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Dear Gordon Sondland: “Assume” Makes an “ASS” out of “U” and “ME”

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Ok, so now we’re supposed to impeach a sitting President of the United States based not just on hearsay and rank gossip, but on what Gordon Sondland assumed. And thus, the dumbest impeachment effort in the history of the known universe continues apace.

Ambassador Sondland gave us a 45 minute opening statement this morning, longer even than the mind-numbing long and winding road of hearsay and gossip delivered by Bill Taylor a week ago. During that opening statement, the self-serving Sondland threw literally everyone involved in this entire Ukrainian fake controversy under the bus. He did his best to leave behind a trail of dead bodies including Rudy Giuliani, Kurt Volker, Taylor, the dapper dandy George Kent, Alexander Vindman, Marie Yovanovitch, Jennifer Williams, Tim Morrison, the garbage man, the mail carrier, the pest control guy, the plumber, the White House chef, Ivanka Trump’s seamstress and, of course, his main target, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

Sondland wove a tail in which he assumed that, whenever anyone mentioned the word “Burisma” – the corrupt Ukrainian gas company that has been the central player in so much graft, bribery and influence peddling with various U.S. players – they actually were saying “Joe and Hunter Biden.” This latest Deep State fantasy play included the theme that everyone involved “knew” there was a “quid pro quo” in which the Ukrainian government either had to open investigations into the rank influence peddling engaged in by Joe and Hunter Biden during the Obama years or they would never get congressionally-authorized U.S. economic and military aid.

It was a wonderful tale, a tale whose plot almost made Adam Schiff’s bug-eyes plop right out onto the hearing room carpet at various points, a plot so stupendous and seemingly evil that, after his 45-minute questioning of Sondland, Schiff could no longer contain himself and called a “bathroom break” so he could rush out into the hall and hold a press conference. Alas, it was all for naught at the end of the day.

See, Sondland’s tall, self-serving tale had one inconvenient plot twist, and it turned out to be the part that he left out of it. That plot twist, as coaxed out of the dissembling Ambassador to the EU (what a perfect job for this quisling fool to be in, hobnobbing and partying with the quisling fools of Europe) by Ohio congressman Michael Turner, is that, in the only conversation Sondland actually had with President Trump on this whole “quid pro quo” nonsense, the President told Sondland not once, but twice, “I want nothing! I want no Quid Pro Quo!”

Oh. Schiff’s bugeyes sank deeply into his tiny cerebral cortex when Sondland had to admit to that. Here’s the clip:

Turner: Answer the question – no one on this planet told you that Trump was tying this aid to the investigations. Because if your answer is yes, then the chairman is wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong. No one on this planet  told you that President Trump was tying aid to investigations, yes or no.

Sondland: Yes.

Oh.

Early in my professional career I had a very smart boss who taught me a very important lesson. When I had failed to carry out a task and he asked me why that had happened, I told him that I had assumed another person on our team was going to do it.

He smiled and asked, you know what “assume” does, don’t you? When I said no, he said, “assume” makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me.” Don’t assume anything – if you aren’t sure, ask.

Obviously, Gordon Sondland never had a smart and kind boss who was willing to teach him that very important life lesson. Even more disturbing, Sondland decided to cling to his assumption even after his current boss, the President of the United States of America, personally informed him that his assumption was wrong.

This is the kind of self-serving fool who permeates our diplomatic corps and the rest of our federal bureaucracy, the sort of jackass President Trump was elected to get rid of. Sadly, Mr. Trump has no one to blame for Sondland but himself, since he appointed the slug to his ambassadorship.

No time like the present to correct that enormous judgment error.

Some clips from the hearing for those who missed it.

Jim Jordan’s latest tour de force:

John Ratcliffe:

Rising star Elise Stefanik:

Devin Nunes:

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GOP House Intel Members Executed a Plan for a Change

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Tired of all this #WINNING yet? Yeah, neither am I. – Ho-hum. You know what’s coming, don’t you? That’s right: The Dow Jones Industrial average and the S&P 500 closed yet again at all-time record highs on Wednesday. Morning trading was way up as investors began to realize the clownish House Democrats were going down in flames one more time in their latest attempt to frame President Donald Trump, but then pulled back somewhat in the afternoon when news came that US and Chinese representatives had hit a snag in their trade negotiations.

