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Kevin McCarthy Does Not Believe James Comey Will Get Off, It’s The Closest US Has Ever Come To A Coup

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President Donald Trump, right, accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spoke to Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” on a wide range of subjects. One issue they discussed was DOJ IG Michael Horowitz’ announcement on Friday that he had completed his investigation into the FBI’s alleged abuse of the FISA process. A draft of the report has been delivered to Attorney General William Barr. Before it can be released to the public, the DOJ must redact classified or sensitive information.

McCarthy said, “We came the closest ever to this country having a coup and now we need accountability. I respect this attorney general so greatly, that the way he has handled this, he believes in accountability, but more importantly, he believes in the rule of law.”

They spoke about the legal status of fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The news broke on Thursday that the DOJ had rejected McCabe’s appeal which indicated he would likely face indictment for lying under oath to investigators from the IG’s office on three occasions. However, a report in the Washington Post said that a grand jury had met and had declined to indict him. It’s unclear how they would have received information from a grand jury because of the stiff penalties for doing so. It was reported that McCabe’s attorney, Michael Bromwich, sent an email to US attorney Jesse Liu and several other DOJ officials to find out if that was true.

In light of that, Bartiromo asked McCarthy if we will see an indictment for McCabe.

“We will see an indictment here,” McCarthy said.

Bartiromo pressed him on the accountability of former FBI Director James Comey. “So far, anything about Jim Comey. He’s getting off?” The DOJ had declined to prosecute Comey for violating FBI rules and protocols which had been outlined by the IG in a brief report which focused solely on his handling of the President, and his leaking of the memos.

The more comprehensive IG report, which will be released as soon as it undergoes the DOJ’s redaction process, will deal with violations of the law, specifically, the FBI’s allegedly fraudulent application to the FISA Court and three renewal applications. The IG was especially concerned over the fact that the FBI presented the unverified Steele dossier as the basis of their application and used an article written by Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff, who had used Steele as his source.

McCarthy replied, “In the end, I do not believe that Jim Comey will get off.”

“A lot of people point to the CIA as being one of the masterminds, John Brennan. Are we going to see John Brennan come back and answer some questions,” Bartiromo asked.

McCarthy answered, “Anyone that has had any association with trying to create this coup should be held accountable.”

I’ve heard a lot of confident Republicans on talk shows echoing McCarthy’s sentiments. Very soon, we’ll know for sure.

 

Watch the video. (The relevant segment begins at 14:00.)

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Babylon Bee Accurately Predicts a Snopes Fact Check Nine Months Before They Do It

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As we’ve documented, the faux fact-checking site, Snopes.com, is engaged in a campaign to have the satire site, BabylonBee, demonetized by Facebook and ideally to have them deplatformed altogether. Snopes, rather stupidly, claims that people are often fooled by BabylonBee headlines and that makes them dangerous. To back that claim up they’ve produced some of the most fraudulent research in the history of social science research and that, my friends, took a whole lot of doing. For it’s part, BabylonBee has engaged in its own campaign of subversion by relentlessly lampooning and mocking the nasty little SJWs at Snopes who are trying to silence them.

In January, Babylon Bee ran this story:

It is actually spot on because virtue signalling and protecting Democrats are the twin pillars of the Snopes business model.

On Friday, Snopes ran this story:

‘Interesting’ is one way to describe it. In a lengthy piece, Snopes manages to admit that there is not a scintilla of evidence to indicate that Harlan Sanders stole a recipe for fried chicken from a black woman named “M(s)(iss)(rs) Childress.” The article shows the images supposedly of this woman are from a 1920s ad for “Snowdrift” shortening.

Despite the absence of documentary evidence to support the “Miss Childress” theory, Williams-Forson outlined the reasons why it should not be dismissed, writing to us in an email:

“This is not to say it did not happen. I am saying I did not find this evidence. And where might this evidence be uncovered? Would Sanders have acknowledged it? Might the African American family have kept a receipt? This is a needle in a haystack because it happened so often to African Americans, who were denied the opportunity to read and write, and thus were unable to document their culinary practices.”

Although we have found no evidence to support the claim, it is possible that Sanders did directly steal his fried chicken recipe from a specific African American woman, who may or may not have been named Childress. If he did, it is also plausible that no documentary evidence of that act of plagiarism ever existed, or that if it did, it has not survived.

Alternatively, Sanders might have borrowed and taken elements of several fried chicken recipes, perhaps some of them invented by, or passed down or shared between, African American women — in the way that many recipes evolve and change over the years. “Miss Childress” might simply be a stand-in or symbolic victim in the wider legacy of appropriation and intellectual property theft that characterized much of the cultural relations between whites and blacks in early 20th-century America. Until and unless we obtain concrete evidence that clears up that uncertainty, we are issuing a rating of “Unproven.”

