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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Steele's Own ‘Primary Sub-Source' Cast Doubt On Steele's Collusion Claims
[The Federalist] With the release of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s FISA report, it is clear that Christopher Steele, the man who kickstarted the Mueller investigation with his infamous "dossier," exaggerated hearsay claims and reported them as fact. Here to corroborate this was Steele’s very own "Primary Sub-source."

The identity of Steele’s primary sub-source has not been disclosed to the public. Steele never even disclosed the identity of his primary sub-source to the FBI. The FBI identified him or her by January 2017, however, and arranged a meeting.

In the meeting, the primary sub-source told the FBI "that he/she had not seen Steele’s reports until they became public that month, and that he/she made statements indicating that Steele misstated or exaggerated the Primary Sub-source’s statements in multiple sections of the reporting," the report reads.

In March 2017, the primary sub-source was questioned again by a Washington Field Office agent and repeated the same conclusion: that Steele was exaggerating hearsay as conclusive.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/11/2019 02:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Key takeaway: The Bureau knew in January 2017 that the Steele "dossier" was bogus, but continued to run with it anyway.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/11/2019 2:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Where the fook is Steele, anyway?

Last I read, he "went into hiding."

How on earth can anyone take this nonsense seriously?
The fools pushing his garbage could not be more obvious if they tried.
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  "Hearsay": right.

Piss fables. In the presidential suite of Moscow's oldest, most beautiful and elegant hotel, supposedly committed by a man whose fortune derives from building and operating luxury hotels. Right.

Even more absurd - totally unremarked upon, btw, thanks to the near-total ignorance of Russia and the naive stupidity of our political and media elites - is the fact that no western real estate figure of any consequence could ever establish a major commercial real estate footprint in the heart of the Russian capital. Prestige properties are off limits to foreigners. So the parallel notion that Trump was seriously angling for real business concessions from the Kremlin - which doesn't even allocate these properties, btw; that would be the mayor of Moscow - was equally idiotic.

Iirc the supposed "smoking gun" evidence of Trump people seeking favors was a cold email sent by Junior to "the Kremlin." With the email address MISSPELLED.

And note the supposed quid in all this: that Trump if elected would ... do what, exactly, for Putin? Sign a disastrous treaty? Trump RIPPED UP our arms control treaty with Russia. Relax sanctions? Trump EXTENDED AND EXPANDED the sanctions. Do more business with Russia? Trump SHUT DOWN RUSSIA'S CONSULATES and trade offices around the US. Do Putin's bidding? Trump is not Putin's puppet; he's Putin's nightmare. We are closer to war with Russia than we have ever been in the last 35, perhaps even 57, years.

God these people are stupid. And they think we're even stupider, that we will swallow their absurd horseshit and applaud their nonstop parade of nonsense on stilts.

We are truly ruled by morons.
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 9:06 Comments || Top||

#4  ^Right on everything except We are closer to war with Russia than we have ever been in the last 35, perhaps even 57, years., Lex.

They are not stupid. They only push when whey smell weakness (in USA's case lack of resolve).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/11/2019 13:21 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ True, point taken, grom. Modify to read that Trump has shown more resolve, more willingness to stand up to Russia than we ever saw from his two predecessors.

The whole f---ing thing is ludicrous.
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 17:25 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Virginia Dems Cave on Confiscation as 2A Sanctuaries Expand
[FreeBeacon] Virginia Democratic leaders abandoned their gun confiscation proposal Monday following a grassroots outpouring of opposition to gun control across the state.

Governor Ralph Northam (D.) and incoming Senate majority leader Dick Saslaw (D.) said they will no longer pursue their marquee plan to ban the possession of "assault weapons." Instead, they will include a provision to allow Virginians to keep the firearms they already own. The reversal comes before the newly elected Democratic majority has even been sworn in, after a majority of the state's counties declared themselves "Second Amendment sanctuaries."
How generous. They will allow us to keep our private property....
"In this case, the governor's assault weapons ban will include a grandfather clause for individuals who already own assault weapons, with the requirement they register their weapons before the end of a designated grace period," Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky told the Virginia Mercury.
"Fuck You" should be the response to that idea. Registration always will leade to confiscation.
The Democrats' backtracking may indicate a trend in the gun debate in Virginia. Gun-control advocates poured millions of dollars into successfully flipping the state legislature, but the outpouring of opposition to their agenda, even in deep blue areas, may cause some new members of the state legislature to be cautious about backing gun control. The concession is unlikely to end the fight brewing across the state, however, as Democrats still plan to pursue a ban on many new sales.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League, which has pushed counties to refuse to enforce unconstitutional gun laws, said there is "no doubt" the Democrats' retreat was a result of the Second Amendment sanctuary movement.

