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Taxpayer $ used to fund the whole bit to frame Trump
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Posted by: 3dc || 12/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life,

#1  Yeah, that's the point--they've weaponized the Federal government. Federal agencies that ALL of the taxpayers fund were used to attack the President that 50 percent of the taxpayers voted for instead of impartially serving the country.
Posted by: Crusader || 12/24/2019 1:29 Comments || Top||


Why Muller didn't go into FISA applications.
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Related: The Woods Procedure.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life,

#1  You won't need your Garmin to find the answer to this one.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/24/2019 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Ask not at whom the Shitshow laughs. The Shitshow laughs at you.
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 0:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Look at the related link for the Woods Procedure, dated early last year. In my ignorance, this looks to me like a really big deal.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/24/2019 1:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Indeed.
The Woods Procedure : the Shitshow = brain surgery : hog-butchery
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 2:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Deputy A-G Rosenstein used the power of his office to threaten to subpoena the calls & texts of the Intel Committee to get it to stop it’s investigation of DOJ and FBI. Likely an Abuse of Power & Obstruction.”

"Likely an Abuse of Power & Obstruction?" Yes, it appears to fit the definition quite well.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/24/2019 6:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Would have reveled the start of his investigation to be based on a fraud.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/24/2019 9:21 Comments || Top||


Did someone say Case Agent 1?
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Posted by: 3dc || 12/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life,

#1  Poster Boy for the snarling contempt with which we the serfs are regarded by our wannabe overlords.
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 0:38 Comments || Top||


FISC judge orders FBI to identify all surveillance applications involving Kevin Clinesmith.
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Posted by: 3dc || 12/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life,

#1  Drip, drip...

Giddy up.
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  " Arrogant AND Stupid "
Posted by: Gomez Flugum6633 || 12/24/2019 1:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Truly, we dodged a bullet. Imagine the damage we'd have suffered if these vain and stupid clowns were at all competent.
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 1:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Seems to me a judge with a shred of integrity would be miffed at being played and would be looking for scalps.

One who was part of The Show would just "Harrumph" a couple times and loudly shuffle some papers.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/24/2019 1:28 Comments || Top||

#5  When does the Senate call the current director of the FBI in for a little chat?
Posted by: Crusader || 12/24/2019 1:36 Comments || Top||

#6  I cant help but think the surveillance was to enable spying THEN LEAKING THE SPYING to the dems.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/24/2019 5:39 Comments || Top||

#7  ..and their party organs CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, NYT, Wapo et al.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/24/2019 15:54 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Fredo's Idiot Brother Whacks Federal Judges
[Lifezette] New York Gov. Cuomo Blocks Trump-Appointed Judges from Performing Marriages.
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/24/2019 06:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sorry, the title should have been "Fredo's Idiot Brother....etc"
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/24/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#2  ...A question - why can't a Federal judge perform a wedding at the Federal Building or on some other Federal property? I know Fredo's brother doesn't have any authority there at all...

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/24/2019 11:21 Comments || Top||

#3  What if the federal Judge performs a same-sex marriage? What about a trans-sexual marriage?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/24/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Thank you, mods, everyone needs a good editor.
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/24/2019 12:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Hey Crazy, SCOTUS says that's OK. Even though reading through the Constitution I can't find that empowerment to SCOTUS. It's all nuance and umbra sort of like ancient priests reading animal entails.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/24/2019 15:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Ask one of those Castro Bros, the one who demanded abortion rights for men in the last Dem debate. He'll explain it all to you.
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 15:15 Comments || Top||


Hunter Biden Is the Subject of a Criminal Investigation Involving Burisma, Legal Filing Claims
h/t Instapundit
[PJ] - Hunter Biden is the subject of multiple criminal investigations regarding "fraud, money laundering, and a counterfeiting scheme" according to documents filed in an Arkansas paternity case. The documents, filed Monday by the Florida-based private-eye firm D&A Investigations, specifically name Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that hired Biden to the board while his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, was the Obama administration point person on Ukraine.

