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  • FBI’s smoking-gun: Redactions protected political embarrassment, not ‘national security’

    10/07/2018 10:42:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 0/07/18 | JOHN SOLOMON
    To declassify or not to declassify? That is the question, when it comes to the FBI’s original evidence in the Russia collusion case. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have tried to thwart President Trump on releasing the evidence, suggesting it will harm national security, make allies less willing to cooperate, or even leave him vulnerable to accusations that he is trying to obstruct the end of the Russia probe. Before you judge the DOJ’s and FBI’s arguments – which are similar to those offered to stop the release of information in other major episodes of American history,...
  • Lawyer for Clinton campaign and DNC gave FBI documents for Russia probe, sources say

    10/04/2018 3:31:41 PM PDT · by blueyon · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/04/18 | Catherine Herridge
    A top lawyer working with the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign contacted the FBI’s general counsel in late 2016 and provided documents for the Russia probe as federal investigators prepared a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page, sources close to a congressional investigation told Fox News, citing new testimony. The FBI official who was contacted, James Baker, revealed the exchange to congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition Wednesday. He said Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann initiated contact with him and provided documents as well as computer storage devices on Russian hacking. The sources said Baker described the...
  • Russia collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on dossier before surveillance warrant

    10/03/2018 7:56:46 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 125 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 03 2018 | John Solomon
    Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump’s campaign. Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s private law firm. That’s the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump...
  • Top FBI lawyer Baker offers 'explosive' testimony on handling of Russia probe into Trump campaign

    10/03/2018 6:14:09 PM PDT · by conservativepoet · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/03/2018 | Catherine Herridge
    Former top FBI lawyer James Baker gave "explosive" closed-door testimony on Wednesday detailing for congressional investigators how the Russia probe was handled in an "abnormal fashion" reflecting "political bias," according to two Republican lawmakers present for the deposition.
  • DC: Nellie Ohr and James Baker Refusing to Testify to Congress

    09/20/2018 2:11:46 PM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | September 20, 2018 | Sundance
    According to sources responding to The Daily Caller, Nellie Ohr and James Baker are refusing to willingly testify to the joint House Oversight and Judiciary committee chaired by Bob Goodlatte. Nellie’s husband Bruce Ohr, a current DOJ official, previously testified to the committee; however Nellie Ohr is not in government and may have to be subpoenaed if Chairman Goodlatte wants her testimony. She was originally schedule to appear tomorrow. UPDATE – “The Committee continues to seek the testimony of Nellie Ohr and Jim Baker and will compel their testimony if necessary.” Nellie Ohr was a FusionGPS employee and a bridge...
  • Pro-Trump Pentagon Analyst Was Stripped of His Security Clearance by Obama Holdovers

    08/18/2018 9:18:50 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | AUGUST 17, 2018 | DEBRA HEINE
    A Pentagon analyst was stripped of his security clearance by Obama holdovers after he complained of suspicious government contracts with Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, the Washington Times reported. The pro-Trump analyst also apparently ruffled feathers when he blew the whistle on an alleged sweetheart deal with a woman Chelsea Clinton referred to as her “best friend.” Adam Lovinger, a senior official of the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), had his security clearance yanked on May 1, 2017, and has been relegated to performing clerical chores ever since. ONA...
  • COLORADO IS GOING AFTER JACK PHILLIPS OF MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP AGAIN

    08/15/2018 9:34:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 66 replies
    The DC ^ | 8-15-2018 | Kevin Daley
    - Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop fame is suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. - The Commission commenced new proceedings against Phillips on behalf of a transgender complainant just weeks after he prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court. - Phillips' attorneys say the Commission is engaged in a concerted campaign to destroy him, which is unlawful.Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court after declining to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple, filed a lawsuit in federal court late Tuesday suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Phillips and his attorneys at the Alliance...
  • Christian baker vindicated by SCOTUS back in court for not baking a gender transitioning cake

