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The Horowitz Report
 Gary Bauer
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Why are Democrats against the 
settlement of the Ukrainian crisis?
By Areg Galstyan
{ americanthinker.com } ~ The meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Four countries in Paris became one of the most important foreign policy events of this year... As a result of lengthy and rather nervous negotiations, the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, and France, as well as the chancellor of Germany, adopted a final communiqué with three main highlighted points. The first is immediate stabilization measures in Donbass. It is about establishing a ceasefire before the end of 2019, as well as creating three new areas of withdrawal of forces by the end of March 2020. The second point refers to measures for the political implementation of the Minsk Agreements.  Besides that, the extension of the law on the special status of Donbass is proposed. The third one dwells on devising schemes for the further roadmap.  Here, leaders asked their ministers and advisers to ensure the implementation of the agreements reached and begin preparations for a new meeting in four months.  On the same day, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had a meeting with the U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, along with President Donald Trump. The parties discussed a wide range of global security issues and came to a crucial conclusion: relations between America and Russia should not be paused. Moreover, they should not become hostage to the intriguing conjuncture of individual forces. Such an outcome is significant because the relations between these two great nuclear powers are crucial for the geopolitical well-being of all mankind. Interstate dialogues are not just indicative events, but also important elements in maintaining the red lines. Their violation can lead to unpredictable consequences. As a result of the Caribbean Crisis of 1962, Moscow and Washington went through a serious test, which subsequently allowed them to develop a certain culture of strategic deterrence. This still plays an important role when it comes to the most sensitive points of political competition. Within the framework of the Ukrainian, Syrian, and Venezuelan crises, there are groups on both sides that seek to use any situation to bring America and Russia into open confrontation. It is difficult to say what the world would be like if General Curtis LeMay had succeeded in persuading John F. Kennedy to take drastic measures against the Soviet Union. Today, there are still many radicals, though the world lacks pragmatic and rational leaders. The Ukrainian case is a difficult obstacle to normalizing the political dialogue between Moscow and Washington now. President Trump inherited this problem from scumbag/liar-nObama's administration, which completely failed regarding foreign policy in Eurasia. Being a classic geopolitician and representative of the power elite, Putin has always made decisions based on rigorous political calculations. From this standpoint, the fundamental priority of Russia's foreign policy was to maintain balanced partnership relations with the United States and the European Union. On the one hand, they are the most important actors from the point of view of the economic and technological future of Moscow. On the other hand, it is the harmony in U.S.-E.U.-Russia relations that could determine the solution to the major problems of global security. It is difficult to assume that at one point, the pragmatic Kremlin decided to sacrifice all this for the sake of dubious geopolitical adventures. Moscow accepted recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia only after the Georgian side launched active hostilities, as a result of which Russian peacekeepers were killed, though they were deployed there based on international agreements. In the end, Saakashvili, who actually launched the war, is now wanted. Meanwhile, the current authorities in Tbilisi are trying to develop at least trade and economic relations with the Russians. The same thing happened with Ukraine. Leftist globalists did not know that this country has important political, economic, energy, cultural, and civilizational significance for Russia... https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/why_are_democrats_...  
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Of course the FBI spied on the Trump campaign
by Byron York
{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ The great debate about whether the FBI spied on the Trump campaign continues. The question is why there is still any argument. The newly released report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz shows that by any definition the FBI did indeed spy... The proof is in the details of the report. In addition to the much-discussed wiretap of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, Horowitz discussed the bureau's use of what is called a CHS (a confidential human source, or, in more common terms, an informant) and a UCE (an undercover employee, or a secret agent) to gather information from at least three targets in the Trump campaign. One was Page, another was George Papadopoulos, also a member of the advisory team, and the third was an unnamed "high-level Trump campaign official who was not a subject of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation." Horowitz described "multiple CHS operations undertaken by the Crossfire Hurricane team." There were "numerous CHS interactions with Page and Papadopoulos." There was the CHS contact with the high-level campaign official. And then there were "additional CHSs" who attempted to contact Papadopoulos but did not succeed. All the meetings and conversations were secretly recorded by the FBI. Some were also monitored live, as they happened, by agents and supervisors. The Horowitz report quoted liberally from transcripts of the recordings. The Trump campaign was "clearly spied upon,"  Attorney General William Barr said in an interview with NBC Tuesday. "I mean, that's what electronic surveillance is. I think wiring people up to go in and talk to people and make recordings of their conversations is spying." That is correct. But remember what Barr said back in April after he launched another investigation, this one by U.S. Attorney John Durham, of the Trump-Russia probe: "The question is whether it was adequately predicated." Did the surveillance have a proper basis? Of course, even if it was adequately predicated, it was still spying. That's why the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court, known as the FISA court, which approves wiretaps and other surveillance, is colloquially known as the "spy court." Beyond that, Horowitz offered a mixed bag on the question of predication...
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Top Zelensky Aide: Ukraine Never Felt 
U.S. Aid Tied to Investigations
by JOSHUA CAPLAN
