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  • Nunes Statement on Release of HPSCI Memo [MEMO LINKED HERE]

    02/02/2018 9:45:28 AM PST · by Cboldt · 185 replies
    The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today made public a committee memo with information on abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Chairman Nunes issued the following statement: "The Committee has discovered serious violations of the public trust, and the American people have a right to know when officials in crucial institutions are abusing their authority for political purposes. Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies exist to defend the American people, not to be exploited to target one group on behalf of another. It is my hope that the Committee's actions will shine a light on this alarming series...
  • Get all the facts out on the FBI, Justice Department

    02/02/2018 6:47:02 AM PST · by Cboldt · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2018 | Mark Penn
    Both the New York Times and the Washington Post yesterday ran editorials calling for prior restraint on a memo written by the duly elected chairman of the House Intelligence Committee after he and his staff reviewed classified documents related to the so-called Russia investigation. These editorials are a stain on American journalism ... I believe in the First Amendment, and I thought that mainstream media did too. I did not see it as a doctrine of convenience that applied only to documents that buttress one side but then not applied if it might conceivably help the other side. ... the...
  • Release the Memo - Timing

    01/31/2018 3:48:09 AM PST · by Cboldt · 54 replies
    Vanity | January 31, 2018 | cboldt
    Timing of the release of the so-called Nunes memo is under what the press refers to as an arcane rule of the House. Here is the rule. Rules of the House of Representatives RULE X - ORGANIZATION OF COMMITTEES Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence 11. (a)(1) There is established a Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence ... (g)(1) The select committee may disclose publicly any information in its possession after a determination by the select committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure. With respect to the disclosure of information for which this paragraph requires action by the...
  • Hiding from tough questions... is no way to reassure the public.

    01/24/2018 11:37:57 AM PST · by Cboldt · 9 replies
    Senator Chuck Grassley ^ | January 24, 2018 | Senator Chuck Grassley
    Prepared Floor Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee On Oversight of the Justice Department and the Need for Transparency January 24, 2018 I wanted to come to the floor today to talk about the Judiciary Committee's important oversight and investigations work over the past year. There are a lot of issues that need more sunlight and scrutiny. One of my key concerns is the loss of faith in the ability of the Justice Department and the FBI to do their jobs free from partisan political bias. The American people are rightly skeptical because of...
  • It just became harder for Trump to blow up Obamacare

    08/02/2017 8:30:00 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 2, 2017 | Bob Bryan
    It became harder Monday night for President Donald Trump to help engineer the collapse of the Affordable Care Act. A federal court ruled that attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia would be allowed to intervene in a case over crucial subsidies known as cost-sharing-reduction payments. ... In 2016 a judge ruled in favor of the House, saying the CSR payments were illegal because Congress did not appropriate them. ... But on Monday, the court ruled that the 17 states and DC could intervene and ... said ending the payments would be damaging to the states' citizens.
  • Republicans wonder: Can we govern?

    08/02/2017 5:01:37 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 2, 2017 | Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong
    Republicans are questioning their ability to govern following seven months of constant turmoil capped by the dramatic failure in the Senate to advance ObamaCare repeal. ... In public, Republican lawmakers for the most part have sought to avoid blaming the steady stream of White House distractions and controversies for their legislative record. Privately, staff and members are more forthcoming. ... "We're horrified by the drama coming out of the White House," said a Republican senator who requested anonymity to comment frankly on the administration.
  • Lawsuit Alleges Fox News Fabricated Quotes in Seth Rich Story

    08/01/2017 9:21:34 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 27 replies
    Variety ^ | August 1, 2017 | Brian Steinberg
    Now, a complaint filed Tuesday by Wheeler in United States District Court in the Southern District of New York threatens to spark new conversation. In the complaint, Wheeler alleges "Fox News was working with the Trump administration to disseminate fake news in order to distract the public from Russia's alleged attempts to influence our Country's presidential election," according to his attorney, Douglas Wigdor. ... The lawsuit alleges Ed Butowsky and Malia Zimmerman, a Fox News contributor and journalist, respectively, "fabricated two quotations and attributed them to Mr. Wheeler," and included them in the now retracted article. ... In the complaint,...
  • Second Special Counsel Called for by House Judiciary Committee to Investigate Obama Administration

    07/27/2017 6:39:50 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 36 replies ^ | July 27, 2017 | Chris Bucher
    The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday called for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate matters relating to actions taken by members of the Obama administration. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and other Republicans in the committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asking for the second counsel to investigate matters related to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "We are writing to you to request assistance in restoring public confidence in our nation's justice system...
  • Vanity - Mueller, Back in the Box

    07/23/2017 9:31:27 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 100 replies
    July 23, 2017 | cboldt
    Putting Mueller Back in the Box Rod Rosenstein violated DoJ Regulations when he appointed a Special Counsel. Then Special Counsel Mueller overstepped his jurisdiction. Let's break that down. Here is the appointment. The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including: (i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and (ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and (iii) any other matters...
  • Hawaii says lower courts can handle immigration dispute

    07/18/2017 11:42:42 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 16 replies
    Lyle Denniston Law News ^ | July 18, 2017 | Lyle Denniston
    Lawyers for the state of Hawaii and other challengers to President Trump's executive order argued to the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the current phase of that dispute should play out first in a lower appeals court. The variety of Supreme Court actions that the Trump Administration has sought are either outside of normal procedures or are unnecessary, the new filing contended. Administration lawyers moved late last week to get the Supreme Court itself to clarify what it meant on June 26 in narrowing the government's power to impose a sweeping exclusion of foreign nationals from Muslim-majority nations and of...
  • Symposium: The stays - a practical victory, a legal concern