    08/15/2018 7:24:38 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 123 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 15th 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The Christian baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and was vindicated by the Supreme Court earlier this year is mounting another legal challenge this week after refusing to bake a gender-transitioning cake. Shortly after the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission discriminated against baker Jack Phillips for his religious beliefs, an attorney requested he create a cake that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside to represent a gender transition from male to female. As a Christian, Mr. Phillips would not make the cake since it...
  • For Democrats, upset of Charlie Baker would lead to paradise

    06/26/2018 9:14:00 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 7 replies
    lowell sun ^ | june 25 | peter lucas
    John Walsh, the knowledgeable former chair of the Massachusetts Democrat State Committee, believes that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker can be beaten in November. He may be right. Walsh, after all, played a key role in the emergence and election of Deval Patrick — then a nobody — when Patrick first ran for governor in 2006. But Patrick was unique. Not only was he the first African American elected governor, he was hands down the best campaigner in the business, and he could raise money. Nevertheless, the old saying still goes: You can’t beat somebody with nobod
  • FBI officials Jim Baker, Lisa Page Resign From Bureau

    05/05/2018 7:05:20 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-5-2018 | Bradford Betz
    Two FBI officials who worked closely with embattled former bureau director James Comey have left the agency, Fox News has confirmed. Jim Baker, a top FBI lawyer who was reassigned in late 2017 after being linked to a journalist who wrote about the so-called "Trump dossier," is reportedly looking to join the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Lisa Page, whose electronic communications with another FBI employee drew accusations of political bias, "resigned" Friday to "pursue other opportunities," an FBI spokesperson told Fox News. 'Fox News Sunday' anchor reacts to criticism of the FBI and DOJ and the fallout over...
  • Editorial: Baker needs to keep national GOP and Trump at bay

    04/11/2018 4:02:09 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 5 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 04-11-2018 | Herald Staff
    When Gov. Charlie Baker approached reporters Monday, his body language was louder than his words. He knew he’d be taking questions about his intention to snub Vice President Mike Pence at yesterday’s fundraiser in Boston, and he did his best to ride out the scrum. When asked if he’d be meeting with Pence, Baker meekly proffered, “No. I think I’m actually going to be in the South Coast, down in New Bedford, when he’s here.”
  • Judge rules California can’t force Christian baker to make same-sex wedding cakes

    02/06/2018 4:33:28 PM PST · by RevelationDavid · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    A California judge refused this week to order a baker to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, ruling that to do otherwise would be to trample on the baker’s free speech rights. Superior Court Judge David R. Lampe said in his Monday ruling that wedding cakes run to the core of the First Amendment. “It is an artistic expression by the person making it that is to be used traditionally as a centerpiece in the celebration of a marriage. There could not be a greater form of expressive conduct,” the judge wrote.
  • Oh Lordy – Devin Nunes Will Get Eight FBI Witnesses This Month, Including Bill Priestap…

    01/04/2018 5:45:05 PM PST · by bitt · 45 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 1/4/2018 | SUNDANCE
    Today we get details about the DOJ deal with Chairman Devin Nunes. Included in the report from Catherine Herridge there is some really good news: "According to the letter, committee investigators also will get access to eight key witnesses this month including FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages during an affair and previously worked on the special counsel’s Russia probe; FBI general counsel James Baker, who was reassigned; FBI head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, whom ex-FBI boss James Comey testified made the decision not to brief Congress about the Russia case during...
  • New Report: Was FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker Captured By New DOJ Leak Task Force?…

    12/22/2017 10:10:23 PM PST · by bigbob · 92 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 12-23-17 | Sundance
    Things are getting increasingly interesting and simultaneously obvious. Thursday night the Washington Post reported that FBI Director Christopher Wray had relieved FBI Chief Legal Counsel, James Baker, of his responsibilities within the department. Attorney James Baker accompanied FBI Asst. Director “Andy” McCabe to the Tuesday congressional hearing with the House Intelligence Community. Curiously, in addition to other lines of inquiry, during the questioning McCabe was asked about whether James Baker was authorized to speak to the media about the Steele Dossier and the underlying ‘counterintelligence’ operation. Asst. Director McCabe responded that Baker would not be authorized to take such action....
  • FBI/DOJ Co-Conspirators Just Lost Biggest Asset – FBI Director Wray Kicks Out James Baker….

