Whistleblower attorney worked directly for Clapper

The FederalistOne of the attorneys that assisted the anonymous “whistleblowers” accusing President Donald Trump of conspiring with foreign leaders to interfere in the next U.S. presidential election used to report directly to former director of national intelligence James Clapper.

Charles McCullough, an attorney who assisted Andrew Bakaj, a former staffer for Sens. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, at the beginning of the process was previously the inspector general of the intelligence community (ICIG) at the height of the Clinton email scandal.

Clapper is, of course, allegedly involved in SpyGate up to his neck. Much of SpyGate involved information from the Ukraine. The whistleblower was complaining about Trump getting cooperation from Ukraine on investigating SpyGate in that country (along with alleged corruption involving the Bidens and Burisma).

That seems like a substantial conflict of interest at a minimum. More likely, the attorney was heavily involved with the complaint as a way to defend his former boss.

Tue Oct 15 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that media bias that doesn't exist...

ABC News tries to pass off Knob Creek machine gun shoot video as real combat footage from Syria.

UPDATE: The talking head twice uses the uncomfortable terminology "appears to show" when describing the Knob Creek video as depicting the Turkish assault. That sounds to me like he knows it doesn't even as he airs the video.

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Mon Oct 14 15:08:51 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch investigates monitoring of journalists

Judicial WatchThe prominent conservative figures — journalists and persons with ties to President Donald Trump — allegedly unlawfully monitored by the State Department in Ukraine at the request of ousted U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch include:
Jack Posobiec
Donald Trump Jr.
Laura Ingraham
Sean Hannity
Michael McFaul (Obama’s ambassador to Russia)
Dan Bongino
Ryan Saavedra
Rudy Giuliani
Sebastian Gorka
John Solomon
Lou Dobbs
Pamella Geller
Sara Carter

If this list is even halfway accurate, this is huge news. This list is filled with journalists who have been heavily reporting on the SpyGate scandal. If they were monitored, and the monitoring ordered by the ousted Ambassador to Ukraine (who was likely involved in SpyGate itself)... "BOMBSHELL" has been a bit overused but certainly explosive.

UPDATE: More information.

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Mon Oct 14 14:57:37 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham expands SpyGate investigation

Fox NewsJohn Durham, the U.S. attorney reviewing the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, is probing a wider timeline than previously known, according to multiple senior administration officials.
However, based on what he has been finding, Durham has expanded his investigation adding agents and resources, the senior administration officials said. The timeline has grown from the beginning of the probe through the election and now has included a post-election timeline through the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.

Does this mean the operation of the special counsel itself will come under scrutiny? We can hope so. The special counsel's operation was certainly part of the whole "insurance policy".

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Mon Oct 14 06:47:24 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Red Flag Laws in action

A Seattle man was arrested and his guns seized under a red flag law. The "cause" was supposedly online threats about the Joker movie. As described in the article, as a joke it was in bad taste. Apparently he had prior social media posts that some people found disturbing and threatening, but apparently none of those were legally actionable. Aside from the joker post, they describe a few things: "guns in his home, tucked into his waistband, or displayed in wooded areas." I don't see anything illegal or disturbing about that. He had photos of standard capacity magazines for a rifle. Nothing problematic there.

One post mentioned using gun kits to make "ghost guns" by scrubbing the serial numbers off; that's illegal if it is described, but that's not what you do with a gun kit. The normal way this works is: you manufacture a lower receiver (the regulated "firearm" part) from a rough blank and then assemble the full firearm from parts obtained separately. If you do it right, it's legal, with some limitations (like you can't sell it).

Don't try this without researching the laws yourself or ideally with a lawyer. I'm not one and I haven't ever done this. But I understand it's legal when done right.

And the man obtained a concealed carry license in May, which was later revoked. No word on whether it was revoked because of the recent red flag confiscation, but that seems a logical assumption. And they issued it in May, meaning at that time he didn't have a felony criminal record.

And they confiscated his guns "without incident", which sort of suggests he was not a threat, just someone who posted a bad joke on social media and happened to own guns.

Assuming my read is correct, I hope this guy sues.

