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Orchestrated Impeachment 
Inquiry Still Flailing
Thomas Gallatin  
Whistleblower acknowledged additional element 
of potential anti-Trump bias, sources say
By Gregg Re and Catherine Herridge  
{ } ~ The whistleblower at the center of Democrats'  impeachment inquiry acknowledged to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG)... that bias against President Trump might be alleged against him or her for a third, previously unreported reason, sources familiar with the ICIG investigation tell Fox News. Fox News has previously reported the whistleblower is a registered Democrat and had a prior work history with a senior Democrat. Though Fox News has learned that an additional element of possible bias was identified by the whistleblower, its nature remains unclear. The whistleblower has insisted the complaint was not politically motivated, Fox News is told. Critics note, however, that the whistleblower met with House Intelligence Committee Chairman scumbag-Adam Schiff’s staff before the complaint was filed around mid-August. Yet on a disclosure form, the whistleblower did not check the box indicating that he or she had contact with “Congress or congressional committees" before filing the complaint. scumbag-Schiff had previously claimed in a televised interview that "we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower" prior to the complaint being filed. A scumbag-Schiff spokesperson narrowed that claim earlier this month, telling Fox News that scumbag-Schiff himself "does not know the identity of the whistleblower, and has not met with or spoken with the whistleblower or their counsel" for any reason. An aide to scumbag-Schiff insisted that when scumbag-Schiff mentioned "we" had not spoken to the whistleblower, he was referring to members of the full House intelligence committee, rather than staff. Fox News is told the disclosure form does acknowledge contact with “Other Office of Department/ Agency involved,” which is presumed to be the CIA.
Durham's investigation into possible FBI 
misconduct is now criminal probe, sources say
By Gregg Re and Ed Henry  
{ } ~ U.S. Attorney John Durham's ongoing probe into potential FBI and Justice Department misconduct in the run-up to the 2016 election through the spring of 2017 has... transitioned into a full-fledged criminal investigation, two sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News on Thursday night. One source added that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's upcoming report on alleged FBI surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign will shed light on why Durham's probe has become a criminal inquiry. Horowitz announced on Thursday his report would be available to the public soon, with "few" redactions. The investigation's new status means Durham can subpoena witnesses, file charges, and impanel fact-finding grand juries. Fox News reported on Tuesday that Durham's probe had expanded significantly based on new evidence uncovered during a recent trip to Rome with Attorney General Bill Barr. Barr reportedly told embassy officials in Italy that he "needed a conference room to meet high-level Italian security agents where he could be sure no one was listening in. "A source in the Italian Ministry of Justice told The Daily Beast earlier this month that Barr and Durham were played a taped deposition made by Joseph Mifsud, the professor who allegedly told ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos that the Russians had "dirt" on scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. Mifsud reportedly was explaining to investigators in the deposition why people would want to harm him, and why he needed police protection. Papadopoulos has suggested he was connected with Mifsud as part of a setup orchestrated by intelligence agencies. Sources told Fox News that Durham was "very interested" to question former Director of National Intelligence scumbag-James Clapper and former CIA Director scumbag/commie-John Brennan, an anti-Trump critic who recently dismissed the idea. The New York Times reported Thursday that Durham's criminal review has prompted some CIA officials to obtain criminal legal counsel in anticipation of being interviewed...  
FBI agents manipulated Flynn file, as 
scumbag-Clapper allegedly urged 
‘kill shot’: court filing
By Brooke Singman  
{ } ~ An explosive new court filing from Michael Flynn’s legal team alleges that FBI agents manipulated official records of the former national security adviser’s 2017 interview... that led to him being charged with lying to investigators. It's Flynn's lawyers latest attempt to get the case thrown out. Sidney Powell, Flynn’s attorney, filed a 37-page motion on Thursday, outlining several big allegations, once again requesting the government produce all evidence as it relates to Flynn — urging the court to “dismiss the entire prosecution for outrageous government misconduct” and hold the prosecutors in contempt. The entire case stemmed from that FBI interview where Flynn was asked about his conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to making false statements regarding those conversations during his interview, as part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. But as his legal team goes on offense in the long-running and still unresolved court proceedings,  Powell alleged that FBI officials manipulated Flynn’s FBI 302 — a form used by agents to report or summarize interviews. It's not clear who may have done the alleged editing, though ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok was involved in the original interview. “Those changes added an unequivocal statement that ‘Flynn stated he did not’ — in response to whether Mr. Flynn had asked Kislyak to vote in a certain manner or slow down the UN vote on sanctions,” Powell wrote. “This is a deceptive manipulation because, as the notes of the agents show, Mr. Flynn was not