Twitter abuse of conservatives targeted by FEC complaint

Daily CallerRep. Matt Gaetz is considering filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over Twitter’s alleged suppression of his account, the Florida Republican told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday.

Gaetz was one of several prominent conservatives, including members of Congress and the chair of the Republican National Committee, whose accounts Twitter suppressed by making it harder to find in the site’s search function, a Vice News investigation published Wednesday found.

“Democrats are not being ‘shadow banned’ in the same way,” the report concluded, noting: “Not a single member of the 78-person Progressive Caucus faces the same situation in Twitter’s search.”

Twitter has a history of bias in this area. Whether that bias is deliberate, or merely the result of emergent mob behavior on the left, remains to be proven... but I think the observed results are pretty clearly damning. If Twitter seeks the protection of being a content-neutral publisher of individually-authored content, they need to actually be content-neutral.

Fri Jul 27 12:04:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Articles of Impeachment introduced against... Rosenstein?

The only problem with the idea of impeaching Rosenstein is that the Senate will never vote to convict. That said, a vote to impeach in the House would give Trump political cover to remove Rosenstein without being credibly accused of obstruction of justice. ("I don't want anyone in my administration who has been impeached by the House" is an entirely justifiable reason for firing Rosenstein). Similar rules can be applied to lower level officials with a simple majority in the House; the Senate might need some fiddling but putting the rule in a reconciliation bill should let it through with a simple majority. And the principle would be a significant step towards accountability when the President is, unfortunately, politically hamstrung by a conspiracy against him among his own officials.

Fri Jul 27 11:05:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An excellent summary of what we know

Fri Jul 27 11:04:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Seattle spends $52 million on streetcars that don't fit their tracks

So long as the graft was all paid up front, do the politicians care? Note that the total cost of the project is already up to $200 million, a $50 million increase over estimates.

Thu Jul 26 09:31:26 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More Cohen data leaked in violation of attorney-client privilege

Details here. Fox says the tape came from Lanny Davis, Cohen's attorney, rather than the police who raided Cohen. Whether this represents Cohen being cooperative, or Cohen making a desperate cry for help from Trump (financial or otherwise), is unknown. As far as I am concerned, the contents of the tape are a nothingburger; it's Trump discussing whether and/or how to pay off a playboy playmate to keep quiet about an alleged affair from over 10 years ago. If there's a crime here, it's blackmail, and Trump is the victim, and then doubly so for Cohen, his attorney, violating attorney-client privilege to release the tape, never mind taping his client in the first place. I don't give a shit about an alleged consensual affair while Trump was a private citizen.

Categories Spygate

Wed Jul 25 12:40:02 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Buck Stops at the Obama White House

Investor's Business DailyHere's what Obama's Director of National Intelligence, the nation's former spy master, James Clapper, told CNN's Anderson Cooper:

"If it weren't for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of event which are still unfolding today, including Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller's investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place."

Remember Strzok's text: "The White House is running this."

Tue Jul 24 16:52:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another thwarted terror plot

Front Page Mag The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Amer Sinan Alhaggagi plotted with ISIS to kill 10,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area with bombs and cocaine laced with rat poison. With supporters from California’s Yemeni community looking on, the West Oakland resident pleaded guilty last week to supporting a foreign terrorist organization, possession of device-making equipment and fraud.

The Berkeley High School graduate, 23, had applied to join the Oakland Police Department so he could acquire weapons for his attacks. In meetings with undercover agents he pointed out targets including Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley and the UC Berkeley campus.

I'm a little bit amazed that this guy thought he would have to join the police force to obtain a firearm in America.

Tue Jul 24 15:52:31 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gillibrand goes all-in for gun control and open borders

Daily Caller“So when we flip the House and flip the Senate, I think the first thing we should do is deal with the children who have been separated from their families at the border. I think we should get rid of ICE,” Gillibrand said at the New York City festival OZY Fest, where she shared a stage with left-wing actress Chelsea Handler.

The senator also said that Democrats should also move on “all” of the gun control issues within the first month of taking back Congress.

“I think we should pass the gun reform issues within the first month — all of them. Universal background checks, anti-trafficking, making sure people can’t buy bump stocks, large magazine clips, all that work,” she said.

I remember when she ran for the Senate seat in New York. She had been an upstate Congresswoman who was relatively pro-gun (for a Democrat), but it's now clear she was lying about her position on that.

