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Wrong Wray — It's NOT the Whole FBI
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Mark Alexander  
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liar-Pelosi Announces Date For Impeachment 
Vote – McConnell’s Response Sends SHOCKWAVES
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by Martin Walsh
{ explainlife.com } ~ After months of sham hearings, partisan witnesses, and still no evidence President Donald Trump did anything wrong on his July phone call with the Ukrainian president... House Democrats are about to officially vote on impeachment. House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi announced late Thursday night that the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will officially vote on articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday (Dec. 18). After dropping two of the original charges they levied against the president, House Democrats have finally decided they will vote to charge Trump with obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The impeachment vote will be extremely partisan considering no House Republicans are expected to vote to impeach the president. In other words, expect almost all of the Democrats to vote in favor of impeachment and every single Republican voting against it. Despite being the first time in American history where there is no bipartisan support for an impeachment vote, liar-Pelosi doesn’t seem to care — but the Senate already has a plan to end this entire circus. Assuming the House votes to impeach Trump, the impeachment trial will then move to the Republican-controlled Senate. The trial will likely begin in January 2020, and according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — it won’t take long at all. Rather than drag the trial out for months and haul in countless witnesses, McConnell plans to call a vote to acquit the president after proceedings have run their course instead of seeking to immediately dismiss the charges. Why acquittal over dismissal?Acquittal, rather than a procedural vote to dismiss the articles of impeachment, would definitively clear the president of the charges raised against him by Democrats and expected to be approved by the House of Representatives. It would make more sense to vote on the articles of impeachment than it would to simply dismiss them — that way Trump can be completely cleared. Dismissal requires a simple 51-vote majority, and such a vote could end in a tie. According to the U.S. Constitution, it would take 67 votes in the Senate to convict Trump and remove him from office — which will never happen. McConnell can’t count on the vote of Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie because the VP can’t vote in an impeachment proceeding because he’d be replacing Trump if he was removed from office. So, the trial will last a few weeks, and then the Senate will easily vote to acquit Trump given Republicans control a 53-47 majority in the upper chamber. And some red-state Democrats like Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia could vote with Republicans against impeaching Trump.McConnell has also made it clear how this is going to play out in the Senate. “We all know how it’s going to end. There is no chance the president is going to be removed from office,” McConnell said on Thursday night. Democrats have no case.
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How The IG FISA Abuse Report 
Affects Michael Flynn’s Case 
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By Margot Cleveland 
{ thefederalist.com } ~ Monday’s release of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 476-page tome on the Department of Justice and FBI’s misconduct in the lead up to and aftermath of the 2016 presidential election continues to make news.--and rightly so... That the DOJ and FBI obtained a surveillance order from a secret court to spy on Carter Page with a series of applications riddled with errors, fabrications, and inexcusable omissions of material fact is shocking. The shocking breadth of the government’s misconduct raises an interesting corollary question: How will Judge Emmet Sullivan react to these devastating revelations? Sullivan has been hunkered down in his chambers for the last month contemplating or drafting his ruling on attorney Sidney Powell’s pending motion in the criminal case against her client, Michael Flynn. Flynn had pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI before Powell took over as his defense counsel. Flynn’s sentencing was postponed to allow Powell to get up to speed in the case. Soon after, Powell filed a motion to compel federal prosecutors to turn over Brady  material and other evidence that had been withheld from Flynn’s previous attorneys. In briefing the motion to compel, in addition to arguing that the government improperly withheld evidence from Flynn, Powell also claimed that “the FBI had no factual or legal basis for a criminal investigation, nor did they have a valid basis for a counter-intelligence investigation against an American citizen, and they all knew it. The evidence the defense requests will eviscerate any factual basis for the plea and reveal conduct so outrageous—if there is not enough already—to mandate dismissal of this prosecution for egregious government misconduct.” Before Judge Sullivan had a chance to rule on Powell’s motion, though, federal prosecutors found themselves forced to inform the long-time federal judge “that for nearly three years, they had wrongly identified the authors of the handwritten notes taken by the FBI agents during their January 24, 2017, interview of then-National Security Advisor Flynn. Prosecutors had told defense counsel and the court that the notes written by Peter Strozk had been compiled by FBI Agent Joe Pietka, and those taken by Pietka had been written by Strzok.” Then two weeks ago came another surprise: After having argued for months that there was no need to delay Flynn’s sentencing, federal prosecutors contacted Powell to suggest postponing the sentencing. Powell concurred and then the government filed a joint motion asking the court to cancel the upcoming sentencing briefing and hearings. In the motion, the government presented two rationales for the delay. First, the parties noted that until the court ruled on the pending motion to compel, briefing would be premature. Second, and more significantly, the joint motion noted “that the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is conducting an Examination of the Department’s and the FBI’s Compliance with Legal Requirements and Policies in Applications Filed with the US. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Relating to a certain US. Person,” and stated that “the parties expect that the report of this investigation will examine topics related to several matters raised by the defendant.”...
