18 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-14-18

  1. This is the part where Never-Trumpers with any decency left will hide their faces in shame.

    They couldn’t have been more wrong on this.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2018/12/13/breaking-doj-ig-report-strzok-and-page-n2537436

    “The Department of Justice Inspector a General released a report Thursday showing thousands of text messages sent by fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page were not properly preserved and presented a “gap” in investigating their misconduct at the Bureau.

    “The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General initiated this investigation upon being notified of a gap in text message data collection during the period December 15, 2016 through May 17, 2017, from Federal Bureau of Investigation mobile devices assigned to FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page relevant to a matter being investigated by the OIG’s Oversight and Review Division. Specifically, the OIG’s Cyber Investigations Office was asked to attempt recovery of these missing text message for the referenced period from FBI issued mobile devices issued to Strzok and Page,” the report states. “In view of the content of many of the text messages between Strzok and Page, the OIG also asked the Special Counsel’s Office to provide the OIG the DOJ issues iPhones that had been assigned to Strzok and Page during their respective assignments to the SCO.”

    After a number of steps by the OIG, “was the recovery of thousands of text messages within the period of the missing text messages, December 15, 2016 through May 17, 2017, as well as hundreds of other text messages outside the gap period that had not been produced by the FBI due to technical problems with its text message collection tool.”

    The time period in question is after the 2016 presidential election and up to the appointment of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel. Page worked on the Special Counsel investigation until July 2017 and used the same phone during that time period. The same goes for Strzok, who also worked for Mueller and had the same phone. When Page and Strzok left the Special Counsel, their phones were wiped by Special Counsel Records Officer. DOJ maintains this was simply standard procedure in order to give the device to another user.”

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  2. More…..

    “According to the report, the Special Counsel’s Office issued iPhones to both Page and Strzok in late May 2017 and early June 2017, respectively. And while Page left the SCO on July 15, 2017, the Justice Management Division was unable to locate her iPhone until September 2018. After examining the device, the OIG found that it had been reset to factory settings on July 31, 2017. As for Strzok, he completed his SCO Exit Clearance Certificate on August 11, 2017. The SCO Records Officer who reviewed his phone the following month made a note in her log that Strzok’s phone contained “no substantive texts, notes or reminders.” When OIG received Strzok’s phone in late January 2018, they found that his phone had been reconfigured for a new user — by resetting it to factory settings.”

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  3. More shenanigans from Mueller and his flunkies.

    And the judge blasted them for it. Again.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/flynn-judge-orders-mueller-to-turn-over-fbi-docs-after-bombshell-filing-claiming-he-was-pressured-by-agents

    “One day after former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s legal team made the bombshell allegation that the FBI had pushed him not to bring a lawyer to his fateful Jan. 24, 2017 interview with agents at the White House, the federal judge overseeing Flynn’s criminal case is demanding answers from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller late Wednesday to turn over all of the government’s documents and “memoranda” related to Flynn’s questioning. The extraordinary demand puts Mueller under the microscope, and sets a 3:00 p.m. EST Friday deadline for the special counsel’s office to produce the sensitive FBI documents.

    Sullivan — who overturned the 2008 conviction of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens after government misconduct came to light — is weighing how to sentence Flynn, who pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal authorities during the 2017 interview in the West Wing. Flynn faced mounting legal bills that forced him to sell his home amid the prosecution, and Mueller has already recommended he receive no prison time.

    The judge’s brief order states that Mueller can choose to file the materials under seal if necessary.

    Sullivan also ordered the Flynn team to turn over the documents backing up its assertions. The judge could determine why the FBI apparently took a significantly more aggressive tack in handling the Flynn interview than it did during other similar matters, including the agency’s sit-downs with Hillary Clinton and ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos.

    Flynn is set to be sentenced next Tuesday — but Sullivan’s move might delay that date, or lead to other dramatic and unexpected changes in the case. Sullivan even has the authority to toss Flynn’s guilty plea and the charge against him if he concludes that the FBI interfered with Flynn’s constitutional right to counsel, although he has given no indications that he intends to do so.”

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  4. Ballot fraud, by way of “ballot harvesting”.

