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GOP senator to FBI: 'Someone's got to be fired'
[The Hill] Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz that "someone’s got to be fired" within FBI leadership based on his inspector general report, which found widespread fault with how the FBI handled its investigation of President Trump's 2016 campaign.

"After about 15 percent of the way through [the report] it made me want to heave, after about 25 percent of the way through I thought I’d dropped acid, it’s surreal," Kennedy said.

Asked by Kennedy how many people involved in the investigation were still working for the FBI, Horowitz responded "the higher level people, as you know, have changed over in the last year ‐ a lot of people at the upper levels," but "some of the agents are still there."

Asked for details on who was still at the FBI, Horowitz responded "I would encourage you to speak to the FBI about that."

"I think we will," Kennedy responded.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/12/2019 02:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fired, then tried for treason.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/12/2019 2:16 Comments || Top||

#2  No, not some scapegoat who will only be hired in some think tank or media. The entire chain involved in this should serve serious jail time if not charges of Treason.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/12/2019 10:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Alex for ten thousand what is all of them?
Posted by: Angens Turkeyneck2026 || 12/12/2019 13:37 Comments || Top||

#4  "it’s surreal"

Welcome to The Shitshow, Senator.
Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 14:04 Comments || Top||

#5  The entire chain involved in this should serve serious jail time if not charges of Treason.

Their criminal acts do not meet the constitutional definition of treason. However, sedition and malfeasance are a different matter.
Posted by: Sleremp Protector of the Mongol Horde1168 || 12/12/2019 16:50 Comments || Top||

#6  I thought they already picked some low level flunky lawyer to take one for the team.
Posted by: gorb || 12/12/2019 18:18 Comments || Top||

FBI Lied To Congress About Fake ‘Defensive' Briefing Of Trump Campaign In 2016
[Federalist] A 2017 letter from the FBI, responding to a senator’s inquiry about the nature of the agency’s counterintelligence briefings with the Trump campaign, was contradicted on Wednesday by the testimony of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. This latest revelation of FBI lies exposes more undue spying and abuse of power at the highest levels of the intelligence agency.

On September 20, 2017, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent a letter to the FBI Director Christopher Wray, asking about whether or not the FBI ever provided the Trump campaign with a defensive briefing regarding Russian interference in 2016.

"I write to inquire about whether the FBI ever provided the Trump campaign with a defensive briefing or other warning regarding attempts to infiltrate the campaign by people connected with, or compromised by, Russian intelligence," Grassley wrote.

On October 26, 2017, the FBI responded saying they did provide a counterintelligence defense briefing to then candidate Donald Trump and other campaign officials.

"In August of 2016 the FBI provided a counterintelligence defensive briefing to then candidate Donald Trump and other senior campaign officials. This defensive briefing was conducted by an experienced FBI counterintelligence agent and focused on the broad range of threats posed by foreign intelligence entities," wrote Gregory Brower, assistant director in the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs.

During Senate Judiciary Committee hearings with Horowitz on Wednesday, an exchange with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina uncovered how the FBI not only failed to brief the Trump campaign on the alleged Russian interference they were so concerned about, but used their meeting with the campaign as an opportunity to spy.

"If this is a counterintelligence investigation, who are they trying to protect?" Graham asked Horowitz.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/12/2019 02:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under:

Watching Britain, thinking Turkey
Here’s hoping Britain's voters choose the intelligent path today.
[Jpost] In November 2002, the Ottoman Turkish people voted into power an antisemitic, Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", supporting politician named His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
. It took a few years, but bilateral ties between Israel and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
, which had been flourishing at the time of the election, tanked.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 12/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
Message Received – Thank You Bill Barr…
[ConservativeTreehouse] I’m not going to write a long history of the background again {Go Deep}. However, to be fair, if we are going to hold Barr accountable it is appropriate to be thankful when at least one aspect of a gross injustice has been addressed.