"They were hoping to play that card later, but they're playing it now because they have to find some way to slow down this whole process," Philip Van Cleave, the group's president, told the Washington Free Beacon.

Gun-rights groups said the backtracking is merely a political strategy designed to enact new gun bans and registration.
"Gov. Northam and the rest of Virginia’s anti-gun politicians’ idea of a compromise is to threaten hundreds of thousands of Virginians with felonies unless they submit to government control," Catherine Mortensen, a National Rifle Association spokesperson, told the Free Beacon. "The NRA will stand with the Commonwealth’s law-abiding gun owners in solidarity to oppose gun bans, confiscations, and registrations."

"We've been down this compromise road and their version of a compromise is they never give up anything," Van Cleave said. "We are expected to give up something every time and we're not doing it anymore. I think gun owners are tired of this and they're gonna stand up and fight this stuff."
Glad someone has figured this out about the totalitarian left
The grandfather clause offered by Northam's office had no impact on VCDL's opposition to the bill, Van Cleave said, and the group will fight any new gun ban‐whether it has a confiscation component or not.

"The problem with what his suggestion is it's still taking away guns," Van Cleave said. "Yeah, we get to keep our AR-15s, but what about the next generation and the generation after them? Who are we to negotiate away their rights and accept this crap?"

He did suggest they could work with Democrats on gun legislation if it targeted criminals instead of gun owners.
No... just no. The totalitarians will use this as the camel nose under the tent. You all will be criminals.
According to Van Cleave, there were 59 sanctuaries in the state as of Tuesday. VCDL is organizing supporters to attend 20 more meetings this week alone.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/11/2019 08:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Third Manassas averted.
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 9:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Instead, they will include a provision to allow Virginians to keep the firearms they already own.

Still shutting off future access to members of the unorganized militia (IAW Title X)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/11/2019 10:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Until next time.....
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/11/2019 11:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Take your registration and shove it.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/11/2019 11:09 Comments || Top||

#5  You all will be criminals.

Sorry, Bob. This is your 3rd parking ticket. Under the Red Flag law, anyone showing a lack of personal judgement and/or posing a danger to the citizens of the commonwealth or their property shall not be permitted to posses firearms. So hand 'em over!
Posted by: SteveS || 12/11/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#6  felony to own an ar15.
felons can't own guns.
therfore - ar15's are confiscated.

Its all just good common sense.
Posted by: flash91 || 12/11/2019 11:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Jersey City has tough gun laws I think ? Two crazy black terrorists just killed a 9mm and taser wielding cop and unarmed civs with hi-power ARs there.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/11/2019 12:54 Comments || Top||

#8  If they used AR-15's, they aren't high powered. Nothing more than suped up .22's. AR-10's and other mid size and up calibers might be worthy of high powered. Much rather be shot by AR-15 than .30-06 or 7.62x51mm.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 12/11/2019 13:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Ever seen somebody shot by M-16, Brick?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/11/2019 13:30 Comments || Top||

#10  Anything Scary-Looking will be considered high powered. Just as they are considered Assault Weapons.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/11/2019 13:53 Comments || Top||

#11  Only in footage, same as everything up to and including .50. Getting shot by anything is bad but there is a serious power difference between the small intermediate and the .30 cal stuff. I'm also well aware of which one is more likely to penetrate body armor. And I've seen first hand what .30-06 and other rounds do to game animals
Posted by: Silentbrick || 12/11/2019 14:12 Comments || Top||

#12  SilentBrick it depends. From a 20-22" barrel the 5.56 tumbles and breaks up and does a horrible amount of damage. From the shorter M-4 barrels it just makes a small puncture wound as it can't reach the speeds needed for the designed damage.

