31 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-20-19

  1. So unbiased…..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/12/washington-post-reporter-deletes-merry-impeachmas-celebration-tweet-after-backlash/

    “WaPo reporters celebrate ‘Merry Impeachmas’ – then tweet deleted

    What was that about Democracy Dies in Darkness?”

    “The Washington Post‘s Congressional reporter Rachael Bade deleted a tweet of her and other reporters at the paper, wishing everyone a Merry Impeachmas.

    The reporters look happy and joyful as Congress debated and voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

    “Here is a screenshot of Bade’s tweet.

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    The internet is forever you twit.

    And thankfully, some real reporters took issue with these hacks.

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  2. She of course insisted us rubes had just “misinterpreted” her tweet.

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  3. Brazenly unconstitutional.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2019/12/19/mark-levin-nancy-pelosis-latest-impeachment-stunt-is-brazenly-unconstitutional-n2558273

    “Conservative radio host and constitutional scholar Mark Levin is slamming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she threatened to withhold two articles of impeachment against President Trump from the Senate Wednesday night.

    “Nancy Pelosi was apparently advised by leftwing Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe to delay sending the impeachment to the Senate. So she’s unilaterally sitting on the impeachment. This is another brazen unconstitutional act,” Levin wrote Thursday morning on his Facebook page.

    “Here’s what Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans must do in response: The Senate has the sole power under the Constitution to adjudicate an impeachment. Therefore, Pelosi is attempting to obstruct the Senate’s power to act on its constitutional authority. McConnell should immediately put an end to this and declare the impeachment null and void as the speaker has failed to complete the impeachment process by timely sending it to the Senate for adjudication,” he continued. “McConnell has no less authority to unilaterally make such a decision than Pelosi does to withhold the administrative notification of an impeachment to the Senate either indefinitely or with conditions. Her effort to cripple the presidency and blackmail the Senate must be defeated.”

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    The constitution?

    Pffftttt…….

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  4. So what he’s saying is…..

    Jim Comey is a liar. Again. Still.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/barr-simply-not-true-comey-190106784.html

    “Barr: ‘Simply Not True’ Comey was Hands-Off During Crossfire Hurricane Investigation”

    “William Barr pushed back Wednesday on James Comey’s assertion that he had no knowledge of the “particulars” of the FBI’s infamous Crossfire Hurricane probe, in which the bureau was found to have made 17 “significant errors” in pursuing FISA warrants to surveil members of the 2016 Trump campaign.

    During an interview Sunday with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Comey attributed the FBI’s errors in the FISA process detailed by DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz’s report to “sloppiness,” and said that he “didn’t know the particulars of the investigation” as director.

    “As a director sitting on top of an organization with 38,000 people, you can’t run an investigation that’s seven layers below you,” he said. “You have to leave it to the career professionals to do . . . If a director tries to run an investigation, it can get mucked up in other kinds of ways given his or her responsibilities and the impossibility of reaching the work being done at the lower levels.”

    But speaking Wednesday with Fox News’ Martha McCallum, Barr disagreed with Comey’s characterizations, especially the former FBI director’s claim that he was “seven layers” above the investigation.

    “One of the problems with what happened was precisely that they pulled the investigation up to the executive floors, and it was run and birddogged by a very small group of very high-level officials,” Barr said. “The idea that this was seven layers below him is simply not true.”

    In his interview with Wallace, Comey also claimed the attorney general had made “an irresponsible statement” when he said last week that the errors laid out in the IG report allow “the possibility that there was bad faith.”

    Barr “does not have a factual basis as the Attorney General of the United States to be speculating that agents acted in bad faith,” Comey said. In an op-ed published December 9, he stated “Attorney General William P. Barr owes . . . the American people, an acknowledgment of the truth.”

    In the Wednesday interview, Barr said it is “nonsense” that he is “somehow attacking the FBI” for wanting to investigate the origins of the bureau’s probe into the 2016 Trump campaign.

    “We’re criticizing and concerned about misconduct by a few actors at the top of the FBI, and they should be criticized if they engaged in serious misconduct,” Barr said.

    The attorney general also confirmed that U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was tapped by Barr to lead an investigation into the original probe, was broadening his scope to look at other intelligence agencies.