even sure he had spoken to Russia/Kislyak on the issue. He had talked to dozens of countries.” Powell also alleged that agents added: “or if Kislyak described any Russian response to a request by Flynn.” “That question and answer does not appear in the notes, yet it was made into a criminal offense,” Powell wrote. “The draft also shows that the agents moved a sentence to make it seem to be an answer to a question it was not.” Powell also raised concerns about text messages between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page days following the publication of the salacious anti-Trump dossier, which was funded by the scumbag/liar-Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through law firm Perkins Coie. As the coverage of the dossier spread in the media, the filing said, "Strzok wrote to Page: ‘Sitting with Bill watching CNN. A TON more out…We’re discussing whether, now that this is out, we can use it as a pretext to go interview some people.’”...  
Lindsey Graham Hits-Back at liar-Susan Rice 
After Calling Him a ‘Piece of S***’
By Nick Givas 
{ } ~ Former National Security Adviser liar-Susan Rice is a "walking, talking national security disaster" who  consistently failed at her job... during her time in the scumbag/liar-nObama administration, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Twitter Thursday. Graham's tweet was in response to Rice calling him a "piece of s---" in a preview clip of a Wednesday interview with "Pod Save the World." Rice went after Graham while discussing the 2012 Benghazi attack and dropped several expletives. "He's been a piece of s---," Rice said. "I said it, I said it, da-- it. Finally. He's a piece of s---." In his Twitter response, Graham also took issue with scumbag/liar-nObama and liar-Rice's foreign policy record, saying: "liar-Susan Rice was a walking, talking national security disaster. Her 'Greatest Hits': Benghazi Debacle, Iran Nuclear Deal, Iraq Withdrawal/Creation of ISIS, Syria Red Line, Rwanda Genocide. If she agreed with me, I would wonder what I did wrong!" liar-Rice, who has been an outspoken critic of President Trump during her ongoing book tour, said his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria was "bats--- crazy." "I woke up this morning to hear that news and as I do ... it seems like six days a week I just put my head in my hands," liar-Rice told "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert earlier this month. "This is bats--- crazy."  Responding on "The Brian Kilmeade Show" Thursday, Graham rattled off liar-Rice's foreign policy missteps, saying "everything she touched turned into crap." "Judge me by my critics," he said, arguing that liar-Rice and scumbag/liar-nObama "rejected sound military advice" and withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq, leading to the creation of ISIS. "It was liar-Susan Rice who brought you the Iran nuclear deal, where they gave the Ayatollah 150 billion dollars and we didn't even get a tee-shirt."
In Flagrant Violation of House Rules, 
liar-Pelosi Bans Crenshaw from Seeing 
scumbag-Schiff's Secret Transcripts
By Benjamin Arie 
{ } ~ Republican representatives are becoming increasingly fed up with the closed-door proceedings against President Donald Trump being held by Democrats... and Rep. Dan Crenshaw just showed the American people exactly why. Crenshaw, the Navy SEAL-turned-Republican congressman from Texas, used Twitter on Wednesday to speak directly to his constituents. In a video shot at the Capitol, the eye patch-wearing combat vet pointed out a glaring problem with the partisan impeachment interviews being held behind closed doors. “Chairman scumbag-Adam Schiff says that non-committee members can’t have access to all the hearings and depositions that have been happening with respect to the impeachment inquiry,” Crenshaw began, referring to the California Democrat and House Intelligence Committee chairman who has been helping lead the Democratic charge to take down Trump. “Is that true?” the veteran wondered. “It just so happens, I have a House Rules and Manual right here in front of me, so let’s check the House rules.” With the video still rolling, Crenshaw opened his official House rule book and pointed out a key paragraph, which covers committee hearings and records. “Such records shall be the property of the House and each member,” the Texan noted. “Meaning, we can actually go look at them. So, let’s go down to where they keep these records, and see if they’ll give us access.” In case you don’t believe him, the rule Crenshaw was referring to can be found at the bottom of page 549 in the document linked here. {  } The full relevant passage reads: “All committee hearings, records, data, charts, and files shall be kept separate and distinct from the congressional office records of the member serving as its chairman. Such records shall be the property of the House, and each Member, Delegate, and the Resident Commissioner shall have access thereto.” And with that, Crenshaw and his staff member walked down to the area where Democrats are currently grilling witnesses as part of their efforts to find something — anything — with which to impeach the president. A few moments later, the congressman emerged from a secure area, and again addressed the camera...  
Orchestrated Impeachment Inquiry Still Flailing
Thomas Gallatin:  In his closed-door testimony before the House that was strategically leaked to the press, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor alleged that President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly announce his intent to open two investigations — the first into Ukraine’s alleged involvement in the 2016 election and the second into Burisma, the Ukrainian energy giant for which Hunter Biden had been a board member. This “explosive” testimony has Democrats and much of the mainstream media triumphantly declaring that they have finally found evidence of the smoking gun.