Biden "is the subject of more than one criminal investigation involving fraud, money laundering, and a counterfeiting scheme," the filing alleges, according to The New York Post. Biden and a group of business associates "established bank and financial accounts with Morgan Stanley ... for Burisma Holdings Limited ... for the money laundering scheme," the filing alleges.

D&A Investigations went on to claim that the accounts showed an average value of nearly $6.8 million between March 2014 and December 2015.

The filing also names Devon Archer and Christopher Heinz, long-term associates of Hunter Biden. Heinz, the son-in-law of then-Secretary of State John Kerry, also entered lucrative business deals with Biden's son in China. At the time, Joe Biden and John Kerry went soft on China despite the Middle Kingdom's aggression in the South China Sea.

According to D&A Investigations, the vice president's son and his associates "utilized a counterfeiting scheme to conceal the Morgan Stanley et al average Account Value."

The filing also claims that the vice president's son had a role in a plot to rip off Sioux Native Americans to the tune of $60 million through the sale of tribal bonds. John Galanis, Archer, and Bevan Cooney were found guilty for their roles in June 2018, following a lengthy New York federal court trial.

D&A Investigations does not name the agencies behind the purported criminal probes of the former vice president's son in either case.

Dominic Casey, the D&A Investigations investigator who filed the papers, refused to comment further on them. "I believe this is self-explanatory," he told the Post.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/24/2019 04:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6527 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Biden actually DID what Trump is only accused of by the Democrats.
( don't slam the cash register drawer just yet....Biden's hand is still in there.)
This is almost as good as seeing Kerry saluting and reporting for duty along with "Breck Boy" for VP a few years back. WHERE does the Democratic Party FIND such quality people?
Posted by: Hupease Hatfield1676 || 12/24/2019 9:34 Comments || Top||

#2  This isn't even the half of it. Biden's brother was a war profiteer in Iraq.

James Biden got hired by a homebuilding firm that shortly thereafter scored a $1.5 billion sweetheart deal in 2011 while Biden was one of the Zero admin's point men for reconstruction in Iraq.
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 10:05 Comments || Top||


#4  Yawn. Wake me when he's doing the perp walk in an orange jumpsuit.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/24/2019 12:45 Comments || Top||


FBI leadership pushed Steele Dossier for January 2017 intel assessment
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Posted by: Fred || 12/24/2019 00:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  WTF?

So Intel Section Chief makes a clear distinction between "information concerning Russian election interference" attempts - i.e. objective facts and hard evidence - and "allegations concerning candidate Trump" - i.e. barroom bullshit and scurrilous lies concocted by one partisan activist, Steele the Fabulist.

And Deputy Director overrides this distinction - again, between objective evidence OTOH and a foreign agent's tall tales OTOH - and collapses it all into one stew.

Put aside the criminal aspect of this behavior, the threat to our Constitution, the contempt for law.

Even if this were not illegal, is this a sober, professional, intelligent way to evaluate any kind of claim to truth?

Who in his right mind would combine hearsay and ludicrous rumors with hard evidence?
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 1:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Back when the fUSSR was a thing, as an amateur Kremlinologist, I used to marvel at the 3-cornered politics and maneuvering between the Party, the KGB and the Army. State-run media was a joke - "In Truth there is no news, and in News there is no truth". Totally different than here in the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free.

Nowadays, I'm not feeling quite so smug.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/24/2019 2:05 Comments || Top||

#3  "The worst thing that ever happened to USA was the collapse of the Soviet Union" - Vladimir Putin.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/24/2019 2:59 Comments || Top||

#4  The politics of the USSR just moved into the EU(SSR)
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/24/2019 8:51 Comments || Top||


Senate Options Upon Receiving Articles of Impeachment
[TheHill] 1) The Senate could entertain a motion by the president’s counsel to dismiss ‐ before the start of a trial ‐ both articles of impeachment, for failure to meet the constitutional threshold for stating a cause of action. Such a decision would require a simple majority of 51 votes because this would be a procedural motion;

2) The Senate could begin a trial and, thereafter, could end it whenever the Senate majority deems it has heard enough and calls for a vote. Such a vote would be called when the Senate majority is confident that a supermajority of 67 senators ‐ two-thirds of the Senate ‐ would not vote to convict;

3) The Senate could conduct a full-blown trial, and it could drag on for as long as the Senate majority feels doing so is in its interests. It has a wide berth for calling or subpoenaing witnesses as it feels is germane. This would cause a circus-like atmosphere that would require the Supreme Court’s chief justice, the presiding officer in a Senate trial, to make numerous rulings, some of which would be unpredictable in their outcomes.

