Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Yes, It's More Russiagate

Another signal that the long awaited report from IG Horowitz regarding the origins of the Russiagate probe is about to land, from Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Senate Sets Date For FISA Abuse Hearing for Dec. 11, which presumably means the report will be made public, to the extent it will be, by then. More speculation, of course by Sundance at CTH: IG Michael Horowitz Will Testify About FISA Report to Senate on December 11th…, including
It is possible the FISA report release, and the 12/11 Horowitz senate testimony will come at the same time the House of Representatives moves the impeachment inquiry into the House Judiciary Committee. According to the Pelosi calendar the last day for the House of Representative is Thursday December 12th.
Dan Chaitin at WaEx,  Ratcliffe: Democrats 'racing' to beat disclosure that 'damages the Obama-Biden administration'. So who is stepping on who? Twitchy, NAILED it: Byron York lays out why Dems don’t want the public to know origins of Ukraine or Russia probe and WOW, and in his own words, Democrats don't want public to know origins of Ukraine investigation like they didn't want public to know origins of Russia investigation
But there is more to the story. Should the whistleblower have connections to prominent Democrats, exposure of his identity could be embarrassing to the party. And perhaps most of all, reading through the impeachment investigation depositions that have been released so far, it's clear that cutting off questions that could possibly relate to the whistleblower has also allowed Democrats to shut off any look at how the Trump-Ukraine investigation started. Who was involved? What actions did they take? Why did some government employees think President Trump's July 25 call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky represented a lost opportunity, or poor judgment, while others thought it represented wrongdoing requiring congressional investigation?

Democrats do not want the public to know. And in that, their position is familiar to anyone who has watched Washington for the last two years: The Democrats' determination to cut off questions about the origins of the Trump-Ukraine investigation is strikingly similar to their determination to cut off questions about the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. In both cases, they fought hard to keep secret the origins of investigations that have shaken the nation, deeply divided the electorate, and affected the future of the presidency.
From sundance, FBI Releases Internal OPR Report Containing Details of Peter Strzok Investigation…. "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Here’s the report It seems they were mostly pissed that he made them look bad, also, Bad News/Good News – Bulk Metadata (FISA) Reauthorization Hidden in Short Term CR / Extended to March 15th, 2020…, so they can continue to collect all your data.

From Sarah Lee at Red State, another interview with the Russian/British woman used by Stefan Halper to set up Michael Flynn. Caught in the Crossfire Hurricane Crosshairs: An Interview With Svetlana Lokhova, Part 1 – The Setup. She was just collateral damage in the war on Donald Trump.

Will Chamberlain at Human Events claims Senate Republicans Are AWOL In The Oversight War. That's not unfair.

CNN, House investigating whether Trump lied to Mueller, WaPoo, House examines whether Trump lied to Mueller
The hearing followed Friday’s conviction of longtime Trump friend Roger Stone for lying to Congress. Testimony and evidence at his trial appeared to cast doubt on Trump’s written answers to Mueller’s questions, specifically about whether the president was aware of his campaign’s attempts to learn about the release of hacked Democratic emails by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

Pam Geller,  Russian media: 2020 election will cause an American civil war. They might be right.

It is, of course, Vindman day at Congress, House Impeachment Hearings – Day Three – 9:00am Vindman and Williams / 2:30pm Volker and Morrison – Livestream Links…. John Davidson, WaEx, Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero. Not everybody in uniform is a selfless hero. Sundance, Senator Ron Johnson Outlines Concerns With Lt. Col. Vindman Running Rogue Policy Group Against President Trump…
Within his deposition the ideology of Lt. Col Vindman is clear. Vindman’s mission focus was/is to shape U.S. policy toward Ukraine (and by extension NATO) regardless of the actual policy view of President Trump. Within his deposition Vindman admitted to giving countermanding instructions to his Ukraine counterpart two weeks after understanding opposite policy objectives from his commander-in-chief.

During his deposition Lt Col Vindman also admitted -with considerable angst and attempts to deflect from his legal advisors provided by the Dept. of Defense- that he was intentionally usurping the chain of command in an effort to follow his own ideological agenda; and perhaps that of his DoD leadership.

By itself that level of admitted and direct insubordination should be alarming for many reasons; not the least of which is his lineage within the U.S. Military. Indeed Vindman’s intent and purpose explains why he appeared for his deposition in full military uniform.
 Allah Pundit, Ron Johnson’s Letter To Nunes And Jordan Is The Strongest “Testimony” So Far In Support Of Trump
It’s a letter, responding to the letter that Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes sent him this morning asking him to recount his dealings with Trump and the Ukrainians this year, so it’s not official testimony under oath. It’s also partly political in tone, with Johnson stepping away at the beginning and end from his factual recollections to emphasize that he thinks the impeachment effort is part of a “concerted, and possibly coordinated, effort to sabotage the Trump administration” which he thinks began the day after Election Day 2016. He doesn’t use the term “deep state” but he’s very much a believer that the Ukraine scandal is largely a product of diplomatic and natsec bureaucrats channeling their policy frustrations with Trump into a narrative about misconduct. And he singles out Alex Vindman (who’ll be testifying this week) for special criticism on page three, suggesting that Vindman took to leaking because he can’t stomach that the president sets foreign policy and not the intel bureaucracy.
Breitbart, Emails: Open Society Kept Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Updated on George Soros’s Personal Ukraine Activities
The emails informed Ciaramella and a handful of other Obama administration foreign policy officials about Soros’s whereabouts, the contents of Soros’s private meetings about Ukraine and a future meeting the billionaire activist was holding with the prime minister of Ukraine.

