14 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-5-22

  1. An update on China’s new lockdowns….

    “Desperation in Shanghai as infected kids are taken from uninfected parents to quarantine”

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2022/04/04/desperation-in-shanghai-as-infected-kids-are-taken-from-uninfected-parents-to-quarantine-n460032

    “This is just one facet of the desperation in the city as it enters an aimless lockdown but it’s an unusually horrifying one. Trump’s policy of separating children from their migrant parents at the border caused such an uproar in the U.S. that it was quickly abandoned, a rare case of him backing down on immigration. Imagine a country applying a policy like that to its own citizens, though, and not because they’ve done anything wrong but because a child happened to catch COVID while their parent was lucky enough not to be infected.

    If you were in that situation, wouldn’t you *want* to be infected? Given a choice between catching the virus from my kid and remaining COVID-free but having that kid torn out of my arms and whisked away to destinations unknown by the authorities, I’d do everything in my power to catch the virus so that we could quarantine together. That kid would be breathing in my face all day long, by design.

    Remember that Shanghai originally called for a short two-stage lockdown in order to test everyone in the city — a population of 26 million people. Half the city would lock down for five days, then the other half would. That was supposed to end tomorrow morning. It’s now been extended. Until when? God only knows. A CNN reporter believes it could be … months.”

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  2. More….

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  3. What?

    Another hoax?

    Of course.

    “The Alfa Bank Hoax Is Looking A Lot Like Crossfire Hurricane”

    https://thefederalist.com/2022/04/04/the-alfa-bank-hoax-is-looking-a-lot-like-crossfire-hurricane/

    “Alawyer for former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann revealed last week that federal agents never asked Sussmann the origin of the data he provided the FBI related to the Alfa Bank hoax. Beyond highlighting the hackery of the Crossfire Hurricane team, this revelation raises broader concerns about the cozy relationship between the government and private cybersecurity experts.

    On Thursday, Sussmann’s Latham and Watkins attorney Michael Bosworth pushed for the dismissal of the special counsel’s criminal case. That case charged Sussmann with lying to former FBI General Counsel James Baker when he provided Baker “white papers” and data ostensibly showing a secret communications channel between the Trump organization and the Russia-connected Alfa Bank. According to the indictment, Sussmann falsely claimed during his meeting with Baker that he was not acting on behalf of a client, when in fact he was working for both the Clinton campaign and tech executive Rodney Joffe.

    During last week’s oral argument on Sussmann’s motion to dismiss, Bosworth posited that Sussmann’s allegedly false statement was not “material” to the FBI—and thus not a crime—by arguing that because the FBI never questioned Sussmann on the source of the Alfa Bank information, it was irrelevant to the investigation.

    Not once will the evidence show, Bosworth argued, that “anyone at the FBI ever asked Mr. Sussmann, ‘Hey, by the way, where did this information come from?’ No one asked. Not once. Ever.” Sussmann’s attorney continued: “Regardless of who his clients were, if the source of his information was so critical to the government’s investigation, if it mattered so much, you’d think at some point someone would have said, ‘Hey, buddy, you provide this tip to the government. Where did this stuff come from? Who gave it to you? Where did—how did they get it?”

    Bosworth’s argument came in response to prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis’s assertion that the special counsel’s office would “put on the stand at trial witnesses who will say that, when you’re analyzing data, you don’t simply close your eyes to where the data came from and compare it to other data or look for corroboration through other sources. The first thing any responsible forensic analysis will ask is ‘Where was the data from?’”

    Picking up on Bosworth’s argument, the court interrupted DeFilippis, asking: “If that’s the first thing a responsible investigator would ask, then why would it matter whether Mr. Sussmann was there on behalf of a client or not? Wouldn’t the natural question have been, ‘Where did this stuff come from?’”

