Why wait? Just issue the subpoena. With the release of this report and it's attempted whitewashing of the evidence, until and unless Huber files multiple public indictments by Monday, IG Horowitz has given up any claim to the public trust in his ability to bring this matter to a satisfactory resolution.
Lying to the FBI is the crime the FBI forced Michael Flynn to plead guilty to, after using the accusation to drive him out of his duly appointed government position. For Comey to claim he did not know Huma Abedin was married to Weiner, when millions of people less involved in politics than Comey did know because the media treated their wedding like they would a wedding in the House of Windsor, defies belief. Therefore, this claim is either evidence of incompetence to the point of stupidity, or evidence of "lack of candor" to the IG's investigators.
Comey, others also used personal email for government business
While Hillary's use of a personal email server exclusively is possibly unique and significantly more damaging than occasional personal email use, that Comey, Page, Strzok, and likely others involved in the investigation (all the way up to President Obama)h ad used personal email accounts for official business is troubling. It suggests they may have violated the same basic rules and thus been inclined to go easy on her. It also suggests a casual attitude towards classified material at the upper echelons of the government.
We're still expecting to see the full IG report sometime in May. The first partial report we saw nailed McCabe to the wall on lying to investigators and to Congress, including under oath. The remaining portions will likely go even further. The intensity of the leaking campaign and frantic activity by Mueller and his allies should probably be taken as an indication that the hammer is about to fall.
I hope these leaks lead to criminal prosecution of the leakers.
In light of the 2016 campaign and the continuing revelations about how our intelligence, national security, and law enforcement agencies were abused to target the political opposition of the President, the problem now seems a lot more widespread than the IRS.
DOJ declines to prosecute despite IG recommendation
This is why we shouldn't count our indictments before they hatch. It's nice that the IG has Huber to work with, but we haven't seen Huber indict anyone yet. Until he does, it's business as usual in swampland.
I think in just the part I quoted above there is more than enough to call it a terrorist act. That said, it wasn't a suicide attack and the tactics -- particularly the disguises -- suggest the attackers intend to get away with it. It may not be an Islamic terror attack. But definitely a terror attack.
McConnell is one of the "gang of eight" Brennan briefed about the operation. Of course he wasn't surprised; he's heard it all before, at least assuming Brennan's individual briefings to each Gang of 8 member actually contained the same information. (I'm skeptical about that; why brief them individually then?)
So I'm not surprised that McConnell isn't surprised. McConnell is a swamp creature. The sooner he circles the drain, the better.
Despite the White House chief of staff showing up before the meeting to state the President's position that all possible information should be shared, the FBI and DOJ are still covering things up.
I think the timing of this letter solidifies the conclusion that Strzok is a cooperating witness. His lawyer seems to think that testifying before Congress will "clear his name"; that seems likely, but it may just be a public relations front. However, testifying before Congress will likely help Strzok preserve his existing immunity and/or favorable plea deal with Huber.
Obviously Congress should accept the offer to get more facts into the public eye. Strzok will try to put the best spin on his motives, of course, but if he's willing to be honest about what happened it would open a lot of new information up to the public.
This sounds like it's more about making the individual tax cuts from last time "permanent" (until Congress next revisits tax law) now that they have been well received than further lowering taxes, but hey, it's something, and it sure is nice to not have to force through the same tax cuts again and again..
It also smells a little bit like "our caucus can't get anything done despite majorities in the House and the Senate and holding the White House, but we can pass something we previously passed with emphasis."
I'm just going to add a few points here. If 25% of Americans own a gun, and each American family has four people on average (2 adults, 2 kids), then we're right back to "on average, every American family owns a gun." And that's probably true. I know there are many American families that don't really think of themselves as gun owners, and will probably tell a survey-taker they don't own any guns, but when you get down to brass tacks, there's an old shotgun in the closet from Granddad or a revolver in the attic from Uncle Harry or a forgotten squirrel-hunting 22 that hasn't been used since they moved to the city, or just gets passed down from father to son with a "Ssh, don't tell mom."
And then there are the people who can, and will, arm their whole neighborhood out of their gun safe when the flying fecal matter impacts the rotating air circulator.
Only in the one-party-rule blue states that have successfully destroyed their gun culture are Americans even close to actually being disarmed. And even there, it's limited to the major metropolitan ares that enforce such laws vigorously.
Of course this is what Mueller is going to do. There was never any doubt. Right before the election, he delivers his big indictments (or his report, if he can't actually get anything solid enough to indict), setting up a "blue wave" in the House followed immediately by impeachment hearings that last two more years and culminate in an impeachment vote immediately before the 2020 presidential election.
Derailing that won't be easy, but throwing Clinton and Obama and their minions in jail for abusing the national security infrastructure to steal a national election might just do it.
Remember, the whole point of the school's policy with the diversionary program in the first place is to keep disciplinary numbers down by ignoring what students do that is against the rules and even criminal. Sending someone directly into the criminal system if they ignored the diversionary program would defeat the purpose.
The idea that sending him before a judge this once would have changed anything is ludicrous.
He had dozens of "contacts" with law enforcement. None of them actually did anything. And it takes a felony to bar gun ownership (or a misdemeanor domestic violence case). This would have been a non-DV misdemeanor.
When the pin is pulled, Mr Flash-Bang Is No Longer Your Friend
I've occasionally pointed out that so-called "distraction devices" used in police SWAT raids are actually pretty damned dangerous. Miguel has very graphic proof. Deploying one of those devices into a home should be considered an initiation of force. Responding with force to a police SWAT team throwing grenades into your home should be considered self defence. If the police don't want homeowners shooting at them, they should not throw grenades into people's homes.
They are backpedaling frantically because they know they found nothing, and because their found nothing, their actions in Spygate open them to criminal prosecution. So, suddenly, they weren't investigating the Trump campaign at all, they were just trying to protect it from the Russians.
He quite possibly does, but the magic 8-ball still says "Too murky to tell". Why? Well, there are a lot of potential issues with the raid on his offices, given his status as a lawyer (and to the President!). And there are more issues with anything Mueller wants to do about it, since the allegations involve money from the Ukraine allegedly in favor of their interests against Russia, not from Russia. That would seem to be outside the Russian collusion narrative that Mueller is allowed to investigate.
The author is a former leftist and gun control advocate who changed his mind when confronted with Spygate and the utter lack of accountability the culprits receive. I suspect many gun rights advocates come to their position from similar places. Mine were Ruby Ridge and Waco. Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia are others. When the people do not have guns, the government can slaughter them at will. When the people do have guns, the options available to a despotic tyranny are limited.