Judicial Watch sues for FBI records of Perkins-Coie meetings

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice seeking records of all meetings in 2016 between former FBI General Counsel James Baker and the Perkins Coie law firm. The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) reportedly paid Fusion GPS to create the “salacious and unverified” Clinton-DNC anti-Trump dossier.

The FBI will of course stonewall and try to get away with saying nothing, probably citing an active investigation (ie, the Mueller probe).

I wonder if the people defending these lawsuits ever stop to wonder what they are doing?

Sun Dec 09 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republicans and Democrats unite to steal a House seat

BreitbartThe executive director of Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina asked, “Are Democrats plotting to steal a NC Congressional seat?” on the non-partisan non-profit’s website’s Thursday night.

The organization’s executive director, Jay DeLancy, wrote, “It came as a surprise, yesterday when the State Board of Elections refused to certify NC’s 9th Congressional District election, where Republican Mark Harris had defeated Democrat Dan McCready by just 905 votes and McCready had already conceded.”

Necessary context: The vote to delay certification of the results was unaminous, and the Republican primary was a close race won by the non-establishment Republican. The establishment Republicans clearly have a motive to let the seat go to the Democrats for one cycle (having already lost the House overall, one more seat matters little) and try to recapture it with an establishment candidate next time.


Sun Dec 09 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Caravan filled with sick, criminals, and some sick criminals

Daily WireThousands of migrants marched from Central America to the U.S. border over the last six weeks, but many of them are suffering from respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chickenpox and other serious health issues — including HIV.

Of the 6,000 migrants gathered in Tijuana just south of the U.S. border near San Diego, more than a third of them (2,267) are being treated for health-related issues, a spokesman for Tijuana's Health Department told Fox News.

So over one third of the illegal immigrants are carrying infectious diseases. Some additional number are criminals and gang members. They are all, apparently, willing to use women and children as human shields. Why should we let them in again?

Sun Dec 09 06:47:22 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues DoD for details on contracts with Halper

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense seeking information about the September 2016 contract between the Defense Department and Stefan Halper (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:18-cv-02125)).

Halper is the Cambridge University professor identified as a secret FBI informant used by the Obama administration to spy on the Trump’s presidential campaign. Halper also reportedly has high-level ties to both U.S. and British intelligence.

Government records show that the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), a small Defense Department unit known as the Pentagon’s think tank, paid Halper a total of $1,058,161 for four contracts that lasted from May 30, 2012, to March 29, 2018. More than $400,000 of the payments came between July 2016 and September 2017, after Halper reportedly offered Papadopoulos work and a trip to London to entice him into disclosing information about alleged collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

It's pretty obvious this was coming ever since the news of those contracts broke. I'm sure the lawsuit was just waiting for the DoD to decline to respond to the FOIA request within the deadline.

Sat Dec 08 22:03:32 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey Interview (Part 1)

Transcript here. My comments below the fold.

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Sat Dec 08 21:22:08 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Potential BOMBSHELL: Comey denies knowing Ohr got info from Steele

This is potentially a big deal, because one of the information dumps we got before Comey's testimony includes an FBI email chain discussing Steele, Steele's contacts with the media, and other issues with Steele's information. If Comey was on that chain, and there's anything in it related to Ohr's dossier laundry service, Comey just provably lied to Congress.

It's not certain because we don't know exactly what's in that email chain. But it's worth calling out separately so it can be checked once that chain gets released. My hunch is that this line of questioning is why that chain was leaked: so Comey would know Congress knew about those emails. Did he screw up, or does that chain predate Ohr's involvement?

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Sat Dec 08 21:19:34 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democratic questioning to protect Obama backfires

Asked whether the FBI or DOJ ever investigated the Trump campaign for political purposes, Comey says "I not only don't believe it, I know it not to be true."

That answer is bullshit for a variety of reasons -- Comey is hiding behind the weasel words "Trump campaign" rather than "four individuals associated with the Trump campaign" and the "political purposes" qualifier, but let's take it at face value and contrast it with the next question.

Asked whether Obama or his administration ever make a demand or request the FBI or DOJ infiltrate or surveil the Trump campaign? Comey answered, "No, not to my knowledge."

