Woodward and Berstein: Call your office

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“He got caught, OBAMAGATE!” President Trump tweeted over the weekend. This was in response to the revelation that Barack Obama knew about the effort by his administration to get General Michael Flynn.

Trump made the remark in retweeting this Michael Nöthem tweet:

Barack Hussain Obama is the first Ex-President to ever speak against his successor, which was long tradition of decorum and decency. Should anyone really be surprised?

Barack was no ordinary president. He was a radical , Third World revolutionary. His intent was not to preside over the government and lead the country but to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”

That means anything goes: decorum and decency are laughbable concepts. He used the IRS to attack is opponents and the FBI to spy on unfaborable journalists. His followers have lost perspective and even sanity.

Here’s an example. Joshua A. Geltzer, executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, previously was senior director for counterterrorism and deputy legal adviser at the National Security Council, wrote this for CNN:

Regardless of who runs in 2020, if Trump loses, will he leave the Oval Office peacefully? In light of these overreaching assertions of his own authority, it’s at least plausible that Trump might attempt to cling to power in ways previously unimaginable by an American president. Our civilian and uniformed Defense Department leaders have a role to play. … imagine … Trump refusing to leave office. In those circumstances, the military would no longer owe its loyalty to Donald Trump as of noon on January 20, 2021. And it’s worth asking the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,to affirm that they understand that and would act consistently with it.

Madness. Especially in light of what is factual: Obama physically left the White House but wages war on its new occupant. Andrew McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has more.

~ Adonic

Christopher Wray: the FBI’s insider fixer

wrayDonald Trump has trouble hiring good people. My theory is that in his corporate life he could take a chance on someone and dump them if they didn’t perform.

Doesn’t work that way in Washington, as Jeff Sessions demonstrated. Now The Donald is stuck with Chrisopher Wray. Didn’t Trump know about this:

He was born to privilege with a silver spoon in his mouth and is now worth $23 million to $42 million.

Wray was Assistant Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey.

While heading the Criminal Division, Wray oversaw prominent fraud investigations, including Enron. The Enron task force was led by Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s chief lieutenant. Unsealed records in the Enron case expose efforts by Weissmann to intimidate witnesses and to interfere in the attorney-client relationship of a cooperating witness.

He has professional associations with many Trump critics.

Wray joined King & Spalding in 2005 as a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Atlanta offices.

In 2018, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates rejoined the firm’s Special Matters and Government practice group as a partner. Trump removed Yates after she instructed Justice Department attorneys not to defend his immigration order. She has since emerged as a vocal critic of the administration.

Just this year, Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who initiated and oversaw the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller, joined  King & Spalding LLP as part of their special matters and government investigations team,

His words an actions point to his bias.

Wray pushed back critics who say the FBI is part of the “Deep State,” saying the characterization is “affront” to bureau employees.

He sat on documents revealing that the FBI set up General Flynn. “Where’s Christopher Wray?” Rep Jim Jordan asked. “Why didn’t we learn any of this from him?”

Wray resisted pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to replace the bureau’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, who was fired for leaking to the press.

He referred to the FBI’s numerous illegal actions regarding FISA as “multiple omissions and misstatements.” He refused to even refer to the FBI misconduct as deceptions. Wray promised he would send a message to the entire FBI workforce reminding employees of the importance of adhering to accuracy procedures.

When Attorney General William Barr recently agreed there had been “spying” on the Trump campaign, Christopher Wray told senators “that’s not the term I would use.”  As the FBI boss explained, “lots of people have different colloquial phrases.”

He is fighting to keep the thousands of outstanding text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page under wraps until after the 2020 election.

“Perhaps the president thought he had better things to do than face another interminable nomination battle for a new director,” columnist Roger Simon writes. “Or perhaps he was trying to co-opt Wray. But if the FBI is meant to come back, proudly or otherwise, Christopher Wray is not the man. He is part of the problem.”

~ Eustace

Is the noose tightening on the spygate plotters?

Certainly there has been an uptick in news about the attempted coup d’etat.

First, attorney general William Barr made a strong pronouncement, perhaps to prepare the battlefield.

Barr says evidence from Durham investigation is ‘far more troubling’ than mistakes or sloppiness

“My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness. There is something far more troubling here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. And if people broke the law, and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted.”

U.S. Attorney John Durham, appointed by Barr to lead the investigation, has been busy.

