Here’s another IG report just released:
Here’s another IG report just released:
I’m tired of reading transcripts and reports looking for tidbits of information that might have been overlooked, or as JK would phrase it, The Crow Method. I’m tired of being a news junkie too, so I’m trying to spend more time on my crafts. This is going to be a combined politics and crafting post, because I’m too lazy to write two separate blog posts today.
First up, here’s the crafting portion of this post. Among the crafting peeps on youtube and facebook, there are lots of groups and people posting “challenges”, swaps, and assorted group crafting activities. I decided to attempt the December Daily challenge, just for myself. I constructed a junk journal for this project using all paper, stickers, ribbon and trim that I already have. The cover is constructed from a food package box, covered with old scrapbook paper and some old Christmas ephemera. The pages in this journal are all old Christmas cards that I sewed into the spine of the book. I covered the spine with Christmas ribbon that’s been sitting here many years. My personal challenge was to use only stuff I already have. Here are a few photos:
Now, onto the politics.
I found an interesting tidbit of information reading the latest Comey transcript of his December 7, 2018 testimony to the Joint House Judiciary & Oversight Committees . On page 125, Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe, former U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas asked Comey the following:
Mr. Ratcliffe. So I want to relate to you some of the
testimony that we’ve already received. FBI Deputy Director Andy
McCabe testified before Congress that the FBI could provide no
points of verification to verify the Steele information other
than the fact that Carter Page had traveled to Russia in July
of 2016. Were you aware of that when you signed the application
on October 21st of 2016?
Mr. Comey. I don’t remember any of that right now.
Mr. Ratcliffe. Bill Priestap who — what does Bill
Priestap do at the FBI?
Mr. Comey. I think he’s still the Assistant Director in
charge of the Counterintelligence Division.
Mr. Ratcliffe. Okay. He testified that corroboration of
the Steele dossier was in its, quote/unquote, infancy, at the
time of the application that you signed on October 21st, 2016.
Did you know that?
Mr. Comey. I don’t remember hearing that, but that makes
sense to me, if my recollection is correct, that we got it in
September or maybe October. It would, by definition, be in its
infancy in October.
Oddly enough, James Comey, James Clapper and John Brennan all do media spin efforts to give the impressions that the “salacious information” hasn’t been verified, but other parts of the Steele dossier are verified. For instance here is a May 2018 blaring headline from Newsweek:
In this article, Clapper is quoted as saying: ” “The salacious parts, no. That’s never been corroborated. It would appear to me that as time has gone on more and more of it has been corroborated, but I can’t actually give you a percentage,” Clapper said.”
It appears, to me at least, that Clapper is deliberately spreading false information wrapped in weasely language.
This entire Steele dossier is a fraud. From other testimony, like Bruce Ohr, from the Obama DOJ, it seems like no one in the Obama DOJ or Comey FBI even know who on earth Steele’s, supposedly Russian sources, with access high-up in the Kremlin, even are.
Trump isn’t the only big liar when it comes to 2016 campaign efforts to acquire Russian op dirt. The problem is that Trump screams “But Hillary” to deflect attention from his shady actions, like Don Jr. meeting that Russian lawyer hoping to acquire dirt on Hillary.
However, both campaigns’ 2016 corruption needs to be exposed and dealt with. It’s not an either or proposition.
This Steele dossier was deliberately fed to the Obama DOJ by people connected to the Clinton campaign/DNC. This information was fed to the highest levels in the FBI, as intelligence from a reliable former British spy and a former British ambassador to Moscow, Andrew Wood, was involved in selling the Steele dossier too. Wood fed the dossier to the late U.S. senator, John McCain and McCain hand-delivered it to James Comey. Every effort was made to present this Steele dossier as coming from reliable sources.
Here we are, two years later and it sure looks like “more and more” of the Steele dossier has not been verified and it looks like there was a BRITISH effort to interfere in our election.
