Sigh. Patterico is still nuts.

PattericoThe Russians had a campaign to disrupt the 2016 elections and to help Donald Trump win the election. The Trump campaign was aware of parts of this campaign, for example through Roger Stone. The campaign was approached by Russian operatives and in at least one case took them up on a meeting, with relatives of the President and his Krelim-connected campaign chairman meeting with someone representing the Kremlin. Afterwards, Donald Trump helped draft a statement lying about the nature of the meeting. Kremlin officials greenlighted a possible Trump-related real estate project in Moscow. The president’s lawyer later lied about the extent of these contacts to Congress, almost certainly with Trump’s knowledge and after consulting with lawyers connected to Trump. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign did a major favor for Russia by tipping them off that Trump was willing to go softer on sanctions that are very damaging to the corrupt and kleptocratic Putin regime.

Who set up that meeting? Fusion GPS. Who in that meeting represented Russia? No one. (Some people were Russians, or allegedly Russians). What deals were made in that meeting? None. The Trump side has denied any deals and the Russian side has denied any deals. In fact the Trump side left in disgust after a few minutes. While you might say that of course the Russians would deny any deals, the Russian side are heavily linked to Fusion GPS and indeed met with Glenn Simpson both before and after that meeting. Fusion GPS would be claiming a deal was made if in fact any deal was made.

PattericoHowever, no prosecutable case can found of the Trump campaign conspiring with Russia on any of these fronts. There is no indication that they helped to hack any computers. The lightening up on sanctions is a policy that Trump likely favored regardless of whether he got help from the Russian government, given that Trump is a huge personal fan of the murderous autocrat Putin, as evidenced by his sycophantic statements at Helsinki and elsewhere. As repellent as those statements are, and as counterproductive to human rights as the lifting of sanctions might be, all of this is more the product of Trump’s admiration for murderers and strongmen than the product of blackmail or (as the Steele dossier alleged) a quid pro quo for the help Russia gave Trump in electing him.

The Steele "dossier" is discredited BS and basing any evaluation of the situation on it is insane at this point.

Whether Trump actually lifted sanctions on Russia is significantly debateable. He has taken many policy positions significantly tougher on Russia than Obama did; including, in particular, selling weapons to Ukraine to defend itself against the Russian invasion. Sanctions were imposed on Russia by Barack Obama in part for their alleged interference in our election, which remains unproven. (That they tried to interfere ineffectually is not in doubt; the claim that they were behind the DNC hack and colluded with Trump is effectively disproven following the lack of charges against Assange). Trump has actually signed sanctions legislation against Russia, so claiming he weakened sanctions should be a non-starter.

Further -- diplomatic negotiations with foreign nations are part of what the President is elected to do.

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Mon Apr 15 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another worrying sign for Captain Marvel in Endgame

Bounding Into ComicsThe Russo brothers did indicate they “set the parameters…in terms of what we need” when it comes to hairstyles and makeup, but Joe Russo noted, “We give all the actors ownership over there.” In fact, he pointed to Scarlett Johansson’s blonde wig in Avengers: Infinity War as being Scarlett’s decision, “Every hairstyle that Scarlet Johansson has had and every movie that we’ve done has come from Scarlet Johansson.”

Larson confirmed she shot Avengers: Endgame before Captain Marvel saying, “This film [Endgame] will always be personally dear to me because it was my first time playing Captain Marvel.” She added, “We shot this first so I had to stumble and figure out who this character was with no script for this and no script for Captain Marvel, either, and perform for the first time in front of legends.”

So let me get this straight. Before you even had any idea whether Brie Larson as Captain Marvel could carry her own solo movie, you put her as a completely new character into the ultimate conclusion of your 20+ movie arc teamup flic? You didn't think to maybe shoot Captain Marvel first? Or leave her out of the big film until she had proven the little one would succeed?

Sun Apr 14 08:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The crisis on the southern border

Epoch Times“Generally we want to see our custody numbers around 4,500 across the southwest border,” said Brian Hastings, chief law enforcement operations directorate of Border Patrol. “However, two weeks ago we saw our in-custody numbers up to critical levels of 13,500 in custody.”

