IT’S ABOUT TIME

Time magazine just published a devastating article about the FBI. While Time, predictably blames part of the problem on Donald Trump, it actually makes his case.  It is a devastating rebuke of the FBI:

http://time.com/5264153/the-fbi-is-in-crisis-and-america-is-paying-the-price/

Incredibly  Time still believes that Russia influenced our election by hacking the DNC servers:

“The bureau missed the significance of the damaging 2015 hack of the DNC database.  And when the Russian operation began to heat up in the summer of 2016, the FBI was always a step behind the Russians, struggling to understand intelligence reports they were getting about possible connections between Moscow and Trump aides.  The bureau also sat on the disputed “dossier” prepared by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.”

The author is still praying that Mueller will some how find evidence that Russia did collude with members of the Trump campaign.  The problem is that the House Intelligence committee has already reported that there is no evidence and no one, including Adam Schiff, has a shred of evidence.

The author conveniently ignored the part about the Clinton campaign colluding with Russia to creat the “dossier.”  It does not mention the FBI’s failure to investigate and take action with regard to the Uranium One Scandal and and the large sums conveniently paid to the Clinton Foundation.  It totally ignores the obstruction of justice with regard to the Hillary Clinton e-mail server. In other words, this article was written by a die hard Clinton supporter. With regard to those subjects the author is either willfully oblivious or hopelessly  delusional.

That is what makes it so devastating.  Even with the obvious bias against Trump and for the Clintons it documents exactly why he was elected and why we need(ed) someone like him to drain the swamp.  This is a complete rebuke of what used to be the most respected law enforcement agency in the world.  If you add in the parts the author ignored, like the coverup of all things Clinton and the abuse of power in a failed attempt to destroy Donald Trump, then it is hard to imagine the FBI even surviving.
What is the point of giving so much power to an agency that has not only failed to perform its mission, it may have engaged in criminal behavior in a failed plot to overturn the results of an election.  It really doesn’t get worse than this.  The only thing we know for sure right now is that the FBI cannot be trusted to do anything.

Several congressional committees have threatened to impeach Rod Rosenstein for failure to turn over documents congress as required.  Donald Trump wrote that he may be required to intervene.  He has the authority to declassify any document and order the FBI to deliver them to congress.  After reading this report, that looks like a really good idea.

TDM

 

WHETHERING HEIGHTS

President Trump had hired a new lawyer. The New York Times assumes this is because Mueller is closing in on Trump. Of course the New York Times is famous for getting just about everything wrong. The reality is that the Mueller investigation is bogged down. The leaked questions prove that after all this time Mueller has zero, nada, bumpkis. He isn’t even attempting to prove collusion. So now he is trying to get Trump to say something that shows in his heart of hearts Trump was trying to obstruct justice. This is absurd. Mueller’s primary witness would have to be James Comey who has less credibility than a three dollar bill. The real message here is that Trump has hired an attorney who is famous for not playing nice with Special Counsels. He was a minor part of Bill Clinton’s legal staff during the impeachment trial but a major figure for both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Although Clinton was impeached, the Special Counsel never even attempted to charge either Bush or Cheney with anything.

I think Emmet Flood was hired to tell Mueller to shove it. If the New York Times thinks Flood is going to let Trump be interviewed by Mueller they haven’t done their homework. Flood is an expert on executive privilege. Patrick Fitzgerald was desperate to get Dick Cheney. All he got was a meaningless conviction of Gordon Libby. That was so pathetic that the Washington Bar reinstated his law license even though he technically had a felony. Contrast that with Bill Clinton who had his law license permanently revoked.

I think Mueller was bluffing and Trump just called his bluff. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Emmet Flood file to dismantle the Special Counsel because it was illegally authorized based on patently false documents. Flood will have the advantage in that, unlike Mueller, he actually has facts to support his position. Mueller’s case has been severely damaged by Comey admitting publicly that he leaked information to the press (illegally) because he wanted a Special Counsel appointed.

It is long past time for this to end. I really think Democrats are playing with fire here. Donald Trump is literally trying to prevent a nuclear war with North Korea, something few thought remotely possible a few months ago. Threatening him with subpoenas about something created out of whole cloth by the Clinton campaign is putting politics ahead of national security. That should be increasingly obvious even to Democrats.

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BAD FACTS

James Comey has apparently hired Patrick Fitzgerald as legal counsel.  That probably seemed like a good idea at the time, because Patrick Fitzgerald was the special prosecutor who investigated the Bush administration.  However, there may be serious legal problems for both Comey and Fitzgerald because of this decision.  The conflict of interest literally jumps off the page.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/25/comey-memos-likely-shared-with-former-us-attorney-patrick-fitzgerald-sources-say.html

It turns out Patrick Fitzgerald was allegedly given the memos regarding Comey’s conversations with Donald Trump as the same time Comey leaked them to his friend, DanieL Richardson who leaked contents with the media.  There may have been a third person provided with these documents.

