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Jerry Nadler Shows That Either Irony or His Brain Are Dead or Possibly Both

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It is difficult today to point to the most ridiculous Democrat in Congress. We have at least two, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who are no-sh**, dyed-in-the-wool, Jew-hating, terrorist sympathizers. We have Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who can barely tell her ass from a hot rock but who, apparently, is the thought leader for progressive democrats. We have Eric Swalwell who actually seems to looking forward to killing gun owners if they resist confiscation. Adam Schiff, a man who leaked classified material in a shameless fashion while ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is permitted on cable news (okay, it was CNN but that still counts) and pontificate about integrity. But clawing his way up to the top of the heap is Fat Jerry Nadler.

No one has ever accused Nadler of being smart or astute, because those would be false accusations. He’s a ridiculous little apparatchik who would be much more at home in the Politburo of some failed socialist state or the New York state legislature (but I repeat myself) than chairing a committee in the US House of Representatives. Did I say ridiculous? You have doubts? See Exhibit A:

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Be that as it may, here he is in action. Apparently, he’s talking about Rudy Giuliani’s abortive trip the Ukraine.

The story there is that Giuliani had planned a trip to Ukraine to encourage authorities to look into the activities of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and Joe Biden’s actions, as vice president, to pressure Ukrainian authorities to ignore what seems like epic fraud.

Here, Nadler, who looks like his blind barber just trimmed him with a WeedEater and with his pants tucked snugly in his armpits is tossed a typical sycophantic, softball question from NBC transcriptionist, Manu Raju. If you’ll recall, Raju is the chump who got punked by Adam Schiff with the story that Donald Trump, Jr. was given a heads-up that Wikileaks was going to publish some hacked emails (see HAHAHA! CNN Gets Burned On Fake Story About Donald Trump Jr. And Wikileaks Email–UPDATED).

First, there is nothing wrong with what Giuliani was going to do and the fact that the Democrats are having a cow over it shows their level of fear.

What Giuliani was engaged in is something that the FBI, were it to take some time out from acting as an in-kind contribution to the DNC and start pretending it cared about law enforcement, should be doing.

Secondly, the Obama administration had no problem at all using a document that was based on Russian government sources, compiled by a British intelligence asset, to start an investigation of the Trump campaign. They had no problem using British and possibly Australian (though both Australians involved seem to be British MI6 assets) to try to get members of the Trump campaign to compromise themselves.

Nadler’s real objection is that the Trump administration seems ready and willing to insist that even prominent Democrats have to obey the law and they know what that would mean.

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WATCH: Pro-Lifers Prove They’re More Energized and Numerous than Pro-Abortionists During Rally In Brian Sims Neighborhood

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When a rally is planned, it’s usually put on with days and even weeks of advance notice. However, when a pro-life rally was planned in response to Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims after he had harassed and attempted to doxx teenage girls who were praying in front of a Planned Parenthood, people couldn’t wait to get together.

According to the Daily Wire, over 1,000 people gathered from all over the country to take part in the pro-life rally in front of the same Planned Parenthood where Sims harassed people. Matt Walsh, who spoke at the rally, noted that this kind of energy will never be seen at a pro-abortion rally, a group he calls “a sad and lethargic thing.”

Former Planned Parenthood exec Abby Johnson, the author of the book “Unplanned,” also spoke at the rally that the Daily Wire described as comprised mostly of women.

“It is time to refuse to ‘choose.’ We will not choose between one or the other. We will respect both women and their children, and their femininity, and their reproduction, and their fertility. And we will continue to do it until clinics like this no longer exist, and every woman who walks into a physician’s office is actually treated with love and respect and care,” she said according to the Daily Wire.

In fact, every speaker at the rally, with the exception of Matt Walsh, was a woman according to LifeNews.

The mother of the two bullied teens also showed up to say a few words to the crowd as well.

“God is moving in incredible ways and we’re just along for the ride; we are standing on the side of angels,” she added.

The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles also showed up to cover the rally. He noted that many showed up, but noticeably missing was Sims who had apparently been invited to the rally in order to have a conversation with pro-lifers. However, as Knowles pointed out, Sims has no interest in actually talking with anyone. Without the ability to bully or intimidate, Sims was a no-show.

