[Lifezette] Former DNI director says it's 'important' to recognize the former president's handprints on Russia probe.
President Barack Obama should be credited with launching "a whole sequence of events" that led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia collusion allegations, according to former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper.
"One point I’d like to make, Anderson, that I don’t think has come up very much before ‐ and I’m alluding now to [President Donald Trump’s] criticism of President Obama for all that he did or didn’t do before he left office with respect to the Russian meddling," Clapper said Thursday on CNN’s "Anderson Cooper 360."
Clapper added that "if it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today ‐ notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation.
"President Obama is responsible for that, and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. I think that’s an important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama."
Trump has rebuked his predecessor repeatedly for not "doing anything about" Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, in which he defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Noting that Obama "was given information just prior to" the presidential election, Trump slammed Obama and officials in his administration, including Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan, for their failure to act adequately.
[Breitbart] Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has yet to explain how a Chinese spy came to work for her for decades, including while she was chair of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen, who has written a book about the CIA and often writes about foreign policy, national security, and intelligence.
In his latest column, Thiessen writes (original links):
Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? Well, this month we learned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) had a Chinese spy on her staff who worked for her for about 20 years, was listed as an "office director" on payroll records and served as her driver when she was in San Francisco, all while reporting to China’s Ministry of State Security through China’s San Francisco Consulate. The reaction of the mainstream media? Barely a peep.
Feinstein acknowledged the infiltration but played down its significance. "Five years ago the FBI informed me it had concerns that an administrative member of my California staff was potentially being sought out by the Chinese government to provide information," Feinstein said in a statement ‐ which means the breach took place while Feinstein was heading the Intelligence Committee. But, Feinstein insisted, "he never had access to classified or sensitive information or legislative matters" and was immediately fired. In other words: junior staffer, no policy role, no access to secrets, quickly fired ‐ no big deal.
But it is a big deal....
Feinstein owes the country a detailed explanation of how she let a Chinese spy into her inner sanctum. And the media should give this security breach the same attention they would if it involved Russia and the Republicans.
Kevin Leon was born in Los Angeles to Andrés Leon and Carmen Osorio, of Guatemalan, Mexican, descent. He grew up in the Logan Heights neighborhood in San Diego with his mother. Both parents had separate families of their own when he was born. He also spent part of his youth in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
The first in his family to graduate from high school, he briefly attended the University of California, Santa Barbara before dropping out. He later earned a bachelor's degree from Pitzer College in 2003.
While attending UC Santa Barbara, he began going by Kevin de León; but has not legally changed his name and so it's still Leon not de Leon.
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/11/2018 9:15 Comments ||
Yes, Frank, from your stand point and mine "de Leon" will be no better. But I think Democrats have concluded that Feinstein has become expendable.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/11/2018 10:17 Comments ||
[WASHINGTONTIMES] A judge late Wednesday signed off on the settlement between the IRS ...the Internal Revenue Service; that office of the United States government that collects taxes and persecutes the regime's political enemies... and hundreds of tea party groups, closing out the last major legal battle over what all sides now agree was unwarranted and illegal targeting for political purposes.
The IRS agreed to pay $3.5 million to groups that were wronged by the intrusive inspections, and insists it’s made changes so that political targeting can’t occur in the future.
A few issues are still being fought over in the courts ‐ including whether former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner will be allowed to forever shield her deposition explaining her behavior from public view, and whether the IRS should pay attorney fees ‐ but this week’s decision closes out five years of litigation over the targeting itself.
"It shows that when a government agency desires to target citizens based on their viewpoints, a price will be paid," said Edward Greim, the lawyer who led the class action case in federal court in Cincinnati.
The $3.5 million closely approximates the fines the IRS would have had to pay in damages for each intrusive scrutiny of tea party groups, had the agency been found in violation of the law. The money will be split with half going to the lawyers who argued the case and the other half to more than 100 tea party groups, which will get a cut of about $17,000 each. So the taxpayer foots the bill and the crooked SOB's that did the deed (Lois Lerner, the evil Koskinen and friends) still keep their cushy jobs, annual bonuses, and pensions. Nice, real fok'n nice !
