65 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-13-18

  1. So in one case we know for a fact a foreign actor was involved, in the other we have unfounded allegations that nearly 2 years later have yet to be proven..

    But the FBI was only concerned with the latter, for purely political reasons.

    That’s not how this is supposed to work…..


    “FBI Assistant Director Peter Strzok testified Thursday that former FBI Director James Comey directed him to focus his time and resources on the Russian election interference investigation over Hillary Clinton’s use of classified information.

    In a fiery joint Judiciary and Oversight Committee hearing, Strzok was asked by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler why he thought it was important to “prioritize” the Russia investigation in October 2016 over the recent reopening of the Clinton case due to the discovery of emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.

    “The first reason I did it is because the director told me to,” Strzok said, referring to Comey, “The director said it was our top priority.””


    “A member of the House Committee on the Judiciary said during a hearing Thursday that a government watchdog found that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn’t follow-up on that finding.

    The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

    “It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia,” he added.

    Gohmert said the ICIG investigator, Frank Rucker, presented the findings to Strzok, but that the FBI official did not do anything with the information.

    Strzok acknowledged meeting with Rucker, but said he did not recall the “specific content.”

    “The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.””

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  2. Another busted meme……

    Careful what you wish for.


    “On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that almost half of the children who were five years old or younger and separated from adults at the U.S. border couldn’t be reunited with them because many of the adults were violent criminals, and some of the adults weren’t even the children’s parents.

    According to the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, 46 of the 103 children are “ineligible” to be reunited with the adults. The departments added that 11 of the adults have serious criminal histories, some of which include charges for child cruelty, kidnaping, murder, human smuggling, domestic violence and narcotics-related crime. One man is wanted for murder in Guatemala, according to Chris Meekins, Chief of Staff, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services; seven others were “determined not to be a parent” at all, three of whom were found out through DNA testing.

    As the Daily Mail reports, “Meekins described one adult who said he was a parent ‘right up until the time of a DNA swab,’ and then retracted his claim. Authorities determined that one potential child sponsor was alleged to have abused the child he was trying to claim. Another told the government that if his child were returned to him, he planned to house the youngster with an adult who has been charged with sex abuse of a young girl.”


    “Government says parents of nearly HALF of kids younger than 5 taken at the border can’t have them back because they’re child abusers, kidnappers and murderers – and others aren’t actually parents

    President tweeted this week that Democrats in Congress should help stop illegal immigrants gain entry to the U.S. by bring children with them

    ‘Traffickers know how it works,’ he claimed; ‘They are just using children!’

    Homeland Security Department has cited ‘many instances where human traffickers have used children to cross the border to gain illegal entry’

    Now DOJ and DHS say 46 of the 103 children in custody who are under 5 years old wouldn’t be safe with the adults who brought them across the border

    Some weren’t actually their parents; others are in prison for kidnapping, child abuse or murder; another is wanted for murder in Guatemala

    Still others gave phony birth certificates or planned to house a child with a known child sex abuser

    A dozen were deported but declined to take their children with them “


  3. Disgrace is right.


    “After giving an opening statement lauding his own patriotism, Strzok refused to answer questions on the ground that an FBI lawyer had told him not to. What followed was a farce–a farce deliberately created and sustained by the Democratic members of the committee. They interrupted constantly with silly points of order, heckled the committee chairman, and generally tried to disrupt the proceedings. To understand how bad it was, just go here and scan the transcript. My favorite moment was when Sheila Jackson Lee claimed that Strzok was entitled to claim attorney-client privilege (which, of course, he didn’t do).”

    “When the Democrats got their turns, they continued to make a mockery of the hearing. They talked about “separated children,” student debt and Puerto Rico–yes, seriously–among other things. When they weren’t talking about Puerto Rico et al., they praised Strzok–who has been referred for disciplinary proceedings by the DOJ Inspector General and recently was escorted out of the FBI building–lavishly. I think they succeeded in their effort to turn the hearing into a pointless, chaotic mess, and nothing, as far as I have seen, was learned.

    An intelligent Democrat would be embarrassed by his party’s antics today. Are there any such left?”

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  4. Congressional Trump Cultists did the impossible. They made Peter Strzok look sympathetic while simultaneously blowing up their own Deep State and Soft Coup myths. Dear Leader is not going to be pleased. Here is conservative John Ziegler’s take:

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  5. The Trumpkins competed with one another to see who could make the biggest fool of himself.
    And the winner is: Our own Louis Gohmert! Texas has the biggest ranches. We have the biggest oil fields. We have the biggest moron! Dear Leader is going to be jealous.


