Nellie Ohr admits investigating travels of Trump family

Daily Caller Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, told Congress in October that she investigated President Donald Trump’s children on behalf of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier.
Nellie Ohr, who worked as a contractor for Fusion GPS, looking into Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump’s business dealings and their travel.

This is confirmation of a theory long pushed by the Conservative Treehouse: Nellie Ohr, working for Fusion GPS, almost certainly used her access to the NSA databases to investigate Trump and his children. (Where else could she research their travel? She was a contractor and had access.)

This is also significantly -- hugely significant -- because it confirms that the investigation targeted the Trump family all along. She frames her research as being superficial and into the children's travel and Trump's real estate dealings, which are topics suitable for opposition research, but not for a federal contractor using intelligence databases.

It also confirms the timing of the investigation (as contractor access to the NSA databases was cut off before the election, on April 18th, probably by Mike Rogers, which forced the FBI to seek a warrant from the FISC).

It is shocking to me that this admission -- which took place in October, and has only recently been leaked to the press -- did not result in Ohr immediately being arrested for her crimes.

The only thing missing here, as I see it, is that Nellie is not quoted as using her access to NSA and other law enforcement/intelligence databases to do the research. In theory, as these are public figures, she could have used Google. But anyone could do that. You wouldn't need someone like Nellie, with her access, to do Google searches on the public net for press releases and news articles about semi-famous people traveling around.

Wed Jan 30 16:14:13 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A document that exonerates Flynn held by DIA?

Conservative TreehouseIn May of 2017 there was a document identified to a small number of people in the United States government. It’s in the possession of the Defense Intelligence Agency. For eighteen months there’s been an effort to resist declassifying that document; I know that that document contains extraordinary exculpatory information about General Flynn. I don’t believe the president has ever been told about the existence of this document. One lawmaker discovered it, but was thwarted by the Defense Intelligence Agency in his efforts to disclose it. I think we should all ask for that declassification; get that out; it may enlighten the judge; it will certainly enlighten the American public.”

I'm not really comfortable speculating on what that document might be, but if it is exculpatory, the judge needs to see it, and given the PR damaged caused by this whole situation, so does the public.

It is interesting that it is the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) that has the document.

Wed Jan 30 08:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New York legislation to require gun buyers to submit social media history

Washington TimesDemocratic lawmakers in New York state are pushing a bill that would require gun purchasers to turn over to the state their social-media profiles and search histories.

According to a report by WKBW, the ABC affiliate in Buffalo, the bill drafted by two Brooklyn lawmakers, state Sen. Kevin Parker and Borough President Eric Adams, is in committee in Albany.

These background checks, according to WKBW, would require submissions that could go back in a person’s Internet history up to three years.

“[The bill would violate] The first, the second amendment, the fifth amendment, the fourth amendment, and the 14th amendment,” gun-rights lawyer James Tresmond said.

What's actually happening here covers a few different things.

First, the Democrats now think that gun control wins elections. They ran on it (Parkland) and won the House. So now they will try to push some actual legislation. They'll trial-balloon it in states they control and see how it goes. If it passes, they'll try it nationally.

Second, I snipped out the quotes, but this is being sold as a "background check". Background checks poll well. Most non-gun-owners don't realize that every first sale of a firearm (ie, from a dealer) gets background checked by law, and many states have (unenforceable) laws that go well beyond that. So the people pushing this law are saying it's a background check and hoping that they can ride along on the polls about different policies. In other words, lying. Business as usual for gun control.

Third, this is the Democrats' answer to the failure of background checks in Parkland. They will describe it as background checks, and when people point out that background checks don't work, as indeed they failed in the Parkland case, the Democrats will say that these are new background checks intended to fix the failed background check system. Never mind that the failures in the background check system generally resolve around people not using the system to get people behaving violently and making threats onto the prohibited person list. They will point to Parkland and say he was making threatening social media comments. We will point to Parkland and say he was threatening people and had police called out to his home several dozen times and never got added.

