Bruce Ohr got bonuses even after demotion

Sara CarterDepartment of Justice official Bruce Ohr —who was a backchannel for the former British spy who compiled the anti-President Donald Trump dossier — received a total of $42,520 in performance bonuses from the Justice Department. He received those bonuses after being demoted for a conflict of interest and for not informing his superiors that his wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for the embattled research firm Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christoper Steele to compile the now debunked dossier.

According to documents unearthed by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, after Ohr’s removal from his position as Associate Attorney General in 2017 and then later after his transfer from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force to International Affairs in 2018, he “received a total of $42,520 in performance bonuses during the Trump/Russia investigation. Ohr’s bonus nearly doubled from $14,520 (received in November 2015) to $28,000 in November 2016.”

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch stressed that the documents “raise questions as to whether the conflicted Bruce Ohr, who the FBI used to launder information from Christopher Steele was rewarded for his role in the illicit targeting of President Trump.”

More likely, rewarded in an addition to keep him quiet about his role in the illicit targeting of President Trump.

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Sun Jun 16 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that voter fraud that doesn't exist...

Sun Jun 16 06:43:46 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Some embassies defying Trump to fly rainbow flags

The Daily SignalSeveral U.S. embassies have reportedly disregarded the State Department’s directive not to display rainbow flags on flagpoles during Pride Month.

“This is a category one insurrection,” one diplomat who wished to remain anonymous told the Post, responding to the wave of disobedience to the State Department’s rule.

The President has the power to suppress insurrection. He should thank his enemies for self-identifying and remove them.

Sat Jun 15 06:43:46 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The SpyGate task force

Remember all those separate individuals at the FBI, CIA, and State Department who keep insisting they were all hearing about Trump and Russia from Steele independently?

Turns out there was a task force. Under direct Presidential supervision.

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Fri Jun 14 06:43:46 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Michael Flynn swaps counsel

His new council is Sidney Powell, who has criticized corruption at the DOJ. Only time will tell if this is too little, too late for justice to be served, or if waiting for Mueller to close up shop before beginning an aggressive countermove will save the day.

Thu Jun 13 06:43:46 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun free zones cost lives

Woman considered bringing her gun to work because she was worried about coworkers. She chose not to because there was a rule against it. The next day, one of the coworkers she was worried about ignored the no-guns rule and shot up[ the place, killing her and 11 others.

Wed Jun 12 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More evidence of deception in the Mueller report

Mueller alleges Russian intel ties in a Manafort contact... but the Russian in question is actually a source for the State Department. Sure, still a Russian. But a helpful Russian, apparently. And as an established agent, if Manafort or Trump were actually colluding with Russians, he would probably have mentioned it. And it's certainly foul play to smear Trump by association with a Russian who happens to be one of our informants. Not to mention smearing Trump for receiving a peace plan that Obama also received, but only mentioning the delivery to Trump.

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Tue Jun 11 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump to look at banning silencers

ABC NewsPresident Donald Trump stated he would "think about" a ban on gun silencers, following news that the suspected Virginia Beach shooter used a legally-bought gun suppressor.

"I'd like to think about it. I mean nobody's talking about silencers very much. I did talk about the bump stock and we had it banned and we're looking at that. I'm going to seriously look at it. I don't love the idea of it," the president told Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.

As far as gun rights go, Trump has been pretty much a disaster... unless his judges strike down the gun control rules his administration is pushing by fiat.

I'm not suggesting any 3-dimensional chess here, but the courts seem to be the only real hope for advancing gun rights. The Establishment Republicans won't do it. Trump seems to be worse on that issue that the Establishment. And the Democrats, who used to be afraid to touch guns after Gore lost, are finding their courage again.

Mon Jun 10 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that IRS targeting that didn't happen...

Sun Jun 09 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What did Hillary know and when did she know it?

John Solomon has questions for Hillary about Spygate. I think Obama also owes us answers.

Sun Jun 09 06:08:34 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI failed to document witness interviews in Clinton case

Sara CarterThe FBI failed to document at least four interviews of witnesses in the bureau’s investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to send classified emails, according to documents obtained by the government watchdog Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch also discovered among the 218 pages of emails between former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his paramour former FBI Attorney Lisa Page that then FBI General Counsel James Baker had instructed “FBI officials to expedite the release of FBI investigative material to Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall in August 2016. Kendall and the FBI’s top lawyer discussed specifically quickly obtaining the “302” report of the FBI/DOJ interview of Mrs. Clinton.”

