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Someone Talked Rudy Giuliani Out of Going to the Ukraine

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I don’t know who talked him out of it but it’s for the best I think.

Rudy Giuliani has decided it’s best not to go Ukraine to personally put his hands in their investigations involving the 2016 election and Joe Biden’s possible corruption. He went on Fox News and let it be known that it was best for him to sit back and watch it unfold.

“In order to remove any political suggestion,” the president’s personal attorney told Fox’s Shannon Bream, “I will step back and I will just watch it unfold.”

Giuliani went on to say he felt he was being setup.

Mr. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, explained that he felt like he was being “set up,” and he blamed Democrats for trying to “spin” the trip.

“They say I was meddling in the election — ridiculous — but that’s their spin,” he said.

I don’t think setup is the right word here. This would have been a largely self-inflicted scandal. The moment he stepped foot in Ukraine, the press articles would have rained down accusing him of colluding with a foreign government to affect the 2020 election. Ironically, that’s exactly what the DNC did during the 2016 election with the former Ukrainian government, but the mainstream media have called a full blackout on that issue.

Politics isn’t fair. The media are hopelessly biased and Democrats will invent misconduct out of think air (see Bill Barr). That means Republicans probably shouldn’t hand them easy fodder. Giuliani going to Ukraine wasn’t going to help anyway. Those investigations are going to happen regardless from what we are hearing.

To be clear, I don’t think Rudy would have been doing anything wrong or illegal but that doesn’t change how it would have been played up. As a general statement though, Rudy should perhaps think about taking some time off. The cluster of an interview above is another in a long list of examples of why he’s not a good spokesman. He’s had numerous major flubs over the past year which have further stoked the collusion and obstruction narratives.

Besides, Hillary already showed us the right way to do this. If you want to garner opposition research from foreign sources, just hire Fusion GPS and funnel the money through a law firm. Then the media will pretend like nothing ever happened.

Actually, I think Trump should do that just to troll them and further expose their hypocrisy.

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Writer at LA Magazine is Dismayed he was Not Attacked for Wearing a MAGA Hat

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When your premise is everyone acts as bad as you do, you are bound to be disappointed.

Over at LA Magazine Joel Stein was conducting a bit of a social experiment. The purported humor writer had the idea of wearing one of President Trump’s iconic red MAGA hats into a know liberal enclave (a vegan restaurant) and record the reactions. The impetus of Stein’s “brave” move was part of his upcoming book where he says he is researching political tribalism (The working title is “In Defense Of Elitism”, to give you a sense of his foundation.)

As a preamble to his entering a liberal lion’s den incognito, he details a trip he recently made in the heartland of Texas and found that people residing in a high-percentage region of Trump supporters were unfailingly nice and polite. He later worried those from (admittedly) his own side would not be as pleasant, citing instances of people heckling politicians from restaurants and protesting at the front door of conservative news pundits.

Stein himself betrayed a heavy dose of personal intolerance. He confesses to giving an elderly man the stink-eye for wearing what turned out to be a UCS hat, and holding disdain for a father at his kid’s school over the mere rumor the man voted for Trump. Stein is clearly convinced his intolerant stance is the norm. Here is a revealing passage to his mindset.

I didn’t want to give $25 to Trump’s re-election campaign, so I bought a knockoff hat made in China for $8 on Amazon. The hate is so strong in me that I thought it was more ethical to support the Chinese government than Trump.

So he hates the man many on the left believe colluded with a communist regime so much that he prefers giving his own money to a communist country, rather than his own President. You need little more to go on to grasp the imbalanced thinking of this elitist. Then he betrays a less than solid footing for the project on which he was about to embark.

I said goodbye to my lovely wife, Cassandra, who offered me half of a Xanax, which I foolishly refused.

This is a man going to a vegan restaurant in a hat, and he is so angst-ridden over this innocuous act he felt the need to be medicated for his mission.

I put my MAGA hat on for the first time and looked in the rearview mirror. I looked smug. I looked mean. I looked like someone I wanted to punch.