[Breitbart] Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told the Call Your Girlfriend podcast in an interview released Friday that serving on various congressional committees is her biggest "win." Awkwardly, Harris struggled to name a specific legislative accomplishment the 2020 hopeful was a part of.Transcript is as follows:
AMINATOU SOW: In the grand scheme of the Senate, you are relatively new to the job.
KAMALA HARRIS: Yeah, I am‐
HARRIS: 18 months.
SOW: Yeah, and we’re wondering, maybe, if you could talk about what at this point you could consider your biggest win or the thing that you’re like "Woah, when I look back at those 18 months this is the thing I want at the top of the resume."
HARRIS: I’ll tell you. Umm. One of the things that I think, for me, is most important is the role that I serve on that various committees that I’m on ‐ umm ‐ which are oversight committees. Let’s be clear. Those committees exist to watch and question what is going on with our government, the United States government. So, I’m on Senate Intelligence, I’m on Homeland Security, I’m on Judiciary and the accomplishment then is for me is a function of what I think my role should be. Often, especially in the last 18 months, has been to try and get at the truth. And so, the accomplishment is, and the goal is to always make sure that we are being, and the system is being, as transparent as possible and that, frankly, the American public has the answers and that we’re being told the truth. When that happens, I feel a sense of accomplishment and when it doesn’t I feel a sense of frustration.
HARRIS: I’ll tell you. .... a sense of frustration.
Eight sentences, 164 words and I still have no idea what she does. Someone once said that if you can't describe what you do in a single, short declarative sentence, you don't have a real job. Here's a fine example.
[The Hill] Several trailers filled with donations for Hurricane Maria victims were found rotting at a state elections office in Puerto Rico this week.
The New York Times reported Friday that at least 10 trailers full of food, water and baby supplies were broken open and overrun with rats.
The Times noted that local radio station, Radio Isla, published a video showing cases of items such as beans, Tylenol and water covered in rat and lizard droppings.
According to the Times, the Puerto Rico elections commission offices were used as a collection center for donations from private entities and nonprofit groups after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last year. Once they were collected, the donations were then distributed by the National Guard.
As the severity of the crisis diminished, the donations were then reportedly stored in trailers in the parking lot of the election bureau’s San Juan offices, where they remained despite continued problems in the region.
But Democrat San Juan Whore Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz blamed Trump. She had the t-shirt and all that shit printed up during the hurricane
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/11/2018 8:28 Comments ||
The above referenced politician has not shown up in the news lately. Could be it was decided (in whatever smoke filled back rooms such stuff gets decided) that her political "rock star" trajectory was probably not happening.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/11/2018 8:53 Comments ||
There seem to be certain... inefficiencies... in their form of social organization. Whatever could be the cause?
Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio congressman who was spotted as a star by President Trump at a rally last week, is finally getting some vindication.
Turns out that an earlier smear-attack on him, put on by the left about how he supposedly ignored sexual abuse as a coach earlier in his career, reported copiously by the press, was fake and phony all along. Just as Thomas Lifson suspected from the get-go, calling it the work of "the left's personal destruction machine." Turns out the person who leveled the original charge has since recanted. Not to mention, a middle aged doc sexually assaulting 20 year old wrestlers, is not very credible
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Two Democratic candidates are each poised to become the first Native American woman elected to Congress, according to the media consensus, which has prompted the question: What about Sen. Elizabeth Fauxchahontas Warren ...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that... Democrat Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, won her House primary race Tuesday in Kansas, prompting the Kansas City Star and others to report that she would be "the first Native American woman elected to Congress" if she prevails in November.
The same has been said of Deb Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, who captured in June the Democratic nomination for the New Mexico congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who’s running for governor.
Not mentioned in the post-primary news coverage was the senior senator from Massachusetts, an omission not lost on social media, where references to her dubious claims of Cherokee ancestry are flying thick and fast.
Smallpox blankets all around... (Yes, I know it's a lie)
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
08/11/2018 12:00 Comments ||
The problem with claiming Cherokee ancestry is that even if you are successful you'll run into a problem with the tribes actions during the US Civil War. They were on the side of the South and they kept slaves. Given the nature of the progressives some lawyer will want them to pay "reparations"
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.