[PJ] House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Monday that there is exculpatory evidence in classified documents regarding former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page that the FBI should have included in its FISA applications and those documents still need to be declassified.
"There is exculpatory evidence that we have seen of classified documents that need to be declassified," Nunes said. "The judges should have been presented with this exculpatory evidence that the FBI and DOJ had," he added.
Nunes appeared on Fox News's "Hannity" Monday evening to discuss the latest developments in the FISA abuse scandal. He and other Republicans have been pressing President Trump to declassify 20 pages of the FBI's FISA warrant so the American people can see it for themselves.
The congressman said on Fox News last week that the American people would be shocked by what is in those 20 redacted pages.
He also told Hannity that Bruce Ohr, a former top official at the Department of Justice, will become a "more and more important" figure in what has become known as SpyGate, and urged investigative journalists to start digging into his role in the Obama era scandal.
"I think people should pay close attention to it," the California Republican said.
So other than leading a secret life, lying to his wife and supporting some woman in London, Stealing millions from Manafort to fund his secret life, falsifying Manaforts taxes for him, getting caught by the FBI and trading his guilty plea for a scripted court appearance, he's a pretty good guy and the jury should believe everything he said because he is honest and ethical? Ya right....
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
08/08/2018 12:55 Comments ||
What 49Pan said. EXACTLY!!
Why on earth should the jury believe a word this man says?
I am not a lawyer; but if this were my "star" witness, I think I would have passed on the case.
[The Hill] The judge in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial suggested to a prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller that he is "so frustrated" that there were tears in his eyes.
Bloomberg reported that U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comment to prosecutor Greg Andres during a discussion out of earshot of the jury and members of the media.
"I understand how frustrated you are," Ellis said. "In fact, there’s tears in your eyes right now.’’
Andres disputed Ellis’s statement, to which the judge replied, "Well, they’re watery."
Tensions have existed between the prosecutors and Ellis throughout the trial. The judge has asked members of both sides to refrain from making facial expressions that might influence the jury.
He has also criticized Mueller’s team for presenting too much evidence on Manafort’s spending, arguing that spending on luxuries is not a crime.
Bloomberg reported that Ellis and Andres had other tense private conversations during the trial on Monday, during which former Manafort associate Richard Gates testified that he and Manafort committed crimes.
Andres claimed that Ellis was preventing him from asking essential questions for the trial. Ellis disputed that he was prioritizing speed over the prosecutor’s arguments.
This prosecutor is making a show trial on This Judges Docket he just does not want to hear. Nothing presented is pertinent and the whole case will be thrown out as an abuse of power on false obtaining of evidence.
Mueller should be in Federal Penitentiary. Not for this, but for what he did before this and this.
[The Hill] A judge has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to preserve any emails located on former FBI Director James Comey's personal email account after a government watchdog revealed he used the account to conduct government business.
The order issued Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., comes in response to a request from the right-leaning group Judicial Watch asking for the records to be preserved for use in possible Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
"In order to avoid any possible issues later in this litigation, the Court will grant Plaintiffs’ Motion. Defendant is ordered to take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that any records that are potentially responsive to either of the Plaintiffs’ FOIA requests located on former Director Comey’s personal e-mail account are preserved," U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote.
The judge said the DOJ had failed to explain why it was an "undue burden" to preserve records from Comey's personal account. Judicial Watch has requested that records of meetings between Comey and top Democrats, including former President Obama, be preserved.
The agency "has not explained why this preservation order would prejudice Defendant or cause any undue burden. Indeed, it appears that Defendant is taking steps to ensure the preservation of these records already," she wrote.
From what I understand most plastics break down in the sunlight and any 'garbage' patch would be undetectable except with a microscope. If there it would probably be bad for the food chain but pretty much any photos are not of any island of garbage are most likely not of the mythical garbage patch.
[FOX] A Florida sheriff on Monday responded to sharp criticism from the Rev. Al Sharpton for not arresting a white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a parking lot dispute last month.
Sharpton criticized Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri at a Sunday rally for Markeis McGlockton.
McGlockton was shot on July 19 by Michael Drejka in Clearwater, according to FOX13 Tampa Bay. Drekja told deputies he feared for his life and police at the time chose not to arrest him, citing the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
“This case should not be tried in a parking lot of a convenience store,” Sharpton said. “It should be tried in a courtroom.”
