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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Female California lawmaker at forefront of #MeToo movement probed for sexual misconduct
[WashingtonTimes] A female California lawmaker who has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement is being accused by multiple men of lewd groping, one of which acts is the object of an official probe by the state legislature.

State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, Los Angeles County Democrat, is being investigated by the Assembly Rules Committee over passes made against another lawmaker’s male aide.

Daniel Fierro told Politico that in 2014, Ms. Garcia, whom he said seemed drunk, caught him alone after the Assembly’s softball game, stroked his back, squeezed his butt and tried to touch him in the groin area.

Mr. Fierro was able to get away unscathed but did not tell his boss, Assemblyman Ian Calderon, at the time.

“Who wants to be that guy that Cristina Garcia is going after?” he told Politico.

However, he did tell at least two Assembly staffers at the time of Ms. Garcia’s behavior, each of whom confirmed that fact to Politico.

Mr. Fierro told Mr. Calderon, his former boss, about the incident with Ms. Garcia in January in the wake of the #MeToo movement. The Assembly Rules Committee began its investigation shortly afterward, Politico reported.

A second man, a lobbyist who spoke to Politico on condition of anonymity, described a similar assault at a fundraiser at the capital’s De Veres bar.

According to the lobbyist, who fears reprisals from a powerful lawmaker, she tried to grab his crotch and he replied “That ain’t gonna happen.”

In a statement Thursday to Politico, Ms. Garcia said she had “zero recollection” of the claimed events.

“Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place,” she said, while adding that the purported victims had never complained.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sadly, I've few stories of being groped by drunken females.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/09/2018 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  ...probed for sexual misconduct.

Interesting term of reference.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2018 1:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Classic
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 02/09/2018 1:33 Comments || Top||

#4  She's 38, unmarried and not very attractive. Not hideous but still not attractive.
Posted by: Betty Hatfield5124 || 02/09/2018 2:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Brunette, about middle 30's, not overweight or deformed, female. Has all her equipment, plain not glamorous. What else do you want ? Your average waitress or cashier in appearance.
Adequate, not sporty.
You don't have to call back and, I assume, its free. And its Thursday
Posted by: Cleart Flenter2305 || 02/09/2018 2:51 Comments || Top||

#6  #Shedidittoo
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/09/2018 8:02 Comments || Top||

#7  I so want to see the video of Sheryl Sandberg letting her dog "lean in..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/09/2018 10:16 Comments || Top||

#8  in this case sexual harassment is graded, not reported
Posted by: 746 || 02/09/2018 14:07 Comments || Top||

#9  She's 38, unmarried and not very attractive. Not hideous but still not attractive.

In other words, she looks awesome at last call.
Posted by: Raj || 02/09/2018 14:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Hold a sec. There is something I don't understand: if a person of color cannot be a racist, how can a person of vagina be a sexual harasser?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/09/2018 14:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Female California lawmaker probed

Hey, phrasing!
Posted by: SteveS || 02/09/2018 14:56 Comments || Top||

#12  how can a person of vagina be a sexual harasser?

She's a Vaginista?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/09/2018 15:43 Comments || Top||

#13  Sexual misconduct at the office: women protest it, men scale it.

Girls and math.....

/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/
sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc/sarc!
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/09/2018 21:46 Comments || Top||


Top Justice Department Official Who Helped Oversee Clinton Email Probe RESIGNS
[Gateway Pundit] A Justice Department official who helped oversee the controversial probes of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and Russian interference in the 2016 election stepped down this week.

David Laufman, an experienced federal prosecutor who in 2014 became chief of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, said farewell to colleagues Wednesday. He cited personal reasons.

"It’s tough to leave a mission this compelling and an institution as exceptional as the Department of Justice," said Laufman, 59. "But I know that prosecutors and agents will continue to bring to their work precisely what the American people should expect: a fierce and relentless commitment to protect the national security of the United States."

Critics noted that Laufman had donated to Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, referring to him as a "holdover."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rats fleeing a sinking revolt?
Posted by: 3dc || 02/09/2018 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Trying to beat a subpoena that's on the way I bet.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/09/2018 0:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Subpoena or Hillary's hit suicide assistance squad...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/09/2018 0:47 Comments || Top||

#4  If he's not an official of the FBI, he can't be compelled to testify before Congress.
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 02/09/2018 1:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Does he keep his retirement?
Posted by: gorb || 02/09/2018 1:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Don't go for walks in any parks, David.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/09/2018 3:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Another longtime Comey aide leaving FBI
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/09/2018 4:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Some dare call it treason.

