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Tuesday News Roundup: Don’t Expect Anything Real From Barr and Durham

Just another signal that nothing real is going on. – Normally the resignation of a single U.S. Attorney is no cause for concern or even much notice. But this one is different.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John Bash announced his sudden resignation, effective this Friday. Bash, if you remember, is one of at least 5 U.S. Attorneys around the country who has been assigned by Attorney General William Barr to assist John Durham in his supposed Spygate/Obamagate investigation. Bash was assigned to this role shortly after it was publicly revealed that then-Vice Presient Joe Biden had personally participated in the illegal unmasking of General Mike Flynn during the waning days of the Obama presidency.

From the official DOJ release on Bash’s resignation:

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. – U.S. Attorney John F. Bash announced today that he will resign from the Department of Justice on Friday, October 9, 2020, at 11:59pm. U.S. Attorney Bash issued the following statement:

This Friday—eight years to the day after I first joined the Department of Justice—I will step down as United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Last month I accepted an offer for a position in the private sector and informed the Attorney General of my decision. I tendered formal letters of resignation to both the President and the Attorney General this morning.

The Attorney General has elected to appoint Gregg Sofer to succeed me as U.S. Attorney. Gregg is an inspired choice. He is a veteran Department of Justice attorney, serving first in the National Security Division at Main Justice and then for over a decade as a national-security specialist in our Austin office. In the latter role, he built a reputation as a dogged and tremendously effective prosecutor. In 2018, I selected Gregg to serve as our office’s Criminal Division Chief, where he designed and implemented significant improvements to our operations, oversaw thousands of prosecutions, and provided me with invaluable advice on a range of important issues and cases. Since early this year, he has served in Washington, D.C., as Counselor to the Attorney General. He will make an excellent U.S. Attorney.

Attorney General William Barr offered the following statement:

I offer my gratitude to John Bash for his service as United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Since 2017, John has successfully led one of the largest U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the country. John has made significant contributions to the Department of Justice, including his service on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. I appreciate his service to our nation and to the Justice Department, and I wish him the very best.

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Folks, this is just another signal that you should not expect anything real to ever come out of the Durham “investigation.” Think about it: If you’re a U.S. Attorney and you are in the midst of really getting to the bottom of a literal coup d’etat, of what is without question the single most important political scandal in U.S. history, do you just up and resign to take another job?

Probably not.

There will be no perp walks from Mr. Durham. No indictments, no prosecutions, not even a “report” summarizing his findings. Durham is just another swampy guy playing out the string and hoping for a Biden win so he can just sweep what little he may have done to this point under that huge DC Swamp rug. Mr. Bash is just getting out while the getting is good.

You should do the same.

This is about to happen in Portland. – Having a communist Democrat idiot like Ted Wheeler as their Mayor is apparently not depraved enough for the majority of Portland residents. A new poll finds the incumbent buffoon running 11 points behind this:

From a story at Willamette Week:

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler trails his challenger Sarah Iannarone by 11 points, according to a poll of likely voters conducted by DHM Research on behalf of the Portland Business Alliance.

The results were presented at a PBA meeting last week.

Wheeler polled at 30% to Iannarone’s 41%, with the remaining 29% of surveyed voters split between writing in a candidate (16%) or remaining undecided (13%). It’s an especially notable result given that the poll was not conducted by either campaign, though PBA is supporting the mayor. (The poll has a four percentage point margin of error.)

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For those unaware, Iannarone describes herself as “the Antifa candidate.” Not kidding. Also note that the Portland Business Alliance, whose members have been so devasted by the unending riots allowed to linger all summer by Wheeler, are actually supporting the incumbent because Iannarone is such a repugnant alternative.

Portland is a lost city filled with lost people.

Can the federal courts save America? – They’ve been trying to do exactly that over the past few weeks, with appellate courts overturning a series of clearly anti-constitutional decisions issued by Obama judges related to voting and after-election day vote counting in a variety of potential swing states.

Monday saw another crucial case go the right way, this time in South Carolina. From story at RedState.com:

Late Monday afternoon the Supreme Court issued a “Stay” with regard to an order from a South Carolina federal district court judge who rewrote a provision of South Carolina election law due to the impact of COVID 19.

