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Home Front: Politix
Schiff goes full fertilizer
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."
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 02/05/2018 14:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is he going for the Alan Grayson heavyweight asshole title?
Posted by: Raj || 02/05/2018 15:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Dang do he and Mad Maxine drink from the same water? Or do they have the same speech writer?

Talk about pure moon bat crazy!!!

The democrats have gone through their entire playbook and are now on the last page "Throw something out there and see if you can get it to stick."

Actually, this is completely embarrassing to the democrats...oh wait...they are shameless, nothing embarrasses them!
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/05/2018 15:55 Comments || Top||

#3  He also said in a twitter tweet that the Russians were behind releasing the Nunes memo. The guy is absolutely nuts.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/05/2018 16:04 Comments || Top||

Lordy!: Adam Schiff's collusion with oligarch, Ukrainian arms dealer, exposed
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.

Who is Schiff’s patron, Igor Pasternak? He is a Ukraine globalist, military industrialist who was curiously spotted in Maidan, Kiev in 2014 for "diplomatic reasons" during the US/CIA sponsored coup.


This article starring:
Adam Schiff
Igor Pasternak
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 02/05/2018 13:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

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Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 02/05/2018 14:33 Comments || Top||

A second source has come forward confirming that Rosenstein threatened Nunes and House Intel Committee if they didn't stop investigation!
[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....
Robin Ashton

This article starring:
Devin Nunes
ouse Intelligence Committee
Robin Ashton
Rod Rosenstein
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [673 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are these bureau rats crazy?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/05/2018 1:46 Comments || Top||

#2  They are drunk with power and have lust in their eyes. For power.
Posted by: newc || 02/05/2018 2:34 Comments || Top||

#3  "Harrumpf! How dare you threaten my phoney baloney job, Sir! Harrumpf!"
Still, the constant pressure does seem to be startling some of the snakes out of the bushes.
Posted by: magpie || 02/05/2018 4:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Can you say, "hang him from his ball sack Timmy"?

Thank you for the video insert.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/05/2018 5:18 Comments || Top||

#5  There needs to be hangings in the public square over the attempted coup.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/05/2018 9:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Ms. Ashton to the white courtesy phone ...
Posted by: E. Ebbomomble9848 || 02/05/2018 9:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Rosenstein does not appear to be serving the country or the FBI or justice at this point.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/05/2018 11:22 Comments || Top||

#8  They are betting that Congressional Republicans are too weak-kneed to do anything about it. Probably a good bet.
Posted by: Iblis || 02/05/2018 11:43 Comments || Top||

#9  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.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/05/2018 15:26 Comments || Top||

#10  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.
Posted by: Wheack Smiter of the Apes6693 || 02/05/2018 16:04 Comments || Top||

#11  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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2018 17:10 Comments || Top||

#12  A wounded ego is bad enough. I can't even imagine... [cue creature feature death throe supercut]
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/05/2018 17:44 Comments || Top||

Head of Charlotte FBI Verbally Drop Kicks James Comey for Ruining Bureau (VIDEO)
[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.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Comey simply brought a stinking fish to the surface.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2018 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  James Kallstrom, former Feeb, was on Maria Bartiroma on Sunday. He really slammed Comey's bureau for violating various federal laws in Fisagate.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/05/2018 10:58 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 02/05/2018 13:53 Comments || Top||

Exceptional Work by Sharyl Attkisson – Did FBI Violate Woods Procedures?…
[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.
This article starring:
Hillary Clinton
James Comey
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [536 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's why they had to slip their own judge in.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/05/2018 4:55 Comments || Top||

#2  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?
Posted by: E. Ebbomomble9848 || 02/05/2018 8:15 Comments || Top||

#3  There's nothing like clearing the air by firings and prosecutions of these traitors.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/05/2018 11:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Do you suppose the appointment of Contreras and Boasberg were planned to help get some FISA warrants for spying on the GOP?

I wonder if FISA was used to spy on Romney?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/05/2018 11:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Talk into the titty Texas!
Posted by: Skunky Shurt8590 || 02/05/2018 14:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Is there any rule, regulation, procedure or law that this slime hasn't violated?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/05/2018 16:50 Comments || Top||

Peter Strzok Admitted to Obstruction of Justice (Again) in Newly Released Text Messages
[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.

Sen. Ron Johnson sent an additional letter to the FBI and Department of Justice requesting additional communications records for senior federal law enforcement and intelligence officials including James Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Rybicki, John Giaclone, James Turgal, Jonathan Moffa and Randy Coleman, among others.

This article starring:
Andrew McCabe
James Comey
James Rybicki
James Turgal
Jonathan Moffa
Lisa Page
ohn Giaclone
Peter Strzok
Randy Coleman
Ron Johnson
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Retire with pay, now wyay in hell. Should be fired, charged with obstruction and just maybe forced to wear a blond wig-pant suit.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/05/2018 5:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Prosecute him and all the other conspirators. The truth will start to come out when these people rats try to keep their arses out of jail.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/05/2018 11:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Patience, patience, my friends.

The IG report comes out soon and it is going to be a doozy.

The battle over the Nunes memo is nothing compared to the battle that will be waged to keep the IG report from general disclosure.

That and the FISA findings from the 702 violations started by ADM Rogers.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/05/2018 11:43 Comments || Top||

#4  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.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/05/2018 12:44 Comments || Top||

#5  The meltdown when the IG report, the FISA determination AND the unclassified version of the NSA audit will be right up there with Chernobyl or Three Mile Island.

It will probably register on seismographs all over the east coast. Might even cause the Ionosphere to flicker.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/05/2018 21:59 Comments || Top||

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