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From Andy McCarthy, who is no longer beating around the bush:

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Russiagate: Law in the Service of Partisan Politics
Andrew C. McCarthyMay 11, 2019 5:30 AM

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
This is an exquisitely planned political campaign.
Russiagate has always been a political narrative masquerading as a federal investigation. Its objective, plain and simple, has been twofold: first, to hamstring Donald Trump’s capacity to press the agenda on which he ran (immigration enforcement, conservative judicial nominees, deregulation, and a military build-up, along with skepticism about military interventions, free trade, and NATO); and ultimately, to render him unelectable come autumn 2020.

That’s it. That’s what FBI agent Peter Strzok so aptly called the “insurance policy.”

Yes, of course, if some grievous misconduct had emerged, something so egregious that Beltway Republicans could chance the wrath of the Trump base by hopping aboard the impeachment train, Democrats might take a shot at removing the president. But that, as they say in the Green New Deal biz, was just “aspirational.”

The real work in the here and now is hardball politics: Hem Trump in. Politicize the intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus. Signal to the public through intelligence leaks and suggestive official public statements that the president was suspected of conspiring with the Kremlin. Convince Trump that using the presidency’s arsenal to fight back would just bolster the obstruction case against him. Sic a special counsel on him if he lashed out anyway. Use the investigation as a rationale for slow-walking Trump nominees and for refusing to deal with him on such critical issues as border enforcement. Drive his numbers down.

It’s working.

It had to have been clear to investigators as of late 2017 that there was no “collusion” case against the president — no proof of a conspiracy with the Kremlin to undermine the 2016 election.

NOW WATCH: 'Trump Has $30 Million For 2020 Campaign'

In September 2017, five months after Robert Mueller took over the Russia investigation, the Justice Department stopped seeking surveillance warrants — i.e., it decided to stop peddling the Steele dossier to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. That means the government no longer stood behind the Clinton-campaign-sponsored opposition-research screed, which alleged — based on anonymous Russian sources — that there was a Trump–Putin conspiracy to undermine the election.

In the months that followed, Mueller returned several indictments. His charges against two sets of Russians indicated that the Kremlin sought no collaboration with Americans; his charges against Trump associates had no connection to Russia.

Notwithstanding the absence of proof, though, the collusion investigation continued for over a year, until late March 2019. Is it any wonder, then, that over 40 percent of Americans continue to believe the Trump campaign was in cahoots with Moscow — even after the announcement that Mueller concluded there was no Trump–Russia conspiracy?

This is an exquisitely planned political campaign.

On CNN this week, Jim Comey, former director of the FBI — i.e., of the nation’s domestic security service — hinted that, the Mueller report notwithstanding, Russia may very well have leverage over the president. Last year, the former director was more expansively suggestive: The lurid dossier allegation about Trump in a Moscow hotel in 2013 with peeing prostitutes — the claim Comey had dismissed as “salacious and unverified” in sworn Senate testimony — might be true after all . . . he just can’t say for sure.

This is of a piece with former CIA director John Brennan’s unhinged tweeting since leaving office — the nod-and-wink exploitation of his public trust; the implication that if only you knew what he knows from having had access to top-secret information, you’d demand that Trump be removed from office.

Access to sensitive law-enforcement information and classified intelligence is a trust. It is extended with the understanding that it won’t be politicized or used to smear people.

Abuse of this privilege mirrors the most objectionable aspect of the Mueller investigation: The abuse of the criminal-justice process — converting it into a political weapon to smear a person the government has not charged with crimes.

Understand: Congress does not need a prosecutable crime to impeach the president. If House Democrats believe the president has abused his powers so outrageously that he should be stripped of them, they have it within their power to file impeachment articles and trigger a trial in the Senate. Impeachment is a political process. It would be perfectly appropriate for all anti-Trump partisans to make the public case that the president should be removed from office.

But the anti-Trump partisans are not going that route. They know they’d lose by a humiliating margin that would strengthen the president.