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liar-Pelosi Meets With Islamist Groups About Overturning ‘Muslim Ban,’ Impeaching Trump  
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By Kyle Shideler 
{ thefederalist.com } ~ House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi took time out during the House’s ongoing impeachment effort to meet with a group of Muslim activists... The activists were seeking support for legislation to oppose the president’s executive order 13780, banning travel from countries of national security concern. Critics insist on identifying the executive order as a “Muslim ban” despite that it affects only seven countries, two of which—North Korea and Venezuela—are not Muslim. The executive order was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling. liar-Pelosi attended a meeting on December 10 organized by Muslim Advocates, which led lawsuits against the travel ban. The group is known for opposing even the most reasonable counter-terrorism efforts, and played a key role in undermining Customs and Border patrol efforts to screen for radical Islamists during the scumbag/liar-nObama administration. liar-Pelosi met with a number of Muslim organizers and politicians from around the country, with both Sunni and Shia groups represented. A representative of the Open Society Foundation was also present, according to pictures of the meeting provided by Muslim Advocates. The meeting was organized to encourage liar-Pelosi to support H.R. 2214, the so-called No Ban Act, introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif), which seeks to prevent the president from enforcing the travel ban and seeks to extend other limitations on the president’s authority to restrict immigration for national security reasons. Chu has a history of close ties to Islamist lobby groups. The bill currently has 205 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Among the participants was Virginia state Del. Ibraheem Samirah, an anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions activist who won election to the Virginia House of Delegates despite a controversy over a history of antisemitic remarks made on social media, and ties to known Hamas fundraisers. Samirah drew national attention after he was physically removed from President Trump’s speech at the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown after loudly disrupting the speech while displaying a sign that read “Reunite my family.” Samirah’s father, a spokesman for the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization, who once led an organization the U.S. government described as a propaganda front for terrorist organization Hamas, was once banned from re-entry to the U.S. for national security reasons but later granted readmittance during the scumbag/liar-nObama administration...
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Iran's Plan to Foil the Gaza Ceasefire
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by Khaled Abu Toameh
{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ Iran seems concerned that its Palestinian allies in the Gaza Strip may reach a long-term ceasefire with Israel... That is probably why Iran summoned leaders of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to Tehran after reports in the Arab media suggested that the Egyptians have made significant progress in their efforts to achieve a long-term ceasefire between the Gaza-based Palestinian factions, including Hamas and PIJ. According to the reports, the leaders of Hamas and PIJ who visited Cairo agreed to a long-term ceasefire with Israel. Both groups reportedly told the Egyptians that they would commit to the proposed ceasefire only if Israel halts targeted killings of Hamas and PIJ operatives. Despite the reports, PIJ officials were quoted as denying that they had agreed to "consolidate" the ceasefire understandings reached with Israel earlier this year under the auspices of Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations. The PIJ leaders reportedly informed the Egyptian mediators that while they were opposed to a long-term ceasefire with Israel, they would honor a formula according to which "calm would be met with calm." What PIJ is saying, in other words, is that they will attack Israel only in response to Israeli "aggression" on the Gaza Strip. Hamas has also denied the reports about an imminent Egyptian-brokered long-term ceasefire with Israel. Yahya Musa, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, dismissed the reports as "nonsense" and "fake news." Another senior Hamas official, Mahmoud Zahar, downplayed the reports about a possible long-term ceasefire with Israel. He said that even if his group agrees to a temporary cessation of terror attacks against Israel, that would be only to allow Hamas to continue stockpiling weapons. "There's no ignoring our main goal: the liberation of all of Palestine," Zahar explained. "Whoever tries to portray the calm as a form of security cooperation or agreement with the Israeli enemy is mistaken." The statements by the Hamas and PIJ leaders contradict the sense of optimism voiced by the Egyptians after the ceasefire discussions in Cairo in the past week...   https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15268/iran-plan-gaza-ceasefire 