Hastings said that since March 19, Border Patrol has released over 11,000 non-criminal family members. He said biometrics are taken on the adults, a criminal background check is performed, and, if clean, they are provided with a travel document and served with a Notice to Appear in immigration court.

Don't think that the ability to overwhelm the border patrol isn't noticed and planned for. Don't think the outcome -- "provided with a travel document and served with a Notice to Appear" -- is considered failure. On the contrary, that's success. They have "permission" to stay in the country. The little bit about a court date? Who cares?

Sun Apr 14 07:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that unbiased media...

Yglesias admits progressive groups lied about Trump's tax cuts. With a bonus older tweet where Yglesias says he thinks lying is the right thing for "advocates" to do.

So Yglesias admits being an advocate rather than an honest reporter?

Sun Apr 14 06:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another Trump campaign approach by FBI spy

AceFormer Trump 2016 Campaign Adviser Michael Caputo told FOX Business' Trish Regan that a Russian FBI informant approached him offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Opens a New Window. Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

"I was approached by a Russian national FBI informant in late May of 2016. He wanted to give me some dirt on Hillary Clinton. I turned it down," Caputo said on Tuesday.

Caputo said he only learned the individual was an FBI informant after he sat down with investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"When they asked me about him, I told them what I knew. By their faces I knew that it was someone that had been sent to me. It was after my interrogation with the Mueller team that I went out, hired private investigators and found out the guy had used a fake name, Henry Greenberg, and that he had been working with the FBI for 17 years."

Caputo also said he tried to give this information to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

That makes at least three spies the FBI and CIA have run at the Trump campaign trying to entrap them with Russian dirt on Hillary. Mifsud tried to tell Papadopoulos about it. Halper tried to pull the information out of Papadopoulos later (and failed). And now Caputo claims the FBI ran an informant at him, too, with the same information.

Note also that this attempt was made in May of 2016. That's well before the July of 2016 that the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was supposedly opened.

Sat Apr 13 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Greg Craig indicted

Former White House Counsel (Obama) and Impeachment Defense Lawyer (Clinton) has now been indicted for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act with the same clients as Paul Manafort was convicted of representing. Clintonista crony Tony Podesta was also referred.

On the other hand, still no visible action on these cases.

Sat Apr 13 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Tax policy is deliberately confusing

Daily PunditThe reason for this is that the tax code – and the process of paying and/or filing taxes – remains almost entirely opaque to the average American. Hence, Americans base their opinions on the taxes they pay on a very small number of markers – how much is taken out of their checks, mostly. They have little or no knowlege base to determine what they should be paying, or how to make comparisons to previous years, and so they mostly believe whatever “authorities” they are listening to.

I think that's optimistic. Most people don't even look at their paycheck (especially not to compare it to last year). They look at their refund check, mostly because that's a very easy comparison to make; much easier than digging up a pay stub from a year ago and comparing it line by line.

I'm convinced modern tax laws are actually intended to confuse people.

Sat Apr 13 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A foiled vehicular attack in the US

PJMediaOn Monday, federal authorities charged a Maryland man who had stolen a truck and planned to use it in a terrorist attack. Prosecutors say the man was inspired by the Islamic State (ISIS).

Rondell Henry, a 28-year-old man from Germantown, Md., allegedly stole a U-Haul truck and planned to drive over pedestrians in National Harbor.

"He said he wanted to carry out a Nice-style attack," a law enforcement official told NBC News . The official was referring to a 2016 ISIS-claimed terror truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France.

They still want to kill us.

Fri Apr 12 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It's not the crime, it's the cover up

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it uncovered 422 pages of FBI documents showing evidence of “cover-up” discussions related to the Clinton email system within Platte River Networks, one of the vendors who managed the Clinton email system. The documents also show Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Charles McCullough forwarding “concerns” about classified information in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Yes, one of her IT folks actually opened a ticket labeled "Hillary's cover up operation". Accidental honesty, there.

Judicial WatchThe new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch also contain Clinton’s 2009 classified information Non-Disclosure Agreement bearing her signature.

