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When Susie Met Comey

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 00:23
By Lloyd Billingsley

January 20, 2017 was inauguration day for President Donald Trump and the last day on the job for national security advisor Susan Rice. At 12:15 p.m. that day, Rice sent herself an email about a January 5 meeting with POTUS 44, FBI boss James Comey, deputy attorney general Sally Yates, and vice president Joe Biden

In this meeting, Rice wrote, “The president stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.” From a national security perspective, however, the president “said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.”

Senators Lindsey Graham and Charles Grassley, among others, found the email highly unusual. Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler countered that Rice was simply “memorializing an important discussion for the record.” The discussion did not involve the Steele dossier and “any insinuation that Ambassador Rice’s actions in this matter were inappropriate is yet another attempt to distract and deflect from the importance of the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in America’s democracy.” Others offered a different explanation for Rice’s eleventh-hour message. 

“She’s obviously trying to rewrite history,” Judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox News. “She’s trying to make it look as if something happened that didn’t happen.” Those present “learned something between January 5th and January 20th which caused them to want to change the narrative about this meeting.” 

As the FBI’s Trump-hating Peter Strzok and Lisa Page said in their texts, “potus wants to know everything we are doing,” in their various investigative capers during 2016. Those doubtless concerned the “insurance policy,” the lovebirds discussed in the office of Clinton crony Andrew McCabe, deputy director of the FBI. So perhaps that was the narrative Susan Rice wanted to change on January 20, 2017. With her proven experience, she was the right woman for the job.

On September 11, 2012, Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. compound in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew it was a planned terrorist attack but told the world it was all part of a spontaneous protest over an internet video. Susan Rice, then U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, dutifully echoed that narrative on national television. 

As national security advisor, Rice spun the narrative that turncoat Bowe Bergdahl served the United States with “honor and distinction.” As Rice told CNN, “I’m upfront with the American people and I always do my best on behalf of my country and I do my best to tell the facts as I know them.” 

On the Benghazi episode, Rice said she provided the “best information” the government had at the time. “I regret that the information I was provided was wrong, that I delivered to the American people,” she explained. “That doesn’t make me a liar. That makes me a public servant trying to say what we knew at the time.”

As Shirley MacLaine said in Being There, “I reveal myself to myself, and I am drenched and purged.” To the nation, on the other hand, Rice revealed herself as a professional liar, though not particularly convincing. As it happens, her January 20, 2017 attempt to retrofit POTUS 44 as a by-the-book champion of propriety is part of a long tradition. 

In the 1995 Dreams from My Father, strategic information always comes from the ladies. At the prestigious Punahou School, teacher Miss Hefty says, “Barry Obama’s father is here, and he’s come all the way from Kenya, in Africa, to tell us all about his country.” Aunt Jane calls from Nairobi to explain: “Listen Barry, your father is dead. He is killed in a car accident.” 

Auma, the Kenyan Barack Obama’s daughter, shows up in Chicago. “You know, the Old Man used to talk about you so much!” Auma tells the American. “He would show off your picture to everybody and tell us how well you were doing in school.” 

In his massive Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Garrow explains that Dreams from My Father was not a memoir or autobiography. “It was instead, in multitudinous ways, without any question, a work of historical fiction.” (Garrow’s italics) And “its most important composite character was the narrator himself.” 

With collaboration from the establishment media, that composite character became the 44th president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, for eight full years. Since he left office, evidence has been mounting that POTUS 44 corrupted the FBI and DOJ to ensure the election of his chosen successor. When Hillary Clinton lost, the president tasked FBI and DOJ bosses to frame Donald Trump on charges that he colluded with Russia.

POTUS 44, James Comey, Sally Yates and the whole Deep State squad weren’t exactly acting “by the book.” As Judge Napolitano said, Susan Rice is “obviously trying to rewrite history.” The American people should see it as another backward masking of a president who, unlike all the others, wasn’t exactly who he claimed to be.


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Larwyn's Linx: Rosenstein: No American ‘Had Any Knowledge’ In Russian Meddling Indictment

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 12:47
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Nation

Rosenstein: No American ‘Had Knowledge’ of Russian Meddling: Justin Caruso
White House Statement on Russian Election Interference Indictments: CTH
Mueller Indicts Russians for ‘Disparaging Hillary Clinton’ In Election Hacking Scheme: GWP

Mueller’s Probe A Farce: Files Joke Indictment Against Russian Trolls: DisMed
As Mueller moves forward, lingering questions about Comey and Clinton: Warren Richey
25 Disturbing Facts About Refugee Resettlements from Somalia: Leo Hohmann

Spare Us the ‘Conversation’: George Neumayr
Here’s a list of recent attacks the FBI missed despite major warning signs: Twitchy
Police Called To Florida Gunman's Home 39 Times Since 2010: DailyWire

The Left Fails to Recognize the Current Reality: EIB
Juvenile Viciousness Is Here to Stay: Gilbert T. Sewall
Mueller Indicts 13 Russian Nationals Involved In Election Interference: Chuck Ross

Scandal Central

Gorka Offers ‘Tip’ to Mueller: If You Want To Actually Put People in Prison, Start With Hillary: Joseph A. Wulfsohn
Remember Judge Contreras?: Imperator_Rex
Dreamers Charged in Brutal Baseball Bat Beating of Sex-Trafficked Girl: GWP

Climate, Energy & Regulations

‘The Illusion Of Debate’—A History of the Climate Issue: Part 2 (2009 – 2011): JoNova

Media

Tucker Carlson: 'They Call It Gun Control But It’s Not --- It’s People Control': Breitbart
5 Terrible Things the Media Communicates to Every Potential School Shooter: David Forsmark
Associated Press Endorses 'Accountability Journalism': Susan Duclos

Media Swallows Militia Leader's Claim School Shooter Was Connected to White Supremacists: Rick Moran
The One Single Person To Blame For The Florida School Shooting: Matt Walsh
Andrea Mitchell Worries FBI Mistake on Cruz Investigation Will Undermine Russia Probe: David Rutz

World

It's All Politics: Why Netanyahu Is Likely to Beat the Rap and Keep Leading Israel: Caroline Glick
Hijab compulsory in around 150 UK schools, government too ‘politically correct’ to step in: Westmonster
Paris: Muslim dominated ‘No Go Zones’ turned into full-fledged mini Islamic states: BNI

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Bank of America Has Filed More Cryptocurrency Patents Than Any Other Company: BitcoinsChannel
Ancient city in Mexico had as many buildings as Manhattan: DailyMail
Supermassive Black Holes are Growing Faster than Their Galaxies: I4U

Cornucopia

The Narrative Failed: Sondrakistan
Students in Texas School District Feel Safe With Staff Who Carry Concealed Weapons: WZ
More Heroes: Sondrakistan

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QOTD:

Is there an obstruction case against President Trump? Let's ask DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel - my weekend @NRO column: https://t.co/z2hStXUZu9

— Andrew C. McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) February 17, 2018

Larwyn's Linx: What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier?

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:23
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Nation

What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier? : Andrew C. McCarthy
Why are the Comey memos secret?: Byron York
Trump legal team builds case against Mueller interview, cites Clinton precedent: Times

White House: New Bipartisan DACA Plan “Giant Amnesty”: Ed Morrissey
Spare Us the ‘Conversation’: George Neumayr
Cruz on Amnesty: Scoop

FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer Responds to Request for FISC Documents: CTH
Back Off the FBI! They’re Busy Investigating Trump!: EIB
Local law enforcement: No known ties between militia and school shooter: Tallahassee

New Gun Policies Won’t Stop Mass Shootings, but People Can : David French
Islamic/Antifa links of Florida Mass Shooter: Geller Report
The Truth About Mass Shootings and Gun Control: Ben Domenech (2013)

We Should Follow Israel’s Proven Lead: Dealing With School Shootings: Brandon Morse
No!: Christian Mercenary
Lying About Gun Violence With Statistics: Daniel Greenfield

Scandal Central

Mueller’s ‘Pit Bull’ Andrew Weissmann Busted for Withholding Evidence in Prior Case: Sara Carter
The Judicial Resistance Reveals Itself: Jesse Merriam
BuzzFeed asks court to force DNC to show evidence of hack for Trump dossier lawsuit: Naomi Lim

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Obama said we can't drill our way to energy independence. Obama was wrong, again.: AT

Media

Why The Media Stopped Reporting The Russia Collusion Story: Lee Smith
18 School Shootings In 2018? Yeah – Not Quite: Susan Wright
Father of Victim in Florida Shooting Mocked for Trump Shirt: TPI

World

Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing: Guy Millière
Is Turkey threatening to go to war against the United States over its backing of the Kurds?: BNI
EU ties Brexit transition talks to divorce agreement: Eszter Zalan

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Weekly Brief: Two Tesla Autopilot incidents raise driverless concerns: TU Auto
Why humans will always be smarter than artificial intelligence: Phil Wainewright
Cybercrime Gang Ramps up Ransomware Campaign: Dark Reading

Cornucopia

Why are You Surprised?: Stream
Sharyl Attkisson TedX Speech Discussing Origin of “Fake News”: TedX
FLOTUS Friday: Post-Valentine Edition: MOTUS

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QOTD: "An email written on January 21 [by Susan Rice] to record decisions made on January 5 is not written to memorialize what was decided. It is written to revise the memory of what was decided in order to rationalize what was then done. " --Andrew C. McCarthy

NEW YORK TIMES 1936: Eva Braun stuns, fascinates at Berlin Olympics

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:29
By The People's Cube

BERLIN, GERMANY - Eva Braun's charm and beauty stand out in the Munich games. Everywhere she goes, she is attended by mobs of admiring and curious reporters. Photographers jostle against each other, eager to get a shot of Eva's sphinx like smile or get a picture that does justice to her cleverly subdued use of makeup or simple yet sophisticated hair style.