Instead, they are perverting the criminal-justice process they claim Trump has obstructed. With the transparently eager cooperation of Mueller’s team, they intimate that the president could have been charged and would have been convicted. They suggest that, although not charged, he has not been “exonerated,” effectively imposing on him the burden to establish his innocence.

I don’t want the criminal-justice system to be the prism through which we conduct politics. But if you insist on evaluating the president’s conduct as a criminal-justice issue rather than a political impeachment issue, then he is entitled to the presumption of innocence. He is entitled to have the evidence discounted (indeed, it should have been concealed) unless and until he is formally charged. He is entitled to have the burden of proof imposed entirely on the government. For current and former officials who have been involved in the investigation to refrain from charging him, publicize the evidence, and then suggest he is guilty is a willful undermining of the justice process.

That is, they are doing what they accuse Trump of doing.

They are too smart not to know this. So there is only one conclusion to be drawn: This grandstanding has nothing to do with the law. The point has never been to make a prosecutable legal case against the president. Nor is it to pursue impeachment, though there will be plenty of talk about impeachment. The point is to place the tools of the criminal-justice process in the service of the Democrats’ 2020 political campaign.

The Russia counterintelligence probe, based on the fraudulent projection of a Trump-Putin conspiracy, was always a pretext to conduct a criminal investigation despite the absence of a predicate crime. The criminal investigation, in turn, was always a pretext for congressional impeachment chatter. And the congressional impeachment chatter is a pretext for the real agenda: Making Trump an ineffective president now, and an un-reelectable president 18 months from now.

They try to make it look like law. It has always been politics.



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"From Andy McCarthy, who is no longer beating around the bush"

that's for sure.

McCarthy at one time was very defensive of the FBI/DoJ.

Back in July 2018 he finally realized what was going on and wrote this article:

https://www.nationalreview.com...-fbi-steele-dossier/

I observed that the newly disclosed FISA applications are so shoddy that the judges who approved them ought to be asked some hard questions.

I prefaced my remark about the judges with an acknowledgment of my own personal embarrassment

When people started theorizing that the FBI had presented the Steele dossier to the FISA court as evidence, I told them they were crazy: The FBI, which I can’t help thinking of as my FBI after 20 years of working closely with the bureau as a federal prosecutor, would never take an unverified screed and present it to a court as evidence

It turns out, however, that the crazies were right and I was wrong. The FBI (and, I’m even more sad to say, my Justice Department) brought the FISA court the Steele-dossier allegations, relying on Steele’s credibility without verifying his information.

I am embarrassed by this not just because I assured people it could not have happened, and not just because it is so beneath the bureau — especially in a politically fraught case in which the brass green-lighted the investigation of a presidential campaign. I am embarrassed because what happened here flouts rudimentary investigative standards

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But McCarthy's eyes are wide open now. One has to respect someone who acknowledges a change of position as new facts come to light.
 
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Summary of Last Week's Major Political & Economic News in a Nutshell.

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Strongly Recommended

(5/12/2019) Fox Sunday Morning Futures w/ Maria Bartiromo (47 min.) - Two Interviews with members of House Judiciary Committee.

Lindsey Graham (R-SC Chairman) on Russia Probe, Illegal Immigrants, Cuba, Venezuela, China Trade.

2. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) - on Nadler's Barr Contempt Hearings, FBI Dossier, FISA Warrants, Christopher Steele, Jim Comey.

>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRJ-bo2zJ1k


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(5/12/2019) Fox News Sunday - Chris Wallace / Larry Kudlow on China Trade Talks:

>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L41DiDCCo_A


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^^ he he

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Economic Optimism Hits 15 Year High

The IBD/TIPP Economic Poll is at 55.6

highest level since Feb. 2004


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Anyone tired of winning yet? I’m not even close.
 
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Me either!! Lay it on 'um Mr. President.
 
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President Trump signed legislation Friday to created broader access to funding for state-level gun range expansion and improvement.