At the risk of being castigated as a racist, I’d like to point out that contrary to popular belief in some quarters, white people actually ate chicken before the first slaves arrived in 1619. Fried chicken, in particular, was ubiquitous in the tidewater south where most of the English settlers hailed from the Southwest of England (see David Hackett Fischer’s Albion’s Seed for details) and where fried food, particularly fried birds, were referred to as being cooked “Dorset fashion.” Again, please don’t call be a racist, but frying a f***ing bird is hardly a major cultural or scientific achievement. Rolling one in cornmeal or flour and frying it isn’t unique to any cultural tradition that has invented fire and the skillet. The real genius of KFC was not the number of herbs and spices used but in the vision to understand how franchising a product was worth a lot more than serving it up on a Kentucky roadside.

One thing that came to my attention was this, “the real key to its success was Sanders’ innovation of using a pressure cooker rather than a deep pan.” Funny. My family comes from southern West Virginia where you can probably count all the households with black cooks on one thumb. My mother (now in her 80s) learned to make fried chicken like that from her mother. Why? Because all the good chickens were sold to the local grocer for cash and the only ones the family ate were played-out hens and roosters in need of Viagra. Parboiling, and later pressure cooking, these tough stringy birds made them edible.

Rather than shoot down an obviously false story, Snopes decided to keep it alive and provided all kinds of nebulous bullsh** from academic purveyors of the same which boils down to “some white people stole intellectual property from some black Americans and so Sanders might have done it too despite the 100% lack of any evidence.” BabylonBee could have written this story itself…and it would have rightfully been called satire.

And a final thought. If you want to go along with this cultural appropriation nonsense, don’t do it in English because, my man, because you are quite possibly stealing my patrimony and using it for your pathetic whining, something my ancestors didn’t do.

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Let’s Open An Investigation Into Christine Blasey-Ford; Here Are Ten Areas

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Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

I never believed Christine Blasey Ford (CBF). Nothing about her story ever rang true. Similar to the tales contained in Christopher Steele’s dossier, CBF spun an unverifiable story. She could not recall whose home she was at, how she had arrived or how she’d gotten home. She wasn’t even sure what year it was. Maybe 1982, she said during testimony. But she was very certain she had been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh in the early 1980s. I believe she was deliberately vague because then her story could not be proven false.

Most of all, this type of crime is so inconsistent with the life that Brett Kavanaugh has lived that it is impossible to believe. Kavanaugh has shown no hint of disrespect toward women at any time in his life. He has undergone seven FBI background checks, including an extremely rigorous one prior to his position in the Bush White House, and no wrongdoing has been revealed.

Here are several areas that need to be examined:

1. It was said that CBF was a political animal, however, she scrubbed her social media history before she came forward with her allegations. Interestingly, the attorney who represented her in the case against Kavanaugh, Debra Katz, was recorded telling a group that part of her motivation was political. Katz said:

In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court. He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.

Could it be that this fragile, childlike, 51 year old woman was acting? She is certainly a political animal. Is it possible that, once CBF told her liberal friends she knew Kavanaugh from her high school days, the idea that she accuse him “anonymously” of sexual assault was conceived? Might she have been persuaded to write a letter to her congresswoman or to submit a “tip” to the Washington Post just to put the allegation out there, never dreaming that it would all culminate in a senate hearing aired on national television? It is certainly within the realm of possibility.

We need to find out more about CBF’s political history.

2.  While researching their recent book entitled “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, journalists Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino interviewed several of CBF’s acquaintances. These women threw a little cold water on the poor little wounded victim image that CBD worked so hard to portray during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It didn’t appear to her University of North Carolina classmate that CBF’s alleged 1982(ish) sexual assault affected her social life at all. According to the book:

Classmates were surprised by the media’s portrayal of her as an ingenue, which was very different from how they remembered her in junior high and high school. Female classmates and friends at area schools recalled a heavy drinker who was much more aggressive with boys than they were.

‘If she only had one beer’ on the night of the alleged assault, a high school friend said, ‘then it must have been early in the evening.’ Her contemporaries all reported the same nickname for Ford, a riff on her maiden name and a sexual act.

They also debated whether her behavior in high school could be attributed to the trauma of a sexual assault. ‘If it could, one of them said, then the assault must have happened in seventh grade.’

These women should be asked to testify. CBF needs to respond under oath.

