Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Russiagate Ohring Along

Opening this morning with the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.12.19, with it's link to Joe For America: Chelsea Handler Calls For Military Coup To Overthrow Trump. Just One Problem

Is that all? Sorry, laws don't apply to Democrats and Hollywood types. Also via the Wombat,  from AmThink, Both Ohrs In Troubled Water
If there was ever any doubt about the depth and extent of the deep-state coup against both candidate and President Donald J. Trump and the number of deep-state actors attempting to thwart the will of the American people, it vanished with the release of partially redacted copies of former Deputy Atty. Gen. Bruce Ohr’s FBI 302 reports (interview summaries) on Thursday evening obtained by Judicial Watch.

They confirm that Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie were not merely passive conduits for the fraudulent Steele Dossier but were active participants in the plot to deny Trump the presidency. They confirm that the FBI knew that the Steele Dossier, paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton, was a fake when they applied to the FISA court for warrants to surveil American citizens. They detail the involvement of the State Department and others in the Obama administration. As I wrote almost a year ago, Andrew Weissmann, touted as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “pit bull” was kept in the loop by Ohr on any and all dossier and FISA developments.
Mark Tapscott at ET,  Bruce Ohr FBI Notes Show Anti-Trump Materials Were Shared Among Top Obama Officials
Newly released FBI interview notes with former Deputy Associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr show that information gathered against Donald Trump by former British spy Christopher Steele for Hillary Clinton was distributed to the FBI and State Department in President Barack Obama’s administration in 2016.

Ohr told FBI agents during a Nov. 22, 2016, interview that “reporting on Trump’s ties to Russia were going to the [Hillary] Clinton campaign, Jon Winer at the U.S. State Department and the FBI,” according to one of the notes made public late on Aug. 8 by Judicial Watch.
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“These new Bruce Ohr FBI 302s show an unprecedented and irregular effort by the FBI, DOJ, and State Department to dig up dirt on President Trump using the conflicted Bruce Ohr, his wife, and the Clinton/DNC spies at Fusion GPS,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement accompanying the release of the documents.

“The FISA courts weren’t informed of this corrupted process when they were asked to approve and reapprove extraordinary spy warrants targeting President Trump,” Fitton said.

Judicial Watch previously uncovered documents showing Ohr received a $28,000 bonus during the period covered by the 302s. An Obama appointee, Ohr worked for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The $28,000 bonus was almost double his previous bonus of $14,500 in 2015.
 Nice Deb at AmGreat, Newly Released Bruce Ohr Memos Suggest FBI Lied on FISA Application
Ohr said that he knew during the campaign that Steele’s reporting was “going to the Clinton campaign, Jon Winer at the U.S. State Department and the FBI.”

“OHR was aware that Simpson was passing [Steele’s] information to many individuals or entities and at time [Steele] would attend meetings with Simpson,” the FBI transcripts also say.

Winer, who served as the State Department’s special envoy to Libya, was Steele’s main contact at Foggy Bottom. He was also a source for both Isikoff and Corn, who published articles touting Steele’s dossier.
Capt. Ed at Hot Air,  Ohr Interviews: Steele Agenda Was To Stop Trump Presidency.
The real test will be how Inspector General Michael Horowitz views his dossier and the Ohr interviews in his investigations into Operation Crossfire Hurricane. The 302s indicate that the FBI had recognized several red flags about Steele’s work and his motives, and yet treated him like a reliable source in order to spy on Page and the Trump campaign.

That certainly suggests bias as the motive for the FBI’s actions, Lindsey Graham told Sean Hannity last night, and warned that this was “just the tip of the iceberg” on the question of bias:

Imagine their shock and horror when he won the election rigged against him.

Sara Carter on our Two Tiered System Of Justice: Top FBI Officials Escape Prosecution, While Others Pay Heavy Price and from Margot Cleveland at Da Fed, Here’s Your Guide To Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s Lawsuit Demanding His Job Back

Paul Bedard at WaEx, Book: ‘Collusion hoax’ a Clinton-Obama payback for 2016 loss to Trump
In Ball of Collusion, National Review writer Andrew C. McCarthy said the nearly three-year scandal was hatched by former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton to punish Trump should he win.

The book, which details in readable fashion every twist and turn in the case, said the duo had two plans: Plan A was to get Clinton elected. And Plan B, “the insurance policy,” to ruin Trump with impeachment hearings and kill his reelection chances.

“This book contends that the Obama administration, abetted by Washington’s politically progressive order, exploited its control of law-enforcement and intelligence agencies to help Clinton and undermine Trump,” he wrote.

Capt. Ed again, Muellerama Continues: Obama Advisor Trial Opens. A stray Obama advisor caught up in FARA violations along with Manafort. Pretty much a show trial to attempt to demonstrate equal justice. I'd be more impressed if they went after Tony Podesta.

Sundance at DTH is bothered by a Troubling Statement by President Trump: “We’re dealing with Senator Burr. We’re dealing with the committee”…. "Someone warn President Trump not to rely on the advice and counsel from the SSCI.  Those Senators are at the heart of the impeachment effort against him."  Well, that's a price you pay for having a Republic.

"Bonchie" at Red State, Fat Jerry Nadler Says Impeachment Proceedings Have Begun
The problem is that this clearly violates House rules.
The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, called out Nadler’s CNN claim almost as soon as he uttered it on the CNN set.
“Chairman Nadler is either uninformed about what a formal impeachment inquiry is or he is deliberately misleading the American public to score cheap political points,” Collins tweeted Thursday. “Which is it, Chairman?”
Any function of impeachment under Article 1 requires a majority vote in the House approving such measures. Without that fail safe, any committee could abuse the impeachment process and the court system by simply declaring they’ve started impeachment proceedings. It’s unconstitutional.
That damn constitution, written by dead white men, over 100 years ago. 

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