OFF THE DEEP END

I am generally skeptical of all conspiracy theories. The reality is that few things are as good as we want or as bad as we fear. That is why I have always taken the “Deep State” conspiracy theories with more than a grain of salt. That is, until now. It is no longer possible to deny the existence of the deep state and it is worse than we imagined.

CBS is gloating because 60 former CIA employees all signed an open letter slamming Trump for taking away John Brennan’s security clearance.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/top-former-intelligence-bosses-speak-out-in-favor-of-brennan/

CBS and everyone one of these former CIA officers missed the point. The President does not report to the CIA, they report to him. Our constitution made the Commander in Chief the President, a civilian, to protect us against exactly this kind of abuse of power.

This letter will have zero impact on Trump, but it is having a major impact on the deep state. There really are a lot of arrogant, selfish and naïve people who believe they are above the law and, more importantly, the constitution. They, not Donald Trump, are the ones guilty of playing politics with National Security.

The President of the United States has a constitutional right to revoke the security clearance of anyone. There is even a Supreme Court decision regarding this. In the case of John Brennan, the better question is why he even had a security clearance. The man literally accused the President of the United States of treason, solely because he didn’t like the way Donald Trump conducted a press conference with Vladimir Putin. His public comments are not just insulting to Donald Trump, they are unhinged. In addition, there is increasing evidence that it was Brennan who started the whole Russia collusion investigation because he didn’t realize Trump was joking about asking Russia to help find Hillary’s missing e-mails. Even if he was trustworthy, which he is not, this is beyond stupid.

Ultimately, I think that Brennan has done us all a big favor. He just may have given Trump the best gift of all. The biggest challenge for those striving to drain the swamp is to find  deeply entrenched members of the deep state. Thanks to John Brennan, a large number of them have self-identified.

It boils down to this. If you cannot understand why John Brennan does not deserve access to classified information, then you also should be denied access to classified information. Those who signed this letter are either too hopelessly biased or frankly too stupid to be trusted with classified information.

There is an old saying in sports, never let them see you sweat. With this letter, the deep state has enlightened Donald Trump regarding what really scares them. He clearly has the authority to take away the security clearances from anyone he wants for any reason he wants. I expect Trump to seize the day and start revoking a lot of security clearances. He doesn’t even have to revoke them, he can suspend them and let them all re-apply. Since none of them can establish a “need to know” none of them are likely to even apply.

The fastest way to drain the swamp is to pull the plug on those who clearly are unworthy of having access to top secret information. Brennan just teed it up for Trump to do exactly that.

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EITHER OHR

The Daily Caller is reporting that Bruce Ohr received a phone call from Christopher Steele on May 10, 2017. Allegedly Steele said he was “afraid they will be exposed.”

http://dailycaller.com/2018/08/17/christopher-steele-bruce-ohr-exposed-comey-firing/

The timing is significant.  This was the day after Trump fired Comey.  On May 17, 2017, Rosenstein announced the appointment of Robert S. Mueller to serve as Special Counsel.

I determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome. Our nation is grounded on the rule of law, and the public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly.

The MSM instantly assumed that the Special Counsel was out to get Trump. But what if the real objective was how: “government officials administer the law?” So far, Trump has not been accused of anything. Both the Special Counsel and Rod Rosenstein have repeated said the President is not under investigation. Mueller hired a lot of highly partisan Democrats to conduct the investigation. If he was out to get Trump, he should have included Republicans to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. Mueller knows that. So does Rosenstein. However, if the real target was not the Trump campaign, but rather people within the FBI and the DOJ, then this makes sense.

Look at how the MSM responded to the firing of Comey, McCabe and Strzok. Observe how they responded to Trump stripping John Brennan of his security clearance. Any investigation by someone appointed by Trump would have been debunked. Without regard to the facts, the MSM always portrays the FBI, the DOJ, and the Intelligence Services as above reproach and they express outrage at any hint of criticism. But no one objected to the Mueller investigation because they were so sure Trump was the target.