Comey is the one who hired Patrick Fitzgerald as Special Counsel.  Fitzgerald is the prosecutor who charged Scooter Libby with a felony for allegedly obstructing justice with regard to Valerie Plame. Judith Miller, who testified against Libby, later recanted her testimony. Miller believes she was tricked into giving false testimony. Miller never wrote a story about her conversation with Libby.  Fitzgerald pumped her about something in her notes where she said (“wife works in Bureau”)  Fitzgerald convinced her that Libby had to be talking about the CIA.  But she eventually realized that Libby was more likely talking about Plame’s job at the State Department. She also realized, later, that a lot of people knew that Valerie Plame was not an undercover operative for the CIA. She openly celebrated when Trump pardoned Libby.

https://www.weeklystandard.com/fred-barnes/key-witness-prosecutor-manipulated-me-into-falsely-testifying-against-scooter-libby

It gets worse.  E-mails from Strzok and Page refer to “Pat” as part of their inner circle and many people believe they were talking about Patrick Fitzgerald.

I used to play golf with an attorney who specialized in defending drunk drivers.  I remember one day he was obviously distracted by a case.  He said: ‘I am doing my best for my client but I just have bad facts!”

Exactly!

TDM

THE END GAME

Representative Ron De Santis along with several colleages sent a criminal referall to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Federal Prosecutor John Huber. The referral applies to James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Congress Sends Criminal Referral To Sessions, Wray and Prosecutor Huber…

Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and James Baker and Bruce Ohr are all still employed by the FBI, but removed from positions of influence. That is a pretty good indication that all of the above are cooperating, probably with both the IG and John Huber. A criminal referral is likely to just add incentive for them to sing even louder.

Some still want another special counsel, but actually Huber may be more dangerous. He reports to Jeff Sessions and he has the full cooperation of Horowitz, the IG. He can move much faster than a special counsel. We may see grand juries and indictments sooner rather than later. In the meantime, James Comey has destroyed any potential of an obstruction of justice charge against Trump. He would be the key witness against Trump and he has thoroughly discredited himself. Odds are Mueller is absolutely furious with Comey.

The anti-Trumpers are desperate to find something and they are going all in on payments to Stormy Daniels. Good luck with that. The Michael Cohen raid is looking more and more like a setup. It was the CNN lawyer who asked the Judge, a candidate for Attorney General under Bill Clinton, to release Sean Hannity’s name. This is proof not only of the incredible bias at CNN, it demonstrates an astonishing mix of stupidity and desperation. Did they really think no one would notice the conflict of interest regarding the judge? Expect a world class backlash.

I will quote Churchill on this.

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

It was more than that. The date was November 10, 1942. Rommel’s forces at El Alamein had just been defeated. The war would go on, but from that day on Germany was on the defensive and they never recovered.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

The Daily Beast is not exactly a conservative rag.  That is what makes the following article so interesting:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/james-comeys-abc-interview-has-furious-fbi-insiders-lashing-out

Apparently seven current or former FBI agents watched the broadcast interview of James Comey by George Stephanopoulos and they were less than thrilled.  Imagine their response when they read the transcript and see what ABC News left on the cutting room floor.

One current FBI Agent who is known as a “Team Comey source” started out pleased and then literally sent a “poop emoji” after the final segment.  My favorite quote was:

“Good lord, what a self-serving, self-centered jackass.  True to form he thinks he’s the smartest guy around.”

ABC cut out the part of the interview where Comey trashed Obama and dropped a bombshell regarding Loretta Lynch.

http://abcnews.go.com/Site/transcript-james-comeys-interview-abc-news-chief-anchor/story?id=54488723

 “But there was material that I knew someday, when it’s declassified, and I thought that would be decades in the future, would cause historians to wonder, “Hmm, was there some strange business going on there? Was Loretta Lynch somehow in — carrying water for the campaign and controlling what the F.B.I. did?”

Again, it wasn’t true. But there was material that would allow that to come out someday in the long future when it’s declassified. That all changed when someday, in my mind, became maybe tomorrow. That was in the middle of June, when the Russian government, using some fronts, started dumping stolen material that had been hacked from organizations associated with the Democratic party in the United States. And all of a sudden, it dawned on me that that someday decades from now when this material comes out actually may be now, tomorrow. And again, even though I didn’t believe it, the material was real.

