The Mueller Investigation: Mission Accomplished

Fri Apr 19 08:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Obama Administration's SpyGate involvement

Epoch TimesThe Spygate scandal also raises a bigger question: Was the 2016 election a one-time aberration, or was it symptomatic of decades of institutional political corruption?

This article builds on dozens of congressional testimonies, court documents, and other research to provide an inside look at the actions of Obama administration officials in the scandal that’s become known as Spygate.

Read the whole thing. It's long, but worth it.

Categories Spygate

Fri Apr 19 07:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The power of symbols

I know some of my readers are religious. I am not, but I wanted to point something out. Attorney General Barr released the redacted Mueller report at 11am Eastern Time, April 18th, 2019. Immediately, the media attacked Barr for running a cover up, attacked Trump for obstructing justice (even though the Mueller report did not charge that he did), called on Congress to impeach, and generally went completely nuts.

The day after the report was released --that's today -- is Good Friday.

BibleVerseStudyJOHN 19:6 6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”

Mueller, despite his corruption, despite his biased team, despite everything, could find nothing with which to charge Trump. Not even with obstruction, for the protests of an innocent man being framed are the cries of justice. Nevertheless, the media and the Democrats cried out to crucify him.

BibleVerseStudyJOHN 19:7-11 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.” 8 Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, 9 and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” 11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

Who delivered Trump to Mueller to be tried? That would be Hillary and Obama, aided by the Deep State. And they should now be very, very afraid. The wyrm has turned; Mueller's investigation has closed and can no longer offer cover against Congressional or internal investigations. IG Horowitz's report on FISA abuse is now expected this summer. AG Barr is unlikely to whitewash the conclusions of the report as was done with the Hillary coverup. And, speaking of, there are calls to reopen that investigation and investigate how it was covered up too.

If Trump doesn't release his prepared rebuttal to the Mueller report on Easter Sunday, the day when Christ rose from the tomb, he's a fool. So that's the prediction I'm putting on the table: we'll see the rebuttal released Easter Sunday.

Fri Apr 19 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller report released

AG Barr's comments. He thanks Rosenstein. Rosenstein looks constipated; it's political hostage situation. Barr is roping Rosenstein into every major controversial decision here. Barr points out, again, no collusion from the Trump team or any (knowing) cooperation from any other American. Three times (so far). Very heavy emphasis on that point.

Barr says Mueller's report says GRU disseminated some of the stolen materials to Wikileaks. The GRU to Wikileaks claim remains unproven, I think. No member of the Trump campaign colluded illegally in the document release. This may mean the report alleges someone in the campaign did try to get involved in the release in a way that is not illegal. I think we've seen some allegations about this, and they are weak.

Barr notes the Mueller report discusses obstruction, notes his own findings, and explains them.

He discusses redactions at length. No executive privilege. No redactions, or recommended redactions, from anyone outside the AG's office (presumably including Mueller) and possibly from the intelligence community ("advice" not specific redactions). Congress will get a version with ONLY grand jury information redacted.

The full report is now available.

Thu Apr 18 12:07:17 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is it the rule of law or rule of the elite?

Thu Apr 18 08:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Turns out Hillary was responsible for Vince Foster's suicide after all

Power LineThe death of Vince Foster, a close associate of the Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Hillary’s law partner in Arkansas, sparked lots of speculation by detractors of the Clintons. Was it really a suicide, as initially supposed, or was there foul play?

Ken Starr’s investigation confirmed that Foster’s death was a suicide and that the suicide was due to depression. However, Starr also came to believe, based on the FBI’s work, that the event that triggered the suicide was Hillary Clinton going full Amy Klobuchar on him. Specifically, in front of White House staff, she raked Foster over the coals for incompetence, reportedly telling him he would always be a little hick town lawyer who was obviously not ready for the big time. I discussed this charming matter in a 2016 post.

Starr, though, did not include Hillary’s mistreatment of Foster in his report on Foster’s death. Starr’s explanation? According to this report, Starr says he “did not want to inflict further pain”‘ on Hillary.

It's amusing that even in the official story, there was a coverup and the conspiracy theory turned out to be... let's call it fake but accurate.