After all this time there still isn’t even a hint of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia. None of the indictments by Mueller even mention Trump. But the players within the FBI, the DOJ and the Intelligence services are all out of power. Some of them have been fired and some of them are facing the real possibility of indictment. All of this happened after Mueller was appointed Special Counsel. Coincidence? Some of the worst offenders were assigned to Mueller’s team. Was that to catch Trump or to catch them?

Richard Burr, Chairman of the SSCI, has consistently backed the FBI, the DOJ and the intelligence agencies. That all changed yesterday when he issued the following statement:

“If Director Brennan’s statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn’t he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017?”

“If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach. If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times.”

“If, however, Director Brennan’s statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his security clearance as head of the Executive Branch.”

The SSCI has been very careful to protect the reputation of the FBI, DOJ and CIA. Burr has access to all the documents. Unlike Devin Nunes, he has not been critical of people like John Brennan. That makes this statement all the more powerful. Wise people will recognize this and respond accordingly.

The Russian Collusion myth has not only collapsed; it has turned into a world class backfire. Instead of closing in on Trump, the investigators are closing in on those who started all this with a patently false narrative. This is so obvious that at some point even CNN may notice.

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PRESSING ON

One would think, based on the hostile relationship between Donald Trump and the MSM that this is a new problem. History, however, teaches us that the opposite is true. There has always been a serious problem with conflicts between the people in charge and the press. Donald Trump is not the first President to deal with a hostile press, that would be John Adams. Like in the second President of the United States John Adams. Adams was so pissed over negative stories about him that he signed the Sedition Act of 1798 making it a crime to publish criticism of the government. That was repealed when Thomas Jefferson took over in 1800. The MSM likes to quote Jefferson as the champion of the free press. But in reality, Jefferson hated the press too.  He gave a speech on June 14, 1807 explaining the problem:

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/amendI_speechs29.html

To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, “by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.” Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely  deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood.

Jefferson was not sure which did more harm; suppressing the press or letting the press publish information it knew or should have known was false.  When Donald Trump accuses the press of Fake News, he is only following in the tradition of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

There is one major difference. This time our news is not limited to what we read in the newspaper or on hear on the nightly News. Thanks to the internet, we can see videos of what was actually said and we can read actual documents. The problem for the media is not that Donald Trump accused them of fake news; it is that it is so obvious that he is often right about this.

The press has been showcasing Omarosa 24/7 and then asked the White House why it didn’t just ignore the outrageous allegations. Sarah Sanders kicked them in the teeth with this response:

https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2018/08/15/omarosa-sarah-sanders-trump-platform/

“I think all — not only those of us here in the White House, but frankly, I think most of America would be happy to ignore it, but unfortunately the individuals in this room continue to create a large platform for somebody they know not to have a lot of credibility, for someone they frankly refused to give a platform to when they worked here at the White House.”

We are about to see a fundamental change, not because the press has changed, but because it is simply harder for them to get away with crap. Anyone bothering to do five minutes of research soon realizes that the MSM often gets facts wrong and any reference to Donald Trump is almost always negative. In addition, even to people who desperately want to believe, the press has promised too much and delivered too little. Those people foolish enough to watch CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and ABC all expected Trump to be publicly humiliated and frog marched out of the Oval office in disgrace. It is increasingly clear that Trump isn’t going anywhere, but a lot of his opponents are the ones being humiliated.

One thing that hasn’t changed is this. The MSM will not even consider just doing the right thing for the right reason. It wasn’t in their DNA in 1807 and it isn’t in their DNA now.

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AT THE WHY?

Omarosa is putting on quite a show. The MSM media is eating this up big time. She could get more air time than Stormy Daniels. She better make a ton of money in a very short period of time because she is becoming one of the most toxic people on the planet. She is literally destroying herself on national television. My guess is that her only hope for a future is to run as a Maxine Waters class of candidate in one of those ultra-safe Democratic districts, but I suspect even the most liberal democrat will hesitate to be associated with this clown.

Ironically, she actually is doing serious harm to President Trump.  Not because she was fired from her White House position, but rather because she was hired in the first place. None of her accusations have an ounce of credibility. She has already been caught lying about nearly everything. The tape of John Kelly firing her is only proof that he was more than justified in firing her.