4) The Senate, after the conclusion of a trial, could once again entertain a motion to dismiss, alleging that House Democrats had failed to prove their case. This is a procedural motion that would require a simple majority to make deliberations by the full Senate moot if passed.

5) And then there is a "nuclear option." The Senate majority could make a procedural motion to adjourn the start of a trial until Nov. 4, 2020. That would allow the American people to decide the president’s fate at the ballot box. The Constitution is silent as to when a trial should occur, timewise. A simple majority of 51 votes would be necessary to pass such a motion.

No matter how the Senate deals with its "trial" obligations, the outcome does not change. The president either will be cleared by the impeachment articles being dismissed without the necessity of a trial or acquitted after a trial.

In my opinion, a trial is unnecessary. The House articles, on their face, are defective. Both fail to meet the constitutional threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors." This would negate a trial but does not give the president any formal "acquittal," after a trial on the merits of the articles, which would prove the president’s innocence. While this would be true in a traditional criminal judicial proceeding, it is not the case in a political trial. No matter how the Senate deals with the articles of impeachment, Democrats and Republicans will put their own political spin on the outcome. Since the House articles of impeachment were voted strictly on party lines, and the country is so divided on the whole impeachment process, in my opinion, a trial is less important.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 12/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In my opinion, a trial is unnecessary. The House articles, on their face, are defective. Both fail to meet the constitutional threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors."

Agreed.

This would negate a trial but does not give the president any formal "acquittal," after a trial on the merits of the articles, which would prove the president’s innocence.

Can we please stop bandying this foolish, ignorant, un-American concept that any citizen, pauper or POTUS, in this country has to prove his innocence?

Do people in this country truly not understand that we are guaranteed, by the highest law of the land and by centuries of precedent, the presumption of innocence?

Trump doesn't need to "prove" anything. That burden rests with the mad hatters and other conspirators who have spent three years subjecting this nation to an unending parade of horseshit on stilts.

ENOUGH. Don't dignify this Shitshow with a response - let alone a trial defense.

Dismiss it forthwith. Option #1 is the only reasonable course of action. To coin a phrase, MoveOn.
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Require that it'll be printed with water insoluble ink on toilet paper?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/24/2019 3:01 Comments || Top||

#3  #MoveOn soon to be replaced by #F*ckOff
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/24/2019 7:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Lex is right again. Dismiss at the first opportunity. If we have a trial, are we really sure that Roberts won't screw us? I think not...
Posted by: Warthog || 12/24/2019 10:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Always remember that Roberts is a Bush appointee and Bushes hate Trump as much as Pelosi does.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/24/2019 12:58 Comments || Top||

#6  The articles had to be published in the Congressional Record. Nancy has no use for protocol. Just have Mitch act on the 'record'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/24/2019 15:14 Comments || Top||

#7  Under our system the accused is NOT required to testify in his defense.

The burden of proof is 100% on the prosecution.

These prosecutorial morons can't even define the charges, let alone make a coherent case, let alone meet even a minimal standard of proof.
Posted by: Lex || 12/24/2019 15:19 Comments || Top||



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  Merry Christmas - Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht, Peter Alexander
Mon 2019-12-23
  Islamic State just issued this statement that claims the Battle of revenge is on
Sun 2019-12-22
  France kills 33 militants in Mali raid: president
Sat 2019-12-21
  Berlin police Foiled ISIS Terror Attack at Christmas Market
Fri 2019-12-20
  Government of National Accord in Libya have officially requested that Turkey intervenes militarily in the civil war
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  ISIS captures new ground in eastern Syria after launching powerful attack against Syrian Army forces
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