Comey investigated for leaking by DOJ

Washington ExaminerThe Justice Department's inspector general has opened an investigation into whether former FBI Director James Comey leaked classified information when he sent memos to a friend of his outside of government that were then sent to reporters.

The Wall Street Journal reported that before sending the memos, Comey removed information that he knew was classified. But when he left, the FBI upgraded some additional information to classified, and the IG is now reviewing the memos.

It's sort of hard to go after Comey for leaking classified information now that the memos he leaked have been (mostly) declassified. Perhaps what's under the redactions is sufficiently serious to matter.

It's also a little questionable to go after memos that were retroactively classified. Except that doesn't quite take into account the full facts. Comey wrote the memos and evaluated their classification himself. It's not like he want to some other authority and asked, got an answer, and then had the answer changed on him afterwards. No; what this means is that Comey failed to accurately evaluate the classification level of the documents he created and released. It's analogous to a sailor who takes a selfie at his station in a nuclear submarine. He doesn't think it's classified, and it's not marked classified, but the information in the picture -- the dials, gauges, and general design of the submarine in the background of the picture -- is classified and he should have known that.

It's something I wouldn't want to make a judgement call on without knowing more about what's under the redactions and what was considered classified that Comey missed. It could be a reasonable mistake. But... Comey's motives were full on improper leaking here. He appears to have conspired with Clapper to set up the president. He doesn't get any moral benefit of the doubt there. His only defense is that he properly evaluated the classification level of what he released and the subsequent evaluation by a third party was improper and in error.

I think he's going to be on the hot seat for this one until a jury sees it. And given the abundant evidence Comey was not acting in good faith here, the jury is unlikely to be sympathetic.

Fri Apr 20 15:58:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another fake conservative finally self-identifies

Politico“It is a remarkably idealistic generation. What motivates these people is not tax policy, is not party economics or party foreign policy; it’s issues that have a moral and a value-laden core,” Rubin said. “They look upon environmentalism as a moral issue, as a moral cause. They look upon guns as an issue of [whether] we as a society value children.”

Environmentalism as a moral cause is the result of a whole generation being brainwashed in the educational system. Even when I was growing up, environmental propaganda was continuously shoveled at students. It's only gotten worse since then.

Gun control isn't so much brainwashing or moral issues as it is the easy, instinctive, primitive response to threats. Learning to respond rationally to a threatening situation, even one seen only secondhand on the media, requires education and knowledge to overcome ignorance. Most high school students have the capacity to do this, if anyone ever taught them to, but obviously no one has. At least not for the vast majority of high school students, and even significant numbers of adults.

But what's most telling about this is that Rubin reveals herself to have never been what she was pretending to be. The media hires people to pretend to be conservatives, serving the same basic function as a straw man serves in a debate.

Fri Apr 20 09:16:57 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stun guns protected by 2nd Amendment in MA

Massachussetts high court quoted at Volokh ConspiracyHaving received guidance from the Supreme Court ..., we now conclude that stun guns are "arms" within the protection of the Second Amendment. Therefore, under the Second Amendment, the possession of stun guns may be regulated, but not absolutely banned. Restrictions may be placed on the categories of persons who may possess them, licenses may be required for their possession, and those licensed to possess them may be barred from carrying them in sensitive places, such as schools and government buildings. But the absolute prohibition ... that bars all civilians from possessing or carrying stun guns, even in their home, is inconsistent with the Second Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional.

Small steps, but hopefully they will start adding up.

And hopefully we'll get one more good justice on the Supreme Court from Trump. We just need one, if the vacancy comes from the left.

Fri Apr 20 09:16:57 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking, unlawful retention of classified information

Washington TimesA former FBI agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaking classified documents to a news outlet.

Terry J. Albury, 39, admitted to giving The Intercept a national defense document related to online recruitment by a “specific terrorist group,” the U.S. Department of Justice said.

He pleaded guilty to one count of making an unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and one count of unlawful retention of national defense information.

Albury could face a maximum of 10 years in prison for each count. However, no sentencing date was immediately set, pending a pre-sentence report.

That's one document and one leak. How many classified documents did Hillary have before she deleted them all? Never mind the leaks...

