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AMA calls for gun control

Free BeaconThe American Medical Association announced on Wednesday it would back strict new gun-control measures including banning and confiscating certain firearms.

The measures, which the group called "common-sense," include outlawing not only the sale of what the group referred to as "assault-type" weapons but also their possession, outlawing the possession of any firearms by adults under 21 years old, a national gun registry, requiring a license to own any firearms, and gun buyback programs among a number of other proposals. The group also called for a ban on the possession of bump-fire stocks, stated its opposition to teachers being allowed to carry firearms in schools, and stated its opposition to national concealed-carry reciprocity. The group also called for the passage of a law which would bar those convicted of domestic violence offenses from owning guns even though federal law already includes such a provision.

I'm really fed up with these organizations getting involved in politics outside their core purpose and competency.

Tue Jun 19 15:54:35 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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.

Tue Jun 19 14:54:41 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those investigative decisions unaffected by rampant political bias...

The FederalistJanuary 15, 2016: Responding to a question of when the investigation would be finished, Agent 1 stated, ‘[M]y guess is March. Doesnt matter what we have, political winds will want to beat the Primarys.’
January 28, 2016: ‘…The case is the same is all of them. Alot of work and bullsh-t for a political exercise.’
February 1, 2016: ‘…Its primary season – so we’re being dictated to now….’
February 1, 2016: ‘This is the biggest political sh-t show of them all. No substance. Up at dawn – pride swallowing seige. No headset and hermetically sealed in SIOC.’
February 2, 2016: Responding to a question about how the investigation was going, ‘Going well…. Busy, and sometimes I feel for naught (political exercise), but I feel good….’
May 6, 2016, to Agent 5: ‘pretty bad news today…someone has breathed some political urgency into this…. Everyday DD brief and once a week D brief from now on.’

It seems painfully clear that the agents working the case thought there was political interference going on.

Tue Jun 19 14:54:35 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How to use immunity to block a prosecution

The FederalistTo take just one example, look at the case of Paul Combetta, an employee who handled the migration of Clinton’s email accounts across servers then later deleted the emails. Clinton probe members were sure he was lying about the deletion of the emails in violation of a congressional preservation order. In repeated interviews, he claimed he didn’t delete her emails.

The agents had an email where he talked about the “Hilary coverup operation.” They decided that wasn’t a big deal. One agent said he believed Combetta should have been charged with “false statements for lying multiple times.” But overall they decided it was just so confusing, that the failure to tell the truth was “largely due to a lack of sophistication and poor legal representation.” They gave him immunity, and he started singing. He admitted deleting the emails “despite his awareness of Congress’s preservation order and his understanding that the order meant that ‘he should not disturb Clinton’s email data on the PRN server.'” Sounds nice.

They gave him immunity without finding out what he would say first, and he said no one told him to delete the emails after the Congressional subpoena became known.

Or maybe they did find out what he would say first, and saying nothing was the desired result.

Tue Jun 19 13:54:41 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

11 things to know about the IG report

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.

Read the whole thing.

Tue Jun 19 13:54:35 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Merkel's governing coalition may collapse over refugee issues

PJMediaFASTER, PLEASE: Angela Merkel’s political near-death experience in Bavarian brawl. “Fight over migration risks toppling chancellor’s alliance — and her government.”

Worst German Chancellor since… you know.

She's still Chancellor, so the jury remains out.

Tue Jun 19 12:54:41 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How to restore faith in our institutions

Sharyl AttkissonSome members of Congress are privately arguing that they should not look under all the rocks within our intel agencies because they need to protect the system and not undermine America’s faith in it. I would argue that the faith has been broken in many cases, and only turning over the rocks will restore it.

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.

Tue Jun 19 12:54:35 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem Rep doesn't pay taxes, calls for repeal of Trump tax cut

Free BeaconCongressman Jared Polis of Colorado, who is sponsoring a bill that would repeal the Trump tax cuts, thereby effectively raising tax rates on most Americans and businesses, recently reconfirmed to a reporter in his home state that for at least five years he paid no income taxes at all from 2001 to 2005.

"You recently introduced legislation that would repeal the Republican tax law which you say is a giveaway to special interests and corporate welfare," Boyd began. "For five years though, before you entered Congress, you paid no federal income tax and have used onshore and offshore Cayman Island accounts to avoid paying taxes. Critics contend a repeal of that tax reform law would amount to a tax increase of thousands of dollars a year for the average family in Colorado. How do you square, you know, you not paying taxes with raising taxes on middle class families?"

"Well first of all, I paid a heck of a lot of taxes in the years I made money," Polis replied. "When you don't make money, you can't pay taxes, and since I've been in public service my expenses have been greater than my income, and that's simply the fact, and I think that's, you know, that's completely appropriate."

