Friday, April 20, 2018

Wasserman-Schultz and Her Pakistani IT Thiefs, Comey's Comic Memos, the DNC's Laughably Self-Defeating Lawsuit, and Rudy Giuliani to the Rescue

THE REAL NEWS TODAY IS AN APPALLING STORY OF PROGDEM DERELICTION OF DUTY. It happened in Congress under Debbie Wasserman Schultz's totally "carefree" hiring practices. Wasserman Schultz is the Florida Democrat who was chairman of the Democratic National Committee until removed for aiding Hillary at the expense of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary campaign season. • • • THE AWAN BROTHERS BREACH HOUSE IT. This is not a story that is making mainstream media headlines, but the Daily Caller and WND reported on Friday that : "The father of a Pakistani tech aide to Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other House Democrats transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, according to the father’s former business partner, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported. Investigators already have concluded the congressional IT aide, Imran Awan, and other family members made 'unauthorized access' to House servers while working as highly paid IT administrators for House Democrats until Capitol Police began probing them in early 2017." • WND quotes Daily Caller (DCNF) reporting that : "In the latest development, the former business partner, Rashid Minhas, said Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, reported TheDCNF, which traveled to Faisalabad, Pakistan, for the story. Minhas said Imran Awan bragged he had the power to 'change the US President.' Asked to explain, Minhas said that on one occasion in 2008, Imran Awan’s father gave a USB drive to the Pakistani official, Malik. Imran began working for the House in 2004. Minhas said his brother, Abdul Razzaq, was with Imran’s father when the exchange took place. After Malik received the data, four Pakistani government intelligence agents were with Imran’s father on '24-hour on duty to protect him.' Minhas did not say what was on the USB. Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence, the ISI, often has been accused of supporting al-Qaida while also being a target of jihadists. When the US closed in on Osama bin-Laden, the CIA director at the time, Leon Panetta, said he didn’t warn the ISI about the raid because he feared word might leak to the al-Qaida leader." • WND reported in January that the IT aides sometimes even logged in as congressmen to cover their tracks. Authorities said there is evidence the members’ data may have been aggregated onto one server, which then was physically stolen. The IT staffers -- Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal -- allegedly also ran a ghost employee scheme along with their wives that took in nearly $6 million over the years. After wiring approximately $300,000 to his native Pakistan in July, Imran Awan was arrested by the FBI at Dulles International Airport. He was then indicted on four counts of bank fraud in connection with his wire transfer. He was carrying $12,000 in cash on him at the time of his arrest. • BUT, there have been no criminal charges related to the House IT breach. The indictments of two of the suspects were only for bank fraud, after prosecutors said the suspects transferred money from the House bank to Pakistan and tried to flee the country. • • • WHAT THE DAILY CALLER LEARNED IN PAKISTAN. TheDCNF interviewed numerous residents in Pakistan who interacted with Imran, and reported that the locals said Imran travels with armed Pakistani government officials and often brags of possessing mysterious political power. Minhas said Imran Awan told him : “See how I control White House on my fingertip.” Imran, according to Minhas, said “he can fire the prime minister or change the US President.” Minhas said he didn’t understand all of the seemingly grandiose claims Imran was making until now. The Daily Caller said the claims about the USBs by Minhas could not be confirmed. But numerous Pakistanis familiar with the family confirmed that Haji Ashraf Awan often boasted of his power. “My son own White House in DC,” he would say, according to Minhas. “I am kingmaker.” • • • NO SECURITY CHECKS WERE MADE. In a horrific revelation, WND says : "Last month, congressional documents revealed there were no background checks conducted on the Pakistan-born IT aides." AND, Awan remained on the payroll of Wasserman Schultz -- who was chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee when its IT network was hacked in 2016 -- until he was arrested in July, 2017. Congesswoman Wasserman Schultz insists Awan didn’t have access to any classified information. But, in an interview with WND in October, GOP Representative Steve King, of Iowa, rebutted the former DNC chairwoman’s claims, arguing that Democratic members of Congress who serve on intelligence committees would, by the nature of their work, correspond about sensitive information. King stated : "The argument is that there was no classified information that was compromised or breached -- that’s what they said about Hillary Clinton at first. Some of them -- like Andre Carson who served on the Select Committee on Intelligence -- would have access to the highest level of classified information that we have in the United States Congress.” King said the Democrats essentially surrendered highly classified material to anti-American Pakistani workers who “don’t have allegiance to the United States. The GOP wants to put the government