Normally, Eva lives her life in Hitler's shadow, but today she stands out as Germany's perfect emissary of peace for our time and hope for the future. "She shows Hitler's softer side," said one reporter. "People may be too focused on Hitler's bold speeches, or his military buildup violating the controversial Treaty of Versailles, but Eva shows us he's warm and very human, too."

In stark and disappointing contrast was the American delegation with its overbearing patriotism and "win at all costs" attitude that does so much to cheapen the Olympic spirit.

Other delegations, in fact, all of them, had the respect and common courtesy to lower their flags before Hitler in the opening ceremony. Only America in its awkward obsession with honoring the flag refused to respect Hitler in the accustomed way.

"It's frankly an aggressive and disturbing 'in your face' display of nationalism on our part," said Harvard professor, Walter Guntz, a specialist in German affairs. "This was a completely blown opportunity for world peace. The rudeness shown to Hitler, their host, is a serious affront to German pride, and I'm sorry, having the American athletes remove their hats just isn't the same thing. With the possibility of escalating tensions in Europe, this is the last thing we need. Thankfully, Britain may vote for a sensible prime minister who just might find a way to avoid plunging us into another world war," Guntz said.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the US delegation includes at least one Negro athlete, the track and field star Jesse Owens.

"Roosevelt could not have delivered a more calculated insult at a time when diplomacy is most needed," said another reporter who has been covering Germany's astonishing economic recovery. "Germany is very sensitive about their self-image right now having been humiliated in the Great War. While Hitler is trying to instill some pride into the German people, our president sends this colored athlete who happens to be very good. If he wins, it will do extensive damage to Germany's prestige, and could set diplomacy back by years, if not decades," he added.

But still, there is hope. Hope that Eva Braun's charm offensive will give some counter-balance to America's bullying presence as a nation that forgets itself as a guest of an ancient and otherwise respected people.


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Larwyn's Linx: Anatomy of a Coup

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:05
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Nation

Anatomy of a Coup: Ann Coulter
Someone’s Doing The DOJ and FBI Interrogations and It’s Not Congress: CTH
Was DNC actually hacked? Russia narrative continues to collapse: Jordan Schachtel

Political Espionage, By the Book: George Neumayr
Rice’s odd memo: Did Obama withhold intel from Trump?: Sharyl Attkisson
The Clintons’ Final Con: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

Mike Flynn, Rudolph Contreras and The Increasingly Sketchy FISA Application: CTH
In The Case Of The FISA Memos, Transparency Is National Security: Jonathan Turley
When Susie Met Comey: Lloyd Billingsley

Nikolas Cruz Was Reported to FBI As Potential School Shooter in September : GWP
The Deranged Instagram Accounts of FL Shooter Nicolas Cruz: GWP
Broward County FL Schools Institute “Trayvon Martin Standard”: CTH (2013)

Economy

Trump’s Terrible, Swift Sword: AmSpec
Feds Make History With Record Taxes in First Month of Tax Cut: Brandon Stewart
Pushback: Cops, FBI, Border agents, 'absolutely enthralled' with Trump: Paul Bedard

Scandal Central

The Flynn Case: Falco
Carter Page, Useful Idiot: Kirk Bennett
Southern Poverty Law Center working to advance the establishment of Sharia Law in US: RSR

Media

Porter vs. Rhodes: Larry Elder
NY Daily News wastes no time, trolls GOP Sens who’ve received NRA money hours after FL shooting: BPR
CNN Guest on FL Shooting: What Body Count Needed Before People in D.C. ‘Give a Rat’s Ass’: Mediate

World

European Officials: Apologists for Arab-Islamic Repression, Terrorism: Giulio Meotti
The Palestinian Information Center Posts Another Own Goal: Aussie Dave
Turkey demands U.S. expel Kurdish militia from anti-Islamic State force: Foreign Desk

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Return of the MOOCs: Mene Ukueberuwa
Google Wants To Get Date Timestamps Accurate In Search Results: SER
Enriched Uranium Particle Appears Over Alaska — and No One Knows Why: Rafi Letzter

Cornucopia

Valentine’s Day: MOTUS
Ode to Illegal Aliens Beside Obama: C&S
The Inner JSON Effect: DailyWTF

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QOTD:

A man who thinks he's a woman isn't mentally ill but a man who believes in God is. This is the basic premise of modern Leftism. https://t.co/G2Bt52yGGi

— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 14, 2018

What Democrats' bleatings about "national security" are really hiding

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:29
By Daniel Greenfield

Before the Nunes memo was released, Democrats, the media and its intelligence sources insisted that it would undermine national security, reveal tradecraft secrets and even get agents killed.

Senator Cory Booker warned that it might be treasonously "endangering fellow Americans in the intelligence community." It was, but not in the way that he meant. The memo didn’t have anything resembling classified information it. Neither did the Grassley-Graham criminal referral which was heavily redacted to screen out all the “classified information.” What did the classified information consist of?

The Grassley-Graham criminal referral went through two FBI redactions. Julie Kelly at American Greatness compared the two versions to see what was hidden.

Most of the redactions in the first version, that were exposed in the second version, involved the problems with the FISA warrant application’s reliance on Christopher Steele. The references to the FISA warrant, which is classified, allowed figures in the FBI to redact it. But none of the references reveal anything damaging to our national security. They do raise serious questions about the FBI’s actions.

The FBI redacted the fact that the FISA warrant was thoroughly based on the Clinton-Steele dossier. Even if the FISA application is classified, Clinton opposition research isn’t.  The FBI redacted the accusation that the FISA warrant had failed to state that Steele had been working for the Clinton campaign. That certainly isn’t classified information though it took a lot of work to expose.

The redaction even cut the FBI’s own revelation that Steele went rogue because he was upset at the reopening of the Clinton email investigation. The original documents that mention this may have been classified, but there is no legitimate national security reason for hiding this information from the public.

Revealing it exposes no “tradecraft” secrets that our enemies might exploit. It certainly won’t get anyone killed. Though it could and should get some of those responsible fired.

And that’s just for starters.

Hiding the weakness of the FISA warrant doesn’t reveal classified information. It conceals malfeasance. 

National security is not intended to conceal abuse and fraud by government agencies from Americans. Instead it’s meant to allow those agencies to act in secret in order to better defend them from enemies.

There is such a thing as actual classified information that can get people killed. Among the classified information leaked by Bradley Manning were the names of 900 Afghans that had helped our forces. He also exposed code words, techniques for dealing with IEDs and other exploitable information.

A Taliban spokesman announced that the Islamic guerilla group was looking into the Manning files. “If they are US spies, then we know how to punish them.”

Obama pardoned Manning. He appeared posing in a red dress on the cover of Vogue. Now he’s running in the Democrat primary in Maryland and raising money through ActBlue, the left’s fundraising platform.

There’s a world of difference between the FISA warrant abuses documented in the memo and referral, and the leaks of massive amounts of classified information that reveal techniques and targets.

But the Obama approach, from Day 1, was to declassify operationally damaging information and classify politically damaging information. That’s why he released the CIA interrogation memos that told Al Qaeda terrorists how to prepare themselves in case of capture, despite the opposition of five CIA heads, including the man working for him, but refused to declassify memos showing how well they worked.

After they lost the Senate, Senate Democrats on the Intelligence Committee under Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a biased and dishonest report about our interrogations of Islamic terrorists that caused American embassies around the world to go on alert in expectation of terrorist attacks.

That same Dianne Feinstein met the Nunes memo with a statement declaring, “Today’s announcement that the FBI has ‘grave concerns’ about the Nunes memo is the latest reason not to release it.”

Then the politician whose purely partisan report put American lives at risk, added, “There’s no excuse for playing politics with highly classified information. The president shouldn’t place personal or partisan interests above our national security.”  After its release, she complained that, “The Nunes memo is clearly intended to impugn the Steele dossier – of which no significant fact has been disproved.”

“No significant fact has been disproved” is quite a defense of a dossier claiming to indict the President of the United States. The burden of proof is on the accuser to prove an accusation. The Steele dossier remains unverified opposition research as documented in the memo that Feinstein wanted suppressed.

And what does Senator Feinstein consider to be the ‘insignificant facts’ that were disproven?

The dossier is full of basic errors and misspellings. These are mistakes that make the dossier look like it more likely originated from the Shearer-Blumenthal amateur intelligence operation than from pros either in Russia or the UK. But let’s ignore the fact that the author of the dossier has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to Russia as an ‘insignificant fact’ that shouldn’t impact its credibility.

Those are the evidentiary rules that Senate Dems would like us to play by when it comes to Trump.

The dossier claimed that Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, had met with Russian operatives in Prague in August. Instead Cohen went to Italy in July and was at the University of Southern California in August.

According to Senator Feinstein, that’s not a significant fact.

