Thursday, December 7, 2017
Mueller Is Looking Down the Barrel of a Contempt of Congress Citation, while His Hack Pack Continue to Share Their Dirty Laundry on the Regurgitating Web
TRUMP IS WINNING THE CONSTITUTIONAL BATTLES IN COURT BUT THE PROGDEM SPECIAL COUNSEL IS STILL ATTACKING HIM. The sad truth is that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and special counsel Mueller have mortally wounded the reputation of both the FBI and the Department of Justice for integrity and objectivity. Their political witch hunt that began under President Obama continues and it is clear now that the goal is to impeach President Trump simply because he is nullifying the Progressive socialist political agenda of Obama, Hillary and the ProgDem elites. But, the other sad truth is that unless the Jeff Sessions Department of Justice and the Republican Congress step up to support President Trump, he will be rendered more and more impotent and unable to govern. • • • DOJ BREAKING NEWS. Fox News rreported on Thursday afternoon that DOJ official Bruce G. Ohr has been demoted amid questions about his contacts with an opposition research firm. James Rosen and Jake Gibson stated that Ohr was demoted this week amid an ongoing investigation into his contacts with the opposition research firm responsible for the anti-Trump “dossier,” and said the DOJ had confirmed it to Fox News : "Until Wednesday morning, Bruce G. Ohr held two titles at DOJ: associate deputy attorney general, a post that placed him four doors down from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as 'the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.' Ohr will retain his OCDETF title but has been stripped of his higher post and ousted from his office on the fourth floor of 'Main Justice.' ” • Fox News learned that evidence collected by the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Representative Devin Nunes, indicates that Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the “Russia Dossier.” Later, a Justice Department official told Fox News in what sounds like a cover-up : "It is unusual for anyone to wear two hats as he has done recently. This person is going to go back to a single focus -- director of our organized crime and drug enforcement unit. As you know, combatting transnational criminal organizations and drug trafficking is a top priority for the Attorney General." A cover-up because House investigators have determined that Ohr met shortly after the election with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS -- the opposition research firm that hired Steele to compile the dossier with funds supplied by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. By that point, according to published reports, the dossier had been in the hands of the FBI, which exists under the aegis of DOJ, for some five months, and the surveillance on Carter Page had been commenced more than two months prior. The Nunes Committee has spent much of this year investigating whether DOJ, under then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, used the Dossier to justify a foreign surveillance warrant against Carter Page, an advisor to the Trump campaign. The contacts between Ohr and Steele, and between Ohr and Simpson, have not been publicly disclosed nor shared with House Intelligence Committee staff, which has issued numerous subpoenas for documents and witnesses related to the dossier but claims DOJ and FBI have “stonewalled,” an assertion that House Speaker Paul Ryan seconded in a rare public statement in October. While the FBI and DOJ say they have cooperated extensively with Nunes and his team, including the provision of several hundred pages of classified documents relating to the dossier, it was only last weekend that DOJ and FBI agreed to make available to the committee for questioning Peter Strzok, the high-ranking FBI official who was disciplined in July for having sent-anti-Trump texts to a colleague while playing a decisive role in last year’s investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s private server. Strzok was removed from the staff of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and demoted to a position on the FBI’s human resources division. The agencies’ decision to make Strzok available to House investigators came on the same day the New York Times and Washington Post disclosed the existence of the anti-Trump text messages, and Fox News disclosed that Strzok’s conduct in the Clinton case was under review by the FBI’s Office of Inspector General. • The demotion of Ohr thus marks the second time in a matter of months that the Justice Department and the FBI have disciplined for misconduct a senior official connected in some form or fashion to the Trump-Russia case. Congressional sources told Fox that Simpson and Ohr met sometime around Thanksgiving last year, when President-Elect Trump was in the process of selecting his Cabinet, and discussed over coffee the anti-Trump dossier, the Russia