{ breitbart.com } ~ Andriy Yermak, a top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, confirmed the European country never felt U.S. military aid was tied to any investigations into allegations of corruption... against former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. “We never had that feeling,” Yermak told TIME magazine when asked about whether Ukraine felt pressure from the president to probe into the loose lips liar-Bidens in exchange for aid. “We had a clear understanding that the aid has been frozen. We honestly said, ‘Okay, that’s bad, what’s going on here.’ We were told that they would figure it out. And after a certain amount of time the aid was unfrozen. We did not have the feeling that this aid was connected to any one specific issue.” Yermak’s comments were published roughly one hour after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. House Judiciary Committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerrold Nadler announced the charges on Capitol Hill, and was joined by House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi and chairpersons scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff of the intelligence committee, scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters of the financial services committee, Carolyn Maloney of the oversight committee, Richard Neal of the ways and means committee and Eliot Engel of the foreign affairs committee. Declaring President Trump had “violated his oath of office,” scumbag liar-Nadler said the president had been charged with “committing high crimes and misdemeanors” under powers granted to the House by the U.S. Constitution. President Trump “consistently puts himself above the country,” scumbag liar-Nadler said, adding the president’s actions in seeking to obtain political favors from Ukraine, and then by refusing to cooperate with the resulting investigation, left the House with “no choice” but to resort to impeachment. scumbag/liar-Schiff said House leaders made the decision to move ahead, rather than wait for the 2020 election to let voters decide, partly because the president’s actions have placed the integrity of the election into jeopardy. “Why don’t you let him cheat in one more election?” scumbsag/liar-Schiff asked rhetorically. “That is what that argument amounts to.” President Trump blasted House Democrats leaders after concluding their press conference, branding scumbag liar-Nadler’s accusations as “ridiculous.” “scumbag liar-Nadler just said that I “pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.” Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there “WAS NO PRESSURE.” scumbag liar-Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!” the president tweeted...
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Jeff Sessions Highlights 'Stunning
Development' in IG Report:
FBI Lawyer Fudging FISA Docs
By Joe Saunders
{ westernjournal.com } ~ It’s a finding that’s being virtually ignored by the mainstream media, but for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, it’s the one that really stood out... In the almost 500 pages of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report that found the FBI’s investigation of President Donald Trump and the Trump presidential campaign was riddled with problems, it was the one solid assertion of deliberate misconduct. An FBI lawyer had falsified documents for the special court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to obscure the fact that Trump campaign aide Carter Page had a history of working as “an operational contact” for another agency of the government. The other agency wasn’t identified in the report, but presumably, it was the CIA. The kind of information Page provided was identified, however — it was about his contacts with a Russian intelligence officer. Even worse, the FBI had used information about Page’s contact with the Russian as evidence against him in the FISA application while “failing to disclose” that that contact had been authorized by another U.S. agency. The Horowitz report, page ix. Apparently, because that might have made the FISA court judges wonder why the FBI was now investigating a man with a history of helping a U.S. intelligence agency, that bit of information was removed from a surveillance warrant application – a move Sessions called “stunning.” “I would say about that is that in my experience, as 15 years as a federal prosecutor, I’ve never seen anything like that,” Sessions told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” on Wednesday.“I think that’s a stunning development in the seriousness of a FISA warrant involving a presidential campaign.”“Stunning” barely begins to describe it, yet most mainstream media coverage of the Horowitz report is going to some pains to downplay or ignore the fact.  Reuters, for instance, shoehorned a reference to it into the 10th paragraph of a 20 paragraph story helpfully headlined “Mistakes, but No Political Bias in FBI Probe of Trump Campaign: Watchdog.”...  https://www.westernjournal.com/jeff-sessions-highlights-stunning-de...   
Our Outrage Over the Dems' Impeachment Farce
By Lloyd Marcus
{ americanthinker.com } ~ To say that We the People are outraged over the Democrats baseless absurd articles of impeachment against our president would be an understatement... Candidly, I've had to talk my feisty Irish/Cherokee wife down from throwing a brick through our TV. These arrogant scumbags, in essence, are saying screw you, 63 million Americans who elected this guy. We're smearing his a** with impeachment and y'all can't stop us. The most infuriating thing about Democrats and fake news medias' fake outrage over Trump's alleged crimes is everyone knows Trump has done nothing wrong. He has functioned totally within his presidential authority. Democrats and media are attempting to criminalize Trump defending himself while exposing their corruption. The only thing Trump is guilty of is keeping his promise to do everything within his power to make America great again. Folks, it feels like we are in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” in which Democrats' and medias' reality is the polar opposite of the truth. With straight faces, they authoritatively lie about every issue. Our economy is booming. And yet, Democrats and media say people are suffering horribly in Trump's economy. Blacks are enjoying a historic low unemployment rate. Dems and media tell blacks Trump is a white supremacist seeking to harm them. We are livid that bad actors in the FBI, CIA, DoJ, State Department, and scumbag/liar-nObama administration illegally conspired to kick Trump out of the White House. These arrogant treasonous scumbags continue their unlawful assault on President Trump in plain sight while they appear on TV with their noses in the air -- talking down to We the People. Our prayer is that these enemies of the Constitution will receive their just rewards. AG William Barr and federal prosecutor John Durham appear to be hot on their tails with indictments. The revelation that government agencies are involved in the Democrats' silent coup and smear campaign is extremely disturbing. It is pretty scary to realize that if you p*** off the Democrats, they will “get you.” Let us not forget that scumbag/liar-nObama's IRS punished the Tea Party. This whole impeachment scam reminds me of the 1938 Disney movie, Snow White. As a child, I could not understand why the wicked queen's hatred for Snow White was so great that she was willing to sacrifice her beauty and even her life to destroy Snow White. We are witnessing the same obsession with Democrats irrationally moving forward with impeaching Trump...
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The Horowitz Report
 Gary Bauer
 