Speaking of the Schiff/Pelosi/Media impeachment circus, we summarized the day’s glorious action with a late afternoon post yesterday, but it’s important to note why the Republican committee members were so successful and effective in that hearing. That’s important to understand, because it has been a rare outcome in the past for Republicans, and it shows some very promising developments are taking place within the House GOP caucus.

Let’s go these reasons:

Strategic thinking – In a somewhat stunning development, the Republican members of the committee came into the hearing with an actual strategy. This is something the Democrats have always done, at least going as far back as the Nixon impeachment. But the Republicans have, in all but a tiny few instances, always avoided strategic planning like it was a communicable disease.

I’ve actually testified in a couple of congressional hearings myself, staffed executives who were testifying in several others, and sat through dozens more over the years, and it has always been striking to me to witness the difference in coordination between the Democrats and the Republicans. The Democrats invariably come into every hearing with a clear goal in mind for outcome, assignments on who covers which specific topics during their 5 minutes of questioning, and excellent message discipline. Republicans typically seem to show up with no goal in mind, no discernible assignments and the message discipline of a bunch of alley cats.

I don’t know if credit is due to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Ranking Member Devin Nunes or Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan – who was transferred to House Intel just for this hearing process – but whoever it was that led this effort to do some strategic planning, kudos to you.

They had a goal in mind – And that goal was to decimate the witnesses before them. Not to play nice with them, not to waste precious time slathering praise on these two guys for their service to the country – or in George Kent’s case, his father’s and grandfather’s service – not to just question what they had to say in some half-assed manner, which has always been their norm in these settings, but to destroy their stories and reveal them for what they are: A pair of disloyal deep state hacks.

This goal became evident right from the start, when Devin Nunes basically insulted them as a couple of operatives who managed to pass muster in Schiff’s capital basement interrogation process so well that they became his star witnesses. Every Republican who asked questions was tough, pointed and precise, taking care not to needlessly insult them and set off the snowflake battalion among the perpetual outrage mob on Twitter, but to destroy the narrative they were pushing point by point.

That was the goal, and by the end of the day, the objective had been met.

They had clear assignments – Rep. Nunes was the stage-setter. His opening statement, when the live TV audience was at its maximum, was a scorched-earth devastation of the pathological Schiff personally and of the Democrats’ four-year effort to frame the President. You could tell how effective it really was by observing how the Democrat toadies in the media reacted to it: The shrillness of their response to anything Nunes does always has a directly inverse relationship to his level of effectiveness.

Jim Jordan had the assignment of ripping Bill Taylor’s credibility to tiny shreds, point by point.  This was no easy assignment, because Taylor – unlike Kent, who relied on co-opting the military service record of his ancestors to lend himself credibility – really did serve his country with valor during the Vietnam war before becoming a career bureaucrat. So, Jordan had to rip Taylor’s confusing and byzantine narrative to shreds, reducing him to a mumbling heap, and do it all with a smile on his face. He did all that and more, with Taylor even chuckling along with him at several points.

Everyone else who asked questions, from John Ratcliffe to Chris Stewart to Elise Stefanik to Michael Turner, addressed clearly-defined subject matter and were very effective. As is the case in any team effort, their level of effectiveness was no doubt enhanced by having a clear plan and strategic approach.

They had message discipline – The Republicans came into this hearing with several key messages they wanted to hammer over and over and over again in order to beat them into the collective mind of the viewing public. Among those key messages were:

– This whole process is a sham led by perhaps the single most dishonest member of congress;

– There was no quid pro quo;

– Where’s the whistleblower, and why won’t Adam Schiff be honest about his contact with him?;

– The elected President, not unelected bureaucrats like you guys, gets to determine U.S. foreign policy;

– Neither of these witnesses has any first-hand knowledge about anything relevant;

– The real bad actors relevant to Ukraine are Joe and Hunter Biden.

These messages were pounded home repeatedly, with GOP questioning leaving the two witnesses completely stumped and wordless time after time. In the end, it was Chris Stewart who got to deliver the right uppercut that devastated the Bidens:

Of course the answer is no, which is why neither of these very DC Swampy creatures could muster a response.