Fri Apr 20 09:16:57 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More on the bias of the judge overseeing the Cohen attorney-client privilege case

Front Page MagazineHillary Clinton picked Judge Kimba Wood to be her husband’s Attorney General. According to various accounts from the period, Hillary was looking for someone “loyal” who would allow her to stack the Justice Department with her own political allies. It was still early in the game, but Hillary had always been Bill’s main plumber and she was anticipating all of the Clinton scandals that were yet to come.

In court, Judge Kimba Wood decided that not only isn’t President Trump entitled to having a special master protect attorney-client privilege, but insisted that Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, disclose that Sean Hannity was one of his clients.

The media is having a field day smirking at these sleazy violations of confidentiality. But the woman overseeing them is one of the sleaziest judicial figures in Clintonworld. And a political figure whom Hillary Clinton allegedly believed would make a reliable stooge for Clinton political interests at the DOJ.

I don't believe for a moment that the case ended up before that judge by accident.

Fri Apr 20 09:16:57 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Making the Trump tax cuts permanent

PJMediaSenator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called on the GOP-led Congress to support legislation to make the temporary individual tax cuts permanent since the tax reform package included an expiration date for the new tax rates in 2025.

“We ought to follow through to make the individual tax cuts permanent. We ought to follow through to make expensing permanent. We ought to follow through to make the small-business tax cuts permanent. We ought to keep moving forward and prioritizing jobs, jobs, jobs, because that’s the priority of the American people,” Cruz said during a press conference Thursday organized by Americans for Tax Reform.

I support Cruz trying to make these permanent, but I don't think it's going to happen. The GOPe is far too wedded to the idea of making another set of political hay over the same tax cuts after these expire. That's why they are always temporary, never permanent.

Fri Apr 20 09:16:57 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pakistani House Dem IT staffer was definitely a spy...

Daily CallerThe father of Imran Awan — an IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who investigators concluded made “unauthorized access” to House servers — transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, the father’s ex-business partner, Rashid Minhas, alleged.

Minhas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, and that Imran bragged he had the power to “change the U.S. president.”

Asked for how he knew this, he said that on one occasion in 2008 when a “USB [was] given to Rehman Malik by Imran’s father, my brother Abdul Razzaq was with his father.”

Definitely an intelligence operation. He probably has kompromat on most of the Democrats in the House, as the Russians say.

Fri Apr 20 09:16:57 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG Horowitz sent criminal referral to US Attorney Huber some time ago

Washington PostThe Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure to the top federal prosecutor in D.C. to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime, according to people familiar with the matter.

The referral to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office occurred some time ago, after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators or his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath.

I suspect this is being announced today because of the criminal referral from Congress yesterday that included McCabe. The only new news is that we (and Congress) now know it happened.

Fri Apr 20 09:16:57 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Five Comey memos released

The memos are here. My analysis is below the fold. Notably, the first three memos are marked classified or higher (pre-redaction), as is the last.

Broadly, there's nothing here except a President furious about leaks, expecting loyalty from his appointees in the context of stopping leaks, and asking the head of the FBI to announce publicly what he has already told the President privately: that the President is not being investigated by the FBI. Given that the leaks are coming from the FBI and its investigation of non-Trump things, Comey is either lying about that, or denying a reasonable request to clear up false rumors.

House Statement“We have long argued former Director Comey’s self-styled memos should be in the public domain, subject to any classification redactions. These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not.

Former Director Comey’s memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated. The memos also made clear the ‘cloud’ President Trump wanted lifted was not the Russian interference in the 2016 election cloud, rather it was the salacious, unsubstantiated allegations related to personal conduct leveled in the dossier.

The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened. While former Director Comey went to great lengths to set dining room scenes, discuss height requirements, describe the multiple times he felt complimented, and myriad other extraneous facts, he never once mentioned the most relevant fact of all, which was whether he felt obstructed in his investigation.

The memos also make certain what has become increasingly clear of late: former Director Comey has at least two different standards in his interactions with others. He chose not to memorialize conversations with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe or others, but he immediately began to memorialize conversations with President Trump. It is significant former Director Comey made no effort to memorialize conversations with former Attorney General Lynch despite concerns apparently significant enough to warrant his unprecedented appropriation of the charging decision away from her and the Department of Justice in July of 2016.