However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) hit the brakes on the Democrats’ impeachment train. “In 90 seconds,” he said, “we had [Rep.] John Ratcliffe destroy Taylor’s whole argument.” He then pivoted to highlight the fact that this not-yet-voted-on impeachment inquiry is still nothing more than a Democrat-orchestrated show trial. It’s a trial in which a dishonest “scumbag-Adam Schiff won’t let us talk about what happened,” McCarthy noted, though he added, “There is no quid pro quo.”

Until Democrats actually vote on impeachment and hold public hearings, this whole affair is nothing more than political theater designed to damage Trump’s reelection bid and, if possible, see him removed from office. This is the Democrats’ impeachment 2.0 strategy. After the tale of Russian collusion blew up in their faces following the failure of Robert Mueller’s investigation to pin an impeachable offense on Trump, Democrats opted for Ukraine-gate.

Democrats, supported by their Leftmedia cohorts, declared Trump guilty of engaging in an impeachable quid pro quo based upon a dubiously produced “whistleblower” complaint. But the complaint’s primary allegation that Trump pressured Ukraine into digging up dirt on his political rivals was proven wrong by the transcript of the phone call. No matter — Democrats and the Leftmedia insisted that there was reason to initiate an impeachment inquiry, which House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi announced but while unilaterally breaking with past precedent to hold a vote to initiate such a serious decision. liar-Pelosi did that to prevent Republicans from interfering in the charade and to make sure that Democrats controlled the narrative. To that end, liar-Pelosi and company have ridiculously asserted that in order to get the “truth” of what happened, everything must be done in secret. Thus, the American public is left dependent upon learning of the progress of the “impeachment inquiry” via the mouths of Democrats. And we’re to believe this is a serious investigation.

Meanwhile, back to Trump and Ukraine. It does appear that Trump was engaged in seeking to find out who was behind the collusion hoax, a problem that clearly had ties to the U.S. intelligence community. Trump obviously doesn’t trust the intel community, and who could blame him? So while on the one hand the State Department was officially engaged in investigating corruption related to the 2016 election, it also appears that Trump tapped his trusted personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to spearhead a second investigation somewhat independent of the State Department. And given Giuliani’s reputation, it is entirely possible that he pressured Ukraine to investigate.

Trump wants to get those who were responsible for unleashing the whole Russia-collusion hoax. It also seems clear that he fears both the intelligence community and the State Department are still full of members of the deep-state cabal who are out to get him. And the Ukraine “whistleblower” complaint only serves to further support Trump’s suspicions.

Finally, there’s the question of motive. Why would Trump care about loose lips liar-Biden if there wasn’t the obvious suspicion of potential corruption related to loose lips ;lioar-Biden’s own quid pro quo in 2015 in shutting down the investigation into Burisma? If loose lips liar-Biden had not been involved in any significant manner with Ukraine, then Democrats might have an argument. But the fact is loose lips liar-Biden was involved, and Trump has every right to find out if loosev lips liar-Biden’s actions were tainted.   ~The Patriot Post  

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