Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
WINNING, soooooo much WINNING. It truly never gets old. – Once again, every stock market index – the S&P 500, the NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial average – closed at record high levels on Tuesday. That’s the third straight day for the Dow and the fourth straight for the S&P and NASDAQ. The Trump economy is booming along so strongly now that the recession promoters at the Washington Post gave up the ghost over the weekend and sadly admitted that we are not headed into an economic contraction anytime soon.
Also in the realm of WINNING, the Democrats in the House, cowed over the growing public pushback over their impeachment sham, passed a spending bill that includes $1.4 billion in funding for the border wall and does not include restrictions on the President’s ability to move funds from Defense and other departments to keep the wall’s building moving ahead. That, friends, is WINNING on a grand scale.
Another WINNING feature of this particular budget bill is what is not in it: Proposed language that would have provided billions in de facto bailout money for Tesla and General Motors in the form of expanded subsidies for their overpriced Electric Vehicle manufacturing. Those two companies had already used up their allotment of subsidies under the program, and will now be forced to actually compete with Ford, Nissan, Toyota and other EV sellers on equal footing. Imagine that.
All in all, it was a great day for America because President Trump was WINNING and the Democrats, their corporate clients and their media toadies were LOSING. Funny how that works.
Then there was the not-so-good stuff, typified by the joke of a “public order” issued by the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [FISC], Rosemary M. Collyer.
Collyer, who it must be assumed just awoke from a two-year slumber, issued what the corrupt news media touted as a “stern rebuke” of the FBI for all of its lying to the FISC detailed in the recently-release report by DOJ IG Michael Horowitz. As reported by Fox News:
“The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the [Office of Inspector General] report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above,” Collyer wrote in her four-page order. “The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”
Oh, golly, oh, goodness, how will FBI Director Christopher Wray survive such strongly-worded sentences and phrases? Well, as the FBI itself told America in its response to the Judge’s letter, he will do what he does best: Respond to it with standard bureaucratic BS:
“As [FBI Director Christopher Wray] has stated, the inspector general’s report describes conduct by certain FBI employees that is unacceptable and unrepresentative of the FBI as an institution,” the bureau responded in a statement Tuesday night. “The director has ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the report’s recommendations, including some improvements beyond those recommended by the IG.”
Many of you dear readers no doubt worked or still work in the corporate world as I did for many years. What Judge Collyer did yesterday was basically what corporate management and HR do with badly-performing employees: She put the FBI on an Action Plan. She slapped the dumpster fire law enforcement agency on its collective wrist and demanded that it produce a detailed plan for how it is going to improve performance in the future. And if it doesn’t improve, why, there might, maybe, be – gasp! – consequences.
Folks, Christopher Wray eats this kind of crap up. The man is nothing but your classic federal do-nothing bureaucrat, a useless placeholder whose only real skill is leveraging federal regulations and employment laws to his advantage.
As the FBI’s statement notes, he is so skilled at this game that he anticipated Collyer’s pathetic letter in advance and had already publicly announced his response to her action plan demand. Thus, he covered his butt before she covered hers.
This is nothing more than classic DC Swamp Kabuki Theater. Think about it: Everything finally, at long last detailed in Horowitz’s report has been out there in the public domain for more than two years now. Much of it had been detailed over and over again here at the Campaign Update.
Yet, in all that time, and despite all of the FBI’s mendacity in seeking its multiple FISA warrants to spy on members of the Trump Campaign, Trump Transition Team and Trump Administration having long been public information, neither Collyer nor any other FISC judge ever uttered a peep of public protest. It was only after the Horowitz Report had finally been issued that she suddenly decided to issue her “rebuke” of the FBI and its myriad bad actors.
In a just world, every existing FISA warrant would be rescinded pending further review, and a special prosecutor would be appointed to investigate every other warrant the FBI sought from the Court during James Comey’s time as FBI Director. But this is not a just world, so Collyer’s meaningless action plan, which was so predicrable that Wray anticipated and responded to it in advance, will be the last act we see in this particular Kabuki performance.
Everybody’s butt is now covered, every bureaucrat is now protected, and the myriad Americans whose civil rights have been violated by the raging dumpster fire that is the FBI will have no justice delivered.
That is an outrage.
That is all.
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