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1/29/2018

FBI Deputy Director McCabe Out

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:07 pm

[guest post by Dana]

FBI Deputy Director McCabe either stepped down or was pushed out, depending on who you ask:

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who has been attacked by President Donald Trump, stepped down Monday, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

McCabe will remain on the FBI payroll until he is eligible to retire with full benefits in mid-March, the sources said.

One source said McCabe was exercising his retirement eligibility and characterized his decision as “stepping aside.”

However:

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Here is White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders denying that President Trump had been pressuring Justice and FBI in any of the investigation matters, and saying that the White House did not make the decision about McCabe’s departure. She also said that the White House has gone above and beyond in the investigation, and that the only thing the president has applied pressure to is to make sure that this issue is resolved so Americans get “the Russia fever out of their system”. She wants Americans to be reminded that there was no collusion and that the president has not been involved in any obstruction of justice or impropriety:

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

294 Responses to “FBI Deputy Director McCabe Out”

  1. Yes, I know, Jim Acosta.

    Dana (023079)

  2. the sleazy corrupt gestapo FBI, you can think of it as a sinking ship

    and Andy McCabe’s like a fuzzy diseased rat (metaphor rat)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. This has been discussed a lot in the Buzzfeed thread.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  4. I was unaware that, Sammy Finkelman.

    Dana (023079)

  5. It must frustrate the Trump Team no end. If they find cause they act thusly ending that narrative. But it’s like opioids…danged hard to kick.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  6. 4. Message 9, (and half of 6) and most of those after 23. I quoted a lot.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  7. 6 — I think that was the tipping point.

    WH COS Gen. Kelly put in a call to Chris Wray and said “In the Army, when a subordinate acts in an inappropriate manner, his superior officers don’t wait for him to become retirement eligible before relieving him of his duties.”

    The message being — find another desk for him to sit at until its time for his gold watch, and get him the hell away from any real work.

    shipwreckedcrew (b6fb20)

  8. I am sick and tired of the lack of transparency in this investigation

    Just who is responsible?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  9. We speculated as to what could have hapepend just now. This would be the memo, and that might eb related to the Feb 14, 2017 New York Times newspaper story and the meeting betwene Comey and Trump that took place the same day. And what Comey told the Senate.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  10. Investigations are never really transparent, but they don’t usually have leaks that are half truths.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  11. I guess McCabe declined an HR position with a desk next to buddy Strzok.

    random viking (861db5)

  12. Catherine Herridge reports FBI Director Wray went to Capital Hill Sunday to view 4 pg memo on FISA abuses.

    McCabe stepped down the very next day, after a report tagged him as trying to set up the WH chief of staff, and then leaking it.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  13. well would you look at this

    Andy McCabe resigned in disgrace today

    and now his scummy wife Jill’s gonna have to pull double shifts

    it wasn’t supposed to end this way

    :(

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  14. Juan Williams says Hillary was trying her hand at comedy at the Grammys – refering to reading from Heat and Perdition (is that the title? Who cares? Close enough.)

    I agree. Hillary makes a great clown. Available for your tyke’s party, soon as this memo business is out of the way.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  15. Without more info, I’d interpret this as FBI Director Wray doing his job. Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that it was at the instance of the White House, which I also hope to be true.

    Apparently McCabe will get his pension. But if Trump will shut up and the people he’s appointed (including Rosenstein and Wray) will do their jobs, maybe that too will change: Forfeiture of retirement benefits is among the remedies for breach of internal DoJ and FBI rules.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  16. 15

    Whatabout Chappiquiddick?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  17. I think the president should follow the same steps the left use for “respected iinstitutions”, for each miscreant:

    1. Identify the wrong-doer
    2. Kill him
    3. Gut him
    4. Wear his carcass like a skinsuit.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. The msn piece, has a good deal of Ben smithing it would be more accurate to say, an official with numerous conflicts in this investigation.

    As we found out from the text messages, page and strzok prespun our intro to mccabe only weeks before the election. A modified limited hang out.

    narciso (d1f714)

  19. Andrew McCabe walking the bridge on his way into work this morning.

    YouTube.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  20. 13.Catherine Herridge reports FBI Director Wray went to Capital Hill Sunday to view 4 pg memo on FISA abuses.

    Pfft.

    “Fake views.”

    Besides, CH is Canadian.

    “They’re not even a real country, anyway…”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBpgcZ1zYJs

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  21. poor disgraced Andy’s gonna wake up tomorrow and he’s not gonna have any office to go to

    this is because Andy is a loser

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  22. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/29/house-panel-poised-to-vote-on-surveillance-memo-release-as-fbi-boss-pays-visit-to-hill.html

    Salient bits: While the White House seems to favor the memo’s release, the Justice Department has pushed back hard. Sources told Fox News’ Catherine Herridge that FBI Director Christopher Wray went to the Capitol on Sunday to view the four-page memo.

    According to one source, Wray was asked to point out inaccuracies or other issues with the wording — and said he would need “his people to take a look at it.” The source said the review is ongoing.

    Damn ‘sources’. They are a shifty lot.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  23. Wray is Trump appointed.

    Did they use flash cards to inform him?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  24. Wait – isn’t he supposed to declare he’s someone’s lawyer so he can invoke attorney/client privilege?

    harkin (d40275)

  25. 15 – “Juan Williams says Hillary was trying her hand at comedy……..

    Holy cr*p, I just saw Hillary v.2 (Kirsten Gillibrand) on a clip from the Gal’s View. Watch her go from “all women must be believed” to mumbling back-pedal when the Clintons are mentioned.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/01/29/three-minutes-watch-kirsten-gillibrand-go-demanding-zero-tolerance-sexual-misconduct-stammering-bill-clinton/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    Comedy indeed! The Joy Behar eye-daggers 7:11 are a bonus.

    harkin (d40275)

  26. 28

    Whatabout Chappiquiddick

    Shorter…

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  27. History rhymes…

    “L. Patrick Gray resigned as acting FBI director on April 27, 1973, after he admitted to destroying documents received on June 28, 1972, 11 days after the Watergate burglary, that had come from convicted Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt’s safe, given to him by White House counsel John Dean.

    Gray remained publicly silent about the Watergate scandal for 32 years, speaking to the press only once, near the end of his life; this was shortly after Gray’s direct subordinate at the FBI, FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt, unexpectedly proclaimed himself to have been the secret source to The Washington Post known as “Deep Throat”. President Nixon designated Gray as Acting Director of the FBI after the death of J. Edgar Hoover. Gray served for less than a year. Day-to-day operational command of the Bureau remained with Associate Director Mark Felt.” – source, wikipedia

    Dust for jowl prints, Spiro.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  28. He could have an acting career playing Hoover-era FBI Agents-In-Charge. Doesn’t he look the part perfectly?

    nk (dbc370)

  29. Here is White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders denying that President Trump had been pressuring Justice and FBI in any of the investigation matters, and saying that the White House did not make the decision about McCabe’s departure.

    Back in the day, Gray played ball and got tagged out; others ‘Felt’ differently.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  30. Same old bullschiff from Adam Schiff (D-) this evening…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  31. So McCabe is free to make his rounds on the speaker circuit now? We’ll be seeing him interviewed everywhere on the news. I have a feeling that Spanky isn’t going to like what he has to say.

    Tillman (a95660)

  32. The FBI has been asked several times now if the dossier was used to secure FISA warrants – all they have to say is “no” – and they have so far refused to do so.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  33. Felt was of course, the fellow who oversaw the break ins against the panthers and the weathermen, ironically he helped bring the temple on his beloved bureau.

    narciso (d1f714)

  34. “Wray was asked to point out inaccuracies or other issues with the wording — and said he would need “his people to take a look at it.” ”

    If the Nunes memo is given to the FBI’s “people” there’s no point in having a vote on whether to release it, because some FBI weasel will leak it almost immediately anyway.

    Fred Z (05d938)

  35. As info is coming out, I’m guessing that the move on McCabe has more to do with the IG report that is apparently now done and has been provided to Wray first, as is the protocol.

    The FBI knows all the material that is in the Nunes/Gowdy memo because its based on the underlying source documents the FBI gave to the Intel Comm. to review.

    But the info in the IG report which examines the decision making connected to the Hillary Email investigation would be new info to Wray.

    Remember, it was just last week that it was “leaked” to the NYT that Wray had threatened to resign if he was continued to be pressured by the WH to fire McCabe. The story was that McGhan, Sessions, and Trump all realized McCabe wasn’t worth the cost of maybe having to find a 3rd FBI Dir in less than a year.

    Now a week later he forces McCabe out.

    Was last week’s story intended to give him some cover or credibility for taking this action now?

    Or is it just a coincidence that one story followed the other by just a week?

    Its clearly true — and not surprising — that Wray wants his own team around him. Comey’s General Counsel was reassigned to a different position. Comey’s Chief of Staff resigned last week. And now Comey’s pick for No. 2 is pushed out.

    Sarah Carter who generally has had pretty decent sources on this general subject matter is reporting that McCabe didn’t go quietly when Wray told him that he would have to either resign immediately, or accept a transfer to a less significant position immediately. Her reporting is that he “lashed out at colleagues” over the decision, based on her sources.