3.  A sworn letter from CBF’s ex-boyfriend of six years to the Senate Judiciary Committee claims:

  • She never mentioned her fear of flying. They had flown many times together including on a small prop plane.
  • Nor did she ever mention her fear of small spaces. She even lived in a 500 square foot apartment with a single exit at one time during their relationship.
  • As a psychologist, she had some knowledge of how polygraph tests worked and he witnessed CBF coaching her close friend, who was applying to the FBI, on how to prepare for it. She was questioned by prosecutor Rachel Mitchell about this during her hearing and said she had no knowledge of polygraph tests, nor had she ever given anyone “tips” on how to take a test.
  • He ended the relationship because CBF had been unfaithful.
  • After they broke up, he removed her from a credit card they had shared, but she charged $600 worth of merchandise. He asked her about the charges and she denied them until he said he was going to contact the Fraud Prevention Department.

We need to research her travel history. This man’s references to her unfaithfulness and her use of his credit card after they had broken up speaks to her character. He needs to be questioned. Then she needs to be questioned.

4.  The relationship between CBF and her life long friend, former FBI special agent Monica L. McLean, a liberal activist, must be investigated. I posted about this during the hearings. I wrote:

“This is the same Monica McLean who CBF once allegedly coached prior to an FBI preemployment polygraph test. McLean passed her test and remained with the FBI for 24 years, retiring in 2016.

The Conservative Tree House’s“Sundance,” believes that this woman orchestrated CBF’s case against Judge Kavanaugh. And his story is very convincing.

He reported that in (or around) 2003, McLean transferred to the Southern District of New York (SDNY), FBI New York Field Office. She worked as a Public Information Officer (PIO), side-by-side with SDNY Attorney General Preet Bharara.

Sundance points out that McLean’s PIO partner in New York, Jim Margolin, is still employed there and is coincidentally attached to the case against President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

McLean, now currently retired, lists Rehoboth Beach, DE as her home address.

During her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, CBF stated that she had prepared her letter to Dianne Feinstein by herself in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

[Transcript]

MITCHELL: The second is the letter that you wrote to Senator Feinstein, dated the — July 30th of this year.

MITCHELL: Did you write the letter yourself?

FORD: I did.

MITCHELL: And I — since it’s dated July 30th, did you write it on that date?

FORD: I believe so. I — it sounds right. I was in Rehoboth, Delaware, at the time. I could look into my calendar and try to figure that out. It seemed…

MITCHELL: Was it written on or about that date?

FORD: Yes, yes. I traveled, I think, the 26th of July to Rehoboth, Delaware. So that makes sense, because I wrote it from there.

MITCHELL: Is the letter accurate?

FORD: I’ll take a minute to read it.

Sure looks like CBF had spent the four days leading up to the July 30th letter to Feinstein visiting Monica McLean. Are we really to believe that McLean had no involvement? Sundance writes:

That would certainly begin to explain quite a bit about who exactly was handling Ms. Ford; and how there would be an intentional effort, from a subject matter expert, on how to best position the attack against Brett Kavanaugh.

Who better to help scrub the internet history, and know what processes and people to enlist in such preparatory work, than a retired lawyer who worked deeply inside the FBI?

Not only did Ms. McLean possesses a particular set of skills to assist Ms. Ford, but Ms. McLean would also have a network of DOJ and FBI resources to assist in the endeavor. A former friendly FBI agent to do the polygraph; a network of politically motivated allies?

Does the appearance of FBI insider and Deputy FBI Director to Andrew McCabe, Michael Bromwich, begin to make more sense?

Do the loud and overwhelming requests by political allies for FBI intervention, take on a different meaning or make more sense, now?

Standing back and taking a look at the bigger, BIG PICTURE…could it be that Ms. McLean and her team of ideological compatriots within the DOJ and FBI, who have massive axes to grind against the current Trump administration, are behind this entire endeavor?

Considering all of the embattled, angry, institutional officials (former and current); and considering the recently fired DOJ and FBI officials; and considering the officials currently under investigation; and considering the declassification requests which will likely lead to the exposure of even more corruption…Could it be that these elements wanted to do something, anything to get back at the executive branch; and possibly change the tide?

If so, and I think the likelihood is pretty good, doesn’t everything known just easily reconcile if you think of Ms. Blasey-Ford as a tool for those ideologues?

If Ms. Monica Lee McLean and her allies wanted to strike, she couldn’t be the visible face of the confrontation because she was retired FBI. It would be too obvious. She would need a patsy; a friend who could deploy the hit on her/their behalf.  It would need to be someone she could shape, easily manage and guide etc. Someone who could be trusted, and at the same time would be trusting of them.

It is quite likely Ms. McLean selected/recruited her life-long best friend, Ms. Blasey-Ford.