Cohen has denied meeting with the Russians. But how do you conclusively prove that he never met any Russians at the University of Southern California? And so that “significant fact” can’t be disproven.

(Even though it’s not a fact. The Clinton-Steele dossier is remarkably short of those.)

But the dossier became easier to disprove when BuzzFeed made it public in an act of shortsighted greed by the struggling millennial listicle website. It was impossible to disprove when it was secretly used as the basis for a classified eavesdropping warrant. And the legitimacy of the warrant was impossible to disprove until the Nunes and Grassley-Graham memos showed us how much it relied on the dossier.

There’s a pattern of Deep State sources smearing political opponents by leaking allegations to the media without ever actually declassifying and releasing the content that they are based on. Take the case of Rep. Harman, a Democrat, who was targeted in the New York Times with claims that her conversations with an Israeli figure had been intercepted leading to a possible investigation. Harman’s positions on terrorism were inconvenient to Obama. When Harman asked Attorney General Holder to release the transcripts of the alleged conversation, the investigation was instead dropped. But the scandal blocked Rep. Harman from chairing the House Intelligence Committee. That’s where Rep. Nunes sits now.

Obama Inc. targeted its political opponents under the guise of national security. His acolytes are still using national security to block any examination of the sources of the allegations and the oversight of the agencies that his operatives have politicized. But it’s not the nation’s security they’re protecting.

They lied about there being classified information in the Nunes memo. They tried to hide the expose of their own abuses documented in the Grassley-Graham letter under the guise of national security. And then they filled the Schiff-Nadler memo with classified information so that it couldn’t be released.

The Democrats have no problem releasing classified information that endangers lives for partisan reasons. Obama pardoned Bradley Manning and former Attorney General Eric Holder claimed that Edward Snowden had performed a “public service” by compromising the NSA. That’s the same operative whom a House Intel report found was in contact with Russian intelligence agencies.

That’s how concerned Obama Inc. was about Russian spying and national security.

Instead of protecting this country from national security threats, Obama Inc. abused national security to suppress political opponents, rig a presidential election and then undermine his successor. And Obama holdovers are still abusing national security to cover up their abuses and protect their coup attempt.

The only way to end the abuse is to stop letting the abusers hide them behind fake national security.


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Larwyn's Linx: Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:48
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Nation

Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What? : Victor Davis Hanson
Bombshell: Comey Held Secret Obama Meeting Before Inauguration: Richard Pollock
Flynn and Strzok: Changed 302s?: Imperator_Rex

Judicial Resistance: Another judge tells Trump he can’t end DACA on March 5: LI
DNC Refused To Honor Dossier-Related Subpoena, So BuzzFeed Sued: Chuck Ross
‘Divorced from politics and not a catch-all for political hacks’: John Ligato

Paul Ryan calls out John McCain for torpedoing ObamaCare repeal: FoxBiz
'Grossly impaired' illegal immigrant blamed for crash that killed toddler: Fox
Off-duty officer fatally shot in downtown Chicago: Police One

Economy

Feds Collect Record Taxes in First Month Under Tax Cut; Run Surplus in January: CNS
President Trump Discusses Trade With UniParty Decepticons and Democrats: CTH
Democrats Fleeing Blue States, Infecting Red States With Failed Liberal Disease: LidBlog

Scandal Central

Declassified: Comey Had Secret Russia Meeting With Obama Amid "Unmaskings": ZH
Explaining the Susan Rice email to herself: Thomas Wictor
Where is Adam Schiff’s Memo?: CTH

Media

Seemingly Inebriated Democrat Sen. Jack Reed Asks Intel Community to Out Covert Operations in Public: CTH
US Army Going Old School With Training After Too Many Recruits Act “Entitled”: TruePundit
Tucker Carlson Ends His Show With the Question ‘Why Do Airports All Show CNN?’: Josh Feldman

World

Israel's 'Deep State' Targets Netanyahu with Bogus Charges: Caroline Glick
Mass Exodus From Venezuela’s Socialist Violence And Starvation: Mac Slavo
The Army Plans On Stockpiling Thousands Of Artillery Shells Ahead Of The Next Big War: Jeff Schogol

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

These five technologies will drive enterprises in 2018 – if they can handle them: Robert Hof
Google team will bring Smart Replies to more chat apps: Jon Fingas
View Ads Or Mine Cryptocurrency, Salon Gives You The Choice: NewsBTC

Cornucopia

Dealing WIth Lefty: The Z Man
Time Traveler ‘Noah’ Claims Donald Trump Will Be Re-Elected President: TPI
Just Plain Goofy: CTH

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QOTD:

Odd that some of the same pajama-boy snowflakes triggered by the @NRATV ad imagery have no issue whatsoever with this imagery. pic.twitter.com/LhDGpkqxVs

— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 13, 2018

Larwyn's Linx: Did Hillary Clinton try to pull off the dirtiest dirty trick in US history?

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:23
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Nation

Did Hillary Clinton try to pull off the dirtiest dirty trick in US history?: Michael Goodwin
Sen. Grassley Questions Susan Rice About ‘Unusual’ Documentary Letter to Herself: CTH
Susan Rice's ‘Unusual Email’ To Herself Moments Before Trump Inauguration: Chuck Ross

Intriguing Links Emerge In GOP Led Dossier Investigation: Chuck Ross
Senator Lindsey Graham Discusses The Curious Susan Rice Email: CTH
CIA Brennan Might Have to Answer for Perjury, Planning a Coup: S. Noble

Six Ways the GOP Is Trying to Lose the Amnesty and Immigration Fight: Breitbart
Good News: California Will Free 10,000 Sexual Predators: S. Noble
Flake pitches immigration compromise: Jordain Carney

Economy

Mark Levin pummels Swamp creatures: ‘spending like drunken Marxists’: Phil Shiver
Trump Budget Proposal Projects Deficit Spending for Next Decade: Fred Lucas
Leftist "Global Inequality" Charity Used Underage Prostitutes: Daniel Greenfield

Scandal Central

Susan Rice: Obama Considered Hiding Russia Intel from Incoming Trump Administration: Ian Mason
9 Reasons to Suspend the Mueller Project (and it Does NOT Involve Strzok’s Texts): Yossi Gestetner
Married senior policy advisor to President Obama pleaded guilty to sex crimes: DailyMail

Russiagate or Intelgate?: Stephen F. Cohen
Who Flipped?: Thomas Wictor
Evidence Suggests Former FBI Official Bill Priestap is Singing Like a Bird: GWP

Media

Byron York Ponders The Flynn Puzzle Question: CTH
Judge orders Las Vegas Review-Journal to destroy autopsy report: Rachel Crosby
Schiff Memo Blocked Because DOJ & FBI Under "Criminal Investigation": Federal Prosecutor: ZH

CBS News: 43% Of Democrats Approved Of Trump's State Of The Union; Buries Poll: Ian Schwartz
Public broadcasting chief decries proposed Trump budget cuts: Rebecca Savransky
New York Times Highlights The Fact That Joy Reid Is Kind Of A Terrible Journalist: Alex Griswold

World

Iran Unveils New Homemade Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles Amid Massive War Celebrations: WFB
Trump Admin Not Backing Down From Confrontation With North Korea: Adam Kredo
The Clinton-Silsby Trafficking Scandal And How The Media Covered It Up: William Craddick (1/25/17)

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

73 Mind-Blowing Implications of Driverless Cars and Trucks: Geoff Nesnow
Your gadget’s next power supply? Your body: Cory Nealon
Facebook violated German privacy rules: EUobserver

Cornucopia

Obama Portrait Artist Kehinde Wiley Once Painted Black Women Decapitating White Women: Wrap
Anthony Weiner Kept Laptops Open Around Sex Worker He Was Seeing Regularly: GWP
Olympic Apparatchiks: MOTUS

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QOTD:

TOO BAD SO SAD: Ratings Crash, Revenue Rout Sets CNN on Path to Layoff up to 50 Employees https://t.co/PzCuSi8Cvn

— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) February 13, 2018

LIKE RATS FROM A SINKING SHIP: Comey vs. Rice Edition

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:04
For your consideration, a letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee to one Susan "Benghazi" Rice. Perhaps this pathetic attempt was Rice's own form of an 'insurance policy'.
Dear Ambassador Rice:

The Senate Judiciary Committee has a constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the FBI
and the broader Department of Justice. Part of that duty involves ensuring that law enforcement
efforts are conducted without improper political influence. Accordingly, the Committee has
been investigating the FBI' s relationship with Christopher Steele during the time his work was
funded by Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee, as well as the FBI's
reliance on his unverified third-hand allegations in the Bureau' s representations to courts.

As part of that effort, the Committee sent a request to the National Archives for records
of meetings between President Obama and then-FBI Director Corney regarding the FBI's
investigation of allegations of collusion between associates of Mr. Trump and the Russian
government. In response, the Committee received classified and unclassified versions of an
email you sent to yourself on January 20, 2017 - President Trump' s inauguration day. If the
timestamp is correct, you sent this email to yourself at 12: 15pm, presumably a very short time
before you departed the White House for the last time.

In this email to yourself, you purport to document a meeting that had taken place more
than two weeks before, on January 5, 2017. You wrote:

On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the
2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation
with FBI Director Jim Corney and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval
Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.

That meeting reportedly included a discussion of the Steele dossier and the FBI' s investigation of
its claims. 1 Your email continued:

President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to
ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law
enforcement communities "by the book". The President stressed that he is not
asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective.
He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would
by the book.