    I don’t know if Wray has his own Chief of Staff in place yet or not, but he does have his own General Counsel in place. Those would be the guys in the room with Wray when he delivered the news. Neither one are from the Comey orbit.

    shipwreckedcrew (b6fb20)

  36. McCabe is just the latest of several scabrous “patriots”, who have been demoted, stepped down or have been reassigned. It’s obvious that something big is going on behind the scenes.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  37. Trumpkins brought this upon themselves. Weaponizing every issue makes people cautious as serpents and twice as political. He brings the worst out. That’s why you hired him.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  38. It could be that the leak about Wray being pressured by the White House to fire McCabe (and Wray threatening to resign) is as genuine as the leak about Priebus pressuring McCabe linked in Comment 6.

    nk (dbc370)

  39. Sow the Wind. Reap the Whirlwind

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  40. Wrong… Republicans are bringing this down on the miscreants. The Dimmie fowl are coming home… to roost.

    At least those that can escape the perverted clutches of ConDave.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  41. Everything depends on the price at the pump and the Saudis know Trump hates them more than Takfiris.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  42. bb:

    “Trumpkins brought this upon themselves.”

    What is “this”? “This” seems to be good news.

    Fred Z (05d938)

  43. “As recently as last week, Mr. McCabe had told people he hoped to stay until he was eligible to retire in mid-March. Instead, Mr. McCabe made his intentions known to colleagues on Monday, an American official said, and will immediately go on leave.

    In a recent conversation, Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, raised concerns about a forthcoming inspector general report examining the actions of Mr. McCabe and other senior F.B.I. officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, when the bureau was investigating both Hillary Clinton’s email use and the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia. In that discussion, according to one former law enforcement official close to Mr. McCabe, Mr. Wray suggested moving Mr. McCabe into another job, which would have been a demotion.

    Instead, the former official said, Mr. McCabe chose to leave.

    In a message to F.B.I. employees on Monday afternoon, Mr. Wray said he would not comment on “specific aspects” of the inspector general review.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/us/politics/andrew-mccabe-fbi.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=66440215&pgtype=Homepage

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  44. This is this

    https://youtu.be/VlmanKoPLyo

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  45. It was the IG that brought forward all the text messages about Strzok and Page.

    The IG had to take those to Mueller because Strzok was still on Mueller’s team at the point they were uncovered, and Strzok was immediately removed from the detail and sent back to the FBI.

    But he wasn’t sent back to his old spot in Counter-Intelligence. Instead he was “parked” in HR. That’s what happens when an Agent is under review for misconduct.

    We now know that there was plenty of messages where Strzok and Page “outed” themselves as sources for news reports, which unless expressly authorized are violations of FBI/DOJ policy.

    What we haven’t seen publicly — but I’m certain they exist – are email communications between them. The FBI has two email systems — one which agents can you to communicate with other agencies and even the public, and one which is purely internal and over which they can communicate classified information.

    I’m certain the IG has captured hundreds or thousands of email communications relevant to his investigation that went through both systems. We also know from the text messages that there are suggestions that Strzok and Page used personal email accounts to communicate too.

    My guess would be that there are either text messages not yet public, or email communications, where McCabe appears to share similar sentiments as those expressed by Page and Strzok regarding the email investigation and/or the Trump-Russia investigation.

    In other words, I’m guessing that the IG report is going to reveal that he was not able to maintain political objectivity – or at least keep his mouth shut on the subject — and there are messages which will only provide Bureau critics with more ammunition to attack the integrity of both investigations.

    shipwreckedcrew (b6fb20)

  46. The sourcing for the NYT article is interesting.

    A “former law enforcement official close to McCabe.”

    It has to be someone with whom McCabe shared the story of his meeting with Wray, which happened yesterday or this morning. And that former official got the story to a NYT reporter by late afternoon.

    That universe of people isn’t too big, and it sure looks like a description that fits Comey.

    shipwreckedcrew (b6fb20)

  47. @42. Sow the Wind. Reap the Whirlwind

    Meh. We’ve seen this movie before. When the bad guys try to escape the good guys dashing down a blind alley, they always tip over a few garbage cans before they surrender to fate or do the big shoot out.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  48. John Yang: Do those contents raise questions about the integrity of the FBI?

    Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick: Well, I think it raises the questions of the judgment.

    And before we say integrity, we have to know whether this was intentional or negligent content. That’s the most important thing.

    But there are certain people that are mentioned by name, most of whom have already been reported in the media. So, from their standpoint, it is very disturbing, some of the facts that came out in that memo. Once it’s declassified, the nation will see that.

    But, like I said, it also raises a lot more questions than it answers with regard to the chain of command and who knew what. And it’s not our place to prejudge. It’s our place to investigate. So, I know the Intelligence Committee is doing their work. The special counsel is doing his work

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/show/nunes-classified-memo-raises-more-questions-than-it-answers-says-former-fbi-agent-rep-fitzpatrick

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  49. On the payroll Rubber Room or on the payroll Tony Soprano no-show?

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  50. History keeps rhyming by the hour;

    edited transcripts… 18 1/2 minute gap…Desperado Nunes and his gang quills partisan memo for release but blocks Dems memo…

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  51. I guess McCabe declined an HR position with a desk next to buddy Strzok.

    random viking (861db5) — 1/29/2018 @ 2:05 pm

    I hope they inconvenience those two on their way in to work, and out, a little more than the average Amazon fulfillment employee.

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  52. Sara Carter is also reporting that her sources are telling her that McCabe is only the first of several FBI officials who will be lining up to depart. She describes it as “clearing out his cronies.”

    The culture of the FBI is much like some corporations. “High flyers” who ascend up the FBI chain of command have acolytes who are drafted along with them. Lisa Page seems to fit that description, as her connection to power seemed to go through McCabe.

    McCabe was NEVER a “brick agent”. He did very little actual case work in his career, as he moved into and through the FBI management chain of command after only a very short stint on an actual working squad in New York.

    I’ve explained here before that the first level of management in the FBI is constituted from 99% “volunteers”. Its not a meritocracy to move from being an FBI Field Agent to being and FBI Squad Supervisor. If you want to be a “Squad Supervisor” — meaning you process paperwork for the agents who actually go out and do the work — all you have to do is raise your hand and say “Pick Me!!”. The FBI then sends you to HQ for 18 months where you learn the “process” of being an FBI “manager” rather than being an FBI “Agent”.

    The result of this system is that a lot of really crappy field agents end up as managers because they are bad at being field agents. Management is the only career path open to them.

    And the ones that rise up through the ranks of management usually drag people along behind them as they go.

    Mueller changed the culture significantly when he was Director, because it was clear from his choices for senior management slots that he preferred lawyers. He brought in several DOJ Attorneys to fill FBI management positions, and FBI agents who had law degrees — like Andy McCabe — did very well in getting promoted.

    That was something that wasn’t done previously, even when lawyers like Louis Freeh ran the FBI.

    So there is likely an entire level of bureaucracy that has been put in place by virtue of their close association with McCabe during his 15 years in FBI HQ.

    Normally a new Director would simply attrite them out over time, but given the circumstances, it looks like there is going to be a more suddenly housecleaning done.

    shipwreckedcrew (b6fb20)

  53. 1. Identify the wrong-doer
    2. Kill him
    3. Gut him
    4. Wear his carcass like a skinsuit.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 1/29/2018 @ 2:23 p

    You can get at least three pairs of lizard boots out of ol’ McC.

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  54. Did they use the Steele Dossier to obtain FISA warrants, or did they not?

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  55. McCabe’s associates are dropping faster than Anthony Wiener’s pants in an AOL chatroom.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  56. Its more like the residents in the opening montage of quincy

    narciso (d1f714)

  57. Sorry, PandP, McCabe’s skin is far too oily to have any use in fashionable footwear.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  58. Did they use the Steele Dossier to obtain FISA warrants, or did they not?

    Colonel Haiku

    They’re clearing the table for Spanky to do the big reveal at the SOTU address.

    Maximum fun would be a Dem walkout.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  59. Followed by a Maxine Waters response limited to “Oh crap. They caught us.”

    papertiger (c8116c)

  60. Remember she hit the big time with the narrative cooked up by the Christi’s made legitimate by lurch:

    https://althouse.blogspot.com/2018/01/republicans-on-house-intelligence.html

    narciso (d1f714)

  61. 2018 SOTU

    YOU LIE!

    Even when ghost-written.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  62. Same old bullschiff from Adam Schiff (D-) this evening…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 1/29/2018 @ 3:27 pm

    I forget. Is it a chameleon or Adam Shiff that has eyes that move independently?

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  63. He does look vaguely arqilian.

    narciso (d1f714)

  64. What is “this”? “This” seems to be good news.

    Fred Z (05d938) — 1/29/2018 @ 3:47 pm

    It’s raining traitors. Hallelujah!

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  65. They’re clearing the table for Spanky to do the big reveal at the SOTU address.

    Spanky be channel surfing:

    “One year of Watergate is enough.” – President Nixon, State of the Union Address, January 30, 1974.