Fourth... if this actually passes, no one will buy a gun in New York, ever. Given three years of social media access and search history too, anyone who applies will be disqualified by some perfectly innocent joke or search. Most people will be too terrified of letting the police dig through their history to even bother applying, even when they hadn't done anything wrong; Orwellian secret police digging through your past is everyone's nightmare unless you're a member of the secret police. And if anyone does bother applying, no one will actually read through their history; no one has time for that. They'll glance through it and find a reason to deny as fast as possible. If they can't find one quickly, they'll let it sit until the end of the maximum allowed time limit without responding, and what do you want to bet that "no response" is a denial?

The only good news is that it's a trial balloon. If it doesn't pass, they won't try it nationally.

Wed Jan 30 07:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Foundation whistleblowers testify to Congress

Sara CarterThe Clinton Foundation operated as a foreign agent ‘early in its life’ and ‘throughout it’s existence’ and did not operate as a 501c3 charitable foundation as required by its and is not entitled to its status as a nonprofit, alleged two highly qualified forensic investigators, accompanied by three other investigators, said in explosive testimony Thursday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

John Moynihan and Lawerence W. Doyle, both graduates of the Catholic Jesuit College of the Holy Cross and former expert forensic government investigators, gave their shocking testimony before congress based on a nearly two year investigation into the foundation’s work both nationally and internationally. They were assisted by three other highly trained experts in taxation law and financial forensic investigations. The forensic investigators stressed that they obtained all the documentation on the foundation legally and through Freedom of Information Request Acts from the IRS and other agencies.

I'm convinced that a lot of the fairly intense legal attention directed at Trump is basically a negotiation process. The Clintons and Obamas see investigative activity closing in around their foundation and their areas of involvement in SpyGate, and they encourage their allies and co-conspirators within the FBI and Mueller's office to strike back by opening new investigations into Trump, or coercing new guilty pleas from his associates, and so on. The implied promise is that if Trump backs off, so will they.

But I think SpyGate crossed a line. You can't use the FBI and NSA as your opposition research team and get away with it.

Wed Jan 30 06:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Court refuses to unseal records in whistleblower raid

Daily CallerA federal court refused to unseal government documents that permitted the FBI to raid the home of a reportedly recognized whistleblower who, according to his lawyer, delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a presidentially appointed watchdog.

The U.S. District Court of Maryland’s Chief Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner, a Clinton appointee, also sealed her justification for keeping the documents secret in a single-page Dec. 20 order.

This is a followup to earlier reporting on the raid conducted on this whistleblower's house. The whistleblower provided documents claiming the FBI failed to investigate wrongdoing related to the Clinton Foundation and the Rosatom uranium deal. The FBI then raided his house, with the reason for the raid under seal, and now the reason for keeping the raid under seal is also under seal. Why is this not retaliation? We don't know; it's under seal.

We have secret courts and secret cops. It's not a secret that we no longer have justice.

Tue Jan 29 08:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCarthy on the Stone indictment

National ReviewWhat matters is this: The indictment is just the latest blatant demonstration that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, the Department of Justice, and the FBI have known for many months that there was no such conspiracy. And yet, fully aware that the Obama administration, the Justice Department, and the FBI had assiduously crafted a public narrative that Trump may have been in cahoots with the Russian regime, they have allowed that cloud of suspicion to hover over the presidency — over the Trump administration’s efforts to govern — heedless of the damage to the country.

Read the whole thing.

Tue Jan 29 07:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Traitors in the Senate

Victory GirlsTo underscore the stern message they sent to Pence, six Republicans — Murkowski, Isakson and Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Mitt Romney (Utah) — voted for the Democratic proposal. But the 52-44 vote fell short of the 60 needed to advance the bill.

These are the Republicans who voted to advance the Democrat bill to reopen the government without funding for the wall. Most of the names are familiar, but Mitt Romney is starting off his Senate career on the wrong foot. Not that that surprises anyone, but still.

Tue Jan 29 06:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New York prosecutors investigating Trump inauguration?

Wall Street Journal via Bill QuickFederal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donations, people familiar with the matter said.