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AOC Trashes Biden, Says He Committed a “Dealbreaker”

The queen has spoken.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshest of fresh faces in the Democratic House, has let it be known that she can no longer support Joe Biden. This is connected to Biden’s remarks on global warming that struck a nerve with the #resistance crowd.

This of course led lefties to set their hair on fire because realistic, pragmatic ideas just won’t do when they’ve got an economy to wreck and a socialist system to put in place.

Now AOC is responding and she’s none too happy with Biden not bending knee to her obsession.

I love the term “climate denial,” as if anyone on the other side of the global warming debate is denying that climate changes.

The 30 year old former bartender wants all of you to know that “our kids’ lives are at stake.” We know what this really about though. There’s a reason AOC and other global warming cultists refuse to accept anything but quasi-communist suggestions on the issue they say is so important. It’s about politics, not actually saving the planet (which likely does not need saving in this case anyway). More nuclear power? Well, they’ll scoff at that. Massive Green New Deal that would increase emissions and destroy the environment? That’s good because AOC says it’s good.

The dynamic Biden is facing here is interesting though. Can he win the nomination if the crazed AOC wing of the party comes out strongly against him? I think he still can because I suspect that wing isn’t nearly as large as the media make it out to be. Despite that, I expect a strong walk back by Biden this coming week. He’s going to bow before the new Democratic leadership because that’s what the base demands. He’ll repent and then AOC will bless him as acceptable again for the time being.

What’s going to really shake things up is when endorsements start coming down. AOC is almost certainly going to endorse Bernie Sanders. That means lots of free media. It could help make the race competitive again. In the meantime, Biden better watch what he says because he’s not living in Barack Obama’s Democratic party anymore.

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The Media’s Sudden Disinterest in the Denver STEM School Shooting Proves Greater Interests In Agendas than You

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When the shooting at the Highlands Ranch, CO, Stem school happened, the world reacted in shock and horror that yet another student used a firearm to hurt or kill other students in a place that is supposed to be one of the safest places for your child to be.

News agencies across the country immediately took action, and activist groups began planning events to promote gun control. One such event occurred at the very location the shooting occurred. Students were duped into attending, believing it was a vigil of some kind, but walked away when they found out that the atrocity they endured was being politicized.

Facebook posts from concerned people dotted the social media site and Twitter was ablaze with anti-gun rhetoric once again.

And then it all suddenly went silent.

Now, the media seems far less interested in the shooting. An odd turnaround for the media who take every opportunity to hammer home the idea that guns are the problem in this nation, not something else. Why? It’s because the identity of the shooters was released, and it doesn’t fall in line with any of the approved columns for a media-based attack.

They found that one of the shooters is gay and another is transgendered and biologically female, as NBC reported in the update about her. Even NBC buried these facts in their own report about it, choosing instead to call the gay shooter a “bully” instead of highlighting their identities and backgrounds first:

The suspected shooter, Devon Erickson, “would whisper, like get really close and kinda put his arm around you, and whisper in your ear, ‘don’t come to school tomorrow,’” said Kevin Cole, a former student of STEM School Highlands Ranch, during an interview on “Today.”

Erickson, 18, and a juvenile, who police identify as a girl but who prefers male pronouns, are accused of entering the K-12 school with handguns Tuesday. NBC News is not identifying the juvenile suspect.

One of the shooters also expressed his hatred for Christians according to Heavy, which is also unfitting for reports as Christians are always the bad guys in the story.

“You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays, yet in the bible, it says in Deuteronomy 17:12-13, if someone doesn’t do what their priest tells them to do, they are supposed to die. It has plenty of crazy stuff like that, but all they get out of it is ‘ewwwwww gays,’” wrote Erickson in a Facebook post.

There was even anti-Christian messaging spraypainted on the shooter’s car before the attack, and the words “F*** SOCIETY.”

Worst of all, the shooter appeared to be a Democrat who posted memes and messages from the hard-left Facebook group “Occupy Democrats.”

