14 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-16-19

  1. Good question….

    Dems?…. Never-Trumpers?…. Media?…. Anyone?……

    Didn’t think so. They don’t have the character or the decency to admit they slandered innocent people, just to score political points.

    It’s disgusting, really.

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    https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/474570-an-apology-to-carter-page

    “After he was acquitted in a major fraud trial, former Labor Secretary Ray Donovan asked, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?” The trial was ruinous for Donovan, personally and financially, and the question was a fair one. Donovan, however, at least received a trial. Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has never been given a fair hearing, let alone a trial, to clear his name. As the two political parties spin the results of a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, one matter remains unaddressed. Someone needs to apologize to Page.

    I do not know Page and have had only one conversation with him that I can recall. Indeed, my only impression of him was shaped by the image, repeated in endless media segments, of a shady character who was at worst a Russian spy and at best a Russian stooge. Page became the face and focus for the justification of the Russia collusion investigation. His manifest guilt and sinister work in Moscow had to be accepted in order to combat those questioning the allegations of Trump campaign collusion with the Russians. In other words, his guilt had to be indisputable in order for the Russia collusion investigation to be, so to speak, unimpeachable.

    Ultimately, special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion or conspiracy by Trump associates or the campaign with those Russians intervening in the election. However, Horowitz found that the FBI never had any real evidence against Page before beginning its investigation, codenamed Operation Crossfire Hurricane. Soon after the investigation was opened, it became clear that Page had been wrongly accused and was, in fact, working for the CIA, not the Russians. Page himself later said he was working with the CIA, yet the media not only dismissed his claim but was very openly dismissive while portraying him as a bumbling fool.

    Horowitz found that FBI investigators and lawyers had determined that the allegations involving Page fell short of a case for probable cause to open a secret warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Those investigators were then told by the eventually fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to look at the Steele dossier, which was actually funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The Clinton campaign denied repeatedly that it funded the dossier but finally admitted doing so after being confronted by media with new information.

    Despite warnings about the credibility of Steele and red flags over the unreliability of the dossier, Horowitz found that “FBI leadership” used the dossier to justify its application for a FISA warrant. Democratic members of Congress and a wide array of media outlets have long told the public that the dossier was just one part of the FISA application. That is false. Horowitz states that the dossier played the “central and essential role” in securing the secret surveillance of the Trump campaign, including four investigations with both electronic surveillance and undercover assets.

    Early on, Horowitz found that an unnamed government agency, widely acknowledged to be the CIA, told the FBI that it was making a mistake about Page and that he was working for the agency as an “operational contact” in Moscow. Indeed, he was working as an asset for the CIA for years. While it was falsely reported that Page met with three suspicious individuals there, he had no contact with two of those individuals. More importantly, Page did the right thing and told American officials about being contacted by the third person, because he felt they should know.

    It gets even worse. Throughout Operation Crossfire Hurricane, evidence continued to flow into the FBI that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the infamous dossier, was unreliable and working against the election of Trump. Not only was he known to be trying to get this false information to the press, but evidence mounted that he misrepresented sources and stated false information. While it took long, someone at the Justice Department finally decided to act on the FISA matter regarding Page. The official in charge of FISA applications, Kevin Clinesmith, was told to ask the CIA again about whether Page had been working for the agency. He was again told that Page in fact was, yet Clinesmith allegedly changed the CIA response to describe Page as not working for it. He is now being criminally referred by Horowitz for falsifying that information.”

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  2. Democrats, Impeachment, and the Cheapening of Everything

    https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2019/12/15/democrats-impeachment-and-the-cheapening-of-everything-n2558010

    “It was one of the longest telegraphed punches in political history, but that doesn’t make it any less of a cheap shot. Just 19 minutes after he took the oath of office, at 12:19 on January 20th, 2017, the Washington Post ran a piece entitled, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.” Donald Trump finished his inauguration address at 12:18.

    From that moment forward, Democrats have been working toward what they’ll likely achieve this week: voting articles of impeachment out of the House of Representatives, branding an asterisk next to Donald J. Trump’s name in the history books.

    They’ve never accepted the results of the 2016 election. They’d not only measured the drapes in the Oval Office, Democrats had visions of new liberal Supreme Court Justices dancing in their heads for a year. Those dirty, smelly Americans living between their superiors on the coasts ruined their plans, and this is part of the payback.

    In their wrath, Democrats have cheapened the important power of Congress to remove a truly lawless executive from a just, but rarely exercised occurrence to the equivalent of a vote of “no confidence” in a parliamentary government.