A hat did this. Stein acts as if he is a character in the Bugs Bunny short where a costume truck dumped items into a valley and all of the characters took on the personality of the various pieces of headgear that landed on them. Frankly, I think the premise of a man who was nervous about setting foot in a crowd of vegans in a baseball hat is ill-prepared to be punching anyone.

I saw that the patio was packed. I feared I’d have to wait for a seat, milling about alone and exposed. I scurried to the host stand and asked if I could order lunch at the nearly empty bar.

Uh yea, I am confident that sucker-punching someone over apparel is not in this guy’s skill set.

I stared at the options, trying to decide between a bowl of kale called “I Am Grateful” or a bowl of lentils called “I Am Humble” because I could not find a bowl called “I Am Scared Shitless”.

Seriously, the only thing to be fearful of here is that menu itself. But then again, I’m an avowed carnivore, so being afraid of running with dogs in the tall wheatgrass is not a natural reaction for me.

Before I left, I asked the black waiter, how he felt about my hat. “I don’t care. At all. Really. At all! I look at a hat and that doesn’t tell me who the person is,” he said.

Imagine that: someone exhibiting a sane and responsible reaction to — a hat. Here was a privileged and smug Left Coast elitist expecting a swath of the country to behave in accordance to his own prejudiced mentality. Instead found that people in real life do not act like the unhinged and undermedicated attack minions we encounter on social media.

Following this dose of reality, and seeing the premise of his piece blown apart, Joel Stein was not encouraged by what he discovered. It is clear he entered into his experiment with bias and a heavy dose of projection. But upon watching his theory crumble easier than a brick of ramen noodles he does not experience a positive revelation.

No, like someone intent on finding something negative about “the other side”, he makes a completely dour and asinine conclusion.

The far right has become so normalized that no one said anything to a guy in a MAGA hat at Café Gratitude. I Am Not Sure How Great That Is.

See, ONLY the far right wears MAGA hats, according to Stein’s stunted thinking. And the fact that nobody approached in a violent manner to confront him is proof, somehow, that we have devolved into a nation that accepts…well, we do not know, specifically. He never explains what that “worst” part of people actually is in his assessment.

But Stein can only arrive at his conclusion that this non-confrontational experience is bad if he is assuming the absolute worst about a group to begin with. Despite the fact that he admits spending time in the bowels of Trump adoration, and only being granted warmth and acceptance by all he encountered, he still harbors the worst impression of those people.

And when he goes to the other side expecting to be harried and confronted with biased anger — finding only pragmatism and rationality — he interprets that non-reaction as a sign of some sort of surrender. Instead of seeing the non-judgemental reactions, he sees people resigned to what he knows to be an undercurrent of hate.

We just have to overlook the abject lack of any evidence. Stein conducts a social experiment, and then he proceeds to ignore the data he has collected, which blasted apart his hypothesis. Trust him, it is there. Because he knows better — which is to say, he actually knows it is worse.

Just don’t expect him to show you any results.

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The Left Now Angry With Trump Over…Sending an Uplifting Letter to a Cancer Patient

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When you’re getting angry over the fact that President Donald Trump is doing something as good and uplifting as sending a cancer patient an uplifting letter, then it’s time to take a step back and look at yourself. At least, that’s the advice I’d like to give the leftists currently spilling salt by the truckloads over this.

As reported by CNN White House reporter Betsy Klein, Trump sent the letter to a cancer patient whom he said was battling her cancer with “uncommon courage” and that he and Melania were inspired by her “strength and spirit.”

“Always remember that there are many people in your life who love you and support you. We are all on Team Lillie!” read the letter from the Trumps.

As the Daily Caller pointed out, the left immediately jumped on the letter to point out nasty things about it, namely that Melania’s handwriting looks a lot like her husband’s.

Director Robby Starbuck assembled a collage of responses to Klein’s tweet saying nasty and ugly things about Trump’s letter, noting that it’s solid proof that Trump Derangement Syndrome is indeed real.

The sad part of this is that this is supposed to be one of those moments where we all rally around the cancer patient known as “Lillie.” Instead, angry leftists want to make this about their hatred of a Republican president.