I'm sure the investigation is entirely nonpartisan. And, would you like to buy a bridge in Brooklyn?

Mon Jan 28 08:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Government blocking Paradise residents from returning

It's not really surprising that government would try to control re-entry to a disaster area in this basic manner. However, there are some indications that something more disturbing may be going on.

Butte County press releaseThe County is working with State and Federal partners who will assess each property for hazardous waste and remove those materials from each property. This process will take time.

There is no estimate as to how long it will take to assess and remove hazardous materials from each property at this time. After the property has been cleared of hazardous waste, the property owner can sign-up for a State debris removal program at no cost to the property owner.

My first read is that of course they will treat the presence of firearms as hazardous and ensure those firearms are "removed" (destroyed) before homeowners can return unsupervised. Of course the "controlled re-entry checkpoints" will check what people are removing on the way out, and probably confiscate firearms at that point too.

Mon Jan 28 07:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that voter fraud that doesn't exist...

Hot AirThe Texas Secretary of State sent an advisory to the state’s registrars today which announced that his office had identified evidence of thousands of non-citizens voting in the state between 1996 and 2018.

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley said a year-long evaluation found about 95,000 people described as “non-U.S. citizens” who are registered to vote in Texas. About 58,000 of them voted in Texas elections between 1996 and 2018, Whitley said.

And this is in Texas, a state that actually tries to keep its voter rolls accurate. In California, they would rather illegals vote, and they are changing the rules to allow for that as much as they can get away with.

Mon Jan 28 06:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

"The Good Censor": Google briefing admits abandonment of free speech

BreitbartAn internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the “American tradition” of free speech on the internet is no longer viable.

Despite leaked video footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a “blip” in history, Google has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into its products.

But the 85-page briefing, titled “The Good Censor,” admits that Google and other tech platforms now “control the majority of online conversations” and have undertaken a “shift towards censorship” in response to unwelcome political events around the world.

This sort of bullshit is exactly why we have the 1st Amendment to protect free speech.

Sun Jan 27 08:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Parkland shooting commission recommends arming teachers

Fox NewsThe panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers, saying it's not enough to have one or two police officers or armed guards on campus. Florida law adopted after the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead allows districts to arm non-teaching staff members such as principals, librarians and custodians — 13 of the 67 districts do, mostly in rural parts of the state.

The media will ignore this, because it doesn't follow their gun control narrative.

Sun Jan 27 07:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Patterico is still nuts about Trump

PattericoTrump tweeted about the John Edwards case.

He knew making this payment was for the benefit of his campaign, and he knew it was illegal. He directed his lawyer to make the payment, and now his lawyer is going to prison for it.

Increasingly, it looks like Donald Trump belongs in prison as well.

You'll note that Edwards was acquitted.

Sun Jan 27 06:47:21 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More details on the solar model and the coming ice age

Stephanie Osborn describes the Zharkova model for laymen. Short version: we're likely in for about 30 years of less solar energy as we hit the bottom of all four solar cycles together. We're about to get what is likely to be conclusive proof that global warming is bullshit. But it will take years to play out.

And in the "but only anthropogenic activities affect the climate" category, we have evidence of a massive series of volcanic eruptions during the Dark Ages that blotted out the sun for a year and lowered average temperatures by 2 to 3 degrees. Snow fell in the summers in China; wheat failed to grow in Ireland for 3 years.

Sat Jan 26 08:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Background checks don't work -- wait, what?

Foundation for Economic EducationA joint study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California at Davis Violence Prevention Research Program found that California’s much-touted mandated background checks had no impact on gun deaths, and researchers are puzzled as to why.

Note that this study was conducted in California, under their universal, mandatory background check laws, with a ton of other gun control laws already in place as well. California is gun control dreamland. But despite that, apparently those universal background checks had no impact on gun deaths.

Researchers are "puzzled" as to why. I'll tell them why. The people who follow a universal background check law are the people who don't commit crimes with their guns. The people who don't follow a universal background check law are either a) gun rights activists who don't commit crimes with their guns, or b) criminals.