Omarosa has left a trial of debris everywhere. None of this should have been a surprise:

https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/omarosa-manigaults-feuds-from-the-apprentice-to-the-white-house.html/

When news broke that Omarosa was fired by the White House, Robin Roberts said: “Bye Felicia” on Good Morning America.

Piers Morgan said that getting the chance to get Omarosa fired again would be a public duty on behalf of all Americans.

Donald Trump has hired Omarosa on several occasions, each time ending with a meltdown similar to what we see today. One can understand that, on shows like Celebrity Apprentice, because even though everyone hated Omarosa, she did draw viewers. In her case, the primary attraction was the opportunity to see her fired again.

My guess is that she was given a meaningless position in the White House, with no access to President Trump and zero responsibility to try and delay the next scene of the Omarosa act. At some point, her performance, even at this gift position, was so bad that General Kelly had enough and fired her. His big mistake was thinking that Omarosa would be intimidated by threats that she could could face criminal prosecution for her unethical behavior. Omarosa clearly doesn’t care about minor things like potential criminal prosecution. That is why she literally recorded a conversation in the Situation Room, well aware that this was a major breach of White House security. Like I said, the real question is not why she was fired, but rather why she was ever hired.

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EVERYTHINGS COMING UP ROSE(NSTEIN)

For quite a while, I have suspected that Rod Rosenstein is doing exactly what Donald Trump wants him to do.  The following article on AOL offers some strong evidence of this:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/08/08/its-fantastic-trump-looks-like-he-is-starting-to-warm-up-to-rosenstein-and-now-says-they-have-a-great-relationship/23498710/

Note that Trump and Rosenstein apparently talk on the phone at least twice a week and Rosenstein visits the White House several times a week. It is reported that he briefs President Trump’s team before any major news announcement. When asked about Rosenstein, Trump said: “We have a great relationship. Make sure you tell them that.”

Trump is a master showman and perhaps he pretended to be furious at Rosenstein to provide him cover while he was actually cleaning the swamp. No one in either Party has accused Rosenstein of covering up for Trump. Yet I can think of no instance where Rosenstein took anything resembling a shot at Trump. He simply said he would do his job and follow the evidence. The liberal left interpreted this, as they interpret everything, to mean that Rosenstein was out to get Trump too. But what if the opposite was true? How would we know?

The answer is that we would look at the results. The results are stunningly in Trump’s favor. There hasn’t even been a hint of evidence regarding the Trump campaign colluding with Russia. All of that stuff reported in the MSM has come from unnamed sources who may not be aware of what really happened. In the meantime, all the top officials at the DOJ and the FBI opposed to Trump have either been demoted or fired. None of them are in a position to influence anything. We can assume that many of the “leaks” containing negative information of Trump came from these guys. In every case Trump was able to just swat these away leaving the MSM with egg on its face. It seems quite possible that all of these people were being shielded from the real investigation and were only given the information that Trump wanted them to have. This lead the MSM to produce several obviously fake news stories that only made them look more desperate. In the meantime, none of these people have any power within the FBI or the DOJ at all. At least some of them are facing serious jail time.

If Rosenstein was truly out to get Trump, then he appears to have achieved the exact opposite result. This means he is either hopelessly incompetent, or he has been doing exactly what Trump wanted him to do all along. While the MSM has been waiting, breathlessly, for Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller close in on Trump, Rosenstein and Mueller have been draining the swamp. Even if Manafort is convicted, which is far from certain, this investigation turned up several other swamp people, like Tony Podesta, who were quietly turned over to local prosecutors. The more serious investigations are the ones you know nothing about.

The odds of Trump being charged with anything are Nil. The odds of him being accused of collusion with Russia are Nil. The odds of him being charged with obstruction are Nil.