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Sun Oct 13 06:47:25 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Get Woke, Go Broke

Free BeaconThe CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods told CBS News this weekend that his decisions to stop selling certain guns and hire lobbyists to push for new gun bans have cost his company roughly $250 million.

CBS Sunday Morning host Lee Cowan asked Dick's CEO Ed Stack how much his company lost after the retailer decided to stop selling firearms to anyone under the age of 21.

"About a quarter of a billion," Stack replied. "Pretty close."

Stack also said the company destroyed $5 million worth of rifle inventory because Stack believed no one should be allowed to own them.

At this point, Dick's might as well stop selling firearms at all.

It's not like anyone will buy firearms from those stores.

Sat Oct 12 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Giuliani investigators arrested on campaign finance charges

Daily CallerTwo associates of Rudy Giuliani who helped the Trump lawyer investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s activities in Ukraine were arrested late Wednesday on campaign finance-related charges, according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday.

No idea about the validity of the campaign finance charges, but it's telling that these are people Giuliani has been working with to investigate Ukraine collusion with Obama to influence the 2016 election. It's also telling that the FBI has apparently been monitoring their communications. Their arrest on campaign finance charges is very, very convenient timing for the Deep State and takes them out of play in the short term, while monitoring their communications and possibly those talking to them (two hop rule?) would give the Deep State a window into what Giuliani is doing and planning.

Furthering that view, the investigation was carried out by the Manhattan office, a known hotbed of anti-Trump views

Fri Oct 11 10:12:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Paris police attacker had top secret security clearance, access to computers

How does a jihadi get this kind of access? The guy was a sysadmin in the counter-terror unit and had access to everything.

Fri Oct 11 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan to be interviewed soon by Durham

Meaning In HistoryJohn Brennan stated yesterday from his chair at MSNBC that he will be interviewed by John Durham--presumably in the near future. Of course he also professed not to understand what could possible be going on, but this is a sure sign that the Barr/Durham probe is making progress. It's at a stage now where it appears useful to get Brennan on the record. This doesn't necessarily mean that all his subordinates have already been interviewed, but it does mean that the investigators have gone about as far as they can at this stage with document reviews alone.

So what does this mean for those of us in the peanut gallery?

It means Durham (the prosecutor) rather than Horowitz (the IG) is looking into things.

Thu Oct 10 17:30:12 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clapper implicates Obama in SpyGate

PJMediaWhen asked by CNN anchor Jim Sciutto if he was concerned that Attorney General Barr's and U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal investigation into the scandal will find any wrongdoing on their part, Clapper said, "Well, I don't know, I don't think there was any wrongdoing," which doesn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence, but then he said something really interesting. "I know, for my part, my main concern was with the Russians and the threat posed by the Russians to our very political fabric and uhhhh, the message I'm getting from all of this is apparently what we were supposed to have done was to ignore the Russian interference, ignore the Russian meddling and the threat that it poses to us, and oh, by the way, blown off what the then commander-in-chief, President Obama, told us to do, which was to assemble all of the reporting we could, that we had available to us."

"It’s kind of disconcerting now to be investigated for, you know, having done our duty and done what we were told to do by the president," Clapper added.

It looks like Clapper may have just confirmed that Barack Obama was directly involved in the Trump surveillance scandal, and that Clapper and others in the intelligence community were acting on his orders.

This is the defense Susan Rice was setting up with her "By the book" email to herself. The defense will be "Gosh we thought this was legit info and we had to look into it. The president said to do it by the book."

Except the origination of the information was known to be BS opposition research fantasies with almost no basis in reality, and the information was presented to the courts to obtain a warrant was falsely presented as verified when it was not and could not be because it was false.

Thu Oct 10 15:39:57 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden allegedly paid $900K for Burisma consulting

Interfax UkraineFormer U.S. Vice President Joe Biden received $900,000 for lobbying activities from Burisma Group, Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada member Andriy Derkach said citing investigation materials.

Derkach publicized documents which, as he said, "describe the mechanism of getting money by Biden Sr." at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine's press center in Kyiv on Wednesday.