    DeFilippis responded that because the former FBI general counsel wrongly believed Sussmann had come forward “as a good citizen,” that lulled Baker into accepting the data and white papers without question. Sussmann’s attorney called that argument “nonsensical,” saying that, “if, as the special counsel claims, the first question that investigators would ask is where did the data come from, that’s the question that’s paramount.”

    Bosworth then stressed that the FBI knew the data didn’t originate with Sussmann because he’s “a lawyer” and isn’t “sitting on a pool of DNS data,” and because Baker testified repeatedly that “Sussmann told him that the information originated with various cyber experts.” “At no point did the FBI say, “Who are those experts? Can we talk to them? Where did they get it from?” Bosworth continued. “So, the notion that Mr. Sussmann’s statement about a client somehow affected the FBI’s willingness to ask the basic questions they ask in any case just doesn’t hold water,” Sussmann’s attorney concluded.

    Bosworth made an excellent point—actually two, as we will soon see—just not the winning point he thought. The failure of the FBI to ask “the basic questions” about the data and white papers Sussmann provided on the purported Trump-Alfa Bank secret communications speaks not of the unimportance of that information, but of the incompetence (or political corruption) of the Crossfire Hurricane team.

    The Tips of Many Icebergs
    The FBI’s glaring lack of curiosity concerning the source of the Alfa Bank “intel” mirrors in many respects how the agents assigned to investigate Trump approached the Steele dossier. With Christopher Steele’s supposed intel, the Crossfire Hurricane team undertook some steps to identify Steele’s sources and to verify the information contained in the memoranda. Yet before they were able to do either, the Department of Justice submitted a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application to the FISA court and obtained a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

    The DOJ later submitted three renewal applications to the FISA court, again relying heavily on the Steele dossier, even though agents were unable to confirm any of the non-public “intel” of relevance and after discovering numerous problems with Steele’s reporting. The Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General or OIG later found that the FISA applications targeting Page contained 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions.”

    Soon after, the then-presiding judge of the FISA court, Rosemary Collyer, blasted the FBI for its handling of the Page FISA applications. She also stressed “the frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”

    The FISA abuse seen in the Page case exposed the DOJ and FBI’s sloppiness, disregard for the law, incompetence, and political bias, casting doubt on the entire FISA process. Similarly, the revelation last week that no one from the FBI asked Sussmann for the source of the Alfa Bank data and whitepapers suggests these same problems broadly infect federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

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  4. Of course not, because that would expose the lies these monsters are telling.

    So corrupt DC does what it does best, hide the truth and lie. The cops are playing along too, and just saying what they’re told to say.

    “D.C. Medical Examiner Won’t Autopsy Bodies of Aborted Babies Found in Home

    The cops claim the babies were aborted legally.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/04/d-c-medical-examiner-wont-autopsy-bodies-of-aborted-babies-found-in-home/

    “The Washington D.C. medical examiner does not have any plans to perform autopsies on the five aborted babies found in a home.

    D.C. police stated, “the babies were aborted legally.” The district does not have an abortion law banning it at a certain point. So a woman could abort her baby at nine months.

    The police said the only crime in this story “is how the aborted baby bodies” landed in the house.

    Authorities discovered the bodies at the home of Lauren Handy, a member of the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU).

    The original media reports asserted someone gave the police a tip of a biohazard in Handy’s home. But PAAU said a whistleblower provided the organization with the babies.

    Nine pro-life activists face charges under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. The FBI made the arrests.

    PAAU also claimed, “one of the defendants privately arranged for the” police to pick up the babies “for forensic examination.”

    “Their gestational ages and their apparent sustained injuries suggested possible violations of the federal Partial Birth Abortion Act and the Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” wrote PAAU on Twitter. “These babies were given to police based on the suspicion of these violations.”

    PAAU confirmed, “The whistleblowers who received the fetuses and the defendants arrested by the FBI are connected.”

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    DC may not have any laws about the limits on abortion and what trimesters it can happen in, but the feds do, so I’m sure Joe Biden’s DoJ will be all over it.

