Boom: Memo Released As FBI’s Chris “Fay” Wray Screams

Update: Boom Boom Boom, Memo is published. Read it below. We’ll discuss in the comments and the occasional updates. But… Trump was right.

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F.B.I. Director Chris “Fay” Wray should be dragged before the House Intelligence Committee to explain his attempts to protect corruption at the F.B.I. immediately after the MEMO is released. Rod Rosenstein too. The entire load of creeps from the Deep State/CIA/FBI/DOJ who have made threats or demanded the MEMO not be released should also be hauled up before congress to be grilled. These Deep State gangsters must be force to explain why they think the Congress is subservient to the wishes of corrupt government organizations that the Constitution commands are in fact subservient to the Congress.


F.B.I. Director Chris “Fay” Wray screams at the thought of Americans reading THE MEMO.

F.B.I. Director Chris “Fay” Wray should be the first to be forced to testify. Director Fay Wray screamed and yelled like Fay Wray in King Kong as it became ever clearer that the Congress was about to exercise its oversight function and publish, for the public to read, THE MEMO.



The Deep State is in crisis. The Deep State never believed Donald J. Trump would be elected. Therefore the Deep State engaged in corruptions heretofore never contemplated other than in potboiler movies. The Deep State gangsters believed that they would get away with their corruption of the police investigatory power because after Hillary Clinton was elected there would be no one interested in uncovering their crimes. But a funny thing happened. Donald J. Trump became President Donald J. Trump.

In order to protect their corruptions of the investigatory and police powers given to them by the American Congress these gangsters tried to remove a duly elected President from office. But President Donald J. Trump proved more resilient and more a fighter than they ever imagined.

President Donald J. Trump fought back. It took the congress a long while to wake up to its duties under the Constitution, but wake up, some members such as Devin Nunes, most certainly did.

Thwarted by the Deep State at every turn, refused information by organizations such as the F.B.I. and its parent, the Department of Justice, Devin Nunes caused to have written a MEMO which outlines his reading of over a million pages of documents – most of those documents provided to the committee by an Inspector General at the Department of Justice who for many months toiled in silence to uncover the rats he smelled at the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice.

Obama Dimocrats and Deep State gangsters tried to prevent the truth from emerging. But the tactic by Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee to produce a MEMO detailing the corruption at the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice produced a panic at the Deep State gangster headquarters. Every device utilized, many lies spewed to accomplice Big Media to stop publication of THE MEMO.


In the end however, President Donald J. Trump refused to keep the American people from the truth. Today THE MEMO will be published.

F.B.I. Director Chris “Fay” Wray tried to keep THE MEMO secret. F.B.I. Director Chris “Fay” Wray demanded the names of the criminals be hidden in THE MEMO.


Every dirty lie, every bit of contempt for the American people has been exhibited by Chris “Fay” Wray as he screams to keep the truth away.



The congressional investigationS will now expand, they have expanded:

“According to text messages produced to the Committee, Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok make references to communicating with other FBI employees via text message, phone call, email, and voice mail. Additional text messages suggest that FBI officials used non-official email accounts and messaging programs to communicate about official business,” the letter says.

The letter goes on to request the communications of 16 additional current and former FBI officials, including former FBI Director James Comey; ex-Comey chief of staff James Rybicki; outgoing deputy director Andrew McCabe; former FBI general counsel James Baker and many other top officials.


The satirical clowns at The Onion, capture the issue before President Donald J. Trump, the Congress, and the American people perfectly:


WASHINGTON—Stressing that such an action would be highly reckless, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday that releasing the “Nunes Memo” could potentially undermine faith in the massive, unaccountable government secret agencies of the United States. “Making this memo public will almost certainly impede our ability to conduct clandestine activities operating outside any legal or judicial system on an international scale,” said Wray, noting that it was essential that mutual trust exist between the American people and the vast, mysterious cabal given free rein to use any tactics necessary to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizens or subvert religious and political groups. “If we take away the people’s faith in this shadowy monolith exempt from any consequences, all that’s left is an extensive network of rogue, unelected intelligence officers carrying out extrajudicial missions for a variety of subjective, and occasionally personal, reasons.”

THE MEMO will be released. It cannot be stopped. It’s gonna be an “update” kind of day. Release of THE MEMO is the first step towards the Truth Commission we have championed as a necessary examination of eight years of Obama gangster government.

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  1. THE MEMO

    It’s coming

    https://intelligence.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=854

    House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today:

    Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”

  2. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/01/trump-to-declassify-surveillance-memo-sources-say.html

    President Trump is expected to swiftly declassify a controversial memo on purported surveillance abuses, sources tell Fox News, even as Democrats raise objections that edits were made to the document since it was approved for release by a key committee.

    Those objections fueled a new round of partisan recriminations on Thursday, with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi firing off a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan demanding the chairman of that committee, Republican Devin Nunes, be removed.

    “Chairman Nunes’ deliberately dishonest actions make him unfit to serve as Chairman, and he must be immediately removed from this position,” she wrote.

    But the objections don’t appear to be halting the publication plans.

    The release is likely to come Friday morning, Fox News is told.

    Trump already had made clear he supports the release of the document, before the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee late Wednesday charged that Nunes made “material changes” to the memo.

  3. This too is already happening:

    https://www.apnews.com/8821fda1e08b4416a51baa5504b33b44

    The contentious tax overhaul is beginning to deliver a change that many will welcome — bigger paychecks.

    Workers are starting to see more take-home pay as employers implement the new withholding guidelines from the IRS, which dictate how much employers withhold from pay for federal taxes. Those whose checks have remained the same shouldn’t fret — employers have until Feb. 15 to make the changes.

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has estimated that the new rules will mean more take-home pay for about 90 percent of American workers.

    How much extra cash? It depends on several factors, such as workers’ income, how often they are paid and the number of withholdings allowances they claim on their IRS Form W-4 with their employer.

  4. Admin: the point you make should be dispositive of the issue. Congress has not merely the right, but the Constitutional duty to oversee the actions of the deep state, and when those actions involve the exoneration of a candidate for president from crimes, and the framing of her opponent based on Russian lies, WHO IN THEIR FUCKING RIGHT MIND would question those actions, other than a co conspirator like Wray? Supposedly, the FBI and Justice Department are law enforcement organization, and yet when THEY break the laws, the legislative body with oversight responsibilities cannot call them out? Why not? Oh, I get it. Because they are law enforcement organizations they are in the sovereign therefore they alone are above the law, even in ways the president is not. Legislative oversight is reduced to a hollow shibboleth and all congress can do is say, look we have discovered a soft coup against the republic launched by political partisans from the last administration, and we hope you will take care of it, but we will not hold our breath. At the 50,000 foot level this is a power struggle between the legislative branch and the deep state, and ultimately, a power struggle between a corrupt establishment that has hijacked the nation, and aims to reduce all out us to slaves, vs. the republic, the constitution and the american people, many of whom are too stupid to realize how badly they are being manipulated by that establishment. If the jury here was simply the beltway elites, then this would all be covered up. ALL OF IT. Fortunately, it has a wider audience, and one day perhaps the resolution of issues of this magnitude will not rest with the Harvard trained judges who look down on this country, and the liberals who hate it, but with a wiser cast of men and women. By the way, we learn that Wray, who is part of the corruption fed the story to the newspaper that he was prepared to resign–according to Joe DiGenova who has the inside story on this. Likewise Wray is the one who got the FBI union to publish that ridiculous statement conflating a legitimate investigation into wrongdoing at the highest levels of the FBI who carry a gun and a badge and Justice Department with an attack on the institutions themselves and those who serve the nation.

  5. Admin: funny you should mention it, I saw Fay Wray in the late 1980’s while I was driving on either the San Diego Freeway, or the Hollywood Freeway, cannot remember which. She was driving a luxury car, and the reason I know it was her was because it had a gaudy silver hood ornament of King Kong.

  6. Rather than display institutional leadership, the lowlife Wray demagogues in true Beltway style. Adam Shiff, a guinness book of worlds records low life–and traitor could take acting lessons from Wray. His Wallace Beery eyed deceptions are old shtick and have become less outrageous than tedious.

  7. It strains credulity that this plot began and ended with McCabe, Comey, Lynch et. al. Obviously, they believed Hillary would win, therefore they believed their actions would never see the light of day, and they would be rewarded by Hillary in due course. But that is only half of it. The reason they went out on the limb during the Obama presidency was because Obama knew about it and approved of it. His decision to spread security information across twenty different agencies and to give civil service protection to the political hacks he seeded in the agencies to weaponize them, and prevent their removal corroborates what would otherwise be mere supposition and conjecture.

