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  • So why was Trump aide talking to a Russian spy? (Nothingburger Alert)

    04/02/2018 4:31:37 PM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/1/2018 | Byron York
    The CNN team wanted viewers to know there could be a very big development in the Trump Russia investigation. "CNN has learned why special counsel Robert Mueller wants the cooperation of former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates," anchor Alisyn Camerota said Friday. "Court documents indicate that Gates could be critical to nabbing even bigger fish in a collusion case involving the Kremlin." [....] So putting it all together, yes, Gates was "in contact with a Russian intelligence officer." And who knows? Perhaps they were plotting to fix the U.S. presidential election for President Trump. But the evidence that Mueller has...
  • Citi cracks down on gun sales: 'We want to do our part'

    03/22/2018 3:39:16 PM PDT · by mojito · 69 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/22/2018 | Emily Sharpiro
    Global bank Citi is starting a new commercial firearms policy within the U.S. "to do our part as a company to prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands," the company said today. The new policy requires its new retail sector clients and partners to follow several practices: not sell guns to someone who didn't pass a background check; not sell bump stocks and high-capacity magazines; and not sell guns to people under 21 years old. Ed Skyler, Citi's head of global public affairs, said Citi has a few relationships with companies that manufacture guns, and for those relationships, "We...
  • Citi Announces Our U.S. Commercial Firearms Policy (How to Gut the 2nd Amendment)

    03/22/2018 3:21:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies
    The Citi Blog ^ | 3/22/2018 | Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Citi
    For too many years, in too many places, our country has seen acts of gun violence that have resulted in heartbreaking losses. We are all too familiar with them and there is no need to recount them here. Over the same amount of time, we have waited for our grief to turn into action and see our nation adopt common-sense measures that would help prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands. That action has sadly never come and as the weeks pass after the most recent mass shooting, it appears we are stuck in the same cycle of tragedy...
  • Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims

    03/20/2018 2:51:28 PM PDT · by mojito · 36 replies
    AP ^ | 3/20/2018 | Samuel Petrequin
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday as part of an investigation into allegations he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A judicial source with direct knowledge of the case told The Associated Press that Sarkozy was being held at the Nanterre police station, north-west of Paris. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Sarkozy has vehemently and repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the case, which involves funding for his winning 2007 presidential campaign. Though...
  • Top Senators Press DOJ On Whether Russian Government Paid Christopher Steele

    03/20/2018 12:39:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/20/2018 | Sean Davis
    In a lengthy letter to the inspector general of the Department of Justice (DOJ), two key senators demanded answers on whether anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele was ever paid by the Russian government or other Russian sources. The letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Michael E. Horowitz, the DOJ inspector general, for answers to 31 sets of detailed questions related to DOJ’s handling of various Russia-related probes in 2016 and 2017. “What connections are there between Mr. Steele and the Russian government or Russian intelligence community?” the senators asked. “Has Mr. Steele ever been...
  • Golden shower? Trump dossier authors doubt their most explosive allegation

    03/15/2018 2:43:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/14/2018 | Byron York
    ...Isikoff and Corn suggest, without saying so explicitly, that the available circumstantial evidence makes the "golden showers" story very unlikely. Reconstructing Trump's time in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant, Isikoff and Corn report that Trump stayed just one night in Moscow. (Trump did in fact stay in the Ritz Carlton presidential suite where Obama had been a few years earlier.) After arriving in Moscow, Trump attended a brief meeting at the hotel and then left for a day of meetings elsewhere. That night, an "exhausted" Trump went to a party at which he agreed to take part in...
  • Media Fight For Democrats In Washington Leak Wars (Good Read)

    03/06/2018 12:12:53 PM PST · by mojito · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/6/2018 | Mollie Hemingway
    ...It is a weird thing to watch the media uncritically receive and regurgitate dozens of leaks — all of them out of context, some of them downright false — from Rep. Adam Schiff and his team and then write up that the other side is leaking. This is particularly bizarre given the general lack of leaks coming from House Permanent Select Committee Republicans. At the very least it’s worth noting that there were no leaks from Intelligence Committee Republicans about their 4-page memo alleging FISA abuses, even as the agencies and Democrats on the committee put out anticipatory leaks to...
  • Nunes responds