The Manafort trial is supposedly the culmination of the Mueller investigation, but Trump isn’t even being mentioned. Neither is Russian collusion.  Instead we have a very wealthy man who probably did cheat on his taxes being charged for things he allegedly did long before he was involved in the Trump campaign. The government is attempting to prove this with the testimony of someone who already plead guilty to cheating on his taxes and lying to the FBI, and by the way, embezzling funds from Manafort. Good luck with that.  Manafort could easily be convicted, but he could also walk. Either way, it will have no impact on Donald Trump other than to exonerate him from any hint of collusion.

This I realized something very important. If Mueller was really out to get Trump, he would have put Republicans on his investigative staff. He would have done that, so no one could have accused him of a partisan witch hunt. The make-up of his staff only makes sense if he was out to drain the swamp and he didn’t want the real targets of his investigation to catch on until it was too late.

What we do know at this point is the Mueller came, he saw, Trump is still standing, and the bodies of the swamp creatures are piling up.

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HOLD THE FORT

In doing further research on the Manafort trial, it appears that the federal prosecutors did realize the invoices they put on the screen were fake. Apparently, this was designed to show evidence of laundering funds. Since Manafort was simultaneously being accused of spending huge funds at the two firms in question, and then paying fake invoices to look like he spent even more.  That doesn’t seem to make sense. This may actually work to his advantage. I think prosecutors knew the documents were fakes but I still think this may have been a world class mistake.

This reminds me of an incident several years ago. I was the Risk Manager for a major corporation and was invited to participate in a think tank held at Hilton Head Island by one of the nation’s largest insurance brokers. There were about 30 risk managers there and this was designed to pick our brains regarding significant trends in the insurance industry. The first evening there was a presentation by a Risk Manager for a nationally known firm. He was a recent Harvard MBA and he spent about two hours showcasing his revolutionary approach to risk management.  This took over two hours and there were all kinds of graphs and charts masterfully illustrated in a professionally prepared PowerPoint Presentation.  This was indeed brilliant. This guy literally felt that the entire world was in some kind of cosmic balance where he could offset workers’ compensation claims in Texas with profits from soybeans in Iowa. He scorned the traditional risk managers who worked on old school methods of managing risk, like controlling claim costs. He considered that to be so yesterday, one just had to be in tune with international counterbalancing predictable trends obvious only to the chosen few. The chosen few obviously did not include me, because this didn’t make any sense to me.

When He was done I went to dinner with a close friend who was also a Risk Manager for a major corporation. He asked me what I thought about this. I hesitated to tell the truth, but I finally said: “either everything I have learned over the last 25 years is wrong or this guy is nuts and he will do great financial harm to his company with this idiotic scheme.”. He laughed and said: “that’s exactly the way I feel, and trust me, you’re not the one who’s delusional here.

I felt much better after talking with my friend. He was a very good risk manager and I valued his opinion.  The point being that it was hard not to be impressed with all the charts and data and if I didn’t have 25 years’ experience, I might have believed it too.  By the way that meeting was in 2000 and that risk manager worked for Enron. By October 2001 it became obvious to the world that Enron, once one of the most respected companies in the world was a house of cards. In Mid 2000 Enron Stock was selling for $90.75 per share. By November 2001 it was worth less than $1.

By the way, this is how Wikipedia says the Risk Management strategy at Enron was a major factor in its downfall:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron_scandal

Before its scandal, Enron was lauded for its sophisticated financial risk management tools.[51] Risk management was crucial to Enron not only because of its regulatory environment, but also because of its business plan. Enron established long-term fixed commitments which needed to be hedged to prepare for the invariable fluctuation of future energy prices.[52] Enron’s bankruptcy downfall was attributed to its reckless use of derivatives and special purpose entities. By hedging its risks with special purpose entities which it owned, Enron retained the risks associated with the transactions. This arrangement had Enron implementing hedges with itself.[53]

Kenneth Lay, Chairman and CEO of Enron was indicted by a grand jury and found guilty of 10 counts of security fraud. He died three months before he was scheduled to be sentenced. I always thought that if I was on that jury I just might have voted for acquittal. If the presentation I saw in 2000 was anything like the reports being presented to Kenneth Lay it would be pretty easy to believe that he may not have realized what was really going on.

