Tuesday, October 22, 2019

More Random Russiagate

Even Bernie Sanders: It’s “Outrageous” That Certain People Would Accuse Tulsi Gabbard Of Being A Foreign Asset, says the Russian Soviet asset, by way of Russian asset Allah Pundit at Hot Air. At Da Fed, Russian asset Erielle Davidson
While there is no evidence that Tulsi is a “Russian asset,” we also shouldn’t pretend that she hasn’t been favored by Russian news outlets for her more isolationist perspective and softened approach on murderous Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, with whom she met in 2017 on an alleged “fact finding mission” and has defended in the past. As reported by NBC News back in January, Tulsi appeared on three major Russian news site about twice as much as the two then-most popular Democratic candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

But again, does this mean that Tulsi is somehow a prop of the Russians? Of course not.
Russian asset Matt Taibbi at Gathers No Moss, Everyone Is a Russian Asset "America laughed at Hillary Clinton’s remarks about Tulsi Gabbard, but her ideas fit perfectly in the intellectual mainstream"

ISI, The Deep State Comes Out Of The Shadows. Sundance at CTH Senator Rand Paul Calls-Out Chairman Lindsey Graham for Doing Nothing Except Protecting the “Deep State”…

Even the NYT admits there's a Deep State, but insist that it's a good thing. Heh
Chuck Ross at Da Caller reports Brennan And Clapper To Be Interviewed As Part Of Investigation Into Russia Probe Origins, Da Wire, DOJ Review Of Origins Of Russia Probe Expanded, CIA Officials ‘Hiring Lawyers’ "Bonchie" at Red State, Flop Sweat Builds As It Sure Looks Like The Barr-Durham Probe Is Now A Criminal Investigation, and by way of Capt. Ed at Hot Air, NBC: Barr Approved Expanded Scope Of Durham Probe — To Include Clapper And Brennan
Remember, however, that a criminal probe — if that is in fact what Durham is conducting — is not an indictment … at least not yet. One enduring quality of this scandal is that it hasn’t paid off in either direction so far. It found no evidence of collusion by Donald Trump and his team, and up to now hasn’t dug up evidence of a “deep state” plot either, although of course both Durham and Horowitz have yet to publicize their conclusions. Comey and Andrew McCabe got fired, Peter Strzok got bounced too, and the latter two are suing over their terminations.

Still, the interest in Clapper and Brennan seems pretty noteworthy. Durham will need to have his ducks in a row before deposing both men, who have been pretty slippery in public comments on a wide range of issues. Both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are still angry over Clapper’s flat-out lies in testimony about domestic surveillance, which cost Clapper absolutely nothing in that instance. If either of the two men think Durham will let them get away with that in their “interviews,” however, maybe they’d better lawyer up too.
Judicial Watch comes through again, New Benghazi Documents Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up. We didn't really need them, but it's nice to have the paper work, meanwhile,  CNN Analyst Toobin Says He Regrets Talking About Clinton Emails, Blames It For Her 2016 Election Loss (Da Caller). Just think of them as Democrats with columns.

And in our moment of amusement for the day, from Da Hill, Judge rules prosecutors can't show 'Godfather' clip at Roger Stone's trial

Federal prosecutors cannot play a clip from “The Godfather, Part II” in court during the trial of political consultant Roger Stone, a judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the case against the consultant, agreed with his attorneys that the clip could unfairly prejudice jurors.

“The government will not be permitted to introduce the clip itself in its case in chief because the prejudicial effect of the videotape, which includes a number of extraneous matters, outweighs its probative value,” Jackson, an Obama appointee, ruled Monday.

However, she said prosecutors are free to use a transcript of the scene.

The indictment against Stone charges that he pressured an associate to “do a Frank Pentangeli” in his testimony. Pentangeli, played in the 1974 film by Michael V. Gazzo, is a lieutenant in the Corleone mafia family who recants incriminating Senate testimony after the family arranges for his brother to sit in the audience for the hearing.
Da Signal, They Aren’t Whistleblowers. They’re Double Agents.

The paywalled WSJ announces More Ukraine Witnesses Set to Testify in Impeachment Probe This Week. Of course, when you can't dazzle them with brilliace, baffle them with bull. From sundance, Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise Discuss Pelosi’s Impeachment Fiasco…. with 3 videos.

CNN, Democrats see impeachment proceedings taking longer than some initially expected. AP, Trump urges GOP to ‘get tougher and fight’ impeachment  Damn that Trump; he fights back! Sundance, Speaker Pelosi Justifies Effort: Investigating Political Corruption is Grounds for Impeachment… Well, when the corruption is Democrats.

David Catron at AmSpec, Trump Will Win in 2020 Because of Impeachment "A failed impeachment will weaken the Dems, strengthen Trump, and motivate his supporters." A pleasant thought, but I'm not sure it always works that way.

Some fresh links via JJ Sefton's Morning Report:

Media Memory-Hole Reports Confirming Trump's Ukraine "Conspiracy Theory"
Ol' Yeller Levin: Here's What the Media and Some Republicans Are Still Getting Wrong About the Trump-Ukraine So-Called "Quid Pro Quo"
Mulvaney: I Didn't Say Quid Pro Quo
Trump Gave Ukraine What Obama Withheld
Gorka: When Does It Count as a Coup?

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