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America Deserves Better Than Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller

The Friday the 13th Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Just getting some things off my chest on a beautiful Friday afternoon in Texas…

Inflation – Has anyone besides me bought balloons at the local Party City outlet that are much larger than this “giant” Trump Baby balloon that CNN’s been talking about all week?  Seriously, I could fit that thing in the back of my SUV, fully inflated.

Priorities – Does it bother anyone else that Rod Rosenstein wants to dedicate about 10 times as many DOJ and FBI personnel to investigating President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee than he was willing to dedicate to investigating last October’s massacre in Las Vegas?

Hacks (in more ways than one) – So, these 12 “Russian intelligence officers” indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his band of circus clowns “hacked the DNC server”? Would that be the same “DNC server” that the DNC refused to allow the FBI to take a look at? That “DNC server”?

Coordination – Mark Warner’s on TV as I type this demaning that President Trump cancel next week’s summit with Vladimir Putin due to Mueller’s action today.  Timing is everything with these un-American creeps.

Backfires – Mueller’s action today is a blatantly obvious repetition of the ham sandwich indictments he tossed out at 13 Russian defendants a few months ago:  Just thrown out there with no evidence presented, focused on defendants that almost certainly will never be brought to trial, and timed to do maximum damage to relations between the U.S. and Russia.  Dumping these things out on the Friday before the summit between Trump and Putin is a despicable disgrace.

Justification – Regardless of the suspect nature of the indictments and the obvious timing issues, I just keep coming back to wondering why do we need a Special Counsel for any of this?  We are now well more than a year into this fake investigation and the public has still been given no legitimate justification for the appointment of this Special Counsel to begin with.  What was the underlying crime that originated such an investigation?  There is no crime of “collusion” in the federal statutes, and to this date, the special counsel has failed to charge a single U.S. citizen related to any ostensible crime in any way related to such “collusion.”

Stonewall – Even worse, Rosenstein himself has personally stonewalled multiple congressional committees exercising legitimate oversight responsibilities, steadfastly refusing to produce the memos he personally authored appointing the special counsel and then later expanding his mandate.  This lack of transparency is simply unacceptable in a free society.

America and Americans deserve better than this.  A pox on all their houses.

That is all.

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Rosenstein and Strzok – the DOJ/FBI Tag Team of Corruption and Disgrace

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Hey, remember when the Department of Justice actually worked on things like prosecuting criminals?  Yeah, those days apparently are gone.  – As if his hostility to the President of the United States of America weren’t already clear enough, de facto Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sent out a memo to all  U.S. Attorneys in the country on Wednesday demanding that they suspend their current priorities in order to help him investigate not some criminal or enemy of the state, but President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In an email with the subject line reading “Personal Message to U.S. Attorneys From the Deputy A.G.,”  the Deputy AG asked each of the 93 U.S. attorneys to provide the names of not one, not two, but three members of their supposedly busy staffs “who can make this important project a priority for the next several weeks.”

So, it isn’t bad enough that Rosenstein has already dedicated the time of hundreds of people within DOJ and the FBI to help Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his never-ending fantasy-based witch hunt targeting the President of the United States of America.  Rosenstein now requires the time of another 279(!) DOJ employees to try to help congressional Democrats dummy up some sort of case against that Presidents nominee for the nation’s highest court.

To be clear, Kavanaugh has been around a long time and involved in a lot of different things, in the process establishing a long paper trail.  It is perfectly appropriate and necessary in any supreme court nomination for such a paper trail to be subject to rigorous review.  Such a review could certainly be accomplished by a tiny fraction of the number of people Rosenstein is demanding.  Dedicating 279 DOJ employees to the task smacks of a police state witch hunt.

Meanwhile, while the resources of his department continue to be redirected away from doing their actual jobs, where oh where is Jeff Sessions, who at least in name is the actual Attorney General?  A quick Google search shows he was up in Maine on Thursday, enjoying a little break from the heat and launching an “enforcement surge” targeting the opiod abuse problem.  So, at least he was, unlike his Deputy AG, working on something his department is supposed to be working on.  Awesome.

But why is Sessions letting the eternally problematic Rosenstein direct his department’s efforts related to the nomination of Kavanaugh?  Sessions’ stupid recusal from the fake Russia fantasy play does not in any way impact a supreme court nomination – why is he letting his deputy drain his department’s resources in such a stunning way on yet another witch hunt?

This is an intolerable, disgraceful and disgusting situation.  Rosenstein’s myriad abuses of his office will forever be a black eye to this nation’s history, and Sessions is the guy who has allowed it all to happen.  Unless something very dramatic takes place in the wake of the issuance of the final report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a few weeks, history will not be kind to Sessions, as he will be remembered as the AG who allowed the Deep State to perpetuate its existence.

Speaking of intolerable, disgraceful and disgusting situations, how about that Peter Strzok, huh? – The FBI’s Super Duper Agent of a Thousand Hats and Aspiring Latin Lover gave public testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, and boy, was it a spectacle.