back on its rails again and operating efficiently. Democrats want to pull it down. When we hire people to work in our office, I want to make sure I am looking them in the eye. I want to know who’s doing what work and what they’re going to get paid for that. That’s our jobs to do that. Instead, they are funneling taxpayer dollars to people who, at a minimum, are not natural-born American citizens. If they’re sending money to Pakistan and absconding to Pakistan, they don’t have allegiance to the United States, either.” • King says that the Awans could be just “a crooked family that found a way to scam the House of Representatives and skim wages out," BUT, the worst-case scenario, King argued, is the Pakistani family funneled information or money “into the hands of the Taliban or ISIS.” • In 2017, Wasserman Schultz claimed it was “Islamophobia” that sparked the investigations. • Why is htis not a fornt-page story? Because the MSM is still determined to save the ProgDems and re-instate Hillary after they have destroyed Preisdent Trump and his presidency. • • • DID THE FBI AND DOJ CONSPIRE TO COORDINATE THE HILLARY PROBE? If PAkistani IT employees cna be hired and coddled by the DNC chairwoman in Congress, what other possibilities are there for stupidity and corruption in the rest of the Obama-era ProgDem-led Swamp? • Waht about this? Fox News reported on Thursday that : "Emails reviewed by Fox News from February 2016 suggest the FBI and DOJ worked together to craft a response to a key development in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, amid newly raised Republican concerns about a 'concerning level of coordination' between the two agencies during the probe. The emails concern the period after 22 messages with 'Top Secret' information were found on the former Secretary of State's personal email server. Republican Representative Mark Meadows cited them in a letter earlier this week claiming former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Congress -- in which he downplayed FBI-DOJ coordination on the Clinton case -- may be at odds with documents suggesting 'frequent' coordination. Comey specifically said in public testimony that he did not coordinate with the DOJ for his July 2016 public recommendation not to pursue charges against Clinton. Meadows, however, pointed to a series of messages he claims indicate potential coordination at several 'crucial moments of the investigation' -- including the July statement and the period in February. While the FBI is part of the Justice Department and communication between the two agencies is inevitable, Meadows’ letter also suggests some at the FBI were concerned about the perception it was not acting independently in a politically explosive case." • The February messages reviewed by Fox News start on February 8, 2016, when Gregory Starr, then the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, told FBI Head of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap that the State Department was prepared to punish those responsible for the misplaced messages. Starr wrote to Priestrap : "The Department of State is prepared to take appropriate administrative action for any instances of mishandling of classified information in accordance with our own internal processes." But, Starr said that State didn't want to hinder the ongoing FBI investigation and, if instructed, would postpone the "administrative action" over the emails until after the bureau's case had concluded. Fox reports that : "Five days later, on February 13, an unidentified senior Justice Department official wrote to FBI agent Peter Strzok, Jonathan Moffa of the FBI’s criminal division and the bureau's Office of General Counsel, as well as members of the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia. 'Wanted to make sure that DOJ is kept in the loop as response is drafted,' wrote the unnamed official in the Justice Department's National Security Division. 'We have discussed a bit more here at CES and have some additional thoughts on the best response on the admin action question. Can we make sure we discuss as a group as response is put together?' " • Fox says "CES" probably refers to the DOJ's "counterintelligence and export control section," led by David Laufman, who left the department this February citing personal reasons. • The upshot of this correspondence is, according to Fox, that : "The State Department took no immediate administrative action over the 22 'Top Secret' emails on Clinton's email server. Many of those involved in the matter had left the department by the time the FBI investigation closed in July 2016." • This is what Representative Meadows wants to be investigated. And, he has support from House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, who on Wednesday asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to review allegations of coordination between the FBI and the Justice Department in the Clinton investigation." • There is coordination, and there is something that exceeds coordination and approaches a barely veiled effort of the DOJ, FBI and State Department to provide cover for the misuse of classified 'Top Secret' matrials by State Department employees during the period when the FBI had an ongoing criminal investigation into Hillary's misuse of her own classified materials by running them through her unsecured secret email server. That sounds a lot like corrupt conspiring to shield Hillary during an investigation that has more and more