Why nothing happened for Ukraine
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by Leon Aron
{ aei.org } ~ The France-Germany-Russia-Ukraine summit meeting in Paris on Monday, seeking ways to end the war ravaging eastern Ukraine... ended with a few promising words but no progress in reality. Russia, the aggressor, continues to keep the Ukrainian territory it seized in 2014, and Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, showed he can’t easily be pressured into surrender. That left a just and lasting peace in Ukraine not an inch closer. Still, while Mr. Zelensky’s steadfastness was a relief to millions of Ukrainians, the intransigence of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, brought into sharper relief a few realities, none of which bodes well for the West in the long term. Since 2014, Ukraine has had to endure the occupation of its southeastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions by ragtag paramilitary bands armed, equipped and controlled by the Kremlin. The war has killed an estimated 13,000 people, wounded almost 30,000 and forced 1.5 million people to become refugees. When so-called “rebels” faced defeat in the winter of 2014-15, Russia deployed regular troops, tanks   and rocket launchers to save its proxies. On July 17, 2014, the Russian-made Buk missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, killing all 298 people on board, was launched from Russian-controlled territory. Mr. Putin’s precondition for traveling to Paris was that any negotiation start from what is known as “special self-governing status” for Russian-controlled territories once local elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are held and certified as valid by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. As for Mr. Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, he did not retreat from promises to his people that the elections will not take place until Ukraine regains control of its border with Russia, all “foreign troops” leave Luhansk and Donetsk, and the Russia-armed separatists disarm and disband, a very unlikely sequence...  https://www.aei.org/op-eds/why-nothing-happened-for-ukraine/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWTJNMFl6YzNabVV4TkdRNSIsInQiOiJjbmFHclpuR3ZvNWkwcUpIb1Bsek44ZnJ6WHNNbDBjbGFOMkFtZnRZZjFZaHJvdmQ1bDA0SWxSNlBlUGpsS0o0R3orTFpvUEJBUTJuM3dWa3R1TnhEVW5rTFVkRUlmYkNnZyt0cDByK1BXekJUUUw5U1Raa0pkK0lTTmVnUm52RiJ9  
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Taliban launches suicide assault against 
Bagram Air Base as negotiations resume
By BILL ROGGIO 
{ .longwarjournal.org } ~ The Taliban attacked Bagram Air Base using a suicide truck bomb and armed fighters today, just as the US and the Taliban have reopened negotiations... that would allow the US to extricate itself from Afghanistan. The fighting at Bagram remained ongoing at the time of this report. In a statement released on its official website, Voice of Jihad, the Taliban claimed credit for the attack. The Taliban statement detailed the suicide assault, a tactic honed by al Qaeda and successfully adopted by the Taliban over the years. “A martyrdom seeker detonated his explosives-laden truck next to the wall of an American base resulting in a large portion of the infrastructure destroyed and a path opened for others to enter the base,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid wrote at Voice of Jihad. “A group of martyrdom-seekers armed with heavy and light weapons, incendiary weapons and explosives vests managed to reach the barracks, sleeping quarters and other military targets and begin engaging the invaders in close combat.” Resolute Support, NATO’s command in Afghanistan, confirmed the attack at Bagram and noted the Taliban struck “a medical facility being constructed to help the Afghan people who live near the base.”  “The attack was quickly contained and repelled,” Resolute Support claimed, despite the fact that press reports indicate that the fighting is ongoing. At least two civilians were killed and 73 more people were wounded, according to TOLONews. “Three  insurgents had been killed, one had been arrested, and three were still active,” the Afghan news outlet reported. Today’s Taliban assault in Kabul is the latest in a series of suicide operations that have targeted US, Coalition and Afghan forces. One such attack, a suicide bombing near a National Directorate of Security checkpoint in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sept. 5, killed one US and one Romanian solider. President Donald Trump used that attack as an excuse to scupper a so-called “peace deal” with the Taliban. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has restarted negotiations with the Taliban despite the group’s refusal to negotiate with the Afghan government or call for a cease fire. The Taliban has publicly stated its goals of the so-called “peace talks” is the complete withdrawal of US forces and the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the official name of the Taliban’s government. Khalilzad has refused to hold the Taliban to account for conducting attacks such as the one today at Bagram. In the past, he has used such attacks to urge the Taliban to accelerate talks.
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Wrong Wray — It's NOT the Whole FBI
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Mark Alexander:  On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray issued his response to the Justice Department’s FISA report, concluding: “Finally, we will review the performance and conduct of certain FBI employees who were referenced in the Report’s recommendations — including managers, supervisors, and senior officials at the time. The FBI will take appropriate disciplinary action where warranted. Notably, many of the employees described in the report are no longer employed at the FBI.”