Having never before seen this scumbag in live action, I had pictured him in my mind as a smug, condescending, arrogant product of a privileged upbringing.  I imagined him as being the sort of guy who would have been the party planner in his college fraternity and then went onto a career in which he ultimately became promoted without merit to a position three levels above his competency simply because of which executives he knew and sucked up to.  Anyone who has spent time in the corporate world has known people just like this – I actually ended up having to work for a couple of Strzok clones during my own career.

And sure enough, there that exact person appeared on the nation’s television sets, smirking, sneering, blowharding false answers to members of congress who, unlike himself, were elected by the people to do their jobs.  He was caught in a series of blatant lies that will inevitably come back to haunt him, and in several other statements that conflict with sworn testimony offered by James Comey and other FBI officials.

So somebody’s lying, and given that every facial tick and shred of body language from this guy literally screams out “I AM AN ARROGANT, PSYCHOPATHIC, SHAMELESS LIAR”, the smart money is on Strzok.

If our country had anything resembling an honest national news media, yesterday would have been Armageddon for Strzok and really for the FBI in general.  But of course, the New York Times ran with a web-based story late Thursday afternoon with the hilariously false headline of “F.B.I. Agent at Center of Russia Probe TurnsTables on G.O.P.”  Guessing Strzok’s lawyers had pre-approval on that one.

So, while those of us who took time to watch some or all of Strzok’s disgusting performance live, or searched for real, honest coverage of it that can only be found at places like Fox News, the Daily Caller and the Wall Street Journal had our worst fears about Strzok’s true nature confirmed, most everyday Americans will hear literally nothing about this and still won’t even be aware of who this key figure in the utter corruption of the nation’s highest law enforcement agency is.

Like pretty much everything else going on at the DOJ and FBI today, that is an intolerable, disgraceful and disgusting situation, one that presents a real threat to our nation’s survival.

Just another day in where in the hell is Jeff Sessions America.

That is all.

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While Pelosi Dodders, House GOP Leaders Dither

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Hey, remember when Democrats pretended to thing “ageism” was a bad thing?  Yeah, not any more.  – San Fran Nan, the 78 year-old leader of the Democrat minority in the U.S. House of Representatives, finds herself increasingly under bigoted attack over her advanced age from her opposition these days.  The hilarious thing about it, though, is that Ms. Pelosi’s “opposition” these days comes not from any right-wing forces, but from her fellow Democrats in the House.

Turns out the youngsters in the Democrat caucus are growing more than a tad frustrated over the lock on power exercised for more than a decade now by Pelosi and her fellow House Democrat leaders, Stenny Hoyer and James Clyburn, both of whom are also well into their late ’70s.  The latest dig at the Party’s retirement home leadership came on Wednesday from 50 year-old California Rep. Linda Sanchez, who was quoted as saying she wants to be part of a transition to a new set of Party leaders.

“I think it’s time for that generational change,” Sanchez told reporters Wednesday. “I want to be part of that transition, because I don’t intend to stay in Congress until I’m in my 70s.”  Yikes.

The Democrat plan had been to a) win back control of the House this fall; b) let Pelosi then serve one more 2-year stint as speaker; c) retain control of the House in 2020, allowing the then-80 year-old Pelosi to go out on top; and d) turn over the speakership to New York Rep. Joe Crowley, who would be a comparatively very young 59 years of age.  But of course, the 28 year-old socialist community organizer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw a monkey wrench into those gears a few weeks ago by defeating the hapless Crowley in the party’s primary.

So, with no clear plan of succession, a political equation that increasingly looks as if the plan to retake the House is just another fake media-fed pipe dream, and a Minority Leader who can’t remember the name of the Senate Majority Leader she’s worked with for more than 30 years, frustration among the “younger” set in the Democrat caucus is closing in on the boiling point.  And there it will most likely remain following this year’s mid-term elections, since the Democrats are well along their way in the process of blowing their best chance in years to regain one lever of federal power by re-taking the House.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people.

Speaking of ineffectual members of congress, it’s not just limited to those on the Democrat side of the aisle.  A group of GOP leaders in the House have now spent so many weeks whining on Twitter about the stonewalling of their various committee investigations by the FBI and DOJ that they are now in danger of being remembered as little than a collection of boys who cried wolf.

Those leading Republicans are:

  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte
  • House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes
  • House Freedom Caucus  co-Founder Jim Jordan

These gentlemen – all of whom are deserving of much respect from conservatives – have spent months now issuing subpoenas for documents, demanding witness appearances and setting deadlines that are never met while threatening to take punitive action, and then doing nothing when Rod Rosenstein and Christopher Wray inevitably give them the proverbial finger.

It was three weeks ago now that these guys – supposedly with the sign-off from Speaker Paul Ryan – threatened to pursue contempt and even impeachment action against Rosenstein if their document requests weren’t met in 7 days.  That 7-day deadline came and went – as have a long series of such deadlines since last fall – and the House has done exactly nothing in response.

The latest kerfuffle from these guys came on Wednesday, when the ex-lover of FBI Super Duper Agent Peter Strzok, former DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, simply ignored a subpoena from Goodlatte to come before his committee to offer sworn testimony over her role in the DOJ’s efforts to fix the 2016 elections in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Chairman Goodlatte and Rep. Jordan immediately took to their Twitter accounts in response:

Well, yes, and?  What?  With all due respect, gentlemen, what are you going to do?  Is this it?  At long last, has the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives become so de-fanged, so timid under its milquetoast establishment leadership that its only recourse to open defiance of its authority by deep state officials is to issue petulant tweets?  If it wanted to, the Judiciary Committee could hold Page in contempt and send the Capitol Police to her home to place her under arrest.  Why not do that?