Thu Apr 18 07:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Coverup of Notre Dame

PJMediaThe French investigators have such extraordinary powers of forensic penetration that they can dispense with all such inductive aids to inquiry. Here they have not one, not two or three, but twelve acts of violent desecration in the past month, including an arsonist attack against the second largest church in Paris. Then Notre Dame catches fire—and what a fire it was—on Monday of Holy Week. Even before the fire was brought under control, the authorities ruled out arson. Has the world ever seen a more potent demonstration of investigative prowess?

The claimed cause of the fire seemed sketchy to me. Announcing it while Notre Dame was still burning (and thus before any possible investigation) seems like a fatal flaw, especially when considered in context. I don't claim to know what actually happened, but connecting the dots leads to a clear implication, and the official story is nonsense.

And by dots, I mean a series of church burnings in France, along with a man with gas cans arrested at a New York cathedral, and a church in South Carlina vandalized.

Thu Apr 18 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Court strikes down ban on guns in public housing

Washington ExaminerA federal court on Thursday cleared the way for an Illinois rape victim to have a gun in her public housing apartment to protect herself from further domestic violence, the latest judicial victory for Second Amendment advocates.

Senior Judge J. Phil Gilbert for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in Benton, Ill., issued a permanent injunction on the East St. Louis Housing Authority's gun ban, claiming it violated the Second and 14th Amendments letting citizens protect themselves.

He ordered the East St. Louis Housing Authority to erase the ban on guns for residents from its lease.

Little steps to advance the gun rights precedents.

Wed Apr 17 08:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The arrest of Assange and SpyGate

So, Assange finally wore out his welcome in the Ecuadore embassy in London. This was probably inevitable, but the timing is interesting. Right after Mueller releases his report to Barr, Assange gets kicked out and immediately arrested? Timing does not seem coincidental, especially since the key Russian Collusion allegations are that Assange published the DNC emails which were allegedly obtained by Russian hackers. The alternative explanation -- as Assange tells it -- is that they were leaked to him by an insider within the DNC. Speculation is that the leaker was Seth Rich, who was subsequently murdered in what may -- or may not -- be a robbery gone wrong.

So we will have to wait and see what Assange is charged with. If he's charged with the DNC "hack" -- or more likely conspiracy with the DNC "hack" since he probably did not conduct it himself -- it means someone is trying to keep him locked up and under threat so he can't contradict the official story on those events... or else he actually did it.

If he's NOT charged with the DNC hack (and/or conspiracy), Russian Collusion is toast. No Russian hackers, no possible collusion, and Hillary's opposition research fairy tale goes up in smoke.

If he is charged with other hacking, especially Russian-linked espionage type hacking (eg his involvement with Bradley Manning) but not the DNC hacking, it may be a smokescreen to imply he was involved in the DNC hacking. There's another DNC-related hacked -- someone with an account there had their account phished via email -- and that would confuse the situation still further.

But the key thing to keep an eye on is whether Assange is charged with hacking the DNC in a criminal conspiracy to influence the 2016 election. If not, then not only is Russian Collusion dead, but so is Russian Hacking. It's all a hoax at that point.

At least so far, Assange has not been charged with hacking or criminal conspiracy with regard to the 2016 election. He's instead being charged with what appears to be a single count of helping Bradley (now calling itself Chelsea) Manning get someone else's password. That was a high profile case, but it has nothing to do with the DNC emails, the Russians, or Trump. And Assange's involvement in it appears trivial.

So unless more indictments appear later on, the idea that the Russians hacked the DNC emails and gave them to Assange can no longer be taken seriously. It, too, was part of the Russia Hoax. A DNC insider leaked them to Assange, probably someone annoyed that Bernie was being cheated out of the nomination.

Categories Spygate

Wed Apr 17 07:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How Obama Officials spied on Trump

Epoch TimesEven in the public domain, there has been an extensive body of information—such as court documents, media reports, text messages, emails, and congressional testimonies—that provide documentary evidence that the Trump campaign was spied on.

At this point in time, at least six different methods that the Obama administration used to spy on the Trump campaign have been made public:

If you were trying to ignore SpyGate until the Mueller report made it impossible, this is a quick way to catch up.

Categories Spygate

Wed Apr 17 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More from Captain Marvel...

