34 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-16-18

  1. More questionable behavior from a Hillary connected DoJ official and his wife. Why it’s almost like he was trying to hide it.


    “Report: DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Didn’t Document Wife’s Fusion GPS Payments on Ethics Forms

    The Daily Caller has revealed that recently demoted Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr did not say on ethics forms that she received payments from Fusion GPS, the company that published the dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump.

    The forms The Daily Caller received show that Ohr signed his Public Financial Disclosure Report on 5/12/2017 that the statements in the forms “are true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge.

    From The Daily Caller:

    For 2014 and 2015, Bruce Ohr disclosed on ethics forms that his wife was an “independent contractor” earning consulting fees. In 2016, she added a new employer who paid her a “salary,” but listed it vaguely as “cyberthreat analyst,” and did not say the name of the company.

    The instructions require officials to “Provide the name of your spouse’s employer. In addition, if your spouse’s employer is a privately held business, provide the employer’s line of business.” As examples, it gives “Xylophone Technologies Corporation” and “DSLK Financial Techniques, Inc. (financial services).” The dollar amount does not need to be disclosed. “Report each source, whether a natural person or an organization or entity, that provided your spouse more than $1,000 of earned income during the reporting period,” they say.

    The DOJ says, “Financial disclosure reports are used to identify potential or actual conflicts of interest. If the person charged with reviewing an employee’s report finds a conflict, he should impose a remedy immediately.” Its guidance says, “employees should always seek the advice of an ethics official when contemplating any action that may be covered by the rules.”

    Someone who falsifies these ethics forms can receive jail time.

    Well, as I blogged in December, his wife Nellie worked at Fusion GPS in the summer and fall of 2016. At that time, we did not know if she worked on the dossier, but she “has written extensively on Russia-related subjects” and the Wilson Center has described her “as a Russia expert.”

    The DNC hired Fusion to assemble the dossier, which was authored by former British spy Christopher Steele. Ohr brought the information to the FBI, which started the investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and Russia.

    Congressional Republicans allege that the FBI used this dossier to receive FISA warrants to spy on members of Trump’s team.

    The Ohrs also made an appearance in a memo authored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) that came out earlier this month, which allege Nellie gathered evidence against Trump for the dossier. Also, Steele kept in contact with Bruce after the FBI let him go as a source. The memo said that the FBI interviewed Bruce after the election about his talks with Steele.”


  2. So much for Democrats’ latest false claim and talking point…..

    Another broken meme.


    “Law enforcement is pushing back hard on Democratic charges that President Trump’s criticism of top FBI and Justice officials is a demoralizing attack on the rank and file, with one top cop saying there is “no doubt” that Trump has been better for police than former President Obama.

    “The majority of law enforcement is very, very pleased with this administration because he truly does support law enforcement and it doesn’t matter at what level. He supports law enforcement and that’s very important,” said Sheriff Harold Eavenson of Rockwall County, Texas, and president of the National Sheriffs’ Association.

    Eavenson, overseeing the group’s legislative meeting in Washington this week, said he has heard support for Trump from the streets to the management of the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

    “I have talked with some of those guys at the supervisor level down to the agent level and they are absolutely enthralled with President Trump. They like him because they can do their the job the way it is supposed to be done,” he said in an interview.

    Trump’s foes have suggested that his criticism of the politicization inside the FBI and Justice, displayed fully in newly-released reports and texts quoting officials pleading for Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the 2016 election, has sunk morale in law enforcement.

    California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, for example, said Wednesday, “I am concerned about the attack on these institutions and the long term damage that is being done.”

    But that ignores the strong ties Trump has with law enforcement dating back to the 2016 presidential campaign, when he made time to thank motorcade cops, to calls he’s made like one to an Indianapolis motorcycle policeman injured in a presidential motorcade, to this week when he hosted sheriffs at the White House.

    Jonathan F. Thompson, executive director of the Sheriffs’ Association, said, “It has raised morale to see that the president and the attorney general of the United States, as they say, has their back. It does trickle down to the rank and file in local law enforcement because they know that if they are on a case or they are working a task force that they have their support.””


  3. If we’re honest, we’ll admit we already knew this. Everyone does. But no one seems to do anything about it. The UN is well known for enabling these atrocities with lax policies and no accountability.


    “The Oxfam cover-up of senior staff involved in prostitution and orgies with Haitian girls, some of whom may have been minors, is a huge scandal in Britain right now. And as we’ve seen with the #MeToo movement, news of one scandal encourages others to come forward and talk about similar behavior.