  8. Find out this “employee “ has a troubled past with other false alarms sent and there was no fail safe protocol. He was told to resent the button after 5 minutes but did nothing. There were complaints for 10 yearsnon this sick fool.
    Truth finally coming out and he finally gets axed…

    People were putting their children in sewers for Gods sake, can’t wrap
    My mind around that and a man had a heart attack

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/02/hawaii-emergency-management-employee-who-launched-ballistic-missile-warning-is-fired/

  9. The part that I don’t get is…
    this
    BM, CNN, MSNBC, etc all falling all over themselves with deep state talking points…Nunes a hack, even calling Paul Ryan a liar…on & on…
    ok…
    What are they going to do & say when the Inspector General comes out next month & corroborates all this info & documents worse corruption
    the FBI & DOJ & BM will look worse & more guilty

  10. Do they all just have their heads in the sand & think by ignoring the existence of the I he will evaporate & disappear
    btw…how dumb are the dems

  11. Update: Boom Boom Boom, Memo is published. Read it below. We’ll discuss in the comments and the occasional updates. But… Trump was right.

    [scribd id=370599093 key=key-3KF7pIy8J0wtBsxthlgV mode=scroll]

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  12. From Byron York:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/house-intel-memo-released-what-it-says/article/2647937

    The House Intelligence Committee has released its controversial memo outlining alleged abuses of secret surveillance by the FBI and Justice Department in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here are some key points:

    * The Steele dossier formed an essential part of the initial and all three renewal FISA applications against Carter Page.

    * Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.

    * The four FISA surveillance applications were signed by, in various combinations, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Dana Boente, and Rod Rosenstein.

    * The FBI authorized payments to Steele for work on the dossier. The FBI terminated its agreement with Steele in late October when it learned, by reading an article in Mother Jones, that Steele was talking to the media.

    * The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.

    * DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with Steele beginning in the summer of 2016 and relayed to DOJ information about Steele’s bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president.

    The FBI and Justice Department mounted a monthslong effort to keep the information outlined in the memo out of the House Intelligence Committee’s hands. Only the threat of contempt charges and other forms of pressure forced the FBI and Justice to give up the material.

    Once Intelligence Committee leaders and staff compiled some of that information into the memo, the FBI and Justice Department, supported by Capitol Hill Democrats, mounted a ferocious campaign of opposition, saying release of the memo would endanger national security and the rule of law.

    But Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes never wavered in his determination to make the information available to the public. President Trump agreed, and, as required by House rules, gave his approval for release.

    Finally, the memo released today does not represent the sum total of what House investigators have learned in their review of the FBI and Justice Department Trump-Russia investigation. That means the fight over the memo could be replayed in the future when the Intelligence Committee decides to release more information.

    As suspected the Steele dossier “formed an essential part of the initial and all three renewal FISA applications”. In other words the DOJ/FBI used lies from the opposition campaign to spy on a political campaign.

    The DOJ/FBI committed a fraud on the court by not revealing the origins of the Steele dossier.

  13. Carter Page:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nunes-memo-declassified-today-gop-despite-fbi-warnings-grave-concern-live-updates/

    “The brave and assiduous oversight by congressional leaders in discovering this unprecedented abuse of process represents a giant, historic leap in the repair of America’s democracy. Now that a few of the misdeeds against the Trump movement have been partially revealed, I look forward to updating my pending legal action in opposition to DOJ this weekend in preparation for Monday’s next small step on the long, potholed road toward helping to restore law and order in our great country.”

  14. Not near a tv…curious
    how are CNN & MSNBC playing/ spinning this?
    Are the bowing it off & making excuses or seeing serious conflicts

  15. Note: FISA court judges were all appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts. He appointed all of them since 2005. This is very DEEP STATE.

  16. You think Obama conspiring with Hillary to spy on the Trump campaign using the FBI based on a fake dossier paid for by her campaign and then creating a fake narrative about collusion with the Russians with the help of Big Media in order to try to impeach Trump is a nothing burger?

    You trying to be like Leslie Nielsen?
    https://giphy.com/gifs/Yl5aO3gdVfsQ0/html5

  17. S, Big Media is attempting to downplay the MEMO as little to offer. The tactic is to nitpick words then say “the memo does not say specifically”. MSNBC is full tilt nuts as always. Comey too has sent out a Tweet that says “That’s it?” The claim of “specific material omissions” is a dumb one because all it does is require more and more disclosures – which was the intent of Nunes from the start.

    Chairman Devin Nunes understood the FBI and DOJ would block publication of documents such as the FISA warrant. Therefore Nunes put out this memo as a tactic to force the opposition to release more and more information – all of which materially will substantiate what President Trump has claimed.

    Obama Dimocrats have already fallen into the trap with their “rebuttal” memo, which will then be responded to by a sur-rebuttal memo by Nunes. In each reply more and more information will be released until we all get the source materials such as the warrant requests using the Steele dossier to the FISA courts. In this exchange of documents the side with the most ammunition wins in the same way a military firefight ends if one side runs out of ammunition.

    At some point Fay Wray will have to answer for his lies. Fay Wray told the country that dangerous secrets would be revealed to the country which would imperil national security. After the memo release it is clear that the memo is dangerous only to Fay Wray and the FBI/DOJ leadership.

  18. So, what were the super sensitive information gathering techniques that would be irreparably harmed if the memo was released? Using DNC oppo research for warrants? Yeah, think we can do without that one.

  19. We’ve mocked weak whimpering Ace but here he makes some good points:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/373677.php

    Bear in mind, when the FBI and DOJ presented the Steele Dossier to the court as their pretext to open surveillance, they would have, of course, identified him as a “source” who has “previously proven reliable” and cited, for example, his work in the FIFA investigation as well as his service in MI6.

    In short, they would have presented his inherent reliability as a reason to believe the otherwise completely unsubstantiated claims his “dossier” offered. His dossier offered no proof — the only “proof” of the dossier’s claims would Steele’s reliability, honesty, and lack of bias or material interest in this case.

    But the FBI and DOJ had reason to know that Steele wasn’t all that reliable — and they concealed each of these points from the court:

    1. They withheld from the court that Steele was working for Trump’s rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, and the DNC, which Hillary Clinton had contractually taken over by this point. They only said in their application that Steele was working for a “U.S. person.”

    The fact that Steele had been commissioned by Trump’s political opponent would have greatly diminished his perceived reliability — he had a material interest in this dossier “succeeding.” He had been paid $160,000 to produce it. (And note, Glenn Simpson refused to say if he was ever paid to get an investigation started.)

    As this information would have reduced Steele’s reliability in the court’s eyes, the FBI/DOJ concealed that from the court. They lied. They represented Steele as reliable, but then hid competing evidence of his unreliability.

    This sort of hearing is ex parte. Only one side gets to present evidence to a judge. No representative of Trump or Carter Page was in the room. It is required of the government, when seeking a warrant in an ex parte hearing, to present contrary evidence so that the judge can make an informed decision. There’s no opposing party in the room to offer that contrary evidence.

    Instead, the FBI/DOJ concealed information they knew would be relevant to the judge’s understanding of the situation and his decision on granting the warrant.

    2. No less an authority than Bruce Ohr communicated to his superiors that Steele was personally extremely biased in this matter. Not just paid to be biased; but personally, emotionally biased himself.

    Ohr reported that Steel personally “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.”

    Steele’s reliability depends largely on his judgment, his dispassion. Steele didn’t have any information of his own — he got his information long-distance from Russian operatives and government officials who he almost assuredly paid. [snip]

    3. The FBI and DOJ had, of course, a huge reason to suspect Steele wasn’t as reliable as they were representing to the court— namely, that they fired him for violating their ethical rules of confidentiality in peddling these claims to media organizations. I would say that Steele betrayed himself here, proving that he was still working for FusionGPS as a political operative trying to plant dirt against a target he was paid to undermine, and not an informant working for the FBI, though he was taking money from both.

    The FBI and DOJ concealed the fact that they had fired Steele from the court.

    4. On that, the initial FISA application claimed that Steele’s claims were corroborated by independent reporting by Michael Isikoff — the idea being, this isn’t just Steele who’s reporting this, it’s also the completely independent reporter Michael Isikoff.

    But Michael Isikoff wasn’t an independent source at all — he was fed these claims by Steele himself.

    So there was no second source for Steele’s claims — you had Steele making these claims, and then Steele’s stenographer repeating Steele’s claims under a byline of “Not Christopher Steele.”

    However, the FBI/DOJ “assessed” that Isikoff’s reporting was independent and represented it that way to the court. [snip]

    It’s not a lie to tell the court something untrue if you don’t know it’s untrue — but it is a fraud on the court to conceal from the court the fact that you now believe you previously told them an untruth. [snip]

    When they decided to hide their previous, possibly inadvertent, misrepresentation from the court, and continue maintaining it to be true, that’s when something that may have begun as a mere (incompetent, stupid, willful) mistake turned into a deliberate lie.