Because they absolutely did. We know they did because of Susan Rice's ass-covering last minute email to herself regarding what Obama instructed them to do about the Trump campaign investigation. Comey knows they did, but the best he can do is deny knowledge of it. Because apparently as FBI Director and now a retired person under investigation for allegedly helping fix elections, he doesn't read the news and doesn't know about Rice's email, or Brennan's demands, and so on, and so on.

Just look at the contrast between those two answers.

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Sat Dec 08 21:18:25 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Comey can't recall who told him Sessions would recuse

So Comey knows, somehow, that Sessions will resign on the Russia matter and that somehow this is connected to the Mike Flynn lying investigation, but he "doesn't remember" who told him Sessions would recuse, even though he was aware that Sessions' career officials were pressuring Sessions to recuse.

Remember, the pressure on Sessions to recuse was vital to get control of the Russia probe shifted to Rosenstein, who could and would immediately appoint a special counsel -- Mueller -- to cover everything up. If Comey was aware of the pressure on Sessions from career officials to recuse, he should know where that pressure was coming from, and those people would be members of the conspiracy being covered up.

But Comey "doesn't remember" how he learned Sessions would recuse. He doesn't remember because he doesn't want to expose the conspiracy.

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Sat Dec 08 21:18:16 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Comey likely knew about the Trump tower meeting in June 2016

Why is this important? The meeting happened June 9th, and the investigation didn't open until the end of July, and Comey says he can't answer because the question touches on Mueller's investigation. But if he didn't know about the meeting he could answer that. If he knew, and can't answer, it's because it was related to the Mueller investigation -- which didn't exist at the time.

So Comey knew about the meeting before the investigation opened in July.

How? Did he get the information from Steele, or Perkins-Coie through Baker, or surveillance on Trump?

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Sat Dec 08 21:18:04 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gowdy nails Comey on Clinton's intent

Remember, Comey argued Clinton couldn't be prosecuted because evidence of guilt was missing. But Clinton immediately moved to delete her emails as soon as she was subpoena'd by Congress for them. That's evidence of guilty intent.

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Sat Dec 08 21:15:45 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Comey stumbles on Baker's contact with Perkins-Coie

Baker, FBI general counsel at the time, has testified that he received information from Perkins-Coie and passed it on to others. He said this was unusual ("unique", even). Comey is claiming to have absolutely no knowledge of this. Would Baker have done that and never mentioned it to Comey? Seems unlikely. My gut tells me Comey is lying here, and that he knew it was going on. Comey is claiming tips like that happened all the time, and he wants to see what Baker testified to before he answers. This is serious stumbling by Comey.

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Sat Dec 08 18:43:39 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Comey can't hold the end of July timeline!

Comey can't dance fast enough. He first denies any information gathering about Trump at the FBI before the last week of July, then walks it back and admits "it's possible I knew at the time." It was absolutely going on, and he absolutely knew about it (and still does, but he has to claim a memory lapse to avoid talking about it).

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Sat Dec 08 18:29:55 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Comey's lawyers agreed believing the testimony would be essentially public

I've discussed before that Comey and others are hiding behind classification rules and the fiction of a continuing investigation exception to protect themselves from answering dangerous questions. That's why Congress insisted that this testimony be taken behind closed doors. But Comey's lawyers seem to think that the agreement between Comey and Congress precludes such topics, effectively making the setting public and defeating the point of a closed hearing.

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Sat Dec 08 18:04:24 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey claims William Barr is a friend of his

Transcript of Comey's testimonyMr. Comey, Congressman Jimmy Gomez from California.
A few questions. There have been a lot of discussion about bias here. I wanted to bring up the potential nominee for the next Attorney General of the United States, Bill Barr. Bill Barr has stated that he sees more reason for the Department of Justice to investigate Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State than investigate conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Do you think this is a useful and reasonable allocation of DOJ or FBI resources?
Mr. Comey. I don't. So it's hard for me to react, Congressman, to a statement. I don't know what he meant by that or what the full context was. Unless there are facts that I didn't see when I was Director of the FBI, I don't see a basis for continued investigation on the email front. I don't know what he -- I can't imagine he saw something as a private citizen, so I don't know what to think of that. And I think very highly of him. I mean, I used to work for him. I probably know him better than I know Bob Mueller. I probably just damned him by saying he's a friend of mine, but I respect him. I just don't know what he meant by that.

Was this nomination an own-goal by Trump? It's starting to look like it.