The Bottom Line – Unless Schiff and San Fran Nan have some witness waiting in the wings who is going to make some stunning new accusation backed-up by real, first-hand knowledge and corroborated by others, they would be far better off disbanding this budding fiasco today rather than extending the pain for another two full weeks or more.

After yesterday, they have a clear rationale for doing so, and for pinning it on the President. They could gather all their corrupt press toadies together for a live conference, and tell them that the testimony of these two third-hand gossips and nasty questioning by the GOP members of them shows that it would unproductive to continue this process. They wouldn’t want their other third-hand witnesses to be “bullied,” after all.

They could then blame it all on President Trump and his firm assertion of executive privilege in refusing to allow his top advisors, who might actually have some first-hand information about something relevant, to testify before Schiff’s clown show.

And then they could all go to the capitol basement and huddle up to work on their next false narrative designed to frame President Trump.

Of course, Nan and Bug-eyes aren’t clear-headed enough to do that, so the nation will be subjected to this clown show until it comes to a bitter end.

That is all.

 

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Ratcliffe and Clapper Offer a Stark Contrast in Takes on the Barr/Durham Probe

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

If you don’t believe the Deep State Coup Cabal is getting very nervous right now, you’re not paying close enough attention. –  The plotters are very, very nervous indeed, and for good reason. Remember that even the Deep State mouth organ New York Times reported on Saturday that bad actors like John Brennan, James Comey and James Clapper were lawyering up in anticipation of the Horowitz report on FISA abuse and the ongoing investigation into the origins of Spygate by Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham.

The contrast between a couple of TV interviews over the last 24 hours provides a stark example of the very palpable panic beginning to set in among the Coup Cabal plotters: One of GOP Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, one of the main players in the 2017-18 House investigations into the Obama-era abuses, and the second of Obama DNI James Clapper, one of the major players in the never-ending coup. Below, you will find clips of both interviews, along with transcripts of each. The contrast of the comparative composure and messages of the two men is stark, and even a little startling. Watch and read:

Transcript:

Ratcliffe: I do. This is not a coincidence that it’s happening at the same time. Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report looks into potential FISA abuse. You’ll remember that Republicans put out a memo that said that Obama Administration officials in the DOJ and the FBI appeared to have abused the FISA Act in court to obtain surveillance on Carter Page.

Democrats put out a memo saying that’s a bunch of nonsense, that the DOJ and FBI did everything right and how dare Republicans malign good people like Peter Strzok and Bruce Ohr. So, we’re going to find out who was telling the truth.

I think these two things are related, that the work done by Michael Horowitz could result in criminal referrals even though the report hasn’t been released. The referrals could have already been made, but regardless, John Durham had to let Michael Horowitz finish this work.

And I think that when people read the IG’s pending report, it will be very clear why the Durham investigation has now moved to a criminal probe which will allow him to empanel a grand jury and bring in witnesses, and perhaps ultimately bring criminal charges.

Doocey: Could it also show coordination within the agencies and perhaps with the Obama White House?

Ratclife: All of those things are possible, as you know, based on text messages and testimony that is there. Look, there’s been one inconsistency after another in terms of sworn testimony and documents that have been produced.

Just as one example, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, the person behind the Steele Dossier, testified before congress that he’d never met Bruce Ohr until Thanksgiving, after the [2016] election. Bruce Ohr told me in sworn testimony that he and Mr. Simpson met in August, months before the election, to talk about the dossier. So, someone very clearly not telling the truth, and there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit there that John Durham and Michael Horowitz have been looking at.

Again, at the end of the day, I think that those of us who have said that this is not a bunch of nonsense are going to be vindicated in both of the reports that are forthcoming.

Doocey: The NYTimes says the criminal investigation raises alarms that the President is using the DOJ to go after his political enemies.

Ratcliffe: Well, the DOJ was used to go after enemies, but it was in the prior administration, and that’s what the focus of this is. All of these things, all of these questions began to occur before Donald Trump was ever elected President, when he was candidate Trump. And so the things that we’re looking at took place and can be verified to be before Donald Trump ever put his hand on the Bible and became our President.

