[World Tribune] A new book by the founders of Fusion GPS reveals that then-President Barack Obama received the memos that made up the unverified anti-Trump dossier.
The Hoover Institution’s Paul Sperry tweeted: "BREAKING: In new book "Crime in Progress," set for release next month, #Spygate archvillain Glenn Simpson reveals that he was first hired to investigate Trump in "the fall of 2015" and that memos from his now-discredited Steele dossier made their way directly "to President Obama".
Simpson and Peter Fritsch are the founders of Fusion GPS, the political opposition research firm that oversaw the compilation of the dossier by ex-British spy Christopher Steele. The dossier contained numerous allegations that the Trump campaign was aided by Russian government operatives. None of the allegations have been proven.
Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election hid their payments to Fusion GPS and Steele through their law firm Perkins Coie.
Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS who then paid Steele to compile the dossier.
Though the FBI knew the dossier was unverified, the bureau nonetheless used it has key evidence in its counterintelligence investigation into the campaign and in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign associates.
Publishing giant Random House announced that the book, titled Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump, will be released on Nov. 26.
[Washington Examiner] Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses may be covered in redactions when it is released.
Former Republican Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, said this week that this report, eagerly anticipated by Republican allies of President Trump, could be more heavily concealed than previous reports from the DOJ watchdog.
"Evidently, there’s an intra-agency debate and really a food fight if you will about the classification issues," Chaffetz said on Sean Hannity's show on Monday. "Remember in the last report put out by Horowitz, there were only seven words or so that were redacted. The Democrats threw a fit that they couldn’t see the whole thing. This could have 10-20% of the report redacted."
Chaffetz also said he has not seen any evidence to suggest FBI Director Christopher Wray has been "cooperative" and speculated that former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper may be involved in "behind-the-scenes fighting" as they are also "fighting" to defend themselves on TV.
Horowitz announced the completion of his investigation a little more than one month ago, an effort in which his team pored over more than 1 million records and conducted 100-plus interviews. The inspector general gave a draft to the Justice Department and the FBI for a classification review, after which the final draft will be delivered to Congress.
There has been scattered reporting about when the report will be released. Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo announced over the weekend that her sources were telling her it would be released on Oct. 18, as well as calling it "thick as a telephone book" and covering "more than just FISA abuse." On Monday, Bartiromo updated her report, tweeting, "IG report NOT out this Friday 10/18. Classifications being made. Likely end of month."
An official who spoke with Fox News disputed there being a tumultuous debate over redactions. "The FBI and the DOJ are working together smoothly on the declassification process," the official said.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, President Trump noted that the release of the FISA report is "coming out soon" and will shed light on a "corrupt election." Trump said he believes the string of misconduct "goes right up" to his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
Republicans argue top Justice Department and FBI officials misled the FISA court by using an unverified dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele to obtain warrants to electronically monitor onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Democrats have dismissed the allegations of wrongdoing during the Trump-Russia investigation and are concerned that U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the early stages of the Russia investigation, being overseen by Attorney General William Barr, may be an effort to discredit the work of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Were I Trump, I'd declassify the entire thing to stop this CF food fight. These clowns have caused a great deal of instability and trouble within the U.S. for three years or more. I can't think imagine anything that is classified that would justify continuing this shit show.
Dust in the air, and this is a veritable storm of Saharan standards as they try to obfuscate, deny, misdirect and lie to make it all seem so terribly complex and confusing, classification is the ultimate protection for miscreants who betrayed the public trust....sadly, it will work yet again and no one, no one, gets fired or ruined or even really censured, they get cushy payouts and book deals.
[The Federalist] Three top senators blasted the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) Michael Atkinson for continuing to stonewall congressional efforts to determine why whistleblower rules and forms requiring firsthand information were suddenly changed last month. As The Federalist first reported and the ICIG confirmed in a subsequent press release, whistleblower forms and guidance requiring all complaints to contain firsthand information were secretly changed and then backdated after the ICIG received an anti-Trump complaint that consisted entirely of second-hand information.
Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, wrote Atkinson on Wednesday demanding answers about his office’s actions and behavior regarding the whistleblower rules changes. The lawmakers expressed dismay at his refusal to answer their previous queries on the matter.
