32 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-12-22

  1. Further proof their raid was all for show. It was to satisfy their leftwing base, because Orange Man Bad.

    “Questions grow about Trump raid after revelation of grand jury subpoena, extensive cooperation

    Trump got spring grand jury subpoena, gathered documents, turned them over and allowed agents to search storage locker the FBI later raided.”

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/trump-got-grand-jury-subpoena-spring-voluntarily-cooperated-home

    “Two months before his Florida home was raided by the FBI, former President Donald Trump secretly received a grand jury subpoena for classified documents belonging to the National Archives, and voluntarily cooperated by turning over responsive evidence, surrendering security surveillance footage and allowing federal agents and a senior Justice Department lawyer to tour his private storage locker, according to a half dozen people familiar with the incident.

    While the cooperation was mostly arranged by his lawyers, Trump personally surprised the DOJ National Security Division prosecutor and three FBI agents who came to his Mar-a-Lago compound on June 3, greeting them as they came to pick up a small number of documents compliant with the subpoena, the sources told Just the News, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the visit was covered by grand jury secrecy.

    The subpoena requested any remaining documents Trump possessed with any classification markings, even if they involved photos of foreign leaders, correspondence or mementos from his presidency.

    Secret Service agents were also present and facilitated the visit, officials said.

    Trump signaled his full cooperation, telling the agents and prosecutor, “Look, whatever you need let us know,” according to two eyewitnesses. The federal team was surprised by the president’s invitation and asked for an immediate favor: to see the 6-foot-by-10-foot storage locker where his clothes, shoes, documents and mementos from his presidency were stored at the compound.

    Given Trump’s instruction, the president’s lawyers complied and allowed the search by the FBI before the entourage left cordially. Five days later, DOJ officials sent a letter to Trump’s lawyers asking them to secure the storage locker with more than the lock they had seen. The Secret Service installed a more robust security lock to comply.

    Around the same time, the Trump Organization, which owns Mar-a-Lago, received a request for surveillance video footage covering the locker and volunteered the footage to federal authorities, sources disclosed.

    The disclosure Wednesday to Just the News raised immediate new questions in legal and congressional circles about the necessity for the subsequent raid, including whether the judge who approved the warrant knew of the earlier cooperation.

    “The more we learn, the more confusing this gets,” George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley told Fox News program Hannity. “….Did they relay this history to the magistrate? That, according to these sources, that the president had cooperated.

    ”I mean, the idea that he was subject to a subpoena, complied with a subpoena, didn’t challenge it, voluntarily showed the storage room to the agents, followed their advice, secured it to meet their demands. All of that is hardly a basis for saying now we need to send in 40 FBI agents on a on a raid,” he added. “I mean, if the subpoena worked the first time, then presumably a second subpoena would work the second time if there were remaining documents.”

    Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., told Just the News that Trump mentioned to her Tuesday night the prior cooperation, and that she viewed the raid as an effort at nullifying his future run for the presidency in 2024 if he chooses.

    “Look, this is exactly what people, the public is seeing: a two-tiered justice system. This is impeachment 4,” she said, citing Trump‘s prior two impeachments and the January 6 hearings that preceded the raid.

    The flurry of cooperation in June came months after Trump had already returned about 15 boxes of documents, many of them classified, at the request of the National Archives. Government officials have said the documents were mistakenly boxed up by the General Services Administration along with Trump’s personal possessions from the White House and shipped to Mar-a -Lago.

    After the subpoena was delivered in late May, federal authorities said they suspected there were more classified materials still left at Mar-a-Lago, and arranged the June 3 visit.

    After mid-June, the government had no other official contacts with the president’s lawyers until agents showed up unannounced on Monday and executed the search warrant, ousting the president’s lawyers and staff and spending nine hours collecting evidence. Sources told Just the News they collected about 12 boxes of evidence.

    U.S. officials who confirmed the June 3 voluntary visit and subpoena compliance, refused to say whether U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart was apprised of the full extent of Trump’s compliance when he was asked to sign the unprecedented search warrant last Friday.

    The FBI then waited three days after getting the judge’s approval before executing the warrant, one of many oddities in the timetable.