    02/24/2018 5:24:50 PM PST · by mojito · 29 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 2/24/2018 | Devin Nunes/Scott Johnson
    House Intelligence Commmittee Chairman Devin Nunes was ready to go with his own response to the Democrats’ memo that I have embedded in the adjacent post. I have uploaded his point-by-point response to Scribd and embedded it below. It is a useful document. Moreover, by contrast with Adam Schiff et al., Nunes is a credible player. Consistent with my comments, he notes some of the Democrats’ rebuttals of points not made by the Republicans. In any event, here is his response.
  • Mueller Still Relying on Discredited Steele Dossier

    02/22/2018 11:55:58 AM PST · by mojito · 13 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | 2/22/2018 | Paul Sperry
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to use a controversial 35-page dossier financed by the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign as a "road map” for investigative leads, sources familiar with his investigation say. Mueller’s team has also used information gleaned from surveillance court-approved wiretaps on former Trump adviser Carter Page that were secured by citing material in the dossier, the sources say. And a detail previously reported last fall – that Mueller’s investigators traveled overseas last year to debrief the dossier’s London-based author, Christopher Steele, a former British spy – takes on a new cast with...
  • Too Funny: Mueller Patched Together Much of His ‘Muh Russia’ Indictment from Old News Articles…

    02/19/2018 8:38:28 AM PST · by mojito · 58 replies
    A large number of people who read the Mueller 13-person Russian Indictment released on Friday noted a transparent lack of actual substance. Today the absence of substance turns toward the hilarious. Much like the heavily touted sketchy 2017 Joint Analysis Report (the infamous “14 U.S. intelligence agencies report“) was really only three political intel agencies, FBI (Comey), CIA (Brennan) and ODNI (Clapper), Friday’s Russian indictment had a lot of pages and citations but in the aggregate was an assembly of nothing-burger reporting of various insignificant social media events. Today the absurdity of the report becomes even more laughable. As Gateway...
  • Christopher Steele: The Real Foreign Influence in the 2016 Election?

    02/16/2018 12:42:34 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 2/15/2018 | Peter Van Buren
    ...Steele reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him $50,000 to continue his “research,” though the deal is believed to have fallen through after the dossier became public (an intelligence community source tells The American Conservative Steele did in fact operate as a fully paid FBI asset.) Along the way, the FBI also informed Steele of their separate investigation into Trump staffer George Papadopoulos, a violation of security and a possible tainting of Steele’s research going forward. The Nunes memo also showed then-associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr back-channeled additional...
  • Byron York: Why are the Comey memos secret?

    02/14/2018 9:40:48 PM PST · by mojito · 32 replies
    Wasington Examiner ^ | 2/14/2018 | Byron York
    If there is an obstruction of justice case to be made against the president in the Trump-Russia affair, James Comey is in the middle of it. President Trump's decision to fire the FBI director is often cited as Exhibit A for obstruction, and the foundation for that case is a set of seven memos Comey wrote describing conversations he had with the president between Jan. 6 and April 11, 2017. The memos are critically important. Portions of them have been leaked to the press, given to a Comey friend, discussed in congressional testimony, and read by a few Capitol Hill...
  • WHY SUSAN RICE WROTE AN EMAIL TO HERSELF

    02/14/2018 12:17:54 PM PST · by mojito · 59 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 2/13/2018 | John Hinderaker
    Why did Susan Rice send herself an email purporting to document this part of the meeting? Because she was C’ing her own A. Rice was nervous about the fact that, at the president’s direction, she had failed to “share information fully as it relates to Russia” with President Trump’s incoming national security team. This violated longstanding American tradition. Outgoing administrations have always cooperated in the transition to a new administration, whether of the same or the opposing party, especially on matters relating to national security. Susan Rice is far from the brightest bulb on the tree, but she was well...
  • DNC Refused To Comply With Dossier-Related Subpoena, So BuzzFeed Sued