"This was the transfer of Burisma Group's funds for lobbying activities, as investigators believe, personally to Joe Biden through a lobbying company. Funds in the amount of $900,000 were transferred to the U.S.-based company Rosemont Seneca Partners, which according to open sources, in particular, the New York Times, is affiliated with Biden. The payment reference was payment for consultative services," Derkach said.

If true, that seems quite suspicious and contradicts Biden's public statements about this matter.

Thu Oct 10 15:06:43 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


Thu Oct 10 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was Journalist John Solomon spied on? How many others?

His sources say yes, and based on his journalism about SpyGate, he has very good sources. He's far from the only person to be inappropriately spied on lately, too. According to a new report from the FISA court, the FBI/CIA/NSA did not stop abusing their surveillance capability in 2016. They continued to abuse it through 2017 and 2018, with illegal searches in the tens of thousands.

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Wed Oct 09 23:37:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Attack on Synagogue in Germany

Details here. Notable: multiple handheld explosive devices (grenades), helmet with a mounted camera, livestreamed.

It's getting really disingenous to claim that there is no desire for fame contributing to these attacks when the attackers go to the substantial trouble and expense of purchasing the gear to livestream them. And the livestream makes me wonder who the audience was.

There was an arrest in truck incident with 8 victims, "not being treated as terrorism" for some reason known only to Merkel.

Wed Oct 09 16:43:24 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden campaign tries to shut down Giuliani, Solomon

There are serious first amendment issues here. This guy is running for President and he thinks he can tell news outlets what to cover and what not to?

Never mind that they might just listen to him because they are all Democrats.

They are also going after reporter John Solomon, who has been doing great work.

Wed Oct 09 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The shine is statring to wear off of IG Horowitz

"A finding that sounds tough, but in the end, 'no harm, no foul'", and that's from an FBI veteran.

I'm reserving judgment on Horowitz until we see his report on FISA abuse. He's generated referrals before, even if they were not actually acted on. His report on the Clinton email investigation did seem tough, but generated little in terms of consequences. (No, "bias training" for all FBI employees is not "consequences").

Disturbingly, the linked article reports Horowitz did not interview Page, which seems a major oversight. And seeing articles like this appear -- with people expressing doubts -- sounds to me like battlespace preparation for a nothingburger. Not because there's no meat, but because the chef was unwilling to fry it.

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Tue Oct 08 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rep Ratcliffe: DOJ IG report on FISA abuse will be released within two weeks

AG Barr has the report, according to Rep Ratcliffe, and it will be released possibly by Friday.

Mon Oct 07 11:08:42 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Obama order Democrats to get dirt on Trump from Ukraine?

Daily WireTrump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani suggested on Monday night that there was serious evidence that the Obama White House directed Democrats to work with Ukraine to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump.
“The reason why the president of the United States had an obligation to ask the president of Ukraine to follow up on these allegations because there is substantial — I don’t want to exaggerate it but pretty close to overwhelming evidence, including a finding by a Ukrainian court that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats cooperated with Ukrainians with the order coming directly from the White House … to dig up dirt on her political opponent, and they did,” Giuliani said.

Asking a foreign government to cooperate with an investigation of credible allegations of corruption with real evidence (even a video recording of an admission!) is legitimate, even if the suspect is running for the nomination to oppose you. You don't get a pass from corruption laws because you run for office -- or rather, you shouldn't, even though it seems to work that way for Democrats. Thatg's what Trump has been doing: asking for cooperation with legitimate investigations.

Giuliani seems to be saying Obama actually ordered Democrats to dig up "dirt" on an opposition candidate.

If true, there's a substantial difference between the two. A legitimate investigation versus a political hit job.

Now, we don't know yet what Giuliani is describing. We'll have to evaluate that when we see the evidence. But we do know what Biden admitted to doing -- conditioning US aid on firing a prosecutor investigating the company his son worked for. That seems corrupt on its face.

Mind you, we know a little about what came out of Ukraine in 2016 about Trump. This was the "black ledger" allegations against Manafort. There is speculation they might be straight up fakes. If that's what Obama ordered and what Ukraine delivered, it's election interference by fraud and abuse of office.