    Six months later, The Big Dick was resigned to a spanking.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  66. That line from the 14th brumaire:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/CBSNews/status/958104848473444353?p=v

    narciso (d1f714)

  67. Nixon didn’t collude but he did have to screw-on his trousers every morning.

    Trump has Valets.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  68. Rosenstein shirks his duty. “Without Justice Department supervision, Mueller answers only to his own whim. Well, what if all prosecutors did that?” Andy McCarthy follows up on his weekend column and the problem of an unsupervised prosecutor.

    crazy (d99a88)

  69. Ever see the Democrat version of “Miss Me Yet”? Here you go.

    Obama library a study in bloat

    The proposed library/museum/think-tank design, a sprawling campus in Jackson Park featuring a giant monolith and mammoth parking garage, has been criticized by South Side activists for intruding on the park space and overwhelming the neighborhood. The center is a joint project of the Obama Foundation and the nearby University of Chicago, where Obama once taught. Now, more than a hundred faculty members there have signed a petition complaining that the complex “will soon become an object-lesson in the mistakes of the past,” and that among other things, the parking garage is “socially regressive” since it “privileges cars and those who can afford them.”

    Without archives on site, how will Obama Center benefit area students, scholars?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  70. Richard Nixon is gone now, and I am poorer for it. He was the real thing — a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. He lied to his friends and betrayed the trust of his family. Not even Gerald Ford, the unhappy ex-president who pardoned Nixon and kept him out of prison, was immune to the evil fallout. Ford, who believes strongly in Heaven and Hell, has told more than one of his celebrity golf partners that “I know I will go to hell, because I pardoned Richard Nixon.”

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/308699/

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  71. @70- He was an unindicted “co-colluditor” ;-).

    Always dust for jowl ptints.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  72. ^ prints

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  73. I could see someone mad to feel uneasy by the sight of this fellow… here he seems ready to break out in a flopsweat…

    https://t.co/ebZrnf9w2z

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  74. mad made

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  75. Hillary without makeup. [yup. Thar’s 100% Clinton sans coverup]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  76. the President was not involved in this decision..

    LIAR!

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  77. Dies Huckabeast wear make-up? Does her sect allow her to improve her face?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  78. Schiff is like Al bundy, reminiscing over his victory over folk high, 30 years ago he prosecuted a minor level FBI agent who was working for the chinese

    narciso (d1f714)

  79. “We may not like the way things are communicated and the division in the country, but the policies are improving conditions for the workers and employers. We will be putting our tax savings and costs savings from a reduced regulatory environment back into expanding the business and hiring more people. The U.S. is more competitive internationally, but it’s still far from ideal. We increased salaries and bonuses as a way to retain top talent and hire more quality people. I hope we keep reducing burdensome regulations and start reducing waste, debt, corruption, ineffective programs and the overall size of the government.”

    —- Dallas Fed

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  80. What Ben was doing during the Obama admin?

    I believe he spent his free time harrassing Buzz Aldrin.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  81. bb:

    “this” is an old timey movie? One of the near infinite number of movies where Hollywood did thinly disguised commie propaganda?

    I don’t take your point, if any, but perhaps I am over fussy in preferring that reasoning and rhetoric be written, concise, grammatical and logical.

    Fred Z (05d938)

  82. Schiff looks like he has proptosis… Grave’s Disease… and when those bulging eyes shift, he gives the late Jack Elam a run for his money.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  83. No but I often fantasize smashing a cream pie into the pedophile pucker Trump has perfected.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  84. #56. If you’re gonna quote that, you really should attribute it to its originator: David Burge a/k/a Iowahawk:

    https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/664089892599631872?lang=en

    Glenn Reynolds a/k/a Instapundit has found cause to use it frequently.

    ColoComment (bf4457)

  85. That universe of people isn’t too big, and it sure looks like a description that fits Comey.

    shipwreckedcrew (b6fb20) — 1/29/2018 @ 3:58 pm

    The drapes just moved.

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  86. A YouTube with dialogue? Following the actors? What was I thinking?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  87. Crazy, thanks for posting that link. I’ve been a fan of Mr. McCarthy’s for many years. He’s been gracious in past email correspondence I’ve had with him.

    That column is unhinged, though.

    McCarthy assumes that he’s proved his own prior often-expressed conclusion, which he hasn’t and, with due respect, can’t. In a more trenchant statement of his long-expressed argument that Mueller’s appointment is illegitimate, he writes:

    Back in May, besieged by Democrats feigning outrage over FBI director James Comey’s firing — the same Democrats who wanted Comey’s scalp for purportedly costing Hillary Clinton the election — Rosenstein preemptively surrendered. In appointing Mueller, he flouted regulations requiring that he specify the crimes that supposedly necessitated the appointment of a special counsel. He promised Democrats that Mueller would have carte blanche — no limits and no supervision from his nominal supervisor, Rosenstein.

    The regulation does indeed require that there be an underlying criminal investigation. It does not require, or imply, that the public order appointing the independent counsel specify the crime that necessitated the appointment of a special counsel.” At this very moment, and throughout its history, the DoJ and its prosecutors, and the law enforcement officials who assist them, are conducting tons and tons of criminal investigations that have not been publicly revealed. The universal presumption is that they shouldn’t be. Regular DoJ policies in fact require — for the protection of the public from unjustified inferences that might be drawn from a public announcement that someone not yet publicly indicted is nevertheless “under investigation” — that no such public announcements be made.

    Moreover, McCarthy assumes comprehensively that Rosenstein isn’t supervising Mueller properly because McCarthy sees public indications — like the ongoing discussions about whether and how Trump will be interviewed or testify, which Trump and his lawyers have publicly confirmed — of practices by Mueller that he, McCarthy, disapproves of, based on his mistaken assertion that there must be a public specification of the crimes whose investigation would be within Mueller’s jurisdiction. But Mr. McCarthy, who despite a lustrous career as a DoJ prosecutor himself, hasn’t been one of those for a great many years, and he doesn’t know, can’t know, what the internal DoJ papertrail is that’s associated with Mueller’s appointment. There is one, and has to be one, because there must be a papertrail to show, for example, that the DoJ’s internal ethics experts were consulted and checked off on Mueller’s appointment.

    I don’t admire Mr. McCarthy’s latest column, then, nor agree with its conclusions. I respect him, but not the assumption his entire argument is based upon, which I believe to be demonstrably wrong in its [mis-]reading of 28 C.F.R. part 600, and in particular, 28 C.F.R. § 600.1, which is the source of the “criminal investigation” requirement but which requires no public specification thereof.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  88. I’m telling you it’s not logical..

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  89. PinandPuller:

    Talk about those raindrops
    Thundering raindrops
    Treacherous teardrops

    Doesn’t quite scan like the original, does it?

    Oh, well, I’m no poet, I’m better at Schadenfreude.

    Fred Z (05d938)

  90. The quoted statement from McCarthy above also ridiculously distorts what Rosenstein has promised anyone. Rosenstein has always promised to do what the regulations require, exactly what the regulations required, and nothing else but what the regulations require. McCarthy’s contrary assertion is disappointingly disingenuous.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  91. Yes choke Pin..you really should give errumm..attribution.

    You and ropelight gave much in common.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  92. Meh. We’ve seen this movie before. When the bad guys try to escape the good guys dashing down a blind alley, they always tip over a few garbage cans before they surrender to fate or do the big shoot out.

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 1/29/2018 @ 4:04 pm

    Imran Awan tried that with DWS’ computer but the good guys won, like you said.

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  93. Its all garbage Beldar, there was no underlying crime, if you went after k street the way they targeted manafort, half of it would be in jail. Regardless none of this required a special counsel, putin cannot contain himself what some crumbs he authorized the fsb to produce has caused. And what us the cost of this boondoggle?

    narciso (d1f714)

  94. What was Bill Clinton’s underlying crime eh Ken Starr?

    Goose/Gander.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  95. Carter page wasnt an administration official, neither wee manafort, so what was the point of continued surveillance, the rosneft deal wasnt it,

    narciso (d1f714)

  96. Bebe Rebozo?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  97. I have a feeling the IG report is going to play out a lot like the USDA crop report at the end of Trading Places. Adam Schiff is being fit for a gorilla suit as we speak.

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  98. Real estate and bank fraud, this is why he fired 93 us atty to get at one, Charles banks, in little rock, this is why they hounded jay Stephens in hisunvestigation through pillsbury Madison sutro.

    narciso (d1f714)

  99. The regs, by the way, nowhere require the AG (or Acting AG) to say anything at all to the general public about what a special counsel is doing. 28 C.F.R. § 600.9(a)(1) provides for the AG to report to the chair and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees “upon appointing a Special Counsel,” and requires the AG to provide “an explanation” for that action. But utterly (and probably deliberately) absent from that notification requirement is any requirement that the AG list the possible crimes being investigated, nor who potentially may have committed those crimes. Remember, this reg was written by Janet Reno’s DoJ immediately after Clinton’s acquittal in the Senate. If they could have gotten away with no regulation, that would have suited them just fine, but to head off any chance of a new independent counsel law being proposed, they decided to head that off at the pass with these watered-down regs that give Mueller or any special counsel less independence and discretion than any of the 93 U.S. Attorneys have.

