Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff dropped in for a friendly chat yesterday with George Stephanoploulos on the ABC Sunday morning gabfest This Week. I missed it. The Daily Caller’s Justin Caruso caught it, however, and posted the video excerpt below. Schiff amplified his critique of the four-page Nunes memo released on Friday. According to Schiff, the memo heightens the risk of an Oklahoma City-style bombing by eroding public trust in the FBI. Schiff has proved himself an inveterate liar, but this is a low, if stupid, blow, at the conclusion of which Stephanopoulos simply thanks him for his time.
Quotable quote: "[T]he problem with this, and this is I think at the heart of the department’s concern‐is if you have a neighbor who’s buying fertilizer, lots of fertilizer, but has no yard and you have concerns about it and you want to call the FBI, you’re now going to wonder ’Is that FBI going to hold my name in confidence or this information in confidence, what if this becomes politicized?’ Sources are going to dry up because of what the Republicans on this committee are doing now."
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What drives Adam Schiff’s never ending Russia hysteria?
When in doubt follow the money. Congressman Schiff’s well documented Putin obsession may have something to do with his billionaire, military complex, oligarch patron from Ukraine.
In a Zerohedge post yesterday, chronicling the latest Adam Schiff idiocy, where the Democrat Congressman spoke to a crowd at the University of Pennsylvania, declaring Russian ads promoted the Second Amendment during the 2016 election "so we will kill each other" commenter AlaricBalth linked some interesting information on Schiff’s underlying motivation behind his Russia hysteria...
"Adam Schiff is an owned hatchet man of Ukrainian arms dealer Igor Pasternak. Schiff’s anti-Russian narrative is carefully orchestrated by his Ukrainian handlers
Pasternak, who was raised and educated in Ukraine before immigrating to the United States, is a passionate promoter of Ukrainian culture and business. He has been active in both Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to support increased bilateral ties between the two countries and has been especially active building awareness of Ukraine’s strategic economic importance among Members of Congress. Since political protests broke out across Ukraine in late 2013, Pasternak has worked to personally inform and educate Members of Congress about the geostrategic importance of Ukraine to European and US security.
[PowderedWigSociety] We reported yesterday on a shocking development that has taken place in the FISA abuse investigation. Fox News’ legal analyst Gregg Jarrett reported that a "congressional source" has informed him that Rod Rosenstein threatened Devin Nunes and the House Intelligence Committee with subpoenas of their email and text messages because he was "tired of dealing with the Intel Committee," an obvious attempt to halt or hinder the Intel Committee’s investigation.
This is a very serious charge. If confirmed or corroborated, Rosenstein should be charged with multiple crimes from tampering with an investigation to threatening government officials to obstruction of justice.
[Gregg] Jarrett’s charge that Rosenstein threatened Nunes and the Intel Committee has now been confirmed by a second source....
S[ecial Prosecutor needed to investigate Justice Dept and FBI. NOW. They are attempting to stop Congress in the official role of oversight of these agencies. This is a coup by agencies that have gone rogue against the authorities tasked with preventing them from doing so.
If these reports are true, this is sedition, plain and simple, and these officials must be prosecuted. The subversion of a constitutional duty and incitement of discontention to lawful authority is evident, and Congress must ensure that it is rooted out and destroyed at the FBI and DOJ.
They are betting that Congressional Republicans are too weak-kneed to do anything about it. Probably a good bet.
Ordinarily I would agree with this. However, there appear to be a few GOP Reps. with a spine, and I think they smell blood in the water. This could very well be the opportunity to fatally wound the Democrats and send a bunch of people to prison. Maybe even dismantle the Deep State.
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02/05/2018 16:04 Comments ||
This could very well be the opportunity to fatally wound the Democrats and send a bunch of people to prison. Maybe even dismantle the Deep State.
A wounded animal is very dangerous. Better to finish the job.