From the first Gulf War, I have seen wounds where a guy was hit in the upper left arm and the bullet tumbled along the bones and exited out his right shoulder. Another got shot in the gut, the 5.56 went through the intestines, hit the spine, broke in two and did one and a half rotations for each piece through his abdominal cavity. Lost 2/3rds of his small intestine.

I would rather get shot with a 7.62 personally than a 5.56 from a full sized M-16.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/11/2019 14:15 Comments || Top||

#13  5.56 long tumbles.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/11/2019 14:25 Comments || Top||

#14  Yes, but most of these mass shooters are using carbine length AR-15's, with probably FMJ. If they are using hunting ammo, the damage it'll do is more, but there's still a large power difference between a 5.56 round and a 7.62 one. And in the event of an incident, I don't plan on using FMJ rounds until I'm out of the other kind. My home defense carbine is loaded with .308 150 gr core lokt soft points. So you'll pardon my skepticism that you'd rather be shot by a 7.62 caliber round in that case, than a 5.56 one. Same goes with my M-1 Garand, only it's 220 gr. (I know the issues with that, but I feel that if I'd had to shoot more than 20 times, I'm serious trouble anyway.) The only AR-15 I have is a DCM competition one, with a 20" heavy barrel. I don't plan on using that for any troubled times as it weights 16.5 pounds
Posted by: Silentbrick || 12/11/2019 15:02 Comments || Top||

#15  large power difference between a 5.56 round and a 7.62

Momentum m*v, energy m*v^2/2
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/11/2019 15:29 Comments || Top||

#16  There is, and if I need the rounds to penetrate walls with books, furniture or the concrete blocks ME homes are made of, 7.62 is my round of choice any day. Or a 50 Cal.... :D
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/11/2019 17:27 Comments || Top||

#17  I live in a log house with 10 to 12" dia logs. What shoots in there, stays in there. Heh.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/11/2019 17:35 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia’s Lavrov calls on US to publish bilateral communications over 2016 election
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said Moscow wanted to publish a cache of communications with Washington that he said cleared Russia of allegations it interfered in the 2016 US election, but that the United States has blocked their release.

During a joint news conference with his US counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Lavrov once again dismissed the American accusation that Moscow tried to sway the 2016 election, which resulted in the upset victory of President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
"We suggested to our colleagues that in order to dispel all suspicions that are baseless: Let us publish this close channel of correspondence starting from October 2016 until November 2017 so it would all become very clear to many people," Lavrov said through an interpreter at the news conference.

a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
regrettably, this administration refused to do so," added Lavrov, who has begun his meeting with Trump at the White House. "We are prepared to do that, to publish the correspondence that took place."

It was not immediately clear what communications Lavrov was referring to.

He said Moscow "used the channels that existed" between Washington and Moscow at the time in 2016 with the B.O. regime, and had got "zero response" when it appealed for an opportunity to directly discuss the allegations.

Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As if this country's raging Shitshow needs any help from foreigners to become any more ridiculous
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Better yet, publish Russia-White House communications from 2012-2014.

Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/11/2019 2:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Nobody's stopping Russia from unilaterally publishing anything, are they?
Posted by: Frank G || 12/11/2019 6:04 Comments || Top||

#4  I think 'dangling a carrot' is the term. Try to see who wants it.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/11/2019 6:09 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 by asking for them would make them 'legit' to some as oppose to just more tainted Russian propaganda.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/11/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
If Hillary runs
Newt Gingrich
If Hillary runs she becomes the william jennings bryan of our time. He lost three times 1896, 1900, 1908.Hillary has it in her to lose a third time.The bitterness from other candidates would be intense-the Clinton-Epstein stories would be overwhelming. Hillary please make our day
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/11/2019 16:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If she runs it will be all Epstein & Steele/Fusion/Russiagate Shitshow, All The Time.
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 17:10 Comments || Top||

#2  I can see her running, accepting the Obamas as fundraisers and the four of them bilking every liberal of every cent before she loses and they all disappear to Martha's vinyard.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/11/2019 17:48 Comments || Top||

#3  RJ for the win. $100m book contracts from Pearson to follow.
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 18:03 Comments || Top||

#4  and they all disappear to Martha's vinyard.

