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-Lurid Crime Tales-
John Durham Set To Interview John Brennan: Report, The final chapter? Nah

Via Washington Examiner:

U.S. Attorney John Durham will soon interview former CIA Director John Brennan, another sign that the investigation of the Trump-Russia investigators is ready to wrap up by the end of the summer.

Durham, the federal prosecutor from Connecticut appointed by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane inquiry and to scrutinize the conduct of the law enforcement leaders and intelligence officials involved in it, has asked to interview Brennan, according to "people familiar with the request" cited by NBC News, and the former top spy and vociferous Trump critic has reportedly agreed to the sit-down. The same report cites sources who suggest Durham's inquiry may be nearing the finish line.

Brennan has acknowledged that he is in the "crosshairs" of the criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation led by Durham. He recently claimed, and the White House acknowledged, that he asked the CIA for his official records, including his personal notes and any classified CIA documents that he had signed to help him write his upcoming memoir, but the agency denied his request.

Last year, the New York Times reported that Durham asked for Brennan's electronic communications, phone records, and other documents from the CIA, something NBC News confirmed on Wednesday.

The NBC News report also cited sources who claimed Durham has not interviewed Comey or McCabe, and another source claimed that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has been told by Durham that he will not be interviewed. (?)

So let me guess....They will release the report on Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend and the media will totally embargo the story. But all roads lead directly and indirectly to Obama - I haven't seen his invitation to talk to Durham - nor, Rice, Biden, Clinton.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....to help him write his upcoming memoir, but the agency denied his request.

No ticki (no clearance), no official records for your defense team. Director Gina Haspel has no doubt conducted her own internal agency investigation. Her old pal Brennan may be headed under the bus.

Or am I entirely too optimistic ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 6:27 Comments || Top||

#2  More on a sad subject from yesterday. The insulation of Soetoro. Clapper, Rice, and Comey are nearly complete.

John Brennan escapes prosecution in John Durham investigation: Report

I'm now going with yesterday's story and assessments.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 6:55 Comments || Top||

#3  We'll see. Who knows? There, may yet be a boating adventure awaiting the former director.
Posted by: Cesare || 08/08/2020 8:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Im betting nothing of consequence happens. The swamp protects its own, even at the expense of the nation. Its becoming more and more likely that a complete tear0down and rebuild might be necessary.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 08/08/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Another in a long line and years of nothing burgers.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||

#6  After you collect the incriminating evidence, you then call in the perp to add perjury to the list of charges. Ask Flynn.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ Well, that'd certainly be nice.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/08/2020 12:26 Comments || Top||

#8  The Agency denied his request for personal notes and any classified CIA documents that he had signed to help him write his upcoming memoir

Maybe that's the worst part of his 'punishment'.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/08/2020 12:59 Comments || Top||

#9  Anyone who thinks this will be settled by going through channels probably believes in the tooth fairy as well.
Posted by: charger || 08/08/2020 14:23 Comments || Top||

#10  The Agency denied his request for personal notes and any classified CIA documents that he had signed to help him write his upcoming memoir

Any kind of intellectual property that you create in the course of your work at the company is owned by the company.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/08/2020 14:27 Comments || Top||

Former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95
Posted by: Fred || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Maureen Dowd didn't kill herself
[Twitchy] ‘YIKES’! Was the Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine 2016 ticket THIS forgettable? (NYT Opinion deleted the tweet but here it is)

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 13:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She forgot that Hillary dude and Kaine chick.

As did her editors and fact checkers.
Posted by: charger || 08/08/2020 14:19 Comments || Top||

#2  As did the American voters.
Posted by: Hupinens Juling5588 || 08/08/2020 14:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Ah that's right...Kaine.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/08/2020 19:13 Comments || Top||

#4  I get a Google 404 every time I try to look at it.
Could it that somebody's trying to bury it?
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/08/2020 20:28 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Pelosi lashes out at PBS' Judy Woodruff during interview, suggests anchor is a GOP 'advocate'
[Fox News] *SNORT* Woodruff a GOP tool? Granny McBotox has lost whatever "mind" she possibly had before.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 09:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pelosi, Biden, Maxine Waters..."respected" Dem leaders. Amazing.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 10:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Watch out! A cornered rat is very dangerous!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 08/08/2020 11:34 Comments || Top||

#3  "YOU are suppose to be on my team!"

Everything in the party, nothing outside the party, nothing against the party!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 11:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Pelosi is the perfect example of a lecture my grandmother gave me when I smugly suggested that clever and smart meant the same thing. Pelosi retains the remnants of a spry political skill at riposte but understands nothing of actual governance as a duty to serve the American people faithfully in defending the Constitution and our exceptional way of life. She has become a vile hag haunting the halls of our Capitol in her serene ignorance of how hackneyed her gibberish has become.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/08/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

#5  Other day Biden ripped an MSM type. They are SO frustrated right now.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 08/08/2020 13:47 Comments || Top||

#6  I'd like to see an investigative report on how Pelosi and hubby have gotten so rich while she's been in office.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/08/2020 15:09 Comments || Top||

AOC may be denied speaking slot at Democratic National Convention
[NYPOST] New York Rep. Alexandria Boom Boom Ocasio-Cortez
Dem Congressgirl from da Bronx in Noo Yawk and leader of the Mean Girl Caucus in Congress. One of the Great Minds of the 21st Century, she is known as much for her innaleck as for her dance moves. She is all in favor of socialism, even though she's fuzzy on the details. She was the inventor of the Green New Deal, though she doesn't talk about it much anymore...
may be denied a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention this month, according to a report.Although the 30-year-old Democratic socialist is one of the most recognizable new leaders in the party, centrists are opposed to giving her time to speak.