Comey contradicted himself four times in the same interview.  He said it wasn’t true.  Then he said he didn’t believe it was true.  Then he said he didn’t know if it was true or not. Then he admits that the “material” is true. Wow!

The search for this document may rival the search for the Holy Grail.  If he said this about something potentially harmful to Donald Trump the MSM would have gone ballistic.  Because it involves a Clintonian like Loretta Lynch, they barely noticed.  But other people have noticed and even more will notice.  The hounds are on the scent big league.

The Comey interview was a real beauty, but in the end, Comey looks more like a beast.  Ultmately his attempt at self-glorification will result in him being universally despised by everyone. The one subject on which liberals and conservatives are in agreement is that this man should never have been Director of the FBI.

TDM

THE TRIAL OF JAMES COMEY

While the James Comey interview was playing on ABC, Steve Hilton was literally conducting a mock trial of James Comey. The trail was mostly a replay of what has been shown on Fox News for months. But there was a difference. This time there were two attorneys who were arguing on behalf of Comey.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/news/the-trial-of-james-comey-what-e2-80-99s-next/vi-AAvVqSN

If you were hoping to see a devastating case for the conviction of James Comey, you were probably disappointed. But the results were significant. No one, including the people arguing to defend Comey, could say that he did the right thing. Even Democrats don’t argue that Comey did the right thing. Instead his defenders argued that his actions did not rise to the level of criminality and in doing so they made a stunning argument. Comey is not guilty of a crime because he was doing what Loretta Lynch and Barack Obama wanted him to do.

That is the real problem with the Comey story. If he convinces people that he truly is the self-righteous choir boy he pretends to be, then the fickle finger of fate points directly at Loretta Lynch and Barack Obama. While Comey clearly hates Trump, he didn’t accuse Trump of doing anything wrong. While he praised Obama, his praise was a strong condemnation. This is because clearly Comey was ready, willing and able to do anything Obama wanted, but he openly resisted direction from Donald Trump. Since what Comey did was indisputably wrong, this places the blame on Obama.

Comey also destroys his own credibility during a meeting with Dick Cheney:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/news/the-trial-of-james-comey-what-e2-80-99s-next/vi-AAvVqSN

There was a dispute regarding the legality of the surveillance program. Comey felt that only the opinion of “the very smart lawyers working for me” mattered. When Cheney told him: “thousands of people are going to die because of what you (“Comey”) are doing” Comey said he felt bad but he never considered changing his opinion. The program developed by President Bush had bi-partisan support because it was used solely to spy on suspected terrorists.  Under President Obama that program was used to spy on political opponents.  Comey was a willing participant in abuse of this program. If Comey wanted to do the right thing, he should have offered Cheney suggestions on how to do this legally. If he wanted to do the right thing he should stood up to the abuse of power by Obama.  Why didn’t Saint Comey stand up to Barack Obama?

I doubt that this interview will play well with anyone. Liberals will be very disappointed that Comey has no bombshell news about Donald Trump.  Conservatives will be disgusted with the self-righteous sanctimonious bitching by a, thankfully, former FBI Director who didn’t like the President’s personality.

ABC’s 5 takeaways by Meghan Keneally are very bad, but not for Donald Trump:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/political-bombshells-james-comeys-exclusive-interview-abc-news/story?id=54489527

  1. Rosenstein viewed as “dishonorable.”
  2. Sessions seen as “overmatched.”
  3. Obama’s comments about Clinton’s emails were “inappropriate.”
  4. Comey would be fine with Kelly quitting now
  5. Talk of Obstruction of Justice.

Comey doesn’t even accuse Trump of obstruction he merely said this could possibly be viewed as obstruction. Perhaps the best description of this interview was by Meghan Keneally on her twitter account:

“Watching an interview go off the rails in real time.”

Seems accurate. Once liberals get done rejoicing at the way Comey trashed Trump they will realize this interview was a total disaster. He shredded his own credibility, he never laid a glove on Trump and in his haste to make himself look good he threw Obama, Lynch and Rosenstein under the bus.

TDM

OH COMEY ON!

James Comey was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos and if the leaked reports are accurate, it is stunning.  The only question after this performance is how this man was ever appointed Director of the FBI.  This is a reminder that every year on American Idol there is always one performer who thinks he or she is a superstar only to deliver a nauseatingly bad performance.  You know the kind of performance that is so bad that a Simon Cowell would say something like: “is this a joke? Do you really think you can sing?”

