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Valerie Plame: Surveillance on Trump campaign not 'spying' [video]
[The Hill] Former CIA operative and current congressional candidate Valerie Plame said Monday that FBI surveillance of President Trump's 2016 campaign was not spying.

"I absolutely do not [believe spying occurred]. These are professionals in our intelligence community, both in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in the CIA. I have to believe that what happened was that there was real cause. And the bar is extremely high to collect information, particularly on a U.S. citizen," Plame, a Democrat running for a House seat in New Mexico, said on CNN's "New Day."

During congressional testimony last month, Attorney General William Barr called the FBI’s surveillance of members of Trump's 2016 campaign "spying." Trump has also used the term.

The Justice Department's inspector general is now reviewing whether the FBI followed correct procedures in applying for a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Republicans have said the FBI improperly relied on details from the dossier compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele when applying for the warrant.

"So I don't know all the details of what led to that, but I think Attorney General Barr's rather casual assessment that the FBI spied on candidate Trump is a little too loose with the facts," she continued.

Fairly extensive BIO on Plame found at this link.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 03:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I absolutely do not [believe spying occurred]. These are professionals in our intelligence community, both in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in the CIA.

"Professionals" such as Comey, Stryzak, Page, McCabe, and Rybicki ?

I always chuckle silently when I read about Dick Armitage and Bob Novak "blowing Plame's cover". Everyone working out of an embassy (any embassy) is automatically assumed to be an intelligence asset. Here in the States, foreign embassy folks are issued Diplomatic car tags and travel restrictions. This is done for a reason.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 4:04 Comments || Top||

#2  This Joo-Hating Fake CIA "Operative" Trash is running for Congress as a ....Democrat. Wh'd a thunk it?
Even pompous attention whore Joe Wilson got tired of her shit
Posted by: Frank G || 05/15/2019 8:35 Comments || Top||

#3  And there was former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger who used his position of trust as a former Cabinet official to steal highly-classified documents from the National Archives but then he was an amateur.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/15/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#4  People like Val position themselves so that when they lose they can talk about how it says so much about what is wrong with the rest of us. Sign me up...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/15/2019 8:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Not spying spying.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/15/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#6  "Everyone working out of an embassy (any embassy) is automatically assumed to be an intelligence asset."

I thought she claimed to be a NOC. Wiki - Plame served the CIA at times as a non-official cover (or NOC), operating undercover in (at least) two positions in Athens and Brussels.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 05/15/2019 17:21 Comments || Top||

#7  I thought she claimed to be a NOC. Wiki - Plame served the CIA at times as a non-official cover (or NOC), operating undercover in (at least) two positions in Athens and Brussels.

OC to NOC, NOC to OC.....that must be a real challenge for the document folks, not to mention the asset. How about USEMBASSY 'meet & greet' gopher, pretty face, and bullshi* artist.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 17:28 Comments || Top||

Devin Nunes: Peter Strzok's 'insurance policy' was about getting into Trump campaign emails
[Washington Examiner] "We believe that insurance policy is not just about investigating the Trump campaign," Nunes said. "We believe it's to ensure that they were able to get the FISA warrant on Carter Page so they could go in and look at the emails in the campaign."

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10804 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps the FBI was interested in any success DRT might have been having:

Trump campaign planned for WikiLeaks dump, tried to acquire Clinton emails, Mueller report finds.......The report also details Trump’s interest in finding another cache of Clinton documents: 33,000 emails from her home server on which she also conducted some work as secretary of state that hadn’t been retained and were tardily deleted by a technician after they were subpoenaed by the Select Committee on Benghazi.

Link to story.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Or they were interested in planting incriminating emails..
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/15/2019 1:05 Comments || Top||

#3  #1 Perhaps the FBI was interested in any success DRT might have been having:

To whom are you referring to by the initials "DRT"?
Posted by: Injun Grick6186 || 05/15/2019 5:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Evidence under subpoena? Oops, an honest mistake, erasing them. The backups too? How unfortunate. What a coincidence.

Any legal minds want to tell us what courts assume when evidence under subpoena is destroyed by the defendant?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/15/2019 6:56 Comments || Top||

#5  got to love NBC's usage of adjectives - 'tardily' deleted the emails. most people would say 'illegally' deleted the emails.

as a great mind once said, 'at this point what difference does it make? amirite?'
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 05/15/2019 7:19 Comments || Top||

#6  The Dems are all about Russia investigations until it looks like they are the focus of the wrong-doing.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/15/2019 8:31 Comments || Top||

#7  To whom are you referring to by the initials "DRT"?

Dead Right There?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/15/2019 10:39 Comments || Top||

#8  Just a thought, but we should pass a law saying that any politician that knowingly passes disinformation must put "I lied to the voters for political gain" after the "I approved this message" on all future campaign ads.
Posted by: rschwarz || 05/15/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#9  #8 nailed it. Dig McSsssssschtain up and wassssssch hissssssch mouth out with sssssccccchoap. And do the same for Meggie Moo and Cindy (on The View would be nice) as an example to other would be dynasty garbage.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/15/2019 13:01 Comments || Top||

#10  Dead Right There?

