Open Thread, Department of Injustice Edition

Ex-FBI Assistant Director: Strzok Fabricated Information And “Belongs In Leavenworth”

At a minimum.

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  • Walter_Cronanty

    Hmmmm. this is interesting:

    Republican Trey Gowdy suggests deputy FBI director will be ousted by next week

    Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, suggested in a Friday interview that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will be forced out at the top law enforcement agency as soon as next week.

    Gowdy argued that newly released FBI records reveal political bias against President Donald Trump — and in favor of Hillary Clinton — at the highest levels of the FBI. Gowdy said that McCabe will likely be pushed out of the agency as a result of the perceived bias.

    “I’ll be a little bit surprised if he’s still an employee of the FBI this time next week,” Gowdy told Fox News of McCabe, adding that he would be “shocked” if McCabe testifies before the House next week.

    The Washington Post reported last week that Gowdy settled a $150,000 veteran discrimination and retaliation claim from a former aide, who was fired in 2015 from the House Benghazi committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The aide alleged that he was wrongfully terminated in part for his unwillingness to engage in what he believed was a partisan investigation into Hillary Clinton’s time as US secretary of state.

    • cathymv

      I have been hearing little rumors… seeing little political bon mots that there is a political bloodbath on the way… and its not going to be Trump…

      When this whole Russian collusion issue popped out of hag hillarys mouth, and the leftists jumped on the russian collusion bandwagon, I knew that the leftists would regret this… and slowly its dawning on them that they have been played…. and played bad!!!

      • Walter_Cronanty

        From your keyboard to God’s monitor.

      • Retired military

        Funny how Hillary the savior has become Hillary the destroyer

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Ohhh Nooooo….Trump to remove ‘climate change’ as a national security threat.

    The Trump administration will reverse course from previous Obama administration policy, eliminating climate change from a list of national security threats. The National Security Strategy to be released on Monday will emphasize the importance of balancing energy security with economic development and environmental protection, according to a source who has seen the document and shared excerpts of a late draft.

    “Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system,” a draft of the National Security Strategy slated to be released on Monday said. “U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests. Given future global energy demand, much of the developing world will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift their people out of poverty.”

    George Will is the nation’s worst columnist.

    • cathymv

      there is more damage done to our planet because of just one Volcano than what man can do. we have done so much to counter pollution in the past decades… but mother nature…. volcanos – solar sun spots … their damage is not controllable!

    • The sun is blank, NASA data shows it to be dimming
      Anthony Watts / 2 days ago December 15, 2017

      As the sun gets successively more blank with each day, due to lack of sunspots, it is also dimming. According to data from NASA’s Spaceweather, so far in 2017, 96 days (27%) of the days observing the sun have been without sunspots.

      • jim_m

        We are heading for another Maunder Minimum and with it another mini ice age. Sadly, the warmist will switch gears and never skip a beat or think twice about how ignorant and hypocritical they are.

  • jim_m

    Has Al Franken resigned yet? Where is the liberal outrage?

    #WhereisDavid

  • Walter_Cronanty

    The crescendo is building. Are we do for a very rocky, political Christmas?
    Has the Mueller team engaged in an illegal search and seizure by getting the GSA to illegally hand over thousands of transition team documents, including privileged documents?

    It appears that legal counsel for the GSA determined that Trump Transition records given to the GSA for safekeeping after the inauguration were neither owned nor controlled by the GSA. Instead, the GSA was merely the custodian of the documents.

    Apparently, Mueller, through the FBI, sent a letter(s?) [not a subpoena] to the GSA seeking copies of emails, laptops, cell phones, and other materials from the transition team’s records. The GSA immediately produced all of the materials without redaction or review for privileged materials and without notifying the transition team. Mueller’s team has made extensive use of these materials.