The fact that we need to look at the origins of something like this, and someone like Bill Barr was troubled by the lack of a predicate to investigate Donald Trump as a candidate is really what has lit the fuse behind this. Many of us – Trey Gowdy, Devin Nunes, myself and others – have been saying that what has happened here is that the Obama Administration took a vital national security tool, the FISA Act, and they misused it to surveil for political reasons, and I think the IG’s report is going to say whether or not we were right when we raised those questions.

As you can see, Ratcliffe is completely composed. No visible or audible nervousness, no stuttering or stammering through carefully-prepared talking points, none of the body language of an obvious liar. This is a man who is very confident in the truth of his position on the matter.

Now, contrast that with Clapper, who appeared on CNN Thursday night with Deep State toady Anderson Cooper:

Here’s the transcript, word for word.:

Clapper: Well, I sh, uhh, ummm, you know, very cur-curious since presumably I, I guess, uh, I’m one of those u-u-under investigation. And I, I, I [preening host interrupts, obviously trying to throw the skunk a lifeline]

Cooper: And you just heard about this.

Clapper: Yes, I,I,I just, uh, uh, you know, read the clip on, uhhh, a-about 20 minutes ago.  Ummm, I found the ti, the timing interesting, uh, given the, uh, increasing heat, uh, around the impeachment inquiry. And so, uhhh, it, it, uh, the timing’s i-i-interesting, I’ll just let it go at that.

And the other thing I, I wonder about is whether we’re talking about the overall, i-i-investigation, the Russian, uh, the,uh, reporting on the Russian, uhhh, interference, o, or are we talking about the counterintelligence investigation that was launched in July [2016] by the, by the FBI, about potential, uhhh, engagement and collusion, whatever you want to call it between the Russians and, and the Trump Campaign.

That, my friends, is a very, very nervous man, a guy who is obviously struggling to recite carefully-scripted talking points from memory; a man who is so nervous he can barely put 3-4 words together; a man with all of the facial tics and body language of a not-very-convincing prevaricator. This from a guy, Clapper, who, as a highly-paid “contributor” to CNN, has made dozens if not hundreds of live appearances on that channel over the past three years, and is normally very composed and loquacious.

Nervous, indeed. Maybe even frightened.

What about the other major players in the Coup Cabal, you might ask? What about, say, John Brennan, who is normally all over Twitter shouting about everything that happens?

John Brennan hasn’t issued a single tweet since October 18, a full week ago. Odd.

Well, what about James Comey, our National Teenage Drama Queen who also has regularly used his Twitter account to respond to major developments in the whole never-ending coup saga?

James Comey has issued one tweet since October 17, and it was about a visit he made to an Alabama cemetery. Weird.

Of course, if these guys and the other Coup Cabal plotters have indeed lawyered up this week, then good lawyers would have told each and every one of them to just shut the hell up. They could have used such good legal advice long ago.

Better late than never.

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Congress is a Plague of Liars, Skunks and Eunuchs

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

One problem with the testimony of Acting DNI Joseph Maguire. – Joseph Maguire generally did quite well in refuting the Democrats’ phony scandal-mongering, and made it very clear that he followed the letter of the law throughout the process of reviewing the fake whistleblower complaint he with which was confronted.

Just one problem, though: At several points in response to questions from both Republicans and Democrats, Maguire claimed he was “certain” that the leaks to the press related to the whistleblower situation did not come from “anyone in the IC (Intel Community).” Sorry, but that simply cannot be a true statement. There is no way on earth he or anyone else can be certain that no one in the IC leaked this information or caused it to be leaked, especially now that we know that the fake whistleblower is in fact a CIA agent, which means that some if not all of the people feeding him the largely-false information contained in his complaint were also employees of CIA or other IC agencies.

Granted, we also now know that Bug-Eyed Adam Schiff has had this complaint in his grubby paws since August, so it there can be no doubt that he and his staff have done at least some of the leaking. That’s what those despicable cretins do, after all. But there is simply no way Maguire can possibly be certain that zero leaks of this highly-classified information came from anyone in the IC. He should be forced by the Committee and frankly by the President to revise those remarks for the record.

Yesterday’s revelation about the fake whistleblower’s identity proves conclusively that President Trump has been right yet again with his ongoing complaints that he and his staff continue to be spied upon by the CIA and other IC agencies. At the very least, he should eliminate the ability of anyone from the IC to listen in on his calls with other world leaders. His ability – and the ability of all future presidents – to hold such calls in the future has already been irreparably harmed by the Democrats’ disgraceful behavior over this phony complaint. Getting the spooks off the calls might help to repair at least some of the damage done.

