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  • FBI Stonewalls Corruption Probe
  • Dems Are Shocked to Learn that Federal Government Runs a Deficit
  • Trump, the Ultimate Talking Head
  • Celebrity Perv Apology Generator
  • Media breathlessness; media wishful thinking [UPDATED][With Comment By John]

FBI Stonewalls Corruption Probe

Posted: 02 Dec 2017 04:05 PM PST

(John Hinderaker)The Obama administration corrupted everything it touched, including the FBI. A scandal is brewing, and the FBI, predictably, is responding with the Obama playbook: it is stonewalling. Byron York has the story:

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued an angry demand to the FBI and Department of Justice to explain why they kept the committee in the dark over the reason Special Counsel Robert Mueller kicked a key supervising FBI agent off the Trump-Russia investigation.

Stories in both the Washington Post and New York Times on Saturday reported that Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the original FBI investigation into the Trump-Russia matter, and then a key role in Mueller’s investigation, and who earlier had played an equally critical role in the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation, was reassigned out of the Mueller office because of anti-Trump texts he exchanged with a top FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was having an extramarital affair.

I think everyone understands that Mueller’s investigation is a politically motivated farce, but confirmation of the fact would no doubt embarrass the Democrats. Hence the FBI’s effort to hush up the Strzok scandal.

The Post reported that Strzok and Page exchanged text messages that “expressed anti-Trump sentiments and other comments that appeared to favor Clinton.”

Word of the messages and the affair were news to Nunes, even though the committee had issued a subpoena that covered information about Strzok’s demotion more than three months ago.

Anyone who expects the FBI to respond honestly to Congressional subpoenas hasn’t been paying attention.

“By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility,” Nunes said in a statement Saturday afternoon. “This is part of a months-long pattern by the DOJ and FBI of stonewalling and obstructing this committee’s oversight work, particularly oversight of their use of the Steele dossier. At this point, these agencies should be investigating themselves.”

The FBI, thoroughly politicized under the leadership of Robert Mueller and James Comey, has lost the confidence of the American people. I have recommended that President Trump appoint a special prosecutor to look into the conduct of Mueller and Comey, among others, in the Uranium One matter. The Strzok scandal suggests that the inquiry should be framed more broadly.

One thing I don’t understand, however. Why doesn’t President Trump simply appoint a strong conservative with an undoubted commitment to the rule of law–like, say, Jeff Sessions–Attorney General? If we had someone like Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, he could simply order the FBI to respond completely and promptly to Congressional subpoenas and fire anyone who fails to follow that directive.

  

Dems Are Shocked to Learn that Federal Government Runs a Deficit

Posted: 02 Dec 2017 03:43 PM PST

(John Hinderaker)It is comical to see Democrats feigning outrage over the claim (likely false) that the GOP tax reform plan will add to the national debt. Talk about a head-snapping about face! Where was the Dems’ concern about debt when the Obama administration ran up $10 trillion of it?

The fertile mind of Michael Ramirez has spawned not one, but two cartoons on the subject: First (click to enlarge):

And second:

  

Trump, the Ultimate Talking Head

Posted: 02 Dec 2017 12:38 PM PST

(Steven Hayward)This is the best video of the week, by far, and I’m in awe of what it took to piece it together. And “Once in a Lifetime” is a fitting song title for Trump, no? (more…)

  

https://youtu.be/nSuregWhlWk

Celebrity Perv Apology Generator

Posted: 02 Dec 2017 11:59 AM PST

(Steven Hayward)Just what we need to go along with the indispensable Thomas Friedman Op/Ed Generator at this current moment: the Celebrity Perv Apology Generator, which will cough up fake but accurate assortments like this:

As the father of daughters, I am deeply ashamed (but not “sorry” because that means I’m guilty of something). I comforted myself by saying that at least I asked before I “honked” her boobs and demanded she watch me shower, and of course now I realize my behavior was wrong. In conclusion, I will wait 2-3 years before reappearing in film and TV and just sort of hope you all forget about this.

Just keep clicking the “Try Again” button till you come to one that fits the person you have in mind. Like this:

As a male feminist, the allegations against me are troubling. I was intoxicated at the time, and of course now I realize my behavior was wrong. In conclusion, I will devote my life to finding the real Golden Globes party molester.

  

Media breathlessness; media wishful thinking [UPDATED][With Comment By John]

Posted: 02 Dec 2017 09:51 AM PST

(Paul Mirengoff)Yesterday, ABC News reported that a confidant of Michael Flynn said Flynn is prepared to testify that Donald Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the campaign. Later, ABC News was forced to correct the story.

It stated that its source “later clarified that during the campaign, Trump assigned Flynn and a small circle of other senior advisers to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots” not to contact Russian officials. “It was shortly after the election, that President-elect Trump directed Flynn to contact Russian officials on topics that included working jointly against ISIS.” (Emphasis added)

In other words, candidate-Trump acted as one would expect a candidate holding his substantive views about Russia to do. And president-elect-Trump acted as one would expect a president-elect holding his substantive views about Russia and ISIS to do.

ABC News issued the correction in an online story. Its television viewership was left to believe the erroneous original report.

Good faith error or wishful thinking? You decide.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post provided a breathless (literally, I would say) video by Amber Phillips about the Flynn plea (see below). Her thesis is that Robert Mueller allowed Flynn to plead way down to a relatively minor offense compared to what he’s been investigated for and that Mueller almost certainly did so because Flynn offered him substantial testimony against others.

These are reasonable suppositions. However, because there is no suggestion by Mueller that Flynn committed a crime by talking to the Russians after the election, it’s highly unlikely that anyone else in Trump’s circle (or Trump himself) will be charged with such a crime.

So what did Flynn offer Mueller in exchange for his cooperation? Perhaps testimony that contradicts statements others have made to investigators.

Which others? I don’t know. But for what it’s worth, I’m guessing that the person with the most to worry about is Jared Kushner, of whom Flynn is said not to be fond.

UPDATE: Some observers may be overstating the amount of leverage Mueller had over Flynn. President Trump’s power to pardon the retired General or to commute his sentence may have reduced Mueller’s leverage.

The main source of Mueller’s leverage was probably financial. Flynn is said to be running out of funds with which to defend himself and his son from the wrath of Robert Mueller.

JOHN adds: I think the reason Mueller charged Flynn only with relatively petty offenses is that his investigation hasn’t turned up anything more substantial. My guess is, it’s as simple as that. I agree that any cooperation Flynn renders will relate to statements made by others to the FBI since there was never any crime to investigate in the first place. It is remarkable that the Democrats have, so far, gotten away with this.

  

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