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Adam Schiff is full of ....

As the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) is a constant presence on cable news to provide updates on the Russia/Trump investigation and related matters.

Unfortunately, while Schiff has made more than 120 TV appearances since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, we've noticed that he often "can't comment" on a variety of subjects, begging the question, why does he get interviewed so often?

Who is this jerk trying to fool. He's been commenting on Trump colluding with Russia for 8 months!

He's the Democrat's head cheerleader on the issue.


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Graham argues Clinton's crimes should be overlooked since she was "Trump's rival"

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The Washington Examiner is reporting that President Trump published several tweets pressuring Sessions to investigate Clinton, his Democratic challengerin the 2016 election, and slamming him for taking a "very weak position" on leaks from the intelligence community.

"Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign were 'quietly working to boost Clinton.' So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity," Trump said in one tweet, mentioning Fox News host Sean Hannity.

In a second one, Trump tweeted:

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a very weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are the emails & server) & Intel leakers!"

Graham called Trump's tweets "highly inappropriate" and said any prosecutorial decisions should be based solely on facts instead of politics.

"President Trump's tweet today suggesting Attorney General Jeff Sessions pursue prosecution of a former political rival is highly inappropriate," the South Carolina senator said. "Prosecutorial decisions should be based on applying facts to the law without hint of political motivation. To do otherwise is to run away from the long-standing American tradition of separating the law from politics regardless of party."

Truth Feed News says the swamp creatures in DC want special rules for their tenured members who lose presidential elections.

See, if anyone else committed the crimes that Hillary Clinton did with her handling of classified information alone, they would already be in jail.

However, fake conservative Lindsey Graham argues that Hillary Clinton essentially should have infinite immunity since she was "Trump's rival."

Using the argument that this was an "American tradition" (it's not) Graham attempted to slap President Trump on the wrist for having the audacity to even think of holding Hillary Clinton accountable for her many crooked actions.

The sooner we can vote out Lindsey Graham, the better.



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Paul Ryan defends Robert Mueller as "anything but a biased partisan"

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Pam Key (Breitbart) is reporting that on Monday's "The Jay Weber Show," Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) defended special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian election interference by saying Mueller was "anything but a biased partisan."

A listener asked Ryan a question about why Republicans in Congress are not doing more to defend Trump against "what is becoming an obvious witch-hunt."

Ryan replied, "Remember, Bob Mueller is a Republican, who was appointed by a Republican, who served in the Republican administration, and crossed over -- I mean and stayed on until his term ended."

He continued, "I don't think many people are saying Bob Mueller is a person who is a biased partisan. He's really, sort of, anything but."

He added, "The point is, we have an investigation in the House, an investigation in the Senate, and a special counsel, which sort of de-politicizes this stuff and gets it out of the political theater, and that is, I think, better to get this off to the side. I think the facts will vindicate themselves, and then let's just go do our jobs."

This guy is a Judas -- simple as that!



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Judicial Watch slams Adam Schiff

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Cristina Laila (GatewayPundit) is reporting that President Trump unleashed a fiery tweetstorm Monday morning calling out the D.C. swamp. In fact he said the swamp is much worse than we thought and called it a sewer.

One of the tweets was directed towards "Sleazy" Adam Schiff. The president said the Dem Rep is a biased Congressman who spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that ranking Member of the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff has done over 14 HOURS of T.V. interviews since Trump took office. All Adam Schiff does is repeat the Dem playbook of Russia, Russia, Russia with ZERO evidence of collusion.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) has done 123 national television interviews totaling more than 14 hours of air time since January, according to a tracking report provided to the White House.

The report comes on the heels of President Donald Trump attacking Schiff on Monday for his frequent TV appearances. The vast majority of them have been on cable networks CNN and MSNBC, although Schiff has also done interviews on Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Comedy Central, and HBO.

President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton slammed Adam Schiff in a viral tweet saying, "Adam Schiff is being protected by colleagues despite his evident violation of House ethics rules on classified info."

.@AdamSchiffCA being protected by colleagues despite his evident violation of House ethics rules on classified info. https://t.co/PbgC1qmzL3 https://t.co/g3vrBvDI8d

-- Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) July 24, 2017

As TGP reported back in April, Judicial Watch filed an ethics complaint against Ranking Member of the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Jackie Speier for violating House ethics rules.

Via Judicial Watch:

(Washington, DC)  – Judicial Watch today sent a hand-delivered letter to the chairman and co-chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics calling for an investigation into whether Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) "disclosed classified information to the public in violation of House ethics rules."

Citing the ethics complaints filed against House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) charging that he "may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, regulations, or other standards of conduct," Judicial Watch wrote:

If the standard for filing a complaint or opening an ethics investigation is that a member has commented publicly on matters that touch on classified information, but the member does not reveal the source of his or her information, then the complaints against Chairman Nunes are incomplete insofar as they target only Nunes.  At least two other members of the House Intelligence Committee have made comments about classified material that raise more directly the very same concerns raised against Chairman Nunes because they appear to confirm classified information contained in leaked intelligence community intercepts.

On March 21, 2017, the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff spoke to an audience at the Brookings Institute in which he commented on an intelligence community intercept of a December 29, 2016 conversation between Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislayak and retired U.S. Army General Michael Flynn, who had been selected by then-President Elect Donald Trump to serve as National Security Advisor.  Both the fact of the conversation and the conversation's contents were leaked to the news media and reported widely.  In his Brookings Institute speech, Rep. Schiff stated:

And then you have leaks that expose malfeasance or illegality.  Now, I put that kind of leak, I put the Flynn leak in that category.  And what was most disturbing to me, frankly, about that was:  here you had a situation where the president is informed that his national security advisor . . . has lied to the vice president, and probably others . . . about a conversation with the Russians over sanctions imposed over hacking in the election to help the president.

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Agree - this is the reason why AG Jeff Sessions SHOULD NOT have recused himself.  Reports are he was pressed by Priebus, Spicer and the Deep State to allow this witch hunt to continue on Trump.

As we have repeatedly stated before, criminals are criminals.  You must PROSECUTE THEM, not negotiate deals with them based on ethics. They have none.  They are lawless.  They are Al Capone like in nature.
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Fire Mueller now, Mr. President!

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Larry Klayman (WND) says it is now known, not surprisingly given Special Counsel Robert Mueller's apparent vendetta against President Donald Trump and his family, that Mueller hired a Clinton Foundation lawyer, Jeannie S. Rhee, along with other Clinton and Obama loyalists, to do a hit job on the president. But what is not generally know is that, as recently as 2016, Rhee represented the Clinton Foundation against my racketeering lawsuit's allegations that Hillary Clinton sold government favors in return for bribes,including by approving the sale of 20 percent of America's uranium mine reserves to Russia and concealed the racketeering enterprise with her private email server. Now, not surprisingly given Mueller's highly politicized and leftist legal team, Jeannie Rhee is investigating Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign as one of Mueller's top lawyers. Will she and the others conjure Trump illegality? As they say in the South, "Do bears -- these ones Russian bears -- live in the woods?"