And we still have no clue who Steele’s Russian sources are???
Comey can prance around like he’s leading the charge to “save our democracy”, but from what I see, it looks like he was massively duped by Steele and Sir Andrew Wood.
Trump might turn out to be a lying crook too, so his “But Hillary” deflections fall on deaf ears with me. In light of Cohen’s corruption, if we find out Trump is guilty of tax evasion and/or money-laundering, I would not be at all surprised. However, the Clinton corruption is already smacking us in the face, with the Steele dossier deceptions, Hillary merging her State Dept emails on to Bill’s personal Clinton Foundation server, the tens of thousands of destroyed emails on that server, and the shady Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac meeting. And even worse than all that, the Clinton corruption appears to have corrupted the Obama DOJ and the FBI, at the highest levels.
The IG report on the Clinton email investigation ended up with Michael Horowitz believing Comey and disbelieving Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe. In light of Comey’s selective amnesia now, perhaps McCabe was telling the truth, that James Comey knew about McCabe authorizing media leaks to silence the leaks about the Weiner laptop and Clinton Foundation criminal investigations the FBI had underway. With Comey’s quickie Weiner laptop spin effort, Comey buried the Clinton Foundation investigations. Immediately following Trump’s surprise win, Comey teamed up with James Clapper and John Brennan to gin up the “Trump/Russian collusion” spin hysteria.
Assuredly, there will be plenty more transcripts and reports to sift through before our 2016 nightmare ends.
No rest for weary old crows searching for the golden nuggets of information… or trying to find more time to craft.
It’s hard to believe we are approaching the close of 2018… and America is still stuck on 2016 campaign corruption. There are plenty of facts, pointing to corruption, with both candidates. However, “facts” hold little sway in this neverending 2016 scorched earth spin information war. Yet, it still burns on.
Americans have heard both sides repeating their version of “The Truth” so many times, that for many of us, our minds drift off into a zombie-like trance as soon as 2016 rehashing begins. However, for the politically active and engaged Americans, it still looks like they haven’t been burned out by this relentless 2016 scorched earth spin war yet.
Last Friday, James Comey, former FBI director, testified in a closed-door hearing before the combined Judiciary & Oversight committees in the House. The transcript of that hearing was released over the weekend. The Republicans grilled Comey, looking for answers on the FBI’s handling of Clinton & Trump related matters during 2016. The Democrats did another Comey flip, this time they love James Comey and sang his praises, although in 2016 many of them were berating him, demanding his handling of the Weiner laptop probe should be investigated and that he should be fired. Pelosi and Cummings, both railed that the FBI had “Trump fanboys” who needed to be investigated. Many of the same Dems, who railed against Comey’s 2016 actions, now act like Comey cheerleaders.
The Republicans, who organized this hearing, are still asking many of the same questions of James Comey, they’ve been asking since 2016, and they’re still hitting an “I don’t remember” Comey brick wall. Over 200 times Comey could not remember, suffering from what appears to be a severe case of selective amnesia.
Despite Comey’s memory issues, he has now found his new public voice as a “Hillary fanboy”… The entire spectacle of James Comey trying to become a media gadfly to trash Trump, praise Hillary and act as the defender of truth, justice and the American way only casts more doubt on Comey as a nonpartisan director of the FBI.
James Comey sacrificed his credibility and compromised his integrity in his ruthless quest to take down Donald Trump. However, before that, it sure looks like Comey gradually sacrificed it by going along with the Loretta Lynch/Clinton efforts to bury the FBI criminal investigations of the Clintons. Comey appears to have completely bought into the Dem’s Trump/Russian collusion op dirt, without ever verifying who paid for the Steele dossier or even verifying the information. Even now, he doesn’t want to be questioned about the Steele dossier or what parts of it were ever verified. That Steele dossier information was used in FISA warrant applications.