Sat Jan 26 07:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cohen delays congressional testimony citing alleged threats

There are rumors Cohen is personally reluctant and the testimony was arranged by "his" lawyer, Lanny Davis, a long-time Clinton ally, but the official reason for the delay is apparently "threats" from Trump and Giuliani. As in death threats, I suppose. (The issue is framed as one of security and personal safety, so we're not talking about legal threats).

Personally, I think Lanny Davis orchestrated the "leak" to Buzzfeed about Trump telling Cohen to lie to Congress, and when Mueller had to flatly deny that claim, Cohen decided he needed to reevaluate his planned testimony to avoid lying to Congress again. Blaming the delay on absurd allegations of threats is just a bonus smearjob.

Sat Jan 26 06:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Failure Theater in Congress

The government is currently shut down and has been for all of this month. The issue is border security; Trump wants about $6 billion for a variety of border security measures including a barrier of some kind (a wall by any other name). Democrats are willing to pay for surveillance, drones, sensors... anything except an actual, physical security measure that would be effective in stopping border crossers. Somehow, despite Trump's electoral victory running on this issue and his party holding a majority (admittedly a slim one) in both houses of Congress during the first two years of his presidency, the Republicans couldn't get it done.

This is because most elected Republicans don't really want a wall. Trump got rolled by Ryan and McConnell promising to fund the wall "next time". Funny, by the time "next time" rolled around, there was an election and nothing got done in the lame duck period.

And if he's not careful, Trump is going to get rolled now. The Senate has been happily playing failure theater by claiming that they need 60 votes to pass legislation. They do... sort of.

McConnell has broken the Democrat filibuster for judges and Supreme Court nominees before. He can do the same for this, if need be. It would be silly and low-stakes to make it necessary, but it seems the Democrats are intent on making it necessary. They want the political victory over Trump.

But the Senate also has another tool to overcome filibusters: budget reconciliation. Items affecting the budget (ie, financially related, spending or not spending money) can be passed with a bare majority using this process.

So why is McConnell negotiating with Schumer to get to 60 in the Senate? He should be passing legislation to fund the wall using reconciliation and sending it to the House to keep the heat on Pelosi.

Fri Jan 25 12:01:42 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller charges Roger Stone with process crimes

Power LineThis morning brings news that Roger Stone has been charged in a seven-count indictment handed up by the grand jury in the Mueller probe: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering. Stone was arrested by the FBI in Fort Lauderdale this morning. The New York Times has just posted Mark Mazzetti’s story here (accessible here via Outline). I have posted the indictment below via Scribd. It’s all about WikiLeaks and a path senior officials in the Trump presidential campaign.

In all those alleged crimes, not a single one would exist without the Mueller probe. We already know Mueller is willing to basically make up false statements charges from whole cloth (based on interviews where the FBI interviewer didn't think there was any intention to deceive; see the Mike Flynn case). In this case we've seen the basic allegations before. Some of Stone's emails vaguely reference what WikiLeaks will release next, basically guessing what it might be, and Mueller is claiming that was actual foreknowledge that Stone is lying about when he says it was just a guess.

So the factual question is whether Stone was actually communicating with "Guccifer 2.0" or Wikileaks, or whether he was just bragging to puff himself up and give the impression he had inside information. Notably, Mueller has not charged him with hacking or conspiracy to hack, or anything related to hacking, and Wikileaks has denied communicating with Stone. Just to lying and "obstructing" (which probably translates to not cooperating and encouraging other people not to cooperate).

The media (CNN) was informed so they could be present at the arrest, which was a full tactical armed raid. That shows a certain amount of inappropriate public relations thinking on the part of whoever leaked the information. Did this guy really need a pre-dawn raid by a team of tactical FBI agents in armor, aired on CNN? No. The whole thing was staged for media impact.

Given the steady drip drip drip of incredibly damaging quotes from congressional testimony on this topic, and the failed attempt to refocus attention on Trump via the false Buzzfeed story alleging Cohen was ordered to lie, indicting Stone and arresting him in this very visible way feels like an attempt to redirect the narrative.