With Mueller's experience, he knows that the lawyers he is hiring will stray far from the original basis for his grand jury probe and investigation generally. One has to conclude that Mueller intends a hatchet job on Trump in retaliation for James Comey's firing, as well as for his own Washington, D.C., establishment club disdain for the president.

Two other lawyers on Mueller's team gave the maximum $2,700 donation to Hillary Clinton in last year's election. Three of Mueller's team, -- Weissmann, Rhee and Quarles -- alone donated more than $50,000 to Democrats, and almost exclusively to Democrats, according to Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports.

Legally, Rhee can only investigate Trump. Having recently represented the Clinton Foundation, which Mueller could have found searching public reports, Rhee is not ethically or legally allowed to look into any of the outrageous and apparently illegal leaks from the Deep State defending Hillary Clinton's loss, the disclosure of Clinton campaign emails to WikiLeaks and other related matters. Thus, Rhee likely cannot even investigate whether Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee or whether emails were leaked by DNC staffer Seth Rich.

Rule 1:7 of D.C.'s Rules of Professional Conduct require: "A lawyer who has formerly represented a client in a matter shall not thereafter represent another person in the same or a substantially related matter in which that person's interests are materially adverse to the interests of the former client unless the former client gives informed consent."

To recap, as the head of Freedom Watch, I sued the Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton over their massive, organized, systematic campaign taking bribes in return for selling government favors and actions, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Jeannie S. Rhee, then with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, LLP, litigated against us case. The Clinton Foundation's Motion to Dismiss was written and signed by Rhee with others. See http://www.freedomwatchusa.org. My lawsuit, Larry Klayman v. The Clinton Foundation, et al., drew a road map for James Comey and the FBI to prosecute Bill and Hillary Clinton for the largest bribery scheme in U.S. history. Yet, not surprisingly, Comey and the FBI under his watch ignored these clear and obvious crimes, even after Freedom Watch spelled it out for them.

And to make matters worse, notwithstanding his politicized and compromised legal staff, Mueller's own conflicts of interest require his recusal as special counsel. Allegations against Trump turn exclusively upon the credibility and personal interests of Mueller's colleague and "buddy cop" James Comey. Not only will the investigation impact Comey, but Mueller must judge his own friend's credibility as a witness. Department of Justice regulations are extended to the special counsel by 28 C.F.R. § 600.7, including:

28 CFR § 45.2 Disqualification arising from personal or political relationship.

(a) Unless authorized under paragraph (b) of this section, no employee shall participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with:

(1) Any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution; or

(2) Any person or organization which he knows has a specific and substantial interest that would be directly affected by the outcome of the investigation or prosecution.

Once a question is raised, the supervisor must assure himself that:

28 CFR § 45.2 (b)(2) The employee's participation would not create an appearance of a conflict of interest likely to affect the public perception of the integrity of the investigation or prosecution.

This situation is especially dangerous for the "All the President's Men" and women, including Ivanka Trump, because Attorney General Jeff Session, having panicked over the Democratic and leftist media onslaught over Russia, precipitously recused himself. And, since early May, the FBI has been in the control of an Obama hold-over, Acting Director Andrew McCabe. Not coincidentally, McCabe's wife ran as a Democrat for the Virginia State Senate against Republican Sen. Dick Black. Jill McCabe received $467,500 from Common Good VA, a political action committee controlled by Clinton ally Gov. Terry McAuliffe -- whom I sued and deposed during the 1990s for illegal Clinton money laundering and other criminality. McCabe campaigned for his Democratic wife in Virginia. The FBI -- for the time being, before a new FBI director, Christopher Wray, is finally confirmed takes the reins (and he appears to be a toothless establishment yes-man) -- continues firmly to be in the hands of the Obama/Clinton/Democrat "Deep State."

The bottom line is this: Its now clear that the Mueller investigation is not just conflicted, but deeply compromised. And even more importantly, Mueller, according to my client Dennis Montgomery, an NSA/CIA whistleblower, illegally surveilled Trump and others when he was director of the FBI. Mueller and his band of leftist legal hacks have to go.

The president should fire Mueller and not worry about appearances before it is too late and the nation becomes even more deeply embroiled in a maze of Democratic and leftist political machinations that harm the interests of We the People. President Trump was elected to do his job and clean out the swamp in Washington, D.C. He can start by getting rid of Mueller and his politicized staff and directing his timid and kowtowed attorney general to commence a grand jury criminal probe of Mueller as well as his good establishment friend Comey.


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Judge Jeanine dishes truth on the crooked Mueller

Eren Moreno (TruthFeed) says this Russia investigation is a crock.

Everyone knows it, from the American people to the crew of elites and media libtards who continuously push the narrative on us without mercy.

Now, it's even more of a joke, considering it's being headed by Robert Mueller, who's an old buddy of James Comey, the disgraced former FBI Director.

Mueller has clearly brought a biased agenda into this investigation, and even had the audacity to apply for the position of FBI Director under President Trump before heading up this "Special Counsel."

Like his buddy Comey, Mueller is playing dirty, and has been accused of leaking information intentionally to hurt President Trump, and has vastly overstepped his boundaries by relentlessly attacking Trump's family and personal finances; this is one of the most egregious violations of not only the law, but of basic human decency, we've seen yet.

Judge Jeanine calls out this Russia probe as a "fishing expedition," and the recent expansion of the investigation into Trump's business finances shows that Mueller shows that fairness is not his first priority.


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One has to laugh when you hear Robert Mueller described as an "independent counsel"

I don't understand how the Republicans let this happen?

What were they thinking?


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Deep State drops Friday leak on AG Sessions to juice up the Russian hysteria

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Cristina Laila (GatewayPundit) is reporting that fake News WaPo dropped another Deep State leak Friday afternoon to juice up the Russian hysteria as they claim AG Jeff Sessions spoke to a Russian envoy twice during the 2016 presidential election.

Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak's accounts of two conversations with Jeff Sessions, who was at the time a Senator from Alabama, were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, according to WaPo. This is only further proof that Obama was spying on and unmasking GOP lawmakers during the 2016 presidential election.

According to the Washington Post, Russia's ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak's accounts of two conversations with Sessions -- then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump -- were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.

One U.S. official said that Sessions -- who testified that he has no recollection of an April encounter -- has provided "misleading" statements that are "contradicted by other evidence." A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had "substantive" discussions on matters including Trump's positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.

As TGP previously reported, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the Senate Intelligence Committee on in June.

Sessions told the committee that he any claims that he colluded with Russia in campaign is an "appalling and detestable lie."

Attorney General Sessions: Let me state this clearly, colleagues. I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States. Furthermore, I have any known knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign… The suggestion that I participated in any collusion, that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government, to hurt this country that I have served with honor for 35 years or to undermine the integrity of our Democratic process is an appalling and detestable lie.

If you read way down into the Washington Posts's "bombshell," you will find this statement:

Officials emphasized that the information contradicting Sessions comes from U.S. intelligence on Kislyak’s communications with the Kremlin, and acknowledged that the Russian ambassador could have mischaracterized or exaggerated the nature of his interactions.

