DOJ drops criminal probe against McCabe

This appears to relate to his leaks concerning the Clinton investigation and lies to investigators on that topic. That is, it does NOT mean McCabe is cleared of SpyGate conduct.

Given how the government has handled the Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases, backing off of this case appears on its face to present a double standard. Democrats get a pass, especially if they are named Clinton. Republicans get nailed to the wall with the government asking nearly a decade in jail for similar acts.

If Barr wants Trump to stop tweeting criticism of DOJ, Barr needs to start delivering the prosecutions.

Wed Feb 19 02:59:53 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI agents violated the law to share secrets with Steele

Allegedly, of course. But the source is the IG report. The FBI receive most of Steele's information, but then meets with him in October. There, according to the IG report, they (several FBI agents from Crossfire Hurricane) shared with Steele the information they had gathered on alleged Trump-Russia links.

This would allow Steele to investigate -- or make up -- details the FBI needed to support their own investigation and obtain further FISA approvals. It would also allow Steele to ferry the FBI's collected information back to the Clinton campaign, effectively turning the FBI into an opposition research team for the Clinton campaign.

It probably also puts the agents involved in legal jeopardy.

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Wed Feb 19 01:59:53 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Traumatizing children for political benefit

New York Post“In Indiana they were shooting teachers with rubber pellets so they would feel the adrenaline of what a school shooting would feel like,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, which is part of Everytown. “In California recently, a superintendent hired a stranger to wear a mask to rattle the doors of classrooms without letting faculty and students know. We’ve seen students asked to pretend to be victims and lie down using fake blood in the hallway.”

So why are they doing this to the children?

New York Post“Everywhere I travel, I hear from parents and educators about active shooter drills terrifying students, leaving them unable to concentrate in the classroom and unable to sleep at night,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association. “So traumatizing students as we work to keep students safe from gun violence is not the answer. That is why if schools are going to do drills, they need to take steps to ensure the drills do more good than harm.”

Of what possible use could two generations of traumatized, terrified children -- some of whom may viscerally believe they actually experienced a school shooting, with people they knew bleeding to death in the hallways as they fled?

If that was the nature of your childhood trauma, how easily could you be taught to redirect that terror and anger at the things and people that your teachers and the media continuously claim are to blame for such horrific events?

And if you are one of the tiny percentage of disaffected, unhappy, or mentally ill teenagers who actually makes the decision to commit horrific violence and murder -- have you not been taught for years exactly what form that violence should take to inflict the most harm?

This is a generations-long, premeditated, propaganda campaign against the right to keep and bear arms.

Tue Feb 18 02:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Depressing tweets about SpyGate

Meaning in HistoryBREAKING: Gabriel Sanz-Rexach is Obama official who was the FISA gatekeeper at DOJ in 2016 when the illegal warrant to spy on Trump campaign was authorized. Sanz-Rexach also happens to be the same official who just certified to the FISA court that DOJ & FBI would reform their ways.

BREAKING: Dana Boente was the hi-ranking DOJ official held over from the Obama admin who signed off on the now-invalid 3rd FISA warrant to spy on Trump aide Carter Page. Boente is now the FBI's GC who just certified to the FISA court the FBI would reform its FISA abusing.

BREAKING: FBI Director Wray is initiating FISA-reform training but only at FBI field offices -- even though the illegal FISA abuses took place primarily at FBI headquarters.

This is how the Deep State works.

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Tue Feb 18 01:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Virginia assault weapons ban tabled for a year

PJMedia is calling this a huge 2nd Amendment victory. It's not. We avoided a loss -- for a year. They will be back when there is more time for the electorate to forget about the issue.

But dodging the bullet now is the best we can hope for, and we can fight it again when it comes back knowing that they have blinked once already.

Mon Feb 17 18:19:38 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Air Force soliciting suggestions for Space Force naming conventions...

Well, clearly the first class of students at the Space Force academy will be known as Space Cadets.

Mon Feb 17 12:35:08 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS sent $50 million to illegal aliens

CNSNewsThe Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically used by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to “unauthorized” aliens were in Atlanta.

The IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.

This is fraud on a tremendous scale. Why doesn't the IRS stop it? $50 million to a single address in a single year? And this happened in 2011 -- a year the IRS was obviously too busy engaging in political persecution to detect obvious fraud.