    07/14/2017 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 1 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | July 14, 2017 | Lee Rudofsky
    We are all familiar with the old adage that hard cases make bad law. But perhaps the more appropriate aphorism for modern-day courts is that high-profile political cases make bad law. ... The missing likely-to-succeed standard ... It strikes me as dangerous for the court to suggest (albeit implicitly) that lower courts can in some undefined set of cases issue a preliminary injunction or a stay without even addressing the "likely to succeed" component of the relevant analysis. This could unintentionally cause a loosening of the prerequisites for temporary relief - leaving the "extraordinary" nature of the relief as merely...
  • The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians

    07/01/2017 10:37:49 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 42 replies
    Lawfare ^ | June 30, 2017 | Matt Tait
    I read the Wall Street Journal's article yesterday on attempts by a GOP operative to recover missing Hillary Clinton emails with more than usual interest. I was involved in the events that reporter Shane Harris described, and I was an unnamed source for the initial story. What's more, I was named in, and provided the documents to Harris that formed the basis of, this evening's follow-up story, which reported that "A longtime Republican activist who led an operation hoping to obtain Hillary Clinton emails from hackers listed senior members of the Trump campaign, including some who now serve as top...
  • White House blames Obama for failing to stop Russia collusion

    06/25/2017 2:16:15 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2017 | Ashley Parker
    The White House blamed the Obama administration Sunday for failing to tackle possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, sticking with a new strategy to fault President Trump's predecessor for an issue currently facing the president himself as part of a widening FBI probe. Appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday morning, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, struck a combative tone ...
  • President-Elect Donald J. Trump Announces New Implementation Phase of Presidential Transition Team

    Vice President-Elect Mike Pence Named Presidential Transition Team Chair; Immediately Institutes Vice Chairs of Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee, Additional Presidential Transition Team Members And Staff Leadership For Transition Team (New York, NY) - President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced that Vice President-elect Mike Pence will serve as Chairman of the Presidential Transition Team, and that Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, USA (Ret.), Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions will join the team's Executive Committee as Vice...
  • Reid Statement on the Election of Donald Trump

    11/11/2016 6:54:29 AM PST · by Cboldt · 77 replies
    Harry Reid Press Release ^ | November 11, 2016 | Harry Reid
    "I have personally been on the ballot in Nevada for 26 elections and I have never seen anything like the reaction to the election completed last Tuesday. The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. "White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump's victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear - especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America. "I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours...
  • Trump Admits Mistake on Ransom Plane Video

    08/05/2016 4:05:55 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 37 replies
    Donald Trump Twitter Feed ^ | August 5, 2016 | Donald Trump
    The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!
  • FBI -- Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey [Hillary Clinton]

    07/05/2016 8:30:01 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 181 replies
    FBI Press Release ^ | July 5, 2016 | James Comey
    Washington, D.C. July 05, 2016 * FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691 Remarks prepared for delivery at press briefing. Good morning. I'm here to give you an update on the FBI's investigation of Secretary Clinton's use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State. After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, the FBI is completing its investigation and referring the case to the Department of Justice for a prosecutive decision. What I would like to do today is tell you three things: what we did; what we found; and what we are recommending...
  • Text of Trumps June 22, 2016 Speech

    06/22/2016 9:15:19 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 92 replies
    Donald Trump Presidential Campaign ^ | June 22, 2016 | Donald Trump
    Today I`d like to share my thoughts about the stakes in this election. People have asked me why I am running for President. I have built an amazing business that I love and I get to work side-by-side with my children every day. We come to work together and turn visions into reality. We think big, and then we make it happen. I love what I do, and I am grateful beyond words to the nation that has allowed me to do it. So when people ask me why I am running, I quickly answer: I am running to give...
  • Time for the Left to Stop Excusing Violence Against Trump Supporters

    06/09/2016 10:10:22 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 16 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 09, 2016 | Debra Saunders
    "My nose is broken. I have bruises and scratches all over. I got knocked in the head a lot," Santa Clara's Juan Hernandez, 38, told me. He suffered a mild concussion. That's the price Hernandez paid for attending the infamous Donald Trump rally in San Jose last week at which protesters were seen burning flags and Trump hats, pelting a supporter with an egg and mobbing people who were doing what civics teachers tell students citizens are supposed to do. For his trouble, Hernandez was called names, beaten and bloodied. For dessert, he got to hear politicians suggest it was...
  • Vanity - My letter to the Maine GOP on Cruz Eligibility

    01/18/2016 7:19:37 AM PST · by Cboldt · 94 replies
    Vanity ^ | January 18, 2016 | vanity
    My letter to Jason Savage, the executive diretor of the Maine GOP ... There is evidence that Cruz is a naturalized citizen of the US. He was born in Canada, and the SCOTUS case of Rogers v. Bellei, if applied, would assign Cruz the status of naturalized citizen of the US. I understand that certification of his qualifications emanates from the RNC, and that the Maine GOP is powerless to challenge the certification. A certification that is clearly false, as any competent court would find, if it found it had jurisdiction. I also understand that I am voting, in the...