I’m daily inclined to believe that there is some sort of shared derangement about Trump when he can’t even breath out of his left nostril without someone calling for his job over the fact that he didn’t breath out of his right nostril. A kind note to a cancer patient should have been an easy thing for us all to get behind, but even that is now divisive.

This is going to be a long presidency for some people, and I hate to see how much farther into the mire of their psychotic hatred these leftists will fall by the time Trump leaves the White House.

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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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FBI Officials Knew the Steele Dossier Was a Dumpster Fire Before the FISA Warrant

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This is another piece to a puzzle that’s been coming together over the past few weeks.

For years, we were told the FBI was oblivious to the fact that the Steele dossier was a dumpster fire of unverified nonsense. Defenders of the bureau have assured us that at the time of it’s use before the FISA court (to garner the Carter Page warrant), the FBI saw it as reliable intelligence from a source they had no reason to doubt, in this case super-duper spy Christopher Steele.

Here’s Qatari mouthpiece lawfareblog letting us all know as late as December of 2018 that the Steele dossier actually “held up well” as a raw intelligence document.

As a raw intelligence document, the Steele dossier, we believe, holds up well so far. But surely there is more to come from Mueller’s team. We will return to it as the public record develops.

In actuality, the Steele dossier ended up being shunned almost completely by the Mueller team because it was such trash. It was only mentioned a couple of times in passing and several aspects were directly dis-proven by other evidence and testimony in the report (i.e. Cohen in Prague, the pee tape, etc.). So lawfareblog was spectacularly wrong again. We call that another day ending in y.

The Hill has a new report further showing just how dishonest the FBI were about the Steele dossier.

Newly unearthed memos show a high-ranking government official who met with Steele in October 2016 determined some of the Donald Trump dirt that Steele was simultaneously digging up for the FBI and for Hillary Clinton’s campaign was inaccurate, and likely leaked to the media.

The concerns were flagged in a typed memo and in handwritten notes taken by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11, 2016.

I reported on that memo last week. The main thrust was that just ten days after it was revealed that Steele had admitted his work was political, the FBI went before the FISA court and directly said that Steele was unaware of the motivations of his employer.

Things have gotten worse for the FBI though.

In her typed summary, Kavalec wrote that Steele told her the Russians had constructed a “technical/human operation run out of Moscow targeting the election” that recruited emigres in the United States to “do hacking and recruiting.”

She quoted Steele as saying, “Payments to those recruited are made out of the Russian Consulate in Miami,” according to a copy of her summary memo obtained under open records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United. Kavalec bluntly debunked that assertion in a bracketed comment: “It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami.”

Oops.

Steele had made a totally false claim about the center piece of a supposed Moscow operation to target the election. Kavalec had the integrity to flag it as debunked for the FBI ten days before they took Steele’s dossier to the FISA report.

Despite that, FBI officials pressed on. Not only did they lie about Steele’s motivations to the court, they also knew the “raw intelligence” was already being shown to be unreliable at the time.

The misconduct doesn’t stop there.

Kavalec’s handwritten notes clearly flagged in multiple places that Steele might be talking to the media.

“June — reporting started,” she wrote. “NYT and WP have,” she added, in an apparent reference to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Later she quoted Steele as suggesting he was “managing” four priorities — “Client needs, FBI, WashPo/NYT, source protection,” her handwritten notes show.

Oops again.

This is important because Steele was telling the FBI at the time that he was not talking to the media. This may explain why the FBI has been so reluctant to go after Steele on that obvious lie. Did they know he was talking to the media, in direct conflict with his contract conditions, and were allowing it? It’s starting to look fairly improbable that they didn’t know. We also know that none of this was revealed to the FISA court, who may have found it interesting that the FBI was using unverified nonsense that was being spun to the media for political reasons.

This all adds up to the most probable explanation. The FBI purposely misled and lied to the FISA court. The standards for a FISA warrant on a U.S. citizen are high for a reason. The government is not supposed to be able to take raw, knowingly false intelligence and present it as the majority basis for a warrant.

Yet, that’s exactly what happened here.

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