WaPo reports that the FBI found … oh, here it is in their own words—
That review has not found any apparent business advantage to the types of classified information in Trump’s possession, these people said. FBI interviews with witnesses so far, they said, also do not point to any nefarious effort by Trump to leverage, sell or use the government secrets. Instead, the former president seemed motivated by a more basic desire not to give up what he believed was his property, these people said.
The people familiar with the matter cautioned that the investigation is ongoing, that no final determinations have been made, and that it is possible additional information could emerge that changes investigators’ understanding of Trump’s motivations. But they said the evidence collected over a period of months indicates the primary explanation for potentially criminal conduct was Trump’s ego and intransigence.
Funny how that leaked the week after the midterm elections.
Just the News is reporting that former Washington Field Office Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault was escorted out of FBI headquarters on Friday.
There have been reports of whistleblower allegations that Thibault showed political bias in his handling of politically sensitive investigations. He is supposed to have hidden the partisan nature of evidence from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland to secure their approval to open an investigation into former President Donald Trump. That investigation culminated in the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month.
Gentle Reader, do you believe that Wray and Garland weren’t aware of the political sensitivity of a criminal investigation of former president?
BTW, Senator Grassley’s office confirms Thibault has been removed from his post and reassigned to an unspecified position.
UPDATE—The NY Post reports that Thibault has resigned from the FBI.
AG Garland has testified it was the NSBA’s letter suggesting that parents protesting at school board meetings should be investigate as domestic terrorists that provided the basis for his memorandum directing the FBI and US Attorneys to investigate and prosecute parents for protesting against school boards and teachers who insist on indoctrinating children with critical race theory. Now, that the NSBA has apologized for their letter (see below), it would make sense for the Attorney General to withdraw his memorandum. Given that he has also testified that he sees no ethical problem with ordering such an investigation even though his son-in-law is founder of a business selling critical race theory teach materials, I doubt that he will do the right thing.
It’s clear that most of the over-credentialed but under-educated members of many school boards who are allowing (or promoting) the introduction of critical race theory and such ahistorical nonsense as the The 1619 Project really don’t understand Marx or the 20th-century history. If they did, they would not be pursing such foolishness. However, there are some on school boards who do understand what they’re trying to foist on the nation’s children. The first bunch may be persuaded to correct their errors. The second lot needs to be removed from any positions of authority.
Parent’s protests have been surprisingly peaceful thus far, but using the FBI in a attempt to stifle dissent will likely not be helpful. Indeed, an understanding of 18th-century history teaches that heavy-handed government doesn’t sit well with Americans. Imagine the surprise on some school superintendent’s face when he finds that a group of citizens dressed as Indians have thrown the district’s CRT instructional materials into a local body of water.
The protests shouldn’t have to go that far, and I doubt they will if school boards act responsibly. If …
Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed the FBI to investigate parents who are opposing the teaching of Critical Race Theory in their children’s schools. It is reported that Garland’s son-in-law is the co-founder of a company which sells CRT instructional materials to school districts.
This Prevarication Du Jour from seven years ago to deals with one of more lame attempts by Brett Kimberlin’s PR flacks to favorably spin as story.
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So Bill Schmalfeldt is spreading a tale about “the feds” going to visit The Dread Pirate Kimberlin to pick up a copy of his RICO suit …What a waste of time! “The feds” could have simply downloaded a copy from PACER.BTW, the Amended Complaint that TDPK filed with the court is not the same as the one he served on me. Maybe “the feds” were doing a version check.
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Oh, the FBI has visited Brett Kimberlin. That’s for sure. But I believe I can safely state the visits were not exactly as Bill Schmalfeldt suggested.
This week Sidney Powell finally released a couple of mid-sized krakens, one in Georgia and one in Michigan. The lawsuit argue the elections in those states were conducted fraudulently and offer testimony (affidavits) and evidence to support the allegations.
In Pennsylvania, a federal judge dismissed the President’s lawsuit over election irregularities, and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the decision, teeing the case up for the Supremes. Meanwhile, a state judge found that the mail-in balloting probably violated the state constitution, and has issued a temporary injunction stopping certification of the election. Given the state’s Supreme Court’s previous rulings, I’ll bet the injunction is overturned on appeal, but this case provides a second avenue to challenge the fraud in Pennsylvania.
Finally, Carter Page has filed suit against the Department of Justice and several individuals, including James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Kevin Clinessmith, and group of Joe Does, seeking 75 million dollars in damages. The suit is based in the civil damage claims provisions of FISA, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Privacy Act, and the Supreme Court Bivens decision. Discovery in this case will be interesting.
Certain things will not go away or be swept under the rug regardless of who takes the oath of office in January.
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.
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.