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|Did FBI and CIA have an agent provocateur who tried to entrap the Trump Organization in a Russia deal?|
|[American Thinker] Judicial Watch is hot on the trail of a potentially explosive revelation: that an agent who had previously worked for the FBI and CIA as an informant -- recruited by Andrew Weissmann in 1998! -- actively tried to set up a business deal between the Trump Organization and Russian interests, in order to implicate Trump with "collusion." In a press release, JW lays out the background of its new FOIA lawsuit seeking:|
...all records of communications, including FBI 302 interview reports and offer agreements between former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office and Felix Sater, a former Trump organization official who was recently confirmed to be an informant for the FBI and CIA. Sater reportedly pushed a Russian real estate deal in 2016 while working at the Trump organization.
So, Andrew Weissmann, the real head of the Mueller probe and partisan supporter of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy so enthusiastic that he was at her "victory celebration" as the polls closed in 2016, a ruthless prosecutor with a checkered ethics track record, already had an asset in place in the Trump Organization by the time the Special Counsel was appointed and the team assembled. And that informant provided a lot of information to Weissmann’s team:
The Mueller report mentions Sater more than 100 times but fails to mention that he was an active undercover informant for the FBI/CIA for more than two decades. In 2017, Sater was the subject of two interviews conducted under a proffer agreement with Mueller’s office according to page 69, footnote 304 of Mueller’s report on his Russian collusion investigation.
And, according to JW’s investigator Micah Morrison:
Beginning in late 2015, Sater repeatedly tried to arrange for [Trump attorney Michael] Cohen and candidate Trump, as representatives of the Trump Organization, to travel to Russia to meet with Russian government officials and possible financing partners.
Those discussions between the Trump Organization and Russian interests are the basis of much of the impeachment-mongering of the Democrats. If it turns out that those discussions were pushed by an agent of Andrew Weissmann well into 2016, then it certainly looks like a case of entrapment, pushed by a federal prosecutor devoted to the Democrats’ leading candidate for president.
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|Sanders campaign wracked by dissension|
After a pair of setbacks this week ‐ the acrimonious shakeup of his staff in New Hampshire on Sunday and loss of the Working Families Party's endorsement
"Seeing the campaign not be able to outshine Warren with WFP progressives doesn’t have me questioning WFP’s process," said Rafael Shimunov, a former national creative director for WFP and 2016 Sanders volunteer. "It has me questioning where the Bernie campaign could have done better, because I want to make sure the strongest candidate unmasks Biden and unseats Trump."
The worries come as the campaign enters a critical, more urgent phase. After Labor Day, more voters typically tune into the election and begin to make up their minds. Expectations for Sanders are sky-high, especially in New Hampshire, where he defeated in 2016 by 22 percentage points.
But Warren has jumped in the national polls to tie Sanders for second place, and has proven harder to knock off his first-place perch than his rivals expected.
|Dutch court to hold war crimes hearing against Benny Gantz on election day|
|[Jpost] The District Court of the Hague will hold a hearing on Tuesday about whether a war crimes case against Benny Gantz |
Israeli soldiers and commanders may also be on the hot seat at The Hague before the International Criminal Court, but Tuesday’s hearing, which also happens to be Election Day, is a local Dutch court proceeding that is unrelated to that.
In fact, the ICC preliminary probe of Israel’s conduct of the 2014 war is moving slowly and is not expected to come to any conclusion earlier than December, with real progress possibly even farther off.
A statement about the case from the Paleostine Justice Campaign said that the case relates to Ismail Ziada and is against Gantz and former IDF Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amir Eshel for allegedly killing six members of Ziada’s family.
Ziada is claiming that the IDF prosecution uses discriminatory practices against Paleostinians which prevent him from receiving justice in Israel.
According to the principle of universal jurisdiction, some countries, especially in , allow prosecution of foreign officials for war crimes if the local state refuses to prosecute.
universal jurisdiction should be applied to the EUniks and pols
All prior attempts at using universal jurisdiction against Israeli officials - sometimes described as "lawfare" - have failed with European courts finding that they did not have jurisdiction for a variety of reasons, though some Israeli victories came only at the appeals level or from executive branch intervention.