"[W]e are concerned that you are ’unable to explain how or why the language [about how the ICIG must be in possession of reliable, firsthand information] was included, or how it came into use’ in the informational sheet," the three lawmakers wrote. "The information we seek and the questions we are asking should be easily obtained or answered especially in light of your testimony before the intelligence committees."
"We expect that this ‐ our third request ‐ will be the final time that we have to request that you provide full and complete answers to the Committees," they tersely noted.
Grassley, Johnson, and Lee noted that Atkinson had refused to answer 13 separate questions regarding the secret changes his office made to whistleblower rules after it received a complaint that was built entirely on second-hand information and gossip and riddled with errors.
They wrote that Atkinson’s responses to their previous letters "mostly repeated information from your press release and failed to answer the vast majority of the questions" they had asked. In addition to directing Atkinson to fully respond to those 13 questions instead of stonewalling, the senators posed an additional question about whether the anti-Trump complainant may have lied on the form he submitted to the ICIG.
Posted as a comment late last evening from our very own Victor Emmanuel Flusoling.
[Gateway Pundit] Today Rudy Giuliani confirmed our reporting by way of FOX News ==>>
Giuliani’s tweet is in part based on a report by FOX News that confirmed our reporting ‐
(Fox News) House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who has played a leading role in investigating the Trump-Ukraine scandal, is facing questions about his own connection to a Soviet-born businessman who has raised money for his campaign and whose company has received lucrative defense contracts from Ukraine’s government.
That man is Igor Pasternak, the founder and CEO of Worldwide Aeros Corp., which makes blimps for military and commercial customers. His business has also been involved in weapons manufacturing, working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense to produce a modified version of the M4 and M16 rifles, according to reports.
In 2013, Pasternak hosted a fundraiser in Washington for Schiff, who later came to embrace a strong stance in support of the United States sending military aid to Ukraine during its conflict with Russia.
"Before this time, Schiff rarely, if ever, mentioned Ukraine," Fox News’ Laura Ingraham said on her show Thursday night, after detailing Schiff’s connection to Pasternak. "But after the fundraiser, he used multiple television appearances to basically demand that we send money and arms to them."
This information that Rudy linked to was at the rightwingtribune.com.
I always come back to a yearning for a meteor (medium space rock, pick your poison) that would take out all of DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland Delaware. It pops up a lot these days. Scrub and start over.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
10/17/2019 14:54 Comments ||
Act of God and all, mind you.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
10/17/2019 14:55 Comments ||
#3 When you talk about "the Left", Darth, gotta remember there are sheep and there are shepherds.
[PJMedia] House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff attempted to pressure former United States Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker into testifying that Ukrainian officials felt pressured to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter because of Trump's "threat" to withold U.S. military aid to Ukraine, the Washington Examiner reported. According to Volker, Ukrainian officials never actually felt pressured because they never even knew that the aid was being withheld. "When Volker repeatedly declined to agree to Schiff's characterization of events, Schiff said, 'Ambassador, you're making this much more complicated than it has to be.'" How... mafioso
Democrats have been hinging their impeachment push on the claim that there was a quid pro quo‐specifically, that Trump threatened to withhold military aid unless they investigated Joe Biden and his son, which, as the transcript proved, didn't happen. According to this report, Adam Schiff desperately wants anyone he interviews to back up what he wants to believe. Can we flush this little turd now? Please?
But that’s the point. This isn’t even pre-trial posturing on the courthouse steps, this is posturing before it even goes before the grand jury. They’re functionally just interviewing witnesses in the office before deciding who they’ll use to present their case.
[Daily Caller] A senior State Department official told Congress on Tuesday that he had concerns in 2016 with corruption involving Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy firm linked to Hunter Biden, two sources familiar with his testimony told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
George Kent, who serves as deputy assistant secretary of state for Eurasian and European affairs, spoke at length Tuesday about Burisma’s problems with corruption, the two sources told the DCNF. They shared details of the deposition on condition of anonymity.
The career diplomat also said that he raised concerns with USAID in 2016 regarding an event that the agency was to have with Burisma, which is owned by Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky.
Kent was worried because the event involved children, and he did not feel comfortable with them being photographed in conjunction with the company, the two sources said. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.
