Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Dems Party as Dow Dives, Danchenko was FBI CI, FBI Pulls Over My Pillow Guy

And that was only some of yesterday's fun. First, as the Democrats celebrated the passage of the Whip Inflation Now Inflation Reduction Act, with huge Whitehouse Lawn party, the news on August inflation came down, and the market tanked. Thanks Brandon! Capt. Ed at Haut Hair, BREAKING: Bidenflation still roaring as CPI hits 8.3%, core CPI near high at 6.3%; Update: Wage erosion continues. John Sexton notes how CNN cuts away from Biden as DOW takes a beating. Ace, Dow Jones Plunges 845 Points (and Counting) As Inflation "Unexpectedly" Roars Back to 8.3%, a Near RecordGreg Price@greg_price11, "Will never be able to get over the image of Joe Biden speaking about how he singlehandedly beat inflation as the stock market tanks over 1,200 points on live television due to inflation. An all time moment in the history of American presidents."  Sundance at CTH, Despite Temporarily Lower Gasoline Prices, August Inflation Skyrockets with Biggest Jump in Food Prices Since 1979 and Biden Celebrates Inflation Reduction Act as Stock Market Collapses Due to Massive Inflation Report. Even Fox's Neil Cavuto took a dig:

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.13.22   Tristan Justice at Da Fed watches as Joe Biden Parties While America’s Retirement Accounts Burn, and Chris Jacobs says Joe Biden’s Not Done Increasing Inflation With Debt-Fueled Federal Spending. Spencer Brown at Town Hall notes that the Stock Market Crash is the Worst Day in Over Two Years. Twitchy,  Now that inflation numbers are out, Comfortably Smug wonders if you can ‘notice the trend’ in responses to terrible news, "Unexpectedly." Ed Driscoll at Insty, THE MATRIX PROGRAMMED BY TOM WOLFE IS STILL WORKING PERFECTLY: James Taylor sings ‘Fire and Rain’ to kick off White House Inflation Reduction Act celebration. John Hinderacker at Power Line, I’ve Seen Gaslighting and I’ve Seen the Stock Market Tank (to the tune of "Fire and Rain.)

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.13.22, This Ain’t Hell: Possible railroad strike looming, the Weasel Zippers see  Railroad Strike To Possibly Hit Country On Friday, Cripple 60% Of Economic Activity. Begee Welborn at Haut Hair, Tick, tock, the railway strike clock counts down and Mayor Pete is nowhere around. Is he still chest-feeding?

In another interesting bit of news, a filing from John Durham revealed that Igor Danchenko, the Russian national employed by the liberal think tank, the Brookings Institute, who was paid by the Hillary campaign to make up stories about Donald Trump that became the basis for the "Steele Dossier", and soon to go on trial for lying to the FBI, was also sucked up by the FBI during the the Crossfire Hurricane investigation as a paid confidential informant. I'm trying to fully grasp the implications, but it seems likely it was done to protect the viability of the FISA warrants against Carter Page. Techno Fog has the story,  Durham shocker: Danchenko was a paid FBI informant
The purposes of making Danchenko a CHS should be quite clear. The Crossfire Hurricane investigation was plagued with problems from the outset. The reasons for opening the investigation were bunk. Those problems continued as the investigation went on, with claims of Trump/Russia collusion proven unverified or outright false. (Thus the targeting of Flynn for a Logan Act violation.)

That developed into the Carter Page FISA applications, first submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in October 2016, and which relied substantially on the Steele Dossiers (aka Steele Reports). The FISA applications were renewed three times - more on that later. Each application had its own problems, from FBI lawyers lying about Carter Page to the Court being generally misled.

Realizing its own misconduct, the FBI made Danchenko a paid CHS in March 2017 - just before the third FISA warrant was submitted in April 2017. This would allow Comey’s FBI to work directly with Danchenko in support of its counter-intelligence investigation against President Trump.

Danchenko being a CHS also served another purpose: it protected the Bureau and the Mueller Special Counsel from revealing their “sources and methods.” How do you hide misconduct? Bury the witness.
Capt. Ed, Wait -- the Steele Dossier's discredited source became a paid FBI informant? John Solomon connected more dots at Just the News later in the evening off of Durham’s revelation:
The revelation means that the FBI first fired former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, the author of the Hillary Clinton-funded dossier, as a human source in November 2016 for having unauthorized contacts with the news media. And it then turned around a few months later and hired Steele’s primary informer to work with the bureau even after determining some of Danchenko’s statements in the Steele dossier were uncorroborated or exaggerated.
Twitchy, ‘MORE Russian connections to Clinton Campaign’: Margot Cleveland’s thread with latest update from Durham another DAMNING must-read. In The Machiavellian Intent of John Durham Surfaces inside His Court Filing, Outlining the FBI Hiring of Igor Danchenko as Confidential Informant, Sundance is suspicious "The bottom line is an ongoing DC operation to preserve the institutional credibility of the justice system. A credibility, which is – at this point, entirely destroyed – yet the effort continues." Also, Flashback, July 24, 2019, Robert Mueller “Not in My Purview”

In another headline story, from Nick Arama at Red State Tucker Reveals FBI Just Raided Mike Lindell, the Pillow Guy. The Independent, Pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell says the FBI seized his phone at fast food restaurant, "The My Pillow CEO has been a staunch ally of the former president."  Sundance, Midterm Election Effort, Joe Biden FBI Surround Mike Lindell Vehicle, Seize Cell Phone

