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As The Week Ends, Chuck Grassley Drops a Bomb of His Own

The Evening Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Well, there’s never a dull moment in Washington, DC these days.  It seems we can never get to the end of a work week without major new developments in the whole Russia Collusion fantasy play getting dropped into the mix for the weekend.

Tired of being stonewalled by the tag team of Rosenstein and Wray, Grassley late this afternoon sent a letter over to both men demanding documents his Senate Judiciary Committee had first requested more than a year ago.  Specifically, Sen. Grassley is interested in seeing the underlying FBI documentation that was provided to Special Counsel Robert Mueller related to the General Mike Flynn guilty plea, including the 302 forms created by all FBI agents who were present at the initial interview of General Flynn.

When Grassley and his committee initially requested these documents in March of 2017, DOJ and the FBI responded by sending ex-FBI Director and current teenage drama queen Jim Comey up to capital hill to offer a closed-door briefing on the matter.  In his letter today, Grassley confirms that, during that testimony, Comey told the committee that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn saw no reason to believe he lied to them during the meeting, an assertion that Comey, in his preparation for his coming criminal defense, is now running all over the country denying.

This is a big deal, if for no other reason than that it places just one more pressure point on Rosenstein and Wray to end their long efforts to stonewall congressional investigators.  The letter also places major new pressure on Comey to come clean with the following passage:

“The Justice Department declined to provide any of that information, and instead then-FBI Director Comey provided a wide-ranging briefing to us on March 15, 2017 that touched on the Flynn issues.

Like the Flynn interview itself, that briefing was not transcribed. Also like the Flynn
interview, there are notes taken by a career, non-partisan law enforcement officer who was
present. The agent was on detail to the Committee staff at the time. According to that agent’s
contemporaneous notes, Director Comey specifically told us during that briefing that the FBI
agents who interviewed Lt. General Michael Flynn, “saw nothing that led them to believe [he
was] lying.” Our own Committee staff’s notes indicate that Mr. Comey said the ‘agents saw no
change in his demeanor or tone that would say he was being untruthful.'”

So, not only do the committee’s notes reflect Comey’s assertion of Flynn’s truthfulness during that meeting, the notes of a “career, non-partisan law enforcement officer who was…on detail to the Committee staff at the time” reflect the same thing.

Again, this revelation, along with the May 25 deadline set by Grassley for production of these records, is a big deal.  The walls just keep closing in on Comey and the rest of the anti-Trump cabal.  Good stuff.

Just another day in Donald Trump just keeps on Winning America.

That is all.

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Trump Just Provided Cover For Real Action to End The DOJ/FBI Stonewalling of Congress

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Saturdays have always been busy Twitter days for President Trump, and yesterday was no exception.  In addition to tweets defending embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and announcing that the suspicious fire that devastated an apartment in Trump Tower had been put out, Mr. Trump issued two tweets on Saturday morning related to the ongoing refusal by the FBI and Justice Department to comply with congressional demands for un-redacted documents pertinent to the FISA abuse scandal.

Here are those two tweets:

The President’s characterization of the failure of DOJ and FBI officials to produce the requested documents as “slow walking” is a vast understatement.  The reality here is that the requests for most of these documents have been outstanding since at least last August, some even longer than that.  And it’s not just the House Judiciary Committee that is being stonewalled, it’s also the House Intelligence Committee, Chaired by California Republican Devin Nunes.

Nunes became so frustrated with the situation  in mid-March that he set an April 11 deadline for the production of the documents in question, promising to pursue all remedies available to him if the stonewalling continued.  On Friday, after having produced an updated, but still redacted version of some of the documents in question, the Justice Department offered to allow members of the House Intelligence Committee to “view” these un-classified documents in a “secure room” normally used to provide viewing of documents that are highly classified.

Separately, after having missed a Thursday deadline for complying with a subpoena issued by House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte, the DOJ said it would “supplement” what it has already produced this coming week.

Obviously, neither response is in any way acceptable, and the time has come for congress quit fooling around with the bad actors at DOJ and the FBI, and keep Rep. Nunes’s promise to use “every tool at its disposal” to force proper compliance.  Nunes and Goodlatte, both good men, have unfortunately spent the last 8 months whining about the lack of cooperation and making threats, but have always backed off when the bad actors missed whatever latest deadline had been set for compliance.  Nunes was on Fox & Friends again Sunday morning, complaining about DOJ/FBI’s latest dodge, but not saying exactly what he’s planning to do to combat it.

Here’s a suggestion:  Refuse the offer by the bad actors to “view” these documents.  That is a completely unacceptable offer, and if it is accepted, it will just show Nunes and congress to once again be a toothless tiger.  The same advice applies to Goodlatte:  your deadline has been missed, and it’s time for further, real action.  You issued a lawful subpoena that has been ignored by a bunch of scofflaws – do something real about that reality.

And guess what?  Both men now have been provided cover for taking real enforcement action by the President of the United States.  Whether they realize it or not, that is most likely why President Trump issued those specific tweets on that particular subject early on a Saturday morning.

Don’t be fooled otherwise:  There are a number of things congress has the power to do here, including levying heavy fines on the bad actors, or even having them tossed in jail.  Those are just two of five real options – with real examples of precedence – laid out by Mark Tapscott in a piece at Lifezette in a really good piece published on Saturday.