But given that Jordan, just a few days after going after Rosenstein in a public hearing, found himself the target of one of the most blatant deep state hit jobs in modern history, maybe this is it.  After all, the most obvious intent of going after Jordan with un-provable – and un-disprovable – allegations that he ignored sexual improprieties by a long-dead wrestling team doctor while serving as an assistant coach at Ohio State University decades ago is to intimidate Jordan and anyone else thinking about going after Rosenstein and his fellow thugs at DOJ.

If that’s the strategy, it seems to be working.

Just another day the deep state isn’t going away quietly America.

That is all.

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First They Came for Donald Trump and we did Nothing; Then They Came for Jim Jordan…

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Tired of all this Winning yet? –  San Fran Nan and her fellow Democrats recoiled in horror at yet another fantastic jobs report, as the private sector added another 213,000 new jobs in June, once again beating analyst expectations.  The jobs report includes new record low unemployment for Hispanic workers and continued record low unemployment for Black workers.  Thus, Democrats went into a panic, with Pelosi issuing a statement claiming that “Donald Trump’s reckless policies are hurting millions of hardworking families.”

Because lying shamelessly is all they got.

A classic case of reflection projection. – After looking in her mirror and asking “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” but getting back only an image of an utterly sick and twisted woman, MSNBC fake journalist Mika Brzezinski decided to call Ivanka Trump an “utterly sick” and “twisted” individual.  It’s like a Walt Disney movie over there at Morning Joe.

A failed attempt to change the subject at NBC. – Scared to death that Donald Trump’s challenge to fake Indian Senator Elizabeth Warren that she take a DNA test to prove her specious claim of Indian ancestry might ultimately prove fatal to their favorite Democrat senator, the news fakers at NBC News decided to move into preemptive strike mode, issued a fake “fact check” on Friday in which they claim that DNA tests just don’t really work so good on Native Americans.  No, really, they did that.  I swear I don’t make this stuff up, but NBC sure does.

NBC’s fake rationale is that, golly, DNA tests don’t really provide proof of “tribal citizenship”, as if that is what anyone is asking for.  In fact, all anyone is asking for is some proof that Warren – a lifelong fraud who has profited richly from the obviously false claim of Indian heritage and based an entire political career on it – in fact has Indian blood coursing through her veins.  “Tribal citizenship” is completely irrelevant to anything, but NBC is so desperate to cover for its favorite Democrat in the Senate that it comes up with this nonsense.  And people in the fake news media wonder why they are so utterly detested by most Americans.

Remember, if they can do this to Jim Jordan, they can do it to you. – Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan has become the latest target of the Deep State cabal.  Less than a week after he humiliated head Deep State honcho Rod Rosenstein in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, several former wrestlers for Ohio State – where Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach back in the day – suddenly came scurrying out of the woodwork to level allegations that Jordan was aware that a team doctor (now conveniently dead, of course) was sexually abusing team members and did nothing to stop it.

The accusations center around allegations that the team doctor insisted on giving team members hernia tests each time he examined them.  For all you ladies and those who never played high school sports, the hernia test consists of the the doctor placing two fingers underneath a man’s testicles and telling the athlete to turn his head and cough.  If you went out for football, basketball or baseball, you were administered one of these tests by the team doctor before the season’s first practice, and likely any time you sustained any sort of injury, if your doctor was cautious.

Given the extreme physical nature of the sport of wrestling, it’s actually very easy to see why a team’s doctor would want to conduct such exams more frequently, and any group of high school and college-aged men would inevitably resort to joking about such an uncomfortable process.  One of Jordan’s accusers – who was of course given copious air time by CNN this week – even stated that the doctor administered this test every time a wrestler had to be examined.  This is not “sexual abuse,” this is a doctor doing his job.

Out of this, we now have a handful of former Ohio State wrestlers suing the University with claims the the doctor was a “serial groper”, as one of the wrestlers put it on CNN.  And guess what law firm happens to be representing the plaintiffs?  None other than the infamous Perkins Coie, the same firm that was paid millions by the Clinton Campaign and the DNC to dummy up the fake Trump Dossier during the 2016 presidential campaign.  The same firm that has close ties to DOJ lawyer Bruce Ohr, who officed just two doors down from …wait for it…Rod Rosenstein before he was demoted last December.

So now Congressman Jordan – who just happens to be one of the three candidates to succeed the outgoing Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House – finds himself having to somehow defend himself over vague accusations that he “had to know” that a doctor was doing someone’s notion of too many testicular exams of his wrestling team’s members.  It’s like having to respond when a lawyer asks you “how often to you beat your kids?”

This is the Deep State in action, folks.  It is slimy like James Comey, oily like Rod Rosenstein and as un-American as Barack Obama’s legacy.  If they can do this to Jim Jordan, a powerful congressman from Ohio, just think what they can do to you.