It’s a very plausible theory and one that actually explains a lot of the peculiarities in the case. It explains why none of the four named witnesses have any recollection of the evening. And because CBF makes no definitive statements about time, place, how she got there and home, the incident is impossible to prove or disprove.”

5. There is not one shred of corroborative evidence. None of the four witnesses she named as having been at the party have any memory whatsoever of it. I won’t repeat the long list of questions she can’t answer about the alleged assault.

But, please think back to your own high school years. I have some recollection of every party I went to in high school (and it was a long time ago!). Especially if my memory is jogged by a friend. Do you remember such and such a party? Oh, come on, you do. Remember when so and so did that? Somewhere in the recesses of my aging brain, the memory exists.

And, if CBF had experienced a sexual assault and run past a group of four others down the stairs and out the door, someone would have noticed. Even if they had not, surely after a while, someone would say, where’s Christine?

Her memory is faulty. She says she heard Kavanaugh and Judge talking and laughing as they bounced off the walls on the way down the staircase, but when questioned further, she said she hadn’t actually heard them, but she assumed they had been talking.

CBF named former Holton-Arms classmate and “lifelong friend” Leland Ingham Keyser as the other young woman who was present at the party where she was sexually assaulted. Keyser then denied, in a sworn statement through her attorney, any recollection of this party. When questioned about Keyser’s denial, CBF said her friend probably didn’t recall being there because of her “poor health.”

Keyser has since spoken out publicly to say that although she suffers from a physical malady, which has required 14 surgeries to date, this has not affected her memory. A close family member of Keyser’s spoke to Laura Collins of the Daily Mail and made the following points:

  • She doubled down on the statements Keyser has already given to the Senate Committee in which she has denied all knowledge of the supposed party, the alleged assault or of Kavanaugh.
  • The former pro golfer confirmed she couldn’t corroborate Ford’s story when she was interviewed by the FBI last Saturday.
  • Her physical problems have had no effect on her memory.
  • Contrary to CBF’s claims, the women are not close, they have been out of touch for years.

6.  Falso in uno, falso in omnibus: There were many inconsistencies.

Her lawyers told us that she could not get to Washington in time for the original Monday hearing that Grassley had scheduled, explaining that due to her fear of flying and being in tight spaces without an immediate exit, a result of the sexual assault, she would be driving from California. Yet, she often flew to places like Hawaii, Costa Rica and the South Pacific for surfing vacations.

Investigative journalist Paul Sperry points out, “Ford told The Washington Post she was upset when Trump won in 2016, because Kavanaugh was mentioned as a Supreme Court pick. But Kavanaugh wasn’t added to Trump’s list of possibles until November 2017, a full year later.”

CBF’s lawyers refused to turn over many key documents that Republicans had requested during the hearings, the most important being her therapy notes. If any of them had provided corroborating information, they would have been presented as “Exhibit A” by the Ford team. We can assume the documents were either damaging to Ford’s credibility (likely) or neutral (possible).

Let’s take a look at some of those documents.

 

Just for fun:

Below is the analysis of a body language expert that went viral during the hearings. The analyst indicates that CBF was “acting” during her testimony and says the only genuine emotion she displayed was “fear.” Who wouldn’t be afraid to perjure themselves in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on national television? Another interesting point made by the analyst was that CBF had no mucus or no tears.

If anyone who is interested, here is the video:

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The RedState Box Office Report – A Hustle to Challenge the Clown

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Arrivals from Toronto deliver mixed results

It was all but concluded that this weekend would see a repeat champion at the top, but an upstart release with some strong word-on-the-street was threatening things. It is a sign we may have crawled from the post-summer doldrums like emerging from a sewer.

So in the ramping up of the Halloween frame and moving towards the holiday season here are this weekend’s performance figures.

IT: CHAPTER TWO – $40.7 Million
No shock at all that a repeat was to be had with the monster hit from last week. The second balloon ride was actually slightly better than expected. Horror films are notorious for being first-weekend performers and having a quick drop off, even more so if it has a stronger opening. There was a sign of strength here as this weekend is around a -55% dip, much better than the predicted -60,65% drop. Saturday was a stronger than anticipated return, propping up an already powerful performance. This follows close to the original, that also had a stronger second week than predicted. To date this sequel has drawn $150 million already.

HUSTLERS – $32.1m
A highly raved-about film that debuted at the Toronto Film Festival has been getting all kinds of attention. Jennifer Lopez is getting rave reviews as she heads a cast of actresses who have impressed in this tale of strippers who conduct a heist on their rich clientele. The predictions on this title have been constantly scaled upwards and some speculated it had the chance to dethrone the money-making Pennywise. This opening is the best ever seen by Jennifer Lopez, and the best for the studio, STX Entertainment.

