New emails reveal FBI knew FISA warrant on Page was fatally flawed

The HillJust before Thanksgiving, House Republicans amended the list of documents they’d like President Trump to declassify in the Russia investigation. With little fanfare or explanation, the lawmakers, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), added a string of emails between the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to their wish list.

Sources tell me the targeted documents may provide the most damning evidence to date of potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), evidence that has been kept from the majority of members of Congress for more than two years.

The email exchanges included then-FBI Director James Comey, key FBI investigators in the Russia probe and lawyers in the DOJ’s national security division, and they occurred in early to mid-October, before the FBI successfully secured a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The email exchanges show the FBI was aware — before it secured the now-infamous warrant — that there were intelligence community concerns about the reliability of the main evidence used to support it: the Christopher Steele dossier.

I used "flawed" in the headline to keep it short. We don't know exactly what the emails say, but read the article. It says the emails say the FBI knew pretty much everything we know now: the media contacts, the circular reporting used as evidence, Steele's bias and paid opposition research role, everything.

There is speculation this was leaked to allow Comey to prepare for his testimony (ie, to tip him off that Congress knew about the email chain).

Fri Dec 14 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Robert Mueller's Plan

Andy McCarthy reminds us that Mueller is planning to write a report not file charges. He intends to produce a narrative that implies collusion, even though his witnesses in a trial would have no credibility as convicted liars.

Fri Dec 14 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump considering Chris Christie for chief of staff?

Sara CarterFormer New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, met with President Trump to discuss the open Chief of Staff position after John Kelly leaves at the end of the year.

According to a report from Axios, Christie is now the top contender for the job and a source familiar to Trump’s thinking offered the opinion that

I hope this is just a rumor, because if true, this is insane.

Fri Dec 14 07:40:22 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Grassley may want answers, but he won't get them

The FBI and DOJ bet the farm they could outlast two years of a Republican House by stonewalling and playing political games. They won that bet. But they made a similar bet with Trump about 2020, and that one is still in play.

Fri Dec 14 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller deleted text messages from Page, Strzok phones

Conservative TreehouseThe DOJ Office of Inspector General has filed a 35-page report (full pdf below) outlining the issues with recovery of text messages from devices belonging to FBI attorney Lisa Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok.

Page and Strzok transferred to the special counsel team when Robert Mueller took over the counterintelligence investigation, ie. “muh Russia”. Within the report the IG notes that after the special counsels office was notified of the biased text messaging identified by Strzok and Page; and after Mueller removed them from the investigative team; the phones issued to Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok were reset removing any communication during their time on the special counsel team from discovery.

These were the phones used by Page and Strzok, now infamous for their thousands of biased text messages while they worked to exonerate Clinton and smear Trump, after the joined Mueller's team but before their texts were exposed. When those texts were exposed, they were forced to leave Mueller's team... and their phones were reset,destroying any text messages they had exchanged while working for Mueller.

The IG report proceeds to whitewash this clear destruction of evidence.

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Thu Dec 13 18:13:15 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A full court press on gun control for 2020

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Thu Dec 13 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

UN Global Compact on Migration criminalizes criticism of immigration policy

Ace of SpadesMatteo Salvini says, below, that while this compact is not itself legally binding, it is intended as a "legal framework" and sections 10 and 11 categorize any criticism of immigration policy -- open borders mass immigration policy, he means -- as "hate speech" which should be criminally prosecuted.

Governments don't like criticism.

Thu Dec 13 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ballot harvesting in California

The New NeoMailing a ballot to every voter in the county, allowing these ballots to arrive up to a week after Election Day, and allowing individuals to register to vote and cast a ballot on the day of an election give ample opportunity for an individual intent on committing voter fraud to do so.

It's literally an invitation to voter fraud. "Hey, the Democrat is only down by xxx votes -- register to vote today and we can still win this!" And that's if the Democrats don't just outright make up voters.

Thu Dec 13 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Jersey becomes a sanctuary state

Wed Dec 12 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bloomberg goes to Iowa

Bloomberg goes to Iowa and endorses ethanol. I consider this his announcement for President in 2020. He's already been buying Democrat support with gun control donations. If he runs on gun control and wins, with a Democrat house and a very narrow Senate majority, we're in real trouble. Bloomberg will want to push the issue.