    Some officials said the extra time was used to assemble a team to raid Mar-a-Lago in the most incognito manner so the public wouldn’t be alerted and while the former president was out of town.

    The officials told Just the News the search warrant was sought after the FBI obtained some witness information and other evidence suggesting some classified documents may have still remained on the property after June, stored in locations such as a private safe Trump had in his residence, and that some of the storage locations may have been accessed in 2022.

    The new revelations came the same day that new questions arose about Reinhart, the judge in the case.

    Just the News obtained a court document showing that Reinhart — just six weeks before signing the warrant — recused himself from Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and other Democrats in the Russia collusion scandal, citing concerns he couldn’t be impartial.”

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    This is a set up, and yet another joke.

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  2. 2 things.

    Why make the lawyer leave?

    Why ask them to turn off the security cameras so they can’t see what the agents are doing?

    Doesn’t pass the smell test.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/08/mar-a-lago-raid-what-did-the-feds-spend-so-much-time-doing-throughout-trumps-office-and-residence/

    “The Search Warrant used in the Mar-a-Lago raid is not public. It was filed under seal. It’s not even clear the Trump folks have it. Both Eric Trump and a lawyer for Donald Trump have said that a copy of the warrant was not given to the people present at Mar-a-Lago.

    Eric Trump revealed FBI agents refused to hand over the search warrant for their raid on Mar-a-Lago and kicked an attorney off the property in a new, incisive account of the Monday operation at the Florida estate.

    Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, the former president’s son said the 30 agents who arrived at the property asked staff to turn security cameras off – but they refused.

    He also said that the attorney was forced to stand at the end of the Mar-a-Lago driveway while the team searched inside – and allegedly used safe crackers to break into his father’s safe.

    He called the raid another ‘coordinated attack’ on his father Donald Trump and insisted there is no way President Joe Biden was kept in the dark about the search.

    The latest explosive account comes with the Department of Justice facing mounting pressure to explain what grounds they had for the search.

    Eric said that his father’s lawyer Christina Bobb was forced to stand at the end of the Mar-a-Lago driveway throughout the raid.

    ‘There’s 30 agents there,’ he recalled of the Monday search in a phone call with DailyMail.com. ‘They told our lawyer… you have to leave the property right now. Turn off all security cameras.’

    ‘They would not give her the search warrant,’ he claimed. ‘So they showed it to her from about 10 feet away. They would not give her a copy of the search warrant.’

    Apparently Mar-a-Lago staff refused to turn off the security cameras. It’s unclear whether Trump lawyers have received a copy subsequent to the initial raid.

    Be very suspicious of anything you hear in the media attributable to anonymous sources. The supposed leaks from unidentified persons supposedly with knowledge are either FBI/DOJ whispering in the ear of reporter-scribes which may or may not reflect reality, or people who don’t have actual knowledge, or sources who exist only in the imagination of the reporters. It’s all an unreliable web of deception.”

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    And that’s the point.

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  3. Remember folks, no one is above the law.

    Unless you’re a connected Dem or swamp dweller.

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  4. He’s a whiny traitor.

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  5. The talking point memo has gone out, and the media is all using the approved script.

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  6. So many lies from the left and media….

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  7. 4 days! :

    Enjoy your last 4 months as a lame duck, and then buh-bye traitor. 🙂

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  8. 🤡🤡🤡🤡 run our govt now.

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  9. Reality is a …….

    “Worst Productivity Drop Ever Means More Inflation”

    https://menafn.com/1104679323/Worst-Productivity-Drop-Ever-Means-More-Inflation

    “July inflation was“only” 8.5% year-on-year vs. 9.1% year-on-year in June, mainly because energy prices fell on the month. In the hope that fading inflation would slow the Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening, the 30-year US Treasury bond yield dropped – for about 10 minutes.

    Traders decided that the light at the end of the tunnel was probably the headlamp of the oncoming express, and the 30-year bond yield snapped back.”

    A close look at the numbers suggests that resurgent inflation is far from under control. Rent inflation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reckons, is rising at a 6.1% annual rate. The Zillow index of rental costs, based on actual transactions made on its website, shows 15% rental inflation as of the end of June.

