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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Memos from Steele dossier made their way ‘directly' to Soetoro
[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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 01:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's OK, he didn't actually read them - too much work.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 2:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Hmm... I don't know that Glenn "Havk that I am" Simpson and his fellow Shitshow clown have any credibility in any matter.

Need a more credible source than this POS.

Depose Zero.
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 7:28 Comments || Top||

#3  * "hack that I am" Simpson
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 7:28 Comments || Top||

#4  ValJar gave Baraq the Cliff Notes.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/17/2019 9:56 Comments || Top||

'Food fight' over FISA report could lead to extensive redactions
[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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 00:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [603 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Chaffetz also said he has not seen any evidence to suggest FBI Director Christopher Wray

Shocking, absolutely beyond belief !
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Surprise meter.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 0:55 Comments || Top||

#3  God damn, that broad's got a serious case of horseface...
Posted by: Raj || 10/17/2019 1:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Why would Trump want Mueller's report discredited? It said there was nothing to the whole Russia conspiracy theory.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/17/2019 6:08 Comments || Top||

#5  last sentence of Examiner article is wrong

the new information doesn't discredit the mueller report but it discredits the justification for the DOJ surveillance of the Trump campaign and thus the justification of the Mueller investigation
Posted by: lord garth || 10/17/2019 7:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Exactly correct your Lordship. Excellent catch !
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 7:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Trump is the ultimate class/declass authority. Just like the conversation with the Ukrainian leader, he can declassify it on its release.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/17/2019 8:19 Comments || Top||

#8  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.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 9:57 Comments || Top||

#9  My guess is (and only a guess), is that the documents in ques contain 'FIVE EYES' and MI6 collaboration. I can see no other justification for the reluctance of the DECLAS action
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 10:30 Comments || Top||

#10  ^ Makes sense. Downer, Mifsud, the Walrus and Steele were all involved in this shit show. All have a connection to MI6 or Five Eyes.
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 11:38 Comments || Top||

#11  I'd have someone I truly trusted go over it and redact anything that might truly require it. Certainly minimal in this case. Then release the thing and watch the fun.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/17/2019 14:29 Comments || Top||

#12  So if MI6 and Five Eyes don't want their shit declassified in the future they should avoid any further coup attempts in the United States.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/17/2019 14:31 Comments || Top||

#13  But in this case, if they find themselves publicly embarrassed, they deserve it every bit as much as their co-conspirators in this country.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/17/2019 14:33 Comments || Top||

#14  John Brennan requests 'cut out' signals monitoring support on Trump Towers (and who knows what else) from foreign intelligence sources, and tells no one.

Joe Biden demands Ukrainians dump prosecutor or lose millions of dollars in defense funding, goes on teevee and tells everyone.

Anyone notice a pattern ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 14:40 Comments || Top||

#15  Is that a trick question, Besoeker?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 15:42 Comments || Top||

#16  the pattern = Le Shitshow
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 16:59 Comments || Top||

#17  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.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 10/17/2019 17:04 Comments || Top||

Senators Blast Intel Community IG For Continuing To Stonewall Congress On Whistleblower Rule Changes
[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 by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 00:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Draw a line through their 2020 budget. They'll quickly end the stonewalling.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 0:29 Comments || Top||

Schiff-Pelosi Caught in Ukrainian Arms Scandal
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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under:

#1  $hitshow, Part 134
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  In casa you wondered "why impeachment now?".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/17/2019 5:07 Comments || Top||

#3  I don't wonder at all G(r)om, I don't wonder at all. Screams of cover-up by the left.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 9:51 Comments || Top||

#4  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 || Top||

#5  Act of God and all, mind you.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 10/17/2019 14:55 Comments || Top||

#6  #3 When you talk about "the Left", Darth, gotta remember there are sheep and there are shepherds.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 15:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Ooops, wrong thread.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 15:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Ooops again, right thread, wrong person
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 15:54 Comments || Top||

REPORT: Schiff Pressured Volker To Say Damaging Things About Trump
[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?
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [387 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is the legal term for this called 'suborning perjury'? This asshole can't leave the political stage fast enough.
Posted by: Raj || 10/17/2019 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Suborning perjury?
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 7:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Oops, Raj got there first... exactly my first thought.