Bounding Into Comics“I understand film history. I know that the film industry started with majority women. It started with women filmmakers. So, this weird idea that women maybe can’t open movies, or not important to storytelling, or the female story is not high art is bogus. I don’t want for a second buy into it. I’m very grateful to help break this glass ceiling of normalizing the concept that women can also make a billion dollars because I don’t know why that was so hard to comprehend in the first place. It just seems like were humans.”

I'd like to know who was telling Brie all this crap about woman in the movies, because I haven't seen any of it. I've seen a lot of people complaining about her movie, specifically, and the ideological fellow-travelers like the failed 2016 Fartbusters all-female reboot.

Also, "the female story"? There is no "the" female story. Unless Brie thinks "the female story" involves a Patriarchy holding down the female with superpowered limiting devices and breaking those limits will magically allow her to succeed?

There are lots of human stories. Some of them, but not anywhere near all of them, are only applicable to females. Certainly, a lot more than just one.

Bounding Into Comics
“I started noticing because the press days are actually for me the time when I get to talk about the movie, I don’t talk about it any other time. And I make things so they spark discussions. I don’t make them so people can be like ‘WOW! Look at your face!’ It’s like I don’t care I wish my face couldn’t be on the screen. I do it because of the content and because I want to see what it stirs in you. And because my opportunity to do that is with the press, I started noticing I was only getting select groups of people. And I was curious what it would be like to have a more intersectional diverse conversation.”

But she wants us to know that she doesn't hate white men, even though she isn't making movies for white men and doesn't want white men to review her movies.

Well, OK. I won't. Problem solved.

Tue Apr 16 08:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Possible Charges for FBI officials?

Sara CarterFormer FBI Agent Peter Strzok could face ‘serious’ charges for his involvement and actions in the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to send classified emails, as well as the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign, multiple sources with knowledge of Strzok’s actions told

Further, sources contend that the nearly year long investigation by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, will reveal explosive information and shed light on alleged malfeasance by FBI and DOJ officials directly involved in the Russia investigation. The Inspector General’s report may be completed as early as May or June, according to testimony provided this week by Attorney General William Barr.

People need to go to jail for this, and the people who should be doing that keep making promises that never seem to amount to anything. IG Horowitz ended up whitewashing the Clinton email investigation in the executive summary (even though the actual facts were damning). Huber was appointed to help investigate and prosecute SpyGate, and we've heard nothing from him since. Supposedly a grand jury was convened to charge McCabe, and nothing. Now Barr has promised to look into SpyGate personally. Good for him, but when will we see results?

If the Dems win in 2020 they will sweep this ALL under the rug, including any pending prosecutions. There's a definite time limit here. Move faster.

Tue Apr 16 07:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Turns out, Google does manually manipulate search results...

According to whistleblowers. Oops.

And there's a law under consideration in Illinois to criminalize turning on your phone (or other devices') microphone without user permission -- and it's being opposed by Google and Amazon.

Tue Apr 16 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


Daily CallerThe White House is planning on targeting remittance payments made by illegal immigrants in the wake of an ongoing migrant flood at the U.S. southern border, a senior administration official told reporters Tuesday.

The plans to target remittance payments come amid a broader shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and future executive actions designed to curb illegal immigration. The situation at the southern border has escalated in recent weeks, with thousands of migrants arriving daily to claim asylum.

Tax the payments and use the funds to build the wall.

I honestly do not know to what extent Trump can act unilaterally here. It depends on trade agreements, authorities from existing legislation, and so on. But he absolutely should be looking into the possibility.

Mon Apr 15 08:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats in Blackface

Democrat Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam appeared in his yearbook either in blackface or wearing a Klan hood and robe. His Democrat Lt Gov, Justin Fairfax, is black... but accused of sexual assault. His Democrat Attorney General has admitted wearing blackface.

I won't let the scandal disappear.

Mon Apr 15 07:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sigh. Patterico is still nuts.