Never let anyone tell you the Democrats don't want to take your guns.

Tue Jul 24 15:52:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Appeals court rules 2nd Amendment means carry outside your home, too

ReutersA federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment protects a right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense, rejecting a claim by Hawaii officials that the right only applies to guns kept at home. . . .

Amazingly enough, this came out of the 9th circuit. We've seen similar rulings -- the 7th circuit's rulings that forced Illinois to go to shall-issue concealed carry come to mind -- but this is a step forward. We'll likely see the en banc court reject the ruling, but by then the Supreme Court may lend a friendly ear.

Tue Jul 24 13:52:31 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Toronto murderer identified; terrorism not ruled out

Fox NewsCanadian authorities identified the gunman who killed two people and injured 13 others in a lively Toronto neighborhood Sunday night as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, whose family claimed had suffered from "severe mental health challenges."

Earlier Monday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said he would not speculate on a motive but did not rule out terrorism. Toronto Councilor Paula Fletcher said the attack was "not gang related" and that the gunman shot "indiscriminately" into restaurants and into a park.

He doesn't have to get a blessing from ISIS for it to be terrorism. It sounds like it was terrorism to me.

UPDATE: He visited ISIS websites, lived in the middle east.

UPDATE: ISIS claimed credit.

Tue Jul 24 13:52:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake Racism

Borepatch has the story of a waiter who didn't get a tip, and called the customers racists. He made it up. Well, the part where he said they wrote "We don't tip terrorists" on the receipt. It does seem like they didn't tip him. Maybe he's a bad waiter who lies about his customers?

Tue Jul 24 12:52:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House Intel committee asks POTUS to declassify part of FISA app

Sara CarterIn a letter released Sunday night, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is requesting that President Donald Trump declassify roughly 19 pages of the fourth application of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on Carter Page. The committee claims this effort is necessary to expose the irregularities in how the FBI and Department of Justice obtained the renewal warrants that lasted for nearly a year.

I sure would like to know what the House Intel committee thinks is under the redactions on those pages. You may also be interested in the broader summary of issues with the application. And they are serious issues. Andrew McCarthy, who spent some time defending the FISA application before he actually saw it, said this:

Andrew McCarthy at National ReviewIn my public comments Sunday morning, I observed that the newly disclosed FISA applications are so shoddy that the judges who approved them ought to be asked some hard questions.
It turns out, however, that the crazies were right and I was wrong. The FBI (and, I’m even more sad to say, my Justice Department) brought the FISA court the Steele-dossier allegations, relying on Steele’s credibility without verifying his information.
I am embarrassed by this not just because I assured people it could not have happened, and not just because it is so beneath the bureau — especially in a politically fraught case in which the brass green-lighted the investigation of a presidential campaign. I am embarrassed because what happened here flouts rudimentary investigative standards.

One of the questions that needs to be asked is "Is this the usual evidentiary standard for FISA cases?"

If so, the court needs to be shut down as a rubber stamp and the entire process redesigned and reformed.

If not, the judges who approved this application need to be examined for evidence of bias along with the FBI, DOJ, and intelligence community.

Categories Spygate

Tue Jul 24 09:52:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Meuller's evidence includes... Bernie's campaign strategist?

PJMediaOn Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a large cache of evidence against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and a former chief strategist for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was all over it.

Tad Devine, Sanders' chief strategist, appears from exhibit 5 onward. Mueller listed a memo from 2006 involving Manafort, Devine, and former Ukrainian President Viktor Vanukovych, Russian President Vladimir Putin's puppet in Ukraine.

Mueller's evidence lists email after email between Devine and Manafort, connecting them both to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Putin-connected operative whom Manafort described as "my Russian brain."

Devine's name appears a total of 21 times in the list of nearly 500 pieces of evidence against Manafort.

That Bernie the Communist Democratic Socialist has ties to the Kremlin should not surprise anyone.

Mon Jul 23 16:11:40 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Questions about the foreign entity receiving Hillary's emails

Investor's Business DailySo, at the moment we're left with some troubling questions. Who is this "foreign entity"? Is Gohmert right that the FBI dismissed evidence from the intelligence community about Clinton's emails being compromised? Will lawmakers ever get to the bottom of this? And will the mainstream press ever show the slightest interest in this development?

In order: I don't know but I would guess China. Yes. No. No.