Just another day in the DC Swamp is alive and well America.

That is all.

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The Democrats’ New Rules Aren’t Really Helping Them

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

It’s all Donald Trump’s fault!  He caused this!  Oh, wait… – When some nut job killed five people working at an Annapolis, MD newspaper on Thursday, many of the fake journalists who infest Twitter immediately knee-jerked to the conclusion that the tragic event was all the fault of President Donald Trump.  Then it turned out that this guy had had a running feud with the paper since 2011.  None of the fake journalists then backed up and blamed Barack Obama.  Go figure.

But wait, these are the rules you asked for, Congresswoman.  What’s the problem? – Mad Maxine Waters told the fake news media yesterday that she’s decided to cancel fundraising events in Alabama and Texas due to “serious” threats she’s received in the mail this week.  The Braying Buffoon is, of course, fresh off of a Saturday event at which she incited violence against members and supporters of the Trump Administration, and then several subsequent appearances at which she refused to pull her remarks back and simply reinforced them.

So, sadly, these are the new rules she’s said she wanted, and now she’s complaining about having to live under them.  Her fellow Democrats would do her a favor by joining with Republicans to force her out of the congress entirely and send her back to California to live in that multi-million dollar mansion she’s somehow been able to afford on a government salary.  That would get her out of the limelight and most likely put an end to any threats.  But doing that would require personal integrity on the part of those Democrats, so we know that’ll never happen.

Speaking of the new rules, more than 600 women staged a sit-in in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington DC on Thursday in support of the Democrat/Media-fabricated “don’t separate the families!” issue on the border.  The Capitol Police stated that 575 of the women (don’t any of these people have jobs?) were arrested and carted off to local jails, where they will be arraigned and released and probably pay a minor fine.  Because that’s all we do to people who disrupt the nation’s business these days.

This weekend, there are several hundred such protests planned to take place in cities all over the country.  ABC Radio reported this morning that “organizers” expected more than 100,000 people to participate.

Let’s think for a moment about that that word “organizers” that ABC so casually tossed out to its listeners without any effort to identify who they might be.  Who are these “organizers?”  Who do they work for?  Who’s paying them?

ABC and their fellow fake news outlets want us all to just think that these are just a bunch of sweet little ladies and short, skinny guys with mustaches who “organize” such events out of the goodness of their little hearts.  They want you to think that these events are somehow organic, that they just happen due to the pressing demand from people who can’t wait to get out onto the street on hot summer days and carry signs with stupid slogans on them while chanting slogans that are even more stupid.

The truth is that these “organizers” are professional agitators in the same mold as Barack Hussein Obama, who did this stuff for a living before some domestic terrorists and radical preachers decided he should go into politics.  Indeed, the 28 year-old gal who got elected to congress in New York on Tuesday is nothing more than a professional “community organizer.”  These people are both the past and the future of your Democrat Party, folks.

What you’re going to see on Saturday is a bunch of events organized by these Obama clones, in which most of the participants are not local citizens but paid protesters bused into these cities in buses paid for by George Soros and big foundations with names like Park and Heinz and Rockefeller.   There’s nothing organic about them and they really have very little local support.

Saturday, then, is actually the kickoff of the Democrat Party’s campaign for the general election.  These events will probably be fairly tame, but you can expect them to become increasingly shrill and violent as Election Day approaches and it becomes increasingly obvious the Democrats are going to suffer an other loss at the polls.  Because this is all the Democrat Party is anymore.  If you vote for them, you are voting for the destruction of the American Union.

Speaking of people trying to destroy our Union, Rod Rosenstein and Christopher Wray testified up on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, and boy, was it a spectacle.

Not that anything new really happened:  Wray was his normal dissembling, ineffectual self and Rosenstein was his normal hostile, transparently lying self.  This is who these guys are, and what they do.

Trey Gowdy got in his five minutes of hyperbolic grandstanding, after which he will go and accomplish nothing of substance, because that is who he is and what he does, too.  It’s always inspiring to listen to him chastise these people as only he can do, but then reality inevitably sets in and you realize that that’s really all there is.

Jim Jordan got the best rise out of Rosenstein and that was fun, but at the end of the day, Rosenstein is just going to go on withholding key documents from the various congressional oversight committees, and Wray is just going to continue being a feckless leader who is doing pretty much nothing at all to reform the disgracefully corrupted FBI.

I would talk about the Democrats on the committee, half of whom are illiterate half-wits, but really, that’s all that ought to be said about them.

So, another all-day hearing during which nothing of substance was accomplished.  After the hearing, the full House of Representatives did vote along party lines to approve a resolution that DOJ produce the documents by next Thursday.  But the “resolution” is non-binding and fails to spell out any potential penalties for Rosenstein failing to comply, which will certainly be the case.

The reality here, of course, is that the House is not going to really do anything until and unless Speaker Paul Ryan is replaced by someone who possesses a set of gonads.  Because Ryan is the obvious block to any effective action, and as long as he’s the Speaker, the current stalemate will continue.

Just another day in nothing real happening here, folks, move along America.

That is all.

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You Want a New FBI Director? How About Michael Horowitz?