The legislation is titled Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, but is known more simply as the Range Bill. It deals with Pittman-Robinson funds, which have been compounding from ammo and gun manufacturing excise tax revenues since 1937.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Larry Keane notes that the Range Bill “give the states more flexibility in how they can use their Pittman Robertson allocation to pay for the construction of new ranges and expansion or improvements to existing ones.”

Keane summed up the overall benefits of the legislation:

If a state wildlife agency decides to build a new recreational shooting range that cost $1 million, the state would only need to apply $100,000 of state funds to access the remaining $900,000 from Pittman-Robertson funds, instead of the $250,000 down payment currently required. It would also give states up to five years to use those funds, which is crucial when navigating the approvals for acquiring lands, permits and approvals for projects.

The NSSF estimates an expansion in gun range funding will result in an expansion of ammo and firearm demand for those ranges, which means more money will end up in the Pittman-Robinson funds as ammo and firearm makers pay the excise tax on their products. The great news is that the Pittman-Robinson funds “are the funds that drive wildlife restoration and conservation programs,” so as they grow so too does conservation.

The Range Bill has been pushed unsuccessfully for over a decade.



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NYC Mayor DeBlasio tried a cheap trick today that backfired.

He held a press conference touting the city’s “Green New Deal” inside the lobby of Trump Tower

https://www.breitbart.com/poli...sser-at-trump-tower/

Speaking at a podium steps from the spot where President Donald Trump announced his own presidential run in 2015, the Democrat said he had come to Trump Tower to promote a new city air pollution law requiring skyscraper owners to cut greenhouse gas emissions or face fines.

De Blasio said Trump’s buildings in the city could face a combined $2.1 million in annual fines if they don’t reduce emissions by 2030.

“President Trump, you’re on notice. Your polluting buildings are part of the problem,” he claimed.

However, de Blasio’s speech was all-but drowned out by a throng of Trump supporters who demonstrated behind him on the building’s escalators, booing, whistling, chanting and holding up signs with messages including “Failed mayor” and “Worst mayor ever.” Footage of the heckling was shared to social media.

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Mark Levin’s show Last night was good. I can’t seem to embed this link from Fox. Watching this episode made me think it’s just time to get down to business.

https://www.foxnews.com/shows/life-liberty-levin
 
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Joey D 5/13/19



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INTERVIEW - JOE DIGENOVA - legal analyst and former US Attorney to the District of Columbia

DON JR: Senator Lindsey Graham advises Donald Trump Jr. to Avoid Testifying Over Russia Deal: "Call it a Day." During an appearance on Fox News's Sunday Morning Futures, Senator Lindsey Graham brushed off the Senate Intelligence Committee's attempts to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. to give further testimony regarding efforts to build a Trump Tower in Russia. “If I were Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer, I would tell him you don’t need to go back into this environment anymore,” Graham said. “You’ve been there for hours and hours, and nothing being alleged here changes the outcome of the Mueller investigation. I would call it a day.”
UKRAINE TRIP: Giuliani cancels Ukraine trip, says he'd be 'walking into a group of people that are enemies of the US.' (Fox News) -- Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney, said Friday on "Fox News @ Night" that he will not be traveling to Ukraine as previously announced.
BIDEN / UKRAINE: Rand Paul: Americans Will Be ‘Shocked’ to Know What Biden’s Son Was Up To. Sunday on ABC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) discussed a report from The New York Times on questions of former vice president Joe Biden’s potential conflict of interest.
STEELE DOSSIER: State Department Under Pressure Over Christopher Steele Contacts. Three Republican senators are pressing the State Department to provide information about a meeting between dossier author Christopher Steele and a State Department official before the 2016 election. In letters this week to Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina pressed Pompeo for details about the Oct. 11, 2016 meeting, which was held at Foggy Bottom between Steele and Kathleen Kavalec, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
DEMS NOT READING THE FULL MUELLER REPORT: CNN's SARAH WESTWOOD tweet: Five Republicans and no Democrats have so far read the less redacted version of the Mueller report that DOJ made available to 12 congressional leaders, @LauraAJarrett reports. This version of the Mueller report only contains redactions of grand jury material.
Robert Mueller won't testify next week, date is up in the air. (CNN)House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller will not testify before his committee next week and that the exact date for Mueller to come speak publicly before Congress is under discussion. "It won't be next week," Nadler told reporters. "But we're negotiating with him, we're talking to him and the Justice Department." The move was not unexpected as Nadler said Thursday evening that Mueller was unlikely to testify before the committee on May 15, the target date that the New York Democrat had floated earlier this month. Nadler said this week that negotiations with Mueller's team at the Justice Department to finalize the hearing continue amid President Donald Trump's various stated positions on whether the special counsel should testify.



