Thursday, January 10, 2019

Some Russiagate to Get Rolling

Starting with the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 01.08.19 who brings us Don Surber's response to the newest Manafort "revelations" Mueller grasps at another straw
The Washington Post: "Paul Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian employee, according to court filing" !!!

The New York Times: "Manafort Shared Trump Campaign Data With Russian Associate, Prosecutors Say" !!!

The Guardian: "Manafort accused by Mueller of sharing 2016 polling data with Russian linked to Moscow intelligence" !!!

So? Is this illegal? No.

Is the man a spy? No.

Hillary hired a firm that worked with Kremlin officials and Russian spies to get dirt on The Donald. That Russian Dossier is the basis of Bungling Bob Mueller's witch hunt.

Guess what? The Washington Post shared polling data with Russian spies and anyone else with access to its web site. Ditto the Times and the Guardian.
Mediaite:  New York Times Makes Major Correction to Report on Manafort and Russian Oligarch
New York Times has made a significant edit to their report on Paul Manafort‘s sharing of Trump campaign polling data with an associate believed to be connected to Russian intelligence.

There’s been a great deal of commotion lately after Manafort’s legal team botched a series of court redactions and inadvertently revealed that he gave campaign data to his former business partner, Konstantin Kilimnik. When the Times initially reported on the news, they said Manafort had his former campaign deputy Rick Gates pass the data to Kilimnik so it could be relayed to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch closely tied to the Kremlin.

On Wednesday, the Times made a correction to their piece, saying Manafort actually wanted Kilimnik to direct the data to Ukrainian oligarchs Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, not Deripaska.
Ukrainians, Russians, The NYT doesn't know the difference, they all talk funny. Instapundit: But you can be sure that these “inexplicable” errors will all point in one direction.

Giving hope to democrats and anti-Trumpers, Lindsay Graham says Barr expressed confidence in special counsel,
Graham listed a number of questions that he had put to Barr: “I asked Mr. Barr directly, ‘Do you think Mr. Mueller is on a witch hunt?’ He said no. ‘Do you think he would be fair to the president and the country as a whole?’ He said yes. ‘And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller’s investigation to be stopped?’ He said no. ‘Do you see any reason for a termination based on cause?’ He said no. ‘Are you committed to making sure Mr. Mueller can finish his job?’ ‘Yes.’”
I still predict Barr gets zero Democratic votes for confirmation.

More from the Daily Mail: Trump's pick for new attorney general is 'BEST FRIENDS' with Robert Mueller who was a guest at his daughters' weddings - and their wives share a Bible study (so did anyone warn the president?).

Rosenstein to leave DOJ in coming weeks. (Fox) When/if Barr is confirmed. If I were Rosenstein, I'd want out of that mess and into the more lucrative world of high level lawyering too. Plus, he's hopelessly conflicted with the Mueller probe, and he should leave before he gets tainted too badly. I'm still not sure if he's a white hat or a black hat. Gray is good too.

Speaking of which, Jim Jordan, Doug Collins and Mark Meadows Take Action to Expose Ongoing DOJ Institutional Fraud… (Sundance at CTH) Where in the world is John Huber who is supposed to be investigating it?
According to our own independent sourcing, as a direct consequence of the Sessions recusal issues, DAG Rosenstein was in charge of approving all OIG investigative document production and DOJ/FBI scheduling for testimony. Mueller’s team gave Rosenstein a list of restrictive lines of inquiry that would be considered obstructing their own investigation and should thereby be considered ‘out-of-bounds‘ for OIG review; those instructions broadly created limits on what Horowitz could see, and who Horowitz could interview.

According to a person directly involved, an internal investigative complaint was filed to the AG; however, due to recusal issues that complaint was forwarded (by Sessions) to FBI chief-legal-counsel Dana Boente.

General Counsel Boente, hired by Christopher Wray, ultimately concurred with Mueller and Rosenstein’s decision thereby blocking any internal investigative efforts under the auspices of protecting the integrity of the ongoing Mueller probe. A bureaucratic catch-22.

As a result of team Mueller’s moves, multiple people including John Carlin, Mary McCord, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Carter Page and any other inside official with knowledge of the FISA application and downstream issue, is off-limits for DOJ-OIG questioning.
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You see, here’s where Mueller and Rosenstein are Machievellian. IG Horowitz will be allowed to see the material, but only *after* the Mueller team is finished with their probe. So technically Rosenstein wasn’t lying to the President – he just wasn’t being entirely forthcoming with the timing. So long as the Mueller probe exists, the IG is blocked from review.
Which could change with the departure of Rosenstein.

Ace: The Democrats Efforts to Attack Our Democracy Didn't Stop With the Jones-Moore Race in Alabama -- The False Flag Campaign of Deceit Continued Into the 2018 Midterms
Adam Schiff will hop right on this. (Thanks, NeverTrump!)
Democratic operatives, led by a former Obama official, bought ads on misleading Facebook pages to suppress GOP turnout in the midterm elections.
The pages appear to be designed to give the impression that they were operated by disgruntled conservatives rather than Democratic operatives.
The operatives were funded by left-wing billionaire Reid Hoffman, who previously funded a "false flag" effort in the 2017 Alabama special election.
Democratic operatives funded by left-wing tech billionaire Reid Hoffman ran a widespread campaign using misleading Facebook pages in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.
American Engagement Technologies (AET), which was founded by former Obama administration official Mikey Dickerson, bought ads for two Facebook pages, "The Daily Real" and "Today's Nation," encouraging Republican voters to stay home in the midterm elections, Facebook's ad archives show.
Both pages appear to be designed to give the impression that they were operated by frustrated conservatives rather than by Democratic operatives.
Which was plausible, because the Pierre Omidyar-funded Bill Kristol and his other leftist-funded friends were doing the same thing.

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