When will our Shitshow masters be called out for coaching people on how to lie before Congress?

Blow-sey Ford.
Now Volker.

How many times can they get away with this garden-variety felony?

Is there some kind of congressional immunity against suborning perjury?
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 7:23 Comments || Top||

#4  In a court room setting (not a kangaroo court) this would be called leading the witness and stopped by an honest judge.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 9:29 Comments || Top||

#5  stopped by an honest judge.

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.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 10:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Unbelievable.
How many times will they pull this stunt before it's shut down?
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

#7  #5 trailing wife, I get it, kind of like a communist "show trial" but even worse.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 10:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Not even a show trial if they're doing it all in closed hearings. They're just looking for any little tidbit that they can leak out of context to make Trump look bad.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/17/2019 14:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Well, if Barak-the-most-transparent-adminstration-ever-Obama was still in the White House, this whole show would be on prime-time teevee.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/17/2019 15:53 Comments || Top||

State Department Official Said He Raised Concerns Over Burisma Corruption In 2016
[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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under:

#1  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.

Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 9:18 Comments || Top||

Elijah Cummings, chair of Oversight Committee investigating Trump as part of the impeachment inquiry who had a spat with president over claims Baltimore was 'rat-infested', dies aged 68
[MAIL] Elijah E Cummings, a senior Democrat who was a key player in the Trump impeachment inquiry, has died aged 68.

Cummings, who chaired the House Oversight and Reform Committee, passed away at Baltimore's John Hopkins Hospital at 2.45am on Thursday, his office said.

The Maryland representative, who has been in office since 1996, died of 'complications concerning longstanding health challenges'.

His death comes two years after he had surgery to repair his aortic valve, and a month after he was admitted to hospital for further treatment.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/17/2019 06:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [648 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bon Voyage dirt bag.
Posted by: Cromolet Glesing4092 || 10/17/2019 6:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, it's a duplicate post. A bit of over heralding, what could be the harm.... as I always say.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 7:05 Comments || Top||

#3  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."
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/17/2019 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Sad excuse for a human being. So long dirt bag.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 10/17/2019 7:14 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/17/2019 7:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Not Babylon Bee? They got me again.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 8:19 Comments || Top||

#7  a key player in the Trump impeachment inquiry, has died aged 68

How long before this is somehow tied to Trump? Does his evil genius know no bounds? [snicker]
Posted by: Bobby || 10/17/2019 8:57 Comments || Top||

#8  What Dron66046 said
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/17/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#10  The dems will add charges that Trump had a "Scalia job" done on Cummings to their specious and insane accusations.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/17/2019 11:35 Comments || Top||

#11  Corrupt scumbag. Through his wife, he was shaking down companies he was supposed to regulate including J&J-- for millions.
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 11:42 Comments || Top||

#12  Carolyn Maloney. At least she's no wakandan. Yuge improvement, but they'll likely find a prize arsehole wakandan for this post soon.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/17/2019 12:32 Comments || Top||

#13  '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.
Posted by: magpie || 10/17/2019 12:50 Comments || Top||

#14  "...and then her lips fell off." Lips? Hell, I would have expected her face to melt off like in Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Arc.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 10/17/2019 14:50 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 10/17/2019 15:09 Comments || Top||

#16  Looks like her face fell off.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/17/2019 15:09 Comments || Top||

#17  What Bill Maher said about Koch, can be reiterated in double here.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 10/17/2019 23:12 Comments || Top||

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Corrupt, Ballymore) Dead at 68
[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.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/17/2019 06:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [456 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe now his corrupt wife can also pay the piper
Posted by: Frank G || 10/17/2019 6:50 Comments || Top||

#2  The evil that men do lives after them...
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 7:18 Comments || Top||

#3  a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor

Which I'm sure they appreciated, his taking cash but giving them hot air.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/17/2019 7:26 Comments || Top||

#4  sharecropper's son

The promotion of victimhood lives on, posthumously.
Posted by: Raj || 10/17/2019 8:33 Comments || Top||

#5  It'll be interesting to see how the election to replace him goes. Trump made good points on Maryland and GOP has a ton of money. Is there an electable candidate ready to go?
Posted by: ruprecht || 10/17/2019 8:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Who is likely to replace Cummings. Will it be Katie Hill (D-California) who is Vice Chair of oversight committee?