Kent, who handles a six-country portfolio that includes Ukraine, was deposed under subpoena as part of a Democrat-led impeachment inquiry that is focusing on President Trump’s actions towards Ukraine.
In a July 25 phone call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to consider investigating whether Joe Biden in 2016 forced the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor who claims he was fired because he was investigating Burisma. Hunter Biden joined the Burisma board in 2014, and was paid $50,000 a month in that role.
Diplomat’s corruption concerns are shit-canned by DS cover-up minions in government. Corruption is harvested in some "ripe" foreign country like Ukraine by an evil hedge-fund billionaire who has paved the way for corruption via a fomented revolution. The skids are greased by Deep State cover-up minions within the government. Money comes back to dirty politicians to enrich them and expand their power.
Just fleshing out the basis for a novel. This is just fictional and couldn’t really happen.
Maybe I'm mean or something, but when these midget "Titans" of the Slavery party die, I'm always reminded of that scene in Space:Above and Beyond where McQueen says "Well, I don't think our maker wants to hear from me right now. Because he know I'm going to go out in this plane and I'm going to remove one of His creations from His universe. And when I get back, I'm going to drink a bottle of scotch as if it was Chiggy Von Richtofen's blood and celebrate his death."
'Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility,' Rockeymoore, the 48-year-old chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, said.
...And then her lips fell off. Well, he was certainly "proud" that he could spend a long career serving gouging his constituents.
[Ay-Pee] Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68.
A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district, which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore as well as more well-to-do suburbs. He got money but basically did sh*t for his district and Trump called him out for it
As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led multiple investigations of the president's governmental dealings, including probes in 2019 relating to the president's family members serving in the White House.
Congratulations, guys. Now you only need to persuade enough Republicans to make a veto-proof majority in the Senate, and then get them to overcome President Trump’s veto. What are the odds of success again?
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to condemn President Donald Trump ...Oh, noze! Not him!... ’s decision to withdraw US forces from northeastern Syria, clearing the way for The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... ’s offensive against the Kurds.
The vote was 354 to 60 for the resolution, as dozens of Trump’s fellow Republicans joined the majority Democrats in favor.
The vote underscored deep unhappiness in Congress over Trump’s action, which many politicians view as abandoning Kurdish fighters who had been fighting alongside Americans to defeat ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... They also angrily denounced the release from prison of ISIS fighters since Turkey’s offensive began a week ago.
"That was a betrayal of our partners. It was a gift to Russia, a gift to Iran, a gift to ISIS (Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... ) and a gift to (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad," said Representative Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who sponsored the resolution.
Separately on Wednesday, congressional and committee leaders from both parties were meeting with Trump at the White House to discuss his Syria policy.
The resolution backed by the House opposes Trump’s decision to remove the troops and calls on his administration to present a "clear and specific plan for the enduring defeat of ISIS."
It also calls on Ottoman Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to immediately end the offensive, seeks continued US support for Syrian Kurdish communities through humanitarian support, and also calls on the United States to work to ensure that Turkey’s military acts with restraint.
A companion resolution, also backed by Democrats and Republicans, was introduced in the Republican-majority Senate on Tuesday, but has not yet been brought up for a vote.
Congress: Impeach the Motherf---er!!! Public: OK, let's see it.
Congress: Well, ah, not really... it's an open-ended impeachment inquiry aimed at (per Pelouse-y) "finding the truth," 's all...
Congress: Free the PKK rebels! Turkey DELENDA EST!!! Public: OK, let's see your declaration of war.
Congress: Well, ah, not really... it's a, um, profile in courage, a statement of, y' know, moral outrage at this despicable deplorable, sufferin'-succotash perfidious platypus Orange Satan Mussolini. Donate Now!
Maybe Trump should tweet that Obama sending troops into Syria without direct authorization from Congress was unconstitutional and worse than US bombing of Laos and Cambodia and is perilously close to a war crime. Just to see the reaction.
Maybe Trump should carry the case directly to the American people such as FDR did in his Fireside Chats. Go on TV and lay out the entire Syria issue and why he made his decision. We're only talking about a small number of troops being pulled out. Someone here said it something like less than 50 troops. We have not left the Kurds down. We have trained, and provided arms and intelligence to the Kurds. I have heard some say these troops are also trip wire? I'm sure these troops will find relief in that. What happens if we have another Benghazi? I’m still looking for an explanation on Benghazi that isn’t lies and complete B.S.
