They’d been showing up at gun fights armed with knives. Now they realize they need to bring their guns.

House Republicans led by Jim Jordan (R-OH) are demanding to interview the whistleblower in person. I can’t imagine how it would be possible to impeach a President without the testimony of the individual who triggered it.

On Wednesday, Fox News reported the existence of a third piece of evidence that demonstrates the whistleblower’s substantial liberal bias. They don’t know what that evidence consists of yet, they just reported that it exists. The article says, “Though Fox News has learned that an additional element of possible bias was identified by the whistleblower, its nature remains unclear. Fox News has previously reported the whistleblower is a registered Democrat and had a prior work history with a senior Democrat.”

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday night, President Trump said the one positive thing he could say about Democrats is that they stick together and they fight. The same cannot be said about Republicans. He is so right about both of those statements.

Storming the SCIF was a good start. But Republicans need to maintain pressure on the Democrats. They must come together now and fight for the President.

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NYC Bar Association Demands AG Barr Recuse Himself from Ukraine Probe; Let’s See if Rod Rosenstein is Available to Take Over

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr listens to concerns raised about public safety in rural Alaska during at a roundtable discussion at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Barr did not take questions from reporters in his first public appearance after former special prosecutor Robert Mueller spoke to reporters after resigning at the completion of his report into Russian interference into the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

 

Why it’s almost as if history were repeating itself. The New York City Bar Association has demanded that Attorney General William Barr recuse himself from the DOJ investigation into the July 25th telephone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Bar Association issued a statement on Wednesday which began:

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has a unique role in safeguarding the rule of law under the Constitution. By failing to recuse himself from DOJ’s review of the Ukraine Matter, Attorney General William P. Barr has undermined that role. To help remedy that failure, the New York City Bar Association urges that Mr. Barr recuse himself from any ongoing or future review by DOJ of Ukraine-related issues in which Mr. Barr is allegedly involved. If he fails to do so, he should resign or, failing that, be subject to sanctions, including possible removal, by Congress.

The statement reminded Barr of a statement he’d made during his nomination process. He had said, “The American people have to know that there are places in the government where the rule of law, not politics, holds sway and where they will be treated fairly based solely on the facts and the evenhanded application of the law. The Department of Justice must be that place.”

(Because Congress surely is not.)

It states that Barr “appears to have participated in the DOJ review of the whistleblower’s complaint and its decision not to forward that complaint to Congress…This is a serious violation of his obligation to protect the DOJ from reasonable questions as to its impartiality in the investigation of the Ukraine Matter.”

And it concludes with, “We hope that Mr. Barr will act promptly to remedy, at least in part, his prior failure to recuse himself from the Ukraine Matter. If, however, he chooses not to do so, we believe he must resign his position as Attorney General.”

The officers of the NYC Bar Association must think American voters are among the stupidest people in the world. They would like to see history repeat itself. ‘If we can force AG Barr to recuse himself just as his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, did in the Russia probe, we just might get Trump this time.’

Sessions fateful recusal paved the way for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to take over. The incredibly conflicted Rosenstein made the inappropriate decision to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the President’s possible collusion with Russia followed by his obstruction of justice to end it.

You may recall that President Trump had asked Rosenstein to prepare a memo which listed the reasons why then-FBI Director James Comey should be fired. After Trump had fired Comey, he released this memo and the backlash against Rosenstein was fierce. In a highly emotional state and desperately wanting to redeem himself in the eyes of the deep state, he struck back at the President with his announcement that he had appointed a Special Counsel. Rosenstein’s ill-conceived decision put the President and the country through the agony of the Mueller probe.

After it became clear that Mueller wasn’t able to deliver the goods and hellbent on finding something new with which to destroy Trump, Democrats seized upon the July 25th Trump/Zelensky telephone call.

The officers of the NYC Bar Association are very much creatures of the deep state. And their call for AG Barr to recuse himself is a purely political act.