  6. In a desperate effort to keep pace with his stooges and remain the King of Idiocy, Trump practiced buffoonery on both sides of the English Channel, lying, bragging, making mischief and even resorting to repeating the claim that he is a “stable genius”.


  7. Britain is experiencing its own Russian-supported rise of ignorance. Note that many wealthy Britons are planning to escape from their new Idiocracy.



  8. Mr. Sabato of the University of Virginia is a very savvy political observer. This is the single biggest reason I am likely to be eating white chocolate from Tennessee in November.


  9. Maybe it was really John Barron or one of his other imaginary friends.


  10. The only ones buying Strzok’s lies are the Dems and never-Trumpers. The usual suspects.


    “Strzok clung to the only reasonable way out of this mess, that despite volumes of evidence illustrating the depth of his disdain for the president, there exists no evidence that his clear biases impacted his professional work. Logically, it’s sound enough. Realistically, not so much.

    It’s not impossible to be objective beyond political ideology, but the degree to which several members of Mueller’s team disliked Trump and clearly held loyalties to Hillary certainly taints the argument that Mueller’s Russian investigation remains focused and apolitical.

    But the more we see of the Resistance and the measures they’re willing to take to subvert Trump’s presidency, it’s increasingly difficult to believe Strzok’s professionalism was the stronger ideological force.”



    Like I said, smirky, smug, lying, piece of trash

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  11. Like I said, only Ricky and his pals see it otherwise, because they have to, they’re too deeply invested and smug to admit they’ve been wrong all along.


    “1. This Is What DOJ Obstruction Looks Like

    The country is two years into the FBI’s probe of whether Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal an election. Not a single charge has been brought by the FBI or by the Office of Special Counsel alleging collusion or treason or anything close to the charges that supposedly necessitated this investigation.

    Congress began asking some questions of the FBI and Department of Justice about how it was conducting the investigation. Through the oversight process, Americans learned that the infamous “dossier” that laid out a case of collusion was secretly bought and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. This dossier was used to secure wiretaps against Trump associates (other surveillance methods, including human informants, were also used).

    The dossier was fed to both the FBI and State Department. Top intelligence officials were leaking about the Russia investigation to CNN and other media outlets. A top DOJ official’s wife worked for the firm that Hillary Clinton hired to run the “Russia” operation. That firm fed their opposition research to the FBI through him.

    The Senate Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees, along with the Senate Homeland Security committee, House Oversight, and House Government Reform committees, have worked hard to uncover these details and in the face of unprecedented obstruction. Requests for documents are met with stonewalling, delays, redactions, leak campaigns, and outright refusals. Threats of subpoenas are routinely made to force even minor compliance.

    Despite the length of yesterday’s hearing, congressional overseers were able to elicit almost no substantive answers to the questions they asked. Strzok claimed he was not answering questions because the Department of Justice told him not to answer questions. No matter the question, Strzok refused to answer any question about his role in the Russia probe, with almost no exceptions.

    The hearing was a public revelation of the stonewalling and obstruction the DOJ has enforced against congressional oversight.

    2. Strzok Somehow Came Off Even Worse Than He Did In His Texts

    Despite his significant role in the Russia and Clinton investigations, the only picture Americans had formed of Strzok was based on his text messages. He spoke of his loathing of President Trump, Trump’s voters, and congressional oversight. He talked of stopping Trump’s election, of insurance policies to deal with his candidacy, and fantasies of impeachment.

    The texts were between him and his also married colleague, another top-ranking official in the Department of Justice. The hearing demonstrated the texts were at best an accurate reflection of the man who wrote them. If anything, the texts were understated.

    Strzok chose to present himself to the world as a smug, arrogant, and peevish man. He was defensive and condescending. His answers were almost mind-blowingly implausible. It wasn’t just that he lacked good judgment or even-handedness. It’s that he didn’t seem to have a grip on reality. He kept saying he wasn’t biased, when his bias is indisputable.”

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  12. 10 ways the DoJ abused their authority, which Ricky and his pals are celebrating.


    “10 Ways DOJ Abused Its Authority When It Spied On Trump’s Campaign

    New facts indicate Obama administration officials and career FBI and DOJ employees misled the FISA court in more ways than previous thought.”

    “4 Abuses the Nunes Memo Highlighted”

    “Misled the FISA Court on Crossfire Hurricane’s Launch”

    “Misleading the FISA Court that Papadopoulos Colluded with Russia”

    “Misleading Claims that Papadopoulos Was Connected to DNC Hacking”

    “Political Bias of the DOJ and FBI Official Involved in the FISA Applications”


  13. The old Cult seems sort of down this morning.
    Last night I switched between Fox, CNN and MSNBC. Fox and CNN were seriously reviewing Strzok’s testimony and the questions. The liberals on MSNBC were giddy and could not stop laughing at Gohmert, Gosart, Gowdy and the other Trumpkins.