JK posted a link in a comment for the U.S District Court for District of Columbia’s memorandum opinion by Judge Royce C. Lamberth. This Dec. 6th opinion relates to questions still unanswered about the State Department’s responses to inquiries of its efforts to respond to FOIA requests for Hillary’s officials Secretary of State emails. This FOIA request matter goes back to 2014 and still the State Department hasn’t satisfied the court that it made a good faith effort to locate the requested information. It’s quite amazing to read this opinion from a federal judge, who put into writing that he still doesn’t have answers as to whether Hillary set up running her State Department emails through Bill’s personal Clinton Foundation server to “intentionally flout FOIA”. While Comey may engage in spin games, complaining about House Republicans still asking questions about Hillary’s emails, it seems a federal judge has plenty more questions about Hillary’s emails too.
Robert Mueller may have solid evidence that President Trump committed crimes, but with Comey’s public halo polishing antics, Comey’s credibility and judgment make him an angel trying to fly with a permanently tarnished halo and even worse, no wings. The costume store must have been fresh out of extra-tall Superman costumes to fit his 6’8″ frame, but never let it be said, when it comes to self-righteous media spectacles, James Comey, sans halo or cape, will still keep sanctimoniously preening on and on and on. The one thing publicly tangling to drag Trump or the Clintons to justice seems to do is destroy the reputations of those trying to fight their corruption, while Trump, just like the Clintons remains unscathed. Trump and the Clintons, at this point, seem to be above the law. Comey’s smarmy interviews, trying to sound full of righteousness and then coupling that with calling on Americans to support Democrats, speaks to a man who has lost not only his moral compass, he’s lost any vestige of credibility on anything related to Trump or Hillary. He’s reduced himself to sounding like a political hack.
If Mueller has a case against Trump and he’s banking any of it on James Comey as a witness, it seems likely to be a total PR disaster for Mueller. The crimes that smack you in the face with Trump are his witness tampering and obstruction of justice antics, played off by Trump mouthpieces, as just Trump letting off steam tweeting. Just like Bill Clinton, Trump benefits from the protection of the presidential shield and unlimited access to media willing to sell his “victim of a partisan witch hunt” spin for as long as it takes.
If past is prologue, for 20 years, the mainstream media still run the “Hillary victim of a vast, right-wing conspiracy” spin. Trump may not read much, but he’s memorized the Clinton Scandal Survival Playbook. Impeachment proceedings loom more menacingly for Trump, as House Dems plot their “destroy Trump” investigative schedule, but their two long years of unhinged and undisciplined media attacks on Trump have done as much, possibly more, to destroy their own credibility than Trump’s. Trump still benefits from the Dem #Resist media hysterics. Whether that will save him from impeachment remains to be seen.
America remains still aflame in 2016 scorched earth spin…
So much winning… for America’s enemies.
After two years of the mainstream media and Dems breathlessly reporting that, this time really is “the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency, perhaps Robert Mueller might be winding toward the end of his Russian interference in 2016 investigation. These #Resist spin mouthpieces have set the stage for massive unrest among the #Resist loyalists, if Mueller fails to deliver the blow that fells Trump’s presidency. Some sort of consolation prize, “he acted corruptly, but not enough to warrant a criminal prosecution”, will not satisfy their thirst for Trump to be vanquished from the public square.
With Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, striking a plea deal with Mueller’s team and recent revelations about Trump actively pursuing a Russian real estate deal for a Trump Tower Moscow, in 2016, as he was at the same time running for president, it’s clear Trump lied repeatedly, when he claimed he had no dealings with Russia. How far up and how deep were Trump’s Russian ties remains unclear, but Trump admitted to and airily dismissed the efforts to make a real estate deal with Russia in 2016.
The revelation of the Cohen assertion about a Trump/Russia deal effort in 2016 and Trump’s response to that assertion explains everything about how Trump operates. He follows the same spin playbook as the Clintons – deny, when lies are exposed dismiss, deflect and project back at your accusers. Trump has mastered Hillary’s “victim of a political witch hunt” spin game and it’s still working for him with his loyal followers.
