Happy 4th of July, y'all. It continues hot here, although perhaps a degree or two less today they say. We'll see. Russiagate today is an odd lot; not too much pattern. Maybe reporters were snipping off loose ends as they prepared for the holiday. Suitably illustrated.
Not so much real Russiagate as a comment on the efficacy of the attacks, Trump Approval Jumps As Attacks From Critics Backfire; Trump Now More Popular Than FBI: IBD/TIPP Poll. Lord knows Trump has been fortunate in his enemies. Speaking of whom, "Tyler Durnden" at Zero Hedge: Did Sen. Warner And Comey 'Collude' On Russia-gate? At Warner's behest, Comey broke up a deal with Julian Assange that might have actually solved the hacking. But they don't really want to know the truth, do they?
Questions Concerning the Collusion Investigation and the role of the mysterious, and now vanished Dr. Misfud, whose name reminds me of Mr. Mxyzptlk from the Superman arc. It keeps looking like a set up. Chuck Ross at Director Blue: LET’S ROCK: Devin Nunes Closes In on Corrupt Obama Officials. Late is better than never.
Norman Eisen and Andrew M. Wright at USA Today: How Donald Trump could speed up Robert Mueller's Russia investigation: Talk to him. I still think Trump should put Mueller under oath and ask him some leading questions; maybe even a perjury trap or two.
Chris Enloe at The Blaze: Stunning revelation buried deep in IG report blows hole in Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting narrative. The infamous tarmac meeting had advance planning:
The report states that the DOJ department of public affairs supervisor traveling with Lynch told internal DOJ investigators that Clinton’s Secret Service detail contacted Lynch’s security detail ahead of time to arrange the meeting.What? Bill Clinton lied to us? Who could see that coming?
Clinton’s plane was parked next to Lynch’s, the report revealed, or about just 20 to 30 yards away.
Clinton told investigators he only learned the plane next to his was Lynch’s after being briefed by his staff. He claimed he then debated whether or not he should “say hello” and “shake hands with the Attorney General.”
Michael Cohen? Here Are The Documents Recovered From Michael Cohen’s Shredder
Now, BuzzFeed News has obtained documents reconstructed by the FBI. A close examination shows that the records are a combination of documents that prosecutors already had, handwritten notes about a taxi business, insurance papers, and correspondence from a woman described in court filings as a “vexatious litigant” who claims she is under government surveillance.To lawyers like us, Michael Cohen looks like he’s ready to flip on Trump
Rebuilt from thin strips of paper, the shredded records are sometimes difficult to comprehend. One page doesn’t include full words and is a jumble of numbers, letters, and bar codes. One document appears to be part of an envelope. There are fragments of handwritten notes. There is an invitation to a reception in Miami to meet with business representatives from Qatar. Several of the records seem to be insurance forms for an apartment.
Sundance at CTH: Hogwash – Brian Ross Didn’t Resign Over the Fake News Flynn Story, He Resigned Because He Was “Reporter 4” Within James Wolfe Indictment – Senate Intelligence Leak Investigation…
By now everyone has reported about ABC journalist Brian Ross and his Producer Rhonda Swartz resigning from the network. However, almost everyone pointing back to Ross’s fake news report on Michael Flynn in December; and almost no-one is pointing out the more obvious motive for the resignation.And Reporter #2? Jon Levine at the Wrap: New York Times Reassigns Reporter Who Had Sexual Relationship With Source
Brian Ross was almost guaranteed to be “Reporter 4” in the federal indictment of Senate former senior senate intelligence committee staffer James Wolfe. The notorious Senate Intelligence “leaker”.
CTH originally pointed this out when the details of the indictment were released (full pdf below), and research was possible to determine each reporter. It did not come as a surprise to see the staff from this specific committee leaking secret and top-secret classified information. The committee rots from the head down.
The New York Times has reassigned reporter Ali Watkins after news emerged last month that she had a sexual relationship with a source while she was at her previous employer BuzzFeed.Remember the 11th Commandment and keep it wholly: "Don't get caught!" Wombat-socho was a day late with "Rule 5 Sunday: Crystal Hefner" and "FMJRA 2.0: Day Late & A Dollar Short With Astrix."
“We are troubled by Ali’s conduct, particularly while she was employed by other news organizations,” said Times executive editor Dean Baquet in an internal memo on Tuesday. “For a reporter to have an intimate relationship with someone he or she covers is unacceptable. It violates our written standards and the norms of journalism.”
“After careful examination and discussion, I have decided to reassign her to a position in New York for a fresh start, where she will be closely supervised and have a senior mentor,” he added along with a promise to put in new internal safeguards to ensure similar situations do not arise in the future.