    Indeed, there’s no requirement that the AG’s notification or explanation be made to anyone other than the chairs and ranking members — four persons, not even anyone else in Congress! So if Mr. McCarthy was relying on section 600.9 to support his assertion (and I haven’t seen him mention anything but 600.1), he’d be wrong about that too.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  100. @94 Are you referring to Paul Schaffer or did I miss something?

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  101. In Hes too skinny, perhaps the chimps from planet of the apes, the self admitted pacifists.

    narciso (d1f714)

  102. This scandal is far more serious than Watergate. When the nation’s Intelligence agencies and premier law enforcement entities are politicized to be used as weapons against American citizens and against a presidential campaign, in support of an administration and rival campaign, it doesn’t get much worse than that.

    IMHO.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  103. 94… is been burned ______ gobbling again?

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  104. Sorry, PandP, McCabe’s skin is far too oily to have any use in fashionable footwear.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537) — 1/29/2018 @ 4:30 pm

    If you aren’t a Dr Who fan you won’t understand why I reference it so ’nuff said.

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  105. Update:
    My wife arrived with my PMG graded $1,000 and $500 bills. Each is nicely placed in its own plastic sleeve. They also have a circulation quality number and a appraised value in writing from PMG. The thousands are all rated PMG 53 and the individual value assigned is $3,475 each. However, as a sequential series together they value at $21,000. I will keep them together. The $500 bills are much less impressive rated at PMG 35 which means they were pretty much circulated and have wear and tear. But since 1934A is a tad rare they are still worth $1,275 each. Not a bad find overall. Can’t retire on it but nonetheless it’s fun.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  106. More good news!

    Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen becomes latest GOP chairman to retire

    (CNN) – New Jersey Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced he will not seek re-election.

    “And the hits just keep on coming…” – Lt. Dan Kaffee [Tom Cruise] ‘A Few Good Men’ 1992

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  107. @108. Hoagie: OUTSTANDING!

    Particularly the $21,000 for the sequencers. You ought to be searching other pieces– frames and such- you still have from that era. Likely more were hidden– or perhaps already ‘recovered’ years ago for use.

    Absolutely thrilled for you!!! If you don’t collect them, check around and unload them if the market is right

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  108. Good for your hoagie.

    narciso (d1f714)

  109. narciso, it may — and probably will — indeed all turn out to be garbage. But Mueller and Rosenstein and even Trump have to go through the drill just as if it isn’t. Otherwise the Dems would cry bloody murder, and they’d be right, because we’re a government of laws and not of men, and Trump’s or your or my belief that something is “garbage” doesn’t make it so.

    If Trump had been a marginally competent manager — if he’d been even barely adequate in the way he fired Comey — this would have been over six or eight months ago.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  110. Although if I read it correctly, $500 in 1934, yield, 9,333, in today’s coin.

    narciso (d1f714)

  111. @105 =Haiku= Gesundheit!

    Scantly a scandal; more the scantily tail of a Stormy Daniels.

    Consider the source: “fake news.”

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  112. Thanks Beldar. McCarthy’s recent views seem to reflect a pretty big change of opinion from his original blind support of Rosenstein and Mueller. I don’t know if they’re unhinged or not but they don’t seem to be based on the public facts as we know them. I’ll be interested to see if he knows something we don’t or if he’s just exaggerating what he thinks he knows.

    crazy (d99a88)

  113. 99.Bebe Rebozo?

    That role is played by Bill O’Reilly.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  114. Like Ronnie earle, had to follow up abramoff’s half baked claim through three grand juries. I haven’t heard an answer, how he was supposed to fire comeys, with this Russian desinforma all around with no replace for deputy atty general.

    narciso (d1f714)

  115. Jake Tapper Has Furrowed-Brow Interview With Matt Gaetz… … explaining House Intelligence committee’s dicision to release the memo.

    Passing a kidney stone looks like, based on his facial expression.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  116. Rev Hoagie @108. You’re like an episode of Strange Inheritance. What a nice find. Congrats!

    crazy (d99a88)

  117. 114… ASPCA… your serious-minded, sober take is noted.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  118. The sourcing for the NYT article is interesting.

    A “former law enforcement official close to McCabe.”

    It has to be someone with whom McCabe shared the story of his meeting with Wray, which happened yesterday or this morning. And that former official got the story to a NYT reporter by late afternoon.

    That universe of people isn’t too big, and it sure looks like a description that fits Comey.

    It also fits McCabe himself.

    Kishnevi (78c1a3)

  119. Could be strzok, page, ohr, or could the lunch lady in the quantico commissary.

    narciso (d1f714)


  120. 113.Although if I read it correctly, $500 in 1934, yield, 9,333, in today’s coin.
    narciso (d1f714) — 1/29/2018 @ 5:51 pm


    Obviously the collector value didn’t keep up with inflation. The government can even f**kup the value of collectables. But to me it’s a gift from my mom and pop and that’s worth a whole lot more than the actual cash value.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  121. @122. Jaysus, you wanna see a ‘Queeg’ meltdown on live television catch Pelosi w/Cuomo on CNN. She’s literally losing it.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  122. Nancy needs valium.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  123. Oh, well, I’m no poet, I’m better at Schadenfreude.

    Fred Z (05d938) — 1/29/2018 @ 5:22 pm

    Someone left McCabe out in the rain…

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  124. Ben you are a lot like ignition timing: Not Advanced. Not Top Dead Center. The other one.

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  125. They were insistent that we the see the dossier, even though outlet had seen fit to publish its contents entirely, because the sourcing would have been revealed as flimsy.

    So while the bureau was so focused on page and manafort, Orlando and Columbus and the ft Lauderdale airport hAppened. We are told the bureau is overstretched in money, men and material, but they and apparently ghcq, had no other pressing issues, which the survirs of Manchester Westminster and Leicester would he

    narciso (d1f714)

  126. My God she’s slipping into scat-chat. If ever there was evidence for Pelosi to retire, this CNN appearance is it. Station break sedatives, stat!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  127. @105 =Haiku= Gesundheit!

    Scantly a scandal; more the scantily tail of a Stormy Daniels.

    Consider the source: “fake news.”

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 1/29/2018 @ 5:52 pm

    Translation: Aerosmith will never eclipse Led Zepplin.

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  128. I think the air rifle with the extra strength trank darts.

    narciso (d1f714)

  129. Nunes voted to release a memo he wrote but hasn’t read.

    Pass the pretzels.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  130. 127… like they used to use to meet air standards in the mid-70s… re+arded.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  131. Why nibble around the edges, ASPCA? Go for the filling, it will set you free and you won’t come across as such an ass every day.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  132. Schiffless, bugeyed Adam Schiff (D-) still bullschiffing the nation… https://static.pjmedia.com/instapundit/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-29-at-9.19.58-PM-600×325.png

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  133. Because he didn’t really threaten their powerbase, short answer.

    narciso (d1f714)

  134. If Trump had been a marginally competent manager — if he’d been even barely adequate in the way he fired Comey — this would have been over six or eight months ago.

    Funny. It was an unofficial investigation in search of a pretext long before Comey was fired. There are several other pretexts that would’ve fit the bill. To assert otherwise is to display an acute ignorance of how the Left operates, who aren’t the sort to put down their pitchforks and stroll away, whether the foe is Trump or anyone else.

    And, I think you’re missing McCarthy’s point, which is that Mueller needs adult supervision and isn’t getting it from Rosenstein. He sites the Manafort raid as an example, and a pretty clear sign. He may also know that Rosenstein (along with McCabe) are tagged as bad actors in the Nunes memo. Rosenstein, for the Carter Page FISA warrant which, if true, also points to a lack of adult level judgement, if not outright abuse of power. All indications are that Mueller has a free hand and, no matter what the non-public crime may or may not be, Rosenstein can reign that in and all indications are that he isn’t. The dangers of that are as McCarthy detailed.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  135. =Haiku!= Gesundheit!

    The State of the Uniom looks tasty; eat me.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  136. If Trump had been a marginally competent manager —

    Keep the margins thin is a rule of thumb for a salesman from New Yawk; still, he’s the Chief Executive of the United States of America, not managing an El Paso 7-11.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  137. “If you … want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used. … If you are interested in who paid for the dossier … then, yes, you’ll want the memo to come out,” – Trey Gowdy

    harkin (d40275)

  138. I keep asking a simple question and I cant get a straight answer, how would you have solved a France job, which may have included among other things altering 302 reports.

    narciso (d1f714)

  139. Confusion over Dems’ claim Republicans won’t release Dem memo:

    “Byron York
    @ByronYork
    Just for record: @RepAdamSchiff did say at top of newser that Intel committee voted to make Dem memo available to all of House. Apparently not everyone heard that, and Schiff later spoke as if GOP had voted to keep Dem memo under wraps. So some confusion.”

    —-

    Böhm Bawerk
    @bohmbawerk1
    Replying to @brithume
    They did block the Dem’s memo release *to the public*.

