Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Some Hump Day Russiagate

Elle Johnson likes Hump Day
People are still talking about Roger Stone, I see. Including Roger Stone; Roger Stone credits president Trump with saving his life by commuting his prison sentence 'I was facing what I really believed was a near-death sentence,' Stone said during the interview. Well, maybe. It seemed like an awful lot of legal firepower to go after a political prankster. Mark Hymen at AmSpec compares Clinton’s Pardons - By comparison, President Trump deserves a Nobel Prize for his. Especially now that you can get a Nobel Prize for something you haven't done yet.
It had gotten so wild in the final months of the Clinton presidency that Roger was cold-calling applicants offering to get them clemency in return for cash. One applicant, who wishes to remain anonymous, wondered how Roger Clinton knew they applied for clemency and how he got their private cell phone number. Bill must have given the information to Roger, the unsuccessful applicant speculated. The applicant refused to pay Roger the requested six-figure fee and never received a pardon.
Matt Vespa at Town Hall finds a  Liberal Reporter who says Yes, The Mueller Probe's ‘Hysterical Fallacies' Is Cause For Roger Stone's Commutation. This has a great twitter thread. A taste:
CNN whines that Mueller considered speaking up earlier against Trump and Barr's attacks, sources say. Of course he wants to protect his work product, that's only natural, but he might want to be careful not to bring it under too much scrutiny. Sundance at CTH, More of This Approach – Devin Nunes Goes Hard After Mueller Team…

Twitchy, He NEVER learns! Kayleigh McEnany once again makes Jim Acosta her BIATCH during presser when he asks about Russia Russia Russia
Intersectionality in the news, Sundance points out that Bari Weiss, who is in the news for writing a scathing resignations letter to the NYT regarding the cancel culture in their staff, is also the same NYT editor who was playing games with the Carter FISA warrant that was leaked from the Senate Select Intelligence Committee: New York Times Editor, Who Received Leaked Wolfe FISA Application From March 17, 2017, Resigns…. If you weren't aware, Sundance has a special hatred for the SSIC, likely justified: The Mysterious Journey of an FBI Leak Investigation…

So does Lorena Bueri
Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Graham Working To Declassify Memo Of FBI Interview With Steele Source Who Undermined Dossier. Still waiting for Lindsey 3.0, you know, the version that actually gets something accomplished.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Tuesday he is working to declassify a memo regarding an FBI interview conducted with the primary source for Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the infamous anti-Trump dossier.
Graham revealed new details about the memo in an interview with former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy. He said that the document is 40 pages in length and covers information that Steele’s source provided the FBI over the course of three days in January 2017.

The Justice Department’s office of the inspector general revealed in a report released Dec. 9 that the source, who has not been identified, disputed many of Steele’s allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The source told the FBI that Steele misrepresented or embellished the claims by passing off rumor as fact in the 35 page dossier. The inspector general’s report revealed that the FBI failed to disclose the information in two applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide.

The FBI relied heavily on Steele’s information in applications for the FISAs. The Justice Department deemed two of the four FISA orders against Page to be invalid because of omissions about Steele’s source.
and Demi Rose
Henry Rodgers at Da Caller reports that  House Judiciary Committee To Host Second DOJ Whistleblower Hearing Before Attorney General Barr Testifies
In a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the committee, ripped Nadler for refusing to release the names of witnesses that are scheduled to appear at a hearing on July 23. In the letter, Jordan told Nadler he expects the witnesses to consume the committee’s time by attacking Barr before he testifies on July 28 about politicization at the DOJ.

“We understand that you intend to convene a hearing of the Committee on July 23, 2020, to provide yet another public platform for presumably disgruntled witnesses to attack Attorney General William P. Barr. Your oddly personal obsession with attacking the Attorney General— and using the Committee’s limited time and resources to do it—has sadly become a vanity project. In feeding your vanity, you have declined to use Committee time and energy on issues of bipartisan significance that can truly help our constituents and instead chosen to focus the Committee on your fruitless partisan pursuits,” Jordan wrote in the letter to Nadler.
So did you hear, Russiagate alum Jeff Sessions loses Alabama Senate runoff to Tommy Tuberville? (Sauron's eye). AllahPundit, Live Results At 8 P.M. ET: Sessionsdammerung. Sundance probably says it best in Tuberville Crushes Sessions in Alabama Primary Senate Race…
Done is done. No time for gloating. Thank you Jeff Sessions for everything you have done throughout your career (sans AG). As a former Senator Mr. Sessions was a valuable supporter for the MAGA agenda and a kind person. Done is done. Now we move on.

Unite the clans. We’ve got a general election to win.
Wombat-socho has Rule 5 Sunday: Toni McBride ready at The Other McCain.

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