Everything Is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen

Special Counsel John Durham has released an email which tends to confirm that Michael Sussmann was lying when he told James Baker of the FBI he was not representing a client. The mail reads

Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss, Do you have availibilty [sic] for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks.

If he didn’t lie when speaking to Baker, he lied in the email.

UPDATE—The message was a text rather than an email.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The TKPOTD for the 20th was about a post at the empr dot media site by Alexandra Chalupa. That website appears to be operated by Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc., an entity run by Brett Kimberlin which has had its 501(c)4 status revoked by the IRS. Ms. Chalupa was involved with Ukrainian-related aspects of the Russia Collusion Hoax. Her post at the EMPR website, which had be recycled from her Substack page, contained the patently false claim that “Putin planted and managed in the White House for four years – Donald J. Trump.”

Her post has received no comments on Substack, but it has snagged one at EMPR.

EMPR’s coverage of Trump was never friendly or even neutral. I wonder if they think Biden is really better for Ukraine.

Hmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Once in a while, the Kimberlin EMPR Media website gets a sharp bump in traffic when I take a look at it. Last night, I read a recent post in the “Analytics” section a claim that “Putin planted and managed in the White House for four years – Donald J. Trump.” The post was written by Alexandra Chalupa who also posted it at Substack on 8 December, well after the recent indictments of Michael Sussmann and Igor Danchenko, but Ms. Chalupa is still trying to peddle the lies behind the Russia Collusion Hoax. In 2016, she was involved in Democrat activities related to the Russia/Ukraine/Trump spin campaign. She was later involved at least tangentially in Michale Avenatti’s abortive presidential campaign feelers.

On her Substack page she describes herself as “[b]lamed by the Kremlin and GOP for the Russia probe; falsely accused of working with Ukraine to “sabotage” Trump while Trump worked with Putin to sabotage the U.S.”

I don’t believe those accusations are false.

The Left’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Monday was a bit of a rocky start with the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments about challenges to the Texas law that allows citizens to bring lawsuits against persons who perform abortions. Based on the justices’ questions, the case isn’t a slam dunk for either side. A win for the Left isn’t a gimme.

Tuesday was election day. The Democrats lost bigly in Virginia, and were reduced to referring to the first black woman to win state-wide office as a “white supremacist.” They lost a special election in Texas in a heavily Latino legislative district. Most stunning, they barely able to keep the vote within the margin of theft in New Jersey.

Wednesday, oral arguments in the challenge to the New York handgun permitting system were heard by the Supreme Court. Most commentators are projecting a 6 to 3 decision vindicating the petitioners’ Second Amendment rights. (I’m betting on 5 to 4.)

Thursday, the first actual arrest was made in the Russia Collusion Hoax case. The supporting indictment filed by Special Prosecutor John Durham paints a picture of collusion by the Clinton campaign with Russians.

Friday, was the day that Nancy Pelosi was going give Joe Xiden a win by passing his more-than-a-trillion dollar “infrastructure” bill. She failed to do so, and also failed to move the legislation for the Build Back Better scam either.

And that’s just some of what went right this week.

UPDATE—Well, well, well … Mrs. Pelosi did move some legislation. She did get the Senate’s version of the infrastructure bill through 228 to 206 (7 not voting). 13 Republicans voted for the bill: Katko, Bacon, Van Drew, Young, Upton, Kinzinger, Gonzalez, Fitzpatrick, Reed, Gabarino, Malliotakis, McKinley, and Smith of New Jersey. Pelosi couldn’t have pulled this off without that Republican support. It will be interesting to see how many of these congresscritters are reelected.

An Arrest

It’s being reported that federal agents have arrested Steele dossier contributor Igor Danchenko. Special Prosecutor John Durham’s investigation resulted in a still sealed indictment, so the charge(s) is(are) not yet public.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

UPDATE—The Danchenko indictment has been unsealed. He’s charged with 5 counts 18 USC 1001 (False Statements) for lies he allegedly told the FBI. The case is filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, It won’t be tried by a DC jury.

I’m reading through the indictment during my lunch break. It looks pretty ugly for the Clinton campaign so far.

More later.

UPDATE—Igor Danchenko was arrested by “federal authorities,” but perhaps not by the FBI. Hmmmm.

UPDATE 2—Looking at the Criminal Case Cover Sheet on the court docket, I see that the Complaint Agency is the FBI. Hmmmmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The Gentle Reader who has been following The Saga of Team Kimberlin for several years may remember that one of Brett Kimberlin’s failed attempts at being seen as an important player was his involvement in the Russia Collusion Hoax. He’s since tried to scrub the Internet of his connections to that scam. For example russiadossier dot org has been gone for almost two years now.But it’s well backed up offline, as is his 2016 testimony about working with the Justice Department on election integrity. And the Internet still remembers his spending $9,000 on fake documents sought to smear a Trump appointee.

