Audio of what appears to be a telephone call between Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko has been posted on YouTube.
Biden was captured on another video bragging about using a threat to cut off aid to Ukraine in order to get a prosecutor fired. In the video below, Poroshenko says that they can’t find any evidence of corruption to use against the prosecutor who was investigating a company called Burisma Holding. Hunter Biden, the Vice President’s son, was on the board of Burisma making over $80k a month.
Meanwhile, back in the US more of a memo by Susan Rice relating to the shame investigation of Michael Flynn’s phone call with the Russian ambassador has been declassified. John Hinderacker has an excellent summary over at PowerLine of the newly exposed paragraph’s significance.
Rice foresaw that despite the Obama holdovers’ best efforts, the truth about their “Russia investigation” could come to light someday. If that happened, she wanted it to be on record that President Obama had authorized her to lie, on advice from James Comey. This is not surprising, but it fills an important gap in our understanding of the corruption of the Obama administration.
We haven’t heard the end of the Obama Administration’s corruption—both foreign and domestic. That briefcase Acting-DNI Grenell carried to the Justice Department was bulging. As Ambassador Kosh once said in an episode of Babylon 5, “The avalanche has already started; it is too late for the pebbles to vote.”
There are several theories floating around the Interwebz about how Michael Flynn’s unmasked name might have turned up in an FBI transcript of a phone call with the Russian ambassador. The recently declassified unmasking record doesn’t appear to show a timely request to unmask Flynn during the period between when the call was made and when other evidence suggests the FBI had the transcript. So how did the get it?
One possible explanation is that the FBI was working with information from a non-U.S. source.
The Five Eyes is a signals intelligence alliance among Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013 revealed that the Five Eyes has been spying on one another’s citizens and sharing the collected information with each other in order to circumvent their domestic legal restrictions on surveillance of citizens. Thus, if the Australian Signals Directorate successfully wiretaps a Russian, overhears something said by an American, and tips off the FBI, no laws have been broken—just severely bent. I picked the Aussies for that example because of another Australian connection to the Russian Collusion Hoax, but such a signal intercept could have been made by Canada’s Communications Security Establishment, New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau, or the UK’s General Communications Headquarters.
There’s another explanation floating around suggesting the use of a Presidential authorization of a wiretap without a FISA warrant (something that is allowed under FISA). However, such a warrantless wiretap is still supposed to be subject to the same masking requirements as a court authorized one.
Obamagate raises some serious issues. Corruption of public officials is one. An unnecessary weakening of the Fourth Amendment is another.
Joe Biden is on record as saying that he had nothing to do with the unmasking of Michael Flynn’s phone calls. However, declassified records indicate that these individuals were among the government officials who submitted requests to unmask General Flynn’s identity—
Now that actual evidence is coming to light, more of the the behind the scenes activities and on camera lies of certain individuals is coming to light. The whole Russia Collusion Hoax was just that—a hoax—and its perpetrators are being exposed.
There never was any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia or any other foreign state or entity. This exchange from the December, 2017, interview of Andrew McCabe by the House Select Committee on Intelligence show a typical response to a “what evidence did or do you have” question.Nada. Zilch. Zip.
The whole thing was a fraud.
Of course, Adam Schiff isn’t the first politician who has lied to the public, but his lies have had a much more adverse effect on our country than most. The voters of the 28th District in California own it to the rest of America to turn him out of office.
But loss of his job should be the least of his worries.
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.
Donald Trump has done more to hobble Vladimir Putin’s ability to act on the world stage than any of his predecessors. For example, Trump’s favorable treatment of fracking has kept the prices of oil and natural gas down, devastating Russia’s income as an oil exporter and severely truncating Putin’s cash flow. It’s the Democrats who espouse policies which are more favorable to Russia’s interests.
So the New York Times ran this yesterday—
That “warning” was supposedly contained in an intelligence briefing. If our intelligence agencies really think that Vladimir Putin would act so stupidly against his own interests as to try to interfere in the 2020 election in Trump’s favor, then it’s time for a top-to-bottom review of what’s going on in Spookville. Trump’s appointment of Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence looks like a pretty good move.