I could recommend Jim Jordan who is ranking member but that's not going to happen.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Good. Evil little shit.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/17/2019 8:40 Comments || Top||

#8  Looks like Voldemort
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/17/2019 8:44 Comments || Top||

#9  Re #1: what a corrupt POS.
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 8:50 Comments || Top||

#10  [Piously] If you can't say anything nice.........[crickets]
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/17/2019 9:21 Comments || Top||

#11  #9 Venezuelan flag?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 9:24 Comments || Top||

#12  Venezuelan flag?

Russian. The double headed eagle is a tell.
Posted by: PBMcL || 10/17/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#13  In recognition of contributions and long service.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/17/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
US House backs resolution condemning Trump’s withdrawal from Syria
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.

Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  I do not see them voting to bring the troops back into the region!
Posted by: BernardZ || 10/17/2019 6:38 Comments || Top||

#2  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!
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 7:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Did they pass the AUMF at the same time? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/17/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Not long ago (2015), Dems were pushing Obama to remove troops from Iraq.

I don't recall seeing all the fuss then that you see now on Syria today.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Pass a Declaration of War, Congress, then it's the President's job to administer it. Otherwise he has no justification for sending/keeping personnel in Syria in the first place.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/17/2019 14:25 Comments || Top||

#6  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.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/17/2019 14:33 Comments || Top||

#7  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.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 16:59 Comments || Top||

#8  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

Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 17:01 Comments || Top||

#9  Right now, our tendency is to pretend not to intervene, with less than sufficient force to win, for aims that are poorly if at all articulated and with little cost to the enemy.

If we intervene, it should be swiftly and with devastating force, and aimed at exacting a heavy and very painful price.
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 17:04 Comments || Top||

Great White North
Obama Endorses Justin Trudeau Despite His History Of Blackface
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?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 03:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Obama may be just trying to bait Trump into saying something about blackface so the main stream media can scream Racist!
Posted by: Airandee || 10/17/2019 6:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Then his eyebrows fell off.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/17/2019 18:25 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
George W. Bush Suddenly Learns To Talk Again, Goes After Trump On Syria
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 11:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not surprising from an interventionist globalist.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/17/2019 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  George W : "Siria. Isn't that where Siri is from ?"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/17/2019 12:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Go back to your easel.
Your time is past. Nothing you can say now is of any value.
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 13:29 Comments || Top||

#4  It was nice when ex-Presidents had enough grace to keep silent.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/17/2019 14:25 Comments || Top||

#5  It's funny that he never said shit about Obama.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/17/2019 14:26 Comments || Top||

#6  If we valued W's opinion we might have voted for his brother in the 2016 primaries.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/17/2019 14:43 Comments || Top||

#7  It's funny that he never said shit about Obama.

That is because he approved Obumble's foreign policy 110%
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/17/2019 15:15 Comments || Top||

#8  The entire point is that ex-presidents are not supposed to speak out unless in exceptional circumstances when the Republic is in danger.

That the State Department goons are unable to distinguish between the interests of the USA and the interests of the American people is precisely the problem.

They think their problems are our problems. Because they have no idea who we are or what are interests are, nor do they care.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/17/2019 16:35 Comments || Top||

#9  They never said anything about Obama because ex-Presidents are not immune to charges of racism.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/17/2019 16:48 Comments || Top||

#10  Did Soetoro identify as black or white?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 17:13 Comments || Top||

#11  Did Soetoro identify as black or white?