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Wed Dec 12 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

National Climate Assessment

Silicon GreybeardThe fact of the matter is that the report is required by law, was scheduled for "late in the year" all along, and is a product of government agencies and employees that have nothing to do with President Trump. It's not like the report was put together by a team President Trump picked by hand. If anything it's the opposite: it's a report put together by a team Barack Obama picked.

Which means it's based on all the bad data we see all the time: temperature series that have been adjusted to make the past look colder and the present hotter (long term temperature records from around the world always disagree with the adjusted version the Feds use); wild exaggerations about the effects on hurricanes, fires and every aspect of our lives.

It's not a report about climate science; it's a report about climate advocacy. Politics pretending to be science.

Wed Dec 12 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Known Wolf terror attack in France

Two dead and 11 more injured. The suspected gunman was already known to police, who apparently did not bother to arrest him or deport him, and had not been apprehended as of when this was written.

UPDATE: Suspect shot and killed.

Wed Dec 12 00:04:56 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Top Republican leadership had their email hacked

I'm tempted to blame Hillary and the Democrats as a simple matter of revenge. No word on who was behind it, except that it was believed to be a foreign agent. Russians? Republican leadership was not informed until after the press made inquiries, which seems awkward for someone. Also, apparently they were stupid enough to hire Crowdstrike, a firm with ties to Democrats. (Crowdstrike did not detect the breach).

Tue Dec 11 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that fake news...

Tue Dec 11 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trade agreement has rule changes about free speech online?

Real Clear PoliticsWhen he signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Donald Trump boasted that it was the “most advanced trade deal in the world with ambitious provisions on the digital economy.” But unless it’s revised, the agreement will thwart the president’s explicit promises to address social media censorship. Article 19.17 of the USMCA stealthily removes seven words from Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act’s “Good Samaritan” provision, which would give Big Tech the statutory right to censor whatever content it finds “objectionable."

This seems like a significant poison pill to slip into legislation like this. My take is that it's not meant as a poison pill. It's meant to pass, and allow the big social media companies (whose lobbyists probably got it inserted in the first place) to take an editorial role of policing their user's content without becoming liable for that content. The large social media companies will become one-party walled gardens, protected from badthought, and policed by AIs... trained by California liberals.

Tue Dec 11 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How the Parkland mass murder was covered up

No, not the fact of the shooting itself, and no, it wasn't some government conspiracy to ban guns. (It doesn't need to be; the political actors move to take advantage of all possible events, and there are more than enough). The cover-up is about the failures of the Parkland school system.

Let's not forget that the Broward County law enforcement did not exactly cover themselves with glory before, during, or after the event.

UPDATE: Another report on the blunders both by schools and cops.

Mon Dec 10 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues for info on DOJ shutting down Clinton Foundation investigation

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for all records of communications involving any investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) into the Clinton Foundation (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-02536).

The lawsuit was filed on the same day the FBI raided the home of a Clinton Foundation whistleblower, trying to recover documents he provided to Congress.

Mon Dec 10 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google's school software products develop dossiers on students

PJMediaLast week when I wrote about Google’s plans for spying in our homes, many commented how simple it would be to avoid the company’s peering eyes by just not buying Google products. But that’s not possible for millions of students in K-12 who are required to use Google products in their classrooms. And based on recent disclosures, Google is using their position to develop dossiers on students.

Last year almost 20 percent of all K-12 students were required to use Google Chromebooks, and more than 30 million students, teachers, and administrators used Google’s G Suite for Education. The inexpensive laptop and powerful software have become a very cost-effective solution for schools to teach computer and other skills and to communicate with the students and parents. Kids can submit their homework, take tests. check grades, and collaborate with others using these Google products.

If Google wants its products to be used on a mandatory basis in government schools, someone in the school system should be negotiating for a complete, absolute respect for student privacy. Student accounts should be completely anonymous (as far as Google is concerned) and wiped completely when the user leaves the school system. That this has clearly not been done is troubling, and indicative of a massive government regulatory failure.

Mon Dec 10 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues for FBI records of Perkins-Coie meetings

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice seeking records of all meetings in 2016 between former FBI General Counsel James Baker and the Perkins Coie law firm. The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) reportedly paid Fusion GPS to create the “salacious and unverified” Clinton-DNC anti-Trump dossier.

