I can't believe he's only 66, he looks a lot older than I do (67). I guess talking to politicians will age you. Roger Stone had been expecting it for some time, so the chances that there was any evidence lying around the house to destroy are minuscule, thus the nature of the raid was strictly optical.
A commenter at Althouse's "[Roger] Stone, a self-described dirty trickster who began his career as a campaign aide for Richard M. Nixon and has a tattoo of Nixon on his back..."It's possible this tip-off came from FBI rather than Mueller's office, but either way, nobody should be comfortable having law enforcement engineer with media outlets the filming of someone's arrest at their home like a reality TV circus. But it's Roger Stone, so few will care. https://t.co/H7VvltkoCE— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 25, 2019
Goes on Tucker Carlson Wednesday, says he will never bear false witness against the President to get Mueller off his back, arrested a day and a half later by the Stasi.As Instpundit notes, More process crimes, no collusion. Crimes committed after the investigation started, and instigated by the actions of the investigators, not Donald Trump. I suppose it will be Jerome Corsi's turn in the barrel next. The chance of being interrogated by the FBI for 40 hours and not getting something wrong. . . And Paul Manafort due in court to face allegations of lying to prosecutors (La Times). More process crimes?
Nice country we have here.
Manafort’s lawyers have denied that he tried to mislead prosecutors. The evidence, they said in a recent court filing, “merely demonstrates a lack of consistency in Mr. Manafort’s recollection of certain facts and events.”Lanny Davis want more process crimes charged! Lanny Davis: Feds Should Charge Giuliani With “Witness Tampering” How dare the President's lawyer say anything bad about the President's former lawyer! The Peacock: Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen subpoenaed by Senate Intelligence Committee to testify before he goes to jail. After being convicted of lying to Congress, they'd be crazy to believe him, and he'd be crazy to testify again. WaPoo: Giuliani’s missteps frustrate Trump but underscore the unique role he plays for the president. Short summary. He works for Trump and we hates him.
“His role is largely in the court of public opinion. Giuliani’s goal is to tell the American public that this is political, not legal. He’s succeeded in doing that with some blips along the way,” said Alan Dershowitz, a retired Harvard Law School professor and occasional Trump adviser. “His main task is to politicize legal issues. In the end, Rudy has been a major plus for Trump.”Sundance at CTH: Here We Go – Impeachment Chairman Jerry Nadler Sends Demand Letter to AAG Matt Whitaker…. The proper reply is fuck off.
Josef Mifsud, the man of a thousand mysteries makes an appearance over at Diobedient Media, with a couple of posts touching on the relationship between Josef Mifsud and the Mueller probe, suggesting that the Mueller team was well aware that Mifsud is a western, not a Russian, intelligence actor: Death Of Russiagate: Mueller Team Tied To Mifsud’s Network and A Conversation With Chris Blackburn On The Contradictions Surrounding Mifsud
Zainab Ahmad, a member of Mueller’s legal team, is the former Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. As pointed out by Blackburn, Ahmad attended a Global Center on Cooperative Security event in 2017. In recent days, Blackburn wrote via Twitter: “Zainab Ahmad is a major player in the Russiagate scandal at the DOJ. Does she work for SC Mueller? She was at a GCCS event in May 2017. Arvinder Sambei, a co-director of the [London Centre of International Law Practice], worked with Joseph Mifsud, [George Papadopoulos] and [Simona Mangiante]. She’s a GCCS consultant.”And speaking of mystery men, at Epoch Times, Why FBI Special Agent Joseph Pientka Is the DOJ’s Invisible Man
Blackburn told this author: “Zainab Ahmad was one of the first DOJ prosecutors to have seen the Steele dossier. In May 2017, she attended a counter-terrorism conference in New York with the Global Center on Cooperative Security (GCCS), an organization which Joseph Mifsud, the alleged Russian spy, had been working within London and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.”
Investigative journalist John Solomon of The Hill has stated in his reports that he has been shown Ohr’s handwritten notes that he made during his talks with Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele. So in his own notes, Ohr made it clear who he was talking to and where he was getting these allegations from.
So now the $56,000 question: What do the FD-302 forms Pientka filled out actually say about where the Trump-Russia allegations came from? Do the interview forms admit the allegations were coming from a politically motivated propaganda shop, or do they claim the information came from politically neutral intelligence sources?
I’ve no doubt that at some time in the past year and a half, the DOJ Inspector General’s office sat Pientka down for extensive and detailed interviews about his dual roles in both the Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn affair (he and Strzok interviewed Flynn), and with the Fusion GPS backchannel to the FBI. What he told them must have been incredibly sensitive, since nobody has publicly seen or heard from Pientka all this time, even though House and Senate committees have requested that the DOJ produce him for testimony. Whatever Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz’s investigators discovered in their interviews with Pientka, they are keeping a very tight lid on it.
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As far as is publicly known at this time, Pientka is still employed by the FBI and still working there every day. It appears to me that nobody is going to be allowed to hear what he has to say or see his FD-302 forms until Horowitz is finished with his Spygate report and any ongoing investigations inside the DOJ have reached their conclusion.
Until we reach that point, Pientka is going to continue to be the DOJ’s “Invisible Man.”