The Political Insider has a post up summarizing the various reporting that is being leaked out to prepare the faithful for the disappointment of a nothing burger report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump Investigation.
One of the scams that VelvetRevolution.US, the 501(c)4(4) not-for-profit Brett Kimberlin runs which is now known as Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc., used to run involved offering a $100,000 reward for evidence of election fraud and to seek donations to fund said reward. Here’s an example from the 2016 election season.
No such reward has been offered for information about elections fraud occurring during the 2017 Alabama special senatorial election or the 2018 elections. I find that interesting when considered along with the admission by Brett Kimberlin’s associate Matt Osborne that he was a part of the Alabama Dry fake Russian bot operation.
POE/EMPR is still has a $!00k reward posted, but it isn’t election related. The latest reward is offered for information that Brett Kavanaugh committed perjury during his confirmation hearings. I suppose that has the advantage of being a reward that will never have to be paid but that still might stir up a donation or two—and it doesn’t call attention to what Kimberlin’s associates have been doing under cover.
Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin had a busy 2016. Here are some interesting happenings from that year—
22 April, 2016: Kimberlin v. McConnell, et al. LOLsuit filed seeking a determination that “Defendants Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley have waived the Senate’s right to advise and consent with regard to the nomination of Merrick Garland.” Paragraph 1 states that “Plaintiff’s work includes seeking redress in federal court for violations of his civil and statutory rights.”
28 August, 2016: manafortwatch dot org website becomes active.
23 September, 2016: Last post made to manafortwatch dot org.
28 September, 2016: Last Russian hacking story prior to the 2016 election posted at protectourelections dot org.
13 October, 2016: Brett Kimberlin testifies under oath: “Right now, I’m working with Congress members on legislation to protect the vote. I’m working with the Department of Justice right now to protect the, this coming election. There’s been a lot of information about hacking by Russians.”
31 October, 2016: Kimberlin v. Breitbart Holdings, et al. filed, a sealed LOLsuit seeking damages under 42 U.S.C. 1983, a civil rights statute. Other defendants included Stephen Bannon, the estate of Jerry Barnes, and Kenneth Trigoning. Barnes had been the State’s Attorney for Carroll County Maryland. Trigonning is a retired Carroll County Sheriff.
8 November, 2016: Hillary Clinton loses the election.
17 November, 2016: $100,000 “reward” offered by the protectourelections dot org website for evidence of election fraud.
Not everything proceeded as he had foreseen.
I’m scheduled from 7:40 to 8:00 this morning on Fault Lines with Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan.
The House Judiciary Committee has released the transcript of the second day of its recent interview with James Comey. It’s available here. I found the following exchange which begins on p. 160 interesting. (Mr. [ ] is a representative of the FBI whose name has been redacted by the Committee.)
Chairman Goodlatte. Mr. Comey did any country other than Russia attempt to influence the 2016 election?
[Discussion off the record.]
Mr. Comey. I don’t think I can answer that, Mr. Chairman.
Chairman Goodlatte. And what’s the reason?
Mr. Comey. I believe that’s across the line the FBI told me to steer — stay on one side of.
Chairman Goodlatte. We need a reason why the FBI told you to steer clear of that.
Mr. [ ]. First, I think it is impacting the Special Counsel’s Office purview; and, second of all, if you’re going so far as to ask who were those investigations may be on, we —
Chairman Goodlatte. I haven’t asked that yet.
Mr. [ ]. I understand that. I just don’t want the witness to blurt something out either.
Chairman Goodlatte. He doesn’t seem disposed to blurt things out. He can answer a straightforward question of, did any country other than Russia attempt to influence the 2016 election?
Mr. Comey. So I can give you this answer. One of the things I don’t want to do is give adversaries — we’re in an unclassified setting — an idea of what we didn’t know as well as know, so the answer would be I believe so — nations other than Russia.
Chairman Goodlatte. Did the FBI have any evidence that another country was attempting to influence Hillary Clinton or hermPresidential campaign?
Mr. Comey. Mr. Chairman, I want to be careful answering that question because, again, I don’t want to give — a negative answer or a positive answer will give information to an adversary that I don’t want to give them, and so I’m sure the FBI maybe could arrange for a briefing of you on that, sir, but I don’t think I can responsibly answer that in an open setting.
But CNN, et al. are telling us this is disastrous for Flynn and the President …I think I’ll wait to see how this sorts out in the real world. Meanwhile, if the Gentle Reader would like to see what the Special Counsel filed with the court, it’s posted here.
As my podcasting partner Stacy McCain and I were saying on last night’s episode of The Other Podcast, there’s some interesting connections starting to pop up. The Creepy Porn Lawyer Michael Avenatti has tweeted out that he’s representing Democrat activist Alexandra Chalupa, citing a Vox story trying to tie recent reporting on Chalupa’s work for the DNC to a suggestion in the summer of 2017 by Paul Manafort to “target Alexandra Chalupa, a political strategist and consultant for the DNC, for allegedly working with Ukrainian officials to hurt Trump’s candidacy.”
News of Chalupa’s activities broke much earlier. The Daily Caller ran a story connecting her and her anti-Trump efforts with Brett Kimberlin in March, 2017. The Kimberlin-run Manafort Watch website was put up in August, 2016, when Chalupa was taking particular interest in Paul Manafort. The site is still live, although nothing new has been posted there since September, 2016.
Curiouser and curiouser.