"Who was that masked woman?"
"I dunno, but she left this Chardonnay cork..."
Posted by: SteveS || 12/11/2019 19:17 Comments || Top||

#5  She may have decided her health issues couldn't be hidden for the Primary winter slog and just wants to parachute in at the convention as "The Savior™"

Nice try. Every time voters see/listen to her she drops. It ain't getting better, Mrs. "I partied with Epstein" Clinton
Posted by: Frank G || 12/11/2019 19:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Not a fan of either critter but found the first few minutes of her recent Stern appearance pretty funny when I stumbled across it today. Nothing about her ergonomics jumped (or slid or tumbled or lurched) out at me. Does he slobber over everybody that way these days? Creepy.
Posted by: Zebulon Hupatle8044 || 12/11/2019 21:29 Comments || Top||

Fake moderate Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger feels the heat from fed-up, impeachment-weary constituents
[American Thinker] The first signs of trouble ahead for newly elected so-called moderate representatives in swing districts are being felt here in Virginia's 7th district.

Rep. Abigail Spanberger hopped on the moderate train in 2018 touting her CIA background ad nauseum to the people of the traditionally Republican 7th district. With the help of millions of dollars from pro-abortion PACs and Soros-funded outfits, volunteers from Northern Virginia spread out over the western and southwestern suburbs of Richmond to give her a slim margin of victory over Republican Dave Brat. But Spanberger's cover as an across-the-aisle moderate is not holding up well under the pressure of an impeachment hoax and a newly elected majority Democrat legislature.

Up until this past weekend, Spanberger's numerous townhalls have been generally peaceful Q & A's. That all changed during Sunday's gathering at a middle school gym in Spotsylvania County.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/11/2019 07:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under:

#1  RTWT - I get the feeling that a sleeping giant has truly awakened. Add this 2A confiscation non-sense and the $hitshow around impeachment and 2020 starts to get real interesting.

Polls are crap. Most conservatives - IMHO - don't do polls preferring to make their preferences known at election time...or in selected town halls it would seem.

Liberals have learned nothing from 2016 and forgotten nothing from 2016. They will reap the whirlwind.
Posted by: Warthog || 12/11/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

#2  CIA background? People should know better by now.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/11/2019 12:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Seems like some folks have had enough.
Posted by: Bobby || 12/11/2019 15:03 Comments || Top||

Dems’ impeachment absurdities are making them look like the threat to democracy
[NYPOST] The Democrats believe that the 2020 election is too important to be left to the voters. It’s obvious that President Trump withheld defense aid to Ukraine to pressure its president to commit to the investigations that he wanted, an improper use of his power that should rightly be the focus of congressional investigation and hearings.

Where the Democrats have gotten tangled up is trying to find a justification that supports the enormous weight of impeaching and removing a president for the first time in our history.

They’ve cycled through different arguments. First, Trump’s offense was said to be a quid pro quo ‐ a phrase cast aside for supposedly being too Latin for the public to ­understand. Then it was bribery, which has lost ground lately, presumably because of the inherent implausibility of the charge.

Now, the emphasis is on Trump’s invitation to the Ukrainians to "meddle" and "interfere" in our elections.

This is posited to be an ongoing threat. Nancy San Fran Nan Pelosi
Congresswoman-for-Life from the San Francisco Bay Area, born into a family of professional politicians. On-again-off-again Speaker of the House. It's not her fault when they lose, but it's her accomplishment when they win. Noted for her heavily botoxed grimace and occasional senior... uhhh... moments...
said in her statement calling on the House to draft articles of impeachment: "Our democracy is what is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act, because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit. The president has engaged in abuse of power undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said on "Meet the Press" last weekend that Trump has to be impeached "for posing the considerable risk that he poses to the next election." Asked if he thinks the 2020 election will be on the up-and-up, he said, "I don’t know. The president, based on his past performance, will do everything he can to make it not a fair election."

The gravamen of this case is that the election is too crucial to allow the incumbent president of the United States, who is leading in key battleground states and has some significant chance of winning, to run. In fact, the integrity of the election is so at risk that the US Senate should keep the public from rendering a judgment on Trump’s first term or deciding between him and, say, his nemesis Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Failed seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination on multiple occasions, vice president under Barack Obama, giving it a last try in his dotage for 2020...

Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under:

#1  SS Part 216
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Ah, is treason still a crime?
Posted by: Woodrow || 12/11/2019 1:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Apply the Logan Act to every Democrat in Congress.
Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/11/2019 4:41 Comments || Top||

#4  "Look"?

The only democracy they embrace is the "Peoples Democratic Republic of..." kind. One party. Party and state are one.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/11/2019 7:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Look like? Hell, they are a full threat to our freedoms and our republic. If they get back in power, it is over for the Union.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/11/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Look??? They are and according to them we can vote to elect anyone we want as long as it is their swamp rat. The people are speaking, they should listen. Look at his latest rally, thousands in attendance. We are one step from it getting violent.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/11/2019 11:35 Comments || Top||

#7  49Pan, the dems are tickling the dragon's tail.

They are playing around with subcritical stuff that can go supercritical with just a little action in a hair trigger situation, and blow up literally in their faces.

Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/11/2019 17:42 Comments || Top||

The inspector general’s report makes Jim Comey’s FBI look terrible
[NYPOST] Jim Comey’s FBI comes off pretty bad in the long-awaited report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, and the IG didn’t even look at much of "Crossfire Hurricane," the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and its possible links to Russia.

Yes, Horowitz says the FBI had adequate reason to open the case ‐ but only because it has such a "low threshold" for opening counterintelligence investigations.

In this case, it was an Australian diplomat’s months-old memory of a vague conversation with low-level Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos: The Aussie said the Yank had said a Russian had raised the possibility of handing over dirt on Crooked Hillary Clinton
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Next time they'll do a lot better.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/11/2019 2:42 Comments || Top||

#2  From the very day I heard about the James Comey March 11, 2004, "ICU hospital showdown" which involved the seriously ill AG John Ashcroft,
I knew that Comey had a superiority complex as I have pointed out many times before on Rantburg comments.
It was this messiah complex that led Comey to also insert himself into and mess with the Hillary Clinton email server investigation just prior to the 2016 Presidential election.
And in the end this high opinion of himself lead Comey into trying to frame President Trump in order to expose the supposed danger that the president was to the country.

The great hypocrisy is the very thing Comey was trying to prevent by the hospital room showdown to prevent the Bush administration from renewing the NSA's post 9/11 Terrorist Surveillance Program, code-named STELLAR WIND,
where Comey supposedly became the nations protector and hero against the intrusive surveillance state of the Bush administration,
is it any wonder that Comey would see himself having to resort to the same obtrusive surveillance tactics through the means of getting a phony FISA court authorization in order to launch a secret investigation into the "Obama administration initiated" Trump "Russian collusion" narrative/hoax,
in order to justify spying on a presidential candidate in order to interfere with the 2016 presidential election and to undermine the Trump administration in "collusion" with the mainstream media.

The very thing that Comey's FBI was trying to do, and did by kicking off the Special Council Mueller investigation is the very same thing Adam Schiff and the house democrats are trying to do;
is to impeach Trump on the grounds of trying to interfere in the 2020 presidential election by exposing the "Biden's" corruption in Ukraine.
In Bill O'Reilly's words, "If you punch Trump, he is going to punch you back."

Posted by: boomerc || 12/11/2019 5:43 Comments || Top||

Kimberly Stassel's Takeaways from the IG Report
[Thread Reader of Kimberly Stassel's Twitter postings - H.T. The Boningo Report]

1) Key findings of Horowitz report:
--Yup, IG said FBI hit threshold for opening an investigation. But also goes out of its way to note what a "low threshold" this is. Durham's statement made clear he will provide more info for Americans to make a judgment on reasonableness.

2) The report is triumph for former House Intel Chair Devin Nunes, who first blew the whistle on FISA abuse. The report confirms all the elements of the February 2018 Nunes memo, which said dossier was as an "essential" part of applications, and FBI withheld info from FISA court

3) Conversely, report is an excoriation of Adam Schiff and his "memo" of Feb 2018. That doc stated that "FBI and DOJ officials did NOT abuse the [FISA] process" or "omit material information." Also claimed FBI didn't much rely on dossier.

4) In fact, IG report says dossier played "central and essential role" in getting FISA warrants. Schiff had access to same documents as Nunes, yet chose to misinform the public. This is the guy who just ran impeachment proceedings.