  14. Do you ever stop to look at the company you keep in all this Ricky? You always side with the hard left. Funny that…..


    “Peter Strzok formerly headed the FBI’s counterintelligence efforts in the position of deputy assistant director of the bureau, yet he has showed himself to be a man of extraordinarily bad character in several aspects. His public testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees yesterday partook of theater of the absurd on its own terms as well as that of the Democrats’ frat house effusions supporting him.

    Strzok’s testimony was patently false. He knew he was lying. His interlocutors knew he was lying. Every sentient being watching the proceedings knew he was lying. Strzok degraded himself, the FBI, the medium of expression and everything else touching on his testimony, nowhere more so than in his explication of “We’ll stop it” (video below, transcript here). To borrow Mary McCarthy’s formulation, every word he said was a lie, including “and” and “the.””


  15. I always side against dishonesty and idiocy. The left used to control those markets, but Trump and his cult now have an absolute advantage (not just a comparative advantage) in the production of those commodities. Trump’s imaginary friend John Barron will confirm those facts by audiotape if you want to hear from him.


  16. I’ve watched about 40 minutes of the Strozk, hearings including Trey Gowdy’s followup questions. Strzok is definitely smug and belligerent. It is not the FBI’s finest hour, and it definitely seems to demonstrate bias. And I have not, so far, seen any Republicans behaving badly, though there have been some spirited disagreements and I have not seen the whole thing yet. The non-voting representative from DC, Ms. Norton, was very articulate. I’m sure she’s a Democrat, but I was impressed with her questions and statements, and general demeanor.


  17. Debra, If she is from DC, I can assure you she is a Democrat. All the Democrats had a really easy job yesterday. They mainly just had to shake their heads and look sad. I think I saw one of them hand Gohmert a box of matches before Gohmert set himself on fire.

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  18. Ha. I just heard the portion of questioning by Rep. Gohmert. He took things to a questionable level, and did provoke disordered outbursts—and made a couple. But actually the content he introduced about bias and about the compromised servers is quite intelligent and relevant to the question at hand.


  19. Be comforted Ricky. Texas Rep. Ted Poe is coming off fairly well. Although he is giving a speech and only asked one question, but it was a good one. Unfortunately the answer was not convincing.

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  20. You know that if the left is in power again (and they will be, maybe sooner rather than later, maybe not, but eventually), it’ll be a whirlwind of payback.

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  21. I look forward to seeing what comes of the Russian hacking indictments. And I’m sure they are not the only ones. I suspect that our security measures have been very lax for a long time. Given the fact that we dismissed the private servers for the Secretary of State, I wonder how seriously we’re taking private servers for other officials right now.


  22. I’m seeing some interesting new faces and names in the hearings. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL) and Rep. Jordan (OH) and Rep. Collins (GA) all bring up relevant points and are well spoken. But that sort of thing doesn’t make juicy headlines so you won’t hear anything about what they had to say. Far too dull.


  23. Re: the immigrant children whose parents left them here – I suspect that many of those parents did so not because they didn’t care, but for the sake of their children’s lives and well-being, believing they would have more of a chance of safety and a future here. Like the parents who tried to get Americans to take their babies as we left Vietnam. Heartbreaking.


  24. Yep. 12 more indictments that have nothing at all to do with Trump or his campaign.

    As he has said all along. More vindication against the baseless lies that were alleged.


    ““There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.”

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced today that a federal grand jury indicted 12 Russians, all officers with Russia’s intelligence agency GRU, for allegedly hacking into the DNC and Hillary’s campaign.

    The most important part of Rosenstein’s speech: “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.”

    So while people on the left and within the resistance may cheer these indictments, it’s just another announcement that has absolutely nothing to do with collusion, which is the main objective of Special Investigator Robert Mueller’s probe.”


  25. More fake news exposed…..


    “Reports that President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from NATO over a dispute about defense spending are untrue, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday.

    “President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO,” Macron told reporters at the NATO summit in Brussels, according to The Associated Press.

    Macron’s denial came in response to reports from Politico, Reuters and other outlets that Trump had made the threat during a morning meeting of NATO leaders. The reports, which cited unnamed NATO officials, quoted Trump as saying Washington “will do our own thing” or “go it alone” if allies don’t come up with a plan to boost spending by January 2019.

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite also denied that Trump had threatened to pull out of NATO.

    “I would not interpret it that way,” she responded when asked if anything Trump said could be interpreted as a threat to withhold defense capabilities from European allies, Reuters reported.”