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.

Tue Jun 19 11:54:41 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Funny how these things get dropped into the memory hole

The FederalistHodgskinson was more than just a casual Sanders supporter. He had campaigned in the senator’s presidential primary — and kept up the fight even after Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton.

When Trump won the general election, Hodgkinson’s rhetoric became violent. He posted “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.” and “Republicans are the Taliban of the USA” on his Facebook page. According to his brother, Hodgkinson had moved to the D.C. area in March “to protest.” He had been living out of his van and showering at the Alexandria YMCA. No one expected he would attempt to kill a field full of Republicans...

Several weeks ago, I visited the field where Scalise was shot. There are still bullet holes in the chain link fence and the first base dugout, eerie reminders of just how recent this all was. When I met him the next day at the Susan B. Anthony List gala, he was still walking on crutches. A man standing next to us remarked that it is a miracle Scalise is even alive, much less on his feet.

When you think about it, it's amazing how much gun violence is committed by Democrats, and how little is committed by Republicans.

Tue Jun 19 11:54:35 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NRA joins challenge to New Jersey magazine ban

BeaconThe National Rifle Association announced on Wednesday that it will be supporting a lawsuit filed by a local gun-rights organization against New Jersey's law requiring the destruction or surrender of certain ammunition magazines.

The NRA said it is backing the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs in their lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, claims the new law could affect as many as one million New Jersey gun owners and is an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment. The NRA described the law as an undue restriction on law-abiding New Jerseyans and ineffective at fighting crime.

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.

Tue Jun 19 10:54:41 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NYAG sues Trump Foundation

Washington TimesNew York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a court to shut down President Trump’s charitable foundation, accusing him of abusing the foundation to enrich himself and help his political campaign.

Oh, you mean like the Clinton Foundation?

Wake me when Hillary's in jail. Until then, take your political prosecution and shove it.

Tue Jun 19 10:54:35 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Viva le Resistance!

Daily CallerAn FBI attorney who worked on the special counsel’s Russia investigation until earlier this year sent anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, including one exclaiming: “Viva le Resistance.”

The attorney’s comments are revealed in a Justice Department inspector general’s report released on Thursday.

The lawyer is not identified, but he worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and was the FBI’s lead attorney on the investigation into Russian election interference. He was assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation soon after it began in May 2017 and left in late February of this year after some of his private messages were shared with the special counsel.

Why does he still have a job? Vowing to resist the elected official you work for is surely grounds for firing.

Tue Jun 19 09:54:41 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bias

American SpecatorPolitifact points out that the attorneys identified as working for Mueller donated $62,043 to Democrats and $2,750 to Republicans in federal campaigns. The Daily Caller reported earlier this year that of the 16 lawyers known to work for the special counsel 13 register as Democrats, none as Republicans.

The whole point of a special counsel is to achieve independence from politics. This does not seem independent.

Tue Jun 19 09:54:35 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stone, Caputo say there was another FBI spy

PJMediaOn Sunday, former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone told The Washington Post that an FBI informant met with him, posing as a Russian man offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton at the price of $2 million.

The Post reported that Stone met with the man in May 2016, in a meeting set up by Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo. Stone denied having any contact with Russians during the campaign. If the man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, was truly an FBI informant, Stone would have been telling the truth.

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".

PJMediaThe Post reported that records do not indicate Greenberg was an FBI informant. Documents do show, however, that he has stated that he worked as an informant for the agency in the past, but that he said he stopped working for the agency after 2013.

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".

PJMediaGreenberg, for his part, denied that he was working on behalf of the FBI during the meeting. Caputo insisted otherwise.

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?

PJMediaThe Post seems to have concluded that Stone and Caputo were lying, and that Greenberg was not an FBI informant. More on this as it develops.

"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.

Mon Jun 18 17:23:15 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mass murder

We have had two mass murders this past weekend.

One was in Trenton, New Jersey, at an "art show" taking place at 2:30 in the AM. 21 people were wounded. The police described it as gang-related. Two people suspected of shooting at each other (it sounds like there were more people shooting) were Tahaij Wells and Amir Armstrong. Those names sound rather like the names an American convert to Islam might adopt, don't they?

The other was committed in Venezuela with a tear gas grenade at a packed nightclub. 21 people were wounded.

Taking away guns won't stop mass murder.

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.

Mon Jun 18 17:01:31 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why the FBI really ignored the Weiner laptop

American SpectatorWhy did the FBI assign the same agents who investigated Hillary Clinton’s emails to look into allegations of Russian collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign?

