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Judicial Watch announced today that United States District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that discovery can begin in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers, and Clinton aides will now be deposed under oath. Senior officials ‐ including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap ‐ will now have to answer Judicial Watch’s written questions under oath. The court rejected the DOJ and State Department’s objections to Judicial Watch’s court-ordered discovery plan. (The court, in ordering a discovery plan last month, ruled that the Clinton email system was "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.")
Judicial Watch’s discovery will seek answers to:
Whether Clinton intentionally attempted to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a non-government email system; whether the State Department’s efforts to settle this case beginning in late 2014 amounted to bad faith; and whether the State Department adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.
Discovery is scheduled to be completed within 120 days. The court will hold a post-discovery hearing to determine if Judicial Watch may also depose additional witnesses, including Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.
Judge Lamberth ordered written responses under oath to Judicial Watch’s questions from Obama administration senior officials Rice, Rhodes and Sullivan, and former FBI official Priestap. Rice and Rhodes will answer interrogatories under oath on the Benghazi scandal.
[Daily Caller] The FBI wanted to reestablish contact with Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele days after President Donald Trump fired bureau Director James Comey, a top Department of Justice official revealed during a previously secret congressional testimony.
DOJ official Bruce Ohr laid out efforts to influence the DOJ by Christopher Steele, a former British spy being paid by the Democratic National Committee via the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The FBI terminated Steele as a source in late 2016, reportedly for his contacts with the media, but he continued to funnel information to the bureau through Ohr.
On May 9, 2017, Trump fired Comey, which concerned FBI leaders. Comey has since been sharply critical of the president.
On May 15, Ohr and Steele discussed "re-engaging" with the FBI at the bureau’s request, which Steele agreed to, according to the testimony, which was obtained by The Epoch Times.
It is entirely possible the Bureau disengaged Steele along with his dossier fiction upon discovering his DNC funding connection. When Comey was fired, they threw caution to the wind and used Ohr as a Steele intermediary.
[DAWN] With White House residence staff among those hit by the United States government shutdown, President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... personally ordered in an "all American" feast of burgers and pizza on Monday for a visiting football team.
"Because of the shutdown, as you know ... we went out and we ordered American fast food paid for by me," the president quipped, as he prepared to host the Clemson Tigers university players to celebrate their national championship win.
"I think they'd like it better than anything we could give," said Trump, after landing back at the White House following a day trip to New Orleans.
"We have pizzas, we have 300 hamburgers, many, many French fries, all of our favourite foods ‐ I want to see what's here when we leave, because I don't think it's going to be much," the president mused.
Asked to name his own favourite fast food ‐ as he stood smiling behind the gargantuan spread ‐ Trump demurred, insisting: "I like them all."
"If it's American, I like it. It's all American stuff."
"The reason we did this is because of the shutdown," he added.
"We want to make sure that everything is right, so we sent out, we got this."
Around 800,000 federal employees ‐ including much of the White House residence staff ‐ have been on mandatory leave or working without pay for 24 days as Donald Trump and Congress wrangle over funding for a wall on the southern border.
[ABC] A federal judge in New York on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship in the 2020 census, finding that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross "violated the public trust" when he decided to insert a citizenship question.
While the Constitution gives the Secretary of Commerce "broad discretion" over the census, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said Ross violated administrative procedures. Furman called Ross's decision to include the question "arbitrary and capricious."
"Secretary Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census ‐ even if it did not violate the Constitution itself ‐ was unlawful for a multitude of independent reasons and must be set aside," Furman wrote.
Photos of the cross-dressing man and two women of colour, as they say, can be seen here, so kudos on intersectional boxes ticked.
[IsraelTimes] The Women’s March names three Jewish women to its new 32-member steering committee. The Jewish members are transgender rights activist Abby Stein; Union for Reform Judaism staffer April Baskin; and Jewish diversity activist Yavilah McCoy.
Stein, a formerly Hasidic transgender woman, has worked to raise awareness for transgender people as well as those leaving ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Baskin is the former vice president of Audacious Hospitality for the Union for Reform Judaism and is a former president of the Jewish Multiracial Network. McCoy is the founder of Ayecha, a Jewish nonprofit that advocates for Jews of color.
The Women’s March has come under fire in recent months due to its leaders’ handling of allegations of anti-Semitism, with celebrities and activists openly criticizing the organizers’ actions.
The controversy started when organizer Tamika Mallory attended a speech by and then praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Jewish and homophobic statements.
More recently, a report in Tablet said that Mallory and fellow organizer Carmen Perez had made anti-Semitic statements at two Women’s March planning meetings, claims which the organizers deny.
A number of organizations have dropped out as March sponsors, including the National Council of Jewish Women, Southern Poverty Law Center and EMILY’s List. Last week, the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, a major Reform congregation in New York, announced it was disassociating itself from Women’s March, Inc.
[Free Beacon] Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) has joined MSNBC and NBC News as a political analyst.
The network announced the new addition to its team during an interview with McCaskill on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" early Tuesday.
McCaskill, who lost her Senate seat to Republican challenger Josh Hawley back in November, released a statement expressing her excitement about being a political analyst on the networks, according to the Hill.
"I’m looking forward to bringing my experience from the Senate, hard fought campaigns, and Midwest common sense to the coverage of breaking political events. And, as always, I won’t hold back," McCaskill said.
"Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski quipped she looked forward to having McCaskill’s "really good, sharp elbows" at the table to fend off fellow host Joe Scarborough.
The two-term senator and former ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee also tweeted out a picture of her arriving at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center to report for her first day of work.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.