    —-

    Brit Hume
    @brithume
    By that standard, you could say the Republicans initially acted to block the release of their own memo. Making it available to the whole House was the first step toward release, under a process set forth in House rules. That’s what has now happened to both memos.

    ——

    Merrayyyyy Christmas
    @Firemonkuu
    Replying to @bohmbawerk1 and @brithume
    The Dems didn’t give any Republicans access to their memo, hence the vote to make it available to the entire House.

    —-

    Undertoad80
    @undertoad80
    Replying to @bohmbawerk1 and @brithume
    Same process as for the Nunes memo. Stop being deliberately dishonest.

    —-

    Larry 🇱🇷
    @GolfLRHe
    Replying to @bohmbawerk1 and @brithume
    They are following the rules…duh

    harkin (d40275)

  140. Gang activity???

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters is working with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to resettle up to forty-one-thousand (41,000) Somali Refugees in South and Central Los Angeles by 2020.

    A letter written by Maxine Waters to the Chief Operating Officer of OneUnited Bank, which describes itself as America’s largest Black-owned bank, goes on to say she expects these refugees to be housed in NEW APARTMENTS and CONDOMINIUM UNITS which are being built thanks to underwriting by that bank!
    More stunning is her closing remark that the Election cycle has begun ans[sic] that she expects to become Speaker of the House!

    Attribution

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  141. @ random viking: Neither McCarthy, you, nor I have the first flipping clue what supervision Rosenstein has provided to Mueller. For all any of us knows, for example, every detail of the raid on Manafort’s house was scripted by Rosenstein, overriding a contrary inclination by Mueller to be nice and polite! (And by the way, the details of that raid didn’t seem to me to be even remotely objectionable or out of the ordinary. I’ve seen more aggressive raids conducted based on kiddie porn allegations arising out of a contested divorce case. Gestapo, this was not.)

    Sir, you’re full of bull on this subject. You cannot know what you seem very confident that you do know. But you do have a lot in common with Pres. Trump in that regard, what we in Texas call “all hat and no cattle.”

    Beldar (fa637a)


  142. More stunning is her closing remark that the Election cycle has begun ans[sic] that she expects to become Speaker of the House!


    More stunning is that her final remark did not occur while they placed a hood over her head and centered her on a trap door.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  143. ….to resettle up to forty-one-thousand (41,000) Somali Refugees in South and Central Los Angeles by 2020.”

    Ask Minneapolis how that’ll work out.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32010471/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/minneapolis-struggles-somali-gangs/

    harkin (d40275)

  144. (And yes, it’s common to be both “full of bull” and “all hat.” Bullsh!t ain’t a beef on the hoof.)

    Beldar (fa637a)

  145. So we can find out like what happened with Ted Stevens, tom delay or bob Mcdonnell, they were all pieces taken off the board, the first rather permanently.

    narciso (d1f714)

  146. La is the Iranian diaspora, there is no base for a Somali enclave there, unless she wants to complaining about a flakka epidemic twenty years from nowm

    narciso (d1f714)

  147. If the news reports are true (to quote Touchstone, there’s much virtue in an if) the most combustible allegation in the Nunes memo is that Rosenstein approved a FISA request to surveil (or continue surveilling) Page. Which means at the earliest something that was done in April 2017, when he became Trump’s Deputy AG. Does this mean Trump’s DOJ was weaponized against Trump’s campaign? Was time travel involved?

    Kishnevi (78c1a3)

  148. But in LA, the Somalis might get drafted by the AA gangs to deploy against the eses, whereas it was regular kind of black vs. Somali in Minny.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  149. I wish Trumpkins would make up their minds whether they’re WINNING! or poor martyred victims.

    The Manafort “raid” was unusual for its gentlemanliness. The FBI picked the lock so they could go in quietly and catch the Manaforts by surprise before they could destroy evidence. The usual procedure is to smash the door with a battering ram, throw in flashbang grenades, and black-helmeted guys with submachine guns to run in yelling “Freeze!”.

    nk (dbc370)

  150. No, they resumed the surveillance in may, there may have been alteration of witness reports, the method by which the original fisa warrant was obtained may be revealed.

    With some minor insight from south florida, native African American gangs and those from other countries dont get along.

    narciso (d1f714)

  151. 153
    And shoot the dog. You forgot the most important part.

    Kishnevi (78c1a3)

  152. And the reason, they had to this a day after he testified on capitol hill was what exactly. comeys and Mueller and fits for that matter were much more circumspect when it came to foreign nationals, that say night have been plotting the Madrid train bombing gas when they
    were debating angels on a pin.

    narciso (d1f714)

  153. And shoot the dog.

    nk (dbc370)

  154. Is sounds like the excuse they used to send a swat team to elians house, mind you this was right around the last cadre of hijackers was arriving.

    narciso (d1f714)

  155. Hey they could always shoot the kid, as with randy weaver, that never goes oearshaped. Like I say if registration filings were major criminal offense there would be tumbleweeds on k street, which as Mao would paraphrase, its a good idea.

    narciso (d1f714)

  156. @ random viking: Neither McCarthy, you, nor I have the first flipping clue what supervision Rosenstein has provided to Mueller.

    Had I claimed to know that, you would be spot on. I didn’t. I only claim to know what point McCarthy was trying to make, and that you don’t.

    You assert @90 that McCarthy has a “mistaken assertion that there must be a public specification of the crimes”, when he doesn’t assert anything of the kind. Not anywhere.

    McCarthy: “If Special Counsel Mueller wants to interview the president, he should first be required to demonstrate that there is strong evidence the president has committed a crime, and that the president has essential evidence of the crime that cannot be obtained from any other source.”

    He only asserts that Rosenstein should require that. Nothing about it being public, so all the wankery about this or that statute is just that. What draws him to conclude that Rosenstein hasn’t required that, we can all guess. I imagine it is a cut above wankery.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  157. First paragraph @160 is Beldar’s, as I goofed.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  158. The reality, is mccarthy is finally showing the skepticism he should have shown six months ago.

    narciso (d1f714)

  159. Ask Minneapolis how that’ll work out

    harkin (d40275) — 1/29/2018 @ 7:55 pm

    Do you think Somali refugees complained about the climate in MN and got a change of venue?

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  160. The Manafort “raid” was unusual for its gentlemanliness. The FBI picked the lock so they could go in quietly and catch the Manaforts by surprise before they could destroy evidence. The usual procedure is to smash the door with a battering ram, throw in flashbang grenades, and black-helmeted guys with submachine guns to run in yelling “Freeze!”.

    nk (dbc370) — 1/29/2018 @ 8:22 pm

    It’s not like he was a Call of Duty spawn camping n***** f*****. That’s automatic execution.

    Pinandpuller (d997bb)

  161. random viking, the language you just quoted is not the language talking about Mueller’s original appointment, which was the language I quoted.

    I’m done with you. You’re not worth my time to correct anymore, and you’re growing boring in addition to being insulting.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  162. All indications are that Mueller has a free hand and, no matter what the non-public crime may or may not be, Rosenstein can reign that in and all indications are that he isn’t.

    versus

    Had I claimed to know [what supervision Rosenstein had given Mueller], you would be spot on. I didn’t.

    Got to give you credit for your Trump impression, contradicting yourself so spectacularly. Yes, that’s Trumpkin lickspittlism at the Sean Hannity level indeed. You may in fact be worse than ropelight, papertiger, or hatefulfeet.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  163. General flynn plead guilty to asking the Russian ambassador from allowing the Obama adninistraTion to (redact) on the way out, what was the other great scalp, oh yes papafop who had entirely too much time on his hands.

    By contrast Ken Starr’s first plea was David hall the one who Clinton induced to make the loan to Madison savings, this led to Jim Mcdougall, but then razorback omerta kicked in, and Susan Mcdougall wouldn’t cooperate.

    narciso (d1f714)

  164. A lot of cantankerous bullschiff in this thread.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  165. Quite, Btw that was Israel which was being (reacted) like Poland was at the beginning when it was stripped of missile defense, when their entire cabinet was decapitated near Katyn and comey desidecto describe polish deathccamos, as if the German and soviet invasions has nothing to do with that.

    narciso (d1f714)

  166. Got to give you credit for your Trump impression, contradicting yourself so spectacularly. Yes, that’s Trumpkin lickspittlism at the Sean Hannity level indeed. You may in fact be worse than ropelight, papertiger, or hatefulfeet.

    Well, apparently you aren’t done with me. And, i’ll leave the insults to you as you’re clearly on a roll.

    “Indications” versus “knowing”: You figure out the difference.

    As for “all hat and no cattle”, I’ve lived several places and parked myself in Texas longer than anywhere else. My kids are native Texans, so don’t direct your fake twang in my direction.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  167. See u take the long view and this is what I see, when republican prosecutors deliver significant indictments and convictions they are witchhunt.