    • New: Trump officials demand Mueller return thousands of emails

      Officials of President Trump’s transition team plan to ask Special Counsel Robert Mueller to return “many tens of thousands” of transition emails they contend were unlawfully provided to him. But the prosecutor’s office says emails being used in the investigation were properly obtained.
      What’s new: A source close to Trump’s transition, which still exists as a legal entity so it can shut down what was once a 1,000-person operation, said the transition will send a letter to Mueller informing him that some of the emails are privileged, and asking for their return. The transition says it is willing to provide Mueller with vetted emails.

      The source told me: “What they did is totally illegal, and they need to fix it.” But Peter Carr, spokesman for the Special Counsel’s Office, told Axios early this morning: “When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process.”

      Be smart: Republicans, who have been raising increasing questions about Mueller’s office, are prepared to argue that if emails were obtained by questionable means, that could taint or undermine the investigation.
      What happened: Axios reported yesterday afternoon that officials of Trump’s Presidential Transition Team, his office for the 73 days between the election and the inauguration, discovered that Mueller had obtained huge caches of emails from the General Services Administration, the government agency that hosted the transition’s “ptt.gov” emails.

      Interesting times indeed.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Question re: Criminal Procedure – Let’s say Mr. Jones owns an apartment building and Mr. Smith is a lawful tenant living in one of Mr. Jones’ apartments.

        A police detective believes there may be evidence of a crime he is investigating in Mr. Smith’s apartment [to keep this simple, we’re pretending the investigation concerns a definite crime that’s been committed, not whethera crime has been committed].

        Now, the detective goes up to Mr. Jones and asks: “Say, can you go into Mr. Smith’s apartment and get us his all of computers, cell phones, and all the documents of whatsoever kind or nature in his apartment?” Mr. Jones replies: “Sure thing” and complies.

        Has the detective conducted an illegal search/seizure? I would think that Mr. Jones has committed some sort of tort [invasion of privacy/trespass]. Can whatever has been confiscated from the apartment be used – in any manner – for investigative purposes and/or at trial?

        • The officer requesting the search is the issue. If Mr. Jones were to present evidence without having been asked or encouraged to do so the fruits would be admissible. Anything gleaned from the search requested by the detective without a warrant would not be.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            I assume the GSA was asked by the FBI for the information the FBI received – unless, of course, the GSA is part of the vast, deep-state conspiracy [I’m only half kidding about that]. It has been reported that questions have been asked of witnesses based upon information gleaned from the GSA materials given to the FBI.

            If so, isn’t this whole investigation tainted beyond redemption? Again, this investigation, initially of Trump collusion with the Russians prior to the election, is of whether a crime has been committed.

          • Several times over tainted beyond redemption.

  • pennywit

    In other news, Detroit Lions lose, Washington Redskins win (and remain mediocre), and Cleveland Browns have a perfect season within reach.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Can the Browns snatch defeat from the jaws of defeat?

      • pennywit

        I don’t care for pregame religious exercises. But maybe we should make an exception for Cleveland … the Browns apparently need the prayers.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Change that “r” after the “p” in “prayers” to an “l”. Although, I guess you could say some prayers for some players, sort of like turning water into wine.

          • pennywit

            Combine the two and draft from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for 2018?

          • Walter_Cronanty

            I suppose the Browns could do no worse. It might be better than our decades long turn to the dark side using an ouija board – or were we using the magic 8-Ball? I can’t keep up on all of our draft strategery,

            Next you’ll be telling me to hire some genius, baseball analytics guy. Hahahahaha. Come on now, I’m not that gullible.

          • pennywit

            Yeah, moneyball might work pretty well for baseball, but IMO it needs some serious tweaking for football, given the shorter season and much higher injury count.

            Incidentally, I’m going to the Skins game in person next weekend. It’s actually cheaper to see the Skins than to see THE LAST JEDI.

          • One must wonder which would be the greater disappointment…

          • pennywit

            * The Washington Redskins always disappoint me.

            * I rather enjoyed The Last Jedi, although I wish it had taken more risks. Not going to spoil it here, but the story — and actors’ performances — hinted at ways the story could have turned into something far more interesting.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            According to this site the Browns currently have about $60,000,000 in cap space. I think Brock Osweiler’s $15,250,000 is coming off of their payroll next year, giving them about $75m in cap space.
            Money isn’t the problem – incompetence is.