Regardless of what facts Mueller’s investigation exposes, the Trump Spin Force will automatically dismiss, deflect and defiantly delegitimize Mueller’s report and findings as nothing more than a partisan witch hunt.
If these two sides, readying for an epic spin battle, aren’t enough, there’s also the House Republicans waging one more, last-ditch effort, to uncover the facts surrounding the Comey FBI and Obama top intelligence people embracing the Steele dossier, a Clinton & DNC funded opposition research effort, despite being unable to independently verify it. It seems likely the House Republicans also have some questions for Comey regarding his handling of the Clinton email and Foundation pay-to-play investigations.
Finally, there are the House Dems compiling a massive investigative schedule to bury the Trump administration in subpoenas and enough negative press to completely immobilize the Trump White House. While Mueller has remained silent and we still don’t really know what his findings are, the House Dems will be running their “investigations” in the most grandstanding way possible, with the mainstream media aiding and abetting sensationalizing every allegation, no matter how flimsy the evidence. While Trump laments the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt”, the truth is Trump’s about to find out what a real political witch hunt looks like, as the House Dems wage nuclear level spin attacks on him.
While, sometime very soon the media and political pundits expect some sort of massive “shit show”, being the term tossed around frequently, with these many forces at play in this never-ending 2016 scorched earth spin battle, it seems likely to me, America will be in dire straits. Unchecked, self-destructive, partisan information warfare will leave only smoldering ashes of our decimated political system. As I’ve warned for years, there will be no winners in America’s epic spin information war… except for America’s enemies.
A personality like Trump, being cornered and perhaps facing “losing bigly”, well, he won’t be graciously stepping down. As his admirers tout… “he’s a disruptor”, so how far he’ll go, to take down the whole American political system, remains an open question. My worst fear remains that, if both the massive Trump and massive Clinton 2016 corruption ever get totally exposed, America’s worst nightmare will be Trump and the Clintons uniting to save themselves from ruin.
Sounds crazy, I know, but that’s where I worry America will end up… trapped in spin hell with Hillary and Trump colluding to silence the truth.
Twenty years later…
Monica Lewinsky now admits President Bill Clinton asked her to lie about having an affair to avoid being deposed by Special Counsel, Ken Starr:
“In the final part of the A&E docuseries “The Clinton Affair,” Lewinsky revealed that Clinton convinced her to deny the affair if she was called to testify in the Paula Jones case. The 45-year-old recalled the former president telling her that she could avoid being deposed if she denied the affair in an affidavit.
Lewinsky said that Clinton had called her at 2:30 in the morning to let her know that she was on the witness list for the Paula Jones case.”
“After being subpoenaed, the former White House staffer decided to talk to attorney Vernon Jordan, a close friend of Clinton. In the documentary, Lewinsky claims that she managed to secure a meeting with Jordan on her own and from that meeting, she was introduced to lawyer Frank Carter.”https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/monica-lewinsky-reveals-bill-clinton-urged-her-to-lie-under-oath-following-one-last-fling-before-ditching-herCarter had Lewinsky sign an affidavit denying the affair.Witness tampering and suborning perjury are only crimes for little people… not the President of the United States…
Just as a memory refresher, let’s go back to June 2016, when Bill Clinton met with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in Arizona. What followed was a loud cry about an appearance of impropriety, Lynch insisting the meeting was a non-political chat about grandchildren, etc. and then Lynch made the announcement that she would not recuse herself from the Clinton email investigation, but instead she would rely on FBI director, James Comey’s recommendations. This meeting set in motion the FBI interview of Hillary on a 4th of July weekend.