earmarks of a 'done deal' to excuse her illegal acts. • • • McCABE IS ON THE HOT SEAT. Media reports on Thursday revealed that some weeks ago, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz issued a criminal referral to the US Attorney's Office in Washington, DC, related to fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for McCabe, confirmed on Thursday. That McCabe was informed of the referral "within the past few weeks." Bromwich called it "unjustified" and noted that "the standard for an IG referral is very low." • TheHill reported that : "It is not clear whether the US attorney's office has acted on the referral, which came after the inspector general concluded that McCabe had lied to internal investigators and former FBI Director James Comey over his contacts with the media during the 2016 election. Referrals don't guarantee charges will be brought or require prosecutors to act in any way. McCabe and his lawyers have met with staff members from the US Attorney's Office, Bromwich said." TheHill said spokesmen for Horowitz's office, the US attorney's office and the Justice Department all declined to comment. • At its simplest, the McCabe criminal referral is related IG Horowitz's scathing report that found McCabe's conduct at the FBI unacceptable both legally and in relation to FBI regulations, alleging that McCabe authorized a leak to the media in order to "advance his personal interests" and then misled internal investigators and Comey about the matter. • TheHill said that : "A group of 11 House conservatives recently issued their own referral on McCabe -- and a large group of other Obama-era officials -- asking for an investigation into whether McCabe committed perjury and other crimes.That referral was made to AttorneyGeneral Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Utah US Attorney John Huber. • • • OH, THOSE COMEY MEMOS. For many months, the Swamp has been sure htat whatever was in the Comey memos would lead to President Trump being charged with obstruction of justice and impeachment. Boy, were they wrong. At least as to the four memos released on Thursday -- uncassified although the FBI said soon after the memos were leaked by Comet ot his law prefessor friend without a security clearance that all such memos are routinely regarded as classified. Here is the "loyalty" part of the Comey memo obtained by Fox News -- eight days after he was sworn in as President, Trump told then-FBI Director James Comey during a one-on-one dinner at the White House that he "needed loyalty and expected loyalty," according to Comey's memo, made following their conversation. Comey wrote that he "did not reply, or even nod or change my facial expression, which [Trump] noted because we came back to it later." (2018-4-19 Comey Memo). At a later point, Comey wrote that Trump told him, "I need loyalty." "I replied that he would always get honesty from me," said Comey. "[Trump] paused and said that's what he wants, 'honest loyalty.' I replied, 'you will get that from me.' Comey wrote, "It is possible we understood that phrase differently," as a parenthetical, "but I chose to understand it as consistent with what I had said throughout the conversation: I will serve the President with loyalty to the office, the country, and the truth. I decided it would not be productive to push the subject further." • This Comey note is rather like telling your waiter that you need to be out in an hour, asking hm to be sure it will be possible, and the waiter guaranteeing that it will be. Obstruction ??? No. AND, there is one more point to be made -- what President would ever want his senior staff to be naything but "loyal"? Would any President say, "come on in and work for me, I don't care whether you're loyal or not." Are we really haggling over this as a matter rising to the level of obstruction of justice?? • Fox relates anoterh part of the Comey-Trump conversation : "During their dinner in the Green Room, Comey wrote that Trump 'thought maybe he should ask me to investigate' salacious allegations raised in a Dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele 'to prove [the dossier] was a lie.' Comey wrote that 'it was up to [Trump], but I wouldn't want to create a narrative that we were investigating him, because we are not and I worried such a thing would be misconstrued.'....More than two months later, on March 30, Fox News noted that : "Comey wrote that Trump had called him and pressed the FBI director to make public that the President was not under investigation over contacts between Russian officials and members of his campaign. 'I reminded [Trump] that I had told him we weren't investigating him and that I had told the Congressional leadership the same thing,' Comey wrote. '[Trump] said it would be great if that could get out and several times asked me to find a way to get that out.' Comey says Trump emphasized his request again at the end of their conversation, writing that the President 'hoped I could find a way to get out that he wasn't being investigated. I told him I would see what we could do and that we would do the work well and as quickly as we could.' Trump called Comey again on April 11 to ask 'if I did what he had asked last time -- getting out that he personally is not under investigation.' Comey says he advised Trump to have White House Counsel Don McGahn call then-Acting Attorney General Dana Boente to request that such a statement be made. After Trump said he would do so, Comey said the President