But in a follow-up interview, when asked if he had any evidence that the FBI unfairly targeted Trump’s campaign, Wray replied, “I don’t.” If his response was specifically related to the FISA report evidence that was limited in its scope, then Wray’s comments are in line. But if he was suggesting that there is no evidence of bias among “managers, supervisors, and senior officials at the time,” that assertion is ludicrous and earned this response from Donald Trump: “I don’t know what report [Wray] was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me.”

Moreover, Director Wray was asked a leading question as to whether he was offended by suggestions that the FBI is part of the “deep state.”

He took the bait on a broad question: “I think that’s the kind of label that is a disservice to the 37,000 men and women who work at the FBI who I think tackle their jobs with professionalism, with rigor, with objectivity, with courage … so that’s not a term I would ever use to describe our workforce and I think it’s an affront to them.”

Wrong, Wray — the question asked was absurd and disingenuous. He knows better and should have chosen his words much more carefully. The “deep state” assertions have always been limited to a handful of FBI personnel Wray identified in his response — those high-ranking “managers, supervisors, and senior officials” with strong bias in favor of scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. This has never been about the FBI at large.

Almost two years ago, in “The FISA Memo and the Demos’ Deep-State Operatives,” I noted:

Democrats and their Leftmedia outlets are promoting the diversionary false narrative that serious questions about the political motives of those who seeded the FISA warrants are a “broad assault on the Department of Justice and FBI” by President Trump and Republicans. According to Rep. scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff (D-CA), “This wasn’t about oversight. This is about … attacking the DoJ and FBI, a transparent attempt to discredit these institutions.”

As I noted then, in fact, it is Democrats like scumbag/liar-Schiff who are broad-brushing the FISA memo inquiry to include “institutions” rather than “individuals.” The memo names a handful of corrupt Democrat deep-state operatives in the DoJ and FBI who colluded to help scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump and who, after his stunning upset, sought to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency.

As I also noted then: “The vast majority of the 12,484 special agents and 2,950 intelligence analysts in the FBI steadfastly abide by their oaths ‘to support and defend’ our Constitution. They also strive to live up to the FBI motto: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity. Indeed, most FBI agents, whose reputations are being sullied by the corrupt actions of a few high-ranking officials, are both personally and professionally offended by that corruption.”

Again yesterday in “The DoJ FISA Report — Trump Was Right,” I noted that “scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s backers were high-ranking FBI bureaucrats” — as Wray identified in his report.

For the record, it was and remains Democrats who, by advancing this charade to take Trump down, have cast a cloud over the entire FBI — a cloud that will take years to dissipate. When Wray answers loaded media questions without redress, he also throws his whole agency under the bus.   ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67299?mailing_id=4726&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pp.email.4726&utm_campaign=snapshot&utm_content=body  

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