    The worst labor productivity decline on record during the second quarter of 2022, meanwhile, points to long-term and persistent inflation. Output per manhour in the nonfarm business sector declined by 2.2% at an annual rate. Think of it as the economic equivalent of long Covid.”

    “We haven’t seen labor productivity declines of this magnitude since the 1970s, during the last great wave of inflation.

    Productivity is the ultimate arbiter of the price level. In the short term, a flood of government-created demand can push up the price level. The US government’s $6 trillion stimulus after the Covid recession of 2022 pushed up prices, exacerbated by supply factors. A global semiconductor shortage reduced auto output, environmental regulation suppressed US domestic energy production and Covid disrupted logistics globally.

    After stimulating demand with a $6 trillion expansion of its balance sheet, the Federal Reserve is now choking off demand by raising interest rates. That will have some impact on prices, to be sure, but it doesn’t address the far more important problem. After years of underinvestment in plant and equipment, worker training and infrastructure, the United States faces falling productivity. Businesses can’t get enough incremental output for every new increment of labor.

    The cause of the productivity drop isn’t hard to diagnose. American business isn’t investing. US orders for nondefense capital goods (excluding transportation) are lower in real terms than they were in 2016 (and haven’t begun to catch up after they collapsed in 2020).

    The Federal Reserve today is trying to run with one leg. The great inflation of the 1970s came to an end with a two-legged approach: Tight money to reduce inflation, and tax cuts to incentivize investment.”

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  10. “Trump Calls For Release of Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant And Evidence, As Gov’t Leak Campaign Starts

    As I warned when this started: “Be very suspicious of anything you hear in the media attributable to anonymous sources. The supposed leaks from unidentified persons supposedly with knowledge are either FBI/DOJ whispering in the ear of reporter-scribes which may or may not reflect reality ….””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/08/trump-calls-for-release-of-mar-a-lago-search-warrant-and-evidence-as-govt-leak-campaign-starts/

    “At his press conference yesterday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the government had filed a motion to unseal the Search Warrant and inventory of items seized. The motion does not appear to include the underlying affidavits to support the warrant, though that’s unclear, it depends on what the scope of releasing the “warrant” includes.

    Otherwise, not information was provided other than that Garland himself approved the decision to obtain a search warrant. (It remains unclear how much involvement Garland had in the way the raid was carried out.)

    The mainstream media was ecstatic — Garland called Trump’s bluff! was a frequent headline.

    At midnight last night Trump called Garland’s bluff, and called for the release of the warrant and all evidence:”

    “As with Garland, it’s unclear if Trump is calling for release of the supporting affidavits, though the language suggests he is.

    As of this writing, there are no new filings on the court’s electronic docket.

    Last night the leak war against Trump went into high gear. The Washington Post reported based on anonymous sources, that FBI searched Trump’s home to look for nuclear documents and other items, sources say:

    Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation.
    But there are no specifics, it’s all very vague and suspicious:

    The people who described some of the material that agents were seeking spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. They did not offer additional details about what type of information the agents were seeking, including whether it involved weapons belonging to the United States or some other nation. Nor did they say if such documents were recovered as part of the search.

    In my prior post I warned that such leaks would come:

    Be very suspicious of anything you hear in the media attributable to anonymous sources. The supposed leaks from unidentified persons supposedly with knowledge are either FBI/DOJ whispering in the ear of reporter-scribes which may or may not reflect reality, or people who don’t have actual knowledge, or sources who exist only in the imagination of the reporters. It’s all an unreliable web of deception.”

    That’s their intent.

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  11. She should be correct.

    But I have zero faith in Republican “leaders” to do anything about this BS.

    “The Payback for Mar-a-Lago Will Be Brutal

    What went around Monday will come around hard for the Democrats when Republicans control the Justice Department and FBI.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-payback-for-mar-a-lago-will-be-brutal-trump-raid-fbi-justice-department-president-investigation-11660255311?st=k908p5cb719bgq0&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

    “Trump derangement syndrome has a curious way of scrambling coherent thought. Witness the Democratic-media complex’s blind insistence the Justice Department raid on Donald Trump’s home is just and necessary—rather than a dangerous move for their party and the republic.