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/12/12/ballot_fraud_american-style_and_its_bitter_harvests.html

    “America’s electoral obsession isn’t Russian meddling anymore. It’s ballot-harvesting, a long-disputed practice implicated in fraud that’s come to the fore with the nationwide embrace of absentee voting in recent years — and especially in last month’s midterms.

    With ballot-harvesting, paper votes are collected by intermediaries who deliver them to polling officials, presumably increasing voter turnout but also creating opportunities for mischief.

    The latter is suspected in North Carolina, where uncharacteristic Democratic charges of vote fraud prompted an investigation into whether Republican-paid political operatives illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race. A national spotlight was shone by The New York Times, which, like Democrats, often minimizes vote fraud; it flooded the zone in this case, assigning five reporters to a single story.

    In California, by contrast, Democrats exulted as they credited a quietly passed 2016 law legalizing ballot-harvesting with their recent sweep of House seats in the former Republican stronghold of Orange County, thereby helping them win control of the House.

    In that case, it was Republican eyebrows that were arched. Speaker Paul Ryan said what happened in California “defies logic.”

    In Orange County, an estimated 250,000 harvested ballots were reportedly dropped off on Election Day alone. County Republican Chairman Fred Whitaker claimed the 2016 law “directly caused the switch from being ahead on election night to losing two weeks later.”

    One interaction caught by a Santa Clarita family’s doorbell camera suggested how harvesting can work in practice. A harvester, identifying herself as Lulu, asks for Brandi, and says she is there to collect her ballot, explaining that there is “this new service, but only to, like, people who are supporting the Democratic Party.”

    However, there is no evidence that ballots were marked or discarded by those harvesting the ballots, as is alleged in North Carolina.

    Election officials there have refused to certify Republican Mark Harris’s victory over Democrat Dan McReady in the state’s 9th Congressional District, and Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, a Democratic member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is seeking an emergency hearing into possible voter fraud in that race.

    “Votes have been stolen by preying on senior and minority voters, and now a cloud of doubt and suspicion hangs over this election result,” Connolly said.”

    North Carolina absentee ballots require a “witness,” or second signature, to verify the voter’s identity. In Republican-heavy Bladen County, the same people were signing as witnesses for numerous absentee ballots, a telltale sign that they were being “harvested.”

    In fact, one TV station interviewed a harvester who claimed she was paid by Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., a local political operative, between $75 and $100 a week to pick up completed absentee ballots. Dowless has worked for numerous North Carolina politicians of both political parties.

    Dowless’s connection to Harris’s campaign, which paid Harris’s employer $428,000 for administrative, staff and grassroots services, is prompting a national look at ballot harvesting, which is considered election fraud because North Carolina law specifically prohibits anyone from collecting ballots.

    But evidence is emerging that Dowless wasn’t the only one harvesting in the Tar Heel State.”

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  5. These people in Turkey are not our ally. And if they bomb the Kurds and Assyrian Christians the US needs to respond most harshly. Don’t pull an H. W. Bush on these people again.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/12/turkey-to-launch-military-offensive-against-us-backed-syrian-kurds/#more-267746

    “Kurds, fighting alongside the Assyrian Christians, had played a key role in liberating large parts of Syrian and Iraqi territories from the Islamic State.

    Turkey’s sudden military incursion to the east of Euphrates poses a risk to some 2,000 U.S. troops stationed in that region. “Unilateral military action into north-east Syria by any party, particularly as U.S. personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern. We would find any such actions unacceptable,” the U.S. Defense Department spokesman Commander Sean Robertson said.

    The BBC reported the impending Turkish intrusion in the northeastern Syria:”
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    “America’s support for the Kurdish YPG forces has strained relations with Turkey, which considers the YPG to be part of a terrorist group. (…) The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) currently controls large swathes of the north-east of Syria on Turkey’s southern border.

    The military aid to Kurdish and Christian Assyrian forces has been part of President Donald Trump’s strategy of destroying the Islamic State’s strongholds in Syria and Iraq. The U.S.-backed campaign saw the ISIS flushed out of more than 90 percent of its territory gained under the Obama presidency. Defeated on the ground, the Islamist terror group has lost control of most of its oil fields, a major source of its revenue.

