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Senator Grassley statement on Kavanaugh

It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July. If Ranking Member Feinstein and other Committee Democrats took this claim seriously, they should have brought it to the full Committee’s attention much earlier. Instead, they said nothing during two joint phone calls with the nominee in August, four days of lengthy public hearings, a closed session for all committee members with the nominee where sensitive topics can be discussed and in more than 1,300 written questions. Sixty-five senators met individually with Judge Kavanaugh during a nearly two-month period before the hearing began, yet Feinstein didn’t share this with her colleagues ahead of many of those discussions.

It raises a lot of questions about Democrats’ tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee’s attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way. Senator Feinstein should publicly release the letter she received back in July so that everyone can know what she’s known for weeks.

Judge Kavanaugh’s background has been thoroughly vetted by the FBI on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced. Furthermore Judge Kavanaugh and others alleged to have been involved have unequivocally denied these claims from their high school days. The Committee has received letter after letter from those who’ve known judge Kavanaugh personally and professionally, including 65 women who’ve known him since high school, speaking to his impeccable character and respect for others, especially women.

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sun Sep 16, 2018, 06:08 PM (21 replies)

Carter Page reacts to calls to Declassify his Illegal FISA Warrant

Carter Page is obviously at the center of the fraudulent FISA application submitted by FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. The FBI and DOJ constructed the FISA application to gain a Title-1 surveillance warrant on Carter Page; and by extension, the Trump Campaign and all who were in contact with Page.

Within the application the FBI/DOJ specifically stated that Carter Page was an agent of a foreign government and used the Steele Dossier to back-up the majority of their claims. However, Carter Page was never indicted or arrested despite the FBI’s claims of certainty within the sketchy documents; which highlights the fraud upon the court.

President Trump is possibly going to declassify more of the underlying documents which will show how the application was built upon lies and fraud.

Going to happen
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sun Sep 16, 2018, 11:54 AM (17 replies)

Charlie Polanski: The Battle of Britain's Polish Here

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sun Sep 16, 2018, 10:54 AM (0 replies)

The Storm is over! Release the Hounds!

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sun Sep 16, 2018, 08:34 AM (9 replies)

Is this who Manafort is Cooperating Against?

Federal prosecutors weigh charges against Democratic powerbroker in Manafort-linked probe

(CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York are weighing criminal charges against former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig as part of an investigation into whether he failed to register as a foreign agent in a probe that is linked to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to sources familiar with the matter.

In addition, these sources said, prosecutors in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York are considering taking action against powerhouse law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where Craig was a partner during the activity under examination. Prosecutors are considering a civil settlement with the firm or a deferred prosecution agreement with Skadden, these sources said.

An attorney for Craig, who left the Skadden firm in April and who was White House counsel under President Barack Obama during the first year of that administration, said his client "was not required to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act." A spokeswoman for Skadden didn't respond to a request for comment.

A deferred prosecution agreement is an agreement not to prosecute an entity as long as the defendant complies with the conditions of the agreement, and in many cases it dictates that the defendant must commit no new crimes for its duration. The charges in the agreement are then dropped at the end of the period.

The investigation involving Craig and Skadden was referred to federal prosecutors in New York earlier this year by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, CNN reported in August.

Prosecutors at the US attorney's office have notified the Department of Justice of the options under consideration, the sources familiar with the matter said. Prosecutors, however, haven't concluded that they have adequate evidence to bring the possible charges, these sources said, and as a result haven't made a determination about whether to proceed.

Any action against Craig or Skadden would be an extraordinary step, given Craig's prominence and Skadden's position as one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the country.

The investigation pertains to whether Craig improperly performed lobbying work on behalf of a group associated with Ukraine without registering with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Federal law requires that an entity representing a foreign political party or government file public reports detailing the relationship under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.

The inquiry into Craig and Skadden is closely linked to a case against Manafort, and details about Skadden's work in the matter were disclosed in superseding criminal charges filed Friday by Mueller's office against Manafort. Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy against the US and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice due to attempts to tamper with witnesses, and he agreed to cooperate with the federal government.

According to the filing, which charged only Manafort, in 2012 Manafort "solicited" a law firm on behalf of the then-president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, and the Ukranian government's Ministry of Justice. The firm, which was Skadden, according to people familiar with the matter, was hired to write a report on the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister of Ukraine and political rival of Yanukovych.