ANGEL HAS FALLEN – $4.2m
A slight recovery, after the monstrous opening of IT last weekend, sees Gerard Butler dipping only -29% this week. Soon this second sequel will have earned more than LONDON HAS FALLEN.

GOOD BOYS – $4.1m
Universal continues to see good returns, as this has now climbed over the $70 million mark.

THE LION KING – $3.6m
The clear king of the summer is still a fixture as we enter into Fall.

HOBBS & SHAW – $2.77m
Globally the boys who despise physics have taken in $760 million.

OVERCOMER – $2.7m
The little faith-based-movie-that-could has been chugging along, now earning $30 million in its run.

THE GOLDFINCH – $2.6m
Here is proof that not every awards-hopeful movie to come out of the Toronto Film Festival is gold. This one got beat up a little bit at TIFF and it flamed out. A $50 million co-production between Warner Brothers and Amazon Studios it has Nicole Kidman heading an all-star cast in an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Not only is this a dismal debut on that budget but it was a wide-release disaster. This stands as a top-10 worst opening for a film that debuted in at least 2,500 screens.

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – $1.9m
On the other side of the arthouse spectrum is this film with Shia Labeouf. Given a low and gradual rollout and adding screens with each successful week it has tacked on just under another 200 screens this weekend to take its run now to almost 1,500. Along the way it has gently built up a respectable $15 million haul for this small picture.

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $1.85m
Lost might be the key word in that title. It will be interesting to see how much gold Paramount may end up losing on this venture.

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Finally! Common Ground Between Conservatives and Climate Change Goobers Is Discovered

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, joins a coalition of youth climate leaders and environmental groups during a climate strike outside the United Nations, Friday Aug. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

So, on Friday there was a “climate strike” in front of the White House. I missed it at the time because I was “dropping some friends off at the lake” or, in Special Forces vernacular, “locking out a SEAL Team,” or something similarly vital. The key attraction in this goat rope apparently was 16-year-old Swedish climate alarmist prodigy, Greta Thunberg.

Before moving forward, let me digress here just for a second. It has become fashionable on the left to use kids as human shields for all kinds of really stupid ideas–and there was a lot of stupid, front and center, on Friday:

For instance, the viciously stupid David Hogg was given a pass by the right. Why? I don’t have a clue beyond a suspicion that it was some kind of fear that we’d be criticized for pointing out he was a buffoon. This Thunberg kid is also involved in spouting nonsense and no one is taking her on. You’ll notice that the left had no similar problems in going after Kyle Kashuv. Bottom line, kids who get involved in adult debates must be held to adult standards. Dumb ideas don’t become smarter just because you’re a know-it-all teenager. We’re done with the Children’s Crusade nonsense.

Anyway, aside from the main attraction there was this:

This has been a recurring theme with the climate alarmist goober demographic,

Our planet is going to face disaster if we don’t turn this ship around. And so it’s basically, like, there’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead, I think, young people, to have a legitimate question. Ya know, should—is it okay to still have children? Not just financially, because people are graduating with 20, 30, 100 thousand dollars of student loan debt, so they can’t even afford to have kids in the house, but also there’s just this basic moral question, like, what do we do?

In fact, you see it among many of the young kids at the “climate strike”

This may seem depressing until you realize that this is actually a political breakthrough. This is a point of agreement between we, the reality and science based community, and them, the climate alarmists and Armageddon fantasists. No. You shouldn’t have kids. You’re stupid. You’re incompetent to be parents. You’re using your kids as sockpuppets for quackery and making them feel as though they are not wanted, that they are a detriment to Gaia or whatever bullsh** you guys are worshipping this week, and that they have no future. That kind of an attitude becomes self-fulfilling. If you really believe this stuff you should definitely not have kids until there is a Green New Deal because there isn’t going to be one. Now, of course, this means that you’re going to, best case, die alone and be eaten by the cats you tried to train to be vegan. Worst case you’re going to be packed off to some kind of a warehouse staffed by like-minded nutters who believe your ancient ass is a drain on scarce resources and that you’re a prime candidate for euthanasia. You won’t get visitors. You will die alone and unmourned. And you’ll be used for compost.

Children are a blessing. They shouldn’t be drafted into adult wars. They shouldn’t learn that it is okay to interject themselves into adult conversations. Whatever problems the world has is going to be solved by having more children raised by competent parents.

So actually Friday was a very good day. We have found something with which we can agree with the climate alarmists.

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Schiff’s New Subpoena and Nadler’s Impeachment Inquiry Are The Death Rattle of The Russian Collusion Probe; They’ve Played The Game Too Long

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Following Robert Mueller’s disastrous testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees in July, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared to throw in the towel on the idea of impeaching President Trump. He indicated that the best way to oust Trump would be at the ballot box. We all knew that wasn’t the end of his impeachment dreams.