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NYC Mayor DeBlasio tried a cheap trick today that backfired.

He held a press conference touting the city’s “Green New Deal” inside the lobby of Trump Tower

https://www.breitbart.com/poli...sser-at-trump-tower/

Speaking at a podium steps from the spot where President Donald Trump announced his own presidential run in 2015, the Democrat said he had come to Trump Tower to promote a new city air pollution law requiring skyscraper owners to cut greenhouse gas emissions or face fines.

De Blasio said Trump’s buildings in the city could face a combined $2.1 million in annual fines if they don’t reduce emissions by 2030.

“President Trump, you’re on notice. Your polluting buildings are part of the problem,” he claimed.

However, de Blasio’s speech was all-but drowned out by a throng of Trump supporters who demonstrated behind him on the building’s escalators, booing, whistling, chanting and holding up signs with messages including “Failed mayor” and “Worst mayor ever.” Footage of the heckling was shared to social media.

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^^^^^^

Screw NYC Mayor DeBlasio and the horse he rode in on.

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AG Barr has assigned Federal Attorney John Durham to examine the origins of the Russia investigation.
Durham investigated the FBI and its corrupt relationship with Whitey Bulger in the 90’s.
That’s where Durham and Mueller crossed paths before:

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Mueller had similar troubles during the 1980s in Boston when he was Acting U.S. Attorney from 1986 through 1987. Under Mueller’s watch in Boston, another one of the FBI’s most scandalous cases occurred. At the time, an FBI agent by the name of John Connolly, who is now in prison for murder-related charges, had been the handler for James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Bulger, who Connolly aided in escaping FBI custody in the 90s, was a notorious mobster and murderer who had been working as a confidential informant for the FBI against other crime syndicates in the Boston area. Mueller, who oversaw the FBI during his time there, was criticized by the media and congressional members for how the situation in Boston was handled. Bulger, who committed numerous murders during his time as an informant, disappeared for more than 16 years until he was finally captured in California in 2011; by that time Mueller was director of the FBI.

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Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.

John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.

His inquiry is the third known investigation focused on the opening of an F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign into possible ties between Russia’s election interference and Trump associates.

The department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, is separately examining investigators’ use of wiretap applications and informants and whether any political bias against Mr. Trump influenced investigative decisions. And John W. Huber, the United States attorney in Utah, has been reviewing aspects of the Russia investigation. His findings have not been announced.

[…] Mr. Durham, who was nominated by Mr. Trump in 2017 and has been a Justice Department lawyer since 1982, has conducted special investigations under administrations of both parties. Attorney General Jan


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Very glad to know that this investigation is underway.

It’ll be interesting to see the MSM reaction – probably not happy campers!



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it will be interesting to see if any of the media personalities get swept up in this too, they played a significant role in this deception and coup attempt and shouldb't hide behind the 1st Amendment when they knoew what they were doing was wrong and seditious

the media needs to pay a price as well



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the media needs to pay a price as well

The MSM won’t like Mr. Durham’s investigation at all. They’re currently compiling their list of “talking points” to belittle it.



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the media needs to pay a price as well

The MSM won’t like Mr. Durham’s investigation at all. They’re currently compiling their list of “talking points” to belittle it.


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They will get hit hard. All the talking points will be muddied and bloodied . . . .

Eek

They will feel the ire of Donald J. Trump as dispensed by Bull (in the China Shop) Durhamn!

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