PattericoThe Russians had a campaign to disrupt the 2016 elections and to help Donald Trump win the election. The Trump campaign was aware of parts of this campaign, for example through Roger Stone. The campaign was approached by Russian operatives and in at least one case took them up on a meeting, with relatives of the President and his Krelim-connected campaign chairman meeting with someone representing the Kremlin. Afterwards, Donald Trump helped draft a statement lying about the nature of the meeting. Kremlin officials greenlighted a possible Trump-related real estate project in Moscow. The president’s lawyer later lied about the extent of these contacts to Congress, almost certainly with Trump’s knowledge and after consulting with lawyers connected to Trump. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign did a major favor for Russia by tipping them off that Trump was willing to go softer on sanctions that are very damaging to the corrupt and kleptocratic Putin regime.

Who set up that meeting? Fusion GPS. Who in that meeting represented Russia? No one. (Some people were Russians, or allegedly Russians). What deals were made in that meeting? None. The Trump side has denied any deals and the Russian side has denied any deals. In fact the Trump side left in disgust after a few minutes. While you might say that of course the Russians would deny any deals, the Russian side are heavily linked to Fusion GPS and indeed met with Glenn Simpson both before and after that meeting. Fusion GPS would be claiming a deal was made if in fact any deal was made.

PattericoHowever, no prosecutable case can found of the Trump campaign conspiring with Russia on any of these fronts. There is no indication that they helped to hack any computers. The lightening up on sanctions is a policy that Trump likely favored regardless of whether he got help from the Russian government, given that Trump is a huge personal fan of the murderous autocrat Putin, as evidenced by his sycophantic statements at Helsinki and elsewhere. As repellent as those statements are, and as counterproductive to human rights as the lifting of sanctions might be, all of this is more the product of Trump’s admiration for murderers and strongmen than the product of blackmail or (as the Steele dossier alleged) a quid pro quo for the help Russia gave Trump in electing him.

The Steele "dossier" is discredited BS and basing any evaluation of the situation on it is insane at this point.

Whether Trump actually lifted sanctions on Russia is significantly debateable. He has taken many policy positions significantly tougher on Russia than Obama did; including, in particular, selling weapons to Ukraine to defend itself against the Russian invasion. Sanctions were imposed on Russia by Barack Obama in part for their alleged interference in our election, which remains unproven. (That they tried to interfere ineffectually is not in doubt; the claim that they were behind the DNC hack and colluded with Trump is effectively disproven following the lack of charges against Assange). Trump has actually signed sanctions legislation against Russia, so claiming he weakened sanctions should be a non-starter.

Further -- diplomatic negotiations with foreign nations are part of what the President is elected to do.

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Mon Apr 15 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another worrying sign for Captain Marvel in Endgame

Bounding Into ComicsThe Russo brothers did indicate they “set the parameters…in terms of what we need” when it comes to hairstyles and makeup, but Joe Russo noted, “We give all the actors ownership over there.” In fact, he pointed to Scarlett Johansson’s blonde wig in Avengers: Infinity War as being Scarlett’s decision, “Every hairstyle that Scarlet Johansson has had and every movie that we’ve done has come from Scarlet Johansson.”

Larson confirmed she shot Avengers: Endgame before Captain Marvel saying, “This film [Endgame] will always be personally dear to me because it was my first time playing Captain Marvel.” She added, “We shot this first so I had to stumble and figure out who this character was with no script for this and no script for Captain Marvel, either, and perform for the first time in front of legends.”

So let me get this straight. Before you even had any idea whether Brie Larson as Captain Marvel could carry her own solo movie, you put her as a completely new character into the ultimate conclusion of your 20+ movie arc teamup flic? You didn't think to maybe shoot Captain Marvel first? Or leave her out of the big film until she had proven the little one would succeed?

Sun Apr 14 08:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The crisis on the southern border

Epoch Times“Generally we want to see our custody numbers around 4,500 across the southwest border,” said Brian Hastings, chief law enforcement operations directorate of Border Patrol. “However, two weeks ago we saw our in-custody numbers up to critical levels of 13,500 in custody.”

Hastings said that since March 19, Border Patrol has released over 11,000 non-criminal family members. He said biometrics are taken on the adults, a criminal background check is performed, and, if clean, they are provided with a travel document and served with a Notice to Appear in immigration court.