A primary recipient of the Open Society emails along with Ciaramella was then-Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who played a central role in the anti-Trump dossier affair. Nuland, with whom Ciaramella worked closely, received updates on Ukraine issues from dossier author Christopher Steele in addition to her direct role in facilitating the dossier within the Obama administration.
 Eric Swalwell Nuked MSNBC With a Massive Fart...All on Live TV
CR, Devin Nunes says ‘tough luck’ to impeachment witnesses upset with Trump’s policy toward Ukraine, Eric Felten, RCI, Analysis: Media's Biden Standard of 'No Evidence' Is a Double Standard
For three years many of journalism’s most prestigious news outlets won acclaim for making and repeating claims President Trump and his team had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. No accusation, from secret meetings in Prague to tales of prostitutes peeing on beds, was deemed unfit to print. When they wanted to signal to readers that they were conveying claims instead of facts, their hedge words of choice – “unverified” or “not yet proved” were favorites – strongly suggested that confirmation was on the way.

Call it the Trump Standard.

Now those same news outfits are observing a new standard of proof, at least when it involves former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who enjoyed a lucrative relationship with a Ukrainian gas company. This new norm demands that, absent definitive proof, assertions must be labeled as “without evidence” or said to be supported by “no evidence.”

Call it the Biden Standard.
Remember that the next time the press informs you there is "no evidence." Also, in this light, read John Solomon, Impeachment surprise: How Adam Schiff validated my reporting on Ukraine
For weeks, media have claimed my Biden column was a debunked “conspiracy theory” and no one saw anything wrong. Now we know the very people working on Ukraine policy below Joe Biden in the State Department saw the appearance of a conflict, long before I reported it. And they were so concerned about Burisma’s corruption reputation that they took official actions to distance the U.S. from the firm that hired Hunter Biden.
The second point I made in my columns was there was significant evidence that some officials tied to Ukraine tried or did influence the 2016 election. That evidence included:
  • an OpEd written by the Ukrainian ambassador to Washington in August 2016 slamming Donald Trump
  • the release of sensitive law enforcement information by two Ukrainian government officials against Paul Manafort that forced the Trump campaign chairman to resign in 2016. A Ukrainian court later ruled the two officials’ actions were an improper effort by Ukraine to interference in the 2016 election.
  • A solicitation by a Democratic National Committee contractor seeking dirt from the Ukraine embassy on Trump and Manafort in spring 2016. The Ukrainian embassy confirms the solicitation, and says it was rebuffed,.
Schiff’s witnesses confirmed they knew about those issues in 2016 and 2017 but took no formal action. Yovanovitch was among those who said she didn’t raise any alarms, drawing this rebuke from Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
but read the whole thing. Front Page, Schiff’s “Hail Marie” Hearing Comes up Empty "Fired ambassador Marie Yovanovitch fails to pin a crime on President Trump." Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 11.18.19, Victory Girls: Yovanovich Testified Obama Administration Was Worried About Hunter Biden & Burisma.

An interesting twitter threat on Yovanovich ending in:
Ukraine found out, Trump stripped her of her ambassador position and didn't give her another, and now Ukraine's been investigating her, something NO MSM WILL TELL YOU.
And more impeachment bullshit than you can shake a stick at

Levin shreds Pelosi's bogus bribery accusation against President Trump - Conservative Review

Blame the Impeachment Flop on Botox – American Greatness

Democrats Omit Exculpatory Information from Summary of Tim Morrison Transcript | Breitbart

Profiles in cowardice: The Democrats’ push to impeach Trump – Da Tech Guy Blog

Democrats Concede Their Impeachment Argument Is Failing

Althouse: Trump says he likes the idea of testifying in "the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt."

Theo Spark: Cartoon Round Up....

Nancy Pelosi says President Trump 'so much worse' than Nixon

Trump: I'll "strongly consider" giving written testimony in House impeachment inquiry

The Secret of Liberal ‘Success’ : The Other McCain

Schiff falsifying records, may be found guilty of conspiracy - YouTube

Nancy Pelosi has ‘no idea’ when impeachment inquiry will end | One America News Network

Hilarious Adam Schiff Posters Popping Up All Over Los Angeles (Video) » Sons of Liberty Media

House Dem: Some in my caucus having second thoughts about impeachment

Neil Cavuto Rips Trump for Attack on Colleague Chris Wallace

Closest witnesses kicking off big Trump impeachment week

41% who support impeaching and removing Trump made up their mind before the Ukraine story first broke

In Genius Move, Trump Supports Impeachment, Forcing Democrats To Oppose | The Babylon Bee

Key Dates Highlight Pre-planning of Impeachment Agenda – Pelosi, Schiff, and The Hand-off To Nadler… | The Last Refuge

Jim Jordan Highlights Four Unwavering Facts That Dispute Impeachment Construct…. | The Last Refuge

Lee Zeldin Discusses House Impeachment Fiasco and Adam Schiff Hiding Testimony to Shape a Narrative… | The Last Refuge

You know, that Adam Schiff really is a creepy little bastard – The Daley Gator

Trump's aides eye moving impeachment witnesses out of White House jobs - CNNPolitics

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