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The DoJ FISA Report — Trump Was Right
Mark Alexander  
Law professor writes Kentucky newspaper 
op-ed accusing McConnell of breaking two oaths
{ thehill.com } ~ A Kentucky-born law professor went after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in an op-ed Friday, saying that the senator broke two of the three oaths in the U.S. Constitution... The Boston College law professor, Kent Greenfield, criticized McConnell's comments about an impeachment trial for President Trump. "We Kentuckians know that our word is our bond. Oaths are the most solemn of promises, and their breach results in serious reputational — and sometimes legal — consequences," Greenfield wrote in his op-ed published by the Courier Journal."President Donald Trump will soon be on trial in the Senate on grounds that he breached one oath," Greenfield wrote. "Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is about to breach two." The first oath McConnell is breaking, Greenfield states, is the oath that he took when took office. It's an oath that all state and federal officers take, an “Oath … to support this Constitution.” The second oath pertains to the impeachment trial that will take place sometime after the new year. "In Article I, the Constitution gives the Senate the 'sole' power to 'try all impeachments,' and the Constitution requires that 'when sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation,' " Greenfield wrote... Why didn't the professor go after the leaders in the House.  https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/476042-law-professor-writes-kentucky-newspaper-op-ed-accusing-mcconnell-of-breaking   
Trump impeachment is culmination of
four-decade feud between Giuliani
and loose lips liar-Biden
by Jerry Dunleavy
{ washingtonexaminer.com  } ~ Clashes between Rudy Giuliani and loose lips liar-Joe Biden go back decades, starting in the early days of Ronald Reagan’s administration... and eventually leading to Ukraine and President Trump’s impeachment. For months, Giuliani, 75, has touted damning evidence of corruption in Ukraine linked to loose lips liar-Biden, 77. “If you’re going to go on national television and tell the country that you found evidence of a cover-up, then I hope you know what you’re talking about,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said last week. “So I’m going to have an open invitation to Rudy Giuliani to come to the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell us what you found. And if he comes, you gotta be willing to ask questions about your conduct. It’s just not good for the country to make these accusations on cable television without them being tested.” A spokesman for the Democratic front-runner said earlier this year that “bringing forward noted conspiracist and liar Rudy Giuliani would further discredit the reputation of the Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator Graham.” During the July 25 phone call which led to a whistleblower complaint and an impeachment effort, immediately after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed interest in purchasing anti-tank weaponry, Trump asked Zelensky "to do us a favor” to look into CrowdStrike and any possible Ukrainian election interference in 2016. Trump also urged Zelensky to investigate “the other thing,” referring to allegations of corruption  related to loose lips liar-Joe and Hunter Biden, telling Zelensky to speak with Attorney General William Barr and Giuliani...   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/analysis-giuliani-and-biden-spent-decades-butting-heads-before-ukraine-and-impeachment?utm_source=WEX_News%20Brief_12/29/2019&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_News%20Brief&rid=5261   
Germany Puts Its Head in Russia's 
Energy Pipeline Noose
by Soeren Kern
{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ A Swiss company working on the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline directly linking Russia to Germany has suspended pipelaying operations... after U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed into law new sanctions. The sanctions are part of an effort by the United States to halt completion of the €9.5 billion ($10.5 billion) pipeline, which would double shipments of Russian natural gas to Germany by transporting the gas under the Baltic Sea. Opponents of the pipeline warn that it will give Russia a stranglehold over Germany's energy supply. Proponents counter that with European domestic natural gas production in rapid decline, the pipeline will enhance security of supply. American sanctions may delay Nord Stream 2, but they are probably too late to kill the project. More than 80% of the 1,230-km (764-mile) pipeline has already been laid and the project is expected to be completed in 2020, according to Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. On December 17, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 86 to 6, passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual defense spending bill, which includes the Nord Stream 2 sanctions language. The measure previously cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on December 11 by a vote of 377 to 48. President Trump signed it into law on December 20. The legislation requires the U.S. State and Treasury departments to submit a report within 60 days that identifies "vessels that are engaged in pipe-laying at depths of 100 feet or more below sea level for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, the TurkStream pipeline project a new gas pipeline stretching from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea or any project that is a successor to either such project."...
'Don't touch kids, you pervert!': 
loose lips liar-Biden slammed by 