I think B is maybe referring to Donald Trump. Onle thing is, Trumps initials are DJT.
Posted by: Harcourt Hatrack6311 || 05/15/2019 18:16 Comments || Top||

Trey Gowdy says John Brennan in more dossier peril than James Comey
[Washington Examiner] Trey Gowdy said on Tuesday that former CIA Director John Brennan is in more jeopardy than former FBI Director James Comey for the use of an unverified dossier for the Trump-Russia investigation.

During an interview on Fox News, the former Republican congressman from South Carolina discussed a document he saw as a leading GOP investigator before his retirement from Congress.

"I think that it's one more place for Mr. Durham to start," Gowdy said, referring to U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has been tasked by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Russia investigation.

"That's a pretty easy thing to sort out, who insisted that the dossier or the unverified material from Chris Steele be included," he said. "But ... sometimes when you have two people, I can tell from you having been in the courtroom, sometimes when people are blaming each other, they are both right. It's both of them. And I think it's interesting Brennan and Comey right now, the only thing they seem to share is a hatred for Donald Trump. It's going to be interesting if they begin to turn on one another. I've seen the document. I'm not going to describe it any more than that, Comey's got a better argument than Brennan based on what I have seen."

His interview Tuesday follows a Fox News appearance on Monday in which he encouraged investigators to track down emails between Brennan and Comey in December 2016.

Host Martha MacCallum, who conducted the Tuesday interview with Gowdy, said Fox News is reporting that those emails show Brennan discussing with Comey the use of the unverified dossier in the U.S. intelligence community's assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 00:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Attorney General Barr:

Please hand me the file on the Clinton Foundation Please. Yes, the Clinton Foundation.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  It is said "The face you wear is the face you have earned." I'd say Brennan is in a lot of trouble.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/15/2019 8:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Brennan and Steele belong on a desert island taking turns buggering each other for food.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/15/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Anthony Weiner released from Bronx halfway house
[NYPOST] Anthony Carlos Danger Weiner
...aka Hot Dog Tony, the remarkably offensive sex maniac six-term New York congressman who resigned in 2011, then decided everybody had forgotten by 2013, when he decided to run for mayor of New York City...
wrapped up the last leg of his prison sentence for sexting an underage girl on Tuesday morning, walking out of a Bronx halfway house a free man.

"It’s good to be out," the disgraced former congressman said. "I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service. I’m glad this chapter of my life is behind me."

Weiner, who will still be registered as a Level 1 sex offender, had called the halfway house on Creston Avenue home for three months following his transfer from a Massachusetts lockup as part of a federal re-entry program.

He walked out shortly after 6 a.m. wearing khaki pants, red Nike running shoes and a sweater. His release came early after getting three months shaved off for good behavior.

The Post revealed last month how he is now hoping to land a book deal.

After sinking his political career in a series of salacious sexting scandals with adult women, the married ex-pol was busted in 2017 for sending obscene messages to a 15-year-old North Carolina high schooler.

Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He's still married and they dont even mention his wife's name.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/15/2019 5:55 Comments || Top||

#2  At least he was wearing pants upon his "release"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/15/2019 8:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Read "Hunting Children" He is incurable. Expect to see him in the headlines again, after he hurt another child.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/15/2019 9:30 Comments || Top||

#4  "Anthony, is that a cell phone in your pocket?"
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/15/2019 9:33 Comments || Top||

#5  "I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service."

There's a first time for everything.
Posted by: Raj || 05/15/2019 9:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Getting hummas or giving them these days, Tony?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/15/2019 16:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Hey Raj, that was perfect.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/15/2019 16:38 Comments || Top||

#8  "I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service."

Turning over a new fig leaf.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 17:29 Comments || Top||

#9  When they're up, they're up
And when they're down, they're down
And when his pants are half-way up,
They're neither up nor down.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/15/2019 17:50 Comments || Top||

#10  This pig (as far as I know) only texted (or, sexted) messages. He never touched any girl.

Staying married to Huma is quite convenient...if they were to divorce, then no more spousal confidentiality if things went down hill for either of them (laptop, for example).
Posted by: Clem || 05/15/2019 19:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Buttigieg / Weiner 2020!
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 05/15/2019 19:24 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Closet Dem Romney votes against Pres. Trump's pick over comments attacking Obama
[The Hill] Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted against one of President Trump’s judicial picks Tuesday over past controversial comments the judge made about former President Obama.

Romney, who faced off against Obama in the 2012 presidential race, cast the lone GOP no vote against Judge Michael Truncale, who was ultimately confirmed to the Eastern District of Texas by a 49-46 margin.

Truncale raised eyebrows in 2011 when he called Obama an "un-American imposter."

He later told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was "merely expressing frustration by what I perceived as a lack of overt patriotism on behalf of President Obama," adding that he did not subscribe to "birtherism."

However, Romney found enough fault with the original remark to vote against Truncale’s nomination.

"He made particularly disparaging comments about President Obama. And as the Republican nominee for president, I just couldn't subscribe to that in a federal judge," Romney told Politico in a brief interview.