Gualtieri was asked about Sharpton’s comments Monday during a press conference for an unrelated investigation.
“It's a bunch of rhetoric. I don't pay much attention to it, to tell you the truth. I wasn't there, and I don't really care what Al Sharpton has to say,” Gualtieri said. “Go back to New York. Mind your own business.”
[American Mirror] Cortez held a whirl-wind tour of the U.S., stumping for Abdul El-Sayed for governor of Michigan, Fayrouz Saad in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, Cori Bush in Missouri’s 1st District, and is backing Congressional candidate Kaniela Ing in Hawaii.
El-Sayed lost his bid for the Democrat nomination for governor to 50.1 percent to 34.6 percent, according to numbers published by the New York Times.
Saad came in fourth in the five-way race, capturing only 20.1 percent of the vote.
Cori Bush lost her primary to William Lacy Clay, 62.3 percent to 30.2 percent, the Times results show.
Hawaii’s primary election will be August 11. Stay tuned to see if Ing fairs any better.
[Cincinnati.com] President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... 's endorsed candidate appeared to eke out a win in an extremely tight central Ohio race in Ohio Tuesday ‐ but it should have never been this close.
Trump's name wasn't on the ballot in the reliably Republican district, but his brand was. Trump repeatedly endorsed Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson over Democrat Danny O'Connor, a county elected official, to fill the remaining months of former U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi's term.
Trump flew into Ohio Saturday to campaign for Balderson in a crowded, overheated high school gymnasium. "(Balderson)'s really tough. He's really smart. He never stops working," Trump said of Balderson, a former Ironman race competitor. "It's Ohio's 12th district, and he's going to hopefully be here a long time."
The message was clear: a vote for Balderson was a vote for Trump.
And it seemed to work. With 99 percent of the vote in, Balderson led O'Connor 50.1 percent to 49.3 percent in Tuesday's unofficial final vote. The margin was just over 1,600 votes.
The race had not been officially called by any news organizations, and O'Connor had not conceded as of 10:30 p.m.
The special election matchup between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor in the GOP-dominated 12th Congressional District is regarded as a possible harbinger of which party will control Congress, as well as a virtual referendum on President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... ‐ especially after he campaigned in the district Saturday.
But with polls showing a very close race, will we know who won even after Tuesday’s ballots are counted?
No one knows quite what to expect, in large part because a competitive August congressional election is unprecedented in recent Ohio history.
"Typically in the August special elections, nobody turns out, but with all the hoopla, who knows?" said Aaron Ockerman, executive director of the Ohio Association of Election Officials.
While odds are that the outcome will be known Tuesday night, Ockerman said, "If it’s super close, you probably won’t see either person concede."
If the election remains too close to call after Election Day, no new results will be announced while officials wait 10 days for provisional ballots; ballots from overseas and military voters; and absentee ballots postmarked by Monday that arrive by the end of the period. (You also can return your absentee ballot in person to your county board of elections before the polls close Tuesday.)
If the winning margin is less that 0.5 percentage points once that count is completed, a recount is mandatory.
With 100% of precincts reporting, the special election in Ohio's 12th district is too close to call.
Troy Balderson (R) has 50.2 percent of the vote with 100% of precincts in, compared to 49.3 percent for Danny O'Connor (D). There are still 3,300 provisional ballots and some more absentee ballots outstanding.
But this is only for holding the seat until the winner of the November election is sworn in next January, so if the Democrat wins now there is still that to look forward to.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel didn’t set off the violence that gripped Chicago neighborhoods last weekend. But his new police policies will pour fuel on Chicago’s savage tinderbox.
Deanna told us how some Chicago neighborhoods turned into shooting galleries last weekend, when 60 people were shot, and nine died. But that’s not all. By the time 6 a.m. Monday rolled around, the butcher’s bill climbed to 74 shooting victims. Twelve of those died.
...But Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan (both Democrats, like you needed to ask) have a great idea on how to fix the police in Chicago.
...Their fix is called the Chicago Police Department Consent Decree.
...So what’s in the consent decree? Basically, it has 200+ pages of red tape and restrictions on policing in Chicago. Needless to say, the rank-and-file beat officer is not amused, and the Fraternal Order of Police plans to fight it.
The police should go on strike in the affluent neighborhoods that Rahm the cock splash depends on for funding and votes and announce it publicly. Let the barbarians in since the ruling class loves to fuck over their patrician guard so much.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.