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Yes, because remember how much she did for Haiti.  Wait, what?  – In keeping with her life-long belief that there’s a sucker born every minute, the Pantsuit Princess has decided to use the media-generated fake border crisis as a fundraiser.  Yes, even though she isn’t technically running for anything right now, the Grasping Grifter, even at her advanced age, just cannot let a good fake crisis go to waste.

So she sent out a fundraising email yesterday to all of her millions of dimwit supporters, urging them to send her money to her new political organization, Onward Together, so these morons can think they are “doing something” by purchasing the Fainting Felon a new Lamborghini or whatever she plans to do with this latest batch of ill-gotten gain.  Because, hey, there really is a sucker born every minute, and they all voted for the Coughing Crook in 2016.

Here’s what the fake border crisis is really all about. – It’s not about soulless leftist ghouls who support Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby body parts suddenly caring about children, it’s not about the Trump Administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy, it’s not about wanting to keep families together or any of the nonsense First Lady Laura Bush included in her disgraceful op/ed in the WaPo yesterday (Japanese internment camps?  Really, Laura?  Who talked you into putting your name to that line of abject BS?).  Those are just the well-coordinated talking points on the matter agreed to by the Democrat Party and their propaganda agents in the national news media.

This is about what immigration fights are always about:  The Democrats want to turn our nation into just another third world country filled with people dependent on the government, and they believe the best way to do that is to flood the southern border with immigrants from third world countries.  This current effort is an attempt to destroy the rules that govern legitimate requests for asylum.  Those rules currently apply only to very specific life-threatening situations:  Democrats want to expand those rules so that they essentially will allow anyone in for any reason, including – you guessed it – poverty.

Think about it:  almost all of the people currently being held in these migrant centers are from central America.  They traveled well over 1,000 miles in an arduous journey through Mexico where, if they really needed asylum from a life-threatening situation, they could have sought asylum.

Did any of them do that?  No.  Why?  Because they don’t want asylum in Mexico, they want to live in America, where the government doles out benefits like no one actually has to ulimately pay for them.  Before they left their home countries, most of these “refugees” have in fact been trained by American social justice warriors on exactly what fake story to tell when they reach the U.S. in order to gain entry, an effort that began about half a decade ago during – you guessed it – the Obama Administration.

President Trump says that isn’t going to happen, “Not on my watch,” and more than 500 days into his presidency he has given us no reason not to believe he means it.  But there are a whole bunch of weak-kneed establishment Republicans up on Capitol Hill who will sell you all out in a heartbeat for any legislation that “solves” this issue.  So, you’d best all get on the phone and warn your congressman or woman to think twice.  Trust me, some of them really need the warning.

 

Meanwhile, up on Capitol Hill, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and feckless FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the IG’s report issued last Thursday, which covered the FBI’s fake 2016 investigation into the Pantsuit Princess’s email scandal.

As I predicted in yesterday’s Campaign Update, Wray was his typical dissembling self, reciting careful talking points written for him by other people to recite, deflecting, refusing to answer on false grounds and just generally looking like the small and ineffective man he obviously is.  His smallness and ineffectiveness were only amplified by having to sit next to Horowitz, who, even with one hand obviously tied behind his back by Rod Rosenstein, was as forthcoming as he could be and did his best to provide the Committee with as much information as he possibly could.

The session began with Chairman Chuck Grassley tossing out the first bombshell, detailing the fact that he had also invited former FBI Director and current teenage drama queen James Comey to testify, and that Comey’s lawyer had sent back a decline letter in which he stated Comey, if forced to testify, would exercise his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination.  This huge news was of course studiously ignored by the fake national news media.

Horowitz stuck with the obviously dictated talking point that he didn’t find “documentary evidence” that the blatant political bias exposed on the part of FBI Super Duper Agent Peter Strzok, ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Comey himself influenced the conduct of the fake investigation, but no one was buying it.  And, despite that absurd protestation, Horowitz did manage to sprinkle in details of all manner of obvious bias throughout his answers to the pointed questions coming from some of the committee members, including Lindsey Graham, John Kennedy and Ted Cruz, in addition to Grassley himself.

In addition to those details, Horowitz also laid out two big pieces of new information that were not included in his report:

  • He informed the committee that the Teenage Drama Queen himself is actually the subject of a current, ongoing investigation into his mishandling of classified documents; and
  • He confirmed the existence of a federal grand jury looking into all of this, which is most likely associated with U.S. Attorney John Huber’s ongoing investigation into all of the FBI/DOJ’s 2016 efforts to fix the election.

Many, including me, have long suspected that Huber must have at least one and possibly multiple grand juries convened for months now, but before yesterday, no one at DOJ had confirmed that likelihood.

Horowitz will testify again today, this time before the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Bob Goodlatte.  The membership of that committee includes bulldogs like Jim Jordan, Trey Gowdy, Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis, so expect some real fireworks from today’s session.

Interestingly, our useless FBI Director will not be accompanying Horowitz in today’s testimony.  Which only further raises the question:  Why is this guy in that job?  What good is he to anyone?  He’s nothing but a career bureaucrat, obviously in way over his head, and he has no intention of reforming anything.