    When democrats are enabled by a comey to weasel out a plea of misremembering after the interview notes the entire front desk if NBC including Williams and Mitchell along with losing the interview notes, that’s called justice. And I can give you chapter of verse of double and triple standards but you’re too stubborn to admit it.

    narciso (d1f714)

  168. I think part of the problem the critics have in not fully understanding McCarthy’s argument is that while its true that there is no obligation under the regulation to publicly state what suspected criminal activity is part of the referral, there are 2 problems with what Rosenstein acctually did in making the referral.

    First, he identified what is actually a counter-intelligence investigation as a basis for the referral, and that is not a basis for the referral of an investigation to a special counsel. He referred to an investigation confirmed by Comey in his Cong. testimony, calling it “any links and/or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

    Beldar has mentioned that there were criminal investigations already open in connection with the Trump campaign officials and Russia, and it wasn’t necessary for Rosenstein to specifically state that they were covered by his order.

    Beldar has referenced both Flynn lying to the FBI about talking with the Russian Ambassador, and the investigation into Manafort’s affairs in the Ukraine — both of which have now been the subject of indictments by Mueller — as being open criminal investigations that would satisfy what McCarthy sees as a defect in the Order appointing Mueller.

    The problem McCarthy has — and he’s mentioned it in the past but not in his most recent columns — is that neither of those criminal investigations on their own (or together) would qualify for the appointment of a special counsel because there was no conflict of interest that would have prevented DOJ from prosecuting those cases.

    So those 2 criminal investigations should not have been used to bootstrap in a counter-intelligence investigation to bring it under the special counsel regulation.

    shipwreckedcrew (b6fb20)

  169. Col. I’m no lawyer but some people on this site have schiff for brains.

    mg (2c9db1)

  170. [edit] you Beldar, you rat fink Russian conspiracy believing bastard.

    Step on a rake.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  171. I have a sister who lives in minnygoushoo told her I would never get back to that fu##ing schiff hole of a city.

    mg (2c9db1)

  172. This entire pile of schiff is Obamagate. And every lawyer in this country comes across as a pile of schiff. Except shipwreckedcrew.

    mg (2c9db1)

  173. And shipwrecked crew lives in the most beautiful state. I am quite fond of the big island and might just stay I’ll send for the wife later!!!

    mg (2c9db1)

  174. Colonel,

    It seems many on here have just forgotten the John Doe investigations in Wisconsin because it’s not their nit being picked.

    NJRob (1f2e82)

  175. Pelosi Clashes With CNN Chris Cuomo on Nunes Memo [YouTube]

    If you lie. If you have no allegiance to the truth, are totally disrespectful to the security of our country, you can persuade people of anything. It’s happened before. ” says Nancy Pelosi.

    Demonstrating that Obama can use a fake dossier to direct the intelligence agencies to do a Watergate on the GOP is disrespectful to security of Democrat operatives while they violate the fourth amendment.

    She has a point

    papertiger (c8116c)

  176. Obamagate should end up on a gallows built for a hundred of those pieces of schiff.

    mg (2c9db1)

  177. In 1986, before any major border walls or fences existed between San Diego and Mexico, border patrol agents apprehended more than 600,000 people in that region, accounting for one third of border apprehensions that year.
    Video.

    Construction of the primary wall which stands 8 feet tall and covers 46 miles of border began in 1991. Construction of a secondary fence which stands 18 feet and cover 13 miles began in 1997. Today only a tiny fraction of border apprehesions happen in the San Diego sector {a total of 42,447 apprehensions in Fiscal Year 2011}.

    Since building the wall crime rates in San Diego have fallen dramatically. IN 1989 there were more that 100,000 crimes committed. In 2016 there were 34,000.

    Beldar looks at that as losing 88% of his clientele. Trumps liable to drive him out of business.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  178. Prediction: #NeverTrump will soon be schiffing the bed.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  179. Don’t schiff around here no more
    Whatever yer lookin’ for
    Don’t schiff around here no more

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  180. Give it up…STOP!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  181. No more chickenschiff deflection or distractions
    No more aiding or abetting

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  182. And no more Texas chickenschiff, either… go sell that schiff somewhere’s else. It bores teh schiff outta one.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  183. You drive lonely roads
    see mountains of chickenschiff
    on Burma Shave Way

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  184. they fly on by ya
    chickenschiff apparitions
    dopplechickenschiff

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  185. teh weezul mccabe
    mccabe and missus mueller
    teh link wray rumble

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  186. activist b!tches
    pantsuited chickenschiffin’ perp
    yer cell awaits you

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  187. “low form of white man
    Texas chickenschiffers are
    I can’t feel muh legs!”

    —- Al Sieber, Army Scout

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  188. Did I say Texas? I meant New York.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  189. Gooo schiff, Col.

    mg (2c9db1)

  190. Good schiff, Col.

    mg (2c9db1)

  191. Poor, poor, pitiful me.
    Oh, those FBIs won’t let me be.
    Poor, poor, pitiful me.
    Lord have mercy on me.
    Woe, woe is me.

    Sing it!

    nk (dbc370)

  192. TIL: The Black Widow’s name is Natasha.

    nk (dbc370)

  193. That’s short for Anastasia.

    nk (dbc370)

  194. Which means Resurrection.

    nk (dbc370)

  195. “WASHINGTON — The CEO of the Democratic National Committee is leaving after less than a year on the job, NBC News has learned.

    ……O’Connell had a senior role in Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and was one of the campaign officials who urged the then-senator to fire an aide after a female employee lodged a harassment complaint, but was overruled by Clinton, according to recent reports in BuzzFeed and The New York Times.”

    Never talk about the Queen.

    harkin (8256c3)

  196. That’s good, cause a woman like that could kill a man.

    nk (dbc370)

  197. If he was lucky.

    nk (dbc370)

  198. Not Jess O’Connell. I mean Natasha.

    nk (dbc370)

  199. “A public letter published in mid-January signed by nearly 200 professors argued that the Obama Presidential Center plans disrespect and monopolize precious parkland, will be a boondoggle for taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, will cause nightmarish traffic jams, and will hurt the environment, among other concerns.”

    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/41390/

    Sounds like they nailed a perfect tribute to Barack T Firefly.

    harkin (8256c3)

  200. It’s Chicago. They do things like that. The State of Illinois Building is another monstrosity like that (basically a glass tent with less than 10% of its volume usable), designed to enrich the builders and their politician cronies who gave them the contract.

    nk (dbc370)

  201. Monday, the House intelligence committee took three fateful votes. First, it voted to release the memo written by GOP Chairman Devin Nunes. You know about this memo, with its facts cherry-picked from intel sources. The memo includes, it’s been reported, sensitive government secrets, but the committee voted on straight party lines (Republicans in favor) that revealing these secrets was fine.

    At the same time, according to ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, who spoke to Capitol Hill reporters shortly after 6 p.m. Monday in a news conference with no parallel I can recall in recent American history, the committee voted not to release a Democratic counterreport. No pretense of balance. And finally, Schiff said, the committee voted to open a formal investigation into the FBI and the Justice Department.

    Think about that. Congress investigating the investigators. Has it happened before? Yes, it has. But here’s the crucial difference. When Congress investigated the FBI (and the CIA) in the 1970s, it was based on very credible allegations that both agencies were conducting covert and at times illegal investigations of American citizens. Thousands of citizens.

    Now, the Congress is launching a probe into the FBI and Justice Department because of their investigation into one citizen. He happens to be the leader of their political party.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-real-state-of-the-union-is-awfully-precarious

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  202. Somebody asked. A Question yesterday that I still haven’t seen an answer to. Mrs McCabe got $700,000 from Terry McCauliffe’s organization and the DNC for her run for the State Senate in Virginia. Did she spend it all and if not what happened to the “ overage”? Any Virginia folks on board who know the law there?

    Thud Muffle (5a4596)


  203. Now, the Congress is launching a probe into the FBI and Justice Department because of their investigation into one citizen. He happens to be the leader of their political party.


    If after all this time you willfully choose to believe a statement that stupid you deserve to be a democrat and there is no help for you. The daily beast has an excuse, they’re partisan idiots. You aren’t or at least shouldn’t be. Release the memo. Winning!

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  204. Hoagie: stick with reading Dick and Jane novellas.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)


  205. Did she spend it all and if not what happened to the “ overage”?


    Where does any DNC money go? She donated it to the Clinton crime family’s Haiti Relief Fund and Poof! Haiti was healed and is no longer a sh!thole.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  206. Hoagies favorite..

    Thus far Trump’s big finale consists of a memo from Devin Nunes that’s so embarrassing, even Trump’s own legal minds asked for it not to be released because they think it’ll harm Trump, and the utterly pointless ouster of the FBI’s Andrew McCabe.

    http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/everyone-calm-down/7659/

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  207. Common comrade. You know this thing goes much deeper than one man. It strikes at the idea of FISA and all our rights to be free from government oppression. I don’t expect a propaganda rag like The Beast to admit that but since you comment here I do expect you not to repeat silly propaganda nonsense. But I guess we’ll see. MAGA.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  208. Nooch is disposable, big deal….and his wife gets passed around afterward.

    urbanleftbehind (de661d)

  209. I fail to understand why you continue to link sites which know as much as we do. Just because their opinion coincides with your own does not make either fact just opinions that agree. You may disagree with my opinion and I wit yours but you won’t turn me to your camp by saying “Well, The Daily Beast agrees with me”. That ain’t proof. Why don’t we wait and see? MAGA.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  210. colonel haiku’s comments…. 185 to 194.