  20. “When they decided to hide their previous, possibly inadvertent, misrepresentation from the court, and continue maintaining it to be true, that’s when something that may have begun as a mere (incompetent, stupid, willful) mistake turned into a deliberate lie.”

    That of course assumes that this whopper of a lie wasn’t planned for by Obama and Hillary from the very start.

  21. The above may very well be true assessment by ACE, but it begs the question, how stupid, ignorant, or conspiractory, were these judges who were appointed, as noted, by pussyboy Roberts?

  22. > S, Big Media is attempting to downplay the MEMO as little to offer.
    > The tactic is to nitpick words then say “the memo does not say specifically”.
    > MSNBC is full tilt nuts as always.
    > Comey too has sent out a Tweet that says “That’s it?”
    > The claim of “specific material omissions” is a dumb one because all it does
    > is require more and more disclosures – which was the intent of Nunes from the start.
    >
    Totally agree with this.

    There is very little in the Nunes memo that Trump supporters don’t already know.

    The memo was written for the other half of the country, who rely on Big Media for their “news”.

    Big Media has been struggling valiantly to suppress this story. Now they have to cover it.

    Which means the American people are going to start demanding answers.

    Which will lead to more memos.

    And eventually to the appointment of a Special Prosecutor.

    That’s the real value of the Nunes memo.

  23. Dem Deep State talking points: Hit job on Dems

    Matthews, said, “You know how odd this is, the fact that the legislative leadership is, in fact, going along with what’s really, sort of, a staff operation. Somebody decided to use Nunes to get this information out last spring. They did it again this time. I’m very suspicious about the authorship. The way it’s written, it seems like it’s almost—they were hired guns to go after the enemies of the president, his targets. The first item here, the first paragraph, Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein, they are the bad guys, they signed on to this one or more times, numerous times.”

    He added, “This is not normal politics. This is a hit job here.”

  24. > Matthews said … “This is not normal politics. This is a hit job here.”
    >
    Right, hit jobs are totally foreign to “normal politics”.

    Chris: Try to be logical, for once in your life.

    What is there in the Nunes memo that is either: (1) Untrue; or (2) Unimportant, even if true?

    I’m waiting for your reply.

  25. > The above may very well be true assessment by ACE,
    > but it begs the question, how stupid, ignorant, or conspiractory,
    > were these [FISA] judges … ?

    Gonzo, my sentiments exactly.

    The DOJ/FBI was seeking a FISA warrant to spy on the Republican front-runner in a presidential election.

    Given the extraordinary nature of the request, shouldn’t the FISA judges have done more due diligence to look into the authorship and veracity of the dossier?

  26. TONIGHT, 6:00pm ET: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes speaks on Fox News’ “Special Report” about FISA memo release.
    Exclusive. FoxNews is hyping it a bit.

  27. > Julian Assange: “James Comey, master of logic:
    > FISA memo is nothing — and also the destroyer of worlds.”

    My thoughts exactly.

    Talking out of both sides of your mouth was what got you fired, dude.

    It could land you in jail, as well.

    I’d keep my mouth shut if I were you.

  28. Rush Limbaugh:

    “You know how people were worried that there’d been so much hype about this that it might end up being a dud, that there’d been so much hype that we couldn’t possibly meet the expectations?

    Folks, it is worse. It is worse than what I thought it was going to be. If anything, the contents of this memo were underplayed. They have not been overplayed. It is astounding.”

  29. This from the New York Times:

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-last-two-weeks-of-polls-have-been-great-for-republicans-do-they-signal-a-shift/ar-BBICpaJ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=ientp

    The Last Two Weeks of Polls Have Been Great for Republicans. Do They Signal a Shift?

    Last month it seemed that Democrats might ride a giant tsunami to control of the House and Senate. Now, some are wondering whether there’s a Democratic wave at all.

    The Democratic advantage on the generic congressional ballot, which asks people whether they’ll vote for Democrats or Republicans for Congress, has dwindled since the heart of the tax debate in December. Then, nearly all surveys put Republicans behind by double digits. Now, poll averages put the Democratic lead at only around six or seven percentage points.

    The question isn’t really whether Republican standing has improved recently. It has. The question is whether anyone should care: Is it just one of many blips and bumps along the road, or does it say something meaningful about the midterm elections? [snip]

    After last month’s Democratic surge, it was reasonable to expect the polls would revert toward the longer-term mean, which had been something closer to an eight- or nine-point Democratic edge.

    But the last two weeks of polls have gone further than a reversion to the mean. They’re arguably the best two weeks of polls for Republicans since the failure of the Senate health care bill in July. A highly sensitive poll average — like the FiveThirtyEight tracker — might put the Democratic lead down to roughly six points, basically the lowest level since the spring.

    One can imagine any number of explanations, but perhaps the best is changing public opinion of the Republican tax plan.

    In December, polls showed the plan was deeply unpopular. This was when the bill was grinding its way to passage in Congress. Its opponents were relentlessly campaigning against it, while the bill’s supporters were busy negotiating — and perpetually dissatisfied with its latest form — and didn’t defend it in a meaningful way. Most voters thought they would see a tax hike, even though they were probably going to get a tax cut.

    Today, the politics of the issue are very different. The attacks on the bill have relented now that it has passed. A steady stream of good economic news, including announcements of bonuses and raises that some corporations are attributing to the tax cut, have amounted to a substantial if belated public relations campaign for the bill. It is also possible that voters have realized they’ve gotten a tax cut. [snip]

    Regardless of how it polls over all, there can be little doubt that many Republicans, who might have been dissatisfied with the accomplishments of the Republican Congress, have now gotten one of their biggest wishes. [snip]

    Wednesday’s Monmouth poll, which showed Democrats ahead by just two points, is far and away the most important single data point in its estimate. [snip]

    There are certainly reasonable arguments for why strong economic growth and a more popular G.O.P. legislative agenda might lead to a meaningful shift toward Republicans. But it’s too early for that conclusion: We’ll probably have a better idea in March.

    NYTimes is preparing its readers for disappointment in November.

  30. http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/temptations-lead-singer-dennis-edwards-dead-at-74/ar-BBICS76?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=ientp

    Temptations Lead Singer Dennis Edwards Dead at 74

    Dennis Edwards, who joined the Temptations in 1968 and sang on a string of the group’s hits including “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Ball of Confusion” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” in an initial tenure that stretched to 1977, has died. His family confirmed the news to CBS News, saying he was in Chicago at the time of his death, though did not disclose a cause of death. He was 74.

    Edwards, who was born February 3rd, 1932 in Birmingham, Alabama and was singing in the Contours prior to the Temptations, joined the soul hit makers when the group fired David Ruffin. He brought a fresh vivacity to the group’s sound, a bit of grit to replace Ruffin’s smooth falsetto. The group adopted a little more of a bluesy, soul-rock sound and began writing lyrics that spoke more to the social issues of the time, and it scored an immediate hit with the Sly Stone-like “Cloud Nine.” Edwards’ lineup of the Temptations then enjoyed a tenure in the upper echelons of the R&B and pop charts for the next few ears, scoring crossover hits with “Run Away Child, Running Wild,” “Don’t Let the Jonses Get You Down,” “Psychedelic Shack and “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today).”

  31. gonzotx
    February 2, 2018 at 5:13 pm
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    Deep State News is more concerned about the damage this memo is creating to their narratives and reputations than the truth that this memo reveals.

  32. To anyone who says the MEMO is nothing or little, we submit that the MEMO is the reason for this: https://t.co/9QCVGan0bo

    Yup, that’s Robert Mueller asking the court this past Wednesday to postpone the sentencing hearing of Michael Flynn. This is not coincidence.

  33. admin @ 6:04 PM:

    As the article mentioned, Dennis Edwards was previously the lead singer for the Contours, who had one of Motown’s first monster hits with “Do You Love Me? (Now that I Can Dance)”. The song had a revival of popularity when it was used in the film “Dirty Dancing” a few decades later. Great singer.

    Don’t know who wrote that article for MSN but David Ruffin had anything but a smooth falsetto (think “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”). The writer might have been thinking of Eddie Kendricks, who had the smooth falsetto in the group and left shortly after Ruffin was canned.

  34. > Yup, that’s Robert Mueller asking the court this past Wednesday to postpone
    > the sentencing hearing of Michael Flynn. This is not coincidence.

    The spin I’ve read is that this is just normal delaying tactics, in case Mueller
    thinks he can squeeze more info about Flynn.

    Maybe, but the timing sure looks fishy to me, too ..

  35. > Temptations Lead Singer Dennis Edwards Dead at 74

    Sad news indeed.