Some have speculated that Wray is just a placeholder who will be replaced by a more effective, reform-minded leader when all the dust has settled from these investigations.  Trey Gowdy’s name has often come up as a possible replacement, given his background as a prosecutor before he ran for congress.  Gowdy in fact almost appears to be angling for that eventuality, given his always equivocal public statements regarding the FBI and its “stellar” “rank and file.”

I have a better idea:  How about making Horowitz Director of the FBI when all of the investigations are done?  You want a reformer, how about the guy who knows where all the agency’s bad actors and bodies are buried better than anyone else?  You want someone who knows how to manage?  This guy has been managing a gigantic staff conducting dozens of simultaneous investigations for a decade now.  You want someone who isn’t shy about bucking the system and isn’t squeamish about fighting higher-ups?  Horowitz has been doing that his entire career.

It’ll probably never happen, but after yesterday, it sure seems like a heck of a good idea.  Just throwing it out there.

Just another day in the drama never ends America.

That is all.

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Think of the FBI as the Deepwater Horizon, Because that’s what it is

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

There really is no mystery here… – Mark Levin was going off on Fox News last night, railing as only he can do in disbelief about the reality that the “greatest threat to our democracy in 2016 was not any foreign country…it was our own government,” which is absolutely true, and that “I can’t believe we don’t have a special counsel…or a blue ribbon commission investigating our own government.”

Well, think about why that’s the case – this is very, very important.  If we had an overwhelming clamor from the members of either political party in congress to appoint a SC or commission to perform a real investigation into what actually happened at the highest levels of the Obama Administration during our last national election, we’d have one by now.  By the same token, if we had a clamor in our fake national news media for the creation of such an investigative entity, we would have had one long ago.

What do we have instead?  Utter silence from congressional Democrats, which was totally predictable.  Some clamoring from 10 or so of the more conservative Republicans in congress, but the again predictable silence from the far more numerous swamp creatures in the GOP caucus.  In the media we don’t have silence on the matter, we have outright hostility to the concept of an independent investigation from the 95% of them who are nothing but propaganda agents for the Democrat Party.

This is the DC Swamp at its finest – or its worst, depending on how you want to classify it.  This is the creatures of the swamp working as hard as they can to preserve their status quo in the face of the onslaught from Donald Trump and his handful of loyal lieutenants.  These people couldn’t care less that our DOJ and FBI were utterly corrupted in 2016 and attempted to fix a presidential election and then go on to try to literally frame a sitting President.  They look at that and think, yeah, we need to preserve that model so we can pick the next POTUS – leaving things up to the voters is obviously too risky.

So, that’s why Mr. Levin is so frustrated this morning and why he is going to remain frustrated – given our current situation, his expectations are simply unrealistic.  The truth is that our only hope for actual justice for the conspirators is that Michael Horowitz and John Huber really are honest brokers and that Jeff Sessions really has been playing the long game, awaiting the eventual release of Horowitz’s final report before beginning prosecution, as many believe.

As I pointed out in last night’s Evening Campaign Update, if you look at yesterday’s IG report as setting the stage for his next one, you have reason to be encouraged in that regard.  If not, you’re probably feeling a lot like Mr. Levin, which is very bad for your blood pressure.

Think of the FBI as the Deepwater Horizon in full flame  – because that’s what it is this morning.  The IG report wasn’t a major disaster for the environment, but it is a major disaster for the agency’s reputation, just as the Deepwater Horizon event in 2011 was a major disaster for the reputation of BP.

Sadly for the FBI, it is led by a current Director, Christopher Wray, who appears to be every bit as inept and clueless as BP’s then-CEO, Tony Hayward was.  Many of you will remember Hayward, a guy who may or may not have been well-meaning, but who had the amazing singular talent of literally pissing off everyone in the known universe whenever he opened his mouth in the wake of that disaster.

There he was, with a gaggle of reporters on some Louisiana beach, as his un-plugged well continued to pour millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, uttering meaningless platitudes about how his company takes safety deadly seriously and his plans to implement even stricter processes, procedures and training sessions going forward, and then including the off-hand remark about how he wanted to “get my life back,” as if anyone should actually feel sorry for a guy who was probably knocking down more than $20 million a year at that time.

The good thing for BP was that, after about another half-dozen of such horrifically embarrassing Hayward brain farts, they put him on the first jet back to England and replaced him with another leader who was far more competent and able to steward the company through the disaster and recover its reputation.

Yesterday, we had the spectacle of Christopher Wray prancing cockily up to the podium for his press conference, looking for all the world like a 17 year-old stud jock prancing into the principal’s office knowing nothing was going to happen to him.  Wray then proceeded to piss literally everyone on the planet off with an opening statement filled with with meaningless platitudes, promises that he and his senior staff will learn their lessons from this report and discussion about all the new training he’s going to make every agent in the agency go through, including “political bias” training.  He then spent the other half of his statement talking about how wonderful the FBI’s “rank and file” is.  Holy crap.

This is all the sort of thing terrible leaders do when they want to pretend to be doing something about a problem while doing nothing real about it:  Spread the blame around, lay the issue off on the entire organization in order to deflect attention from the actual bad actors and diffuse accountability and avoid making the tough decisions that would be required to really correct the problem.