It's over for ObamaHillary.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/09/2018 6:10 Comments || Top||

#9  So that's 10 or 11 so far. Obama Inc. is getting sunlight.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/09/2018 7:38 Comments || Top||

#10  Newly remodeled with convenient downtown location. State of the art security system. On the market soon.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2018 7:49 Comments || Top||

#11  What Herb said.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/09/2018 8:38 Comments || Top||

#12  Email probe? Oh, do you mean the whitewash where there was a wholesale destruction of incriminating documents, the mishandling of classified info, obstruction of justice, sedition, treason, espionage and perjured testimony?
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/09/2018 11:20 Comments || Top||

#13  Rachel Brand is also leaving. Most likely, Robert Higdon will replace her. If Rosenstein resigns, is demoted, fired or indicted, Higdon would be in charge of the Mueller special counsel.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/09/2018 19:29 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Dem Sen. Mark Warner texted with Russian oligarch lobbyist in effort to contact dossier author Christopher Steele
[FOX] EXCLUSIVE ‐ Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.
Graphic is for the purposes of sardonic humor only. It will be a cold day in hell before any of these lizards go on the box.
"We have so much to discuss u need to be careful but we can help our country get rid of Donald Trump," Warner texted the lobbyist, Adam Waldman, on March 22, 2017.

"Get rid of Donald Trump? I'm in," Waldman, whose firm has ties to Hillary Clinton, texted back to Warner.

Steele famously put together the anti-Trump dossier of unverified information that was used by FBI and Justice Department officials in October 2016 to get a warrant to conduct surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page. Despite the efforts, Steele has not agreed to an interview with the committee.

Secrecy seemed very important to Warner as the conversation with Waldman heated up March 29, when the lobbyist revealed that Steele wanted a bipartisan letter from Warner and the committee’s chairman, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, inviting him to talk to the Senate intelligence panel.

Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop -- at least initially. In one text to the lobbyist, Warner wrote that he would "rather not have a paper trail" of his messages.
Emphasis added.

Evidently it's a bit too late to avoid the "paper trail."

Related at PJ (includes 'cold feet'): Sen. Mark Warner Traded Secret Texts with Russian Oligarch's Lobbyist Linked to Hillary
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Senator Warner is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI)

Certainly hope the good Senator had no plans to share anything sensitive with foreign sources, those without a valid US security clearance, or anyone without a 'need to know.'

This could get ugly. Oh WAIT !

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2018 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  We already have the communication as if it is carved in stone. We have every conversation there.

Every one ever.
And they are corrupt as HELL.

Just letting you know that.
Posted by: newc || 02/09/2018 2:06 Comments || Top||


#4  re: #3 - Sorry Dondi, you lost. Have a drink of water
Posted by: Frank G || 02/09/2018 5:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop.

Not very collegial now is it ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2018 7:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Waldman offered last March to connect Warner with Steele to discuss the infamous dossier. The article states that “secrecy seemed very important to Warner” and that the senator “seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop ― at least initially.”

But as the Fox News story eventually acknowledges, Waldman informed the intelligence committee about the messages months ago, and the communication appears to fall in line with Warner’s duties on the intelligence committee.

Rubio pointed this out in his tweet Thursday.

“Sen. Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago,” he wrote on Twitter, with a link to the article. He continued to note that the text messages have had “zero impact on our work.”


Note the timeline. That's 7 months Warner kept quiet. He eventually saw that he would get caught.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/09/2018 7:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Just in from Mark Warner's office. "I did not have sex with that Putin".

Yes you did Marky, yes you did.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/09/2018 7:37 Comments || Top||

#8  My OTHER POS Senator.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/09/2018 8:44 Comments || Top||

#9  Perhaps the good senator just wanted to talk horses. There's a lot of horses in Northern Virginia you know.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2018 8:47 Comments || Top||

#10  Perhaps the good senator just wanted to talk horses. There's a lot of horses in Northern Virginia you know.

Almost there, Besoeker, he wanted to talk horse product.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/09/2018 9:10 Comments || Top||

#11  Poor Marco. He's the sort who will roll over hard under minimal pressure in a Grand Jury situation. If he's lucky, he's actually as out of the loop as he always comes off. If not, the jogging alone and "Sunday drives to clear his head" won't end well for him.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/09/2018 9:20 Comments || Top||


Feds Scrambled to Redact Information Showing Top Secret Spy Abuse
[FreeBeacon] Federal authorities scrambled to redact and keep classified key information revealing major abuses of the U.S. surveillance apparatus that targeted President Donald Trump's associates in the lead up to the 2016 election, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation who said the latest information corroborates findings recently made public by House Intelligence Committee officials.

On the heels of the release of a classified memo by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee disclosing that the FBI relied heavily on a widely discredited anti-Trump dossier to carry out unwarranted surveillance on Trump allies, Senate investigators this week made public their own findings that appear to corroborate the events.

The new criminal referral issued by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsay Graham, both Senate Judiciary Committee members, calls for a formal investigation into Christopher Steele, the onetime British spy who compiled the dossier on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The new memo also finds that Clinton campaign associates were funneling information to Steele that was later passed to the FBI.

