The FBI agent who was an integral part of the Clinton and Trump investigations has finally been fired. Peter Strzok, who became infamous for his anti-Trump and election meddling texts, was originally only to be demoted and suspended. However, FBI Deputy Director David Bodwich overruled the disciplinary office and fired Strzok.
Strzok’s private texts were a goldmine for Trump supporters as the Trump Russia collusion investigation fell apart. Strzok was having an affair with FBI attorney Lisa Page and texted her about his progress in investigating Trump. Strzok texted her that Hillary should win, even though he was still investigating Hillary for her illegal email server. Strzok went on to text that they would “stop Trump”, and went as far as colluding with her to spark the Russian investigation.
Strzok texted with Page about Andrew McCabe’s idea of the Russian investigation being an “insurance policy” in case Trump was elected. They also texted about Strzok’s relationship with FISA Court judge Contreras in the context of how to spy on the Trump campaign.
In testimony before Congress, Strzok appeared angry, confident, and incredulous that he would be questioned over his texts. He attempted to explain them away as simply personal political activism that didn’t affect his job, however even Lisa Page admitted that everyone understood his activism in the context of his job at the FBI.
Strzok’s friend and boss, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, was fired earlier this year for leaking to the media. McCabe was in charge of the Clinton and Trump investigations, and responsible for using Hillary’s bought and paid for Russian dossier propaganda to get FISA warrants to spy on Trump. McCabe refused to recuse himself, even though his wife was running for office in Virginia as a Democrat.
With McCabe and Strzok fired in disgrace and admissions from Comey and Mueller that Trump was never a target of the Russia investigation, the only thing left for Mueller is the possibility of a perjury rap if he can get Trump under oath. This isn’t likely at this point unless Mueller subpoenas Trump.
Trump has stated that the press is not the enemy of the people. He said fake news is the enemy of the people. Trump has maintained this stance and repeats it when the media lies about him or produces fake news. The media, only all too happy to prove him right, has taken the phrase “enemy of the people” very personally. Media outlets have continuously charged that Trump was calling all news the enemy of the people. I suppose that’s their mea culpa.
Trump’s charge that the media is biased stems from their coverage of the Russian collusion fake story. While Trump has never been the target of a Russian collusion investigation, and while Hillary Clinton is the candidate who demonstrably colluded with Russia, you can ask any friend on the left and they will tell you Trump colluded with Russia. It’s a fake narrative created by the media. Trump has good reason to criticize the media for bias.
The media isn’t helping themselves. On Friday, Marjorie Pritchard of the Boston Globe called on media outlets throughout the country to write coordinated editorial attacks against Trump. 70 media outlets have agreed to the coordinated attack on Trump to prove they aren’t biased.
70 papers agree to coordinated attack on Trump to prove they aren’t biased fake news
The US Navy is back in the South China sea to enforce sanctions against North Korea. North Korea has taken some symbolic steps towards peace and the end to their nuclear program, but continues to develop ballistic missiles. The Trump administration had stated that sanctions would remain in place until Kim completely and verifiably eliminates their weapons of mass destruction program.
US sanctions on North Korea continue
Republicans and Conservatives are taking full advantage of the Ocasio-Cortez gaff machine. And we are enjoying every bit of it.
Rick Scott hit Bill Nelson on Facebook Friday for his unverified claims that Russia has infiltrated Florida’s election system. Nelson claimed that the Russians had hacked Florida’s election system, but did not cite any actual evidence for the claim. When pressed, Nelson stated that it was classified.
According to Gov. Scott, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter to the US Senate Intelligence Committee asking for more information. None has been provided. Nelson claimed that the Trump administration is withholding information but still has no evidence for his salacious claim. How Nelson even came across the supposed information is also unclear. Nelson is in the toughest race of his life after 18 years in the Senate.
If the Russians have in fact compromised the Florida election system, then the intelligence community has a duty to disclose that information to the governor of Florida and the appropriate state officials. If Nelson’s unverified claims have any merit, the government has a responsibility to help Florida identify the compromised areas and protect the voters of the state.
Bill Nelson is either lying or illegally releasing classified information in a press conference to meddle with the election. Either way, his attempt to scare voters into thinking Russia is coming in on Gov. Scott’s side is backfiring. Whether the 75 year old Democrat Senator is making stuff up or compromising national security for political gain, it’s a lose-lose for Nelson.
It’s time to play spot the criminal. Who colluded with Russia? See if you can figure it out.
Hillary Clinton is the only person in the story who actually colluded with the Russians to try to meddle with the election. She used her contacts in the Obama administration to get the phony information to the friendly FBI agents who were out to stop Trump. The Trump Russia dossier bought and paid for by Clinton, and created by a British spy working with Russian agents was deemed “salacious and unverified” by none other than former FBI director James Comey. If we are going to accuse anyone of Russian collusion, it has to be Hillary Clinton.
Republican candidate Austin Petersen had his Twitter account suspended for 12 hours after thousands of antifa communist Democrats are triggered by a Stalin gif he posted. No, this isn’t the Babylon Bee. Petersen posted the gif in response to one pundit’s ridiculous assertion that Petersen had paid the Russians off to hack Claire McCaskill’s email account. Petersen is in an uphill battle in the Republican primary to take on McCaskill for her tenuously held Senate seat in Missouri. He has caused a splash with his AR-15 and 3D gun printer giveaways through the campaign.