On Friday, Schiff, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, issued a subpoena for Acting Director of National Intelligence Chief Joseph Maguire. Politico reported that Maguire is being accused of taking extraordinary steps to illegally withhold a whistleblower complaint from Congress that could potentially be covering up the president’s misconduct.

Schiff issued the following statement:

A Director of National Intelligence has never prevented a properly submitted whistleblower complaint that the [inspector general] determined to be credible and urgent from being provided to the congressional intelligence committees. Never. This raises serious concerns about whether White House, Department of Justice or other executive branch officials are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its intended recipient, the Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct.”

The Committee can only conclude, based on this remarkable confluence of factors, that the serious misconduct at issue involves the President of the United States and/or other senior White House or Administration officials.

President Trump appointed Maguire to this position in mid-August following the resignation of Dan Coats. Prior to this, he served as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

The subpoena demands that Maguire submit the required material by September 17. If he fails to do so, “he will be compelled to appear before lawmakers on Capitol Hill on September 19.”

Politico reported that Maguire’s office replied with the following statement:

We received the HPSCI’s subpoena this evening. We are reviewing the request and will respond appropriately. The ODNI and Acting DNI Maguire are committed to fully complying with the law and upholding whistleblower protections and have done so here.

In addition to Schiff’s action on Friday, House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-CA) announced that his committee had passed a resolution to establish the “investigative procedures,” the rules, they will follow during their impeachment inquiry. This resolution passed 24-17, along party lines.

Nadler told reporters, “There is no House rule requiring the House take a full vote. In light of this precedent, the committee has made clear it has full authority to conduct its investigation as to whether to recommend articles of impeachment.”

The increased efforts to target Trump coincide with the completion of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz which was announced on Friday.

Last Monday, former US attorney Joe DiGenova said on a radio show that a copy of the report had been circulating inside and outside of the DOJ. According to him, the IG has concluded that the FBI’s initial FISA application and all three renewals were obtained illegally, which is extremely bad news for the Democrats. (The details can be read in this post: Buzz: IG Report Is ‘Being Circulated Inside And Outside’ Of The DOJ And Finds That FISA Warrants Were Illegally Obtained)

If DiGenova is correct, there’s no question that House Democrats are aware of the results and are bracing for bad news. They are responding in the only way they know how. Accuse, investigate, subpoena.

They acted similarly ahead of the release of the Mueller report. They clearly had knowledge long before the public that the Mueller team had not found sufficient evidence to recommend charges against Trump for either collusion or obstruction of justice.

Knowing that the releas would be a huge disappointment for them, they tried to get ahead of it by unleashing a flurry of new bogus charges and investigations against the President.

This is the way they operate. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

The problem for both Schiff and Nadler is that they’ve played the game too long. They lost an tremendous amount of credibility after the Mueller report was released. And Mueller’s appearance before Congress finished it. I imagine even their base doesn’t fully believe them even though they so desperately want to.

When they speak publicly now about the crimes of this president, it only serves to highlight the degree to which they’ve lost touch with reality.

I think what we’re witnessing is the death rattle of the deep state coup against President Trump.

 

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The Questions Asked by Mike Flynn’s Lawyer Shows She Has Been Getting a Lot of Help From Within the FBI

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FILE – In this July 10, 2018, file photo, former President Donald Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, right, arrives at federal courthouse in Washington, for status hearing. Prosecutors with the special counsel’s office say Flynn is not yet ready to be sentenced. The joint filing with defense lawyers Tuesday, Aug. 21, is a sign that Flynn’s cooperation with investigators is continuing.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

On Thursday, Mike Flynn’s legal team was back in court. What the team, led by the awesome Sidney Powell, is trying to do is to convince a federal judge that the government’s treatment of Flynn has been so egregious and so in defiance of court orders that the only remedy is to throw out the case. My colleague, Bonchie, covered it in Michael Flynn’s Legal Team Throws Down The Gauntlet. Essentially, Powell asked Judge Emmett Sullivan to make the government show cause as to why it should not be held in contempt.

Now that Powell’s full motion to compel has been unsealed, we can see that she knows a helluva lot about what went on within the upper ranks of the FBI and that can only be because someone who was in the room at critical times is feeding her information.

In her Motion to Compel, Powell catalogued 40 categories of evidence the government has refused to turn over. She seeks a court order requiring federal prosecutors to provide the withheld evidence under Brady and its progeny. Brady and its offshoots require prosecutors to disclose material exculpatory and impeachment evidence to the defense team. And, as Judge Sullivan made clear during Tuesday’s hearing, that duty exists even though Flynn had already pleaded guilty and even though he had agreed that the government would not be required to provide him with further evidence.