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has finally released his report on potential FBI spying against the Trump campaign and abuse of the secret FISA courts. 

Fox News was quick to report that Horowitz and his investigators found no evidence of “intentional misconduct or political bias” in the FBI’s efforts to seek a warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. And that’s probably all you will hear from most media outlets today.

Nevertheless, the report documents more than a dozen “basic, fundamental and serious errors" in the FBI’s FISA warrant applications against Page. Moreover, Horowitz indicates that his office is so concerned that it is now launching a new audit of the entire FISA warrant process. Something is clearly very wrong at the FBI.

It’s been widely reported that Attorney General William Barr is frustrated with some of Horowitz’s conclusions. (See next item.) Once again, the inspector general has been unable to find bias when it is staring him in the face.

There is not enough space in this report to recount every known example of FBI bias against President Trump. But the notion that the inspector general can review Peter Strzok’s texts and not find evidence of bias just doesn’t pass the straight-face test. 

In fact, Horowitz himself declared last year that he and his investigators "did not have confidence” that some of Strzok’s decisions were “free from bias.” In other words, he couldn’t prove anything either way. 

And so it seems he’s come to a similar conclusion yet again — no evidence of bias but plenty of significant problems. Well, I strongly suspect that political bias is the root cause for these problems.

For example, in seeking a warrant to spy on Page, the FBI labeled him "an agent of a foreign power.“ That accusation was essential to justify the warrant, but what was the basis for that accusation? Page has never been charged with a crime because the accusation was bogus.