5) Report is a devastating indictment of Steele, Fusion GPS and the "dossier." Report finds that about the only thing FBI ever corroborated in that doc were publicly available times, places, title names. Ouch.

6) IG finds 17 separate problems with FISA court submissions, including FBI's overstatement of Steele's credentials. Also the failure to provide court with exculpatory evidence and issues with Steele's sources and additional info it got about Steele's credibility.

7) Every one of these "issues" is a story all on its own. Example: The FBI had tapes of Page and Papadopoulos making statements that were inconsistent with FBI's own collusion theories. They did not provide these to the FISA court.

8) Another example: FBI later got info from professional contacts with Steele who said he suffered from "lack of self awareness, poor judgement" and "pursued people" with "no intelligence value." FBI also did not tell the court about these credibility concerns.

9) And this: FBI failed to tell Court that Page was approved as an "operational contact" for another U.S. agency, and "candidly" reported his interactions with a Russian intel officer. FBI instead used that Russian interaction against Page, with no exculpatory detail.

10) Overall, IG was so concerned by these "extensive compliance failures" that is has now initiated additional "oversight" to assess how FBI in general complies with "policies that seek to protect the civil liberties of U.S. persons."

11) Report also expressed concerns about FBI's failure to present any of these issues to DOJ higher ups; its ongoing contacts with Steele after he was fired for talking to media; and its use of spies against the campaign without any DOJ input.

12) Remember Comey telling us it was no big deal who paid for dossier? Turns out it was a big deal in FBI/DOJ, where one lawyer (Stuart Evans) expressed "concerns" it had been funded by Clinton/DNC. Because of his "consistent inquiries" we go that convoluted footnote.

13) IG also slaps FBI for using what was supposed to be a baseline briefing for the Trump campaign of foreign intelligence threats as a surreptitious opportunity to investigate Flynn.

14) Finally, intriguing just how many people at the FBI don't remember anything about anything. Highly convenient.

15) Last point. When IG says he found no "documentary" evidence of bias, he means just that: He didn't find smoking gun email that says "let's take out Trump." And it isn't his job to guess at the motivations of FBI employees. Instead...

16) He straightforwardly lays out facts. Those facts produce a pattern of FBI playing the FISA Court -- overstating some info, omitting other info, cherrypicking details. Americans can look at totality and make their own judgment as to "why" FBI behaved in such a manner.
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#1  Kim Strassel and Mollie Hemingway have more brains between them than the entire 1,000+ Shitshow Press Corps has
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  9) And this: FBI failed to tell Court that Page was approved as an "operational contact" for another U.S. agency, and "candidly" reported his interactions with a Russian intel officer. FBI instead used that Russian interaction against Page, with no exculpatory detail.

"Approved as an operational contact".... means the Bureau would have had to have received approval to use Page from the owning agency.

"FBI instead used that Russian interaction against Page"....Which would indicate the bureau was provided copies of the contact report(s) from the owning agency (was aware of Page's placement and access).

Why would the owning agency knowingly risk exposure of an asset with Russian contacts? Sadly, I believe we all know the answer to that question.

Posted by: Besoeker || 12/11/2019 1:54 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ A massive redirect & mindf--k exercise away from real collusion (by Steele/Ohr/Simpson with Steele's GRU buddies, Mifsud, Halper et al.) toward bogus/non-collusion by the Trump retinue.

The whole stupid operation aided and abetted at every turn by Simpson's former colleagues in the press and by the Democrats in Congress. And, truth be told, by the stupidity and sliminess of Manafort and Stone as well as the gullibility of Trump Jr. and Young Papadopolus-- though what these bastards did to Gen. Flynn and to Carter Page was atrocious.

This whole redirect is so f---ing obvious it's pathetic.

We need prison terms for the lot of them. And at least one arrest for treason.
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 7:37 Comments || Top||

Pierce Bush, GOP Congressional Candidate And H.W.'s Grandson, Marched In Anti-Trump Protest In 2017
The entire family is in agreement, because he was mean to Jeb.
"Please clap"
[DAILYCALLER] Republican Texas congressional candidate Pierce Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, marched in an anti-Trump protest in January 2017, according to photos he posted on his personal Facebook page.

