Sunday, December 1, 2019

Russiagate Trickling Along

A relative dearth after Thanksgiving, for which I give thanks.

A bit of real news, at Sundance at CTH announces that The IG Report Will Release December 9th, But What About The “Declassification List”?…
Amid the twists and turns many people have forgotten about the material congress asked President Trump to declassify a year-and-a-half ago. Additionally there has been some material cited that just seemingly slipped away without follow-up. Consider:
Whatever happened to the forty pages of Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe text messages that Catherine Herridge noted nine months ago? Herridge only published four of the pages in March 2019.
  • Why are the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages still redacted two years after their original release (December 1st, 2017)?
  • Where’s the release of the Susan Rice inauguration day memo to the file?
  • Why didn’t the DOJ/FBI release all of the Bruce Ohr 302’s without redaction? Will those fully unredacted 302’s be part of the IG report release?
  • Where’s the unredacted David Archey FBI declarations that were previously ordered to be released by a DC judge?
  • The Mueller investigation ended 9 months ago. Why are we still not able to see the unredacted three authorization memos that Rosenstein gave to the special counsel on May 17th, August 2nd and October 20th, 2017?
Those simple questions (and releases) are in addition to the original list that congress provided to President Trump back in the summer of 2018. A declassification list that DAG Rod Rosenstein asked President Trump not to release until after the Mueller investigation. Again, the Mueller investigation ended nine months ago; President Trump authorized AG Bill Barr to declassify the material six months ago on May 23rd.
Soon enough we'll find out if more will be revealed or if the DOJ and FBI continue the game of hide the pickle. At OAN, Sidney Powell, Gen. Flynn’s Lawyer Says Inspector General Report Will Have Everything. My guess is, being a former federal prosecutor, she has some inside dope.

Some interesting Twitter threads unrolled, including The corrupt history of Flynn prosecutor Brandon Van Grack - from the Special Counsel's Office to the prosecution of Flynn. from Techno Fog. And this interesting one from  Svetlana Lokhova, the British/Russian girl used by Stephan Halper to set up Flynn.  The “FBI did not spy on the campaign” fix won’t work. I have the evidence. Halper was paid to spy and manufacture evidence against @GenFlynn from late 2015, from the moment Gen Flynn met Trump. @ChuckGrassley already identified the payments to Halper as “partisan political” and this response from Stephan McIntyre, good for both of you. Svetlana is FAR more important in disentangling the coup than Papadop (who is ticking IED). Her experience shows Halper's modus operandi - purpose of "spying" wasn't strategic intelligence, but dirty tricks smearing. 

In another thread  Steve McIntyre explores how, originally, Fusion GPS said that they retained Steele on June 17, 2016, almost immediately after being retained by DNC on June 17, 2016. In new book, Fusion approached DNC on Mar 1; were retained on Apr 20 and retained Steele "mid-May". Why original misinformation?  Why do liars lie? Well, it's usually not to cover up something honest.

At Power Line, Scott Johnson reviews Lee Smith: CNN & the Steele Dossier
Lee Smith is the author of The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History. Lee’s book is an invaluable companion to Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency; it adds to and amplifies the case McCarthy makes.

One of Lee’s principal themes is the role played by the media peddling the Russia hoax. The passage below from pages 119-121 is illustrative of the theme. In this passage Lee discusses the January 10, 2017 CNN story “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him.” Running under the byline of Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper and Carl Bernstein, the story peddled the Russia hoax based on the patently absurd Steele Dossier, which had not yet been made public. Lee notes that the story referred to the dossier’s most serious charge, “allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.” He then recounts (emphasis in original) . . .
And speaking of the new book by Fusion's Founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch,  Devin Nunes Accuses Fusion GPS Of Retaliation After Book Reveals Oppo Research Campaign (Chuck Ross at Da Caller)
“They actively obstructed justice by disrupting multiple congressional investigations and retaliated against me for revealing that the Steele dossier was funded by the Democrats,” Nunes said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation in response to revelations in “Crime in Progress,” written by Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch.

In the book, Simpson and Fritsch reveal for the first time that they conducted opposition research against Nunes in 2018 during his congressional reelection bid.
At Sarah, Staff Writer writes Carter Page files lawsuit against DOJ: Accuses them of “Orwellian overreach”. Filed under Lawsuits I hope will succeed. He has been thoroughly dragged through the mud, but escaped unblemished, while his accusers found themselves mired in the deepest ooze.

From Colbert King, who writes for WaPoo at the Greenwich Times, so you can read it if necessary, It's a good bet Trump will pardon his felon allies. Here's when that's most likely. I strongly support Trump pardoning Flynn, if Sidney Powell doesn't get the charges tossed. Papadop should be pardoned too, although he's already done his 10 days for misremembering a date to the FBI. Likewise, Roger Stones misremembering seems rather minor, and it appears he was set upon by the bureaucracy in revenge for his role in initiating the Trump campaign. Manafort should be pardoned for any FARA violations, and any process crime which occurred as a result of the investigation, but any money laundering or tax violations should be left intact.

From the Asia Times, David Goldman pontificates Not a bad spy novel, but a national nightmare -
Taking a careful look at the spooks’ campaign to topple Donald Trump A decent review based on Andy McCarthy's book "Ball of Collusion."

At Hot Air, Jazz Shaw notes Rudy walking backwards, Giuliani: Hey, Just Kidding About That “Insurance Policy”
Just for the record, I’ll remind everyone that Allahpundit called this the same day the original story first broke, saying “no, Rudy didn’t say he has ‘insurance’ if Trump throws him under the bus.” Or more specifically, he did say it, but it had to be a joke.
Sometimes it's a blessing to be a Vice President's son, other times, not so much. From Da Mail, EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden demands his financial records are kept SECRET by court in child support suit following claims of significant debts - but baby mama Lunden Roberts refuses to agree Beth Bauman at Town Hall tells us Here's How Hunter Biden's Child Support Case Can Impact What We Learn About His Ties to Burisma
What's interesting, however, is Biden signed a sworn statement saying he has been unemployed since May 2019 and has incurred major debt from a divorce with his ex-wife, Kathleen Biden. Accountants are currently calculating just how much debt he has. Once it's determined, that information will be turned over to the court.
I thought he was self employed, through his consulting business (along with John Kerry's sprout). I guess that Chinese influence racket must have fallen through, too.
AP, Trump to decide if he wants lawyers at impeachment hearings. Do they deserve the waste of oxygen? The WaFreeBee notes the AP noting: Swing-State Voters Skeptical of Impeachment. Bad news for Democrat challengers.
"Everything they say, it's so repetitive. To me, it's like they're beating their heads against the wall," a retired factory worker and Trump supporter told the AP.

"There's so much information that sometimes it's hard to decide which is the truth and which is just rumors," another voter, who opposes President Trump, said. She added that she just tunes out the impeachment news, which she referred to as a "waste" of her time.

"I feel like we've been hearing since the second that he was elected president he needs to be impeached," she said.
I know exactly how she feels. Gateway Pundit catches AP employing the old "Republicans Pounce" meme in AP Claims GOP ‘Wielding Impeachment as Offensive Weapon’ as Democrats ‘Play Defense’

James Pierson at The New Criterion (there was an old one?) asks Is it possible to impeach a president in a full employment economy? One reason Democrats are always willing to dis the Trump economy.

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