I have a similar reaction to the case against Paul Manafort. I suspect he hired people to handle things and probably didn’t even know a lot of regarding how specific things were being handled. He was probably too busy living the life of the rich and famous and making even more money.

Thus, the problem with the fake invoices. Who exactly made them and why. It seems unlikely that Manafort would do this. He had more than enough real purchases through both firms. This may end up being evidence that at least some of the time, it was Manafort who was being lied to. It may even turn out to be exculpatory evidence.

The question here is not really whether or not Manafort is guilty, it is rather whether or not the prosecutors can prove he was guilty. At best this is an extremely complex case with mountains of documents, some of which the prosecutors admit were fakes.

As I mentioned before, Arthur Anderson was prosecuted and found guilty of criminal charges with regard to the auditing of Enron. In 2005 that verdict was overturned by a unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court. That, of course was after Arthur Andersen surrendered its licenses to practice as Certified Public Accounts which ultimately led to bankruptcy.

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MANAFORT OVERBOARD

For over a year the liberal left has been salivating over the prospect of the Mueller investigation closing in on Donald Trump. The longed for day has arrived, Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager is on trial. CNN covered this with breathless anticipation. But instead of fireworks, they were treated with a big dud. There is no mention of Donald Trump at all. There is no mention of collusion with Russia or anyone else. There is no mention of the Trump Campaign. Zero, nada, zilch. Manafort is charged with bank fraud and tax evasion regarding events that took place long before he was working for Donald Trump.

In addition, the Judge has refused to let the prosecutors show pictures of Paul Manafort’s personal wealth. He won’t even let them use the term oligarchs. All these things add up to real problems for the Russian collusion myth. But there is more. The government planned on calling Rick Gates to testify against Manafort. Almost immediately his defense team worked to discredit him. They have a point. He already plead guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States and to lying to the FBI. He was given immunity in order to testify against Manafort.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/01/paul-manafort-trial-testimony-day-2-756749

To top it off, the prosecutors destroyed their own credibility by showing an invoice from Alan Corture, L.L.C. on court room TV monitors. Almost immediately Maximillian Katzman, the store’s ex-manager quickly pointed out that the invoice was an obvious fake because, among other things, the zip code was wrong. Then Katzman poured salt on the wound by saying he knew the invoice was not authentic because “We have never billed to Global Endeavor, or had a client named Global Endeavor.” This borders on legal malpractice by Mueller’s ace team of prosecutors. This mistake ranks right up there with the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case who asked Simpson to try on the bloody glove. Every time a federal prosecutor tries to present evidence the defense attorney is going to say something like: “how do we know this is a real document.”

It now seems likely that the Mueller investigation will primarily be remembered for gross incompetence. It is far from certain that Manafort will be convicted of anything. If he is convicted, there are already so many errors that it is likely to end up at the Supreme Court. Andrew Weissman, one of Mueller’s top prosecutors, knows all about this. He was responsible for obtaining a conviction, for a while, against Arthur Andersen regarding the Enron fiasco. That verdict was overturned by a 9-0 Supreme Court decision. That means even the most liberal judges on the Supreme Court ruled against him. The case was overturned because federal prosecutors pressed District Judge Melinda Harmon to set a ridiculously low hurdle for the Jury to reach a guilty verdict. This judge will not make that same mistake.

This begs the question. Why is Mueller trying Manafort? The obvious answer is that he has nothing else and he has to try somebody for something. But Manafort is not Michael Flynn or George Papadoplous. Both of them pled guilty to felony charges because they had no chance against a team of federal prosecutors. Neither of them could afford the cost of hiring legal counsel capable of withstanding such a legal assault. Paul Manafort is beyond rich and he can afford a world-class legal team. Odds are his team is far superior to the federal prosecutors for one simple reason. The really smart attorneys work for private firms, rather than the federal government because they can make a lot more money. Only very rich people can afford this talent, but the talent is always available for the right price.