    Monday the Sun published a story about a dossier delivered to the UN last year by a former senior UN official. This dossier estimated international aid agencies were home to thousands of pedophiles who sought out the jobs because of the access it gave them to vulnerable women and children:

    A WHISTLE blower has claimed UN staff could have carried out 60,000 rapes in the last decade as aid workers indulge in sex abuse unchecked around the world.

    The claim is in a bombshell dossier that former senior United Nations official Andrew Macleod handed over to DFID Secretary Priti Patel last year.

    In it, Professor Macleod also estimated there are 3,300 paedophiles working for the world body’s various agencies alone.

    Thousands more “predatory” sex abusers specifically target aid charity jobs to get close to vulnerable women and children…

    The respected academic said: “There are tens of thousands of aid workers around the world with paedophile tendencies, but if you wear a UNICEF T-shirt nobody will ask what you’re up to.”

    MacLeod told the Sun, “We are looking at a problem on the scale of the Catholic Church — if not bigger.” The London Times reported Sunday that over 120 incidents of sexual abuse by charity workers were reported last year alone:

    More than 120 workers for Britain’s leading charities were accused of sexual abuse in the past year alone, fuelling fears that paedophiles are targeting overseas aid organisations.

    As new figures emerged revealing the extent of the crisis, Priti Patel, the former international development secretary, warned “predatory paedophiles” had been allowed to exploit the aid sector…

    Oxfam recorded 87 incidents last year, Save the Children 31 — 10 of which were referred to the police and civil authorities — and Christian Aid two. The British Red Cross admitted there had been a “small number of cases of harassment reported in the UK”, believed to be up to five. All four receive money from the Department for International Development…”


  4. Mona C. and I read the same articles. This retrospective on Buckley by Brookhiser was good. Brookhiser is now primarily a historian, but his political skills are still very sharp.


  5. More fake news…..


    “Fresh off their disinformation campaign in the immediate aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in which they falsely claimed there had been 18 school shootings this year, the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) moved on to another fake news topic they wanted to push on the American people: President Trump and the GOP made it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns.

    The accusation that a bill designed to remove restrictions and allow the mentally ill to purchase guns was passed by the GOP and signed by President Trump had long been debunked. As the National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke wrote over a year ago, what got removed was “in layman’s terms: The rule would have allowed bureaucrats within one of our federal agencies to bar American citizens from exercising a constitutional right — and on the highly questionable grounds that to be incapable of managing one’s finances is, by definition, to be a ‘mental defective.’”

    And the bill wasn’t even supported by the NRA. But it was supported by the liberal ACLU and the American Association of People with Disabilities. Yet that didn’t stop the networks from pushing lies and being appalled that the President wasn’t exploiting the situation to push gun control as their previous president did.”


  6. Told you. If you look to closely, you’ll see how badly authorities failed the public. This guy set off red flags galore.


    “Before Nikolas Cruz carried out his mass killing at a Florida high school this week, police responded to his home 39 times over a seven-year period, according to disturbing new documents.

    Details about the calls to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office — obtained from police records by CNN — were not immediately available and it was impossible to determine if all involved Cruz.

    But the nature of the emergencies at his Parkland home included “mentally ill person,” “child/elderly abuse,” “domestic disturbance” and “missing person,” KTLA reported.

    And a schoolmate, Brody Speno, told the network that cops were called to Cruz’s home “almost every other week.”

    “Something wasn’t right about him,” Speno told CNN. “He was off.”

    Speno said he knew Cruz from elementary school and described him as “an evil kid” who was “always getting in trouble.””

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  7. All the news that fit to fake. Their narrative has failed.


    “Half the country wants to know why the press won’t cover the growing scandal now implicating the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice, and threatening to reach the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and perhaps even the Obama White House.

    After all, the release last week of a less-redacted version of Sens. Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham’s January 4 letter showed that the FBI secured a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to search the communications of a Trump campaign adviser based on a piece of opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The Fourth Amendment rights of an American citizen were violated to allow one political party to spy on another.

    If the press did its job and reported the facts, the argument goes, then it wouldn’t just be Republicans and Trump supporters demanding accountability and justice. Americans across the political spectrum would understand the nature and extent of the abuses and crimes touching not just on one political party and its presidential candidate but the rights of every American.