I am sure a certain portion of the liberal left will buy this hook line and sinker.  They will view this as conclusive evidence that Donald Trump is totally unqualified to be President of the United States.  The rest of us will watch and ask at what point someone intervenes and pulls Comey off the stage so he can stop embarrassing himself.  I thought that the 60-minute interview of Stormy Daniels by Anderson Cooper was a low point in American journalism, but I was wrong.  The Stephanopoulos interview of James Comey will set a new standard.  Stephanopoulos either brilliantly exposed James Comey as a hopeless fool or he himself is too blinded by his hatred for Donald Trump to recognize the level of insanity. Based on the video of Stephanopoulos discussing this on Good Morning America, Stephanopoulos tossed Comey soft ball leading questions and never pushed back against conclusions that are beyond pathetic.

For example: Comey discusses describing the Russia Dossier.  When Comey told Trump about the alleged golden shower incident, Trump quickly said that was absurd and asked if Comey could investigate to prove that this was false.  Comey said he thought it was possibly true.  He failed to grasp the obvious that Trump would never ask the Director of the FBI to investigate this if there was any chance this was true.  Trump’s response is what one would expect from someone falsely accused of doing something not only salacious, but absurd.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/video/comey-trump-asked-investigate-dossier-54439320

The only question most people will ask is why it took Trump so long to fire Comey. I believe the unprecedented raid on Michael Cohen and the wall to wall coverage of people like Stormy Daniels and now James Comey will backfire big time on the liberal left.  They have lost the last shred of credibility.

As for Comey, he would be smart to shut up and lawyer up.  He is consistently inconsistent with a delusional self-righteous vision of every event.  At one point he literally describes feeling that he is floating about the conversation looking down upon this in disbelief.  Are you kidding me?  How could anyone explain this as other than mentally unstable.  Yet, in their all-consuming hatred of Donald Trump and their desperation to destroy him the liberal left has fully embraced the looney tune crowd. This is embarrassing, and it needs to stop, now.

Trump response to Comey, almost certainly written by legal counsel, is below:

James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH,” “He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”

The only legitimate criticism of Trump is: “what took you so long?”

TDM

THE SILENT SCREAM

Russian ships have pulled out of Syrian ports on a “training exercise.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russian-warships-have-left-port-in-syria-out-of-fear-for-their-safety-after-trumps-missile-threat/ar-AAvO87g

Air traffic has been halted in the area. Flight radar proves that commercial air traffic is avoiding Syria and Lebanon:

https://www.flightradar24.com/33.82,35.49/8

The world is holding its breath waiting to see what action, if any, is taken by President Donald Trump. It seems unlikely that he will do nothing, since that would result in worldwide humiliation.  Yet, he is clearly hesitating.  Perhaps the following article explains why:

http://www.pravdareport.com/hotspots/conflicts/07-04-2017/137411-russia_usa_nuclear_war-0/

We do not know the effectiveness of this system.  Putin said that he will shoot down any missiles launched by the U.S. That should not necessarily be viewed as an idle threat.  Putin may believe he is capable of doing that.  The United States may believe he is capable of doing that. Perhaps the U.S. is trying to negotiate a deal with Putin where we can strike Syria and punish them without an extremely high risk military conflict.

If we launch missile and airstrikes against Syria and Russian air defense shoots down our missiles and planes, it will be beyond catastrophic.  Since World War II the primary thing that has kept us safe is the ability of our military to defeat any air defense system.  During both Iraq wars the U.S. states quickly destroyed the soviet designed air defense system which is the reason we scored quick and decisive victories. If countries like North Korea and Iran believe they are immune from attack by us we are in serious trouble.

On the other hand, if we launch missile and airstrikes against Syria and the Russia air defense systems do not work as advertised that would be a major humiliating event for Putin.

It seems logical that the U.S. will have to either get an agreement from Putin to not use those air defense systems or the U.S. will have to begin any mission by taking them out.  There are probably some very intense meeting going on in both Moscow and Washington today asking a really important question.  What are our real capabilities and what are the real capabilities of the S400 system.  There is a lot more at stake than whether or no Assad, again, dumped chemical weapons on people.

Congress should be uniting around this President and showing a unified front to the world.  Instead people who should know better are distracted by an over-the-hill porn star and a former FBI Director foaming at the mouth with his hatred for the President who dared fired him.

No wonder there are reports of Trump administration cabinet members meeting for prayer.  Seems more than appropriate.  Unfortunately the silence can’t last much longer and these are very scary times.

TDM

HOLT ON

Loretta Lynch sat down for an interview with Lester Holt and he asked some very good questions.

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/lester-holt-presses-loretta-lynch-on-calling-clinton-email-probe-a-matter-what-did-you-mean/

Holt:

He said it made him feel — I’m paraphrasing — that it made him feel strange,” “What did you mean when you called it a matter instead of an investigation?”