Durham Has Subpoenaed, Questioned Witnesses Before a D.C. Grand Jury

Durham has been subpoenaing witnesses and that several have already appeared before the grand jury. (It was reported recently that Durham had driven down to Washington, D.C. in March because the investigation was ongoing, but there had been no reference to what specifically was the reason for his trip.) Journalist John Solomon said, “I’ve seen some evidence of the grand jury work [Durham’s] in the last four, five, six weeks.”

Obama’s CIA director, John Bennan, is apparently the focus.

John Brennan Is Main Focus of Durham Investigation – Intel Officers Have Already Testified
brennan durhamFormer US Attorney Joe diGenova:  “One of the more interesting revelations is what I have confirmed with my sources, is that John Brennan is in fact the focus, the main focus of the investigation.  And, a number of former intelligence officers have been interviewed and apparently testified about a series of questions involving the production of the famous assessment done after the election which of course was a phony assessment.”

Finally, irony of ironies, we’re learning that the whole spygate operation was a Russian disinformation campaign.

FBI’s ‘central evidence’ To Spy On Trump Campaign Was Russian Disinformation, Declassified IG Footnotes Reveal

putinPartially declassified footnotes from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s FBI report reveal that the most ‘central and essential’ evidence to justify surveillance of short term Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page was based on Russian disinformation, according to newly declassified footnotes.

Oh, Vladimir, you devil, you.

~ Pelion

J. Edgar Hoover, call your office

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Here’s what we know about James Brien Comey Jr. He’s 6’8″ tall. He’s a sagittarius. His college thesis was on Reinhold Niebuhr and the televangelist Jerry Falwell. He will break the law if it’s to his political advantage. He is a pathological liar. Oh, and he was director of the FBI.

We’ve known for quite a while that Comey leaked classified information to the press. This week, the New York Times reported that prosecutors are looking into it.  Notice the wording:

“An inquiry into years-old disclosures of classified information is highly unusual and leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work.”

Emphasis mine. I’m not sure why the Times bothered to report it — editorialize on it, actually.

Here’s one theory. The The Conservative Treehouse blog, written anonymously by someone who calls himself Sundance and who some thing is a Mark Bradman of Florida, speculates that the Justice Department leaked this to the Times to deflect criticism for doing nothing on the coup against Trump.

” .. is this simply chaff and countermeasures intended to keep the heat off corruption monitors Bill Barr and John Durham? People are rightly skeptical of this latest report as all prior reports of Comey misconduct have been summarily dismissed by current DOJ corruption monitors.

“Is this latest leak about yet another Comey investigation simply an effort by the DOJ to deflect and isolate themselves from anger and frustration while President Trump is going through an impeachment trial? Given the history, the possibility cannot easily be dismissed.”

If that’s the case, why would the New York Times do something to help Bill Barr?

~ Excursus

And to All a Good Night!

Merry Christmas, John Brennan! John H. Durham, the United States attorney leading the investigation, has requested former CIA Director John Brennan’s emails, call logs and other documents from the C.I.A., according to a person briefed on his inquiry. He wants to learn what Mr. Brennan told other officials, including the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, about his and the C.I.A.’s views of a notorious dossier of assertions about Russia and Trump associates.

Merry Christmas, James Comey! When your best explanation for humiliating failures is that you were incompetent, not criminal, you are in trouble. When your defense is that underlings are to blame, you can expect them to bite back. That’s the situation facing James Comey, former FBI director. Not that Comey made those mistakes himself, mind you. Mere sloppiness by others, he says. That’s his new story.

Merry Christmas, James Clapper! The former director of National Intelligence under the Obama administration is widely believed to be one of the sleazy political operatives involved in the creation and dissemination of the now discredited ‘Steele dossier,’ which was one of the pretexts for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Judicial Watch is still after him for that one, and is seeking all of his correspondence with former Obama administration CIA director John Brennan.

Merry Christmas, Robert Mueller! Republican lawmakers allege Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have perjured himself before Congress in his sworn testimony last month with an untruthful answer about why he held an earlier press briefing. Recently released court documents suggest Mueller may have made his surprise appearance before the press in Washington on May 29 as damage control after a federal judge privately threatened to hold his team in criminal contempt of court over what she called misleading language in his final report about Russian government interference in the 2016 election.

Merry Christmas, Barack Obama! Former President Barack Obama may have been aware the FBI was surveilling Donald Trump’s presidential campaign based on Russian election interference claims, the newly released audit by the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed. Obama’s former Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Yates suggested the FBI may have briefed the White House on Crossfire Hurricane or the Carter Page FISA. Crossfire Hurricane refers to the codename for the counterintelligence probe undertaken by the FBI in 2016 and 2017 into alleged linked between Trump associates and his campaign and Russia.

~ Jac Tancy