investigation, and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory. How exactly Simpson and Ohr came to know each other is still being investigated but initial evidence collected by the House intelligence Committee suggests that the two were placed in touch by Steele, the former FBI informant whose contacts with Ohr are said by senior DOJ officials to date back to 2006. • Nunes, who has instructed his Committee staff to draft contempt-of-Congress citations against Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray -- preparatory to a House vote on whether the citations should be enforced -- issued a fresh subpoena on Thursday specifically covering Ohr and his files. • • • THE SUPREME COURT AGREES WITH TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS. • THE TRAVEL BAN. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 -- without issuing an explanation -- that the full Trump travel ban can take effect. In a major win for President Trump, the Supreme Court granted his administration’s request to fully reinstate the third version of his travel ban. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and a federal district court in Maryland had said the President could only block nationals from the six majority Moslem countries -- Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad -- if they lacked a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. The Court’s decision now puts those lower court rulings on hold. Only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have denied the government’s request. • The third version of the travel ban bars various people from eight countries, six of which have Moslem-majority populations. But federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii blocked its implementation for “foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” They said such people include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the United States. The language was drawn from the Supreme Court decision in June that exempted such foreign nationals from Trump’s second version of the executive order, which expired on September 24. • The orders from the two district judges will be reviewed this week. A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is set to consider the Hawaii case Wednesday, and the entire US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond will consider the Maryland judge’s decision Friday. But, the unsigned Supreme Court opinion Monday did not disclose the court’s reasoning of the justices for lifting the injunctions, which had been issued by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland. The justices said they expected the federal judges reviewing challenges to the order -- based on what challengers say are Trump’s animus toward Moslems and lack of authority under immigration laws -- to handle the cases with “appropriate dispatch.” • THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. Last week, in another victory for the Trump White House, a temporary restraining order to halt the President's pick for acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP), Mick Mulvaney, was denied by Judge Timothy Kelly of the US District Court of the District of Columbia, who ruled in favor of Trump in his effort to appoint White House budget director Mulvaney to lead the CFPB, the nation's top financial watchdog agency. A lawsuit was filed by Leandra English, the federal official appointed to lead the bureau by its outgoing director, Obama-appointed Richard Cordray, against the President and Mulvaney. The suit requested a declaratory judgment and a temporary restraining order to block Mulvaney from taking over the agency. She said that as deputy director, she became the acting director under the law and argued that the federal law the White House contends supports Trump's appointment of Mulvaney doesn't apply when another statute designates a successor. Judge Kelly's ruling clears the way for Mulvaney to run the CFPB until a permanent director is sworn in or English successfully appeals the decision. Mulvaney, a former congressman and current Director of the Office of Management and Budget, has called the agency a "joke" and an example of bureaucracy run amok. He is expected to dismantle much of what the CFPB -- the brainchild of Senator Elizabeth Warren -- has done. A new director for the CFPB must be confirmed by the Senate. • • • BUT, THE POLITICAL FBI WITCH HUNT ROLLS ON. David French wrote an article in National Review on Tuesday about the huge scandal emerging around Robert Mueller's Get-Trump team : "Peter Strzok’s story will hurt public trust in the federal government at the worst possible time. If the story hadn’t been verified by virtually every mainstream-media outlet in the country, you’d think it came straight from conspiratorial fever dreams of the alt-right." Monday, news broke that Mueller had in August asked Strzok, a senior FBI agent, to step down from his role investigating the Trump administration. Strzok was in an extramarital