Can Pelosi or Schumer or the Pubs who sided with the Dems make a cogent case for not pulling out?
Trump was elected by people who are tired of Washington games. They are tired of wars and tired of lies. They are tired of not being well-represented in DC. They are tired of crooked, elitist politicians who enrich themselves at the expense of the taxpayers…and then lie to cover up their wrong-doing. Trump was elected by ordinary Americans as a response to all this. The response to pulling out a small number of troops only highlights larger problems in Washington. We’d be better- served by focusing on and cleaning up our own problems such as the corruption and criminality in our government instead of focusing on regions that clearly hate us (as they have often expressed) and don’t serve our national purpose.
We were only supposed to be in Syria for 30 days. We have been there for a few years now. Someone here said that Trump should have forced Congress to declare a war in that region if they wanted to keep the troops there. When was the last time we declared a war? Wasn’t it WW II? If people are so hawkish on a war, declare it, wage it, and win it and come home. The country pays a huge price in these endless, aimless wars. Many people who benefit from such wars are not the same ones who fight the wars and pay the price of these wars.
Maybe we need a rededication to our Declaration of Independence.
If people are so hawkish on a war, declare it, wage it, and win it and come home. The country pays a huge price in these endless, aimless wars. Many people who benefit from such wars are not the same ones who fight the wars and pay the price of these wars
h/t Gates of Vienna
If you’re a white, progressive Prime Minister whose blackface scandal is uncovered weeks before a national election, you probably expect it’s going to cost you in a big way. But as we saw in the case of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, different rules apply to progressives. Former President Obama made that clear today by endorsing Trudeau for another term: (a) Why not - Obama been wearing blackface his entire life?
(b) Imagine what'd happen if Trump endorsed somebody in foreign elections. But Zero can't rouse hisself to endorse Slow Joe?
h/t Gates of Vienna
Approximately 30 percent of the money doled out by the campaign of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) in the third quarter went to digital fundraising, communications, and advertising services provided by the E Street Group, a firm run by her alleged boyfriend.
Omar's campaign committee, which raised a total of $1,084,098.84 in the third quarter, spent $493,389.80 during this time. The E Street Group, a firm run by political consultant Tim Mynett, Omar's alleged lover, received more money from the campaign than any other vendor.
The Omar campaign paid the E Street Group $149,812.64 between July 1 and Sept. 30, its filings show. That accounts for around 30 percent of Omar's total campaign disbursements over the same period. Her campaign has over $1.5 million cash on hand.
I'm really starting to dislike reading Drudge...
[Gallup, via Drudge] - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives work through an impeachment inquiry regarding alleged abuses of office by President Donald Trump, approval of Congress is now at 25%. That is up from 18% in September, prior to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing the impeachment inquiry following news of possible wrongdoing by the president in communications with Ukraine.
Public opinion on whether Trump should be impeached remains mixed, but Americans now lean slightly more in favor of impeachment and removal from office compared with where they stood in June.
Currently, 52% say Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 46% say he should not be. This is roughly the opposite of what Gallup found in June when asked in the context of special counselor Robert Mueller's investigation. $10 says within a few days, the sampling for this poll (and damn well near half of them overall) will be shown to have the proverbial deli thumb on the scale, naturally favoring Democrats.
Funny, I thought this was from the Bee. Even my liberal friends are seeing through the crap load of this investigation. I wish they would poll someone I know, just to know these polls are real.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
10/17/2019 15:29 Comments ||
Very simple, folks. Those progressives who thought Trump should've been impeached long ago now like Congress more, since they are moving in that direction. Trump's total approval numbers at Rasmussen rarely hit 50%, but hardly ever fall below 45%.
I figure 35-40% of the country would be happy to shove Hillary, or even Nancy, into the POTUS spot, right now.
Bobby, the only way Nancy would become president is for both Trum and Pence to be removed from office so quickly that Pence could not appoint a VP.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
10/17/2019 16:46 Comments ||
Any VP a President Pence wants to appoint would have to be approved by majority votes in both the House and the Senate.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
10/17/2019 16:52 Comments ||
#8 and 9. Yes, I know. I was expressing their dreams of making Trump AND Pence just go away, then wake up from their dreamland and find some good progressive had somehow been placed where they 'belong'.
