Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rejoicing in Russiagate

Rejoicing in a relatively short set for Sunday. Comey-Trump feud takes vicious turn Ya think? Comey is doing more damage to his reputation than he is to Trumps. But then, he had farther to fall. Trump says 'slime ball' Comey 'should be prosecuted' for leaking classified info as fired former FBI chief goes on offense and says salacious golden-showers story is 'possible' Then my story about Comey hooking up with crack smoking prostitutes in D.C. is 'possible' too. I got a Russian friend who swears it. Let him try to refute it.

As Expected James Comey Book Is Shaping Up To Be Anti-Trump Whine Fest
Interestingly enough, as the media prepares its all out love fest for Comey and his book, there is at least one Democrat operative, Paul Begala, who got a bit of reality clue.
“I have no love for James Comey. I’m with the RNC on this. I don’t know if he’s a liar, though. That’s a difference. He’s not a liar. I don’t know that he lied, but the problem is he told the truth very selectively, attacking Hillary Clinton and not ever revealing that Trump himself was under investigation, too,” Begala said.
OUCH. Then again, what’s the over/under Vegas odds that he retracts his remarks?
Let's not forget James Comey’s history of misconduct.  Ann Althouse is still ruminating over Comey's statement:
"I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out."
On the matter of Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen Lindsey Graham says Trump's lawyer is 'an idiot' If the special counsel, and his SDNY buddies were to investigate every idiot, they'd have no time for Trump. No, the idea was to get Trump, and Cohen was just a convenient vehicle. Show me the man and I'll show you the crimeThree Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the InnocentTrump Lawyer Has Been Under Criminal Probe for Months, Prosecutors Say Just so. Cohen doubles down on claim he's never been to Prague after Mueller report. Some one is right here and someone is wrong. It's not illegal to go to Prague, but they claim while he was there he met an"ally of Putin." Either the news media is wrong (again) or the Mueller investigation is leaking to put pressure on Cohen. Note that the fact that it first came from the "Steele Dossier" weakens rather than strengthens the case.

Andrew McCarthy think that the Cohen matter is The Real Investigation that poses serious peril for Trump.
I believe that the government is investigating whether there was, in connection with Trump’s White House bid, a conspiracy to commit fraud and extortion for the purpose of silencing potentially compromising sources — specifically, people in a position to portray Donald Trump as a womanizer. Clearly, the prosecutors regard Trump and Cohen as potential co-conspirators. That does not mean a conspiracy will be proven, but the possibility is certainly being scrutinized. Here, it is important to bear in mind a distinction from the Russia investigation: This is not a counterintelligence matter; the SDNY is unquestionably conducting a criminal investigation, and a federal judge would not have authorized search warrants absent finding probable cause that federal crimes may have been committed.
What? Trying to hide the fact that the man is a womanizer is illegal? If so, the whole Clinton machine should be cooling it's heels in Club Fed.

The NYT says Trump Pardoned Libby to Protect Himself From Mueller Eli Lake says that's possible, but agrees with me that Trump Is Right to Pardon Scooter Libby
And while his motivation is unknown – and one should not put it past Trump to abuse the pardon process in the interest of self-preservation -- the president was right to pardon Libby.

Put another way, nearly everything progressives think they know about Libby is wrong.

Let’s review the history and correct the left’s revisions.

First: Libby, who was chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, did not leak the identity of Valerie Plame as a CIA officer. The government official who disclosed Plame's identity to the late columnist Robert Novak was Richard Armitage, then deputy secretary of state. This is important because Armitage and his boss, Colin Powell, were in a bureaucratic knife fight at the time with Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, then the secretary of defense. Democrats didn't want the Plame investigation to ensnare the Bush administration's in-house critics. They wanted to get the Bush loyalists, the neocons.

To his discredit, Armitage never owned up to the leak while Washington tore itself apart in 2004 and 2005 when the Plame investigation occupied the focus of Washington much the way special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe does today. And Democrats, or for that matter Plame herself, never showed interest in ruining Armitage the way they ruined Libby.

Libby ended up being convicted of obstructing justice and perjury. He was asked whether he discussed Plame with other journalists. Libby claimed he did not. Other journalists claimed he did. . .
Jailed for disagreeing with journalists. See the Beria quote above. The Deep-State Liars of the #Resistance Democrats are rehabilitating the deservedly poor reputations of surveillance-state officials who were caught lying to the American people

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