    In descending on Mar-a-Lago, the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation shifted the U.S. into the category of countries whose ruling parties use government power to investigate political rivals. No attorney general has ever signed off on a raid on a former president’s home, in what could be the groundwork for criminal charges.

    Yet to read the left’s media scribes, Monday’s search was a ho-hum day in crime-fighting. The Beltway press circled the wagons around Attorney General Merrick Garland and primly parroted Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s piety that “no one is above the law.” “The Mar-a-Lago Raid Proves the U.S. Isn’t a Banana Republic,” pronounced the Atlantic, clearly worried readers might conclude the opposite. It is “bedrock principle” that those who “commit crimes” “must answer for them,” it lectured.

    The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake attests it’s totally standard to investigate presidents—look at Israel! The New York Times soothingly explains that prosecutors “would have carefully weighed the decision,” and that the investigation therefore must be “serious.” Roll Call produced a law professor to remind all that a judge had to sign off on a “detailed affidavit that established probable cause.” The last time we got this level of reassurance about federal law enforcement’s professionalism was at the height of the Russia-collusion hoax.

    If you have doubts about all this, you’re unhinged and lawless. The Washington Post quoted “extremism trackers,” who explained that any GOP statements “delegitimizing the government” were “nudges toward violence.” Said one: “They use events like this to feed into this fantasy they’ve co-created with their supporters.” Several outlets claimed Republicans’ criticism of Justice and the FBI was little more than an effort to “inoculate” themselves against any probes.

    Yet not even the Justice Department is so simple-minded. It has longstanding guidelines on politically “sensitive” investigations, particularly close to an election. The guidelines reflect a recognition that it’s impossible to strip politics out of political probes, and that a claimed crime must be severe to outweigh the risk of irreparably landing the department with a reputation as a politicized or corrupt agency. The probe also has to be worth the risk of setting off a toxic cycle of reprisal and escalation.

    The bar has always been at its highest when the investigation involves a former president. Even more so when the former president remains a contender for the office. Mr. Garland breezed past all this history and complexity in his “equal under the law” statement Thursday, even as he expressed outrage that anyone might mistrust the department and the bureau that brought us the Steele dossier and the Carter Page wiretaps.

    Democrats may be betting that adverse coverage of Mr. Trump will help them in November, or in 2024. They’d better hope so. Their media defenders recklessly ignore the boomerang history of unleashed governmental powers and the long-term political danger of violating precedents and norms. A Democratic Congress enacted, and Jimmy Carter signed, the first independent counsel law in 1978. Two decades later it led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

    If anything, a perceived political persecution of Mr. Trump could help him to a second term. And he would be even more unrestrained as the 47th president than he was as the 45th. A second Trump administration wouldn’t have the caliber of grown-ups who signed up for the first tour. Mr. Garland’s raid has made even the highest political figures fair prosecutorial game, and the media’s new standard is that the department can’t be questioned as it goes about ensuring “no one is above the law.” Let’s see how that holds when a future Republican Justice Department starts raiding the homes of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, James Comey and John Brennan.”

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    Don’t hold your breath waiting on R’s to do the right thing.

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  12. We should hope so, but I doubt it. VDH makes the case.

    “FBI, R.I.P.?”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/08/11/fbi_rip_148036.html

    “The Democratic Party is anticipated to suffer historical losses. Trump was on the verge of announcing his 2024 presidential candidacy. In many polls, he remains the Republican front-runner for the nomination — and well ahead of incumbent President Joe Biden in a putative 2024 rematch.

    In 2016 then FBI Director James Comey announced that candidate Hillary Clinton was guilty of destroying subpoenaed emails — a likely felony pertaining to her tenure as secretary of state. Yet he all but pledged that she would not be prosecuted given her status as a presidential candidate.

    As far as targeting presidential candidates, Trump was impeached in 2020 ostensibly for delaying military aid to Ukraine by asking Ukrainian officials to investigate more fully the clearly corrupt Biden family — given Joe Biden at the time was a likely possible presidential opponent in 2020.

    The FBI has devolved into a personal retrieval service for the incorrigible Biden family. It suppressed, for political purposes, information surrounding Hunter Biden’s missing laptop on the eve of the 2020 election.

