Given how the government has handled the Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases, backing off of this case appears on its face to present a double standard. Democrats get a pass, especially if they are named Clinton. Republicans get nailed to the wall with the government asking nearly a decade in jail for similar acts.
If Barr wants Trump to stop tweeting criticism of DOJ, Barr needs to start delivering the prosecutions.
FBI agents violated the law to share secrets with Steele
Allegedly, of course. But the source is the IG report. The FBI receive most of Steele's information, but then meets with him in October. There, according to the IG report, they (several FBI agents from Crossfire Hurricane) shared with Steele the information they had gathered on alleged Trump-Russia links.
Of what possible use could two generations of traumatized, terrified children -- some of whom may viscerally believe they actually experienced a school shooting, with people they knew bleeding to death in the hallways as they fled?
If that was the nature of your childhood trauma, how easily could you be taught to redirect that terror and anger at the things and people that your teachers and the media continuously claim are to blame for such horrific events?
And if you are one of the tiny percentage of disaffected, unhappy, or mentally ill teenagers who actually makes the decision to commit horrific violence and murder -- have you not been taught for years exactly what form that violence should take to inflict the most harm?
This is a generations-long, premeditated, propaganda campaign against the right to keep and bear arms.
This is fraud on a tremendous scale. Why doesn't the IRS stop it? $50 million to a single address in a single year? And this happened in 2011 -- a year the IRS was obviously too busy engaging in political persecution to detect obvious fraud.
Bloomberg floats trial balloon for Hillary as VP. Whether this is Bloomberg's attempt to enlist Hillary's presumed control of party machinery behind his candidacy or Hillary pulling levers to get the nomination by the only means she can (knowing that the people would likely not vote for her in the primary again), it's clear Hillary wants to be on the 2020 ticket.
I don't think she'll get it. This is Bloomberg's proposal to co-opt Hillary's support, not a real offer. But I bet Hillary thinks it's a real offer.
If it was the latter, I think we would not be seeing comments about the new prosecutor working closely with the old one. But there's certainly a possibility that the new prosecutor will see something clearly criminal in how the case was handled simply by looking at the records. And the article at NBC seems very clear that this was an inquiry into the Flynn interview.
The TV star who alleged he was beaten up by MAGA-hat-wearing Trump supporters and was then confronted by evidence he faked the whole thing (and paid two set extras to help), only to be charged with wasting police time, and beating the charges by abusing political connections, has now been charged with 6 counts of lying to police.
As far as this guy goes, he's small fry. But like broken window theory policing, it's important to go after the small fry when they break the law in small ways. When people trying to create fake hate crimes for attention and political advantage get away with it, other people are incentivized to do the same. When the attempts are detected as fakes and prosecuted, further fakes are deterred instead.
"Questionable judgment". For an intel type, that's the kiss of death. They live on their judgment.
In other words, these are probably people named in the assessment, having been given the chance to review it, and are now leaking to friendly reporters to soften the blow.
In other words -- the FBI had the assessment in hand prior to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th FISA renewals, and probably had it before the 1st application but think maybe that isn't provable. And they did not disclose it in the FISA application, but they think maybe they can stretch a vaguely worded footnote they put in to cover it.
Giuliani has written a letter to Senator Graham concerning Ukrainian witnesses to political interference with our 2016 election and "oral, documentary, and recorded evidence of the Biden family's involvement in bribery, money laundering, Hobbs Act extortion, and other possible crimes." They are being denied visas to block their testimony. This seems improper; if they have evidence of corruption we should hear it, and the President should be able to order at least temporary visas for that purpose.
On the other hand, we should also be able to send people to take their testimony. Why haven't we (eg, the FBI, DOJ, and AG Barr) done that?
James Baker was heavily involved in SpyGate. And he was the one paying Halper in 2016. Game, set, match.
BUT: Horowitz's report may not deal with this aspect since it is under the umbrella of a different IG. And the DoD IG appears to be passing on the political aspects and simply pointing out Halper's expenses are BS. Is someone -- Durham? -- looking into what Halper was really doing?