    “He’s not just looking at the FBI, he’s looking at other agencies, and departments, and also private actors, so it’s a much broader investigation,” Barr said. “Also, it’s not just looking at the FISA aspect of it, he is looking at all the conduct both before & after the election”

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    Looking at you too Brennan…..

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  5. Why do left wing doctors insist on making an unethical diagnosis on a patient they’ve never seen?

    And it’s not Trump this time. But it’s still wrong, even when it’s a Democrat.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/former-obama-doc-claims-joe-biden-isnt-healthy-enough-to-be-president

    “Former Obama Doc Claims Joe Biden Isn’t Healthy Enough To Be President”

    “Former President Barack Obama’s personal physician of 22 years weighed in, unexpectedly, on former Vice President Joe Biden’s health Wednesday, claiming to the Washington Examiner that Biden isn’t healthy enough to be President and that he’s concerned about the possibility that Biden may be in danger of having a stroke.

    Dr. David Scheiner, who treated Obama for two decades before he became president, told the Examiner that Biden is “not in bad shape for his age, but I wouldn’t say he’s in outstanding health. Could I guarantee he won’t have issues for the next four years? He has a lot of issues that are just sort of sitting there.”

    It is, of course, strange for Sheiner to weigh in on Biden’s health, given that he hasn’t treated the former Vice President before.

    “The details from the letter made Scheiner, 81, concerned about Biden’s potential for strokes, and he said he would want to see results from an MRI or CT scan,” according to the Examiner. “Because Biden also used to have sleep apnea before getting surgery on his sinus and nasal passages, Scheiner said he would also like to review the results of a sleep study.”

    Biden released a three-page letter Wednesday attesting to his physical fitness. The letter revealed a mild heart condition, atrial fibrillation, which is treatable with medication, diet, exercise, and regular visits to a cardiologist, and that was the most concerning item on Biden’s list. He also suffers from occasional bouts with high cholesterol — as does President Donald Trump — and has acid reflux and seasonal allergies. He “received multiple physical therapy treatments and surgeries, for various sports medicine and orthopedic injuries.”

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  6. A massive victory. 🙂

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-trump-gets-massive-post-impeachment-victory-as-usmca-passes-house/

    “BREAKING: Trump Gets Massive Post-Impeachment Victory As USMCA Passes House”

    “President Donald Trump got one of the biggest political wins of his presidency on Thursday, which comes just hours after Democrats’ partisan impeachment, as the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has officially been passed in both chambers of Congress and now heads to Trump’s desk to sign.

    Pelosi, who stalled passing the deal for over a year, held a vote on it just hours after Democrats pushed through partisan articles of impeachment against Trump.

    USMCA passed in the House in an overwhelming 385-41 vote with 38 Democrats opposing it. Far-left Democrat Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) all voted against the trade agreement, which experts have said will create tens of thousands of new jobs for American workers.

    In a statement, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said, “House passage of the USMCA with such huge bipartisan support is a major milestone and shows just how much President Trump is successfully changing U.S. trade policy so it works for the benefit of American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses. The USMCA is expected to create between 176,000 and 589,000 new American jobs and substantially increase economic growth. The International Trade Commission’s analysis shows that USMCA will have a more positive impact on our economy, jobs and wages than any other U.S. trade agreement ever negotiated.”

    The New York Times noted that among those who voted to pass USMCA in the House included “opponents of the original NAFTA deal and others known for a fierce aversion to trade pacts — joined the majority of the caucus in giving their approval to their agreement.”

    Lighthizer said that the USMCA represented the new “gold standard” in U.S. trade policy and was a massive win for the Trump administration that will be the template of future trade agreements in the future as it prioritizes the American worker.”

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  7. Another problem with trying to mainstream special ed students….

    The unjust suspension problem.

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2019/12/19/special_eds_got_an_unjust-suspension_problem__121686.html

    “School suspensions have been widely criticized because blacks are far more likely to be disciplined than other students. But that racial-equity debate misses the vulnerable group disproportionately suspended at many schools: special education kids.

    A RealClearInvestigations analysis of New York City’s most recent Department of Education data shows that at nearly every school with such statistics available, special education students are suspended more frequently than those in the general student body.