    Brings back memories of seeing the Temptations and The Four Tops “together on one stage”, as they say, at the old Circle Star theater near S.F. Now that was a concert!

  36. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that he will push the Justice Department to clean up any shortcomings identified in the wake of the new House intelligence committee memo, saying “no department is perfect.”
    ———-
    No department is perfect?

    Hear no evil
    See no evil
    Speak no evil

    Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

    Nice job, low energy Magoo.

  37. And what does Session propose to do about this?

    To refer the investigation to the DOJ.

    So the DOJ can investigate itself?

    That dog won’t hunt.

    The ONLY way to clean up the DOJ and FBI is through a second Special Counsel.

    Whoever suggest anything less does not want to clean up the swamp.

  38. Mike Marks, the article was published by Rolling Stone. As you point out about Ruffin’s voice in Ain’t to Proud to Beg it is “anything but a smooth falsetto”. One would think Rolling Stone could get an obit which was probably prepared years in advance correctly, but no. RS can’t even get simple facts on music right. Yet, RS thinks it can lecture on politics.

    Anyway… Contours:

    back row, center.

    Maybe President Trump can start playing this song at his rallies. 🙂

  39. Jeff Sessions should read Turley. Turley agrees with us:

    http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/372061-outcry-over-the-nunes-memo-is-damning-for-democrats-and-fbi

    The memo confirms that top FBI officials, including former director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe, used the dossier to secure secret surveillance targeting a U.S. citizen. That citizen was Carter Page, an aide to the presidential candidate of the party opposing the Obama administration. Comey signed off on multiple Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications targeting Page.

    The memo states that the applications never mentioned that the dossier was funded in significant part by the Clinton campaign, even though high-ranking officials knew about that funding. That would obviously be highly material to judging the value of the information. To make matters worse, Steele admitted to FBI agent Bruce Orr, who was later demoted, that he hated Trump and was “desperate that Donald Trump not be elected and was passionate about his not being president.”

    The memo alleges that McCabe admitted in testimony that, absent the Democratic-funded dossier, there would not have been a FISA surveillance order. In fairness to the Democrats, it should be noted that this brief memo does not reveal the full record given to the FISA court. Page has a rather sordid and suspicious history in dealings with the Russians that is entirely separate from this dossier.

    Moreover, this is largely a summary of testimony, and we should read that testimony once truly classified information has been redacted. Finally, there is reference to a prior investigation of George Papadopoulos, who later advised Trump on foreign affairs, which preceded the dossier and may have been an added basis for the original application.

    However, my greatest concern is what is not in the dossier: classified information “jeopardizing national security.” Leaders like Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared that the committee had moved beyond “dangerous irresponsibility and disregard for our national security” and “disregarded the warnings of the Justice Department and the FBI.”

    Now we can read the memo. There is a sharp and alarming disconnect between the descriptions of Pelosi and the House Intelligence Committee’s Ranking Minority Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and the actual document. It clearly does not contain information that would reveal sources or methods.

    It wasn’t just Pelousy. It was Rod Rosenstein and Chris “Fay” Wray who screamed nonsense about national security. Drag these two before the committee and ask them why they lied to the American people.

    Drag Sessions in too and ask him to bring in a special Prosecutor, not counsel, to prosecute these liars and corrupt officials.

  40. Admin & Trumpsters…thanks for the updates …just got home so reading them during the afternoon kept me posted…

    I still don’t have much faith in Sessions…or as Wbboei called him Mr. Magoo…to be blunt I just don’t think he has the b—s to do what needs to be done…very blasé…I look very forward to him surprising all of us & becoming a pitbull but I doubt it…I honestly think he is afraid to be the strong, intense presence we really need as Attorney General during these challenging times…

    it is unbelievable to me that with all we know now about the Dossier, etc, etc…that is was Sessions who was the one who recused himself…omg…stupidest thing that has happened during this whole Presidency thus far…

    **********************

    re: how the polls are beginning to go thru a metamorphosis and swinging towards repubs & PDT…I think slowly but surely fair minded people are beginning to “get” PDT…and agree with him…and benefit from him…money in their pockets will go a long way to “understanding” what he is trying to do…for them…

    the Dems, on the other hand, sound like they are losing their minds and did themselves in with those images from SOTU address…those sourpusses will be remembered and end up in election ads for a long time to come…and Nancy P & her “crumbs bit” is sure to be a headliner during the election season…just cannot make this stuff up…

    and the real kicker …the Dems are broke…essentially bankrupt…who in the hell wants to put them in leadership to drive the USA & American taxpayer further into debt for their fantasy immigration solutions; their freaking Sanctuary Cities & States; unlimited chain migration, lottery migration; endless lines of migrants to add to the tent people living on Los Angeles streets & sidewalks & pooping on the streets of San Francisco…and bringing tuberculous to San Diego…

    No thanks Dems…that is not what we want or “who we are”

    Republicans needs to stay strong…stay strong…they are on the right side of history…and common sense…

  41. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/02/donald-trump-a-real-wall-not-a-little-wall-needed-on-southern-border/

    President Donald Trump vowed to border patrol agents that he would deliver a wall on the southern border, renewing his commitment to border security.

    A real wall, not a little wall … they have them; they don’t work,” Trump said. “You need a real wall that will work 99.9 percent.”

    Trump made his remarks during a tour of the Border Patrol National Targeting Center on Friday in Virginia. He spoke to many of the agents and held a roundtable with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

    Trump reemphasized his commitment to supporting the agents on the border and the DHS personnel.

    I just want to let you know that the Trump administration is with you folks 100 percent,” he said. “You have not been backed up properly, and everybody knows it. For political reasons, for lots of different reasons. But the Trump administration is with you.”

    Nielsen agreed that a wall would be built, but specified that the money requested by his administration would be used to provide more border technology and agents.

    “We’re going to build you one,” she said, referring to the wall funding request of $25 billion. “We have a very specific and targeted way in which we will use that money to build a border wall system. Just not just that infrastructure, but the technology and personnel that go with it.”

    Nielsen even brought graphics to the briefing, showing Trump how border walls work.

    “We’ve seen it, we have evidence, we know that they work,” she said.

    Trump again cited the four principals of his immigration reform framework, which includes securing the border, closing loopholes, ending chain migration, and canceling the visa lottery.

    ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan, who was also at the briefing, thanked Trump for visiting the facility and empowering his agents.

    For the American heroes sitting behind you, we thank you for letting us do our job,” he said.

  42. Gregg Jarrett: Two different crimes committed there. One was perjury the other is abuse of power… Now we know they knew the dossier wasn’t authentic and reliable. They knew it came from Democratic money. They knew it was likely fabricated. And they knew they couldn’t get a FISA warrant without it… The other is abuse of power – ten years behind bars upon conviction.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/gregg-jarrett-criminal-acts-comey-mccabe-yates-rosenstein-etc-get-10-years-prison-fisamemo-video/

  43. POSTED ON FEBRUARY 2, 2018 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN FBI, RUSSIA INVESTIGATION
    WHAT THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE MEMO SAYS

    The long-awaited House Intelligence Committee memo on “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation” has been released.

    And here are some salient points:

    * The FISA warrants that are the subject of the memo all relate to Carter Page. The original warrant was sought on October 21, 2016, and the memo says that there were three renewals, which apparently occur every 90 days. This would appear to take the surveillance well past the presidential election, and beyond President Trump’s inauguration. The memo does not explain this aspect of the timing. The FISA applications were signed by some familiar names: James Comey signed three, and Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein all signed one or more.

    * The fake “dossier” compiled by Christopher Steele with the assistance of unknown Russians “formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application.” In fact, McCabe testified before the committee that no FISA warrant would have been sought without the fake dossier. Steele was paid over $160,000 by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to come up with derogatory information–true or false, apparently–on Donald Trump.

    * DOJ and FBI failed to mention in their FISA application that it was based on opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, even though this apparently was known to the FBI. The application apparently tried to mislead the FISA court by saying that Steele “was working for a named U.S. person”–the memo doesn’t tell us who that person was–but not disclosing Fusion GPS or Glenn Simpson, let alone Hillary Clinton and the DNC. This appears to be a deliberate deception of the court.

    * In addition to Steele’s fake dossier, the FISA application cited an article about Carter Page that appeared on Yahoo News. The application “assessed” that this corroborating account did not originate with Christopher Steele. In fact, it did: Steele himself leaked the information to Yahoo News.

    * The memo casually notes that “the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information.” This is news to me. It has been reported that Steele sought funding from the FBI, but I believe prior reports have been to the effect that the Bureau refused. Was the FBI paying Steele, known to be working for the Hillary Clinton campaign?