From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to
be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if
there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.

The next part of your email remains classified. After that, you wrote:

The President asked Corney to inform him if anything changes in the next few
weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming
team. Corney said he would.

It strikes us as odd that, among your activities in the final moments on the final day of the
Obama administration, you would feel the need to send yourself such an unusual email
purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the
FBI regarding the Trump/Russia investigation. In addition, despite your claim that President
Obama repeatedly told Mr. Corney to proceed "by the book," substantial questions have arisen
about whether officials at the FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department,
actually did proceed "by the book."

In order for the Committee to further assess the situation, please respond to the following
by February 22, 2018:

1. Did you send the email attached to this letter to yourself? Do you have any reason to
dispute the timestamp of the email?

2. When did you first become aware of the FBI' s investigation into allegations of
collusion between Mr. Trump' s associates and Russia?

3. When did you become aware of any surveillance activities, including FISA
applications, undertaken by the FBI in conducting that investigation? At the time you
wrote this email to yourself, were you aware of either the October 2016 PISA
application for surveillance of Carter Page or the January 2017 renewal?

4. Did anyone instruct, request, suggest, or imply that you should send yourself the
aforementioned Inauguration Day email memorializing President Obama' s meeting
with Mr. Corney about the Trump/Russia investigation? If so, who and why?

5. Is the account of the January 5, 2017 meeting presented in your email accurate? Did
you omit any other portions of the conversation?

6. Other than that email, did you document the January 5, 2017 meeting in any way,
such as contemporaneous notes or a formal memo? To the best of your knowledge,
did anyone else at that meeting take notes or otherwise memorialize the meeting?

7. During the meeting, did Mr. Corney or Ms. Yates mention potential press coverage of
the Steele dossier? If so, what did they say?

8. During the meeting, did Mr. Corney describe the status of the FBI's relationship with
Mr. Steele, or the basis for that status?

9. When and how did you first become-aware of the allegations made by Christopher
Steele?

10. When and how did you first become aware that the Clinton Campaign and the
Democratic National Committee funded Mr. Steele' s efforts?

11. You wrote that President Obama stressed that he was "not asking about, initiating or
instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective." Did President Obama ask
about, initiate, or instruct anything from any other perspective relating to the FBI' s
investigation?

12. Did President Obama have any other meetings with Mr. Corney, Ms. Yates, or other
government officials about the FBI' s investigation of allegations of collusion between
Trump associates and Russia? If so, when did these occur, who participated, and
what was discussed?

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please contact Patrick Davis of
Chairman Grassley' s staff at (202) 224-5225 or Lee Holmes of Chairman Graham' s staff at
(202) 224-5972 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley Lindsey 0. Graham
Chairman Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
Committee on the Judiciary
Ewww. Interesting.

So Rice says she, Comey and Obama met on the latter's last day in office.

Comey told Senate last time he met w/ Obama was "late 2016"

In email, Susan Rice says Comey+Obama met in WH Oval Jan 2017

Who is lying?

Comey remarks h/t @ChrisCPandolfo : https://t.co/trCW2JFl7o

WH logs don't corroborate Rice: https://t.co/XEigGVvtFdhttps://t.co/TUJftxMlFL

— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) February 12, 2018
So who is lying? Comey or Rice?

Update: Here are some hints.

Whoa. @oliverdarcy’s report that Comey updated Obama on Russia means that the use of DNC-funded, Russia/Clinton material as an excuse to expand an investigation may have reached the oval office! Now you know why Trump tweet last year March that Obama wiretapped his campaign. https://t.co/aaKsxE5Cbq

— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) February 8, 2018
Update II: More hints.

1. NOTE : Susan Rice's email to herself refers to an Oval Office WH meeting with Obama on 5 January 2017 attended by Comey, Yates and Biden.

There is NO reference to such a meeting in the WH visitor logs : see https://t.co/3IeZpFaEf9 https://t.co/dRgEjUhA8x

— Imperator_Rex (@Imperator_Rex3) February 12, 2018

2. If the archive is correct, Yates last visit to the WH was 25 September, 2016:https://t.co/Hd9NPq67IK

— Imperator_Rex (@Imperator_Rex3) February 12, 2018

3. James B Comey's last visit to the WH was on May 16, 2016:https://t.co/MwEMhbQPAM

— Imperator_Rex (@Imperator_Rex3) February 12, 2018

4. So either the archive is inaccurate, or they didn't log their visits (if so, why), or Susan Rice is lying & making stuff up in her email.

Given what I've learned about these people, you can probably guess what I'm thinking. But what do you guys think?

The end.

— Imperator_Rex (@Imperator_Rex3) February 12, 2018
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Larwyn's Linx: A Tale of Two Dossiers

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:33
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Nation

A Tale of Two Dossiers: Rising serpent
2017: State Dept. Spox: “Steele Dossier Was Never Used for FISA Application”: CTH
Devin Nunes wants ‘ridiculous’ Democratic memo released: Victor Morton

White House quietly working on immigration compromise: Rick Moran
Coming Senate Shenanigans on DACA?: Rachel Bovard
GOP senators offer stiff security plan as ante in immigration debate: Stephen Dinan

CIA Ex-Director Brennan's Perjury Peril: Paul Sperry
The once and future thing: Richard Fernandez
Rep. Nunes Is Investigating Former CIA Director John Brennan: S. Noble

Economy

America’s Lost Decade: John Michaelson

Scandal Central

British Controlling Hand in Russiagate Exposed: Harley Schlanger
Sunday Talks – Extensive Devin Nunes Interview With Maria Bartiromo: CTH
FBI Lovers’ Text: ‘We Text on That Phone When We Talk About Hillary Because It Can’t Be Traced’: Joe Setyon

Nunes: We know Lynch and Kerry Were Aware of Crap Dossier Used to Spy on Trump: GWP
Russian Collusion For Real: Ace
The Russian Dossier: Enter, Sid: JW

Media

As MSM fawns over North Korens, here are some illustrations made by ex-prisoners of regime: Ian McKelvey
Going After Obama Is The Red Line The FBI, CIA, NSA, Media, Etc., Will Not Cross…: DC Whispers
Strzok Savaged Chelsea Clinton In Texts: Jack Crowe

Obama and His Insufferable Fans: Stealth Jeff
Suppression Of Arms Commerce Led To The War Of Independence: Herschel Smith
CNN Getting Clock Cleaned by the National Enquirer: Rich Weinstein

World

Peace Corps Volunteer Testifies: “Trump Was Right”: NYM
The English language is shattering India's caste system: Monica Showalter
I Love Britain and Hate Brexit: George Soros

Putin's first test of Trump: Thomas Wictor
Kim Yo-jong's Guest Book Signature Was Not a 'Warm Message' - It was a thrreat: Ethan Epstein
Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?: Paulina Neuding

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Astronomers discover 1st possible exoplanets in another galaxy: Paul Scott Anderson
Irrational Exuberance? Super Bowl Ad Rate Growth Stalls Out: AdAge
New Horizons probe captures images at record distance from Earth: Jon Fingas

Cornucopia

My #Qanon thread for posts from February 5th to the present. : Praying Medic
The Death of Oil Has Been Greatly Exaggerated: MOTUS
CNN Season premiere of The Bachelorette: Communist Edition: Brutalist

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QOTD:

from valuable @gregip analysis of market fluctuations: “stability is destabilizing: Long periods of calm encourage risk-taking that aggravates the eventual bust.” https://t.co/0wGZZsh4mj

— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) February 12, 2018

The Trap Springs Shut on James Comey

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:46
By Daniel John Sobieski

If Rep. Trey Gowdy, R- S.C., really believes the House Intelligence Committee’s FISA memo does not vindicate President Trump, then he must also believe it does not answer the question of when Donald Trump stopped beating Melania. Gowdy made that claim, among others, in a series of tweets on Friday and in a “Face the Nation” interview last Sunday:

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the release of the controversial FISA memo by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee does not discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Gowdy said the memo, which alleges government surveillance abuse targeting at least one member of the Trump campaign, raises concerns about the FISA process and is of interest to the American people.

Despite that, Gowdy said he remains confident in Mueller and the "overwhelming majority" of the men and women serving at the FBI and Justice Department…

In an interview on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Gowdy said he understands that the president is "frustrated," but he reiterated he doesn't think the memo "has any impact on the Russia probe."

Ah, but it does. President Trump was mocked when he said that Trump Tower was wiretapped and he and his team were being spied on by their own government. Now we know, confirmed by the FISA memo, that it not only happened, but also that it happened at the behest of the opposition DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign colluding with a corrupt DOJ and FBI that used FISA warrant requests based on a Russian-linked dossier they paid for.

What does this FISA abuse have to do with the Russia collusion probe? Consider that the corruption of the FBI regarding the Hillary email probe, the Russia-Uranium One investigations, the FISA abuses occurred largely under FBI directors named Robert Mueller and James Comey. Comey had the fix in for Hillary Clinton and when Trump fired him for usurping the role of attorney general and publicly exonerating her, Comey, by criminally leaking memos on a private conversation in the Oval Office, arranged for the appointment of a special counsel, his good friend Robert Mueller.