These memos also lay bare the notion that former Director Comey is not motivated by animus. He was willing to work for someone he deemed morally unsuited for office, capable of lying, requiring of personal loyalty, worthy of impeachment, and sharing the traits of a mob boss. Former Director Comey was willing to overlook all of the aforementioned characteristics in order to keep his job. In his eyes, the real crime was his own firing.

The memos show Comey was blind to biases within the FBI and had terrible judgment with respect to his deputy Andrew McCabe. On multiple occasions he, in his own words, defended the character of McCabe after President Trump questioned McCabe.

Finally, former Director Comey leaked at least one of these memos for the stated purpose of spurring the appointment of Special Counsel, yet he took no steps to spur the appointment of Special Counsel when he had significant concerns about the objectivity of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

As we have consistently said, rather than making a criminal case for obstruction or interference with an ongoing investigation, these memos would be Defense Exhibit A should such a charge be made.”

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Fri Apr 20 09:16:57 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Vermont magazine ban challenged

Shall Not Be QuestionedAt issue in the lawsuit is one of the measures signed into law by Governor Scott on April 11, which bans the possession, sale, purchase, or transfer of long-gun magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds and handgun magazines with a capacity greater than 15.

The fact that the Parkland murderer had only ten round magazines in his duffle bag filled with magazines and simply reloaded whenever he needed to should be sufficient to demonstrate how pointless this law is.

Thu Apr 19 11:02:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Hillary obstruct justice?

Lifezette"So if you smash a cellphone, lots of people smash their cellphones so they're not resold on the secondary market and your personal stuff ends up in somebody else's hands," Comey continued. "But if you smash your cellphone knowing that investigators want it and that they've got a subpoena for it, for example, that is a different thing and can be obstruction of justice."

Jones followed up, asking, "The law requires intent?"

"Yes. It requires not just intent, but the prosecutors demonstrate corrupt intent, which is a special kind of intent that you were taking actions with the intention of defeating and obstructing an investigation you knew was going on," Comey replied.

So, let's see here.

There was a subpoena issued for those files. Check.

The Clintons knew of it. Check.

Intent can be implied from the fact that they initiated the destruction of the emails remaining on their server shortly after the subpoena was issued. Check.

Thu Apr 19 11:02:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gene-sequencing companies selling medical and genetic data of their customers?

Bayou Renaissance ManI was reminded of this by my friend's recent experience. She sent off for a gene test, because she wanted to know more about her genetic heritage and its implications. The test came back with some indicators of potential (not actual) concern for inherited medical characteristics that might possibly (not certainly) affect her later in life. Within two weeks of receiving the results, she began to receive advertisements for medical products and services related to those characteristics. They came via snail mail, e-mail and pop-up advertisements when she visited certain social media sites. It's clear that she's being targeted by advertisers - but how did they learn she was a potential client? The only possible way she can think of is that the genetic testing company sold her information to the advertisers.

If they are actually doing this -- and I have no doubt they are -- they should be prosecuted under the HIPPA act for releasing medical information about their customers without their consent. There are serious penalties involved for doing that, and a clickwrap agreement when you sign up for the test without even knowing what you will find shouldn't count.

Thu Apr 19 11:02:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

April 19th: a day that shall forever live in infamy

On April 19th, 1775, the government sent military troops to confiscate American guns. Americans resisted with those very guns, and our nation was born. A nation created by the people, for the people, and of the people.

On April 19th, 1993, the government sent military troops to confiscate American guns, and those who had previously resisted the confiscation died in fire, crushed under the treads of tanks, suffocated or burned alive in their own homes by the very government that had been established in response to the earlier confiscation. The government claiming to be by the people, for the people, and of the people... killed the people. It violated the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th amendments. It covered up the results, nearly 80 people who were (depending on who you believe) either murdered outright or chose to die as martyrs rather than submit to a government that clearly wanted to kill them.

Watching the Waco massacre at the hands of the government and the subsequent cover ups should disabuse anyone of the notion that they can trust their government, even in a country like America.