Given the overlapping timetable of both cases, the decision appears not only peculiar but harmful to the efforts. The inspector general notes in his report the repeated excuse that the importance of the Russia investigation led to the crucial delay in the reopening of the Clinton email investigation after the discovery of former Secretary of State’s missing messages on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. The bureau assigning different agents and lawyers to each case, the IG suggests, likely would have prevented the one-month delay in looking into the laptop that came, crucially, just days prior to the 2016 election.

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.

Mon Jun 18 16:28:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gifts for G-Men

Daily CallerA bombshell inspector general report released Thursday revealed that several FBI employees improperly received gifts from reporters, in connection with possible leaks of sensitive information.

Although public details of these exchanges are scant, they could constitute prosecutable violations of federal gift-giving rules.

The gifts in question included “tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events.”

“We will separately report on those investigations as they are concluded, consistent with the Inspector General Act, other applicable federal statutes, and OIG policy,” the report reads.

They'll prosecute people for accepting donuts, but not for obstructing justice or allowing foreign actors access to top secret information.

Mon Jun 18 16:28:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Subpoena Strzok immediately

PJMediaHouse Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) says his committee will soon subpoena former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok if FBI leadership refuses to make him available to Congress.

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.

Mon Jun 18 15:28:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Speaking of lying to investigators...

Conservative ReviewComey told investigators that he did not immediately act upon emails seized from disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop because he “didn’t know” that Weiner was married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

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.

Charge him.

Mon Jun 18 15:28:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey, others also used personal email for government business

Conservative ReviewJames Comey, several FBI officials used personal email for official business

The former FBI director used his personal email accounts to conduct official government business, which is a violation of protocol and quite ironic given that Comey was tasked to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

“We identified numerous instances in which Comey used a personal email account to conduct unclassified FBI business,” Inspector General Michael Horowitz states in his report.

It wasn’t only Comey that used a personal email account. The IG report found that FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page used their personal emails to conduct official 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.

Mon Jun 18 14:28:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mark Meadows on IG report

Breitbart“Peter Strzok should not have a job anywhere near our Justice Department. Rod Rosenstein must be held accountable for his obstructionist conduct,” the North Carolina conservative added. “James Comey should come before Congress and answer for his deeply improper handling of this investigation.”

Meadows concluded in his statement, “After this report, it’s clear we have a long way to go to restore the integrity of and public faith in our Justice Department. Americans deserve better than this.”

We do, but what are the chances we get it?

Mon Jun 18 14:28:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Israel intelligence op proves Iran's weapons program continued in stealth mode

Daily WireIran, which had promised to denuclearize under the JCPOA, hid a “sleeping” nuclear weapons program. Fleischer and the AIJAC staff write, “The purpose of this new program was to keep alive capabilities and know-how to manufacture the bomb, including by assigning people with relevant expertise scientific work to keep their knowledge up to date for that purpose. This program went underground and was maintained so it can ‘pop up’ again at will to quickly resume efforts to produce nuclear weapons.”

Albright added that the fact that Iran maintained the archive proved Iran has directly breached JCPOA; he noted “there is language in the JCPOA about being exclusively for peaceful use. It’s hard to see how this [the archive] is consistent with this pledge.”

It's not, of course; the pledge was always bullshit.

Mon Jun 18 13:28:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Desperate leaks trying to preempt the IG report

Washington ExaminerPresident Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen late Wednesday fought back against the steady stream of leaks about his work for past clients and said Stormy Daniels' legal team is playing an "extremely troubling" game by trying to sink his standing in the press by revealing as much personal information as it can.

In a court filing late Wednesday in the Southern District of New York, Cohen’s defense team of Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison said Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, “deliberately distorted information from the records which appear to be in his possession for the purpose of creating a toxic mix of misinformation.”

“Mr. Avenatti’s conduct in somehow obtaining random bank records and publishing them without proper concern for their accuracy is extremely troubling for the parties in this case, the court, and the public,” Ryan and Harrison wrote.

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.

Mon Jun 18 13:28:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The five year anniversary of IRS targeting

TaxProfImagine if liberal groups discovered that President Trump’s Internal Revenue Service was targeting them for heightened scrutiny or harassment. The media and Democrats would decry this assault on the First Amendment and declare the U.S. on the brink of autocracy. The scandal would dominate the midterms, and the legitimacy of the election would be called into question.

Strangely enough, the IRS did target organs of the opposition party during the last administration, but the episode has largely faded from public memory without resolution. May 10 marks the fifth anniversary of the revelation that President Obama’s IRS targeted conservative groups for more than two years prior to the 2012 presidential election.

I haven't forgotten.

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.

Mon Jun 18 12:28:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Deerfield gun ban blocked

Deerfield, Illinois -- a Chicago suburb -- has had a judge block their ban on semi-automatic firearms only 24 hours before it takes effect.

Mon Jun 18 12:28:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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