    * Steele was terminated as an FBI source for leaking to news outlets about his relationship with the Bureau. The memo says that Steele should have been terminated for the same reason in September, before the first FISA application, because of other news media contacts, “but Steele improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about those contacts.”

    * Bruce Ohr’s involvement is even worse than we thought. In September 2016, according to the FBI’s files, Steele told Ohr that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” The FBI hid this from the FISA court. Not only that, Ohr’s wife went to work for Fusion GPS and was part of the opposition research effort against candidate Trump. “Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISC.”

    * At the time of the FBI’s initial application for a FISA warrant in October, its effort to corroborate Steele’s report was in its “infancy,” according to the Bureau. Subsequently, an FBI report characterized Steele’s dossier as “only minimally corroborated.” Nonetheless, in January 2017 James Comey purported to “brief” president-elect Trump on the contents of Steele’s fake report, at which time the report was leaked to the press.

    * The memo ends with a brief reference to George Papadopoulos, who had a slight relationship to Trump’s campaign. FBI agent Peter Strzok opened a counterintelligence investigation into Papadopoulos in July 2016.

    The Intelligence Committee memo obviously outlines a major scandal that indicts principal figures in the FBI, including James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein, unless the latter two officials were unaware of the fraud that was being perpetrated on the federal court. Whether some of those involved should go to prison would require a careful examination of relevant federal statutes.

    The memo leaves much unsaid. The timing is unclear, at least to me. It sounds as though the FBI continued to renew its FISA warrant long after it had terminated its relationship with Steele and knew, or should have known, that his information was bogus. Why? Did the FBI tell the FISA court in these renewal applications that it had terminated its relationship with Steele, or that it had been unable to corroborate his claims? Presumably not.

    Also, we don’t know what was done with the information that was collected about Carter Page–and, of course, about anyone with whom he communicated. This is where the enormous number of “unmasking” requests by Obama officials like Susan Rice come in. Did the Obama administration use the ill-gotten FISA warrants to spy, not only on Carter Page, but on others who had some relationship with Trump, or even Trump himself? Did the Obama administration pass information obtained from improper surveillance on to the Clinton campaign, or leak it to the press after the election?

    The Intelligence Committee memo is a major step forward, but we have not yet gotten to the bottom of what happened in the heavily-politicized Department of Justice and FBI.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/02/what-the-house-intelligence-committee-memo-says.php

  44. Admin @ 8:31 PM:

    Regarding Rolling Stone, I’m sure you remember Frank Zappa’s definition of rock journalism:

    “People who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.” 🙂

  45. The libel suit in London against Christopher Steele is turning into a diamond mine. One of the issues the plaintiffs against him are hammering is that he gets paid. We’re talking PAID by everyone. It is currently being portrayed that he got 160 grand. ONCE. Nope. He got a lot more. From everywhere. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was not also being paid by the media for “exclusives” or tid-bits or whatever he could hawk. He was an agent, sub-contractor of Fusion GPS and that is what they do/did too as well as pay media types to push their libel. And Asst. Dep Attorney General Ohr was out making bank and scrounging up contracts for pay for his wife and pal Steele and their piss fantasy baloney and making up cover stories for them. Steele is turning out to be more of a “cash register” than spy/intelligence type. He is the time share salesman of garbage “Russian” intel with a very classy Cambridge accent. DC is full of hustlers, conmen, and morons spending our tax money or campaign funds they scrounge from “very important” people. Steele’s legal bills will bankrupt him UNLESS he was running the MI6 operation to prevent Trump which the pinko Brits do not like. Grassley now has “Austin Powers” Steele in a vise. Was Steele lying to the FBI or is the FBI lying about Steele?

  46. It appears that which Title of the FISA act for which requests are made is a very, very big deal. DOJ/FBI used title I and not VII. Nunes did not explain this in the memo. VII is the 702 incidental pick-ups of US citizens. Title I is saying the target is a Russian spy and everyone they speak to is suspect also. Exactly what evidence was used for such a draconian request is not shown. My understanding of this is very rudimentary. The media and Dems are studiously ignoring this. Everything from Nunes is being carefully rolled out and explained AFTER the Democrats show their butts acting crazy. I would suspect this will be explained to everyones horror soon enough.

  47. The admonition to trial lawyers is never defend an indefensible position.

    The rationale for this is obvious.

    You will go down with the ship.

    That is what the dims are doing right now, as more facts emerge.

    Whenever questions arise, they ignore the questions, filibuster, repeat their talking points which have no bearing on the question.

    In so doing, they prove they have no capacity to govern.

  48. LOCK. THEM. UP.

    Following the release of a four-page memo detailing rampant FISA warrant abuse by the FBI and DOJ, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) announced that he will seek the criminal prosecution of FBI and DOJ officials for the “full throated adoption of this illegal misconduct and abuse of FISA by James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein” who Gosar called “traitors to our nation.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-02/gop-rep-seek-criminal-prosecution-fbi-doj-officials-full-throated-illegal

  49. Game, Set, Match, Fuck You Comey, You Dirty Cop!

    Until now, I did not know they stacked shit that high

    (“The Cardinal”, you see is a towering 6″-8″ tall–which is why he calls his those who are coming after him small people)

    Do they make jail cells that tall, or will he have to stoop, like he did as Director of the FBI, in derogation of his solemn oath and duty to the nation?

    Watch this:

    Breitbart News’s Kristina Wong asked Rep. Jordan, “Do you agree with Comey’s assertion today that the memo has wrecked the House Intelligence Committee, destroyed trust with the IC [Intelligence Community], damaged its relationship with the FISA court, and exposed classified investigations?”

    Jordan responded to Breitbart News:

    What destroys trust is when you dress up an oppo reseearch document that Jim Comey himself, this is not my words or Marks’ words, he said under oath that they were ‘salacious’ and ‘unverified.’ What destroys trust is when you take that kind of document dress it up make it appear like it is legitimate intelligence and then take it to a court to get a warrant you don’t tell them important facts like, ‘oh by the way the Clinton campaign paid for this,’ and you do all of this in the context of a presidential campaign. It is really that basic. He’s the one that said it was unverified and salacious. McCabe said we had to use it or we wouldn’t get a warrant. When they went to the judge why they didn’t tell them who paid for it?

    They used the Isikoff story that they knew was Steele was giving information to the reporter and they presented it as a separate and corroborating piece of information? That’s unbelievable. That’s what took place here. So Comey can say what he wants here but look at what happened. This happened at a secret court to get a secret warrant to spy on an American citizen during a presidential campaign.

  50. The Sum of Their Fears . . . ..

    So what was up here below the surface? It can’t just be the “evil party” trying to live up to its nickname, although that certainly happened.

    It seems this particular lie was a last line of defense — for now — against a coming potential Armageddon for their party. This memo, bad as it is, is apparently only the first of many, a small percentage of what is to come. And the Democrats know it.

    Fear is operative. Maybe panic. An entire weltanschauung is under threat — jobs, friends, self-image, who knows what. If this goes on much longer and much more comes out, some Democrats -—not apparatchik Schiff, needless to say, but others — might have to face reality and say something. A few journalists (not at CNN, but maybe someplace else) might have to report the truth. It happened with Watergate. Republicans turned against Nixon. But, of course, they’re “the stupid party.”

  51. This fact pattern raises so many questions that it is hard to keep track of them. For those who believe in deterrence and retributive justice, the first priority is, must be, prosecution. For Republicans the main issue is the practical one—the mid term elections. For me, there are two issues which rise above all others, because they involve fundamental principles of constitutional governance, i.e.

    1. The Balance of Power: between the deep state and the American people

    2. The Integrity of the Judiciary. as manifested in the political decisions of Obama appointees in general who have trashed the constitution, and now, the competence of the Roberts appointees to the secret court, and whether they exercised due diligence in protecting the Fourth Amendment, or simply behaved like a rubber stamp, when they had four (4) chances to get it right. I raised that question before anyone else did, and it has troubled me ever since, because the judiciary has assumed an activist role in this society, and political questions reserved to the people have been transmorgified into legal questions by groups like the ACLU, and so many Harvard trained Judges like the wimps in San Franciso and Hawaii see themselves not as judges dealing with the facts before them and the constraints of constitutional government, but as a bevy of Platonic Guardians who routinely substitute their personal judgments for a fair reading of precedent and the will of the people. These people in combination with the deep state and big data have the potential to destroy the Republic. Therefore, I welcome this from the closing paragraph of the Breitbart article:

    “What were these FISA judges thinking who allowed for the surveillance? They actually read the Steele dossier, one would assume. Were they imbeciles or as biased as McCabe, Strzok and the rest of that seedy FBI cabal? Whether they were told that document came from the Clinton campaign or not, it read like an outtake from the back pages of the National Enquirer — and not one of the good issues (John Edwards, etc.). The dossier was ludicrous on its face, yet the supposedly great legal minds of the FISA court accepted it as what appears to be the most important evidence for the case.”