According to reports, the IDF declined to prosecute anyone in the Ziada case because the civilians who were killed were legal collateral damage in a strike of a war room in which multiple Hamas members were also killed.
The IDF’s general position is that it tried hard to limit civilian casualties by warning civilians to leave conflict areas, but that if Hamas embeds itself within civilian locations, the Hamas act of embedding makes those locations liable to attack - assuming the rules of proportionality are also met.
"The IDF is the most moral army in the world and I am proud to have served in it for almost 40 years and to have commanded it. As prime minister, I will continue to give my full support to the IDF in all arenas," Gantz said in response to the case.
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|Latest Kavanaugh Accuser Was Hillary's Lawyer in Clinton Impeachment|
[PJMedia] On Saturday, The New York Times ran a story repeating allegations that Brett Kavanaugh was drunk at a party in college and had his genitals thrust into a woman's face. The allegation has not been confirmed, and friends of the alleged victim say she has no recollection of the events. The man telling the story, Max Stier, represented Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s when Bill Clinton was accused of exposing himself to a woman in a hotel room.
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|US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe|
|[FOXNEWS] U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against CNN contributor Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official.|
McCabe -- the former deputy and acting director of the FBI -- appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The potential charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against him regarding misleading statements concerning a -related investigation.
A source close to McCabe’s legal team said they received an email from the Department of Justice which said, "The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office."
McCabe spent 21 years with the FBI. He became the acting director in May 2017 after President Trump fired former director Last month, a source close to the process told Fox News that McCabe had a "target on his back" because of the Justice Department inspector general findings.
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|Adios, Think Progress|
[POWERLINEBLOG] The site has also faced criticism that it has tailored its reporting to demands from the Center for American Progress, which receives funding from wealthy liberal donors and some foreign governments.
CAP’s affiliation with Bill and Hillary Clinton has also been a sore spot for the think tank and ThinkProgress. John Podesta, the Hillary Clinton campaign chairman and Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff, founded CAP in 2003. Neera Tanden, a former Clinton White House aide and longtime Clinton booster, is president of the think tank.
Podesta emails released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign showed that Judd Legum, the founder of ThinkProgress, provided the Clinton campaign with strategies on how to go after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
These days, Bill and Hillary are politicians without a party. The Democrats have moved on, farther to the left. The demise of Think Progress is perhaps a consequence of that shift.
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|Bernie Sanders Floats Global Population Control at CNN Climate Town Hall|
|[BREITBART] Sen. (I-VT) told CNN’s climate change town hall attendees Wednesday night that he is willing to talk about population control, suggesting that is key to addressing the climate crisis.|
"Human population growth has more than doubled in the last 50 years," an attendee told Sanders, adding that the planet cannot sustain such growth.
"I realize this is a poisonous topic for politicians but it’s crucial to face. Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact," the attendee continued.
"Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?" she asked.
"The answer is yes," Sanders said, arguing that population control ‐ in the form of and birth control, specifically ‐ is something he "very, very strongly" supports.
"The answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies and make reproductive decisions," Sanders said.
"And the Mexico City agreement, which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that are ‐ that allow women to have s or even get involved in birth control is totally absurd," he continued.
"So I think especially in poor countries around the world, where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies and where they can have the opportunity to birth control to control the number of kids they have is something I very, very strongly support," he added.
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|Meet the World Expert on All Things: Tom Nichols|
|[National Review] An ode to super-brain mastery.|
Hello, I’m Tom Nichols. I have very fierce facial hair. I am a super-brain expert authority (™) on all things. You can find me in the Naval War College, USA Today, and in the dictionary, under the word "insufferable."
I am in fact an expert on all things, except the management of time, 100 hours of which I spend on Twitter each week unclogging my nose at you fools who voted for Trump, you fools who are reluctant to vote for Socialists, and you fools who consider it conservative to appoint conservative judges. Which I have wittily dubbed "muh judges" while deriding you weirdos who oppose abortion. My Twitter handle is @RadioFreeTom because I’m sort of like the patriots who carried the message of freedom to Eastern Europeans suffering under the Soviet yoke, though I’m also on record as saying I’d vote for USSR fanboy Bernie Sanders over Trump. I am truly super-conservative and am in fact the suzerain, archduke, and General Secretary of all conservatives, so you have to listen to what I say, and I say vote Socialist.