Mon Jul 23 16:11:34 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump considering revoking clearances of some Obama officials

TwitterPress Sec. Sanders: "Not only is the president looking to take away Brennan's security clearance, he's also looking into the security clearances of Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice, and McCabe...because they've politicized and in some cases monetized their public service."

With the exception of Hayden, whose name I don't recognize offhand, all of these people deserve to lose their clearances.

Comey: leaking to the press in an effort to impeach the president, lying to the president, being a weasel and doing weasel things.

Clapper: Involvement in the FISA abuse against the Trump campaign and administration, and leaking.

Brennan: Involvement in the FISA abuse against the Trump campaign and administration, and leaking. Plus voting for a communist party candidate.

Hayden: Unknown?

Rice: Unmasking and lying about it.

McCabe: Already fired for lying and leaking, participated in the FISA abuse, and his wife took political contributions from Clinton while he was running the investigation into her emails.

UPDATE: Hayden was a CIA director for Bush and has been outspokenly anti-Trump. I'm not sure if frothing at the mouth while calling the current president Hitler is outside the bounds people holding a security clearance, but this one still seems a little questionable to me. Given their involvement in abusing the intelligence agencies against Trump, however, the rest should lose their clearances immediately.

Categories Spygate

Mon Jul 23 15:11:40 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Inciting violence on campus

Front Page MagHamzeh Daoud, a student at Stanford University, has vowed: “im gonna physically fight zionists on next year if someone comes at me with their ‘israel is a democracy’ bullshit. :) and after i abolish your ass i’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethnosupremacist settler-colonial state.”

We should make sure these people want to live in a free country before we invite them here to learn.

Mon Jul 23 15:11:34 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

San Francisco allows illegal aliens to vote

Daily WireThe Department of Elections in San Francisco on Monday issued voter registration for illegal aliens to allow them to vote for members of the city's Board of Education in the Nov. 6 election.

Becoming California's first city to allow non-American citizens to vote in local elections, Supervisor Norman Yee said, "We want to give immigrants the right to vote."

[For the record, "immigrants" are people who come to America through the legal process, while "illegal aliens" sneak into the country.]

Will they get a special ballot that only allows them to vote for the board of education positions? Or will they get a full ballot?

Mon Jul 23 14:11:34 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bourdain was interviewed attacking Clinton before suicide

Daily MailAnthony Bourdain pulled no punches in one of his final interviews as the celebrity chef slammed Bill Clinton for being 'rapey, gropey and disgusting' and spoke of how he imagined Harvey Weinstein dying alone in a bathtub.

'Bill Clinton, look, the bimbo eruptions - it was f***king monstrous,' Bourdain said, before describing the former presidents as 'a piece of s**t, entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting'.

Bourdain went on to condemn the way Clinton and wife Hillary 'destroyed these women' who came forward with the allegations.

'He is a very charming man, I met him, he's f**king magnetic. As is (Hillary). When you're in the room, you think wow, she's really warm and nice and funny. But the way they efficiently dismantled, destroyed, and shamelessly discredited these women for speaking their truth.'

Suddenly the idea that Hillary has had a lot of people killed to cover up her scandals seems more plausible. I'm not making any accusations, or even necessarily taking it seriously, but the timing does make you wonder.

Mon Jul 23 13:11:40 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller indictment shows political biases

Washington ExaminerHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said special counsel Robert Mueller's recent indictment of 12 Russian officials on charges of hacking Democrats' computers during the 2016 campaign looks "ridiculous" because it left out Republicans who were also targeted.

It's not a real indictment. It's a campaign ad. Even the timing of the indictment was done to screw up Trump's diplomatic efforts.

Mon Jul 23 13:11:34 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch obtains (redacted) Carter Page FISA Warrant

It's 400 pages of redacted information. The thing that leaps out at me is that this document alleges Carter Page (the target) is "an agent of a foreign power". We've seen how slippery that definition can be, with Manafort being accused of basically failing to file paperwork to register as such an agent. However, it can also indicate someone who is actually an espionage agent rather than simply a lobbyist.

On page 4, the application describes Page as having been "the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian Government [long redacted passage] undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election in violation of US criminal law."

So let's stop a moment here.

The last time Russians tried to recruit Page, they called him an idiot... and he testified against them in court, resulting in convictions. That was Page's prior experience as an FBI informant. But now the Russians are going to try to recruit him again? When they got burned last time? That reads more like an excuse than anything else. Maybe they are conflating earlier efforts to recruit Page with the current situation. We can't tell because they redacted the details.