None of this falls in line with what the shooter is supposed to be according to what the media likes to tell us. For mainstream press, the shooter is supposed to be white, male, straight, extremely right-leaning, and bonus points if he’s supposedly Christian. However, both of these shooters fall into their most protected groups.

Judging by how the media coverage and subsequent fallout from school shootings have gone in the past, the media seems absolutely silent in comparison now, but it’s easy to see why. All of its usual strawmen have been stripped away and its left with nothing but the cold reality that there was something mentally wrong with the two shooters.

All the shooters throughout history, when put together, are a diverse lot. They range from white to Middle-Eastern, to black. They’re left, right, white-supremacists and anti-Christian, gay and straight, women and men. While some killers tend to share more similarities with other killers, the point is clear: It’s not just what your background is.

There was clearly something wrong in the heads of the people who engage in these murders. However, the media doesn’t seem to be interested in investigating the demonstrable fact. They’ve now, for the most part, walked away from the Denver Stem school story. The students don’t seem to be as into making a political spectacle as some of the Parkland students were, and the shooters don’t fit the narrative.

The media loves bloodshed, but not bloodshed it can’t use. It doesn’t care about how safe you are, and I’d venture to say that it waits with bated breath for the next opportunity. I wish I was being hyperbolic, but the media has clearly demonstrated that I’m not.

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It’s Called Reciprocity

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Yesterday, I kicked out a small piece regarding President Trump and his decision to put China on notice by the use of tariffs. He had done so previously, to the tune of a 10% charge on a limited array of items that China dumps on our market. Midnight Thursday night, at the direction of the President, that rate jumped to 25%.

As a Conservative, I’m ordinarily not a supporter of tariffs, especially the “protectionist” sort that artificially raises labor costs and consumer prices. This is different.

This is called “reciprocity,” and should have been a major tool in our trade negotiators’ toolbox a long time ago. For too long, with China, North Korea and other bad actors, we’ve tried the sweetness and light approach, or when that failed our pushback has been flaccid at best. Witness former Secretary of State describing U.S. use of force against Syria…”unbelievably small” air strikes. Really? That’s going to engender respect for us and cause a murderous tyrant to modify his behavior?

China, for a long time, has had huge tariffs and other import requirements that are far and away greater than what we do for their products. We’ve tried negotiation and positive incentives to little or no avail. This has done nothing but foster a lack of respect for us and demonstrates our (former) lack of determination to protect our citizens.

As I pointed out yesterday, sometimes it’s time to take a cue from Don Corleone. Make a reasonable offer. If that’s rebuffed, go ahead and jump right to the horse head in the bed.

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Volume II of Sealed Version of Mueller Report is 99.9% Unredacted; Guess How Many House Democrats Have Read It?

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In an effort to accommodate House Democrats who insist upon viewing the full Mueller Report, the DOJ made a minimally redacted version available to twelve congressional leaders. Only grand jury related content has been redacted because it is illegal for the DOJ to release it. As of Friday night, five Republicans had read this version and zero Democrats. 8% of the public version of the report was redacted and just 2% of the sealed report which was made available to the twelve congressional leaders was redacted.

CBS News legal analyst Jonathan Turley explains what this means.

Democrats are therefore seeking a contempt sanction on a report that is 98 percent disclosed and only lacks grand jury material.

Barr restricted access to the 98 percent disclosed report, as opposed to the 92 percent public report, due to the inclusion of evidence impacting ongoing prosecutions. He has offered to expand the number of members and staff to review that material but insists on it remaining protected. But this has nothing to do with the redactions. It is the 2 percent solution to a major political dilemma of the left. Faced with a report that rejected the collusion theories of their running narrative, Democrats want to focus on those 2 percent of redactions rather than over 400 pages of findings.

So Congress now will ask a court to find civil contempt for Barr refusing to release grand jury information.

Interestingly, most of the redactions appear in Volume I of the report, the portion that deals with collusion.

Volume II of the report, the part that pertains to obstruction of justice, is 99.9 percent unredacted, which means it’s only 0.1% redacted. The National Review’s Jack Crowe writes that “only two full lines and seven partial lines” of Volume II are redacted.