My brand is being unorthodox, by which I mean "as predictable as Max Boot." Frequently I say something like "As a conservative . . ." before adding that I’d vote for Bernie even if he taxed used kitty litter, for Elizabeth Warren even if she made me wear waffles as underpants, and for Kamala Harris even if she made me drive to work in a golf cart covered with Barbie decals.
I am also an expert on humor.
I am an expert on so many things that I wrote a book on the awesomeness of my own expertise. I am not sure that you citizens of weak and feeble faculties can even grasp the extent of my knowingness. Remember that Will Ferrell cartoon, Megamind? I’m still waiting for my royalty check, but whatever.
Perhaps you’ve read my latest published piece in USA Today, an urgent plea for people to leave their shoes on when flying. I am a noted authoritarian ‐ sorry, I meant authority! ‐ on what other people are allowed to do when I’m nearby. This, too, is conservative. I keep a bust of Lenin on my desk in case I forget that the Kulaks can be liquidated if they get too uppity.
You may have noticed that I have many times urged Democrats not to compare Trump to Hitler, when I haven’t myself been comparing Trump to Hitler, saying he’s borrowing Hitler’s tactics, calling his voters Hitler lovers, saying Hitler would be pleased by Trump rallies, or predicting that the GOP will nominate Hitler next. Honestly, you folk of feeble minds don’t understand that when a true expert walks among you, showering the world with his golden wisdom to the tune of some 286,000 tweets, he will sometimes sound like what a person of lesser mentality might term a fool. They called Einstein a fool when . . . . I’m not sure when, but probably they did. You look it up. I’m busy.
What keeps me busy is telling everyone on Twitter that Trump is, like, a Russian asset or something. Sure, this has become harder for most people after the Mueller report kind of ruled that out, but when your brand is super-duper macho expert on all things, you can’t back down from things you said with so much manly confidence so many times. "Unfalsifiable proposition," you say? Peabrain. I operate at a realm beyond the reach of your sissy logical fallacies. I could explain it to you, but your cranium would probably explode. (Cranium means brain.)
Example of my prescience: I regularly tweet variations of "Who told you years ago that Assange was a front for Russian intelligence? That would be me." Okay, true, I said that in September of 2016, and the New York Times ran multiple stories on this in July and August of 2016, but not everyone is smart enough to go down to the newsstand and pick up a copy of the morning paper. Hey, some of the stuff I do is comprehensible to mere mortals. Sometimes I’m just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
I meant to say conservative Spider-Man. Yes, I retweet liberals who say things like: "There was no reason to vote against Hillary Clinton that isn’t, in retrospect, a better reason to have voted against Donald Trump," but only because my intelligence level is of such an advanced nature that I alone can perceive how a Hillary Clinton presidency would have been more to the liking of conservatives. Of whom I am one. As I keep telling you.
If you want to know more about my super-expert expertise, I suggest you contact a little place they call Harvard, where I teach. Well, not Harvard Harvard. It’s something called "Harvard Extension School," an online campus notable for its open-admissions courses. The people who call this a "glorified community college" are not funny and will be dealt with. Wikipedia notes that of the half a million students who have taken courses at the Extension School, "0.18% earned a degree." Do they need a degree, though? They got to bask in my awesomeness. I don’t want to brag, but at Harvard (Extension School) I hold the title of "instructor." They offered me "Global Leader in All Thought Categories" but I humbly told them I wanted to be known as just a teacher. Like Jesus.
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|Will anyone behind Russiagate be prosecuted?|
[NewNeo] I have to say right upfront that I doubt it.
It just seems to go that way. The state agencies are reluctant to charge their own bureaucrats, no matter what the violation, and the higher up the person is the less likely that person is to be prosecuted, no matter how shocking and blatant the violation. Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton, cases in point.
And yes, it seems to be mostly Democrats who skate. The two-tiered system of justice described by Andrew C. McCarthy here is very real.