Obama has shown no reluctance to interfere in foreign elections himself, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him soliciting interference to help his party at home.

And of course we now have audio evidence.

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Mon Oct 07 10:54:01 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Turkey about to invade Syria?

Trouble. I'm no fan of Turkey. But having US forces in Syria has never made much sense to me. If we can get out, we should.

Mon Oct 07 10:51:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton's emails coming home to roost?

I didn't even realize this was still in play. Of course, this isn't necessarily criminal culpability. It remains to be seen what consequences, if any, will arise.

Mon Oct 07 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Requirements for Membership

Liberty's TorchIn recent years we have seen the GOP caucuses in Congress meekly surrender to the Democrats on various issues. Sometimes they did so when Republicans were in the majority and could easily have blocked initiatives from the left. Republican legislators who dared to castigate their fellow partisans for such betrayals have usually suffered for it. The explanation for such abandonments of their supposed positions is just as unpleasant as the large-font conclusion above. Yet the former stems from the latter and could have been foreseen.

The implication is simple:

The parties exist for the benefit of those who control them at the moment.

The party’s kingmakers decide what would best suit the members of the inner circle, and choose a matching course. Orwell’s famous dictum comes to mind once more: “The aim of the High is to remain where they are,” with all the perquisites and prestige that accrue to those of lofty stature.

This shouldn't be news to anyone who has been paying attention for the past 20 years. In particular, the Tea Party was a major attempt to force the Republican party to respect the actual beliefs of its voters. This was followed by Trump, with a similar goal (combined with a broader populist appeal). It's an ongoing struggle, and even if Trump wins a second time and practical control of the party, it will inevitably be necessary to repeat the process eventually.

The Democrats went through a similar process with Hillary v Obama. Their populists won when Obama was nominated, but Obama failed to fully seize control of the party itself. This led to Hillary in 2016. Now the Democratic civil war between the major factions -- party, or populism -- continues in the run up to 2020.

Sun Oct 06 06:47:34 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wow the Democrats sure are great people...

I'm beginning to give some credence to those who claim the Democrats are literal worshippers of Moloch. Just recently, Epstein's procuring and pimping of underage tail (not to mention his likely murder in jail), at least two abortion doctors who kept hundreds of body parts from aborted fetuses in their homes as grisly trophies, and megadonor Hillary/Schiff friend Ed Buck arrested for allegedly operating a drug house catering to his violent homoerotic drug fetish (with prosecutors alleging at least 10 victims, though not all died).

Sat Oct 05 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Speculation about whistleblower

Fri Oct 04 12:10:40 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Canadian government substitutes fake data for real measurements

WattsUpWithThatCanadians already suspicious of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax are likely be even more suspicious given a report by Ottawa-based Blacklock’s Reporter that Environment Canada omitted a century’s worth of observed weather data in developing its computer models on the impacts of climate change.

The scrapping of all observed weather data from 1850 to 1949 was necessary, a spokesman for Environment Canada told Blacklock’s Reporter, after researchers concluded that historically, there weren’t enough weather stations to create a reliable data set for that 100-year period.

“The historical data is not observed historical data,” the spokesman said. “It is modelled historical data … 24 models from historical simulations spanning 1950 to 2005 were used.”

These "scientists" have lost all connection with reality and are just making shit up.

Fri Oct 04 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Documents prove extensive Steele-State Dept relationship

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation today released 146 pages of State Department documents revealing that former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele had an extensive and close working relationship dating back to May of 2014 with high-ranking Obama State Department officials.

The documents obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit show that, from May 2014 to November 2015, Steele filed dozens of reports with his close associate at State, Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, who would then pass them to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. The reports focused mainly on the Russia-Ukraine crisis and U.S. sanctions on Russia.

The documents show that Steele’s work was also distributed to State Department Coordinator for Sanctions Policy Daniel Fried and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Paul Jones, whose focus in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs was on Russia and Ukraine policy.

The documents are Orbis Business Intelligence reports that Steele provided to the State Department. Steele, a former MI6 spy, co-founded Orbis in 2009.

It seems that Steele had a much closer relationship with Obama's state department than was previously known.

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Thu Oct 03 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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