    Yeah, no. They won’t. They take money from these monsters, so it will all just go away. The media is already ignoring it for the most part. All lives matter, right? Well… except babies.

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  5. That thing that never happens has happened yet again.

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  6. And remember, CRT in schools is a myth too.

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    Tons more too. Click a tweet and keep reading.

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  7. I see the traitorous cultist is up to his old tricks again…..

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    That’s Romney for ya’…..

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  8. Clowns…..

    They’re everywhere.

    Come to the city where you can say what you want…..

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    As long as you tow the mayor’s official line that is. Otherwise…..

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  10. Why indeed.

    The answer is because we’re ruled by clowns, and the DoJ and FBI are run by them too.

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    Why it’s almost like this is all political….

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  11. Move along….

    Nothing to see….

    Well, except the many PDFs at the link which show sworn testimony saying the Biden Crime Family is corrupt, and how they did it…..

    “Hunter Biden sought to cash in with oligarchs during first Russian war on Ukraine, records show

    “This is a good if not life changing deal if the Uk[raine] doesn’t collapse in the meantime,” Hunter Biden was told in spring 2014 email after Russia had invaded Ukraine the first time.”

    https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/hunter-biden-sought-cash-oligarchs-during-first-russian

    “n the shadows of Russia’s first invasion of Ukraine in 2014, Hunter Biden and his business partners embarked on an aggressive campaign to score millions of dollars in “life changing” business with oligarchs in both countries who had an interest in his father’s policymaking business, according to emails and court records obtained by Just the News.

    President Joe Biden’s son and his associates targeted Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina — who eventually was sanctioned by the U.S. a few years later in 2018 — for as much as $200 million after helping her get a bank account set up in America, the emails show.

    Hunter Biden and his associates even arranged for Baturina and her husband, an ex-Moscow mayor, to meet with then-Vice President Joe Biden at an intimate dinner in Washington in 2015.

    At the same time he and his team courted Baturina, Hunter Biden was securing lucrative board positions and consulting deals with Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, a man whose company, Burisma Holdings, the United States and Great Britain wanted investigated for corruption.

    The delicate balancing act of cashing in on both the Russian and Ukrainian sides of the conflict left the younger Biden and his partners acutely aware that Moscow’s military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean region in 2014 was a wild card that could scuttle the success of their business pursuits, the memos show.

    “Just spent two hours on the phone with Kiev. I am confident at this point that this is a good if not life changing deal if the Uk [Ukraine] doesn’t collapse in the meantime,” now-convicted Biden business partner Devon Archer wrote Hunter Biden in one particularly candid assessment of their strategy in mid-April 2014.

    Eventually, another of Hunter Biden’s convicted business associates, John Galanis, would declare in a sworn affidavit to a federal court that he and his son Jason became aware of a strategy by Hunter Biden-related companies of promising oligarchs “quid pro quo” access to Washington in return for their dollars.

    “Jason Galanis gave his interest in Burnham/Wealth Assurance to Archer on the prospect that Archer and Hunter Biden would continue to attract foreign oligarchs on the promise of high level political contacts,” John Galanis swore in a January 2020 affidavit that unequivocally referred to the scheme as “political influence peddling.”

    You can read the Galanis affidavit here:”

    Click to access 2020_03_04%20-%20GALANIS%20AFFIDAVIT%20%26%20APPENDIX19-619_Documents.pdf

    “The Galanis father-son team and Archer have all been convicted in a fraud scheme that fleeced a Native American Indian tribe. Hunter Biden was not charged in that case.

    Hunter Biden’s lawyers have repeatedly declined to answer questions or requests for comment from Just the News. Hunter Biden has acknowledged he is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Delaware but denied committing any wrongdoing.

    President Biden has repeatedly defended his son, most recently through his White House chief of staff Ron Klain over the weekend in an interview in which Klain said “the president’s confident that his son didn’t break the law.”

