At update on Sharyl Attkisson's computer intrusion case
Read the whole thing. Disturbingly, she went to IG Horowitz -- the same man responsible for the recent IG report on the Clinton email investigation -- and he appears to be covering up the results of his investigation.
This is different from the story I recently linked containing 12 things to know about the IG report. Remarkably, both lists include different things. So there are at least 23 things to know about the IG report.
To those members of Congress: we have no faith in the system. It was destroyed long ago. People in Congress and the FBI seem to believe that the proper way to preserve and restore faith in the system is to cover up any mistakes, sweep them under the rug, hide the evidence of wrongdoing, punish no one, and if you get caught, issue a 566-page mea culpa apology admitting to all the things you got caught doing already while claiming, with transparent falsity, that no one was motivated by improper bias and everything will be ok if only you put a banner on all the FBI-issued mobile phones reminding your agents that they have no expectation of privacy on the phones they are using to coordinate their affairs and discuss investigations affecting national security, so they will remember not to get caught in the future.
That is exactly how you destroy institutional trust.
If you want to restore it, the procedure is simple. Admit your mistakes. Apologize publicly. Fire those who screwed up. Prosecute those who really screwed up. Stop hiding information from Congress. Stop telling us that black is white. Start treating us with respect. Half the country voted for Trump, and we're the ones who you work for as a result. You don't have to agree with us about everything, but for damn sure you need to respect us.
Dem Rep doesn't pay taxes, calls for repeal of Trump tax cut
Most people don't have the necessary corporate structures in place to declare their ordinary expenses as business expenses. Most people pay taxes on their income, not their business profits. So, yeah, this Democrat is doing his level best to dodge taxes that he's trying to raise for everyone else.
One way or another, the Supreme Court will have to settle the "assault weapon" issues. That means magazine size limits, bans and confiscation of magazines, and legal restrictions on manufacture of cosmetic features.
We probably need one more Trump justice before we can approach this with confidence.
Even if he's not an FBI informant, with a name like Henry Greenberg, Stone would not necessarily have any idea he was a "Russian".
Like Steele stopped working for the agency after they caught him talking to the media. Also, for those paying close attention to careful wording, 2016 is "after 2013".
So he admits there was a meeting. The only thing he disputes is whether he was working for the FBI at the time. Let's say he's being honest about that. Who was he working for and what was he peddling?
"Lying" is a rather biased way to describe someone saying he thinks that someone who approached him about paying $2 million dollars for damaging information on Hillary when other FBI spies have admitted making similar approaches might be an FBI spy.
At worst, Stone and Caputo don't know who the shadowy espionage agent who approached them was working for.
UPDATE: Commenter whose blog contains the article about the Venezuela attack says 21 dead, not 21 wounded. The language of the post says 21 "victims" which could be either, but I didn't see the news reports and he did.
Only if you believe the IG's analysis. Other factors, not in the IG's report, were driving those events. The FBI would likely have ignored those laptops completely had whistleblowers not reported their existence to Congress. Congress did not have physical possession of the laptops, so they could not investigate them. Nor could they demand to take possession of them while the FBI had an open investigation. If Hillary won, they could be swept under the rug. But with whistleblowers going to Congress, Congress could make a stink about them before the election. That forced the FBI into pretending to look into the laptops so they could pretend to clear Clinton, again.
Why wait? Just issue the subpoena. With the release of this report and it's attempted whitewashing of the evidence, until and unless Huber files multiple public indictments by Monday, IG Horowitz has given up any claim to the public trust in his ability to bring this matter to a satisfactory resolution.
Lying to the FBI is the crime the FBI forced Michael Flynn to plead guilty to, after using the accusation to drive him out of his duly appointed government position. For Comey to claim he did not know Huma Abedin was married to Weiner, when millions of people less involved in politics than Comey did know because the media treated their wedding like they would a wedding in the House of Windsor, defies belief. Therefore, this claim is either evidence of incompetence to the point of stupidity, or evidence of "lack of candor" to the IG's investigators.
Comey, others also used personal email for government business
While Hillary's use of a personal email server exclusively is possibly unique and significantly more damaging than occasional personal email use, that Comey, Page, Strzok, and likely others involved in the investigation (all the way up to President Obama)h ad used personal email accounts for official business is troubling. It suggests they may have violated the same basic rules and thus been inclined to go easy on her. It also suggests a casual attitude towards classified material at the upper echelons of the government.
We're still expecting to see the full IG report sometime in May. The first partial report we saw nailed McCabe to the wall on lying to investigators and to Congress, including under oath. The remaining portions will likely go even further. The intensity of the leaking campaign and frantic activity by Mueller and his allies should probably be taken as an indication that the hammer is about to fall.
I hope these leaks lead to criminal prosecution of the leakers.
In light of the 2016 campaign and the continuing revelations about how our intelligence, national security, and law enforcement agencies were abused to target the political opposition of the President, the problem now seems a lot more widespread than the IRS.