told him, 'I have been very loyal to you, very loyal, we had that thing, you know.' I did not reply, or ask him what he meant by 'that thing,' wrote Comey, who added that as Trump ended the call, Trump told him he was 'doing a great job and wished me well.' " • Here, we have a US President who wants the world to know that he is not under investigation. That seems like a very reasonable request to make to his FBI Director. At first, we might conclude that Comey didn't do it because President Trump was under investigation and FBI rules forbid talking about open investigations. BUT, we know that isn't true because Comey, himself, told Trump he was not under investigation -- so, later, did special counsel Mueller's staff and Deputy AG Rosenstein. THEN, why did Comey fail to provide an outlet for this information when asked by his President? Could it be that Comey was hoping by his silence to infer that President Trump was under investigation, despite his and Rosenqtein's and Mueller's assurances, continuing until today, that the President is NOT under investigation. Consider this chain of events -- on Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Rosenstein told Trump that he was not being targeted in the wider Mueller probe. Asked on Wednesday if he was considering removing Rosenstein or Mueller, Trump simply noted that they're "still here. They’ve been saying I’m going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months. And they’re still here. We want to get the investigation over with, done with, put it behind us. And we have to get back to business.” AND, then Comey once more tried to point an accusing finger at the President. In an interview on Thursday with CNN, Comey addressed the reports about Rosenstein's reported conversation with Trump, saying : "I don’t know what it means. It’s a fairly standard part of any investigation, trying to decide whether a person you’re encountering is a witness, a subject or a target. A target is someone on whom the investigation, the grand jury has developed...evidence sufficient to charge. Witness is somebody who has nothing to do with any exposure and a subject is everybody in the middle. So, I don’t know the context in which the Deputy Attorney General did that, but that’s the general framework." • Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson knows what the Comey memos mean. She wrote : "[Comey] chose not to memorialize conversations with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe or others, but he immediately began to memorialize conversations with President Trump....It is significant former Director Comey made no effort to memorialize conversations w/ former Attorney General Lynch despite concerns apparently significant enough to warrant his unprecedented appropriation of the charging decision away from her and the [Justice Dept]." • Is this the Deep State at work?? You bet it is. • • • BRING IN THE CLOWNS -- THE DNC CLOWNS, THAT IS. In breaking news on Friday evening, Fox News announced that the Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit over election interference. The DNC multi-million dollar lawsuit alleges conspiracy by the Trump campaign, Russia, and WikiLeaks to sway the 2016 election -- a widespread conspiracy to tilt the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor. Calling it an “all-out assault on our democracy,” the Democratic National Committee filed the civil suit in federal district court in Manhattan. The suit amounts to another legal broadside related to the 2016 race, on top of the special counsel's ongoing Russia probe and the FBI raid on Trump's personal attorney last week. • The DNC filing says : "The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery : the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the Presidency." It claims that Trump campaign officials worked in tandem with the Russian government and its military spy agency to bring down Hillary Clinton by hacking into the computer networks of the DNC and spreading stolen material. • DNC Chairman Tome Perez issued a statement : “During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign.” Perez called the alleged collusion “an act of unprecedented treachery.” • Fox News reported that : "The suit names several Trump campaign aides who met with Russian nationals during the campaign, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign chair Paul Manafort and campaign deputy Rick Gates." The lawsuit claims that : "In 2016, individuals tied to the Kremlin notified the Trump campaign that Russia intended to interfere with our democracy. Through multiple meetings, emails, and other communications, these Russian agents made clear that their government supported Trump and was prepared to use stolen emails and other information to damage his opponent and the Democratic Party.” The suit also claims Wikileaks founder Julian Assange “shared the defendants’ common goal of damaging the Democratic Party in advance of the election.” The suit states Russia, using WikiLeaks, would disseminate information stolen from the DNC “at times when it would best suit the Trump campaign.” • Brad Parscale, campaign manager of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., slammed the suit as “frivolous” and predicted it would eventually be dismissed. Parscale said in a statement : “This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and nearly insolvent Democratic Party. With the Democrats’ conspiracy theories against the President’s campaign