So, this is what Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler is calling a constitutional crisis. This is why he is trying to hold Barr in contempt of congress. Nadler isn’t interested in reading the documents. As the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel wrote in Friday’s column, Nadler just wants “to put on a show.” This is political theatre.

The title of Turley’s article is, in fact, “Democrats showing contempt by holding William Barr in contempt.” He calls this a “superficial” charge which “could seriously undermine their credibility in the ongoing conflicts with the White House.”

Further, Turley said that House Democratic leaders are “violating a legal version of the Hippocratic oath to “first do no harm.” This could do great harm, not to Barr, but to the House. It is the weakest possible case to bring against the administration.”

Go read the report Jerry.

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Hilarious! Trump Says Buttigieg Looks Like Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman

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During an interview with Politico, President Trump was asked what he thought of Democratic presidential nomination candidate and current Mayor of South Bend, IN, Pete Buttigieg.

His response? “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” referring to the impish Mad Magazine cartoon character.

Breitbart’s Facebook page has posted a photo of the pair, side by side, and I think you’ll agree that the resemblance is rather striking!

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Politico contacted Buttigieg for a comment and, in an obvious dig about Trump’s age, he said: “I’ll be honest. I had to Google that. I guess it’s just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference. It’s kind of funny, I guess. But he’s also the president of the United States and I’m surprised he’s not spending more time trying to salvage this China deal.”

I wonder if anyone has ever pointed out the Mayor’s likeness to Neuman before?

Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering posted a clip from a Trump rally showing him making fun of the candidate’s last name. Could Buttigieg be getting under the President’s skin?

The funny thing about Trump’s nicknames is that they stick.

Every time I see a photo of Elizabeth Warren, I see “Pocahontas.” Hillary Clinton will forever be “Crooked Hillary.”

And from this day forward, many voters will associate Pete Buttigieg with Alfred E. Neuman.

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Former FBI General Counsel James Baker Tries to Gaslight Us on the Russia Hoax and it Doesn’t Work

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Former FBI counsel James Baker crawled out from under the warm, damp and odoriferous place he’s been keeping himself to try to rehabilitate his shredded integrity with the aid of another swamp creature.

The venue was the Qatar-funded (Qatar is the major international sponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood, if you’re keeping score) and the event was the LawFareBlog’s podcast. The host was Benjamin Wittes, who is a something-or-another at Brookings and runs LawFareBlog, both and either of which come within a few millimeters of making him an unregistered agent for Qatar. While his status as Qatar’s representative may be open to interpretation, his status as one of the most egregious peddlers of scurrlious trash about the Muller investigation and the Trump administration’s non-relationship with Russia, always prefacing the non-stories he was pushing with “BOOM!”

These are the highlights of his interview, with commentary. The source is this thread:

The information from a foreign partner about Trump adviser George Papadopoulos “is what triggered us going down this path” of investigating in 2016, Jim Baker said. “It would have been a dereliction if our duty not to investigate this information.”

We know this story is patent bullsh**. We know the FBI had possession of an early version of the Steele dossier by July 5, 2016. We further know from the Mueller report that Papadopoulos didn’t mention emails. If one comment, two months after the fact, delivered second hand was sufficient to set off an FBI investigation, the whole agency needs to be disbanded and we need to start from scratch. What makes this more damning is that it now is pretty obvious that Papadopoulos’s source, Joseph Mifsud, is almost certainly as Western, by that I mean British, intelligence asset. See How The George Papadopoulos Story Was Manufactured To Justify A Hoax Investigation.

Jim Baker said the investigation was about Russia. “To the extent that any Americans cross our radar screen, we will investigate that.”

Like the last statement, this, too, is bullsh**. We know for a fact that the Obama administration stood by and let the Russians operate with impunity during the 2016 campaign. We know from Congressional testimony and from the Mueller report that the Russian level of effort in the US was extremely small. The direct expenditures were little more than $100,000. We know that the FBI had some of the Russians involved in planning and executing this political meddling under surveillance when they were in the the US and they did nothing. See How The Obama Administration Watched The Russians Meddle In Our Election And Then Gave A “Stand Down” Order and Why Did Susan Rice Order Cyber Security Chief To ‘Stand Down’ In Response To Russian Meddling Just As FBI Began Trump/Russian Collusion Probe? and If Mueller’s Indictment Isn’t A Nothingburger You Could Be Forgiven For Making That Mistake.