While putting the fix in for Hillary to keep her out of prison, Comey was also part of the cabal trying to keep Trump out of the White House. His deputy was Andrew McCabe, forced out of his post as a result of the FISA memo’s description of his corrupt activities. Peter Strzok, a leader of the FBI resistance to Trump, as well as McCabe and his paramour Lisa Page, worked for Comey. Strzok, the lead investigator in the Hillary probe, went on to work for Mueller in the Russia collusion probe. A few dots for Trey Gowdy to connect.

Consider that Comey, in testimony given under oath in June 2017, said the Steele dossier was “salacious and unverified”. Yet Comey signed off on at least one, if not four, FISA warrant applications based on that “salacious and unverified” dossier. Either he was lying to Congress or he was lying to the FISA court judge. In any event, he was out to get Trump and the FISA abuse and his plot to set up Robert Mueller as a special counsel without a crime to investigate or any evidence of collusion were both parts of his conspiracy to get Trump.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., says that McCabe testified that if it weren’t for material from British spy Christopher Steele’s fraudulent dossier, there would have been no FISA requests and no surveillance of Team Trump:

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) took to Twitter following the release of the memo detailing FISA abuse and misconduct against the Trump campaign and asserted that former-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s statements regarding the dossier were recorded during his sworn testimony.

His tweets nuked the claims of CNN’s “anonymous sources” that said McCabe never made the statements laid out in the memo.

As Democrats frantically attempted to discredit the memo, Zeldin wrote that McCabe testified under oath that there would not have been a warrant without the dubious Christopher Steele dossier which was commissioned by Fusion GPS and paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

“McCabe did in fact testify under oath that there would not have been a FISA warrant if not for the dossier. It was recorded,” Rep. Zeldin tweeted.

Without Comey’s FBI submitting false FISA requests, including at least one signed off by Comey himself. there would have been no surveillance of Team Trump. On Comey’s  watch, McCabe and Strzok hatched their plot to unseat Trump, with at least one session held in “Andy’s office.” Without Comey’s actions there would have been no special counsel’s office staffed with Hillary Clinton donors and Democratic activists. Again, connect those dots.

Without Comey, the only justification for a special counsel would have been the conversation between George Papadopolous, briefly a foreign policy adviser for Team Trump, and an Australian diplomat in a bar:

The FBI reportedly decided to open its investigation into the Trump campaign after George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for the Trump team, drunkenly admitted to an Australian diplomat the Russians had damaging information on Hillary Clinton, an admission that came weeks before WikiLeaks began publishing its tranche of hacked emails.

Papadopoulos made the revelation in May 2016 to Alexander Downer, the top Australian diplomat in Britain, while he was drinking at the Kensington Wine Rooms in London. Three weeks earlier, a professor with ties to the Russian government told Papadopoulos the Russians had emails that would be damaging to Clinton, according to the New York Times.

Australian officials notified American officials about Papadopoulos’s statements two months later when WikiLeaks began publishing the hacked emails from Democratic officials, American and foreign officials told the New York Times.

Hearsay is inadmissible in a court of law. This is third or fourth-hand hearsay involving a drunken Trump hanger-on in a bar who passed on information to an Australian diplomat from a professor with ties to the Russian government. This is an awfully thin reed to hang an investigation on. Wasn’t the dossier also put together by someone with links to the Russian government, one Christopher Steele?

There is a link between the FISA abuse by the FBI and the Mueller investigation – the man who had it in for Trump after obstructing Justice n the Hillary Clinton email probe. That link is James Comey.


Read more by Daniel John Sobieski.

Larwyn's Linx: Russian Collusion Confirmed. With Democrats.

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 14:27
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Nation

Russian Collusion Confirmed. With Democrats.: BattleSwarm
GOP Members Discuss The FISA Memo: CTH
President Trump Highlights “Deep State” Intelligence Intent: CTH

Democrats Had Private Dinner With Iran President And Farrakhan: Peter Hasson
Mystery woman appears in hotel of GOP lawmaker; entrapment attempt?: Teri Webster
Dreamer: DACA Recipient Wanted For Murder In Texas: Daily Wire

Democratic Party Ideals Parallel the Nazi Takeover of Germany: Common Sense
Dan Bongino blows Obamagate wide open: Phil Shiver
Did Hillary Clinton’s ‘Go-to Guys’ on ‘Dirty Tricks’ Produce Dossier?: Daniel J. Flynn

Who Stands Behind the Curtain?: Rodney Graves
Two Senate Committees Cast More Shadow on FBI Probe Tactics: Debra J. Saunders
Justice Dept. and FBI Personnel Changes Amid Probes: Sharyl Attkisson

Economy

The moral outrage of Mitch McConnell’s cowardly leadership: Chris Pandolfo
New Map: Cost of Illegal Immigration, By State: Brian Thomas
In Budget Deal, GOP and Trump Fully Fund Planned Parenthood: Melanie Arter

Scandal Central

Game Over – Judge Jeanine Interview With HPSCI Rep. Chris Stewart: CTH
Ex-Asst. Sec of State Robert Charles Discusses ‘FISA Court’: Explains Judge Ruben Contreras Recusal?: CTH
The Left's Attempt to Normalize Pedophilia: Thomas Wictor

Media

Democrat Tim Canova: FBI Chasing ‘Russian Phantoms’ Over Wasserman Schultz’ "Stolen" Election: GWP
Newsweek vs DaTechGuy Blog: DTG
Here are stories fawning over North Korea at the Olympics from...: James Hasson

Gleeful U.S. Media Sell Joys of DPRK Communism At Winter Olympics: CTH
CNN hired Comey fanboy to 'defend' FBI: Paul Mirengoff
Anna Fifield: Miserable Pen-Pusher: Saul Montes-Bradley

World

Iran ‘Mass Producing’ Drones Strapped with Smart Bombs: Adam Kredo
Israel Defends Herself Against Iranian Incursion: The Lid
Escalation of Violence Over Israel : State Dept.

"It's Madness" - 'Mad Max' Violence Soars On Venezuela's Lawless Roads: ZH
Iran: We’ll open the gates of hell for Israel and attack American bases: Geller Report
White House backs Israeli strikes, calls on Iran to ‘cease provocative actions’: TOI

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The House That Spied on Me: Gizmodo
Can We Keep Our Biases from Creeping into AI?: Kriti Sharma
Ford Filed a Patent for an Autonomous ‘Robocop’ Police Vehicle: Brett Tingley

Cornucopia

Baby Steps: You’ve Been Woke. Now Exit the Matrix.: Doug Lynn
The Unclassified DC Survival Guide: Tony Stark
Barry Feels the Heat: Springer's Blog

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QOTD:

Translation : Strzok / FBI paid $ to Russians for fake Trump dirt. American Intel paying Russians money to bring down an elected POTUS.

INSANE.

And also, TREASON. That's what this is about.

— Imperator_Rex (@Imperator_Rex3) February 11, 2018

Obama Knew; Obama’s Coup

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 22:52
By Matthew Vadum

Former President Obama wanted “to know everything” the FBI was doing in its investigation into claims that Russia was interfering in the 2016 election, a new report suggests, raising the specter of a sitting president becoming involved in a plot to rig the 2016 election.

It was a year ago the outlines of a Watergate-like conspiracy emerged in which a term-limited Democrat president used the privacy-invading apparatus of the state to spy on a Republican presidential candidate. Watergate differed in that President Nixon didn’t get involved in the plot against the Democratic National Committee until later as an accomplice after the fact.

But this new evidence suggests Obama may have been part of a sinister anti-democratic cabal from the beginning.

The assertion that Obama wanted “to know everything we’re doing” came in a private Sept. 2, 2016, text message from FBI lawyer Lisa Page to FBI agent Peter Strzok, with whom she was having an extramarital affair at the time. (The exact message, time-stamped 1:50 p.m., reads "Yes, bc potus wants to know everything we are doing.") In a separate, previously revealed text message to Page, Strzok wrote something cryptic about an “insurance policy” in case Donald Trump got elected. Some have speculated he was referring to the salacious, unverified dossier the DNC paid rent-a-spy Christopher Steele to compile that purports to show Trump’s nefarious links to Russia.

At one point, the foul-mouthed Trump-hating duo whose text messages show a visceral contempt for Republican voters, both worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller who has been investigating the still-unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that then-candidate Donald Trump somehow colluded with Russia to throw the presidential contest his way.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that released the emails between Page and Strzok yesterday, told NBC News that the texts were “totally candid, unvarnished” and “just raise an awful lot of questions.”

In a report accompanying the release of the emails, Johnson says that the Sept. 2, 2016, text came in the context of a discussion about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to use when briefing President Obama.

But it isn’t clear from the message thread alone which investigation – Clinton emails, or perhaps Russians interfering with the U.S. election – that the talking points are concerned with.

Even if it were clear, the idea of such a briefing would still present bad political optics, John Nolte notes at Breitbart News.

The whole idea of an FBI director preparing talking points for the president on such a sensitive issue is bound to raise questions. So too Obama’s apparent involvement in an ongoing investigation directly involving one of his former cabinet members, and possible successor.

Chairman Johnson suggests, somewhat weakly, that the Comey briefing discussed was about Clinton and her emails.

Clinton used the hacker-friendly “home brew” servers while running the State Department to conceal the corrupt dealings of the anticipatory bribe clearinghouse known as the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and to evade her disclosure responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act. She also stole tens of thousands of emails that were her work product and therefore U.S. government property, and destroyed them.