Don't think that the ability to overwhelm the border patrol isn't noticed and planned for. Don't think the outcome -- "provided with a travel document and served with a Notice to Appear" -- is considered failure. On the contrary, that's success. They have "permission" to stay in the country. The little bit about a court date? Who cares?

Sun Apr 14 07:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that unbiased media...

Yglesias admits progressive groups lied about Trump's tax cuts. With a bonus older tweet where Yglesias says he thinks lying is the right thing for "advocates" to do.

So Yglesias admits being an advocate rather than an honest reporter?

Sun Apr 14 06:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another Trump campaign approach by FBI spy

AceFormer Trump 2016 Campaign Adviser Michael Caputo told FOX Business' Trish Regan that a Russian FBI informant approached him offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Opens a New Window. Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

"I was approached by a Russian national FBI informant in late May of 2016. He wanted to give me some dirt on Hillary Clinton. I turned it down," Caputo said on Tuesday.

Caputo said he only learned the individual was an FBI informant after he sat down with investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"When they asked me about him, I told them what I knew. By their faces I knew that it was someone that had been sent to me. It was after my interrogation with the Mueller team that I went out, hired private investigators and found out the guy had used a fake name, Henry Greenberg, and that he had been working with the FBI for 17 years."

Caputo also said he tried to give this information to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

That makes at least three spies the FBI and CIA have run at the Trump campaign trying to entrap them with Russian dirt on Hillary. Mifsud tried to tell Papadopoulos about it. Halper tried to pull the information out of Papadopoulos later (and failed). And now Caputo claims the FBI ran an informant at him, too, with the same information.

Note also that this attempt was made in May of 2016. That's well before the July of 2016 that the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was supposedly opened.

Sat Apr 13 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Greg Craig indicted

Former White House Counsel (Obama) and Impeachment Defense Lawyer (Clinton) has now been indicted for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act with the same clients as Paul Manafort was convicted of representing. Clintonista crony Tony Podesta was also referred.

On the other hand, still no visible action on these cases.

Sat Apr 13 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Tax policy is deliberately confusing

Daily PunditThe reason for this is that the tax code – and the process of paying and/or filing taxes – remains almost entirely opaque to the average American. Hence, Americans base their opinions on the taxes they pay on a very small number of markers – how much is taken out of their checks, mostly. They have little or no knowlege base to determine what they should be paying, or how to make comparisons to previous years, and so they mostly believe whatever “authorities” they are listening to.

I think that's optimistic. Most people don't even look at their paycheck (especially not to compare it to last year). They look at their refund check, mostly because that's a very easy comparison to make; much easier than digging up a pay stub from a year ago and comparing it line by line.

I'm convinced modern tax laws are actually intended to confuse people.

Sat Apr 13 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A foiled vehicular attack in the US

PJMediaOn Monday, federal authorities charged a Maryland man who had stolen a truck and planned to use it in a terrorist attack. Prosecutors say the man was inspired by the Islamic State (ISIS).

Rondell Henry, a 28-year-old man from Germantown, Md., allegedly stole a U-Haul truck and planned to drive over pedestrians in National Harbor.

"He said he wanted to carry out a Nice-style attack," a law enforcement official told NBC News . The official was referring to a 2016 ISIS-claimed terror truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France.

They still want to kill us.

Fri Apr 12 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It's not the crime, it's the cover up

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it uncovered 422 pages of FBI documents showing evidence of “cover-up” discussions related to the Clinton email system within Platte River Networks, one of the vendors who managed the Clinton email system. The documents also show Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Charles McCullough forwarding “concerns” about classified information in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Yes, one of her IT folks actually opened a ticket labeled "Hillary's cover up operation". Accidental honesty, there.

Judicial WatchThe new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch also contain Clinton’s 2009 classified information Non-Disclosure Agreement bearing her signature.

That's important because she claimed not to remember being given training on handling classified information.

Not quoted, but they found even more classified emails.

Fri Apr 12 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nunes: Criminal referrals for leaks, conspiracy

Sara CarterRanking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes said eight criminal referrals – three of which deal with ‘global leaks’ and ‘conspiracy’ – are ready to be delivered to Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr as early as next week.

The wheel of justice turns slowly, but (we hope) it will grind exceedingly fine...

Fri Apr 12 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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