    Turkey’s Islamist regime, on the other hand, has a checkered past when it comes to dealing with ISIS and other Islamic terror groups. The Erdogan regime makes it no secret of its ideological affinity to jihadi groups operating from Gaza to Kashmir. According to the intelligence assessment made by the German spy agency BND in 2016, Erdogan’s Turkey is emerging as the “central platform of activity for Islamist groups in the Middle East.” Under Erdogan’s watch, the country became a conduit for Islamists seeking to join the caliphate in Syria and Iraq. As early as 2013, some 30,000 foreign fighters crossed over from into Syria via Turkey, building the core of the ISIS fighting force.

    Erdogan’s regime feels bolstered by billions of dollars pouring in from the European Union. In 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cut a $3 billion deal with the Turkey in return for vague promises of halting the wave of illegal immigrants crossing into Europe. Far from being content, Erdogan has been pressuring Brussels to accept Ankara into the EU and open Europe’s borders to some 80 million Turkish citizens by giving them visa-free entry.

    Turkey, a NATO member, has long ceased acting like an ally to the West. The regime is more interested in undoing the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, and reviving the Ottoman caliphate in its place. By attacking the Kurds in Syria, Ankara is trying to destroy the only native-born fighting force capable of taking on the armed Islamists in the region. Any vacuum left by a Kurdish retreat is bound to be filled by Islamic terror groups.”

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  6. How the liberal morality police ruin lives….

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/12/how-the-liberal-morality-police-ruin-lives/

    “The American civil rights movements became necessary because minority groups in this country had enough of being bullied, marginalized and targeted by a society that punished them for being different. Whether it be the black or gay civil rights movements, or the movement to enfranchise and expand women’s rights, the goal was not for special rights, but for the ability to live our lives without threat and to enjoy all the rights to which every American is entitled.

    The right to not be destroyed because people don’t like you — the bedrock principle informing all civil rights values and successes — is being made a mockery of by today’s modern liberal inquisitors. Ask comedian and actor Kevin Hart and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.

    Both black men offended the liberal morality police by making comments deemed insensitive or the now ubiquitous “homophobic” on social media years ago. Their word crimes required some miserable soul to pour over Twitter looking for a statement or attitude with which to crucify them.

    This is done not just at a random moment, but during extraordinarily important times in their lives so the maximum amount of damage can be inflicted on their lives, reputations and careers.”

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  7. An urban revitalization program that doesn’t use tax dollars?

    What a concept!

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  8. This guy’s been a fraud since day one. Nice to see it exposed.

    He’s soooooo principled…….

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  9. Improper.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/12/judge-demands-interviews-with-flynn-after-sentencing-memo-raises-questions-about-the-fbis-conduct/

    “In the memo issued by Flynn’s attorneys are allegations that the FBI intentionally lied to Flynn about the necessity of having representation during their initial interview as well as an alleged effort to intentionally omit the consequences of lying to FBI agents during what was allegedly made out to be a casual conversation.

    Involved in the initial conversations with Flynn were now Former Deputy Director McCabe and former FBI agent Strzok. Both agents have since been fired from the FBI for various improprieties.

    From the WSJ:

    Mr. Flynn’s filing doesn’t take issue with the description of his offense. But the “additional facts” the Flynn defense team flags for the court raise doubts about FBI conduct.

    The Flynn filing describes government documents concerning the Jan. 24, 2017 meeting with two FBI agents when Mr. Flynn supposedly lied. It turns out the meeting was set up by then Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who personally called Mr. Flynn that day on other business—to discuss an FBI training session. By Mr. McCabe’s account, on that call he told Mr. Flynn he “felt that we needed to have two of our agents sit down” with him to talk about his Russia communications.

    Mr. McCabe then urged Mr. Flynn to meet without a lawyer present. “I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between [Mr. Flynn] and the agents only. I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting, like the White House Counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. [Mr. Flynn] stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants,” wrote Mr. McCabe in a memo viewed by the Flynn defense team.