Mon Feb 17 02:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

We sure had a lot of SpyGate related stuff happen last week

Unfortunately, we didn't get any arrests or indictments. We did get a LOT of other news. Look below the fold for the headlines, in case you missed anything.

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Mon Feb 17 02:25:05 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

She's Running....

Bloomberg floats trial balloon for Hillary as VP. Whether this is Bloomberg's attempt to enlist Hillary's presumed control of party machinery behind his candidacy or Hillary pulling levers to get the nomination by the only means she can (knowing that the people would likely not vote for her in the primary again), it's clear Hillary wants to be on the 2020 ticket.

I don't think she'll get it. This is Bloomberg's proposal to co-opt Hillary's support, not a real offer. But I bet Hillary thinks it's a real offer.

Mon Feb 17 01:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Justice Department taps outside prosecutor to review Flynn case

It's unclear exactly what a "review" means, but it sounds like control of the case is being handed to another prosecutor. This may lead to a different DOJ posture in the case, but it's unlikely to lead to punishment for the people who persecuted Flynn. On the other hand, some people seem to think that this is a review for prosecution of the people involved.

If it was the latter, I think we would not be seeing comments about the new prosecutor working closely with the old one. But there's certainly a possibility that the new prosecutor will see something clearly criminal in how the case was handled simply by looking at the records. And the article at NBC seems very clear that this was an inquiry into the Flynn interview.

I want to believe it's the latter.

The prosecutor in charge of Flynn's case does not seem to be backing down.

Sun Feb 16 02:07:17 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake Hate, Smollett edition

The TV star who alleged he was beaten up by MAGA-hat-wearing Trump supporters and was then confronted by evidence he faked the whole thing (and paid two set extras to help), only to be charged with wasting police time, and beating the charges by abusing political connections, has now been charged with 6 counts of lying to police.

As far as this guy goes, he's small fry. But like broken window theory policing, it's important to go after the small fry when they break the law in small ways. When people trying to create fake hate crimes for attention and political advantage get away with it, other people are incentivized to do the same. When the attempts are detected as fakes and prosecuted, further fakes are deterred instead.

That said, there is a double jeopardy issue here.

Sun Feb 16 01:07:17 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New discovery released in Flynn case

Immediately after Flynn files to withdraw his guilty plea, suddenly new documents are released.

If it wasn't exculpatory, they would not have held it until now.

The actual documents aren't publicly available yet, as far as I can tell.

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Sat Feb 15 04:58:16 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

YouTube takes down impeachment livestream

There is no reasonable, non-biased explanation for this.

Sat Feb 15 04:58:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Audio recording proves Dem-Ukraine collusion to influence 2016 election?

Daily WireThe Blaze has released an audio recording that they recently obtained that appears to show Artem Sytnyk, Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, admitting that he tried to boost the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton by sabotaging then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.

The connection between the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Ukrainian government was veteran Democratic operative Alexandra Chalupa, “who had worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison during the Clinton administration” and then “went on to work as a staffer, then as a consultant, for Democratic National Committee,” Politico reported.

Is it still a conspiracy theory if there is a recorded admission from the conspirators?

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Sat Feb 15 04:58:01 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ukrainian Collusion in 2016 -- with Obama

John Solomon at The HillAs Donald Trump began his meteoric rise to the presidency, the Obama White House summoned Ukrainian authorities to Washington to coordinate ongoing anti-corruption efforts inside Russia’s most critical neighbor.

The January 2016 gathering, confirmed by multiple participants and contemporaneous memos, brought some of Ukraine’s top corruption prosecutors and investigators face to face with members of former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), FBI, State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ).

The agenda suggested the purpose was training and coordination. But Ukrainian participants said it didn’t take long — during the meetings and afterward — to realize the Americans’ objectives included two politically hot investigations: one that touched Vice President Joe Biden’s family and one that involved a lobbying firm linked closely to then-candidate Trump.

Read the whole thing. This is what they are trying to distract you from.

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Sat Feb 15 04:57:36 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reading between the lines

Daily CallerBritish intelligence told the FBI that dossier author Christopher Steele sometimes showed questionable judgment regarding investigative targets, according to a report that could preview some of the findings in a highly anticipated Justice Department watchdog report of FBI surveillance against the Trump campaign.

"Questionable judgment". For an intel type, that's the kiss of death. They live on their judgment.