When the decision to allow James Wolfe to escape accountability for his leaking of the classified documents was made, there were only a few people within the DOJ who could make that decision.

AG Jeff Sessions was recused from anything to do with the ongoing DOJ activity into the 2016 election issues and the Russian-collusion/conspiracy investigation.

Therefore Robert Mueller, DAG Rod Rosenstein, DOJ liason Ed O’Callaghan and U.S. Attorney for DC Jessie Liu would have been the group of decision-makers. With Mueller and Rosenstein gone that left O’Callaghan and Liu still on staff at Main Justice. Today the last two were removed from positions of authority in the DOJ.
Wikipedia: On December 10, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Liu as Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes at the Department of the Treasury

No word on where to Ed O'Callaghan is shuffled.
Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/12/2019 06:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under:

Is Trump the Only Adult in the Room?
[Townhall] 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.

...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.

...Nadler's Judiciary Committee was supposed to be empowered by the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment report. But the contents of that report were overshadowed by the revelation that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the Intelligence Committee, had obtained data on the private phone calls of ranking Republican House Intelligence Committee Member Devin Nunes, Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, journalist John Solomon, former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and others. Schiff had obtained the data via congressional subpoena.

...House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference to announce plans to proceed with articles of impeachment. But she would not say which particular charges would be brought against the president.

Then, Pelosi lost her cool and shook her finger at a reporter who simply asked her, "Do you hate the president?"

At that point, a furious Pelosi shouted back, "Don't mess with me!"

...The common denominator of all this petulance is exasperation over the inability to derail Trump.

Trump's many enemies fear he will be re-elected in 2020, given a booming economy and peace abroad. They know that they cannot remove him from office. And yet they fear that the more they try to stain him with impeachment, the more frustrated and unpopular they will become.

Yet, like end-stage addicts, they simply cannot stop the behavior that is consuming them.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/12/2019 04:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We have a national meltdown about to take effect. On the right if they take Trump down 62 million American will be angered beyond belief, and some will act on that anger-not protests but actions. If he is not impeached the Left will lose their minds and the riots, already in the planning phases will commence. The lies and propaganda has spun this to the point our nation will be fighting in March no matter the outcome. If Russia was really trying to overthrow the USA by this, their plan is nearing the execution phase and moving forward nicely...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/12/2019 10:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder what would happen if conservatives started stockpiling ammo and supplies right now. An overt, unspoken implication that the attempts to impeach are being seen as a dry coup, ready to be followed up with worse.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/12/2019 10:46 Comments || Top||

#3  some are dron
Posted by: chris || 12/12/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Let the left riot. The cities they burn will be their own.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/12/2019 17:45 Comments || Top||

#5  The Russians could not possibly have created more disarray than our current class of absurd, self-regarding morons has done
Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 17:58 Comments || Top||

Joe Biden? Seriously?
[Townhall] The establishment narrative on Joe Biden is, to put it mildly, malarkey. Gropey J actually is everything the liberals accuse Donald Trump of being ‐ bizarre, vulgar, dumb, corrupt, incompetent, and utterly unfit to be president. But yet the Creepy Veepy is so much more. In the last month, this totally not-senile, not-at-all-weird guy has assembled a track record of freaky behavior that would put mid-eighties Crispin Glover to shame.

Let’s review...

Corn Pop is old news. Biden’s latest rambling onion-on-the-belt monologue was something about little kids at a pool rubbing his leg hair or something ‐ it’s so random I’m not even linking to it. There’s no best-case scenario here ‐ he’s just creepy.

Then, for no other reason than I guess he felt like a snack, he started gnawing on his wife’s fingers in public and on camera. You know, like people do. You wonder what the thought process there was...

...But the best part was when some guy pointed out that, you know, Biden’s loser son Lil’ Crackpipe is the poster child for corruption and Sane Joe started spazzing out and calling him "fat" and challenging him to a push-up contest for some reason.