"Obviously I cannot comment on the reliability of what anonymous sources describe in a wholly uncorroborated intelligence intercept that the Washington Post has not seen and that has not been provided to me."

"Anonymous sources" -- "uncorroborated intelligence intercept" -- "could have been mischaracterized or exaggerated" -- "the Washington Post has not seen."

This is "journalism" in the 21st Century.



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Ben Stein says Mueller is "out to get" Trump -- wants to "kill" his political career

Pam Key (Breitbart) is reporting that former Nixon and Ford speechwriter, actor and author Ben Stein said special counsel Robert Mueller wanted to "kill the political career and maybe take away the freedom" of President Donald Trump.

Stein said, "I think he wants Jeff Sessions to resign I think he wants him to be gone, and I think he wants to then fire the special prosecutor. Look, he has got a whole bunch of buzzards and other carrion animals looking over his shoulder. They want to kill him. I mean, Mr. Muller. I'm sure he's a fine human being in many ways, but he's got that job because he wants to kill the political career and maybe take away the freedom of President Trump. He's not there for any other reason. Nobody takes that job then hires 20 or 30 high-level Democrat prosecutors, unless he's out to get the president. He's going to get rid of him eventually. He's going to have to get rid of Sessions. The whole idea of having a special prosecutor this early when there's no crime, nothing bad has happened."

He continued, "Muller has behaved in an extremely unprofessional way by having a deck stacked with so many left-wing Democrats and big time Hillary contributors. That is not the way to run an impartial probe. And there shouldn't be a special prosecutor in the first place."

He added, "It's too broad a mandate. It basically gives him a license to hunt and kill -- not literally kill, but hunt and kill politically President Trump."

Related:  Kellyanne Conway says political loyalties of Mueller team "relevant"


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In new offensive against Mueller's witch hunt, Team Trump digs up dirt on his 15 activist attorneys

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Cristina Laila (GatewayPundit) is reporting that The Washington Post claimed that President Trump's legal team are exploring ways to “scale back” Mueller's investigation. This is great news, considering many believe Mueller is not an independent arbiter of the investigation and is abusing his power by investigating trivial business transactions.

Not only is Trump asking his advisers about his power to pardon family members and even himself in connection with the probe, The New York Times is reporting that President Trump is also going on the offensive. FINALLY!

Trump's aides are seeking leverage as they investigate Mueller's investigators.

Per The New York Times:

President Trump's lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation -- or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused, according to three people with knowledge of the research effort.

The search for potential conflicts is wide-ranging. It includes scrutinizing donations to Democratic candidates, investigators' past clients and Mr. Mueller's relationship with James B. Comey, whose firing as F.B.I. director is part of the special counsel's investigation.

TGP also reported, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has announced 15 attorneys who will look into Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election.

There is no evidence of collusion and even if collusion occurred it would not be a crime -- just like the fact that Hillary Clinton colluded with the Ukraine was not a crime.

But the Russian witch hunt will never end until heads roll.

Here is a look at the 15 attorneys who will investigate Trump.

NPR recently listed 13 of the attorneys Mueller has hired – The Gateway Pundit researched the attorneys earlier today:

  • Rush Atkinson, an attorney on detail from the Criminal Division's Fraud Section at the Department of Justice -- Donated $200 to Clinton in 2016
  • Peter Carr -- DoJ spokesman under Barack Obama.
  • Andrew Goldstein, a public corruption prosecutor on detail from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York -- Worked under Trump-basher Preet Bharara in the liberal New York southern district.
  • Adam Jed, an appellate attorney on detail from DoJ's Civil Division --  Defended Obamacare at the DoJ.
  • Rober Mueller -- Special Counsel Team leader -- Best friend to fired leaker James Comey.
  • Lisa Page, an attorney on detail from the FBI's Office of the General Counsel and a former trial attorney with the Criminal Division's Organized Crime and Gang Section -- Investigated Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, a one-time business partner of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, at the DoJ.
  • Elizabeth Prelogar, an appellate attorney on detail from the Office of the Solicitor General -- Fluent in Russian; former law clerk to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.
  • James Quarles, a former partner at WilmerHale and a former assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force -- Former assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.
  • Jeannie Rhee, a former partner at WilmerHale who has served in the Office of Legal Counsel at DoJ and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. -- Rhee is a Clinton Foundation Lawyer and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel under Barack Obama.
  • Brandon Van Grack, an attorney on detail from the Justice Department's National Security Division. -- Led a grand jury inquiry in Northern Virginia scrutinizing former Trump associate Michael Flynn's foreign lobbying.
  • Andrew Weissmann, who is on detail from the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and who has served as general counsel at the FBI and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York -- Weissmann donated $2,300 to the Obama Victory Fund in 2008, $2,000 to the DNC in 2006 and at least $2,300 to the Clinton campaign in 2007.
  • Aaron Zebley, a former partner at WilmerHale who has previously served with Mueller at the FBI and has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia -- Worked with Robert Mueller at the WilmerHale firm.

These other Mueller attorneys have less conspicuous political leanings:

  • Aaron Zelinsky, an attorney on detail from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Maryland -- Worked under Assistant AG Rod Rosenstein in Maryland.
  • Zainab Ahmad, a top national security prosecutor on detail from U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of New York.
  • Michael Dreeben, an appellate attorney on detail from the Office of the Solicitor General, described by former colleagues as one of the brightest criminal law experts of the past two generations.

Related:  Mueller crosses redline -- his witch hunt has moved into Trump's businesses and finances


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But, God always has a way of having the TRUTH and Good come through to defeat LIES and Evil when they are on the throne.

Case in point, Sen. John McCain has been an obstructionist of President Trump and is the person who allowed the Muslim Usurper, Barack Obama, to become President in 2008.  He has now a malignant brain tumor and will not be able to finish his term as Senator.

Before Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS in 1954 was passed to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896 which sanctioned separate but equal in public accommodations, Chief Justice John Jackson suddenly died of a heart attack and was considered one who would uphold Plessy and President Dwight Eisenhower was allowed to select Chief Justice Earl Warren who was able to have unanimously passed to overturn the discriminatory Plessy.

All I can say is God works in mysterious ways.  Keep praying.  I do believe President Trump needs to get on the OFFENSIVE and start indicting and prosecuting these folks.
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Rush issues dire warning to President Trump

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WesternJournalism is reporting that Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show Tuesday that the Washington establishment has been plotting a "silent coup" in order to take out President Donald Trump.

Since Trump was elected, the "establishment began to circle the wagons," Limbaugh said, adding that they aren't going to allow Trump to "triumph on anything."

"We're in the midst of a silent coup," he said.

"These people are trying to take this president out, and everybody understands that. So why, in that circumstance, do you think that the same people trying to destroy Donald Trump are going to help him get rid of Obamacare, are going to help him reform the tax code?" the radio host asked.

"They're not. They are going to have to be defeated, not worked with. There isn't any cooperation," he said.

Limbaugh said it is not surprising that President Trump is having a difficult time implementing his agenda.

"There was no way that this establishment was going to permit an outsider to come in and clean house and show how Washington can work and blow their cover for the last how many decades," he said.