    Now that impeachment has been weaponized over dislike of the person occupying the office, why wouldn’t the opposition party impeach any president in the future over anything? Democrats have been unbound by facts, evidence, and even reality in their Ahab-esque pursuit of President Trump. As soon as the articles of impeachment are adopted by the House, any stigma that would be attached to an electoral-strategy based impeachment is gone. Republicans would be foolish to unilaterally disarm and surrender the tactic in the future.

    The cheapening of Congressional impeachment power is just the latest in a series of actions Democrats have taken to water-down once-powerful, and meaningful, charges and institutions. And each one, each “victory” for the left, damages the country further.”

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  3. Not to beat Trump, but to beat the rap for their many crimes.

    “Trapped by the Ghosts of Corrupt Administrations Past”

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/13/trapped-by-the-ghosts-of-corrupt-administrations-past/

    “It’s little wonder sane people have taken the Left’s messaging strategy regarding impeachment and the Justice Department inspector general’s new report as mere political inanity and mendacity. Government officials, past and present, who fear potential indictment for abuse of power for personal and partisan gain, their legal “experts” at Lawfare, their collusion media cohorts, and social media’s rabid pack of regressive mouth-breathers who do little more than parrot them are not advancing a typical political argument. They are proffering a preemptive legal defense.

    For the Left, preparing briefs for a prospective court of law rather than making good faith arguments in the court of public opinion is a necessary gambit, due to U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe into the Russia-gate lie. Think of it this way: These Obama administration officials, both in and out of government, are out on karaoke night croaking out their mashup of Warren Zevon’s classic, “send Lawfare, guns, and money!”

    Specifically, the Left is pursuing a legal strategy common in criminal trials: In order to distract from and/or prejudice the trier of fact against the evidence of the accused’s guilt, the defense endeavors to put the government on trial. (In the case of the House Democrats’ sham impeachment, it is doing this quite literally.)

    It’s understandable the Left’s ulterior motive might be missed as one merely aimed at gaining votes and, though they do hope that will be a collateral benefit, that’s not all that’s going on here. Still, they are using their shopworn bag of despicable “politricks”: baseless personal attacks; veiled threats to intimidate; and, of course, accusing others of what the Left is doing.

    This is routine by now, so it’s easy to miss what’s actually going on.

    In the instance of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA abuses, the potential criminal defendants and their cohorts view it—rightly—as a prospective legal exhibit. Hence, their imperative to construct a false narrative of its findings for the collusion media to gaslight the juror pool—i.e., the American people. Some narrative attempts have been comically inept, such as that of former FBI Director James Comey claiming the report exonerated him; or that the report found only “mistakes” made by “low-level” employees.

    Other attempts, however, have been far more insidious and effective—namely, claiming the report found “no bias” motivating the FISA abuses or in commencing the counterintelligence investigation.

    Horowitz’s report specifically said it would not second guess the discretionary judgments of the FBI in the FISA process. In other words, he would give individuals the benefit of the doubt as to the purity of their motives. Only direct evidence of bias—say, a memo or a person admitting bias—would change the inspector general’s presumptive conclusion. This is a difficult standard, given that those knowingly engaged in criminal malfeasance are loath to implicate themselves in word or deed; moreover, even if such evidence exists, Horowitz’s limited investigatory powers and scope would have rendered it almost impossible for him to obtain.”

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  4. A good first start. Now admit to your lies.

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    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/comey-defends-fbis-fisa-process-after-scathing-ig-report

    “”He’s right, I was wrong,” Comey said about how the FBI used the FISA process, adding, “I was overconfident as director in our procedures,” and that what happened “was not acceptable.””

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  5. Nunes rips the Schifty One.

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  6. ————-

    And so do voters.

    In Cali. no less. 🙂

    With a CONTENT WARNING! because he gets cursed at a couple of times I’m pretty sure.

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  7. Wait…. what?

    Seriously?

    OK then. 🙂

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/12/12/is_trump_the_only_adult_in_the_room_141938.html

    “Is Trump the Only Adult in the Room?”

    “Donald Trump certainly is mercurial at times. He can be uncouth.

    But then again, no president in modern memory has been on the receiving end of such overwhelmingly negative media coverage and a three-year effort to abort his presidency, beginning the day after his election.

    Do we remember the effort to subvert the Electoral College to prevent Trump from assuming office?

    The first impeachment try during his initial week in office?

    Attempts to remove Trump using the ossified Logan Act or the emoluments clause of the Constitution?

    The idea of declaring Trump unhinged, subject to removal by invoking the 25th Amendment?