protesters at campaign rally
by Spencer Neale
{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ Several audience members at loose lips liar-Joe Biden's 2020 campaign rally in Milford, New Hampshire, lashed out at the former vice president... calling him a number of insults, including "pervert" and "quid pro loose4 lips liar-Joe." loose lips liar-Biden, 77, was speaking on Sunday night ahead of the state's Feb. 11 Democratic primary, where he is trailing South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders, according to RealClearPolitics. A handful of those present interrupted the event on multiple occasions with heckles."Quite a start to loose lips liar-Biden’s event in Milford, NH — He was quickly interrupted near the top of his remarks by a protestor who called him “creepy” & made false claims about him being a “pervert,” tweeted NBC News's Marianna Sotomayor. "Another woman then yelled “quid pro loose lips liar-Joe” before another man began to shout about Ukraine."Video from the campaign stop shows a man asking loose lips liar-Biden about old videos that show him touching children and adults. “You touch kids on video, and women," said the man. "We don’t need another old, white man running for president." loose lips liar-Biden quickly reprimanded the man, saying, "This isn't a Trump rally." The man continued to speak, saying he wasn't a Trump supporter before yelling, "Don't touch kids, you pervert!" "This is democracy," said loose lips liar-Biden, before another audience member shouted, "The truth is going to come out, buddy."...   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/dont-touch-kids-you-pervert-biden-slammed-by-protesters-at-campaign-rally?utm_source=WEX_Breaking%20News%20Alert_12/29/2019&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_Breaking%20News&rid=5261   
Ex-FBI Analyst Sentenced to Jail for Hacking 
Private Email To Protect Mueller
By C. Douglas Golden 
{ westernjournal.com } ~ If you’re a law enforcement official who has more allegiance to ideology than to the law or to the country, where does that get you?... For former FBI analyst Mark Tolson, the answer is jail — however briefly. Tolson is best-known — if he’s known at all — as the man who broke into a pro-Trump operative’s email account in October 2018, took screen-shots of some of the messages, then sent images to a reporter and offered the reporter the password, according to Politico. The unnamed member of the media turned down the opportunity. Tolson, 60, said he did it because that activist was claiming, absent any evidence, that then-special counsel Robert Mueller had committed sexual assault. “I did what I did to try to protect Director Mueller, who can protect himself,” Tolson said at his sentencing at an Alexandria, Virginia, court on Dec. 20, according to The Washington Post. “I’m terribly sorry.” For breaking into the email account, a misdemeanor, Tolson was sentenced Dec. 20 to seven days behind bars and pay $500 in fines, according to the  Washington Examiner. The sentence includes 50 hours of community service and a year of probation. The jail time could be served after the holidays, the judge ruled. The details are these: Tolson broke into the email account of Jack Burkman, a neighbor of his in Alexandria, back in October of 2018. Burkman had announced he was about to call a news conference at which he would announce the details on his very dubious allegations regarding Mueller. Tolson’s wife, Sarah Gilbert Fox, had done some work for Burkman and had the password to his email account. “It was because of the press conference, your honor,” the former FBI analyst said in court, according to Politico...   https://www.westernjournal.com/ex-fbi-analyst-sentenced-jail-hacking-private-email-protect-mueller/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune   
loose lips liar-Biden Will Defy 
Senate Impeachment Trial Subpoena
By Tom Borelli
{ deneenborelli.com } ~ 2020 presidential candidate and former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden will not be part of the impeachment trial for President Trump... loose lip liar-Biden made the statement during an interview with The Des Moines Register where he clearly states he will refuse to testify in the Senate impeachment trial. The video also includes a political panel discussing the impact of an impeachment trial on Democrats running to be the party’s nominee to face President Trump in 2020. loose lips liar-Biden justified his position by stating, “The reason I wouldn’t is because it’s all designed to deal with Trump doing what he’s done his whole life: trying to take the focus off him.” This is not the first time loose lips liar-Biden stated he is not willing to appear in the Senate as part of the impeachment trial. During an interview with NPR in early December, loose lips ;liar-Biden responded to a question about whether he would comply with a Senate subpoena saying, “No, I will not yield to what everybody is looking for here. And that is to take the eye off the ball.” President Trump’s witness list includes loose lips liar-Biden and his son Hunter.Biden’s clarification is meaningless. He is merely trying to justify his decision by claiming a Republican-driven subpoena is not legitimate. It’s just a convenient excuse not to appear in the Senate. Most certainly, loose lips liar-Biden does not want to face challenging questions from Republican Senators. Moreover, the possibility of his son Hunter testifying must keep the former vice president up at night.
The DoJ FISA Report — Trump Was Right
Mark Alexander:  The best indication that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review of FISA applications is a serious problem for Democrats is the fact that The Washington Post listed it as third down in its political headlines this morning.