That's important because she claimed not to remember being given training on handling classified information.

Not quoted, but they found even more classified emails.

Fri Apr 12 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nunes: Criminal referrals for leaks, conspiracy

Sara CarterRanking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes said eight criminal referrals – three of which deal with ‘global leaks’ and ‘conspiracy’ – are ready to be delivered to Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr as early as next week.

The wheel of justice turns slowly, but (we hope) it will grind exceedingly fine...

Fri Apr 12 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Swallwell on gun control

Thu Apr 11 13:11:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that unbiased media...

Thu Apr 11 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem Clinton figures starting to have legal exposure

news4jaxFederal prosecutors are close to bringing charges against Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic lawyer and former White House counsel in the Obama administration, in a case that originated with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to people familiar with the matter.

The possible charges are connected to false statements Craig allegedly gave to investigators who were looking at the work he performed for Ukraine.

Somehow this got much less publicity than Mueller's other false statements prosecutions... but I guess the alleged lie was so blatant he couldn't ignore it. It will be interesting to see what those false statements allegedly were.

Thu Apr 11 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate staff doxxer has an accomplice

Daily CallerA second former aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan is implicated in former IT staffer Jackson Cosko’s massive data-theft scheme that was ultimately used to “intimidate” Republican senators by “doxxing” them during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, prosecutors said.

Samantha G. DeForest-Davis, at the time a staff assistant to Hassan, was the aide who allegedly helped Cosko conduct his scheme, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Court records show a case naming her has been opened, and the source confirmed it relates to her alleged role in the data theft.

Cosko pleaded guilty April 5 to masterminding what prosecutors said was “an extraordinarily extensive data-theft scheme, copying entire network drives, sorting and organizing sensitive data, and exploring ways to use that data to his benefit.” He admitted to stealing tens of thousands of documents and emails from Hassan’s office, in addition to credit card information and Social Security numbers belonging to Senate employees.

The data also included a master list of senators’ private information that Cosko posted to Wikipedia out of “anger” at Republicans during the Supreme Court nomination hearings, prosecutors said.

The data was stolen from Hassan’s office in months of late-night burglaries between July and October 2018 after Cosko was fired that May for different misconduct that Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, has declined to explain, according to the statement.

DeForest-Davis — identified in court documents only as SUBJECT A — allegedly repeatedly provided Cosko a key that he used to enter the office at night and install tiny devices that capture every keystroke, including passwords that were then used to access further materials, according to the statement. After Cosko was caught in the act by a Hassan staffer in October 2018, the accomplice went to the office and wiped down keyboards and mice to erase any fingerprints, prosecutors said.

This seems pretty sophisticated, almost like... espionage.

Thu Apr 11 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

9 Republican members of House Intel Committee demand Schiff resign

Ryan SaavedraAll 9 Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee demand Democrat Chairman Adam Schiff resign: "we have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your constitutional responsibility and urge your immediate resignation"

Schiff has disgraced himself by lying about nonexistant "evidence" he claims to have seen. The Mueller probe exposed those lies, and now it's time for consequences.

Wed Apr 10 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nunes: "We have to...track down all these dirty cops..."

BreitbartHouse Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) is planning to send a criminal referral next week to the Justice Department that will detail “multiple referrals on a number of different crimes,” including leaking classified information, as part of his investigation into misconduct at the Justice Department and the FBI.

“As of now, it’ll be one criminal referral but with multiple referrals on a number of different crimes,” he told Breitbart News on Wednesday in an exclusive interview. “We will have some leakers in there for sure.”

He said on the ending of the Special Counsel investigation, after it found the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, “We knew this was a joke from the beginning, and I’ve said as much for a long time. Basically from the time our report came out, which has been a year. But now, the real work begins. It’s good to not have that sitting out there. But we have to now go on offense and track down all these dirty cops and bad players.”

People need to go to jail for this -- or someone will try it again.

Wed Apr 10 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This is what a hate crime looks like

A trio of college students "allegedly" burned a sign on the door of a libertarian/conservative student. (Exact political affiliation is unclear and really doesn't much matter).