    Previously, the FBI never pursued Hunter’s fraudulently registered firearm, his mysterious foreign income, his felonious crack cocaine use, or his regular employment of foreign prostitutes.

    Yet in a pre-dawn raid just before the 2020 election, the FBI targeted the home of journalist James O’Keefe on grounds that someone had passed to him the lost and lurid diary of Ashley Biden, Biden’s wayward daughter.

    At various times, in Stasi-style the FBI has publicly shackled Trump economic advisor Peter Navarro, swarmed the office of Trump’s legal counsel Rudy Giuliani, and sent a SWAT team to surround the house of Trump ally Roger Stone. Meanwhile, terrorists and cartels walk with impunity across an open border.

    FBI Director Christopher Wray last week cut short his evasive testimony before Congress. He claimed he had to leave for a critical appointment — only to use his FBI Gulfstream luxury jet to fly to his favorite vacation spot in the Adirondacks.

    Wray took over from disgraced interim FBI Director Andrew McCabe. The latter admitted lying repeatedly to federal investigators and signed off on a fraudulent FBI FISA application. He faced zero legal consequences.

    McCabe, remember, was also the point man in the softball Hillary Clinton email investigation — while his wife was a political candidate and recipient of thousands of dollars from a political action committee with close ties to the Clinton family.

    McCabe took over from disgraced FBI Director James Comey. On 245 occasions, Comey claimed under oath before the House Intelligence Committee that he had no memory or knowledge of key questions concerning his tenure. With impunity, he leaked confidential FBI memos to the media.

    Comey took over from Director Robert Mueller. Implausibly, Mueller swore under oath that he had no knowledge, either of the Steele dossier or of Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned Christopher Steele to compile the dossier. But those were the very twin catalysts that had prompted his entire special investigation into the Russian collusion hoax.

    FBI legal counsel Kevin Clinesmith was convicted of a felony for altering an FBI warrant request to spy on an innocent Carter Page.

    The FBI, by Comey’s own public boasts, bragged how it caught National Security Advisor designate General Michael Flynn in its Crossfire Hurricane Russian collusion hoax.

    As special counsel, Mueller then fired two of his top investigators — Lisa Page and Peter Strzok — for improper personal and professional behavior. He then staggered their releases to mask their collaborative wrongdoing.

    Mueller’s team deleted critical cell phone evidence under subpoena that might well have revealed systemic FBI-related bias.

    The FBI interferes with and warps national elections. It hires complete frauds as informants who are far worse than its targets. It humiliates or exempts government and elected officials based on their politics. It violates the civil liberties of individual American citizens.

    The FBI’s highest officials now routinely mislead Congress. They have erased or altered court and subpoenaed evidence. They illegally leak confidential material to the media. And they have lied under oath to federal investigators.

    The agency has become dangerous to Americans and an existential threat to their democracy and rule of law. The FBI should be dispersing its investigatory responsibilities to other government investigative agencies that have not yet lost the public’s trust.”

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  13. Context is key. 🙂

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    Sounds about right…. 🙂

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  14. One of the FBI’s other farces continues to be exposed, and so do their agents.

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  15. More Covid lies exposed….

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  16. And more….

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  19. And finally (and way more important than any of the rest of our angst and rants here):

    ~ “Take heart today: your Savior actively sits in sovereign control over all the things that confuse, overwhelm, surprise, or disturb you.” ~ Paul David Tripp

    Enjoy today’s discussion.

    ***And be kind to one another.

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  20. At 9:15 am: “What went around Monday will come around hard for the Democrats when Republicans control the Justice Department and FBI.”

    Hmm. That could be taken to mean the Republicans are going to behave as badly as the Democrats. I hope they’ll pursue justice, not revenge.

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  21. Y’all worry too much. Republicans won’t go for revenge. They never do. Oh, they’ll huff and puff and threaten to blow the house down, but in the end it will all be smoothed over with politics as usual. Nothing will be done (except maybe procuring a few billion more in funding for the next war), but there will be no revenge. Of course, there will be no justice either. We’ll have to wait for Jesus to come back to see that. Probably just as well since one man’s justice looks an awful lot like another man’s revenge. ;–)

    Debra

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