Note to the Times: The Russian Collusion Hoax failed last year.
Brett Kimberlin’s campaign of lawfare as a form of brass knuckles reputation management has proven to be an exception to the rule that all publicity is good publicity. The TKPOTD from two years ago today shows one example of why that is so.
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After years of frivolous litigation involving multiple LOLsuits (I’ve been a defendant in four of ’em and a bogus peace order petition), The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s campaign of brass knuckles reputation management has been singularly unsuccessful. And now his name is back in the news because of his association with Cody Shearer, the creator of the anti-Trump “Dossier No. 2.”
J. E. Dyer writes about the Shearer/Kimberlin connection in a post over at Liberty Unyielding.
Shearer, besides being a major piece of work in general, played a key role during the George H.W. Bush years, and the first Clinton campaign for the 1992 election, in hyping Brett Kimberlin’s claim that he (Kimberlin) had sold pot to then-Vice President Dan Quayle, years before when Quayle was younger. Shearer had known Kimberlin for years, in other words, and used his (Shearer’s) journalistic pulpit to retail a politicized narrativeon Kimberlin’s behalf.
But although BuzzFeed and Daily Caller both cite unnamed sources affirming Kimberlin’s marginal role in the “Russia” narrative assembled separately in 2016 (again, Kimberlin denies it), what really completes the circle is Cody Shearer’s membership in the Shearer family, whose ties to the Clintons, including his own, could hardly be closer.
Read the whole thing. And also checkout this post over at The Weekly Standard.
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The Washington Examiner now carries the post from the now-defunct Standard.
Kimberlin is a loser. His grandiose drug smuggling scheme failed. He got caught with his bomb making material. He music career dead-ended. He lost his LOLsuits. And he picked the wrong side in the 2016 election and collusion hoax.
… it’s time to admit you’ve been pushing fake news.
Matt Tabbi has a review of the recently released DoJ IG report over at Rolling Stone.
Then, following a series of leaks, the news media essentially reported on the FBI’s wrong reporting of Steele’s wrong reporting.
The impact was greater than just securing a warrant to monitor Page. More significant were the years of headlines that grew out of this process, beginning with the leaking of the meeting with Trump about Steele’s blackmail allegations, the insertion of Steele’s conclusions in the Intelligence Assessment about Russian interference, and the leak of news about the approval of the Page FISA warrant.
As a result, a “well-developed conspiracy” theory based on a report that Comey described as “salacious and unverified material that a responsible journalist wouldn’t report without corroborating,” became the driving news story in a superpower nation for two years. Even the New York Times, which published a lot of these stories, is in the wake of the Horowitz report noting Steele’s role in “unleashing a flood of speculation in the news media about the new president’s relationship with Russia.”
No matter what people think the political meaning of the Horowitz report might be, reporters who read it will know: Anybody who touched this nonsense in print should be embarrassed.
They should be embarrassed because their behavior was unprofessional and immoral, but I suspect for most of our betters among the “journalists” the source of any embarrassment is frustration caused by being caught.
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.
The story is breaking again about Democrat/Ukrainian activist Alexandra Chalupa’s involvement with DoJ and DHS election hacking with a offshoot of Anonymous that called themselves “The Protectors.” They were affiliated with Brett Kimberlin and his Velvet Revolution US not-for-profit. Here’s how Kimberlin, the convicted Speedway Bomber who is probably most famous for lying about being Dan Quayle’s dope dealer, testified about the Protectors operation during a trial held in October, 2016.
We’re doing a lot of, of, because my wife’s from the Ukraine, we’re doing a lot of work with Ukraine.
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.
And our team that works for me are, are specialists in, in hacking and electronic cyber hacking, and things like that. So we are probably one of the foremost groups in, in the country on that.
Kimberlin has indeed been deeply involved in things Ukrainian. He worked with Alexandra Chalupa and her sister with their Digital Maidan Twitter project which supported the 2014 revolution, and he is involved with the EuroMaidan PR website as well. In fact, he changed the Velvet Revolution US corporate name to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.
I can think of some interesting questions for Ms. Chalupa.