    That’s all true, but irrelevant. The reasons the press won’t cover the story are suggested in the Graham-Grassley letter itself.

    Steele Was a Media Informant
    The letter details how Christopher Steele, the former British spy who allegedly authored the documents claiming ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, told the FBI he wasn’t talking to the press about his investigation. In a British court, however, Steele acknowledged briefing several media organizations on the material in his dossier.

    According to the British court documents, Steele briefed the New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo! News, The New Yorker, and CNN. In October, he talked to Mother Jones reporter David Corn by Skype. It was Corn’s October 31 article anonymously sourced to Steele that alerted the FBI their informant was speaking to the press. Grassley and Graham referred Steele to the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation because he lied to the FBI.

    The list of media outfits and journalists made aware of Steele’s investigations is extensive. Reuters reported that it, too, was briefed on the dossier, and while it refrained from reporting on it before the election, its national security reporter Mark Hosenball became an advocate of the dossier’s findings after November 2016.

    BBC’s Paul Wood wrote in January 2017 that he was briefed on the dossier a week before the election. Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald likely saw Steele’s work around the same time, because he published an article days before the election based on a “Western intelligence” source (i.e., Steele) who cited names and data points that could only come from the DNC- and Clinton-funded opposition research.

    A line from the Grassley-Graham letter points to an even larger circle of media outfits that appear to have been in contact with either Steele or Fusion GPS, the Washington DC firm that contracted him for the opposition research the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee commissioned. “During the summer of 2016,” the Grassley-Graham letter reads, “reports of some of the dossier allegations began circulating among reporters and people involved in Russian issues.”

    Planting the Carter Page Story
    Indeed, it looks like Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson may have persuaded a number of major foreign policy and national security writers in Washington and New York that Trump and his team were in league with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Those journalists include New Yorker editor David Remnick, Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, former New Republic editor Franklin Foer, and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum.”


  8. This is partly how I feel. Why give them what they want?


    “Valentine’s Day this year was, for most Americans, a day of stereotypical chocolate and flowers. For others, it was a day they saw another mass shooting on the news, tuned in for a few minutes, then went home to dinner without really thinking much of it. For some, their lives were changed forever, as the children they sent to school in the morning with heart-shaped balloons and valentines will never return home again.

    This type of situation has become so common it’s almost jarring. Concerts, churches, schools—nothing feels safe anymore. We barely have time to recover from one tragedy when another is thrust to the forefront of national news, each one receiving endless hot takes and ideas. We should reject this entire notion and, quite simply, stop nationally reporting mass shootings of this nature.

    es, that’s right. Stop letting these mass tragedies dominate the news cycle for entire weeks. Stop leveraging grief to try and force Congress’s collective hand. Stop bickering, virtue-signaling, and trying to figure out conspiracy theories and details.

    “We have to honor the victims,” you say. I could not agree more. We have to honor the victims by not shoving a camera in their faces or haranguing grieving parents to talk to reporters.

    These Shooters Do It For Fame. Don’t Give It To Them
    Of course, there is always going to be some level of invasion of privacy in journalism. A reporter barging into an emotional situation is often important to further public knowledge about an occurrence. But limiting reporting of mass shootings—at the very least ones involving children—to local news channels could be the primary way in which we cut down on their frequency.

    Hear me out. I watched all major cable news channels for hours both the days of and after the Valentine’s shooting. Approximately 60 percent of that time has been on the shooter’s face. His name, his picture, footage of him getting arrested, videos of him at the jail, news of his court arraignment—I could go on. When his face isn’t plastered on the screen, coverage loops between horrific video from children’s cellphones and pundits’ hot takes on the Second Amendment.”


  9. 😦


    “The FBI said Friday that it did not follow protocol after a caller submitted a tip about the Florida shooting suspect earlier this year.

    Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who was previously expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, confessed to opening fire on the school this week. At least 17 people were killed.

    Someone contacted the FBI’s public tip line to alert it to Cruz’s behavior, according to a statement from the agency. The caller said this behavior included a “desire to kill people” and “the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”

    “Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken,” reads the statement. “We have determined that these protocols were not followed.””


  10. It’s Friday.

    Of a long holiday weekend…….

    Which means it’s news dump time.

    So the question now is “Did Mueller just clear Trump?”

    “The indictment also said that those charged staged political rallies inside the United States, posing as Americans and U.S. grassroots group. Some of them communicated with “unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities.”