Why bother interviewing if you aren't going to document the interview so you can potentially use it later?

Obviously because they had no intention of using it later.

Sat Jun 08 06:31:06 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun rights are advancing

Princelaw BlogToday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a 53 page majority opinion, a 2 page concurring decision by Justice Baer and a 16 page concurring opinion by Justice Dougherty which Justice Mundy joined, in the case of Commonwealth v. Hicks, which addressed whether the mere open or concealed carrying of a firearm constitutes reasonable suspicion of a crime.

Before this Court, the Commonwealth again advanced its “radical position,” Hawkins, 692 A.2d at 1071, in the present iteration contending that police officers are not only entitled, but “duty bound” to seize and investigate the licensing status of every individual who carries a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania. Brief for Commonwealth at 11. We have little difficulty in again rejecting this proposition, because we conclude that the Robinson rule contravenes the Terry doctrine and, indeed, the fundamental guarantees of the Fourth Amendment.

If the police can stop you, search you, seize your firearm, and interrogate you simply for going about your business peacefully while bearing a firearm, you don't actually have a right to bear arms. It's heartening to see courts slowly beginning to recognize that.

Fri Jun 07 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Roll Call: Who voted for Rand Paul's plan to reduce the debt?

Rand Paul's proposal called for a 2% cut for the next 5 years. Sounds easy, right? Votes here.

I can't even yell at anyone; both my Senators voted the right way. Although Cornyn is in leadership, so he could have done more to push this.

Thu Jun 06 06:47:32 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Current CIA Director likely complicit in SpyGate

This explains a lot of the stonewalling. Gina Haskell, current CIA Director, is a Brennan loyalist and was Chief of Station for London in 2016.

Wed Jun 05 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele agrees to be questioned by US officials ... right after Trump meets with Queen

If he is honest this could be a major break in the case. But what are the odds he will be honest?

UPDATE: The scope will be limited to his contacts with US intelligence. That means he won't be able to talk about anything he did purely for Fusion GPS or Hillary. It may still provide valuable information, as current US intelligence agencies are run by people who were likely involved. In fact, if Steele talks about operations in London, he might well implicate current CIA Director Gina Haskell.

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Tue Jun 04 10:33:05 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that whole toxic masculinity thing...

In an extended cut of a scene on the blu-ray release, so-called "hero" Captain Marvel is rude to a man offering to help, then commits assault, battery, robbery, and grand theft of a motorcycle. The provocation for this display of villainy was a offer of directions, a compliment, and a request for a smile.

I don't find that at all heroic.

Tue Jun 04 06:47:32 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Strzok was the person in charge of briefing the Trump campaign on security threats

Funny that Strzok didn't mention the investigation he'd personally opened just a few weeks before into alleged (and now known false) Russian attempts to contact the campaign. You would think that would be part of the job -- to let the candidate known two of his minor staffers were being investigated so they could be kicked off the campaign. But despite claims to the contrary, Strzok was really investigating Trump, so of course he couldn't tell Trump.

It also seems like Strzok's virulent anti-Trump bias might have been a conflict of interest for him in conducting this briefing.

Mon Jun 03 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Welfare fraud

Fake black woman Rachel Dolezal has been charged with felony theft for receiving about $9000 in welfare and child care assistance from the government. No, it didn't have anything to do with her skin color, as far as we know. Allegedly, she claimed to have almost no income, but received $84,000 in proceeds from a book and sale of homemade goods.

Sun Jun 02 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Who says ordinary citizens don't need rocket launchers?

Sat Jun 01 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mass murder in Virginia Beach

CNNThe shooter who opened fire indiscriminately in a Virginia Beach city building Friday, killing at least 11 people and sending six others to the hospital, was a disgruntled employee, a Virginia government source briefed on the investigation told CNN.
The shooter died at the scene after a gunfight with police.
Police Chief James Cervera told reporters Friday night the gunman was a public utilities worker.

Forgive my cynicism, but if he is dead, and they know who he was, and they know that he was a disgruntled employee... why haven't they released his name? Whenever media get shy about this sort of thing, the killer's name is usually Mohammed.

They even name a different mass murderer from a different incident at the bottom of the story. He had a relatively normal, non-ethnic name.

UPDATE: Assuming this is accurate, it's amazing how these mass shooters seem to pick just the areas where we might be making progress in order to commit their attacks. It's almost like a strategy.