    12/21/2017 9:58:51 PM PST · by bitt · 86 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 12/21/2017 | SUNDANCE
    There is a clear plan and strategy in place to deal with the schemes of the “small group” of co-conspirators within the DOJ and FBI. CTH advises prudent patience, and assembly of tar and feathers, as the Machiavellian schemes continue to be untangled. Tuesday afternoon when FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe travelled to Capitol Hill for his 10-hour closed door testimony and questioning he was accompanied by “small group” defense shield, FBI legal counsel, James Baker. In front of the House Intelligence Committee, Andy McCabe suddenly couldn’t remember his relationship with the Steele Dossier. As a result of Attorney Baker’s...
  • Whether it's Baking or Dating, Consent Matters

    12/16/2017 7:45:33 AM PST · by all the best · 14 replies
    Mises Wire ^ | December 16, 2017 | Thomas Eckert
    This week, the Supreme Court heard the first arguments regarding Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and as you can imagine, people immediately took to social media in order to voice their opinion on the matter. And if you pay attention to pop-culture and the mainstream news, you’ll find that the majority of those opinions ultimately end up asking “Why not just bake the cake?” After all, how could you favor discrimination if you aren’t racist or prejudiced, right? Actually, no. As you’ll see, it’s quite the opposite. While it’s understandable for first impressions to fall prey to...
  • The Supreme Court Is Likely To Rule For Jack Phillips While Dodging The Religious Liberty Question

    12/08/2017 8:03:40 AM PST · by x1stcav · 49 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/8/17 | Margot Cleveland
    While there is always a risk of reading too much into Supreme Court justices’ questions during oral argument, there is often much to be gleaned. If Tuesday’s oral argument is any indication, the year-long anticipation for the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court showdown will result in a narrow opinion that provides little clarity in the continuing conflict between culture and religious liberty. By now the basics are well-known: When a homosexual couple asked Jack Phillips, the owner of the Colorado-based Masterpiece Cakeshop, to design a wedding cake for them, Phillips informed the pair that he could not, in conscience, create a...
  • In Supreme Court gay cake case, Kennedy says state has not been tolerant of baker's religious views

    12/05/2017 1:27:55 PM PST · by x1stcav · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/5/17 | Ryan Lovelace
    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said during oral arguments on Tuesday that Colorado did not appear to show religious tolerance when it used its public accommodations law to force baker Jack Phillips to create speech via a custom cake for a same-sex wedding that defies his religious beliefs. The line of questioning garnered attention because Kennedy often serves as the divided high court's key swing vote, and a split vote could form again in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Kennedy pointedly criticized Colorado for not being "tolerant" of Phillips' religious beliefs. 00:21 / 01:00 Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch...
  • 2 Gay Men Explain Why They Support Baker’s Refusal to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cakes

    11/17/2017 4:21:12 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 11/17/2017 | Ian Snively / Peter Parisi
    “T.J.” and Matt are gay, but they support the Colorado bakery owner fighting a legal battle for his right, on religious grounds, to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Standing outside the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, the bakery at the center of the court case that goes before the Supreme Court on Dec. 5, they explained why they support its owner, Jack Phillips. “We’re here to buy stuff from him,” Matt said, in a video he and T.J. made for Alliance Defending Freedom, “and support him, because we don’t think any artist should be forced to create...
  • Gitmo judge sends Marine general lawyer to 21 days confinement for disobeying orders

    11/01/2017 3:00:49 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 26 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/1/17 | Carol Rosenberg
    The USS Cole case judge Wednesday found the Marine general in charge of war court defense teams guilty of contempt for refusing to follow the judge’s orders and sentenced him to 21 days confinement and to pay a $1,000 fine. Air Force Col. Vance Spath also declared “null and void” a decision by Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, 50, to release three civilian defense attorneys from the case, and ordered them to appear before him in person at Guantánamo or by video feed next week. At issue was Baker’s authority to excuse civilian, Pentagon-paid attorneys Rick Kammen, Rosa Eliades and...