affair with FBI lawyer Lisa Page and the two were found to have exchanged anti-Trump, pro-Hillary Clinton text messages. French wroet : "Here’s where the story gets downright bizarre. This agent, Peter Strzok, also worked with FBI director James Comey on the Clinton email investigation. In fact, he was so deeply involved in the Clinton investigation that he is said to have interviewed Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, and to have been present when the FBI interviewed Clinton. According to CNN, he was part of the team responsible for altering the FBI’s conclusion that Clinton was “grossly negligent” in handling classified emails (a finding that could have triggered criminal liability) to “extremely careless” -- a determination that allowed her to escape prosecution entirely. After the Clinton investigation concluded, Strzok signed the documents opening the investigation into Russian election interference and actually helped interview former national-security adviser Michael Flynn. In other words, it looks like a low-integrity, reckless, biased bureaucrat has played an important role in two of the most important and politically charged criminal investigations of the new century. Yes, it’s good that Mueller removed Strzok when he discovered the text messages. No, Strzok is not solely responsible for the conclusions reached in either investigation. But his mere presence hurts public confidence in the FBI, and it does so in a way that further illustrates a persistent and enduring national problem : America’s permanent bureaucracy is unacceptably partisan." • French then flashes back to President Obama’s second term, "when the IRS Tea Party–targeting scandal erupted...The bureaucrat at the fulcrum of the scandal, Lois Lerner, was unabashedly partisan, launching a comprehensive and unconstitutional inquiry into conservative groups even as she was 'joking' that 'she wanted to work for the pro-Obama group Organizing for America.' It’s hard to overstate the effect of the IRS scandal on conservative confidence in the federal government. Yes, there were some progressive groups that faced scrutiny, but the sheer scale of the attack on conservative groups was unprecedented." French reports that the IRS "sought confidential donor information, passwords, and information about the political activities even of family members of those involved with some scrutinized groups. I remember. I represented dozens of these organizations. When it came time to launch a criminal investigation of the IRS, the Obama Department of Justice put an Obama donor in charge of the probe. The decision to offer her the job was inexcusable, as was her decision to accept. At a time when half the country was losing confidence in the integrity of its public servants, the Obama administration raised its hand and extended a big middle finger." • Neo-conservative David French continues : "In the 2016 election cycle, Hillary Clinton received an astounding 95 percent of all federal-employee donations. The Hill created two charts that show the staggering disparity, in total and by department: The danger here isn’t just the kind of naked display of partisan bias that we saw in the Obama IRS. It’s also the emergence of groupthink. As we know from other liberal-dominated enclaves, such as academia and the mainstream media, ideological uniformity can lead to a startling degree of ignorance and incompetence. It’s hard to govern (or educate, or report on) an entire country when you aren’t sufficiently exposed to contrary perspectives and experiences. For more than a year, I’ve been challenging conservative readers to look at Trump’s actions and imagine how they’d react if Democrats were behaving the same way -- to apply the same standards to their team that they’d apply to their opponents. Now, I want to challenge my progressive readers: Consider how you would respond to the federal bureaucracy with the opposite ideological imbalance. Would you have confidence that it would apply the law and Constitution fairly? Would you be alarmed if you found that a senior FBI agent so biased and reckless was playing a key role in the investigation of a Democratic president?" BUT, French lets his neo-conservative colors seep through when he concludes : "It is to Robert Mueller’s credit that he took swift action against Strzok. It’s a problem that, as the Wall Street Journal observes, he 'kept this information from House investigators.' For a critical mass of the public to have confidence in Mueller’s investigation, it must be as transparent and accountable as humanly possible. A proper investigation into Russian interference in our election is vital to the health of our democracy. A biased and opaque probe, however, will do far more harm than good." • David French states the problem and solution as all good neo-conservatives would -- Strzok was a bad apple, but only one bad apple, and good guy Mueller fired him, so let's get on with the Mueller witch hunt -- that French