    Is there a stage IV tourette’s?

    noel (b4d580)

  211. bad bad been burned brown
    baddest chickenschiffer in
    chickenschiffer town

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  212. And here’s something you might have missed: When Comey began taking detailed notes about his meetings with Trump and sharing information about Trump’s behavior with colleagues so a contemporaneous record of Trump’s appalling behavior could be established, one of the people he reached out to was, you guessed it, Andrew McCabe. You might have missed it, but I’ll bet President Trump didn’t.

    http://theweek.com/articles/751627/trumps-slowmotion-massacre-justice-department

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  213. Hoagie

    I keep asking you not to read. Would it help if I demanded you read?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  214. don’t be an assnoel
    concerntrolls just gotta troll
    faux republican

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  215. This is shaping up as a Monumental Weak of Trumpyness.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  216. Haiku…. “don’t be an assnoel”??

    You need help.

    .

    noel (b4d580)

  217. Assnoel… I wax poetic while you marinate in your bodily juices in bed.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  218. And the ethics complaint dodgeball against the hunters, made possible by the same lawfirm hip deep in both crowdstrike and fusion gps.

    Yes natasha romanov, who is cousin to Dominica egorova, the red sparrow, interesting Jason Matthews former head of the soviet division has not been called upon to opine upon this matter.

    narciso (d1f714)

  219. You wax your codpiece.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  220. The most memorable thing about that cars song, was paulina pereshkova’s presence in it

    narciso (d1f714)

  221. “I fail to understand why you continue to link sites which know as much as we do.“

    – Rev. Hoagie

    Probably for the same reason that you continue to link to sophomoric jpegs.

    Leviticus (3746c1)

  222. Narciso, re way up at your #(?)150– south Florida doesnt have the Greenlight thing.

    urbanleftbehind (de661d)

  223. Interesting commentary on 0bama’s final year in his Reign of Error…

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/29/final-year-depicts-chaotic-legacy-obamas-national-security-team/

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  224. You are waxing poetic alright, Colonel Haiku. More like cribbing Charlie Manson verses.

    noel (b4d580)

  225. I’m still trying to figure out so-called lunar eclipses. Isn’t the whole lunar cycle two 14-day long eclipses? Anyhow, I’m a phases-of-the=moon believer and a Super Blood Blue Moon is almost here. It explains a lot of things.

    nk (dbc370)

  226. They have established within their ranks an excuse that is plausible to the raving lunatics of The Base: that the FBI actively conspired against the president* and in favor of Hillary Rodham Clinton because a couple of FBI lovebirds texted each other about the fundamental absurdity of a Trump presidency*. Oh, and because #ReleaseTheMemo—the phantom document prepared by White House congressional doorstop Devin Nunes that purports to demonstrate to the feeble-minded the depths of FBI perfidy. Now for you, me, the lamp post, and anything with the intellectual depth of a handball, this is a ridiculous notion. We, however, are not the conscripted hoplites of this army of dumbasses.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a15917140/will-trump-fire-mueller/

    I can’t stand the suspense. Will the Endomorph fire Mueller, or not?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  227. Or one 28-day long eclipse? That’s probably more better.

    nk (dbc370)

  228. Although imho the dossier, should acknowledge Alex drydens red to black series for ripping off the main character finn that the intrepid mi 6 officer, and the blackmail scheme, against a prominent luxemberg banker.
    But they didn’t cast a sultry svr officer, that’s just bad screenwriting.
    They did kill off finn, so resnikova has a reason to seek vengeance against volodyas enforcers.

    narciso (d1f714)

  229. Are we really waiting for Shrump to read the memo…and in 5 days?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  230. And if he’s redacting more than Rumpublican wastrels have, well..its gonna take some time. Rats!

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  231. See I like spy thrillers, but this stuff wouldn’t qualify for a bad Matt helm not to mention Paul Christopher or harry palmer.

    narciso (d1f714)

  232. Now you cite the nuts at Esquire when you all should be concentrating on why you lost you keep right on doing the same thing. Trump f**ks your brains out daily as he Makes America Great Again.


    The Daily Wire

    Just one week after the Trump administration announced a massive 30% tariff on imported solar panels, one of China’s largest solar panel manufacturers announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in the United States.

    The company, JinkoSolar, said on Monday that they have received the green light from their board of directors to “finalize planning for the construction of an advanced solar manufacturing facility in the U.S.” CNN Money reports:

    The statement suggested Jinko’s decision was tied to the new tariffs, saying that the company “continues to closely monitor treatment of imports of solar cells and modules under the U.S. trade laws.”

    “This deal will further solidify our leadership in the U.S. market,” said Nigel Cockroft, general manager of Jinko U.S. “An agreement of this magnitude exemplifies JinkoSolar’s commitment to provide our clients with the most reliable products and dependable, regional customer service.”

    Regarding the huge hike in import tariffs, Trump said last week:

    When we do this, a lot of manufacturers will be coming to the United States to build washing machines and also solar. For both solar and washing machines, these executive actions uphold the principle of fair trade and demonstrate to the world that the United States will not be taken advantage of anymore. Our companies will not be taken advantage of anymore.

    It appears as though JinkoSolar may not be the only company moving manufacturing operations to the United States to avoid paying the tariff. CNN adds:

    There are other indications that foreign solar companies are bringing manufacturing to the U.S.

    Documents filed with the local government in Jacksonville, Florida, this month state that a “leading international manufacturer of solar panels and modules” is seeking to invest more than $400 million in building a manufacturing plant in the city.

    The facility, code-named “Project Volt,” will create 800 jobs between now and the end of next year, according to the documents.

    WINNING!!!

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  233. For the last, deighton had an obsession with the new right as exhibited in million dollar brain, where there is a Texas tycoon who had some plot to cause war with Russia, that a hard one to get hold of.

    narciso (d1f714)

  234. For those who want a viewing alternative, Netflix has a new series Berlin Babylon, which is about another Berlin police detective, in the 20s and 30s

    http://www.startribune.com/man-who-stabbed-2-at-mall-of-america-tells-court-isis-inspired-him/471639884

    narciso (d1f714)

  235. I look forward to Looking Glass analysis from Conservative Tree house dwellers.

    The Rumpublican version is already down the rabbit hole and they still from like Cheshire cats with canary feathers.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  236. But you might want to avert your eyes, nk if you are too squeamish for Bernie gunther,

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/arts/television/sex-drugs-and-crime-in-the-gritty-drama-babylon-berlin.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=56939EE9D904092E4597FF6E81DE5DB6&gwt=pay

    Deightons first in the series, had an unnamed spy, who had much more working class routes than Fleming, he went decidedly more upscale for Bernard damson.

    narciso (d1f714)

  237. You’re almost right on the money.

    Dezinformatsiya/kompromat was invented by the Cheka and, through Comintern, they would plant it in a friendly news outlet. Then “more legitimate” news organizations would pick it up and spread it.

    Now, the Democrats plant it in the New York Times or the Washington Post and even Fox and Friends feel they need to repeat it.

    nk (dbc370)

  238. Yes but its not interesting enough for me,

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/30/adam-schiffs-versions-of-events-are-frequently-false-or-missing-key-details

    How do you write spy or political treatment without a love interest

    narciso (d1f714)

  239. I’ve read almost everything by Len Deighton, narciso. His two* nameless spies (Harry Palmer was only in the movies) more than several times. They’re still my favorites. And all the Bernard Samson ones including “Winter”, the WWII tie-in.

    *The first (“Harry Palmer”) in the 1960s ones — Ipcress File through An Expensive Place To Die;
    the second in the 1970s ones — Spy Story through Catch A Falling Spy.

    nk (dbc370)

  240. And they learned from the okrana who had agents in the social revolutionaries namely azev and even in lenins inner circle (we think hoover was new at this) j Edgar had enemies like the rosenstiel moll, a disgruntled fmr? Oss man John weitz, who were wiling to cater to a cynical audience and gullible persons like Anthony summers.

    narciso (d1f714)

  241. We, however, are not the conscripted hoplites of this army of dumbasses.

    No, because we read Esquire.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  242. I liked the first six or so Charlie Muffin books by Brian Freemantle, too. Nice and fast-paced at about 200 pages. In the later ones, he added about 150 pages of filler to meet new marketing demands, which some may like but which I find tedious, so I kind of gave up in the middle of the ninth or tenth one.

    nk (dbc370)

  243. Yes but the narration suggests the same character, he added footnotes like in funeral in Berlin, about minor details that the British public weren’t aware, like the shadowy origins of the bnd.

    narciso (d1f714)

  244. Esquire

    Or dumb-ass cuz you don’t. Fielders choice.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  245. That the same Newsweek that thinks Hillary is 3rd in line to succeed as President?

    harkin (d40275)

  246. You can use notes, admiral, but change it up a little,

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/30/scarborough-nunes-memo-political-purge

