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Trump Ordered the Raid That Killed 
Baghdadi. Would loose lips liar-Biden
Have Done the Same?
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DOJ Files Surreply Response to Flynn Brady 
Motion – (With a valuable little
nugget of a mistake)
by sundance
{  } ~ Today the DOJ files their surreply to the game-changing Flynn motion to compel Brady material filed by defense attorney Sidney Powell. Within the DOJ filing the prosecution generally makes four arguments... The government had no legal obligation to provide exculpatory Brady material prior to the plea agreement (Nov 30th, 2017). After the plea agreement the government had no legal obligation to provide exculpatory Brady material that was not directly related to the evidence about the charge of Flynn lying to investigators during the January 24th, 2017, interview. The government uses odd language to claim a draft of the Flynn interview report (FD-302) does not exist prior to their Feb 10th construct: “Even if an earlier draft of the 302 once existed, there is no reason to believe it would materially differ” from the agents’ notes. Sounds sketchy, like they know an earlier draft does likely exist. The government severely understates the conflict of interest created by the DOJ using the leverage of an incorrectly completed FARA submission to pressure the Flynn plea. Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell will now be allowed to file a sur-surreply to the position of the DOJ prosecutors... 
Democrats Defeat All 17 Republican
Amendments to Rules for ‘Impeachment Inquiry’
{ } ~ Democrats on the House Rules Committee repeatedly voted along party lines Wednesday to defeat Republican amendments to the rules proposed in the resolution formally authorizing an impeachment inquiry... Again and again, Republicans offered amendments to restore the rules used in previous impeachment inquiries. For example, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) offered an amendment to allow the president’s counsel to be represented in all of the committees investigating impeachment, not just in the House Judiciary Committee. Past impeachments have only been investigated by the House Judiciary Committee, where witnesses could be questioned by counsel for the president. The new process incorporates investigations being conducted by several different committees, and there is no guarantee that witnesses in those committees will ever be questioned by the president’s counsel.  That amendment was defeated along strict party lines. When Rep. Rob Wooddall (R-GA) objected to the fact that the new rules continue to allow secret hearings, and to bar the president’s counsel from most of the investigative process, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) claimed that the House’s power over impeachment was unlimited. “We have the power to get the information that we want in the manner in which we want to get it,” he declared. Similarly, Democrats defeated a simple amendment to allow members of the House Intelligence Committee to yield speaking time to other members. The resolution only permits them to yield to professional committee staff. The majority also defeated an amendment to allow the minority equal power to object to witnesses called by the chair — as had been done in previous inquiries — and claimed Trump was being given more rights than in previous cases. Democrats said that concerns about the president’s due process rights did not apply during impeachment, which they likened to the “grand jury” process in a criminal investigation...
The Steele Dossier and the
 ‘Verified Application’ That Wasn’t
{ } ~ Here’s what you need to know: In rushing out their assessment of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, scumbag/liar-nObama-administration officials chose not... to include the risible Steele-dossier allegations that they had put in their “VERIFIED APPLICATION” for warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) because . . . wait for it . . . the allegations weren’t verified.   And now, the officials are squabbling over who pushed the dossier. Why? Because the dossier — a scumbag/liar-Clinton-campaign opposition-research screed, based on anonymous Russian sources peddling farcical hearsay, compiled by a well-paid foreign operative former British spy Christopher Steele — is crumbling by the day. As I write, we mark the two-year anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment to take over the Russiagate probe — which is fast transforming into the Spygate probe. Special Counsel Mueller inherited the investigation seven months after the scumbag/liar-nObama Justice Department and FBI sought a FISC warrant to monitor former Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page. By then, it was already acknowledged that dossier information was “salacious and unverified,” to quote congressional testimony by former FBI director scumbag-James Comey. That was problematic on a number of levels. If dossier claims were still unverified when scumbag-Comey testified to Congress in mid 2017 and thereafter, then those claims could not have been verified when the scumbag/liar-nObama Justice Department and FBI submitted it to the FISC as a “VERIFIED APPLICATION” in October 2016. It also had to have been unverified on January 6, 2017, when the scumbag/liar-nObama administration chose to include a sliver of the dossier in the briefing of President-elect Trump — the day after intelligence chiefs met with President scumbag/liar-nObama in the Oval Office and discussed what Russia information should be shared with the incoming Trump team...
scumbag-Schiff Strategy Backfires When
Nat'l Sec. Witness Undercuts
Multiple Dem Narratives
By C. Douglas Golden 