    Figures from the 2017-2018 school year show that:

    At J.H.S. 223 The Montauk in Brooklyn, 15% of students are special needs but the made up over half of suspensions.
    At J.H.S. 226 Virgil I. Grissom in Queens, 21% of students are special needs but they made up over 64% of suspensions.
    At I.S. 347 School of Humanities in Brooklyn, fewer than a quarter of students are special needs, but they made up over 60% of suspensions.
    At Susan B. Anthony Academy in Queens, only 13% of students fall into the category, but they made up more than half of suspensions.
    Beyond New York City, same situation: Disability experts told RCI they believe disproportionate special needs suspensions are common throughout the country.

    The data “tells a very bad story,” said Dawn Yuster, director of the School Justice Project at Advocates for Children of New York, a disability organization that has worked with many disabled students who have been suspended.

    Although special education is usually associated with children who have severe mental and physical disabilities, it actually encompasses a wide range of students who warrant extra services under the 1990 Individual with Disabilities Education Act. Many of these students suffer from emotional and behavioral issues such as autism, intellectual disabilities, and speech or language impairments.

    Across the country about 14% percent of students have special needs. In New York City, the figure is about 20%.

    Most experts seem to agree that these numbers show that the schools are failing disabled kids. But a disagreement arises between those who see the key problem as a lack of proper support for the kids, and those who say the suspension rates result from failed policies that have mainstreamed disabled students who would benefit from more individualized instruction.

    And lurking behind such critiques is always another: not enough money and resources.”

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    Ah yes, the oldest lie of all in education. We could fix this if we just had more money……

    But they don’t ever get enough, and it never gets fixed.

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  8. Uhhhh……

    OK then.

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    Sounds good……

    But…..

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/12/no-relief-from-ilhan-omar.php

    “Given the interest in debt relief for Somalia among the Twin Cities’ Somali community, Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar issued a press release “hailing” the bill. The press release attributes these words to her in quotation marks:

    I am thrilled we were able to secure debt relief for Somalia today. Somalia continues to hold crushing amounts of debt—which holds back the economy and keeps millions of Somalis in poverty. This doesn’t just have an impact on Somalis in Somalia, but on the thousands of Somali- Americans who live in my district and have family in the region.

    This debt relief package is a major milestone that validates the incredible progress that Somalia has made in the past several years. This should not be seen as the end, but the beginning of renewed diplomatic engagement with the country. There is still more that must be done when it comes to strengthening democracy, respect for human rights, and the relationship between Villa Somalia, regional governments and the people. The U.S. can play a major role in all of this.

    Debt relief is a step in the right direction, and I look forward to continuing to work for the free, peaceful, democratic Somalia we all want to see.”

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    “Here’s the funny thing. Omar opposed the bill.

    Let me run that by you one more time. Omar voted no on it.

    One can access the roll call vote on the bill in the House here. The roll call vote itself is posted here. Omar issued a separate press release tactfully explaining her no vote here.

    As I have said a time or two before, everything about Omar is a fraud, including her name.”

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    That’s a Jedi mind trick if I ever saw one. 🙂

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  9. Saddest of all is that her constituents are thanking her in the comments following these tweets, thinking this was because of her. They’re completely ignorant to the fact that she voted no, yet they pledge their further support to her.

    https://omar.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-ilhan-omar-statement-fy-2020-appropriations-deal

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar Statement on FY 2020 Appropriations Deal
    December 17, 2019 Press Release

    WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement after voting no on H.R. 1865, the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act and H.R. 1158, DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act.”

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    Talk about low info voters…..

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  10. So this morning I am reading a letter Franklin Graham has written in response to a Christianity Today article concerning the impeachment of our President. Disheartening that this magazine seemingly has gone the way of the world. Thankful Franklin has addressed the issue with a magazine his father started…..

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  11. From Christianity Today:

    “To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come? Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader doesn’t really matter in the end?”

    https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html

    I like his policies, but as a Christian, I believe his immorality is THE reason to vote him out of office.

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  12. Adendum to the above: I am NOT endorsing any of the Democrats. I just pray a person of high moral standards gets into the GOP primaries, or that the Senate actually does the right thing.

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  13. I too would pray for a man of good moral character to be in the headship of our nation. Historically that has never been the case…well I think Reagan was the closest to that definition. So why the attack on the lack of good moral character on this President? Because the Democrats are sore losers…not one of them have good moral character. They are of a party of ending the lives of the weakest of us all, they voted to removed the mention of God from their platform. So the lesser of two evils…I will choose Trump.