In advance of the report's official release, "Manafort arranged to have the law firm disseminate hard copies of the report to numerous government officials, including senior United States executive and legislative branch officials," the filing says. The partner who worked on the report -- according to court proceedings in another related case, that of former Skadden lawyer Alex van der Zwaan -- was Craig, CNN has reported. Van der Zwaan, pleaded guilty in February to lying to the special counsel's office, admitting that he misled investigators about his discussions related to Skadden's work for Yanukovych in preparing the report.

According to the New York Times, Craig himself was also involved in promoting the report to members of Congress and the media, a step that may have triggered FARA requirements.

Though FARA has an exception for lawyers who are performing legitimate legal work on behalf of a foreign client, it does require lawyers who attempt to influence US government policy matters to register. "Lawyers engaged in legal representation of foreign principals in the courts or similar type proceedings, so long as the attorney does not try to influence policy at the behest of his client, are exempt," according to Justice Department guidelines.
The Manafort charges filed Friday allege that "Manafort knew that the report also did not disclose that the law firm, in addition to being retained to write the report, was retained to represent Ukraine itself, including in connection with the Tymoshenko case and to provide training to the trial team prosecuting Tymoshenko."

More than $4.6 million was paid to Skadden for its work, the charges say, and Manafort took steps to mask the sum of the fees, because "Manafort and others knew that the actual cost of the report and the scope of the law firm's work would undermine the report's being perceived as an independent assessment and thus being an effective lobbying tool for Manafort to use to support the incarceration of President Yanukovych's political opponent."

In addition to the referral involving Craig, Mueller's team of prosecutors earlier this year referred inquiries to New York prosecutors involving possible FARA violations by longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta, formerly of the firm the Podesta Group, and former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber, a partner at Mercury Public Affairs, CNN has reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

"For more than a year now, we have fully cooperated with the (special counsel). For example, we waived attorney-client privilege so the government could see the full exchange we had with our expert FARA lawyers over the two years of this project to provide full transparency into the decision-making process," a Mercury spokesman said in a statement.

"In April 2012, as the project which we were engaged to work on was just getting started, we prepared a FARA registration and wrote the check for the registration fee. However, we were advised by our FARA lawyers to file (a lobbying disclosure) instead, and we filed (lobbying disclosures) nine times. We will continue to fully cooperate with the government if requested."

It's unclear whether federal prosecutors in New York are moving forward on the pieces of the case involving those two men and their firms. In the Manafort charges filed Friday, prosecutors allege that employees of the two firms knew they were working for Ukranian politicians and not an independent non-profit group. The Podesta firm had previously said it didn't file under FARA because it had received certification from the non-profit that it was not an arm of a foreign government or a foreign political party.

Weber did not respond to a request for comment. A spokeswoman for Podesta declined to comment.
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sat Sep 15, 2018, 07:14 PM (3 replies)

The Biggest Scandal

Fake News Media running cover

Earlier this year I wrote a series of posts contra the dross of April Doss. The “dross” was found in the Weekly Standard cover story by Doss. The cover story disparaged House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and asserted that he is retailing a “conspiracy theory” involving the Obama administration’s misuse of FISA on Carter Page to investigate the Trump presidential campaign. Doss purported to lay down the truth about Nunes and FISA. The truth is that Doss’s cover story was a disgrace.

The FISA warrant applications on Carter Page open a window onto the biggest scandal in American political history. I have embedded them here previously and have embedded them again below. They are the ocular proof of the scandal.

The invaluable Andrew McCarthy has now cracked open the window a little wider in two columns with one theme: FISA Docs Show: Long Before Mueller, Trump-Russia Was an Investigation Without a Crime. The first column (posted yesterday afternoon) is “Reading the FISA redactions.” The second is “In the Russia Probe, It’s ‘Qui S’excuse S’accuse’” (posted this morning — the French expression is to the effect that “he who excuses himself accuses himself”).

These are long, detailed, illuminating and educational columns that draw on McCarthy’s professional expertise. Stick with them — both of them. Do not miss either one.

Andy says he has read the FISA applications so you don’t have to. He has performed a great public service in these columns. Even so, I say you have to review the FISA applications with your own eyes. They are shocking. Drawing from my series on Doss’s Weekly Standard cover story, I want to restate the relevant background in the context of Andy’s linked columns:

• Under Title I of FISA — see this useful House Intel Committee summary — it was the burden of the government to establish probable cause that Page was engaging in espionage, terrorism, or sabotage by or on behalf of a foreign power that involved a violation of a criminal statute. (Doss stated: “Although Page had left the campaign, the FBI feared Russia was using him for its own purposes. The application states that the FBI alleged there was probable cause to believe Page was an agent of a foreign power under a specific provision of FISA that involves knowingly aiding, abetting, or knowingly conspiring to assist a foreign power with clandestine intelligence gathering activities, engage in clandestine intelligence gathering at the behest of a foreign power, or participate in sabotage or international terrorism or planning or preparation therefor.”)