Look, there is no mystery anymore about what the FBI’s “policial bias” problem was during 2016:  It was filled at the top by Barack Obama loyalists and Hillary Clinton fans who hated the GOP presidential nominee and wanted to prevent him from becoming President.  Their big problem was that the Pantsuit Princess is a career criminal who had engaged in thousands of violations of the U.S. Espionage Act, and they had to find some way to keep her out of federal prison.  Their inherent bias was so pervasive and overriding all other considerations that those running the fake investigation never even designated the Pantsuit Princess as a “subject” of the investigation.

While the Executive Summary of yesterday’s Horowitz Report does its best to obfuscate all of that, the bowels of the report lay it all out in devastatingly plain language.  Where the Executive Summary claims to find no evidence that political bias played a role in the conduct of the fake investigation, the report itself lays out example after example after example of stark, unmasked political bias by a multitude of FBI personnel.

Firings of every agent listed as a violator in the report is the only way for the feckless Wray to really address the reputational disaster that took place in 2016.  Prosecutions are the only way for the DOJ to actually address it after the firings.  Any measures short of that are just meaningless bureaucratic nonsense practiced by terrible leaders who are seeking to preserve the status quo.

Wray indicated yesterday that he is the FBI’s Tony Hayward, a cocky, clueless man out of his depth who simply needs to be replaced.  He has until about Monday to begin to reverse that assessment by making the firings that obviously need to be made.  Barring that, he just needs firing, because his agency is a burning deepwater platform in full flame and he isn’t the guy to put out the fire.

Just another day in the FBI is a raging dumpster fire America.

That is all.

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AP Drops Fake News About New York AG’s Fake Lawsuit To Distract From Horowitz Report

Mid-day Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

If you’ve been listening to or watching the news this morning you are no doubt aware of this report from the Associated Press:

[Excerpt]

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general Thursday said President Donald Trump used his charitable foundation to settle personal business disputes and bolster his political image with donations directed by his staff.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation “was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Democratic Attorney General Barbara Underwood said as she sued to dissolve the foundation and seek $2.8 million in restitution.

The lawsuit says the foundation illegally helped support the Republican’s campaign by raising money at a nationally televised fundraiser in January 2016, then allowing campaign staffers to dictate how the money was spent in grants.

In a couple of tweets, Trump called the case “ridiculous” and said he would not settle the lawsuit.

 

Many of you are also no doubt aware that the few things that have leaked thus far about the DOJ IG’s report on the Clinton email scandal have thus far been less than earthshaking, and you may be thinking it’s all a big nothing burger.

But think about this: Why did the news of this NY AG’s suit against the Trump Foundation break this particular morning? If you believe that is a coincidence, think again. This is right in line with this morning’s Campaign Update, in which I discussed how the fake news media drops fake stories like this one anytime the news cycle is likely to be favorable to President Trump.

But wait, this is not fake news, you say? Not so fast my friends!

This is a case that now-disgraced and resigned NY AG Eric Schneiderman threatened to bring against Trump and his foundation at similarly strategic times last year and the year prior to that. It’s a phony “investigation” of a charitable foundation that, as Trump himself tweeted this morning, in its lifetime has actually contributed MORE MONEY than it has taken in.

Compare that to the Clinton Crime Family Foundation, which regularly contributes about 5% of the donations it takes in, spending the remainder on employee costs (including salaries to all three Clintons) and travel expenses and meeting costs.

What is most likely going to happen in this case is that, once the public’s memory has faded about this morning’s filing, the NY AG’s office will quietly dismiss the suit late on a Friday evening.

Here’s the other thing: There would be no reason for the fake media to drop this fake story this morning if the IG’s report is just a big nothing burger. It’s 500 pages long, and you haven’t seen the whole thing yet.

But somebody somewhere is very worried about what’s in it.

That is all.

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Horowitz Report Drops Today – Teen Drama Queens Prepping Their Defense

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

[Note:  The wonderful photoshop that accompanies this piece was constructed by a loyal Campaign Update reader who asked to be credited only as  dagalas.]

Hey, y’all, so far this week, President Donald Trump has gotten the Democrats and the fake news media to endorse:

– War games
– Nuclear weapons
– Refusing to negotiate with despots (where were they when Obama did that Iran deal?)
– Neverending war on the Korean peninsula

And it’s only Thursday morning!

PSA: Those loud noises you are hearing right now are just the sounds of liberal heads exploding…. – Two Norwegian lawmakers formally nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday.  The two are of course described as “right-leaning” members of Norway’s “Progress Party, which advocates for limited immigration and shrinking the size of government.”  Gosh, such radical ideas, wanting to preserve your country’s native culture and holding down the size of government.  If we didn’t have biased, stupid media, we would have no media at all in America.

And speaking of biased, stupid, fake news media…

“Ok, the President had a really great summit in Singapore, sadly.  So, here’s what we do:  ABC, you go with the fake report about Michael Cohen turning on Trump.  CBS, you toss out the false report about Sarah Sanders resigning.  CNN, well, you have the porn star franchise, so get on it!” –  Seriously, it’s like clockwork:  Any time President Donald Trump (I still never tire of typing those three words) has a domestic or international triumph, all the fake news media outlets start pumping out fake news stories designed to distract attention.