As NBC reports:

Johnson's report only says that the text "may relate" to the FBI’s Clinton investigation, since the Justice Department had redacted other text messages that related to other investigations. An earlier text in that sequence refers to the need to develop talking points for Comey in connection with a morning meeting "on the 7th."

But Johnson’s conclusion that the text message “may relate” to the Clinton email probe does not appear to be supported by the facts.

It would be fair to say that the investigation discussed in the thread simply could not be the inquiry into the Clinton emails, or so argues a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper reports that “associates of Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page said that exchange referred to the president’s wanting information on Russia election meddling, which the FBI was heavily involved in over that period.”

“That exchange occurred just days before Mr. Obama met Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in China,” the newspaper continues. “Mr. Obama said in December 2016 that he had addressed the issue of tampering with the election process with Mr. Putin at that September meeting.”

But – and this is critically important – there was no FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails at the time Page sent the message in question to Strzok.

In August and September 2016, the FBI was no longer actively investigating the Clinton matter, after Mr. Comey had said that July that he was recommending no criminal charges be filed. In late October 2016, the FBI ramped up its investigation into Mrs. Clinton again when the bureau learned about a potential trove of new Clinton-related emails on the computer belonging to the husband of one of her aides. Mrs. Clinton and her allies have cited that announcement as a big factor in her election loss.

Would Comey be requesting a briefing on an investigation that had already been shut down? The question answers itself.

The fateful message was among tens of thousands of texts between the star-crossed lovers that were reviewed by Fox News after being released by Johnson’s committee.

This revelation about the 44th president might be slightly less disturbing but for the fact that Obama assured a Fox News Channel reporter months before in a discussion about the Clinton email matter that interfering with criminal probes is just not who he is.

“I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations,” he said April 10, 2016. “I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line.”

“I guarantee it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Full stop. Period.”

But as we know after suffering through eight long years of his presidency, Obama is an exceptionally polished con man. He has a pretty well-documented track record of lying, his silver tongue a-flapping, to conceal his various corrupt schemes.

He used the IRS to target conservative and Tea Party nonprofits, along with Catholic, Jewish, and pro-Israel organizations. He brazenly lied about it. There was “not even a smidgeon of corruption” at the IRS, Obama told Bill O’Reilly on Super Bowl weekend in 2014.

After boasting that under his watch al-Qaeda was on the run – it wasn’t – he worked during the final phase of his reelection campaign with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to cover up the fact that the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, was perpetrated by Muslim terrorists, not some spontaneously-formed mob angry about a video that put their prophet in an unflattering light.

Obama told Americans that they would be able to keep their family doctors under the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, and that they would save money as a result of the law. He accused surgeons of performing unnecessary amputations out of greed.

Even a memoir that helped make him famous and laid the foundation for his successful career in electoral politics was filled with lies. His ghost-written autobiographical book, Dreams From My Father, was a carefully constructed mixture of truth and fiction, including invented composite characters.

President Trump seemed to claim vindication on Twitter after the latest tranche of Page-Strzok text messages was made public.

“NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!” Trump tweeted in all-caps at 11:10 a.m. yesterday.

The president appears to be right.


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Larwyn's Linx: The rogue FBI may collapse

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 13:37
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Nation

The rogue FBI may collapse: Don Surber
Feds Paid $100K To Shady Russian Who Promised Them Dirt On Trump: John Sexton
Sen. Mark Warner Traded Secret Texts with Russians Linked to Hillary: Debra Heine

The key to the Nunes memo: Saul Montes-Bradley
FBI Counterspies Under Scrutiny Over FISA Abuses: Bill Gertz
ICE Arrests Hit Three-Year High Under Trump: Charles Fain Lehman

Democrats’ “Resistance” To Trump Is Eroding, And So Are Their Poll Numbers: Hot Air
Thanks Obama: Long battle in NJ to stop intrusive, noisy mosque flames out: BNI
Illinois | Ban on Guns within 1,000ft of Parks is Unconstitutional: Dean Weingarten

Sudden FBI departures indicate that the jig is up: Thomas Lifson
DOJ Official Rachel Brand Resigns: CTH
On Brand's Departure: Stealth Jeff

Economy

Study: Welfare for Foreign Refugees Costs U.S. Taxpayers $870M Annually: John Binder
Rand Paul is Right – Paul Ryan’s Bi-Partisan Budget Deal is a Disaster: Onan Coca
Donald Trump Signs Bloated Bipartisan Spending Bill; Hails 'Big Victory' for Military: Charlie Spiering

Scandal Central

Russians Lobbied Clinton on Uranium One as Spies Infiltrated Her Inner Circle: Tyler O'Neil
How Do We Know?: CTH
FBI texts: Clinton email aide Huma Abedin sought immunity — or would take the '5th': Paul Bedard

Ex-Obama State Official Winer Passed Dossier to Kerry, Info from Sid Blumenthal to Steele: Kristina Wong
Chairman Nunes Asks FISA Court For Transcripts: CTH
Executive Branch Responds To Minority Legislative Branch Declassification Request: CTH

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Gulf Coast Shipping Boom: U.S. Oil Exports Pour Into Worldwide Markets: gCaptain
The Triumph of American Oil: Scott McKay

Media

Elites' immigration views a 'recipe for civil war': Tucker
Kimberley Strassel Discusses Corruption Junction With Tucker Carlson: CTH
Don Lemon and a Lesson on Unity: Jeffrey Lord

World

ISRAELI F-16 Shot Down Overnight: “This is a serious Iranian attack”: Fed Up
Obama’s $1.7 Billion Cash Payment to Iran Traced to Terrorist Groups: GWP
NAFTA and the Stock Market Timing: TheLastRefuge

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Update on my case: Sharyl Attkisson
Vegas shooter had anti-anxiety drugs in his system; motive behind massacre remains mystery: David Montero
Bitcoin may finally disrupt the credit card rails starting in 2018: Daily FinTech

Cornucopia

If Everything’s Racist Say “Thank You Obama!”: MOTUS
Watch Hillary Clinton Choke On Her Own Lies: Mark Simone
The Tic-Tac-Toe Match That Shocked The World: Hot Air

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QOTD:

The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018

ENDGAME: The Top 4 Clinton Dossier "Coincidences"

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 01:28
By Chuck Ross

At least four separate coincidences have emerged as the public learns more information about the unverified Steele dossier and how it was crafted.

The origin story of the 35-page document was pretty simple at the outset. Fusion GPS, which was investigating then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, hired former British spy Christopher Steele to write the dossier.

But as more details about the dossier trickle out into the public forum, connections have surfaced that raise questions about how information made its way into the salacious document.

Here are the four most significant “coincidences.”

Trump Tower

The first coincidence to emerge from the dossier involved the June 9, 2016, meeting held at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and a group of Russians.

Two of the Russians in the meeting — Natalia Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin — happened to be working at the time of that meeting with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm that commissioned the dossier. (RELATED: Revelations From Glenn Simpson’s House Intelligence Committee Interview)

Simpson, Veselnitskaya and Akhmetshin were working on behalf of a Russian businessman on a lobbying campaign to undermine a U.S. sanctions law called the Magnitsky Act.

Simpson met before and after the meeting with Veselnitskaya and Akhmetshin but says he was not aware of the Trump Tower meeting until it was reported in July. He has also denied telling the two Russian operatives about his work on the Steele dossier.

Trump Jr. accepted the meeting after an acquaintance offered to provide him with dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A Russian government attorney at the behest of Russia’s prosecutor general would provide the information, according to the acquaintance.

The offer matches up loosely with some of the allegations in the dossier, including that the Kremlin provided dirt on Trump’s political opponents.

Trump Jr. and others in the meeting say that it went nowhere and no meaningful information was exchanged. They also say that there was no follow up to the meeting, which lasted around 20 minutes.

Simpson himself appeared to acknowledge the odd overlap between his work on the two Russia-related projects — the dossier and the work with Veselnitskaya and Akhmetshin.

“I mean, thank God I didn’t know anything about the Trump Tower meeting, or I would really have some explaining to do,” he told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during a closed-door interview in November.

The Ohrs

Before and after the election, Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr was in contact with Steele, a former MI6 agent. And weeks after Trump’s win, Ohr met with Simpson to discuss his work on Trump.

That revelation, which was publicized in December, is strange enough. But Ohr had another connection to the dossier project. His wife, a Russia expert named Nellie, worked as a researcher for Fusion GPS on its Trump investigation. (RELATED: Fusion GPS Could Have Been Buying Access To DOJ)

A House Intelligence Committee memo released Feb. 2, says that Bruce Ohr took his wife’s Fusion GPS materials to the FBI. Ohr was also interviewed by the FBI in November and December 2016.

Little is known about Nellie Ohr’s work for Fusion GPS, but Simpson conspicuously left her out of his House Intelligence Committee testimony in November.

When asked how he knew Bruce Ohr, Simpson said he met him through Steele. When asked if Fusion GPS employed any Russian speakers, Simpson said the firm did not. That despite Nellie Ohr being fluent in Russian. She has also worked for a CIA program that did open source research.

‘Vicious Sid,’ ‘Mr. Fixer’ and the Department of State

The newest coincidence to emerge out of the dossier quagmire centers around Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, two quintessential Clinton insiders.

Known as “Vicious Sid” and “Mr. Fixer,” respectively, the two friends passed salacious allegations about Trump to a State Department official named Jonathan Winer.