    Whether crimes were committed or not, the records gleaned from the Archer-Galanis trial and a Hunter Biden laptop the FBI seized from a Delaware computer shop in 2019 make clear Hunter Biden and his associates directly sought business with both Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs.

    And they did so during one of the most turbulent times in recent Eastern European history, starting with Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution followed by Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

    Ever since Just the News and a Senate committee first revealed in 2020 that Baturina sent $3.5 million to a firm inside Hunter Biden’s business circle, Democrats and their defenders have tried to distance the family from the Russian oligarch. The Senate report, citing a media story, said Hunter Biden cofounded the firm that received that Baturina payment; Hunter Biden’s lawyer has said he didn’t have an ownership stake in the firm and wasn’t a cofounder.

    But the memos make clear Hunter Biden had direct dealings and was on a first-name basis with Baturina as they pitched her deals, which included a $40 million real estate venture in New York through the Burnham investment firm where Hunter Biden was listed as a vice chairman in the firm’s promotional materials. Hunter Biden’s team also tried to get her an American bank account, the records show.

    Baturina entered Biden world no later than November 2013, when Jason Galanis and another convicted Biden business partner, Bevan Cooney, accessed the Russian oligarch’s Wikipedia page, according to an exclusive search of Bevan Cooney’s emails by Peter Schweizer of the Government Accountability Institute.

    Less than three weeks later (and just days before thousands of protestors gathered in Kyiv for what became known as the Euromaidan protests that ultimately ousted Russia-friendly Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych), Archer emailed Jason Galanis and Cooney: “Yelena meeting here in NYC on Burnham.”

    “She’s so rich she has Burnham money stuck in her sofa,” Galanis replied, emails previously reported by Just the News show. “Good luck Archie. Remember….if you have to sleep with her, do it for the team.”

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  12. There was a conspiracy and collusion alright, just not from the Trump admin or Russians…..

    It was Clinton, the Deep State, and the media.

    “Durham bombshell: Prosecutor unveils smoking gun FBI text message, ‘joint venture’ to smear Trump

    Special Counsel John Durham revealed he has unearthed a text message showing Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann falsely told the FBI he was not working on behalf of any client when he delivered anti-Trump research.”

    https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/durham-bombshell-fbi-text-message-shows-clinton-lawyer

    “Special Counsel John Durham is revealing new smoking gun evidence, a text message that shows a Clinton campaign lawyer lied to the FBI, while putting the courts on notice he is prepared to show the effort to smear Donald Trump with now-disproven Russia collusion allegations was a “conspiracy.”

    In a bombshell court filing late Monday night, Durham for the first time suggested Hillary Clinton’s campaign, her researchers and others formed a “joint venture or conspiracy” for the purpose of weaving the collusion story to harm Trump’s election chances and then the start of his presidency.

    “These parties acted as ‘joint venturer[s]’ and therefore should be ‘considered as co-conspirator[s],'” he wrote.

    Durham also revealed he has unearthed a text message showing Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann falsely told the FBI he was not working on behalf of any client when he delivered now-discredited anti-Trump research in the lead-up to the 2016 election. In fact, he was working for the Clinton campaign and another client, prosecutors say.

    The existence of the text message between Sussmann and then-FBI General Counsel James Baker was revealed in a court filing late Monday night by Durham’s team. Prosecutors said they intend to show Sussmann gave a false story to the FBI but then told the truth about working on behalf of the Clinton campaign when he later testified to Congress.

    “Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss,” Sussmann texted Baker on Sept. 18, 2016, according to the new court filing. “Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”

    Prosecutors said the text message will become essential evidence at trial to show Sussmann lied to the FBI.

    You can read the court filing.”

    Click to access 04519147331.pdf

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    That PDF is what’s known as evidence, something lacking in the whole Russia, Russia, Russia BS.

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  13. Sure Barry, now slink back under your rock.

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