    According to the FBI summary of the interview—known as a 302—Mr. McCabe and FBI officials “decided the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport.”

    We also know from then FBI Director James Comey that this was his idea. This is “something I probably wouldn’t have done or wouldn’t have gotten away with in a more organized administration,” Mr. Comey boasted on MSNBC this weekend. “In the George W. Bush Administration or the Obama Administration, if the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would work through the White House counsel, there would be discussions and approvals and who would be there. And I thought, it’s early enough let’s just send a couple guys over.”

    The key portion of the memo in full:

    At 12:35 p.m. on January 24, 2017, the first Tuesday after the presidential inauguration, General Flynn received a phone call from then-Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, on a secure phone in his office in the West Wing.20 General Flynn had for many years been accustomed to working in cooperation with the FBI on matters of national security. He and Mr. McCabe briefly discussed a security training session the FBI had recently conducted at the White House before Mr. McCabe, by his own account, stated that he “felt that we needed to have two of our agents sit down” with General Flynn to talk about his communications with Russian representatives.21

    Mr. McCabe’s account states: “I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between [General Flynn] and the agents only. I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting, like the White House Counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. [General Flynn] stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants.”22

    Less than two hours later, at 2:15 p.m., FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and a second FBI agent arrived at the White House to interview General Flynn.23 By the agents’ account, General Flynn was “relaxed and jocular” and offered to give the agents “a little tour” of the area around his West Wing office. 24 The agents did not provide General Flynn with a warning of the penalties for making a false statement under 18 U.S.C. § 1001 before, during, or after the interview. Prior to the FBI’s interview of General Flynn, Mr. McCabe and other FBI officials “decided the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport,” one of the agents reported.25 Before the interview, FBI officials had also decided that, if “Flynn said he did not remember something they knew he said, they would use the exact words Flynn used, . . . to try to refresh his recollection. If Flynn still would not confirm what he said, . . . they would not confront him or talk him through it.”26 One of the agents reported that General Flynn was “unguarded” during the interview and “clearly saw the FBI agents as allies.”27

    Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller’s team to hand over documents germane to the revelations by mid-day Friday. From Sara Carter:”

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  10. Oh the poor things…… I doubt Kristol is smirking now. 🙂

    Just have security show them out. 🙂

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  11. Again, these are our allies. Turkey is not.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/39354/us-backed-militia-takes-largest-remaining-town-hank-berrien

    “On Friday, U.S.-backed militia captured the largest remaining town held by ISIS in Syria. That news was confirmed by the DeirEzzor 24 monitoring group.

    The Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fought a violent battle for the city of Hajin, which lies east of the Euphrates River, in the process killing at least 900 ISIS fighters, according to Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Rahman also stated that 500 SDF fighters were killed.

    On Thursday, SDF commander-in-chief Mazloum Kobani said there were at least 5,000 fighters loyal to ISIS still in Syria who had vowed to fight to the death.

    The Daily Mail reported 17,000 troops from SDF started their efforts in September to take Hajin and the surrounding villages in Deir el-Zour province, but that the effort was delayed by Turkish threats on Kurdish territory. The Mail also stated that ISIS “has a presence in Syria’s vast Badia desert, a front which is managed by Russian-backed government forces.”

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the SDF was aided with the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, and that there was still fighting in the fields outside the town, according to Fox News. Omar Abu Layla of DeirEzzor 24 stated that internecine arguments among ISIS fighters expedited the success of the U.S. backed militia.

    Hajin became the capital city for ISIS in November 2017 after ISIS had retreated from Raqqa, Mayadin, Al-Qa’im, and Abu Kamal. SDF first reached Hajin in December 2017. In 2018, suspicions arose that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hiding in Hajin. In March 2018, SDF stopped battling ISIS in Hajin because they had to defend Afrin from the Turkish army, but by late June, coalition forces led by the U.S. started dropping leaflets on Hajin. In August ISIS launched a counterattack but it failed. SDF resumed its attack on Hajin, with U.S. support, on September 11; on December 4 SDF entered the town.”

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  12. Oh look. The so-called “leadership” at the FBI is fighting oversight again, which is what you do when you have things to hide.