If you enjoyed this posting by 'Anomalous Sources' you may also enjoy this:

Dem Sen. and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence member Mark Warner texted with Russian oligarch lobbyist in effort to contact dossier author Christopher Steele

Strange, very strange, or perhaps not so.


Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2018 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Not strange at all, Besoeker. We've been suspecting stuff like this for the last decade, yet only recently has it been publicly documented.

The strange, yet satisfying, part is that we actually are getting proof of our suspicions. I'm still waiting for the big 'information squelch', but believe that the cat is out of the bag too far now. We're even hearing peeps from the MSM, although through severe filters.

The next couple of months might be interesting and hopefully the Dems don't get the house back. Then this all goes away.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/09/2018 8:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Schiff, stamps his little foot: "We want OUR memo released too!!! (Holds breath until he turns purple.)
Nunes, suppressing a grin: "OK..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/09/2018 9:38 Comments || Top||

#4  These people don't like to scramble. They prefer to work at a glacial pace.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/09/2018 10:28 Comments || Top||

#5  The new memo also finds that Clinton campaign associates were funneling information to Steele that was later passed to the FBI.

I told you so. That Golden Shower idea came from Bill.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/09/2018 10:30 Comments || Top||


Now we know where John McCain got his copy of the anti-Trump dossier ‐ directly from Fusion GPS
[BizPakReview] We now know that U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., got a copy of the anti-Trump dossier directly from the political opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

At least, that’s according to The Washington Post
[Paywall].
In an article titled, "Hero or hired gun? How a British former spy became a flash point in the Russia investigation," the newspaper detailed how McCain came to have a copy of the unverified dossier that he then forwarded to the FBI.

The article erases any doubt that McCain may not have known the origins of the dossier. It’s not clear if the Republican lawmaker knew that the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign provided funding for the research.

Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow and friend of Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy behind the dossier, reached out to David Kramer to get the research on Trump into the hands of the Republicans, The Post reported.

Kramer, a former State Department official and close associate of McCain, would arrange for Wood to meet the senator in Canada in December 2016.

Wood described what was in the infamous dossier and told McCain, who he said "was visibly shocked," that he could arrange for him to review it.

"I told him, ’I know there’s a document. I haven’t read it, but it seems to me that it’s reliably set up,’" he said, according to The Post.

More from The Post on what happened next:

Ten days later, in a cloak-and-dagger scene, Kramer and Steele arranged to meet at Heathrow Airport in London. Kramer was told that he should look for a man wearing a blue raincoat and carrying a Financial Times under his arm, according to people familiar with the episode.

Kramer accompanied Steele to his home, where he spent a few hours reviewing the Trump research.

Back in Washington, Kramer received a copy of the dossier from Simpson and completed the handoff to McCain.

Simpson is former Wall Street Journal reporter and Glenn R. Simpson is co-founder of Fusion GPS.
Continues. Surprised? Yeah, me neither.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [409 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Corrupt. Resign now, go home and die with what little honor you have left McCain.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/09/2018 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps Maverick and Warner could go out (resign) together.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2018 1:17 Comments || Top||

#3  But he's a war hero . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 02/09/2018 1:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Wood described what was in the infamous dossier and told McCain, who he said "was visibly shocked arroused," that he could arrange for him to review it.

F*ck that guy. Die already, before you do any more damage to the country
Posted by: Frank G || 02/09/2018 5:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Johnny had to know Fusion GPS was, is a political smear group. Not "opposition research". This is the same idiot that didn't know the difference between interrogation and torture.

The man turned completely spineless when he ran against Osama Bin Obama. Now the gray turd is a complete joke.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/09/2018 7:33 Comments || Top||

#6  We thought the reason McStain was crying so much about this and besmirching Republicans is he was involved. A hit dog will cry and McStain is right in the crosshairs.

Go home and die John. You have no honor and no soul and have sold your country down the river for your own gain.
If I had my way you would be drawn and quartered in the public square.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/09/2018 9:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Sadly, Kyrsten Enema is going to get Flake's seat. I don't even want to think about who will get McScccccchtaincccccsh's. Probably Lou Gutterbox's illegitimate spawn...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/09/2018 9:48 Comments || Top||

#8  A former British ambassador to Moscow was in on this deal thus proving the Deep State has metastasized to London. But we knew that, didn't we?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/09/2018 10:42 Comments || Top||

#9  McStain is vindictive. He didn't like Trump questioning his hero-hood. Still pi$$ed John?
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/09/2018 11:04 Comments || Top||

#10  McCain made his turncoat official during Obama's SOTU when he wore the green badge of machine, got some 20 seconds of face time too.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/09/2018 13:32 Comments || Top||

#11  *2013 I think.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/09/2018 13:34 Comments || Top||

#12  In my humble view he's always been a Manchurian element.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/09/2018 22:36 Comments || Top||



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