Sure, we also have Americans who are evil enough to do this sort of thing. But compassion and fair play are concepts that many foreign cultures apply only to their own. Applying those concepts more broadly is one of those things that makes America different. Importing people who don't share that broader view ... well, sometimes it has consequences like this.
Here's the thing. Both Comey and Brennan are claiming the other wanted to include the "crown material" (ie, Steele dossier) in the assessment. They know that being the one left holding that is dangerous. We also know Horowitz has probably already had a look at Comey's emails, and Durham is now reading through Brennan's. One of them is lying, and they both have made statements under oath about this.
Hmm... there's McCabe's name again. Remember, he's the whose wife's first run for political office got donations from Clinton-linked financiers to the tune of $700K or so. And he keeps showing up pushing the dossier. Durham should be scrutinizing McCabe very closely.
This is close, but not quite there. They know, roughly, how gun owners vote. Particularly the ornery types who want legal carry and buy so-called "assault weapons". If they can target that demographic with gun control laws that make it legally risky to live in a blue state, and keep those laws in place, they figure the gun owner types will leave and the gun culture in that state will die, making sure that the Democrats will have an electoral lock for decades and any future Republicans elected there will be milquetoast types.
Will it work? It has before. But there's still time to stop it.
Most gun ranges are operated by much smaller businesses, well under that 50 employee limit. So what's the deal here? Aside from making it hard to run large scale gun ranges (which mostly do not exist anyway), why try to pass a law like this if it would have no effect?
I do have an idea why. The NRA HQ range is located in Virginia and the NRA organization undoubtedly has more than 50 employees. This is likely just a petty way to score some points by making the NRA shut down or spin off their HQ range.
Yes, personally. He certified to the court that a FISA warrant was the least intrusive way to get information about Carter Page, despite Page's letter directly to Comey volunteering to be interviewed by the FBI on their investigation. Again, the letter was to Comey directly (and cc'd to the Washington Post) and Comey personally signed a FISA afterwards.
I've said the same thing. Impeachment is many things, including PR damage for the election, media cover for Democratic Ukraine and election-interference scandals, and much more. But it is definitely also an attempt to provide an excuse to block Supreme Court justices should any seats open up in the next year or 5 years, depending on the results in 2020. Ginsburg is looking particularly frail and cancerous lately.
It won't change the numbers in the Senate. If Cocaine Mitch can count to 51, he can fill the vacancy. And he's demonstrated that he's willing to do that. The rest of the Republicans are an open question.
He's wrong though; we do know that the FISC was in on it, at least to some extent. According to previous reporting on the Strzok-Page text messages, Strzok knows one of the judges on the court and invited him to a dinner party specifically to have a covert conversation with him about something related to their investigation. Something they weren't sure would get approved without an unofficial channel to the court.
While we don't know what exactly that was, we know they (Strzok-Page) though it was worth doing something that seems on its face to be improper to support it.
I should search the IG Report to see if this is discussed.
So the court itself might not have been involved, but at least one judge should be on the hot seat.
Latvia flagged suspicious transfers to... Hunter Biden in 2016
The total amounts involved here are about $16 million, which would represent a substantial increase from the previously reported $50K-$80K/mo. Although these are loans, supposedly, rather than straight payments.
(Is there a money laundering technique where you pay someone a $16M bribe as a "loan" and then pay them monthly payments for "services" they use to pay the loan back? That sounds like a bit of creative accounting to disguise a $16M bribe up front...)
Obviously this is all investigative information rather than proof of corruption, but it demonstrates that Hunter Biden was definitely getting investigated for what he was doing.