  52. An entire weltanschauung is under threat — jobs, friends, self-image, who knows what. If this goes on much longer and much more comes out, some Democrats -—not apparatchik Schiff, needless to say, but others — might have to face reality and say something.
    ———–
    The reaction of the establishment is TRIBAL:

    Love of the in group. Hatred of the out group.

    I went to a dinner party in Washington at the home of a partner in the heavy weight law firm of Morgan Lewis and Bockius.

    The guests, all of them Washington insiders (except for me of course) were in a state of shock, which was similar to the reaction of a Blackfoot tribe when the Tenth Cavalry–the Buffalo soldiers massacred them on the orders of the butcher General Sherman, whose stated policy for the Indian was extermination.

    The threat which drove those spoiled and pampered pets blatto was not extermination, but the temporary shut down of the federal government thanks to their Bealzabub Prince of Devils, Gingrich. Their reaction was hyperbolic, selfish and stupid. It was, in a word, tribal. It offered them an opportunity for self reflection but they could not afford to look themselves in the mirror. Harvard people do not do that sort of thing.

    Well, it is happening again. The memorandum and those that follow will put them on the other side of a Watergate drama, and they are responding like the petty people they are.

  53. Touche! Mark Steyn

    So my view has always been that the dossier is not “evidence” but a mere simulacrum of evidence – a stage prop to lay before the FISA court judge to get him to sign off on Trump surveillance. Because a judge has to be given something before he’ll cough up a warrant, even if what it is is no more real than the “secret papers” in a spy thriller. Nevertheless, for a group of highly placed FBI and Department of Justice officials, it was a very crude calculation: No dossier, no surveillance.

    That much the memo appears to confirm:

    Deputy [FBI] Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.

    So Robert Mueller’s entire “Russia investigation” springs from this dossier: a huge sprawling multi-branch tree of a rotten poisonous fruit.

    In order to pull that off, the fact that the dossier is garbage from a paid partisan could not be disclosed to the judge. Granted that the FISA court is a racket, the government is still bound before the bench by the most basic of lawyerly duties – candor toward the tribunal:

    “In an ex parte proceeding, a lawyer shall inform the tribunal of all material facts known to the lawyer that will enable the tribunal to make an informed decision, whether or not the facts are adverse”.

  54. The left, the media and Bosheviks–to the extent there is any difference, are committed to a single principle, which was expressly rejected by Madison in the Federalist Papers, i.e. that the end justifies the means. That is the antithesis of constitutional government, yet that was the modus operandi of the Obama Administration.

    It all gets back to a single fact. From Bush Sr. to Clinton to W to Obama to Kaine, everyone of them had deep ties to the CIA. Clinton worked for the CIA after he was expelled from Oxford for sexual harrassment; The Bush clan worked with the CIA, and the old man was director of it under Nixon; Obama’s mother worked for the CIA when they lived in Indonesia; and Kaine worked for the CIA when he was in the Peace Corps.

    Trump did not work for the CIA. He was not vetted by the CIA. He was critical of the CIA. That is the real reason Washington is hostile to him. He is neither in it nor of it. And, as this memo proves he is willing to expose the abuses of the deep state, unlike his predecessors, big media or the dims. This is the game within the game, which most people do not understand.

  55. I met a guy who was on bi-partisan the 911 Commission.

    He told me that the objective was not to find the truth, but to make sure neither side got blamed for what occurred.

    When you compare that to what Trump is doing, which is pointing the finger at the guilty party and saying “jaccuse”—loosely translated I accuse you! in the words of the French journalist Zola in the Dreyfus affair, you can see why Washington does not like it. He threatens their little heaven.

  56. So now we know one of the means by which Hillary planned to get elected while carrying BO’s failed agenda. I also suspect it is also one by which a failed Obama and Dubya got elected to a second term. This goes back to the evil Bush.

  57. …cannot help but reflect on how things have changed in just a few years…

    a few years ago many of us here were defending the dems against those awful ugly repubs…and often those in that batch…far right wingers were too much…

    but something changed drastically…people like Devin Nunes, Ron DeSantis, Matt Gaetz, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Trey Gowdy showed up…and fortunately they also had an old solid warrior in the Senate, Chuck Grassley…and we cannot disregard, imo…the ultimate independent warrior leader of them all, PDT… that man is nothing short of phenomenal…guts made of steel…

    …and suddenly we have righteous warriors on the right…think about it…almost takes some or my breath away…they are now the adults in the room…fighting for what is right and fighting for the people…so proud of them…and their courage and determination…in the corrupt/deep state/BM climate we live in that takes a lot…and indeed people who are secure within themselves to do what so many of us still want to believe ‘idealistically’ is the right thing to do…

    and look at what the Dems have become…ranting lunatics with priorities working against American citizens with their sole purpose right now to “resist” any actions that work for Americans & instead focus all their attention on so called ‘dreamers’ & the welfare of their relatives that are either here or lining up to come to the USA; the Dems actively and vocally begrudge American taxpayers that are…for once…sharing in the benefits of their own money being returned to them instead of subsidizing and paying for everyone else that waltzes into the USA, illegally or not…

    oh boy…big gratitude for these young repub warriors & their two mature charging lions, Grassley & PDT

    …and Hillary…what can any of us say…no integrity…what a colossal fall from grace…

  58. fwiw…saw something on twitter that said Trey Gowdy stepping down to be assigned as Special Counsel to investigate the FBI & DOJ…

    also read he got a cushy big offer for a job…just throwing that out there…

    any suggestions on who would be a good SC for that job
    I think Rudy & Christie are too political to be chosen
    we’d need an ethical tough straight shooter

  59. http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/02/comey-memo-lawsuit/?utm_source=site-share

    BREAKING: On The Same Day Trump Releases the Nunes Memo A Federal Judge Keeps The Comey Memos Secret

    On the same day the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the Nunes memo showing the FBI relied on the salacious and unverified Trump dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a federal judge ruled to withhold the Comey memos. The memos, authored by former FBI Director James Comey, are about his nine private conversations with President-elect and President Trump.

    U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who ruled in favor of the FBI’s request to keep the Comey memos secret, also sits on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The FISA court is the same court that approved the surveillance on Trump associates.

    Boasberg refused to release the documents on the basis they were still being used by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of the alleged Russian collusion with Trump associates.

    The judge ruled, “the Comey Memos, at least for now, will remain in the hands of the Special Counsel and not the public.”

    “It’s unfortunate, but not at all surprising, to see a FISA court judge side with secrecy over transparency on the very day the House Intelligence Committee released a very troubling example of abuse of trust within the FISA system,” said Christopher Bedford, the editor-in-chief of TheDCNF.

    On March 16, one week after Trump fired Comey, the public first learned the former FBI director had penned a memo on a Feb. 14 Oval Office meetings with President Trump.

    Comey told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in June 8 testimony that he authored secret memos of all his meetings and conversations with President-elect and President Trump.

    He testified that after his first conversation with then-President-elect Trump, he “felt compelled to document.” He said he “began to type … on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment [he] walked out of the meeting.”

    Ever since news organizations and nonprofit watchdog groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking the memos, the FBI has been steadfast in refusing to release them.

    snip

  60. Rosenstein has got to go. I can’t understand how Sessions can support him at this point. He is either incompetent, signing off on an application without verifying its authenticity, or he is corrupt. He should at the least be forced to resign. Personally I believe all of the lawyers involved should be disbarred and the others brought to justice. What will it take?
    I also don’t understand why Trump is letting the dims and media intimidate him. He has enough ammunition to fire Rosenstein for cause if Sessions will not.

    On another note, admin, I still am unable to sign in to this site on other devices or with other browsers to comment. I ‘m only able to use my old browser – Microsoft edge- where my log in has been remembered . How can I fix this problem??

  61. This guy is part of the deep state. He just happens to wear the black robe of a judge. Yale skull and bones. Need I say more. Incidentally, this is not the first time he has intervened to stop a populist candidate.

    Early life and education

    Boasberg was born in San Francisco, California in 1963,[3] to Sarah Margaret (Szold) and Emanuel Boasberg III.[4][5] The family moved to Washington, D.C. when Boasberg’s father accepted a position in Sargent Shriver’s Office of Economic Opportunity, a Great Society agency responsible for implementing and administering many of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty programs.[6][7] Boasberg received an Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1985, where he was a member of Skull and Bones,[8] and a Master of Studies the following year from Oxford University.[9] He then earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990.[9][10]

  62. This Judge Boaberg is an appointee of Obama, and has decided every case that has come before him against President Trump. Thus, he is part of the resistance. He is a paradigmatic example of what I mentioned above—a Judge who is contemptuous of the public and an ardent supporter of the deep state–a would be Platonic Guardian with feet of clay. Or, if you prefer, an arrogant elitist. If you doubt me, google him. Justice John Paul Stevens was cut from the same cloth.