Communists triggered by Stalin gif
Is North Korea building new ballistic missiles? That’s the claim by Washington Post citing unnamed US spies who decided to share classified intelligence with the news agency on the condition of anonymity. Of course, we’ve seen so much fake news coming from unnamed sources through WaPo and others that there really can’t be too much stock put in this. It would absolutely benefit Democrats in November to blunt the progress Trump has made with North Korea. And it seems like a very big risk for people in our spy agencies to tell the Washington Post something so sensitive. So for now, we’ll stick with the official story.
WaPo publishes classified intel on North Korea, claims anonymous sources
There was no collusion, and even if there was it’s not a crime. That’s the latest from Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani. Guiliani made the claim Monday on Fox & Friends. Depending on the facts and circumstances, he’s correct. If Trump didn’t commission hackers to break into the DNC’s servers or somehow cause them to break the law, then any other sort of collusion is meaningless. Even if Trump arranged and met with the Russian attorney in Trump Tower, which he didn’t, it still wouldn’t be a violation of the law. In fact, compared to hiring a British spy get paid dirt from Russian operatives and then giving that phony info to the FBI to start an investigation, even the worst allegations against Trump are trivial.
Considering Trump has never been the target of a criminal investigation having to do with Russia and considering Hillary Clinton colluded more than even the most wild allegations against Trump, I think it’s time to stop beating this dead horse and move on.
Trump didn’t collude, and even if he had it wasn’t a crime
Representatives Meadows and Jordan in the House of Representatives have just introduced a resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for high crimes and misdemeanors. There are five articles written against Rosenstein.
Article I deals with Rosenstein’s refusal to recuse himself from the Russia investigation or appoint a second special counsel to investigate the conflict of interest and misconduct by the FBI. Rosenstein was in charge of the FISA application to spy on Carter Page that was based in part on paid opposition research from the Clinton campaign.
Article II covers Rosenstein’s obstruction of justice in refusing to turn over subpoena’d documents and refusal to notify witnesses that Congress was seeking their testimony. Interestingly, this article also hits Mueller for instructing material witnesses to refuse to provide testimony to Congress. Congress has oversight over the Justice Department and refusing to comply with their requests amounts to obstruction of justice.
Article III accuses Rosenstein of obstruction of justice by using redaction to hide material evidence from Congress. These redactions include hiding potentially embarrassing information about the cost of Andrew McCabe’s $70,000 conference table, hiding the relationship between Peter Strzok and FISC Judge Rudolph Contreras, hiding the names of high ranking FBI and Obama administration officials, and other redactions used to hide information from Congress. Rosenstein’s decision to redact the relationship between Strzok and Contreras is especially important given Strzok’s promise to “stop Trump” and the FISC’s decision to issue a secret warrant based on Clinton’s paid opposition research.
Article IV suggests that Rosenstein used an improper basis to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel and hid the basis through improper use of redaction. Rosenstein still refuses to provide Congress with a less redacted version of his scope memo for Robert Mueller.
Article V deals more directly with Rosenstein’s supervisory role in the authorization of FISA searches. Rosenstein is accused of failing to vet Christopher Steele’s phony dossier and failing to fully notify the FISC of the circumstances surrounding the creation of the dossier. Article V also hits Rosenstein again for his refusal to appoint a second independent Special Counsel to review wrong doing by the Obama Justice Department and FBI in these matters.
A couple important things to note in the impeachment articles: Robert Mueller is mentioned for compelling witnesses not to testify to Congress. This could be an issue for the Mueller investigation in the near future. Strzok’s relationship with Judge Rudolph Contreras could lead to a call for an investigation into the secretive workings of the FISC itself.
You can read the articles of impeachment here.
Ok, let’s be honest. Anyone who says Trump committed treason in Helsinki is a moron who doesn’t know how our government works. Yes, John Brennan – former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, you are a moron who doesn’t know how the constitution works. It’s so bad, left leaning Politifact had to fact check your claim. Politifact had to fact check a claim by the former CIA director of whether the President of the United States had committed treason. And you lost.
Maybe that’s why Trump is revoking Brennan’s security clearance.
Brennan wasn’t alone. Representative Adam Smith, ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, also called Trump’s statements treason. The soon to be irrelevant New York Daily News led with the cover title “Open Treason”. A recent poll shows that nearly half the country (guess which half) think Trump committed treason.
But here’s the best part: Trump didn’t commit treason because Obama never treated Russia’s cyber attacks as an act of war.
One of the key essentials to treason, as pointed out by Politifact, is that we be at war with the “enemy” that the traitor provided aid and comfort to. We aren’t at war with Russia, Trump can’t be a traitor for saying nice things about them.
So then you might ask, if Russia issued a cyber attack against us and tried to influence our elections in 2016, why aren’t we at war with them? Because when Russia used cyber attacks to steal DNC emails and try to influence our election, President Obama issued a stand down order to cyber security chief and told him to back burner any action against Russia.
In other words, if Trump committed treason by fumbling with his words and saying he couldn’t understand why Russia would meddle (never mind what he thought he meant to say), then Obama committed treason in 2016 by secretly issuing the stand down against Russia. Otherwise, Russia is not our enemy and Trump can say whatever he wants.
Maybe Democrats should knock off the bull crap and follow through with what they claim to believe. Maybe Democrats should introduce a declaration of war on Russia in Congress. If Russia actually was our enemy, maybe they could start tossing around legitimate treason claims that stick. But given the cozy history between major Democrats and Russia in the past, they’d probably end up regretting it.