Former FBI general counsel Jim Baker said now-Attorney General Bill Barr hired him at Verizon, where his rep was one of high integrity. Barr recently told Congress the FBI was “spying” in 2016. “It didn’t make sense to me,” Baker said. He’s eager to find out what Barr & IG found.

The mind boggles. Carter Page was kept under a bogus FISA warrant so two-hop surveillance (that is, not only the subject is subject to having his communications intercepted, but the people the subject talks to and the people they talk to are covered as well) could open the entire Trump campaign up to surveillance as Page and Sam Clovis remained in contact after Page left the campaign. We have the case of the US intelligence operative, probably CIA, who was dangled in front of George Papadopoulos. See FBI Does Preemptive Damage Control By Confirming The Trump Campaign Was The Target Of A Spying Operation. When the operation was described to John Brennan, even he agreed it was spying. See Maybe FBI Director Christopher Wray Should Ask John Brennan What He Thinks About Spying.

Baker said the Russia probe “was not predicated on the info that Christopher Steele gave us in the form of the dossier.” The FBI knows people sometimes have an agenda and “we vet the hell” out of the information they provide. “You want to do everything you can to validate it.”

This is simply false. We know for a fact that the FISA warrant on Carter Page was 100% based on the Steele Dossier. We can dance around what “predicated” means but without the Steele Dossier, the Papadopoulos inquiry would have gone no further than it did.

Some parts of the Steele dossier may have “washed out,” Jim Baker said, but “this is what happens in an investigation. An investigation is basically a question that you start out with….”
Jim Baker said he asked to look over the initial FISA application for Carter Page before it went to DOJ for approval. “I was comfortable that the application…was consistent with the laws & constitution of the US.” He said, “I knew it would be sensitive.”

By some parts, he means all. All factual allegations in the dossier as they pertain to both Michael Cohen and Carter Page have been proven false. The Mueller report says as much. And the Mueller report confirms that none of the allegations made against Page in the FISA warrant were true. Oddly enough, Page is the one guy to come out of his encounters with Muellers inquisitors without an indictment. See How The FBI Blatantly Lied About Christopher Steele To The FISA Court.

Of the idea that the role of a US political campaign played a role in & the dossier and that it was disclosed in a footnote to the Page FISA application, Jim Baker said, “nobody’s going to miss a page-long footnote in regular type,” especially sophisticated federal judges.

The approval rate for FISA warrants, at the time, was literally 99.97%. In other words, it was easier to get a FISA warrant from a “sophisticated federal judge” than it was to get a bill of indictment from the roomful of mopes that comprise your typical grand jury. We know from recent reporting that the FBI had Christopher Steele toddle on over to the State Department and Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland warned staff that they risked violating the Hatch Act if they had contact with Steele.

Jim Baker said, “there was no coup. There was no attempted coup….there was no way in hell I was going to allow some coup or coup attempt to take place on my watch,” or anything else unlawful, he adds.

And yet, Strzok, Page, and “Andy” met regularly in Baker’s office.

Of this period at FBI and DOJ, Jim Baker said, “it was traumatic” and he doesn’t use that word lightly. Of the Mueller report, he said, “my reaction is ‘yes, that it was validating.’” Baker said, “they found a lot of stuff….this was a real investigation about a real problem.”

Actually, they found nothing. They found the Russia allegations were a hoax, chapter and verse. The “obstruction” allegation is nothing but an highly unethical use of an investigative report to smear President Trump because Mueller, Weissmann, and other knew they had nothing.

Jim Baker said the obstruction evidence uncovered by the Mueller team looks like “a pattern of corruption” and even if it’s not criminal, it’s concerning.

Actually, if it is not criminal it is none of his freakin business. He doesn’t have a role in criminalizing actions he doesn’t like.