    Deighton suggests the oxbridge crowd wasnt entirely on track with what was going on in the 60s. His counterpart in mien if not outlook was peter wright.

    narciso (d1f714)

  247. No, no, the second guy is obviously different — he dated himself to WWII and working with the French Resistance which “Harry Palmer” never fit.

    nk (dbc370)

  248. Two men who were in the United States under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have been arrested on suspicion of human smuggling, federal officials said on Monday.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5328255/Two-DACA-recipients-arrested-human-smuggling.html

    They just want to assimilate and obey the law.

    harkin (d40275)

  249. The Obama mafia and the Clinton crime family along with the horrible boosh bums have made us non commies mad. We will stand our ground. Let’s get ready to rumble comrades. Leather bound law books and mahogany covered walls is not the answer. And those boobs prancing around in robes making decisions on people’s livelihood reminds me of Weinstein jerking it in a potted plant.

    mg (2c9db1)

  250. De-facto Amnesty for Criminal Aliens. I hope Trump stays tough on this.

    nk (dbc370)

  251. Yes but palmer covered the first four books, did you know caine, did two more films later in the cycle:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113633

    The problem lies in tills and lankfords legislation,

    narciso (d1f714)

  252. Lol. MG, even in full-rant can’t bring himself to call Boosh a criminal despite his remote threats of violence over pools of his drool.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  253. Its kind of amusing, because in the kingsman series, egwrton essentially is teenage palmer, with the street smarts and caine is an older version of the traitorous dalby

    narciso (d1f714)

  254. So guess who joins the party in the intermission:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ChuckRossDC/status/958367657060962305

    narciso (d1f714)

  255. The SOTU should be excellent. It’s rumored that his compassionate and intuitive persona will dominate the pustules speechifying. Tears will fall. Tissues dampened but only for the 35cents.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  256. Rear admiral and his potted plant icons are a testament to the downfall of a once great nation. Bring it on you masterbating freaks.

    mg (2c9db1)

  257. See what becomes clear is in the reign of Boris the tipsy, the enlisted servicemen became the trigger pullers, but it was the officer the translators that became either oligarchs or their middleman, this is why I speculated about the background of one particular crew the kluevs.

    narciso (d1f714)

  258. I was interested in this, through latter Gerald Seymour, which referred to the tambov (St Petersburg mob) as opposed to the more well known soltnetvo (Moscow) which even attracted the attention of perez riverte

    http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/03/19/married-to-the-ukrainian-mob

    narciso (d1f714)

  259. The mist i testing insights in that piece are derived from the Wikileaks cables, which tell you what was really going on, not only in Russia but in the kingdom and elsewhere.

    narciso (d1f714)

  260. “You had Bruce Ohr, who was demoted twice.

    You had Peter Strzok, who had to be taken off the case.

    You had Baker, who is gone, and Rybicki, also.

    This is quite a collection of people, obviously, there is something huge going on. And I think a lot of people in the media are missing this very large story. Perhaps this memo will help us learn a little bit more about what it is that is causing these changes.”

    —- Mollie Hemingway

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  261. been burned: serial onanistic.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  262. See you have to look at it as chess board, what pieces have been held in check (prietap probably) who has been swept off, rybicki baker and co.

    narciso (d1f714)

  263. so volkswagen made a wee little gas chamber for monkeys

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  264. 275, a year from now, that could be Steve Bannon.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  265. I dont know about greenlight, but I know about swordfish (not the one where the villain is an israeli spy, dock you down to commodore

    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics

    narciso (d1f714)

  266. The second piece, written by former larouchite bob dreyfus who was part of the chalabi defamation team, actually names Chris ruddy as the likely source, that haberman was recycling without attribution.

    narciso (d1f714)


  267. They just want to assimilate and obey the law.
    harkin (d40275) — 1/30/2018 @ 7:59 am


    Actually they are just doing the jobs American won’t do and raping the children Americans won’t rape.

    MEBANE, NC (Fox News 8) – A Mebane man is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl, according to a press release.

    On Jan. 25, Alamance County deputies were contacted regarding a runaway juvenile. After the girl was found, she told deputies that she ran away because she had been sexually abused.

    The Alamance County Special Victims Unit opened an investigation into the abuse and determined the juvenile had been sexually assaulted by 41-year-old Jose Manuel Estrada Perdomo.

    Perdomo is charged with statutory sex offensive with a child by an adult, statutory sex offense with a child less than 15 and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Two warrants were also found for failure to comply in connection with an unrelated case.

    And murdering the kids American’s won’t murder.
    https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=http%3A%2F%2Fi.magaimg.net%2Fimg%2F1e60.jpg&key=IKY82xLN-CO0IsL_u-61IA&w=600&h=398

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  268. Greenlight is where the eses just kill you because your black on sight, not paying much mind to body type (i.e. a Somali “skinny” vs. a longtime AA reared on southern cuisine), hair composition et al that may be indicative of being African or Carribean. If an east coast Dominican-American showed up, Spanish or a Dodger hat might not help. In L.A., though they may suffer economically,they dont have the luxury of turning down a potential force multiplier.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  269. Hillary’s chickens are coming home to roost on Obama’s doorstep. Cheek by jowl, The One and his bloodstained would-be successor are out of office, no longer relevant to the nation’s future.

    They serve only as examples of high level government corruption, personal and professional incompetence, enemies of the American people, and proof no one can fool all the people all of the time, not even when in cahoots with the national media’s all out obsession to protect the Democrat Party’s 2 most sacred cows.

    At long last, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are being unmasked, along with their media enablers, for the facist pigs they are and have always been.

    ropelight (4ad4b2)

  270. Fortunately for Trump, Fox News is doing a good job of balancing out the Democratic media, Haiku.

    DRJ (15874d)

  271. Colonel Haiku quote…. “serial onanistic”.

    Really? Do you think that we want to hear all of your messed up old man sexual fantasies…. all day long?

    I have to believe that your only intent is to drive “normal” traffic away from this site. Haiku, Happyfeet,, Pinandpuller, Hoagie…. and others. This is nauseating.

    noel (b4d580)

  272. Thanks for sharing, noel.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  273. 285… it’s a thankless job, but somebody has to do it, DRJ.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  274. 12. random viking (861db5) — 1/29/2018 @ 2:05 pm

    12.I guess McCabe declined an HR position with a desk next to buddy Strzok.

    Something like that yes, except that for him, that position, whatever it was, would have been a demotion. (with maybe less pay?)

    I think what could have prompted it was could be upcoming Inspector General’s report about the Hillary Clinton investigationn more than the Nunes memo and its release, except that the two things could be related – the Nunes memo might have some information that came from the Inspector General.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  275. 15. papertiger (c8116c) — 1/29/2018 @ 2:17 pm

    Hillary makes a great clown.

    she’s usually, or was, a good actress (as in the 1994 parody of an anti-Obamacare commercial, and also her accents) but she didn’t sound that way in the Grammy sketch about audition to read Michael Wolff’s book. Her delivery was flat, and not modulated. She must feel tired and run down.

    By the way the excerpt she read,about trump eating at McDonald’s to avoid being poiiusoned, might be true. She might even have told Donald Trump to give taht as his reason! Or maybe told Michael Wolff that story.

    As for herself,she probably relies on otehr things (although probably not a food taster)

    She knows it’s much harder to poison someone than it was in 1923 when Mae West poisoned President Harding.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  276. “I think what could have prompted it was could be upcoming Inspector General’s report about the Hillary Clinton investigationn more than the Nunes memo and its release…”

    Yes, that is the reported speculation.

    Colonel Haiku (0db537)

  277. MCCAbe was reportedly asked by Donald trump early on (and this is supposed to be a no no) who he voted for in the 2016 Poredidential election and he said he didn’t vote. That might be a way to assert neutrality but it doesn’t work when your wife (whom you presumably want to win) is running for the State Senate in Virginia and getting a lot of money from a PAC controlled by the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, who is also very clsoe to Bill Clinton and was even described as a bagman.

    Andreww McCabe did vote in the 2016 Republican Prediential primary. Virginia voters do not register by party, and voting in primaries is open to anyone, and Virginia voters voting in the March 1, 2016 Republican presidential primary were required, I think, to sign a nonbinding statement that they’re party members.

    The results for the main competitors in that primary were:

    Trump, Donald 355,960 35%
    Rubio, Marco 327,042 32%
    Cruz, Ted 173,193 17%
    Kasich, John 96,519 9%
    Carson, Ben 60,093 6%

    The results in the democraic primary were:

    Clinton, Hillary Dem 503,358 64%
    Sanders, Bernie Dem 275,507 35%
    O’Malley, Martin Dem 4,030 1%

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  278. The issue in the Inspector General’s report seems to be McCabe holding on for three weeks to the information that some Hillary Clinton emails were found on Anthony Weiner’s computer, possibly because he was trying to prevent the Hillary Clinton email investigation from being re-opened before the elections.

    The state Senate election that McCabes wife lost, by the way, was in 2015.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  279. In the film. Version of billion dollar brain, Karl maiden plays an officiois bureaucrat who is in league with general midwinter, played by ed begley sir.

    narciso (d1f714)


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