The FBI will of course stonewall and try to get away with saying nothing, probably citing an active investigation (ie, the Mueller probe).

I wonder if the people defending these lawsuits ever stop to wonder what they are doing?

Sun Dec 09 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republicans and Democrats unite to steal a House seat

BreitbartThe executive director of Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina asked, “Are Democrats plotting to steal a NC Congressional seat?” on the non-partisan non-profit’s website’s Thursday night.

The organization’s executive director, Jay DeLancy, wrote, “It came as a surprise, yesterday when the State Board of Elections refused to certify NC’s 9th Congressional District election, where Republican Mark Harris had defeated Democrat Dan McCready by just 905 votes and McCready had already conceded.”

Necessary context: The vote to delay certification of the results was unaminous, and the Republican primary was a close race won by the non-establishment Republican. The establishment Republicans clearly have a motive to let the seat go to the Democrats for one cycle (having already lost the House overall, one more seat matters little) and try to recapture it with an establishment candidate next time.


Sun Dec 09 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Caravan filled with sick, criminals, and some sick criminals

Daily WireThousands of migrants marched from Central America to the U.S. border over the last six weeks, but many of them are suffering from respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chickenpox and other serious health issues — including HIV.

Of the 6,000 migrants gathered in Tijuana just south of the U.S. border near San Diego, more than a third of them (2,267) are being treated for health-related issues, a spokesman for Tijuana's Health Department told Fox News.

So over one third of the illegal immigrants are carrying infectious diseases. Some additional number are criminals and gang members. They are all, apparently, willing to use women and children as human shields. Why should we let them in again?

Sun Dec 09 06:47:22 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues DoD for details on contracts with Halper

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense seeking information about the September 2016 contract between the Defense Department and Stefan Halper (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:18-cv-02125)).

Halper is the Cambridge University professor identified as a secret FBI informant used by the Obama administration to spy on the Trump’s presidential campaign. Halper also reportedly has high-level ties to both U.S. and British intelligence.

Government records show that the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), a small Defense Department unit known as the Pentagon’s think tank, paid Halper a total of $1,058,161 for four contracts that lasted from May 30, 2012, to March 29, 2018. More than $400,000 of the payments came between July 2016 and September 2017, after Halper reportedly offered Papadopoulos work and a trip to London to entice him into disclosing information about alleged collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

It's pretty obvious this was coming ever since the news of those contracts broke. I'm sure the lawsuit was just waiting for the DoD to decline to respond to the FOIA request within the deadline.

Sat Dec 08 22:03:32 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey Interview (Part 1)

Transcript here. My comments below the fold.

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Sat Dec 08 21:22:08 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Potential BOMBSHELL: Comey denies knowing Ohr got info from Steele

This is potentially a big deal, because one of the information dumps we got before Comey's testimony includes an FBI email chain discussing Steele, Steele's contacts with the media, and other issues with Steele's information. If Comey was on that chain, and there's anything in it related to Ohr's dossier laundry service, Comey just provably lied to Congress.

It's not certain because we don't know exactly what's in that email chain. But it's worth calling out separately so it can be checked once that chain gets released. My hunch is that this line of questioning is why that chain was leaked: so Comey would know Congress knew about those emails. Did he screw up, or does that chain predate Ohr's involvement?

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Sat Dec 08 21:19:34 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democratic questioning to protect Obama backfires

Asked whether the FBI or DOJ ever investigated the Trump campaign for political purposes, Comey says "I not only don't believe it, I know it not to be true."

That answer is bullshit for a variety of reasons -- Comey is hiding behind the weasel words "Trump campaign" rather than "four individuals associated with the Trump campaign" and the "political purposes" qualifier, but let's take it at face value and contrast it with the next question.

Asked whether Obama or his administration ever make a demand or request the FBI or DOJ infiltrate or surveil the Trump campaign? Comey answered, "No, not to my knowledge."

Because they absolutely did. We know they did because of Susan Rice's ass-covering last minute email to herself regarding what Obama instructed them to do about the Trump campaign investigation. Comey knows they did, but the best he can do is deny knowledge of it. Because apparently as FBI Director and now a retired person under investigation for allegedly helping fix elections, he doesn't read the news and doesn't know about Rice's email, or Brennan's demands, and so on, and so on.

Just look at the contrast between those two answers.

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Sat Dec 08 21:18:25 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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