...No one can seriously argue that Joe Biden is smart, and no one does. They’ll either call you "racist" or start complaining about Trump. But you won’t get anyone comparing the former veep to Stephen Hawking. They just sort of elide past his staggering stupidity, perhaps hoping that whoever he picks for his veep will give him a rubber ball to play with and lock him in an Oval Office closet when it's time to do some presidenting.

He’s a totally corrupt swamp thing, and here’s the worst part of his manifest corruption ‐ he doesn’t seem to realize that he’s corrupt, if not personally than in terms of allowing his bum kid to leverage his position. He thinks it’s A-OK for his boy Hoover to cash in all over the globe. After all, that’s what you do, right? That’s part of the benefits package for being in the liberal elite. And all these people fussing and fighting about the paternity test-failing dirtbag getting rich are totally out of line. How dare they? HOW DARE THEY!

Understand that Biden sees nothing wrong with this. Nothing. And that means there will be exponentially more of it. Hell, the useless DoJ under Trump won’t prosecute obvious graft. Do you think a DoJ that’s thrilled to have a fellow traveler back in the White House is going to root out Biden's business badness? You do? Well, then meet my unicorn Chet.

And SloJoe is utterly incompetent. This is the guy who thought they should let bin Laden skate. As Robert Gates, no Trumpie, said, "I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."

...Basically, we’ll get rid of all the peace and prosperity that Trump has brought and get back to normal ‐ that is, people like us being plundered by the garbage elite.

Trump has a track record of success, and Democrats hate him. Joe has a track record of failure, corruption, and creepiness. Well, I guess we know why the Democrats seem to love him.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/12/2019 04:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, it's Kurt.
Posted by: Bobby || 12/12/2019 7:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Biden does sound insane. A push-up contest? Really?

Is there a single, allegedly Trump-committed crime or act of moral turpitude that these Shitshow Clowns have not themselves committed?
Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  A push-up contest?

He does that a lot, actually. The challenge, I mean, not the push-ups. I’d love to see someone take him up on it, just for the amusement value.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/12/2019 10:15 Comments || Top||

Read a biography of Strom Thurmond. There was much mention of their affinity for each other at the end of J. Strom's senate career and IIRC Biden gave a eulogy at his memorial service. For what it's worth ..Thurmond often did pushups on the campaign trail and also stood on his head and handstands.
Posted by: Lemuel de Medici1613 || 12/12/2019 15:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Mark Steyn on Ol' Strom Thurmond, from 2002 - excerpt:

This week he became the only 100-year-old senator in the Republic's history. He's the only American to have been elected to national office by a write-in campaign. And the only senator to have spoken for 24 hours and 18 minutes continuously, back in 1957 when he filibustered the civil rights bill and had an aide standing with a bucket in the adjoining cloakroom so he could relieve himself while keeping one foot on the Senate floor and still speaking.
And he's the only circuit court judge in South Carolina history to have made love to a condemned murderess as she was being transferred from the women's prison to Death Row.

This was Sue Logue, the only woman in the state ever to be sent to the chair, but not before she'd been sent to the back seat of Strom's car for a lively final ride. (It was a particularly bloody murder case that had begun when Mr. Logue's calf had been kicked to death by some other feller's mule.) ..

I only met the senator during the impeachment trial in 1999. On the first day, in a chaotic melee by the elevators, I was suddenly pushed forward and thrown between Thurmond and California Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Ol' Strom had just cast an appreciative bipartisan eye over the petite brunet liberal extremist. Boxer gave an involuntary shudder. I was squashed between the two for about five seconds when I became aware that my elbow was being affectionately caressed by Strom.

Presumably he'd mistaken my dainty arm for Barbara's, but who knows? But what a great country. In how many other national legislatures can a guy just wander in off the street and find himself in a tripartisan squeeze being petted by a 97-year-old senator?

Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 18:20 Comments || Top||

Republicans Condemn FBI's Use of Surveillance Powers They Long Supported
[WSJ] WASHINGTON‐One by one, Republican senators expressed outrage Wednesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had committed errors in how it sought and obtained surveillance on a former Trump campaign adviser, describing the findings contained in a new inspector general report as evidence of alarming privacy violations that could be wielded against any American.

The concerns echoed those made by civil liberties advocates for decades. But they came this time from self-described national security hawks who have long voted to renew and expand U.S. surveillance powers.

In dressing down the FBI during Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s testimony about his report on the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation, several Republicans suggested they were open to major alterations of a post-Watergate intelligence law known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.
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Posted by: Besoeker || 12/12/2019 02:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Please someone remind the author that the established FISA process was subverted.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/12/2019 2:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey, now do it hard to the Donks and maybe they'll understand too.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/12/2019 6:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Misleading headline, to put it mildly - Republicans are condemning the FISA warrant abuse, not 'surveillance powers' in general.
Posted by: Raj || 12/12/2019 7:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Right, the Pubs condemn the unethical and illegal use of surveillance powers.
Posted by: Bobby || 12/12/2019 7:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Corrupt cops =/= bad laws.
Enforce the law. Prosecute and convict the corrupt cops.
Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 8:19 Comments || Top||

#6  To be perfectly frank, as much whitewashing as the liberal press is doing in this, these ARE the exact same abuses that libertarian groups (such as Reason) warned would continue and expand under these surveillance laws. FISA being 100% secret can scarcely not be corrupted sooner or later. When introduced to already corrupt law enforcement officials like at the FBI and NSA, it will only be that much sooner before things become awful.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 12/12/2019 15:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Anyone notice how seldom we actually hear from current or former FISA judges ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/12/2019 15:34 Comments || Top||

#8  The buck stops with POTUS.

When if ever will Zero be put on the witness stand?
Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 17:34 Comments || Top||

#9  Lex, I would like to see Obama have to testify at Trump's Senate impeachment trial.
Along with the Bidens, Comey, Brennan, Strzok, Page, and the rest of the gang.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/12/2019 19:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Me too, Rambler. I honestly don't understand the logic behind rushing through it and not putting anyone on the stand. The GOP holds the high cards.
Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 19:37 Comments || Top||

#11  ^Because Ukraine looting was bi-partisan?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/12/2019 19:38 Comments || Top||

#12  Grom for the win.
Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 19:39 Comments || Top||

#13  Ukraine = Uniparty's Pinata
Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 19:40 Comments || Top||

#14  I endeavor to give satisfaction.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/12/2019 19:41 Comments || Top||

‘Today you will see how rocks cry’
[DAWN] IT is an incredible video to watch. After the incident yesterday when a mob of lawyers marched on the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Institute of Cardiology (PIC), and forced their entry into the hospital and ransacked it, a video did the rounds that showed a long-haired man raised on the shoulders of somebody soaking in the applause of a large crowd assembled all around him.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Who's on first?
Posted by: Lex || 12/12/2019 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  This in a country where men have gotten PHDs in Physics debating how many JINN can dance on a head of a pin - makes total ALICE IN WONDERLAND sense.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/12/2019 5:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Cluster Munitions needed
Posted by: Frank G || 12/12/2019 8:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Don't give American ambulance chasers any ideas.
Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/12/2019 9:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Shakespeare had the right idea. Henry the Somethingth
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/12/2019 9:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Shakespeare had the right idea. Henry the Somethingthapeman.

Posted by: Skidmark || 12/12/2019 16:21 Comments || Top||

#7  "We will force our way in and beat you up !"

Needs to be a T-shirt handed out by ICE to their guests.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/12/2019 16:34 Comments || Top||

#8  I like Prince's version better.
Posted by: Herman Smiter of the Slytherins5028 || 12/12/2019 17:17 Comments || Top||

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