Earlier in the transcript, Comey was unwilling to describe Mueller as a friend of his despite working with him for years. But Barr is a friend? He knows Barr better than Mueller?

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Sat Dec 08 17:34:38 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brenda Snipes unresigns

She is, or was, the election supervisor of Broward County, Florida, which has gotten a lot of attention under her "supervision" for voter fraud, especially this last election. Recently, she announced she would resign effective January 1st, 2019. Now she has announced she is unresigning.

I think she should be prosecuted and imprisoned. That would settle the issue.

Sat Dec 08 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Doctors lobbying about guns again

National ReviewThe same holds true for gun control. I believe a physician may indulge her or his First Amendment rights to decry the Second Amendment or to express an opinion on limiting gun ownership, but let’s face it, when it comes to gun policy, we doctors are not experts. That goes not just for individuals but also for groups like the American College of Physicians, which last month updated its firearms policy by offering restrictive strategies intended to “help reduce firearms-related injuries and deaths by keeping guns out of the hands of those at risk of harming themselves or others.” The ACP went on to suggest that physicians need to provide guidance to legislators.

When did the folks at ACP become experts on gun control? The answer is they aren’t. The fact that most ACP members favor stricter gun-control legislation does not automatically put them in a position to guide legislation; nor does the fact that physicians have to treat the devastating injuries that a gun can inflict. Certainly a forensic psychiatrist, say, is entitled to his or her professional opinion that those with a violent or significant mental-health history should be excluded from owning guns, but that’s as far as it goes.

Why should even a forensic psychiatrist get a say? One thing we keep hearing, even and especially from "experts", is that it's impossible to tell the patients who will turn violent from those who don't. They don't want the responsibility when it comes with liability, and they can't demonstrate the ability to predict results reliably either. The medical profession should restrict itself to treating wounds, not lobbying for gun control.

But then, it's not the doctors doing the lobbying. It's the professional organizations and the medical journals. Pournelle's iron law applies.

Sat Dec 08 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google debating burying conservative media in search results

Daily CallerGoogle employees debated whether to bury conservative media outlets in the company’s search function as a response to President Donald Trump’s election in 2016, internal Google communications obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal.

The Daily Caller and Breitbart were specifically singled out as outlets to potentially bury, the communications reveal.

Communications obtained by TheDCNF show that internal Google discussions went beyond expressing remorse over Clinton’s loss to actually discussing ways Google could prevent Trump from winning again.

How is this different from what they are actually doing now? As the author of a reasonably conservative blog, I've noticed a definite drop in traffic from Google over the past few years, and I've noticed many other similar authors talking about the same thing. It's possible that "better" sites appeared, or Google changed their algorithms to favor "mainstream" news sources more positively over blogs. It's possible those changes are politically neutral. But if they favor the legacy media, and the legacy media is almost universally biased, isn't that itself an inherent bias?

Sat Dec 08 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

William Barr nominated for Attorney General

I know nothing about him other than that he was AG for George HW Bush and is a veteran of the DOJ and CIA. I'm with suspicious side-eye cat on that. Being AG for Bush may make him easier to confirm, but it doesn't give me confidence in his ability to take actions in line with what Trump and the country needs.

Could I be wrong? Sure. But I don't see any reason for optimism here.

Sat Dec 08 05:43:02 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCabe launched obstruction probe of Trump before Mueller was appointed

BreitbartFBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly launched an obstruction of justice investigation into President Donald Trump prior to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

CNN reported Thursday evening that in the days following Comey’s ouster in May 2017, McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and other leading FBI officials met to discuss how to curb the president from future actions they thought would add to the turmoil at the FBI.

Not much "new" news here except that the Rosenstein "Do you want me to wear a wire?" discussion was part of an official obstruction of justice investigation. (Such an investigation would be bullshit in any case; the President can hire and fire as he pleases, subject to Senate confirmation of his hires).

Was this one of the secret mandates given to Mueller that he wants to protect? Probably.

Fri Dec 07 17:43:10 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey is refusing to answer questions from Congress

If it's wrapping up at 1:15 EST, it's probably because Comey is not answering questions. Is Comey pleading the 5th or using some other excuse? It almost doesn't matter. Congress won't enforce its own subpoenas and the House will be under Democrat control next year.

I fear a significant opportunity was lost with Republican control of the House. With the Democrats back in power, FBI and DOJ will stonewall even harder.