"global citizen"
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||

#12  George H W Bush pulled out of Iraq very quickly and got little criticism from his drunken son.
Posted by: Airandee || 10/17/2019 19:35 Comments || Top||

#13  What would have happened if we'd deposed Saddam in 2003 and left the Baathists in power -- with the exception of an autonomous Kurdistan with a forward US Air base there?
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 20:24 Comments || Top||

#14  #10 - Halfrican
Posted by: Frank G || 10/17/2019 21:22 Comments || Top||

#15  Has someone cloned Romney?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 23:51 Comments || Top||

GOP Presidential Candidate Mark Sanford Kicks Off His Campaign. One Person Showed
[PJ Media] Mr. Appalachian Trail
Posted by: Frank G || 10/17/2019 10:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Who?
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/17/2019 10:56 Comments || Top||

#2  *Deafening crickets*
Posted by: PBMcL || 10/17/2019 11:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, that went swimmingly...
Posted by: Raj || 10/17/2019 11:41 Comments || Top||

#4  His mom?
Posted by: Iblis || 10/17/2019 14:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Wouldn't even consider him for Vice President, he's apparently totally tone deaf as to the GOP voters.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/17/2019 14:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Once again POTUS had the usual huge turnout in Dallas tonight.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 23:54 Comments || Top||

Omar Funnels 30 Percent of Campaign Cash to Alleged Boyfriend's Firm
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.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 03:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This guy Mynett sure works hard for his money.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 3:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Did anyone follow up on this ? Sounds a bit odd. Did Omar try to have Mynett's wife whacked ? Cops chalked it up to 'no motive, random assault, typical immigrant syndrome' and closed the case.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/17/2019 5:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Like her sickly sisters, this woman is not just deranged. She's a menace.

Follow the money trail on this one. What does Boytoy do with the baksheesh? Where are his financials?
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 7:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Omar has a life of tangled webs. Does the FBI have its best people on this?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 8:42 Comments || Top||

Congress Approval, Support for Impeaching Trump Both Up
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.
Posted by: Raj || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [406 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Seriously. The media expects us to believe people like Congress more than creepy, slimy used car salesmen? Heck, people like clowns more than Congress from what I hear.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/17/2019 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Ditto Silentbrick. These media Marxists and those who commission such polls have been lying to us for a long time. They buy these phony polls and try to shape public opinion to suit their aims.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 9:38 Comments || Top||

#3  100% of pollsters are lying scumbags.
Change my mind.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/17/2019 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  BS. No one who supports Trump and who lives in a blue area will publicly admit it for fear of retaliation. No way the polls are capturing the true amount of Trump support.
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 11:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Reminds me of the Babylon Bee post from yesterday or the day before. Numbers would be higher if the folks knew what crime he is supposed to have committed.

Truth is the new Dem angle of a cover-up is brilliant as it hides the fact they have nothing and blames it on Trump. Wont' stand the light of day but for drive by opinions it's gold.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/17/2019 14:31 Comments || Top||

#6  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 || Top||

#7  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.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/17/2019 15:48 Comments || Top||

#8  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 || Top||

#9  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 || Top||

#10  #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.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/17/2019 19:00 Comments || Top||

#11  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 || Top||

Trump vetoes measure to end his emergency declaration on border wall
[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.

Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That cartel money buys a helluva lot of influence.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/17/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Eleven of the Senate's 53 Republicans joined Democrats favouring the resolution.

"...Those funds were earmarked to pay for pork in my, MY District! How dare you. Sir! How dare You!"
Posted by: magpie || 10/17/2019 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  So we should protect Syria's borders but not our own?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 17:05 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ 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.
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 17:09 Comments || Top||

Hunter Biden Could Still Hold Millions in China-Backed Investment Fund: Report
[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 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hunter bought in at the original capitalization value years after the company was formed and only after his father left office.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 10/17/2019 6:54 Comments || Top||

#2  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...
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 8:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Ima beginning to see why the left is so hell-bent on impeaching Trump; he's trying to shut down their money-making machine.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 9:27 Comments || Top||

AOC (and maybe the rest of the squad) to endorse Bernie S on Oct 19
[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.

Posted by: lord garth || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can't wait for the group photo - caption:
Four HorseFaces of the Apocalypse.
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  The Squad and Bernie might be a better fit for Venezuela.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/17/2019 8:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Bernie Sanders, yo
We bring you the kiss of death
Here under the buss
Posted by: JHH || 10/17/2019 13:24 Comments || Top||

#4  AOC might be horse-brained but she's not a horse face.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/17/2019 14:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Just AOC and Ilhan.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 16:11 Comments || Top||

#6  #4, Try this, RJ:
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 16:55 Comments || Top||

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