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  14. A World Magazine view (by Joel Belz) of 2020:

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    Dilemma 2020
    Candidates from the barrel bottom

    If most of us American evangelicals are still flummoxed by the ethical dilemmas of the 2016 presidential election, we should be studying hard and getting ready. Things could be even more challenging in 2020.

    The record shows that a significant majority of U.S. evangelical voters resorted to so-called “lesser of two evils” thinking as they headed to the polls in November 2016. Most of these folks weren’t ready to anoint Donald Trump as their choirboy conservative. But they were emphatically convinced that Hillary Clinton—with her 30-year record of radically liberal alignments—was much more objectionable.

    It’s a sorry way to elect your leaders. “Your candidate is worse than mine!” is a pitifully bankrupt motto as we enter our nation’s 59th presidential election. But it’s pretty much where evangelical Christians within WORLD’s readership find themselves. It’s a race to the bottom.

    I share the anguish. I’ve edited this column for 33 years—and never found myself harder pressed to suggest, “Here is a Biblically principled path. Follow it.” …

    … Four years ago, there was a whole lot we didn’t know about Donald Trump, and some of what we did know was grievously distressing. Somehow, though, we learned enough to hand him a squeaker of a victory—and to open the floodgates to learn a whole lot more. For many committed conservative evangelicals, there’s been enough good stuff to accumulate some pretty long lists of Trump’s positive accomplishments. Such achievements—usually focusing on personnel appointments (especially judges), on religious liberty, and on undoing years of silly and costly federal regulations—WORLD has duly reported here.

    Way too often, however—like in his visit to West Virginia just a few weeks ago—our president also manages to cloud these good things with behavior that is arrogant, untruthful, divisive, and even blasphemous. I know I speak for many WORLD readers when I say bluntly: If we had a choice in the matter, we’d take it.

    But haven’t we just also said that all 21 of the Democratic candidates are also unfit—by their own testimony? ,,, It will be a bottom-of-the-barrel event. Everybody falls way short of our ideal.

    All of which is to say we should stop fussing so much about the “lesser of two evils” approach to our electoral process. The great God who rules sovereignly from His heavenly throne has always worked with flawed leaders. Evangelicals might well decide through this process that Trump is again the lesser of two evils—or even the least of 26, plus or minus. But that doesn’t mean they should try so frantically to make him the hero he clearly isn’t. …
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  15. Peter,

    You mean you hope they do what you want. Because the right thing is to laugh that farce right out of the chamber.

    That if ethics, due process, and the law still mean anything. You and others not liking him is not an impeachable offense. You do know that, right?

    You still have the right to voice your displeasure, at the ballot box.

    To join in on the farce is to show yourself no better than they are.

    As NancyJill said, what you’re hoping for has never been the case before. Not once.

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  16. Same goes for Belz.

    If we follow the direction of him and Christianity Today we would never be able to vote again. That’s reality. Sure it stinks, but such is life. Not one candidate has met the standards he espouses.

    And no one is trying to make Trump a hero or some pious leader. But we’ve grown tired of the constant complaints, constant bad mouthing, especially from those whose agenda he is clearly pushing, the right side of the aisle. You’re an ungrateful bunch, and it seems like you guys never give him a break. Just because people defend the good doesn’t mean we don’t see the bad. We do. But he’s still better than any other choice available. And he’s done nothing that rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. Again, that is reality.

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  17. More of this hits today.

    This is partially what I meant above. This man has been wronged seriously. Anyone calling for his impeachment is not being honest about the president’s actions, or lack of. You’re worried about him saying mean things?

    THIS is what should concern you.

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  18. THIS and stuff like it is the crimes.

    Not anything Trump did. That’s a fact. And there’s nothing wrong with defending the honest party in a matter, regardless of their blemishes, which has been Trump all along.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/durham-scrutinizing-former-cia-director-brennans-role-in-russia-investigation/

    “Durham Scrutinizing Former CIA Director Brennan’s Role in Russia Investigation”

    “Federal prosecutor John Durham, tasked with probing the Russia investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign by Attorney General William Barr, is scrutinizing what role former CIA director John Brennan played in the investigation, the New York Times reported Thursday.

    Durham has requested various documents from the CIA including Brennan’s emails and call logs, according to the Times. The prosecutor is looking into what Brennan knew of the Steele dossier, how the dossier was received by the agency, and whether Brennan conferred with former FBI director James Comey regarding it.

    Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that the dossier played a “central and essential” role in the FISA application to surveil Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page. In his report released earlier this month, Horowitz also confirmed that the FBI did not inform the court that the dossier, which some in the CIA believed amounted to an “internet rumor,” was commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and was never independently verified by the bureau.

    Durham is also trying to discover if Brennan privately contradicted any public testimony he made regarding the Russia investigation.”

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    He did. Brennan clearly lied under oath. Again, his attackers are the liars committing crimes and impeachable offenses, not Trump.

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  19. Ergg…..so Belz decides that just because some support what Trump is doing for our country we are lauding him a “hero”? I just love how those who do not like him always use these buzz words. I do not worship Trump…I have deep faith in our Lord Christ Jesus. I pray for our leaders ..I even prayed for Obama!! 😳

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  20. Here was Belz’s final graph:

    ~ My personal prayer is that a brand-new person might take the presidency a year and a half from now. That might be someone who hasn’t won the nation’s attention yet—from some unknown political background, or maybe an independent. But it could also be Trump himself, humbled and renewed by a sovereign God.~

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    He certainly was not saying we aren’t often put in a position to vote for the lesser of two evils. I believe what he laments is that we, as a nation, are faced with a group of candidates who epitomize that in such significant ways.

    And, yes, I’ve seen Trump hailed as a hero — we certainly don’t need to go that far as Christians — not if we’re being honest and true to our first allegiance. Vote for him, support him, but keep some perspective.

    This is not the nation’s finest hour when it comes to political leaders (all the way around).

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  21. I believe the frustration lies in accusatory tone from believers not supporting Trump. As though if some believers do support him as our President we somehow are selling out our faith. Can we not trust the walk of our fellow brother? The finger pointing of some is growing wearisome……

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  22. Oh my.

    Some big ones in this week’s Friday news dump.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/20/michael-rogers-john-durham/

    “Former NSA Director Cooperating With Durham Probe Of Russia Investigation: Report”

    “Retired Adm. Michael Rogers, the former director of the National Security Agency, is cooperating with U.S. attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, according to a new report.

    The Intercept, citing four sources familiar with the matter, reports that Rogers has met voluntarily with Durham multiple times.”

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    https://theintercept.com/2019/12/20/michael-rogers-nsa-trump-russia/

    “Rogers’s voluntary participation, which has not been previously reported, makes him the first former intelligence director known to have been interviewed for the probe.

    “He’s been very cooperative,” one former intelligence officer who has knowledge of Rogers’s meetings with the Justice Department said.

    Politico and NBC News have previously reported that Durham intends to interview both former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. It is unclear if that has happened. Brennan and the Justice Department declined to comment. Clapper could not be reached for comment.

    The Times reported on Thursday that Durham is examining Brennan’s congressional testimony and communications with a focus on what the former CIA director may have told other officials about his views on the so-called Steele dossier, a set of unverified allegations about links between Russia, Trump, and his campaign compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.”

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  23. And this one.

    Good, because there ought to be consequences for those responsible.

    https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/475547-fisa-court-broadening-investigation-into-fbi-warrant-applications

    “The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court (FISA) that approved FBI surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page is now investigating other applications it’s received from one of the agency’s attorneys accused of making an inappropriate change to the Page application.

    The review, which was announced in an order released Friday, hints at a comprehensive effort by the secretive court to reevaluate surveillance after the Justice Department inspector general’s report found errors in the Page application process.

    In the order, written on Dec. 5 and declassified Friday, the court requested that the executive branch identify “all other matters currently or previously before this Court” that involved FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith. The court also requested explanations of how the Justice Department and FBI are ensuring that Clinesmith’s submissions were accurate.

    The order goes on to ask for information as to whether Clinesmith faces possible disciplinary action from the bar regarding the change he made in the application for surveillance on Page. ”

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    Clinesmith you may recall is the one the IG said was responsible for 17 questionable acts that included changing 302’s and falsifying documents.

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  24. AJ- I see your point. I agree Trump has done as promised, unlike any of his predecessors. My problem is with those who look the other way and ignore his faults. Sometimes he comes across as a dictator wanna be, and that bothers me. The Presidency is not a CEO position. His authoritarian ways are fine in the board room, but not the Oval Office. I would like to see him decide not to run and let VP Pence step in as the candidate. I believe he would carry on the good part of the legacy without the troubling baggage.

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