Winer, who is friends with Blumenthal, in turn, gave the information to Steele.

Steele provided the information to the FBI in October 2016, according to a recent report by The Guardian.

The House Intelligence Committee and Senate Committee on the Judiciary are looking into the State Department’s involvement in that chain of events. (RELATED: Clinton ‘Hatchet Man’ Shopped Dirt Earlier Than Previously Known)

Shearer’s information closely matched Steele’s steamiest allegation about Trump — that the FSB, Russia’s spy agency, had video footage of Trump engaged with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room. The material was being used to blackmail Trump, according to Steele.

Two interpretations of similar pieces of information have emerged. Dossier true-believers argue that Shearer’s information helps corroborate Steele’s dossier.

The other side argues that Shearer and Blumenthal’s work as Clinton dirty tricks artists raises credibility concerns for Steele.

Dick Morris, a former Bill Clinton aide who knows Blumenthal and Shearer, suggested on Wednesday that the Clintons may have planted the allegations about Trump. He argued that Steele was used to “launder” information because of Blumenthal and Shearer’s poor reputation in Washington, D.C.

There is no proof yet that the Shearer/Blumenthal information was also included in Steele’s dossier. The Guardian reported that Steele did tell the FBI that he had not verified the information that originated with Shearer.

The Papadopoulos Connection

The young Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians also has a possible link to the dossier.

George Papadopoulos, an energy consultant from Chicago, was in contact with Sergei Millian, a Belarusian-American businessman who is alleged to be a source of some of the most salacious claims in the dossier. (RELATED: George Papadopoulos’s Fascinating Link To The Dossier)

The Wall Street Journal, ABC News and The Washington Post have reported that Millian is “Source D” and “Source E” in the dossier.

It has emerged in recent months that Millian and Papadopoulos were in contact during the 2016 presidential campaign.

That connection raises the possibility — still far from verified — that Papadopoulos shared information with Millian that somehow ended up in the dossier.

The connection does not speak to whether the information would be true or false, but both Papadopoulos and Millian have histories of embellishment. Papadopoulos has exaggerated his resume, including a stint as a fellow at the United Nations. Millian has been accused of embellishing his business ties, including to the Trump real estate empire.

Papadopoulos joined the campaign in March 2016. Shortly after, he made the acquaintance of a London-based professor named Joseph Mifsud. In April 2016, during a meeting in London, Mifsud told Papadopoulos that he had learned that the Russian government obtained documents stolen from the Clinton campaign.

Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Mifsud, relayed this information the next month during a drunken conversation with Alexander Downer, the Australian ambassador to the U.K.

Downer did not do anything with the information until after Wikileaks began releasing hacked DNC emails two months later. Downer’s bosses informed the FBI about the Papadopoulos encounter, and the bureau opened up its counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the election.

The questions that remain about Papadopoulos are whether he told anyone in the Trump campaign about the emails and, if so, whether the campaign took action.


Read more at Daily Caller.

Larwyn's Linx: Obama Knew

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:52
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Nation

Obama Knew: Matthew Vadum
Democrats Want to Turn America into Russia: Daniel Greenfield
Why FISA-gate is scarier than Watergate: Victor Davis Hanson

Sen. Mark Warner, Senate Intel Committee Compromised, Corrupt, Exposed: CTH
10/2016: Comey Friend Wittes Discusses “The Insurance Policy” Against Trump: CTH
The House That Pocahantas Built: Ace

A Citizen of the Republic: Christian Mercenary
The Time for Choosing: The Z Man
The Post, the Memo and Classification.: Hashtag Media

Rep. Nunes Seeks To Discuss Obama-Era FBI Abuses With Chief Justice Roberts: OAN
House Intel committee infighting so fierce, wall could soon divide staff: Dan Boylan
Warning Gun Owners, Regarding Democrat-Dominated Police States: John Farnam

Economy

Mitch McConnell’s blank check to the Left: Daniel Horowitz
A GOP House, a GOP Senate, and a GOP President cannot cut a penny in spending: Ed Straker
The Firesale Begins: China's HNA Starts Liquidating Billions In US Real Estate: ZH

Scandal Central

Obama State Dept. Passed Classified Records to Sen. Ben Cardin to Undermine President Trump: JW
“Mike” is Out – Michael P Kortan Quits FBI…: CTH
DOJ Official Who Worked On Clinton, Russia Probes Resigns For "Personal Reasons": Chuck Ross

Uranium One Informant Gives Explosive Testimony: S. Noble
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner colluded with Russians to contact dossier author Steele: Ed Henry
Uranium One Informant Testifies Against Hillary and Obama: Crowder

Media

How The Media Buried Two Huge FBI Stories Yesterday: Mollie Hemingway
50% Think Senior Law Enforcement Officials Broke the Law to Block Trump Presidency: Rasmussen
Chuck Schumer 2014: You Know What We Should Have? A Military Parade: Hot Air

Disgraced FBI Agent Lisa Page Also Trashed Pro-Lifers: I “Hate Those People”: LifeNews
Journalist Calls For Professors To Drown Conservative Students, “I Am Not Joking”: WZ
Mark Levin: Democrats and media protecting Obama on FISA Memo: Global Dispatch

World

Death of Democracy? - Part I: Denis MacEoin
Obama Administration Is Directly Responsible For The Latest Gas Attacks On Syrian Civilians: RS
Merkel Reaches ‘Costly’ Deal to Form Coalition Government: LI

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Women, Progress, and Automobiles in Space: Thales
Secret iPhone code published online in 'biggest ever' leak: Margi Murphy
We Can Now Harvest Electricity From Earth's Heat Using Quantum Tunnelling: David Nield

Cornucopia

Laura Ingraham Torches a Vengeful, Globalist George W. Bush: S. Noble
Standing For Illegals: MOTUS
Russian Collusion Made Easy ... Huh?: Woodsterman

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QOTD:

Gee, it's all such a big mystery why @GenFlynn's sentencing was delayed by 90 days by Robert Mueller.

Any investigative reporters digging into why that happened?

I give them a free hint: pic.twitter.com/WwJ0OAQ6Wh

— Stealth Jeff (@drawandstrike) February 9, 2018

Larwyn's Linx: The FISA Court ‘Title-One’ Application and The “Clinton-Steele Dossier”

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:15
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Nation

The FISA Court ‘Title-One’ Application and The “Clinton-Steele Dossier”: CTH
Counterfeit Elitism: Victor Davis Hanson
With Enemies Like This, Donald Trump Doesn't Need Friends: Kurt Schlichter

Batter Up: Goodlatte Requests FISA Court Documents From Presiding Judge: CTH
Does James Comey have a perjury problem?: Monica Showalter
DOJ National Security Division Official, David Laufman, Quits: CTH

Feds Scrambled to Redact Information Showing Top Secret Spy Abuse: Adam Kredo
Real Bullets and Garrotes: Christian Mercenary
Criminal referral backs up Nunes on dossier claims: Judson Berger

Up Schiff’s Creek Without a Paddle: Brian C. Joondeph
FBI Missed Clinton Emails Openly Marked Classified: Luke Rosiak
Eric Holder Considering Run For the Presidency: Hank Berrien

Economy

Obamanomics Is Dead and Trump Killed It: Brandon J. Weichert
House Democrats Divided on Backing Budget Deal Without DACA: Lindsey McPherson
Terrible January Jobs Report Wipes Out 2017 Trump Effect?: Edwin S. Rubenstein

Scandal Central

FBI informant on Uranium One Breaks Silence Today: Sara Carter
Uranium One informant makes Clinton allegations in testimony: John Solomon
Uranium One Informant Testifies Moscow Sent Millions In Cash to Clintons: TruePundit

Chairman Ron Johnson: Interim Report on FBI Purposeful Intent To Exonerate Hillary Clinton : CTH
Gowdy hints Sidney Blumenthal leaked info to dossier author Steele: Fox
A Trip Down Memory Lane with the Clintons’ Sleazeball Extraordinaire : Jim Geraghty (5/15)

Media

DOJ/FBI clique's tactic of strategic leaking to media allies to gin up calls for investigations: Stealth Jeff
The Internet Wants A Shapiro-Kimmel Debate For Charity. Shapiro's Up For It.: Daily Wire
Ann Compton on Obama: He Launches 'Profanity-Laced' Tirades Against Press: NB (12/14)

World

B-52 Strikes Taliban Training Compound: ABC
IDF Acknowledges Serious Hezbollah Missile Threat to Israeli Natural Gas Rigs: Algemeiner
IDF busts gun-smuggling operation in southern West Bank: Times of Israel

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Tucker Reveals How Google Spies On You Constantly Through Your Phone: Justin Caruso
Paris or China? Stunning photos compare Paris to a replica Chinese city: Francesca Street, CNN
The Ethereumization Of Wall Street Is Inevitable: Expert Take: Vincent Launay

Cornucopia

What is Trey Gowdy Thinking?: Thomas Wictor
SJWs Ruin Everything. That Leaves Only Facebook: MOTUS
How Walk Hard Made Every Other Music Biopic Obsolete: TrunkWorthy

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QOTD:

pic.twitter.com/55EJXNfC3U

— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) February 8, 2018

LEVIN: New Reports Only Strengthen My Argument That Obama Must Answer Some Very Hard Questions

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:04
By Chris Pandolfo

The media is finally catching up to Mark Levin on the Obama administration surveillance abuse scandal.