Another interesting question: Where did they find the money?

UPDATE: Borepatch has a good take on it.

UPDATE: Conservative Treehouse points out that someone above Mueller would probably be required to approve the raid. Who was that? They think it was Rosenstein, but Whitaker is Acting Attorney General and supposed to be the one supervising Mueller at this point. Finding out who approved a pre-dawn raid on Stone instead of just calling his lawyer, and the process that request took within the DOj and FBI, would tell us a lot about who is on who's side here.

Categories Spygate

Fri Jan 25 11:24:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A chilling effect at the University of Texas

Campus Reform"We allege that the University of Texas has four unconstitutional policies on the books," Neily told Carlson. "They have a verbal harassment policy, a campus climate response team, a bias response team, as you said, an acceptable use policy, which governs all internet and digital use on the campus, another residence hall manual, and all of those policies violate students' First and Fourteenth Amendment rights because students are terrified to express their opinions."

"So they don't know what they can be in trouble for. These policies are written so broad[ly] with such bizarre vague terms that students, out of an abundance of caution, just self-censor because they're terrified," Neily added.

“By failing to define highly subjective terms such as ‘offensive,’ ‘biased,’ ‘uncivil,’ and ‘rude,’ the University of Texas has given itself broad discretion to determine which speech – and whose speech – violates their policies," Neily said in a press release the day her organization filed the lawsuit. "Unfortunately, this fails to pass Constitutional muster.”

Universities are no longer places where free inquiry and debate are allowed.

Fri Jan 25 08:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Yates, McCabe read FISA application "line-by-line"

Meaning in History“The sensitivity level of this particular FISA resulted in lots of very high level attention both within the FBI and DOJ. The general counsel (Baker) … personally reviewed and made edits to the FISA, for example. The deputy director (McCabe) was involved in reviewing the FISA line-by-line. The Deputy Attorney General (Yates) over on the DOJ side of the street was similarly involved, as I understood, reviewing the FISA application line-by-line.”

“I would not say that this was a circumstance where there was any deference given to Jim Baker. In other words, when Andy McCabe looked at it, certainly when Sally Yates looked at it, I don’t believe they were simply relying on the judgment of Jim Baker having reviewed the application,” Anderson said. “My understanding and my impression at the time was that they very much gave it their own de novo independent review and that, you know, it was very carefully reviewed by those individuals.”

On the one hand, this shows them paying careful attention to what they signed -- a much better professional look than Rod Rosenstein's (paraphrased) "I don't really need to read the things I sign". On the other hand, it puts McCabe and Yates in the uncomfortable position of having still signed at least one FISA application based on Hillary's dossier, despite their careful review, and not including information about Steele's personal and financial partisan motives, despite being warned about them by Ohr.

Categories Spygate

Fri Jan 25 07:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller looking into Trump-NRA connections now

CNNSpecial counsel Robert Mueller's team has expressed interest in the Trump campaign's relationship with the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign.
"When I was interviewed by the special counsel's office, I was asked about the Trump campaign and our dealings with the NRA," Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, told CNN.
The special counsel's team was curious to learn more about how Donald Trump and his operatives first formed a relationship with the NRA and how Trump wound up speaking at the group's annual meeting in 2015, just months before announcing his presidential bid, Nunberg said.
Nunberg's interview with Mueller's team in February 2018 offers the first indication that the special counsel has been probing the Trump campaign's ties to the powerful gun-rights group. As recently as about a month ago, Mueller's investigators were still raising questions about the relationship between the campaign and the gun group, CNN has learned.

The relationship is pretty simple. Trump ran as a Republican. De facto, the NRA supports Republicans nationally. (This is because the Democrats demonstrated they could not be trusted, as a whole, but individuals are evaluated as individuals when running for office). The NRA spent a lot of money on this election in particular because there was an open Supreme Court seat at stake, and it was previously held by a very pro-gun Justice. Of course the stakes were high.

But the implication here is insane.