[TruePundit] A former Assistant Director of the FBI who was once the head of the Charlotte FBI office said he was glad the much anticipated memo casting doubt on the intelligence in the Russia investigation was released but said he was very much opposed to the politics behind it.
Chris Swecker who is now a lawyer and consultant in Charlotte said the memo points to a few agents who bent the rules and Swecker blames former FBI Director James Comey for allowing it to happen.
Swecker said Comey, "Did a tremendous amount of damage to the FBI’s reputation by not following the rules, allowing bias to creep into the investigation and leaking information because he felt like it was righteous." Video at link.
[ConservativeTreehouse] Sharyl Attkisson picks up from there with her deep dive into exactly what protections are in place and the extraordinarily high-bar the DOJ needs to pass in order to gain Title I surveillance authority.
The point is: There are strict rules requiring that each and every fact presented in an FBI request to electronically spy on a U.S. citizen be extreme-vetted for accuracy ‐ and presented to the court only if verified.
There’s no dispute that at least some, if not a great deal, of information in the anti-Trump "Steele dossier" was unverified or false. Former FBI director James Comey testified as much himself before a Senate committee in June 2017. Comey repeatedly referred to "salacious" and "unverified" material in the dossier, which turned out to be paid political opposition research against Donald Trump funded first by Republicans, then by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Presentation of any such unverified material to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to justify a wiretap would appear to violate crucial procedural rules, called "Woods Procedures," designed to protect U.S. citizens.
Yet Comey allegedly signed three of the FISA applications on behalf of the FBI. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly signed one and former Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein each reportedly signed one or more.
To think that unverified claims, gossip, media reports, and generally salacious political opposition research could be included in an application to remove an Americans’ right to privacy and liberty is really the BIGGER story being clouded in this entire discussion.
....And keep in mind, amid all of this exhaustive FBI surveillance and DOJ national security division digging into every aspect of his life, Mr. Carter Page has never been accused of any crime, wrongdoing, or subsequent criminal conduct.
It appears the entire reason to label Mr. Page as a Title One "foreign agent" was so the DOJ National Security Division and FBI Counterintelligence Division, could use Mr. Page’s short contact with the Trump campaign as an excuse to monitor everyone else within the campaign before, during and after the election.
But there’s a reason Woods Procedures exist in the first place. They aren’t arcane rules that could have been overlooked or misunderstood by the high-ranking and seasoned professionals working under the Obama and Trump administrations who touched the four Carter Page wiretap applications and renewals. And unless they’ve secretly been lifted or amended, Woods Procedures aren’t discretionary.
In the past, when the FBI has presented inaccuracies to the FISA court, it’s been viewed so seriously that it’s drawn the attention of the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates Justice Department attorneys accused of misconduct or crimes in their professional functions.
Robin C. Ashton
Counsel, Office of Professional Responsibility
Robin Ashton became the head of the Office of Professional Responsibility in January, 2011.
So Ms. Ashton, ball in your court. Are you a standup professional or just another Democrat crook?
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02/05/2018 8:15 Comments ||
There's nothing like clearing the air by firings and prosecutions of these traitors.
[Offended America] Newly released text messages between the FBI’s Former Deputy Head of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI Lawyer Lisa Page appear to show an admission of guilt in committing obstruction of justice.
In August 2016, Page and Strzok discuss starting a new "program" to get around FBI text message archiving protocols. These protocols allow for due process when text messages and other investigative materials are made available to defendants as part of discovery.
The messages were uncovered as part of an inquiry by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) who heads up the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Sen. Johnson was thrust into the spotlight of investigations of the FBI and DOJ when he reported that he was in contact with an informant inside of the "Secret Society" referenced in text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
Another monumental battle to get the IG report out? You mean we're going to have to listen/watch to another round of snowflake whining, teeth-gnashing, pants-$hitting and pants-wetting by lefty/Dem/Deepstate corrupt operators? (You'd almost think someone was going to jail- sarc). Good, let's go for it. Let's see the meltdown.
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.