More comments as I read through the release below the fold.

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Sun Jul 22 09:37:31 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller subpoenas New York Madame?

TMZKristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam who went to prison and was connected to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, is being subpoenaed in the Robert Mueller investigation ... TMZ has learned.

Davis worked for former Trump aide Roger Stone for a decade, and had numerous interactions with Stone and Andrew Miller -- who ran Davis' campaign for Governor and who was subpoenaed by Mueller a month ago.

What does this possibly have to do with Russian collusion? Nothing, of course. It's Mueller trying to put pressure on anyone he can find in her files connected to Trump, so they will be encouraged to flip on Trump.

Special counsels are supposed to have very specific, very narrow fields of jurisdiction where they can investigate. This is because they are otherwise unrestrained and easily turned into partisan weapons (as in fact Mueller was intended to be from the beginning). The more Mueller chases these things far, far away from his appropriate area of authority, the more obviously partisan and corrupt his entire operation becomes.

Sat Jul 21 09:03:47 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch expecting document dump on FISA warrants from FBI

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch today expects the Justice Department to release redacted documents about FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrants targeting the Trump campaign. Judicial Watch expects the document release to center on FISA warrants targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign associate. The warrants are controversial because the FISA court was never told that the key information justifying the requests came from a minimally-corroborated “dossier” that was created by Fusion GPS, a paid agent of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.

The pending document production comes in a February 2018 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the DOJ rejected a July 19, 2017, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00245)). The lawsuit is seeking:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Copies of all FISC responses to the above-mentioned applications in which the Court notified the FBI or Justice Department that it would not grant the proposed applications or recommended changes. If any such FISC responses were provided orally, rather than in writing, please provide copies of FBI or Justice Department records memorializing or otherwise referencing the relevant FISC responses;

Copies of all FISC orders relating to the above mentioned applications, whether denying the applications and certifications, denying the orders, modifying the orders, granting the orders, or other types of orders.

I don't know what Judicial Watch is expecting, but I'm expecting pages basically 100% blacked out, at least for anything new.

Fri Jul 20 15:59:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Attorney-Client privilege no longer a thing, I guess?

Hot Air quoting NYSlimesPresident Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording.

The F.B.I. seized the recording this year during a raid on Mr. Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. Cohen’s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about Mr. Trump ahead of the 2016 election. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Mr. Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them…

Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, confirmed in a telephone conversation on Friday that Mr. Trump had discussed the payments with Mr. Cohen on the tape but said the payment was ultimately never made. He said the recording was less than two minutes and demonstrated that the president had done nothing wrong.

So Trump talks to his lawyer, Cohen, who records it for unknown reasons. Prosecutors with ties to Mueller then raid Cohen's office to get the recording in a clear violation of attorney-client privilege. The recording then somehow ends up in the hands of the New York Times, which prints a story on it because it embarrasses the President even if no payment ended up happening and nothing illegal was done.

This bullshit is going to continue until the Trump admin finds some way to push back against the people doing it.

Fri Jul 20 12:59:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller files for immunity for 5 witnesses

Daily CallerSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller plans to grant immunity to five witnesses who could testify at the upcoming trial for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Mueller and his team of prosecutors revealed the use of the “limited immunity” offers in papers filed in federal court on Tuesday. Mueller is asking a federal judge to file the immunity records under seal in order to prevent the identities of the five witnesses from being made public.

The court filing says that the five witnesses, who have not been publicly identified, have so far invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

This lends credence to the narrative that Mueller is covering things up. By granting immunity to witnesses, Mueller ensures that they cannot be prosecuted for the things they testify about. Since one of the witnesses is expected to be Tony Podesta, and John Podesta has well known links to the Clintons. So by granting immunity, Mueller can protect Tony from other prosecutors wanting to charge him with anything he testifies about. This would thus protect John Podesta, and Hillary Clinton.

The FBI/DOJ investigation of Clinton's emails used a similar trick. Just grant lots of immunity and don't use any of the information you get.

Fri Jul 20 09:59:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Unbiased James Comey demands we all vote for Democrats

Comey on Twitter quoted on Ace of SpadesThis Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that “Ambition must ... counteract ambition.” All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.

James Comey is a weasel who does weasel things.

Wed Jul 18 13:00:06 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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