Trump also needs to find a replacement for CIA Director Gina Haspel. Obviously, she’s a worthless hack who, like FBI Director Christopher Wray, has done nothing to clean up her agency and its illegal spying activities. In a perfect world, both agencies would be broken into a million pieces and scattered to the winds, as John F. Kennedy famously threatened to do to the CIA after the Bay of Pigs fiasco 58 years ago. Of course, JFK was conveniently assassinated just two years later, and the CIA’s problem was solved.

The truth about those two agencies is that both have been utterly corrupt institutions since the day of their founding, and that corruption was taken to new heights during the Obama years, culminating in a coordinated effort to spy on an American presidential campaign and then to mount a coup d’etat when their preferred candidate failed to win.

This fake whistleblower complaint by a reported Obama loyalist exists due to the failure to mount any real effort to clean the evil minions out of the CIA. That, of course, is due to the fact that anyone President Trump can get confirmed by the Senate must first be approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee led by deep state skunk Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina. Haspel, a loyal lieutenant to John Brennan during the Obama years, is in that job now because she could be confirmed. Coincidentally, Mr. Maguire is in his job rather than Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe – Trump’s first choice – because Burr gave his nod of approval to Maguire after promising to block Ratcliffe.

Wray is in his job for the same reason.  Are you seeing a pattern here?

The reality here is that the IC remains a collection of corrupt institutions who spy on their own citizens and even their own President not because of Democrats, but because of compromised/corrupt Republican senators like Burr who remain loyal to the deep state instead of the American people.

Damn them all to hell.

About that Adam Schiff soliloquy to start the hearing… – Many Republicans are whining and moaning this morning about Schiff and his statement to begin the hearing in which he completely fabricated what was said on the call between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky. Yes, it was despicable, yes it was just another in a long line of treasonous acts by a treasonous Democrat, but why would we expect anything else?

And while we’re all whining and moaning about the fact that the Democrat-toady TV channels are all simply playing Schiff’s latest fabrications without critical comment, why aren’t we demanding to know why not one of the Republicans in that room spoke up and objected while he was doing it?

Devin Nunes, normally a stellar guy, was sitting 6 inches from Schiff throughout that false statement. At least 7 other Republican members of the committee were sitting there as well. Why didn’t any one of them have the presence of mind to raise an objection with the Chair, calling him out for literally making sh*t up? Indeed, Nunes didn’t even say a word about it when he, as the Ranking Member, was the first Republican to question the witness. We were half an hour into the damn hearing before one Republican, Mike Turner of Ohio, finally had the presence of mind to berate Schiff for his act of outright mendacity.

Thus, the reason why your fake news media has that squeaky-clean, uninterrupted video of Schiff making his false statement to brainwash the masses with this morning is that the GOP members of that committee were all sitting there like a bunch of damn eunuchs while he was doing it.

Good lord.

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Watch Trey Gowdy Defend John Ratcliffe

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy appeared on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. During the course of the interview, Gowdy went off on an epic rant defending the honor of his friend John Ratcliffe, whose nomination to become the next Director of National Intelligence was torpedoed this week by RINO Richard Burr and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

If you missed it, watch it below. It’ll be the best 2 minutes you spend all day:

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The D. C. Swamp Strikes Back! Ratcliffe Out…Hoekstra In?

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Tired of all this #Winning yet? – Another month, another sterling jobs report. The private sector beat “expert” expectations yet again by adding 164,000 new jobs during the month of July, finishing the month with an all-time record 157,288,000 Americans gainfully employed. Even more encouraging is the fact that almost 400,000 Americans moved from the part-time jobs that characterized the Obama economy to the good-paying full-time jobs that are the centerpiece of the Trump economy. This truly never, ever gets old.

She’s gonna need some new script-writers. – The Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Anti-Semite Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both resigned late on Friday under ongoing pressure from San Fran Nan and her house leadership goons.

The two Alinskyite lunatics, whose names I’m not going to specify on this site (AOC’s is enough work to expend on these garbage people for one morning) had come under fire last month after the Chief of Staff had accused Pelosi of “singling out women of color” and a referred to non-Marxist Democrats as segregationists.