If he’s lucky, he’ll be treated as the small fish he really is.

Nothing to See Here. Move Along.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is a potential target of Special Counsel John Durham’s Russia Collusion Hoax investigation. Sullivan’s wife Maggie Goodlander clerked for Attorney General Merrick Garland when Garland was a federal judge.

The Rumor Mill

Over the last day or so, I’ve been seeing reports that Special Counsel John Durham has issued some subpoenas to interesting individuals and organizations. This morning, I’m seeing reports that the grand jury he has convened has issued further sealed indictments beyond the one of Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI.

If Durham intends to prosecute the collusion hoaxers, he needs to secure indictments before the five year statute of limitations for federal crimes runs out. The next few months could be quite interesting.

Stay tuned.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

As summer slipped into autumn in 2016, the buzz around Washington was about the Russia Collusion Hoax being stirred up by the Clinton Campaign and “Tech Executive-1.” As part of his attempts to appear to be a real player (as opposed to a disposable hack), Brett Kimberlin offered the following testimony under oath in October, 2016, during a Maryland civil trial.Gentle Reader, I find it hard to believe that “Tech Executive-1” was relying on The Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin or his “specialists in cyber hacking.” It may be that they had some small part of the Russia Collusion Hoax, but was Brett a significant player?

Of course not.

But That Was Four or Five … uh … Years Ago

As of 9 am ET this morning, this could still be found on TwitterAnd in other news, the New York Times has reported that Special Prosecutor John Durham is considering an indictment for lying to the FBI against one of the lawyers involved in spinning the false tale about the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank.

BTW, Jake Sullivan is the current White House Chief of Staff.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Hoax de l’Année

Last year, the Democrats wasted the Senate’s time with the Ukraine Phone Call Hoax after the previous multi-year Russia Collusion Hoax fell apart. This year, they’re peddling the Insurrection Incitement Hoax. Trump Derangement Syndrome has clearly overwhelmed what was left of the Democrats’ ability to reason rationally. As Lawrence Pearson notes over at BattleSwarm Blog

For a party that failed to flip a single statehouse chamber in November, Democrats are freebasing dangerous levels of their own bullshit in ratcheting up the rhetorical hysteria.

You don’t get high on your own supply because the moment you start deluding yourself, reality has a nasty way of smacking you upside the head.

Let them have their Impeachment 2: Electric Boogaloo. It won’t result in a conviction. It won’t affect Donald Trump’s standing with his supporters or his detractors. But it will delay the Senate from action on Joe Xiden’s initial legislative goals and confirmation of His Fraudulency’s nominees.

Enjoy the show.

UPDATE—Stupid is as stupid does.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Yesterday’s TKPOTD dealt with Brett Kimberlin getting mentioned on the Interwebz three years ago in connection with other Democrat operatives involved in the Russian Collusion Hoax. Today, we look back on the reaction to that post from Kimberlin’s principal PR flack Bill Schmalfeldt. Here’s the TKPOTD from three years ago today.

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The Cabin Boy™ continues to demonstrate his substandard reading comprehension. He attempted to submit this comment yesterday evening.His comment is response to this comment by Paul Krendler which does not appear to have anything to do with President Trump.

Did he have to cheat to get that C- on the English as a Second Language Test?

UPDATE—After I prepared this post, the Cabin Boy™ further beclowned himself with these additional attempted comments—

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I also took the opportunity to engage in a bit of pointage, laughery, and mockification with this episode of Blogsmoke.

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SOUND: MODEM CONNECTING FADES UP TO FULL MIKE—SINGLE SHOT—RICOCHET

MUSIC: UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 1

ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!

MUSIC: THEME HITS: FULL BROAD SWEEP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 2

ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)

JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.

MUSIC: MAIN TITLE—RECORDED—CUT 3 Continue reading

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin has been associated with shady Democratic Party operatives at least since 1988 when he first lied about being Dan Quayle’s dope dealer. One of those connections surfaced during coverage of the Russian Collusion Hoax and was the subject of the TKPOTD for three years ago today.

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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 Weekly Standard is no more, but that link is still active; the post has been achieved by the Washington Examiner.

Given the way Kimberlin’s activities went silent just before the election, one wonders if he’s been told that he’s outlived his usefulness.

This Week’s Lawsuits

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.

A Similarity and a Difference

Both the 1972 and 2016 presidential elections were plagued with irregularities committed by persons associated with the party that was in the White House during the election.

However, IIRC none of the criminal acts committed during the 1972 election (as opposed to the 1973/74 coverup) were perpetrated by currently serving law enforcement officials.

Phone Calls With Foreigners

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.”

Unmasked Intelligence

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.