Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Flotsam and Jetsam - Russiagate FBI Agent Arrested for, Get This, Colluding with a Russian

A now retired FBI official who helped kick off the Russiagate probe has been arrested on several charges related to helping Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who's been tied to the the Russiagate probe so many times I gave him his own tag, evade US sanctions, and hide his pay. Mary Chastain at LI packs the most into the headline, Former FBI Official Who Worked on Trump-Russia Probe ‘Charged With Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia’, "Charles McGonigal allegedly tried to help a Russian oligarch get off the sanctions list…an oligarch who came up quite a bit in the probe. WEIRD." At Da Caller, Ex-Top FBI Agent Charged With Illegally Working For Russian Oligarch Linked To Trump-Russia Debacle. Capt. Ed at Haut Hare, Former FBI counterintel official arrested for violating sanctions on Russian oligarch; UPDATE: Money laundering, and more. The Free Bacon, Plot Twist: Ex-FBI Agent Involved in Trump-Russia Probe Indicted For Violating Russia Sanctions. "Charles McGonigal is accused of conspiring to lift sanctions off Russian businessman with ties to Vladimir Putin." Insty, AT THE VERY APOGEE OF PROJECTION: Former FBI counterintel official arrested for violating sanctions on Russian oligarch. "President DeSantis is going to have clean house from top to bottom when he takes office: Deep State, Deep Trouble — America’s woke generals and the Military-Industrial Complex must be purged to save the nation."And THE FBI IS LOOKING INCREASINGLY SHADY: Ex ‘top FBI agent’ who investigated Trump for ties to Russia arrested over alleged ties to Russia. "“An FBI agent who investigated the Donald Trump Russia collusion [claims] has been arrested for colluding with Russia. You can’t make this stuff up.” Sadly, you don’t have to." Ace, in red italic font, with the flaming skull, Former Head of FBI Counterintelligence Division, and the Man Who Started the Russiagate Hoax Investigation Into Trump, Arrested for... Violating Russian Sanctions "NBC News: He didn't just "have a relationship" with Deripaska. He took the money from Deripaska -- Christopher Steele's employer -- while still at the FBI." Sundance at CTH, Former FBI Counterintelligence Lead Officer Who Investigated Trump-Russia Collusion, Arrested for Colluding with Russia. Jim Geraghty at NRO say Oh, Come On, FBI, Get It Together! From the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 01.23.22, Nice Deb at Am Great contributes FBI Agent Who Investigated Trump-Russia Collusion Has Been Arrested For Colluding With Russia. PJ Media's Stephen Kruise notes  Wow, Russian Collusion Shows Up in the Weirdest Places. “It’s not surprising that a former FBI agent who reached his greatest heights in the Bureau thanks to James Comey is a scumbag, but his area of scumbaggery raises an eyebrow or two.”

In Biden Garage-gate scandal Da Wire reminds that on Friday, FBI Conducted 13-Hour Search Of Biden’s Home, Found More Classified Material. Ace, FBI Discovers Six More Documents At Biden's Home in a "Consensual" Search; Now Considering Searching His Beach House and Other Homes. Breitbart Reports DOJ Weighs Searching More Locations Linked to Joe Biden for Classified Docs. Fox, Biden Docs: DOJ prosecutors weighing search of Biden's Rehoboth home "Biden's lawyers say they found no documents at Rehoboth Beach," but then, they missed a 6 batches in Wilmington. Matt Margolis at PJ Media asks Has Biden Been Hoarding Classified Docs for Decades? Clearly. Power Line: More Documents In Slow Joe’s House.

From the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 01.23.22, at Da Fed, Dave Harsanyi thinks None Of Biden’s Excuses For Having Classified Documents Make Any Sense. Pretty much his normal kind of response. Guy Benson at Town Hall says Biden Keeps Undermining His White House's Own Talking Points on Classified Documents Scandal. Kathy Anderson at PI, considers What’s Worse: Biden’s Classified Documents Scandal or His Staff’s Embarrassing BS Answers? Althouse catches the NY Yorker making the over-classification excuse, "It’s estimated that some fifty million new things get classified each year, and the more than two million people with security clearances, military and civilian, can potentially add to the pile...", with a dash of 'Republicans pounce.'

Jonathan Turley considers both the Trump and Biden document scandals in Pardon or Prosecute? The 2024 Election and the “Get Out of Jail Free” Vote. Matt Boose From the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 01.23.22, Matt Boose at Am Great, wonders  Is the Justice Department Pursuing Biden Just to Get Trump?, "If the Justice Department can pick and choose the president, then we don’t really have a “democracy” at all but an oligarchy with a Praetorian guard." Andrea Widburg at Am Think wonders Did Hunter use classified documents as part of his Ukraine business dealings? Sarah Hoyt at Insty quips, DEAR LORD, AT THIS POINT, THEY PROBABLY USED THEM AS EVERYTHING BUT COASTERS.  'Bonchie' at Red State notes Questions Abound After It's Revealed Biden Special Counsel Hasn't Even Started Yet. JB Shurk at Am Think thinks President Deep State?