CNNThe NRA had already come under scrutiny from lawmakers for its massive spending in support of Trump in 2016 and its ties to Russian nationals.
Maria Butina, a Russian national, pleaded guilty in DC federal court in December to engaging in a conspiracy against the US. As part of her plea, she acknowledged that she attempted to infiltrate GOP political circles and influence US relations with Russia, in part by building ties with prominent members of the NRA.

She also admitted she was working at the direction of a prominent former Russian central banker, Alexander Torshin, who was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department last year for his role in the Russian government. Torshin is also a lifetime member of the NRA.
Law enforcement has not accused the NRA of any wrongdoing.

Emphasis mine. This is just an attempt to smear Trump by association with the NRA by association with a single Russian possible agent.

CNNIn letters to Wyden, the NRA revealed it had received contributions from more than 20 Russian nationals in the US or people associated with Russian addresses since 2015. But the donations amounted to a little more than $2,500, according to the NRA's letter. The group also insisted it did not use foreign funds for election-related purposes.

So, an entirely trivial amount of money, no accusations of wrongdoing on the part of the NRA, no crime for Mueller to investigate, and yet he has a budget of millions to spend -- and will force his targets to spend even more defending themselves from baseless political charges.

Fri Jan 25 06:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supreme Court to hear 2nd Amendment case

The Supreme Court has granted cert to a case challenging New York City's firearms transportation laws, which ban transport of a firearm outside the home except to a shooting range. This is probably a positive sign. With Gorsuch and now Kavanaugh on the court, we should have five votes for gun rights. This case should be an easy one, as New York City's laws are draconian and could probably be challenged under cruel and unusual punishment for gun owners. The stakes in this case are not especially high, as only a state law will be affected, so it makes a good test case for the existing justices who have yet to vote on 2nd Amendment cases.

If we get 5 votes here, and Justice Ginsburg fails to return to the bench, the left will really start freaking out.

Thu Jan 24 08:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ruby Ridge occurred on Barr's watch

I wrote earlier that Barr failed the Waco test. I didn't realize at the time that Barr was AG when Ruby Ridge took place, which is consistent with Barr's alleged assertiont hat just going in with a SWAT team would have resolved Waco with no loss of life. Because that worked so well at Ruby Ridge, where FBI snipers killed innocent people. Barr worked hard to protect them from the consequences of their actions, too.

That doesn't bode well for how he will handle Spygate, even if you ignore that he's an admitted close personal friend of Mueller.

Thu Jan 24 07:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Russian woman retracts Trump collusion claim

Legal InsurrectionAlleged prostitute Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka,was detained last year in Thailand on charges related to soliciting for sex and conspiracy to solicit. At the time of her arrest and subsequent plea, she claimed to have video and audio tape evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U. S. presidential election.

She has now retracted that claim and apologized for making a false claim. It’s not clear why she initially made this claim, but reports suggest that she was trying to leverage this purported “evidence” into a lesser charge/sentence.

Interesting, she retracted it after she was extradicted to Russia at a Russian court hearing of some kind. She had claimed to have "tapes" of conversations linking Trump to Deripaska.

But it's known that the FBI talked to Desipaska too. They wanted him to say (or rather, agree with to support their dossier, I think) that Trump colluded with Russia. It appears from more recent accounts that he refused to do that.

It occurs to me that putting her into a Russian prison after retracting her story is a great way to keep her from talking about whatever she may have overheard about the FBI trying to frame Trump for colluding with Russians.

Thu Jan 24 06:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump supporting coup in Venezuela

The opposition leader has declared himself President and promises to find a way to get the country out of it's hyper-inflationary economic death spiral. Trump has recognized the new government. Don't get me wrong -- it's probably a good coup, as Nicolas Maduro is a socialist dictator destroying the country and the opposition leader is promising to fix things instead, but it's still a coup. We can only hope that there will be a relatively peaceful transition of power, followed by successful economic reforms (ie, not socialism) and a return to free (and honest) elections.

Wed Jan 23 16:33:05 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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