In September 2016, the FBI released the notes from Hillary’s FBI interview and as I had begun reading these FBI notes on the email investigation, the redactions seemed odd to me. I blogged about this and tweeted about it too. In Hillary’s interview, I wrote:
Above is the first paragraph of the FBI Interview Notes. It lists Hillary Clinton’s attorneys present for this interview. One name is redacted and one can only wonder why?
On July 2, 2016, the New York Times reported:
Accompanying Mrs. Clinton into the meeting were her lawyer David E. Kendall; Cheryl D. Mills and Heather Samuelson, longtime aides who are also lawyers; and two lawyers from Mr. Kendall’s firm, Williams & Connolly, Katherine Turner and Amy Saharia.
Eight officials from the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice conducted the interview, according to a person who was familiar with the substance of the session but declined to be named because the meeting was private. This person characterized the meeting as “civil” and “businesslike.”
So, was the other attorney Amy Saharia, as the New York Times reported back in July, or was it someone else? Why on earth redact the name, if it was Saharia???
There are several redactions on who was present from the DOJ. The FBI Notes list two people from the DOJ/FBI side and have three names redacted, which comes to 5 names, although the NY Times story says there were 8 DOJ/FBI people present, so who are 3 redacted names + 3 others mentioned in the NY Times story??? Even if that one long block of redaction, after David Laufman’s name is more than one name, we are still left with knowing only 2 names of who was present from the FBI/DOJ and leaves SIX unknowns. Something is very wrong when you compare the NY Times report to the FBI Notes.
I went back to looking at news reporting after Hillary’s FBI interview and Team Clinton, predictably had given an exclusive interview to Clinton/Dem media SPIN king, Chuck Todd.
I kept wondering why on earth the FBI redacted only one name of Clinton’s legal team and why on earth would that name be Amy Saharia, when the Clintons released her name to the New York Times in July, so it wasn’t like it was a secret. Then I kept wondering why would Bill Clinton risk that personal meeting with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in AZ, when if the only thing to iron out was a date and time for Hillary to do a FBI interview. Well, there had to be some details that Bill Clinton wanted to convey personally to a trusted Clinton crony, like Loretta Lynch. I strongly suspect that Bill Clinton arranged for either himself or a another trusted Clinton crony to be present for Hillary’s interview, to make sure nothing went wrong. I’ve always wondered about someone, perhaps like Eric Holder, whom none of the FBI or DOJ officials would dream of questioning or crossing.
And I believe that FBI interview of Hillary put James Comey in an even more totally compromised position, but he made his decision to go with the Clinton narrative when he made his statement on July 5, 2016. He spent about 15 minutes chronicling grossly negligent handling of classified information, followed by making up new law and excuses to exonerate Hillary. He decided to go along with the Clinton corruption, probably assuming Hillary would be his next boss.
On that same day in July, Hillary Clinton was on Air Force One with President Obama heading to their first joint campaign event.
What we don’t know is when those several FBI field office investigations into Clinton Foundation corruption began and when James Comey knew about them.
That timeline would assuredly tell us if Comey got sucked into the Clinton corruption or if he was already working hard to cover up Clinton corruption under investigation in several FBI field offices. The Hillary interview was in July 2016 and in October 2016 Comey reopened the email investigation. On November 2, 2016 Bret Baier at FOX News reported:
Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier reports the latest news about the Clinton Foundation investigation from two sources inside the FBI. He reveals five important new pieces of information in these two short clips:
1. The Clinton Foundation investigation is far more expansive than anybody has reported so far and has been going on for more than a year.
2. The laptops of Clinton aides Cherryl Mills and Heather Samuelson have not been destroyed, and agents are currently combing through them. The investigation has interviewed several people twice, and plans to interview some for a third time.
3. Agents have found emails believed to have originated on Hillary Clinton’s secret server on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. They say the emails are not duplicates and could potentially be classified in nature.
4. Sources within the FBI have told Baier that an indictment is “likely” in the case of pay-for-play at the Clinton Foundation, “barring some obstruction in some way” from the Justice Department.