If that seems like a coordinated plan to you, that’s because it is a coordinated plan.  This is what your fake news media is in today’s world:  They aren’t “news” organizations, they are propaganda arms of the Democrat Party.  It’s been this way for quite some time now – at least since 1992, but really since shortly following World War II.

It’s become more amplified since November 2016 because the people at the top of these organizations are increasingly desperate.  With every successive act of #Winning, President Trump reveals the DC “Establishment” – mainly Democrats but also a raft of disloyal Republicans – to be a decades-long utter fraud perpetrated on the American people.  Tuesday’s election results, in which a challenger loyal to the President – Katie Arrington – knocked off longtime DC swamp creature Mark Sanford in South Carolina in a very surprising upset, only served to heighten the fake media’s panic.

And guess what?  Today is the day the next report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz drops.  Just imagine the frenzied flood of freakin’ news-fakery we are about to be treated to in the wake of that document going public at 3:00 ET this afternoon.  It will be glorious.

Several readers have asked this week what we should expect from this next Horowitz report.  My only honest answer is, hell if I know.  There are reasons to be concerned about what it might – or more likely, might not – contain, and reasons to be optimistic about it.

First, it is key to remember that the scope of this report is limited:  It only covers the DOJ/FBI conduct of its blatantly fake investigation into the Clinton email scandal, an investigation that we already know was little more than a desperate coverup designed to keep Barack Obama’s favored candidate from going to federal prison.  Horowitz is still working on a more comprehensive, subsequent report whose scope is far broader and will cover all of the DOJ/FBI efforts to fix the 2016 election and spy on the Trump Campaign, transition team and administration.

The main reason to be concerned about today’s report is that Horowitz has no doubt been placed under massive pressure internally at DOJ to mealy-mouth his findings.  We’ve already seen one report that the report will find ex-FBI Director and current teenage drama queen James Comey to have been “insubordinate”, but probably will not find him to have committed any crimes.  If that account – based of course on anonymous sources only – is accurate, then this report is a major fraud given that we already know beyond any shadow of a doubt that Comey has committed multiple perjuries before congressional committees and illegally leaked classified information to the New York Times.

So, right off the bat, we will have that barometer to inform us conclusively on the relative usefulness of this report.

The next big concern is how much of the report will be redacted.  We must remember that bad actors like Rod Rosenstein have had their greasy fingers all over this report for the past three weeks as it has gone through its review process.  Under Rosenstein’s incredibly corrupt leadership, DOJ has become notorious for redacting vast passages of documents under claims to be protecting national security, only to have it revealed later that the redacted information was merely embarrassing to the Department.  If Rosenstein has had his way with this report, we can expect that less than half of it will actually be open for public review.

But there are also reasons for optimism that this report will at least move the ball forward towards cleaning up some of the DOJ corruption and getting the process of perp-walking and prosecuting the key bad actors underway:

  • Horowitz himself has already agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee next Monday, and that testimony will be offered under oath and threat of prosecution for perjury.  If he has been forced to make inaccurate changes to his report and the Republican members of that committee have the presence of mind to ask the right questions (we know the Democrats will only try to cover things up) then we can expect Horowitz to offer honest answers.  Or we can hope he will, anyway.
  • Horowitz is considered by most everyone to be one of the good guys, for good reason.  Yes, he served during the Obama Administration, but he was constantly engaged in fights with Obama’s corrupt attorneys general, who did everything they could to deny him the right to conduct his oversight responsibilities.
  • Then there’s the fact that, as noted above, this report has been circulating within DOJ for three weeks and also reportedly shared with the congressional “Gang of 8” – which includes notorious hacks like Dianne Feinstein and Adam Schiff – and none of it has been leaked to the press.  You can be damn sure if the original text of this report exonerated James Comey or Andrew McCabe or Peter Strzok or Lisa Page or any of the other bad actors within the FBI and DOJ, that news would have long ago appeared in the New York Times or Washington Post.  The fact that that has not happened gives us cause to hope that Horowitz has done his job.

A word of caution:  Reports like this are never fully satisfying to anyone.  Regardless of how hard Horowitz might have tried, it is literally impossible to fully keep political motivations out of any 500 page report produced in Washington, DC.

It is also very likely that those of us hoping for full justice will be initially mislead by what might seem to be inconclusive findings or mealy-mouthed language in the report, only to find out later that it is in fact extremely damaging to the subject.  It’s key to remember that Horowitz himself is not the prosecutor here:  His job is to simply lay out the facts, though he does have the power to make criminal referrals if he so chooses.

Once the report is out, the job of prosecuting the bad actors falls to the relevant U.S. attorney.  So, while you might initially be disappointed by language that, say, finds “insubordination” or “ignoring of departmental rules” by a James Comey or Andrew McCabe, we may discover later on that a prosecuting attorney finds that to be evidence of criminal conduct.

Bottom line:  I don’t know what’s in this report yet, but we’ll all have a pretty good idea by about 5:00 this afternoon.  Stay tuned.

Just another day on the poop is about to hit the fan America.

That is all.

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