UPDATE: Most of the instructions to refuse to answer came from the DOJ attorney. Which only makes sense, because DOJ has a lot to hide.

Fri Dec 07 17:17:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A national dialog on not shooting lawfully armed citizens responding to murders

Free BeaconA pair of gun-rights groups called for a national dialogue between law enforcement and the gun-carrying community on Tuesday after a legally armed man was mistakenly killed during a shooting at a mall in Alabama last week.

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms released a joint statement calling for police officers and law enforcement officials to sit down with gun-carry advocates and firearms trainers to discuss ways to prevent legally armed civilians from being shot by police during future incidents. The groups said the conversation was necessary to save lives of good Samaritans who are trying to defend themselves or others during attacks in public places. They said that while cases of mistaken shootings during attacks have been rare up until now, the prevalence of concealed carry means they could become more common if steps aren't taken to prevent them.

How about just not shooting people blindly?

Fri Dec 07 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Manafort's passports do not show trips to meet Assange

Washington TimesPaul Manafort’s passports don’t show he entered London in all the years claimed by Guardian newspaper when it said he met secretly with WikiLeaks Julian Assange.

The Guardian said he met with Mr. Assange in London in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

A review of Manafort’s two passports shows he entered Heathrow Airport since 2008 on two occasions, in 2012 and on another time where the customs stamp year is blurred. It appears to be either 2010 or 2016.

So, maybe one stamp in 2016, but it might also be 2010. I imagine the date of that last stamp can probably be proven with other data. Even if Manafort was in London, it doesn't prove he met with Assange, but the lack of stamps relevant to all of the claimed meetings throws serious doubt on the accusations.

Fri Dec 07 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lame-duck GOP plots to increase immigration

BreitbartA plan to massively expand the importation of low-skilled foreign workers to the United States would allow American businesses to hire an unlimited number of foreigners instead of American citizens.

Every year, the U.S. companies are allowed to import 66,000 low-skilled H-2B foreign workers to take blue-collar, non-agricultural jobs. The H-2B visa program is used by businesses to bring in cheaper, foreign workers and has contributed to blue-collar Americans having their wages undercut.

As Breitbart News reported, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SC), and Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) have cut a deal with the business lobby to allow businesses to import as many foreign workers — instead of hiring blue-collar Americans — so long as they meet certain requirements.

C'mon, folks. This is why you lost the House. You're making things worse.

Fri Dec 07 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dicks Sporting Goods is feeling the gun control pain

Washington ExaminerSales at Dick's Sporting Goods dropped in the past three months amid backlash against tighter gun-sale restrictions following a mass killing early this year at a Florida high school.

Revenue dipped 4.5 percent to $1.86 billion amid challenges in the company's hunting business during the quarter through Nov. 3. Sales at stores open at least 12 months – a key metric for the retail industry – fell 6.1 percent compared to the prior year.

Dick's raised the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 and stopped selling AR-15 style rifles, also known as modern sporting rifles, last February. The decision followed a St Valentine's Day shooting in Broward County, Florida, that left 17 students and staff dead. The decision sparked opposition from conservative activists, some of whom had proposed arming teachers in response and threatened to boycott the brand, and prompted at least one employee to resign.

When you betray your customer base to virtue-signal to your fellow ivy-league liberals, you lose your customers. You also lose your employees.

BizjournalsAccording to CEO Ed Stack, 62 employees quit working for Dick’s Sporting Goods over the retailer’s decision to stop selling assault-style weapons, announced in February.

I wonder how many started quietly looking for another job without announcing their reasons for quitting?

Thu Dec 06 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A disturbing study

PJMediaMany left-leaning students at the University of Washington-Seattle harbor feelings that Republicans and conservatives are "evil," "inhuman," or "not even a person," according to a new study led by a team of UW psychology professors.

Fortunately, in the hours after the workshop, students’ feelings of Manichaeism decreased.

But when re-surveyed a month later, the students, especially liberals — who reported stronger feelings of manichaeism in the first place — basically went back to hating their political opponents.

"Liberal beliefs that conservatives are evil only temporarily improved," the study concluded.

Thinking of your political opponents as inhuman couldn't possibly lead to dangerous and horrific results.

Left unasked: how and why do university students learn to think this way?

Thu Dec 06 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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