5. FBI sources say with 99% accuracy that Hillary Clinton’s server has been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, and that information have been taken from it.
This report would indicate the FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation was ongoing before the July 2016 FBI interview of Hillary and the FBI was sitting on Bill Clinton’s personal Clinton Foundation server, which Hillary had merged her State Dept emails onto and all those disappearing emails didn’t ring any alarm bells at the highest level of the FBI???
In October 2016, when the leaks started coming out about the Clinton Foundation criminal investigations and the Weiner laptop, Comey and McCabe worked to silence the leaks and COVER-UP for the Clintons. Comey reopened the email investigation strictly as a damage control effort, so he could pronounce a thorough investigation had occurred. He was all-in on covering up for the Clintons.
When the DOJ IG investigated the email investigation, Comey hung McCabe out to dry and said he didn’t know anything about McCabe authorizing FBI leaks to do damage control on the leaks coming out of NY about the Clinton Foundation investigations. McCabe said Comey was aware of it and it seems certain Comey knew all about it, because he was helping orchestrate the cover-up and trying to bury the Clinton Foundation investigations, just like he buried the email investigation.
James Comey, what a stand-up guy…
A few things have been bugging me since I wrote my last blog post. Here are a few quick thoughts.
In the 8/9/18 John Soloman piece in The Hill quoted in this blog post something keeps bothering me about how the Obama DOJ and FBI handled information coming from Glenn Simpson, Christopher Steele and now we find out DNC-linked lawyer, Michael Sussmann too. What did the FBI actually do to try to verify this information? James Comey and other top Obama officials have often stated some of the Steele dossier is verified, however none of them or the Dem spinmeisters ever mention anything except the Trump Golden Showers and Cohen in Prague.
Now, with this Soloman report on Bruce Ohr’s testimony, well, here’s the part that struck me as bizarre:
“A couple of the experts flagged that most of what Simpson allegedly told Ohr was not from Moscow — where the alleged plot was supposed to be based — but from a reported Russian in the United States who later seemed to disappear, according to Ohr’s notes.”
Did Ohr relay this information to the FBI? Did the FBI try to identify and locate this Russian source in America? If so, what did they find out? If not, well, why the hell not?
It just seems like these top people in the Obama DOJ and FBI were intent on investigating only the Trump campaign and willing to use Hillary campaign/DNC op dirt as the flimsy pretext to do so.
As each little bit of truth gets exposed, it looks more and more like an orchestrated effort to take down Trump and once Trump was elected, Comey, Clapper, Brennan appear to have become key players in the effort to destroy Trump’s presidency, by any means necessary. For a long time, I believed there had to be some legitimate intelligence they were using, but it’s looking more and more like they relied solely on Clinton/DNC op dirt filtered to them through Steele, Simpson and now we find out about this DNC-connected lawyer Michael Sussmann.
And at the same time Comey was peddling this Steele/Simpson dirt, he was working to shut down the field office investigations into the Clinton Foundation. That quickie Weiner laptop investigation was a PR move to give cover that the FBI had “thoroughly” investigated that laptop and “nothing to see here”, which went with the Clinton SPIN that poor Huma had no idea those emails were backing up to the Weiner home laptop. Comey let McCabe take the hit in the IG investigation into the email investigation. McCabe said Comey was aware of the FBI leak efforts to counter the leaks coming out of NY about the FBI criminal investigations into the Clinton Foundation in several states.
Comey was the one who briefed Trump about the Steele dossier dirt, then Comey was the one to keep talking to Trump privately reassuring Trump that he wasn’t the target of an investigation, stringing Trump along and trying to incriminate him. Then Comey immediately typed up his memos of what Trump had said, only instead of acknowledging those were official FBI business, Comey sent those memos to his friend, to leak to the media. At this point, I don’t believe much that James Comey says. I think Comey lied… A LOT.