17 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-15-19

  1. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…..

    Hiding evidence, and further tainting Mueller’s witch hunt..

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/14/peter-strzok-deleted-lisa-page/

    “Peter Strzok told Congress in 2018 that he deleted communications with Lisa Page, but he claimed he did so for “personal” reasons.

    An attorney for Strzok says that the former FBI official deleted the records before he was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia team.

    Strzok testified he was asked to review his personal phone and email accounts for any work-related documents. He said he conducted a search of those devices but found no FBI materials on them.”

    “As deputy chief of FBI’s counterintelligence division, Strzok oversaw the Trump-Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. He also played a leading role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which focused on whether the 2016 presidential candidate mishandled classified information on her private email server.

    One issue that arose during that investigation was Clinton’s decision to delete around 30,000 emails that she deemed to be personal in nature. The former secretary of state provided another 30,000 emails to the State Department in December 2014. Republicans have asserted that Clinton may have deleted work-related emails as well from her server, which was housed at her private residence in New York.

    In the case of Strzok and Page’s personal communications, the OIG made the request after finding the pair had exchanged anti-Trump text messages on their FBI-issued cellphones. Strzok was removed from the special counsel’s team after Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, told special counsel Robert Mueller about the texts.”

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  2. Are these people serious? “Justice For Jussie?”

    Do they really expect us to believe he’s somehow the victim in all this?

    Racists aren’t very smart apparently……

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  3. Cue Chicken Little….

    He’s up.

    So much for “centrist” myth the media is pushing already.

    Panic and run! 🙂

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  4. Right again.

    Oh and HRW…..

    About those “convictions” you keep mentioning…….

    They’re bogus, like I said.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/434054-the-damning-proof-of-innocence-that-fbi-likely-withheld-in-russian-probe

    “If President Trump declassifies evidence in the Russia investigation, Carter Page’s summer bike ride to a Virginia farm and George Papadopoulos’s hasty academic jaunt to London may emerge as linchpin proof of FBI surveillance abuses during the 2016 election.

    The two trips have received scant attention. But growing evidence suggests both Trump campaign advisers made exculpatory statements — at the very start of the FBI’s investigation — that undercut the Trump-Russia collusion theory peddled to agents by Democratic sources.

    The FBI plowed ahead anyway with an unprecedented intrusion into a presidential campaign, while keeping evidence of the two men’s innocence from the courts.”

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    “First, the FBI must present evidence to FISA judges that it has verified and that comes from intelligence sources deemed reliable. Second, it must disclose any information that calls into question the credibility of its sources. Finally, it must disclose any evidence suggesting the innocence of its investigative targets.

    Thanks to prior releases of information, we know the FBI fell short on the first two counts. Multiple FBI officials have testified that the Christopher Steele dossier had not been verified when its allegations were submitted as primary evidence supporting the FISA warrant against Page.

    Likewise, we know the FBI failed to tell the courts that Steele admitted to a federal official that he was desperate to defeat Trump in the 2016 election and was being paid by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to gather dirt on the GOP candidate. Both pieces of information are the sort of credibility-defining details that should be disclosed about a source.”

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    “Page never has been charged with wrongdoing. And Papadopoulos, after an exhaustive investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, was not accused of conspiracy with Russia; instead, he pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI about a months-old conversation with Australian diplomat Alexander Downer regarding a rumor that Russia possessed embarrassing emails from Clinton.

    The crime was deemed so minor by the presiding judge that Papadopoulos was sentenced to a mere 14 days in jail.

    If Page’s and Papadopoulos’s recollections of what they told Halper are accurate, former FBI officials Comey, James Baker, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok — all of whom played a role in the Russia probe and the FISA warrants — have some serious explaining to do. So does departing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who signed the fourth and final FISA warrant.

    My reporting suggests a much bigger scandal — the intentional misleading of the nation’s federal intelligence court — soon may eclipse the Russia narrative that has dominated the media the past two years.”

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  5. Forget Global Warming: Winter is Coming — and It Will Be a Doozy

    July 16, 2018

    By Gregory Wrightstone

    The recurring theme of civilization’s relationship with climate is that the end of each warming period went badly for humanity.

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  6. I’m sticking with my initial assessment of all things Orourke. Creepy.

    And stupid.

    Keep in mind that much of this is criminal in nature as Reuters tells you adoringly of his innocent, teenage exploits. And it’s from an upcoming, just in time for the election I’m sure, book on the matter.

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    https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-politics-beto-orourke/

    “As the Texas Democrat enters the race for president, members of a group famous for “hactivism” come forward for the first time to claim him as one of their own. There may be no better time to be an American politician rebelling against business as usual. But is the United States ready for O’Rourke’s teenage exploits?”

    “One thing you didn’t know: While a teenager, O’Rourke acknowledged in an exclusive interview, he belonged to the oldest group of computer hackers in U.S. history.

    The hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows. It’s also known for inventing the word “hacktivism” to describe human-rights-driven security work.

    Members of the group have protected O’Rourke’s secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability. Now, in a series of interviews, CDC members have acknowledged O’Rourke as one of their own. In all, more than a dozen members of the group agreed to be named for the first time in a book about the hacking group by this reporter that is scheduled to be published in June by Public Affairs. O’Rourke was interviewed early in his run for the Senate.

    There is no indication that O’Rourke ever engaged in the edgiest sorts of hacking activity, such as breaking into computers or writing code that enabled others to do so. But his membership in the group could explain his approach to politics better than anything on his resume. His background in hacking circles has repeatedly informed his strategy as he explored and subverted established procedures in technology, the media and government.”
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    Sure…. Beto was the lone hacker who used his powers for good….. 🙄

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  7. Long overdue.

    Special Counsel Version 2.0

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/03/14/graham_need_a_special_counsel_to_investigate_potential_crimes_by_department_of_justice_fbi.html

    “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told FNC’s Sean Hannity Wednesday night that the Department of Justice must answer two questions: Did they stop the Clinton investigation because they wanted her to win? Did they start the Russian investigation against Trump as an insurance policy in case he won?

    Graham also called for a special counsel to investigate “potential crimes” committed by officials in the Department of Justice, especially the FBI.”

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  8. I don’t know what a fiction piece a boy writes at 15 (5:17) has to do with his fitness for office decades later, to be honest.

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