The Justice Department Inspector General is investigating the origins of the Russia probe and Jim Baker said, “I welcome the accountability.” Baker said, “I’m always nervous about the IG, I guess,” adding the people are pleasant even if the process sometimes isn’t.

If he welcomed accountability, he’d be on the South Lawn of the White House tomorrow to commit seppuku.

That IG probe could be put in May or June. Jim Baker’s takeaway is “if mistakes were made at any level within the organization, then hopefully the Inspector General will find those.”

Jim Baker: some employers told him he was too “controversial” after Trump’s tweets. He’s found job but still has leak probe hanging. “I’m confident that I did nothing wrong & that I did nothing illegal & that once this is concluded, the Department will come to the same conclusion”

I shouldn’t say this, but I will. I really have no problem with Comey or Brennan or Clapper or Strzok or Page or Baker or McCabe going to prison or simply being made so radioactive that they can’t even get a job as a WalMart greeter. Unless public shame and financial ruin attaches to having participated in this soft coup attempt, someone will be tempted to try it again.

Jim Baker said he cooperated with the criminal leak probe over many hours and many days about 1 1/2 years ago, and has not heard much since except the Justice Department investigation is still open.

I hope we hear a lot more. Soon. And we hear it from a grand jury.

End of day update: I wanted to find out what is happening (or not) with the criminal leak probe Jim Baker referenced today. The US Attorney’s office referred me to DOJ headquarters, which has declined comment on the status of the investigation.

What is notable about this is that it is one shameless and transparent lie after another. At no point does Baker speak to the fact that Donald Trump was never given a “defensive briefing” on suspicious activities that would have allowed him to fire problematic employees. The fact that we know that Michael Flynn was targeted for surveillance…imagine alleging that the 3-star who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency was not loyal to the nation…indicates there was a helluva lot more going on here than the investigation of a wine-fueled bullsh** session in a London bar. Baker never admits the obvious, that the FBI was, at a minimum, overzealous, if not outright partisan in its actions towards the Trump campaign. And, perhaps the most sad part is that the slimy little weasel seems to believe he’s been treated unfairly.

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Media Gets Triggered By Trump Saying John Kerry Should Be Prosecuted, But There’s a Problem

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Earlier this week, President Trump said that John Kerry should be prosecuted under the Logan Act. This immediately caused uncontrollable spasms and hair to spontanously combust in newsrooms across America.

How could Trump possibly suggest that a political opponent should be jailed!

To be sure, the Logan Act is abject garbage as a law. That doesn’t change the fact that Kerry is clearly in violation of it as it is written. In actuality, I’d expect any prosecution under the law would eventually be found unconstitutional, but that didn’t stop Sally Yates and Democrats across American from yelling about it in relation to Michael Flynn for two years.

So why the gnashing of teeth now when the President suggests an actual violation of it be prosecuted? The bigger problem here is the hypocrisy though. You know who else is going around talking about jailing their political opponents? That would be nearly every major Democrat in the country.

Here’s a great montage of all the bloviating.

Now, oddly enough, I don’t remember any major media figure, including Toobin and Maddow above, objecting to Democrats suggesting that Bill Barr should be thrown in jail for absolutely no actual legal reason. In fact, most media members have treated it as a realistic, even laudable position.

This just shows how unserious these people are. Anything Trump says must be opposed. Anything Democrats do must be supported. It doesn’t matter if it involves blatant hypocrisy.

While John Kerry is not going to be prosecuted under the Logan Act, it is still great to see Trump make the media turn flips over it in the same week they were all calling for Barr to be hauled away in handcuffs. It’s one of his greatest skills.

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Sky News Interviews Australian Diplomat Alexander Downer; Raises New Questions

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Alexander Downer, the Australian Diplomat who famously invited Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos to a London Bar on May 10, 2016, gave an interview this week to Sky News Australia’s Andrew Bolt. If you can bear the condescending manner in which they speak of President Trump’s conspiracy theory, please watch the video below.

Following this meeting, Downer prepared a memo about their conversation and two months later, sent it to the FBI via the Australian government. The FBI confirmed they received the memo in July and they are sticking to their story that it was Downer’s meeting with Papadopoulos that triggered their counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.