The Manafort trial has already gone overboard and smart people will start abandoning ship. Even CNN realizes that this is beyond bad. The most likely thing now is that the MSM will stop reporting on the trial at all. The problem with that approach is that they have been promising big results for over a year. This reminds me of when Geraldo Rivera opened a secret vault at the Lexington Hotel allegedly linked to Al Capone. He did this live on TV, at the end of a two hour Television special broadcast on April 21, 1986. He even had a medical examiner on scene in case bodies were found and agents from the Internal Revenue Service to collect any found money. All he found was some empty beer bottles, which Rivera tried to claim was for moonshine bathtub gin. Geraldo finally admitted defeat and apologized to the viewers. I doubt that CNN will apologize, but they should.

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SAY WHAT?

The audio tape played by Lanny Davis on behalf of Michael Cohen is shocking. But not for the reasons anyone expected.The real shock was to liberals who were confronted with the reality that in a private conversation Donald Trump sounds absolutely normal and rational:

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/07/25/opinions/michael-cohen-donald-trump-tape-strategy-zelizer/index.html

The liberal left and RINO Republicans were too focused on the public performances by Donald Trump to realize they were “public performances.“ Trump knows how to work a room. He, like Ronald Reagan, is an actor. There is a reason he was wildly successful with Celebrity Apprentice. Yet somehow the MSM assumed that Trump was not capable of carrying on an ordinary conversation. Apparently they were unable to distinguish between the actor and the executive.  The author is shocked to report:

“No, on this tape we hear a little bit of a methodical and controlled candidate who is trying to figure out how to handle a potential problem in his campaign — how to kill an embarrassing story. He listens, absorbs and responds. He knows what is going on, and he wants a workable plan.”

The author suddenly realizes, with horror, that both friends and foes have continually underestimated Trump. He now realizes that the man who built a billion dollar business is actually a competent executive. Talk about being fooled by your own delusions?

He even admits that:

“The tape allows us to hear a Trump who has a game plan that will allow him to pursue policy initiatives that matter to him and control and direct the media narrative about his presidency — all the while working toward re-election in 2020. Whether it works is an unknown, but there is a plan.”

He also admits that the liberal left made similar mistakes regarding both Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.  Notice the pattern here? It is astonishing to realize that anyone would underestimate the man who personally ordered the D Day invasion. It is easier to understand why a lot of people underestimated Ronald Reagan. Liberals have always assumed they are the brightest people in the room and they are always stunned to learn that some really smart people disagree with them. In addition to constantly underestimating their opponents, liberals have a hard time learning from their mistakes. It is harder to learn from your mistakes if you are too stupid to realize you were wrong in the first place.

I don’t know which is more amusing. That the liberal left could have so completely underestimated Donald Trump, or the panic they must be feeling now when they realize the price they will pay for this miscalculation.

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THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEO

The Last Days of Pompeii is a fictional novel written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1565/1565-h/1565-h.htm

It was based on a real-life event, when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79.  There is actually a contemporary report on the event in a letter written by Pliny the Younger who saw the eruption from a distance.  Pliny the Elder, his uncle, was an admiral of the Roman fleet who died trying to rescue residents of Pompeii.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pliny-the-Younger

The homes and people of Pompeii were frozen in time when the eruption buried the entire town under volcanic ash.  Although the town was destroyed in AD79, no one realized the town had been largely preserved until 1748 when a group of explorers discovered that under the debris, Pompeii was still there. Today Pompeii is a tourist attraction.

In 63 A.D. there was a massive earthquake that modern scientists now believe to have been a warning that Mount Vesuvius was going to blow. No one living there at the time seemed to get the message.

https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/pompeii

In many ways this was similar to the results of the testimony by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Democratic Senators and RINO Republican Bob Corker had been watching too much CNN. These arrogant, ignorant fools stupidly believed the irrational rants of the delusional liberal left. They clearly intended to “expose” the incompetent naivety of the Trump administration. Instead they ended up exposing only themselves. It was clear from the start that Mike Pompeo was the adult in the room and those people foolish enough to challenge him looked like spoiled incompetent children few would trust to run a Car Wash.