Notice which side of this debate doesn't have to fake the hate crimes committed against them?

Wed Apr 10 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Back to the moon by 2024

Pence gave NASA a deadline in a speech. These things are always subject to political uncertainty, but I think he's serious... after all, that's his election year.

Tue Apr 09 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Every. Single. Car.

Telegraph Every new car built [in the EU] after May 2022 will be fitted with anti-speeding devices to alert drivers when they break legal limits, as well as in-built breathalysers to cut out engines when drink drivers get behind the wheel.

New vehicles will need to have an Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) limiter as standard after the European Parliament agreed on new rules in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Your own car will now be spying on you. And if it thinks you are drunk, it won't let you drive.

Tue Apr 09 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Registration leads to confiscation

Tue Apr 09 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Court filing reveals Comey memos

Tue Apr 09 01:03:54 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those fact checking sites...

Power LineOver the weekend I came across the Snopes fact check: “Did U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar Marry Her Brother?” It rates the allegation, originally raised by me on Power Line, “Unproven.” Published on February 15, it stated in its conclusion that neither Omar nor Power Line had responded to a list of questions. Before writing Snopes I searched the Power Line gmail account for any email from Snopes. It turned up nothing. I emailed Snopes stating that we had never received a list of questions and asking for a correction.

It gets worse from there.

Mon Apr 08 08:48:11 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ukrainian Collusion... with Clinton?

The HillWhile the 2016 presidential race was raging in America, Ukrainian prosecutors ran into some unexpectedly strong headwinds as they pursued an investigation into the activities of a nonprofit in their homeland known as the Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC).

The focus on AntAC — whose youthful street activists famously wore “Ukraine F*&k Corruption” T-shirts — was part of a larger probe by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office into whether $4.4 million in U.S. funds to fight corruption inside the former Soviet republic had been improperly diverted.

The prosecutors soon would learn the resistance they faced was blowing directly from the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, where the Obama administration took the rare step of trying to press the Ukrainian government to back off its investigation of both the U.S. aid and the group.

Drawing all these allegations of Russian collusion to Trump may have worked as a temporary distraction, but it didn't get him out of the White House... and it may have drawn attention to a Clinton can of worms now that it's been exposed.

Mon Apr 08 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ not collecting evidence from Ukraine?

The HillUkrainian law enforcement officials believe they have evidence of wrongdoing by American Democrats and their allies in Kiev, ranging from 2016 election interference to obstructing criminal probes. But, they say, they’ve been thwarted in trying to get the Trump Justice Department to act.

Kostiantyn Kulyk, deputy head of the Prosecutor General’s International Legal Cooperation Department, told me he and other senior law enforcement officials tried unsuccessfully since last year to get visas from the U.S. embassy in Kiev to deliver their evidence to Washington.

“We were supposed to share this information during a working trip to the United States,” Kulyk told me in a wide-ranging interview. “However, the (U.S.) ambassador blocked us from obtaining a visa. She didn’t explicitly deny our visa, but also didn’t give it to us.”

It appears the US ambassador to Ukraine has some explaining to do to Trump. As do other ambassadors.

Mon Apr 08 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why are Senate Republicans funding red flag laws?

Instapundit quoting Complete ColoradoColorado constitutional scholar David Kopel today testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on the implementation of “Red Flag” gun confiscation laws in the states. Several U.S. senators, including Committee Chair Lindsey Graham, are exploring the idea of giving federal grants to states to implement such laws. Kopel is research director at the Independence Institute*, a free market think tank in Denver, and adjunct professor of constitutional law at Denver University’s Sturm College of Law.

“My testimony will urge that funding be given only to states that fully respect due process. Which definitely does not include Colorado’s HB 1177,” said Kopel.

These are Republicans. Why can't we give no funding at all for stupid laws that will only affect law-abiding people? Every case we've seen where "red flag laws" have been proposed was a case where actual laws were ignored, background checks were not performed, and multiple opportunities to secure a felony conviction for violent acts and threats were not taken.

Sun Apr 07 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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