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  26. Thoughts:

    1. The Mueller investigation continues.
    2. The vindication is for Mueller and his staff who have been constantly attacked by the Manchurian Moron and his cult.
    3. This witch hunt is finding a bunch of witches.

    1. To what “baseless lies” is The Cult referring?
    2. Why have the Moron and the Cult gone to such lengths to smear an investigation that has secured indictments against many Russians and a few Trumpkins?


  27. 1. How exciting.
    2. Think about who has an “absolute advantage” in terms of being constantly attacked.
    3. After two years it hasn’t found the main witch, which was supposed to be the chief reason for starting the Mueller investigation.


  28. Tychicus, The main witch was Russia from the beginning. The primary reason that so many thought and still think that Trump or his aides were working with the Russians is that Trump acted so guilty from the beginning by firing Comey, lying about the Trump Tower meeting, asking that Flynn be let off, crying Witch Hunt, demanding loyalty, attacking Sessions, Rosenstein, Mueller, Wray, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, etc., etc, etc.


  29. Feeble little minds are those who think 10 is equal to or greater than 60.

    This is going to be one fun weekend as the facts pour out.

    Trumpers, Do you think Dear Leader should meet with Putin alone as he planned to do?

    Interestingly, Rosenstein briefed the Moron on the indictments before he left for Europe. Trump continued to label the investigation a witch hunt knowing the Russians were about to be indicted. I still contend the Moron framed himself, but no one can blame the Dems for believing the worst.


  30. Like

  31. The poor moron is just not having a good day.


  32. Like

  33. Like

  34. Ricky,

    It’s good Mueller found someone to charge with crimes they’ll never be held to account for. An abject failure, just like his last bunch of Russian indictments.

    And you know when Trump refers to “witch hunt” he’s referring to the bogus and fruitless investigation into he and his campaign. You know, the crimes you and NTers like French have repeatedly accused him of, despite any evidence.

    At least have the decency to admit you were wrong. Again.


  35. And an interview ain’t happening, so there goes any chance of laying a perjury trap.


    “Rudy Giuliani: To this day they can’t find any kind of evidence that ties President Donald Trump to any kind of collusion. The progress is that the Mueller investigation if falling apart of its own weight… Mueller is asleep at the switch. It’s being run by the same kind of partisans that he is. The same kind of horrible person that he is that it is being run by the same kind of Hillary partisans that he is… They will frame Donald Trump which is one of the reasons they are trying to set a perjury trap for him. And thank God we’re tough enough to smell that out.

    Rudy Giuliani added that Strzok’s testimony made it less likely that President Trump will testify before the Mueller special counsel.

    Laura Ingraham: Any closer to an agreement with Mueller on limited questioning?

    Rudy Giuliani: Probably further away. When you see this kind of thing! You’re a lawyer would you work your client into a Kangaroo court?”

    No sir.


  36. Also Strzok’s dirty little paws are all over the sham FISA based on the bogus Dem dossier.



  37. AJ, Do you have the decency to admit that 10 is less than 60?

    Like Debra did yesterday, you and the rest of the Cult always try to say that Trump meant something other than what he said. He didn’t attack “part” of the Mueller Investigation. He attacked the Mueller Investigation. I realize he is almost alingual and often incoherent. Nenertheless words have meanings. Numbers also have meanings. Outside of The Cult, 60>10.


  38. The Mueller witch hunt was always about getting Trump. Stop pretending there was ever any other purpose behind it. But if sounding silly is your thing, hey, by all means, keep digging.


  39. During the campaign, Trump blamed the hacking on a “400 lb. guy”. When every Western intelligence agency concluded that Russia was responsible, Trump refused to concede that Russia was involved. As usual, Trump was lying. As usual, The Cult was wrong.


  40. Will Gingrich, Hannity and the rest of The Cult apologize to the family of Seth Rich?


  41. From the editorial:

    “As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein rightly said after announcing the indictments, in the face of such an assault, “it’s important for us to avoid thinking politically, as Republicans or Democrats, and instead to think patriotically as Americans.”

    Good advice. If only Mr. Trump and his servile defenders in Congress would heed it.”


  42. @8:23 Is someone being charged in the death of Seth Rich, or have they found a smoking gun pointing….where? I must have missed that one. I confess I’m not following all the proceedings that closely. The 2 hr hearing I listened to today was just about my limit for arrogance and partisan politics for the week.

