James O’Keefe, III, went to buy a firearm a few days ago, and the transaction was denied when he failed the NICS background check. The FBI’s database had him flagged as a felon, but he’s never been convicted of a felony. O’Keefe sued the FBI. Townhall reports that the FBI has rather expeditiously corrected their error and removed him from the list of prohibited persons.
There are perfectly good reasons why a law enforcement agency will sit on evidence rather than acting on it immediately. For instance, they may be using it to develop leads in a wide ranging case. OTOH, … well, given the FBI’s recent behavior, these items in the recently unsealed papers from the Guiffre v. Maxwell lawsuit might cause some eyebrows to raise.
This is from the Plaintiff’s Response to the Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment— This is from Plaintiff’s Statement of Contested Facts—
Last night, documents related to the case number 15-cv-07433 in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York were unsealed pursuant to an order from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is styled Virginia L. Giuffre v. Ghislaine Maxwell. The suit is a defamation case centered around statements Mrs. Guiffre made about Ms. Maxwell and her association with Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell had moved for summary judgment in the matter, claiming that the undisputed facts demonstrated that she was entitled to win the case as a matter of law. The judge found there were disputed facts which should be tried by a jury and denied the motion. The judge’s opinion and the evidence submitted to the court by both sides for and against the motion had been sealed. Reporters sought to have the record unsealed. Various people mentioned in the evidence sought to have it kept sealed. It’s now unsealed with minor redactions such as the names of underage children.
I’ve downloaded the files.
After a quick skimming, the evidence seems to confirm some of the things that many people suspected about the case. Certain people and organizations may see their reputations affected negatively. One of those organizations is the FBI. I plan to have a post about that later.
Rumors are circulating that a Chicago politician may have been involved in corrupt activities aimed at preventing the election of a political rival and at the entrapment of a member of that rival’s staff in a false criminal charge.
While the Chicago politician has not commented directly on the matter, a leaked version of a telephone call quotes him as being concerned for the rule of law.
Stay tuned for more as this story develops.
So the DoJ is moving to drop the false criminal case against Michael Flynn, and the DNI is saying that the Intelligence Community is willing to release testimony transcripts in accordance with the House Intelligence Committee’s 2018 vote. The recommendation to drop the case against Flynn was made by a U. S. Attorney who spent 10 years with the FBI and 10 years as a career prosecutor. The transcripts were cleared by career intelligence officers.
… there are things happening that aren’t related to the Wuhan virus pandemic.
Perhaps the most significant political development over the past few days has been the release of FBI and DoJ paperwork, including handwritten notes, about the Flynn case and how that investigation was handled. At first blush, the documents seem to paint a picture of official corruption, suggesting not only that General Flynn should be exonerated, but that some government officials may deserve disbarment, jail time, and other sanctions.
The optics of the story aren’t good for the Deep State, but they could be even worse for the Democrats who are on the verge of nominating a key figure of the administration that corruptly used the Deep State for its political ends. The opposing sides campaign ads almost write themselves.
On The Other Podcast last Saturday I suggested that the smarter members the Democrat/Media/Deep State complex will use Tara Reade’s accusations against Joe Biden as the way to prevent his nomination (“See. We believe this woman.”) now that he’s served the purpose of stopping the Bernie Bros from seizing the party. The process has started; WaPo has published an opinion piece calling for Biden to address Ms. Reade’s claims. The coming fight for control of a brokered convention should be interesting to watch. I have no idea who will crawl out from under which rock and grab the nomination.
Yesterday, two sources one would normally associate with support for the Deep State delivered news that exposed lying by government agencies. First, WaPo published an extensive article based on a lessons learned report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that contain details about how multiple government agencies had misrepresented the “progress” in the Afghan War to the American public. Then, another report was publicly issued Department of Justice IG which detailed lies told by the FBI to deceive the FISA court to issue surveillance warrants against Carter Page and other malfeasance associated with the Russia Collusion Hoax.
You know, it’s almost enough to make one think that the swamp really does need draining and that some (or all) of the dangerous reptiles be dealt with.
… like a woman scorned. Jim Hoff has an interesting post up describing how the FBI came to know about those thousands of Strzok/Page text messages. Strzok’s wife found them on his phone and turned them over.
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.
Read the whole thing.
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.
The FBI now has Hillary Clinton’s email server. Brian Barrett has a piece over at Wired about what they might be able to do with it.
BTW, they still haven’t suspended Hillary’s security clearance.