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Can we not send him back to the Hanoi Hilton?
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McCain is a Manchurian Candidate.  Expose this treasonous traitor.
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Mccain to Be Questioned in Lawsuit for Peddling Fake Trump Dossier

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The DailyCaller is reporting that Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona will face questions as part of a defamation lawsuit regarding his role in the leaking of the opposition research dossier former British spy Chris Steele compiled on President Donald Trump.

The dossier, Steele and his London firm Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. produced, made numerous unsubstantiated claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The dossier also included salacious details related to Trump's alleged sexual perversion, which the dossier indicates left him vulnerable to Russian blackmailing.

Two defamation lawsuits, one in the U.K. and one in the U.S., are being brought against Steele and Orbis by attorneys for Cyprus based venture capitalist and tech expert Aleksej Gubarev, who was accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by Steele's Russian sources.

The dossier includes unsubstantiated claims alleging Gubarev's U.S.-based global web hosting firms XBT and Webzilla planted digital bugs, transmitted viruses and attempted to alter DNC data.

According to a court document related to the British suit obtained by McClatchy, McCain discussed the dossier with former British Ambassador to Moscow Sir Andrew Wood and they, along with Steele and former Department of State official David Kramer, decided the information should be shared with British and American authorities.

"The Defendants considered that the issues were self-evidently relevant to the national security of the US, UK and their allies," the document says, explaining why Steele and his partner, Christopher Burrows, felt they should share the document with intelligence officials.

McCain issued a statement on Jan. 11, one day after Buzzfeed News published the explosive dossier, indicating that he had received the document prior to it being made public and "Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, [he] delivered the information to the director of the FBI."

The defendants' counsel repeatedly reference McCain and Kramer in the court documents, likely as part of their strategy to navigate the defamation allegation by demonstrating the defendants were not acting maliciously but rather out of genuine concern for U.K. and U.S. national security.

This contention is made more plausible by the fact that McCain and Kramer, who clearly had no financial motivation, came to the conclusion that the dossier should be shared with authorities.

In the court document, Steele's barrister Nicola Cain, claims the portion of the dossier related to Gubarev, which was compiled weeks after the election and after Steele's clients had stopped paying for the information, amounted to raw intelligence.

Val Gurvits, an attorney leading a similar U.S. defamation suit against Buzzfeed, dismissed Cain's argument.

"The value of this document (dossier) is only if it is published," Gurvits told McClatchy. "It is absolutely of no value to anybody unless it is published. Slander is slander when you say it to one person."

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Trump needs to remove Preibus and have Hillary Clinton indicted (or Comey indicted)
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Bob Mueller is assembling a team of ambitious Democratic hit men against Trump

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John Hayward (Breitbart) is reporting that a contributor to the LawNewz blog, analyzed the New York Times story that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer last June. He also discussed at length with Breitbart News Daily on Tuesday the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the 2016 election.

In the latest development of the email story, three anonymous sources described an email which informed Trump Jr. in advance that information was provided by the Russian government as part of a plan to help his father win the 2016 election. Donald Trump Jr. subsequently released the entire email chain via Twitter, shortly after Barnes completed his Breitbart News Daily interview.

SiriusXM host Alex Marlow noted that a comparable meeting between a Democratic campaign and an activist foreign lawyer would have been spun as international outreach and "bringing more voices to the table" in a campaign with global vision.

"Oh, exactly," Barnes agreed. "In fact, you see Hillary's people and the DNC, as Politico reported, directly had Ukrainian government officials propagandizing issues related to the election. "Of course, Jeb Bush was involved, and Democrats were involved in the hiring of the dossier, which was an ex-British spy, to get information illegally out of Russia. You have people like Stuart Stevens saying he's never heard of such a thing, when it was done repeatedly in the 2016 election."

"Of course, it's nothing like what Ted Kennedy did when he got on the phone and asked the Russian ambassador to help with the 1984 elections and contaminate the arms treaty process in order to help defeat Reagan," he added. "Those are actual, real, meaningful methods of interference, not just listening to a lawyer give, supposedly, information about an opponent that didn't turn out to have much information anyway."

"This is the biggest nothing burger of nothing burgers in terms of a scandal," Barnes contended. "There's no crime here. Don Jr. did nothing wrong here. The allegations and accusations against him, I think, will be proven to be mostly lies and libel."

Marlow observed that the Politico story about Clinton's campaign and Ukraine that Barnes referenced has suddenly popped back into the news, despite receiving relatively little attention when it was written in January.

Barnes said it was because of "fake lawyers who are increasingly an embarrassment to the practice and profession of law and whose state bars should decertify or at least do an actual competency exam on for some of their legal theories, propounding the idea that somehow what Don Jr. did was illegal -- that somehow it was a crime to receive information from a foreign person or foreign entity."

"People are pointing out, well, if that was a crime, then clearly what happened with Ukraine was a substantial and much more severe crime, given that it was their actual government officials involved in propagandizing information against then-candidate Trump in order to help Hillary Clinton win the election," he said.

Barnes predicted that the Trump White House's response to the story would be determined by how much traction it gains, noting that if it fades quickly, they would be wise to let it go.

"I think ultimately this will be like every other Russian story that's come out, that within 72 hours it will be documented as not having the substantiation that was originally claimed," he predicted. "The substance of the story will fade, but the headline will stay in the liberal mindset and the Democratic mindset, so they'll continue to propagate it."

He agreed with Marlow's point that Donald Trump Jr. was being targeted because he was effective, while the Clinton-Ukraine story faded quickly in part because Hillary Clinton lost the election.

"In Tennessee, we call it 'only a stuck pig squeals,'" he said. "That's how the media has reacted towards Trump in general."

Barnes said there was "no admissible evidence of any kind" to support the widely accepted assertion that agents of the Russian government were behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's computer systems and the email of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, just "speculation" and "third-party opinion."

"The key fact that refutes it is first, that Podesta was subject to a phishing process, which doesn't make sense if Russia was the one that did it," he said, joining Marlow in lambasting Podesta's extremely poor password security.

"His password was 'password.' That's the genius who wanted to be the next chief of staff for the next presidency of the United States," Barnes chuckled.

"On top of that, you had the DNC refuse to allow their servers to be examined by anybody, despite multiple requests from intelligence agencies to do so, which is a dead giveaway that they know it was likely a leak and not a hack," he continued. "If it was a hack, they would want someone to know how it was accessed."

"Russia's defense is likely right. Russia likely had nothing to do with hacking any aspect of those emails. All they did was tell the truth about the corruption of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton anyway," he said.

Marlow turned the conversation to another story from the 2016 election making headlines this week: the revelation that about half of former FBI Director James Comey's ostensibly personal memos contained classified information, which raises the possibility that some of what he deliberately leaked to the media was classified.

"It could be a very big deal because if you have the head of the FBI knowingly and deliberately leaking classified information when he was supposed to be running an investigation into people leaking classified information because according to his own testimony to Congress, he took it very seriously, then you have issues about whether he committed perjury because he made statements about his memos not having classified information before Congress," Barnes noted.