Both men came to AOC from the despicable “Justice Democrats”, the group that supplies the fake congresswoman with her daily scripts. Their vacant positions will no doubt be filled with more staffers who have been trained by that anti-American Alinskyite group. As we have repeatedly seen, AOC is utterly helpless and sounds like a slow-learning 4th-grader whenever she attempts to speak without reciting from those daily scripts, so an injection of new blood from that group is essential for her continuing charade.

The Swamp Strikes Back! – D.C. Swamp rats from both political parties have won the first parry in the battle to replace the fired Dan Coats as the new Director of the Office of National Intelligence. Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe withdrew his name from consideration for the post yesterday amid a growing slime campaign in the national fake news media and ongoing behind-the-scenes opposition from GOP swamp rats like North Carolina Senator Richard Burr.

The Swamp Rats are now pushing hard to convince President Trump to nominate Coats’s Swampy Deputy, Sue Gordon, to become the new acting director when Coats leaves the post on August 15. Gordon has received endorsement tweets from an array of Deep State Usual Suspects in recent days, including Adam Schiff, John Brennan, James Comey and Rod Rosenstein, so you know she is someone who would do everything she can to block efforts to get at the cabal who attempted to fix the 2016 election and then tried to execute a coup d’etat throughout 2017 and 2018.

The fake news media is of course mounting a focused campaign to pressure the President to appoint Gordon to the post on a permanent basis. If he does that, then you can forget about any meaningful declassification of key documents taking place, as Gordon would be able to use her post as a roadblock.

The problem the President has is that the Swamp has now laid down its marker related to this crucial position as a hill on which it is willing to die, and there are half a dozen or more fake Republicans like Burr who are willing to help lead that battle. So, in order to get anyone confirmed in the Senate, where the Republicans hold a 53-47 majority, he is going to have to nominate someone with credentials that include experience in or around the nation’s seamy intelligence community.

The good news there is that the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday evening that Mr. Trump is considering former Michigan Congressman and current U.S. Ambassador to The Netherlands Pete Hoekstra as his next nominee for the post. How would Hoekstra fit the Swamp’s criteria? Well, as an early Trump supporter during the 2016 campaign, he wouldn’t.

But here’s the thing: Hoekstra is a former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a post he held from 2004 through 2007. That little item on his resume would rob the Deep State hacks of the argument – which they used against Ratcliffe this week – that he lacks an understanding of the nation’s intelligence operations.

Hoekstra not only understands those operations, as former Chairman of that committee, he knows where all the bodies are buried. Nominating Hoekstra might be another Trump masterstroke.

As President Trump likes to say, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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Bombshell: Dan Coats Out, John Ratcliffe In At ODNI

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This is a big, big deal:

Congressman Ratcliffe can now expect to be demonized by the Democrats and their toadies in the fake news media because, well, that’s what they do. But Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney who is in his third term in congress, is well-qualified for the job and any of the 53 Senate Republicans who oppose his nomination will do so at their own political risk.

The departure of Coats, a long-time establishment Republican DC Swamp rat, has long been considered to be crucial to the process of declassification of key documents necessary to get at the truth of what really took place within the Obama DOJ/FBI/CIA/State Department during the runup to the 2016 elections. Coats has long been an impediment to that process, and you can tell the character of a man by looking at who his friends are.

For example, here is what ex-FBI Director and current National Teenage Drama Queen James Comey had to say upon learning of Coats’s “resignation”:

Then there is Democrat Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who got caught in the fall of 2017 soliciting damaging information from Russians in a recorded phone call, and has spent the last two years doing his best to cover up for Comey, John Brennan, et al:

There will no doubt be much more high praise for Coats from the four murky corners of the DC Swamp today, but you get the picture.

Here is why getting Coats out of his position is so key to declassification: the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has the final say on what documents will and will not be declassified and released for public viewing. Signoff from the DNI is the last step in the process, and the presence of Dan Coats in that job is one of the main reasons why the process has been held up thus far.

The function of the ODNI is to coordinate efforts between the nation’s alphabet soup of intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The directors of all of those various agencies all have the opportunity to object to the declassification of any document that is somehow relevant to their operations. Any director who does so must justify their objection to the DNI. If the DNI agrees with the justification, it then becomes his job to communicate the decision to the President.

