Friday, July 31, 2020

Russiagate: Flynn in Flux, Again

Not shockingly, the DC Circus  has decided to take up the Flynn matter en banc on Aug, 11, effectively delaying the resolution of this matter. Capt. Ed at Hot Air (in red type), Breaking: DC Circuit Tosses Flynn Order, Will Rehear En Banc
So much for clearing things up. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals tossed an earlier 2-1 ruling written by Judge Neomi Rao ordering Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss charges against Michael Flynn, as requested by the Department of Justice. Instead, the full bench of the appellate court will rehear the arguments presented by attorneys from all three parties — Flynn, the DoJ, and Sullivan himself:
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It took nearly three weeks for the court to rule on Sullivan’s request for an en banc review. That in itself might indicate some reluctance to take on a case that hasn’t exactly reflected glory on anyone involved in it, including most assuredly Emmet Sullivan and the court. The fact that they granted this means that they are concerned that all of the irregularities have added up to a mess that requires very careful deliberation to unravel.
Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Michael Flynn Case Continues As Appeals Court Sets Hearing On Whether To Dismiss Charges. Sara Carter, Flynn Update: Order To Dismiss Case ‘Vacated’ Case Will Be Reheard In August. Sundance at CTH, DC Circuit Agrees to Sullivan Request for En Banc Hearing…
The full bench of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington DC has agreed to consider whether judge Sullivan should be forced to dismiss a felony charge against Michael Flynn. The insanity continues.

Everything about this case has been bizarre including Judge Sullivan’s refusal to accept the unopposed motion to dismiss the case. Now the full DC Circuit panel will hear arguments about why Sullivan should be allowed to continue the case without DOJ prosecution.

It appears the court has pinned their en banc acceptance on the notion that Judge Sullivan had yet to issue a final ruling prior to the writ of mandamus (asking the appeals court to intervene). The panel is asking the DOJ and Flynn defense to explain why “no other adequate means to attain the relief” is possible, if Sullivan has yet to rule.
 Ace, Horrible: Democrats on DC Circuit Court of Appeals Agree to Full En Banc Hearing of Flynn Case
It's plain they're just trying to delay this until they can get a change of AG.
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A majority of the Court of Appeals' members are Democrats.

By the way, the DC Court of Appeals is the most important court in America, after the Supreme Court. That's because it's the court of appeals for almost every single case involving the US government, which of course is located in DC.

And of course it will be the court of appeals for most political trials.
Sundance presents Devin Nunes Discusses Flynn Case and Durham Criminal Investigation…

And in an nice segue to the Barr hearing, Breitbart shows how Jim Jordan Asks Rep. Jamie Raskin Why His Wife Unmasked Michael Flynn. Rabbi Dov Fischer at AmSpec, No Holds Barred at the House Lynch SessionTwist the knife. David Marcus at Da Fed, Democrats Refused To Let Barr Speak Because They Know He’s Right, Brad Slager at Hot Air VIP, Democrats Desperate Enough For Political Leverage They Will Accuse AG Bill Barr Of Murder, Of Course. They don't have to be desperate to do that; it's the norm. Matt Vespa at Town Hall was amused that Seriously, Lady: PA Dem Who AG Barr Laughed at During Clown Show Hearing Took a Racial Swipe at Him. Again, it's the norm for Democrats to accuse any Republican of racism.
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch accuses the Obama crowd Tom Fitton: Sedition in the Obama Oval Office?
We sued after the DOJ, FBI, and ODNI failed to respond to identical May 20, 2020, FOIA requests for:
All records regarding the January 5, 2017, meeting at the White House between former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director James Comey, President Obama, and others. This request includes all records created in preparation for, during, and/or pursuant to the meeting, as well as any and all related records of communication between any official or representative of the Department of Justice and any other individual.
The meeting took place just two weeks prior to Trump’s inauguration. Last week we released mails between Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that included a frantic exchange between top bureau officials in the days prior to and following Trump’s inauguration discussing a White House counterintelligence briefing that could “play into” the FBI’s “investigative strategy.”