    Interference in our elections and spying is a serious matter though and ought to be followed up probably with the CIA doing what they’ve been doing for decades: punch and counter-punching. But the Mueller thing has just about run its legitimate course. It’s reasonably clear that there was no conspiracy in the Trump campaign,. Let those who are indicted be prosecuted in appropriate jurisdictions, but the investigation needs to be wrapped up with a recommendation to Congress. Until that happens, I doubt there will be any serious attempt to fortify our security systems and rein in the use of private servers and private gizmos being used for government purposes, since no one in charge wants to admit to presiding over the inadequate protocols that have been openly in use and winked at up to this point.


  43. Debra, If Trump is innocent, Mueller will exonerate him. I would love to hear Mueller say:

    “Trump is innocent of any serious wrongdoing. He and his aides committed some relatively minor violations, and were the beneficiaries of Russian help which may or may not have been decisive. We were never able to discover why Trump chose to frame himself by acting so guilty, firing Comey and confessing that it was because of the investigation, attacking law enforcement and idiotically denying Russian wrongdoing in the face of overwhelming evidence.”

    That has always been my prediction and I am sticking with it for now. I think it may come out that Roger Stone (and maybe others) kept Trump informed about what the Russians were up to. Is that an impeachable offense? I don’t think so. However, Democrats tired of Trump’s two years of lying, dishonesty and attacks on law enforcement may reach a different conclusion. I think his approval rate will stay around 40% unless and until his protectionism begins to do serious damage to the economy. Then even Trumpers may open an economics textbook.

    PS. Everyone should now know that the Russians (not Seth Rich) leaked the DNC docs to Wikileaks. Nevertheless I understand that some cultists may still claim that Hillary had Rich killed aided by the Pizza pedophiles, the Deep State, the Soft Coup, Comey, Strzok, Page, Paul Ryan, Jeff Flake and George W. Bush.


  44. As I was saying:


  45. Yawn.

    Once again there’s no there, there.

    Keep digging.


    “Stone for his part rejects any notion he was part of some grand conspiracy of collusion. When asked by ABC News whether he believed that Guccifer was an operative of the Russian military intelligence, Stone denied it.

    “I’ve written a 5,000 word piece you can see it stone cold truth that argues against that,” Stone responded. “But even if he was, my communication with him is ex post facto it happens weeks after the WikiLeaks have already published the Democratic national committee emails and therefore collusion would have to be, would have to be chronological. Leaking after the fact, impossible…”

    Stone also told ABC News he had never spoken with Assange.

    “I never met with him,” Stone said. “I never emailed with him. I never spoke to him and I had no advance notice of the content or the source of his information”.

    Stone’s bottom line on Wikileaks: “I never received anything including allegedly hacked e-mails from WikiLeaks or Julian Assange or the Russians or anyone else,” he told ABC News. “[I] never passed them on to Donald Trump or the Trump campaign or anyone else.”


  46. Once again the Trump Cult struggles with reading comprehension. @10:33 I did not allege “some grand conspiracy of collusion”. I said:

    “I think it may come out that Roger Stone (and maybe others) kept Trump informed about what the Russians were up to.”

    The new indictments allege that an unnamed person had repeated contacts with both the Russian hackers and “senior members of the Trump campaign”. Various analysts have concluded that based on prior admissions and several sources (most likely witnesses who have already testified to Mueller) that unnamed person is almost certainly Roger Stone. Stone said that the unnamed person was not him because he didn’t have repeated contacts with Trump campaign officials; he only talked to Trump himself.

    We know that Stone had prior knowledge of some of the hacked emails to be released because he accurately and publicly predicted them. Therefore, we know that Stone knew a great deal about what the Russians were up to and that he talked regularly to Trump. Trump sets up his organizations where all his aides compete to curry favor with him. Does anyone believe Stone would not have told Trump what he knew about the Russian interference?

    Incidentally, the “maybe others” in my prediction would include Donald Trump, Jr. and Sean Hannity, both of whom had connections to Julian Assange. As I said @ 10:33:

    “Is that an impeachable offense? I don’t think so. However, Democrats tired of Trump’s two years of lying, dishonesty and attacks on law enforcement may reach a different conclusion.”


  47. Sigh. Carter Page was on with Jake Tapper this morning. He acted about as guilty, dishonest and stupid as Papadopoulos, Nunberg, Little Trump, Stone, Nunbetg, and Big Trump himself.


    Rubio followed and did a good job. He appeared embarrassed that a Republican would employ someone with the background of Page. He also basically supported the FBI and the four Republican judges who signed FISA warrants re: Page. Mueller will eventually tell us the truth about Page. I am expecting a few laughs.


  48. A pretty balanced article here from the NYT. It quotes Dear Leader and his backers while also giving a good summary of the facts, a comment from Rubio and analysis from an expert from my old school (The University of Texas School of Law).


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