Lynch:

“I heard about that testimony,” And my first response was…what is the issue here? I remember specifically talking with him, as we talked about sensitive things on a number of occasions.”

“And this was a very sensitive investigation, everyone knew. And the issue when he and I sat down at that time, which I think was early in the fall of 2015, was whether or not we were ready as a department to confirm an investigation going on. When we typically do not confirm or deny investigations into anything, with rare exceptions.”

Holt:

“To the extent though that he noted it, that it bothered him,” “did he go to you and question your credibility with regard to the Clinton case?”

Lynch:

“We had a full and open discussion about it,” “And concerns were not raised.”

This is further evidence of a circular firing squad developing.  Since Comey testified about this, under oath, he will be accused of lying.  Yet if you read this transcript carefully, it is a non-denial denial.  Although most of the current members of the MSM are liberals too blinded by bias to notice, the true professionals will not miss the significance of this.

Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia Investigation because he is a man of honor and he didn’t want even the appearance of a conflict of interest. Loretta Lynch and Andrew McCabe had serious conflicts of interests regarding the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal.  Loretta Lynch never recused herself at all; she just “agreed” to let the FBI make the decision whether or not to recommend prosecution.  If Comey had recommended Lynch prosecute Hillary Clinton she would have gone ballistic.  Andrew McCabe didn’t recuse himself until a week before the election when the stench of his bias was too overpowering to ignore.

Lynch is admitting that she talked to Comey about this on a number of occasions.  That alone demonstrates a conflict of interest. It is exactly why Loretta Lynch should have recused herself from this investigation from day one.

We may be seeing a significant sea change here.  Some very serious people in the MSM are finally realizing they are sitting on a major political scandal.  While they have been chasing their tails looking for the mythical unicorn of collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign, they have been ignoring absolute bombshells regarding all things Clinton.

Yesterday Attorney General Jeff Session appointed the U.S. attorney in Chicago to oversee the Justice Department’s response to congressional requests for documents.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-us-attorney-documents-congress-20180408-story,amp.html

Even the Washington Post noticed.  This means one of two things will happen.  Either those documents will be delivered to congress, sooner rather than later, or those documents are being used in a criminal investigation.  Either outcome is likely to be very embarrassing for the MSM who has ignored this for so long.

All we know at this point is that Holt, at least, is on the case and odds are other people are also going to start asking some very serious questions.

TDM

UP BLUFF CREEK

In 1807, congress passed United States Federal Law (10 U.S.C. §§ 251–255) governing the ability of the President of the United States to deploy military troops within the United States. The Posse Comitatus Act amended in 1956 reads as follows:
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both“.

These provisions were the reason George W. Bush hesitated to send in the National Guard after Hurricane Katrina. He waited for approval from Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. She insisted that the National Guard report to her and that the guard not assist in law enforcement. She waited until a week after the storm, when Mayor Ray Nagin was begging for help, before she changed her mind.

As a result of this situation, on September 30, 2006, congress modified Sec 333 of the “Insurrection Act” and widened the president’s ability to deploy troops within the United States. Among other things this gave the President authority to order the dispersal of either insurgents or “those obstructing the enforcement of the laws.” The name of the chapter was changed from “Insurrection” to “Enforcement of the Laws to Restore Public Order.

It is clear that this act was designed to give the President more power to respond in the event of a natural disaster. However, it does more than that. One could argue that it gives President Trump the authority to send in troops to enforce the law in the event of anyone “obstructing the enforcement of the laws.” How else, exactly, would one describe the actions taken by California?

Trump has ordered the National Guard to assist with border security. Since both Obama and Bush did the same thing, it is impossible to argue he lacks the authority to do that. However, under normal circumstances the President cannot deploy the National Guard without the approval of the Governor.

If Trump deploys National Guard troops everywhere but California, the results are predictable and disastrous. Those people seeking to enter the United States will all swerve toward the California border. That is particularly true if they believe California is a sanctuary state and they can come here without risk of getting deported.

Trump knows this, which is why he wrote the following in February:
Frankly, it’s a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation,” Trump said at the White House. If the administration were to remove Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials from California, the state would be “begging” for them to come back, he said. “I’m thinking about doing it.”

If Trump even hints at reducing Immigration and Customs Enforcement in California the results could well be an unprecedented fiasco where thousands of illegal immigrants literally rush the California border. Yet if Brown authorizes the National Guard to help patrol the border, his sanctuary state policy is exposed as a total fraud. Trump has called Governor Brown’s bluff. My prediction is that Brown will defer the decision to MG Lawrence A. Haskins, the commander of the California National Guard which is unlikely to fool anyone.

TDM