"You've got potential perjury charges on that side. You have, depending on what type of classified information was leaked and what way it was kept secure or insecure, the exact same Hillary Clinton criminal issues now present with James Comey," he added. "It would be awfully hard for him to now argue that he doesn't know what 'intent' is, and he didn't 'intend' to do anything, which was his excuse for Hillary."

"Third, it would raise issues related to sort of civil suit process," he continued. "There are various people that may have been harmed by that leak. Under the Privacy Act, they would have a right to sue Comey, including people like Carter Page, other people if they were mentioned. There are civil remedies and criminal remedies that may be available against Comey, depending on what precisely took place here."

"It also, of course, would change the whole narrative and re-raise the question of Bob Mueller's appointment, given his closeness and proximity to Comey," Barnes suggested. "He should not be involved in any case investigating his longstanding close friend."

"Bob Mueller is putting together a team of politically ambitious Democratic hit men who have a history of ethics accusations being raised against them for the way in which they've handled prosecutions," he elaborated. "As a general rule, prosecutors do not make donations while they're being prosecutors because it's seen as raising issues of partiality. The only prosecutors who make donations to candidates are the ones who want to become judges or congressmen or senators. Those are the people he's literally gone out of his way to find. It's actually hard to find them. Those are rare, not commonplace, in the judicial process."

Also, Barnes said Mueller has "hired people that do very politicized cases, that have had a history of ethics allegations being raised against them, constitutional violations being raised against them."

"One interesting thing about Bob Mueller is, wherever you see allegations of Deep State corruption, Bob Mueller just accidentally somehow shows up," he said. "Whether it's the Noriega case and how that went down, or whether it's Boston -- he was in Boston during all of those issues with FBI corruption with the Irish mob. Somehow, Mueller just pops up, pops up, pops up. He's like a 'Where's Waldo?' version of covering up for the Deep State."

"I think he's seriously problematic, and he's put all of his cards on the table, as ex-congressman Gingrich pointed out, by who he's chosen to staff his team with. He shouldn't have even been hired legally. It was done in an improper process," he charged, finding it significant that Mueller did not cite his retirement to turn the appointment down.

"I always say that the kind of people who should recuse themselves don't, and the kind of people who don't need to recuse themselves, often do," Barnes observed wryly, citing Attorney General Jeff Sessions as an example of the latter.

He compared Sessions' recusal from matters related to the 2016 election to how Democrats "button down, go aggressive, stay strong."

"They never recuse themselves. They never hire special counsel, even though it screamed for it in Hillary Clinton's case," he argued. "Here Session is overly ethical because he's overly concerned about the appearance of propriety. He recuses himself, and a guy who should have recused himself since Comey became involved, Bob Mueller, refuses to recuse himself at all, as to anything. It shows that he doesn't respect the rules in that sense."

"I think he's very much a creature of the Deep State swamp who thinks the rules just don't apply to him," Barnes said of Mueller. "Comey had that same Hooveresque mindset that really thought the FBI was supposed to be ahead of the president. As Professor Dershowitz pointed out, that was sort of an absurd and ludicrous legal theory the Democrats were propagating, that the FBI could somehow be above the President of the United States from whence they derive all legal power."

"Bob Mueller is a serious problematic concern. My view is that he should have been canned, but I understand the political problematic consequences of trying to do so now. But you have a highly unethical, highly partisan special prosecutor, unlawfully appointed, running a witch hunt against the president and his allies," Barnes said.

He also felt that Comey should not have been retained as FBI director after the election, but quoted White House strategist and former Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon's advice that "once that mistake had been made, you had to eat it for a while."

"I understand why the president wanted to. He saw he had this Deep State pawn who was going to make his life difficult, for bases that were not trustworthy or legal or democratic," Barnes said of President Trump's perspective on firing Comey sooner. "But at the same time, he was in a political bind where he could not be the one to really make that decision. If anybody should have done it, Sessions should have stepped up and done it himself at the appropriate time and place, and there were multiple opportunities to do that."

"One of the things that should have happened was there should have been an independent investigation of McCabe, who is now the head of the FBI until there is a replacement by Ray, and Comey and his involvement in McCabe," Barnes added. "Here you had a guy running the Clinton Foundation investigation whose wife was receiving from a key Clinton Foundation ally, and Comey let that happen. Comey cares so much about ethics, he writes down personal memos when he feels ethically bothered, reportedly."

"They should have set this story framework up in a way that justified his firing, that didn't make it look like it appeared to be. I think Trump really regretted his decision and maybe was a little tempestuous in his reaction, and there weren't key people around to give the right advice," he said.

Barnes then revised his assessment to say, "I think somebody gave him the right advice, but ultimately, the media has played this out very differently from what Trump was told it would be played out as, according to the reports of certain of his advisers."

"But some of those advisers have the kind of relationships that are hard to terminate," he added coyly.

Marlow proposed that the larger strategic problem facing the Trump White House is that stories from the Comey firing to the Trump Jr. email story leave them perpetually playing defense, with little media attention left for any portion of President Trump's policy agenda.

Barnes agreed that burying the Trump agenda has been a largely successful objective of the media war against this presidency and faulted the president's team for not understanding that such attacks have been launched against all populist outsider candidates.

"Here you have the most powerful government in the world -- the most powerful Deep State in the world -- that was out to get Trump, and you notice any time Trump deviates from a Deep State narrative or objective, such as, 'Hey, let's do a detente with Russia. Let's see if we can solve the Syrian crisis. Let's see if we can get that done,' within 48 hours, you have some personal hit attack come out on Trump, usually connected to some sort of leak story, often leaked national security information," he noted.

"It clearly has been he's in an ongoing war with both the Deep State and the Democratic media that wants to discredit him or, at a minimum, derail and distract him and the public and the public debate from issues of consequence and of public policy," Barnes said. "There's probably not a lot he can do to control that. All he can do is try to handle it the best he can while he pushes through his policy agenda."

"The one upside, as you mentioned, is that the Democrats are foolishly squandering an opportunity to take shots at some of the weak links of the agenda that's going through Congress," he told Marlow. "There's controversial aspects of healthcare reform, tax reform, that might put Republicans at some level of vulnerability in the midterms, but they're not talking about that. Instead, they're obsessing over Russia."

"The one downside for Democrats is, as long as they obsess over Russia, as Michael Tracey talked about the other day for CNBC, the Democrats don't have a coherent, cohesive agenda going into 2018, and they risk self-parodying themselves. It's what happened to Republicans in '97 and '98. They became so obsessed with Clinton and Lewinsky that in the end, it was they who became self-parodying and self-satire, and it hurt them in the midterm elections that term. That cycle that was supposed to be good turned out to backfire pretty bad," he recalled.

He cited the Democrats' defeat in the Georgia District 6 special election as an example of such political fallout.

"It was after the talk of Trump impeachment went up that Republican turnout went up, and they lost that seat and the opportunity to steal a seat," said Barnes. "In time, I think they will regret this decision because it won't play out the way they want it to play out."

"Going into the swamp is going to get dirty, ugly, messy, and smelly. That's where Trump is, and he's just doing the best he can under difficult circumstances," he concluded.