If the report had dispensed with the Trump administration’s claim that a handful of top government bureaucrats who supported scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton, most notably Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey and former CIA Director scumbag/commie-John Brennan, used the FISA court search warrants as a layup for Robert Mueller’s investigation — in effect a bureaucratic coup d'etat to take Trump down — the report would have been the top headline this morning. That would have teed up subsequent headlines about the House impeachment inquisition and Articles of Impeachment.

scumbag/commie-Brennan and scumbag-Comey, and their corrupt scumbag/liar-Clinton cronies, used their “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation to set Trump up for a takedown. And the best evidence supporting that fact provided by Horowitz: Of the 17 most egregious “errors” a handful of corrupt FBI managers committed in order to justify the FISA warrants and launch the Mueller investigation, every one favored the scumbag/liar-Clinton campaign.

As you recall, the Russia-collusion investigation  originated with the FBI’s “evidence” for unaccredited FISA warrants linked to the fake Trump dossier they knew was funded by the scumbag/liar-Clinton campaign.

And that has been the fundamental basis for our objection to these “investigations” from their inception.

According to Horowitz’s report: “We identified at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications, and many additional errors in the Woods Procedures. While we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence of intentional misconduct on the part of the case agents … we also did not receive satisfactory explanations for the errors or problems we identified. In most instances, the agents and supervisors told us that they either did not know or recall why the information was not shared with the OI (Office of Investigations), that the failure to do so may have been an oversight, that they did not recognize at the time the relevance of the information to the FISA application, or that they did not believe the missing information to be significant. On this last point, we believe that case agents may have improperly substituted their own judgments in place of the judgment of the OI, or in place of the court, to weigh the probative value of the information.”

In other words, members of the deep-state cabal who set Trump up proceeded on the basis of their opinion, which was obviously a reflection of their bias.

To that end, the Horowitz report concludes: “We also found that the FBI did not aggressively seek to obtain certain potentially important information from Steele author of the fake Trump/Russia dossier. For example, the FBI did not press Steele for information about the actual funding force source for his election reporting work.”

So, we are to believe that nobody involved in this setup thought to ask the critical question, “Who funded the dossier?” — even though it had been suggested the scumbag/liar-Clinton campaign was behind it. How convenient! Again, we now know, as scumbag/liar-Clinton’s FBI backers knew then — that the funding was from the scumbag/liar-Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee.

And a note regarding the report’s assertion that, based on the mandate of what Horowitz was tasked to investigate, there was no evidence of “bias.” scumbag/liar-Clinton’s backers were high-ranking FBI bureaucrats — of course they did not leave an official trail of evidence pointing to their political bias in kicking off this investigation. However, there is no question that each of the individuals involved in the chain of command demonstrated significant personal bias against Trump. Horowitz was not tasked with evaluating their personal bias, only the evidence directly related to the FISA warrants.

The FBI’s predication for those FISA warrants is what prompted Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham to declare the Horowitz report woefully incomplete.

According to AG Barr: “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.”

Barr was highly critical of the implications of the FBI’s “gross abuses” of FISA: “I think from a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government use the apparatus of the state…both to spy on political opponents, but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of an election. As far as I am aware, this is the first time in history that this has been done… And here I felt this was very flimsy… I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press. I think that there were gross abuses of FISA and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI. I think that leaves open the possibility that there was bad faith.”

Durham, whose criminal investigation report into the origins of scumbag-Comey’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation is still months away from conclusion, took the unusual step of commenting: “I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff, however, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, 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.”

Additionally, FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a response to the FISA report, concluding: “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.”

The Wall Street Journal notes, “The FBI corrupted the secret court process for obtaining warrants to spy on former Trump aide Carter Page. And it did so by supplying the court with false information produced by Christopher Steele, an agent of the Hillary Clinton campaign.” The editors noted further, regarding the report’s finding that “the Crossfire Hurricane team’s receipt of Steele’s election reporting on September 19, 2016 played a central and essential role in the FBI’s and Department’s decision to seek the FISA order,” that “This confirms what Rep. Devin Nunes and House Republicans first disclosed in February 2018, which was denied by Rep. scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff and sneered at by the press at the time.”

Senior Senate Judiciary Committee member Charles Grassley added: “Anyone who values fundamental civil liberties in the United States should be disgusted and terrified by what the inspector general uncovered…on the FBI’s spying on an American citizen. The FBI’s job is to protect Americans, our democracy and our rights. Its actions have done great harm to the public trust and jeopardize the important work that rank-and-file agents do every day for our nation.”

Predictably, Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer declared: “For years, President trump and his Republican allies in Congress and the media have speculated wildly about deep-state conspiracies against his presidency. They’re based on the claim that the FBI opened an investigation into the president’s campaign with political motives. Yesterday we…got a report from the Department of Justice inspector general that puts these conspiracy theories to rest once and for all. This report conclusively debunks the baseless conspiracy that the investigation into Mr. Trump’s campaign and its ties to Russia originated with political bias.”

That is an award-winning obfuscation!

His House sidekick scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff piled it on, “It may be too much to hope that this report will put to rest the conspiracy theories about the 2016 election — especially now when the president and his allies are eager to distract from mounting evidence of his abuse of power with respect to Ukraine.”

That notwithstanding, seasoned political analyst Brit Hume concludes, “The 17 instances of misconduct cited in the report — they are damning… The FISA court was clearly taken for a ride by the FBI … up and down the chain of command. … The FBI has had some dark days in its past, but nothing like this recently. … This was very serious misconduct on the part of the FBI.”

Of course, the now-demented scumbag-James Comey is out taking a victory lap, laughably insisting, “The FBI fulfilled its mission — protecting the American people and upholding the U.S. Constitution.” While most rank-and-file agents are devoted to that mission, scumbag-Comey was not among them. The report indicates that, among other things, scumbag-Comey lied to Congress when he asserted he did not open a counterintelligence investigation into Trump prior to the 2016 election, leading to the FISA warrants. But in fact, he did just that.

Finally, responding to the FISA report, Trump said: “They got caught, they got caught red-handed. … Never ever should this happen again in our country.” And he is right.

Stay tuned for the Durham report…  

~The Patriot Post


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