Judge Julianna Michelle Childs, an appointee of President Obama, granted an injunction for Plaintiffs preventing the South Carolina election officials from enforcing a provision of South Carolina election law requiring a witness signature on an absentee ballot envelope.   Judge Childs set for the relief being sought by the plaintiffs as follows:

The instant Motion seeks to enjoin four provisions related to absentee voting in South Carolina. Plaintiffs allege that the application of three of these provisions during the COVID-19 pandemic violates the United States Constitution and federal law and seek injunctive relief solely for the upcoming November 2020 General Election. The three provisions at issue include: the requirement that another individual must witness a voter’s signature on an absentee ballot envelope for the ballot to be counted (“Witness Requirement”).

After about 60 pages of legal sophistry, Judge Childs finally gets around to holding the same way every other Obama-appointed Judge has held — that COVID 19 changes everything.  Election law requirements that are fine without a pandemic, are unconstitutional infringements on the right to vote under the Fourteenth Amendment with a pandemic.  But everything will be fine again when Donald Trump is no longer running for re-election:

….the court GRANTS Plaintiffs’ Motion for Injunction as to the Witness Requirement and ENJOINS Defendants, their respective agents, officers, employees, successors, and all persons acting in concert with each or any of them, from enforcing the Witness Requirement set forth in S.C. Code Ann. § 7-15-380, and from enforcing the Witness Requirement set forth in any other South Carolina statutes, on registered absentee voters only during the November 2020 General Election occurring in the State of South Carolina.

But the Supreme Court’s emergency “stay” prevents Judge Childs order from being enforced — and does so in terms that make it absolutely clear the state election law on requiring signatures on absentee ballot envelopes will be enforced four weeks from now.

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So, chalk up another win for truth, justice and the constitution.

Elections matter, folks. Judges matter.

Speaking of judges… – Ted Cruz had some interesting things to say about Chief Justice John Roberts and the series of inexplicable decisions he has issued over the past four years, always siding with the court’s liberal minority.

From a story at JustTheNews.com:

Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz says Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts “despises Donald Trump,” which accounts for a number of the decisions he had made from the top seat on the high court in recent years.

In an appearance on David Brody’s recently launched show “The Water Cooler,” Senator Cruz, an attorney and author of the new book “One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History,” told the host that “John Roberts has become the new Sandra Day O’Connor.”

Cruz said he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence, who in an interview last month, told David Brody that Justice Roberts has been a “disappointment to conservatives.”

However, Cruz believes that part of Roberts’ pivot away from conservative-minded jurisprudence is motivated by personal hatred toward the president. “I think it is personal,” said the senator.

“It is difficult to come up with two human beings more antithetical than John Roberts and Donald Trump, in every respect,” he continued.

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Oh.

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is the only real conservative alternative to Drudge, and deserves to become everyone’s go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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Wednesday News Roundup: Ted Wheeler’s Mendacity and William Barr’s Unnoticed Bombshell

Let’s make a deal. – Here’s an idea: Let’s trade Portland and Seattle to China in exchange for Hong Kong and a player to be named later. Everybody involved would be happier. Think about it.

Wait. I thought these were “peaceful protests”??? – In a perhaps unconscious display of exactly how deceitful and despicable he and his fellow Democrats truly are, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler – along with a member of the city commission – requested a sit-down with Department of Homeland Security leadership “to discuss a ceasefire and removal of heightened federal forces from Portland.”

From a piece by KGW8 TV in Portland:

Monday evening’s statement is a turnabout for Wheeler, who previously said he wouldn’t meet with DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf even if he was invited.

Wheeler had a phone conversation with Wolf two weeks ago. He said he wanted federal officers off Portland streets, and then “asked him to clean up the graffiti on local federal facilities.”

Hardesty, a longtime police reform advocate, has also denounced federal officers being in Portland. She has also been critical of Wheeler’s leadership during the protests, even going as far as telling the mayor, who is also the police commissioner, that if he “can’t control the police, give me the Portland Police Bureau.”