The ones who have Trump Derangement Syndrome, Stage 5.
I remember when someone with a severe case of TDS had the fantasy that Trump would be impeached and removed, then Pence would appoint Hillary as his VP, then immediately resign, so Hillary could take her "rightful " place as President.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
10/17/2019 19:16 Comments ||
[DAWN] United States President Donald Trump ...Oh, noze! Not him!... has vetoed a joint resolution of Congress that sought to terminate his declaration of a national emergency on the southern border with Mexico, the White House said on Tuesday.
Trump declared the emergency to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programmes to pay for the US-Mexico border wall he promised to build during his 2016 campaign.
Last month, the Democratic-led House passed the joint resolution by 236-174, as 11 Republicans and one independent joined Democrats to vote in favour.
The Republican-led Senate had approved the measure days earlier, by 54-41. Eleven of the Senate's 53 Republicans joined Democrats favouring the resolution.
"The situation on our southern border remains a national emergency, and our armed forces are still needed to help confront it," Trump said in his veto message.
^ EXACTLY. Nothing better shows the madness of our current elites than this idiotic notion, above.
Our self-proclaimed Global Citizens don't even begin to grasp the meaning of American citizenship.
By definition, real citizens of real nations have rights that non-citizens lack. There is no f---ing right to be present in this country for someone who entered illegally, and no right to education, or health insurance, or any other of the benefits accorded to citizens.
[EpochTimes] Although the former vice president’s son Hunter Biden announced he is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company, he could still have millions of dollars of value in the company, according to expert analysis.
Biden announced Oct. 13 he plans to step down from the board of directors of BHR (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Co. on or before Oct. 31.
Biden, who holds an unpaid position at the company, "committed to invest" $420,000 into the company in October 2017 to acquire a 10 percent equity position which hasn’t yielded any dividends, said his attorney, George Mesires.
However, an analysis by FactCheck.org estimates the value of Biden’s stake in the company is worth millions.
Steven Kaplan of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business told the outlet it is hard to believe Biden’s share in the investment company holds a value of less than half a million dollars.
"It is difficult to imagine, if not incomprehensible, that a 10 percent stake in those economics is worth only $420,000," said Kaplan.
"The distinction they appear to be making is they capitalized the management company with $4.2 million even if the fund manages $2 billion. The value of that management company is likely far in excess of $4.2 million if they are managing $2 billion."
Kaplan told FactCheck.org that over the investment lifetime, Biden’s stake in BHR Equity Investment Fund Management Co. could be worth up to "hundreds of millions of dollars."
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Flusoling2728 ||
10/17/2019 00:00 ||
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Hunter bought in at the original capitalization value years after the company was formed and only after his father left office.
Ok, so when a western financial services firm hires a Chinese Communist Party leader's unqualified relative, our Securities and Exchange Commission smells a rat and brings down the hammer- see the $16m SEC penalty assessed Deutsche Bank two months ago for "violat[ing] U.S. corruption laws by hiring relatives of foreign government officials in order to win or retain business."
But when a Chinese bank hires the son of a US government official in order to win or retain business, that's not a "violated U.S. corruption laws." Nope, that's a Trumpian myth. Fake news. A debunked conspiracy theory. Caution! Double standard alert. from the SEC fine for Deutsche Bank corruption story: WASHINGTON: Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay more than US$16 million to settle charges that it violated U.S. corruption laws by hiring relatives of foreign government officials in order to win or retain business, the U.S. regulator said in a statement.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleged that Germany's largest lender hired poorly qualified or unqualified relatives of officials in Asia and Russia at their request, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Between at least 2006 and 2014, it said Deutsche employed relatives of executives working at state-owned enterprises in China and Russia with the "primary goal" of generating business for the company such as initial public offerings...
[RollingStone] Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is holding a rally in New York City on Saturday, less than two weeks after suffering a heart attack he initially said would force him to scale back his campaign schedule. In promoting the event, Sanders' campaign has teased a special guest who will join him onstage. Sanders teased the guest himself during the Democratic primary debate on Tuesday, and barely an hour after he did so the Washington Post reported that the guest will be Democratic superstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who is expected to formally endorse the senator for the Democratic nomination.
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.