Here’s some more of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s whining from his proposed second amended complaint for his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.Now, I can understand why TDPK is a bit edgy around FBI agents. Not all his experiences with them have been comfortable for him.
—U.S. v. Kimberlin, 805 F.2d 210, 228 (7th Cir. 1986)
A guest post by Evelyn Asche, a member of the Vast Hogewash Research Organization.
SACRAMENTO — In what appears to have a been a joint effort by California Highway Patrol and the FBI, California State Senator Ron Calderon’s (D—Montebello) offices were raided Tuesday. An FBI spokeswoman said that search warrants were executed at two separate locations at the Capitol “in an effort to gather evidence” regarding “allegations of criminal activity.” The second location was the Latino Legislative Caucus.
While the FBI is not commenting on the reasons behind the raids, the investigation may stem from allegations that Ron Calderon was influencing legislation in order to benefit his brother Tom Calderon’s consulting firm. Ron Calderon has been associated with legislation advantageous to the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Los Angeles County for which Calderon Group, Inc., is a consulting contractor. According to the Central Basin’s records, it appears to have paid Tom Calderon more than $700,000 in consulting fees during the period from September, 2006 to January, 2012, without any explanation of what he actually does for the Water District.
The FBI may be looking into whether or not there was a quid pro quo arrangement with the Central Basin Water District in exchange for favorable legislation. Of course, it’s entirely possible this is just an instance of the Water District taking advantage of a former politician’s expertise. Tom Calderon is also a former California State politician.
In fact, several members of the Calderon family have been involved in state politics for over 30 years. Brothers Charles, Ron, and Tom and Charles’ son Ian have held California State office in one form or another since 1982. Politics are nothing new for them. The scandals and the investigations that come with them aren’t either.
Ron Calderon’s district includes such cities as Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Montebello, and Whittier. For those who are not familiar with Southern California scandals, Bell has been embroiled in it’s own corruption scandal involving the city council, the police department, the city manager, and the mayor. The criminal activity they were accused of ran the gambit from voter fraud, gross misappropriation, corruption, to civil rights violations. Most of the parties involved are still facing prosecution.
It’s important to take note of Bell. George Cole, one of the City Council members from Bell, is a close friend and business associate of Tom Calderon. Cole was charged with 8 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds in the Bell scandal. George Cole also sat on the Board of the Central Basin Municipal Water District during the time those annual contracts were being awarded to Tom Calderon.
And that “involvement” in legislation which turned out to be helpful to the Central Basin Water District? According to reports, Ron Calderon not only sponsored a law that would grant the Central Basin additional powers over another water district, but he also succeeded in blocking an audit of the Central Basin’s financial records. The third brother Charles Calderon got involved when he attempted to get a piece of legislation passed that was favorable to Central Basin.
Both Ron and Charles Calderon have repeatedly denied that their brother’s consulting contract with the Water Basin have had any influence on their political decisions.
After the raid, Charles Calderon told the Sacramento Bee, “Right now we don’t know any facts, and without facts you speculate about the worst.” That was in response to the newspaper’s questions about an investigation involving a charity controlled by the Latino Legislative Caucus.
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Stay tuned. There may be more interesting information to come about this family.
There’s a piece of malware that has infected PCs (and some Macs) that will cause users to lose access to the Internet on Monday, 9 July. It works by spoofing IP address and sending users to fake websites. The FBI will shutdown the temporary Internet system they set up as a transitional safety net for infected computers at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday.
Few Macs were infected because Administrator privileges were required to install the malware on Mac OS X.
If you think that your computer might be compromised, go here to check your system for the infection.
Bob Owens has a new post at PJ Media on the latest twist in the competing stories about the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. He reports that the previous stories of an accidental encounter may be wrong. It may be that the gunmen were waiting to ambush a rival drug shipment based on information leaked to them by an FBI informant. Both the FBI and the DEA were aware of what was going down, but neither of these DoJ agencies warned the Border Patrol (which is part of Homeland Security). The Border Patrol unit walked into the ambush site armed with less-than-lethal weapons and their handguns. The drug gang had rifles.
Brian Terry’s murder was entirely preventable. The incompetence of the DEA and FBI let his Border Patrol unit walk into an ambush. After the ambush, it appears the FBI tampered with evidence to cover up that one of their informants was involved with the murder of a federal agent.
The government has recently sealed the case against the only suspect the FBI chose to keep behind bars.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE—Meanwhile, back inside the Beltway, Media Matters thinks that the conservative disinformation machine is picking on our long-suffering Attorney General. Tina Korbe has a summary here.