and the rest ofthe #NeverTrump GOP and their ProgDem Swamp buddies call a "probe." • • • MUELLER'S ACTIONS SHOW HIM TO BE A BIASED POLITICAL HACK. American Thinker got it much better on Tuesday when James Lewis wrote an article titled "Mueller's FBI Will Never Recover Its Good Name." Lewis lays out the facts : "Robert Mueller just fired a senior FBI agent for openly twittering against POTUS Trump. But if Mr. Mueller imagines that firing one guy will restore his shredded credibility to the public, fuggedaboudit. The unprecedented witch-hunt against a newly elected Donald Trump will remain green in the public memory for years to come. The FBI and DOJ will therefore have to live with a huge loss of public credibility. The IRS will never recover among Trump voters." • The Mueller FACTS according to Lewis : "Mueller is a partisan hack who saved Bill Clinton after he sold missile launching secrets to China, secrets that may now be helping North Korea to aim nuclear-armed missiles at Washington DC and Paris....The Clintons came out of the old Dixiecrat Machine in Little Rock, Ark, with ole Bill smokin' dope and harassing women to the max, and then came Obama...Obama was mentored by the Godfather of the Chicago Machine, Emil Jones, and Michelle's dad was a ward boss in Chicago. Can you spell C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N? Robert Mueller was set up as the DOJ's choice for Special Prosecutor by James Comey, who just twittered his own delight when he heard that General Michael Flynn has been arm-twisted into revealing confidential communications with the Republican President-Elect of the United States. Trump voters are watching every move as the Swamp burps up another ugly bubble. Since Swamp monsters only read their own PR, they have no idea what you and I understand. That's the trouble with closed cults : Pretty soon they start believing their own propaganda." • Donald Trump "ran with tens of millions of Twitter followers, against Hillary, who was supported by the much-despised media." • "Trump is an international hotel owner who has to know the politics of every country where he builds a hotel. He also ran the Miss Universe beauty pageant and started reality shows like 'The Apprentice.' He knows other big business people around the world, who are often also major politicians. But Trump is obviously a country hick, according to the New York Times and the sophisticates. Using Twitter and Facebook he ran under the media radar in a classical campaign that caught the Swamp with its pants down." • Now Robert Mueller has hired more than a dozen partisan Democratic hacks, mostly Hillary contributors, who were hoping for big jobs in the Hillary regime that never was. They are fired up for revenge against Trump, and just because Mueller fired one FBI guy for speaking out of turn, he will not get a single brownie point from conservatives." • And, sadly, Hugh Hewitt, a conservative gone rogue and now pandering for the Washington Post, wrote a couple days ago that : "If Strzok’s texts reveal deep animus toward Trump or an operational effort to tilt one or more investigations, then all of his actions have to be reviewed to assure the public’s confidence in the bureau. That one or two agents or officials of the bureau are discovered to have been acting from improper motives would be bad enough. To try and sweep those activities under the rug would be worse. Against the backdrop of other recent controversies, it would be disastrous. Step one is a quick publication of the questionable texts. All of them. The public has a right to know what the predicate for Mueller’s extraordinary action was. The public also deserves a detailed account of Strzok’s (and Page’s) duties and authorities during the years in question. If an NBA official was discovered to have purposefully thrown even one game, every game in which he had carried a whistle would be under the microscope. That’s how it works. Unless there’s a coverup....even an out-of-bounds Strzok doesn’t necessarily mean anything about the FBI beyond him. To get to the truth, and restore confidence in federal law enforcement, a special counsel should conduct an inquiry, bring any necessary charges and make a report -- someone without ties to the President or his opponents. They do exist, such men and women. Former federal judges make excellent candidates. But we need one appointed right now." Comparing the NBA judges to the FBI is like comparing the shoemaker's elves to Amazon. Get real -- the FBI is corrupt up to its Swampy neck. • Lewis is right about it all -- except that Mueller will get brownie points from the Neo-Conservatives, starting with the National Review and David French, and, of course, the Progressive lapdog Washiongton Post and Hugh Hewitt -- do we begin to see how endemic the Progressive cabal that Obama and Hillary started is. • • • THE FBI AND DOJ ARE TARNISHED FOREVER. Only a real housecleaning will produce any hope of re-defining them as honest and objective