Some of the evidence Powell seeks is already presumed by many to exist, such as FISA applications pertaining to Flynn and the original 302 written shortly after FBI agents interviewed Flynn about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. But other evidence Powell identifies reveals that she has skinned all the snakes involved in SpyGate and knows exactly what went down. For instance, Powell requested “any information, including recordings or 302s, about Joseph Mifsud’s presence and involvement in engaging or reporting on Mr. Flynn and Mifsud’s presence at the Russia Today dinner in Moscow on December 17, 2015.”

It was at that dinner gathering that Flynn met Vladimir Putin. (A photograph capturing the two at that event has been used to further the Flynn-is-a-Russian-agent narrative.) Powell’s court filing is the first we are learning that Mifsud also attended that gathering—a strange coincidence given the FBI’s claim that it launched its investigation into the Trump campaign upon learning that Mifsud had informed the young Trump advisor George Papadopoulos that the Russians had dirt on Hillary.

Indeed, everything we’ve seen and heard to date indicates that far from being a Russian agent of some sort, Joseph Mifsud was a wholly owned property of one or more Western intelligence services. The fact that Mueller did NOT interview him despite him being available and his links to Western intelligence services calls into question the value of the information that he allegedly passed onto George Papadopoulos about the Russians “having dirt” on Hillary.

But then it gets really funny. This is via Legal Insurrection:

* Any and all evidence that during a senior-attended FBI meeting or video conference, Andrew McCabe said, “First we fuck Flynn, then we fuck Trump,” or words to that effect.

* A letter delivered by the British Embassy to the incoming National Security team after Donald Trump’s election, and to outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice (the letter apparently disavows former British Secret Service Agent Christopher Steele, calls his credibility into question, and declares him untrustworthy).

* All payments, notes, memos, correspondence, and instructions, by and between the FBI, CIA or DOD with Stefan Halper–going back as far as 2014–regarding Michael Flynn, Svetlana Lokhova, Mr. Richard Dearlove (of MI6), and professor Christopher Andrew (connected with MI5) and Halper’s compensation through the DOD Office of Net Assessment as evidenced by the whistleblower complaint of Adam Lovinger….

* Unredacted copies of all memos created by or other communications from James Comey that mention or deal with any any investigation, surveillance, FISA applications, interviews, or use of a confidential human source or “OCONUS lures” against Mr. Flynn.

* An internal DOJ document dated January 30, 2017, in which the FBI exonerated Mr. Flynn of being “an agent of Russia.”

The top two are total game changers. Together they show that the FBI knew that Steele’s dossier was largely a fraud and it also shows that McCabe had targeted both Flynn and Trump. This specific items shows that there are people in the FBI telling Powell what went on and where to look and this, in turn, puts the FBI on notice that lying about their existence is simply begging for someone to leak a copy of the documents to her…assuming that hasn’t already been done.

No matter what you think about Trump or Flynn, you should be able to see that Flynn was targeted for a malicious prosecution by an outgoing administration and its loyalists. That is wrong. That is why we are not Brazil or Argentina. The takeaway should not be “har, har, har, that’s funny” it should be “if they will do it to the President of the United States and his top staff, then you, my friend, are so very f***ed.”

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Biden Suffers A Denture Malfunction During Debate; When Will Democrats End Biden’s Public Humiliation?

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During Thursday night’s Democratic debate, ABC’s John Muir questioned former Vice President Joe Biden about failed gun control legislation in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre in Newtown, CT. Muir asked, “If you couldn’t get it done after Sandy Hook, why should voters give you another chance?”

What followed was a series of peculiar mouth movements and several slurred words as he struggled to adjust his dentures which appeared to have come lose. Another public humiliation for the “only candidate who can beat Donald Trump.”

Biden’s latest cringeworthy moment quickly went viral on social media along with captions such as “Joe Biden’s teeth doing their best to jump right out of his mouth” and “Wait for it… Did Biden lose his teeth for a moment before trying to enforce his stance on #guncontrol?”

The fact that Biden’s dentures came loose, in and of itself, is meaningless. However, as episodes which remind of us Biden’s age and possible mental impairment continue to pile up, one wonders how long the Democrats will allow this to continue.

The former vice president has always been gaffe prone, but his recent blunders go well beyond gaffe territory and the sheer number of them have left some voters wondering if he has become “too old” to serve.