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month, $35 million investigation, which failed to find Trump guilty of collusion with Russia in the 2016 election and failed to find actionable obstruction of justice pertaining to the non-crime of collusion?

    The constant endeavors to subpoena Trump’s tax returns and to investigate his family, lawyers and friends?

    Now, frustrated Democrats plan to impeach Trump, even as they are scrambling to find the exact reasons why and how.

    Most presidents might seem angry after three years of that. Yet in paradoxical fashion, Trump suddenly appears more composed than at any other time in his volatile presidency.

    Ironically, Trump’s opponents and enemies are the ones who have become publicly unhinged.

    Leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden recently had a complete meltdown while campaigning in Iowa. Biden called a questioner who asked about his son Hunter’s lucrative job with a Ukrainian energy company “a damn liar.” An animated Biden also challenged the 83-year-old ex-Marine and retired farmer to a push-up contest or footrace.

    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, fared little better. On the first day of his committee’s impeachment inquiry, Nadler stacked the witness list by bringing in three left-wing law professors, as opposed to one Republican centrist witness — as if partisan academics might sway the nation. None of the three presented any new information or evidence. All three seemed angry, petulant and condescending. At least one came into the proceedings with paper and video trails of anti-Trump animus.”

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  8. Throw the book at him.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2019/12/14/crazy-liberal-charged-after-threatening-to-kill-gop-congressman-n2558006

    “A crazy liberal called the congressional office of Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) a few weeks ago and threatened to kill the GOP representative, court documents reveal.

    The caller left a voicemail for the congressman identifying himself only as a “sharpshooter” who would “like to shoot your @#$#@#% head off you stupid @#$#$$@@%$.”

    The nameless caller accused Rep. Davis of “backing the Russians.” Surely, Hillary Clinton was the prime suspect until Capitol Police were able to trace the call back to 64-year-old Randall Tarr of Illinois.

    Tarr told FBI agents that he called the Republican congressman after watching a TV commercial about Rep. Davis that made him very, very angry. Tarr denied being under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he made the call, but it is likely the man was under the influence of either CNN or MSNBC.

    Democrats and the media have made their crazy base even crazier by constantly feeding them conspiracy theories about Trump and Russia collusion. So strong was the man’s Russia Collusion Delusion that he threatened to kill a United States congressman after seeing a commercial where Rep. Davis brought up the fact that Ukraine interfered in our elections, which, to be fair, would have taken any mainstream media viewer by complete surprise.

    Luckily, the GOP baseball team wasn’t holding any practices in Illinois that day so this crazy leftist could only leave a harmless voicemail. “

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  9. Is there no one willing to right this horrible wrong? 🙂

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/12/neoliberal-crabs.php

    “NEOLIBERAL . . . CRABS?

    The left’s obsession with inequality has reached a level of fanaticism that you could easily confuse with parody. Check out this New York Times headline:

    Even Hermit Crabs Have Wealth Inequality

    “It’s for real. Here’s some of the whole story:

    Hermit crabs face a uniquely competitive real estate market. They need bigger and bigger shells throughout their lives, but can’t grow these homes themselves. So they rely on castoff snail shells, and are constantly on the lookout for better properties entering the market.

    A study that will be published next month in the journal Physica A found that the distribution of these shells in one hermit crab population was surprisingly similar to the distribution of wealth in human societies.

    That may make hermit crabs one of the first animals known to experience wealth inequality. . .

    The team used a number called the Gini coefficient to measure overall inequality among the crabs. It found a value similar to that in small human populations, though not as great as in today’s large countries. The top 1 percent of hermit crabs owned only about 3 percent of the total shell weight. . .

    Although he’s hesitant to draw any societal lessons from the crustaceans, he hopes hermit crabs can one day become a kind of model organism, like lab rats, for scientists studying wealth inequality.”

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    This is why we make fun of the NYT. This is about as un-serious a journalistic effort as one could make. And they want people to pay for this garbage?

    👉 and 🤣😂🤣😂🤣 time.

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  10. This will be fun when Graham calls him as a Senate witness. 🙂

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    So what did he find?

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  11. ————–

    And something Dems had none of. Actual evidence and witnesses with first hand knowledge. What a concept!

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  12. And lot’s more here. This should be a hoot. 🙂

    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2019/12/15/much-more-to-come-rudy-giuliani-begins-to-outline-the-evidence-he-collected-in-budapest-kiev-and-vienna/

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  13. One works, the other isn’t.

    “NBC Reports: While Dems Pursue Impeachment, Trump Reaches “Significant” Trade Agreement With China”

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  14. Get in line with the rest Jim. As you can see from the size of the line, it will be a while.

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