Thu Apr 19 10:13:40 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Congress issues criminal referral in FISA scandal

Sara CarterCongressional lawmakers made a criminal referral Wednesday to the Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions against former senior-level Obama administration officials, including employees of the FBI connected with the unverified dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as those involved in the warrants used to spy on a former Trump campaign volunteer, this reporter has learned. The lawmakers also made a criminal referral on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and threats made by her DOJ against the FBI informant, who provided the bureau with information on the Russian nuclear industry and the approval in 2010 to sell roughly 20 percent of American uranium mining assets to Russia.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, along with nine other colleagues sent the letter Wednesday to Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray criminally referring former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for their involvement in the investigations into President Trump and alleged violations of federal law. FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his paramour FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose anti-Trump text messages obtained by the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, were also included in the referral.

A criminal referral doesn't mean much unless the FBI and/or DOJ decide to act on it. Under Obama, for example, they ignored AG Holder's criminal referral for contempt of Congress in the Fast and Furious scandal. With Trump in charge, at least theoretically, and some sort of criminal investigation already under way by a Utah prosecutor, this referral may carry more weight.

Some deeper analysis is worthwhile here. Read on.

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Thu Apr 19 09:02:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

10 questions that Comey was not asked

Real Clear PoliticsIt was also, alas, no surprise that Stephanopoulos failed to ask Comey many questions that touch on eminently newsworthy issues and directly address the rule of law and the integrity of law enforcement agencies to which Comey proclaims devotion.

Here are 10

Go on, read the whole thing.

Wed Apr 18 09:27:13 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

When politicians give your money to charity, it tends to stick to their fingers

LifeZetteTens of millions of dollars apparently raised for [Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund] from Sept. 5, 2005, through Oct. 3, 2005, are not properly accounted for in required federal tax filings. This gap is seen clearly by comparing declarations of American donors, news releases, and other publicly available documents, including many issued in the name of the Clinton Foundation.

Remember, for the vast majority of the well-known charities, continuing the money flow to pay the professionals who work for the charity is more important than actually accomplishing the mission of the charity itself. That goes double for any charity affiliated with a famous person and triple for those affiliated with politicians. There's almost always a scam.

When it's two famous political families and one of them is the Clintons, well, I'd be surprised if any money actually made it to the intended recipients.

Wed Apr 18 09:27:13 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judge with Clinton, Soros ties allows prosecutors to read Trump's privileged files

Daily BeastPresident Donald Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen both lost a court challenge related to the FBI’s seizure of Cohen’s documents they both claim are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen had asked a federal judge for a temporary restraining order to stop federal prosecutors in Manhattan from viewing the information seized by the FBI until an independent third party, called a “special master,” be allowed to sort out what is protected by attorney-client privilege.

Here's the thing.

Once you give the privileged documents to the so-called "taint team" of New York prosecutors, they can't unsee what they saw. Even if the judge decides in a week or two to change her mind and appoint a special master to sort through the documents, the "taint team" will go through everything in there in the week that they have. They will make copies; they will take notes; they will leak to the media anonymously and on background for stories to come out from now until the midterms. And even if there is nothing in the actual files worth leaking, they will make things up and leak that, citing the files that they have seen and no one else has. There is no way for the judge to undo this decision, which means the judge should have been very careful to consider it before releasing documents to the "taint team".

Why might the judge decide to rush things and give the prosecutors the chance to read and leak?

Well, she did officiate at George Soros' wedding, and Soros is notoriously unhappy about Trump and heavily politically involved (usually as a fundraiser). And she was nominated to the AG post by William Clinton, though she had to withdraw from the nomination over a "nanny problem". That was back when employing an illegal immigrant was actually a problem, politically.

So there's your motive for animus towards Trump. This judge has both personal and professional ties to the political left in general and the Clintons in particular.

Funny, isn't it, how when the left is being investigated they just stonewall and refuse to hand over documents and cite executive privilege and refuse FOIA requests and generally use every trick in the book... but Trump gets the benefit of none of that?

A wise person on the Trump team would be looking hard at how the case landed on her desk and considering a motion to recuse.

Wed Apr 18 09:27:13 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Obama DOJ shut down investigation into Clinton Foundation?

PJMediaOn Friday, we got a surprise from the Department of Justice's inspector general: a report on "Andy's office" McCabe. The report includes details of Andy's "lack of candor" when questioned about his professional behavior by the IG. We also learned of the Obama administration's efforts to shut down the investigation into Hillary Clinton's "foundation." We haven't heard much about this revelation from the media which is unusual, as they have been obsessively reporting their hallucinations that President Trump is moments away from interfering with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Strange.