Fri May 31 19:36:07 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What was it that made Mueller perfect for the special counsel coverup?

Aside from his own personal connections to everyone already involved, and his own likely corruption (see the Whitey Bulger case), Mueller also happened to be FBI direct from 2001 to 2013. During that time, the FBI and CIA likely entered into a memorandum of understanding allowing CIA to use FBI contractor access to spy on domestic targets. It was that access that, when Admiral Mike Rogers shut it down, likely prompted the Steele dossier and special counsel investigation of Trump as an "insurance policy" to make sure Trump could be read out of the programs and hopefully removed.

And that arrangement, starting sometime in 2012, is at just about the right time to have influenced the 2012 election... which would be especially urgent as Obama's IRS spying operating on the Tea Party was focused on that same election, and Mueller was working with Lerner to target the Tea Party.

So, in other words...

Mueller worked with the IRS to target the Tea Party (political spying, not just delaying applications), and was then asked to investigate the Tea Party scandal and found no wrongdoing. Then Mueller set up an arrangement with the CIA around the time the Tea Party scandal started to become a problem; the arrangement started in 2012 and lasted until 2016 and allowed the CIA to use FBI access authority for domestic spying (likely with political motives). When THAT got shut down, Mueller -- who had left the FBI -- was brought back in as special counsel to "investigate" (ie, cover up) what he himself had set up.

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Fri May 31 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Anti-Trump FISA application followed unusual approval path

Washington ExaminerIn front of a joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on Aug. 31, 2018, former FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson said she was normally responsible for signing off on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications before they reached the desk of her superiors for approval. Anderson said the “linear path” those applications typically take was upended in October 2016, with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates signing off on the application before she did. Because of that unusual high-level involvement, she didn’t see the need to “second guess” the FISA application.

So what is the takeaway here? Well, first, the FISA application clearly followed an unusual, top-down, very much not "by the book", dare I say political process. By the time it reached Trisha Anderson's desk, who would normally see it first, it had already been approved "informally" by McCabe and Sally Yates had already signed it.

McCabe is infamous for his pro-Hillary involvement in the Hillary email investigation, and for this anti-Trump involvement in the Trump investigation, and also for the $500,000+ in campaign donations his wife received from Hillary-linked donors while all this was going on.

Yates is infamous for getting herself fired over a relatively trivial policy position during the early Trump administration. It suffices to establish her anti-Trump bias.

Anderson clearly admits she didn't do her job to review the FISA because her superiors had already signed off on it.

Second point. Remember Susan Rice's last minute email to herself saying Obama said to do it all "by the book"? This is the last firewall before this scandal reaches Obama. "He said to do it all by the book!" This is clearly not by the book.

Third... whether we believe her that she didn't look at the application or not, she signed off on it. That makes her complicit. It's not the informal approvals that matter. It's her signature.

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Thu May 30 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lynch throws Comey's FBI under the bus

She tracks the start of the investigations into Trump to spring of 2016 rather than the summer of 2016 when Papadopoulos spoke with Downer. She says it started with Page instead.

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Wed May 29 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump calls coup attempt "Treason"

I'm not sure he's right. Here's what the Constitution says:

US ConstitutionTreason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

What they did is probably not "levying war". "Adhering to their Enemies" is a bit trickier. Steele is British; is he an enemy? Steele's alleged sources were Russian; they are definitely Enemy-ish. Ukraine was involved too, and Australia. Aid and Comfort, sure, that's easy enough. Does Hillary Clinton count as an "Enemy" if she is trying to overturn the government, or is that more of a nation-state designation?

It might be easier to pin some kind of rebellion or insurrection charge, or just nail them all for wiretapping and abuse of civil rights under color of law.

Under common English, however, treason would be an appropriate charge for trying to overthrow the government illegally.

Tue May 28 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

100% of border-crossers released into US with work permits

BreitbartActing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan confirmed to Congress this week that his agency is merely acting as a checkpoint for adults crossing the United States-Mexico border with children, as “100 percent” are being released into the interior of the country.

During a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, McAleenan said DHS is releasing “100 percent” of adult border crossers into the interior of the country who arrive with children at the southern border, including those who are not even asking for asylum.

Then, within four to six weeks, McAleenan said the adult border crossers who have been released into the U.S. are given work permits allowing them to take American jobs while they await their court hearings, oftentimes two years down the road.

This is a complete disaster, and effectively no border at all. The invaders are deliberately overwhelming the system.

Sun May 26 06:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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