"I think [Vermont Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] and [Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth] Warren will speak, and they’ll represent the progressive wing of the party very ably," former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told Politico.

Rendell, a longtime friend of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'...
, said it would be unfair to highlight Ocasio-Cortez, who took office last year after a shocking primary win.

"If you picked AOC, why wouldn’t you pick Katie Bat Girl Porter
...Dem law professor, attorney and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,'s 45th congressional district (Orange County) since 2019. Katie takes her job and her personal dignity so seriously she once showed up for a committee hearing dressed as Batman....
or why wouldn’t you pick Madeleine Dean or Mary Gay Scanlon?" Rendell said, referring to other recently elected congresswomen.

A source close to Democratic convention planning told The Post that more information about the speakers list will be released next week.

"What is currently confirmed are the Obamas will be involved, the VP nominee Wednesday, Biden on Thursday and a tribute to John Lewis," the person said.

Posted by: Fred || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can understand them not wanting her to speak and scare the "normies", but as that fat commie Mao said,
"Let a hundred morons bloom. Let a hundred idiocies contend."
Posted by: SteveS || 08/08/2020 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting as the Dems have veered Left so much (more than George McGovern?) that AOC would be a perfect fit there.

Or, it's a message from the DNC to these "young punks" to show who's still in charge.

AOC hasn't mentioned Joey's sexual harassment lately. Must have stopped about the time he "appointed" her as his green energy czar or whatever.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 12:51 Comments || Top||

#3  It's because they don't know what she'll say.
Neither does anybody else in the known universe.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/08/2020 20:31 Comments || Top||

Wheeler Now Begs Criminal Antifa Terrorists to Stay Home So Trump Won’t Use Portland in His Ads
Posted by: Fred || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You should have thought of that before, you moron.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  They thought they could wield the power of the one ring.

They were wrong.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/08/2020 0:52 Comments || Top||

#3  He still can't accept it and admit he was wrong. And he's still trying to get the alligator to eat him last.
Posted by: gorb || 08/08/2020 0:52 Comments || Top||

#4  "Wotta maroon!"

Tell someone that it is okay to "punch a fascist" then you discover that they will come to believe that anybody they don't like can should be punched. The people of Pakistan woke up one day and discovered that the Taliban had mutated from expendable puppets to rabid animals in the same manner.
Posted by: magpie || 08/08/2020 2:13 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ Has it's own post in Opinion
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 7:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Oh, so its just bad 'optics' not bad governing? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 7:27 Comments || Top||

#8  #6 No. Actually it's two different ones.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 8:32 Comments || Top||

#9  My bad. Separate trolling, you are correct
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 8:47 Comments || Top||

#10  😎
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 8:49 Comments || Top||

#11  Wheeler should be asking the criminal to turn themselves in. Wheeler should be arresting the criminals and prosecuting them. They will stay home because you ask you Dumba$$ unless of course, you are their leader.
Posted by: Airandee || 08/08/2020 11:32 Comments || Top||

#12  He's also hoping voters will accept this as proof that he isn't part of the rioters.
Posted by: gorb || 08/08/2020 14:24 Comments || Top||

#13  Wheeler's opponent in the November 3 runoff is for all practical purposes a card-carrying Antifette, like so. So in bizarro world this is Wheeler positioning himself as a law and order candidate.
Posted by: Matt || 08/08/2020 14:33 Comments || Top||

#14  So destroying a city and ruining people's lives is OK. But helping Trump be reelected is beyond the pale.
Posted by: Tom || 08/08/2020 15:10 Comments || Top||

#15  #13 card-carrying Antifette

Wow. Maoist pixie dreamgarch.
Posted by: Nero Unomoper4711 || 08/08/2020 16:38 Comments || Top||

No difference between Bolton, Hook or Abrams

[IRNA] In a twitter post on Friday, he said when the US policies regarding Iran remains the same, there will be no difference for John Bolton, Brian Hook or Elliott Abrams.

The issue is that American officials are trying things too big for their mouths, he said.

In the message, he wrote "No difference between John Bolton, Brian Hook or Elliott Abrams; when it comes to the US #Iran policy, American officials have been bitten off more than they could chew. Same applies to Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump AND their successors."

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced that Hook will be replaced with Elliott Abrams who is currently serving as the US envoy for Venezuela affairs.

He said once Hook's tenure terminates, Abrams will take charge of Iran's affairs as well.

Hook who was appointed to the post two years ago has failed to the reach the US goals of imposing ultimate pressure on Iran.

Observers wonder what Abrams as a neo-conservative diplomat who has bitterly failed in leading the US-engineered cou deta [sic] in Venezuela to victory and played a role in other US scandalous failures as well could accomplish, given the fact that there is only one week ahead before the US takes its proposal of extending Iran's arms embargo to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), a plan which is already doomed to fail.
[Abrams: Another deep-stater.]
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Bolton, Abrams, Swamp Creatures. We need Haley back in some capacity.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 08/08/2020 10:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Haley's a swamp creature too.
Posted by: charger || 08/08/2020 14:24 Comments || Top||

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