  63. Ben Stein has been critical of PDT…imo these days PDT is making a lot of believers of many of his critics…

    https://spectator.org/thank-god-that-trump-won/

    Thank God that Trump Won
    By Ben Stein

    And three cheers for Devin Nunes.

    Wow, wow, and double wow. Now we are starting to get a look at a conspiracy so immense it can scarcely be believed. The media, the Democrat National Committee, a genuinely brain dead FISA judge, and now the media over and over again are shown to be working night and day to destroy the constitutional system of government.

    The media, apparently believing it is above the law (and I guess it is), has been working hand in glove with the HRC campaign to ensure that the GenSec of the Democrat/MSM Party could not lose the election of November 2016. Yet somehow, the GenSec, Madame Mao, Jing Qing (or however the hell it’s spelled) lost to a man who should never in a million years come even close to winning. So now the DNC/MSM coalition has had to go into the highest possible gear to cover up the failed conspiracy against the nation.

    Instead of trying to get the big news out, the DNC/MSM apparatus worked like demons to bottle up the news. But now the news is out: The DNC/MSM Gang illegally spied on Trump. They didn’t use a bunch of burglars at the Watergate. They used the courts and they succeeded. They actually used a Russian or Russian friendly ex-spy, gossip, and bought paid for lies to violate the election laws and the civil rights of Americans.

    Still, the media tries to make light of it.

    Can you in your wildest dreams imagine if the GOP had done that to Mrs. Clinton? Can you imagine the blood in the eyes of the media pooh-bahs if they found the GOP doing exactly what HRC and the media did?

    Thank God that Trump won. Otherwise, this deeply disturbing behavior of the DNC/MSM/Deep State/Russia cabal would go utterly unnoticed and we would continue to snooze as the left emasculated the Constitution.

    Three cheers for Devin Nunes. And a special prosecutor now, if you please, to go after the people behind the phony dossier and Mr. Steele and the FISA warrant. These are real crimes. Real subversion of the justice system. What Nixon did was a high school boy’s snatching hubcaps by comparison. Will the media ever be held accountable?

    Of course not. Not one person has ever been charged or prosecuted for the tens of millions of deaths under Stalin. The left takes care of its own. The right has a conscience. Big difference. But maybe we have a fighter this time.

    Meanwhile, back to the stunning anger, rage, and sullenness of the leftists and the Black Caucus at Mr. Trump’s first State of the Union. Did you notice their jeering silence at praise of family, the military, the police, the churches? As Tucker says, this isn’t just chance. The left in America really hates authority, does not respect their families, despises knowledge, loathes their police. This isn’t an act. This is how they feel.

    This is the DNC/MSM People’s Cultural Revolution à la Mao Tse-tung 1965-72. This is an attempt at demolishing the roots of order and decency and replacing them with racial zeal. This is what the Dems have become.

  64. cont from Ben Stein…last paragraph

    When Madame Mao was finally arrested and tried for treason after the Cultural Revolution fizzled out, she screamed at her judges, “Mao needed a dog to bite his enemies. I was his attack dog.” Now, the CBC and the DNC/MSM clique need an attack dog squadron to chew up order and kindness. They need an SA to terrify the reasonable opposition. There they were, scowling in their dashikis in the House of Representatives. And they have their own slogan. Not Sieg Heil. But, “You’re a racist.” And now, by a great stroke of good fortune, the decent people of America have our own attack/defense dog. He even has his own plane. This will not be the walkover that Cory Booker is looking for.

  65. Why the media hysteria?

    According to Pat Buchanan:

    Here we may have hit the reason for the panic in the media.

    Trump-haters in the press may be terrified that the memo may credibly demonstrate that the “Deplorables” were right, that the elite media have been had, that they were exploited and used by the “deep state,” that they let their detestation of Trump so blind them to reality that they made fools of themselves, and that they credited with high nobility a major conspiracy to overthrow an elected president of the United States.

  66. Reminder: Tomorrow is the Puppy Bowl.

    Here’s another good reason to live with a dog:

    https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/01/31/Michigan-dog-approved-for-unemployment-benefits/6141517454803/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=7

    Michigan dog approved for unemployment benefits

    Jan. 31 (UPI) — In a mix-up at the Michigan unemployment office, a dog was approved for unemployment benefits.

    Attorney Michael Haddock told WZZM-TV this week that he received a notice from the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency in the mail that said “Michael Ryder” will receive $360 a week.

    But there is nobody named “Michael Ryder” at Haddock’s address. “Ryder,” however, is the name of Haddock’s German Shepherd and Michael is his first name. So Haddock assumed the notice was for his dog.

    “Not sure what he is going to do with the money, but it should be interesting,” Haddock said. “I knew he was clever, but he surprised me this time.”

    Usually we’re against waste fraud abuse of taxpayer dollars. But we’ll make exceptions for a doggy.

  67. Thanks, admin for pouncing on Christoper Wray. He is part of their Secret Society.
    Trump was hoodwinked into hiring him. Wray must have appeared to be an honest and good man for Trump to hire him at all. Another skunk to get rid of and replaced.
    ……………
    I know some of you have lost heart in Trey Gowdy and believe he’s just the same ole’same-ole’!

    I don’t thing so! It appears he takes his job as a prosecutor seriously and fights to get to he Truth with the witness before him. BUT, if he doesn’t think he has enough evidence to get a conviction, he will wait for another day until the evidence he needs surfaces, and use it like a hammer for a guilty verdict.

    He will make an excellent AG if Trump can diplomatically convince Sessions to step aside and go back to sleep at home leaving defending the Constitution and the Country from government criminals to fearless scrapers with grit unafraid to break friendships because they have proof of grievous crimes committed against this country
    breaking the Trust of all US Citizens in their quest to dominate us through fiat to the point of subverting our government and destroying a duly elected president simply because he will not cooperate with them to continue destroying the greatest countrey on earth for their ELITE masters.

    During the 07′ campaign when Edwards teamed up with Obama against Hillary. John Edwards was right. We didn’t know what he meant when he used the phrase: “There are two Amerias” He was told what was going on. Obama told him, Rumor had it, BO offered him the VP spot if he won the nom. Until he got himself in a peck of trouble with his videographer!!! And how we ended up with sleeze ball Biden.. the manhandler of litte girls..

    Two AMERICAS: One for the ordinary/working poor Americans and One for the intercontinental RICH/Elites!

    AND Low and behold, The Unruly child, sent to military school, because he was a bit of a behavior problem became a self-made man, a success, on a global tour, winning the respect of the world. Now, and for the next 7 years, the non-political, yours and my, President Donald J. Trump!

    The Democrats stand for nothing, (as well as conservatives McCain and Sessions,) except for promises of a piece of the pie ( crumbs, says Pelosi ) from the Clintons and Obama’s, saying : “Don’t Worry, Stand together United, You’ll Be Taken Care of.” I’m beginning to think Sessions was compromised from the beginning by the Democrats who told him, we’re going to Impeach Trump for this that and the Russia thing… and Sessions never having won a case in his life, showed us a yuuge yellow streak running down his backside afraid to go against the crowd, toying with safe peripheral issues rather than doing the RIGHT THING, cleaning out the rat’s nest infesting this country!

    If Trump is lucky enough to get Gowdy for the Attorney General spot, he will indubitably clean house and drain the nasty, slimy, corrupt, democratic pond scum wrapped in power in this country, and allow this president to restore this country’s greatness, only then, will we be allowed to dream of Peace and Prosperity again.

    ( sorry for the windy vent )
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Gowdy Shoots Down Dem Talking Points After FISA Memo Release

    Though the FISA memo — compiled by House Intel chair Devin Nunes — makes clear that the infamous Steele dossier was instrumental in securing FISA warrants on former Trump adviser Carter Page, the left quickly began pointing to the memo’s final section.

    The memo’s conclusion fingers former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos as the impetus for the FBI’s monitoring of Trump’s campaign, and the anti-Trump crowd argued this point washes out the rest of the memo’s implications.

    Gowdy disagreed.

    It is important for the American public to know if the dossier was paid for by another candidate, used in court pleadings, vetted before it was used, vetted after it was used, and whether all relevant facts were shared with the tribunal approving of the FISA application.

    — Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) February 2, 2018

    “It is important for the American public to know if the dossier was paid for by another candidate, used in court pleadings, vetted before it was used, vetted after it was used, and whether all relevant facts were shared with the tribunal approving of the FISA application,” the South Carolina Republican tweeted.