New York Times[Inspector General Michael] Horowitz has asked witnesses about an assessment of Mr. Steele that MI6, the British spy agency, provided to the F.B.I. after bureau officials received his dossier on Mr. [Donald] Trump in September 2016. MI6 officials said Mr. Steele, a Russia expert, was honest and persistent but sometimes showed questionable judgment in pursuing targets that others viewed as a waste of time, two people familiar with the assessment said.

In other words, these are probably people named in the assessment, having been given the chance to review it, and are now leaking to friendly reporters to soften the blow.

Daily CallerThe timeline of when the FBI received the MI6 assessment is likely critical to the OIG investigation.

It is unclear if the FBI had the MI6 assessment in hand prior to obtaining the first FISA warrant against Page. It is also not known if the FBI disclosed details of the assessment in the FISA applications.

In other words -- the FBI had the assessment in hand prior to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th FISA renewals, and probably had it before the 1st application but think maybe that isn't provable. And they did not disclose it in the FISA application, but they think maybe they can stretch a vaguely worded footnote they put in to cover it.

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Sat Feb 15 04:57:28 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Astroturf for Impeachment

Remember, astroturf is not real grassroots. But it is sort of ironic that the Democrats are resorting to fake grassroots for fake impeachment.

Sat Feb 15 04:57:07 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Virginia House passes assault weapons ban

The Democrat legislature is spitting in the faces of the citizens who showed up to peacefully protest. Unlike prior bans, it does not grandfather weapons manufactured before the ban, but does allow the owner to request a permit. No details in the article about what that permit would require. The ban also covers normal capacity magazines and hearing protection equipment.

This will likely see legal challenges; the antis probably expect the permit clause to survive challenges where a full on ban would not.

Sat Feb 15 04:56:58 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Are things starting to move in DOJ?

Sat Feb 15 04:56:47 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Evidence of Corruption

Giuliani has written a letter to Senator Graham concerning Ukrainian witnesses to political interference with our 2016 election and "oral, documentary, and recorded evidence of the Biden family's involvement in bribery, money laundering, Hobbs Act extortion, and other possible crimes." They are being denied visas to block their testimony. This seems improper; if they have evidence of corruption we should hear it, and the President should be able to order at least temporary visas for that purpose.

On the other hand, we should also be able to send people to take their testimony. Why haven't we (eg, the FBI, DOJ, and AG Barr) done that?

Sat Feb 15 04:56:43 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DoD IG report on Halper

Real Clear PoliticsThe report, completed by the Department of Defense inspector general, does not address Halper’s interaction with Papadopoulos and Page, nor does it question or answer whether Halper was a spy, a confidential human source, or just a curious professor. But it makes clear that Halper signed his richest contract award with the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment — $411,575 for two studies on China’s economy — on Sept. 26, 2016, around the time Halper was meeting with Page and Papadopoulos.
That helps explain how Halper was able to collect more than $1 million from the Pentagon in four years. The late ONA director, Andrew Marshall, presided over the first three of Halper’s studies looked at by the IG. The one in 2016 was approved by the current ONA director, James Baker. ONA "acquisition officers" are in charge of the paperwork.
The question of whether the U.S. government funded spying on Americans, of course, hangs over the Defense Department IG review, but goes unmentioned. The IG also ignored the “potential partisan political” question and focused on the less fraught questions of waste, fraud, and abuse.

James Baker was heavily involved in SpyGate. And he was the one paying Halper in 2016. Game, set, match.

BUT: Horowitz's report may not deal with this aspect since it is under the umbrella of a different IG. And the DoD IG appears to be passing on the political aspects and simply pointing out Halper's expenses are BS. Is someone -- Durham? -- looking into what Halper was really doing?

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Sat Feb 15 04:56:29 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former Reagan AG: Spying on Trump is Obama's Watergate

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Sat Feb 15 04:56:17 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is Beto working to sideline the NRA?

Robert Francis O'Rourke recently said "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15s." He running for the Democrat nomination for president. His statement confirmed his anti-gun position, despite lying about it when he ran for the Senate in Texas. (No surprise there).

But, it seems "Beto"'s lawyers are the same as those involved in the recent NRA controversy. That seems to suggest a nefarious Evil Plan was involved at some point.

Sat Feb 15 04:56:00 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The count of Deep State coups in progress grows to three

There's Trump, obviously, ongoing since January 20th, 2017. Then there's Brexit. And Netanyahu.

Sat Feb 15 04:55:54 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Beto: Hell, yes, we're going to take your guns

Sat Feb 15 04:55:47 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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