There are signs that Democrats are concerned about Biden’s obvious decline. The New York Times recently reported that, “Recent interviews with more than 50 Democratic voters and party officials across four states, as well as with political strategists and some of Mr. Biden’s own donors, showed significant unease about Mr. Biden’s ability to be a reliably crisp and effective messenger against Mr. Trump.”

DNC leadership, not to mention Biden’s family members, need to realize that the former Vice President’s best days are behind him now. Even if Biden should win the Democratic nomination, which has become more doubtful, his decline will be showcased in a general election. And Biden’s lifelong career of public service will end in humiliation.

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Obama Bro Ben Rhodes Bursts In Like the Kool-Aid Man to Shill for Iran After Deadly Attacks

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Tommy Vietor, left, former National Security Council spokesman, and Ben Rhodes, deputy National Security Adviser. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Yesterday, massive explosions rocked a Saudi Arabian oil field, shutting down 5% of the world’s production. As my colleague streiff shared earlier today, we didn’t have to wait long to find out who did it. If you had Iran as the aggressor, congrats, although that’s not a difficult guess these days. It appears cruise missiles, possibly fired by Iranian backed militias in Iraq, were used in the attack.

Mike Pompeo confirmed that Iran was the backing for the operation, as the cruise missiles are theirs and only their proxies use them.

Never fear though. Obama bro Ben Rhodes is on the case and he’s here to let us know that Iran wasn’t actually responsible.

Rhodes has never met a situation where he doesn’t run to side with the Mullahs. The relationship he has with them and the sheer amount of shilling he does in their favor leaves a lot of open questions. Just why is he so invested in propping up a brutal Islamic dictatorship? What’s in it for Rhodes?

Of course, what Rhodes says there is nonsensical garbage. The Houthis are being controlled by Iran and they are also financing and supplying their war effort.

Want a clear example of media bias? Notice how during the Obama administration, not once did a major outlet question the qualifications of Ben Rhodes. This despite the fact that he had zero foreign policy experience and was a failed writer until Obama inexplicably put him at his right hand. Meanwhile, they lost their minds over Nikki Haley going to the UN and Trump bringing on numerous generals.

Rhodes oversaw one of the most disastrous foreign policy regimes in modern history. His delusional Arab Spring push set the entire Middle East on fire and over half a million people died in Syria because of his pacifism of Iran and inaction on the battlefield. The only thing he managed to get done was a useless nuclear deal with Iran, which they never had intentions of following anyway.

While the current media complex won’t call this clown out, hopefully history won’t be as kind.

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Ted Cruz: If Republicans Want to ‘Demoralize’ Their Base, They’ll Placate the Undecided with Gun Control

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On Thursday, Ted Cruz told gatherers at a Christian Science Monitor event that GOP legislators must stand firm against the Dems’ new far-Left turn toward gun confiscation (here).

Ted was asked by The Hill’s Alexander Bolton about Republican politicians placating swing voters with modified gun control.

This was his reply:

“If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights, that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren. We’re going to see record-shattering Democratic turnout. The only element missing to ensure Democratic victory is demoralizing conservatives so they stay home. I hope we don’t do that. I think that would be a serious mistake.”

“But it would also be a serious mistake as a policy matter,” he added.

His comment on demoralization shouldn’t go unnoticed. He makes an interesting point.

As for policy efficacy, he noted that the Manchin-Toomey bill (expanding background checks to gun shows and internet sales but not transactions among friends and family) wouldn’t have made a difference in recent mass shootings:

“The Democrats’ proposal would not have prevented any of these mass murders. We ought to be focusing seriously, substantively on how you stop these horrific crimes – and what they’re proposing wouldn’t do it. What I’m proposing has a far greater likelihood of preventing these kinds of crimes.”

And concerning the gratuitous gun grab, Ted believes the confiscators comin’ for ya won’t be satisfied with Wave 1:

“Democratic gun confiscation proposals, which are getting more and more common – and by the way, when it comes to gun confiscation on the Left, it starts with so-called ‘assault rifles,’ but the next step is handguns. Now, at this point, I expect people around the room to snicker and say, ‘Come on! That’s ridiculous. They’ll never go to handguns.’ Just remember that in about 24 months when we see them pushing for handgun confiscation – they have not yet proposed it, but that is, I believe, their ultimate goal…full confiscation – that would cost lives.”

Ted also explained that Americans defend themselves with firearms between 500,000 and 3,000,000 times per year, and that the ol’ 2A is “a powerful tool of women’s empowerment.”

Furthermore, Cruz assured he wants to “do more about gun violence,” but that the Democrats’ maneuvering is about politics rather than the actual issue.

Not very long ago at all, those across the aisle sometimes literally laughed on television when a conservative brought up the notion that the Left was moving toward confiscation.

My, how quickly the world has turned.

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