knights of justice and the rule of law. • It must start with Mueller, who will never be respected or trusted. Then, Attorney General Sessions -- if he is still there and has decided to do his job -- will need to open criminal investigations into the lies and illegal acts of the three Swamp Creatures owned by Obama -- Comey, Brennan, and Clapper -- who chose Robert Mueller in collusion with the ProgDems in Congress to become their special counsel sent out as an obedient political hack to destroy Trump. If there are honest FBI employees, and there surely are, they must be made to prove their honesty and objectivity in order ot keep their jobs. The political appointee group shold be fired en-masse -- they are by-and-large Deep State Obama hangers-on who are there to do maximum of damage to President Trump and anyone associated with him. OUT THEY GO. NOW. • • • CONGRESS IS CATCHING ON AND CATCHING UP. House Intelligence Committee chairman Nunes has demanded the emails and related documants and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley seems ready to do the same. The Washington Free Beacon reported on Wednesday that : "Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is stepping up his investigation into liberal bias among FBI agents and Justice Department officials. The Iowa Republican is pressing the FBI for documents related to the activities of FBI agent Peter Strzok following reports that he demonstrated bias against President Trump while playing key roles in investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and in the special counsel probe into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia." Grassley wrote a metter ot new FBI Director Christopher Wray : "The communications between members of the Clinton email investigation team raise questions about the integrity of that investigation and about the objectivity of Mr. Strzok's work for the special counsel and in the FBI's investigation of [former national security adviser Michael] Flynn. Strzok's behavior and involvement in these two politically sensitive cases raises new concerns of inappropriate political influence in the work of the FBI." Grassley's office said on Wednesday that the FBI has failed to comply with previous, broader Senate Judiciary Committee requests that called for records relating to the communications of Stzrok and others. Grassley, in his letter to Wray, said "it appears" that Mueller "may have learned this information from the Office of [Justice Department's] Inspector General's ongoing review of the handling of controversial pre-election activities of the Justice Department and FBI related to the campaign." Grassley said in October that he wrote a letter to Strzok requesting "voluntary cooperation and a private transcribed interview with the committee," but received no reply. Grassley requested in his letter to Wray to view the text messages in question, as well as any additional communications containing favorable or unfavorable statements about Trump or Hillary Clinton and any communications involving Strzok regarding decisions about closing the Clinton investigation or opening the investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government. Grassley gave the FBI until December 11 to hand over the documents related to Strzok. • Another top investigator on Mueller's team is facing new charges of bias against Trump after Judicial Watch on Tuesday released emails showing that the Justice Department attorney had extolled then acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce Trump's travel ban. Andrew Weissmann -- a lawyer know for his brutal tactics and often-overturned-on-appeal lower court victories, the Enron obstruction of justice case against the Arthur Anderson accountign firm that destroyed the company and 10,000 jobs comes to mind -- sent an email to Yates in January, when he was still the chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section, applauding her for refusing to enforce the temporary travel ban on people entering the United States from several predominantly Moslem countries : "I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects." Earlier that day, Trump had fired Yates for refusing to defend the travel ban. The Judicial Watch emails also show strong bias by several other Justice Department employees against Trump's travel ban. Liz Aloi, who was serving as chief of the Justice Department's special financial investigations unit, said Yates was "inspirational and heroic," but she remains the chief of the unit, according to her LinkedIn page. Jeffrey Clair, a Justice Department civil division appellate attorney, thanked Yates and wrote: "I've been in civil/appellate for 30 years and have never seen an administration with such contempt for democratic values and the rule of law. The president's order is an unconstitutional embarrassment and I applaud you for taking a principled stand against defending it." It is unclear if Clair is still working at the Justice Department. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to tell the Washington Free Beacon whether Clair or Aloi are still working for the agency. Judicial Watch -- thank goodness JW exists -- says at least three US attorneys appointed by President Obama also lauded Yates for defying Trump on the travel ban. Trump dismissed all Obama-appointed US attorneys in March. • • • DEAR READERS, James Lewis asked in another article on Wednesday : "How dumb are these people?" These people being the ProgDems. Lewis remended us of yet another Donald Trump truth. Trump said months ago that he "preferred to write with a pen on a paper notepad and send his notes by messenger, rather than trust email. The usual hyenas howled at the moon, the way they do." • But, special counsel Robert Mueller, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page -- we will leave Hillary, Abedin, and the rest of Hillary & Hacks for another time -- should have taken President Trump's advice. Mueller has exposed himself and all the Democrat donors on his Trump probe Hack Pack, thanks to the web. Nine of his anti-Trump political Hack Pack gave money to Obama and Hillary. There is apparently not a one non-partisan or Republican in Mueller’s Hack Pack, not even for appearance's sake. This is not the work of the legal genius Mueller is held out to be. The web has trapped Mueller and his team, but they still don’t seem to understand it. Hack Pack members Strzok and Page were fired in August because they TWEETED their rage at Trump to each other. Vladimir Putin and the Chinese have certainly already read those tweets, and worldwide publication on Wikileaks, or by some sinister hacker in a white mask will surely follow. Mueller fired Strzok and Page, but Mueller “forgot” to tell the Nunes House Intelligence Committee. But, legal genius Mueller also seems to have forgotten that Congress or a court of law can subpoena those tweets. And, Mueller certainly forgot, if he ever knew, that emails and tweets never disappear from the web. They are available to anyone who has the skill and interest in digging them out of the electronic library-in-the-cloud or from the hard disk, unless Hillary has 'Bleached' it. • Contempt of Congress citations are lying in wait if Mueller, the FBI and the DOJ delay or refuse to deliver to Nunes. • If Trump’s lawyers are smart, they should also be demanding to see every single one of the tweets and emails, because by now, the presumption of Mueller / FBI / DOJ objectivity is dead, as in DOA. If Mueller wants to pretend that Trump has done something -- anything -- illegal, Trump can certainly now play that game in return. • In the Watergate tradition, Mueller or his selected Hack Pack cronies have been leaking -- illegally-- to the media regularly, while having the nerve to complain in court that Paul Manafort was writing an op-ed piece to defend himself. That is Mueller's way, says James Lewis, of keeping "the howling mob charged up with regular tidbits, while the designated victims are forced to clam up. Clarence Thomas called it 'a high-tech lynch mob,' and that’s what it is. But they are low-tech minds in a high-tech world." • Even the fact that Peter Strzok himself “examined” Hillary’s thousands of emails and cleared them of any suspicion of wrongdoing, except for “extreme carelessness,” never alerted him to the fact that somebody else could one day examine HIS emails. Nor did then FBI Director Comey, who accepted Strzok’s word and his "extreme carelessness" wording about Hillary’s tens of thousands of emails for Comey’s official FBI report ever think that those government-owned work-product documents so cavalierly exchanged over the Web could also be recovered by non-Swamp investigators. Comey apparently never learns, because last week, when General Flynn was nailed on a technical foul, Comey actually tweeted his congratulations to his old friend Mueller -- and it was public for all to read. Comey even signed his own name. • These are the numbskulls whose job was to protect the United States of America during three administrations. They were the Superstars of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and DOJ. • And, lest we forget, the ProgDem Democratic National Committee was staffed by people who were also electronics idiots. Hillary’s protector from Bernie Sanders, DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, hired her alleged Pakistani 'friend' as the DNC's IT genius and then put him and his family (five Pakistani IT ‘specialists,' including their Moslem mom) in control of the HOUSE Intelligence Committee computer networks. They skipped out to Allahabad when Trump was elected. • Would you trust the DNC or the FBI or the NAS or the DOJ with your web security? Would you trust any of these Swamp Creatures to hold your handbag? No way!! But, they were guarding the Republic. These corrupt ProgDem political bigwigs and Mueller and his Hack Pack are babes in the woods wandering in the forest of the Web Age. OUT. NOW.