Overnight, the FBI completed its expanded investigation relating to the Kavanaugh nomination and delivered its report to the White House. The report was forwarded to the Senate Judiciary Committee and is being made available to Senators for review. The White House has stated that the report contains nothing that should stop the nomination. Assuming that the Democrats can’t figure out how to spin some information in the report, we should expect some of them to criticize the FBI for delivering a report that does not support their position. (“Too hasty.” “Arbitrary time constraints.” “Yada, yada, yada”)
Given that the President has been criticizing the FBI for going on two years now, I suppose the pending criticism from the Democrats will be an example of what passes for bipartisanship these days. Mitch McConnell is scheduling the cloture vote on the nomination for Friday. We’re almost done.
Meanwhile, the Democrats’ overreach, especially during last week’s hearing, appears to have backfired. Not only did they wind up energizing the likes of Lindsey Graham, they’ve stirred up the Republican voter base. (My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has more about that here.) A large turnout of Republican voters next month could turn a blue wave red.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
And so has Peter Strrzok. Paul Mirengoff reports over at PowerLine that Strzok was escorted out of the FBI Building yesterday.
Andrew McCabe is out as Deputy Director of the FBI. Ace of Spades HQ reports McCabe Out “Stepped Down?” Or “Removed”?
Zero Hedge reports that John Podesta’s best friend in the Justice Department will oversee the further investigation of Huma Abedin’s emails.
Kadzik… Kadzik… where have we heard that name?
Oh yes. Recall our post from last week, “Clinton Campaign Chair Had Dinner With Top DOJ Official One Day After Hillary’s Benghazi Hearing” in which we reported that John Podesta had dinner with one of the highest ranked DOJ officials the very day after Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony?
It was Peter Kadzik.
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There was a post up briefly at HuffPo over the weekend claiming that the FBI was ready to seek an indictment of Hillary Clinton. HuffPo has taken down the article by freelance contributor Frank Huguenard with no explanation.
Breitbart (a codefendant of mine in bogus lawsuits, including one that claimed we were a RICO enterprise) reports:
Huguenard, an apparent Bernie Sanders supporter judging by his Twitter account, wrote that the FBI will recommend indicting Hillary Clinton on racketeering charges.
James Comey and The FBI will present a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the Department of Justice, that includes a cogent argument that the Clinton Foundation is an ongoing criminal enterprise engaged in money laundering and soliciting bribes in exchange for political, policy and legislative favors to individuals, corporations and even governments both foreign and domestic.
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The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has been trying to get information from the FBI that he hopes will help him with his lawfare. His most recent effort along those line is this motion he filed in the Kimberlin v. Frey RICO Remnant LOLsuit.
I found Exhibit A interesting. It seems that TDPK was trying to subpoena the testimony of an FBI agent concerning that agency’s investigations of the Frey and Walker SWATings thinking it would help him with the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit.
The Army is looking to replace its current stock of M9 and M11 9 mm pistols with newer, more modern weapons. One interesting twist in the request for submissions from potential vendors is that the choice of caliber has been left open. This has led to speculation that the Army may wind up joining the Coast Guard in adopting the .40 S&W round or the Marines who have partially readopted .45 ACP. Some have suggested that the .357 Sig round might be chosen.
Meanwhile, the FBI has announced that it will begin transitioning its agents from .40 S&W to 9 mm. Apparently, a significant number of Special Agents have difficulty mastering a pistol chambered for the more powerful round. Given that 9 mm ammunition has been greatly improved over the past couple of decades (and is significantly less expensive than .40 S&W), the change is not unreasonable for a large, bureaucratic organization.
If the Gentle Reader were to spend some time pursuing the comments on various sites reporting on these two stories, he will find them filled with the pontifications of a plethora of Internet arm chair experts, almost none of whom have any real world experience or practical knowledge of combat shooting with a handgun. My personal preference is for a Model 1911 pistol in .45 ACP, but that is based on my training and actual combat experience. I suspect that the FBI will wind up swapping their .40 Glocks for 9 mm Glocks or something very similar. It will be interesting to see what wins the Army’s shootout.