          • pennywit

            Money isn’t the problem – incompetence is.

            Take a look at what happened with the 49ers. They piled up losses. Then they picked up Jimmy Garappolo and suddenly they’re winning games.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Rumors were rampant for more than a year that we wanted Jimmy G in a big way – and we were willing to give up more than the 49ers to get him. I guess Bill B liked Jimmy G so well, he wouldn’t trade him to us.

          • pennywit

            Maybe your manager didn’t send in the paperwork in time.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Rumor was that Pats didn’t communicate with Browns at all.
            I’m glad the deal for McCarron fell through. Hue wanted him, but Hue wanted RGIII. Cody Kessler, etc.

          • pennywit

            Do you think the Browns might make a play for Kirk Cousins in free agency? I wouldn’t be surprised if they do, but I think that if the Skins don’t franchise him, Cousins is going to look to land someplace like Pittsburgh (if Ben Roethlisberger retires, obviously).

          • Walter_Cronanty

            I think they may. Just like every other quarterback in the NFL who has come up for free agency in the last two decades, rumors have flown about obtaining Cousins.

            Obviously, they have 0 quarterbacks with winning experience – none of the quarterbacks on the roster has ever won an NFLgame he started. The last two quarter backs to win a game for the Browns are……wait for it…..
            RGIII and Johnny Manziel.

            Bonus Quiz: Name the teams that RGIII and Johnny Manziel currently play for.

          • pennywit

            The RGKnees and the Johnny Rehabs.

    • Scalia

      But the Lions didn’t lose.

      • pennywit

        Sorry — misread the score on Google.

        • Scalia

          If the Lions win their last two games, they’ll finish the season at 10-6. They have an outside shot at making the playoffs, but if they manage to sneak in, they’ll be rudely ejected right away.

          • pennywit

            Sounds about right. The WaPo pointed out the other day that this has been a terrible season, but 8-8 is still a possibility for the Skins.

            TBH, I’m more than ready to close the book on this year, and not just in terms of sports teams.

          • Scalia

            Keep a stiff upper lip and stay positive.

          • pennywit

            Thanks. Trying to. About four or five of us in my office have had major relationships or marriages blow up this year due to various things. There’s one guy who is still married. A few of us were hanging out the other day and I said, “You know, this might be the year that — ” The still married guy just said, “NO!! NO!! DON’T SAY IT!!” I think he made a gesture to ward off evil spirits as he backed away from us and into his office.

            But I’m of the opinion that shit happens. And this year, we would all do well to look forward and view 2018 as a year for renewal in a number of senses. You know I’m not religious, but I find the Serenity Prayer puts things in perspective. I have to remember the things I can control and the things I can’t control.

            I’m sorely tempted to shut politics out of my life as much as possible next year and concentrate on my personal hobbies. In this particular moment, they certainly bring more joy.

          • Scalia

            I’m very sorry to hear about your situation. Man, that’s tough.

            I can get worked up over politics, but it doesn’t have the sway over me like it once did. The same with sports. I follow both with a much more detached perspective than I used to.

            The Lord is my joy, but apart from Him, I also find fulfillment in my family and hobbies. For me, life is better that way.

            The best to you for a very Happy New Year.

          • pennywit

            Thanks, Scalia.

            And I hope you have a happy holiday and a very good New Year.

            Perhaps this time next year, we will discuss the coming deeds of the Democratic-led Congress!

          • You should go all in on that bet…

          • pennywit

            It’s not a sure thing. But it’s very likely. Historically, the party in the White House tends to lose seats in the first midterm election.

          • Yes, that is the historical tendency. However, there are ever fewer competitive House districts, which greatly reduces the amount of turnover

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Will the damage done to the US by the Obama Administration ever be fully chronicled [at 14,000 words, this Politico report is a start]?