Monday’s request also comes as reports indicate more federal officers are on their way to Portland. Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Washington Post reported President Donald Trump’s administration has deployed an additional 100 federal officers to protect federal buildings in downtown Portland, including the federal courthouse which has been the epicenter of nightly protests.

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ummmm…does anyone else see the multiple inconsistencies here? First, if the protests are “peaceful” as Wheeler, his fellow Democrats and their corrupt toadies in the national news media like to claim, why is there any need for a “ceasefire”? Doesn’t the term “peaceful” imply that no hostilities are taking place?

Second, Wheeler, the Democrats and their corrupt media toadies continue to claim that these “peaceful protests” are entirely organic events with no organizing entities overseeing them and funding them. If that is the case, then how can anyone – much less Wheeler – claim to represent these unorganized, organic protesters?

Here is what is really happening here: The polls are starting to turn on the Democrats as more and more Americans are able to see video of the extremely violent riots that have been ongoing in Portland for more than 60 straight days now. The TV news operations continue to refuse to air those videos, but thanks to the work by real, working journalist Andy Ngo and others, millions and millions of Americans have been able to now see what is really taking place through social media channels.

As I have repeatedly pointed out, Democrats make literally every decision based on polling and focus groups, and they view the staging and funding of violent and destructive riots as just another tool in their toolbox of political tactics. Thus, these riots are fine with them until the polls start to go bad, as they are now finally doing. This is why the talking points suddenly switched late last week from outright denying that any violence was taking place to now attempting to blame all of the violence on the presence of federal personnel who are there to prevent the rioters from burning down the federal courthouse.

So, Wheeler now becomes the party’s point man in finding a semi-graceful way out, and a negotiation of a “ceasefire” is the new political tactic of the day. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf should simply inform Wheeler that his personnel will continue to do their jobs until the Portland police either get control of the situation themselves, or request the National Guard to come in and clean it all up.

There can be no compromise with Marxist insurrectionists, which is what the rioters and Wheeler himself are.

This supercut retweeted by President Trump this morning is fantastic:

A Barr bombshell goes largely unnoticed. – While the focus of coverage of the hearing yesterday is properly on the outrageous behavior of the committee Democrats, the single most important moment to me came during the exchange between Mr. Barr and Ohio Republican Jim Jordan.

That exchange included Mr. Barr informing Jordan that, in addition to the ongoing Durham investigation into the origins of Obamagate, he has yet another U.S. attorney in Texas looking into the rampant illegal unmasking effort targeting U.S. citizens that took place throughout the Obama Administration’s 8 long years in office.

Watch the clip – the key exchange takes place starting at the 1:27 mark:

Transcript:

Jordan: 38 people unmasked Michael Flynn’s name 49 times in a 2-month time frame. Seven people at the Treasury Department unmasked Michael Flynn’s name. Is this an issue that Mr. Durham is looking into?

Barr: I’ve asked another U.S. attorney to look into the issue of unmasking. Because of, you know, the high number of unmaskings, and some that do not readily appear to have been in the line of normal business.

Jordan: [Clearly surprised by this information] Wait, wait, I want to be clear. So there is another investigation specific to that issue that is ongoing at the Justice Department right now?

Barr: Yes.

Jordan: Wow, that’s great. So, Mr. Durham is looking at how the whole Trump/Russia thing started, you have another U.S. attorney – can you give us that U.S. attorney’s name? Is that something you’re comfortable doing, or…

Barr: John Bash of Texas.

Jordan: John Bash of Texas is looking specifically at the fact…

Barr: …at unmasking…

Jordan: …38 people, 49 times, unmasked Michael Flynn’s name, and probably other unmaskings that took place in the final days of the Obama/Biden administration. Is that accurate?

Barr: Actually, a much longer period of time.

Jordan: Even before that.

Barr: Yes.

Jordan: Thank you, Mr. Barr, I appreciate that. That is information that the Committee did not know.

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Boom.

So, why does this matter? I have written several times in the past about the fact that Obama’s final NSA Director, Admiral Mike Rogers, was that rarest of rare animals in the Obama administration: A true American patriot.