evaporating as quickly as the failing DNC’s fundraising, they’ve sunk to a new low to raise money, especially among small donors who have abandoned them.” • President Trump has stronglyn repeatedly denied colluding with the Russians. On Thursday, he cited the newly released memos from former FBI boss James Comey to assert his innocence and decry the Russia probe itself : "James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classified information. WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue?" • While the FBI recently raided Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen’s home, office and hotel room to seize a collection of documents, a source said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured that Trump was not a target of that probe. • Trump’s legal team, meanwhile, is expanding with the addition of former federal prosecutor and New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is vowing to seek a swift resolution to the special counsel probe. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have both been charged by the Southern Dsitrict of New York in a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, but nothing in the charges relates to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. • The DNC lawsuit could be hard to pursue against Russia -- suing a foreign country is typically rejected by US courts because other nations have immunity from most US lawsuits. However, the suit argues that Russia shouldn’t be entitled to sovereign immunity because the “DNC claims arise out of Russia’s trespass on to the DNC’s private order to steal trade secrets and commit economic espionage.” • Fox News reminded us that : "The Democratic Party used a similar tactic during the Watergate scandal in 1972. The DNC sued former President Richard Nixon’s reelection committee for $1 million in damages for the bungled burglary at the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building. Former DNC chair Lawrence O’Brien reached a $750,000 settlement from the Nixon campaign on the day Nixon left office." • There is clearly no end to the Democrat obsession about seeing Donald Trump in the presidency while their beloved Crooked Hillary flogs her book "What Happened." AND, do the Democrats really want all their 2016 dirty presidential campaign laundry laid out in a court of law??? • • • CAN RUDY GIULIANI SORT IT ALL OUT? Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will join the Trump legal team to help negotiate an end to the Mueller probe. Fox News confirmed this on Thursday. Giuliani, who has been close friends with Trump for years and reportedly was under consideration for a cabinet post, told the Washington Post that he joined the team with the intent of bringing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe to a conclusion : “I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the President and for Bob Mueller.” Mueller, Giuliani told the WP, should be left to complete his investigation. "My advice on Mueller has been this : He should be allowed to do his job, he’s entitled to do his job.” • Before he was elected mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, Giuliani served as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1983 to 1999. • Jay Sekulow, anotehr of Trump's legal team, issued a statement saying : "The President said, ‘Rudy is great. He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.’ I have had the privilege of working with Mayor Giuliani for many years, and we welcome his expertise. Mayor Giuliani expressed his deep appreciation to the President for allowing him to assist in this important matter. In a statement, Mayor Giuliani said, ‘It is an honor to be a part of such an important legal team, and I look forward to not only working with the President but with Jay, Ty, and their colleagues.’ " • • • DEAR READERS, Rudy Giuliani was a steadfast supporter of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign and became an often-sought-out vocal advocate for candidate Trump. Giuliani was reportedly being considered for Secretary of State following Trump's victory, and said at the time he wasn't interested in becoming Trump's Attorney General. In retrospect, if Rudy had taken the job of Attorney General, for which he is eminently qualified, things could have looked a lot different in April 2018. Jeff Sessions continues to disappoint because he focuses only on immigration and other legal issues that his staff should be handling, with Sessions giving public encouragement. On the only legal issue that really matters to the future of the Republic, not to mention the future of the Trump presidency, Sessions has conveniently recused himself, after taking Deep State DOJ legal advice. The single most important legal issue is thus without a guardian, or a spokesman, or a chief lawyer driving its progress and corraling the special prosecutor when he overreaches. Worse, Sessions has allowed the Deep State DOJ to stonewall Congress in its attempts to understand the entire Steele Russia Dossier set of allegations and their ramifications for the rule of law. • So, it is with great relief and renewed hope that we welcome Rudy Giuliani to the arena. Rudy Giuliani's presence will go a long way in resolving the mess that the Steele Dossier's use by the Deep State has caused. We wish him the best in his effort to bring this sad chapter in American history to a fair and swift close.

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