    Because it sounds like according to the Comey/Hillary standard of intent being required, like he just cleared them offhandedly…… 🙂



  11. Oh, and this too….

    The govts’ case against Flynn has imploded..


    “Extraordinary manipulation by powerful people led to the creation of Robert Mueller’s continuing investigation and prosecution of General Michael Flynn. Notably, the recent postponement of General Flynn’s sentencing provides an opportunity for more evidence to be revealed that will provide massive ammunition for a motion to withdraw Flynn’s guilty plea and dismiss the charges against him.

    It was Judge Rudolph Contreras who accepted General Flynn’s guilty plea, but he suddenly was recused from the case. The likely reason is that Judge Contreras served on the special court that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to surveil the Trump campaign based on the dubious FISA application. Judge Contreras may have approved one of those four warrants.

    The judge assigned to Flynn’s case now is Emmet G. Sullivan. Judge Sullivan immediately issued what is called a “Brady” order requiring Mueller to provide Flynn all information that is favorable to the defense whether with respect to guilt or punishment. Just today, Mueller’s team filed an agreed motion to provide discovery to General Flynn under a protective order so that it can be reviewed by counsel but not disclosed otherwise.

    This development is huge. Prosecutors almost never provide this kind of information to a defendant before he enters a plea — much less after he has done so. This is one of myriad problems in our justice system. As Judge Jed Rakoff wrote several years ago, people who are innocent enter guilty pleas every day. They simply can no longer withstand the unimaginable stress of a criminal investigation. They and their families suffer sheer exhaustion in every form — financial, physical, mental, and emotional. Add in a little prosecutorial duress — like the threat of indicting your son — and, presto, there’s a guilty plea.

    Judge Sullivan is the perfect judge to decide General Flynn’s motion. The judicial hero of my book, Emmet Sullivan held federal prosecutors in contempt for failing to disclose evidence, dismissed the corrupted prosecution of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Department of Justice.

    That independent counsel, Henry Schuelke, issued a scathing report finding systematic, intentional and pervasive misconduct in the Department of (In)Justice. He identified the prosecution’s deliberate concealment of evidence favorable to the defense. That is why Judge Sullivan both issues such Brady orders in each of his cases and encourages every other judge in the country to do the same.”


  12. More….

    And what’s missing?

    Any type of collusion on the Trump/Trump campaign’s part at all.


    “There’s no allegation that any American was knowingly involved in the conspiracy, Rosenstein said. Nor was there an allegation that the efforts of the defendants affected the outcome of the election. The indictment, he told reporters, is a reminder that “people are not always who they appear to be.” He said the defendants wanted to undermine confidence in our democracy.

    On Friday, a D.C. federal grand jury returned an indictment against the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization which has connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin — it names 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities that accuses them of violating U.S. criminal laws to meddle in U.S. elections and political processes. According to a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, the indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., as well as “three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.”

    According to the indictment, “Some Defendants, posing as U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities.”

    Working with the Internet Research Agency, the defendants “posted derogatory information” about several candidates, the indictment says, and by mid-2016, their efforts included “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” the indictment says. Beginning in April, 2016, the defendants concealed their identities in order to purchase political advertisements on U.S. social media and other online sites. These ads were paid for using Russian bank accounts and registered in the names of fictitious U.S. residents.

    Starting around 2014, the defendants began to track and study groups on U.S. social media dedicated to American politics and social issues. They used metrics to track the performance of various social media groups. They then travelled to the U.S. (or in some cases, tried to travel to the U.S.) to collect intelligence for their interference operations. They posted as Americans and contacted U.S. political and social activists and learned they should target “purple” states, those that were undecided in the campaign.

    They created hundreds of social media accounts and used them to develop fictitious U.S. personas into “leaders of opinion in the U.S.” The defendants worked day and night shifts to pump out messages, controlling pages targeting a range of issues, including immigration, Black Lives Matter, and they amassed hundreds of thousands of followers. They set up and used servers inside the U.S. to mask the Russian origin of the accounts. The Internet Research Agency employed hundreds of people for these purposes — administrators, creators of personas, technical support — and spent the equivalent of millions of dollars for these efforts.

    In addition to disparaging Clinton, they denigrated other candidates, “such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio,” and they supported Bernie Sanders and then Donald Trump. In the latter half of 2016, they used groups to discourage minorities from voting in the 2016 presidential election.”

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  13. So what would you like on your big, fat, nothing burger Ricky?

    Or would you prefer the crow this evening?