{ } ~ Thus far, House Intelligence Committee Chairman scumbag-Adam Schiff’s kangaroo court bazaar has been a pretty controlled simulacrum of an actual impeachment inquiry... All the accouterments of an actual hearing are there, just without the speed bumps of contradictory narratives or open hearings. The California Democrat’s inquiry has been conducted without giving Republicans subpoena power or the White House legal counsel any sort of role. No transcripts are available, and leaks have been selective. scumbag-Schiff has even tried to shut down lines of questioning from Republicans,  according to reports. While the rules changed a bit with House Democrats voting Thursday to endorse and expand the impeachment inquiry, including making it public, the imbalance has only been ameliorated slightly. However, the tight control scumbag-Schiff and the Democrats have exercised over the narrative slipped briefly on Thursday when National Security Council official Tim Morrison testified on Capitol Hill. The general takeaway from Morrison’s testimony was that he corroborated previous testimony that claimed U.S. military aid to Ukraine was held up by the Trump administration contingent on the government there starting certain investigations. Take this report from CNN: “Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on the National Security Council, also told House impeachment investigators that he was advised by then-White House official Fiona Hill to stay away from the parallel Ukraine policy being pursued by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, according to one of the sources. “Morrison said in his closed-door testimony that he was concerned the July 25 call transcript between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would leak and could have negative ramifications, according to multiple sources and a copy of his opening statement obtained by CNN. But he also made the point that he saw nothing wrong with the July call.” That’s rather the issue with Morrison’s opening statement, at least the angle taken by scumbag-Schiff and the Democrats. The NSC official contradicted several of their narratives, including that there was anything illegal about the call upon which the original whistleblower complaint was predicated. Morrison contradicted a number of other talking points that have emerged from the hearings as well. He said he thought the transcript of Trump’s call with Zelensky was accurate — contrary to Tuesday’s testimony from NSC official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who said there were two key parts of the transcript that were missing important words and phrases. He said Trump  was concerned about corruption in Ukraine, raising the defense that even if the president was pressing the Ukrainians to chase investigations and even if they were questionable in nature, they weren’t done specifically for his political benefit...   
socialist-Beto O'Rourke drops out of 
2020 presidential race
by Joseph Simonson
{} ~ socialist-Beto O'Rourke has ended his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination... The former Texas congressman made the announcement on Friday in a series of tweets, saying, "I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee."Despite several campaign resets and an impressive fundraising haul of $6.1 million in the first 24 hours following announcing his White House run, the former Texas congressman failed to capture the excitement that surrounded his 2018 Senate race. While that effort to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz failed, socialist-O'Rourke, 46, became a media darling and set the record for receiving the most votes by a Democrat in state history. socialist-O'Rourke's narrow loss to Cruz set the tone for his presidential campaign, where he argued that he could compete in states traditionally held by Republicans. Yet socialist-O'Rourke failed to gain significant momentum and consistently polled with 1%-2% in primary polls.
'Catastrophe': Trump's Ukraine team 
leaving or taking cover as impeachment looms
by Joel Gehrke
{ } ~ President Trump’s policy team for confronting Russian aggression is collapsing amid impeachment proceedings, current and former officials worry... "It is a policy disaster that all the people who have been holding it together are either gone, leaving, or taking cover," a former senior U.S. official who has worked on Ukraine issues told the Washington Examiner on the condition of anonymity. That observation was prompted by news that Tim Morrison, the White House National Security Council’s top official for Eurasia, will step down after testifying that other Trump appointees told the Ukrainians they would not receive security assistance unless they launched the corruption investigations Trump sought. Morrison's exit, days after another NSC official drew fire from Trump’s allies over his testimony, continues a trend of administration officials being enveloped by the scandal even as NATO allies try to maintain a united front with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky against Russia. “It is easy to forget here in Washington, but impossible in Kyiv, that Ukraine is still under armed assault by Russia, a nuclear-armed state,” Morrison told lawmakers in his prepared statement. Morrison lamented that a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reform corruption in Ukraine and  humiliate Russian President Vladimir Putin has been caught in the blast radius of the impeachment. “My regret is that Ukraine ever learned of the security assistance review and that, with this impeachment inquiry, Ukraine has become subsumed in the U.S. political process,” he testified. The first casualty of the controversy was Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch, who was ousted as the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine in May. Four months later, Kurt Volker, the State Department’s point man for the war in Ukraine, resigned after Rudy Giuliani implicated him in an attempt to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into loose lips liar-Biden. “None of us are indispensable or irreplaceable,” Michael Polt, a former U.S. ambassador to Estonia who worked with Volker at the McCain Institute, told the Washington Examiner. “All of us can be succeeded by others to go ahead and take up the cudgels and move the policy forward.”...
Trump Ordered the Raid That Killed 
Baghdadi. Would loose lips liar-Biden
Have Done the Same?
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President Trump deserves credit for ordering the operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It was a high-risk mission that required U.S. forces to fly hundreds of miles into al-Qaida-controlled territory to storm a heavily armed terrorist compound. If things had gone horribly wrong, Trump would have been blamed and borne the consequences. Just ask Jimmy Carter how the Desert One disaster affected his reelection. Trump knew the political risks but gave the order to go anyway.