    02/14/2018 11:45:06 AM PST · by mojito · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/2018 | Chuck Ross
    BuzzFeed News sued the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Tuesday to force the release of information that the news outlet hopes will help it defend against a lawsuit related to the Steele dossier. BuzzFeed is seeking digital information that could shed light on the cyber attacks against the DNC during the presidential campaign. The news outlet faces three separate lawsuits related to its publication of the dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by the Clinton campaign and DNC. The suit against the DNC seeks information that could help defend against a defamation lawsuit filed by...
  • Schiff: We're not going to revise Democratic memo

    02/13/2018 8:01:44 PM PST · by mojito · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/13/2018 | Brett Samuels
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday night that members of his party won’t revise their countermemo, despite requests from the White House to do so. “We’re not going to make any revisions to it. The only question is what redactions will be made. And obviously we’d like to keep those to a minimum,” Schiff told reporters. “The White House has a different interest. I think their interest is in redacting anything that doesn’t reflect well on the White House,” Schiff added.
  • Was Christopher Steele Paid by Russian Oligarch and Putin Ally Oleg Deripaska?

    02/13/2018 10:53:04 AM PST · by mojito · 11 replies
    Tablet ^ | 2/13/2018 | Lee Smith
    A release last week of texts showed that Christopher Steele, the former British spy whose memos regarding the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia are referred to as the Steele dossier, reached out to Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, through a Russian-linked Washington, D.C., lobbyist named Adam Waldman. Among Waldman’s clients is Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a text dated March 16, 2017, Waldman texted Warner, “Chris Steele asked me to call you.” In 2009, Waldman filed papers with the Department of Justice...
  • Byron York: Comey told Congress FBI agents didn't think Michael Flynn lied

    02/12/2018 4:36:48 PM PST · by mojito · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/12/2018 | Byron York
    In March 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed a number of Capitol Hill lawmakers on the Trump-Russia investigation. One topic of intense interest was the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump White House national security adviser who resigned under pressure on February 13 after just 24 days in the job. [....] ...Lawmakers wanted Comey to tell them what was up. And what they heard from the director did not match what they were hearing in the media. According to two sources familiar with the meetings, Comey told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn...
  • Grassley-Graham Letter to Susan Rice re Obama Meeting on Trump-Russia Collusion

    02/12/2018 1:04:34 PM PST · by mojito · 84 replies
    United States Senate Committee of the Judiciary ^ | 189/2018 | Sen. Charles Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham
    February 8, 2018 The Honorable Susan Rice Senior Fellow, Belfer Center Harvard University 79 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA 02138 c/o Kathryn Ruemmler, Esq. Latham and Watkins LLP 555 Eleventh Street NW Washington, DC 20004 Dear Ambassador Rice: The Senate Judiciary Committee has a constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the FBI and the broader Department of Justice. Part of that duty involves ensuring that law enforcement efforts are conducted without improper political influence. Accordingly , the Committee has been investigating the FBI's relationship with Christopher Steele during the time his work was funded by Hillary for America and...
  • Exclusive: CIA Ex-Director Brennan's Perjury Peril

    02/12/2018 11:41:48 AM PST · by mojito · 32 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | 2/11/2018 | Paul Sperry
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes next plans to investigate the role former CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama intelligence officials played in promoting the salacious and unverified Steele dossier on Donald Trump -- including whether Brennan perjured himself in public testimony about it. In his May 2017 testimony before the intelligence panel, Brennan emphatically denied the dossier factored into the intelligence community’s publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election "to help Trump’s chances of victory.” Brennan also swore that he did not know who commissioned the anti-Trump research document (excerpt here), even though...
  • Peter Strzok KNEW Hillary Camp Used Bleachbit to Delete Emails – The Week They Were Deleted

    02/09/2018 4:11:56 PM PST · by mojito · 68 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/9/2018 | Jim Hoft
    ...On Wednesday the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released a majority staff report titled “The Clinton Email Scandal And The FBI’s Investigation Of It.” The committee also released thousands of text messages between two agents and lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that shed light on the criminal intent of deep state players to avoid prosecution of Hillary Clinton and to block and destroy a Trump presidency. Now this… Peter Strzok and the FBI knew Hillary Clinton used Bleachbit to delete her emails on March 29, 2016. This was the same week they were deleted. Strzok and the...