Faced with the imminent exposure of the massive fraud they planned and executed against first candidate Donald Trump and then President Trump, Democrats have weaponized all of the resources at their disposal to prevent it.

They were especially spooked by last weekend’s news that, based on new evidence, Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham have added staff and expanded their investigation of the origins of Spygate. Durham is closing in on the truth and they are feeling the heat.

The issues raised in the NYC Bar Association’s statement would more appropriately apply to the House Democrats latest gambit to impeach President Trump based on the Zelensky call.

Adhering to the standards they cite in their statement, Adam Schiff should recuse himself from leading the “impeachment inquiry.” After all, his staffers met with the whistleblower before he submitted his complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General. Wouldn’t that make Adam Schiff a fact witness? Additionally, Schiff’s intense and obvious hatred towards the President kind of blows up the “impartiality” requirement. In the same way, Rod Rosenstein should have recused himself from oversight of the Mueller investigation. He participated in the Oval Office meeting where Comey’s firing was discussed. He even wrote the memo making the case for why he should be fired. Would that not make Rosenstein a witness in the case? And although we didn’t know it at the time, Rosenstein, as part of his idea to remove the President from office via the 25th Amendment, even discussed wearing a wire into the Oval Office to record the President. He said he was never checked when he entered the White House.

Their hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Their behavior has been so extreme, it brings to mind the story of Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-WI) whose attempt to rid the government of communists in the late 1940s and early 1950s, justified in the beginning, developed into a dangerous obsession. He became consumed by it. His actions became more and more ruthless and unhinged over the years.

During the spectacle of the Army-McCarthy hearings, McCarthy questioned Boston lawyer Joseph Welch, whom the Army had hired for their defense. After an unreasonable line of questioning about a lawyer who worked for his law firm:

Welch responded with the immortal lines that ultimately ended McCarthy’s career: “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, Welch angrily interrupted, “Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”

Have the Democrats no sense of decency?

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BREAKING: House Ethics Cmte to Investigate Katie Hill’s Alleged Relationship With Staffer

The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday evening that they will investigate allegations that freshman Rep. Katie Hill, (D-CA) had a sexual relationship with a staffer, according to The Hill.

Their statement read:

“The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Katie Hill may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff, in violation of House Rule XXIII, clause 18 (a).”

Rep. Hill referenced the House Ethics Committee in an email sent to constituents 10 minutes after The Hill’s story went live. She wrote:

To my family, friends, supporters and members of my community,

It pains me deeply that I have to send you this note at all, but I want you to hear from me so that I can hopefully put to rest some of the gossip, innuendo and lies that have been told in recent days.

During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone on my campaign.  I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment. For that I apologize. I wish nothing but the best for her and hope everyone respects her privacy in this difficult time.

But the truth is, distributing intimate photos with the intent to publish them is a crime, and the perpetrator should be punished to the full extent of the law.  I have notified Capitol Police, who are investigating it, and therefore will have no further comment on the matter.

I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me. I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain.  This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and the people close to me is despicable and will not succeed.  I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.

I am saddened that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought into public view, even the false allegations of a relationship with my congressional staffer, which I have publicly denied, and I am fully and proactively cooperating with the Ethics Committee.

This smear campaign will not get in the way of the work I am doing every day to move our district and our country forward.  I am truly grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from colleagues and constituents alike, and I know we will get through this together.

There is important work to do on behalf of our district and I promise to keep working as hard as I can to fight for the ideals that I committed to from day one. Out of respect for the law enforcement and the Ethics Committee, I will not have more to say on this subject until their work is concluded.

The investigation comes after RedState broke news nearly two weeks ago about Hill’s alleged affair with her Legislative Director, Graham Kelly, and subsequent stories involving a throuple relationship with a female campaign staffer. Hill has repeatedly denied the relationship with Kelly despite the existence of text messages between her campaign videographer and husband in which the videographer says Hill admitted the affair to him.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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