    You could also have a combo, if you want both. 🙂


  14. Are there more indictments to come, or are we now almost finished with the investigations? I am beginning to feel hopeful that this whole thing can be wrapped up in a very few short weeks. It will be better for the country when the government again turns its focus on things that actually promote the general welfare of the country rather than divisive partisan wrangling and finger-pointing.

    That being said, we do need to determine our security weaknesses and learn from this attack. People are already distrustful of one another, so it’s not helpful to leave ourselves open for further meddling.

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  15. And it just gets worse. The FBI was again warned of the Florida shooter as recently as last month, and still nothing was done.


    “The FBI said Friday it failed to take any action after a tipster warned last month that Florida madman Nikolas Cruz had a “desire to kill people” and the potential to conduct a school shooting.

    The stunning blunder prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call for the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray.

    “The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,” Scott said.

    “Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it. An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain.”

    A person close to Cruz contacted the FBI on Jan. 5 expressing concerns about his “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting,” the department said.

    The call to the FBI’s official tip line should have been classified as a “potential threat to life” and forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office.”

    But no action was taken, the FBI said.”

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  16. AJ, My position for almost a year has been that your moron framed himself by pressuring and firing Comey since the Russians were too smart to actually collude with Trump. The Trumpkin position was that the Russia investigation was a farce. We now have 17 indictments and Mr. Mueller is not done.

    Are you going to eat crow or your idiotic Black Pidgeon?


  17. Putin has truly hit a grand slam home run:
    1. His moron (Trump) won the election.
    2. Everyone in the world who has a brain knows that Putin helped Trump win the election.
    3. The election was so close that no one will ever know if Russian aid to Trump was decisive. Therefore, the legitimacy of the election (and Trump) will always be in doubt.
    4. For over a year Trump and his entire idiotic cult have been constantly bashing US and Western intelligence agencies which all alerted their leaders to Russian involvement in the US election.

    Therefore, virtually all intelligent people in the world know that Russia intervened, perhaps decisively, to get Trump elected. Meanwhile, a huge percentage of the ignorant people in the world now hate Western intelligence agencies, the biggest enemies of Putin.

    They will laugh themselves to sleep in Moscow tonight.


  18. Ricky,

    The plot never involved Trump, as you alleged from the start. He didn’t frame himself, he wasn’t even involved, nor was his campaign, as today’s indictments show. And as noted by authorities today, the Russians did nothing to alter the campaign. You guys got nothin’. But hey, keep doublin’ down. 🙂

    And it has been a farce, as it relates to Trump, the guy you Never-Trumpers and Democrats have been trying to pin it on. Your revisionist history won’t work, we all know what you’ve been saying pretty much daily..

    This is it, there’s nothing more, except for the wailing and whining that will inevitably come from you and Goldberg, Mona, Douhit, and the gang in the coming days.

    You folks owe the president an apology. We’ll see which of your media all stars has the decency to do so.

    And you?


  19. AJ, I always said the moron framed himself, beginning with the idiotic “tapp” tweets that you defended as “accidentally accurate”.

    I always said the Russians were too smart to collude with a nitwit who can’t keep his porn star mistresses quiet and who was surrounded by aides and kids as dumb as he is.

    If Trump committed a crime, my guess is it was either the obstruction of justice to which he hilariously confessed to Lester Holt or something related to Russian money laundering or his debt to Deutsch Bank. Mueller will let us know.


  20. As noted above, Putin had the stooge Trump to cover-up his crimes. The stooge Trump then had his own stooges (Nunes and the rest of the cult).


  21. There are some new details coming out about today’s indictments. Some interesting stuff.

    The Russians didn’t seem to be working for anyone, so much as just working against the US in general.

    Anti-Trump rallies in NY and Chicago were Russian operations.


    Numerous sites listed by Mueller were pro-Hillary.



  22. Shut her down.


  23. So who let the commies in?

    This guy!




  24. Evan McMullen has posted the entire 37 page indictment. Despite what Trump and cult insisted for months, the Mueller Investigation is not a “witch hunt”, and illegal Russian support of Trump was not a “hoax” or “fake news”.


  25. Jonah Goldberg asks a very good question: Why is it that the new “American Nationalists” are much more concerned about and opposed to the FBI, the State Dept., Democrats and the mythical “Deep State” than to a hostile foreign power that interfered in the last US election?

    That behavior doesn’t look like nationalism, but it looks a great deal like a cult.


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