The other two people who just got some presidential cover on Saturday are FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who are now free to take some or all of the bad actors who have been conducting the document production stonewall.  If they’re too squeamish to take the media heat for such firings themselves, they can always point to the President’s and congress’s frustrations as the justification for finally, at long last taking some action to break up the logjam at their agencies.

The President doesn’t just tweet this stuff for no reason.  We should expect some serious action to end the stonewalling of these various congressional committees in the coming days.

Just another day in the FBI is an outlaw agency America.

That is all.

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Mueller’s Attempted Coup d’etat Has Begun to Unravel

  • Bloomberg, just off the heels from having to retract a piece of fake news earlier in the week, has the fake news piece of the day up again this morning.  This one, titled “Mueller’s Investigation Just Got Some Insurance”, speculates that golly, that evil ol’ Donald Trump can’t fire Mueller now because, well, Mike Flynn plead guilty to lying,” or something.  Of all the fake “it sure will be hard for Donald Trump to fire Mueller now” pieces that have infested the fake news media since last March, this one may be the topper.
  • Let’s recap:  Eight months into Mueller’s sham investigation, President Donald Trump (I still never tire of typing those three words) has never given the slightest indication that he has any intention at all of firing Robert Mueller.  Oh, plenty of people think he should – I advocated that he do so back in April, as it became obvious Mueller was stacking his staff with a bunch of Clinton/Obama hacks – but neither the President himself nor anyone on his senior staff has ever uttered a word that would indicate there has been any serious consideration in the White House of firing the Special Witch Hunter, er, Counsel.
  • Never let reality get in the way of a good story. – Yet, the fake journalists at the fake media outlets keep churning out pieces like the one at Bloomberg today.  We’ve seen them from the WaPo, the NYTimes, CNN, Reuters, the Associated Press, and on and on and on.  Presumably, today was just Bloomberg’s turn in some pre-determined fake media outlet rotation.
  • Frankly, I think what we have here is a serious case of projection on the part of these fake journalists.  They all know, deep in their subconscious, that the Mueller witch hunt is illegitimate.  They’ve known from the beginning that the whole “Russia Collusion” was a fantasy, at least as it applies to the Trump people, and that Rod Rosenstein had no real justification for appointing a special counsel in the first place, unless it was to investigate the actions of the Clinton campaign.  So they keep churning out these pieces speculating that Trump is planning to dump Mueller, because, in their heart, they know Mueller – and Rosenstein – should be fired.  They both desperately need firing, just as some evil people and criminals just need killing.  Therefore, the President must be thinking about doing so, right?
  • Look at what else we have found out over the past month:  1) that the whole fake “Trump Dossier” that was compiled through collusion with agents of the Russian government was bought and paid for by the Clinton Campaign and the Democrat National Committee; 2) that it is very likely that that fake “Dossier” was used by Agent Strzok during the campaign as justification to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign and, after the election, the Trump transition team; 3) that senior Obama officials illegally “unmasked” members of the Trump camp hundreds of times as they were spied upon; 4) that Agent Strzok and former bi-polar FBI Director James “Leakey” Comey conspired to exonerate Hillary Clinton from any wrongdoing in her email scandal months before Ms. Clinton and other witnesses had even been interviewed in the investigation; and 5) that the DOJ Inspector General’s office has for months been conducting a broad-ranging investigation into all of this, and will be issuing its findings early next year.
  • If you doubt that that IG investigation is serious, read the following passage from Thursday’s testimony by FBI Director Christopher Wray:  “I think of the Inspector General’s investigation as de novo in one sense, in which that it’s objective, arms length, no skin in the game, if you will. But you’re right, the Inspector General is not second guessing prosecutorial decisions and things like that. However, the Inspector General is looking at the very important question of whether or not improper political considerations factored into the decision making. If he were to conclude that’s what happened, then I think at that point were we’re in a situation were we have to assess what else might need to be done to unring that bell.”  [emphasis added]
  • That answer was provided in response to a question about what the FBI is doing to investigate all the obvious shenanigans that Comey and Strzok were pulling with their sham investigation into the Clinton email scandal.  When the Director of the FBI speculates in an open hearing that he might have to “unring that bell”, i.e., re-investigate the obviously false conclusion that the Pantsuit Princess did nothing wrong, it means he thinks there is a high likelihood that he will indeed be going down that road in the near future.
  • The bottom line here is this:  The Mueller “investigation” has been irrevocably revealed to be nothing more than a political hit job, a slow-rolling coup’ d’etat designed to un-do the results of a duly-conducted national election in the United States of America.  It is not just an assault on the Trump Administration, it is an assault on our entire democracy, sponsored by the Clinton camp, holdovers from the Obama Administration and the embeded “deep state” bureaucracies.  The fake journalists in the fake news media understand all this, if only subconsciously, and so they keep churning out these “Trump Can’t Fire Mueller Now!” pieces because they know that Mueller and his little toady Rosenstein, need firing.
  • Meanwhile, as the fake news media obsesses over the Russia Collusion fantasy play, President Trump sits in the Oval Office, systematically reversing the entirety of Barack Obama’s anti-American legacy, almost unnoticed and barely opposed.  He sees no reason at all to fire Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, because, hey, you should never interrupt your opposition when they are in the process of self-destructing.

Just another day in Mueller’s unraveling coup d’etat America.

That is all.

 

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