Obama’s infamous January 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting is a key moment in the corrupt effort to smear and spy on President Trump and target General Flynn with a malicious prosecution. Rather than delay and stonewall, it is urgent the FBI, DOJ, ODNI release all records about this malicious, seditious conspiracy.
Rick Moran at PJ Media, Dems Fear Release of Durham's Findings Before the Election. I suspect both sides will remain angered and disappointed.  JB Shurk, at AmThink thinks Tick, Tick, Boom, Boom, Time's Up, Obama Goons? Wishful thinking, I think.

John Solomon at JTN reports In dramatic expansion of Russia probe, Senate investigators target CIA, State records
Many of the new requests appear to focus on people who are suspected to have contributed materials to Christopher Steele's discredited anti-Trump dossier or who trafficked information from the opposition research memo to government officials.

For instance, the chairmen demanded records from Pompeo's department concerning:
  • Clinton acolyte and former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, who has admitted he received and provided copies of the Steele dossier
  • former Clinton associates Cody Shearer and Sidney Blumenthal. Shearer, a relative of Talbott, wrote a dossier similar to Steele's that was provided to the former MI-6 agent.
  • former State officials Victoria Nuland, Jonathan Winer and Kathleen Kavalec, all of whom had contact with Steele as he was developing his dossier.
The senators also made their most sweeping demands for records from CIA, including any information the spy agency provided the FBI concerning the credibility of Steele as a human source.
Chuck Ross at Da Caller on the later, GOP Senators Request A Slew Of Trump-Russia Records, Including About Dossier Source Igor Danchenko
Grassley and Johnson are asking the CIA to provide any records related to Steele from January 2016 onward. They are also asking the agency for documents regarding Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, as well as two mystery professors: Stefan Halper and Joseph Mifsud.

Halper met with Page and Papadopoulos in 2016 as a confidential human source for the FBI. Mifsud was the Maltese professor who met with Papadopoulos in London in April 2016, and allegedly made reference to the Russians having dirt on Hillary Clinton.
And Chuck reminds us, FBI Finds Two ‘Material’ Errors In Audit Of 29 FISA Applications. The Carter Page FISAs Had 17 ‘Significant’ Omissions. I wonder why? No, I don't really.

Sean Davis at Da Fed finds, Ahead Of Election, Adam Schiff Tries To Kickstart Yet Another Russian Interference Operation. He his kind of monomaniacal, isn't he. I wonder about his thyroid meds.
“Whether he knows it or not, Adam Schiff is Vladimir Putin’s marionette right now,” Dr. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), who also serves on HPSCI, told The Federalist. “Everything he’s doing is dividing us as Americans. Maybe Schiff knows he’s a puppet of Putin and that’s why he does this, or maybe he just can’t see the effects of his actions.”

“There’s so much irony here when you consider that it’s the Democrats who colluded with Russians in 2016,” Wenstrup added. “Let’s not forget the episode of Schiff trying to acquire nude pictures of Donald Trump from people he thought were Russians but were actually comedians.”

In 2018, Schiff was caught colluding with Russians to obtain naked pictures of Trump. What Schiff didn’t know at the time was that he was being pranked by two Russian comedians. Schiff is heard in the audiotape of the conversation asking the Russians if they could provide the photos and any other recordings they might have of Trump to Schiff’s committee.

“Obviously we would welcome the chance to get copies of those recordings,” Schiff told the Russians.
Breitbart, Exclusive — Republicans Mull Ethics Charges Against Schiff Ally as Democrats Turn Back to Failed Russia Strategy
House GOP leaders are considering pursuing ethics charges against Democrat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) for alleged misconduct he engaged in against Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) at an Intelligence Committee meeting on Wednesday morning.

“He was very rude,” Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) told Breitbart News on Wednesday evening of Maloney’s behavior towards Nunes and others during the committee meeting earlier in the day. “Members don’t question other members in hearings. This wasn’t on the agenda for the meeting. It was really inappropriate in my opinion, and pretty childish.”
Legalized dueling offers interesting possibilities.

Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 07.30.20 (Evening Edition), Bacon Time informs us yesterday was National Whistleblower's Day in Eric Ciaramella

Last, and least, Ace offers Showtime To Run Propaganda "Activistic" Film Based on Comey's Book of Lies, Just In Time for the Election. Just another work of fiction. Why would anyone take Jim Comey at his word, he lied to the President of the United States.

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