However, some people feel that Comey and company will ultimately be indicted (for example, see this). I hope they are right, because if it is possible to get away with what they tried to do, then we are far far far down the road to banana republicdom.
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|James Comey: Another government elite treating public records like private property|
|[Washington Examiner] James Comey, the former FBI director who oversaw the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unlawful handling of official emails, has been chastised by the Justice Department for his improper handling of official memos.|
The irony is so thick that it’s hard not to laugh. But there’s a serious problem here: Comey’s and Clinton’s actions reflect an arrogance of power and a gross disregard for the rule of law. The work that public servants produce belongs to the public. It doesn’t belong in one’s study at home or on one’s homebrewed server.
Comey, according to the Office of the Inspector General at the DOJ, brought home his memos summarizing his conversations with President Trump. He kept them in a safe at home, rather than at DOJ. When he was fired, he didn’t return the memos to the FBI. Instead, he kept the memos and then shared them, through friends, with reporters.
But these memos weren’t Comey’s to do with as he pleased. They were, quite obviously, official FBI work product, even though Comey claimed to believe otherwise. The IG wrote that "Comey's characterization of the Memos as personal records finds no support in the law and is wholly incompatible with the plain language of the statutes, regulations, and policies defining Federal records, and the terms of Comey's FBI Employment Agreement."
Federal records include "all recorded information, regardless of form or characteristics, made or received by a Federal agency ... in connection with the transaction of public business."
Comey wasn’t meeting with Trump as an old friend or to talk real estate. Their meetings were clearly part of Comey doing his job. Some of the material was classified. "As Comey well knew, classified information is never considered personal property; rather, it is the property of the U.S. government."
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|Report: FBI Examining Two Broken Cameras Outside Jeffrey Epstein’s Jail Cell|
|[BREITBART] Two surveillance cameras stationed outside the Manhattan prison cell where convicted pedophile died are under examination by the FBI’s crime laboratory in Virginia, according to .|
The report comes two days after the Washington Post stated that security footage from at least one camera near Epstein’s cell was deemed unusable by authorities. The Post said the reason behind the cameras faulty condition was unknown.
Earlier this month, New York City’s chief medical examiner determined that Epstein died on August 10th from hanging himself. The New York Post, citing sources familiar with the situation, reported that the disgraced financier was discovered with a bedsheet around his neck that was tied to his bunk bed. "The convicted pedophile, who was 6 feet tall, apparently killed himself by kneeling toward the floor and strangling himself with the makeshift noose," the Post said.
The 66-year-old faced charges of sex trafficking minor girls and potentially could have named high-profile people who had sex with the girls. He was accused of abusing dozens of underage girls from 2002 to 2005.
Epstein previously was on suicide watch after he was found semiconscious in his cell with marks on his neck on July 23rd. He was removed from suicide watch after roughly a week.
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|Intelligence Insiders: ‘Establishment' Officials In DNI Still Withholding Documents From Attorney General|
|[Red State] On May 23rd, President Trump granted Barr the authority to declassify any documents he and his team required to conduct their investigation into the origins of the Trump/Russia probe. The President also ordered the intelligence community to comply with all of Barr’s requests. According to Real Clear Investigation’s Paul Sperry, inside sources say that "establishment" officials inside the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) have continued to withhold documents which Barr has requested.|
Both the Director, Dan Coats, and his deputy, Sue Gordon, left the agency on August 15th. Gordon was said to be a close ally of former-CIA Director Brennan’s.
Although Coats and Gordon have departed, agency officials have continued to "drag their feet."
Sperry writes that the specific documents being withheld include:
The DNI was created after 9/11 and is now the "gatekeeper" for much of the government’s classified information.
A source "close to the situation" told Sperry that, "There’s been a huge impasse in getting key documents to Congress and declassified during the Russia investigation. Several House members, especially Devin Nunes [of House Intelligence] and Mark Meadows [of House Oversight)] were upset that Coats refused to cooperate in releasing this explosive material to Congress...It was clear Coats was not acting on the president’s behalf and had been co-opted by the intelligence bureaucracy."