Rumors have long circulated that Coats has essentially served as a rubber stamp for the worthless FBI Director Christopher Wray and any other agency director who has wanted to hold up the process.

Thus, the firing of Coats – and make no mistake about it, this was a firing – was essential to the ultimate success of getting the truth out to the public. Wray still remains, but he can now be neutered by an effective and honest DNI.

So, you should expect an absolute war over the nomination of Ratcliffe, because the Democrats and their media toadies are unalterably opposed to the public getting the truth about the Obama-era illegalities. Sadly, you will no doubt see some Senate Republicans take a similar stance. If the Swamp can get to four of them, Ratcliffe’s nomination could be torpedoed.

The good news is that Ratcliffe and the President must have been assured by Mitch McConnell that the votes to confirm him are there; Otherwise, he would not have accepted the nomination.

Let’s hope so. The success of this nomination is vital to the entire process.

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Robert Mueller’s Unmitigated Failure to Prop Up the Russia Collusion Fantasy

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Robert Mueller failed miserably in his mission for the Deep State this morning. His assigned mission today was of course to create in a few hours what he could not find during his 20-month long Witch Hunt: The pretense for impeaching President Donald Trump (I still never tire of typing those three glorious words).

Rather than carry out his assigned duties, Mueller instead presented the stark reality of a doddering, bumbling figurehead who doesn’t even understand what his duties as special counsel were, or of what the final report with his signature on it contained. The last time Americans were treated to so many instances of “I don’t recall,” “I don’t remember,” and “I’m not going to address that” was the last time Hillary Clinton testified before congress while Secretary of State. In fact, here is a video of Mueller presenting himself to the House Judiciary Committee this morning:

What little memory Mueller does still possess in his waning days was also revealed to be highly selective. He could remember minute details about whether and how the weasel Andrew Weissman was involved in picking the team of Trump-haters who filled the special counsel’s staff; he had no problem at all recalling the specific reasons why he dumped the Trump-hating Peter Strzok and his illicit lover Lisa Page from his staff; and he had no problem recalling the exact details of the meeting he held with President Trump and Rod Rosenstein on May 16, 2017 to discuss the open FBI Director’s job – which just happened to be the day before he was appointed to become special counsel by Rosenstein himself.

Yet, this upright man, this pillar of integrity and Washington, DC decorum, had no recollection whatsoever of the series of documented meetings he held with Rosenstein from May 10 through May 15, the week leading up to his appointment.  Funny how that works, huh?

Mueller did his best to stick with his obvious script that the only reason why he didn’t seek to indict President Trump for obstruction was due to the DOJ policy preventing the indictment of a sitting President, but he had to give that one up over lunch when his lawyers likely reminded him that he repeatedly told Attorney General William Barr back in March that that DOJ policy had no bearing on that decision. As a result, Mueller meekly corrected the record during his opening afternoon statement to the House Intelligence Committee.

Oops.

Perhaps Mueller’s most astonishing representation during his morning testimony was his statement that Christopher Steele and his phony Dossier were “not in my purview” as special counsel.  Huh? Beg pardon? Did I hear that right?

Think about that for a moment: The Steele Dossier, funded by the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the DNC, was the event that started the entire Trump/Russia Collusion fantasy. Without that fake Dossier, there would have been no allegations of collusion, no illegal entrapment efforts by the Obama FBI/DOJ/CIA, no illegal FISA warrants, no Rod Rosenstein, no Special Counsel.

But in Mueller’s perverted way of DC Swamp Thought, he had no obligation to spend a moment looking into the origins of the events that led to his appointment in the first place. That statement in and of itself is an outright admission of the despicable bias that bled throughout his entire operation from cradle to grave.

Stunning.

Today was a disaster for the Democrats, plain and simple.  I will leave you with a couple of clips, first of Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe – himself a former U.S. Attorney – exposing Mueller’s warped views of DOJ rules:

And second, of the great Jim Jordan leaving Mueller flustered and blubbering:

Epic.

That is all.

Whoops, a PS: Check out this exchange during his afternoon testimony with Devin Nunes:

Astonishing.

 

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