"This was not a matter of qualifications or politics. This was something specifically to that issue as a former nominee of our party," he added.

Romney has emerged as one of the few GOP critics of Trump, often hitting the president over his rhetoric. He most recently bucked the White House by opposing its plans to nominate Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve Board.

Though he votes in line with the president more often than not, he is more likely to oppose the White House than most other Republican senators, according to a tally compiled by FiveThirtyEight.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 04:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Romney is a liar. Herman Cain dissagreed with Romney on a topic during a debate once. Former Texas gov Rick Perry and Romney also disagreed on a topic during a discussion. If you dissagree with Romney on any thing, he resents that and is vindictive. He is a lot like Obama.
Posted by: Bob Jesing9847 || 05/15/2019 6:51 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd say a message to Mitch from Trump saying "don't bother sending me anything to sign with money for Utah in it..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/15/2019 7:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Vote against Rombles for not attacking Barry.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/15/2019 8:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Romney is the same type of "republican" as Flake and McStain.

They are vain and narcissistic globalists that think they are better and know more than the peasants. And they resent you for disagreeing with them.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/15/2019 9:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Something in the water down there. Maybe we should just cut it off entirely...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/15/2019 9:14 Comments || Top||

#6  2012, the election that featured choosing the best choice between two losers.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/15/2019 9:32 Comments || Top||

#7  he did not subscribe to "birtherism."

Wonder what the birth certificate of a trans-border polygamist says?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/15/2019 10:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Romney hasn't been in the closet since he was governor of MA. Always has been a great believer in his own infallibility just like any SJW.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/15/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#9  Took the role of opposition party so seriously he can't stop when his party is in power.

Not a fan of Obama's but at least his horrible Presidency made half the country wake up. An Romney Presidency would have lasted one term and just cemented in a permanent Democrat majority.
Posted by: rschwarz || 05/15/2019 11:26 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 05/15/2019 15:38 Comments || Top||

#11  I am occasionally under under the opinion that we may have dodge bullets with McCain and Romney loses.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/15/2019 15:47 Comments || Top||

#12  Romney is a Bain in the ass.
Posted by: Slomoling Phusoper9782 || 05/15/2019 18:12 Comments || Top||

#13  This guy was the Republican nominee for the presidency. So was McCain. Obviously, the nomination process is broken.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/15/2019 19:57 Comments || Top||

#14  Romney is becoming more and more of an obvious scumbag. He could credibly be claimed to just be an idiot a decade ago; that is no longer the case. McCain, on the other hand, was always a scumbag. May he burn in hell for all eternity.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrack2366 || 05/15/2019 20:53 Comments || Top||

Unhinged Chris Matthews: Barr ‘Out to Destroy' the FBI to Cover for Trump
[Breitbart] On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s "Hardball," host Chris Matthews said that Attorney General William Barr is "out to destroy the government, the FBI, everything, in order to cover the tracks of the president."

Matthews said, "[I]t’s an embarrassment to have an attorney general who looks like a Roy Cohn, a guy who will do anything to defend the president, and now has become his hitman. Not only will he play defense, he’s out to destroy the government, the FBI, everything, in order to cover the tracks of the president."

He continued by asking Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) how he can "stop Barr from doing what he’s out to do now, destroy the FBI?"
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/15/2019 00:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sorry Chris Matthews, you are a day late and a few dollars short. The destruction was done in the last administration. We are in the clean-up and rebuilding phase now. Please stay on the page and keep up.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/15/2019 8:28 Comments || Top||

#2  The FBI will survive and I suspect the bulk of the FBI, the non-appointees and non-politically promoted hacks, will continue doing what they do (and possibly smiling as those that politicized the bureau face the music.
Posted by: rschwarz || 05/15/2019 11:54 Comments || Top||

Ilhan Omar Viciously Attacks Liz Cheney For Calling Out Tlaib's Anti-Semitism

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Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 05/15/2019 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Catfight!
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/15/2019 4:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Not a Liz Cheyney fan myself, but I also have never met a pisslamist who didn't deserved being dunked headfirst in a ripe cesspool.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/15/2019 9:12 Comments || Top||

#4  you don't have too villify muslims. tey do it themselves.
Posted by: chris || 05/15/2019 10:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Alah does not exïst, fake religion established by a murderer, pedophïle, thief admired by rag heads.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 05/15/2019 12:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Cockroach cult.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/15/2019 16:15 Comments || Top||

#7  It's amazing how how overtly racist this bitch is.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/15/2019 18:20 Comments || Top||

Rosenstein unloads on Comey, says he broke 'bright lines that should never be crossed'
[FOXNEWS] More on this story from yesterday.
Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under:


Ted Nugent sums it up. Dog eat dog.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/15/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  The FBI's first great success was getting Capone on tax evasion charges (Oh, wait. The FBI didn't do that.) Their next big success was grabbing the UNIBOMber. (Oh, wait. His brother turned him in.) Well, there's always next time...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/15/2019 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  On the plus side, the FBI didn't miss the collapse of the Soviet Union or bomb the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/15/2019 13:24 Comments || Top||

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