It was Admiral Rogers who first informed then-President-elect Trump that he and his transition team were being spied upon just days after the 2016 election. Rogers discussed that reality with Mr. Trump at Trump Tower, where the transition team was being housed. The very next day, Trump moved his team out to one of his New Jersey golf resorts where it remained until the inauguration.

Rogers had discovered the fact that Obama officials had used contractors working for the FBI and the various intelligence agencies to abuse the unmasking process, most likely going all the way back to 2009, through the use of many thousands of search queries into the NSA database. Upon making that discovery, Rogers immediately banned contractors from accessing that system, which was the reason why, from that point forward, you see Obama deploying all manner of his own officials at odd places like the Treasury Department, his UN Ambassador Samantha Power, his National Security Director Susan Rice, and even Vice President Joe Biden doing the unmaskings themselves.

NSA director Mike Rogers's remarkable comments about Trump's ...

Admiral Mike Rogers

We have also known for a couple of years now that this illegal spying was not limited to the Trump Campaign and Transition Team. The same was done to Republican presidential contenders Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and even to Democrat/Communist Bernie Sanders and his campaign. Indeed, this systematic and illegal abuse of the NSA database by contractors spying on domestic political enemies goes all the way back to Obama’s first year in office.

That, friends, is what U.S. Attorney John Bash of Texas is looking into.

So now the Democrats and their disgustingly corrupt toadies in the news media have one more target to demonize.

Isn’t it glorious?

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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William Barr is Showing how a Functioning Justice Department can Still Work

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II

The fallout from Obamagate continues to accelerate. – Attorney General William Barr announced late yesterday that he has appointed a federal prosecutor in Texas to review the thousands of “unmasking” requests made by high officials during the final weeks of the Obama Administration. This new probe will be carried out by the appropriately-named John Bash, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas.

Boom.

From a report in the Daily Caller:

Bash will carry out the probe in coordination with U.S. attorneys John Durham and Jeff Jensen, who are looking into various aspects of the Trump-Russia investigation.

“The attorney general determined that certain aspects of unmasking needed to be reviewed separately as a support to John Durham’s investigation,” Kupec told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

On May 13, Republican senators released a list of 39 Obama-era government officials who submitted requests for intelligence reports during the presidential transition period that identified Flynn, the incoming national security adviser.

The documents showed that former Vice President Joe Biden, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan and other officials in the Obama administration submitted requests for information regarding Flynn.

Kupec said that while the process of unmasking is not “inherently” wrong, Barr is analyzing whether Obama officials had political motives in submitting requests for reports that identified Flynn.

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Barr’s move comes amid rising calls for DOJ to appoint a special counsel to investigate not just the massive unmasking operation conducted by the Obama Coup Cabal, but the massive abuse of the FISA process that facilitated the “Crossfire Hurricane” illegal spying operation against the Trump Campaign and transition team. Such calls are wrong-headed and should be roundly rejected by any thinking person.

As we saw with the incredibly abusive Mueller operation, special counsel probes invariably turn political, and often devolve into Soviet-style inquisitions complete with entrapments, Nazi-style raids on homes and the literal framing of innocent people.

Barr’s approach is vastly preferable. Instead of appointing a special counsel under a law that places no limits on timing and budgets, or sidebars on the scope of the investigation, Barr has appointed a series of U.S. attorneys to investigate small, discrete chunks of the vast conspiracy mounted by the Obama White House, DOJ/FBI and Intelligence Community to fix the 2016 election and then to remove a duly-elected President via a soft coup d’etat on American soil. Unlike the similar appointment of Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber by Jeff Sessions back in 2017, Barr’s appointees actually produce results.

Simply put, the Special Counsel law is antithetical to the preservation of a free and just society. It should never be used again, and frankly should be repealed by congress.

AG Barr is providing us all with an alternative framework for how a truly functional Department of Justice can much more effectively and efficiently get to the bottom of massive wrongdoing without engaging in FBI actions reminiscent of the KGB and unending abuses of the rights of innocent U.S. citizens.

It is no wonder, then, that the Democrats and their corrupt media toadies hate and fear him so deeply. But the rest of us who actually care about our country’s future should remain patient with this man, because he is hovering right over the target.

That is all.

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