But, first, some continued discussion of the Michael Flynn pardon. John Solomon at JTN lays out The dozen belated disclosures that turned the tide in Michael Flynn’s case "Long-withheld evidence of innocence revealed the FBI never thought it had a case against former Trump national security adviser." Nothing you haven't seen here before, but won't see in the NYT or WaPoo. Eli Lake at Yahoo! Trump Was Right to Pardon Michael Flynn. Yes, after Judge Emmett Sullivan refused to do the right thing and dismiss the charges the way the DOJ wanted in a timely matter. But, of course we have naysaying from the usual never-Trumpers and Democrats. David Frum from the Atlantic spins a wild tale about how Trump Pardoned Flynn to Save Himself and Adam Schiff: Flynn Pardon Demonstrates Our System ‘Can Be Exploited by Hostile Foreign Powers’ (Breitbart). What's he gonna say when Joe has to pardon Hunter? (Fox, After joining Burisma, Hunter Biden requested meetings with Antony Blinken: State Dept. emails, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Blinken for secretary of state)
And the media? Tom Maguire at JOM asks you to Pardon Their Coverage
Resistance "Journalists" belly flop on the Flynn pardon.
For an example of an inarguably corrupt purchased pardon we turn to Bill Clinton and Marc Rich. However, despite investigations and hearings no crimes were charged.
For pardons arguably linked to obstruction of justice we can turn to Bush 41. His Christmas Eve pardon of Caspar Weinberger effectively ended the seemingly immortal Walsh investigation into Iran/Contra. And of course Wild Bill Clinton had entrants in the obstruction category, notably Susan McDougal of Whitewater fame.
And Carter Page? Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media, Justice Is Coming: Carter Page Takes Comey, McCabe, Strzok to Court in $75M Obamagate Lawsuit and Althouse reports "Carter Page sued fired FBI Director James Comey, fired FBI deputy director
Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others involved in the improper Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act snooping..."
"... on the former Trump campaign associate that relied upon British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier to obtain approval from the FISA court."
The Washington Examiner reports
Carter Page sues James Comey, Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others for
Carter Page sued fired FBI Director James Comey, fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others involved in the improper Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act snooping on the former Trump campaign associate that relied upon British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier to obtain approval from the FISA court.
Page filed the 59-page complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday, with his lawyers saying that he “seeks relief herein for Defendants’ multiple violations of his Constitutional and other legal rights in connection with unlawful surveillance and investigation of him by the United States Government.”
The lawsuit was filed against Comey, McCabe, the bureau, the Justice Department, fired FBI deputy assistant director of counterintelligence Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former supervisory special agent Joseph Pientka, FBI agent Stephen Somma, and supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten, with Page condemning the "unjustified and illegal actions" and "unlawful spying” and arguing that the court should award him “compensatory and special damages” for no less than $75 million.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December 2019 report on FISA abuse concluded that the FBI’s investigation was filled with serious missteps and concealed exculpatory information from the FISA court. Horowitz criticized the bureau for at least 17 “significant errors and omissions” discovered in the Page FISA applications spanning from fall 2016 to summer 2017. The FISA filings relied upon a salacious, unverified, and now-discredited dossier compiled by Steele, who’d been hired by Fusion GPS, which in turn was hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the Perkins Coie law firm.
Page was never charged with any wrongdoing.
Filed under suits I want to succeed, but probably won't because they're filed in the DC Circus.
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