They gave the order to shut down the investigation into Hillary Clinton's "foundation" over the phone to avoid a paper trail.

Tue Apr 17 09:20:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lawsuit over FEC ignoring complaints about Hillary's campaign

Legal InsurrectionThe Committee to Defend the President (CDP), a pro-Trump PAC, has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for allegedly ignoring complaints of a supposed money laundering scheme used by failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC.

CDP alleges that the campaign and DNC “used state chapters as strawmen to launder as much as $84 million in an effort to circumvent campaign donation limits, and the Federal Election Commission ignored complaints exposing the practice.”

I'm not sure about the strategy of suing the government to force them to enforce their own rules, but it seemed to work for the environmental groups and the EPA, so we might as well give it a try.

Tue Apr 17 09:20:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nobody wants to take your guns

Sun Apr 15 09:38:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police are stalling release of Vegas shooting records

Daily WireOn Tuesday, District Judge Stefany Miley accused the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department of trying to stall the release of records related to the October 1, 2017 massacre.

“I’m very frustrated, because I think that gamesmanship is going on here,” District Judge Stefany Miley said during a reportedly heated hearing, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s now months since the shooting occurred, and it’s still the same: delay, delay, delay. If one technique doesn’t work, then you switch to another one. That’s very concerning for the court.”

I don't know what the government is hiding here, but I'm pretty damned sure they are hiding something.

Sun Apr 15 09:38:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey did not tell Trump the source of the dossier information

The FederalistIn an interview with ABC News, former FBI Director James Comey admitted he never told President Trump that the infamous Steele Dossier — which was full of unverified and salacious claims — was paid for in part by Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” he said when asked if Trump had a right to know the dossier was funded by his political opponents. “It wasn’t necessary for my goal, which was to alert him that we had this information.”

What does that sound like to you?

It sounds to me like what you would say if you were trying to blackmail someone. It's not very far at all from "We know about the golden shower you had in Moscow, and if you don't want the public to know about it..."

Given that the FBI knew from the beginning that the Steele dossier was Clinton-financed opposition research, if they were being honest, they would note that source or not even bother giving it credibility by briefing Trump. Instead, they did brief him, and immediately leaked the briefing itself to the media. Was that the plan all along, or was it because Trump refused to cooperate with whatever blackmail demands they made?

Sun Apr 15 09:38:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What did Mueller know and when did he know it?

Howie CarrThe FBI railroaded four men, and then made sure they remained in prison for upwards of 30 years. They — or the estates of two who died in prison — were awarded $102 million in 2007 for false imprisonment.

What did Bob Mueller know about the FBI’s framing of four innocent men for a murder they didn’t commit, and when did he know it?

The presentation of Mueller as some sort of upright man of impeccable moral and ethical credentials was just that -- a presentation. He is as weak and flawed as anyone else.

Sun Apr 15 09:38:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ballot question: Should California be split into three states?

Western JournalOne of several proposals aiming to split California into multiple smaller states has reportedly reached an important new goal thanks in large part to the efforts of its billionaire champion.

According to a press release this week, the CAL 3 initiative surpassed the number of signatures needed to present the measure to voters in this year’s election. If state officials determine the documents are genuine, it would then qualify as an initiative to be added this November.

The answer depends heavily on how exactly the split works. It makes sense to split the state into three states with population mixes such that they are politically competitive, rather than millions of urban illegals ruling over farmers. It doesn't make sense to give the same Democrats now in power 4 more Senators from one-party states.

Sun Apr 15 09:38:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG: McCabe is a leaker and a liar

J Christian AdamsThe report from the Department of Justice inspector general on Andrew McCabe is out. It concludes that McCabe repeatedly lacked candor and leaked materials to the Wall Street Journal that he was not authorized to leak. All of this comes on a day when President Trump pardoned Scooter Libby after his conviction for lying, citing evidence that Department of Justice prosecutors withheld evidence from a witness that affected her testimony.

So, McCabe lied to Comey about leaking to the Wall Street Journal, then lied to INSD agents investigating the leak under oath, then lied to the IG about those prior lies. In addition, the IG says McCabe wasn't authorized to leak the information in the first place.

The IG is referring the report to the FBI, which will likely do nothing.

Sun Apr 15 09:38:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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