    They’re probably waiting for Hillary to get her story straight so they can coordinate their efforts. Again.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-misses-deadline-to-provide-docs-to-judiciary-committee-probing-whistleblower-raid

    “The Justice Department and FBI have missed a Wednesday deadline to provide information about the government’s mysterious raid on a former FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower’s home last month.

    Sixteen FBI agents on Nov. 19 raided the home of Dennis Nathan Cain, who reportedly gave the Justice Department’s Inspector General (IG) documents related to the Uranium One controversy and potential wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    The documents in question allegedly showed that federal officials failed to investigate possible criminal activity related to Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, a Russian nuclear company. Its subsidiary purchased Canadian mining company Uranium One in 2013.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, whose panel has oversight of the Justice Department, penned a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department IG General Michael Horowitz, requesting information on the justification for the raid. Grassley gave Wray and Horowitz until Dec. 12 to respond to his request.

    That deadline has come and gone, and neither the FBI nor DOJ has produced any documents or response.

    “We have not yet received answers to the chairman’s questions on this matter,” a Judiciary Commitee spokesperson told Fox News late Thursday.

    The FBI consistently has refused Fox News’ request for comment on the whistleblower raid and the Judiciary Committee’s requests. On Thursday, an FBI spokesperson told Fox News the agency would respond only to inquiries from the entity that requested the documents — in this case, the Judiciary Committee.”

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  13. Why I made the Clinton comment…..

    Clinton is changing her story now that she’s under oath.

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/hillary-clinton-files-new-answers-under-oath-about-email-system-used-it-for-the-purpose-of-convenience/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=press%20release

    “Judicial Watch announced today Hillary Clinton submitted additional written answers under oath about her email system. Clinton testified that she used the controversial email system for the “purpose of convenience.” Clinton initially objected and refused to answer the questions but was ordered to do so last month by U.S. District Court Judge G Emmet Sullivan.

    The court ordered Clinton to “[D]escribe the creation of the clintonemail.com domain name and the decision to set the domain up on the existing server, the date it was decided to create the domain and set it up on the existing server, who made those decisions, and when the domain became operational on the existing server.”

    Clinton answered under oath:

    Subject to and without waiving the forgoing objections, Secretary Clinton answers as follows: As Secretary Clinton prepared in late 2008/early 2009 to serve as Secretary of State, she was aware that President Clinton’s office had set up an e-mail system, but she had no role in this process. Secretary Clinton knew that President Clinton’s staff had recently upgraded that system. Secretary Clinton does not know what equipment that system used, how it was created, who decided that the system needed to be upgraded, or who else had accounts on the system. Secretary Clinton believes that one of the President’s aides, Justin Cooper, set up the system. Secretary Clinton decided to use a clintonemail.com account on the system for the purpose of convenience. Secretary Clinton recalls that the clintonemail.com account was created in early 2009. Although Secretary Clinton does not have specific knowledge of the details of the creation of the account, the “domain,” or the “domain name,” her best understanding is that Mr. Cooper set it up.

    To another question regarding her October 22, 2015, testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, during which she testified that 90 to 95 percent of her emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so,” Clinton suggests she learned this from her attorneys, who seem to have guessed this answer.

    In a separate Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that first led to the disclosure of the “private” Clinton email system, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth called the Clinton email issue “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency” and ordered additional discovery into whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email while Secretary of State was an intentional attempt to “stymie” FOIA.

    “Mrs. Clinton’s assertion that she used a separate email system as a matter of ‘convenience’ is simply not credible and is belied by evidence and testimony,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “We intend to pursue additional questions with Mrs. Clinton and others on this blatant attempt to hide her emails from Judicial Watch, the courts, Congress, and the American people.”

    In 2016, Clinton was required to submit under oath written answers to Judicial Watch’s questions. Clinton objected to and refused to answer questions about the creation of her email system; her decision to use the system despite warnings from State Department cybersecurity officials; and the basis for her claim that the State Department had “90-95%” of her emails.

    After a lengthy hearing on November 13, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that Clinton must address two questions that she refused to answer under-oath.”

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