    The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook

    An ambitious U.S. task force targeting Hezbollah’s billion-dollar criminal enterprise ran headlong into the White House’s desire for a nuclear deal with Iran.

    In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.

    The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities….

    But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.

    The Justice Department declined requests by Project Cassandra and other authorities to file criminal charges against major players such as Hezbollah’s high-profile envoy to Iran, a Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force. And the State Department rejected requests to lure high-value targets to countries where they could be arrested.

    • jim_m

      Combined with the billions in cash that obama gave the Iranians, it means that the US government PAID Iran to sell drugs to our children while using the DOJ to block their prosecution, All in order to make obama look cool to our enemies.

      By far the worst President in US history, obama’s legacy will be interesting to watch as it unravels and his psychotic supporters unravel with it.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Here is an interesting, albeit speculative, link between Hezbollah, money laundering through used car sales, and the Ds’ favorite IT team, the Awans.

        • jim_m

          it won’t be any surprise to find that the dems are funding multiple enemies of the United States.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Here’s another article drawing the same link re: Awans, Hezbollah, money laundering via used car sales:

            Imran Awan and his family members were congressional IT aides who investigators said made unauthorized access to the House Democratic Caucus server thousands of times. At the same time as they worked for and could read all the emails of congressmen who sat on committees like Intelligence, Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, they also ran a car dealership that took money from a Hezbollah-linked fugitive and whose financial books were indecipherable and business patterns bizarre, according to testimony in court records.

            While Imran and Abid Awan ran their car dealership in Falls Church, Va. in the early part of the decade, Drug Enforcement Agency officials a few miles away in Chantilly were learning that the Iranian-linked terrorist group frequently deployed used car dealerships in the US to launder money and fund terrorism, according to an explosive new Politico expose.

  • 52% of the Public are completely uninformed or willfully blind.

    48% See Anti-Trump Bias in Senior FBI, Justice Officials

    With recent news reports and e-mails showing anti-Trump bias by several senior level FBI and Justice Department officials, nearly half of voters now believe there was an illegal effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters think senior federal law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to present Trump from winning last year’s election. Forty-one percent (41%) disagree. This includes 31% who say it’s Very Likely these senior officials broke the law and 23% who say it’s Not At All Likely. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    • There is an image of Trump in the minds of a lot of the media that’s concocted of their own imagination, looking at Trump and going “Okay, if I were President and I were Trump, what would I do?” The Trump they envision is the Trump they’ve been telling themselves he is – a bully, a braggart, an illiterate dunce, ignorant of and acutely hostile to everything they hold dear.

      That the real Trump isn’t those things doesn’t matter. They INSIST that the Trump they imagine is the real one. And they will not accept any suggestion that he isn’t just as they imagine him.

      The more successful he is (working on the economy, on foreign and domestic issues) the more they loathe him for being not what they think he is, and the more they insist he MUST be how they picture him. The image they’re seeing is a warped mirror, and they’re seeing themselves.

      Psychological projection’s an ugly thing – and they’re insisting we participate in their delusions.

  • pennywit

    Where they will no doubt beat the AFC Champion Cleveland Browns.

    • Scalia

      Believe it or not, some prognosticators are predicting a solid Browns’ season next year.

      • pennywit

        They also predicted President Hillary Clinton.

        • Scalia

          Well, if they’re right, Walter will be a happy man….unless they’re still kneeling.

    • Scalia

      By the way, the Lions went to the NFL championship four times in the 50s. They played the Browns in every one of those games and won three of them.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Boy, that tax cut is a real bitch for the working man:

    Wells Fargo, Fifth Third Bancorp unveil minimum wage hikes after tax bill passage

    Fifth Third and AT&T are paying employees special bonuses after getting tax cuts under the Republican tax plan.

    Wells Fargo said Wednesday that it would boost minimum wages for employees to $15 an hour, following Fifth Third’s similar announcement….

    AT&T said earlier Wednesday that it would pay 200,000 U.S. employees $1,000 each and increase its capital spending budget by $1 billion.