The Horowitz report confirms that the FBI used what they knew was scumbag/liar-Clinton campaign-funded dirt sourced from Russians to obtain its warrant. This isn’t just sloppy work. It’s evidence of partisan corruption.

Barr Responds

Attorney General William Barr responded to the Horowitz report yesterday. In a statement, Barr declared:

The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken. It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.

Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration. In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source. The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory.

For those of you not versed in legal jargon, it is critically important to note here that "exculpatory” evidence or facts means information that exonerates someone of guilt. In other words, the attorney general of the United States just accused the FBI of hiding information that cleared Carter Page and Donald Trump!

In addition, U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducting a separate criminal probe of the Deep State, released his own statement in which he declared:

Based on the evidence collected to date … last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.

In other words, Barr and Durham are not yet ready to clear the FBI of more serious wrongdoing.

The Swamp Celebrates

Sunday night the Kennedy Center Honors were held in Washington, DC. The annual event recognizing entertainment leaders has taken place for more than four decades. 

Like most of these televised award shows, it is just another opportunity for left-wing Hollywood and cultural elites to pat themselves on the back and celebrate their smugness. But at the Kennedy Center, they get to hobnob with Washington’s political class.

If you needed more evidence of Hollywood’s left-wing bias, consider this excerpt from a Washington Post report on Sunday night’s soiree: 

But the audience’s most boisterous reaction came when [the Kennedy Center chairman] acknowledged House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The announcement of her name drew a standing ovation and a magnitude of sustained applause that appeared to startle her.

And why is the left awarding the speaker with such adulation? Because she is trying to depose the duly elected president of the United States, the world’s biggest villain in Hollywood’s eyes.

Meanwhile, liar-Pelosi has been playing up her piety, insisting that she regularly prays for the president. But where was her concern for the faithful when the scumbag/liar-nObama administration tried to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to subsidize abortion?

While liar-Pelosi insists that she doesn’t hate anyone, she is taking her direction from commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the most extreme elements of her caucus. 

Within hours of commie-AOC’s September 22nd tweet shaming the speaker for her inaction on impeachment, liar-Pelosi made the choice to move forward with a process that is tearing the country apart, even though it has no chance of doing anything but that. 

There is a huge wound being inflicted on the country because of the left’s hatred. liar-Nancy Pelosi could have put the country first by resisting the radical left. Instead, she chose to empower the left’s hatred.

Case in point: Rep. scumbag-Al Green (D-TX) was on MSNBC this weekend saying he wants to impeach President Trump for … wait for it … slavery! Green said: 

I do believe, ma'am, that we have to deal with the original sin. We have to deal with slavery. Slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion.

Radical Islamism Strikes Again

It is beyond depressing how few people are willing to state the obvious regarding Friday’s shooting at a Florida naval base. Three people are dead, eight are wounded, and we continue playing politically correct games.

I heard one talking head describe the terrorist, a Saudi national who blasted America as evil, hated Israel, and was inspired by Osama bin Laden, as “very religious.” Really? 

I’m very religious. Mike Pence is very religious. There are a lot of very religious Christians and Orthodox Jews in the country. None of them is committing mass murders. It would be far more accurate to describe the jihadist as “very Islamic.”

Now some are suggesting we should take a serious look at this program and put more of these foreign students under surveillance. Are Norwegian students a threat? I don’t think so. 

We know who the likely threats are. We need to do a better of job of screening out the Islamists.   ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/opinion/67259?mailing_id=4723&utm_medium...  

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Florida Sheriff — “I Will Not Enforce Assault Weapons Ban, Neither Will Most Sheriffs”

Dennis Lemma, who is the Sheriff in Central Florida’s Seminole County, told a group of 2nd Amendment activists recently that he would not enforce an assault weapons ban that could soon become Florida law if the “Ban Assault Weapons Now” amendment passes in the Sunshine State.

According to News965, the ban has the following specifications.

The amendment proposed in the state legislature would ban possession of assault weapons, which are defined as “semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition feeding device.”

Lemma, an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment and a first term sheriff who is running for re-election, said this about whether or not he would enforce such a law.

“It’s not only that I wouldn’t, the majority of sheriffs across the state would not do it,” Lemma said in the video. It’s up to the sheriffs what they are willing to enforce.”

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