Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Russiagate Con Carne

I had all the best intentions to get to the "remainder" of yesterday's Russiagate coverage, the Biden/Ukraine/Giuliani and the impeachment follies, after my three hour band band practice yesterday afternoon.

As I was settling in to tackle it, I got a call from Trevor who wanted "some help" butchering a deer, which was his way of saying he wanted to give me some deer meat. It seems he has contacts with a local beef  farmer who has a crop damage permit, the right to kill excessive deer that come on their property. They shoot so many, they actually have problems of getting rid of them, and Trevor takes several every year and distributes the meat to friends, mostly needy (unlike us).

When we arrived at the farm, the farmer offered us not one, but two does he had in the meat locker. It took us a while to disassemble them to the point that we could get them into coolers and bring them home, and by that time, it was dark. 

I got most of half a deer, a front and rear haunch, a set of ribs, and a piece of spine with lots of meat, which is now in the crock pot to be used as chili. By time Georgia and I cleaned, finished butchering and putting away to meat, it was late, and I was tired, and just couldn't face more of that stuff.

Which is a long introduction/apology for the fact that Russiagate coverage backed up big time, and I'm not going to do much but give you raw links. Which is OK, since not much happened (except for the Democrats deciding to attempt to impeach Trump on two charges; first, abuse of power, based on the Ukraine non-events, and second, obstruction of Congress, for not swiftly answering their subpoenas). Lot's of talk about the IG report, and Bill Barr and John Durham's rejection of IG Horowitz's rejection of the notion that bias against Trump had any role in the Russiagate investigation

Spygate, the Horowitz Report, Bill Barr and John Durham:

Liz Harrington: FISA abuse — Obama's FBI turned into arm of Hillary Clinton campaign | Fox News

DOJ IG: FISA Application for Spy Warrants Against Trump Official Riddled with Errors

Donald J. Trump on Twitter: "I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me. With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!"

IG Report: Here Are The 17 Specific ‘Inaccuracies And Omissions’ In The FBI’s FISA Warrants Against Carter Page | The Daily Wire

IG report proves whole investigation was as corrupt as Comey: GoodwinA Trail of FBI Abuse - WSJ

FBI's secret court that allowed Trump targeting needs radical reform

Patterico's Pontifications » Reactions To The IG Report Released Today

Sean Davis on Twitter: "The FBI claimed to the FISA court that Steele was reliable because previous information he provided as an informant had been "used in criminal proceedings" by DOJ. That was a lie. The FBI knew it was a lie. It included the lie anyway.…"

Watchdog: FBI Knew 'Pee Tape' Highly Dubious, Didn't Tell Trump | RealClearInvestigations

It's official: The dossier was malarkey

Obama and Biden: Three Scandals, One Day – American Greatness

Trump on IG Report: 'This Was an Attempted Overthrow... We Caught ‘em Red-Handed' | News and Politics

Trump blasts FBI director: What report was he reading, anyway?

Barr is on the case | Power Line

“It Is Not What the Department of Justice Does”: Barr and Durham Go Rogue on the Inspector General’s Report | Vanity Fair

Barr: Sure seems like the FBI acted in "bad faith" in Operation Crossfire Hurricane

Barr thinks FBI may have acted in 'bad faith' in probing Trump campaign's links to Russia

Attorney general William Barr sharpens attacks on FBI's Russia probe - The Washington Post

Former top FBI lawyer: I'm asking Trump 'to apologize to me' - CNNPolitics

The ‘Vindication’ of James Comey - WSJ

Rand Paul to reporters: Why aren't you making a bigger deal about Schiff's "immoral, unfair" seizure of phone records?

IG Report Reveals James Comey Lied On Fox News About Steele Dossier

Live from Comeyworld | Power Line

So Obama knew all along about the FBI bid to spy on his rival - American Thinker

Lisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over leak of texts

Some call it performance failure | Power Line

Why would the FBI intentionally mislead the FISA Court if not for bias? | Flopping Aces

The Bidens, Ukraine, and Giuliani

Sen. Graham Expects Impeachment 'to Meet a Quick End in the Senate'; No Witnesses? | CNSNews

Nadler: Adam Schiff, Hunter Biden, And Ukraine Whistleblower Are Not "Relevant" Witnesses | Video | RealClearPolitics

‘The blowback is only coming from the far right’: Schiff defends release of Nunes’s call recordsOnly conservatives care About Schiff getting opponents' phone records

Impeach Trump Because of…Slavery? | Power Line

tjking on Twitter: "This is the new laying the groundwork to delegitimize 2020 & Trump's 2nd term. That he some how used foreign influence to rig. So 2016 flashhback question for all Dems this week: If American voters choose Trump in 2020, will you accept the will of the ppl in this democracy?…"

The Legacy of Low-Bar Impeachment – American Greatness

'Treason': House Judiciary Committee Report Implicates Trump in Ultimate Crime | Breitbart

Impeachment Games: Dems dump thousands of pages of documents on Republicans just 48 hrs before next hearing

Adam Schiff Has Jumped the Shark | The American Spectator

Trumping a Low Pair - American Thinker

Dershowitz: I was kept off House impeachment panel because of Epstein accusations – HotAir

Lindsey Graham says he won't call Adam Schiff as witness in Senate trial – HotAir

Democrats split on whether to include Mueller obstruction in articles of impeachment – HotAir

Nadler Failed to Swear in Witnesses at Judiciary Impeachment Hearings | Breitbart

Hmmm: Murkowski dings House Dems for making impeachment process more partisan than it needed to be

Ace of Spades HQ LTC Hickman Demolishes Strategic Pastry Repository Alex Vindman

Report: Cruz thinks there aren't enough Senate votes to call Hunter Biden as a witness – HotAir

Moderate House Dem: I'm struggling to see how the evidence here justifies impeachment

BREAKING: As Impeachment Moves Ahead Trump Surges in Battleground States - Firehouse Strategies

The Democrats and Their Narrative : The Other McCain

Theo Spark: Cartoon Round Up....

A Cornered Rat Reponds | Ricochet

Schiff Threatens Press Freedom - WSJ

Ace of Spades HQ - Star Democrat "Witness" Says That Trump Should Be Impeached Because His 8-Year-Old Son Thinks Trump Is a "Bad Person," Then Jumps from the Witness Seat to the Prosecutor's Table and Starts Interrogating Republican Witnesses

Why Trump's Impeachment Is Unconstitutional |

Dems Impeachment Drive Hurtling Toward House Vote, but the Rules Change Big-Time in the Senate Trial

The impeachment train pulls into the station today

Jim Jordan Eviscerates Democrat Impeachment Narrative and a Key Witness…. | The Last Refuge

The Morning Briefing: Nonbinary Gender Articles of Impeachment Day or Something

I’ve Had It With Impeachment | Power Line

Lindsey Graham on Impeachment: "I am going to end this as quickly as I can"

Democrats Resurrect Russia Collusion in Articles of Impeachment

Ace of Spades HQ - Democrats' Star Counsel Dan Goldman Claims He's a Non-Partisan Straight-Arrow Fact-Finder, Then Wilts When Asked By Matt Gaetz if He Used to Tweet That the Pee-Pee Tape Was Real

Ace of Spades HQ Democrats Unveil Two Frivolous, Focus-Grouped Articles of Fake Impeachment

Quinnipiac: Opposition to impeachment and removal reaches 51%, highest number since SeptemberInstapundit

GOP senator: We might see three Democrats in this chamber vote to acquit Trump

Miscellaneous other link swarms. 

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