At at WaEx, Oversight Committee requests Secret Service turn over visitor logs from Biden's Wilmington home. Atop Da Hill, Comer asks Secret Service for visitor information from Biden’s Delaware home

AP, Dems: Biden should be ‘embarrassed’ by classified docs case. Fox, Pelosi annoyed with MSNBC for coverage of Biden documents story: 'I'm not a big fan' "'I love some individuals there, but ...,' Pelosi said of the liberal cable channel." From the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 01.23.22, the Weasel Zippers, Nancy Pelosi Walks Back Outrage, Flip Flops On Classified Documents,  Fox Business, Gov. Sununu slams Biden over classified documents mess: 'Disorganized slob' who's not leading by example, "Biden needs to get classified documents scandal under control, Sununu says." He thinks he's running for Preznit.

Steve Miller at Spec World wonders With Ron Klain gone, who’s running the Biden administration? Could it get worse? Elle Purnell at Da Fed lays out A Disaster For Every Month: The Worst Scandals, Abuses, And Embarrassments Of Joe Biden’s Second Year In Office. At Front Page, Bob Spencer notes that ‘Charlamagne tha God’ Says Biden Must Go. "Has the Left had enough?"  Dave Strom at Haut Hare, hears Granholm: prices go down because of Biden, up because of "events". The buck doesn't even slow down as it passes his desk.From the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 01.23.22, the Weasel Zippers,  ABC Poll: Biden’s Leadership Ratings Underwater On All Major Issues.

Sundance at CTH, Showdown Ahead – Hakeem Jeffries Resubmits Schiff and Swalwell to House Intel Committee. Tough shit, turn him down. Paul Bedard at WaEx hears from the Voters: Go ahead, shut down the government over the debt ceiling. 

NewsMax, Virginia Gov. Youngkin's Tough Stance on China May Signal WH Run in '24. I could see him as DeSantis VP, maybe. Atop da Hill, Manchin doesn’t rule out running for president or Senate reelection under different party. At Haut Hare, KT cites Manchin said, "Everything is on the table" when asked about 2024. I'm not sure he can even get WVA anymore.

Ace, It (sic) Atlanta and Other Democrat-Controlled Cities, The "Idea" Known as Antifa Spends the Weekend Engaging in Fiery But Peaceful Domestic Terrorism. At 11 Alive, All but 1 arrested during protest that turned violent in Downtown Atlanta are from out of state "Atlanta Police Department identified those arrested and confirmed that five of the six people in custody were from out of state."  From the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 01.23.22, Legal Insurrection: FBI Offers $25K Reward for Info About Attacks on 10 Pro-Life Centers, Antifa Members Arrested in Atlanta are White and Five Aren’t Even From Georgia. At Fox, Democrats largely silent on anti-police violence in Atlanta after night of chaos, smashed windows "'Acts of violence against person or property will not be tolerated," Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted." At Da Mail, Atlanta Antifa terror suspect worked as a production assistant for CNN and is daughter of UK Foreign Office consultant and New Jersey-based Chinese pharma tycoon.

Insty calls INSURRECTION! Democratic Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s daughter accused of assaulting Boston police officer at protest. "Somebody tell her it’s not 2020 anymore." Beege Wellborn at Haut Hare, Minority whip's kid busted while busy busting chops on cops in Boston. Bostondotcom, Katherine Clark’s daughter arrested for allegedly assaulting officer, anti-police graffiti. At PM,  Son of Democrat House Minority Whip Katherine M. Clark arrested for assaulting cop during Boston Antifa event. "Dowell was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, destruction or injury of personal property, and damage of property by graffiti/tagging."  I predict the case will be dropped, or settled with minimal consequences.  Meanwhile the Peacock crows about Jan. 6 rioter who put his feet on desk in Pelosi’s office is convicted on all counts and ET reports 4 Oath Keeper Members Convicted of Jan. 6 Seditious Conspiracy by a DC jury. 

The George Santos story continues to grow more bizarre, NYPo reports George Santos proposed to teen boyfriend while still married to a woman. At I&I, The Media’s Embarrassing George Santos Fixation — Explained

Declan Leary at Am Con calls out Supreme Incompetence "The investigation of the Dobbs leak proves that elites’ incompetence knows no bounds." Or maybe they chose not to know.

Jazz Shaw at Haut Hare, NYT wonders: Should schools tell parents their child is "changing gender?" "If you happen to be someone with a lick of common sense left in your head, the answer to the question in the title of this piece should be an obvious and resounding “yes.” But that’s apparently not the case with Katie J. M. Baker, a reporter who covers “social and cultural conflicts” for the New York Times." Deb Saunders at Am Spec, Dead Names and Gender Dysphoria "There’s no good scientific explanation for the explosion in diagnoses." Yes there is, it's just not a biological explanation. Social contagion. And from the Center Square, a new school districts in VA self identifies as woke, School district claims 'oversight' led to delay of National Merit notifications "Stafford County Public Schools is the latest to join a growing list of Virginia school districts who have acknowledged providing delayed notification of National Merit commendations to some students."

At Puck, via Haut Hair, Get ready for People v Alec Baldwin, the TV show "I’ve been scrutinizing New Mexico’s court rules, and as best I can tell, there’s a pretty good possibility that the forthcoming criminal trial against Alec Baldwin, who is being charged with involuntary manslaughter over the on-set shooting death of a cinematographer, will be televised." Oh goody!

Ace, Big Pharma Covid Vaccine Manufacturers Pressured Twitter To Censor Activists... Calling for Generic Versions of the Vaccine "These people weren't spreading vaccine hesitancy. They were calling for a low-cost generic competitor to Big Pharma's vaccines.So, obviously, they also had to be censored.

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