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Clintonian Comey defense sequence -- "retroactively classified"

Sundance (ConservativeTreehouse) says those of you following along at home might be having a remarkable feeling of Deja-Vu with the similarity between Hillary Clinton's approach to her emails containing classified information, and James Comey's approach today to reports of his leaked memos containing "classified" intelligence.

The defensive narrative "fact pattern" appears identical in sequencing:

Step 1 -- The emails/memos were not classified. √

Step 2 -- The emails/memos were not "marked" classified. √

Step 3 -- The emails/memos were "retroactively classified." √

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Next up in the logical sequence:

Step 4 -- Missing/deleted = Wiped Comey memos: "what, like with a cloth or something?"

Step 5 -- Robert Mueller (filling the role of Comey circa 2016) will hold a 2017 presser to say: James Comey didn't intentionally violate the law with sharing classified information within his leaked memos in 2017.  Adding: "we could find no intent" by him to do so.

Step 6 -- Mueller will conclude his presser by saying: "no reasonable special counsel would recommend charges".

Bets?

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Yup, it's dèjá-vu all over again.

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Trump supporters react to bombshell that Comey illegally leaked classified information

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Amy Moreno (TruthFeed) is reporting that a new report reveals that former FBI Director James Comey released classified and confidential information in his so-called "memos."

The "memos" were notes Comey reportedly took during meetings with President Trump.

Of the 7 pages, 4 pages include highly classified and confidential info, which Comey handed over to a "friend," who then peddled it to fake news outlets.

Not only is this ILLEGAL, but Comey, during is congressional testimony, said (under oath) that he did NOT release "classified" info in the memo.

So, not only did he commit TREASON, he also perjured himself.

According to U.S. Code 798, Disclosure of classified information is a felony punishable by 10 years in prison:

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Comey's private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material

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John Solomon (TheHill) is reporting that more than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.

This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency's rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.

Comey testified last month he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director.

"So you didn't consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?," Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8.  "You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?"

"Correct," Comey answered. "I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out."

Comey insisted in his testimony he believed his personal memos were unclassified, though he hinted one or two documents he created might have been contained classified information.

"I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership," he testified about the one memo he later leaked about former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

He added, "My view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded."

But when the seven memos Comey wrote regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year were shown to Congress in recent days, the FBI claimed all were, in fact, deemed to be government documents.

While the Comey memos have been previously reported, this is the first time there has been a number connected to the amount of the memos the ex-FBI chief wrote.

Four of the memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the "secret" or "confidential" level, according to officials directly familiar with the matter.

A spokesman for the FBI on Sunday declined to comment.

FBI policy forbids any agent from releasing classified information or any information from ongoing investigations or sensitive operations without prior written permission, and mandates that all records created during official duties are considered to be government property.

"Unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or negligent handling of information contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI or which I may acquire as an employee of the FBI could impair national security, place human life in jeopardy, result in the denial of due process, prevent the FBI from effectively discharging its responsibilities, or violate federal law," states the agreement all FBI agents sign.

More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.

This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency's rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.

Comey testified last month he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director.

"So you didn't consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?," Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8.  "You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?"

"Correct," Comey answered. "I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out."

Comey insisted in his testimony he believed his personal memos were unclassified, though he hinted one or two documents he created might have been contained classified information.

"I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership," he testified about the one memo he later leaked about former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

He added, "My view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded."

But when the seven memos Comey wrote regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year were shown to Congress in recent days, the FBI claimed all were, in fact, deemed to be government documents.

While the Comey memos have been previously reported, this is the first time there has been a number connected to the amount of the memos the ex-FBI chief wrote.

Four of the memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the "secret" or "confidential" level, according to officials directly familiar with the matter.

A spokesman for the FBI on Sunday declined to comment.

FBI policy forbids any agent from releasing classified information or any information from ongoing investigations or sensitive operations without prior written permission, and mandates that all records created during official duties are considered to be government property.

"Unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or negligent handling of information contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI or which I may acquire as an employee of the FBI could impair national security, place human life in jeopardy, result in the denial of due process, prevent the FBI from effectively discharging its responsibilities, or violate federal law," states the agreement all FBI agents sign.

It adds that "all information acquired by me in connection with my official duties with the FBI and all official material to which I have access remain the property of the United States of America" and that an agent "will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI."

Comey indicated in his testimony the memos were in his possession when he left the bureau, leaving him in a position to leak one of them through his lawyer friend to the media. But he testified that he has since turned them over to Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief and now spearheading the investigation about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

It is not clear whether Comey as director signed the same agreement as his agents, but the contract is considered the official policy of the bureau. It was also unclear when the documents were shown to Congress whether the information deemed "secret" or "confidential" was classified at the time Comey wrote the memos or determined so afterwards, the sources said.

Congressional investigators had already begun examining whether Comey's creation, storage and sharing of the memos violated FBI rules, but the revelation that four of the seven memos included some sort of classified information opens a new door of inquiry into whether classified information was mishandled, improperly stored or improperly shared.

Ironically, that was the same issue the FBI investigated in 2015-16 under Comey about Clinton's private email server, where as secretary of State she and top aides moved classified information through insecure channels.

Comey ultimately concluded in July 2016 that Clinton's email practices were reckless, but that he could not recommend prosecution because FBI agents had failed to find enough evidence that she intended to violate felony statutes prohibiting the transmission of classified information through insecure practices.

"Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of the classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information," he said in a decision panned by Republicans and embraced by Democrats.

Now,congressional investigators are likely to turn their attention to the same issues to determine if Comey mishandled any classified information in his personal memos.

In order to make an assessment, congressional investigators will have to tackle key questions, such as:

Where and how were the memos were created, such as whether they were written on an insecure computer or notepad.

 Where and how the memos were stored, such as inside his home, his briefcase or an insecure laptop.

 Were any memos shown to private individuals without a security clearance and did those memos contain any classified information

 When was it determined by the government that the memos contained classified information, before Comey took them and shared one or after.

One avenue for answering those questions is for a panel like Senate Intelligence, House Intelligence or Senate Judiciary to refer the matter to the Justice Department's internal watchdog, the inspector general, or to the Director of National Intelligence and its inspector general, aides said.

Chris Farrell, Director of Investigations and Research for conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch spoke with Fox News' Lou Dobbs about Comey's testimony following his hearing.

Farrell also told Dobbs that Comey’s home should have been raided because his notes are property of the U.S. government and that he had absconded with them:

"This admission today is stunning. I would argue that Mr. Comey's notes are property of the United States government and that he has absconded with them. Frankly if I were Attorney General, about 20 minutes after his confession today in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Deputy U.S. Marshals would have raided his home and office. As well as Mr. Richman at Columbia Law School.

Those records and documents must be recovered. Mr. Comey had no business releasing them. It's an extraordinary admission on his part. It's lawless. We wonder why we have leakers in the government when the FBI Director is playing these little games for political points or because his tender ego is bruised. This is outrageous.

He took an oath to the Constitution and he’s betrayed it in no uncertain terms."