• Doss to the contrary notwithstanding, the allegations cited by Doss in her article don’t make out probable cause that Page is a Russian agent on any fair reading of the facts once the Steele dossier is seen for what it is.

• The FBI relied in substantial part on the allegations of the Steele dossier to obtain the FISA warrant on Page. Although the applications swear otherwise, these allegations were unverified. I observed in my series that Andy was one of the knowledgeable observers who disputes Doss on the propriety of this reliance. Doss simply omitted any acknowledgement of the related issues.

• The FBI nevertheless secured the FISA surveillance warrant on Page in October 2016 and renewed it three more times at 90-day intervals. I held out the possibility that the cited facts together with the redacted material fairly establish probable cause, but we have yet to see it. McCarthy now demonstrates that this is highly unlikely.

• Whether or not the FBI made out probable cause, it must have monitored Page’s every communication by text, email and cell phone for a year. Yet Page remains a free man. No charge of any kind — not even a process crime such the one used against Michael Flynn and George Papadoploulos — has been brought against Carter Page. The circumstantial evidence strongly suggests that Page is not a Russian agent.

• Given the year-long surveillance on him without any resulting charge, Page might not only not be a Russian agent, he might be the cleanest man in Washington.

• Carter Page was a victim of government misconduct whose true object was Donald Trump.

Quotable quote: “Let’s dispense with the tired claim that the Obama administration did not really spy on Trump and his campaign. Every one of the four FISA warrant applications, after describing Russia’s cyberespionage attack on the 2016 election, makes the following assertion (after two redacted lines): ‘the FBI believes that the Russian Government’s efforts to influence the 2016 election were being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with Candidate #1’s campaign.'”

One more: “For Mueller, the Russia counterintelligence probe was cover to conduct a criminal investigation of Trump in the absence of grounds to believe a crime had occurred.”
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sat Sep 15, 2018, 11:11 AM (6 replies)

Joe Digenova Drops another Bombshell, Comey Silent because about to be indicted

Digenova is telling you whats about to happen, the Media distracted by "Shiny Thing"

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sat Sep 15, 2018, 06:59 AM (3 replies)

Now that the Storm is Over, Time to Bust some Traitors

The Grand Juries are working Overtime.

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sat Sep 15, 2018, 04:04 AM (6 replies)

Committee Vote on Kavanaugh to proceed without delay

According to the Washington Post, the vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination will occur next Thursday, September 20, as scheduled. This could change, I suppose, but that’s how things stand now.

Notwithstanding the ambush of Judge Kavanaugh with a claim of sexual harassment from 35 years ago by a woman who won’t disclose her identity, the votes exist for the committee to approve Kavanaugh’s nomination. The real question is whether the votes exist in the Senate as a whole to confirm him.

The ambush of Kavanaugh is aimed at Senators Collins and Murkowski, neither of whom sits on the Judiciary Committee. It may also be aimed at certain Senate Democrats facing tough reelection campaigns. They aren’t on the committee either.

The only other new information I have, via sources, is that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who referred the allegation against Kavanaugh to the FBI and who has known about it for months, apparently did not attend the closed Judiciary Committee session at which Kavanaugh testified. In these sessions, sensitive material can be discussed outside of the public domain. Yet, Feinstein chose not to discuss it, or even attend the session. I’m advised that the allegation raised by the woman Kavanaugh may have known in high school did not surface in the closed session.

It also was not raised in the voluminous additional questions sent to Kavanaugh after his hearing. He was asked about baseball tickets and even about whether and when he watched a YouTube of Judge Kozinski, for whom he clerked, kissing a woman on “The Dating Game.” But not about his own alleged kiss.

Why not? From the Democrats’ perspective, the lawyer in me would have wanted to pin Kavanaugh down, before he knew exactly what was coming, by asking him while he was under oath whether, for example, he had kissed any girl or woman against her will at any party he attended while in high school. If the question seemed to ridiculous to ask in public, I would have asked it in private session.

But it wasn’t asked. Strange, don’t you think?

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Fri Sep 14, 2018, 06:26 PM (3 replies)

Wounded Journalist Project

A parody of the Wounded Warrior Project. CNN compared their journalists to the brave soldiers of the US. So they had it coming!
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Fri Sep 14, 2018, 02:54 PM (0 replies)
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