Downer categorically denies that his invitation to Papadopoulos was part of a setup. He also emphasized that Papadopoulos did not say Russia had damaging emails about Hillary Clinton, only that they had damaging information.

According to Downer, over drinks Papadopoulos told him that “Russia might have information on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that they could release before the 2016 election.” Downer told Bolt:

I have no idea why he was blabbering this, but if you say that sort of thing to somebody who is part of the Five Eyes intelligence community, I mean I would regard myself as a warrior for the Western alliance. But if it is drawn to my attention that the Russians might be hacking into the campaigns of major candidates in western elections and then using that information to try to influence the outcome of those elections, that would really worry me.

Russia is not a friendly pal when it comes to western interests, and if they’re hacking into our elections, then that’s something we should try to stop. I don’t know why he told me this, but he did and we reported it and the rest is history, but there is no defense for him saying it is some sort of weird conspiracy, I mean, it’s what he told me.

(Note: Five Eyes refers to an intelligence-sharing agreement between the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.)

Downer continued:

There was no suggestion from Papadopoulos nor in the record of the meeting that we sent back to Canberra, there was no suggestion that there was collusion between Donald Trump or Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russians.

All we did is report what Papadopoulos said, and that was that he thought that the Russians may release information, might release information, that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign at some stage before the election.

Now, he didn’t have to tell me that.

I didn’t go to the meeting thinking he was even going to mention Russia in the context of the election campaign. I had no idea what he would say.

Downer doesn’t appear to have given much away in his interview.

What is interesting is that Downer, who has maintained a very low profile throughout, would sit for an interview now. Last week, the New York Times “reported that an investigator working for the U.S. intelligence community posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016, and tried to probe Papadopoulos on the campaign’s possible ties to Russia.” Several weeks ago, Attorney General William Barr testified that “spying did occur” and signaled that he was investigating the reasons for it. The DOJ Inspector General is also investigating.

Rush Limbaugh notes that, “Many people now are trying to rewrite their own versions of history in which they were involved.”

Interesting timing.

Papadopoulos’ story differs from Downer’s.

Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos and Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud met for the first time in March 2016 at the Link Campus in Rome where Mifsud taught. (Link University is said to have “close ties to Western intelligence agencies.”) They met again in London on March 24, 2016, where Mifsud introduced him to a Russian woman he claimed was Vladimir Putin’s niece.”

It was during their April 26, 2016 meeting in London that Mifsud told Papadopoulos he had just returned from Russia and that the Russians had thousands of emails which would be very damaging to Hillary Clinton.

According to the Daily Caller:

Papadopoulos has also said he has no recollection of sharing the information from Mifsud with Downer. Papadopoulos met with Downer and another Australian diplomat, Erika Thompson, at the Kensington Wine Room in London on May 10, 2016.

Papadopoulos, who lived in London at the time, had met Thompson several weeks earlier. He’s said that Thompson contacted him to set up the meeting with Downer.

Papadopoulos has speculated that Mifsud and Downer were working with Western intelligence agencies when they met with him. Though the special counsel portrayed Mifsud as having Russian ties, the mystery professor also had close links to Western diplomats and intelligence agencies.

Rush Limbaugh discussed this story on his radio show on Friday. He notes that Downer states that his memo was sent to the FBI in July 2016 just as the FBI has said it was received. The FBI insists that it was the meeting at the London bar described in the memo which led them to open their investigation into Trump.

Downer said in his interview “there was no suggestion from Papadopoulos nor in the record of the meeting that we sent back to Canberra, there was no suggestion that there was collusion between Donald Trump or Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russians.” Would the FBI seriously open a counterintelligence investigation based on what was contained in the memo?

The FBI is hiding something and it’s likely that Downer is as well.

The real question for the FBI comes to us from Rush: If we are to believe that their meeting was the catalyst for the probe, why did the FBI hire Christopher Steele in February 2016 as records have recently revealed? And why after the FBI fired Steele for speaking to the media, was he snapped up by Fusion GPS, which allowed the FBI to continue receiving his information through Bruce Ohr and then possibly by Robert Mueller as was rumored this week?

 

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