Video of Comey admitting he gave his friend the memo to leak to the press:

Comey's key statement: ""I understood this to be my recollection..."

How can anybody take Comey's subjective version of what happened in the Oval Office seriously?


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Democratic group behind fake Trump dossier plays another dirty trick

Jim Hoft (GatewayPundit) is reporting that The New York Times published another hit piece on the Trump Campaign and a meeting with Russia.

The bottom feeders at The New York Times got another anonymous tip from Deep State officials that revealed Trump insiders, Including Trump's son, met with a Russian lawyer to discuss adoptions from Russia.

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But here's the REAL story!

The group that organized the meeting with Trump advisers and the Russian lawyers was the same Democratic group Fusion GPS that was behind the discredited Trump dossier.

Circa reports:

The president's legal team said Saturday they believe the entire meeting may have been part of a larger election-year opposition effort aimed at creating the appearance of improper connections between Trump family members and Russia that also included a now-discredited intelligence dossier produced by a former British intelligence agent named Christopher Steele who worked for a U.S. political firm known as Fusion GPS.

"We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for," said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trump's legal team. "Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier. "

"These developments raise serious issues as to exactly who authorized and participated in any effort by Russian nationals to influence our election in any manner," Corallo said…

…(Senator) Grassley has asked the Justice Department to look at all the connections and is seeking information from Fusion GPS on whether opponents of Trump funded the creation of a salacious intelligence dossier to hurt his presidential bid. The FBI has said it has been unable to corroborate many of the allegations in the dossier that involved Trump

You remember Fusion GPS.They are the dirty tricks outfit that were behind the fraudulent "Trump dossier."

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Michael Patrick Leahy (Breitbart) is reporting that a leaked White House proposal to move key parts of the federal refugee bureaucracy from the State Department to the Department of Homeland Security is ruffling the feathers of CNN, a former Obama State Department official, and other Obama era bureaucrats still embedded in the Deep State.

"The White House is considering a proposal to move both the State Department bureau of Consular Affairs and its bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration to the Department of Homeland Security, a senior White House official tells CNN," CNN reported on Wednesday in an article written by Jake Tapper, Ethan Cohen, and Justin Blackover.

CNN notes that Deep State opponents of the Trump administration still within the top levels of the federal government do not like the idea.

"The move, which the White House official cautioned was far from becoming official policy, would likely be controversial among diplomats and experts in State Department matters," CNN reported.

Though CNN did not cite the current State Department "diplomats and experts" who would find the proposal "controversial," it did reach out to a former State Department employee who famously championed President Barack Obama's pro-refugee agenda to criticize the proposal:

"It would be a huge mistake," said Anne Richard, who led the bureau of Population Refugees, and Migration during President Barack Obama's second term.

The proposals were written in a memo submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget from the White House Domestic Policy Council as part of President Trump's March executive order pushing for ideas for Government Reorganization.

Under the terms of the Refugee Act of 1980, the initial processing and vetting of refugee applicants currently begins at the State Department and then is handed off to the Department of Homeland Security for final approval of each applicant.

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) within the State Department reviews refugee applicants submitted by the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR). These initial reviews, which are cursory at best, take place at International Resettlement Support Centers operated around the world by the UNHCR.

PRM then sends the refugee applicants it approves to the USCIS in the Department of Homeland Security, which gives refugee applicants the final stamp of approval for entry into the United States through the federal refugee resettlement program.

As Breitbart News has reported extensively in the past, both PRM and the Refugee International Operations Directorate within DHS's USCIS continue to be staffed at the highest level by Obama holdovers who are actively opposed to implementing President Trump's refugee policies.

In fact, three of the top Obama holdovers identified by Breitbart in February as bureaucrats President Trump could fire or remove immediately were at PRM, and four were at USCIS.

CNN quoted an unnamed "senior White House official":

[Who] cautioned that the proposal was far from becoming policy, telling CNN that the idea of moving the longstanding State Department bureaus to the Department of Homeland Security is ‘one among many in a document resulting from a brainstorming session focused on improving efficiencies across government. None has been reviewed in great depth, let alone formally approved.' The official added that the memo "was a first step in exploring all options to make the government work better. No doubt many of the ideas will end up on the cutting-room floor, while others will ultimately may be adopted.'

CNN chose to include numerous quotes from a prominent former Obama State Department official critical of the proposal in its story, rather than ask critics of the federal refugee resettlement program for their views:

Richard, the former Obama State Department official, pinned the proposal on an "imperfect understanding" of the bureau's function. It's not mainly a law enforcement body, Richard said, rather, it works with nongovernmental organizations and the UN to assist refugees around the world.

While the refugee resettlement program does fall under the bureau, Richard noted that DHS plays a role in vetting potential refugees before they come to the United States. She said it would be a mistake for the government to neglect initiatives like the bureau she used to lead over what she called a "real but small" risk related to fighting terrorism.

"We could be a lot smarter than this and the administration could be focused on facts and evidence," Richard said. "But instead the administration is making decisions based on people's fears."

An attorney familiar with the federal refugee resettlement program has a very different view of the merits of the proposal. The attorney tells Breitbart News:

The foreign policy and humanitarian objectives of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program are typically allowed to dominate the program's implications for national security. Add to this, that the revolving door operating between PRM bureaucrats and the VOLAGs with whom they contract, has all but eliminated transparency and accountability in the program.

What has evolved, is an enclave of industry insiders who have determined that the only "stakeholders" in the program are either refugees themselves, or the employees of the government agencies and VOLAGs that are paid to facilitate resettlement.

VOLAG monitoring reports are virtually unavailable for public review unless you get lucky and some years after you file your FOIA with the State Department you receive what are then outdated documents.

Moving PRM to the Department of Homeland Security is logical if for no other reason than that DHS has a much closer interface with state governments which are being compelled to help pay for the refugee resettlement program. Unless and until state governments are relieved from being forced to accept initial resettlement of refugees, they should, at the very least, be afforded more direct access to where admission decisions are made.

One critic of the federal refugee resettlement program who has not weighed in on the merits of the proposed move was highly critical of how CNN reported on it.

"The Obama shadow government, in this case Anne Richard, former Asst. Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration has a pipeline in to the career bureaucrats running the refugee program in the Department of State and she is carrying their news to the likes of CNN," Ann Corcoran wrote Thursday at Refugee Resettlement Watch. She went on:

The primary reason that the Deep State would not support the move of the program to the Dept. of Homeland Security is that they (in State) have a decades-long cushy relationship with the refugee contractors that I keep yelling about (here and here just this morning).

They are all on the same page -- more, more, more refugees for America!

First, get the contractors (yelling and propagandizing) out of the system completely and reform of the program could be accomplished. (This depends on the lazy lunks in Congress!)

And, second, Trump must get his loyalists placed in positions above the bureaucrats to get this under control.

One reform proposal is currently under consideration in the House of Representatives.

Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) have introduced the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R. 2826), whose provisions are consistent with the reported White House memo advocating the move of PRM to DHS from State.