Would loosev lips liar-Joe Biden have done the same? Unlikely.

The former vice president advised Barack Obama not to carry out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. As Mark Bowden, author of “The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden,” explained in 2012, “The only major dissenters were loose lips liar-Biden and [then-Defense Secretary Robert] Gates, and before the raid was launched, Gates would change his mind.” During a meeting in the Situation Room, loose lips liar-Biden later recalled, scumbag/liar-nObama turned to him and asked, “Joe, what do you think?” loose lips liar-Biden answered, “Mr. President, my suggestion is don’t go.” Worse, his reason had nothing to do with national security. According to Bowden, loose lips liar-Biden told the president that “if the effort failed, scumbag/liar-nObama could say goodbye to a second term.” At the moment America had the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks in her sights, loose lips liar-Biden was worried about politics, the absolute last thing a commander in chief should be thinking about in such circumstances. In the end, Bowden writes, “every one of the president’s top advisers except Biden was in favor of immediate action.”

Yet, rather than praise Trump for ordering the killing of Baghdadi, loose lips liar-Biden blasted the president, declaring the raid succeeded “despite his ineptitude as commander in chief.” The man who opposed the bin Laden operation criticizes the man who approved the Baghdadi operation? That’s rich. And it was the scumbag/liar-nObama-Biden administration’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 that allowed the Islamic State to rise from the ashes of defeat and build a caliphate the size of Britain. Talk about ineptitude.

scumbag/liar-nObama’s rejection of loose lips liar-Biden’s advice not to go after bin Laden does not absolve scumbag/liar-nObama of criticism for his broader policy in the fight against terrorism. After the bin Laden operation, many pointed out the irony that scumbag/liar-nObama’s signature national security accomplishment was made possible by information gained from the CIA interrogation program that he had shut down on his third day in office. As former acting CIA director Mike Morrell has explained, the key piece of intelligence that led the CIA to bin Laden — information on bin Laden’s principal courier, including his nickname Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti — came from detainees in CIA custody.

Similarly, Trump’s bold decision to go forward with the Baghdadi operation does not absolve him of criticism for his Syria policy. The fact is, taking out the Islamic State leader would not have been possible without the U.S. boots on the ground that Trump has announced he is withdrawing, or without the help of the Kurdish allies whom Trump is abandoning. It was the Kurds who cultivated the source inside Baghdadi’s inner circle who gave us actionable intelligence about his location. So, the Kurds not only took 11,000 casualties in the fight to drive the Islamic State from its physical caliphate, but they also gave us the critical lead that led us to Baghdadi’s doorstep. It’s fair to ask whether the same operation would have been possible six months from now thanks to Trump’s drawdown and betrayal of the Kurds.

Our Kurdish allies deserve better. And we still need them. According to a Pentagon inspector general’s report, even before Trump’s most recent withdrawal announcement, the Islamic State was “resurging in Syria.” It has between 14,000 and 18,000 members, as well as about 3,000 foreign fighters under arms in Syria and Iraq. The New York Times reports that before Trump’s decision to greenlight Turkey’s invasion, Kurdish forces were conducting as many as a dozen counterterrorism missions a day, but now those have ceased. The Kurds were also guarding about 10,000 captured Islamic State fighters, including about 2,000 foreign fighters. Now, according to the State Department, more than 100 of those detainees have escaped and “we do not know where they are.”

And while the loss of Baghdadi is a major blow, the Islamic State has survived similar blows before. Thanks to Trump, Baghdadi is dead. But the Islamic State is not. We still need to keep a boot on its neck, and that requires boots on the ground — and allies such as the Kurds.  

~The Patriot Post  

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