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.12.22, the Weasel Zippers have the VIDEO: Tucker Carlson Confirms 30+ Trump Supporters And Insiders Raided/Subpoenaed By FBI In One Single Day… and   Don Surber, Looks like the FBI wants another raid, and The ‘Trump indictment nears’ game. William Teach at Pirate's Cove, Surprise: DOJ Serves 40 Subpoenas For J6 Committee. Sundance,  Carlson Talks with a MAGA Supporter Targeted by the Biden Regime.   Insty. FRAUD, BULLYING, INTIMIDATION: FBI Shows up on Trump Supporter’s Doorstep, and She Wasn’t Even at the Capitol on Jan. 6. "UPDATE (FROM GLENN): When this happens, the names of the agents in question need to be made public. Intimidating citizens is a public, official act. There’s no reason why they should be able to hide behind bureaucracy. Likewise the superiors who sent them, whose identities should also be made public." From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.13.22, Nice Deb at Am Great, Tucker Carlson: Biden DOJ Has Targeted ‘Dozens and Dozens’ of Trump Allies in Latest Crackdown on ‘Enemies of the Regime.’

Why is the DoJ so desperate to prevent a Special Master, even one with security clearance, to view those documents the department asserts are classified? (The parties each have offered two candidates for the position, one of Trump’s candidates, in fact, sat on the FISA court. Is he less certain to do this job properly than the National Archivist?) There are several possible explanations for the desperation I can think of -- none of which do credit to the attorney general. The first and most common supposition is that the documents which they claim must be kept even from the eyes of the Special Master relate to the FBI and DoJ’s role in fashioning and perpetrating the phony Russian Collusion fairytale. That would be damning indeed, and frankly, I see it as the most likely explanation: It is improper to classify documents simply to prevent embarrassment to persons or agencies. And anyone who does this is subject to sanctions. Obama’s Executive Order 13526 reads in relevant part:

Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations. (a) In no case shall
information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail
to be declassified in order to:
(1) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error;
(2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency;
(3) restrain competition; or
(4) prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of the national security.

Jed Babbin at Am Spec, Trump and the Secret Documents, "Whatever they amount to, FBI raids and likely indictments of the former president are political actions as bogus as the efforts to impeach him." Vicky Taft at PJ Media, thinks Trump's Choice for Mar-a-Lago Raid Special Master May Be Brilliant…or Disastrous. The New Neo,  Trump’s lawyers file a response about the Special Master.  Don Surber Trump comes out swinging. Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.12.22, JB Shurk from Am Think thinks The FBI’s Apex Bureaucracy Is Dangerous, Also, Andrea Widburg, The DOJ won't prosecute a prosecutor who sexually assaulted someone

Capt. Ed, Hoo boy: Is there a second Hunter Biden laptop out there? What fun!

Bill Livingston at Am Think thinks January 6 Pipe Bombs Get Curiouser and Curiouser. One should at least consider incompetence as a null hypothesis. Weasel Zippers, Dem Rep. Tim Ryan Says US Needs To “Kill And Confront” “Extremist” Republican Movement… At LI, Mary Chastain reports Democrat Las Vegas Official Accused of Murdering Journalist Keeps His Paycheck and Position.

And to clean up, so DIY Election coverage:

Progressives, Journalists Worry: Are Polls Once Again Overestimating Democrats?
Democrats In Key Battlegrounds Are Refusing Debates
New Hampshire Democrats Take Aim at Biden
We’re ‘Better Off’ Under Biden? Who Is Obama Kidding? – Issues & Insights
‘Softer On Radical Islam Than … Republicans’: Tulsi Gabbard Condemns Democratic Party For Attacking MAGA Movement | The Daily Caller
The Regime’s ‘Operation MAGA Fascist’ Gains Ground › American Greatness
Dem Congressman Says U.S. Constitution Is “An Accident Waiting To Happen”… | Weasel Zippers
GOP Senate Candidates Get Loud and Fight Back Before the Election
Oz Opponent’s Commutation of Convicted Murderer Becomes an Issue - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Fetterman Says He’s a Friend of Israel. His Art Gallery Raises Questions.
Insanity Wrap: The Fetterman Video That Could Destroy His Campaign – PJ Media
WaPo calls for Fetterman to release medical records and debate Oz – HotAir
WaPo Says Fetterman Has ‘Squandered Credibility’ Over Health, Urges Democrat To Release Medical Records
John Fetterman Is The Perpetual Scarf Wearing Beta-Male You Wish You Didn’t Know… | Weasel Zippers
PA Senate Race: WaPo Isn’t Falling for John Fetterman’s Excuses Not to Debate Dr. Oz
Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Pennsylvania Senate Candidate John Fetterman
Why Stacey Abrams Can’t Make the Sale in GA - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Crist Compares Himself to Jesus Battling "DeSatan" in Campaign Speech · The Floridian
Matt Gaetz crosses the Rebekah Rubicon – HotAir
DOJ Refuses to Release Biden Administration Plan to Intervene in 2022 Election
Cruz: A GOP Senate in 2023 Will Prioritize Religious Liberty
New Hampshire District 1 Republicans Choose Karoline Leavitt Over GOP-E Candidate – RedState
The Biden Administration Has a Secret Plan to Interfere With the Midterm Elections – PJ Media
Democrat-Run Mich. Supreme Court Greenlights Election Takeover
DOJ Conceals Records About Federal Agencies Rigging Elections
GOP Sues NC Officials For Allegedly Violating Election Law

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