According to a joint statement released by Labrador and Goodlatte at the time the bill was introduced earlier this month:

The bill reforms the refugee program by curbing fraud and strengthening public safety and national security. It also provides state and local governments the power to decide if refugees are to be resettled within their communities and gives Congress, not the President, the authority to set the overall refugee ceiling for each year.

Several key elements of the bill, which "cleared the House Judiciary Committee [Wednesday] morning on a 15-11 party-line vote" deal with enhancing DHS's role in the vetting process:

• It requires the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to implement a fraudulent document detection program for refugee processing, including the placement of Fraud Detection and National Security officials at initial refugee screening, and the creation of a searchable database of scanned and categorized documents submitted by potential refugees at initial screening.
• It provides for regular security vetting of each admitted refugee until the refugee adjusts immigration status to lawful permanent resident.
• The bill prevents the Secretary of DHS from unilaterally waiving most grounds of inadmissibility, including criminal convictions, for refugees.
• It also prevents the DHS Secretary from waiving most grounds of inadmissibility and deportability, including criminal grounds, for refugees attempting to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident.

Taken as a package, the leaked White House proposal to move the refugee bureaucracy currently housed in the State Department to DHS, and the good prospects for the passage of the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act in the full House, are an indication that the Trump administration's promises to tighten the vetting of refugees admitted to the United States continues to gain traction.



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Sharyl Attkisson appeared on Tucker Carlson last night and presented a smart summary of President Trump, the media perspectives, and how his policies and agenda items represent an existential threat to the administrative state of DC:


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Paul Sperry (NYPost) is reporting that a secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.

The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.

What is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a "research and strategic intelligence firm" founded by "three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters." But congressional sources say it's actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.

"These weren't mercenaries or hired guns," a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. "These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary's chances of winning the White House."

Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

More, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign.

In September 2016, while Fusion GPS was quietly shopping the dirty dossier on Trump around Washington, its co-founder and partner Peter R. Fritsch contributed at least $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and the Hillary For America campaign, Federal Election Commission data show. His wife also donated money to Hillary's campaign.

Property records show that in June 2016, as Clinton allies bankrolled Fusion GPS, Fritsch bought a six-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Bethesda, Md., for $2.3 million.

Fritsch did not respond to requests for comment. A lawyer for Fusion GPS said the firm's work is confidential.

Sources say Fusion GPS had its own interest, beyond those of its clients, in promulgating negative gossip about Trump.

Fritsch, who served as the Journal's bureau chief in Mexico City and has lectured at the liberal Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, married into a family with Mexican business interests. His wife, Beatriz Garcia, formerly worked as an executive at Grupo Dina, a manufacturer of trucks and buses in Mexico City that benefits from NAFTA, which Trump opposes.

Fritsch's Fusion GPS partner Thomas Catan, who grew up in Britain, once edited a business magazine in Mexico, moreover. A third founding partner, Glenn Simpson, is reported to have shared dark views of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. Before joining Fusion GPS, Simpson did opposition research for a former Clinton White House operative.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is also investigating whether the FBI has wrongly relied on the anti-Trump dossier and its author, Christopher Steele -- the old spy who was hired by Fusion GPS to build a Russia file on Trump -- to aid its ongoing espionage investigation into the Trump campaign and its possible ties to Moscow.

The FBI received a copy of the Democrat-funded dossier in August, during the heat of the campaign, and is said to have contracted in October to pay Steele $50,000 to help corroborate the dirt on Trump -- a relationship that "raises substantial questions about the independence" of the bureau in investigating Trump, warned Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

Senate investigators are demanding to see records of communications between Fusion GPS and the FBI and the Justice Department, including any contacts with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, now under congressional investigation for possibly obstructing the Hillary Clinton email probe, and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, who is under investigation by the Senate and the Justice inspector general for failing to recuse himself despite financial and political connections to the Clinton campaign through his Democrat activist wife. Senate investigators have singled out McCabe as the FBI official who negotiated with Steele.

Like Fusion GPS, the FBI has failed to cooperate with congressional investigators seeking documents.

Steele contracted with Fusion GPS to investigate Trump's ties to Russia starting in June 2016, whereupon he outlandishly claimed that Hillary campaign hackers were "paid by both Trump's team and the Kremlin" and that the operation was run out of Putin's office. He also fed Fusion GPS and its Hillary-allied clients incredulous gossip about Trump hating the Obamas so much that he hired hookers to urinate on a bed they slept in at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton, and that Russian intelligence recorded the pee party in case they needed to blackmail Trump.

Never mind that none of the rumors were backed by evidence or even credible sourcing (don't bother trying to confirm his bed-wetting yarn, Steele advised, as "all direct witnesses have been silenced"). Steele reinforced his paying customers' worst fears about Trump, and they rewarded him for it with a whopping $250,000 in payments.

But it's now clear his "intelligence reports," which together run more than 35-pages long, were for the most part worthless. And the clients who paid Fusion GPS (which claims to go "beyond standard due diligence") for them got taken to the cleaners.

Steele's most sensational allegations remain unconfirmed. For instance, his claim that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen held a "clandestine meeting" on the alleged hacking scheme in Prague with "Kremlin officials" in August 2016 unraveled when Cohen denied ever visiting Prague, his passport showed no stamps showing he left or entered the US at the time, witnesses accounted for his presence here, and Czech authorities found no evidence Cohen went to Prague.

Steele hadn't worked in Moscow since the 1990s and didn't actually travel there to gather intelligence on Trump firsthand. He relied on third-hand "friend of friend" sourcing. In fact, most of his claimed Russian sources spoke not directly to him but "in confidence to a trusted compatriot" who, in turn, spoke to Steele -- and always anonymously.

But his main source may have been Google. Most of the information branded as "intelligence" was merely rehashed from news headlines or cut and pasted -- replete with errors -- from Wikipedia.

In fact, much of the seemingly cloak-and-dagger information connecting Trump and his campaign advisers to Russia had already been reported in the media at the time Steele wrote his monthly reports.

In the same August report, for example, Steele connected a Moscow trip taken by then-Trump campaign adviser Michael Flynn to "the Russian operation" to hack the election. But there was nothing secret about the trip, which had taken place months earlier and had been widely reported.

And there was nothing untoward about it. It was a dinner celebrating the 10th birthday of Russian TV network RT, and Flynn sat at the same table with Putin as US Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

The real question is why anyone would take anything in the sketchy report seriously.

But even the CIA gave it credence. The dossier ended up attached to a Top Secret intelligence briefing on Russia for President Obama, even though his intelligence czar last month testified "We couldn't corroborate the sourcing." The FBI, moreover, has been using it for investigative leads on Trump associates like Carter Page, even though former FBI Director James Comey this month described the dossier as "salacious and unverified."

And of course, Democratic leaders in Congress keep referring to it to cook up more charges against Trump, while liberal media continue to use it as a road map to find "scoops" on Trump in the "Russiagate" conspiracy they're peddling -- still hoping against hope that the central thrust of the report -- that Trump entered into an unholy alliance with the Russian government during the election -- will one day prove true and bring about the downfall of his presidency.

Related:  The firm behind the Trump dossier was funded By Russia

I've seen thousands of websites in the last 10 years, but never one quite like Fusion GPS's.


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