Those who ignored the force that is Mt. Pompeo ended up making asses of themselves and providing immortal examples of people, frozen in time, who should never be trusted with power. If you want to see this historical event for yourself, following is a link osted by Fox News.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=pompeo+testimony+senate+foreign+relations+committee&view=detail&mid=60A2608597E98D0E2B0660A2608597E98D0E2B06&FORM=VIRE

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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

The following article is very interesting. This may explain a lot:

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/07/24/corrupt-republican-senate-intelligence-committee-chairman-richard-burr-defending-fisa-application-trying-to-hide-ssci-involvement-in-fisa-spygate/

On March 17, 2017, the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence (SCCI) was given a copy, possibly unredacted, of the FISA application used to authorize surveillance on Carter Page. The SCCI responded by supporting the people who prepared this FISA application.

At the same time, the House Judiciary Committee, the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee were literally threatening to sue the DOJ and the FBI to get the same document given willingly to the SCCI.

On the same day this FISA application was delivered to the SCCI, James Wolfe, security staffer for the SCCI took a picture of 82 pages and leaked them to Ali Watkins. The sting was on.

James Wolfe was indicted:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/08/james-wolfe-former-senate-intel-panel-security-director-indicted-for-allegedly-lying-to-fbi.html

Ali Walkins, the reporter involved, was publicly shamed by the New York Times and reassigned to a position where she will be closely supervised:

https://www.thewrap.com/new-york-times-reassigns-ali-watkins-reporter-sexual-relationship-source/

Some would assume that the NYT is doing the right thing for the right reasons. But, that would be totally inconsistent with the character of NYT management. Doing the right thing seems very low on their list of priorities. Odds are they did this because Ali Watkins made a huge mistake. She published an article based on a sting operation and the New York Times was humiliated. It seems likely that the copy of the FISA application leaked to the NYT has some very minor changes, probably dates, from the actual application designed to catch the leaker. It worked brilliantly.

Wolfe was charged with lying to the FBI. This means there has been some serious cooperation between the FBI and the intelligence committee. This could easily explain why Trump didn’t just declassify the FISA application in the first place. The current leadership of the DOJ and the FBI may actually be doing exactly what he wants them to do. Trump’s public display of frustration with Jeff Sessions and the FBI may have been a show designed to help them really drain the swamp.

This reminded me of a settlement conference I participated in years ago. The President of the Company involved asked to attend the settlement conference. He was very concerned about the case and wanted me to settle it for big bucks. I told him he could come and listen to the opening arguments, but he could not say anything. Later, I had him sit out in the lobby while the lawyer and I negotiated with the other party’s lawyer. I personally thought the company President would give off body language that showed too much interest in settlement, which is why I put him in the lobby. At one point we were in the final stages of the negotiation and were close to settling the case for about half of what the President of the Company was willing to pay. I went out in the lobby and told him we probably couldn’t get it settled. I knew he would be very upset. I was right. He turned beet red and started mumbling to himself stalking around the lobby. I knew the opponents would notice this. Then I went back in to the negotiations and told them that he was very upset and if we didn’t get this settled there could be serious problems. They dropped down to my last offer and settled. They totally misread why he was angry, which is exactly what I wanted to happen.

Consider this. Every single top FBI official out to get Trump is gone. Some of them are likely to be indicted. All of the top-level intelligence officials who hate Trump are gone. They may still technically have security clearances, but I can guarantee that none of the current leaders in the intelligence community care what they think about anything. This is further evidence that the intelligence community, Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein and Christopher Wray are working together as a team. Remember that John Huber is conducting his own special investigation and absolutely nothing is leaking about that operation. You probably won’t hear from Mr. Huber until he announces some shocking indictments. There will be even fewer leaks out of the intelligence community.

It sure looks like Donald Trump put on a display of anger so that his team had a better chance of handling things. Things like setting up the sting operation that trapped James Wolfe and Ali Watkins. Trump is famous for trolling his opponents and this may be his best performance yet. His job was made easier because liberals believe everyone else, who has an ounce of intelligence, thinks just like them. There are none so vulnerable as those who delude themselves.

TDM