Bush jumped into the GOP primary for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District on Monday. "It’s time for new leaders to stand for conservatism that empowers all Americans, placing individuals above government and ensuring we all have the freedom to achieve success in life," he said in his launch video.

While Bush might benefit from his family name in running for a congressional seat once held by his late grandfather, his past anti-Trump activism could be a stumbling block in an already crowded primary race.

"In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, my sister, Lauren, and I marched near Battery Park NYC (where people arrived after leaving Ellis Island) with thousands of people today against the immigration ban. No ban. No fear. Refugees are welcome here. #nationofimmigrants colonists #diversityisourstrength," Bush wrote in a Jan. 29, 2017, post that included three photos from a protest against President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
’s travel ban.

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#1  Piercey, a boy school locker room joke. Another good reason for towel snapping.
Posted by: Woodrow || 12/11/2019 1:34 Comments || Top||


Enough of these Bushes and Clintons and Obamas.

Get these people the f--- out of our public life.

Haven't they done enough damage for one century?
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 1:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Entitlement : It's not just for welfare mamas...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/11/2019 5:49 Comments || Top||

#4  I was really hoping for a feather boa and body glitter from Pierce in the march.
Posted by: Raj || 12/11/2019 7:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Uniparty - they're just the Washington Generals to the Socialist's Globetrotters.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/11/2019 7:20 Comments || Top||

#6  "It’s time for new leaders to stand for conservatism that empowers all Americans, placing individuals above government and ensuring we all have the freedom to achieve success in life," he said in his launch video.

Two problems (at least)

1.) You Bush's were never conservatives. More like crony capitalist globalists.

2.) None of your ilk cared about American freedom. Just the freedom to do bushiness at American expense if needed.

We really need term limits in congress.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/11/2019 8:24 Comments || Top||

#7  ..every branch of government.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/11/2019 10:06 Comments || Top||

#8  No more Bushes. This nation needs real conservatives, real constitutionalists, real capitalists, and real leaders.
Posted by: Crusader || 12/11/2019 10:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Bush family took over as leaders of the GOP after Reagan proving the one mistake Reagan made was putting Bush Sr as his VP. The Bush family are mediocrity writ large (the elected ones, the unelected seem nice enough).
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/11/2019 17:46 Comments || Top||

#10  "It’s time for new leaders to stand for conservatism that empowers all Americans, placing individuals above government and ensuring we all have the freedom to achieve success in life," he said in his launch video.

" #nationofimmigrants colonists #diversityisourstrength,

Troo Conservatism in a nutshell.
Posted by: charger || 12/11/2019 18:57 Comments || Top||

Adam Schiff: Congress Must Impeach Trump to Stop Him in 2020
[BREITBART] House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff
...Showboating U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001. He currently serves as the chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In a manner reminiscent of Joe McCarthy, on March 22, 2017, in a interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC Schiff claimed there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia." Todd followed up by asking if he had seen direct evidence of collusion and Schiff responded that there was "evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation"...
(D-CA) on Tuesday indicated that Democrats must impeach President Trump quickly in order to stop him from prevailing in the 2020 presidential election.

Democrats on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against the president: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Notably, neither allege a high crime or misdemeanor. Noticeably absent was the Democrats’ longheld appeal to bribery, extortion, or treason.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 12/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pre-emptive impeachment. Sure, that's the ticket.

Why don't we pre-emptively convict congressmen of corruption? Fraud, graft, perjury, campaign law violations?
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Fred, fantastic cross reference bottom link resources!
Posted by: Woodrow || 12/11/2019 1:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Ref #2: Fred, fantastic cross reference bottom link resources!

I ask you, where might we have seen such report cataloging (cross referencing) previously ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/11/2019 2:02 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/11/2019 4:51 Comments || Top||

I so want to see trump impeached.

that will make the next election where trump wins so hilarious.
Posted by: flash91 || 12/11/2019 11:35 Comments || Top||

#6  They are putting the death nail into our constitution...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/11/2019 11:36 Comments || Top||

#7  SS Part 217
Posted by: Lex || 12/11/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

#8  Schiff-for-brains is also tickling the dragon's tail, at his peril.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/11/2019 17:45 Comments || Top||

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