Thursday, March 19, 2020

Russiagate Gasping for Breath

Brietbart, Report: Senior Obama DOJ Officials Privately Suggested Flynn Didn’t Lie to FBI, But they prosecuted him anyway for the crime of working for Trump.

Victoria Taft at PJ Media First No Collusion, Now No Actual *Russians* in Mueller's Disastrous Russian Collusion Illusion. The Russians were an excuse, not a reason.
The Russian bot farm case was sold as the aha! moment in the Mueller investigation and ended with prosecutors asking for dismissal while all eyes were on the coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.
Jeffrey Lloyd at Am Spec, The Impeachment That Killed Americans - Instead of dealing with the virus, Dems focused on getting Trump.
Over there at Breitbart, Joel Pollak, one of the serious journalists of the day, has put together this telling timeline that shows exactly what Democrats were doing as the coronavirus loomed. Here’s the link to Joel’s story — and here’s his very revealing timeline:
  • January 11: Chinese state media report the first known death from an illness originating in the Wuhan market.
  • January 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. Pelosi and House Democrats celebrate the “solemn” occasion with a signing ceremony, using commemorative pens.
  • January 21: The first person with coronavirus arrives in the United States from China, where he had been in Wuhan
  • January 23: The House impeachment managers make their opening arguments for removing President Trump.
  • January 23: China closes off the city of Wuhan completely to slow the spread of coronavirus to the rest of China.
  • January 30: Senators begin asking two days of questions of both sides in the president’s impeachment trial.
  • January 30: The World Health Organization declares a global health emergency as coronavirus continues to spread.
  • January 31: The Senate holds a vote on whether to allow further witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial.
  • January 31: President Trump declares a national health emergency and imposes a ban on travel to and from China. Former Vice President Joe Biden calls Trump’s decision “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”
  • February 2: The first death from coronavirus outside China is reported in the Philippines.
  • February 3: House impeachment managers begin closing arguments, calling Trump a threat to national security.
  • February 4: President Trump talks about coronavirus in his State of the Union address; Pelosi rips up every page.
  • February 5: The Senate votes to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, 52-48 and 53-47.
  • February 5: House Democrats finally take up coronavirus in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia.
They have their priorities. Via the  Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (3/18/20) at Aces, The Deep State, out for good or for total control of you? You be the judge.
A new bill sponsored by Lindsey Graham, Richard Blumenthal, Josh Hawley and Dianne Feinstein called the EARN IT Act of 2020 will force encrypted communication providers, like Telegram and Protonmail, to give American intelligence services the ability to wiretap private chats or face steep legal penalties. The law’s supporters are using the cover of coronavirus panic to quietly advance it without much of a debate.

According to the bill’s text, it is intended to fight sex trafficking and child pornography online by criminally implicating tech companies that do not create a back channel for federal law enforcement to access on a whim. The nuts and bolts on how this will work has been kept opaque. A committee composed of members of the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security will set the terms only after it passes.
I'm sure it's just a coincidence that all the proposed WuFlu measures restrict personal freedom, and will likely last far beyond the disease.

By way of EBL's John M. Barry discusses the "Spanish Flu" (the 1918 Influenza)

WaPoo, Trump plans to nominate Special Forces veteran to head counterterrorism center amid uncertainty about its future. They seem concerned, probably that they won't get the fresh leaks of anti-Trump material that they expect.
But the move is also being seen with trepidation by some insiders who wonder if it is part of a Trump administration effort to purge the intelligence community of career professionals. The acting NCTC director, Russell Travers, a respected career intelligence officer with decades of experience, has held the line against cuts at his agency. And though he has long been expecting to retire, he did not learn of Trump’s intention to nominate Miller until Wednesday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.

At the National Security Council, Miller, an Army Special Forces veteran with more than 30 years of government service, focused on pressuring the Islamic State, hostage recovery and hunting down the remnants of al-Qaeda’s leadership. On his watch, the Trump administration killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and a key lieutenant.
WaFreeBee, Hunter Biden Founded a Now-Defunct Record Production Company in 2018. "Biden Enterprise LLC went under after failing to pay mortgage, garbage disposal." Well, if you cant't play a guitar or sing, what better way to attract hookers and free cocaine!

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