Now, a growing body of documentation from congressional investigations into the FBI’s politicized conduct during the 2016 election confirms that Levin, a former chief of staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese, was right about the Obama administration spying on Trump world; he was right about the FBI using the “35 pages of crap” Russian dossier to seek a FISA warrant; and he was right about President Barack Obama keeping tabs on the FBI’s investigations.

Fox News reported Wednesday that President Obama was briefed on the status of the Hillary Clinton email investigation some time in September 2016. A text message sent by FBI official Lisa Page to her colleague Peter Strzok on Sept. 6 said that “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.”

Fox News reported that the message referred to the Clinton email investigation. However, a Wall Street Journal article cited “associates” of Strzok and Page who claim the text message exchange was not related to the Clinton investigation — which Obama adamantly denied involvement with — and instead referred to briefing the president on Russian election meddling in general.

Regardless, this question remains: If President Obama was being briefed on Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election, how was he not aware of the ongoing counterintelligence investigation conducted against Carter Page and other people in Trump’s sphere? This is a point made repeatedly by Levin.

In a January 24 episode of LevinTV, Levin argued that there was “no way in hell Barack Obama didn’t know some of this,” referring to the FBI’s investigations. During his Feb. 5 radio program, Levin reiterated that top officials in the Obama Justice Department and the National Security Council — Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy AG Sally Yates, FBI Director Comey, and Deputy Director McCabe — must have known about the FISA warrants.

“Barack Obama had to know, at least generally, what was taking place for multiple reasons, and he’s the one the Democrats are protecting the most,” Levin said. “He’s the one the media are protecting the most. And oddly enough, it’s Donald Trump who’s in their crosshairs, as if he knows any of this, and he knows almost none of it.”

Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” later Monday evening, Levin said it was impossible that President Obama was not informed on the status of ongoing counterintelligence investigations in his daily intelligence briefing.

“It’s [Obama’s] FBI, his Department of Justice, his State Department, his candidate. I cannot believe for a minute that the National Security Council didn’t know about this,” Levin told host Sean Hannity.

If President Obama truly wanted to know “everything” that was going on with Russian attempts to interfere with the election, how is it possible he was not told about a counterintelligence investigation conducted by his FBI against the presidential candidate of the opposing party — his potential successor?

What else have we learned on Wednesday?

A memo from Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, referring ex-spy Christopher Steele to the Justice Department for criminal investigation confirms many of the allegations of FISA court abuse detailed in the House Intelligence Committee memo released last week. It confirms, in greater detail, that the FBI used the dossier compiled by Christopher Steele and containing information from Russians to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page. It confirms that the FBI did not disclose that the dossier was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. It confirms that the FBI did not tell the FISA court that Steele was “desperate” that Trump lose the election, that high-ranking DOJ official Bruce Ohr knew of Steele’s extreme partisanship and knew of his work on the dossier, or that Ohr’s wife was a Clinton campaign affiliate.

“It appears the FBI relied on admittedly uncorroborated information, funded by and obtained for Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign, in order to conduct surveillance of an associate of the opposing presidential candidate. It did so based on Mr. Steele’s personal credibility and presumably having faith in his process of obtaining the information. But there is substantial evidence suggesting that Mr. Steele materially misled the FBI about a key aspect of his dossier efforts, one which bears on his credibility,” the senators wrote.

As Levin told Hannity on Monday, “whether it was witting or unwitting,” the FBI colluded with the Hillary Clinton campaign to obtain a warrant using unverified information from the Russians to spy on a former Trump campaign associate.

The question that remains unanswered is: What other forms of surveillance took place? It is known that numerous U.S. persons involved with the Trump campaign were “unmasked” by Obama administration officials. Information about these individuals was leaked to the media to damage the Trump administration. A December 29, 2016, conversation between former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was intercepted by government surveillance and then leaked to the media. Conversations Attorney General Jeff Sessions had with Kislyak were likewise intercepted and leaked to the media. For these individuals to be “unmasked” and have intelligence information about them leaked, which is a federal crime, means they must first have been surveilled.

What did President Obama know about the surveillance, and when did he know it? Levin has been asking this question for months, enduring vicious smears from the media — and enduring them almost alone, as few prominent conservatives offered a defense of Levin’s trailblazing analysis.

But it is not too late. As the evidence mounts that the FBI acted with malfeasance, if not malice, conservatives have an opportunity and an obligation to push for further investigation. The full FISA application for the Carter Page warrant should be released and examined thoroughly. President Obama’s daily presidential briefings ought to be examined as well. The White House and several Republican members of Congress have expressed an openness to appointing a second special counsel to investigate the FBI and the Justice Department’s actions during the 2016 campaign. Do it. Levin has also suggested that a blue-ribbon commission of “top former officials” be appointed to investigate and issue a report suggesting policy changes that can prevent future surveillance abuses by a presidential administration.

Conservatives ought to want the FBI and the DOJ to have impeccable integrity and the full confidence of the American people. Sadly, cooperation from the FBI in investigating these matters has been sorely lacking. For months now, the Bureau has stonewalled congressional investigators. In response to increased scrutiny and criticism, the agency has threatened to be even less forthcoming with Congress, undermining the legislative branch’s role of constitutional oversight.

Will conservatives defend Congress’ constitutional oversight powers? Will conservatives demand integrity and transparency from our federal law enforcement agencies? Will we follow the evidence of surveillance abuse Levin has exposed, wherever it may lead? And will we demand better from the government that is supposed to secure our rights?


Read more at Conservative Review.

I READ THE STRZOK-PAGE TEXTS DO YOU DON’T NEED TO: @Comey Sick to His Stomach Over Trump Victory

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:05
Some of these are enlightening.


What does the codeword "Latitude" refer to?

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Larwyn's Linx: #Hillarygate: How the Clinton machine manufactured ‘Trump-Russia’

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:57
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Nation

#Hillarygate: How the Clinton machine manufactured ‘Trump-Russia’: Jordan Schachtel
FBI Director Chris Wray Declassifies Large Portions of Grassley Memo: CTH
Levin: Clinton colluded with Russia, 'paid for a warrant' on Trumpworld: Joe Concha

Schiff Head: Democrats put sensitive data in their "memo" to force redactions: GWP
Former FBI Agent Points to Jim Comey as Setting Up Corrupt Environment: S. Noble
Gowdy vs. Schiff on the Memo. Here’s Who Was Right And Why It Matters: Jason Beale

Revealed: The Criminal Referral for Christopher Steele: Ace
Levin challenges the idea that Mueller is a ‘straight shooter’: Jordan Schachtel
Contacts on Weiner’s Laptop Leak: Clinton, Soros, Gore: WZ

Proof DOJ Ignored Bruce Ohr Meeting Chris Steele Until IG Horowitz Found Out: CTH
Nunes Says Obama State Dept. Passed Trump Dirt ‘to Very Strange Places’: LifeZette
Audio: Little Adam Schiff gets punked, trying to collude with Russians.: Bluegrass

Economy

How GE Went From American Icon to Astonishing Mess: Drake Bennett
DeVos: Apprenticeships, Vocational Education are Top Trump Priority: WFB

Scandal Central

Now we know: Hillary Clinton paid for an illegal surveillance warrant on Trump: C-SPAN
Obama State Dept. passed on second Trump 'Dossier,' written by one of Hillary's sketchiest supporters: WS
Carter Page: The Dodgy Dossier Was A Political Stunt And False: OAN

Senate documents show FBI trying to suppress release of new Trump dossier info: Sharyl Attkisson
Gowdy hints Sidney Blumenthal leaked info to dossier author Steele: Samuel Chamberlain
Scheming, speculation behind scenes as Democrats push intel memo: Byron York

Media

Schiff Appeared on Kremlin-Backed RT in 2013 to Discuss Push for Greater FISA Transparency: WFB
Phone Numbers, Addresses on Weiner PC leaks: 603 politicians and media hacks like Jake Tapper included: Pacific
An Unethical CREW: WFB

Back on the old Blog as Godaddy Suspends me: DTG
Well, Well, Well, Look Who Adam Schiff Has “Family Ties” To: TruthFeed
Media knew dossier was Fake News a year ago: Don Surber

World

Hillary’s Attempt to Steele the Election: George Neumayr
Mattis Defends Plan to Deploy Small Nuclear Arms: Bill Gertz
Spain's Next Challenge: Mediterranean Migrants: Laura Secorun Palet

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Falcon Heavy Just Launched Successfully. Next Stop, Mars.: Brad Jones
Are robot cops the future of efficient, bias-free policing?: Steven Nelson
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off on its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida: NBC

Cornucopia

Deconstructing the Russian Collusion: MOTUS
Devin Nunes Interview With Laura Ingraham: CTH
Trey Gowdy Just Dropped The Bomb On the Steele Dossier and It’s About to Explode!: RSW

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QOTD:

Unbelievable. The Fourth Amendment is dead thanks to the police-state Democrats. pic.twitter.com/IlLsK6RKSG

— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 7, 2018
Bonus QOTD:

Sources tell @foxnews that the @AdamSchiffCA memo contains information pertaining to "sources and methods" that will likely require redaction. One source says this was done tactically to force the @realDonaldTrump into making changes - setting up a contrast with GOP memo

— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) February 6, 2018

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