    While this memo raises serious concerns with the FISA process, I have been and remain confident in the overwhelming majority of the men and women serving at the FBI and DOJ.

    — Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) February 2, 2018

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/02/trey-gowdy-fisa-memo/

  68. For all of you who are wigged out over the fact that Trump hasn’t fired Rosenstein and Sessions hasn’t hired a Special Counsel, I counsel patience.

    Trump will replace Sessions, probably with Gowdy if he wants the job.

    When that happens, Rosenstein’s fate is unimportant.

    Trump is merely waiting for Congress and the media to stir the FISA memo pot until it comes to a rolling boil. Then he will pounce. But not until then.

  69. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/02/02/judicial_watchs_tom_fitton_difficult_to_overstate_how_important_nunes_memo_is.html

    Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton: When Did Mueller Know The Basis For His Entire Investigation Was Paid For By DNC?

    President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said on Fox News on Friday that it’s “difficult to overstate” the importance of revelations in the newly released memo on alleged surveillance abuses during the presidential campaign. Fitton said the crux of the matter is: When did special counsel Robert Mueller learn that the dossier, which is apparently the basis for his entire investigation, was paid for by the DNC on behalf of the Clinton campaign?

    Fitton explained: “I think it is pretty devastating… It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the revelations in this memo, not only in terms of the corruption in the Obama administration, but the really devastating blow it strikes at the Mueller investigation. When you have the Obama Justice Dept. take their best shot at the FISA court, and their best shot is a Clinton campaign document to run the narrative that there was Russia collusion requiring surveillance of a Trump campaign official or volunteer. And it turns out there was really nothing else there, but for that dossier paid for by Clinton and DNC funds.”

    “That means there is no Mueller investigation without the dossier,” Fitton concluded.

    “So the whole thing is subject to really, I think, being called off now by the Justice Dept., if they are brave enough, based on these disclosures today,” he added.

    “We can’t wait for the courts of act,” he also said. “What’s the Justice Department going to do to clean house? What is Wray going to do to clean house? What about Mr. Mueller? When did he know the dossier that is the basis fundamentally for the Russia collusion narrative, and the basis for his entire investigation, what did he know and when did he know it about the Clinton involvement in his investigation?”

    On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the memo was not intended to be an attack on the special counsel, the FBI, or the Justice Department. In response, Fitton said the memo “speaks for itself.”

  70. Wbboei, you might like this link. Lots of OWHolmes:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/7utdko/the_beginning_of_the_end_of_the_mueller/

    Hello, and welcome to the beginning of the end of the Mueller Investigation.

    Today we’re going to discuss the legal doctrine of the “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree.”

    I want to take you back in time to 1920, where Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. delivered an opinion of the Supreme Court where this famous legal doctrine makes its first appearance in Supreme Court Jurisprudence. While the doctrine is not fully realized until almost 20 years later, we see the Supreme Court first contemplate the issue.

    Now, Silverthorne Lumber Co. v. United States, 251 U.S. 385 (1920) was a case where federal agents illegally seized tax records, made copies, and tried to present them as evidence in the prosecution of Silverthorne Lumber Company. Now, long story short, the Supreme Court was not having any of that. A rather famous quote delivered by Oliver, known for his short but scathing opinions, reads:

    In our opinion, such is not the law. It reduces the Fourth Amendment to a form of words. The essence of a provision forbidding the acquisition of evidence in a certain way is that not merely evidence so acquired shall not be used before the Court, but that it shall not be used at all.

    Holmes further states:

    Of course, this does not mean that the facts thus obtained become sacred and inaccessible. If knowledge of them is gained from an independent source they may be proved like any others, but the knowledge gained by the Government’s own wrong cannot be used by it in the way proposed.

    Hmmm. Well what do we now have confirmation of that we have known for weeks if not months?

    The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.

    Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.

    Any almonds activating yet? No? Well, let me continue.

    In 1939, Justice Frankfurter delivered the opinion of the Supreme court in the case Nardone v. United States, 308 U.S. 338 (1939) which finally gave the legal doctrine we know today its name. Below is a quick excerpt that may pique your interest in how this applies to the Trump sham investigation into “collusion” with the Russians:

    The burden is, of course, on the accused in the first instance to prove to the trial court’s satisfaction that wiretapping was unlawfully employed. Once that is established — as was plainly done here — the trial judge must give opportunity, however closely confined, to the accused to prove that a substantial portion of the case against him was a fruit of the poisonous tree. This leaves ample opportunity to the Government to convince the trial court that its proof had an independent origin.

  71. wbboei
    February 3, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    “Trump-haters in the press may be terrified that the memo may credibly demonstrate that the “Deplorables” were right, that the elite media have been had, that they were exploited and used by the “deep state,” that they let their detestation of Trump so blind them to reality that they made fools of themselves, and that they credited with high nobility a major conspiracy to overthrow an elected president of the United States.”

    THAT would be a best case scenario. Our “expert” and media class has reached the fork in the road. Do they plead stupid or corrupt? Stupid means (temporary they hope) loss of status and some insincere mea culpas where corrupt means legal bills and possibly libel payouts. While many are demonstrably stupid it is usually based upon corruption. They got PAID (their employers wanted it as did it outfits like Fusion GPS and sideways political parties) to peddle Russia, Russia, Russia and they did it very badly. So they’re corrupt AND stupid like most crooks are.

  72. Knowing Gowdy was going elsewhere for some reason (good luck to him making some money as he has kids!) the powerful committee chairmen who are orchestrating this takedown are bringing along a new guy. John Ratcliffe was the US attorney for the Eastern District of Texas 2007-2008 and assistant US attorney in the same district 2004-2007 and elected November 2014. He beat that old fossil Ralph Hall in the primary. His “thing” is cyber-security which is very handy right now. Gowdy has been appearing with Ratcliff in many interviews getting him up to speed for television.

  73. Mormaer
    February 4, 2018 at 7:42 am
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    Ratcliffe is great.

    But Ralph Hall was a friend.

    He was a navy fighter pilot in WWII, a judge etc.

    His chief of staff was older than he was.

    He was a blue dog all his life, but finally changed parties.

    His favorite line was I live in a small town where the population remains stable.

    Every time a baby is borne a man leaves town.

    I know small towns in Montana that were like that. . . . .

    One of my relatives ran a home for unwed mothers during the 30s, 40’s and 50’s.

    With respect to Gowdy, speculation is that he will be appointed to a position on the Fourth Circuit, where an appellate judge retired the day before he met with President Trump. And from there, perhaps, to the US Supreme Court, where a bitter confirmation battle will ensue. But if the Judge Trump appoints has a distinguished career as a member of Congress, it could go easier.

    In the alternative, it is remotely possible that he will take over the Justice Department after the inert Jeff Sessions goes. That speculation is fueled by his statement that he wants to go back into the Criminal Justice system, which could also mean as head of the FBI. Wray was a major mistake and it is hard to fathom why he was appointed, save the fact that Sessions is the one who appointed him, and Session’s batting average is hovering around zero.

  74. Morris, in his latest offering, sheds some light on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Apparently, it is 15 judges who sit en banc–as a group to hear alleged violations of the Foreign Surveillance Act, and, more broadly, issues involving terrorism. Like the Supreme Court, their decisions are final not because they are infallible but because they are final. This negates the possibility that the FBI found themselves a corrupt Judge, or, perhaps a stupid one. Before I read this, I had considered both possibilities after seeing what Oreck, Boasberg, and the little Hawaiian Judge, Harvard alums and Obama appointees all, have done to crucify the Constitution. But if it was stupidity then it was collective stupidity, but more likely the fact that they were misled. What, if anything, they do about it is another matter. If they hope to preserve their integrity as a judicial body the had good god damned better do something about it, but that is all opaque to me.

  75. admin
    February 4, 2018 at 4:46 am
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    Thank you Admin.

    Holmes also said: “wire tapping is a dirty dirty business.”

    The fruits of the poisonous tree doctrine has been narrowed since the time of Frankfurter, who took the Brandeis seat, i.e. the Jewish seat on the Supreme Court after the latter retired. Today, there is the doctrine of “inevitable discovery” which allows a court to admit that evidence notwithstanding the fact that it was obtained illegally, IF it can be shown to the Court’s satisfaction that it would have been obtained in the course of the due diligence investigation they were involved in. This is an extension of the independent source exception which appears in Frankfurter’s iteration. But it is hypothetical in the sense that it would have been obtained from an independent source as opposed to it was obtained from an independent source. It reveals a latter day law enforcement bias, which is problematic because prosecutors as a rule have a taste for blood.

  76. Mormaer
    February 4, 2018 at 7:30 am
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    It reminds me of The Oxbow Incident, where the vigilantes rushed to Judgment, hung the wrong man, and had to live with it. This media class has a third option—they can retire.

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